Thursday 23rd June 2022

WWT Slimbridge     The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT still this morning at Middle Point, it briefly sat up, giving a burst of song at around 8am. (Scott Petrek). No further sightings throughout the day. Members’ Gate open from 8:15am until 9:30am (have your membership card ready), access after 9:30am via the Visitor Centre. Approach very quietly, view from the seawall and remain quiet to listen for the song.

Also today two SPOONBILLS, a Whimbrel and a Weasel at Middle Point. A summer-plumaged male Ruff, two Spotted Redshanks and a Mediterranean Gull on South Lake. The drake eclipse GARGANEY still from Zeiss hide. The Barn Owl showing well at the nest box and hunting from Kingfisher hide. Two Wood Sandpipers reported from Hogarth hide but not relocated later. (Roberta Goodall/Paul Masters/Les Ditchburn/MK).

Ruff by Mike King

Spotted & Common Redshanks, Black-tailed Godwit & Black-headed Gull by Mike King

Mediterranean Gull by Mike King

Spoonbill by Mike King

Weasel by Mike King

Longney Crib     Early afternoon at low tide birds included a Great White Egret, five Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, two Cormorants, a Buzzard, two Yellow Wagtails, six Linnets, three Whitethroats, a Blackcap, five Reed Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, two Skylarks, five Swallows and three House Martins. (John Fletcher).

Hartpury     A Cuckoo calling at 9pm at Hartpury University. (Anthony Lowney).

Upham Meadow     A Red Kite on cut strip, being mobbed by Curlews, four adult Curlews and a Common Tern over the Avon. (Mike Smart/Dan Gornall).

Winchcombe     6+ Long-tailed Tits in the garden this evening. (Andrew & Gill Worthington).

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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