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Tuesday 20th February 2018

Forest of Dean     A pair of LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKERS on the lower part of the Short Trail at Nagshead this morning between 9:30 and 10am (near the bench c400m from the start of the trail). They spent about 30 minutes feeding and interacting before they disappeared. (Brian Piercey). A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER drumming and calling below the Short Trail at Nagshead at 11:10am but remaining invisible. Also 2+ Hawfinches. (MK). Two Goshawks were displaying in front of New Fancy View with another bird seen above the wood behind the viewpoint. (Brian Piercey/Roger Treeby). The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill today. (Brian Piercey/Tara Okon/Terry Grant/Chris Snook). Also a pair of Stonechats. (Terry Grant). Four Crossbills and 20+ Siskins at Yew Tree Brake mid afternoon. (MK). At Cannop ponds 14 Mandarins (9m, 5f), a pair of Gadwalls, 6+ Little Grebes and a Cormorant. (MK). Pics by Brian.

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Ashleworth Ham     The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still this afternoon. Also a Black-tailed Godwit. (Ian Hull/Duncan Dine).

Sharpness area     During high tide two Oystercatchers on the Dock Pier. Between the Dock-Berkeley Pill a Common Sandpiper, 1+ Rock Pipit and a pair of Stonechats. (Gordon Avery).

Symonds Yat     From the viewpoint today the Peregrine pair, nine Buzzards, three Goshawks, Ravens, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, two Marsh Tits, Stock Doves, a Song Thrush, a Sparrowhawk, a pair of Goosanders and a Treecreeper. Also a Fallow Deer and a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Staverton     A Red Kite floating NW over J11 of the M5 at 9am. (Tim McGrath).

Cirencester     A Red Kite seen from the A419 near to Dobbies Garden Centre at SP 05085 00145 at 4:15pm today. (Steve Covey).

Netheridge     The Green Sandpiper still visiting to feed at the disused cement works in Bristol Road. (Mark Hobson).

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Monday 19th February 2018

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still this morning at SO8375520392. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Chris Harper).

Saul Warth     A WATER PIPIT still this afternoon around SO 73697 08549. Also a near-adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL late afternoon off of Hock Ditch, a male Stonechat, two Skylarks, 35+ Curlews in The Noose and a Peregrine over the roadside parking spots at Fretherne at 3:45pm heading for Saul. Nearby two Little Egrets in the horse field near Cadbury Bridge. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Epney     An adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL bathing in the pre-roost opposite the Anchor Inn at 4pm. (MK).

English Bicknor     A MEDITERRANEAN GULL moulting into breeding plumage, in a flock of Black-headed Gulls at English Bicknor, W of the road at SO576156 at 2pm today. (Iain Crawford).

Forest of Dean     30 Goosanders and a Kingfisher on Soudley Ponds today. (Geoff Fawcett).

Highnam Woods     Late afternoon birds included three Marsh Tits, two Treecreepers, six Redwings, a Goldcrest, a Buzzard, two Coal Tits, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers and two Jays. (John Fletcher).

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Sunday 18th February 2018

Saul Warth     Two WATER PIPITS and a MERLIN this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still present this morning at SO8375520392. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Graham Thomas/Ralph Paul Samuels).

Frampton pools     Two Hawfinches over N, a male Blackcap singing and the male Goldeneye still on Court Lake. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean     At Parkend Church a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER drumming to the left of the church, ten Siskins in the graveyard, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Nuthatch and three Redwings. In Russell’s Inclosure six Nuthatches, three Jays, six Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Coal Tit, two Bullfinches, a Stock Dove, a Mistle Thrush, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper and three Wild Boar piglets. (Mark Grieve). At Haywood plantation this morning four Crossbills, 20+ Siskins, three Lesser Redpolls, two Stock Doves, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a male Kestrel. (Owen Follis). 33 Goosanders on Soudley lower pond, also a Kingfisher and a drake Mandarin on Dean Heritage Centre pond. (Paul Masters). From New Fancy View 10:30am-12:15pm today a Goshawk, two Ravens, a Peregrine, eight Crossbills, three Buzzards, a Treecreeper, a Green Woodpecker and four Mistle Thrushes. (Chris Harper).

Tewkesbury     A Water Rail, a Kingfisher and four Snipe at Priors Park nature reserve today. (Tim Cash).

Edge     Along Sevenleaze Lane going towards Painswick Beacon a Peregrine hunting over the fields between 15th-18th February. (Jean Tennant).

Rendcomb     A Dipper from the bridge today. (Steve Brown).

Barnsley Warren SSSI     On the NE spur, two Grey Partridges, a female Sparrowhawk, two Red Kites, two Buzzards, two Jays, a Green Woodpecker and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Steve Brown).

Great Barrington     A Little Owl on the thatched stone hut opposite Park Farm again today. (Claire Workman).

