Sunday 20th March 2022

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Great White Egret, a pair of GARGANEYS, 192 Black-tailed Godwits, two Ruff, three Redshanks, two White Wagtails and a Little Owl today. (Ken Heron/Ian Hull).

Forest of Dean     At Blakeneyhill Woods this afternoon a Red Kite, a Goshawk heard, three Firecrests, a Brambling, two Hawfinches, a pair of Crossbills and 10+ Siskins. (Andy Jayne). At Parkend a Treecreeper and a Nuthatch in the garden of the Fountain Inn. Along Cannop Brook, southward from the footbridge opposite the cycle shop, a Dipper with a green right leg ring, also a Woodcock flushed from scrub beside the path and flew across the brook. (Andy & Sue Gibbons). Three Goshawks and two Peregrines from New Fancy View and four Hawfinches at Parkend. (Tan Grigg).

Severn Way, Elmore Back to Weir Green     A SHORT-EARED OWL flew over high from the Quedgeley direction, Kingfishers, a pair of Yellowhammers and a Green Sandpiper on a flooded pool. (Jeremy Squire).

Minsterworth Ham     17 Little Egrets on a dried out pool today. (Jeremy Squire).

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge this morning two Merlins, 30 Curlews, 14 Redshanks, four Oystercatchers, 15 Dunlins, a Pintail, two Shovelers and a Great White Egret. Overhead two Lesser Redpolls, five Golden Plovers and two Red Kites all flew N. (Gordon Hodgson). Early morning around the pools 23 Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, ten Curlews, a Ross’s Goose, 121 Barnacle Geese, 16 Canada Geese, 37 Greylags, 102 Tufted Ducks, 15 Gadwalls, two Shovelers, a male Mandarin, ten Teal, 58 Coots, 18 Moorhens, five Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe, three Cetti’s Warblers, 10+Siskins and a Raven. (Nick Goatman).

Berkeley Pill     At high tide this morning three female Goosanders, 52 Wigeon, 12 Teal, three Gadwalls, six Shelducks, four Mallards, 18 Redshanks and four Snipe. (Dave Emery).

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. (Tan Grigg).

Cotswold Water Park West    Four Black-tailed Godwits at Shorncote early morning, had gone by 9:30am. Other birds included two Oystercatchers, a Green Sandpiper, a Water Rail, three Cetti’s Warblers and a Brambling. (Jon Mercer).

Black-tailed Godwits by Jon Mercer

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 127 a Redshank, an Oystercatcher, 11 Red Crested Pochards, two pairs of Gadwalls and 23 Teal. On Pit 126 a Water Rail and seven Red Crested Pochards. On Pit 125 an Oystercatcher. On Pit 123 a pair of Goosanders, a Kingfisher and a female Goldeneye. On Pit 116 64 Wigeon and 14 Red Crested Pochards. On Pit 114 76 Tufted Ducks and 18 Great Crested Grebes. In Whelford Pools car park singing Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Cetti’s Warbler. (John Durell/Robin Griffiths).

Aylburton Warth/Guscar Rocks     13 Canada Geese, 26 Shelducks, 30 Wigeon, 40 Teal, two Mallards, six Oystercatchers, four Dunlins, 268 Curlews, 20 Redshanks, a Turnstone, three singing Skylarks, a singing Meadow Pipit, a Raven and two singing Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Bourton-on-the-Water     Two Oystercatchers on one of the north pits, two Cetti’s Warblers singing at each other by the south pit, where there are now only four Wigeon left. (Andy Lewis).

South Woodchester     A Raven high over the Bath Road. (Nikki Smith).

Nailsworth     At the stream lakes two Grey Herons, two Treecreepers and a Nuthatch. Nikki Smith).

Bishops Cleeve     A Red Kite at 2:22pm. (Ken Heron).

Highnam     By the church a Mistle Thrush, a Buzzard, 20+ Goldfinches, numerous Long-tailed Tits, Blue Tits and Great Tits. Over the garden later three Buzzards circling on the thermals, also 13 Chaffinches, six Goldfinches, a Nuthatch, numerous tits and a Dunnock feeding in the garden this afternoon. (Clare McLeod).

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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