Catch-up – May

Sunday 24th May 2020 

Avening      Two QUAIL calling this evening in the vicinity of Star Farm at ST890967. (Peter Chappell).

Cleeve Hill     This afternoon a Spotted Flycatcher, a Cuckoo, a Redstart, a Tree Pipit and Swifts. Also Wood Tiger, Small Blue, Small Heath and Green Hairstreak. (Mark Dowie). Also this evening three Redstart, two Tree Pipits, a Red Kite, a Buzzard and a Hobby. Also Chimney Sweeper moths and an Emperor Moth at the Masts. (Greg Lee).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 126 a female Red Crested Pochard with three ducklings on the island. (John Durell).

Dursley     A female Mandarin with seven ducklings on the River Cam on the new housing estate where the Lister factory used to be. (Neil Smart).

Halmore     A Hobby over the fields this morning heading W, also a Little Egret and a pair of Grey Herons over. In the woods a Treecreeper, a pair of Blackcaps feeding young, a pair of Mistle Thrushes feeding young at the top of an oak and at least two Goldcrests. (Chris Newton). Pics by Chris.

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Guscar Rocks to Cone Pill     This morning the WeBS count included five Shelducks, two Oystercatchers, 11 Curlews, ten Redshanks, a Yellow Wagtail in a field by Plusterwine level crossing and three Whitethroats. (Barrie Mills).

Aylburton Warth    This morning the WeBS count included a Curlew, an Oystercatcher, 11 Redshanks, four Lapwings, a Cormorant, a Grey Heron, 11 Reed Warblers, two Whitethroats, a Buzzard and three Ravens. (Barrie Mills).

Cirencester     Two Swallows at Oxpens, three Swifts over the Church and two Goldfinches in the churchyard. (Felicity Cobb).

Saturday 23rd May 2020 

Sharpness     An ARCTIC SKUA flew high over Coastguards at 9:50am. (Neil Smart). An OSPREY flew high WSW across the river at 8:16am. Also six Crossbills flew across the river from Purton. (Francis Steuck).

Saul Warth    At high tide this morning a COMMON SCOTER, an Arctic Tern, a Shelduck with ten ducklings, five Curlews, three Oystercatchers, three Ringed Plovers, three Dunlins and a female Marsh Harrier and a pair of Common Cranes over the 100-Acre. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Awre     A COMMON SCOTER drifting upriver off of Awre, presumably the same bird. Also two Whimbrels. (Andy Jayne).

Newnham-on-Severn     A Peregrine caught a Collared Dove in the garden then stayed around and finished the kill. An amazing garden record. (Alison Phelps). Pics by Alison.

Avening     A QUAIL calling just S of Star Farm this morning at ST891967. (Peter Chappell).

Friday 22nd May 2020 

Saul Warth     At high tide this morning birds included seven Oystercatchers, four Curlews, two Redshanks, four Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin, five Little Egrets, a Water Rail and a pair of Yellow Wagtails. (MK).

Halmore     A Hobby wheeling over the fields here this morning, then settled briefly in an oak tree. (Chris Newton). Pic by Chris.

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Forest of Dean     Nightjars back at at least seven sites tonight. (Ben Locke).

Thursday 21st May 2020 

Halmore    In woods here this afternoon a Spotted Flycatcher, a Goldcrest and a Treecreeper, several Willow Warblers, a Blackcap, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and two Buzzards. (Chris Newton). Pic by Chris.

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Saul Warth      At high tide this morning 36 Sanderlings, an Avocet, five Ringed Plovers, five Dunlins, two Curlews, two Lapwings, four Oystercatchers, a Redshank, a late Snipe, a male Yellow Wagtail, a male Reed Bunting, a Little Egret, two distant Cuckoos calling, a female Marsh Harrier at Splatt Bridge and 6+ Skylarks. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Forest of Dean     A pair of Goldcrests at Speech House, the male displaying. At Woorgreens a Garden Warbler, a Siskin and a Tree Pipit. At the dragonfly ponds many Broad-bodied Chasers, Four-spotted Chasers, Large Red Damselflies, Common Blue Damselflies and White-legged Damselflies. On Crabtree Hill 6+ Linnets, 6+ Willow Warblers, a pair of Stonechats and a female and a juvenile Crossbill. In the woods a Wood Warbler and two Wood Whites at Drybrook Road Station. (MK/Bridgette King). Pics by Mike.

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Tewkesbury     A Cuckoo singing on the Ham. Pied Wagtails have fledged locally and lots of Banded Demoiselles on the river. (Jeremy Squire).

Newent Woods     A Garden Warbler singing strongly today. (Gillian Guest).

Gloucester     Three Swifts, two Swallows, a Song Thrush , a Chiffchaff, a Kestrel and a Buzzard along the Horsebere Brook and in adjacent very rough fields in Brockworth. (Adam Waller).

