Saturday 18th March 2017

Ashleworth Ham     A drake GARGANEY and a drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still this morning. Also 30+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Little Egret and a pair of Oystercatchers. (Dave Owen/MK).

WWT Slimbridge     Two male and a female GARGANEY on South Lake today. (Roy Shilham). Pic by Roy. Garganey 180317Whitminster     A female GARGANEY on Stroudwater canal on the recently cleared area below Whitminster this morning. (Jeremy Squire).

Stow-on-the-Wold     The BLUE ROCK THRUSH of unknown origin still present today in Fisher Close today. 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. (Dan White).

Frampton     56+ WAXWINGS commuting between the large oak by the gate at Frampton Court and the trees with mistletoe by the Perryway early afternoon. Also a Cetti’s Warbler singing in the NE arm of Court Lake, 100+ Sand Martins today and a pair of Oystercatchers on Court Field. (Nick Goatman/MK). Pic by Mike.

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Cleeve Hill     A male MERLIN was hunting in the hawthorns in the “Dry Bottom” valley at 7am today and a Chiffchaff was singing below the Heather Enclosure. (Arthur Ball).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning at 7 am two Little Ringed Plovers were feeding in front of the Grundon Hide. (Chris Stott).

Hawling     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at SP053218 today. (Bob Fryer).

Painswick Beacon     Passage over the Beacon today included 22 Golden Plovers, 870 Common Gulls, 11 Stock Doves, 190 Woodpigeons, 122 Fieldfares, 30 Redwings, nine Meadow Pipits and two Siskins. Near the farm 42 Yellowhammers, two linnets, 32 Chaffinches, five Goldfinches and 13 Skylarks. (John Fleming).

Halmore     A singing Chiffchaff today. Also a female Siskin in the garden on 16th and 17th. (Chris Newton).

Forest of Dean     At Clearwell Meend two Chiffchaffs singing. (first this year). (Alan Waterman).

Symonds Yat    From the viewpoint today the Peregrine pair, who were mating occasionally, a Red Kite, two Goshawks, a female Sparrowhawk, a pair of Kestrels displaying, six Buzzards, the Raven pair, a Chiffchaff, a Tawny Owl calling, a pair of Goldcrests, a pair of Marsh Tits, a Pied Wagtail, a pair of Long-tailed Tits, a pair of Goosanders, a pair of Stock Doves, and 14 Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Gloucester     At Robinswood Hill C.P. a Red-legged Partridge, the first one recorded on the Hill in 18+ years. (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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