Saturday 2nd June 2018

Purton     An immature male RED-BREASTED MERGANSER still on the canal between Purton and Sharpness by the old railway bridge then flushed towards the timber ponds by a boat. (Paul Masters).

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead dipping pond a singing Garden Warbler, a pair of Blackcaps, mating Azure Damselflies and Broad-bodied Chasers. In the Parkend Church area a male Golden-ringed Dragonfly. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

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Symonds Yat     At Yat Rock viewpoint possibly a new pair of Peregrines, Buzzards, a Red Kite, a Hobby, Ravens, House Martins, Sand Martins, Swallows, Swifts, a male Blackcap, a male Bullfinch, and Jays. Also Fallow Deer, Red Admiral, Painted Lady and Speckled Wood butterflies, an Orange Ladybird, a Rose Chafer, a female Club-tailed Dragonfly and a female Rhinoceros Beetle. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Painswick     A Common Crane flying along the A46 between Painswick and Pitchcombe this afternoon, presumably a GCRP bird. (David Withington).

Shurdington     Two Red Kites and a Buzzard drifting over at 1:30pm. (B Emberson).

Walmore Common     Two Grey Herons, a Hobby, a Buzzard, two Kestrels, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Cuckoo, six Stock Doves, two Skylarks, three Chiffchaffs, five Blackcaps, three Reed Warblers, a Whitethroat, five Sedge Warblers, a Bullfinch, five Swallows, six Reed Buntings and a Roe Deer. (Mark Grieve).

Barnwood     A Ring-necked Parakeet in a garden today. (Elaine Keasley). It was heard on Friday in Church Lane. (Bridgette King).

Gloucester     At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake a Little Egret and two male Broad-bodied Chasers and a male Emperor dragonfly. (Andy & Laurie Pierce). 15+ House Martin at the Docks. (Mark Grieve). Pic by Andy.

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Ashleworth Ham     This evening until dark birds included three Lapwings, seven Canada Geese, two Grey Herons, eight Mallards, a Shelduck, three Gadwalls, a Cuckoo, two Sedge Warblers, a Chiffchaff, three Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Sparrowhawk, two Great Black-backed Gulls over N. Also five spawning Carp seen breaking the surface all evening. (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 and most recently South Africa.
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