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Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Frampton     A SAND MARTIN at Splatt Bridge late afternoon. (Gordon Hodgson).

Quedgeley     A hirundine over Hardwicke Farm at 3:15pm, going N, a bit distant presumably Sand Martin. A Little Egret on Dimore Brook still today. (Paul Masters).

Stonehouse     A Dipper on the River Frome at 11:30am. Also two Green Sandpipers, two Grey Wagtails and a Treecreeper. (MK).

Dipper by Mike King

Tewkesbury    Two Little Egrets adjacent to Morrison’s car park/flood alleviation area this morning. (Les Ditchburn).

Cotswold Water Park     Two Egyptian Geese in a field behind a barn just past the village hall on the side road between Somerford Keynes and Coke’s Pit, not the main road, at 4pm. (Ken Heron). A Peregrine on a church this morning. (Chris Snook).

Peregrine by Chris Snook
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Monday 1st March 2021

Frampton     A CACKLING GOOSE with Canada Geese and Greylags on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge this morning until 11:15am at least. Also a Bar-tailed Godwit, 48 Curlews, 11 Redshanks and Cattle Egret this morning. A Treecreeper in the hedge at Saul Warth. (Gordon Hodgson/MK).

Cackling Goose by Mike King

Two adult SPOONBILLS circled the Sailing Lake at 10:40am. (MK).

Spoonbills by Mike King

Kingswood    A Red Kite over early morning. (Tom McCarthy/Rachel Howego).

Stonebench    This morning a drake Goldeneye flew upriver at high tide. Also c20 Fieldfares and c40 Redwings. (Mike Teesdale).

Tewkesbury     A Kingfisher flew up stream from Abbey Mill. (Les Ditchburn).

Quedgeley     A Little Egret back on Dimore Brook this morning. (Paul Masters).

Stonehouse/Eastington area     Two Little Egrets and three Grey Herons in the field below Bond’s Mill. Another Grey Heron, two Grey Wagtails and a Dipper on River Frome at the Churchend end of Millend Lane. Another Dipper at Millend Row and a third Dipper singing at Beard’s Mill. A male Blackcap singing at The Ocean and 40 Redwings in several small flocks. At least 100 Pied Wagtails at Stanley Downton Sewage Works. (Nigel Birch). Along the canal opposite Wycliffe college a Treecreeper, a Grey Heron and a female Sparrowhawk. A Goshawk high over Leonard Stanley later. (Paul Sutton).

Edge     Mid Afternoon to twilight four Bullfinches, a Grey Wagtail, two Pied Wagtails, a Green Woodpecker, three Song Thrushes, 14 Redwings, four Chaffinches, two Red-legged Partridges, 70+ Jackdaws and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Forest of Dean    15 Siskins and 13 Lesser Redpolls at the garden feeder today at May Hill. (Rob & Gillian Guest).

Cotswold Water Park West     A Barn Owl at Shorncote this evening. (Chris Snook).

Barn Owl by Chris Snook

Horsley     A Barn Owl hunting rough ground adjacent to Pyke Quarry re-cycling centre late afternoon. (Jake King).

Maisemore     92 Shelducks on the River Leadon flood near Maisemore this morning. Also two Shovelers and two Oystercatchers. (Andy Jayne).

Cheltenham     A female Alexandrine Parakeet in the garden in Bishop’s Cleeve today. (Andy Oliver).

Alexandrine Parakeet by Andy Oliver
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Sunday 28th February 2021

WWT Slimbridge    A 2cy BONAPARTE’S GULL early evening, bathed and preened for c20 mins, then flew out to the Severn with a flock of Black-headed Gulls. (Martin McGill).

Frampton     The two adult SPOONBILLS that have been touring the Vale turned up late morning on Splatt flashes N of Splatt Bridge and were present until 12:45pm at least. Also a Bar-tailed Godwit again. (Mike Davis/MK). Around the pools three Goldeneye (2 adult males & 1 juv male), eight singing male Blackcaps, two Oystercatchers, two Cettis Warbler, eight Siskins, a pair of Stonechats, a Water Rail, a Grey Partridge, 66 Redwings, two Fieldfares, 18 Yellowhammer and 11 Reed Buntings. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth     Four Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, a Rock Pipit, two Chiffchaffs, three Ravens and two Buzzards this morning. (MK).

