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Monday 23rd April 2018

WWT Slimbridge     The GLOSSY IBIS still today, showing well from Martin Smith hide this morning. (Jon Mercer).

Frampton pools      A GLOSSY IBIS flew over the Sailing Lake and appeared to drop in to the back of Court Lake at 7:45pm. A Cuckoo singing this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean     A male and at least two female Crossbills just N of Woorgreens lake. Two Siskins at Cannop Ponds on the feeders at the Stoneworks. A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER at Nagshead. (Martin Price). At the Campbell hide two Fallow Deer and birds included a Jay, three Blackcaps (2m, 1f), two Nuthatches and a Treecreeper. (Martin Russell). Crossbill pic by Martin P, Jay pic by Martin R.

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Tewkesbury     A Cetti’s Warbler at Cowfield Farm today, a patch tick. (Les Ditchburn).

Chedworth     Four Wheatears at the airfield this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Ampney Downs     A Hobby flew NW over the Fosse Way near Ampney Downs Farm today. (Steve Brown).

Coombe Hill Meadows     About ten Canada Geese, at least 15 Shelducks, at least 50 Teal, five Gadwalls, a male GARGANEY, still 30 Shovelers, two Pochards, 15 Tufted Ducks, still at least three Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe whinnying, c13 Little Egrets, three Oystercatchers, c12 Lapwings, at least two Redshanks, 46 Black-tailed Godwits, five Whimbrels and two Curlews, two Swifts, c5 Swallows, two Yellow Wagtails, c9 Sedge Warblers, two Lesser Whitethroats, a Whitethroat, two Willow Warblers and two Chiffchaffs. Also a male and a female Roe Deer. (Mike Smart).

Gloucester     At Alney Island, a Cuckoo in the riverside willows, a Sedge Warbler, five Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs, two Grey Herons, two Greylags, a Raven and a Buzzard. (Mark Grieve).

Witcombe Reservoirs     40+ Swallows, 15+ House Martins, 7+ Sand Martins, three Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs, a Stock Dove, two Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe, ten Tufted Ducks, a Buzzard and a Red Kite today. (Mark Grieve).

Highnam Woods     Two singing Nightingales at 7:30am. (Martin Greenish).

Quedgeley     Along the canal path from Clearwater Drive to Sellers Bridge included three Lesser Whitethroats, three Linnets, six Red-legged Partridge, a Kestrel, a Stock Dove, three Green Woodpeckers, six Chiffchaffs, four Blackcaps and a Raven. (Steve Pullen).

Netheridge     A Whitethroat and a Lesser Whitethroat at Netheridge Farm this morning. (Mark Hobson).

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Sunday 22nd April 2018

Coombe Hill Meadows     A WHITE STORK this afternoon briefly, but moving south to Pilning (South Glos) during the afternoon. Also a Swift and a Garden Warbler. (Will Coles). Pic by Will. A summer-plumaged CATTLE EGRET with 15 Little Egrets this afternoon. Also 47 Black-tailed Godwits. (MK/Les Ditchburn/Andy Jayne). A male GARGANEY still, four Whimbrel, six Ringed Plovers. (Graham Tompsett/Paul Rich/Tom & Greg Mabbett).

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Kingscote     A reliable report of a Hoopoe between Hunters Hall, Kingscote and the Bagpath area, probably Thur 19th/Fri 20th April last week. (Martin Saunders).

Cleeve Hill /Wardens Wood     A calling Cuckoo, a calling Curlew, male and female RING OUZEL near Postlip, five Wheatears (2m, 3f), five Tree Pipits, five Whitethroats, 11 Willow Warblers, two Chiffchaffs, five Blackcaps, five Swallows N, five Stock Doves, three Buzzards, 15+ Yellowhammers, 30+ Skylarks, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 16+ Meadow Pipits, six Red-legged Partridges, a Jay, a Kestrel and a flock of 80+ Linnets. (Mark Grieve).

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge to Saul Warth, a Cuckoo, two Lesser Whitethroats, three Whitethroats, a Wheatear and a drake Mandarin this morning. (Gordon Hodgson). Around the Sailing Lake and along Marsh Lane a Whimbrel, a Garden Warbler, two Reed Warblers, two Wheatears, two Yellow Wagtails, a Lesser Whitethroat, five Whitethroats, 17 Chiffchaffs, 33 Blackcaps, 18 Linnets, six Yellowhammers and ten Shelducks. (Nick Goatman). Around Court Lake a drake Mandarin, a pair of Greylags with five goslings, an Oystercatcher, three Reed Warblers, a Water Rail squealing, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and a Whitethroat at the Sailing Lake. (MK). Six Swifts, 50+ Sand Martins and four Swallows over Court Lake this evening. (Nick Goatman).

