Thursday 5th April 2018

Wibdon Warth     A first-winter ICELAND GULL at 9:15am until pushed off by the tide half an hour later. The Warth is here. (John Sanders).

Frampton     A SEDGE WARBLER singing by the Anglers car park at the pools this morning. (Nick Goatman). At Splatt Bridge flashes today two CATTLE EGRETS flew in at 1:15pm and fed for an hour before flying back N towards Saul paddocks. Also four Swallows, two more in the village, 44 Curlews, six Redshanks, a Little Egret and a calling Water Rail. (MK). Also 40 Sand Martins, eight Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler. (Gordon Hodgson). Nine Swallows and 20 Sand Martins around Court Lake. (Shane Long). Distant shot by Mike.

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Saul Warth     The MERLIN again this morning. (Phil Pope).

Saul     The two CATTLE EGRETS in fields to the right of the road c1/2 ml towards Arlingham from Cadbury Bridge this morning. (Phil Pope).

Painswick Beacon     A SHORT-EARED OWL at 8:40am today. (Kevin Kingscott).

Forest of Dean     This morning a singing Willow Warbler, at least four Tree Pipits and 10+ Crossbills at Yew Tree Brake. On Crabtree Hill a Tree Pipit, a Reed Bunting and a pair of Stonechats. (Martin Greenish). A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER at Blaize Bailey today. (Andy Meaton).

Symonds Yat     From the viewpoint today the Peregrine pair and an intruding Peregrine, a Goshawk, a Red Kite, a male and female Sparrowhawk, seven Buzzards, Ravens, a Green Woodpecker, a female Goosander, two Stock Doves, a pair of Mandarins, a Swallow, a Grey Heron, a male Siskin, a Chiffchaff, a Marsh Tit, a pair of Nuthatches and four Coal Tits. Also two Fallow Deer, a Pipistrelle Bat and a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

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Lydney    The GLOSSY IBIS was at Lydney by the water treatment works today at 2:30pm for at least half an hour but no sign around 5:30pm. Also a Bullfinch and a Red-legged Partridge there. (Andy Meaton/Phil Mugridge).

Kings Stanley     A Swallow over the football field this evening. (Paul Taylor).

Cleeve Hill     Two Wheatears at West Down on a stone wall. On the Common a Tree Pipit, two Grey Partridges, 7+ Yellowhammers, 5+ Skylarks and 8+ Meadow Pipits. (Les Ditchburn). Two Fieldfares on the approach road to the Common and 11 Golden Plovers over. (Tom Mabbett).

Cheltenham     A Hawfinch flew S over Sandford Park this afternoon. (Mark Dowie).

Stratton     A Brambling in the garden this afternoon at 4:15pm. Also eight Yellowhammers. (Ken Cservenka).

Leighterton     A Red Kite between Leighterton and Westonbirt Arboretum at 2:15pm. (Martin Saunders).

Cotswold Water Park West     On new Pit 201A two Redshanks viewed from Wickwater Lane and a Green Sandpiper viewed from the Spine Road. (Trevor & Sue Clayson).

Kingscote     From the A4135 two Red Kites and nearby at Beverston a Barn Owl hunting at 6pm. (Seb Buckton).

Stroud     Vismig from Stroud Cemetery included a House Martin, two Swallows, a Red Kite, a Redwing and 90 Meadow Pipits this morning. A YELLOW WAGTAIL and two Swallows flew over the garden in Horns Road. (Francis Steuck).

Netheridge     Four singing Chiffchaffs at Netheridge Farm this morning. (Mark Hobson).

Upleadon     At Brand Green Woods at SO746276 birds included seven Great Spotted Woodpeckers, four Green Woodpeckers, two Treecreepers, eight Nuthatches, three Buzzards and two Chiffchaffs today. (John Fletcher).

Hidcote     A Red Kite over at 5:30pm, seen from the NT car park. (Andy Gibbons).

Haw Bridge to Ashleworth     Along the Severn bank a Kestrel, two Curlews and a Kingfisher, a Raven over Norton Hill and two Curlews and 28 Snipe on one field near Hasfield Ham. (Mike Smart).

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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