Saturday 9th March 2019

Sharpness     An adult summer KITTIWAKE briefly at 8am then appeared to drift N on the tide. Another adult KITTIWAKE N past SARA at 8:56am. (Andy Jordan). A Chiffchaff, singing for long periods from woodland at noon today. (Martin Wright).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Whelford Pools a pair of Egyptian Geese, a male Goosander, a Kingfisher and a Red Kite. (Ken Burrows). Pic by Ken.

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Frampton pools     Late afternoon three Cattle Egrets, 32 Sand Martins, a Goldeneye, a female Pochard, a Kingfisher, a Chiffchaff, 91 Tufted Ducks, 98 Coots, 14 Gadwalls, two Teal, 22 Redwings, 200+ Common Gulls and a pair of Oystercatchers. (Nick Goatman).

Highnam Woods     This afternoon birds included six Marsh Tits, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, five Coal Tits, four Nuthatches, a Goldcrest, a Raven, two Goldfinches, three Buzzards, two Jays, five Long-tailed Tits and a Song Thrush. (John Fletcher).

Cheltenham    At the football ground this afternoon at 3:45pm, two Red-legged Partridges flew low across the corner of the ground, possibly landing in an overgrown grassy area just outside the ground. (David Norman).

Forest of Dean    Garden birds today at Blaize Bailey included 30+ Goldfinches, four Lesser Redpolls and a Brambling. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint today the Peregrine pair and an intruding Peregrine, three Goshawks, a Kestrel, a male and female Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite, eight Buzzards, Ravens, two Stock Doves, a pair of Kingfishers, two Crossbills, Long-tailed Tits, a Green Woodpecker, a Siskin, a pair of Goosanders, a pair of Mandarins and a calling Tawny Owl. Also a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning four Mute Swans, 20 Canada Geese, four Shelducks, 200 Wigeon, five Gadwalls, 50 Teal, three Pintails, 40 Shovelers, four Tufted Ducks, a Little Grebe, two Coots, four Oystercatchers, eight Lapwings, 20 Curlews, a Black-tailed Godwit (Icelandic bird in full summer plumage), a Redshank and 3-4 singing Reed Buntings. Also an OTTER walked across the towpath by the footbridge across the Parish Drain, then swam off along the canal. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     Two Mute Swans, two Shelducks, 45 Wigeon, five Teal and eight Curlews. (Mike Smart).

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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