Thursday 29th April 2021

Gloucester    A WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over Gloucester mid-afternoon, then drifted over the tip and headed W in the Slimbridge direction. (Ed Drewitt). Gareth Jones also saw it over Westbury-on-Severn.

Frampton     A Whinchat and a Grasshopper Warbler at the Sailing Lake early morning. (Sam Walker). A Hobby over Court Lake today. (Nigel Young). A new Lesser Whitethroat on the canal N of Splatt Bridge. Also three Little Egrets and a Water Rail. (MK). Two Whinchats from Splatt Bridge. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Saul Warth     Early morning two Whinchats, a Wheatear, eight Whimbrels, a Bar-tailed Godwit, three Lesser Whitethroats, a Willow Warbler and a Yellow Wagtail. (Gordon Hodgson). At 10am a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE flew over Hock Ditch high up and calling heading S. It landed with three Canada Geese near Frampton breakwater. (MK/Martin McGill). After a short time it flew into the Goose Ground at WWT. (Roberta Goodall). Also Whimbrels increased to 22, a Common Sandpiper, a 2nd calendar-year MEDITERRANEAN GULL and another Yellow Wagtail. (MK/Martin McGill).

Pink-footed Goose by Roberta Goodall

Whinchat by Mike King

Wheatear by Mike King

Whimbrels by Mike King

Sharpness     A LITTLE GULL and a SHORT-EARED OWL flew past this morning. (Andy Jordan).

WWT Slimbridge     Five Wheatears and two Whinchats on the cross-fence at Mid Point and a pair of Little Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper on the Rushy. (Paul Masters).

Cleeve Hill    This morning a male RING OUZEL by the dewpond and at least 31 Wheatears. (Tom Mabbett). Also today a male Redstart, six Marsh Tits near the masts, two Mistle Thrushes, a Red Kite and a Grey Heron. (Josh Adamms). Later 12 RING OUZELS (8m, 4f), four Cuckoos, male and female Stonechat, three male Wheatears, six Meadow Pipits, two Red Kites and two Buzzards. (Alan Hooper). This morning through West Wood to Wontley Barn at least three singing Redstarts and five displaying Tree Pipits. (Duncan Dine/Andy Wiggins).

Marsh Tit by Josh Adamms

Redstart by Josh Adamms

Cuckoo by Alan Hooper

Ring Ouzel by Alan Hooper

Tewkesbury     At the Mythe a Lesser Whitethroat singing and showing well behind the caravan site. Also Blackcaps, Whitethroats, Green Woodpeckers, Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a pair of Mandarins on the Severn. (Les Ditchburn).

Coombe Hill Meadows     On the South meadow adjacent to the first footbridge, a pair of Yellowhammers, a male Redstart, a Wheatear and a flock of Rooks, including a white winged bird. Also a Roebuck. (Les Ditchburn).

Ashleworth Ham     14 Mute Swans, eight Canada Geese, six Wigeon, eight Teal, a Grey Heron, two Lapwings, two Curlews, a Whimbrel and a Redstart singing. (Mike Smart).

Upham Meadow     Five Cormorants over N and 6+ Curlews today. (Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury     At Mythe Hook two Mute Swan nests, c20 Canada Geese, a GREAT WHITE EGRET, two Oystercatchers, a Lapwing and a Wheatear today. (Mike Smart).

Cambridge to Frampton    Early morning three Swallows, a Greenfinch on lines near Longaston Lane, a Song Thrush, a Green Woodpecker in the orchard just past Longaston Lane, a Mistle Thrush, two Whitethroats and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Along the canal between Cambridge and Frampton a Common Sandpiper, several Sedge Warblers singing, three Cetti’s Warblers, several Reed Warblers, a Buzzard, a Cuckoo calling from two fields away W of the canal and two Shelducks over. (Dave Abrams).

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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