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Monday 20th March 2018

Cleeve Hill     A male RING OUZEL near the radio masts at 9:30am today. (Martin Greenish).

Frampton     This evening a CATTLE EGRET, a GREAT WHITE EGRET and eight Little Egrets flew in to roost. (Nick Goatman/Roberta Goodall/Les Ditchburn).

WWT Slimbridge     The JACK SNIPE again this morning viewed from Knott hide sat in front of Willow hide. (Les Ditchburn/Lauren & Wayne Tucker/Giles Diggle).

Symonds Yat     A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER between the cabin and the car park at 8:30am. (Geoff Fawcett). From the viewpoint today the Peregrine pair and an intruding female Peregrine, a Red Kite, a Goshawk, a male and female Sparrowhawk, Ravens, Buzzards, two Siskins, Stock Doves, a Marsh Tit, a Jay, a male and female Goosander, a pair of Mandarins, two Fieldfares and two Goldcrests. Also four Fallow Deer and a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Saul Warth     This morning a female Peregrine, an Oystercatcher flew N, two Chiffchaffs and the WATER PIPIT flew high over Hock Cliff calling. (Paul Rich/MK). The female MARSH HARRIER seen distantly over the 100-Acre. (Paul Rich).

Berkeley shore     Three Wheatears (2 males) and 14 Turnstones between 4-5pm. (Paul Taylor).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reedbed 4-5pm a Barn Owl hunting, two Little Egrets, two Water Rails, a Cetti’s Warbler and two Chiffchaffs singing. (Jon Mercer).

Cheltenham     At Sandford Park today 11:30-12:30pm three Hawfinches in the top most branches of very tall trees on the open side of the park then they moved across to the ornate part of the park into Yew trees near to the Fountain. (Derek Lightstone). Also two Goldcrests here and one in Selbourne Road, Bishops Cleeve. (Dave Jeynes). At 9am two Sparrowhawks circling together over Benhall park. (David Norman).

Upton St Leonards     A Hawfinch in a tree in the churchyard at 6am. Also saw four Hawfinches in the same tree on Sunday at 10am and one in the garden, a garden tick. (Vanda Owen).

Cotswolds     Up to seven Barn Owls seen hunting in the Sherborne Meadows and Windrush area this afternoon. (Andy Jayne).

Barnsley     A Barn Owl between Barnsley village and the road into Cirencester sitting low down in the hedge line this afternoon. (Paul Rich-Barnsley).

Bourton-on-the-Water     A Cetti’s Warbler singing in the hedgerow next to North pit and 300 Black-headed Gulls roosting on the pit this evening. A Goldeneye and four Pochards on the West pit. (Keith Jennings).

Highnam Woods     This afternoon birds included three Marsh Tits, four Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Treecreeper, male and female Blackcap, 19 Redwings, two Goldcrests, two Ravens and two Green Woodpeckers heard calling. (John Fletcher).

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Monday 19th March 2018

WWT Slimbridge     A JACK SNIPE from Knott hide this afternoon. (Mark Hobson). Pic by Mark.

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Berkeley shore     Two Wheatears today. (Paul Taylor).

Saul Warth     The WATER PIPIT still near Hock Ditch late morning with 90+ Meadow Pipits, a Rock Pipit, two Pied Wagtails and 6+ Skylarks. Also 32 Curlews and seven Redshanks. (MK).

Cheltenham     At least seven Hawfinches still in Sandford Park. Nearest to the top of High Street, in the part with the fountain, feeding in yews and resting in ash at SO 95234 21967 but flighty and mobile. (John Sanders/Dave Pearce/Tim Gobourn). Pic by Tim.

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Gloucester     Two Hawfinches on the bird table in the garden at Barnwood Avenue early morning, and then four seen together in St Lawrence’s churchyard mid-afternoon. (Rob Crofton).

Netheridge     At Netheridge Farm this morning a Barn Owl, a Green Sandpiper, a Green Woodpecker and a pair of Bullfinches. (Mark Hobson).

Cirencester     Ten Yellowhammers in the garden at Stratton today. (Ken Cservenka).

