Sunday 16th May 2021

WWT Slimbridge     A GLOSSY IBIS flew around Saul Warth, Frampton flashes and the 100-Acre before settling on the Rushy for 20 minutes then it flew off heading towards the canal and dropping and seemed to be following the canal to the North (Cambridge Arms Bridge). Also a reeling Grasshopper Warbler at Mid Point and a drake Garganey around the grounds. (Martin McGill).

Frampton    Eleven Hobbies hawking insects at the back of Court Lake this afternoon. Also a 2nd calendar year LITTLE GULL. (Gordon Kirk).

Lower Kilcott     A Spotted Flycatcher still at Midger Wood early morning. (Paul Rich).

Saul Warth     Two GREAT WHITE EGRETS on Frampton shore at 10:30am visible from the Warth distantly. Also a Whimbrel, two Oystercatchers, 60 Shelducks and 30+ Swifts. A drake Mandarin and a pair of Tufted Ducks on Saul Lodge pond. (MK).

Whimbrel by Mike King

Charlton Kings    A Peregrine circling over church early afternoon. (Tom Mabbett).

Withington     Along the River Coln early morning, five Little Egrets and a pair of Mandarins. Also two Reed Buntings, two Willow Warblers, a Whitethroat and a Treecreeper in song. (Chris Furley).

Wistley Hill     A Cuckoo calling and then flew towards Charlton Kings Common. (Chris Furley).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Little Ringed Plover, two Yellow Wagtails, aa GREAT WHITE EGRET, a Whitethroat, a Linnet, a Sedge Warbler, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Reed Bunting and two Avocets. (David Benton).

Stonehouse    Early morning along the canal between the bridges either side of the Ocean two Cetti’s Warblers, two Blackcaps (1 juvenile), a male Greenfinch, two fledgling Robins, two Long-tailed Tits (plus a fledgling), a Song Thrush and a Green Woodpecker in the graveyard at St. Cyr’s church (Dave Abrams).

Green Woodpecker by Dave Abrams

Arlingham     South of the passage 23 Shelducks, three Grey Herons, a Little Egret and a Little Owl. (James Barradine).

Gloucester     At Alney Island a singing Nightingale, four Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Reed Warblers, three Sedge Warblers, a Willow Warbler, a Kingfisher and a Little Egret. (James Barradine).

Brookthorpe     Along Upton Lane this afternoon three Whitethroats, six Swallows, two Red-legged Partridges, two Pied Wagtails, nine House Sparrows and a male Kestrel. (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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