Saturday 14th May 2016

Longlevens    An ARCTIC TERN flew over fairly low N, calling at 11:30am this morning. A garden tick. (Andy Jayne).

Sharpness     This morning an adult LITTLE GULL and an ARCTIC TERN flew N, also a Yellow Wagtail and a Lesser Redpoll over and two Whimbrels by the picnic site. (Andy Jordan).

Berkeley shore     Four Knot, a Sanderling, two Whimbrels, 98 Dunlins and 65 Ringed Plovers this morning. (Paul Taylor).

Symonds Yat    From the viewpoint today the Peregrine pair seen taking food into the eyrie to feed newly hatched young. Also an intruding Peregrine, a female Sparrowhawk, a Goshawk, a Kingfisher, eight Buzzards, a Tawny Owl calling, a Goldcrest, four Stock Doves, a pair of Marsh Tits. Swifts, House Martins and Swallows. Also eight Fallow Deer, an Orange Tip and a Painted Lady butterfly. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits     Five Blackcaps, 9+ Chiffchaffs, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Goldcrest, 10 +Whitethroats, eight Swallows, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, 8+ Skylarks, a Red-legged Partridge, two Lesser Whitethroats, 10+ Stock Doves, a Raven, two Swifts N and a Cuckoo calling. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Two Mute Swans, a pair of Greylags with two small goslings, two Canada Geese, a pair of Shelducks with six small ducklings and another six Shelducks, a Teal, a Gadwall, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, a Sparrowhawk, ten Coots, two Oystercatchers, c10 Lapwings, two Curlews, at least four Redshanks, two Greenshanks, 25 Black-headed Gulls, a Cuckoo, ten Swifts, a Cetti’s Warbler, three Sedge Warblers, five Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats and five Reed Buntings. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham     A pair of Shelducks with eight small ducklings today. (Les Brown).

Edge     At Edge Common (SO849092) this afternoon birds included Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. Butterflies included 4/5 Duke of Burgundy’s, four Green Hairstreaks, Small Heath, Dingy Skippers, Orange Tip and Large White. Also Beautiful Yellow Underwing and Latticed Heath moths, a Bee-fly sp. and Red-and-black Froghopper. (Keith White).

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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