Sightings Jan-Mar 2016

Thursday 31st March 2016
Nailsworth    An OSPREY flew N at 3pm seen from the garden. (Terry Grant).
Saul Warth    This evening WATER PIPIT flew the length of the Warth and landed at the canal end at 7:10pm. Two Swallows over Hock Ditch, on the Warth three pairs of Pintails, a Little Egret, a Roe Deer ran through and a Fox caught a rodent, a Little Owl calling near Fretherne Church and on the river near Frampton breakwater c150 Curlews and c100 Black-tailed Godwits. In fields on the right over Cadbury Bridge at 6:30pm eight Little Egrets. (MK).
Forest of Dean    A TREE PIPIT over Woorgreens this morning. (Lewis Thomson). A GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill and a GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Yew Tree Brake. Also 30 Crossbills at Yew Tree Brake and two Stonechats at Crabtree Hill. (Martin Greenish/Lewis Thomson/Paul Daunter/Martin Russell). At Staple Edge Wood this morning a GREAT GREY SHRIKE, a Goshawk, a Sparrowhawk, four Buzzards, a Peregrine, two Firecrests, a Swallow, three Grey Wagtails, a Brambling, two Lesser Redpolls, 19 Crossbills and 11 Meadow Pipits over. Also three Wild Boar and a Fox here and another Firecrest near Upper Soudley. (Andy Jayne). A Woodcock roding over Haywood plantation at 8:20pm. (Owen Follis). Definitely three different shrikes confirmed in the Forest today by Lewis. Crabtree Hill Shrike pics by Martin Russell.
Purton    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE this morning near the river perched on an electricity line. (Tad Stone).
WWT Slimbridge    A pair of Mediterranean Gulls displaying on South Lake this afternoon then at 2:30pm they flew off towards the car park. Also at least five singing Chiffchaffs
 around the site. (John Widgery).
Hawling    A Red Kite, two Kestrels, six Buzzards, three Pied Wagtails, a Yellowhammer, c20 Linnets and numerous Skylarks throughout the area. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Woodmancote    Nine Siskins on garden feeders in at 9am this morning. (John Widgery).
Ashleworth Ham    A pair of Mandarins at 8pm on a flooded field opposite the entrance to Colways Farm. (Les Sysum).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Three Mute Swans, five Greylags, seven Canada Geese, four Shelducks, 25 Wigeon, 350 Teal, 30 Shovelers, nine Tufted Ducks, three Grey Herons, ten Coots, four Oystercatchers, 16 Lapwings, 18 Golden Plovers, a Greenshank, a Curlew, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a Cetti’s Warbler and four Chiffchaffs. (Mike Smart).
Tirley    A garden Treecreeper and a Lesser Redpoll on feeders today. (Mark Grieve).
Gloucester    A Little Egret, a male Blackcap, two Chiffchaffs, three Buzzards and a female Sparrowhawk at Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake today. (Alan Hooper).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    This evening 15+ Lapwings, a Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, three Water Rails calling, seven Little Egrets, 30+ Gadwalls and five drake Shovelers, four Cetti’s Warblers and two Chiffchaffs. Two Barn Owls hunting from 6:45pm. (Jon Mercer).
Wednesday 30th March 2016
Sharpness    A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER seen and heard calling for 10 minutes late morning in the tall trees behind the basin at the SARA lifeboat station. (Steve Owen).
Coombe Hill Meadows   The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still, also a Greenshank, a Little Ringed Plover, 17 Golden Plovers and four Chiffchaffs today. (Ian Ralphs/Alan Hooper/Alan Baxter).
Selsley Common    430 Meadow Pipits over in an hour this morning, also a WILLOW WARBLER, a Chiffchaff and two Goldcrests. (Francis Steuck).
Frampton    This evening on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge 40+ Sand Martins, a pair of Pintails, 25 Gadwalls, 20+ Teal, 10+ Shelducks, 120+ Golden Plovers flew N, 30 Goldfinches, a Buzzard and two Little Egrets. At the Sailing Lake a Little Egret over and a male Sparrowhawk. (MK). At Court Lake two Little Egrets, seven Cormorants, a Tawny Owl and a Little Owl and three Pipistrelles. (MK/Gordon Kirk). Around the pools a WILLOW WARBLER, 7+ Chiffchaffs, 100+ Sand Martins, eight Reed Buntings and 12 Pied Wagtails. (Nick Goatman).
Arlingham    A Little Owl along the Severn Trail today. (Sarah Loaring).
WWT Slimbridge    On South Lake at lunchtime three Mediterranean Gulls, a second summer and two adults. From the Holden Tower five Greenland White-fronted Geese,
eight Avocets, a Kestrel and a Buzzard. A female Peregrine killed and fed on a Coot immediately in front of the Robbie Garnett hide, also two Swallows here. (Martin McGill, WWT/Steve Brown). A WILLOW WARBLER singing near Martin Smith hide ‘tunnel’. (@slimbridge_wild).
Berkeley    A WILLOW WARBLER singing in the trees by the Boars Head pub at 12:20pm.(Thomas Weston-McClung).
Cleeve Hill    Three Wheatears (2m, 1f), four male Yellowhammers, two Stonechats, ten Meadow Pipits, 5+ Skylarks and a Song Thrush today. (Roy Shilham/Alan Hooper/Alan Baxter).
Staunton & Corse    A Wheatear on Mill Lane on the Glos/Worcs border at 6pm. (Steve French).
Lower Lode    Along the Severn S of Lower Lode eight Mute Swans, two Curlews, a Kingfisher, a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, ten Sand Martins, a Swallow and a Reed Bunting today. (Mike Smart).
Cheltenham    At Naunton Park this morning five Siskins touring back gardens and a Blackcap still singing daily. (Steve Brown).
Quedgeley    Two garden Chiffchaffs from 4:15-6:30pm. first multiple record in 32 years. Four Mallards over at 7am, first records since 2013. (MK).
Farmington    Three Canada Geese and two Mandarins on floodwater just outside Farmington. (Ben Hilder).
Tirley    Three Reed Buntings, 30+ Meadow Pipits and two Chiffchaffs today. (Mark Grieve).
Chedworth    Two Swallows seen near Chedworth this afternoon. (Martine Fenn).
Forest of Dean    This lunchtime a Chiffchaff and a Blackcap both singing at Forge Hill, Lydbrook. (Chris Sullivan). Five Sand Martins over the Gloucester Way FP near Kensley Lodge FoD briefly before heading NW at 9:15am. (Frank Williams).
Tuesday 29th March 2016
Cotswold Water Park (West)    At Shorncote Reedbed the BITTERN seen in flight again this morning. (Darren Tonge per Jon Mercer).
Cotswold Water Park (East)    60 Sand Martins, two House Martins and a Swallow on Pit 125 this morning. Also a Chiffchaff. (Ian Ralphs).
Coombe Hill Meadows    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still. Also a Dunlin, a Little Ringed Plover, 20 Golden Plovers, two Curlews and a few Swallows and Sand Martins and two Foxes today. (Ian Hull).
WWT Slimbridge    Four Mediterranean Gulls (1st winter, 2nd winter & two adults) on South Lake today. (Dave Hughes). 30+ flock of Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins hawking across the Tack Piece at 3:45pm. 22 Avocets and 18 Black-tailed Godwits on South Lake. (Ian Elphick). Pic by Dave.
Forest of Dean    A female Hawfinch by Parkend cricket field intermittently all morning still. (Tim Young).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint today the Peregrine pair and two intruding Peregrines, a Red Kite, a male Sparrowhawk, ten Buzzards, three Goshawks (2f, 1m), a Kestrel, a Tawny Owl calling, a Grey Heron, four Ravens, two Jays, two Pied Wagtails, four Canada Geese, four Song Thrushes, nine Mute Swans, two Stock Doves, a small flock of Long-tailed Tits and a pair of Marsh Tits. Also twelve Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Ashleworth Ham    Three Greylags, three Canada Geese, 31 Wigeon, four Gadwalls, 64 Teal, 44 Mallards, three Pintails, 17 Shovelers, four Tufted Ducks, three Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, six Coots, two Lapwings, seven Snipe, three Sand Martins, two Nuthatches, a Treecreeper, a Blackcap singing and two Reed Buntings. (Les Brown).
Mon 28th March 2016
Frampton     A drake GARGANEY on Court Lake, displaying and calling, from 6:30pm until 7:30pm at least. (Jeff Kirby). Record shot by Mike.
Saul Warth    Four COMMON SCOTERS (3m, 1f) drifting down on the tide on the Awre side of the river at 9:11am, then flew S and lost to view. On the mud two Grey Plovers, and on the Warth a Black-tailed Godwit, a Lapwing, a Curlew and a Green Sandpiper heard and 20 Fieldfares between the sluice and the road. (MK).
Sharpness    A lone adult KITTIWAKE flew upriver past SARA at 8:25am. (Francis Steuck).
WWT Slimbridge    A second-summer Mediterranean Gull on South Lake and a Little Ringed Plover and five Greenland White-fronted Geese still on the Tack Piece. (@slimbridge_wild). Pic by Andy Jordan.
Badgeworth     A Mediterranean Gull flew over W at 4:40pm. (Ian Ralphs).
Coombe Hill Meadows    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still early afternoon. (Richard Price).
Kingswood    A Wheatear in a field at ST753918 between Nind and Kingswood. Also two Fieldfares, a Redwing and two Song Thrushes in the same field and a Chiffchaff nearby. (Morag Hughes).
Tirley Sandpits    Three Green Woodpeckers, 15+ Skylarks, nine Stock Doves, 100+ Meadow Pipits, 85+ Fieldfares, five Redwings, two Chiffchaffs, four Reed Buntings, a Pied Wagtail, two Greylags, four Ravens N and Goldcrest. (Mark Grieve).
Churchdown    An escaped Necklaced Laughingthrush visiting a garden for the last four days. (per Dave Jones).
Sunday 27th March 2016
WWT Slimbridge    A HOUSE MARTIN feeding over the Dumbles, three second-summer Mediterranean Gulls on South Lake and five Greenland White-fronted Geese still on the Tack Piece. (@slimbridge_wild).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Today the drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL all day, also 20+ Shovelers, a Ringed Plover, a Little Ringed Plover, 22 Lapwings, a pair of Oystercatchers, a Curlew, 13 Little Egrets, a White Wagtail, four Golden Plovers, a Cetti’s Warbler, two Chiffchaffs, a Swallow, 20 Sand Martins and a Red Kite over the car park. (Ian Hull/Les Waring/Ian Ralphs).
Saul     Late afternoon at the Warth 60+ Curlews, 100+ Black-tailed Godwits, a pair of Ruff, a Green Sandpiper, a Lapwing, a pair of Pintails, three pairs of Shovelers and nine Shelducks. In fields on the right over Cadbury Bridge at 6:15pm 15 Little Egrets, ten Redwings, a Mistle Thrush and a Chiffchaff. (MK).
Forest of Dean    A Barnacle Goose on Woorgreens Lake at 8:30am. (Frank Williams). Pic by Frank.
Cotswold Water Park (West)    At Shorncote Reedbed this morning two Shelducks, three Little Egrets, 1+ Water Rail, a Peregrine, a female Sparrowhawk, four Buzzards, two Little Ringed Plovers, ten Lapwings, a Curlew over, 60+ Sand Martins, ten Skylarks, 20 Meadow Pipits, four Cetti’s Warblers, two Chiffchaffs singing, a pair of Bullfinches and 20+ Reed Buntings. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.
Cotswold Water Park (East)    At Pit 126 a Little Ringed Plover at the eastern end, a Black-tailed Godwit and two Oystercatchers on the island, two more Oystercatchers in flight and a few Sand Martins. (John Durell).
Frampton pools    Late afternoon 300+ Sand Martins, 11 Chiffchaffs, six Redwings, 50+ Linnets, 20+ Chaffinches, 14 Lapwings and eight Reed Buntings. (Nick Goatman). 85 Sand Martins and a Swallow S over Splatt Bridge this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).
Berkeley shore    A female Wheatear, four Chiffchaffs and 14 Oystercatchers this morning. (Paul Taylor).
Painswick Beacon    Birds today included six Cormorants, a Red Kite, 13 Buzzards, 150 Golden Plovers, 1370 Common Gulls, eight Siskins and the first Wheatear of the year here. (John Fleming).
Gloucester    A pair of Kingfishers and five Chiffchaffs at Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake today. (Martin Greenish).
Tirley/Tirley  Sandpits    A garden Goldcrest in Tirley. At the Sandpits a Green Woodpecker, two drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, four Chiffchaffs, 11+ Skylarks, seven Stock Doves, 39+ Fieldfares, 10+ Redwings, 15+ Meadow Pipits, five Greylags, 11+ Pied Wagtails, two Reed Buntings and a Yellowhammer. (Mark Grieve).
Brand Green     A Little Owl at Collinpark Wood at 8:40pm.  (Alan Hooper/Steve French).
Ashleworth Ham    From the hide at Meerend Thicket, six Little Egrets, ten Tufted Ducks, five Grey Herons, 150+ Teal, 23+ Shovelers, eight Mallards, three Wigeon, a Sand Martin N, nine Pintails, a Chiffchaff, a Shelduck, four Lapwings, two Nuthatches, a Reed Bunting, four Snipe, a female Brambling, a Curlew, a Cormorant, a Bullfinch and two Ravens. (Mark Grieve).
Wotton-Under- Edge    Garden birds today included the male Brambling again and Siskin, Lesser Redpoll and a Chiffchaff. (Paul Rich). Pic by Paul.
Saturday 26th March 2016
Sharpness    Two SANDWICH TERNS S past Coastguards at 9:08am. (Paul Taylor).
Coombe Hill Meadows    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL from Grundon hide early this morning. (Andy Lodge). Also three Little Ringed Plovers, two Mute Swans, 20 Shelducks, 16 Wigeon, 200 Teal, 52 Shovelers, a Grey Heron, seven Little Egrets, two Cormorants, two Oystercatchers, 30 Lapwings, eight Golden Plovers, two Curlews, a Cetti’s Warbler singing from canal, at least two Chiffchaffs singing, 20 Greenfinches, five Reed Buntings and a  Yellowhammer. (Mike Smart/Andy Lodge).
Ashleworth Ham    Mid-morning the drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL back at Ashleworth, Also two Mute Swans, two Greylags, seven Canada Geese, 19 Wigeon, four Gadwalls, 56 Teal, 38 Mallards, seven Pintails, 26 Shovelers, eight Tufted Ducks, five Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, 18 Coots, six Lapwings, three Snipe, three Stock Doves, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Sand Martins, a Swallow, a Chiffchaff, two Nuthatches and two Reed Buntings. (Les Brown).
Frampton    Four KITTIWAKES flew through this afternoon. (Nick Goatman). Sand Martins increased throughout the day from six at 6am on the Sailing Lake to 400+ this afternoon, and Swallows from one to five. Also today 18 Fieldfares, three Redwings and the Tawny Owl still. (Nick Goatman/MK). 200+ Sand Martins over the village green early evening. (Gordon Hodgson). On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge this morning ten Redshanks, two Oystercatchers, 12 Curlews, three pairs of Pintails, 46+ Teal, 33 Gadwalls (20m), 17 Shelducks, a Little Egret, a Sand Martin, two Cetti’s Warblers, three Chiffchaffs and a Kingfisher. (MK).
Saul Warth    50+ Curlews, 14 Shelducks and a Chiffchaff this morning. (MK).
WWT Slimbridge    An adult Mediterranean Gull on South Lake and five Greenland White-fronted Geese still on the Tack Piece. (@slimbridge_wild).
Stroud    Two Dippers, three Grey Wagtails and a Kingfisher all on the River Frome at the viaduct near Waitrose. (Robin Griffiths).
Tirley Sandpits    A Chiffchaff, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 13+ Skylarks, a Green
Woodpecker, 12+ Stock Doves, a Red-legged Partridge, a Yellowhammer, two Meadow
Pipits, three Reed Buntings, a male Peregrine made an unsuccessful stoop at a flock of gulls
at 9:30am, then drifted N, 25+ Fieldfares and two Redwings today. Also a garden
Treecreeper in Tirley. (Mark Grieve).
Forest of Dean    50+  Redwings at Blaize Bailey. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).
Friday 25th March 2016
Cotswold Water Park (West)    At Shorncote Reedbed the BITTERN in flight again this
morning over the reedbeds in front of the first hide at 9am. Also a Kingfisher, three Sand
Martins, five Little Egrets and a Water Rail. (MK). Pic by Mike.
Cleeve Hill    A male RING OUZEL near the Sheepwash Pool early morning, and a male
Wheatear in the field adjoining the radio masts car park. Also a Barn Owl and a Muntjac in
West Wood. (Chris Stott). Also a pair of Stonechats today. (Tom Mabbett).
Sherborne    A pair of Marsh Tits, three Mandarins (2m), a pair of Ravens, 14 Lesser
Redpolls, 30+ Linnets, a Chiffchaff, two Red Kites, three Fallow Deer, a Muntjac and a
Brimstone. (MK).
Lower Slaughter    A male Brambling in the garden today. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Staple Edge Wood still. Also at least one
Hawfinch at Parkend by the cricket pitch, 22 Mandarins at Mallards Pike and four
Goosanders (2m) at Woorgreens Lake. At Crabtree Hill seven Reed Buntings. (Keith
Vinicombe). The GREAT GREY SHRIKE, two Firecrests, a male Stonechat and a Comma at
Woorgreens. A Dipper, a Grey Wagtail and a Kingfisher at Parkend. (Robin Griffiths/Pauline
Lawrence). At Wigpool this morning three Chiffchaffs singing, four Buzzards, a Green
Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a Raven and a Crossbill flying over.
On the Wigpool itself four Mandarins, two Coots, a Moorhen and a Mallard. (Ivan Proctor).
50+ Redwings at Blaize Bailey. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).
Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still from the hide at 11:40am. (Mark
Hobson).
Berkeley shore    A Wheatear, two Swallows N, two singing Chiffchaffs, nine Oystercatchers
and a Stonechat this morning. (Paul Taylor).
Lasborough    A Wheatear near the Motte at ST825942 today. (Geoff Moyser).
 Sharpness    A Grey Plover and a Ringed Plover on the river this morning. (Andy Jordan).
Frampton    At the pools nine Sand Martins, two Chiffchaffs and five Fieldfares this
morning. (Nick Goatman). A Barn Owl hunting at Splatt Bridge at 5:40pm. (Roberta
Goodall).
Coln Rogers    Two Little Owls calling this morning. Also in the area, two Red Kites, a singing
Chiffchaff, a Little Egret, three Brimstones and a Comma butterfly. (Chris Furley).
WWT Slimbridge    Two adult Mediterranean Gulls on South Lake. (Roberta Goodall). Also
five Greenland White-fronted Geese still on the Tack Piece. (@slimbridge_wild).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint today birds included the resident Peregrines and
an intruding Peregrine, seven Buzzards, a female Goshawk, a male and female
Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite, four Song Thrushes, a Goldcrest, four male and one female
Mandarin, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a pair of Stock Doves, four Canada Geese, a
Jay, two Marsh Tits, a small flock of Long-tailed Tits, four Ravens, a Tawny Owl calling and a
Pied Wagtail. Also seven Fallow Deer, several Red-tailed Bumble Bees and a Fox. (Chris &
Phil Andrews).
Coombe Hill Meadows    A Cetti’s Warbler, four Ravens, six Reed Buntings, four Lapwings,
two Long-tailed Tits, two Bullfinches, two Buzzards, a Green Woodpecker, a Chiffchaff and
a Curlew. (Les Waring). Also two Little Ringed Plovers today. (Ian Hull). Pic by Les.
Tirley Sandpits    36+ Fieldfares, eight Redwings, 17 Buzzards, 6+ Skylarks, a Green
Woodpecker, 11 Stock Doves, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11+ Meadow Pipits, a
Bullfinch, five Reed Buntings and a Fox today. (Mark Grieve).
Cam    A Red Kite low over Manor Avenue between 2:45-2:55 then circled across Draycott
towards the railway station then cruised low in the direction of Slimbridge. (Paul Sutton).
Leigh Meadows    Seven Mute Swans, 12 Mallards, two Little Egrets, a Buzzard, 1+ Curlew,
two Skylarks, a Meadow Pipit, 40 Redwings, a Chiffchaff and ten Reed Buntings today.
(Mike Smart).
Twigworth (Cox’s Brook)    A Buzzard, two Skylarks, 50 Meadow Pipits and a Chiffchaff
today. (Mike Smart).
Sandhurst Pits    Two Mute Swans, two Shelducks, 50 Teal, two pairs of Tufted Ducks, two
Lapwings, 150 Linnets and two Reed Buntings today. (Mike Smart).
Thursday 24th March 2016
WWT Slimbridge    Four Swallows and two Sand Martins and 39 Avocets on South Lake.
(Martin Greenish/Francis Steuck).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill again today at 9:20am and 60+
Redwings in Speech House fields. (Frank Williams).
Frampton    Four Sand Martins over the Sailing Lake, 45 Fieldfares and five Redwings and
on Court Lake two Teal, a female Pochard and two Gadwalls this morning. (Nick Goatman).
Corse    Six Meadow Pipits flew over Straight Lane today. (Mark Grieve).
Tirley Sandpits    7+ Skylarks, 150+ Fieldfares, 18 Pied Wagtails, a Reed Bunting, ten Stock
Doves, a Meadow Pipit over, four Linnets heading N, seven Redwings, 25 Goldfinches, a
Sparrowhawk and a Goldcrest. (Mark Grieve).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Two Mute Swans, three Greylags, 16 Shelducks, 35 Wigeon, 200
Teal, 64 Shovelers, four Pintails, a Little Egret, four Grey Herons, a Water Rail, two
Oystercatchers, 50 Lapwings, two Curlews, a Black-tailed Godwit and five Reed Buntings.
(Mike Smart).
Berkeley    At Severn House Farm at 11:30am two Common Cranes circling NE towards
Sharpness. (Ken Smallwood).
Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Aylburton Warth    A male WHEATEAR this afternoon. Also two WHOOPER SWANS and a
SHORT-EARED OWL still. (Lewis Thomson). Pics by Lewis.
Ashleworth Ham    A Swallow at 2:50pm and the GREEN-WINGED TEAL in front of the hide
at 3:20pm. (Martin Greenish).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill at 8:30am. (Martin
Greenish).
WWT Slimbridge    A second-summer Mediterranean Gull on South Lake, and a Grey
Plover, 28 Golden Plovers and 12 Dunlins on the Dumbles. (Geoff Moyser). Two GREATER
SCAUP, a Snipe and a singing Chiffchaff on the Rushy. (In Focus Slimbridge). Also five
Greenland White-fronted Geese still on the Tack Piece. (@slimbridge_wild).
Nailsworth    A Red Kite over Forest Green at 5:35pm. (Marie Smith).
