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Friday 19th January 2018

Cotswold Water Park West     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER showing well at Pit 16 today accessed from the industrial park road (The Mallards) and park in Nightingale Way SU051965 to view pit. (Duncan Dine). Pic by Duncan.

Great Northern Diver 190118

Cotswold Water Park East     The immature/female SCAUP on Pit 125 today again at 10:50am. (Roger Gillespie).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today until 3pm at least at SO837204. Also a Stonechat. Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Susan Payne/Adam Rawson).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still today in the small field with the little hawthorn tree by the river’s edge at SO718118 at 4pm. It also gets in the surrounding fields but doesn’t move far. Park sensibly in Arlingham village. Take the public footpath on the left after Slowwe House (don’t take the Silver Street Project trail). Follow the footpath across the fields until you reach a farmyard (with Alpacas). Go up onto the seawall and follow the Severn Way downriver towards the bird. (Colin Greenfield).

Forest of Dean     10-15 Hawfinches at Parkend by the cricket pitch in Crown Lane at lunchtime today. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.

Hawfinch 190118

Leckhampton Hill     At least six Bramblings with Chaffinches along the footpath just N of Hartley Farm at SO958181. (Roy Shilham).

Sherborne     Two Hawfinches with Greenfinches in Sherborne church yard this morning. (Richard Tyler).

Frampton     The Whooper Swan on Court Lake at 3:15pm and the regular roosting Tawny Owl at SO749076. (Colin Oram).

Ashleworth Ham     From hide at Meerend Thicket 12 Snipe, 285 Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose, two Shelduck, 46 Pintails, two Goldcrests, a Treecreeper, two Nuthatches and two Stonechats. No sign of the Green-winged Teal by 4pm today. (John Fletcher).

Cheltenham     A Little Egret at the small pond near Cheltenham GCHQ by Benhall roundabout mid morning. (Rob Homan).

Berkeley shore     24 Turnstones today. (Geoff Moyser).

Longlevens     12 Goldfinches feeding in the garden this morning at Park Avenue, the biggest count in 47 years. (Pam & Frank Bryant).

Gretton     A new garden tick this lunchtime when a Buzzard unexpectedly dropped in to a fir tree in Working Lane – the first garden record in 27 years. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.

Buzzard 190118

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Thursday 18th January 2018

Cotswold Water Park East     A first-winter SCAUP on Pit 125 today. (Kim Milsom).

Ashleworth Ham     The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL in front of the hide at 1pm, first sighting since 31/12/17. (Ian Hull).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO837204. Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Paddy Doyle). Pic by Paddy.

Penduline Tit 180118

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still today at the small field with the little hawthorn tree by the river’s edge at SO718118. It also gets in the surrounding fields but doesn’t move far. Park sensibly in Arlingham village. Take the public footpath on the left after Slowwe House (don’t take the Silver Street Project trail). Follow the footpath across the fields until you reach a farmyard (with Alpacas). Go up onto the seawall and follow the Severn Way downriver towards the bird. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.

Richard's Pipit 180118

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill late morning, also 6+ Crossbills over and a mixed flock of Siskins and Lesser Redpolls. 15 Hawfinches at Parkend by the cricket pitch in Crown Lane. (Jon Mercer/Paddy Doyle). At  Drybrook Road Station eight Hawfinches, seven Crossbills and 200+ Siskins, Lesser Redpolls and Goldfinches in a mixed flock. (Les Ditchburn). Two Dippers on the stream at Blakeney today. (David & Gillian Smith). Pic by Jon.

Great Grey Shrike 180118

Frampton     The female MARSH HARRIER viewed from Splatt Bridge at 1:45pm. On the flashes this afternoon 65+ Curlews, 50+ Lapwings, 116 Shelducks and 25 Pintails. (MK).

Great Barrington     From Barrington Bushes trig point a ringtail HEN HARRIER at 1:20pm. (Martin Greenish).

