Sightings July-Sept 2014

Tue 30th Sep 2014

Stroud    A very rare CLIFDEN NONPAREIL moth trapped last night at Farmhill, following another recently at Durlston in Dorset. (Paul & Rose Kear). Pics by Paul Taylor.

Clifden Nonpareil


Another pic by Rich Baatsen

Walmore Common    27 Teal, a Sparrowhawk, a JACK SNIPE, ten Snipe, a Kingfisher and threeStonechats. (Andy Jayne).

Tewkesbury    At 9:20am a Yellow Wagtail on the lawn, a garden tick. (Les Ditchburn).

Elmore    A Little Owl showing and calling at Farley’s End SO772152 this evening. (Mark Hobson).

Forest of Dean    A Snipe dropped in from height over trees from the NW of Crabtree Hill and appeared to drop in the Woorgreens Lake area. Also a Kestrel. (Frank Williams).

Symonds Yat    From Yat rock viewpoint today two Kingfishers, a Kestrel, good numbers of House Martins and a few Swallows. Both resident Peregrines on view and the female juvenile Peregrinestill here and calling for food. Also five Buzzards up together, a Raven, two doe Fallow Deer, male and female Common Darter and two Red Admirals. (Chris & Phil Andrews).


Mon 29th Sep 2014

Cambridge    At Longaston Lane three Redwings over at 10:30am. (Mrs Goatman).

Cleeve Hill    Along the wall between West Down and Wontley Farm 11 Stonechats (3 near West Down and 8 near Wontley Farm). At Warden’s Wood three Long-tailed Tits and two Bullfinches. From the car park two Ravens, two Jays, two Buzzards and a Kestrel. Along the approach road c50Linnets and ten Yellowhammers. (Steve Brown).

Berkeley shore    A Reed Warbler, two Chiffchaffs and two Blackcaps early evening. (Paul Taylor).

Gloucester    A pair of Stonechats, 25+ Linnets and four Grey Wagtails at Netheridge Farm today. (Mark Hobson).

Leighterton    100 Golden Plovers in a ploughed field near Cross Roads Lodge. (Vic Polley).Ozleworth/Wotton-under-Edge    Three Stonechats in a cultivated field beside the extension to Blackquarries Hill, E of Wotton. (Vic Polley).

Barnsley    A ringing session today included two juvenile male Goldcrests, a female Nuthatch seen but not caught, three Chiffchaffs and a Redwing over heading NE. (Paul Aubrey).

Hardwicke    An adult female Kingfisher found dead in the garden after hitting a window. (per Rebecca Hammond).


Sun 28th Sep 2014

Cleeve Hill    At least 43 Jays flew SE during 1.5 hrs along the approach road to West Down, quite high and in six flocks of 15 to six birds. Nine Stonechats were at Wontley Farm . (Dave Pearce). 16 Stonechats on the Common, three Wheatears, a Red Kite, a Redstart, two Chiffchaffsand many Goldcrests. (Greg Mabbett).

Hawling    At the pheasant pens today c150 Golden Plovers flying around the cultivated field by the old Dutch barn, 20 Lapwings, 11 Meadow Pipits, two Kestrels, a Red Kite, a female Wheatearand 20 Pied Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail. (Rupert Dennis).

Daglingworth    Three Stonechats, 42 Linnets, 17 Skylarks and eight Yellowhammers today. (Keith Perkins).

Sharpness    A Common Sandpiper this morning. (Andy Jordan). The COMMON (Harbour) SEALstill present today. (Kenton Smith).

Coombe Hill Meadows    21 Shovelers, 16 Teal, three Gadwalls, three Grey Herons, eight Little Egrets, 12+ Reed Buntings, 18 Meadow Pipits, 14+ Goldfinches, two Bullfinches and threeChiffchaffs singing. (Les Waring).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre this morning 19 Mistle Thrushes, two Chiffchaffs, a Little Grebe, six Teal, four Jays and two Kestrels. Also dragonflies still abundant, especially Emperorand Common Hawkers, butterflies included a Brimstone, a Small Copper, a Clouded Yellow and numerous Speckled Woods. (Steve French).

May Hill    A flock of 14 Crossbills at the top of May Hill this morning. (Rob Guest).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A Tawny Owl calling at 1:30am, later at the sandpits area, 15+Chiffchaffs, 15+ Robins, 78+ Meadow Pipits, a Peregrine, 21+ Skylarks, seven House Martins and four Swallows through. (Mark Grieve).


Sat 27th Sep 2014

Frampton    A Spotted Flycatcher trapped at Nastfield Farm today. (Maurice Durham per GRA).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre this afternoon seven Teal, a Snipe, a Little Grebe, nineMistle Thrushes, 150 Starlings and two singing Wrens. (Steve French).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds included c46 Wigeon, c60 Teal, c70 Mallards, 11 Shovelers, twoCormorants, five Grey Herons, eight Little Egrets, a Lapwing, seven Snipe, a Greenshank, aKingfisher and two Ravens. The Grundon Hide is now open but not fully fitted yet. (Les Brown).

Ashleworth Ham    19 Teal, 38 Mallards, a Cormorant, a Grey Heron and 16 Snipe in flight. (Les Brown).

Cheltenham    Two Ravens over Montpellier and two Grey Wagtails near the River Chelt at Rodney Road. (Steve Brown).

Tirley Sandpits    13+ Chiffchaffs, two Mistle Thrushes, 17+ Robins, 12+ Meadow Pipits, 25+Linnets, 25 Swallows, three Bullfinches, 15+ Skylarks, 15+ Long-tailed Tits and a Goldcrest. ALittle Owl calling in the village at 8pm. (Mark Grieve).


Fri 26th Sep 2014

Berkeley Pill    A Whinchat and a Wheatear along the Pill footpath at midday. (Vic Polley).

Cleeve Hill    Five Stonechats straight out from Radio Masts, just beyond the Dew Pond. (Roy Shilham).

Tirley Sandpits    9+ Chiffchaffs, a Green Woodpecker, 80+ Swallows, 40+ House Martins, 44+Meadow Pipits, four Jays and 15+ Skylarks today. Also a garden Chiffchaff. (Mark Grieve).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre this morning two Jays, two Kingfishers, a Cormorant, a Grey Heron, three Buzzards, three Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, two Kestrels and two Swallows. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).


Thu 25th Sep 2014

Frampton    13 Little Egrets in Court Lake roost tonight also three Ravens and a Kingfisher. (Nick Goatman).

Hawling    11 Buzzards up together, a Red Kite, three Kestrels, ten Long-tailed Tits,  threeStonechats, male and female and a juvenile and many Swallows and House Martins. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included 20 Buzzards, a ringtail Harrier, a Red Kite, aPeregrine, two Sparrowhawks, 344 Swallows, 664 House Martins, 224 Meadow Pipits, a Redwing,  16 Jays, 12 Ravens, 110 Greenfinches, three Siskins, five Crossbills and a Wheatear. (John Fleming).

Forest of Dean    At Cannop ponds 12:15pm to a Wigeon. At Blaize Bailey at 1:45pm a flock of eight Jays. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).

Minchinhampton Common    At least 21 Jays flying south, high up at 8:05am. (Terry Grant).

Gloucester    At 2:10pm today a Red Kite over Oxleaze, Alney Island SO821189. (Ian Elphick).


Wed 24th Sep 2014

Cleeve Hill    Nine Stonechats this evening at 6:30pm on the left hand dry stone wall approaching the West Down gallops from the masts SP000245. (Russ Peacey).

WWT Slimbridge    Two juvenile MARSH HARRIERS over the Dumbles this morning. (@slimbridge_wild).

Frampton    Two male Tawny Owls calling, 16 Great Crested Grebes, three Little Grebes, twoChiffchaffs, a Sparrowhawk, 79 Greylags, 76 Canada Geese and nine Curlews today. (Nick Goatman). 48 Meadow Pipits this morning on the wires in Camm’s Field by the Sailing lake at 11:30am. (Gordon Avery).

Tirley Sandpits    20+ Chiffchaffs, 19+ Robins, a Green Woodpecker, 210+ Swallows and 20+House Martins flew S, 175+ Meadow Pipits on pasture, 3+ Blackcaps, a Whitethroat, a Raven, 40Greylags, 15+ Stock Doves, a Bullfinch, a Yellowhammer, 17 Skylarks over, a Lesser Whitethroat, aWillow Warbler and a Redstart today. (Mark Grieve).

Selsley    A juvenile/female Redstart on Selsley common seen briefly in hedges around the paddock near Selsley. (Colin Greenfield).


Tue 23rd Sep 2014

Frampton    Eight Little Egrets came in to roost in the heronry this evening. Also a Hobbyhunting at dusk, a Grey Wagtail, five Great Crested Grebes, 75+ Coots, 43 Greylags and 36 Mute Swans. (MK).

WWT Slimbridge    A Whinchat and a Stonechat at Mid Point. Also four Chiffchaffs and twoBlackcaps in bushes at the Holden Tower. (Geoff Moyser).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Belated news from Fri 19th Sept a GREAT WHITE EGRET flew from the scrape to the Long Pool. Also a Greenshank and two Snipe and a Kingfisher on the canal. (Dave Pearce).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included a Cormorant, two Sparrowhawks, seven Buzzards, aKestrel, a Hobby, seven Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 354 Swallows, 210 House Martins, a Tree Pipit, 238 Meadow Pipits, ten Grey Wagtails, 21 alba Wagtails, a White Wagtail, 14 Jays, fourRavens, 23 Chaffinches, 88 Greenfinches, 46 Goldfinches, 16 Linnets, two Bullfinches, sevenCrossbills, a Stonechat, two Wheatears, a Wood Warbler and a Garden Warbler. (John Fleming).

Forest of Dean    At Cannop Ponds today a Cormorant, 16 Mandarins, 19 Tufted Ducks, a Raven, a pair of Mute Swans with a cygnet. (Phil & Chris Andrews). Also a Red Kite high over Milkwall at 1:40pm. (Colin Butters). Pic by Phil.


Symonds Yat    From the viewpoint today both Peregrine adults and the female juvenile showing well and another intruding juvenile female Peregrine, which came upon the scene when prey was brought in. Also a male Sparrowhawk, a Kingfisher on the Wye below the viewpoint, a Goldcrest, two Jays, nine Siskins flew through, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, c40 House Martins, five Fallow Deer and a Hummingbird Hawk moth. (Phil & Chris Andrews).

Tirley Sandpits    102+ Swallows, 100+ House Martins, a Green Woodpecker, 12+ Robins, nineMeadow Pipits, 9+ Chiffchaffs, a Lesser Whitethroat, three Ravens, 20+ Goldfinches, a Hobby S, 3+ Blackcaps, a Wheatear (prob Greenland) and a female Sparrowhawk and female Kestrel soaring together. (Mark Grieve).

Minchinhampton Common    Early this morning a Wheatear, 4+ White Wagtails and very unusually aSnipe. (Terry Grant).

Cheltenham    At Naunton Park at 9:30pm 1 or 2 Oystercatchers heard calling overhead, a garden first. (Steve Brown).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre late afternoon at least 15 Mistle Thrushes, 70+ Jackdaws, 50+ Goldfinches, 44 Stock Doves, 50 Starlings and three Green Woodpeckers. (Steve French).

Nailsworth    A baby Grass Snake in the garden today. (Terry Grant).

Grass Snake

Mon 22nd Sep 2014

Frampton    14 Little Egrets and a Grey Heron came in to roost in the heronry this evening. Also a Hobby, a Sparrowhawk, a Kingfisher, six Wigeon, two Little Grebes, five Great Crested Grebes, 110+ Coots, 60+ Canada Geese, 51 Greylags, 31 Mute Swans and a Snipe. (MK/Nick Goatman). This morning a Bar-tailed Godwit flew over with 22 Curlews, also a male Pintail. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean    This morning around Woorgreens and Crabtree Hill 30+ Chaffinches by the stained glass window and three Nuthatches. At least two House Martins visiting a nest a Kensley Lodge. On Crabtree Hill three Spotted Flycatchers, 15+ Meadow Pipits, 12 Goldfinches, severalSiskins, 30+ Swallows and two Buzzards. (Frank Williams).

Berkeley shore    A Whinchat, two Stonechats and five Little Egrets today. (Geoff Moyser).

Tirley Sandpits    235 Swallows over, 6+ Chiffchaffs, 107+ Meadow Pipits, 13+ Robins, 20+ House Martins, 12 Buzzards, six Jays, 10+ Skylarks, two Bullfinches, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat, two Ravens and a Sand Martin today. (Mark Grieve).

Sharpness    A Wheatear and a Kingfisher this evening. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.


Sun 21st Sep 2014

Frampton    A GREAT WHITE EGRET flew in to roost in the heronry on Court Lake with fiveLittle Egrets at 7pm. This morning a juvenile ARCTIC TERN on the Sailing Lake, also a Grey Ploverover, a Common Sandpiper and two Wheatears. (Nick Goatman).

Berkeley shore    A LAPLAND BUNTING flew low NE over Severn House Farm calling at 4:20pm. Also a Grey Wagtail, a Pied Wagtail, 30 Swallows, a Meadow Pipit, a Wheatear and a Buzzard. (Thomas Weston-McClung).

Lydney    At midday today four juvenile Wheatears on the shore just S of Lydney Harbour. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).

Forest of Dean    At Crabtree Hill this morning eight Stonechats (3m, 5 fem/juv), 11 Meadow Pipits, two Redstarts, three Jays, four Ravens, 30+ House Martins, three Swallows, five Linnets, aGreat Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker heard, three Chiffchaffs (2 singing) and aBuzzard. (Les Waring). Pics by Les.



Sharpness    A Redstart today around the bush clump behind the picnic site. (Geoff Moyser).

Painswick Beacon    Migration this morning included 28 Meadow Pipits, 105 Swallows and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers. At the Beacon two Stonechats, a Chiffchaff and four Yellowhammers. Migration this afternoon included a Ringtail Harrier, a Peregrine, 78 Common Gulls, 425 Swallows, 110 House Martins, a Raven, four Grey Wagtails, three Alba Wagtails, 135 Goldfinches, 42Greenfinches, 16 Linnets, five Siskins and four Crossbills. (John Fleming).

Guiting Power    Around the car park at SO085259, two Ravens, a Nuthatch, a Sparrowhawk, twoBullfinches and two Jays. On and around the ornamental lake at Castlett Farm four Little Grebes(1 juv), two Jays, a Nuthatch, a Chiffchaff singing and c10 Skylarks over S. (Steve Brown).

Tirley Sandpits/Tirley    122+ Swallows moving E, four Jays, 15+ Robins, 8+ Chiffchaffs, sixRavens, a Cormorant, a Green Woodpecker, a Kestrel, eight Skylarks, 5+ Buzzards and threeMeadow Pipits. (Mark Grieve).

Newent    At Newent lake a Kingfisher, a Grey Heron and two Grey Wagtails. Also still a fewHouse Martins around the house. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.


Sat 20th Sep 2014

Stroud    A Wheatear along from Upper Leazes at The Knoll on the roof of a garage today. (Gemma Crutchley).

Lower Stone    A green-ringed (France or Germany) MEDITERRANEAN GULL over and in a field adjacent to the garden this morning, a new garden bird. (Paul Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge    On the Rushy two Green Sandpipers, two Ruffs and six Black-tailed Godwits. From Robbie Garnett hide a Spotted Redshank and a Green Sandpiper. From the Holden Tower aMARSH HARRIER, two Hobbies, a Kestrel and many Swallows with a few House Martins. (Steve Brown).

Cleeve Hill    Seven Stonechats, four Whinchats, two Redstarts and large Swallow passage today. (Greg & Tom Mabbett).

Sharpness    A Whinchat, six Wheatears, two Whitethroats, a Redstart, a Sedge Warbler, twoReed Warblers, 17 Blackcaps and 40 Chiffchaffs this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Leighterton    Three Golden Plovers and two Wheatears in a ploughed field near the Cross Roads Lodge. (Vic Polley).

Forest of Dean    Seven Stonechats, a Redstart, a Spotted Flycatcher, three Hawfinches and c20 Common Crossbills at Crabtree Hill today. (Lewis Thomson).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    A Hobby, a Yellow Wagtail, a Reed Warbler, many Meadow Pipits and juvenile Common Terns around this morning at Pit 125. Also Hornet, Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker, Common Darter and Common Blue. (Ian Ralphs).

Saul Warth    A Kingfisher in Hock Ditch, three Little Egrets, 37 Curlews, a Blackcap and threeChiffchaffs, two singing. (MK).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Five Mute Swans, 155 Greylags and 15 Canada Geese, 20 Teal, 30 Wigeon, 50 Mallards, 45 Shovelers, four Grey Herons, five Little Egrets, a Cormorant, a Sparrowhawk, aWater Rail calling, eight Snipe, a Greenshank, a Kingfisher, at least 100 Swallows, ten House Martins, three Meadow Pipits, at least six Chiffchaffs singing and more calling, three Reed Buntings and a Yellowhammer over. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows    Three Mute Swans, a Buzzard, two Green Sandpipers along the River Chelt, sixSnipe, 100+ Swallows over, three Meadow Pipits over, a Wheatear on bales of hay and threeChiffchaffs singing. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    33 Canada Geese, 22 Mallards, 12 Teal, a Grey Heron, 12 Swallows and 20House Martins still going to nests at Stonebow Farm. (Les Brown).

