Thursday 5th July 2018

WWT Slimbridge     An OSPREY flew N upriver at 10am. A juvenile Cuckoo still being fed by a pair of Reed Warblers near Willow hide in the canopy above the path. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Upper Swell     A male Grey Wagtail carrying food, a Sparrowhawk and 50 Green-veined White butterflies feeding in a mass by the riverbank. (Andy & Laurie Pierce).

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Lower Rea     18 Stock Doves this evening. (Andy Chapman).

Ashleworth Ham     Two Buzzards, a Kestrel, Bullfinches, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, a Grey Heron, a Mistle Thrush, Long-tailed Tits and Stock Doves. Other sightings included Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Green-veined, Large and Small White, Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper and Brimstone butterflies, Banded Demoiselle, Large Red and Azure Blue damselflies, a Ruddy Darter pair, Scorpion Flies and a Red-legged Shieldbug. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cotswold Water Park East     In the Whelford Pools area birds included at Pit 111, 13 Great Crested Grebes, 11 Red Crested Pochards, seven Tufted Ducks, a Shoveler, a Common Tern, five Cormorants, two Garden Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, two Reed Warblers and a Willow Warbler. At Pit 111B, 11 Cormorants, three juvenile Red Crested Pochards, two Tufted Ducks, a Grey Heron and a Goldcrest. At Pit 111A nine Red Crested Pochards including seven ducklings, four Great Crested Grebes including two juveniles. At Pit 126, 37 Red Crested Pochards, 50+ Tufted Ducks, 51 Greylags, 117 Lesser Black -backed Gulls, nine Common Terns, an Oystercatcher, two Lapwings, a Pied Wagtail and three Sedge Warblers. (John Fletcher). Pics by John.

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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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