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Tuesday 19th March 2019

Walton Cardiff     A WHEATEAR flew over the road and over a hedge early morning. (Andy Lodge).

Berkeley shore     A male WHEATEAR on the shore today. (Paul Taylor).

Saul Warth     A male WHEATEAR on the rocks to the right of Hock Ditch at midday calling constantly. Also the WATER PIPIT again today, seen yesterday too, a male Stonechat, a pair of Oystercatchers, 30+ Meadow Pipits, a male Kestrel and a Raven. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Aston Down   An OSPREY at altitude over Aston Down this morning at 8:20 heading NE viewed from the layby of the Glide-in Café. (Michael Cook).

WWT Slimbridge     A Red Kite over the car park this morning and a pair of second-summer MEDITERRANEAN GULLS on South Lake. (Andy Jordan).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the Peregrine pair mating, eight Buzzards, a Red Kite, two Goshawks, Ravens, Jays, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stock Doves, a Treecreeper, two Long-tailed Tits, three Mandarins (2m, 1f) and a male Goosander. Also ten Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Leckhampton Hill    At least 400 Golden Plovers over very high in long lines and v shapes calling a lot and two very confiding birds grounded near the masts on Cleeve Hill. (Tom Mabbett).

Nailsworth     At Tiltup’s End two Red Kites, one partial leucistic bird with a white head and forewings, two Red-legged Partridges, 203 mixed corvids including 103 Carrion Crows, 300+ Stock Doves, two Linnets, eight Skylarks, 12 Yellowhammers and two Buzzards. (Jake King).

Tewkesbury     On Severn Ham today 25 Mute Swans, 50 Carrion Crows and a Reed Bunting. Nearby a pair of Peregrines on the tower of Tewkesbury Abbey. (Mike Smart).

Cherington     At Cherington Lake and surrounding area birds included 35+ Linnets, two Nuthatches, two Green Woodpeckers calling, a Treecreeper, 40 Jackdaws, four Buzzards, 11 Mallards and 12+ Wrens. (John Fletcher).

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Monday 18th March 2019

Frampton     A Short-eared Owl hunting the shore this afternoon, viewed from Splatt Bridge. (Roy Widgery).

Cleeve Hill     A Short-eared Owl at 5:30pm today. (Duncan Dine). Pic by Duncan.

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Lower Slaughter     A Barn Owl hunting late afternoon. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Rich.

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Saul     A Cattle Egret in the second field on the right towards Arlingham after crossing Cadbury Bridge, with horses at 1:25pm. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Cheltenham    This afternoon at 12:30pm two Buzzards circling high above Lansdown Station, flew together three times in talon-locking courtship display. (David Norman).

Highnam Woods      This afternoon birds included three Marsh Tits, a Goldcrest, six Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Redwings, three Song Thrushes, a Green Woodpecker calling, two Nuthatches, four Coal Tits, a Treecreeper and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Rendcomb     A Grey Partridge off Whiteway near Rendcomb Airfield at SP 03104 09613. (Roger Gillespie).

Aylburton Warth     Four Canada Geese, four Shelducks, a Wigeon, 120 Teal, two Grey Herons, six Lapwings, 80 Golden Plovers, 170 Curlews, four Redshanks, four Skylarks, three Meadow Pipits, a Chiffchaff and a Reed Bunting today. (Mike Smart).

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Sunday 17th March 2019

Gloucester     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Alney Island again today, around the leafless trees near the Lock House at SO823183. (Mark Hobson). Pic by Mark.

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Cotswold Water Park West     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER still briefly at 9:30am by the stream junction at Pit 44 then flew across the road with a Chiffchaff. (Steve Brown). A Goosander still at Pit 65, also a Bullfinch. A Great Spotted Woodpecker sunbathing at Pit 57, a pair of Goldeneye on Pit 58 and three pairs of Red Crested Pochards on Pits 46/48. (Ken Burrows). Pics by Ken.

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Wibdon Warth     The GREAT SKUA again at 12:20pm. (John Overfield).

