Tuesday 12th April 2022

WWT Slimbridge     Early morning from the Estuary Tower five SANDWICH TERNS resting on the sand banks but flew off NE. (Slimbridge Sightings). A SANDWICH TERN flew N past Tites Point at 1:48pm viewed from the Estuary Tower, then flew back S. A Sedge Warbler singing near the Otter Pen. (Mark Hobson).

Saul Warth     At 11:40am a SANDWICH TERN flew over the Warth and appeared to drop on the river. (Gordon Hodgson). This morning three House Martins, ten Swallows, 36 Sand Martins, a Yellow Wagtail, 10+ Meadow Pipits, a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Whimbrel, 20 Dunlins, 12 Ringed Plovers, a Redshank, an Oystercatcher and 20+ Curlews. (MK). This evening a juvenile LITTLE GULL flew upriver, 32 Dunlins, ten Ringed Plovers, five Grey Plovers, two Bar-tailed Godwits, 50 Curlews, four Oystercatchers, a Little Stint, a Whimbrel and a Red Kite. (Gordon Hodgson).

Frampton    29 SANDWICH TERNS came off the river at Splatt Bridge at 6:10pm and headed towards the pools, then flew back downriver. (Rich Hearn). From Splatt Bridge this morning a male Redstart through, a Sedge Warbler singing, a juvenile LITTLE GULL over twice and two adult LITTLE GULLS flew high N, four Yellow Wagtails and five more over, a White Wagtail on the reedbed pool and a Whimbrel. (Gordon Hodgson). At the pools two LITTLE GULLS, a first summer Mediterranean Gull, 300+ Sand Martins, 20+Swallows, a House Martin, two Willow Warblers, a Cattle Egret and 48 Curlews. (Nick Goatman).

Cleeve Hill     Three RING OUZELS still this morning. Also eight Wheatears including a Greenland type male and a Willow Warbler. (Richard Tyler).

Bourton-on-the-Water     At Bourton pits an OSPREY through, two pairs of Shovelers, a pair of Oystercatchers, a Barnacle Goose on south pit and Swallows, Sand Martins and House Martins. (Keith Jennings).

Hasfield Ham     Five Redstarts at least (4 males) in the Stank Lane area today. (Daniel Gornall). Also three Curlews (two of them colour-ringed) and at least three singing Willow Warblers. (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning two Mute Swans, 38 Greylags, 20 Canada Geese, two Shelducks, two Wigeon, five Gadwalls, 30 Teal, 25 Mallards including a female with six tiny ducklings, four Shovelers, two Cormorants, a Buzzard, eight Coots, two Oystercatchers, two Little Ringed Plovers, ten Lapwings, two Curlews, four Redshanks, a Green Sandpiper, a Redstart singing, at least five Chiffchaffs singing and at least two Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart). This evening six male Yellow Wagtails, Sand Martins and House Martins over the Long Pool, two Little Ringed Plovers, two Oystercatchers, two Redshanks and male and female Pintail. (Chris Downward).

Selsley     A Red Kite circling below the church until driven away by two Crows this morning. (Simon Spedding). This morning a Wheatear, a Swallow, many Meadow Pipits and Skylarks and a Chiffchaff singing. (Paul Sutton). Two Wheatears at Bownhill Equestrian Centre. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Wheatear by Paul Sutton

Minchinhampton Common     Four Wheatears today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Stinchcombe Hill     A Red Kite circling on Dursley side this morning. A Lesser Redpoll flew W. (James Robinson).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 127 an Egyptian Goose with two small goslings. (John Durell).

Witcombe Reservoirs     c10 Swallows, c10 House Martins and Sand Martins today. (Duncan Dine).

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon a ringed Great White Egret again, five Little Egrets, five Grey Herons, six Wigeon, 23 Teal, four Shovelers, 25 Mallards, a Shelduck, a Moorhen, seven Greylags, two Mute Swans, a Lapwing, two Blackcaps, eight Chiffchaffs, three Chaffinches, four Swallows, a Sand Martin, two Pied Wagtails, two Buzzards, two Jays and two Roe Deer. (John Fletcher).

Great White Egret by John Fletcher

Robinswood Hill     This morning at 8:30am on the edge of the car park SO837157 a Willow Warbler singing. (Ian Elphick).

Prestbury     A Raven in firs above the Racecourse station. (Dave Jeynes).

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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