Thursday 10th August 2017

Eastleach Martin    A QUAIL calling from an uncut crop field on Eastleach Downs (near Eastleach Martin) this afternoon. Also a Corn Bunting and a Red Kite in the same area. Closer to the village a juvenile/female Redstart and a Clouded Yellow butterfly. (Martine Fenn).

WWT Slimbridge    Two Wood Sandpipers still from Robbie Garnett hide today. Also 8+ Green Sandpipers here and on the Rushy, also six Black-tailed Godwits and two Ruff on the Rushy. A CATTLE EGRET from Hogarth hide late morning (in addition to South Lake waders including Dunlin, Ruff, Snipe, Redshank, Green Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit). (Jon Mercer/Paul Taylor). At Mid-point three Avocets, two Common Sandpipers, a Whinchat and 50 Goldfinches. At Zeiss Hide three Knot with 300+ Dunlin and six Snipe at South Lake. Also a Yellow Wagtail by the approach road and 20+ Swifts by the canal. (Andy Jayne). Pic by Jon.

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Longlevens     30+ Swifts over  late afternoon. (Andy Jayne).

Bussage     An adult Cuckoo spent the morning sat on garden fork at Frith Wood. (Donald Workman).

Cleeve Hill     On the approach road to the south of West Down a Kestrel and a Buzzard
A Red Kite over West Down car park and in the area Painted Lady, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Peacock, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Heath and Green-veined White butterflies.  Along the gallops to the trig point a male Redstart, several Whitethroats and a Raven. At Wontley Farm a mixed flock of adult and juvenile Stonechats, Whitethroats and Willow Warblers. (Keith White).

Bisley/Battlescombe valley     Early morning 17+ House Martins, 5+ Chiffchaffs, four Bullfinches, a Green Woodpecker, three Whitethroats, five Stock Doves, five Nuthatches, two Blackcaps, four Coal Tits, four Buzzards, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 8+ Swallows, two Marsh Tits, a Garden Warbler, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Goldcrest, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk and a Roe buck and a Brown Hare. (Mark Grieve).

Hawling area     Three Buzzards, three Red Kites, two Kestrels, a female Sparrowhawk, Linnets, Goldfinches, three male Yellowhammers, Swallows, House Martins, two Pied Wagtails and a Bullfinch. Other sightings included a Silver-washed Fritillary, many Common Blues, Meadow Brown, Small White and Peacock butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Whelford pools GWT reserve at Pit 111 birds included four Great Crested Grebes (2 juv), three House Martins, four Tufted Ducks, two Red Crested Pochards, two Gadwalls, 45 Mallards, two Reed Buntings, three Cormorants, a Grey Heron, seven Willow Warblers, four Reed Warblers, a Goldcrest, two Sedge Warblers, five Long-tailed Tits and six Mute Swans (4 juv). At Pit 111a 14 Red Crested Pochards, three Great Crested Grebe (2 juv), nine Cormorants and eight Tufted Ducks. At Pit 126 31 Tufted Ducks, 29 Coots, eight Great Crested Grebes, and a Green Woodpecker. (John Fletcher).

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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