Tuesday 18th April 2017

WWT Slimbridge    A male PIED FLYCATCHER in trees by the Holden Tower at 10:47am. (Steve Owen). Also an Osprey reported flying N over South Lake late morning, two Egyptian Geese on the Tack Piece and the LITTLE GULL back on the Rushy this evening. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Frampton pools     Two CATTLE EGRETS, three Little Egrets, two Common Sandpiper, 100+ Sand Martins and the first two Greylag goslings this morning. (Nick Goatman). Three CATTLE EGRETS in to roost this evening. (Richard Williams).

Ashleworth Ham     A male Redstart, a Lesser Whitethroat, six Blackcaps, six Reed Buntings, four Willow Warblers and two Curlews at Stank Lane this morning. (Martin Greenish). Also a Cuckoo this morning. (Les Brown).

Sharpness     Early morning an Oystercatcher, two Cetti’s Warblers, 14 Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers, six Blackcaps, eight Swallows and three House Martins. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Hardwicke     Between Sellars and Parkend Bridges early morning two Lesser Whitethroats, two Whitethroats, six Chiffchaffs, four Blackcaps and a Sedge Warbler. (Paul Masters).

Forest of Dean     A Red Kite over Station Way, Coleford at 2pm. (Frank Williams). This afternoon from Lower Hide at Nagshead a male Redstart, a Treecreeper and a Buzzard eating a kill.  Also a drake Mandarin on the pond near the Visitor Centre. Also today a male Pied Flycatcher, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler and two Blackcaps. (Andy & Sue Gibbons/Chris & Phil Andrews). At Cannop N pond at least four Mandarins (3m, 1f), a Little Grebe, a pair of Tufted Ducks, a pair of Mute Swans, several Mallard pairs and a few Coots. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Symonds Yat     At Yat Rock the resident Peregrines and an intruding male Peregrine, Ravens, a Sparrowhawk, a male Mandarin, a Green Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Red Kite, a Jay, Stock Doves, Holly Blues and a Red Admiral and St Mark’s flies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Stonehouse     A Red Kite flew over Stonehouse this afternoon at 4:15pm heading W. (Jon Dexter).

Coombe Hill Meadows     From the Grundon Hide at lunchtime today a female Wheatear by the bridge over the ditch, a male Yellow Wagtail with two Pied Wagtails, two Redshanks, a Curlew, a few Lapwings, a Buzzard and a few Shelduck. Along the canal singing Sedge Warblers, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, three Swallows, a Reed Bunting, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Grey Heron. Butterflies included Orange Tip, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined White and Holly Blue. (Keith White).

Tewkesbury     At Severn Ham today four Curlews and at least four singing Sedge Warblers.  At Mythe brickpits three Sedge Warblers. At Mythe Brook two Curlews, two Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, at least two more Sedge Warblers and a Whitethroat singing. (Mike Smart).

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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