Tuesday 30th March 2021

Frampton    The first-winter BONAPARTE’S GULL was on the Sailing Lake between 12:30-12:45pm at least, but wasn’t there this evening. This evening seven Little Grebes together on Court Lake also a Kingfisher, two Cetti’s Warblers, 23 Gadwalls, 13 Chiffchaffs, nine Blackcaps and two Ravens. (Nick Goatman). From the towpath N of Splatt Bridge a Willow Warbler, a Green Sandpiper, 16 Black-tailed Godwits, 12 Redshanks, a GREAT WHITE EGRET, two Swallows and 10+ Sand Martins. (Gordon Hodgson). Also many Meadow Pipits, a Buzzard, a male Kestrel, a Cormorant, a Chiffchaff, a female Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Barnacle Geese flew S, six Greylags, a male Reed Bunting and a female Stonechat. (Paul Sutton). If you are coming tomorrow please do not view from the Sailing Club. Please park sensibly in the village and leave exits clear.

Walmore Common     A pair of GARGANEYS this afternoon. (Steve Satterthwaite).

Saul Warth     Two WATER PIPITS at Hock Ditch and a Willow Warbler heard this morning. (Colin Greenfield).

Turkdean-Notgrove-Cold Aston     An OSPREY tracked NW over Turkdean at 12:45pm, it gained height in a thermal E of Hazelton and continued onward over Salperton by 12:50pm. Also a Swallow heading N, a Reed Bunting, three Red Kites, three Kestrels and three Lapwings in separate ploughed fields. Other sightings included 25+ Small Tortoiseshells, 15+ Peacocks, eight Brimstones and two Orange Tips. (Chris Furley).

Forest of Dean     A TREE PIPIT at Crabtree Hill this morning and six pairs of Stonechats. (Rob Husbands). Also a Willow Warbler this morning. (MK). At Brookend, Woolaston a House Martin over the garden. (Ian Gorton).

Cotswold Water Park East     The drake RING-NECKED DUCK again on Pit 132 today in the NE corner. (Mark Dowie).

Cleeve Hill     On the Common today a RING OUZEL, two Wheatears, a Swallow, a Chiffchaff, five Corn Buntings, a Peregrine, a Red Kite, a Song Thrush, six Skylarks and seven Yellowhammers. (Mark Pidgeon). Five Wheatears by the radio masts this morning. (Roy Shilham). A Sand Martin flying over the Washpool valley this morning. (Greg Lee).

Ring Ouzel by Mark Pidgeon

Chedworth     Five Wheatears (3 males) on the airfield this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Wheatear by Duncan Dine

Selsley Common     A Wheatear on the Common at 7:30am. (Colin Greenfield).

Stinchcombe Hill     A male and a female Wheatear this morning. (James Robinson).

Leckhampton Hill     Four Wheatears (2 males) late afternoon. 74 Golden Plovers at 6pm. (Mark Dowie).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning three possibly four Little Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover by the hide and further down a Treecreeper. (Ken Heron).

Barnwood    A Willow Warbler singing in St Lawrence churchyard heard from the garden this morning at 11am. (Rob Crofton).

WWT Slimbridge    36 Russian White-fronted Geese and the Pink-footed Goose took off from the Tack Piece, circled very high before heading NE this morning. They returned about 15 minutes later dropping from high to land on the Dumbles. (Martin McGill).

Leonard Stanley     At 8:25pm a Tawny Owl calling from the woods at the top of Gypsy Lane and a Barn Owl flew across Gypsy Lane. (Paul Sutton).

Kempley Green, near Dymock     A male Brambling in the garden this evening. (Steve Watts).

Brambling by Steve Watts

Northwood Green     A male MERLIN at 5:40pm just S of the crossroads in Northwood Green. (Neil Tappin).

Cheltenham     At Arle Grove GWT reserve (near Dowdeswell Wood, SO995217) this afternoon a singing Chiffchaff, a singing Nuthatch, a Buzzard and a Brimstone. (Keith White).

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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