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Saturday 18th February 2017

Cotswold Water Park West     A drake SCAUP still at Pit 57 today. Also 67 Tufted Ducks, 14 Pochards, 12 Great Crested Grebes, an Oystercatcher and a singing Cetti’s Warbler. On Pit 41 11 Goosanders, eight Goldeneyes, 69 Tufted Ducks, 12 Pochards, 47 Wigeon, 27 Gadwall, two Shovelers, nine Teal, two Siskins and 35 Goldfinches. On Pit 44 11 Goosanders. (Nigel Pleass).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 125 an Oystercatcher, a Shelduck, a Marsh Tit and a Cetti’s Warbler today. (Ian Ralphs).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still this morning at SO719117 in the small, narrow, rough field on the edge of the river with a small, mistletoe-covered hawthorn in the middle of it. (Paul Masters/Mark Hobson).

Forest of Dean     At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at 9:23am. (Tim Hall).

Symonds Yat    From the viewpoint today the Peregrine pair and an intruding Peregrine, two Buzzards, the Raven pair, two male Bullfinches, three Goldcrests, six Long-tailed Tits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Marsh Tit, a pair of Stock Doves, a Grey Heron, one male and two female Goosanders and two Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Walmore Common     Still two adult WHOOPER SWANS and seven Bewick’s Swans still today at 10am. (MK).

Frampton     A GREAT WHITE EGRET flew N over Splatt Bridge towards the Sailing Lake at 10:20am. Also N of Splatt Bridge on the flashes ten Redshanks, two Green Sandpipers, four Dunlins and two Stonechats. (Gordon Hodgson). Four CATTLE EGRETS left Court Lake roost at 7am today. Later on the Sailing Lake a GREAT WHITE EGRET, a pair of Goldeneye, 51 Gadwalls and 66 Tufted Ducks. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth     A Ruff and 120 Curlews today. (Gordon Hodgson).

WWT Slimbridge     Five Siskins, a Little Stint, ten Avocets, two Peregrines and eight Ruff today. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Ashleworth Ham     Birds today included two Mute Swans, 73 Greylags,  a Canada Goose,  460 Wigeon, 44 Gadwalls,  380 Teal,  21 Mallards,  63 Pintails,  46 Shovelers,  three Tufted Ducks, 42 Coot, a Grey Heron, a Peregrine, 640 Lapwings, six Snipe, two Nuthatches and a Reed Bunting. (Les Brown).

Cheltenham     At Dowdeswell Reservoir a drake Pochard, two Mallards, five Cormorants, a Moorhen and two Great Crested Grebes. (Tom Mabbett). At Naunton Park, a Coal Tit, a Long-tailed Tit and a Chiffchaff in the garden. (Steve Brown).

Charlton Kings     A Muntjac spooked near Bafford Approach, took refuge in a garden in Sandy Lane Road. (Steve Brown).

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Friday 17th February 2017

Cotswold Water Park West     A drake SCAUP at Pit 57 today. (Graham Watson).

WWT Slimbridge    This morning eight Avocets on South Lake, also c140 Black-tailed Godwits, 700+ Lapwings, 90+ Golden Plovers, six Redshanks, four Ruff, 100+ Dunlins, a Little Stint and three Oystercatchers. On the Rushy 16 Redshanks, 90+ White-fronted Goose on the Dumbles and 160 Bewick’s Swans on site this morning. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon. Also the Goshawk again from Kingfisher hide. (Slimbridge Sightings).avocets-170217Ashleworth Ham     A Peregrine, a Little Egret, seven Golden Plovers, six Snipe and two Shelducks this afternoon. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Walmore Common     Still two adult WHOOPER SWANS and seven Bewick’s Swans today. (Mark Dowie).

Forest of Dean     At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE still, three Goosanders, 200 Siskins, 20 Lesser Redpolls, a Hawfinch, 15 Crossbills and four JACK SNIPE. (Mark Dowie).

Berkeley     A Barn Owl along Mill Lane at 6:17pm. (Paul Taylor). From Severn House Farm a SEAL sp feeding and drifting N and two Stonechats. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Upham Meadow     A Greylag, 50 Canada Geese, two Grey Herons, a Teal, 20 Mallards, three Curlews, a Kingfisher, c100 Skylarks, 25 Meadow Pipits and 25 Pied Wagtails. (Mike Smart).

Ashley     Three Buzzards, 400+ Fieldfares, 50+ Redwings, 210+ Starlings, 22+ Yellowhammers, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Green Woodpeckers, a Pied Wagtail, a Kestrel, eight Linnets, five Bullfinches, five Golden Plovers NW, three Ravens, a Nuthatch, two Stock Doves, a Mistle Thrush, two Sparrowhawks and 16 Meadow Pipits. (Mark Grieve).