Tirley Knowle    50+ Fieldfares today. (Mark Grieve).
Tirley    15 Meadow Pipits and three Reed Buntings on pasture today. (Mark Grieve).
Stroud    Two Dippers on the River Frome just W of the viaduct near Waitrose between
5:15-5:45pm this evening. (Trevor & Sue Clayson). Pic by Sue.
Cherington    At Cherington Lake today birds included a Little Egret, three Little Grebes,
four Tufted Ducks, two Grey Wagtails, two Goldcrests, five Nuthatches, a Bullfinch, two
Marsh Tits, four Redwings, two Green Woodpeckers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two
Buzzards, three Long-tailed Tits and a Tawny Owl calling at 5pm. (John Fletcher).
Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Sharpness    44 Dark-bellied Brent Geese drifted N past SARA on the river this evening.
(Andy Jordan).
Frampton    A Green Sandpiper on Court Lake this morning. (Nick Goatman). Also a pair of
Pochards on the Sailing Lake, 50 Fieldfares, ten Redwings and a Curlew flew S. (MK/Nick
Goatman).
Ashleworth Ham    A Red Kite circled the reserve at 10:52am then headed W. (Alan
Hooper). The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL again until flushed by the kite. (Fred Hobson).
Also today two Mute Swans, four Greylags, nine Canada Geese, two Shelducks, 145
Wigeon, seven Gadwalls, c250 Teal, 45 Mallards, 11 Pintails, 135 Shovelers, six Tufted
Ducks, two Cormorants, a Little Egret, three Grey Herons, 27 Coots, 89 Lapwings, 16 Snipe
and a Chiffchaff singing. (Les Brown).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    At Shorncote Reedbed this morning a Little Ringed Plover.
(Jon Mercer).
Westbury-on- Severn    Six adult Mediterranean Gulls this evening on the river. (Mark
Dowie).
Arlingham    An adult Mediterranean Gull this evening in gull roost at Arlingham from
5:30pm but no sign of yesterday’s Iceland Gull.
Tirley    A Tawny Owl calling at 8:15pm, earlier eight Fieldfares and seven Redwings on
pasture. (Mark Grieve).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint the resident Peregrines and an intruding
Peregrine, male and female Goshawk, six Buzzards, four Ravens, male and female
Sparrowhawk, a Tawny Owl calling throughout the day, a Green Woodpecker calling, a
Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Marsh Tit, three Song Thrushes, a Stock Dove, two Pied
Wagtails, four Canada Geese, a Kingfisher and a pair of Goosanders. Also seven Fallow
Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    At Shorncote Reedbed this morning seven Little Egrets, five
Grey Herons, four Shelducks, 15 Gadwalls, eight Shovelers, 20 Teal, a Little Ringed Plover,
two Snipe, 25 Lapwings, an Oystercatcher calling, four Water Rails heard, three Buzzards, a
Kingfisher, ten Meadow Pipits, 50+ Redwings, a Fieldfare, a Bullfinch, 15 Reed Buntings,
five Cetti’s Warblers heard and four Chiffchaffs. (Jon Mercer).
Forest of Dean    A Firecrest at Woorgreens today. (Mark Dowie). Pic by Mark.
Northleach    A pair of Ravens over at midday. (Ben Hilder).
Cambridge    A Little Egret in the ditch at the N end of the solar farm at 8:20am. (Paul
Sutton)
Stonehouse    Two Kingfishers along the Canal below Horse trough roundabout. At Stanley
Downton 19 Buzzard sightings at least 13 individuals, six Goldfinches along the canal, a pair
of nesting Mute Swans below Boakes Drive, a Green Woodpecker calling near Stanley
Downton Farm. Two Cormorants on pylons towards Churchend. (Paul Sutton).
Sharpness    A pair of Great Crested Grebes in the main dock and under the swing bridges
during the night and early this morning again. (John Harris).
Monday 21st March 2016
Newnham-on- Severn    An immature ICELAND GULL this evening between 5:30-6 pm.
(John Phillips).
Berkeley    A SWALLOW flew E over the estuary at 5:31pm. (Paul Taylor).
WWT Slimbridge    A LITTLE RINGED PLOVER on the Tack Piece this morning. Also five
Greenland White-fronted Geese and a Grey Plover on the Tack Piece, a Mediterranean Gull
on South Lake and two female GREATER SCAUP on the Rushy today. (Martin McGill,
WWT/Mark Dowie). Pics by Mark.
Frampton    A possible female Lesser Scaup on the Sailing Lake unconfirmed in fading light
then it went to sleep. (Nick Goatman).
Forest of Dean    At Brierley four Bramblings flew over. At Cannop Ponds two Greylags, 26
Mandarins, a Sparrowhawk, a distant Green Woodpecker calling, c25 Siskins, two Marsh
Tits on the bird table, two Nuthatches, a Reed Bunting and a male Gadwall apparently
paired to a female Mallard. At Mallard’s Pike 17 Greylags, six Mandarins, six Buzzards, two
Goshawks and three Bramblings. At Staple Edge Wood a Green Woodpecker calling in the
distance, the GREAT GREY SHRIKE seen well, a male Stonechat and six Crossbills. (Keith
Vinicombe). The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill again today. Also four Stonechats.
(Frank Williams/Chris Stone/Gary Hudd). At New Fancy View five Goshawks, a Brambling
calling, c10 Buzzards, a Peregrine and c25 Siskins. (Chris Stone/Gary Hudd).
Leighterton    A singing Corn Bunting just E of Bennett’s Farm this afternoon. (Vic Polley).
Ashleworth Ham    From the hide at Meerend Thicket the drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL in
front of the hide at 2:30 pm, first sighting since 6th March, also 91 Lapwings, 225+ Teal,
210+ Wigeon, 53+ Shovelers, 16+ Pintails, three Shelducks, two Tufted Ducks, four
Gadwalls, two Little Egrets, two Nuthatches, a Goldcrest, 28+ Redwings, three Fieldfares
and two Stock Doves. (Mark Grieve).
Hazleton    25 Chaffinches, 20 Bramblings, a Red Kite, three Yellowhammers (2m, 1f), 25
Linnets and two Buzzards today. (Alan Hooper/Alan Baxter). Pic by Alan H.
Sunday 20th March 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. Park in the lay-by on the A417/A40 ring road at
SO866188/GL2 0HL. The birds favour NE corner of pool. Map here Horsbere.  (Wilfred
King). A Cetti’s Warbler next to Port Ham substation today. (Ian Elphick).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill calling and singing again today.
Also Stonechat and Crossbill. (Frank Williams).
Lower Rea    A JACK SNIPE this morning. (Andy Chapman).
Aylburton Warth    This afternoon two WHOOPER SWANS, a female MERLIN, a Peregrine
and 126 Golden Plovers. (Andy Jayne).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    At Shorncote Reedbed this morning a BITTERN from the
Hayward hide at 10:25am. Also seven Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, three Water Rails,
50+ Teal, 30+ Tufted Ducks, 15 Gadwalls, two Shelducks, three Shovelers, two
Oystercatchers, 28 Lapwings, four Snipe, a Green Sandpiper heard, a female Sparrowhawk,
three Buzzards, a Green Woodpecker heard, several Skylarks, 15 Pied Wagtails, 100+
Redwings, a Lesser Redpoll, five Reed Buntings, five singing Cetti’s Warblers, two singing
Chiffchaffs and 10+ Long-tailed Tits. (Jon Mercer). This evening a Barn Owl, a Kingfisher and
a pair of Egyptian Geese on the end pool. (MK/Bridgette King). Pic by Mike.
WWT Slimbridge    Five Greenland White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece, 19 Avocets on
South Lake and two female GREATER SCAUP on the Rushy today. (@slimbridge_wild).
Coombe Hill Meadows    21 Black-tailed Godwits, 31 Dunlins, 11 Ruff, two Curlews, a
Ringed Plover, a Common Gull and a Green Woodpecker today. (Ian Hull/Les Waring).
Minsterworth Ham    Two Greylags, 13 Shelducks, ten Mallards, seven Cormorants, two
Lapwings, two male Ruffs, 50 Black-headed Gulls, 30 Common Gulls, 50 Lesser Black-
backed Gulls, 75 Herring Gulls, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, two Skylarks
singing, eight Meadow Pipits, a Reed Bunting, 500 Fieldfares and 50 Redwings. (Mike
Smart/GNS Meeting).
Cheltenham    At Rowanfield a Red Kite over the back garden at 3:15pm. (Les Waring).
Woodmancote    Garden birds included a male Brambling again, seven Blackcaps (5m), four
Siskins and four Lesser Redpolls. Also in Woodmancote a pair of Little Owls showing well
just above Butts Lane, a Chiffchaff and two Ravens flew over towards Bushcombe Wood.
(John Widgery).
Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A garden Coal Tit, at the Sandpits a Green Woodpecker, two Great
Spotted Woodpeckers, 210+ Redwings, nine Stock Doves, 9+ Skylarks, 58+ Fieldfares, 21+
Meadow Pipits, 20+ Pied Wagtails, four Reed Buntings, four Ravens, a Yellowhammer and a
Little Egret over W. (Mark Grieve).
Frampton    At Court Lake two Mistle Thrushes, the Tawny Owl. a Grey Wagtail, a Pochard,
25 Tufted Ducks and two Oystercatchers. At the Sailing Lake four Sand Martins, four
Chiffchaffs, a female Stonechat and a White Wagtail with 110 Pied Wagtails. (Nick
Goatman/Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.
Saturday 19th March 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (Andy Jordan/Darryl Spittle). Pic by Andy.
Frampton    Two White Wagtails with 65 Pied Wagtails and 40 Meadow Pipits S of the
Sailing Lake, but earlier the flock was N of the lake by the farm. Also three Sand Martins
early morning only, two Chiffchaffs, two Cetti’s Warblers, two Yellowhammers, two pairs of
Pochards, 53+ Fieldfares, 57+ Redwings, two GCRP Common Cranes flew off N and on the
small pool at the end of Green Lane two drake Pintails, 70 Teal and ten Mallards. (Nick
Goatman/MK/Neil Smart/Phil Pope). A male Marsh Harrier from Splatt Bridge, which flew
through South Lake at Slimbridge earlier. (Ashley Davies). Pic by Mike.
Aylburton Warth    This afternoon two WHOOPER SWANS, a SHORT-EARED OWL, two Rock
Pipits and 110 Golden Plovers. (Lewis Thomson). Pics by Lewis.
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill calling and singing again today.
(Frank Williams). At Cannop ponds three Treecreepers. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint the resident Peregrine pair and an intruding
Peregrine pair, a Red Kite, two Goshawks, six Buzzards, four Ravens, a Sparrowhawk, a
Tawny Owl, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Marsh Tits, three Canada Geese, two pairs
of Goosanders, a Green Woodpecker calling, a Stock Dove, two Jays, a Goldcrest and three
Song Thrushes. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Berkeley shore    A WATER PIPIT still now moulting into summer plumage. Also three JACK
SNIPES still. (Paul Taylor).
WWT Slimbridge    A Grey Plover and 99 Golden Plovers from the Holden Tower, five
Greenland White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece and two female GREATER SCAUP on the
Long Ground today. (@slimbridge_wild).
Woodmancote    A male Brambling on garden feeders this afternoon. Also had six
Blackcaps (5m), four Siskins and a Lesser Redpoll. (John Widgery).
Nympsfield    A Tawny Owl near Hetty Peglers Tump, between Nympsfield and Crawley hill,
Uley at 10:30pm. (Paul Sutton).
Ashleworth Ham    Three Mute Swans, six Canada Geese, four Greylags, three Egyptian
Geese, three Shelducks, 410 Wigeon, ten Gadwalls, 620 Teal, 34 Mallards, 19 Pintails, 79
Shovelers, six Tufted Ducks, a Little Egret, a Cormorant, a Peregrine, 185+ Lapwings, two
Ruff, 11 Snipe, 50+ Black-headed Gulls, 30 Common Gulls, 29 Coots, eight Moorhens, two
Stock Doves, a Goldcrest, a Fieldfare, 35+ Redwings and two Nuthatches (Les Brown/Mark
Grieve).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Two Mute Swans, 430+ Wigeon, two Gadwalls, 2600 Teal, 50
Mallards, 21 Pintails, 145 Shovelers, 18 Tufted Ducks, a Pochard, three Grey Herons, two
Little Egrets, a female Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, 25 Coots, two Oystercatchers, 80 Lapwings,
eight Golden Plovers, three Curlews, 21 Black-tailed Godwits, 11 Ruff, 15 Dunlins, a Snipe, a
Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, two Skylarks, a Meadow Pipit, two Treecreepers
singing and c5 Reed Buntings today. (Mike Smart).
Cobney Meadows    13 Mute Swans, eight Canada Geese, two Shelducks, 80 Teal, three
Little Egrets, a Buzzard, a Curlew bubbling and 200 Fieldfares. (Mike Smart).
Quedgeley    At Shelduck Road a garden Chiffchaff today. (Steve Pullen).
Gloucester    Four Canada Geese over Pool Meadow/Town Ham (unusual on Alney), a
Woodcock flushed from the river bank on Port Ham, two Snipe flew up from Port Ham and
c50 Teal flew up from Castlemeads marsh. (Ian Elphick). At 8am a part albino Blackbird
with a pure white head in Hillfield Gardens, Denmark Road. (Laurence Lucas).
Friday 18th March 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today at
3:40pm. They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn,
but during the day they usually return. (WestMidsBirding).
Frampton    This evening around the pools 21 Redwings, 15 Fieldfares, a Chiffchaff, a
Kingfisher, a Cetti’s Warbler, two Gadwalls, 21 Little Egrets, a Little Owl and the Tawny Owl
still. (Nick Goatman).
Tirley    35 Redwings and ten Fieldfares on pasture. (Mark Grieve).
Sharpness    A pair of Great Crested Grebes in the main dock and under the swing bridges
during the night and early this morning. (John Harris).
Thursday 17th March 2016
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill showing well and singing until
12:30pm at least. (John Harris/Ceri Jones/Frank Williams). To the south of Drybrook Road
Station 15 Crossbills, two LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKERS drumming and a Goshawk
calling at 8am. (Frank Williams).
Stroud    A Dipper and a Kingfisher on the River Frome near Waitrose this afternoon.
(Roberta Goodall). Pic by Roberta.
Tirley Sandpits    Two drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Green Woodpecker, five
Skylarks, 15+ Stock Doves, six Reed Buntings, 17+ Meadow Pipits, seven Pied Wagtails, a
male Sparrowhawk, a Raven, a Linnet and a male Bullfinch today. (Mark Grieve).
Longlevens    A female Blackcap on feeders in the garden still today. (Elly Rickelton).
Quedgeley    At Shelduck Road garden birds included a male Reed Bunting, a garden first, a
female Blackcap, seven Greenfinches, 20 Chaffinches, a garden record and 25 Goldfinches.
(Steve Pullen).
Stonehouse    This morning two pairs of Mistle Thrushes and a dark Buzzard in fields below
Bonds Mill, Stanley Downton. A pair of Grey Wagtails, by the River Frome tunnels under
the railway lines on Bonds Mill side and a Cormorant on the Ocean, near Stonehouse Court
Hotel. (Paul Sutton).
Wednesday 16th March 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake again today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (Andrew Keeble/Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill showing well, singing and
catching lizards from 9-1:30pm at least. Also a Goshawk, a male Kestrel, several Buzzards
and a male Stonechat. (Mick Colquhoun). Pics by Mick.
In the garden at Blaize Bailey today birds included four Bramblings, five Long-tailed Tits,
three Pied Wagtails, 40+ Siskins, a Raven, and a Lesser Redpoll. (Peter Boorman & Lynne
Mayers).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    On Pit 44, 26 Red Crested Pochards and at Shorncote
Reedbed a Little Egret today. (Andrew Keeble).
Ashleworth Ham     300+ Teal, 500+ Wigeon, 150+ Lapwings, two Mute Swans, 21 Canada
Geese, 36 Greylags, a Cormorant, a Grey Heron, six Tufted Ducks, 22 Mallards, three
Gadwalls, 11 Pintails, 19 Shovelers, 13 Coots, three Little Egrets, seven Snipe, a female
Kestrel, four Buzzards, two Nuthatches, ten Fieldfares, four Redwings and a male Reed
Bunting. (John Fletcher).
Tirley    A garden Treecreeper, a Coal Tit and a Nuthatch today. (Mark Grieve).
Gloucester    Over the Stroud Road at Tuffley a Sparrowhawk and two Cormorants over at
7:25am. (Ian Elphick).
Tuesday 15th March 2016
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill at 11am and showing well. (Les
Ditchburn). At Cannop Ponds eight Song Thrushes, two Long-tailed Tits, six Siskins and
three Jays. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Five Mute Swans, two Greylags, c200 Wigeon, c800 Teal, two
Gadwalls, 50 Mallards, ten Pintails, 40 Shovelers, 18 Tufted Ducks, a Great Crested Grebe, a
Little Egret, three Grey Herons, 20 Coots, a Water Rail heard, 80 Lapwings, a Ruff, two
Dunlins, five Black-tailed Godwits, two Curlews, a Redshank, 250 Black-headed Gulls, five
Skylarks, a Cetti’s Warbler, five Redwings, five Fieldfares and five Reed Buntings today.
(Mike Smart).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint the Peregrine pair, two Goshawks, male and
female Sparrowhawk, seven Buzzards, four Ravens, a Marsh Tit and a Stock Dove. (Chris &
Phil Andrews).
Ashleworth Ham    28 Greylags, 12 Canada Geese, 173 Wigeon, four Gadwalls, c150 Teal,
55 Mallards, seven Pintails, 36 Shovelers, five Tufted Ducks, two Golden Plovers, 175
Lapwings, three male Ruff, a Redshank, five Snipe, 24 Coots and two Buzzards today. (Les
Brown).
Alderton    A garden Lesser Redpoll today. (Lisa Farmer).
Quedgeley    At Shelduck Road a Barn Owl flew low over roof tops heading S at 6:20pm this
evening. (Steve Pullen).
Highleadon Green    Two Fieldfares, two Redwings and a Green Woodpecker today. (Alan
Hooper).
Wainlodes    21 Shelducks feeding in fields and 60+ Redwings over. (Mark Grieve).
Tirley Knowle/Tirley    At least 100+ Redwings today. (Mark Grieve).
Cheltenham    At Naunton Park a garden Goldcrest (4th record in 30 years) and a Blackcap
singing still. (Steve Brown).
Monday 14th March 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake again today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (Paul Selwood).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE singing and calling today and catching Common
Lizards until 1pm at least at Crabtree Hill. Also Stonechats and six Crossbills today. (Frank
Williams/Dave Pearce/Vic Polley). Pic by Frank.
Cotswold Water Park (East)    At Pit 126 two Egyptian Geese and 400+ Black-headed Gulls.
At Whelford Pools GWT N.R. five Red Crested Pochards, 24 Tufted Ducks, seven Shovelers,
two Gadwalls, 11 Mallards, nine Cormorants, two Little Egrets, six Grey Herons, six Great
Crested Grebes, 14 Coots, a Kestrel caught and ate a rodent, 19 Fieldfares, five Redwings, a
Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Chiffchaffs, seven Long-tailed Tits
and a Bullfinch. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.
WWT Slimbridge    At least one female GREATER SCAUP still on the Rushy and five
Greenland White-fronted Geese with 98 White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece still.
(@slimbridge_wild).
Twyning    Two male Reed Buntings and a female Blackcap regularly visiting the garden
over the last few days. Also two Small Tortoiseshell butterflies just outside the village. (Phil
& Chris Andrews).
Stonehouse    Two Buzzards over Gunn’s Mill, Stanley Downton and three Buzzards over
Wycliffe College today. (Paul Sutton).
Sunday 13th March 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake this
morning. They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn,
but during the day they usually return. (Tim Jones).
Frampton    A SPOONBILL flew N over the village at 7:45am. The GREAT GREY SHRIKE on
the green lane S of the pools near the wood at Park’s Farm still this afternoon. Also a finch
flock containing two Bramblings, five Yellowhammers, 10+ Reed Buntings, 50+ Linnets and
30+ Chaffinches. (Nick Goatman).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still and at least four Stonechats (3m, 1f) at
Crabtree Hill at 7am also a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER drumming near the tarmac
road. (Frank Williams). Also a JACK SNIPE at Crabtree Hill today. (Chris Teague). Note:
Opticron binos lost at Crabtree Hill on or near the bench at 12:45pm today. Please let me
know if found and I will contact the owner. At Welshbury Wood near Flaxley a LESSER
SPOTTED WOODPECKER heard and seen today. (Andy Jayne). Six Crossbills and four Great
Spotted Woodpeckers between Speculation and Serridge Lodge this morning. (Geoff
Fawcett). A Tawny Owl calling in Lining Wood, Mitcheldean this evening. (Chris Reed). Pic
by Chris Teague.
Sudgrove    A Woodcock flushed in woods SW of Sudgrove. Also c35 Fallow Deer here.
(Chris Furley).
Walmore Common    A Cetti’s Warbler today, only the 2nd ever here after one in the
autumn/winter of 2008/09. The WeBS count here included 22 Wigeon, 18 Gadwalls, 215
Teal, 24 Pintails, two Little Egrets, 25 Lapwings, a Curlew and 21 Snipe. (Andy Jayne).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    At Shorncote Reedbed this morning 11 Little Egrets, an
Egyptian Goose, two Redshanks, 5-6 Lapwings displaying, a Water Rail calling, a female
Sparrowhawk, a Kingfisher, 13 Meadow Pipits, two Skylarks, 4-5 Cetti’s Warblers, two
singing Chiffchaffs, a pair of Bullfinches, three Linnets and 20+ Reed Buntings. (Jon Mercer).
WWT Slimbridge    Two first-winter female GREATER SCAUP still on the Rushy today.
(@slimbridge_wild).
Lower Stone    A Barn Owl at 6:33pm this evening. (Paul Taylor).
Tirley Sandpits    168+ Redwings, 285+ Fieldfares, 11 Stock Doves, 15+ Skylarks, four Great
Spotted Woodpeckers, six Pied Wagtails, a Curlew calling, 5+ Meadow Pipits, three Reed
Buntings, a Yellowhammer, a Green Woodpecker and two Ravens today. (Mark Grieve).
Saturday 12th March 2016
Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road this morning. (Andy
Jordan).
Berkeley Pill    2+ littoralis Rock Pipits, a WATER PIPIT and four JACK SNIPES today. (Andy
Jordan).
