Tuesday 16th July 2019

WWT Slimbridge     From Zeiss hide the SPOONBILL still distantly on the estuary and a summer-plumaged Little Stint again distantly on the Top New Piece. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Netheridge Farm    A Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler and a Chiffchaff in the same Elder bush this morning at the Barn Owl Centre. (Mark Hobson).

Leighterton     12 Swifts, four Whitethroats and three Corn Buntings along the Monarch Way today. (Roy Kinchin).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today Peregrine Falcons, a Red Kite, Buzzards, Ravens, Stock Doves, Swallows, Swifts, House Martins, Sand Martins, two Song Thrushes, two Kingfishers, Goldfinches, Mandarins, and a female Goosander with seven young. Other Sightings included a Bank Vole, five Fallow Deer, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Large White, Ringlet, Painted Lady, Marbled White and Meadow Brown butterflies, a White-legged Damselfly and Hummingbird Hawkmoths. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Ashleworth Ham     Birds today included seven Red Kites, two Buzzards, a female Teal, four Grey Herons, 32 Mallards, four Moorhens, three Canada Geese, a Song Thrush, a Nuthatch, a Chiffchaff, 60+ Jackdaws, 40 Carrion Crows and a juvenile Whitethroat. (John Fletcher). Pics by John.

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Bishops Cleeve     A Green Woodpecker in the cemetery today. (Alan McIlquham). Pics by Alan.

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Halmore     Two Spotted Flycatchers in woods this morning at SO695025. Also five Buzzards circling overhead, a singing Song Thrush in the garden and 15-20 Purple Hairstreaks in the oaks. (Chris Newton).

Minchinhampton    At least twenty Swifts over the church this morning. (Richard Parker).

Forest of Dean     Up to 30+ Swifts screaming over Coleford for the last few evenings, centred on St John’s church. Later in the evening 200-250 Jackdaws take over. (Geoff Fawcett).

Dursley     A screaming party of 30+ Swifts again over Woodfield Road at 12:50pm. (MK).

Ebley     The Ring-necked Parakeet again at Foxmoor Lane stables at SO 82398 05555 regularly this week in the evenings. (Carol Mein).

Twyning     At Upham Meadow this morning at least five Skylarks and 1-2 Reed Buntings still singing. (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This evening 11 Mute Swans, 19 Greylags, four Canada Geese, a Teal, ten Gadwalls, a female Tufted Duck with six ducklings, a Coot with four young, an Oystercatcher, 16 Lapwings, a Green Sandpiper, four Snipe and four Curlews came in to roost at 9:05pm, the adult male with three juveniles, two of them colour-ringed and one not. Also a Fox and a Roe Deer. (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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