Wednesday 23rd August 2017

WWT Slimbridge     A PECTORAL SANDPIPER reported from Robbie Garnett hide briefly early afternoon. (Adrienne Sanders). An OSPREY on driftwood on the river seen from Mid Point from 9:25am this morning until 10:15am when it flew off inland in the direction of Dursley. (Slimbridge Wild).

Fairford     The OSPREY seen roosting in the North Cotswolds recently seen flying over Fairford today, almost certainly fishing at Fairford pits. This was at the same time as the WWT bird. (Duncan Dine).

Longlevens     A Ring-necked Parakeet over the garden at 7:25 this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Frampton pools     The GREAT WHITE EGRET still, seven Little Egrets, five Grey Herons, four Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, the adult Yellow-legged Gull still and two Common Terns. (Nick Goatman).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Spotted Flycatcher today in mature Willow tree along the canal towpath c250m W of Grundon hide. (John Widgery).

Nailsworth     76 Swifts, 350+ House Martins and 90+ Swallows moving S and a Garden Warbler in the garden today. (Terry Grant).

Aylburton     In the Aylburton Warth and Stockwell Brook area this morning three Teal, seven Grey Herons, a Sparrowhawk, two Kestrels, eight Ringed Plovers, 70+ Curlews, two Snipe, a Greenshank, two Green Sandpipers, five Common Sandpipers, two Ravens, a Sand Martin, 50 Swallows, 12 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, six Whitethroats, 13 Reed Warblers, 16 Mistle Thrushes, four Wheatears, ten Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail, a Tree Pipit heard overhead, 25 Meadow Pipits and 120 Goldfinches. Also at least one Golden-ringed Dragonfly. (Andy Jayne).

Walmore Common     A Hobby, eight Whinchats and two Yellow Wagtails. (Andy Jayne).

Coates     This afternoon along the Wysis way near Coates at SO 96458 01153 three Crossbills in a pine tree and a Silver-washed Fritillary and several Commas on Bramble fruit. (Michael Cook).

Aston Down     Two Skylarks, three Meadow Pipits and c50 Goldfinches today. (Michael Cook).

Bussage     Two Greenfinches in the garden and a Painted Lady on Buddleia. (Michael Cook).

Slad     30 Swifts over the Woolpack Inn at lunchtime. (Roy Bircher).

Cleeve Hill     A male Redstart near the masts this afternoon. Also up to ten Stonechats on the Common, including several juveniles. (Chris Snook/Tom Mabbett). Pic by Chris.

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Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reed beds at Pit 85b three Kestrels, a Hobby, five Buzzards, four Pied Wagtails, two Green Woodpeckers, six Reed Buntings, five Long-tailed Tits, two Cormorants, ten Chiffchaffs, two Grey Herons, a Gadwall, seven Mallards, two Kingfishers, four Swifts and 19 Swallows. At Pit 85a 20 Gadwalls, 12+ Mallards, 23 Lapwings, 19 Canada Geese, two Cetti’s Warblers, a Kingfisher, two Little Egrets, three Sparrowhawks, four Chiffchaffs. Also beyond these pits at SU 028964 a Bar-headed Goose with a mixed 150+ flock of Greylags and Canada Geese. (John Fletcher/Martin Greenish). Pic by John.

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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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