Monday 15th April 2019

Cleeve Hill     6+ RING OUZELS on the scrub opposite the heather enclosure still today. One apparently of the Alpine race alpestris, a very striking scaly bird. (Chris Snook/Merv Carlyon/Jon Mercer). 1st pic by Chris, 2nd by Merv.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     An OSPREY flying E towards the dual carriageway, seen from the footpath at 10:30am. Also three Whimbrels, four Little Ringed Plovers and two Ringed Plovers. (Les Ditchburn/Graham Smith/Beryl Smith). Also a drake GARGANEY at 2:35pm in the channel between the scrapes from Grundon hide. (Mike Davis).

Forest of Dean     At Cannop Ponds birds included two Common Sandpipers, two Little Grebes, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Siskin, a pair of Grey Wagtails, a Willow Warbler and 2 or 3 Nuthatches. At Nagshead three Redstarts at Lower hide, also a Willow Warbler, a Treecreeper, a Grey Wagtail, two Jays, three Great Spotted Woodpecker and two Mandarins, a Redwing, a Blackcap, a Nuthatch, 5+ Chaffinches, two Jays, a Fallow Deer and two young Boarlets wandering alone. On the Long Trail two Mistle Thrushes and a Goldcrest. (Martyn Leighton/Hilary Smith/Chris Snook/Martin Russell). In the Speech House area a Goldcrest, two Willow Warblers, a Green Woodpecker and two Wild Boar with young. (Martin Russell). Pic by Martin.

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WWT Slimbridge    A REED WARBLER in the reeds in front of Zeiss hide. Also 502 Black-tailed Godwits, two Little Ringed Plovers and c15 Golden Plovers. (Ian Hull).

Purton    Two Arctic Terns, a Grey Plover, three Common Sandpipers, three MEDITERRANEAN GULLS, a REED WARBLER and a Sedge Warbler early morning. (Francis Steuck). Also a Wheatear, a Kestrel, a Cetti’s Warbler, Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler, Chiffchaffs, a Curlew and Oystercatchers today. (Alan Jones). This evening two Whimbrels flew high N upriver. Also three Swallows, four Blackcaps and two Chiffchaffs. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Gloucester     At Robinswood Hill, a Willow Warbler singing in the car park this morning. (Ian Elphick). A Red Kite flew across the Hill at 2:30pm. (Felicity Davies-Birks).

Ashleworth Ham   Two Mute Swans, a Canada Goose, three Shelducks, ten Wigeon, 250 Teal, five Shovelers, a Little Egret, two Oystercatchers, four Lapwings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, five Meadow Pipits, two singing Redstarts, two Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and five Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

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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