Saturday 18th June 2016

Coombe Hill Meadows     Belated news of a WOOD SANDPIPER yesterday but no sign today. (Graham Smith per Mike Smart). Two Mute Swans a pair of Shelducks with at least five almost full-grown young, a pair of Wigeon, at least five Teal, 50 Mallards, three Tufted Ducks, two Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, the immature SPOONBILL still, a pair of Coot with four chicks, a Water Rail heard, two pairs of adult Oystercatchers, one of them with two chicks, two female Lapwings with broods (one of two chicks, one of at least three), plus at least eight others, a Curlew, two Redshanks, a Green Sandpiper, two Cuckoos, a Cetti’s Warbler, at least four Reed Warblers and two Yellowhammers. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     A pair of Canada Geese with five young, a pair of Shelducks with c7 ducklings, two Little Egrets and two Green Sandpipers. (Mike Smart).

Windrush Airfield    A Little Owl, three Yellow Wagtails and six Corn Buntings on the NCOS walk this morning. (Andy Lewis).

Eastleach    On the Hatherop Estate north of Eastleach a Little Owl, a Little Egret, a Green Woodpecker, three Red Kites and a pair of Redstarts. Also a Fox chasing a Brown Hare. A Hobby seen S of Barnsley. (Chris Furley).

Tirley     A Little Egret flew over the cottage today, a garden tick. Also a Tawny Owl calling at 11pm. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth Ham     From the hide, a Hobby hunting dragonflies mid afternoon, briefly mobbed by a female Sparrowhawk, also two Blackcaps, a Redstart heard, 40+ Swifts, three Swallows, a Curlew and a Skylark heard, a drake Teal, a Sedge Warbler, a Grey Heron and a Whitethroat. (Mark Grieve).

Symonds Yat     From the viewpoint the Peregrine pair with their one juvenile, two Sparrowhawks, four Buzzards, Ravens, a Marsh Tit, a Pied Wagtail and a Green Woodpecker. Also a Red Admiral and a Speckled Wood, Hornets and a Fallow Deer doe suckling a newly born fawn. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

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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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