Sightings Apr-June 2015

Tue 30th Jun 2015

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines and their three juveniles showing well. Also a Kingfisher, four Swifts, a Treecreeper, four Buzzards and four Cormorants. Also several Hummingbird Hawkmoths, two Red Admirals, several Meadow Browns and Ringletbutterflies and two Hornets. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.


Saul Warth    Three Common Sandpipers this evening at high tide. Also 30+ Shelducks, 20+Swallows, two Swifts, eight Goldfinches, four Linnets and six Skylarks. (MK).

Painswick Beacon    Migration this morning included a Red Kite, a Hobby, a Cuckoo, 69 Swifts, 11Sand Martins, 142 Swallows, 17 House Martins, five Meadow Pipits, three Ravens, five Siskins and 12 Crossbills. (John Fleming).

Guiting Power    Two Red Kites this morning at 10am circling together low over Guiting Wood. Also a Grey Wagtail near the brook in the adjacent Castlett Wood. (John Widgery).

Tirley    Garden birds today included a Chiffchaff, a male Bullfinch feeding a juvenile and two juvenile Whitethroats. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth Ham    From the hide at Meerend Thicket birds included a Peregrine, a Buzzard, tenLapwings, seven Canada Geese, two Grey Herons, two Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs and threeSwallows today. (John Fletcher).

Sherborne    A juvenile Dipper today. (Ben Hilder). Pic by Ben.


Mon 29th Jun 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The adult PECTORAL SANDPIPER still on South Lake from today until 4pm at least. (@slimbridge_wild).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A QUAIL still calling intermittently this morning in the wild flower field, the same side as the Grundon hide, but nearest to the first canal bridge. (Les Waring).

Forest of Dean    A Red Kite at 6pm and during the afternoon up to ten Swifts calling high over Lords Hill, Coleford. (Frank Williams).

Tirley    A calling Cuckoo today. (Mark Grieve).


Sun 28th Jun 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The adult PECTORAL SANDPIPER still on South Lake from today until 3:30pm at least. Also a Ruff still and 12 Green Sandpipers around the grounds. (Andy Jordan/Richard Tyler). Pics by Andy/Richard.

Pectoral Sandpiper (AJ)


Pectoral Sandpiper (RT)

Ruff (AJ)

Green Sandpiper (RT)

Coombe Hill Meadows    Four Teal (2m, 2f), 120 Mallards, six Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, aQUAIL singing briefly, two Oystercatchers, 12 Lapwings, still with three broods of chicks, fourLittle Ringed Plovers (3 adults, 1 juv), a Ringed Plover, a Greenshank, a Redshank, 13 Curlews, up to nine Green Sandpipers, at least one Cuckoo singing, a Kingfisher, at least one Grasshopper Warbler reeling, three Chiffchaffs, two Whitethroats, c5 Sedge Warblers, c3 Reed Warblers, aBullfinch, 20+ Goldfinches, a flock of 28 Long-tailed Tits and at least five Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart/Les Waring/Paul Taylor).

Chedworth    A Red Kite today. (Mark Grieve).


Sat 27th Jun 2015

WWT Slimbridge    An adult PECTORAL SANDPIPER on South Lake from 8am until 2:50pm at least. (James Lees, WWT). Also 11 Green Sandpipers on Tack Piece, a Ringed Plover and threeDunlins from Middle Point. (Mark Hobson). Record shots by MK.

Pectoral Sandpiper


More pics by Mark Dowie.


Coaley Peak    Late news of a HONEY BUZZARD which flew past the viewpoint flying SSW along the escarpment towards Uley yesterday, but no sign all morning today. (David Knowles). Pic by David.

Honey Buzzard

Sharpness    A Coal Tit, 2nd patch record, a Greenshank, a Kingfisher and a Rock Pipit still and aHobby earlier. (Andy Jordan).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines with three juveniles, a Red Kite and a Kingfisher. Also two Fallow Deer, many Hummingbird Hawkmoths, a Hornet, a Red-necked Footman moth, two Painted Lady butterflies and a Meadow Brown. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Forest of Dean    At Nagshead fledgling Great Tits, Emerald, Azure and Large Red Damselflies,Four-spotted and Broad-bodied Chasers and a Southern Hawker. Butterflies seen includedRinglet, Meadow Brown and Speckled Wood. (Chris & Phil Andrews).  Pic by Phil.

Emerald Damselfly

Berkeley    A Red Kite over Ham at 3pm today. (Matt Boyce/ Donald Workman).

Tirley Sandpits    A singing Yellowhammer today. (Mark Grieve).

Burford    A Red Kite near Burford inside the Glos border. (Mark Grieve).

Painswick Beacon    Migration this afternoon included two Red Kites, three Buzzards, a Hobby, 1062 Swifts, six Swallows, 13 House Martins, a Linnet and a flock of 12 Crossbills S at 4:43pm. Also a family group of four Kestrels together over the hill fort all afternoon and three youngRavens circling together calling near the cemetery. (John Fleming).


Fri 26th Jun 2015

WWT Slimbridge    Two Greenshanks, 51 Avocets, the summer plumaged Spotted Redshank again and a drake GARGANEY from Zeiss hide today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Tirley Sandpits    10+ Chiffchaffs, 10+ Blackcaps, eight Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 10+Skylarks, a Lesser Whitethroat, 13+ Whitethroats, seven Stock Doves, a Willow Warbler, fourSwallows, a Green Woodpecker, 9+ House Martins and two Ravens today. (Mark Grieve).

Gloucester    A Swift over the Bristol Road. (Mark Grieve).

Arlingham    Belated news of a very early Convolvulus Hawkmoth on a wooden post adjacent to the River Severn yesterday (25th). (John Widgery). Pic by John.

Convolvulus Hawkmoth

Thu 25th Jun 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A summer plumaged Spotted Redshank from Zeiss hide today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Ashleworth Ham    A Redstart heard along the road past the hide. Along Stank Lane at least twoCuckoos calling, a Sedge Warbler taking food to the young, several Wrens, two Chiffchaffs and aWillow Warbler. Also many Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies and a Green-veined White and many Peacock butterfly caterpillars feeding on the nettles. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included 89 Swifts, five House Martins, a Swallow and aGreat Black-backed Gull. (John Fleming).

Hawling area    15+ Skylarks, 10+ Yellowhammers, 9+ Swallows over, three Blackcaps, 6+Whitethroats, a Sparrowhawk, a Tree Pipit, two House Martins, 2+ male Reed Buntings, twoWillow Warblers and a male Stonechat today. (Mark Grieve).

Gloucester    Two Peregrines circling above Asda on Metz Way at 5:25pm. (Andy Langley). At Plock Court 25+ Swifts feeding in the flood basin. (Mark Grieve).

Gretton    A Mistle Thrush has been defending its nest against a marauding Sparrowhawk for the past five days. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.

Mistle Thrush

Wed 24th Jun 2015

Sharpness    An OSPREY off of SARA briefly then flew across river mobbed by gulls. (Andy Jordan).

Chedworth    A Barn Owl opposite the Hare and Hounds pub at Foss Cross at 10:14pm. (Mike & Bridgette King).

Forest of Dean    At Yew Tree Brake 7+ Tree Pipits and three Crossbills. At Crabtree Hill a pair of Stonechats carrying food, 6+ Tree Pipits, eight Crossbills, including a family party of a female and three juveniles and a Wood Warbler singing. At Nagshead a male Hawfinch and aSpotted Flycatcher. (Terry Grant). 15 flyovers by roding Woodcocks in woodland near Coalway between 9:35pm and 10:35 pm with a maximum of two birds seen at any one time. (Ivan Proctor).

Huntley    A Peregrine circling above Oak Way at 6:40pm today before flying off to the SE. (Martin Drew).

Witcombe Reservoirs    Kestrels bred near the farm with four recently fledged chicks seen near the nest site, a pair of Mute Swans with six cygnets, two pairs of adult Little Grebes and aCommon Sandpiper today. (Gord Avery).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake three Mute Swans, seven Mallards, three juvenile Grey Herons, a Buzzard, a pair of Kestrels, a moulting adult Little Ringed Plover and a male Reed Bunting today. (Gord Avery). At Plock Court 25+ Swifts feeding in the flood basin. (Mark Grieve).

Frampton    At the pools a Cuckoo still singing, 22 Swifts, including one with white underparts again, eight Great Crested Grebes and 53 Mute Swans this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Painswick Beacon    Migration this evening included 83 Swifts, a House Martin, a Siskin, twoLinnets and two Crossbills. (John Fleming).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Along the canal Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat,Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting and a Grey Heron. Butterflies included Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Painted Lady and dragonflies included Emperor, Four-spotted Chaser and Black-tailed Skimmer. At the small pool E of the Grundon Hide a Green Sandpiper and Broad-bodied Chasers, Black-tailed Skimmers and anEmperor. From the Grundon hide two Little Egrets, c30 Lapwings including juveniles, 13 Greylags, five Curlews, a few Pied Wagtails, c50 Rooks and Jackdaws. (Keith White).


Tue 23rd Jun 2015

Sharpness    This morning the pair of American Wigeon hybrids between the bridge at the N end of the dock and the marina often out of site in the vegetation. (Andy Jayne/Roberta Goodall/Martin Greenish). This evening they have moved to the SARA pool by the Lifeboat Station. Also Mandarin, Rock Pipit and Common Tern. (Paul Masters). Pics by Andy.

American Wigeons (?)


Forest of Dean    Between New Fancy View and Mallard’s Pike two Wood Warblers, at Mallard’s Pike two Grey Wagtails, a Treecreeper, a Bullfinch and three Mandarins. At Nagshead, on the short trail a Spotted Flycatcher and a Wood Warbler. At the lower hide a Grey Wagtail, aHornet and several Broad-bodied Chasers. (Steve Brown).

Winchcombe    Two juvenile Goldcrests in the garden again this morning taking aphids. (Peter Rodgers).


Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds included 117 Mallards, three Teal (2m, 1f), two male Gadwalls, fiveGrey Herons, a Little Egret, 12 Lapwings including six juveniles, two Oystercatchers, fourCurlews, a Little Ringed Plover, a Green Sandpiper, two Cuckoos, seven Swifts and seven Pied Wagtails. (Les Brown).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included two Red Kites, a Goshawk pursued by a Buzzard, 510 Swifts, seven House Martins, seven Swallows and two Siskins. Also a Nuthatch and three pairs of Meadow Pipits carrying food in the hill fort. (John Fleming).

Gloucester    A Hobby over the house at Hempsted today. (Gordon & Margaret Avery). A pair ofRavens over the house in Tuffley this evening, a garden tick. (Andy Spiers).


Mon 22nd Jun 2015

Sharpness    A pair of American Wigeon hybrids on the dock basin this evening until 9:45pm at least. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.

American Wigeon

Witcombe Reservoirs    Belated news of two OSPREYS yesterday afternoon circling Witcombe Park and the southernmost Reservoir. They circled for c10 minutes and then disappeared from view at 2:15pm. (Colin & Glenys Smith). Pics by Colin & Glenys.



Coombe Hill Meadows    Late evening the SPOTTED CRAKE singing again at 10:15pm, listen from the Grundon hide. (Martin Greenish). Also the SPOTTED CRAKE was singing this morning 3am-4:20am. Other birds included a male Teal, 50+ Mallards, four Grey Herons, a Little Egret, two adult Oystercatchers, ten adult Lapwings with seven young, a Little Ringed Plover, two Green Sandpipers, 18 Curlews, two Cuckoos, three Skylarks, a male Bullfinch, a Grasshopper Warbler, aReed Warbler, five Sedge Warblers, two Whitethroats, two Chiffchaffs and three Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart/Derek Hale).

Upham Meadow, Twyning    Ten Mallards, two Oystercatchers over, at least seven Curlews, fourReed Warblers and three Sedge Warblers today. (Mike Smart).

Twyning    A pair of Bullfinches feeding on Violet seeds this evening, a garden first. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tidenham Chase    No Nightjars by 10:40pm last night but a Tawny Owl heard. (Howard Lloyd & U3A Group).

Forest of Dean    At Cannop Ponds a Siskin and a Great Spotted Woodpecker were on the feeders, a Kingfisher and at least three Grey Wagtails near the Lower pond, several Mandarinsincluding young, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls and numerous Swallows. On Upper pond a Little Grebe and a Kingfisher. (Howard Lloyd & U3A Group). Also at the feeders a WILLOW TIT. On the river at Redbrook a female with five juvenile Goosanders, the first breeding record for the County. Also a Dipper and three Grey Wagtails. (Derek Hale). Pics by Derek.

Willow Tit


Brockweir/Tintern    A Swift going up to a nest site in a riverside house at Brockweir Quay. a female Sparrowhawk overhead mobbed by House Martins and Swallows. A young Buzzard calling in woodland on the English bank of the River Wye opposite Tintern Old Railway Station and aSong Thrush nearby imitating young buzzard call. (Ivan Proctor).


Sun 21st Jun 2015

Hidcote    A Treecreeper by the tea room this afternoon. (David Bagley). Pic by David.


Cotswold Water Park (W)    On Pit 16 a Black Swan, a pair of Egyptian Geese with four young and 135 Canada Geese. 13 Red Crested Pochards on Pit 12. A colour-ringed Little Egret (yellow right leg, green left leg) on Pit 57 and four Common Terns and Cuckoo. At Shorncote Reedbed aRedshank on Pit 79 and a Common Tern, a pair of Egyptian Geese and 11 Red Crested Pochards on Pit 87. (Paul Taylor).

Saul Warth    Early morning three Common Terns, three Oystercatchers, 20 Curlews, 15Shelducks, two Grey Herons, a Cormorant and 20+ Swallows. (MK).

Frampton    A Cuckoo still singing well, a Reed Warbler feeding young, two Curlews over, fourYellow Wagtails, four Grey Wagtails and five Pied Wagtails this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included a Red Kite, a Hobby, 392 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 454 Herring Gulls, 1510 Swifts, a Swallow and eight House Martins, five Ravens and 13Siskins. Also Marbled White butterflies today. (John Fleming).

Tirley    A garden Chiffchaff today. (Mark Grieve).

Forest of Dean    Four Siskins (two adult males and two juveniles ) visiting garden feeders at Lords Hill, Coleford. (Frank Williams). Two Firecrests at Edge End and at Nagshead two male Pied Flycatchers and a Spotted Flycatcher today. (Derek Hale). Pic by Derek.

Spotted Flycatcher

Sat 20th Jun 2015

Fairford    A QUAIL calling intermittently from a Barley field S of the footpath at SP167019 1km NE of Fairford and seen briefly. Also a Yellow Wagtail and three Corn Buntings. (Ian Ralphs).

Selsley Common    Two QUAILS calling on the top of the Common roughly opposite the lane that descends to North Woodchester.  (Nick Goatman/Neil Smart).

Forest of Dean    A Firecrest, 6+ Tree Pipits, a Spotted Flycatcher and two Fallow Deer at Yew Tree Brake early morning. A male Redstart, a Tree Pipit and a Wild Boar at the top right hand corner of Crabtree Hill. (MK). At least two Spotted Flycatchers at Nagshead this morning. (Paul Masters/Andy Chapman).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Late evening the SPOTTED CRAKE singing again briefly at 9:45pm then 11-11:08pm, listen from the Grundon hide. Also a Water Rail calling. (Terry Fenton). TheSPOTTED CRAKE was also calling pre-dawn at 3:15-3:45am. Three Green Sandpipers, a pairOystercatchers with a chick, three Gadwalls, three Teal, 100 Mallards, a Little Ringed Plover, an adult Ruff, nine Grey Herons, four Little Egrets and two Cuckoos from Grundon hide. Also twoGrasshopper Warblers reeling again nearby. (Paul Taylor/Mike Smart/Les Brown).

WWT Slimbridge    A male Ruff in breeding plumage on South Lake today. (Bob Phelps). Record shot by Bob.


Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines and their two juveniles, a maleSparrowhawk, a Stock Dove, three Ravens, a female juvenile Goshawk, which passed through close to the viewpoint, several Swifts and two young Wrens. Also a Fallow Deer doe with a fawn,Painted Lady and Speckled Wood butterflies, good numbers of Hummingbird Hawkmoths and a few Rose Chafers. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tirley Sandpits    Two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, six Blackcaps, 7+ Whitethroats, fiveChiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 13+ Swallows, seven House Martins, 14+ Linnets, three Stock Doves, a calling Cuckoo and a Treecreeper (2nd patch record). (Mark Grieve).

Sharpness    A Rock Pipit still at SARA. (Paul Taylor).

Nympsfield    A Yellowhammer on Frocester Hill at SO794005. (Paul Sutton).

Tetbury Upton    Two Yellowhammers near Longtree Barn at ST880965. (Paul Sutton).

Bibury    A Spotted Flycatcher today and House Martins collecting mud (complete with ticks). (Richard Tyler).

House Martins


Fri 19th Jun 2015

Tidenham    A Wood Warbler at Poor’s Allotment in the woodland at the entrance to the reserve directly opposite the FC car park today. (Colin Studholme).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included ten Red Kites, two Buzzards, a Hobby, a Peregrine, 680Swifts, two House Martins, two Ravens, three Goldfinches and three Siskins. Also three Painted Lady butterflies. (John Fleming).