Stroud     A Spotted Flycatcher seen briefly, near the bridges at the N end of the lake at SO847056. Also a Nuthatch here. (Paul Sutton).

Highnam Woods     1-3 singing Nightingales heard, a singing Willow Warbler heard, four Marsh Tits, two Coal Tits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Nuthatch, two Mistle Thrushes and a Buzzard being harassed by a Crow.  (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Highnam     A Barn Owl showing well over rough pasture to N of Lassington Wood (SO 80352 20646). Last night two, today four returning House Martins over the village. (David Nicholls).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 125 a Common Tern, four Reed Warblers, Red Kites, eight Greylags and a Marsh Tit near the yacht club. (Richard Williams)

Berkeley shore     A Reed Warbler, three Whimbrels, seven Wheatears, five Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Yellow Wagtail over this morning. (Paul Taylor).

Halmore     A Cuckoo heard and briefly seen today. (Chris Newton).

Tuffley     A Cuckoo heard from home, a first here, calling from the direction of Kingsway. (Mark Hobson).

Frocester     A Red Kite at 8:30am over Peter’s Street harassed by crows then flew towards Leonard Stanley. (Malcolm Balster).

Charlton Kings     On the Common a Cuckoo, five Tree Pipits, seven Willow Warblers and two Stock Doves this morning. (Chris Furley).

Stinchcombe Common     Eight Wheatears today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins). A Marsh Tit near the top of the Nunnery lane track. (Geoff Moyser).

Daglingworth     c10 House Martins back over Daglingworth this morning. (Jon Mercer).

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Saturday 21st April 2018

Highnam     A Barn Owl quartering over rough pasture north of Lassington Wood (SO 80352 20646) at dusk. (David Nicholls).

Lechlade     A HOBBY at Bushy Leaze this afternoon at 12:30pm. (Mike Cook).

Coates     A SPOTTED FLYCATCHER in  Hailey Wood on the ride near to Tunnel House at 5:30pm. (Mike Cook).

Westrip     Two SWIFTS this morning over the Westrip side of Doverow Hill. (Steve Kear).

WWT Slimbridge     The GLOSSY IBIS flew over Zeiss hide at 10am heading S. (Steve Liptrot). A Lesser Whitethroat and a Wheatear from Holden Tower. (Rob Werran).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Three GARGANEY (2m, 1f) this morning, a first-summer Mediterranean Gull and a Whimbrel. (Mike Smart/Ian Hull/Paul Rich/Mark Grieve). Other birds today included two Pintails, two Pochards, 32 Shovelers, four Wigeon, 50+ Teal, 12 Tufted Ducks, 29+ Shelducks, 43 Black-tailed Godwits, two Curlews, three Oystercatchers, a Snipe, four Redshanks, 9+ Lapwings, seven Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, three Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Whitethroats, four Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, three Willow Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, a Reed Bunting, a Stock Dove, a Swallow, a Buzzard and a Treecreeper. Nearby four Swallows at Hartpury, two Swallows at Twigworth and two Swallows at Norton. (Mark Grieve).

Frampton     On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge a Greenshank this morning, also a Little Egret and two drake Pintails flew S. Three Lesser Whitethroats, a Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, a Cetti’s Warbler, five Blackcaps, six Chiffchaffs and just two Swallows between Cadbury Bridge, Saul and the reedbed S of Splatt Bridge. (MK). A female Redstart on the southern fence line of the reedbed N of Splatt Bridge. (Brian Kings/MK). A male Cuckoo calling constantly at Splatt bridge from 5pm. (Iain Crawford).

Saul Warth     A Whimbrel, two adult Mediterranean Gulls and three Wheatears over high tide this morning. (Paul Rich).

Cleeve Hill     At 9:30am six Wheatears just N of masts. (Roy Shilham).

Newington Bagpath     Three Wheatears at the motte this morning. (Geoff Moyser).

Boxwell     A Wheatear this morning. (Geoff Moyser).

