Thursday 6th June 2019

WWT Slimbridge     A pair of Curlews on the reserve have hatched four chicks. A TURTLE DOVE flew along seawall S and across the reserve boundary to the Elders on the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal towpath/Old Duck Decoy near Purton at 10:30am. Also the SPOONBILL still on the reserve today. (Martin McGill).

Cleeve Hill     At the Bill Smyllie and Masts Reserve today a pair of Buzzards, a Kestrel, a Cuckoo, a Raven, a Stock Dove, a Tree Pipit, a Willow Warbler, a Mistle Thrush, Skylarks, Linnets, Swifts and a male Redstart. Other sightings included Small Blue, Common Blue and Small Heath butterflies, Yellow Shell, Six-spot Burnet and Cinnabar moths, a Glow Worm and a Weasel. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

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Forest of Dean    This afternoon at Nagshead at Lower pond, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Redstart, a Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush, young Blue Tits being fed, a Willow Warbler singing, a Chiffchaff singing, a Blackbird, a Mallard with three ducklings and a Mandarin female with three ducklings. (Chris Keeling). This evening, a Hummingbird Hawk Moth on Red Campion at Forge Hill, Lydbrook. (Chris Sullivan).

Frampton pools     This evening a Great White Egret, a Little Egret, a Tufted Duck with five ducklings and a Yellow Wagtail. (Nick Goatman).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This afternoon birds included four Oystercatchers, including two large chicks, four Redshanks, nine Lapwings including four chicks, 15 Mallards, including a pair with nine ducklings, five Shelducks, seven Canada Geese (5 juvs), 18 Mute Swans, four Grey Herons, three Little Egrets, seven Whitethroats, nine Sedge Warblers, male and female Blackcap, two Greenfinches, three Skylarks, eight Reed Buntings, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 12 Sand Martins, four Swallows and a Kestrel. (John Fletcher). Pic 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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