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Saturday 22nd October 2016

Forest of Dean     Three Crossbills over the car park at Speech House, then at
Crabtree Hill c250 Lesser Redpolls, and at least one MEALY REDPOLL. At New Fancy View four Bramblings flying past and an adult male Goshawk perched. (Keith Vinicombe). Two MEALY REDPOLLS and c140 Lesser Redpolls were rung today at Crabtree Hill and  possibly 1000 Redpolls moved through during the day 8am-5pm so can’t be sure if the Mealies are still around. (Rob Husbands/Nat Roberts). mealy-redpoll-221016Bromsberrow     A HOOPOE flew across the westbound carriageway 0f the  M50, just before Junction 2 this morning and landed in a tree opposite. (Emma-Louise Cole).

Cleeve Hill     A first-winter RING OUZEL on brambles, right out of the radio masts car park towards the gallops. Also two Stonechats, a Wheatear, c200 Fieldfares and c50 Redwings today. (Tom Mabbett).

Frampton pools     A adult Yellow-legged Gull still on the floating hut on the Sailing Lake, the Tawny Owl roosting in Court Field, four Little Egrets on Court Lake, in the Gravel Wash a Siskin and a Lesser Redpoll with 20 Goldfinches, a Chiffchaff, 40 Fieldfares flew NW and a Redwing in sub-song. (MK). Later 28 Skylarks, 23 Siskins, 78 Fieldfares, 18 Redwings, a Pochard, 24 Shovelers, 21 Gadwalls, 75 Tufted Ducks, 11 Teal and four Wigeon. (Nick Goatman).

Uckington     A MERLIN this afternoon at 2:20pm over fields behind the House in the Tree Pub to the east of Withy Bridge Lane. (Gordon Avery).

Cotswold Water Park East     A Dunlin, a patch tick, also 448 Tufted Ducks, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Siskin and a Peregrine at Pit 125. (Ian Ralphs).

Eastleach Downs    50 Skylarks, 20 Linnets, 30 Meadow Pipits and several Red Kites today. (Ian Ralphs).

Symonds Yat     The Peregrine pair, a male and female Goshawk, five Buzzards, Siskin flocks, a Treecreeper, Jays, Redwings, a Hornet, a Red Admiral and Fallow Deer rutting today. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Six Mute Swans, two Wigeon, 151 Teal, 12 Mallards, two Shovelers, two Grey Herons, a Sparrowhawk hunting, a Snipe, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, drumming already, 60 Fieldfares, 40 Redwings and a Cetti’s Warbler. (Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury     At Severn Ham eight Cormorants in flight, a Skylark and two Chiffchaffs calling. (Mike Smart).

Purton     Two Tawny Owls first heard then seen together in same tree at 6:30pm by the Timber Ponds. (Paddy Doyle).

Cheltenham    At Naunton Park a garden Jay and a Coal Tit today. (Steve Brown).

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Friday 21st October 2016

Forest of Dean     At Soudley ponds SO662106 the OSPREY seen very briefly as it left the roost at 8:10am then flew SE. (Arron Roberts/Andrew Bluett). Pic taken by Andrew on Wednesday.osprey-191016Cotswold Water Park East     The GREAT WHITE EGRET still alternating between Pit 119 and 119b Edward Richardson Reserve today. Also a Little Egret, a Grey Heron, a Green Sandpiper, a Kingfisher, Teal and Shoveler and Fieldfare heard nearby.  (John Grearson/Dave Soons). 1st two pics by Dave, 3rd by John.great-white-egret-1-211016


great-white-egret-3-211016Selsley Common     Two Corn Buntings, 220 Fieldfares, 180 Redwings and a Brambling this morning. (Francis Steuck).

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Thursday 20th October 2016

Damery     The HOOPOE again today at 3.10pm on the grass verge at Mule Lane near to the motorway bridge, then flew off in the direction of the A38. (Zara Bowers/David Poulton). It was also seen in a private garden on Damery Lane. (per Geoff Poulton).

Forest of Dean     At Soudley ponds SO662106 the OSPREY still this morning between 7:50-8:10am then flew E and again this afternoon showing well from 2:50-4:23pm then flew off N. (Frank Williams/Ian Hull/Jon Mercer/Thomas Winstone). Pics by Thomas.



Cotswold Water Park East     The GREAT WHITE EGRET at Pit 119 Edward Richardson Reserve still today. Also a Little Egret, a Green Sandpiper, a Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.great-white-egret-201016

Elkstone     c80 Golden Plovers flying W over the A417 at Elkstone this morning.  (Jon Mercer).

Awre    A Wheatear and a female Stonechat along the seawall in SO 7007. At Brim’s Pill a Green Sandpiper in the pill and at least two Reed Buntings in bushes along the pill (SO 6906). (Mike Smart).

