Friday 31st March 2017

WWT Slimbridge     An immature LITTLE GULL feeding over South lake from 2:50pm. (Jon Mercer). The SPOONBILL seen around the grounds today, three second-summer Mediterranean Gulls and a drake GARGANEY on South Lake, a Willow Warbler singing along the Holden Walkway and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose on the Dumbles late morning and two Little Ringed Plovers. (Richard Tyler/Neil Duggan/MK). Little Gull pic by Jon.Little Gull 310317                                                              Spoonbill pics by Mike.Spoonbill 1 310317

Spoonbill 2 310317Med Gull pics by Richard (1st) and Neil (2nd).Mediterranean Gull 2 310317

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Cleeve Hill     Early morning a pair of flighty RING OUZELS in the quarries above the Sheepwash valley. (MK). Later a male REDSTART, two TREE PIPITS, two Wheatears and two Golden Plovers over. (Les Ditchburn). Four Short-eared Owls flushed at the top of the Sheepwash valley at 11am landed towards the golf course. (Jon Mercer/Hugh Manistre/Dawn Hebron). Also today another Wheatear, a pair of Stonechats and a Red Kite. (Steve Brown).

Forest of Dean  A very early Pied Flycatcher at Lower hide, Nagshead today, equals the earliest record for Glos. (RSPB Gloucestershire). A TREE PIPIT, a Willow Warbler and 12 Sand Martins at Woorgreens and another two TREE PIPITS and two Willow Warblers at Crabtree Hill.  (Lewis Thomson). In Russell’s Inclosure two Willow Warblers, three Blackcaps, many Chiffchaffs and two Woodcocks. (Arron Roberts). A Willow Warbler singing and feeding all morning in the garden at Milkwall. (Ivan Proctor). A Goshawk over the house in Cinderford again heading W towards Crabtree Hill. (Owen Follis).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reedbed on Pit 85b birds included a Red Kite, four Chiffchaff, three Little Egrets, two Ravens, three Swallows, seven Cetti’s Warblers, a Water Rail calling, a Kingfisher, 20 Tufted Ducks, six Cormorants, three Reed Buntings and 15 Goldfinches. On Pit 85a two Little Egrets, seven Gadwalls, eight Shovelers, five Skylarks, a Kingfisher and three Cetti’s Warblers. (John Fletcher).

Saul     On the river a summer plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit, a Grey Plover, seven Ringed Plovers, three Dunlins and 75+ Curlews. (Mark Dowie).

Frampton     A YELLOW WAGTAIL on Court field with Pied Wagtails, four Swallows, 150+ Sand Martins and five CATTLE EGRETS, a GREAT WHITE EGRET and 18 Little Egrets in the roost. (Nick Goatman).

Leckhampton     A pair of vocal Kestrels near Leckhampton Church this evening. (Chris Furley).

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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