Thursday 17th March 2022

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning two drake GARGANEYS from Grundon hide. (Greg Mabbett/Les Ditchburn). This evening a pair of GARGANEYS from Grundon hide, so definitely three birds on site today. (Jeremy Holland). An adult SPOONBILL from 1:20pm.  (MK). Also a Dunlin, a Redshank, two Oystercatchers, 215 Black-tailed Godwits, a Little Egret and this evening a Goshawk caught and killed a Coot. (Ian Ralphs/Jeremy Squire/Steve Huggins).

Garganey by Mike King

Spoonbill by Mike King

Slimbridge     12 Cattle Egrets in a field behind the Severn Trent site on the left hand bend just past the village. (John Fletcher). 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. (Paul Clark/Chris Newton).

Glossy Ibis by Chris Newton

Glossy Ibis by John Fletcher

Cattle Egrets by John Fletcher

WWT Slimbridge     On South Lake 115 Avocets, 182 Black-tailed Godwits, at least six Knot and a female Goldeneye. From the Estuary Tower 179 White-fronted Geese, two Greenland White-fronted Geese and two Pink-footed Geese on the Dumbles. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Frampton     On Court field 153 Barnacle Geese, a Ross’s Goose, an Egyptian Goose and an Oystercatcher early morning. (Nick Goatman). Between Splatt Flashes and Saul Warth 6+ Redshanks, 21 Curlews, 60+ Shelducks, a Little Egret, 10+ Skylarks and four Chiffchaffs. A pair of Mandarins on Saul Lodge pond and four Redwings near Fretherne Bridge. (MK).

Little Egret by Mike King
Chiffchaff by Mike King

Lydney Harbour to Aylburton Warth     27 Shelducks, 44 Teal, 130 Golden Plovers, two Ringed Plovers, c20 Dunlins, a Green Sandpiper, eight Redshanks, a Kestrel, a female Merlin, two Sand Martins, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Wheatear and a Lesser Redpoll. (Andy Jayne).

May Hill    A TREE PIPIT singing from the top of a small pine on the S slope, singing Meadow Pipits, a Stonechat and a male Brambling. Nuthatch and Treecreeper in Newent Woods. (Magnus Carter).

Forest of Dean    Eight Siskins on garden feeders this morning in Coleford. (Geoff Fawcett). A Hawfinch, a female Brambling and a Greenfinch at Parkend today. (Merv Carlyon).

Hawfinch by Merv Carlyon

Alvington     Ten Buzzards circling together at midday, also this afternoon a Peregrine and Red Kite over. (Paul Woolams).

Cheltenham     A Red Kite over the entrance to Cheltenham Race Course at 9:15am. (Gordon Avery).

Lineover Wood     Several Marsh Tits, a pair of Bullfinches, six Buzzards, two Red Kites, two Sparrowhawks, a Goshawk, two Ravens, lots of singing Chiffchaffs and a Muntjac. (Martin Price).

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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