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Tuesday 28th June 2022

WWT Slimbridge     No sign of the Bluethroat today. An immature SPOONBILL flew N past Middle Point at 9:50am. Three Green Sandpipers on the Tack Piece. Two summer-plumaged Spotted Redshanks and three summer-plumaged male Ruffs on South Lake. (Duncan Dine/Paul Masters/MK).

Spotted Redshank by Bob Shiret

Daneway Banks     Six Large Blue butterflies, a Green Woodpecker and a Marsh Tit on the feeders at the Daneway Inn. (Duncan Dine/Paul Masters/MK).

Marsh Tit by Mike King

Large Blue by Mike King

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Hobby hunting over the scrapes late morning was chased off by a Lapwing. Also three Redshanks, a Green Sandpiper, two adult Little Ringed Plovers with one fledged chick, two adult Avocets with one fledged chick, a pair of Mute Swans with seven large cygnets, eight Lapwings, two Oystercatchers, a juvenile Pied Wagtail, a juvenile Yellow Wagtail, a Sand Martin with the House Martins and Swifts hawking over the scrapes, six Little Egrets and three Grey Herons. On the canal path several singing Sedge Warblers, a singing Garden Warbler, a singing Willow Warbler, a singing Lesser Whitethroat, nine Whitethroats, six Bullfinches and a Kingfisher near the car park at lunchtime. (Caroline Quinn).

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Monday 27th June 2022

WWT Slimbridge    The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT still at Middle Point today. It showed this morning on and off up until 10:45am on the stick perches in the reed bed. (Lisa Presland/Andy Jayne/Les Ditchburn/Jeremy Holland).

Bluethroat by Lisa Presland

At midday an OSPREY flew over the Estuary Tower heading for Frampton. (Lisa Presland).

Osprey by Lisa Presland

Also today an immature SPOONBILL from Middle Point at 3:45 pm and a Cuckoo foraging for caterpillars from one of the posts along the ditch behind the Shepherds Hut at 1pm. The two summer-plumaged Spotted Redshanks and three Ruffs on South Lake late morning and one of the two dark morph Ruffs from Rushy Hide late afternoon. Two Common Cranes with two chicks on the meadow in front of the Hogarth hide and two pairs of Common Cranes from the Van de Bovenkamp and Zeiss hides early afternoon and one on the Dumbles. A Green Sandpiper, three Oystercatchers, nine Avocets and seven Lapwings from the Robbie Garnett and Stephen Kirk hides late afternoon. (Caroline Quinn). A male Cuckoo from Kingfisher hide at 9:55am sat briefly on dead tree. (Jeremy Holland). A pair of Cranes with a well-grown chick along the far bank of the Rushy upper pond  viewed from the Peng Observatory 1:30 to 2pm.  Three Green Sandpipers together on the Rushy at 2:30pm. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Purton to Sharpness     A pair of Kestrels, a Buzzard, 6+ Mandarins, nine Curlews, a Sparrowhawk, a Common Tern, Reed Buntings, Reed Warblers, Swallows and House Martins. (Mike Davis).

Maisemore     Along Church Road, Court Lake, and above the weir and upper parting this afternoon two Stonechats (1 juv), a Willow Warbler, two Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, six Swallows, a Swift, a Pied Wagtail, five Mute Swans (2 ads, 3 cygs), five Mallards, 21 Coots, six Moorhens, a Little Egret and 18 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (John Fletcher).

Stonechat by John Fletcher
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Sunday 26th June 2022

WWT Slimbridge    The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT still at Middle Point today, it was seen by two visitors after a rain shower, when it showed well. (Slimbridge Sightings). Also today on South Lake two SPOONBILLS, two summer plumaged Spotted Redshanks and three male Ruffs in full breeding plumage. (Roberta Goodall).

Ruff by Roberta Goodall
Spotted Redshank by Roberta Goodall

Forest of Dean     An OSPREY over Kensley pools (the new pools created E of Woorgreens in Kensley Inclosure) harassed by a Buzzard and a gull at midday. (Rob Husbands).