Awre     An adult summer MEDITERRANEAN GULL this afternoon. (Lewis Thomson).

Mediterranean Gull by Lewis Thomson

Alvington    An adult and an immature Goshawk soaring over Clanna Country Park today. (Paul Woolams).

Goshawk by Paul Woolams

Goshawk by Paul Woolams

Quedgeley    Along Lower Rea today and the canal path to Rea bridge three Buzzards, two Ravens, a Kingfisher heard by the river, six Cormorants, ten Pheasants, three Song Thrushes in song, a Blackcap, a Green Woodpecker, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, nine Moorhens and a Canada Goose. Also a OTTER seen in the Severn dragging a large fish to the opposite bank. (Steve Pullen).

Otter by Steve Pullen

Salperton     Beside the B4068/A436 down towards Salperton 144 Red-legged Partridges, two Red Kites, six Yellowhammers and three Grey Partridges. (Ken Heron & Jenny Jones).

Ashleworth Ham    Two male Goldeneyes displaying today. (Rob Lewis).

Fairford     This morning two Oystercatchers flew in, calling, and landed in the flood meadow on the NW edge of Fairford beside the Coln. (John Durell).

Dursley     A Red Kite over Rockstowes at noon. (Phil Pope).

Stratton     A Red Kite flew over this afternoon. (Ken Cservenka).

Stonehouse     In a copse between the Sports Ground and the A419 two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Treecreeper. A Cetti’s Warbler calling at The Ocean. Three Dippers at Beard’s Mill, on the River Frome between Bond’s Mill and Beard’s Mill and at Millend Lane. A Chiffchaff singing near Eastington Park and one at Millend Row, also two in a hedgerow alongside the stream at SO786050. Two Grey Wagtails at Millend Row, three Little Egrets in a field near Beard’s Mill and one flying over near Eastington Park. Ten Redwings at Meadow Bridge, Eastington and a Cormorant near Millend Lane. (Nigel Birch). A Cetti’s Warbler singing near Downton bridge this morning. (Simon Spedding/Paul Sutton). At Ryeford a Kingfisher, a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Jay, a Cormorant and a Buzzard. (Paul Sutton).

Cheltenham   Two Ravens in trees near Cheltenham Railway Station and a Comma butterfly seen in the Griffiths Avenue nature reserve this afternoon. (Keith White). At 11:15am, two parakeets flew quickly over Benhall, headed W. (David Norman).

Lydney     At Rodmore Mead, Lydney New Grounds a Grey Heron, three Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, 12 Lapwings, a Stock Dove, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, c250 Starlings, c50 Black-headed Gulls, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, two Common Gulls and a Green Sandpiper in Stockwell Brook at SO619010. (Barrie Mills).

Aylburton Warth     At Warth Brook a Grey Heron, three Redshanks, two Ravens, two Meadow Pipits, 6+ singing Skylarks and c50 Black-headed Gulls. (Barrie Mills).

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Saturday 27th February 2021

Cotswolds     A LONG-EARED OWL found today but flew off into nearby woods. (Jamie Warren).

Long-eared Owl by Jamie Warren

Gloucester     A Goshawk circling near the cathedral this morning. Also two Peregrines. (Gareth Jones). Three pairs of Buzzards today at 12:20pm between Telford’s Bridge and the railway line. (Robert McAllister).

Cleeve Hill     This morning a Marsh Tit just above Prestbury and a MERLIN was panicking the Skylarks at the Iron Age fort. (Jeremy Squire).

Frampton     At the pools four Goldeneyes (3m), four singing Blackcaps, a Cetti’s Warbler, two Oystercatchers, 89 Tufted Ducks, two Gadwalls, 12 Mallards, 68 Greylags, seven Canada Geese and a Raven. (Nick Goatman). On Splatt flashes five Little Egrets and a Cattle Egret at 11:27am. In the ridged field next to 100-Acre a WATER PIPIT and two Common Cranes further down the canal. Two BRENT GEESE (subspecies not noted) flew from the Slimbridge area and then returned there. (Ken Heron).

Minchinhampton     40 Golden Plovers flew low over the Common this evening. (Rich Hearn).