WWT Slimbridge     A female Sparrowhawk at the Willow hide today. (Paddy Doyle). Pic by Paddy.
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Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 126 a Common Sandpiper and two Oystercatchers. In the Pit 125 area c75 Siskins. (Robin Griffiths/John Durell).
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Saturday 17th February 2018

Forest of Dean     A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER on the Short Trail at Nagshead RSPB at 9am this morning. Also a male Bullfinch here. Three Hawfinches at Parkend still. (Craig Stewart). A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER in Cannop Ponds car park early afternoon. (Gordon Avery). At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE still, 200+ Siskins, 40+ Crossbills, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Coal Tits, two Mistle Thrushes, a Treecreeper, a Nuthatch, two Bullfinches, two Meadow Pipits, a Jay, a Raven, three Stonechats, a Green Woodpecker and three Greylags over. (Mark Grieve). A GREAT GREY SHRIKE was at two different clear-fell areas near Cannop Ponds this morning until at least 11:10am. (Andy Jayne).

Lydney     At Lydney Harbour a GLOSSY IBIS along the canal for 15 minutes from 2:50pm. It was preening and seemed settled (despite passing dog-walkers), but then flew off. It didn’t appear to go far, but wasn’t relocated. Also a Kingfisher, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Hawfinch along the canal. (Andy Jayne).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still at 8:30-8:45am but not again by 12 midday at SO8375520392. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Ralph Paul Samuels). At Walham a Barn Owl hunting by the A40 at 5:14pm. (Andy Jayne).

Berkeley     A Barn Owl by the A38 between the Prince of Wales and the Berkeley Heath turn off at 3:30am. (Matthew Tipper). A JACK SNIPE, 15 Oystercatchers and c200 Dunlins at Berkeley shore today. (Paul Taylor).

Cirencester     A Peregrine flew from Cirencester parish church this morning in the town centre. (Dave Soons).

Sharpness     The female type BLACK REDSTART on the NedWest building today. (Paul Rich). Also three Grey Herons and a Tawny Owl calling from a small wood at SO 66905 02982. (Paddy Doyle).

WWT Slimbridge     A large flock of Golden Plovers today and a displaying drake Pochard. (Darren Robson). Pics by Darren.

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Symonds Yat     From the Viewpoint today the Peregrine pair and an intruding Peregrine, an adult female Goshawk and a juvenile male Goshawk, five Buzzards, a female Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite, Ravens, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Stock Dove, three pairs of Mandarins, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, a Song Thrush, a Marsh Tit, a Siskin, a Mistle Thrush, five Pied Wagtails, a female Bullfinch, a Greenfinch and a small flock of Linnets. Also six Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cobney Meadows     Eight Mute Swans, four Canada Geese, three Shelducks, 400 Wigeon, 17 Gadwalls, 580 Teal, 30 Mallards, 17 Pintails, two Shovelers, a Grey Heron, 700 Lapwings, a Curlew, a Little Owl calling and two Skylarks today. (Les Brown/Andrew Godden/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth/Hasfield Hams     Two Mute Swans, 20 Greylags, 60 Canada Geese, a Shelduck, 216 Wigeon, 30 Gadwalls, 565 Teal, 62 Mallards, 40 Pintails, 47 Shovelers, six Tufted Ducks, a Cormorant over, a Little Grebe, 50 Coots, 150 Lapwings, four Snipe, 40 Black-headed Gulls, a Common Gull, three Skylarks and two Reed Buntings today. (WeBS count- Les Brown/Andrew Godden/Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows      54 Mallards, 29 Coots, a Grey Heron, 60 Canada Geese, 73 Shovelers, 1530 Wigeon, a Shelduck, 440 Teal, 15 Black-headed Gulls, 19 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Curlew heard and two seen later, 190 Lapwings, two Moorhens, four Tufted Ducks, 36 Pintails and nine Mute Swans today. (WeBS count – David Anderson).

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Friday 16th February 2018

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO8375520392. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Michael Colquhoun/Paula Whitcher/Ken Hurcombe/Steve Preddy). Pics by Mike.

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On Alney Island at Castlemeads West flashes 70 Teal, 15 Shovelers, a Gadwall, 30+ Mallards, ten Coots, a Barn Owl  from 4:45pm and a Stock Dove singing. Also at Oxlease and Port Ham male and female Kestrel and two Buzzards. (Gordon Avery).

Epney     The GLAUCOUS GULL again feeding on the opposite bank at 9am, then flew downstream and into field opposite St Peter’s Church SO747109. (Roger Gillespie). At 9:50am it sailed downstream on the falling tide past Priding perched on some driftwood. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Forest of Dean     At New Fancy View two Goshawks displaying at 12 noon towards Cinderford. At Nagshead a Goshawk over at 1pm and at Woorgreens Lake 22 Goosanders (2m). (Roger Gillespie). At Parkend by the cricket pitch SO613079 nine Hawfinches, also four Nuthatches. Also at Nagshead two Buzzards, six Coal Tits, a Raven, three Nuthatches, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a male Sparrowhawk. (John Fletcher). The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this morning. (Steve Preddy).

