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, South Africa and most recently Zimbabwe and Botswana.
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