Saturday 6th August 2016

Tirley Sandpits     10+ Chiffchaffs, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 17+ Swallows, five Stock Doves, two Redstarts (male and female ), 11+ Willow Warblers, a Grey Heron over, 15+ House Martins, seven Whitethroats, three Spotted Flycatchers, two Skylarks, three Yellow Wagtails (2 juveniles), 50+ House Sparrows feeding on maize, three Lesser Whitethroats, a Blackcap and seven Bullfinches. Also a garden Chiffchaff. (Mark Grieve).

Birdlip    A juvenile Cuckoo flushed from a hedge on a minor road S of Birdlip, and 30+ House Martins feeding over the village. A Raven over at Edgeworth. (Jon Mercer).

Hasfield      A male Redstart near the Big House today. (Mark Grieve).

Minchinhampton Common     A male Redstart today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Daglingworth     Two Spotted Flycatchers at Oakley Wood today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Somerford Keynes     A Hobby hunting over the village this afternoon. (MK).

WWT Slimbridge     From today’s Safari two Wheatears, two Hobbies, a Marsh Harrier, 13 Common Terns, six adults and seven chicks and four Grass Snakes. (Paul Daunter).

Yanworth     100+ House Martins today, including good numbers of juveniles. (Richard Tyler). Pic of sunbathing birds by Richard below. House Martin 1 060816

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Coombe Hill Meadows     A pair of Mute Swan with four cygnets, 16 Greylags, 44 Canada Geese, two juvenile Shelducks, seven Gadwalls, 17 Mallards, three Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, a Cormorant over, a Buzzard, two immature Little Ringed Plovers, 54 Lapwings, four Snipe,  an adult male Ruff in breeding plumage, a Common Sandpiper, four Green Sandpipers, 1 or 2 Whinchats, c5 Sedge Warblers, two Willow Warblers singing, 2-3 juvenile Chiffchaffs, five Linnets, a Yellowhammer singing and 1 or 2 Reed Buntings today. (Les Brown/ Mike Smart).

Twyning     At Upham Meadow still three juvenile Curlews and at least 15 Skylarks today. (Mike Smart).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint the Peregrine pair and their juvenile male, Buzzards, Ravens, a calling Goshawk, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Grey Heron, ten Goosanders on the Wye, Stock Doves, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, Song Thrushes, Jays, Swifts, Swallows and House Martins. Butterflies included Holly Blue, Comma, Common Blue and Holly Blue, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Small, Large, Green-veined Whites and a Silver-washed Fritillary. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead a Treecreeper, a Golden-ringed Dragonfly (pic), a pair of Southern Hawkers, two Emperors (pic), a Common Darter, Azure and Emerald Damselflies, Small White, Peacock and Red Admiral butterflies. In the Parkend Church area a Silver-washed Fritillary, Green-veined and Small Whites and Ringlet butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pics by Phil.Golden-ringed Dragonfly 060816

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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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