Sunday 1st April 2018

Nailsworth     A second year ICELAND GULL flew W along the Avening valley and veered N as it reached the Nailsworth valley with a group of 12 Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gulls at 8:16am. . Also at least two Grey Herons making daily visits to the garden pond. (Terry Grant).

WWT Slimbridge     An OSPREY over the grounds/reserve heading N at 10:57am. Also a Grey Plover from Holden Tower. (Slimbridge Sightings). Two Peregrines on a kill out on the Dumbles today. (Simon Ashley). A pair of Mediterranean Gulls on South Lake this morning. (Roberta Goodall).

Lydney     The GLOSSY IBIS showing well at Lydney water works at 10:50am. (Mark Coller).

Barnsley Warren SSSI     At the Fosse Way end two Grey Partridges, a Red Kite, two Buzzards, ten Common Gulls, five Lapwings, two Green Woodpeckers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, ten Fieldfares, 40 Linnets and six singing Yellowhammers. Two more Grey Partridges on the other side of the Fosse Way. (Steve Brown).

Staunton & Corse     A pair of Mandarins flew in and perched atop an old orchard tree for 5 mins before fast flight NW. (Harvey Sherwood).

Edge     At Sevenleaze Lane from the entrance towards Spoonbed Farm mid afternoon at SO861124 30+ Linnets, two Kestrels and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher).

Tirley     A singing Chiffchaff today. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth Ham     An OSPREY at 12:39pm over the reserve heading towards Cleeve Hill. (Ken Heron). Birds today included a singing Chiffchaff, two Curlews, eight Lapwings, four Little Grebes, 35+ Shovelers, 21+ Mallards, 67+ Teal, 42+ Wigeon, 43+ Coots, eight Pintails, a Gadwall, two Snipe, seven Buzzards, four Tufted Ducks, a Reed Bunting, a Cormorant, a Red-legged Partridge, two Greylags and a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker.  (Mark Grieve).

Frampton     At the pools a Willow Warbler, a Blackcap, a Cetti’s Warbler, a CATTLE EGRET, 11 Sand Martins, nine Chiffchaffs, a pair of Teal, 30+ Siskins and a Red Kite this morning. This evening two Swallows, 40+ Sand Martins and the female Red Crested Pochard. (Nick Goatman). A MERLIN at Splatt Bridge this morning, presumably the Saul Warth bird. (Gordon Hodgson).

Saul Warth     The WATER PIPIT this morning coming into summer plumage. (Gordon Hodgson). A MERLIN perched up before hunting and flying off high this morning. (Mark Dowie/Paul Rich).

Saul     Two CATTLE EGRETS and five Little Egrets in a field between Cadbury Bridge and Fretherne (half way between the two, on the right going towards Fretherne) at 4pm. (Richard Newton).

Stroud     A Hawfinch this morning flew high NE over Stroud Town Cemetery. (Francis Steuck).

Overton     A Little Owl in ash trees in Overton Lane this morning near the turning for Wick Court. (Sam Walker).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 125 the SCAUP, a Green Sandpiper, two Egyptian Geese and good numbers of Reed Buntings this morning. (Ian Ralphs).

Berkeley     Two Hawfinches calling above the car park at Berkeley Castle again today. Also a Green Sandpiper, four Mallards and two Shelducks in flooded fields at Berkeley Castle. (Tom Weston-McClung). A Wheatear at Berkeley shore this morning. (Paul Taylor).

Cheltenham     The female Goosander still on Pittville boating lake today. (Phil Cull/Paul Dodd).

Daglingworth     1+ Brambling with Chaffinches by Longhill Farm N of Daglingworth this morning. (Jon Mercer).

Forest of Dean     Eight Goosanders on Woorgreens Lake today. (Dan White).

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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