Sightings Jul-Sept 2015

Wed 30th Sep 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER again on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide at high tide, from 10:15am until 1:50pm at least. (@slimbridge_wild/Martin Greenish).

Kingscote    A Red Kite seen, flying low over a ploughed field next to Kingscote Barn, seen from the B4058 at 3:55pm today. (Morag Hughes).

Tue 29th Sep 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide at high tide, from 9:45am until noon when it flew out onto the river. (@slimbridge_wild/Paul Taylor).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrine pair, four Ravens, two Jays, two Grey Herons, a Treecreeper, two Sparrowhawks, a Green Woodpecker, two Goshawks, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, eight Mandarins and a Kingfisher. Also Speckled Wood and Commabutterflies, three Hornets, two Fallow Deer and a Common Darter. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cleeve Hill    A Red Kite over this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Tidenham    A Red Kite near Tidenham Chase this afternoon. (Gillian Guest).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Six Whinchats today. Also six Long-tailed Tits. (Mark Thompson). Pic by Mark.


Guscar Rocks    At high tide this morning 23 Wigeon, 20 Teal, two Ringed Plovers, a Snipe, 190Curlews, 100 Dunlins, eight Redshanks, five Swallows, six Pied Wagtails, 15 Meadow Pipits and aChiffchaff. Also a Little Owl calling at Plusterwine Farm at first light. (Mike Smart).

Walmore Common    At least five Mute Swans, five Mallards, two Cormorants, a Little Egret, aRed Kite and six Snipe today. (Mike Smart).

Mon 28th Sep 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide at high tide, but very strong sunlight and heat haze hampered viewing. High tide tomorrow 9:50am. Also 90 Knot today. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Wotton-Under-Edge    The Eagle Owl calling tonight at 7:30pm in the Synwell area of Wotton. An Eagle Owl has been present in Wotton since at least March 2014. (Nigel Dodd).

Sharpness    A COMMON DOLPHIN, presumably yesterday’s WWT one, in Sharpness dock this evening until the dock gates open late. (Andy Jordan/MK). Pic by Andy.

Common Dolphin

Frampton    A juvenile GARGANEY at the top end of the Sailing Lake today. Also three Green Sandpipers, 24 Swallows, two Ravens and two Chiffchaffs. (Nick Goatman).

Sun 27th Sep 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A PECTORAL SANDPIPER from Robbie Garnett hide on the Tack Piece until flushed by a muck spreader. A COMMON DOLPHIN on the river viewed from Holden Tower. (@slimbridge_wild/Paul Masters/Roberta Goodall). Record pic by Paul.

Pectoral Sandpiper

Selsley Common    Vismig this morning included 125 Ravens, 150 Swallows, 100 House Martins, 585 Meadow Pipits, a Tree Pipit, two Stonechats, 32 Siskins, two Lesser Redpolls, 30 Linnets, 70Goldfinches, ten Jays and 45 Alba Wagtails. (Francis Steuck).

Forest of Dean    A Kingfisher at Nagshead today. (Wendy Cooper).

Guscar Rocks    On this mornings tide 15 Wigeon, four Ringed Plovers, 90 Dunlins, 200 Curlews, aBar-tailed Godwit, eight Redshanks, a Swallow and 20 Meadow Pipits. (Mike Smart).

Aylburton Warth    A large Curlew roost of c500 birds disturbed by a dog walker, also a Snipe. (Mike Smart).

Tirley Sandpits    16+ Robins, nine Swallows S, three Green Woodpeckers, 34+ Greenfinches on maize crop, 8+ Chiffchaffs, 60+ Meadow Pipits, three Mistle Thrushes, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a male Peregrine over, two Bullfinches, a male Blackcap, a Raven, three Stock Doves, a Jay, a Whitethroat, eight Skylarks, a Treecreeper and two Goldcrests today.  (Mark Grieve).

Leckhampton    A House Martin still at a nest site on the Old Bath Road today. Parties of Meadow Pipits and Siskins along the scarp edge above Leckhampton and Goldcrests very vocal in the neighbourhood. (Chris Furley).


Sat 26th Sep 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A Ruddy Shelduck and three Little Stints on the Dumbles, 44 Knots on South Lake and a COMMON SCOTER from Mid Point. (@slimbridge_wild).

Beachley Point    A Garden Warbler, a Wheatear, a Rock Pipit, seven Lesser Redpolls, threeStonechats, two Chiffchaffs and 12 Blackcaps this morning. (Lewis Thomson).

Selsley Common    Vismig this morning included 90 Swallows, 100 House Martins, 300 Meadow Pipits, four Lesser Redpolls, 13 Siskins and two Reed Buntings. Grounded birds included twoRedstarts, three Goldcrests and a Blackcap. (Francis Steuck).

Naunton    60 Golden Plovers, 100+ Skylarks , a couple of Stonechats and a Stock Dove today. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard Tyler.

Golden Plovers

Nailsworth    A Dipper feeding on the river by the George Street clock in Nailsworth town centre at 4:30pm. (Jon Mercer).

Hawling    A Sparrowhawk, two Red Kites and a Raven today. (Ben Hilder ).

Forest of Dean    From Yat Rock viewpoint today both resident Peregrines, six Buzzards, fourJays, three Ravens, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Chiffchaff calling, a Goshawk, aSparrowhawk, Swallows and House Martins, a Kingfisher, a Hobby and six Mandarins. Also a Red Admiral, three Speckled Woods and five Fallow Deer (2 does & 3 fawns). (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cleeve Hill    A Redstart, a Blackcap, two Wheatears, three Stonechats, Siskins, two Ravens and many Chiffchaffs and Meadow Pipits today.  (Ian Ralphs).

Cherington Lake    Birds included a Grey Heron, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Marsh Tits, five Coal Tits, a Buzzard, three Tufted Ducks, two Treecreepers, two Cormorants, aKingfisher, two Chiffchaffs and a Little Grebe today. (John Fletcher).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote this morning a juvenile Hobby, two Green Sandpipers, 30+ Lapwings, six Little Egrets, a Water Rail calling, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, a Jay, two singing Cetti’s Warblers, a Yellow Wagtail over, 10+ Chiffchaffs, a Bullfinch, 20+ Linnets, a Song Thrush, 15+ Meadow Pipits, three Reed Buntings and a passage of Swallows going S. (Jon Mercer).

Pic by Jon Mercer.

Little Egret

Fri 25th Sep 2015

Purton    A MERLIN flew N past the barges this evening. (Paul Taylor).

Tewkesbury    In the fields between Tewkesbury sailing club and Twyning a Spotted Flycatcher, three Stonechats, two Jays and a Hobby today. (Sarah Loaring).

Cheltenham    At Naunton Park two garden Coal Tits and a Jay over. (Steve Brown).


Thu 24th Sep 2015

Guscar Rocks    19 Wigeon, 70 Teal, five Mallards, a Grey Heron, a Cormorant, four Ringed Plovers, 50 Dunlins, 510+ Curlews, three Redshanks, 50 Swallows flew downriver, five Meadow Pipits and 30 Linnets flew downriver. (Mike Smart).

Hawling    Six Red Kites, two Kestrels, a female Sparrowhawk, four Buzzards, a Raven, Goldfinchand Linnet flocks, Mistle Thrushes, large flocks of Swallows and a few House Martins and large mixed flocks of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks. Also a Small Tortoiseshell, Large White and Small White butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tirley    40+ Swallows and 40+ House Martins over SW, a Sparrowhawk very high heading S, twoChiffchaffs nearby and two garden Bullfinches. (Mark Grieve).

Hartpury    At Hartpury Orchard Centre today a Buzzard, three Meadow Pipits, a Green Woodpecker, five Mute Swans, a Grey Wagtail, four Swallows, eight Goldfinches, a Brown Hareand a Comma butterfly. (Alan Hooper/Steve French).

Cheltenham    Late afternoon c50 House Martins and a few Sand Martins feeding over Cox’s Meadow. (Steve Brown).

Hucclecote    Garden birds today included 12 Long-tailed Tits, a Coal Tit and 40+ House Sparrows. (Harold Smith).


Wed 23rd Sep 2015

Guscar Rocks    Four Wigeon, 20 Teal, five Mallards, a Grey Heron, a Cormorant, 53 Dunlins, 140Curlews, two Meadow Pipits and a Yellow Wagtail over. (Mike Smart).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake today four Mute Swans, four Mallards, aGrey Heron, a Little Egret, eight Moorhens, a Coot, a Kestrel, a Raven over and 25 Linnets. (Gordon Avery).

Witcombe Reservoirs    Five Little Grebes and the first three Teal of the Autumn. (Gordon Avery).

Tirley    A Tawny Owl calling at 9pm. (Mark Grieve).


Tue 22nd Sep 2015

Purton    The BITTERN again this evening until dusk in the reeds at the N end of the timber ponds and the GARGANEY still at the back of the ponds. Also a Kingfisher, two Cetti’s Warblersand a Tawny Owl calling. (Paul Taylor/Andy Jordan/MK). Pic by Andy.


Frampton    The juvenile BLACK TERN still today. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge    The juvenile BLACK TERN on South Lake again today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Staunton    11 Mistle Thrushes in an Oak tree together today. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock Viewpoint both resident Peregrines showing well, six Buzzards in a thermal together, a Jay, a Kingfisher, two Ravens, two Grey Wagtails, five Swallows and good numbers of House Martins, a Goshawk, a female Sparrowhawk, a Hobby and a few Siskins through. Also two Speckled Wood butterflies and nine Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tirley    55+ Swallows, 15+ House Martins, five Sand Martins, 40+ Meadow Pipits on pasture, eightBuzzards, a female Kestrel took a Swallow off the wires and two Chiffchaffs. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning a Mute Swan, 36 Greylags, 32 Teal, 105 Mallards, twoShovelers, five Grey Herons, a Hobby, five Snipe, a JACK SNIPE, a juvenile Black-tailed Godwit, two Swallows, 15 Meadow Pipits, three Song Thrushes over SW, five Chiffchaffs, a Treecreeper, 20 Long-tailed Tits and two Reed Buntings. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Upham Meadow, Twyning    18 Canada Geese, 15 Mallards, a Cormorant, two Buzzards, 20Swallows, a Meadow Pipit, 25 Carrion Crows, 30 Rooks and ten Jackdaws today. (Mike Smart).


Mon 21st Sep 2015

Purton    The BITTERN in flight at the timber ponds at 7:21pm again this evening and aGARGANEY at the back of the ponds. (Paul Taylor/Andy Jordan).

Frampton    The juvenile BLACK TERN still today. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge    The juvenile BLACK TERN on South Lake again today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Tirley Sandpits    300+ House Martins and 200+ Swallows over SW, also 30+ Meadow Pipits on pasture and at least three Skylarks over. (Mark Grieve).


Sun 20th Sep 2015

Purton    A BITTERN in flight at the timber ponds at 6:40pm and again at 7:07pm. (Paul Taylor).

Guscar Rocks    A male RING OUZEL feeding in blackthorns with Blackbirds along the railway just SW of Plusterwine crossing 11:25am-12:20pm at least ST599989. Also 75 Dunlins, 15 Ringed Plovers, 16 Redshanks, c400 Curlews, 24 Teal, two Stonechats and a Wheatear. (Lewis Thomson).

WWT Slimbridge    The juvenile BLACK TERN on South Lake all day today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Frampton    The juvenile BLACK TERN still today. (Nick Goatman).

Beachley Point    A Redstart, a Garden Warbler, two Stonechats, seven Chiffchaffs and 21Blackcaps this morning. (Lewis Thomson).

Nailsworth    A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER in Shortwood today. (Terry Grant).

Cleeve Hill    Four Whinchats, six Stonechats and many Meadow Pipits and Goldfinches this morning. (Roy Shilham). Pic by Roy.


Tirley sandpits    45+ Canada Geese over, a Mistle Thrush over, 20+ Robins, two Green Woodpeckers, six Chiffchaffs, 18+ Swallows, a male Reed Bunting, a Yellow Wagtail over, 15+Goldfinches, 56+ Linnets, four Stock Doves, eight Pied Wagtails, 70+ Meadow Pipits, a Bullfinch, aBlackcap, five Greenfinches and eight Skylarks today. (Mark Grieve).


