Sightings Wednesday 13th April 2016

Forest of Dean    A singing WOOD WARBLER at New Fancy View this morning. (Lewis Thomson). Two Goshawks, a pair of Siskins, the male displaying , a Peregrine, a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff. At Parkend behind the Fountains Inn a Dipper, a Grey Wagtail and a pair of Mandarins. At Nagshead a male Pied Flycatcher and a Redstart. (Robin Nelson).

Highnam Woods    This afternoon two singing NIGHTINGALES and two Marsh Tits. (Dave Owen).

Westbury-on-Severn   A SANDWICH TERN feeding off Westbury Strand today, from 12-2pm at least. Also a first-summer Mediterranean Gull feeding on flying insects with other gulls over Lower Dumball, Rodley, and a Red Kite just across the river from there. (John Phillips).

Frampton    A male Redstart this evening along the hedge near the “Pallas’s Wood” between the pools. At 7:30pm a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER flew into the wood, calling. (Nick Goatman).At Splatt Bridge 4-7pm a SHORT-EARED OWL, a Yellow Wagtail, a Cuckoo and a drummingLESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER. (Colin Greenfield).

Berkeley    A SHORT-EARED OWL near Berkeley this afternoon. (Paddy Doyle). Pic by Paddy.

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Short-eared Owl

Slimbridge    A male Pied Flycatcher in a private garden this morning, very scarce this side of the Severn. (Mary Goatman per Nick Goatman).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning two Green Woodpeckers, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 15 Chiffchaffs, eight Sedge Warblers, five Willow Warblers, four Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Cetti’s Warbler heard, four Blackcaps, a Redstart and nine Reed Buntings. (Dave Owen).

Tewkesbury    At the Mythe Reserve a Sedge Warbler, three Blackcaps (1m, 2f), a Buzzard, aGreen Woodpecker and six Chiffchaffs. Butterflies included Small Tortoiseshells, Brimstones, anOrange Tip, Large Whites and Peacocks, also four Bee Flies. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

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Tirley    Two garden Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff, a Swallow on wires in the village. Nearby at Wainlodes a Swallow and a Jay. (Mark Grieve).

Cheltenham    Two Buzzards displaying high over Benhall Park at lunchtime. (David Norman). Record shot by David.

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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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