Saturday 22nd August 2020

Forest of Dean     A HONEY BUZZARD over New Fancy View today. (Rob Husbands per Rich Baatsen).

Cotswold Water Park East     An OSPREY overhead at the NE end of Pit 132 for a few minutes at 3:30pm then headed N towards Whelford. Also an Oystercatcher, 70 Lapwings and two Egyptian Geese. (Peter Jackson).

Saul Warth     A GREY PHALAROPE at The Noose over the morning tide flew down river and continued until lost to view. Also a juvenile Arctic Tern joined the gulls, six Cormorants, four Ringed Plovers, two Dunlins and adult and juvenile Greenshanks. (Martin McGill). The juvenile SHAG again today just after high tide. After flying around it finally settled on the estuary and was last seen on the mud at 1pm. (Colin Greenfield).

Frampton pools     A Pied Flycatcher and two Spotted Flycatchers in the Gravel Wash. Also five Redstarts, three Whinchats, five Whitethroats, three Willow Warblers, 36 Chiffchaffs, 18 Blackcaps, a Yellow Wagtail, two Hobbies, 12 Swifts, 27 Robins, 100+ Sand Martins and a Grey Wagtail. (Nick Goatman).

Sharpness     A Petrel sp mid channel past SARA briefly. A probable Little Tern flew downriver at 10:45am. Also a Turnstone and a Sanderling. (Paul Rich/Jake King).

Berkeley shore & Pill    This morning a Greenshank, an adult Knot, two Black-tailed Godwits, a Turnstone, eight Ringed Plovers, five Dunlins, 12 Common Sandpipers, a Whinchat, five Wheatears and a Sand Martin. (Paul Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge     A BLACK TERN on South Lake at 2pm, a second turned up at 4:30pm and stayed for 15 minutes only. Also three Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper and seven Snipe. (Helen Bojaniwska/Paul Cousins). From Zeiss hide at high tide 5 or 6 GARGANEYS, two Turnstones, two Knot, five Curlew Sandpipers, a Sanderling, 20 Ringed Plovers and 20 Dunlins. From Estuary Tower and the Tack Piece two Turnstones, three Knots, 180 Curlews, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Yellow-legged Gull, 17 Yellow Wagtails and two Lesser Whitethroats. (Slimbridge Sightings/Helen Bojaniwska/Paul Masters). From Robbie Garnett hide three Knot and a Dunlin, a Redshank and a Green Sandpiper. On the Rushy a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper and a Buzzard. (Paul Cousins).

Pic by Paul Cousins

Pic by Paul Cousins

Pic by Paul Cousins

Pic by Paul Cousins

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead a Spotted Flycatcher feeding around the Nursery Pond today. (Mike Davis).

Walmore Common     This afternoon three Little Egrets, two Kingfishers, a Redstart, eight Whinchats, three Wheatears and three Yellow Wagtails. (Andy Jayne).

Coombe Hill Meadows    c10 Yellow Wagtails feeding amongst the cattle and up to ten Whinchats, four Wheatears, 50 House Martins, Swallows, four Mute Swans, a Green Sandpiper and three Grey Herons. Also a Southern Hawker and a Fox. (Terry Stevenson/Alan McIlquham).

Pic by Alan McIlquham

Gloucester     Along the River Leadon and Over old H&G canal early afternoon a Wheatear, nine Chiffchaffs, six Long-tailed Tits, nine House Martins, a Green Woodpecker, two Moorhens, a Mute Swan and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher).

Ashleworth Ham     Swallows, House Martins, a Long-tailed Tit flock, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Chiffchaff and a pair of Redstarts. Other sightings included Silver Y Moths, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Comma, Large, Small and Green-veined White butterflies, Common Darter and Southern Hawker. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Pic by Phil Andrews

Stonehouse    Seven Swallows on power lines and around the railway bridge by the sewage works, two Buzzards, a Green Woodpecker and a Dipper again by the bridge on the Frome re-diversion. (Paul Sutton).

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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