Cotswold Water Park East     Two Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler, a Common Tern and the female SCAUP still. (Ian Ralphs).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the Peregrine pair mating and an intruding Peregrine, a Red Kite, Ravens, Buzzards, a pair of Sparrowhawks, a Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three male Mandarins, House Martins and Swallows, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a male Blackcap, a Marsh Tit, a pair of Stock Doves, a female Goosander, a Treecreeper, a Siskin, a Willow Warbler and a Tawny Owl calling. Also five Fallow Deer, three Holly Blue butterflies, a Bank Vole and a colony of Ashy Mining Bees. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Sharpness     This morning a Whimbrel, a Wheatear, a Mistle Thrush, two Whitethroats and three Lesser Whitethroats. (Andy Jordan). A Sedge Warbler, two Lesser and three Whitethroats around SO668021 this morning. Also a Wigeon, an Oystercatcher, two Gadwalls, a Cormorant and eight Shelducks on the river. (Duerden Cormack).

Berkeley shore     A Whimbrel, a Whitethroat, a Wheatear and five Lesser Whitethroats this morning. Early afternoon the first Sedge Warbler of the year at Berkeley Pill, also two Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat and two Ravens. (Paul Taylor).

Quedgeley     A Red Kite, a Peregrine and two Buzzards sharing the same thermal heading N over Quedgeley. (Steve Pullen).

Cooper’s Edge     Three Red Kites over together at 1:30pm. (Jared Mein).

Cambridge     At 5:10pm a Red Kite heading E, crossed the A38 between Cambridge and the Slimbridge roundabout SO744029. (Ian Elphick).

Nailsworth     This afternoon, at the New Lawn, Forest Green, a Red Kite over. (Hugh Manistre).

Cheltenham     An Orange Tip butterfly this morning in Eldorado Road near Cheltenham Railway station. (Keith White).

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Friday 20th June 2018

WWT Slimbridge     The GLOSSY IBIS from Zeiss hide at 12:30pm. (Dan Hill).

Upper Swell     An OSPREY over at 4:45pm. (Greg Mabbett).

Highnam Woods     4+ singing Nightingales in the mist this morning. The car park will be open this weekend 10am-4pm. (RSPB Gloucestershire).

Eastleach     A PIED FLYCATCHER sat in a sycamore catching flies this lunchtime. (Paul Tubb).

Snowshill     A Fieldfare still today. (Keith Jennings).

Forest of Dean     Two singing Wood Warblers at Eastbach Meend, one near the closed car park at Hangerberry Inclosure and one in Eastbachmeend Inclosure. (Gavin Black).

Cleeve Hill     This morning 14 Wheatears, three Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, 15 Willow Warblers, a Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker and a Red Kite. (Graham Tompsett).

Tidenham Chase     Nine Wheatears on Poor’s Allotment this morning. (Lewis Thomson).

Edge     At Sevenleaze Lane in the Spoonbed Farm area mid afternoon at SO 861124 two Grey Partridges, a Red Kite, 12 Blackcaps, two Willow Warblers and six Chiffchaffs. (John Fletcher).

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Thursday 19th April 2018

Frampton     A GLOSSY IBIS and two Little Egrets at Splatt Bridge reed bed at 2:30 pm today,then flew off northwards along the canal towards Saul Warth. (Richard Farr). A WOOD WARBLER singing occasionally and showing on and off at the top end of the Sailing Lake (Blue Pool) in willows this morning. Also this morning a Yellow Wagtail over, a Sedge Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Whitethroat. (MK).

WWT Slimbridge     A GLOSSY IBIS on the Tack Piece at midday but flew towards the  Top New Piece. A CATTLE EGRET on the Tack Piece at 4pm. (Trevor & Sue Clayson). Pics by Sue.

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Cranham     A RING OUZEL at Overtown Farm earlier this week. (Paulha Whitaker).

Barnsley Warren SSSI     Three Redstarts singing late morning. Enter via the stone stile on the Welsh Way near Barnsley. (Steve Brown).

Prestbury Hill     A Redstart singing below the beech wood, a Cuckoo calling and moving around the area and a Red Kite wheeling just to the north, over Cleeve Common. (Rob Homan).

Cotswold Water Park East     A Cuckoo calling at Whelford Pools today. Two Common Terns still at Pit 125. (Duncan Dine).

Forest of Dean     A male Cuckoo at Crabtree Hill this morning. (Lewis Thomson). Five Buzzards over Mitcheldean around mid afternoon. (Chris Keeling).

Dymock     A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER calling today. (Charles Martell/Mike Smart/Mervyn Greening/Ian Duncan).

Clifford’s Mesne     A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER calling today. (Charles Martell).

Chedworth     A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER seen and heard today. Also a Red Kite and a Raven. (Ken Hall).

Tidenham Chase     Three singing Siskins and a pair of Crossbills, the male singing from Pines. (Terry Fenton).

