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Saturday 16th January 2021

Cambridge/Slimbridge   Along the canal between Cambridge Arms Bridge and Patch Bridge a pair of GREAT WHITE EGRETS flew over, a Kingfisher and a Cormorant. In a field at SO728045 c15 Curlews, c30 Common Gulls and two Shelducks. In a field just off the canal at SO728041 a Grey Wagtail and c8 Pied Wagtails. (Dave Abrams & Hannah Willoughby).

Epney     A Barn Owl hunting at Lea Court Farm at the Epney end of Castle Lane viewed from the canal at 4:10pm. A Kingfisher just S of Parkend Bridge and a Stonechat near to Saul Marina. (MK).

Hardwicke    Two Little Grebes on the canal S of Sellars Bridge, also this morning a Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail, three Mute Swans, a Green Woodpecker, a Bullfinch and a Raven. (Paul Masters).

Cotswold Water Park West     Three Goosanders (2m, 1f) on Pit 4 at South Cerney this afternoon. Also a Jay. (Bruce Kettle).

Cheltenham     Around The Hewletts and Northfield Farm Circular today birds included 15 Chaffinches, three Ravens, a Red Kite, a male Peregrine and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (Howard Smith).

Gloucester     At Linden today 300+ Jackdaws going to roost and two Coal Tits on garden feeders today. (Mo Croose-Johnson).

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Friday 15th January 2021

Frampton     At Splatt Bridge this morning a ‘new’ immature male Marsh Harrier hunting over the 100-acre, three Stonechats, 200 Golden Plovers over S, 60+ Dunlins over the river, eight Snipe and a JACK SNIPE in the reedbed. (Gordon Hodgson).

Gloucester     A male BLACK REDSTART still on the Cathedral today. (Andy Jayne).

Kingscote     103 Golden Plovers in a field adjoining the A4135 at ST803965. (Vic Polley).

Ozleworth     170 Golden Plovers and 16 Lapwings in a field next to Symonds Hall Farm at the B4058/A4135 junction. (Vic Polley).

Chipping Campden     A Peregrine flew S over High Street at 3:30pm. (Julian Bennett).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Birds today included two Mute Swans, 28 Mallards, five Tufted Ducks, two Little Grebes, three Great Crested Grebes, eight Cormorants, six Moorhens, 35 Coots, a Mistle Thrush, two Ravens and 12 Siskins. (Gordon Avery).

Shab Hill     240 Golden Plovers on winter cereals at 12:30pm. (Gordon Avery).

Chalford Hill     A Lesser Redpoll in an apple tree in the garden at 2pm today. Also a ringed male Blackcap. (Rachel Witcombe).

Wotton-under-Edge     Four Lesser Redpolls feeding on alders close to the entrance of Nind Reserve today. (Dave Emery).

Hardwicke     A Kingfisher flying and perching along Shorn Brook, Sticky Lane today. (Sue Beynon).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A possible Siberian Chiffchaff tonight at the hide. (Jeremy Squire).

Quedgeley    A Little Egret on Dimore Brook again, along the canal S to Sandfield Bridge two Stonechats, two Kingfishers, a Coot, two Kestrels, 53 Common Gulls and near Parkend Bridge the Bar-headed Goose. (Paul Masters).

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Thursday 14th January 2021

Longford     Between Longford and Sandhurst this afternoon, two Peregrines, a Raven, a Green Woodpecker, seven Skylarks, two Meadow Pipits, two Mallards and ten Grey Herons. (Jim Northcott).

Dymock     The first male Blackcap in the garden this winter, feeding on apple. (Nick Fairburn).

Blackcap by Nick Fairburn

Coombe Hill Meadows     c4000 ducks mainly Wigeon and Teal with good numbers of Pintails and Shovelers and at least 500 Greylags and Canada Geese, seven Shelducks, three Tufted Ducks, at least 180 Lapwings and five Skylarks. (Mike Smart).

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Wednesday 13th January 2021

Cotswold Water Park West    A GREAT WHITE EGRET in a field W of the disused railway line at SU075948. (Bruce Kettle).

Great White Egret by Bruce Kettle

Kempley     A Green Sandpiper, flushed from shallow pools in a field adjacent to Kempley Court at SO671310 today. (Richard Lansdown).

Dursley     A Dipper from the Rope Walk, also three Siskins at Yellow Hundred Close. (Phil Pope).

Coombe Hill Meadows    15 Mute Swans, 200 Greylags, 250 Canada Geese, eight Shelducks, 2500 Wigeon, 5+ Gadwalls, 750+ Teal, 40 Mallards, 400+ Pintails, 150+ Shovelers, six Tufted Ducks, 20 Coots, 107+ Lapwings, 15 Pied Wagtails and 40 Fieldfares today. (Mike Smart). Also a Peregrine this afternoon. (Jeremy Squire).

