Friday 13th May 2016

Saul Warth     Two POMARINE SKUAS flew high N over the Warth at 6:50am. (Gordon Hodgson).

WWT Slimbridge      The GLOSSY IBIS showed well on Knott pool this morning but flew off at 8:30am and wasn’t relocated. Also a Cuckoo in the Decoy, a female Wigeon still on the Rushy, five Greenshanks from Zeiss hide and a pair of Oystercatchers with chicks on the roof of South Lake Observatory. (James Lees, WWT/MK). Pic by Mike.Oystercatcher 130516Poulton     A female MARSH HARRIER flew N at 5:25pm parallel to Bell Lane; also Little Owl in a field to W of Bell Lane. (John Durell).

Longney      The ICELAND GULL again this morning on the sands. (Ian Hull).

Frampton      At least four Hobbies hunting over Frampton Court Lake at 1:40pm. Also a pair of displaying Buzzards, a Common Tern and three Swifts. (MK). Earlier 8-9 Hobbies at noon. (Karle Burford). A BLACK TERN on the Sailing Lake briefly at 8am. (Steve Brown).

Sharpness     From SARA this morning a Whimbrel, an ARCTIC TERN and a male Gadwall all flew N and a Red Kite was over SARA and lingered throughout the day. (MK/Dan White/Andy Jordan). Pic by Mike.Red Kite 130516

Tirley     Two garden Spotted Flycatchers this morning. Later around Tirley to Town Street Farm two Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, two Whitethroats, eight Swallows, five House Martins, a Grey Heron over, three Skylarks and three Red-legged Partridges. (Mark Grieve).

Twyning     A pair of Gadwall on a small fishing pond and two calling Cuckoos over at Church End. (Sarah Loaring).

Forest of Dean     A Swift over Clearwell and a Skylark flying near Great Dunklins Farm , Parawell Lane, St. Briavels. (Paula Simpson).

Crickley Hill     At Barrow Wake viewpoint a WillowChiff (Willow Warbler or Chiffchaff)   combining both species songs. (Chris Stott). Recently Terry Fenton had a mixed singer like this at Witcombe and a one returned for 2 years at Frampton Sailing Lake in 2003/04.

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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