Thursday 17th August 2017

Frampton pools     A GREAT WHITE EGRET, four Little Egrets, seven Grey Herons, five Common Terns, a Yellow-legged Gull, two Common Sandpipers, two Green Sandpipers, an Oystercatcher and two Kingfishers this morning. (Nick Goatman). Also two BLACK TERNS at 10:15am for 5 minutes only on Court Lake. Also 20+ House Martins, 30+ Swallows, 50+ Sand Martins, three Cormorants, three Great Crested Grebes, five Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat, a Grey Wagtail, two Bullfinches, two Goldcrests, a Nuthatch and a Jay. (Mark Grieve).

Chedworth     Today at Chedworth airfield (SP04501280) 20 Mistle Thrushes and three Wheatears. (Martine Fenn).

Forest of Dean     A Swift over Lydney canal this morning. (Frank Williams).

WWT Slimbridge     A Wood Sandpiper on the Rushy still this morning. (Slimbridge Wild).

Coombe Hill Meadows     From the Grundon Hide (pools dry) a Kestrel, two Buzzards, Swallows, House Martins, Skylarks, Bullfinches, Linnets, three Grey Herons and c150 Lapwings. Along the canal sightings included Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Comma, Green-veined White, Small White, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown butterflies, Emperor, Brown Hawker, Ruddy Darter and Common Darter dragonflies and Blue-tailed and Emerald Damselflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Kestrel pic by Chris Snook.

Kestrel 170817

Cheltenham      Above the Hatherley Brook, Merestones, Buzzards and Ravens incoming from the direction of Leckhampton Hill, disputing territory with the resident Crows and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Towards the west, towards Up Hatherley, a possible Peregrine. (Bob Barker).

Winchcombe     Two Wheatears at Langley Hill today, also present yesterday. (Phil Cull). Pic by Phil.

Wheatear 170817

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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