Sat 19th Sep 2015

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines, four Buzzards, two Goshawks, a Grey Heron, five Mandarins, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Stock Dove, a Jay, a Tawny Owlcalling, large House Martin flocks with a few Swallows and three small Siskin flocks passing through. Other sightings included Speckled Wood butterflies, Hornets, a rare Orange Ladybird(Halyza 16-guttata) and a Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Forest of Dean    At Beechenhurst Lodge Swallows with both nestlings and fledged juveniles being fed and a Pied Wagtail pair with young. (Chris & Phil Andrews). This morning c600 House Martins, 300 Swallows (mostly juveniles) and a Hobby at Blaize Bailey. In the afternoon a juvenileGoshawk, a juvenile Spotted Flycatcher and a juvenile Stonechat. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).

Leckhampton    A Marsh Tit on the seed feeder today, a garden first. (Chris Furley).

Aylburton Warth/Guscar Rocks    Two Yellow Wagtails, a Stonechat, a Whinchat, fiveWheatears, a Sedge Warbler, a Snipe, 38 Dunlins, ten Ringed Plovers and c340 Curlews. (Lewis Thomson).

Tirley    A Little Owl calling at 5am. (Mark Grieve).


Fri 18th Sep 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The juvenile PURPLE HERON again on the Bottom New Piece and the juvenileBLACK TERN still on South Lake today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Frampton    The juvenile BLACK TERN still today. (Nick Goatman).

Tresham    A Whinchat and a Wheatear this afternoon between Tresham and the A46 in a ploughed field. (Vic Polley).

Nailsworth    In three count periods totalling 3hrs 5 min 6020 Swallows and 2390 House Martinswere counted moving S, also a Hobby and at 4:01pm a Honey Buzzard flew N. (Terry Grant).

Beachley Point    Two Redstarts, two Spotted Flycatchers, six Whitethroats and a Whimbrel this morning. (Lewis Thomson).

Longney    Nine Barnacle Geese, 350 Canada Geese, two Canada x Greylag hybrids, four White Geese, that have been masquerading as Snow Geese, 15 Lapwings, a Raven, a Buzzard, two Curlewsand three Little Egrets. (John Fletcher).


Thu 17th Sep 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The juvenile PURPLE HERON flew over the Bottom New Piece and the juvenile BLACK TERN still on South Lake today. (Dave Paynter/@slimbridge_wild).

Frampton    The juvenile BLACK TERN still today. (Nick Goatman).

Gloucester    An OTTER in the brook next to Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning.(Martin Greenish).

Tirley    A Wheatear on cattle trough, 50+ Swallows and 12+ House Martins SW, 21 Meadow Pipitsand a female Reed Bunting. (Mark Grieve).


Wed 16th Sep 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A juvenile BLACK TERN remains on South Lake today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Tirley    A Whinchat still present in the maize field, also a female Reed Bunting, 10+ House Martins and 8+ Swallows, a female Sparrowhawk, 30+ Meadow Pipits with a Skylark, two gardenChiffchaffs and a Tawny Owl calling at 9pm. (Mark Grieve).


Tue 15th Sep 2015

WWT Slimbridge    An OSPREY flew S past the Holden Tower then went inland towards Red Wood/canal also a Merlin chasing waders and a juvenile BLACK TERN still on South Lake today. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Sharpness    Two male COMMON SCOTERS drifting N at 9:50am. (Geoff Moyser).

Nailsworth    A Redwing over at 8:10am. (Terry Grant).

Tirley    A Whinchat feeding on edge of a maize field, also a Reed Bunting and a very light passage of Swallows, House Martins and the odd Meadow Pipit at lunch time. (Mark Grieve).


Mon 14th Sep 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A juvenile BLACK TERN on South Lake today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Frampton    The juvenile BLACK TERN still today. Also Yellow-legged Gull, a Yellow Wagtail, three Common Terns and five Siskins over. (Nick Goatman).


Sun 13th Sep 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER today. (Neil Smart). A TEMMINCK’S STINT from Zeiss hide today until 1:15pm at least. (Craig Reed).

Witcombe Reservoirs    A BLACK TERN from 2pm this afternoon. (Pavlo Zaltowski).

Frampton    The juvenile BLACK TERN again today. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean    Two singing FIRECRESTS in the garden trees all morning at Berry Hill. (Nicola Jones).

Cleeve Hill    A juvenile Cuckoo again today on power lines in the butterfly reserve below the radio masts. Also a Redstart, a Willow Warbler, a Meadow Pipit, four Kestrels and a Whinchat in gorse on the common. (Greg Anderson).

Minchinhampton    Two Yellow Wagtails on the common today. (Keith Perkins).

Tirley Sandpits    120+ Canada Geese and 15 Greylags over, a Green Woodpecker, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, four Blackcaps, nine Chiffchaffs, three Lesser Whitethroats, three Mistle Thrushes, a Raven, two Jays, male and female Redstart, 15+ Greenfinches, two Bullfinches, 14Stock Doves, a Yellow Wagtail S, 15+ Meadow Pipits, 10+ Skylarks, 10+ House Martins, a Sand Martin and 111 Swallows S and a Lesser Redpoll today. (Mark Grieve).


Sat 12th Sep 2015

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines, two Ravens, a maleSparrowhawk, eight Buzzards, a Jay, two Stock Doves, a Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail, six Siskins, large House Martin flocks, four Swallows and two Goshawks. Other sightings included Speckled Wood, Large White and Painted Lady butterflies and eight Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.


Cotswold Water Park (W)    A BLACK TERN at Pit 16 today. (Nigel Pleass).

Hartpury    At Hartpury Orchard Centre a Hobby late afternoon. (Steve French).

Sheepscombe      This afternoon an adult Hobby, 12+ Long-tailed Tits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 25 Rooks, five Swallows, a Green Woodpecker, two Buzzards and three Chiffchaffs. (John Fletcher).

Coombe Hill Meadows    160 Greylags, 13 Canada Geese, 25 Teal, 60 Mallards, 22 Shovelers, twoGrey Herons, three Cormorants, a Peregrine, five Snipe, two Swallows, ten House Martins, sixMeadow Pipits, four Chiffchaffs and a Reed Bunting. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows    A Mute Swan, a Cormorant, a Green Sandpiper, a Skylark, five Swallows, threeChiffchaffs and a Reed Bunting today. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows    11 Mallards and a Grey Heron today. (Les Brown).

Ashleworth Ham    Two Canada Geese, 35 Teal, 25 Mallards, two Grey Herons and a Snipe today. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).


Fri 11th Sep 2015

WWT Slimbridge    Belated news of a juvenile PURPLE HERON photographed from Hogarth hide this week, probably Wednesday. (Roger Bing per @slimbridge_wild).

Cleeve Hill    Four Whinchats together in the heather enclosure early morning. Also a Stonechat, an adult male Yellow Wagtail over, two juvenile Bullfinches, a Coal Tit and two Goldcrests. (MK). Pics by Mike.



Forest of Dean    A Whinchat at Crabtree Hill this morning with five Stonechats, three Linnets, eight Chiffchaffs, a Kestrel, three Spotted Flycatchers, two Crossbills and Siskin and Lesser Redpoll numbers building up. (Arron Roberts).

Leigh Meadows    This evening a huge flock of up to 800 Swallows suddenly appeared over the fields at 6:45pm and remained in the area until dusk. Also a Hobby, a Kingfisher, 16 Mistle Thrushes, eight Redstarts, a Stonechat and a Yellow Wagtail over. (Andy Jayne).

Tewkesbury    On the Severn Way just S of the Cheltenham College Boat House at Lower Lode aSpotted Flycatcher with a mixed tit flock. (Keith White).

Guscar Rocks    14 Canada Geese, 13 Wigeon, six Teal, three Grey Herons, a Cormorant, twoOystercatchers,18 Dunlins, a Little Stint, 400 Curlews, seven Redshanks, five Swallows and at least three Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs calling in the hedges and one burst of Chiffchaffsong. (Mike Smart).

Aylburton Warth    Two Little Egrets, 325 Curlews roosting, a Yellow Wagtail over, two Skylarks, ten Swallows, six Meadow Pipits and 60 Goldfinches. (Mike Smart).

Sharpness    A Peregrine on the silo at 4pm. (Paul Sutton).


Thu 10th Sep 2015

WWT Slimbridge    Two GREAT WHITE EGRETS N over the car park at 8am. (John Budd per@slimbridge_wild).

Cleeve Hill    Mid-afternoon a QUAIL flushed from the side of the footpath on Sabrina Way, in the corner of a recently mown cornfield at SO997237. (Chris Stott). A Whinchat still with a pair of Stonechats at the Heather Enclosure and a Red Kite over. (Roy Shilham).


Tirley    Three garden Chiffchaffs today, nearby two Lesser Whitethroats and the first twoMeadow Pipits of the Autumn. (Mark Grieve).

Wainlodes    35+ Swallows today. (Mark Grieve).

Sherborne    The first four Wigeon of the Autumn on Sherborne Water today. (Andy Lewis).

Forest of Dean    A Whinchat at Crabtree Hill late evening with a Stonechat family, Also twoChiffchaffs, two Wild Boars and several Fallow Deer groups. (Arron Roberts).

Gloucester    At Sudmeadow this afternoon six Buzzards, two Kestrels and four Red-legged Partridges. (Gordon Avery).


Wed 9th Sep 2015

Cleeve Hill    This morning three Whinchats, three Stonechats and a Wheatear. (Roy Shilham).

Cirencester    An albino Swallow at a private site yesterday (8th) but no sign today. (Dave Soons). Pics by Dave.




Forest of Dean    At 11:45am at Blaize Bailey four Buzzards and a pair of Goshawks sharing the same thermal for 10 minutes. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake today three Mallards, two adult Grey Herons, two Coots, ten Moorhens, a Kestrel, 16 Goldfinches and 12 Linnets. (Gordon Avery).


Tue 8th Sep 2015

Forest of Dean    At Cannop Ponds Tufted Ducks, Mandarins and Little Grebes on the pond,Swallows and House Martins flying over and seven Wild Boars amongst the trees in the roadside car park above the pond. A mixed flock of Siskins, Goldcrests, Blue Tits and Great Tits along the walk to the Stoneworks and a Grey Wagtail. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock both resident Peregrines, a few Swallows, good numbers of House Martins, a Jay, a Stock Dove, four Buzzards, two Ravens, a female Mandarin and a Kingfisher on the Wye below the viewpoint. A juvenile Goshawk flew over the viewpoint. Also two Hornets and two Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.


Cleeve Hill    Three Wheatears, a Redstart, a Spotted Flycatcher and two Whinchats this evening. (Greg Mabbett).

Minchinhampton Common    Two Whinchats today. (Terry Grant).

Berkeley shore    A juvenile Knot this evening. (Paul Taylor).

Painswick Beacon Birds over this morning included a Hobby, a Sparrowhawk, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 355 Swallows, 122 House Martins, a Tree Pipit, three Yellow Wagtails, six Mistle Thrushes, two Willow Warblers, two Ravens and 15 Siskins and a Spotted Flycatcher present. (John Fleming).

Cherington    At Cherington Lake birds included two Mute Swans, a Buzzard, a Treecreeper, sevenLong-tailed Tits, a male Sparrowhawk, two Kingfishers, two Grey Wagtails, three Swallows, fiveCoal Tits, three Chiffchaffs, two Tufted Ducks and five Bullfinches including a juvenile. (John Fletcher).


Mon 7th Sep 2015

Ebworth    Near Overtown Farm late morning on plough, two Wheatears and 460+ Linnets. (John Fleming).

Painswick Beacon Birds over this afternoon included two Grey Herons, four Sparrowhawks, fourBuzzards, three Swifts, nine Sand Martins, 785 Swallows, 1420 House Martins, ten Meadow Pipits, five Mistle Thrushes, nine Ravens, 15 Chaffinches, 12 Greenfinches, three Goldfinches, 20 Siskinsand three Crossbills at 3:45pm. (John Fleming).

Hawling    A Barn Owl, a Kestrel, two Ravens, a Roebuck and three hinds this evening. (Peter Rodgers).

Cleeve Hill    A juvenile Cuckoo this evening. (Dave Pearce). Pic by Dave.


Forest of Dean    At Cannop Ponds a colour-ringed Marsh Tit, two Kingfishers and two femaleSiskins on feeders. At Parkend Cricket Field a colour-ringed Hawfinch and c50 House Martins. (Derek Hale). Pic by Derek.


Frampton pools    Two Pochards, 28 Tufted Ducks, seven Gadwalls, a Yellow-legged Gull, aCommon Tern and a Green Sandpiper. (Nick Goatman).

