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Saturday 22nd April 2017

Frampton     A GREAT WHITE EGRET over the village at 6:30am. (Nick Goatman). At Court Lake seven CATTLE EGRETS this morning and four Common Sandpipers on the Sailing Lake. (Tanya Allen/Andy Chapman). At 1:50pm the immature LITTLE GULL on the Sailing Lake, a Lesser Whitethroat in the Gravel Wash and three House Martins. (MK). The SPOONBILL and a summer plumaged Spotted Redshank on the flashes at 11am and the female/immature Marsh Harrier quartering the 100-Acre again this morning viewable from the towpath. This evening three Wheatears, two Whimbrels and four Grey Plovers. (Roberta Goodall). A HOBBY flying N over the river at 6pm. (Craig Lewis/Roberta Goodall). At the pools this evening six CATTLE EGRETS, 12 Little Egrets, two Common Sandpipers, a Yellow Wagtail, 50+ Sand Martins, six Swallows. two Shelducks and an Oystercatcher. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge     Still three BLACK-WINGED STILTS on South Lake and a SPOONBILL around the grounds today. (Slimbridge Sightings). Also a HOBBY and three Common Sandpipers. (Tom Weston-McClung). The immature LITTLE GULL back on South Lake at 5:15pm. (Andy Jordan). 24 ARCTIC TERNS flew through off New Grounds at 5:50pm all climbed and went inland. (Martin McGill).

Cotswold Water Park East     On Pit 132 this morning a Common Sandpiper, two Oystercatchers, two Little Ringed Plovers, five Red Crested Pochards, two Shelducks and two Yellow Wagtails. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.Common Sandpiper 220417Minchinhampton Common     Two female Wheatears today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins/Phil Williams).

Amberley     A male and female Siskin still coming daily to the feeder. (Phil Williams).

Leckhampton Hill     A Tree Pipit, two Willow Warblers, three Chiffchaffs, five Blackcaps and a Kestrel hunting. (Chris Furley).

Hasfield Ham     Two flycatching male Whinchats and a pair of Redstarts in Stank Lane. (Ian Hull).

Ashley     7+ Skylarks, 5+ Yellowhammers, 6+ Swallows, a House Martin, two Willow Warblers, seven Buzzards, 10+ Blackcaps, a Raven, five Fieldfares, a Bullfinch, 7+ Chiffchaffs, a Green Woodpecker, three Stock Doves and two Red-legged Partridges. (Mark Grieve).

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Friday 21st April 2017

Stanton    A Swift this morning. (Graham Watson).

Frampton     Between 7:30-9:30 this morning on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge (view only from the towpath) an immature LITTLE GULL, six CATTLE EGRETS briefly, two Greenshanks, a summer plumaged Spotted Redshank, three Redshanks and two Lapwings. A female/immature Marsh Harrier quartering the 100-Acre and a Cuckoo S of Splatt Bridge with two Reed Warblers and a Cetti’s Warbler in the southern reedbed. (MK). At the pools this evening a Nightingale, a Cuckoo, a Redshank, six Yellow Wagtails, two Lesser Whitethroats, two Whitethroats, four Reed Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, 30 Chiffchaffs, 26 Blackcaps and two Pochards. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge     Still three BLACK-WINGED STILTS on South Lake and a GREAT WHITE EGRET on the Bottom New Piece this morning. (Slimbridge Sightings). A Common Sandpiper on the Rushy. (Nigel Warren). Also from Zeiss hide nine Ruff, a Greenshank and a  Peregrine. (Andy & Sue Gibbons). A SPOONBILL on the Tack Piece from Martin Smith hide at 5:20pm. (John Overfield). Pic by Mike.GWEgret 210417

Berkeley shore     A Cuckoo at first light today. (Paul Taylor). This afternoon a CATTLE EGRET, two Whimbrels, a Greenland Wheatear, 68 Shelducks and five Oystercatchers. (Tom Weston-McClung). Pic by Paul.Cuckoo 210417

Tewkesbury     A Cuckoo calling between Church End and Woodend Lane this morning. (Sarah Loaring).

Gloucester     A Cuckoo seen on Port Ham, Alney Island opposite Sudmeadow at 6:20pm not singing, but seen feeding SO820185. (Ian Elphick).

Hawling     Three singing Corn Buntings along the Windrush Way near Hawling this morning. (Peter Rodgers).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Pit 43 this morning, four or five Nightingales, a Cuckoo, 2+ Garden Warblers, 4+ Sedge Warblers, plus Reed Buntings and Willow Warblers. (Vic Polley).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Four Common Sandpipers and a singing Cetti’s Warbler today. (Gord & Margaret Avery).