Forest of Dean    Three Goshawks at Crabtree Hill this morning and the GREAT GREY
SHRIKE still until 2pm at least and a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER heard at Drybrook
Road Station. (Steve Curtis). Between Blaize Bailey and Lower Soudley a Peregrine circling
above a Buzzard and a Goshawk calling. In the garden at Blaize Bailey a Sparrowhawk and
40+ Siskins. (Peter Boorman/Lynne Mayers). A male and a female Hawfinch at Parkend at
6:45am. (Ewan Urquhart). A Goshawk over the Stoneworks at Cannop ponds at 9am and a
LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER drumming nearby. (Frank Williams). Pics by Ewan.
WWT Slimbridge    Two female GREATER SCAUP still on the Rushy this morning. 29 Avocets
on site this morning. Five Greenland White-fronted Geese with 105 White-fronted Geese
on the Tack Piece still. A Bar-tailed Godwit and 111 Black-tailed Godwits on South Lake.
(@slimbridge_wild/Andy Jordan).
Saul Warth    190 Pintails and 130 Wigeon this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).
Frampton    This afternoon a fly-over MARSH HARRIER, 157 Fieldfares and 46 Redwings.
(Nick Goatman). A second winter Mediterranean Gull and a Stonechat at the Sailing Lake
this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).
Purton    A Barn Owl still along the canal S of Purton bridges, before the reed bed at
4:40pm. (Geoff Moyser).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrines and an intruding
Peregrine, four Song Thrushes, four Goshawks, a Tawny Owl calling, a Sparrowhawk, six
Buzzards, a Jay, two Mistle Thrushes, two pairs of Mandarins, a flock of Long-tailed Tits,
two Goldcrests, two Marsh Tits, a Red-legged Partridge and a drumming LESSER SPOTTED
WOODPECKER. Also a Fox and seven Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Epney    The drake Goosander still present towards Longney on river viewed from Epney
this morning. A second summer Mediterranean Gull opposite Epney at 11:25am. Also a
second winter Mediterranean Gull, two Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap and a Small Tortoiseshell.
(Jeremy Squire).
Coombe Hill Meadows    The Grundon Hide at Coombe Hill is inaccessible again, with water
deep on the boardwalk, but good views across the floods available from the canal towpath.
Birds today on the WeBS count included six Mute Swans, six Canada Geese, 320 Wigeon,
two Gadwalls, 1200 Teal, 40 Mallards, 70 Pintails, 55 Shovelers, three Tufted Ducks, a Great
Crested Grebe, four Grey Herons, 17 Coots, 170 Lapwings, seven Dunlins, two Snipe, a
Curlew, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, three Skylarks, ten Redwings, ten
Fieldfares, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Chiffchaff singing, a Treecreeper, six Reed Buntings and a
Yellowhammer. (David Anderson/Mike Smart).
Leigh & Cobney Meadows    Birds today on the WeBS count included 18 Mute Swans, 14
Shelducks, 45 Wigeon, 230 Teal, four Mallards, 11 Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, an
Oystercatcher, a Curlew, a Green Sandpiper, 190 Black-headed Gulls, ten Common Gulls,
five Skylarks, a Grey Wagtail, a Meadow Pipit, ten Redwings and three Reed Buntings.
(Mike Smart).
Ashleworth Ham    Birds today on the WeBS count included two Mute Swans, ten Greylags,
12 Canada Geese, 260 Wigeon, 180 Teal, four Gadwalls, 45 Mallards, 12 Pintails, 42
Shovelers, a Tufted Duck, 22 Coots, 130 Lapwings, three Snipe, a Great Spotted
Woodpecker drumming, two Nuthatches and a Reed Bunting. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).
Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A Lesser Redpoll on feeders at 7am. At the Sandpits two Green
Woodpeckers, 200+ Fieldfares, 20 Stock Doves, 14+ Skylarks, three drumming Great
Spotted Woodpeckers, 130+ Redwings, three Goldcrests, nine Greenfinches, two Ravens,
60+ Common Gulls, six Pied Wagtails, six Meadow Pipits, a male Reed Bunting, a Mistle
Thrush and three Red-legged Partridges today. (Mark Grieve).
Woodmancote    Eight garden Blackcaps together today, three females together on the
tray of one feeder and then shortly afterwards four males together on the same feeder
tray and another male singing in an adjacent small tree. Also four Siskins and a Lesser
Redpoll. (John Widgery).
Gloucester    A Peregrine at Gloucester Cathedral still today and five Buzzards harassing
gulls. (Ashley Davies). Two Siskins on sunflower hearts in the garden at Forest View Road
today. (Greg Anderson).
Friday 11th March 2016
Stonebench    A Barn Owl this evening. (Jeremy Squire).
Chalford    A Red Kite flying SE over St Mary’s Lock. (Trevor & Sue Clayson).
Forest of Dean    A Tawny Owl calling at Lords Hill, Coleford at 4am. At Woorgreens Lake
three Goosanders (2m, 1f) roosting on the small island near the outflow at 10:30am. The
GREAT GREY SHRIKE still on Crabtree Hill until 5pm at least. Also a Hawfinch at 5pm. (Frank
Williams/Arron Roberts). Please keep to the footpaths and do not walk onto sensitive
habitat. A Stonechat at top of May Hill today. Also a Woodcock flushed in Newent woods
and a report of a garden Woodcock in Clifford’s Mesne. (Rob Guest).
WWT Slimbridge    A female GREATER SCAUP and a pair of Oystercatchers on the Rushy
this morning. From the Holden Tower this morning a redhead Goosander briefly, a Ringed
Plover, 150+ Golden Plovers , ten Avocets, a Peregrine and 98 White-fronted Geese. On
South Lake a Knot, 110+ Black-tailed Godwits and a Bar-tailed Godwit. Three Lesser
Redpolls in the Silver Birch outside the restaurant a 8am. (@slimbridge_wild/James Lees,
WWT/Roberta Goodall/MK).
Epney    A drake Goosander on the river until pushed off by the tide at 9:30am. (Jeremy
Squire).
Eastleach Downs    20 Lapwings, nine Corn Buntings and a Stonechat this morning. (Ian
Ralphs).
Gloucester    At midday two Peregrines on the tower of Gloucester Cathedral, calling and
flying circuits of the tower. (David Norman).
Hempsted    Two Green Sandpipers at Netheridge farm this afternoon. (Mark Hobson).
Minchinhampton    A male Stonechat on the Common today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).
Ashleworth Ham    From Meerend Thicket hide 30 Teal, 19 Wigeon, nine Shovelers, seven
Canada Geese, a Shelduck, eight Tufted Ducks, 18 Mallards, nine Coots, 500 Lapwings, a
Treecreeper and two Nuthatches today. (John Fletcher).
Bricklehampton    A male Siskin and four Greenfinches on garden feeders today. (Chris
Snook). Pic by Chris.
Thursday 10th March 2016
Norton    Eight Little Egrets by the River Chelt at 2:30pm today. (Gord Avery).
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. Park in the lay-by on the A417/A40 ring road at
SO866188/GL2 0HL. The birds favour NE corner of pool. Map here Horsbere. (Keith
Watkins). Also two Mute Swans, two Wigeon, seven Coots, a male Stonechat and at least
five Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).
Forest of Dean    A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER calling near Serridge Ridge heard from
Drybrook Road Station at 10:30am and another LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER calling
later near the top of Crabtree Hill. Also around the area several Siskins, two Coal Tits, two
Bullfinches, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Jays and two Ravens. At Parkend
Church at lunchtime two Crossbills feeding with Siskins in a Larch and a party of Jays
through. (Steve Brown). A Hawfinch at Parkend this morning. A GREAT GREY SHRIKE at
Serridge Green at 12:30pm, presumably the Crabtree Hill bird. (David Hanks). Three
Crossbills at Yew Tree Brake at 11:10am. (Martin Greenish). The GREAT GREY SHRIKE on
Crabtree Hill earlier mid morning. (Frank Williams). Please keep to the footpaths and do
not walk onto sensitive habitat.
WWT Slimbridge    Eight Knot, a Little Stint, a Ringed Plover and 126 Golden Plovers from
the Holden Tower this morning. (@slimbridge_wild).
Coombe Hill Meadows    A pair of Curlews feeding and displaying, a Dunlin with the
Lapwings and a drake Pochard with the wildfowl today. (Pauline Lawrence/Robin Griffiths).
Priors Norton    23 Little Egrets on the river meandering scheme on the River Chelt near
Priors Norton this afternoon. (Jeremy Squire).
Tirley Sandpits    Two Ravens, six Skylarks, 25+ Pied Wagtails, three Reed Buntings, 31+
Fieldfares, 22+ Meadow Pipits, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three
Red-legged Partridges, 17+ Stock Doves and 50 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on pasture today.
(Mark Grieve).
Tirley    A Barn Owl flew down the street at 5:27pm. (Mark Grieve).
Longney    A Barn Owl this evening at dusk. (Jeremy Squire).
Purton    A Barn Owl again this evening. (Paddy Doyle). Pic by Paddy.
Wednesday 9th March 2016
WWT Slimbridge    Two first-winter female GREATER SCAUP on the Rushy and five
Greenland White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece still. On South Lake a Bar-tailed Godwit
and 130 Black-tailed Godwits and 13 Avocets. (@slimbridge_wild). Also a Little Stint from
Holden Tower. (Martin Greenish).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Five Canada Geese, 150 Wigeon, at least 1000 Teal, four Pintails,
at least 100 Shovelers, 20 Coots, two Oystercatchers, at least 700 Lapwings, 12 Dunlins, a
Ruff, a Snipe, a Redshank and two Curlews today. (Mike Smart).
Wainlodes    In the fields next to the river today 21 Shelducks and 30 Lapwings. (Mark
Grieve).
Tirley    120+ Redwings over the cottage today. (Mark Grieve).
Cirencester    A pair of Siskins on a garden feeder early this morning. (Julie Andrews per Jon
Mercer).
Longlevens    A female Blackcap on feeders in the garden today. (Elly Rickelton). Pic by Elly.
Tuesday 8th March 2016
Shuthonger    A Barn Owl at 8:30pm. (Sarah Loaring).
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (Neil Howes/Tony Shepherd).
Hawling    Seven Corn Buntings and eight Yellowhammers at the T-junction between the
Hawling road and the main road. (Steve Brown).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both Peregrines, four Goshawks and a Tawny Owl
calling today. (Frank Williams). Also today a male and female Sparrowhawk, a pair of
Ravens, four Buzzards, a pair of Mandarins, a Treecreeper and two Marsh Tits. Also five
Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Ashleworth Ham    This morning birds included 49 Greylags, six Canada Geese, c420
Wigeon, two Gadwalls, c550 Teal, 35 Mallards, five Tufted Ducks, a Grey Heron, 41 Coots,
c160 Lapwings, 20+ Snipe, five Stock Doves and two Nuthatches. (Les Brown/Graham
Watson).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Seven Mute Swans, a Greylag, two Canada Geese, two Shelducks,
c250 Wigeon, four Gadwalls, 30 Mallards, 2500 Teal, three Pintails, 120 Shovelers, four
Tufted Ducks, a Pochard, three Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, 25 Coots, two
Oystercatchers, at least 1000 Lapwings, 19 Golden Plovers, seven Dunlins, two Ruff, ten
Curlews, two Snipe, two Redshanks, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a Skylark
singing, six Meadow Pipits, five Pied Wagtails, a Cetti’s Warbler singing along the canal, 45
Fieldfares and at least three Reed Buntings singing. (Mike Smart).
WWT Slimbridge    Two first-winter female GREATER SCAUP on the Rushy and five
Greenland White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece still. (@slimbridge_wild).
Tirley    95 Redwings with three Fieldfares on pasture. (Mark Grieve).
Monday 7th March 2016
Newport    A Barn Owl over the road N of Newport along the A38 at 1020pm. (Neil Smart).
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (David Hutton).
Forest of Dean   The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill today. A LESSER SPOTTED
WOODPECKER drumming and calling at Drybrook Road Station at 9:10am. (Frank
Williams/Martin Greenish).
WWT Slimbridge    Two first-winter female GREATER SCAUP on the Rushy. A Bar-tailed
Godwit with 150 Black-tailed Godwits and 16 Avocets from Zeiss hide and five Greenland
White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece. (@slimbridge_wild).
Cheltenham    Five Buzzards circling close together drifted over Benhall this morning at
10am drifting SE. (David Norman).
Cleeve Hill    A flock of 1250 Starlings feeding & circling this morning at SO998258. (Peter
Rodgers).
Purton    At 5pm a Barn Owl being chased by a pair of gulls, also along the canal a
Kingfisher, three Great Crested Grebes, a Kestrel and five Mute Swans. (Paddy Doyle).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    At Shorncote Reedbed today 21 Tufted Ducks, 19 Gadwalls,
12 Wigeon, five Teal, 11 Mallards, two Great Crested Grebes, five Little Egrets, three Grey
Herons, six Water Rails heard, two Kingfishers, a Barn Owl hunting in daylight, a Buzzard,
five Redwings, 20+ Wrens, eight Cetti’s Warblers, 12 Reed Buntings, seven Chiffchaffs, two
Bullfinches, a Grey Wagtail and five Pied Wagtails. (John Fletcher). Pics by John.
Sunday 6th March 2016
Frampton    A SAND MARTIN on the Sailing Lake at 8:34am. Also the Tawny Owl still, 14
Cormorants roosting on Court Lake, 200+ Barnacle Geese on Court Field and a Chiffchaff
singing near the Sailing Lake. On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge a Little Egret, 25 Redshanks
and five Dunlins at 9am. (MK). Late afternoon around the pools two Little Owls, 13 Little
Egrets, eight Gadwalls, two Pochards, 165 Tufted Ducks, a Peregrine, 21 Redwings and four
Fieldfares. (Nick Goatman).
Berkeley shore    Seven Stonechats (4 males), 2+ WATER PIPITS though mobile and five
JACK SNIPES today. (Paul Taylor).
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (WestMidsBirding). A female Sparrowhawk near the
Longford Inn. (Mark Grieve).
Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL from the hide at Meerend Thicket at
8:40am. (Colin Greenfield).
Calmsden    A SHORT-EARED OWL mobbing a Buzzard and then hunting over rough ground
by the recycling centre between Calmsden and Foss Cross. (Andy Jayne).
Chedworth    An adult summer Mediterranean Gull with other gulls near Chedworth
Beacon and also two Ravens, 25 Skylarks, a pair of Stonechats and 320 Fieldfares in the
area. (Andy Jayne).
Sharpness    An adult Mediterranean Gull flew inland towards Berkeley with Common Gulls
at 7:05am. (Andy Jordan).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    An adult Mediterranean Gull in the roost on Pit 16 this
evening. (Kim Milsom). Two SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS with c7 Chiffchaffs, two Little Egrets
and two Water Rails at Shorncote Reedbed this morning. (Mark Hobson). Pic by Mark.
Cheltenham    At Naunton Park eight Bewick’s Swans flew over NW at 11am, on the playing
field 18 Common Gulls and a Stock Dove. At Pilley Bridge reserve a Green Woodpecker, a
Goldcrest and a Coal Tit, and in the garden a Blackcap singing answered by another distant.
(Steve Brown).
Tirley Sandpits    Two Ravens, seven Redwings, 89+ Fieldfares, 12+ Stock Doves, 14+
Skylarks, a Green Woodpecker, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, six Meadow Pipits, two
singing Yellowhammers, six Pied Wagtails, a Little Owl, two Goldcrests and two female
Reed Buntings today. (Mark Grieve).
Bisley    Two Ravens today. (Mark Grieve).
Wainlodes    21 Shelducks feeding in fields next to river. (Mark Grieve).
Bricklehampton    A male Blackcap on garden feeders today. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.
Saturday 5th March 2016
Frampton    The first SAND MARTIN of the year briefly on the Sailing Lake at 2pm. The
GREAT GREY SHRIKE on the green lane S of the pools near the wood at Park’s Farm still this
afternoon. Also two Woodcocks by Court Lake reedbed. (Nick Goatman). Also the Tawny
Owl still and 14 Fieldfares flew N. (MK). From Splatt Bridge to Saul Warth this morning 70
Curlews, 31 Dunlins, 13 Redshanks, 30 Teal, six Pintails and three Wigeon. (Gordon
Hodgson). Pic by Nick.
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. Park in the lay-by on the A417/A40 ring road at
SO866188/GL2 0HL. The birds favour NE corner of pool. Map here Horsbere. (Paul
Masters/Mark Hobson).
Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL all day and the Egyptian Goose still
today. Also a Peregrine and 8+ Snipe. (Morag Hughes/Arron Roberts).
Purton    A Firecrest briefly in the hedge along the canal opposite the timber ponds and a
Barn Owl hunting at 5pm. (Andy Jordan).
Forest of Dean   The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill today. (Frank Williams/Ashley
Davies/Dan White/Roberta Goodall). A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER flew over at
Drybrook Road Station this morning. (Roberta Goodall). 30+ Crossbills behind Woodland
View campsite at Sling near Coleford at midday. (Frank Williams). If you’re lucky enough to
see a Hawfinch with a colour ring, please let Jerry Lewis know at mailto:
jmsl2587@yahoo.co.uk they could have a single colour ring (position of colour and metal
rings are important), or a colour ring with a 2 digit code. Thank you.
Staverton    A Red Kite hunting just above the B4634 Old Gloucester Road between
Staverton Airport and Staverton Village today. (Pete Long).
WWT Slimbridge    An adult Mediterranean Gull and two first-winter female GREATER
SCAUP on the Rushy. A Bar-tailed Godwit with 99 Black-tailed Godwits on South Lake. 13
Avocets from Zeiss hide and 100 White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece.
(@slimbridge_wild).
Coombe Hill Meadows    From Grundon hide this afternoon a Little Egret, a Stock Dove, a
Fieldfare, a Golden Plover and Dunlin. (Morag Hughes).
Lower Lode    Two Mute Swans, three Gadwalls (2m, 1f), 33 Teal, 16 Mallards, six Tufted
Ducks, 33 Cormorants, a Grey Heron, a Little Grebe, a Great Crested Grebe, 28 Black-
headed Gulls and seven Long-tailed Tits. (Les Brown).
Hasfield Ham    c270 Lapwings and two Ruff today. (Les Brown).
Upham Meadow    c105 Canada Geese, two Greylags, a Mute Swan, 20 Mallards, two
Oystercatchers, 116 Lapwings, three Dunlins, 19 Curlews and ten Skylarks today. (Mike
Smart).
Twyning to Tewkesbury    c120 Canada Geese, two Mute Swans, a Cormorant and two
Curlews today. (Mike Smart).
Cheltenham    A Red Kite over the fields between Cheltenham racecourse and Swindon
Village today at 3pm. (Bernard Apperley).
Tirley Sandpits    Three Redwings, two Green Woodpeckers, a Great Spotted Woodpecker,
15+ Skylarks, three Ravens, six Stock Doves, 300+ Woodpigeons, 64+ Fieldfares, a male
Yellowhammer, three Reed Buntings, three Pied Wagtails and 12+ Meadow Pipits today.
(Mark Grieve).
Friday 4th March 2016
Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL and the Egyptian Goose still today.
(Jonny Tilby/Nick Hopkinson).
WWT Slimbridge    20 Avocets and Bar-tailed Godwit from Zeiss hide and two first-winter
female GREATER SCAUP still on the Rushy today. (@slimbridge_wild).
Forest of Dean   The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this morning. 1+ LESSER
SPOTTED WOODPECKER drumming at Drybrook Road Station at 9:10am. (Frank Williams).
Arlingham    Two Barn Owls out hunting along the Salmon Trail, also two Shelducks and a
Grey Heron this afternoon. (Sarah Loaring).
Hempsted    The Green Sandpiper still at Netheridge farm today. (Mark Hobson).
Norton    A Little Egret by the River Chelt at 10am today. (Gord Avery).
Cotswold Water Park (East)    At Whelford Pools GWT N.R. today birds included five Great
Crested Grebes, eight Tufted Ducks, six Cormorants, seven Teal, a pair of Red Crested
Pochards, 20 Shovelers, two Goosanders, 50 Lapwings over, two Goldcrests and two male
Reed Buntings. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.
Thursday 3rd March 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (WestMidsBirding). At Port Ham today two JACK SNIPES,
two Snipes, two Cetti’s Warblers, six Stonechats, two Reed Buntings and a Water Rail
heard. (Andy Jayne).
WWT Slimbridge    The adult SPOONBILL still on South Lake, four Bewick’s Swans, 19
Avocets, 115 Black-tailed Godwits and a Bar-tailed Godwit from Zeiss Hide, five Greenland
White-fronted Geese and 106 White-fronted Geese from the Holden Tower. (Andy Jayne).
Two first-winter female GREATER SCAUP still on the Rushy. (@slimbridge_wild).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill today until 4:50pm today at
least. (Frank Williams/Thomas Winstone).
Berkeley    Two Grey Plovers and two Knot just S of the Power Station mid-afternoon
today. (Pavlo Zaltowski).
Hawling    A big finch flock today including at least 14 Bramblings bathing in roadside
puddles. (Jake King).
Charlton Kings    Two Firecrests at 9:30am in the Croft Garden area today. (Mark Robbins).
Cheltenham     A flock of 50+ Magpies flew over junction 11 of the M5 at 6pm today.
(Michael Cook).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Today 15 Curlews, five Dunlins, two Oystercatchers, a Redshank
and c600 Lapwings. (Ian Hull).
Gretton    A Peregrine flew low over the village heading E at 5pm. (Roger Wasley).
Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today at
11am. They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn,
but during the day they usually return. (WestMidsBirding).
WWT Slimbridge    The adult SPOONBILL still on South Lake but later from Kingfisher hide,
also six Avocets, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 179 Black-tailed Godwits this morning.
(@slimbridge_wild).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this morning at 8:30am.
(Martin Greenish).
Frampton    At dusk 24 Little Egrets came into roost on Court Lake, 125 Tufted Ducks, four
Gadwalls, 500+ Jackdaws, 100+ Starlings, the Tawny Owl still and the drake Red Crested
Pochard still on Court Lake. (Nick Goatman/Jeremy Squire).
Arlingham Passage    A Barn Owl out hunting in daylight this afternoon. (Jeremy Squire).
Damery    Along the Little Avon river this afternoon a Buzzard, 20 Long-tailed Tits, a
Kingfisher, a Dipper, two Siskins, a Grey Heron, and 25+ Redwings. (David Poulton).
Tuesday 1st March 2016
WWT Slimbridge    The SPOONBILL still on South Lake but not always visible until 4:30pm
at least, when it was flushed by a Common Crane into a short flight but returned. (Martin
Greenish/Geoff Moyser/John Fletcher). Also on South Lake 150 Black-tailed Godwits, 12
Lapwings, three Snipe, four Oystercatchers and a Peregrine swooped down on the
wildfowl. From Robbie Garnett hide five Redshanks and three Bewick’s Swans. (John
Fletcher). Pics by John.
Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL and the Egyptian Goose still at 5pm.
Also a drake Teal with a nasal tag. (John Sanders). Pic by John.
