Sightings Jan-Mar 2015

Tue 31st Mar 2015

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GARGANEY flew from the drainage ditch that runs adjacent to the footpath that runs midway between the reserve and the River Severn at 11:30am towards the reserve. (Martin Greenish).

Frampton    A pair of Goosanders flew over the pools this evening. Also 22 Fieldfares still. (Nick Goatman). On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge 23 Black-tailed Godwits, 93 Curlews, anOystercatcher and ten Redshanks today. Also a Swallow and 40 Sand Martins over the Sailing Lake. (Gordon Hodgson). The female SCAUP still on Court Lake today. (Nick Goatman/Gordon Hodgson).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds included 19 Shelducks, 14 Wigeon, 49 Teal, c25 Mallards, two female Pintails, 18 Shovelers, seven Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, two Oystercatchers, sevenCurlews, 12 Lapwings, a JACK SNIPE, a pair of Peregrines, two Sand Martins and two Reed Buntings. (David Anderson/Les Brown).

Elkstone    At Highgate House 663 Golden Plovers, most in summer plumage, and a Red Kitenearby. (Terry Fenton).

Hardwicke    A Cetti’s Warbler and four Chiffchaffs singing S of Sellars Bridge this morning. (Paul Masters).

Cheltenham    A Grey Wagtail singing in Sandford Park near Barratt’s Mill. (Steve Brown).

 

Mon 30th Mar 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A WILLOW WARBLER singing near Martin Smith hide this morning. (@slimbridge_wild).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today a Little Ringed Plover, a JACK SNIPE, four Snipe, a Little Egret, two Reed Buntings and the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF showing well in the bulrushes then in the hedge singing frequently. (Keith Colcombe).

Frampton    On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge 23 Black-tailed Godwits, 16 Redshanks, 200 Teal, eight Gadwalls, three Pintails, 30 Curlews, a Stonechat, three Chiffchaffs and a Water Rail and aCetti’s Warbler heard and 30 Meadow Pipits and 11 Sand Martins over. (Francis Steuck).

Tresham    A Red Kite drifting over the village mid afternoon. (Vic Polley).

 

Sun 29th Mar 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The PALE-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE was on the Dumbles again this morning before flying off to the river. (Paul Masters). Pic by Paul.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose

Frampton    A SWALLOW and 20+ Sand Martins over Court Lake this evening. (Nick Goatman). On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 89 Curlews, two Oystercatchers and three Redshanks today. (Gordon Hodgson).

Saul Warth    A juvenile KITTIWAKE through this afternoon. (Gordon Hodgson).

Sharpness    An adult KITTIWAKE flew SW late afternoon. (Andy Jordan). Earlier a second summer MEDITERRANEAN GULL flew S past SARA. (Paul Taylor/Andy Jordan).

Tirley Sandpits    92+ Fieldfares, a  Redwing, a Chiffchaff, two Green Woodpeckers, 6+Skylarks, ten Stock Doves and a Sparrowhawk. (Mark Grieve).

Nailsworth    A Little Egret at Dunkirk Mill pond today. (Mike Komarnyckyj).

Forest of Dean    At midday a Grey Partridge in the garden on Lords Hill, Coleford, a garden tick. (Frank Williams). Around Cannop ponds 9am-12:30pm four Nuthatches, two Coal Tits, a Reed Bunting, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Grey Wagtails, 12 Chaffinches, five Tufted Ducks, eight Mandarins, a pair of Mute Swans, two Little Grebes, a Treecreeper and two Marsh Tits. (Les Waring).

Hawling    This evening three Buzzards, three Lapwings, a Barn Owl, two Kestrels and seven Red-legged Partridges. No sign of any Short-eared Owls for 5 days now. (Les Waring).

 

Sat 28th Mar 2015

Sharpness    A SANDWICH TERN at the docks at 7am but then flew out onto the estuary and not relocated. (Andy Jordan).

Frampton    Three Sand Martins, two Chiffchaffs, a Raven and 35 Tufted Ducks at 7am. (MK).

WWT Slimbridge    The PALE-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE was off of Frampton Breakwater with nine Canada Geese then flew down onto the spartina island. The Pink-footed Goose still withGreylags on the Dumbles. Also from Holden Tower two Avocets with 12 more on the Zeiss flash and two on the Rushy, 68 Golden Plovers, several approaching summer plumage, twoOystercatchers, two Redshanks, two pairs of GCRP Common Cranes, a Peregrine, a Little Grebeand a Little Egret this morning. (MK). Pic by Mike.

Avocets

Tirley Sandpits    Four Chiffchaffs, a Mistle Thrush, five Skylarks, eight Stock Doves, 150+Fieldfares, a Raven and a Redwing over. (Mark Grieve).

Tewkesbury    Between the Sailing Club and Twyning, seven Oystercatchers, two Teal, twoCurlews and a Grey Heron. (Sarah Loaring).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Up to 10 pairs of Lapwings in the area, a pair of Mute Swans, twoGreylags, five pairs of Shelducks, 15 Wigeon, 25+ Teal, seven Shovelers, two Grey Herons, twoLittle Egrets, a Redshank, a Dunlin, two Kingfishers along the canal, a Great Spotted Woodpeckerdrumming and three Chiffchaffs today. (Les Brown/Mervyn Greening/Mike Smart).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines showing well and an intruding Peregrine driven off, four Buzzards, a male and female Sparrowhawk, two male and a female Goshawk, a female Kestrel, the resident  pair of Ravens, a  pair of Mandarins, a pair ofGoosanders, a Stock Dove, 12 Hawfinches flew through, two HOUSE MARTINS and 18 Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews/Russ Peacey/Steve Watson).

 

Fri 27th Mar 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A PALE-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE, a WHITE WAGTAIL, a MERLIN, aPeregrine, a Barn Owl and five  GCRP Common Cranes from the Holden Tower today. Also 16Avocets today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Frampton    The female SCAUP still on Court Lake, also nine Shovelers, a pair of Mandarins, 50Fieldfares and eight Redwings. (Nick Goatman).

Ashleworth Ham    Two GCRP Common Cranes still at 6:50pm, 18 Snipe, three Grey Herons, sevenLittle Egrets, ten Canada Geese, three Shovelers, c10 Wigeon, c10 Teal and a Tawny Owl calling at 6:50pm. (Mark Grieve/Alan Hooper/Steve French). Pic by Alan.

Common Cranes

 

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote today 30+ Teal, 25+ Wigeon, a drake Shoveler, fiveRed Crested Pochards, a Little Grebe, a Little Egret, eight Snipe, a Little Ringed Plover, 20Lapwings, a female Sparrowhawk, two Water Rails calling, a Green Woodpecker, three singingSkylarks, four singing Cetti’s Warblers, three singing Chiffchaffs, 25 Linnets, eight singing Reed Buntings and a Sand Martin. (Jon Mercer).

Bricklehampton    A pair of Goldcrests apparently nesting near the house. (Chris Snook). Pics by Chris.

Goldcrest

 

Thu 26th Mar 2015

Forest of Dean    First FIRECREST of the year at Nagshead today, moved N through the reserve singing all the way. (Lewis Thomson). Pic by Lewis.

Firecrest

Cleeve Hill    A male RING OUZEL in the field next to the Radio masts car park with 50Fieldfares and three Redwings. Also a Wheatear and a pair of Stonechats. (Tom Mabbett/Greg Mabbett).

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GARGANEY again at the back of Ashleworth Ham in the ditch running S from the end of Stank Lane, c200yds from Stank Lane and c50yds before the pylon at 1:45pm today, it was with a Mallard and both flew off towards the main reserve. From the hide two Redshanks and a Snipe and two Ravens flew over. (Laurie Pierce).

Frampton    On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge four Black-tailed Godwits, an Oystercatcher, three Redshanks, 90 Teal, 12 Wigeon and three Pintails. (Gordon Hodgson). At the pools this morning a pair of Shelducks, the female SCAUP, two Oystercatchers, 22 Sand Martins, 58Fieldfares and 15 Redwings. (Nick Goatman).

Tewkesbury    Four Oystercatchers just down from Tewkesbury Sailing Club at dusk. (Sarah Loaring).

 

Wed 25th Mar 2015

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake a Little Ringed Plover, a Redshank, threeJACK SNIPES, two pairs of Teal and two Little Egrets today. (Derek Lightstone).

Forest of Dean    A male TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL again on its own at Yew Tree Brake at 4pm briefly in Larch trees off to the left at the bottom of access road going down from the Crem. Also today the GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill, a FIRECREST at Yew Tree Brake and a Willow Tit at Serridge. (Mark Dowie). Pics by Mark.

Two-barred Crossbill

 

 

Minchinhampton    Two male Wheatears on the Common today SO8501. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote today a Little Ringed Plover, five Sand Martins, aChiffchaff, a Wheatear and 10+ Linnets. (Jonny Cooper).

Cheltenham    A pair of Greylags on Pittville Park lake today. First patch record in 10 yrs. (Michael James).

Cold Aston    A Buzzard and a Red Kite about 50m apart over the road between the Cold Aston turnings on the A436 at SP13016 21188. (Paul Sutton).

Stonehouse    Two Grey Wagtails near Stonehouse bridge again today around the wharf and Bridge at the end of Boakes Drive/Downton Road. (Paul Sutton).

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GARGANEY still in the drainage ditch that runs adjacent to the footpath that runs midway between the reserve and the River Severn at 10:10am. (Martin Greenish). Early evening a Redshank, five Little Egrets, four Shovelers, 70+ Wigeon, 75+ Teal, two Gadwalls, a Peregrine and a Snipe. (Mark Grieve).

Tirley    Two singing Chiffchaffs and 19 Fieldfares today. (Mark Grieve).

Edge Common    A male Stonechat this morning. (Hugh Manistre).

Leighterton    A singing Corn Bunting 300m E of Bennett’s Farm this morning. (Vic Polley).

Tewkesbury    A pair of Mandarins on a newly dug pond near Mythe fisheries. (Sarah Loaring).

Sharpness     A 2cy MEDITERRANEAN GULL briefly off of SARA early evening then flew N. (Andy Jordan).

 

Tue 24th Mar 2015

Gloucester    The pair of GARGANEY were on the scrape at Netheridge Farm again briefly this afternoon then flew over Rea Lane again and landed but not relocated. Also the Green Sandpiperstill. (Mark Hobson).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included 11 Shelducks, 18 Wigeons, 100+ Teal, c30 Mallards, two pairs of Pintails, seven Shovelers, five Little Egrets, four Grey Herons, a Sparrowhawk, 19Lapwings, two Little Ringed Plovers, three Curlews, a Dunlin, two Redshanks, two Snipe, three drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Skylarks,  two pairs of Bullfinches and three Reed Buntings. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Frampton    The female SCAUP still on Court Lake today. Also five Sand Martins and the Tawny Owl still. (Nick Goatman).

Witcombe Reservoirs    A Red Kite over at 10:40am. (Martin Greenish).

Tirley    A singing Chiffchaff, a Blackcap singing briefly and two Ravens today. Also twoYellowhammers at Deerhurst. (Mark Grieve).

Edge Common    Ten Meadow Pipits, a Skylark in song, five Redwings and four Jays today. (Hugh Manistre).

 

Mon 23rd Mar 2015

Gloucester    A pair of GARGANEY on the scrape at Netheridge Farm flushed over Rea Lane and appeared to land at 2:15pm. (Mark Hobson). A Barn Owl quartering over the field between the Northern Bypass A40 (Castle Meads) and Dexter Way this evening. (Angela Cotton).

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GARGANEY was feeding in the drainage ditch that runs adjacent to the footpath that runs midway between the reserve and the River Severn. It later flew off in the direction of the reserve. (Martin Greenish).

Bishops Cleeve    A Red Kite over Station Road/School Road at 4pm, then flew N. (Adrienne Sanders).

 

Sun 22nd Mar 2015

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake three Wigeon (1m, 2f), two pairs of Teal, a male Red Crested Pochard, three JACK SNIPES and two Little Egrets today. (Derek Lightstone).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE  still at Crabtree Hill today. Also a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER calling in the woods beyond Crabtree Hill. (Graham Clarkson/Richard Tyler). A distant Goshawk from New Fancy View today and many Siskins there. (Kirsty Brannan). Pic by Richard.

Great Grey Shrike

Cotswold Water Park (W)    3-4 Little Ringed Plovers at Shorncote this morning, also threeLittle Egrets, a Water Rail, two singing Cetti’s Warblers, five Chiffchaffs and a Little Owl still. (Jon Mercer).

Ashleworth Ham    From the hide at Meerend Thicket 20 Lapwings, four Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, 80+ Teal, a Curlew heard calling, two Gadwalls, a Snipe, 46+ Wigeon, a Chiffchaff, fiveBuzzards, a Sparrowhawk, two Pintails, a drake Shoveler and two Treecreepers. (Mark Grieve).

Frampton    The female SCAUP still on Court Lake today with a drake Pochard. Also around the pools a singing Blackcap, 15 singing Chiffchaffs, 23 Sand Martins, ten Reed Buntings, 120+Barnacle Geese, a summer plumaged Cormorant, a pair of Little Grebes, a Kingfisher, 40+ Linnetsalong the Poplar drive and the Tawny Owl still. (Nick Goatman/MK/Bridgette King).

Tirley Sandpits    Two Green Woodpeckers, 8+ Skylarks, 11 Stock Doves, four Redwings , one singing, two Chiffchaffs, a Red-legged Partridge, 33+ Meadow Pipits, 240+ Fieldfares, 80+Starlings an a male Peregrine made an unsuccessful attempt at the Fieldfare flock. (Mark Grieve).

 

Sat 21st Mar 2015

Forest of Dean    A male TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL again in a larch at the crossroads end of the main track at Yew Tree Brake. (Greg Mabbett/Tom Mabbett). Three Chiffchaffs singing round Gorsty Knoll and one by Milkwall football field. (Ivan Proctor). The GREAT GREY SHRIKEat Crabtree Hill still. (Chris Reed).

Ashleworth Ham    From the hide at Meerend thicket this morning the drake GARGANEY still. Also three Little Egrets. (MK). Pic by Mark Dowie.

Garganey

Coombe Hill Meadows    A Little Ringed Plover, a colour-ringed Redshank, a Dunlin, five Curlews, 26 Lapwings, ten Snipe, a JACK SNIPE, three Little Egrets, 20 Shelducks, ten Shovelers, sixWigeon, 125 Teal, a Cetti’s Warbler, four Chiffchaffs, a Buzzard and Long-tailed Tits and Blue Tits nest building, and a Song Thrush along the canal giving a perfect Greenshank call. (Les Waring/David Anderson/Les Brown/Mike Smart MK). Pic by Les.

Little Ringed Plover

Leigh Meadows    20 immature Mute Swans, three pairs of Shelducks, a Teal, a Little Egret, aGreen Sandpiper, two Curlews and a Grey Wagtail. (Mike Smart).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines very active today and twice saw-off intruding Peregrines. Also a male Kestrel, two Sparrowhawks, four Ravens, six Buzzards, one male and two female Goshawks, two Stock Doves, a mating Mandarin pair, a pair ofGoosanders. two Fallow Deer and a Mink. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Frampton    On the Top Flashes N of Splatt Bridge Little Ringed Plover, 31 Dunlins, fourRedshanks and three Little Stints. (Gordon Hodgson). The female SCAUP still on Court Lake today and a pair of Mandarins. Also six Sand Martins. (Nick Goatman).

Leckhampton    A singing Chiffchaff and a Siskin this morning near Sandy Lane. Two wintering garden Blackcaps still resident (m & f), the male has been singing since late February, initially a sub-song. (Chris Furley).

Brimpsfield    A Red Kite over, and a passage flock of 3000 Common Gulls. (Terry Fenton).

Tirley Sandpits    Two Green Woodpeckers, four singing Chiffchaffs, 28+ Redwings, 142+Fieldfares, a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Skylarks, seven Meadow Pipits N, eightStock Doves, a Red-legged Partridge, a Jay and a Little Owl calling at 8:45am. (Mark Grieve).

Stroud    Along the River Frome at Stroud a Grey Wagtail, many Wrens, a Nuthatch and aKingfisher. Along the Stroud canal path around Capel Mill a Kingfisher, a Little Grebe, a pair ofTreecreepers, more Wrens, a Grey Wagtail and a male Bullfinch. (Morag Hughes).

 

Fri 20th Mar 2015

Cleeve Hill    At 1pm two male Wheatears just S of the Radio Masts. Also a Red Kite over. (Rob Crofton).

Ashleworth Ham    From the hide at Meerend thicket this afternoon a drake GARGANEY and the drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still. Also nine Canada Geese, 61 Wigeon, 16 Shovelers (11m), 18Teal, two Gadwalls, 35 Mallards, a female Pintail, seven Snipe, 40 Lapwings, a Buzzard, aCormorant, seven Grey Herons, six Little Egrets and a Chiffchaff singing. (John R Fletcher/Alan Hooper/Steve French). Garganey record shot by John, LTT by Alan.

Garganey

Long-tailed Tit

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Pit 16 this evening the 1w/2w ICELAND GULL came in at 6:35pm but didn’t settle. None of the gulls settled before dusk tonight and just kept circling, which is unusual. (Kim Milsom/John Grearson/Mark Dowie/MK).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Late morning a Little Ringed Plover right in front of the Grundon Hide and a Redshank on the scrape farthest from the hide. At 12:25pm two Common Cranes spent 10 minutes soaring and wheeling in very close proximity and drifting first slightly W and then N then lost from view. (Robert Homan).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE  still at Crabtree Hill this morning but mobile. (J Tibbetts). A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER on the Short Trail at Nagshead today. (Lewis Thomson). A singing FIRECREST with Goldcrests in garden trees this afternoon at Berry Hill, a garden first. (Nicola Jones). This morning a Chiffchaff heard at Boys Grave and a Raven and fourBuzzards closer to the Hearts of the Forest school. (Frank Williams).

Cirencester Park    This afternoon five Buzzards, five Nuthatches, four Jays, two Coal Tits, 20+Fieldfares, a Pied Wagtail, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, several large flocks of Chaffincheswith a few Tits mixed in, also four Roe Deer and a Bat sp flying at 1:25 pm. (Trevor & Sue Clayson).

Barnsley    A male Peregrine hunting Starlings over the house at 2pm. (Paul Aubrey).

Tirley    21 Redwings, a Fieldfare and two singing Chiffchaffs today. (Mark Grieve).

 

Thu 19th Mar 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Pit 16 this evening a third-winter KUMLIEN’S GULL came in at 6:20pm and a 1w/2w ICELAND GULL came in at 6:30pm. It is dark by 6:40pm. (Paul Taylor/Kim Milsom/Jim Wainright).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake mid afternoon the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFstill, five Chiffchaffs, the drake Red Crested Pochard, two Little Egrets, ten Snipe in flight briefly, a male Stonechat, a pair of Bullfinches, a Green Woodpecker and a Yellow-legged Gull. Ian Elphick reported flushing a Woodcock nearby. (Steve Brown/Terry Fenton).

Sharpness    The male Peregrine was on at the silo nest box at lunchtime. (Gord & Margaret Avery).

Tirley Sandpits/Tirley    Three Chiffchaffs, a Goldcrest, 11 Buzzards, a male Sparrowhawk, twoRavens and a Redwing today. (Mark Grieve).

