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Thursday 6th May 2021

Frampton     On Court Lake seven Hobbies, a female Goshawk, the Ross’s Goose still, an Oystercatcher and a male Yellow Wagtail. On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge a female MERLIN perched on a log and then hunting and 20 + Whimbrels flying NE. (Terry Grant/Gordon Kirk).

WWT Slimbridge     A drake GARGANEY this morning around the grounds. On the estuary 485 Dunlins, 12 Sanderlings, three Grey Plovers, a Little Stint, 45 Ringed Plovers, two Whimbrels, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Turnstone off Mid Point. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Saul Warth    65 Dunlins, 22 Whimbrels, seven Ringed Plovers and two Common Terns late afternoon. (Gordon Hodgson).

Coombe Hill Meadows     From Grundon hide a Red Kite, a Hobby, a Buzzard, an Avocet, a Redshank, a Little Ringed Plover, a GREAT WHITE EGRET, a Grey Heron, House and Sand Martins, Swallows and Swifts, Pied and Yellow Wagtails, a Reed Bunting, Gadwall, Wigeon and Mallards. (Les Ditchburn).

Forest of Dean    At Nagshead today four Pied Flycatchers, a male Redstart, six Siskins, three Treecreepers, three Mandarins, numerous Garden Warblers and Willow Warblers, Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs. (Tim Jukes).

Alvington    Two Goshawks drifted over Clanna Country Park heading SW today. (Paul Woolams).

Cotswold Water Park West     A leucistic Swift at Pit 43 today. (Barnaby Briggs).

Cotswold Water Park East     Three Ringed Plovers at Pit 132 this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Elmore     Along the River Severn path, a Cuckoo calling, a Kestrel, two Buzzards, 20+ Swallows, five Sand Martins, four House Martins, a Kingfisher, several Garden Warblers, a Reed Warbler, a Green Woodpecker, two Stock Doves, a Raven and two Willow Warblers. (James Barradine).

Over     Along the Hereford and Gloucester canal SO814198 this afternoon birds included two Kingfishers, two Treecreepers, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers, a Reed Warbler, four Blackcaps, three Song Thrushes, a Swallow, a Mallard, two Moorhens, a Mute Swan and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Lydney     c10 Swifts, c10 Swallows and c10 House Martins around the harbour this morning. (Martin Vaisey).

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Wednesday 5th May 2021

Cotswold Water Park West     Late news of a LITTLE TERN on Pit 57 yesterday evening, but no news either way today. (Dave Creber).

WWT Slimbridge     This morning an immature SPOONBILL feeding in the Tack piece pool next to the Estuary tower. On the river 34 Dunlins, 23 Ringed Plovers, three Sanderlings, a Little Stint and three Little Egrets. Two reeling Grasshopper Warblers, a passage of Swifts and a Wheatear at Mid Point. (Neil Smart). Also a CATTLE EGRET in the approach fields. (Tom Mabbett). The first Barnacle goslings on Court lake, eight Common Terns, the Ross’s Goose still and a male Goldeneye flew off of Court Lake. (Nick Goatman).

Frampton     On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge early morning a Great Crested Grebe on the canal, first since March, two Little Egrets, three Redshanks, and  oddly one on the canal, a Cuckoo, a Buzzard, a Water Rail calling, a Common Tern, a male Wheatear, the Garden Warbler still, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Cetti’s Warblers and 50+ Swifts. (MK). Two Hobbies very low over Court Lake. (Tom Mabbett). This afternoon on the Sailing Lake two Oystercatchers, three Yellow Wagtails (1m, 2f), five Hobbies, numerous Swallows and Sand Martins, four Swifts, 1+ Blackcap, 2+ Chiffchaffs, 1+ Willow Warblers, a pair of Greylags with six goslings and a Green Woodpecker. (Alan Hooper).

