Friday 13th March 2020

WWT Slimbridge    A near adult ICELAND GULL came in off the river at 9am and flew past Estuary Tower, then inland, briefly seen at South Lake then flew back towards river before eventually settling on the Dumbles until midday at least. (Scott Petrek). The CATTLE EGRET was on the seawall near the pillbox this morning, a female Marsh Harrier drifted over the Tack Piece towards Estuary Tower and a female MERLIN perched near the seawall. Two Pink-footed Geese still in roadside fields this afternoon. (Ian Hull). Also a female Goldeneye on South Lake and two Water Rails from Willow hide. (Mike Beer). Record shots by Paul Masters. Goldeneye by Mike.

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Cleeve Hill     Five SHORT-EARED OWLS this afternoon accidentally flushed from rough vegetation on at Watery Bottom at SO995261. They hung around the quarries for a while  then lost to view. (Giles Alder).

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge this morning 114 Curlews, ten Redshanks, three Snipe, ten Black-tailed Godwits, two Cetti’s Warblers and a Chiffchaff. (Gordon Hodgson). At least three Sand Martins flying high above the Sailing Lake at 10am. (Mike Davis).

Saul Warth     At high tide this morning a CATTLE EGRET and 26 Little Egrets. (Eric Palmer/MK).

Stroud     At Fromehall Mill a Dipper, a pair of Grey Wagtails, two singing Chiffchaffs, a Treecreeper and a Comma. (Richard Williams).

Cirencester     A pair of Peregrines today on Cirencester Parish Church. (Ian Grange).

Chedworth    18 Ravens and Red Kite feeding on the remains of a dead deer near Chedworth. (Paul Tubb).

Draycott    Ten Buzzards flying and calling over the village at lunchtime today. (Hanna Middleton).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Whelford Pools birds included 14 Red Crested Pochards, a Goldeneye, 18 Mallards, four Gadwalls, 23 Teal, 56 Tufted Ducks, ten Great Crested Grebes, nine Canada Geese, eight Greylags, four Mute Swans, 22 Cormorants, two Grey Herons, five Snipe, a Kingfisher, two Ravens, five Long-tailed Tits, two Green Woodpeckers, three Buzzards, a Red Kite and a Chiffchaff. Also 34 Snipe flew over between Pit 111 and Pit 126. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Frampton     The male Goldeneye still on the Sailing Lake today. (Roberta Goodall).

Brockworth     A Raven at Brockworth Tesco today. (Paul Masters).

Lydney Marsh     WeBS count today included 52 Black-headed Gulls, 33 Lesser Black backed Gulls,  23 Herring Gulls, three Great Black-backed Gulls, two Moorhens, two Mute Swans, four Canada Geese, two Mallards, 20 Shelducks, a Cormorant, an Oystercatcher, six Skylarks and four Meadow Pipits. (Barrie Mills).

Aylburton Warth    WeBS count today included a Canada Goose, 27 Shelducks, a Mallard, 605 Curlews, six Lapwings, two Oystercatchers, three Redshanks, 197 Golden Plovers, five Dunlin, ten Snipe and 23 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (Barrie Mills).

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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