Sightings Wednesday 4th May 2016

Gloucester     A HOOPOE in private gardens this afternoon near Dinglewell School, Hucclecote, but no access and no line of sight. (Paul Selwood). Hoopoe 1 040516Hoopoe 2 040516

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two WOOD SANDPIPERS from the Grundon Hide early morning then flew off N at 7:10am. (Chris Stott).

Guscar Rocks     Two Bar-tailed Godwits, 23 Whimbrels, 11 Dunlins, five Ringed Plover and a Wheatear. (Lewis Thomson).

Frampton     On the Sailing Lake this morning an ARCTIC TERN and three Common Terns. (Nick Goatman). A MARSH HARRIER from Splatt Bridge still and three Hobbies on Court Lake this morning. (Mark Dowie). A male Mandarin on court Lake. (Henry Kirkwood). This evening on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge a Short-eared Owl hunting, also six Whimbrels, three Curlews, two Ruff, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Black-tailed Godwit and two Little Egrets. (MK).

Cleeve Hill    Three RING OUZELS, a male Whinchat, a female Redstart, a female Wheatear, a female Stonechat, four Tree Pipits, 7+ Willow Warblers, a Cuckoo and a Red Kite. (Terry Grant). Pic by Terry.Ring Ouzel 040516Quedgeley     A White Stork reported by a non-birder, on a rooftop on the Hollygrove estate for several minutes at 4pm, a Grey Heron flew over for comparison. Apparently also seen last Thursday. (Sue Marshall).

Highnam Woods      Two Nightingales heard and one seen, also two pairs of Blackcaps, a Marsh Tit and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Also a male Muntjac. (Geoff Fawcett/Ben Locke/Warren Gill).

Forest of Dean    At Nagshead a Spotted Flycatcher and a male and female Pied Flycatcher but generally quiet. Four Swifts very high over Coleford town centre today. (Geoff Fawcett). 14 Rook nests in the rookery at Lydney railway station and a further 12 nests in a rookery  200 yards north where the B4231 crosses the preserved railway branch. (Ivan Proctor).

Maisemore     A Common Crane flying down the River Severn towards Maisemore at 8pm. (Martin Greenish).

Sandhurst     Male and female Redstarts this evening. (Martin Greenish).

Haw Bridge     Between the bridge and Deerhurst Parish Drain outfall at least one Curlew bubbling, five Sand Martins, at least two singing Redstarts in tall oaks, a Sedge Warbler and at least two Lesser Whitethroats. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     Three immature Mute Swans, five Canada Geese, a Coot, a distant Curlew bubbling, at least two singing Redstarts and 2+ Lesser Whitethroats. (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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