Saturday 15th July 2017

WWT Slimbridge     A female/1st year COMMON SCOTER flew low upriver past the Land Rover Safari/Midpoint at 2:20pm. Also today five Ruff, a Greenshank, 16 Curlews, 200+ Black-tailed Godwits, 12 Common Terns and a Hobby. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Walmore Common     Four Whinchats, a Snipe and at least 60 Sand Martins today. (Andy Jayne).

Coombe Hill Meadows     The Little Ringed Plover pair still brooding four chicks on north scrape, plus two adults on Long Pool, also four Redshanks, 60 Lapwings, at least four Green Sandpipers, three Teal, 30 Mallards, a female Tufted Duck and two Little Egrets. (Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury     On Severn Ham a Mute Swan with six cygnets and a Little Egret on the Mill Avon, ten House Martins and two Sand Martins hawking insects and 150 Rooks on the cut hay areas. (Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean    At Newnham-on-Severn a Curlew on the riverbank. At Wenchford a Buzzard, two Dippers, a family of Grey Wagtails, Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Small White butterflies. At Mallards Pike a Treecreeper, a Jay, Swallows and Grey Wagtails. (Chris & Phil Andrews). A garden Sparrowhawk in Coleford this morning caught a fledgling. (Geoff Fawcett).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock the Peregrines, Ravens, Buzzards, a Hobby, Swifts, Swallows, Hummingbird Hawkmoths and a Fallow Deer with a Fawn. Butterflies in the area included Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Copper and Silver-washed Fritillaries. Also a five spot Burnet moth, Emerald and Common Blue Damselflies. (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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