Tuesday 17th May 2022

WWT Slimbridge    Two immature SPOONBILLS on the Top New Piece, a drake GARGANEY and the GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the Bottom New Piece. On the Rushy the pair of Little Ringed Plovers have two chicks, the Common Cranes have two chicks and 44+ Avocets and at least one chick. An Egyptian Goose and a Golden Plover on the Tack Piece along the channel near the pillbox. On South Lake the LITTLE GULL again this afternoon and two second-calendar year Mediterranean Gulls. Four unringed Common Cranes together on the Dumbles. (Scott Petrek/Roy Kinchin/Ken Mihill/Geoff Moyser). Also a pair of Kingfishers from Kingfisher hide and another at South Lake. 66 Black-tailed Godwits and a Cuckoo from Hogarth hide, a Bar Tailed Godwit on the Bottom New Piece. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

Little Ringed Plovers by Mike King

Common Cranes by Mike King

Common Cranes by Mike King

Upham Meadow     Two Corn Buntings singing from docks in the northern part of the meadow, the first recorded here or anywhere else in the Severn or Avon Vales, for several years. (Mike Smart).

Lower Stone     A Little Owl flew over the road just in Glos by about 500 yards late afternoon. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning 3+ pairs of Skylarks, 8+ Reed Buntings, Sedge Warblers and Chiffchaffs all along the canal, 6+ Whitethroats, a Canada Goose with five juveniles, a Lapwing still with four juveniles, 100’s of Damselflies, a Four-spotted Chaser and 3+ Hairy Dragonflies. (Paul Clark). A ringed Great White Egret (red AAR) in the evening. (Eric Harris).

Fromebridge     A Red Kite over the M5 junction 13 this afternoon. (Magnus Carter).

Aylburton     An escaped Zebra Finch feeding fledglings in Stockwell Lane today. (per Nicola Jones).

Ashleworth Ham     A Cuckoo heard, 23 Greylag including nine goslings, 19 Mallards including three ducklings, two Grey Herons, two Shelducks, a Canada Goose, three Mute Swans, four Lesser Black-backed Gulls, two Blackcaps and a Stock Dove. (John Fletcher).

Bussage     Two Ravens resident in the Toadsmoor Valley mobbing a Buzzard and then both flew low over the Ram Inn. Three Greenfinches on the garden feeders. (Michael Cook).

Lydney     This morning at Bishop Mead seen from the garden 68 Swifts, 11 House Martins, 20 Feral Pigeons, two Stock Doves, 37 Starlings, a female House Sparrow, a Grey Heron, a Great Black-backed Gull, four Goldfinches, two Chaffinches and three Mandarins. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

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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