Frampton    The female SCAUP still on Court Lake today. Also around the pools 30+ Sand Martins, 16 Great Crested Grebes, seven Little Egrets, ten Meadow Pipits and 40+ Pied Wagtailsover. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean    At the yew trees at Parkend today three Hawfinches for much of the day feeding under the trees. Also 10+ Greenfinches, 6+ Chaffinches, two Mistle Thrushes, two Coal Tits and two Nuthatches. (Mick Colquhoun). Pics by Mick.

Hawfinch

Mistle Thrush

Wed 18th Mar 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    An ICELAND GULL at Pit 16 this evening at 6:30pm. (Mark Dowie/Kim Milsom).

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still from the hide at Meerend Thicket at 5:50pm. Also six Little Egrets, a Red-legged Partridge, 205+ Teal, 22 Shovelers, 38+ Wigeon, 17+Snipe, 50 Lapwings, two Little Grebes, six Pintails, two Greylags, a Sparrowhawk, two Buzzardsand 12+ Mallards. (Mark Grieve/John R Fletcher).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill, also 23 Goosanders on the lake and a FIRECREST singing in the car park at Woorgreens. (Arron Roberts). At Parkend Church three female Crossbills today. A Hawfinch at Crown Lane this morning. (Peter Rodgers). AChiffchaff singing this afternoon at Forge Hill, Lydbrook. (Chris Sullivan). Pic by Peter.

Crossbill

Tirley Sandpits    Three Redwings, a Jay N, a Green Woodpecker, four singing Skylarks, 175+Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 135+ Common Gulls, 125+ Carrion Crows, five Buzzards, 11 Meadow Pipits N, three Stock Doves, 265+ Starlings, two displaying Ravens and two Bullfinches. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two Little Ringed Plovers, eight Curlews and three Chiffchaffs in song today. (Ian Hull).

Cleeve Hill    This morning at West Wood a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER calling, together with Great Spotted Woodpecker and Green Woodpecker. Also here a Barn Owl. A Woodcock was on the rough grass hillside above the Sheepwash Pool. (Chris Stott).

Minchinhampton Common    28 Meadow Pipits and 14 Skylarks today. (Keith Perkins).

Dursley    A Kingfisher at Millponds this evening. (Shane Long).

Frampton    40+ Sand Martins over the Sailing Lake today. Also a Little Owl, a Tawny Owl and six Little Egrets. (Nick Goatman).

Gloucester    A Green Sandpiper at Netheridge Farm still today. (Mark Hobson).

Quedgeley    A male Blackcap in the garden at 6:45am today. (MK).

WWT Slimbridge    Between 11am and 2pm birds included a Sparrowhawk being mobbed by a Crow over the car park. From Robbie Garnett Hide 300-400 Wigeon, 40+ Pintails, 50+ Shelducks, two Teal, two male Pochards, 12 Shovelers, 50+ Greylags and a Lapwing. From South Lake 300+Black-headed Gulls, nine Oystercatchers, three Lapwings, two Avocets, ten Teal, 22 Shelducksand a Great Crested Grebe. (Harold Smith). Pic by Harold.

Pintail

Tue 17th Mar 2015

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still from the hide at Meerend Thicket this morning. Also five Mute Swans, 14 Canada Geese, two Shelducks, c150 Wigeon, five Gadwalls, c220 Teal, c25 Mallards, six Pintails, 17 Shovelers, three Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, 23Coots, six Moorhens, 48 Lapwings, 17 Snipe and two Buzzards. (Les Brown).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake this morning the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFstill, three Chiffchaffs, a pair of Stonechats, two Buzzards, five Mute Swans, 20 Mallards, twoTeal, six Wigeon and a Peacock butterfly. (Gord Avery/Rob Homan).

Shab Hill    A female MERLIN sat on a roadside fence beside the A417 next to Shab Hill at 4:20pm. (MK).

Driffield    A Grey Partridge in the field to the left of the right hand bend at Manor Farm gate SU068993 at 4:50pm. (MK).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    An Oystercatcher at Pit 16 this evening but no sign of any white-winged gulls by 6:30pm, the light had gone but large gulls were still arriving. No gulls on Pit 12 tonight. (MK).

Berkeley shore    13 Sand Martins flew NE late afternoon. (Paul Taylor).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning a Redshank in full summer plumage and a LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, both stayed for only a few minutes then flew NE. Also 12 Mute Swans, six Canada Geese, 12 Shelducks, nine Wigeon, 90 Teal, six Pintails, three Shovelers, four Little Egrets, fourGrey Herons, a pair of Oystercatchers, a Cormorant, 18 Lapwings, two Dunlins, three Curlews, 26Snipe, three drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Pied Wagtail, two singing Chiffchaffs, at least seven singing Reed Buntings. (David Anderson/Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Frampton    The female SCAUP still on Court Lake today. Also two Kingfishers, twoOystercatchers, a Chiffchaff and the Tawny Owl still. (Nick Goatman).

May Hill    At the summit a Meadow Pipit in song display flight today. (Charles Martell).

Apperley    A Little Owl in roadside tree at 8:10am. (Mark Grieve).

Witcombe Reservoirs    A Little Owl roosting in an Ash tree. (Gord Avery).

Cheltenham    This morning three Buzzards circling low over Tesco car park and a Chiffchaffsinging in a tree at Wickes. (David Norman).

 

Mon 16th Mar 2015

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still from the hide at Meerend Thicket this morning at 11:40pm. (Fred & Heather Hobson).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still and calling occasionally, nine Chiffchaffs, three Stonechats (2m, 1f), a Little Egret, four Teal and sixWigeon. (Keith Colcombe).

Cheltenham    At Naunton Park, two Blackcaps singing in back gardens and a Chiffchaff through. (Steve Brown).

Tirley    A Tawny Owl calling at 5am, also a female Sparrowhawk and 20 Redwings. At Tirley Sandpits 30+ Fieldfares and 1000+ Starlings today. (Mark Grieve).

Forest of Dean    A belated pic of the Crabtree Hill GREAT GREY SHRIKE taking a Common Lizard taken on 10th March. (Kev Joynes).

Great Grey Shrike

 

Sun 15th Mar 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Pit 16 evening roost the third-winter KUMLIEN’S GULL briefly at 5:50pm, then flew E. (Mark Coller).

Frampton    The female SCAUP still on Court Lake today and 62 Sand Martins over the Sailing Lake. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean    At New Fancy View a Goshawk seen very briefly. At Parkend at Crown Lane three Hawfinches and at the Church two Hawfinches and four Crossbills (2m, 1f, 1juv). On the Lydd a Dipper. Two Crossbills over Crabtree Hill and between Crabtree Hill and Drybrook fourCrossbills (2m). At Cannop Ponds South 28 Mandarins. (Gareth Blockley).

Stroud    At Capel Mill from Dr Newton’s Way this morning two Dippers, one singing, aKingfisher, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, a Grey Wagtail, two Treecreepers, a Goldcrest, a femaleSparrowhawk pursuing a Magpie and a Little Grebe on the canal just past the viaduct. (Dave Collins).

Dipper

Wotton-Under-Edge    A Red Kite over Leys Farm at 7:50am this morning. (Sandra Owen).

Hempsted    Six Reed Buntings (4m, 2f) in the garden today. (Gordon Avery).

Quedgeley    Two Blackcaps in Tidswell Close including one in full song at midday. (MK).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre two Grey Herons, two Mute Swans, two Buzzards, a femaleKestrel, 16 Snipe, 14 Lapwings, four Canada Geese, 150 Fieldfares, 20 Teal and two Coots. (Alan Hooper/Steve French).

Tirley Sandpits    Three drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 850+ Starlings over, 70Fieldfares, four Redwings, six singing Skylarks, 8+ Stock Doves, three Ravens, 10+ Pied Wagtails, a Green Woodpecker, two Goldcrests, 10+ Meadow Pipits and two male Reed Buntings today. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds this morning included a Snipe, five Grey Herons, six Little Egrets, 70+ Teal, 32 Wigeon, three Pintails, a Cormorant, 26 Lapwings, nine Stock Doves, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a male Sparrowhawk, a female Tufted Duck, a Curlew and six Shelducks. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.

Little Egret

Sat 14th Mar 2015

Frampton    Early morning a female MARSH HARRIER hunting over the flashes N of Splatt Bridge. Also 83 Curlews, 10+ Redshanks, ten Lapwings, 230+ Teal, two pairs of Pintails, 10+Wigeon, two Little Egrets, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, a Chiffchaff singing and a Cetti’s Warbler heard. 40+ Sand Martins over the Sailing Lake. (MK). This afternoon a WHEATEAR S of the Sailing Lake with a Reed Bunting and 50 Pied Wagtails. (Shane Long/Mark Hobson/Vic Polley/Terry Grant). A Stonechat and a Red Kite near Splatt Bridge. (Vic Polley). The femaleSCAUP still on Court Lake. (Terry Grant).

Ashleworth Ham    The GREEN-WINGED TEAL again today until 5pm at least, also 350 Teal, 180Wigeon, 12 Pintails, 20 Shovelers, ten Gadwalls, 38 Coots, five Little Egrets, a Peregrine, twoCormorants, six Grey Herons, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming and 15 Snipe. (Richard Humphrey/Les Brown).

Lower Lode    Six Mute Swans, two pairs of Gadwalls displaying, four Teal, six Mallards, 12Tufted Ducks, 17 Cormorants, 16 Coots and two Stock Doves. (Les Brown).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included 57+ Lapwings, seven Dunlins, six Little Egrets, fourGrey Herons, a Curlew, a Cormorant, three Pintails, 44 Teal, 11 Wigeon, 20+ Mallards, fiveShelducks, a Sparrowhawk, a pair of Oystercatchers, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a male Reed Bunting. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.

Oystercatchers

Nailsworth    A YELLOW-LEGGED GULL at Waterside. (Terry Grant).

Saul    A singing Chiffchaff at Saul junction at 10am, (Phil Pope).

Forest of Dean    At Cannop Ponds at the Stoneworks end two Grey Wagtails and on garden feeders in Lords Hill, Coleford two Long-tailed Tits. (Frank Williams). A Kingfisher at Soudley top pond at 9:40am. (Andrew Bluett). A juvenile Crossbill in the Forest today. (Greg Mabbett). Pic by Greg.

Common Crossbill juv

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both Peregrines and maybe an intruding pair as well and a Raven carrying food. (Frank Williams).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    A pair of Shelducks, a Chiffchaff singing and a WHITE WAGTAILwith nine Pied Wagtails at Pit 125. (Ian Ralphs).

Westbury-on-Severn    A Red Kite at 1pm flying from the river across the south end of Westbury but lost to sight heading towards Adsett and Walmore Common. (Andrew Bluett).

Gloucester    A Red Kite flew over Kingsmead, Abbeymead at 2:15pm from the direction of Robinswood Hill and lost to sight heading N towards Brockworth. (Andrew Bluett).

 

Fri 13th Mar 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Pit 16 evening roost the third-winter KUMLIEN’S GULL very briefly at 6:05pm, but all the gulls were spooked and it flew towards Pit 12 and wasn’t relocated. (Nigel Pleass). Two Sand Martins today at Pit 12. (Martin Wright).

Nailsworth    Two SWALLOWS flew N at 5:20 pm today. (Terry Grant).

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still today from the hide at Meerend Thicket.  (Jonny Tilby). Pic by Jonny.

Green-winged Teal

Gloucester    At Port Ham a male Reed Bunting, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Water Rails calling and a Cetti’s Warbler singing at Port Ham Pond and three Greenfinches displaying near the substation. 15 Fieldfares and five Redwings across the River on Minsterworth Hams with lots of song and subsong. (Ian Elphick).

Frampton    49 Sand Martins on the Sailing Lake this afternoon. (Jeremy Squire). A Great Spotted Woodpecker near the Sailing Lake and three Redwings in Watery Lane. Four Little Egrets and a Grey Heron in fields near Splatt Bridge and a MARSH HARRIER over the reed beds. (Tony Bradley).

Forest of Dean    At Cannop ponds 35 Mandarins and two Cormorants here. (Frank Williams).

 

Thu 12th Mar 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Pit 16 evening roost a third-winter KUMLIEN’S GULL and an adult summer MEDITERRANEAN GULL again. (Paul Taylor/Kim Milsom/Nigel Pleass).

Frampton    This morning at the pools at 9am six Sand Martins, a Chiffchaff and 50+Chaffinches. (Roy Bircher). 14 Sand Martins over Court Lake this evening. (Nick Goatman).

Frocester    A Red Kite this morning. (Roy Bircher).

Leighterton    Two Corn Buntings opposite Bennett’s Farm (to the E of the village) today. (Geoff Moyser).

Newington Bagpath    A Corn Bunting today. (Geoff Moyser).

 

Wed 11th Mar 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Pit 16 evening roost a first or second-winter ICELAND GULL(light poor) and an adult summer MEDITERRANEAN GULL. (Kim Milsom). first or second-winter

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still from the hide at Meerend Thicket this afternoon at 5pm. (Steve French).

Bromsberrow Heath    A Red Kite over the A417 again this afternoon. (Steve French).

 

Tue 10th Mar 2015

Epney    The first OSPREY of spring flew E over Epney at 5:35pm in the general direction of Hardwicke but not relocated. (Jeremy Squire).

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL back again today from the hide at Meerend Thicket this afternoon. (Margaret Collins). Other birds today included 19 Wigeon, 56Teal, 28 Mallards, three Shovelers, a Cormorant, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard and a Peregrine. (Les Brown). Pic by Margaret.

Green-winged Teal

Cotswold Water Park (W)    A FIRECREST by Pit 6 today viewed from the footpath next to the River Churn. (Kim Milsom). At Shorncote Reedbed this morning a JACK SNIPE, seven Snipe, ten displaying Lapwings, two Little Egrets, 250+ Wigeon, 30+ Teal, 25 Tufted Ducks, tenGadwalls, a pair of Shovelers, a Water Rail calling, a Little Owl, five Buzzards, a Stock Dove, fiveSkylarks, six Meadow Pipits, 20 Pied Wagtails, 10+ Redwings, two singing Song Thrushes, five singing Cetti’s Warblers, three singing Chiffchaffs and three more seen, a Goldcrest, 30 +Linnets, 20+ Goldfinches, seven singing Reed Buntings and 25+ more seen. (Jon Mercer). Pics by Jon.

Little Owl

Wigeon

Forest of Dean    A FIRECREST at Yew Tree Brake and a Dipper behind the Fountain Inn at Parkend. (Alan Hooper). At New Fancy View two Buzzards and two Ravens, late afternoon at Edge Hills a Woodcock (maybe two, or one bird circuiting) and two Buzzards. (Ben Locke). The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still in the clearing on Crabtree Hill. (Mick Colquhoun). Pic by Mick.

Great Grey Shrike

Also Crossbills at Parkend still and a pair of Siskins gathering nest material at New Fancy View. (Allan Chard). Pic by Allan.

Crossbill

Frampton    Seven Sand Martins at the Sailing Lake at 8:45am but not later. (Geoff Moyser).

Rendcomb    A Dipper again below the weir. (Kim & Steve Brown).

Newent    At Newent Lake a Buzzard, a Grey Heron, six Redwings, two Nuthatches, fourTreecreepers, two Jays and two Mistle Thrushes. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.

Treecreeper

WWT Slimbridge    From Robbie Garnett hide c100 Black-tailed Godwits and four GCRPCommon Cranes. From Holden Tower a female/immature MERLIN, a MARSH HARRIER, aPeregrine, a Barn Owl, nine Avocets, two White-fronted Geese and two Skylarks. From Zeiss hide two Ruffs, 12 Redshanks, 50+ Black-tailed Godwits and a Cetti’s Warbler heard. From Kingfisher hide a male Reed Bunting and a Kestrel. Also on site a Chiffchaff singing well. (Derek Hale).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included 14 Mute Swans, 13 Shelducks, four Wigeon, 114Teal, c25 Mallards, two Pintails, six Shovelers, a Cormorant, 13 Little Egrets, four Grey Herons, three Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, a Water Rail, two Oystercatchers, 39 Lapwings, four Curlews, three Ruff, seven Dunlins, a Snipe, four Stock Doves, a Green Woodpecker, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming, four singing Reed Buntings and a Redwing. (David Anderson/Les Brown).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint today both resident Peregrines showed well and seen mating. Also a pair of Kingfishers, two Goldcrests, a pair of Ravens, a Sparrowhawk, a pair ofGoosanders, a Jay, a Marsh Tit, five Mandarins (3m,2f), a Fox and two Common Lizards. (Chris &Phil Andrews).

Stonehouse    Two male Blackcaps on feeders at Bridgend today. (Paul Sutton).

 

Mon 9th Mar 2015

Framilode    Three adult MEDITERRANEAN GULLS, one with a green ring on the left leg, on the sands between Framilode and Priding late afternoon. (Andy Jayne).

Forest of Dean    At Speech House field c120 Redwings and eight Greylags. At Cannop Ponds a male Reed Bunting, 12 Mandarins (7m, 5f) and six Siskins at the feeders. (Derek Hale).

Ashleworth Ham    Birds today included c16 Black-tailed Godwits, c50 Teal, two Cormorants, 22Wigeon, six drake Shovelers, 12 Pintails, two Shelducks, two Little Egrets and a Grey Heron. (Charles Martell).

Thrupp    A Water Rail on the Stroudwater Canal today. (Mark Lang).

Berkeley    Three Turnstones feeding on the saltmarsh/river edge at high tide and a Green Sandpiper with a pair of Teal on the flood at Berkeley Castle entrance at 10:25am.  (Geoff Moyser).

 

Sun 8th Mar 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A MERLIN chasing Meadow Pipits over the sea wall/Dumbles, seen from the Kingfisher hide this morning. (Roberta Goodall).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still showing well in the bulrushes and calling frequently, a Chiffchaff, the male Red Crested Pochard still, four Teal, a Little Egret and six Wigeon. (Keith Colcombe). Also an unconfirmed sighting of aFerruginous Duck with Pochards this morning. If you can confirm this please let me know. (perBen Locke).

Purton    A Barn Owl beside the canal this evening. (Kenton Smith).

Forest of Dean    At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE still this morning. (Darrin Banfield). At Parkend Church, 15 Hawfinches, a Crossbill and c20 Siskins. (Derek Hale)

Frampton    An  Egyptian Goose flew around the Sailing Lake, the female SCAUP on Court Lake still, a Cetti’s Warbler and an Oystercatcher still. (Nick Goatman).

Coombe Hill Meadows    At today’s WeBS count birds included 24 Shelducks, 35 Wigeon, 105Teal, c30 Mallards, two Pintails, 12 Shovelers, two Cormorants, 11 Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, two Oystercatchers, 25 Golden Plovers, 42 Lapwings, four Curlews, six Ruffs, seven Dunlins, twoSnipe, a Great Black-backed Gull, a Kingfisher, four Skylarks singing and four male Reed Buntingssinging. (Les Brown/David Anderson/Les Waring). Pics by Les.

Little Egrets

 

Cobney Meadows    At today’s WeBS count birds included 32 Teal, two Pintails, a Snipe and 30Fieldfares. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth/Hasfield Ham    At today’s WeBS count birds included six Shelducks, 70 Wigeon, 180 Teal, eight Gadwalls, 15 Pintails, six Shovelers, a Little Egret, eight Lapwings, a Curlew, 71Snipe, two singing Goldcrests in Meerend Thicket and three singing Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart). Also an Oystercatcher at Ashleworth Ham today. (Alan Hooper).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    A mixed flock of c100 Linnets, Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings andChaffinches at Pit 104. (Mark Lang).

