Thursday 16th May 2019

WWT Slimbridge     A WOOD SANDPIPER around the scrapes this morning until 10:15am only. Still three GARGANEYS from Zeiss hide. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Purton     Two GRASSHOPPER WARBLERS still between Purton and Sharpness this morning, both singing at 8:30am. One at the S end of the Timber Ponds, one in the riverside reedbed just N of the old bridge. (Andy Jordan).

Frampton     Four BLACK TERNS on the Sailing Lake all day. Around the pools four Greenshanks, seven Common Terns, a Yellow-legged Gull, four Oystercatchers, two Hobbies, a Goshawk, a Sparrowhawk, 6+ Sand Martins, nine Chiffchaffs, 15 Blackcaps, a singing Reed Warbler by the Sailing Club and another in the Blue Pool and one by Nastfield Farm. Also a Grass Snake. (Jake King/John Fletcher/Nick Goatman/MK). Pic by John.

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Cotswold Water Park West     At Pit 57 this morning an Oystercatcher, a Common Tern and a Reed Warbler. (Richard Tyler). Pics by Richard.

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Cleeve Hill     At Bill Smyllie reserve SO 993244 today Tree Pipits, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Whitethroat, two Blackcaps and a Kestrel. Other sightings included Green Hairstreak, Orange Tip, Small Blue, Brimstone, Large and Small White, Small Heath, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Dingy Skipper butterflies and a Sloe Bug. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pics by Phil.

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Netheridge Farm     A Red Kite flew NE over the Barn Owl Centre today at 7:40am. (Mark Hobson).

Forest of Dean     A Red Kite circled over the Lydney Lake at 12:15pm before flying off towards Lydney Harbour and the River Severn. On the River Lydd beside the lake Canada Geese with two goslings, 13 goslings and six goslings. Also a Mandarin with six young and Mute Swan with three young on the lake. (Bob Broughton).

Cirencester Park    In Oakley Wood a singing Redstart, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Nuthatch and a Buzzard. Also many Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. (Steve Brown).

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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