Thursday 28th April 2022

WWT Slimbridge    From the Estuary Tower a WOOD SANDPIPER dropped in to the pool at 9:40am for less than a minute before departing N, 138 Swallows, 38 House Martins and eight Sand Martins. A Cuckoo over South Finger reedbed filter. (Ian Whitehouse). An immature LITTLE GULL on the Rushy this morning. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Cleeve Hill      12 RING OUZELS in the upper Washpool Valley this morning. This group consisted mainly of females. (Colin Brown). Also two male Cuckoos, four male Redstarts, a Buzzard and a Tree Pipit. (Josh Adamms).

Cuckoo by Josh Adamms

Frampton    A Grasshopper Warbler still in Splatt Bridge N reedbed at 6:35am. Also a Wheatear, 37 Swallows, two House Martins and four Sand Martins N, a drake Mandarin flew up the canal, a Marsh Harrier through NE at 7:45am and a Cuckoo calling in the 100-Acre hedges at 8:20am. (MK). At Court Lake a Hobby, three adult LITTLE GULLS, a Swift and three Yellow Wagtails. An immature LITTLE GULL on the Sailing Lake this evening, but no sign of the three adults on Court Lake this evening. (Nick Goatman).

Grasshopper Warbler by Mike King

Berkeley shore     Early morning a Grasshopper Warbler, 21 Whimbrels, a Turnstone and a Wheatear. Also 41 Swallows and a Yellow Wagtail NE. (Paul Taylor). A Marsh Harrier chased up river by a Herring Gull as the tide went out mid morning. (Neil Smart).

Berkeley     A Cuckoo calling at Hamfields Leisure Centre. (Clare Glanville).

Saul Warth     This morning 12 Oystercatchers, eight Curlews, eight Whimbrels, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, two Avocets, a Grey Plover, a Common Sandpiper, an ARCTIC TERN and a Wheatear. (Gordon Hodgson).

Purton     A Swift, 60 Swallows, 20 House Martins, 15 Sand Martins, five Yellow Wagtails, a Jay, a Fieldfare, a calling Cuckoo and a Reed Warbler early morning. (Francis Steuck).

Forest of Dean    This morning at Crabtree Hill, a distant Cuckoo heard, two Swallows over, eight Crossbills, a Wood Warbler, many Willow Warblers, a Tree Pipit and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Geoff Fawcett).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning 40+ Canada Geese, ten Greylags, c150 House Martins, c30 Sand Martins, a Swallow, a Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Goldfinch, a Chiffchaff, two Shelducks, 4+ Yellow Wagtails, three Little Ringed Plovers, ten Lapwings, two Oystercatchers, two Avocets, three Redshanks, three Snipe, a Common Sandpiper and three Linnets. (Alan McIlquham). Also a Great White Egret, two Little Egrets, a Curlew and a Reed Warbler. (Josh Adamms). A Dunlin, a Reed Bunting, Gadwall, Teal and Pied Wagtail. (Eric Harris).

Minchinhampton Common     Two Wheatears this afternoon. (Martin Greenish/Michelle Davis).

Uley     Five Swifts moving through this afternoon. (Tim Thompson).

Edge     At Rudge Hill NNR and surrounding woodland and fields four Meadow Pipits, three Goldfinches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, five Blackcaps, six Chiffchaffs, four Long-tailed Tits, four Linnets, a Swallow, a Song Thrush, two Red-legged Partridges and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher).

Elmstone Hardwicke     Four Swallows near the village hall all afternoon. (David Norman).

Tewkesbury     A Red Kite over Tewkesbury Road Sainsbury’s car park. (David Norman).

Cheltenham     A Little Egret flying very low, parallel to the brook in Benhall Park at about 4:30pm. (David Norman).

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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