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Wednesday 24th May 2017

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning a Cuckoo, a Curlew, five Reed Buntings, a Sedge Warbler, two Reed Warblers, three Little Ringed Plovers, four Blackcas and a Skylark. (Frank Bryant).

Ashley     8+ Whitethroats, 10+ Yellowhammers, 8+ Skylarks, a Kestrel, three Mistle Thrushes, 12+ Swallows, nine Buzzards, ten House Martins, a Willow Warbler, two Ravens, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 9+ Blackcaps, a Corn Bunting, 10+ Chiffchaffs, a Stock Dove, a Green Woodpecker, a Nuthatch and 11 Swifts. (Mark Grieve).

Tresham     A Wheatear and a male Yellow Wagtail on the Monarchs Way today and a Spotted Flycatcher back on territory in the village. (Geoff Moyser).

Forest of Dean      Two Wood Warblers seen heard calling but not singing behind the Cannop Cycle Hire centre, four Tree Pipits in the clear fell at Yew Tree Brake, three Tree Pipits in the clear fell near Cannop ponds, a singing Firecrest near Speech House and three soaring Goshawks from Serridge Ridge. (Tim Hutton/Martin Wright). At Nagshead N.R. male and female Pied Flycatchers and two Spotted Flycatchers. Also a Firecrest in the Yew Tree Brake area. (John Fletcher/Martin Greenish).

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Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Highnam Woods     This evening at least six Nightingales singing, a pair of Spotted Flycatchers and six Sand Martins over. (Mark Hobson/Dave Owen).

Cam Green     A Hobby over late afternoon. (Neil Smart).

Cotswold Water Park West     Along the Thames path from Pit 57 downstream to the footbridge, singing birds included a Nightingale, five Garden Warblers, a Cettis Warbler and a Reed Bunting. Also eight Common Terns, a Buzzard, a Green Woodpecker, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Treecreeper, a Goldcrest and a Stock Dove. (Steve Brown).

Driffield     A Red Kite over near the village. (Steve Brown).

Rendcomb     Two Grey Wagtails and a Green Woodpecker today. (Steve Brown).

Cheltenham     At Naunton Park, a pair of Long-tailed Tits carrying food to their nest site next door. (Steve Brown).

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Monday 22nd May 2017

Aston Somerville     Belated news of a QUAIL heard briefly yesterday late morning in a rape field between Little Buckland and Aston Somerville at SP062374. (Tim Hutton).

Westonbirt Arboretum     11+ Blackcaps, four Swallows, two Pied Wagtails, five Nuthatches, 9+ Chiffchaffs, a Buzzard, three Bullfinches, two Spotted Flycatchers, a Coal Tit, a female Siskin on the feeders, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Garden Warblers, three Mistle Thrushes, a Red Kite and a Kestrel. (Mark Grieve).

Tetbury     A Red Kite near Trouble House Inn today. (Mark Grieve).

May Hill     Two Mistle Thrushes, a Treecreeper, a female Redstart and a Pied Wagtail today. (Alan Hooper).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Two Sedge Warblers, two Whitethroats, four Reed Warblers, three Reed Buntings, a pair of Mute Swans with seven cygnets, two Redshanks, two Avocets, a Curlew, four Lapwings with three young, a Grey Heron, a Cuckoo calling, eight Swallows and eight Swifts. (Alan Hooper). 

Frampton     At the pools this morning a Lesser Whitethroat, at least 2 Yellow Wagtails, a Hobby and a Sparrowhawk. (Paul Rich).

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Sunday 21st May 2017

Cotswold Water Park West      Ten Hobbies over Pit 57 and four over Pits 42/44. (Jon Mercer).

Ashleworth Ham      A Grasshopper Warbler today. (Ian Hull).

Frampton     The Little Ringed Plover still by the Sailing Club today, around the pools a Hobby, six Common Terns, five Yellow Wagtails, a Cuckoo, two Shelducks and two Cetti’s Warblers.  (Nick Goatman).

Highnam Woods     Between 10am-1:30pm at least five Nightingales heard, two Marsh Tits and a Spotted Flycatcher. Also a Hornet and a Common Blue. (Steve Curtis).

Forest of Dean     At Crabtree Hill 2:15 to 5pm a Goshawk displaying, a Tree Pipit, a Cuckoo. Also a Small Heath, a Four-spotted Chaser and a Great crested Newt and Firecrest near to Speech House. (Steve Curtis).

The Camp     At Rough Banks Butterfly Reserve two Ravens, a singing Tree Pipit, two Long-tailed Tits, two Bullfinches, two Yellowhammers, three singing Song Thrushes, two Stock Doves and a Roebuck. (Steve Brown).

Daglingworth     A calling Cuckoo and a Hobby this morning. (Andrew Morrison).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning two Avocets, a Snipe, a Cuckoo, a Redshank, several Lapwings, one with four chicks, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Grey Heron, an Oystercatcher and many Sedge Warblers singing. (Adrienne Sanders).

Saul     At Saul Marina a pair of Mute Swans with nine cygnets, also a Grey Heron over. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Compton Abdale      A Peregrine on the NCOS Long Day Count. (Andy Lewis).

Chedworth     A Wheatear at the airfield on the NCOS Long Day Count. (Andy Lewis).

Bourton-on-the-Water     A Cetti’s Warbler singing at the north pits on the NCOS Long Day Count. (Andy Lewis).

Charlton Kings     A garden Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeders today. (Martin Clifford).

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Saturday 20th May 2017

WWT Slimbridge     A LITTLE GULL on the Rushy at 2:55pm. (Andy Jordan).