May Hill     This morning a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER high up on May Hill and a Meadow Pipit display flighting at the top of the Hill. (Rob & Gillian Guest).

Frampton     Three Mandarins (2m, 1f) on the canal at Splatt Bridge, also nine Redshanks, six Pintails and a Kingfisher. (Gordon Hodgson). At the pools this evening four Cattle Egrets, 21 Little Egrets, 20+ Sand Martins, five Chiffchaffs, a Goldeneye, ten Lapwings, five Mandarins, 18 Linnets and 30+ Meadow Pipits. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge    A MEDITERRANEAN GULL on the causeway at South Lake again this morning. (Ken Mihill). Three Knot on South Lake amongst the 549 Black-tailed Godwits from Hogarth hide this morning. (Les Ditchburn/Paul Dunham). Pic by Paul.

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Sharpness    Seven Knot flew S this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Coates     10+ Bramblings at 11:30am by the Tunnel House pub feeding on the Beech mast. (Duncan Dine).

Halmore    A Barn Owl hunting in the lane this evening. (Chris Newton).

Twyning     A Lesser Redpoll in the garden today. (Phil & Chris Andrews). Pic by Phil.

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Saturday 16th March 2019

WWT Slimbridge     A GREAT SKUA ranging about the Severn off the New Grounds this morning, two flocks of KITTIWAKES c37 and c30 through N. (Martin McGill). The GREAT SKUA was sat on the river off of Awre viewed from Hock Ditch mid-afternoon, and ten KITTIWAKES off of Hock Ditch. (Gordon Hodgson). A MEDITERRANEAN GULL still on South Lake today. (Paul Masters).

Cotswold Water Park West     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER still at Pit 44 at 9:15am, also two Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest. (Jim Wainwright).

Sharpness     Two KITTIWAKES through N this afternoon. (Andy Jordan).

Epney     A Woodcock on Castle Lane tonight. (Jeremy Squire).

Frampton-on-Severn     At Byres Water pond behind St Mary’s church birds included four Mandarins (3m, 1f), a Little Grebe, 15 Reed Buntings on feeders, a pair of Greylags, a Barn Owl quartering the orchard and graveyard, four Little Owls and three Green Woodpeckers anting around the pond. (Dave Micklewright).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Birds included a Great Crested Grebe, a pair of Mute Swans, a pair of Greylags, 30 Canada Geese, 300 Wigeon, 100 Teal, eight Gadwalls, 15 Mallards, three Pintails, 60 Shovelers, eight Tufted Ducks, a Grey Heron, an immature male Peregrine, ten Coots, a pair of Oystercatchers, 11 Lapwings, four Redshanks, a Chiffchaff and four singing Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     13 Mute Swans, two Shelducks, 30 Wigeon, ten Teal, six Pintails, two Tufted Ducks, an Oystercatcher and two Roe Deer today. (Mike Smart).

Haw Bridge      A Goldcrest singing from the only patch of conifers near the pub. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth & Hasfield Hams     Two Mute Swans, five Greylags, 30 Canada Geese, 100 Wigeon, ten Gadwalls, 147 Teal, 20 Mallards, six Pintails, 50 Shovelers, ten Tufted Ducks, ten Coots, two Oystercatchers, 12 Lapwings, 1 or 2 Skylarks and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart). A pair of “Military Observer Day and Night” 10×50 binoculars were left in the hide at Ashleworth. Please phone or text Mike Smart on 07816 140513 to claim.

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Friday 15th March 2019

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reedbed this morning a Little Grebe, five Great Crested Grebes, a Great White Egret, a Little Egret, three Shovelers (2m, 1f), 25+ Teal, 35+ Wigeon, 14 Tufted Ducks, a Red Kite, two Buzzards, a Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail, 11 Meadow Pipits, singing Skylarks, a male Stonechat, a singing Song Thrush, nine Fieldfares, a Redwing, Long-tailed Tits, four singing Chiffchaffs, five singing Cetti’s Warblers, four singing Reed Buntings, ten Goldfinches and a Bullfinch calling. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.

