Thursday 13th July 2017

Coombe Hill Meadows     This evening the pair of Little Ringed Plovers and four chicks still intact despite a close encounter with a Fox. Also around the reserve a Teal, two Little Egrets, an Oystercatcher, 54 Lapwings, an adult Dunlin, eight Green Sandpipers, five Redshanks, a Barn Owl, a Hobby, a Sand Martin, 50 Swallows, two Redstarts, an adult male and juvenile Whinchat, a juvenile Stonechat and a Yellow Wagtail. (Andy Jayne).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the Peregrines and their three juveniles, Buzzards, Ravens, a juvenile Grey Heron, a Green Woodpecker, a family of nine Mandarins, Stock Doves, a Jay, Swifts, Swallows and House Martins. Other sightings included Silver-washed Fritillaries, Meadow Brown, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, Red Admiral, Holly Blue, Comma, Ringlet and Speckled Wood butterflies, Hummingbird Hawkmoths, Wood Mice, Bank Voles and a Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Bisley     A Red Kite flew low over the village, also 15+ House Martins, 10+ Swifts, 12+ Swallows, two Yellowhammers, a Whitethroat, three Buzzards, two Skylarks, a Green Woodpecker, three Bullfinches, three Chiffchaffs, a Nuthatch, two Jays, a Kestrel, two Stock Doves and a Sparrowhawk. (Mark Grieve).

Frampton     A Red Kite was chased off by Common Terns and a Kingfisher and three Green Woodpeckers around the gravel wash area today. (Les Ditchburn). The Yellow-legged Gull on the Sailing Lake at 9:44am. (Geoff Moyser).

WWT Slimbridge     On South Lake 20+ Black-tailed Godwit, three Ruff, three Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 50+ Lapwings, Avocets and a GCRP Crane chick with parents. (Les Ditchburn).

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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