Thursday 26th April 2018

WWT Slimbridge     The GLOSSY IBIS from Martin Smith hide again this morning. (Stuart Miller). Pic by Stuart. An Arctic Tern on South Lake from midday. (Slimbridge Sightings).

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Saul Warth     A Dark-bellied Brent Goose and three Whimbrel early morning. The Brent present until 10:30am at least. (Roy Widgery). Pic by Mike.

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Frampton     An Arctic Tern on the Sailing Lake from 8:30am until 12:30pm at least. (Phil Pope). At 4pm 35 Swifts over the Sailing Lake. (Francis Steuck). A Hobby over Court Lake this evening. (Nick Goatman). At Splatt flashes early morning a Green Sandpiper, two Curlews and the white Common Buzzard. Nearby a Cuckoo calling from the 100-Acre. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Sharpness     A COMMON SCOTER floating on the river at SARA lifeboat station at 3:55pm slowly drifting up river. (Martin Greenish).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 125 this morning a Whimbrel (patch tick), a Common Sandpiper and a summer-plumaged Dunlin. 200 Sand Martins at Pit 126.(Duncan Dine). Pics by Duncan.

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Highnam Woods     Six singing Nightingales this morning. (David Urwin).

Lechlade     Along the River Thames, E of Lechlade a Common Sandpiper, a Reed Warbler singing and three Red Crested Pochards (2m, 1f). (Robert Homan).

Lasborough     A pair of displaying Ravens over St Mary’s church this morning. (MK).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning birds included five Whimbrels, a Common Sandpiper, two Oystercatchers, a Curlew, three Redshanks, two Great Crested Grebe, a Pintail, 12 Little Egrets, a Yellow Wagtail, five Sand Martins, eight Swifts, a Lesser Whitethroat, ten Whitethroats, ten Sedge Warblers, two Willow Warblers, a Treecreeper, two Bullfinches and a Jay. (Graham Tompsett). Also a Ringed Plover and two Cuckoos (a male calling and a female bubbling). (Ken Heron/Jenny Jones).

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon a Whimbrel, a Curlew, 18 Mallards, two Teal and four Gadwalls. (Ken Heron/Jenny Jones).

Forest of Dean     At Kerne Bridge Sand Martins, Swallows and a Chiffchaff singing. At Nagshead Goldcrests, Jays, a Peregrine, two Buzzards, Treecreepers, Nuthatches, a Garden Warbler, Chiffchaffs, Wrens, a pair of Siskins, a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Bullfinches, Blackcaps and a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER calling. Also a Wild Boar and a Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint the Peregrine pair, three Goshawks (1m, 2f), a Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite, Ravens, four Buzzards, Swallows, a pair of Mandarins, a Jay and a Marsh Tit. Also a Holly Blue butterfly and four Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

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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