Moreton Valence     A Bar-headed Goose with two Mute Swans flew on to the canal N of Parkend Bridge at 2:45pm and swam N towards Sellars Bridge. Also a Kingfisher and two Cormorants. (Sue Beynon).

Hardwicke    A Little Grebe on the canal immediately S of Sellars Bridge, also a Kingfisher. (Paul Masters).

Cambridge   Just off Ryall’s lane today a female Bullfinch, c20 Redwings, a few Song Thrushes and Mistle Thrushes and 4-5 Long-tailed Tits. Also a male Blackcap in the garden today. (Dave Abrams & Hannah Willoughby).

Gloucester     At Saintbridge pond two adult Mute Swans, five Teal, 33+ Mallards, 20+ Moorhens, 29 Black-headed Gulls and three Herring Gulls. (Gordon Avery).

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Tuesday 12th January 2021

Dursley    20+ Siskins and a Little Grebe at Rockstowes near Dursley this morning. (Phil Pope).

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Monday 11th January 2021

Chavenage Lane & Chavenage Green area     A male MERLIN, 720+ Redwings, 400+ Fieldfares, 7+ Stonechats (4m, 3f), 13 Pied Wagtails, 110+ Meadow Pipits, 350+ Linnets, 650+ Chaffinches, 100+ Yellowhammers and 750+ Starlings today. (Terry Grant).

Longford/Sandhurst     20 Teal, a Red Kite, a Sparrowhawk, two Kestrels, a Peregrine, two Woodcocks, two Ravens, 65 Skylarks, a Marsh Tit, a Chiffchaff, three Blackcaps, four Treecreepers, 180+ Fieldfares, 120+ Redwings, six Stonechats, 50 Pied Wagtails, two Lesser Redpolls, two Grey Wagtails and nine Reed Buntings today. (Andy Jayne).

Cheltenham     A drake Mandarin in Hatherley Park at lunch time. (Mike Beer).

Forest of Dean     A FIRECREST bathing in the garden pond, then preening and feeding in the pyracanthas in Coleford. (Frank Williams). Today at Cannop Upper Pond 13 Mandarins (7 males) and a Little Grebe. A Marsh Tit still at the feeders. (Chris Keeling).

Hempsted Meadows N.R.     Three Mute Swans (1ad, 2 yearlings), a Little Egret, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, two Snipe, up to six Ravens commuting back and forth from GLS to Minsterworth Ham, c200 Redwings and c60 Fieldfares. (Gordon Avery).

Quedgeley/Hardwicke     A Little Egret along the Dimore Brook again this morning, also a Kingfisher and male and female Grey Wagtail. (Paul Masters).

Syreford     A Little Egret fishing in a stream this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Eastcombe     At the Eastcombe end of Accommodation Road 1 or 2 Goldcrests and at least 50 Chaffinches back and forth between fields and trees. (Michael Phelps).

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Sunday 10th January 2021

Gloucester     The FIRECREST again in Richard’s Wood at Alney Island today. (Mark Hobson).

Chavenage Lane     A Barn Owl hunting at 1:50pm, also 4+ Stonechats and 12 Pied Wagtails. (Terry Grant).

Stonehouse/Eastington    A Little Grebe on the canal between the Ocean and Bond’s Mill. A Kingfisher at Pikebridge. A Dipper at Eastington, Meadow Bridge SO781057 and another at Beard’s Mill, also a Raven there. (Nigel Birch). In the same general area a Little Egret on the River Frome viewed from under railway bridge at Nutshell Bridge. Also two Long-tailed Tits, two Goldcrests, three Buzzards and two Kestrels. (Bob Hindle).

Stanley Downton     Two female Kestrels, a Buzzard, c15 Pied Wagtails with c15 Chaffinches in fields around the Water Treatment works. (Paul Sutton).

Cambridge     A Kingfisher, c20 Redwings and a Goldcrest today. (Dave Abrams).

Moreton Valence     Two Little Egrets, a Raven and 1000+ Starlings S of Parkend Bridge this morning. (MK). A Barn Owl hunting in the field to the S of Castle Lane at 3pm. (Roberta Goodall).

Saul     18 Golden Plovers over fields at Saul Marina, and a female Blackcap and a Grey Heron by the sluice. (MK).

Grey Heron by Mike King

Frampton     At Splatt Bridge 44 Shelducks, a Kingfisher, a pair of Reed Buntings and a Raven. (MK).

