Wednesday 4th May 2022

WWT Slimbridge    45+ KITTIWAKES from Middle Point this morning. Also a LITTLE TERN, a LITTLE GULL, a Mediterranean Gull, two Ruff, five Whimbrels, c30 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, two Turnstones, a SPOONBILL and a Cuckoo. (Andy Jayne/Neil Smart/Mark Dowie). A Garden Warbler singing by the Robbie Garnett hide. (Andy Jayne). A first summer LITTLE GULL on the Rushy at 9:30am. Two Lesser Whitethroats singing and Cattle Egret with cows between the Trust and Shepherd’s Patch at lunchtime. (James Robinson).

Frampton     On the Sailing Lake an ARCTIC TERN, four Common Terns and a Yellow Wagtail. At Court Lake two Hobbies, a first summer LITTLE GULL, a Peregrine over and the Ross’s Goose on Court field. (Nick Goatman).

Gretton     A Grasshopper Warbler reeling this afternoon at 3:30pm N of Gretton at SP014313 (where the footpaths cross), seen briefly in flight three times. (Tim Hutton).

Cobney Meadows     A male Whinchat today. (Dan Gornall).

Whinchat by Dan Gornall

Cleeve Hill     On the Bill Smyllie butterfly reserve three Cuckoos and 10+ Skylarks. Four Wheatears in the field adjacent to the masts. Several Willow Warblers, four Whitethroats, five Buzzards and two Red Kites. (Alan Hooper). At least 12 Wheatears and a pair of Stonechats this evening. (Tom Mabbett).

Gloucester     A Tawny Owl at Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Area. (Alan Hooper).

Stinchcombe Hill     Spotted Flycatchers back this evening. (James Robinson).

Hazlecote Farm     Two Red Kites today. (Terry Grant).

Nailsworth     Two Hobbies flew N this evening. (Terry Grant).

Ashleworth Ham     Birds included a colour-ringed Curlew “AJ” , male and female Teal, 16 Mallards, five Canada Geese, six Greylags, three Grey Herons, two Pied Wagtails, a Lapwing, three Mute Swans, two Moorhens, two Blackcaps, two Swallows, two Chiffchaffs, a Stock Dove, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Red-legged Partridges, a Jay and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Five Mute Swans, four Greylags, 11 Canada Geese and a pair with five goslings, a Shelduck, a female Wigeon, six Teal, 5+ Gadwall, five Shovelers (4m, 1f), four Tufted Ducks, five Cormorants, a Great White Egret, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, a Sparrowhawk, a Hobby, five Coots, four Avocets, two Oystercatchers, six Lapwings, three Little Ringed Plovers, a Whimbrel over, three Curlews, four Redshanks, a Ringed Plover, a Dunlin, a Snipe, a Cuckoo singing all day, several Swallows, a Sand Martin, at least ten Pied Wagtails, at least three Yellow Wagtails, at least three singing Redstarts, at least two Cetti’s Warblers, two Reed Warblers, large numbers of Sedge Warblers, Whitethroats and Blackcaps, two Lesser Whitethroats, 2+ Willow Warblers, lots of Chiffchaffs, two Yellowhammers and several Reed Buntings. (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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