Hartpury    At Hartpury Orchard Centre today in a five hour period a continual flow of 100s ofSwallows, House Martins and Sand Martins, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Goldfinches, a Raven. two Kestrels, a Little Grebe, a Reed Warbler. three Mute Swans, twoBuzzards and a Tawny Owl. (Alan Hooper/Steve French).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A Mute Swan, six Greylags, 20 Teal, 75 Mallards, 12 Shovelers, aCormorant, two Grey Herons, 10+ Moorhens, 45 Lapwings, seven Snipe, ten Swallows, threeMeadow Pipits, a Sedge Warbler, at least three singing Chiffchaffs, 2+ Jays and a Reed Buntingtoday. (Mike Smart). Along the canal between the Wharf and the Grundon boardwalk a Redstart, aGrey Heron, a small flock of Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff and a small flock of Linnets. Butterflies included Red Admiral, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Large White and Small White andMigrant Hawker and Common Darter dragonflies. (Keith White).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake today a Mute Swan, a Grey Heron, aBuzzard, two Coots and a Moorhen, (Mike Smart).


Sun 6th Sep 2015

Guscar Rocks    A Knot, two Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, c80 Curlews, twoWheatears and four Yellow Wagtails this afternoon. (Lewis Thomson).

Aylburton Warth    A female Marsh Harrier, a Green Sandpiper, two Snipe, c240 Curlews, a Little Egret, a Kingfisher, six Buzzards, two Kestrels, a Sparrowhawk and an immature Peregrine today.(Lewis Thomson).

Minchinhampton Common    Two Spotted Flycatchers, six Yellow Wagtails, two Wheatears and aWhite Wagtail. (Terry Grant). Pic by Terry.

Spotted Flycatcher

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Pit 79 a Hobby, three Green Sandpipers, a Little Ringed Ploverand a Wheatear. At Pit 87 a drake Pochard, 13 Little Grebes and two Clouded Yellow butterflies and at Pit 12 11 Red Crested Pochards this morning. (Paul Taylor).

Coaley    From the viewpoint this morning 30 Siskins and 20+ Buzzards. (Paul Taylor).

Berkeley shore    A Hobby this evening, three Whinchats still around the pill and eight Siskinsover. (Paul Taylor).

Purton    A White Wagtail with c25 Pied Wagtails this evening. (Paul Taylor).

Selsley Common    Vismig this morning included 230 Swallows, 50 House Martins, ten Yellow Wagtails, three Tree Pipits, 40 Meadow Pipits and 7+ Siskins. Also two Spotted Flycatchers, aRedstart, a Garden Warbler and a Whitethroat.  (Francis Steuck).

Ashleworth/Hasfield Ham    Five Teal, a Kingfisher, two Ravens, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler, a Nuthatch. three Redstarts and two Whinchats today. Also a Tree Pipit nearby at Sandhurst Hill. (Andy Jayne).

Tirley Sandpits    A Tawny Owl calling at 5:45am, 4+ Blackcaps, 15+ Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat, a Treecreeper, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Green Woodpecker, 205+ Swallows and 12+ House Martins flew SW, two Stock Doves, a Pied Wagtail, a Skylark, fourMistle Thrushes S, a Bullfinch and a Raven. Also a garden Chiffchaff in Tirley. (Mark Grieve).

Hartpury    At Hartpury Orchard Centre today a Whinchat, two Little Grebes (ad & juv), nineChiffchaffs and dragonflies included Common and Ruddy Darters and Migrant Hawkers. (Alan Hooper/Steve French).


Sat 5th Sep 2015

Painswick Beacon    Birds over this afternoon included a Tufted Duck, ten Buzzards, seven Stock Doves, 332 Woodpigeons, nine Swifts, 73 Swallows, 385 House Martins, seven Mistle Thrushes, two Ravens, 77 Starlings, five Chaffinches, 14 Greenfinches, four Goldfinches and three Siskins. (John Fleming).

Purton    A MERLIN this morning then flew towards WWT at 12:15pm. Also an adult Yellow-legged Gull. (Paul Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge    A MERLIN (the Purton bird) on the ground in front of the Holden Tower, twoPeregrines, a Kestrel, a Marsh Harrier and three Yellow Wagtails with cattle. At Mid Point 27Knot,  a CURLEW SANDPIPER, four Sanderlings, a Turnstone, two Greenshanks, five Black-tailed Godwits, 200+ Dunlins, 100+ Ringed Plovers, four Little Egrets and a Wheatear. The juvenileCommon Crane and parents were on the sea wall N of Mid Point. (Mark Dowie/Paul Masters).

Cleeve Hill    The SHORT-EARED OWL again this evening at 7:20pm. (Paul Rich). This morning aSnipe, four Redstarts, a Wheatear, a few Siskins, two Stonechats, two Hobbies, c300 Linnets and c50 Meadow Pipits this morning. (Tom Mabbett).

Berkeley shore    This morning a Stonechat, three Wheatears and a Siskin and a Tree Pipit over. (Paul Taylor).

Beachley Point    This morning a Redstart, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, two Yellow Wagtails, five Whitethroats, a Willow Warbler, 18 Chiffchaffs, 24 Blackcaps and a Painted Lady.(Lewis Thomson).

Frampton shore    On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge three Little Egrets, a Greenshank, aKingfisher, a Sand Martin with 50+ Swallows and 15+ House Martins, five Mistle Thrushes, a juvenile Sedge Warbler in the reed bed and a pair of Roe Deers on the sea wall. (MK).

Saul Warth    14 Ruff feeding on the shore this morning, also a Wheatear. (Gordon Hodgson).

Frocester Hill    This morning at 10:15am a Red Kite at the top of the hill. (Adrian Smith).

Forest of Dean    At Crabtree Hill two Tree Pipits, two Willow Warblers, a Whitethroat, twoGarden Warblers many Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps and a flock of 36 Mistle Thrushes. (Mark Hobson). At Newnham-on-Severn c100 House Martins feeding over the river. At Wenchford aGrey Heron, two Siskins, two Grey Wagtails, a Wren, a Kingfisher, Nuthatches and a Jay. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines but no juveniles now, fourRavens, a Stock Dove, a Grey Heron, a male Sparrowhawk, four Buzzards, a Hobby, two Jays and small House Martin flocks today. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.


Sharpness    Four Teal, an adult Mediterranean Gull, a Coal Tit, two Jays, a Cetti’s Warbler, twoKingfishers, three Peregrines, two Tufted Ducks and flyovers of three Yellow Wagtails, threeGrey Wagtails and two Siskins today. (Andy Jordan).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning birds included 55 Greylags, 16 Canada Geese, 26 Teal, 200Mallards, two Shovelers, two Buzzards, two Grey Herons, a Water Rail calling, ten Snipe, a JACK SNIPE, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Stock Doves, 5+ Swallows, 10+Sand Martins, a Meadow Pipit, 10+ Chiffchaffs, 5+ Willow Warblers, 10+ Long-tailed Tits and twoReed Buntings. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Twyning    At Upham Meadow two Mute Swans with six cygnets, two Canada Geese, 20 Mallards, three Buzzards, 20 Swallows, five House Martins, 5+ Chiffchaffs, 100 Carrion Crows and 100Rooks. (Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury    At Lower Lode Brickpits two pairs of Mute Swans with one and five cygnets and four adults on the Severn, a Teal, 40 Mallards, a Tufted Duck, 15 Cormorants, two Grey Heronsand a Grey Wagtail. (Mike Smart).

Tirley    A female Sparrowhawk being mobbed by two Swallows, also a garden Chiffchaff early on. (Mark Grieve).


Fri 4th Sep 2015

Cleeve Hill    The SHORT-EARED OWL again this evening hunting on the golf course from 6:45pm. Also a Red Kite, four Stonechats and a Tree Pipit flew over. (Russ Peacey/Dave Pearce).

Forest of Dean    At Cannop Ponds two family parties of c12 Spotted Flycatchers, two Ravens, two female Mandarins, at least ten Little Grebes and a Grey Wagtail. At Nagshead Lower hide aKingfisher and a Fallow Deer with a fawn. (Adrienne Sanders).

WWT Slimbridge    Four apparent Snow Geese (or hybrids) with 60 Canada Geese distant on the Dumbles edge viewed from Mid Point at 11:30am. From Mid Point at high tide five Knot, twoGreenshanks, 22 Curlews, six Little Egrets, 40+ Shelducks and a Peregrine. Also a Snipe sp flushed which went straight to ground so possibly a Jack. From Robbie Garnett hide a Greenshank, threeGreen Sandpipers, 19 Teal and six Yellow Wagtails on the Tack Piece viewed from the Summer Walkway. Nine adult GCRP Common Cranes, three pairs on the Dumbles and a pair and an adult on the Tack Piece. 100+ Black-tailed Godwits, 10+ Redshanks and seven Cormorants on South Lake. (MK).

Purton    This afternoon a Hobby, two Common Sandpipers, four Kingfishers, three Wheatears and a COMMON (Harbour) SEAL. (Paul Taylor).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A Swift drifting S at 11:30am, a Hobby meandering N from the Grundon hide and another Hobby putting up hirundines near the car park. (Tim Hutton/Martin Wright).

Tewkesbury    One, possibly two Wheatears along the River Avon near Tewkesbury sailing club this afternoon. (Sarah Loaring).

Gloucester    15+ House Martins over London Road today. (Mark Grieve).


Thu 3rd Sep 2015

Cleeve Hill    The ringtail HEN HARRIER still present mid morning. Also three Redstarts, aWhinchat, two Stonechats and a Wheatear. (Dave Pearce). A SHORT-EARED OWL again this evening hunting on the golf course until 5:50pm at least. Also a Peregrine. (Roy Shilham/Russ Peacey/Greg Mabbett). Also today Yellowhammers, Linnets, Skylarks, Goldfinches, a Goldcrest, a male Redstart, Swallows, three Ravens, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, c200 Starlings and a Roe Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Epney    Three Black-tailed Godwits mid morning today just before the tide, unusual here. (Mike Teesdale).

WWT Slimbridge    A Redstart on the Summer Walkway, a Whinchat and Reed Warbler at Mid Point and six Yellow Wagtails on the Tack Piece today. (Geoff Moyser).

Dudbridge    Three Swifts over at lunchtime today. (Colin Greenfield).

Painswick Beacon    Birds over this afternoon included 82 Common Gulls, 32 Stock Doves, 514Woodpigeons, 787 House Martins, a Sand Martin, 282 Swallows, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Ravens, a Siskin, eight Goldfinches and three Greenfinches. (John Fleming).


Wed 2nd Sep 2015

Frampton    Belated news of a BITTERN which flew over the 100-Acre yesterday (1st) and carried on S, possibly flushed by wildfowlers near Splatt Bridge. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Cleeve Hill    A ringtail HEN HARRIER and a SHORT-EARED OWL by the Wash Pool and also on the golf course until 6:24pm at least. (Duncan Dine/Russ Peacey). Three Redstarts and sixWheatears this morning. (Martin Greenish).

WWT Slimbridge    From Holden Tower a female MERLIN on the Dumbles from early morning, where it was seen to take a kill, also a SPOTTED REDSHANK and 14 Ruff. From Zeiss hide large number of waders including three Sanderlings, 3-4 CURLEW SANDPIPERS, three Little Stints, 220+ Ringed Plovers, 26 Knot and a Turnstone. (Terry Grant).

Frampton    The juvenile BLACK TERN again today. Also four Common Terns, a LesserWhitethroat, 10+ Blackcaps, two Willow Warblers, six Chiffchaffs and a Yellow Wagtail. (Nick Goatman).

Sharpness    A male Peregrine on the silo in the docks early afternoon. (Gord & Margaret Avery).

Quedgeley    A Redstart in the old pear orchard at Green Farm off of Sims Lane today. (Mark Hobson).

Dursley    A Wheatear and a Willow Warbler today in a dead bean field E of Dursley at ST772977. Also a garden Whitethroat for the last two days. (Geoff Moyser).

Selsley Common    This afternoon two Redstarts, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Willow Warbler and twoGrey Wagtails. (Francis Steuck).

Forest of Dean    This afternoon at Blaize Bailey a Peregrine  and a juvenile Wheatear on telephone wires. (Lynne Mayers & Peter Boorman).

Cheltenham    A Sparrowhawk with prey in a neighbouring garden at Rowanfield at 5pm.

(Les Waring). Pic by Les.


Tirley    Two garden Blackcaps today. (Mark Grieve).

Aylburton Warth    The bull Common Seal seen at the mouth of Cone Pill on August 28th has been re-identified as an ATLANTIC GREY SEAL, much rarer in Glos, and possibly still present. (Andy Jayne). Pics by Andy.

