Saturday 17th August 2019

Gloucester     At Horsbere Flood Storage Lake this evening a GREAT WHITE EGRET, a Kestrel, a pair of Buzzards and a Grey Heron. (Andy Watts). 

Nailsworth     410+ House Martins, 25+ Swallows, seven Swifts and a Sand Martin flying S up to 5:30pm. (Terry Grant).

Minchinhampton Common     550+ Starlings today. (Terry Grant).

Cotswold Water Park East   At Pit 119 today N of Lechlade three Grey Herons, three Oystercatchers, two Green Sandpipers, 36 Black-headed Gulls, two Little Egrets, nine Teal, 30 Mallards and a Kingfisher. (Paul Charles).

Forest of Dean     At Wenchford at 7am a Dipper by the entrance bridge. At Cannop Ponds at 8am 22 Mandarins, two Tufted Ducks, a male Bullfinch, six Chaffinches, a colour ringed Dipper (blue R, red L) below the Stoneworks, c4 Swallows, c10 House Martins and three Grey Wagtails. At New Fancy View at 9:15am a male Crossbill by the car park , 1+ Siskin heard and two Ravens. (Derek Hale). Pic by Derek.

Crossbill 170819

Frampton     On the Sailing Lake this morning three Swifts, 50+ Sand Martins, a Common Sandpiper, a Common Tern and the adult Yellow-legged Gull. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth to Splatt Bridge     Two Redstarts, 15 Yellow Wagtails, a Whinchat, a Cetti’s Warbler singing, 31 Avocets on the river and four Kestrels this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

WWT Slimbridge    Two Arctic Terns, two Grey Plovers, a Hobby and three Greenshanks at high tide. (Dave Paynter). A SPOONBILL roosting on the Dumbles, six Swifts through, four Turnstones, six Knot, 20 Avocets and a Bar-tailed Godwit on the river. (Ian Ralphs). Also 156 Curlews, 121 Barnacle Geese, four Great Black-backed Gulls, 12 Little Egrets, 12 Shelducks and a Cormorant and a Sanderling from Zeiss hide. (Helen Bojaniwska). A Hobby flew low S through the Rushy at 8:45am. (Jon Mercer).

Minchinhampton    On the polo ground this morning a Wheatear, three Swifts, 20 Swallows, 105 Common Gulls, 33 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 32 Black-headed Gulls and a Herring Gull. (Seb Buckton).

Guscar Rocks and Cone Brook     At high tide today 180 House Sparrows on a wheat field, also 22 Goldfinches, seven Greenfinches, two Collared Doves, a Buzzard, eight Grey Herons, a Cormorant, 140 Black-headed Gulls, 320 Curlews, two Oystercatchers, a Dunlin and two immature Shelducks. (Iain Crawford).

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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