Stonehouse    A Dipper on the River Frome between the railway line and Bonds Mill. Three Grey Wagtails above the river on the canal and a Water Rail. On the canal opposite Boakes Drive at Stonehouse Wharf two Grey Wagtails. (Paul Sutton).

Cotswolds    Along the Beech avenue west of Cold Aston six Bramblings and a Linnet with 20Chaffinches, a Red Kite, a Coal Tit and a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming. At the entrance to Notgrove Village Farm two Bramblings with four Yellowhammers, a female Stonechat at the road junction nearby and a singing Corn Bunting alongside the road back to Cold Aston. Over the A436 near Hawling a Red Kite and a Kestrel. (Steve Brown).

 

Sat 7th Mar 2015

Frampton    A SAND MARTIN over Court Lake early morning. Also two Kingfishers and theTawny Owl still. The female SCAUP was on Court Lake this afternoon. (Nick Goatman). Later this morning three SAND MARTINS over the Sailing Lake and a pair of Oystercatchers on Court Field. On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge 222 Teal, five Pintails (2m, 3f), a pair of Shelducks, tenRedshanks and two Curlews. (MK).

Forest of Dean    At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE still, it was singing today. Also c40Lesser Redpolls, c10 Siskins, two Crossbills, a Bullfinch, Bramblings and Linnets, a Goshawk and three Buzzards. At New Fancy View three Goshawks, 5-6 Buzzards, a Raven, four Siskins and twoBullfinches. At Parkend four Hawfinches, 4-5 Mistle Thrushes and a Dipper on the stream behind the Fountain Inn. At Wenchford a Dipper and two Grey Wagtails. (Derek Hale/Dave Owen/Vanda Bennett/Phil Robinson/Chris & Phil Andrews/Della & Hayden Lack ). Pic by Derek.

Great Grey Shrike

Pic by Haydn

Edge    A Red Kite over the Edgemoor Inn at Rudge Hill at 5:30pm. (MK & Michael King).

Gloucester    A Red Kite drifted over Alney Island towards Gloucester mid-afternoon. Also four Stonechats. (Pavlo Zaltowski).

Leighterton    Two singing Corn Buntings near Bennett’s Farm (to the E of the village) this lunch time. (Vic Polley).

Ashleworth Ham    120 Wigeon, eight Gadwalls, 90 Teal, ten Pintails, 15 Shovelers, nineShelducks, a Red Kite over, two Curlews, an adult and a second-winter MEDITERRANEAN GULLand four Long-tailed Tits. (Craig Reed/Rob Clipson/Phil Robinson/Richard Humphrey).

Painswick    Three Goldcrests in a private garden at Paradise. (Phil Robinson).

Epney   Six adult WHOOPER SWANS this afternoon on the River Severn at Epney. (Mark Hobson). Pic by Mark.

Whooper Swans

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines and an intruding Peregrine, male and female Goshawk, three pairs of Goosanders, a small flock of Long-tailed Tits, a Kingfisher, aSparrowhawk, a Kestrel, eight Buzzards, two Goldcrests, four Fallow Deer and a Red Admiral. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tirley Sandpits    A Jay, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, five Redwings, nine Skylarks(six singing), 10+ Stock Doves, 50 Fieldfares and a Green Woodpecker. (Mark Grieve).

Staunton & Corse    Two Grey Wagtails on Glynch Brook at Mill Lane. (Steve French).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre a Stonechat (a patch first), a Little Grebe, eight Snipe, 12Teal, a Lapwing, three Canada Geese, 22 Redwings and two Kestrels. (Steve French).

Bromsberrow Heath    A Red Kite over the A417 this afternoon. (Steve French).

May Hill    A Buzzard on the garden fence today, and 60+ Fieldfares in surrounding fields on Thursday. (Mark Saunders).

WWT Slimbridge    A pair of GCRP Common Cranes nest building on the Tack Piece today viewed from Martin Smith hide. (Pete Stamper). 18 Avocets from Zeiss hide today. (@slimbridge_wild). Pic by Chris.

Common Cranes

Fri 6th Mar 2015

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this morning and nearby 12Goosanders on Woorgreens Lake. (Ben Locke). This morning 15+ Bramblings and 100+ Lesser Redpolls at Brierley, below Serridge Ridge. 6+ Hawfinches below Parkend Church and a Dipper and a Grey Wagtail behind the Fountain Inn. Two Goshawks displaying at New Fancy View, and severalSiskins song-flighting here, also a Raven over. (Jon Mercer). Pics by Jon.

Brambling

Grey Wagtail

Berkeley    At Berkeley Pill at lunchtime three Rock Pipits, five Snipe, a JACK SNIPE, twoCurlews, 18 Redshanks, 15 Skylarks, a Reed Bunting, a Linnet and a Buzzard. At Severn House Farm in the afternoon a Stonechat, 25 Meadow Pipits, two Curlews, 15 Fieldfares, ten Redwings, a Buzzard and three Grey Herons. (Dave Owen).

Rodley area    Six WHOOPER SWANS landed in the Rodley area early afternoon viewed from Epney. (Jeremy Squire).

Toddington    A Barn Owl at SP030325 at 10:15pm. (Peter Rodgers).

Hempsted    Four male Reed Buntings in the garden today. (Gordon Avery).

Tirley    Three garden Jays, 36+ Fieldfares and 20+ Redwings today. (Mark Grieve).

 

Thu 5th Mar 2015

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still in the bulrushes and calling today. Also  the male Red Crested Pochard, 12 Wigeon, six Teal, eight MuteSwans, three Snipe, a Little Egret, 100 Fieldfares and 200 Linnets. (Terry Fenton).

Forest of Dean    At Kensley Ridge Inclosure, numerous drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, with at least four different birds drumming at the same time, and at least two LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKERS drumming as well. The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill still caught a small bird and took it to a hidden cache. (Frank Williams/Steve Kear). Also a maleStonechat, c30 Lesser Redpolls, many Siskins, a pair of Hawfinches, a Buzzard and a Raven. On Woorgreens Lake a male Goosander and a pair of Teal. (Steve Kear). At the Cyril Hart Arboretum birds included four Jays, four Coal Tits, two Stock Doves, six Nuthatches and a Buzzard. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).

Berkeley shore    A MERLIN sat on a post at the mouth of the Pill at 10:36am. (Geoff Moyser).

Newland    A Red Kite W of Coleford at SO558099 low over a field. (Chris Bartlett, HOC/Ross Walking Group).

Stonehouse    A pair of Buzzards near Stonehouse Court Hotel. A Little Egret near the River Frome at Bridgend and c30 Redwings near Stanley Downton Farm. (Paul Sutton).

 

Wed 4th Mar 2015

Berkeley    A WOODLARK singing on the outskirts of the town late afternoon. (Paul Taylor). Pic by Paul.

Woodlark

Forest of Dean    At Parkend a Dipper at the Fountain Inn and a female Hawfinch under the yew trees by the cricket pitch. At Brierley a male Sparrowhawk, two Bramblings, c12 Siskins, 60+Lesser Redpolls, a female Crossbill and a small group heard, two Bullfinches and five Hawfinches. Three or four Willow Tits in the area, probably three singing males. At New Fancy View threeGoshawks including a pair displaying together, a Lesser Redpoll, 10+ Siskins including a male song flighting and a female Hawfinch. (Keith Vinicombe/Mark Coller). The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still in the clearing on Crabtree Hill. (Mark Coller).

Hempsted    Four Reed Buntings (3 males and a female) in the garden today. Also a Grey Wagtail. (Gordon Avery).

Frampton    The RED-BREASTED MERGANSER still on the Sailing Lake today. Also twoPochards, 34 Tufted Ducks, two Curlews over and 100+ Fieldfares and Redwings. (Nick Goatman).

Stroud    A Dipper, a Grey Wagtail, two Goldcrests and a Treecreeper on the canal path around Capel Mill this evening. (Morag Hughes).

Newent    Birds in the garden today included five Greenfinches, a Lesser Redpoll, tenGoldfinches, two Black-headed Gulls and a Common Gull. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).

 

Tue 3rd Mar 2015

Forest of Dean    At least three Goshawks at New Fancy View this morning. The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still in the clearing on Crabtree Hill. Also 10+ Ravens, 4+ Buzzards, a Kestrel, threeSiskins and two Coal Tits. (Mick Colquhoun). Pics by Mick.

Great Grey Shrike

 

Frampton    The RED-BREASTED MERGANSER still on the Sailing Lake today. (Nick Goatman/Giles Diggle/Steve Brown).

WWT Slimbridge    A MARSH HARRIER, a Peregrine, a Pink-footed Goose and six Avocets from Holden Tower. (Steve Brown).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines, two female and a male Goshawk, a pair of Ravens, a Grey Heron, two Jays, two Stock Doves, a female Bullfinch, four Mandarins, two female and a male Goosander, two Sparrowhawks, two Goldcrests and six Buzzards. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

South Cerney    A Red Kite over fields opposite South Cerney Barracks midday. (Mark Hobson).

Ashleworth Ham    Near Stank Lane this morning a Red Kite flew towards the village. Also tenGreenfinches and ten Pied Wagtails. (Alan Hooper).

Red Kite

Chaceley    Three Buzzards and a female Sparrowhawk between Ashleworth and Chaceley at Wigwood Farm. (Alan Hooper).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake the male Red Crested Pochard still. Other birds included the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still showing well in the bulrushes, four Teal, a Little Egret, eight Wigeon, a pair of Stonechats and eight Snipe. (Keith Colcombe).

 

Mon 2nd Mar 2015

Awre    A first-winter LITTLE GULL flying down to roost from Awre at 4:30 pm. Also 2 or 3 adult MEDITERRANEAN GULLS. (John Phillips).

Frampton    The RED-BREASTED MERGANSER still on the Sailing Lake early morning. (Nick Goatman).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Pit 126 a Peregrine over, two Egyptian Geese on and around the island and an Oystercatcher on the island. (John Durell).

Forest of Dean    At Kensley Ridge Inclosure, a Raven mobbing a Goshawk, near Drybrook Road Station Bramblings with a Chaffinch flock and at Crabtree Hill four Ravens and two Buzzards. (Frank Williams). At least three Goshawks at New Fancy View this morning, also a male Crossbill. At Crabtree Hill a pair of Ravens, a pair of Stonechats and Siskins. At Parkend Church twoHawfinches high in the trees behind the Parkend Beech. (Ken Cservenka/Mike Smith/Nick Burden).

 

Sun 1st Mar 2015

Frampton    The RED-BREASTED MERGANSER on the Sailing Lake near the Sailing Club this morning and in the Blue Pool at the far end this afternoon. (MK/Nick Goatman).

Sharpness    The male BLACK REDSTART at the end of dock road still today. (Andy Jordan).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill, 8+ Hawfinches in the Parkend area and a Crossbill and Goshawk from Parkend Church but both distant. A Dipper on the Lydd at Parkend. At least four Goshawks from New Fancy View. (Gareth Blockley/Gerry Shilham/Geoff Moyser/Karle Burford/Brian Thompson). Pics by Brian.

Great Grey Shrike

Hawfinch

 

More pics by Gerry.

Hawfinch

Great Grey Shrike

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL again today from the hide at Meerend Thicket and display noted again. (Colin Greenfield).

WWT Slimbridge    The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK from Knott hide again today at midday.(@slimbridge_wild).

Leighterton    A singing Corn Bunting near Bennett’s Farm early morning. (MK).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake the male Red Crested Pochard still. Other birds included the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still, eight Mute Swans, a Little Egret, 12 Wigeon, a pair of Stonechats, c20 Fieldfares, a pair of Bullfinches and a Kingfisher reported. (Steve Parker).

A male Bullfinch in the garden today at Tewkesbury Road, a garden first. Also a pair ofBlackcaps. (Sandra & David Spicer).

Cotswolds    At Rendcomb a Dipper on the weir, a female MERLIN on a roadside fencepost near Chedworth Laines. At Chedworth a Red Kite and singing birds including Bullfinch, Goldcrest, Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush. (Steve Brown).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre today 12 Snipe, three Lapwings, five singing Skylarks, 40+Redwings, three Canada Geese, eight Teal, 300+ Woodpigeon, a Reed Bunting and a Kestrel.(Steve French).

Tirley Sandpits/Tirley    A garden Jay, two drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Green Woodpecker, 12+ Skylarks with at least five singing, 55+ Meadow Pipits, 60+ Fieldfares, 110+Redwings and 15+ Stock Doves. (Mark Grieve).

Bagpath/Ozleworth    At Bagpath a Buzzard, two Red-legged Partridges and a Raven and at Ozleworth ten Stock Doves and 10+ Chaffinches on game crop, three Red-legged Partridges, 16Lapwings and two Ravens. (MK).

 

Sat 28th Feb 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    An OTTER seen to catch and eat three fish at 8:15am. Birds included aShelduck, c250 Wigeon, two Gadwalls, c300 Teal, 12 Mallards, two Pintails, three Shovelers, twoTufted Ducks, a Pochard, a Cormorant, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, an Oystercatcher, 26Golden Plover, c500 Lapwings, two Curlews, 16 Ruff, seven Dunlins, c20 Fieldfares and twoBullfinches. Note: Flooded again. Boardwalk needs Wellies. Long Pool hide not Accessible.

(David Anderson/Les Brown).

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still early morning at  from the hide at Meerend Thicket. (Rare Bird Alert).

Forest of Dean    In the Cannop Valley a Goshawk heard and another in flight, a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER and a Wild Boar sow with young. From the Stoneworks end of Cannop Ponds at least 45 Mandarins, four Tufted Ducks, a Kingfisher and two Cormorants. (Frank Williams).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock a Grey Wagtail and a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER in the woods nearby. (Frank Williams).

WWT Slimbridge    The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK from Knott hide again today.(@slimbridge_wild).

Frampton    A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER still on the Sailing Lake today after not being seen since Sunday. Also the female SCAUP, the Tawny Owl, two Little Owls, three Ravens and fourBuzzards. (Nick Goatman). From the gate at  Splatt Bridge this afternoon a MARSH HARRIER, aRaven, 11 Redshanks and seven Shelducks. (Steve French).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Whelford Pools N.R. birds included a pair of Red Crested Pochards, nine Cormorants, five Grey Herons, four Goosanders, a Little Egret, two Little Grebes, 23 Tufted Ducks, four Gadwalls, 14 Teal, two Wigeon, 12 Pochards, a male Goldeneye, threeBuzzards and a Kingfisher. (John Fletcher).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    100+ Golden Plovers over Shorncote mid morning and four SMEWflew over Pit 29 and W into Glos airspace late morning. (Jon Mercer).

Tirley Sandpits    34 Stock Doves, 105+ Fieldfares, ten Skylarks, 55+ Redwings, 11 Meadow Pipits, four Cormorants over, 20+ Chaffinches and 12 Goldfinches. (Mark Grieve).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake the male Red Crested Pochard still. It appears to have a growth under it’s bill. Also a Little Egret and four Mute Swans. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.

Red Crested Pochard

 

Fri 27th Feb 2015

Leighterton    Two singing Corn Buntings today. (Shane Long/Dave Owen).

Ozleworth    A Red Kite at Ozleworth Park today. (Shane Long).

Berkeley    A Goshawk over the River Severn from Severn House farm today. (Shane Long).

Forest of Dean    At Parkend by the cricket pitch a Sparrowhawk, two Ravens and a Hawfinch. At Mallard’s Pike four Greylags, ten Mandarins including a first-winter male, 12 Buzzards, fourGoshawks (3 ads, 1 juv), an adult Peregrine, four Ravens, five Bramblings, 20 Siskins and fourCrossbills. At Staple Edge Wood a GREAT GREY SHRIKE late morning/midday and a Lesser Redpoll. At Yew Tree Brake two Buzzards, a Kestrel, a Lesser Redpoll, four Crossbills (3 f, 1 juv). At Crabtree Hill a Red Kite circling at 4pm, the GREAT GREY SHRIKE, ten Siskins and fiveLesser Redpolls. Keith says the Staple Edge shrike has much thicker white tips to the tertials than the Crabtree Hill bird and a better supercilium. (Keith Vinicombe). Also a Stonechat, aGoshawk and two Buzzards at Crabtree Hill and 12 Tufted Ducks on Woorgreens lake (Ivan Proctor/Ben Locke). Pics by Ben.

Great Grey Shrike

Goshawk

More pics by Keith, a first-winter drake Mandarin, an unusual plumage

Great Grey Shrike

WWT Slimbridge    Two Pink-footed Geese with the White-fronted Geese very close to the Holden Tower today. (Mick Colquhoun). The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK from Knott hide today. (@slimbridge_wild). Pics by Mick.

Pink-footed Goose

White-fronted Geese

 

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake the male Red Crested Pochard still. It appears to have a growth under it’s bill. (Bethany Dobbs). Pic by Bethany.

Red Crested Pochard

Tirley    40+ Redwings, a male Sparrowhawk and a garden tick a Stock Dove today. (Mark Grieve).

Cheltenham    A Red Kite over the back garden at Rowanfield this afternoon. (Les Waring).

Frampton    On Court Lake tonight the female SCAUP, 83 Tufted Ducks, 11 Gadwalls, aKingfisher, five Shovelers, a Goshawk and ten Little Egrets. (Nick Goatman).

 

Thu 26th Feb 2015

Woodmancote    Three Stonechats (1m, 2f) at 3:30pm flycatching from bushes on field border at the end of Butts Lane. (John Widgery).

Forest of Dean    Along Spruce Ride to New Fancy View several flocks of Crossbills heard and visiting birders reported Goshawk and Crossbills in pines on the view point. (Frank Williams). Can anybody help with the following please: Lost equipment: A tripod and Kowa telescope were lost at New Fancy View (Gloucestershire) yesterday, if found please contact David on 07914929146.

Coombe Hill Meadows    Late afternoon a Little Egret, a Peregrine, a Water Rail, 50 Golden Plovers, four Curlews, 14 Ruff, 11 Dunlins and 30 Snipe. (Andy Jayne).

WWT Slimbridge    The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK on the Rushy again late afternoon.@slimbridge_wild) and a Pink-footed Goose from the Holden Tower this afternoon. (Martin Greenish).

Frampton   The female SCAUP on Court Lake and the Tawny Owl still today. Also eight Little Egrets, two Green Woodpeckers calling and a Treecreeper this morning. (Nick Goatman).

 

Wed 25th Feb 2015

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake the Siberian Chiffchaff again today. Also aRed Crested Pochard, a pair of Stonechats, a male Reed Bunting and four Mute Swans. (Roy Kinchin). Pics by Roy.

Siberian Chiffchaff

 

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill and also seen on the clearfell at Yew Tree Brake. Also four Hawfinches passed through by Parkend Beech and six Crossbillsopposite the church. (Martin Greenish/Dave Northover).

Stroud    At Bowbridge along the canal three Water Rails, two Jays and two Mistle Thrushestoday. (Keith Perkins).

 

Tue 24th Feb 2015

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still but it didn’t show until 4pm by the distant line of Willow trees c350yds away from the hide at Meerend Thicket. (John Fletcher). Also today three Mute Swans, 17 Canada Geese, c150 Wigeon, three Gadwalls, c200 Teal, sevenPintails, nine Shovelers, two Tufted Ducks, three Cormorants, two Little Egrets, 20 Mallards, three Grey Herons, two Buzzards, 500 Lapwings, 13 Snipe, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, twoGoldcrests, eight Long-tailed Tits, 13 Redwings, c60 Fieldfares and 600 Starlings. (John Fletcher/Les Brown). Pic by John.

