Thursday 28th March 2019

Newnham-on-Severn     The adult RING-BILLED GULL again this afternoon on the sands on the River Severn at low tide at SO 69443 11902 near the car park from 4:45pm until 5:20pm when it flew downriver with 30 Common Gulls when the flock was spooked by a Cormorant. (MK/John & Viv Phillips et al). Pic by Mike.

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Cleeve Hill     A first-winter male RING OUZEL today. Park at the Radio masts car park, walk out slightly NW, there is green post with white tape on it, from there look N and the bird was a c200 metres further just before the Silver Birches. Also today a Tree Pipit, a Red Kite, a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk. (Les Ditchburn/Duncan Dine). Pic by Duncan.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     A pair of GARGANEYS still on the flood meadow today. (Les Ditchburn).

Arlingham Passage     A SHORT-EARED OWL hunting the shoreline then heading upstream late afternoon. (Roberta Goodall). On the Arlingham Peninsula c20 Shelducks, a Grey Heron, a Sparrowhawk, five Buzzards, a Moorhen, two Oystercatchers, a Kestrel, a Green Woodpecker, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Raven, c20 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, a Nuthatch, three Pied Wagtails, two Greenfinches and c60 Linnets. Also Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone butterflies and Tawny Mining Bees. (Lois Pryce).

Nailsworth     A HOBBY over the Nailsworth Valley at 7:50am. (Terry Grant). At Dunkirk Millponds SO845003, a Kingfisher, four Tufted Ducks (3m, 1f), two pairs of Greylags and seven Mallards and 11 ducklings. Also three Pipistrelles feeding. (Jake King/John Fletcher).

WWT Slimbridge     A Red Kite over, and a Little Ringed Plover and a MEDITERRANEAN GULL on South Lake. (James Robinson).

Berkeley shore    12 Turnstones flushed by a Sparrowhawk at Berkeley foreshore at 2:50pm, heading towards the power station. (Michelle Davies/Martin Greenish).

Chedworth Woods     Two Siskins, a Nuthatch, a Goldcrest, three Ravens and six Buzzards, also four Roe Deer, three Brimstones, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock butterflies. (Alex Priest).

Gloucester     At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning three Sand Martins passed through, hawking over the pond briefly, a Little Grebe, a Little Egret arrived and a male Reed Bunting. (Ian Elphick).

Woodchester Park     This morning six Nuthatches, six Marsh Tits, two Coal Tits, two Siskins, two Treecreepers, a Blackcap, three Chiffchaffs, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 36 Mallards, 20 pairs of Tufted Ducks, two pairs of Canada Geese, a pair of Greylags, five Buzzards, a Cormorant and a Raven. (Jake King).

Huntley   A Chiffchaff singing and Nuthatch calling in woods behind the Leaf Creative Garden Centre and an Orange Tip butterfly in the garden centre. (Chris Keeling).

Tewkesbury     A Red Kite circling over Northway at 9:30am. (Les Ditchburn).

Eastington, near Stonehouse    Three Red Kites over at 2:15pm. (Stefan Hawley).

Stroud     At Frome Banks at lunchtime a Dipper, a pair of Grey Wagtails, a Coal Tit, a Nuthatch and a Buzzard, also Large White, Brimstone and Speckled Wood butterflies. (Richard Williams/Simon Ashley).

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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