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Sunday 25th September 2016

WWT Slimbridge     The SPOTTED CRAKE still from the Van den Bovencamp hide along South Finger on the Dragonfly pond this morning. (Slimbridge Sightings). A WOOD SANDPIPER from Zeiss hide today. (Rob Clipson).

Frampton     The ringtail HEN HARRIER again this morning from 8:20-9:05am at least. View from the gate at Splatt Bridge. Also a Hobby. (Paul Masters/Paul Rich). Around the pools this morning two Yellow-legged Gulls, two Pintails, 11 Chiffchaffs, 24 Meadow Pipits, a Cetti’s Warbler, three Blackcaps, 15 Swallows, three House Martins and five Yellowhammers. (Nick Goatman).

Corse     A Barn Owl flew across the road at 4:45am. (Mark Grieve).

Westonbirt Arboretum     This afternoon 6+ Goldcrests working through the canopy in the old arboretum along with Blue Tits, Long-tailed Tits and two Coal Tits and a pair of Hobbies high over the Oakland Walk. (Michael Cook).

Bricklehampton     A Grey Wagtail on the garage roof at lunchtime. (Chris Snook).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two Little Egrets, a Kingfisher, a Lesser Whitethroat, five Stock Doves, two Grey Herons, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Meadow Pipits, 26 Canada Geese, six House Martins, two Jays and many Hornets today. (Les Waring).

Staverton     70+ Pied Wagtails coming in to roost in a tree in the works car park at Dowty this evening. (Martin Greenish).

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Saturday 24th September 2016

WWT Slimbridge     Today the SPOTTED CRAKE still from the Van den Bovencamp hide along South Finger on the Dragonfly pond. (Slimbridge Sightings). Pic by Richard Tyler.spotted-crake-240916

Frampton     Today the small ringtail HEN HARRIER again on and off throughout the day eventually appearing to roost in the 50-Acre at 6:50pm. View from the gate at Splatt Bridge. Also a juvenile Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, Buzzards and Kestrels. (Gordon Hodgson/Roberta Goodall/John Overfield). Pics by Gordon.hen-harrier-2-240916


Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint the Peregrine pair and an intruding Peregrine, two Sparrowhawks, two Hobbies, three Goshawks (1 ad,2 juvs), four Buzzards, the resident Ravens, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Jays, House Martins and two Stock Doves. Also six Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Berkeley shore      An adult Yellow-legged Gull this morning, two Whinchats, two Stonechats, three Greenshanks, six Common Sandpiper and five Snipe. (Paul Taylor).

Witcombe Reservoir     This morning two Yellow Wagtails and a Snipe. (Colin Greenfield).

Coombe Hill Meadows     20 Canada Geese, a Greylag, a juvenile Shelduck, two Wigeon, 95 Teal, 12 Mallards, 12 Shovelers, three Grey Herons, 46 Lapwings, six Snipe, a Ruff and a Green Sandpiper, two Sparrowhawks, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, two Swallows, at least 100 Meadow Pipits, two Stonechats, five Chiffchaffs, 25 Linnets and a Reed Bunting. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead two Southern Hawker dragonflies, a Red Admiral, a Comma and three Speckled Wood butterflies.(Chris & Phil Andrews).

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Friday 23rd September 2016

WWT Slimbridge     Today the SPOTTED CRAKE still from the Van den Bovencamp hide along South Finger on the Dragonfly pond. (MK et al). Pic by Mike.spotted-crake-230916

Another pic by Mick Colquhoun below.spotted-crake-2-230916And another by Bob Shiret below.spotted-crake-3-230916

Frampton     This afternoon a small ringtail HEN HARRIER hunting over the 100-Acre but elusive at times. View from the gate at Splatt Bridge. Also two Hobbies, four Kestrels, a juvenile Marsh Harrier, a Buzzard, 20+ Meadow Pipits and four Whinchats. (MK/Paul Taylor). A WOOD SANDPIPER flew over with two Green Sandpipers. (Paul Taylor). 14 Avocets flew S at high tide. (MK).


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Thursday 22nd September 2016

WWT Slimbridge     This morning the SPOTTED CRAKE still from the Van den Bovencamp hide along South Finger on the Dragonfly pond. A Curlew Sandpiper on South Lake and two juvenile Little Stints from Zeiss hide. Also two Green Sandpipers, c100 Black-tailed Godwits and c10 Ruff. (Derek Hale). Pic by Derek. Also a HEN HARRIER through the reserve hunting over various fields today. (Slimbridge Sightings).spotted-crake-220916

Coombe Hill Meadows     From the Grundon hide a juvenile Marsh Harrier, a Kestrel, a female Sparrowhawk, two Buzzards, three Corn Buntings, two Jays, three Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, Meadow Pipits, Linnets, a Raven, a Stock Dove, Long-tailed Tits, Lapwings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a mixed flock of c300 Swallows and House Martins feeding. Also Common Darters, Emperor and Southern Hawker dragonflies and Comma and Small White butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.marsh-harrier-220916

Forest of Dean     At Blaize Bailey at 4pm a pair of Goshawks in display flight with talon grabbing for about 5 minutes above the field at the bottom of the garden. They then flew off together. This evening at 6:30pm a juvenile Goshawk perched in a tree at the field edge. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).

