Tuesday 5th April 2022

Cleeve Hill     Two RING OUZELS on the W side of the Common early morning. Also a Wheatear and many Fieldfares on the approach road. (Mark Dowie). Two Stonechats in the heather enclosure, a Raven flying over carrying food, a female RING OUZEL at 1:12pm just E of the heather enclosure and then to the W a male RING OUZEL at 1:26pm. (Ken Heron). 14 Golden Plovers this evening in the saddle between the topograph and Postlip. (Stuart Galey).

Slimbridge     At Shepherds Patch the GLOSSY IBIS again by the Dutch barn next to the canal at SO 72740 04303 mid morning. Please park sensibly roadside or in the free car park before the bridge SO 72895 04128. (Roy Kinchin/Bob Shiret).

WWT Slimbridge     An OSPREY over the Rushy at 10:30am, then headed for Frampton. (Tim McGrath). Six Cattle Egrets on South Lake this morning. (Eric Harris). The adult SPOONBILL close to the Robbie Garnett hide this afternoon. (Terry Stevenson). A Mediterranean Gull from Hogarth hide at 2pm. (Bob Shiret).

Mediterranean Gull by Bob Shiret

Mediterranean Gull by Bob Shiret

Stroud    Two FIRECRESTS along the cycle track in Stroud between Dudbridge and town today. (Megan Adamou).

Nailsworth     A HOUSE MARTIN flew over the allotments. Also two Canada Geese and a Cormorant flew over. (Jake King).

Rodborough Common     Two Wheatears on the Common this morning. (Richard Hearn).

Purton     This morning a male Wheatear briefly, a singing Willow Warbler and VisMig included 700 Woodpigeons, 126 Meadow Pipits, nine Fieldfares, five Redwings, a Tufted Duck and eight Curlews. (Francis Steuck).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A pair of GARGANEYS this evening. (Jeremy Squire). Late morning three Avocets, a Ruff, 6+ Redshanks, two Buzzards and a Chiffchaff. (Paul Clark).

Frampton     A Black Swan on Court Lake today. (Eric Harris). A Little Owl in the village today. (Allan Jeffcutt). Late afternoon at the Sailing Lake c30 Sand Martins, a Swallow, a pair of Great Crested Grebes displaying, a Kestrel and Chiffchaffs. (Paul Sutton).

Ashleworth Ham     Birds included 35 Wigeon, 32 Teal, eight Shovelers, 27 Mallards, nine Greylags, eight Mute Swans, a Moorhen, four Little Egrets, five Grey Herons, a Buzzard, two Jays, male and female Blackcap, four Long-tailed Tits, three Chaffinches, a Stock Dove and five Chiffchaffs. (John Fletcher).

Jay by John Fletcher

Gloucester     At Sandhurst three pairs of Mute Swans, three Greylags, two Canada Geese, 20 Mallards, a female Sparrowhawk, two Buzzards, two Kingfishers, 12 Carrion Crows, at least eight singing Chiffchaffs and ten Linnets. (Mike Smart).

Cam Green    This morning three Bramblings briefly on the top of a silver birch in the garden, a garden tick. (Brian Kings).

Leckhampton     A Willow Warbler singing and feeding in the garden this morning. (Chris Furley).

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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