Saturday 12th March 2022

Frampton    At least two Sand Martins still on the Sailing Lake at 7:15am. Also seven Pochards (5m, 2f). Two more Sand Martins on Court Lake, also Egyptian Goose, a pair of Oystercatchers, nine Pied Wagtails, a Mistle Thrush and six Redwings. In the Gravel Wash 20+ Siskins, a Grey Wagtail and a Raven. Around the pools a Curlew flew E, five Chiffchaffs and two Cetti’s Warblers. (MK). This afternoon three Sand Martins, ten Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap singing, six Cetti’s Warblers, 83 Tufted Ducks, 15 Gadwalls, a Kingfisher, seven Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe, 50+ Siskins and seven Redwing. (Nick Goatman). From Splatt Bridge this morning six Sand Martins through and three over the 100-Acre, three Oystercatchers, 40 Curlews, 24 Redshanks and three Peregrines. (Gordon Hodgson).

Siskin by Mike King

Slimbridge village     12 Cattle Egrets, just beyond and near to the Severn Trent pump station in a field to the NW. A male WHEATEAR in the first field on the right after crossing the canal towards WWT. (Mike Davis). At Shepherds Patch the GLOSSY IBIS again opposite the Dutch barn next to the canal at SO 72740 04303. Please park sensibly roadside or in the free car park before the bridge SO 72895 04128. (Neil Smart).

WWT Slimbridge     An adult Mediterranean Gull on South Lake, also male and female Goldeneyes, 782 Black-tailed Godwits, 110 Avocets and 29 Knot. (Dot Jones/Helen Bojaniwska).

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead this morning a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER heard only, a female Goshawk, a male and female Sparrowhawk, two Crossbills, a Blackcap singing, a Marsh Tit, 30+ Siskins, two Lesser Redpolls and six Fallow Deer. At Parkend two Hawfinches and 12 Bramblings. At Cannop ponds a female Goosander, six Tufted Ducks, 18 Mandarins, two Coal Tits and two Siskins. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

Leckhampton Hill     Songsters on the lower slopes included a Chiffchaff, a Treecreeper, a Marsh Tit and three over-wintering Blackcap in subsong. (Chris Furley).

Gloucester    A pair of Peregrines and the BLACK REDSTART still on the Cathedral today. (Tom Mabbett).

Sharpness     A female/juvenile BLACK REDSTART on the South side of the docks, just west of EMR (metal recycling) today. (Andy Jordan).

Wotton-Under-Edge    In Nind Lane three singing Chiffchaffs, at least ten Siskins and a Lesser Redpoll early morning. (Paul Rich).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Two Little Owls, five Bullfinches, a Long-tailed Tit and a Redwing. (Eric Harris). Other birds today included four Mute Swans, 24 Canada Geese, six Shelducks, c500 Wigeon, ten Gadwalls, c500 Teal, 40 Mallards, 365 Pintails, 58 Shovelers, a male Pochard, 17 Tufted Ducks, two Little Egrets, two Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe, a Cormorant, a Buzzard, 20 Coots, two Oystercatchers, a Dunlin, c20 Lapwings, two Curlews, four Redshanks, many hundreds of Black-headed Gulls on the floodwater, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a Chiffchaff singing and two Reed Buntings singing. (Mike Smart/Ian Ralphs). At Haw Bridge East two Shelducks and a Chiffchaff singing. (Mike Smart).

Aylburton Common     A Red Kite at 12:45pm flying E. (Martin Vaisey). Two Goshawks between Sandford Road and Upper Common. (Jonny Gentle).

Ryeford     A pair of Dippers on the River Frome at 12:30pm today. (Barry Hill).

Epney    Two Oystercatchers and six Shovelers this evening. (Jeremy Squire).

Cheltenham     A female Brambling in the garden again, a small flock of Siskins and a Blackcap singing. (Steve Brown).

About The Gloster Birder

My name is Mike King and have lived all my life in Gloucestershire. I am happiest birding around Frampton but I especially love Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. I have birded all over Europe, in the U.S.A. and Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Dominican Republic, The Gambia, Cape Verde, South Africa and most recently Zimbabwe and Botswana.
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