Friday 27th April 2018

Cotswold Water Park West     An OSPREY being mobbed by gulls over the Pit 43 area going W in the direction of Shorncote. 16 Arctic Terns on Pit 57 this morning. (Duncan Dine).

WWT Slimbridge     An Arctic Tern on South Lake again. Nine Bar-tailed Godwits feeding in a channel on the river viewed from Holden Tower this morning. A Little Ringed Plover on the scrape viewed from Holden Tower and on the Tack Piece two Greenshanks and three Ringed Plovers. (Ian Hull).

Frampton Pools    Two Arctic Terns left high N at 1:10pm, two Common Terns, four Common Sandpipers, a White Wagtail, five Swifts, a Reed Warbler, 300+ Swallows, 400+ Sand Martins, 50+ House Martins, a Whitethroat, 18+ Blackcaps, eight Chiffchaffs, five Oystercatchers, two Stock Doves, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Green Woodpecker, a Little Grebe, 40+ Tufted Ducks, two Cormorants, a Jay, a Willow Warbler, a Buzzard, ten Greylags and a Mistle Thrush. (Mark Grieve/Gordon Hodgson/Jeremy Squire). Also two Whimbrels from Splatt Bridge at lunchtime. (Gordon Hodgson).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Whimbrel and a Little Ringed Plover at lunchtime today. (Jeremy Squire). This evening birds included two Mute Swans, 16 Canada Geese, two pairs of Greylags, 20 Shelducks, a female Wigeon, at least 15 Gadwalls, a pair of Pintails, four drake Shovelers, three Great Crested Grebes, two Little Egrets, 30 Coots, three Oystercatchers, nine Lapwings, at least three Redshanks, a Cuckoo, ten Swallows, 20 Sand Martins and a Lesser Whitethroat. (Mike Smart).

Quedgeley     A Hobby low over Shelduck Road heading S at 7:25 this evening. (Steve Pullen).

Kingswood     A Cuckoo calling at 1pm today. (Thomas McCarthy).

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon birds included five Curlews, six Shelducks, 21 Coots, two Oystercatchers, three Teal, six Shovelers, two Lapwings, 15 Canada Geese, a Little Egret, three Gadwalls (2m, 1f), three Blackcaps, two Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, four Chiffchaffs, five Swallows, a House Martin, a Sand Martin, four Skylarks, a Cuckoo heard and three Buzzards. (John Fletcher).

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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