Sunday 19th March 2017

WWT Slimbridge    A pair of GARGANEYS still on South Lake, also a second winter Mediterranean Gull and 44 Avocets. A Spotted Redshank on the Rushy.  (Slimbridge Sightings/Richard Tyler/Andy Jordan). Pics of Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff and Spotted Redshank by Richard. Avocet 190317

Black-tailed Godwit 190317

Ruff 190317

Spotted Redshank 190317

Ashleworth Ham     The drake GARGANEY and the drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still today. Also a GREAT WHITE EGRET again, 50+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Little Egret and a pair of Oystercatchers. (Tim Gobourn/Les Sysum/Mark Dowie). Pic by Tim.Garganey 190317

Cotswold Water Park West     Five Sand Martins over Pit 65 this evening, now a pair of SCAUP on Pit 57 (the female found by Nigel Pleass). (Jon Mercer).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill today. (Ian Hull).

Norton    A COMMON SANDPIPER seen on the River Chelt three times this week. (Emma Clarkson).

Frampton     Still 50+ WAXWINGS at the N end of Court field near the gates at Park Lodge, just of the Perryway, later near Cadbury Bridge. (Nick Goatman/Ivan Sansom). This evening three CATTLE EGRETS and 32 Little Egrets came in to Court Lake to roost. Also the male Goldeneye still. (Nick Goatman).

Hardwicke     The Black Swan on the canal this morning. (Julian Long).

Cirencester     A Peregrine flew N over the Abbey Grounds at 2:45pm. (Jon Mercer).

Coombe Hill Meadows      Birds today included 3/4 Chiffchaffs, a Stock Dove, two Mistle Thrushes, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a Yellowhammer, seven Shovelers, six Shelducks, s Curlew, a pair of Oystercatchers, a Bullfinch, two Pied Wagtails, six Goldfinches, 10+ Lapwings, a Cetti’s Warbler, two Little Owls and two Grey Herons. (Les Waring).

Hawling     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at SP053218 today. (Les Waring).

Ashley     A male Wheatear, 14+ Skylarks, nine Yellowhammers, four Buzzards, a Green Woodpecker, two Stock Doves, 120+ Fieldfares, 35+ Redwings, 120+ Linnets, three Ravens, a Kestrel, seven Chiffchaffs, seven Bullfinches, a Jay, a Mistle Thrush, two Goldcrests and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers today. (Mark Grieve).

Whelford pools & Cotswold Water Park East     Two Chiffchaffs, 75+ Tufted Ducks, eight Gadwalls, two Shovelers, 25 Cormorants, 35+ Great Crested Grebes, six Pochards, two Buzzards, a Little Egret, two Greylags, a Green Woodpecker, two Oystercatchers and five Wigeon. (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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