Whitminster    A Red Kite E over the A38 at the Frome bridge Mill roundabout at 8:15am today. (Martin Drew).

Tirley    Two Swifts over. (Mark Grieve).

Gloucester    Two Swifts over Longlevens. (Mark Grieve).

Stanley Downton    Three Mistle Thrushes and two Buzzards today. (Paul Sutton).

Sharpness    A Little Egret on the sands below the Marina today. Paul Sutton).


Thu 18th Jun 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    Late evening the SPOTTED CRAKE singing again from 9:25pm from the direction of the Long Pool, listen from the Grundon hide. Also 4+ Grasshopper Warblers reeling again. (Ian Ralphs).

Forest of Dean    This morning at Nagshead male and female Pied Flycatchers feeding three juveniles, three Spotted Flycatchers, a male Redstart feeding a juvenile, two Wood Warblers, aGarden Warbler, a Marsh Tit and a female Mandarin with a juvenile. (Ian Hayes).

Hawling    Three Kestrels, three Red Kites, four Buzzards, two Whitethroats, two Corn Buntings, four Yellowhammers, many Lapwings, a Tree Pipit and several Linnets. Also a Roe Deer, aScorpion Fly, Cardinal and Wasp Beetles and Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady and Large Skipper butterflies. (Phil & Chris Andrews).

Red Kite

Condicote    Along the Roman road S of Condicote village a family of Blue Tits and aYellowhammer taking food to young. Butterflies included Painted Lady, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Brimstone, Large White, Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown. (Keith White).

Stonehouse    Two Dippers on the River Frome below the canal between Bonds Mill and the Ocean today. 9paul Sutton).

Quenington    A possible sighting of a Great White Egret on the River Coln below Quenington today. (Chris Berens).

Gloucester    A pair of Scarlet Tiger moths in the garden at Linden today. (Mo & Steve Johnson).

Garden Tigers

Wed 17th Jun 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    Late evening the SPOTTED CRAKE singing again from 9:50pm continuously until 10:20pm at least, listen from the Grundon hide. Also a Grasshopper Warblerreeling and a Cuckoo. (Paul Masters/Phil Pope/Roberta Goodall/Geoff Moyser).

Barnsley    Four Ravens over the garden and an adult Hobby through this evening. (Paul Aubrey).

Forest of Dean    At Nagshead a Wood Warbler, a Pied Flycatcher, a Redstart and c9 Wild Boars today. (Allan Chard). Pics by Allan.

Wood Warbler

Wild Boar

Tewkesbury    A pair of Egyptian Geese on the River Avon near Tewkesbury sailing club again today. (Sarah Loaring).

Painswick Beacon    Afternoon watch from Catbrain Tump, birds included a Red Kite, 14Buzzards, a Hobby, 87 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 106 Herring Gulls, 442 Swifts and 22 House Martins. Also Common Blue, Small Blue, Painted Lady, Small Heath butterflies and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (John Fleming).

May Hill    A male Bullfinch showing a juvenile how to feed in the garden today. (Mark Saunders).

Tirley    15+ House Martins, two Swifts, six Swallows, a Mistle Thrush and two garden Goldcreststoday. (Mark Grieve).

Winchcombe    An adult Goldcrest and three fledglings in the garden this morning taking aphids from trees and shrubs. (Peter Rodgers). Pic by Peter.



Tue 16th Jun 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    Late evening the SPOTTED CRAKE singing from the SW corner of the Short Pool from 9:50pm continuously until 10:30pm at least, listen from the Grundon hide. Also two Green Sandpipers, 17 Curlews, a Yellow Wagtail and a Barn Owl at 10:15pm. (Lawrence Skipp/Mike Smart/Andy Jayne/MK). Also along the towpath from the hide two Grasshopper Warblers reeling. (Andy Jayne). Earlier today birds included two Shelducks, ten Grey Herons (5 juvs), two Little Egrets, 17 adult Lapwings with six young, two Oystercatchers with a chick, aGreen Sandpiper, a Cuckoo and a Reed Warbler singing near hide. (Les Brown).

Forest of Dean    This morning at Woorgreens car park a male Pied Flycatcher and over Lords Hill, Coleford a Peregrine, two Buzzards and three Ravens. (Frank Williams).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint two juvenile Peregrines showing near the edge of the nest hole, three Buzzards, two female Goshawks, Mandarin ducks with young on the Wye and aKingfisher. Other sightings included several Painted Lady butterflies, a Red Admiral, Speckled Woods, many Rose Chafers, Hummingbird Hawkmoths and four Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.


Tirley    15+ House Martins and a Raven over today. (Mark Grieve).

Daneway Banks    Early afternoon three Large Blues at the highest point of the reserve, a Dingy Skipper, a Large Skipper and several Common Blues. Also a family party of Jays. (Steve Brown).

Oakridge Lynch    At Strawberry Banks GWT reserve late morning three Marsh Fritillaries still, a Dingy Skipper, a Large Skipper, two Ringlets and several Marbled Whites. Also a Stock Dove, aGreen Woodpecker and two Nuthatches nearby. (Steve Brown).

Bisley    Along the lane N off Manor Street this evening four Yellowhammers, nine Meadow Pipits, a Kestrel, four Skylarks and seven Swallows. (John R Fletcher).

Cherington    Early evening at Cherington Lake two Treecreepers, a pair of Wrens feeding young, a Jay, eight Coots, two Mute Swans and four Tufted Ducks. (John R Fletcher). Pic by John.


Mon 15th Jun 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    A SPOTTED CRAKE singing from the ditch on the E side of the Long Pool from 9:30pm, heard from the Grundon hide. (Lawrence Skipp per Mike Smart).

WWT Slimbridge    A female RED-NECKED PHALAROPE on Tack Piece, distant from Robbie Garnett hide until 3:45pm at least. Also a drake GARGANEY on the Top New Piece. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Tewkesbury    A pair of Egyptian Geese on the River Avon near Tewkesbury sailing club today. (Sarah Loaring).

Tuffley    At 10:35am a Red Kite over high, moving W, the second in two days. (Ian Elphick).

Woodmancote    A Red Kite circling and drifting very slowly E over Woodmancote and Bushcombe Wood this morning between 8:15-8:20am. (John Widgery).

Cheltenham    A Red Kite over the Golden Valley Bypass (A40) c200m from the Cheltenham end roundabout at 10:45am. (Peter Studd).

Forest of Dean    A Cuckoo this morning at Plump Hill. (Ben Locke).


Sun 14th Jun 2015

Huntley    Two Spotted Flycatchers in Huntley churchyard today. As you head out of Huntley towards Ross-On-Wye on the A40, take the turning for the Garden Centre. The birds can be seen on gravestones near the big old yew tree to the right of the church. (Derek Summers).

Forest of Dean    In the Woorgreens/Crabtree Hill area this morning a noisy juvenile Green Woodpecker calling from a nest hole, 6+ Tree Pipits, 6+ Siskins including at least four juveniles, aLesser Redpoll, three Ravens and a singing male Redstart. Also a Common Lizard, a Broad-bodied Chaser, a Black-tailed Skimmer and Blue-tailed Damselflies. (MK/Paul Masters).

Cleeve Hill    Between West Woods and the Wontley Farm area, early morning, 5+Yellowhammers, seven Swifts, two Bullfinches, 6+ Skylarks, two Meadow Pipits, two Swallows, five Willow Warblers, six Chiffchaffs, 8+ Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, 7+ Blackcaps, five Redstarts (including male, female and juvenile), two Tree Pipits, a Garden Warbler, a Green Woodpecker and a Jay. Also two Roebucks. (Mark Grieve).

Tuffley    At 11:55am a Red Kite over high circling, but moving roughly SE mobbed by gulls, a garden tick. (Ian Elphick).

Slimbridge    A Red Kite over the bridge on the Sharpness canal and flying north. (Mike Komarnyckyj).

Frampton    12 Lapwings on Court Field this morning, a Cuckoo calling, five Common Terns, threeYellow Wagtails, 27 Linnets, four Whitethroats, a Cetti’s Warbler, 15 Blackcaps and tenChiffchaffs. (Nick Goatman).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    Along the Thames Path in the Pit 65/42/57 area, a Cetti’s Warbler, 4+ Garden Warblers, two Common Terns, a Red Kite and a Cuckoo heard. Around the Shorncote Reedbed area, 2+ Reed Buntings, two Cetti’s Warblers, a Garden Warbler, two Sedge Warblers, aCommon Tern, a Little Egret, 4+ Sand Martins and a Yellow Wagtail in a cereal crop. North of Pit 43, two Sedge Warblers, a Common Tern and a Cuckoo heard (possibly the same one). (Vic Polley).

Corse Lawn    Six House Martins today. (Mark Grieve).

Lower Slaughter    Male and female Green Woodpecker in the garden anting this afternoon. (Richard Tyler).

Green Woodpecker

Sat 13th Jun 2015

Woodmancote    Two Cuckoos over the garden today. (Jan Harding).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included a pair of Oystercatchers and one chick, twoRedshanks. five Reed Buntings, two Reed Warblers, three Whitethroats, four Sedge Warblers, three male Blackcaps singing, 20+ Lapwings,  two Little Egrets, four Grey Herons, a pair ofCuckoos, seven Long-tailed Tits and four Shelducks. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.

Reed Warbler

Tirley Sandpits    A Green Woodpecker, 8+ Blackcaps, 6+ Skylarks, nine Swallows, 7+Whitethroats, three House Martins, four Stock Doves, a Willow Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Swift and a Yellowhammer. (Mark Grieve).

Saul Warth    A Bar-tailed Godwit with six Curlews today. (Paul Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge    Two Green Sandpipers and five Mediterranean Gulls on South Lake and aCuckoo at Mid Point. (Paul Taylor).


Fri 12th Jun 2015

Damery    Along the Little Avon this afternoon a Song Thrush, a Nuthatch, two Dippers, a Grey Wagtail, a Blackcap and a Kingfisher. (David Poulton).

Forest of Dean    In the Arboretum a Stock Dove and nearby a downy Tawny owlet on a branch. (Frank Williams).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Pit 111b c8 Common Terns seemingly on nests on the older raft and 2+ flying around the pit, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the new raft, two juvenile Grey Herons and a Great Crested Grebe with small young on its back. At Pit 111a a Great Crested Grebe with three young. (John Durell).

Coln Rogers    A Little Owl this evening. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.

Little Owl

Cheltenham    12 Long-tailed Tits in the garden today at Rowanfield. (Les Waring).

Hucclecote    A Grey Heron in the garden this afternoon eating tadpoles for half an hour. Also c20 Woodpigeons, a garden record. (Harold Smith). Pic by Harold.

Grey Heron

Thu 11th Jun 2015

Hasfield Ham    Along Stank Lane tonight a Cuckoo, four singing Song Thrushes, a Chiffchaff, aWillow Warbler and a Reed Bunting. Also a Common Blue and Large Red Damselflies, severalPainted Ladies, Speckled Wood and a Common Marbled Carpet moth. (Keith White).

Highleadon    A Barn Owl this morning at 3:47am at SO767238. (Alan Hooper).

Leckhampton    A low flying Red Kite this morning at 9:30am just outside Leckhampton at the junction of The Crippets and Church Lane. (David Norman).

Forest of Dean    At Woorgreens Great Spotted Woodpecker young being fed at a nest site, aCuckoo calling and many Linnets, Stonechats and Tree Pipits around the Crabtree heath area.(Frank Williams).

Coombe Hill Meadows    The QUAIL calling again this afternoon. (Peter Studd). Along the canal towpath two Blackcaps, Coots on a nest, two Sedge Warblers, a Cuckoo calling, a Kestrel, twoWhitethroats and two Yellowhammers. From Long Pool hide eight Curlews, a Grey Heron, aCuckoo, a Reed Bunting, a Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk. From Grundon Hide two Hobbies, anOystercatcher with one chick, two Little Egrets, many Lapwings with young, two Pied Wagtails, an adult and juvenile Grey Heron and a Grasshopper Warbler heard singing near the Snipe pool. AlsoCommon and Azure Damselflies, a Broad-bodied Chaser, an Emperor Dragonfly, Red Admiral,Brimstone, Large White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper and Common Blue. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Newent    Garden birds included a male Chaffinch, two Greenfinches, a Goldfinch with four fledglings and Swifts and House Martins in large numbers all afternoon. (Alan Hooper /Julia Eckley).

Tirley    A calling Cuckoo today at 5:30am and a Red Kite low over the village at 4pm. (Mark Grieve).

Daneway Banks    Two Large Blues today, also Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Small Blue, Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Large Skipper, Brown Argus and Small Heath. (Richard Eyres). Pics by Richard.

Large Blue


Oakridge Lynch    At Strawberry Banks GWT reserve 20+ Marsh Fritillaries, also Small Heaths,Common Blues, a Small White, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue and a Meadow Brown. (Richard Eyres). Pics by Richard.

Marsh Fritillary

Rodborough Common    Two Tree Pipits, c12 Adonis Blues, also Small Tortoiseshells, Small Blues,Common Blues, Small Heaths, Brown Argus and two Large Skippers. (Richard Eyres).


Wed 10th Jun 2015

Cleeve Hill    A GOLDEN ORIOLE heard singing for 30mins early this morning in West Wood – in trees at the SW corner by old barn, but no further sign today. Also a Tree Pipit and a Redstarthere. (Chris Stott). A Tree Pipit and Wood Tiger moth at the Bill Smyllie reserve and near the masts on the 4th. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil

Tree Pipit

Frampton    A male Yellow Wagtail today. (Gordon Kirk).

Yellow Wagtail

Newent    A Red Kite flew over the Travellers Rest pub today. (Alan Hooper).

Highleadon    A Red Kite on roadkill at SO767239, it flew off northwards towards Collinpark Wood. (Juliet Bailey).

Coombe Hill Meadows    2+ Sedge Warblers, three Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler heard and seen briefly, 4+ Reed Warblers, six Swifts, six Swallows and three Reed Buntings. From Grundon hide four Shelducks, a Grey Heron, 15 Lapwings, two Canada Geese, six Greylags with ten goslings, six Mute Swans, two Skylarks and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Alan Hooper). Pic by Alan.

Sedge Warbler

Tue 9th Jun 2015

Forest of Dean    A Kingfisher at Cannop Ponds this morning. (Martin Drew).

Huntley    A Spotted Flycatcher at Huntley Church this afternoon. (Martin Drew).

Stonehouse    A Red Kite over at 12:30pm. (Ken Hurcombe).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds this morning included a Little Ringed Plover, seven Curlewsincluding the colour-ringed bird, a QUAIL singing briefly and  450 Rooks, adults feeding full grown young on the cut hayfield. Also a Hornet’s nest the size of a tennis ball in the Long Pool hide. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows    A singing Redstart today. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    Three Redstarts right at the end of Stank Lane and c16 Reed Buntingsaround the meadows. Also five Whitethroats, five Sedge Warblers, ten Goldfinches, fourLinnets, two Blackcaps, four Stock Doves, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 100+ House Martins, 12 Swifts and two Buzzards. (Martin Greenish). Pic by Martin.


Mon 8th Jun 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    A singing QUAIL still and one, possibly two reeling Grasshopper Warblers half mile down the towpath on left of canal early this morning. (Ian Hull). A pair ofGARGANEYS, a Sparrowhawk and the QUAIL still calling this afternoon. (John Widgery). In the evening birds included two male Shelducks, a Little Egret, two adult Oystercatchers with one chick, c9 adult Lapwings on the reserve with three broods of chicks, 21 Curlews came in to roost, a Yellow Wagtail and a Grasshopper Warbler singing very late to the E of Broad Mere. (Mike Smart).

Woodmancote    A Red Kite flying E over Woodmancote at 8:49am. (John Widgery).

Cirencester    At Overley woods at Cirencester Park three Spotted Flycatchers, two Marsh Fritillaries and several Speckled Woods today. (Dave Soons). Pic by Dave.

Marsh Fritillary

Forest of Dean    At Nagshead a singing Wood Warbler at the far end of the Short trail and sixBroad-bodied Chasers at the pool just N of the car park. At Woorgreens four Little Grebes. (Keith White).


Sun 7th Jun 2015

Forest of Dean    Early morning at Yew Tree Brake a Spotted Flycatcher, 1+ Firecrest, fourTree Pipits and a Cuckoo and Crossbill heard. At Nagshead a Hawfinch, a Wood Warbler, a Tree Pipit, a female Mandarin with one duckling and a Cuckoo heard. At Burnt Log a Spotted Flycatcher, a Siskin and a Wood Warbler heard. (MK). At Woorgreens four Tree Pipits, sevenWood Warblers, two Garden Warblers, two Pied Flycatchers and three Redstarts opposite the car park and a Hawfinch. At Yew Tree Brake two Goshawks, five Crossbills and five Lesser Redpolls. Three Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and four Broad-bodied Chasers at Burnt Log at midday. Also a Garden Warbler. (Mark Dowie). This morning a Peregrine at Whitecliff, a Skylarkat Coleford Rec also a Painted Lady and six Common Blues. (Ralph & Sue Wallace). Pic by Mark.

Wood Warbler

Sharpness    Late morning a male Peregrine sat by the nest box on the silo in the docks and a feathered chick sitting on the box edge. (Gordon Avery).

