Tuesday 17th April 2018

Awre     A FULMAR flew up past Awre at 9:35 this morning. (John Phillips).

WWT Slimbridge     Two LITTLE TERNS on South Lake this afternoon until 3:15pm, reported briefly again at 4:45pm. (Dave Paynter). Two SANDWICH TERNS past Holden Tower at 10:35am. (Geoff Moyser).

Saul Warth     A SANDWICH TERN at 11:45am and five Whimbrels flew N at 12:45pm. (MK).

Frampton     Two SANDWICH TERNS on the Sailing Lake this afternoon. Also two Great Black-backed Gulls, 150+ Sand Martins, 50+ Swallows, two House Martins. 16 Chiffchaffs, 19 Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler, a Common Sandpiper, a male Pochard, 70 Tufted Ducks and eight Gadwalls around the pools. (Nick Goatman). Four Whimbrels feeding with Curlews at the shore tonight. (Neil Smart).

Sherborne     At least one OSPREY throughout the day around the Broadwater until 6:20pm at least. It seems there have probably been up to four different birds here, two ringed and two unringed. (Keith Jennings/Vanda Owen/Paul Stockwin/Colin Midgeley).

Coombe Hill Meadows     The COMMON SCOTER still today. (Ian Hull/Mark Grieve). A SANDWICH TERN with Black-headed Gulls at 12:23pm, a LITTLE GULL at 12:40pm, four Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, two Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe, a Cormorant, a calling Cuckoo, a Bullfinch, two Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, nine Lapwings, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Curlew heard, two Oystercatchers, 25+ Golden Plovers over, 33 Teal, 20+ Tufted Ducks, four Shelducks, 20+ Shovelers, nine Wigeon, 25+ Swallows, four House Martins, a Raven and four Reed Buntings

Ashleworth & Hasfield Ham     Birds today included an Egyptian Goose, two Shelducks, two Wigeon, six Gadwalls, 30 Teal, 25 Mallards, nine Pintails, 14 Shovelers, a male Pochard, 19 Tufted Ducks, a Little Egret, a Little Grebe, 40+ Coots, an Oystercatcher, four Whimbrels, two Curlews, two Common Sandpipers, a Peregrine and a male Redstart. (Andy Jayne).

Cleeve Hill     Two RING OUZELS and three Wheatears this morning. (Greg Mabbett).

Gloucester     A REED WARBLER singing at Port Ham pond, Alney Island, at SO817194 today. (Ian Elphick).

Cotswold Water Park East     Two Common Terns and a Lesser Whitethroat singing at Pit 125 this morning. Two Little Ringed Plovers on Pit 126.  (Duncan Dine).

Shuthonger     A Cuckoo back in it’s usual area, in fields between Woodend Lane and Church End. (Sarah Loaring).

Berkeley shore     Two GCRP Common Cranes dropped in, also a Lesser Whitethroat, a Yellow Wagtail over, a Common Sandpiper, ten House Martins flew S and just three Swallows. (Paul Taylor).

Sharpness     A Lesser Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler at the picnic site at 5pm and a Common Tern N past SARA.  (Andy Jordan).

Symonds Yat     From the Yat Rock area the Peregrine pair (seen mating several times today), a pair of  Sparrowhawks, Buzzards, Ravens, Swallows and House Martins, a Stock Dove, a Green Woodpecker calling, two female Goosanders a pair of Marsh Tits, a Mistle Thrush, two Greenfinches, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and a Tawny Owl calling. Also newly hatched Tadpoles in a water-filled ditch. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tewkesbury     On the Ham two Shelducks over, a Mandarin in flight, a Lapwing, up to six Curlews, a Kingfisher along the Severn,120 Common Gulls, three Swallows, a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 35 Carrion Crows, a Raven over and two Reed Buntings. (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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