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Middle Duntisbourne First QUAIL of the year heard this afternoon calling from a field full of poppies just off the Macmillan Way at Middle Duntisbourne at SO 9820 0640. (Martine Fenn).
WWT Slimbridge From Zeiss Hide three immature SPOONBILLS on the Bottom New Piece. The second-calendar year ARCTIC TERN on South Lake still and five Mediterranean Gulls. (Slimbridge Sightings/Paul Masters/Neil Smart/Mike Davis).
Arctic Tern by Paul Masters
Coombe Hill Meadows A Great White Egret, three Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, two Curlews, two Redshanks, two Oystercatchers with 1 young, six Avocets, a Ringed Plover, 15 Lapwings, two Shelducks, a Cuckoo calling, two Redstarts, three Yellow Wagtails, 15 Reed Buntings, eight Skylarks, two Bullfinches, a Garden Warbler, three Willow Warblers, eight Sedge Warblers and three Reed Warblers. (Steve Pullen).
Redshank by Steve Pullen
Forest of Dean A Willow Warbler, three Song Thrushes, a Nuthatch, a Spotted Flycatcher and two Redstarts in the Lower hide area at Nagshead. (Roy Kinchin).
Longney This afternoon birds included two Cuckoos, three Blackcaps, five Sedge Warblers, a Green Woodpecker, two Chiffchaffs and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).
Cuckoo by John Fletcher
Saul Warth This afternoon a high count of seven Oystercatchers, just eight Curlews, ten Shelducks, three Mallards, a few common gulls and a Buzzard. (MK).
Forest of Dean A Spotted Flycatcher in the woods beyond Speech House car park. Three Wood Warblers in Kensley Ridge Inclosure. At Crabtree Hill a Tree Pipit, a male Stonechat, a male Redstart and five Crossbills. At Woorgreens a Tree Pipit and a pair of Stonechats. At Nagshead a male Pied Flycatcher, a Garden Warbler and 1+ Siskin. (Paul Masters/MK).
Pied Flycatcher by Mike King
Wood Warbler by Mike King
Walmore Common A Great White Egret this afternoon. (Paul Masters/MK).
Great White Egret by Mike King
WWT Slimbridge A first-summer ARCTIC TERN on South Lake this afternoon. Initially roosting on causeway but increasingly active during the afternoon. (Martyn Leighton). At least six 2nd calendar-year Mediterranean Gulls on the causeway and three SPOONBILLS off of Middle Point. (Slimbridge Sightings).
Arctic Tern by Geoff Bryant
Frampton pools Nine Common Terns, 80+ Swifts, six Sand Martins, five Cetti’s Warblers, 6+ Reed Warblers, the Ross’s Goose, a Cuckoo and two Ravens this evening. (Nick Goatman).
Snowshill A male Redstart watched gathering food today. (Richard Tyler).
Redstart by Richard Tyler
WWT Slimbridge At Middle Point a breeding plumage Curlew Sandpiper, two Grey Plovers, two SPOONBILLS, three Whimbrels, 14 Curlews, eight Avocets, 62+ Dunlins, 21 Sanderlings, 82 Ringed Plovers, four Oystercatcher and 100+ Shelducks. A drake GARGANEY on the Top New Piece. A LITTLE GULL and five immature Mediterranean Gulls on South Lake causeway. Two Cuckoos from Kingfisher hide. (Slimbridge Sightings/Roy Kinchin/Magnus Carter/Neil Smart/Terry Stevenson).
Whitminster A SPOONBILL flew over the cricket pitch this evening. (Martin McGill/Jeremy Squire).
Cotswold Water Park East This morning two breeding plumage Dunlins and a Common Sandpiper. (Duncan Dine).
Quedgeley A Kingfisher on the canal at Sims Lane bridge at 5:30pm. (Justin Collinge).
Kingfisher by Justin Collinge
Chaceley A Little Owl on the gatepost next to the Chaceley oak near Rye Court Farm at 7:15pm. (Andrew Sweetman).
