Wednesday 7th June 2017

Cotswold Water Park West     The LITTLE BITTERN still at Shorncote Reedbed today, seen in flight at 4:30am. Also a Hobby. (Ian Hull). Later it was seen to fly across the water from left hand to right hand reedbed at 3:20pm in view for all of 5 seconds. (Roger Scase). Please use Upper Up Playing Fields car park and stick to footpaths on the reserve please.

Cranham     The HOOPOE still on Cranham Common but very elusive. Seen at 5:30pm for 5 minutes then it flew to the cattle enclosure. Please park sensibly in the village and surrounding area as parking is very limited. (Kenny Hills). Other birds here included seven Willow Warblers (5 juvs), four Whitethroats, three Mistle Thrushes (2 juvs) and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Tewkesbury     At the Mythe reserve a Cuckoo, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, Swallows, Swifts, House Martins, a Sedge Warbler, a Kingfisher, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. Other sightings included Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood and Large Skipper butterflies, a Red-tipped Clearwing moth, a Rove Beetle, an Alder Spittlebug, Harlequin ladybirds, Scarce Chaser, Broad-bodied Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer dragonflies, Beautiful and Banded Demoiselles, Common Blue, Azure Blue, Blue-tailed, White-legged and Red-eyed Damselflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

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Forest of Dean     At 2pm  a family party of Ravens calling over Forge Hill, Lydbrook. At 5pm a Red Kite drifting over Forge Hill in the direction of Coppett Hill, a garden first. Also a Painted Lady, a Scarlet Tiger and a Six-Spot Burnet moth. (Chris Sullivan).

Quedgeley     A Hobby over the garden at 5:40pm. (MK).

Birdlip     A Red Kite low over the village at 7:30pm. (Mark Grieve).

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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