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Cleeve Hill The SNOW BUNTING still at the Dew Pond at SO 99651 24895 up until lunchtime at least. Also large number of Redwings and at least one Fieldfare. (Steve Emerson).
Snow Bunting by Steve Emerson
Sharpness The male BLACK REDSTART showed well between 12:50 and 1:10pm on the Ned West building at the end of Dock Road. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).
Cheltenham A Red Kite, a male Kingfisher and Redwings in Pittville Park today. (Steve Emerson).
Frampton pools At Court Lake early afternoon the Tawny Owl showing well in its roost tree, two Little Egrets, three Curlews flew over NE, 13 Fieldfares, five Redwings, 30+ Pied Wags, a Raven and two Cetti’s Warblers, a Siskin and a Nuthatch heard only. Also a Peregrine on a pylon two fields N of Court Lake near Fromebridge. (MK).
Tawny Owl by Mike King
Stroud A Red Kite over Churchfield Road at 11am heading towards Lypiatt. (Ken & Eve Holbrow).
Chavenage Lane area 3+Red Kites, a male Peregrine, a female Goshawk, 11 Buzzards, a female Sparrowhawk, a male Kestrel, 80+ Fieldfares, 102 Golden Plovers and a pair of Stonechats, the female was ringed. (Terry Grant).
Kingswood At Nind Farm 11+ Siskins with Goldfinches feeding on Elders at GWT’s Nind Reserve this afternoon. (Vic Polley).
WWT Slimbridge Birds today included 400 Golden Plovers, 350 Lapwings, 70 Dunlins, 60 Shelducks, 13 White-fronted Geese, 55 Barnacle Geese, 100+ Teal, 270 Wigeon, 50 Shovelers, 35 Pochards, 55 Pintails, 190 Tufted Ducks, 31 Bewick’s Swans, a Grey Heron, a Great White Egret, a Little Egret, two Common Cranes, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Buzzard. (Iain Crawford). A Goshawk from Kingfisher hide. (Roy Kinchin). An unringed Common Crane on site today. (Jonathan Bull). A Brambling with the Chaffinch flock in the Rook wood next to Zeiss hide. (Magnus Carter).
Cleeve Hill The SNOW BUNTING still at the Dew Pond at SO 99651 24895 today. (John Casswell/Jeremy Squire/Peter Rodgers/Jane Bailey/Roberta Goodall). Also a ringtail HEN HARRIER over the road up to the masts mid morning with large numbers of winter thrushes and a Sparrowhawk. (Jane Bailey/Thomas Winstone).
Snow Bunting by Jane Bailey
Snow Bunting by Peter Rodgers
Snow Bunting by Josh Adamms
Sharpness The male BLACK REDSTART again today along the Dock Road. (Jonathan Bull).
WWT Slimbridge Birds today included a BITTERN late morning. Also a Great White Egret, three Greenland White-fronted Geese, 59 Russian White-fronted Geese, 41 Bewick’s Swans and Marsh Harrier flew N. (Craig Reed).
Cotswolds Redwing and Fieldfare taken today by Richard Tyler.
Cleeve Hill The SNOW BUNTING still at the Dew Pond at SO 99651 24895 today. (Nick Truby/John Fletcher/Phil Cull/Jonathan Bull/Ian Ralphs).
Snow Bunting by John Fletcher
Sharpness The male BLACK REDSTART showing well this morning along the Dock Road cottages, but mobile and unpredictable. (Chris Newton/Paul Masters).
Black Redstart by Chris Newton
Gloucester The BLACK REDSTART showing well on the Cathedral this morning. (Eric Harris).
Forest of Dean This morning 10+ Crossbills in the Crabtree Hill area. Three Hawfinches at Parkend in Crown Lane and a Brambling near Cannop Ponds. (Mike Davis). Also a Stonechat and a Raven at Crabtree Hill. (Rob Daw).