Rodley    Five WHOOPER SWANS (3ads, 2 juvs) today. (John Sanders).
Sharpness    Both adult Peregrines flying around the silo in the docks at 12:30pm. (Gord &
Margaret Avery).
Forest of Dean    A garden Brambling in Milkwall this afternoon. (Ivan Proctor). At
Beechenhurst Lodge four Jays and a pair of Ravens. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint the resident Peregrines and an intruding
Peregrine, four Goshawks, a male Sparrowhawk, three Goldcrests, four Long-tailed Tits,
two Marsh Tits, eight Buzzards, two male Mandarins, three Siskins, a pair of Canada Geese
and a Mistle Thrush. Also ten Fallow Deer and a White-tailed Bumble Bee. (Chris & Phil
Andrews).
Cheltenham    A Red Kite over Evesham Road on the edge of Pittville Park early afternoon.
(Clare McNulty).
Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre this afternoon three Buzzards, a Little Grebe, two Canada
Geese, a female Sparrowhawk and a Green Woodpecker. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).
Newent    A garden Brimstone butterfly today. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).
Monday 29th February 2016
WWT Slimbridge    A SPOONBILL on South Lake at 4:25pm. (Martin McGill, WWT).
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (Brian Stretch).
Forest of Dean    Two GREAT GREY SHRIKES together in pines between Woorgreens Lake
and Crabtree Hill briefly at 10am. Also two Crossbills over Crabtree Hill late morning. A
female Hawfinch at Parkend under yews opposite the cricket pitch at 1:15pm. (Brian
Stretch). A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER between Crabtree Hill and Drybrook Road
Station at 4:15pm. (Les Ditchburn). A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER at Nagshead today
still. (Greg Mabbett). Pic by Greg.
Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL from the hide again today. Also the
Egyptian Goose still. (Brian Stretch/Roy Shilham).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    An adult summer Mediterranean Gull amongst 1500+ gulls
at Pit 16 roost this evening. (Paul Taylor).
Westonbirt    At Silk Wood male and female Brambling, a Lesser Redpoll and a few calling
Siskins in Larches at Rotary Glade at lunchtime and nearby along Green Lane ST843891 a
female Brambling amongst Chaffinches and a Siskin over. (Vic Polley).
Stroud    At Frome Banks two Dippers, a Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail and a Nuthatch at 1pm.
(Simon Ashley).
Northleach    A Red Kite over this afternoon and 12 Skylarks. (Ben Hilder).
Stonehouse    At 9:30am a Little Egret flew W over the garden at Bridgend. (Paul Sutton).
Berkeley    A Buzzard in an orchard by Floodgates Farm, another Buzzard and nine
Goldfinches in a small coppice at the W end of Hamfields Lane, 14 Redwings on the road to
the Power Station and 30+ Redwings and 30+ Fieldfares in field just off Lynch Road. (Paddy
Doyle).
Sunday 28th February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (WestMidsBirding/Dave Soons).
Tuffley    A Ring-necked Parakeet (probable escapee) in a private garden in Tuffley then
flew towards Fox Elms Road/Stroud Road area this afternoon. (Fred & Heather Hobson per
Mark Hobson).
Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL from the hide today until 3:40pm at
least. (Martin Greenish/Francis Steuck).
Frampton    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE on the green lane S of the pools near the wood at Park’s
Farm this afternoon, presumably the bird seen earlier this year in the Nebrow area. A drake
Red Crested Pochard still on Court Lake today. Also 11 Gadwalls, a Water Rail, a Cetti’s
Warbler, a Chiffchaff, eight Lesser Redpolls, four Siskins, two Ravens, three Bullfinches and
100+ Redwings. (Nick Goatman).
WWT Slimbridge    Five Greenland White-fronted Geese from Holden Tower today. (Chris
Trott/Dan White).
Framilode    An adult Mediterranean Gull this afternoon. (Jeremy Squire).
Quedgeley    In the garden at Shelduck Road birds a male Brambling today. (Steve Pullen).
Woodmancote    Garden birds today included 12 Siskins, two Lesser Redpolls, four
Blackcaps (3m, 1f), two Long-tailed Tits and c15 Goldfinches. (John Widgery).
Longlevens    A male and a female Blackcap on feeders in the garden today. (Elly Rickelton).
Brimpsfield Park    c13 Mandarins (many paired up), five Stock Doves, three Marsh Tits,
three Lesser Redpolls, a Grey Wagtail and a Red Kite over. (Chris Furley).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still on Crabtree Hill this morning. (Frank
Williams).
Coombe Hill Meadows    From the Grundon hide this morning a redhead Goosander. (Tim
Gobourn). Pic by Tim.
Compton Abdale    A female Kestrel worming and five Buzzards today. (Paddy Doyle). Pic
by Paddy.
Saturday 27th February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (Richard Williams).
Ashleworth Ham    The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still in front of the hide, on the island
to the right at 7am, present until 1pm at least. (MK). Also today 22 Mute Swans, 18
Greylags, 65 Canada Geese, a Egyptian Goose, eight Shelducks, c850 Wigeon, four
Gadwalls, c1100 Teal, c40 Mallards, 48 Pintails, 37 Shovelers, a male Pochard, 27 Tufted
Ducks, a Grey Heron, two Buzzards, 17 Coots, c500 Lapwings, seven Snipe, nine Long-tailed
Tits, three Goldcrests and two Nuthatches. (Les Brown). Pic by Mark Dowie.
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still on Crabtree Hill this morning. (Frank
Williams/Paul Rich). Also here Crossbills flying over, two Ravens and a Fallow Deer. (Ben &
Bex Hilder).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint the resident Peregrine pair, vigorously defending
their territory against two intruding Peregrines, Buzzards and Ravens today. Also a
Sparrowhawk, three Goshawks, a Red Kite, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, four Song Thrushes,
two Jays, two Marsh Tits, four Ravens and a Tawny Owl heard calling. Also 12 Fallow Deer.
(Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.
Frampton    A drake Red Crested Pochard on Court Lake today. Also 116 Tufted Ducks, four
Gadwalls, 208 Barnacle Geese, 110 Greylags and 45 Canada Geese. (Nick Goatman).
Stroud    Along the River Frome today between Wallbridge and the viaduct birds included a
Dipper, a Kingfisher, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Grey Wagtail and a Buzzard. (Trevor &
Sue Clayson).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Seven Mute Swans, two Canada Geese, 17 Shelducks, c3000
Wigeon, c2000 Teal, ten Gadwalls, 20 Mallards, at least 740 Pintails, 210 Shovelers, eight
Tufted Ducks, a Pochard, a Cormorant, a Grey Heron, two Peregrines, 40 Coots, two
Oystercatchers, at least 2000 Lapwings, four Dunlins, 12 Ruff, two bubbling Curlews, a
Redshank, 100 Black-headed Gulls, a Skylark and ten Pied Wagtails. (Mike Smart).
Tirley Sandpits    Early morning three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 140+ Redwings, eight
Buzzards, two Green Woodpeckers, 19 Meadow Pipits, 12+ Skylarks, 14+ Stock Doves, 145+
Fieldfares, two Bullfinches and a Red Kite drifted N at 9am. (Mark Grieve).
Bricklehampton    A Grey Wagtail this morning. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.
Friday 26th February 2016
Ashleworth Ham    At 2:15pm a drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL in front of the hide, on the
island to the right. Also 200+ Teal, 16 Mute Swans, 29 Greylags, 100+ Wigeon, five
Shovelers, ten Pintails, 40+ Mallards, 18 Tufted Ducks, 180+ Lapwings, four Gadwalls, two
Goldcrests and a Nuthatch. (Mark Grieve).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE at 4pm perched along the hedge and
trees on the Glos/Wilts border at Pit 46 for 5 minutes. (David Owen). The first winter
GLAUCOUS GULL in the roost at 6:35am on Pit 16 this morning until 6:50am. (MK).
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (Jeremy Squire).
Forest of Dean    The LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER again at Drybrook Road Station this
morning. (Frank Williams/Mark Dowie). The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still on Crabtree Hill this
morning until midday at least. (Mark Dowie/MK). A male LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER
on the Short Trail at Nagshead this afternoon. (Lewis Thomson). 12 Crossbills over Yew
Tree Brake and later a flock of 35. (MK/Mark Dowie). Pic by Mark.
Beverston    Two Grey Partridges, 250 Common Gulls and 65 Fieldfares along A46 near
Beverston. (Dan White).
Tirley    A Sparrowhawk heading north today. (Mark Grieve).
Corse    A murmuration of 30000 Starlings at 6pm. (Mark Grieve).
Berkeley    30+ Fieldfares and 30+ Redwings in a field between Berkeley Pill and Lynch
Road. A Stonechat by Berkeley Pill and a Treecreeper in a tree along the lane from Sea Mill
to the Kennels. (Paddy Doyle).
Twyning    A Stock Dove and a pair of Reed Buntings in the garden today, both garden ticks.
(Phil & Chris Andrews). Pics by Phil.
Thursday 25th February 2016
Cotswold Water Park (West)    A first winter GLAUCOUS GULL flew into the roost at
5:40pm on Pit 16 this evening. Also an adult Mediterranean Gull. (Kim Milsom).
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (WestMidsBirding).
Forest of Dean    A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER and Great Spotted Woodpecker both
drumming at Drybrook Road Station this morning and a Green Woodpecker calling in the
distance. Six Snipe at Woorgreens lake. (Frank Williams).
Clapton-on- the-Hill    50+ Lapwings, two Red Kites, a Sparrowhawk and a Muntjac today.
(Ben Hilder).
Daglingworth    This afternoon on the stream that runs through the village a Kingfisher sat
on the gate by the village hall and nearby three Little Egrets and a Grey Wagtail. (Martine
Fenn).
Tirley Sandpits    25 Fieldfares, 28 Skylarks, six Pied Wagtails, 12+ Meadow Pipits and a
female Reed Bunting today. (Mark Grieve).
Berkeley    Two Grey Wagtails near Berkeley Pill and another in a small paddock by the
Berkeley Hunt Kennels. (Paddy Doyle).
Wednesday 24th February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (Paul Rhodes/Ian Hayes).
Hawling area    A female HEN HARRIER and a Red Kite today. (Ian Hayes). Also a Barn Owl
today. (Philip Roberts). Pic by Philip.
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE flew over Crabtree Hill towards the western edge
this morning at 8:30am. (Frank Williams). At Yew Tree Brake a Woodcock and a Stonechat
this evening. (Martin Greenish).
Westonbirt Arboretum    In Silk Wood, Rotary Glade this morning a small flock 7-8
Crossbills. The first seen in 4+ years. (Anne McLellan).
Cold Aston area    Three Buzzards, a Kestrel, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers (2
drumming) and 4/5 Stock Doves. From the Notgrove Long Barrow lay-by two Red Kites, two
Buzzards and c10 Redwings. (Steve Brown).
Witcombe Reservoirs    Five Little Grebes, a Grey Wagtail and two Lesser Redpolls feeding
in alders by the residium. A Little Owl was in the orchard and a pair of Buzzards soaring,
one with almost completely white underparts. (Gordon Avery).
Whitminster    Along the canal this evening a Woodcock, a patch tick, a Barn Owl, two
Green Sandpipers and a Stonechat. (Richard Baatsen).
Bussage    24 Siskins on garden feeders. (per Keith Perkins).
Quedgeley    In the garden at Shelduck Road birds included two Siskins (1m, 1f), a Song
Thrush, two female Blackcaps, five Greenfinches, 15 Chaffinches, 30 Goldfinches and six
Long-tailed Tits. (Steve Pullen).
Tuesday 23rd February 2016
Sharpness    A COMMON SEAL off of SARA Lifeboat Station on the sands today. (Paddy
Doyle). Pic by Paddy.
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today
until 1:20pm at least. They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards
Walls/Premier Inn, but during the day they usually return. (WestMidsBirding).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE showing well at Crabtree Hill this morning at
8:45am. Also a Sparrowhawk at Woorgreens Lake and a pair of Goshawks over Crabtree
Hill. Five Crossbills at Yew Tree Brake. 7+ Goshawks over New Fancy View between 11-12
midday. A pair of Ravens and a Goshawk over Cannop ponds. (Martin Greenish/Frank
Williams/Ben Hilder). Three Bramblings (2m, 1f) still visiting the garden at Hangerberry,
Lydbrook today. Also a Goshawk over and two drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers.
(Lewis Thomson).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrines and an intruding
female Peregrine which was chased off, three Ravens, five Buzzards, three Goshawks, a
Kestrel, two Sparrowhawks, eight Canada Geese, two Stock Doves, a Goldcrest, two Siskins,
a Marsh Tit and a male Bullfinch. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.
WWT Slimbridge    An immature male Goshawk on a Woodpigeon kill near the Holden
Tower this morning, then flew to the Decoy Wood. Also 20 Avocets on site today.
(@slimbridge_wild).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    At Shorncote Reedbed 15 Little Egrets, 35 Gadwalls, six
Shovelers, ten Teal, three Water Rails seen and several more heard, four Buzzards soaring,
250+ Lapwings in flight, a Green Woodpecker heard, a Grey Wagtail, six Meadow Pipits,
two singing Skylarks, 30 Fieldfares, 15 Redwings, two singing Song Thrushes, 5-6 singing
Cetti’s Warblers, two singing Chiffchaffs with more seen, a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF, three
Lesser Redpolls, 15 Linnets, ten Goldfinches, two pairs of Bullfinches, c30 Reed Buntings
including six singing and two Goldcrests. (Jon Mercer).
Stroud    Two Dippers on the River Frome by Waitrose today. (John Overfield).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included 12 Shelducks, c2000 Wigeon, c2500 Teal, six
Gadwalls, 300+ Pintails, 200 Shovelers, 12 Tufted Ducks, a Little Egret, a Grey Heron, 2000
Lapwings, a Ringed Plover heard, six Curlews, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a
Cetti’s Warbler singing strongly from Broad Mere and at least two singing Reed Buntings.
(Mike Smart).
Ashleworth Ham    This afternoon birds included an Egyptian Goose, 55 Greylags, 21 Tufted
Ducks, c2000 Wigeon, c2000 Teal, 50 Canada Geese, 12 Mute Swans, c300 Pintails, 50
Shovelers, seven Coots, 16 Mallards, 500+ Lapwings, eight Snipe, two Buzzards, two
Nuthatches and a Goldcrest. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.
Sharpness    An adult Peregrine on the nest box on the Silo at Sharpness docks at midday.
(Paul Sutton).
Hempsted    A Green Sandpiper still on the most northerly pool in the crop field at
Netheridge farm today. (Mark Hobson).
Monday 22nd February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today
until 2:30pm at least. They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards
Walls/Premier Inn, but during the day they usually return. (Roy Shilham). Pics by Roy.
At Netheridge Farm at the Barn Owl Centre a pair of Barn Owls hunting and flying around
the farm late afternoon close to dusk. Also one of the wildlife cams captured two Roe Deer
and a Roebuck grazing in the flying area. (Vince Jones).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill again along the W side this
morning at 9am but very mobile. (Frank Williams).
Ashleworth Ham    A Common Crane flew over the reserve at 3pm soaring downriver,
three Little Egrets, 99 Canada Geese, five Tufted Ducks, 150+ Teal, 200+ Pintails, five
Shovelers, 53 Greylags, 2000+ Lapwings, 30+ Fieldfares, 45+ Mallards, 21 Mute Swans,
1000+ Starlings, four Gadwalls, five Snipe, a Shelduck, 30+ Stock Doves, an Egyptian Goose,
700+ Wigeon and a calling Nuthatch. (Mark Grieve).
Fyfield    A Barn Owl hunting in late afternoon sunshine at 4 pm in the Leach Valley. (Alan
Williams).
Tirley    A Sparrowhawk over the village. (Mark Grieve).
Sunday 21st February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. Other birds included three Reed Buntings (2m, 1f) and a
Chiffchaff. (Morag Hughes/Gary Bagnell).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    Three SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS and ten Chiffchaffs this
afternoon. (Kim Milsom).
Sharpness    Near adult summer Mediterranean Gull roosting just N of Sharpness pier at
12:25pm, access from the end of Dock Road. (Paul Taylor).
Forest of Dean    At St Paul’s Church, Parkend five Hawfinches this morning. (RSPB
Gloucestershire). Three Bramblings at Parkend today. (Gary Bagnell).
WWT Slimbridge    A Bar-tailed Godwit on South Lake with 113 Black-tailed Godwits today.
(Paul Masters).
Ashleworth Ham    This morning an Egyptian Goose, two Black-tailed Godwits and 12 Ruff
in with the 600 Lapwings. (Ian Hull).
Coombe Hill Meadows    A winter-plumaged Black-tailed Godwit, 6+ Skylarks, six Meadow
Pipits, five Fieldfares, eight Redwings, a Bullfinch, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1900+
Wigeon, 60+ Mallards, 170+ Shovelers, 1500+ Teal, 450+ Pintails, eight Shelducks, a Jay, a
calling Curlew, 21 Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose, a singing Reed Bunting, 620+ Lapwings
and a Pied Wagtail over. (Mark Grieve).
Chalford    Along the river two Dippers, five Lesser Redpolls and a Grey Wagtail today.
(Keith & Lyn Perkins).
The Leigh    A Little Egret beside the northbound A38, just before The Leigh turn off today.
(Elly Rickelton).
Longlevens    A female Blackcap on garden feeders today, a regular for c3 weeks. (Elly
Rickelton).
Quedgeley    A Water Rail and a Kingfisher at Clearwater Drive today. (Andy Chapman).
Saturday 20th February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (per Paul Taylor).
Walmore Common    Five WHOOPER SWANS (3 ads, 2juvs) today. (Andy Jayne).
Saul Warth    353 Curlews and a Bar-tailed Godwit this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).
Frampton    From Splatt Bridge a Stonechat, eight Redshanks and two bugling Common
Cranes (presumably GCRP birds) flying around. (Gordon Hodgson).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    Two Ruddy Shelducks on the shallow floods off the
Kempsford to Latton road SU12709615 1km SSW of Marston Meysey. (Ian Ralphs).
Cotswold Water Park (East)    A pair of Oystercatchers back on territory at Pit 125 and two
Egyptian Geese on Pit 126. (Ian Ralphs).
Cotswolds    Five Red Kites together over the A40 at the old Puesdown Inn. Two more at
Great Barrington and one at Hawling. (MK). Pic by Mike.
Tirley Sandpits    124+ Fieldfares, 12 Redwings, a Green Woodpecker, eight Skylarks, 70+
Rooks, seven Meadow Pipits, two male Reed Buntings, five Stock Doves, a Mistle Thrush
and two Greylags over. (Mark Grieve).
Tirley    A garden Treecreeper today, a garden tick. (Mark Grieve).
Gloucester    At Alney Island 160+ Teal flew over the link road after being flushed by a
Buzzard. (Mark Grieve).
Longlevens    The female Blackcap still present on feeders.  (Mark Grieve).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock Viewpoint today birds included the resident Peregrines and
an intruding Peregrine, five Buzzards, three Goshawks, a pair of Ravens, four Mandarins
(3f,1m), a male and three female Goosanders and eight Canada Geese. (Chris & Phil
Andrews).
Forest of Dean    Five Wild Boar at Cannop Ponds upper car park today. (Chris & Phil
Andrews).
Coombe Hill Meadows    The towpath is now open, but Grundon Hide is still not accessible.
WeBS count today included five Mute Swans, 97 Canada Geese, 17 Shelducks, 2070
Wigeon, six Gadwalls, 960 Teal, 40 Mallards, 235 Pintails, 262 Shovelers, five Tufted Ducks,
a male Pochard, a Little Egret, 25 Coots, a Moorhen, a Water Rail heard, 100 Black-headed
Gulls, 500 Lapwings and a Curlew calling. (David Anderson/Les Brown).
Cobney Meadows    WeBS counts today included 19 Mute Swans, two Canada Geese, 16
Shelducks, 50 Wigeon, 12 Gadwalls, 20 Mallards, a Moorhen, five Coots, four Lapwings and
200 Black-headed Gulls. (Mike Smart).
Ashleworth Ham    WeBS counts today included five Mute Swans, 350 Canada Geese, 45
Greylags,  3800 Wigeon, 1500 Teal, 50 Mallards, 1520 Pintails, ten Shovelers, eight Tufted
Ducks, 1490 Lapwings, two Snipe, 300 Black-headed Gulls, 150 Fieldfares and a Raven. (Les
Brown/Mike Smart).
Friday 19th February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.
Forest of Dean    At St Paul’s Church, Parkend six Hawfinches at 9am. Also a redhead
Goosander on Woorgreens Lake. (MK). Pic by Thomas Winstone.
Calcot    19 Yellowhammers and two Corn Buntings near Calcot crossroads. (Shane Long).
Frampton    Two Common Cranes (presumably GCRP birds) circled over Court Lake then
flew towards Claypits. Also 23 Little Egrets, two Little Owls and a Tawny Owl still. (Nick
Goatman).
Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A garden Nuthatch in Tirley. At the Sandpits 125+ Rooks, 100+
Jackdaws, 185+ Starlings, four Meadow Pipits, 15 Stock Doves, 10+ Skylarks, a Raven, 25+
Fieldfares, two Pied Wagtails, 350+ Woodpigeons, 43+ Redwings and 12 Goldfinches. (Mark
Grieve).
Thursday 18th February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (WestMidsBirding).
Forest of Dean    At New Fancy View mid morning five Goshawks up together, three
Buzzards and two Ravens. Also a Siskin singing. At Cannop ponds a male Mandarin and a
Little Grebe. At Parkend a Hawfinch by the cricket pitch and two Bramblings at the Church.
(Andy Watts/Steve Brown/Richard Davis with Alex & Rob). At Forge Hill, Lydbrook four
Siskins on the garden feeder, the first this winter. Also a Queen Wasp collecting chewed
wood. (Chris Sullivan).
Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road today. Also a
Sparrowhawk caught a Feral Pigeon. (Dan White).
Minsterworth Ham    This morning 20 Shelducks, 190 Wigeon, ten Gadwalls, 27 Shovelers,
310 Lapwings, five Ruff, two Green Sandpipers, four Ravens, 100 Fieldfares, 80 Redwings
and a Chiffchaff. (Andy Jayne).
Tewkesbury    At 4pm a Barn Owl off Hardwick bank at Tewkesbury-Northway. (Les
Ditchburn).
Stonehouse    At Stanley Downton six Meadow Pipits behind Stanley Downton farm and at
Guns Mill a Grey Wagtail near the viaducts on the Frome. At Bridgend a Little Egret flew
over the house in Wharfdale Way, W towards St Cyr’s church. (Paul Sutton).