Green-winged Teal

 

Calmsden    Two Grey Partridges and two Red-legged Partridges in a stubble field by Calmsden Gorse at  SP041076 at lunchtime. (Dave Owen).

WWT Slimbridge    The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK on the Rushy late afternoon.@slimbridge_wild). At least 100 White-fronted Geese from Holden Tower at midday. (Rob Miles). Pics by Rob.

White-fronted Geese

 

Forest of Dean    At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE still and a Goshawk in flight and calling over Kensley Ridge Inclosure. (Frank Williams). Please note a wing-barred Crossbill is being seen in the Yew Tree Brake area but please note just to complicate matters there is a wing-barred male Common Crossbill as well as the possibility of the Two-barred Crossbill being seen. At Sudeley a male Goshawk, two Buzzards, a male Bullfinch, a Wren and a Jay. At Beechenhurst Lodge two pairs of Mistle Thrushes and a pair of Song Thrushes. At Cannop Ponds 11 Song Thrushes feeding together, a Jay and three Greylags. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock both resident Peregrines and an intruding Peregrine, a maleSparrowhawk, a female Goshawk, a pair of Ravens, three Canada Geese, three Goosanders (1m, 2f) and a pair of Mandarins on the Wye below the viewpoint. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre today two Ravens, four Buzzards, 100+ Redwings, 23 Teal, seven Canada Geese, two Grey Herons, 300+ mixed flock of gulls mainly Herring Gulls and Black-headed Gulls and four Linnets. (Steve French).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    75 Redwings and 25+ Fieldfares and 360+ Starlings today. (Mark Grieve).

Lower Lode    Eight Mute Swans, two Gadwalls, 26 Teal, a male Shoveler, 32 Mallards, 11 Tufted Ducks, 13 Cormorants, a Little Grebe, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and two Siskins today. (Les Brown).

Stoke Orchard    1200 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 350 Herring Gulls and four Great Black-backed Gulls loafing on the the old airfield (The Park). Also a minimum count of 28 Ravens and five Roe Deer. (Gordon Avery).

 

Mon 23rd Feb 2015

Staunton & Corse    A Barn Owl at 8:50 pm in the rain. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still today from the hide at Meerend Thicket showed at c2:10pm for 5 minutes, also nine Pintails (4 drakes), nine Ruff with Lapwings in field behind pools and 1+ Dunlin heard calling. (Brian Stretch).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill at 10:10am and it or another at Staple Edge at 11:30am. (Lewis Thomson). At least seven Bramblings with a Chaffinch flock near Drybrook Road Station this morning. (Martin Greenish). A Tawny Owl below New Fancy View point this morning, along the cycle track and along Spruce Ride all three species of woodpecker either seen or heard. Also in the area a Goshawk and between Spruce Ride and New Fancy View several parties of Crossbills heard and seen. (Frank Williams). Four Hawfinches early afternoon at Crown Lane, Parkend. (Ben Locke). Pic by Ben.

Hawfinch

Twyning    A garden Lesser Redpoll today, the first this year. (Phil & Chris Andrews).

WWT Slimbridge    Six Avocets on the Top New Piece from Zeiss Hide today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Tirley    Two garden Jays, and on nearby pasture 140+ Fieldfares and a female Sparrowhawk. (Mark Grieve).

 

Sun 22nd Feb 2015

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL again today from the hide at Meerend Thicket and display noted. (Paul Masters/Geoff Moyser/Mick Colquhoun). Also today three Little Egrets, 100+ Teal, three Grey Herons, 60+ Wigeon, two Cormorants, 145+ Snipe including 135+ seen in flight, 165+ Lapwings, four Pintails, two Shovelers, a Gadwall, 50+ Fieldfares, a Goldcrestand a Sparrowhawk. (Mark Grieve). Also three Little Egrets, 100+ Teal, three Grey Herons, 60+Wigeon, two Cormorants, 145+ Snipe including 135+ seen in flight, 165+ Lapwings, four Pintails, two Shovelers, a Gadwall, 50+ Fieldfares, a Goldcrest and a Sparrowhawk. (Mark Grieve). Pics by Mick.

Green-winged Teal

 

 

 

Frampton    A female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER on the Sailing Lake this morning. (Nick Goatman). Also the female SCAUP still on Court Lake. (Gordon Hodgson).

WWT Slimbridge    The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK on the pool just E and adjacent to the Holden Tower this morning. An Avocet in front of Zeiss hide this morning. In the Asian Pen the fully-winged, unringed female Ruddy Shelduck still. (Martin McGill, WWT/Paul Taylor/MK). Pic taken in January by Mike.

Ruddy Shelduck

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote this morning 150+ Wigeon, 30+ Teal, a pair ofShovelers, 250+ Lapwings over, a Green Sandpiper, a Snipe heard, two Water Rails seen and three more heard, a Little Owl, three Cetti’s Warblers singing, two Chiffchaffs, three singingReed Buntings and 150+ Fieldfares and Redwings. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.

Little Owl

Tirley Sandpits    1+ Green Woodpecker, two Jays, 26+ Blackbirds, 150+ Redwings, 250+Fieldfares, a Cormorant, ten Meadow Pipits, 10+ Skylarks, 137+ Lapwings over, 10+ Stock Doves, aGolden Plover heard, a Grey Heron, 15+ Pied Wagtails, a Raven, 60 Black-headed Gulls and 800+Starlings today. (Mark Grieve).

 

Sat 21st Feb 2015

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL again today from the hide at Meerend Thicket.

Also a Shelduck, 50 Teal, 45 Wigeon, two Tufted Ducks, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, twoCormorants and c90 Fieldfares. (Les Brown).

WWT Slimbridge    The BITTERN preening in the reeds for 20 minutes from the Van den Bovenkamp hide this afternoon, and two Great Crested Grebes displaying on South Lake. (Morag Hughes).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE early morning at Crabtree Hill. A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER briefly between Crabtree Hill and Drybrook Road Station. TwoWILLOW TITS at Brierley.  (Paul Taylor). Two Goshawks over Serridge Inclosure viewed from Crabtree Hill and 15+ Common Crossbills at Yew Tree Brake but again no sign of the Two-barred Crossbill  (Paul Taylor/MK).

Ozleworth    A Red Kite around Boxhill Farm today. (Mike & Maggie Manson).

Tewkesbury    On Priors Park N.R., on the triangle of land opposite Morrison’s supermarket, 32Snipe and a Goldcrest on South Meadows at 9:30am. (Tim Cash).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint five Goosanders (3f, 2m), both resident Peregrines and an intruding Peregrine, male and female Sparrowhawk, three Goshawks (2f, 1m), eight Buzzards, four Ravens, a Kingfisher and five Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Seven Shelducks, c280 Wigeon, two Gadwalls, c480 Teal, 38 Mallards, 36 Pintails, 23 Shovelers, a male Tufted Duck, six Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, aCormorant, two Buzzards, 1350 Lapwings, two Ruff, 15 Dunlins, nine Snipe, a Great Black-backed Gull and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (Les Brown).

Uley    A male Mandarin on Owlpen Ponds today, also five Tufted Ducks, a Marsh Tit, fiveRavens, five Buzzards and a Grey Wagtail. (Geoff Moyser).

 

Fri 20th Feb 2015

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL again today from the hide at Meerend Thicket. Also at least 80 Snipe. . On Hasfield Ham c2800 Lapwings. (Jake King/Gordon Avery). ABuzzard at the junction for Tirley/Tewkesbury. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.

Buzzard

Saul Warth    A WATER PIPIT and two Oystercatchers this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Birdlip    5+ Bramblings with c40 Chaffinches under the beeches at Barrow Wake near Birdlip this morning. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.

Brambling

Tirley    100+ Fieldfares, 50+ Redwings, 400+ Starlings and a garden Jay. (Mark Grieve).

Newent    Three garden Lesser Redpolls, a male Blackcap and 30 Goldfinches. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).

Chaceley    A leucistic Blackbird, a Buzzard, 100 Starlings and a Kestrel. At Hartpury church two Greenfinches and two Goldcrests. (Alan Hooper /Julia Eckley).

 

Thu 19th Feb 2015

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL with c120 Teal again today from the hide at Meerend Thicket. Also today five Little Egrets, an adult Peregrine, a Chiffchaff by the hide and a huge count of at least 120 Snipe (AJ). (Mark Dowie/Lee Evans/Steve Avery/Andy Jayne). Video clip by Steve here. Also 5+ Ruff with the Lapwing flock. (Tim Gobourn).

Ruff

WWT Slimbridge    The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK on the Asian Pen again today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Twyning    50-60 Wigeon and a pair of Tufted Ducks on the River Avon at Tewkesbury and a drake Pintail on a small fishing pond at Churchend. (Sarah Loaring).

 

Wed 18th Feb 2015

Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL with c50 Teal until 5pm at least from the hide at Meerend Thicket. (Terry Fenton/Richard Price/Martin Greenish/MK). Couple of iPhone record pics by Mike below.

Green-winged Teal

 

WWT Slimbridge    The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK on the pool immediately E of the Holden Tower, often under willows/reeds. Seen here briefly for the last three days. (@slimbridge_wild).

Tirley Sandpits    Two Peregrines hunting feral doves, 70+ Fieldfares, a Cormorant over, fourMeadow Pipits, seven Skylarks and in Tirley two Ravens over calling and a garden Jay. (Mark Grieve).

Berkeley    A JACK SNIPE near the mouth of Berkeley Pill, with c20 Snipe, 2+ Stonechats and two Ravens today. (Geoff Moyser).

 

Tue 17th Feb 2015

Ashleworth Ham    At 5:15pm a drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL with c100 Teal, c60 Wigeon, c10Shovelers, c6 Pintails, two Grey Herons and three Little Egrets going to roost in willows. (Charles Martell). At midday today four Little Egrets, c12 Red-legged Partridges along the lane and a Sparrowhawk carrying prey. (Steve Avery). Also today 30 Mallards, two Gadwalls and c750Lapwings over. (Les Brown).

Coombe Hill Meadows    16 Shelducks, 248 Wigeon, 485 Teal, 38 Mallards, 38 Pintails, 16Shovelers, six Tufted Ducks, two Pochards, a Water Rail, four Snipe, 2440 Lapwings, sevenRuff, a Curlew, 22 Dunlins, four Grey Herons, three Little Egrets and a Goldcrest today. (Mike Smart/Les Brown).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    The female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER still on Pit 58 today. (Thomas Weston-McClung).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill today and it or another chasing the Redpolls and Siskins at Serridge Ridge at 2:10pm presumably the Crabtree Hill bird. Also eight Buzzards and two Goshawks flying. A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER heard calling in the Kensley Ridge Inclosure and it or another feeding in oaks along forest road half-way between top of Crabtree Hill (log pile) and Drybrook Road Station site. At Serridge Ridge twoBramblings, two singing WILLOW TITS, 25 Coal Tits, 40+ Chaffinches, 200 Lesser Redpolls and 75 Siskins. At Drybrook Road Station four Bramblings, six Crossbills, 30 Siskins and 50 Lesser Redpolls. A Goshawk over the Brierley Brook valley track, also at Brierley c20 Bramblings, c40Siskins, 35 Lesser Redpolls, a Crossbill, a Hawfinch  and three Grey Wagtails. At Parkend a flock of 28 Hawfinches not far from the church, three Dippers on the river by The Fountain Inn. AMarsh Tit and a Nuthatch at Wenchford. At New Fancy View three Goshawks (1m, 2f), sevenBuzzards, three Ravens, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel and at Cannop Ponds three Mandarins. Singles, pairs and small groups of Crossbills spread across area from Dilke Hospital to Serridge Green today but no sign of the Two-barred. At Yew Tree Brake eight Buzzards, five Ravens and ten Crossbills. At Crown Lane, Parkend four Hawfinches today. From Mallard’s Pike to Staple Edge Wood seven Greylags, 24 Mandarins (incl an odd intermediate looking 1st-w male), sixBuzzards, a Kestrel, three Snipe, five Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three Ravens, the adultGREAT GREY SHRIKE seen well at Staple Edge Wood, a Brambling, c150 Siskins, five Lesser Redpolls and five Crossbills. (Dave Nevitt/Frank Williams/Pete & Marjo Lewis/Roy Shilham/Brian Piercey/Jon Mercer/Keith Vinicombe).

Great Grey Shrike. Pic by Keith Vinicombe.

Hawfinch. Pic by Roy Shilham.

Nuthatch. Pic by Jon.

Brockweir    6+ Hawfinches feeding with flock of Chaffinches in Caswell Wood above Brockweir in the Wye Valley at 3pm today. (Paul Wilkins).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint two Song Thrushes, six Mandarins (5m, 1f), the residentPeregrine pair, a male Bullfinch, a pair of Ravens, six Buzzards, three Goshawks (1m, 2f), twoStock Doves, two Treecreepers and seven Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake the probable Siberian Chiffchaff again today with a Common Chiffchaff associating with a pair of Stonechats, roaming through the bulrushes. Also a Kingfisher, two Little Egrets, 12 Wigeon, four Teal and a female Shoveler. (Terry Fenton). Pic by Terry.

Siberian Chiffchaff

Mon 16th Feb 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    The female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER still on Pit 58 until 3pm at least. Also two pairs of Goosanders, two male Goldeneyes displaying and a Little Egret. (Richard Williams/Gord & Margaret Avery).

Brimpsfield    A Red Kite over Brimpsfield Park at 2:05pm. (Gord & Margaret Avery).

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK was in the Asian Pen again today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake a possible Siberian Chiffchaff again today (2nd day). (Martin Greenish).

Forest of Dean    300+ Redwings feeding in the Speech House fields today. (Frank Williams).

 

Sun 15th Feb 2015

Forest of Dean    A male TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL on the clearfell area at Yew Tree Brake opposite the Crem but mobile and appearances sporadic from late morning until . Also aHawfinch, 20+ Common Crossbills, 30+ Siskins and 30+ Lesser Redpolls. (Lewis Thomson et al). Pics by Mark Hobson.

Two-barred Crossbill

 

 

A mixed flock of 250 Chaffinches and Bramblings just S of the major t-junction S of New Fancy View. At least 30 Bramblings in the flock. (Brian Piercey).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    The female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER still on Pit 58 this morning at 9:45am. Also male and female Goldeneye. (Mark Dowie/Paul Masters/Geoff Moyser). Also a male SMEW and three Goosanders on Pit 44. (Mark Dowie/Gavin Black). Pics by Mark.

Red-breasted Merganser

Smew with Goosander

Driffield    1+ Grey Partridge still this morning at SU070988. (Mark Dowie). Also a Red Kite over the village. (Geoff Moyser).

Frampton   The female SCAUP on Court Lake and the Tawny Owl still today. Also eight Golden Plovers over and a Lapwing this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Gloucester    At Castlemeads/Port Ham this afternoon two Gadwalls, 60+ Teal, five Shovelers, aGrey Heron, seven Water Rails, 12 Snipe, a Barn Owl at dusk, a Kingfisher, three Treecreepers, two Chiffchaffs, a pair of Stonechats and seven Reed Buntings. (Andy Jayne).

Cheltenham    The male DARTFORD WARBLER still at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 mid afternoon. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Ian Ralphs).

WWT Slimbridge    A Water Rail at Willow hide today. (Bethany Dobbs). Pic by Bethany.

Water Rail

Forthampton    A garden Jay and a singing Song Thrush today. (Sandra & David Spicer).

Tirley Sandpits    26+ Blackbirds, two drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 177+ Fieldfares, ten Stock Doves, two Mistle Thrushes, 202+ Redwings, two Green Woodpeckers, nine Song Thrushes, five Meadow Pipits, 12 Pied Wagtails, 9+ Skylarks and a Grey Heron today. Also two garden Jays. (Mark Grieve).

Brockeridge Common    12 Teal, two Snipe, a Barn Owl, 16 Meadow Pipits, two male Stonechatsand two Ravens in breeding display overhead. (Mike Smart).

 

Sat 14th Feb 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    The female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER still on Pit 58 today. Also nine Goldeneyes and four pairs of Goosanders here and 16 Goosanders, ten Goldeneyes and three Little Egrets on Pit 41. (Paul

or/MK/Trevor & Sue Clayson).

Cheltenham    The male DARTFORD WARBLER still at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 today and singing. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council. Also male and female Stonechats, 80+ Linnets and 6+ Meadow Pipits. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Ewan Urquhart). Pic by Ewan.

Dartford Warbler

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint 12 Buzzards, a Little Grebe on the Wye. a pair of Ravens, a female Goshawk, male and female Sparrowhawk, four Jays, two Song Thrushes, two Coal Titsand a Bank Vole. (Phil & Chris Andrews).

Driffield    Three Grey Partridges this morning. (Paul Taylor).

Saul Warth    Two Rock Pipits today and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Frampton. (Gordon Hodgson).

Frampton    The female SCAUP still on Court Lake today. (Wendy James).

Sharpness    The BLACK REDSTART at the end of dock road still today. (Andy Jordan).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds included eight Shelducks,  c750 Wigeon, three Gadwalls,  c550Teal, 35 Mallards,  48 Pintails,  42 Shovelers,  a female Pochard, three Cormorants, eight Little Egrets, four Grey Herons, a Buzzard, a Peregrine, a Water Rail, c1600 Lapwings, a Curlew, 33Dunlins, seven Snipe, 26 Fieldfares, two Mistle Thrushes and two Reed Buntings. (Les Brown).

Ashleworth Ham    Birds included c280 Wigeon, three Gadwalls, c190 Teal, 85 Mallards, 49Pintails, 38 Shovelers, two Grey Herons, two Cormorants, two Buzzards, six Snipe, c450 Black-headed Gulls, c300 Starlings and a Goldcrest. (Les Brown).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    Eight singing Song Thrushes, 43+ Redwings, 56+ Fieldfares, 31+Blackbirds, 16 Pied Wagtails, 63+ Meadow Pipits, 1+ Green Woodpecker, three Bullfinches, sixStock Doves, two Mistle Thrushes, 61+ Golden Plovers flew NE and eight Greylags over. (Mark Grieve).

 

Fri 13th Feb 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    A female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER on Pit 58 this afternoon, present since yesterday. (Terry Fenton). Pic by Terry.

Red-breasted Merganser

Thu 12th Feb 2015

Salperton    A ringtail HEN HARRIER flying across fields on the back road S of the A436 near Salperton at cSP067196 at 2pm. (Bob Philpott/Mark Barrett).

The Camp    A JACK SNIPE this morning in the entrance field to the BC Rough Bank reserve (Nottingham Scrubs). (Vic Polley).

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK on the Rushy late afternoon. Also an adult Goshawk from Zeiss hide today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Dursley    Male and female Tawny Owl calling early morning at the bottom of Long Street. (Shane Long).

 

Wed 11th Feb 2015

Forest of Dean    On Woorgreens Lake two Canada Geese, two Teal, five Tufted Ducks and 13Coots. Also on Crabtree heath, the GREAT GREY SHRIKE still and four female Fallow Deer. (Gavin Black).

WWT Slimbridge    An Egyptian Goose flew from the Rushy towards the Tack Piece this morning. (Thomas Weston-McClung/Geoff Moyser).

Frampton    The female SCAUP still on Court Lake, also a second-winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL on the Sailing Lake. Around the pools 94 Tufted Ducks, six Pochards, 42 Gadwalls, 26Shovelers, two Teal, 25 Canada Geese, 59 Greylags, 11 Barnacle Geese, 11 Great Crested Grebes, three Little Grebes, five Little Egrets, 16 Cormorants and a Tawny Owl and a Little Owl still. (Nick Goatman).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake today birds included the male Red Crested Pochard still, 11 Wigeon, four Teal, a female Shoveler, two Little Egrets, a Green Woodpecker, aChiffchaff and a pair of Stonechats. (Gordon Avery).