Coombe Hill Meadows This afternoon three Little Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover, four Redshanks, four Oystercatchers (2 ads, 2 juvs), seven Avocets (3 juvs), seven Lapwing, seven Canada Geese including five large goslings, five Mute Swans, five Greylags, two Shelducks, three Grey Herons, a Little Egret, 21 Mallards including five ducklings, a male Teal, nine Coots, five Moorhens, a male Reed Bunting, five Swallows, 11 Sand Martins, a Pied Wagtail, a Yellow Wagtail, a Cuckoo, two Whitethroats, two Blackcaps, a Cetti’s Warbler and five Sedge Warblers. (John Fletcher).
Longney This afternoon two Shelducks, 12 drake Mallards together, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler, a Chiffchaff, two Yellow Wagtails, two each of Swifts, Swallows and House Martins. Also a Painted Lady, a Red Admiral, a Small Copper, Green-veined Whites and a Thick-legged Flower Beetle. (MK).
Painted Lady by Mike King
Thick-legged Flower Beetle by Mike King
WWT Slimbridge At Middle Point two SPOONBILLS, two Little Egrets, a breeding plumage Curlew Sandpiper, two Avocets, a breeding plumage Turnstone, 95 Ringed Plovers, 29 Sanderlings, 63 Dunlins, three Whimbrels, an Oystercatcher and eight Curlews. (Slimbridge Sightings/Les Ditchburn).
North Nibley A Red Kite over at 6:55am. (Bettie Sloane).
Forest of Dean At Nagshead in the Lower hide area this afternoon two Pied Flycatchers, a Spotted Flycatcher, male and female Redstarts, a Treecreeper, two Mistle Thrushes, two Goldfinches, a pair of Mallards and a Raven. (John Fletcher).
At Crabtree Hill a colour-ringed Tree Pipit and a colour-ringed Dipper at Cannop Stoneworks. (Derek Hale). Two Buzzards low over a field in Mitcheldean, mobbed by corvids today. (Chris Keeling).
Tree Pipit by Derek Hale
Dipper by Derek Hale
Forthampton A female Wheatear and two Pied Wagtails on and around a dung heap, a Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker, two Kestrels, a Raven and three Whitethroats today. (Paul Masters).
Cotswold Water Park East At Pit 132 two Avocets, a breeding-plumaged Dunlin, an Oystercatcher and a Great White Egret. (John Durell).
Edge Two Jays and a Great Spotted Woodpecker at 2pm today. (Simon Hart).
Tewkesbury Belated news from the 26th March 2022. The raptor group were sent this amazing photo by the mother of 10 year old Hope, who took it just before noon in Northway, Tewkesbury. Incredible to get Red Kite and Buzzard in the same shot. Tracks of the tagged birds show that it was one of the Isle of Wight releases passing through. (per Gordon Kirk).
Crop from a back of camera shot of White-tailed Eagle, Red Kite and Buzzard by 10 year old Hope
Highnam Woods Two Nightingales singing this morning and three this evening but not strongly. Also a Marsh Tit today. (Jonathan Bull/Andy Jayne).
Awre This afternoon six Sanderlings, eight Dunlins, nine Ringed Plovers, two Whimbrels, a Common Sandpiper, an Oystercatcher, a Cuckoo, two Reed Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Painted Lady and four Ampedus click beetles. (Lewis Thomson).
Forest of Dean 20+ Crossbills at Edge Hills this afternoon, a very vocal mix of adults and juveniles. (Owen Follis). A Red Kite over Mitcheldean at 9:50am. (Chris Keeling).
May Hill This morning on the top of the hill six Crossbills, four Tree Pipits, a soaring Goshawk, a Stonechat and 11 Linnets together. (Brian Kings).
WWT Slimbridge On the Top New Piece two immature SPOONBILLS and a drake GARGANEY. On South Lake two second calendar year Mediterranean Gulls and a Common Tern. (Slimbridge Sightings). Three Clouded Yellow butterflies, two from Zeiss hide and one from the Estuary Tower. (David Creber).
Frampton pools Six Common Terns, a male Mandarin, two Kingfishers, 16 Tufted Ducks, two Oystercatchers, ten Shelducks, 12 Reed Warblers, two Lesser Whitethroats, 12 Whitethroats, three Yellow Wagtails, 22 Chiffchaffs, 34 Blackcaps, five Swifts, five Swallows, four House Martins and a Cuckoo singing. (Nick Goatman).