Cotswold Water Park (East)    At Pit 126 two Oystercatchers and two Egyptian Geese on
the island. (John Durell).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    At Shorncote Reedbed birds included a Barn Owl, a Buzzard,
a Sparrowhawk, 14 Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, five Gadwalls, 33 Tufted Ducks, two
Teal, two Cetti’s Warblers, five Chiffchaffs including a probable Siberian, six Water Rails,
one seen, two Kingfishers, a Great Crested Grebe, two Grey Wagtails, four Reed Buntings
and four Cormorants. (John Fletcher).
Hawling    Three Red Kites, eight Buzzards, a Kestrel, a Barn Owl, a Tawny Owl heard
calling, a pair of Stonechats, a pair of Reed Buntings, two Corn Buntings, large mixed flocks
of Linnets, Yellowhammers and Chaffinches, c25 Golden Plovers, five Skylarks and 30
Starlings. Also six Roe Deers. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Tirley    120+ Lapwings over Tirley Church, also five Meadow Pipits heading N. (Mark
Grieve).
Newent    Garden birds today included two Greenfinches (1m, 1f), five Siskins, two Lesser
Redpolls and 40+ Goldfinches. (Alan Hooper).
Winchcombe    A female Siskin on the feeders today and a Sparrowhawk over. (Peter
Rodgers).
Ashleworth Ham    Two Buzzards, six Long-tailed Tits, 300+ Lapwings, 150 Black-headed
Gulls, 40 Starlings, 15 Chaffinches, six Coots and a Sparrowhawk. (Martin Russell). Pic by
Martin.
Wednesday 17th February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today
and showing well until 4pm at least. They can go missing for long periods when they fly W
towards Walls/Premier Inn, but during the day they usually return. (WestMidsBirding).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill again today. (Ashley Davies).
Maisemore    This morning a Barn Owl sat on the hedge adjacent to the main road at
SO806218 on A417 at 4:36am. (Alan Hooper).
Longlevens    A garden female Blackcap on feeders today. (Mark Grieve).
Corse Lawn    The huge murmuration of c30000 Starlings early evening occurring daily at
the moment. (Steve French).
Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A garden Coal Tit at Tirley. At the Sandpits, 200+ Rooks, eight
Skylarks, 64+ Redwings, a Meadow Pipit, 71+ Fieldfares, a female Reed Bunting, a Mistle
Thrush, 155+ Starlings and a Green Woodpecker. (Mark Grieve).
Purton to Sharpness Docks    140+ Wigeon and 40 Teal feeding on the edge of the river,
two White-fronted Geese flew N, three Grey Herons out on the edge of Waveridge Sand on
the river. A Peregrine flew S over the old Timber Ponds, on the canal two Little Grebes, 20
Moorhens, 30 Mallards, three Cormorants and 20 Coots. Ten Cormorants out on the old
wrecks in the river on the Ridge Sand Bank. A female Stonechat in the tops of the reeds,
and 12 Long-tailed Tits and three Bullfinches along the canal. Two Great Crested Grebes in
the Marina and a Kingfisher by SARA. (Paddy Doyle).
Damery    Along the Little Avon river this afternoon two Dippers, a Kingfisher, a Cormorant
and a Raven. (David Poulton).
Cambridge    A Barn Owl flew across A38 N of Cambridge W to E near Parks Farm at
7:40pm. (Paul Sutton).
Gretton    A female Kingfisher catching small goldfish in garden pond all afternoon in the
rain. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.
Tuesday 16th February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today
and showing well until 4pm at least. They can go missing for long periods when they fly W
towards Walls/Premier Inn, but during the day they usually return. (Richard Tyler/Paddy
Doyle/Dan White). Other birds included 150+ Fieldfares and Redwings, two Grey Herons, a
Little Egret, four Snipe, two Buzzards, a female Sparrowhawk and a Green Woodpecker.
(Paddy Doyle). Pics by Richard.
WWT Slimbridge    Two first-winter female GREATER SCAUP on the Rushy with 100
Bewick’s Swans and five Greenland White-fronted Geese still on the Tack Piece and three
Avocets still. (@slimbridge_wild/Giles Diggle).
Forest of Dean    13 Siskins on garden feeders in Coleford this morning. (Geoff Fawcett).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrine pair and an intruding
Peregrine, three Goshawks, seven Buzzards, a female Sparrowhawk, the resident Raven
pair, a pair of Stock Doves, a Marsh Tit, a pair of Mistle Thrushes, a Song Thrush, seven
Canada Geese, a male Goosander, a juvenile Grey Heron and a pair of Mandarins. Also
eight Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Tewkesbury    At Newtown at 5:15pm a Barn Owl hunting the marsh and reedbed area
behind Cowfield Farm Industrial Estate and adjacent rough ground. (Les Ditchburn).
Stroud    The Water Rail again today beside the Stroudwater canal just upstream of
Wallbridge lock at 1:30pm. (Simon Ashley).
Gloucester    A Woodcock in the woods at Sandhurst this morning. (Martin Greenish).
Hazleton    To the east of Hazleton a Red Kite this afternoon. (Keith White).
Cheltenham    At 1am a Tawny Owl calling from the Honeybourne cycle track near
Cheltenham railway station. (Keith White).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Still not accessible along the canal bank, because the floods are
nearly up to the car park but the area can be approached from the Apperley side, the
Grundon Hide has survived. On the Apperley side, two Canada Geese, c300 Wigeon, c1200
Teal, 20 Mallards, 45 Pintails, ten Shovelers, 30 Lapwings, 50 Black-headed Gulls, three Pied
Wagtails and a Raven. (Mike Smart).
Leigh Meadows    An immature Mute Swan, 75 Wigeon, 15 Teal, a Grey Heron, seven Little
Egrets, 40 Lapwings, a Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, 250 Black-headed Gulls, ten Lesser Black-
backed Gulls, five Skylarks singing and c10 Pied Wagtails. (Mike Smart).
Monday 15th February 2016
Cotswold Water Park (West)    An adult winter ICELAND GULL on Pit 57 again early
evening. Two SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS with c7 Chiffchaffs, a Barn Owl and 15 Little Egrets at
Shorncote Reedbed this afternoon. (Francis Steuck).
Frampton    32 Little Egrets on Court Lake island at first light, 100+ Barnacle Geese flew in
and the Tawny Owl still. (Nick Goatman).
Hempsted    A Green Sandpiper and a Red-legged Partridge at Netheridge farm today.
(Mark Hobson).
Berkeley shore    This afternoon a JACK SNIPE and a Snipe, two WATER PIPITS, a Little
Egret, a Stonechat, a Raven and a singing Skylark. Also 12+ Redshanks and a small group of
Teal in the channel and a roost of Fieldfares and Redwings in the trees by the football
pitches at the leisure centre. (Roberta Goodall).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill again along the S edge this
morning at 9:45-10am. (Frank Williams/Gareth Jenkins). Also 20+ Crossbills opposite Yew
Tree Brake in larches between 10-11am at least. (Frank Williams). Nine Goosanders (4m,
5f) on Woorgreens lake, and male and female Hawfinch at Parkend under yews above the
cricket pitch. (John Widgery).
WWT Slimbridge    Ten Avocets from Zeiss hide, a drake Mandarin at the start of the canoe
safari, 91 Dunlins beyond the Tack Piece, 102 Black-tailed Godwits and seven Snipe on
South Lake. (John Fletcher).
Stroud    A Water Rail today beside the Stroudwater canal just upstream of Wallbridge lock.
(Simon Ashley).
Arlingham Warth    Four Stonechats (2m, 2f) and two Reed Buntings along the Severn bank
between the Passage and Arlingham Warth. 40+ Fieldfares and Redwings in a field by
Warth Lane, also a female Sparrowhawk and a Buzzard by Hope Pill Rhyne, on the S bank of
the Severn. (Pad Doyle).
Hartpury    At the church this evening a Barn Owl. Also a huge murmuration of c30000
Starlings at Corse Lawn from 4:30-5:20. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley/Steve French). Pic by
Alan.
Sunday 14th February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (Richard Dobbins/Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.
Cotswold Water Park (West)    A drake SMEW on Pit 65 at dawn. Also on Pit 65 five
Goosanders (4m, 1f), eight Goldeneyes (5m, 3f) and on Pit 42 three Goosanders (2m, 1f)
and a Lesser Redpoll over. (MK). Two Barn Owls at Shorncote Reedbed this evening. (Andy
Lodge). Pic by Mike.
Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road this morning. (Andy
Jordan).
Frampton    A Barn Owl, a SHORT-EARED OWL and a MERLIN S of Splatt Bridge this evening.
(Nick Goatman).
Forest of Dean    A small flock of Crossbills in the main western red cedar ride, W of
Woorgreens today. (Ian Ralphs). Up to 20 Crossbills at Parkend church, and a female
Hawfinch by the cricket pitch. (Steve Birt). At least two pairs of Goshawks displaying from
New Fancy View today. (Ivan & Rose Sansom). Pic by Ivan and Rose of a Mandarin today.
Kingscote    A Red Kite early afternoon hunting beside B4058 near Kingscote ST802968.
(Morag Hughes).
Gloucester    A Red Kite flew W across the C & G roundabout at 1:30pm. (Andy Langley).
Bricklehampton    A garden Jay and a Great Spotted Woodpecker today. (Chris Snook).
Charlton Kings    A Muntjac walking down Stockton Close this morning. (Martin Clifford).
Hazleton    Five Bramblings, 23 Chaffinches, a Linnet, a Greenfinch and two Buzzards today.
(Les Waring/Ivan & Rose Sansom). Pic by Les.
Saturday 13th February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today
and showing well. They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards
Walls/Premier Inn, but during the day they usually return. (John Overfield/Tom Mabbett).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    A drake SMEW on Pit 65 this afternoon. (Andy Jayne).
Frampton    An adult Mediterranean Gull on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge this morning.
(Gordon Hodgson).
Saul Warth    This morning 500+ Lapwings, 300+ Curlews, five Dunlins, 16 Ruff, two Bar-
tailed Godwits and three Redshanks this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).
Forest of Dean    Ten Goosanders on Speech House lake at 8:40am today. (Frank Williams).
A male Hawfinch by the cricket pavilion in Parkend. (John Overfield). At Yew Tree Brake five
Song Thrushes and at Cannop Pond car park above the top pond two Treecreepers, a Song
Thrush and a Nuthatch. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint the resident Peregrine pair, four Buzzards, two
Goshawks, a male and female Sparrowhawk, a pair of Ravens, a Treecreeper, a Goldcrest, a
juvenile Grey Heron and a Song Thrush. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Wotton-Under- Edge    Garden birds today included a female Brambling again and Siskin,
Lesser Redpoll and male Bullfinch. (Paul Rich). Pic by Paul.
Tirley Sandpits    136+ Fieldfares, 65+ Redwings, a Green Woodpecker, eight Skylarks, 600+
Lapwings over floodwater, two Mistle Thrushes, two Meadow Pipits, 12+ Stock Doves, two
Ravens, 160+ Rooks and 120+ Starlings today. (Mark Grieve).
Bricklehampton    A garden Nuthatch today. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.
Friday 12th February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today
and showing well. They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards
Walls/Premier Inn, but during the day they usually return. (Derek Lees). Pic by Derek.
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill again along the W side this
morning at 8:45am. Also three Siskins. Two male Crossbills on Serridge Ridge and 30
Crossbills flew from Puzzle House towards the ridge at 10am. 1+ Hawfinch at Crabtree Hill
and a Brambling. At Cannop ponds a Marsh Tit at the feeders. Also three drake Mandarins
and a female, and a male Grey Wagtail. (MK/Frank Williams/Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.
Temple Guiting    This afternoon five Bramblings and 50 Yellowhammers in a mixed finch
flock at Barton today. (Richard Tyler).
Tirley    A Jay the first since the Autumn, also 40+ Redwings and 30+ Fieldfares on pasture
today.  (Mark Grieve).
Arlingham Passage    A pair of Stonechats, a Barn Owl, two Skylarks and seven Meadow
Pipits late afternoon. (MK).
Frampton    A Barn Owl from Splatt Bridge late afternoon. (Paul Masters).
Shab Hill    Today at 12:30pm two Red Kites over the Shab Hill/Air balloon area. (John
Miles).
Thursday 11th February 2016
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill again along the W side this
morning. Also three male Goosanders at Woorgreens Lake, a male Hawfinch at Parkend
Church and 2-3 Goshawks perched and in flight at New Fancy View around midday. (Eric
Palmer/Frank Williams).
Shab Hill    At midday a minimum of 100 Golden Plovers, a female Stonechat and ten
Skylarks including at least four singing males. (Gord & Margaret Avery)
Stroud    Today in the Toadsmoor Valley (SO8804X) a Kingfisher and a Cormorant on
Toadsmoor Lake and, upstream of the lake, a Dipper. (Martine Fenn).
Tirley Sandpits    A male Peregrine on a ploughed field at 2:40pm, also 52 Lapwings over, a
Grey Heron, 300+ Starlings, 40+ Fieldfares, 20+ Redwings and 550+ Wigeon over
floodwater with a least seven Shovelers flushed by a low flying helicopter. (Mark Grieve).
Hazleton    Two Buzzards, c20 Bramblings, 30+ Chaffinches, 20 Linnets and 100 Lapwings
today. (Alan Hooper). Pic by Alan.
Hempsted    A Green Sandpiper, a male Yellowhammer, rare here, and a Reed Bunting at
Netheridge farm today. (Mark Hobson).
WWT Slimbridge    A Marsh Tit at South Finger this morning is only the second record in
the last 20 years. Also two first-winter GREATER SCAUP still. (@slimbridge_wild).
Wednesday 10th February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still this
morning and showing well. They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards
Walls/Premier Inn, but during the day they usually return. Park in the lay-by on the
A417/A40 ring road at SO866188/GL2 0HL. The birds favour NE corner of pool. Map here
Horsbere. (Roy Kinchin).
Tewkesbury    A Barn Owl and a Short-eared Owl hunting the verges between the
Tewkesbury ring road A38 and the Knightsway Estate early evening. (Les Ditchburn).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill again at 9am hunting along the
heather ride. (Frank Williams). A pair of Marsh Tits at Parkend church and seven
Bramblings. A displaying Goshawk seen from the church but distant over woodland
towards New Fancy View. (Ian Hull).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    An adult Mediterranean Gull in the roost this evening at Pit
16. Also an Oystercatcher and a Tawny Owl. Also two OTTERS on Pit 55 late afternoon for
20 minutes. (Paul Taylor). At Pit 44, 41 Red Crested Pochards and a Green Woodpecker
early morning. (Nigel Sluman).
Cotswold Water Park (East)    At Whelford Pools GWT N.R. birds included three
Goldeneyes, five Red Crested Pochards, three Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe, two
Goosanders, 33 Teal, 15 Shovelers, 18 Gadwalls, eight Mallards, ten Tufted Ducks, seven
Grey Herons, eight Cormorants, two Green Woodpeckers, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, five
Redwings, 20 Fieldfares, a Reed Bunting and 12 Goldfinches. (John Fletcher).
Chedworth    A Barn Owl today. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.
Newent    Garden birds this morning included two Lesser Redpolls, two Siskins, 20
Goldfinches, a male Greenfinch and a Buzzard low over the house. (Alan Hooper/Julia
Eckley).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Water right up to the car park at the Wharf again the towpath is
completely impassable. Both the Red Lion road at Wainlodes and the Ham Road from
Tirley to Ashleworth are deeply flooded and impassable. Viewing is possible from the
Apperley side, birds included two Canada Geese, three Shelducks, c1600 Wigeon, five
Gadwalls, c1200 Teal, 300 Pintails, 100 Shovelers, 13 Tufted Ducks, a Grey Heron, 20 Coots,
55 Lapwings, two Snipe, at least three drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 60
Fieldfares, 15 Redwings, a Mistle Thrush singing and a Yellowhammer. (Mike Smart).
Ashleworth Ham    Deep flooding, site only visible from the high ground along the
footpath to the W. Birds included two Mute Swans, c500 Wigeon, 100+ Teal and 20 Pintails
and a male Stonechat. (Mike Smart).
Tuesday 9th February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today
and showing well. They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards
Walls/Premier Inn, but during the day they usually return. (Chris Vaghela).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill again at 12:25pm today. (Martin
Greenish).
Berkeley shore    A female-type BLACK REDSTART today just S of Berkeley Power Station on
a fence running along the seawall. (Pavlo Zaltowski).
Sharpness    A BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road today. (Chris Vaghela).
WWT Slimbridge    Four Greenland White-fronted Geese, a Bar-tailed Godwit, three
Avocets and at least one first-winter GREATER SCAUP today. (Chris Vaghela).
Cam    A Barn Owl early morning at Woodend Lane. (Shane Long).
Purton    A Barn Owl again at Purton Timber Ponds at 4:40pm and two Water Rails. (Paul
Taylor).
Ullenwood    At Barber Wood two female Bullfinches at the car park, two Ravens, a Jay, a
Nuthatch and two singing Song Thrushes today. (Steve Brown).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint today the Peregrine pair, three Goshawks, a pair
of Ravens, 11 Buzzards up together, a Stock Dove, a Marsh Tit, a Goldcrest, a Song Thrush,
a Mistle Thrush, four Long-tailed Tits and ten Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by
Phil.
North Cotswolds    A Kestrel and a Fieldfare today. (Richard Tyler). Pics by Richard.
Monday 8th February 2016
Sharpness    Seawatching this morning produced a FULMAR, 18 Kittiwakes and a Skua sp.
 (Andy Jordan/Martin Greenish/Pavlo Zaltowski). Late Afternoon an adult LITTLE GULL and
a GREAT SKUA. (Paul Taylor).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    Two Egyptian Geese at Cerney Wick this afternoon. (Trevor
Dobie). Pic by Trevor.
Sunday 7th February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today at
12:30pm. They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn,
but during the day they usually return. (Simon Ashley).
WWT Slimbridge    A LITTLE GULL on the Tack Piece briefly this morning, also a Bar-tailed
Godwit and two first-winter GREATER SCAUP, six Avocets and three Oystercatchers on
South Lake. (Martin McGill, WWT). Also a SHORT-EARED OWL over the 100-Acre viewed
from Holden Tower. (Roberta Goodall). Pics by Mike.
Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road today. (Andy Jordan).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill this morning and three
Hawfinches still at Parkend in treetops. 3-5 Hawfinches at the Church, in trees at rear of
the Allotment plot. Also c10 Redwings and two Mistle Thrushes. At New Fancy View 1-2
Goshawks over Staple Edge, four Ravens and two Bullfinches. On Speech House field c60
Redwings and a Mistle Thrush. A drake Goosander on Woorgreens Lake. (Derek Hale/Brian
Thompson/Frank Williams/Martin Greenish/Jeremy Voaden). Pics by Brian.
Cotswold Water Park (West)    At Shorncote Reedbed this morning, 12 Little Egrets, 40
Lapwings, 12 Snipe over, 4-5 Water Rails calling, two Ravens, 30 Fieldfares, 25 Redwings, a
Grey Wagtail, a Meadow Pipit heard, eight Reed Buntings, four singing Cetti’s Warblers, 1+
SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF, 6+ Chiffchaffs, a Goldcrest and ten Long-tailed Tits. (Jon Mercer).
Pic by Jon.
Hazleton    10+ Bramblings, 200+ Fieldfares, five Greenfinches, 23+ Chaffinches, two Red
Kites, a Buzzard, 50+ Lapwings, 11 Linnets and three Yellowhammers today. (Les Waring).
Pic by Les.
Stroud    At Capel’s Mill/Frome banks a Dipper, a Grey Wagtail and a Kingfisher today. (Josh
Baum, Stroud Wildlife Survey). Pic by Josh.
Tirley    A garden Coal Tit and two Ravens over the village. (Mark Grieve).
Berkeley    A garden Sparrowhawk in the town centre today. (Paddy Doyle). Pic by Paddy.
Cheltenham    A Goldcrest in Sandford Park this morning. (Mark Thompson). Pic by Mark.
Saturday 6th February 2016
WWT Slimbridge    Five Greenland White-fronted Geese showing well from Holden Tower,
also a Little Stint and a Bar-tailed Godwit on the Tack Piece and two first-winter GREATER
SCAUP still on the Rushy. (Paul Taylor). Also an Avocet on South Lake and a Ruff on the
Tack Piece. (Brian Thompson).
Tirley Sandpits    400+ Starlings, three Meadow Pipits, two Skylarks, 120+ Fieldfares, five
Redwings, 14 Goldfinches, 30+ Chaffinches, two Stock Doves, a male Blackcap, a Bullfinch
and a Great Spotted Woodpecker this morning. (Mark Grieve).
Forest of Dean    32 Mandarins at Cannop Ponds (ten on Upper pond and 22 at the
Stoneworks). At Woorgreens lake eight Goosanders (4m, 4f). (Derek Hale).
Quedgeley    Garden birds at Shelduck Road today included two Siskins (1m, 1f), a garden
first also a female Greenfinch, 25 Goldfinches and 12 Chaffinches. (Steve Pullen).
Wotton-Under- Edge    Garden birds today included a female Brambling, Siskin, Lesser
Redpoll, Bullfinch, Greenfinch and Marsh Tit. (Paul Rich).
Friday 5th February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. Also two Reed Buntings, c20 Redwings and a Fieldfare.
(Derek Hale). Pic by Derek.
Cambridge    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE just the other side of the Cambridge arm of the River
Cam as you exit the wood on the Frampton-Cambridge footpath until 9:15am today then it
flew into the wood SO743049. (Geoff Moyser).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    At Pit 44 55+ Red Crested Pochards, three Goosanders (2m,
1f) and a Treecreeper. On Pit 57 c100 Tufted Ducks, 25 Pochards and a pair of Goldeneyes.
On Pit 65 a pair of Goosanders, three pairs of Goldeneyes, the males displaying, 10+
Gadwalls, 6+ Great Crested Grebes including two pairs displaying and a male Reed Bunting.
On Pit 43 four Goldeneyes (1m, 3f), five Goosanders (3m, 2f), a pair of Teal, two Snipe, a
pair of Ravens, a Coal Tit and a Cetti’s Warbler and a Chiffchaff heard. (MK). At Shorncote
Reedbed along the flooded path at least nine Chiffchaffs including a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF,
a Goldcrest, 6+ Wrens and three Cetti’s Warblers singing nearby. 32 Gadwalls and a few
Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Ducks and Pochards. A Green Woodpecker and a Water Rail calling.
On the sewage works fields 12 Little Egrets, a Meadow Pipit and 22 Snipe. A Barn Owl near
the crossroads at 4:10pm. Note – the flooded path almost tops welly height. (John
Grearson).
Forest of Dean    Late morning two Hawfinches with the Chaffinches at the cricket pitch at
Parkend. 12 Bramblings at Parkend church with two more Hawfinches. (Roberta Goodall).
Two Dippers on the stream behind The Fountain Inn in Parkend. (Derek Hale).
