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Saul Warth A late Wheatear, four Little Egrets, 83+ Shelducks, eight Grey Plovers, two Ringed Plovers, two Little Stints, 200+ Dunlins, 142+ Curlews, three Stonechats, 70+ Goldfinches, two Chiffchaffs with 19 Long-tailed Tit, five Jays flew NW and a Red Admiral. (Martin McGill/MK).
Nailsworth A BITTERN flew S along Nailsworth Valley at 3:45pm today, the 132nd garden tick since August 1990. Searched for nearby but not refound. (Terry Grant).
WWT Slimbridge Two Cattle Egrets and four Greenshanks on South Lake. A Red Kite over the Estuary Tower at 1:10pm. The Ross’s Goose still on the Dumbles. (Jonathan Bull). On the Rushy three Spotted Redshanks and an Avocet. Three Greenshanks from Zeiss hide and a Goshawk soaring overhead there being mobbed by Rooks at 12:50pm. (Andy Langley). A Mediterranean Gull on South Lake. (Ken Hurcombe).
Forest of Dean At Crabtree Hill two Jays, two Ravens over, five Stonechats, several Goldcrests and a Coal Tit. Good numbers of Siskins at Woorgreens, Crabtree Hill and the Arboretum. This afternoon at Speech House Woodlands carpark a male and a female Crossbill perched and a Redwing. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).
Stonehouse A Kingfisher around Bond’s Mill today and a Buzzard and a Jay over. (Paul Sutton).
WWT Slimbridge A GREY PHALAROPE on the Top New Piece from Zeiss hide at 9:25am then flew towards the river at 9:40am with no further sign. (Roberta Goodall). At high tide at Middle Point a Greenshank, an Avocet, four Little Egrets, a Great White Egret, five Dunlins, six Shelducks and 20 Pintails. (Paul Masters).
Slimbridge A Peregrine on Slimbridge church again today. (Paul Masters/Paul Sutton).
Peregrine by Paul Sutton
Frampton A Barn Owl and a Short-eared Owl hunting at Splatt Bridge at 7am. (Roy Widgery).
Saul Warth Two Great White Egrets, eight Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, eight Grey Plovers, a Ringed Plover, 22 Dunlins, 100+ Curlews and 120+ Shelducks. (MK).
Awre This morning a Great White Egret, three Little Egrets, an Avocet, 35 Curlews, five Ringed Plovers, a Snipe, 34 Jays, flocks of 19 and 15, both heading high N, a Rock Pipit, four Stonechats, four Reed Buntings and a Chiffchaff. (Lewis Thomson).
Purton A Marsh Harrier flew up river at 11:10am. (Martin Greenish/Michelle Davis).
Coombe Hill Meadows Three Common Cranes flew S over Wainlode Hill towards Gloucester at 5:40pm. Also a juvenile Hobby. (Jeremy Squire).
Forest of Dean At Cannop Ponds three Wigeon, 31 Mandarins, 12 Tufted Ducks, a Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail. At Parkend c50 Redwings over, seven Pied Wagtails and two Dippers on the stream behind The Fountain pub. At Crabtree Hill 100+ Redwings over, two Stonechats, 6+ Lesser Redpolls, 20+ Siskins, 35+ Goldfinches and six Crossbills. (Derek Hale).
Stonehouse A juvenile Little Grebe between the Ocean and Bond’s Mill and a female Mandarin still on the Ocean. (Paul Sutton).
Little Grebe by Paul Sutton
Awre This morning a Red Kite, a Mediterranean Gull, a Great White Egret, six Little Egret, two Grey Plovers, five Ringed Plovers, three Snipe, 28 Curlews, 28 Jays, including a flock of 20, a Rock Pipit, 71 Meadow Pipits, 32 Skylarks, seven Stonechats, five Siskins, a Yellowhammer, eight Reed Buntings, 11 Redwings and eight Song Thrushes. (Lewis Thomson).
