Friday 21st May 2021

Sharpness     A pale phase POMARINE SKUA with full spoons flew upriver midstream at 5pm. (Neil Smart). An adult GANNET flew N at 2:25pm and back S 15 minutes later. Also six Arctic Terns, also seen at Saul Warth. (Paul Taylor/Andy Jordan). A FULMAR flew N at 6pm and was over Hock Ditch at 6:20pm. (Paul Rich/MK).

Fulmar by Mike King

Frampton     At the Sailing Lake a sub adult SABINE’S GULL flew over heading towards the Severn at 6:25pm. Also a LITTLE GULL, two Arctic Terns and 12 Common Terns. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge     On South Lake a drake GARGANEY, at least one CATTLE EGRET, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, 53 adult Avocets and several chicks and the drake Goldeneye. The GLOSSY IBIS flew in at 11:45am but only stayed for 15 minutes before flying off towards the canal. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Garganey by Mike King

Glossy Ibis (record shot) by Mike King

Saul Warth     21 Sanderlings and two Little Egrets at high tide. (Gordon Hodgson/Martin McGill).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A WOOD SANDPIPER still from Grundon hide at 9am. Also six Ringed Plovers, three Dunlins, two Little Ringed Plovers, an Avocet, a Redshank, three Lapwings, two Oystercatchers, four Swifts and 20 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (Paul Masters).

May Hill     A pair of Nuthatches raising chicks in a nestbox within 6ft of the back door. (Rob & Gillian Guest).

Nuthatch by Rob Guest

Elmore Back    A pair of Lapwings in a ploughed field by the river this afternoon. (Simon Hart).

Chapman’s Cross     A pair of Grey Partridges today. (Terry Grant).

Grey Partridge by Terry Grant

Alvington    A Red Kite flew low over Clanna Country Park heading S at 5pm. (Paul Woolams).

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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