Thursday 10th May 2018

WWT Slimbridge     The Dark-bellied Brent Goose still and 56 Avocets from Holden Tower this morning. (James Robinson).  An Egyptian Goose from Holden Tower, a lot of Kingfisher feeding activity at the Kingfisher hide and a Cuckoo seen and heard on the Rushy. (Stuart Miller). Pic by Stuart.

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Frampton     At the Sailing Lake a Common Sandpiper, two Common Terns and two Reed Warblers this morning. (Nick Goatman). Five Whimbrels from Splatt Bridge. (Gordon Hodgson). A Nightingale singing near the Gravel Wash this evening. (Shane Long).

Forest of Dean     This evening birds included a Nightjar heard from 9pm, a Woodcock flew over twice, a Cuckoo, seven Linnets, five Tree Pipits, four Whitethroats, nine Willow Warblers, two male Stonechats, a Jay, a Mistle Thrush, three Song Thrushes singing, four Goldfinches and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher/Martin Greenish).

Cleeve Hill     Two Cuckoos, two Garden Warblers and four Buzzards hunting worms together on a just-ploughed field. (Graham Tompsett).

Hawling     In the Hawling area today a Red Kite, four Buzzards, a Kestrel, Yellowhammers, Skylarks, a Blackcap, Swallows, a Willow Warbler, a Mistle Thrush, two Lapwings, a Cuckoo and Meadow Pipits. Also a Small Tortoiseshell, a Green-Veined White and a Painted Lady butterfly. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

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Saul Warth     Two Common Terns N with Black-headed Gulls, a Barnacle Goose and a Whimbrel this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Netheridge     At Netheridge Farm this morning 24 Swifts, two House Martins, two Sand Martins, three Swallows, ten Whitethroats and two Sedge Warblers. Also a Fox with three cubs, a Roe Deer, and Orange Tip, Peacock and Common Blue butterflies. (Mark Hobson).

Symonds Yat     A Goshawk and a Peregrine and lots of Canada Geese including several pairs nesting on the cliffs today. (Colin Butters).

Withington     A pair of Mandarins on private pool at Upcote Withington. (Harvey Sherwood).

Hilcot     A drake Mandarin on a lane side forest stream at SO997165. (Harvey Sherwood).

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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