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Monday 19th November 2018

WWT Slimbridge    At least one JACK SNIPE on the right hand (East) island from Martin Smith hide today. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard Tyler.

Jack Snipe 191118

Frampton    A MERLIN chasing a Skylark over Marsh Lane at 9:48am. Also a pair of Red Crested Pochards on the Sailing Lake. (Geoff Moyser).

Twyning    The adult Greenland White-fronted Goose again on the N side of the River Avon just N of Bredon at Upham Meadow with Canada Geese this morning and still present at dusk. (Brian Stretch).

Highnam Woods     This afternoon two Goldcrests, two Nuthatches, a Song Thrush, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Gloucester     At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today three Mute Swans, a drake Teal, a pair of Wigeon, 30 Mallards, two Grey Herons, 7+ Moorhens, three Coots, three Stonechats (1m & 2f) (per D Rogers) and a Reed Bunting. (Gord Avery).

Staunton     310 Lapwing on winter stubble N of Straight Lane today (GL19 3NY). At Pillows Green a Little Egret low over the garden today, a garden tick. (Harvey Sherwood).

Brockhampton     A female Roe Deer galloped along the road through the village today. (Roger Wasley).

Roe Deer 191118

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Sunday 18th November 2018

Frampton pools     The WOODLARK still with 20+Skylarks along Marsh Lane S of the Sailing Lake and around the pools two CATTLE EGRETS, a Great White Egret, 15 Little Egrets, a pair of Goldeneyes, a pair of Red Crested Pochards, seven Pochards, a Pintail, 114 Tufted Ducks, 105 Teal, 59 Gadwalls, four Wigeon, seven Shovelers, a Yellow-legged Gull and a Green Sandpiper today. (Nick Goatman). A pair of Stonechats, three Snipe and 40 Wigeon at Splatt Bridge this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Twyning     The Greenland White-fronted Goose still showing well on Upham Meadow, Glos, viewed from a field N of Fleet Lane, Worcs. (Andy Warr).

WWT Slimbridge     A JACK SNIPE from Martin Smith hide this morning also at least 13 Common Cranes on the Dumbles including the two unringed adults. (Roberta Goodall). A wholly unconfirmed report of two Tundra Bean Geese today. (Rare Bird Alert).

Staverton     A Barn Owl at 10:20pm. (Martin Greenish).

Hidcote Bartrim    A pair of Stonechats along the bridleway above Hidcote Bartrim near the masts today. (Paul Masters).

Ozleworth     A large flock of Golden Plovers and some Lapwings today. (Katharine Goatman).

Gloucester     A Red Kite over Gloucester Services on the M5 mid morning. (Jeremy Squire).

Coaley     A Peregrine on top of the church today. (Josh Adamms).

Frocester Hill     At 1pm a female Kestrel sat on overhead cables at Owlpen Farm. (Paul Sutton).

Stonehouse area     Around St Cyr’s Church/canal a Kingfisher flew E along the canal by the Church, a Raven over calling and a Tawny Owl calling from the churchyard. A Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Buzzard at Stanley Downton. Another Buzzard near Bonds Mill, two Little Grebes on the canal there and three Fieldfares. (Paul Sutton).

Cotswolds    This afternoon a male Stonechat near Hazleton at SP074188. 200+ Golden Plovers SE of Hawling by the B4068, at SP082219, with many Lapwings. Three Red Kites near Salperton at SP068197, and also large number of Fieldfares and a few Redwings. (Laurie Pierce/Duncan Dine).

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Saturday 17th November 2018

Twyning     At midday at Upham Meadow a Greenland White-fronted Goose (fitted with a radio transmitter) with 128 Canada Geese and six Greylags at the southern end opposite the caravan park. The bird roosted across the river in Worcestershire. (Mike Smart). Pics by Andy Warr.

Greenland White-fronted Goose 171118 1

Greenland White-fronted Goose 171118 2

From Tony Fox:

This bird is an adult female Greenland White-fronted Goose caught in Hvanneyri, W Iceland on 23 September 2017, after several days at Hvanneyri, it shifted westwards within Iceland to spend the remaining time staging in Myrar. That autumn it overshot Wexford, hit the Brittany coast and looped round back over Cornwall to arrive finally at Wexford where it wintered.

In autumn of 2018, it left Iceland on 24 October sometime after 2:37pm and was midway across the sea 2am on 25 October, but was clearly drifting very far E, ending up in mid North Sea arriving off Texel 5pm. She clipped Goeree S of Rotterdam 8pm, and a little later left the Belgian coast off Zeebrugge reaching the English coast 0:30am 26 October at the mouth of the Deben Estuary. It looped SW and departed the southern English coast between Newhaven and Seaford, heading for the French coast, which it reached about 7am same day, just N of Le Havre. Then it headed NE and just inland of Calais at midday swung NW and crossed the Channel again, coming into NE Kent mid-afternoon on 26 October. She headed for the N coast and seem to rest on the sea. It seemed to land in a field just inland from there, but at midnight set off W, following the N coast of Kent, continuing over just S of Heathrow at 3pm on 27 October. She stopped briefly for a few hours 7-9pm in fields near Aynho, at southern end of Northamptonshire before heading on, and probably roosted in N Gloucestershire before heading onwards. By 5:50pm on 28 October reached gravel pits at Great Comberton and has been on the Glos/Worcs border ever since.

GWF map

Coombe Hill Meadows    Four Mute Swans, 30 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 25 Mallards, six Shovelers, three Grey Herons, 21 Snipe, two JACK SNIPE, 12 Meadow Pipits, a pair of Stonechats and c150 Fieldfares and c50 Redwings. (Mike Smart).

