Monday 5th March 2018

Ashleworth Ham     The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL showed well in front of the hide at 12:30pm. (John Sanders). Pic by John.

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Guscar Rocks     On this morning’s tide, an Avocet, two Bar-tailed Godwits, seven Oystercatchers, two Redshanks, 15 Dunlins and a Rock Pipit. (John Sanders).

WWT Slimbridge     Three DARK-BELLIED BRENT GEESE and the Red-breasted Goose with the feral Barnacle Goose flock this morning on the Dumbles viewed from Holden Tower. Also five Knot, four Ringed Plovers, 121 White-fronted Geese, 13 Bewick’s Swans at high tide this morning and four Avocets on South Lake. (Martin McGill/MK). A YELLOW-LEGGED GULL from Zeiss hide at 2pm for just five minutes. (Ian Hull).

Saul Warth     At high tide this morning the WATER PIPIT still, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Redshank, an Oystercatcher, 74 Lapwings, 7 Curlews, 45 Pintails and 100+ Teal. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Cotswold Water Park West     A GREAT WHITE EGRET dropped into Shorncote Reedbed at 2:30pm but stayed only very briefly. (Martin Greenish). At 3:20pm a BITTERN flew SE across the lake passing close to the hide in the direction of the first hide. Also a Barn Owl showed for one pass in the field behind the sewage works, a Little Egret, five Grey Herons, eight Shovelers, two Gadwalls, 12 Teal, a Goldcrest, two Chiffchaff and a Cetti’s Warbler. (John Grearson).

Sharpness     A BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road today. (Les Ditchburn).

Leckhampton Hill     At Hartley Farm a Brambling with 30 Chaffinches, also 50 Fieldfares.  The farmer reported about 10 Bramblings on Friday. (Steve Brown).

Charlton Kings Common     Four Buzzards, a Raven, two Jays, a Stock Dove, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming and a Nuthatch. (Steve Brown).

Longney     Four Whooper Swans flew N from the Crib towards Rodley and a Greenshank flew N. Also a Black-tailed Godwit opposite with the Lapwings. (Jeremy Squire).

Epney     Six Ruff and a Dunlin with the Lapwings this morning. (Jeremy Squire).

Netheridge     The Green Sandpiper still at the disused cement works in Bristol Road. (Jeremy Squire).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Late afternoon from Grundon hide birds included eight Curlews, six Ruff, 150+ Teal, 41 Wigeon, ten Shelducks, 35 Shovelers, 26 Pintails, 89 Lapwings, three Buzzards, a Kestrel and 23 Pied Wagtails. (John Fletcher/Mike Smart).

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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