Witcombe Reservoir    A sinensis Cormorant in breeding plumage today. (Gordon Avery).

 

Tue 10th Feb 2015

Brockeridge Common    A male Stonechat, a male Kestrel, two Reed Buntings, a Buzzard, aGreen Woodpecker, a singing Skylark, a Raven and 15 Goldfinches. (Mike Smart).

Thrupp    Along the canal two Water Rails, a Kestrel, a Goldcrest, a Kingfisher and two Little Grebes. (Keith Perkins).

Ashleworth Ham    240 Wigeon, 36 Gadwalls, 160 Teal, 26 Mallards, 58 Pintails, 47 Shovelers, aBuzzard, a Cormorant, two Grey Herons and two Snipe. (Les Brown).

Newent    Garden birds today included a male Blackcap, 15 Goldfinches and a Greenfinch. (Alan Hooper & Julia Eckley).

Quedgeley    A female Blackcap in the garden late afternoon again today. (MK).

Forest of Dean    At Sudeley Ponds a Treecreeper today. At Parkend a Hawfinch, fourCrossbills and four Roe Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock three Bullfinches (2f,1m), seven Mandarins (4m,3f), a maleSparrowhawk, a Treecreeper, a Jay, a Grey Heron, a pair of Ravens, three Buzzards and the resident Peregrine pair. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Treecreeper

Mon 9th Feb 2015

Forest of Dean    At 10:15am male and female Goshawks interacting over Brierley. A mixed flock of 100+ finches on Larches at Drybrook Road Station including two Bramblings, twoCrossbills, one singing, and three Lesser Redpolls, nearby a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKERcalling and drumming unseen. Around the area many Siskins, several Coal Tits and Nuthatchesand a Jay. (Steve Brown). A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER drumming along with severalGreat Spotted Woodpeckers, three sightings of Goshawks of at least two birds and a Ravencarrying nest material. (Frank Williams). The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill and sixMandarins (1m, 5f) at Cannop ponds. (Howard Lloyd-Thornbury U3A). At Parkend Church fourCrossbills and a Hawfinch today. A male was seen to courtship feed the female. (Peter Rodgers/Howard Lloyd-Thornbury U3A. Pic by Peter.

Crossbills

Cirencester    At Cirencester Park today six Bramblings amongst 50+ Chaffinches feeding on the ground and drinking from puddles, a Bullfinch, five Goldfinches, seven Marsh Tits, fourNuthatches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and 50+ Golden Plovers over. (Dave Soons).

Painswick    A Red Kite over Painswick Beacon this afternoon. (Abigail Smith).

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

Frampton    The female SCAUP on Court Lake this afternoon. A MARSH HARRIER flying down river seen from Splatt Bridge at 11:20 am. On the floods N of Splatt Bridge birds included 30+Golden Plovers, 60+ Dunlins, two Redshanks, a Little Egret, 300+ Teal and 21 Pintails viewed from the canal towpath. (Trevor & Sue Clayson).

Dursley    A Dipper early evening on the river from Priory Close. (Shane Long).

 

Sun 8th Feb 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The BITTERN showed briefly from Van den Bovenkamp hide this afternoon, and earlier a Snipe from the Martin Smith hide. (Morag Hughes). The Pink-footed Goose on the Dumbles with 170 White-fronted Geese early afternoon, The femaleFERRUGINOUS DUCK was on the Asian Pen again and the fully-winged, unringed female Ruddy Shelduck earlier. (Paul Masters).

Cheltenham    The male DARTFORD WARBLER still at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 today. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council. Also two Stonechats, 36 Linnets, a Meadow Pipit, a Redwing and a white Blackbird.  Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Les Waring). Pics by Les.

Dartford Warbler

Blackbird

Tresham    A Red Kite and 30+ Golden Plovers this morning. (Paul Rich).

Sharpness    Two BLACK REDSTARTS the Docks, a male at the NedWest building and a fem/imm at the Silo. (Mark Hobson)

Cotswold Water Park (W)    The SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF at Shorncote Reedbed. Also 5+Water Rails, three Cetti’s Warblers, a Grey Wagtail and 12+ Chiffchaffs today. (Dave Collins).

Frampton   The female SCAUP and the Tawny Owl still today. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean    At Kensley Ridge Enclosure, displaying Goshawk, a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER heard calling and drumming, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming andGoldcrests calling along Gloucester Way by the small pond below Kensley Lodge. Also at Lords Hill, Coleford a garden Goldcrest. (Frank Williams).

Longlevens    At 2:40pm a Little Egret landed on a tree on the far side of the allotments behind Park Avenue then flew towards Horsbere Brook. (Pam & Frank Bryant).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake today the male Red Crested Pochard still. (Bryony Fulcher).

Stroud    At Wallbridge a pair of Dippers, a Kingfisher, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming and three Bullfinches (2m) one singing, unusual to hear and two male Blackcaps early morning. (MK).

Dursley    A Red Kite over Taits Hill at 10am today. (John Workman).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included three Little Egrets over, two Buzzards over and 12 local birds present, two Bramblings, three Lesser Redpolls and a Siskin. (John Fleming).

 

Sat 7th Feb 2015

WWT Slimbridge    Two Little Stints on the Tack Piece with 50+ Dunlins, a Pink-footed Goosewith 118+ White-fronted Geese beyond the hedge at the northern end of the Tack Piece, anOystercatcher from Knott hide, a showy Cetti’s Warbler from Kingfisher hide and aTreecreeper just along the path. (MK/Paul Taylor). The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK was on the Asian Pen again today. (Mark Hobson). Also in the Asian Pen the fully-winged, unringed femaleRuddy Shelduck paired to a male fully-winged, unringed apparent hybrid Ruddy Shelduck. (MK).

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 until 4pm. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council. Also two Stonechats and 30 Linnets. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. Also further N along the Honeybourne Line near the Winston Churchill gardens 30 Goldfinches. (Keith White/Shane Long/Thomas Weston-McClung).

Forest of Dean    At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE showing well, but flighty. At Woorgreens Lake a Snipe and 14 Coots. (Frank Williams). A Raven over calling at Ellwood. (Mark Grieve).  At Boys Grave two Crossbills with a Lesser Redpoll and Siskin flock. Six Hawfinchesnear the car park at Nagshead today.  (Colin Greenfield).

Great Barrington    Nine Red Kites, three Long-tailed Tits, two Ravens, three Fieldfares, twoBuzzards and a large flock of Lapwings in the field opposite the Deer Park. (Phil Robinson).

Barrow Wake    On the approach to Barrow Wake viewing point a large flock of Chaffinches andBramblings feeding on the Beech mast. (John Miles).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Today’s WeBS count 23 Mute Swans, 73 Canada Geese, 19 Shelducks, c650 Wigeon, five Gadwalls, c2500 Teal, 29 Mallards, eight Pintails, 55 Shovelers, eight Tufted Ducks, two Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, a female Sparrowhawk, two Water Rails, 72 Coots, c1400 Lapwings, a Curlew, five Dunlins, nine Snipe, a Great Black-backed Gull, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 55 Pied Wagtails, a Meadow Pipit, a Reed Bunting, two Fieldfares and three Bullfinches. (David Anderson/Les Brown).

Cobney Meadows    400 Teal, two Wigeon, 25 Mallards, a Grey Heron, 120 Lapwings and aMeadow Pipit today. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth/Hasfield Hams    Five Mute Swans, ten Canada Geese, two Greylags, 950 Teal, 700Wigeon, 25 Gadwalls, 70 Mallards, 60 Shovelers, 50 Pintails, ten Coots, two Grey Herons, 1560Lapwings, 15 Snipe, a pair of Stonechats at Hasfield and in Meerend Thicket a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming and a Treecreeper singing. (Mike Smart/Les Brown).

Staunton & Corse    In Mill Lane today a mixed flock of 150+ Yellowhammers, 30 Reed Buntings, 22 Pied Wagtails, 18 Chaffinches, at least 500 Rooks, 60 Redwings and 60 Fieldfares. (Steve French).

Hucclecote    Garden birds today at Portchester Road included a Herring Gull, in the garden, a garden tick, a Brambling, a male Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Coal Tit and up to 30 House Sparrows. (Harold Smith).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Pit 116 this morning 328 Wigeon, 12 Red Crested Pochards, fourGoldeneyes and 20 Cormorants. (Ian Ralphs).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included two Little Egrets, a new site record, three Buzzardsover and eight local birds circling and some display noted, four Ravens and six Siskins. Also sixBlackcaps (4m, 2f) and 20 Blackbirds at a feeding station in Gyde Road. (John Fleming).

 

Fri 6th Feb 2015

Tirley    49 Redwings, six Fieldfares, two Song Thrushes, a Fox and a possible “northern”Bullfinch giving a bleating call. (Mark Grieve).

Hatherley    c20 Redwings outside the house today. (Michael Beer). Pic by Michael.

Redwing

Forest of Dean    Three Crossbills at Parkend Church this morning. (Roy Shilham). Pics by Roy.

Crossbill

 

Thu 5th Feb 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A female MERLIN today, sat on the fence in front of the Goose House from Holden Tower to 1:30pm at least. (Geoff Moyser).

Forest of Dean    c20 BRAMBLINGS at Serridge this morning, four were on the lower track and the rest with Chaffinches feeding high on Larches on the ridge. Huge numbers of Siskins, Lesser Redpolls and Goldfinches. At Parkend Church 3+ Crossbills and 5+ Hawfinches at the Crown Lane, 21 were reported at 9:30am by visiting birders. (Ian Hull/Bob Philpott/Richard Price). TheGREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill at midday. (Richard Price).

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 this afternoon, singing for 10 mins then calling persistently in cover. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council. Also two Stonechats and 30 Linnets.Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. At Naunton Park two male garden Blackcaps, at least one has been singing for a week. (Steve Brown).

Tirley    54 Redwings, 17 Fieldfares and four Song Thrushes on pasture, 500+ Starlings flew over SW. (Mark Grieve).

Frampton    At Court Lake 20 Tufted Ducks, c100 Canada Geese, c25 Greylags, three Grey Herons, a Tawny Owl and a Treecreeper. (Alan Hooper).

Paganhill    A Red Kite over at lunchtime today. (Rob Crispin).

 

Wed 4th Feb 2015

Walmore Common    Four (1 imm) WHOOPER SWANS again this afternoon. (Andy Jayne).

Forest of Dean    At New Fancy View two Goshawks with display flight noted, eight Buzzardsand two Ravens. At Parkend in the triangle area 3+ Hawfinches and Redwings. At Staple Edge Wood the GREAT GREY SHRIKE on the approach from the N, seen in isolated line of trees to the right hand side (west) of the main path. (Gary Palmer). Pics by Gary.

Great Grey Shrike

 

Hawling    5+ SHORT-EARED OWLS from 4pm onwards, two Barn Owls, two Stonechats and aRaven. (Gary Palmer).

Tirley    50+ Fieldfares, 20+ Redwings, six Skylarks and four Meadow Pipits today. (Mark Grieve).

Woodford    11+ Long-tailed Tits on the garden feeders this afternoon. (Geoff Poulton). Pic by Geoff.

Long-tailed Tits

Tue 3rd Feb 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK and a Pink-footed Goose on South Lake this morning. (@slimbridge_wild).

Slimbridge    At least 200 Lapwings on a series of fields around Lightenbrook Lane at midday, some along with Fieldfares. (David Ashbee).

Forest of Dean    At Crown Lane, Parkend this morning c5 Hawfinches in the tree tops. Also twoSiskins. On the floor under the yew trees birds included four Song Thrushes, five Blackbirds, three Redwings, two Coal Tits and c10 Greenfinches. Three Crossbills still at Parkend church (1m, 2f) today. (Mick Colquhoun). Pics by Mick.

Hawfinches

Redwing

Crossbill

At Wenchford two Jays, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Dipper and a Marsh Tit. At Mallards Pike a Treecreeper and two Goldcrests. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock both resident Peregrines, a female Goshawk, a female Goosander, a pair of Ravens and a Jay today.  (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote today the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still, also a Barn Owl, a Little Owl, 12+ Chiffchaffs, three Water Rails and three Cetti’s Warblers. (Ian Hull/Mark Dowie). Pics by Mark.

Siberian Chiffchaff

Little Owl

Hawling    This afternoon 4+ SHORT-EARED OWLS, a pair of Stonechats, a ringtail HEN HARRIER, a Barn Owl, two Red Kites and two Kestrels. (Allan Chard). Pic by Allan.

Short-eared Owl

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 this afternoon. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council. Also seven Stonechats, a mixed flock of 20+ Goldfinches, Linnets and Chaffinches and aSparrowhawk. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Les Fisher).

Staunton & Corse    At Mill Lane 600 Rooks, 100 Fieldfares, 100 Yellowhammers, 20 Pied Wagtails, a Jay, four Reed Buntings, 50 Chaffinches and a Kestrel. (Alan Hooper).

Upleadon Green    Ten Fieldfares and five Redwings. At Deerhurst Church 20 Song Thrushesand a Buzzard. (Alan Hooper). At Deerhurst 70+ Redwings. (Mark Grieve).

Coberley    A Little Egret near the stream at Coberley recently. (Sonia Esplen).

Cheltenham    500 Woodpigeons over Tewkesbury Road today. (Mark Grieve).

Hucclecote    A male Blackcap in the garden today. (Caroline Lyden).

Westrip    A Blackcap visiting fat feeders today. (Carol Mein).

May Hill    Nine Robins in the garden today, a garden record. (Rob Guest).

 

Mon 2nd Feb 2015

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council. Also twoStonechats today. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Peter Rodgers). Pic by Peter.

Stonechat

South Cerney    400+ Linnets in the setaside field opposite (E side) South Cerney airfield, by the Harnhill turn, this morning, also Reed Bunting, Chaffinches and Goldfinches. The field is signed as a wild bird feeding crop. (Jon Mercer).

Ebworth    On pasture near Overtown Farm 450 Chaffinches, a BRAMBLING, 800 Fieldfares, 540 Redwings, 350 Golden Plovers, 300 Starlings, 75 Common Gulls, a Black-headed Gull, sevenSkylarks, two Pied Wagtails, 16 Stock Doves, 50 Jackdaws and a Red Kite over. A Green Woodpecker was in trees near Foston’s Ash, a Raven over and two Siskins flew over W. A Tawny Owl, ten Long-tailed Tits and two Coal Tits in Workman’s Wood NNR. (John Fleming).

Forest of Dean    Eight Hawfinches this morning at  Crown Lane, Parkend coming down to feed below the Yew trees and also two Goshawks from New Fancy View at midday. (David James).

Gloucester    On the Balancing Pond, Abbeydale Estate three Grey Wagtails, a Water Rail and a drake Teal today. (Chris Nice). At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today a JACK SNIPEwith at least 20 Snipe and the drake Red Crested Pochard still. (Martin Greenish/Steve French).

Hawling    From 1pm onwards five SHORT-EARED OWLS, four Red Kites and a pair ofStonechats. (Chris Nice).

WWT Slimbridge    The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK on South Lake amongst 187 Pochards and 350+ Tufted Ducks today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote this afternoon the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still, aLittle Owl, four Reed Buntings, a Mistle Thrush, six Buzzards, two Kestrels, five Chiffchaffs, ten Wrens, 50 Redwings, 20 Fieldfares, 20 Linnets, two Snipe, a Water Rail, two Cetti’s Warblers, a Grey Wagtail and 15 Pied Wagtails. At Pit 12 a pair of Goldeneyes. (Dave Owen).

 

Sun 1st Feb 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    This morning two Little Owls, 30 Teal, 20 Tufted Ducks, twoSnipe, a Lapwing, two Water Rails and two Cetti’s Warblers calling, a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF, 5-6 Chiffchaffs, a Grey Wagtail, 20 Linnets, a Skylark singing, 40 Redwings, 15 Fieldfares and aMistle Thrush. (Jon Mercer).

Frampton    A MARSH HARRIER showing well from the 5-bar gate at Splatt Bridge. Also threeLittle Egrets, a Mistle Thrush and 2+ Bullfinches today. (Phil Robinson). On Court Lake a maleGoldeneye still, a pair of Kingfishers and 23 Little Egrets roosted. (Nick Goatman).

Hawling    1+ SHORT-EARED OWL still this afternoon. (Phil Cull). Pic by Phil.

Short-eared Owl

Daglingworth    A Green Sandpiper on the River Dunt again today, also two Little Egrets and a pair of Stonechats. (Andrew Morrison).

Staunton & Corse    In Mill Lane this afternoon a mixed flock of 100+ Yellowhammers and Reed Buntings, 22 Pied Wagtails, 150+ Redwings and 70+ Fieldfares. (Steve French).

Tirley Sandpits    34+ Blackbirds, eight Stock Doves, 19+ Fieldfares, 54+ Redwings, three Mistle Thrushes, eight Meadow Pipits, 14+ Skylarks and in Tirley on pasture 11 Fieldfares and 55+Redwings. (Mark Grieve).

Windrush    Three Red Kites together N of the A40 at turning for Windrush at 11:20 this morning. (Mike Dobson).

Priors Norton    A Little Egret viewed from the road. (Mark Grieve).

Sharpness    A Grey Heron with four Cormorants today. (Phil Robinson).

 

Sat 31st Jan 2015

Great Barrington    The ringtail HEN HARRIER today ranging between Barrington Bushes down to fields just above the Deer Park. The GREAT GREY SHRIKE in a hedgerow below two Oaks viewed from the double 5-bar gates c1 mile S of the trig point (on the left if coming from the trig). Also at least six Red Kites in the area. (Paul Taylor/MK/Jon Mercer). Pics by Jon.

Hen Harrier

 

Great Grey Shrike

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE on Crabtree Hill at 8am, then later hunting Siskinsat Drybrook Station. Also four Crossbills and two Hawfinches over Crabtree Hill. At Serridge Green/Ridge 2+ BRAMBLINGS and a Goshawk over. At Brierley a WILLOW TIT 100m along the track W of the barrier. (Paul Marshall). At Kingfisher at Sudeley ponds today. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines and a report of an intrudingPeregrine pair being driven off (Russ Peacey). Also two female Goshawks, a pair of Ravens, fiveBuzzards, a Sparrowhawk, a Jay, a female Bullfinch and a Goldcrest. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still today. (Paul Masters).

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK was on the Asian Pen again today. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Coombe Hill Meadows    18 Mute Swans, three Bewick’s Swans, 120 Greylags, 300 Canada Geese, a Cackling Goose, 14 Shelducks, 2500 Wigeon, 2000+ Teal, 30 Gadwalls, 50 Mallards, 70+Pintails, 80 Shovelers, 15 Tufted Ducks, a Pochard, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, a Cormorantover, 68 Coots, 1200 Lapwings, three Dunlins, a Curlew, five Snipe, 1+ Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a Great Black-backed Gull, five Herring Gulls, five Pied Wagtails, 30Fieldfares and 20 Redwings. (David Anderson/Les Brown/Mike Smart). Pic by David.

Cackling Goose

Aldsworth    Three Red Kites and a Buzzard but no sign of any Tree Sparrows at Cocklebarrow. (Paul Taylor/MK).

Over    At Over Farm 50+ Redwings, a Green Woodpecker and a Sparrowhawk today. (Mo & Steve Johnson).