Saul Warth     A Whimbrel feeding on the mud flats off Hock Ditch at 7am. (Martin Greenish).

Netheridge     A Common Sandpiper, patch tick, and a Lesser Whitethroat at Netheridge Farm this morning. (Mark Hobson).

Cleeve Hill     Five Buzzards, a female Sparrowhawk, a pair of Kestrels seen mating, Ravens, a Willow Warbler, two Yellowhammers, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, and a female Stonechat. Also Brimstone and Peacock butterflies and a Seven Spot Ladybird. (Chris & Phil  Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows     39 Black-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, three Curlews, a Redshank, the Black Swan still and a Lesser Whitethroat this afternoon. (Martin Greenish).

Ashleworth Ham     Six Whimbrels and up to seven Curlews, three Lapwings, three Oystercatchers, four Little Egrets, five Grey Herons, a Great Crested Grebe, a Red Kite, a Kestrel, a Tawny Owl, four Mute Swans, five Greylags, 13 Canada Geese, nine Shelducks, ten Tufted Ducks, 46 Teal, two Shovelers, two Gadwalls, a Cormorant, a calling Cuckoo, three Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, four Blackcaps, two Skylarks, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Reed Buntings, a Jay, two Bullfinches, two Stock Doves and a Red-legged Partridge. (Mark Grieve/John Fletcher).

Tewkesbury     At Cowfield farm three Lesser Whitethroats, two Whitethroats, a Sparrowhawk, a Raven, a Reed Bunting and a Green Woodpecker. (Les Ditchburn).

Batsford     This afternoon around the Arboretum birds included a pair of Jays ground feeding S of the lake, two Red Kites flying S over Batsford House then circling back over the church, and three Nuthatches. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

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Wednesday 18th April 2018

Cleeve Hill     A male RING OUZEL near Oat Piece at the N end of the common this morning. (Stuart Galey). At West Down a Cuckoo and two female Wheatears this afternoon. (Peter Rodgers). A Cuckoo seen near the trig point, a Swallow migrating N, at least six singing Willow Warblers and four singing Chiffchaffs on the common. (Keith White). Four Wheatears at 9:45am. (Roy Shilham).

Leckhampton Hill      Six RING OUZELS this evening. Four flew high at dusk towards Cleeve Hill masts, two remained and fed until dark. (Tom Mabbett).

Sherborne     An OSPREY at first light still at the Broadwater today. (Jon Mercer).

Forest of Dean     The first Willow Warbler singing in Forge Hill, Lydbrook, with another down in the valley. (Chris Sullivan).

Bourton-on-the-Water     A pair of Long-tailed Tits nest building this morning. (Peter Rodgers). Pic by Peter.

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Frampton     A Reed Warbler singing and showing occasionally in the reedbed S of Splat Bridge today. Also a Sedge Warbler, a Cetti’s Warbler, three Chiffchaffs and a male Blackcap. (MK). Four CATTLE EGRETS roosted, a REED WARBLER, a Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler, 15 Chiffchaffs, 19 Blackcaps, a Reed Bunting, a Common Sandpiper and six Stock Doves this evening. (Nick Goatman). A SANDWICH TERN over the Severn viewed from Splatt Bridge going towards WWT. (Gordon Hodgson).

Cotswold Water Park West      A Reed Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat singing at Shorncote Reedbeds this evening. (Jon Mercer).

Highnam Woods     A Nightingale singing early evening. (Dave Owen).

Stroud     A Dipper today at 6:30pm on the canal below Marling School sports ground. (Paul Sutton).

Hardwicke     First thing at Sellars Bridge and along the canal S, four Willow Warblers, four Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, a Kingfisher and a Green Woodpecker. (Paul Masters).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Two Common Sandpipers this morning. Also a Little Owl. (Duncan Dine).

Rodborough Common     A Wheatear today. (Josh Adamms). Pic by Josh.

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Minchinhampton     In the garden three Greenfinches, a Red Kite and a Buzzard flying overhead, a Sparrowhawk and 10+ Goldfinches today. (Josh Adamms).

Ashleworth Ham     A SANDWICH TERN flew through at 1:47pm, ten Whimbrels at ttwo Lapwings, he end of Stank Lane (Mark Grieve/Martin Greenish), a Little Egret, three Oystercatchers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Tufted Ducks, four Gadwalls, four Shelducks, two Curlews, two Greylags, 34+ Teal, 15 Shovelers, a male Pochard, six Blackcaps, five Buzzards, three Chiffchaffs, four Grey Herons, five Willow Warblers, four Stock Doves, a Pied Wagtail,  a Treecreeper, two Skylarks and two Reed Buntings. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows     On the floodwater, the male COMMON SCOTER still present, c6 Great Crested Grebes, 95 Teal, at least 46 Black-tailed Godwits, four Redshanks, two Oystercatchers, two Curlews and a singing Lesser Whitethroat. (Mike Smart/Mervyn Greening).

