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Thursday 23rd March 2017

WWT Slimbridge     A DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE on the Dumbles from 8:50am today. Also from Holden Tower 120 Barnacle Geese, a Goshawk at 11:30am, a female Sparrowhawk, seven Meadow Pipits and five Skylarks. From Zeiss hide a Spotted Redshank, two Redshanks, 14 Ruff, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Little Egret, a Buzzard and a Curlew. From Robbie Garnet hide two White-fronted Geese at 2:30pm, 47 Shovelers, two Oystercatchers, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, a Ruff and two Pied Wagtails. On South Lake 38+ Avocets and a Kingfisher. (John Fletcher/Geoff Moyser). Pic by John.DB Brent 230317

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead today a male LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER, a Chiffchaff and a Goshawk over near Cannop Ponds Stoneworks. (Tony Scott).

Symonds Yat     Birds included two Red Kites, a Peregrine, a Sparrowhawk, two Goshawks, two Ravens and at least six Buzzards today. (Tony Scott).

Frampton     12 Redshanks, a Green Sandpiper and four Sand Martin at Splatt Bridge this morning. (Gordon Hodgson). A male Goshawk through S over Splatt Bridge towards WWT. (Martin McGill). Four CATTLE EGRETS this evening came in to roost at 6.15pm on Court Lake, also a pair of Shelducks and a male Pochard. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth     60 Black-tailed Godwits this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Whiteshill     A Red Kite over at 9:30am today. (Phil Williams).

Amberley     A Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, Goldcrests singing and also male and female Siskin feeding today. (Phil Williams).

Ashley     A Tawny Owl calling at 2:30am, also a Fox barking. Late morning 9+ Skylarks, two Kestrels, four Buzzards, a Pied Wagtail, 15+ Fieldfares, 12+ Redwings, 30+ Linnets, a Bullfinch, two Goldcrests, a Treecreeper, 240 Common Gulls on sheep pasture, a sunbathing Tawny Owl, 20+ Stock Doves, a Nuthatch, two Ravens and a Sparrowhawk. (Mark Grieve).

Cirencester     A Barn Owl hunting the roadside verge at 3am over A417 near JMAC barracks. (Mark Grieve).

Cheltenham     Today at 11:30am a Raven being mobbed by several gulls over St. Marks school in Benhall. (David Norman).
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Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Frampton     A singing WILLOW WARBLER in lakeside willows near the park gates on the Perrway this morning. Also 150+ Sand Martins on the Sailing Lake. (Roy Bircher). A SHORT-EARED OWL hunting in the sunshine this afternoon viewed from Splatt Bridge.
The GREAT WHITE EGRET still at Court Lake this morning. (Roy Widgery). This evening four CATTLE EGRETS and the GREAT WHITE EGRET in Court Lake roost, three Sand Martins, a pair of Shelducks and two Tawny Owls. (Nick Goatman).

Saul     Five CATTLE EGRETS in willows at Saul Lodge pond today. (Roy Widgery).

WWT Slimbridge     A pair of GARGANEYS still on South Lake, also two Ringed Plovers and a Little Ringed Plover from Holden  Tower today. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Ashleworth Ham     The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still, 12 Pintails and a Sand Martin. The male Garganey also reported as still present. (Mark Coller).

Shab Hill     A male Wheatear with 21 Meadow Pipits and a few Linnets today. (John Miles).

Stroud     A Chiffchaff in a garden near Stroud College this morning. (David Withington).

Hawling     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at SP053218 today. (Vanda Bennett).

Minsterworth Ham     Two Shelducks, a Little Ringed Plover, a Green Sandpiper, three Snipe and three Ravens today. (Andy Jayne).

Horsley     Near Horsley recycling centre a mixed flock of finches c600-700 strong, mainly Chaffinches, Goldfinches and Linnets but also several Bramblings, 30+ Yellowhammers and at least ten Corn Buntings. (Michael Cook).

Bussage     At Toadsmoor Woods two male Nuthatches displaying early this morning,a female nearby, a Treecreeper, two singing Chiffchaffs, three Jays, a Kingfisher and a pair of Tufted Ducks on the large lake. (Michael Cook).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Dunlin, 24 Black-tailed Godwits, two Oystercatchers and a male Yellowhammer this morning. (Ian Hull).

Winchcombe     Chiffchaffs singing on Langley Road and next to Corndean Hall today. (Stuart Galey).

Cleeve Hill     Meadow Pipits singing on the common today. (Stuart Galey).

