Tuesday 15th September 2020

Stinchcombe Hill    A male Stonechat, 80 Meadow Pipits, small groups of Siskins and Chaffinches on the move, 60+ Goldfinches, 15 Chiffchaffs, several Blackcaps, and a constant movement of hirundines heading S this morning. (James Robinson).

WWT Slimbridge     From Zeiss hide today seven Curlew Sandpipers and six Ruff and another Curlew Sandpiper on South Lake. (Martin McGill/Jonathan Bull).

Frampton     From the towpath at Splatt Bridge this morning, two Great White Egrets, two Egyptian Geese, two Lapwings, five Snipe, two Ruff, a Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper. A Tree Pipit and four Yellow Wagtails over, a Redstart, a Stonechat, a Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine. 24 Avocets and ten Black-tailed Godwits on the river. (Gordon Hodgson).

Saul Warth     Late morning 18 Avocets, four Bar-tailed Godwits, 20+ Curlews, two Grey Herons and two Little Egrets on the river. A Whinchat, three Stonechats, two Lesser Whitethroats, two Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, 56+ Swallows, six Meadow Pipits, two Skylarks, a Greenfinch, a female Reed Bunting, a Hobby, a Kestrel and a Buzzard. (MK).

Whinchat by Mike King

Forest of Dean      30+ House Martins over May Hill village this morning. Two regular Marsh Tits at the garden feeder. (Rob & Gillian Guest).

Bussage     A Goshawk very high over the Toadsmoor Valley this morning also two Swallows and a very late Swift feeding over a freshly mown hay meadow. (Mike Cook).

Frampton Mansell     Three Golden Plovers and two Lapwings in a field at Emmerson Lane, first thing. Also five Yellowhammers, two Corn Buntings, 30 Goldfinches, 11 Linnets, a Skylark, a Meadow Pipit and a Grey Heron. (Mike Cook).

Stonehouse     At Doverow Hill three Buzzards, two Green Woodpeckers, a female Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Goldcrest and a Tawny Owl. (Paul Sutton).

Nailsworth     This afternoon a Little Egret on the flood overflow ponds, viewed from the cycle track. (Paul Sutton). 375+ Swallows, 40+ House Martins and a Hobby flying S between 3:40-6:15pm and a Great White Egret flying SSE at 4:50pm. (Terry Grant).

Walmore Common     This afternoon a Little Egret and a Kingfisher. (Rob & Gillian Guest).

Cleeve Hill    From Bill Smylie and the Masts reserve a Red Kite, a female Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, Linnets, Swallows and c200/300 House Martins feeding above the small copse in the masts reserve, four Meadow Pipits, Goldfinches, six Stonechats, and three Wrens. Other sightings included Small Copper, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Large, Small and Green-veined White butterflies, Seven-Spot Ladybirds and a Common Lizard. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Red Kite by Phil Andrews

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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