Friday 8th April 2022

Cleeve Hill      Still two RING OUZELS near the heather enclosure today. (Roy Kinchin/Mark Dowie). Two Wheatears this afternoon. (Roy Shilham).

Frampton     An adult LITTLE GULL on the Sailing Lake, perched on the top of the former floating hut at 1:20pm. (Martin Wightman). Later two LITTLE GULLS, three singing Cetti’s Warblers, a Willow Warbler, eight Sand Martins which flew N, a Ross’s Goose and a Crane circling. (Terry Grant). A first summer LITTLE GULL this evening, also a White Wagtail on the field on the S side the lake. (Nick Goatman). A Little Owl this evening. (Marc Freebrey).

Little Owl by Marc Freebrey

WWT Slimbridge     A GLOSSY IBIS from Von de Bovenkamp hide at 11am. (Dot Jones). Also Mediterranean Gull and Cattle Egret there. (Andy Jordan). This afternoon the GLOSSY IBIS close to Zeiss hide and a Grey Heron hunting Mallard ducklings. Eight Cattle Egrets on the South Lake causeway. (Tim Thompson). From the approach road a GLOSSY IBIS flying E, high up, and three Swallows. (Terry Grant).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 132 this afternoon five Yellowhammers, five Oystercatchers, a Green Sandpiper, a Black Swan and a Tawny Owl. (Chris Snook).

Yellowhammer by Chris Snook

Black Swan by Chris Snook

Tresham    Two House Martins flying N low over the fields NE of Tresham early this morning at ST 8023 9202. Also ten singing Corn Buntings between Tresham and Leighterton (and return). (Michael Johnstone).

Forest of Dean     Early morning at Crabtree Hill three small groups of c10 Crossbills, six Bramblings, six Great Spotted Woodpeckers, five Nuthatches, a Willow Warbler and c50 Siskins. (Jonny Gentle). Two Swallows flying low and fast towards Lydney this afternoon over fields at Brookend. (Ian Gorton).

Stonehouse    From Ryeford to Ebley Mill along the Frome a Cetti’s Warbler calling by Wycliffe old boat house, eight Chiffchaffs, two pairs of Dippers and a Kingfisher. (Paul Sutton).

Dipper by Paul Sutton

Stinchcombe Hill     A Crossbill and a few Bramblings, Siskins and Lesser Redpolls today. The first Willow Warbler of spring singing but a silent bird seen yesterday. (James Robinson).

Epney    16 Curlews and two Oystercatchers tonight. (Jeremy Squire).

Whitminster    Two Shelducks in a field next to the River Frome at 8:20am today. (Tanya Allen).

Aylburton     A female Sparrowhawk on the roof of the garden shed this afternoon. (John Meadows).

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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