Berkeley shore     Two Common Sandpipers and three Turnstones this morning. (Martin Greenish). Also a JACK SNIPE and 17 Common Snipe and a Rock Pipit today. (Phil Pope/Geoff Moyser).

Frampton pools    On Court Lake a Little Egret, a male Goldeneye, a male Mandarin, four Cormorants including an adult sinensis bird, the regular roosting Tawny Owl and a female Pochard on the Sailing Lake. (MK).

Harnhill     Two Grey Partridges at 3pm, also the Great Bustard again in the Harnhill area. (Martin Greenish/Roberta Goodall).

Lydney     A report of a possible Glossy Ibis on a farm just west of the rail station seen from a passing train. (John Evans).

Great Barrington     Up to four Red Kites but no sign of the Hen Harrier or Great Grey Shrike between 10:15am and 12:40pm from Barrington Bushes trig point and the footpath as far as Miletree Clump. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Pit 44 this afternoon 17 Red Crested Pochards (10m), a male Goosander (flew off), a pair of Great Crested Grebes courtship displaying and a flyover Little Egret. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This evening six Mute Swans, c100 each Greylags and Canada Geese coming into roost after dark, at least 1000 Wigeon, 30+ Pintails, 30+ Shovelers, 50+ Lapwings, a Curlew heard and a Barn Owl hunting along the canal bank at 5:20pm. (Mike Smart).

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Thursday 15th February 2018

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO837204 until 3pm at least. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. Also a male Stonechat, never far from the tit. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake birds included three Mute Swans, four Mallards. a Little Egret, a female Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, a female Stonechat and two Reed Buntings. (Gordon Avery).

Highnam Woods     Up to four Marsh Tits visiting feeders in the car park with common tit species. Also a Nuthatch, two Treecreepers and five Redwings. Please note the reserve gates are locked, there is a pull-in for a few cars c200yds past the reserve on the left coming from Gloucester. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Cotswold Water Park East     At Kempsford Pit 132 up to 2000 Lapwings, a Peregrine, a pair of Goosanders, two Little Egrets and two Chiffchaffs this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill and a Goshawk, another Goshawk at Serridge Ridge chasing a Redwing and two Goshawks displaying viewed from New Fancy View at 10am. (Martin Greenish/Ian Hayes).

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge a MARSH HARRIER and two Stonechats today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Roel Gate     At SP056245 100+ Chaffinches, at least six BRAMBLINGS, two Red Kites and seven Skylarks. (Les Ditchburn).

Symonds Yat     From the Viewpoint today the Peregrine pair and an intruding Peregrine, a male and female Goshawk, a male Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite, 11 Buzzards, Ravens, a Goldcrest, a pair of Goosanders, two Marsh Tits, two Stock Doves, Redwings, a Green Woodpecker, a male Bullfinch, a Song Thrush, two Mistle Thrushes and three pairs of Mandarins. Also seven Fallow Deer and a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Fostons Ash     A Peregrine in a stoop near the Fostons Ash Inn at 7:20 this morning. (Michael Cook).

Hardwicke     An unringed Ring-necked Parakeet in a Oak at Quadrant Way at 11:15am and a Brimstone butterfly in the nearby hedgerow at midday. (Michael Cook).

Ashleworth Ham     Ten Snipe today. (Gordon Avery).

Stroud     Male and female Blackcap and male and female Bullfinch in a central Stroud garden today. (Bob Lyle).

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Wednesday 14th February 2018

Ashleworth Ham     The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still this morning between 9:30-10am out in the open in front of the hide. Still present at 1:15pm but further back. (Graham Tompsett/Roy Shilham).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO837204. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Toby Carter).

Priding     An adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL on the sands this afternoon until 4:12pm. (Andy Jayne).

Ozleworth      20+ Lapwings, a Red Kite, two Buzzards and lots of Fieldfare and Redwings this morning. (Katharine Goatman).

Frampton     At Court Lake this morning seven Cormorants including an adult sinensis bird and the regular roosting Tawny Owl. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reedbed around Pits 85A and B birds included a MARSH HARRIER, two Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, five Water Rails heard, six Cetti’s Warblers, four Chiffchaffs, 11 Fieldfares, four Linnets, 23 Goldfinches, a Raven, a Grey Wagtail, a hunting Barn Owl over the fields just before Pit 85B at 4:40pm, six Teal, four Gadwalls, two Tufted Ducks and 11 Mallards. (John Fletcher).

Kingswood     Two Little Owls in the barn behind Kingswood House, a Little Egret landed on roof of the Tubbs factory before flying towards Renishaw at 2pm, two Dippers and a Grey Wagtail by the Tubbs building in Wotton Road, five Bullfinches (3m, 2f) in Vinyard Lane and two Roe Deer in the orchard adjacent to Ash Path. (Thomas McCarthy).

Whitminster     A MERLIN flew over the A419 at 7:45 this morning at SO774071 between the A38 and the M5. (Duerden Cormack).

WWT Slimbridge     Three Little Stints on the Rushy and two Water Rails showing well from the Willow hide this afternoon. (Duerden Cormack).

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