Cheltenham     A Raven seen and heard today and yesterday flying over Eldorado Road, and a garden Goldcrest today. (Keith White).

Sandhurst Hill     Birds today included 250 Redwings, 30 Fieldfares, 25 Skylarks, 45 Meadow Pipits, 40 Chaffinches, 30 Linnets, 35 House Sparrows, four Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush, five Stock Doves, two Goldcrests, a Bullfinch, two Buzzards and a Kestrel. (John Fletcher).

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Thursday 16th February 2017

Forest of Dean     At Woorgreens Lake  two Goosanders, two Teal, a Grey Heron, four Greylags and two Song Thrushes singing. At Crabtree Hill six Reed Buntings, the GREAT GREY SHRIKE, a Sparrowhawk, a Goshawk, two Buzzards and a Grey Heron today. (Alan Waterman). A Marsh Tit at Cannop Ponds on the feeding station and pair of Mandarins. (Morag Hughes). A Woodcock near Bradley Hill and two Hawfinches at 8am at Parkend. (Thomas Winstone). Pic by Thomas.woodcock-160217

Quedgeley     A female/immature BLACK REDSTART at the levelling pool in Kingsway off of Chivenor Way this morning, a patch tick. (Mark Hobson).

Frampton     At Court Lake three CATTLE EGRETS, the GREAT WHITE EGRET in the reed bed and eight Little Egrets this morning. Four CATTLE EGRETS roosted this afternoon. (Nick Goatman).

Coombe Hill Meadows     c30 Lapwings, 24 Golden Plovers, a Water Rail and Little Owl this morning. (Ian Hull).

Ashleworth Ham     c1000 Lapwings, c30 Snipe and 20 Gadwalls this afternoon. (Ian Hull).

Siccaridge Wood GWT and Sapperton Valley N.R.     Three Treecreepers, three Goldcrests, five Coal Tits, five Jays, two drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Green Woodpecker, six Nuthatches, two Stock Doves, six Mistle Thrushes, a Skylark, a male Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Tit, 35+ Goldfinches, three Bullfinches, a Dipper, a female Grey Wagtail and a Buzzard. Also a Muntjac and a Fox. 16 Fieldfares at Bisley. (Mark Grieve).

Hawling     12 Buzzards, seven Red Kits, c300 Golden Plovers, c100 Linnets, two male Yellowhammers, five Skylarks and flocks of Fieldfares, Redwings and Meadow Pipits. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Slimbridge     A Peregrine on the St John the Evangelist Church in Slimbridge at 4:45pm at SO740036. (Duerden Cormack).

WWT Slimbridge     A Water Rail underneath the feeders from Willow Hide and two Avocets also arrived on South Lake at 9:30am. (Duerden Cormack). Pic by Duerden.water-rail-160217Gloucester     A leucistic Magpie (all white) amongst a group of Magpies in the railway yard below Metz Way at 12:25pm. (Alan Hooper).

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Wednesday 15th February 2017

Frampton     The GREAT WHITE EGRET and a Cetti’s Warbler in the reed bed and a drake Mandarin on the middle island at Court Lake. Five Red Crested Pochards, four drakes, on the Sailing Lake today. (Roy Widgery).

Forest of Dean     A minimum of 34 Mandarins at Cannop ponds, and a Nuthatch today. (Alex Carlisle). Pics by Alex.mandarins-150217

nuthatch-150217Kingswood     Garden birds today included a Kingfisher, two Dippers and a Grey Wagtail on the adjacent Little Avon river, also three Moorhens, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk, a Green Woodpecker, 12 Goldfinches, five Chaffinches and a Water Vole and two Brown Rats. (Tom McCarthy).

Tewkesbury     A GREAT WHITE EGRET by Tewkesbury sailing club the flew towards Bredons Hardwick, Worcs. (Sarah Loaring).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Somerford Keynes, Coke’s Pit two Skylarks, 43+ Tufted Ducks, a Great Crested Grebe, a Green Woodpecker, two Cormorants and a female Sparrowhawk. At Pit 32 73 Red Crested Pochards, three Bullfinches, 21 Pochards, two Great Crested Grebes, a singing Cetti’s Warbler, a Gadwall and 34 Tufted Ducks. From Pit 31 to Shorncote Reed Bed , male and female Goosander, 24 Gadwalls, three Cormorants, five Great Crested Grebes, 105+ Tufted Ducks, 700+ Lapwings, a Goldcrest, a Chiffchaff, an Oystercatcher, 16 Little Egrets, two Buzzards, four Wigeon, five Skylarks, three Cetti’s Warblers, 15+ Teal, five Pied Wagtails, 25+ Shovelers, three Bullfinches, a Grey Heron, two singing Reed Buntings, five Little Grebes, 130+ Redwing and seven Fieldfares. (Mark Grieve).