Leighterton     Two Grey Partridges early morning. (Paul Rich).

Bagpath     A Barn Owl early morning. (Paul Rich).

Saul Warth     At high tide this morning 35 Avocets, 18 Oystercatchers, 65 Curlews, 50+ Shelducks, a Mute Swan on the river and a Painted Lady. (MK).

Avocets by Mike King

Cirencester     A pair of Grey Wagtails in the stream by the Open Air Swimming Pool today. (Felicity Cobb).

Hucclecote     This afternoon in the garden a male Sparrowhawk caught and ate a Sparrow. (Harold Smith).

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Saturday 25th June 2022

WWT Slimbridge     The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT still this morning at Middle Point showing on and off until midday at least. (Slimbridge Sightings). The Members’ Gate is open from 8:15am until 9:30am (have your membership card ready), access after 9:30am via the Visitor Centre. Approach very quietly, view from the seawall and remain quiet to listen for the song.

Bluethroat by Karen Jayne

Also today on South Lake two summer plumaged Spotted Redshanks and two male Ruffs in full breeding plumage, one white and one black. (Craig Reed). From Robbie Garnett hide three Green Sandpipers on the Tack Piece. (Dot Jones). Seven Whimbrels from Middle Point. (Sam Walker). From Kingfisher hide the Barn Owl hunting at 9:50am. (Clare Glanville).

Barn Owl by Clare Glanville

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 132 a Great White Egret, three Black-tailed Godwits, a Greenshank, two Green Sandpipers, a Snipe, two families of Little Ringed Plover with nearly fully fledged young and 200 Sand Martins. (Duncan Dine).

Coombe Hill Meadows     At 5:30pm a Green Sandpiper, two Little Ringed Plovers, five Redshanks with two juveniles, two Avocets with two juveniles, c12 Lapwings including two juveniles, an Oystercatcher, a Cormorant, a Grey Heron, two Little Egrets and two Mute Swans with seven cygnets. (Andy Langley). A Mallard on the canal with eight tiny ducklings, an adult Little Grebe, Coot chicks on the canal and song from Skylark, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).

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Friday 24th June 2022

WWT Slimbridge     The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT still this morning at Middle Point. It sang at 9:30am and again at 9:48am then showed briefly on Stick 4. (Paul Masters/MK). The Members’ Gate is open from 8:15am until 9:30am (have your membership card ready), access after 9:30am via the Visitor Centre. Approach very quietly, view from the seawall and remain quiet to listen for the song.

White-spotted Bluethroat by Mike King

White-spotted Bluethroat by Mike King

Also today on South Lake two summer plumaged Spotted Redshanks and two male Ruffs in full breeding plumage, one white and one black. From Zeiss hide a Bittern in flight, a drake eclipse Garganey and the Barn Owl hunting the Bottom New Piece. A pair of Peregrines around the field behind the Shepherds Hut. (Ian Hull/Tim Jukes/Paul Masters/MK).

Ruffs by Mike King

Coombe Hill Meadows     Four Avocets and two juveniles, five Lapwings and three juveniles, four Redshanks and chicks, two Curlews, three Oystercatchers, a Little Ringed Plover and two juveniles, a Little Grebe, two Grey Herons, eight Little Egrets, two Mute Swan with seven cygnets, two Skylarks, two juvenile Yellow Wagtails, a Pied Wagtail, ten Swifts, 20 House Martins, two Reed Warblers and a Whitethroat. Also an Emperor dragonfly egg laying. (Chris Moore/Alan McIlquham). Additionally this evening three adult Canada Geese with five goslings, 40 Mallards and an adult and three juvenile Pied Wagtails. (Mike Smart).

Cleeve Hill     20+ Linnets, Meadow Pipits, six Skylark, Goldfinches and a Red Kite. (Alan McIlquham).

