Friday 16th April 2021

Sharpness     A GRASSHOPPER WARBLER reeling at the picnic site, by river at 7:35am. (Andy Jordan).

Cleeve Hill    Seven RING OUZELS (5m, 2f) in the valley to the N of the pylons heading to the Washpool. (Jane Bailey/John Casswell). A Cuckoo this morning. (Justin Taylor). A Cuckoo, a male Stonechat, a pair of Mistle Thrushes and a Wheatear in the masts field this afternoon. (David Benton).

Leighterton area     Between 7-8.30am a female RING OUZEL with 30 Fieldfares, also a male Wheatear, three Golden Plovers and 1+ Crossbill over. (Rich Hearn).

WWT Slimbridge    A SPOONBILL from the canoe safari lookout at 11am then flew out onto the estuary. (Tim Jukes). A WHITE STORK GB1B, from the reintroduction programme based on the Knepp Estate in Sussex, landed to the N of the main entrance on the roof of the duckery at 3:20pm. It remained around the grounds until 5:50pm at least. (Ian Hull).

Forest of Dean    A singing Willow Warbler at the far side Woorgreens lake this afternoon and two Common Sandpipers.  Also a Jay on Plump Hill. (Chris Keeling).

Frampton    Along the towpath at Splatt Bridge this morning a Reed Warbler in the S reedbed and another sang briefly near the Warth. Also a Little Egret, a pair of Mandarins, three Willow Warblers, two Cetti’s Warblers, 7+ Chiffchaffs, five Blackcaps and a Swallow. (MK).

Reed Warbler by Mike King

Eastington, Cotswolds    44 Golden Plovers in full summer plumage on winter wheat at Trinder’s Barn at SP118123 hunkered down from 11am and still there at 5pm. (Harvey Sherwood).

Cirencester     A Dipper on the River Churn at the City Bank/A429 footbridge today. (Andy Lewis/Huw Jones).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This evening two Avocets, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Black-tailed Godwit, three Redshanks, 6+ Yellow Wagtails, 50+ Pied Wagtails, a Curlew, 50 Sand Martins, 20 Swallows, two Little Egrets, three Wigeon, two Gadwalls, five Shelducks, several Teal, a Buzzard and two Cetti’s Warblers. (Mark Dowie).

Ashleworth Ham     This evening two Curlews, four Green Sandpipers, two Lapwings, four Snipe, 35 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 15 Mallards, 13 Mute Swans, three Canada Geese, four Greylags, a Moorhen, a Grey Heron, a Tawny Owl, seven Pied Wagtails, three White Wagtails, five Swallows, a Willow Warbler and a Blackcap. (John Fletcher/Mike Smart). Three Redstarts, three Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler and 2-3 Chiffchaffs all singing. (Mike Smart).

Curlew by John Fletcher

Woodchester     A pair of Dippers on Nailsworth Stream today. (Paul Masters).

Stroud    A pair of Dippers at Frome Banks N.R. today. (Paul Masters).

Gloucester     At 2:15pm a Buzzard circling low directly above the Cathedral tower and was harassed away by several gulls. (Nikki Smith).

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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