Saul Warth At high tide at 1:30pm five Grey Herons, eight Little Egrets, a distant Great White Egret, an Avocet, a Grey Plover, 36+ Dunlins, six Ringed Plovers, 100+ Curlews, 60+ Goldfinches, 15 Linnets, two Stonechats, 12 Long-tailed Tits, five Jays and two mating Common Darters. (MK).
Ringed Plover by Mike King
Forest of Dean In the Crabtree Hill/Woorgreens area 10+ Crossbills, 10+ Siskins, a few Lesser Redpolls, two Bullfinches, two Coal Tits, a Goldcrest, six Stonechats, a Buzzard, two Ravens, three Jays, four flocks of 15-20 Redwings over, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Green Woodpecker and a Goshawk at Yew Tree Brake. At Cannop ponds five Little Grebes, two Kingfishers and 10+ Mandarins. (Martin Price/Steve Brown).
Coombe Hill Meadows Two male Yellowhammers, three Stonechats, three Snipe, a Water Rail, a Red Kite, a Cetti’s Warbler and c100 Redwings feeding along the canal. (Ian Hull/Les Ditchburn).
Ashleworth Ham 37 birds trapped this four Meadow Pipits, six Redwings, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff, 12 Goldfinches and three Reed Buntings. On the reserve 20 Wigeon, a Stonechat and 100 Redwings. (Mervyn Greening/Mike Smart).
Barrow Wake 300+ Golden Plovers at 12:30pm. (Duncan Dine).
Frampton 105 Redwings over the garden in 15 minutes this morning, also two Song Thrushes, a Curlew and two Canada Geese. (Nick Goatman).
Dudbridge 25+ Redwings over at 8:15am near Sainsburys this morning. (Steve Pullen).
Nailsworth Over 500 Redwings, most coming in from the south in very brief watches today (300+ in half an hour between 8:20-8:50am. (Terry Grant).
Chavenage Lane/Calcot area 180+ Redwings coming in from the south this afternoon, seven Stonechats and a Red Kite. (Terry Grant).
Red Kite by Terry Grant
Guscar/Aylburton WeBS count today 40 Canada Geese, 70 Wigeon and 300 Teal (mostly in Cone Pill), five Mallards, seven Grey Herons, a Cormorant, 24 Lapwings, a Golden Plover, 400 Curlews, 22 Redshanks, a Green Sandpiper, 500 Black-headed Gulls, 25 Herring Gulls and five Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Also two Stonechats and two Chiffchaffs, one singing. (Mike Smart).
Rodley 85 Lapwings, nine Snipe, 22 Curlews, three Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, 30 Linnets, two Stonechats and 100 Starlings today. (David Smith).
Witcombe Reservoirs 23 Greylags, two Mute Swans, a male Shoveler, 60 Mallards, nine Tufted Ducks, three Little Grebes, two Great Crested Grebes, a Grey Heron, six Cormorants, 10+ Moorhens, 39 Coots, 160 Black-headed Gulls, two Common Gulls, a Herring Gull and a Buzzard. (Gordon Avery).
Shab Hill 380 Golden Plovers, then flew off at 12:10pm, 20+ Skylarks and 20+ Yellowhammers. (Gordon Avery). A Red Kite over the A417 at Barrow Wake at noon. (MK).
Culkerton 35 Golden Plovers circling over plough near New Barn at 3pm. (MK).
Cotswold Water Park West At Shorncote Reedbed this afternoon three Grey Herons, a Little Egret, 15 Wigeon, a pair of Shovelers, five Gadwalls, 45 Lapwings, a Red Kite, two Buzzards, a Kestrel, five Cormorants, a Stonechat, two Reed Buntings and a Cetti’s Warbler. (MK).
Wigeon by Mike King
WWT Slimbridge The SPOONBILL on the Top New Piece, three Russian White-fronted Geese from Kingfisher hide. At Middle Point a Great White Egret and five Little Egret. The BITTERN again from Van Der Bovenkamp hide. Two Cattle Egrets on South Lake. Four Spotted Redshanks and three Greenshanks from Zeiss hide. (Jonathan Bull). From the Robbie Garnett hide this afternoon c70 Wigeon, c50 Teal, 11 Shovelers, eight Gadwalls, two Canada Geese and ten Mallards. A Water Rail seen from the Willow hide. (Dave Tait).