Tirley Sandpits    7+ Chiffchaffs, 280+ Swallows and 20+ House Martins S, 20+ Goldfinches, aRaven, 6+ Buzzards, eight Meadow Pipits, a Wheatear, a Green Woodpecker, 2+ Jays and threeSkylarks. (Mark Grieve).


Fri 19th Sep 2014

Awre    On the estuary off Whitescourt as the tide was rising, six CURLEW SANDPIPERS, tenSanderlings and two Little Stints in a flock of 100+ Dunlins and Ringed Plovers. At 5pm a first-winter LITTLE GULL flew steadily upriver and kept going towards Frampton/Saul. (John Phillips).

Berkeley shore    A Whinchat, three Stonechats, four Wheatears, two Common Sandpipers and aRock Pipit late afternoon. (Paul Taylor).

Sharpness    A Redstart and four Wheatears today. (Andy Jordan).

Beachley Point    Two Redstarts, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, aReed Bunting, two Willow Warblers, 26 Chiffchaffs and 19 Blackcaps today. (Lewis Thomson).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included a Curlew, 667 Swallows, 2855 House Martins, 22Meadow Pipits, eight Grey Wagtails, a Raven, 23 Goldfinches and six Crossbills. (John Fleming).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre ten Mistle Thrushes, a Little Grebe, 250+ Swallows flying S and a Kestrel mobbed by Jackdaws today. (Steve French).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    In 45 minutes 600+ Swallows and 20+ House Martins flew S and 22Meadow Pipits on wires above pasture. (Mark Grieve).


Thu 18th Sep 2014

Cotswolds    At Rendcomb a Grey Wagtail, at Chedworth Airfield a Red Kite, a Red Kite, aSparrowhawk and two Buzzards together over Compton Abdale and a Red Kite over the dual carriageway on the A40. (Kim & Steve Brown).

Frampton    This evening two Hobbies over Court Lake, one juvenile, also two Little Grebes, twoLittle Egrets, two Ravens, a Grey Wagtail, three Kingfishers and a Teal. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth    A Water/Rock Pipit flew from Hock Ditch at 6:15pm towards the Noose calling but couldn’t be relocated. Also 25 Curlews, four Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, ten Swallows, aChiffchaff, four Skylarks, a Grey Wagtail and a juvenile Kestrel. (MK).

Sharpness    A Cetti’s Warbler this evening. (Andy Jordan).

Tirley Sandpits    2+ Chiffchaffs, a Redstart, 14+ House Martins and 30+ Swallows over, a flock of 170+ Meadow Pipits on pasture, two Skylarks, four Buzzards together and a Kestrel. (Mark Grieve).

Corse Lawn    30+ Swallows today. (Mark Grieve).


Wed 17th Sep 2014

Painswick Beacon    Migration this afternoon included a Hobby, a Goshawk, 25 Meadow Pipits, fourRavens, 47 Goldfinches, 500 Woodpigeons, 500 Swallows and 4250 House Martins. (John Fleming).

Forest of Dean    A Whinchat, two Redstarts, 5+ Stonechats, five Crossbills and a Kestrel at Crabtree Hill this evening. (Lewis Thomson).

Frampton    Ten Little Egrets came in to roost at Court Lake, also a Kingfisher, 39 Mute Swansand two Greater Horseshoe Bats. (Nick Goatman).

Quedgeley    At Rea Lane this morning 360 Swallows, ten House Martins, two Sand Martins, 17Meadow Pipits, three Grey Wagtails, four alba Wagtails, two Jays, 29 Linnets and twoGoldfinches. (Francis Steuck).

Cleeve Hill    12 Mistle Thrushes this morning, by the approach road to West Down, also manyYellowhammers and Linnets. A Brimstone in the garden in Cheltenham this afternoon. (Laurie Pierce).

Gloucester    Two Red Kites at Sandhurst at 12.28pm. (Martin Greenish).

Tirley    45+ Meadow Pipits on pasture. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth    Early evening 30+ Swallows and 20+ House Martins over the cricket pitch. (Mark Grieve).


Tue 16th Sep 2014

Berkeley shore    Two Whinchats, two Stonechats, two Common Sandpipers, two Grey Wagtails, a Kingfisher and a Whitethroat today. (Paul Taylor).

May Hill    A Hobby by the Glasshouse and flock of eight Ravens at the top of May Hill this morning. (Gillian Guest).

Painswick Beacon    Migration this morning included a Hobby, a Sparrowhawk, a Snipe, 387Meadow Pipits, 650 Swallows, 1700 House Martins, five Grey Wagtails, a Wheatear dropped in briefly, 42 Goldfinches and 55 Linnets. (John Fleming).

Leckhampton Hill    c50 House Martins and Swallows hunting above the escarpment. The Swallowslater seen on wires by the top car park on Leckhampton Hill. Also Speckled Wood and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies nearby. (Keith White).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning four Mute Swans, c80 Canada Geese, 96 Greylags, twoBarnacle Geese, c60 Teal, c100 Mallards, 37 Shovelers, three Grey Herons, five Little Egrets, 13Lapwings, five Snipe and a Greenshank. (Les Brown).

Ashleworth Ham    This morning a Grey Heron, a male Peregrine and two Ravens. (Les Brown).

Tirley    A calling Tawny Owl at 5am and later a garden Chiffchaff. Late afternoon 12+ House Martins over the village and two Mistle Thrushes over high S. (Mark Grieve).

Tirley Sandpits    At 2pm 180+ Swallows with 2+ House Martins flying S, also two Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap and two Ravens over. (Mark Grieve).

Cheltenham    A Cormorant on the small lake at Pittville Park just before midday today. (David Norman). Pic by David.


Mon 15th Sep 2014

Forest of Dean    A male TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL at midday today, E of Woorgreens, opposite Yew Tree Brake crematorium at SO638129 in a flock of 14 Crossbills. Also a female with white wing bars which appeared less well defined so may have been Common. (Gavin Black/Bryn Pitcher). At least seven Stonechats at Crabtree Hill this evening. Also a Spotted Flycatcher and aWhitethroat. (Lewis Thomson). Record shot by Gavin.

Two-barred Crossbill

Cleeve Hill    This evening an OSPREY flew S, also four Stonechats, three Wheatears and twoRedstarts.  (Greg Mabbett).

Tetbury    A WRYNECK still in the car park of the Great Tythe Barn at Long Newnton all day. (Bob Philpott/Alex Barclay/Jake King/Vic Polley/Dave Collins/Mike Smith). Pics by Bob, Vic, Alex, Dave & Mike in that order.






Saul Warth    This evening 15 Ringed Plovers, eight Dunlins, a Little Stint and a CURLEW SANDPIPER. Also a Chiffchaff, a Little Egret, a Hobby, a Yellow Wagtail flew SE and 18 Curlews. (MK).

WWT Slimbridge    A pair of RUDDY SHELDUCKS on South Lake today. Also eight CURLEW SANDPIPERS and two Spotted Redshanks on site. (@slimbridge_wild).

Beachley Point    c40 Blackcaps, 27 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat and a Lesser Whitethroat this morning. (Lewis Thomson).

Aylburton Warth    A Hobby caught a Swallow over the estuary and brought it back to the warth. Also a Little Egret, a Kingfisher, two Grey Wagtails, a Yellow Wagtail, c65 Meadow Pipits, c20Teal and three Ringed Plovers. (Lewis Thomson).

Frampton    This afternoon two juvenile Hobbies hunting for dragonflies low over the flooded fields N of Splatt Bridge. (Gordon Kirk).

Piff’s Elm    A Red Kite over the southbound carriageway of the M5 just before junction 10 at 9:45am today. (Steve Curtis).


Sun 14th Sep 2014

Tetbury    A WRYNECK in the gardens of the Great Tythe Barn at Long Newnton at 8:45am today. (Luke Harding). Still present early evening in the car park. (Paul Taylor).

Witcombe Reservoirs    A BLACK-NECKED GREBE and a Green Sandpiper this evening. (Terry Fenton). Pic by Terry.

Black-necked Grebe

Compton Abdale    A Barn Owl over the road by the old Puesdown Inn at 2:30am. (MK).

Nailsworth    A REDWING flew in and landed at 8:16am, a Hobby, 450+ House Martins and 230+Swallows flying south. (Terry Grant).

Thrupp    A Kingfisher, a Dipper and a Yellow Wagtail on the canal and river at Griffin Mill(SO8503) and Clouded Yellow at nearby Capel’s Mill today. (Martin Wright).

May Hill    A flock of nine Crossbills in Newent woods this morning and a large flock of Linnets at the top of May Hill. (Rob Guest).

Cleeve Hill    A Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail, five Wheatears, seven Redstarts and 22 Chiffchaffsthis  morning. (Greg & Tom Mabbett).

Sharpness    The COMMON (Harbour) SEAL still present today. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.

Common Seal

Tirley Sandpits    Three Jays, 12+ Chiffchaffs, four Blackcaps, 129+ Swallows SE, 6+ Meadow Pipits, five Mistle Thrushes, two Skylarks, 45+ Goldfinches, two Ravens, 15+ Robins, a Bullfinch, aLesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, 23 Greylags and a Sparrowhawk today. At 2:30pm a large mixed flock of 100+ House Martins and 100+ Swallows moving from N to SE. (Mark Grieve).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre five Snipe, two Ravens over, 50+ Jackdaws, 70+ Swallows, 25+ House Martins, 30 Goldfinches, three Jays and a Grey Heron today. (Steve French).

WWT Slimbridge    A Greenshank and a Spotted Redshank today. (Richard Tyler). Pics by Richard.


Spotted Redshank


Painswick Beacon    Migration this morning included a Red Kite, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, a Hobbychasing martins, a Peregrine, 930 Swallows, 1500 House Martins, a Tree Pipit, 48 Meadow Pipits, three Ravens, 39 Goldfinches, 44 Linnets, a female Crossbill and a Yellowhammer. (John Fleming).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included 18 Greenfinches, two Yellowhammers, a Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Chiffchaffs (3 singing), six Bullfinches (adults & juvenile), a Kingfisher, threeTreecreepers, 16 Canada Geese, 24 Greylags, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Sparrowhawk, four Lapwingsand 32 Swallows over. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.

Bullfinch (juv)


Sat 13th Sep 2014

WWT Slimbridge    From Holden Tower four MARSH HARRIERS, male, female and two juveniles. two Peregrines, a Hobby, a Kestrel and two Buzzards. (Ian Ralphs).

Witcombe Reservoirs    Four SANDWICH TERNS (two first winters and two adults) 3:40–4:50pm at least. Also a Little Egret, a Snipe and four Pochards. All bar one adult were ringed. A first winter had a small Darvic type, looks like it was ringed in NE Scotland by the Grampian Ringing Group. (Terry Fenton). Pic by Terry.

Sandwich Terns

Sharpness    Two SANDWICH TERNS flew N inland this morning. Also a COMMON (Harbour)SEAL on the sandbank N of SARA and then in the river. (Andy Jordan).

Cleeve Hill    Between West Down car park and Wontley Farm early afternoon, six Stonechats, three Whinchats all feeding together and five Wheatears on the stone wall and a Redstart at the farm. (Dave Pearce).

Forest of Dean    At Cannop Ponds today a Grey Wagtail, 19 Tufted Ducks, two Little Grebes, aRaven and an Elephant Hawk moth caterpillar. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint the adult Peregrines showing and the female juvenile still there and trying to catch prey, two Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, two Ravens, a lot of House Martinshawking for insects together with just a few Swallows among them. Also many Hornets flying around the viewpoint. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Nailsworth    A Swift flying S today. (Terry Grant).

Minchinhampton    Six Yellow Wagtails on the Common today. (Terry Grant).

Painswick Beacon    Migration this afternoon included a Sparrowhawk, two Hobbies, 18 Stock Doves,  160 Woodpigeons, three Swifts, 630 Swallows, 2600 House Martins, two Tree Pipits, fiveMeadow Pipits, three Ravens and 12 Greenfinches. (John Fleming).

Sherborne    The first Wigeon returned to the Broad Water today. (Andy Lewis).

Cassey Compton    Two Little Egrets fishing on the upper Coln today. (Andy Lewis).

Tirley    120+ Swallows over S today. (Mark Grieve).

Staunton & Corse    300+ Swallows feeding and moving eastwards late afternoon. (Steve French).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Five Mute Swans, 80 Greylags, 11 Canada Geese, 35 Teal, c120 Mallards, 45 Shovelers, a Little Grebe, two Cormorants, four Grey Herons, four Little Egrets, aSparrowhawk, seven Lapwings, a Ruff, a Greenshank, a Kingfisher, a singing Chiffchaff and 15Goldfinches. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    Two Canada Geese, 12 Mallards, four Teal, a Cormorant, a Grey Heron, threeMeadow Pipits, c50 Swallows, 12 Sand Martins, 10 House Martins and a Reed Warbler. (Les Brown).


Fri 12th Sep 2014

Gloucester    A WRYNECK in a private garden at Abbeydale this morning at 10am for 10 minutes only. (Terry Smith). Pics by Terry.



WWT Slimbridge    16 CURLEW SANDPIPERS, 12 Little Stints, a Greenshank, two Spotted Redshanks and 26 Ruff today. (@slimbridge_wild/Roberta Goodall).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    In the Shorncote area a GREAT WHITE EGRET, two Green Sandpipers, a Curlew, a Little Egret, a Reed Bunting, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Cetti’s Warblers, six Linnets, 50 Lapwings, a Hobby, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel and a Buzzard. At Pit 85a 16 Gadwall, three Shovelers, six Wigeon, two Water Rails, a Green Sandpiper and two Foxes. (Steve Davies per Bob Philpott).

Cleeve Hill    East along the wall from the Radio Masts a Wheatear, a Redstart and a mixed flock of Meadow Pipits and Goldfinches. (Roy Shilham).

Tirley Sandpits    Two Blackcap, three Chiffchaffs, two Ravens, six Swallows and six House Martins, a Skylark and seven Meadow Pipits today. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth Ham    30+ Swallows feeding over Meerend thicket today. (Mark Grieve).


Thu 11th Sep 2014

Arlingham    Along the Severn Way from Arlingham (Old Passage) to Saul Warth today, many warblers, mainly in the blackberry and elder bushes on the margins of the maize fields near Arlingham, many Chiffchaffs, Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, 2/3 Blackcaps, a Whitethroat and a Lesser Whitethroat, many Goldfinches, two Whinchats, a Buzzard and a Raven. Also a Clouded Yellow, a few Small Tortoiseshells and Speckled Woods, several Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers. Early afternoon, a Wheatear at the sluice gate at Hock Ditch and several Curlews, Grey Herons and Little Egrets. (Roberta Goodall). Pic by Roberta.

Guscar Rocks    Five Wigeon grazing at high tide, a Cormorant, nine Dunlins, nine Knot, two Bar-tailed Godwits, a Snipe, 350 Curlews, a Redshank, a Common Sandpiper, two Wheatears, c15Ravens and two Chiffchaffs singing. (Mike Smart).

Aylburton Warth    c350 Curlews at the tip of Aylburton Warth, four Grey Herons, a Little Egret, a Snipe, a Dunlin, a Redshank, a Kingfisher, five Swallows, 15 Meadow Pipits and ten Skylarks. (Mike Smart).

Lydbrook    A Barn Swallow with orange-red underparts of possibly a Middle Eastern race savigniion wires by the garden today. (Gavin Black). Record shot by Gavin.

Barn Swallow race?

Stroud    A Grey Wagtail at Stratford Park today. (Geoff Moyser).

Hawling    Eight Buzzards, two Red Kites, three Kestrels, four Ravens, small Linnet and Goldfinchflocks, four Yellowhammers, a Wren and a Stoat. (Phil & Chris Andrews). Pic by Phil.


Red Kite

Wed 10th Sep 2014

Frampton    A WRYNECK briefly this evening at 7:15pm around the cottage garden between the Sailing Lake and Court Lake at end of the drive, the owner says it’s been present for c2 days. (Nick Goatman). Map here. No vehicle access to this drive, park sensibly in the village. Note: this weekend will be very busy as the Country Fair is on Sunday.

WWT Slimbridge    This afternoon two Ruff at the Martin Smith hide and a Buzzard on the fence. On South Lake at least two CURLEW SANDPIPERS, a GCRP Common Crane and aSparrowhawk over. (Bob Shiret). Also a Garden Warbler and a Sedge Warbler from Holden Tower. Pic by Bob.



Berkeley shore    The first Stonechat of the autumn, a Whinchat, five Wheatears, a Sedge Warbler, three Reed Warblers, a Whitethroat, three Grey Wagtails and a Kingfisher. (Paul Taylor).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Green Woodpeckers, 60+ Greylags, 80+ Canada Geese, a Grey Heron, four Lapwings, four Wrens, two Bullfinches, 12 Greenfinches and a Kingfisher today. (Les Waring). Pics by Les.

Great Spotted Woodpecker


Forest of Dean    A Chiffchaff singing in the garden at Milkwall and five more singing along the footpath/cycle track between Milkwall and Coleford. (Ivan Proctor).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A Little Owl calling early morning and up to three calling Little Owls at 5pm. Two singing Chiffchaffs, two Ravens, 40+ Swallows S, 35+ House Martins, a hunting Kestrel, a Green Woodpecker and four Meadow Pipits. (Mark Grieve).