Daneway Banks    A single Large Blue butterfly today. (Duncan Dine).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Male and female Cuckoos, two juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers, aGreen Woodpecker, a Buzzard, two adult and four juvenile Goldfinches, a Chiffchaff, four Sedge Warblers, three Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, a pair of Lapwings, two Grey Herons and aStock Dove today. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.


Tirley Sandpits    5+ Skylarks, 10+ Blackcaps, 12+ Swallows, eight Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 8+ Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, four Stock Doves, three Greylags over, aSparrowhawk, a Bullfinch, two Goldcrests and 10+ House Martins. (Mark Grieve).

Cleeve Hill    Four Swallows flying about the stud farm and a Hobby over the golf course. (Bob Telford). Pics by Bob.



Wotton-Under-Edge    A pair of Spotted Flycatchers in the garden today. Also a Red Kite over for the fourth consecutive day (Paul Rich). Pic by Paul.

Spotted Flycatcher

Lower Slaughter    A family of Great Spotted Woodpeckers in the garden this afternoon, three youngsters all being fed by male. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.

Great Spotted Woodpecker (juvenile)


Sat 6th Jun 2015

Leckhampton    On the scarp slope above Leckhampton early this morning a Tree Pipit, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Willow Warblers, three Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps all singing. Also aBullfinch and a Green Woodpecker. (Chris Furley).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning birds included five Mute Swans, 12 Greylags, plus two pairs with ten and one goslings, four Shelducks, a male Gadwall, 63 Mallards, three Grey Herons, twoLittle Egrets, 17 Lapwings including three well grown young, two Oystercatchers with a chick, fiveCurlews, two Cuckoos, c20 Swifts, six Stock Doves, three Pied Wagtails, six Skylarks, six House Martins, eight Swallows, two Reed Buntings and six Skylarks. (Les Brown).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines and the first sighting of a chick, male and female Sparrowhawks, a Goshawk, a Hobby, a Mandarin with five ducklings and another with one, many House Martins and Swifts, a Stock Dove, a Raven, 13 adult Canada Geesewith six young and two white geese. Also several Hummingbird Hawk moths, a Painted Lady, a fewRose Chafers and three Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cheltenham    Four Swifts over The Range warehouse. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill    A Swift over Coombe Hill traffic lights. (Mark Grieve).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A calling Cuckoo at 4am, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Bullfinches, eightChiffchaffs, 23+ Swallows, two Skylarks, 48+ House Martins, six Blackcaps, two Stock Doves, aRed-legged Partridges, a Swift, five Whitethroats, a Willow Warbler, a Green Woodpecker and aWeasel. (Mark Grieve).

Whitminster    Five Canada Geese over  at 9am. Three fledgling Blackcaps just off Grove Lane and a juvenile Song Thrush. In the garden two fledgling Blackbirds, c10 fledgling Starlings being fed by adults and a fledgling House Sparrow. Nearby a Roe Deer doe, near Nupend. (Tanya Allen). Pic by Tanya.

Roe Deer

Forest of Dean    Near New Fancy View a Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Fri 5th Jun 2015

WWT Slimbridge    Two SANDWICH TERNS from Zeiss hide this morning. (@slimbridge_wild).

Alderley    A garden Spotted Flycatcher today. (Vic Polley)

Haw Bridge    Two Red Kites over today. (Mark Grieve).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre two Tufted Ducks, two Mute Swans and a cygnet, Swallowsfeeding fledglings, two Grey Herons, 30 Mallards, a Sedge Warbler, 5+ Reed Warblers, a Ravenand four adult Canada Geese and ten goslings. (Steve French/Alan Hooper).

Saul    The mimetic Reed Warbler still at Saul junction late afternoon. (Steve Preddy).


Thu 4th Jun 2015

Hinchwick    Two BEE-EATERS over the valley immediately N of Hinchwick Manor and flying S at SP145302 at 5:55pm this evening, but no further sign. (Richard Tyler).

Forest of Dean    At Nagshead this morning a male Pied Flycatcher and two Spotted Flycatchers at Lower hide and a Wood Warbler in the car park. At Linear Park SO649128 sixSmall Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, a Wood White, also Common Blue, Peacock, Large and Small White and Small Heath. (Shane Long). Two Woodcocks roding at Crabtree Hill tonight also 14Wild Boars (8 piglets), six Fallow Deer and 10+ Pipistrelles. (MK/Paul Masters).

Birdwood    A Barn Owl at 9pm between Birdwood and Churcham flying over the road and over fields. (Fiona & Peter Leathart).

Tirley    A calling Cuckoo today at 4:30am. (Mark Grieve).

Bishop’s Cleeve    Six Swifts over the centre of Bishop’s Cleeve at lunchtime today. (Clare McNulty).

Tewkesbury    A Red Kite circling just a short distance S of Ashchurch today. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Saul    Links to the Reed/Marsh Warbler at Saul junction by Terry Fenton here:

Sharpness    An unseasonal Rock Pipit at SARA today, first June record. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.

Rock Pipit

Wed 3rd Jun 2015

Saul    The Reed/Marsh Warbler still at Saul junction late afternoon. Plumage suggests Reed but song is mostly Marsh. (Terry Fenton). From A38 drive down the Perryway, turn right on reaching Frampton just before the turning for the Green, drive until you see a left turn signed Saul junction. Cross the canal bridge and turn immediately right into the car park. Drive past the café through the first car park into the second car park with the blue portaloo in the corner. Park here, the fee is £1 P&D for 4hrs. The bird is in hawthorns at the entrance to the car park. There is also a “normal” Reed Warbler with it. Pics by Terry.


Winchcombe    Near Belas Knap SP020257 three singing male Redstarts (two seen) this morning. (Peter Rodgers).

Sharpness    An ARCTIC TERN flew downriver early morning and three Whimbrels here. (Andy Jordan).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake two Mute Swans, 10+ Mallards, five Coots, a summer-plumaged Dunlin, 20 Swifts, 20 House Martins, five Linnets, a Blackcap and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).

Tirley    A calling Cuckoo today at 8:30pm. (Mark Grieve).


Tue 2nd Jun 2015

Sharpness    A FULMAR N at 11:10am. Two GANNETS and a dark phase ARCTIC SKUA N this evening. Also an ARCTIC TERN and a Tern sp probably Little. (Paul Taylor/Andy Jordan).

Ashleworth Ham    From Meerend Thicket hide this afternoon a drake GARGANEY, also 23Canada Geese, 24 Mallards, a Curlew, three Grey Herons, a Nuthatch, two Blackcaps, aChiffchaff and two Swallows. (John Fletcher).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This evening four Mute Swans, 40+ Greylags, 16 Canada Geese, 7+Shelducks, a Gadwall, at least one, maybe two QUAILS singing, two GCRP Common Cranes came in and roosted, two Oystercatchers with one chick, a Little Ringed Plover, 8+ Lapwings, c15 Curlewscame in to roost, a Cuckoo singing and 40+ Swifts. (Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean    At Russell’s Enclosure a Tree Pipit and three Blackcaps. At Nagshead, Lower hide a Kingfisher feeding on dragonfly larva, a pair of Mandarins with one young, a Grey Wagtail, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Brimstone butterfly. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.


Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines, two female Goshawks, a maleSparrowhawk, four Buzzards, c50 Swifts feeding below the viewpoint with many House Martinsand a few Swallows, two female Mandarins with six young and a Kingfisher. Also four Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Damery    Along the Little Avon this afternoon a Buzzard, a Grey Heron, two Dippers, a Blackcap, a Kingfisher, a Mistle Thrush, three Swifts, two House Martins, two Swallows, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Nuthatch. (David Poulton).


Mon 1st Jun 2015

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Whelford pools birds included two Egyptian Geese, two Common Terns, eight Cormorants, seven Tufted Ducks, four Great Crested Grebes, five Sand Martins, a pair of Mute Swans with three cygnets, two Grey Herons, a Kingfisher, a Sedge Warbler, aCetti’s Warbler, five Red Crested Pochards, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, three Swallows and sixChiffchaffs. (John Fletcher).

Severn Vale    An interesting Acrocephalus warbler found by Gordon Kirk today. Lots of mimicking but is it Marsh or Reed? Opinions divided, comments welcome tweet @GlosBirds or email. Pics by Paul Taylor.

Acro Warbler




Sharpness    A LITTLE TERN S past Sharpness with an ARCTIC TERN at 7:32pm. (Paul Taylor).

Forest of Dean    A Lesser Whitethroat this morning in a field above Whitecliff Quarry at Coleford. (Ralph & Sue Wallace).

Winchcombe    Four fledgling Wrens in the garden today. (Peter Rodgers). Pic by Peter.


Sun 31st May 2015

Frampton    At Frampton Sailing Lake this morning 200+ Swifts, 150+ House Martins, 20+ Sand Martins, a Yellow Wagtail and a pair of Common Terns this morning. (Nick Goatman/MK). Pic by Mike.

Yellow Wagtail

Berkeley shore    A Cuckoo, a Yellow Wagtail, six Ringed Plovers and three Dunlins this morning. (Paul Taylor).

Lower Stone    A Little Egret over the garden this morning, a garden tick. (Paul Taylor).

Sharpness    A Whimbrel this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included seven Sedge Warblers, three Whitethroats, four male Reed Buntings, a pair of Bullfinches, five Shelducks, two male Gadwalls, five Lapwings, a pair of Greylags with ten goslings, three Curlews, a pair of Oystercatchers with a chick, a Buzzard, a pair of Cuckoos, 3+ QUAIL and two pairs of Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding young at nest holes. (Les Waring/Rob & Gillian Guest). Pics by Les.


Great Spotted Woodpecker

Edge    At Rudge Hill N.R. this afternoon two Tree Pipits, a Green Woodpecker, a Jay, twoSwifts and a Common Blue butterfly. (MK). Pic by Mike.

Tree Pipit

Tirley Sandpits    A Green Woodpecker, 5+ Blackcaps, 9+ Skylarks, 35+ House Martins, 23+Swallows, 5+ Whitethroats, 12+ Swifts, a Grey Heron over, seven Stock Doves, two Yellow Wagtails, four Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and two Greylags over. (Mark Grieve).

Cainscross    A distant Cuckoo heard this morning at 5:30am. (Karen Rogers).

Nailsworth    A Red Kite flew low over Nailsworth Mills Waterside Park at 3pm. (Karen Rogers).

Dursley    A Red Kite above the road between Dursley and Uley this afternoon. (Clive Mowforth).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre today two male Mandarins, eight Reed Warblers, four Reed Buntings, a Sedge Warbler, a female Cuckoo, a Little Grebe, two Tufted Ducks, a pair of nestingKestrels and a Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding young. (Steve French).

Cheltenham    At Pittville Park early evening around the lower lake 5+ Swallows, a Kingfisher, a pair of Mute Swans with six cygnets and a pair of Great Crested Grebes with two chicks. (Ben White).


Sat 30th May 2015

Cotswold Water Park (E)    An adult female RED-NECKED PHALAROPE on Pit 125 today, until 7:10pm at least. Also on Pit 126 a pair of Egyptian Geese, a Shelduck and seven drake Red Crested Pochards. On Pit 125 five Oystercatchers, 10+ Common Terns, 50+ Swifts, 20+ Sand Martins and 20+ Swallows. (Ian Ralphs et al). Pics by Mark Hipkin and Mike.

Red-necked Phalarope

Flight shot by Mike

Egyptian Geese by Mike

Cleeve Hill    A singing Firecrest today, a patch tick. (Greg Mabbett).

Cherington    A Spotted Flycatcher at 3:30pm at Cherington Lake 40 yards from the car parking space near the road in dense woodland and undergrowth. (John R Fletcher). Pic by John.

Spotted Flycatcher

Cotswold Water Park (W)    A Sanderling and two Little Ringed Plovers at Pit 79 today. (Paul Taylor).

Tirley Sandpits    8+ Chiffchaffs, 7+ Blackcaps, seven Stock Doves, 7+ Whitethroats, nine House Martins, 11+ Swallows, four Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Willow Warbler, 2+ Swifts, a maleYellowhammer and a Red Kite drifted towards Ashleworth. A Raven over Tirley today. (Mark Grieve).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake two Mute Swans, ten Mallards (two with duckling families), two Little Egrets, six Coots (at least two with families) and a Reed Buntingsinging. (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Nine Mute Swans, two Greylags with 11 goslings, seven Shelducks, two drake Gadwalls, a pair of Shovelers, two Little Egrets, four Grey Herons, a QUAIL singing, twoOystercatchers tending a chick, a Little Ringed Plover, two Ringed Plovers, 20+ Lapwings, aRedshank, four Curlews, two Cuckoos, a Great Spotted Woodpecker with a chick at a nesting hole, a Reed Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Treecreeper singing. (Mike Smart/Les Brown).

Cobney Meadows    Two Mute Swans, 15 Canada Geese, two Shelducks with five freshly hatched ducklings, 20 Mallards (one brood of ducklings, a Lapwing, a Curlew and a Redstart singing. (Mike Smart).

Cheltenham    Four Swifts together high above Pittville Circus Road this evening. (Clare McNulty).


Fri 29th May 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    A Sanderling at Pit 79, just within the county boundary at SU032963. Also a Red Kite drifting S over Shorncote at 12:08pm, no doubt the same individual as seen circling over road-kill at Siddington a short time earlier. (Andy Jayne).

Painswick Beacon    A Hawfinch dropped into a larch tree briefly at 12:20pm today, before flying off W. (John Fleming).


Thu 28th May 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A female RED-NECKED PHALAROPE from Robbie Garnett hide at 8:20am. (Paul Aubrey/Derek Hale). Later at Zeiss hide but more distant until 2:50pm at least. This is likely to be the same bird returning for a 5th year. (Paul Taylor/Neil Duggan). Pic by Derek.

Red-necked Phalarope

Forest of Dean    A Red Kite flew over Ruardean then flew off towards Bishopswood on the Glos/Hereford border. (Fiona Leathart).

Cotswolds    A Red Kite to the west of Salperton. 43 Stock Doves and a Woodpigeon in the field beside the A419 between the Harnhill turn and the roundabout for the dual carriageway. (Laurie Pierce).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Six Mute Swans, c30 Greylags plus the pair with 11 well grown goslings, four Shelducks, three Gadwalls, two Grey Herons, a QUAIL singing, two Little Ringed Plovers, a pair of Oystercatchers with a newly hatched chick, on the reserve, at least 11 Lapwings with 3+ young, c3 Curlews, two Cuckoos, c10 Swifts and a Reed Warbler. (Mike Smart).


Wed 27th May 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    4+ QUAILS calling, including two in the meadow next to the Grundon boardwalk and one next to the hide. Also two Little Ringed Plovers, a Cuckoo, a Little Egret, aBlack-tailed Skimmer and a Broad Bodied Chaser. No sign of the Temminck’s Stint today. (Steve Brown/Geoff Moyser). Also an unusual sighting of a Grass Snake swimming fully underwater in the canal today. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Grass Snake

Tewkesbury    A Nightingale at Upper Lode by the lock today. (Ian Hull).

Ashleworth Ham    19 Canada Geese, a pair of Shelducks, 60 Mallards and a colour ringed Curlewcame in to roost at dusk. (Mike Smart).

Hawling    This afternoon two Corn Buntings, three Yellowhammers, a Reed Bunting and sevenStock Doves. (Martin Greenish).

Forest of Dean    At Yew Tree Brake two Tree Pipits, a Hawfinch, a Crossbill, a male Redstartand a Tawny Owl, which made a pounce prey. (Terry Grant).

May Hill/Newent Woods    A Kestrel, three Ravens, three Great Spotted Woodpecker nests, three male Firecrests, a Garden Warbler, two Spotted Flycatchers, three Redstarts, a male and two juvenile Stonechats, two Tree Pipits, 20 Meadow Pipits, six Siskins, two Crossbills and fourHawfinches today. Also a Muntjac. (Andy Jayne).

Tirley    A calling Cuckoo today. (Mark Grieve).

Cleeve Hill    At the Bill Smyllie Reserve butterflies today included three Duke of Burgundy’s,Small Blues, Dingy Skippers, Common Blues, Peacock, Brimstones and Small Heaths. Also a Tree Pipit. (Richard Eyres).

Oakridge Lynch    At Strawberry Banks GWT reserve a Marsh Fritillary today. (Allan Chard). Pic by Allan.

Marsh Fritillary

Rodborough Common    An Adonis Blue and Small Blue today. (Allan Chard). Pics by Allan.

Adonis Blue

Small Blue

Tue 26th May 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    A TEMMINCK’S STINT from Grundon hide still today until 3:45pm at least. Also two Little Ringed Plovers, four Curlews, four Shelducks, a male Wigeon, twoOystercatchers and two Little Egrets. Along the canal 6+ Reed Buntings, three Chiffchaffs,Whitethroat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and two Cuckoos. Butterflies included Brimstone, Orange Tip and Peacock, and a good number of Common Blue Damselflies. (Keith White/Les Brown/Mike Smart/Les Waring). The QUAIL still, calling and occasionally showing at 3pm, 150m along from the hide, until 8pm at least. (David Pritchard).

Frampton    Two Common Terns on the floating hut at lunchtime. (MK).

Highnam Woods    A Nightingale singing along the main path at 1:30pm. Also a Hornet. (MK).

Winchcombe    On the River Isbourne a Grey Wagtail at both Vineyard Street and Riverside, and a Kingfisher at Castle Street. (Peter Rodgers).