Elmore     A Barn Owl flew across the road and over a stubble field near Elmore Court at 4:45pm. (MK).

Cotswold Water Park West     A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF with six Common Chiffchaffs along the stream by the entrance gate to Shorncote Reedbed again today. Also four Egyptian Geese flew NE and an albino Magpie. (Mark Dowie).

Sharpness     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on the SARA pool today. For birders visiting for the Diver, the bird is also being regularly seen in the ‘marina’ area. Please keep strictly to the towpath and/or footpath through this area. With patience you will see it well either side of the marina. (Paul Taylor).

Winchcombe     A flock of c400 Common Gulls and a Red Kite over the garden at noon today. (Peter Rodgers).

Berkeley     20 Redwings beside the Berkeley Bypass at ST688997. (Paddy Doyle). Pic by Paddy.

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Leckhampton Hill     Four Bramblings with Chaffinches along the footpath just N of Hartley Farm at SO958181. (Jon Mercer).

Birdlip     A Raven over the Air Balloon pub today. (Jon Mercer).

Quedgeley     A female Blackcap in the garden this morning, first this year. (MK).

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Wednesday 17th January 2018

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO837204. Apparently it is ripping open the Reed Mace heads searching for moth larvae (Limnaecia phragmitella). Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Gordon Avery/Matt Lathan/Richard Tyler). Pics by Richard.

Penduline Tit 1 170118

Penduline Tit 2 170118

Nearby at Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake birds included two Mute Swans, five Teal, 12 Mallards, two Grey Herons, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, two Snipe, a female Stonechat and three Reed Buntings today. (Gordon Avery).

Cotswold Water Park West     A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF with 2+ Common Chiffchaffs along the stream by the entrance gate to Shorncote Reedbed at 12:30pm. It only called once in an hour. A pair of Goosanders on Pit 87. (MK).

Great Barrington     From Barrington Bushes trig point a ringtail HEN HARRIER at 4pm. (Duncan Dine).

WWT Slimbridge     A Greenland White-fronted Goose. the Red-breasted Goose and two Little Stints today. (Martin Greenish/Jake King).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still this morning at 8:30am in a furrowed field near the small field with the little hawthorn tree by the river’s edge at SO718118. Park sensibly in Arlingham village. Take the public footpath on the left after Slowwe House (don’t take the Silver Street Project trail). Follow the footpath across the fields until you reach a farmyard (with Alpacas). Go up onto the seawall and follow the Severn Way downriver towards the bird. (Shaun Wells).

Stroud     A Water Rail on the side of the canal at Bowbridge near Stroud today at SO858041. (Phil Pope).

Brimscombe     Two Dippers near Brimscombe Port at SO882021. (Phil Pope).

Harnhill      Two Grey Partridges at SP061001, also a Red Kite, a Sparrowhawk and a Buzzard. (Roger Gillespie). Also a covey of five Grey Partridges seen and two Kestrels. (John Grearson).

Leckhampton Hill     Four Bramblings at Hartley Farm at SO958181. (Roger Gillespie).

Forest of Dean     At Blaize Bailey a Hawfinch visiting the garden sporadically for the last four weeks. This is a ringed bird, possibly marked 1K? (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers). At Parkend nine Hawfinches today and nearby a Dipper. (Ian Hull). If you are lucky enough to get a photo of a colour-ringed Hawfinch, please let me know or contact Jerry Lewis jmsl2587@yahoo.co.uk who will be able to let you know when/where it was ringed. Recent colours (white, orange or dark blue rings) have 2 alpha-numerics, reading top down. Many thanks. 

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Tuesday 16th January 2018

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still this afternoon at SO837204. Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Dave Roberts/Lee Evans).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still this afternoon in the small field with the little hawthorn tree by the river’s edge at SO718118. Also four Stonechats in the area. Park sensibly in Arlingham village. Take the public footpath on the left after Slowwe House (don’t take the Silver Street Project trail). Follow the footpath across the fields until you reach a farmyard (with Alpacas). Go up onto the seawall and follow the Severn Way downriver towards the bird. (Lee Evans/Terry Grant). Pic by Terry.

