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).

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