Friday 29th July 2022

Epney     This morning the TURTLE DOVE for its 19th day still in gardens behind the Anchor Inn from 6:45am. Please park sensibly by the entrance opposite the seawall or on the road without blocking access and not in the pub unless you are using it. Also do not park in the private residents car park at Longney Crib. Thank you. (MK/Alan Daniells/Ian Davies).

Turtle Dove by Alan Daniells

Saul Warth     At high tide this morning 22 Avocets, a Little Stint with 35 Dunlins, three Common Sandpipers, 12 Oystercatchers, 74 Curlews, a Redshank, 25 Shelducks and nine Little Egrets. Also 2+ Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, a Grey Wagtail and a Kingfisher heard at the sewage works.(MK/Mike Davis). A SPOONBILL at 11:25am. (@Esther_Is_Wild).

Painswick     A passage of 3450 Swifts today over the house and also a Hobby. Yesterday (28th) a passage of 1760 Swifts over the house and the day before (27th) a passage of 1520 Swifts over the house. (John Fleming).

Nailsworth     450+ Swifts flying south between 6:15pm and 6:50pm. (Terry Grant).

Cam     At least 15 Swifts up high this morning. (Mike Davis).

WWT Slimbridge   Two Great White Egrets over the Rushy, the Ruddy Shelduck or hybrid and eight 8 Little Ringed Plovers on South Lake, a Goshawk from Estuary Tower, two SPOONBILLS from Middle Point, a Redstart and a Green Woodpecker on the Summer Walkway, a Red Kite over the centre and 24 Mandarins on the Decoy. (Tim Jukes).

Breadstone     c20 Spotted Flycatchers, mostly juveniles, in the woods this morning. Also c12 Long-tailed Tits, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Coal Tits, a Treecreeper, a Goldcrest and a male Blackcap. (Chris Newton).

Spotted Flycatcher by Chris Newton

Gloucester    A Redstart along the Severn Way at Sudmeadow this morning, also two Green Woodpeckers, a Bullfinch, a Whitethroat, a Greenfinch and two Buzzards. (Paul Masters).

Stonehouse    A Kingfisher and a Little Egret at the Ocean. A Cetti’s Warbler at Bond’s Mill bridge. Also a Willow Warbler and Long tailed Tits, two more Little Egrets in a field behind Beard’s Mill, a Buzzard and a Grey Heron. (Paul Sutton).

Frampton     This evening three Common Terns on the Sailing Lake. From Splatt Bridge two Marsh Harriers over the 100-Acre field, two Hobbies flew towards the pools and two Kestrels. (Paul Sutton).

Forest of Dean     At midday on the top Cannop pond c8 Little Grebes, an adult and a juvenile Grey Wagtail, two Treecreepers and six young Wild Boar. (Dave Goodwin).

Maisemore     From Church Road, the Court lake and a mile upstream of the weir and upper parting this afternoon period nine Chiffchaffs including five juveniles, two Whitethroats, five Linnets, five Coots including three chicks, four Moorhens, 15 Mallards, two Greylags, a Grey Heron, a Green Woodpecker, a Lapwing, a Swallow, two Stock Doves and five Mute Swans with three cygnets. (John Fletcher).

Cleeve Hill     At the Bill Smyllie and Mast reserves today a Kestrel, two Red Kites, three Buzzards, two Ravens, and a Yellowhammer. Also two young Common Lizards. Butterflies seen included Chalk Hill Blues, a Wall, Painted Lady, Marbled Whites, Brimstone, Small Copper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Large White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and Ringlets. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Chalkhill Blue by Phil Andrews
Wall by Phil Andrews

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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