Monday 2nd May 2022

Westonbirt Arboretum     A male FIRECREST singing in full view in Silkwood today. (Megan Adamou).

Berkeley     A CORN BUNTING just N of the Pill briefly this morning and a Whinchat. Over 1000 hirundines N, five Mediterranean Gulls, four Bar-tailed Godwits, seven Whimbrels, three Wheatear and three Yellow Wagtails. (Andy Jordan). From 10:30am three Bar-tailed Godwits, 16 Whimbrels, two Curlews, two Common Sandpipers, a Tree Pipit, a Swift and c300 Swallows streaming NE. (Paul Taylor).

Purton     A female COMMON SCOTER N upriver at 12:49pm. Also seven ARCTIC TERNS, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Mediterranean Gull, a SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, 2000 hirundines, mostly Swallows, nine Swifts, 14 Yellow Wagtails, two Tree Pipits, 170 Goldfinches, 20 Siskins and 11 Jays. (Francis Steuck).

Witcombe Reservoir     A BAR-TAILED GODWIT, a Swift with Sand Martins and Swallows and a Common Sandpiper. (Eric Harris/John Elliott/Andy Jayne/Les Ditchburn).

Bar-tailed Godwit video grab by John Elliott

Saul Warth     Four ARCTIC TERNS off of the Warth at 9am. Also 900 Swallows NE till 11am and lower numbers of House Martins and Sand Martins, five Whimbrels, a Bar-tailed Godwit, three Mediterranean Gulls (ad & 2 x 2cy) 60 Linnets, a Yellow Wagtail, two Swifts and a Wheatear. (Gordon Hodgson).

WWT Slimbridge      An ARCTIC SKUA NE past Middle Point and inland over Saul Warth at 3pm. At least five Turnstones today with the wader flock. (Slimbridge Sightings). A drake GARGANEY on the Rushy this morning. (Paul Masters). A LITTLE GULL on the Rushy and four Wheatears and male and female Whinchats from the summer walkway this afternoon. (Lee Gardiner).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A WOOD SANDPIPER, a Whimbrel, two Curlews, a Greenshank over, 15 Yellow Wagtails (including Grey-Headed, an odd Yellow-headed and a Channel type female) and a Great White Egret. (Jeremy Squire).

Awre     A Cuckoo, two Yellow Wagtails, six Wheatears, two Reed Warblers, three Lesser Whitethroats, four Whitethroats, a Ringed Plover, four Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, a Peregrine and steady stream of Swallows N. (Lewis Thomson).

Forest of Dean    Four male and three female Pied Flycatchers at Nagshead this morning. (Tim Salkeld).

Frampton     Two Common Terns on the Sailing Lake. (Ken Hurcombe/Paul Seligman).

Ryeford     A Reed Warbler on the canal at Ryeford double lock this morning. Also a Dipper on the river nearby. (Simon Spedding).

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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