Richard's Pipit 160118

Purton     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER this morning along the canal near to Purton. (Terry Grant). Pic by Terry.

Great Northern Diver 160118

Frampton pools     The Whooper Swan back on Court Lake, a Green Sandpiper, two Egyptian Geese, a Hawfinch, two Bramblings, 20+ Reed Buntings, 20+ Yellowhammers, 40+ Chaffinches, ten Linnets, 40+ Redwings, ten Fieldfares, two Kingfishers, two Grey Wagtails and a Raven today. (Nick Goatman).

Sherborne     20+ Hawfinches in tall beeches opposite Sherborne Brook by the weir, but then flew off. (Alan Baxter).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill. Nearby a mixed flock of Crossbills, Siskins and Lesser Redpolls at Drybrook Road Station. (Roy Kinchin). Pic by Rich Tyler, also Mandarin at Cannop ponds and Hawfinch at Parkend.

Great Grey Shrike 160118

Mandarin 160118

Hawfinch 160118

Berkeley shore     At Severn House Farm early morning at least eight Turnstones, also Dunlin, Redshank and Curlew. (Paul Rich).

Leckhampton Hill     At least 20 Bramblings at the ruin above Hartley Farm viewed from the public footpath at 3pm. (Martin Harrison).

Great Barrington     From Barrington Bushes trig point nine Red Kites, four Buzzards, seven Bullfinches and eight Yellowhammers today. (Martin Greenish).

Cotswold Water Park East     Two Whooper Swans at Pit 132 today still. Also a flock of 3000 Lapwings. (Duncan Dine).

Bourton-on-the-Water     17 Pintails on the northernmost pit by GWT’s Greystones Farm today. (Will Masefield/Andy Lewis).

Edge     At Sevenleaze Lane mid afternoon centred on SO861124 from the track entrance to Spoonbed Farm 365 Linnets. Also around SO 848112 a Buzzard, two Kestrels, nine Fieldfares and 2000+ Carrion Crows. (John Fletcher).

Tuffley     A garden Chiffchaff today, a garden first. (John Fletcher).

Walmore Common     Four Mute Swans (adult pair and two cygnets) and ten Shelducks today. (Mike Smart/Dave Smith).

Wilmer Common     Just eight Shelducks today. (Mike Smart/Dave Smith).

Longney Sands     (Lower Dumball, Upper Dumball up to Cowley’s Elm) Two Canada Geese, two Shelducks, three Mallards, a Little Egret, a Cormorant in summer plumage, a Grey Heron, 17 Lapwings, 15 Snipe, two Great Black-backed Gulls, ten Skylarks and five Meadow Pipits today. (Mike Smart/Dave Smith).

Stroud     Two garden Redwings today, a garden first, the garden backs on to The Horns valley, on the eastern side of Stroud. Also three Bullfinches (2m, 1f), a male Blackcap, two Nuthatches, five Long-tailed Tits, seven Goldfinches, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Grey Heron. (Steve Hurrell).

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Monday 15th January 2018

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO837204 until 4:10pm at least. Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Graham Watson/Barry Tuck). Pic by Graham.

Penduline Tit 150118

Cotswold Water Park West     No sign of the Ring-necked Duck today on Pit 31, 32 or 87 by 2:30pm. 35 Red Crested Pochards (25m, 10f) on Pit 44, six Goosanders (4m, 2rh) on Pit 32 and a male Goosander on Pit 31. Also a Red Kite at Driffield. (MK/Martin Greenish).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 132 two Whooper Swans with 103 Mute Swans in and around this pit, a male Goosander over, four Snipe and a Shelduck. (Roger Gillespie).

Nettleton     A Red Kite over the roundabout at 10am. (MK).

Upton St Leonards     A Woodcock this evening. (Martin Greenish).

Wotton-Under-Edge     A garden Hawfinch this morning with Greenfinches, Goldfinches and Chaffinches. (Morag Hughes).

