Thursday 22nd April 2021

Frampton    Along the towpath N of Splatt Bridge this morning a SWIFT went through N with 250+ Sand Martins, a Greenshank, a Whimbrel, three Redshanks, a Black-tailed Godwit, six Common Sandpipers, two Little Egrets, a Peregrine flew S down river carrying prey, a Tawny Owl being mobbed, a Sedge Warbler, three Reed Warblers, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Water Rail calling. At Frampton Court Lake the unringed Ross’s Goose still present on Court field. (MK). Later from Splatt two Grey Plovers and a Curlew. (Neil Smart). At the pools this evening a HOBBY, a SWIFT, a LITTLE GULL, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Common Sandpiper, two Reed Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, two Whitethroats, a Willow Warbler, three Swallows, 200+ Sand Martins, two Cetti’s Warbler and a Peregrine. (Nick Goatman).

Ross’s Goose by Mike King

Saul Warth     Late afternoon 19 Whimbrels, 13 Bar-tailed Godwits, two Oystercatchers, three Curlews and a Ringed Plover. (Gordon Hodgson).

Berkeley Pill     44 Bar-tailed Godwits flew N at 5:20pm. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Cotswold Water Park East    Two Whimbrels  and c400 Sand Martins on Pit 132 this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Clapton-on-the-Hill     A Whimbrel and a Grasshopper Warbler today. (Keith Jennings).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning six Avocets, two Oystercatchers, three Redshanks, two Yellow Wagtails, a Little Egret, Lapwings and Mallard ducklings. Along the canal towpath Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Sedge Warblers. Also a male Redstart on North Meadow, a pair of Wigeon and a Reed Bunting. (Les Ditchburn/Dawn Ballinger).

Barrow Hill     This evening a Grasshopper Warbler reeling down by the River Chelt. (Jeremy Squire).

Prestbury Hill     This afternoon a Tree Pipit, a Cuckoo, a Mistle Thrush and a Whitethroat. Also a Grass Snake and a Green Hairstreak. (David Benton).

Hawling    At Southdown Farm this afternoon four Wheatears (2m, 2f). Also a Red Kite, a Peregrine, a Buzzard, a Stock Dove and a Large Red Damselfly in the area. (Keith White).

Stinchcombe Hill     This morning a male Redstart calling constantly in bushes near 4th tee, Tree Pipit, at least six Wheatears (5m, 1f), two Siskins and a few Linnets and Meadow Pipits over. (James Robinson).

Rodborough Common     Two male Wheatears this morning. Also a Green Hairstreak. (James Robinson).

Tewkesbury     A Common Sandpiper along the River Severn between Forthampton and Chaceley. (Sarah Loaring).

Moreton-in-Marsh     At Draycott a Green Woodpecker in the garden this afternoon, and a Yellowhammer on the garden hedge yesterday. (Sue Harrison).

Green Woodpecker by Sue Harrison

Shurdington     A Red Kite over at 11am. (Jane Mitchell).

Cleeve Hill   In the masts field two Tree Pipits, a male and a female Redstart, at least seven Willow Warblers and a Cuckoo. At the top of the common just beyond the masts car park at least five Wheatears, two Kestrels, lots of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks and at least two pairs of Stonechats. (Alex Barclay).

Willow Warbler by Alex Barclay

Tree Pipit by Alex Barclay

Cheltenham     Along the footpath from Hewletts Reservoir to Northfield Farm, two Ravens, a Green Woodpecker, two Stock Doves, 2/3 singing Redstarts, a pair of
Blackcaps and a Treecreeper.  Also an Orange Tip butterfly. (Steve Brown).

Amberley     At Theescombe Lane a Red Kite flying N up the valley this morning at 9am. Four Siskins in birch trees and coming down to feeders. Greenfinch, Blackcap, and Goldcrests all singing. (Phil Williams).

Churchdown Hill     At 8:50pm a Little Owl heard calling from just W of the Green. (Rob Crofton).

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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