Wednesday 13th April 2022

WWT Slimbridge     A STONE CURLEW all afternoon on the Dumbles viewed from the Estuary Tower. (Martin McGill). A second calendar year RING-BILLED GULL on South Lake at 1:30pm then flew towards the estuary with no further sign. (James Robinson).

Stone Curlew by Mike King

Saul Warth     At 7am a HOODED CROW flew upriver and landed by the sewage works for a few minutes before moving off S via Splatt Bridge. (MK). Also a first-summer LITTLE GULL roosting with Black-headed Gulls, three Gadwalls on the river, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, an Avocet, four Grey Plovers, two Oystercatchers, a Dunlin, five Curlews, a Redshank, two Whimbrels, two Yellow Wagtails, four Sand Martins, a Wheatear, four Great White Egrets flew over towards WWT and a female Marsh Harrier over the 100-Acre. (MK/Neil Smart). This evening 114 Curlews, a few groups departing N, three Whimbrels, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 17 Dunlins, nine Ringed Plovers, four Grey Plovers and a Red Kite. (Gordon Hodgson). Late morning two SANDWICH TERNS seemed to fly from the direction of Saul Lodge out to the river towards Slimbridge. (Bill Church).

Hooded Crow by Mike King

Frampton     At 7:50am three SANDWICH TERNS flew down channel from the Noose to rest on the shore at the Purton end of basin. (Martin McGill). From Splatt Bridge this morning a constant stream of hirundines high and SW, a Whimbrel with 49 Curlews, four Oystercatchers, a juvenile LITTLE GULL back and forth to the river, a SPOONBILL flew N then back S, four Great White Egrets, two Wheatears and a Sedge Warbler. (Gordon Hodgson). This afternoon an Egyptian Goose on Court Field and the Ross’s Goose on the island. Also a male Bullfinch, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, a Little Owl, a female Sparrowhawk, a male Kestrel, a Buzzard, at least 30 Sand Martins at Court Lake and similar numbers around Splatt bridge and a Mistle Thrush there. (Paul Sutton/Nigel Young).

Egyptian Goose by Paul Sutton

Forest of Dean    A GRASSHOPPER WARBLER reeling at Woorgreens this evening. Also four Tree Pipits and six Willow Warblers. (Rob Husbands). Around the Woorgreens and Crabtree Hill area a singing WOOD WARBLER, a Whitethroat, three male Stonechats, eight Tree Pipits and four Crossbills, including a male feeding a fledged juvenile. (Andy Jayne). Two Mandarins in the Cannop bird table area today. (Chris Keeling).

Newnham-on-Severn     A female Pied Flycatcher this morning. Also four Willow Warblers, six Blackcaps and seven House Martins. (Lewis Thomson).

Westbury-on-Severn    From Garden Cliff this morning three Oystercatchers, four Grey Plovers, a Whimbrel, five Curlews, a Redshank and a Common Sandpiper. Also 15 Sand Martins. (Andy Jayne).

Cleeve Hill     At least ten RING OUZELS today, up the Washpool valley. Also two Ravens, a Buzzard, two Red Kites, two Wheatears, five Tree Pipits, five Stonechats, three Redwings and several Willow Warblers (including a mixed singer), Linnets and Yellowhammers. (Graham Tompsett/Jon Mercer/Ian Hull/Steve Brown for RSPB Gloucestershire Group). At Watery Bottom this afternoon a Swallow, two singing Willow Warblers, a male Redstart and a Grey Wagtail at the source of the Isbourne. (Stuart Galey).

Hawling     Six Corn Buntings, a Wheatear and two pairs of Lapwings today. (Graham Tompsett).

Alderton     A Fieldfare on horse paddocks. (Graham Tompsett).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Early morning a Sedge Warbler singing by the boardwalk and a Wheatear. (Dave Pinner). Later five Sedge Warblers, a WHITETHROAT, a female Goshawk and a female Marsh Harrier. (Ian Hull). This afternoon male and female GARGANEY showing well from Grundon Hide, also two male Yellow Wagtails. (Duncan Dine). This evening a BITTERN flew from the Long Pool past the Grundon hide. Also a Red Kite, three Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, two Yellow Wagtails, a Treecreeper, a Whitethroat, four Redshanks and two Curlews. (Jeremy Squire).

Selsley Common     Two Swallows, seven Wheatears (6m, 1f), and at the nearby riding stable fields another three male Wheatears. (Terry Grant).

Woodchester Park     Four Wheatears (3m, 1f) at the entrance field. (Terry Grant).

Cirencester     A Dipper on the Churn at City Bank, and a Kingfisher flying over. (Huw Jones/Andy Lewis).

Barnsley     A Redstart at the Pasqueflower reserve, where the Pasqueflowers are coming out in increasing numbers. (Andy Lewis).

Nailsworth     At Ruskin Mill ponds two pairs of Little Grebes, two Grey Herons, a juvenile Mute Swan, a female Grey Wagtail, five Moorhens, four Coots, five Mallards, two drake Tufted Ducks, two Pheasants including a Japanese male, three Buzzards, two Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs, two Nuthatches, a Coal Tit and a Song Thrush. (Jake King/John Fletcher).

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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