Tuesday 20th April 2021

Cleeve Hill    An adult male HEN HARRIER flew over near the radio masts at 2:10pm. (Steve Owen). This morning four RING OUZELS (3m, 1f), a Red Kite, three Yellowhammers, a male Redstart, two Wheatears, a Willow Warbler and at least one Cuckoo heard. (Martin Price). Late morning in the field just E of the radio masts car park at least five Wheatears , in the same field a Mistle Thrush carrying food, a Red Kite, a Cuckoo heard S of the car park, a singing Corn Bunting in the E section of the common, several Willow Warblers and a Tree Pipit heard in the trees below the masts reserve. (Keith White).

Frampton     A first-summer LITTLE GULL still, two Common Terns, a Grasshopper Warbler, two Mandarins and a Common Sandpiper at the Sailing Lake this morning at 7:45am. (Mark Dowie/Les Ditchburn). From the towpath N of at Splatt Bridge early morning a Cuckoo flew N and called once, a male Whinchat, a male Wheatear, two Common Sandpipers, two pairs of Mandarins and a Water Rail. This afternoon a Redwing in the first horse paddock on the right after Fretherne Bridge on the Arlingham Road at 2pm. (MK). 

Redwing by Mike King

Saul Warth     This afternoon five Tufted Ducks (3m, 2f) and two male Mandarins on Saul Lodge pond. On the Warth four Ringed Plovers, two Oystercatchers, three Ravens, 12 Meadow Pipits and a Whitethroat. (MK/Les Ditchburn).

Mandarin by Mike King

Leckhampton Hill     Two Wheatears by Hartley Farm this morning. (Duncan Dine/Sam Walker).

Chedworth     Four Wheatears on the airfield this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Berkeley     A Grasshopper Warbler this morning. (Paul Taylor).

Barton    A male Redstart near Barton on the wildlife walk this afternoon at Cotswold Farm Park. (Paul Masters).

Calcot Manor     Two male Wheatears, four Whitethroats, a Red Kite, a male Peregrine and a male Stonechat. (Terry Grant).

Forest of Dean     Two Dippers by the Cycle shop at Parkend at 8am. A male Pied Flycatcher singing near Lower hide, Nagshead. Also two Treecreepers and a male Mandarin on the pond. (Bettie Sloane).

Halmore     A Cuckoo today, in the woods birds included three Blackcaps, two Nuthatches, two Song Thrushes and many Chiffchaffs. Siskins still in the garden daily. A pair of Shelducks over. A Little Owl heard last night. (Chris Newton).

Ryeford to Eastington     Along the River Frome six Greenfinches, a Dipper, three Green Woodpeckers, a Raven, a Grey Heron, a Grey Wagtail, eight Chiffchaffs, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Cetti’s Warbler at Bonds Mill. (Simon Spedding).

Tewkesbury     From Lower Lode to Chaceley Stock ten Mute Swans grazing, two Canada Geese, a Cormorant, three Mandarins (2m, 1f), five Mallards, a Cuckoo, c40 Sand Martins, three Redstarts, two Whitethroats and a Willow Warbler. At Lower Lode brickpits two Mute Swans, a Gadwall, 11 Tufted Ducks, a Grey Heron, three Cormorants, a Great Crested Grebe, a Swallow and a Blackcap. (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Three Yellow Wagtails, six Avocets, four Redshanks, two Curlews, two Oystercatchers, two Swallow, 12 Sand Martins and two Ravens today. (Nigel Sluman).

WWT Slimbridge     A Bar-tailed Godwit on the mud distantly N of Mid Point at midday.  Viewed from screens 11 Avocets and three Black-tailed Godwits on the Rushy at 2:30 pm, a Peregrine flushed the Bottom New Piece at 3.30 pm. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

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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