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Wednesday 24th August 2016

WWT Slimbridge     A Spotted Redshank and two Whinchats from Zeiss hide today. (Slimbridge Sightings). From the Robbie Garnett hide 12 Black-tailed Godwits and on South Lake from the Hogarth Hide a Black Tern and two Ruff. (Bob Shiret). Pics by Bob. Black Tern 240816

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Another pic by Andy Jordan.Black Tern 2 240816

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Cackling Goose (pic below) amongst the Canada Geese today. Also three Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper at the Long Pools and a Whinchat. (Jo & Mike Cox). A Marsh Harrier showed well at 12:10pm when it flew from Willows just behind Grundon Hide and circled the reserve until lost to sight at the back of the reserve. Also a Little Ringed Plover and a Greenshank. (John Widgery). Pic by Jo & Mike.Cackling Goose 240816

Cotswold Water Park West  This afternoon an immature Whinchat at Shorncote in the first rough field beyond the road before you get to the reed beds. (Martine Fenn).

Hawling    At least three Spotted Flycatchers and a Yellow Wagtail between Hawling and Hawling Lodge this morning, on and around a fence. (Laurie Pierce).

Gloucester     Seven Spotted Flycatchers at Sandhurst this evening. (Martin Greenish). At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage lake today the adult Little Grebe still present but no sign of the juvenile also a minimum of four Sedge Warblers and three Grey Herons (1 ad, 2 juvs). (Gord & Margaret Avery).

Forest of Dean     A Wheatear and eight Pied Wagtails on Parkend cricket pitch. A flyover Crossbill and a Grey Wagtail at Drybrook Road Station. (Frank Williams).

Frampton pools     Eight Common Terns (6 juvs) on the Sailing Lake, an Arctic Tern on Court Lake and a Raven and a Willow Warbler this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Cud Hill     Four Great Black-backed Gulls flew up from Holcombe valley over Cud Hill Common in a NW direction. Also a pair of Siskins the Common. (Marie-Claire Chapman).

Witcombe Reservoirs     111 Canada Geese, 17 Greylags, six Great Crested Grebes (4 ads, 2 juvs), a Cormorant, a female Yellow Wagtail, a Common Sandpiper, 25 Tufted Ducks, c100 House Martins, and a blue phase Snow Goose. (Marie-Claire Chapman). Also eight Little Grebes, at least two pairs bred, and two Little Owls, one in the orchard and the other up near Great Witcombe in an Ash tree. (Gord & Margaret Avery).

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Tuesday 23rd August 2016

WWT Slimbridge     A juvenile BLACK TERN still on South Lake today. Also a Whimbrel today. (Roberta Goodall).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Eight Mute Swans, 119 Greylags, 109 Canada Geese, two Barnacle Geese, c60 Mallards, seven Little Egrets, two Grey Herons and 47 Lapwings, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, a Green Sandpiper, four Stock Doves, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, c50 Swallows SW, nine Long-tailed Tits, four Chiffchaffs, a female Whinchat and a female Wheatear today. (Les Brown).

Eastington/Whitminster     Along canal just before Eastington roundabout a Kingfisher and two adult Mute Swans with three young and a Grey Wagtail. In a field along the disused canal behind Fromebridge Mill two Curlews and a juvenile Bullfinch. (Marie-Claire Chapman).

Frampton     On Court Lake 4-5 Common Terns (earlier 12), c12 Mute Swans, a Common Sandpiper and a Cormorant. On river from Frampton shore 50+ Curlews, a hunting Kestrel and 20 Shelducks. (Marie-Claire Chapman). Also at the pools today an Arctic Tern still, eight Yellow Wagtails over, a Grey Wagtail, two Pochards, a Teal, two Willow Warblers, two Spotted Flycatchers and a Lesser Whitethroat. (Nick Goatman).

Withington    A Red Kite drifted quite low over the mill at 1pm today. (David Norman).

Berkeley shore     A Whinchat new in just S of the farm at Berkeley shore, also four Wheatears, eight Yellow Wagtails and a Common Sandpiper today. (Paul Taylor).

