Thursday 20th May 2021

Coombe Hill Meadows     At midday WOOD SANDPIPER on south scrape (left of Grundon hide). Also today a male Marsh Harrier passed through early morning (per logbook), a Mute Swan still on the nest, a pair of Canada Geese with six goslings, four Shelducks, a male Gadwall, a Little Egret, a Coot, a pair of Avocets, two pairs of Lapwings and two Redshanks. (Mike Smart).

WWT Slimbridge    A pair of Little Ringed Plovers and two Black-tailed Godwits on the Rushy. A first summer Mediterranean Gull, the drake Goldeneye and two adult CATTLE EGRETS on South Lake again and the Ross’s Goose on the Tack Piece with Barnacle Geese still. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Ross’s Goose (right) with Barnacle Goose by Nigel Gardener
Black-tailed Godwit by Nigel Gardener

Frampton    From the towpath at Splatt Bridge between 6:15-9am three GREAT WHITE EGRETS, a Little Egret, a drake Mandarin, the Ross’s Goose flew S at 7:45am, two Common Terns, a Cuckoo calling, 30+ Swifts and a Lesser Whitethroat. (MK).

Gretton     A male Green Woodpecker foraging for ants in a garden for half an hour this afternoon. (Roger Wasley).

Green Woodpecker by Roger Wasley

Forest of Dean     In Darkham Wood at Redmarley D’Abitot a Cuckoo calling to the SE, five Blackcaps, a Whitethroat, ten Chiffchaffs and a Great Spotted Woodpecker today. (Phil Williams).

Dursley     A Hobby over Whiteway at 6:30 pm being seen off by the local crows. (Phil Pope).

Stroud     Two juvenile Dippers and three Grey Wagtails today. (Eric Harris).

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon 12 Mute Swans, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, two Wigeon, a drake Teal, three Coots, a Grey Heron, two Chiffchaffs, a Chaffinch, a Blackcap and a Reed Bunting. (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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