Forest of Dean     A pair of Mandarins at Cannop ponds, a Crossbill at Yew Tree Brake, a Hawfinch at Parkend and a Wild Boar with young by the car park at Cannop ponds. (Chris Snook). Pics by Chris.

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Cobney Meadows   Birds included two Mute Swans, 11 Shelducks, 100 Wigeon, 200 Teal, 12 Curlews, 50 Pied Wagtails and ten Meadow Pipits. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham     Birds included two Canada Geese, two Shelducks, 300 Wigeon, 355 Teal, five Gadwalls, 20 Mallards, 20 Pintails, 35 Shovelers, 17 Tufted Ducks, a Cormorant, 32 Coot and two Curlews. (Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury     On Severn Ham nine Shelducks lekking, three Curlews and 40 Carrion Crows. (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Birds today included 16 Mallards, 12 Shovelers, seven Pintails, 52 Teal, 430 Wigeon, 11 Tufted Ducks, two Pochards, five Lapwings, an Oystercatcher and a Curlew. (David Anderson/Andrew Godden).

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Sunday 18th March 2018

Stroud     20+ Hawfinches in Stroud town cemetery at the far end of Horns Road next to Daisybank Park and the Crown and Sceptre pub at SO 86217 04717. Also at Horns Road a cold weather movement between 8-9:30am of 2000 Fieldfares, 850 Redwings and five Snipe. (Francis Steuck).

Cheltenham     At least 20 Hawfinches still in Sandford Park. Nearest to the top of High Street, in the part with the fountain, feeding in yews and resting in ash at SO 95234 21967. (Tom Mabbett).

Cirencester     A female Hawfinch in the garden at Stratton. (Ken Cservenka).

Nailsworth     A huge hard weather movement of over 25000 birds moving S between 7:45am and 1:10pm. There were 14400+ Fieldfare, 9450+ Redwings, 2100+ Starlings, 60+ Meadow Pipits, 18 Golden Plovers and a number of finches which were not counted. (Terry Grant/Roy Bircher).

Painswick Beacon     Between 9:45am and 1pm, 1360 Redwings , 600 Fieldfares and 196 Starlings SE, 57 Goldfinches NW, 34 Chaffinches SE and 16 NW, a Brambling SE and 32 Hawfinches in one flock NE at 10:40am. (John Fleming).

Tewkesbury     Two GREAT WHITE EGRETS on Tewkesbury Nature Reserve over this weekend (17th &18th). Yesterday two were showing in the fields opposite Morrisons petrol station and one seen there again today. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Frampton pools     A grounded Dunlin on the edge of the Sailing Lake chased off by a Sparrowhawk, 18 Pochards, 132 Tufted Ducks, 14 Little Egrets, 270 Black-headed Gulls, 130 Common Gulls, three Shovelers, seven Gadwalls, a male Mandarin, singing Chiffchaff and Nuthatch, two Little Grebes, six Great Crested Grebes and the roosting Tawny Owl. (Nick Goatman). From Splatt Bridge to Saul Warth, a Green Sandpiper in the ditch by the canal, 20 Black-tailed Godwits flew S, a MARSH HARRIER over the 100-Acre and Rock Pipit, 24 Dunlins and six Redshanks on the river. (Gordon Hodgson).

Ashleworth Ham    Five Tufted Ducks, 350+ Wigeon, 8+ Pintails, 300+ Teal, 20+ Shovelers, 45+ Mallards, ten Gadwalls, 12+ Pied Wagtails, 30+ Meadow Pipits, 20 Fieldfares, 25+ Redwings and 11 Snipe today. (Mark Grieve).

Lower Rea     260 Fieldfares this morning. (Andy Chapman).

Dursley     Two Lesser Redpolls in the garden today, a garden tick. (Shane Long).

Tirley     12 Fieldfares in the village, and four Golden Plovers over. (Mark Grieve).

Halmore     Up to six Reed Buntings in the garden this morning (at least two present every day for the past 10 days). (Chris Newton). Pic by Chris.

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Saturday 17th March 2018

Shab Hill     A GREAT GREY SHRIKE seen at SO938156, approaching Stockwell along the Gloucestershire Way yesterday. (Mary Harris & 11 members of Cheltenham Rambling Club).

