Saturday 16th April 2022

Cleeve Hill     A male and a female DOTTEREL just out from the masts car park this morning from 8:50am until 10:27am when they flew off high N. The first record since 2014. (Eric Harris et al). If you were the finders of these birds please contact the County Recorder at the address above. At least 12 RING OUZELS, 5+ Wheatears and Tree Pipits this morning. (Eric Harris/Mike Davis/Les Ditchburn/Keith Davies).

Female Dotterel by Roy Shilham

Male Dotterel by Mike King

Dotterels by Mike King

Purton     A SHORT-EARED OWL tonight at 6pm behind the old pub. (Brian Kings).

WWT Slimbridge    From Zeiss hide two Great White Egrets, a GLOSSY IBIS, a Common Crane on the island, a Little Egret, 46 Avocets, 130 Bar-tailed Godwits, a male Reed Bunting, Sedge and Reed Warblers and a Water Rail calling. (Jeanne Vitkovskis). On the Rushy a Green Sandpiper at the back of lower pool. (Dot Jones).

Arlingham     A Grasshopper Warbler reeling in a hedgerow by the footpath 200m N of Old Passage this morning. (Gordon Kirk).

Slad     A CUCKOO at Juniper Hill NW of Slad between Stroud and Painswick today. (Larry Sweetland).

Frampton pools     Two Red Kites high over the Sailing Lake, then two male Goosanders flew low over the lake heading towards river. (Nigel Tucker). A male Yellow Wagtail this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean     At Crabtree Hill this morning a juvenile Crossbill, a Whitethroat, a Tree Pipit and many Linnets. (Owen Follis).

May Hill     This morning 25 Crossbills over N with a group of 10+ feeding in pines on the summit. A small group of very noisy Lesser Redpolls in beech trees on the W side, also a Willow Warbler, a Blackcap, many Linnets and Meadow Pipits, a pair of Stonechats and a Buzzard. (Sam Walker).

Tresham     A male Wheatear this evening. (Paul Rich).

Saul Warth     At a fogbound Warth this morning two pairs of Oystercatchers, five Cormorants, a Little Egret, 37 Shelducks, a Whitethroat, male and female Blackcap and a Chiffchaff. (MK/Ken Hurcombe).

Kempley Green     Two House Martins at 3pm this afternoon. (Robin Turner).

Shurdington    At 9:30am a Swallow flew low over Burley Fields Lake headed W. (David Norman).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Birds included five Grey Herons, a Great White Egret, four Little Egrets, Redshank, 12 Lapwings, two Avocets, a Snipe, two Little Ringed Plovers, two Oystercatchers, two Curlews, three Mute Swans, 28 Canada Geese, 11 Greylags, two Shelducks, 20 Teal, 20 Mallards, a Gadwall, four Shovelers, six Coots, at least three drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 5+ Skylarks, six Sedge Warblers, three Blackcaps, four Whitethroats, eight Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, five Reed Buntings and at least four Redstarts singing. (Paul Sutton/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham     Four Grey Herons, a Great White Egret, a Little Egret, a Curlew chasing a Whimbrel, Lapwing, two Shelducks, three Greylags, six Teal (3m, 3f), a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Pied Wagtail, a Buzzard and two female Roe Deer. Along Stank Lane a male Redstart and a Buzzard. (Paul Sutton).

Great White Egret by Paul Sutton

Churchdown     A Red Kite being mobbed by corvids over the garden at midday. Also a Nuthatch on feeders and male and female Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (Ingrid & Colin Twissell).

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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