Atlantic Grey Seal


Tue 1st Sep 2015

Cleeve Hill    A SHORT-EARED OWL, eight Wheatears, five Stonechats, four Whinchats, threeRedstarts and two Tree Pipits today. (Greg Mabbett). Pic by Greg.

Short-eared Owl

Dursley    A Whinchat today in a dead bean field E of Dursley at ST772977. (Geoff Moyser).

Frampton    The juvenile BLACK TERN again today. Also three Common Terns, 30+ Sand Martins, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Reed Warbler, two Grey Wagtails and a Kestrel. (Nick Goatman/Martin Greenish). Also a Yellow-legged Gull at Splatt Bridge. (Andy Chapman).

Selsley Common    A HONEY BUZZARD flew S over Woodchester at 5:40pm. (Francis Steuck).

Forest of Dean    A Hobby, a Redstart, three Tree Pipits and six Stonechats at Crabtree Hill late morning. (Lewis Thomson).

Hartpury    At Hartpury Orchard Centre a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, two juvenileSedge Warblers, c10 Sand Martins and c30 House Martins, four Swallows, a Little Grebe, a flock of 16 Mistle Thrushes over, a Grey Heron and c40 Goldfinches this evening. (Alan Hooper/Steve French).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake today a Common Sandpiper, a Kingfisher and a pair of Kestrels. (Martin Greenish).

Lydney    Today at Lydney Harbour 580 Swallows passed up-river in 15 minutes 12:30-12:45pm. (Roger Ruston).

Whitminster    A garden Coal Tit again today. (Tanya Allen). Pic by Tanya.

Coal Tit

Ashleworth Ham    From Meerend Thicket hide birds included two Grey Herons, two Canada Geese, eight Mallards, four Teal, a female Shoveler, a Treecreeper, a Buzzard, seven Long-tailed Tits, two Blackcaps and a Goldcrest heard. (John Fletcher).

Tirley Sandpits    Ten Buzzards, a Hobby, a Kestrel, two Sparrowhawks, two Blackcaps, twoLesser Whitethroats, three Willow Warblers, eight Chiffchaffs, 120+ Swallows, nine House Martins, a female Redstart, 35+ Linnets, four Stock Doves, a Green Woodpecker and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers. In Tirley two garden Bullfinches and a calling Tawny Owl at 8:45 pm. (Mark Grieve).


Mon 31st Aug 2015

Frampton    The juvenile BLACK TERN throughout the day today again. Also a Hobby, threeSwifts and three Kingfishers, 11 Little Egrets on Court Lake this evening. (Nick Goatman).

Quedgeley    A Wheatear, two Spotted Flycatchers (both patch ticks), a Hobby and five Swifts at Lower Rea today. (Andy Chapman).

Tirley    A female Sparrowhawk today. (Mark Grieve).

WWT Slimbridge    Still large numbers of waders on site today, details on the WWT website, highlights included a SPOTTED REDSHANK, a CURLEW SANDPIPER, Little Stints, a Turnstone, three ARCTIC TERNS and a MARSH HARRIER. (@slimbridge_wild et al). Pic by Jon Mercer.

Green Sandpiper

Sun 30th Aug 2015

Frampton    A GREAT WHITE EGRET at the Sailing Lake at 3pm, but no sign later. (Neil Smart/Andy Jordan). A juvenile BLACK TERN throughout the day today. Also two Yellow-legged Gulls, five Common Terns (3ads, 2juvs) and two Green Sandpipers. (Nick Goatman/Mark Dowie).

Pics by Andy.

Black Tern

Great White Egret

WWT Slimbridge    A GREAT WHITE EGRET flew over the Rushy at 1:45pm. (Andy Jordan). Large numbers of waders of 14 species on site for the last couple of days, details on the WWT website, highlights included a WOOD SANDPIPER, a SPOTTED REDSHANK, CURLEW SANDPIPERS, a MERLIN and a MARSH HARRIER. (@slimbridge_wild et al).

Saul Warth    A CORN BUNTING over W this morning, a local Mega, very rare in the Severn Vale.(Gordon Hodgson).

Leckhampton    A Red Kite drifting over Leckhampton Hill and five Buzzards today. (Mark Dowie).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two Buzzards, four Teal, two Grey Herons, a Green Woodpecker heard, aGreat Spotted Woodpecker, six Linnets, 10+ Swallows, three Goldfinches, a Stock Dove and two Bullfinches. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.


Cirencester    50 House Martins congregating in a tree in Cirencester Park, near the tennis courts today. (Felicity Cobb).

Tirley Sandpits    A Bullfinch, 51+ Linnets, 80+ Swallows over, 10+ House Martins, a Green Woodpecker, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Grey Heron, two Ravens, six Stock Doves, fourWhitethroats, 10+ Chiffchaffs, 6+ Willow Warblers, five Blackcaps, two Lesser Whitethroats and 19 Greylags over. (Mark Grieve).

Longney Sands    This afternoon ten Canada Geese, a Teal, two Little Egrets, two Kestrels, aHobby, seven Ringed Plovers, 14 Black-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Redstart and a Yellow Wagtail flying over. (Andy Jayne).

Cleeve Hill    This evening a Whinchat and a Wheatear. (Roy Shilham). Pic by Roy.


Sat 29th Aug 2015

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock today the resident Peregrine pair and a juvenile male, a Stock Dove,Swallows and House Martins in small numbers, a male Sparrowhawk, two Ravens, four Buzzards, aKingfisher, a Grey Heron and two Barn Owls. Other sightings included four Fallow Deer (2 does with 2 fawns), Hummingbird Hawkmoths, Holly Blue, Silver-washed Fritillary and Speckled Woodbutterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Forest of Dean    At Nagshead 12 Common Lizards, a Hornets nest, Emerald Damselflies, Common Darter and Southern Hawker dragonflies, Speckled Wood and Silver-washed Fritillary butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Emerald Damselflies

Fri 28th Aug 2015

Epney    This evening a gull roost of c380 birds, mainly adult Herring Gulls but also containing 67Black-headed Gulls, 110 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, four Mediterranean Gulls (3ads, 1 2nd sum), two Yellow-legged Gulls and two Common Gulls. Also 15 Pied Wagtails, ten Swallows and five Sand Martins. (Mark Dowie). Pic by Mark.

Mediterranean Gull

Frampton pools    A Spotted Flycatcher, a Garden Warbler, three Whitethroats, 50+ Sand Martins, 30+ Swallows, two Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper. (Nick Goatman).

Painswick    Two Hobbies over at 7pm. (Rob Crispin).

Cam    A Red Kite over Orchard Leaze at 3pm. (Matthew Tipper).

Saul Warth    Two Common Sandpipers, two Grey Wagtails, two Swallows, a female Kestrel and a male Sparrowhawk this evening. (MK).

Aylburton Warth    This evening a bull COMMON (Harbour) SEAL at the mouth of Cone Pill. No waders at all, just an immature female Peregrine. (Andy Jayne).

Gloucester    At Gloucester Quays 25+ House Martins today. (Mark Grieve).


Thu 27th Aug 2015

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Pit 132 a distant OSPREY drying out after a shower, also aGreenshank, three Green Sandpipers, two Common Sandpipers, a Dunlin in summer plumage and four Little Egrets. Unfortunately all spooked by a U2 taking off. (Dave Pearce).

WWT Slimbridge    A juvenile WOOD SANDPIPER from Zeiss hide still, and seven CURLEW SANDPIPERS and ten Little Stints on the estuary today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Symonds Yat    The resident adult male Peregrine and a juvenile male showing today. Also twoGoshawks with one male harassing a juvenile Buzzard, five female Goosanders and a Kingfisher on the Wye below the viewpoint, two Swifts, small numbers of House Martins and Swallows and twoBarn Owls. Other sightings include two Fallow Deer does with two fawns, many Hummingbird Hawkmoths, a Seven Spot Ladybird, two Hornets and butterflies included Peacock, Small White,Large White, Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Painted Lady, two Silver-washed Fritillaries, Holly Blue,Small Tortoiseshell, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Hartpury    At Hartpury Orchard Centre two Whinchats and a Green Sandpiper this evening. (Alan Hooper/Steve French).

Tirley Sandpits    8+ Chiffchaffs, 8+ Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 7+Whitethroats, a Green Woodpecker, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 65 Swallows, ten House Martins, three Spotted Flycatchers, a female Redstart with a Tit flock, a Bullfinch, 54+ Starlings, a Raven, nine Stock Doves and 15 Barnacle Geese flew N. (Mark Grieve).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning a Little Egret, two  juvenileGrey Herons and two Mallards. (Gordon Avery).

Nailsworth    Three Kingfishers, at least 25 Little Grebes (including two new nests with birds sitting) and three Cormorants fishing at a private lake. (Terry Grant). Pic by Terry.


Wed 26th Aug 2015

Saul Warth    This evening including Knot, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Sanderling and several large groups of Dunlins and Ringed Plovers although viewing difficult against strong direct sunlight. Three BLACK TERNS over the high tide before spiralling high and continuing S when lost to view. Five Common Sandpipers at Hock Ditch flushed by the high tide. At Hock Ditch wader roost included 32 Ringed Plovers, ten Dunlins, two Sanderlings and a juvenile Little Stint, threeGreenshanks and two Yellow Wagtails over. (Mark Dowie).

Eastleach    A Firecrest, three Redstarts, a Wheatear, two Green Woodpeckers, fourChiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, ten Linnets, two Bullfinches, ten House Martins, eight Blue Tits, two Red Kites, three Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel. Also Common Blue butterfly, aMigrant Hawker and four Brown Hares. (Steve Davies).

Hartpury    A Hobby over the Royal Exchange Pub beer garden at 6:45pm, heading SE. (Mark Grieve).

Gloucester    This morning eight Swifts, five House Martins and a Swallow moving S together at Robinswood Hill. At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this afternoon a Swift, c30 Goldfinches, a pair of Bullfinches, a Grey Heron and a Buzzard. (Ian Elphick).

Aston Down    A Yellow Wagtail over the airfield today. (Shane Long).

Tirley Sandpits     A Spotted Flycatcher, a female Redstart, a Whinchat, 15+ Chiffchaffs, threeWhitethroats, 5+ Willow Warblers, five Blackcaps, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 63 Starlings, 21 Greylags over, eight House Martins, 16+ Swallows, a femaleSparrowhawk, a Raven and three Stock Doves. (Mark Grieve).


Tue 25th Aug 2015

Alstone    A WRYNECK in a private garden at 7pm. (Clare Henderson).

Cleeve Hill    On the Common this evening three Wheatears, four Redstarts, two Spotted Flycatchers, two Hobbies, three Whinchats and five Stonechats. (Greg Mabbett). This morning two Whinchats and two Wheatears in the field next to the masts car park and two Whinchatswith four Stonechats between Wontley Barn and Wardens Wood. Also in a mixed finch flock at Wardens Wood at least seven Bullfinches. (Chris Stott). Pic by Greg.


Walmore Common    This morning eight Whinchats, 15 Yellow Wagtails, 35 Pied Wagtails, twoBullfinches and two Green Woodpeckers. (Dave Owen).

Cotswolds    A Red Kite between Hawling and Brockhampton today. (Laurie Pierce).

Cheltenham    In north Cheltenham this evening up to five Swifts feeding and moving S. (Laurie Pierce).

Cirencester    Six Swifts over Cecily Hill this morning. (Jon Mercer).

Tirley Sandpits    50+ Starlings, 10+ Blackcaps, 30+ Swallows, 9+ House Martins, a Green Woodpecker, a male Redstart, three Spotted Flycatchers, two Bullfinches, a Lesser Whitethroat, seven Chiffchaffs, two Ravens, two Whitethroats, a Goldcrest, a Willow Warbler and three Stock Doves. In the village ten Swallows on wires, at Hartpury 15 Swallows, at Corse 25+ House Martinsand at Maisemore 16+ House Martins. (Mark Grieve).


Mon 24th Aug 2015

WWT Slimbridge    From Zeiss hide a juvenile WOOD SANDPIPER still, 20 Ruff and 250 Tealtoday. (@slimbridge_wild).

Ashleworth Ham    Two Green Sandpipers and three Redstarts from the Meerend Thicket hide this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Thrupp    300 House Martins and at least four Swifts feeding on flying ants at high altitude, over the Golden Valley today. ( SO8603 ). (Martin Wright).

Whitminster    A garden Coal Tit at 9:30am was a garden tick. (Tanya Allen).

