Wednesday 5th May 2021

Cotswold Water Park West     Late news of a LITTLE TERN on Pit 57 yesterday evening, but no news either way today. (Dave Creber).

WWT Slimbridge     This morning an immature SPOONBILL feeding in the Tack piece pool next to the Estuary tower. On the river 34 Dunlins, 23 Ringed Plovers, three Sanderlings, a Little Stint and three Little Egrets. Two reeling Grasshopper Warblers, a passage of Swifts and a Wheatear at Mid Point. (Neil Smart). Also a CATTLE EGRET in the approach fields. (Tom Mabbett). The first Barnacle goslings on Court lake, eight Common Terns, the Ross’s Goose still and a male Goldeneye flew off of Court Lake. (Nick Goatman).

Frampton     On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge early morning a Great Crested Grebe on the canal, first since March, two Little Egrets, three Redshanks, and  oddly one on the canal, a Cuckoo, a Buzzard, a Water Rail calling, a Common Tern, a male Wheatear, the Garden Warbler still, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Cetti’s Warblers and 50+ Swifts. (MK). Two Hobbies very low over Court Lake. (Tom Mabbett). This afternoon on the Sailing Lake two Oystercatchers, three Yellow Wagtails (1m, 2f), five Hobbies, numerous Swallows and Sand Martins, four Swifts, 1+ Blackcap, 2+ Chiffchaffs, 1+ Willow Warblers, a pair of Greylags with six goslings and a Green Woodpecker. (Alan Hooper).

Garden Warbler by Mike King

Great Crested Grebe by Mike King

Buzzard by Mike King

Little Egret & Greylags by Paul Watkins

Yellow Wagtail by Alan Hooper

Newnham-on-Severn     A male Hawfinch perched on top of a horse chestnut on Church Road at 6:20pm. (Lewis Thomson).

Witcombe Reservoirs     This morning birds included a Canada Goose, four Mute Swans, 12 Mallards, 13 Tufted Ducks, a Little Grebe, eight Great Crested Grebes, three Cormorants, 5+ Moorhens, 12 Coots, c35 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and c25 Herring Gulls, two Buzzards, a Swift, many Swallows and House Martins and fewer numbers of Sand Martins, three Common Sandpipers, a Green Woodpecker and two Pied Wagtails. (Gordon Avery/Eric Harris).

Nympsfield     House Martins nest building in the centre of the village and feeding around the entrance to Woodchester Park. (David Price).

Coaley Peak     A Peregrine heading south along escarpment edge. (David Price).

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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