Wednesday 20th April 2022

Ruscombe    At 5:15pm a WHITE STORK drifted up the Ruscombe Valley flying quite high towards Painswick, thought to have drifted in from the Severn. (Chris Tracey). Presumably a second bird as the bird over Gloucester yesterday and Cheltenham Racecourse this morning was in Worcester at lunchtime.

Cheltenham     A WHITE STORK over Cheltenham Racecourse this morning at 10:40am. Thermalling then dropping quite low being buzzed by a Red Kite, cruising towards Bishops Cleeve. (Tom Mabbett).

Nailsworth     An OSPREY flew N along the Nailsworth valley at 10:15am today. (Roy Bircher).

Slimbridge     At Shepherds Patch two GLOSSY IBISES opposite the Dutch barn next to the canal at SO 72740 04303 at 7:50am. They can be either side of the road. Please park in the free car park before the bridge SO 72895 04128. Do not block the farm gateways. (Slimbridge Sightings).

WWT Slimbridge     A male GARGANEY and a Green Sandpiper on the Rushy at back of Lower Pond at 2:30pm. (Pete Churton/Mark Dowie). On South Lake a LITTLE GULL, three Cattle Egrets, two Ruff, two Little Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper. (Neil Smart).

Highnam Woods     Three Nightingales singing within 200m of the RSPB car park before 7am this morning. (Richard Badley). Also a pair of Hawfinches this evening. (Keith Colcombe/George Rayson).

Nightingale by Richard Badley

Forest of Dean     A Red Kite on the top of May Hill this morning. (Jo Burston per Rob Guest). A Cuckoo at Edge Hills this afternoon. (Rob Husbands). At Nagshead two pairs of Redstarts, three Pied Flycatchers (2m, 1f), a male Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Mistle Thrush, a Treecreeper, a male Siskin, a Raven calling and many singing Willow Warblers. (Carol Rushton).

Purton     This morning 2nd calendar year LITTLE GULL and a 2nd calendar year Mediterranean Gull flew N up the canal, also a Whimbrel, two Siskins, three Jays and the first Sedge Warbler. (Francis Steuck).

Frampton    At Splatt Bridge the Grasshopper Warbler reeled early morning only. (Neil Smart). Quiet after that two Sand Martins, nine Swallows, a Common Sandpiper, a Blackcap, a Whitethroat, three Reed Warblers, a Cetti’s Warbler, two Chiffchaffs, two Kestrels, a Curlew, a Lapwing and a Raven. (Mark Dowie/MK).

Ashleworth Ham     This morning two pairs of bubbling Curlews, a Cuckoo calling and 8+ Redstarts (7+m, 1f). (Duncan Dine). At 4:15pm a Cuckoo and a bubbling Curlew. (Charles Martell).

Redstart by Duncan Dine

Coombe Hill Meadows     Today birds included a Cetti’s Warbler, a Redstart, six Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Sedge Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a Cetti’s Warbler, 8+ Linnets, three Pied Wagtails, three Yellow Wagtails including a male, four Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, three Redshanks, four Oystercatchers, eight Lapwings, a Great Black-backed Gull, six Teal, two Wigeon and two Shelducks. (Pete Long/Les Ditchburn).

Cotswold Water Park West    At Shorncote reed beds an OTTER, five Red Kites, six Buzzards, two Little Egrets, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Cormorant, a Great Crested Grebe, a pair of Egyptian Geese, a Greylag, a Pied Wagtail, many Reed Buntings, a Blackcap, Chiffchaffs, a Reed Warbler, a Willow Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling, a Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat calling and Sand Martins. (Paul Sutton/Dave Rodgers/Clive Scarlett).

Cleeve Hill     From the masts to the Washpool Valley at least five Red Kites, three Buzzards, a Raven, three Willow Warblers, three Stonechats, six Linnets, eight Yellowhammers, a Tree Pipit, Meadow Pipits, five singing Skylarks and three Swallows. (Chris Newton).

Gloucester    At least four Yellow Wagtails (2m, 2f) at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake, flying to feed on remains of a dung heap below the farm buildings to the E. Also three Reed Buntings, a singing Whitethroat and a pair off Stock Doves. (Sam Walker/Mike Moxon).

Swindon Village to Elmstone Hardwicke     This morning three Swallows, a Red Kite, a Lesser Whitethroat, three Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and four Blackcaps. (Rob Homan).

Berkeley      Three Red Kites and a Peregrine circling Old Brookend this evening. (Clare Glanville).

Quedgeley    A colony of Honey Bees in a tree hole nest in an orchard at the park in Woodvale, Kingsway. (Zoe Clark).

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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