Thursday 27th April 2017

Cleeve Hill     This morning six RING OUZELS (3m,3f), later there were eight, on the slopes E of the Washpool. Also Red Kite over, four Willow Warblers and three Chiffchaffs. Also two Wheatears on the Gallops. (Jon Mercer/Les Ditchburn/Chris Moore/Roy Shilham). Pic by Jon.Ring Ouzel 270417

Fretherne     On the River Severn on a falling tide at lunchtime five Whimbrel, a Curlew, three Grey Plovers, 12 Dunlins, a Common Sandpiper and three Wheatears. (Jon Mercer).

Hawling     In and around the pheasant pens, a Cuckoo heard calling for the past three days, two Canada Geese, a singing Blackcap and a Lesser Whitethroat, a pair of Yellowhammers, four Linnets, three Swallows, two Red Kites, a Kestrel and a Wren seen collecting moss. (Rupert Dennis).

May Hill     Three Crossbills (2m, 1f) feeding in the hill top pine trees, three displaying Tree Pipits, two Stonechats (1m, 1f), three Redstarts male and female seen and another male heard singing nearby, 20+ Linnets, 20+ Meadow Pipits, six Mistle Thrushes and two Ravens. (Steve Pullen).

Highnam Wood     Three singing Nightingales from the hide at 3pm, two Blackcaps (1m, 1f), two Jays, two Song Thrushes collecting mud from the pool side, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a buck Muntjac having a drink. (Steve Pullen).

Fretherne     At Hock Ditch 12 Whimbrels, four Wheatears, a Common Sandpiper, five Goldfinches, 50+ Sand Martins and ten Swallows. (John Fletcher/Martin Greenish).

Frampton    On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge two Bar-tailed Godwits, a LITTLE GULL, three Curlews, three Little Ringed Plovers, a Redshank, a Ruff, three Mistle Thrushes including a juvenile, three Wheatears, a Little Egret, a Kestrel, four Swallows, two Mallards with eight ducklings and a Cetti’s Warbler  heard. (John Fletcher/ Martin Greenish).


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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