Thursday 22nd September 2016

WWT Slimbridge     This morning the SPOTTED CRAKE still from the Van den Bovencamp hide along South Finger on the Dragonfly pond. A Curlew Sandpiper on South Lake and two juvenile Little Stints from Zeiss hide. Also two Green Sandpipers, c100 Black-tailed Godwits and c10 Ruff. (Derek Hale). Pic by Derek. Also a HEN HARRIER through the reserve hunting over various fields today. (Slimbridge Sightings).spotted-crake-220916

Coombe Hill Meadows     From the Grundon hide a juvenile Marsh Harrier, a Kestrel, a female Sparrowhawk, two Buzzards, three Corn Buntings, two Jays, three Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, Meadow Pipits, Linnets, a Raven, a Stock Dove, Long-tailed Tits, Lapwings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a mixed flock of c300 Swallows and House Martins feeding. Also Common Darters, Emperor and Southern Hawker dragonflies and Comma and Small White butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.marsh-harrier-220916

Forest of Dean     At Blaize Bailey at 4pm a pair of Goshawks in display flight with talon grabbing for about 5 minutes above the field at the bottom of the garden. They then flew off together. This evening at 6:30pm a juvenile Goshawk perched in a tree at the field edge. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).

Chapman’s Cross     50+ Golden Plovers in the second field on the right hand side just past Chapman’s Cross towards Stroud at Beacon Farm, Frampton Mansell this morning at 8:10am viewed from the A419  SO 93351 01686. (Michael Cook).

Tuffley     A Little Owl between Tuffley and Kingsway being mobbed by Blackbirds then went into a dense tree SO818142. (Mark Hobson).

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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