Goldcrest by Rob Daw
Stonechat by Rob Daw
Chedworth 2+ Hawfinches near the Roman villa today. (Duncan Dine).
Hawfinch by Duncan Dine
Cotswold Water Park East At five Green Sandpipers and three Dunlins on Pit 132 this morning. (Duncan Dine).
WWT Slimbridge A BITTERN showing well from Zeiss hide and a Goosander flew past the Estuary Tower. From Kingfisher hide 46 Russian White-fronted Geese and two Greenland White-fronted Geese. (Roberta Goodall/Neil Smart).
Coombe Hill Meadows Seven Canada Geese, four Shelducks, 60 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 15 Mallards, 12 Pintails, two Grey Herons, two Water Rails calling, two Lapwings, a Snipe, a Skylark, a Meadow Pipits, at least 150 Redwings and 50 Fieldfares and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).
Tewkesbury At Mitton at least 150 Wigeon and 30 Teal, very close to the new houses. (Mike Smart).
Cleeve Hill The SNOW BUNTING still at the Dew Pond at SO 99651 24895 until early afternoon at least. (Dave Creber/Richard Tyler/Cas & Luther Hambling age 11 & 12/Ian Coote/Terry Richer/Terry Stevenson).
Snow Bunting by Richard Tyler
Snow Bunting by Terry Richer
Coombe Hill Meadows Two Barnacle Geese this morning. (Ian Ralphs) and a Merlin flew through. (Ian Hull).
Tewkesbury A Red Kite flying W over the garden this morning. At Tewkesbury N.R. at Cowfield Farm a Merlin and a Kestrel hunting over the reed bed at dusk. (Les Ditchburn).
Brockworth Three Greenfinches (2m, 1f) in the garden this morning, the first for a few years. (John Miles).
Cleeve Hill The SNOW BUNTING still at the Dew Pond at SO 99651 24895 until midday at least. (Paul Rich/Cottia Howard/Mike Beer/Steve Brown/Alan McIlquham). Also two Ravens on the Dew Pond fence, a male Kestrel, a Yellowhammer and a Stonechat near the masts. (Steve Brown).
Snow Bunting by Paul Rich
Snow Bunting by Alan McIlquham
Snow Bunting by Mike Beer
Coates This afternoon 20-30 Bramblings by the entrance to Hailey Wood Sawmill. (Colin Greenfield).
Ham Hill 3 or 4 Bramblings on the road near the entrance to Colgate Farm. (Steve Brown).
Frampton On Court Lake a Goldeneye, 129 Tufted Ducks, 25 Shovelers, 58 Wigeon and 34 Gadwalls. On the Sailing Lake the adult Yellow-legged Gull and a Chiffchaff. (Nick Goatman).
Chapman’s Cross A Peregrine at midday over the fields S of the A419 between Chapman’s Cross and Aston Down airfield then headed south towards Cherington. (Mike Kom).
Gloucester Two Cormorants flying downriver, a Buzzard and two Chiffchaffs at Alney Island this afternoon. (Mike Smart).
Cleeve Hill The SNOW BUNTING still at the Dew Pond at SO 99651 24895 until 1pm at least. (John Sanders/Ken Hurcombe).
Sharpness A male BLACK REDSTART showing well on Dock Road again today. Also 80+ Wigeon, a Grey Heron, two Little Egrets, four Redshanks, a Curlew, a Buzzard and two Peregrines. (Neil Smart/Clare Glanville).
Black Redstart by Clare Glanville
Gloucester A BLACK REDSTART still on the Cathedral this morning. (Colin Edwards).
WWT Slimbridge Birds from Zeiss hide this morning included a Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, a Kestrel, c200 Wigeon, c300 Dunlins, c100 Lapwings, several Teal and two Great White Egrets. Also a report from Estuary Tower of a Peregrine chasing a Goshawk. (Chris Newton).
Marsh Harrier by Chris Newton
Marsh Harrier by Chris Newton
Forest of Dean 30+ Bramblings at Cannop ponds. (Piers Suckling).