Garden Warbler by Mike King

Great Crested Grebe by Mike King

Buzzard by Mike King

Little Egret & Greylags by Paul Watkins

Yellow Wagtail by Alan Hooper

Newnham-on-Severn     A male Hawfinch perched on top of a horse chestnut on Church Road at 6:20pm. (Lewis Thomson).

Witcombe Reservoirs     This morning birds included a Canada Goose, four Mute Swans, 12 Mallards, 13 Tufted Ducks, a Little Grebe, eight Great Crested Grebes, three Cormorants, 5+ Moorhens, 12 Coots, c35 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and c25 Herring Gulls, two Buzzards, a Swift, many Swallows and House Martins and fewer numbers of Sand Martins, three Common Sandpipers, a Green Woodpecker and two Pied Wagtails. (Gordon Avery/Eric Harris).

Nympsfield     House Martins nest building in the centre of the village and feeding around the entrance to Woodchester Park. (David Price).

Coaley Peak     A Peregrine heading south along escarpment edge. (David Price).

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Tuesday 4th May 2021

Purton     Four COMMON SCOTERS (3m, 1f) off of Tite’s Point this morning. Later a male drifted N past Mid Point the incoming tide at 1:57pm. (Martin McGill/Les Ditchburn/Neil Smart/MK). Also a Peregrine and a Whimbrel off of the wrecks. (MK).

Cleeve Hill     This morning a male RING OUZEL, at least 26 Wheatears and a singing Garden Warbler. (Tom Mabbett).

WWT Slimbridge     An immature SPOONBILL around the grounds today. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Saul Warth     This evening 41 Whimbrels, also Bar-tailed Godwit, four Dunlins, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Whitethroat, a Hobby, 100+ mixed hirundine flock and 50+ Swifts feeding over the Warth. (Gordon Hodgson). Two drake Mandarins and a pair of Tufted Ducks on Saul Lodge pond early morning. (MK).

Frampton     Early morning a Peregrine on the breakwater and a Swift over. Six Common Terns on the Sailing Lake and the Ross’s Goose still on Court Lake on its own around the islands. (MK). Also two Hobbies hawking insects low over Court Lake. (Les Ditchburn).

Common Terns by Mike King

Avening     At Star Farm near Avening seven female Wheatears and a male Yellow Wagtail. (Terry Grant).

Ashleworth Ham     Five Redstarts, also Whitethroats, Long-tailed Tits, Swifts, Swallows, House Martins, Blackcaps, a Shelduck and Wigeon. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Redstarts by Phil Andrews

Forest of Dean     First garden Siskin today in Clearwell. (Alan Waterman).

Clapton-on-the-Hill     A Whimbrel today. (Keith Jennings).

Maisemore     Late evening from Church Road, along the Court Lake to the weir and upper parting 12 Tufted Ducks, 17 Mallards including four ducklings, two Canada Geese, a Greylag, four Moorhens, a Coot, three Greenfinches, two Blackcaps, five Goldfinches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a Willow Warbler, two Chiffchaffs, two Chaffinches, two Mute Swans, a Grey Heron, two Mistle Thrushes, seven Song Thrushes and 15+ Blackbirds. (John Fletcher).

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Monday 3rd May 2021

Sharpness    A GREAT SKUA NE past SARA at 3:17pm. Two KITTIWAKES (adult & 1cy) NE past SARA at 2:52pm. (Paul Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge     An OSPREY resting on driftwood off Mid Point early morning but flew off after being mobbed by gulls, circled over Awre/Arlingham and headed towards Newnham-on-Severn. (Martin McGill).

Frampton     On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge early morning four Redshanks, three Curlews, two Lapwings, a Whimbrel heard, 19 Dunlins, three Common Sandpipers on the canal, two Common Terns, a Little Egret, a Marsh Harrier, a Cuckoo heard and two Swifts. (MK/Gordon Hodgson).

Forest of Dean     A pair of Hawfinches at 7am at Crown Lane, Parkend. A Kingfisher at Cannop Ponds at the Stoneworks. (Bettie Sloane).

