Friday 28th August 2020

Purton    A GREAT SKUA flew around Tites Point heading towards Slimbridge at 4:15pm, then sat on the river off of Tites Point at 5pm, then flew downriver at 5:16pm. (Richard Hearn). A Curlew Sandpiper feeding around the N end of the Ships Graveyard. Also 58 Ringed Plovers, a juvenile Sanderling, 19 Dunlins, two Greenshanks and seven Black-tailed Godwits. Also a SHAG (presumably the Sharpness bird), a Tree Pipit, three Grey Wagtails, three Garden Warblers, 400 House Martins, 200 Sand Martins and 75 Swallows. (Francis Steuck).

WWT Slimbridge     A probable VELVET SCOTER with two COMMON SCOTERS off of Mid Point at 10:35am. All three flew S past Purton, and no further sign today. (Dave Creber). The GREAT WHITE EGRET from Knott hide again today. Also a Kingfisher. (Matt Lathan). 

Saul Warth     This morning a Hobby, a Kestrel, a Chiffchaff singing, a female Blackcap, a Redstart, a Wheatear, 10+ Meadow Pipits, two Yellow Wagtails, adult and juvenile Whinchat, a male Stonechat, a Swallow, eight House Martins and two Sand Martins. This afternoon at high tide on the top shelf near Hock Ditch. 100+ Curlews, 27 Black-tailed Godwits, 18 Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin and two Sanderlings. Also six Cormorants and 50+ House Martins. (Gordon Hodgson/MK). At Hock Ditch late morning three Little Egrets, two Green Woodpeckers, two Little Owls, a Buzzard and a Peregrine. (Mike Davis).

Whinchat by Mike King

Redstart by Mike King

Hobby by Mike King

Kestrel by Mike King

Sharpness     A SHAG on the mud off of SARA this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Berkeley shore     A Greenshank in the Pill with the Redshank flock, also three Common Sandpipers. (Paul Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge     The GREAT WHITE EGRET from Knott hide again today. Also a Kingfisher. (Matt Lathan). 

Rodborough Common     A male Redstart at 10:30am. (Richard Hearn).

Stinchcombe Hill     This morning a Tree pipit, two Spotted Flycatchers, a Whitethroat and a Marsh Tit. (Phil Pope).

Sherborne Water Meadows     A Little Owl, a Spotted Flycatcher and Siskins today. (Tom Mabbett).

Forest of Dean     A Hobby over the garden in Littledean today. (Dan Watson).

Lydney Harbour     150 Canada Geese, 30 Barnacle Geese and two Bar-headed Geese today. (Eden Tanner).

Bar-headed Geese by Eden Tanner

Draycott     A female Bullfinch feeding young on Honeysuckle berries in the garden this morning. (Hanna Middleton).

Awre     This morning 53 Curlews, three Whinchats, three Wheatears, two Spotted Flycatchers and a Mediterranean Gull. (David Smith).

Coaley     Between 2-3pm a passage of several hundred Swallows and House Martins with at least ten Swifts and a Hobby over Coaley. (Paul Skirrow).

Frampton    Two Swifts over Court Lake this afternoon. (Martin McGill).

Chedworth     A pair of Hobbies migrating S at midday amidst an agitated hirundine flock. (Harvey Sherwood).

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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