Tuesday 30th April 2019

Purton     A Grasshopper Warbler singing still at 7:45am at the Timber Ponds but not again until the evening. Also a MARSH HARRIER flew S at 6am and a Cuckoo. (Andy Jordan). Also two Little Egrets, two Lesser Whitethroats & 3 and three Cetti’s Warblers. (MK). This evening 19 Bar-tailed Godwits through, a second summer Mediterranean Gull, a Bar-tailed Godwit, two Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin on the river and a Common Sandpiper on the canal. (Francis Steuck).

WWT Slimbridge     A SPOONBILL flew over the Rushy towards the river at 11am. (James Robinson). From Robbie Garnett hide a drake GARGANEY today. Also eight Gadwalls and c10 Avocets. (Dave Tait). Pic by Dave.

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Brimscombe     A possible male Golden Oriole seen in flight from above flying down Brownshill hillside at 3pm. (Angela Sturdee).

Frampton    Seven Whimbrels at Splatt Bridge tonight, a Great White Egret over the 100-Acre and a Green Sandpiper through. (Gordon Hodgson). Earlier two Cetti’s Warblers near the reedbed S of Splatt Bridge and two Lesser Whitethroats, one either side of the bridge. (MK).

Cotswold Water Park West     At least two, probably three Nightingales singing this morning at a traditional site. (D Clarke).

Cotswold Water Park East     Seven Common Terns and two Common Sandpipers at Pit 125 this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Brockworth     Two Swifts this afternoon. (John Miles).

Forest of Dean     Two Tree Pipits at Yew Tree Brake and two Dippers on the stream behind The Fountain pub in Parkend. (Adrienne Sanders). A singing Wood Warbler and a pair of Redstarts in the Crabtree Hill area this morning. (Paul Rich). At Nagshead  two Buzzards, a pair of Redstarts, a pair of Pied Flycatchers, a Treecreeper, a pair of Jays, singing Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. Also a Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat     At Yat Rock viewpoint the Peregrine pair, a juvenile female Goshawk, Buzzards, Ravens, Jays, a Blackcap, a male Mandarin, a Green Woodpecker, a Grey Heron, Stock Doves, a Chiffchaff, Swallows and House Martins. Also Holly Blue butterflies, Green Longhorn moths and a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Leckhampton     A calling Cuckoo flew low over the garden this morning, heading in the direction of Leckhampton Hill. (Chris Furley).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Birds today included six Sedge Warblers, five Blackcaps, 12 Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, three Willow Warblers, two Chiffchaffs, two Reed Buntings, a Song Thrush, two Curlews, two Yellow Wagtails and two Buzzards. Also Brimstone, Peacock, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Small White and Large White butterflies. (Mark Easterbrook). Pic by Mark. Also a Little Owl today and two Hobbies hunting high over the pools. (Ian Hull).

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Fretherne to Arlingham     Several singing Reed Warblers, three Reed Buntings, at least two singing Skylarks, a Lesser Whitethroat between Hope Pill and Hock Cliff, seven Whimbrels at Hock Ditch, a pair of Oystercatchers and a singing Sedge Warbler. (Martyn Leighton).

Stinchcombe Hill     A Wheatear this morning, two Canada Geese through and four Swallows heading W. (James Robinson).

Chedworth    Three Wheatears on the Airfield this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Forthampton     A Cuckoo this morning. (Sarah Loaring).

Shuthonger     A Cuckoo along the River Avon near the bottom of Woodend Lane. (Sarah Loaring).

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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