Forest of Dean    A Wood Warbler in the woods opposite the car park at Woorgreens. Also here 11 Wild Boar (3 ads, 2 juvs, 6 piglets). (MK). At Yew Tree Brake two Wood Warblers and twoSpotted Flycatchers and a Firecrest near Yew Tree Brake Cemetery. At Nagshead a Wood Warbler, a Pied Flycatcher and two Spotted Flycatchers. (Dave Pearce/Vic Polley/Neil Duggan). Pic by Mike.

Wild Boar

Mon 25th May 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    Three TEMMINCK’S STINTS from Grundon hide today, the 3rd bird appeared at 10:10am. (Jon Mercer). Other birds today included the QUAIL still calling, 5+ Sedge Warblers, 5+ Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 8+ Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler, 1+ Redstart, a Yellowhammer, five Reed Buntings, a drake Wigeon, five Shelducks, four Little Egrets, two Oystercatchers, 10+ Lapwings, two Curlews, a Kingfisher, two Yellow Wagtails, a Sand Martin and three Cuckoos (2m, 1f). (Mark Grieve/Les Waring/John Phillips). Pics by Jon & Les (Cuckoos).

Temminck’s Stints



Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed on the borderline Pit 87 a TEMMINCK’S STINT, two WOOD SANDPIPERS, three reported earlier, two Little Ringed Plovers and threeOystercatchers late evening. (Nigel Pleass).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    A pair of Oystercatchers with two young on the island at Pit 126. At Pit 111b c10 Common Terns on the rafts, a Kingfisher and a pair of Mute Swans with five cygnets. (John Durell).

Tirley    A calling Cuckoo and 50+ Linnets on a rough field. (Mark Grieve).

Staverton    A Red Kite heading N this morning over Staverton Airfield at 10:12am. (Gordon Avery).

Guscar Rocks    21+ Ringed Plovers, six Dunlins and a male Yellow Wagtail today. (Lewis Thomson).

WWT Slimbridge    27 Avocets, three Common Cranes, 32 Black-tailed Godwits and a Wigeon. (Derek Hale).

Huntley    A Yellow Wagtail over today. (Derek Hale).

Forest of Dean    In the Crabtree Hill area two Wood Warblers, two Stonechats, six Tree Pipits, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, nine Linnets and a Whitethroat. Butterflies included threeWood Whites, a Dingy Skipper and a Common Blue. (Shane Long). At Nagshead a male Wood Warbler by the car park, a female Redstart and three Pied Flycatchers (2m,1f). At Woorgreens a colour-ringed Tree Pipit. (Derek Hale). Pic by Derek.

Pied Flycatcher

Gloucester    A garden Puss Moth in Linden today. (Joe & Steve Pepper).

Puss Moth

Sun 24th May 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two TEMMINCK’S STINTS from Grundon hide usually on the island from midday until 6:50pm at least. (Graham Smith et al). Also the QUAIL still calling both N and S of the canal c100m past the hide entrance. Also a Little Egret, an Oystercatcher, two Curlews, the male Wigeon still, two Treecreepers, a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three Grey Herons, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, ten Canada Geese, three Cormorants, a Cuckoo, two Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a Lesser Whitethroat, 7+ Whitethroats, 4+ Sedge Warblers, two maleBlackcaps and three male Reed Buntings. (Jonathan Angliss/Paul Taylor/Les Waring). Record shot by Mike.

Temminck’s Stints

Cuckoo (pic by Les)

Tirley Sandpits    A Green Woodpecker, 7+ Blackcaps, two Cuckoos, 7+ Swallows, a Cormorantover, 12+ Stock Doves, 12+ House Martins, 7+ Skylarks, 35+ Linnets, three Whitethroats, a maleWhinchat, five Chiffchaffs, six Greylags over and a Willow Warbler. (Mark Grieve).

Babdown Airport    Four Corn Buntings, heard and seen, this afternoon. (Vic Polley).

Painswick    Two Red Kites N/W high over Painswick at 4:50pm and 5:05pm today. Also a Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding well-grown young at nest site in Alder tree at Cranham woods. (John Fleming).


Sat 23rd May 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    A QUAIL heard from the Grundon Hide this afternoon, intermittent and not very close. Also two male Cuckoos flew past both calling, a Hobby flew E, a Lapwing chick seen, the Greylag pair with 11 goslings, two Curlews, an Oystercatcher and a male Wigeon still. (Tim Hutton). Also today nine Mute Swans, 23 Greylags, 19 Canada Geese, seven Shelducks, 11Mallards, a male Gadwall, three Tufted Ducks (2m, 1f), six Grey Herons, five Little Egrets, aCormorant, a Buzzard, eights Coots and three young, 9+ Lapwings, an ARCTIC TERN briefly at 9:45am, six Skylarks and 10+ Swallows. (Les Brown).

Apperley    A Hobby over the village at 10:45am. (Les Brown).

Painswick    A Cuckoo flew N/Eover Gyde Road at 3:10pm today. (John Fleming).

WWT Slimbridge    An unringed (non-GCRP) COMMON CRANE on the Dumbles from Holden Tower today. (@slimbridge_wild). On the Rushy, a second-summer Common Gull and on South Lake 33 Black-tailed Godwits and a second-summer Mediterranean Gull. (Gordon Avery).

Ozleworth    Two Red Kites circling this afternoon near Symonds Hall Farm, ST 796960. (Vic Polley).

Forest of Dean    At Brierley four Crossbills over, c15 Siskins feeding together, two Jays, twoGreat Spotted Woodpeckers, two Coal Tits, a Tree Pipit, three Garden Warblers, a Blackcap and several Song Thrushes. At Nagshead six Pied Flycatchers, two male Redstarts, a Wood Warblerand two Ravens over. Also at 1pm a Pipistrelle flying around the car park and a Bank Vole at Lower hide. (Steve Brown). At Boys Grave many Tiger Beetles, a pair of Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonflies and several Large Red Damselflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Newnham-on-Severn    Two Mute Swans, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard and a Little Egret. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines, four Buzzards, one with Rabbit prey. Also three Fallow Deers, two Wall Brown butterflies and a Rose Chafer beetle. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Wall Brown

Cleeve Hill    In the main southern section of the Bill Smyllie Reserve today a displaying Tree Pipit, several Willow Warblers and Blackcaps and a Mistle Thrush. Butterflies included Duke of Burgundy, Small Blue, Small Heath, Orange Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green-veined White, Brimstoneand Speckled Wood. (Keith White).


Fri 22nd May 2015

Frampton    Six Common Terns on the Sailing Lake, four Common Cranes over (presumed GCRP), three Yellow Wagtails, two Grey Wagtails, 12 Great Crested Grebes and one chick today. (Nick Goatman).

Pope’s Hill    Two Cuckoos flew over yesterday, one today and another calling from the Chestnuts Wood direction. (Derek Foster).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    50-60 Black-headed Gulls have taken up residence on the island, with mating activity, with at least four Common Terns and a Kingfisher over the lake. (John Durell).

Oakridge Lynch    At Strawberry Banks GWT reserve a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Green Woodpecker. Butterflies included many Marsh Fritillaries, Small Heath, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common Blue, Peacock, Large White and Green-veined White. Moths included Burnet Companion and Grass Rivulet. (Keith White).

Marsh Fritillary



Thu 21st May 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    At 10:35am an OSPREY flew over from E to W, going towards the river, mobbed by a large flock of Jackdaws, a very late date. Also seven Mute Swans, 25 Greylags and the family with 11 goslings, two Canada Geese, ten Shelducks, a male Wigeon, 15+ Mallardsincluding a female with seven newly hatched ducklings at the Wharf, a male Shoveler, four Grey Herons, a Little Egret, a Cormorant, six Coots and a family with four chicks, two Oystercatchers, 18 Lapwings plus three chicks, two Curlews, a Sparrowhawk carrying prey, a male Kestrel, aCuckoo, a Redstart, a Reed Warbler, three Sedge Warblers, two Blackcaps, at least threeWhitethroats, 2-3 Reed Buntings and a Yellowhammer. (Mike Smart/Ian Hull).

Forest of Dean    At Nagshead this morning a singing Garden Warbler and two pairs of Spotted Flycatchers. (Allan Chard). Also a Redstart on the Short Trail and six Pied Flycatchers (4m, 2f). At Cannop Ponds 11 Greylags, c12 Mandarins plus broods of four and five small young and twoLittle Grebes. In Russell’s Enclosure a male Redstart singing. (Keith Vinicombe). Pic by Allan.

Garden Warbler

Frampton    A second-hand report of a Little Tern flying along the canal this morning. (per Peter Hazelwood).

Duntisbourne Valley, Cotswolds    A Lesser Whitethroat singing near Duntisbourne Abbots SO968084 and a Little Egret by the pond at Middle Duntisbourne SO982066 today. (Graham Bullivant).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake four Mute Swans, a Grey Heron, a Little Egret (also there yesterday) and 11 Mallards plus three different broods of four ducklings. (Gordon & Margaret Avery/Andy Jayne).

Witcombe Reservoirs    Two pairs of Little Grebes today. (Gordon & Margaret Avery).

Damery    This afternoon along the Little Avon three Kingfishers, two Grey Wagtails, twoBuzzards, two Dippers and two Blackcaps. (David Poulton).

Cleeve Hill    This morning a Whitethroat, Yellowhammers, Stonechats, a Cuckoo calling and manySkylarks and Meadow Pipits. (Roy Shilham). Pic by Roy.


Wed 20th May 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A pair of GARGANEY on the Rushy and 40 Avocets today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Gloucester    A completely white Redshank flew out of Netheridge Farm alarm calling this afternoon. (Mark Hobson).

Highnam Woods    A Nightingale singing this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Forest of Dean    A Goshawk, a Redstart, a Tree Pipit, a Garden Warbler, a Wood Warbler and aFirecrest around Woorgreens this morning, (Marcus John).

Purton    Along the canal to Sharpness two pairs of Mute Swans, one with four small cygnets, two male Mandarins, a drake Gadwall, three Great Crested Grebes, four Coots, two Cetti’s Warblers, 5+ Reed Warblers and two Whitethroats. Also a Red Kite low over the road at the turning off of the A38 onto the Berkeley road. (Keith Vinicombe).


Tue 19th May 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    An Avocet this evening, also a Little Ringed Plover and a drake Wigeonstill. (Francis Steuck). Also today six Mute Swans, 21 Greylags plus the pair with 11 goslings, at least seven Shelducks, a Wigeon, four Grey Herons, c10 Coots, two Oystercatchers, a Little Ringed Plover, c12 Lapwings, two Curlews and a Cuckoo. (Mike Smart).

Thrupp    On the canal today a female Mandarin and two ducklings and a pair of Tufted Ducks. (Mark Lang).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint three female Goshawk sightings, both residentPeregrines and an intruding juvenile Peregrine, male and female Sparrowhawks, 50+ House Martins, many Swifts, a pair of Stock Doves, five Buzzards, a Jay, a Goldcrest and two Ravens. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Winchcombe    A Cuckoo flew low over the garden this afternoon, calling loudly. (Peter Rodgers).

Tirley    A calling Cuckoo today. (Mark Grieve).


Mon 18th May 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A Turnstone today on the Dumbles edge after high tide today. (Geoff Moyser).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two Ringed Plovers, six Dunlins, eight Shelducks, a Wigeon, anOystercatcher, a pair of Greylags with ten goslings, four Grey Herons, a Little Egret, eight Pied Wagtails, a Yellow Wagtail, six Lapwings and 14 Jackdaws, one with white breast. (Les Waring).


Sun 17th May 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning a Kingfisher, a Cuckoo, 12+ Whitethroats, five Long-tailed Tits, a Redstart, two Curlews, three Buzzards, six Grey Herons, 22 Mute Swans, a Wigeon, twoGreat Spotted Woodpeckers, two Chiffchaffs, a Reed Warbler, three Blackcaps, two Stock Doves, a Greylag pair with 11 goslings, a Shelduck, an Oystercatcher, a pair of Bullfinches, 6+Sedge Warblers, a Raven, six Lapwings, a pair of Tufted Ducks, four male Reed Buntings, threeSwallows and two Swifts. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Ashleworth Ham    From the hide six Lapwings, two Shelducks, two Willow Warblers, twoChiffchaffs, a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Blackcap, a Whitethroat, a Little Egret, aGrey Heron, a Reed Bunting and two Swallows. (Mark Grieve).

Tirley Sandpits    10+ Blackcaps, seven Chiffchaffs, a distant Cuckoo, five Skylarks, six Stock Doves, 10+ House Martins, ten Swallows, a Red-legged Partridge, 7+ Whitethroats, a Green Woodpecker, a Willow Warbler, two Lesser Whitethroats, a Grey Heron over and two Swifts. At Tirley 15 Swallows, a male Sparrowhawk and a Swift. (Mark Grieve).

Tewkesbury    15+ House Martins, 6+ Swallows and 5+ Swifts over the town. At Corse threeHouse Martins. (Mark Grieve).


Sat 16th May 2015

Chavenage Green    A Spotted Flycatcher in the Horse Chestnut trees near the triangle, ST866956. (Vic Polley).

Bourton-on-the-Water    A Cuckoo calling and flying over the south pit and a female Red Crested Pochard with six very small ducklings on the north pit. (Andy Lewis).

Cheltenham    A Goldcrest singing on and off all afternoon in a neighbouring garden in Devon Avenue, Rowanfield. (Les Waring).

Forest of Dean    At Wenchford a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Wood Warbler, aBlackcap, a pair of Treecreepers, a pair of Grey Wagtails with at least one young, many Song Thrushes and a Chiffchaff. Also lots of Dor Beetles on the tracks. At Mallards Pike two Wild Boar sows with young, a Robin feeding young, a Coal Tit, also a Large Red Damselfly. In the New Fancy View area butterflies included Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Brimstone and Small White. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock both resident Peregrines, a Stock Dove, a female Goshawk, a Hobby, five Buzzards and a male Sparrowhawk. Also at least six Fallow Deer on Coppet Hill and a Large Red Damselfly. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows    14 Mute Swans, 13 Greylags, ten Canada Geese, nine Shelducks, a maleWigeon, four Grey Herons, a Water Rail squealing from the Long Pool, two Oystercatchers, 10+Lapwings, two or three Curlews, a Greenshank, a Cuckoo, two Redstarts and three Reed Warblers. (David Anderson/Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows    A Curlew, two Redstarts and a Sedge Warbler singing. (Mike Smart).


Fri 15th May 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The adult SPOONBILL on South Lake again this morning.(@slimbridge_wild).

Cleeve Hill    At 12 noon, a male Greenland Wheatear on the golf course, by the main path S on the hilltop above the golf club car park. Also in the Prestbury Hill butterfly reserve a Garden Warbler singing, two Ravens over, a Redstart, two singing Tree Pipits, a Mistle Thrush, and butterflies included Green Hairstreaks, Dingy Skippers, Small Heath and Small Blues. Also aGrass Snake and a pair of Common Lizards. (Rob Crofton).

Tirley    A calling Cuckoo at 5am today and at the Sandpits 45+ Linnets feeding on flower rich pasture. (Mark Grieve).


Thu 14th May 2015

Leckhampton    A Cuckoo calling c40 yards away in the trees at the top of Leckhampton hill at 7:30pm, at the point where the track from the Hartley Lane car park meets the Cotswold way path . (David Norman).


Wed 13th May 2015

Forest of Dean    A male MEALY REDPOLL feeding on the path that goes around the Western side of Woorgreens lake late morning. (Francis Steuck).

Sharpness    Two ARCTIC SKUAS flew N past SARA today. (Andy Jordan).

Tirley    A Cuckoo calling at 5:36am and at the Sandpits a Spotted Flycatcher and 18 Buzzardssoaring together and 15 Swallows feeding around hedgerows. (Mark Grieve).

Wainlodes    25+ mixed flock of House Martins and Swallows feeding around the hedgerows in the rain. (Mark Grieve).

WWT Slimbridge    25+ Avocets, 36 Black-tailed Godwits, a Redshank, two Lapwings, a GCRPCommon Crane, a Grey Heron, three Little Egrets, a singing Cetti’s Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, three Reed Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 15+ Swallows, three House Martins, 4+ Sand Martins, 100+ Shelducks and small numbers of Shovelers, Gadwalls and Teal still present. (Mark Grieve).


Tue 12th May 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A SPOONBILL from Zeiss hide on the Top New Piece today. (Martin McGill,WWT).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock the resident Peregrines and an intruding adult female Peregrine, aGoldcrest, male and female Goshawk, four Buzzards, a male Sparrowhawk, three Mandarins (2m, 1f), three Stock Doves, Swifts, Swallows and House Martins, a Kingfisher, a Cormorant, a Jay, aRaven, 11 Fallow Deer and two Hornets. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Forest of Dean    At Nagshead two Spotted Flycatchers, a male Blackcap, several Willow Warblers and many Song Thrushes. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Spotted Flycatcher

Coombe Hill Meadows    Six Mute Swans, seven Greylags including a pair with 11 goslings, aCanada Goose, eight Shelducks, a male Wigeon, 20 Mallards, a male Tufted Duck, four Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, two Oystercatchers, 20+ Lapwings, six Curlews, 12 Ringed Plovers, aDunlin, a Common Sandpiper, four Whimbrels, two Cuckoos, at least 20 Swifts, at least 50Swallows, five Pied Wagtails, a Redstart, three Lesser Whitethroats, two Sedge Warblers, fiveReed Buntings and a Yellowhammer today. (Mike Smart/Les Brown).


