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Tuesday 21st November 2017

Forest of Dean     In the Crabtree hill area the GREAT GREY SHRIKE again at 11:15am, at least ten Crossbills and a large flock 75+ of Siskins and Lesser Redpolls. (Paul Rich/Thomas Winstone). This afternoon the same or another GREAT GREY SHRIKE in Russell’s Inclosure on clearfell along the cycle track between New Fancy View and Cannop ponds. View only from the tracks. (Lewis Thomson).

Great Barrington     In the Barrington area two ringtail HEN HARRIERS at 1:30pm, also two Red Kites and a Kestrel and five Grey Herons in the middle of a sheep field. (Steve Brown).

Naunton     At Naunton Golf Course a Hawfinch at 2pm high on a leafless tree. (Phil Steele).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrine pair and another adult Peregrine which sat on the rock face for several hours and eventually left without being challenged, a Goshawk, Ravens , Buzzards, a female Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, a Grey Heron, Long-tailed Tits, a Mistle Thrush, three Bullfinches, Redwings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Hawfinches, a Kingfisher, a Grey Heron, a female Goosander, a Little Grebe and Coal Tits. Also a Fallow Deer and a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cherington     Around the lake this afternoon birds included six Little Grebes, three Marsh Tits, two Coal Tits, nine Long-tailed Tits, 35+ Redwings over, a male Tufted Duck and a Cormorant. (John Fletcher).

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Monday 20th November 2017

Cotswold Water Park East     The first-winter SCAUP still on Pit 125 this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Damery     At least two Dippers and a Grey Wagtail this morning. (Paul Rich).

WWT Slimbridge     A Little Stint still on the Rushy at 1:20pm. (Ashley Davies).

Clapton-on-the-Hill     40+ Red Kites late afternoon near Newbridge. (Keith Jennings).

Charlton Kings     A Red Kite over Little Herberts this afternoon at 1:15pm today. Also a Sparrowhawk over Cirencester Road, near Cudnall Street. (Rose Lennard).

Arlingham     This morning on the River Severn on Pimlico Sands eight Great Black-backed Gulls, a Grey Heron and four Cormorants. On farmland N of Arlingham a Kestrel and c20 Fieldfares in an orchard. (Antony Seabright).

Ashleworth Ham     From 11.30am-3pm birds included 31 Teal, two Wigeon, male and female Pintail, 22 Mallards, three Grey Herons. two Canada Geese, 45 Chaffinches, three Bramblings, 40 Redwings, ten Fieldfares, two Nuthatches, nine Red-legged Partridges and a Raven. (John Fletcher).

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Sunday 19th November 2017

Cleeve Hill     At 4:30pm today two Short-eared Owls hunting over the heather enclosure and on the hill above. (Colin Midgeley).

Eastleach     15 Corn Buntings, 50 Linnets and a Stonechat in weedy fields W of Eastleach Downs Farm today. (Ian Ralphs).

Walmore Common     A family of four Whooper Swans flew in at 9:45am. (Andy Jayne). Also there today 22+ Blackbirds, four Song Thrushes, 95+ Redwings, ten Bullfinches, three Jays, two Stock Doves, a female Sparrowhawk, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, four Mistle Thrushes, six Teal, 18+ Fieldfares, a Grey Heron, a Snipe, two Pied Wagtails, two Meadow Pipits, a Green Woodpecker and 15 Linnets. (Mark Grieve).

Frampton pools     The adult Whooper Swan and the adult Yellow-legged Gull still, a Green Sandpiper, two Chiffchaffs, five Little Grebes, ten Great Crested Grebes, 170 Redwings, 80 Fieldfares, six Mistle Thrushes, 14 Song Thrushes, 35 Blackbirds, 51 Tufted Ducks, 19 Teal, a Pochard, 282 Coots, 32 Gadwalls, three Shovelers and 32 Mallards today. (Nick Goatman).

Arlingham     N of Arlingham this morning 45 Lapwings and c20 Fieldfares. At dusk a Barn Owl at SO710117. (Antony Seabright).

Batsford     Five Crossbills feeding high in conifer trees at Batsford Arboretum this afternoon, also five Goldcrests. (Michael Cook).

WWT Slimbridge     16 White-fronted Geese and two Bewick’s Swans this morning. Also the Red-breasted Goose, of unknown origin, with the feral Barnacle Goose flock and a Little Stint and 70 Pintails on the Rushy. (James Kenny/Paul Masters/Mark Hobson).

Bussage     Three Greenfinches and a male Blackcap on the bird table this morning. (Michael Cook).

Cirencester     c20 Pied Wagtails flying to roost in the Abbey Grounds late afternoon. (Michael Cook).

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Saturday 18th November 2017

Saul Warth     Two WATER PIPITS and a Stonechat this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Frampton     On the Sailing Lake a Chiffchaff, the adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Pochard, 42 Tufted Ducks, 20+Goldfinches over and two Little Owls and two Tawny Owls calling this morning. (Nick Goatman). Four Bramblings over the Sailing Lake later. (Gordon Hodgson). A Yellowhammer and four female Reed Buntings caught in a ringing session this morning at Nastfield Farm. (Maurice Durham).

