Tuesday 1st May 2018

Frampton     A male PIED FLYCATCHER at 7am along the canal N of Splatt Bridge until 7:20am when it flew towards the car park and wasn’t seen again. Also a BITTERN flew into the reedbed N of Splatt Bridge at 9:05am, then it flew back S at 9:15am and appeared to land in the 100-Acre. Also this morning three Whimbrels, two Curlews, a male Gadwall, a Little Egret, 70+ Sand Martins, 20+ Swallows, seven Swifts, a male Cuckoo, two Whitethroats and a Cetti’s Warbler. A Common Sandpiper was at the Sailing Lake. (MK). Two Hobbies hawking insects over Court Lake this afternoon. (Steve Hurrell). This evening a female Marsh Harrier flew over Splatt Bridge and two Common Cranes flew over. (Jeremy Squire). Pics by Mike.

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WWT Slimbridge     A WHITE STORK drifted SE over the Rushy at 10:20am but then lost from view. (Richard Hearn).

Forest of Dean     A possible female Two-barred Crossbill  (or Common with white wing bars) at Yew Tree Brake at 3:40pm feeding in larches. (Tim Hutton). A Spotted Flycatcher on Long Trail at Nagshead today. (Lewis Thomson). Also at Nagshead at the Nursery Pool and nearby two singing Garden Warblers. At Lower hide an adult male and a first-year male Redstart, a Nuthatch, a Treecreeper, and a female Pied Flycatcher and from Campbell hide a Treecreeper. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area the Peregrine pair, a Hobby, a Red Kite, a female Goshawk with prey and a juvenile male Goshawk, Buzzards, a female Sparrowhawk, Ravens, a Tawny Owl calling, a Swift, House Martins and Swallows, a Green Woodpecker, Stock Doves, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Song Thrushes, Long-tailed Tits, a Grey Heron, Nuthatches, a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Jay. Also Holly Blue butterflies, a “The Mocha” moth, 14 Fallow Deer, a Bank Vole and Green Longhorn Moths. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

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Bagpath     Belated confirmation that a HOOPOE was seen briefly in Bagpath, near Kingscote, on 20th April 2018. (Glyn Hannaford).

Highnam Woods     Five Nightingales singing this morning and 2+ this evening. (Dave Owen/Mark Hobson).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A pair of GARGANEYS still, four Redshanks, a pair of Oystercatchers, six Dunlins, a Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, a Little Egret, a pair of Pintails, a Cuckoo, a Yellow Wagtail, seven Sedge Warblers, ten Whitethroats, three Blackcaps, a Reed Warbler, four Reed Buntings, three Willow Warblers, a Greenfinch, a pair of Yellowhammer. (Ian Hull/Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Cleeve Hill     Ten Wheatears feeding near the radio masts. Several Skylarks and a Cuckoo heard by the old barns along the Cotswold Way. (Emile Baudot).

Hasfield Ham     A Red Kite and a female Redstart in Stank Lane. (Ian Hull).

Cotswold Water Park West     Three Common Terns, three Cetti’s Warblers, three Whitethroats, four Reed Buntings, two Sedge Warblers and two Reed Warblers at Shorncote Reedbed this morning. (Martin Greenish). At Pit 57 this evening at least four  Hobbies low over the lake hawking insects. Also a Cuckoo and a Common Tern. (Paul Rich).

Snowshill     At least four Redstarts back on territory in the Snowshill area this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Saul Warth     Three Whimbrels and a Ringed Plover at Hock Ditch at 7am. (Martin Greenish).

Gloucester     At Alney Island this morning at the NR car park a Lesser Whitethroat, at Castlemeads West a Sedge Warbler and a pair of Greylags, and at Port Ham then Sudmeadow a Cuckoo calling. (Ian Elphick).

Twyning     At Upham Meadow c10 Greylags, c20 Canada Geese, an immature female Peregrine, ten Curlews, a Sedge Warbler and two Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury     At Severn Ham three Curlews, five Swallows, a House Martin and two Sedge Warblers today. (Mike Smart).

Cherington     At Cherington Lake this afternoon birds included two Tawny Owls calling, two Coal Tits, two Bullfinches, six Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs, two Buzzards, two Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (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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