Friday 17th March 2017

WWT Slimbridge    Today on South Lake two drake GARGANEYS, also a Spotted Redshank,c40 Avocets, a Dunlin and c60 Black-tailed Godwits. (Dave Hughes/Geoff Moyser/Roberta Goodall). Also a 3rd calendar year Mediterranean Gull on South Lake. (Mark Dowie).

Ashleworth Ham     A drake GARGANEY from 12:46pm today until 5:40pm at least. (Rob Clipson).

Hawling     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at SP053218 today. Also a Red Kite and c150 Golden Plovers. (Hugh Manistre).

Frampton     18 Sand Martins dropped into the Sailing Lake at 7:30am then flew N towards Court Lake, later at 9:15am at least 35 Sand Martins on the Sailing Lake. Down Marsh Lane no sign of the shrike but 64 Fieldfares and a Redwing flew N and a grounded flock of 30 Lapwings. An adult Yellow-legged Gull on a telegraph pole at 9:30am then flew towards the Sailing Lake. (MK). 90 Sand Martins on the Sailing Lake at 10:30am. (Mark Dowie). A Spotted Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, four Oystercatchers, two Black-tailed Godwits and two Sand Martin on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge. (Gordon Hodgson). This evening at Court Lake roost three CATTLE EGRETS, a GREAT WHITE EGRET and 35 Little Egrets also four Oystercatchers. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth     A male Wheatear, a Rock Pipit, 30 Shelducks and a large female Peregrine. Also 9+ Knot, 11 Black-tailed Godwits and 50+ Curlews flew off of the Warth and landed on Frampton flashes. (MK).

Gloucester     At Port Ham two Canada Geese, unusual here, three Meadow Pipits and a Cetti’s warbler singing. At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake four Sand Martins, two Little Egrets and ten Meadow Pipits. (Ian Elphick).

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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