Wednesday 24th August 2016

WWT Slimbridge     A Spotted Redshank and two Whinchats from Zeiss hide today. (Slimbridge Sightings). From the Robbie Garnett hide 12 Black-tailed Godwits and on South Lake from the Hogarth Hide a Black Tern and two Ruff. (Bob Shiret). Pics by Bob. Black Tern 240816

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Another pic by Andy Jordan.Black Tern 2 240816

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Cackling Goose (pic below) amongst the Canada Geese today. Also three Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper at the Long Pools and a Whinchat. (Jo & Mike Cox). A Marsh Harrier showed well at 12:10pm when it flew from Willows just behind Grundon Hide and circled the reserve until lost to sight at the back of the reserve. Also a Little Ringed Plover and a Greenshank. (John Widgery). Pic by Jo & Mike.Cackling Goose 240816

Cotswold Water Park West  This afternoon an immature Whinchat at Shorncote in the first rough field beyond the road before you get to the reed beds. (Martine Fenn).

Hawling    At least three Spotted Flycatchers and a Yellow Wagtail between Hawling and Hawling Lodge this morning, on and around a fence. (Laurie Pierce).

Gloucester     Seven Spotted Flycatchers at Sandhurst this evening. (Martin Greenish). At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage lake today the adult Little Grebe still present but no sign of the juvenile also a minimum of four Sedge Warblers and three Grey Herons (1 ad, 2 juvs). (Gord & Margaret Avery).

Forest of Dean     A Wheatear and eight Pied Wagtails on Parkend cricket pitch. A flyover Crossbill and a Grey Wagtail at Drybrook Road Station. (Frank Williams).

Frampton pools     Eight Common Terns (6 juvs) on the Sailing Lake, an Arctic Tern on Court Lake and a Raven and a Willow Warbler this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Cud Hill     Four Great Black-backed Gulls flew up from Holcombe valley over Cud Hill Common in a NW direction. Also a pair of Siskins the Common. (Marie-Claire Chapman).

Witcombe Reservoirs     111 Canada Geese, 17 Greylags, six Great Crested Grebes (4 ads, 2 juvs), a Cormorant, a female Yellow Wagtail, a Common Sandpiper, 25 Tufted Ducks, c100 House Martins, and a blue phase Snow Goose. (Marie-Claire Chapman). Also eight Little Grebes, at least two pairs bred, and two Little Owls, one in the orchard and the other up near Great Witcombe in an Ash tree. (Gord & Margaret Avery).

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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