Monday 8th April 2019

Prestbury     At 9:23am an OSPREY flew over and on towards Cleeve Hill. (Ken Heron).

WWT Slimbridge    51 LITTLE GULLS circled South Lake, then the Top Hut and carried on NE at 2:35pm. (Martin McGill). A Great White Egret feeding on the scrape viewed from Zeiss hide. (Ian Hull).

Purton     Late afternoon eight LITTLE GULLS, 150 Black-tailed Godwits, 150 Sand Martins, 140 Meadow Pipits, 90 Linnets, 15 House Martins, seven Swallows and a Lesser Redpoll. Early this morning ten LITTLE GULLS, two Goldeneye, four Knot, a female MARSH HARRIER, a female MERLIN, 2200 Meadow Pipits, 100’s Linnet and Goldfinches, 35 Siskins, five Yellow Wagtails, a Tree Pipit, a Brambling and a Yellowhammer. (Francis Steuck). An adult LITTLE GULL floated past upstream at 10:10am. (Geoff Moyser).

Sharpness    Four adult LITTLE GULLS flew high N up river past SARA at 11:20am. 3-5 Redstarts at the picnic site, also six Willow Warblers and 12 Blackcaps. (Andy Jordan).

Saul     A summer plumage Cattle Egret and a Little Egret in the first field on the right after Cadbury Bridge at 11:50am. (MK).

Saul Warth     At Hock Ditch at noon 50+ House Martins, 30+ Sand Martins, 4+ Swallows, a male White Wagtail, 20+ Meadow Pipits, 20+ Linnets and eight Goldfinches. On the river a pair of Goldeneyes, on the mud at least four LITTLE GULLS (2ads), a Common Tern and two Bar-tailed Godwits. (MK).

Frampton     Two SHORT_EARED OWLS from Splatt Bridge this evening. (Gordon Hodgson). Five LITTLE GULLS and a Common Tern at 4:50pm on the Sailing Lake. (Les Ditchburn). This morning, 60+ Curlews, five Whimbrels, two Bar-tailed Godwits, two Yellow Wagtails, a Great White Egret and two Crossbills. (Neil Smart). A female MARSH HARRIER over the 100-Acre at 2:20pm viewed from the towpath at Splatt Bridge. Also on the flashes a pair of Mandarins, another male flew S, 23 Gadwalls, six Wigeon, 21 Teal, three Redshanks and 60+ Sand Martins flew S. (MK).

Cotswold Water Park East    Three LITTLE GULLS at Pit 126. (Steve Davies).

Cotswold Water Park West    A LITTLE GULL and two Common Terns at Pit 16 at 6:35pm. (Nigel Pleass).

Forest of Dean    A male Redstart singing around the ponds at Lower Hide, Nagshead. A Red Kite circling over Speech House at 4:10pm. (Lewis Thomson).

Ebley     Along the Stroudwater Canal between Ebley and Upper Mills a pair of Tufted Ducks and a Dipper on the River Frome. (Julian Gould).

Upham Meadow, Twyning     Two Mute Swans on the Avon, four Oystercatchers over and three Chiffchaffs singing. (Mike Smart).

Mythe Hook     Birds included four Mute Swans, two Teal, two Tufted Ducks, a pair of Oystercatchers on the farm pond, 14 Lapwings , ten Sand Martins and a Wheatear. (Mike Smart).

Leckhampton    Scarlet Tiger Moth caterpillars feeding on Green Alkanet in the garden. (Paul McGowan).

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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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