Frampton A Chiffchaff on the approach to Nastfield Farm and 100+ Lapwings in the fields there. Also the regular roosting Tawny Owl in Court Field. (Terry Grant/Jeremy Holland). A Red Kite over this afternoon. (Nigel Young).
Ashleworth Ham This afternoon a Mute Swan, 74 Greylags, two Canada Geese, 69 Teal, 47 Wigeon, two Moorhens, three Grey Herons, three Little Egrets, a Cormorant, a Buzzard, a Peregrine, a Jay, two Fieldfares, two Chaffinches and two Roe Deer. (John Fletcher).
Greylags by John Fletcher
Sharpness A male BLACK REDSTART showing well on Dock Road again today. (Dot Jones).
Gloucester A BLACK REDSTART still on the E side of the Cathedral this morning. (Roy Kinchin).
WWT Slimbridge A SPOONBILL on the Rushy 11:45am-12:30pm. (Sam Walker). Two Dark-bellied Brent Geese (adult and juvenile) on the Dumbles this morning, also 71 White-fronted Geese including at least two Greenland White-fronted Geese and 45 Bewick’s Swans on the Rushy. (Slimbridge Sightings).
Kingscote At Ashel Barn. 2+ Bramblings with Chaffinches opposite beech trees feeding on sunflower seed-heads at ST800968. (Vic Polley).
Chavenage Lane/Calcot area 240+ Skylarks disturbed from a stubble field by a female Merlin this afternoon. Also 40+ Yellowhammers and still over 6000 Woodpigeons in the area. (Terry Grant).
Cotswold Water Park West A female-type Marsh Harrier over Pit 79 and a Yellow-legged Gull on Pit 32, the Gloucestershire half of the lake. (Martine & Pete Fenn).
Yellow-legged Gull by Pete Fenn
Cotswolds From Daglingworth to Stratton, 1000 Golden Plovers, 2000+ Starlings, large flocks of Linnets and Yellowhammers with some Reed Buntings, 15 Bramblings and a female Merlin hunting. (Andrew Morrison).
Uley A Kingfisher, a Grey Heron, two Cormorants, two Little Grebes and a distant Red Kite at Rockstowes lake this morning. (Phil Pope).
Stonehouse Two Chiffchaffs, a Goldcrest with a small Long-tailed Tit flock near the sewage works at Stanley Downton this afternoon. Also three Kingfisher sightings on the canal from the Ocean to Ryeford. (Paul Sutton).
Cleeve Hill The SNOW BUNTING showing well again today at the Dew Pond at SO 99651 24895. (Duncan Dine/Andy Jordan/Steve Owen/Les Ditchburn/Neil Smart).
Snow Bunting by Duncan Dine
WWT Slimbridge This morning from Zeiss hide birds included a female Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, a Great White Egret, a pair of Common Cranes, a Peregrine, at least three Water Rails, c60 White-fronted Geese, a flock of Golden Plovers, large flocks of Dunlins and Lapwings with two Little Stints, male and female Stonechat and a Cetti’s Warbler. (Chris Newton/Nigel Young/Paul Sutton/Magnus Carter/Jonathan Bull). The putative Todd’s Canada Goose and the Ross’s on the Dumbles. (Roy Kinchin). Also two Bank Voles near the Steven Kirk hide. (Paul Sutton).
White-fronted Geese by Chris Newton
Stonechat by Chris Newton
Water Rail by Nigel Young
Bank Vole by Paul Sutton
Gloucester The male BLACK REDSTART on the E side of the Cathedral this morning. (Colin Edwards).
Frampton Two Barn Owls at Splatt Bridge this afternoon and a Tawny Owl calling. (Dot Jones). A drake Goldeneye on the Sailing Lake. (Jeremy Holland/Nick Goatman). A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF and a Common Chiffchaff on the S side of the lake. (Nick Goatman).
