Tuesday 9th April 2019

Frampton     A DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE on Court Field this afternoon. Also two Wheatears, three Yellow Wagtails, 500+ Sand Martins, six Swallows, two House Martins, 17 Chiffchaffs, 20 Blackcaps, 84 Meadow Pipits, 28 Linnets, a pair of Goldeneyes, four Teal, 68 Tufted Ducks and two Sparrowhawks. (Nick Goatman). From Splatt Bridge early morning 600+ Sand Martins, a few Swallows and House Martins, 457 Meadow Pipits, 35 Linnets, a Fieldfare and four Black-tailed Godwits. (Gordon Hodgson). At the Sailing Lake this morning a brief male Yellow Wagtail and an adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL. (Jonathan Bull). Pics by Mike.

Dark-bellied Brent Goose 090419 1

Dark-bellied Brent Goose 090419 2

Purton     Six COMMON SCOTERS flew N at 10:25am. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy. Other VisMig 7-11am included three Little Ringed Plovers, 26 Oystercatchers, 17 Dunlins, 11 Ringed Plovers, 2850 Meadow Pipits, four Tree Pipits, a Brambling, a White Wagtail, a Redwing, 19 Siskins, 150 Linnets, 120 Goldfinches, 400 Sand Martins, 55 House Martins and 40 Swallows. A Redstart by the pub and six Willow Warblers. (Francis Steuck).

Common Scoters 090419

WWT Slimbridge    Two LITTLE GULLS (1 ad, 1 2cy) on South Lake early morning. Also seven Redwings flew over Hogarth hide. (Roberta Goodall/Slimbridge Sightings).

Netheridge Farm     100 Sand Martins and 15 Fieldfares flew NNE over the Barn Owl Centre early morning. Also five singing Willow Warblers between Hempsted footbridge and Netheridge Bridge. (Mark Hobson).

Saul Warth     This morning four Wheatears, 1 male, c100 Sand Martins and c50 House Martins dropping into bushes at the head of the river, a male Sparrowhawk 10+ each of Meadow Pipits, Linnets and Goldfinches. (MK/Les Ditchburn). Pic by Mike.

House Martins 090419

Cotswold Water Park East     A redhead SMEW on Pit 127 this morning. Also a Common Tern on Pit 126 this morning. (Duncan Dine). Pic by Duncan.

Smew 090419

Coombe Hill Meadows    This afternoon a Red Crested Pochard, a patch tick, a Greenshank, four Curlews, a pair of Oystercatchers, four Redshanks and a Yellow Wagtail. (Ian Hull).

Tewkesbury     A male Redstart in the garden this morning, a garden tick. (Les Ditchburn).

Babdown     A Red Kite at 3pm near the A46, between Babdown Airfield and Kingscote at ST834959. (Ian Elphick).

Gloucester     Kingfisher flying upstream at Alney Island, behind the old Countrywide store at 5:30pm SO826188. Also five Canada Geese at Castlemeads West SO822185 at 5:50pm. (Ian Elphick).

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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