Saturday 19th March 2022

Northleach     A 2cy male Goshawk near Northleach this morning. (Richard Tyler).

Goshawk by Richard Tyler

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included an elusive drake GARGANEY, a Great White Egret, 15 Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Peregrine, two Red Kites, two Dunlins, 202 Black-tailed Godwits, a Green Sandpiper, four Snipe, 3+ Redshanks, 20 Lapwings. three Oystercatchers, seven Curlews, six Mute Swans, eight Greylags, seven Canada Geese, 42 Mallards, 11 Shelducks, 395 Wigeon, 1600 Teal, 173 Shovelers, 28 Gadwalls, 94 Pintails, eight Tufted Ducks, 28 Coots, three Moorhens, wo Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe, a Cormorant, a Common Gull, a Treecreeper and a Stonechat. (Jeremy Holland/Andy Jayne/Ian Ralphs/David Anderson/Sam Walker).

Ashleworth Ham     Four Mute Swans, 20 Greylags, 20 Canada Geese, a Shelduck, 40 Wigeon, eight Gadwalls, 150 Teal, 30 Mallards, two Pintails, three Shovelers, a Little Grebe, a Grey Heron, a Little Egret, a Cormorant, ten Coots, two Moorhens, eight Snipe, two Jack Snipe, three Curlews, a Tawny Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, two Skylarks singing, at least three Chiffchaffs singing and at least six singing Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     A Mute Swan, four Canada Geese, seven Mallards, a female Goosander, a Grey Heron and five Coots. (Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows     Four Mute Swans, two Mallards, three Grey Herons, a Great White Egret, two Little Egrets, two Buzzards, four Jack Snipes, a Snipe and two singing Chiffchaffs. (Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean     At New Fancy View 8-9 am two Tawny Owls, three Buzzards, four Goshawks, a Green Woodpecker and a Raven. At Cannop Ponds four Mandarins, two Tufted Ducks, two Cormorants, a Raven and another Goshawk. (Jonathan Bull).

Sapperton     Two Sand Martins over high heading N at dusk. (Jeremy Squire).

Frampton     Early morning around the pools a Redwing, two Bramblings, four Siskins, a Meadow Pipit, seven Curlews, 129 Barnacle Geese, a Ross’s Goose, 16 Canada Geese, 15 Greylags, a Snow Goose and a Kingfisher. (Nick Goatman). This  morning at Splatt Bridge 70+ Curlews, 14 Redshanks, three Oystercatchers and two Dunlins. A trickle of VisMig N included a Grey Plover and a Yellowhammer. (Gordon Hodgson).

Purton     This morning a Grey Plover, a Red Kite, four Bramblings, 90 Chaffinches, 24 Siskins and a Lesser Redpoll. (Francis Steuck).

WWT Slimbridge     On South Lake 129 Avocets and a female Goldeneye. From the Estuary Tower 202 White-fronted Geese, two Greenland White-fronted Geese and two Pink-footed Geese on the Dumbles. Also two Little Stints. (Slimbridge Sightings/Dot Jones/Paul Masters). Two Red Kites over the back of South Lake at 12:15pm. (Andy Jordan).

Slimbridge     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. (Andy Jordan/Mark Dowie).

Whitminster    Along the old canal W of Fromebridge Mill four Cetti’s Warblers, five Chiffchaffs and three Buzzards. (Simon Spedding).

Rendcomb     A Peregrine over the school playing fields. (Dave Soons). A Dipper from the road bridge today. (Greg Mabbett).

Saul Warth     At high tide this morning nine Shelducks, 30 Wigeon, 97 Curlews, four Oystercatchers, three Little Egrets, a Kestrel, 50 Fieldfares, 20 Redwings, two Grey Wagtails, two Pied Wagtails, four Meadow Pipits and a Chiffchaff singing. (MK).

Fieldfare by Mike King

Brimscombe Hill     A Red Kite low over the garden at noon. Early afternoon a Sparrowhawk in the garden, a Raven circling high with several Buzzards over Quarhouse/Stringers wood. (Nikki Smith).

Nailsworth     Two Red Kites over the garden at Forest Green. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Chavenage Lane     A Red Kite today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

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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