Saturday 21st April 2018

Highnam     A Barn Owl quartering over rough pasture north of Lassington Wood (SO 80352 20646) at dusk. (David Nicholls).

Lechlade     A HOBBY at Bushy Leaze this afternoon at 12:30pm. (Mike Cook).

Coates     A SPOTTED FLYCATCHER in  Hailey Wood on the ride near to Tunnel House at 5:30pm. (Mike Cook).

Westrip     Two SWIFTS this morning over the Westrip side of Doverow Hill. (Steve Kear).

WWT Slimbridge     The GLOSSY IBIS flew over Zeiss hide at 10am heading S. (Steve Liptrot). A Lesser Whitethroat and a Wheatear from Holden Tower. (Rob Werran).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Three GARGANEY (2m, 1f) this morning, a first-summer Mediterranean Gull and a Whimbrel. (Mike Smart/Ian Hull/Paul Rich/Mark Grieve). Other birds today included two Pintails, two Pochards, 32 Shovelers, four Wigeon, 50+ Teal, 12 Tufted Ducks, 29+ Shelducks, 43 Black-tailed Godwits, two Curlews, three Oystercatchers, a Snipe, four Redshanks, 9+ Lapwings, seven Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, three Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Whitethroats, four Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, three Willow Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, a Reed Bunting, a Stock Dove, a Swallow, a Buzzard and a Treecreeper. Nearby four Swallows at Hartpury, two Swallows at Twigworth and two Swallows at Norton. (Mark Grieve).

Frampton     On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge a Greenshank this morning, also a Little Egret and two drake Pintails flew S. Three Lesser Whitethroats, a Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, a Cetti’s Warbler, five Blackcaps, six Chiffchaffs and just two Swallows between Cadbury Bridge, Saul and the reedbed S of Splatt Bridge. (MK). A female Redstart on the southern fence line of the reedbed N of Splatt Bridge. (Brian Kings/MK). A male Cuckoo calling constantly at Splatt bridge from 5pm. (Iain Crawford).

Saul Warth     A Whimbrel, two adult Mediterranean Gulls and three Wheatears over high tide this morning. (Paul Rich).

Cleeve Hill     At 9:30am six Wheatears just N of masts. (Roy Shilham).

Newington Bagpath     Three Wheatears at the motte this morning. (Geoff Moyser).

Boxwell     A Wheatear this morning. (Geoff Moyser).

Cotswold Water Park East     Two Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler, a Common Tern and the female SCAUP still. (Ian Ralphs).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the Peregrine pair mating and an intruding Peregrine, a Red Kite, Ravens, Buzzards, a pair of Sparrowhawks, a Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three male Mandarins, House Martins and Swallows, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a male Blackcap, a Marsh Tit, a pair of Stock Doves, a female Goosander, a Treecreeper, a Siskin, a Willow Warbler and a Tawny Owl calling. Also five Fallow Deer, three Holly Blue butterflies, a Bank Vole and a colony of Ashy Mining Bees. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Sharpness     This morning a Whimbrel, a Wheatear, a Mistle Thrush, two Whitethroats and three Lesser Whitethroats. (Andy Jordan). A Sedge Warbler, two Lesser and three Whitethroats around SO668021 this morning. Also a Wigeon, an Oystercatcher, two Gadwalls, a Cormorant and eight Shelducks on the river. (Duerden Cormack).

Berkeley shore     A Whimbrel, a Whitethroat, a Wheatear and five Lesser Whitethroats this morning. Early afternoon the first Sedge Warbler of the year at Berkeley Pill, also two Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat and two Ravens. (Paul Taylor).

Quedgeley     A Red Kite, a Peregrine and two Buzzards sharing the same thermal heading N over Quedgeley. (Steve Pullen).

Cooper’s Edge     Three Red Kites over together at 1:30pm. (Jared Mein).

Cambridge     At 5:10pm a Red Kite heading E, crossed the A38 between Cambridge and the Slimbridge roundabout SO744029. (Ian Elphick).

Nailsworth     This afternoon, at the New Lawn, Forest Green, a Red Kite over. (Hugh Manistre).

Cheltenham     An Orange Tip butterfly this morning in Eldorado Road near Cheltenham Railway station. (Keith White).

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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