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Saturday 3rd December 2016

Sharpness     Two male BLACK REDSTARTS, one an adult male, around Gate 1 at the docks this morning. (Lee Gardiner).

Cotswold Water Park East     A BITTERN flushed from the reeds by a dog, then dropped into reeds on NW shore. Also a Green Sandpiper today. (Ian Ralphs).

WWT Slimbridge     Two BITTERNS from Zeiss hide showing on and off all morning close to the hide. Also a Little Stint on the Rushy. (Slimbridge Sightings). Also a Brent Goose on the Dumbles, 13 GCRP Common Cranes and 100+ White-fronted Geese. (Paul Daunter).

Frampton pools     Late afternoon two CATTLE EGRETS, 14 Little Egrets, a Goshawk, a first-winter male Goldeneye, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 98 Tufted Ducks, 31 Gadwalls, six Shovelers and six Wigeon. (Nick Goatman).

Brimscombe    A Dipper was alongside the Mill at Brimscombe Port at dusk this evening. (Trevor & Sue Clayson).

Sheepscombe     Along Painswick stream a Dipper near the waterfall by Tocknells Court SO881118. Also two Nuthatches, a mixed flock of 50+ Redwings and Fieldfares and two Coal Tits. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

Coombe Hill Meadows     Seven Mute Swans, 395 Greylags, six Canada Geese, 190 Wigeon, 100 Teal, two Gadwalls, 20 Mallards, three Grey Herons, a Little Egret, two Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, seven Coots, a Water Rail in Broadmere, 12 Lapwings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, three Skylarks, five Meadow Pipits, eight Pied Wagtails, 150 Fieldfares and 50 Redwings roosting in hedges. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows     A Green Sandpiper in rapids by the A38. (Mike Smart).

Staunton     22 Lapwings on autumn cereal today. (Mike Smart).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint the resident Peregrines and an intruding Peregrine, a female Sparrowhawk, which was attacked by the Peregrines, two Buzzards, two Ravens, Long-tailed Tits, Redwings, four Song Thrushes, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, two Jays, a pair of Mandarins, two Fallow Deer and a Bank Vole today. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil. peregrine-031216

Longlevens     A male Blackcap in the at 1:45pm, the first for three winters, with commoner garden birds. (Frank Bryant).

Cranham     A Raven picking at a Pheasant carcass very early this morning just outside Cranham on the Bisley to Birdlip Road. (Michael Cook).

Chapman’s Cross     Three Grey Partridges near Badminton Plantation and 150 Golden Plovers in the adjacent field at lunchtime. (Michael Cook).

Coates     On the canal towpath at Tunnel House this afternoon a mixed flock of finches including several Bramblings, Chaffinches, Redpolls, Goldfinches working through the tree canopy. (Michael Cook).

Bussage     Five Siskins and a Greenfinch garden feeders late afternoon. (Michael Cook).

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Friday 2nd December 2016

Gloucester     Belated news of a Black Redstart reported on the top 3 floors of the tower block at Gloucester Royal Hospital on the 1st December. (Steve Pullen).

Walmore Common     Two Black-tailed Godwits today. (Andy Jayne).

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Thursday 1st December 2016

WWT Slimbridge     A Marsh Harrier flew over the Top New Piece early afternoon. (Shane Long).
Sandhurst     70+ Linnets, 22 Yellowhammers, eight Skylarks and eight Meadow Pipits on top of Sandhurst Hill this morning. (Martin Greenish).
Edge     At Rudge Hill NNR this afternoon 60+ Redwings, two Goldcrests, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Coal Tits and nine Blackbirds. (John Fletcher).
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Wednesday 30th November 2016

Forest of Dean     A GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill in trees behind the bench on the Gloucestershire Way at 10:50am. (Frank Williams). A Woodcock flushed from the track up to May Hill common today. (Charles Martell).

Sharpness     A female/immature BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road today SO668023. Also four Curlews, two Reed Buntings, a Bullfinch, six Long-tailed Tits and two Cormorants. (John Fletcher/Martin Greenish). Pic by

Frampton     Two CATTLE EGRETS at Court Lake this evening. Also a Tawny Owl, a Little Grebe and two Little Egrets. (John Fletcher/Martin Greenish). Pics by John.cattle-egret-301116


Ozleworth     600 Golden Plovers in a field at the junction of the A4135/B4058, ST795963, and a few Lapwings. (Vic Polley).