Tue 9th Sep 2014

WWT Slimbridge    A SPOTTED CRAKE at 3:15pm on mud at the back of lower pond. View from Rushy Pen hide adjacent to the In Focus shop. (Nige Warren). A Marsh Tit from Holden Tower late morning, the last record for the reserve was c1996. (Bob Evans). Eight CURLEW SANDPIPERS on South Lake today. (@slimbridge_wild). Also today a Water Rail, five Little Stints, a Sanderling, two Snipe and a Reed Warbler. A Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler at Holden Tower. (Geoff Moyser).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning four Mute Swans, 87 Greylags, c260 Canada Geese, twoBarnacle Geese, seven Wigeon, two Gadwalls, 17 Teal, c120 Mallards, three Shovelers, fourCormorants, six Grey Herons, four Little Egrets, 15 Lapwings, seven Snipe, four Stock Doves, aKingfisher, a Whinchat and two Wheatears. (Les Brown).

Ashleworth Ham    This morning four Canada Geese, a Grey Heron swimming with its body horizontal, seven Mallards, a Whinchat and two Chiffchaffs. (Les Brown).

Stroud area    Two Dippers on the River Frome, one under the Capel’s Mill viaduct and the other near Wallbridge, a Jay by the canal at Thrupp and two Kingfishers, one on the canal and one on the River Frome at Chalford. (Trevor & Sue Clayson). Pic by Sue.


Guscar Rocks    Five Shelducks, seven Wigeon, two Teal, seven Mallards, eight Grey Herons, aBuzzard, 12 Dunlins, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 350 Curlews (plus at least 50, and probably many more, on another roost at Aylburton Warth), a Redshank, two Common Sandpipers (three more at Wibdon), an adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL in the evening roost, a Kingfisher, 20 Swallows, aWheatear and at least five Chiffchaffs singing. (Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean    In Forest Road, Milkwall 120 House Martins flocking on a house roof. (Ivan Proctor).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock the remaining young Peregrine still begging for food from its parents. (Ivan Proctor).


Mon 8th Sep 2014

Forest of Dean    The WRYNECK still at Crabtree Hill at 8:50am at the bottom end of the centre path through the clearing but very elusive (SO63011326). Also a Redstart, three Tree Pipits, four Stonechats, a Whitethroat and five Chiffchaffs. (Lewis Thomson). Seen briefly again on the top path at 7:35pm. (Arron Roberts).

WWT Slimbridge    Six CURLEW SANDPIPERS, four Ruff, c100 Redshanks and c20 Black-tailed Godwits from South Lake, two Green Sandpipers and a Ruff on the Tack Piece and three GCRPCommon Cranes from Zeiss hide. (Vic Polley).

Guscar Rocks    A high tide flock of 630 Curlews, a Dunlin and a Raven. (Mike Smart).

Aylburton Warth    A Shelduck, two Little Egrets, two Peregrines over high, a Lapwing, twoRedshanks, a Green Sandpiper, three Common Sandpipers, three Yellow Wagtails, 25 Meadow Pipits, 20 Skylarks, ten Swallows, a Reed Bunting and a Raven. (Mike Smart).

Nailsworth    Two Swifts over today. (Jake King).

Tirley    Two Tawny Owls calling 2:30 am onwards. (Mark Grieve).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre a Kestrel, a Grey Heron, c50 Goldfinches, two Ravens, twoBuzzards, a Kingfisher, 100’s of Common Darters, 20+ Migrant Hawkers, 10 Small Tortoiseshellsand a Small Copper. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).

Woodford    A Kestrel hunting over the field by the A38 next to Stone Cricket Club. (Geoff Poulton).


Sun 7th Sep 2014

Forest of Dean    A WRYNECK this morning at Crabtree Hill at SO633135 then flew low S. (Mark Hobson & Zoe Leary).


WWT Slimbridge    From Zeiss hide seven CURLEW SANDPIPERS, a Ruff, a Knot, a Greenshank, two GCRP Common Cranes, a Hobby flew through at 1:30pm and Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers showing well in the sunshine. (David Finch/Richard Tyler). Pic by David.

Reed Warbler

And a couple of Ruff pics by Richard Tyler.



Painswick Beacon    Migration this morning included two Cormorants, two Grey Herons, twoSparrowhawks, a Hobby, 134 Common Gulls, five Great Black-backed Gulls, 85 Woodpigeons, 67Swallows, 50 House Martins, a Tree Pipit, six Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, three Ravens, 16Goldfinches and 11 Linnets. (John Fleming).

Brand Green    At SO72N at least 8+ Yellow Wagtails today. (Juliet Bailey).

Cleeve Hill    This morning from the masts car park a Whinchat, a few Goldfinches with 100+Linnets, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, six Long-tailed Tits, two Chiffchaffs, a singingWillow Warbler and a Raven on a mast. (Steve Brown).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre today a Little Grebe, a patch first, a Kingfisher, a Redstart, 70 Goldfinches, 30 Stock Doves, 20 Swallows, a Kestrel and a Grey Heron. (Steve French). Pic by Steve.

Little Grebe

Saul Warth    A Common Sandpiper, 20 Curlews, a Little Egret, two Grey Wagtails, a Whitethroat, male and female Blackcap and 6+ Chiffchaffs. (MK).

Frampton    A Kingfisher and seven Great Crested Grebes on the Sailing Lake. Another Kingfisherat Splatt Bridge and four Snipe flew inland high up calling. (MK).

Tirley Sandpits    15+ Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, two Green Woodpeckers, 54+ Goldfinches, three Cormorants, two Whitethroats, 34+ Swallows, 12+ House Martins, two Grey Herons, twoRavens, two Bullfinches, a Willow Warbler and 11 Meadow Pipits. (Mark Grieve).

Lower Kilcott    Two Spotted Flycatchers at Lower Kilcott Farm. (Vic Polley).

Leighterton    Three Wheatears near Bennett’s Farm. (Vic Polley).

Kingswood    A Dipper on the steam crossing Wotton Road. (Vic Polley).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning three Grey Herons, a Kingfisher, five Reed Buntings, threeChiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, three Sedge Warblers, three Whitethroats, a Whinchat, a Green Woodpecker, 15 House Martins over and 46 Canada Geese with 12+ Greylags. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.


Sat 6th Sep 2014

WWT Slimbridge    A GARGANEY, five CURLEW SANDPIPERS, a Spotted Redshank, five Little Stints and 20+ Black-tailed Godwits from Zeiss Hide. Six Ruff and five Green Sandpipers from Robbie Garnett hide and a Greenshank from Holden Tower. (MK/Paul Masters/Mark Hobson). A juvenile Cuckoo circled over Mid Point then flew towards the grounds, a Whinchat along the walkway, a female MARSH HARRIER well N of here and four AVOCETS and two Little Stints on the mud. (Ian Ralphs).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    Late afternoon/evening at Pit 132 a GREAT WHITE EGRET, sixLittle Egret, a Stonechat and a HONEY BUZZARD flying towards the western section. (Mick & Jo Jones).

Cleeve Hill    A ringtail Harrier, probably Hen up and down the valley at SO992265. (Mark Forknall).

Longney    A BLACK TERN and an adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL on Longney Sands at 3:45pm but flushed by a walker on the sands. (Andy Jayne).

Sharpness    Two Whinchats, a Stonechat, a Redstart, five Reed Warblers, four Sedge Warblers, two Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, four Whitethroats, a Spotted Flycatcher, 25Chiffchaffs, 15 Blackcaps, two Wheatears, three Yellow Wagtails, a Kingfisher, a Wigeon and three Peregrines today. (Andy Jordan). Pics by Andy.



Beachley Point    A Garden Warbler, two Willow Warblers and a Stonechat today. Also c40Meadow Pipits, eight Tree Pipits, three alba Wagtails and five Grey Wagtails over. (Lewis Thomson).

Maisemore    Around the lake c300 Swallows, 20 House Martins and four Chiffchaffs today.(Steve French).

Frampton    At the pools a Water Rail, three Meadow Pipits and a Yellow Wagtail over, two Little Owl and a Tawny Owl this evening. (Nick Goatman).

Staunton & Corse    At Shotts Farm a Redstart and six Chiffchaffs today. (Steve French).

Tirley Sandpits    A Kingfisher, three Ravens, a Green Woodpecker, 21+ Chiffchaffs, 66+Swallows S, two Blackcaps, a female Redstart, three Whitethroats, six Great Spotted Woodpeckers, eight Meadow Pipits, a Little Owl, 20+ Skylarks, a Lesser Whitethroat and 79+House Martins S/SW. (Mark Grieve/Dave Hawker).

Coombe Hill Canal    A Kingfisher, two Greenfinches, four Linnets, eight Long-tailed Tits, aChiffchaff and 24 House Martins over. (Les Waring).

Cheltenham    Two Peregrines over Lansdown industrial estate and Rowanfield today at 2pm. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.


Fri 5th Sep 2014

WWT Slimbridge    Five CURLEW SANDPIPERS and an adult Spotted Redshank from Zeiss Hide and a newly arrived juvenile Spotted Redshank from Robbie Garnett hide today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Netheridge Farm    Two Whinchats at 6pm (Francis Steuck) and a male Redstart earlier. (Mark Hobson).

Midger Wood    A Spotted Flycatcher at the GWT Saddlewood Roughs Reserve at midday. (Vic Polley).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This afternoon a Kingfisher along the canal, two Spotted Flycatchers, two Whinchats and a Red Kite being mobbed by a Raven. Also Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter andBrown Hawker. (Keith Colcombe).

Aston Down    19 Mistle Thrushes over this morning. (Shane Long).

Tirley    A calling Tawny Owl at 5:10am, later a Lesser Whitethroat, a male Blackcap and twoChiffchaffs. (Mark Grieve).


Thu 4th Sep 2014

Guscar Rocks    Seven Wigeon, three Grey Herons, 17 Ringed Plovers, eight Dunlins, c280 Curlews, five Redshanks, four Ravens, four Whinchats, two Wheatears and four Yellow Wagtails. Also aClouded Yellow and a Painted Lady and large numbers of Migrant Hawkers. (Andy Jayne).

Aylburton Warth    Three Teal, a Kestrel, a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Snipe, twoKingfishers, 22 Skylarks, two Wheatears and 14 Yellow Wagtails. (Andy Jayne).

Painswick Beacon    Migration this morning included 27 Stock Doves, 110 Woodpigeons, a Sand Martin, 450 Swallows, 1100 House Martins, four Tree Pipits, 15 Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, two alba Wagtails, 18 Goldfinches and two Bullfinches. (John Fleming).

Ebworth    Around Overtown Farm SO81B early afternoon birds included 180 Goldfinches, 80Linnets, 20 Greenfinches, three Wheatears, a Willow Warbler, a Green Woodpecker, a Whinchat, ten Yellowhammers, and moving eastwards 830 House Martins, 400 Swallows, 27 Stock Doves, 110Woodpigeons, a Tree Pipit and four Ravens. (John Fleming).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Five Mute Swans, 165 Greylags, 125 Canada Geese, two Barnacle Geese, two Wigeon, eight Teal, 150 Mallards, four Shovelers, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, nineLapwings, three Snipe, a Kingfisher, a Raven, at least five Chiffchaffs, one singing, 1+ Reed Buntings, a Bullfinch and a dozen Swallows near the Wharf car park Also Southern Hawkers,Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters. Car park to be closed from 15 Sept for flood defence works but The Swan car park will be made available. (Mike Smart/Keith White).

WWT Slimbridge    Five CURLEW SANDPIPERS on South Lake and a juvenile MARSH HARRIERover the Bottom New Piece today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Forest of Dean    A Hobby, mobbed by hirundines, over Station Road, Woolaston. (Ivan Proctor).

Frampton    At the pools this evening a Hobby, a Spotted Flycatcher in the Pallas’s wood, sixWigeon, three Tufted Ducks and 24 Mallards. (Nick Goatman).

Perrott’s Brook    A Little Egret in fields by the River Churn just north of Perrott’s Brook at cSP024064 at 4:35pm. (Gordon & Margaret Avery).

Tirley Sandpits    80+ Goldfinches, 50+ Swallows, 10+ House Martins, a Hobby hunting hirundines, a Raven, a Green Woodpecker, a Wheatear, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Kestrel, a Grey Heron and a Cormorant over. At Tirley a garden Blackcap. (Mark Grieve).


Wed 3rd Sep 2014

Forest of Dean    At least four Spotted Flycatchers at Crabtree Hill this afternoon. (Jeff Hall). Pic by Jeff.

Spotted Flycatcher


Walmore Common    40 Teal, a Hobby, a Little Ringed Plover, 18 Lapwings, a Kingfisher, a Reed Warbler and four Yellow Wagtails. (Andy Jayne).

Ashleworth Ham    CES ringing session today caught 41 birds including a Redstart, a Whitethroat, two Lesser Whitethroats, two Blackcaps, 13 Chiffchaffs, four Willow Warblers,  threeGoldfinches and five Reed Buntings.  On the reserve and SSSI 15 Canada Geese, eight Teal, 33Mallards, a Peregrine, a Snipe and some calling Redstarts. (Mike Smart/Mervyn Greening).

Coombe Hill Meadows    At 10:30am a Hobby, a Whinchat, a Wheatear, a Kingfisher, a Snipe and nine Lapwings. (Ian Hull).

WWT Slimbridge    A Spotted Redshank from Zeiss hide today. (Geoff Moyser).

Berkeley shore    Two Whinchats and a Clouded Yellow this afternoon. (Paul Taylor).

Painswick Beacon    Migration this afternoon included two Buzzards, a Swift, 500 Swallows, 850House Martins, a Chiffchaff and a Crossbill. (John Fleming).

Hardwicke    Along the canal S of Sellars Bridge two Cetti’s Warblers and two Kingfishers. (Paul Masters).

Quedgeley    A Kingfisher and a family of three Grey Wagtails at the old BT Olympus Park pond/ fountain this evening. (Mark Hobson).

Dursley    A Lesser Whitethroat in the garden at Shakespeare Road for the last two days. (Geoff Moyser).

Tirley    A calling Tawny Owl at 2:30am and 6am. At 5:30pm 200+ Swallows over and resting in wires in village, three Ravens over and 10+ House Martins. (Mark Grieve).

Tirley Sandpits    12+ House Martins, 8+ Swallows, a Grey Heron, a Green Woodpecker, two Spotted Flycatchers, three Wheatears on pasture, two Whitethroats, two Stock Doves and aRedstart. (Mark Grieve).


Tue 2nd Sep 2014

Frampton    This morning at the corner of the wood between Frampton village and Hock Ditch along the Severn Way, four Spotted Flycatchers, three Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, a Blackcapand a group of Long-tailed Tits, all in close proximity, catching insects. Also a Hobby hawking insects above the wood. In the hedgerow near Hock Ditch two Lesser Whitethroats eating berries. (Gordon Kirk).

Huntley    A Hobby flying over low this morning. (Gillian Guest).

Berkeley shore    Seven Whinchats today, two just N of Severn House Farm and a group of five just S of the Pill. (Paul Taylor).

Bagpath    At least two Swifts feeding with 100+ Swallows and House Martins. Also a juvenileSpotted Flycatcher and a Willow Warbler, E of Stroud SO8503. (Martin Wright).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included a Cormorant, a Mallard, a Sparrowhawk, 12 Swifts,  1370 Swallows, 450 House Martins, six Tree Pipits, 44 Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, a Wheateardropped onto the trig point briefly, three Ravens, 17 Chaffinches, three Greenfinches, 37Goldfinches, 43 Linnets and five Crossbills flew NE calling. (John Fleming).

Tirley    19 Swallows over high to the SW at 7:30pm and a Raven over. (Mark Grieve).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines showing and the juvenile female still there, a female Goshawk over Coppet Hill, a pair of Sparrowhawks interacting below the viewpoint and two Kingfishers on the River Wye below. Also four Fallow Deer in the field below the hill. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Forest of Dean    At Nagshead plenty of Southern Hawkers and even more Emerald Damselfliestoday. (Allan Chard). Pic by Allan. Also a Common Darter and an Emperor Dragonfly. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Emerald Damselfly

Mon 1st Sep 2014

WWT Slimbridge    A CURLEW SANDPIPER and a Little Stint from Zeiss hide at 2:30pm today.(Mark Samways).

Frampton    A Swift over Court Lake and a Spotted Flycatcher in Court Field this evening. (Nick Goatman). Belated bug news from Paul Downes that rare Roesel’s Bush-Crickets were “buzzing” calling from the canal side of the towpath near Splatt Bridge and showing quite well, (only recently discovered in Herefordshire by Paul). Also plenty of Dark Bush-Crickets in the thicker undergrowth on the other side of the path as well.

Berkeley shore    Two Whinchats, eight Wheatears, a Whimbrel and an adult female Peregrine and a juvenile female Peregrine on a kill this evening. (Paul Taylor).

Guscar Rocks    This morning 28 Canada Geese, three Wigeon flew upriver, a Teal, twoCormorants, two Grey Herons, ten Ringed Plovers, 300 Curlews and a Wheatear. (Mike Smart).

Aylburton Warth    Three juvenile Shelducks, four Teal, a Tufted Duck on Cone Pill, two Little Egrets, 200 Curlews, two Redshanks, a Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, six Common Sandpipers, ten Skylarks, ten Meadow Pipits, four Yellow Wagtails, three Wheatears, 100 Linnets and 60Goldfinches. (Mike Smart).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A Hobby feeding on dragonflies, 20+ Swallows, 30+ House Martins, twoRedstarts, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaffs, two Green Woodpeckers and a Raven. (Mark Grieve).

