Saturday 26th March 2022

Coombe Hill Meadows     From the Grundon hide a pair of GARGANEYS showing but slightly hidden on Short Pool early afternoon. (Les Ditchburn). Also today four Mute Swans, a Greylag, six Shelducks, 50 Wigeon, 200 Teal, 30 Mallards, five Pintails, 20 Shovelers, a Great White Egret, four Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, 15 Coots, a Little Ringed Plover, 15 Lapwings, two Dunlins, two Snipe, four Black-tailed Godwits, two Curlews, a Redshank, five singing Skylarks, at least 15 singing Chiffchaffs and c5 singing Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart/James Darke).

Cobney Meadows     Three Canada Geese, two Gadwalls, 20 Teal, six Mallards, 20 Snipe, six Curlews, two Carrion Crows and a Raven. (Mike Smart).

Cleeve Hill     A female BLACK REDSTART in a small quarry with two trees roughly above the main drive from the Rising Sun before you draw level with Thrift Wood. (Paul Pickering). Two Red Kites and a Kestrel this morning. (Eric Harris).

Stinchcombe Hill     A male Wheatear on the 5th fairway, ten Chiffchaffs singing, a Brambling N and a Meadow Pipit in song flight. (James Robinson).

WWT Slimbridge     Two SPOONBILLS and three Snow Geese on the Tack Piece. On South Lake 103 Avocets 103 and a female Goldeneye. 197 White-fronted Geese, two Greenland White-fronted Geese, two Pink-footed Geese and the Ross’s Goose from the Estuary Tower. Two Ruff from Zeiss hide. Two Little Ringed Plovers on the Rushy. Also seven Cattle Egrets around today. (Paul Grennard/Dot Jones/Helen Bojaniwska/Mike Davis).

Frampton     At Splatt Bridge this morning, a Great White Egret, a Pintail, five Teal, 20 Curlews, ten Redshanks, two Oystercatchers, seven Pochards, five Lapwings, a few new-in Chiffchaffs and a Mink. (Gordon Hodgson). At the pools four LITTLE GULLS still feeding at 6:30pm. Also 30 Chiffchaffs, 17 Blackcaps, three Meadow Pipits, five Cetti’s Warblers, ten Teal, eight Gadwalls, 100 Tufted Ducks, the Ross’s Goose and 122 Barnacle Geese. (Nick Goatman/Keith Davies/Colin Greenfield).

Leckhampton Hill     c224 Golden Plovers in the crop field on the W side of the Hartley Lane upper car park. (Sam Walker).

Stonehouse     At Ryeford two Buzzards, 8+ Chiffchaffs singing, Wrens, Long-tailed Tits, a Dipper and a Grey Heron. Also a Brimstone, a Small Tortoiseshell, a Holly Blue and a Small White. At Stanley Downton a male Kestrel, three singing Chiffchaffs, a Grey Heron, small numbers of Chaffinches and Long-tailed Tits, two Buzzards and a Raven. (Paul Sutton).

Chiffchaff by 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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