Friday 5th May 2017

Cotswold Water Park West     An OSPREY hunting and hovering over Pit 58 at 1:30pm then flew towards Ashton Keynes. (Dave Soons).

Sherborne     The GREAT WHITE EGRET still at Sherborne Brook.  Also a Little Egret and a Grey Heron today. (Andy Lewis). Pic by Andy.Great White Egret 050517WWT Slimbridge     Four CATTLE EGRETS with cattle SW of the approach road c75m from the road, a passage of Swifts at Mid Point in groups of c30 birds at 5 minute intervals at noon, following the Severn northwards and a male Ruff on South Lake. (John Widgery).

Frampton     At the Sailing Lake two Common Terns, a Common Sandpiper, four Pochards, 100+ Swifts, 30+ House Martins, 100+ Sand Martins, 10+ Swallows, a male Mandarin, a Whitethroat and a Reed Warbler. (Nick Goatman). At Splatt Bridge a Cuckoo, a Common Sandpiper, a Wheatear and 50+ Swifts in 30 minutes heading over N this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).100+ Swift

Witcombe Reservoirs     This morning along the approach road a Whitethroat singing and two House Martins around the barns and farm house. (John Miles).

Hartpury     At Hartpury Orchard Centre this morning  at SO7856825395 a Kestrel, a Cetti’s Warbler singing, Reed Warblers singing, a returning pair of Swallows nesting, four Swifts, a Green Woodpecker, two families of Canada Geese with ten goslings between them, a pair of Mallards with five ducklings, a Grey Heron, three Goldfinches and a Moorhen. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).

Gloucester     This morning around the Castlemeads (West) end of Port Ham towards the old Llanthony Lock (SO8218) two Lesser Whitethroats, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, a pair of Linnets and a Swift over. (Ian Elphick).

Forest of Dean     The first Swifts of the year seen over Coleford today. (Geoff Fawcett).

Bentham     A male Bullfinch in the car park at the country club this evening. (Simon Hart).

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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