Selsley Common     A Wheatear at 4:20pm and two Ravens over. (Colin Greenfield).

Hawling     Ten Red Kites this afternoon. (Martin Greenish).

Cleeve Hill     Ten Wheatears, two Redstarts, three Stonechats and singing Willow Warblers at dawn. (Greg Mabbett). At 3pm five Wheatears in the field next to the pylons and four Stonechats in the Heather Enclosure. (Roy Shilham).

Lydney Docks area     5+ Common Sandpipers, up to four Wheatears and four Yellow Wagtails this morning. (Frank Williams).

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Monday 22nd August 2016

Purton     23 SHAGS flew into Glos from the S early afternoon, lingered on the water for a while, before all flying off high N. Highest count for Glos and South Glos. Also a Hobby over late afternoon, a Ruff and a Reeve and two Ringed Plovers S past Tites Point. (Paul Taylor).

Berkeley shore     Eight Yellow Wagtails amongst cattle just S of Severn House Farm, also a Wheatear and c20 Sand Martins this evening. (Paul Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge     An adult GANNET in close to Mid Point at 10:40am and a STORM PETREL over on the Awre side of the river at 11:25am. (Geoff Moyser). Probably the same petrel seen at 10:35ff of Sharpness Coastguards. (Jake King). A juvenile BLACK TERN still on South Lake today. (Martin McGill).

Frampton pools      Two BLACK TERNS on the Sailing Lake, an Arctic Tern on Court Lake and 6+ Common Terns this morning. (Nick Goatman). Also two Crossbills over. (Gordon Hodgson).

Gloucester     A male Redstart in the garden in Hamer Street, Wotton at 6pm. (Julia Adamson).

Nailsworth     This afternoon 14+ Swifts, 580+ House Martins, a Sand Martin and 20+ Swallows flying S. (Terry Grant).

Awre    13 Canada Geese, 40 Shelducks, a Great Heron, two Little Egrets, a Mallard, 70 Curlews, three Common Sandpipers, a Skylark, three Yellow Wagtails, a Wheatear and a Willow Warbler giving a burst of song. (Mike Smart).

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Sunday 21st August 2016

Berkeley shore     A STORM PETREL early afternoon, later off of Sharpness until predated by gulls. Also a FULMAR flew N upriver late morning. (Paul Taylor). A Wheatear, three Yellow Wagtails and 26+ Linnets seen along the sea wall S of Berkeley. (Neil Smart).

WWT Slimbridge     A CATTLE EGRET reported from Knott hide early afternoon but flew off and no further sign. (Bob Radford). A Curlew Sandpiper on the Rushy and a further three Curlew Sandpipers with two Ringed Plovers on South Lake. Also a BLACK TERN still and 112 Black-tailed Godwits on South Lake and a Garganey from Zeiss hide again. (Neil Smart). Also today a Knot and a Little Stint and two Swifts flew down the estuary at 8am. (Martin McGill).

Witcombe Reservoirs     A Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, a Kingfisher, 41 Canada Geese, 37 Greylags and an un-ringed Snow Goose. (Terry Fenton). Pic by Terry.Snow Goose 210816

Forest of Dean     Six Ravens flying around together above Forge Hill, Lydbrook this morning. (Chris Sullivan). At Crabtree Hill a Grasshopper Warbler ringed this morning. Also two Tree Pipits and five Willow Warblers. Recent unusual birds ringed at this site included Sedge Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat. (Rob Husbands).Grasshopper Warbler 210816

Bourton-on-the-Water     An adult Hobby over the south pits at lunchtime today. (Andy Lewis).

Shurdington     A Swift over the Greenway Hotel at 5:20pm today. (Jane Mitchell).

Cheltenham     A Swift over Swindon Lane this afternoon. (Laurie Pierce).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning birds included a female Marsh Harrier (pic below), a Sparrowhawk, two Buzzards, a Kestrel, 80+ Canada Geese, 30+ Greylags, a Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, two Bullfinches, 40+ Lapwings, 27 Mallards,  four Whinchats (pic below), a Green Sandpiper, two Little Egrets, four Grey Herons, two Ravens and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Les Waring). Pics by Les.Marsh Harrier 210816

Whinchat 210816Frampton pools      A Yellow-legged Gull still, two Yellow Wagtail, two Redstarts, 11 Willow Warbler, 43 Chiffchaffs, a Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, two Reed Warblers and five Blackcaps this morning. (Nick Goatman).

