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Slade Bottom

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Sunday 25th July 2010

At Slade Bottom, near St. Briavels, today, a Spotted Flycatcher was at SO564055. The main interest though was the butterflies including two White-letter Hairstreaks(above), a Silver-washed Fritillary, a Red Admiral, 5+ Peacocks, 4+ Commas, two Common Blues and many Green-veined and Small Whites. Later at Great Doward, near Symonds Yat East in Herefordshire, a Golden-ringed Dragonfly was hawking in a private garden.

Silver-washed Fritillaries

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Saturday 17th July 2010

This female Silver-washed Fritillary(above) at Cannop posed nicely basking in the sun for me, the males were a lot more flighty (below, near Lightmoor Colliery); I saw about six in total around the Cannop and Yewtreebrake Inclosure areas. Other butterflies seen were Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood and Large Skipper.

Birds of note included an adult and three juvenile Green Woodpeckers at Cannop (below), a family of Tree Pipits at Gorsey Tump, two Siskins at Lightmoor, and two pairs of Ravens.

Below: Mandarin at Cannop Ponds

White-tailed Lapwing at WWT - again

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Saturday 10th July 2010

After initially disappointing many who had travelled from far and near, the WHITE-TAILED LAPWING re-appeared at 9.00am this morning when it dropped into the Holden Tower pool (above) after a brief appearance on the Tack Piece. There was only half a dozen of us in the Holden Tower when it appeared, but as news spread, it quickly became standing room only. It stayed there until 9.20am giving much closer views than yesterday , before it headed back to its favourite spot on the Top New Piece, giving nice flight views.

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White-tailed Lapwing at WWT

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Friday 9th July 2010

I got good views of the WHITE-TAILED LAPWING at Slimbridge this afternoon, showing well from the Zeiss Hide (above and below), what a cracking bird!

I'd already had a good afternoon in the forest, with a Firecrest at Lightmoor (below), three Black-tailed Skimmers and Common Blue, Blue-tailed and Azure Damselflies on the ponds nearby, and three Golden-ringed Dragonflies on the Cannop Brook. Three Silver-washed Fritillaries were also in the area.

Forest Treats

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Saturday 3rd July 2010

The morning's excursion with Mark started off with at least three Turtle Doves at Ruardean Hill at Ruardeanhill Plantation, plus a Willow Tit.

Next, the highlights of my late breeding TTV at Redbrook, SO51F, were a pair of Wood Warblers with recently-fledged young in tow, a family party of Marsh Tits,a Dipper on the River Wye and several Banded Demoiselles.

We rounded the morning off at Lightmoor Colliery in the forest looking for Firecrest, unsuccessfully, but did note a Wood Warbler, which was singing, and a Golden-ringed Dragonfly(photo above) and three Silver-washed Fritillaries.