Saturday 17th June 2017

WWT Slimbridge    From Mid Point/Summer walkway, an OSPREY flew N at 2:15pm mobbed by three Oystercatchers, also a Skylark, 25+ Swallows, two Reed Warblers, 38+ Shelducks, a Curlew, a Sedge Warbler, a Cormorant and a Chiffchaff. On the Rushy 78 Black-tailed Godwits, nine Avocets, three Lapwings, a Common Crane, two Mediterranean Gulls and a Pied Wagtail. Along the Holden Walkway, two Oystercatchers, a Reed Bunting, six Shelducks, a Blackcap, a Cetti’s Warbler, three Reed Warblers, a Little Egret, six Lapwings, three Pied Wagtails, seven Avocets and a Skylark. From Robbie Garnett hide a Green Sandpiper. From Zeiss Hide, a Reed Warbler, a Reed Bunting, three Avocets, three Shelducks and six Lapwings. On South Lake, three Oystercatchers, 51+ Avocets, 30 Redshanks, three Lapwings, three Green Sandpipers, a Common Crane with two chicks and two Shovelers. (Mark Grieve).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint the Peregrine pair and their three juveniles, two Buzzards, Jays, a Green Woodpecker, a Grey Heron, Ravens, Chiffchaffs and two juvenile Bullfinches. Other sightings included Hummingbird Hawkmoths, a Ringlet, Painted Lady and Speckled Wood butterflies, a White-legged Damselfly, a Bank Vole and a Musk Beetle. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Woodford     This morning a Red Kite was circling over freshly mown meadow next to the A38 and then came over the garden nearby. Also a pair of Buzzards did the same. (Geoff Poulton).

Ashleworth Ham     Seven adult Canada Geese including a pair with four goslings, a male and a female Teal, two Mallards, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, a Buzzard, two Lapwings, a Little Ringed Plover, two Curlews, a Green Sandpiper, a Cuckoo, c6 House Martins, c12 Swallows and two Nuthatches. (Les Brown/John Fletcher).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A pair of Oystercatchers still with two young, 28 adult Lapwings with at least three broods of young, two broods of Redshanks, a Little Ringed Plover, ten adult Curlews, two Little Egrets, two adult Grey Herons with three juveniles, an adult male Wigeon, a Grasshopper Warbler still reeling strongly, a Cuckoo, 4-5 Sedge Warblers, 2-3 Whitethroats, 5-6 Reed Buntings and 20 Long-tailed Tits. Also many Meadow Brown butterflies and an Emperor Moth caterpillar. (Mike Smart).

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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