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Thursday 13th August 2020

WWT Slimbridge    The juvenile Wood Sandpiper still on South Lake today. Also the Spotted Redshank and four Little Ringed Plovers there and two GARGANEYS and two summer-plumaged Golden Plovers from Zeiss hide still. (Roberta Goodall).

Cleeve Hill     Late morning a family party of Whitethroats at Bill Smyllie reserve. Also a Clouded Yellow, 5/6 Chalkhill Blues, several Common Blues, a worn Dark Green Fritillary, several each of Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Meadow Brown, Small Whites and a few Green Veined Whites. (Steve Brown).

Cheltenham     Early evening a Lesser Stag Beetle in the garden at Naunton Park. (Steve Brown). Pic by Steve.

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Wednesday 12th August 2020

WWT Slimbridge     The juvenile Wood Sandpiper still on South Lake today. Also the Spotted Redshank there and two GARGANEYS and a summer-plumaged Golden Plover from Zeiss hide still. On the river the GREAT WHITE EGRET still, an Mediterranean Gull, six Avocets, six Grey Herons and nine Little Egrets and the Marsh Harrier along seawall. (Paul Masters/Paul Clark/Scott Petrek). Four Yellow Wagtails flew S over the car park at 9:15am. (Mark Coller).

Saul Warth     This morning 12 Lesser Whitethroats, six Whitethroats, two Whinchats, two Stonechats, a Wheatear, a Willow Warbler, a Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, a Spotted Flycatcher in Dunstalls Wood and on the river a Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 12 Avocets and four Ringed Plovers. (Gordon Hodgson).

Frampton pools     This morning three Common Terns, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Kingfisher, four adult Little Grebes and four chicks, a Great Crested Grebe with two chicks, two female Tufted Ducks with 20 ducklings. Also lots of damselflies and dragonflies including a Migrant Hawker. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Stinchcombe Hill      A Tree Pipit and a Crossbill this morning. (James Robinson).

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Tuesday 11th August 2020

Frampton     An OSPREY flew N over the village this morning. (Gordon Kirk). Reportedly seen fishing by a fisherman on the Blue Pool at the the top end of the Sailing Lake at 6:45pm. (per Nick Goatman). Around the pools a Greenshank, two Common Sandpipers, four Common Terns, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Kingfisher, six Gadwalls and nine Tufted Ducks with 17 ducklings. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge     A juvenile Wood Sandpiper best viewed from Hogarth hide, the Spotted Redshank still and six GARGANEYS from Zeiss hide. (Slimbridge Sightings). Pic by Mike.

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Stinchcombe Hill      A Tree Pipit, a Wheatear, a Hobby and two Crossbills this morning and later another 11 Crossbills flew E. (James Robinson).

Saul Warth     A Wheatear and 14 Avocets at Hock Ditch this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Cam    Two parties of Swifts c20 in total heading S over Everlands at 5pm. (Magnus Carter).

Gloucester     At Over canal today a Mandarin, a Garden Warbler, three Lesser Whitethroats, a Spotted Flycatcher, two Redstarts, plus 11 species of Odonata including Brown, Migrant and Southern Hawker and White-legged and Small Red-eyed Damselflies. (Andy Jayne).

Cleeve Hill     At the Butterfly reserve today Ravens, Buzzards, Swallows, a pair of Kestrels, Linnets and Yellowhammers. Other sightings included Chalk Hill Blue, Small Blue, Common Blue, Green-veined White, Small and Large White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brown Argus, Marbled White, Wall (pic) and Brimstone butterflies and a Silver Y moth. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

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Monday 10th August 2020

Cotswold Water Park West     A LITTLE TERN still on Pit 41 until 3:20pm at least. It does go missing and has been on Pit 74 in Wilts today, but soon returns. (Terry Grant). 

WWT Slimbridge     A GREAT WHITE EGRET around the grounds and seen to land in the 100-Acre at 1:35pm. Ten Common Cranes on the Dumbles at high tide and a Peregrine flew inland. Three Green Sandpipers from Robbie Garnett hide and a Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper on the Rushy. The Spotted Redshank, a Knot, a juvenile GARGANEY and a Marsh Harrier still. (Slimbridge Sightings/MK/Les Ditchburn). Pic by Mike.

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Forest of Dean     A Redshank on Woorgreens Lake at 7:30am. An excellent record for the Forest. (Frank Williams). Pic by Frank.

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Purton     A CURLEW SANDPIPER with eight Ringed Plovers and 4 Dunlins flew N upriver and a Greenshank, two Yellow Wagtails and 14 Swifts flew S past Purton this morning. (Francis Steuck).

Stinchcombe Hill     A fresh juvenile Whinchat, at least two Crossbills and six Swifts on the move this morning. (James Robinson).

