Wednesday 12th May 2021

Broadoak     A SPOONBILL on the river shortly before 6pm. (Steve Jayne).

Purton     A drake SCAUP again on the canal between Purton and Shepherd’s Patch at 7:45am. (Dave Paynter).

WWT Slimbridge     At Middle Point at high tide a Turnstone, six Whimbrels, 69 Dunlins, four Sanderlings, 20+ Ringed Plovers, two Redshanks, two Curlews, a Lapwing, two Little Egrets, a male Greenland Wheatear and a Grasshopper Warbler still reeling. (Neil Smart/MK). Five CATTLE EGRETS in the last roadside field on the right approaching WWT at 1pm feeding amongst the cattle. (Kate Fox). A Little Ringed Plover on the Rushy. (Martin Price). A Red Kite over the field next to Slimbridge school at 3:10pm. (Shane Long).

Frampton     Ten Hobbies over the Court Lake early afternoon today. Also four singing Sedge Warblers and three Yellow Wagtails by the Sailing Lake. (Steve Kear). 40+ Swifts feeding high over the pools this morning. (Gill Stacey). Also a Green Woodpecker, the Ross’s Goose and a few Common Terns. Two Cuckoos chasing each other at Splatt Bridge, also a Buzzard, a Hobby and a Little Egret. (Karle Burford). A CATTLE EGRET at Splatt Bridge. (James Barradine).

Saul     At Saul Warth this afternoon two LITTLE GULLS (adult & 1st summer), three Common Terns, 13 Whimbrels, three Oystercatchers, two Ringed Plovers, two Cuckoos, a Yellow Wagtail and c50 Swifts. (Gordon Hodgson). A Cuckoo calling from around Gardeners Pools. (Roberta Goodall).

Forest of Dean    Four pairs of Pied Flycatchers and several males as well, 5+ Spotted Flycatchers, a fly-over LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER, a Redstart, 3+ Treecreepers and a Bank Vole. (Chris Snook). Also at Nagshead a Firecrest singing, two Nuthatches, a pair of Siskins, two male Mandarins, a Garden Warbler, two Ravens and a Buzzard. (Steve Brown).

Spotted Flycatcher by Chris Snook

Pied Flycatcher by Chris Snook

Redstart by Chris Snook

Edge     At Rudge Hill NR this morning a Cuckoo, a Tree Pipit, a Swallow, a House Martin, two Green Woodpeckers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Whitethroat, a Blackcap, a Song Thrush, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs. (Phil Williams).

Cleeve Hill     Below the masts a Cuckoo, a Whitethroat and a female Redstart today. (Paul Watkins).

Redstart by Paul Watkins

Whitethroat by Paul Watkins

Cuckoo by Paul Watkins

Charlton Kings Common     A Cuckoo calling all afternoon. (Dr Henry Harvey).

Highnam Woods     One possibly two Nightingales early morning, but only showing very briefly. Also a Raven. (MK).

Weston Subedge     Two Grey Partridges flew over the road just N of Weston Subedge. (Jeremy Squire).

Gloucester     At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake birds included a pair of Mute Swans, a Sedge Warbler, a Blackcap, a Whitethroat, a Reed Bunting, a Little Egret and a Grey Heron flew over, a Stock Dove and small flocks of Linnet. (John Wilson).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning along the canal two male Redstarts, a Cuckoo heard, a male Bullfinch, a Reed Warbler near the car park and plenty of Sedge Warblers and  Whitethroats. (Terry Stevenson). Also this morning 24 Mute Swans, 23 Greylags, 22 Canada Geese, one pair each of Shelducks, Wigeon and Gadwall, a male Teal, 20+ Mallards, a GREAT WHITE EGRET, a Grey Heron, ten Coots, two Oystercatchers, five Avocets, ten Lapwings, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Curlew, two Redshanks and a Yellow Wagtail. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     A pair of Mute Swans, a pair of Canada Geese, three adult Grey Herons;, a GREAT WHITE EGRET (same as CHM), a Little Egret, a Curlew and at least three singing Redstarts. (Mike Smart).

Haw Bridge     East of the Severn a male Curlew, a Cuckoo, two singing Redstarts and two Linnets. (Mike Smart).

North Cerney     A Dipper and a Kingfisher on the River Churn between here and Rendcomb. Also Roe Deer fawn lying up by the river. A pair of Grey Wagtails at Rendcomb. (Andy Lewis).

Charlton Kings     A Cuckoo heard in the vicinity of Timbercombe woods this evening. (Rose Lennard).

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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