Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Cleeve Hill     At 6:45pm a ring-tailed HEN HARRIER hunting E of the radio masts. Also on Bill Smyllie Reserve a Cuckoo briefly seen and heard and two Kestrels hunting. (Mike Dobson). 17 Wheatears with 14 of them together just through the mast gates, two Cuckoo around the masts and a RING OUZEL near the golf course and c5 Willow Warblers. (Tom Mabbett).

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge this morning a female Redstart on the fenceline on the S side of the N reedbed, a Peregrine flew down the canal carrying prey at 11:58am, also two Little Egrets, seven Curlews and a male Reed Bunting. A Great White Egret flew N from field S of Splatt Bridge at 12:50pm, also a Cetti’s Warbler in the S reedbed. (MK). Two Hobbies at Splatt Bridge at 3pm (Paul Rich) and a Goshawk briefly at 2pm. (Roy Widgery). Up to five Hobbies hunting over Court Lake this afternoon (MK/Paul Rich/Roy Widgery) and a Hobby over the Sailing Lake. (Eric Palmer).

Saul Warth     Late afternoon a Sanderling, five Whimbrels, three Ringed Plovers and at least two Wheatears. (Paul Rich).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Hobby this afternoon. (Ian Hull).

Quedgeley     A Hobby over Shelduck Road at 3pm. (Steve Pullen).

Ashleworth Ham    A Hobby, a male Peregrine, six Buzzards, three Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, eight Gadwalls, a female Shoveler, 11 Mallards (in the evening two female Mallards with eight and five ducklings, four Teal, a pair of Shelducks, two Mute Swans, six Greylags, six Canada Geese, a Little Grebe, 24 Coots, a Lapwing, two Curlews, two Oystercatchers, 12+ House Martins, two Swifts, 13+ Swallows, a Sand Martin,  six Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaff, three Willow Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, a Whitethroat, two Skylarks, four Reed Buntings, a Redstart and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Mark Grieve/Mike Smart).

Upper Slaughter     A Spotted Flycatcher this afternoon. (Richard Tyler).

WWT Slimbridge     A male Whinchat and a male and female Wheatear on the Dumbles. Five Ringed Plovers and nine Dunlins on the Tack Piece. (Ian Hull).

Westbury-on-Severn     This morning at Westbury Strand/Pimlico Sand at high tide six Arctic Terns and a Common Tern. The Arctics circled up high and disappeared, and the Common flew off down river by itself.  Also a Sanderling there, with a few Ringed Plovers. (John Phillips).

Sandhurst Hill     A Redstart this afternoon. (Martin Greenish).

Buckland Fields     This evening male and female Whinchat in a rape field S of Childswickham (just on the Glos side of boundary). Early afternoon, a Wheatear on the Aston Somerville road by the horse stud (SP0637) Also two singing Lesser Whitethroats. (Tim Hutton).

Edge     At Rudge Hill N.N.R. late afternoon birds included two Meadow Pipits, seven Linnets, a male Stonechat, two Green Woodpeckers in mating ritual, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, four Willow Warblers, five Blackcaps, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Woodford     A Green Woodpecker feeding on the garden lawn and then on a tree in the orchard. (Geoff Poulton). A showy Sedge Warbler in the South American collection. (Sam Walker).

Hucclecote     In the evening three drake mallards and a Grey Heron in the garden. Mid afternoon a pair of Mallards mating in the pond. (Harold Smith).

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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