Wednesday 9th May 2018

Walmore Common     A GREAT WHITE EGRET mid-afternoon today, a first for the site, possibly the CHM bird. (Andy Jayne).

Coombe Hill Meadows     The GREAT WHITE EGRET for its 5th day this morning. (Ian Hull). From the Withy way to Grundon hide a Grey Heron, three Little Egrets, a male Shoveler, nine Greylags, a female Wigeon, a Little Ringed Plover, an Oystercatcher, four Redshanks, two Curlews, 12 Lapwings, 7+ Whitethroats, two Blackcaps, 11+ Sedge Warblers, a Chiffchaff, three Stock Doves, a Hobby, a Buzzard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, five Reed Buntings, five Skylarks, 10+ Swallows and 8+ Swifts. (Mark Grieve).

Winchcombe     A Hawfinch on the garden bird table today. (Alan Tompsett).

WWT Slimbridge     The Dark-bellied Brent Goose still out on river this morning viewed from Holden Tower. Also an Egyptian Goose on the Dumbles. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Painswick Beacon     Migration watch from 2pm to 4:45pm today birds included 1468 Swifts N and 90 NE, 2350 House Martins N and 210 NE, 49 Sand Martins N and two NE, 270 Swallows N and 11 NE and two Red Kites through SW at 2:30pm and 3:45pm. (John Fleming).

Frampton     Six Common Terns and three Hobbies over Court Lake and a Nightingale today. (Geoff Moyser/Steve Pullen). A Common Crane over at 2:30pm heading towards the river, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler heard, a Nuthatch and a Raven. (Steve Pullen).

Hasfield Ham     At least Redstarts around the ditches and hedge lines this morning. (Ian Hull).

Highnam Woods     6-7 Nightingales singing this morning. (Dave Owen).

Edge     Along Sevenleaze Lane in the Spoonbed Farm area mid afternoon SO861124 birds included four Whitethroats, three Red-legged Partridges. six Blackcaps, five Swallows, two Skylarks, a Willow Warbler and a Buzzard. Also two Muntjacs and four Fallow Deer. At Rudge Hill birds included a pair of Meadow Pipits feeding young, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Green Woodpeckers, a pair of Bullfinches, 13 Linnets, four Blackcaps, five Whitethroats, two Coal Tits, a Buzzard and a Kestrel. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Hucclecote     At  7:30pm a female Sparrowhawk flew into garden and took a Woodpigeon and ate it on the lawn. (Harold Smith).

Gloucester     At the Docks, 25+ House Martins today. (Mark Grieve).

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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