Tuesday 7th May 2019

Frampton     A BLACK TERN on the Sailing Lake this morning increasing to nine BLACK TERNS this evening. Also seven Common Terns, a Hobby, a Yellow Wagtail and four Swifts. (Roy Widgery/Nick Goatman/Gordon Hodgson/Mark Easterbrook). Pic by Mark.

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A Greenshank and a Wheatear at Splatt Bridge again today. Also three Lapwings and three Redshanks and a Common Sandpiper on the canal. (Eric Palmer). Also here a Reed Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat, two Stock Doves, a Kestrel, a Grey Heron and a Little Egret. (Mark Easterbrook). Two Hobbies over Court Lake at midday. (Roy Shilham).

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WWT Slimbridge     A second calendar year SPOONBILL touring the scrapes today. (Martin McGill). A BLACK TERN on South Lake. Also a drake GARGANEY. Along the Summer Walkway a male Whinchat, a Wheatear and a Whimbrel. (Neil Smart). A Grey Plover S of Mid Point. (Geoff Moyser). Also a white-headed Ruff from Zeiss hide and two Ruff on South Lake. (Andy & Sue Gibbons). Tern pics by Roy Shilham, Spoonbill by Andy.

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Cleeve Hill     12 Wheatears on the golf course, also on the Common two Cuckoos calling and a male Whinchat. (Duncan Dine).

Purton     A GRASSHOPPER WARBLER still at the Timber Ponds at 5am this morning at the S end, possibly two birds here recently. Also three Common Sandpipers on canal and a Cuckoo singing still. (Andy Jordan).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote reed beds this afternoon birds included a MARSH HARRIER, nine Common Terns, five Cormorants, a male Red Crested Pochard, male and female Tufted Duck, a Kingfisher, two Cuckoos heard, three Cetti’s Warblers, eight Sedge Warblers, three Chiffchaffs, six Sand Martins, two Swallows, two Linnets, eight Goldfinches, a Skylark, two Greenfinches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and three Buzzards. (John Fletcher).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area the Peregrine pair and another Peregrine pair on Great Doward Hill nearby, six Buzzards, a pair of Ravens with four juveniles, a juvenile Grey Heron, Stock Doves, a Swift, Swallows and House Martins, a pair of Kingfishers feeding young at the nest, a Green Woodpecker calling, a pair of Mandarins, two singing Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs and a pair of Pied Wagtails. Other sightings included two Fallow Deer, a Bank Vole, Holly Blue butterflies, Green Longhorn Moths and St Marks Flies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead two male and a female Redstart at Lower hide, a SPOTTED FLYCATCHER briefly, two Mistle Thrushes and a Great Spotted Woodpecker investigating a nest box. At Campbell hide male and female Blackcaps bathing and a ringed female Pied Flycatcher. (Bernie Dumbleton). Pic by Bernie.

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Gloucester     A Lesser Whitethroat calling today on Robinswood Hill. (Greg Anderson). Four Swifts over Linden today. (Mo Croose).

Upham Meadow     A Whinchat today. (Mike Smart).

Cheltenham     At Naunton Park a Garden Warbler singing and showing, second
garden record in 34 years. (David Anderson/Steve Brown).

Minchinhampton     A group of House Martins feeding over the village today. (James Kench).

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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