Forest of Dean No sign of shrike sp from dawn-10:30 in the Woorgreens/Crabtree Hill area. Five Crossbills, 20+ Lesser Redpolls, 20+ Siskins, 50+ Goldfinches, four Stonechats, six Jays, seven Mistle Thrushes and three Ravens. (MK). A Marsh Tit at Cannop ponds. (Les Ditchburn).
Crossbill by Mike King
Lesser Redpoll by Mike King
Upper Cam A male Reeves’s Pheasant with a male Pheasant in a sheep field this afternoon. (Nigel Tucker).
WWT Slimbridge At Middle Point at 9:30am the SPOONBILL over, a Peregrine, Dunlin, Curlew, Little Egret and a Reed Bunting. (Jeremy Holland).
Frampton pools A Lesser Redpoll, nine Chiffchaffs, a Red Kite, two Water Rails, two Cetti’s Warbler, nine Jays, two Grey Wagtails, two Pochards, 16 Tufted Ducks, three Wigeon, 28 Gadwalls, two Kestrels and 24 Collared Doves around the farm. (Nick Goatman).
Charlton Kings A Hawfinch migrating high overhead this morning. (Tom Mabbett).
Witcombe Reservoirs A Shoveler, a Fieldfare, a Grey Wagtail, a White Wagtail, a Little Grebe, a Grey Heron, 33 Coots, two Great Crested Grebes, 26 Mallards, two Pheasants and a first-winter Black-headed Gull. (Eric Harris).
Forest of Dean A shrike sp seen again today briefly at 9:30am at SO 63393 13065 by the ringing team, and thought to be probably juvenile Woodchat. (Rob Husbands/Harriet Robins/Gareth Jones).
WWT Slimbridge Birds today included a Marsh Harrier from Zeiss hide, Peregrine, Water Rail, Spotted Redshanks, Greenshank, Little Stint, the Ross’s Goose, Snipe and Great White Egret. (Chris Newton/Dursley Birdwatching Club/Dot Jones). From Hogarth hide a Grey Heron, c70 Lapwings, c50 Teal, six Shovelers, eight Ruff, six Gadwalls and 12 Black-tailed Godwits. On South Lake two Cattle Egrets, c30 Teal, c50 Tufted Ducks, 12 Pochards, a Little Grebe, a Great Crested Grebe and ten Mallards. (Dave Tait).
Cattle Egrets by Dave Tait
Marsh Harrier by Chris Newton
Great White Egret by Chris Newton
Berkeley A female Merlin at the Pill this morning. (Andy Jordan). On the flood plain by the by-pass a Grey Heron, Mallards, Canada Geese and two distant Buzzards over Bushy Grove. (Paddy Doyle).
Bourton-on-the-Water A Cetti’s Warbler singing at the south pits this morning. (Andy Lewis).
Cheltenham A Peregrine on St Gregory’s Church this morning. (Eric Harris).
Winchcombe Two Green Woodpeckers heard calling from the garden and a Tawny Owl calling at night. (Andrew Worthington).
Saul Warth A Stonechat this afternoon. (Nigel Young).
Stonechat by Nigel Young
Halmore A male Yellow Wagtail on a phone wire this morning, a feeding flock of c25 Pied Wagtails, c15 Meadow Pipits and c250 Canada Geese flew W. (Chris Newton).
Forest of Dean A shrike sp at Kensley today just by 90 degree bend in the tarmac road at Crabtree Hill but bad light prevented ID. Also 20 Greenfinches, 40 Lesser Redpolls, 12 Crossbills, 20 Linnets, 20 Siskins, a Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinches and 12 Meadow Pipits. (Rob Husbands).
Stinchcombe Hill 25+ Redwings, a Sand Martin with two House Martins heading S and a Firecrest in the bonfire copse. (James Robinson).