Langford     In a small area of shrubs and trees at SP 2404702848 seven Bullfinches (3m, 4f)  feeding on crab apple buds. In the field opposite two Meadow pipits and a sale Wheatear. Further along towards Broughton Poggs in the hedgerow, five Yellowhammers, a Corn Bunting and a male Reed Bunting. (Michael Cook).

Southrop     On the River Leach at SP2031003522 two Dippers, a Grey Wagtail and a Water Vole by the road bridge. (Michael Cook).

Bentham     A Barn Owl over the A417 at 2:45am. (Mark Grieve).

Nettleton Bottom     Two Red Kites today. (Mark Grieve).

Bussage     A Hedgehog in the garden tonight. (Michael Cook).

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Thursday 20th April 2017

Frampton      From the tow path at Splatt Bridge between 6-7pm a female/immature Marsh Harrier, a Barn Owl, four Greenshanks and a Common Sandpiper. (Graham Lawlor).

WWT Slimbridge     Still three BLACK-WINGED STILTS on South Lake and two still at Zeiss hide today. Also a LITTLE GULL again, a Mediterranean Gull, three Greenshanks and a Cuckoo on South Lake. (Slimbridge Sightings/Scott Petrek). Four CATTLE EGRETS on the approach road, flying over South Lake and later on the Tack Piece. (Matt Scott/Morag Hughes). A Peregrine from the Holden Tower, a black summer plumage Ruff and Sedge Warblers singing from the Zeiss hide, a Spotted Redshank, nine Ruff and a drake Mandarin on South Lake and a Blackcap singing along the Holden walkway. (Morag Hughes). Pics by Richard Tyler, 1st two and 2nd two Roy Shilham. BW Stilts 1 200417

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BW Stilt 4 200417Haresfield     A male RING OUZEL on Haresfield Beacon today. (Andy Chapman).

Cotswold Water Park West    Three Nightingales singing at Pit 43 early morning, also a Cuckoo, two Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler, a Garden Warbler, two Cetti’s Warbler, four Willow Warbler, two Whitethroats and a Chiffchaff. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.Nightingale 200417Cleeve Hill    Three Cuckoos, perched on bushes in the Bill Smillie reserve from 3:30-4pm today (SO 9924). Two birds occasionally calling. (Martin Wright).

Cirencester     A late flock of 50+ Fieldfares in Cirencester Park late morning. (Jon Mercer).

Great Barrington     A Little Owl on the thatched hut opposite Park Farm today. (Megan & Steve Brown).

Stone     A pair of Barn Owls near Stone today. (Derek Edmondson).

Edge     At Rudge Hill N.N.R. four Song Thrushes, six Chiffchaffs, a Green Woodpecker, five Meadow Pipits, two Willow Warblers, three Swallows, a Jay and a Mistle Thrush today.  (John Fletcher).

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Wednesday 19th April 2017

WWT Slimbridge     Six BLACK-WINGED STILTS found on the Rushy this morning, then moving around the grounds with four settled at Zeiss hide and two on South Lake at 4:40pm. (John Bescoby). The second County record following a pair at WWT/Saul Warth 12th-15th May 2005. Also a male Marsh Harrier through the reserve at 8:10am. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Cotswold Water Park West     At 1:40pm an OSPREY heading NE low over Pit 16. Also a Nightingale singing between Pits 16 and 17. (Tim McGrath).

Frampton     A Short-eared Owl quartering the marshes from Splatt Bridge at 7:35pm. (Gordon Kirk).

Cleeve Hill     Eight Wheatears, two Stonechats, a Grey Heron and a pair of Grey Partridges this morning. (Greg Mabbett).

Highnam Wood    Nightingales singing in 8 different places at Highnam this morning possibly 8 different birds. (Dave & Vanda Owen).

Forest of Dean     Three Pied Flycatchers (2m, 1f) at Nagshead today. (Dave & Vanda Owen). Also a Redstart. At Parkend a Hawfinch at Crown Lane and three Dippers, a Kingfisher and two Grey Wagtails on the Cannop Brook S of the Fountain pub. (Roger Gillespie/Laurie Pierce). At Woorgreens along the west side path, five Crossbills including young, feeding on cones. Also several Willow Warblers. At Cannop ponds S a pair of Nuthatches, a Grey Wagtail, a pair of Mandarins and on the feeders a male Siskin, a Coal Tit, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Nuthatch. At Cannop ponds N a pair of Mandarins and a Little Grebe. (Laurie Pierce).

Cirencester     A Dipper on the River Churn opposite Bowling Green Lane this morning. (Jon Mercer).