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Saturday 20th August 2016

WWT Slimbridge     A Curlew Sandpiper on the Rushy 1:15pm. (In Focus Slimbridge). Two juvenile BLACK TERNS from 4-4:30pm t least from South Lake. Also a Turnstone from Zeiss hide, a KITTIWAKE S, 12 Ruff (8juvs), a Mediterranean Gull and 6+ Greenshank. Also a Seal sp off of the Dumbles. (Tom Weston-McClung). From  Zeiss Hide at 4:45pm a Wood Sandpiper, two Ruff and 6+ Yellow Wagtails. (Pete & Marjo Lewis).

Berkeley shore     Three Greenshanks late morning, also eight Common Sandpipers, c35 Sand Martins, a Wheatear and a Yellow Wagtails over. (Paul Taylor).

Cotswolds     A young female Hobby this morning. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     A pair of Mute Swans with four cygnets, 122 Greylags, 126 Canada Geese, two Barnacle Geese, a juvenile Shelduck, an eclipse Wigeon, 50 Teal, 135 Mallards, a Shoveler, a Cormorant, two Little Egrets, five Grey Herons, 49 Lapwings, three Dunlin, six Snipe, three Greenshanks, three Green Sandpipers, 50 Swallows, two Whitethroats and five Chiffchaffs today. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Saul Warth     Four Pintail flew in from the N then went onto the river this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Frampton pools     Three Crossbills over, the Yellow-legged Gull still, eight Common Terns, two Green Sandpipers, 100+ Sand Martins, 50+ Swallows, 20+ House Martins, two Willow Warblers and 16 Chiffchaffs today. (Nick Goatman).

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Friday 19th August 2016

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook today a Little Egret, an adult and juvenile Little Grebe, a Sparrowhawk, a Common Sandpiper, two Greenshanks, a Snipe and 50 Goldfinches. (Andy Jayne).

Cheltenham     A Swift over Swindon Lane this evening. (Laurie Pierce).

Lydney     7+ presumed Common Sandpipers, 75+ Swallows heading upstream and a Wheatear in the Docks area. (Frank Williams).

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Thursday 18th July 2016

Cotswold Water Park (East)     At Pit 132 today a juvenile female Peregrine chasing a Hobby, also an adult female Peregrine, six Egyptian Geese, 102 Teal, ten Little Egrets, three Buzzards, 27 Lapwings, three Common Sandpipers, two Green Sandpipers, two Green Woodpeckers, two Lesser Whitethroats, four Wheatears and five Yellow Wagtails. Nearby at Pit 126 another five Egyptian Geese and ten Common Terns and at Pit 127 a Greenshank heard and another Lesser Whitethroat. (Andy Jayne/ Jake King).

Witcombe Reservoir     Six Little Grebes including two juveniles, a Hobby, two Common Sandpipers, a Kingfisher and five Grey Wagtails today. (Andy Jayne).

Selsley Common     Two Wheatears, a Yellow Wagtail and a Raven this afternoon. (Andy Jordan).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Three Dunlins, four Little Ringed Plovers, four Green Sandpipers, 30 Lapwings, two Redstarts and a Tawny Owl calling today. (Ian Hull).

Frampton pools     A Yellow-legged Gull, a Common Sandpiper, two Green Sandpipers, three Lesser Whitethroats, a Whitethroats, five Common Terns, 34 Chiffchaffs, seven Willow Warblers and nine Blackcaps this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean     At Cannop ponds a Cormorant, at least three Little Grebes and a Spotted Flycatcher this afternoon. (Ian Elphick).

Cranham     In the village this evening five Swallows, two Bullfinches, a Green Woodpecker, a family of eight Chaffinches and two Tawny Owls heard calling to each other after dark SO893128. Also three Pipistrelles. (John Fletcher).
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