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Saturday 2nd July 2022

WWT Slimbridge     The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT showed a few times on stick perches in the reed bed at Middle Point between 10:15am and midday. On South Lake two Spotted Redshanks, five Ruffs and a Mediterranean Gull still. Two SPOONBILLS flew N at Middle Point. (Dot Jones/Ian Ralphs/Barry Dursley/Neil Smart). Six Green Sandpipers on the Tack Piece. (Helen Bojaniwska).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Six Great White Egrets, a Common Sandpiper, a Yellow Wagtail and a Water Rail early morning. (Jeremy Squire).

Forest of Dean     A Curlew flew N to S over Crabtree Hill/Woorgreens Lake and out of sight calling at 7.30am. (Frank Williams).

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Friday 1st July 2022

WWT Slimbridge     A Whinchat and a juvenile Stonechat on the cross fence at Middle Point all day. Also from Middle Point two SPOONBILLS briefly on the rising tide, a Little Egret, 50+ Sand Martins, at least four Swifts. The drake eclipse GARGANEY still from Zeiss hide and the BITTERN seen dropping into the reed bed, then at 2pm flying from the reeds by the Zeiss hide towards the Van de Bovenkamp hide. On South Lake two Spotted Redshanks, four Ruffs and an adult Mediterranean Gull. A Goshawk flew past Kingfisher hide. Three Green Sandpipers from Robbie Garnett hide at 4pm. Only probable sightings of the Bluethroat today in very windy conditions. (Tim Jukes/Dot Jones/Martin & Jenny Green/MK).

Whinchat by Mike King

Stonechat by Mike King

Green Sandpiper by Mike King

Frampton     At Court Lake at lunchtime a Red Kite over, also a Hobby, a Peregrine chasing a Common Tern, a Sparrowhawk chasing a Pied Wagtail, 10+ Swifts, 12 Swallows and 10+ Sand Martins. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead a Hawfinch near the Campbell hide and a Spotted Flycatcher at Lower hide. (Terry Stevenson).

Cheltenham     At 2pm today two Red Kites drifted over Asda heading W. (David Norman).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A Kingfisher around the car park area. Also a Green Woodpecker. (Alan McIlquham).

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Thursday 30th June 2022

WWT Slimbridge     The Barn Owl at South Finger dropped off a Vole at the nest box. (Paul Masters/Martin Price). A pair of Grey Wagtails by the dragonfly pool. (Paul Masters). On South Lake two Spotted Redshanks, five Ruffs and two near-adult Mediterranean Gulls. The drake eclipse GARGANEY still from Zeiss hide.  (Slimbridge Sightings/Roberta Goodall).

Barn Owl by Paul Masters

Clapton-on-the-Hill     An OSPREY N of New Bridge in a dead tree at SP1789718253 again. It’s been in the area for two weeks. (Keith Jennings).

Saul Warth     This afternoon 55+ Avocets distantly on the Noose, 46 Curlews, 19 Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, 60+ Shelducks, 22 Barnacle Geese and adult and juvenile Skylarks. (MK).

Cam Long Down     A male Redstart, mid-point on the S side and a Red Kite over NE this afternoon. (Terry Fenton).

Daneway Banks     Two juvenile Redstarts this morning. (Martine & Pete Fenn).

Alderley     Two male Siskins on the bird table today. (Vic Polley).

Coombe Hill Meadows    From Grundon hide this morning two Black-tailed Godwits, three Great White Egrets (ring AAR) and 12 Little Egrets. (Les Ditchburn).

Shuthonger     A Great White Egret along the River Avon early morning, between Woodend Lane and Croft Farm on the Glos side. (Sarah Loaring).

Winchcombe    Garden birds today included Great Spotted Woodpecker (seen daily), a Green Woodpecker calling, several Goldfinches, including juveniles, a Coal Tit, a Goldcrest and 12+ Long-tailed Tits, some using the suet feeders. (Andrew & Gill Worthington).