Lower Swell     A Green Sandpiper off the B4068 on River Dikler between Stow and Lower Swell. (Ali Brooks).

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Tuesday 14th February 2017

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still this morning at SO719117 in the small, narrow, rough field on the edge of the river with a small, mistletoe-covered hawthorn in the middle of it. (Andy Jayne).

Frampton     A WATER PIPIT again this morning from Splatt Bridge. (Francis Steuck). At Court Lake three CATTLE EGRETS left the roost, the GREAT WHITE EGRET in the reed bed, four Little Egrets and a Grey Wagtail this morning. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge     A Little Stint and a Spotted Redshank on South Lake wader scrape and nine Mandarins on the deep lake today. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Symonds Yat    From the viewpoint today the Peregrine pair, two Buzzards, the Raven pair, a pair of Bullfinches, a Treecreeper, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Stock Dove, a Marsh Tit, three Goldcrests, a Grey Heron, three Song Thrushes, two Bank Voles and a Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cheltenham     A pair of Ravens in Eldorado Road near Cheltenham railway station today. (Keith White).

Damery     Along the Little Avon this afternoon, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, a Buzzard, two Dippers, three Treecreepers, a Grey Wagtail and a Jay. (David Poulton).

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Monday 13th February 2017

Far Oakridge     Two WAXWINGS calling then flew into a tree on the crossroads at SO923036 at midday. Also 30 Redwings and two Fieldfares. (Phil Williams).

WWT Slimbridge     A BITTERN showed well from Zeiss hide today. (John Tilby). A Spotted Redshank on the Tack Piece with ten Ruff and 1:40pm. (Rich Hearn).

Forest of Dean    14 WAXWINGS briefly at Staple Edge late afternoon. (Phil & Helen Mugridge). Three WAXWINGS at Crabtree Hill, 4+ Hawfinches early morning at Crown Lane, Parkend and two Dippers behind the Fountain Inn, seven Mandarins at Mallard’s Pike and one on Cannop Ponds, also a Siskin here. (Lauren & Wayne, NSL Birding). Pic by Roy Shilham. PLEASE DON’T WALK AMONGST THE TREES AT CROWN LANE, PATIENCE WORKS BETTER.hawfinch-130217Stow-on-the-Wold     The BLUE ROCK THRUSH of unknown origin still present today in Maugersbury Park early afternoon. Strictly no parking in Fisher Close or Maugersbury Park, there is a public car park near the Bell pub 5 minutes walk away or find alternative parking in the town. Please show the residents respect and as much privacy as is possible. There is a collection for Kate’s Home Nursing  please give generously on site or on-line. (MK). Pics


Barrington Bushes     20+ Red Kites flying and landing to take worms from fields being ploughed by the trig point at SP210163 early afternoon. (MK).

Seven Springs     Two Red Kites at 3pm today.  (Mark Grieve).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 111 SU175996 birds included three Goosanders, 35 Coots, four Great Crested Grebes, 12 Tufted Ducks, nine Teal, four Shovelers, a Little Egret, a Red Kite, three Reed Buntings and six Goldcrests. At Pit 111a birds included five Pochards, four Great Crested Grebes, eight Tufted Ducks, six Shovelers and 13 Cormorants. At Pit 126 11 Great Crested Grebes and 12 Tufted Ducks. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.
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Sunday 12th February 2017

WWT Slimbridge     The LAPLAND BUNTING again on the Dumbles amongst Skylarks and Meadow Pipits viewed from the Holden Tower. Also the Little Stint from the Rushy and 100 White-fronted Geese on the Dumbles. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Frampton pools     The GREAT WHITE EGRET STILL, 260 Coots, 102 Tufted Ducks, a Snipe, a Chiffchaff, a Skylark singing, 39 Greylags, 42 Canada Geese and a Tawny Owl. (Nick Goatman).  

Longlevens     Two Ring-necked Parakeets over the garden at 10am this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Kempsford      Four Chiffchaffs and 225 Fieldfares at Kempsford Sewage Farm. (Nigel Pleass).

Nind     A Marsh Tit at Nind GWT reserve today at ST755915, and four Siskins with Goldfinches. (Morag Hughes).

Forest of Dean     At Crown Lane, Parkend six Hawfinches including a male today. (Ivan Sansom/Richard Davis). 27 Mandarins on Cannop ponds today. (Richard Davis).

Cotswold Water Park West     20+ Siskins feeding in alders at Neigh Bridge CP 10am-12 noon at least, also 15 Goosanders on Pit 55. (Jon Mercer).

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