Mon 11th May 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed early morning an Oystercatcher, threeRinged Plovers, two Little Ringed Plovers, 15+ Lapwings with at least two chicks, a Little Egret, 14Common Terns, a Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker, three Yellow Wagtails, ten Skylarks, four Cetti’s Warblers, five Sedge Warblers, two Garden Warblers, a Whitethroat, two Reed Warblers, fourReed Buntings, 20 Swifts and 30 Sand Martins. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.

Yellow Wagtail

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre a Coot with two young, two Canada Geese with three goslings, two Reed Buntings, male and female Kestrels, at least five Reed Warblers and a Raven. AlsoBrimstone and Orange Tip butterflies. (Steve French/Alan Hooper).

Newent    In Foley Road Swifts and House Martins in abundance today. (Alan Hooper). Pic by Alan.

House Martin

Sun 10th May 2015

May Hill    15 Crossbills drinking from the seeps near the top of May Hill this afternoon. (Rob Guest).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Pit 126 two Hobbies and two Oystercatchers on the island. (John Durell).

Tirley Sandpits    32+ Swallows, 14+ House Martins, 2+ Swifts, 8+ Skylarks, 7+ Blackcaps, 9+Whitethroats, five Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, two Lesser Whitethroats, a Curlew heard, aBullfinch, a Green Woodpecker, a Yellow Wagtail over, a Cormorant and two Stock Doves today. (Mark Grieve).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included a Cuckoo calling, 13 Swifts, 20 Swallows and 42 House Martins. (John Fleming).

Coombe Hill/Cheltenham    Four House Martins near the Coombe Hill lights, two House Martinsnear The Gloster Old Spot Inn and three Swifts over The Range store. (Mark Grieve).


Sat 9th May 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    A mobile flock of ten Hobbies over the Pit 57/42 area. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.


Forest of Dean    At Nagshead a pair of Hawfinches and at Mallards Pike a Goldcrest. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock both resident Peregrines, a Red Kite, a female Goshawk, aSparrowhawk, five Buzzards, Swifts, Swallows and House Martins, a pair of Mandarins and eightFallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Whitminster    A female Ring-necked Parakeet and 13 Whimbrels today. (Richard Baatsen).

Tirley Sandpits    Five Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, 14+ Swallows, five Whitethroats, four Stock Doves, four Skylarks, three House Martins and ten Sand Martins today. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    11 Mute Swans, 12 adult Greylags, one pair with 11 small goslings, twoCanada Geese, 7+ Shelducks, a male Wigeon, 21 Mallards, a male Pintail, five Grey Herons, a Little Egret, a Sparrowhawk, two Oystercatchers, c20 Lapwings, a Curlew, a Ringed Plover, a Little Ringed Plover, a Dunlin, a Cuckoo, 40+ Swifts, 30+ Swallows, 20+ House Martins, 30+ Sand Martins, a Redstart, at least two Sedge Warblers, at least two Lesser Whitethroats, c6Whitethroats, 3-4 Blackcaps, two Willow Warblers, 1+ Chiffchaffs and 2-3 Reed Buntings. (David Anderson/Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included a Red Kite with a Buzzard, 18 Buzzards between 1pm and 2:45pm, a Hobby, 42 Swifts, 63 Swallows, 53 House Martins, a Tree Pipit and two singingWhitethroats were new birds. (John Fleming).


Fri 8th May 2015

Stratton    A GREAT WHITE EGRET in flight over the house this afternoon heading E. (Kim Milsom).

Whitminster    Ten Whimbrels in fields at Whitminster, also five Little Egrets and three Grey Herons today. (Richard Baatsen).

May Hill    A pair of Stonechats and a Redstart on top of May Hill this morning. (Rob Guest).

Nailsworth    A pair of Dippers feeding a pair of fledglings in the stream in the Spring Mill trading estate. (Mike Komarnyckyj).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A male Yellow Wagtail and five Swifts over and a Raven at Wainlodes. (Mark Grieve).


Thu 7th May 2015

WWT Slimbridge    Two LITTLE GULLS on South Lake, a Common Tern and two Great Crested Grebes today. (Mick Colquhoun). Pics by Mick.

Little Gull

Common Tern

Wed 6th May 2015

Sharpness    An adult RED-THROATED DIVER off of Sharpness then flew S downriver and landed just off the pier and was lost to view as it drifted quickly S. Also two ARCTIC SKUASflew N. (Paul Taylor).

Frampton    Two ARCTIC TERNS on the Sailing Lake this evening. (Nick Goatman).

Tirley Sandpits    A male Yellow Wagtail, a male Wheatear, a Blackcap, a Chiffchaff, 12+Swallows and 150 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on a ploughed field. (Mark Grieve).


Tue 5th May 2015

Frampton    An ARCTIC TERN on the Sailing Lake at 1:30pm today. (Nick Goatman). Near the Sailing Lake early today a Reed Warbler, a Whitethroat, a Goldcrest, a couple of Swifts and c12Sand Martins over the lake. The Dawn Chorus at 5am included Blackbird, Blackcap, Song Thrush,Tawny Owl, Cuckoo and many Wrens. (Howard Lloyd & Thornbury U3A Group).

WWT Slimbridge    The immature LITTLE GULL still on South Lake today. A LITTLE TERN and a Grey Plover flew downriver. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Pit 6 (Gateway Centre) a Nightingale, a Garden Warbler and aCetti’s Warbler all singing, a Sparrowhawk and a Little Egret. (Steve Brown).

Forest of Dean    At Wenchford a Dipper today. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines, a male Sparrowhawk, a pair ofMandarins, a Kingfisher, four Ravens, several Swifts, House Martins and Swallows, a femaleGoshawk, a Jay, a pair of Bullfinches, two Buzzards, a Stock Dove and a Pied Wagtail. Also fourFallow Deer and a Rose Chafer Beetle. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Woodchester Park    A baby Tawny Owl sat out today. (Stuart Matthews ).


Mon 4th May 2015

Saul Warth    This afternoon a female Wheatear, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, anOystercatcher, 21 Whimbrels and nearby three drake Mandarins on Saul Lodge ponds. (MK/Geoff Moyser). Pics by Mike.



Frampton    Four Hobbies over Court Lake this afternoon. Also a Common Sandpiper, a Grey Wagtail, a pair of Barnacle Geese with one gosling and six Swifts. Also a Kingfisher, a pair ofMandarins and a Tawny Owl. A Garden Warbler singing in the wood at the top end of the Sailing Lake. (MK/Geoff Moyser/Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.


WWT Slimbridge    A drake GARGANEY on the Top New Piece among the rushes at the N end.(@slimbridge_wild).

Forest of Dean    Two Firecrest at Yew Tree Brake still and two Wood Warblers nearby. Male and female Pied Flycatchers in the car park at Woorgreens. Two Garden Warblers around the lake, six Tree Pipits at Crabtree Hill. A male Redstart on the Short Trail at Nagshead. ThreeWild Boar sows with nine young at Brierley. (Shane Long).

Highnam Woods    A Nightingale today. (Shane Long).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Four Redstarts (3m, 1f), a Lesser Whitethroat, four Sedge Warblers, six Whitethroats, two Reed Warblers, a Cormorant, two Grey Herons, three Shelducks, a Little Egret, 15+ Swifts, three Swallows over and a Bullfinch today. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.


Gloucester    A Garden Warbler singing at Sudmeadow at midday. (Gordon & Margaret Avery).

Bussage    A Goldcrest along the path at the back of Bussage Primary School. Also seen on April 29th. (Sidney Freeman).

Painswick Beacon    Birds this morning included a Grey Heron, ten Stock Doves, 34 Swallows, 15House Martins, six Swifts, six Goldfinches, six Blackcaps and a Tree Pipit singing. (John Fleming).

Witcombe Roman Villa    A Red Kite over at midday today. (Lucy Donaldson). Pic by Terry Fenton.

Red Kite

Sun 3rd May 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The immature LITTLE GULL still on South Lake this morning. ThreeMEDITERRANEAN GULLS commuting between the Rushy and South Lake. Also 54 Black-tailed Godwits on South Lake. (MK/Mark Coller). A distant flock of waders from Holden Tower withWhimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, Sanderling, Dunlins and Ringed Plovers. Also 14 Avocets plus three chicks on the Holden scrape. (David Creber/Roberta Goodall). Pics by Mike.

Mediterranean Gull


Frampton    Five Hobbies at Court Lake at 4pm today. A pair of Sparrowhawks in full display and at least 50 Swifts through at 5pm ahead of rain clouds. A Ringed Plover and two Dunlins on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge and two Swifts over Splatt Bridge. A Common Crane flew over the Green towards Slimbridge WWT. 300+ Sand Martins over the Sailing Lake, a Kingfisher and aYellow Wagtail. (Vic Polley/Gordon Kirk/Eric Palmer/Gordon Hodgson/MK). A Goshawk over Court Lake early evening (Paul Rich).

Hardwicke    At Sellars Bridge one possibly two Nightingales singing next to canal path near The Pilot Inn, at 2:30pm. (Steve Pullen).

Quedgeley    At Aspen Drive a Hobby low overhead heading S at 11am, a Lesser Whitethroatsinging in the area for a few days now and a Cuckoo heard calling briefly on Saturday 2nd May. (Steve Pullen).

Wotton-Under-Edge    Two Swifts flying N and a Red Kite over Coombe Hill mid afternoon. (Paul Rich).

Forest of Dean    Three Pied Flycatchers (2m, 1f), a pair of Nuthatches, two pairs of Stock Doves, two Goldcrests, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Treecreeper and a Redstart heard. (Les Waring). c20-30 Crossbills in the Spruce Ride/New Fancy View area. Also all three species ofWoodpecker heard or seen in the Spruce Ride/Perryhay/Great Saintlow area and a Wood Warbler and a Stock Dove near the Hearts of the Forest School. (Frank Williams). Pic by Les.

Pied Flycatcher

Ashleworth Ham    From the hide early evening two Chiffchaffs, four Shelducks, two Lapwings, aBlackcap, two Swallows, a Little Egret and two Snipe. (Mark Grieve).

Tirley Sandpits    11+ Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, 9+ Skylarks, three Yellow Wagtails, a callingCurlew, 7+ Stock Doves, five Whitethroats, three Lesser Whitethroats, a Green Woodpecker, a male Wheatear perched in an Apple tree, a Willow Warbler, a Swallow and a House Martin. (Mark Grieve).

Whitminster    In the overgrown farmyard by the Old Forge a Reed Bunting, a Whitethroat and aSwallow all singing. (Steve Brown).

Eastington    At Pike Lock a pair of Grey Wagtails and a Coal Tit today. (Steve Brown).

Ebworth    Birds around Overtown Farm today included 12 Buzzards, four Skylarks, six Mistle Thrushes, two Ravens, 20 Linnets, 11 Yellowhammers and 50 Stock Doves. Visible migration included a Peregrine, 23 Stock Doves, 15 Swallows, four Swifts and a RING OUZEL flew N, dropping in briefly in the field S of the farm before moving on N. (John Fleming).


Sat 2nd May 2015

Forest of Dean    A female Pied Flycatcher in the car park at Woorgreens. Three Pied Flycatchers (2m, 1f) from Lower hide at Nagshead and a female Redstart on the Short Trail. AWood Warbler behind the Interpretation Centre at Nagshead, three at the footpath entrance to Horse Lawn and one near to Kensley Lodge. Two Firecrest and a Lesser Redpoll at Yew Tree Brake. A male Redstart at Speculation. A Dipper behind The Fountain Inn at Parkend. (John Overfield/Elaine Cook).

WWT Slimbridge    The immature LITTLE GULL on South Lake this morning. A second-summerMEDITERRANEAN GULL this afternoon. (Paul Masters).

Whitminster    A Ring-necked Parakeet, a pair of Mandarins and a Little Owl this evening. (Richard Baatsen).

Sharpness    Two RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS went downriver early morning off of SARA and were still lingering this evening. (Andy Jordan).

Frampton    Five Hobbies and a Goshawk over Court Lake today. (Nick Goatman/Mark Hobson).

Tirley Sandpits    6+ Chiffchaffs, 7+ Blackcaps, nine Stock Doves, a Green Woodpecker, 5+Skylarks, two Ravens, a Willow Warbler, 8+ Swallows, eight House Martins, three Whitethroatsand a Lesser Whitethroat today. (Mark Grieve).

Painswick Beacon    Birds this afternoon included a Grey Heron, two Red Kites, six Buzzards, fiveStock Doves, a Swift and a Swallow. (John Fleming).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A Whinchat, a Cuckoo, a Greenshank, a Little Ringed Plover, anOystercatcher, a pair of Gadwalls, mixed flock of 10+ wagtails including Pied and White Wagtailand two Yellow Wagtails, three Grey Herons, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, many Whitethroats, six Shelducks and a Wigeon. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.


Fri 1st May 2015

Saul Warth    A HOOPOE flew N through Saul Warth this morning, also Whimbrel and sixLesser Whitethroats. (Gordon Hodgson).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Pit 132 north (SU1797) this morning, seven White Wagtails (all males except one), a Greenshank, two Little Ringed Plovers, two Oystercatchers and a Common Sandpiper. (Dave Pearce).

WWT Slimbridge    A Hawfinch in the car park early morning. (Paul Marshall).

Frampton    Three Hobbies over Court Lake and 18 Swifts over the Sailing Lake this evening. (Nick Goatman).

Epney    Five Whimbrels at Epney near the Anchor Inn this afternoon. (Andy Chapman).

Cleeve Hill    Still 6+ Wheatears on the Common E of radio masts today. (Roy Shilham). Pic by Roy.


Thu 30th Apr 2015

Awre    Belated news of a female EIDER flying downriver off the peninsula yesterday evening at 5pm close in. Also a Whinchat at the Lydney lakes. (John Phillips).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    Three Hobbies feeding over Pit 57 yesterday at 5pm. (Jon Mercer).

Forest of Dean    At Nagshead a male Redstart and a male and female Pied Flycatcher from Lower hide and a Garden Warbler from the Long Trail heath area. (Warren Gill). At Woorgreens male and female Pied Flycatcher together, 50yds from the road to the right of the car parking area. (Laurie Pierce).

Highnam Woods    A Nightingale today. (Warren Gill).

Tirley Sandpits    A Yellow Wagtail, a migrant Sedge Warbler and a singing Lesser Whitethroattoday. (Mark Grieve).

Slimbridge    At 1pm a Red Kite over the A38 at Slimbridge crossroads. (Sandra & Trevor Owen).


Wed 29th Apr 2015

Forest of Dean    A Sedge Warbler singing by the golf course pond at the side of the cycle track half way between Milkwall and Coleford. (Ivan Proctor).

Tirley Sandpits    A male Whinchat today. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Four male Whinchats this morning. (Ian Hull).

Bourton-on-the-Water    This afternoon a Cuckoo calling at Bourton south pits and a Swiftwith Swallows and House and Sand Martins. (John Pike).

Gloucester    Three Swifts this morning at Sandhurst. (Martin Greenish).

Cleeve Hill    Six Fieldfares feeding in same field as Wheatears, S of the masts, and nineYellowhammers and two Chaffinches feeding in spring cereals S of Whitehall farm. (John Fleming).


Tue 28th Apr 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A LITTLE GULL and a Kingfisher on South Lake and a Redstart from Holden Tower. (Martin McGill, WWT/Geoff Moyser).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed nine Red Crested Pochards, two Shelducks, aRaven mobbing a Buzzard and singing Reed, Sedge and Garden Warblers. At Pit 42 two Hobbiesand at Pits 77 and 33 a Lesser Whitethroat singing. (Graham Bullivant). At Pit 43 (SP027948) this morning, four Nightingales singing and many Warblers – Cetti’s, Garden, Reed, Sedge, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Willow, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and a Cuckoo calling. (Dave Pearce/Graham Bullivant).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning an Avocet, two Greenshanks, two Common Sandpipers, aWhimbrel and a Little Ringed Plover, a Cuckoo, c6 House Martins, a Yellow Wagtail, two Pied Wagtails, a Redstart, a Grasshopper Warbler, at least four Sedge Warblers, four Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, 3-4 Willow Warblers, c15 Shelducks, two Gadwall, ten Teal, a Mallardin the Long Pool with 12 tiny ducklings, two Shovelers, six Grey Herons, a Little Egret and twoCormorants. (David Anderson,/Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    Six Snipe on the edge of the scrape, 13 Canada Geese and six Teal. (David Anderson,/Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Cleeve Hill    At least 15 Wheatears in fields to S of Cleeve Common E of the trig point. Another Wheatear and the male Whinchat in fields by the track S of Wontley Farm. A Tree Pipitin the field N of West Wood at the far (E) end of the new plantation. (Keith White).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines and a juvenile Peregrine, which was driven away, a Red Kite, four Buzzards, a male and a female Sparrowhawk, a Swift, c100House Martins, two Swallows and 20 Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Highnam woods  Three singing Nightingales, a Chiffchaff, three Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler and two Long-tailed Tits. (Chris & Phil Andrews).