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Another Great White Egret on Pit 41. (Duncan Dine). On the County border at Wickwater Farm this morning at first light eight Swallows stayed around for about an hour then moved on. Also during the day a pair of Bullfinches, a Kingfisher, a pair of Great Crested Grebes, a Buzzard and Long-tailed Tits. (Josh Adamms).

Frampton pools     A Cattle Egret, Little Egrets, c20 Sand Martins, a Kingfisher, a Tawny Owl and two Oystercatchers at the pools and a Sparrowhawk at Splatt Bridge. (Nick Goatman/Richard Williams).

WWT Slimbridge     Two Knot on South Lake today. (Dot Jones).

Tewkesbury     A Great Crested Grebe on the Mill Avon today. (Les Ditchburn).

Forest of Dean     A first-year Sparrowhawk hiding in the arbour in the hope of catching one of the large flock of 30+ Goldfinches, 20+ Siskins and five Lesser Redpolls in the garden at Blaize Bailey but rarely successful. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).

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Thursday 14th March 2019

Cotswold Water Park West     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER still at Pit 44 at 4:45pm. Also two Chiffchaffs. (Roger Gillespie).

WWT Slimbridge     A Marsh Harrier briefly from Zeiss hide at 4:40pm. Also two Water Rails from Willow hide. (John Fletcher).

Frampton     Two Cattle Egrets at Court Lake this evening. (Shane Long).

Gloucester   Early afternoon today two Peregrines at the Cathedral, one perched high on the tower and a second in flight over the building. (Mike Teesdale).

Cheltenham     A female Crossbill at Lineover Wood today. Also c10 Siskins. (Duncan Dine). Pic by Duncan.

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Forest of Dean    At Cannop Ponds today five Goosanders (3m, 2f), a good number of Mandarins and Tufted Ducks, two Little Grebes, 1-2 Marsh Tits and several pairs of Siskins. (Steve Kear).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Birds today included four Mute Swans, 50 Canada Geese, two Greylags, two Shelducks, 300 Wigeon, 100 Teal, two Gadwalls, 15 Mallards, three Pintails, 60 Shovelers, ten Tufted Ducks, ten Coots, two Oystercatchers, 11 Lapwings, two Black-tailed Godwits, two Redshanks, a Chiffchaff singing, a Treecreeper singing; and c4 Reed Buntings singing. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     Six Mute Swans, two Shelducks and an Oystercatcher. (Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury     This afternoon on Severn Ham an adult male Peregrine and a Meadow Pipit. (Mike Smart).

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Wednesday 13th March 2019

Forest of Dean     A TREE SPARROW on garden feeders at Soudley today. (Vince Johns). Two Goshawks displaying over the Longhope valley today. (Chris Keeling).

Leckhampton Hill     122 Golden Plovers on a stony field and c50 Fieldfares over. (Tom Mabbett).

Stroud     A Kingfisher at the Lodgemoor Mills lagoon this afternoon. (Richard Williams). At Bowbridge on the canal two pairs of Mandarins and a pair of Grey Wagtails today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Halmore     Birds in the garden today included male and female Greenfinch, male Blackcap, two male and two female Reed Buntings and a Marsh Tit (Chris Newton). Pics by Chris.

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Stonehouse     At Partridge Close today garden birds included a Chiffchaff, male and female Blackcap, a Coal Tit, two Goldfinches, 25 Starlings and a Sparrowhawk killed a Woodpigeon. (Chris Rodell).

Ashleworth Ham     Late afternoon until dark birds included an adult female Peregrine plucking a kill, 25 Shovelers, a Little Grebe, 18 Snipe, two Mute Swans, seven Greylags, 22 Canada Geese, seven Tufted Ducks (6m, 1f), three Pintails (2m, 1f), 35 Wigeon, 29 Teal, four Mallards, a male Gadwall, five Lapwings, 15 Coots, three Moorhens, a Grey Heron, a Sand Martin over and a Curlew calling briefly. (John Fletcher).

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