Dursley    A Swift returned to a nest box again this evening. (Clive Mowforth).

Brockweir    16 occupied House Martin nests on the Moravian Chapel by the River Wye. (Ivan Proctor).

Cheltenham    Male and female Bullfinches on a birdfeeder in Pittville Circus Road, a garden first. (Clare McNulty).


Sun 31st Aug 2014

Cleeve Hill    A DOTTEREL on the 13th fairway, by the lone tree at 7:10pm until dusk. (Greg & Tom Mabbett). Pic by Tom.


Another pic by Greg.

Cotswold Water Park (W)    A juvenile BLACK TERN still on Pit 57 today. (Dave Soons). Pic by Dave.

Black Tern

Frampton    A female HEN HARRIER drifting over S over the old tip at Frampton pools at 7:10pm, also a Spotted Flycatcher. (Nick Goatman). No sign of the juvenile MARSH SANDPIPERat Frampton shore on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge by 8:30am, or on fields N of here, or Saul Warth (no water) or on the tiny flash S of Splatt Bridge. 19 Ruff, six Greenshanks, a Common Sandpiper, two Yellow Wagtails, a Common Tern, two Sparrowhawks and three Buzzards. (MK). Please view only from the towpath and do not enter the fields. Pic by Mike.


Charlton Kings   Two Little Owls early evening near Vineyards Farm at Wistley Hill. (Rose Lennard).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre a Whinchat (patch first), a Kingfisher (patch first), 100+Goldfinches and 40+ Swallows today. (Steve French).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included eight Buzzards, a Hobby, 34 Common Gulls, 189Lesser Black-backed Gulls, four Great Black-backed Gulls, 24 Stock Doves, 120 Woodpigeons, tenSwifts, 875 Swallows, 105 House Martins, six Tree Pipits, three Yellow Wagtails, 18 Ravens, tenGreenfinches, 50 Goldfinches, 22 Linnets and a Red-legged Partridge calling. (John Fleming).

Saul Warth    108 Curlews, two Whimbrels, a Knot, two Spotted Flycatchers, a Garden Warblerand a Lesser Whitethroat today. (Gordon Hodgson).

WWT Slimbridge    A juvenile CURLEW SANDPIPER on the Dumbles scrape, adjacent to Holden Tower today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Hempsted    At Riversmead Farm/Rea Lane a male Goshawk over, a Lesser Redpoll, 29 Blackcaps, three Lesser Whitethroats, four Whitethroats, three Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 17Chiffchaffs, two Common Sandpipers and vismig included two each of Grey Wagtail and Yellow Wagtail, six Meadow Pipits, 86 Swallows and 31 House Martins. (Francis Steuck).

Tirley Sandpits    28+ Swallows over, 45+ House Martins, 11+ Chiffchaffs, four Lesser Whitethroats, 25 Goldfinches, 2+ Redstarts, a Treecreeper (2nd patch record), a Yellow Wagtail, four Blackcaps, two Willow Warblers and 4+ Spotted Flycatchers. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth Ham    Three Whinchats, a Wheatear, two Blackcaps, five Reed Buntings, a Reed Warbler, two Chiffchaffs and a female Sparrowhawk this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Five Whinchats this afternoon. (Andy Jayne). Also a Lesser Whitethroat,Whitethroat, three Chiffchaffs, three Kingfishers, 30+ House Martins, 10+ Swallows, twoBlackcaps, a juvenile Bullfinch, a Spotted flycatcher and 12+ Long-tailed Tits. (Les Waring). Pics by Les.

Spotted Flycatcher


Sat 30th Aug 2014

Frampton    The juvenile MARSH SANDPIPER at Frampton shore on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge from 6:17am until 2:30pm at least. Also 14 Ruff, six Greenshanks, a Whinchat, aKingfisher, a Common Tern and 150+ Swallows, 20+ Sand Martins and two House Martins moving S and resting on plants on the flashes. (MK). Also a female/immature MERLIN in the evening. (Paul Marshall). Please view only from the towpath and do not enter the fields as the birds are flighty. Parking – there are two small car parks by Splatt Bridge but there is not a lot of space here.Please don’t block the farm entrances. There is more parking by the church, but don’t park there during services, or you can park in the village, please respect the residents privacy. Thank you. Map here.

Cotswold Water Park (W)    A juvenile BLACK TERN on Pit 57 late morning. (David Creber perRoberta Goodall).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Four Mute Swans (2ads, 2cygs), 115 Greylags and 85 Canada Geese, 18Teal, 150 Mallards, a female GARGANEY, seven Shovelers, three Grey Herons, a Cormorant, fourBuzzards, a Water Rail, eight Snipe, a Kingfisher, a Skylark, 40 Swallows, a Yellow Wagtail, fiveSedge Warblers and 1+ Chiffchaff. (Les Brown/Mike Smart). Also a Hobby, three Whinchats, three Spotted Flycatchers and 6+ Redstarts. (Jim Milton).

Ashleworth Ham    28 Canada Geese, 12 Mallards, a Grey Heron, 30 Swallows and three Ravenstoday. (Les Brown).

Cobney Meadows    A Yellow Wagtail, a Redstart, two Wheatears and two Whinchats today. (Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows    A Little Egret on the new meanders along River Chelt near Priors Norton. (Mike Smart).

Sharpness    This morning two Redstarts, two Sedge Warblers, a Kingfisher and aMEDITERRANEAN GULL. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.

Sedge Warbler

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre a Redstart, 50+ Goldfinches, 60+ Jackdaws, 18 Stock Doves, three Chiffchaffs, seven Swallows and two Mute Swans. (Steve French).

Ashleworth Ham    A Common Sandpiper and 25 Canada Geese today. (Steve French).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included a Red Kite, four Great Black-backed Gulls, a Swift, 27 Swallows, six House Martins, two Tree Pipits, 20 Mistle Thrushes, seven Ravens, 28Goldfinches, three Siskins, 15 Linnets and two Crossbills. (John Fleming).

Stonehouse    A Swift over Stonehouse Court Hotel at 9:50am. (Nick Goatman).

Ullenwood    Two Swifts over Cotswold Hills golf club tracking SW today. (Chris Furley).

Walmore Common    43 Teal at 10am. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Tirley    A garden Sparrowhawk on a Blackbird kill. At the Sandpits a Green Woodpecker, 7+Chiffchaffs, five Lesser Whitethroats, four Whitethroats, two Blackcaps, 120+ Swallows, 16+House Martins, 125+ Goldfinches, 30+ Long-tailed Tits, three Spotted Flycatchers, a Redstart, 130+ Greylags over, 30+ House Sparrows on stubble, a Willow Warbler, a Sparrowhawk and aKestrel. (Mark Grieve).

Cheltenham    A juvenile Sparrowhawk in the garden at 7:20am. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.


Fri 29th Aug 2014

Frampton    The juvenile MARSH SANDPIPER at Frampton shore on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge from 6:10am until dusk. Also eight Ruff, eight Greenshanks and a Green Sandpiper. (MK). Please view only from the towpath and do not enter the fields as the birds are flighty. Parking – there are two small car parks by Splatt Bridge but there is not a lot of space here. Please don’t block the farm entrances. There is more parking by the church, but don’t park there during services, or you can park in the village, please respect the residents privacy. Thank you. Map here. Pics by Mark Hipkin.

Marsh Sandpiper



Another pic by Allan Chard (with Ruff)

A BLACK TERN on the Sailing Lake at 4pm. (Karle Burford). Also adult and juvenile Common Ternsat the Sailing Lake. (Allan Chard).

Saul Warth    A juvenile Sanderling with three Ringed Plovers and two Dunlins this morning. (Vic Polley).

Walmore Common    This evening 45 Teal, three Grey Herons, 18 Lapwings, a Kingfisher, ten Sand Martins, a Redstart, ten Whinchats, a Wheatear and 32 Yellow Wagtails. (Andy Jayne).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This afternoon a Little Egret, three Snipe, four Shovelers, c10 Teal, a Cormorant, a Sand Martin and a Swift. (Rob Crofton).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    4+ Spotted Flycatchers, two Redstarts, a Blackcap, two Lesser Whitethroats, a Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff, a Green Woodpecker, a Raven over, seven House Martins and 12 Swallows south. (Mark Grieve).

Nailsworth    Hirundine migration underway in earnest today with 1800+ House Martins, at least 12Swifts, 300+ Swallows and a Hobby. (Terry Grants).

Minchinhampton Common    60+ alba Wagtails today. (Terry Grant).


Thu 28th Aug 2014

Frampton    A juvenile MARSH SANDPIPER, a long awaited County first, at Frampton shore on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge from late morning. It flew S and out of sight at 7pm but had returned by 7:45pm. Also eight Ruff, eight Greenshanks, a Green Sandpiper and a Dunlin. (Martin McGill, WWT). Please view only from the towpath and do not enter the fields as the birds are flighty. Parking – there are two small car parks by Splatt Bridge but there is not a lot of space here. Please don’t block the farm entrances. There is more parking by the church, but don’t park there during services, or you can park in the village, please respect the residents privacy. Thank you. Record shot by Paul Masters. Map here

Marsh Sandpiper

Another pic by Andy Jordan

Saul Warth    A Curlew Sandpiper amongst 25 Ringed Plovers, 70 Dunlins and two Turnstones off Hock Ditch. Also a Redstart and a Whinchat. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Six Whinchats, a Green Sandpiper and two Dunlins flew through. (Dave Pearce).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included an immature Goshawk, a Hobby, 15 Stock Doves, twoSwifts, 59 Swallows, ten House Martins, a Tree Pipit, ten Meadow Pipits, a Yellow Wagtail and tenRavens. (John Fleming).

Frampton    Three Swifts, a Hobby and 50+ Sand Martins over Court Lake this evening. (Nick Goatman/Paul Rich).

Charlton Kings    A Goldcrest, a Wheatear, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk and two Ravens between Ravensgate Hill and Vineyards Farm. (Rose Lennard).

Tewkesbury    A Whinchat and several juvenile Reed Buntings in fields above the River Avon towards the Sailing Club. (Sarah Loaring).

Gloucester    A Wheatear at Gloucestershire Airport near the Aviator Pub at 3:30pm and twoSwallows. A juvenile Kingfisher being fed a small fish by an adult on the Wotton Brook near Estcourt Road. (Emerson Furlonger). A Swift over Gloucester Park today. (Mark Hobson).

Nailsworth    Three Swifts, 20+ Buzzards, 10+ Ravens and a probable Honey Buzzard flew S at 3:05pm. (Terry Grant).

Stroud    Four Swifts over Waitrose at 9:03 am. (Terry Grant).

Butterow    11 Swifts feeding near Butterow, E of Stroud, up until 8:15pm. (Martin Wright).

Dursley    A Swift returned to a nest box again this evening. (Clive Mowforth).

Tirley    Four Redstarts, four Spotted Flycatchers, a Blackcap, a Whitethroat , two Chiffchaffsand a Willow Warbler. (Mark Grieve).


Wed 27th Aug 2014

Chedworth    This afternoon at Chedworth old airfield (SP040132) at 3pm c20 Yellow Wagtailson fences and bushes, including many juveniles, then flew off eastwards. (Laurie Pierce).

Tewkesbury    A pair of Egyptian Geese on the River Avon just N of Tewkesbury today and also near the Sailing Club. (David Bagley/Sarah Loaring). Pic by David.

Egyptian Geese

WWT Slimbridge    A juvenile MARSH HARRIER sitting on the embankment viewed from the Holden Tower at 2:40pm. (Martin Greenish).

Hempsted    This morning at Riversmead Farm a juvenile Cuckoo, a Redstart, 15 Blackcaps, aWillow Warbler, three Grey Wagtails and a Tree Pipit over. (Francis Steuck).

Saul Warth    This evening three adult MEDITERRANEAN GULLS. (Gordon Hodgson).

Ashleworth Ham    A CES ringing session this morning caught 52 birds including a juvenileKingfisher and another calling nearby, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, four Redstarts, a Sedge Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, seven Whitethroats, a Blackcap, seven Willow Warblers and nineChiffchaffs. Also c150 Swallows and 150+ House Martins moving over into the light E wind and aSparrowhawk trying, with no success, to catch hirundines on the wing. (Mervyn Greening/Mike Smart).

Tirley    In one hedgerow at lunchtime 5+ Redstarts, two Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff and two Blackcaps. Also 25+ Swallows and nine House Martinsover and four Ravens. (Mark Grieve).

Cleeve Hill    Two Wheatears along the wall at the Radio Masts, also Whitethroat, Skylark,Yellowhammer and Meadow Pipit. (Roy Shilham).

Nailsworth    Three Swifts, one of which was food carrying, presumably to a local nest. (Terry Grant).

Cheltenham    This evening a Swift flying S over the garden in north Cheltenham. Previously one or more seen here almost daily between 7pm and 8pm up to 22nd Aug. (Laurie Pierce).


Tue 26th Aug 2014

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Pit 132 two winter plumage BLACK TERNS mid afternoon. Also 17Little Grebes feeding together and all diving whenever a Hobby came close. (Dave Pearce).

Frampton    Two Swifts over Court Lake this evening with 100+ Sand Martins. Also a Little Egret, 17 Great Crested Grebes, one still sat on a nest, two Kingfishers, two Common Terns (1 juv), 11Tufted Ducks and 52 Mute Swans. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge    At least one GARGANEY still amongst Teal in the SW corner of Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss Hide, also four AVOCETS. (@slimbridge_wild). Also a juvenile MARSH HARRIER from Zeiss hide. (Paul Masters).

Witcombe Reservoirs    Two Pochards, seven Great Crested Grebes, two Little Grebes and a Coal Tit this evening. (Martin Greenish).

Thrupp    An immature Cormorant perched on the edge of the canal SO8503. Also a pair of Swiftsfeeding with House Martins, probably local birds as a feeding pair have been seen most days this month at Thrupp/Butterow. (Martin Wright).

Dursley    A Swift returned to a nest box again today. (Clive Mowforth).


Mon 25th Aug 2014

Cotswold Water Park (E)    A Turnstone this morning on Pit 125. (Duncan Dine).

Saul Warth    This morning a Little Egret, a Common Sandpiper, three Curlews, seven Snipe over, a female Redstart, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Yellow Wagtail. (MK/Gordon Hodgson). Also a distant female MARSH HARRIER over Frampton 100-Acre and eight Mandarins on Saul Lodge pond and two Willow Warblers. (Gordon Hodgson).

May Hill    A Wheatear at the top of the hill today. (Rob Guest).

Dursley    A Swift still using a nest box today. (Clive Mowforth).


Sun 24th Aug 2014

Sharpness    A male Peregrine sat on the nestbox at the Docks at 6:30pm. (Gordon Avery).

Winchcombe    At Sudeley Castle a Kingfisher flew across the main drive towards Beesmoor Brook late afternoon at SP026277. (Peter Rodgers).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Pit 132 late afternoon a Greenshank, a Redshank, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 103 Lapwings, adult and juvenile Common Tern, two Little Egrets, four Little Grebes, seven Teal and four Shelducks. (Jon Mercer). Earlier a female MARSH HARRIER over at 3pm. (Pete Adams per JM). On Pit 306 the Great White Egretat 5:30pm but this is just in Wiltshire. (Jon Mercer).

Arlingham    Seven Whinchats, three Redstarts and three Little Egrets in the wild flower field down the path to the river. (Keith Perkins).

Forest of Dean    At Woorgreens/Crabtree Hill six Little Grebes, a Sparrowhawk, a Raven, twoSpotted Flycatchers, a Wheatear, a Tree Pipit and five Crossbills. (Andy Jayne).

Westbury-on-Severn    From Westbury Strand to Lower Dumball two Little Egrets, a Great Crested Grebe, a Kestrel, two Peregrines, a Curlew, two YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS, ten Reed Warblers and two Wheatears. (Andy Jayne).

Berkeley    At Wycliffe Park three male Redstarts, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat and aBlackcap. (Paul Taylor).

Ozleworth    A flock of 20 Mistle Thrushes at Newark Park ST782932 today. (Hugh Manistre).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included 124 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 416 Woodpigeons, 450 House Martins, 40 Swallows, 11 Swifts, 76 Goldfinches, 40 Greenfinches, a Yellow Wagtail, three Mute Swans, ten Meadow Pipits and a Tree Pipit, a Raven and three Great Spotted Woodpeckers through. (John Fleming).

Tirley Sandpits    9+ Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, 100+ Swallows and 100+ House Martinsthrough, three Mistle Thrushes, a Raven , 6+ Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, 33 Greylagsover, a Green Woodpecker, seven Skylarks, a Bullfinch and three Blackcaps. (Mark Grieve).


Sat 23rd Aug 2014

Coombe Hill Meadows    43 Greylags, 21 Canada Geese, five Teal, c100 Mallards, two Shovelers, aCormorant, five Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, four Snipe, a Buzzard, a Kingfisher, c20 Swallows, c120 Jackdaws and a family of five Sedge Warblers. (Les Brown).

Ashleworth Ham    Two Canada Geese, 12 Mallards, two Coots, a Kestrel, a Snipe, five Stock Doves, a Grey Heron, c25 Swallows, c35 House Martins, a Redstart, a Reed Warbler and aChiffchaff. (Les Brown).

