Monday 30th May 2022

WWT Slimbridge        On the Top New Piece from Zeiss hide a breeding plumage Curlew Sandpiper, three immature SPOONBILLS and a Great White Egret. From Middle Point over high tide c6 Sanderlings, c 35 Dunlins, c10 Ringed Plovers, three Whimbrels, 27 Curlews, six Grey Plovers and two Oystercatchers. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Hazelton – Rodmarton area     This afternoon three Spotted Flycatchers, a Tawny Owl and a Red Kite. Also a Painted Lady and a Small Blue. (Brian Kings).

Cleeve Hill     From Agg’s Hill along the Cotswold Way to the Bill Smyllie Reserve and Prestbury Hill/Masts reserve a Cuckoo, a Garden Warbler singing, a male Redstart singing, two pairs of Yellowhammers, 4+ singing Tree Pipits, several Whitethroats, a Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff, Stonechat feeding young and several Swifts over. Also a good variety of butterflies including Small Blue, Common Blue, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Adonis Blue, Duke of Burgundy, Wall, Brimstone and Speckled Wood. (Rob Crofton).

Wall butterfly by Rob Crofton

Winchcombe area     Male and female Redstart at Beckbury Camp just below Cromwell’s Seat and two Meadow Pipits. At Hayles Camp site and the surrounding area, including the two small lakes 30 Greylags (11 adults, 19 goslings), seven Canada Geese (3 adults, 4 goslings), six Mallards, a Moorhen, eight Blackcaps, six Chiffchaffs, 12+ Wrens, a Grey Wagtail, a Pied Wagtail, four Swallows, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Song Thrushes, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk and two Raven. (John Fletcher).

Frampton     At Court Lake two Oystercatchers, the Ross’s Goose, a Black Swan, Great Crested Grebes with two young and a Tawny Owl calling. From Splatt Bridge three Cuckoos S of the bridge, a Little Egret over and a Common Crane flew SW towards the Dumbles. (Paul Sutton).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A Grasshopper Warbler singing from the hedge between the first (easternmost) and second fields S of the canal. It should be audible from the towpath, especially the towpath on the southern bank of the canal. (Mike Smart). From the Grundon hide, Little Egrets, Great White Egrets, Grey Herons, Shelduck, Avocets, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Lapwings, Skylark, Swifts, Swallows and a Cuckoo calling. (David Norman).

Territorial Lapwing & Little Egret by David Norman

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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