Alney Island field meeting

GNS joined The Folk of Gloucester for a bird walk over Alney Island, led by Andrew Bluett who not only knows his birds but is full of tales of times gone by, the history and characters of the area. We saw or heard 24 species including three Great Spotted Woodpeckers and flocks of Goldfinches and Long-tailed Tits. The highlights were two pairs of Stonechats, and an aerial squabble between a Carrion Crow and a Sparrowhawk.

Here’s the list of species seen:

  1. Wren
  2. Woodpigeon
  3. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  4. Magpie
  5. Jackdaw
  6. Carrion Crow
  7. Blackbird
  8. Robin
  9. Goldfinch
  10. Bluetit
  11. Starling
  12. Great Tit
  13. Long-tailed Tit
  14. Stonechat
  15. Robin
  16. Jay
  17. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  18. Black-headed Gull
  19. Pheasant
  20. Sparrowhawk
  21. Feral Pigeon
  22. Teal
  23. Chiffchaff
  24. Bullfinch

Andrew Bluett had expected to be able to show us waterbirds on the pools, but the floods had dropped and if they were there, they were hiding in the reeds.

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