Wotton-Under-Edge    At the BT Tower near W-U-E a Red Kite again. (Paul Rich).

Barnsley    103 Goldfinches in the roost this morning, a new garden record. (Paul Aubrey).

Dursley    A Dipper today on the river near the bottom of Long Street. (Shane Long).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    27+ Blackbirds, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, one drumming, 11Fieldfares, 98 Redwings, a Green Woodpecker, a Mistle Thrush, 21+ Skylarks, six Stock Doves, six Meadow Pipits and 20 Chaffinches. (Mark Grieve).

Cheltenham    80+ Lapwings flew over Tewkesbury Road today. (Mark Grieve).

 

Fri 30th Jan 2015

Sharpness    The male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of dock road again today at 2:30pm. (Mo & Steve Johnson).

Tyley Long Wood    At ST7894, near Wotton-Under-Edge a Red Kite circling low near the BT Tower on the minor road from W-U-E this morning. (Vic Polley)

Tirley    85+ Redwings and 40+ Fieldfares on pasture. (Mark Grieve).

Wotton-Under-Edge    The Eagle Owl calling again this evening, but distant and intermittent. (Paul Rich).

Forest of Dean    20+ Common Crossbills around Parkend Church today. Please do not use the church car park when services are underway. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.

Common Crossbill

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK was on the Asian Pen again this afternoon. (Mark Dowie). Pic by Mark.

Ferruginous Duck

Frampton    The SCAUP still on Court Lake today. Also two Tawny Owls, a Goldeneye, a Pintailand a Kingfisher. (Mark Dowie). Pic by Mark.

Scaup

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included 21 Buzzards, two Crossbills, eight BRAMBLINGS and seven Bullfinches present. (John Fleming).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still today. (Richard Newton).

 

Thu 29th Jan 2015

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included a ringtail HEN HARRIER, 23 Buzzards, 32 Golden Plovers, 190 Common Gulls, 37 Redwings, two Fieldfares and four BRAMBLINGS,. (John Fleming).

Chedworth    The wintering RING OUZEL still present today. No location details are available. (Roger Duggleby).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Woorgreens again today, then flew high to E, probably to the clearing opposite Yew Tree Brake Crematorium. (Ben Locke).

Nailsworth    A pair of Dippers nest building today. (Terry Grant).

WWT Slimbridge    Two Water Rails from Willow Hide this morning. (Peter Rodgers). A Pink-footed Goose and 169 White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece and a MARSH HARRIER hunting over the entrance fields. (@slimbridge_wild).

Lower Stone    Garden birds included five Bullfinches (3 males) this morning, a female Blackcapand a Nuthatch. (Paul Taylor).

Tirley    45+ Redwings, a Mistle Thrush and 23 Fieldfares on pasture. (Mark Grieve).

 

Wed 28th Jan 2015

Chedworth    The wintering RING OUZEL still present today although fairly shy and elusive. (Roger Duggleby/Rebekah Lockey). Pics by Rebekah.

Ring Ouzel

 

Sharpness    A GREAT SKUA flew N at 1:57pm. (Geoff Moyser).

Tirley    Ten Meadow Pipits, six Stock Doves, 180+ Redwings and 80+ Fieldfares on pasture. (Mark Grieve).

Woodford   Nine Long-tailed Tits on the suet balls and garden feeders this morning. (Geoff Poulton).

Hawling    A SHORT-EARED OWL between 12-2:30pm, also a Red Kite, 120 Golden Plovers and two Stonechats. (Dan White).

Coaley    A Little Egret in a ditch near Coaley Mill this afternoon. (Paul Sutton).

Ozleworth    Two Red Kites and a Buzzard near Fernley Farm, over the phone box today. (Paul Sutton).

Cheltenham    A Grey Wagtail visiting a garden pond in Brooklyn Road for the past few days and unusually today seen to take a fish. (Bernard Apperley). Pics by Bernard.

Grey Wagtail

 

North Cotswolds    30+ Red Kites over a roost this evening. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.

Red Kites

Tue 27th Jan 2015

Chedworth    Belated news of a RING OUZEL on Friday 23rd January possibly overwintering and may have been around for a few weeks. (Roger Duggleby).

Forest of Dean    At Parkend Church 12 Crossbills, ten Hawfinches, a Nuthatch, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Siskin and five Long-tailed Tits. Nearby two Dippers behind The Fountain Inn. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.

Crossbill

The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this morning, also a BRAMBLING among a huge flock of Chaffinches at the top of Crabtree Hill, two Sparrowhawks, a Raven, two Crossbills and many Siskins and Lesser Redpolls at Serridge Ridge. A Goshawk and a Woodcock at Lydbrook station. (Martin Greenish). At Wenchford a Dipper and at Mallards Pike three Goosanders (2m, 1f). (Phil & Chris Andrews).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines becoming very territorial now and often seen chasing off the Buzzards. Also a Treecreeper, two female Goshawks, a maleSparrowhawk and a pair of Ravens.  (Phil & Chris Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Peregrine

Driffield    A pair of Grey Partridges today. (Ian Hull).

Great Barrington    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE was along the south footpath from the trig point early afternoon and the ringtail HEN HARRIER along the county boundary. Also two Grey Partridges (but they are raised on this estate). (Dave Pearce). This morning a female MERLINflew low W just S of trig point, eight Red Kites, a male Sparrowhawk, three Buzzards, twoKestrels and 150+ Fieldfares/Redwings feeding in fields. (Jon Mercer).

Sheepscombe    Four Red Kites over the B4070 today. (Dawn Hebron).

Frampton    At Court Lake and field this morning, the female SCAUP, two Little Grebes, twoGreat Crested Grebes displaying, the Tawny Owl, a Stock Dove calling, a Green Woodpecker and three drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (Steve Brown).

WWT Slimbridge    At lunchtime, a Pink-footed Goose on the Tack Piece, at the Willow feeders two Water Rails, a Reed Bunting and ten Long-tailed Tits. (Steve Brown).

Lower Lode    This morning three Mute Swans, four Canada Geese, 65 Wigeon, c100 Mallards, 12Teal, 18 Tufted Ducks (11m, 7f), 18 Cormorants, eight Coots, six Moorhens, c45 Black-headed Gulls and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (Les Brown).

Ashleworth Ham    Eight Mute Swans, 523 Canada Geese, two Gadwalls, 42 Shovelers, threeLapwings on the reserve and c600 over, nine Snipe, a JACK SNIPE and a Peregrine. (Les Brown).

Gloucester    At Castle Meads (W) 19 Teal, a female Stonechat, 87 Redwings and 25Goldfinches. At Castle Meads (E) two Chiffchaffs feeding amongst the Typha. (Gord & Margaret Avery).

 

Mon 26th Jan 2015

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Also seven Linnets, three Meadow Pipits and a Goldfinch. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Andy Oliver).

Forest of Dean    A Dipper at Wenchford, a Goshawk at New Fancy View and Crossbills at Parkend. (Justin Taylor).

Sharpness    A Rock Pipit ½ mile S of the picnic site at the sluice. Also four Linnets. (Geoff Moyser).

Staunton & Corse    In Mill Lane 80 Yellowhammers, 20 Pied Wagtails, four Reed Buntings, aBuzzard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Jays and a large mixed flock of Fieldfares andRedwings. (Alan Hooper & Julia Eckley).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Pit 111 five Goosanders, nine Goldeneyes, a Little Grebe and eight Gadwalls today. (John Durell).

Frampton   The Tawny Owl still at Court Lake and a Green Woodpecker today. (Kim & Steve Brown).

 

Sun 25th Jan 2015

Forest of Dean    Five Common Crossbills at Parkend Church this morning drinking from puddles. In Parkend c8 Hawfinches and five Common Crossbills. At Cannop ponds a Marsh Tit, aKingfisher, six Little Grebes and 38 Mandarins. A BRAMBLING on Serridge Ridge feeding with c50 Chaffinches on beech mast on the slope on your left as you near the ridge summit SO625145 and a mixed flock of 100+ Lesser Redpolls and Siskins (60/40). At Brierley an elusiveWILLOW TIT and two Goshawks. (MK/Karle Burford).

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Morag Hughes).

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK was on the Asian Pen again this afternoon. (Gary Hobbs).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake today a 2nd winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL with 150+ Black-headed Gulls, two Common Gulls, 11 Herring Gulls and three Lesser Black-backed Gulls, also the male Red Crested Pochard still, 11 Wigeon and a Little Egret. (Mark Dowie).

Damery    c20 Siskins today. (Geoff Moyser).

Frampton   The female SCAUP, a male Goldeneye and 60 Greylags at Court Lake today. (Nick Goatman).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    In the Pit 104 area, the river Coln and adjacent fields 40 Wigeon, 80 Gadwalls, 24 Teal, 60 Shovelers, 20 Pochards, 80 Tufted Ducks, nine Goldeneyes, a redheadSMEW, six Little Grebes and ten Great Crested Grebes, 14 Cormorants, three Grey Herons, aSparrowhawk, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 80 Skylarks, a Grey Wagtail, sevenChiffchaffs with four Goldcrests along the river, 20 Long-tailed Tits and two Marsh Tits, 20Goldfinches, 30 Linnets, three Bullfinches and 30 Yellowhammers. (Mick & Jo Jones).

Hawling    At 8:15am a SHORT-EARED OWL bullied into flight by five Ravens, a MERLIN, aRed Kite, a Kestrel, two Golden Plovers over and a few Linnets. (Steve Brown). This afternoon three SHORT-EARED OWLS, a Kestrel, two Red Kites, two Buzzards, three Skylarks and a pair of Stonechats N of the road at SP057220. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.

Short-eared Owl

Great Barrington    The ringtail HEN HARRIER hunting stubble fields from the the double metal gates on road between Great Barrington and Rissington, late afternoon. Also the GREAT GREY SHRIKE, a Peregrine and at least five Red Kites in the area . (Paul Rich). Around the Fox Inn a Water Rail, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Jay, two Nuthatches, two Stock Doves calling and a Grey Heron. The Little Owl on the thatched hut opposite Park Farm. Along the road up to the trig point a Peregrine, a Kestrel, two Red Kites and a Buzzard. (Steve Brown).

Cirencester Park    30+ Siskins, a Sparrowhawk, eight Marsh Tits, six Coal Tits, six Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 10+ Nuthatches, five Jays, two BRAMBLINGS amongst 100+Chaffinches, also eight Roe Deer and two Foxes. (Dave Soons).

Tirley Sandpits    20+ Blackbirds, a Green Woodpecker, 11 Lapwings, 65+ Fieldfares, 125+Redwings, 64+ Meadow Pipits, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, one drumming, six Skylarks, one singing, 8+ Song Thrushes, nine Greylags over, four Mistle Thrushes, 6+ Stock Doves, a Jay, a Kestrel and two Bullfinches. (Mark Grieve).

Dursley    A garden female Blackcap feeding on the bird table and pyracantha berries and bathing in pond. (Clive Mowforth).

Tewkesbury    A pair of Little Owls near Tewkesbury today. (Richard Tyler).

Little Owl

Sat 24th Jan 2015

Forest of Dean    c8 Common Crossbills at Parkend Church this afternoon. (Ben Locke). Also Parkend Church five Hawfinches, a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER seen N of the church and five Ravens. In Parkend five more Hawfinches and two Dippers. At Cannop ponds two Marsh Tits. At Crabtree Hill/Drybrook three Stonechats, 20 BRAMBLINGS with a Chaffinch flock, 15Lesser Redpolls and 80 Siskins, a Marsh Tit, seven Buzzards and a pair of Goshawks. At Kensley Lodge two Hawfinches and two Crossbills. At Yew Tree Brake six Crossbills and 50+ Siskins. (Mark Dowie/Frank Williams). The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Staple Edge felled area at 1:10pm today, perched low on a conifer sapling. (Andrew McDermid). 30 Snipe at Woorgreens Lake flushed by a Lesser Black-backed Gull, also a Goosander. (Tony Eveleigh/Neil Duggan). At least three BRAMBLINGS (one male, two females) on Serridge Ridge feeding with a Chaffinch flock on beech mast on the slope on your left as you near the ridge summit (ie opposite ‘Trafalgar House’) SO625145. (Jake King). Pic by Ben.

Common Crossbill

Guscar/Lydney    Between Guscar Rocks and Lydney Harbour 80 Shelducks, 212 Wigeon, 112Teal, a Tufted Duck, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, a Merlin, a Peregrine, 255+ Curlews, a Green Sandpiper, a Redshank, six Snipe, three Stonechats, two Rock Pipits and four Reed Buntings. (Andy Jayne).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines, four Goshawks (3f,1m), aKestrel, at least six Buzzards, two Sparrowhawks (1m,1f), two Stock Doves, a Jay and a pair ofRavens. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Goshawk

Sharpness    The male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of dock road again today. Also fourStonechats. (Andy Jordan/MK/Pete Wright).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A pair of Ravens, a pair of Stock Doves, a male Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 17 Fieldfares and nine Redwings today. (Les Waring).

Walmore Common    Four WHOOPERS SWANS and 350 Lapwings today. (Mark Dowie)

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake today, the male Red Crested Pochard still, four Wigeon, a Peregrine, a Little Egret and a Water Rail. (Mark Dowie).

Hawling    This afternoon three SHORT-EARED OWLS, a Barn Owl, a Red Kite, two Stonechatsand a flock of Golden Plovers and two Roe Deers this afternoon. (Chris Teague/Brian Thompson). SEO pic by Chris. Kite pic by Brian.

Short-eared Owl

Red Kite

 

Tirley Sandpits    27+ Blackbirds, 34+ Fieldfares, 44+ Redwings, two Green Woodpeckers, aMistle Thrush, eight Stock Doves, 44+ Skylarks, 16 Meadow Pipits, two Jays and a maleBullfinch. At Haw Bridge/Wainlodes turning a Roe Deer. (Mark Grieve).

Northleach    By the traffic lights in Northleach today a female Stonechat. (Paul Aubrey).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included 20 Buzzards, 13 Stock Doves, five Redwings, 11 Ravensa BRAMBLING, three Siskins, three Lesser Redpolls and two female Crossbills. (John Fleming).

Staunton & Corse    In Mill Lane a large mixed finch/bunting flock still with 60+ Yellowhammers, 20+ Reed Buntings and 60 Goldfinches. Also 50 Fieldfares and 24 Redwings. (Steve French).

Driffield    20 Golden Plovers today. (Alan Hooper & Julia Eckley).

WWT Slimbridge     In the Asian Pen again today the fully-winged, unringed female Ruddy Shelduck still. (MK).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed eight Chiffchaffs and the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF, two Cetti’s Warbler, 20 Pied Wagtails, ten Linnets, a Little Owl, 23 Little Egretsand three Grey Herons. (Alan Hooper & Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.

Siberian Chiffchaff

Fri 23rd Jan 2015

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually withStonechats, at least three today. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Les Fisher).

Great Barrington     From Hill Barn near Barrington Bushes just close to the Oxon border theGREAT GREY SHRIKE and the ringtail HEN HARRIER. Also four Red Kites, three Buzzards, four Kestrels, a Sparrowhawk, a Marsh Tit, 20 Skylarks, several Fieldfares and 25 Golden Plovers flew over. (Dave Soons).

Frampton    Two Tawny Owls, two Little Owls and 16 Little Egrets around the pools today. (Mark Dowie). Pic by Mark.

Tawny Owl

Forest of Dean    Ten Hawfinches around the Nursery Meadows at Nagshead this morning.(Lewis Thomson). 11 Hawfinches, 50+ Siskins, five Lesser Redpolls at Parkend. A Marsh Tit andMandarin at Cannop ponds. The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill and four Crossbillsover. (Shane Long). This first-winter male wing-barred Common Crossbill taken by Terry Clarke at Parkend Church yesterday (22nd) posed an i/d puzzle, unfortunately not Two-barred.

Common Crossbill

Aylburton Warth    This morning 280+ Curlews and 40-50 Dunlins on the Warth. On nearby fields 265 Lapwings, 44 Golden Plovers and four Snipe. (Roger Ruston).

Sharpness    A pair of Peregrines hunting pigeons over the docks at 4pm. (MK).

WWT Slimbridge    An Oystercatcher on the Rushy today. (Geoff Moyser). A MARSH HARRIERfrom Zeiss hide and three GCRP Common Cranes from Holden Tower, including a pair displaying. (Felicity Cobb/Swindon U3A group). Pic by Felicity.

Common Cranes

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake this morning, a Little Egret, a male Red Crested Pochard, two Stonechats, a male Reed Bunting, a Peregrine, 50+ Meadow Pipits and 17Linnets. (Martin Greenish).

Tirley Sandpits    100+ Fieldfares and 50 Redwings on pasture, ten Meadow Pipits and twoSkylarks over. (Mark Grieve).

Whitminster    A pair of Stonechats beside the River Frome. Nearby a Cormorant over Wheatenhurst weir and a Kingfisher at Saul junction. (Tanya Allen). Pics by Tanya.

Stonechats

Kingfisher

Thu 22nd Jan 2015

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually withStonechats, at least three today. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Wayne Tucker).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed at least nine Chiffchaffs, the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF, a MARSH HARRIER, a Water Rail heard, two Stonechats, two Cetti’s Warblersand 23 Little Egrets, four Grey Herons and a WATER PIPIT feeding with at least 30 Pied Wagtails. (Julian Long/Martin Greenish).

Tirley    37 Redwings, five Fieldfares and a Mistle Thrush on pasture. (Mark Grieve).

Bentham    A JACK SNIPE, five Snipe, a female Stonechat and 36 Goldfinches. (Gord & Margaret Avery).

Forest of Dean    At Parkend Church 5+ Hawfinches, six Crossbills over and a female gathering nest material, ten Siskins, two Nuthatches and a Stock Dove. At Wenchford a Dipper and aNuthatch. At Mallards Pike five Goosanders, three pairs of Mandarins, a Kingfisher, a Jay, aRaven and Siskin, Crossbill and Lesser Redpoll all heard. (Steve Brown). At Cyril Hart Arboretum birds included three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Jays, four Coal Tits and eightNuthatches. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.

Jay

Wed 21st Jan 2015

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually withStonechats, at least three today. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Allan Chard). Pics by Allan.

Dartford Warbler

Stonechat

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still showing well at Crabtree Hill at 1:15pm. (Martin Greenish). At Parkend Church a Nuthatch, a Jay, 15 Song Thrushes and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. At Crown Lane, Parkend six Mistle Thrushes, four Greenfinches, 20 Chaffinches, 15 Hawfinches and a Treecreeper. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). 14 Moorhens by a golf course pond next to the cycle path between Milkwall and Coleford. (Ivan Proctor).

Tirley Sandpits    13 Stock Doves, 32+ Blackbirds, 26+ Fieldfares, 225+ Starlings, sevenSkylarks, a Green Woodpecker, two Mistle Thrushes, a Raven, a mixed flock of 30+ Goldfinches, 20+ Chaffinches and six Greenfinches, two Bullfinches and 88+ Meadow Pipits today. (Mark Grieve).

Saul    A Song Thrush singing beside the Stroudwater Canal at Saul Junction. (Tanya Allen).

 

Tue 20th Jan 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A WATER PIPIT on the Bottom New Piece floods, viewed from Kingfisher hide today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Forest of Dean    A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER at Parkend Church, three Hawfinchesjust down the road by the cricket ground at Crown Lane, and five more at Brierley. Plenty ofChaffinches on Serridge Ridge and a mixed flock of c250 Lesser Redpolls, Siskins andGoldfinches. Also on the ridge a Goshawk seeing off a female Sparrowhawk. The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still on Crabtree Hill. (Ian Hull/Alex Barclay). A male and three female Common Crossbills at Parkend Church. (Bob Telford/Alex Barclay). Pics by Bob.