Syde    A family of Spotted Flycatchers, a female Redstart and a flock of 16 Mistle Thrushes. (Terry Fenton).

Forest of Dean    A pair of Swallows with two young still on their nest at Beechenhurst Lodge. (Anne Dobbs).

Tirley Sandpits    180+ House Martins, two Bullfinches, a Green Woodpecker, 6+ Chiffchaffs, twoWillow Warblers singing, a Whitethroat, 70+ Swallows many moving SW, a female Redstart, 2+Ravens, six Stock Doves and a Jay. (Mark Grieve).

Tewkesbury    A Hummingbird Hawk Moth this morning. (Les Ditchburn).


Fri 22nd Aug 2014

Minsterworth Ham    A Whinchat, eight Redstarts, two Lesser Whitethroats, six Yellow Wagtailsand two Sparrowhawks. (Andy Jayne).

Cleeve Hill    Three Wheatears, five Redstarts, a Spotted Flycatcher, 100 Linnets and a fewWillow Warblers today. (Tom Mabbett).

Tirley Sandpits    A Green Woodpecker, 17+ Chiffchaffs, 70+ House Martins, a Sparrowhawk, 2+Ravens, 50+ Swallows, three Lesser Whitethroats, 6+ Blackcaps, a Sand Martin, 3+ Willow Warblers, a Sedge Warbler (2nd patch record), a Whitethroat, two Spotted Flycatchers, twoKestrels and a Skylark. (Mark Grieve).

Cheltenham    A family of Goldcrests in Sandford Park today. (Bethany Dobbs). An Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar in the garden in Benhall this afternoon. (David Norman). Pic by David.

Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar

Thu 21st Aug 2014

Hempsted    A GREAT WHITE EGRET and an OSPREY flew S past Riversmead Farm this morning. An adult CASPIAN GULL in the gull roost on Corn Ham and seven YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS (1ad, 1 2cy and 5 1cy) this morning, in fields opposite Riversmead Farm. Also two Greenshanks and threeRedstarts, five Lesser Whitethroats, four Whitethroats, four Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, 17 Blackcaps and 14 Chiffchaffs around Riversmead Farm. (Francis Steuck).

Framilode    Two adult MEDITERRANEAN GULLS on the river this evening, one with a red Polish colour ring. (John Sanders).

Sharpness    Four adult MEDITERRANEAN GULLS on the river this evening. (Andy Jordan).

Frampton    Seven Swifts over Court Lake and 200+ Sand Martins and a few Swallows this evening. (Nick Goatman). Along the towpath between Splatt Bridge and Green Lane threeBuzzards, two Willow Warblers and a Kingfisher. (Tony Bradley).

WWT Slimbridge    A MARSH HARRIER and a Knot from Zeiss hide this afternoon. (Martin Greenish).

Hawling    Two Red Kites, five Buzzards, four Kestrels hunting close together (probably a family of two adults and two juveniles), two Yellowhammers, Linnets and small flocks of Chaffinches. (Chris & Phil Andrews).


Wed 20th Aug 2014

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Pit 126 today a pair of Egyptian Geese. Around Pit 125, 20 Great Crested Grebes, four Buzzards including a very pale individual, 25 Common Terns, three Garden Warblers, two Lesser Whitethroats, three Whitethroats, four Sedge Warblers, six Reed Warblers, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Wheatear. Also a Brown Hawker here. At Pit 132, 55 Mute Swans, 44 Greylags, 420 Canada Geese, four juvenile Shelducks, two Teal, a male Pochard, tenLittle Grebes, eight Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, two Red Kites, a Sparrowhawk, five Buzzards, a Hobby, 300 Lapwings, a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a juvenile SPOTTED REDSHANK, a Greenshank, five Mistle Thrushes, a Wheatear and a Yellow Wagtail. (Andy Jayne).

Sharpness    Two MEDITERRANEAN GULLS and a YELLOW-LEGGED GULL this evening. (Andy Jordan).

Frampton    16 Swifts, a Hobby, 50+ Sand Martins, a Common Tern, a Kingfisher and a Little Egret at Court Lake this evening. In the Gravel Wash area three Willow Warblers, two Garden Warblers, 15+ Chiffchaffs, four Bullfinches, two Ravens and eight Jays. (Nick Goatman).

Sudeley Castle    A family of Spotted Flycatchers (2 ads, 2 juvs) and a Hobby over today. (Keith Colcombe).

Norton    A Little Egret today. (Keith Colcombe).

Walmore Common    A Grey Heron, two Kingfishers, a Greenshank, large flocks of Swallows, twoYellow Wagtails and two Pied Wagtails today. (Alan Hooper/Alan Baxter). Pic by Alan H.


Butterow    2 or 3 Swifts feeding daily this month near Butterow, E of Stroud, probably late local breeding birds. (Martin Wright).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre/Blackwell’s End today a Redstart, 50+ Goldfinches, mainly juveniles, two Chiffchaffs, four Buzzards and a Kestrel. Also numerous Emperor dragonflies andRuddy Darters. (Steve French). Pics by Steve.


Ruddy Darter

Tue 19th Aug 2014

Walmore Common    Three Teal, two Snipe, a Kingfisher, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Sedge Warbler, two Reed Warblers, four Redstarts, seven Whinchats, a Wheatear and six Yellow Wagtails. (Andy Jayne).

Ashleworth Ham    Three Whinchats and a Wheatear early morning. (Martin Greenish).

Frampton    Two Hobbies still hunting over Court Lake, also a Swift and two juvenile Common Terns on the Sailing Lake. (Nick Goatman).

Gloucester    Eight Swifts over Netheridge Farm this evening. (Mark Hobson). At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake a Little Egret and a juvenile Grey Heron today. (Gordon Avery).


Mon 18th Aug 2014

Southrop    A WRYNECK in a field next to a private garden at Southrop yesterday. (Tim Guest).

Tewkesbury    A pair of Egyptian Geese at the Sailing Club today. (Sarah Loaring).

WWT Slimbridge    At least one GARGANEY amongst 350 Teal on the Top New Piece today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Frampton    Two Swifts over Court Lake, also 100+ Sand Martins, a Little Egret, six Chiffchaffs, four Blackcaps, two Treecreepers and eight Curlews. (Nick Goatman).

Hartpury    At Hartpury church this morning two Buzzards, three Goldcrests, a small mixed flock of Swallows and House Martins, c15 of each and a Kestrel. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.


Sun 17th Aug 2014

WWT Slimbridge    A GLOSSY IBIS flew low over the Tack Piece towards Martin Smith hide at 12:20pm but wasn’t relocated. (Nigel Warren). Also three GARGANEYS amongst 455 Teal on the Top New Piece today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Sharpness    A male COMMON SCOTER at 7:50pm. (Val Smart).

Woodmancote    A Lesser Whitethroat coming to garden feeders daily since 9th August. (John Widgery). Pic by John.

Lesser Whitethroat

Ullenwood    A male Sparrowhawk on the road with a dead pigeon. (Steve Brown).

Hartpury     Today at the Orchard Centre 120+ Goldfinches, a Sparrowhawk hunting Goldfinches, two Kestrels, two Tufted Ducks and a Yellowhammer. (Steve French).

Frampton    A Hobby still hunting Court Lake this evening also three Swifts, a Kingfisher, 12 Sand Martins, two Ravens and a Little Owl. (Nick Goatman).

Gloucester    In the Horsbere Valley two Peregrines, two Little Egrets, a Kingfisher, 50 Swiftsand good numbers of juvenile Black-headed Gulls in mixed flocks and good numbers of Southern Hawkers. (Mark Dowie). At Alney Island a Swift flew over. (Mark Grieve).

Berkeley shore    Three Common Sandpipers, two Turnstones and a Dunlin over high tide. (Paul Taylor).

Tirley Sandpits    A calling Tawny Owl at 6am, 85+ House Martins and 46+ Swallows flew SW, 8+Chiffchaffs, 3+ Willow Warblers, two Lesser Whitethroats, four Whitethroats, a Spotted Flycatcher, a female Blackcap, 20+ Goldfinches, a male Redstart and 40+ Greylags flew towards Tirley fishing ponds. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A family of six Lesser Whitethroats, a family of five Redstarts, two juvenile Kingfishers, two Willow Warblers (1 singing), a Jay, a Chiffchaff, two Grey Herons, aRaven, a Buzzard, a Green Woodpecker and a family of eight Long-tailed Tits. (Les Waring). Pics by Les.

Lesser Whitethroat


Woodchester Park    A Hornets nest found today. (Adrian Smith). Pic by Adrian.


Sat 16th Aug 2014

Cleeve Hill    At West Wood this morning, a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER feeding in the centre of the wood where a track joins the main path. Also here a Spotted Flycatcher and a family of Marsh Tits. (Chris Stott).

Frampton    At Court Lake a Green Sandpiper, a Common Tern and 50+ Mute Swans this morning. On the Sailing Lake two Common Terns and 80+ Greylags. (MK).

Aylburton Warth    c20 Yellow Wagtails, six Wheatears, two Whinchats, a Little Egret, a Green Sandpiper and a Tree Pipit over S early afternoon. Also a pair of Spotted Flycatchers with at least two fledged young nearby at Mickla Bridge. (Lewis Thomson).

Saul Warth    This morning a Whimbrel and a first-winter Redstart. (MK ).

Tirley Sandpits    25+ House Martins, five Blackcaps, five Whitethroats, eight Chiffchaffs, aGreen Woodpecker, 22+ Swallows, two Willow Warblers, 3+ Redstarts, at least eight Buzzards, three Yellow Wagtails (2 ads, 1 juv), two Ravens, a Stock Dove and a male Sparrowhawk. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth Ham    At least 200 Swallows late afternoon. (Steve French).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included a Hobby, 12 Ravens, 395 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, three Great Black-backed Gulls, 175 House Martins, 69 Swallows, a Swift and 15 Linnets. Nearby 14 Buzzards together circling over Edge Common late morning. (John Fleming).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two Mute Swans with two cygnets, 80 Greylags, 12 Canada Geese, eightTeal, 100 Mallards, three Shovelers, three Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, a Water Rail, aLapwing, a Snipe, a Whitethroat churring, at least five Willow/Chiffs calling from the bushes and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart/Les Brown).

Cobney Meadows    20 Mallards, a Grey Heron, two Redstarts, more calling Willow/Chiffs and at least one burst of song each from a Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff. (Mike Smart/Les Brown ).

Lower Lode brickpits    Two Mute Swans with four cygnets, a Mandarin, 40 Mallards, a Tufted Duck, 32 Cormorants on dead tree, 17 Coots, 20 Sand Martins hawking insects over treetops. Nearby on the River Severn near Forthampton; still ten Sand Martins along river bank. (Mike Smart).
Fri 15th Aug 2014

Cotswold Water Park (E)    The GREAT WHITE EGRET still at Pit 132 near Kempsford this afternoon at SU170978. A moulting BLACK TERN on Pit 125 until midday least with 30 Common Terns including at least ten juveniles (Dave Pearce).

North Cotswold    Pic of one of two recently fledged Hobbies today. (Richard Tyler).


WWT Slimbridge    Two GARGANEYS amongst 253 Teal on the Top New Piece from from Zeiss Hide today. Also the moulting female MARSH HARRIER hunting around Mid Point/Dumbles/Tack Piece this morning. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Sharpness    Three MEDITERRANEAN GULLS this evening, adult, juvenile and second-winter. (Andy Jordan).

Berkeley shore    An adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL this afternoon. (Paul Taylor).

Shuthonger    2+ Spotted Flycatchers, a female Redstart and a Lesser Whitethroat today. (Sarah Loaring).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two Lesser Whitethroats, three Whitethroats, two Kingfishers, aRedstart, two Chiffchaffs, three Swallows and 30+ House Martins and a Green Woodpecker. (Les Waring).


Thu 14th Aug 2014

Sharpness    A Peregrine over Newtown tonight, 18 Curlews, seven Mandarins and a Kingfisher at Sharpness. (Andy Jordan).

Ashleworth Ham    On the reserve 30 Canada Geese, a Grey Heron, a Green Sandpiper, threeStonechats together, probably a family party and a Sedge Warbler seen still carrying food. CES ringing today, birds caught included four Redstarts, two Lesser Whitethroats, a Blackcap, fourChiffchaffs and two Willow Warblers. (Mervyn Greening/Mike Smart).

Frampton    At the pools this evening 30 Sand Martins, six Swifts, two Little Egrets, threeCommon Terns, two Green Woodpeckers and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (Shane Long).

Tewkesbury    Two Grey Herons, a Cormorant, a Little Grebe, 150+ Mallards, mainly juveniles and many hawking hirundines over Churchend ponds. Along the River Avon between Churchend and Tewkesbury marina, two Grey Herons, three Great Crested Grebes (2ad & 1juv), 3-4 Sedge Warblers and a Jay. (Sarah Loaring).


3Wed 13th Aug 2014

Frampton    At the pools this evening 40 Sand Martins, a Hobby, two Kingfishers, three Little Egrets, four Common Terns, a Green Woodpecker and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Shane Long).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included a Cuckoo, two Cormorants, a Kestrel, a Hobby, 1470Lesser Black backed Gulls, three Great Black backed Gulls, 210 Common Gulls, four Swifts, 15Swallows, 14 House Martins, two Tree Pipits, 31 Mistle Thrushes and 52 Golden Plovers. Also aRedstart on site. (John Fleming).

Nailsworth    A Swift still feeding young locally and four Swifts flying S. (Terry Grant).

Cheltenham    A Peregrine heard and seen around Naunton Park and Cheltenham College several times since Monday. (Judith & David Anderson/Megan & Steve Brown).

Forest of Dean    A group of young Wild Boar in front of the lower hide at Nagshead this morning. Also a Spotted Flycatcher seen at the hide. On the short trail a family group of Spotted Flycatchers seen and a Southern Hawker. (Allan Chard).

Wild Boar

Southern Hawker
Tue 12th Aug 2014

Forest of Dean    A very late Nightjar still churring and holding territory this evening. (Ivan Proctor). Today at Wenchford a Dipper singing under the bridge by the entrance. (Derek Hale).

Berkeley shore    An adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL and 11 Oystercatchers at 9am, but quickly pushed off by the high tide. (Geoff Moyser). Also a juvenile Wheatear, three Common Sandpipers, seven Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin. (Paul Taylor).

Walmore Common    This evening three Snipe, two Whinchats and three Yellow Wagtails. (Andy Jayne).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included a Buzzard, a Hobby, 306 Lesser Black backed Gulls, 13 Swallows, 30 House Martins, six Swifts, a Raven and four Golden Plovers. (John Fleming).

Nailsworth    49 Swifts moved over S in 2 hours today. (Terry Grant).
Coombe Hill Meadows    82 Greylags, 69 Canada Geese, two adult Mute Swans with two cygnets, 100 Mallards, ten Teal, three Shovelers, three Little Egrets, five Grey Herons, five Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, two Swifts, a Kingfisher, a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff and a few Swallows. (Les Brown/Mike Smart/John Wiltshire).

Ashleworth & Hasfield Hams    A Canada Goose, 12 Mallards, a Grey Heron, two Buzzards, twoLapwings, c100 Swallows and c20 Sand Martins over Hasfield Ham, c40 House Martins at Stonebow farm and two Ravens. (Les Brown).

Guscar Rocks    This evening a minimum of 254 Curlews, 14 Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin and two juvenile Shelducks. (Mike Smart).

Frampton    At the pools this evening 200 Sand Martins, 15 Swifts, a Grey Wagtail and a Ravenover. (Shane Long).


Mon 11th Aug 2014

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included a ringtail Harrier, probably Hen at 7:45am, 513Lesser Black backed Gulls,  four Swallows, 14 House Martins, a Swift, a Tree Pipits and a Golden Plover. (John Fleming).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A Kingfisher, a Green Sandpiper, a Little Egret, three Bullfinches, twoChiffchaffs, a Sedge Warbler and a Swift today. (Derek Hale).

Forest of Dean    At Speech House at the S entrance to Arboretum a FIRECREST and aTreecreeper. Nearby at Cannop Stone Works male and female Siskin on the feeders. (Derek Hale).

Tuffley    Two Swifts S at 7:35pm. (Mark Hobson).

Frampton    At the pools this evening 100+ Sand Martins, 12 Swifts, a Little Egret, a Kingfisher, five Common Terns, two Grey Wagtails, a Hobby and 37 Curlews over. (Shane Long).

Guscar Rocks    At least 720 Curlews on the morning tide. 470+ on the evening tide. Also five juvenile Shelducks, four Lapwings, an Oystercatcher, 1+ Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper today. (Mike Smart).


Sun 10th Aug 2014

Cotswold Water Park (E)    The GREAT WHITE EGRET still at Pit 132 near Kempsford at 3:25pm. (Dave Pearce).

WWT Slimbridge    A pair of BLUE-HEADED WAGTAILS still feeding their fledged young in front of the Robbie Garnett hide late afternoon. Also a Redstart at Holden Tower. (Mark Hobson). Five CURLEW SANDPIPERS on the river from Holden Tower early afternoon. (Jake King).

Saul Warth    A Wheatear and Whinchat, both juveniles, this afternoon. (Gordon Hodgson).

Aylburton Warth & Lydney New Grounds    A juvenile Peregrine, two Whimbrels, two Common Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, four Snipe, four Wheatears and 12 Yellow Wagtails. (Andy Jayne). Also a Wheatear at Lydney Harbour today. (Malcolm Royal).

