Saturday 1st June 2019

Forest of Dean     At Cinderford Linear Park a Green Woodpecker, a Willow Warbler, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, two Buzzards, a male Redstart, and a Tree Pipit. Other sightings included ten Wood Whites, a female Brimstone, Common Blue, Dingy Skipper, Orange Tip, Small White and Red Admiral butterflies, Cinnabar Moths, a pair of Broad-bodied Chaser dragonflies mating and egg laying over a newly made pond and a Sloe Bug. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

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Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area the Peregrine pair, a Grey Heron, Buzzards, Blackcaps, a Wren feeding chicks in the nest, a Mandarin duck with ten ducklings, a nesting pair of Kingfishers, House Martins, Swallows and Swifts. Other sightings included a female Clubtail dragonfly, a Hornet, Rose Chafers, a Painted Lady butterfly, a Wood Mouse and a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

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Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reedbed and along the nearby hedges around Pit 85a and b this afternoon birds included eight Common Terns, a Great White Egret, two Little Egrets, two Oystercatchers, two Great Crested Grebes, male and female Tufted Duck, four Gadwalls, two Grey Herons, a Cormorant, 75 Canada Geese, seven Stock Doves, eight Sand Martins, five Whitethroats, four Reed Warblers, two Cetti’s Warblers, three Sedge Warblers, a Green Woodpecker, a Greenfinch, four Goldfinches, seven Linnets, nine Reed Buntings, a Buzzard and two Kestrels. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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A Peregrine low over Pit 57 before circling on a thermal and heading off towards Cirencester, also a Cuckoo seen flying around. (Dave Soons). 

Twyning     A Spotted Flycatcher on telephone wires in the garden at Church End this evening. (Mike Jones).

Stroud     A Red Kite circling over Butterow early afternoon today, then it returned a couple of hours later only 20ft above the house on Butterow Lane and circled again before flying off. (Steve Pitman). A Red Kite over Kitesnest Lane, Lightpill at 4:30pm possibly the same bird, also a Swift. (Giles Diggle). At Frome Banks Dippers feeding a second brood and a Kingfisher with large fish flew by. (Mike Davis).

Haresfield     At 2:45pm a Red Kite at SO828110 over a silage field. (Ian Elphick).

Prestbury    In East Prestbury on fields cut for silage a flock of Lesser Black-backed Gulls, two Red Kites, and a Buzzard. Also a Yellowhammer, a male Cuckoo, a Willow Warbler heard and young Goldcrests in bushes along Cockroft Lane. Also a Ring-necked Parakeet heard in flight at 2:16pm and at 6:12pm in the centre of Prestbury. (Ken Heron).

Churchdown     Garden birds today included an adult male Great Spotted Woodpecker, a pair of Bullfinches, a pair of Blue Tits and five youngsters, and a pair of Great Tits. (Margaret G).

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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