Meadow Pipit by Alan McIlquham

Eastington/Stonehouse     On the Stroudwater Canal at Bond’s Mill two Mallards, a Kingfisher, a Moorhen with three young and a Buzzard mobbed by gulls. At The Ocean two Mute Swans with three cygnets, 15 Mallards, three Coots, a Moorhen and a Grey Heron. At Boakes Drive alongside the canal 42 Long-tailed Tits moving along the canal side trees. (Richard Giles & Fiona Neate).

Stroud     At Stratford Park a Grey Wagtail, a Song Thrush and a Wren. At the Lake 14 Mallards, a Moorhen, two Black-headed Gulls, 16 Feral Pigeons and two female Mandarins. (Richard Giles & Fiona Neate).

Twyning     At Upham Meadow, at least eight adult Curlews, three of them birds ringed earlier this summer and a brood of three freshly-hatched chicks, a Grey Heron, a Common Tern, 10+ House Martins and a Corn Bunting singing. (Mike Smart).

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Thursday 23rd June 2022

WWT Slimbridge     The WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT still this morning at Middle Point, it briefly sat up, giving a burst of song at around 8am. (Scott Petrek). No further sightings throughout the day. Members’ Gate open from 8:15am until 9:30am (have your membership card ready), access after 9:30am via the Visitor Centre. Approach very quietly, view from the seawall and remain quiet to listen for the song.

Also today two SPOONBILLS, a Whimbrel and a Weasel at Middle Point. A summer-plumaged male Ruff, two Spotted Redshanks and a Mediterranean Gull on South Lake. The drake eclipse GARGANEY still from Zeiss hide. The Barn Owl showing well at the nest box and hunting from Kingfisher hide. Two Wood Sandpipers reported from Hogarth hide but not relocated later. (Roberta Goodall/Paul Masters/Les Ditchburn/MK).

Ruff by Mike King

Spotted & Common Redshanks, Black-tailed Godwit & Black-headed Gull by Mike King

Mediterranean Gull by Mike King

Spoonbill by Mike King

Weasel by Mike King

Longney Crib     Early afternoon at low tide birds included a Great White Egret, five Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, two Cormorants, a Buzzard, two Yellow Wagtails, six Linnets, three Whitethroats, a Blackcap, five Reed Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, two Skylarks, five Swallows and three House Martins. (John Fletcher).

Hartpury     A Cuckoo calling at 9pm at Hartpury University. (Anthony Lowney).

Upham Meadow     A Red Kite on cut strip, being mobbed by Curlews, four adult Curlews and a Common Tern over the Avon. (Mike Smart/Dan Gornall).

Winchcombe     6+ Long-tailed Tits in the garden this evening. (Andrew & Gill Worthington).

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Wednesday 22nd June 2022

WWT Slimbridge     The male WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT at Middle Point seen briefly twice on perches in the reedbed to N of the track by 8:30am. Best viewed from seawall. (Mark Coller). Not seen again all day but sang briefly at 4:30pm. (Andy Jayne). Other birds from Middle Point included two SPOONBILLS, four Little Egrets, 11 Avocets, a Common Sandpiper and a female Marsh Harrier. Three Green Sandpipers on the Rushy at 1:30pm. (MK). Early morning a WOOD SANDPIPER heard on the Top New Piece, a Spotted Redshank and a BITTERN in the reeds, seen from Zeiss hide. (Martin McGill).

Green Sandpiper by Mike King

Berkeley     A Tawny Owl calling at 2am, from the direction of the Cemetery in Station Road. (Paddy Doyle). A Hobby mobbing a Sparrowhawk, three Buzzards and a Red Kite N over the garden this morning between 11:15-11:30am. (Tom Weston).

Sudeley     Two Grey Wagtails by the stone bridge this morning. (Andrew & Gill Worthington).

Stanley Downton     At 2:30pm today between Downton Road and Stanley Mills, six Red Kites, six Buzzards and two Kestrels over fresh cut grass and a Hobby over. (Paul Sutton).

