Friday 24th June 2022

WWT Slimbridge     The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT still this morning at Middle Point. It sang at 9:30am and again at 9:48am then showed briefly on Stick 4. (Paul Masters/MK). The Members’ Gate is 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.

White-spotted Bluethroat by Mike King

White-spotted Bluethroat by Mike King

Also today on South Lake two summer plumaged Spotted Redshanks and two male Ruffs in full breeding plumage, one white and one black. From Zeiss hide a Bittern in flight, a drake eclipse Garganey and the Barn Owl hunting the Bottom New Piece. A pair of Peregrines around the field behind the Shepherds Hut. (Ian Hull/Tim Jukes/Paul Masters/MK).

Ruffs by Mike King

Coombe Hill Meadows     Four Avocets and two juveniles, five Lapwings and three juveniles, four Redshanks and chicks, two Curlews, three Oystercatchers, a Little Ringed Plover and two juveniles, a Little Grebe, two Grey Herons, eight Little Egrets, two Mute Swan with seven cygnets, two Skylarks, two juvenile Yellow Wagtails, a Pied Wagtail, ten Swifts, 20 House Martins, two Reed Warblers and a Whitethroat. Also an Emperor dragonfly egg laying. (Chris Moore/Alan McIlquham). Additionally this evening three adult Canada Geese with five goslings, 40 Mallards and an adult and three juvenile Pied Wagtails. (Mike Smart).

Cleeve Hill     20+ Linnets, Meadow Pipits, six Skylark, Goldfinches and a Red Kite. (Alan McIlquham).

Meadow Pipit by Alan McIlquham

Eastington/Stonehouse     On the Stroudwater Canal at Bond’s Mill two Mallards, a Kingfisher, a Moorhen with three young and a Buzzard mobbed by gulls. At The Ocean two Mute Swans with three cygnets, 15 Mallards, three Coots, a Moorhen and a Grey Heron. At Boakes Drive alongside the canal 42 Long-tailed Tits moving along the canal side trees. (Richard Giles & Fiona Neate).

Stroud     At Stratford Park a Grey Wagtail, a Song Thrush and a Wren. At the Lake 14 Mallards, a Moorhen, two Black-headed Gulls, 16 Feral Pigeons and two female Mandarins. (Richard Giles & Fiona Neate).

Twyning     At Upham Meadow, at least eight adult Curlews, three of them birds ringed earlier this summer and a brood of three freshly-hatched chicks, a Grey Heron, a Common Tern, 10+ House Martins and a Corn Bunting singing. (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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