Hempsted    A Green Sandpiper at Netheridge farm again today. (Mark Hobson).
Tirley    A garden Coal Tit today. (Mark Grieve).
Corse Hill    A murmuration of a least 30,000 Starlings at 4:45pm, buzzed by a Buzzard.
(Mark Grieve).
Churchdown    A male Lesser Redpoll on the bird table today. (Frances Smith).
Thursday 4th February 2016
Cambridge    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE just the other side of the Cambridge arm of the River
Cam as you exit the wood on the Frampton-Cambridge footpath at 3pm today SO743049.
(Richard Horton).
Chapman’s Cross    Between Cranhilll Barn and Tarlton Down two Buzzards, two Ravens,
110 Stock Doves, fifty Chaffinches, ten Bramblings, 150 Linnets, 60 Yellowhammers and
four Reed Buntings.  (Andy Jayne).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    An adult ICELAND GULL at Pit 57 at 4:45pm. (Andy Jayne).
Two SMEW, one drake, on Pit 44 today. (per Rare Bird Alert).
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (per Paul Taylor).
Hazleton    20+ Bramblings still today, also 30 Linnets, three Red Kites and 60 Lapwings. Exit
A40 towards Hazelton, follow signs towards the village just before turning towards the
houses, take the left fork and follow the road until a sharp left bend, park in gateway on
the right and wait. (Roy Shilham). Pics by Roy.
Berkeley    This morning on a winter random square survey in SO6900 (between Berkeley
and Breadstone), four Bramblings with 20 Chaffinches, feeding on Ash seeds on a solitary
Ash tree in Bushy Grove woods. (Gordon Kirk).
WWT Slimbridge    A Little Stint, a Grey Plover and Bar-tailed Godwit from the Holden
Tower. (Martin Greenish).
Forest of Dean    At Parkend birds included a female Hawfinch, two Goldcrests, four
Buzzards, c15 Chaffinches and four Nuthatches. At Cannop Ponds a Cormorant still on the
top pond and near the Cycle hire centre a Jay. (Martin Russell). Pics by Martin.
The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill, nearby a Hawfinch and a male Siskin singing
from top of fir both near Drybrook Road Station. (Frank Williams). A female Sparrowhawk
caught a Collared Dove along Buckshaft Road, Cinderford but following a cat arriving the
dove escaped and managed to fly off tailless with a few feathers missing. (Brian Pendrey).
Pic by Brian.
Tirley Sandpits    600+ Starlings, two Meadow Pipits, three Skylarks, 28+ Fieldfares, 53+
Redwings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Stock Doves and a Cormorant over. (Mark
Grieve).
Wednesday 3rd February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today.
They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return. (Terry Grant/Pete Walkden). Pic by Terry.
Hazleton    20+ Bramblings still today. (Matt Scott).
Chedworth    Eight Bramblings amongst a flock of Chaffinches on the old airfield today.
(Martine Fenn).
Aylburton Warth    A pair of WHOOPER SWANS at 12:30pm today. (Martin Greenish).
Forest of Dean    A pair of Goshawks displaying over Crabtree Hill at 10:45am. (Martin
Greenish). At least four Bramblings and two Hawfinches at Parkend this afternoon. (Martin
Greenish/Allan Chard). Pic by Allan.
Hartpury    A Barn Owl at 7am this morning at Hartpury church. (Alan Hooper).
Saul    22 Little Egrets in Smiths field, between Saul and Fretherne road, with the horses
this morning and two more in the field to the W SO742090. (Paul Sutton).
Longlevens    A female Blackcap on feeders. (Mark Grieve).
Cheltenham    40+ Greenfinches in the College ground, Sandford Road this morning and
three Grey Wagtails on the flat roof of the hospital building opposite. (Michael Cook).
Tuesday 2nd February 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today
but not until 3:25pm. They can go missing for long periods when they fly W towards
Walls/Premier Inn, but during the day they usually return. (per Paul Taylor).
WWT Slimbridge    The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE flew over the grounds and dropped into the
Long Ground Pool at noon, the Nuthatch in the Decoy at 11am and two first-winter
GREATER SCAUP on the Rushy again. (@slimbridge_wild).
Arlingham    Two Barn Owls out hunting along the Salmon Trail at 5pm tonight. (Sarah
Loaring).
Calcot    At Calcot Farm this afternoon 30+ Corn Buntings, 11 Yellowhammers, a female
MERLIN attacking a mixed flock of thrushes and 200+ Starlings, a male Peregrine, 90+
Lapwings, two Stock Doves and 40+ Woodpigeons. (Jake King).
Forest of Dean    Goshawk, Buzzard and Raven all displaying over Crabtree Hill at 11:15am.
(Frank Williams). A male Goosander at Cannop ponds from the Stoneworks at 4pm. (Les
Ditchburn). At the Cyril Hart Arboretum car park two Stock Doves, c20 Chaffinches and a
Great Spotted Woodpecker today. (Alan Waterman). Pic by Alan.
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint the resident Peregrines, a male Sparrowhawk, two
Goshawks, eight Buzzards up together, a pair of Raven, two Goldcrests, two Long-tailed Tits
and two Marsh Tits. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Beachley Point    The two wintering Whimbrels on Chapel Rock again today at 12:10pm.
(Les Ditchburn).
Bussage    A male Tawny Owl on the top of the chimney pot on the house tonight, calling
for at least half an hour. (Michael Cook).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Seven Mute Swans, five Greylags, five Canada Geese, four
Shelducks, c2500 Wigeon, c3000 Teal, five Gadwalls, 700+ Pintails, 300 Shovelers, 30
Mallards, a Grey Heron, a Sparrowhawk, 40 Coot, c2000 Lapwings and a Great Spotted
Woodpecker drumming. (Mike Smart). Also 16 Little Egrets today. (Ian Hull).
Cobney Meadows    30 Shelducks today. (Mike Smart).
Ashleworth/Hasfield Ham    23 Mute Swans, 60 Greylags, 200 Canada Geese, c1500
Wigeon, at least 100 Pintails, c250 Teal and a few Shovelers and eight Snipe. (Mike Smart).
Also three Egyptian Geese still in field close to Colways Farm drive, a Goldcrest and a
Treecreeper in trees near hide, a pair of Tufted Ducks and up to 175 Lapwings. (Martin
Russell). Pic by Martin.
Berkeley shore   A Rock Pipit, two Stonechats, 12 Redshanks, 40 Lapwings and two Curlews
at the Pill this morning. (Martin Greenish).
Stonehouse    Two Little Grebes on the canal stretch between the railway line and Bonds
Mill, a Kingfisher flew east from the Ocean, 12 Pied Wagtails in the field below St Cyr’s
church and a male Bullfinch near the railway line embankment today. (Paul Sutton).
Cherington    At Cherington lake ST898985 birds included four Little Grebes, two Great
Spotted Woodpeckers, two Treecreepers, three Bullfinches, five Long-tailed Tits, two
Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.
Monday 1st February 2016
Sharpness    A GANNET and nine KITTIWAKES on the river mid-morning. (Jake King).
Beachley Point    137 Wigeon, two Oystercatchers and two Whimbrels on Chapel Rock and
c35 KITTIWAKES lingering around the Severn Bridge. (Andy Jayne).
Aylburton    Near the village 62 Shelducks and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull amongst
at least 2000 Black-headed Gulls on flooded fields. (Andy Jayne).
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still today,
completing three weeks in residence. They can go missing for long periods when they fly W
towards Walls/Premier Inn, but during the day they usually return.
Forest of Dean    15 Crossbills (7 males) along the cycle track from New Fancy View to
Central Bridge at 9:45am. Also a Grey Wagtail at Cannop ponds and a Hawfinch at Parkend
still. (Frank Williams).
Ashleworth Ham    Three Egyptian Geese still today. Also 22 Mute Swans, three Pintails, 60
Mallards, 40 Teal, 25 Wigeon, five Shovelers, five Gadwalls, 40 Greylags, 100 Lapwings, four
Snipe, c50 Starlings, two Goldcrests, a Nuthatch and a Buzzard. (Alan Hooper/John
Fletcher). Pic by John.
Nailsworth    At Forest Green garden birds today included three Siskins (2m, 1f), a female
Brambling, a male Blackcap, two Nuthatches and 23 Goldfinches. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).
Twyning    A flock of Long-tailed Tits in the garden today. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by
Phil.
Sunday 31st January 2016
Cotswold Water Park (West)    A drake SMEW on Pit 43 this evening. (Mark Coller).
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake still, from
12:15-1pm at least. Also 5+ Reed Buntings, a Stonechat and three Meadow Pipits. They can
go missing for long periods when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but during the day
they usually return. (Vic Polley/Tony Eveleigh).
Hazleton    Nine Bramblings with Chaffinches this morning. Also three Red Kites and 150
Lapwings. (Paul Masters/Mark Hobson/Andy Chapman).
Hawling    c30 Corn Buntings, c60 Lapwings and c30 Golden Plovers near the A40 in the
Hawling area. (Paul Masters/Mark Hobson/Andy Chapman).
Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road today. (Andy Jordan).
Harnhill    11 Grey Partridges today. (Ian Hull).
WWT Slimbridge    Two first-winter GREATER SCAUP on the Tack Piece from 1pm.
(@slimbridge_wild).
Symonds Yat    A Goshawk displaying near the barn, today. Also a Peregrine sitting in trees
above the nest site, c20 Cormorants roosting and a Nuthatch in the trees close up. (Morag
Hughes).
Ashleworth Ham    Three Egyptian Geese still today. Also 600+ Lapwings, 700+ Teal, 1500+
Wigeon, 100+ Mallards, a Nuthatch, 50+ Canada Geese, 14+ Redwings, 5+ Shovelers, three
Gadwalls, a Tufted Duck, 30+ Pintails, a Cormorant, a Sparrowhawk, 185+ Fieldfares, three
Stock Doves, a Meadow Pipit, 100+ Starlings and 25+ Mute Swans. (Bob Telford/Mark
Grieve). Pic by Bob.
Cheltenham    A pair of Kingfishers at the boathouse in Pittville Park today. (Andy Wiggins).
Deerhurst    Three Ravens today. (Mark Grieve).
Forest of Dean    A male Kestrel in a roadside tree between Newland and Clearwell this
afternoon. (Ivan Proctor).
Saturday 30th January 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS still at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake at noon.
Occasionally they go missing when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but during the
day they usually return. (Ceri Jones).
Ashleworth Ham    A DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE, three Egyptian Geese and five
WHOOPER SWANS (3ads, 2juvs) until 12:30pm at least. Also 17 Mute Swans, c116 Canada
Geese, 85 Greylags, two White-fronted Geese, two Nuthatches, eight Long-tailed Tits and
two Goldcrests. (Paul Taylor/Les Brown). Pics by Mike.
Berkeley shore    A pale-phase ARCTIC SKUA flew S at Severn House Farm this morning.
Also 17 Turnstones and an Oystercatcher. (Shane Long).
Coombe Hill Meadows    A BITTERN flushed from the canal today by David Anderson. (per
Mike Smart). Also today birds included seven Mute Swans, 15 Greylags, c460 Canada
Geese, 34 Shelducks, c3000 Wigeon, eight Gadwalls, c3000 Teal, ten Mallards, c1000
Pintails, 300+ Shovelers, a Cormorant, 11 Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, c2000 Lapwings,
two Snipe, two Jays, two Bullfinches, eight Fieldfares and 15 Redwings.  (Mike Smart/Les
Waring). Pic by Les.
Harnhill    13 Grey Partridges today. (Brian Thompson/Karle Burford).
Cotswold Water Park (East)    This afternoon a FIRECREST in the bushes alongside the River
Coln at Fairford, between the river and Pit 104 at SP162004 watched in the area of bushes
for ¾ of an hour. (Martine Fenn).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    Late afternoon a Barn Owl hunting over the fields next to
Shorncote Reedbed. (Martine Fenn). At Pit 41 six Goosanders (3m, 3f) and a male
Goldeneye and at Pit 42 five Red Crested Pochards and seven Goosanders (6m, 1f). (John
Grearson).
Forest of Dean    A Tawny Owl in flight in a beech wood above Parkend and a Brambling
over New Fancy View. (Paul Taylor). A pair of Dippers at Parkend today. (Ian Hull). A
Goshawk over the small car park at Woorgreens at 11:30am and 100+ Redwings in  Speech
House fields. (Frank Williams). A male Brambling in the garden again today at Lydbrook.
(Lewis Thomson).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrines and an intruding
Peregrine, four Ravens, three Goshawks (1m, 2f), a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, four Buzzards,
two Stock Doves, two Marsh Tits, a Goldcrest and a pair of Mandarins. Also two Fallow
Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Lower Lode    Early morning two Mute Swans, 38 Mallards, two pairs of Gadwalls, five
Tufted Ducks, 13 Cormorants, a Grey Heron, eight Coots and nine Long-tailed Tits. (Les
Brown).
WWT Slimbridge    Birds today included a MERLIN, a Little Stint, an Avocet and a Bar-tailed
Godwit on South Lake early morning only, also a pair of Oystercatchers here, two first-
winter GREATER SCAUP on the Rushy still today. (@slimbridge_wild). In the Decoy a
Nuthatch, a good site bird and 30 Siskins. (MK). Duck pics by Richard Tyler and Nuthatch pic
by Mike.
Corse    A Sparrowhawk today. (Mark Grieve).
Maisemore    A Tawny Owl flew across the road at 7:30pm. (Mark Grieve).
Wotton-Under- Edge    Garden birds today included Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch, Goldfinch,
Marsh Tit and Jay. (Paul Rich). Pic by Paul.
Friday 29th January 2016
Saul Warth    A GREAT NORTHERN DIVER flew N very high at 11am, then turned inland and
appeared to be dropping towards Frampton pools. Also 30 KITTIWAKES off of Hock Ditch at
11:15am before moving upriver and a Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Curlews, 200+ Lapwings flew S
and five Skylarks. (MK).
Forest of Dean    At Parkend a Hawfinch at 9am, a Dipper at Wenchford Picnic Site, 2+
Crossbills at Yew Tree Brake and at Cannop Ponds three Goosanders and 12 Mandarins
today. (Neil Duggan/Paul Hands/R Hopkins).
Kingscote/Bagpath area    Five Buzzards circling at the NE end of the Tyley Long Wood,
male and female Great Spotted Woodpeckers near Ashcroft House and a female Goshawk
sat in an Ivy covered tree for 10 minutes before flying off towards Kingscote Wood. (Paddy
Doyle),
Thursday 28th January 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS still at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake early
this morning. Occasionally they go missing when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but
during the day they usually return.  Park in the lay-by on the A417/A40 ring road at
SO866188/GL2 0HL. The birds favour NE corner of pool. Map here Horsbere. (Catrina
Young).
Ashleworth Ham    Three Egyptian Geese today and four WHOOPER SWANS (2 ads, 2 juvs)
still. (Margaret Collins). Pic by Margaret.
Tirley Sandpits    400+ Fieldfares, 43+ Skylarks, a Green Woodpecker, 800+ Starlings, a
Reed Bunting, three Stock Doves, a Redwing and a Meadow Pipit today. (Mark Grieve).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint today birds included the resident Peregrine pair
and an intruding Peregrine twice, three Goshawks, a Sparrowhawk, four Buzzards, a pair of
Ravens, a Stock Dove, a Kingfisher, a Marsh Tit, a Goldcrest and four Mandarins (3m, 1f).
(Chris & Phil Andrews).
Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART at the end of Dock Road again today. (Martin
Greenish).
Berkeley shore    A WATER PIPIT still today. (Martin Greenish/Lee Gardiner).
WWT Slimbridge    Two first-winter GREATER SCAUP on the Rushy still today. (Lee
Gardiner).
Forest of Dean    Four Hawfinches still at Parkend today. (Matt Scott).
Hempsted    A Green Sandpiper at Netheridge farm again today, also three Ravens. (Mark
Hobson).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Wellies still required because of muddy paths and boardwalk to
the hide is still flooded. Lots of waterfowl but this Chinook low over the reserve today
caused chaos. (Bob Telford). Pic by Bob.
Wednesday 27th January 2016
Awre    An adult LITTLE GULL flew upriver at 10:45am. (John Phillips).
Berkeley    A garden BLACK REDSTART briefly in the town centre today. (Paddy Doyle).
Gloucester    No sign of the Penduline Tits between 1-2pm today but the weather generally
poor again at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake. (Richard Williams).
Ashleworth Ham    Birds today included four WHOOPER SWANS (2 ads, 2 juvs) still, 13
Mute Swans, 40 Canada Geese, 400+ Lapwings, eight Shovelers, 35 Mallards, 60 Teal, 100
Wigeon, two Gadwalls, a Peregrine, 50 Redwings, two Nuthatches and two Goldcrests.
(John Fletcher). Also a Tawny Owl roosting in one of the pollarded willows seen from Stank
Lane. (Ian Hull). Pic by John.
Tuesday 26th January 2016
Ashleworth Ham    Four WHOOPER SWANS (2 ads, 2 juvs) still at 2pm and a Barnacle Goose
with the Canada Geese. (Ian Hull). Also six Mute Swans, 360 Canada Geese, 800 Wigeon,
200 Teal, eight Gadwalls, 150 Mallards, 200 Pintails, 65 Shovelers, 600 Lapwings, eight
Snipe, 280 Black-headed Gulls, two Nuthatches, a Treecreeper, two Goldcrests and 12
Long-tailed Tits. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Six Mute Swans, 106 Greylags, 55O Canada Geese, 18 Shelducks,
2500 Wigeon, 3500 Teal, at least ten Gadwalls, 30 Mallards, 350 Pintails, 300 Shovelers,
four Tufted Ducks, seven Little Egrets, 50 Coots, at least 2000 Lapwings, a Kingfisher and
three Bullfinches. (Mike Smart).
Forest of Dean    At Cannop ponds early afternoon a male Goosander, 35 Mandarins (17
males), six Tufted Ducks, four Little Grebes and three Greylags. On the feeders at the
Stoneworks three Coal Tits, three Nuthatches and a Marsh Tit. (Rob Emery).
Monday 25th January 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS still at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today. .
Occasionally they go missing when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but during the
day they usually return. (SouthGlosBirds).
Kingswood    At Nind Farm three Lesser Redpolls at the Nind GWT Reserve early afternoon.
(Vic Polley).
Cotswolds    A Red Kite near Andoversford by the A436, two Red Kites by the A436 near the
Stow turning. A pair of Stonechats between Notgrove and Cold Aston. A pair of Stonechats
on the west side of the Hawling triangle. A large flock of Lapwings and Golden Plovers
(c400 of each) in a ploughed field at the south end of the Hawling Triangle. (Laurie Pierce).
Forest of Dean    A pair of Dippers at Parkend at 10am. (Frank Williams). Two Dippers and a
Marsh Tit at Wenchford Picnic Site and a Peregrine and two Goshawks from New Fancy
View early afternoon. (Gareth Blockley).
WWT Slimbridge    A MARSH HARRIER flew over the Dumbles early afternoon. (Jake King).
Two WHOOPER SWANS on the Bottom New Piece again today. (@slimbridge_wild).
Symonds Yat    Two Peregrines between 3-4pm today. (Philip Roberts). Pic by Philip.
Sunday 24th January 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS still at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today. .
Occasionally they go missing when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but during the
day they usually return. (Chris Trott).
Ashleworth Ham    Four WHOOPER SWANS (2 ads, 2 juvs) until 11:30am at least in front of
the roadside viewing screen. Also c600-700 Lapwings over. (Mike Yiend). Pic by Mike.
Hampen    Five Red Kites at 12:30pm today. (Mike Yiend).
Harnhill    Four Grey Partridges in a field opposite the entrance road to Harnhill Church
early afternoon. (Dave & Vanda Owen).
Culkerton    6+ Grey Partridges in roadside fields just outside the village mid-morning.
(MK).
Leighterton    Three Corn Buntings, one singing, at Bennett’s Farm mid-morning, also two
Skylarks. (MK).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    A drake Goosander and three pairs of Goldeneyes on Pit 65,
the drakes displaying. On Pit 44, 47+ Red Crested Pochards and also a Kingfisher and a
Green Woodpecker this morning. (MK).
WWT Slimbridge    A BITTERN flew from the Canoe trail towards Zeiss Hide at 10:30am Also
five Greenland White-fronted Geese, two first-winter GREATER SCAUP and two WHOOPER
SWANS on the Bottom New Piece. (@slimbridge_wild/Neil Smart/Roberta Goodall). 15
Siskins in an alder tree by the entrance at 9:40am. (Jon Mercer).
Forest of Dean    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill again today. (Andy Lodge/Frank
Williams). Two Hawfinches and several Bramblings at Parkend along the road to the church
this afternoon. (Gareth Blockley).
Nailsworth    At Ruskin Mill four Little Grebes, two Kingfishers and a Grey Wagtail today.
(Keith Perkins).
Frampton    A Little Owl on Frampton court at 5pm and 17 Little Egrets came into roost on
Court Lake. (Colin Greenfield).
Painswick Beacon    NE movement late morning included 250 Starlings, 163 Fieldfares, 12
Redwings, four Skylarks, 22 Meadow Pipits, 18 Goldfinches and 12 Chaffinches and five
Little Egrets flew N at 10:45am. (John Fleming).
Tirley Sandpits    Two Green Woodpeckers, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers (1
drumming), 285+ Fieldfares, five Skylarks, 80+ Lapwings N, 23+ Stock Doves, a Meadow
Pipit, a female Reed Bunting, 22+ Redwings,  55+ Chaffinches, two Mistle Thrushes, 13
Greylags over and 16 Greenfinches in the village. Nearby a female Sparrowhawk at Corse.
(Mark Grieve).
Coombe Hill Meadows    A Redshank on the new scrape today. (Tim Gobourn).
Saturday 23rd January 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS still at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today. .
Occasionally they go missing when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but during the
day they usually return. Also 12 Long-tailed Tits, a Snipe, a Sparrowhawk, a pair of Wigeon,
two Grey Herons, a Chiffchaff and seven Meadow Pipits. (MK/Les Waring/Karle Burford).
Pic by Mike.
Forest of Dean    At Staple Edge Wood this morning a GREAT GREY SHRIKE, two Ravens, 31
Crossbills and a Hawfinch. (Andy Jayne). 6-8 Crossbills in Serridge Enclosure this morning.
(Geoff Fawcett). c20 Crossbills near Phipps Bottom this afternoon. (Gareth Blockley). A
GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill, two Teal and seven Goosanders at Woorgreens. Two
Hawfinches at Parkend and 5+ Crossbills and a Goshawk at Serridge. (Arron Roberts/Ivan &
Rose Sansom/Gareth Blockley). A Goshawk flew S over Woorgreens at about 3pm. (John &
Kevin Widgery).
