Friday 13th April 2018

Sherborne     Male and female OSPREY still at the Broadwater at 7:30am, one at least still at 5:45pm. (Richard Tyler/Chris Snook/Paul Masters). Also two Common Sandpipers on Sherborne brook today. (Chris Kidd). 1st pic by Richard, 2nd by Chris.

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WWT Slimbridge     An OSPREY flying downriver at 12:20pm viewed from Zeiss hide. (Ian Hull). At 1pm seen heading down the canal towards Sharpness. (Paul Taylor).

Cleeve Hill      A CUCKOO calling at the top of the Washpool valley at 9:30 am, at the heather enclosure a Whitethroat and a Tree Pipit both singing.  In fog Golden Plovers heard near the masts and also near West Down and c30 Yellowhammers on the road to the masts. (Steve Brown). Four RING OUZELS at 12:27pm high on the W side of the Washpool valley between Quarry the branching path. Also a Wheatear. (Les Ditchburn). Ouzels present until 6pm at least, also a SHORT-EARED OWL and 100 Golden Plovers. (Mark Dowie).

Selsley     At least one RING OUZEL still in ivy clad trees at the bottom of the slope after a dog flushed it from the slopes this afternoon. (Sarah Clutterbuck).

Saul Warth     At high tide this morning three Wheatears, a Willow Warbler, 125+ grounded Meadow Pipits, 12 Yellow Wagtails, seven Pied Wagtails, 37+ Swallows, 141+ Sand Martins, nine Curlews and a pair of Oystercatchers. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Alvington     A Red Kite flying over the petrol station towards Chepstow at 5:40pm today. (Martin Vaisey).

Cotswold Water Park East     Two COMMON SCOTERS still at Pit 125 at 8:30am. (Martin Greenish).

Frampton pools     A male Redstart, a LESSER WHITETHROAT, three CATTLE EGRETS, five House Martins, 300+ Sand Martins, four Willow Warblers, 21 Blackcaps, 15 Chiffchaffs, two Teal and 50+ Curlews over. (Nick Goatman).

Quedgeley     Two HAWFINCHES at Clearwater Drive this afternoon. (Andy Chapman).

Berkeley shore     A Common Sandpiper and a Wheatear early morning. (Paul Taylor).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Five Yellow Wagtails this morning. (Owen Follis).

Lydney New Grounds     Eight Wheatears, two Yellow Wagtails and three Whimbrels this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Aylburton Warth     On this evening’s tide, 180 Curlews, seven Bar-tailed Godwits (three males in summer plumage), a Whimbrel, and nine Golden Plovers. (John Sanders).

Snowshill     Six Ravens and eight Fieldfares in and around the lambs today. (Keith Jennings).

Forest of Dean     A summer-plumaged male Brambling in the garden at Forge Hill, Lydbrook today. (Chris Sullivan).

Shuthonger     A Wheatear at the bottom of Woodend Lane this afternoon. (Sarah Loaring).

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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