Sunday 19th May 2019

Frampton     A near-adult WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN on the Sailing Lake from 7:15-7:50am only. (Paul Rich/Nick Goatman). Also a Great White Egret on Long Pool. (Mark Hobson). Later it flew towards the village. (Les Ditchburn). Also today a Hobby, two Cuckoos, three Oystercatchers, six Common Terns, a Tawny Owl, a Lesser Whitethroat, six Whitethroats, 18 Blackcaps, 12 Chiffchaffs and six Gadwalls. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge     The near-adult WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN seen earlier at Frampton appeared briefly on South Lake at 10:10am and then flew to the Tack Piece, but flew N after 15 minutes. It came back to South Lake at 1:05pm briefly then flew off N over the Centre again but returned to South Lake at 1:40pm where it remained until 4pm when it flew N again. (Martin McGill et al). 1st two pics by Andy Jordan, the other two by Mike.

White-winged Black Tern 190519 3

White-winged Black Tern 190519 4

White-winged Black Tern 190519 2

White-winged Black Tern 190519 1

Also today a drake GARGANEY, 24 Avocets and a Mediterranean Gull on the Rushy, two drake GARGANEYS each side of the Van Den Bovenkamp hide, a Cuckoo and two drake Wigeon along South Finger, a SPOONBILL from Zeiss hide, 62 Black-tailed Godwits, a pair of Little Ringed Plovers, an adult Oystercatcher with two chicks on South Lake, and a Red Kite seen off by the Godwit flock. (Tom & Greg Mabbett/Mark Hobson/John Budd/MK). Pics by Mike.

Oystercatchers 190519

Garganey 190519

Avocet 190519

Spoonbill 190519

Tewkesbury     A Hobby at 10:15am over Priors Park then headed toward Tewkesbury Nature Reserve. (Tim Cash).

Tresham     Early evening at least two singing Corn Buntings and a male Yellow Wagtail. (Paul Rich).

Cheltenham     At Pittville Lawn at 8 am a Buzzard heard overhead, four Jays mobbing a Grey Squirrel and a Mistle Thrush searching for food. (Howard Taylor).

Cherington     Around Cherington Lake early afternoon a Grey Wagtail, eight Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, two Moorhens, nine Mallards, two Coots, two Song Thrushes and two Stock Doves. (John Fletcher).

Nailsworth     Mid afternoon six Swifts, five House Martins, two Swallows, two Buzzards and a Jay. (John Fletcher/Jake King).

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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