WWT Slimbridge A Bittern flew into the reedbed between Van den Bovenkamp hide and Kingfisher hide. On the Rushy three Spotted Redshanks, a Greenshank, ten Redshanks, 15 Black-tailed Godwits, c50 Teal and an Avocet. From Zeiss hide three White-fronted Geese, the SPOONBILL and two Great White Egrets. 11 Grey Plovers, three Little Stints and a Wheatear at Middle Point. The Ross’s Goose still on the Dumbles. South Lake 52 Black-tailed Godwits and two Mediterranean Gulls. A Water Rail on the Holden Walkway. (Dot Jones/Ian Ralphs/Geoff Moyser/Mike Davis/Dave Tait).
Spotted Redshank & Greenshank by Dave Tait
Awre This morning a Brambling, two Rock Pipits, a Wheatear, two Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, a Stonechat, eight Reed Buntings, five Siskins, two Grey Wagtails, seven Pied Wagtails, 32 Skylarks, 75+ Meadow Pipits, five Song Thrushes, six Jays, five Little Egrets, two Lapwings, 29 Curlews, 14 Ringed Plovers and 70+ Dunlins. (Lewis Thomson).
Painswick Beacon This morning three Hawfinches, eight Bramblings, 42 Redwings and 24 Jays S in small high groups. (Francis Steuck).
Gloucester Three Little Egrets flew over at Over at 2pm. (Donna Cook).
Coombe Hill Meadows 17 Mute Swans, 527 Greylags, a Canada Goose, 24 Wigeon, six Gadwalls, 27 Teal, eight Mallards, three Shovelers, two Grey Herons, three Cormorants, five Moorhens, a Kestrel, a Snipe, a Kingfisher, small numbers of Skylarks passing over, at least four Stonechats, two Blackcaps in sub-song, a Chiffchaff and a Reed Bunting. (David Anderson/Mike Smart).
Ashleworth Ham 58 Greylags, a Wigeon, 20 Teal, a Gadwall, 290 Mallards, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, two Snipe and a Chiffchaff singing. (Mike Smart).
Chavenage Lane/Calcot area Ten Jays, five flew S, very high up, 19 Cormorants flew W, a Red Kite, nine Stonechats and 15+ Redwings over. (Terry Grant).
Tresham Three Red Kites, 35+ Red-legged Partridges, a Grey Partridge and a Goshawk. (Terry Grant).
Tewkesbury A Red Kite and a Buzzard circling together over the town centre at 2:30pm. (Les Ditchburn).
Avening In the Star Farm area a Wheatear, 60+ Chaffinches, 120+ Yellowhammers and two male Stonechats. (Terry Grant).
Nailsworth At Barton End three Stonechats and a covey of six Red-legged Partridges.(Terry Grant).
Forest of Dean A Redwing calling over Crabtree Hill at 9:35am. (Frank Williams).
Saul Warth At high tide four Grey Plovers, 79+ Dunlins, 14 Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, 50+ Curlews, a drake Wigeon, 62 Shelducks, six Grey Herons, 14 Little Egrets, ten Skylarks, 28 Meadow Pipits, six Mistle Thrushes, 60+ Goldfinches, a Chiffchaff, a pair of Stonechats and three Jays. (Nigel Cramp/Mike Davis/MK).
Frampton Vis-mig slow at Splatt Bridge this morning, two Redwings, four Song Thrushes, six Jays, 189 Meadow Pipits, a Rock/Water Pipit, 17 Chaffinches, 11 Alba Wagtails, a Grey Wagtails, 45 Wigeon and 50 Swallows all S. Also 12 Little Egrets, two Grey Wagtails by the bridge and a Cetti’s Warbler. (Gordon Hodgson/Sue Beynon). At the Sailing Lake 12 Great Crested Grebes, a Yellow-legged Gull, two Tufted Ducks, a Cetti’s Warbler, 129 Greylags, 17 Mute Swans, a Grey Heron, four Cormorants and 40 Coots. (Sue Beynon).
WWT Slimbridge From Middle Point 302 Curlews, eight Grey Plovers, five Bar-tailed Godwits, the SPOONBILL and a Great White Egret. On the Rushy two Spotted Redshanks and two Avocets. From Zeiss hide eight Greenshanks, c200 Dunlins and a Little Stint. A Cattle Egret, two Mediterranean Gulls and 59 Black-tailed Godwits on South Lake. Seven Ruff from Kingfisher hide. (Dot Jones/Ian Hull/Ian Jukes/Jonathan Bull).
