Sunday 15th April 2018

Coombe Hill Meadows      Birds included a summer plumaged BLACK-NECKED GREBE, two Little Grebes, five Great Crested Grebes, a male COMMON SCOTER, a Black Swan, five Shelducks, eight Wigeon, a male Gadwall, 30 Teal, 16 Shovelers, two Pochards, 21 Tufted Ducks, an adult LITTLE GULL, a 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull, four Oystercatchers, a Curlew, 20 Swallows, three House Martins, a Lesser Whitethroat and two Sedge Warblers. Also a Roe Deer swimming in front of the Grundon Hide. (Andy Jayne). Pics by Andy.

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Sherborne     An OSPREY still this morning on the Broadwater from 9:45am until early evening at least. It has Ring 6k on the right leg, recognised by Rutland Osprey project. (Roy Shilham/Tom Mabbett/Kirsty Attrell & John Carter). Pic by Roy.

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Frampton     An OSPREY from Splatt Bridge tonight, hopping across the posts by the Pill, flew at 6:10pm towards the 100-Acre. (Bill Church).

Cleeve Hill     Four RING OUZELS in the scrub where the Washpool Valley branches at 11:15am, near the Wild Daffodils then moved 100m towards the golf course. (Steve Brown).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Eight Blackcaps, seven Chiffchaffs, a Stock Dove, 10+ Swallows, five Great Crested Grebes, three Shelducks, a Little Grebe, four Cormorants, 16 Tufted Ducks, a Common Sandpiper, a Willow Warbler singing, a Sand Martin, a Buzzard, two Greylags, a Jay, two Bullfinches and two Goldcrests today. (Mark Grieve).

Hartpury     At Hartpury Orchard Centre, a Raven, a Kestrel, three Buzzards, two Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, a Little Grebe, a Sparrowhawk, two Swallows, a Green Woodpecker, a Cetti’s Warbler and a a Great Spotted Woodpecker today. (Mark Grieve).

Tewkesbury     At Lower Lode, on a flooded field, six Teal, a Shelduck, a Lapwing, two Oystercatchers, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard and three Fieldfares today. (Mark Grieve).

Cheltenham     At Naunton Park, a Peregrine, a Raven and a Buzzard over and a Nuthatch near the school, not recorded here before. (Steve Brown).

Saul Warth to Hock Cliff     From 6:30am a Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail N, a Willow Warbler, two Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs and two Swallows. (MK).

Fairford     Two Lesser Redpolls in the garden today at Dynevor Place. (Paul Stockwin). Pic by Paul.

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Forest of Dean     This afternoon in torrential rain five Pied Flycatchers (4m, 1f). They were at the bottom pool from Lower hide. (Chris Snook). 30 Bramblings in the garden today at Ellwood. (Clive Mowforth). Pic by Chris.

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Stinchcombe Common     A male  Wheatear, 13 Skylarks and a Mistle Thrush today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Selsey Common     19 Skylarks today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Longney    This morning at 9:50am a Red-legged Partridge on the Longney Road. (Malcolm Balster).

Standish     A Willow Warbler singing in garden yesterday, and again this morning.  (Juliet Bailey).

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 and most recently South Africa.
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