Monday 24th June 2019

WWT Slimbridge     The LITTLE BUSTARD remains in the long grass on the Dumbles today, but is elusive and difficult to see at times. Patience and a scope are recommended. Also a Peregrine and 15+ Avocets. (Martin McGill). Also at the Dumbles today a Hobby over, a Great White Egret distantly to the south and two Little Egrets.  A Scarlet Tiger moth was in front of the South Lake hide. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

This evening special escorted access to the Little Bustard for 6pm, 7pm and 8pm meeting in the car park. Free to WWT members and £10 cash for non members. Escorted return walks at 6:45pm, 7:45pm and 9pm. 

Leighterton     This evening four, possibly five QUAIL calling along Monarch’s Way, three in one Barley field, and one probably two calling in the other adjoining Barley field. An estimated 6-7 pairs of Corn Buntings in the area, at least two pairs carrying food. (Terry Grant).

Nailsworth     A Hobby hunting over the valley at 4:50pm. (Terry Grant).

Withington     A recently fledged Red Kite this afternoon near Withington. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.

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Amberley     At Theescombe Lane a Ring necked Parakeet flew N in the valley at 5pm. Also a Painted Lady in the lane. (Phil Williams).

Halmore    This morning a Cuckoo heard between Halmore and Purton. (Chris Newton).

Cheltenham    Two Red Kites circling together over Rowanfield 9:30am. (Howard Taylor).

Forest of Dean     A Red Kite flew over Mitcheldean at 9:55am. (Chris Keeling). A Painted Lady at Whitecroft today. (Bernie Dumbleton).

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Tewkesbury     A Cormorant over Severn Ham, four Curlews, two Cuckoos, still several Skylarks singing and at least three Reed Buntings singing. Just one Peregrine chick on the tray on the Abbey tower, looking nearly ready to fly (the Tewkesbury Abbey Peregrine blog confirms that one of the chicks succumbed last Friday). (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This evening 15 Mute Swans,a pair of Canada Geese with five goslings, two Wigeon, two female Mallards, one with six ducklings and the other with seven, five Gadwalls, five Tufted Ducks, an immature Little Grebe and another whinnying, two Lapwings, four Oystercatchers, the two chicks fledged and now flying, seven Curlews came in to roost and a Cuckoo singing. (Mike Smart).

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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