Gloucester At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Area late afternoon four Stonechats (3m, 1f), a Reed Bunting, two Moorhens, four Mallards, a Grey Heron, a Kestrel and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).
Coombe Hill Meadows An adult female Marsh Harrier hunting over the reserve this morning. Also a Greenshank, five Snipe and a Great White Egret. (Ian Hull). Also a Little Egret, a Green Woodpecker, three Grey Herons, a Kingfisher and a Blackcap. (Jeremy Holland).
WWT Slimbridge At Middle Point a Little Stint, seven Grey Plovers and four Little Egrets. (Roberta Goodall/Mike Davis). A Great White Egret from Van de Bovenkamp hide and the SPOONBILL feeding on the river. An adult Mediterranean Gull on South Lake and six male Pochards on the deep lake. A Greenshank and an Avocet on the Rushy. Nine Greenshanks and two Spotted Redshanks on the Top New Piece. (Roberta Goodall).
Saul Warth At high tide a Curlew, a Ringed Plover, 60 Dunlins, 43 Lapwing flew S, eight Little Egrets, 40+ Goldfinches, 20+ Linnets, 54 Meadow Pipits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, four Skylarks, five Swallows, a Chiffchaff, male and female Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail, three Ravens and four Jays. (MK).
Frampton On Court Lake two Hobbies, six Siskins, two Curlews, a Kingfisher, 26 Gadwalls, four Teal, two Wigeon, four Tufted Ducks, three Great Crested Grebes, 64 Mute Swans and a Cetti’s Warbler today. (Nick Goatman).
Brimscombe c20 House Martins feeding low over the garden this morning. (Helen Bojaniwska).
Newnham-on-Severn A Red Kite over Newnham and three Stonechats along the fence on Arlingham bank of the Severn. (Lewis Thomson).
Awre Five Wheatears, two Stonechats, four Reed Buntings, a Grey Wagtail, a Chiffchaff, 50 Dunlins, eight Ringed Plovers, 35 Curlews, two Snipe and a Little Egret this morning. (Lewis Thomson).
Nailsworth 11 Jays, eight of them flew S very high up just after midday. Also 24 House Martins flew S and a second young Grass Snake in the garden. (Terry Grant).
Innsworth An unconfirmed report of a Hoopoe flying WSW late morning. (per BirdGuides).
Frampton Three White-fronted Geese flew over the village high heading S at 7:30am. (Nick Goatman). Around the pools a Little Egret, 25+ Gadwalls, Yellow-legged Gull, four Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, four Skylarks, five Meadow Pipits, a Kingfisher, nine Chiffchaffs, a Cetti’s Warbler, 16 Long-tailed Tits, 1+ Nuthatch, a Bullfinch, five Jays and a Weasel. (MK).
Chiffchaff by Mike King
Cleeve Hill Three Wheatears this morning. (Duncan Dine).
Wheatear by Duncan Dine
Forest of Dean Along the River Wye downstream from Lydbrook four Mandarins (3m, 1f), a male Goosander, a Grey Wagtail, a Little Egret, a Raven and two Grey Herons. (Mike Ingleby).
Chavenage Lane/Calcot area Four Whinchats, seven Stonechats, a Red Kite, 17 Swallows and two House Martins today. (Terry Grant).
Sharpness Two Grey Herons, four Redshanks, a Curlew and a Lapwing this afternoon at SARA. (Clare Glanville).
Alvington Two Red Kites drifted over Clanna Country Park in a southerly direction early afternoon. Also five flyover Jays. (Paul Woolams).
Quedgeley At Shelduck Road this morning, two Swallows, six Skylarks, two Meadow Pipits and two Linnets over the garden all heading S and a loose flock of 19 Jays also heading S and a Chiffchaff heard briefly. In the night three Hedgehogs, two Foxes fighting in the front garden and a Tawny Owl calling from the canal area. (Steve Pullen).