Monday 3rd April 2017

Mickleton    Belated news of an OSPREY headed N over Meon Hill, near Mickleton on the 25th March. (Louise Boxall).

Frampton     Two CATTLE EGRETS and six Little Egrets on the flashes NW of Splatt Bridge at 11 am. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

WWT Slimbridge     On the Rushy birds included nine Avocets, four Lapwings, two Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap. From the Holden Tower and Walkway, two Little Ringed Plovers, two Oystercatchers, five GCRP Common Cranes, three Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, nine Curlews, a Jay, a Cetti’s Warbler, 14 Lapwings, a Wheatear and a Peregrine. On South Lake two Mediterranean Gulls, a Kingfisher, 140 Black-tailed Godwits, a first-winter LITTLE GULL, a Ruff, a Snipe, four Lapwings, two Little Egrets and 39 Avocets including a colour ringed bird. From South Finger to Kingfisher hide, a Cetti’s Warbler, five Avocets, a male Pintail, three Reed Buntings, five Wigeon, two Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, four Blackcaps, two Little Grebes, a Willow Warbler and three Kingfishers.  (Mark Grieve). Later two first-winter LITTLE GULLS on South Lake and the drake GARGANEY still. Also two Yellow Wagtails and a House Martin through N. (Slimbridge Sightings). The Dark-bellied Brent Goose still present this morning from the Holden Tower, feeding on the Dumbles edge. (Christopher Teague).

Witcombe Reservoir     At 6pm c40 Sand Martins and 15 Swallows. (Duncan Dine).

Belas Knap     At SP020254 a male Redstart this morning. (Peter Rodgers). Pic by Peter.Redstart 030417

Coombe Hill Meadows     Birds today included at least one White Wagtail, four Reed Buntings (3m), two Willow Warblers, four Blackcaps, three Sand Martin, seven Chiffchaffs, three Buzzards, two Oystercatchers, 12 Lapwings, three Little Egrets, two Wigeons and two Curlews. Butterflies included Speckled Wood, Comma, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. (John Fletcher/Roger Pearce). Pic by John.White Wagtail 030417

Ozleworth     Birds included eight Chiffchaffs, two Nuthatches, 6+ Buzzards, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a Little Grebe, 13 Tufted Ducks, four Ravens, 3+ Blackcaps, a Green Woodpecker, a Willow Warbler, a Bullfinch, a Skylark, a Kestrel, a Marsh Tit, three Swallows, two Coal Tits and two Tawny Owls calling at 2pm. (Mark Grieve).

Charlton Kings     A Sparrowhawk made a kill today at Bafford Approach. (Martin Clifford). Pic by Martin.Sparrowhawk 030417

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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