Friday 15th March 2019

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reedbed this morning a Little Grebe, five Great Crested Grebes, a Great White Egret, a Little Egret, three Shovelers (2m, 1f), 25+ Teal, 35+ Wigeon, 14 Tufted Ducks, a Red Kite, two Buzzards, a Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail, 11 Meadow Pipits, singing Skylarks, a male Stonechat, a singing Song Thrush, nine Fieldfares, a Redwing, Long-tailed Tits, four singing Chiffchaffs, five singing Cetti’s Warblers, four singing Reed Buntings, ten Goldfinches and a Bullfinch calling. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.

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Another Great White Egret on Pit 41. (Duncan Dine). On the County border at Wickwater Farm this morning at first light eight Swallows stayed around for about an hour then moved on. Also during the day a pair of Bullfinches, a Kingfisher, a pair of Great Crested Grebes, a Buzzard and Long-tailed Tits. (Josh Adamms).

Frampton pools     A Cattle Egret, Little Egrets, c20 Sand Martins, a Kingfisher, a Tawny Owl and two Oystercatchers at the pools and a Sparrowhawk at Splatt Bridge. (Nick Goatman/Richard Williams).

WWT Slimbridge     Two Knot on South Lake today. (Dot Jones).

Tewkesbury     A Great Crested Grebe on the Mill Avon today. (Les Ditchburn).

Forest of Dean     A first-year Sparrowhawk hiding in the arbour in the hope of catching one of the large flock of 30+ Goldfinches, 20+ Siskins and five Lesser Redpolls in the garden at Blaize Bailey but rarely successful. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).

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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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