Sunday 4th March 2018

Frampton     A BITTERN at the back of Court Lake this morning. (Mark Hobson). Two male Goldeneyes on the Sailing Lake, a male Mandarin on Court Lake and the regular Tawny Owl roosting. (Seb Buckton). Also around the pools another male Goldeneye on Court Lake, a male Red Crested Pochard, an Oystercatcher, 56 Shovelers, 16 Pochards, 124 Tufted Ducks, 84 Teal, 200+Redwings, 100+ Fieldfares and a Little Owl. (Nick Goatman/Gordon Hodgson). On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge 71 Black-tailed Godwits, ten Curlews, 15 Dunlins, a Ruff, a Lapwing, three Redshanks, four Pintail, 40+ Teal, ten Shovelers, two Shelducks, a Water Rail heard and 200-300 Lapwings flew over in the direction of Saul. (Eric Palmer/Seb Buckton).

WWT Slimbridge     Three DARK-BELLIED BRENT GEESE and the Red-breasted Goose with the feral Barnacle Goose flock this morning. Five Knot, a Grey Plover and a Ringed Plover at high tide this morning at 9am. (Roberta Goodall/Paul Rich). A Little Egret near Patch Bridge and another along Ryalls Lane near the canal. (Paddy Doyle).

Cotswold Water Park West     The drake RING-NECKED DUCK still at the north end of Pit 16 at 2:15pm. (Jon Mercer).

Highnam Woods     From late morning birds included a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER at 11:40am, three Marsh Tits, five Redwings, four Great Spotted Woodpeckers, four Coal Tits, a Nuthatch heard and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Cheltenham    A Hawfinch in yew trees at end of the garden in Pittville Circus Road this morning. (Clare McNulty). A Great Spotted Woodpecker calling in trees in Eldorado Road. (Keith White).

Wotton-Under-Edge     Three garden Hawfinches and a Brambling today, a garden first. (Morag Hughes).

Forest of Dean     At Church Hill, Lydbrook 10+ Wrens sharing one box of a communal sparrow terrace to keep warm in the snow. (Phil Hicks).

Sharpness     A BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road at 9:30am and a Common Sandpiper around the picnic site/pier. (Paul Taylor).

Saul Warth     The WATER PIPIT still near Hock Ditch this morning at high tide also 2-3 Rock Pipits, a Peregrine, six Snipe, seven Curlews, c50 Lapwings, c40 Dunlins and a few Redshanks. (Seb Buckton).

Newnham-on-Severn     From the riverside car park at 6pm a Barn Owl flying upstream along the river’s edge then crossing the river in the direction of Arlingham. (Ann Harris).

Berkeley     At Berkeley shore two Ruff just south of the power station. Also 11 Golden Plovers, three Stonechats (2 males) and a Peregrine this morning. (Paul Taylor). A Treecreeper in a willow tree alongside the Little Avon by the hunt kennels. ( Andrew Jones).

Stroud     A pair of Dippers on the River Frome today. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.

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Tewkesbury      On Severn Ham a Curlew, three Snipe around the pools, a Lapwing, eight Teal and ten Mallards along the Mill Avon, a Skylark singing, ten Pied Wagtails, 138 Fieldfares and 67 Carrion Crows feeding on the ground. (Mike Smart).

Arlingham     A Great Black-backed Gull and a female Stonechat this morning. (Seb Buckton).

Stonehouse     From Bridgend to Bonds Mill to Stanley Downton along the canal and River Frome birds included a Kingfisher, a Grey Heron, five Bullfinches (3m, 2f), eight Cormorants, five Buzzards, a female SparrowHawk, a Snipe and two Little Grebes today. (Paul Sutton).

Bishops Cleeve     A male Sparrowhawk in front gardens of Sandown Road at 3pm today. (Dave Jeynes).

Arlingham     A female MERLIN on an Orchard hedge along Warth Lane at SO710117. A Barn Owl hunting at SO711116. A Little Owl at SO710118 in the eastern Orchard in a tree halfway down the hedge line, also a Grey Heron and 18 Redwings. (Paddy Doyle). Possibly another Barn Owl seen along the Warth late afternoon at the bend of the river from the footpath. (Kay Stevenson). Pics by Kay.

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 and most recently South Africa.
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