Coombe Hill Meadows From Grundon hide two Oystercatchers and two chicks, three Avocets and three chicks, three Little Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover, four Redshanks, two Curlews, Lapwings, a Yellow Wagtail, two Cuckoos, a Reed Bunting, a Skylark, two Little Egrets and Swallows and Swifts over the pools. (Les Ditchburn).
Cotswold Water Park East At Pit 132 a male Wigeon, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Cuckoos and a summer plumaged Dunlin. (Duncan Dine/Jeremy Squire).
Halmore Today in the fields a Buzzard, a Red Kite over, a male Kestrel and a Hobby. (Chris Newton).
Hawling Near New House Farm this evening, seven House Martins, a Song Thrush singing, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers together and another drumming, and a Kestrel. (Andrew & Gill Worthington).
Gloucester A Cuckoo on Alney Island at 4:30pm this afternoon. (Simon Hart).
Hardwicke A Red Kite over Hardwicke Farm at 12:20pm heading for Quedgeley. (MK).
Saul Warth At high tide just five Oystercatchers and 35 Shelducks and a few common gulls. A small passage of three Swallows, four Sand Martins and two House Martins. Also a Whitethroat, a Grey Wagtail and a Painted Lady. (MK).
WWT Slimbridge Two Mediterranean Gulls on South Lake. The Egyptian Goose still on Tack Piece, from Robbie Garnett hide, with Greylags. Four unringed Common Cranes still on the Dumbles. Two immature SPOONBILLS and a drake GARGANEY still from Zeiss hide. (Helen Bojaniwska). Male and female Cuckoo around the grounds. (Ed Drewitt).
Forest of Dean Four singing male Pied Flycatchers (3 at Nagshead), two Spotted Flycatchers, a Wood Warbler, a Garden Warbler and three Redstarts. At Linear Park Wood Whites, Grizzled and Dingy Skippers. (Paul Masters).
Tewkesbury From The Willows pub in Bishop’s Walk at least four Cuckoos including at least one female, also a Red Kite and three Kingfishers. (James Barradine).
Coombe Hill Meadows Three Cuckoos, a Kingfisher and three Reed Warblers this morning. (Ian Ralphs). Also 50 Greylags, ten Canada Geese and six goslings, a pair of Mute Swans with seven cygnets, four Redshanks, a pair of Oystercatchers and two chicks, four Avocets and three chicks, a Curlew, two Shelducks, a Tufted Duck, ten Lapwings and four chicks, four Little Ringed Plovers, a Yellow Wagtail, a Sedge Warbler, two Swifts, a Chiffchaff, a Whitethroat, four Little Egrets, a Great White Egret and a Grey Heron. Also Brimstone butterflies. (Alan McIlquham).
Little Egret by Alan McIlquham
Brimstones by Alan McIlquham
Ashleworth Ham Constant Effort Site ringing caught 34 birds including two Redstarts, a Sedge Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, eight Whitethroats, two Blackcaps, seven Chiffchaffs and a Reed Bunting. Also a roosting Curlew, 2-3 singing Redstarts, 2-3 singing Lesser Whitethroats and a Willow Warbler. (Mike Smart/Mervyn Greening).
Frampton Two Cuckoos at Splatt Bridge this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).
Elmore A Cuckoo by the river near the end of Weir Lane at 5pm today. (Simon Hart).
Longney Crib This afternoon short three Whitethroats, five Sand Martins, two Shelducks, nine Mallards, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 65 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and four Cormorants. (John Fletcher).
Westrip A Red Kite over Westrip at 2:12pm with four Buzzards and a Raven. Another Red Kite over at 3pm. (MK).
Stroud A female Mandarin with two ducklings on the River Frome at Griffin Mill, Thrupp. (Mike Barwick).
WWT Slimbridge A pair of Little Ringed Plovers with one chick still on the Rushy, a summer-plumage Golden Plover on the Tack Piece from the Summer Walkway. Two immature SPOONBILLS on the Top New Piece. Four unringed Common Cranes on the Dumbles. Ringed Plovers, Dunlins and Sanderlings, two Grey Plovers, 15 Curlews, two Whimbrels and four Common Terns on the estuary. The COMMON SEAL again from Middle Point. (Tim Jukes/Paul Masters). Five Mediterranean Gulls on and around the causeway at South Lake. (Jonathan Bull). The LITTLE GULL back on South Lake late afternoon. (Tim Jukes).