Mon 27th Apr 2015

Quedgeley    A Grasshopper Warbler still at Lower Rea early morning. Also a Cetti’s Warbler, aKingfisher and a calling Cuckoo. (MK). Pic by Mike.

Grasshopper Warbler

Forest of Dean    At Staple Edge Wood this afternoon a female RING OUZEL frequently chased around by a male Blackbird near Staple Edge Lodge. (Andy Jayne). A male Pied Flycatchersinging in the car park at Woorgreens, a Garden Warbler at the entrance to Woorgreens Lake and five Little Grebes on the lake. Around Crabtree Hill a singing male Siskin, two Tree Pipits, 10+Linnets and a female Stonechat. At Cannop ponds a Raven drinking from the stream, sevenMandarins (5m, 2f) and a Grey Wagtail. (MK, Bridgette & Michael King).

Frampton    On the Sailing Lake early morning 300+ Sand Martins, a Common Sandpiper, anOystercatcher, two Reed Warblers and a calling Cuckoo. (MK).

Walmore Common    This evening a female Blue-headed Wagtail with 14 male Yellow Wagtails and 11 Pied Wagtails. Also a Shelduck, a Little Egret, a Little Ringed Plover, a Snipe, a Cuckoo and aLesser Whitethroat. (Andy Jayne).

Sharpness    A Red Kite flew over the Dockers Club this morning. (Kenton Smith).

WWT Slimbridge    Two Barn Owls together on the seawall behind the Top New Piece and aCuckoo today. (Geoff Moyser).

Tirley Sandpits/Tirley    A Lesser Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, three Little Egrets and a Jay. (Mark Grieve).

Oakle Green/Upleadon    A singing Yellowhammer, two Whitethroats and six Skylarks singing. (Alan Hooper). Pic by Alan.


Hartpury    At Hartpury Orchard Centre today birds included a Snipe, a female Kestrel, a Jay, aRaven, two male Blackcaps  and four Swallows. (Alan Hooper).

Ashleworth Ham    Birds today included 11 Chiffchaffs, 10+Blackcaps, six Sedge Warblers, 13+Willow Warblers, 12+ Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, two Shelducks, a male Shoveler, two Lapwings, 2+ Curlews, three Bullfinches, eight Redstarts, a calling Tawny Owl, five Reed Buntings, four Little Egrets and a Red Kite over Wainlodes Hill at 1:09pm. (Mark Grieve).

Cleeve Hill    In fields south of Cleeve Common and E of the trig point at least eight Wheatears. Another Wheatear on the track W of Wontley Farm and a male Whinchat on the track S of Wontley Farm. In West Wood Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff,Blackcap, Bullfinch and Song Thrush. (Keith White).

Cam Long Down    A male Redstart, a Whitethroat, several Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, aCoal Tit, Long-tailed Tits, a Jay, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and aSwallow. (Howard Lloyd & Thornbury U3A Group).

Wotton-Under-Edge    Two fields over from Nind Lane Whitethroats in the hedgerows and at Leys Farm Track a Willow Warbler singing. (Sandra & T Owen).


Sun 26th Apr 2015

Berkeley shore    Two Sanderlings, five Ringed Plovers, c60 Dunlins, five Whimbrels, fourCommon Sandpipers, two Yellow Wagtails, a Whinchat and three Wheatears today. (Paul Taylor).

Frampton    Early morning on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge, now nearly dry, just five summer-plumaged Dunlins, two Little Egrets and nine Snipe flushed from the top reed bed by a shooter. Along the canal two Sedge Warblers, 4+ Reed Warblers, two Cetti’s Warblers, a Whitethroatand a Cuckoo calling. (MK). At the Sailing Lake 500+ Sand Martins, ten Swallows, four Common Sandpipers, three Whitethroats and a Yellow Wagtail. (Nick Goatman/MK).

Coombe Hill Meadows    The escaped Red-breasted Goose, six Shelducks, a pair of Teal, 12Lapwings, two Little Ringed Plovers, two Common Sandpipers, an Oystercatcher, four Grey Herons, a Little Egret, three Curlews, two Whimbrels, 7+ Swallows, 4+ Whitethroats, threeBlackcaps, a Willow Warbler, three Reed Warblers, 5+ Sedge Warblers, three Yellow Wagtails, aHobby, two Ravens and a Redstart heard. (Les Waring). Also a Redstart and a Grasshopper Warbler reeling from the eastern boundary of the reserve. (Rob Curtis). Pic by Les.

 Little Ringed Plover & Common Sandpiper

May Hill    A male Redstart singing this morning just inside the County boundary. (Gillian Guest).

Quedgeley    A Grasshopper Warbler at Lower Rea today. (Andy Chapman).

Tirley Sandpits    11+ Chiffchaffs, three Whitethroats, 10+ Blackcaps, two Willow Warblers, aGreen Woodpecker,  drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4+ Swallows, three House Martins, 10+ Stock Doves, four Skylarks, two Meadow Pipits, a Yellowhammer, a Red-legged Partridge, tenLinnets and a calling Cuckoo and a Red Kite N over the village at 12:30pm. (Mark Grieve).

Newington Bagpath    Three female Wheatears in the sheep fields today. (Geoff Moyser).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake two Little Ringed Plovers and a summer-plumaged Dunlin today. (Tony Eveleigh).

Bagendon Village & Downs    Five Stock Doves, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Long-tailed Tits, a Marsh Tit, a Coal Tit and a Buzzard. (Steve Brown).

Rendcomb    Viewed from the bridge, a pair of Dippers interacting and a Grey Wagtail. (Steve Brown).


Sat 25th Apr 2015

Painswick    Migrant watch from Catbrain quarry hill this morning, a QUAIL flew through NE at 9:30am, it appeared at just below tree top height and came through fast before dipping down into the Painswick valley and continued NE, the second site record. Other birds included threeGrey Herons, nine Stock Doves, ten Swallows and ten House Martins, male and female RING OUZEL and three Goldcrests. (John Fleming).

Cleeve Hill    Male and female Cuckoo today, the male displaying to the female. Also twoWheatears. (Richard Tyler). Pics by Richard.



Nailsworth    Two Swifts in with 20+ House Martins today. (Terry Grant).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included eight Shelducks, 15 Teal, two Gadwalls, twoShovelers, three Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, 20 Lapwings, seven Golden Plovers over, twoLittle Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, four Curlews, a Cuckoo, three Swifts, three Sand Martins, c25 Swallows, two House Martins, six Whitethroats, three Blackcaps, a Willow Warblerand a singing Treecreeper. (David Anderson/Les Brown/Mike Smart/John Wiltshire). This evening birds included two Whimbrels, a Greenshank, four Little Ringed Plovers, five Dunlins, aWhite Wagtail, c10 Yellow Wagtails, a singing Lesser Whitethroat and a male Whinchat. (Francis Steuck).

Tirley Sandpits    1+ Green Woodpecker, 6+ Swallows, seven House Martins, four Skylarks, twoRed-legged Partridges, a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Cuckoos, 13+ Blackcaps,  twoWhitethroats, three Lesser Whitethroats,  7+ Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, a Little Egretover, 11+ Stock Doves and a Lapwing over N. (Mark Grieve).


Fri 24th Apr 2015

Berkeley shore    An adult PIED-BILLED GREBE, a County first, from 7:30am until late evening. Please park on the Power Station approach road just before the entrance roundabout and not in the car park, leave the farm entrances clear. Take the footpath SW, on your left before the roundabout and follow it out to the shore. The bird is near the river’s edge S of here but mobile.  (Paul Taylor). Also a COMMON SEAL and a male Cuckoo. Pic by Paul.

Pied-billed Grebe

Westonbirt    A HONEY BUZZARD for c10 minutes at 3pm today, W of Westonbirt Arboretum/Silk Wood, it first appeared over Silk Wood. It flew around aimlessly for a while, fairly low, and then drifted off SW towards Didmarton. (Gordon Kirk).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    An OSPREY today near Pit 43 (SP027948) flying N mobbed byHerring Gulls. Also Nightingale, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler andCuckoo. (Martin Wright/Tim Hutton).

Wotton-Under-Edge    A Red Kite at 11am over the Knapp Road allotments, then circling over the town, before drifting off to the SW. (Morag Hughes).

Woodchester    11-12 active Grey Heron nests in Woodchester Park today. (Terry Grant).

Saul Warth    24 Whimbrels and a Red Kite today. Also a confiding Sparrowhawk at Splatt Bridge. (Pavlo Zaltowski). Pic by Pavlo.


Coombe Hill Meadows    This afternoon two Common Cranes from 2:30pm at least until 3:30pm at least, GCRP 2013 birds, Stanley and Skye. (Bob Telford). Pic by Bob.

Common Cranes

Thu 23rd Apr 2015

May Hill    This morning a female RING OUZEL, feeding on ivy berries with Blackbirds. Also aRed Kite and a Painted Lady. (John Phillips).

Cleeve Hill    Five RING OUZELS mid morning on the west slope behind the masts (in and around the ivy bushes by the block of Beech trees). Also five Wheatears and a Cuckoo calling from around the Common. (Dave Pearce). 11 Wheatears in fields E of the Radio Masts today. (Roy Shilham). Pic by Roy.


Saul Warth    12 Whimbrels and a Greenshank through with the incoming tide today. (Pavlo Zaltowski).

Frampton    Five Common Terns on the Sailing Lake this evening. (Nick Goatman). Three Common Sandpipers together at Splatt Bridge at 7am today. (Gordon Kirk/Bill Church). Pic by Gordon.

Common Sandpipers

Woodchester Park    A female Wheatear today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Purton    A Cuckoo flew overhead then headed over the River Severn in an Easterly direction.(Shane Long).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Four Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler, fourChiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, five Sedge Warblers, a reeling Grasshopper Warbler in a bare bush 20yds from the path and 1/2 mile beyond hide, a Hobby, three Reed Buntings, a Cuckooheard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Green Woodpecker. (Dave Owen).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines, a female Sparrowhawk, several House Martins and Swallows, a Jay, several Ravens, two Chiffchaffs, a pair of Mandarins, a Willow Warbler, two Buzzards, a Tawny Owl calling, a female Goshawk. Other wildlife included a shoal of c40 large Barbel in the Wye, butterflies included Holly Blue, Peacock, Green-veined White and Orange Tip, also many Green Longhorn moths, a Rose Chafer, a St Marks Fly and 14Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.


Forest of Dean    A Tree Pipit singing at Foundry Wood (between Blaize Bailey and Soudley) this afternoon. (Lynne Mayers). At Mallards Pike a Crossbill, seven Mandarins and a Fallow Deer. At Nagshead four singing Pied Flycatchers and a Wood Warbler on the Short Trail and a Wild Boarwith seven piglets wallowing at the Lower hide. At Parkend, near the bike hire a Crossbill singing and two Grey Wagtails. At Cannop Stoneworks a Grey Wagtail and a singing Pied Flycatcher. (Steve Brown). In and around Russell’s Inclosure at least three Wood Warblers today. (Alex Barclay). Pic by Alex.

Wood Warbler

Highnam Woods    At least three Nightingales singing today. (Alex Barclay). Pic by Alex.


Wed 22nd Apr 2015

Painswick Beacon    An OSPREY flew over NE at 7:35pm. (John Fleming).

Lydney    Eight adult LITTLE GULLS flying up with the tide off Lydney harbour at 10:30am this morning. Also a Lesser Whitethroat singing. (John & Viv Phillips).

WWT Slimbridge    A HOBBY over the grounds today, a Cuckoo and a Whinchat on the fence near Mid Point today. (Martin McGill, WWT/Geoff Moyser).

Rodborough    A male Redstart in the pines round the perimeter of Rodborough Fort at SO848039. (Gordon Kirk).

Forest of Dean    The first Cuckoo of the year heard this evening from Plump Hill. (Gareth Jones).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake two Mute Swans, two Canada Geese, 15Mallards, a juvenile Grey Heron, a Little Egret, a Buzzard, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Snipe, aGreen Sandpiper and a Roe Deer buck. (Gordon Avery/Martin Greenish).

Witcombe Reservoirs    A singing Cetti’s Warbler, probably the first for the site and a Little Owl. (Gordon Avery).

Gretton Hill    A Cuckoo calling this evening on the N side of the hill. (Roger Wasley).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A Green Woodpecker, three Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, aWhitethroat, five Swallows, six Meadow Pipits N, a Wheatear, a male Sparrowhawk and two garden Bullfinches. (Mark Grieve).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre this evening 200+ House Martins, 20+ Sand Martins, 22Linnets, a pair of Kestrels, two Snipe, two Lapwings, a Blackcap and 50+ Large Red Damselflies. (Steve French/Alan Hooper).


Tue 21st Apr 2015

Whitminster    A reeling Grasshopper Warbler in the garden this morning, a garden tick. (Richard Baatsen).

Coombe Hill Meadows    An escaped Red-breasted Goose at the meadows today. Also today

nine Shelducks, 17 Teal, two Gadwall, five Shovelers, two Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, threeLittle Ringed Plovers, a Ringed Plover, two Curlews, a Cuckoo singing, two Swallows, a Wheatear, at least three Sedge Warblers, three Blackcaps, three Whitethroats, two Willow Warblers, fourChiffchaffs, a Treecreeper, two Lesser Redpolls, 2-3 Reed Buntings and a Yellowhammer. (David Anderson/Les Brown/Mike Smart/Bob Telford).  Pics by Bob.

Red-breasted Goose


Forest of Dean    Three singing WOOD WARBLERS in Russell’s Inclosure this afternoon, including one trilling above a snoozing Wild Boar family. (Lewis Thomson). At Parkend Church aWOOD WARBLER, a Tree Pipit and a Siskin. At  New Fancy View two Goshawks, a Siskin, a Tree Pipit and a Common Lizard. At Woorgreens Lake a Cuckoo, a Pied Flycatcher in oaks in the car park. Around Crabtree hill a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, a Tree Pipit, a Siskin, five Buzzards, aTreecreeper, a Bullfinch, a Nuthatch and three Wild Boar. At Brockweir a WOOD WARBLERtoday and at Kingswood a Dipper. (Tom McCarthy/Adam Salmon).

Cleeve Hill    Three RING OUZELS, a Kestrel, a Meadow Pipit, three Linnets, two Goldfinches, two Mistle Thrushes, two Wheatears, three Skylarks and two Yellowhammers today. (Les Waring).

WWT Slimbridge    In the car park a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff. From hides along the Holden Tower walkway a Pink-footed Goose, four GCRP Common Cranes, a Sedge Warbler, a Chiffchaff, aWillow Warbler and a Whitethroat. From Holden Tower on the Dumbles scrape a Ringed Plover, two Little Stints, a Dunlin, a Little Ringed Plover, a Yellow Wagtail, a Lesser Whitethroat, twoBlack-tailed Godwits and an Avocet. In the Rushy two Grey Wagtails. At Zeiss hide Black-tailed Godwits, Avocets, Redshanks, Shovelers and Teal. (Tom McCarthy/Adam Salmon).

Selsley Common    Two Wheatears this morning, also five Linnets and c10 singing Skylarks. (Hugh Manistre).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Pit 43 two Nightingales this morning, also a Lesser Whitethroatand a Whitethroat. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.

Lesser Whitethroat


Mon 20th Apr 2015

Aylburton Warth    Two Whinchats, six Wheatears, 12 White Wagtails, eight Yellow Wagtails, aLesser Whitethroat, four Whitethroats, a Reed Warbler, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, three Golden Plovers, two Ringed Plovers and 26 Dunlins today. (Lewis Thomson).


Cleeve Hill    Four Wheatears and 6+ singing Willow Warblers today. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Julia.

Willow Warbler

Tirley Sandpits    The first eight House Martins over the patch, a male Sparrowhawk and a calling Curlew today. (Mark Grieve).
Cotswold Water Park (W)    In the patch of scrub near between Pit 43 and the Spine Road, aNightingale, a Lesser Whitethroat, three Garden Warblers, several Cetti’s Warblers, a Sedge Warbler and a female Cuckoo bubbling. (Steve Brown).

Gloucester    This morning at Port Ham two Whitethroats singing, three Reed Warblers on Port Ham pond, a Cetti’s Warbler by Over ponds, a Willow Warbler at Sudmeadow, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming at Lower Parting and a pair of Stock Doves around Port Ham substation. (Ian Elphick).

Berkeley shore    Two Yellow Wagtails flew N today. (Geoff Moyser).


Sun 19th Apr 2015

Ashleworth Ham    A first-year unringed COMMON CRANE until early evening at least. (Ian Hull).

Frampton    A SWIFT over the pools today. (Geoff Moyser).

Quedgeley    A Pink footed Goose at Lower Rea, a patch tick. (Andy Chapman).

Corse    Eight Lapwings on Straight Lane and a Swallow today. (Mark Grieve).

May Hill    A Roebuck in the woods on the slopes of May Hill this morning. (Martin Drew).

Tirley Sandpits    8+ Blackcaps, 6+ Chiffchaffs, four Skylarks, ten Linnets, 8+ Stock Doves, aRed-legged Partridge, a Little Egret, two Whitethroats, a Raven, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler, 10+ Swallows and two Green Woodpeckers today. (Mark Grieve).