Daglingworth     A BLACK REDSTART for at least an hour at Manor Farm, Lower End this morning. Also two Stonechats and a Reed Bunting. (Andrew Morrison).

Frampton     A GREATER SCAUP on Court Lake and two Goldeneyes and a Chiffchaff at the Sailing Lake. (Nick Goatman).

Cotswold Water Park East     The adult GREAT NORTHERN DIVER moulting into winter plumage still on Pit 125 today. (Merv Carlyon). Pic by Merv. A Green Sandpiper on the new pit Pit 112 on the W side of CWP(E). Also a small party of Siskins and a Peregrine at Pit 126. (Ian Ralphs).

Great Northern Diver 171118

WWT Slimbridge     Two JACK SNIPE from Martin Smith hide and the two unringed adult Common Cranes on the Dumbles again. (Paul Masters/Jon Mercer).

Little Barrington    150 Lapwings and 200 Golden Plovers in autumn sown cereal at Leys Farm. (Ian Ralphs).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrine pair and a female Peregrine intruder, three Red Kites, two Goshawks, three Sparrowhawks, a Jay, Ravens, Redwings, Lapwings, four Wild Boar and two Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Peregrine 181118

Forest of Dean     Around Nagshead a flock of Bramblings, very skittish along the top track, a Redwing, a Goldcrest, a Nuthatch, several Jays and a Great Spotted Woodpecker today. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.

Nuthatch 171118.jpg

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Friday 16th November 2019

Frampton     A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER on the Sailing Lake today until 11am at least. (Martin McGill).

Cotswold Water Park East     The adult GREAT NORTHERN DIVER moulting into winter plumage still on Pit 125 today. (Jon Mercer).

WWT Slimbridge     A Water Rail under feeders, the BITTERN still from Zeiss hide, 18 White-fronted Geese from Holden Tower, a Grey Wagtail over and a Stoat from Kingfisher hide. (Philip Collins).

Whitehall     Along the road from Whittington to Whitehall farm a Brambling
feeding with six Chaffinches, 20 Goldfinches, a Yellowhammer, two Coal
Tits, a Nuthatch, a Buzzard and a Kestrel and mixed flocks of Fieldfares
and Redwings moving around the area. (Steve Brown).

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Thursday 15th November 2018

Cam Green     A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER heard calling from the oak tree behind the workshop at the top of the lane but not seen. (Neil Smart).

Forest of Dean    150+ Bramblings feeding on beech mast along the ridge between Campbell Hide and Bixslade, most (100+) on the Long Trail above Bixslade Quarry SO60220983, also six Hawfinches, eight Crossbills and c25 Siskins. (Lewis Thomson).

Cotswold Water Park East     The adult GREAT NORTHERN DIVER moulting into winter plumage still on Pit 125 this morning. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.

Great Northern Diver 151118

WWT Slimbridge     A CATTLE EGRET from Kingfisher hide this morning, a Great White Egret on the Rushy this afternoon, the BITTERN again from Zeiss hide and 100’s of Golden Plovers, c50 Snipe, 15 Ruff, two Peregrines, Black-tailed Godwits and a few Dunlin and a Little Egret over Kingfisher hide. (Philip Collins).

Tewkesbury     At Lower Lode brickpits today three pairs of Mute Swans, 20 Wigeon, five Gadwalls, 25 Mallards, two male Tufted Ducks, two Grey Herons, five Cormorants, ten Coots, 60 Black-headed Gulls and 200 Fieldfares. (Mike Smart).

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Wednesday 14th November 2018

Cotswold Water Park East     The adult GREAT NORTHERN DIVER moulting into winter plumage still on Pit 125 today. (Bob Webb).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Pit 41 a Great White Egret, a Kingfisher, 13 Goldeneye and ten Goosanders. Also at least 34 Red Crested Pochards on Pit 44. (Paul Rich).

Leckhampton     A BLACK REDSTART on a stone wall in the garden today, a garden tick. (Chris Furley).

Saul    A CATTLE EGRET with two Little Egrets amongst cattle in fields between Saul and Fretherne this afternoon. (Roy Widgery).

Forest of Dean     An unconfirmed of the Great Grey Shrike having returned to Crabtree Hill. (per Terry Grant).

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Tuesday 13th November 2018

Cotswold Water Park East     The adult GREAT NORTHERN DIVER moulting into winter plumage still on Pit 125 today. (Duncan Dine/Jon Mercer/Tony Perry). Pic by Duncan.

Great Northern Diver 131118

Saul    A CATTLE EGRET in the fields past Cadbury Bridge along the road to Fretherne this morning. (Roy Widgery).

Frampton     A SHORT-EARED OWL from Splatt Bridge at dusk. (Phil Pope). At Court Lake at first light a Brambling over with 12 Redwings, eight Little Egrets and 23 Cormorants roosting. (Nick Goatman).

Selsley     A SHORT-EARED OWL low over the Common at 4:15pm. (Colin Greenfield).

WWT Slimbridge     The WATER PIPIT again flew low W over the South Finger path to the Top New Piece this morning. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Symonds Yat     At Yat Rock area today the resident Peregrine pair and another adult Peregrine nearby, six Buzzards, two Goshawks, two Red Kites, a male Sparrowhawk, a Grey Heron, Fieldfares and Redwings, a Song Thrush, three Jays, Ravens and two Stock Doves. Also two Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Whitminster     Two Bewick’s Swans flying over Whitminster heading south. A mixed flock of 200+ Song Thrushes, Redwings and Mistle Thrushes in the orchard next to Whitminster Garden Centre. (James Barradine).

Framilode     A Cormorant, 200+ Lapwings and 100+mixed gulls today. (James Barradine).

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