Sightings Saturday 2nd April 2016

Cleeve Hill    At 8am six female RING OUZELS flew from the gorse next to the masts to a nearby tree then on towards the Bill Smyllie reserve, five more RING OUZELS (3 males) at 9:30am foraging in the Washpool valley and another flushed between here and the heather enclosure. Four Wheatears and a Tree Pipit singing on the scarp nearby. (Steve Brown). This afternoon nineWheatears, at least two Chiffchaffs and a Grass Snake all in valley above wash pool. (Adrian Jowitt). A Red Kite over the Common at 5pm. (MK). Seven Wheatears and a male RING OUZEL in the field next to the masts car park at 7pm. (Mark Dowie).

Frampton    A COMMON TERN on the Sailing Lake today. (Gordon Hodgson).

Sharpness    Two SANDWICH TERNS flew S at 10:30am, also an adult Mediterranean Gull and two Swallows. (Geoff Moyser). Two SANDWICH TERNS flew N past SARA at 4:55pm. (Andy Jordan).

Berkeley shore    Four SANDWICH TERNS flew S at 10:44am. (Paul Taylor).

Coombe Hill Meadows   The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still from the Grundon hide and fiveSANDWICH TERNS flew S. (Colin Greenfield).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included an OSPREY flying N at 8:05am, 255 Common Gulls, sixSiskins and 14 Chaffinches. (John Fleming).

Saul Warth    A male MERLIN flew through calling this morning. Also a Little Ringed Ploverthrough and another N over Splatt Bridge. (Gordon Hodgson).

WWT Slimbridge    87 summer plumage Golden Plovers, two Grey Plovers and two Willow Warblers from the Holden Tower this morning. Four Mediterranean Gulls on South Lake. (James Lees, WWT/MK).

Stroud    On the River Frome this afternoon two Dippers and a Kingfisher. (Paddy Doyle).

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Dipper

Hazleton    This afternoon many Linnets and eight Bramblings still and a Yellowhammer. (Margaret Collins/Les Ditchburn).

Whitminster    A Willow Warbler singing along the Stroudwater canal and three Chiffchaffs and aWheatear in maize leftovers S of the Frome. (Martin McGill).

Forest of Dean    A Red Kite flew over Ruardean today, following two yesterday. (Fiona Leathart). At midday on farmland W of Clearwell three Wheatears (2f, 1m), a Swallow, two Lapwings, sixBuzzards and four Ravens and numerous Skylarks, Yellowhammers and Chiffchaffs. Also a gardenBrimstone butterfly this afternoon at Lords Hill, Coleford. (Frank Williams).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrines and an intruding femalePeregrine, an adult male Harrier sp (Hen or a Montagu’s) flew NW over the viewpoint at 10am today, a Red Kite, a male and female Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, eight Buzzards, two Goshawks, fourRavens, a Kingfisher, two Marsh Tits, a Green Woodpecker calling, three Goosanders (1m, 2f), a pair of Stock Doves, six Sand Martins and a Swallow. Also six Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tirley    A garden Chiffchaff and a Treecreeper. (Mark Grieve).

Tirley Sandpits    Four Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Green Woodpeckers, 11+ Skylarks, eight Stock Doves, 8+ Chiffchaffs, three Pied Wagtails, two Meadow Pipits, a Raven, a Curlewheard, seven Fieldfares, three Yellowhammers, four Greylags, a female Stonechat, a male Blackcapin brief song and a Goldcrest. (Mark Grieve).

Upham Meadow    Two Mute Swans, 12 Greylags and 30 Canada Geese, an Oystercatcher, 15Curlews, ten Skylarks, a Meadow Pipit, four Swallows flew SE and four Reed Buntings today. (Mike Smart).

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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