Thursday 31st August 2017

Painswick Beacon    Highlights from today’s watch 10am-3:45pm a Red Kite S, 16 Buzzards, a Goshawk, two Hobbies, three Sparrowhawks, 4267 House Martins, 1244 Swallows, four Swifts, 23 Sand Martins, two Yellow Wagtails, four Grey Wagtails, nine Ravens. (John Fleming).

Rodborough Common     Three Redstarts, a Yellow Wagtail, a Garden Warbler, two Blackcaps, two Whitethroats, two Willow Warblers, also two Swifts, 14 Meadow Pipits and a Tree Pipit and a Grey Wagtail over. (Francis Steuck).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Three Whinchats and a Yellow Wagtail this morning. (Ian Hull).

Guiting Power     A Yellow Wagtail today. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Rich.

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Hempsted     A Treecreeper at Netheridge Farm this morning, first for the site. (Mark Hobson).

Frampton pools     This evening a Barn Owl, two Little Owls, 7+ Tawny Owls calling and a Green Sandpiper over. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge    From the Holden Tower six Buzzards, a Peregrine, a Red Kite, a Marsh Harrier and a juvenile Sparrowhawk, also Whitethroat, Blackcap, Reed Bunting and Linnets. From Robbie Garnet hide two Green Sandpipers and two Migrant Hawker dragonflies. A juvenile Sparrowhawk failed in an attempt to take a Green Sandpiper from in front of the hide. (Peter Rodgers). Four Hobbies, Kestrels, Buzzards, a Peregrine, a Marsh Harrier, Grass Snakes and a Water Shrew from the Safaris today. (Roberta Goodall). Pic by Peter.

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Forest of Dean     A Buzzard, a Goshawk, a Kestrel and a Hobby over Crabtree Hill/Yew Tree Brake this morning. (Frank Williams).

Berkeley     At Berkeley park-Scott Law late morning 24 Chiffchaffs, six Blackcaps, five Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, a Moorhen and a Willow Warbler. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Sharpness to Berkeley Pill     At high tide this afternoon 13 Mallards, a Kestrel, three Curlews, ten Redshanks, four Common Sandpipers in the Pill, 20 Starlings and 20 Linnets in the saltmarsh. (Mike Smart).

Wotton-Under-Edge     Two Swifts early evening over the town. (Paul Rich).

Nailsworth     At least nine Swifts flying S today. (Terry Grant).

Minchinhampton Common     A Swift over today. (Terry Grant).

Little Haresfield     Three Swifts over at lunchtime. (Juliet Bailey).

Fretherne     From Hock Ditch to the far end of Hock Cliff late afternoon a Common Sandpiper, two Curlews, two Cormorants, a Grey Heron, a Little Egret, a Chiffchaff, two Goldcrests, a Raven, a Buzzard and a Kestrel. (MK).

Epney     At 6:40pm 22 Curlews and S of there off Framilode 80+ Canada Geese with three probable Snow Geese/white geese, all flew off towards Rodley. (MK).

Gloucester     At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake mid afternoon birds included a Kingfisher, three Little Grebes, three Grey Herons, a Peregrine, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, six Willow Warblers, four Chiffchaffs and a Yellowhammer. (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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