Forest of Dean    At Parkend two Dippers today. (Malcolm Royal).

Painswick Beacon    Migration late afternoon included 27 Swallows and 17 Swifts. (John Fleming).

Frampton    At the pools this evening 200+ Sand Martins, nine Swifts, two Common Terns, twoGrey Wagtails, two Ravens and two Common Gulls. (Shane Long).

Wotton-Under-Edge    Two Red Kites and two Swifts near Newark Park today. (Paul Rich).

Berkeley    A Swift over S at 5pm. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Around the car park this morning birds included a Whitethroat, a Green Woodpecker and two Kingfishers. (Les Waring).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre 63 Goldfinches, c40 House Martins, 20 Swallows and two Mute Swans. (Steve French).


Sat 9th Aug 2014

WWT Slimbridge    A pair of BLUE-HEADED WAGTAILS still feeding their fledged young in front of the Robbie Garnett hide today. (James Lees, WWT).

Guscar Rocks    Six Shelducks, at least 600 Curlews in the roost, five Oystercatchers, a Common Sandpiper, a Common Tern and a Wheatear. Nearby at Aylburton Warth 20 Skylarks and 1+Meadow Pipit. (Mike Smart).

Quedgeley    Two Swifts flew S at 5:15pm (with a Spitfire). (MK).

Nailsworth    Four Swifts at Windsoredge this afternoon. (Roy Bircher).

Frampton    A ringing session this morning included 23 Blackcaps, eight Chiffchaffs, four Willow Warblers, two Garden Warblers and a Redstart. (Roy Bircher).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included 580 Lesser Black backed Gulls, seven Great Black-backed Gulls, 74 Swallows, 30 House Martins, 11 Swifts, two Tree Pipits, a Yellow Wagtail, 19Mistle Thrushes and a Crossbill. (John Fleming).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Six Greylags, two Canada Geese, a Gadwall, nine Teal, c100 Mallards, a  juvenile GARGANEY still, two Shovelers, a Cormorant, three Little Egrets, nine Grey Herons, aWater Rail, 65 Lapwings, five Snipe and two Green Woodpeckers. (Les Brown).

Ashleworth Ham    34 Canada Geese, three Lapwings, a Green Sandpiper and c40 House Martins at Stonebow Farm where they are nesting. (Les Brown).

Tirley Sandpits    5+ Willow Warblers, a Green Woodpecker, a Mistle Thrush, seven Swallows, 16+ Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, a Bullfinch, three Lesser Whitethroats, 45+ House Martins, four Spotted Flycatchers, two Whitethroats, a Whinchat, three Redstarts (2m, 1f), a Raven, aSparrowhawk and a Kestrel. (Mark Grieve).

Rendcomb    A Dipper downstream from the bridge. Also a Bullfinch, Nuthatches heard and aBeautiful Demoiselle. (Steve Brown).


Fri 8th Aug 2014

Cotswold Water Park (E)    The GREAT WHITE EGRET at Pit 132 near Kempsford again this afternoon. Also two adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS on the new un-numbered pit next to Dudgrove Pit 114. (Duncan Dine).

Frampton    The non-breeding CATTLE EGRET came in to roost on Court Lake at 6:20pm. Also aLittle Egret, a Kingfisher, 158 Coots and 20+ Curlews over. (Nick Goatman).

Hempsted    An adult CASPIAN GULL viewed from Corn Ham this morning, in fields opposite Riversmead Farm. (Francis Steuck).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included a Peregrine, a Goshawk, four Ravens, 247 Swallows, 108 House Martins, a Sand Martin, a Swift, 44 Goldfinches, 17 Linnets, two Crossbills, 14 StockDoves, a Tree Pipit, two Sparrowhawks, six Buzzards and a Kestrel. (John Fleming).

Ebworth    West of Overtown Farm birds included 75 Goldfinches, 24 Linnets, 12 Stock Doves, four Yellowhammers, three Redstarts and a Whinchat. Migrants moving through included a Yellow Wagtail, a Tree Pipit, a Swift, 68 Swallows, 60 House Martins and flock of 39 Mistle Thrushes. (John Fleming).


Thu 7th Aug 2014

Frampton    The non-breeding CATTLE EGRET went to roost on Court Lake at 8:30pm. It was seen earlier at WWT. Also a Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail, two Common Terns and 24 Curlews over. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge    A juvenile WOOD SANDPIPER from Zeiss hide today. Also a CATTLE EGRET,three MARSH HARRIERS, a Hobby and a juvenile Cuckoo on the afternoon Land Rover Safari.(@slimbridge_wild).

Ozleworth Tower, near Wotton-under-Edge    Two Red Kites slowly gliding S from the tower and a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher in the valley opposite Bagpath, ST 798943. (Vic Polley).

Ashleworth Ham    A CES ringing session caught a Reed Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, three Lesser Whitethroats, nine Whitethroats, three Blackcaps, eight Willow Warblers, ten Chiffchaffs, twoRedstarts and four Reed Buntings as well as other common species. On the reserve 45 Canada Geese and ten Greylags, eight Buzzards and four Snipe flew over high to the W. (Mervyn Greening/Mike Smart).

Tirley    A Little Owl calling at 4:15am. Two Lesser Whitethroats, a Whitethroat, 6+ Chiffchaffs, 5+ Willow Warblers, 2+ Spotted Flycatchers, a female Blackcap, a Green Woodpecker, aSparrowhawk, 12 House Martins and ten Swallows flew SW and 12 House Martins with 6+ Swallowsover Town Street farm. (Mark Grieve).


Wed 6th Aug 2014

Adlestrop    Belated news of a BEE-EATER late afternoon on the 30th of July seen near Adlestrop on the Macmillan Way towards Chastleton. It was perched on a telegraph pole and flighting out to pick off emerging ant drones as they flew by. It was watched for 30 minutes until a tractor disturbed it and it flew off. (Michael Cook per RB).

Sharpness    Three COMMON SCOTERS off of SARA at 6pm went upriver and then back down again a short while later and still off of the picnic site at 6:30pm. Also tonight 11 Mandarins, 70Redshanks and two Willow Warblers. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.

Common Scoters

Frampton    A CATTLE EGRET was with the cattle, two fields N of Splatt Bridge at 6pm today (Gordon Kirk), then one was at Court Lake again this evening at 8:40pm. (Nick Goatman).

Tirley    A male Redstart, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2+ Lesser Whitethroats, a Blackcap, 3+Chiffchaffs and a Green Woodpecker. (Mark Grieve).

Cam    A Barn Owl at 9:18pm 100 yards N of Cam & Dursley railway station on the embankment. (Alan Hooper).

Whitminster    100+ House Sparrows, two juvenile Buzzards with their parents, two Cormorants, several Blackcaps still singing, a male and female Reed Bunting, a Yellowhammer singing andWhitethroat calling. (Tanya Allen).

Ashleworth    18 Swifts with two House Martins flew S over the village at 6pm. (Mark Grieve).

Forest of Dean    This evening 20+ Swifts over Lords Hill, Coleford. (Frank Williams).

Nailsworth    This afternoon between 3:15-4:30pm at Windsoredge 70 Swifts including one flock of 25, 24 House Martins and three Swallows all moving S along the Nailsworth valley, seven Ravenstogether and three Sparrowhawks together. (Roy Bircher).

Slimbridge    Along the canal this afternoon six Common Cranes (GCRP) and a hunting Buzzard. (Bob Shiret).

WWT Slimbridge    On the Rushy three Avocets and three Oystercatchers. From the Robbie Garnet hide three Avocets (1 ad, 2 juvs) and three Green Sandpipers. On South Lake a pair ofCommon Terns feeding a juvenile on a raft and a Ruff in amongst the Black-tailed Godwits andRedshanks. (Bob Shiret). Pic by Bob.


Tue 5th Aug 2014

Frampton    A CATTLE EGRET was at Court Lake again this evening at 8pm. (Paul Rich).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two Mute Swans with two cygnets, ten Teal, 100 Mallards, a juvenileGARGANEY, a Snipe, five Skylarks, two Sedge Warblers and a Willow Warbler. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines and one of the juveniles showing well, with a prey pass to the youngster. Also two Buzzards, a female Sparrowhawk and a femaleKestrel. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.


Tirley    A Chiffchaff and male and female Blackcaps in the garden. (Mark Grieve).

Gretton    At 9pm today a female Sparrowhawk with a pigeon in the garden. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.


Mon 4th Aug 2014

Frampton    A non-breeding CATTLE EGRET today in the Splatt Bridge area until 6pm at least and then back on Court Lake at 7:30pm. Also along the canal two Common Terns fishing, a Little Egret and a Clouded Yellow. At Court Lake this evening two Common Terns, two Kingfishers, sevenGreat Crested Grebes, two Green Woodpeckers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and 21+ Barnacle Geese. (Ian Hayes/John Widgery/Andy Jordan/Trevor & Sue Clayson). Pic by Brian Thompson taken yesterday.

Cattle Egret

Another pic by Les Waring

Also by Les.

Common Tern

The Cattle Egret was noted eating flies that it picked off the cows faces as they sat chewing the cud

Pic by Sue Clayson

Guscar Rocks    Two Turnstones, a Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, a Redshank, threeOystercatchers, c500 Curlews, two Yellow Wagtails and a Clouded Yellow this afternoon.

(Lewis Thomson). Pics by Lewis.



Nailsworth    This evening over Windsoredge at least 30 Swifts at 8:30pm. Also four through during the afternoon. Most local birds left on 25th July. (Roy Bircher).

Cotswolds    On the River Churn a Grey Wagtail below The Green Dragon Inn and another at Rendcomb. At Cassey Compton two Red Kites, a Kestrel and a Grey Heron. (Megan & Steve Brown).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included a Cormorant, a Buzzard, 1290 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 26 Swallows, 52 House Martins, an alba Wagtail, a Wheatear dropped in briefly, four Ravensand ten Linnets. (John Fleming).


Sun 3rd Aug 2014

Frampton    This evening all three CATTLE EGRETS returned to roost on Court Lake and were seen mating. (Nick Goatman). Pic by Nick.

Cattle Egrets

Another pic by Mark Dowie.

Cattle Egret

Three CATTLE EGRETS in the roost on Court Lake middle island at 6am with six Little Egrets. Also a Common Tern here and another by Splatt Bridge and a Yellow Wagtail and two Swiftsthere. (MK). Later all three CATTLE EGRETS showed to all-comers in fields around Splatt Bridge. (Darren Pearce/Mark Dowie). Pic by Mike. 3rd CE top left. PLEASE NOTE: The Perryway now closed at the top so you need to access Frampton via Whitminster. Exit from Frampton is OK.

Cattle Egrets & Little Egrets

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included a Peregrine, a Great Black-backed Gull, 683 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 50 Common Gulls, 41 Black-headed Gulls, 15 Herring Gulls, 39 House Martins, seven Swallows and 14 Ravens. Two family groups of Meadow Pipits on the hill fort and ten Mistle Thrushes near the cemetery. (John Fleming).

Ashleworth Ham    A Canada Goose, 12 Mallards,  a Grey Heron, a Little Egret, a female Peregrine, two Lapwings, two Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, two Stock Doves and a male Redstart. (Les Brown).

Cobney Meadows    Ten Mallards, a Grey Heron, three Green Sandpipers and a Sedge Warbler. (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows    100 Mallards, two Shovelers, nine Teal, a Water Rail squealing, eightSnipe, two Kingfishers, six Goldfinches, six Grey Herons, three Little Egrets, five Willow Warblers (2 singing), four Chiffchaffs, eight Whitethroats, seven Sedge Warblers, a female Reed Bunting, two Buzzards, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Green Woodpecker, two Bullfinchesand a male Yellowhammer. (Les Waring/Les Brown/Mike Smart). Pics by Les W.

Little Egret

Guscar Rocks    c150 Curlews this morning and at least 100 House Sparrows near a newly harvested field nearby. (Rob Guest).

Huntley    A Hobby over at 7:30 this evening. (Martin Drew).

Cam    50+ House Sparrows feeding on a wheat field along Elstub Lane. (Matthew Tipper).

Forest of Dean    A Wood Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher family at Nagshead this afternoon. Also a male Redstart and four Willow Warblers (2 singing) at Crabtree Hill and 4+ Tree Pipits at Woorgreens. (Mark Hobson). Three Swifts over the Lords Hill area, Coleford this evening. (Frank Williams).

Cleeve Hill    Eight Whitethroats, five Skylarks, a male Redstart, 8+ Yellowhammers, a Bullfinch, aStock Dove, three singing Willow Warblers, seven Swallows, two Mistle Thrushes, a Meadow Pipit, two Ravens, two Chiffchaffs, a Sparrowhawk and two hunting Kestrels together. (Mark Grieve).

Tirley Sandpits    13+ House Martins, two Spotted Flycatchers, a Blackcap, 20+ Swallows, a Green Woodpecker, two Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, a male Redstart, a Lesser Whitethroat, twoWhitethroats and a Raven. (Mark Grieve).

Daneway    At Daneway Banks GWT Reserve two Common Blue butterflies today. (Adrian Smith).

Common Blues

Sat 2nd Aug 2014

Frampton    Three CATTLE EGRETS (2 ad summer) mid-afternoon with cattle viewed from Splatt Bridge. (James Lees, WWT). All three flew in to roost on Court Lake at 7:45pm. (Nick Goatman). Also around Frampton today on Court Lake early morning 109 Barnacle Geese including one small gosling, 40+ Mute Swans, a Grey Wagtail and a Common Tern. Four Common Terns along the canal this afternoon. (MK).

Tirley Sandpits    A Green Woodpecker, 14+ Swallows, 4+ Spotted Flycatchers, four Chiffchaffs, a House Martin, a Lesser Whitethroat, three Blackcaps, a male Redstart, three Stock Doves, aWillow Warbler, three Ravens and a Whitethroat. (Mark Grieve).

WWT Slimbridge    A couple of Green Sandpiper pictures taken today. (Richard Tyler).

Green Sandpiper


Fri 1st Aug 2014

Brockweir    A female Pied Flycatcher in the garden at 8:10am today, a garden first. (Paul Wilkins).


Thu 31st Jul 2014

Frampton    Two summer-plumaged CATTLE EGRETS were at Court Lake on the island at 7am. (Nick Goatman). Later they were with cows just N of Splatt Bridge showing well from the canal bank. (Gordon Hodgson). Pic by Gordon. Video here by Steve Avery

Cattle Egrets

Also a male Black-tailed Skimmer at the Sailing Lake. (Tony Bradley).

Black-tailed Skimmer

WWT Slimbridge    From Robbie Garnett Hide at 10:30am a WOOD SANDPIPER and a BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL showing well in front of hide along scrape edge. Also a Redstart still on the fence along the Summer Walkway. (Roy Shilham).

Ashleworth Ham    Along Stank Lane a Hobby amongst the Swallows and House Martins over the Lane, a family of Sedge Warblers, two Bullfinches, three Long-Tailed Tits, two Willow Warblers, aChiffchaff, a male Redstart and a Kestrel. From the viewing screen near the hide a Little Egretand a juvenile Grey Heron. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Witcombe Reservoir    A Common Sandpiper and a brood of two Little Grebes today. (Gordon Avery).


Wed 30th Jul 2014

Minchinhampton    Two juvenile Redstarts today. (Keith Perkins).

Tirley    A calling Tawny Owl at 5:40am, and later 20+ Swallows over the village. (Mark Grieve).


Tue 29th Jul 2014

Frampton    Two summer-plumaged CATTLE EGRETS again at the back of the Court Lake at 9:15pm, on a small reedy pool on the Perry Way side of the lake at SO757075. Also two Common Terns over the lake and a Little Owl around edge of court field. (Rich Hearn).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A pair of Mute Swans with 2 cygnets, two Barnacle Geese, seven Teal, c60 Mallards, three Red-legged Partridges, seven Grey Herons, three Little Egrets, three Coots, aLapwing, a Snipe, four Green Sandpipers, 25 Swallows and five Reed Buntings (3 juvs). Please note the Wharf car park will be closed soon whilst  a flood defence structure is built around the houses by the car park. Park in The Swan Public House car park at the crossroads. (Les Brown).

Ashleworth Ham    47 Greylags, a Canada Goose, seven Mallards, a Grey Heron, three Stock Dovesand seven Sand Martins today. (Les Brown).


Mon 28th Jul 2014

Frampton    Two summer-plumaged CATTLE EGRETS again at Court Lake on the island this evening. (Shane Long).

Cheltenham    A juvenile female Peregrine begging loudly from a male over Naunton Park early afternoon. (Megan & Steve Brown).


Sun 27th Jul 2014

Frampton    Two summer-plumaged CATTLE EGRETS at Court Lake on the island this evening. (Nick Goatman).


Tirley Sandpits    A Bullfinch, 13+ House Martins, 12+ Swallows, three Kestrels, four Blackcaps, aRaven, six Stock Doves, a Cormorant, 5+ Chiffchaffs, six Whitethroats, a Green Woodpecker, twoSkylarks and a Red-legged Partridge with four chicks. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Canal    This morning a Water Rail, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Kingfisher. Also twoSedge Warblers, two Reed Warblers, three Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, three Bullfinches, two Green Woodpecker, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 11Lapwings, a Buzzard, a Cormorant, three Grey Herons, two Little Egrets. (Peter Cadogan/Les Waring).

