Tuesday 21st June 2022

WWT Slimbridge     A returning male WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT at Middle Point briefly singing from perches in reedbed to N of track at 9am. Best viewed from seawall. Occasional brief showings through the morning up to 1pm and again at 4pm. (Martin McGill). Three Green Sandpipers and a Spotted Redshank from Hogarth hide. (Paul Dunham). From Kingfisher hide male and female Cuckoo and a male Kingfisher. A Great White Egret on the Top New Piece. (Magnus Carter).

White-spotted Bluethroat by Paul Dunham

White-spotted Bluethroat by Robin Martin

Quenington     A singing QUAIL at SP153043 from the footpath from Leafield Farm to Netherton E of Quenington. At 5am two roding Woodcocks around Quenington. (Peter & Caroline Burton).

Forest of Dean     At Greathough Brook next to the Beaver enclosure a Spotted Flycatcher, three Ravens, 6+ Siskins and a Red Kite. Also four Golden-ringed Dragonflies. (Paul Masters/MK).

Golden-ringed Dragonfly by Mike King

Kingswood     At Ash Path today during grass cutting at lunchtime seven Red Kites, one caught and partially ate what looked like a snake, nine Buzzards, four Kestrels and a Hobby chasing a Swift. Also from the garden three Buzzards, a Red Kite, a Little Egret, three Grey Wagtails, two Dippers and a Kingfisher. (Tom McCarthy).

Red Kite by Tom McCarthy

Longney     At lunch time on the river, a Great White Egret, four Little Egrets, three Grey Herons and a Curlew. Also two pairs of Yellow Wagtails and four Linnets in crops. Along the river bank 10+ Reed Warblers, at least four Sedge Warblers, four Reed Buntings, six Sand Martins, a juvenile Green Woodpecker, a Red Kite, a male Sparrowhawk and a Buzzard. (Steve Pullen).

Yellow Wagtail by Steve Pullen

Cleeve Hill     Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, Linnet, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, Goldfinch, Willow Warbler and Great Spotted Woodpecker this morning. (Jeremy Holland).

Gloucester     A Red Kite over the garden in Tuffley at 10:30am. (John Fletcher).

Tewkesbury     At Lower Lode early morning 6-8 Sand Martins by the colony, a male Redstart, a Sedge Warbler and a Whitethroat still singing by river bank, 200+ Rooks and 200+ Jackdaws. Along Mythe Brook in cut hay fields five Mallards, a Grey Heron, two Skylarks, a Sedge Warbler, three Reed Warblers, 50 Rooks and 50 Jackdaws. On a nearby farm pond six Canada Geese, ten Mallards, a pair of Tufted Ducks and a Coot. (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This evening a pair of Mute Swans with seven cygnets, three Canada Geese with five goslings, 50 Mallards, four Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, two Coots, two adult Avocets with three chicks, two Little Ringed Plovers with two chicks, two Oystercatchers with a chick, Redshanks, c6 Lapwings with at least two broods of chicks; eight Curlews came in to roost, a Cuckoo still singing, a Reed Warbler, an adult Little Grebe, a Green Sandpiper, a male and two juvenile Yellow Wagtails and a Grasshopper Warbler singing at dusk, N of the canal, in the field to the E of the reserve. (Mike Smart).

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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