Sunday 12th March 2017

Berkeley shore    A WHEATEAR this morning. (Paul Taylor). Pic by Paul.Wheatear 120317

Sharpness     Two WHEATEARS this afternoon between Sharpness and Berkeley Pill on the marsh. (Jeff Kirby).

Lydney New Grounds/Aylburton Warth     Three WHEATEARS, three Chiffchaffs, a Stonechat, c140 Golden Plovers, c30 Snipe and a Stoat. (Lewis Thomson).

WWT Slimbridge    Two WHEATEARS on the Dumbles this morning. (Mark Hobson). Four Sand Martins over the Holden Walkway early morning. (Roberta Goodall). A second-year Mediterranean Gull on South Lake this morning also c40 Avocets, 150+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Ruff, two Oystercatchers and a Little Egret. 120+ White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.Mediterranean Gull 120317

Frampton     20 Sand Martins over the Sailing Lake this morning. The GREAT GREY SHRIKE again along Marsh Lane S of the Sailing Lake this afternoon. Also the GREAT WHITE EGRET still today and four CATTLE EGRETS came in to roost. (Nick Goatman). Six Red Crested Pochards (4m, 2f) on the Sailing Lake at 4:30pm and 23 Pied Wagtails on Court field at 5pm. (MK). 120+ Sand Martins flew N high over Court Lake this afternoon, also a male Goshawk, four Red Crested Pochards (3 m 1 f) on Court Lake and two Chiffchaffs by the Sailing Lake. (Terry Grant). On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge a Spotted Redshank and three White-fronted Geese. (Andy Lodge).

Hawling     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still this morning in game cover E of Larkhill Farm, near the crossroads a Brambling and three Reed Buntings with a mixed feeding flock. Near the Naunton junction on the A436 5+ Corn Buntings, two singing. (Steve Brown).

Saul Warth      Four CATTLE EGRETS with five Little Egrets flew S over the Warth towards WWT this morning. (Gordon Hodgson). This afternoon a Rock Pipit, a female Stonechat, a Green Sandpiper, 70+ Curlews, two Redshanks and 150+ Shelducks on the river. (MK). Three Chiffchaffs singing today along the canal north of Saul junction. (Phil Pope).

Tresham     A singing CORN BUNTING today. (Paul Rich).

Ebley     A male Mandarin on the canal today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Painswick Beacon     Passage over the Beacon today included seven Buzzards, 1180 Common Gulls, three Great Black-backed Gulls, a Peregrine, 27 Ravens, 205 Fieldfares, 38 Redwings and a Siskin. (John Fleming).

Stow-on-the-Wold     The BLUE ROCK THRUSH of unknown origin still present today in Maugersbury Park. Strictly no parking in Fisher Close or Maugersbury Park, there is a public car park near the Bell pub 5 minutes walk away or find alternative parking in the town. Please show the residents respect and as much privacy as is possible. There is a collection for Kate’s Home Nursing  please give generously on site or on-line. (Scott Petrek).

Forest of Dean     A Chiffchaff singing this morning below Forge Hill, Lydbrook. (Chris Sullivan).

Tetbury     A singing Chiffchaff outside the Trouble House Inn today. (Mark Grieve).

Ashley     A Chiffchaff, 12+ Skylarks, 25+ Yellowhammers, a female Sparrowhawk, 160+ Linnets, eight Stock Doves, two Bullfinches, six Reed Buntings, three Buzzards, a Jay, a Grey Partridge, two Stonechats, a Green Woodpecker, two Pied Wagtails, a male Peregrine, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Nuthatch, five Meadow Pipits, 130+ Chaffinches and seven Redwings today. (Mark Grieve).

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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