Saturday 23rd September 2017

Cleeve Hill     Three RING OUZELS (2 first years and an adult) dropped into the Common early afternoon, feeding up then resting before flying towards the masts. Also 11 Stonechats and eight Wheatears. (Tom Mabbett‏). Pics by Tom.

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WWT Slimbridge    40+ REDWINGS flew over heading NE at 9am. (Paul Daunter). The BLACK TERN on South Lake, also five Curlew Sandpipers, 12 Little Stints and the leucistic Ringed Plover from Zeiss hide. (Morag Hughes/Rob Werran).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area the resident Peregrine pair, three Goshawks including one bathing in the River Wye below the viewpoint, a Sparrowhawk, Ravens, 14 Buzzards, a Tawny Owl calling, many House Martins and Swallows throughout the day, a Goldcrest, c40 Goldfinches, a juvenile Grey Heron, eight Mandarins (4m,4f), a Kingfisher and a Mistle Thrush. Other sightings included Small Copper, Comma, Large White and Red Admiral butterflies, two Bank Voles and a Fallow Deer buck roaring. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Gloucester     At Sandhurst Hill this afternoon birds included a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, three Buzzards, two Spotted Flycatchers, two Pied Wagtails, a late Swift, 49 Swallows, two Willow Warblers, three Chiffchaffs, 12+ Long-tailed Tits, two Coal Tits, a Nuthatch heard and a Raven. (John Fletcher/Martin Greenish).

Awre     Two Peregrines mobbing a Buzzard, two Kestrels, a Little Egret flying along the river, a mixed flock of 40 Swallows and House Martins around the church and two Wheatears on the south flood wall. (Terry Stevenson).

Bourton-on-the-Water     A Hobby hunting dragonflies at South Pit. (Duncan Dine).

Frampton     A Stonechat from Splatt Bridge, nine Wigeon and a Hobby on Court Lake, the GREAT WHITE EGRET early morning, ten Little Egrets, a Black-tailed Godwit, the adult Yellow-legged Gull and a Green Sandpiper on the Sailing Lake. (Gordon Hodgson/Nick Goatman).

Berkeley shore     A Mediterranean Gull this morning, also a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, six Wheatears and a Stonechat. (Paul Taylor).

Lower Lydbrook   At least eight Goosanders on River Wye early afternoon. (Paul Rich).

Guscar Rocks     At Grange Pill at high tide 240 Curlews, eight Ringed Plovers, 15 Dunlins, 16 Redshank, a Knot, a Curlew Sandpiper, two Bar-tailed Godwits, two Snipe, an Oystercatcher and seven Lapwings. (Ian Ralphs).

Minchinhampton     170 Common Gulls, 50 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 30 Black-headed Gulls on the polo ground this morning. (Seb Buckton).

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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