Sunday 25th March 2018

Lydney     The GLOSSY IBIS seen around Lydney in three locations today at the following: Point 1 Point 2 & Point 3 switch to satellite view. (Derek Lightstone).

Cotswold Water Park West     The ICELAND GULL on Pit 16 again tonight. (Graham Lawlor).

WWT Slimbridge     A LITTLE RINGED PLOVER on the Dumbles from Holden Tower and the Red-breasted Goose still and a near adult Mediterranean Gull on the Top New Piece. (Slimbridge Sightings). Two Sanderlings on the river from Holden Tower early afternoon. (Roberta Goodall/Dave Creber).

Forest of Dean      The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still on Crabtree Hill this morning. (Nat Roberts). Also a Stonechat, a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER drumming nearby and five Crossbills. 1-2 Goshawks at New Fancy View at 10:45am. (Richard Walker).

Symonds Yat     Two Goshawks at 3pm. (Richard Walker).

Little Barrington     A SWALLOW this afternoon off the A40 opposite the Barrington Filling Station. Also four Skylarks. (Mike Cook).

Painswick Beacon     Migration watch from 7:30am to 1:15pm, highlights six Sparrowhawks N, 52 Buzzards NE, a male RING OUZEL N at 8:10am, 37 Fieldfares, 101 Meadow Pipits, five Reed Buntings and 92 Linnets N, 428 Chaffinches, a Brambling and two Hawfinches E. (John Fleming).

Alderton     A GREAT WHITE EGRET flew over heading W this morning. Also a Raven overhead and a Lesser Redpoll in the garden. (Graham Tompsett).

Frampton     A WHIMBREL over Court field then headed towards river, also 24 Pochards, a Shelduck, a pair of Oystercatcher, two singing Chiffchaffs and the male Mandarin still displaying to Mallards. (Nick Goatman).

Sharpness     An adult Mediterranean Gull in field on left before dock entrance this morning. Also a Green Sandpiper in flight by the sewage works and a male Wheatear. (Andy Jordan).

Cleeve Hill     Between West Down car park and the trig point on the Common two Ravens, a Sparrowhawk over S, a mixed flock of 50 Linnets and Yellowhammers, 20 Starlings and a Kestrel seen on the approach road S of the car park. (Keith White).

Ashleworth Ham     From Meerend Thicket Hide SO82802639 birds included an Egyptian Goose, a Little Egret, 12 Snipe, two Oystercatchers, two Shelduck, 240 Wigeon, 183 Teal, 38 Shovelers, 16 Pintails, 13 Tufted Duck and 28 Coots. In the garden at Ashleworth a  Siskin, two Reed Buntings and a Brambling. (Richard Humphrey).

Highnam Woods     From 11:30am-2:15pm birds included a Chiffchaff singing, five Marsh Tits, three Goldcrests, two Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three Jays, three Buzzards, a male Kestrel and two Ravens. Also 13 Brimstone butterflies. (John Fletcher).

Hidcote     A Red Kite seen regularly hunting over the farmland around Hidcote Garden (NT), again today at 4pm. (Stephen Grundy).

Tirley     A singing Chiffchaff briefly, a singing Blackcap and a Red Kite over at 3:30pm. (Mark Grieve).

Sunhill     A Red Kite today. (Mike Cook).

Bussage     In the garden early this morning three Bullfinches (1m, 2f), a Green Woodpecker  and a flock of 12 Siskins high in a Sycamore tree. A Pipistrelle at 7:15 this evening. (Mike Cook).

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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