Sunday 23rd May 2021

WWT Slimbridge     The drake GARGANEY back on South Lake today. Also an adult CATTLE EGRET there again. The Ross’s Goose still about the grounds today too. (Helen Bojaniwska/Roberta Goodall/Morag Hughes/Mark Hobson/Neil Smart).

Garganey by Mark Hobson

Saul Warth     AT high tide early this morning a Whimbrel, two Dunlins, 20 Shelducks, a Yellow Wagtail, a Pied Wagtail and 70+ House Martins and a Sand Martin feeding over the sewage works. A female Mandarin with 12 newly hatched ducklings on Saul Lodge pond. Also the local adult Tawny Owl getting mobbed by Blackbirds nearby. (MK).

Mandarins by Mike King

Forest of Dean     Early morning a pair of Pied Flycatchers and another male, a Spotted Flycatcher and a female Redstart at Nagshead. (Paul Masters/Mark Watkins).

Pied Flycatcher by Mark Watkins

Redstart by Mark Watkins

Cambridge     A pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding chicks near the canal. Also several Swallows and Swifts and a pair of Bullfinches flying over the canal near Shepherds Patch bridge.(Dave Abrams & Hannah Willoughby).

Great Spotted Woodpeckers by Dave Abrams

Aylburton Warth/Guscar Rocks     On the WeBS count seven Canada Geese, seven Shelducks, six Mallards, a Peregrine, 12 Oystercatchers, two Lapwings, 45 Ringed Plovers, 60 Dunlins, two Sanderlings, 17 Curlews, nine Redshanks, 40 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, five Skylarks, two Meadow Pipits, a male Stonechat and six Reed Warblers. (Barrie Mills/Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning two Redshanks, a Dunlin, two Oystercatchers and a chick, two Lapwings and two chicks, two Avocets, a Great Crested Grebe, two Canada Geese, a Shelduck, a Grey Heron, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 12 House Martins, three Swallow, 6+ Sedge Warblers and several Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. (John Fletcher).

Ashleworth Ham     Late morning a Red Kite, a Great Crested Grebe, male and female Tufted Ducks, two Wigeon, seven Coots, eight Greylags, a Shelduck, 12 Mute Swans, nine Mallards, 45+ House Martins and five Swallows. (John Fletcher).

Amberley     In Theescombe Lane a female Siskin on a feeder this morning. (Phil Williams).

Hardwicke     A Reeve’s Muntjac at Madam’s End early morning. (MK).

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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