Tirley Sandpits    A Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a female Sparrowhawk, 9+Chiffchaffs, eight Blackcaps, three Lesser Whitethroats, six Whitethroats, 21 House Martins, 39+ Swallows, a Spotted Flycatcher, three Ravens, four Stock Doves, three Bullfinches, threeSkylarks and a Lesser Redpoll over. (Mark Grieve).


Sun 23rd Aug 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    A moulting adult BLACK TERN at Pit 16 this morning. (Nigel Pleass).

Frampton    Around the pools this evening three Spotted Flycatchers, two Swifts, 100+ Sand Martins, 30+ Chiffchaffs, 12 Blackcaps, two Garden Warblers and a Lesser Whitethroat. Also a Hobby over the garden. (Nick Goatman).

Sharpness    Nine Green Sandpipers, a Ringed Plover, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Garden Warbler and a COMMON (Harbour) SEAL this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Walmore Common    A Teal, a Cormorant, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel and a Hobby, three Snipe, aSand Martin, 50 Swallows, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Redstarts, ten Whinchats, two Wheatearsand 20 Yellow Wagtails today. (Andy Jayne).

Cleeve Hill    Four Stonechats and two Whinchats, 200m south of Wontley Farm along the drystone wall. Around Warden’s Wood three Ravens, two Bullfinches, a Marsh Tit and a mixed flock of 100+ finches, Linnets, Goldfinches and Chaffinches. (Steve Brown).

Charlton Abbots    An agitated Tawny Owl near the driveway for Westwood House. (Steve Brown).

Hartpury    A Whinchat at Hartpury Orchard Centre today. (Steve French).

Tirley Sandpits    A Green Woodpecker, a Bullfinch, 35+ Swallows, 15+ House Martins, fiveBlackcaps, three Lesser Whitethroats, four Whitethroats, 10+ Willow Warblers, 12+ Chiffchaffs, a Stock Dove , 50+ Starlings, 4+ Spotted Flycatchers, two Cormorants, two Redstarts and a female Sparrowhawk. (Mark Grieve).


Sat 22nd Aug 2015

Naunton    Four Whinchats and a Wheatear this afternoon. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.


Tirley Sandpits    12+ Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers, three Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, three Whitethroats, 85+ Starlings, 17+ Swallows, a Green Woodpecker, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 30+ Goldfinches, 6+ Spotted Flycatchers, two Redstarts (fem & 1st sum male), six Stock Doves, three Bullfinches, a Cormorant, a Sparrowhawk, two Ravens and a Fox. Also 20+ Swallows S over the village and a garden Chiffchaff. (Mark Grieve).

Whitminster    Four Yellow Wagtails, a Tree Pipit flew over S, 18+ Curlews on fields and a Cetti’s Warbler singing along the canal. (Richard Baatsen).


Fri 21st Aug 2015

Quedgeley    Five Swifts over Waterwells heading S at 10:05am. (MK).

Berkeley shore    A Spotted Redshank, three Whinchats, three Wheatears, six Yellow Wagtailsand three Common Sandpipers today. (Paul Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge    On South Lake 50+ Lapwings, 100+ Black-headed Gulls, 12 Teal, eight Black-tailed Godwits, four Redshanks, two Cormorants, an Avocet and a Common Tern. From Zeiss hide six Gadwalls, three Shovelers, four Shelducks, 20 Teal, three Black-tailed Godwits, aSparrowhawk and a female/immature Marsh Harrier. (John Fletcher). Also from Zeiss hide aWOOD SANDPIPER still, ten Ruff, 22 Redshanks and two Greenshanks. (@slimbridge_wild).


Thu 20th Aug 2015

Saul Warth    Early morning today a Whinchat, two Yellow Wagtails, two Lesser Whitethroatsand six Avocets. (Gordon Hodgson).

Berkeley shore    Two Wheatears on the footpath beside the Pill this afternoon and a Redstartto the S of the Pill near Berkeley Power Station. (Vic Polley).

Tirley Sandpits    22+ Swallows, a Treecreeper, seven Willow Warblers, two Ravens over, twoGreat Spotted Woodpeckers, three Blackcaps, a Nuthatch (2nd patch record), a Hobby low over SW, 4+ Spotted Flycatchers, 9+ Chiffchaffs, a Green Woodpecker, five Stock Doves, nine House Martins, two Redstarts (m & f), four Lesser Whitethroats, four Whitethroats, a Little Owl calling , two Jays flew SE, a male Reed Bunting and a Red Kite over low drifted towards Tewkesbury. Nearby 45+ House Martins over the old cider barn at Corse. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth Ham    Today along Stank Lane a male Redstart, a female Bullfinch, a flock of Long- tailed Tits, two Stock Doves and large Swallow and House Martin flocks. Also many Small Whitebutterflies and Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and Comma. (Chris & Phil Andrews).


Wed 19th Aug 2015

Frampton    A Hobby, two Swifts, 150+ Sand Martins, 50+ House Martins, two Green Sandpipers, five Teal, five Treecreepers, five Common Terns and three young at the pools this evening. (Nick Goatman/Paul Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge    At Mid Point today at least 155 Ringed Plovers, from Zeiss hide five Avocets, from Holden Tower amongst the cattle four Yellow Wagtails and a Robbie Garnett hide a Water Rail. (Geoff Moyser).

Purton    No sign of the Bittern in two hours in poor conditions this morning, 1+ Kingfishers on the canal and a Curlew and three Ringed Plovers on the river. (Kenton Smith).

Tirley Sandpits    12+ Swallows, two Green Woodpeckers, eight Willow Warblers, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 23+ House Martins, two Lesser Whitethroats, 11+ Chiffchaffs, 6+Whitethroats, three Spotted Flycatchers, 30+ Goldfinches, four Ravens, two Treecreepers, threeBlackcaps, three Redstarts, 3+ Bullfinches, two Sand Martins, four Stock Doves and a maleYellowhammer. (Mark Grieve).


Tue 18th Aug 2015

Purton    A Bittern reported on the canal towpath S of the Timber Ponds this morning, it flew back into the ponds when it flushed. (Kenton Smith).

Forest of Dean    This morning at Crabtree Hill, five Stonechats, four Spotted Flycatchers, twoRedstarts, two Tree Pipits and a few Siskins and at Woorgreens Lake a Kingfisher and a Swiftover. (Vic Polley/Dave Pearce).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint the resident Peregrines and their juveniles, Buzzards,Cormorants, Nuthatches, three Kingfishers and Barn Owls. Other sightings included a Wild Boar, three Fallow Deer, Hummingbird Hawkmoths, two Rose Chafers, a Common Darter and butterflies included Peacock, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small White, Small Copper, Holly Blue and Common Blue. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Frampton    On the Sailing Lake an adult Yellow-legged Gull still, five Common Terns and twoKingfishers today. (Nick Goatman).

Berkeley shore    Three Whinchats still late afternoon. (Paul Taylor).

Nastend    A Grey Partridge here today and 11+ Swallows on wires. (Felicity Cobb).

Tresham    At least 30 Yellow Wagtails and four Corn Buntings late evening. (Paul Rich).

Sandhurst    A steady flow of Swifts heading S over Sandhurst Hill, N of Sandhurst, this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Forest of Dean    In the garden at St Briavels this afternoon, a family party of Siskins (2ads, 3juvs). (Bob Broughton).

Cheltenham    A Sparrowhawk in the garden today at Rowanfield being mobbed by 11 Magpies. (Les Waring).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning 16 Greylags, five Canada Geese, 15 Teals, 20 Mallards, aShoveler, two Grey Herons, a Little Egret, a Cormorant over, two Buzzards, an adult malePeregrine, three Kestrels, two immature Water Rails near the Long Pool, 20 Moorhens, four Coots, a Lapwing, nine Snipe, 12 Green Sandpipers, a Kingfisher, five Sedge Warblers, at least ten Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, 12 Swallows, nine Long-tailed Tits, three Coal Tits, three Bullfinchesand three Reed Buntings. (Les Brown/Mike Smart/John Fletcher). Pic by John.


Tewkesbury    At Severn Ham a pair of Mute Swans with one cygnet on Mill Avon, five Sand Martins, 30 House Martins, 50 Swallows and a Raven over. (Mike Smart).


Mon 17th Aug 2015

Berkeley shore    Three Whinchats, five Yellow Wagtails and two Common Sandpipers today. (Paul Taylor).

Purton    A Whinchat, a Wheatear and a Kingfisher today. (Paul Taylor).

Withington    A Red Kite this afternoon. (Laurie Pierce).


Sun 16th Aug 2015

WWT Slimbridge    An adult CURLEW SANDPIPER, two Grey Plovers, six Knot, two Turnstones, a Bar-tailed Godwit and an Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit on the estuary today. (Paul Taylor).

Berkeley shore    Six Whinchats this afternoon. (Paul Taylor).

Tirley    A Tawny Owl calling at 3:20am, a garden Blackcap and in the Tirley area eight Spotted Flycatchers, two Willow Warblers, one singing, a Treecreeper, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, four Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs, a Green Woodpecker, three Bullfinches, a Lesser Whitethroat, aWhitethroat, six Skylarks, 50+ Canada Geese over, four Swallows, 10+ House Martins and twoYellow Wagtails over S. (Mark Grieve).


Sat 15th Aug 2015

Saul Warth    Six Knots, six Avocets, two Bar-tailed Godwits, two Black-tailed Godwits, 150+ distant Dunlin/Ringed Plover flock today. (Gordon Hodgson).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning 12 Canada Geese over, c60 Mallards, a Gadwall, nine Teal, five Grey Herons, a Little Egret, two Cormorants, six Lapwings, five Snipe, nine Green Sandpipers, a Buzzard, a female and an immature Kestrel, a Hobby, three Stock Doves, three Grey Wagtails, five Ravens, eight Sedge Warblers and c40 Swallows. (Les Brown/Chris Downward).

Tirley Sandpits    12 Mistle Thrushes flew SW, 14+ Chiffchaffs, a Green Woodpecker, 2+ Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Lesser Whitethroats, two Ravens, a female Sparrowhawk, 6+Bullfinches, three Blackcaps, 4+ Whitethroats, 15+ Swallows, six Stock Doves, a Willow Warbler, aHobby flew SW, a male Yellowhammer, a male Redstart, 30+ House Sparrows on maize, 10+ House Martins and two Spotted Flycatchers today. (Mark Grieve).


Fri 14th Aug 2015

Cotswold Water Park (E)    Three BLACK TERNS on Pit 125 this afternoon. (Duncan Dine).

Tirley    A garden Bullfinch today, nearby three Mistle Thrushes and 12+ House Martins near Town Street Farm and two Ravens over. At Tirley Knowle 25 Swallows on wires. (Mark Grieve).


Thu 13th Aug 2015

Whitminster    A Red Kite over fields between the M5/J13 and Fromebridge at 9:50am. (Tanya Allen).

Tirley    A garden Chiffchaff and nearby a Spotted Flycatcher. (Mark Grieve).


Wed 12th Aug 2015

Cheltenham    A Swift over Benhall today. (Ian Ralphs).


Tue 11th Aug 2015

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint this afternoon two Peregrines, a Buzzard, a Kingfisher, aSpotted Flycatcher, a Little Egret, two Cormorants and two Barn Owls on the cliff face. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.


Coombe Hill Meadows    17 Canada Geese flew over, five Teal, 30 Mallards, a Little Egret, threeGrey Herons, a Cormorant, at least 20 Moorhens, two juvenile Lapwings, an adult Little Ringed Plover, six Snipe, 16 Green Sandpipers, five Sedge Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2-3 Willow Warblers, 2-3 Chiffchaffs, two Ravens over and 2-3 Reed Buntings. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean    At Lords Hill, Coleford a Buzzard carrying a rodent being mobbed by gulls, later three Buzzards high overhead. At least five Swifts through at midday heading S and 20+ Swallowsalso heading S mid afternoon. Early evening 40+ House Martins. (Frank Williams).


Mon 10th Aug 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    12 Teal, an eclipse Shoveler, 150 Mallards, a Cormorant, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, a Water Rail, c15 Moorhens, three Coots, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, 14Lapwings, three Snipe, 15 Green Sandpipers, ten Swallows, a Grasshopper Warbler still singing quite strongly, a Reed Warbler in subsong, 3+ Sedge Warblers, 2-3 each Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, a Raven over, two Reed Buntings and a male Yellowhammer. (Mike Smart).


Sun 9th Aug 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A WOOD SANDPIPER on the Rushy and six Ruff on South Lake today. (Paul Taylor).

