Friday 7th May 2021

Frampton    Early morning from the towpath N of Splatt, two Little Egrets, two Common Terns, a Redshank, two Lapwings, two Whimbrels, a Cuckoo, 20+ Swifts, three Lesser Whitethroats and a Water Vole. (MK/Martin Wightman). Five Hobbies on Court Lake and a Cetti’s Warbler by the Sailing Lake. (Martin Wightman). The Ross’s Goose still on Court Lake today. (Mike Beer).

Ross’s Goose by Mike Beer

WWT Slimbridge    At Mid Point, a male Whinchat, a male Greenland Wheatear, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling quietly, a Peregrine on the Dumbles, Avocets everywhere, 30 Black-tailed Godwits and a Little Ringed Plover on the Rushy. (MK).

Little Ringed Plover by Mike King

Greenland Wheatear by Mike King

Whinchat by Mike King

Saul Warth     15 Whimbrels and c70 Dunlins, a male Mandarin on Saul Lodge pond and a Mistle Thrush. (Richard Williams).

Edge     A Cuckoo at Rudge Hill N.R. this morning. (Simon Hart/Ian Elphick). Also a Peregrine flew over low. (Ian Elphick).

Gloucester     A  Peregrine at 9:30am circling Tuffley being mobbed by gulls it gained height and headed off SW. (Ian Elphick). A Common Sandpiper reported from Horsbere Brook today and yesterday. (per Ian Elphick). At Linden five Swifts newly arrived at 7:30pm. (Mo Croose-Johnson).

Cleeve Hill     At least 24 Wheatears still this morning, three Cuckoos, four Redstarts and a Tree Pipit. Plenty of Dingy Skippers along with Small Blues, Small Heath and Green Hairstreaks. Pyrausta nigrata and Small Purple-Barred were day-flying moths present. (Greg Lee). At least six Wheatears and a Whinchat in the field in front of the masts car parking this evening. (Roberta Goodall).

Stonehouse     At the Ocean, a Goldcrest, a Jay, a Chiffchaff and Swallows. At Beards Mill two Dippers and a Grey Wagtail. 10+ Swallows and 150+ House Martins at Stanley Downton water treatment works. (Paul Sutton).

Dipper by Paul Sutton

Longney      At the sands and along the Severn Way late afternoon three Shelducks, two Chiffchaffs. two Blackcaps, two male Reed Buntings, two Sedge Warblers, two Skylarks, five Swallows, a Kestrel and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

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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