Wednesday 29th July 2020

WWT Slimbridge     This afternoon from Zeiss hide a Greenshank, often obscured by vegetation along the nearside bank; also two GARGANEYS at the far end of the channel seen from the S side of the hide at 2:30pm, then swimming out of sight. On the Rushy at 4pm two summer-plumaged Knot. On South Lake this afternoon the juvenile Great Crested Grebe showed well, in front of the hide. (Andy & Sue Gibbons). A CATTLE EGRET and two Common Cranes, one unringed, on South Lake causeway. Also six Green Sandpipers from Robbie Garnett hide. (Jonathan Bull). Pic by Andy & Sue.

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Saul Warth/Fretherne    This evening two Whinchats, a juvenile Stonechat and a juvenile Redstart. On the River 187 Curlews, 17 Avocets, 11 Dunlins, two Oystercatchers, a Common Sandpiper and six Common Terns. Also a Kingfisher on the canal near Fretherne Bridge. (Gordon Hodgson). This morning 17 Avocets, 20+ Curlews, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Little Egret, two Green Woodpeckers, four Mistle Thrushes, a Little Owl, a Grey Wagtail, two Pied Wagtails, 11 Meadow Pipits, four Skylarks, a Kestrel, 8+ Linnets including 2+ juveniles and Clouded Yellow and Gatekeeper butterflies. (Mike Davis/MK). Pic by Mike.

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Frampton pools     Four Whinchats, four Reed Buntings, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk and three young Buzzards this evening. (Nick Goatman).

Coombe Hill Meadows    11 Whinchats (8m, 3f) this morning and possibly another three male, also Dunlin, three Yellow Wagtails, two Stonechats, a male Wigeon and good numbers of Clouded Yellow butterflies. (Ed Betteridge).

Tewkesbury     The GREAT WHITE EGRET early morning flew along the River Avon and was just up from the Sailing Club on the border for Glos/Worcs. (Sarah Loaring).

Whittington     At Arle Grove near Whittington today (SO995215) birds included two Treecreepers, a Marsh Tit, a Coal Tit, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Nuthatch and three Swifts. (Howard Smith).

Forest of Dean    Between 10-11am this morning along the river bank at Lydbrook seven Mute Swans, two Grey Wagtails, five Pied Wagtails, 12+ House Martins and eight House Sparrows. (Christine Mora).

Symonds Yat    A juvenile Dipper on a raft of rubbish on the Glos/Hereford border S of Symonds Yat today. (Mark Hobson).

Selsley Common     Between 7-9:30am 414 Swifts flew SW down the escarpment and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull flew N. (Francis Steuck).

Nailsworth     A trickle of Swifts flying S along the Valley today, 115+ seen in various short counts, also a male Peregrine. (Terry Grant).

Maisemore     On Church Road and along the lake to the weir early afternoon a Kingfisher, two Willow Warblers, nine Goldfinches, four Swallows, a male Bullfinch, a Whitethroat, two Linnets, a Song Thrush, three Reed Buntings, a Grey Heron, seven Mallards, seven Moorhens, a Red-legged Partridge, three Buzzards and six Mute Swans. (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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