Friday 28th April 2017

WWT Slimbridge     A male Whinchat, three Wheatears, a Grasshopper Warbler (2 reported) and a Common Sandpiper at Mid Point this morning. Also the redhead SMEW on the Rushy and a LITTLE GULL on South Lake. (MK/Slimbridge Sightings). Pic by Mike. 

Cleeve Hill     Five RING OUZELS and a Fieldfare in the heather enclosure this morning. (Greg Mabbett). Later eight RING OUZELS at the opposite side of valley to heather enclosure at SO991254. (Paul Masters). At Prestbury Hill this afternoon a Tree Pipit singing from Bill Smyllie reserve, a Cuckoo calling from the beech hanger between 2 BC reserves and a male RING OUZEL feeding in an area cleared of gorse immediately W of the aerials. (Robert Homan).

Cotswold Water Park West    At Pit 43 at dawn this morning a Grasshopper Warbler, two Cuckoos, five Nightingales, a Sedge Warbler, two Garden Warblers, a Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler. (Simon Ashley). Also at Pit 43 five Common Terns over and in the scrub area to the N of it two Hobbies over. (Martine Fenn). At Shorncote a Little Egret, three pairs of Teal and a pair of Wigeon, three Red Crested Pochards, ten Lapwings, a Little Ringed Plover, a Snipe, two Common Sandpipers, four summer-plumaged Dunlins, a Green Woodpecker, two Yellow Wagtails, 40 Sand Martins, a Cuckoo, a Skylark, four Cetti’s Warblers, three Lesser Whitethroats, seven Whitethroats, a Garden Warbler, 5+ Blackcaps, 5+ Sedge Warblers, 10+ Reed Warblers, a Willow Warbler and 10+ Reed Buntings. (Jon Mercer).

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge two Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin and a Sparrowhawk. On the Sailing Lake two Common Sandpipers. (Keith & Lyn Perkins). An immature LITTLE GULL and a drake Mandarin on the Sailing Lake at 1pm (Martin McGill) and five Swifts over. (Nick Goatman).

Minchinhampton     At 4:15pm Red Kite over the Common. (Malcolm Balster).

Forest of Dean     In the Crabtree Hill area two House Martins, 12+ Tree Pipits, numerous Willow Warblers, five Wood Warblers, three Pied Flycatchers and a Firecrest today. (Arron Roberts).

Ashleworth Ham     Three male Redstarts singing in Stank Lane late morning. (Jon Mercer).

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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