Friday 6th April 2018

Frampton     At least eight, possibly ten, LITTLE GULLS on the Sailing Lake this morning with a COMMON TERN. Also four Blackcaps singing and six Chiffchaffs. At Splatt Bridge south reedbed a Cetti’s Warbler. (Roy Bircher). Five LITTLE GULLS still at 2:20pm but not later. (Neil Smart). A Swallow and ten Sand Martins between the lakes and two Swallows and a Little Egret at Splatt Bridge this afternoon. (MK). Three Red Kites flew N over the 100-Acre towards Frampton village early afternoon. (Eric Palmer).

WWT Slimbridge     Three SANDWICH TERNS very briefly on South Lake at 3:40pm but headed off high S very quickly. (Ian Hull).

Cleeve Hill     Three RING OUZELS (2m, 1f) early morning. Also two Willow Warblers, two Stonechats, a Wheatear, a Red Kite, five Ravens, seven Fieldfares and a Golden Plover. (Mark Dowie).

Saul Warth     This morning a Barn Owl hunting near Hock Ditch at 6:30am. Also four Chiffchaffs and two Sand Martins. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     Coombe Hill is flooded, but five Swallows and an OTTER hunting close to the car park along the flooded canal at 10:30am. (Graham Tompsett).

Fossebridge     A Barn Owl hunting in the valley between Fossebridge and Lower Chedworth this morning. Also a Lapwing over the house in Chedworth this morning displaying. (Chris Berens).

Hucclecote     Four Mallards in the garden today, two drakes and two females. (Harold Smith).

Forest of Dean     A Blackcap singing clearly today at Forge Hill, Lydbrook. (Chris Sullivan).

Purton     Along the canal this evening a male Mandarin, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard and a Swallow. (Paddy Doyle).

Benhall     A Red Kite drifted over at 1 pm today, circled a couple of times and disappeared southwards. (David Norman).

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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