Sunday 18th April 2021

Frampton pools     This morning a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER reeling, five Whitethroats, five Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 38 Blackcaps, 31 Chiffchaffs, two Yellow Wagtails, a Common Sandpiper, three Cetti’s Warblers, six Sand Martins, four Shelducks and two Mandarins. (Nick Goatman). From the towpath N of Splatt Bridge this morning two Little Egrets, four Redshanks, a Curlew, a Lapwing, a Water Rail heard, two pale Buzzards, a male Sparrowhawk, a Sedge Warbler, two Swallows and two Common Sandpipers on the canal at Fretherne Bridge. (MK).

Swallow by Mike King

Saul Warth     At 9:30am 34 Bar-tailed Godwits and three Grey Plovers. (Paul Rich/Mark Hobson).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Eight Whitethroats, three male Redstarts, eight Avocets, a Black-tailed Godwit, two Redshanks, an Oystercatcher, a Blue-headed Wagtail, eight Yellow Wagtails and a White Wagtail. (Ian Hull/David Benton/Ian Ralphs).

WWT Slimbridge     A drake GARGANEY briefly on the Rushy this afternoon. (Roberta Goodall). A Whimbrel from Mid Point. (Mark Hobson).

Highnam Woods     This afternoon a possible very short Nightingale sub-song heard near the hide. Near the hide, two Marsh Tits, two Nuthatches, four Chiffchaffs, five Blackcaps, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Mistle Thrush mobbing a Sparrowhawk overhead, two Song Thrushes. Also three very young Fox cubs. (Steve Pullen).

Marsh Tit by Steve Pullen

Fox cub by Steve Pullen

Nuthatch by Steve Pullen

Stinchcombe Hill     A Tree Pipit over this afternoon together with a couple of Swallows. Also Grizzled Skipper, Holly Blue and Green Hairstreak. (James Robinson).

Cleeve Hill     Two Red Kites today in the Washpool valley, one appears to be carrying a golf ball! (Dave Abrams).

Red Kite by Dave Abrams

Red Kite by Dave Abrams

Minchinhampton Common     Five Wheatears (3m, 2f) and 14 Skylarks today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins). Also a male Redstart and a Red Kite flew over. (Terry Grant).

Wheatear by Terry Grant

Stonehouse     This morning a Sedge Warbler singing and a Green Sandpiper on the River Frome W of the Sewage Works. (Nigel Birch). At Stanley Downton this morning four House Martins and two Swallows over the sewage works, a Grey Wagtail, a Green Woodpecker, a female Sparrowhawk and two House Martins over the garden later. (Paul Sutton).

Gloucester     At Alney Island this morning a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, 3+ Reed Warblers, two Whitethroats, a Cetti’s Warbler, four Blackcaps (2m, 2f), four Greenfinches, six Goldfinches, a Grey Heron, three Canada Geese, a female Mallard with five ducklings, three Coots, one on a nest and four Moorhens. (Dave Stone).

Cirencester     Four Swallows at Ewepens and in town, a Grey Wagtail by the Churn, just below Gloucester Street and an Orange Tip, a Peacock and male and female Brimstone. (Felicity Cobb).

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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