Tuesday 26th April 2022

Prestbury     An OSPREY flew over the house heading for Cleeve Hill at 9:15am. (Ken Heron).

Forest of Dean     Between New Mills and Yorkley Court this morning a male RING OUZEL and a Wheatear on tilled fields N of the solar farm, and a male Yellow Wagtail flew over. (Andy Jayne). At Nagshead from Lower hide this morning three Redstarts (2m, 1f), a female Pied Flycatcher, 1-2 Siskins and a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker. This afternoon from Campbell hide a pair of Hawfinches bathing together. Also 2+ Garden Warblers, two Willow Warblers, two Ravens, two Coal Tits, three Goldcrests, three Nuthatches and three Mistle Thrushes. (Andy & Sue Gibbons). Also today a Stock Dove and a pair of Pied Flycatchers. (Martin Price). At Cannop Upper Pond today a male Mandarin, eight Tufted Ducks (6m, 2f), three Little Grebes, a Marsh Tit on the bird table with Nuthatch, Blue, Coal and Great Tits and two Chaffinches. A Pied Wagtail in the weir and four Orange Tip butterflies. (Chris Keeling).

Hawfinch by Andy & Sue Gibbons

Frampton     The Grasshopper Warbler still in Splatt Bridge N reedbed at 6:35am along the southern edge but only showing very occasionally today. A Cattle Egret flew N at 7:12am and two Whimbrels on the now dry flashes field. Also three Curlews, four Swallows and 66+ Sand Martins. (Paul Masters/Neil Smart/MK). At 4:30pm a Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the thick brambles just S of Splatt Bridge, just past the picnic table presumably the same bird. A Kestrel sat in a tree near the church. (Paul Sutton).

Cattle Egret by Mike King

Kestrel by Paul Sutton

Saul Warth     Two Whimbrels at 6:30pm. (Paul Sutton).

WWT Slimbridge    The 2nd calendar year LITTLE GULL still on South Lake ⁦this morning, the Spotted Redshank, a Swallow and an immature Mediterranean Gull on the causeway. A very vocal Sedge Warbler singing and displaying near the rain garden. A Cuckoo heard from South Finger. On the Rushy a Little Ringed Plover pair and a Crane pair still on eggs. (Paul Masters/Roy Kinchin/Mike Davis/Magnus Carter).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This afternoon four Great White Egrets (including 1 sub-adult and 1 adult with a red ring), two Little Egrets, four Little Ringed Plovers, a Curlew, two Snipe, three Redshanks, two Oystercatchers and three Swallows briefly. (Adrienne Sanders). This evening a Whimbrel, a Ruff, a Great White Egret, three Snipe, a Green Sandpiper and six Yellow Wagtails. (Jeremy Squire).

Cleeve Hill     At the Bill Smyllie reserve today three Red Kites, two Buzzards, a pair of Cuckoos interacting, a Tree Pipit, Willow Warblers, Stock Doves, also a Glow-worm larva, Green Hairstreak, Small Blue, Orange Tip, Brimstone, Large White and Green-veined White butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Green Hairstreak by Phil Andrews

Glow Worm larva by Phil Andrews

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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