Saturday 23rd April 2022

Framilode     A second-calendar year ICELAND GULL from the Severn Way footpath, downstream of Lower Framilode late morning. (Martin McGill). Relocated on Longney Crib at 4:25pm by Roberta Goodall, until it flew N at 5pm. Also a second calendar year Caspian Gull. (MK). It could be in the roost at Arlingham/Newnham further upriver.

Iceland Gull by Mike King

Iceland Gull by Mike King

Iceland Gull and 2nd calendar year Caspian Gull by Mike King

Purton     An OSPREY flew NE at 6:08am heading towards Awre. Also today eight Arctic Terns, a Marsh Harrier, two Bar-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, a Turnstone, a Yellow Wagtail, 12 Jays and a Tree Pipit. (Francis Steuck).

Frampton     The Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the reedbed N of Splatt Bridge still at 7:05am, then showing well between 9-9:15am. (MK). A Whimbrel N over the house. (Gordon Hodgson). On Court lake today four Mandarins (3m, 1f). (Nigel Young).

Grasshopper Warbler by Mike King

Mandarin by Nigel Young

Sharpness    Six Little Gulls upriver past Sharpness at 12:57pm. (Paul Rich).

Saul Warth     Two Whimbrels at high tide. (Mike Davis).

Cleeve Hill     A male Cuckoo at the Bill Smyllie Reserve at 8:30am. (Roy Shilham).

WWT Slimbridge    30 Bar-tailed Godwits and two Grey Plovers on the river. (Mark Hobson). A Spotted Redshank and a Little Gull still present on South Lake. (Helen Bojaniwska). A Greenshank and two Marsh Harriers from Zeiss hide. (Dot Jones).

Cotswold Water Park West     A Bar-tailed Godwit on Pit 9 this morning. (Mark Gurney).

Tiltups End/Calcot Manor area     This afternoon a male Whinchat, two Wheatears, two Stonechats and four Grey Partridges. (Richard Hearn).

Berkeley    A Red Kite low N over Hamfields football pitch towards Sharpness at 3:28pm. (Paul Taylor).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A calling male Lesser Whitethroat on the South side towpath . (Les Ditchburn).

Barnsley Warren     Hundreds of Pasque Flowers going over in a cool drying easterly wind, two Red Kite and two Lapwings. A Robin fledgling in a Chedworth garden and several Whitethroat calling from Denfurlong farm arable field boundaries. (Harvey Sherwood).

Maisemore     From Church Road, Court Lake to a mile above the weir birds included a female Mallard with 13 ducklings, a pair of Coot with five chicks, two Moorhens, two Cormorants, four Mute Swans, a Little Egret, two Red-legged Partridges, two Stock Doves, two Ravens, male and female Linnet, a Blackcap, three Chiffchaffs, four Chaffinches, six Goldfinches and a Swallow. (John Fletcher).

Hucclecote     A Great Spotted Woodpecker on the feeder again this morning. c12 Feral Pigeons came to the bird feeders together. Yesterday evening a pair of Mallards flew in and swam in the restored pond. (Harold Smith).

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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