Sat 18th Apr 2015

Cleeve Hill    10+ RING OUZELS on the Common today. Also four Linnets, two Goldfinches, three Wheatears, four Willow Warblers, three Yellowhammers, six Skylarks and three Meadow Pipits. (Roy Shilham/Les Waring). Pic by Roy.

Ring Ouzels

WWT Slimbridge    An escaped Red-breasted Goose on the Long Ground with Canada Geesetoday. (@slimbridge_wild). An Egyptian Goose in the Rushy today. (Paul Masters).

Forest of Dean    At Boys Grave a Willow Warbler. Also three Green Tiger Beetles. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines with a juvenile intrudingPeregrine, a Red Kite, a pair of Ravens, a male Sparrowhawk, three House Martins, two Swallows, a Marsh Tit, four Buzzards, a pair of Kingfishers and a pair of Mandarins.  Also several Holly Bluebutterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Ten Shelducks, 30 Teal, three Shovelers, two Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, two Oystercatchers, 22 Lapwings, four Curlews, a Dunlin, a Redstart singing, threeSedge Warblers, two Whitethroats, three Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs, a Yellowhammer and at least 5-6 Reed Buntings. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Painswick Beacon    Birds this morning included a Red Kite, a Sparrowhawk, five Buzzards, twoSwallows, a House Martin, a Tree Pipit and a Bullfinch. (John Fleming).


Fri 17th Apr 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A GREAT WHITE EGRET on the reserve today and an escaped Red-breasted Goose. (@slimbridge_wild).

Saul Warth    Six LITTLE GULLS over the river this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Cleeve Hill    Many Meadow Pipits and Skylarks, a Yellowhammer, a male Stonechat, a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a pair of Kestrels and four Linnets. Also a small colony of Ashy Mining Bees near the seat below the heather enclosure. (Chris & Phil Andrews).


Thu 16th Apr 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A HOOPOE on the reserve today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Tirley Knowle    Two Lapwings on a ploughed field. (Mark Grieve).

Snowshill    This evening eight Wheatears including some of the Greenland race. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.

Greenland Wheatear

Wed 15th Apr 2015

Taddington/Snowshill    67 Wheatears in the area this afternoon. (Richard Tyler).

Cleeve Hill    Along the approach road two Whinchats and six Wheatears. On the common 11Willow Warblers, 18 Wheatears, a Redstart, three Stonechats and a Whinchat. (Greg Mabbett).

Pope’s Hill    A Wheatear and a Willow Warbler today. (Derek Foster).

Twyning    At Upham Meadow 20 Canada Geese, two Greylags, a juvenile Peregrine hunting and 12Curlews this evening. (Mike Smart).

Wotton-under-Edge    A Treecreeper in a large old Willow tree at Dyers Brook, Leys Farm today. (Sandra & Trevor Owen).

Painswick Beacon    Birds this morning included a Canada Goose, a Red Kite, five Swallows, fourHouse Martins, 16 Meadow Pipits, nine alba Wagtails, male and female RING OUZEL, a Goldcrest, 32 Linnets, three Redwings and two Yellowhammers. (John Fleming).

Gloucester    A Red Kite over Hemmingsdale Road, Hempsted yesterday (14th) at 12:15pm and aRed Kite today with a Buzzard at 12:25pm. (Gordon & Margaret Avery).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This afternoon/evening a Ruff, two Sedge Warblers, four Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, six Shovelers, four Curlews, at least 12 Lapwings, four Shelducks and sevenTeal. (Bob Telford).

Tirley    Five Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler feeding in a Hawthorn bush, also a calling Curlew. Nearby four Swallows at Haw Bridge, four Swallows at Wainlodes and a Swallow at Corse Lawn and a Raven at Eldersfield. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth Ham    From the hide 35 Teal, a Blackcap, two Shelducks, two Tufted Ducks, a callingCurlew, a Little Egret, a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Lapwing and a male Peregrine on pylons. (Mark Grieve).


Tue 14th Apr 2015

Saul Warth    At Hock Ditch at midday two Whimbrels with Curlews on the Noose sandbanks before the tide lifted them, five Little Egrets, 20+ Swallows through, a Red Kite meandering N, aLittle Ringed Plover flew to the river’s edge and a Wheatear. (Jake King).

Clapton-on-the-Hill    At Bourton Hill Farm a Red Kite and a Raven, just N of the farm twoWheatears, in the valley E of the farm a singing Garden Warbler and a Marsh Tit. (Steve Brown).

Naunton    Late afternoon today four Wheatears and two Stonechats. Seven Wheatears at Snowshill. (Richard Tyler).


Forest of Dean    At least three Sand Martins at Woorgreens lake today. On Lords Hill, Coleford this morning a pair of Sparrowhawks flew through gardens together. (Frank Williams). At Nagshead a Pied Flycatcher, a Wild Boar sow with at least four young and Small Tortoiseshell,Peacock and Brimstone butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines and an intruding juvenilePeregrine, Ravens, Buzzards, male and female Goshawk, a pair of Stock Doves, several Holly Bluebutterflies and three Fallow Deer bucks. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tirley    Two Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, a Blackcap and a House Martin near the PRI gas station. At Corse two Swallows near the Waters Meet Inn and a Grey Heron over at Hartpury. (Mark Grieve).

Huntley    Two House Martins over the village today. (Martin Drew).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning nine Shelducks, 30 Teal, seven Shovelers, two Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, two Oystercatchers, seven Little Ringed Plovers, 25 Lapwings, twoSnipe, two Curlews, a Dunlin, three Swallows, two male White Wagtails, seven Wheatears, twoBlackcaps, five Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, three Reed Buntings and a Yellowhammer. (David Anderson/Les Brown/Mike Smart).


Mon 13th Apr 2015

WWT Slimbridge    Six KITTIWAKES on a sandbar on the river from Holden Tower and aWheatear on the Dumbles. (Geoff Moyser).

Cleeve Hill    Six RING OUZELS today flew towards Bill Smyllie Butterfly reserve.  (Martin Greenish).

Frampton    On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge two first-winter MEDITERRANEAN GULLS, aGreenshank, 15 Redshanks, two Black-tailed Godwits, two Little Egrets, two Cetti’s Warblers, aWater Rail, 50+ Curlews, a Whimbrel heard and 100 Sand Martins this evening. (Mark Dowie).

Aylburton Warth    21 White Wagtails on the saltmarsh, two Wheatears and a Little Ringed Plover. Nearby a singing Whitethroat at Plusterwine and two Yellow Wagtails at Guscar Rocks.  (Lewis Thomson).

Forest of Dean    A calling Cuckoo at Woorgreens this morning. (Lewis Thomson).

Quedgeley    A Cetti’s Warbler at Lower Rea. Also a Red-legged Partridge. (Andy Chapman).

Ashleworth Ham    First ringing session of the year, summer visitors included two Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers and a Whitethroat. Also at least three Redstarts and four Willow Warblerssinging. (Mervyn Greening/Barrie Mills/Mike Smart). On the reserve and SSSI, birds included, three pairs of Shelducks, 50 Teal, two Shovelers, three Little Egrets, a Sparrowhawk, at least 17Snipe, two JACK SNIPE, three Curlews, two Sand Martins and three Swallows. (Mike Smart).


Sun 12th Apr 2015

Berkeley    A male Pied Flycatcher at Berkeley 80yds E of Scott Law in brambles along the Little Avon. Also a Whitethroat today. (Thomas Weston-McClung/Paul Taylor). A REED WARBLER at Berkeley shore today. (Paul Taylor).

Saul Warth    A female MERLIN flying low and quickly into a very strong wind at Hock Ditch.

(Tim Hutton).

Elmore    A pair of Common Cranes (presumably GCRP birds) flew upriver over Elmore Back today. (Bob Phelps).

WWT Slimbridge    On South Lake early afternoon 160+ Black-tailed Godwits, 16 AVOCETS, aRuff, a Redshank and two Oystercatchers. Two Little Egrets from Zeiss hide. From Holden Tower 2+ White Wagtails, five AVOCETS, a Little Ringed Plover, two Oystercatchers, four Sand Martins, a House Martin, a Peregrine and a Pink-footed Goose still. A Cetti’s Warbler calling at Willow hide. (MK/Michael King/David Creber/John Budd).

Frampton    Still c200 Sand Martins on the Sailing Lake today. (Tim Hutton).

Nailsworth    A Red Kite over Forest Green today. (Keith Perkins).

Westbury-on-Severn    A White Wagtail at Westbury Court garden today. (Paul Masters). Also four Swallows. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included 12 Shelducks, five Wigeon, four Teal, eightShovelers, three Little Egrets, five Grey Herons, a pair of Coots with 6 chicks along the canal, aBlack-tailed Godwit, a Dunlin, four Curlews,  26+ Lapwings, three Little Ringed Plovers, a Yellow Wagtail, two White Wagtails, two Blackcaps, 6+ Chiffchaffs, a Sparrowhawk, 25 Linnets, sixSwallows and a pair of Reed Buntings. (Les Waring/Bob Telford). Pic by Les.


Pic by Bob

Yellow & White Wagtail

Sat 11th Apr 2015

Frampton    At the Sailing Lake this morning 200+ Sand Martins, 10+ Swallows, a Curlew flew E and a Little Owl. At Court Lake a Tawny Owl still, a female Mallard with 11 ducklings and sixSwallows. (MK). Earlier on Court Lake nine Little Egrets. (Nick Goatman). On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge three Black-tailed Godwits, one in summer plumage, two Redshanks, a Little Egretand two more S of Splatt Bridge and three Cetti’s Warblers heard. (MK).

Saul Warth     A female Goosander flew N. (Gordon Hodgson) also a Wheatear and 40 Curlewsthis morning. (MK). Pic by Mike.


Forest of Dean    A Red Kite flying W over Christchurch village. (Ivan Proctor). A Firecrest still at Yew Tree Brake this afternoon. Also 40+ Lesser Redpolls, two Ravens and 1+ Siskins. (MK). TwoSwallows over the Stoneworks at Cannop ponds and along the cycle track towards Three Brothers several Chiffchaffs calling and a Tree Pipit singing on clearfell along the Gloucestershire way in Russell’s Enclosure. (Frank Williams). At Crabtree Hill this morning 30+ Linnets, 10+ Willow Warblers singing, three Stonechats (2f, 1 m) and two Swallows. (Mick Colquhoun). Pics by Mick.


Willow Warbler

Minsterworth Ham    Early evening a Shelduck, a female Wigeon, six Little Ringed Plovers, twoCurlews and a second-summer MEDITERRANEAN GULL with a green ring on the right leg. (Andy Jayne).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included seven Shelducks, three Wigeon, 27 Teal, 15Mallards, five Shovelers, two Tufted Ducks, three Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, 28 Lapwings, two Oystercatchers, a Dunlin, a Little Ringed Plover and a Black-tailed Godwit. Along the canal aCoot with six chicks, three passing Swallows and a Wheatear. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Aston Down    Three Wheatears on the airfield at 2pm today. (Richard Cawsey).

Ashleworth Ham    A male Redstart and a singing Sedge Warbler this evening. (Francis Steuck).

Symonds Yat    A Blackcap and several Swallows this morning (Russ Peacey/Frank Williams).

Tirley Sandpits    A Green Woodpecker, seven Chiffchaffs, 8+ Skylarks, 10+ Stock Doves, 25Linnets, six Meadow Pipits, a Mistle Thrush, two Swallows N, a Sparrowhawk, a Willow Warbler, aJay and a Red-legged Partridge. (Mark Grieve).

Cheltenham    At Pittville Park this evening a Kingfisher, a pair of Great Crested Grebes, aTreecreeper and a pair of Mute Swans. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.


Fri 10th Apr 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    On Pit 41 a pair of GARGANEY, a female Goldeneye, a Kingfisher, aSparrowhawk, 30 Gadwalls and 122 Tufted Ducks and ten Teal today. (Dave Soons/Nigel Pleass). Three Common Terns on Pit 57. (Nigel Pleass). Late afternoon a BLACK TERN and two COMMON TERNS on Pit 16. (David Creber). At Shorncote Reed Bed four Red Crested Pochards, ten Tufted Ducks, a pair of Gadwalls, a female MARSH HARRIER, three Cetti’s Warblers, a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER heard reeling, two Chiffchaffs, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, two Water Rails heard, aCormorant and five Sand Martins. Also a neck-collared Canada Goose PY, pic below by John. (John R Fletcher). Pic by Dave Soons.


Canada Geese

Sharpness    A female COMMON SCOTER was sleeping out on the river from the SARA Lifeboat Station at 9am, then drifted up-river on the tide. A pair of COMMON SCOTERSdrifted up at midday as far as SARA, then the male flew back downriver off Lydney. The female drifted on up-river. The male twice got as far as SARA, but kept flying back downstream. (Jake King).

Aylburton Warth    A CUCKOO, ten White Wagtails, a Common Sandpiper, two Golden Plovers, aLittle Egret and a Snipe today. Also a male Yellow Wagtail N over Plusterwine. (Lewis Thomson/Paul Taylor). Pics by Lewis.



Cleeve Hill    Three RING OUZELS next to the heather enclosure at 5pm. (Duncan Dine).

Forest of Dean    At Cannop Ponds two Mute Swans, six Greylags, eight Mandarins, 13 Mallards, 18 Tufted Ducks, four Little Grebes, eight Moorhens, 21 Coots, two singing Marsh Tits and twoTreecreepers. At Russell’s Inclosure five Stock Doves, a Goshawk, a Tawny Owl hooting, threeSwallows, four Blackcaps, nine Willow Warblers (all sub-singing so presumably migrants), sixChiffchaffs, a Tree Pipit and six Siskins. At New Fancy View a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKERnear the car park entrance and three Siskins. At Nagshead the male Pied Flycatcher again. On the walk from Cannop Ponds to New Fancy View 24 Nuthatches. (Keith Vinicombe). At least 12 singing Willow Warblers and five Tree Pipits around Woorgreens/Crabtree Hill this morning. (Lewis Thomson). A Mallard with 11 ducklings on the River Wye at Brockweir. (Ivan & Sue Proctor).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    Three Willow Warblers, four Blackcaps and Yellow Wagtail today. (Ian Ralphs).

Purton    A Yellow Wagtail over and a Common Sandpiper today. (Paul Taylor).

Frampton    At the flashes N of Splatt Bridge a first winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL, aRedstart, two Wheatears, two Black-tailed Godwits, four Redshanks and a Willow Warbler this morning. (Gordon Hodgson). The Common Sandpiper still at the Sailing Lake, a Blackcap singing, three Oystercatchers, a Little Owl, a Tawny Owl, a male Pochard and a pair of Mandarins this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Minchinhampton    Two Wheatears and a Skylark on the Common this morning. (Leah Wright).

Berkeley    A female Redstart and three Willow Warblers between Berkeley Park and Scott Law this morning. (Thomas Weston-McClung).

Cheltenham    In a Charlton Kings garden this morning, a singing Willow Warbler and six squabbling Jays. (Chris Furley).


Thu 9th Apr 2015

Ashleworth Ham    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE midway along Stank Lane this morning at 10:45am in trees on the right. No sign at 2:30pm. (Martin Greenish et al). Also 12 Canada Geese, twoCurlews, two Grey Herons, a Little Egret, six Teal, two Wigeon, two Shelducks and at least sixChiffchaffs. Also an Orange Tip and many Brimstones. (Alan Hooper). Pics by Steve French.

Great Grey Shrike


Frampton    Two COMMON TERNS on Court lake and a COMMON SANDPIPER on the Sailing Lake this evening. (Nick Goatman).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included two Swallows, 33 Meadow Pipits, a male Reed Bunting, aTree Pipit and at least eight Chiffchaffs singing. (John Fleming).

Ebworth    At midday near Overtown Farm, a Buzzard, 150 Jackdaws, 100 Rooks, 40 Carrion Crows and six Stock Doves. On pasture W of the farm three Wheatears (1m, 2f) and two singingSkylarks. (John Fleming).

Wotton-under-Edge    A Red Kite hunting over Coombe Hill at midday. (Vic Polley).

Cleeve Hill    Two RING OUZELS (m&f) together today at the top of the Wash pool valley at 8am. (Vanda Bennett/Dave Owen). This morning two Tree Pipits in song between Wontley Barn and West Wood and a Redstart singing in West Wood. (Chris Stott).

Doverow Hill    A GARDEN WARBLER heard singing today and a singing Willow Warbler on Tuesday. (Steve Kear).

WWT Slimbridge    A singing SEDGE WARBLER today. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Forest of Dean    A male PIED FLYCATCHER at Nagshead, on the Long Trail, on the path down slope that joins back up with Short Trail at 1:15pm. (Lewis Thomson). Two Woodcocks over Brierley this evening. (Arron Roberts). Three Goshawks at New Fancy View at 11am. Also a Siskinover, Long-tailed Tits gathering nesting material and many Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps singing. A male Hawfinch at Parkend in the Yew trees and a pair of Mandarins at Cannop ponds and severalLittle Grebes. (Mick Colquhoun). Eight Rook nests in a hedgerow ash tree above Clearwell village and a Curlew bubbling in farmland near Wyegate Green. (Ivan Proctor).

