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).

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