Frampton On the Sailing Lake a Yellow-legged Gull, six Common Terns, 30 Mute Swans, a drake Mandarin, a Kingfisher, a Yellow Wagtail, a Cuckoo, 6+ Swifts, 20+ Sand Martins, two House Martins, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat this morning. From Splatt Bridge early morning two Cuckoos, 20+ Swallows, two Swifts, two Oystercatchers, two Meadow Pipits, 1+ Reed Warbler, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Buzzard. (MK).
WWT Slimbridge The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL this morning best seen from the Zeiss hide, appears to be paired up with a female Eurasian Teal. At high tide from the Estuary tower this morning 69+ Dunlins, 20+ Sanderlings, 11 Ringed Plovers, 17 Curlews, two Whimbrels and a Little Stint. Also two SPOONBILLS, two Little Egrets, a Great White Egret, an Egyptian Goose and four unringed Common Cranes. (Neil Smart). A drake GARGANEY on the Top New Piece. (Roberta Goodall). Eight Mediterranean Gulls on South Lake. (Ken Mihill).
Frampton pools At Court Lake six Hobbies, and on the Sailing Lake a juvenile LITTLE GULL and six Common Terns. (Nick Goatman). This evening three Oystercatchers, a Kingfisher, a Sparrowhawk, a Black Swan, a Mute Swan family including four cygnets, six Barnacle goslings amongst the adults, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker and a Great Crested Grebe. (Aled Phillips).
Coombe Hill Meadows From Grundon hide at 11:45am a female type Marsh Harrier hunting the Short pool corner of N scrape. (Les Ditchburn). A Black-tailed Godwit this evening. (Ian Hull). Also today a Lesser Whitethroat, two Sedge Warblers, a male Redstart, a Whitethroat, a Cuckoo heard, a Painted Lady, a Small Copper and a Hairy Dragonfly near the wharf. (Paul Masters). A pair of Common Terns early morning on the small island at the back of the large pool viewed from the Grundon hide. (Mark Longland).
Ashleworth Ham Two Mute Swans, two family groups of Greylags with five and four goslings, also nine without young and 30 coming in to roost at dusk, 11 Canada Geese, a pair of Teal, 167 Mallards, a Grey Heron, two Oystercatchers and a male Curlew. (Mike Smart).
Edge At Rudge Hill NNR this afternoon a Tree Pipit, a Meadow Pipit, three Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and two Whitethroats. Good numbers of Duke of Burgundy’s, Small Blues, Dingy Skippers, Small Coppers, Small Heaths and Common Blues amongst commoner species. (MK).
Willow Warbler by Mike King
Duke of Burgundy by Mike King
Kilkenny This afternoon at Kilkenny viewpoint near Andoversford a singing Tree Pipit, also Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Blackcap. Also Dingy Skipper, Common Blue, Small Heath butterflies and a Mother Shipton moth. NB: car park temporarily closed. (Keith White).
Forest of Dean A Red Kite high above the garden in Berry Hill at 11:49am harassed by a Crow. (Kevin Jones). Nine Swifts over Coleford this evening. (Geoff Fawcett).
Cheltenham At The Park a drake Mandarin and two pairs of Greylags with a total of 17 goslings. (Eric Harris).
WWT Slimbridge The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL from Zeiss hide again but can be elusive. Also two immature SPOONBILLS still and two GARGANEYS. The pair of Little Ringed Plovers on the Rushy now only have one chick. (Slimbridge Sightings/Pete Churton). The second-calendar year LITTLE GULL back on South Lake. (James Robinson). From Middle Point 100+ Ringed Plovers, 60+ Dunlins, a Whimbrel heard, two unringed Common Cranes, a 3rd calendar year Yellow-legged Gull, a Yellow Wagtail and two Swifts. On the Tack Piece a Great White Egret, two Golden Plovers and an Egyptian Goose. (MK).
