Thursday 26th May 2022

Middle Duntisbourne     First QUAIL of the year heard this afternoon calling from a field full of poppies just off the Macmillan Way at Middle Duntisbourne at SO 9820 0640. (Martine Fenn).

WWT Slimbridge     From Zeiss Hide three immature SPOONBILLS on the Bottom New Piece. The second-calendar year ARCTIC TERN on South Lake still and five Mediterranean Gulls. (Slimbridge Sightings/Paul Masters/Neil Smart/Mike Davis). ⁦

Arctic Tern by Paul Masters

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Great White Egret, three Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, two Curlews, two Redshanks, two Oystercatchers with 1 young, six Avocets, a Ringed Plover, 15 Lapwings, two Shelducks, a Cuckoo calling, two Redstarts, three Yellow Wagtails, 15 Reed Buntings, eight Skylarks, two Bullfinches, a Garden Warbler, three Willow Warblers, eight Sedge Warblers and three Reed Warblers. (Steve Pullen).

Redshank by Steve Pullen

Ashleworth Ham     In the Stank Lane area a Red Kite, a Cuckoo, Redstarts, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Whitethroats, Reed Buntings, Wrens, a Song Thrush, a Treecreeper and Blackcaps. Other sightings include a Lesser Stag Beetle, Scorpion Flies, 14-Spot Ladybirds and Azure Damselflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Lesser Stag Beetle by Phil Andrews

Frampton    This evening at Court Lake a large number of Swifts with a few Sand Martins and Swallows. A Common Tern at the Sailing Lake at 6:25pm. Eight Common Terns flew over in the Splatt Bridge direction. Two Barn Owl between 8:50 and 9:20pm seen hunting over the fields between Splatt Bridge and Cambridge Arms bridge. Also a Cuckoo here. (Derek Summers).

Forest of Dean     A Willow Warbler, three Song Thrushes, a Nuthatch, a Spotted Flycatcher and two Redstarts in the Lower hide area at Nagshead. (Roy Kinchin).

Longney     This afternoon birds included two Cuckoos, three Blackcaps, five Sedge Warblers, a Green Woodpecker, two Chiffchaffs and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Cuckoo by John Fletcher

Saul Warth     This afternoon a high count of seven Oystercatchers, just eight Curlews, ten Shelducks, three Mallards, a few common gulls and a Buzzard. (MK).

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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