Monday 25th April 2022

Ebley     A male WOOD WARBLER this morning in a row of oak trees in the vineyard on Doverow Hill. (Steve Kear).

Slimbridge     At Shepherds Patch two GLOSSY IBISES opposite the Dutch barn next to the canal at SO 72740 04303. 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. (Ian Hull). They circled high over Frampton Sailing Lake at 8:50am before returning S. (Nick Goatman). This evening they flew over Splatt Bridge very high at 4:40pm, they came from WWT over the 100-Acreand headed NW. (Paul Sutton).

Glossy Ibis by Paul Sutton

Frampton    This morning the Grasshopper Warbler showed very well on the bramble hedge at the N end of the N reedbed. Also a Great White Egret flew NE at 8am, a Swallow perched by the church and 12 Swallows, 23 Sand Martins and four House Martins flew N, a Whimbrel called unseen from the river and a pair of Greylags with nine goslings on the canal. (MK). Around the pools a Whimbrel over, two Lesser Whitethroats, seven Willow Warblers, a Yellow Wagtail, a Sedge Warbler, eight Reed Warblers, 35 Chiffchaffs, 56 Blackcaps, 14 Whitethroats, eight Cetti’s Warblers, six Mandarins, a male Pochard, 49 Tufted Ducks, six Gadwalls and a Common Crane. (Nick Goatman). On Court Lake three pairs of Gadwalls and the Ross’s Goose on the island. (Paul Sutton).

Grasshopper Warbler by Mike King

Grasshopper Warbler by Mike King

Swallow by Mike King

Berkeley shore     Early morning a Cuckoo, male and female Wheatear, two Lesser Whitethroats, a Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler. Also NE movement of three Jays, four Siskins, 14 Swallows and a Sand Martin. (Paul Taylor).

Purton    Vismig 34 Jays, a Hobby, four Yellow Wagtails, ten Swallows, ten Sand Martins, ten House Martins and two Siskins between 6-9am. (Francis Steuck).

Epney     Three Curlews and two Whimbrels mid morning. (MK).

WWT Slimbridge     A Spotted Redshank and a black Ruff from Zeiss hide. (Ian Hull).

Whitminster    Two Grey Partridges in Packthorne fields at the back of Whitminster at 7:30am today. Also a pair of Linnets. (Tanya Allen).

Stinchcombe Hill     This morning a Wheatear in the middle of the golf course. Also a Grizzled Skipper. (Philip Pope).

Cleeve Hill     Four Red Kites, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, two Buzzards, two Ravens, five RING OUZELS (2m, 3f), also numerous Linnets, Yellowhammers, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Willow Warblers. (Martin Price).

Prestbury Hill     This evening at least two male Cuckoos. (Sam Walker).

Cotswold Water Park East     Multiple records of Garden Warblers, especially around Pit 125. (Duncan Dine).

Forest of Dean     N of Speech House car park a Wood Warbler heard. At Crabtree Hill a male Redstart, a female Goshawk, male and female Crossbill, four Tree Pipits, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Ravens, a Garden Warbler, three Swallows, a Siskin and many Willow Warblers and Linnets. Also Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Brimstone butterflies. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

Lydney Harbour     17 LITTLE GULLS, ten full summer adults flew up river past Sharpness at 7:30pm, nine Great Black-backed Gulls, three Whimbrels, six Shelducks, a Whitethroat, two Lesser Whitethroats and two Grey Herons. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This evening a Whimbrel, a Green Sandpiper, six Yellow Wagtails, three Curlews and five Snipe. (Jeremy Squire). 20+ Buzzards over the meadows this afternoon, 15 in one thermal. (Andy Pierce).

Longney     Around the old Orchards and along the Severn Way birds included two Sedge Warblers, four Chiffchaffs, six Blackcaps, three Song Thrushes and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Highnam Woods     Early morning at least three Nightingales singing. Also a Goldcrest, a Blackcap, a House Martin, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Chiffchaff and a pair of Canada Geese. (Jeremy Holland). If visiting please note the landowner at Highnam is very unhappy with dangerous parking on their verge and cars blocking access. They will report instances and car details to the police from now on or will remove them from their land. Please park sensibly in nearby laybys or visit when the car park is open. This refers to parking all along the verge on the opposite side of the road to the entrance. There are two lay-bys further along on the left if coming from Gloucester. Thank you.

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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