Horsley     A male and female Stonechat in the Boscombe Valley today at 1:50pm at ST83429787. (David Bullock).

Stroud     Two pairs of Mandarins at Bowbridge today. (Simon Ashley).

Leckhampton     A pair of Blackcaps in the garden during the past week. (Claire Neale-Brown).

Charlton Kings     A female Brambling and two Marsh Tits at a feeding station this afternoon. (Tom & Greg Mabbett).

Whittington     This morning c70 Yellowhammers, 50 Chaffinches, at least two Bramblings and some Goldfinches and Greenfinches. (Duncan Dine).

Hucclecote     A Redwing in the garden this morning, a garden first. (Emma Byford).

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Saturday 9th January 2021

Gloucester     A FIRECREST again in Richard’s Wood at Alney Island today. (Andy Jayne).

Tewkesbury     A GREAT WHITE EGRET in a field between Mythe nature reserve and Dawley’s caravan park. (Sarah Loaring).

Slimbridge     Between Shepherds Patch and Ryall’s Lane, Cambridge a GREAT WHITE EGRET, a Kingfisher and a female Stonechat today. (Mike Davis).

Stonehouse/Eastington     A Dipper at Pikebridge, 50 Chaffinches at Eastington, 50+ Redwings at Eastington, five Cormorants on pylons in a field adjacent to Millend Lane, two Buzzards, one at Cress Green, and one at Beard’s Mill, 16 Pied Wagtails at the Sewage Works and a Green Woodpecker at St Cyr’s Church. (Nigel Birch).

Minchinhampton Common     Two very confiding Golden Plovers surrounded by oblivious dog walkers, giving views less than 50ft away before running further away. (Terry Grant).

Golden Plover by Terry Grant

Golden Plovers by Terry Grant

Frampton     Around the pools three Goldeneyes, seven Wigeon, 64 Tufted Ducks, three Pochards, five Little Grebes, five Great Crested Grebes, 24 Mallards, 20 Gadwalls, five Teal, two Shovelers, 33 Cormorants, seven Greylags, four Canada Geese and a Bar-headed Goose. (Nick Goatman/Dave Abrams & Hannah Willoughby). Along the canal a Buzzard,  c20 Linnets and a Goldcrest. (Dave Abrams & Hannah Willoughby).

Cheltenham    This morning at 9am, three Sparrowhawks circling low over Benhall, one chasing another and then going into a fast dive and swooping up before drifting off towards the Golden Valley. (David Norman).

Bishops Cleeve     A pair of Goldcrest in Tesco’s car park today. (Dawn Ballinger).

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Friday 8th January 2021

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote birds today included a Water Rail, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Goldcrest. (Chris Snook).

Water Rail by Chris Snook

Cetti’s Warbler by Chris Snook

Goldcrest by Chris Snook

Stroud     A Chiffchaff and a Dipper on the canal behind Homebase. (Colin Greenfield).

Nailsworth     Eight Little Egrets flew along the Nailsworth Valley at 9am and then single birds back and forth throughout the day. (Terry Grant).

Rodborough     Three Little Egrets flew over at 10:15am, a garden tick. (Simon Ashley).

Stonehouse    From Bond’s Mill to Eastington along the River Frome a Dipper, four Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, a Buzzard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Goldcrest and eight Redwings. (Josh Adamms).

Tuffley     Garden birds today included three Redwings, male and female Blackcap, two Grey Wagtails and two Pied Wagtails. (John Fletcher).

Grey Wagtail by John Fletcher

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Thursday 7th January 2021

Frampton pools     34 Tufted Ducks, six Gadwalls, a Wigeon, 12 Mallards, 52 Blackbirds, 12 Song Thrushes, 124 Redwings, 18 Fieldfares, 14 Pied Wagtails, eight Meadow Pipits, 300+ Linnets, 200+ Chaffinches, 26 Reed Buntings and four Blackcaps today. (Nick Goatman).

Hardwicke     Along the canal S of Sellars Bridge a male Sparrowhawk with a kill chased by three Magpies, a Siskin, a Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail on the stream by Bridge House. Two Bullfinches at Laynes Farm. (MK).

Brockworth     In the garden this week male and female Blackcap, a Grey Wagtail, a Pied Wagtail, a Redwing and a male and a female Greenfinch, first for 3 years. (John Miles).

Halmore     Garden birds today included three Greenfinches, three Fieldfares, a Redwing, a Song Thrush, six Long-tailed Tits and a Marsh Tit. Also a pair of Ravens in a nearby oak and a male Tawny Owl calling nightly. (Chris Newton).

Greenfinch by Chris Newton

Stonehouse     A pair of Little Grebes near the Ocean on the canal today. (Bob Hindle).

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