Red Kite by Paul Sutton

Stonehouse     At the Ocean near St Cyr’s Church birds included a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, a Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail, a Pied Wagtail, a Chiffchaff, Swifts, House Martins and Swallows and a Sedge Warbler. Also a Red-eared Terrapin. (Paul Sutton).

Red-eared Terrapin by Paul Sutton

Gretton     A young Grass Snake crossing a pond in the village this afternoon. (Roger Wasley).

Grass Snake by Roger Wasley
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Tuesday 21st June 2022

WWT Slimbridge     A returning male WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT at Middle Point briefly singing from perches in reedbed to N of track at 9am. Best viewed from seawall. Occasional brief showings through the morning up to 1pm and again at 4pm. (Martin McGill). Three Green Sandpipers and a Spotted Redshank from Hogarth hide. (Paul Dunham). From Kingfisher hide male and female Cuckoo and a male Kingfisher. A Great White Egret on the Top New Piece. (Magnus Carter).

White-spotted Bluethroat by Paul Dunham

White-spotted Bluethroat by Robin Martin

Quenington     A singing QUAIL at SP153043 from the footpath from Leafield Farm to Netherton E of Quenington. At 5am two roding Woodcocks around Quenington. (Peter & Caroline Burton).

Forest of Dean     At Greathough Brook next to the Beaver enclosure a Spotted Flycatcher, three Ravens, 6+ Siskins and a Red Kite. Also four Golden-ringed Dragonflies. (Paul Masters/MK).

Golden-ringed Dragonfly by Mike King

Kingswood     At Ash Path today during grass cutting at lunchtime seven Red Kites, one caught and partially ate what looked like a snake, nine Buzzards, four Kestrels and a Hobby chasing a Swift. Also from the garden three Buzzards, a Red Kite, a Little Egret, three Grey Wagtails, two Dippers and a Kingfisher. (Tom McCarthy).

Red Kite by Tom McCarthy

Longney     At lunch time on the river, a Great White Egret, four Little Egrets, three Grey Herons and a Curlew. Also two pairs of Yellow Wagtails and four Linnets in crops. Along the river bank 10+ Reed Warblers, at least four Sedge Warblers, four Reed Buntings, six Sand Martins, a juvenile Green Woodpecker, a Red Kite, a male Sparrowhawk and a Buzzard. (Steve Pullen).

Yellow Wagtail by Steve Pullen

Cleeve Hill     Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, Linnet, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, Goldfinch, Willow Warbler and Great Spotted Woodpecker this morning. (Jeremy Holland).

Gloucester     A Red Kite over the garden in Tuffley at 10:30am. (John Fletcher).

Tewkesbury     At Lower Lode early morning 6-8 Sand Martins by the colony, a male Redstart, a Sedge Warbler and a Whitethroat still singing by river bank, 200+ Rooks and 200+ Jackdaws. Along Mythe Brook in cut hay fields five Mallards, a Grey Heron, two Skylarks, a Sedge Warbler, three Reed Warblers, 50 Rooks and 50 Jackdaws. On a nearby farm pond six Canada Geese, ten Mallards, a pair of Tufted Ducks and a Coot. (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This evening a pair of Mute Swans with seven cygnets, three Canada Geese with five goslings, 50 Mallards, four Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, two Coots, two adult Avocets with three chicks, two Little Ringed Plovers with two chicks, two Oystercatchers with a chick, Redshanks, c6 Lapwings with at least two broods of chicks; eight Curlews came in to roost, a Cuckoo still singing, a Reed Warbler, an adult Little Grebe, a Green Sandpiper, a male and two juvenile Yellow Wagtails and a Grasshopper Warbler singing at dusk, N of the canal, in the field to the E of the reserve. (Mike Smart).

