Sunday 31st March 2019

Saul     An OSPREY hovering over Gardiners Pool at 4:50pm but chased off by corvids and gulls. Not relocated at Frampton this evening. (Roberta Goodall).

WWT Slimbridge     An OSPREY N over South Lake this afternoon. (Neil Smart). Five Knot with c300 Black-tailed Godwits on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide. (Mark Hobson). Two MEDITERRANEAN GULLS on South Lake still. (Ken Mihill).

Frampton pools     This evening a Cattle Egret, 500+ Sand Martins, a Common Sandpiper, two Green Sandpipers, nine Teal, a male Mandarin and two Siskins. This morning three Willow Warblers, two Swallows, 200+ Sand Martins, 36 Chiffchaffs, 16 Blackcaps, 32 Meadow Pipits, 18 Linnets, a Yellowhammer, eight Skylarks, 17 Coots, four Gadwalls, 38 Tufted Ducks and a Great White Egret in breeding plumage. (Nick Goatman). At Splatt Bridge this morning a MARSH HARRIER, two Great White Egrets, two Avocets, three Mandarins, c50 Sand Martins, a Swallow and a Willow Warbler. (Gordon Hodgson/Helen Bojaniwska/Mark Easterbrook).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A pair of GARGANEYS late morning from the Grundon hide. Also two Swallows. (Ian Ralphs/Jonathan Angliss).

Purton     180 Sand Martins, four House Martins, five Swallows, 150 Meadow Pipits, two Willow Warblers and the Avocet still. (Francis Steuck).

Berkeley shore     Three House Martins and nine Sand Martins today. (Paul Taylor). At Berkeley Pill this evening six Teal, three Shelducks, 11 Redshanks, ten Sand Martins, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, a Buzzard and a Great Black-backed Gull. (Malcolm Balster).

Forest of Dean     A Red Kite over Drybrook this morning. 12 Sand Martins heading NE over woodland near Drybrook at 8:45am. (Ed Drewitt). At Haywood and Edge Hills plantations this morning a pair of Stonechats, three Crossbills, five Linnets, three Bramblings, at least four Chiffchaffs singing, a Tawny Owl calling, five Song Thrushes, a pair of Kestrels, five Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Blackcap singing. (Owen Follis).

Barnsley Warren     Four Red Kites, a Buzzard, two Swallows W and at least three Lapwings today. (Robert Homan).

Cheltenham     At 9am this morning a Red Kite circling quite low over Benhall. (David Norman).

Gloucester    A Peregrine over Wotton Pitch at 5pm this afternoon. (Howard Taylor).

Cotswold Water Park West     A pair of Egyptian Geese seen yesterday and again today on Windrush Lake Pit 7. (Mike Ellis).

Charlton Kings     A Swallow through the garden today. (Greg Mabbett).

Sharpness     A male Wheatear at SARA this afternoon, also two Shovelers N. (Andy Jordan).

Netheridge Farm     Two Sand Martins over the pools at the Barn Owl Centre. (Mark Hobson).

Westbury-on-Severn     Sand Martins reported back at a traditional colony this morning. (Neil Tappin).

Longney     12 Sand Martins hawking insects over a ploughed near Madam’s End Farm this morning. (Paul Masters).

Tewkesbury   A House Martin low over the Chapel Farm area, Walton Cardiff, heading NE. (Pete Long). Three Sand Martins low over the garden heading N. (Les Ditchburn).

Nympsfield     A male Reeves’s Pheasant at 7pm at ST813990 near Upper Lutheredge Farm. (Jake King).

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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