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Wednesday 29th June 2022

WWT Slimbridge     The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT gave brief showings between 8:20-9:30am on stick 1. Also two immature SPOONBILLS flew N, then a bit later back S, 15 Avocets, a Little Egret and a juvenile Cuckoo. On the fields by the estuary 80+ Curlews over high tide. Two summer plumaged Spotted Redshanks still on S Lake with a black, and a ginger, male Ruffs, 23 Redshanks, 104 Black-tailed Godwits, an Avocet, and a Little Ringed Plover. Five Avocets on the Rushy and a Green Sandpiper over. (Jon Mercer/Roy Kinchin). The BLUETHROAT showed again at 10:51am. (Martin Harrison/John Casswell). No sign this afternoon though but a Whimbrel with the Curlews. The Barn Owl hunting and seen perched from Kingfisher hide this morning. (Mike Davis).

White-spotted Bluethroat by Jon Mercer

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning at least six Grey Herons, eight Little Egrets, two Little Ringed Plovers with two chicks, four juvenile Redshanks, two juvenile Lapwings, a Little Grebe, two Avocets with three chicks and a Bullfinch along the canal. (Jeremy Holland). Also a pair of Mute Swans with seven cygnets, a Green Sandpiper, three Oystercatchers, eight Canada Geese, a Buzzard, a Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff, a Goldfinch, a Sedge Warbler, a Kingfisher by the car park, Swallows, six Swift and a House Martin. (Alan McIlquham). Also at dusk a male Teal, 30 Mallards and c4 Redshanks. (Mike Smart).

Purton    A Little Owl on a telegraph pole near the canal at dusk last night, also a hunting Kestrel, many Swallows and four Swifts. (Chris Newton).

Little Owl by Chris Newton

Gloucester     At 3:45pm a Red Kite flew across Alney Island from Hempsted. At 4:05pm a Sparrowhawk flew across Stroud Road at St Paul’s. (Ian Elphick).

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Tuesday 28th June 2022

WWT Slimbridge     No sign of the Bluethroat today. An immature SPOONBILL flew N past Middle Point at 9:50am. Three Green Sandpipers on the Tack Piece. Two summer-plumaged Spotted Redshanks and three summer-plumaged male Ruffs on South Lake. (Duncan Dine/Paul Masters/MK).

Spotted Redshank by Bob Shiret

Green Sandpiper by Geoff Bryant

Daneway Banks     Six Large Blue butterflies, a Green Woodpecker and a Marsh Tit on the feeders at the Daneway Inn. (Duncan Dine/Paul Masters/MK).

Marsh Tit by Mike King

Large Blue by Mike King

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Hobby hunting over the scrapes late morning was chased off by a Lapwing. Also three Redshanks, a Green Sandpiper, two adult Little Ringed Plovers with one fledged chick, two adult Avocets with one fledged chick, a pair of Mute Swans with seven large cygnets, eight Lapwings, two Oystercatchers, a juvenile Pied Wagtail, a juvenile Yellow Wagtail, a Sand Martin with the House Martins and Swifts hawking over the scrapes, six Little Egrets and three Grey Herons. On the canal path several singing Sedge Warblers, a singing Garden Warbler, a singing Willow Warbler, a singing Lesser Whitethroat, nine Whitethroats, six Bullfinches and a Kingfisher near the car park at lunchtime. (Caroline Quinn).

Twyning     at Upham Meadow two adult Curlews, a Swift, several Skylarks singing, four Carrion Crows, two adults and two juveniles begging for food and a Corn Bunting still. (Mike Smart).

Guscar Rocks     Two pairs of Bar-headed Geese, eight Shelducks, two Oystercatchers, a Lapwing, a Redshank and 130 Curlews. (Mike Smart).

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Monday 27th June 2022

WWT Slimbridge    The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT still at Middle Point today. It showed this morning on and off up until 10:45am on the stick perches in the reed bed. (Lisa Presland/Andy Jayne/Les Ditchburn/Jeremy Holland).

Bluethroat by Lisa Presland

At midday an OSPREY flew over the Estuary Tower heading for Frampton. (Lisa Presland).

