Saturday 7th May 2016

WWT Slimbridge     From the Safari the GLOSSY IBIS in the 100-Acre, also three Greenshanks, a pair of GARGANEY and a Hobby. On the Rushy a first-summer Mediterranean Gull, on the Tack Piece two Greenshanks, on South Lake a sub-adult Mediterranean Gull and near the car park a Spotted Flycatcher. (Mark Dowie). Pic by Mark.Mediterranean Gull 070516

Frampton     Early morning on the Sailing Lake two Common Terns. From the towpath at Splatt Bridge ten Oystercatchers, five flew towards the pools, 12 Grey Plovers flew N led by a summer-plumaged adult, 12 Whimbrels flew N, two Bar-tailed Godwits, three Little Egrets and a Short-eared Owl. (MK). Also a Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper (Martin McGill).

Bourton-on-the-Water     A Cetti’s Warbler singing between the South Pit and the River Windrush. The Cuckoo still present and moving around the various pits. (Andy Lewis).

Cleeve Hill     Two Cuckoos and three Tree Pipits on the Bill Smyllie butterfly reserve. Also two Adders. (Peter Rodgers).

Forest of Dean     At Wenchford a Dipper, three Grey Wagtails. four Blackcaps, a Grey Heron, Chiffchaffs and three Song Thrushes. Also a Green-Veined White and an Orange Tip. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint the Peregrine pair and an intruding Peregrine, six Buzzards, a Red Kite, a Sparrowhawk. a Goshawk, Swifts, Swallows and House Martins. Also five Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Highnam Woods      Three singing Nightingales, Chiffchaffs and a Green Woodpecker. (Chris & Phil Andrews).                                                                                            .

Cotswold Water Park West      Early morning today nine species of Warbler including Garden Warbler, three Nightingales, a Cuckoo and a Hobby. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.Garden Warbler 070516

Aylburton Warth      A female Marsh Harrier, 17 Ringed Plovers, 12 Dunlins, two Whimbrels, two Common Sandpipers, two Little Egrets, a male Yellow Wagtail, a Wheatear and a Yellowhammer over N. (Lewis Thomson).

Guscar Rocks     A Hobby, 11 Whimbrels, a Bar-tailed Godwit and two Yellow Wagtails today. (Lewis Thomson).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included six Shelducks, two Gadwalls, 15 Mallards including a family of six ducklings, three Grey Herons, a Little Egret, two Oystercatchers, two Avocets, 12 Lapwings, two Ringed Plovers, two Redshanks, a Common Sandpiper, three Curlews, a Cuckoo, c6 Sedge Warblers, c3 Whitethroats, two Blackcaps and three Chiffchaffs. (Les Brown / Mike Smart).

Cheltenham     Two Swifts over Hester’s Way today. (Carlie Walker).

Eastington     A Red Kite over today. (Stefan Hawley).

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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