Friday 1st July 2022

WWT Slimbridge     A Whinchat and a juvenile Stonechat on the cross fence at Middle Point all day. Also from Middle Point two SPOONBILLS briefly on the rising tide, a Little Egret, 50+ Sand Martins, at least four Swifts. The drake eclipse GARGANEY still from Zeiss hide and the BITTERN seen dropping into the reed bed, then at 2pm flying from the reeds by the Zeiss hide towards the Van de Bovenkamp hide. On South Lake two Spotted Redshanks, four Ruffs and an adult Mediterranean Gull. A Goshawk flew past Kingfisher hide. Three Green Sandpipers from Robbie Garnett hide at 4pm. Only probable sightings of the Bluethroat today in very windy conditions. (Tim Jukes/Dot Jones/Martin & Jenny Green/MK).

Whinchat by Mike King

Stonechat by Mike King

Green Sandpiper by Mike King

Frampton     At Court Lake at lunchtime a Red Kite over, also a Hobby, a Peregrine chasing a Common Tern, a Sparrowhawk chasing a Pied Wagtail, 10+ Swifts, 12 Swallows and 10+ Sand Martins. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead a Hawfinch near the Campbell hide and a Spotted Flycatcher at Lower hide. (Terry Stevenson).

Cheltenham     At 2pm today two Red Kites drifted over Asda heading W. (David Norman).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A Kingfisher around the car park area. Also a Green Woodpecker. (Alan McIlquham).

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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