Sunday 7th April 2019

Selsley Common    A male RING OUZEL in a bush on the W side of the barrow at 7:45am. Also a Redstart near the North quarry. (Colin Greenfield).

Cleeve Hill     Male and female RING OUZEL still below the heather enclosure in the isolated row of trees that run N to S downhill toward the bench at 8:15am. Also a Redwing and a Mistle Thrush again. (Mark Easterbrook).

Frampton     A female BLACK REDSTART at Cools Farm on a pile of stones at the end of the buildings at cSO 74601 06646. (Nick Goatman). A Cetti’s Warbler calling and showing quite well from the towpath 400m S of Splatt Bridge by the small reedbed on the opposite bank in brambles/reeds. (Les Ditchburn). This morning from Splatt Bridge Vis-mig 7-9am included 123 Black-tailed Godwits, five Knots, 114 Black-headed Gulls, 69 Meadow Pipits, 42 Linnets, 80 Sand Martins, 24 Swallows, a male MARSH HARRIER high N at 7am and a Great Spotted Woodpecker high N and a Great White Egret on the river. At high tide two Oystercatchers, a female MARSH HARRIER at 10am, a Yellow Wagtail, a third summer MEDITERRANEAN GULL and three Little Egrets high N. (Gordon Hodgson). A Goshawk over the Sailing Lake today at 12:40pm. (Alan Jones).

Painswick Beacon     Migration watch between 9am and 12:30pm, birds mostly NE, highlights included three Little Egrets, 16 Swallows, 262 House Martins, 81 Sand Martins, two Sparrowhawk, nine Buzzards, 36 Goldfinches and three Fieldfares. (John Fleming).

Netheridge Farm    A Yellow Wagtail N over the Barn Owl Centre this morning, also two Swallows and a House Martin and c100 waders mainly Black-tailed Godwits. (Mark Hobson).

Ashleworth Ham    A pair of GARGANEYS still present this evening. (Andy Jayne).

Purton     A LITTLE GULL going high S towards Sharpness at 7:16am. A female MARSH HARRIER over N at 9:03am. (Francis Steuck).

WWT Slimbridge     Seven Knot on South Lake today. (Ken Mihill). Also a male MARSH HARRIER today. (Martin McGill).

Berkeley shore     Between the Sharpness Docks and Berkeley Pill late afternoon a Buzzard, five Swallows, four Skylarks, four Rock Pipits, three Linnets, a Curlew, a MEDITERRANEAN GULL, two Willow Warblers, ten House Sparrows, four Starlings and two Shelducks. (Malcolm Balster).

Hartpury    A Water Rail calling noisily at the Orchard Centre at 7:30 this morning. (Steve French).

Bromsberrow Heath     A Red Kite over at 2pm. (Steve French).

Sharpness    Two MEDITERRANEAN GULLS (3cy & 2cy) this morning and a Willow Warbler singing at the picnic site. (Andy Jordan).

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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