Saturday 8th April 2017

Frampton    An OSPREY N over Splatt Bridge at 9:05am. (Gordon Hodgson). Then presumably the same bird heading slowly N quite low at Minsterworth at 10am. (John & Viv Phillips). A Yellow Wagtail by the S side of the Sailing Lake this morning. Also a Kingfisher and a pair of Pochards. (MK). Five House Martins over the village heading for the Sailing lake at 12:10pm. (Tom Weston-McClung). Pic by Gordon.Osprey 080417

WWT Slimbridge     A second OSPREY heading N upriver at 10:30am. Also a Little Ringed Plover from Holden tower, a Spotted Redshank on South Lake and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull on the Rushy. (Paul Daunter). A CATTLE EGRET in the Decoy, then flew towards the Top New Piece and a Green Sandpiper on the Rushy. (Paul Masters).

Forest of Dean     c50 Ravens in the Cows Hill area near Hewelsfield, a Wheatear nearby at Coldharbour and a pair of Firecrests at Speech House. (Andy Jayne). At Nagshead three Song Thrushes, two Long-tailed Tits, a Tawny Owl calling, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Sparrowhawk, two Chiffchaffs and a Peacock butterfly. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint the resident Peregrines, four Ravens, five Buzzards, a juvenile Goshawk, a pair of Sparrowhawks, a Kestrel, nine Goosanders (5f, 4m), a pair of Stock Doves, a Chiffchaff, a pair of Marsh Tits, three Sand Martins, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, two male Siskins, three Pied Wagtails and two Jays. Also a Red Admiral, Holly Blue butterflies, Green Longhorn Moths, a Bank Vole and a Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cleeve Hill     East of the Trig Point two male Wheatears, a pair of Stonechats (one male in song) and a second pair of Stonechats near the enclosure, a Red Kite and 100+ Linnets flocking over ploughed fields S of the common. Also a singing Willow Warbler near the gate from the common to Wontley Farm. (Keith White).

Sharpness    A probable Harbour Porpoise this evening. (Andy Jordan).

Ashley     8+ Skylarks, two Green Woodpeckers, 5+ Blackcaps, six Buzzards, two Swallows, three Ravens, five Fieldfares, a Redwing, 12+ Chiffchaffs, three Yellowhammers, two Willow Warblers, a Kestrel, four Stock Doves and a calling sunbathing Tawny Owl at 4:14pm. Also a Weasel, a Roe Deer, Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue and Orange Tip butterflies. (Mark Grieve).

Stonehouse     A Swallow over this evening. (Jon Dexter).

Cranham Common     A pair of Coal Tits, two Linnets, two Buzzards, six Long-tailed Tits, four Chiffchaffs, two Buzzards and two Tawny Owls calling to each other after dark. (John Fletcher).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Ten Chiffchaffs, three Great Crested Grebes, 12 Tufted Ducks, a male Shoveler, a Cormorant, three Blackcaps, three Willow Warblers, a Red Kite over, a Green Woodpecker, a Nuthatch, a Buzzard, a Jay and a Swallow. Also a Muntjac and two Roe Deer. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth Ham     Five Canada Geese, six Shelducks, three Shovelers, two Pintails, four Wigeon, two Gadwall, 78 Teal, eight Mallards, 18 Coots, a GREAT WHITE EGRET, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, three Curlews, two Oystercatchers, a Redshank, two Snipe, eight Lapwings, two Nuthatches, a Redstart, two Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap. Also Green-veined White, Orange Tip and Brimstone. (Les Brown).

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 and most recently South Africa.
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