WWT Slimbridge     The MARSH HARRIER over the Tack Piece and two Egyptian Geese on South Lake this morning. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Ashleworth Ham     Three Whooper Swans, an adult and two juveniles flew in at 4:30pm. (Barry Tuck). Pic by Barry.

Whooper Swans 150118

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Sunday 14th January 2018

Cotswold Water Park West     The drake RING-NECKED DUCK on Pit 31 at 2:30pm at least. (Duncan Dine/Richard Tyler/Jon Mercer), earlier on Pit 87. (Roger Gillespie/John Grearson). Pic by Richard.

Ring-necked Duck 140118

A GREAT NORTHERN DIVER on Pit 16 at 4pm. (Kim Milsom/Jim Wainwright). A GREAT WHITE EGRET on Pit 41 and a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still on the stream at Shorncote Reedbed. (Kim Milsom). Also male and female Goosander on Pit 31, two male Goosanders on Pit 44, three male Goosanders on Pit 55, 50+ Red Crested Pochards on Pit 44 and a Siskin at Neigh Bridge. (Jon Mercer/Steve Brown).

Sharpness     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still in the marina today. For birders visiting for the Diver, if the bird is in the ‘marina’ area, please keep strictly to the towpath and/or footpath through this area. With patience you will see it well either side of the marina. (Paul Taylor).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO837204 until 1:10pm at least. Wellies essential currently. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Kirsty Attrell/Julian Thomas).

Rendcomb     A Dipper singing on the bank near the bridge today. (Steve Brown).

Driffield     Six Grey Partridges in the field over the road from Field Barn today. (Steve Brown).

Leckhampton Hill      10+ Bramblings with 200+ Chaffinches and 200+ Fieldfares at Hartley Farm grainstore. (Steve Brown).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still until 2:30pm at least in the small field with the little hawthorn tree by the river’s edge at SO718118. Park sensibly in Arlingham village. Take the public footpath on the left after Slowwe House (don’t take the Silver Street Project trail). Follow the footpath across the fields until you reach a farmyard (with Alpacas). Go up onto the seawall and follow the Severn Way downriver towards the bird. (Julian Thomas).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill at 9am. Also 10+ Crossbills and 80+ Lesser Redpolls. (Mark Coller). 15 Crossbills on Staple Edge at 10:30am. (Tim Smith).

Saul Warth     A WATER PIPIT still this morning and a Rock Pipit nearby at Hock Ditch. (Paul Rich).

Harnhill     At 10am four Grey Partridges in a stubble field. (Ian Hull).

Ashleworth Ham     From the hide at Meerend Thicket, six Meadow Pipits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Buzzards, 250+ Teal, 150 + Wigeon, 35+ Shovelers, 33+ Mallards, 46+ Pintails, four Gadwalls, two Lapwings, a Shelduck, a Snipe, a Bullfinch, two Grey Heron and a Mistle Thrush. (Mark Grieve).

Walmore Common     Four adult Bewick’s Swans, the first of the winter here. Also three Whooper Swans, 33 Shelducks, 570 Teal, three Pintails, 22 Shovelers and 260 Lapwings. (Andy Jayne).

Tresham     Two female Bramblings at Boxwell Court today. (Paul Rich).

Frampton pools     A Green Sandpiper, a Pochard, 21 Gadwalls, 81 Tufted Ducks, 23 Shovelers, a male Pintail, eight Canada Geese. three Greylags, a Kingfisher, four Little Grebes, four Curlews over, a Tawny Owl and a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming today. (Nick Goatman).

Naunton-Windrush valley     40+ Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose, six Teal, two Mute Swans, a Buzzard and a Peregrine over. (Philip Steele).

Arlingham     A Barn Owl again this evening around SO7115911926.  (Paddy Doyle). Pic by Paddy.

