Thursday 4th August 2022

WWT Slimbridge     A young Cuckoo being fed by Reed Warblers on the canoe safari trail this afternoon. (Terry Fenton). Two moulting breeding plumage Curlew Sandpipers on the Top New Piece this morning with 84 Dunlins. (Martin McGill).

Cuckoo by Terry Fenton

Epney     Today the TURTLE DOVE still in gardens behind the Anchor Inn at 11:35am. 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. (MK).

Turtle Dove by Mike King

Saul Warth     At high tide, wader numbers continue to decline, a Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Avocets, seven Oystercatchers, 100+ Curlews, five Little Egrets, two Grey Wagtails and a juvenile Stonechat along Hock Ditch. (MK).

Stonechat by Mike King

Walmore Common     Two Whinchats this afternoon. (Andy Jayne).

Selsley Common/Penn Wood area     Seven Spotted Flycatchers, including at least two juveniles, two Marsh Tits in the wood and a loose flock of nine Ravens over high NE. (Duerden Cormack).

Sharpness     Along the seawall this afternoon three Lapwings, three Redshanks, a Little Egret, two Kingfishers in the basin and a Common Sandpiper. (Clare Glanville).

Stinchcombe Hill     At lunchtime a Swift and a first winter Wheatear. Also Chalkhill Blues, Six-spot Burnets and Painted Ladies. (James Robinson).

Westrip     Six Swifts over at 3:15pm. (MK).

Aylburton Warth     This morning a pair of Shelducks with seven ducklings, a Buzzard, a Kestrel, two Dunlins, two Sanderlings, 455 Curlews (six colour rings red from 2010 to 2013), a Whimbrel, a Green Sandpiper, two adult Common Gulls, 100 Black-headed Gulls, 10+ Skylarks and 5+ Meadow Pipits. (Mike Smart).

Frampton     At the Sailing lake up to six Lesser Whitethroats, a Sparrowhawk over, an adult and a juvenile Green Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, Pied Wagtail juveniles and two Grey Wagtails. (Paul Sutton).

Sparrowhawk by Paul Sutton

Coombe Hill Meadows    Four Sedge Warblers at the Snipe Pool, three Reed Buntings and a Buzzard from Grundon hide, a Whitethroat and a Kingfisher along the canal. Also Common Blue Damselfly, lots of Common and Ruddy Darters, a Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawkers, Emperors and four Southern Hawkers (1 female & 4 males). (Alastair Robinson).

Southern Hawker by Alastair Robinson

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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