Monday 9th August 2021

Winchcombe    12 Ravens feasting on a dead lamb at the top end of Langley Brook. Also a Kestrel and five Buzzards, a Golden-ringed Dragonfly near Langley Farm and a Swift still in Winchcombe. (Stuart Galey).

Cleeve Hill     An immature Wheatear on the Common near the shed next to the Whiteway. (Stuart Galey).

WWT Slimbridge     Birds today included the immature SPOONBILL on the Pill Box Pool, then the Rushy, this morning. Also a Greenshank and three Green Sandpipers from Robbie Garnett hide, and the Spotted Redshank on the Rushy with 12 Redshanks, an Avocet and 30 Black-tailed Godwits. Also four Ruff on South Lake. (Jon Mercer). Also three Garganeys, 50+ Ringed Plovers, a Sanderling, a Marsh Harrier from Zeiss hide and a Bar-headed Goose and the Ross’s Goose. (Jeremy Holland/Jonathan Bull).

Spoonbill by Jon Mercer

Spoonbill by Jon Mercer

Frampton pools     Three Swifts, the adult Yellow-legged Gull, five Common Terns, 80+ Sand Martins, five Swallows, 11 Pied Wagtails, three Grey Herons, 73 Barnacle Geese, a Cormorant and a brood of four Tufted Duck ducklings today. (Nick Goatman).

Nailsworth     28 Swifts flew S between 8am and 9:15 am. (Terry Grant). c150 Swifts through between 7:30-8:15pm, also a Hobby. (Roy Bircher).

Chavenage Lane & Calcot area     86 Swifts flew S, and some W between 12:55pm and 2:35 pm. Also two Whinchats, a Hobby, a Red Kite, 1 or 2 Redstarts and a Corn Bunting carrying food. Numerous butterflies included a Painted Lady. (Terry Grant).

Whinchat by Terry Grant

Painted Lady by Terry Grant

Avening     At Star Farm a large trailing flock of more than 370 Swifts flying S and some W between 3pm and 3:20 pm, with more birds still coming. (Terry Grant).

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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