Saturday 29th April 2017

WWT Slimbridge    A redhead SMEW on the Rushy still today, also a first-summer and a second-summer Mediterranean Gull and a LITTLE GULL at lunchtime. Along the summer walkway three Wheatears, a Whinchat and two reeling Grasshopper Warblers again this morning. (Slimbridge Sightings/Mark Dowie).

Fretherne     Nine Whimbrels, a Bar-tailed Godwits and two Grey Plovers on the falling tide, Also Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail and eight Wheatears at Hock Ditch. (Mark Dowie).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A pair of Mute Swans, ten Canada Geese, six Shelducks, seven Teal, two Gadwalls, a Grey Heron, two Oystercatchers, ten Lapwings, 1+ Little Ringed Plover, 1+ Curlew, 1 + Redshank, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 House Martins, two Redstarts singing, a Grasshopper Warbler singing off the reserve at the N end, 15+ Sedge Warblers, 15+ Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, 10+ Blackcaps, 5+ Willow Warblers, 3+ Chiffchaffs and 5+ Reed Buntings today. (Mike Smart).

Stroud     A Swift this evening over the town centre at 7:40pm. (Ken & Eve Holbrow).

Forest of Dean     At Wenchford three Dippers, two pairs of Grey Wagtails, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Song Thrushes, Stock Doves, a Jay, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and Dor Beetles. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint the Peregrine pair, four Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, a Goshawk, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and a Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cotswold Water Park East     An Oystercatcher, a Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper and a pair of Little Ringed Plovers today. (Ian Ralphs).

Guscar Rocks     41 Whimbrels feeding in a newly ploughed field at Guscar Rocks and ten Bar-tailed Godwits on the foreshore. (Lewis Thomson).

Aylburton Warth     A male Ruff, a Greenshank, ten Bar-tailed Godwits, 41 Whimbrels, five Dunlins, a Common Sandpiper, 12 Wheatears, two Yellow Wagtails, seven White Wagtails, two Reed Warblers, four Whitethroats and c25 Shelducks this morning. (Lewis Thomson/Owen Follis).

Forest of Dean     A Wheatear and a Cuckoo at Crabtree Hill this morning. (Frank Williams). Four Tree Pipits, a male Stonechat and a Goshawk high over Haywood this afternoon. (Owen Follis).

Frampton     A second-summer LITTLE GULL on the Sailing Lake. (Nick Goatman).

Batsford     A singing male Redstart at Batsford Arboretum today. (Paul Masters).

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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