Sunday 8th May 2016

Forest of Dean     An ALPINE SWIFT flying S over Pope’s Hill, just before 5pm, but no further sign. (John & Viv Phillips). A Firecrest at Speech House at 6:10am and a Wood Warbler at Woorgreens at 6:30am. At Nagshead below Lower hide near the road, a male Pied Flycatcher and a Spotted Flycatcher. (MK). A Cuckoo singing in the Eastbach area, from mid-morning onwards, heard from Forge Hill, – first cuckoo heard from this location in several years.

Awre     Two WHISKERED TERNS flying N at 9am with two BLACK TERNS and two ARCTIC TERNS. Earlier a first-year LITTLE GULL. (John & Viv Phillips).

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge this morning a Marsh Harrier and a Grasshopper Warbler. (Jeremy Squire). This evening on the flashes four Black-tailed Godwits, four Whimbrels, two Little Egrets and a Cetti’s Warbler. (MK). At 8:30pm tonight on the Sailing Lake three BLACK TERNS and two Common Terns also a Whitethroat in the bushes in the lane at the end of Vicarage Lane. (Bill Church).

Edge     A female BLACK REDSTART on the common this afternoon. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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WWT Slimbridge     11 summer-plumaged BLACK TERNS flew across the Top New Piece to the Dumbles at 12:10pm. (David Creber/Roberta Goodall).

Cheltenham      On Charlton Kings Common this morning a Cuckoo, two Tree Pipits, a Meadow Pipit, two Garden Warblers, three Willow Warblers, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff, two Yellowhammers and c30 Linnets. (Chris Furley). Two Swifts flew S over Benhall this afternoon. (David Norman).

Tirley Sandpits     Six Stock Doves, seven Skylarks, 8+ Blackcaps, five Red-legged Partridge, five Chiffchaffs, 8 +Whitethroats, a Green Woodpecker, seven Swallows, three House Martins, a Lapwing over, a Raven, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Yellowhammers, a Spotted Flycatcher,  a Lesser Whitethroat and a Greylag over. (Mark Grieve).

Cleeve Hill     A Short-eared Owl this morning on the wall turning right out of masts car park. Also pair of Stonechats. (Tom Mabbett).

Twyning     A Hobby over the garden today. (Chris & 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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