Saul Warth    160 Curlews, 12 Avocets, three Dunlins, two Common Sandpipers and the firstGreenshank of the year this afternoon. (Gordon Hodgson).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Four Buzzards, three Whitethroats, a Green Woodpecker heard, aGreat Spotted Woodpecker, two Grey Herons, two Stock Doves, two Goldfinches, threeGreenfinches and a juvenile Bullfinch. (Les Waring). Pic by Les W. Eight House Martins around a colony at the traffic lights. (Mark Grieve).


Severnhampton    At Manor Farm 50+ Swallows on wires today. (Mark Grieve).

Syreford    Eight Red-legged Partridges today. (Mark Grieve).

Cleeve Hill    Between West Down towards Belas Knapp, 20+ Swallows over, a flock of 120+ mixedLinnets and Goldfinches on the approach road to West Down, 6+ Bullfinches, four Stock Doves, 10+ Yellowhammers, 6+ Chiffchaffs, six Whitethroats, a Green Woodpecker, a Tree Pipit over, 70+ Starlings, a Willow Warbler and a Skylark. (Mark Grieve).

Forest of Dean    10+ Crossbills over Woorgreens today. (Mark Hobson). A Sparrowhawk working the tree line down the middle track at Crabtree Hill. (Frank Williams).


Sat 8th Aug 2015

Longney    An eclipse drake GARGANEY with six Teal on the Severn today. Also two Little Egrets, five Ringed Plovers, three Dunlins, a Common Sandpiper and a Greenshank. (Andy Jayne).

Coombe Hill Meadows    35 Mallards, four Little Egrets, four Grey Herons, two Cormorants, twoBuzzards, a juvenile Water Rail, c15 Moorhens, six Coots, a Little Ringed Plover, six Lapwings(5ads, 1juv), two Snipe, 15 Green Sandpipers, five Swallows, at least three Sedge Warblers, aChiffchaff, 80 Linnets and 20 Greenfinches, two or three Reed Buntings and a maleYellowhammer. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows    15 Mallards and a Grey Heron. (Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury    At Lower Lode Brickpits six Mute Swans, a Teal, ten Mallards, 23 Cormorantsperching on a dead tree, five Coots, 40 House Martins, 15 Sand Martins and a Chiffchaff. (Mike Smart).

Tirley /Tirley Sandpits    4+ Bullfinches, 25+ Swallows, a Green Woodpecker, 13+ Chiffchaffs, eight Cormorants flew upriver, a juvenile Redstart, 5+ Stock Doves, eight Whitethroats, aSpotted Flycatcher, 6+ Skylarks, a male Yellowhammer, a female Reed Bunting, a Yellow Wagtailover S, 55+ Starlings, a Raven over and a Fox. (Mark Grieve).

Forest of Dean    At Woorgreens and Crabtree Hill this evening 300 hirundines mainly Swallows. (Frank Williams).


Fri 7th Aug 2015

May Hill    This morning a Willow Warbler still singing at the top of the hill and a flock of nineCrossbills at a seep near the top of the hill. (Rob Guest).

Tirley    In the garden a Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff and a Coal Tit, first for a couple of years, also four Spotted Flycatchers (2ad, 2juv) today. (Mark Grieve).


Thu 6th Aug 2015

Birdwood    A Hobby flew over the road here today. (Rob Guest).


Wed 5th Aug 2015

Walmore Common    Four adult Whinchats today. (Andy Jayne).

Leighterton    A male and a female Redstart on the footpath from Leighterton to Westonbirt Arboretum just before Silk Wood. (Vic Polley).

Frampton    At the pools today a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 15 Swifts, nine Sand Martins, six Grey Wagtails, three Kingfishers, five Treecreepers and seven Common Terns. (Nick Goatman).


Tue 4th Aug 2015

Tirley    Two adult and two juvenile Spotted Flycatchers, also a Lesser Whitethroat and a Sand Martin over S. (Mark Grieve).

Forest of Dean    At midday 25+ Swifts and a Swallow over Lords Hill, Coleford. (Frank Williams).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake today a Common Sandpiper and a Little Egret. (Keith Colcombe).

Symonds Yat    Today birds included the Peregrine pair and their three juveniles, Swifts,Swallows and House Martins, Cormorants, a Little Egret, Nuthatches, seven female Goosanders, six Buzzards, four Goshawks, a male Sparrowhawk, Ravens and a pair of Barn Owls with two young. Other wildlife included four Fallow Deer, Hummingbird Hawkmoths, two Hornets and Common Blue,Holly Blue, Meadow Brown and Ringlet butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows    On the Long Pool 11 Green Sandpipers, four Snipe, 15 Lapwings and threeTeal. On the Southern Meadows two flying juvenile Curlews. Also two small Pike in the canal. (Mike Smart).

Cherington Lake    Birds included a Grey Heron, five Long-tailed Tits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Buzzards and two Marsh Tits. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.


Mon 3rd Aug 2015

WWT Slimbridge    This morning six SANDWICH TERNS and adult and juvenile Mediterranean Gulls resting on the sands opposite Mid Point, Also c30 Commic Terns (Common or Arctic) flew upriver with Black-headed Gulls. (Martin McGill, WWT). This afternoon at 4pm a Knot, aGreenshank, three Ruff and two Little Ringed Plovers amongst the Black-tailed Godwits andRedshanks flock on South Lake. (Paul Taylor).

The Kymin    A female Redstart on the Offa’s Dyke footpath S of The Kymin on Duffields Lane at SO533113 today. (Geoff Fawcett).

Cheltenham    A Red Kite over Lower High Street at 11:30am, mobbed and driven off by gulls. (Peter Rodgers).


Sun 2nd Aug 2015

Guscar Rocks    This evening a Hobby, four Oystercatchers, a Whimbrel, 630 Curlews, a Dunlin, aCommon Sandpiper and two Redshanks. (Andy Jayne).

Tirley Sandpits    A first winter Wheatear, three Green Woodpeckers, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 90+ Starlings, two Ravens, four Stock Doves, 16+ Swallows, 20+ House Martins, 25+House Sparrows, five Skylarks, 6+ Chiffchaffs, 8+ Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, twoWillow Warblers and a Fox today. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Five Teal, 120 Mallards, four Grey Herons, at least ten Moorhens with juveniles, three Water Rails (an adult with two juveniles), four Lapwings, three Snipe, a Curlew, nine Green Sandpipers, a Sedge Warbler, 13 Swallows, a Pied Wagtail, four Chiffchaffs, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, an adult Green Woodpecker feeding two juveniles, five Stock Doves, twoWhitethroats, six Goldfinches, three Bullfinches, three Buzzards, a Jay, three Reed Buntings and two Yellowhammers. (Les Brown/Mike Smart/Les Waring). Pic by Les W.

Green Woodpecker

Upham Meadow, Twyning    12 Canada Geese, a Buzzard, c30 House Martins, five Sand Martins, 200 Rooks and 40 Jackdaws today. (Mike Smart).

Stroud    25+ Swallows on wires at The Camp and ten Swallows over Bisley village. (Mark Grieve).


Sat 1st Aug 2015

Hawling/Roel Gate/Guiting Power area    This morning five Red Kites, a Sparrowhawk, eightBuzzards, four Kestrels, 35 Swifts, a Raven, three Redstarts, a Whinchat, two Tree Pipits, 65Linnets, a male Reed Bunting, ten Corn Buntings and numerous Whitethroats and Yellowhammers. Also five Roe Deer, a Muntjac and a Fox. (Andy Jayne).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock the resident Peregrines and three juveniles very active today. Also three Goshawks, a Sparrowhawk, Ravens, Buzzards, Goldcrests feeding young, Stock Doves, seven female Goosanders and a family of Spotted Flycatchers. Other wildlife included a Hornet,Hummingbird Hawkmoths, a Vapourer Moth caterpillar and butterflies included Silver-Washed Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Largeand Small Whites and a White-Letter Hairstreak. (Chris & Phil Andrews).


Fri 31st Jul 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A juvenile WOOD SANDPIPER still on the Tack Piece from Robbie Garnett hide early afternoon but elusive. Also a GARGANEY from Martin Smith hide still.(@slimbridge_wild).

Daglingworth    A Hobby, a Red Kite and a mixed flock of at least 300 gulls on the newly harvested fields this evening. (Andrew Morrison).

Tresham    Late evening at least 18 Yellow Wagtails came into roost in a wheat field, at least half were juveniles. (Paul Rich).

Ashleworth Ham    At a CES ringing session this morning 55 birds were caught including fiveRedstarts (3 ads, 2 juvs), six Sedge Warblers (3 ads, 3 juvs), two juvenile Lesser Whitethroats, 13 Whitethroats (1 ad, 12 juvs), five Blackcaps (1 ad, 4 juvs), four Willow Warblers (1 ad, 3 juvs), a juvenile Chiffchaff, four juvenile Bullfinches and four juvenile Reed Buntings. On the reserve aWhimbrel over, 20 Greylags over, 27 Canada Geese and two Ravens. (Mervyn Greening/Barrie Mills/Mike Smart).

Gloucester    Eight House Martins over London Road and six Swifts in Longlevens. (Mark Grieve).

Tirley    Three Spotted Flycatchers still today. (Mark Grieve).


Thu 30th Jul 2015

Naunton    Eight Corn Buntings and two juvenile Yellow Wagtails this evening. (Richard Tyler).

Corn Bunting

Yellow Wagtail

Chedworth    A pair of Spotted Flycatchers feeding young in a nest in a Cedar tree in the garden today at Field Road. (Chris Berens).

Winchcombe    A Spotted Flycatcher this afternoon near the children’s play area in Sudeley Castle. (Roger & Sheila Wasley).

Hempsted    2+ Sedge Warblers and a Lesser Whitethroat at Netheridge Farm today. (Mark Hobson).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    Around Roundhouse Lake GWT and Whelford Pools GWT this afternoon birds included 13 Great Crested Grebes, 27 Tufted Ducks, a Common Sandpiper, tenCormorants, 19 Red Crested Pochards, 12 Gadwalls, two Chiffchaffs and a Water Rail heard. (John Fletcher).


Wed 29th Jul 2015

Cleeve Hill    On the common this morning a juvenile Wheatear and eight Stonechats. Along Wardens Wood track two Corn Buntings and five Whinchats in the weedy field margin. (Greg Mabbett).


Tue 28th Jul 2015

WWT Slimbridge    This morning the juvenile Mediterranean Gull was on the Rushy, also 11 Green Sandpipers with another two on the Tack Piece and a GCRP Common Crane. (Keith Colcombe). ASparrowhawk from Holden Tower at 4pm. (Tony Bradley). Pic by Tony.


Cleeve Hill    Two juvenile Wheatears this evening. (Roy Shilham).

Selsley    A female Wheatear on the Common this evening. (Colin Greenfield).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake a juvenile Grey Heron, an adult Little Egret, four Mallards, a Kestrel and a male Sedge Warbler in brief song this morning. (Gord Avery).

Witcombe    At the reservoirs four adult Little Grebes and a juvenile seen, an early male Pochardand a Roe Deer this morning. (Gord Avery).

Symonds Yat    The resident Peregrines and their juveniles are doing well. Other birds included seven female Goosanders, a pair of Barn Owls with young on one of the cliffs, a pair of Ravens, a mixed flock of Long-tailed Tits, Coal Tits, Blue Tits and Goldcrests, two Marsh Tits, a Little Egretand Swallows with four chicks at the cabin. Other sightings include Common Darter, Large Red Damselfly, Small Whites, Comma, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Silver-washed Fritillary and Gatekeeper butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Most birds round Long Pool today including 25 Greylags, four Teal, 120Mallards, a Cormorant, four Grey Herons, two Buzzards, four Lapwings, two Snipe, 12 Green Sandpipers, five Stock Doves, a Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat, two Grey Wagtails, a corvid flock of 200 Rooks, 200 Jackdaws and 20 Carrion Crows all together on one cut hayfield and aYellowhammer. Along the canal birds included seven Swallows, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and aReed Bunting. (Les Brown/Mike Smart/John Fletcher). Pic by John.


Ashleworth Ham    Three Canada Geese, two Grey Herons, three Swallows, four Mallards and aBuzzard today. (John Fletcher).

Tewkesbury    On Severn Ham the hay being cut, attracting 50 House Martins and 30 Sand Martins all hawking insects behind the tractor. (Mike Smart).

Cheltenham    Three Peregrines at 7am over Lansdown Industrial Estate, Gloucester Road. (Les Waring).

Frampton    At the pools a Yellow-legged Gull still, three Common Terns, two Grey Wagtails, sevenPied Wagtails and two Ravens today. (Nick Goatman).

