Wednesday 29th June 2022

WWT Slimbridge     The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT gave brief showings between 8:20-9:30am on stick 1. Also two immature SPOONBILLS flew N, then a bit later back S, 15 Avocets, a Little Egret and a juvenile Cuckoo. On the fields by the estuary 80+ Curlews over high tide. Two summer plumaged Spotted Redshanks still on S Lake with a black, and a ginger, male Ruffs, 23 Redshanks, 104 Black-tailed Godwits, an Avocet, and a Little Ringed Plover. Five Avocets on the Rushy and a Green Sandpiper over. (Jon Mercer/Roy Kinchin). The BLUETHROAT showed again at 10:51am. (Martin Harrison/John Casswell). No sign this afternoon though but a Whimbrel with the Curlews. The Barn Owl hunting and seen perched from Kingfisher hide this morning. (Mike Davis).

White-spotted Bluethroat by Jon Mercer

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning at least six Grey Herons, eight Little Egrets, two Little Ringed Plovers with two chicks, four juvenile Redshanks, two juvenile Lapwings, a Little Grebe, two Avocets with three chicks and a Bullfinch along the canal. (Jeremy Holland). Also a pair of Mute Swans with seven cygnets, a Green Sandpiper, three Oystercatchers, eight Canada Geese, a Buzzard, a Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff, a Goldfinch, a Sedge Warbler, a Kingfisher by the car park, Swallows, six Swift and a House Martin. (Alan McIlquham). Also at dusk a male Teal, 30 Mallards and c4 Redshanks. (Mike Smart).

Purton    A Little Owl on a telegraph pole near the canal at dusk last night, also a hunting Kestrel, many Swallows and four Swifts. (Chris Newton).

Little Owl by Chris Newton

Gloucester     At 3:45pm a Red Kite flew across Alney Island from Hempsted. At 4:05pm a Sparrowhawk flew across Stroud Road at St Paul’s. (Ian Elphick).

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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