Chavenage/Star Farm area     c40 Bramblings, predominantly males, feeding in a ploughed field with 30+ Chaffinches. Also 25+ Buzzards. (Terry Grant).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning two Mute Swans, three Shelducks, 520+ Wigeon, five Gadwalls, 300+ Teal, ten Mallards, 68+ Pintails, 69+ Shovelers, 25 Tufted Ducks, a Great Crested Grebe, a Grey Heron, ten Coot, two Oystercatchers, 40 Lapwings, two Dunlins, five Ruff (3m, 2f), a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a Chiffchaff singing and at least four Reed Buntings singing. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     25 Shelducks, 80 Wigeon, 100 Teal, 30 Pintails, ten Shovelers, a Grey Heron, five Coots, three Oystercatchers, 11 Curlews and a calling Little Owl. (Mike Smart).

Sharpness area    Four Grey Plovers, four Oystercatchers, three Curlews, three Little Egrets, four Shelducks and a Green Sandpiper today. (Caspar & Luke Hambling).

Stonehouse     At Bridgend this morning a pair of Goldcrests near the old Wycliffe boat house, a pair of Grey Wagtails at the double lock and another pair at the weir on the Frome, off the cycle track, a Treecreeper with a small mixed tit flock and a Great Spotted Woodpecker over. At Stanley Downton, three Buzzards, three Cormorants, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, six Roe Deer and a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. This afternoon in Beard’s Mill field two Green Sandpipers, a Dipper, a Buzzard, a Green Woodpecker calling, a Cormorant and a female Sparrowhawk. (Paul Sutton).

Duntisbourne Rouse      A Cattle Egret reported near the Saxon church. (Bernard Jackson).

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Friday 26th February 2021

Frampton     On Splatt flashes 117 Curlews, 15 Redshanks, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 13 Little Egrets, a Cattle Egret, a Goosander and two SPOONBILLS flew S, five more Little Egrets at Saul Warth. (Gordon Hodgson).

Spoonbills by Gordon Hodgson

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning from the Grundon hide 100+ Pintails, 100+ Wigeon, 70+ Shovelers and 300+ Teal. Also 20+ Tufted Ducks, a Great Crested Grebe, 40+ Lapwings, three Dunlins, four Redshanks, six Ruff, a Peregrine and a Goshawk over. Along the canal path c50 Fieldfares and Redwings, a Reed Bunting, a pair of Bullfinches and a Kingfisher. (Mark Longland).

Bishops Cleeve     An Alexandrine Parakeet at 4:45pm on Amber Road. (Mark Longland).

Alexandrine Parakeet by Mark Longland

Forest of Dean    A Red Crested Pochard on Woorgreens Lake today. (Rob Mellors). At Hewelsfield 11 Buzzards in a large field just off Hewelsfield Road today and a Goshawk at midday flew N over Barnage Lane. (Paul Woolams). A drake Wood Duck with Mandarins at Cannop ponds today. (Martin Vaisey).

Stonehouse/Eastington     A Little Egret in a field below Bond’s Mill. Three Redwings flying over at the Ocean. A Raven calling at Beard’s Mill. Four Siskins in trees fringing the Rive Frome at Meadow Mill, Eastington SO779060. (Nigel Birch/Martin Wright). From Eastington to Stanley Downton Sewage Works along the River Frome two Grey Wagtails, five Chiffchaffs, a Kingfisher, two Little Egrets, four Buzzards and a Cormorant. A second hand report of a pair of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Pike Bridge this morning. (Bob Hindle). Near Beard’s Mill a Little Egret, a Grey Heron, a Green Woodpecker calling, two Green Sandpipers, a pair of Grey Wagtails, 11 Buzzards, a Cormorant over, a Dipper at the weir, a Raven and a male Kestrel. (Paul Sutton).

Grey Wagtail by Paul Sutton

Dipper by Paul Sutton

Cheltenham     At Naunton Park, the first garden Chiffchaff of the year and another singing nearby. A singing Blackcap and five Common Gulls on the playing field. (Steve Brown).

Barrow Wake     c80 Golden Plovers in a field behind Barrow Wake today. (Chris Moore).

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Thursday 25th February 2021

Sharpness      Two adult SPOONBILLS flew over N at 9:04am. (Andy Jordan).

Gloucester     Two BLACK REDSTARTS (1m, 1f/imm) on the Cathedral and a Sparrowhawk on Lady Chapel. (Paul Clark).