Osprey by Lisa Presland

Also today an immature SPOONBILL from Middle Point at 3:45 pm and a Cuckoo foraging for caterpillars from one of the posts along the ditch behind the Shepherds Hut at 1pm. The two summer-plumaged Spotted Redshanks and three Ruffs on South Lake late morning and one of the two dark morph Ruffs from Rushy Hide late afternoon. Two Common Cranes with two chicks on the meadow in front of the Hogarth hide and two pairs of Common Cranes from the Van de Bovenkamp and Zeiss hides early afternoon and one on the Dumbles. A Green Sandpiper, three Oystercatchers, nine Avocets and seven Lapwings from the Robbie Garnett and Stephen Kirk hides late afternoon. (Caroline Quinn). A male Cuckoo from Kingfisher hide at 9:55am sat briefly on dead tree. (Jeremy Holland). A pair of Cranes with a well-grown chick along the far bank of the Rushy upper pond  viewed from the Peng Observatory 1:30 to 2pm.  Three Green Sandpipers together on the Rushy at 2:30pm. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Purton to Sharpness     A pair of Kestrels, a Buzzard, 6+ Mandarins, nine Curlews, a Sparrowhawk, a Common Tern, Reed Buntings, Reed Warblers, Swallows and House Martins. (Mike Davis).

Maisemore     Along Church Road, Court Lake, and above the weir and upper parting this afternoon two Stonechats (1 juv), a Willow Warbler, two Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, six Swallows, a Swift, a Pied Wagtail, five Mute Swans (2 ads, 3 cygs), five Mallards, 21 Coots, six Moorhens, a Little Egret and 18 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (John Fletcher).

Stonechat by John Fletcher

Coombe Hill Meadows     Three recently fledged Lapwings on a cut hayfield, two adult and one fledged Curlew on a cut hayfield, at least one Redstart, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Reed Bunting singing. (Mike Smart).

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Sunday 26th June 2022

WWT Slimbridge    The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT still at Middle Point today, it was seen by two visitors after a rain shower, when it showed well. (Slimbridge Sightings). Also today on South Lake two SPOONBILLS, two summer plumaged Spotted Redshanks and three male Ruffs in full breeding plumage. (Roberta Goodall).

Ruff by Roberta Goodall
Spotted Redshank by Roberta Goodall

Forest of Dean     An OSPREY over Kensley pools (the new pools created E of Woorgreens in Kensley Inclosure) harassed by a Buzzard and a gull at midday. (Rob Husbands).

Leighterton     Two Grey Partridges early morning. (Paul Rich).

Bagpath     A Barn Owl early morning. (Paul Rich).

Saul Warth     At high tide this morning 35 Avocets, 18 Oystercatchers, 65 Curlews, 50+ Shelducks, a Mute Swan on the river and a Painted Lady. (MK).

Avocets by Mike King

Cirencester     A pair of Grey Wagtails in the stream by the Open Air Swimming Pool today. (Felicity Cobb).

Hucclecote     This afternoon in the garden a male Sparrowhawk caught and ate a Sparrow. (Harold Smith).

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Saturday 25th June 2022

WWT Slimbridge     The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT still this morning at Middle Point showing on and off until midday at least. (Slimbridge Sightings). The Members’ Gate is open from 8:15am until 9:30am (have your membership card ready), access after 9:30am via the Visitor Centre. Approach very quietly, view from the seawall and remain quiet to listen for the song.

Bluethroat by Karen Jayne

Also today on South Lake two summer plumaged Spotted Redshanks and two male Ruffs in full breeding plumage, one white and one black. (Craig Reed). From Robbie Garnett hide three Green Sandpipers on the Tack Piece. (Dot Jones). Seven Whimbrels from Middle Point. (Sam Walker). From Kingfisher hide the Barn Owl hunting at 9:50am. (Clare Glanville).

Barn Owl by Clare Glanville

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 132 a Great White Egret, three Black-tailed Godwits, a Greenshank, two Green Sandpipers, a Snipe, two families of Little Ringed Plover with nearly fully fledged young and 200 Sand Martins. (Duncan Dine).

Coombe Hill Meadows     At 5:30pm a Green Sandpiper, two Little Ringed Plovers, five Redshanks with two juveniles, two Avocets with two juveniles, c12 Lapwings including two juveniles, an Oystercatcher, a Cormorant, a Grey Heron, two Little Egrets and two Mute Swans with seven cygnets. (Andy Langley). A Mallard on the canal with eight tiny ducklings, an adult Little Grebe, Coot chicks on the canal and song from Skylark, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).

