Tuesday 29th May 2018

Frampton     Two male RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS on the canal at Splatt Bridge at 9:40am. (Francis Steuck). Then they disappeared for most of the day before being relocated in the same place early evening remaining until late evening but moving towards Saul. (Paul Marshall). From Splatt Bridge between 6:45am and 7:20am the GULL-BILLED TERN which flew along the grass on the foreshore and then appeared to land on the mud out of view at 7:07am. Also three Common Terns, a female Marsh Harrier, a Kingfisher and 340+ Swifts flying N. (Terry Grant). At the pools an Arctic Tern on the pontoon, six Common Terns, a Hobby, two Cuckoos, a Great Black-backed Gull, two Yellow Wagtails, a Yellowhammer, a Nuthatch feeding young, a flock of 25 Long-tailed Tits and 29 Stock Doves. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth     A second summer Yellow-legged Gull, a second summer Common Gull, five Sanderlings, six Ringed Plovers and 15 Dunlins on the river, 260 Swifts and two Crossbills thru N. (Francis Steuck). Early afternoon two Lapwings, two Redshanks, two Oystercatchers and a female Scarce Chaser in the field behind Saul Lodge. (MK). Pic by Mike.

Scarce Chaser 290518

WWT Slimbridge     An adult LITTLE GULL, 17 Sanderlings and nine Dunlins. (Terry Grant).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A pair of Avocets this morning. (Ian Hull).

Highnam Woods     A Spotted Flycatcher, a singing Nightingale and a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER calling this morning. (Ian Hull).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock  viewpoint the Peregrine pair and an intruding Peregrine, a Red Kite, a Hobby, Buzzards, a Goshawk, a female Sparrowhawk, Ravens, a female Goosander with three young, a Blackcap, Swifts, Swallows, House Martins, Sand Martins, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a female Mandarin with six young and a Grey Heron. Also a Rose Chafer and a Hornet. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Epney     A female Mandarin on the river with seven ducklings. (MK).

Wormington     A Hobby this morning. (Graham Tompsett).

Netheridge     At Netheridge Farm this morning 15 Swifts. (Mark Hobson).

Cheltenham     A Red Kite over the railway station this morning at 8:30am. (Russell Peacey).

Cotswold Water Park East     14 Common Terns this morning. (Duncan Dine).

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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