Saturday 11th June 2022

Frampton     A Grasshopper Warbler reeling again at Splatt Bridge this morning also two Cuckoos showing well and a distant SPOONBILL on the river. (Gordon Hodgson). This afternoon around the pools, eight Common Terns, a pair of Great Crested Grebes with a chick, two pairs of Tufted Ducks, a Black Swan, a pair of Oystercatchers with two chicks, 20 Swifts, five Cetti’s Warblers and 10+ Long-tailed Tits. Also Emperor and Four-spotted Chaser dragonflies and masses of Common Spotted Orchids. (MK).

Four-spotted Chaser by Mike King

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning four adult Mute Swans and seven cygnets, a pair of Canada Geese with five goslings, two Shelducks, 40 Mallards, a male Shoveler, a Little Egret, Coots with chicks on the canal, two Avocets with at least two chicks, two Little Ringed Plovers with two chicks, two Oystercatchers with a chick, c8 Lapwings with at least two broods on the reserve, at least four Curlews, 2+ Redshanks, a Cuckoo, a male Yellow Wagtail, also singing Redstarts, Reed and Sedge Warblers, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. (Mike Smart).

Huntley     At 9am a Red Kite at low level for 10 minutes before climbing and drifting off S also two Buzzards and a Raven. (Derek Summers).

Tewkesbury     This evening, 12 Swifts flying around the Abbey. (Andrew & Gill Worthington).

Aylburton Common    In the garden a female Blackcap, a pair of Bullfinches, a pair of Greenfinches and several Blackbirds gorging on the fruit of an Amelanchier tree. (Martin Vaisey).

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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