Saul Warth    3+ Willow Warblers, 44 Meadow Pipits, a Wheatear, a Red Kite and 11 Avocets on the river. (Gordon Hodgson).

Ashleworth Ham     Birds of note caught in a CES ringing session included six Redstarts, six Whitethroats and three Bullfinches. On the reserve 30 Mallards, four Teal, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, 15 Swallows and five House Martins. Also a male Roe Deer. (Mike Smart).

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Sunday 9th August 2020

Cotswold Water Park West     A LITTLE TERN remained on Pit 41 for it’s second day, most unusual for this species. Also 10+ Common Terns, nine Great Crested Grebes, three Little Grebes, a Kingfisher and three Little Egrets. (Mark Hobson/MK). Pics by Mark Dowie.

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WWT Slimbridge    A Greenshank flew over the Big Pen calling. A summer plumaged Grey Plover on the river early morning and a Wheatear on the Dumbles. A Knot, an adult and a juvenile GARGANEY, three Snipe, three Green Sandpipers, ten Dunlins and the Avocet pair with three chicks on the Top New Piece. (Roberta Goodall). A GREAT WHITE EGRET flew N over the car park and a Marsh Harrier flew over the Tack Piece. (John Budd). Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper from Robbie Garnett hide. A Spotted Redshank, 14 Ruffs, 48 Redshanks, two juvenile Little Ringed Plovers and 250 Black-tailed Godwits on South Lake. (Mike Davis).

The Camp, Stroud     At Roughbanks BC Reserve a contact calling Redstart and a family party of Spotted Flycatchers today. (Duncan Dine).

Forest of Dean    At Crabtree Hill this morning a male and a female Stonechat. (Terry Stevenson).

Sharpness     A Wheatear S of the picnic site today. (Andy Jordan).

West Gloucestershire     Two male Common Hawkers and a male Southern Hawker  holding territory W of the River Severn. Exact location undisclosed due to trampling of habitat. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.

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Saturday 8th August 2020

Cotswold Water Park West     A CASPIAN TERN flew through Pit 41 N at 9am and wasn’t relocated. Also a LITTLE TERN on Pit 41 present until 5:45pm at least. (Dave Creber).

Nailsworth      A RED-RUMPED SWALLOW flew S close by, along the Nailsworth Valley at 4.52pm. Also 163 Swifts flew S between 2:30-5pm, and a Red Kite flew over heading E. (Terry Grant).

Selsley     A juvenile Mediterranean Gull, two Crossbills, a Siskin, a Grey Wagtail, a Yellow Wagtail, 40 Black-headed Gulls and ten Swifts past the Common between 6:45-8:15am. Also four Hobbies causing mayhem in the local House Martin colonies. (Francis Steuck).

Stinchcombe Hill    A Lesser Whitethroat and a Whitethroat this morning and at least 11 Spotted Flycatchers at the north end sheltering from the wind. (James Robinson).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Three Whinchats, two Stonechats, a Green Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover and a Yellow Wagtail from Grundon hide this morning between 6-9am. (Colin Greenfield).

WWT Slimbridge    A GREAT WHITE EGRET briefly on the Rushy this morning before flying off. (Bettie Sloane).

Frampton pools     A Bar-tailed Godwit flew over heading towards the river, also a Green Sandpiper, seven Common Terns, five Gadwalls, 137 Mute Swans, 230 Coots, a Yellow-legged Gull, 41 Chiffchaffs, 13 Blackcaps, five Willow Warblers, a Whitethroat and five juvenile Buzzards. (Nick Goatman).

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Friday 7th August 2020

Berkeley shore/pill     Early morning a Hobby, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 11 Common Sandpipers, two Yellow Wagtails and two Wheatears. (Paul Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge     The Spotted Redshank still on South Lake and two GARGANEYS from Zeiss hide. (Tim Jukes). From Mid Point four COMMON SCOTERS, a GREAT WHITE EGRET, 12 Little Egrets, ten Common Cranes, 23 Avocets flew S, 100+ Curlews, a Common Sandpiper and three Black-tailed Godwits. (Paul Masters/Mark Hobson/MK). Two Green Sandpipers on the Tack Piece. 100+ Black-tailed Godwits, three Green Sandpipers, two Little Egrets, five Dunlins and adult and juvenile Knot on the Rushy. (Paul Masters/Peter Rodgers/MK). Four Ringed Plovers flew over the Rushy towards the river. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Stonehouse    A pair of Hobbies from the garden feeding over the canal at 3:40pm and then flew W along the canal. (Paul Sutton).

