On Saturday morning I was up early to head out and explore a couple of local birding spots. First up was Painswick Beacon a location only a few minutes drive away and with regular reports of impressive viz-mig counts. The weather was far from ideal with a dispersing fog and a southerly wind. Still, I walked a circuit around the golf-course and then spent 30 minutes at the beacon to see if there was any passage. In the surrounding sycamore woodland and on the golf course were around 30 Goldcrest and 20 Meadow Pipit and overhead were my first Brambling of the year and four Crossbill which flew low to the west, four Redpoll and 15 Siskin. At the Beacon a small passage of birds moving south included 30 Goldfinch, 15 Sky Lark, 30 Redwing, 15 Fieldfare and 35 Chaffinch.
Map of Painswick Beacon. I parked on the yellow road bisecting the golf-course and walked north-east to Pope's Wood and then back south-west to the Beacon (at 283m).
View to north-west from just below Painswick Beacon
Map of Coombe Hill Meadows - Park at the end of the yellow lane (The Wharf) besides the Swan Pub (GL19 4BA) in Coombe Hill and walk west on the footpath either to the south of north of the canal (there is a bridge across the canal just before the reserve. The Grundon Hide overlooks the meadows and is accessible from the south and a second hide overlooks the Long Pool and is accessible from the north
Coombe Hill Meadows information board
View over Coombe Hill Meadows from the Grundon Hide