Wednesday 15th March 2017

Westbury-on-Severn    A HOUSE MARTIN this afternoon. (Pete Walkden/Owen Follis).

Cleeve Hill     A MERLIN on a kill on the golf course today. (Greg Mabbett).

Forest of Dean     From New Fancy View between 10am and 3pm nine Goshawks, two Peregrines, two Sparrowhawks, 15+ Buzzards, 12 Ravens, and birds seen flying below included two Hawfinches, two Crossbills, 15 Siskins, and a GREAT GREY SHRIKE. (Nick Moss). A Dipper at Blakeney sewage treatment works in the stream. (Owen Follis).

Frampton     This morning a first-summer Mediterranean Gull on Court field, four Red Crested Pochards on Court Lake, two Red Crested Pochards on the Sailing Lake (all 6 together on the Sailing Lake at lunchtime), a Reed Bunting and a Chiffchaff singing. (Nick Goatman/Gordon Hodgson).

Ready Token     This afternoon mixed finches mainly on electricity wires along the Welsh Way near Ready Token, 27 Goldfinches, eight Linnets, three Corn Buntings, a male Reed Bunting and 12 Chaffinches. Also a Red Kite over, a Kestrel, seven Skylarks, a male Blackcap, three Brimstones and a Small Tortoiseshell. (Michael Cook).

Coln St Aldwyns     A Little Owl near the cricket pitch in Williamstrip Park. (Michael Cook).

Berkeley     Two Red Kites just flew low NE over the garden heading towards the bypass. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Ashleworth Ham     From Meerend thicket GWT hide birds included a GCRP Common Crane over N at 10:05am, a GREAT WHITE EGRET at 9:30am and along Stank Lane at 12:30pm, a Little Egret, 19 Shovelers, three Shelducks, four Tufted Ducks, 14 Teal, seven Gadwalls, seven Pintails, 31 Wigeon, 43 Coots, a Curlew, 31 Lapwings, five Snipe, two Stock Doves, two Nuthatches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and two Chiffchaffs singing. Along Stank Lane two Curlews, 12+ Skylarks and 25+ Redwings with few Fieldfares. (John Fletcher/Martin Greenish).

Stroud     At Frome Banks two Dippers, a Kingfisher and a Brimstone butterfly today. (Simon Ashley).

Ashley     13+ Skylarks, four Stock Doves, four Fieldfares, three Chiffchaffs, 20+ Yellowhammers, six Buzzards, two Pied Wagtails, a Jay, 15+ Chaffinches, a Coal Tit, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Nuthatches, a Redwing, a Green Woodpecker and a Bullfinch. Two calling Tawny Owl calling at 7pm outside the cottage. (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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