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Thursday 13th December 2018

Saul Warth    The WATER PIPIT again flew in from Frampton at 2:25pm but was very flighty. Also a two Grey Herons, a Little Egret, a Lapwing, three Redshanks, 6+ Curlews, six Dunlins, a pair of Ravens, a Skylark, 25+ Meadow Pipits, a Chiffchaff in Hock Ditch, two Buzzards including the white Buzzard sat in Dunstalls Wood. On the newly ploughed field behind the Sewage Works 200+ Black-headed Gulls, 10+ Common Gulls and 6+ Pied Wagtails. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Saul     At lunchtime five CATTLE EGRETS and two Little Egrets SW of the village viewed from the public footpath. (Steve Brown).

Whittington     A ringtail HEN HARRIER at 2pm today and a SHORT-EARED OWL flushed next to the footpath. (Duncan Dine).

Daglingworth/Winstone/Duntisbourne area     This morning 40+ Bramblings around the beechwoods, 65+ Golden Plovers S of Winstone, a male Sparrowhawk, a Little Egret  and several hundred Fieldfares and Redwings. (Jon Mercer).

Awre    Five Common Cranes flew into a maize field at 10:30am. Also 19 Dunlins, 90 Curlews, 300+ Lapwings, a Redshank, a Bullfinch and two Buzzards. Also lots of Redwings and Fieldfares. (Dave Smith).

Cheltenham   In Pittville Park this afternoon 27+ Fieldfares in a London Plane tree and a Goldcrest heard nearby. (Howard Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge    On the Tack Piece lots of White-fronted Goose activity with small groups coming regularly, 70+ on site today. Also 35+ Dunlins from Robbie Garnet hide. (Dave Tait/Terry Stevenson). Pics by Dave.

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Another pic by Terry below.

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Wednesday 12th December 2018

Forest of Dean     At least five Crossbills coming to drink at a puddle today. (Thomas Winstone). Pic by Thomas.

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Frampton     At the Sailing Lake a Siberian Chiffchaff calling in the corner just over the stile from Vicarage Lane, also a Chiffchaff, a Goldeneye and a Yellow-legged Gull this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth    A WATER PIPIT again at Hock Ditch at 12:20pm today. (Mark Dowie).

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Tuesday 11th December 2018

Saul Warth     The GREAT SKUA flew across the river at Hock Ditch at 10:50am. (Michelle Davies/Martin Greenish). Also seen from WWT today.

Framilode     A CATTLE EGRET with seven Little Egrets at 1:50pm. (Michelle Davies/Martin Greenish).

Whittington     This morning a male HEN HARRIER flew from near Whittington towards Cleeve Hill. (Dave Pearce).

Highnam     On the elevated pond by the railway at Linton Farm SO802188 three adult Whooper Swans, 25 Mute Swans and 90 Mallards. Also at least 16 Yellowhammers nearby. (Andy Jayne).

Compton Abdale     A Woodcock seen in the car headlights at 4:30pm at the side of the road next to small stream. (Duncan Dine).

Cambridge    A Water Rail on the banks of the River Cam at Rosie’s wood this afternoon. (Katharine Goatman).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reedbeds a Great White Egret, a Little Egret, 40 Wigeon, 15 Teal, six Gadwalls, two Water Rails heard, four Green Sandpipers, a Curlew over, 137 Lapwings, a Buzzard, a Green Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, two Grey Wagtails, nine Meadow Pipits, a female Stonechat, four Fieldfares, three Redwings, eight Reed Buntings, four Bullfinches, 25 Goldfinches, nine Siskins over, six singing Cetti’s Warblers and a Chiffchaff and nine Roe Deer. (Jon Mercer).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrine pair, three Red Kites, two Buzzards, Ravens, two Green Woodpeckers, three Treecreepers, a Stock Dove, a Jay, Fieldfares, two Mistle Thrushes, a Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tits and a female Goosander. Also six Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Forest of Dean     At Yew Tree Brake two Goldcrests, male and female Bullfinch, a pair of Stonechats, two Jays and a male Great Spotted Woodpecker. At Crabtree Hill six Meadow Pipits and at Cannop ponds two Siskins. (Chris Snook).

Cheltenham    At Pittville Park this morning 12 Black-headed Gulls, a Goldcrest, a Jay and a Song Thrush. (Howard Taylor).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Ten Mute Swans, 176 Greylags, 260 Canada Geese, 670 Wigeon, 50 Teal, a Gadwall, six Pintails, three Grey Herons, 110 Lapwings, 15 Pied Wagtails, 150+ Fieldfares and 50+ Redwings and c1000 Starlings today. (Mike Smart).

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Monday 10th December 2018

Sharpness     Four SHAGS flew N past SARA this morning. (Andy Jordan).

WWT Slimbridge     The GREAT SKUA again this morning seen flying out over the river. (Paul Rich).

Dudbridge     A Barn Owl flying around QEII playing fields at the bottom of Dudbridge Hill, then flew off towards Sainsbury’s at 4:40pm. (Colin Greenfield).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Great White Egret flew from Coombe Hill to Ashleworth at 9:50am viewed from Sandhurst Hill. (Martin Greenish).

Gloucester     Two Buzzards on The Oxlease, two Reed Buntings at Alney Island, a male Stonechat on Port Ham and a Cormorant over Castle Meads today. (Gordon Avery).

