Wednesday 19th April 2017

WWT Slimbridge     Six BLACK-WINGED STILTS found on the Rushy this morning, then moving around the grounds with four settled at Zeiss hide and two on South Lake at 4:40pm. (John Bescoby). The second County record following a pair at WWT/Saul Warth 12th-15th May 2005. Also a male Marsh Harrier through the reserve at 8:10am. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Cotswold Water Park West     At 1:40pm an OSPREY heading NE low over Pit 16. Also a Nightingale singing between Pits 16 and 17. (Tim McGrath).

Frampton     A Short-eared Owl quartering the marshes from Splatt Bridge at 7:35pm. (Gordon Kirk).

Cleeve Hill     Eight Wheatears, two Stonechats, a Grey Heron and a pair of Grey Partridges this morning. (Greg Mabbett).

Highnam Wood    Nightingales singing in 8 different places at Highnam this morning possibly 8 different birds. (Dave & Vanda Owen).

Forest of Dean     Three Pied Flycatchers (2m, 1f) at Nagshead today. (Dave & Vanda Owen). Also a Redstart. At Parkend a Hawfinch at Crown Lane and three Dippers, a Kingfisher and two Grey Wagtails on the Cannop Brook S of the Fountain pub. (Roger Gillespie/Laurie Pierce). At Woorgreens along the west side path, five Crossbills including young, feeding on cones. Also several Willow Warblers. At Cannop ponds S a pair of Nuthatches, a Grey Wagtail, a pair of Mandarins and on the feeders a male Siskin, a Coal Tit, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Nuthatch. At Cannop ponds N a pair of Mandarins and a Little Grebe. (Laurie Pierce).

Cirencester     A Dipper on the River Churn opposite Bowling Green Lane this morning. (Jon Mercer).

Minchinhampton Common     Four male Wheatears today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Selsley Common     Two female Wheatears at 4.40pm today. (Colin Greenfield).

Ashley     Three Swallows, five Buzzards, a Kestrel, 9+ Yellowhammers, two Blackcaps, 6+ Skylarks, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Tawny Owl being mobbed by Blackbirds and Great and Blue Tits, five Stock Doves, a Raven, two Grey Partridges, a Garden Warbler, two Whitethroats, a Green Woodpecker and three Bullfinches today. (Mark Grieve).

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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