Tuesday 15th March 2022

Slimbridge     Six Cattle Egrets sat in tree behind the Severn Trent site on the left hand bend just past the village. (Roy Kinchin). At Shepherds Patch the GLOSSY IBIS again by 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. (Martin Price).

WWT Slimbridge     On South Lake three adult Mediterranean Gulls, three Cattle Egrets, 80 Avocets and three Goldeneyes. From the Estuary Tower 207 White-fronted Geese, three Greenland White-fronted Geese and two Pink-footed Geese on the Dumbles. The Ross’s Goose still from Stephen Kirk hide today. (Roy Kinchin/Martin Price/Neil Smart/Slimbridge Sightings).

Saul Warth     This morning six Curlews flew S, two Oystercatchers, three Grey Herons, six Buzzards, ten Fieldfares, four Redwings, three Ravens, a Chiffchaff and a Reed Bunting. (MK).

Reed Bunting by Mike King

Forest of Dean     From New Fancy viewpoint today two very distant Goshawks, several Siskins and a female Crossbill, also a Slow Worm and a Common Lizard. In nearby woodland a male Bullfinch and two Goldcrests. (Chris Newton/Roberta Goodall). A Brambling under the bird table in the garden this afternoon. (Owen Follis). A singing Chiffchaff this afternoon at Forge Hill, Lydbrook. (Chris Sullivan).

Bullfinch by Chris Newton

Thrupp    At Ham Mill lock 60 Siskins, two Jays, five Mandarins (3m, 2f), four Chiffchaffs and a Grey Wagtail today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Purton     This morning a Sand Martin, 12 Chiffchaffs and 11 Siskins through N. (Francis Steuck).

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon seven Mute Swans, 11 Greylags, a Canada Goose, 95 Teal, 80 Wigeon, 17 Mallards, three Tufted Ducks (2m, 1f), 29 Shovelers, 26 Pintails, male and female Gadwall, 13 Coots, three Moorhens, two Grey Herons, two Little Grebes, four Curlews, a Buzzard, a Song Thrush, five Chaffinches and three Long-tailed Tits. (John Fletcher).

Frampton     The Egyptian Goose still on Court Lake today. (Nigel Young). On Splatt flashes nine Redshanks, a Kestrel and a Redwing. On the Sailing Lake three Common Gulls, two Chiffchaffs and a Cetti’s Warbler. At Epney an Oystercatcher. (MK).

Egyptian Goose by Nigel Young

Minsterworth Ham     Ten Mallards, a Buzzard, two Curlews, two Green Woodpeckers, two Skylarks singing, two Chiffchaffs singing and 50 Carrion Crows today. (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This evening five Mute Swans, ten Canada Geese, eight Shelducks, 360 Wigeon, 40 Gadwalls, 40 Mallards, 1500 Teal, 159 Pintails, 140 Shovelers, ten Tufted Ducks, three Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe, 20 Coots, four Oystercatchers, ten Lapwings, two Dunlins, 133 Black-tailed Godwits, five Curlews, a Redshank, at least three singing Chiffchaffs and 1-2 Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart/Dan Gornall).

Lower Lode     Two Sand Martins flying downriver. (Dan Gornall).

Tuffley     Male and female Blackcaps in the garden today. (John Fletcher).

Cam     A pair of Muntjacs on the road between Upthorpe and Ashmead Green this morning at 6:20am. (Gord Avery).

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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