Cherington     At Cherington Lake and in nearby surrounding woods ST 898985 mid morning a Kingfisher, a Little Grebe, a Goldcrest, two Willow Warblers, five Blackcaps, a Treecreeper, two House Martins, two Jays, a Green Woodpecker, a Nuthatch, three Chiffchaffs, a Buzzard and two Mute Swans. (John Fletcher).

Wednesday 20th May 2020 

Saul Warth     Nine Sanderlings, 14 Ringed Plovers, eight Dunlins, eight Lapwings, a Grey Plover calling, an Oystercatcher, two Common Terns, three Little Egrets and a pair of Yellow Wagtails at high tide this morning. (MK). Later 15 Sanderlings, five Bar-tailed Godwits and two Grey Wagtails. (Neil Smart).

Sherborne Water Meadows     A GREAT WHITE EGRET today. (Duncan Dine).

Tresham     In the area late evening a Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail and four Corn Buntings. (Paul Rich).

Coaley     A Red Kite over at midday. (Paul Skirrow). Pic by Paul.

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Wotton-Under-Edge     A Red Kite soaring over Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School at 10:30am today. (stuart McRitchie).

Kingscote    A Red Kite over field near Kingscote, while crop cutting was taking place at midday. (Nigel Tucker).

Forest of Dean     At Crabtree Hill a Tree Pipit, a Siskin calling and a Wood Warbler in woods nearby. A Redstart at Cannop Ponds. (Robin Nelson).

Tuesday 19th May 2020 

Whitminster     A TURTLE DOVE in the garden and in the nearby lane from 1:48pm until late evening. (Tanya Allen). Pics by Tanya.

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Further pics by Mike.

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Cotswold Water Park West      An immature WHITE-TAILED EAGLE reported over Pit 57 today. iPhone record shots taken. (per Jon Mercer).

Saul Warth     At high tide early morning four Curlews, 17 Ringed Plovers, ten Dunlins, four Grey Plovers, two Sanderlings, a Whimbrel, a Knot, an Oystercatcher, a Greenshank and five Redshanks at Splatt Bridge. (Gordon Hodgson).

Coaley     Two Hobbies chasing Swifts today. (Paul Skirrow).

Forest of Dean     A young Dipper at Parkend and at Crabtree Hill several pairs of Stonechats, a male Blackcap and a Tree Pipit. (Paul Clark).

Netheridge Farm     A Cuckoo at the Barn Owl Centre this morning. (Mark Hobson).

Tewkesbury     A Little Egret flew over the garden E to W, a garden tick. (Les Ditchburn).

Cirencester     A Peregrine on prey on the Parish Church at 4pm. (Tim Page). Pic by Tim.


Brand Green     At Collinpark Wood GWT NR SO747280 birds included a Jay, a Willow Warbler, two Green Woodpeckers, ten Chiffchaffs, 14 Blackcaps, eight Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 11 Song Thrushes, seven Long-tailed Tits, two Nuthatches, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, a Goldcrest, a Cuckoo, two Mallards and a pair of Canada Geese with five goslings. (John Fletcher).

Longlevens     A Red Kite over being harassed by a corvid today. (per Gord Avery).

Monday 18th May 2020 

Cheltenham     A male RING OUZEL in a garden at Springfield Park at 4:30pm. (per Andy Chapman).

Forest of Dean    A small flock of six Crossbills in Newent Woods this afternoon. (Rob Guest). Opposite Speech House, a Bullfinch, a Hawfinch drinking in a low pool and Broad-bodied Chasers emerging from a dragonfly pool further down. Two Buzzards circling at Mitcheldean. (Chris Keeling).

Saul     A Red Kite over Moor Street today. (Mr Squire per Jeremy Squire).

Quedgeley     A Raven still visiting the garden at Shelduck Road early morning daily. (Steve Pullen).

Sunday 17th May 2020 

Gloucester     A Hobby flew over Chatsworth Avenue, Tuffley heading SE at 12:45pm. (Dean Lord).

Berkeley shore     A Grey Plover and three Ringed Plovers briefly before being pushed off by the tide. (Paul Taylor).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Male and female Yellow Wagtail here today. (Les Waring).

Saul Warth     This morning five Curlews, a distant Whimbrel, a Redshank, four Little Egrets, a Reed Bunting and three Common Terns. At Saul Lodge pond a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a drake Tufted Duck. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Maisemore     Either side of Church Road and along Court Lake to the weir birds included two Tufted Ducks, three Moorhens, 26 Mallards including 15 ducklings, a pair of Mute Swans with three cygnets, two House Martins, a Sand Martin, two Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush, two Goldfinches, two Green Woodpeckers, six Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, two Kingfishers, three Buzzards and 13 Jackdaws. Also six Beautiful Demoiselles, three Brimstones and a Common Blue. (John Fletcher).

