Tuesday 4th July 2017

Tewkesbury     At Mitton (SO896338) the last field in Gloucestershire, with flashes of open water 39 Mallards, with at least four broods of ducklings, ten adult Lapwings guarding two broods of young, one with two full grown birds able to fly, the other with one half grown chick, an adult WOOD SANDPIPER, five Sand Martins, ten House Martins and a Raven over. At Severn Ham three Cormorants and an Oystercatcher over, 5+ Skylarks, a Sedge Warbler still singing and at least five Reed Buntings. (Juliet Bailey/Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean     At least four Nightjars (3m) at Crabtree Hill tonight but not before 10pm. Also a male Stonechat and a Tawny Owl flew across the road at Horse Lawn. (MK/Norman Mansell). At Nagshead a male Redstart, a Grey Wagtail, a female Blackcap. Also a Silver-washed Fritillary, a Comma, Ringlet and Meadow Brown butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews). At Mallards Pike and Staple Edge Wood this evening an adult Goshawk, a singing male Firecrest, a Spotted Flycatcher, three Tree Pipits, 30 Siskins and at least five Crossbills including two juveniles. Also at least 30 Wild Boar, five Fallow Deer and a Glow Worm. (Andy Jayne). Juvenile Tree Pipit pic by Andy.

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Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint the Peregrines and three juveniles, two Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaffs, a pair of Stock Doves, Swifts, Swallows and House Martins. Also Hummingbird Hawkmoths, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillaries, Holly Blue, Ringlet and Meadow Brown butterflies and four Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows     At 2pm 11 Little Egrets together, four Skylarks, 20 Lapwings, four Greylags, a Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler, a Grey Heron and a Little Ringed Plover. (Alan McIlquham).

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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