Saturday 7th April 2018

Sherborne     An OSPREY flew along the Broadwater (Sherborne Brook) at Sherborne at 5pm after perching in an oak there. It was still present at 6pm but not seen later although it could’ve been just roosting out of sight. (Anna Field). Pic by Anna.

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Lydney     The GLOSSY IBIS still in the waterworks field near Lydney station at 1pm. Also ten Sand Martins, four Swallows and a Willow Warbler. (Ian Draycott).

Cleeve Hill     A male RING OUZEL by the heather enclosure at 8am, 9+ Skylarks, a Buzzard, 25+ Meadow Pipits, a calling Curlew, 9+ Yellowhammers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Pied Wagtail, four Willow Warblers, 20+ Linnets, a Chiffchaff, two Grey Partridges, a Stonechat, seven Stock Doves, a Fieldfare, four Cormorants over high NE and a Roe Deer. (Mark Grieve).

Frampton pools     A NIGHTINGALE, a male Wheatear, 17 Blackcaps, 16 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 100+ Sand Martins, 20+ Swallows, five Lesser Redpolls, 20+ Meadow Pipits and 50+ Linnets today. (Nick Goatman). A SANDWICH TERN at 11:57am briefly at the E end of the Sailing Lake, then at 12:36pm a Mediterranean Gull dropped in. (Ken Heron).

Ready Token     Early morning on farmland a male WHITETHROAT singing from Hawthorn bush, 15 Lapwings, eight Skylarks, ten Linnets, three Blackcaps (2m, 1f), 25 Goldfinches, five Corn Buntings, three Coal Tits, a Little Owl and 12 Roe Deer. (Mike Cook).

Whitminster     A WHITETHROAT on Whitminster Lane, near the Saul Junction turn off. (Martin McGill).

Saul     Two CATTLE EGRETS in fields to the right of the road c1/2 ml towards Arlingham from Cadbury Bridge. There is no parking near the birds so park at the canal bridge and walk. (Tom Mabbett).

Cotswold Water Park East     On Pit 125 a JACK SNIPE, 20 Sand Martins, three Swallows, a Sedge Warbler, two singing Marsh Tits, a Little Ringed Plover and the first-winter female SCAUP still. A pair of Goldeneye still on Pit 126. (Ian Ralphs).

WWT Slimbridge     98 Swallows, 20+ Sand Martins, 12 Chiffchaffs, four Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler, a Pochard, 49 Wigeon, a Kingfisher, 10-12 Mediterranean Gulls, 232 Black-tailed Godwits and 20+ Redshanks today. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Charlton Kings Common/Leckhampton Hill     Early morning songsters included a Tree Pipit, three Willow Warblers, four Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, six Yellowhammers, two Skylarks, two Tawny Owls, a Meadow Pipit and numerous Linnets. Also two Ravens displaying, a Stock Dove, a Grey Heron, two Redwings and a Swallow over. (Chris Furley).

Upton St Leonards     A Hawfinch still in the churchyard today. (Phil Robinson).

Hucclecote     Seven Mallards in the garden today, six drakes and a female. (Harold Smith).

Berkeley     This evening along the Severn Banks, along by Severn House Farm two Swallows, 28 Shelducks, six Oystercatchers, 80 Carrion Crows, two Barnacle Geese and two Curlews. (Paddy Doyle).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning the water was right up to the carpark, and the area is completely inaccessible and will remain so for some days yet. A Coot was on a nest in the canal and a Chiffchaff singing. (Mike Smart).

Gloucester     At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake a Kingfisher today. Also a Swallow at Staunton, two Swallows at Hartpury and two Buzzards at Barnwood. (Mark Grieve).

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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