Painswick Beacon    From 6-10am migration included a Hobby, 272 Lesser Black backed Gulls, 124Swifts, two Sand Martins, 38 House Martins, 75 Swallows, two alba Wagtails, a Raven, sixGreenfinches and 21 Goldfinches. Good numbers of Chalkhill Blue butterflies about too. (John Fleming).

Guscar Rocks    A family of seven Canada Geese, a family of six Shelducks, three Oystercatchers, three Lapwings, a Knot, a Whimbrel, c500 Curlews, a Redshank, two Meadow Pipits still carrying food and at least 70 Linnets. (Mike Smart).


Sat 26th Jul 2014

Bourton-on-the-Water    An OSPREY over Bourton-on-the-Water lakes this morning headed towards Clapton-on-the-Hill. (Ben Hilder). Pics by Ben.



WWT Slimbridge    A male BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL from Robbie Garnett hide and a pair ofRedstarts along the Summer Walkway and three Snipe and 30 Black-tailed Godwits over the reed bed filter early morning. (MK). An adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL on the Dumbles edge with 11Oystercatchers, 112 Curlews, a Little Egret and a Peregrine flew upriver. (Dave Paynter/Tom Weston-McClung/MK). The female MARSH HARRIER from Holden Tower again. (Paul Masters).

Fretherne    An adult winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, an adultRinged Plover, eight Dunlins, a Whimbrel, c140 Curlews and three Common Sandpipers. (Rich Hearn). Also three Knot and two Black-tailed Godwits. (Andy Jayne).

Aylburton Warth    Two Little Ringed Plovers, two Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, a female Shelduck with three young, a Kingfisher, six Yellow Wagtails, at least six Clouded Yellowsand a Painted Lady this morning. (Lewis Thomson). Pic by Lewis.

Clouded Yellow

Forest of Dean    This morning 15+ Swifts over Lords Hill, Coleford. At Cannop Ponds 20+Swallows alarm calling in a tight group while overhead three Peregrines were stooping and chasing a large flock of Pigeons. Also on the sluice four Grey Wagtails and a Dipper, several Siskins andGoldfinches on the feeders and along the cycle trail a group of five Nuthatches. (Frank Williams).

Symonds Yat    A juvenile female Goshawk perched in a tree on Coppet Hill, until it flew off to chase a Woodpigeon, before disappearing through the trees today. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Four Mute Swans (2 ad, 2 cygs), two Teal, c75 Mallards, a femaleGARGANEY, a Red-legged Partridge, 11 Grey Herons, a Little Egret, three Snipe, five Green Sandpipers, a Kingfisher, a Reed Warbler, two Sedge Warblers and three Whitethroats. (Les Brown).

Frampton    At the pools a female Goshawk, two Kingfishers, two Ravens, two broods of Reed Warblers, two Willow Warbler and 58 Swallows on wires. (Nick Goatman).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    Four Kestrels, 12+ Chiffchaff, 21+ Swallows, four House Martins, 15+Linnets, a Raven, a Green Woodpecker, four Blackcaps, five Stock Doves, a Bullfinch, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, 6+ Skylarks and a Yellow Wagtail. (Mark Grieve).


Fri 25th Jul 2014

Haw Bridge to Hasfield Ham    This evening two Little Egrets, two Kestrels, two Common Sandpipers, a Lesser Whitethroat, eight Whitethroats, three Grasshopper Warblers, tenRedstarts and 28 Reed Buntings. (Andy Jayne).

Guscar Rocks    On this morning’s high tide seven Canada Geese, two adult Shelducks with two smallish ducklings, a Grey Heron, two juvenile Kestrels, a Peregrine, two Oystercatchers, twoLapwings, a summer plumage Knot, at least 500 Curlews (ten local and one German colour ring read), two Whimbrels, three Redshanks, an adult defending two very recently fledged young, aGreen Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, four Yellow Wagtails and 50+ Linnets. (Mike Smart).

Tirley    A Lesser Whitethroat and a male Blackcap feeding on Elderberries today. (Mark Grieve).

Whitminster    c6 Lapwings, an adult and a juvenile Grey Heron in field between the River Frome and the Canal, a family of Jays calling and a seen over Badger Wood close to the river, 70+ House Sparrows in a corn field, several Song Thrushes still singing, many Blackcaps and a juvenileBuzzard. (Tanya Allen).

Quedgeley    Constant movement of migrating Swifts over the garden tonight in parties of up to a 100. (MK).


Thu 24th Jul 2014

Guscar Rocks    Two female Shelducks and six ducklings, five Oystercatchers, a Whimbrel, c500Curlews, a Turnstone, a Knot, two Dunlins, two Common Sandpipers, a Greenshank, four Redshanksand three Yellow Wagtails. (Andy Jayne).

Lydney Harbour    Five YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS today. (Andy Jayne).

Walmore Common    Late evening two Whinchats and three Redstarts. (Andy Jayne).

Saul Warth    A juvenile MEDITERRANEAN GULL, two Bar-tailed Godwits, eight Dunlins, aSanderling, 51 Curlews, a Peregrine and a Common Tern. (Gordon Hodgson).

Sharpness    An adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL this evening hawking ants with other gulls. Also 24Redshanks at SARA. (Andy Jordan).

Gloucester    Ten Swifts over London Road today. (Mark Grieve).

Newent    At Newent Lake this morning a Grey Heron with a big catch, which it lost, a Kingfisherand c30 Mallards with ducklings. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.

Grey Heron

Wed 23rd Jul 2014

Taynton    A Bee-eater heard calling over Taynton at 1:35pm heading in a northerly direction. (Lawrence Skipp). Later searched for at Oxenhall but no sign. (Tony Eveleigh).

Tirley    A Tawny Owl calling at 5:40am, two Ravens over the village and a Spotted Flycatcher. (Mark Grieve).

Hempsted    From Riversmead Farm this morning five YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS (2ads, 2juvs & 1 2cy) in fields on Corn Ham the other side of the River Severn amongst 300 large gulls. Also on Corn Ham eight Redstarts (6ad, 2juvs), two Yellow Wagtails (ad & juv), two Willow Warblers and aGreen Sandpiper. (Francis Steuck).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre five Reed Warblers, five Tufted Ducks (4 juvs), eight Canada Geese and a pair of Mute Swans. Also numerous dragonflies and butterflies including Emperordragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmers, Common Darters, Banded Demoiselle, Common Blue Damselflyand c30 Common Blue butterflies. (Steve French).

Gretton    A male Sparrowhawk with prey in a garden this evening. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.


Tue 22nd Jul 2014

Cotswold Water Park (E)    The GREAT WHITE EGRET at Pit 132 near Kempsford mid morning until 11:30am at least but this evening probably this bird had moved to Cricklade, Wilts. (Dave Pearce).

Bourton-on-the-Water    Two Barn Owls hunting in the fields close to the buildings at Greystones Farm GWT reserve at 10pm. (Andy Lewis).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two Mute Swans with two cygnets, two Teal, 40 Mallards, a Little Egret, nine Grey Herons, four Lapwings, ten Snipe, a Curlew, a Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, aGrasshopper Warbler still reeling by canal, a Reed Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat, aTreecreeper singing, four Reed Buntings and a Yellowhammer. (Mike Smart/Les Brown). Also an unconfirmed report of a Dotterel yesterday south of the canal, in the big meadow before the barley field. (per Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows    A pair of Canada Geese with six young, 35 Greylags, 40 Mallards, two Grey Herons, a Green Sandpiper and two Redstarts. (Mike Smart).

Haw Bridge    The Sand Martin colony S of bridge is no longer occupied and the colony N of bridge by Malthouse Farm has c20 birds. Nearby the Lower Lode Sand Martin colony has c15 birds. (Mike Smart).

Lower Lode brickpits    A pair of Mute Swans with four cygnets, a Chiloe Wigeon, five Tufted Ducks, 27 Cormorants, a Great Crested Grebe and 15 Coots. (Mike Smart).

Painswick Beacon    From 7-9:30am and 2-4:30pm migration included 60 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, six Herring Gulls, four Stock Doves, 351 Swifts, four Sand Martins, 71 Swallows, 52 House Martins and a Raven. A Goldcrest present in the pines and two immature Coal Tits. (John Fleming).

Forest of Dean    At Lords Hill, Coleford a male Sparrowhawk flew through the garden and 20+ screaming Swifts over. In the Cannop Valley, on the red trail loop near “White Gate” four Silver-washed Fritillaries, two Grey Wagtails, a Dipper, a Tawny Owl being mobbed by several Jays and aGreat Spotted Woodpecker. (Frank Williams).

Northleach    A Red Kite over the A40 near Northleach today. (Michael King).

Symonds Yat    A Red Kite at Yat Rock being chased off by the resident pair of Peregrines.  (Ivan Proctor).

Barnsley    35 Swifts over the village this morning, also a juvenile Green Woodpecker today. (Paul Aubrey).

Lower Slaughter    A female and juvenile Green Woodpeckers in the garden over the last few days. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.

Green Woodpecker


Mon 21st Jul 2014

Cotswold Water Park (W)    Today from Shorncote to Pit 87 sightings included a pair ofEgyptian Geese, three female Red Crested Pochards with broods, five Pochards, a Little Egret, aHobby, a Little Ringed Plover, 60+ Lapwings, two Dunlins, two Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, up to six pairs of breeding Common Terns, an adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL and aKingfisher. Also two Brown Hawkers. (Andy Jayne).

Painswick Beacon    From 6:15-9:15am migration included 220 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (site record), 12 Herring Gulls, five Black-headed Gulls, 38 Swallows, 18 Swifts, 11 House Martins and aSand Martin all flew West. (Francis Steuck).

Whitminster    At least one Whimbrel and 78 Curlews in fields east of A38 just north of the Whitminster roundabout today. (Rich Baatsen).

Nailsworth    A juvenile Dipper at Dunkirk Mills at 7:30pm. (Karen Rogers).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake c20 Emperor dragonflies, a Little Egret and a Water Rail this evening and 120 Swifts overhead. (Terry Fenton).

Forest of Dean    15+ Swifts screaming around Lidl in Cinderford. At Forge Hill, Lydbrook a Small Copper in the garden first in 20+ years. (Chris Sullivan). At 9:45 pm in Birchill Inclosure near Coalway two Curlews flying westward in the dusk. (Ivan Proctor).

Cleeve Hill    At the Bill Smyllie Butterfly Reserve  Ringlet, Large Skipper, Green-veined White,Marbled White, Common Blue, Dark Green Fritillary and Small Heath butterflies and a Six-spot Burnet moth. (Keith White).


Sun 20th Jul 2014

WWT Slimbridge    A SPOTTED CRAKE showing on and off along the reed bed edge from Zeiss hide mid-morning. Also a pair of BLUE-HEADED WAGTAILS feeding young on the Tack Piece today. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    A GREAT WHITE EGRET at Pit 132 near Kempsford mid morning. Also five Little Egrets, ten Grey Herons, a Little Ringed Plover, a Greenshank, two Green Sandpipers and 150 Lapwings. (Dave Pearce). At Pit 131 Horcott 20 Little Grebes, two Green Sandpipers, 12 Yellow Wagtails, a Little Ringed Plover, a  YELLOW-LEGGED GULL and a juvenilePeregrine. (Duncan Dine/Mick & Jo Jones). Pic by Duncan.

Great White Egret

Coombe Hill Meadows    No sign of the GREAT WHITE EGRET by 9:30am. Three Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, 35 Lapwings and a Kingfisher. Also six Black-tailed Skimmers, a Common Darter, three Common Blue Damselflies, Essex Skippers and a Green-veined White butterfly. (MK). Also today 25+ House Martins, 20+ Swallows, two Jays, two Bullfinches, six Whitethroats, sixChiffchaffs, four Sedge Warblers, a male Redstart, two Swifts, five Reed Buntings and threeBlack-tailed Godwits. (Mark Grieve/Tim Gobourn/Les Waring). Pic by Les.

Little Egrets

Pic by Tim

Black-tailed Godwits

Forest of Dean    A Red Kite over Serridge Ridge at 1:30pm today. (Tim & Rose Smith).

Frampton    A YELLOW-LEGGED GULL on the Sailing Lake, a Yellow Wagtail over, a Common Sandpiper, 28 Linnets and 16 Goldfinches today. (Nick Goatman).

Stratton    A Little Owl and a Barn Owl in fields W of Stratton at dusk. (Ken Cservenka).

Tirley Sandpits    Early evening two Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap singing, two Yellow Wagtails, twoSkylarks, two Swallows and four House Martins. (Mark Grieve).


Sat 19th Jul 2014

Coombe Hill Meadows    The GREAT WHITE EGRET still on the Long Pool. Also two Mute Swans, 14 Canada Geese, two Teal, c40 Mallards, three Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, three Little Ringed Plovers (2 juvs), five Lapwings, two Dunlins, four Snipe, five Black-tailed Godwits, aCommon Sandpiper, two Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank and a Redshank. (Les Brown).

Tirley    A Spotted Flycatcher briefly today. At Tirley Sandpits 17+ House Martins, a Swift and four Swallows feeding over Townstreet Farm and the village. (Mark Grieve).

Whitminster    Two Whimbrels and 81 Curlews on fields east of A38 just north of the Whitminster roundabout today. (Rich Baatsen).


Fri 18th Jul 2014

Coombe Hill Meadows    The GREAT WHITE EGRET mid morning, three male Black-tailed Godwits, two juvenile Little Ringed Plovers, a Greenshank, 50 Lapwings and four Snipe. (Dave Pearce). Pic by Dave.

Great White Egret

Painswick    South over Gyde Road 7:30am-3pm, 1622 Swifts, 33 Swallows, five House Martins, aSand Martin, six Common Gulls, 22 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, nine Herring Gulls, a Black-headed Gull, a Red Kite, a Yellow Wagtail and five Linnets. (John Fleming).


Thu 17th Jul 2014

Rodborough    A QUAIL calling on Rodborough Common this morning behind the fort. (Seb Buckton per MMcG).

WWT Slimbridge    A GREAT WHITE EGRET flying N towards Frampton at 1pm also flew past the restaurant at 10:15am. (@slimbridge_wild).

Stratton    A Little Owl in fields W of Stratton at dusk. (Ken Cservenka).

Winchcombe    Along Wardens Way near Winchcombe SP054263 this morning three Bullfinchesand two Linnets. Also butterflies included four Dark Green Fritillaries and an Essex Skipper. (Peter Rodgers). Pic by Peter.

Essex Skipper

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Pit 127 a Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank and threeOystercatchers. At Pit 126 29 Common Terns, four Oystercatchers, a Common Sandpiper and twoEgyptian Geese. (Trevor & Sue Clayson).

Coombe Hill Meadows    120 Mallards, two Teal, three Little Egrets, three juvenile Little Ringed Plovers, 45 Lapwings, five Snipe, a Green Sandpiper and a Grasshopper Warbler reeling. (Mike Smart). Late evening additional birds included two Curlews, a Reed Warbler, three Sedge Warblers, two Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, two Reed Buntings, a pair of Mute Swans with three cygnets and nine Long-tailed Tits. (Les Waring).

Forest of Dean    At 8:30pm near Sallowvallets Lodge a mixed flock of Goldfinches and Siskins, a male Crossbill and a small family of Spotted Flycatchers. (Tim & Rose Smith).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage lake a Little Egret and at least three Little Ringed Plovers, two adults and 1+ juvenile today. (Mike Smart). In London Road, 8+ Swifts and over Barnwood 8+ Swifts over low screaming around a nest sight. (Mark Grieve).

Sharpness    This evening a Common Sandpiper, a roost of 50 Pied Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail and lots of gulls catching flying ants. (Andy Jordan).

Leckhampton    At the church SO941194 eight Mistle Thrushes feeding together, two adult and four juvenile Green Woodpecker and two Jays. (Alan Hooper). Pics by Alan.

Green Woodpecker


Wed 16th Jul 2014

Coombe Hill Meadows    A Grasshopper Warbler, two Reed Buntings and a Buzzard today. (Julian Long/Martin Greenish).

Ashleworth Ham    Three Redstarts, a Kestrel, nine Lapwings, a Grey Heron and eight Reed Buntings today. (Julian Long/Martin Greenish).

Tirley    A male Redstart in the garden today. (Mark Grieve).

Witcombe Reservoir    A Pochard, three Great Crested Grebes, a Buzzard, a Kingfisher, 12 Pied Wagtails, a Green Woodpecker, 23 Canada Geese, six Greylags and a Reed Warbler today. (Julian Long/Martin Greenish).


Tue 15th Jul 2014

Coombe Hill Meadows    At 6:40am the GREAT WHITE EGRET flew from the E to W over the Wharf car park and along the canal until out of sight but was seen again at 6:50am at height flying SW. Also two pairs of Mute Swans, one pair with three cygnets, c100 Mallards, three Teal, sixGrey Herons, two Little Egrets, a Buzzard, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, c55 Lapwings, fiveSnipe, a Common Sandpiper, two Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank, a juvenile Redshank, threeSwifts, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Whitethroat, two Sedge Warblers, three Reed Warblers, a Grasshopper Warbler, three Reed Buntings and c30 Starlings. (Les Brown/Mike Smart). A Red Kite flew over N at 12:30pm today. (John Widgery).