Tewkesbury At Lower Lode pits this evening ten Mute Swans, six Wigeon, three Gadwalls, ten Mallards, two Shovelers, a Grey Heron, at least 98 roosting Cormorants, four Moorhens, a Kingfisher and at least four Fieldfares. (Mike Smart).
Cheltenham A male and female Kingfisher at Pittville Park Lake seen on a regular basis. A male Mute Swan and six surviving cygnets still, after losing the female in the summer. Also many sightings of Goldcrests and Redwings recently. (Alan McIlquham).
Cleeve Hill A very obliging SNOW BUNTING showing well in today’s sunshine at the Dew Pond at SO 99651 24895. (Graham Baker).
WWT Slimbridge A BITTERN showing very well from Zeiss hide eating a Perch. (Richard Tyler/Les Ditchburn). Also today 35 Bewick’s Swans on the Rushy including new families, one pair with five cygnets. At least 57 White-fronted Geese on site today. (Martin McGill). A Water Rail from Zeiss hide and 200+ Golden Plovers on the Bottom New Piece. (Les Ditchburn/Ken Hurcombe).
Bittern by Richard Tyler
Bittern by Richard Tyler
Sharpness A male BLACK REDSTART showing well on Dock Road. (Jake King/Les Ditchburn/Mike Davis). Between Sharpness Coastguards and Berkeley Pill 13 Cormorants, a pair of Ravens, at Saniger Farm Outfall three Stonechats, 51 Dunlins, 31 Lapwings, six Meadow Pipits, two Redshanks, with Teal, Wigeon, Mallard and a Curlew. In the Pill two Rock Pipits and 14 Fieldfares over. (Jake King). At the Docks Dock at high tide a Common Sandpiper, a pair of Peregrines and Pied and Grey Wagtail. (Mike Davis).
Corse Two Red Kites over Corse Wood Hill today between Corse and Hasfield. (Steve French).
Frampton pools At lunchtime five Lapwings, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 25 Pied Wagtails, 11 Greylags, three Canada Geese, five Fieldfares, 28 Redwings and a Cetti’s Warbler. (Nick Goatman). Also the regular roosting Tawny Owl. (Ken Hurcombe).
Longney Around the old orchards this afternoon birds included seven Fieldfares, two Redwing, a Mistle Thrush, a Song Thrush, four Long-tailed Tits, eight Robins, a Green Woodpecker, three Buzzards, a male Kestrel and 300+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls on adjoining fields. (John Fletcher).
Dudbridge A Dipper at Dudbridge lock. (Paul Sutton).
Doverow Hill A Buzzard, a Green Woodpecker and two Roe Deer. (Paul Sutton).
Stonehouse Three Kingfishers at Nutshell Bridge near St Cyr’s Church. (Paul Sutton).
Kingfisher by Paul Sutton
Gloucester A male BLACK REDSTART showing very well on the SE side of the Cathedral this afternoon. (Andy Jayne). A Brambling calling in St Lawrence Churchyard, Barnwood, this afternoon at 4pm. (Rob Crofton). A Kingfisher in Barnwood Arboretum this morning (Andy Langley).
WWT Slimbridge 11 Knot and two female Goldeneyes on South Lake. A Goshawk causing panic on the Tack Piece, also 18 Russian White-fronted Geese, three Greenland White-fronted Geese and two Spotted Redshanks there. The BITTERN in flight on the Top New Piece. (Martin McGill/Neil Smart/Paul Masters).
Frampton A Cattle Egret over the village early morning. At Splatt Bridge a BITTERN over the 100-Acre, a Stonechat, 60+ Dunlins, two Water Rails, 18 Curlews, a Grey Plover, five Siskins and a Cetti’s Warbler. (Gordon Hodgson). At the pools two Cattle Egrets, a Snipe, a Pochard, three Chiffchaffs, eight Fieldfares, 14 Redwings, 41 Skylarks and the regular roosting Tawny Owl. (Nick Goatman).