Cotswold Water Park West     A pair of Grey Wagtails at Cerney Wick lock on the disused canal at South Cerney. (Alistair Hardy).

Cheltenham     A Peregrine on Christchurch eating a pigeon this morning. (Alan McIlquham).

Peregrine by Alan McIlquham

Coombe Hill Meadows    24 Mute Swans, two Greylags, seven Canada Geese, two Shelducks, a pair of Wigeon, a pair of Gadwalls, 20 Mallards, two Grey Herons, four Coots, four Avocets, two Oystercatchers, six Lapwings, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Snipe, at least three Redshanks, a Cuckoo, 50+ Swallows, 20 + Sand Martins, two Pied Wagtails, 12 Yellow Wagtails, 3-4 singing Redstarts, singing Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler also a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).

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Sunday 2nd May 2021

Highnam Woods     A SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, a Hawfinch and a Red Kite flew E today. (Andy Jayne). A Hawfinch, a Marsh Tit, a Coal Tit, 15 Song Thrushes, a Green Woodpecker, four Stock Doves, a Nuthatch, 15+ Blackcaps, 10+ Chiffchaffs, two Ravens and a Goldcrest. (Steve Pullen).

Frampton     On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge, a Garden Warbler, two Little Egrets, 11 Tufted Ducks flew S, six  Gadwalls, six Redshanks, a Lapwing, a Cuckoo heard, 27 Swifts, 2 Yellow Wags over, increase in Reed Warblers and a Roebuck. (MK). At Splatt Bridge this evening between 8-9pm a Hobby heading towards the pools, two GREAT WHITE EGRETS heading over the Church again in the direction of Frampton Court, a Cuckoo calling and a Common Crane heading SW at 8:45pm. (Jon Dexter). At the pools a Hobby, a LITTLE GULL, three Common Terns, a Cuckoo, a Grasshopper Warbler, two Lesser Whitethroats, 15 Whitethroats, two Yellow Wagtails, 15 Reed Warblers, three Sedge Warblers, a Willow Warbler, 56 Blackcaps, 23 Chiffchaffs, two Common Sandpipers, nine Swifts, 250+Swallows and 200+ Sand Martins today. (Nick Goatman).

Garden Warbler by Mike King

Cleeve Hill     25 Wheatears at 6:30am near the radio masts and a summer plumaged Golden Plover also near the masts. (Russ Peacey/Duncan Dine). On Prestbury Hill Reserve three Cuckoos chasing in and out of the wooded area SW of the radio masts late morning, both male and female calls heard. Also a Willow Warbler, a pair of Yellowhammers, a Sparrowhawk and a Raven. (Cottia Howard). This afternoon four Redstarts, two Cuckoos and two Tree Pipits. Also Small Blue, Mother Shipton, Common Heath, Dingy Skipper, Orange Tip, Green Hairstreak and Speckled Wood all present at the Masts. (Greg Lee).

Golden Plover by Duncan Dine

Forest of Dean    This morning at Nagshead a male Pied Flycatcher, male and female Blackcaps, two Garden Warblers, a Mistle Thrush and male and female Mandarin on the lower pond. Also a garden Sparrowhawk in Mitcheldean. (Chris Keeling).

Little Rissington     A Hobby hunting on the airfield this evening. (Keith Jennings).

Gloucester     At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Area a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, a Reed Bunting, a Linnet and a Common Sandpiper today. (Eric Harris). At Alney Island, six Whitethroats, two Reed Warblers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, two Mute Swans and a Sandpiper sp flushed from a marshy area. (Steve Pullen). A Peregrine on the Cathedral at midday, 3+ Buzzards at Alney and two Kingfishers at Over. (Paul Clark).

Framilode     A Red Kite flew N over Lea Court Farm at 10am, heading towards Quedgeley. (MK).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Pit 43/44 a Cetti’s Warbler, five Garden Warblers, four Whitethroats, two Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler, five Willow Warblers, two Chiffchaffs, a Green Woodpecker and a Cuckoo. (Robin Nelson).