Forest of Dean    A Golden-ringed Dragonfly at Cannop ponds today. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Golden-ringed Dragonfly

Painswick Beacon    Between 3:45-5:15pm, migration included 24 Swifts, 14 Swallows, five House Martins, 20 Common Gulls, 16 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, two female Crossbills and two Linnets. Also a Dark Green Fritillary and numerous Marbled White butterflies. (John Fleming).

Newent Lake    This evening two Grey Wagtails, a Grey Heron and 30+ Mallards including 17 ducklings. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.

Grey Heron

Mon 14th Jul 2014

Coombe Hill Meadows    A GREAT WHITE EGRET, a Wood Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover and a Grasshopper Warbler this morning. (Graham Smith).

WWT Slimbridge    A record 50 AVOCETS on site today and 27 Green Sandpipers (26 on the Tack Piece) and a pair of Ruff on South Lake. (@slimbridge_wild).

Lower Kilcott, near Hillesley    Two female/juvenile Redstarts at Lower Kilcott Farm this morning. (Vic Polley).

Stroud    A Red Kite over Farmhill Lane and Farmhill Crescent at midday. (Rob Crispin).

Northleach    A Red Kite over the A40 near Northleach today. (Michael King).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage lake, five Little Ringed Plovers, four adults and a juvenile and two Little Egrets today. (Keith Colcombe).

Damery    Along the Little Avon river this afternoon a Grey Wagtail, a Dipper, a Treecreeper, twoNuthatches, two pairs of Blackcaps and three Song Thrushes. (David Poulton).

Forest of Dean    At Cannop ponds three Jays, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Little Grebes, 11 juvenile Mandarins, seven Siskins, a Pied Wagtail, two Grey Wagtails, two Ravens, twoCoal Tits, four Nuthatches, a Buzzard, nine Tufted Ducks and four Greylags. (Les Waring). Pics by Les.

Coal Tit


Sun 13th Jul 2014

WWT Slimbridge    An adult male HEN HARRIER quartering the Dumbles at 11:20am then moved off high towards Sharpness at 11:35am. (Mark Hobson).

Wotton-Under-Edge    A POLECAT in the garden early morning and a Hobby over early afternoon trying unsuccessfully to hunt a large flock of House Martins. (Paul Rich).

Roel Gate    Along the Windrush Way opposite Roel Hill Farm near Roel Gate S of Winchcombe, 4+Corn Buntings and a Tree Pipit. Also a Reeve’s Muntjac crossing the minor Hawling to Compton Abdale road early morning. (MK).

Painswick Beacon    Between 2:30-4:30pm, migration included four Red Kites, including three together, six Ravens, 68 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 21 Herring Gulls, 11 Common Gulls, 73 Swifts, five Swallows and two Sand Martins. Also in the area a Yellowhammer carrying food, a Chiffchaff, eight Buzzards, a Kestrel and a female Sparrowhawk. (John Fleming).

Cleeve Hill    Four Tree Pipits in the Bill Smyllie Butterfly Reserve and a male Redstart by the radio masts. (Irene Cooper). Pic by Irene.

Tree Pipit

Gretton    A young male Sparrowhawk with prey in the garden at lunchtime. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.


Sat 12th Jul 2014

Cotswold Water Park (E)    In the Pit 104 area an OSPREY, a Red Kite and a Peregrine over today. (Mick & Jo Jones).

Walmore Common    An adult Whinchat today. (Andy Jayne).

Roel Gate    Along the Windrush Way opposite Roel Hill Farm near Roel Gate S of Winchcombe, a pair of Redstarts and another male, 4+ Corn Buntings and both Essex and Small Skippers. Nearby at Longbarrow Bank SP0533126081 10+ Dark Green Fritillaries. (MK).

Apperley    A pair of Stock Doves and a flock of 90+ Jackdaws today. A Hobby and a few Sand Martins near Haw Bridge. (Chris Furley).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Five Mute Swans (2 ad, 3 cygs), seven Greylags, two Gadwalls, a Teal, c125 Mallards, two Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, 12 Coots, an adult Little Ringed Plover, a juvenile Redshank, 12 Lapwings, 48 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, eight Swifts, three Skylarks, c25Swallows and six House Martins. (Les Brown).

Ashleworth Ham    Nine Canada Geese, 13 Mallards, a Grey Heron, two Buzzards, 26 Lapwingsincluding three unfledged juveniles, a Snipe and three Green Sandpipers. (Les Brown).

Forest of Dean    At 10:15 pm along the track from Coalway to Nagshead Lodge a churringNightjar, a roding Woodcock and squeaking Tawny Owl young all heard simultaneously. (Ivan Proctor). At Blaize Bailey along the forest path, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Long-tailed Titsand Treecreepers, all with young, a Chiffchaff, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Spotted Flycatcher carrying food. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    At least three Spotted Flycatchers in the village, at the Sandpits twoBlackcaps, four Whitethroats, a Green Woodpecker, 3+ Yellow Wagtails (m, f &  juv), and a femaleYellow Wagtail seen carrying food, three Skylarks, 8+ House Martins, 8+ Swallows, six Stock Doves, 4+ Chiffchaffs, two Red-legged Partridges and two Ravens over. (Mark Grieve).

Hartpury    At Orchard Centre today a Common Sandpiper (a patch first), ten House Martins, aBlackcap, ten Canada Geese and two Mute Swans. Also good numbers of Black-tailed Skimmers andEmperor dragonflies, a Large Red Damselfly and a Banded Demoiselle and a Red Fox skulking by the waters edge. (Steve French). Pic by Steve.

Banded Demoiselle

Red Fox

Fri 11th Jul 2014

Guscar Rocks    Two adult Whimbrels and an adult male summer-plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit on this evening’s tide. (John Sanders).

Gloucester    A Hobby over the garden in Tredworth this evening, a garden tick. (Francis Steuck). At Hucclecote a Little Egret flying high SW, a garden tick, and still nine Swifts tonight. (Terry Fenton). At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage lake, three Little Ringed Plovers, a Lapwing, threeLittle Egrets, a Whitethroat, a Mallard, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and two Swifts. (Jim Northcott). Eight Swifts over Barnwood. (Mark Grieve).

Tirley    Two Swifts over today. (Mark Grieve).

WWT Slimbridge    A summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwit on South Lake today. (Rob Miles). Pic by Rob.

Black-tailed Godwit

Thu 10th Jul 2014

Saul Warth    An adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL, 71 Curlews, six Dunlins, a Common Sandpiper, aGrey Wagtail and an Oystercatcher tonight. (Gordon Hodgson).

Whitminster    At 8:30am a Barn Owl was hunting over the large grassy field just N of Whitminster church. (Bob Frewin).

Painswick Beacon    From 10am until noon birds included 198 Swifts, three House Martins, 31Swallows, a Red Kite, a female Crossbill, five Siskins and six Ravens circling overhead. (John Fleming).

Tirley    A Spotted Flycatcher and at the Sandpits male and female Yellow Wagtail. Nearby at Corse a Swift over. (Mark Grieve).

Gloucester    A Peregrine over the lower slopes of Robinswood Hill at 11am today. (Rob Large).


Wed 9th Jul 2014

Cheltenham    The BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON at Pittville Park, on the upper lake, the side with the playground and toilets, at the east end of the lake still, seen until 11am at least.  (John Sanders). Two Peregrines still at Christ Church today above Malvern Road at midday. (Ron Cooper). Pics by Ron.



Gloucester    An adult male Peregrine was high over Llanthony Weir beating up the gulls at 4:50pm. (Gordon Avery).

Painswick    Another day of Swift movement SW over Gyde Road, lighter in the morning, 62 between 10am and 12 noon, and heavier in the afternoon with 312 between 1:30pm and 3:30pm, so 374 in total today. (John Fleming).

Tirley    A Tawny Owl calling at 5:15am. (Mark Grieve).

Forest of Dean    At Lords Hill, Coleford a Hedgehog this evening, the first garden sighting in over five years. Also 15+ Greenfinches visiting the garden on a regular basis. (Frank Williams).

Twyning    At Upham Meadows a Curlew, a pair of Mute Swans with four cygnets, a pair of Canada Geese with three goslings and two Reed Warblers, three Sedge Warblers and four Reed Buntingsall singing. (Mike Smart).

WWT Slimbridge    From South Lake hide an adult SPOONBILL still, 30+ Black-tailed Godwits, 30+ Lapwings, c100 Black-headed Gulls, c100 Mallards, c40 Redshanks and from Hogarth Hide 22Redshanks, 30+ Lapwings, two Shelducks, a Greenshank, a Herring Gull swallowing an eel, twoOystercatchers and two GCRP Common Cranes flying over. From Robbie Garnett hide twoSwallows, 12 Shelducks (6 ads & an ad with 5 young), six Green Sandpipers, ten Common Sandpiperand a Lapwing. At Knott Hide a Reed Warbler and at Willow Hide two Green-veined Whitebutterflies. From the Van de Bovenkamp Hide two Common Terns, 15 Mallards, three Shelducksand a Cormorant. From the Reed Bed Screen (South Finger) eight Tufted Ducks (1m, 3f, 5 young) a Little Grebe and a juvenile Great Crested Grebe. From Kingfisher Hide a pair of Mute Swanswith three cygnets, two Grey Herons and a Little Grebe. (Harold Smith). Pic by Harold.


Tue 8th Jul 2014

Cheltenham    The BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON at Pittville Park, on the upper lake, the side with the playground and toilets, at the east end of the lake still, seen on and off throughout the day.  (John Sanders/Jon Mercer/Tim Gobourn/Les Waring/Brian Stretch/Andy Jordan). Video by Brian Pic by John.

Black-crowned Night Heron

Another pic by Tim.

Two more pics by Andy Jordan


An adult Peregrine on St Gregory’s R.C. church at 6:45am today. (John Davies). Pic by John.



WWT Slimbridge    An adult SPOONBILL on South Lake this morning, also 51 Redshanks and 105Black-tailed Godwits. (@slimbridge_wild).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Pit 111b two female Red Crested Pochards each with two ducklings and at Pit 126 a female Red Crested Pochard with three ducklings. (John Durell).

Painswick    This morning between 8am and 10am 385 Swifts moving SW over Gyde Road, with only two more seen after that time during the morning and none in the afternoon. (John Fleming).

Tirley    A Little Owl calling at 1:24am. Also a Raven flew N over the village today. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning a pair of Mute Swans with three cygnets, seven Greylags, three Teal, four Gadwalls, 150 Mallards, two Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, a Cormorant over, 25Lapwings, a Redshank, a Kingfisher, a reeling Grasshopper Warbler, two Reed Warblers, at least six Sedge Warblers, six Whitethroats and five Reed Buntings. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows    A pair of Canada Geese with six goslings, a Lapwing, a Green Sandpiper and aSnipe. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    A pair of Lapwings with three chicks, plus three adults and two flying juveniles, a Green Sandpiper and a Snipe, the latter two maybe the Cobney birds. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).


Mon 7th Jul 2014

Cheltenham    The BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON at Pittville Park, on the upper lake, the side with the playground and toilets, at the east end of the lake again, seen on and off throughout the day until 9pm at least.  (Dave Soons/Roberta Goodall/Allan Chard/Jake King/Mark Dowie/Paul Masters). Pics by Dave (1st two), Roberta (3rd) and Allan (4th).

Black-crowned Night Heron


Pic by Roberta

Pic by Allan

Hawling    This evening a Barn Owl, a pair of Whitethroats, two Buzzards, a Linnet, five Red-legged Partridges and two Kestrels. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.

Barn Owl

Sun 6th Jul 2014

Cheltenham    An adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON at Pittville Park early morning, on the upper lake, the side with the playground and toilets, at the east end of the lake. Presumably the bird last seen on Friday 13th June. (John Sanders). Showing well until 9:35am when it clambered into branches and became more elusive but still visible. (Mark Dowie). Still present at 4:30pm at least. Pics by John & Mark.

Black-crowned Night Heron


Roel Gate    Along the Windrush Way just S of Roel Hill Farm, a QUAIL calling still, five Corn Buntings, three singing, two Ravens over and a Stock Dove. (Steve Brown).

Tewkesbury    Along the River Severn from Chaceley Stock to Lower Lode today a Great Crested Grebe, a Sparrowhawk, three Common Sandpipers, two Kingfishers, 25+ Sand Martins, a Lesser Whitethroat and two male Redstarts. (Andy Jayne).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre today five Reed Warblers, two Kestrels, 15 Canada Geese, a pair of Yellowhammers, four Ravens and c30 House Martins. (Steve French). Pic by Steve.


Elkstone    A juvenile Red Kite hovering around the crossroads at SO966128 this morning,Whitethroat, Yellowhammer and Blackbird all still singing. Also Ringlet and Small Tortoiseshellbutterflies and a Hoverfly (Meliscaeva cinctella). (Keith White).

Painswick Beacon    Between 6:30-10:30am 76 Swifts, eight Sand Martins, 14 Swallows and 13House Martins all flying S and a Tree Pipit singing. (Francis Steuck).

Frampton    Six Common Sandpipers at the Sailing Lake, also 20+ Swifts, two Ravens, a Little Owland two Common Terns this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Tirley Sandpits    Five Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, five Whitethroats, 5+ Skylarks, 25+ Swallows, 15+ House Martins, a Swift and a Yellow Wagtail. (Mark Grieve).

Forest of Dean    A screaming party of ten Swifts around a riverside house in Brockweir. (Ivan Proctor).


Sat 5th Jul 2014

WWT Slimbridge    A pair of BLUE-HEADED WAGTAILS still nest building in rough grass on the Tack Piece this morning. (@slimbridge_wild).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two Mute Swans with three cygnets, c75 Mallards (including broods of 7,4,3 and 3), seven Teal, a Grey Heron, three Little Egrets, 26 Lapwings including at least five fledged juveniles, a Snipe, a Cuckoo, six Swifts and two Reed Warblers. (Les Brown).

Leckhampton    The unringed Azure-winged Magpie of unknown origin still coming to feeders in a private garden today. (per Richard Baatsen).

Forest of Dean    At 9:45pm a Goshawk low over Birchill Inclosure near Coalway, and four flyovers by roding Woodcocks. (Ivan Proctor).


Fri 4th Jul 2014

Hempsted    At 4:15pm a Red Kite being mobbed by gulls, heading towards Netheridge. (Mike J. Webb).

WWT Slimbridge    A pair of BLUE-HEADED WAGTAILS still nest building on the Tack Piece and 21 Green Sandpipers from the Robbie Garnett hide today. (Steve Brown).

Hawling    This evening 23 Lapwings, two Kestrels, a Barn Owl, a Buzzard and 25+ Swallows. (Les Waring).

Eastington    A Kingfisher flying downstream below Bond’s Mill, a Sparrowhawk and a Buzzardinteracting near the canal. (Steve Brown).


Thu 3rd Jul 2014

Maisemore    No sign of the Corncrake this evening, but a Little Egret, a Little Owl, a Green Sandpiper and a Yellow Wagtail. (Andy Jayne).

Tirley    A calling Tawny Owl at 4:30am and a Spotted Flycatcher at 9pm in the village. (Mark Grieve).

WWT Slimbridge    A pair of BLUE-HEADED WAGTAILS still nest building on the Tack Piece today. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Painswick    Four Dark Green Fritillaries this afternoon just east of the Plantation. (Terry Fenton). Pics by Terry.

Dark Green Fritillary


Daneway    At Daneway Banks GWT Reserve a LARGE BLUE (with two Ticks attached) ,alsoMarbled Whites, Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Small Heaths, Large Skippers and Small Skippers. Also a male Broad-bodied Chaser beside the small pond on the high meadow. (Chris & Phil Andrews) Pic by Phil).

Large Blue

Wed 2nd Jul 2014

Maisemore    A Corncrake heard calling from the Maisemore side of the River Leadon at 9:50pm at cSO807199. (Janet Hawkins per Colin Studholme).

WWT Slimbridge    A pair of BLUE-HEADED WAGTAILS on the Tack Piece still. Also a Ruff, two Little Ringed Plovers on the Rushy, 21 Green Sandpipers and a Sand Martin today. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Forest of Dean    A Goshawk low over Forest Church this morning. (Rob Guest).

Tirley Sandpits    A female Yellow Wagtail today. (Mark Grieve).

Daneway    At Daneway Banks GWT Reserve three LARGE BLUE butterflies still and a Red Kitetoday. (Shane Long).


Tue 1st Jul 2014

Roel Gate    A QUAIL calling in a field opposite Roel Hill Farm near Roel Gate S of Winchcombe today. (Steve Owen).

WWT Slimbridge    A pair of BLUE-HEADED WAGTAILS nest building on the Tack Piece today. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Forest of Dean    At Sudeley ponds a Mandarin duck with young, three Silver-washed Fritillaries, a Comma and a Green-veined White and an Emperor dragonfly. At Cannop Ponds a Kingfisher, aRaven, a pair of Mute Swans with a cygnet, Mandarins with young and a Grey Wagtail and alsoBanded Demoiselles. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Silver-washed Fritillary

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint the resident Peregrine pair and all three juveniles showing well throughout the day, a Red Kite showing several times in the afternoon and a Spotted Flycatcher. Also several Hummingbird Hawk Moths and three Red Admirals. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Sharpness    A HARBOUR SEAL (Common Seal) off of the old lock gates today, possibly last year’s seal returning for a stay. (Kenton Smith). Pics by Kenton.

Harbour Seal


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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