Sightings Thursday 28th April 2016

Frampton     At the Sailing Lake this evening a Swift, c500 Sand Martins, a House Martin, six Swallows and a Common Sandpiper. (MK).

WWT Slimbridge     On South Lake an adult, a first summer and a second summer LITTLE GULL. Also a male Whinchat on the Middle Point fence line. (@slimbridge_wild).

Cotswold Water Park West     At dawn at Pits 65 and 43 two Grasshopper Warblers, a Cuckoo, five Nightingales, Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker and Chiffchaff. (Simon Ashley).

Tresham     This afternoon a Yellow Wagtail on the road to the A46 near Hatherall’s Barn and two more plus a Wheatear, a Corn Bunting and c100 Linnets on the farm track going south at ST795905. (Vic Polley).

Boxwell     A Yellow Wagtail in the field near the cottages. (Vic Polley).

Leighterton     Two Corn Buntings near Bennett’s Farm and another plus a Yellow Wagtail on the footpath to Westonbirt Arboretum. (Vic Polley).

Chedworth    Two hybrid sparrows (House Sparrow x Tree Sparrow) at a garden bird table today. (Chris Berens). Pics by Chris. So Close!Sparrow hybrid 2 280416Sparrow hybrid 1 280416Coombe Hill Meadows     Birds today included Whitethroats. Blackcaps and Sedge Warblers along the towpath. From The Grundon Hide three Little Egrets, two Swifts, a pair of Redshanks, a Snipe, 14 Lapwings, a Sparrowhawk, four Buzzards, two Grey Herons, a male Reed Bunting, a Skylark, a Yellow Wagtail, three Gadwalls, a male Tufted Duck and four Shovelers. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.Snipe 280416Tirley Sandpits     Two Common Cranes, presumably GCRP birds,  flew S at 3:22pm towards Coombe Hill, also a Swift, four Blackcaps, five Skylarks, four Chiffchaffs, 10+ Swallows, a Meadow Pipit, a Whitethroat, a Grey Heron and two Stock Doves. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth Ham     From the hide at Meerend Thicket this afternoon birds included two Common Cranes flew over, probably the Tirley birds above, three Mandarins (2m, 1f), nine Lapwings, 66 Coots, four Shovelers, ten Shelducks, three Little Egrets, ten Gadwalls, seven Teal, two Curlews, 11 Sand Martins, three Swallows, three Bullfinches, two Whitethroats, six Blackcaps, two Nuthatches and a female Reed Bunting. (John Fletcher).

Forest of Dean     A Red Kite at 7:30am at English Bicknor today. (Kev Jones).

Lydney     Two Common Sandpipers on Lydney boating lake today. (Phil Ashman).

Gloucester     At Alney Island a Cuckoo seen perched on willows on Port Ham, then flew across the river towards the household recycling centre at Hempsted. Also four Canada Geese, six Greylags, two Grey Herons and a Common Sandpiper. (Richard Lawrence).

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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