Monday 29th April 2019

Forest of Dean     A probable Booted Eagle reported, it circled overhead over the centre of Coleford, moving gradually N, then stooped, pulled-up and glided off eastwards. (Rick Mundy). Please report any further sightings to me or A Wood Warbler singing this morning near Ellwood. (Clive Mowforth).

Purton     A Grasshopper Warbler singing at the Timber Ponds at 6:10pm. (Andy Jordan). A Cuckoo seen and heard calling at the Timber Ponds this morning. (Mike Davis).

Cotswold Water Park West     A Grasshopper Warbler singing on the SE side of Pit 57 audible from the Thames Path. (Jon Mercer).

Whitminster     A Swift flew N at dusk over Whitminster Cricket Pitch. (Martin McGill).

Stinchcombe Hill     A WOOD WARBLER singing this morning moving westwards from the golf club side. (James Robinson).

Frampton     A Cuckoo from Splatt Bridge at 10am. (D Clarke). A drake Mandarin on the Sailing Lake at 2:45 pm. (Andy Gibbons). This afternoon two Common Terns and two Shelducks on the Sailing Lake. In the area five Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler and male and female Yellow Wagtail, also a Green-veined White butterfly. (MK). Pic by Mike.

Whitethroat 290419

WWT Slimbridge     From Zeiss hide 256 Black-tailed Godwits and a Hobby hunting the scrape. A MARSH HARRIER hunting over Mid Point. (Ian Hull).

Saul     At Sandfield Bridge at 11am a very dark Buzzard over the canal, also at least two Swallows.  At midday on the Severn Way between Fretherne Bridge and Hock Ditch two singing Whitethroats.  At Hock Ditch E of the sluice five Curlews and a Black-tailed Godwit distantly on the river mud, W of the sluice 16 Whimbrels feeding on the grass at 1:05pm, also a male Wheatear on the rocks.  Another singing Whitethroat N of the sluice.  (Andy & Sue Gibbons/Roberta Goodall).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Whelford Pools GWT reserve on Pit 111 birds included two Great Crested Grebes, four Gadwalls, 37 Tufted Ducks, 27 Cormorants, five Chiffchaff, a Sedge Warbler heard and eight Blackcaps. On Pit 111B two Garden Warblers, a Treecreeper, three Cormorants, two Tufted Ducks and two Great Crested Grebes. On Pit 111A five Red Crested Pochards and two Oystercatchers over. On Pit 126 four Great Crested Grebes, six Greylags, seven Tufted Ducks, two Green Woodpeckers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a male Bullfinch, three Sedge Warblers heard and two Reed Buntings. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

Garden Warbler 290419

Halmore     Cuckoos calling here frequently today between first light and early evening, at least two different birds. The first two Swallows seen yesterday. Also a Mistle Thrush singing. (Chris Newton/Karen Rogers).

Lower Rea     A Cuckoo calling this evening. (Andy Chapman).

Netheridge Farm     At the Barn Owl Centre today 7+ Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, 2+ Sedge Warblers, a Willow Warbler and Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. (Mark Hobson).

Brockworth     Mid afternoon today two Hobbies over the garden, arrived from the Witcombe direction, floated around for five minutes and then drifted off towards Witcombe. Also a singing Willow Warbler on top of a Hawthorn hedge and a Grey Heron flew over prospecting the ponds for fish. (John Miles).

Gloucester     A Little Egret today wading in the stream at Barnwood Arboretum at 1pm. (Jackie Martin).

Quedgeley     At Kingsway opposite ASDA at least three singing male Blackcaps and a Whitethroat around the orchard. (Paul Sutton).

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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