Wednesday 18th April 2018

Cleeve Hill     A male RING OUZEL near Oat Piece at the N end of the common this morning. (Stuart Galey). At West Down a Cuckoo and two female Wheatears this afternoon. (Peter Rodgers). A Cuckoo seen near the trig point, a Swallow migrating N, at least six singing Willow Warblers and four singing Chiffchaffs on the common. (Keith White). Four Wheatears at 9:45am. (Roy Shilham).

Leckhampton Hill      Six RING OUZELS this evening. Four flew high at dusk towards Cleeve Hill masts, two remained and fed until dark. (Tom Mabbett).

Sherborne     An OSPREY at first light still at the Broadwater today. (Jon Mercer).

Forest of Dean     The first Willow Warbler singing in Forge Hill, Lydbrook, with another down in the valley. (Chris Sullivan).

Bourton-on-the-Water     A pair of Long-tailed Tits nest building this morning. (Peter Rodgers). Pic by Peter.

Long-tailed Tit 180418

Frampton     A Reed Warbler singing and showing occasionally in the reedbed S of Splat Bridge today. Also a Sedge Warbler, a Cetti’s Warbler, three Chiffchaffs and a male Blackcap. (MK). Four CATTLE EGRETS roosted, a REED WARBLER, a Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler, 15 Chiffchaffs, 19 Blackcaps, a Reed Bunting, a Common Sandpiper and six Stock Doves this evening. (Nick Goatman). A SANDWICH TERN over the Severn viewed from Splatt Bridge going towards WWT. (Gordon Hodgson).

Cotswold Water Park West      A Reed Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat singing at Shorncote Reedbeds this evening. (Jon Mercer).

Highnam Woods     A Nightingale singing early evening. (Dave Owen).

Stroud     A Dipper today at 6:30pm on the canal below Marling School sports ground. (Paul Sutton).

Hardwicke     First thing at Sellars Bridge and along the canal S, four Willow Warblers, four Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, a Kingfisher and a Green Woodpecker. (Paul Masters).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Two Common Sandpipers this morning. Also a Little Owl. (Duncan Dine).

Rodborough Common     A Wheatear today. (Josh Adamms). Pic by Josh.

Wheatear 180418

Minchinhampton     In the garden three Greenfinches, a Red Kite and a Buzzard flying overhead, a Sparrowhawk and 10+ Goldfinches today. (Josh Adamms).

Ashleworth Ham     A SANDWICH TERN flew through at 1:47pm, ten Whimbrels at ttwo Lapwings, he end of Stank Lane (Mark Grieve/Martin Greenish), a Little Egret, three Oystercatchers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Tufted Ducks, four Gadwalls, four Shelducks, two Curlews, two Greylags, 34+ Teal, 15 Shovelers, a male Pochard, six Blackcaps, five Buzzards, three Chiffchaffs, four Grey Herons, five Willow Warblers, four Stock Doves, a Pied Wagtail,  a Treecreeper, two Skylarks and two Reed Buntings. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows     On the floodwater, the male COMMON SCOTER still present, c6 Great Crested Grebes, 95 Teal, at least 46 Black-tailed Godwits, four Redshanks, two Oystercatchers, two Curlews and a singing Lesser Whitethroat. (Mike Smart/Mervyn Greening).

Amberley     A Red Kite flew S over the house at 4:30pm (Theescombe Lane), a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff singing in the garden, a Mistle Thrush singing in the valley. A pair of Nuthatches on Theescombe Hill. Also Orange Tip and Holly Blue butterflies in the garden. (Phil Williams).

Hucclecote     Three drake Mallards in the garden today and three Buzzards over. (Harold Smith). Pic by Harold.

Mallards 180418

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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