Minchinhampton Common     Four male Wheatears today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Selsley Common     Two female Wheatears at 4.40pm today. (Colin Greenfield).

Ashley     Three Swallows, five Buzzards, a Kestrel, 9+ Yellowhammers, two Blackcaps, 6+ Skylarks, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Tawny Owl being mobbed by Blackbirds and Great and Blue Tits, five Stock Doves, a Raven, two Grey Partridges, a Garden Warbler, two Whitethroats, a Green Woodpecker and three Bullfinches today. (Mark Grieve).

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Tuesday 18th April 2017

WWT Slimbridge    A male PIED FLYCATCHER in trees by the Holden Tower at 10:47am. (Steve Owen). Also an Osprey reported flying N over South Lake late morning, two Egyptian Geese on the Tack Piece and the LITTLE GULL back on the Rushy this evening. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Frampton pools     Two CATTLE EGRETS, three Little Egrets, two Common Sandpiper, 100+ Sand Martins and the first two Greylag goslings this morning. (Nick Goatman). Three CATTLE EGRETS in to roost this evening. (Richard Williams).

Ashleworth Ham     A male Redstart, a Lesser Whitethroat, six Blackcaps, six Reed Buntings, four Willow Warblers and two Curlews at Stank Lane this morning. (Martin Greenish). Also a Cuckoo this morning. (Les Brown).

Sharpness     Early morning an Oystercatcher, two Cetti’s Warblers, 14 Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers, six Blackcaps, eight Swallows and three House Martins. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Hardwicke     Between Sellars and Parkend Bridges early morning two Lesser Whitethroats, two Whitethroats, six Chiffchaffs, four Blackcaps and a Sedge Warbler. (Paul Masters).

Forest of Dean     A Red Kite over Station Way, Coleford at 2pm. (Frank Williams). This afternoon from Lower Hide at Nagshead a male Redstart, a Treecreeper and a Buzzard eating a kill.  Also a drake Mandarin on the pond near the Visitor Centre. Also today a male Pied Flycatcher, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler and two Blackcaps. (Andy & Sue Gibbons/Chris & Phil Andrews). At Cannop N pond at least four Mandarins (3m, 1f), a Little Grebe, a pair of Tufted Ducks, a pair of Mute Swans, several Mallard pairs and a few Coots. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Symonds Yat     At Yat Rock the resident Peregrines and an intruding male Peregrine, Ravens, a Sparrowhawk, a male Mandarin, a Green Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Red Kite, a Jay, Stock Doves, Holly Blues and a Red Admiral and St Mark’s flies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Stonehouse     A Red Kite flew over Stonehouse this afternoon at 4:15pm heading W. (Jon Dexter).

Coombe Hill Meadows     From the Grundon Hide at lunchtime today a female Wheatear by the bridge over the ditch, a male Yellow Wagtail with two Pied Wagtails, two Redshanks, a Curlew, a few Lapwings, a Buzzard and a few Shelduck. Along the canal singing Sedge Warblers, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, three Swallows, a Reed Bunting, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Grey Heron. Butterflies included Orange Tip, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined White and Holly Blue. (Keith White).

Tewkesbury     At Severn Ham today four Curlews and at least four singing Sedge Warblers.  At Mythe brickpits three Sedge Warblers. At Mythe Brook two Curlews, two Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, at least two more Sedge Warblers and a Whitethroat singing. (Mike Smart).

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Monday 17th April 2017

Cleeve Hill     A male RING OUZEL below the heather enclosure at midday and two at 5pm. (Dave Pearce/Andy Lodge).

Aldsworth     This morning at Cocklebarrow Farm 12 Wheatears, four Corn Buntings and a Redstart. (Andy Lodge).

Forest of Dean     A WOOD WARBLER singing between Danby Lodge and Blackpool Bridge this morning. (Andy Jayne). A GARDEN WARBLER singing in Lightmoor this morning. (Owen Follis). A reeling Grasshopper Warbler at Crabtree Hill at 8:15am. (Lewis Thomson).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A WHINCHAT still today at 12:30pm. (Roberta Goodall).

Cotswold Water Park West   At Pit 43 two Nightingales, a Whitethroat and two Cuckoos today. (Roger Gillespie/Andrew Whittaker). At Pit 41 a Commic Tern and on Pit 57 the drake SCAUP still. (Roger Gillespie).

Cheltenham     At Naunton Park, a flyover Oystercatcher over N calling, the 2nd garden record in 32 years.  Also a pair of Long-tailed Tits showing signs of a nesting attempt. (Steve Brown).

