Thursday 1st June 2017

Cranham     The HOOPOE refound on Cranham Common at 5:40am at SO898129 and remained throughout the day until 8pm at least but could be very elusive at times. (Hugh Manistre). Also four Marsh Tits together near the entrance to the cricket pitch this morning. (MK).

Ashleworth Ham     The QUAIL calling again today from the centre of the reserve. (Mark Dowie/Ian Hull).

WWT Slimbridge    A Cuckoo heard on South Lake in the morning and a pair of CATTLE EGRETS with the longhorn cattle from the South Finger Walkway. Also a third calendar year Mediterranean Gull on the Rushy Pen at 1:30pm. Another Cuckoo heard on both safaris, also Grass Snakes and dragonflies including Hairy, Emperor, Four Spotted Chasers, Brown Hawkers and Black-tailed Skimmers. Bee Orchids can also be seen from the carpark, near the entrance. (Duerden Cormack). Pic by Duerden.Mediterranean Gull 010617

Cleeve Hill     From the Cleeve Hill Bill Smillie and Masts reserve a Cuckoo calling, Willow Warblers, Tree Pipits, Skylarks, Linnets, a male Yellowhammer, three Swifts and a Buzzard. Other sightings included Small Blue, Small Heath, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Brimstone, Common Blue, Speckled Wood and Dingy Skipper butterflies, moths included Forester, Burnet Companion, Silver-Y, Mother Shipton, Chimney Sweeper and many Five-Spot Burnet moths and many Garden Chafers. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

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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