Sunday 8th April 2018

Sherborne     An OSPREY caught a fish in the Broadwater (Sherborne Brook) at 6:20am then flew out of sight to eat it. Relocated at 10am at the other end of Sherborne village still eating a fish in a dead tree at the end of Haycroft Road. Also two Little Egrets, a Red Kite, three pairs of Wigeon, a Swallow, three Reed Buntings and a Muntjac this morning. (Keith Jennings/Anna Field/MK). Pics by Richard Tyler.

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WWT Slimbridge     Four RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS (2 pairs) on the River Severn at 9am. A dark phase ARCTIC SKUA briefly buzzed gulls over the Severn but lost to view in the mist at 1:30pm. (Martin McGill). A GRASSHOPPER WARBLER reeling near Van de Bovenkamp hide today. (Mike Jackson).

Sharpness     A male REDSTART at the picnic site. 17 KITTIWAKES flew N from the sandbar at Sharpness at 8:20am then seen at Saul Warth and an adult LITTLE GULL flew S. Two SANDWICH TERNS on the sandbar at 8:30am. Two LITTLE GULLS flew N with Black-headed Gulls at 9am. Two COMMON SCOTERS lingering off SARA at 12:30pm.  Also a Whitethroat, a Yellowhammer, two Mediterranean Gulls, three Willow Warblers and five Swallows. (Andy Jordan). Five more COMMON SCOTERS off the sandbank mid river from Purton, and were still off Mid Point at 4:10pm. (Neil Smart). South of Sharpness this evening a Willow Warbler, six Shelducks, four Redshanks, a Kestrel and two Coal Tits. (Paddy Doyle).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 125 three COMMON SCOTERS (2m, 1f) present from early morning until early evening at least. (Andrew Whittaker). Pic by Mark Dowie.

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Frampton     Two SANDWICH TERNS N over Splatt Bridge at 7:30am. A Common Tern flew S along the canal. A CATTLE EGRET flew from the 100-Acre towards Saul at 9am. (Gordon Hodgson). At the pools late afternoon a Yellow Wagtail over, 28 Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, 100+ Sand Martins, 15+ Swallows and 95 Tufted Ducks. (Nick Goatman).

Stroud     A  female RING OUZEL in sheep fields between middle Lypiatt and Lypiatt briefly but moved on quickly. Also a Tree Pipit and a Brambling over. (Francis Steuck).

Cleeve Hill     Just below the Eside of the golf course in the gorse a male Stonechat at 1:05pm, two male Wheatears at 12:29pm, a male RING OUZEL at 3:43pm and a Red Kite at 12:09pm. (Ken Heron).

Walmore Common     A drake GARGANEY this afternoon. (Andy Jayne). A belated report of this bird here yesterday. (John & Viv Phillips).

Upton St Leonards     12 Hawfinches in the churchyard today. (Vanda Owen).

Quedgeley     At least five different Hawfinches in the garden today with two males (one ringed) and three females. Also a Willow Warbler. (Paul Masters).

Forest of Dean     Two Red Kites over the garden at Viney Hill today. They soared for about five minutes in the area before drifting S towards Blakeney. Also male and female Hawfinches in the garden on feeders today. (Michael Hill).

Selsley     Two Hawfinches at SO832039, at least one of them dropped into a yew tree. Also six Meadow Pipits, three Linnets, seven Stock Doves, a Grey Heron and a probable White Wagtail all seen at cSO830034. (Duerden Cormack). Pic by Duerden.

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Stratton     A Hawfinch, six Yellowhammers and three Bramblings in the garden today. (Ken Cservenka).

Charlton Kings Common/Leckhampton Hill     A Barn Owl hunting early morning and 9+ Bramblings still present at Hartley Farm. Also eight Fieldfares in the area. (Chris Furley).

Netheridge     A singing Willow Warbler, six Chiffchaffs, seven Blackcaps and two Green Woodpeckers at Netheridge Farm this morning. (Mark Hobson).

Tewkesbury     At Tewkesbury nature reserve, a Little Egret, two Blackcaps, a singing Reed Bunting, a singing Willow Warbler and three singing Chiffchaffs. (Mark Grieve).

Halmore     Two male and two female Greenfinches together in the garden this morning, a Little Owl calling yesterday evening, and a Peregrine over yesterday. Up to six Reed Buntings now in the garden throughout the day, present almost every day since first seen on 9th March. (Chris Newton).

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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