Saturday 1st May 2021

Cotswold Water Park West     A WOOD SANDPIPER at Shorncote this morning. (Dave Creber).

Frampton     From the sailing club to the field S of the Sailing Lake a Lesser Whitethroat, a Grasshopper Warbler, two Whitethroats, five Reed Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, a Yellow Wagtail, a Reed Bunting, 12 Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs and a Common Sandpiper. (Nick Goatman). Two Hobbies hunting low over Court Lake late morning and lots of Swallows and a few Swifts. (Mike Davis). On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge early morning a Hobby, a Marsh Harrier, a male Sparrowhawk, a Little Egret, two Redshanks, a Grasshopper Warbler, a pair of Greylags and six goslings, four Swifts, a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the reedbed and a Water Rail. (MK/Gordon Hodgson). Also a Cuckoo briefly. (Jon Dexter).

Marsh Harrier by Mike King

Great Spotted Woodpecker by Mike King

Greylags by Mike King

Saul Warth     This morning 34 Dunlins and nine Ringed Plovers. (Richard Badley). At Hock Ditch seven Whimbrels and a Wheatear. (Mike Davis).

WWT Slimbridge     At  Mid Point a reeling Grasshopper Warbler, two male Wheatears (probably Greenland) and a pair of Wigeon on the river. 2+ Hobbies over the 100-Acre Frampton viewed from Mid Point. (Mark Hobson).

North Cerney     A Red Kite at 3pm. (Jon Dexter).

Halmore     A Hobby in an oak tree early this morning. (Chris Newton).

Charlton Kings Common     A Whinchat and two Wheatears near Hartley Farm, also three Tree Pipits, five Willow Warblers, a Marsh Tit and a Kestrel. (Chris Furley).

Cleeve Hill     A Whimbrel flying N, six Wheatears held up in bad weather, six Willow Warblers, a male Cuckoo and two Redstarts today. Also a Tortricid Gorse bud moth. (Paul Whitehead).

Gorse bud moth by Paul Whitehead

Down Hatherley     This afternoon in the fields behind Dowty’s, a Curlew, a Green Woodpecker, a Blackcap, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Buzzard and a Little Egret in flight. (Jim Northcott).

Dymock     At Leadon Vale Farm a Whitethroat, two Lesser Whitethroats heard, four Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs, 50+ Swallows feeding amongst the cattle, a Raven being mobbed by a Crow and four Buzzards. (Mark Woodall).

Coombe Hill Meadows     24 Mute Swans and 18 Canada Geese roosting, four Greylags. two Shelducks, two Wigeons, four Gadwalls, 20 Mallards including a female with two small ducklings, a GREAT WHITE EGRET, two Grey Herons, four Cormorants, a Sparrowhawk, four Coots, six Avocets, two Oystercatchers, six Lapwings, a Snipe, three Curlews, two Whimbrels, at least two Redshanks, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Cuckoo, five Skylarks, four Pied Wagtails, two Yellow Wagtails, a Redstart singing, 7+ Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler, three Lesser Whitethroats, 4+ Whitethroats, five Blackcaps, 3+ Willow Warblers and 4+ Chiffchaffs, 3-4 Linnets, 2-3 Reed Buntings and a Yellowhammer. (Mike Smart). Also a Ringed Plover, 26 singing Sedge Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 18 Whitethroats, five Lesser Whitethroats, five Redstarts, three Swifts and a House Martin. (Ian Ralphs).

Forest of Dean    A Tree Pipit singing and displaying on farmland near St. Briavels this morning. (Andy Jayne).

Twyning     On Upham Meadow at least ten Curlews and c100 Swallows feeding. (Mike Smart & Mervyn Greening).

Nympsfield     A female Whinchat along Tinkley Lane early this morning. (Colin Greenfield).

Sharpness     This afternoon a Red kite at the docks chased across the river by a Crow. (Clare Glanville).

Bisley     Around the village outskirts late afternoon 17 Linnets, two Swallows, three Song Thrushes, male and female Blackcap, two Stock Doves, two Jays and a Willow Warbler. (John Fletcher).

Dursley     This morning a Ring-necked Parakeet flew over Highfields. (Katharine Goatman).

Naunton area     This morning a Tree Pipit, a female Redstart, four Corn Buntings and a Yellow Wagtail. (Duncan Dine).

Stinchcombe Hill     Two male Redstarts, two Wheatears, a Yellow Wagtail and a Siskin this morning. (James Robinson).

Cheltenham     At 11am today a Little Egret flew low over Benhall, heading W. (David Norman).

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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