Friday 19th April 2019

Frampton     A LONG-EARED OWL roosting at the pools this morning, but no further sign despite an extensive search. Also today seven Whitethroats, five Reed Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, two Yellow Wagtails, a Whimbrel, 29 Chiffchaffs, 38 Blackcaps, two Willow Warblers, 14 Sand Martins, a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, ten Shelducks, two Shovelers, three Gadwalls and six Teal. (Nick Goatman). Four Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Common Sandpipers and a Green Sandpiper all new in at Splatt Bridge this morning. Also five Yellow Wagtails and three Whimbrels. (Gordon Hodgson). Pic by Nick.

Long-eared Owl 190419

Ashleworth Ham     The WOOD SANDPIPER still this morning. Also four Little Ringed Plovers. (Paul Rich). Also a Whimbrel, two Oystercatchers, two Little Egrets.  The WOOD SANDPIPER still present at 4:25pm, the Whimbrel having flown E. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Cleeve Hill    At least a dozen RING OUZELS seen overhead and then perched in a tree together at 6:30pm today. (Eric Harris). At least 11 RING OUZELS this morning. Also a pair of Redstarts with a male singing below the pylons. (Tom Mabbett). Also two male Whinchats, a male Sparrowhawk and several Skylarks, Yellowhammers and Meadow Pipits. (Dave Soons). At least five Wheatears by the masts at 8am. (Roy Shilham). A Cuckoo in the masts field. (Andrew Whittaker).

WWT Slimbridge     A drake GARGANEY showing well on the scrape from Zeiss hide. Also 613 Black-tailed Godwits. (Ian Hull). A pair of Little Ringed Plovers on the Rushy. (Dave Tait). Pics by Dave.

Little Ringed Plover 190419 2

Little Ringed Plover 190419 1

Coombe Hill Meadows     The drake GARGANEY still today. (Jonathan Bull).

Edge    At Rudge Hill N.R. this morning two male Redstarts, a Tree Pipit, a Willow Warbler, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and an early WOOD WARBLER. (Lloyd Evans).

Tewkesbury     A male Cuckoo calling and then flying over The Manor, Walton Cardiff this morning. (Pete Long).

Selsley Common     A Whinchat and three Wheatears early evening. (Richard Hearn).

Highnam Woods     Early morning good views of a Nightingale singing. (Paul Rich).

Forest of Dean     A pair of Shovelers on Woorgreens Lake this morning, a patch tick. (Frank Williams). At Nagshead in the Lower Hide area three Redstarts (2m, 1f), three Mandarins (2m, 1f), 1+ Treecreeper and a pair of Pied Flycatchers.  A further pair of Mandarins on the Nursery Pond. (Andy & Sue Gibbons/Paul Rich). Also 5+ Crossbills, a Siskin and a singing WOOD WARBLER. (Jonathan Bull) two Bramblings and a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER drumming. (Andy Meaton). On Crabtree Hill a Lesser Redpoll, a Siskin, a Tree Pipit, a Crossbill, a Hawfinch and a Whitethroat. (Paul Rich)

Sharpness     This morning four Greylags, two Shelducks, a Swallow and seven Sand Martins all flew N, a Whitethroat in brambles and a Common Sandpiper on the shore. (Tom Weston-McClung). A Tree Pipit and a Yellow Wagtail S of the picnic site. Also a Lesser Whitethroat and a Ringed Plover flew N with Dunlin. Earlier a Tree Pipit flew W over SARA. 140 Curlews and seven Whimbrels N over this evening. (Andy Jordan).

Charlton Kings Common     Along the scarp two singing Tree Pipits, a Whitethroat, a Kestrel, two Buzzards and two Ravens. A Wheatear E of Hartley farm. (Kim & Steve Brown).

Netheridge Farm     A Wheatear at the Barn Owl Centre today, only the 3rd record in 9 years. (Mark Hobson).

Cheltenham    Two Swallows flying over Pittville Lawn at 7:15pm heading N. (Howard Taylor).

Cirencester     A Raven over calling at midday. (Felicity Cobb).

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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