Amberley     A Red Kite flew S over the house at 4:30pm (Theescombe Lane), a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff singing in the garden, a Mistle Thrush singing in the valley. A pair of Nuthatches on Theescombe Hill. Also Orange Tip and Holly Blue butterflies in the garden. (Phil Williams).

Hucclecote     Three drake Mallards in the garden today and three Buzzards over. (Harold Smith). Pic by Harold.

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Tuesday 17th April 2018

Awre     A FULMAR flew up past Awre at 9:35 this morning. (John Phillips).

WWT Slimbridge     Two LITTLE TERNS on South Lake this afternoon until 3:15pm, reported briefly again at 4:45pm. (Dave Paynter). Two SANDWICH TERNS past Holden Tower at 10:35am. (Geoff Moyser).

Saul Warth     A SANDWICH TERN at 11:45am and five Whimbrels flew N at 12:45pm. (MK).

Frampton     Two SANDWICH TERNS on the Sailing Lake this afternoon. Also two Great Black-backed Gulls, 150+ Sand Martins, 50+ Swallows, two House Martins. 16 Chiffchaffs, 19 Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler, a Common Sandpiper, a male Pochard, 70 Tufted Ducks and eight Gadwalls around the pools. (Nick Goatman). Four Whimbrels feeding with Curlews at the shore tonight. (Neil Smart).

Sherborne     At least one OSPREY throughout the day around the Broadwater until 6:20pm at least. It seems there have probably been up to four different birds here, two ringed and two unringed. (Keith Jennings/Vanda Owen/Paul Stockwin/Colin Midgeley).

Coombe Hill Meadows     The COMMON SCOTER still today. (Ian Hull/Mark Grieve). A SANDWICH TERN with Black-headed Gulls at 12:23pm, a LITTLE GULL at 12:40pm, four Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, two Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe, a Cormorant, a calling Cuckoo, a Bullfinch, two Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, nine Lapwings, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Curlew heard, two Oystercatchers, 25+ Golden Plovers over, 33 Teal, 20+ Tufted Ducks, four Shelducks, 20+ Shovelers, nine Wigeon, 25+ Swallows, four House Martins, a Raven and four Reed Buntings

Ashleworth & Hasfield Ham     Birds today included an Egyptian Goose, two Shelducks, two Wigeon, six Gadwalls, 30 Teal, 25 Mallards, nine Pintails, 14 Shovelers, a male Pochard, 19 Tufted Ducks, a Little Egret, a Little Grebe, 40+ Coots, an Oystercatcher, four Whimbrels, two Curlews, two Common Sandpipers, a Peregrine and a male Redstart. (Andy Jayne).

Cleeve Hill     Two RING OUZELS and three Wheatears this morning. (Greg Mabbett).

Gloucester     A REED WARBLER singing at Port Ham pond, Alney Island, at SO817194 today. (Ian Elphick).

Cotswold Water Park East     Two Common Terns and a Lesser Whitethroat singing at Pit 125 this morning. Two Little Ringed Plovers on Pit 126.  (Duncan Dine).

Shuthonger     A Cuckoo back in it’s usual area, in fields between Woodend Lane and Church End. (Sarah Loaring).

Berkeley shore     Two GCRP Common Cranes dropped in, also a Lesser Whitethroat, a Yellow Wagtail over, a Common Sandpiper, ten House Martins flew S and just three Swallows. (Paul Taylor).

Sharpness     A Lesser Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler at the picnic site at 5pm and a Common Tern N past SARA.  (Andy Jordan).

Symonds Yat     From the Yat Rock area the Peregrine pair (seen mating several times today), a pair of  Sparrowhawks, Buzzards, Ravens, Swallows and House Martins, a Stock Dove, a Green Woodpecker calling, two female Goosanders a pair of Marsh Tits, a Mistle Thrush, two Greenfinches, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and a Tawny Owl calling. Also newly hatched Tadpoles in a water-filled ditch. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tewkesbury     On the Ham two Shelducks over, a Mandarin in flight, a Lapwing, up to six Curlews, a Kingfisher along the Severn,120 Common Gulls, three Swallows, a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 35 Carrion Crows, a Raven over and two Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

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