Saturday 11th May 2019

Cheltenham     A BLACK KITE seen from the Old Bath Road, over Pilley Bridge nature reserve, at 4:28pm, fairly high up and just a few hundred yards away, watched for c2 minutes, until it had gone out of view, gliding fairly quickly to the N. (Rob & Petra Crofton).

WWT Slimbridge     The SPOONBILL again this morning from Mid Point. Also a Grey Plover, a Ringed Plover and c10 Dunlins. (Paul Masters). Pic by Paul.

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Frampton pools     A drake GARGANEY on Court Lake this afternoon. This morning around the pools a male Whinchat, a pair of Grey Wagtails, three Yellow Wagtails, two Cuckoos, seven Common Terns, a Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroats, 27 Blackcaps, 23 Chiffchaffs, 18 Reed Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, 100+ Swifts, 150+ Sand Martins, 50+ House Martins and 30+ Swallows. (Nick Goatman). A Hobby and a Cuckoo heard at Court Lake this evening. (Paddy Doyle). Pic by Nick.

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Charlton Kings Common     Early morning a Garden Warbler, three Whitethroats, three Tree Pipits, 10+ Willow Warblers, two Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, five Stock Doves and two Tawny Owls. (Chris Furley).

Cleeve Hill     This morning two Wheatears, a Stonechat and a Whinchat. (Tom Mabbett).

Cotswold Water Park West     A Nightingale showing well and at least four heard at a traditional site. Also ten Hobbies all together over Lower Mill Estate. (Darren Robson). Pics by Darren.

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Ashchurch     A male Chiffchaff holding territory alongside the railway line today. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.

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Forest of Dean     Six Swifts high over Coleford this morning. (Geoff Fawcett). At Kerne Bridge Sand Martins, Swallows, Swifts, a Chiffchaff, a Grey Heron and a Blackcap. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area the resident Peregrine pair and a Peregrine on Great Doward hill nearby, Buzzards, Ravens, a male Mandarin, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jays, Swallows, Swifts and House Martins, a Grey Heron, a Blackcap, a Song Thrush, a pair of Kingfishers, Stock Doves and a Green Woodpecker. Also a Bank Vole, Green Longhorn Moths, St Marks Flies, Large White and Orange Tip butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Stroud    A pair of Mandarins at Wallbridge this morning. (Trevor & Sue Clayson).

Gloucester     A Red Kite seen over Gloucester Landfill at Hempsted flying fairly high and circling. (Ian Badham).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning c8 Lapwings and four Lapwing chicks, a Cuckoo, a Little Ringed Plover, four Oystercatchers, 2+ Redshanks, a Curlew heard, Gadwall, seven Shelducks, lots of Sedge Warblers, Whitethroats, Reed Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs and several Reed Buntings. Also six Mute Swans, a Canada Goose; two Little Egrets, a Grey Heron (Andy Langley/Mike Smart). 

Maisemore    On Maisemore Court Lake a female Mallard with seven tiny ducklings, seven Tufted Ducks, a male Red-crested Pochard and a male Wood Duck today. (Mike Smart).

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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