Tuesday 5th July 2022

WWT Slimbridge     The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT showed on one of the sticks this morning at 9:47am. (Roy Kinchin). A juvenile Little Ringed Plover and two Green Sandpipers from Hogarth hide, two Ruffs and two Spotted Redshanks on South Lake and a drake Pochard still in the collection with the Eiders. (Jonathan Bull).

Sapperton    Near Cranhill Barn a QUAIL calling from a field of clover again at SO942007 between 9:05am and 9:50am but sporadically. Also four Corn Buntings, four male Yellowhammers, 10+ Skylarks, 20+ Swifts, four Whitethroats and four Buzzards. (MK).

Corn Bunting by Mike King

Hardwicke    Along the canal S of Sellars Bridge this morning a Little Owl, a Green Woodpecker, a Reed Warbler, a Whitethroat and two Chiffchaffs. (Paul Masters).

Tresham area     Late evening a Grey Partridge, a patch tick, three Yellow Wagtails and three Corn Buntings. (Paul Rich).

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead from Campbell hide this morning a pair of Grey Wagtails, a Wren, a Nuthatch, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Jay and a pair of Blackbirds. (Bettie Sloane). A A Sparrowhawk flew over the garden in Mitcheldean and two local Buzzards, one perched on next door’s roof apex. (Chris Keeling).

Stroud    A Dipper along the river at Frome Banks at lunchtime. Also a Kingfisher and a few noisy Blackcaps and a female Mandarin on the canal. (Richard Williams/Simon Ashley).

Frampton pools     At Court Lake at lunchtime two Moorhen families, a Nuthatch with young and a Common Sandpiper. (Nick Goatman).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Today a Kingfisher flew past Grundon hide, Lapwings with three chicks, a Mute Swan pair with seven cygnets, a pair of Canada Geese with five goslings, 10+ Mallards, a Little Grebe, three pairs of Coots with young along the canal, three Oystercatchers, 24 Lapwings, two adult and a juvenile Little Ringed Plover and two chicks, a Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, two Avocets with three chicks, a Red Kite, four Buzzards, 15 Little Egrets, five Grey Herons, five Swifts, five Sand Martins, 2/3 juvenile Pied Wagtails, a Greenfinch, a Sedge Warbler, a Skylark and four Chiffchaffs. (Alan McIlquham/Mike Smart).

Cotswold Water Park West     On Pit 6 next to the Gateway Centre two Common Terns and two Red Crested Pochards. (Derek Summers/Alan Baxter).

Cotswold Water Park East    At Pit 132 at Kempsford a Garden Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, a Yellowhammer, a Reed Bunting, three Little Egrets, three Green Sandpipers, 2/3 Little Ringed Plovers, a Hobby, two Egyptian Geese and a Grey Heron. (Derek Summers/Alan Baxter).

Highnam     In the Highnam Church and Highnam Court area five Whitethroats (2 ads, 3 juvs), a Sparrowhawk, seven Goldfinches, a Blackcap, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Nuthatch, five Moorhens including three chicks, four Linnets, two Chiffchaffs and a Raven. (John Fletcher).

Gretton     A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker searching for ants in the wildflower patch in the garden. (Roger Wasley).

Great Spotted Woodpecker by Roger Wasley

Staverton     A male Kestrel hunting for small mammals in the grass areas between the runways at Gloucestershire Airport this afternoon. (Roger Wasley).

Kestrel by Roger Wasley

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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