Saturday 16th May 2020 

Nailsworth    An adult GANNET heading high SW over Nympsfield towards Dursley at 7:20pm. (Francis Steuck/Terry Grant).

Berkeley shore     A Grey Plover, a summer-plumaged Sanderling, three Whimbrels, Curlew, 104 Ringed Plovers, c50 Dunlins and a Cuckoo today. (Paul Taylor).

Saul Warth     This afternoon a summer-plumaged Greenshank, eight Curlews, a Whimbrel, an Oystercatcher, ten Lapwings flew W, a Yellow Wagtail, 13 Little Egrets, a distant female Marsh Harrier and the first Common Blue butterfly of the year. (Gordon Hodgson/MK). Pic by Mike.

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Nailsworth     At Dunkirk Millponds early afternoon birds included two Mandarins, two Grey Wagtails, a Song Thrush, a Willow Warbler, a Greylag, two Moorhens and two Brimstones. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     A Yellow Wagtail today. (Alan McIlquham).

Cheltenham     A Grey Wagtail at Pittville Park today. (Alan McIlquham). Pic by Alan.

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Friday 15th May 2020 

Coombe Hill Meadows     A GREAT WHITE EGRET dropped in this morning. (Ian Hull).

Saul Warth     This morning at low tide on the river just two Ringed Plovers and seven Curlews. Also a Treecreeper (2nd patch record), a Peregrine, eight Lapwings, four Redshanks, two Little Egrets, 30 Swifts and a Yellow Wagtail heard. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Cambridge    This afternoon Ryall’s Lane a female Mandarin duck with six ducklings swimming along the River Cam. (Chris Nice).

Frampton     At the pools five Hobbies, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Kingfisher today. (Sophie Harris/Martin Greenish/Michelle Davies).

Gloucester    At Alney Island early morning birds included a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Cuckoo, four Chiffchaffs, a Peregrine, four Goldfinches, two Greenfinches, two Blackcaps and 6+Reed Warblers. (Dave Stone).

Thursday 14th May 2020 

Cotswold Water Park West     At Pit 127 a pair of GARGANEYS seen from Dudgrove Lane, staying very close to the bank, and seen only intermittently. Also a minimum of 20 Common Terns and a pair of Oystercatchers. (John Durell).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 125 this afternoon Reed Warblers, Reed Buntings, Sedge Warblers, a Green Woodpecker, a Hobby and two Oystercatchers. (Chris Snook).

Cleeve Hill     Early morning a female RING OUZEL, two Wheatears and two Red Kites over. (Tom Mabbett).

Saul Warth     This morning 97 Ringed Plovers, 34 Dunlins, a Little Stint, 14 Curlews, an Oystercatcher, a Common Sandpiper, a Whinchat, a Yellow Wagtail, four Little Egrets, a Red Kite and masses of Swifts and hirundines still. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Frampton     At the Sailing Lake, three Yellow Wagtails, a Common Sandpiper, six Common Terns and c200 Swifts and at Court Lake a Hobby, an Oystercatcher and a Red Kite. At Splatt Bridge a Cuckoo, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Sedge Warbler. (Vic Polley/MK).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A pair of Yellow Wagtails today. (Paul Clark).

Cirencester     Two Peregrines perched on the same side of the parish church in the shade overlooking the church porch. (Dave Soons).

Gloucester    At Castle Meads West two Mute Swans, six Canada Geese and c12 Mallards. At Port Ham pool two pairs of Reed Warblers, a Grey Heron, a male Stock Dove and at least five singing Song Thrushes in the area. (Gord Avery).

Wednesday 13th May 2020 

Nailsworth     A PURPLE HERON flew low over the garden NW towards Selsley/Frampton at 4:20pm. (Francis Steuck).

Saul Warth     This morning a Grey Plover, a Little Stint, six Whimbrels, 50 Ringed Plovers, 20+ Curlews, 20 Dunlins, two Oystercatchers, 200+ Black-headed Gulls, a pair of Yellow Wagtails, 12 Little Egrets, 200+ Swifts, 100+ House Martins, 100+ Sand Martins, 20+ Swallows and two male Reed Buntings. (Neil Smart/MK). Pic by Mike.

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Frampton pools     This evening five LITTLE GULLS dropped in briefly, 200+ Sand Martins, 100+ Swifts, ten Common Terns, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and two Egyptian Geese. (Nick Goatman).

Longney     Along the Severn Way from Crib Lane to the Old Fish House at the Severn end of the old orchards and back birds included a Cuckoo, a Little Owl, two Swifts, two Swallows. two Skylarks, three Whitethroats, four Goldfinches, 12 Sedge Warblers, five Shelducks, a Grey Heron, a Cormorant, nine Mallards and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher). Pics by John.

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Sharpness to Berkeley Pill     Along the Severn this morning two Yellow Wagtails, Skylarks singing, a Sand Martin with Swallows, a Little Egret and a Red Kite flying upriver. (Dave Emery).

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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