Frampton    A large female Goshawk over Court Lake early morning and seen again later by
Nick Goatman. Also a Raven, a Tawny Owl still, a Grey Wagtail, four Little Grebes and a
drake Pochard. On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge two Little Egrets, 32 Lapwings and a
further 90 flew S, three Redshanks, 16 Shelducks, c100 Redwings, 32 Golden Plovers flew S
and four Common Cranes flying over the 100-Acre, presumably GCRP birds. (MK). Pic by
Mike.
Woodmancote    Three Siskins on garden feeders this morning. Also a male Blackcap. (John
Widgery).
Tewkesbury    At Lower Lode clay pit two Mute Swans, c40 Mallards, 13 Teal, 14 Tufted
Ducks, 11 Cormorants, a Grey Heron, nine Moorhens, a Curlew heard on Tewksbury Ham, a
Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming E of the river, a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER
seen on the W side of river and c75 Redwings. (Les Brown).
Ashleworth Ham    Two Mute Swans, c80 Canada Geese, 27 Greylags, c120 Mallards, c350
Wigeon, c200 Teal, c100 Pintails, two Shovelers, c160 Lapwings and a Peregrine. (Les
Brown).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    Eight Goosanders (5 drakes) at Pit 41 and three Goldeneye
(1 drake) on Pit 65. Two SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS and at least eight Chiffchaffs still at
Shorncote Reedbed. (Paul Taylor/Paul Masters/Andy Lodge).
Driffield    Eight Grey Partridges this morning. (Paul Taylor).
WWT Slimbridge    The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE still, five Greenland White-fronted Geese,
two WHOOPER SWANS, a first-winter GREATER SCAUP, the full-winged, unringed Ruddy
Shelduck  paired to the apparent hybrid male and a Little Stint. (@slimbridge_wild/Tom
Mabbett/Bob Shiret).
Coombe Hill Meadows    The flooding has dropped considerably and the towpath is now
passable, though extremely muddy; the water is still too high on the boardwalk for the
Grundon Hide to be accessible without waders. Birds today included 11 Mute Swans, 44
Greylags, 885 Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose, nine Shelducks, 2500 Wigeon, 42 Gadwalls,
3500 Teal, 50 Mallards, c250 Pintails, c150 Shovelers, six Pochards, 11 Tufted Ducks, a Grey
Heron, 40 Coots, 900 Lapwings, ten Golden Plovers, 100 Black-headed Gulls, ten Herring
Gulls, a Skylark, five Bullfinches and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).
Cheltenham    A Kingfisher at about midday at the Boathouse Café end of Pittville lake.
(David Norman).
Sharpness    Three BLACK REDSTARTS at the docks this morning including two first-winter
males seen feeding from same bush. (Andy Jordan).
Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint the resident Peregrine pair and an intruding
Peregrine, four Buzzards, three Goshawks, four Ravens, a Kingfisher, a male Goosander,
two Marsh Tits and a pair of Mandarins. Also four Fallow Deer and two Bumblebees. (Chris
& Phil Andrews).
Friday 22nd January 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS still at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today.
They showed on and off until 3:20pm. Occasionally they go missing when they fly W
towards Walls/Premier Inn, but during the day they usually return. (Gareth Blockley).
Forest of Dean    25+ Siskins at Brierley, 20+ Crossbills at Serridge Ridge, eight Little Grebes,
a pair of Ravens and two Nuthatches at Cannop ponds and a female Pintail and two male
Teal at Woorgreens this afternoon. (MK). Pic by Mike.
Winchcombe    A garden Stock Dove again today. (Peter Rodgers). Pic by Peter.
Ham    A Barn Owl at 7:51pm. (Paul Taylor).
Bagpath    A Barn Owl this evening. (Paul Rich).
Nailsworth    A garden Marsh Tit and Nuthatch today. (Terry Grant). Pic by Terry.
Cheltenham    In Naunton Park a garden Coal Tit and male Blackcap today. (Steve Brown).
WWT Slimbridge    The Pink-footed Goose on South Lake at 2:30pm. (Les Ditchburn).
Thursday 21st January 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS still at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today.
They showed more or less continuously from 10:30am-2:30pm. Occasionally they go
missing when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but during the day they usually return.
(GlosBirds/Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.
Cotswold Water Park (West)    At Shorncote Reedbed a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still today.
(Roberta Goodall). Pic by Jon Mercer taken 19th.
At Pit 43 four Goosanders (3m) and two Goldeneyes (1m) at Pit  41 20 Goosanders (9m)
and two Goldeneyes (1m) and on Pit 44 two Red Crested Pochards (1m). Along the Thames
path between Pit 41 and Pit 42 a mixed flock of ten Siskins, ten Goldfinches and two Lesser
Redpolls. (Dave Owen).
Driffield    Two Grey Partridges in the planted field opposite the entrance to Field Barn.
(Dave Owen).
WWT Slimbridge    Two WHOOPER SWANS from the Kingfisher hide at 12:10pm. (Martin
Greenish).
Quedgeley    A male Blackcap in the garden at 4:25pm. (MK).
Witcombe Reservoirs    Three Wigeons, a Gadwall, three Little Grebes and 11 Cormorants.
In the orchard 170 Redwings feeding beneath the fruit trees. (Gordon Avery).
Shab Hill    c.400 Golden Plovers, a female Stonechat and 100 Fieldfares today. (Gordon
Avery).
Robinswood Hill    A Woodcock flushed during forestry work at 3pm. (Ian Elphick).
Bussage    Three male and two female Bullfinches in an Ash tree in the garden this
morning. (Michael Cook).
Hardwicke    A Red Kite over the office at 10:48am today, also seven Jays in an oak tree
opposite with a Green Woodpecker foraging on the ground underneath. (Michael Cook).
Cheltenham    A pair of Kingfishers fishing and perching on trees and the fence beside the
boating lake and cafe in Pittville Park this afternoon. (Clare McNulty).
Tirley    A mixed flock of 40+ Fieldfares and 30+ Redwings on pasture. (Mark Grieve).
Forest of Dean    At Bream a garden Brambling this morning, the first for three years. (Rod
Goodman). Pic by Rod.
Wednesday 20th January 2016
Frampton    18+ WAXWINGS just N of Splatt Bridge at 4:40pm briefly in the top of a willow
next to the towpath then flew off S. (Lawrence Skipp).
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS still at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today.
Occasionally they go missing when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but during the
day they usually return. (WestMidsBirding).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    At Shorncote Reedbed an adult LITTLE GULL roosting on the
ice in front of the second hide (from South Cerney end). It flew but was seen again later
heading from the sewage farm direction towards the pit to the the left of the hide that
they are still digging out. Also a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF still (possibly two), c15 Chiffchaffs,
three Water Rails and a Barn Owl at 3pm in bright sunshine. (Ian Hull/Martin Greenish).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Horse Lawn again today at 12:25pm. Also two
Hawfinches at Crown Lane. Parkend. (Tony Eveleigh).
Guiting Wood    A Woodcock in Guiting Wood at Pinnock Warren SP070269 today.
(Martine Fenn).
Cotswold Water Park (East)    At Whelford Pools GWT N.R. today birds included nine Red
Crested Pochards, two Kingfishers, a Great Crested Grebe, a Little Grebe, two Goosanders,
57 Teal, 25 Wigeon, five Shovelers, four Gadwalls, two Pintails, 15 Tufted Ducks, a Grey
Heron, four Cormorants, three Bullfinches, two Goldcrests, a Reed Bunting, 12 Goldfinches
and two Coal Tits. (John Fletcher).
Dudbridge    A Dipper singing from a fence post at 8:45am on the River Frome next to the
clock tower on the opposite side of the road to Sainsbury’s. Also feeding on ivy berries to
the rear of Dudbridge garage, at least three Blackcaps and two Song Thrushes and two
Grey Wagtails nearby throughout the day. (Steve Pullen).
Whitminster    A ringed female Blackcap and a Redwing in the garden and a Yellowhammer
in the village. (Tanya Allen). Pic by Tanya.
Tirley    A male Sparrowhawk in the garden. (Mark Grieve).
Tuesday 19th January 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS still at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today.
Occasionally they go missing when they fly W towards Walls/Premier Inn, but during the
day they usually return. Unusually they were also seen at the S end today. Also today a pair
of Stonechats, a Peregrine, two Snipe, two Lesser Redpolls and six Chiffchaffs. (Jake
King/John Fleming/John Fletcher/Les Waring). Pics by Les.
Forest of Dean    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Parkend this afternoon, at 4:15pm beside the
road leading up to New Fancy View on the left on top of a tree 200m before the end of the
village. (Thomas Winstone). At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE, a JACK SNIPE, 15+
Siskins and three Lesser Redpolls. At Parkend Church a Hawfinch and a Goshawk over.
(Graham Watson/Frank Williams). Two Tawny Owls at Lords Hill, Coleford at 1:40am.
(Frank Williams).
WWT Slimbridge    A BITTERN at 9:30am from the Canoe Trail Pier on islands and tracks.
On the Rushy a first-winter female GREATER SCAUP and five Greenland White-fronted
Geese on the Dumbles. (@slimbridge_wild).
Sharpness    The male BLACK REDSTART still showing well this morning at the end of Dock
Road. (Terry Clarke). Pic by Terry.
Hawling area    This afternoon c12 Golden Plovers in a field near the A436, a flock of 100
mostly Corn Buntings just S of the A436, a Buzzard and a Red Kite just S of Hawling village.
(Keith White).
Symonds Yat    The Peregrine pair, two Buzzards, a pair of Ravens, a Goshawk and two
Marsh Tits. Also four Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.
Cotswold Water Park (West)    At lease nine Red Crested Pochards on Pit 6 this afternoon.
(John Grearson).
Stonehouse    A Kingfisher on The Ocean near Stonehouse Court again and a pair of Pied
Wagtails nearby. (Paul Sutton).
Gloucester    At Tewkesbury Road three Lesser Redpolls (2m, 1f) on a Niger feeder at 11am
for 30mins, a garden first. (David & Sandra Spicer).
Hazleton    A 50+ mixed finch flock still with two Bramblings, and Yellowhammers, Linnets
and Chaffinches. (Margaret Collins).
Leigh Meadows & River Chelt    This morning a Little Egret, two Green Sandpipers and five
Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).
Monday 18th January 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS again showing at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage
Lake in the morning until 10:54am and again this afternoon until 3:30pm when they flew
back towards Walls. (Martin Greenish/Brian Stretch).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE on Crabtree Hill in lone tall birch tree at the top
of the hill at 2:30pm. (Barry Englefield).
WWT Slimbridge    On the Rushy two first-winter female GREATER SCAUP and five
Greenland White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece. (Brian Stretch). Four Snipe, an Avocet
and an Oystercatcher on South Lake. (@slimbridge_wild).
Frampton    On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge this afternoon 45 Curlews, four Lapwings, 26
Shelducks, two Redshanks, a Green Sandpiper, two Little Egrets and flying down river 20
more Curlews and two Bar-tailed Godwits. (Dave Owen).
Hazleton    A Red Kite, 11 Buzzards and a large Fieldfare and Redwing flock all in one field
and a mixed finch flock containing 12+ Bramblings, and four Ravens. (Mark Dowie).
Hawling area    c90 Corn Buntings, 15 Yellowhammers and ten Chaffinches, also 38 Golden
Plovers today. (Mark Dowie).
Charlton Kings    A Barn Owl this evening. (Mark Dowie).
Great Barrington    Along the bridle path N towards the trig point, two Red Kites, a Buzzard,
a Kestrel, 200+ Lapwings, eight Golden Plovers, 40 Fieldfares, a few Redwings, a Jay and a
Bullfinch. Also two groups of Fallow Deer (7 & 11). (Steve Brown).
Cheltenham    A Peregrine on Christchurch this morning at 11:45am. (David Norman). At
Naunton Park, two garden Coal Tits, one singing. (Steve Brown). At 10:30pm a Tawny Owl
calling near the Cheltenham Ladies’ College playing field off Eldorado Crescent. (Keith
White).
Uley    A Red Kite eating road kill with a Buzzard on the B4058 near the turning for Uley
today at 2:45pm and seen again at 3:55pm. (Morag Hughes).
Winchcombe    A wing-tagged Red Kite over the garden at 1:10pm today. (Peter Rodgers).
Arlingham    Birds in the area today included a Buzzard, a Grey Heron, eight Long-tailed
Tits, two Reed Buntings, a Cormorant, ten Coal Tits and a male Yellowhammer in Warth
Lane, unusual in the Vale. (Paddy Doyle).
Sunday 17th January 2016
Charlton Kings    An OTTER set off the garden floodlights at 10:45pm and crossed the lawn
to the brook at the bottom of the garden. (Mark Dowie).
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS again showing at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage
Lake from 2pm until 3:30pm when they flew back towards Walls. (Terry Fenton et al).
Frampton    The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE on Court Lake all day with Greylags. (Nick Goatman).
Tirley Sandpits    Two Green Woodpeckers, 10+ Redwings, two Great Spotted
Woodpeckers, 42+ Stock Doves, a Raven, a Mistle Thrush, 350+ Fieldfares, 300+ Starlings,
40+ Skylarks and a Bullfinch. (Mark Grieve).
Forest of Dean    Two male Bramblings in the garden at Lydbrook today. (Lewis Thomson).
Pic by Lewis.
Coombe Hill Meadows    No access from the Wharf due to floods still but a Great Spotted
Woodpecker and a Weasel. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.
Saturday 16th January 2016
Gloucester    Two male PENDULINE TITS showing at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake
from 8:20am for much of the day. Also three Reed Buntings, two Chiffchaffs, a pair of
Stonechats and 14+ Snipe. (Paul Rich/Les Waring). Pics by Les. Video here by Lewis
WWT Slimbridge    A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE from Zeiss hide late morning, later on the Tack
Piece and then South Lake. (MK/Bernie O’Connor). Pic by Mike.
Berkeley shore    A DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE at the Pill this afternoon. (Andy Lodge).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Horse Lawn again today. (Paul Masters/Tom &
Greg Mabbett/Mark Dowie). At Cannop ponds birds included a Goldcrest, two
Treecreepers, a Jay, Coal Tits and a Raven. (Phil & Chris Andrews). Three JACK SNIPES at
Woorgreens this morning. (Jake King). At Brierley a Goshawk, two Crossbills and a
Hawfinch. At Serridge two WILLOW TITS today. At Parkend Church a Marsh Tit and two
Hawfinches. At Yew Tree Brake seven Crossbills and five Crossbills at Horse Lawn. (Mark
Dowie). Pics by Mark.
Symonds Yat    Both resident Peregrines, a Goshawk, two Buzzards, a pair of Ravens, a Jay,
a pair of Mandarins, a Stock Dove, a Marsh Tit, four Coal Tits, a Goldcrest and a
Treecreeper. Also five Fallow Deer. (Phil & Chris Andrews).
Walmore Common    The family of four WHOOPER SWANS (2 ads, 2 juvs) still today usually
viewable from the A48 lay-by at Chaxhill, scope recommended. (Craig Reed/Mark Dowie).
Cotswolds    At the Hawling triangle 30 Corn Buntings. At Notgrove 25 Corn Buntings. At
Cold Aston a mixed flock including three Bramblings, ten Yellowhammers, two Linnets and
ten Chaffinches. At Barrington Top four Bramblings. (Dave & Vanda Owen).
Frampton pools    A Tawny Owl and a Little Owl today. (Mark Dowie). Pic by Mark.
Cheltenham    At Pittville Park lower lakeside a Kestrel hunting over the ‘urban meadow’ in
this morning. Also two Treecreepers near the leisure centre and a solitary Redwing in a
small Starling flock. (Chris Furley).
Tirley    A garden Coal Tit today. (Mark Grieve).
Salperton    A Red Kite today. (Mark Grieve).
Sevenhampton area    Two Stonechats and 15 Red-legged Partridges today. (Mark Grieve).
Compton Abdale    110+ Fieldfares, 20+ Redwings and three Red Kites today. (Mark
Grieve).
Whitminster    A Barn Owl hunting over fields along the canal at Whitminster again today.
(Richard Baatsen).
Sharpness    A BLACK REDSTART on the derelict building at the end of Dock Road again
today. (Andy Lodge).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Note the canal bank is still under water so approach from the
northern, Apperley end. Birds included 12 Greylags, ten Canada Geese, 950 Wigeon, 1700
Teal, 50 Mallards, 100 Pintails, a Grey Heron, 150 Black-headed Gulls, a Great Spotted
Woodpecker drumming, 40 Fieldfares, 15 Redwings and a Jay. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).
Ashleworth Ham    350 Wigeon, 27 Mallards, 50 Pintails, a Peregrine, four Skylarks and two
Meadow Pipits. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).
Leigh Meadows    125 Wigeon, 15 Teal, ten Mallards, 15 Grey Herons, a Little Egret, eight
Lapwings, a Snipe, 400 Black-headed Gulls, a Grey Wagtail and 30 Fieldfares. (Mike Smart).
Bricklehampton    Two male Yellowhammers this morning. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.
Friday 15th January 2016
Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today two male PENDULINE TITS again
from 8am-8:34am when they flew off towards Walls. They returned early afternoon until
3pm at least. (MK/Richard Baatsen/Shane Long). A male MERLIN flew over the pool
heading N at 11:30am. (Mick Colquhoun/Bob Jones/Jon Mercer). Also seven Snipe. (Jon
Mercer). Pics by Mick.
Cam Long Down    A Woodcock flushed from the southern slope today. (Terry Fenton).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Horse Lawn from 10am until 4pm at least.
(Frank Williams/MK). At least two Marsh Tits, a Grey Wagtail and two Goldfinches at
Lightmoor Colliery on the Cycle Track. Along the Gloucestershire Way at Crabtree Hill 20+
Coal Tits feeding in pines this morning. 1+ Hawfinch at Parkend by the cricket pitch in
Crown Lane. (Frank Williams). 15 Goosanders on Woorgreens lake this evening. (Arron
Roberts). Five female/juvenile Reed Buntings together on Crabtree Hill this morning. (MK).
Pic by Mike.
Bentham    Two JACK SNIPES, five Snipe and a Green Woodpecker today. (Graham
Watson).
WWT Slimbridge    Two Egyptian Geese showing well in the Big Pen with the Greylags
today. (@slimbridge_wild).
Oxenhall    At Filters apple orchard c1000 Fieldfares, c100 Starlings, a Buzzard and a
Brambling. At Oxenhall lock a Kingfisher, a Grey Heron and a Sparrowhawk. (Alan
Hooper/Julia Eckley).
Sharpness    Two adult Peregrines on the large concrete silo, a BLACK REDSTART briefly on
the roof of the old Post Office in dock road, a male Bullfinch, a large raft of Teal floating
downstream and two Cormorants flew over. (Paul Sutton).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    Two Barn Owls together, out well before dark, close views
and one caught and ate a vole. Also a female Sparrowhawk, 15 Little Egrets and nine Grey
Herons on the flooded field, 200+ Lapwings over, a Snipe, 6-8 Water Rails calling, a Green
Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, 30 Reed Buntings, two Grey
Wagtails, ten Pied Wagtails, four singing Cetti’s Warblers, six Chiffchaffs and good views of
one possibly two SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS, two Goldcrests, 20 Fieldfares and 20 Redwings.
(Jon Mercer). Pics by Jon.
Thursday 14th January 2016
Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today two male PENDULINE TITS again
present from mid morning until 3:10pm at least. (Roberta Goodall/Keith White). Two Coal
Tits in the garden at Linden for the last two weeks, also a male Blackcap. (Mo Johnson).
Beachley Point    Two wintering WHIMBRELS still, two Curlews, seven Redshanks, 15
Turnstones, a Dunlin, an Oystercatcher and a female Stonechat. (John Sanders).
Brockworth    At Henley Bank Plantation a Woodcock flushed this afternoon at
SO9011517271. (Terry Fenton).
WWT Slimbridge    Five Greenland White-fronted Geese still and a Little Stint on the Tack
Piece. (@slimbridge_wild).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Horse Lawn (opposite Woorgreens) until
10:40 at least. (Lewis Thomson).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    The SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF singing again today along the
stream at Shorncote Reedbed. Also a Peregrine over, 11 Little Egrets and a Barn Owl
hunting over the reedbeds at 4pm. Nearby 14 Red Crested Pochards on Pit 44. (Martin
Greenish/Dave Owen).
Purton    A Barn Owl over Purton Timber Ponds this evening and then over the foreshore at
dusk. (Paul Taylor).
Roel Gate    A Stonechat, two Red Kites, six Corn Buntings and 54 Golden Plovers in fields
this morning. (Colin Greenfield).
Walmore Common    The family of four WHOOPER SWANS (2 ads, 2 juvs) still today usually
viewable from the A48 lay-by at Chaxhill, scope recommended. (Roberta Goodall/Colin
Greenfield).
Tirley    A Sparrowhawk today. (Mark Grieve).
Wednesday 13th January 2016
Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today two male PENDULINE TITS again.
Present from first light but flew off high again towards Walls, returning later and showing
well at times until 3pm at least. (Roy Shilham et al). Pic by Brian Thompson.
WWT Slimbridge    The adult GREY PHALAROPE still present from the Zeiss Hide at 10:50am
but distant and elusive. (Mark Coller).
Sharpness    A BLACK REDSTART on the derelict building and nearby houses at the end of
Dock Road this morning. (Steve Brown).
Harnhill    At 10:30am 14 Grey Partridges NE of Harnhill at SP065004, in a stubble field,
viewed from the road to St Augustine Farm. (Laurie Pierce).
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE on the clearfell at Yew Tree Brake this morning.
A Marsh Tit at Cannop ponds, c5 Bramblings at Parkend and four Hawfinches at the cricket
ground at Crown Lane, one ringed red P3. (Martin Greenish/Ian Hull/Alan Waterman). Pic
by Alan.
Walmore Common    The family of four WHOOPER SWANS (2 ads, 2 juvs) still today usually
viewable from the A48 lay-by at Chaxhill, scope recommended. (Ian Hull).
Cheltenham    At Naunton Park a female Sparrowhawk, two Ravens over, a garden
Blackcap and a Grey Heron perched on a roof for 15 minutes. (Steve Brown).
Tirley    A calling Tawny Owl at 3am and a flock of Wigeon flew over the cottage calling.
(Mark Grieve).
Gloucester    A Water Rail at Saintbridge Balancing Pond today at 1:30pm. (Janet
Datchens).
Whitminster    Two pairs of territorial Mute Swans, a Buzzard, a Grey Heron, c30
Goldfinches feeding on Burdock close to track that leads to Stroudwater Canal, 15 Meadow
Pipits, c3 Yellowhammers and a Grey Wagtail today. (Tanya Allen).
Little Foxcote    Still 25+ Siskins and 3+ Lesser Redpolls and two Green Woodpeckers today.