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Friday 24th June 2022

WWT Slimbridge     The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT still this morning at Middle Point. It sang at 9:30am and again at 9:48am then showed briefly on Stick 4. (Paul Masters/MK). The Members’ Gate is open from 8:15am until 9:30am (have your membership card ready), access after 9:30am via the Visitor Centre. Approach very quietly, view from the seawall and remain quiet to listen for the song.

White-spotted Bluethroat by Mike King

White-spotted Bluethroat by Mike King

Also today on South Lake two summer plumaged Spotted Redshanks and two male Ruffs in full breeding plumage, one white and one black. From Zeiss hide a Bittern in flight, a drake eclipse Garganey and the Barn Owl hunting the Bottom New Piece. A pair of Peregrines around the field behind the Shepherds Hut. (Ian Hull/Tim Jukes/Paul Masters/MK).

Ruffs by Mike King

Coombe Hill Meadows     Four Avocets and two juveniles, five Lapwings and three juveniles, four Redshanks and chicks, two Curlews, three Oystercatchers, a Little Ringed Plover and two juveniles, a Little Grebe, two Grey Herons, eight Little Egrets, two Mute Swan with seven cygnets, two Skylarks, two juvenile Yellow Wagtails, a Pied Wagtail, ten Swifts, 20 House Martins, two Reed Warblers and a Whitethroat. Also an Emperor dragonfly egg laying. (Chris Moore/Alan McIlquham). Additionally this evening three adult Canada Geese with five goslings, 40 Mallards and an adult and three juvenile Pied Wagtails. (Mike Smart).

Cleeve Hill     20+ Linnets, Meadow Pipits, six Skylark, Goldfinches and a Red Kite. (Alan McIlquham).

Meadow Pipit by Alan McIlquham

Eastington/Stonehouse     On the Stroudwater Canal at Bond’s Mill two Mallards, a Kingfisher, a Moorhen with three young and a Buzzard mobbed by gulls. At The Ocean two Mute Swans with three cygnets, 15 Mallards, three Coots, a Moorhen and a Grey Heron. At Boakes Drive alongside the canal 42 Long-tailed Tits moving along the canal side trees. (Richard Giles & Fiona Neate).

Stroud     At Stratford Park a Grey Wagtail, a Song Thrush and a Wren. At the Lake 14 Mallards, a Moorhen, two Black-headed Gulls, 16 Feral Pigeons and two female Mandarins. (Richard Giles & Fiona Neate).

Twyning     At Upham Meadow, at least eight adult Curlews, three of them birds ringed earlier this summer and a brood of three freshly-hatched chicks, a Grey Heron, a Common Tern, 10+ House Martins and a Corn Bunting singing. (Mike Smart).

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Thursday 23rd June 2022

WWT Slimbridge     The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT still this morning at Middle Point, it briefly sat up, giving a burst of song at around 8am. (Scott Petrek). No further sightings throughout the day. Members’ Gate open from 8:15am until 9:30am (have your membership card ready), access after 9:30am via the Visitor Centre. Approach very quietly, view from the seawall and remain quiet to listen for the song.

Also today two SPOONBILLS, a Whimbrel and a Weasel at Middle Point. A summer-plumaged male Ruff, two Spotted Redshanks and a Mediterranean Gull on South Lake. The drake eclipse GARGANEY still from Zeiss hide. The Barn Owl showing well at the nest box and hunting from Kingfisher hide. Two Wood Sandpipers reported from Hogarth hide but not relocated later. (Roberta Goodall/Paul Masters/Les Ditchburn/MK).

Ruff by Mike King

Spotted & Common Redshanks, Black-tailed Godwit & Black-headed Gull by Mike King

Mediterranean Gull by Mike King

Spoonbill by Mike King

Weasel by Mike King

Longney Crib     Early afternoon at low tide birds included a Great White Egret, five Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, two Cormorants, a Buzzard, two Yellow Wagtails, six Linnets, three Whitethroats, a Blackcap, five Reed Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, two Skylarks, five Swallows and three House Martins. (John Fletcher).

Hartpury     A Cuckoo calling at 9pm at Hartpury University. (Anthony Lowney).

Upham Meadow     A Red Kite on cut strip, being mobbed by Curlews, four adult Curlews and a Common Tern over the Avon. (Mike Smart/Dan Gornall).

Winchcombe     6+ Long-tailed Tits in the garden this evening. (Andrew & Gill Worthington).

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