Cotswolds    At the junction of the A436 and the B4068 near Hawling two Corn Buntings and a singing Linnet. At Hailes Wood from the Cotswold Way a Buzzard, two Kestrels, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Jays, 15 Fieldfares over E and a Bullfinch. East along the Cotswold Way to Stumps Cross a Willow Warbler singing, 15 Yellowhammers, sixLinnets, a Green Woodpecker, a Buzzard, three Stock Doves, a Coal Tit, three House Martins and a Stoat. Another Stoat ran across the A436 at Andoversford. (Steve Brown).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Along the canal towpath several Chiffchaffs, a pair of Reed Buntings,Lapwings, a Skylark and a Grey Heron. From Grundon hide two Little Egrets, two Buzzards, sixGrey Herons, a Little Ringed Plover, a Skylark, a Dunlin, eight Swallows, a Cormorant, two Pied Wagtails, a male Shoveler and three Tufted Ducks (2 m,1f). Also two Tench in the canal and Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks and Brimstones. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Purton    This evening four Swallows, three Willow Warblers, two Blackcaps and sevenChiffchaffs.(Shane Long).


Wed 8th Apr 2015

Epney    A female COMMON SCOTER on the River Severn by the Anchor Inn today. (Roy Jellings/Roberta Goodall). Pic by Roberta.

Common Scoter

Cleeve Hill    A female RING OUZEL in bushes N of the heather enclosure and two pairs ofStonechats around the enclosure. (Dave Owen).

WWT Slimbridge    A YELLOW WAGTAIL through N, also today a Ruff, a White Wagtail, a maleRedstart, a Wheatear, several Willow Warblers and Blackcaps and 15+ Chiffchaffs today. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Saul Warth    The PALE-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE still and two male Wheatears today. (Paul Masters/Roberta Goodall). Pic by Roberta.


Painswick Beacon    Birds through today included 190 Meadow Pipits, 85 Common Gulls, 20 Golden Plovers, three Redwings, two Wheatears and a male RING OUZEL. Also two singing Chiffchaffsand four singing Blackcaps were new arrivals. (John Fleming).

Frampton    On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge a Ruff, two Black-tailed Godwits, four Redshanks, three Dunlins and a Willow Warbler today. (Gordon Hodgson).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Nine Shelducks, 12 Wigeon, a Gadwall, 40 Teal, a female Mallard on Long Pool with five tiny ducklings, eight Shovelers, two Little Egrets, four Grey Herons, twoOystercatchers, eight Lapwings, 16 Curlews came in to roost at dusk, a Green Sandpiper and aSnipe over to the NE, 12 Swallows over and a Treecreeper singing. (Mike Smart).

Staunton & Corse    Two Mandarins in Glynch Brook this evening. (Steve French).

Huntley    Two Swallows on wires above the A40 today. (Steve French).

Cheltenham    A Sparrowhawk at Benhall today. (Dave Norman). Pic by Dave.


Tue 7th Apr 2015

Forest of Dean    An OSPREY at 11 am today at New Fancy View heading N being mobbed by two Ravens then by two Buzzards. (Steve Gilliard).

Saul Warth    The PALE-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE with Shelducks on the foreshore c300 yds left of the Hock Ditch sluice, a male MERLIN on a log on the sandbank then flew across river towards Awre, a Red Kite over, four Swallows through N, a Great Crested Grebe and three Mute Swans drifting up on the tide, c30 Curlews and a Ringed Plover heard. (Jake King/Roberta Goodall). Also this evening 45 Curlews, three Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, a Wheatear and 35Meadow Pipits. (Mark Dowie). Pic by Mark.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose

Aylburton Warth    Three male White Wagtails, three Swallows, two Sand Martins and 16 Golden Plovers today. (Lewis Thomson).

Kingswood    A female MERLIN at 7pm by the Renishaw roundabout, moved off when mobbed by the resident Kestrel. Two Dippers on the Little Avon by Kingswood Car Clinic, a Grey Wagtail on the roof of Tubbs & Lewis building. Also a garden Brimstone and at least three Water Voles on Ash Path this evening. (Tom McCarthy).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines, male and femaleSparrowhawk, a pair of Ravens, a pair of Stock Doves and two female Goshawks. Also four Fallow Deer, butterflies seen Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Comma. Also several mining bees including three Ashy Mining Bees. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake two Little Ringed Plovers this morning.(Martin Greenish). Also two Swallows through. (Mark Dowie/Terry Fenton).

Cheltenham    A Little Owl calling in Benhall at 10pm. (Dave Norman).

Coombe Hill Meadows    11 Shelducks, 12 Wigeon, two Gadwalls, 40 Teal, eight Shovelers, twoTufted Ducks, two Little Egrets, four Grey Herons, two Oystercatchers, 12 Lapwings, two Little Ringed Plovers, 13 Curlews came in to roost, two drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, at least four Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, two Reed Buntings and a Yellowhammer today. (Les Brown/Mike Smart/John Wiltshire).


Mon 6th Apr 2015

Siddington    An OSPREY heading N over Plummer’s Farm at 6:51pm. Also at least four Swallowsflying about the stables. (Dave Collins).

Ashleworth Ham    From the hide the drake GARGANEY on the far left pool from the hide, 38Canada Geese, 15+ Teal, seven Tufted Ducks, five Shovelers, two Mandarins, seven Wigeon, aGadwall, 26 Mallards, a Bar-headed Goose, five Shelducks, three Swallows and two Sand MartinsN, a Chiffchaff, a Kingfisher, a Red-legged Partridge, five Lapwings, a Snipe and a Curlew. (Mark Grieve).

Cleeve Hill    A male and female RING OUZEL this morning E of the radio masts in bushes on the trail towards West Down. Also a Swallow through and a male Wheatear in a bare earth field further along towards West Down, later a Red Kite quartering quite low over the area for 30-45 minutes. (Tim Hutton/Martin Wright). 50+ Linnets, 75+ Meadow Pipits, four Chiffchaffs, 20+Yellowhammers, four Red-legged Partridges and a Green Woodpecker today. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    From the Grundon Hide six Lapwings, three Curlews, a Redshank heard, aLittle Egret and a Grey Heron. Other wildfowl included Greylags, Shelduck, Wigeon, Mallard,Gadwall and Teal. Along the canal three singing Chiffchaffs, a male Bullfinch and a Peacockbutterfly. (Keith White).

Purton    6+ Willow Warbler this evening and a male Wheatear. (Paul Taylor).

Frampton    At Court Lake this evening a Tawny Owl, a Kingfisher, four Little Grebes, a Grey Wagtail and a pair of Mandarins and two Swallows at the Sailing Lake. (MK/Michael King).

Corse    Two Swallows on wires next to the BP garage. (Mark Grieve).

Dursley    A Red Kite over Whiteway Hill flying steadily NE towards Uley at 2:55pm and another at 3pm flying much higher up and making more leisurely progress towards Uley. (Geoff Moyser).

Forest of Dean    At Crabtree Hill four Tree Pipits, a Redstart briefly, 100+ Meadow Pipits, seven Linnets, two Jays, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Stock Doves, three Stonechats, three Ravens and a Chiffchaff this morning. At New Fancy View two Buzzards, a Chiffchaff and aWheatear. (Les Waring/Greg Anderson/Rob Husbands/Tim Gobourn). A female Hawfinch at Parkend today. (Keith Vinicombe). Pic by Les.


Painswick Beacon    99 Meadow Pipits N otherwise very quiet this morning. (John Fleming).

Coaley    A Little Egret flew down into a ditch near Coaley Mill today at SO759026. (Paul Sutton).

Gloucester     A male Reed Bunting visiting the garden for at least 5 weeks. (Graham White). Pic by Graham.

Reed Bunting

Sun 5th Apr 2015

Forest of Dean    A female RING OUZEL at Crabtree Hill, on the top path that’s been cut and lined with gorse and a Willow Warbler at Woorgreens. (Lewis Thomson). Also a singing Tree Pipitat Crabtree Hill, a male Wheatear and a pair of Stonechats. (Mark Hobson). The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Staple Edge, also at least three Tree Pipits, a Goshawk, 13 Buzzards and fourSwallows over Crabtree Hill. (Rob Husbands). By the River Wye at Brockweir a Chiffchaff singing just S and a Green Woodpecker calling just N of the village and a Brimstone in the village. (Ivan Proctor). Pic by Lewis.

Ring Ouzel

Frampton    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL with 50+ Teal on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge at 7:30am again this morning. Also seven Black-tailed Godwits, four Oystercatchers, a callingWater Rail, three Pintails (1m, 2f) and a Little Egret. (MK). The female SCAUP still on the Sailing Lake today at the Blue Pool end. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth    The PALE-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE until 6:20pm at least. Also a Willow Warblersinging at the treatment works at 9:30am. (MK/Tony Eveleigh).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    An AVOCET on Pit 87 mid-morning. Also this morning a male Red Crested Pochard, 15 Teal, a pair of Shovelers, two Shelducks, seven Snipe, 15 Lapwings, a Little Ringed Plover, two calling Water Rails, four Little Egrets, a female Sparrowhawk, seven Buzzards, a Green Woodpecker, five Skylarks, 20 Meadow Pipits, ten Linnets, seven singing Cetti’s Warblers, two singing Chiffchaffs, a Swallow and two Sand Martins and 15 + Reed Buntings. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.


Oridge Street    A MERLIN sat on a hedge near Corse House Farm SO790279. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).

Painswick Beacon    938 Meadow Pipits, two Swallows, five Siskins, 14 alba Wagtails, 163 Common Gulls, 127 Chaffinches and a Brambling through this morning. (John Fleming/Francis Steuck).

Tirley Sandpits    A Grey Heron N, six Chiffchaffs, a Green Woodpecker, a Jay, 6+ Stock Doves, 11+ Skylarks, two Red-legged Partridges, four Meadow Pipits, a Raven, a Fieldfare, a singingBlackcap, eight Buzzards soaring together and a male Yellowhammer. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two Little Ringed Plovers, four Ruff, four Curlews and a male Wheatear. Also a Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing. (Ian Hull). Also today 11 Lapwings, twoGreat Spotted Woodpeckers, a Green Woodpecker, six Shelducks, 18 Teal, three Wigeon, aShoveler, a pair of Gadwalls, two Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, a Kingfisher, three Reed Buntings (2m,1f), two Chiffchaffs and a White Wagtail. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.

White Wagtail

Ashleworth Ham    From the hide a Chiffchaff, a Sparrowhawk, a Bar-headed Goose with 30+Canada Geese, two Tufted Ducks, two Grey Herons, six Wigeon, 12+ Teal, eight Shelducks, sixLittle Egrets, a Red-legged Partridge, two Shovelers, a Curlew, three Snipe and a Sand Martin.(Mark Grieve).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre today three male Kestrels fighting over territory. (Steve French).

Purton    Two Swallows this evening on telegraph wires. (Shane Long).

Hawling    Two Red Kites, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, a Barn Owl, eight Yellowhammers, dozens ofRed-legged Partridges, a Grey Heron and two Lapwings today. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.

Red-legged Partridge

 Gretton    This evening a juvenile Sparrowhawk on a gatepost. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.


Sat 4th Apr 2015

Quedgeley    At Rea Lane a 1st winter/2nd cal CASPIAN GULL over Rea Lane this evening at 6:50pm amongst c300 large gulls. (Francis Steuck).

Frampton    A drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL with Teal on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge at 9am but flushed by a dog walker. (Neil Smart). GREEN-WINGED TEAL again asleep with Teal at 1pm. (Tom Weston-McClung). Also 135+ Teal, 15 Redshanks, three Lapwings, a pair of Pintails and a pair of Gadwalls. Along the canal a Little Egret, two Cetti’s Warblers and three Chiffchaffs and a very vocal pair of Kingfishers on Saul Lodge pond. (MK).

Saul Warth    The PALE-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE until 5pm at least. Also three Swallows flew E, 30+ Meadow Pipits and a Little Egret. (Paul Masters/MK/Julian Long/Martin Greenish). Pic by Mike.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose

Forest of Dean    Belated news of a female CUCKOO at 5:30pm Friday 3rd April in a tree at Blaize Bailey bubbling for 5-10 minutes, seen at a range of 20ft. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers). A TREE PIPIT N over Crabtree Hill this morning. (Lewis Thomson).

Hasfield Ham/Ashleworth Ham    Four WHOOPER SWANS including one immature and one of the adults with yellow ring BX1 on the right leg this afternoon until 5pm when the flew N. (Andy Jayne/Steve French). A first winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL at the end of Stank Lane this afternoon. (Martin Greenish).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake a Little Ringed Plover this morning. (Martin Greenish).

WWT Slimbridge    A first winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL on South Lake at 2pm. (John Overfield).

Berkeley shore    A female Goosander NE past Severn House Farm at 9:11am. Also two Swallowsheading S. (Paul Taylor).

Nailsworth    A male REDSTART heard singing in Norton Wood today. (Terry Grant).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre today two Greylags (Patch 1st), eight Buzzards, two Kestrels, four Teal, four Chiffchaffs, two Mute Swans and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Steve French).

Charlton Kings    A Red Kite over Charlton Kings Common at 6pm today. (Russell Smith).

Coombe Hill Meadows    14 Canada Geese, four Greylags, eight Shelducks, 11 Wigeon, 80 Teal, four Pintails, 12 Shovelers, two Tufted Ducks, seven Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, twoOystercatchers, 18 Lapwings, two Curlews, a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Cetti’s Warbler, three Chiffchaffs, two Reed Buntings and a Yellowhammer today. (David Anderson/Mike Smart).

Twyning    At Upham Meadow at least 30 Canada Geese, three Greylags, a Oystercatcher and 12Curlews today. (Mike Smart).


Fri 3rd Apr 2015

Babdown Airport    Five singing Corn Buntings this morning and 130 Golden Plovers, some in breeding plumage, cST847941. (Vic Polley/Tom Weston-McClung).

Saul Warth    The PALE-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE at Hock Ditch all day with Shelducks and still present at 6:15pm. (Richard Baatsen). Pic by Roberta Goodall.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose

Frampton    Two Swallows, ten Sand Martins, a pair of Shelducks, a Tawny Owl and two Little Owls around the pools but no sign of the Scoter this morning. (Paul Masters/Nick Goatman/MK). Also the first HOUSE MARTIN over the Sailing Lake. (Gordon Hodgson). Three Swallows briefly on wires in The Street this morning. (Gordon Kirk).

Ashleworth Ham    Three Mandarins (2m, 1f) at 5pm but flew off. (Les Ditchburn).

Shurdington    A Red Kite flying over Chargrove this morning. (Bridget Farrer).

Tirley Sandpits    A Little Owl at 11:30am. (Mark Grieve).


Thu 2nd Apr 2015

Frampton    A drake COMMON SCOTER on the Sailing Lake at 7pm, remaining until dusk when it was asleep in the centre of the lake. (Nick Goatman).

Ashleworth Ham    Two Greenshanks this morning. (Steve French/Ian Hull). The drakeGARGANEY showing well but distant on the flash to the right of the end of the lane this evening. (Martin Greenish).

Cheltenham    A Willow Warbler flitting and feeding (no song) in the garden today near Cheltenham Railway Station. (Keith White).

Stonehouse    A Dipper at Guns Mill weir by French Gardens, Beards Mill today at SO795048. On the railway embankment and along the River Frome below the canal near Bonds Mill at least six singing Chiffchaffs. Along the Frome below Stonehouse Court Hotel four Buzzards and two moreBuzzards over fields below Bonds Mill. (Paul Sutton).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Three Yellowhammers (2m, 1f) today. (Ian Hull).

Tirley Sandpits    Seven Buzzards, two Ravens and two Chiffchaffs singing. (Mark Grieve).


Wed 1st Apr 2015

Frampton    80 Sand Martins and three Swallows on the Sailing Lake today and a singingChiffchaff. (Vic Polley/Roy Bircher). Also two Oystercatchers, a pair of Mandarins and sevenLittle Egrets at the pools. (Nick Goatman). On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge, eight Black-tailed Godwits and ten Redshanks, and three Oystercatchers flew over the canal. (Vic Polley).

Cleeve Hill    26 Golden Plovers over and 38 more in a ploughed field, also a pair of Stonechats. (Greg Mabbett).

Swanley    Two Snipe in a muddy field today, just S of Newport Towers on the A38. (Roy Bircher).

Birdlip    A Red Kite over the village today. (Steve Brown).

Sheepscombe    At woodlands viewed from the B4070 a Peregrine over SE intercepted by a pair of Buzzards, a Kestrel, a Yellowhammer, a Mistle Thrush, a pair of Coal Tits, a Jay, 2/3Nuthatches calling and 11 Fallow Deer including a fine stag and four yearlings. (Steve Brown).

Tirley    A Chiffchaff singing today. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth Ham    From the hide 32+ Teal, two Gadwalls, ten Wigeon, a Tufted Duck, twoShelducks, a Little Egret, a Grey Heron,  three Snipe, a Chiffchaff and 1+ Raven. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    20 Curlews came in to roost, seven pairs of Shelducks, six Little Egretsand 52 Carrion Crows roosted in the withy bed at Broadmere. (Mike Smart).

About The Gloster Birder

My name is Mike King and have lived all my life in Gloucestershire. I am happiest birding around Frampton but I especially love Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. I have birded all over Europe, in the U.S.A. and Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Dominican Republic, The Gambia, Cape Verde, South Africa and most recently Zimbabwe and Botswana.
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