Frampton     A MEDITERRANEAN GULL briefly on the river amongst Black-headed Gulls this morning. Also 70+ Curlews and a pair of Oystercatchers. (Gordon Hodgson). An adult drake Goldeneye on the Sailing Lake and a pair of Oystercatchers on Court Field (possibly the same pair). (MK).

Priding     45 Wigeon, a Shelduck, a Little Egret, a Lapwing and 200+ Common Gulls mid-morning. (MK).

Hawling    At Larkhill Farm 40 Redwings, 20 Fieldfares, 20+ Yellowhammers, four Skylarks and a Brambling today. (Dave Clarke).

Stonehouse     At Stanley Downton Sewage Treatment Works four Green Sandpipers, three Jays, two Grey Wagtails, four Chiffchaffs, two Buzzards, 12 Chaffinches, 15 Dunnocks, 30+ Redwings, 30+ Pied Wagtails, a Treecreeper, a Goldcrest, a Grey Heron, a Cormorant, ten Wrens, ten Goldfinches, six Long-tailed Tits and two Meadow Pipits. (Alan Jones).

Cirencester    Four Woodcocks flushed in a plantation near the horse guard seats in Cirencester woods. (Colin Knight).

Nailsworth     At least 12 Lesser Redpolls in the garden this morning. (Terry Grant).

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Wednesday 24th February 2021

Frampton     Two PALE-BELLIED BRENT GEESE on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge at 10am. At 10:20am they flew down onto the River Severn and out of view. (MK). Earlier a male MERLIN, a Peregrine, a Little Egret, 20+ Curlews and two Snipe. (Gordon Hodgson/MK).

Pale-bellied Brent Geese by Mike King

On the Sailing Lake at 9am two Goldeneyes. (MK). On Court Lake a pair of Oystercatchers today. (Nick Goatman/Martin Price).

Siddington     A Red Kite over this morning at 8:20am. (Richard Williams).

Rodborough     A Red Kite over at 2:30pm heading W. (Giles Diggle).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Three Curlews and five Oystercatchers at midday today. (Graham Smith). This evening two Mute Swans, 16 Greylags, 20+ Canada Geese, 463 Wigeon, two Gadwalls, 100+ Teal, 61 Pintails, 48 Shovelers, 17 Tufted Ducks, a Pochard, a Grey Heron, two Oystercatchers and a Snipe. (Mike Smart).

Bourton-on-the-Water     The first Curlew returned today. (Keith Jennings). 12 Little Egrets by Bourton Equestrian Centre this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Forest of Dean     A pair of Siskins and a pair of Bullfinches at Lydbrook this morning. (Wes Hayfield).

Bullfinches & Siskins by Wes Hayfield
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Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Minsterworth Ham     A winter plumage SPOTTED REDSHANK, an adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL, 160 Wigeon, 58 Teal and a Dunlin today. (Andy Jayne).

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge towpath this morning 118 Woodpigeons through NE in loose groups along with a Red Kite, a Cattle Egret and a Kestrel also NE. A MERLIN on the foreshore and another Cattle Egret at Saul Warth. (Gordon Hodgson).

Tewkesbury     From the Mythe to S of Ripple pits two GREAT WHITE EGRETS, 31 Coots, 100+Pintails, 70+Shovelers, 50+Tufted Ducks, 40+Wigeon, 20+Teal, 100+ Mallards, four Cormorants and a Buzzard. (Les Ditchburn).

Slimbridge    At least four Cattle Egrets and six Little Egrets in a stubble field at Shepherd’s Patch mid-afternoon today. (Rich Hearn).

Aylburton Common     A Red Kite flew over the garden mid morning today. (Martin Vaisey). It or another was seen in Lydney. (@stralachlan).

Rodborough Common     A Red Kite flew over this morning at 11:10am, then flew on towards Amberley/Minchinhampton. (Nigel Denman).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Four Mute Swans, c40 Canada Geese, 590+ Wigeon, two Gadwalls, 50+ Teal, 92+ Pintails, 122+ Shovelers, 70 Tufted Ducks, ten Coots, three Oystercatchers, six Curlews and many thousands of Black-headed Gulls and a few hundred Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Herring Gulls. (Mike Smart).

Nailsworth     A pair of Long-tailed Tits nest building in the garden and a pair of Robins prospecting. (Terry Grant).