Berkeley     A WHEATEAR on the shore, halfway between the Pill and Sharpness from 10am. (Jeff Kirby).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill today. (Hugh Gregor/Richard Walker). Also ten Mandarins at Cannop ponds and three Crossbills at New Fancy View. (Richard Walker). A Nuthatch seen twice on the gate entrance to Parkend graveyard this afternoon. (Stuart Evans). Pics by Hugh.

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Tewkesbury     A GREAT WHITE EGRET still this morning on Tewkesbury Nature Reserve. (Ian Hull). Six Curlews sitting in the shallows on Severn Ham. (Mike Smart).

Cotswold Water Park East     The SCAUP still on Pit 125 this morning. (Ian Ralphs).

Frampton pools     A Sand Martin, six Chiffchaffs, two Oystercatchers, 107 Tufted Ducks, 17 Pochards, 32 Coots, 12 Gadwalls, two Shovelers, 19 Mallards, ten Teal and 50+ Siskins. (Nick Goatman). Four Black-tailed Godwits, two Pintails, a Redshank and 70 Curlews at Splatt Bridge, nearby an Oystercatcher and seven Curlews at Saul Warth. (Gordon Hodgson).

Gloucester     A Hawfinch on the bird table still today in Barnwood Avenue (backing onto St Lawrence’s churchyard). Probably best looked for in the churchyard. (Rob Crofton).

Cheltenham     At least four Hawfinches, very vocal in yews in Sandford Park today. (Tom Mabbett).

Sharpness     A Green Sandpiper in the sewage works pill at lunchtime today, then flew off inland. (Andy Jordan).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning water levels as high as they have been all winter, the Grundon Hide not accessible and the circular walk out of the question. Birds included three Mute Swans, 150 Wigeon, 250+ Teal, 30 Pintails, 20 Shovelers, six Tufted Ducks, two Great Crested Grebes, a pair of Oystercatchers, three Lapwings, 1+ Curlews, a Redshank, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Snipe. (Mike Smart).

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Friday 16th March 2018

Tewkesbury     A GREAT WHITE EGRET at 4pm on Tewkesbury Nature Reserve. (Ian Hull).

Cotswold Water Park East     The SCAUP still on Pit 126 this morning. Also a singing Chiffchaff at Pit 114 and 37 Magpies at Whelford Pools. (Ian Ralphs).

WWT Slimbridge     The GLAUCOUS GULL again distant from Holden Tower this morning. (Ian Hull).

Condicote     A singing Corn Bunting, ten Yellowhammers, 50 Fieldfares, two Linnets by the Condicote-Donnington road SP160280 and a Grey Wagtail at Donnington brewery. (Graham Tompsett).

Bourton-on-the-Water     A pair of Red Crested Pochards, two drake Pochards and fou Great Crested Grebes at Bourton Gravel Pits. Two Jays, two Bullfinches, a singing Chiffchaff and a few Redwings at Greystones Farm. (Graham Tompsett).

Forest of Dean     A female Crossbill at Cannop ponds mid-afternoon. (Robert Daw). Pic by Robert.

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Nailsworth     A Chiffchaff briefly in the garden at Windsoredge this morning. (Roy Bircher).

Netheridge     A singing Chiffchaff at Netheridge Farm, also a Barn Owl and a Siskin this morning. (Mark Hobson).

Cheltenham     In Naunton Park, a male Siskin in the garden, a Red Kite over S, a Coal Tit, a Long-tailed Tit and a singing Mistle Thrush. (Steve Brown).

Ashleworth Ham     From the GWT hide SO827263 and along Meerend Thicket this afternoon birds included two Curlews, 40+ Teal, 80+ Wigeon, 14 Pintails, 27 Shovelers, 14 Tufted Ducks, a Shelduck, 75 Lapwings over, two Buzzards, a male Reed Bunting, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming and two Nuthatches. (John Fletcher).

Kingswood     A Cormorant in Little Avon river this morning, a garden first. (Tom McCarthy).

Sharpness     Along the canal from the Marina this morning birds included a Chiffchaff, a Great Crested Grebe, a male Bullfinch and two Mute Swans. (Paddy Doyle).