(Graham Watson). Pics by Graham.
Tuesday 12th January 2016
Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today two male PENDULINE TITS again.
Present from first light but flew off high W again, returning later and showed well at times
throughout the afternoon until 3:15pm at least. Also 20 Goldfinches, a Chiffchaff. Park in
the lay-by on the A417/A40 ring road at SO866188/GL2 0HL. Birds favour the NE corner of
the pool. (Mark Dowie/Jon Mercer/Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley et al). Pics by Jon (1st) and
Alan (2nd).
Little Farmcote    50+ Siskins and 1+ Lesser Redpoll today. (Graham Watson).
WWT Slimbridge   On the Rushy a first-winter female GREATER SCAUP early morning.
(@slimbridge_wild). Also a Grey Plover and a Little Stint from Holden Tower. (Martin
Greenish).
Robinswood Hill    Birds included two Goldcrests, nine Long-tailed Tits, a Green
Woodpecker, two Bullfinches, seven Chaffinches, 11 Goldfinches and nine Common Gulls.
(John Fletcher).
Wetstone Bridge    No sign of the Ruddy Shelducks today. A finch/bunting flock of c50 birds
with equal numbers of Reed Buntings and Yellowhammers and a few Chaffinches and five
Skylarks over. (John Grearson).
Monday 11th January 2016
Gloucester    At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake today two male PENDULINE TITS, the
2nd County record and the first twitchable birds. They flew off high early afternoon and
were missing for almost an hour when they returned, they were then present until 3:49pm
when they flew off high again towards Walls. Hopefully they will return tomorrow. (David
Rogers). Pic by Paul Taylor. Also a Cormorant, a Grey Heron, a Little Grebe, a Snipe, two
Chiffchaffs, a pair of Stonechats and a Reed Bunting. (Andy Jayne).
Forest of Dean    A SHORT-EARED OWL hunting at Crabtree Hill for much of the day. Also
five Reed Buntings and two Bramblings over. (Lewis Thomson/Martin Greenish/Frank
Williams). The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Staple Edge at 1:50pm. (Martin Greenish). At
Parkend Church 5/6 Crossbills, four Bramblings, seven Hawfinches and at Cannop Ponds
two Marsh Tits and a Raven. (Lauren & Wayne, NSL-Birding). Pic by Lewis.
Hazleton    10+ Bramblings in a Chaffinch flock near Hazleton, also a Red Kite and a large
mixed thrush flock. (Greg Mabbett).
WWT Slimbridge    The GREY PHALAROPE flew in from the N at 3pm, landed in the main
pool in front of Zeiss hide and immediately swam to shore. In the next half-hour it was
visible for just a few seconds as it fed among the vegetation. (Gordon Kirk).
Hempsted    A Green Sandpiper at Netheridge farm again today, it can be viewed from the
footpath above SO812167 looking S c250m. (Mark Hobson).
Twyning    A Water Rail in flooded ditch along the Avon near Twyning, a patch tick. (Sarah
Loaring).
Cheltenham    A Grey Wagtail in the garden today and a wintering Blackcap at Eldorado
Road. (Keith White).
Sunday 10th January 2016
Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART on the derelict building at the end of Dock Road at
9:15am. The female BLACK REDSTART again this afternoon by Gate 1. (MK/Andy Jordan).
Pic by Andy.
WWT Slimbridge    The adult GREY PHALAROPE again from Zeiss hide today but still distant
and elusive. (Mark Hobson). On South Lake two Avocets and an Oystercatcher. (Paul
Masters). On the Rushy at least one first-winter female GREATER SCAUP.
(@slimbridge_wild).
Awre    A WATER PIPIT today on the shore upriver from Whitescourt/Woodend. (John & Viv
Phillips).
Cirencester    Five Reed Buntings and ten Yellowhammers with Chaffinches on stubble at E
edge of Cirencester Park at end of Barnway today. (Jon Mercer).
Whitminster    A Barn Owl hunting over fields along the canal at Whitminster today.
(Richard Baatsen).
Stonebench    A day-flying Barn Owl by the Stonebench turning at 8:40am. (Jeremy Squire).
Forest of Dean    A Peregrine stooping at a flock of pigeons just E of Coleford 9am. Several
Hawfinches at Parkend under the Yews at 11am. (Frank Williams).
Bibury    A Little Egret at Bibury Fish Farm late morning. (Ian Ralphs).
Cotswold Water Park (East)    Two Cetti’s Warblers at Pit 125 this morning. (Ian Ralphs).
Eastleach Downs    At Eastleach Downs Farm Pig units, male and female Stonechat, a
Raven, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel. (Ian Ralphs).
Stroud    Along the canal at Bowbridge nine Lesser Redpolls, three Goldcrests and two Song
Thrushes. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).
Purton    A Peregrine flew over towards Sharpness, four Little Grebes and a Kingfisher on
the canal and small murmuration of 100 Starlings at the timber ponds. (Mark Lang).
Arlingham    A Stonechat on the banks of the Severn at S0694106 also four Grey Herons
and four Cormorants on the river. (Mark Lang).
Saturday 9th January 2016
WWT Slimbridge    The adult GREY PHALAROPE again from Zeiss hide today, on the Rushy
two first-winter female GREATER SCAUP, five Greenland White-fronted Geese on the Tack
Piece and a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Grey Plover from the Holden Tower.
(@slimbridge_wild).
May Hill    12 Crossbills (1 female) at Bearfoot Wood at lunchtime. (Colin Butters).
Cotswold Water Park (West)    The SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF again today along the stream at
Shorncote Reedbed. Also a roosting Barn Owl and a Little Owl. (Mark Dowie).
Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART on the derelict building at the end of Dock Road and
a female near Gate 1 this morning. Also a Little Stint flew S at SARA, 22 Siskins, a Cetti’s
Warbler and a Tawny Owl. (Andy Jordan).
Harnhill    A SHORT-EARED OWL on a roadside hedge at first light. 16 Grey Partridges in
fields between Harnhill and Ampney Crucis. (Mark Dowie). Pic by Mark.
Walmore Common    The family of four WHOOPER SWANS (2 ads, 2 juvs) still today usually
viewable from the A48 lay-by at Chaxhill, scope recommended. (Mark Hobson).
Gloucester    Four Snipe, 22 Goldfinches, eight Meadow Pipits, a Kestrel, a Grey Heron, two
Mute Swans and a Chiffchaff at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning. (Martin
Greenish).
Friday 8th January 2016
Cotswold Water Park (West)    The SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF showing well along the stream at
Shorncote Reedbed late morning, even giving a short burst of song. Also a showy Cetti’s
Warbler, 6+ Chiffchaffs, a male Grey Wagtail, 10+ Reed Buntings and a Raven. At Pit 44 two
pairs of Red Crested Pochards. (MK).
Driffield    Four Grey Partridges in the top hedge of the 3rd field from the road from the
double gates on the road which runs parallel to the A419 at 10:15am. (MK).
WWT Slimbridge    This morning two WHOOPER SWANS on the Rushy but later flew out
onto the estuary. Also two first-winter female GREATER SCAUP still here. Five Greenland
White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece, also here a Ruff and a Little Stint and two
Peregrines on the Dumbles. (Jon Mercer). Pics by Jon.
Forest of Dean    At Clearwell Meend today two Ravens, two Buzzards, a Great Spotted
Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, two Song Thrushes and four Bullfinches. (Alan
Waterman). A male Brambling on a garden feeder at Forge Hill, Lydbrook. Also a Mistle
Thrush singing steadily this morning for the first time this winter. (Chris Sullivan).
Quedgeley    Garden birds at Shelduck Road included three Blackcaps (1m, 2f), male and
female Greenfinches, six Long-tailed Tits, a Coal Tit, 30 Goldfinches, seven Chaffinches and
15 House Sparrows. (Steve Pullen).
Elmore    A Tawny Owl flew over the road at 10:35pm at Yew Tree Farm on the Elmore
Road. (Paul Masters/MK).
Arlingham    A Barn Owl along the Severn Way this afternoon. (Sarah Loaring).
Brockworth    A Barn Owl at the northbound J11A of the M5 at 10:30pm. (Tony & Mel
Hurcombe).
Newent    This afternoon at Hilters apple orchard near Newent Cricket Club SO717270 c500
Fieldfares, a Sparrowhawk and c150 Starlings. In the garden five Lesser Redpolls and 30
Goldfinches. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.
Thursday 7th January 2016
Forest of Dean    Five Hawfinches under the Yew trees next to the cricket ground at
Parkend. (Geoff Fawcett/Shane Long). Also three Goosanders at Woorgreens Lake. (Shane
Long).
Walmore Common    This morning four Bewick’s Swans, four WHOOPER SWANS still, five
Mute Swans, 280 Pintails, 64 Shovelers, c1200 Wigeon, 1000 Teal, 100 Mallards and two
Greylags. (Roger Ruston/Shane Long).
WWT Slimbridge    The adult GREY PHALAROPE reported again from Zeiss hide this
afternoon. (@slimbridge_wild/John Fletcher). On the Rushy two first-winter female
GREATER SCAUP still. (Nick Goatman). Two Ruddy Shelducks from Holden Tower today. It
appears to be a pure female paired with a probable hybrid male. (John Fletcher). Pic by
John.
Frampton    25 Little Egrets came in to roost at Court Lake this evening. (Nick & Rachel
Goatman).
Stonehouse    A Peregrine flew over the office at Oldends Lane at 12:50pm. (MK).
Winchcombe    A garden Stock Dove today. (Peter Rodgers). Pic by Peter.
Gretton    The female Kingfisher still fishing for goldfish in the garden pond for its 5th
consecutive day. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.
Symonds Yat    From the Yat Rock area today the resident Peregrine pair, six Buzzards, a
Goshawk, a male and a female Sparrowhawk, two Marsh Tits, a Jay, four Coal Tits, two
Ravens and four Nuthatches. (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Stonehouse    A Kingfisher on The Ocean near Stonehouse Court again and a Mistle Thrush
in the field below St Cyr’s Church. (Paul Sutton).
Wednesday 6th January 2016
Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Staple Edge Wood. At Crabtree Hill seven
Reed Buntings, 21 Mandarins at Mallard’s Pike and two pairs of Goosanders at Woorgreens
Lake. (Keith Vinicombe). A Little Owl calling at 2am at Lords Hill, Coleford. (Frank Williams).
Five Hawfinches at Parkend today. (Terry Clarke). Pic by Terry.
Sharpness    A male and a female BLACK REDSTART on the NedWest building again today.
(Terry Grant/Malcolm Black/Gareth Jenkins). Pic by Terry.
Walmore Common    The family of four WHOOPER SWANS (2 ads, 2 juvs) still today usually
viewable from the A48 lay-by at Chaxhill, scope recommended. Also a Common Gull, a
female Stonechat, four Fieldfares and a fly-over Peregrine. (Martin Greenish/Gareth
Jenkins).
WWT Slimbridge    The adult GREY PHALAROPE again from Zeiss hide today but extremely
elusive and distant amongst the vegetation, also two Avocets here, on the Rushy two first-
winter female GREATER SCAUP, five Greenland White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece and
an Oystercatcher in the Big Pen. (@slimbridge_wild).
Compton Abdale    A Red Kite over the A40 at 11:50am today. (Gordon Avery).
Ozleworth    A mixed finch flock of mainly Linnets and Chaffinches, but with two
Bramblings, a Yellowhammer and Bullfinches in with them and eight Stock Doves in a crop
field just before the Ozleworth radio mast at ST 793953. (Jake King).
Wetstone Bridge    In a flooded field to the S and E of Wetstone Bridge a pair of adult
Ruddy Shelducks again today at SU125961 just inside the Glos border. Probably the same
pair that were in this area last year. (John Grearson). Pic by John.
Whitminster    A Mistle Thrush near Jaxons Farm,  Hyde Lane at 1:30pm. (Tanya Allen).
Tuesday 5th January 2016
Cotswold Water Park (West)    c 70000 Starlings roosted this evening, also a Barn Owl.
(Kim Milsom). Seven Little Egrets, two Snipe, 180 Lapwings over, two Water Rails calling, 50
Teal, 40 Tufted Ducks, two Ravens, a male Sparrowhawk, a Green Woodpecker, five
Skylarks, 35 Meadow Pipits, 15 Pied Wagtails, two Grey Wagtails, a pair of Stonechats, 30
Fieldfares, 20 Redwings, two singing Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush, five singing Cetti’s
Warblers, a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF again, eight Chiffchaffs, 15 Reed Buntings, five
Bullfinches, ten Goldfinches and a Goldcrest. (Jon Mercer).
Sharpness    A BLACK REDSTART showing well on the NedWest building at the end of Dock
Road late morning.  (Andy Chapman).
Wetstone Bridge    In a flooded field to the S and E of Wetstone Bridge two Ruddy
Shelducks today at SU125961 just inside the Glos border. Also a Little Egret and three Grey
Herons. (John Grearson).
Lydney    On the boating lake male and female Goosander, six Mute Swans, ten Canada
Geese, three Cormorants and 60 Black-headed Gulls this afternoon. (Phil Ashman).
Symonds Yat    From the Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrine pair, three
Buzzards, a Goshawk, a Sparrowhawk, a juvenile Grey Heron, three Goldcrests, a Marsh Tit,
a Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush, two Stock Doves and two Nuthatches. Also seven Fallow
Deer (4m, 3f). (Chris & Phil Andrews).
Coombe Hill Meadows    Viewed from Apperley today there were two Mute Swans, 15
Greylags, five Canada Geese, 755 Wigeon, c500 Teal, 30 Mallards, 11 Pintails, 30 Shovelers,
12 Tufted Ducks, three Pochards and five Coots. (Mike Smart).
Quedgeley    Garden birds at Shelduck Road today included two Great Spotted
Woodpeckers, a female Blackcap, 25 Goldfinches, six Chaffinches and 12 House Sparrows.
(Steve Pullen).
Gloucester    A Woodcock at Sandhurst Nature Reserve at 11am today. (Martin Greenish).
Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    40+ Redwings, 400+ Fieldfares, 600+ Starlings, 40+ Linnets, eight
Meadow Pipits, 30+ Skylarks and three Mistle Thrushes. Also a garden Sparrowhawk and a
calling Tawny Owl at 5pm. (Mark Grieve).
Monday 4th January 2016
WWT Slimbridge    The adult GREY PHALAROPE again from Zeiss hide today but extremely
elusive and distant amongst the vegetation. (Martin Greenish). A Ruddy Shelduck late
morning in front of the Holden Tower and a Little Stint and three Ruffs from Robbie
Garnett hide. (Andy Chapman).
Sharpness    An adult male BLACK REDSTART at the end of Dock Road again this afternoon.
(Martin Greenish). Pic by Martin.
Minsterworth Ham    This afternoon 15 Mute Swans, 22 Shelducks, 300 Wigeon, 26
Gadwalls, 140 Teal, 100 Pintails, 30 Shovelers, four Cormorants, two Grey Herons, a
Sparrowhawk, 740 Lapwings, a Dunlin, five Green Sandpipers, two Snipe, a Barn Owl (after
dark), a SHORT-EARED OWL, a Raven, two Chiffchaffs, 1500 Starlings, a pair of Stonechats,
80 Fieldfares and ten Meadow Pipits. (Andy Jayne).
Walmore Common    The family of four WHOOPER SWANS (2 ads, 2 juvs) still today
viewable from the A48 lay-by at Chaxhill, scope recommended. (Jake King).
Dursley    The Dipper showing well again in the stream near bottom of Water Street today.
(Shane Long).
Berkeley shore    A WATER PIPIT, two JACK SNIPE, four Snipe, four Stonechats, a Reed
Bunting, nine Linnets and 15+ Meadow Pipits. (Shane Long).
Gretton    The female Kingfisher returned today and caught a small goldfish from the
garden pond and was present from dawn until dusk. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.
Cobney Meadows    Seven Mute Swans, 260 Wigeon, a Grey Heron, a Green Sandpiper,
250+ Black-headed Gulls, c10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a Grey Wagtail. NOTE: Coombe
Hill won’t be accessible from the Wharf for another couple of weeks: in addition to the
back-up from the Chelt and Deerhurst Parish Drain, the Severn is still flowing in up the
Chelt at Wainlodes, quite apart from the water coming over the top. Both the Red Lion
Road at Wainlodes and the Ham Road on the other side of the river are closed because of
light flooding. (Mike Smart).
Cheltenham    Eight Greenfinches this morning on yew trees at end of a garden in Pittville
Circus Road. (Clare McNulty).
Sunday 3rd January 2016
Cotswold Water Park (West)    Two SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS together along the stream at
Shorncote this afternoon. (Kim Milsom).
WWT Slimbridge    A Grey Plover on South Lake at 11:37am. (Mark Hobson). Also a Bar-
tailed Godwit on South Lake. (Martin Greenish).
Gretton    A Kingfisher was prospecting for food above a netted pond in the garden this
afternoon. 2nd garden record in 23 years. Also a male Tawny Owl calling in the garden at
dawn today. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.
Newent    Garden birds today included 30 Goldfinches, two Greenfinches and two Lesser
Redpolls this afternoon. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).
Dursley    A female Brambling on feeders on the Green area opposite Raglan House, Long
Street. (Shane Long). Also a Dipper nearby in the stream near bottom of Water Street.
(Geoff Moyser).
Wotton-under- Edge    A Brambling on garden feeders this morning, a garden tick. (Paul
Rich).
Stonehouse    A Kingfisher along the canal near Bridgend today. (Paul Sutton).
Sharpness    No Black Redstarts in two hours in dreadful conditions this morning but a
Peregrine on the silo. (MK).
Eastleach    Various tits including WILLOW TIT, a male Blackcap and a TREE SPARROW on
feeders at Macaroni Wood. Six Siskins, two Lesser Redpolls, four Linnets, seven
Yellowhammers, four Reed Buntings, a Corn Bunting and 60+ Chaffinches and Goldfinches
on game cover crop nearby . A GREY PARTRIDGE crossing the road between Eastleach and
Hatherop. A Little Owl on top of telegraph post at Ready Token near Quenington. (Michael
Cook).
Tirley    A Barn Owl flew across the road near Town Street farm at 6:50pm. (Mark Grieve).
Saturday 2nd January 2016
WWT Slimbridge    An adult GREY PHALAROPE flew in to Zeiss hide from the S at 9:35am
and present until 3:45pm at least. Also here a MERLIN sat in a tree for a long period. On the
Tack Piece five Greenland White-fronted Geese, a Little Stint and 14 Ruff. (James Lees,
WWT/MK). A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF in the reed bed in front of the Zeiss Hide at 1:12pm,
calling regularly. Also a Marsh Harrier hunting from Zeiss hide. (James Lees, WWT). Two
immature female GREATER SCAUP and a pair of Egyptian Geese on the Rushy this morning.
(Paul Masters). The full-winged, unringed Ruddy Shelduck in with captive Ruddy
Shelducks before moving to South Lake. (MK). Record pics by MK.
Sharpness    Two BLACK REDSTARTS at the end of Dock Road today. (Liz Clipson/Colin
Greenfield).
Forest of Dean    A Brambling under feeders at Lords Hill, Coleford, a garden tick. (Frank
Williams).
Ashleworth Ham    c340 Canada Geese, 22 Greylags, 120 Mallards, c340 Wigeon, c280 Teal,
seven Shovelers, 13 Pintails, three Gadwalls, two Tufted Ducks and a Nuthatch today. (Les
Brown).
Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A garden Nuthatch, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, nine Meadow
Pipits, two Reed Buntings, 32+ Skylarks, 300 Fieldfares, 300+ Woodpigeons, 45+ Linnets,
five Stock Doves, 35+ Redwings, 16 Chaffinches, a Mistle Thrush, 85+ Lapwings over and
two displaying Ravens. Also a Tawny Owl calling in Tirley at 8pm. (Mark Grieve).
Frampton    At Court Lake late afternoon 14 Little Egrets came into roost. Also a male
Mandarin, a male Pochard, 500+ Jackdaws and a Grey Wagtail. (Nick Goatman).
Bourton-on- the-Water    At Bourton pits c80 Wigeon, 20 Tufted Ducks, five Gadwalls, a
female Pintail and a Great Crested Grebe. (Tom Mabbett).
Friday 1st January 2016
Cotswold Water Park (West)    The SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF relocated this morning in the
bushes along the ditch where the footpath from South Cerney playing fields to Shorncote
Reedbed leaves the playing field, c20 yards before the path crosses the road. (Kim
Milsom/Ian Searle). Also a Grey Wagtail and two Hawfinches flew over heading E. At
Shorncote Reedbed five Little Egrets, 5+ Water Rails, five Cetti’s Warbler (4m) and 6+
Chiffchaffs. (Ian Searle).
Cotswolds    This morning 500 Golden Plovers N of Great Barrington at SP210148. 150
Wigeon on Sherborne Brook and many Red Kites. (Richard Ford).
Frampton    A Red Kite over the pools today. (Shane Long/Nick Goatman).
Forest of Dean    Two Snipe, a Raven and a female Reed Bunting at Crabtree Hill and a Wild
Boar this morning but no sign of the shrike here or at Horse Lawn. Five Hawfinches at
Parkend at Crown Lane behind the cricket pavilion. (Frank Williams).
Sharpness    Male and female BLACK REDSTARTS at the docks still today. (Shane Long).
Both resident Peregrines showing today, one high on the West Silo the other on the East
Silo. (John Harris).
Berkeley    A Chiffchaff and a Raven at Severn House Farm today. (Shane Long).
WWT Slimbridge    GREATER SCAUP, five Greenland White-fronted Geese and Egyptian
Goose still. (@slimbridge_wild).
Walmore Common    The family of four WHOOPER SWANS (2 ads, 2 juvs) still today
viewable from the A48 lay-by at Chaxhill, scope recommended. (MK).
Hawling    A MERLIN sat in a field near Hawling Triangle today. (Tom Mabbett).
Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A garden Coal Tit and a Nuthatch. At the Sandpits three Mistle
Thrushes, a male Peregrine over N, two Meadow Pipits, 300+ Fieldfares, 40+ Linnets, ten
Skylarks, 14 Stock Doves, 7+ Redwings and a Greylag over. (Mark Grieve).
Stonehouse    A Kingfisher on The Ocean near Stonehouse Court. A female Great Spotted
Woodpecker towards Bonds Mill along the canal from the Ocean. A Goldcrest and a Coal
Tit with a small, mixed tit flock in the cycle path woods opposite Wycliffe College at
Bridgend and a female Bullfinch, by the bridge. (Paul Sutton).
Hempsted    A Green Sandpiper heard at Netheridge Farm today, also two Reed Buntings,
nine Stock Doves and 1500+ Starlings. (Mark Hobson).
Cheltenham    At The Park a Grey Heron working the ornamental lake today. (Shaun
Kenaelly).

About The Gloster Birder

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