Sightings – August 2006

Snowshill (30 August, contributed by David Anderson)

Two Hobbies (flying South), one Little Owl, one Buzzard and one Kestrel (male) sighted from Snowshill Manor garden. One House Martin nest on a cottage by the Manor House still occupied by a juvenile. A Hummingbird Hawk-Moth was feeding in herbaceous borders in the garden.

Port Ham (28 August, contributed by Andy Jayne)

Four Little Egrets, a Greenshank and two Green Sandpipers were at on Port Ham today. Also two very recently fledged juvenile Reed Warblers.

Guscar Rocks (20 August, contributed by Andy Jayne)

On the evening tide were 67 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 32 Dunlin, c.200 Curlew and 1 Turnstone.

Coombe Hill (3 August, contributed by Robert Homan)

A Small Red-eyed Damselfly on the canal near the Wharf. 5 Green Sandpipers flying over the scrapes and 1 Little Egret also present.

Coombe Hill (1 August, contributed by Colin and Ingrid Twissell)

Today we decided to go for a walk at Coombe Hill Canal and Meadows, always hoping for something good to turn up, but not really expecting anything. However, we were well rewarded as we saw 2 male Small Red-eyed Damselflies, Erythromma viridulum, along the second longer well-vegetated ditch in the Meadows, by the path to Apperley.

This is the first sighting of this species in Gloucestershire, although Wiltshire had apparently been inundated in the previous week. The picture below was taken on a very gusty day, so the quality is not ideal, but you can see the distinguishing features of this small delicate damselfly.

GLS (1 August, contributed by Gordon Avery)

60 Ravens were together on the sheep downs at GLS at 1300hrs today.

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