Friday 2nd April 2021

Frampton    The first-winter BONAPARTE’S GULL on the Sailing Lake on and off throughout the day until early evening at least. Also today 1000+ Sand Martins, four Swallows, four Willow Warblers, 31 Chiffchaffs, 18 Blackcaps, six Siskins, 24 Meadow Pipits, two Oystercatchers, 65 Tufted Ducks, 22 Gadwalls, a pair of Wigeon and a pair of Mandarins. (Nick Goatman). Also three Yellow Wagtails and a report from other birders of a Hobby. (Carol Rushton & Steve Curtis). 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 a GREAT WHITE EGRET, a MERLIN, 20 Redshanks, 12 Swallows, 50+ Sand Martins, three Willow Warblers, a Redstart, a Yellow Wagtail, two House Martins, two Siskins and 84 Meadow Pipits. Also a Red Kite high over the garden in the village at midday. (Gordon Hodgson). Also from Splatt tow path a Marsh Harrier. (Carol Rushton & Steve Curtis). 11 CATTLE EGRETS flew back S towards Slimbridge from the pools at dusk. (Andy Jordan).

Saul Warth     A GREAT WHITE EGRET, presumed same bird, five Little Egrets and five Curlews at 11:15am. A Willow Warbler by the Treatment plant. (MK).

Awre     This morning three Swallows and a Willow Warbler. nearby a pair of Little Owls. (Lewis Thomson).

Sharpness     A REED WARBLER singing this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Selsley Common     A female RING OUZEL on the north bank this morning. (Paul Rich/Colin Greenfield).

Cleeve Hill     Eight RING OUZELS (4m, 4f) this morning but flighty and elusive at times. (Pete Grimmitt). Also a Wheatear, two Red Kites, a Kestrel and a pair of Peregrines mobbing a Buzzard. (Greg Lee).

Rodborough Common     A male Redstart at 10:30am. (Rich Hearn).

Forest of Dean     c10 Crossbills this morning feeding at Collafield. (Sharon Binnie). A male Pied Flycatcher near Lower hide at Nagshead (hide closed). (Roberta Goodall). At Cannop ponds a Marsh tit on the bird table Cannop, nine Tufted Ducks (4f, 5m), male and female Mandarin, two Mute Swan and a Nuthatch calling. (Chris Keeling).

Cotswold Water Park West     A GREAT WHITE EGRET at Pit 41 today. Also 11 Goldeneye here, though only one adult male. At Pit 16 a pair of Egyptian Geese with eight fairly small goslings. (Andy Jayne).

North Nibley     A Woodcock flushed by a dog walker at the monument at midday. (Dan White).

Pen Hill, Colesbourne   Three Red Kites, at least two Goshawks, a Sparrowhawk, 22+ Buzzards, a Peregrine, 30 Ravens and ten Siskins today. (Andy Jayne).

Amberley     At Theescombe Lane five Lesser Redpolls and eight Siskins on feeders, Greenfinch, Goldcrests and Chiffchaff singing. (Phil Williams).

Edge     On the Common this morning two Tree Pipits seen and heard, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap singing. (Phil Williams).

Stonehouse     A Swallow at Stanley Downton sewage works and three Dippers around Beard’s Mill. (Alan Jones). In the Ryeford/Stanley Downton area this morning five Greenfinches, eight Chiffchaffs, five Buzzards and two Treecreepers. (Paul Sutton).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A GREAT WHITE EGRET briefly before flying off N. Also two Avocets, a Yellow Wagtail with 6+ Pied Wagtails and a Treecreeper. (Paul Clark).

Ashleworth Ham     This evening 12 Mute Swans, 20 Wigeon, 200 Teal, a Mallard with six tiny ducklings, 25 Shovelers, six Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, 15 Coots, a Sparrowhawk, a female Peregrine, two Lapwings, eight Curlews came into roost, two Tawny Owls at dusk, a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff. (Mike Smart). Also a Treecreeper. (Peter Jones).

Northwood Green     A singing Blackcap in the garden and a Chiffchaff today. (Neil Tappin).

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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