Saturday 3rd 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 a first-winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL, six Yellow Wagtails, 32 Chiffchaffs, 22 Blackcaps, two Willow Warblers, 200+ Sand Martins, two Swallows, four Yellowhammers, two Cetti’s Warblers, a Kingfisher and 39 Curlews. (Nick Goatman). Two unringed Common Cranes flew over the canal S of Splatt Bridge low towards the 100-Acre at 8:30am. Also from the canal a female Marsh Harrier, a GREAT WHITE EGRET, three Little Egrets, two pairs of Teal, 22 Redshanks, 14 Curlews, three Buzzards including a white bird a male Yellow Wagtail over NW, five Swallows, 20+ Sand Martins and two Cetti’s Warblers. (Paul Masters/MK).

Cotswold Water Park East     The drake RING-NECKED DUCK again today in the NE corner of Pit 132 until 2:15pm at least. Also a Red Kite. (Nigel Pleass/MK).

Ring-necked Duck by Mike King

Ring-necked Duck by Mike King

Red Kite by Mike King

Cleeve Hill     Three RING OUZELS (2m, 1f) today but mobile and elusive. (Steve Brown/Ian Ralphs/Neil Duggan/Paul Hands). Also two Red Kites. (Steve Brown). A male Redstart on the walk up from Bishops Cleeve. (Neil Duggan/Paul Hands).

Ring Ouzel by Neil Duggan

Redstart by Neil Duggan

Sharpness     A Whitethroat this afternoon. (Andy Jordan).

Forest of Dean     At Crabtree Hill early afternoon at least seven singing Willow Warblers, three Swallows through, two Tree Pipits together, a pair of Stonechats and two Buzzards. (Richard, Becky & Cerys Lansdown).

Huntley      A Little Grebe on the lake in Huntley woods downstream of Monk Spout. (Rob & Gillian Guest).

Stonehouse     Two Dippers at Beard’s Mill. Three Grey Herons in the meadows opposite Bond’s Mill and a fourth on the River Frome near Cress Green. A Willow Warbler singing alongside the River Frome near Eastington Park. A Little Egret and four Sand Martins along the River Frome near Stanley Downton Sewage works. Two Grey Wagtails at the Sewage Works and six Swallows on wires above farmyard next to the Sewage Works. (Nigel Birch). Also in the Stanley Downton area this morning four Green Woodpeckers calling, seven Buzzards, ten Chiffchaffs, 10+ Swallows, three Cormorants, a Peregrine on a pylon towards Frocester and small groups of Goldfinches. (Paul Sutton).

Ashleworth Ham     From the hide at 5pm two Little Ringed Plovers, nine Curlews, four Lapwings, seven Snipe, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, three Little Egrets, eight Grey Herons, 110 Teal, 25 Wigeon, 12 Shovelers, 34 Mallards, six Coots, two Moorhens, seven Mute Swans and nine Greylags. (Richard Humphrey).

Haw Bridge to Chaceley Stock     Two Mute Swans, a male Mandarin on the Severn, two Teal, ten Mallards, two Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, two Lapwings, four Curlews, c5 singing Skylarks, a Swallow, 15 Sand Martins, two Grey Wagtails, 30 Fieldfares still, two Blackcaps and three Chiffchaffs. (Mike Smart).

Saul Warth     A pair of Reed Buntings this afternoon. (Esther Rumsey).

Nailsworth     A Dipper feeding on Nailsworth stream by the bridge at Egypt Mill, also a Little Egret in trees around lakes adjacent to the Nailsworth to Stroud cycle path. (Paul Skirrow).

Dipper by Paul Skirrow

Frocester     A Blackcap feeding on blackthorn near Frocester. (Paul Skirrow).

Blackcap by Paul Skirrow

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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