Sunday 10th July 2022

Westbury-on-Severn    An OSPREY fishing unsuccessfully off Garden Cliff this afternoon. (From Twitter @severnpiscator). Then an OSPREY seen at Broadoak at 6pm. (Steve Jayne). This is undoubtedly the bird that has lingered on the river/Forest since early June.

Saul Warth     From Hock Ditch two SPOONBILLS early morning feeding near the shore. Also two Avocets, two Common Sandpipers and a Kestrel. (Mike Davis).

Purton     This evening, a Kestrel soaring very high over the river, c15 House Martins, at one point chased by a Hobby, c10 Swallows and a juvenile Little Owl. (Chris Newton).

Juvenile Little Owl by Chris Newton

Tewkesbury Ham     8+ Red Kites following haymaking tractors some eventually drifting off high over the town, also three Buzzards and c20 gulls. (Les Ditchburn).

Twyning     At Upham Meadow an adult male Curlew with a half-grown chick and an adult male Curlew with a fledged chick. Also a Reed Warbler and a Reed Bunting both still singing. (Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean     At Woorgreens four Tree Pipits and a flyby of a juvenile Goshawk. At Cannop ponds a Raven, a Mandarin, a Little Grebe, three Grey Wagtails and a Treecreeper. (Jonathan Bull).

Cirencester    Ten Swifts flying around Gloucester Street today. (Felicity Cobb).

Winchcombe     Two Red Kites and nine Swifts overhead. Only a few swifts seen in the area this summer. (Gill & Andrew Worthington).

Hinchwick     At Crab’s Corner (SP138296) 3/4 Silver-washed Fritillaries on bramble and along the bridle path a Small Tortoiseshell, a Large Skipper, a Gatekeeper and many Large Whites, Small Whites, Meadow Browns and Ringlets. A Jay, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and two Nuthatches. (Steve Brown).

Leckhampton     In the trees alongside Merlin Way a Green Woodpecker and a Nuthatch. Also Greenfinches and Bullfinches heard. (Steve Brown).

Painswick     A white Blackbird seen today. (Sally Abbott).

White Blackbird by Sally Abbott

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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