Boxwell     Near the Monarch’s Way, three Wheatears and two Corn Buntings. (Vic Polley).

Tresham     Near the Monarch’s Way two Wheatears (probably the same birds) and a Corn Bunting. Three Corn Buntings on the farm track going S from Tresham and another on the road to the A46. (Vic Polley).

Stinchcombe Hill     Early morning a Spotted Flycatcher and a Whitethroat. (Paul Rich). 

Frampton    A CATTLE EGRET on the island on Court Lake this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Berkeley shore     This morning a Wheatear, a Cuckoo, four Whimbrels, a Ringed Plover, five Dunlins and three Curlews. (Paul Taylor).

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Friday 19th May 2017

Forest of Dean     In the lower woods at Nagshead by the road two male Pied Flycatchers, two Spot Flycatchers, a female Redstart and a Garden Warbler. Also three Treecreepers and a pair of Grey Wagtails on the stream. (MK). At St Briavels on garden feeders still one male Siskin. (Bob Broughton).

Highnam Woods     Hawfinches feeding young, and at least nine singing Nightingales this morning. Highnam Woods car park will be open this weekend 10am-4pm. (RSPB Gloucestershire).

Coombe Hill Meadows     From the Grundon hide, birds included two Little Ringed Plovers, a Curlew, a Redshank, a Grey Heron and four Lapwings. Also three Cuckoos, four Treecreepers, a Kestrel, two Buzzards, several singing Sedge Warblers, Reed Warblers and Blackcaps, two Willow Warblers and a Whitethroat. Also seven Orange Tips, five Brimstones, two Green-veined Whites and at least ten Azure Damselflies. (Tony Wilson).

Frampton     A Little Ringed Plover still by the Sailing Lake early morning, also four Common Terns and two Cuckoos and a Yellow Wagtail at Splatt Bridge. (Gordon Hodgson).

Batsford Arboretum     Two Jays, a Nuthatch back and forth at a nest hole, a Coal Tit, three Blackcaps and several Chiffchaffs. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Ashley     A distant calling Cuckoo today. (Mark Grieve).

Hempsted     At Netheridge Farm this evening a Barn Owl with prey, two male Cuckoos singing, a Lesser Whitethroat and seven Swifts. (Mark Hobson).

Ashleworth Ham     This evening birds included a female Pintail, two Red-legged Partridges, two Lapwings, two Curlews, two Shelducks, male and female Teal, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a male Reed Bunting, two Nuthatches, two Buzzards,a male Blackcap and two Chiffchaffs. (John Fletcher).

Cleeve Hill     c8 House Martins by the golf course at lunchtime today, collecting sandy mud from the lane. (Geoff Bryant). Pic by Geoff.

House Martins 190517

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Thursday 18th May 2017

Sherston (Wilts)     A BLACK KITE at 3pm drifting S between Sherston village and Westonbirt (Glos). (Rob Crofton per Steve Owen).

Frampton     A Little Ringed Plover by the Sailing Lake early morning, also a drake Pochard and four Common Terns. The pair of Oystercatchers have two chicks on the island on Court Lake. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth     An immature LITTLE GULL this morning. Also a Wheatear and a Whimbrel. (Roy Widgery).

Forest of Dean     At Crabtree Hill six Tree Pipits, a pair of Stonechats with three fresh juveniles and a pair of Lesser Redpolls, also a male Firecrest gathering green caterpillars near Speech House. (MK). A Wood Warbler and a Garden Warbler at Nagshead. (Les Ditchburn). At Wenchford Picnic Site two pairs of Grey Wagtails, a Dipper on the brook and a pair of Stock Doves below the feeders. (Bob Broughton). A Tree Pipit singing and displaying at Ruardean Hill SO641165 mid afternoon. Also Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Laurie Pierce).

Berkeley shore     A late Whinchat this afternoon. (Paul Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge     At least six Mediterranean Gulls on site today including five first-summers and an adult on the Rushy this morning. Also an immature LITTLE GULL there. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Twyning     Two Cuckoos flying around together today. (Sarah Loaring).

Symonds Yat     From the viewpoint today the Peregrine pair with young, a pair of Kestrels, a female Sparrowhawk, five Buzzards, Ravens, a pair of Pied Wagtails, a Kingfisher, a pair of Goosanders, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a pair of Jays, House Martins, Sand Martins, Swallows and Swifts, a pair of Mistle Thrushes and Chiffchaffs. Other sightings included a Fallow Deer, a Bank Vole, a Rose Chafer, Green Longhorn moths, Holly Blue and Red Admiral butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Gloucester     At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake birds included a pair of Mute Swans nesting, 19 Mallards, four Little Egrets and two singing male Reed Buntings. (Gordon Avery).

Witcombe Reservoirs     A pair of Shelducks, rare here and a singing male Cetti’s Warbler. (Gordon Avery).

Tewkesbury     At Severn Ham three Curlews, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling, six Sedge Warblers, four male Reed Buntings and a Corn Bunting singing today. At Breakingstone Meadow three Sedge Warblers and two male Reed Buntings. At Shuthonger Common three Tufted Ducks on a farm pond, three Sedge Warblers and two male Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Cleeve Hill     A Cuckoo and three Linnets today at the Bill Smyllie butterfly reserve. Butterflies included Brimstone, Small Copper, Small Heath, Small Blue, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Duke of Burgundy and a Dingy Skipper. Moths included Burnet Companion, Ruby Tiger, Common Heath, a Forester species (Cistus?), and several 5-Spot Burnets. (Tony Wilson).

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