Thursday 8th March 2018

Cotswold Water Park East     The female SCAUP on Pit 125, Bowmoor Sailing Lake today, but no sign of the Ferruginous Duck. Also a Red Kite. (Ian Ralphs/Phil Pope).

Cotswold Water Park West     The drake RING-NECKED DUCK still at the N end of Pit 16 with 20 Tufted Ducks at 11:45am, again at 3:30pm but flushed by anglers and flew off. (Ian Ralphs/Martin Greenish).

Ashleworth Ham     The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still from the hide late afternoon. (Mark Dowie). Pic by Mark.

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Forest of Dean     At Parkend 12 Hawfinch in Crown Lane), three Dippers, two Grey Wagtails and a Mandarin all on Cannop Brook below the Fountain Inn. At Woorgreens Lake a Crossbill, c20 Lesser Redpolls, c20 Siskins and three female Goosanders. At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE and a probable Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming c200m N of CTH (SO633140) but not seen. (Roger Gillespie). Five Hawfinches at Nagshead this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Leckhampton Hill     At Hartley Farm 4+ Bramblings with 20+ Chaffinches, 20+ Linnets, 8+ Yellowhammers and six Goldfinches in a small copse on other side of Hartley Lane from the crop cover at SO958178. (Roger Gillespie).

Sharpness     A BLACK REDSTART doing a circuit at the end of Dock Road, two Stock Doves, a Common Sandpiper behind the NedWest building and a Peregrine. (Mark Dowie).

Kingscote     275 Golden Plovers this afternoon at ST802963. (Vic Polley).

May Hill     At garden feeders today three Bramblings, 11 Lesser Redpolls and ten Siskins. (Rob Guest).

Stonehouse     Six Siskins in Osprey Drive in Silver Birch tree today. (Chris Rodell).

Coombe Hill Meadows     19 Ruffs, seven Dunlins, eight Curlews came in to roost, a Snipe, c200 Lapwings, at least 500 Wigeon, 500 Teal, 40 Pintails, 40 Shovelers and at least 50 Pied Wagtails gathering to roost, then departing S. (Mike Smart).

Netheridge     Two Barn Owls hunting at Netheridge farm at 7:30am. (Mark Hobson).

Quedgeley     17 Greenfinches in the garden at Shelduck Road today. (Steve Pullen).

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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