Thursday 12th July 2018

Frampton pools     This morning a GREAT WHITE EGRET, a Common Sandpiper, an Oystercatcher, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Tawny Owl and a Treecreeper with young. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge     A juvenile Cuckoo still being fed by a pair of Reed Warblers near Willow hide today. (Roberta Goodall).

Berkeley shore     A Yellow-legged Gull this evening and seven Common Sandpipers in the Pill. (Paul Taylor).

Upleadon/Brand Green     At Colin Park Wood Nature Reserve GWT at SO751278 this afternoon seven Nuthatches, three Treecreepers, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Ravens, three Buzzards, two Jays and three Chiffchaffs. (John Fletcher).

Gloucester     20+ Swifts over Elmbridge today. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows     From the Grundon hide a Reed Warbler, seven Little Egrets, seven Grey Herons, Bullfinches calling, House Martins and Swallows. Along the Canal Towpath a female Redstart, and butterflies included Small Copper, Essex Skipper, Gatekeeper, Comma, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, Ringlet, Common Blue and Brown Argus. Also Blue-tailed, Emerald, Azure, Common Blue and Banded Demoiselle damselflies, Emperor, Brown Hawker (pic), Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter and Ruddy Darter dragonflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

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Down Hatherley     Belated from the evening of Friday 29th June two Purple Hairstreaks around the tops of oak trees along a public footpath across farmland that leads from the end of Wood Lane (Down Hatherley) to Staverton. (Rob Crofton).

Winchcombe     Garden birds included a Goldcrest, a Greenfinch, a male Bullfinch, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Song Thrush with a juvenile begging for food, four Goldfinches, six Swifts and a Buzzard over and a Tawny Owl calling at night. (Andrew & Gill Worthington).

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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