Sunday 13th May 2018

WWT Slimbridge     A HOOPOE in the car park orchard early morning, the bird was flighty as cars arrived to park, and was last seen heading into the trees in the overflow car park. (Tanya Grigg). Four Sanderlings, 6-7 Dunlins and two Ringed Plovers at Middle Point over high tide and a Hobby across the Top New Piece at lunchtime.  Nearby at Cambridge Arms bridge on the canal, two Common Terns, a Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Kestrel. (Roberta Goodall).

Frampton     A GREAT WHITE EGRET flew over heading the Bell Inn towards Court Lake at 12:45pm. Around the pools eight Common Terns, a Nightingale, a Cuckoo, a Hobby, three Yellow Wagtails, ten Whitethroats, 15 Reed Warblers, 19 Blackcaps, 12 Chiffchaffs, 50+ Swift and 12 Swallows. (Nick Goatman).

Highnam Woods     Five or six Nightingales singing at first light today. (Colin Greenfield).

May Hill     This morning four Redstarts, 14 Crossbills (flocks of 8 & 6), a Tree Pipit, a Garden Warbler, a pair of Stonechats, Willow Warblers, Linnets, Chiffchaffs and Meadow Pipits. (Colin Greenfield).

Netheridge     At Netheridge Farm this morning a Barn Owl, a Cuckoo and six Swifts, also a Weasel and a Roe Deer. (Mark Hobson).

Berkeley shore     Six Whimbrels this morning. (Paul Taylor).

Arlingham Warth    Four Whimbrels in a field at SO 71023 12403. (Antony Seabright).

Arlingham to Milton End      A Cormorant, four Shelducks, three Grey Herons, three Great Black Backed Gulls, three Buzzards, a Kestrel, four Oystercatchers, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker,six House Martins, three Swallows, two Yellow Wagtails, a Pied Wagtail, five Reed Buntings, 17 Skylarks, three Sedge Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, ten Whitethroats, seven Blackcaps, four Reed Warblers and two Ravens. (Mark Grieve).

Quedgeley     A Red Kite again over Shelduck Road heading NE at 4pm. (Steve Pullen).

Charlton Kings     On the common this morning a Garden Warbler, a Tree Pipit, a Whitethroat, five Willow Warblers, five Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs, two Yellowhammers and two Skylarks. (Chris Furley).

Sheepscombe     Along the Painswick stream this afternoon birds included three drake Mandarins, two Grey Wagtails, six Mallards, a Nuthatch, two Green Woodpecker heard, four Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler, three Chiffchaffs, four Goldfinches, a Long-tailed Tit and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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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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