Saturday 2nd April 2022

Coombe Hill Meadows     A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF along the S edge of the Long Pool withy bed 20m W of the flowering Willow bush foraging in the Reed Canary-grass along the edge of the drain. Also the Ruff still present, a Redwing and small passage of Fieldfares N mid morning. (Ian Ralphs).

Frampton     A Greenshank over the pools heading towards the 100-Acre early morning. (Nick Goatman). At the Sailing Lake at 8:30am an immature LITTLE GULL joined by an adult by 10am, 70+ Black-headed Gulls, 100 Sand Martins, two Swallows, a Willow Warbler and 15 Pied Wagtails. (Mark Dowie/Paul Sutton). Late morning a Mediterranean Gull on the Sailing Lake, a Barn Owl was flushed from a hedge towards the village by a dog, at the eastern end of the Sailing Lake a Black Swan and 12 Sand Martins. (Ken Heron).

Little Gull by Paul Sutton

Little Gull by Paul Sutton

This morning at Splatt Bridge a Great White Egret, a Willow Warbler, a LITTLE GULL flew from the river to the pools, a SPOONBILL did a circuit and landed on the river, a Sand Martin N, 104 Curlews, 14 Redshanks, an Oystercatcher and 30 Dunlins over the river. (Gordon Hodgson/Eric Palmer/Martin McGill). In the afternoon two Curlews at Splatt Bridge, and a Red Kite, 40+ Sand Martins and 2+ Swallows all heading N up the Estuary. (James Barradine).

WWT Slimbridge     The adult summer Mediterranean Gull still on South Lake at 11:40am. (Mark Dowie). At 3:20pm a LITTLE GULL on South Lake, also three Little Egrets and two Cattle Egrets. (Magnus Carter/Ian Hull/Roberta Goodall). Five White-fronted Geese on the Dumbles this morning; over high tide six Ringed Plovers, 18 Dunlins, a Little Stint, 58 Curlews, eight Oystercatchers, 54 Shelducks, a distant Goshawk over the river flew E and a pair of Peregrines mating. (Paul Masters/Mark Hobson). The GLOSSY IBIS showing well from the Van de Bovenkamp hide at 4:19pm. From Zeiss hide 101 Avocets and 95 Black-tailed Godwits. Near the gate to South Finger two singing Blackcaps and a Willow Warbler. On South Lake two Little Ringed Plovers and a Kingfisher and near the Sir Peter Scott bust in five Siskins in trees. (Carol Rushton & Stephen Curtis). A pair of Little Ringed Plovers mating on the Rushy. (Terry Stevenson). The SPOONBILL this afternoon from Robbie Garnett hide. (Julie Loxley).

Gloucester     A Red Kite over Abbeymead this afternoon, a garden tick. (Ken Hurcombe).

Berkeley    Two Wheatears and a  Swallow at Berkeley shore. (Paul Taylor). A Red Kite over Old Brookend heading towards Berkeley Castle early afternoon. (Clare Glanville). Around the mouth of the Pill and towards Sharpness this morning a Kestrel, two Buzzards, five singing Skylarks, c20 Meadow Pipits, a male Reed Bunting, two Linnets, three Redshanks, c30 Wigeon, eight Shelducks, two Little Egrets and three Cormorants. (Chris Newton).

Maisemore     26 Yellowhammers feeding in a newly turned field at Maisemore half a mile upstream from the weir. Also five Long-tailed Tits, a Mistle Thrush, a Song Thrush, a Green Woodpecker, three Red-legged Partridges, three Chiffchaffs, five Chaffinches, two Ravens, three Tufted Ducks, nine Mallards, two Coots, five Moorhens and two Mute Swans. (John Fletcher).

Oldfields near Ludstock    This male Sparrowhawk spent most of this afternoon in the garden trying and failing to catch finches. Six Greenfinches and 18 Goldfinches on the birdfeeders. The garden is just in Gloucestershire. (Eden Tanner).

Sparrowhawk by Eden Tanner

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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