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Tuesday 21st March 2017

Ashleworth Ham    Today the drake GARGANEY, the drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL, nine Snipe, 12 Pintails, four Shelducks, 100 Wigeon, 150 Teal, six Gadwalls, 61 Coots, 20 Lapwings, 81 Black-tailed Godwits,  four Shelducks,  two Little Egrets, at least two Treecreepers, a Chiffchaff,two Cormorants, two Grey Herons, two Greylags, two Curlews, two Oystercatchers, two Buzzards, two Goldcrests, two Nuthatches, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (John Fletcher/Andy & Sue Gibbons). Pics by John.Black-tailed Godwits 210317

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Frampton    20 Redshanks, six Black-tailed Godwits, a Ruff and 50 Sand Martins at Splatt Bridge this morning. (Gordon Hodgson). Two Mediterranean Gulls over the Sailing Lake this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Painswick Beacon     Passage over the Beacon today included a Cormorant, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, 340 Common Gulls, 242 Woodpigeons, four Ravens, a White Wagtail and six alba Wagtails and 157 Meadow Pipits. (John Fleming).

Adlestrop     Three Red Kites, three Buzzards, a Kestrel and a Raven today. (Steve Brown).

Hawling     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at SP053218 today. (Steve Brown).

Twyning     A Chiffchaff at Church End today. (Mike Jones).

Avening     A Little Egret at Nag’s Head NE of Avening today. (Nicholas Leitch).

Forest of Dean     A Chiffchaff at Crabtree Hill this morning. (Frank Williams).

Symonds Yat     From the viewpoint today the resident Peregrines and an intruding juvenile Peregrine, Ravens, a House Martin, Stock Doves, two Goshawks, a female Sparrowhawk, eight Buzzards, a pair of Marsh Tits, a Siskin, a pair of Mandarins, a pair of Goosanders, a Red Admiral and two Bank Voles. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

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Monday 20th March 2017

Ashleworth Ham    At 9am today the drake GARGANEY and the drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still, also a Curlew, 30 Snipe and 30 Black-tailed Godwits. (Rob Downes/Doug Badger/Graham Watson).

Epney     A Common Sandpiper on the river at 4:45pm. (Jeremy Squire).

WWT Slimbridge     A female GARGANEY still on South Lake, 111 White-fronted Geese still on the Tack Piece and the Spotted Redshank on the Rushy again, then South Lake. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Painswick Beacon     Passage over the Beacon today included three Sparrowhawks, 31 Buzzards, 400 Golden Plovers, 106 Common Gulls, 13 Stock Doves, 18 Raven, three Swallows, 16 Meadow Pipits, 16 Chaffinches, 223 Goldfinch and 67 Siskins. (John Fleming).

Ashley     Seven Skylarks, 35+ Yellowhammers, a female Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, a Reed Bunting, five Meadow Pipits NW, 26+ Linnets, four Buzzards, four Stock Doves, a Jay, three Bullfinches and a Red-legged Partridge. (Mark Grieve).

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead this afternoon mainly around the fields area, birds included ten Goldfinches, four Buzzards, three Long-tailed Tits, male and female Bullfinch and two Song Thrushes. Also six Fallow Deer at Campbell Hide. (Martin Russell).

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Sunday 19th March 2017

WWT Slimbridge    A pair of GARGANEYS still on South Lake, also a second winter Mediterranean Gull and 44 Avocets. A Spotted Redshank on the Rushy.  (Slimbridge Sightings/Richard Tyler/Andy Jordan). Pics of Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff and Spotted Redshank by Richard. Avocet 190317

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Ashleworth Ham     The drake GARGANEY and the drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still today. Also a GREAT WHITE EGRET again, 50+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Little Egret and a pair of Oystercatchers. (Tim Gobourn/Les Sysum/Mark Dowie). Pic by Tim.Garganey 190317

Cotswold Water Park West     Five Sand Martins over Pit 65 this evening, now a pair of SCAUP on Pit 57 (the female found by Nigel Pleass). (Jon Mercer).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill today. (Ian Hull).

Norton    A COMMON SANDPIPER seen on the River Chelt three times this week. (Emma Clarkson).

Frampton     Still 50+ WAXWINGS at the N end of Court field near the gates at Park Lodge, just of the Perryway, later near Cadbury Bridge. (Nick Goatman/Ivan Sansom). This evening three CATTLE EGRETS and 32 Little Egrets came in to Court Lake to roost. Also the male Goldeneye still. (Nick Goatman).

Hardwicke     The Black Swan on the canal this morning. (Julian Long).

Cirencester     A Peregrine flew N over the Abbey Grounds at 2:45pm. (Jon Mercer).

Coombe Hill Meadows      Birds today included 3/4 Chiffchaffs, a Stock Dove, two Mistle Thrushes, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a Yellowhammer, seven Shovelers, six Shelducks, s Curlew, a pair of Oystercatchers, a Bullfinch, two Pied Wagtails, six Goldfinches, 10+ Lapwings, a Cetti’s Warbler, two Little Owls and two Grey Herons. (Les Waring).

Hawling     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at SP053218 today. (Les Waring).

