Monday 11th April 2022

Cleeve Hill     Two flighty RING OUZELS still at the head of the Washpool valley at 8:25am. (Arthur Ball/Jeremy Holland). Later three RING OUZELS (2m, 1f) still present. (Duncan Dine/Andy Wiggins).

Ring Ouzel by Arthur Ball

Selsley Common     Early morning a male and female RING OUZEL in the trees below the north bank of Common, church side. No further sign by 10am. Also a Wheatear along the slopes. (Colin Greenfield).

Purton     A SANDWICH TERN feeding on the river just S of the wrecks then went N upriver at 4pm, also a Little Ringed Plover. A second SANDWICH TERN flew past N at 4:54pm and eight more WHIMBRELS. Five LITTLE GULLS (4 ads, 1 2cy) through N at 10:42am. Also three WHIMBRELS this morning. (Francis Steuck).

Saul Warth     Two SANDWICH TERNS off of the Warth at 5pm then flew high N. Also this evening also a Red Kite, eight Ringed Plovers, seven Dunlins, a Little Stint, two Whimbrels, 40 Curlews, two Oystercatchers, three Swallows and a 3rd summer Mediterranean Gull. An OSPREY over N at 11:45am. (Gordon Hodgson).

Frampton     Early morning a Common Tern, tatty male Marsh Harrier,  two Yellow Wagtails and a Green Sandpiper through Splatt Bridge. Also 62 Sand Martins, 15 Swallows, a House Martin, 11 Fieldfares, three Willow Warblers, a White Wagtail, two Black-tailed Godwits and a Great White Egret. (Gordon Hodgson). A male Redstart behind the Sailing Lake this morning. Also the Ross’s Goose around Court Lake. (Mark Hobson). An adult LITTLE GULL on the Sailing Lake at midday. (MK). This evening two LITTLE GULLS, a Common Sandpiper, 123 Sand Martins, two Swallows, a Great White Egret, nine Little Egrets and an Egyptian Goose. (Nick Goatman).

Little Gull by Mike King

Forest of Dean     A male PIED FLYCATCHER Pied Flycatcher near Lower Hide
at Nagshead late morning. (Mike Davis). The first two Swallows have arrived in May Hill village today. (Rob Guest). Two Hawfinches visiting a bird table in Popes Hill this morning. Also a male Siskin and a pair of Goldfinches. (Harvey Sherwood).

Hawfinches by Harvey Sherwood

Cotswold Water Park West     An OSPREY reported flying over the Spine Road at Lower Moor this morning. (per Jon Mercer).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Two Little Ringed Plovers, a Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail, a Pied Wagtail, a Green Woodpecker, House Martins over briefly and two Redshanks. (Jeremy Holland).

Tewkesbury     Five House Martins hawking over the river and Ham very high up today. (Dawn Ballinger).

Slimbridge     At Shepherds Patch the GLOSSY IBIS opposite the Dutch barn next to the canal at SO 72740 04303 at 7:30am. It can be either side of the road. Please park sensibly roadside or in the free car park before the bridge SO 72895 04128. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Belas Knap     A male Redstart by the long barrow this morning. Also two Wheatears. (Duncan Dine/Andy Wiggins).

Stinchcombe Hill     This morning a Tree Pipit heading W and a male Wheatear. (James Robinson). Also this morning five Wheatears, six Willow Warblers, two Swallows, four Chiffchaffs and several Blackcaps singing. Earlier a RING OUZEL over calling and two Fieldfares over SE. (Neil Smart).

Leighterton     A male Yellow Wagtail and a male Yellowhammer on a ploughed field half a mile E of Bennet’s Farm this morning. Also four Corn Buntings with them, 70 Linnets on the opposite side of the road on a harrowed field and more buntings. Four Swallows passed N over Lasborough and three Red Kites. (Geoff Moyser).

Leckhampton Hill     This morning three Wheatears, a Willow Warbler and a Tree Pipit over. (Mark Dowie).

Quedgeley     A Red Kite over N heading towards Gloucester at midday. (Julian Long).

Wotton-Under-Edge     A Swallow at the top of Nind Lane flying towards town this morning. (Peter Whitbread).

Edge     At Rudge Hill NR this morning at least six Willow Warblers singing, also Chiffchaff, Skylark and parachuting Meadow Pipit, a male Kestrel and four Linnets. (Sam Walker).

Witcombe reservoirs     Mid afternoon a Little Owl, six Great Crested Grebes, four Tufted Ducks, two Canada Geese, two Cormorants, 13 Coots, 14 Mallards, six Mute Swans and 55  Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (John Fletcher).

Stonehouse     A pair of Dippers at Ryeford. (Paul Sutton).

Dipper by Paul Sutton

Minsterworth Ham     Two Shelducks, five Mallard, four Curlews, three Swallows and a Willow Warbler. (Mike Smart).

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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