Wednesday 31st March 2021

Frampton    The first-winter BONAPARTE’S GULL returned to the Sailing Lake at 1:45pm. (Mark Coller).   If you are coming tomorrow please do not view from the Sailing Club. Please park sensibly in the village and leave exits clear.

Cleeve Hill    Two male Wheatears, a male RING OUZEL, a Tree Pipit, two Willow Warblers and a Swallow. (Ken Heron & Jenny Jones).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote, four singing Cetti’s Warblers and an adult summer-plumaged MEDITERRANEAN GULL with Black-headed Gulls catching flying insects. (Richard Tyler).

Cetti’s Warbler by Richard Tyler

Mediterranean Gull by Richard Tyler

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 132 46 Mute Swans, two Teal (1m, 1f), three Pochards (2m, 1f), 30+ Tufted Ducks, a Shelduck, an Egyptian Goose, a female Goosander, a Little Egret, five Green Sandpipers, three Lapwings, three Red Kites, three Buzzards, a Cetti’s Warbler, three Chiffchaffs and three Sand Martins. At Pit 127 eight teal (3m, 4f), seven Red Crested Pochards (4m, 3f) and two Oystercatchers. At Pit 125 three Cetti’s Warblers and four Red Crested Pochards (3m, 1f) on the small new pool to the left of Pit 126. (MK).

Red Crested Pochard by Mike King

Hawling     At dawn a Barn Owl hunting, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, a pair of Ravens, a male Yellowhammer and a singing Corn Bunting at Southdown Farm. (MK). Two Wheatears this afternoon. (Roberta Goodall).

Leckhampton Hill     Three Wheatears and 35 Golden Plovers early morning. (Tom Mabbett).

Forest of Dean     At noon a Peregrine flying W over Forge Hill, Lydbrook. In the garden, a male Brimstone and 3+ Peacock butterflies. (Chris Sullivan). At Brookend, Woolaston a Swallow over the garden. (Ian Gorton).

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

Snowshill     A Swallow today. (Keith Jennings).

Tewkesbury     A Swallow over the river this evening. (Dawn Ballinger).

Fairford     A Swallow flying low over houses in centre of town. (John Durell).

Lower Slaughter     A Swallow over this morning. (Richard Tyler).

Westbury-on-Severn    Sand Martins back opposite Westbury Court Gardens and a Red Kite today. (Gareth Jones). At 3:25pm a Buzzard and a Goshawk flew from S to N. (Neil Tappin).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Five Mute Swans, 25 Canada Geese, two Shelducks, ten Wigeon, 25 Teal, 15 Mallards, 20 Shovelers, seven Tufted Ducks, two Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, three Cormorants over, 15 Coots, two Avocets, two Oystercatchers, four Lapwings, three Black-tailed Godwits, five Curlews, 1+ Redshank, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 1+ Skylarks singing, a Pied Wagtail, a White Wagtail, five Chiffchaffs, 4+ Reed Buntings and a WHITETHROAT seen and heard singing. (Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows     Two Mute Swans, two Mallards, a Snipe, three Skylarks, a Blackcap and four Chiffchaffs. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham     This evening two Shelducks, five Wigeon, 200 Teal, 20 Shovelers, a Little Egret, three Grey Herons, a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff. (Mike Smart). Seven Curlews in front of the hide at 5:30pm. (Rob Lewis).

Cherington     Around the lake and woodland this afternoon birds included two Nuthatches, ten Chiffchaffs, three Song Thrushes, four Grey Wagtail (2m, 2f), a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a Willow Warbler, five Blackcaps (4m, 1f), six Mallards, four Moorhens, two Canada Geese, two Mute Swans and five Buzzards. (John Fletcher).

Grey Wagtail by John Fletcher

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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