Windsoredge     Two juvenile Siskins on garden feeders this morning with three juvenile and two adult Greenfinches. (Roy Bircher).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This evening eight Whinchats, seven Yellow Wagtails, a Wheatear, a male Stonechat, a male Reed Bunting, a Linnet, two Skylarks, five Swallows, eight Chiffchaffs, three Sedge Warbler, four Green Sandpipers, a Little Ringed Plover, 44 Lapwings, three Grey Herons, 25 Mallards, a Mute Swan and a Barn Owl. (John Fletcher/Jake King). Earlier plenty of Sedge Warblers today, also a Kestrel, four Buzzards and two Red Kites. There were masses of Small Red-eyed Damselflies at the Snipe Pool. (Paul Clark).

Daneway Banks     A Green Sandpiper flew N high over The Daneway pub camping ground at 8am calling and another (possibly the same bird) at 9:30am, flying NE also calling. (David Bullock/Jane Sedgeley-Strachan).

Waterhatch     Near the old barns 5+ Swallows around the wires, a Buzzard with a juvenile calling, a Yellowhammer, a Green Woodpecker calling and a party of Long-tailed Tits. (Gill Worthington).

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Thursday 6th August 2020

Saul Warth     At high tide this morning a Crossbill heard, the first returning Wheatear, a Whinchat, two Stonechats, a Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff, a Reed Bunting, two Grey Wagtails, a female/immature Marsh Harrier hunting the shoreline, two Buzzards, a female Kestrel, 20 Avocets and four Dunlins. Also a COMMON SEAL close inshore eating a large Salmon. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Bourton-on-the-Water     Two Common Terns and a Kingfisher fishing the Carp Farm pit. (Andy Lewis).

Coombe Hill Meadows     5+ Whinchats early afternoon, best viewed from the canal path further W beyond the boardwalk to the Grundon hide; from the hide a Little Egret and a Little Ringed Plover. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Stinchcombe Hill     This morning Blackcaps, Whitethroats and a Garden Warbler also six Spotted Flycatchers feeding on the top branches of a large conifer. (James Robinson).

Daneway Banks     At 3:30pm a male Redstart and two Spotted Flycatchers, one feeding a juvenile. (David Bullock/Jane Sedgeley-Strachan).

Forest of Dean     An escaped Zebra Finch on a back garden feeder at 3:30pm in Brierley. (Alan Williams).

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Wednesday 5th August 2020

Saul Warth     This morning at high tide best birds were a female Redstart, 2+ Stonechats, a Whinchat, a Lesser Whitethroat, 11 Little Egrets, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and five Ravens. Also a COMMON SEAL briefly surfaced close inshore twice at 11:15am but not relocated. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Cirencester    A pair of Marsh Tits in Moss’s Copse, Cirencester Park this morning. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.

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Gretton     A juvenile male Green Woodpecker feeding on ants on the garden lawn and a young Great Spotted Woodpecker on a peanut feeder this afternoon. (Roger Wasley). Pics by Roger.

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Tuesday 4th August 2020

Saul Warth     At high tide a Whinchat, a Stonechat, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Grey Wagtails, a Willow Warbler, two Chiffchaffs, 16 Goldfinches, a Kestrel and four Buzzards. On the river an adult ARCTIC TERN, 110 Curlews, ten Dunlins, 12 Little Egrets and 35 Shelducks. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Stinchcombe Hill     This morning two Wheatears, a Crossbill and at least 30 Pied Wagtails. (James Robinson).

WWT Slimbridge     Two GARGANEYS again on the back of the Top New Piece from Zeiss hide at 10:45am. (Mark Dowie). On South Lake the Spotted Redshank and three Knot still. Also a Kingfisher. Five Green Sandpipers from Robbie Garnett hide and another on the Rushy. (Jonathan Bull/Roberta Goodall).

Forest of Dean    An adult Dipper by the Stoneworks at Cannop Ponds at noon. Also 20 Swallows. (Bettie Sloane). At Woorgreens a Sparrowhawk in hot pursuit of a shrieking Green Woodpecker. (Dave Clarke).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Eight Whinchats in front of the Grundon hide feeding in the weedy ditch. (Ian Hull). Also a Stonechat and a Little Egret. (Paul Clark).

Selsley Common     Male and female Redstarts and a Wheatear at 4pm. (Rich Hearn). Earlier two adult female Wheatears. (Terry Grant).

Westonbirt     Two Spotted Flycatchers on the old Arboretum side today. (Mark Hobson).

Halmore   A male Redstart today, also a group of four newly-fledged Chiffchaffs. (Chris Newton).

Nailsworth Valley     78 Swifts flew S this morning. (Terry Grant).

Woodchester Park     A male and female Stonechat feeding at least one young fledgling near the entrance to the park. A large movement of warblers through the Sweet Corn crops by the entrance, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Whitethroats and at least one Garden Warbler. (Terry Grant). Pics by Terry.

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Eastington (Northleach)     A Common Sandpiper and an adult and young Grey Wagtail on the River Leach S of the sewage works. (Andy Lewis).

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