Monday 2nd April 2018

Lydney     The GLOSSY IBIS out in the open alongside the water treatment works at midday. Also eight Swallows over the canal and fields. (Martin Vaisey). The Ibis still present in the flooded field next to the water treatment works at 5:30pm today. (Alison Phelps).

Saul     Two CATTLE EGRETS with 17 Little Egrets at 2pm in fields to the N of the Arlingham Road from Cadbury Bridge (viewed from footpath that leads to Saul pool and church). (Tim Hutton). The white Common Buzzard in the corner of the field by Frampton church early this afternoon, also a Chiffchaff on the canal path near Splatt Bridge. (Chris Snook). Pics by Chris.

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Frampton     A female Red Crested Pochard on Court Lake later on the Sailing Lake. Also a male Mandarin and c60 Sand Martins heading S with one Swallow. A pair of Pintails on the flashes N of Splatt bridge. (Tim Hutton). A Swallow, ten Sand Martins and four Oystercatchers at Splatt Bridge flashes. (Gordon Hodgson). Also around the pools 50+ Sand Martins, three Swallows, nine Chiffchaffs, a singing Blackcap, two Water Rails, four Siskins, 78 Tufted Ducks, two Oystercatchers and two pairs of Great Crested Grebes displaying. Two CATTLE EGRETS came into roost with 16 Little Egrets on Court Lake tonight. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth     A Barn Owl, which flew from the line of trees at Hock Ditch towards Fretherne church at 6:50am. Also four Oystercatchers, an adult sinensis type Cormorant, three Reed Buntings, six Meadow Pipits and a singing Chiffchaff. (MK).

Witcombe Reservoirs     25+ Sand Martins, six Chiffchaffs, 30 Tufted Ducks, six Great Crested Grebes, a Cormorant, 29 Canada Geese, two Little Grebes, two Water Rails, a Sparrowhawk, two Goldcrests, a Pied Wagtail, two Bullfinches, six Siskins, two Treecreepers, eight Teal and a Stock Dove. (Mark Grieve/Martin Greenish).

Sharpness     Seven Sand Martins at SARA pool at 8:30am. (Paul Taylor).

Berkeley     A Swallow N past the shore late morning and two Sand Martins. Also a Wheatear still at Severn House Farm. (Paul Taylor). A FIRECREST singing within Berkeley Castle/church grounds this morning but could be heard from the top car park. (Tom Weston-McClung).

WWT Slimbridge     At least eight Mediterranean Gulls on site today, seven on South Lake. Two adults in breeding plumage, four second summers and two first winter/summers. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Dymock     A Barn Owl hunting at 6pm this evening right on the Glos/Herefords border N of Dymock seen from the B4215, also two Stock Doves foraging on a roadside verge nearby. (Steve Pullen).

Cockadilly     A pair of Siskins on a feeder today. Last recorded (and ringed) c. 15 years ago. (David Price).

Halmore     A ringed Greenfinch in the garden today, up to seven Reed Buntings and a pair of Mandarins in an oak tree this morning. (Chris Newton).

Edge     At Rudge Hill N.N.R. mid afternoon four Meadow Pipits, three Goldcrests, two Green Woodpeckers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker heard, a Buzzard and a Coal Tit. (John Fletcher).

Tewkesbury     At Severn Ham two Great Crested Grebes swimming on the lake covering the Ham and two Curlews huddled on the only bit of green grass left. (Mike Smart).

Upham Meadow     A Gadwall, 30 Wigeon and six Curlews today. (Mike Smart).

Cotswold Water Park West     This evening birds included a Sand Martin, 18 Fieldfares, a pair of Gadwalls, a pair of Shovelers, a pair of Pochards, a Cormorant, three Grey Herons, four Mute Swans and a singing Cetti’s Warbler. (Malcolm Balster).

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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