Saturday 6th April 2019

Cleeve Hill    Two RING OUZELS below the heather enclosure this morning. (Paul Masters). At least one male RING OUZEL still below the heather enclosure in the isolated row of trees that run N to S downhill toward the bench until 2:30pm when it flew off N. Also a Redwing and a Mistle Thrush. (Mark Easterbrook). Also three Yellowhammers, six Goldfinches, a Meadow Pipit, five Skylarks and a Buzzard. (Martin Russell).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pits 125 and 126 a Bar-tailed Godwit, 250 Sand Martins, two Swallows, a House Martin, 12 Willow Warblers, 20+ Blackcaps, a Sedge Warbler, a Green Sandpiper, an Oystercatcher, an Egyptian Goose and three Red Kites. (Ian Ralphs).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Pit 41, 19 Goldeneyes, 400 Sand Martins and a Brambling. (Nigel Pleass). At Pit 57 a Red Kite, four Blackcaps, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and two Chiffchaffs. (Ken Burrows). Also 79 Tufted Ducks, an Oystercatcher, 300+ Sand Martins with Swallow and House Martin and a Cetti’s Warbler. (Nigel Pleass).

Gloucester    This morning at 10:55am a Red Kite flew W across Lower Tuffley fairly high up. (Ian Elphick).

Sharpness     70 Sand Martins, a Swallow and two Reed Buntings N this morning and a first-winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL S. (Andy Jordan/Paul Taylor/MK). This afternoon 11 LITTLE GULLS N over SARA. (Andy Jordan).

Purton    A Tree Pipit, 100 Meadow Pipits, a WHITETHROAT, 130 Sand Martins, 370 Golden Plovers, two Black-tailed Godwits, a Redwing, a YELLOW WAGTAIL, four House Martins and five Willow Warblers this morning. (Francis Steuck). A Common Sandpiper this morning, flew across to the W bank of the Severn. (Geoff Moyser).

Forest of Dean     A Goshawk, a female Peregrine, six Buzzards and seven Siskins at New Fancy View. A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER, three Siskins and a pair of Mandarins at Nagshead. (Nigel Sluman).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning a Ringed Plover and a Little Ringed Plover, the latter only stayed a few minutes. Also a Willow Warbler along the boardwalk. (Andy Lodge/Mike Smart). Also today four Mute Swans, six Greylags, ten Canada Geese, 12 Shelducks, 100 Wigeon, ten Gadwalls, at least 600 Teal, 20 Shovelers, two Tufted Ducks, 30 Coots, a pair of Oystercatchers, c12 Lapwings, four Redshanks, c5 Blackcaps, c2 Chiffchaffs and two Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Frampton pools     A female Redstart, a MEDITERRANEAN GULL, 55 Fieldfares, 34 Chiffchaffs, ten Blackcaps, 20+ Sand Martins, a Willow Warbler, a male Goldeneye, three Gadwalls, 60 Tufted Ducks, 22 Coots, 12 Skylarks, three Yellowhammers and 12 Mallard ducklings. (Nick Goatman).

Berkeley Heath     At Lorridge farm estate a Green Sandpiper this morning. (Les Ditchburn).

Hailes Green     Near the Abbey this morning a Swallow on the telephone wires, and two Buzzards overhead. (Gill Worthington).

Ripple pits, Worcs     Six LITTLE GULLS (3 in summer plumage) circled the south lake at 10:41am then flew S into Glos airspace. (Edward Betteridge).

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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