Selsley     12 Wheatears at the Equestrian centre today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Ozleworth     On the lake 36 Mallards, a Grey Heron, a Mute Swan, two Canada Geese, four Tufted Ducks, two male Mandarins, two Little Grebes and two Common Sandpipers. (Dave Emery).

North Nibley   A Cuckoo singing close to Forthay this morning and a FIRECREST singing in the Waterley Bottom area. (James Robinson).

Stonehouse area     A Cetti’s Warbler at Beard’s Mill, a Swallow at The Ocean, three at Millend Lane and c30 Swallows, c30 House Martins and a Swift at the Sewage Works, a Sedge Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat near the Sewage Works and a Dipper at Millend Lane. (Nigel Birch).

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Saturday 1st May 2021

Cotswold Water Park West     A WOOD SANDPIPER at Shorncote this morning. (Dave Creber).

Frampton     From the sailing club to the field S of the Sailing Lake a Lesser Whitethroat, a Grasshopper Warbler, two Whitethroats, five Reed Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, a Yellow Wagtail, a Reed Bunting, 12 Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs and a Common Sandpiper. (Nick Goatman). Two Hobbies hunting low over Court Lake late morning and lots of Swallows and a few Swifts. (Mike Davis). On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge early morning a Hobby, a Marsh Harrier, a male Sparrowhawk, a Little Egret, two Redshanks, a Grasshopper Warbler, a pair of Greylags and six goslings, four Swifts, a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the reedbed and a Water Rail. (MK/Gordon Hodgson). Also a Cuckoo briefly. (Jon Dexter).

Marsh Harrier by Mike King

Great Spotted Woodpecker by Mike King

Greylags by Mike King

Saul Warth     This morning 34 Dunlins and nine Ringed Plovers. (Richard Badley). At Hock Ditch seven Whimbrels and a Wheatear. (Mike Davis).

WWT Slimbridge     At  Mid Point a reeling Grasshopper Warbler, two male Wheatears (probably Greenland) and a pair of Wigeon on the river. 2+ Hobbies over the 100-Acre Frampton viewed from Mid Point. (Mark Hobson).

North Cerney     A Red Kite at 3pm. (Jon Dexter).

Halmore     A Hobby in an oak tree early this morning. (Chris Newton).

Charlton Kings Common     A Whinchat and two Wheatears near Hartley Farm, also three Tree Pipits, five Willow Warblers, a Marsh Tit and a Kestrel. (Chris Furley).

Cleeve Hill     A Whimbrel flying N, six Wheatears held up in bad weather, six Willow Warblers, a male Cuckoo and two Redstarts today. Also a Tortricid Gorse bud moth. (Paul Whitehead).

Gorse bud moth by Paul Whitehead

Down Hatherley     This afternoon in the fields behind Dowty’s, a Curlew, a Green Woodpecker, a Blackcap, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Buzzard and a Little Egret in flight. (Jim Northcott).

Dymock     At Leadon Vale Farm a Whitethroat, two Lesser Whitethroats heard, four Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs, 50+ Swallows feeding amongst the cattle, a Raven being mobbed by a Crow and four Buzzards. (Mark Woodall).

Coombe Hill Meadows     24 Mute Swans and 18 Canada Geese roosting, four Greylags. two Shelducks, two Wigeons, four Gadwalls, 20 Mallards including a female with two small ducklings, a GREAT WHITE EGRET, two Grey Herons, four Cormorants, a Sparrowhawk, four Coots, six Avocets, two Oystercatchers, six Lapwings, a Snipe, three Curlews, two Whimbrels, at least two Redshanks, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Cuckoo, five Skylarks, four Pied Wagtails, two Yellow Wagtails, a Redstart singing, 7+ Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler, three Lesser Whitethroats, 4+ Whitethroats, five Blackcaps, 3+ Willow Warblers and 4+ Chiffchaffs, 3-4 Linnets, 2-3 Reed Buntings and a Yellowhammer. (Mike Smart). Also a Ringed Plover, 26 singing Sedge Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 18 Whitethroats, five Lesser Whitethroats, five Redstarts, three Swifts and a House Martin. (Ian Ralphs).

