Wednesday 11th May 2016

Guscar Rocks     Three ARCTIC SKUAS heading up river past Plusterwine at 2:10pm, two dark phase and a pale phase. Also 29 Whimbrels, two Bar-tailed Godwits, seven Sanderlings, 21 Ringed Plovers, four Dunlins, a Common Sandpiper and a male Yellow Wagtail early afternoon. (Lewis Thomson).

Longney     Two LITTLE TERNS on the river at midday. (Les Ditchburn).

Sharpness     42 ARCTIC TERNS (21, 16, 5) N past SARA this morning. (Paul Taylor). This evening an ARCTIC SKUA flew N at 7:16pm and a female Goosander N after sunset, a patch tick. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.Arctic Skua 110516Saul Warth     This evening 13 Whimbrels, 13 Grey Plovers, a Greenshank, a Knot, a Dunlin and two Bar-tailed Godwits. (MK).

Aylburton Warth     18 Grey Plovers, 13 Knot, four Whimbrels, three Turnstones, two Bar-tailed Godwits (pic by Lewis below), a Greenshank, 72 Dunlins, 57 Ringed Plovers, two Common Sandpipers, a Little Egret, four Gadwalls (three drakes), a Yellow Wagtail and a Wheatear late afternoon. (Lewis Thomson).

Dowdeswell Reservoir     A Common Tern today, a patch tick, also a Hobby and a Red Kite. (Greg Mabbett).

WWT Slimbridge     A WOOD SANDPIPER still today viewed from Zeiss hide. (@slimbridge_wild).

Frampton     On the Sailing Lake Frampton five BLACK TERNS, 11 Common Terns, four Hobbies and a Yellow Wagtail over. (Nick Goatman/Gerry Shilham)

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Turnstone, a Dunlin and a Little Stint were chased off early by Avocets and flew off NE, another Little Stint appeared later, four Greenshanks flew off NW, but reappeared later. c50 House Martins, 12 Swallows, six Sand Martins and five Swifts went through to the NE, also two Pied Wagtails. Also an Avocet, an Oystercatcher, two Lapwings, five Redshanks, the pair of Shelducks still have seven tiny ducklings, the Greylags have three goslings, 1+ Cetti’s Warbler and 2+ Sedge Warblers. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    From the hide birds today included two Curlews, three Shelducks, a drake Teal, a drake Wigeon, four Tufted Ducks, 23 Mallards, five Lapwings, a Snipe, a Grey Heron, a male Redstart, two Swallows, a pair of Reed Buntings, three Sand Martins, two Chiffchaffs and a Cuckoo heard. (John Fletcher/Martin Greenish).

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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