Sunday 9th April 2017

Saul Warth     A flock of six SANDWICH TERNS and two adult LITTLE GULLS high through Saul Warth at 7:50am, later two more SANDWICH TERNS and a further two over Frampton village at 5:20pm. (Gordon Hodgson).

WWT Slimbridge     An immature LITTLE GULL (also seen on the canal), a Common Tern and two Mediterranean Gulls on South Lake. Also a CATTLE EGRET seen in flight. (Andy Jordan/Roberta Goodall).  Late afternoon a female MERLIN pursued and caught a Meadow Pipit on the Dumbles.  It then sat on a post and plucked and ate its prey. (Paul Rich).

Charlton Kings     A Grasshopper Warbler reeling on Charlton Kings Common at sunrise this morning at SO955185. Also three Willow Warblers, five Blackcaps, and five Chiffchaffs also in the area. (Chris Furley).

Coombe Hill Meadows     An OSPREY flew through N at 9:40am today. (Russ Peacey).

Awre     A WATER PIPIT on the foreshore this morning, but very flighty, and last seen flying away down river in the direction of Gatcombe. (John & Viv Phillips).

Frampton     Two Swallows by the church at 7:30am. A male Wheatear and eight Little Egrets on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge. A Yellow Wagtail S of the Sailing Lake, a pair of Pochards there still and five House Martins over high at 9:50am. Also seven Sand Martins at Epney. (MK). Pic by Mike. Also a Whimbrel with the Curlew flock. (Martin McGill).Yellow Wagtail 090417

Painswick Beacon     Birds over this morning included 18 Swallows, 34 House Martins, two Willow Warblers, two Redwings and a Wheatear. (John Fleming).

Ashley     19+ Yellowhammers, 13+ Skylarks, three Willow Warblers, 45+ Linnets, a Whitethroat, three Blackcaps, a Kestrel, three Stock Doves, a male Wheatear, three Buzzards, two Chiffchaffs and two Swallows. (Mark Grieve).

Forest of Dean     At least one pair of Pied Flycatchers  at Nagshead late morning. (Paul Rich).

Doverow Hill      A Tawny Owl roosting in a tree hole mid-afternoon. (Jon Dexter). Pic by Jon.

Tawny Owl 090417Cheltenham     c12 Fieldfares this morning near The Hewletts, Aggs Hill. (Laurie Pierce).

Stinchcombe Common     Four Wheatears, 19 Skylarks and four Mistle Thrushes. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Cleeve Hill     Six Wheatears on the field next to the trig point, two on the cultivated field next to West Down and one at Wontley Farm.  Also a Whitethroat near West Down. (Steve Brown). At Warden’s wood on the eastern edge of Cleeve Common several singing Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. Also a Marsh Tit and a Bullfinch. East of the trig point on the gallops, a pair of Stonechats and a Pied Wagtail. (Keith White).

Bourton-on-the-Water     A Cetti’s Warbler singing by the North Pits and a pair of Red-crested Pochard there. (Andy Lewis).

Cherington Lake     This afternoon birds included five Marsh Tits, two Coal Tits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a Green Woodpecker, three Nuthatches and two Treecreepers. (John Fletcher).

Bussage     A female Siskin in the garden this morning. (Martine Fenn).

Condicote     Two Redstarts in the valley N of Hinchwick Manor at SP 144304 this afternoon. (Martine Fenn).

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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