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Monday 22nd February 2021

Cotswold Water Park East     At Whelford Pools N.R. six Goosanders (2f, 4m) on Pit 111 and a Water Rail and male and female Great Spotted Woodpeckers from the hide. (John Durell).

Frampton     On Splatt flashes a pair of Shelducks, 11 Redshanks, a Little Egret, three Buzzards, a female Sparrowhawk, a Raven, a Fieldfare, a female Stonechat, six Skylarks, a Cetti’s Warbler and a male Reed Bunting. Seven Shelducks, nine Curlews and a Chiffchaff on Saul Warth. (MK). On the Sailing Lake this afternoon, a male and female Goldeneye. (Nigel Tucker). The regular Tawny Owl roosting in Court Field today still. (Sue Beynon).

Amberley     At Theescombe Lane ten Lesser Redpolls, a female Siskin, four male Blackcaps, nine Goldfinches and two Greenfinches ringed in garden this morning. Also Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush and Goldcrest singing in the lane and a Skylark singing on the Common above Amberley school. (Phil Williams).

Stonehouse     Two Dippers below the canal between the railway line and Bonds Mill on the diverted channel. In fields below the canal near Bonds Mill a Mistle Thrush, a Green Woodpecker, six Cormorants, two Buzzards and a Little Egret. A pair of garden Blackcaps at Bridgend.(Paul Sutton).

Aylburton     13 Shelducks , mainly males, in a field off Stockwell Lane. (Martin & Jenny Green).

South Cerney     A Treecreeper in a sycamore today. (Bruce Kettle).

Treecreeper by Bruce Kettle

Quedgeley     From Rea Bridge and along the Severn Way this afternoon male and female Lesser Redpolls, male and female Wigeon, five Mallards, five Moorhens, two Mute Swans, six Cormorants, a Grey Heron, four Song Thrushes, a Green Woodpecker, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Redwing, four Long-tailed Tits, a Raven, a Red Kite and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Lesser Redpoll by John Fletcher
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Sunday 21st February 2021

Woolaston     The GLAUCOUS GULL has returned to fields near Woolaston today at 11am. (Martin Vaisey).

Glaucous Gull by Martin Vaisey
Glaucous Gull by Martin Vaisey

WWT Slimbridge    An adult winter LITTLE GULL amongst 172 Black-headed Gulls and an adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL on the South Lake today. WWT still closed. (Martin McGill).

Awre     An adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL and a Grey Plover today. (Lewis Thomson).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote two Barn Owls hunting over the fields near the sewage works late afternoon. c200 Lapwings in the area, a Sparrowhawk hunting, three Song Thrushes singing, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Snipe. (Bruce Kettle). An adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL in the Pit 16 roost this evening. (Rich Hearn).

Sapperton     A mixed finch/bunting flock at Park Corner Farm with 25 Corn Buntings and eight Bramblings today. (Rich Hearn).

Sharpness     The SHAG still at the docks today. (per Sharpness Port Wildlife FB).

Frampton pools     Late afternoon a Barn Owl, 50+ Black-tailed Godwits flying N with a Dunlin, a male Goldeneye still displaying to Mallards, two Wigeon, five Shovelers, 153 Tufted Ducks, 18 Gadwalls, two Kingfishers, two Blackcaps, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Raven. (Nick Goatman).

Nailsworth     At Ruskin Mill a Water Rail, a Kingfisher and a Grey Heron chased off a Little Egret. (Dave Abrams).

Water Rail by Dave Abrams

Cheltenham     At Naunton Park, from the garden a Red Kite, a Grey Wagtail and a Song
Thrush, all unusual here. Also two Long-tailed Tits and a Raven near the Norwood Arms. (Steve Brown).

Painswick    A Red Kite flew over the 15th hole of the golf course at 4pm today. (Simon Hart).

Hardwicke    This morning, S of Sellars Bridge, a Cormorant fishing on the canal, a Little Grebe, a male Kingfisher, five Song Thrushes, two Greenfinches, three Linnets, a Chiffchaff and a small flock of Redwings opposite Haywicks Farm. (Sue Beynon).

Stroud     A Water Rail at Lodgemore mill pond this afternoon. (Colin Greenfield). Two pairs of Mandarins at Bowbridge today. (Helen Bojaniwska).

Cam     A Blackcap singing in the garden today. (Magnus Carter).

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