Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings August - Rod Key Andy Jayne (01452 506 502) and www. the­gloster­


A Black Red­start at Leighter­ton (9th) was un­sea­sonal. At Cotswold Water Park, pit 132 held 11 Egyp­tian Geese, five Pin­tails, 15 Lit­tle Egrets, 13 Lit­tle Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plover, Knot, Curlew Sand­piper, four Dun­lin, five Ruff, 14 Red­shanks, two Green­shanks, 10 Common Sand­pipers, five Green Sand­pipers, Yel­low-legged Gull and Grasshop­per War­bler. A Marsh Har­rier was near Hawl­ing (7th). An Osprey and a Whim­brel flew over Eb­worth (4th). An Osprey was over Cirences­ter (28th). Pain­swick Bea­con had 28 Ravens and three Cross­bills. A Hawfinch was at Hai­ley Wood near Cirences­ter (3rd). Whin­chats were at Tre­sham and Shorn­cote. Nine Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers were at Edge Common and 20 Corn Buntings at Hawl­ing.


A Grasshop­per War­bler was ringed at Crabtree Hill (21st), with a Night­jar still there (27th). A Pied Fly­catcher was in a Brock­weir gar­den (14th-15th). Five Goosanders were at Sy­monds Yat.


At Berke­ley Shore, strong winds (21st) brought Storm Pe­trel, Ful­mar, Black-tailed God­wit, four Green­shanks, eight Common Sand­pipers, Whin­chat and Water Rail. More seabirds (22nd) in­cluded a record flock of 23 Shags, a Gan­net and an­other Storm Pe­trel. Sharp­ness had a Goshawk, five Common Sand­pipers and a Tree Pipit. Framp­ton Pools logged two Black Terns, an Arc­tic Tern, two Green Sand­pipers, Common Sand­piper, two Med Gulls, Yel­low-legged Gull, six Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers and two Cross­bills. A Marsh Har­rier was at Gar­den Cliff, West­bury (16th). Gus­car Rocks and Ayl­bur­ton Warth had 70 Ringed Plovers, Whim­brel, Turn­stone, San­der­ling, four Common Sand­pipers, two Green­shanks and three Whin­chats (31st). Whin­chats were at Whit­min­ster and Wal­more Common.


High­lights in­cluded an Osprey (31st) and Gar­ganey on a num­ber of dates. Wild­fowl and wa­ter­birds peak counts were 103 Mute Swans, 440 Grey­lag Geese, 202 Canada Geese, 188 Bar­na­cle Geese, three Man­darin, 171 Shel­ducks, 19 Wi­geon, 60 Gad­wall, 650 Teal, 654 Mal­lards, Pin­tail, 110 Shov­el­ers, two Pochards, 60 Tufted Ducks, four Great Crested Grebes, 15 Lit­tle Grebes, 18 Cor­morants, seven Grey Herons, 13 Lit­tle Egrets, 99 Moorhens, 175 Coots, a Water rail, and up to 14 Cranes, all Great Crane Project birds, in­clud­ing the wild reared ju­ve­nile. Rap­tors in­cluded a male Goshawk (17th), two Spar­rowhawks, five Kestrels, three Hob­bies, eight Buz­zards, two ju­ve­nile Pere­grines, and a Marsh Har­rier. Waders were 12 Avo­cets, 11 Oys­ter­catch­ers, three Lit­tle Ringed Plovers, 33 Ringed Plovers, 190 Lap­wings, one Golden Plover, a Knot, 120 Dun­lin, eight Curlew Sand­pipers, 13 Green Sand­pipers, five Common Sand­pipers, 14 Snipe, nine San­der­ling, five Green­shanks, 43 Red­shanks, a Spot­ted Red­shank, 151 Black-tailed God­wits, 146 Curlew, three Whim­brel, 17 Ruff, and two Turn­stones. There were three Med Gulls, 700 Black-headed Gulls, two ju­ve­nile Black Terns (20th) with one (to 26th), 33 Common Terns (19th), and an adult Arc­tic Tern (19th). Passer­ine peak counts were two Swifts (21st), 20 Sky Larks, 50 Pied Wag­tails, 24 Yel­low Wag­tails, four Meadow Pip­its, four Whin­chats, six Wheatears, four King­fish­ers, three Cetti’s War­blers, three Gar­den War­blers, 30 Black­caps, four Lesser Whitethroats, six Whitethroats, 25 Chif­fchaffs, 10 Wil­low War­blers, four Gold­crests, and two Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers (30th).


Coombe Hill Mead­ows held 13 Lit­tle Egrets, Marsh Har­rier, four Lit­tle Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plover, three Dun­lin, two Ruff, 11 Green Sand­pipers, Common Sand­piper, three Green­shanks, 13 Snipe and six Whin­chats. Two Green­shanks, Common Sand­piper and four Whin­chats were at Hors­bere Brook. A Green­shank and two Common Sand­pipers were at Wit­combe Reser­voir. Whin­chats in­cluded four at Has­field Ham and sin­gles at Brock­eridge Common and Hemp­sted.

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