Thursday 15th March 2018

Frampton     First thing this morning a drake GARGANEY flew in to the flooded fields N of Splatt Bridge, seen well from the towpath for a few minutes before it flew S. Also a singing Chiffchaff and a Redwing in full song. (Gordon Kirk). Eight Sand Martins flew through later. (Gordon Kirk/Bill Church/Nigel Cramp). At 1:30-2pm a female MARSH HARRIER and a sub-adult male, being harried by a Carrion Crow. Also 60 Black-tailed Godwits flew inland NE. (Terry Fenton).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE hunting all day at Crabtree Hill. It ate beetles and caught a lizard that it seemed to store somewhere and later a small mammal. Also a pair of Stonechats, two Buzzards and two Song Thrushes. (Mick Colquhoun). Pics by Mick.

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Wotton-Under-Edge     At least 16 Hawfinches in a Yew tree behind Culverhay House and The Old Surgery just along from the war memorial on Culverhay, which becomes Coombe Road. (Richard Mundy).

Saul Warth     This morning the WATER PIPIT still and the GLAUCOUS GULL on the river mud for 15 minutes before it flew off. At 9am a MERLIN and two Sand Martin over the canal. (Jeremy Voaden/Gordon Hodgson).

Sharpness     A BLACK REDSTART still along Dock Road, perched on an old rusty railway engine and a couple of the boats moored. (Jeremy Voaden).

WWT Slimbridge     Two Egyptian Geese on South Lake this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Cotswold Water Park West     A Barn Owl after 4:15pm this afternoon at Shorncote Reedbeds. (Chris Snook). Also a Little Egret, three Water Rails, a Barn Owl, four Cettis’s Warblers and five Reed Buntings. (Jon Mercer). Pics by Chris.
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Purton     A Barn Owl hunting at SO691045 this evening near Tites Point. (per Paddy Doyle).
Ashleworth Ham     At midday a Great Spotted Woodpecker, on old Oak tree above the small layby and a Kestrel. (Martin Russell).

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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