Frampton    A Cuckoo calling, a LITTLE GULL, three Common Sandpipers, four House Martins, three Swallows, 100’s of Sand Martins, a pair of Pochard, three Curlews over and a Yellow Wagtail at the Sailing Lake.  (Nick Goatman/Gordon Hodgson/MK). At Splatt Bridge this evening a Short-eared Owl quartering Splatt flashes, two White Wagtails and a Yellow Wagtail. (Francis Steuck).

Highnam Woods     3+ Nightingales singing this morning. (Colin Greenfield).

Ashleworth Ham     Two Little Ringed Plovers this morning. (Colin Greenfield). This evening birds included two Little Egrets, a Redshank, four Shelducks, four Lapwings, three Swallows, three Chiffchaffs and two Willow Warblers. (John Fletcher).

Bagpath Area     A Yellow Wagtail and a Red Kite early evening. (Paul Rich).

Sharpness     A 2nd calendar year LITTLE GULL flew towards Lydney at 7:07am. (Andy Jordan).

Quedgeley     New arrivals at Netheridge Farm today a Reed Warbler, a Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler. (Mark Hobson).

Rodborough     VisMig over the Common this morning included a Whimbrel, a Corn Bunting, 40 Swallows, seven House Martins, a Sand Martin, 25 Linnets, 15 Meadow Pipits and eight Greylags. (Francis Steuck).

Ashley     12+ Skylarks, 16+ Swallows, two Cormorants NE, eight House Martins, 30+ Fieldfares, eight Wheatears (3 Greenland), 25+ Linnets, a Buzzard, two Green Woodpeckers, 11 Blackcaps, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, seven Chiffchaffs, six Willow Warblers, four Bullfinches, a Corn Bunting, two Nuthatches, a Jay, a Mistle Thrush and two Stock Doves. (Mark Grieve).

Leigh Meadows     A late Green Sandpiper along the Chelt today. Also a Kingfisher, a Redstart and a Sedge Warbler. (Mike Smart).

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Sunday 16th April 2017

Stanton     Seven singing male Redstarts around Stanton today. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.Redstart 160417Coombe Hill Meadows    A WHINCHAT today. (Fred & Heather Hobson). Two Redshanks, two Curlews, a Willow Warbler, two Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat heard, five Linnets, two Bullfinches, three Buzzards, a male Sparrowhawk, four Chiffchaffs, two Song Thrushes collecting grubs and numerous Sedge Warblers throughout the reserve. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.Sedge Warbler 160417Forest of Dean    A Cuckoo at Woorgreens this morning. (Lewis Thomson/Frank Williams). At Mallards Pike a Crossbill, two Siskins, a pair of Moorhens with two tiny chicks and five Mandarins (4m, 1f) this afternoon. (MK).

WWT Slimbridge     An immature LITTLE GULL around the grounds today, a summer-plumaged Spotted Redshank on South Lake and second and third calendar year Mediterranean Gulls on the Rushy. (Andy Jordan/Roberta Goodall).

Cotswold Water Park West     A drake SCAUP still on Pit 41 and a male Goosander on Pit 44 today. (Dave Soons).

Frampton     At the Sailing Lake early morning a Common Sandpiper, a male Yellow Wagtail, a pair of Grey Wagtails, 60 Sand Martins, four Swallows, a House Martin and a pair of Ravens. (MK).

Gloucester     At Barnwood Park a Little Egret on the Wotton Brook this afternoon. (Terry Fenton).

Selsley     At the horse riding centre nine Wheatears (7m, 2f), 13 Linnets, 11 Skylarks and a Mistle Thrush today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Berkeley     A Peregrine on the Power Station today. (Paddy Doyle).

Bussage     At Frithwood very early this morning, two Chiffchaffs, a male Blackcap, a Coal Tit, two Nuthatches and a Treecreeper. (Michael Cook).

Coates     Along the Wysis way through Hailey Wood this morning four Buzzards, three Jays, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Grey Wagtail, two Pied Wagtails, several Chiffchaffs in the canopy, a singing male Blackcap, and a Whitethroat near the Tunnel House, a pair of Bullfinches near the saw mill and a Speckled Wood. (Michael Cook).

Aston Down     A male Peregrine over mid morning. (Michael Cook).

Ashley     Three Buzzards and a Red Kite worming, 13+ Skylarks, 3+ Whitethroats, eight Stock Doves, 25+ Yellowhammers, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Blackcaps, seven Swallows, three Willow Warblers, three Chiffchaffs, a Green Woodpecker, a male Greenland Wheatear, a Corn Bunting, a Bullfinch, two Nuthatches and three House Martins today. (Mark Grieve).

Cotswolds     A Red Kite over the A417 by the Highwayman Inn. (Mark Grieve).

Nettleton     A Red Kite at Nettleton Bottom today. (Mark Grieve).

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