Chapman’s Cross     50+ Golden Plovers in the second field on the right hand side just past Chapman’s Cross towards Stroud at Beacon Farm, Frampton Mansell this morning at 8:10am viewed from the A419  SO 93351 01686. (Michael Cook).

Tuffley     A Little Owl between Tuffley and Kingsway being mobbed by Blackbirds then went into a dense tree SO818142. (Mark Hobson).

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Wednesday 21st September 2016

Cotswold Water Park East    A late passage juvenile HONEY BUZZARD over Whelford Lakes, E of Fairford, at 1:30pm mobbed by Lesser Black-backed Gulls, then flew steadily S. Also two feeding Hobbies, and five Buzzards. (Martin Wright/Tony Perry).

WWT Slimbridge     A SPOTTED CRAKE at the Van den Bovencamp hide along South Finger from late morning today. (Gordon Youdale). Pics by Roy Shilham.spotted-crake-1-210916


Aston Down     A REDWING at Hampton Fields early this morning at cSO907002, another seen at the weekend off the Welsh Way  near Meysey Hampton. On Aston Down airfield  a Wheatear, a Mistle Thrush and nine Roe Deer and two Brown Hares. (Michael Cook).

Duntisbourne     This afternoon two Grey Partridges flew across the road at the Duntisbourne Leer turning and a mixed finch flock on a game cover crop including Linnets, Goldfinches, Chaffinches, House Sparrows, three Yellowhammers and two Corn Buntings. (Michael Cook).

Cleeve Hill     This evening a Whinchat, three Stonechats many Meadow Pipits on the move. (Greg Mabbett).

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Tuesday 20th September 2016

Pope’s Hill     This morning at 8:40am from Pope’s Hill a GREAT SKUA flew up the western edge of the Vale. It was fairly high up at c150m, more or less level with Pope’s Hill, it gained even more height and headed off NW. A patch tick. (John Phillips).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint the Peregrine pair, four Buzzards, Ravens, Buzzards, two Grey Herons, Jays, a Chiffchaff, Stock Doves, a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Bullfinch, a Kingfisher, a Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tits, a Goldcrest, a Tawny Owl calling and 20 Swallows flying S. Also nine Fallow Deer, two Bank Voles, a Red Admiral and a Small White butterfly. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning c30 Teal, three Shovelers, 12 Mallards, five Grey Herons, c50 Lapwings, two Dunlins, a Green Sandpiper, 13 Snipe, a Buzzard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, c45 Goldfinches, c25 Linnets, c20 Meadow Pipits and c50 Swallows passing. (Les Brown). Also a juvenile Little Ringed Plover and two Little Egrets. (Derek Hale).

Ashleworth Ham     c190 Canada Geese including the small race Cackling Goose, four Greylags, a Grey Heron, a Cormorant, ten Mallards, 16 Teal, a male Wigeon, c30 Swallows, c20 Sand Martins and c50 House Martins. (Les Brown).

Forest of Dean     At Crabtree Hill early morning male and female Stonechat, six Mistle Thrushes, two Chiffchaffs and three Goldcrests. (Derek Hale).

Bricklehampton     A Treecreeper in the garden today. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.treecreeper-200916Gloucester     At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake     Four Mute Swans, two Teal, 14 Mallards, a juvenile Little Grebe, a Little Egret, three Grey Herons, a Snipe, 16 Moorhens, nine Coots, a Water Rail, c250 Woodpigeon, two male Stonechats and c20 Goldfinches today. (Gordon Avery). At Hempsted a post-breeding flock of 60 House Sparrows in the garden. (Gordon Avery).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Nine Little Grebes and a Little Owl in the orchard and 26 Greylags and 38 Canada Geese. (Gordon Avery).

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Monday 19th September 2016

Frampton pools     A female COMMON SCOTER on the Sailing Lake this afternoon until 6:15pm at least. (Nick Goatman). Pic by Nick.common-scoter-190916

Westbury-on-Severn     Three DARK-BELLIED BRENT GEESE on the river at Westbury Strand this morning between 9-10am then flew off downriver. (John & Viv Phillips).

Lydney     A Cetti’s Warbler and a Chiffchaff heard, two Wheatears, 20 Goldfinches and a Stoat at the Docks this morning. (Frank Williams).

Cotswold Water Park East    At Pit 111 four Great Crested Grebes, 17 Coots, three Gadwalls, three Grey Herons, two Shovelers, two Reed Buntings, two female Tufted Ducks, eight Long-tailed Tits, five Cormorants, a Buzzard and two Goldcrests. At Pit 111a 33 Tufted Ducks, nine Red Crested Pochards, 19 Mallards, three Great Crested Grebes, 13 Cormorants, two Goldcrests, a Buzzard and a Grey Heron. At Pit 126 nine Great Crested Grebes, 176 Tufted Ducks, 90 Lapwings, 150 Black-headed Gulls and four Common Terns. (John Fletcher).

Forest of Dean     A Dipper at Cannop ponds today and c15 Siskins and three Goldfinches at New Fancy View today. (Derek Hale).

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