Wednesday 18th August 2021

Daglingworth     Three Hobbies chasing House Martins over the village today, also a Yellow Wagtail and a Corn Bunting. (Andrew Morrison).

Frampton pools      The adult Yellow-legged Gull, 100+ Sand Martins, 3+ Chiffchaffs, six Reed Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Little Egret, an adult Little Grebe. Many dragonflies and butterflies including Brown Hawkers, a Beautiful Demoiselle, Small Red-eyed Damselflies, a Brimstone and a Painted Lady. (MK).

Yellow-legged Gull by Mike King

Brimstone by Mike King

Horsley     At 9:15am three Swifts flying W at Tickmorend ST837985. Also c20 Swallows on wires and two House Martins feeding around them. (David Bullock).

Tewkesbury    450+ Swallows gathering over the Nature Reserve every night before roosting in the reed beds. (Pete Long).

Alvington    A Hobby flew SW over Clanna Country Park earlier today. Also 12 Siskins on garden feeders, mainly immatures. (Paul Woolams).

WWT Slimbridge    The Wood Sandpiper and the Spotted Redshank still on South Lake today. The Great White Egret on the Rushy. (Andy Jordan/James Robinson). Up to four Whinchats on the afternoon Safari. (Mark Hobson).

Coombe Hill Meadows    17 Canada Geese, ten Teal, 70 Mallards, three Shovelers, four Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, two Snipe and two Green Sandpipers this evening. (Mike Smart).

Gloucester     Still five Swifts over Tuffley today. (John Fletcher). c300 Swallows roosting at Port Ham this evening. (Andy Jayne).

Swift by John Fletcher

Calcot     At least three Spotted Flycatchers and a Whinchat today. (Terry Grant).

Bussage     This afternoon 158 Swifts through this afternoon between 4-6:30pm flying NW–SE. (Michael Cook).

Stroud     Along the Toadsmoor valley between Stroud and Bisley this morning a Little Grebe, two Grey Herons, seven Long-tailed Tits, a Marsh Tit, a Coal Tit, two Chiffchaffs, three Bullfinches, two Grey Wagtails, five Pied Wagtails, 14 Linnets, 30+ Goldfinches, three Jays, two Buzzards, a Song Thrush, a Reed Warbler. Also a Sparrowhawk and Green Woodpecker both heard only and a Silver-washed Fritillary at SO882046. (Michael Cook).

Cleeve Hill     A Redstart and a pair of Ravens this morning. (Duncan Dine).

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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