WWT Slimbridge The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT still at Middle Point today. It showed this morning on and off up until 10:45am on the stick perches in the reed bed. (Lisa Presland/Andy Jayne/Les Ditchburn/Jeremy Holland).
Bluethroat by Lisa Presland
At midday an OSPREY flew over the Estuary Tower heading for Frampton. (Lisa Presland).
Osprey by Lisa Presland
Also today an immature SPOONBILL from Middle Point at 3:45 pm and a Cuckoo foraging for caterpillars from one of the posts along the ditch behind the Shepherds Hut at 1pm. The two summer-plumaged Spotted Redshanks and three Ruffs on South Lake late morning and one of the two dark morph Ruffs from Rushy Hide late afternoon. Two Common Cranes with two chicks on the meadow in front of the Hogarth hide and two pairs of Common Cranes from the Van de Bovenkamp and Zeiss hides early afternoon and one on the Dumbles. A Green Sandpiper, three Oystercatchers, nine Avocets and seven Lapwings from the Robbie Garnett and Stephen Kirk hides late afternoon. (Caroline Quinn). A male Cuckoo from Kingfisher hide at 9:55am sat briefly on dead tree. (Jeremy Holland). A pair of Cranes with a well-grown chick along the far bank of the Rushy upper pond viewed from the Peng Observatory 1:30 to 2pm. Three Green Sandpipers together on the Rushy at 2:30pm. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).
Purton to Sharpness A pair of Kestrels, a Buzzard, 6+ Mandarins, nine Curlews, a Sparrowhawk, a Common Tern, Reed Buntings, Reed Warblers, Swallows and House Martins. (Mike Davis).
Maisemore Along Church Road, Court Lake, and above the weir and upper parting this afternoon two Stonechats (1 juv), a Willow Warbler, two Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, six Swallows, a Swift, a Pied Wagtail, five Mute Swans (2 ads, 3 cygs), five Mallards, 21 Coots, six Moorhens, a Little Egret and 18 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (John Fletcher).
Stonechat by John Fletcher
Coombe Hill Meadows Three recently fledged Lapwings on a cut hayfield, two adult and one fledged Curlew on a cut hayfield, at least one Redstart, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Reed Bunting singing. (Mike Smart).