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Monday 20th June 2022

Forest of Dean     An OSPREY at Woorgreens at 6pm. (Rob Husbands). A Red Kite over Cinderford at 1:55pm. (Piers Suckling). A Siskin bathing with Blue Tits at Campbell hide at Nagshead 10am. (Bettie Sloane).

WWT Slimbridge     A Hobby hunting in front of the Zeiss hide this morning. (Martin Price). Male and female Reed Bunting near the Kingfisher hide. Sedge Warblers nest building near the Van de Bovenkamp hide. Reed Warblers feeding young on the first pool through the gate to the Kingfisher hide. A Spotted Redshank from Zeiss hide. A pair of Common Cranes flying towards the canal then right towards Purton. (Paul Sutton).

Reed Warbler by Paul Sutton

Coombe Hill Meadows    Redshanks displaying aerially, Oystercatchers, Lapwings and Avocets, seven Little Egrets, a Great White Egret, six Grey Herons, a Red Kite, a Cuckoo heard, a female Reed Bunting, lots of Sedge Warblers and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Also a Four-spotted Chaser. (Alan McIlquham). Early morning a pair of Mute Swans with seven cygnets, a pair of Canada Geese with five goslings, three Gadwalls, c50 Mallards, two Grey Herons, three Little Egrets, two Oystercatchers with full grown chicks, two Little Ringed Plovers with two medium sized chicks, c6 adult Lapwings with several chicks, and a flock of 12 migrants, S of the canal, at least five Curlews and Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Reed Bunting all singing. (Mike Smart).

Great White Egret with Little Egret by Alan McIlquham

Tewkesbury     At Lower Lode in evening two Mute Swans, two Grey Herons, 2-3  Sand Martins around the colony, 50+ Woodpigeons, 30+ Stock Doves, 200 Rooks, 200 Jackdaws and a Raven. Also 15 Cormorants on dead trees at the brickpits (Mike Smart).

Purton     Swallows have fledged today. Also a Common Tern along the canal, a Sparrowhawk, lots of Whitethroats including juveniles, Starlings and Goldfinches. (Mike Davis).

Epney    An adult Yellow-legged Gull this evening. Also 40+ Sand Martins and a Curlew. (Tom Weston).

Yellow-legged Gull by Tom Weston

Gloucester     This afternoon at 3:55pm, a Red Kite drifting high over Tuffley heading W. (Ian Elphick).

Cleeve Hill     A Red Kite, a Buzzard, a Kestrel, a Yellowhammer, a Tree Pipit, two Stonechats, two Cuckoos and small flocks of Linnets. (Eric Harris).

Gretton     An adult Pied Wagtail feeding three youngsters with seed and insects around a garden pond this evening. (Roger Wasley).

Pied Wagtails by Roger Wasley
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Sunday 19th June 2022

Forest of Dean    At Edge Hills and Haywood Plantations this morning a male Firecrest, three Garden Warblers, four Spotted Flycatchers, at least seven (three juvs) Stonechats, three Tree Pipits and four Crossbills. A Red Kite near the Severn Bore pub at Minsterworth. (Andy Jayne).

WWT Slimbridge     A Spotted Redshank and a SPOONBILL from Zeiss hide. A Barn Owl hunting the sea wall viewed from Estuary Tower. A Green Sandpiper and  55+ Black-tailed Godwits on the Rushy. An eclipse drake GARGANEY on South Lake. (Roberta Goodall/MK). A Kingfisher from Martin Smith hide today. Also here a Reed Warbler, a Sedge Warbler and a Little Egret. (Heather England).

Green Sandpiper by Mike King

Daneway     Four Redstarts (2 juvs, 1 m, 1f) seen around Daneway Banks and the small meadow E of Siccaridge Wood this morning. (Sam Walker).

Halmore     A Cuckoo calling this morning between Halmore and Purton, first since the end of May. (Chris Newton).

Arlingham     A juvenile Tawny Owl today. (Marc Freebrey).

Tawny owlet by Marc Freebrey
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