Tuesday 19th September 2017

Rodley     A Short-eared Owl at Lower Dumball this morning at 10am. Also two Lesser Whitethroats and a Whitethroat along Garden Cliff. (John & Viv Phillips).

Stroud    An OSPREY still in the Stroud area reported flying over the bypass at Kings Stanley junction at 11:10am. (Colette Hall per Rich Hearn).

WWT Slimbridge     A Kingfisher from Martin Smith hide this morning. (Pam & Frank Bryant).

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Also a very pale leucistic Ringed Plover on the Top New Piece from Zeiss hide today. (Martin McGill).

Sharpness    Three Wheatears at the picnic area tonight. (Jeff Kirby).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reedbed this afternoon at Pit 85B ten Buzzards up together, two Kingfishers, two Water Rails calling, six Sedge Warblers, five Blackcaps, six Cetti’s Warblers, two Chiffchaffs, a Mistle Thrush, five Wrens, 21 Swallows S, 18 House Martins, four Grey Herons, a Cormorant and a Sparrowhawk. On Pit 85A seven Teal, five Gadwalls, two Little Egrets, three Buzzards, a Grey Heron, eight Coots, three Moorhens, two Reed Buntings, nine Mallards, a Kestrel and six Long-tailed Tits. (John Fletcher).

Cotswold Water Park East     A juvenile Common Tern at Pit 125 and three Ruff with a small flock of Lapwings at Pit 126. (John Grearson).

Symonds Yat    From the viewpoint today the Peregrine pair, two Goshawks, a male Kestrel, a female Sparrowhawk, five Buzzards, Ravens, a Kingfisher, Stock Doves, House Martins and Swallows passing through, a juvenile Grey Heron, a Mistle Thrush, a Great Spotted Woodpecker calling and a Jay. Other sightings included Small White, Large White, six Commas, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral butterflies, a Common Darter, two adult Fallow Deer with a fawn and a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Twyning     A Chiffchaff calling at 7am this morning at Church End. (Mike Jones).

Hardwicke     c6 House Martins, six Swallows and a Swift feeding over Shorn Brook at 5:20pm this evening. (Michael Cook).

Winstone     Three Swallows and a Red Kite at 6 pm. (Michael Cook).

Duntisbourne Leer     c10 Golden Plovers in a recently tilled field near Duntisbourne Leer crossroads and 50+ Goldfinches feeding on game cover crop nearby. (Michael Cook).

Bussage     c8 House Martins feeding up high at 7:15 pm this evening and Green Woodpecker taking ants on the lawn. (Michael Cook).

Stonehouse     A Kingfisher on the Canal. A pair of Bullfinches along the cycle track opposite Wycliffe College. (Paul Sutton).

Kingscote     Three Male Kestrels at various sites around the village and a Tawny Owl calling near Lower Hazelcote cottages around midday. (Paul Sutton).

Gloucester     At the Docks a Kingfisher perched on the King Arthur pleasure cruiser at the rear of the National Waterways museum at 7:50am. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth Ham     A non-CES ringing session caught 72 birds including five juvenile Meadow Pipits, 19 juvenile Chiffchaffs, a juvenile Willow Warbler, an adult male Redstart, 12 Reed Buntings, 17 Goldfinches and a juvenile Treecreeper. Also 40 Swallows around. (Mervyn Greening/Mike Smart).

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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