Thursday 12th May 2016

Epney     The ICELAND GULL at 12:25pm today asleep on the sandbank on the far side of the river, S of the Anchor Inn. (Geoff Moyser). Pic by Mark Dowie.Iceland Gull 120516Saul Warth     Eight summer-plumage Grey Plovers, six summer plumage Knot and eight Whimbrels on the river today. (Mark Dowie).

Forest of Dean     Two Pied Flycatchers between Woorgreens Lake and the B4226. At Crabtree Hill, three Wood Warblers, a Cuckoo and three Stonechats plus Tree Pipits, Garden Warblers and a pair of Siskins. 5-6 Spotted Flycatchers at Nagshead. (Vic Polley/Dave Pearce/Ian Hull). A Wood Warbler and a male Redstart in the Cyril Hart Arboretum. (Sarah Loaring).

Cleeve Hill     A Cuckoo, a Tree Pipit, Chiffchaffs, a Buzzard, a Kestrel, a Yellowhammer, Skylarks, two Willow Warblers, a Whitethroat, two Mistle Thrushes, a Jay and a Raven. Butterflies included Green Hairstreak (pic below by Phil), Small Blue, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Dingy Skipper, Speckled Wood, Brimstone and Small White. Also a Bee Fly and Common Twayblade Orchids. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Green Hairstreak 120516Tirley     A Lesser Whitethroat by the cottage, two Spotted Flycatchers in the garden, two Swifts over and a Sparrowhawk. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth     A pair of garden Siskins today. (Richard Humphrey).

Frampton      A male Marsh Harrier N through the village at 8:45am. (Gordon Hodgson). Up to 13 Hobbies hunting over Court Lake today. (Henry Kirkwood). At the pools two Whimbrels, four Common Tern and a Treecreeper feeding young. (Nick Goatman).

Down Ampney area    This morning at SU104958 very close to the Wilts border near Down Ampney airfield a female Merlin chasing a Sand Martin. Along Ampney Brook back towards Down Ampney, Driffield and Cirencester birds included three Sand Martins, four Blackcaps, two Willow Warblers, three Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, five Long-tailed Tits, two Reed Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, a Coal Tit, a Cuckoo, three Jays, a male Reed Bunting, a Grey Heron, five Lapwings, eight Skylarks, two Meadow Pipits, two Corn Buntings, three Linnets, a male Bullfinch,, a pair of Tufted Ducks and a Kingfisher. Also Orange Tip, Ringlet, Gatekeeper and Common Blue butterflies, a Stoat, three Brown Hares and five Roe Deer. (Michael Cook).

Gloucester     At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake today a pair of Mute Swans, 12 Mallards and one small duckling, 6+Moorhens, 5+ Coots, a Little Egret, three Buzzards, two Whitethroats, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and ten Linnets. (Gord & Margaret Avery).

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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