Cheltenham    The four juvenile Peregrines (all females) raised this year at Christ Church remain in the area and are often on the church feeding on prey brought in by the adults. (Dave Pearce). Pic by Dave.


Mon 27th Jul 2015

Twyning    A late juvenile Cuckoo today being fed by a Chiffchaff/Willow Warbler. (Sarah Loaring).

Chedworth    A pair of Spotted Flycatchers in the garden today at Field Road. (Chris Berens).

Berkeley shore    Three adult Yellow-legged Gulls, two Whimbrels, two Turnstones, four Dunlins, 25 Oystercatchers and two juvenile Yellow Wagtails today. (Paul Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge    Two juvenile GARGANEYS from Martin Smith hide still but elusive. (@slimbridge_wild).

Frampton    At the pools a Yellow-legged Gull, 50+ Swifts, 200+ Sand Martins, a Green Sandpiper, a Teal, 41 Mallards, two Kingfishers, 65 Mute Swans and 144 Barnacle Geese today. (Nick Goatman).


Sun 26th Jul 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The WOOD SANDPIPER on the Tack Piece from Robbie Garnett hide and a juvenile GARGANEY from Martin Smith hide. (@slimbridge_wild). Pic by Andy Jordan.

Wood Sandpiper

Two Turnstones, two Ringed Plovers and two Dunlins late afternoon on the mud shelf just N of Mid Point. (Martin McGill, WWT). A juvenile Mediterranean Gull at 5pm on the roof of the centre café  with Black-headed Gulls. (Paul Masters). Pic by Paul.

Mediterranean Gull

Coombe Hill Meadows    Eight Green Sandpipers, three Dunlins, a Snipe and five Teal this morning. (Paul Taylor).

Tirley Sandpits    Four Chiffchaffs, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Ravens, 2+ Green Woodpeckers, 55+ Swallows, a juvenile Sand Martin, 35+ House Martins over Town Street Farm , 40+ Starlings, a Swift over, three Whitethroats and five Stock Doves. Nearby at Corse fourSwifts over the common low in rain. (Mark Grieve).

Cleeve Hill    Four juvenile Wheatears this morning. (Roy Shilham).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake a Little Egret, a Grey Heron, four Sand Martins and a House Martin. (Mark Grieve).


Sat 25th Jul 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The WOOD SANDPIPER on the Rushy this morning but quite elusive. (Paul Masters/Andy Jordan). This afternoon five Green Sandpipers and six Black-tailed Godwits on the Rushy. At high tide at Mid Point three Whimbrels, 13 Curlews, 15 Dunlins, two Little Egrets, a juvenile Peregrine with a Feral Pigeon kill and an adult Peregrine, 3+ Reed Warblers, a male Reed Bunting and a Brown Hawker dragonfly. (MK). Pics by Mike.

Green Sandpiper


Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock both resident and juvenile Peregrines showing well, four sightings of juvenile male Goshawks, two Stock Doves, a Kingfisher, a male Sparrowhawk, a Sand Martin along with Swifts, Swallows and House Martins, a Kestrel, two Ravens and two Red Kites. Also twoFallow Deers with a fawn, Hummingbird Hawkmoths and Common Blue, Holly Blue, Gatekeeper,Silver-washed Fritillaries, Small White, Large White and Meadow Brown butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Sharpness    Four Crossbills flew W this morning and another this afternoon. (Andy Jordan).

Cleeve Hill    Two Ravens at the masts, two Corn Buntings singing at West Down and another by Wontley Gate, a Great Spotted Woodpecker at Warden’s Wood and two Stonechats at Wontley Farm. (Steve Brown).

Tewkesbury    At Tewkesbury Nature Reserve today four Redstarts (2m, 1f & 1 calling) 15+ House Martins still gathering mud, two Stock Doves, five Linnets, a Reed Bunting, a Reed Warbler, aLesser Whitethroat, a Buzzard, c15 Chiffchaffs, a Little Egret and two Grey Herons. (Ian Hull). On Severn Ham a Kestrel, an adult Curlew, 20 House Martins and ten Sand Martins and a family of recently hatched Goldcrests in Victoria Gardens. (Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean    A Hobby again over Woorgreens Lake this evening. (Frank Williams/Angela Cotton).

Eastleach Turville    An adult Spotted Flycatcher feeding two young near the Church today. (Tom Mabbett).

Frampton    Two Yellow-legged Gulls on the Sailing Lake, two good sized young Common Terns on the raft and one fledged on the island. (Nick Goatman).

Tirley Sandpits    A Raven over, four Skylarks, three Stock Doves, 8+ Swallows, 10+ House Martins, a Green Woodpecker, four Chiffchaffs, six Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, 15+ Linnets, a migrant Willow Warbler feeding in a bean crop, a male Yellow Wagtail flew SE, aBlackcap and 30+ House Sparrows on a maize field. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Most birds were on the Long Pool today 44 Greylags, a Teal, a Gadwall, 120 Mallards, three Grey Herons, a Water Rail heard, a Lapwing, two Little Ringed Plovers, threeSnipe, 14 Green Sandpipers, three Curlews, nine Stock Doves, 50 Swifts, ten House Martins, 20Swallows, a Reed Warbler, five Sedge Warblers and a Yellowhammer. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).


Fri 24th Jul 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The WOOD SANDPIPER on the Tack Piece from Robbie Garnett hide still with ten Green Sandpipers today. A Water Rail from Martin Smith hide. On South Lake 60 Black-tailed Godwits, three Avocets, two Ruff, ten Dunlins, two Oystercatchers, 30 Redshanks and twoCommon Terns. (James Lees, WWT/MK/Paul Taylor). In the afternoon four Knots with c50Dunlins from Mid Point and two juvenile GARGANEYS at Martin Smith hide. (Paul Taylor). Pic by Mike.

Black-tailed Godwit

Cheltenham    At 9:15am this morning an adult Peregrine with a kill flying near St. Gregory’s Church and in the direction of Christchurch with two noisy juveniles Peregrines appearing out of nowhere and all alighting on the top of a Christchurch pinnacle to feed. (John Davies).


Thu 23rd Jul 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The WOOD SANDPIPER on the Tack Piece from Robbie Garnett hide still and the adult SPOONBILL on South Lake again today. (Paul Masters). Seven GARGANEYS, twoWhinchats and a Marsh Harrier from the Land Rover Safari today. (@slimbridge_wild). Pics by Mark Dowie.


Wood Sandpiper

Middle Duntisbourne    A family of Spotted Flycatchers with at least four young and threeQUAILS calling today. (Andrew Morrison).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed a Whimbrel at Pit 87 and two Water Railscalling from the reedbed and an adult and juvenile Little Ringed Plover at Pit 79. (Martin Wright/Ros John).

Cleeve Hill    This morning a Corn Bunting singing along the path leading from Wontley Barn towards the masts, and also along the route from the masts to Warden’s Wood. Also here female and juvenile Wheatears, a juvenile Redstart, a juvenile Stonechat and 85+ Linnets. (Chris Stott).

Tirley    4+ Spotted Flycatchers feeding from a hedgerow today. (Mark Grieve).

Forest of Dean    At 10:30am two Hobbies over Woorgreens Lake, hawking for dragonflies and one made an attempt at a hirundine, then headed towards Yew Tree Brake. Also a Swift over the lake. Over the heath at Crabtree Hill at least 20 House Martins and five Swallows and theGrasshopper Warbler reeling from the same area before. (Frank Williams).


Wed 22nd Jul 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A WOOD SANDPIPER on the Tack Piece from Robbie Garnett hide. Also seven Knot from Mid Point and a Garganey still. (Andy Jayne). The adult SPOONBILL on South Lake again today. (Arron Roberts). From Martin Smith hide two juvenile GARGANEYS until 9:50am and a Little Egret. On the Rushy 70 Black-tailed Godwits, six Avocets and a Green Sandpiper. Also from Robbie Garnett hide c6 Green Sandpipers. Also on South Lake a Whimbrel, a Common Tern, four Ruffs, c40 Redshanks and c60 Black-tailed Godwits. (Peter Rodgers).


Little Egret

Tirley    A female Wheatear on the garden lawn briefly this morning, also a garden Chiffchaff. Also a Spotted Flycatcher, a Raven over, 20+ Swallows feeding around the cattle and a Swift over Hartpury.  (Mark Grieve).

Hartpury    At Hartpury Orchard Centre a juvenile Buzzard, a Green Sandpiper, two maleKestrels, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Pied Wagtail, two Swifts, tenSwallows and a juvenile Stonechat. (Alan Hooper/Steve French). Pic by Alan.

Stonechat juv

Upham Meadow    This morning still four Curlews present, at least two of them flying chicks, anOystercatcher, a Hobby and a Kestrel. (Mike Smart).

Quedgeley    A Beautiful Demoiselle in the garden tonight, a good urban garden tick. (MK).


Tue 21st Jul 2015

WWT Slimbridge    An adult SPOONBILL on South Lake today until 4pm at least. (Claudia Martin).

Frampton    At the Sailing Lake this morning a Whimbrel over, three adult Common Terns with two young on the nest raft, three Grey Wagtails and six Pied Wagtails. (Nick Goatman).

Cheltenham    Three Peregrines mobbing gulls early morning over Lansdown Industrial Estate, Gloucester Road. (Les Waring).

Forest of Dean    The Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling again today from the same area as yesterday at Crabtree Hill at 9:30am. (Frank Williams).

Tirley    Two Spotted Flycatchers on wires in the village today. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    32 Greylags, three Teal, four Gadwalls, 120 Mallards, six Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, two Cormorants, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, a juvenile Kestrel, a Water Railseen briefly, 20 Lapwings, 13 Green Sandpipers, a juvenile Black-headed Gull, a Kingfisher, nineStock Doves and three Reed Warblers. (Mike Smart/Les Brown).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint the Peregrine adults and juveniles showing well. Also threeBuzzards, two Stock Doves, a flock of Long-tailed Tits, a Goldcrest, two Jays, Swifts and House Martins, a Grey Heron, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and two Ravens. Also six Fallow Deer,Hummingbird Hawkmoths, two Hornets and Silver-washed Fritillary, Gatekeeper, Comma, Holly Blue, Ringlet, Small White and Large Skipper butterflies. (Phil & Chris Andrews). Pic by Phil.


Mon 20th Jul 2015

WWT Slimbridge    2+ GARGANEYS still on site today. (Bob Evans/Martin McGill, WWT). Pic by Bob.


Forest of Dean    At 10:30am a Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling at Crabtree Hill, first from the tarmac road just at the entrance to the cleared area going up the hill and then again several times from the middle track, it seemed to be between here and the tarmac road. (Frank Williams). Heard previously on the evening of the 19th by Clive Holman and Gary Hughes.

Tewkesbury    On Severn Ham an adult Curlew and a juvenile, three Whimbrels over, a Kingfisheron the Mill Avon, a couple of Sand Martins and two Sedge Warblers singing today. (Mike Smart)


Sun 19th Jul 2015

Middle Duntisbourne    At Manor Farm two QUAILS, possibly more, calling from different areas of wild flower stewardship fields at SO979067 and SO982064. Also two Corn Buntings at SO982064. (Martin Wright).

Tuffley    Garden birds today included 31 Starlings, two Goldfinches, a Sparrowhawk, five Swiftsand three Swallows. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.


Sheepscombe    Two Grey Wagtails, seven Long-tailed Tits, two Buzzards, a Green Woodpecker, two Moorhens with two chicks, five Swallows, three House Martins and two Chiffchaffs today. (John Fletcher).

WWT Slimbridge    This afternoon on the Rushy five Green Sandpipers, four Black-tailed Godwitsand five Avocets. From Zeiss hide 25 Avocets and five Curlews flew N, from Martin Smith hide aLittle Egret and on South Lake a Ruff, 12 Dunlins, an Oystercatcher, 30+ Redshanks and 50+Black-tailed Godwits. (MK/Michael King).

Forest of Dean    Two young recently fledged Buzzards downstream from Speech House lake. Over the Cricket Pitch at Parkend eight Swifts, a Green Woodpecker and a Pied Wagtail chasing butterflies. In the early hours of this morning a Tawny Owl calling from roof tops and this evening 40+ Swifts over Lords Hill, Coleford. (Frank Williams/Angela Cotton).

