Sunday 29th May 2016

Forest of Dean     Recent records include four Nightjars last night, also three Woodcocks and three Nightjars on Friday. (Andy Chapman/Clive Holman). A Hobby over Parkend and a male Pied Flycatcher and three Spotted Flycatchers at Nagshead today. (Andrew Whittaker). Around the Woorgreens/Crabtree Hill area Great Spotted Woodpecker, Whitethroat, Linnet, Stonechat, Tree Pipit and Willow Warbler. A Cuckoo calling from top of tall pine before flying across the clear fell, a Spotted Flycatcher near the kissing gate entrance to Woorgreens and a Firecrest in the trees opposite Yew Tree Brake. (Tim & Rose Smith). At Wenchford a Wood Warbler, two pairs of Song Thrushes, a Dipper, Chiffchaffs, six Grey Wagtails including young and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Highnam Woods     At least three, possibly four Nightingales singing this evening. One briefly showed in front of the hide. Also a Marsh Tit. (Ashley Davies).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint the resident Peregrines and a chick showing well, an intruding Peregrine (pic by Phil), a Kestrel, a Tawny Owl calling, Ravens with juveniles, a male Bullfinch, a Goldcrest, a Green Woodpecker, two Pied Wagtails, a Kingfisher, a pair of Mandarins and a Siskin. Also six Fallow Deer and a Holly Blue butterfly. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Peregrine 290516Painswick Beacon     Birds over today included eight Red Kites, six Buzzards, 222 Swifts and a Spotted Flycatcher present. (John Fleming).

Tewkesbury     A Red Kite over Gupshill at 11am. (Craig Lewis).

Sheepscombe     Around SO878114 and along Painswick Stream birds included five Buzzards, a Green Woodpecker, two Nuthatches, 12 Goldfinches, seven Chiffchaffs and a Treecreeper. (John Fletcher).

Tirley Sandpits     Five Chiffchaffs, six Blackcaps, 9 +Skylark, 8+ Whitethroats, 9+ Swallows, 17 Linnets, six House Martins, two Green Woodpeckers, four Stock Doves, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, five Ravens, two Yellowhammers and four Greylags over N. (Mark Grieve).

Oakridge     At Strawberry Banks GWT 25+ Marsh Fritillaries and 2/3 each of Holly Blues, Common Blues and Dingy Skippers.  At the crossroads just NE of the village a Spotted Flycatcher on a gatepost. (Steve Brown).

Minchinhampton Common     Two Adonis Blue butterflies this afternoon. (MK). Pic by Mike.Adonis Blue 290516

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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