Thursday 9th June 2016

Cleeve Hill    A Red Kite, two Buzzards, a pair of Mistle Thrushes, a Cuckoo calling, Blackcaps, Tree Pipits, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks. Also Large White, Common Blue, Small Blue, Brimstone, a Brown Argus and Small Heath butterflies. Moths included Five Spot Burnets, Burnet Companion, Chimney Sweeper moth and a Forester moth. Thousands of Garden Chafers, a Common Lizard, a young Adder, barely a foot long (pic by Phil) and a Stoat. (Chris & Phil Andrews).Adder 090616

Coombe Hill Meadows     Birds today included a pair of Mute Swans with four small cygnets, a pair of Shelducks with six  ducklings, 30 Mallards plus a female with six ducklings on the canal, three Little Egrets, five Grey Herons, a Buzzard, a pair of Coot on south scrape with four chicks, two pairs of Lapwings with two and four chicks and seven adults, a pair of Oystercatchers with two half grown young, a Curlew, a Redshank, two Cuckoos, a Cetti’s Warbler, two Reed Warblers, at least five Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats and at least ten Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Tirley Sandpits     Seven Blackcaps, a Bullfinch, 7+ Skylarks, 10+ Whitethroats, five Chiffchaffs, five Stock Doves, 7+ House Martins, a Curlew heard, two Green Woodpeckers, four Swallows, four Swifts, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Mistle Thrush and a Red-legged Partridge. In Tirley a Tawny Owl calling at 9:50pm, also a Spotted Flycatcher on wires. (Mark Grieve).

Kingscote     A belated report of a possible male Golden Oriole at 7pm last night. (Adam Soble per Martyn Hayes).

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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