Friday 12th April 2019

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 104 a female SMEW amongst eight Goldeneyes, plenty of Sand Martins, Blackcaps, Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers. (Mick & Jo Jones).

Cleeve Hill     At 4:30pm male and female RING OUZELS feeding on a scrape on the opposite side of the valley from the heather enclosure. Also six Red Kites circling over the golf course side of the hill. (Chris Snook). Pics by Chris.

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Frampton     The DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE still on Court field this morning and a male Goldeneye on the Sailing Lake. This evening two Cattle Egret on the island on Court Lake with three Little Egrets, a Yellow Wagtail, 100+ Sand Martins and two Swallows. (Nick Goatman).

Painswick Beacon     Migration watch highlights this morning included 73 Common Gulls, four Sparrowhawks, 20 Buzzards, six Redwings and a female MERLIN SE at 7:35am. (John Fleming).

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead four singing male Pied Flycatchers this morning, two Lower Hide, two Short Trail, and two singing male Redstarts, both at Lower Hide. (Lewis Thomson). On the Long Walk today, a Nuthatch, c6 Treecreepers, two Siskins, a Mistle Thrush, at least 12 singing male Blackcaps, at least two singing Willow Warblers, many Chiffchaffs, and a young Wild Boar ran across the path. (Chris Newton).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning a Sedge Warbler by the bridge to the Grundon hide. Also two Willow Warblers singing, two Little Ringed Plovers, six Redshanks, two Oystercatchers, two Shelducks and small numbers of Gadwall, Wigeon, Shoveler and Teal. (Rob Crofton).

Sharpness     Two Wheatears S of the picnic site this morning. Also a Nuthatch. (Andy Jordan).

Netheridge    A Common Sandpiper flushed up from standing water near the Gas Works on Bristol Road. (Mark Hobson).

Selsley Common     This afternoon four Ravens, a Nuthatch, a Chiffchaff, a Jay, a male Bullfinch, two Siskins, two Coal Tits and a Skylark. (John Fletcher/Jake King). Pic by John.

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Stinchcombe Hill     A Tree Pipit this morning. (James Robinson).

Stroud     At Frome Banks three Mandarins, a pair & a male, two Grey Wagtails, a Dipper, a Nuthatch, a Treecreeper, a Coal Tit, two Jays, a Bullfinch, a Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest and a Mallard brood of four on the Canal. Also a Peacock and a Holly Blue butterfly. (Richard Williams/Simon Ashley).

Chavenage Green     60 Fieldfares and 30 Redwings at ST861957. At Chavenage 110 Golden Plovers at ST880961. At Star Farm, Avening a Siskin. (Paddy Doyle).

Minchinhampton    A Swallow on the common at Tom Long’s Post. (James Kench).

Churchdown     A male and female Lesser Redpoll on feeders also two male Blackcaps and a Greenfinch. (Frances Smith).

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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