Tuesday 10th May 2016

Frampton     At the Sailing Lake at 5:30pm an immature GLOSSY IBIS over being mobbed by two Black-headed Gulls. It circled the lake and eventually went off N low over the trees to the back of Court Lake. Also two BLACK TERNS and 6+ Common Terns. (Nigel Cramp). BLACK TERNS were present through the day with a maximum of eight at 11:15am (Steve Owen), also an ARCTIC TERN and 6+ Common Terns. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth     This morning from 9:45am-12:30pm two LITTLE TERNS, c123 ARCTIC TERNS and 13 BLACK TERNS. Waders included c40 Dunlins, 20 Ringed Plovers, a Greenshank, two Sanderlings, a Grey Plover, two Common Sandpipers and a few Whimbrels. (Pavlo Zaltowski).

Epney/Longney     The immature ICELAND GULL again this morning at Epney from 9:45-10:35am. (Jeremy Squire). Relocated at Longney at 6:20pm where it remained until 7:40pm at least. Also two Sanderlings, eight Grey Plovers and 12 Knot N past Epney at 2:38pm and two Common Terns lingering. (Paul Taylor). Pic by Roberta Goodall. Iceland Gull 100516

WWT Slimbridge     Four WOOD SANDPIPERS on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide today, with at least one remaining throughout the day. (@slimbridge_wild).

Sharpness      Five ARCTIC SKUAS (3 dark, 2 pale phase) N past SARA at 10:02am. Also 11 BLACK TERNS, 62 ARCTIC TERNS and three Common Terns flew N. Waders included 1+ CURLEW SANDPIPER, 12 Grey Plovers, 15 Knot, 11 Whimbrels, ten Black-tailed Godwit, a Common Sandpiper and small numbers of Dunlins and Ringed Plovers. (Paul Taylor). This evening another ARCTIC SKUA flew N at 7pm. (Andy Jordan).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Seven Ringed Plovers and a Greenshank present then 12 Dunlins and a winter plumaged Turnstone flew in, then all flew off NE.  Next two summer plumage Turnstones, a Sanderling, a Little Stint, and two Grey Plovers stopped over before heading NE, then two Wood Sandpipers and a second Little Stint arrived; four BLACK TERNS flew through NE, then 15 ARCTIC TERNS and a steady stream of hirundines, mainly Sand Martins but with a few Swallows and a Yellow Wagtail. Birds on the reserve included two Avocets, two Oystercatchers and four Lapwings, a Curlew and a pair of Shelducks with seven recently hatched tiny ducklings, an incredibly early date.  A male Hobby, the first of the year, flew over. Also a pair of Mute Swans, two Canada Geese, two Greylags, a Barnacle Goose, three Wigeon, four Gadwalls, a Teal, three Little Egrets. 12 Coots, a Cuckoo, two Cetti’s Warblers, at least 15 Sedge Warblers, at least five Whitethroats and two Lesser Whitethroats. (Les Brown/Lawrence Skipp/Mike Smart). This evening four Greenshanks, five Redshanks, a male Redstart and 22 Sedge Warblers along the canal. (Andy Jayne).

Ashleworth Ham    From the hide early evening, a Curlew, two Grey Herons, a male Wigeon, five Gadwalls, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff, seven Shelducks, a Teal, four Lapwings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Bullfinch, a Redstart, a Cuckoo calling, a Little Egret and a Snipe. (Mark Grieve).

Forest of Dean     40+ House Martins this afternoon, viewed from Forge Hill, Lydbrook feeding and mobbing a Raven. Also a Great Spotted Woodpecker on a garden bird feeder and a Cuckoo calling at noon around Eastbach. (Chris Sullivan).

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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