Thursday 9th March 2017

Hawling     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still present all day today. (Duncan Dine). Also a Red Kite, a MERLIN chasing a Skylark, a Kestrel, six Buzzards, a pair of Mistle Thrushes, eight Yellowhammers, Skylarks, a Raven, a Corn Bunting, large flocks of Chaffinches, Linnets and Fieldfares and a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Duncan.Great Grey Shrike 090317

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this morning. Also Siskin, two Stonechats, two Coal Tits, a Buzzard, Goldcrest, Peregrine and Treecreeper.  At Cannop ponds Mandarins, a male Reed Bunting at the feeding station and four Grey Wagtails on the stream. At least two Goshawks from New Fancy View. At Woorgreens Lake, two drake Mandarins and a Nuthatch at the car park. (Andy & Sue Gibbons/Peter Rodgers/Paul Rich). A Little Grebe on the Swanpool at the roadside between Newland and Redbrook. (Ivan Proctor). Two Small Tortoiseshell butterflies, two Blue Tits checking out a nestbox and a Siskin at Forge Hill, Lydbrook today. (Chris Sullivan). Pic by Peter.Great Grey Shrike 2 090317Frampton     On the Sailing Lake the four Red Crested Pochards still (3m, 1f), also two drake Pochards this morning. A Kingfisher on the Night Heron pool and a singing male Blackcap and a singing Chiffchaff. At Court Lake a pair of Oystercatchers and a Tawny Owl roosting this morning. Also a Brimstone butterfly in the village. (MK). Pic by Mike.Red Crested Pochards 090317At the shore a Spotted Redshank, a Grey Plover, a Green Sandpiper and a WATER PIPIT today. (Paul Rich/Gordon Hodgson/Mark Dowie/MK).

Arlingham    The RICHARD’S PIPIT again in the usual field next to the river (with the small hawthorn tree in the middle) and the next field by the river immediately to the W until 3:30pm at least at SO719117. Also in a field just NE of Arlingham SO717114 c100 Common Gulls with a few Mallards and in Arlingham two Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (Keith White/Jeff Kirby).

Saul    Three CATTLE EGRETS near Passage Road with three Little Egrets again this afternoon. (Jeff Kirby).

Nind     A Marsh Tit singing at Nind GWT reserve today at ST755915. (Morag Hughes).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning 34 Black-tailed Godwits, four Oystercatchers, three Curlews, singing Cetti’s Warbler and Chiffchaff. Also c150 Wigeon, three Tufted Ducks, a pair of Pintails, c100 Teal and two Shelducks. Also plenty of Brimstone butterflies on the wing. (Ian Hull).

Tewkesbury     At Severn Ham two pairs of Curlew, and a fifth bird but seen off, a Kingfisher along Mill Avon, five Skylarks and two Reed Buntings today. (Mike Smart).

Thrupp     A Water Rail at Griffin Mill Lock today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Kingswood      Garden birds today included a Siskin on a feeder, a Dipper, two Grey Wagtails, a Kingfisher and a Little Egret. (Tom McCarthy).

Longlevens     A Green Woodpecker was calling this afternoon from Paygrove Lane playing field direction, heard from the back garden in Park Avenue. (Pam Bryant).

Ashley     Two Yellowhammers, 12 Buzzards, a Kestrel, a Stonechat, 12+ Skylark, three Ravens, 39+ Redwings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 450+ Woodpigeons, four Fieldfares, two Goldcrests, two Bullfinches, four Stock Doves, a Mistle Thrush, a Green Woodpecker and two Brimstone butterflies today. (Mark Grieve).

Rudge Hill N.N.R., Edge     Birds included a male Stonechat, three Buzzards, nine Long-tailed Tits, two Goldcrests, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (John Fletcher/Roger Pearce).

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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