Friday 24th May 2019

WWT Slimbridge     The SPOONBILL from Mid Point again today at 4pm. (Les Ditchburn).

Bourton-on-the-Water    A Cuckoo around the South pits today, also five Lapwings and a drake Mandarin. (Andy Lewis).

Forest of Dean    At Nagshead this morning male and female Pied Flycatchers, three Redstarts (2m, 1f), male and female Siskin, a Treecreeper bathing in a pond, two Jays, a Garden Warbler, a female Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Tawny Owl heard at 8am and two Wild Boars. (Dave Stone). Pics by Dave.

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Also a female Mandarin with five young this afternoon on Speech House Lake. (Chris Keeling).

Cirencester    At least four Crossbills in Oakley Wood including at least one adult male. Also plenty of Pearl-bordered Fritillaries still. (Peter Chappell).

Oakridge     At Strawberry Banks N.R. SO0910033 4+ Marsh Fritillaries, also Dingy Skippers, Orange Tip, Peacock, Small Heaths, Common Blues and Comma. Birds included 1+ Nuthatch, two Buzzards, a Raven, a Stock Dove, 2+ Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff and six Long-tailed Tits. (MK).

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Gretton     A pair of Mistle Thrushes nesting in a tree in the village, an uncommon record here. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.

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Cheltenham    At Prince of Wales Stadium 12 Swifts overhead, a Chiffchaff heard and a family of House Sparrows chirping on the railway embankment. (Howard Taylor).

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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