Crossbill

 

At Beechenhurst Lodge a Treecreeper and two Mistle Thrushes today. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Treecreeper

Symonds Yat    Both resident Peregrines today, a Tawny Owl calling, two pairs of Mandarins, twoTreecreepers, three male Goosanders, six Jays, a male Sparrowhawk, two Buzzards and threeRavens. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Hawling    This afternoon three SHORT-EARED OWLS, two Barn Owls, a Red Kite and four Red-legged Partridges. (Matt Scott/Alex Barclay).

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER again today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Matt Scott).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed c10 Chiffchaffs, the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF, a Water Rail heard, a female Stonechat, a Cetti’s Warbler and 18 Little Egretsbehind the Sewage Works. Also a Weasel. A pair of SMEW, Goosanders and two pairs ofGoldeneyes at Pit 65. (Gord & Margaret Avery). At Pit 43 ten Goosanders, a Snipe, a Water Rail, two Green Woodpeckers, a Jay and a mixed flock of 300+ Fieldfares and Redwings over. (Jon Mercer).

Great Barrington     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE viewed from the Great Rissington-Barrington road about a mile S of the trig point (also seen from here yesterday afternoon as was the ringtail HEN HARRIER). Also a ten Red Kites, five Buzzards, three Kestrels, four Ravens, aLittle Owl, 100+ Skylarks in two flocks and 100+ Fieldfares. Also three Roe Deer, 23 Fallow Deerand a Stoat ran along the road. (Ewan Urquhart).

Great Rissington    80+ Chaffinches, 4+ BRAMBLINGS, 200+ Linnets and 20+ Yellowhammerstoday. (Ewan Urquhart). Pic by Ewan.

Brambling

Ashleworth Ham    Two Buzzards, 50 Mallards, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30+ Redwings and 20 Chaffinches today. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).

Newent    A Little Owl and 50 Rooks feeding in field today. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.

Little Owl

Coombe Hill Meadows    Six Mute Swans, 200 Canada Geese, 50 Greylags, 3500 Wigeon(including the leucistic bird), 40 Gadwalls, 3000 Teal, 150 Mallards, 50 Shovelers, 200 Pintails, five Tufted Ducks, 50 Coots, a Grey Heron, a Peregrine, 1000 Lapwings, a Redshank, two Dunlinsand 60 Pied Wagtails today. (David Anderson/Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows (A38 end)    A Little Egret and two Green Sandpipers today. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows    13 Mute Swans, 200 Canada Geese, four Shelducks and 1000 Wigeon today. (Mike Smart).

Painswick    A male Blackcap at 10am on a fat feeder at Gyde Road. (John Fleming).

 

Mon 19th Jan 2015

Hawling    This afternoon a Kestrel, four Red Kites, Buzzards, a Little Owl, three SHORT-EARED OWLS, a Barn Owl, an adult male Peregrine and a HEN HARRIER high up flying SE being mobbed by a pair of Ravens, most N of the road at SP057220. Also a Stonechat and sixFieldfares. (Richard Tyler/Alan Hooper & Julia Eckley). Pics 1 & 2 by Richard. 3 by Julia.

Barn Owl

Hen Harrier

Red Kite

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed a Little Owl near main road, eight sightings of Water Rail and several heard, several Chiffchaffs including the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF, two Grey Wagtails, 18 Little Egrets and a Grey Heron, group of Pied Wagtailsincluding two White Wagtails, five Linnets, Cetti’s Warbler heard from several areas including two right by the flooded path. (Bob Markham/Bob Philpott). Pic by Bob P.

Siberian Chiffchaff

Westbury-on-Severn    Four WHOOPER SWANS in a field by the A48 just NW of Westbury-on-Severn this morning (by the narrow Arch Bridge). (Pete & Marjo Lewis).

Forest of Dean    Two Hawfinches in tree tops in Crown Lane, Parkend. 20+ Hawfinches feeding on the woodland floor just N of Parkend Church, also this morning. Another Hawfinch calling in a tree top by the forest road where it crests Crabtree Hill. A mixed flock of Lesser Redpolls,Siskins, Goldfinches and one female Crossbill just SW of Drybrook Road Station, and party of eight Crossbills over flying S there. The GREAT GREY SHRIKE was on Crabtree Hill clearfell at midday/early afternoon. (Pete & Marjo Lewis).

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER again today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Stephen Jones).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake today, the male Red Crested Pochard still, eight Wigeon, three Snipe and a pair of Stonechats. (Gordon & Margaret Avery). At Gloucester Business Park, Brockworth at least 700 Pied Wagtails assembling on the roof of the Premier Inn before going to roost. (Terry Fenton). A JACK SNIPE, three Snipe and 19 Reed Buntings today at Netheridge Farm. (Mark Hobson).

Witcombe Reservoirs    Three Little Grebes and a Little Owl today. (Gordon & Margaret Avery).

Frampton    At Court Lake two Mistle Thrushes, a Tawny Owl still, a Great Spotted Woodpeckerdrumming, a drake Goldeneye, six Mute Swans, 40+ Coots, 30 Canada Geese, 20 Greylags and aFox. (Alan Hooper & Julia Eckley). Pic by Julia.

Fox

Newent    A Little Owl at Cleeve Mill Lane at 5pm. (Alan Hooper & Julia Eckley).

Cheltenham    This afternoon at Charlton Kings a Green Woodpecker and a singing Coal Tit at the Pilley Nature Reserve, along the Sandy Lane bridle path five Bullfinches together feeding on Hawthorn buds, a Jay and a Green Woodpecker heard. At Naunton Park a garden Blackcap in subsong. (Steve Brown).

Tirley    17 Redwings and 19 Fieldfares on pasture. (Mark Grieve).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included a Cormorant, an immature Goshawk, two Great Black-backed Gulls, five Ravens, two BRAMBLINGS and a Siskin. (John Fleming).

Ebworth    Birds today at Overtown Farm included a Raven, 228 Common Gulls, 30 Stock Doves, 350 Fieldfares, 150 Redwings, 360 Starlings, 108 Skylarks, 86 Chaffinches, two BRAMBLINGS, 120 Linnets, 16 Yellowhammers and 17 Golden Plovers flew over SE. (John Fleming).

 

Sun 18th Jan 2015

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER again today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council. It was seen feeding in the trees alongside Tommy Taylor’s Lane then in the front garden shrubbery of houses in Albemarle Gate. Also present 2/3 Stonechats and three Ravens over.. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Peter Rodgers/Tom Mabbett/Colin Greenfield). Pic by Peter.

Dartford Warbler

Forest of Dean    Late Morning at Crabtree the GREAT GREY SHRIKE, a Snipe flew of N, aRaven and a female Goshawk. (Frank Williams). A Goshawk near Nailbridge, a Dipper in Greathough Brook, Upper Lydbrook, several Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming. (Rob & Gillian Guest). At New Fancy View two Goshawks, three Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk and a Raven. At Cannop Ponds Tufted Ducks and Mandarins. (Ben Hilder). Two Dippers at Wenchford and aGoshawk N of Yorkley Road, Parkend. (Ben Locke). At Crown Lane, Parkend, seven Hawfinches, 14Greenfinches, 11 Chaffinches, seven Redwings, a Jay, two Coal Tits and a Treecreeper. (Les Waring/Ben Locke). Pics by Les (1st) & Ben H.

Hawfinch

Mandarins

Cotswold Water Park (W)    This morning at Pit 43 a pair of SMEW, five Goldeneyes (three males, lots of displaying), ten Goosanders moving to Pit 65, three Red Crested Pochards, sixLong-tailed Tits, a pair of Bullfinches, a Cetti’s Warbler and a few Lesser Redpolls over. (Steve Brown).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    A pair of Egyptian Geese on the island on Pit 126 early afternoon. Also a Stonechat in the reedbed at Pit 125. (MK). Pic by Mike.

Stonechat

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake this morning, the male Red Crested Pochard still and four Wigeon. (MK/Michael King).

Great Barrington    The ringtail HEN HARRIER and the GREAT GREY SHRIKE this afternoon near the trig point at SP 20942 16325. (Russ Peacey/Dave Soons). Also 60+ Skylarks and 35Fallow Deer. (MK).

Sharpness    The male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of dock road again today. (Roberta Goodall). Pic by Roberta.

Black Redstart

Chalford    A Tawny Owl by the side of the road at Hampton Lane this afternoon. (Simon Ashley). Pic by Simon.

Tawny Owl

Hampen    Four Red Kites over the A436. (Gord & Margaret Avery).

Hawling    Four SHORT-EARED OWLS and a Red Kite this afternoon, N of road at SP057220. 116 Lapwings and 58 Golden Plovers on pasture at Hawling Crossroads cSP062224 at 3pm and a pair of Roe Deer.  (Gord & Margaret Avery/Sarah Loaring/Colin Greenfield/Neil Duggan). Also aBarn Owl today. (Tim Gobourn). Pic by Tim.

Barn Owl

Ozleworth    100 Golden Plovers in a grass field at the junction of the A4135/B4058. (Vic Polley).

Marston Meysey    210+ Golden Plovers on pasture at Sunhill near Marston Meysey. (MK).

Tirley Sandpits    Two Mistle Thrushes, two Green Woodpeckers, 300+ Starlings, a Cormorant, 10+ Stock Doves, a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, 146+ Fieldfares, 25+ Redwings, 13+Skylarks, five Meadow Pipits, a Bullfinch and four Red-legged Partridges today. (Mark Grieve).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre today two Lesser Redpolls (patch first), eight Goldfinches, two Green Woodpeckers, a Kestrel, 20 Long-tailed Tits, eight Snipe, a Goldcrest and two Foxes.(Steve French/Alan Hooper).

Frampton   The female SCAUP and the Tawny Owl still today. Also a Treecreeper, a Grey Wagtail, a Bullfinch, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Ravens, a large mixed flock ofChaffinches, Great Tits, Blue Tits and 60+ Long-tailed Tits and Goldcrest. (Mo & Steve Johnson).

Painswick    At Paradise four garden Goldcrests today. (Phil Robinson).

Minsterworth Ham    17 Shelducks, 321 Wigeon, nine Teal, eight Pintails, 76 Mallards, two Grey Herons, 190 Lapwings, 800 Black-headed Gulls, 100 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 20 Herring Gulls, 20 Common Gulls, a Kingfisher, a Green Sandpiper and two Stonechats. (Mike Smart/Andy Jayne).

 

Sat 17th Jan 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Pit 65 a pair of SMEW, five Goldeneyes (one male) and two pairs of Goosanders early morning. At Pit 44 five drake Goosanders and a redhead and 67 Red Crested Pochards. 25 Cormorants over Pit 44 and another 15 on Pit 65. At Pit 42 a Water Railand a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming and 40 Wigeon over Pit 57. At Shorncote Reedbed the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still and 10+ Chiffchaffs. Also 11 Little Egrets, four Grey Herons, a Snipe, two Cetti’s Warblers and a Grey Wagtail. Two female Goldeneyes on Pit 12. (Paul Taylor/MK). Two pairs of SMEW on Pit 65 late morning. (Roberta Goodall/David Creber).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    A pair of Egyptian Geese on Pit 126 mid-morning. (Ian Ralphs).

Frampton    Two Kingfishers flew low close to the five-bar gate at Splatt Bridge at 10am today. Also 3-4 BRAMBLINGS in the hedgerow to the left of the gate. (Phil Robinson).

Painswick    At 11:45am five Buzzards trying to avoid a pair of Ravens in the skies around Paradise, just below Painswick Golf Course. Also two Goldcrests in a garden there. (Phil Robinson).

Great Barrington    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE this afternoon along path east of the trig point though very elusive, also five Red Kites and a Kestrel. (Mo Johnson).

Hawling    Three SHORT-EARED OWLS and a Red Kite this afternoon, N of road at SP057220. Also two Kestrels, a pair of Stonechats, a Buzzard, two Red Kites and a Raven. (Mo Johnson/Mike Yiend/Les Waring). 1st 2 pics by Mike, 3rd by Les.

Short-eared Owl

 

 

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE showing well at Crabtree Hill today. Also aGoshawk, a Raven and a Stonechat. (Ben Hilder). Pic by Ben.

Great Grey Shrike

At least 23 Goosanders from the Stoneworks at Cannop ponds with at least eight males this morning. (Frank Williams). A Sparrowhawk in the garden at Blaize Bailey this morning, a regular visitor. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers). Pic by Peter.

Sparrowhawk

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines showing well. Also threeGoshawks (2f, 1m), two Ravens, a pair of Mandarins, six Buzzards, three Bullfinches (2m, 1f), aGreat Spotted Woodpecker and a Jay. Also several Fallow Deer on view throughout the day. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Frampton   The female SCAUP, a female Goldeneye and the Tawny Owl still today. (Nick Goatman).

Ashleworth Ham    From Meerend Thicket and along to Dirty Lane very heavy and extensive flooding. This morning 700+ Lapwings, c270 Teal, c400 Wigeon, two Snipe, 40+ Fieldfares, 110+Redwings, 8+ Pintails, 50+ Mallards, four Gadwalls, 7+ Shovelers, two adult male Peregrines on the pylons, two Sparrowhawks and a Water Rail calling. (Les Brown/Mike Smart/Mark Grieve).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included six Golden Plovers, 105 Common Gulls, three Fieldfares, 19 Redwings, four Mistle Thrushes, eight Ravens, 430 Chaffinches and 53 BRAMBLINGS and nine Siskins. (John Fleming).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Extensively flooded, hide not accessible except with full length waders. Eight Mute Swans, c130 Greylags, c450 Canada Geese, a Swan Goose, c3500 Wigeon, 21Gadwalls, c3000 Teal, c250 Mallards, c200 Pintails, c150 Shovelers, three Tufted Ducks, aWater Rail, c150 Lapwings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, ten Pied Wagtails and twoReed Buntings. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows    Four Shelducks, c500 Wigeon, c200 Teal, 20 Pintails, 30 Shovelers, c120Lapwings and c640 Black-headed Gulls.  (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

 

Fri 16th Jan 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Pit 65 a pair of SMEW and four Goosanders (3m, 1f). (Geoff Moyser). At Pit 44 two drake Goosanders and 66 Red Crested Pochards. At Shorncote Reedbed a Little Owl, male and female Sparrowhawk, 11 Little Egrets on a flooded field, three Grey Herons, two Water Rails seen and several heard, three Snipe, 120 Lapwings over, 90 Teal, 30Wigeon, six Shovelers, a Little Grebe, a Kingfisher, 15 Skylarks, eight Meadow Pipits, a femaleStonechat, ten Fieldfares, 60 Redwings, a singing Mistle Thrush, four Song Thrush, a Cetti’s Warbler seen and three more heard, two Grey Wagtails, six Linnets, 25 Goldfinches, a pair ofReed Buntings, two Ravens, a Jay, a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF and six Chiffchaffs. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.

Siberian Chiffchaff

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER again today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 31st day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Roy Shilham). Pics by Roy.

Dartford Warbler

 

Great Barrington    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE along the footpath south-east from the trig point near Barrington Bushes then the path south mid morning. (Dave Pearce).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE again showing well today. Also a pair ofStonechats, a flyover Crossbill and two flyover Lesser Redpolls and a male Sparrowhawk by Kensley Lodge. At Cannop Ponds a female Goshawk soaring with a Buzzard at 1pm, 21 Mandarinsand two Marsh Tits. At Parkend Church eight Hawfinches, a Marsh Tit and a Crossbill heard. (Gordon & Margaret Avery/Keith Vinicombe/Chris Stone/Andy Middleton). 50+ BRAMBLINGSmixed with Chaffinches flying N to roost at New Fancy View. (Keith Vinicombe/Chris Stone/Andy Middleton). At 12:30pm today a pair of Goshawks circling together over the Soudley village side of the top forest road 1/2 mile from the viewpoint. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).

Hawling    Three SHORT-EARED OWLS, a Barn Owl and a Red Kite this afternoon, N of road at SP057220. (Paul Masters).

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK was in the Asian Pen again today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A MARSH HARRIER today. (Mike Smart).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake this morning, the male Red Crested Pochard still. (Paul Masters).

Colesbourne    A Red Kite over the A435 near the service station at 3:10pm. (Dave Harris).

Longlevens    A Kingfisher in the garden today at 9:09am. (Pam & Frank Bryant). Pic by Frank.

Kingfisher

Tirley    29 Fieldfares at Town Street Farm today. (Mark Grieve).

Cam    A ringed Common Bulbul again coming to a private garden today. No access available. (Paul Taylor).

Lydney    A 2nd hand report of a Diver sp this afternoon on Lydney Lakes, no sign later and only a Cormorant seen. If anyone has further information please get in touch. (per Gordon Avery).

 

Thu 15th Jan 2015

Forest of Dean    At Crown Lane, Parkend SO613079 two Greenfinches, six Hawfinches and two Mistle Thrushes today. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake this morning, the male Red Crested Pochard still, c20 Mallards and five Mute Swans. (Steve French).

Tirley    A garden Jay, also 40+ Redwings, three Fieldfares and a Mistle Thrush on pasture. (Mark Grieve).

Woodford    At least 50 Fieldfares on a paddock west of the A38 at Woodford today at 11:30 am. (Geoff Poulton).

Cam    A Common Bulbul still coming to a garden today, feeding on mealworms and singing from trees. (James Lees, WWT).

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER again today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 30th day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Rare Bird Alert).

Tewkesbury    A Collared Dove nest building in Tewkesbury today. (Chris & Phil Andrews)..

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included 11 Buzzards, a male Peregrine, six Golden Plovers, 15Fieldfares and two Redwings, 11 Ravens, 203 Chaffinches and three BRAMBLINGS. (John Fleming).

 

Wed 14th Jan 2015

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still showing well at Crabtree Hill this morning.

(Martin Greenish/Chris Moore). Also three Hawfinches in the trees just below Parkend Church late morning. (Chris Moore).

Gloucester    Two Snipe and a male Sparrowhawk on Hempsted Fields N.R. and c3500 Starlings on the landfill site. (Gordon Avery).

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK was in the Asian Pen again this afternoon.  (Rare Bird Alert). Also four Avocets from Zeiss hide and the WHOOPER SWAN still today.

(@slimbridge_wild).

Tirley    A Little Egret flew over SW today. (Mark Grieve).

Hawling    No SEO’s showed before 4:15pm but a Barn Owl took three voles, N of road at SP057220. (Bob Telford). Pic by Bob.

Barn Owl

Tue 13th Jan 2015

WWT Slimbridge    This morning the female FERRUGINOUS DUCK  was in the Asian pen, c15Knot flew onto the Tack Piece at high tide, a Water Rail was at the Willow feeders and twoAvocets from Zeiss hide. (Steve Brown/Tim Jones). Pic by Tim.

Ferruginous Duck

Hawling    Three SHORT-EARED OWLS and a Barn Owl this afternoon, N of road at SP057220.(Steve French).

Ashleworth Ham    Four Mute Swans, a Greylag, 59 Canada Geese, c250 Wigeon, c200 Teal, c100Mallards, 19 Shovelers, two Grey Herons, a Buzzard, a Peregrine, three Coots, three Lapwings, seven Snipe, a Goldcrest and a pair of Stonechats. (Les Brown).