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Thursday 15th March 2018

Frampton     First thing this morning a drake GARGANEY flew in to the flooded fields N of Splatt Bridge, seen well from the towpath for a few minutes before it flew S. Also a singing Chiffchaff and a Redwing in full song. (Gordon Kirk). Eight Sand Martins flew through later. (Gordon Kirk/Bill Church/Nigel Cramp). At 1:30-2pm a female MARSH HARRIER and a sub-adult male, being harried by a Carrion Crow. Also 60 Black-tailed Godwits flew inland NE. (Terry Fenton).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE hunting all day at Crabtree Hill. It ate beetles and caught a lizard that it seemed to store somewhere and later a small mammal. Also a pair of Stonechats, two Buzzards and two Song Thrushes. (Mick Colquhoun). Pics by Mick.

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Wotton-Under-Edge     At least 16 Hawfinches in a Yew tree behind Culverhay House and The Old Surgery just along from the war memorial on Culverhay, which becomes Coombe Road. (Richard Mundy).

Saul Warth     This morning the WATER PIPIT still and the GLAUCOUS GULL on the river mud for 15 minutes before it flew off. At 9am a MERLIN and two Sand Martin over the canal. (Jeremy Voaden/Gordon Hodgson).

Sharpness     A BLACK REDSTART still along Dock Road, perched on an old rusty railway engine and a couple of the boats moored. (Jeremy Voaden).

WWT Slimbridge     Two Egyptian Geese on South Lake this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Cotswold Water Park West     A Barn Owl after 4:15pm this afternoon at Shorncote Reedbeds. (Chris Snook). Also a Little Egret, three Water Rails, a Barn Owl, four Cettis’s Warblers and five Reed Buntings. (Jon Mercer). Pics by Chris.
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Purton     A Barn Owl hunting at SO691045 this evening near Tites Point. (per Paddy Doyle).
Ashleworth Ham     At midday a Great Spotted Woodpecker, on old Oak tree above the small layby and a Kestrel. (Martin Russell).
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Wednesday 14th March 2018

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this morning. (Duncan McLaughlin).

Saul Warth     The WATER PIPIT still, a Peregrine sheltering under the bank on The Noose, 25 Curlews, a female Marsh Harrier viewed distantly over the 100-Acre, but all the wildfowl gone the only bird on the actual Warth was a Mute Swan. Also 17 Little Egrets between Cadbury Bridge and Fretherne in roadside fields at 12:25pm. (MK). Earlier two Snipe, 20 Dunlins and three distant Common Cranes, presumably GCRP birds. (Martin Greenish).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Very heavy flooding here today, a pair of Oystercatchers, a Dunlin, two Black-tailed Godwits, three Redshanks and three Sand Martins. (Ian Hull).

Gloucester     A Red-legged Partridge running along the pavement in Linden at 3:40pm. Flew off over the rooftops of Seymour Road chased by a Crow. (MK).

Hazleton     At least ten Bramblings at the western edge of Hazleton.  Also a few Greenfinches in the village. (Laurie Pierce).

Frampton pools     This morning three Chiffchaffs, 32 Fieldfares, 15 Redwings, five Pochards, 85 Tufted Ducks and two Oystercatchers. (Nick Goatman).

Lydney New Grounds     78 Curlews, eight Redshanks, a Green Sandpiper and displaying Lapwing this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Sharpness     From SARA lifeboat station between 10am-midday a Peregrine, 120 Common Gulls and a Rock Pipit. (Martin Greenish).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reed beds around Pits 84, 85A and 85B early afternoon until 5:50pm birds included two Egyptian Geese, 75 Canada Geese, 35 Shovelers, 12 Wigeon, 15 Pochards, four Teal, 85 Tufted Ducks, two Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, four Chiffchaffs, 22 Goldfinches, a Goldcrest, two Bullfinches, two Reed Buntings, two Water Rails heard, two Cetti’s Warblers heard, 19 Fieldfares, a Green Woodpecker, two Buzzards, two Cormorants, a Sparrowhawk and a Barn Owl hunting after 5pm. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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