Hawling     Four Red Kites, six Buzzards, two Kestrels, c100 Golden Plovers, c40 Lapwings, a Yellowhammer, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, c300 Linnets and a Red Admiral. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Shipton     20 Red Kites over Shipton Golf course this morning. (Michael King).

Painswick    This morning at 8:48am at Painswick golf course 12 Redwings. A Nuthatch next to the graveyard wall and 33 Greenfinches. On the Beacon a male and a female Stonechat. Along Sevenleaze Lane a male and female Siskins. (Marie-Claire Chapman).

Cleeve Hill     100 +Fieldfares, 16 Yellowhammers, many Meadow Pipits and Skylarks, five Ravens and a pair of Stonechats this morning. (Martin Greenish).

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Wednesday 19th October 2016

Forest of Dean     At Soudley ponds SO662106 the OSPREY still this morning when it left the roost at 7:40am and again this afternoon at 3:45pm. (Frank Williams/Paul Taylor/Mark Hobson/MK).

Frampton pools     A LAPLAND BUNTING flew over calling heading S at 7:30am. (Nick Goatman).

Cotswold Water Park East     A GREAT WHITE EGRET at Pit 119 Edward Richardson Reserve for the last three days. (per A McSherry from Ben).

Woodford     A Hobby over at 4:45pm and the YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER reported as still around at midday. (Paul Taylor).

Epney     A Short-eared Owl at Rodley (seen from Epney) at 10am mobbed by crows. Also an adult female Peregrine, a Common Sandpiper, three Dunlins and 35 Curlews. (Eric Palmer).

WWT Slimbridge     At high tide at 11am nine Ruff, 52+ Golden Plovers, six Grey Plovers, 25 White-fronted Geese, six Little Egrets and a Peregrine. (John Budd/Jake King/MK).

Chapman’s Cross     50+ Golden Plovers and ten Lapwings in a field at Chapman’s Cross this morning. (Michael Cook).

Bussage     A male Blackcap on the garden bird table today. (Michael Cook).

Gloucester     At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake today birds included five Mute Swans, two Teal, 20 Mallards, three Grey Herons, 16 Moorhens, eight Coots, two Snipe, a Buzzard, two pairs of Stonechats and 15 Meadow Pipits. (Gordon Avery).

Witcombe Reservoirs     A female Wigeon, eight Teal, 22 Mallards, two male Pochards, 20 Tufted Ducks, seven Little Grebes and a Grey Wagtail. (Gordon Avery).

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Tuesday 18th October 2016

Woodford     The HOOPOE in a private garden off of the Old Bristol Road this evening still. (Rebecca Thomas).

Forest of Dean     At Soudley ponds SO662106 the OSPREY still this morning and again late afternoon. Also three Buzzards and a Goshawk. (Frank Williams/John Fletcher/Martin Greenish). Pic by John.goshawk-181016

Arlingham     A Whinchat along the Severn Way near Milton End today. (Andy Jayne).

Symonds Yat    From the Yat Rock area today the resident Peregrines and an intruding Peregrine, a female Goshawk, four Buzzards, a Kestrel, a Tawny Owl calling, two male Bullfinches, a Treecreeper, five Ravens, three Jays, Redwings and Long-tailed Tits. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

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Monday 17th October 2016

WWT Slimbridge     A PECTORAL SANDPIPER seen in flight over the Dumbles then dropped into long grass near edge at high tide. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Charlton Kings     A garden YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER this morning, last seen moving through trees into entrance to Cox’s Meadow at midday at SO958210. (Mark Dowie). Pic by Mark.yellow-browed-warbler-171016

Forest of Dean     At Soudley ponds the OSPREY still this morning and again late afternoon. Best viewed from the right hand or eastern bank when viewed from the road. (Frank Williams/Alan Hooper). 1st Pic by Frank, 2nd Pic by Alan.osprey-171016


Sharpness     A Spotted Redshank near the marina and c15 Grey Plovers flew downriver mid-morning. (Andy Jayne).

Cirencester     Two Corn Buntings in fields N of Sisters Wood N of Cirencester. (Ali Brooks).

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Sunday 16th October 2016

Woodford     A HOOPOE flew up the bank at the end of the old A38 cul-de-sac at 8:40am. It was then seen occasionally throughout the day, usually in flight. (MK). Also the YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER showed again briefly this afternoon. (Lee Gardiner).

Forest of Dean     At Soudley ponds at the museum end a Kingfisher, a Dipper, a Grey Wagtail, four Buzzards, a Goshawk and the OSPREY again until 10am when it flew off E, then  again at 2pm. (Frank Williams/Les Ditchburn).

Frampton pools     Late afternoon a Yellow-legged Gull, six Chiffchaffs, 127 Tufted Ducks, seven Siskins, four Tawny Owls, two Little Owls and five Little Egrets. (Nick Goatman).

Eastington    A Kingfisher at Churchend, a Dipper at Millend and a Grey Wagtail at the canal picnic spot. (Steve Brown).

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