WWT Slimbridge The CASPIAN TERN was elusive this morning and was seen on the canal between Slimbridge and Purton at 7:46am heading S (Dave Paynter). Then it was seen at Frampton heading N on the canal towards Epney. (John Rossetti). Then it flew over Frampton village (south end) heading SW towards Slimbridge. It dropped into the scrapes at Zeiss hide at midday. (Pete Ottley). Then it flew into the Rushy at 1:45pm. (Roberta Goodall) and late afternoon returned to Zeiss hide. Two SPOONBILLS on the Top New Piece at 2:15pm. (Sam Walker).
Caspian Tern by Roberta Goodall
Caspian Tern by Terry Stevenson
Epney This morning the TURTLE DOVE for its 11th day in gardens around the Anchor Inn again on and off throughout the day. Please park sensibly by the entrance opposite the seawall or on the road without blocking access and not in the pub unless you are using it. Also do not park in the private residents car park at Longney Crib. Thank you. Also this morning a Dunlin, five Common Sandpipers, a Kingfisher, two adult Yellow-legged Gull and a leucistic Herring Gull. (Andy Jordan/MK).
Turtle Dove by Mike King
Roel Farm A QUAIL calling at Roel Hill and two QUAIL calling at Roel Gate near Hawling at 1:15pm today. One still calling opposite Roel Farm at 7:30pm. (Steve Owen/Greg Mabbett).
Gloucester At Sandhurst a Grasshopper Warbler, probably a juvenile, seen briefly at close range in a low hedge near Abbot’s Lodge at 4:20pm. Also in the area a Little Owl, a Redstart, three Yellow Wagtails and two White-legged Damselflies at Broadboard Brook. (Andy Jayne).
Frampton pools A Hobby, an adult Yellow-legged Gull seems to be taking up residence on a pontoon on the Sailing Lake, a Common Sandpiper, a Kingfisher, three Swifts, eight House Martins, three Swallows, the Ross’s Goose and the Bar-headed x Snow Goose still with 144 Barnacle Geese. (Nick Goatman).
Twyning At Upham a Grey Heron, a Buzzard and 120 Rooks. (Mike Smart).
Tewkesbury At Mythe Brook a female Kestrel, a female Mallard with two large young, three Grey Herons, 20 Rooks, 200 Jackdaws and a Redstart alarm calling. (Mike Smart).
Winchcombe 23 Swifts circling over the garden this evening. Also a Red Kite circling low this morning. (Andrew & Gill Worthington).
Elmstone Hardwicke This afternoon four Swallows on telephone wires near the village hall. (David Norman).