Cotswold Water Park West    26 Goosanders (16m,10f) on Pit 41 today. (Jon Mercer).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 111 birds included three Goosanders, two Goldeneyes, 11 Tufted Ducks, a male Shoveler, a Kingfisher, eight Cormorants, nine Greylags, two Mute Swan, two Chiffchaffs, two Goldcrests, three Redwings, 11 Fieldfares, six Long-tailed Tit and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers. At Pit 111a 59 Coots, 27 Tufted Ducks and a Great Crested Grebe. At Pit 125 62 Gadwalls, 52 Teal, 45 Tufted Ducks, two Red Crested Pochards, three Pochards, four Great Crested Grebes, a Grey Heron, a Green Woodpecker and four Mute Swans. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Forest of Dean     In the forest walks at Blaize Bailey at midday a flock of 60+ Chaffinches and Bramblings, evenly mixed. Also, in an ash tree next to the garden 20 Siskins and in the garden four Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).

Horsley    This morning on farmland near Horsley tip (ST8198) for EWBS, 28 species including Skylark, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer and 142 Rooks and 33 Stock Doves. (Dave Emery).

Stroud     Eight probable Waxwings flew W over the town centre at 8:20am. (Terry Grant).

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Sunday 9th December 2018

WWT Slimbridge     The GREAT SKUA over the grounds and estuary and across to Awre throughout the day and also viewable from Hock Ditch and present until mid-afternoon at least. (Slimbridge Sightings/Paul Rich/Neil Smart/MK).

Cotswold Water Park East     A female SMEW at Pit 114, Fairford briefly then flew W. (John Durell). Also 20+ Goosanders today. (Duncan Dine). Pic by Duncan.

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Forest of Dean    Ten Goosanders and c10 Crossbills at Woorgreens Lake this afternoon. (Ben Locke).

Bourton-on-the-Water     The White-fronted Goose still present at GWT Greystones Farm, then on the north pit at midday. Two Kingfishers, a wintering Chiffchaff, a Peregrine and a Sparrowhawk on the GNS walk around the pits this morning. (Andy Lewis).

Aylburton Warth/Guscar Rocks     Today’s WeBS count birds included three Canada Geese, 11 Shelducks, 600 Wigeon, 53 Teal, three Mallards, a Grey Heron, 18 Lapwings, 324 Curlews, six Snipe, 67 Redshanks, a Peregrine, a Rock Pipit, at least one pair of Stonechats, a Raven and a Reed Bunting. (Mervyn Greening/Barrie Mills/Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows   From the Grundon Hide early afternoon 100+ Greylags, 20+ Canada Geese, 30+ Fieldfares and Redwings, 20+ Pied Wagtails, six Lapwings, a Teal and a Kestrel. (Howard Taylor).

Netheridge Farm    A JACK SNIPE at the Barn Owl Centre today, also 3+ Water Rails. (Mark Hobson).

Gloucester     At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning birds included three Little Egrets, 18 Mallards, three Coots, two Moorhens, a Grey Wagtail, two Pied Wagtails, three Stonechats (2m, 1f) and two Reed Buntings. (Gordon Avery).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Birds today included a Grey Heron, a Little Egret, four Mute Swans, three Teal, 26 Mallards, two Tufted Ducks, five Little Grebes, a Great Crested Grebe, nine Cormorants, 32 Coots, 13 Moorhens and a Buzzard. (Gordon Avery).

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Saturday 8th December 2018

Cotswold Water Park East    Five Egyptian Geese at Pit 127 and eight Goosanders at Pit 111. (Ian Ralphs).

Eastleach Downs    25 Corn Buntings (3 singles and flock of 22), a pair of Stonechat, ten Grey Partridges and a Chiffchaff in a game strip. 1000+ Fieldfares and 200 Redwings in the area. (Ian Ralphs).

WWT Slimbridge     A MERLIN from Martin Smith hide at 3:20pm buzzing the Golden Plover flock. (Dot Jones).

Gloucester    A Water Rail, a Little Egret and a Jack Snipe at Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Quedgeley     A Raven in the car park this morning. (James Robinson).

Edge   At Rudge Hill NNR mid afternoon three Redwings, nine Fieldfares, two Bullfinches and seven Chaffinches. (John Fletcher).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Today’s WeBS count birds included ten Mute Swans, 810 Canada Geese, 324 Greylags, seven Shelducks, 690 Wigeon, 130 Teal, 43 Mallards, 36 Pintails, a Grey Heron and 18 Lapwings. Also 60 Redwings, ten Fieldfares and 100 Starlings over SW. (Andrew Godden/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth & Hasfield Ham     Today’s WeBS count birds included two Mute Swans, 62 Greylags, 199 Canada Geese, six Shelducks, four drake Mandarins, 200 Wigeon, two Gadwalls, 600 Teal, 50 Mallards, 15 Pintails, nine Shovelers, two Grey Herons, 51 Lapwings, eight Snipe and 70 Black-headed Gulls. Also six Meadow Pipits and ten Fieldfares. (Andrew Godden/Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     25 Teal, ten Fieldfares and 200 Starlings feeding on wet ground. (Andrew Godden/Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows     Ten Fieldfares, five Redwings and 150 Starlings feeding on ground. (Andrew Godden/Mike Smart).

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Friday 7th December 2018

WWT Slimbridge     A GREAT SKUA briefly on the Top New Piece then flew out over river and headed towards Purton at 9am. (Scott Petrek). Also lots of Curlew activity in front of the Robbie Garnet hide, with large and small groups lifting off regularly. (Dave Tait). Pics by Dave.

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Frampton pools     A Barn Owl sat on a branch half way along the Perryway early morning. (Nick Goatman).

Beachley Point     This morning on a falling tide, a Grey Heron, three Oystercatchers, eight Curlews, a WHIMBREL, an adult male Peregrine and a Rock Pipit. (Gordon Avery).

Awre peninsula     18 Curlews offshore at SO715092, also a Reed Bunting and two Grey Herons nearby this morning. (Mike Ingleby).

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