Friday 20th August 2021

Frampton     From the towpath N of Splatt Bridge, early morning a Mediterranean Gull, two Green Sandpipers, a Ringed Plover, eight Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Wagtails, 45 Sand Martins S, 32 Mandarins N along the the canal, a Whinchat and three Willow Warblers. (Gordon Hodgson).

Forest of Dean     At least four Spotted Flycatchers at Edge Hills this afternoon also a female Redstart briefly. (Owen Follis). This afternoon at Cannop Upper Pond, c40 House Martins flew through and three juvenile female Mandarins and an adult female. (Chris Keeling).

Berkeley shore    Two Whinchats today, in the triangular field along sea wall N of the power station, just before the Pill. (Geoff Moyser).

Selsley Common     A Wheatear this evening. (Rich Hearn).

Rodborough Common     Eight Swifts above Mount Vernon at 8:30am feeding and flying S. (Ken & Eve Holbrow).

Longlevens     A juvenile Sparrowhawk in the garden on the aviary roof at 9:34am for 5+ minutes. (Steven Parker).

Cotswold Water Park East    At Whelford this afternoon at Pit 111b six Great Crested Grebes, eight Red Crested Pochards, two Gadwalls, 18 Coots, seven Tufted Ducks, four Moorhens, 13 Cormorants, two Reed Buntings, two Willow Warblers, a Green Woodpecker, 16 Mallards, two Black-headed Gulls and two Mute Swans. At Pit 126 175+ Greylags, four Little Egrets, two Lapwings, seven Tufted Ducks, three Great Crested Grebes, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 25+ Black-headed Gulls and two Mute Swans. At Pit 111a six Coots, a Red Crested Pochard, four Great Crested Grebes and three Mallards. At Pit 111 seven Tufted Ducks, three Great Crested Grebes, two Red Crested Pochard and three Cormorants. On Pit 127 27 Greylags, 36 Tufted Ducks, two Great Crested Grebes and two Mute Swans. (John Fletcher).

Guscar Rocks     This evening checking Curlews at high tide c30 colour-rings from Wibdon, ringed from 2010 to 2013 read; three head-started birds from Slimbridge 2019 (21, 23, 48, all three regulars here, 23 was reported recently from Oldbury by Pete Hazelwood); one bird caught at Twyning in April (AE), also previously seen here; and one bird metal ringed here in 2010, then colour-marked in Herefordshire this spring (Red/Black 79). Also a Whimbrel, a Turnstone, 50 Ringed Plovers and 30 Dunlins. (Mike Smart).

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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