Ashley     A male Wheatear, 14+ Skylarks, nine Yellowhammers, four Buzzards, a Green Woodpecker, two Stock Doves, 120+ Fieldfares, 35+ Redwings, 120+ Linnets, three Ravens, a Kestrel, seven Chiffchaffs, seven Bullfinches, a Jay, a Mistle Thrush, two Goldcrests and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers today. (Mark Grieve).

Whelford pools & Cotswold Water Park East     Two Chiffchaffs, 75+ Tufted Ducks, eight Gadwalls, two Shovelers, 25 Cormorants, 35+ Great Crested Grebes, six Pochards, two Buzzards, a Little Egret, two Greylags, a Green Woodpecker, two Oystercatchers and five Wigeon. (Mark Grieve).

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Saturday 18th March 2017

Ashleworth Ham     A drake GARGANEY and a drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still this morning. Also 30+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Little Egret and a pair of Oystercatchers. (Dave Owen/MK).

WWT Slimbridge     Two male and a female GARGANEY on South Lake today. (Roy Shilham). Pic by Roy. Garganey 180317Whitminster     A female GARGANEY on Stroudwater canal on the recently cleared area below Whitminster this morning. (Jeremy Squire).

Stow-on-the-Wold     The BLUE ROCK THRUSH of unknown origin still present today in Fisher Close today. 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. (Dan White).

Frampton     56+ WAXWINGS commuting between the large oak by the gate at Frampton Court and the trees with mistletoe by the Perryway early afternoon. Also a Cetti’s Warbler singing in the NE arm of Court Lake, 100+ Sand Martins today and a pair of Oystercatchers on Court Field. (Nick Goatman/MK). Pic by Mike.

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Cleeve Hill     A male MERLIN was hunting in the hawthorns in the “Dry Bottom” valley at 7am today and a Chiffchaff was singing below the Heather Enclosure. (Arthur Ball).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning at 7 am two Little Ringed Plovers were feeding in front of the Grundon Hide. (Chris Stott).

Hawling     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at SP053218 today. (Bob Fryer).

Painswick Beacon     Passage over the Beacon today included 22 Golden Plovers, 870 Common Gulls, 11 Stock Doves, 190 Woodpigeons, 122 Fieldfares, 30 Redwings, nine Meadow Pipits and two Siskins. Near the farm 42 Yellowhammers, two linnets, 32 Chaffinches, five Goldfinches and 13 Skylarks. (John Fleming).

Halmore     A singing Chiffchaff today. Also a female Siskin in the garden on 16th and 17th. (Chris Newton).

Forest of Dean     At Clearwell Meend two Chiffchaffs singing. (first this year). (Alan Waterman).

Symonds Yat    From the viewpoint today the Peregrine pair, who were mating occasionally, a Red Kite, two Goshawks, a female Sparrowhawk, a pair of Kestrels displaying, six Buzzards, the Raven pair, a Chiffchaff, a Tawny Owl calling, a pair of Goldcrests, a pair of Marsh Tits, a Pied Wagtail, a pair of Long-tailed Tits, a pair of Goosanders, a pair of Stock Doves, and 14 Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Gloucester     At Robinswood Hill C.P. a Red-legged Partridge, the first one recorded on the Hill in 18+ years. (Ian Elphick).

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Friday 17th March 2017

WWT Slimbridge    Today on South Lake two drake GARGANEYS, also a Spotted Redshank,c40 Avocets, a Dunlin and c60 Black-tailed Godwits. (Dave Hughes/Geoff Moyser/Roberta Goodall). Also a 3rd calendar year Mediterranean Gull on South Lake. (Mark Dowie).

Ashleworth Ham     A drake GARGANEY from 12:46pm today until 5:40pm at least. (Rob Clipson).

Hawling     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at SP053218 today. Also a Red Kite and c150 Golden Plovers. (Hugh Manistre).

Frampton     18 Sand Martins dropped into the Sailing Lake at 7:30am then flew N towards Court Lake, later at 9:15am at least 35 Sand Martins on the Sailing Lake. Down Marsh Lane no sign of the shrike but 64 Fieldfares and a Redwing flew N and a grounded flock of 30 Lapwings. An adult Yellow-legged Gull on a telegraph pole at 9:30am then flew towards the Sailing Lake. (MK). 90 Sand Martins on the Sailing Lake at 10:30am. (Mark Dowie). A Spotted Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, four Oystercatchers, two Black-tailed Godwits and two Sand Martin on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge. (Gordon Hodgson). This evening at Court Lake roost three CATTLE EGRETS, a GREAT WHITE EGRET and 35 Little Egrets also four Oystercatchers. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth     A male Wheatear, a Rock Pipit, 30 Shelducks and a large female Peregrine. Also 9+ Knot, 11 Black-tailed Godwits and 50+ Curlews flew off of the Warth and landed on Frampton flashes. (MK).

Gloucester     At Port Ham two Canada Geese, unusual here, three Meadow Pipits and a Cetti’s warbler singing. At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake four Sand Martins, two Little Egrets and ten Meadow Pipits. (Ian Elphick).

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