Forest of Dean    A Tree Pipit singing and displaying on farmland near St. Briavels this morning. (Andy Jayne).

Twyning     On Upham Meadow at least ten Curlews and c100 Swallows feeding. (Mike Smart & Mervyn Greening).

Nympsfield     A female Whinchat along Tinkley Lane early this morning. (Colin Greenfield).

Sharpness     This afternoon a Red kite at the docks chased across the river by a Crow. (Clare Glanville).

Bisley     Around the village outskirts late afternoon 17 Linnets, two Swallows, three Song Thrushes, male and female Blackcap, two Stock Doves, two Jays and a Willow Warbler. (John Fletcher).

Dursley     This morning a Ring-necked Parakeet flew over Highfields. (Katharine Goatman).

Naunton area     This morning a Tree Pipit, a female Redstart, four Corn Buntings and a Yellow Wagtail. (Duncan Dine).

Stinchcombe Hill     Two male Redstarts, two Wheatears, a Yellow Wagtail and a Siskin this morning. (James Robinson).

Cheltenham     At 11am today a Little Egret flew low over Benhall, heading W. (David Norman).

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Friday 30th April 2021

Frampton     On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge from the towpath a Spotted Redshank, three Greenshanks, three Redshanks, three Little Egrets, a Wheatear, a Whinchat, a Raven, a Swift and 259+ Swallows on passage N. (Neil Smart/MK). A Cuckoo heard at Nebrow Hill. A Grasshopper Warbler still at the Sailing Lake. (Mike Davis). Also a Garden Warbler here. (Paul Dunham).

Sand Martin by Paul Dunham

Sparrowhawk by Paul Dunham

Saul Warth     Two Bar-tailed Godwits, 7 Whimbrels, 2 Ringed Plovers, 23 Dunlins, a Little Egret, 10+ House Martins and a Wheatear. (Neil Smart/MK). From the canal path Saul to Splatt Bridge four singing Lesser Whitethroats, three Whitethroats, a reeling Grasshopper Warbler which showed several times briefly and a Red Kite being mobbed over the WWT fields. (Neil Smart).

Cam Green     A Hobby over the garden at midday heading N. (Brian Kings).

Brand Green/Upleadon     At Collinpark Wood SO749280 birds included six Song Thrushes, five Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, two Green Woodpeckers, four Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a pair of Stock Doves, four Goldfinches, two Chaffinches and six Mallards. (John Fletcher).

Hardwicke     In the Hardwicke area six Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, two Whitethroats, two Linnets (patch tick), two Sparrowhawks, a Little Owl, three Red-legged Partridges, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, six Swallows and a Stock Dove. (Julian Long/Ronnie Read).

Stonehouse     This evening a Little Egret over the canal in the field behind Stonehouse Court Hotel, a Kingfisher on the Ocean, a Green Woodpecker, at least three singing Chiffchaffs and a Grey Heron. (Paul Sutton).

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Thursday 29th April 2021

Gloucester    A WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over Gloucester mid-afternoon, then drifted over the tip and headed W in the Slimbridge direction. (Ed Drewitt). Gareth Jones also saw it over Westbury-on-Severn.

Frampton     A Whinchat and a Grasshopper Warbler at the Sailing Lake early morning. (Sam Walker). A Hobby over Court Lake today. (Nigel Young). A new Lesser Whitethroat on the canal N of Splatt Bridge. Also three Little Egrets and a Water Rail. (MK). Two Whinchats from Splatt Bridge. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Saul Warth     Early morning two Whinchats, a Wheatear, eight Whimbrels, a Bar-tailed Godwit, three Lesser Whitethroats, a Willow Warbler and a Yellow Wagtail. (Gordon Hodgson). At 10am a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE flew over Hock Ditch high up and calling heading S. It landed with three Canada Geese near Frampton breakwater. (MK/Martin McGill). After a short time it flew into the Goose Ground at WWT. (Roberta Goodall). Also Whimbrels increased to 22, a Common Sandpiper, a 2nd calendar-year MEDITERRANEAN GULL and another Yellow Wagtail. (MK/Martin McGill).

