Wednesday 11th May 2022

Coombe Hill Meadows     The CURLEW SANDPIPER present until dusk. Also today a Cattle Egret early morning only, a pair of Lapwings have hatched four chicks, a pair of Oystercatchers have two chicks, four Dunlins, eight Ringed Plovers, two Little Ringed Plovers, two Redshanks, three Avocets, a Common Sandpiper and a Cuckoo. (Ian Ralphs/Chris Downward). A LITTLE TERN dropped in for 5 minutes only at 10:15am. (Paul Masters). Also this evening two Great White Egrets, three Yellow Wagtails, four Ringed Plovers, two Dunlins, two Little Egrets and two singing Cuckoos. (Jeremy Squire).

Curlew Sandpiper by Mike King

Curlew Sandpiper, Ringed Plover & Little Ringed Plover by Mike King

Little Tern by Paul Masters

WWT Slimbridge     The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide. (Slimbridge Sightings). A LITTLE GULL and two drake GARGANEYS on the Rushy and a Hobby over the grounds. (Jonathan Bull).

Frampton pools     150+ Swifts, 100+ Sand Martins, 10+ House Martins, 10+ Swallows, a Common Sandpiper and six Common Terns on the Sailing Lake. A LITTLE GULL and four Hobbies on Court Lake. (Nick Goatman/MK).

Saul Warth     This afternoon ten Ringed Plovers, two summer plumaged Dunlins, an Oystercatcher, two Curlews, 33 Shelducks, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Wheatear and the pair of Grey Wagtails decimating the bee population to feed their young. (MK).

Wheatear by Mike King

Grey Wagtail by Mike King

Forest of Dean     A Red Kite at Five Acres crossroads, Berry Hill at 1:15pm. (Kevin Jones).

Lydney     From the harbour 13 Whimbrel flew upstream, four Oystercatchers, eight Swallows, four Greenfinches, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, two Chiffchaffs, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Moorhen with one chick. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

Tuffley     This afternoon at 4:45pm a Red Kite drifted between here and Robinswood Hill, heading SE. Also male and female Sparrowhawks, the male appeared to be displaying. (Ian Elphick).

Chedworth     The first pair of Swifts screaming over, same arrival date as last year. (Harvey Sherwood).

Nailsworth     15 Swifts over, also a Kestrel and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher/Jake King).

Swift by John Fletcher

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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