Saturday 26th June 2021

WWT Slimbridge     The white-spotted BLUETHROAT was still at Middle Point this morning and showed very briefly at 9:50am. It continues to be very elusive and mornings seem to be the best chance. (Ian Ralphs/Rich Baatsen). On South Lake a Wood Sandpiper, 103 Avocets including chicks, a Green Sandpiper, 27 Redshanks, a Ruff, 42 Black-tailed Godwits, five Oystercatcher and a Common Sandpiper. (Dot Jones/Mike Davis/Jeanne Vitkovskis).

Arlingham     A Kestrel family amongst hay bales today. (Marc Freebrey).

Kestrels by Marc Freebrey

Kestrel by Marc Freebrey

Forest of Dean     This morning a Goshawk and a Hobby circling above Rodmore Farm on Rodmore Lane. (Paul Woolams).

Frampton     The Ross’s Goose and the Bar-headed x Snow Goose hybrid with the Barnacle Geese and a pair of Great Crested Grebes with two young on Court Lake. An Avocet, a female Mandarin, a Swallow and a pale Buzzard from Splatt Bridge. (Paul Sutton). Also a Golden-ringed Dragonfly S of the Sailing Lake today. (Nick Goatman).

Great Crested Grebes by Paul Sutton

Swallow by Paul Sutton

Winchcombe     A Red Kite overhead early morning. In the garden, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, young Coal Tits being fed, families of Goldfinches, and three Swifts circling. (Gill Worthington).

Tewkesbury     On Severn Ham a pair of Mute Swans nesting on Mill Avon, a Grey Heron, three Cormorants over, a Curlew, a Cuckoo still singing, five singing Skylarks, 1 or 2 Sedge Warblers still singing, two Ravens and at least five singing Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Lower Lode     A Cuckoo singing and two Reed Buntings singing. (Mike Smart).

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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