Monday 26th March 2018

Lydney     The GLOSSY IBIS seen again along the perimeter fence of the pumping station and flying across the field near Lydney harbour today at c3pm. (Ali McGuckin/Les Ditchburn/Paddy Doyle).

Nailsworth     An OSPREY flying west at 1:40pm. (Terry Grant).

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge early morning a MERLIN, two Peregrines, five Redshanks, a Green Sandpiper, a pair of Mandarins and a pair of Pintails. (Gordon Hodgson). On the flashes early afternoon a pair of Avocets, a Spotted Redshank, two Lapwings and a drake Teal. (MK). Later an Avocet swimming on the Sailing Lake. (Neil Smart). At the pools this evening three Sand Martins, six Chiffchaffs, a Barn Owl, a Green Sandpiper, 12 Fieldfares, 17 Redwings, a Snipe, six Yellowhammers, 11 Lapwings, four Meadow Pipits, six Teal, three Curlews, a Water Rail and seven Little Egrets. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth     A Red-legged Partridge near Hock Ditch, a pair of Ravens over Hock Cliff, 40+ Redwings and two Fieldfares, a drake Mandarin on the Warth, two Avocets on the river, which later moved to Splatt flashes, a male WHITE WAGTAIL which came upriver and landed for 30 seconds before flying off N. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Forest of Dean     This afternoon at New Fancy View four Buzzards, two Ravens, a Siskin, a Red Admiral and an Adder. At Parkend in Crown Lane SO613079 two Hawfinches, 11 Chaffinches, three Nuthatches, three Pied Wagtails and two Buzzards. At Nagshead five Jays, six Nuthatches, three Treecreeper, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Mandarins, a Raven, two Grey Wagtails and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher).

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Cheltenham     A female Goosander on Pittville boating lake from 8am until 2pm at least. (John Sanders/Peter Cadogan).

Tewkesbury     At 12:30pm a singing Chiffchaff in the woods along the disused railway (now footpath) between Northway Lane and Morrisons supermarket on Ashchurch Road. (David Urwin). On Severn Ham two pairs of Mute Swans, six Mallards, two Cormorants flying over, a Grey Heron, two Curlews, three singing Skylarks, 62 Carrion Crows and at least one singing Reed Bunting. At Forthampton meadows a Buzzard and at least 250 Fieldfares in parkland trees. (Mike Smart).

Hawling     Three Swallows over today. (Richard Tyler).

WWT Slimbridge     The LITTLE RINGED PLOVER still on the Dumbles from Holden Tower and the JACK SNIPE still near Knott hide. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Stroud     Seven Hawfinches seen from Stroud Town cemetery flying W. Other movement included 325 Woodpigeons, 75 Meadow Pipits, 25 Chaffinches, 15 Redwings, 16 Fieldfares, eight Cormorants, a Grey Heron and a Siskin. (Francis Steuck).

Cirencester     A Hawfinch in the garden at Stratton this morning. (Ken Cservenka).

Cambridge     A Water Rail today in a small roadside ditch in Ryalls Lane. (Jeff Kirby).

Berkeley shore     Three Pied Wagtails, 32 Shelducks, a Chiffchaff, a Coal Tit, 12 Wigeon, three Mallards, nine Magpies, a Buzzard and three Redshanks. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Halmore     A female Brambling in the garden today, a garden first. (Chris Newton).

Forest of Dean     This morning a singing Chiffchaff at Forge Hill, Lydbrook, a Red Kite over the garden, a garden first, it circled around the Lydbrook valley for several hours around lunchtime. A second Red Kite joined it at 5pm. Also a Goshawk circled a couple of times before heading towards Symonds Yat and three Buzzards. (Chris Sullivan). From New Fancy View two possibly three Goshawks, two Ravens and a Red Admiral. At Woorgreens lake three Goosanders and two Little Grebes. At Crabtree Hill two Stonechats, several Crossbills heard and one seen flying overhead and more Crossbills heard at Horse Lawn car park. (Robin Griffiths).

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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