Sunday 24th March 2019

Coombe Hill Meadows      At least eight GARGANEYS today, also a Ruff, three Black-tailed Godwits, two Oystercatchers, an Egyptian Goose and a Sand Martin. (Andy Lodge/Ian Hull/Tom Mabbett/Edward Betteridge/Richard Tyler). Pics by Richard.

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Ashleworth Ham     A pair of GARGANEYS this afternoon. Also two Little Grebes, 22 Tufted Ducks (12m, 10f), 18 pairs of Mallard Ducks, ten pairs of Shovelers, ten Pintail, 60 Teal, six Gadwalls, five Shelducks, 40 Wigeon, six Canada Geese, four Greylags, a Barnacle Goose, a Blackcap and two Reed Buntings. (Paddy Doyle).

Frampton     Three GARGANEYS (2m, 1f) Splatt flashes just N of Splatt Bridge viewed from the canal towpath again today. Also a Cattle Egret, 450 Black-headed Gulls, a MEDITERRANEAN GULL, two Mandarins, 95 Curlews, 17 Redshanks, 122 Black-tailed Godwits, a Knot and a Peregrine. (Gordon Hodgson/Eric Palmer). The GREAT SKUA seen at WWT, Frampton, where it killed a Common Gull, and from Saul Warth today. (Gordon Hodgson/Les Ditchburn/Martin Greenish/Michelle Davies/Roberta Goodall).

WWT Slimbridge     Two male GARGANEYS on the Holden scrape. (Slimbridge Sightings). A Goshawk flew through the Tack Piece today. (Stefan Hawley).

Walmore Common     A pair of GARGANEYS late morning. (Andy Jayne).

Gloucester     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Alney Island again this evening, around the leafless trees near the Lock House at SO823183. (Francis Steuck).

Berkeley shore     Two WATER PIPITS this morning, also a Ringed Plover, a female Wheatear and a pair of Shovelers. (Paul Taylor).

Berkeley    A Red Kite at 11:30am today. (Kane Brides/Scott Petrek).

Saul Warth     The WATER PIPIT again today S of Hock Ditch at 10am. (Geoff Moyser).

Cleeve Hill     A male Wheatear in the field next to the car park at 8am this morning. (Roy Shilham).

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead a FIRECREST amongst Goldcrests, a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER, a singing Blackcap and c20 Redwings still. (Tim Young). Blackcap singing intermittently at Forge Hill, Lydbrook, and a Brimstone butterfly. (Chris Sullivan).

Babdown Airfield     A singing Corn Bunting this morning at ST848941 and another one nearby S of the Calcot crossroads at ST833941. (Vic Polley).

Cranham Common     A Chiffchaff singing today. (Ingrid & Colin Twissell).

Washbrook     Below the Edgemoor Inn along the Cotswold way mid afternoon at SO856094 four Marsh Tits, six Long-tailed Tits, 23 Goldfinches, a male Sparrowhawk and four Buzzards. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Leckhampton     Along Daisybank Road this afternoon a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Green Woodpecker. (Keith White).

Churchdown    A male Siskin on feeders today. (Colin Twissell).

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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