Sightings Saturday 30th April 2016

WWT Slimbridge      An adult and a second-summer LITTLE GULL on South Lake this afternoon. (Andy Jordan/Mark Dowie). Pic by Andy.Little Gull 300416.jpgAnother pic by Mark.Little Gulls 300416

Cleeve Hill     Still 8+ RING OUZELS this morning. Also 5+ Yellowhammers, 10+ Linnets some collecting nesting materials, five Meadow Pipits, a Yellow Wagtail, three Curlews over and a male Roe Deer. (Dave Soons). Pics by Dave.Ring Ouzel 1 300416Ring Ouzel 2 300416

Saul-Frampton     From Splatt Bridge this morning the Short-eared Owl hunting still and a male Cuckoo with another calling further S. Between Cadbury Bridge and Splatt Bridge eight Swifts, 20+ Sand Martins, two Swallows, a Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, two Reed Warblers, three Cetti’s Warblers singing unseen, five Lapwings, a Green Sandpiper heard, two Oystercatchers flew S, a Little Egret and three more in the currently drained Saul Lodge pond. (Mark Dowie/MK). Pic by Mike.

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Cotswold Water Park West     32+ Common Terns feeding over Pit 41 this afternoon also an Oystercatcher, a Garden Warbler and a Cetti’s Warbler. (Jon Mercer).

Frampton pools     Six Swifts with Sand Martins over the Sailing Lake, a Yellow Wagtail over and a Common Sandpiper this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake  this morning three Common Sandpipers, a Snipe, two Kingfishers, a Lesser Whitethroat, three Whitethroats and two Swifts. (Martin Greenish).

Tewkesbury     At Tewkesbury Nature Reserve three Lesser Whitethroats, two Whitethroats, a female Redstart and four Common Sandpipers today. (Ian Hull).

Stroud      A Swift over central Stroud at 8pm today. (David Withington).

Quedgeley     A Nightingale singing near Goss Wood  Corner this morning. (Paul Masters).

Symonds Yat     From the viewpoint today the Peregrine pair, six Buzzards, a  Goshawk, a pair of Sparrowhawks, a Red Kite, Ravens, three Swifts, two pairs of Canada Geese nesting on the rock faces, a pair of Mandarins, two pairs of Stock Doves and a pair of Marsh Tits. Also eight Fallow Deer, a Fox, Green Longhorn Moths and an Ashy Mining Bee colony. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Forest of Dean     At five Pied Flycatchers, a Redstart, a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER, five House Martins, five Swallows, 6+ Willow Warblers, three Chiffchaff, six Blackcaps and eight Siskins today. (Jonathan Angliss). By the pond near the visitor centre early afternoon a Spotted Flycatcher and a female Pied Flycatcher. (Dave & Vanda Owen). A pair of Hawfinches and a Great Spotted Woodpecker at Mallards Pike and a Firecrest at Soudley. (Owen Follis). This morning at Blaize Bailey two Swifts, a Tree Pipit, four Ravens, and numerous Blackcaps and Willow Warblers. This evening a female Goshawk low over the field at the bottom of the garden. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers). At Clearwell Meend, a pair of Linnets nest building, two Willow Warblers, three Chiffchaffs, two Long-tailed Tits, a Song Thrush and a Buzzard today. (Alan Waterman). Pic by Alan.Linnet 300416

Babdown Airport     Two Grey Partridges near the entrance at ST848941 and also a Corn Bunting today. (Vic Polley).

Witcombe Reservoirs      This morning a Yellow Wagtail, two White Wagtail, two Common Sandpipers. (Pete Grimmitt).

Berkeley shore     Three Whimbrels, three Common Sandpipers and four Wheatears today. (Paul Taylor).

Tirley  Sandpits     A Mistle Thrush, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, nine Swallows, five Stock Doves, six Skylarks, five Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, a Lesser Whitethroat, five Whitethroats and a Cormorant over. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Along the canal towpath two Coots with five young, two Curlews, two Lesser Whitethroats, two Whitethroats singing and three Sedge Warblers. On the GWT birds included ten Shelducks, a Teal, six Gadwalls,  a Tufted Duck, three Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, two Oystercatchers, 15 Lapwings, a Whimbrel, three Redshanks, two Common Sandpipers, five Swifts, ten House Martins, five Sand Martins, a Cetti’s Warbler, 5+ Sedge Warblers, two Lesser Whitethroats, two Whitethroats and three Chiffchaffs. In the barley field a Redstart and a Yellowhammer and 3+ Reed Buntings mobbing a Fox. Also a Cuckoo reported singing early on. (Mike Smart/Les Brown).

Leigh Meadows     Ten non-breeding Mute Swans,  a Grey Heron, two Little Egrets, two Curlews, a Snipe, a Redstart and five 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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