Thursday 8th April 2021

Frampton    The first-winter BONAPARTE’S GULL still on the Sailing Lake today until 7pm tonight when it flew off strongly SW. Also a Yellow Wagtail, 100+ Sand Martins, five Willow Warblers, 12 Blackcaps, seven Chiffchaffs, two Oystercatchers and two Cetti’s Warblers. (Mark Dowie/Nick Goatman/Andy Jordan). If you are coming tomorrow please do not view from the Sailing Club. Please park sensibly in the village and leave exits clear. On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge five Teal (2m, 3f), three pairs of Gadwalls, 15+ Redshanks, a Curlew and 27 more flew E, 50+ Sand Martins and 6+ Swallows. Four White Wagtails on plough on the other side of the canal from Saul Lodge. (MK). Also a Yellow Wagtail here. (Mark Dowie).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Birds this morning included four Greylags, six Canada Geese, four Teal, two Wigeon, a Little Egret, two Peregrines, three Redshanks, three Oystercatchers, four Lapwings, 5+ Pied Wagtails, a Chiffchaff seen and several heard, a Green Woodpecker calling, 2+ Goldfinches, 25 Sand Martins and a Swallow. (Andrew Worthington).

Forest of Dean   The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this morning. 80 Lesser Redpolls at Woorgreens. (Andy Jayne). There have been reports of people leaving the main footpaths and moving through the gorse to get better photos of the Shrike. There are ground nesting birds and basking reptiles here. Please keep to the main footpaths, with patience you will get good views.

Ashleworth Ham     Four Little Ringed Plovers, three White Wagtails and a Peregrine hunting over the reserve today. (Richard Humphrey).

Rendcomb     From the bridge a Dipper, a Grey Wagtail, a House Martin and a Mistle Thrush and Nuthatches and Siskins heard. (Steve Brown).

Longney    In the old orchards and along the Severn Way this afternoon birds included six Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, five Chaffinches, 11 Linnets, four Goldfinches, ten House Sparrows, a Pied Wagtail, two Red-legged Partridges, two Buzzards, an Oystercatcher, six Mallards, two Ravens and two Green Woodpeckers. (John Fletcher).

Hornsleaze Roughs     A Wheatear and a Stonechat this afternoon. (Duncan Dine).

Lower Norcote    A Swallow alarm calling with Sparrowhawk high above today. (Harvey Sherwood).

Twyning     At Upham Meadow 12 Greylags, 60 Canada Geese, six Mallards, two Grey Herons, a Buzzard, 14 Curlews, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 5+ Skylarks, two Swallows, a Chiffchaff, ten Carrion Crows and 2-3 Reed Buntings singing. (Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury    At Mythe Hook 60 Canada Geese, ten Mallards, two Buzzards, three Oystercatchers, two Skylarks, 95 Jackdaws, 25 Carrion Crows, a Chiffchaff and a Blackcap. (Mike Smart).

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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