Sightings Friday 8th April 2016

WWT Slimbridge    A WHITE STORK flew high heading NE just N of the centre at 2pm.  (@slimbridge_wild). A REED WARBLER singing from the Knott Pool reedbed today. (In Focus). No further sign anywhere today. Ten Mediterranean Gulls this morning, an adult pair on the Rushy, seven second-summer and a first-summer on South Lake. 90 Wigeon still on the river this morning and a pair on the Holden Pool, 14 Avocets around the hides and 30 Black-tailed Godwits and a Snipe on South Lake. (MK/John Fletcher). Med Gulls pic by Mike, Avocet pic by John.

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Saul Warth    At least eight White Wagtails near Hock Ditch late morning. (MK).

White Wagtail

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Cleeve Hill    Seven RING OUZELS (2m) Cleeve Hill on the E facing slope of the cattle enclosure at SO992255. (Paul Masters).

Tresham    Six Wheatears, two Corn Buntings and two Swallows along the Monarch’s Way just N of Tresham this morning. (Vic Polley/Claire Halpin).

Frampton    A SHORT-EARED OWL from Splatt Bridge gate at 7:15pm being mobbed by 50+ Sand Martins. (MK/Gordon Kirk).

Forest of Dean    At New Fancy View a first-year Goshawk, at Crabtree Hill three singing Tree Pipits, a male Stonechat and the GREAT GREY SHRIKE, at Cannop Ponds four Little Grebes, eightMandarins, a Marsh Tit and a male Gadwall still paired to a female Mallard. At Speech House threeHawfinches and at Woorgreens Lake two pairs of trilling Little Grebes. (Keith Vinicombe).

May Hill    A Willow Warbler singing at the top of the hill this morning. (Rob Guest).

Berkeley    A COMMON SANDPIPER and a JACK SNIPE near the mouth of Berkeley Pill this morning. (Geoff Moyser).

Coln Valley    On a 10 mile walk birds included two Tufted Ducks, a drake Teal, two Grey Herons, aLittle Grebe, three Grey Partridges, three Stock Doves, 20+ Goldfinches, two Dippers, aKingfisher, 10+ Long-tailed Tits, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Blackcap, a Swallow and twoReed Buntings. (Michael Cook).

Cotswold Water Park (West)    At Shorncote this morning a male Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, 2+White Wagtails, 15+ Meadow Pipits, four Willow Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, a Blackcap, ten Sand Martins, a Swallow, 10+ Wigeon, two Egyptian Geese, a Little Ringed Plover, 20+ Lapwings, fourSnipe, two Little Egrets, a Water Rail, 6+ Reed Buntings and four Cetti’s Warblers. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.


Twyning    Two Reed Buntings regularly visiting the garden. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Reed Bunting

Bricklehampton    A Siskin on garden feeders today. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.


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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