Sightings Thursday 7th April 2016

Poulton    Belated news of a HOOPOE in a non-birders private garden briefly yesterday but no further sign. (per Richard Baatsen).

WWT Slimbridge    A sub-adult LITTLE GULL on South Lake this afternoon. (Martine Fenn/@slimbridge_wild). An OSPREY flew W from the canal to the estuary N of Holden Tower at 9am. (@slimbridge_wild). On the Dumbles today a Sanderling. a Grey Plover, six Dunlins and aRinged Plover. (Geoff Moyser).

Cleeve Hill    A male RING OUZEL in the field opposite the masts at 11:50am. Also six Linnets, 50+ Skylarks and 12 Meadow Pipits. (Alan Hooper). Six RING OUZELS on the hill slopes W of the heather enclosure this evening. (Roy Shilham).

Forest of Dean    At Woorgreens Lake five Barnacle Geese, six Crossbills (2m) and a GREAT GREY SHRIKE still on Crabtree Hill. (Frank Williams).

Chedworth    A male Redstart still in the garden on Field Road today. (Chris Berens).

Hawling      176 Golden Plovers in the Hawling triangle today, mainly in summer plumage. (Laurie Pierce).

Wotton-Under-Edge    A male Redstart on Coombe Hill early morning and again in the evening. (Paul Rich).

Frampton    A SHORT-EARED OWL, Skylarks and 10+ Sand Martins from the gate at Splatt
Bridge at 6:50pm. (Phil Robinson).

Saul Warth    Two Yellow Wagtails, at least four White Wagtails and eight Pied Wagtails today. (Gordon Hodgson).

Cotswold Water Park (East)    At Pit 111 eight Grey Herons, nine Cormorants, 17 Tufted Ducks, four Teal, four Great Crested Grebes, a Little Egret, five Red Crested Pochards, a Goosander, four Reed Buntings, 14 Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, seven Swallows, a Green Woodpecker, aBrambling and three Bullfinches. At Pit 111b two Red Crested Pochards, three Grey Herons and five Cormorants. At Pit 126 50+ Black-headed Gulls, 40 Tufted Ducks, two Kingfishers and twoGreat Crested Grebes. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

Red-crested Pochards

Red-crested Pochards

Ashleworth Ham    Three House Martins, a few Swallows and a pair of Pintails today. (Keith Bannister).

Tirley    A singing Blackcap and a female Sparrowhawk over the village. (Mark Grieve).

Gloucester    A Grey Heron, two Little Egrets, three Willow Warblers, two Chiffchaffs, tenMallards with four ducklings at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today. (Alan Hooper). Pic by Alan.

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

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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