Thursday 23rd May 2019

Coombe Hill Meadows     Along the canal singing Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting and Cuckoo. Also a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Little Egret flew over. From Grundon hide 26 Mute Swans, two pairs of Canada Geese (one with five goslings), five Shelducks, 12 Lapwings, a Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, two Oystercatchers, three Curlews, a Grey Heron and four Swallows. Also Brimstone, Peacock, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood and Green-veined White butterflies and Hairy Dragonfly, Broad-bodied Chaser, Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies. (Keith White/Les Ditchburn). In the evening additionally two Little Owls at dusk, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Redshank, two Gadwalls, two Grey Herons, two Skylarks and a Fox seen eating its freshly caught prey. (John Fletcher/Jake King). Pic by John.

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Forest of Dean    In the Crabtree Hill/Yew Tree Brake area this afternoon a Redstart, a Tree Pipit, 3+ Wood Warblers, a Spotted Flycatcher, two Siskins, a Wild Boar sow with 4+ boarlets and three Wood White butterflies. (MK).

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Saul/Frampton     This morning 25+ Dunlins, 50+ Ringed Plovers, three Sanderlings, six Bar-tailed Godwits, seven Oystercatchers, 11 Curlews and a Whimbrel. After the tide two Great White Egrets, three Little Egrets and two Cuckoos fighting. Also singing Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat. (Neil Smart).

Northleach    42 Red Kites over a freshly cut silage field today. (Keith Jennings).

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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