Sunday 4th April 2021

Frampton    The first-winter BONAPARTE’S GULL still on the Sailing Lake until 6:55pm at least. (Paul Rich/Martyn Hayes). 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 again. (Mike Davis).

WWT Slimbridge    Two 2nd calendar year SPOONBILLS circled low over the grounds this morning at 10:45am (Nathan Dixon). Also seen again in flight and circling high at midday then headed NE, but returned to the reserve later to preen and feed. (Martin McGill). They were seen circling high above the end of Vicarage Lane, Frampton at 12:40pm and heading NW. (Dot Jones/Nigel Cramp).

Aylburton Warth     This morning four Little Ringed Plovers, five Golden Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, seven White Wagtails, two Willow Warblers, two Swallows and a Stonechat. (Lewis Thomson).

Saul Warth     A pair of Avocets feeding ahead of the tide at 12:30pm. Also a male Redstart. (Mark Hobson).

Hazleton     Along the tiny road towards Salperton, five Bramblings, three Corn Buntings, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Linnets, Yellowhammers and a Great Tit feeding on spilled grain, at the bend where the line of trees starts. Also a Red Kite, a Buzzard, two Ravens, a Jay and two Stock Doves. Nearby four Muntjacs, an adult with two well grown young and another adult. (Steve Brown).

Forest of Dean     A presumed MEALY REDPOLL at Flaxley/Hope Woods, SO681174, this afternoon. (Andy Jayne). Two Tree Pipits, a Goshawk, 20+ Siskins, a few Lesser Redpolls and a pair of Mandarins at Crabtree Hill. At Cannop Ponds by the feeders a Marsh Tit and a male Sparrowhawk. A Dipper at Parkend behind The Fountain Inn. A Little Owl just before the turning to Beachley Barracks. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Four Mute Swans, six Canada Geese, three pairs of Shelducks, four Wigeon, ten Teal, ten Shovelers, two Grey Herons, five Coots, two Oystercatchers, 6+ Lapwings, six Snipe, two Ruff, four Redshanks, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, five Skylarks, two Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     18 Mute Swans, two Canada Geese, 12 Mallards, a Grey Heron and a GREAT WHITE EGRET, two Curlews, two Snipe, two Chiffchaffs and four Roe Deer. (Mike Smart).

Aylburton    This afternoon at lower Aylburton Common and Sandford Road a Red Kite, a Goshawk, eight Buzzards and six Blackcaps. (Jonny Gentle). A garden Lesser Redpoll at Aylburton Common. (Martin Vaisey).

Lesser Redpoll by Martin Vaisey

Quedgeley     A Cetti’s Warbler heard near Teal Close, six Chiffchaffs singing, four Blackcaps, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Red-legged Partridges in a field next to Elmore Lane West and a Raven. (Steve Pullen).

Lower Rea     Two Great Black-backed Gulls on the river, five Buzzards, a Green Woodpecker heard, four Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps in song and a Stock Dove. (Steve Pullen).

Stanley Downton    This morning a Green Woodpecker calling, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Chiffchaffs, a Treecreeper, a Raven, a Blackcap, five Buzzards, a Grey Heron and a Goldcrest. (Paul Sutton).

Kilkenny   At the viewpoint and picnic area this afternoon two singing Chiffchaffs, a Red Admiral and a Peacock butterfly. (Keith White).

Painswick Beacon     A Swallow over this morning. (Vanda Owen).

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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