Saturday 14th April 2018

Sherborne     An OSPREY again along the Broadwater at 3:15pm. (Tom Ginger). Also two Little Owls today. (Anita Teague).

Sharpness     Five COMMON SCOTERS on water briefly at SARA just before 7am. They flew N before coming back S 2 minutes later. Also a Yellow Wagtail and a House Martin. (Andy Jordan).

Arlingham to Saul Warth     A male PIED FLYCATCHER in Smith’s Wood at Hock Cliff, six Grey Herons, 30+ Shelducks, two Cormorants, 11 Curlews, two Oystercatchers, five Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite (Saul Warth 10:39am), 11 Skylarks, six Reed Buntings, two Whitethroats, four Swallows N, 15 Goldfinches, six Willow Warblers, three Chiffchaffs, seven Blackcaps, a Green Woodpecker, two drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three Ravens, a Jay, a Mistle Thrush, a Kestrel, four male Wheatears at Fretherne and a Stock Dove. (Mark Grieve).

Forest of Dean     A WOOD WARBLER singing half-heartedly at Woorgreens car park this morning. (Lewis Thomson). At Nagshead a Firecrest, two Pied Flycatchers, nine Bramblings, three Siskins, three Hawfinches and a Goshawk. (Colin Greenfield/Colin Butters). Four Firecrests in the Speech House area. (Roberta Goodall).

Cleeve Hill    Six RING OUZELS, predominantly males, on the western side of the Washpool Valley at 11:30am. Best observed from the upper slopes of the eastern side of the valley. (Colin and Glenys Smith). A male RING OUZEL down the Washpool Valley at 7:25pm and a SHORT-EARED OWL hunting opposite the Heather Enclosure this evening. (Russ Peacey).

Symonds Yat     From the viewpoint today at Yat Rock the Peregrine pair and an intruding juvenile Peregrine, a female Sparrowhawk, six Buzzards, Jays, Ravens, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Swallow, five House Martins, a male Blackcap, three Chiffchaffs, a Tawny Owl Calling, a Grey Heron, a pair of Bullfinches, three Goosanders (2m, 1f), a pair of Mandarins, a Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tits, a Treecreeper, a Goldcrest and a pair of Stock Doves. Also a Rose Chafer, two Bank Voles and three Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Painswick Beacon     Highlights from the watch today, 6:45am to 1:30pm, five Sparrowhawks, 51 Buzzards, 105 Golden Plovers, 107 Swallows, two House Martins, 86 Goldfinches and 13 Siskins. Also a Wheatear present. (John Fleming).

Selsley Common     Four Wheatears and two Ravens this morning. (Simon Spedding).

Charlton Kings     A Grasshopper Warbler reeling this morning. (Greg Mabbett).

Cotswold Water Park East     The female SCAUP still at Pit 125 this morning. Also three Green Sandpipers, seven Willow Warblers, three Fieldfares and two Siskins. (Ian Ralphs).

Frampton pools     Two Yellow Wagtails, nine Willow Warblers, 27 Blackcaps, 25 Chiffchaffs, five Yellowhammers, 100+ Sand Martins and seven Shelducks this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Gloucester     Two Willow Warblers, a pair of Reed Buntings and a Little Egret at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Upleadon/Brand Green Woods     This afternoon five Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three Green Woodpeckers, three Treecreepers, four Nuthatches, four Buzzards, two Chiffchaffs  and two Song Thrushes. (John Fletcher).

Severn Hams    At Coombe Hill Meadows, the towpath is still largely under water and not passable, even with Wellingtons. Birds included a Coot still incubating, two Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, two Willow Warblers, two Shelducks, six Wigeon, two Teal, four Pintails, two Tufted Ducks, two Oystercatchers and four Curlews, 200 Black-headed Gulls, 150 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 50 Herring Gulls. At Wainlodes the Red Lion road is still closed by floodwater, and the meadows by the river are under water four Mute Swans and four Shelducks on floodwater. At Ashleworth, the road to Tirley is still closed by floods with no way of getting through. (Mike Smart). Pic by Andy Jayne.

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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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