Thursday 1st April 2021

Frampton    The first-winter BONAPARTE’S GULL returned to the Sailing Lake at 11:15am until early evening at least. (Neil Smart). Earlier it was at WWT. Also a YELLOW WAGTAIL over N, 100+ Sand Martins and two Swallows. (Nick Goatman). If you are coming tomorrow please do not view from the Sailing Club. Please park sensibly in the village and leave exits clear. From the towpath N of Splatt Bridge 146 Sand Martins, 126 Meadow Pipits, nine Swallows, 46 Linnets, 35 Goldfinches, six Fieldfares, 30 Wood Pigeons and a Snipe all N. (Gordon Hodgson).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A YELLOW WAGTAIL at 2:30pm. (Ian Hull).

Sharpness     A Rock Pipit feeding along one of the docks pier arms at 11:15am. (Gordon Avery).

Forest of Dean     The first PIED FLYCATCHER today. (Dan Watson).

Aylburton    Two Red Kites over at 9:15am then seen over the Common at 9:20am. (Martin Vaisey).

Cleeve Hill     Two male RING OUZELS at 10:30am in the cleared areas then flew across the valley towards the heather enclosure. Also a Red Kite, a Willow Warbler, two Chiffchaffs and two male Yellowhammers. (Duncan Dine/Andy Wiggins/MK).

Ring Ouzel by Duncan Dine

Stinchcombe Hill     A Tree Pipit, a Swallow and two Lesser Redpolls this morning. (James Robinson).

Selsley Common     Early evening a male Wheatear and a Peregrine. (Paul Rich).

Shab Hill     c500 Golden Plovers many coming into summer plumage in a field of Autumn sown cereal at Barrow Wake this afternoon. (Duncan Dine).

Leckhampton Hill     At 10:15am 227 Golden Plovers on the stony field W of Hartley Farm, several in breeding plumage. Also a Swallow through. (Steve Brown). A Wheatear this evening. (Mark Dowie).

Gloucester    A male REDSTART at Horsebere Brook FSA at 2:30pm today. (Hugh Boucher).  At Horsbere Flood Storage Area this afternoon birds included a Snipe, a male Reed Bunting, two Skylarks, three Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, a Pied Wagtail, ten Mallards, a Grey Heron, two Red-legged Partridges, 250+ Woodpigeons and a pair of Mute Swans. (John Fletcher).

Male Redstart by Hugh Boucher

Ashleworth Ham    12 Mute Swans, 11 Greylags, six Canada Geese, two Shelducks, 20 Wigeon, two Gadwalls, 200 Teal, 25 Mallards, 20 Shovelers, a pair of Tufted Ducks, three Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, 15 Coots, a Lapwing, 22+ Snipe, seven Curlews, four Swallows, two Willow Warblers, two Blackcaps and five Chiffchaffs today. (Mike Smart).

Stonehouse     Near Bond’s Mill at noon today, a mixed flock of c20 Swallows and House Martins. Presumably the same a few minutes later, E of Beard’s Mill. (Barry Hill).

Cheltenham     This afternoon, at least two Herring Gulls seen on the Ladies’ College playing field N of Eldorado Crescent. Also a singing Chiffchaff and a Raven heard. (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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