Thursday 2nd May 2019

Saul Warth     On the river 12 Bar-tailed Godwits, four Sanderlings, 15 Ringed Plovers, ten Dunlins and a Whimbrel today. (Geoff Moyser/Ian Hull).

Frampton pools     This evening five Common Terns, three Common Sandpipers, five Oystercatchers, 20+ Swifts, 100+ Sand Martins, 20+ Swallows and 20+ House Martins. (Nick Goatman). Ten Swifts over the Sailing Lake this morning. (Geoff Moyser).

Gloucester     At Alney Island this morning birds included a male Cuckoo, six Reed Warblers, a Treecreeper, eight Blackcaps (6m, 2f), a male Reed Bunting, three Chiffchaffs, four Long-tailed Tits, a Buzzard, four Goldfinches, six Greenfinches and a Green Woodpecker. (Dave Stone). Also five Canada Geese, six Whitethroats, three Lesser Whitethroats and a Sedge Warbler. (Ian Elphick). Pic by Dave.

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Forest of Dean     Along the stream between Whitecroft and Parkend a Dipper still near to the Miners Arms. Nearer to Parkend an unringed adult Dipper feeding a juvenile with a metal ring. At least three Grey Wagtails and a juvenile and a drake Mandarin. (Bernie Dumbleton). Pics by Bernie.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning eight Sedge Warblers, four Whitethroats, three Lesser Whitethroats, three Willow Warblers, three Chiffchaffs, a pair of Reed Buntings, a male Bullfinch, a Common Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover, a Curlew, a Redshank, 30+ Swifts, two Swallows, two Sand Martins, two Grey Herons, a Little Egret, a Cuckoo, two Buzzards, a female Sparrowhawk, a Little Owl and a drake Wigeon. (Jake King). In the evening three Wigeon and a Common Sandpiper still. (Mike Smart).

Maisemore     A Red kite soaring over today. (Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean     A pair of Stonechats in the Woorgreens/Crabtree Hill area today. (Nicola Jones).

Ashleworth    At Ashleworth Quay today a Peregrine and a Buzzard circling overhead at the same time and being aggressive towards each other. (Josh Adamms).

Cleeve Hill     Two female Wheatears by the trig point this morning. (Duncan Dine).

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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