Tuesday 20th March 2018

Cleeve Hill     A male RING OUZEL near the radio masts at 9:30am today. (Martin Greenish).

Frampton     This evening a CATTLE EGRET, a GREAT WHITE EGRET and eight Little Egrets flew in to roost. (Nick Goatman/Roberta Goodall/Les Ditchburn).

WWT Slimbridge     The JACK SNIPE again this morning viewed from Knott hide sat in front of Willow hide. (Les Ditchburn/Lauren & Wayne Tucker/Giles Diggle).

Symonds Yat     A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER between the cabin and the car park at 8:30am. (Geoff Fawcett). From the viewpoint today the Peregrine pair and an intruding female Peregrine, a Red Kite, a Goshawk, a male and female Sparrowhawk, Ravens, Buzzards, two Siskins, Stock Doves, a Marsh Tit, a Jay, a male and female Goosander, a pair of Mandarins, two Fieldfares and two Goldcrests. Also four Fallow Deer and a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Saul Warth     This morning a female Peregrine, an Oystercatcher flew N, two Chiffchaffs and the WATER PIPIT flew high over Hock Cliff calling. (Paul Rich/MK). The female MARSH HARRIER seen distantly over the 100-Acre. (Paul Rich).

Berkeley shore     Three Wheatears (2 males) and 14 Turnstones between 4-5pm. (Paul Taylor).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reedbed 4-5pm a Barn Owl hunting, two Little Egrets, two Water Rails, a Cetti’s Warbler and two Chiffchaffs singing. (Jon Mercer).

Cheltenham     At Sandford Park today 11:30-12:30pm three Hawfinches in the top most branches of very tall trees on the open side of the park then they moved across to the ornate part of the park into Yew trees near to the Fountain. (Derek Lightstone). Also two Goldcrests here and one in Selbourne Road, Bishops Cleeve. (Dave Jeynes). At 9am two Sparrowhawks circling together over Benhall park. (David Norman).

Upton St Leonards     A Hawfinch in a tree in the churchyard at 6am. Also saw four Hawfinches in the same tree on Sunday at 10am and one in the garden, a garden tick. (Vanda Owen).

Cotswolds     Up to seven Barn Owls seen hunting in the Sherborne Meadows and Windrush area this afternoon. (Andy Jayne).

Barnsley     A Barn Owl between Barnsley village and the road into Cirencester sitting low down in the hedge line this afternoon. (Paul Rich-Barnsley).

Bourton-on-the-Water     A Cetti’s Warbler singing in the hedgerow next to North pit and 300 Black-headed Gulls roosting on the pit this evening. A Goldeneye and four Pochards on the West pit. (Keith Jennings).

Highnam Woods     This afternoon birds included three Marsh Tits, four Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Treecreeper, male and female Blackcap, 19 Redwings, two Goldcrests, two Ravens and two Green Woodpeckers heard calling. (John Fletcher).

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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