Kingscote     300+ Golden Plovers in three flocks of 60,60 and 180 in fields this morning at 8am. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Woodford     Three Fieldfares on windfall apples and two Redwings on the hawthorn berries in the garden today. (Geoff Poulton).

Damery     Along the  Little Avon river this afternoon two Dippers, a Woodcock, four Goldcrests, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Song Thrush, a Coal Tit, a Nuthatch and two Bullfinches. (David Poulton).

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Tuesday 29th November 2016

Frampton     Four CATTLE EGRETS and four GREAT WHITE EGRETS left the roost on Court Lake at 7:30am. (Nick Goatman). Four CATTLE EGRETS and 26 Little Egrets had roosted on Court Lake by 4:40pm. (Paul Taylor). Also the first-winter male Goldeneye still on Court Lake. (Les Ditchburn).

Berkeley     A JACK SNIPE and three Snipe at Whitcliff Park late afternoon. (Paul Taylor).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning 264 Greylags,  175 Canada Geese,  c1750 Wigeon, c1000 Teal, 17 Mallards, 13 Pintails, two Shovelers, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, a Sparrowhawk, 13 Coots, 125 Lapwings, two Stonechats (m & f), c30 Pied Wagtails and two Meadow Pipits. (Les Brown/Ian Hull).

Symonds Yat     At Yat Rock the Peregrine pair, two Buzzards, two Ravens, a Jay, Fieldfare flocks, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Pied Wagtail, six Cormorants and five Fallow Deer today. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cherington     At Cherington Lake this afternoon birds included six Little Grebes, 11 Mallards, a Cormorant, a Kingfisher, a female Sparrowhawk, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Nuthatch, 15. Redwings and a Coal Tit. (John Fletcher).

Forest of Dean    At Lodge two Pied Wagtails, a Treecreeper and two Wrens. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

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Monday 28th November 2016

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill at 11am at the top of the hill E of the tarmac road. Also 30+ Siskins and two Stonechats, eight Crossbills at Yew Tree Brake and a Red Admiral at Woorgreens. (Frank Williams). 10+ Lesser Redpolls and three Siskins at Brierley late morning. (MK).

Crickley Hill     A female Brambling with Chaffinches in the ‘Scrubbs’ this morning. (Terry Fenton).

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Sunday 27th November 2016

WWT Slimbridge     The LAPLAND BUNTING still on the Holden Scrape this morning at 11:15am. (Peter Sketch).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill E of the tarmac road at 9:54am. (Frank Williams). A MEALY REDPOLL with c100 Lesser Redpolls at Brierley today. (Tom Mabbett).

Frampton     A GREAT WHITE EGRET on Court Lake this morning until 10:12am when it flew E. (Nick Goatman/Paul Taylor). At Court lake roost this evening four CATTLE EGRET, four GREAT WHITE EGRETS, 16 Little Egrets and three Grey Herons. (Nick Goatman/Paul Masters).

Eastleach     Nine Red Kites, two Ravens and a Buzzard over Sheep Bridge SP192069 at 12:45pm today. ( Alan Williams).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Six Mute Swans, 220 Greylags, 110 Canada Geese, 1200 Wigeon, 500 Teal, 65 Mallards, 45 Pintails, 22 Shovelers, a Grey Heron, a Little Egret, 170 Lapwings, 50 Black-headed Gulls, three Skylarks, a Meadow Pipit, 12 Pied Wagtails, 200 Fieldfares and ten Redwings, 500 Starlings and 100 corvids, mostly Carrion Crows. (Mike Smart/Les Brown).

Cobney Meadows     Viewed from the hill above the Red Lion Inn 80 Canada Geese, 460 Wigeon, 250 Teal, a Cormorant, a Peregrine, 150 Lapwings, 60 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 100 Black-headed Gulls. (Les Brown).

Ashleworth Ham     Three Mute Swans, 23 Greylags, 195 Canada Geese, 290 Wigeon, a Teal, three Grey Herons, 45 Mallards, four Pintails and 14 Shovelers. (Les Brown).

Staunton     40 Lapwings with a few Starlings by Straight Lane on an autumn cereal field. (Mike Smart).

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