Monday 16th April 2018

Coombe Hill Meadows      The summer plumaged BLACK-NECKED GREBE, the male COMMON SCOTER and the adult LITTLE GULL still present until 6:45pm. Wellies/waterproofs mandatory unless you enjoy paddling. (Mark Dowie/Paul Masters).

Painswick     A GARDEN WARBLER singing and seen at Painswick Rococo Garden yesterday afternoon (15th). (Gareth Jones).

Sherborne     An OSPREY seen leaving downriver from the Farmington road area at 5:15pm, it circled over the Broadwater before flying high N. (Richard Price/Katie Oliver).

Frampton     A female PIED FLYCATCHER at Frampton Green briefly at 8:30am but not afterwards. A Common Sandpiper and a new Sedge Warbler at Splatt Bridge. A Common Sandpiper at the Sailing Lake. (Gordon Hodgson). Three CATTLE EGRETS on the old river channel between the 100-Acre and the canal just S of Splatt Bridge at 11:45am. (Eric Palmer).

WWT Slimbridge     A GLAUCOUS GULL flew upriver viewed from Holden Tower at midday. (Ian Hull). On South Lake at least five Mediterranean Gulls including a second summer bird (yellow ring 2X7N) which is is paired to an adult, now sitting on a nest.

Forest of Dean     A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER in the Cannop Valley today. (Ben Locke). A  pair of Pied Flycatchers at Nagshead near lower hide still. (Paul Rich).

Cirencester     A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER calling today at Cirencester Park. (Charles Martell).

Hardwicke     A Lesser Whitethroat S of Sellars Bridge this morning. (Paul Masters).

Berkeley shore     A Lesser Whitethroat this morning. (Geoff Moyser).

Shab Hill     A female Wheatear this afternoon. (John Miles).

Gloucester     At Alney Island a singing Blackcap, a Stock Dove, a Buzzard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Grey Heron, a Green Woodpecker, a Cormorant, a Jay, two Shovelers and two Greylags. (Mark Grieve).

Saul Warth/Fretherne     A Wheatear, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, 12 Shelducks, 16 Mallards, two Shovelers, a Skylark, a Chiffchaff, a Wren, 76 Curlews and a Reed Bunting today. (Stef Hawley).

Cherington     At Cherington Lake this afternoon birds included two Tawny Owls calling on opposite sides of the lake in wooded areas at 12:30pm, 11 Tufted Ducks (6m, 5f), a Kingfisher, four Buzzards, two Willow Warblers, two Treecreepers, three Nuthatches, five Chiffchaffs, four Greenfinches, two Goldcrests, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Green Woodpecker calling. (John Fletcher).

Selsley Common     Seven Skylarks and two Bullfinches today. (John Fletcher).

Tewkesbury     On the Ham an Oystercatcher flying up the Severn, two Peregrines (the pair from the Abbey in display over Ham), four Curlews, 150 Common Gulls, a Sand Martin flew up the Severn, a Blackcap, 47 Carrion Crows and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).

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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