Monday 18th April 2022

WWT Slimbridge     Two GLOSSY IBISES feeding together on the Top New Piece this morning. Long believed to be two birds and finally confirmed today. (Martin McGill). From Zeiss hide this morning, birds included c18 Avocets, six Little Egrets, c110 Black-tailed Godwits, four Gadwalls, a nesting pair of Common Cranes and six Redshanks. (Chris Newton).

RSPB Highnam Woods    Five singing Nightingales this morning, including three within 200m of the car park, occasionally showing well. (Lewis Thomson/MK).

Cleeve Hill     At least 15 RING OUZELS on the Western slopes of the upper Washpool Valley early this morning. Also four Wheatears, a Buzzard, a Raven, a Tree Pipit singing, a Red Kite and a male Kestrel. (Roger Gillespie/Ken Heron). A female Stonechat near Wontley Farm today. (Ian Davies).

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge this morning a Grasshopper Warbler reeling, three Whitethroats, 2+ Reed Warblers, a Cetti’s Warbler, two Wheatears, an ARCTIC TERN over the river, a first winter Mediterranean Gull, a Bar-tailed Godwit with five Curlews, two House Martins, 30+ Sand Martins and four Jays high N. (Gordon Hodgson/Mark Hobson/MK). A Merlin at the N reedbed. (Mark Hobson). A Common Sandpiper on the canal. (MK). A Common Sandpiper at the Sailing Lake today. (Nigel Young).

Common Sandpiper by Mike King

Common Sandpiper by Nigel Young

Dursley     A Marsh Tit at the top of Ganzell Lane and a Kingfisher and a Treecreeper at Ewelme Close this morning. (Philip Pope).

Prestbury Hill     A Cuckoo, a Jay, a Mistle Thrush and a Swallow today. (David Benton).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Two Red Kites drifted off  this morning. (Paul Clark). Three Great White Egrets and an Oystercatcher this afternoon. (Les Ditchburn/Jeremy Squire).

Ashleworth & Hasfield Hams     At Meerend Thicket a Great White Egret showing well from the screen; also two Shelducks, a drake Wigeon and two Grey Herons. Between Meerend Thicket and Stank Lane a male Sparrowhawk hunting the roadside hedges. Along Stank Lane at least two male Redstarts, c3 each of Whitethroat and Willow Warbler, several Chiffchaffs and a male Great Spotted Woodpecker. Also Curlews heard and four seen in flight. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Forest of Dean     From Lower hide at Nagshead this morning male and female Pied Flycatcher and a Redstart. (Bettie Sloane). A pair of Hawfinches at Popes Hill visiting feeders daily still. (Harvey Sherwood).

Prescott     At Nottingham Hill E this morning a male Wheatear, two Ravens and three Buzzards. At Nottingham Hill W early afternoon a Lesser Whitethroat, a male Redstart and a male Cuckoo. (Ken Heron).

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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