Saturday 23rd March 2019

Frampton     Three GARGANEYS (2m, 1f) on the northernmost of Splatt flashes just S of Saul Warth viewed from the canal towpath until 9:45am at least. (Gordon Hodgson/MK).

WWT Slimbridge     Two male GARGANEYS on Holden scrape and three Red Kites over. (Dave Paynter).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Three GARGANEYS (2m, 1f), a Greenshank, four Redshanks and two Oystercatchers. (Chris Downward). Also today six Mute Swans, seven Greylags, 48 Canada Geese, 30 Mallards, 205 Wigeon, 81 Shovelers, 99 Teal, 21 Tufted Ducks, a Shelduck, 11 Gadwalls, two Black-tailed Godwits and seven Lapwings. (David Anderson).

Kingscote     A MERLIN over fields just before Hunters Hall coming from Dursley direction early morning. Also a SWALLOW. (Richard Hearn).

Sharpness     The GREAT SKUA seen at several points between Berkeley Pill, Sharpness and Purton today. (Andy Jordan/Paul Taylor et al). Pic by Andy.

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Tresham     A Wheatear along the road to the A46 at the entrance to the track going S at ST796908. (Vic Polley).

Saul Warth     At high tide this morning 12+ Meadow Pipits, 8+ Skylarks, five Sand Martins flew N (MK only), the GREAT SKUA in view for an hour off of Purton, 12 Redshanks and a male Mandarin flew E. (Ian Hull/Paul Masters/Andy Chapman/MK). The WATER PIPIT still but very briefly. (Paul Masters/Andy Chapman).

Berkeley shore     A WATER PIPIT opposite Severn House Farm copse this morning. (Paul Taylor).

Frampton pools     Two Rock Pipits briefly by the Sailing Club, two COMMON SANDPIPERS, two Yellow-legged Gulls, 18 Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, a male Goldeneye, 30+ Redwings, a Water Rail, two Little Grebes and a Raven. (Nick Goatman). Two Siskins at Frampton church and a Red Kite over the village. (Paul Masters/Andy Chapman).

Brand Green     In Collinpark Wood this afternoon at SO749279 birds included eight Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Green Woodpecker heard, four Nuthatches, three Jays, six Chiffchaffs, three Treecreepers, two Song Thrushes, two Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk. (John Fletcher).

Ashleworth Ham     Five Mute Swans, ten Greylags, 20 Canada Geese, 45 Wigeon, two Gadwalls, 110 Teal, 20 Mallards, 11 Pintails, 30 Shovelers, 17 Tufted Ducks, three Grey Herons, a Cormorant, a Little Grebe, two Oystercatchers, eight Lapwings, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Skylarks, eight Meadow Pipits, 15 Fieldfares, a Blackcap, six Chiffchaffs, a Treecreeper and six Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     Six Mute Swans, five Canada Geese, an Egyptian Goose, three Shelducks, 32 Wigeon, four Gadwalls, 15 Mallards, two Pintails, four Shovelers, three Tufted Ducks, a Grey Heron, three Cormorants, an Oystercatcher, three Snipe, two Black-tailed Godwits, two Redshanks, 700 Common Gulls, 425 Black-headed Gulls, a Red Kite over, a Chiffchaff and two Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the resident Peregrine pair and a Peregrine pair on Great Doward Hill and an intruding female Peregrine, two Goshawks, a Sparrowhawk, eight Buzzards, Ravens, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Chiffchaff, a Green Woodpecker, a Mistle Thrush, Jays, two Goldcrests, a Grey Wagtail, a pair of Kingfishers, four Goosanders (2m, 2f) and a Tawny Owl calling. Also a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cheltenham     At 4:50pm a Red Kite circled over Whaddon Road for couple of minutes. (David Norman).

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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