Tuesday 2nd August 2022

Epney     Today the TURTLE DOVE purring unseen in strong winds from gardens behind the Anchor Inn 10:30am and again at 12:55pm. Showing again this evening at 7:33pm. Also 2+ Long-tailed Tits. 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. Thank you. (Steve Pullen/Carol Rushton/Stephen Curtis/MK).

Long-tailed Tit by Mike King

Saul Warth     At high tide 30 Avocets, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, a Bar-tailed Godwit, three Oystercatchers, 60+ Curlews, a Common Sandpiper, three Kestrels and five Little Egrets. (Neil Smart/MK).

Purton     A SANDWICH TERN flew upriver at 8:10am. Also a COMMON SEAL feeding by the sea wall N of the ships graveyard. (Duerden Cormack).

Frampton     At the Sailing Lake early afternoon 32 Swifts, 16 Sand Martins, 12 Swallows, eight House Martins, the adult Yellow-legged Gull, four Common Terns, two Lesser Whitethroats, a Mistle Thrush and two Cetti’s Warblers. (Nick Goatman).

Hawling     Eight Corn Buntings in the triangle area at midday and two Yellowhammers and two Skylarks. (Steve Pullen).

Corn Bunting by Steve Pullen.

Roel Gate     At Roel Hill farm, no sight or sound of the Quails but three Corn Buntings, six Yellowhammers, 20+ Linnets, two Skylarks, eight Stock Doves, a Green Woodpecker, male and female Kestrels and with two juveniles, a Red Kite hunting low over the hedgerows and three Buzzards. (Steve Pullen).

WWT Slimbridge     An adult Barn Owl showed for ten minutes this afternoon at the Kingfisher hide nest box. Three seen earlier outside the nestbox. (Kenny Hills/Terry Stevenson).

Forest of Dean     Ten Mandarins this morning at Cannop Upper Pond. Also three Grey Wagtails (1 ad, 2 juvs) and two Nuthatches at the bird table. (Chris Keeling).

Bourton-on-the-Water     Around Field Barn Park camp site birds included 27 Linnets, six Goldfinches, eight Swallows, a Sparrowhawk, two Ravens, three Red Kites, three Great Crested Grebes, 19 Mallards, four Coots, ten Canada Geese and two Cormorants. (John Fletcher).

Purton     At dusk a hunting Kestrel, c15 Swallows, a Swift, five Little Egrets, a Cormorant, two Grey Herons and c40 Curlews. (Chris Newton).

Tewkesbury     At Cowfield Farm a Clouded Yellow butterfly today. (Les Ditchburn).

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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