Saturday 10th April 2021

Woodmancote     A CUCKOO calling at dawn at Nottingham Hill. (Mark Forknall). Another or the same one heard at Woodmancote at 9am. (Judith Thomson).

Daglingworth     A male RING OUZEL for about half an hour this afternoon, also a male Redstart. (Andrew Morrison).

Cleeve Hill    At least 11 RING OUZELS this morning feeding on ivy berries with a Mistle Thrush and Blackbirds. Also three Wheatears, two Tree Pipits, Yellowhammers and Willow Warblers. (Tom Mabbett/Mark Dowie). Also a CUCKOO and a Swallow. (Greg Lee).

Aylburton Warth     Three Little Ringed Plovers, four Wheatears, five White Wagtails, three Willow Warblers, 20+ Swallows, 37 Golden Plovers, a Red Kite and a Peregrine. (Lewis Thomson).

Frampton    At the pools this morning the BONAPARTE’S GULL, a Sparrowhawk, a male Redstart, 19 Willow Warblers, 34 Chiffchaffs, 29 Blackcaps, 200+ House Martins, 40+ Swallows, a Sedge Warbler, two Cetti’s Warblers, a Lapwing and two Oystercatchers. (Nick Goatman). The BONAPARTE’S GULL again this afternoon between 2-4pm. (Chris Brown). Please do not view from the Sailing Club and park sensibly in the village and leave exits clear.  On the flashes and along the canal at Splatt Bridge this morning six Teal (2m, 4f), three Redshanks, a male Sparrowhawk, a Water Rail feeding in a ditch, 19 Swallows, seven Sand Martins, three Willow Warblers, two Cetti’s Warblers and a Raven. A male Wheatear, two male White Wagtails, 6+ Pied Wagtails, four Meadow Pipits and eight Stock Doves on plough on the other side of the canal from Saul Lodge. (MK).

Water Rail by Mike King

Berkeley shore     Over high tide a female Goosander in the Pill, at least three Common Sandpipers and steady passage of Swallows upriver. (Paul Rich).

Chavenage Lane     Three Wheatears (1m, 2f), a male Stonechat, a Red Kite, 25+ Stock Doves and a flock of 1400+ Woodpigeons feeding in a field. (Terry Grant).

Wheatears by Terry Grant

Nailsworth     Up to 15 Siskins which have been practically resident all year on the garden feeders. (Terry Grant).

Siskin by Terry Grant

Bourton-on-the-Water     Two Oystercatchers flew in to the north pits. Also a pair of Gadwall, and the first clutch of four day-old Coots. (Andy Lewis).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Mid-afternoon a GREAT WHITE EGRET, two Little Egrets, at least four Yellow Wagtails, 11 Pied Wagtails and a White Wagtail, an OSPREY at 2:04pm (just W of the track to Lower Apperley in a tree) which flew towards the river, a Ruff, four Redshanks, 160+ Sand Martins and a few Swallows, two Little Ringed Plovers and a Ringed Plover. (Ken Heron). Also today six Mute Swans, ten Canada Geese, two Greylags, six Shelducks, 20 Teal, 20 Mallards (including a duck with about eight newly hatched ducklings), nine Shovelers, two Grey Herons, five Coots, six Lapwings, two Snipe flushed and song from two Blackcaps, three Willow Warblers and at least five Chiffchaffs. (Mike Smart). Also a Peregrine. (Ian Ralphs). A Tawny Owl roosting in a fallen tree. (Dave Abrams & Hannah Willoughby).

Tawny Owl by Dave Abrams

Ashleworth Ham     Early two Peregrines, a GREAT WHITE EGRET and five Little Egrets. (Ken Heron).

Witcombe Reservoirs     This afternoon a Common Sandpiper, five Pied Wagtails, six Great Crested Grebes, a Tufted Duck and seven Cormorants. (Rob Mellors).

Cheltenham     Eight Golden Plovers on plough between Seven Springs and Charlton Kings Common today. (David Ashbee).

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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