Saturday 1st August 2020

WWT Slimbridge     On the Rushy 200+ Black-tailed Godwits, seven Dunlins, five Green Sandpipers, a Little Egret and two Knot. From Stephen Kirk hide, two Greenshanks and a Kingfisher in front of the new Sand Martin Bank and two Green Sandpipers. On South Lake from Discovery hide the Spotted Redshank still showing well. (Paul Cousins). Pics by Paul.

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Kempsford pits     Birds today included four Chiffchaffs, five Blackcaps, five Willow Warblers, eight Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, three Goldcrests, three Song Thrushes, 26 Goldfinches, a Greenfinch, a Yellowhammer, five Swallows, a Jay, 13 Stock Doves, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a male Kestrel, a Red Kite, two Hobbies, four Buzzards, a male Peregrine, 53 Coots, three Great Crested Grebes (1 juv), a Grey Heron, four Common Sandpipers, 118 Lapwings, a Common Tern, a Little Egret, 15 Mute Swans, 16 Mallards, two Red Crested Pochards, 11 Tufted Ducks, six Egyptian Geese, a Canada Goose, 24 Greylags and three Cormorants. (Jake King/John Fletcher).

Nailsworth     A GREAT SKUA flying from the NE, eventually turning W towards the River at 8:10am. Brief watches today saw at least 103 Swifts moving S, 1-2 Hobbies and a male Peregrine harassing two Ravens. (Terry Grant).

Frampton pools     This evening an adult Yellow Legged Gull still on the Sailing Lake, three Common Terns, 14 Swifts, 18 Sand Martins, three broods of Tufted Ducks, a Sedge Warbler and a Willow Warbler. (Nick Goatman).

Tewkesbury     The GREAT WHITE EGRET just down from the Sailing Club again today. (Sarah Loaring).

Berkeley shore    No sign of yesterday’s Lesser Emperor this morning. Highlights today included an adult Yellow-legged Gull, ten Common Sandpipers, 14 Redshanks, six Curlews including two head-started birds and five Yellow Wagtails. (Paul Taylor).

Purton     A Tree Pipit and a Yellow Wagtail S, a Turnstone on Tites point breakwater at high tide and three Willow Warblers in the bushes. (Francis Steuck). No sign of yesterday’s Lesser Emperor in a 3 hour search. Best birds two Whimbrels, a Common Tern and a Kingfisher. Dragonflies included Emperors, Brown Hawker, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Blue and Red-eyed Damselflies and a Brimstone butterfly. (Paul Masters/MK).

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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