Little Ringed Plover chick by Mike King
Egyptian Goose by Mike King
Forest of Dean A Red Kite and four Swifts over Coleford this lunchtime. (Chris Keeling).
Frampton pools Four Hobbies, three Buzzards, eight Common Terns, two Kingfishers, three Yellow Wagtails, 12 Swifts, 12 House Martins, a Cetti’s Warbler and a family of Long-tailed Tits today. (Nick Goatman/Steve Pullen).
Kingfisher by Steve Pullen
Cheltenham A drake Mandarin on Hatherley Park lake this morning. (David Norman).
Mandarin by David Norman
Coombe Hill Meadows Three Mute Swans, at least 40 Greylags and at least 40 Canada Geese coming in to roost, and a family of Canada Geese with five goslings, two Shelducks, at least four Gadwalls, 70 Mallards, a male Tufted Duck, a Coot nesting, four Avocets, two Oystercatchers with two chicks, two pairs of Lapwings each with four chicks and at least six other adults, at least four Little Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover, a Dunlin, a Black-tailed Godwit, two Curlews, at least four Redshanks, 60 Lesser Black-backed Gulls roosting, a Cuckoo, several Redstarts singing, at least one Cetti’s Warbler, at least two Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers, Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs and Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart). A Garden Warbler singing along the canal. (Ian Hull/Graham Smith).
Edge At Rudge Hill NNR this afternoon a Tree Pipit, a Meadow Pipit, two Garden Warblers, a Skylark, five Linnets, two Green Woodpecker and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher).
Daglingworth A Hobby this afternoon, also a singing Corn Bunting and a pair of Stonechats. (Andrew Morrison).
WWT Slimbridge Two immature SPOONBILLS on the Top New Piece, a drake GARGANEY and the GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the Bottom New Piece. On the Rushy the pair of Little Ringed Plovers have two chicks, the Common Cranes have two chicks and 44+ Avocets and at least one chick. An Egyptian Goose and a Golden Plover on the Tack Piece along the channel near the pillbox. On South Lake the LITTLE GULL again this afternoon and two second-calendar year Mediterranean Gulls. Four unringed Common Cranes together on the Dumbles. (Scott Petrek/Roy Kinchin/Ken Mihill/Geoff Moyser). Also a pair of Kingfishers from Kingfisher hide and another at South Lake. 66 Black-tailed Godwits and a Cuckoo from Hogarth hide, a Bar Tailed Godwit on the Bottom New Piece. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).
Little Ringed Plovers by Mike King
Common Cranes by Mike King
Common Cranes by Mike King
Upham Meadow Two Corn Buntings singing from docks in the northern part of the meadow, the first recorded here or anywhere else in the Severn or Avon Vales, for several years. (Mike Smart).
Lower Stone A Little Owl flew over the road just in Glos by about 500 yards late afternoon. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).
Coombe Hill Meadows This morning 3+ pairs of Skylarks, 8+ Reed Buntings, Sedge Warblers and Chiffchaffs all along the canal, 6+ Whitethroats, a Canada Goose with five juveniles, a Lapwing still with four juveniles, 100’s of Damselflies, a Four-spotted Chaser and 3+ Hairy Dragonflies. (Paul Clark). A ringed Great White Egret (red AAR) in the evening. (Eric Harris).
Fromebridge A Red Kite over the M5 junction 13 this afternoon. (Magnus Carter).
Aylburton An escaped Zebra Finch feeding fledglings in Stockwell Lane today. (per Nicola Jones).
Ashleworth Ham A Cuckoo heard, 23 Greylag including nine goslings, 19 Mallards including three ducklings, two Grey Herons, two Shelducks, a Canada Goose, three Mute Swans, four Lesser Black-backed Gulls, two Blackcaps and a Stock Dove. (John Fletcher).
Bussage Two Ravens resident in the Toadsmoor Valley mobbing a Buzzard and then both flew low over the Ram Inn. Three Greenfinches on the garden feeders. (Michael Cook).
Lydney This morning at Bishop Mead seen from the garden 68 Swifts, 11 House Martins, 20 Feral Pigeons, two Stock Doves, 37 Starlings, a female House Sparrow, a Grey Heron, a Great Black-backed Gull, four Goldfinches, two Chaffinches and three Mandarins. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).