Wednesday 18th May 2022

WWT Slimbridge     The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL from Zeiss hide again but can be elusive. Also two immature SPOONBILLS still and two GARGANEYS. The pair of Little Ringed Plovers on the Rushy now only have one chick. (Slimbridge Sightings/Pete Churton). The second-calendar year LITTLE GULL back on South Lake. (James Robinson). From Middle Point 100+ Ringed Plovers, 60+ Dunlins, a Whimbrel heard, two unringed Common Cranes, a 3rd calendar year Yellow-legged Gull, a Yellow Wagtail and two Swifts. On the Tack Piece a Great White Egret, two Golden Plovers and an Egyptian Goose. (MK).

Little Ringed Plover chick by Mike King

Egyptian Goose by Mike King

Forest of Dean     A Red Kite and four Swifts over Coleford this lunchtime. (Chris Keeling).

Frampton pools     Four Hobbies, three Buzzards, eight Common Terns, two Kingfishers, three Yellow Wagtails, 12 Swifts, 12 House Martins, a Cetti’s Warbler and a family of Long-tailed Tits today. (Nick Goatman/Steve Pullen).

Kingfisher by Steve Pullen

Cheltenham     A drake Mandarin on Hatherley Park lake this morning. (David Norman).

Mandarin by David Norman

Coombe Hill Meadows     Three Mute Swans, at least 40 Greylags and at least 40 Canada Geese coming in to roost, and a family of Canada Geese with five goslings, two Shelducks, at least four Gadwalls, 70 Mallards, a male Tufted Duck, a Coot nesting, four Avocets, two Oystercatchers with two chicks, two pairs of Lapwings each with four chicks and at least six other adults, at least four Little Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover, a Dunlin, a Black-tailed Godwit, two Curlews, at least four Redshanks, 60 Lesser Black-backed Gulls roosting, a Cuckoo, several Redstarts singing, at least one Cetti’s Warbler, at least two Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers, Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs and Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart). A Garden Warbler singing along the canal. (Ian Hull/Graham Smith).

Edge     At Rudge Hill NNR this afternoon a Tree Pipit, a Meadow Pipit, two Garden Warblers, a Skylark, five Linnets, two Green Woodpecker and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher).

Daglingworth     A Hobby this afternoon, also a singing Corn Bunting and a pair of Stonechats. (Andrew Morrison).

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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