Tuesday 29th August 2017

Frampton pools     A FIRECREST at the top of Vicarage Lane early but no sign in the afternoon. The GREAT WHITE EGRET on Court Lake until 2pm at least and the adult Yellow-legged Gull on the Sailing Lake still, also three Green Sandpipers, three Common Terns, a Yellow Wagtail, a Whitethroat, 32 Chiffchaffs, six Blackcaps and two Willow Warblers. (Nick Goatman). A Kingfisher on each lake, a Water Rail on the Gravel Wash pools, a Little Egret on each lake and a Swift at 3:25pm. (MK).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Four Whinchats late afternoon. (Ian Ralphs/Graham Smith). Also 150+ Canada Geese and 60+ Greylags flew in from the N, 100 Mallards, seven Teal, 95 Lapwings, three Green Sandpipers, two Skylarks, c100 Swallows and 20 House Martins, lots of juvenile Chiffchaffs, 60 Linnets and 20 Goldfinches. (Mike Smart).

Barrow Ponds     A pair of Mute Swans with five cygnets, 140 Canada Geese, 50 Greylags, a Barnacle Goose, a Little Egret, six Cormorants, 50 Swallows and 50 House Martins today. (Mike Smart).

Painswick Beacon     From 6am-8:45am 1455 Swallows, 837 House Martins, 60 Meadow Pipits, ten Tree Pipits, a Raven and a Crossbill. (John Fleming).

Minchinhampton Common     This morning a Spotted Flycatcher, a Lesser Whitethroat, three Whitethroats and four Willow Warblers. (Francis Steuck). Also two Yellow Wagtails. (Terry Grant).

Rodborough Common     A Redstart this morning. Visible migration included 250 House Martins, 30 Swallows, two Swifts, three Grey Wagtails and three Tree Pipits. (Francis Steuck).

Nailsworth     11 Swifts flying S today. (Terry Grant).

Hempsted     A Wheatear at Netheridge Farm this morning. (Mark Hobson).

Arlingham     A female Wheatear late afternoon on the S side of Arlingham, on the edge of a field near the Severn at SO704099. (Antony Seabright).

WWT Slimbridge     A leucistic Swallow flying S and a Swift today. (Terry Grant).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint today the Peregrine pair and one juvenile, two Buzzards, Ravens, a Little Egret, a Jay, House Martins, Swallows, a Kingfisher, a Collared Dove, two Stock Doves, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Marsh Tit, a Grey Heron and three Mistle Thrushes. Also a Small Tortoiseshell and a Meadow Brown butterfly. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cheltenham     In Swindon Village a Tawny Owl flew low across the garden at SO947242 and landed on an aerial of a house on Swindon Lane at 8:30pm. First record here since the 1970’s. (Laurie Pierce).

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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