Tuesday 19th April 2022

Gloucester     A WHITE STORK drifting N, soaring over Barnwood Avenue at 5:30pm. (Rob Crofton).

Nailsworth     A garden SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF at 7:12am which then flew into the adjoining Norton Wood, only to reappear again in the garden, very briefly, at 5pm. Also two Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, 3+ Siskins, 4+ Bullfinches and five Greenfinches. (Terry Grant).

Frampton     The Grasshopper Warbler still reeling in the reedbed N of Splatt Bridge at 7am, showing once at 7:36am. A Red Kite flew E at 7:14am. Also this morning a pair of Mandarins flew S down the canal, a drake Pochard flew into the 100-Acre, a Common Sandpiper on the canal, two Lapwings, a Whimbrel, four Curlews, a Water Rail calling, a Kingfisher, three Swallows, a Wheatear and a Raven. (MK). At the pools a Cuckoo, a Common Sandpiper, a Yellow Wagtail over, 20 Sand Martins, four Reed Warblers, seven Cetti’s Warblers, five male Mandarins, six Gadwalls, two Shelducks, 44 Tufted Ducks, ten Coots and seven Great Crested Grebes. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge    From Zeiss hide a GLOSSY IBIS, a Great White Egret, two Reed Warblers, 104 Black-tailed Godwits, A Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, two male Ruffs in breeding plumage and three immature Ruffs and 19 Avocets. (Magnus Carter). A LITTLE GULL on South Lake and a Common Sandpiper on the Tack Piece. A Wheatear on the Dumbles cross fence towards Middle Point. (Roy Kinchin).

Forest of Dean     At Soudley ponds a Mandarin, a Nuthatch, a Treecreeper, a Jay, a Song Thrush, a Grey Wagtail and a Blackcap. At Parkend a Hawfinch. At Nagshead four Pied Flycatchers (2m, 2f), a Redstart at Lower hide, Nuthatches, a Mistle Thrush, a Song Thrush, Blackcaps, a Treecreeper and Fallow Deer around most trails. (Paul Sutton). A FIRECREST this morning in woods near Rodmore Grove. (Paul Woolams). At Symonds Yat a Canada Goose was on one of the ledges. (Paul Sutton). From the house at Bishops Mead, Lydney late afternoon two Canada Geese, four Mallards, a male Pintail, six Stock Doves, five Buzzards, a female Goshawk and a Swallow. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

Pied Flycatcher by Paul Sutton

Witcombe Reservoirs     Two Common Sandpipers and two Whitethroats today. (Duncan Dine).

Common Sandpipers by Duncan Dine

Coombe Hill Meadows    This evening eight Yellow Wagtails, 35 Pied Wagtails, a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper and two Little Egrets. (Jeremy Squire). Earlier a Cuckoo reported.

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon birds included two Curlews, 28 Mallards including three ducklings, eight Teal (5m, 3f), a male Wigeon, three Mute Swans, seven Greylags, four Canada Geese, two Little Egrets, four Grey Herons, a Cormorant two Moorhens, six Pied Wagtails, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, a Raven and two Red-legged Partridges. (John Fletcher).

Curlew AJ by John Fletcher

Tewkesbury     This morning at Cowfield Farm NR 6+ Blackcaps singing, three Whitethroats singing, a Kestrel and a pair of Sparrowhawks. (Les Ditchburn).

Stonehouse     A Red Kite low over the houses in the Meadow Road area at 3:45pm. (Jon Dexter).

Barnsley Warren     Two Lapwings and three Swallows at the Pasque Flower reserve today. (Robin Griffiths).

RSPB Highnam Woods     Re/ Nightingales opening times Car park: Apr-Sep-open at weekends and Bank Holidays only, 10am-4pm. Closed and locked outside of these times. Oct-Mar-closed and locked at all times. Nature reserve: open to pedestrians at all times. https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/highnam-woods/

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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