Barn Owl 140118

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Saturday 13th January 2018

Cotswold Water Park West     A drake RING-NECKED DUCK at the N end of Pit 31 until 2:25pm at least. Pit 31 is Keynes Country Park (where the beach is). Gates are open between 10am and 3pm during the winter, there is no entry charge. A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF seen and heard calling by Pit 42 mid afternoon. A probable Siberian Chiffchaff at Pit 85, Shorncote Reedbed, also at least three Common Chiffchaffs, a Grey Wagtail, a Goldcrest and Cetti’s Warbler. (Paul Rich).

Great Barrington     A ringtail HEN HARRIER from Barrington Bushes trig point at 1:15pm SP213160. (Roger Gillespie).

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

Winchcombe     Five Hawfinches in flight in Sudeley Castle grounds this morning, a patch tick. (Steve Owen).

Eastleach     At Eastleach Downs Farm a Hawfinch this morning. Also a Reed Bunting, 12 Corn Buntings, a Stonechat, three Ravens and 12 Red Kites.  (Ian Ralphs).

Silk Wood     This morning a Hawfinch along the Maple Loop at ST842892. (Vic Polley).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE again this morning at Crabtree Hill. Also a few Crossbills in the area. (Colin Greenfield).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the Peregrine pair, Buzzards, Ravens, a female Kestrel, three Bullfinches (2m, 1f), a Goldcrest, Jays, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Marsh Tits, a pair of Mandarins, a Grey Heron, a Treecreeper and three male Goosanders. Also a Bank Vole and four Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Saul Warth     A WATER PIPIT again this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Frampton     A MARSH HARRIER still viewed from the towpath at Splatt Bridge. (Gordon Hodgson).

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still until 10:30am at least in the small field with the little hawthorn tree by the river’s edge at SO718118 and also in the short grass field W of here. Park sensibly in Arlingham village. Take the public footpath on the left after Slowwe House (don’t take the Silver Street Project trail). Follow the footpath across the fields until you reach a farmyard (with Alpacas). Go up onto the seawall and follow the Severn Way downriver towards the bird. (Richard Hearn). Also male and female Stonechat here today. Also a Barn Owl flying around a field at SO7115911926 this afternoon.  (Paddy Doyle).

Purton     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER this morning along the canal between the timber ponds and the old bridge near Sharpness. (Chris Newton/Andy Jordan). Pic by Chris.

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Longlevens     A female Blackcap still on the garden feeder today. (Elly Rickelton).

WWT Slimbridge     Two Peregrines, the Little Stint still on the Rushy, an Oystercatcher on South Lake and the Water Rail from Willow hide. (Nat Roberts).

Cherington     At Cherington Lake this afternoon birds included seven Little Grebes, a Green Woodpecker, a Nuthatch heard and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

Little Grebes 130118

Longlevens     A Green Woodpecker in the garden this morning. (Pete Lewis).

Green Woodpecker 130118

Coates     A juvenile Goshawk near Coates this morning. Also a large flock c1000-1200 of mixed finches and sparrows mainly Goldfinches, Linnets and Chaffinches, several Yellowhammers, Corn Buntings, seven Bramblings and at least one Reed Bunting near SO955019. (Michael Cook).

Tewkesbury     A Stonechat on Tewkesbury Ham at 11:30am. (Tim & Elaine Cash). Pic by Elaine.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     The Grundon Hide is now comfortably accessible in wellies, water calf deep on the boardwalk. Birds included five adult Mute Swans, 500 Canada Geese, 200 Greylags, a Barnacle Goose, c1500 Wigeon, c1200 Teal, two Gadwalls, 50 Mallards, at least 93 Pintails, 29 Shovelers, eight Tufted Ducks, two Grey Herons, 240 Lapwings, a Curlew, 200 Black-headed-Gulls, a Pied Wagtail, two Redwings and a Treecreeper singing. (Mike Smart).

Twyning     At Upham Meadow a Peregrine, two Mute Swans, 125 Canada Geese, two Greylags and 45 Carrion Crows. (Mike Smart).

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