Thursday 3rd May 2018

Forest of Dean     Three singing Wood Warblers in the Crabtree Hill area. At least ten Crossbills at Yew Tree Brake. Also at Nagshead three Pied Flycatchers and at the Nursery Pool two singing Garden Warblers. At Woorgreens a male Redstart and a Pied Flycatcher across the road from the car park. A Firecrest in the Speech House area. (Paul Rich/Phil Pope). Late morning c50 Crossbills at Yew Tree Brake. (Lewis Thomson). A Red Kite drifting S towards Coalway at 5:20pm. (Ben Locke).

Highnam Woods     Two Nightingales singing at 6am. (Phil Pope).

WWT Slimbridge     The Dark-bellied Brent Goose on the Dumbles viewed from the Holden tower this morning. Also a Cuckoo from Kingfisher hide. (Roberta Goodall). Also a male Bullfinch today. (Stuart Miller). Pic by Stuart.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     A Little Ringed Plover, a Ringed Plover, a Cuckoo, six Redshanks, five Little Egrets and a Peregrine early this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Saul Warth     15 Whimbrels on the shore and a Hobby flew towards the pools at high tide. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Quedgeley     A Nightingale heard in subsong at noon, on the canal path next to Ardea Close, a patch tick. (Steve Pullen).

Frampton     A ringtail HEN HARRIER drifted N over the Sailing Lake, also two Hobbies and four Buzzards. (Nick Goatman). A female Marsh Harrier at Splatt Bridge this morning, still present until midday at least. (Geoff Moyser/Martin Harrison). Two Hobbies high over Splatt Bridge with Swifts at 12:30pm. (Martin Harrison). Three Hobbies over Court Lake. (Roy Shilham/Ken Heron). A Common Sandpiper on the fishing pool between the main lakes. (Ken Heron).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Horcott Gravel Pits, Fairford this afternoon a male Merlin chasing Goldfinches, a Common Tern, a Cuckoo calling from willows, several Linnets, two Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler heard briefly but not relocated and a male Reed Bunting. Also four Orange Tips and two Brimstone butterflies. (Michael Cook).

Cotswold Water Park West     12+ Hobbies feeding high over Pit 57 at 12:20pm. (Jon Mercer).

Cleeve Hill     A Red Kite, a Cuckoo and a Yellow Wagtail at the dewpond this afternoon. (Martin Harrison). Just beyond the masts gate ten Wheatears together (5m, 5f). Also two Kestrels, a Buzzard and a Cuckoo heard to the west of the masts. (Keith White).

Berkeley     A Whinchat on the S side of the Pill this evening. (Paul Taylor).

Rodborough     A male Redstart and a Whitethroat on the common  by the hill fort this evening. (Francis Steuck).

May Hill     Two Redstarts singing at the top of May Hill this morning. (Gillian Guest).

Tewkesbury     At Mythe reserve today a Red Kite, two Buzzards, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Chiffchaff, and a Willow Warbler. Also Peacock, Holly Blue, Comma, Orange Tip, Brimstone and Green-veined White butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Ashleworth Ham     A CES ringing session caught 41 birds including three Redstarts, four Sedge Warblers, eight Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, four Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff, six Linnets and three Reed Buntings. (Mervyn Greening/Mike Smart). Also on the reserve eight Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, two Shelducks, four Gadwalls, 26 Coots, two Oystercatchers and a Lapwing. (Mervyn Greening/Mike Smart/Les Sysum).

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 and most recently South Africa.
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