Cambridge     A garden Hawfinch, in Ryalls Lane this morning. One also here on  Monday 13th November. (Ennis Jones).

Hardwicke     A possible Glossy Ibis flew over the M5 S of junction 12, heading W at 8:25am. (Anita Teague).

WWT Slimbridge     16 White-fronted Geese and four Bewick’s Swans this morning. Also the Red-breasted Goose, of unknown origin, with the feral Barnacle Goose flock. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Sharpness     A pair of Little Grebes on the Sharpness Canal and a noisy Kingfisher 500 yards up from the Sharpness dock end of the canal. (John Carter).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included four Mute Swans, three Greylags, 125 Canada Geese, , 15 Wigeon, 120 Teal, ten Mallards, ten Shovelers, two Grey Herons, ten Cormorants over, a Sparrowhawk, a Snipe, a Grey Wagtail, a Stonechat, 50 Fieldfares and 40 Redwings. (Mike Smart/Andrew Godden).

Leigh Meadows     Two Mute Swans, five Teal, four Mallards, a Green Sandpiper and a Snipe today. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham     Ten Canada Geese, a Wigeon, five Teal, 24 Mallards and a Grey Heron today. (Mike Smart).

Arlingham     On the River Severn in the Pimlico Sand area this morning 25 Canada Geese, three Little Egrets, seven Cormorants, four adult Great Black-backed Gulls, three Grey Herons, two Shelducks and two Stonechats on the river bank at SO711123. N of Arlingham c20 Fieldfares. (Antony Seabright).

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Friday 17th November 2017

Cam     The SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF on Cam Long Down calling and showing well at 10:45am. (Paul Rich). Also a Chiffchaff early afternoon. (Geoff Moyser).

Cleeve Hill     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE near the heather enclosure at 2pm but mobile. (Duncan Dine). Pic by Duncan.

Great Grey Shrike 171117

The Barringtons     In the Barrington area today 100+ Golden Plovers, 40+ Fieldfare, a ringtail HEN HARRIER, three Kestrels, a MERLIN, six Buzzards, four Red Kites, 20+ Linnets, 20+ Goldfinches and 20+ Chaffinches. (Dave Soons). Pic by Dave.

Red Kite 171117

Cotswold Water Park West     Seven Goosanders, two Goldeneyes and a Kingfisher at Pit 41 Three Little Grebes, 70 Tufted Ducks, three Goldeneyes and a singing Cetti’s Warbler at Pit 57. Nine Goosanders and three Goldeneyes at Pit 65. (Nigel Pleass).

Cheltenham     On the Eagle Star tower an adult Peregrine at 11:15am chased a pigeon, missed and landed and sat on the second ledge down. (Paul Sutton).

Bourton-on-the-Water     At Bourton Pits four Lesser Redpolls, two Great Crested Grebes, a male Bullfinch, four Cormorants, two Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, six Tufted Ducks and six juvenile Mute Swans. (Mike Boyes). Pic by Mike.
Lesser Redpoll 171117
Frampton Pools     Late this afternoon 23 Gadwalls, five Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, six Great Crested Grebes, two Kingfishers, seven Redwing and a Tawny Owl. (John Fletcher).
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Thursday 16th November 2017

Frampton     A female Goosander on the Long Pool today. (Nick Goatman).

Nailsworth     This morning at Walkley Wood between 8:55-9:30am 13 Hawfinches flew over, three singles SW, five together S, one SE, two together SW then two more single birds SW, coming through at roughly 5 minute intervals. (John Fleming).

Painswick Beacon     Four Red Kites at SO867121 between the main road and Cloud Harrow at 4:25pm. (John Fletcher).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reedbeds around Pit 85a and 85b today birds included three Reed Buntings, two Kingfishers, 3+ Cetti’s Warblers, four Water Rails, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel, four Bullfinches, two Grey Wagtails, four Stonechats, a Brambling and two Little Egrets. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

Bullfinch 161117

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Wednesday 15th November 2017

Up Hatherley     A Ring-necked Parakeet flew over The Greatfield pub this morning at 11am. (Martin Harrison).

WWT Slimbridge     Two CATTLE EGRETS on the N side of the approach road this morning, three Avocets on South Lake and a Whooper Swan still. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Sharpness     South of the picnic site this morning, 73 Wigeon, a pair of Stonechats, 20 Goldfinches, ten Linnets, a Rock Pipit, four Meadow Pipits, two Snipe and a Skylark. (Geoff Moyser).

Gloucester     At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake birds included three Mute Swans, a male Wigeon, two pairs of Teal, eight Mallards, three Grey Herons, a Buzzard, a female Sparrowhawk, 14 Moorhens, seven Coots, a Snipe, seven Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, 1+ Stonechat and c30 Linnets, (Gordon Avery).

Witcombe Reservoirs     A Woodcock and four Little Grebes today. (Gordon Avery).

Nailsworth     A first year Blackcap ringed in the garden this morning, also a 5 year old retrap Coal Tit from September 2012. (Roy Bircher).

Compton Abdale     A Red Kite today. (Mark Grieve).

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