Tirley    At Tirley Crossroads a Red Kite over at 9:50am. (Les Brown).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included two Ravens, 127 Chaffinches, nine BRAMBLINGS, 45Siskins, three Lesser Redpolls, three Crossbills and four Bullfinches. (John Fleming).

Gloucester    At Sudmeadow a male Stonechat on Fielding’s old playing field this afternoon and a adult male Peregrine on one of the pylons. (Gord & Margaret Avery).

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER again today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 28th day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Rare Bird Alert).

 

Mon 12th Jan 2015

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK was in the Asian Pen again today. Also the WHOOPER SWAN on the roadside fields. (Gordon & Margaret Avery).

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER again today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 27th day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Jonny T/Steven Coney/Alex Barclay). Pic by Alex.

Dartford Warbler

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook flood storage lake this morning, a Little Egret still, a male Red Crested Pochard, five Shovelers, six Wigeon, four Teal, a Grey Heron and nine Meadow Pipits. (Martin Greenish).

 

Sun 11th Jan 2015

Frampton    A male BEARDED TIT in Court Lake reed bed at 9:10am then flew N. Also this morning a Cetti’s Warbler, a female SCAUP, a female Goldeneye, two Ravens, a Kingfisher and the Tawny Owl still. (Nick Goatman).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    A redhead SMEW at 12:30pm. (Mick Jones per Duncan Dine).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Neighbridge C.P. lake six Red Crested Pochards. On Pit 48 fourEgyptian Geese. Also 75 Redwings and six Fieldfares in the trees on the Gloucestershire side. At Pit 58 (The Beaver Lake) eight Goldeneyes and six Pintails over. At Pit 41 five Goosanders, twoGoldeneyes, a Little Egret, 45 Wigeon and 20 Teal. At Pit 44 72 Red Crested Pochards and three Common Gulls. (Ken Cservenka).

Forest of Dean    At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE was still present at 8:30am, but after calling loudly flew up high, buzzed a flock of Siskins and flew towards Woorgreens Lake. On the lake two pairs of Goosanders and another pair flew over Drybrook Road Station. In the woods beyond Crabtree Hill a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER was drumming, calling and showing well. Near Drybrook Road Station a large flock of 100+ Siskins, 20+ Lesser Redpolls and 20+ Goldfinches. A pair of Mandarins were on Cannop ponds. (MK). Three Crossbills at Drybrook, 17 Hawfinches at Parkend early morning, another Hawfinch at Brierley and BRAMBLINGS at Drybrook and Parkend today. (Paul Taylor).

Great Barrington    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE again from the trig point near Barrington Bushes at 11:45am. (Russ Peacey). Also /4 Red Kites, a Buzzard and a Kestrel. (Steve Brown).

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER again today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 26th day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Andy Lodge/Mick Colquhoun).

Dursley    A Dipper and a Grey Wagtail along Priory Close/Rope Walk today. (Geoff Moyser).

Sharpness    The male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of dock road again today. (Gord & Margaret Avery).

Ashleworth Ham    A Lesser Canada (Cackling) Goose in with 100 + Canada Geese. Also aChiffchaff by the hide at the roadside, and on the Island 12 Snipe at 3:30 today. (Malcolm Smith).

Tirley Sandpits    104+ Fieldfares, two Green Woodpeckers, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 6+ Meadow Pipits, 76+ Redwings, a Bullfinch, 40+ Skylarks, a Sparrowhawk, a Lapwing over and aMistle Thrush. (Mark Grieve).

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK was back on the Asian Pen again today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre today eight Snipe, seven Teal, four Green Woodpeckers, fiveBuzzards, five Mistle Thrushes and a mixed flock of 100+ Fieldfares and Redwings. (Steve French).

Staunton & Corse    At Mill Lane on a stubble field a large flock of mixed finches and buntings including 50-60 Yellowhammers and at least 30 Reed Buntings. (Steve French).

 

Sat 10th Jan 2015

Great Barrington    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE again in the hedge looking towards the airfield from the trig point. (Paul Rich/Ben Hilder).

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK was on South Lake today. (Angela Simpson).

Sharpness    The male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of dock road again today. (Alan Hooper/Alan Baxter). Pic by Alan H. Also today an adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL and aKITTIWAKE. (Andy Jordan/MK/Paul Taylor).

Black Redstart

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER again today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 25th day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Also four Meadow Pipits. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Alan Hooper/Alan Baxter).

Hazelton    Near Hazelton Grove SP078187 20+ Red Kites circling this afternoon. (Margaret Collins). Pic by Margaret).

Red Kites

Hawling    This afternoon a Barn Owl, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite and two Buzzards. (Mo & Steve Johnson).

Frampton     On Court Lake the female SCAUP, the female Goldeneye, a Pintail and the Tawny Owl still at Court field. (Alan Hooper/Alan Baxter). Pic by Alan. Also two MARSH HARRIERSquartering Frampton 100-Acre at 4:30pm viewed from Splatt Bridge. (Mark Hobson).

Tawny Owl

Coombe Hill Meadows    Extensive flooding, wellies needed on the boardwalk. Five Mute Swans, c70 Greylags, c700 Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose, a Swan Goose, c2800 Wigeon, 14Gadwalls, c1600 Teal, c150 Mallards,  c100 Pintails, c75 Shovelers, four Tufted Ducks, aCormorant, two Grey Herons, a Peregrine, c50 Coots, c1800 Lapwings and five Dunlins. (Les Brown).

Forest of Dean    A Dipper at Wenchford, 12 Hawfinches at Parkend, a Goshawk and the GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill and seven Goosanders at Woorgreens. (Paul Masters/Andy Chapman/Mark Hobson). Also three Snipe on the clearing on the E side of the tarmac track, towards the top end of Crabtree Hill, a female Goosander flyover heading S towards the lake and a Buzzard. (Ben Locke).

Gloucester    A pre-roost flock of 65 Linnets around Sudmeadow this afternoon. (Gordon Avery). A Little Egret at Horsbere flood storage lake this afternoon. (MK). In Linden a male Blackcapand  400+ Starlings today. (Mo & Steve Johnson).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included 27 Buzzards, an adult male Peregrine, 41 Common Gulls, 38 Stock Doves, 212 Woodpigeons, 54 Jackdaws, 53 Ravens, three BRAMBLINGS and 16Siskins.  (John Fleming).

Ebworth    Early afternoon south of Overtown Farm birds included, 64 Skylarks, 70 Fieldfares, 59 Redwings, 50 Jackdaws, 450 Starlings, 350 Linnets, 22 Chaffinches and two Yellowhammers. Movement of birds SW included two Red Kites, eight Buzzards, 20 Golden Plovers, 92 Stock Doves, 180 Woodpigeons, 20 Ravens and a Kestrel hovering in the area. (John Fleming).

Bourton-on-the-Water    15-20 BRAMBLINGS near B-o-t-W today. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.

Brambling

Fri 9th Jan 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    This afternoon three Shelducks, 31 Gadwalls, 100 Pintails, 75Shovelers, four Tufted Ducks, a Cormorant, six Grey Herons, two Sparrowhawks, a Peregrine, 60Coots, six Golden Plovers, 1200+ Lapwings, five Dunlins, two Green Sandpipers, two JACK SNIPE, 26 Snipe and three Stonechats. (Andy Jayne).

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER again today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 24th day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Also seven Meadow Pipits. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Rob Crofton).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included 39 Golden Plovers, 11 Ravens, 55 Woodpigeons, 320Chaffinches, three Siskins, eight Goldfinches and six BRAMBLINGS. (John Fleming).

Forest of Dean    Near Drybrook Road Station a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER heard calling, drumming and seen while a short distance away another was heard drumming at the same time. Also a female Crossbill seen and several others heard nearby. On Crabtree Hill, the GREAT GREY SHRIKE was showing well. At Crown Lane, Parkend two Hawfinches feeding under Yew trees with 20+ Greenfinches. (Frank Williams). This morning birds singing along the old railway line between Milkwall and Coleford included Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Song Thrush and Goldcrest. (Ivan Proctor).

 

Thu 8th Jan 2015

Forest of Dean    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Staple Edge Wood late afternoon today. (Andy Jayne).

Sharpness    The male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of dock road again today. Also a Curlewand a Stonechat. (Roy Shilham). Pic by Roy.

Black Redstart

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER again today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 23rd day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Adrian Adams).

Chedworth    A flock of at least 50 Siskins in the trees above the Roman Villa. (Andy Lewis).

Ashleworth Ham    Still extensive flooding, two Mute Swans, 34 Canada Geese, two Greylags, 24Wigeon, two Gadwalls, c190 Teal, 36 Mallards, 11 Shovelers, four Coots, 22 Lapwings, threeSnipe, two Goldcrests and a pair of Stonechats. (Les Brown).

Gloucester    A Barn Owl over the A40 near Over Farm at 7:20pm this evening. (Martin Drew). At Castle Meads West N.R. 13 Teal on the pool and a Chiffchaff feeding amongst the bulrushes. At Port Ham two pairs of Stonechats and 20 Meadow Pipits and at Linton Farm (The Manor) c1500 Starlings on overhead wires. (Gordon Avery). At Hucclecote a male Bullfinch at the feeders today, a garden first. Also 100 Goldfinches in a pre-roost gathering. (Terry Fenton). Pic by Terry.

Bullfinch

Wed 7th Jan 2015

Frampton     On Court Lake this afternoon the female Goldeneye and the Tawny Owl still at Court field. (Nick 50 Goatman).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    112 Red Crested Pochards and two Goosanders on Pit 44. (Mark Coller).

Tirley Sandpits    15+ Blackbirds, 220+ Redwings, 340+ Fieldfares, 30+ Goldfinches, 200+ Ja

Shipton Oliffe    Three Red Kites in the area over the A40 this morning. (Dave Harris).

 

Tue 6th Jan 2015

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK was back on the Asian Pen again today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER again today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 21st day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Steve French).

Hawling    Two SHORT-EARED OWLS and a Barn Owl this afternoon, N of road at SP057220.

(Roy Shilham). Pic by Roy.

Short-eared Owl

Frampton Pools    This morning 33 Gadwalls, 35 Shovelers, two Pochards, 90 Tufted Ducks, the female SCAUP, a female Goldeneye, three Little Egrets, 12 Little Grebes, a Sparrowhawk, an adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL, a Kingfisher, 130 Redwings and a Chiffchaff. (Andy Jayne).

Tirley Knowle    45+ Skylarks on stubble today. (Mark Grieve).

Forest of Dean    At Mallards Pike a female Goshawk was harassing a Buzzard and then was driven off by a pair of Ravens. Also a Peregrine flew over and two Siskins feeding in the trees. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines were chasing off Buzzardstoday, also two Ravens. two Stock Doves, a Tawny Owl calling, a Goldcrest and five Buzzards, with a pair seen mating. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Goldcrest

Mon 5th Jan 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF again along the stream by Pit 85 this afternoon with Chiffchaffs. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.

Siberian Chiffchaff

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER again today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 20th day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Also 24 Meadow Pipits. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Roy Shilham/Laurie Pierce/Geoff Moyser). Pic by Roy.

Dartford Warbler

Hawling    Five SHORT-EARED OWLS and a Barn Owl this afternoon, N of road at SP057220.

(Roy Shilham). Pic by Roy.

Short-eared Owl

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK was in the Asian Pen again today until 10:30am then flew off E. (@slimbridge_wild). The BITTERN showing in front of Kingfisher hide at 1pm and a Barn Owl over the Bottom New Piece reeds. (Geoff Moyser).

Tirley    A male Blackcap in the garden. (Mark Grieve).

Driffield    At 11am 1+ Red Kite and c12 Golden Plovers between Driffield and the Countrywide centre. (Laurie Pierce).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    Five male Goosanders on Pit 44 and many Red Crested Pochards. (Laurie Pierce).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still on the clearfell at Crabtree Hill this afternoon at 1:30pm. (Mick Colquhoun).

Sharpness    A BLACK REDSTART at the end of dock road again today. (Karle Burford).

 

Sun 4th Jan 2015

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER again today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 19th day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Gordon & Margaret Avery).

Hawling    2+ SHORT-EARED OWLS at 3:30pm in foggy conditions, N of road at SP057220. (MK/Mark Grieve).

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK was in the Asian Pen again today. Also aPink-footed Goose was with White fronted Geese from the Kingfisher hide at 9:50am. (Mark Coller).

Frampton    At Court lake the female SCAUP and a female Goldeneye still today. (Mark Coller).

Sharpness    A BLACK REDSTART at the end of dock road again today. (per Andy Jordan).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill this morning. Also in the area aBRAMBLING, two Stonechats and five Goosanders. (Colin Butters).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF was showing very well on the stream by Pit 85 this afternoon, along with up to 20 Chiffchaffs. (Kim Milsom).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning birds included a Kingfisher, 200+ Lapwings, 72 Greylags, 31 Shovelers, 2000+ Wigeon, 43+ Teal, 60+ Pintails, 45+ Redwings, 30+ Fieldfares, two Mistle Thrushes and four Bullfinches. (Les Waring).

 

Sat 3rd Jan 2015

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER again today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 18th day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Paul Masters).

Hawling    Four SHORT-EARED OWLS at 4:30pm, N of road at SP057220. Also two Barn Owls, aKestrel. (Russ Peacey/Steve Parker). A Barn Owl was hunting at 7:52am. (MK).

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK was in the Asian Pen again today. (Gary Palmer).

Tirley    53 Redwings and 15 Fieldfares on pasture today. (Mark Grieve).

Frampton    At Court lake the female SCAUP, a female Goldeneye, nine Little Grebes, sevenGreat Crested Grebes, 28 Shovelers, 22 Gadwalls, 42 Tufted Ducks and two Wigeon today. (Nick Goatman).

Great Barrington    A ringtail HEN HARRIER this afternoon near the trig point at SP 20942 16325 then flew towards Barrington Bushes. (Russ Peacey). A Little Owl on the small stone hut on the opposite side of the road from Park Farm just before the Deer Park at Great Barrington late morning. (MK).

Sharpness    A BLACK REDSTART on the pier this morning best viewed from the picnic site. (Andy Jordan).

 

Fri 2nd Jan 2015

Great Barrington    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE from the trig point this morning. (Paul Rich).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still on the clearfell at Crabtree Hill this afternoon at 3:35pm. (Ben Locke). A Bumblebee seen this morning on honeysuckle flowers in Coleford. (Ralph Wallace).

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK was in the Asian Pen again today. Also around the site today Ruddy Shelduck, WHOOPER SWAN, Pink-footed Goose, Barn Owl,Peregrine, Marsh Harrier and Little Stint. (Paul Masters/Tom Mabbett). A GREAT SKUAappeared to settle on the mud opposite the Holden Tower at 12:45 pm out of view. Then twoGREAT SKUAS flew close in to the bank, going down river towards Purton. (Terry Grant/Alan Baxter). Pic by Brian Thompson.

Ferruginous Duck

Hawling    Four SHORT-EARED OWLS today, N of road at SP057220. Also a Barn Owl, a Red Kite and a Peregrine. (Paul Taylor).

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER again today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 17th day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Paul Taylor/Gareth Blockley).

Frampton     On Court Lake the female SCAUP still and a female/immature Goldeneye. (Geoff Moyser/Tom Mabbett). Also  the Tawny Owl still at Court field. (Brian Thompson). Pic by Brian.

Tawny Owl

Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART at the end of the dock road on the end house. (Shane Long).

Berkeley shore    At Severn House Farm five Turnstones, 200+ Lapwings, ten Dunlins and fourStonechats. (Shane Long).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint today both resident Peregrines, three Goshawks (2m, 1f), five Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, a Treecreeper and three Ravens. Also five Fallow Deer on Coppet Hill. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Gloucester    A Green Sandpiper and a Snipe at Netheridge Farm at lunchtime. (Mark Hobson).

Cambridge    A Barn Owl in Ryall’s Lane this evening. (Nick Goatman).

May Hill    A Stonechat feeding in the grass close to the pines at the top of May Hill this afternoon. (Rob Guest).

Coombe Hill Meadows    On the flooded meadows this morning a Golden Plover, nine Dunlins, c200 Lapwings, c2000 Wigeon, 2000 Teal, 400 Canada Geese, 200 Greylags, 100 Pintails, 30Shovelers, a Tufted Duck and a Cormorant. (Peter Cadogan).

Ashleworth Ham    From the hide at Meerend Thicket, seven Lapwings, 185+ Canada Geese, 130+Wigeon, 40+ Pintails, 75+ Teal, 40+ Mallards, eight Gadwalls, 55+ Shovelers, a Bar-headed Goose, a Grey Heron, three Greylags, a male Peregrine, two Buzzards and eight Snipe. (Mark Grieve).

Shipton Oliffe    Six Red Kites near the Frogmill Inn on the A40 at 8:30am today. (Paul Aubrey/Dave Harris).

Dowdeswell Reservoir    Ten Snipe today, a JACK SNIPE was there on Tue 30th Dec 2014. (Greg Mabbett).

Tirley Sandpits    18+ Blackbirds, 180+ Fieldfares, 100+ Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, a Cormorant, a Green Woodpecker, a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, 53+ Meadow Pipits and 12+Skylarks.  (Mark Grieve).

 

Thu 1st Jan 2015

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK was on the Asian Pen again today. Also in the Asian Pen the fully-winged, unringed female Ruddy Shelduck paired to a male fully-winged, unringed apparent hybrid Ruddy Shelduck. Also around the site today – WHOOPER SWAN, Pink-footed Goose, Water Rail, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier and Little Stint. (Martin McGill, WWT/Paul Taylor/MK/Jon Mercer). An Avocet was on South Lake this morning. (Geoff Moyser). Pics by Mike (1st) & Jon.

Ferruginous Duck

 

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still at 9am this morning at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 16th day. It was calling with a bit of sub-song. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats.Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (MK). At Naunton a garden Sparrowhawk and a Blackcap today. (Steve Brown).

Frampton     On Court Lake the female SCAUP still at the Perryway end, an adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL, a Kingfisher and the Tawny Owl still at Court field. (Nick Goatman/MK/Gordon Hodgson). Record shot of the Scaup and YLG by Mike.

Scaup

Yellow-legged Gull

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill at 10:30am. (Les Sysum). At Brierley, a Willow Tit, a male Goshawk over and large flocks of Lesser Redpolls. At North Cannop Pond, Mandarin and Marsh Tit. (Ben Macdonald).

Upper Framilode    120 Bar-tailed Godwits and 600 Lapwings on the River Severn at midday. (Vic Polley).

Hawling    A Red Kite over the A436 south of Hawling today. (Steve French).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    This morning at Shorncote Reedbed six Snipe, two Water Rails, a drake Pintail, 50 Teal, a Little Egret, two Ravens, a Grey Wagtail, a Cetti’s Warbler, threeChiffchaffs, a female Stonechat, 150 Fieldfares and Redwings, two Mistle Thrushes and aGoldcrest. At Pit 41 two pairs of Goosanders. At Pit 12 seven Goldeneyes (3m, 4f). (Jon Mercer).

Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART on the SARA building and also at the end of the dock road, almost certainly the same bird, also a Peregrine on the silo behind gate 5. (Jon Mercer/Neil Duggan/Andy Jordan).

Quedgeley    A Little Egret and a Water Rail at Clearwater Drive and a pair of Stonechats at Lower Rea. (Andy Chapman).

Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake this afternoon four Snipe and a JACK SNIPE, plenty of calling Meadow Pipits and five Wigeon (2m, 3f). (Alan Baxter).

 

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