Pink-footed Goose by Roberta Goodall

Whinchat by Mike King

Wheatear by Mike King

Whimbrels by Mike King

Sharpness     A LITTLE GULL and a SHORT-EARED OWL flew past this morning. (Andy Jordan).

WWT Slimbridge     Five Wheatears and two Whinchats on the cross-fence at Mid Point and a pair of Little Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper on the Rushy. (Paul Masters).

Cleeve Hill    This morning a male RING OUZEL by the dewpond and at least 31 Wheatears. (Tom Mabbett). Also today a male Redstart, six Marsh Tits near the masts, two Mistle Thrushes, a Red Kite and a Grey Heron. (Josh Adamms). Later 12 RING OUZELS (8m, 4f), four Cuckoos, male and female Stonechat, three male Wheatears, six Meadow Pipits, two Red Kites and two Buzzards. (Alan Hooper). This morning through West Wood to Wontley Barn at least three singing Redstarts and five displaying Tree Pipits. (Duncan Dine/Andy Wiggins).

Marsh Tit by Josh Adamms

Redstart by Josh Adamms

Cuckoo by Alan Hooper

Ring Ouzel by Alan Hooper

Tewkesbury     At the Mythe a Lesser Whitethroat singing and showing well behind the caravan site. Also Blackcaps, Whitethroats, Green Woodpeckers, Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a pair of Mandarins on the Severn. (Les Ditchburn).

Coombe Hill Meadows     On the South meadow adjacent to the first footbridge, a pair of Yellowhammers, a male Redstart, a Wheatear and a flock of Rooks, including a white winged bird. Also a Roebuck. (Les Ditchburn).

Ashleworth Ham     14 Mute Swans, eight Canada Geese, six Wigeon, eight Teal, a Grey Heron, two Lapwings, two Curlews, a Whimbrel and a Redstart singing. (Mike Smart).

Upham Meadow     Five Cormorants over N and 6+ Curlews today. (Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury     At Mythe Hook two Mute Swan nests, c20 Canada Geese, a GREAT WHITE EGRET, two Oystercatchers, a Lapwing and a Wheatear today. (Mike Smart).

Cambridge to Frampton    Early morning three Swallows, a Greenfinch on lines near Longaston Lane, a Song Thrush, a Green Woodpecker in the orchard just past Longaston Lane, a Mistle Thrush, two Whitethroats and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Along the canal between Cambridge and Frampton a Common Sandpiper, several Sedge Warblers singing, three Cetti’s Warblers, several Reed Warblers, a Buzzard, a Cuckoo calling from two fields away W of the canal and two Shelducks over. (Dave Abrams).

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Wednesday 28th April 2021

Sharpness     Two Hobbies past and six Arctic Terns past SARA by 8am. (Paul Taylor).

Frampton     From the towpath N of Splatt Bridge at 6am three Greenshanks, a Snipe, a pair of Gadwalls, three Little Egrets and 50 Swallows. (MK). Later a Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, a Hobby dashing across the river, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Grasshopper Warbler. (Mark Dowie). At the Sailing Lake between 8- 9am 350-400 Swallows, 100+ Sand Martins and 50+ House Martins. Also two Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler, a Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat, two Cetti’s Warblers and a Hobby.(Roy Bircher/MK).

Saul Warth     Early morning a 2nd calendar-year MEDITERRANEAN GULL, three Grey Plovers, 11 Whimbrels, 30 Dunlins, a Sanderling, seven Ringed Plovers, five Avocets, a Lesser Whitethroat singing and five Yellow Wagtails through. (Gordon Hodgson).

