Thursday 15th July 2021

Coaley     This evening at 9:30pm two Hobbies feeding and a flock of 50+ Swifts heading S. (Paul Skirrow).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Two QUAIL calling regularly N of the canal, one heard from the car park at 11am, the second from the footbridge over the canal. Along the canal a Moorhen family and a Coot family; also a Chiffchaff, two Sedge Warblers, two Blackcaps, a Whitethroat and a Reed Bunting, all singing. From the Grundon hide at midday six adult Mute Swans, a Great White Egret, c50 Lapwings, four Green Sandpipers, a Great Black-backed Gull and a Lesser Black-backed Gull, two Grey Herons, an adult male Yellow Wagtail and a juvenile and 3-4 Whinchats (1+ m). (Andy & Sue Gibbons/Ian Hull).

WWT Slimbridge     On the Rushy at Rushy at 5pm two Greenshanks, two Black-tailed Godwits, four Green Sandpipers and a few Avocets left with young. Three Little Ringed Plovers (1ad & 2 juvs) at lunchtime. (Mike Davis).

Guscar Rocks     At  high tide c200 Curlews in the roost, a pair of Shelducks with seven full-grown ducklings, five Grey Herons, three Oystercatchers and a Whimbrel. (Mike Smart).

Brookthorpe     This afternoon birds included three Blackcaps, 12 Long-tailed Tits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Green Woodpeckers, eight Blue Tits (2 adults & 6 fledglings), three Goldfinches, two Song Thrushes, two Jays and two Buzzards. Also an active Wasp nest, nine Meadow Browns and five Marbled Whites. (John Fletcher).

Hawling     A Barn Owl this evening. (Eric Harris).

Stonehouse     An adult Peregrine high over the garden at Bridgend at 9:30am, it circled then dived off towards Leonard Stanley. (Paul Sutton).

Frampton     This evening a pair of Little Owls with four fledged young. (Paul Sutton/Gordon Kirk). On Court Lake the Ross’s Goose, with the Bar-headed Goose and the Bar-headed x Snow Goose hybrid. (Paul Sutton).

Little Owls by 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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