Tuesday 25th July 2017

Purton     A Short-eared Owl flying over grassland by the river. 3 Shelduck flying downriver and a male Goosander, also two Curlews and two Oystercatchers. (Chris Newton).

Chavenage Green     A Spotted Flycatcher 300m up the road to Cherington at ST870956. (Vic Polley).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A pair of Little Ringed Plovers still with four chicks today. (Graham Smith per Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean     A Hobby over Woorgreens Lake at 10:50am again today. (Frank Williams). At Cannop Ponds a Buzzard, a Siskin, a Pied Wagtail family, a Grey Wagtail family, a Comma, five Silver-washed Fritillaries, Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns and Speckled Wood butterflies, Emperor, Brown and Southern Hawker dragonflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat     At Yat Rock the Peregrines and their three juveniles, Buzzards, Ravens, Stock Doves, a Green Woodpecker, a Spotted Flycatcher, two Bullfinches, a Linnet, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, seven Mistle Thrushes, Long-tailed Tits and a Barn Owl on Coldwell Rock cliff face. Other sightings included Holly and Common Blue, Ringlet, Silver-washed Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large and Small White, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Peacock and Red Admiral butterflies, Hornets,Wood Mice and Bank Voles. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Frampton pools     An adult Yellow-legged Gull, two Water Rails, a juvenile Willow Warbler, 10+ Reed Warblers and a Swift this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Hardwicke to Saul Marina     Along the canal a Common Tern seen at Moreton Valence, Saul and Hardwicke, possibly the same bird, a Kingfisher, a Kestrel with Swallow prey and a female Sparrowhawk soaring with rat prey at Hardwicke, a Raven at Saul and two Yellowhammers heard singing near the marina. Dragonflies included Brown and Southern Hawkers, Broad-bodied Chasers, Common Darter, Emerald and Blue-tailed Damselflies and Banded Demoiselles. (MK). Pic of Emerald Damselfly below.

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Chalford     A female Sparrowhawk mobbed by local House Martins and Swifts. (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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