Saturday 24th April 2021

Frampton pools     An ARCTIC TERN, eight LITTLE GULLS, two Common Terns, a Swift, a Grasshopper Warbler, 11 Reed Warblers, four Sedge Warblers, seven Whitethroats, two Yellow Wagtails, five Willow Warblers, 48 Blackcaps, 30 Chiffchaffs, three Common Sandpipers, the Ross’s Goose still and 80+ Sand Martins and a Swallow today. (Nick Goatman). 12 Greenshanks and two Dunlins on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge this morning, also a House Martin. (Paul Masters).

WWT Slimbridge    At Mid Point this morning 25+ LITTLE GULLS in the middle channel (at least 70 by midday), two Little Stints, eight Knot, two Dunlin and two Yellow Wagtails flying over. (Neil Smart/Martin McGill).

Berkeley shore     Early morning a LITTLE GULL (2cy), c35 Whimbrels, three Bar-tailed Godwits, four Yellow Wagtails and a House Martin. 50+ Common Terns SW past the Pill at 11:45am. This evening two Grey Plovers, a Ringed Plover and four Whimbrels. (Paul Taylor).

Sharpness     92 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Sanderling until 9:25am at least. (Mike Nash/Andy Jordan/Paul Taylor). This evening roosting waders included 69 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, three Dunlins and a Ringed Plover. 65 Bar-tailed Godwits, 40 Whimbrels and a Little Egret flew upriver. Three singing Chiffchaffs and a Whitethroat along the hedgerows. (Neil Smart).

Cotswold Water Park West     A CURLEW SANDPIPER on Pit 79 at Shorncote today. (Mark Gurney).

Halmore     A Peregrine flew over the fields this morning, also two male Goosanders, a Little Egret and a male Whitethroat. (Chris Newton).

Alvington    A Blackcap and a FIRECREST today in Clanna Woods. (Paul Woolams).

Firecrest by Paul Woolams

Sherborne Water Meadows     A Cuckoo, three Snipe and a pair of Mandarins today. (Andy Lewis).

Minchinhampton Common     Eight Wheatears today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Selsley     Four Wheatears at the Equestrian centre today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Rodborough Common     Three Wheatears this morning and a Yellow Wagtail over. (Rich Hearn).

Daneway Banks     A male Redstart and a Cuckoo this morning. (Seb Buckton).

Ashleworth Ham     A vocal but mobile Wood Warbler above the the hide this morning. Also a Cuckoo, a Redstart, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, Ravens and a Hobby flying through heading N. (Colin Greenfield). At first light 13 Mute Swans, five Wigeon, 12 Teal, 20 Mallards, two Lapwings, two Curlews, a GREAT WHITE EGRET, a Grey Heron and a Redstart singing. Mid-afternoon a Little Ringed Plover, two Curlews, three Pied Wagtails, two White Wagtails and three Yellow Wagtails. c30 Mute Swans in riverside meadows near Chaceley Stock. (Mike Smart).

Witcombe Reservoirs     A Common Sandpiper today. (Martin Harrison).

Highnam Woods     A Nightingale singing at dawn this morning. (Colin Greenfield).

Nailsworth     A Swallow and two Red Kites over at 2:55pm. (Liam Lansdown).

Gloucester     A Swift NW over Abbeymead late afternoon. (Sam Walker). At Horsbere Brook this morning a female Wheatear, at least five singing Whitethroats and a Reed Warbler. (Rob Crofton).

Prestbury Hill (Bill Smyllie Reserve)     This afternoon male and female Redstart, two Cuckoos, also several Green Hairstreaks and a Dingy Skipper. At least one Wheatear in the field below the Radio Masts car park. (Rob Crofton).

Green Hairstreak by Petra Crofton

Stanley Downton area     Birds today included nine Chiffchaffs, six Buzzards, a Raven, a Dipper on the Frome near the paper bag mill entrance, 14 Swallows, three House Martins, two Green Woodpeckers, a Grey Wagtail and a male Kestrel. (Paul Sutton).

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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