Saturday 5th May 2018

Sharpness     A dark phase ARCTIC SKUA N past SARA at 8:45am. Also a Cuckoo, a Hobby, a pair of Gadwall and Reed Warblers new in and a male (probable Greenland) Wheatear. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     The GLOSSY IBIS still, three WOOD SANDPIPERS, a Little Ringed Plover, two Oystercatchers, four Redshanks, three Whimbrels, two Ravens, eight Little Egrets and four Grey Herons from Grundon hide this morning and a male Cuckoo along the canal. (Paul Masters/Chris Downward/Edward Betteridge/Terry Wells/Keith White/MK). Other birds today included two Mute Swans, two Greylags, 14 Canada Geese, c10 Shelducks, a female Mallard with eight small ducklings, a pair of Gadwalls, a pair of Shovelers, six Tufted Ducks, 25 Coots, a Greenshank, c10 Lapwings, a Curlew, c6 Sedge Warblers. c4 Whitethroats, a Blackcap, c3 Willow Warblers, two Chiffchaffs and two Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Frampton     At the Sailing Lake early morning a Common Tern, a Reed Warbler and a Redshank over. (Nick Goatman/MK).

Sudeley     A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER drumming this afternoon. (Peter Rodgers).

Cleeve Hill     Three calling Cuckoos this morning and six Wheatears by the radio masts. (Duncan Dine).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the resident Peregrine pair, a Sparrowhawk, a Hobby, a Red Kite, a Tawny Owl calling, Ravens, Buzzards, three male Mandarins, a Blackcap, a Pied Wagtail, Swallows, a male Goosander, Long-tailed Tits and a Green Woodpecker. Also two Fallow Deer, Holly Blue, Brimstone and Large White butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Stroud     Four “parrot” species flew over the garden in Westrip this morning, presumably Ring-necked Parakeets. (Carol Mein).

Berkeley shore     Two Hobbies, two Wheatears and a Whimbrel today. (Paul Taylor).

Tewkesbury     A pair of Peregrines trying to mate on the Abbey this morning. (Mark Hodson). Pics by Mark.

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Ashleworth Ham     Two Shelducks, three Gadwalls, a Grey Heron, four Little Egrets, two Oystercatchers, a Lapwing, a Curlew, a Redshank, two Stock Doves, a Green Woodpecker, six Skylarks, two Chiffchaffs, four Willow Warblers, two Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, 13 Blackcaps, four Sedge Warblers, five Buzzards, a Tawny Owl, a Red Kite, a male Peregrine, a male Kestrel, three Bullfinches, seven Redstarts, six Reed Buntings, two Pied Wagtails, ten House Martins and five Swallows. (Mark Grieve).

Hawling     At 5pm seven House Martins with one Swallow, two Grey Wagtails, a Cuckoo calling and a Buzzard over. Also Brimstone and Peacock butterflies. (Andrew & Gill Worthington).

Hartpury     A Red Kite today at SO785247. (Alan Hooper). Pic by Alan.

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Oxenhall     A nest building pair of Grey Wagtails today. (Alan Hooper). Pic by Alan.

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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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