Cotswold Water Park East    Two Bar tailed Godwits at Pit 132 one in brick red breeding plumage and a Greenshank. (Duncan Dine).

Cleeve Hill     Eight RING OUZELS still this afternoon. (Andy Jayne).

Stinchcombe Hill     Three Yellow Wagtails, five House Martins, and a steady movement of Swallows, Meadow Pipits and Siskins over this morning. (James Robinson).

Witcombe Reservoirs    Hundreds of Swallows and House Martins, a few Sand Martins and a Common Sandpiper today. (Sam Walker).

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon three Snipe feeding along the muddy shore. (Ian Hull).

Hucclecote     A female Great Spotted Woodpecker in an adjacent garden this afternoon. (Harold Smith).

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Tuesday 27th April 2021

Saul Warth     This morning 27 Bar-tailed Godwits, five Whimbrels, a Curlew, a Ringed Plover, two Dunlins, a Peregrine, a Yellow Wagtail and a 2nd calendar year MEDITERRANEAN GULL. (Paul Masters).  At Hock Ditch after high tide c6 Whimbrels and 2+ Curlews. Also three Whitethroats and at Hock Cliff (E end) a very vocal Lesser Whitethroat. (Andy & Sue Gibbons)

Frampton    This morning at Splatt Bridge a male Whinchat in the hedgerow, a Cuckoo, a Common Sandpiper, 24 Dunlins, two Grey Plovers, 15 Greenshanks, five Swifts, five Little Egrets, a Whitethroat, two Reed Warblers and a new Sedge Warbler. Also a Peregrine circling over the 100-Acre. (Neil Smart/MK). At Splatt bridge this afternoon two Swallows. At Splatt flashes three Little Egrets together briefly. The Ross’s Goose with Barnacle Geese on Court field at 3:30 pm, with a possible Bar-headed x Snow Goose hybrid also present. (Andy & Sue Gibbons). At the Sailing Lake this evening two LITTLE GULLS and a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER still, a Common Sandpiper, a Yellow Wagtail, 8+ Swifts, 100+ Sand Martins with fewer Swallows and House Martins. (James Robinson).

Whitethroat by Mike King

WWT Slimbridge    Two Wheatears at Mid Point along the fence line. A singing Lesser Whitethroat in the hedge and several Yellow Wagtails around the cattle. Also three Whimbrels mid stream going up river. (Neil Smart).

Cleeve Hill     Four RING OUZELS (2m, 1f, 1 imm male) two Tree Pipits, two Cuckoos, three Wheatears, two Yellowhammers, four Willow Warblers, a Kestrel and a Red Kite. (Dot Jones).

Shuthonger     A Cuckoo calling from fields at the bottom of Woodend Lane. Another calling from the Glos side of the Severn, opposite the Bushley area. (Sarah Loaring).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning plenty of singing Sedge Warblers and Whitethroats, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, two Oystercatchers, four Avocets, Lapwings, two Grey Herons, a Curlew over and a Jay. (Martin Price).

Ashleworth Ham     Blackcap, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats, a Red Kite, Lapwings, a late Wigeon, a Curlew and five Redstarts heard and three seen. (Roberta Goodall).

Forest of Dean    At Cannop Upper Pond Marsh Tit and Nuthatch feeding on the bird table, two more Nuthatches along the pond edge near the causeway and a Treecreeper the far side of the causeway, a male Mandarin resting with the Mallards and a Little Grebe. (Chris Keeling).

Marsh Tit by Chris Keeling

Ebley    First Hobby and Swallow of the spring over the garden at 6pm today. (Martin Greenish/Michelle Davies).

Robinswood Hill     A Marsh Tit today. (Greg Anderson).

Netheridge Farm     Nine Whitethroats and a new in Sedge Warbler this morning at the Barn Owl Centre. (Mark Hobson).

Brimscombe     The first few Swifts of the year flying above the house at 2:30pm today. (Nikki Smith).

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