Monday 16th May 2022

WWT Slimbridge     A TEMMINCK’S STINT on the Rushy for most of the day. (Martin McGill). Later another TEMMINCK’S STINT showing from Zeiss hide. Also two drake GARGANEYS and two SPOONBILLS there. (James Robinson). The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL again on the Bottom New Piece. At Middle Point a Harbour Seal close in at high tide. (Martin McGill). A SANDWICH TERN flew S downriver towards Sharpness at 9:35am viewed from Middle Point. A summer-plumaged Golden Plover on the Tack Piece. (MK). The LITTLE GULL still on South Lake. (Paul Rich).

Temminck’s Stint by Mark Dowie

Common or Harbour Seal by Mike King

Golden Plover by Mike King

Newnham-on-Severn    The ICELAND GULL floating down river at Newnham at 10:20am, but flew back up river at 10:35am. Also a Whimbrel feeding on the sands. (Lewis Thomson).

Iceland Gull by Lewis Thomson

Iceland Gull by Lewis Thomson

Blakeney     The second-calendar year ICELAND GULL seen briefly in flight from the road at 1:20pm flying around with other gulls whilst the tractor was in the field. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

Lydney     At Bishop Mead from the garden 42 Swifts, 33 House Martins, two Mallards, a Chaffinch, two Greenfinches, a Stock Dove, 16 Feral Pigeons, seven Starlings, a Song Thrush and five Mute Swans. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

Saul Warth     At 7am seven Grey Plovers and three Golden Plovers. (MK/Pete Churton).

Longney Sands     This evening four Grey Plovers, four Ringed Plovers, 19 Dunlins, a Little Egret, eight Sedge Warblers, ten Reed Warblers and five Yellow Wagtails. (Andy Jayne).

Frampton pools    Four Hobbies, a LITTLE GULL, six Common Terns, ten Swifts, a Kingfisher, two Ravens, the Ross’s Goose and a Mute Swan with four cygnets. (Nick Goatman).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 132 14 Ringed Plovers, three Dunlins, a Sanderling, a Whimbrel, 12 Common Terns and a Peregrine. (Ian Sherriffs).

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead today male and female Redstarts, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Treecreeper, Siskins, a Nuthatch, Mandarins (1f +6), a female Blackcap and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Mike Davis).

Bourton-on-the-Water     A Cuckoo calling repeatedly around the south pit.  An Oystercatcher flying around the north pits. (Andy Lewis).

Bussage     13 Swifts over high early this morning. (Michael Cook).

Toadsmoor     Along the Toadsmoor valley adjacent to the two lakes birds included four Chiffchaffs, a Grey Wagtail, a Spotted Flycatcher, two Treecreepers, six Jays, a Marsh Tit, two Coal Tits and a probable Wood Warbler singing high in the canopy but not seen at SO882043 near the Keepers Cottage. Two male Tufted Ducks on the upper lake, a Weasel ran across the footpath and four Speckled Wood butterflies. A Peregrine in a stoop over Toadsmoor valley at 6:20pm taking a Woodpigeon. (Michael Cook).

Quedgeley     At Shelduck Road today three Oystercatchers flew noisily overhead heading SW at 1:20pm, a male Great Spotted Woodpecker on the garden feeder. Many of the local Starling nests fledged at first light this morning. 20 House Martins from the local colony and four Swifts. Also nocturnal visitors to garden included three Hedgehogs and two Foxes. (Steve Pullen).

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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