Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Rodley    A RICHARD’S PIPIT in the fields by the Severn at Lower Dumball at 10am today. Almost certainly the same one present both sides of the river since last autumn. (John & Viv Phillips). Also a Whinchat at Lower Dumball today SO7311. (Rob Curtis).

Cotswold Water Park East    At Pit 125 two adult BLACK TERNS early afternoon. (John Durell).

Cotswold Water Park West    At Pit 57 two BLACK TERNS this afternoon. (Dave Soons).

Sherborne     A GREAT WHITE EGRET at Sherborne brook from 12:20-1pm at least. (Duncan Dine).

Cleeve Hill     6+ RING OUZELS and a Fieldfare around the heather enclosure today. (Roger Gillespie).

Frampton     Two Common Terns on the Sailing Lake this morning, also the male Yellow Wagtail still. (MK). Also a Reed Bunting singing next to Court Lake, two Oystercatchers on Court field and a Lesser Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler in willows next to the Sailing Club. In farmland next to the canal at least three Lesser Whitethroats, four Lapwings and at least four Cuckoos calling in woods next to canal and a Mandarin flew over. (Marie-Claire Chapman). Pic by Mike. Yellow Wagtail 020517Saul Warth     Before the tide this morning 13 Bar-tailed Godwits, four Knot, 12 Whimbrels, a Curlew and 120+ Shelducks. At high tide 15 Dunlins and a Sanderling. Also a Yellow Wagtail N, a Lesser Whitethroat and two male Wheatears. (MK).

WWT Slimbridge     A GRASSHOPPER WARBLER still today at Mid Point at 9am, a Hobby flew N there at 10:45am and a Cuckoo calling by the 50-Acre. (Geoff Moyser). On the Rushy at noon two Bar-tailed Godwits, two Oystercatchers, two Barnacle Geese and the hybrid male Wigeon with a female. Also two Cranes for a while at last year’s nesting site. From Mid Point, early afternoon, at least six Wheatears, three and later two Oystercatchers flying upriver and a fly-over Little Egret. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Ashleworth Ham     29 birds trapped today on a Constant Effort ringing session including nine Sedge Warblers, four Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, a Willow Warbler, a Redstart, two Reed Buntings and a Bullfinch. Around the reserve, a Teal, a Pintail and a Wigeon, a Shelduck, a Oystercatcher, two Lapwings, a Little Ringed Plover and two Curlews. (Mike Smart/Mervyn Greening).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the Peregrine pair, three Goshawk sightings, a Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite, Buzzards, Ravens, a Cuckoo calling, two Green Woodpeckers, Song Thrushes, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, a pair of Pied Wagtails, two Jays, a Tawny Owl calling, Sand Martins, House Martins, Swallows, three Swifts, a Kingfisher, a Grey Heron, three Goosanders, a female Mandarin, two Crossbills, a pair of Bullfinches, two Goldfinches, and a Willow Warbler. Other sightings included a Green-veined White, a Red Admiral, Holly Blue and Speckled Wood butterflies, a Rose Chafer, St Mark’s Flies, an Ashy Mining Bee and Green Longhorn Moths. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.Peregrine 020517

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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