Thursday 19th May 2022

WWT Slimbridge     The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL this morning best seen from the Zeiss hide, appears to be paired up with a female Eurasian Teal. At high tide from the Estuary tower this morning 69+ Dunlins, 20+ Sanderlings, 11 Ringed Plovers, 17 Curlews, two Whimbrels and a Little Stint. Also two SPOONBILLS, two Little Egrets, a Great White Egret, an Egyptian Goose and four unringed Common Cranes. (Neil Smart). A drake GARGANEY on the Top New Piece. (Roberta Goodall). Eight Mediterranean Gulls on South Lake. (Ken Mihill).

Frampton pools    At Court Lake six Hobbies, and on the Sailing Lake a juvenile LITTLE GULL and six Common Terns. (Nick Goatman). This evening three Oystercatchers, a Kingfisher, a Sparrowhawk, a Black Swan, a Mute Swan family including four cygnets, six Barnacle goslings amongst the adults, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker and a Great Crested Grebe. (Aled Phillips).

Coombe Hill Meadows    From Grundon hide at 11:45am a female type Marsh Harrier hunting the Short pool corner of N scrape. (Les Ditchburn). A Black-tailed Godwit this evening. (Ian Hull). Also today a Lesser Whitethroat, two Sedge Warblers, a male Redstart, a Whitethroat, a Cuckoo heard, a Painted Lady, a Small Copper⁩ and a Hairy Dragonfly near the wharf. (Paul Masters). A pair of Common Terns early morning on the small island at the back of the large pool viewed from the Grundon hide. (Mark Longland).

Ashleworth Ham     Two Mute Swans, two family groups of Greylags with five and four goslings, also nine without young and 30 coming in to roost at dusk, 11 Canada Geese, a pair of Teal, 167 Mallards, a Grey Heron, two Oystercatchers and a male Curlew. (Mike Smart).

Edge     At Rudge Hill NNR this afternoon a Tree Pipit, a Meadow Pipit, three Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and two Whitethroats. Good numbers of Duke of Burgundy’s, Small Blues, Dingy Skippers, Small Coppers, Small Heaths and Common Blues amongst commoner species. (MK).

Willow Warbler by Mike King

Duke of Burgundy by Mike King

Kilkenny     This afternoon at Kilkenny viewpoint near Andoversford a singing Tree Pipit, also Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Blackcap. Also Dingy Skipper, Common Blue, Small Heath butterflies and a Mother Shipton moth. NB: car park temporarily closed. (Keith White).

Forest of Dean     A Red Kite high above the garden in Berry Hill at 11:49am harassed by a Crow. (Kevin Jones). Nine Swifts over Coleford this evening. (Geoff Fawcett).

Cheltenham    At The Park a drake Mandarin and two pairs of Greylags with a total of 17 goslings. (Eric Harris).

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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