Purton    At the Timber Ponds six female Mandarins and a Common Tern this afternoon. (Vic Polley).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint the resident Peregrines and juveniles showing well. Also a female Sparrowhawk, a female Goshawk, four Swifts, many House Martins and a young Wren. Other sightings today included a Common Darter, a Rose Chafer, a Common Lizard and sevenFallow Deer. Butterflies today included Silver-washed Fritillaries, Painted Lady, Ringlet, Holly Blue, Gatekeeper, Large White, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Silver-washed Fritillary

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning male, female and juvenile Redstarts, two singingYellowhammers, three Green Sandpipers on the Long Pool and c120 Lapwings. (Ian Hull).

Naunton    At the recreation ground a Raven, two Green Woodpeckers and numerous House Martins. (Kim & Steve Brown).

Tirley Sandpits    Two Bullfinches, 16+ Swallows, a Green Woodpecker, two Spotted Flycatchers, 4+ Skylarks, seven Stock Doves, a Raven, 15+ House Martins, a singing Yellowhammers, sixWhitethroats, a female Blackcap, three Swifts over, 6+ Chiffchaffs and 1+ Hobby. Also a flock of 50+ House Sparrows near Town Street farm in the hedges. (Mark Grieve).


Sat 18th Jul 2015

Fairford    An OSPREY over pools at Rhymes Barn Farm, just N of RAF Fairford at 10:55am then flushed and flew N. Lot of pits N of Rhymes Barn Farm for the OSPREY to go to at Horcott and CWP (E) but note with the Air Tattoo this weekend traffic will be chaotic. (Dave Morgan).

Tirley Sandpits    A juvenile Redstart, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Green Woodpecker, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Raven over, 6+ Skylarks, 16+ Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, sixWhitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Willow Warblers, ten Stock Doves, 45+ Starlings, 10+Swallows, 8+ House Martins and a Fox and a Brown Hare. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    c160 Mallards, five Teal, a female Gadwall with three well grown ducklings, six Grey Herons, a juvenile Little Egret, a Water Rail, 28 Lapwings including seven juveniles, 17 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, an adult Sedge Warbler with four juveniles, a Reed Warbler and two Redstarts near the Wharf car park. (Les Brown).


Fri 17th Jul 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    A pair of COMMON SCOTERS on Pit 41 today until early evening at least. (Lyndon Roberts). Pics by Jon Mercer.

Common Scoter


Tewkesbury    On Severn Ham an adult Curlew and a juvenile, a male Kestrel, a Kingfisher and aRaven today. (Mike Smart).

Tirley    At least 2+ Spotted Flycatchers, also a mixed flock of 20+ Swallows and 10+ House Martins feeding around hedgerows and a Swift over. (Mark Grieve).


Thu 16th Jul 2015

Forest of Dean    At least two Woodcocks still roding this evening over woodland near Coalway and a young Tawny Owl calling. (Ivan Proctor).

Ashleworth Ham    Two QUAILS flushed from a small uncut fringe of a hay field, also a juvenileRedstart, an adult Lesser Whitethroat and three juveniles. (Mike Smart/Mervyn Greening).

Guscar Rocks    This evening five Oystercatchers, five Lapwings, three Whimbrels, 400 Curlews, a Black-tailed Godwit, four Dunlins, three Common Sandpipers, four Redshanks and also aTurnstone flying upriver. (Andy Jayne).

Berkeley shore    An adult Mediterranean Gull, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, five Common Gulls, 16Oystercatchers, nine Common Sandpipers, 30 Sand Martins and c300 Curlews flew N. (Paul Taylor).

Sharpness    c10 Common Gulls, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull and a Hobby this evening and theCurlew flock. (Andy Jordan).

Epney    An adult Yellow-legged Gull this afternoon. (Jeremy Squire).

Frampton    A sub adult Yellow-legged Gull on the Sailing Lake this evening. (Jeremy Squire).

Hardwicke    A Common Sandpiper S of Sellars Bridge along the canal and a Kingfisher this morning. (Paul Masters).

Tirley    A Spotted Flycatcher, a Swift over and a garden Chiffchaff again. (Mark Grieve).

Tewkesbury    On Severn Ham an adult Curlew with at least two chicks, a Grey Wagtail and aRaven today. (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows    At Grundon hide two juvenile Grey Herons, two Kestrels, two Buzzards, aSkylark, four Pied Wagtails, three Ravens, a small flock of Long-tailed Tits, a Treecreeper, two young Willow Warblers, a young Moorhen, c80 Lapwings, a male Reed Bunting, a Little Egret, aChiffchaff and a Brown Hare. Butterflies seen today included Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Comma. (Chris & Phil Andrews).


Wed 15th Jul 2015

Epney    An adult Yellow-legged Gull S of the Anchor Inn this evening. (Mark Hobson).

Lower Kilcott   A male Redstart on the scrubby grass bank behind Lower Kilcott ,m. (Vic Polley).

Gloucester    A Peregrine over the Wingate playing fields today. (Jeremy Squire).

Tirley    A Spotted Flycatcher in the village and another one near the old post office. AChiffchaff singing in the garden and two Willow Warblers, one in sub-song. (Mark Grieve).

Longlevens    Two Sparrowhawks soaring and six Swifts today. (Mark Grieve).

Hartpury    At Hartpury Orchard Centre two Ravens, four Buzzards, 12+ Reed Warblers, fourReed Buntings and a Little Grebe chick. Also high numbers of dragonflies and damselflies includingEmperor, Black-tailed Skimmer, Four- Spotted Chaser, Ruddy Darter, Common Darter, Blue-tailedand Azure Damselflies and a Comma butterfly. (Steve French). Pic by Steve.



Tue 14th Jul 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A FULMAR off of Mid Point this morning at 8:30am. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Cleeve Hill    A juvenile Wheatear, four Yellowhammers, two Whitethroats and a Raven today. (Roy Shilham). Also a Redstart, a juvenile Adder and a juvenile Grass Snake. (Greg Mabbett). Pics by Roy, snake pic by Greg.



Adder & Grass Snake

Tirley    Two Spotted Flycatchers today. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    20 Greylags, three Teal, 160 Mallards, six Grey Herons, a Little Egret, four Cormorants over, four Lapwings, an adult and three juveniles, and a flock of 55 which came in from the NE and landed on the Long Pool, an adult Little Ringed Plover, a Snipe, 6+ Green Sandpipers, a juvenile Black-headed Gull, three Reed Warblers and three Reed Buntings. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury    On Severn Ham an adult Curlew with at least one chick and two Yellow Wagtailstoday. (Mike Smart).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines and the three juveniles showing well, two Buzzards, a Jay, a Kingfisher, two Nuthatches and two young Chaffinches being fed by the parents. Other sightings included a pair of White-Legged Damselflies, Hummingbird Hawkmoths, a Rose Chafer Beetle, two Hornets, two Silver-washed Fritillaries, Meadow Brown,Large White, Gatekeeper and Ringlet butterflies and two Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

White-legged Damselfly

Mon 13th Jul 2015

Winchcombe    An adult Green Woodpecker feeding a juvenile today. (Peter Rodgers). Pic by Peter.

Green Woodpecker

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Whelford Pools N.R birds included nine Cormorants, five Tufted Ducks, a drake Red Crested Pochard, two female Gadwalls, seven Great Crested Grebes, two Little Grebes, three Sand Martins, a Green Woodpecker, two male Reed Buntings, two Bullfinches, aGoldcrest, a Sedge Warbler, three Reed Warblers, three Chiffchaffs and a Water Rail heard. (John Fletcher).


Sun 12th Jul 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Pits 79/87 this afternoon birds included a Hobby, three Little Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper and three Green Sandpipers. (Andy Jayne).

Barnsley Warren    Ten Corn Buntings, eight Redstarts and two QUAILS this morning. (Andy Lewis & NCOS meeting).

WWT Slimbridge    Two Ruff, a Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, 80 Black-tailed Godwits, 50Redshanks, 45 Avocets and 50 Lapwings around the scrapes today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Forest of Dean    At 9:15 am today a juvenile Redstart in the garden at Blaize Bailey, a garden first. (Peter Boorman/Lyne Mayers). At Mallards Pike Lake this morning at 11:45am 22 Greylagsincluding 11 juveniles. (Bob Broughton).

Tewkesbury    At Severn Ham an adult Curlew with two large chicks, a male Sparrowhawk, c5 Sand Martins and a Grey Wagtail. (Mike Smart).

Avon Meadows    Six large Mallard ducklings, a female Gadwall with a duckling, a female Tufted Duck, a Cormorant fishing on the Avon, two Grey Herons, two Oystercatchers, two Reed Warblers, three Sedge Warblers and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).

Tirley Sandpits    7+ Chiffchaffs, 6+ Skylarks, five Blackcaps, 51+ Starlings, six Stock Doves, six Swifts, 12+ House Martins, 9+ Swallows, five Whitethroats, a female Yellowhammer, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard carrying prey, a Green Woodpecker and a Fox. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill    A Sparrowhawk flew across the road at the traffic lights. (Mark Grieve).

Cheltenham    A Sparrowhawk soaring above the cricket festival at Cheltenham College today.(Mark Grieve).


Sat 11th Jul 2015

Northleach    A Swallow, a House Martin and a recently fledged Swift photographed by Richard today. Also two Yellow Wagtails here. (Richard Tyler).


House Martin


Cotswold Water Park (W)    An adult Yellow-legged Gull on Pit 79, also three Common Terns, aGreen Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper and two Egyptian Geese today. Also an adult Yellow-legged Gull on Pit 57. (Paul Taylor).

Epney    This morning birds included an adult and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, two Common Terns, five Cormorants, two Red Kites and 20+ Sand Martins. (Mark Dowie).

Leckhampton    A Tree Pipit still singing on the scarp slope above Daisy Bank Road, present since late May at least. Also Raven, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Linnet and Siskin in the area. (Chris Furley).

Hempsted    Three Little Egrets circling low over Netheridge Farm today. (Lauren Price).

Coombe Hill Meadows    12 Greylags, three Teal, 160 Mallards, 11 Grey Herons, five Little Egrets, five Cormorants flew N, eight Lapwings, four Little Ringed Plovers (1 ad, 3 juvs), three Green Sandpipers, two Grasshopper Warblers still singing (Broadmere and Southern Meadows), threeReed Warblers, at least three Sedge Warblers, two Whitethroats, a Chiffchaff, a singingTreecreeper and c3 Reed Buntings. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines and their three juveniles showing well with many close flights. Also male and female Goshawks, two Buzzards, a Kingfisher, two Siskins, four Ravens and c20 Long-tailed Tits. Other sightings included Hummingbird Hawkmoths, Large White, Ringlet and Meadow Brown butterflies and a Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.


Leigh Meadows    Two Buzzards, ten Skylarks and 2/3 Reed Buntings today. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth    A Hobby heading S near the village at 5:30pm. (Mark Grieve).
Moreton Valence    A daytime Tawny Owl upsetting Chaffinches 1 mile north of Castle Bridge today. (Jeremy Squire).

Tirley Sandpits    Three Bullfinches, three Skylarks, four Stock Doves, 7+ House Martins, 12+Swallows, four Chiffchaffs, two Green Woodpeckers, 6+ Blackcaps, a Little Owl, threeWhitethroats and two Ravens. Also a garden Chiffchaff this afternoon. (Mark Grieve).

WWT Slimbridge    A Sparrowhawk from Kingfisher hide today. From Zeiss Hide four young Reed Warblers, a male Reed Bunting, four GCRP Common Cranes, four Black-tailed Godwits, a Ruff, sixLapwings, nine Shelducks and a Curlew. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.


Hartpury    At Hartpury Orchard Centre an adult and two juvenile Little Grebes, ten Canada Geese, two male Yellowhammers, a female Bullfinch, a juvenile Coot, a Moorhen, two Buzzards, aRaven and a pair of Mute Swans with the adopted Canada Goose. (Alan Hooper/Julie Eckley/Steve French). Pic by Alan.

Little Grebe juvs

Fri 10th Jul 2015

Epney    An adult Yellow-legged Gull and 25 Sand Martins this morning. Along the river juvenileKingfisher, a juvenile Green Woodpecker and a family party of Reed Warblers. (Jeremy Squire).

Westonbirt    A Red Kite low over the Arboretum at 6:40pm. (MK/Mark Grieve).

Tewkesbury    On Severn Ham, Tewkesbury an adult Curlew with two chicks, a pair of Mute Swans with one cygnet on the Severn, an adult Kestrel, at least five Skylarks, five Sand Martins, aSedge Warbler and at least five Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Upham Meadow, Twyning    An adult Curlew with one chick, 21 Canada Geese, a Buzzard, a maleKestrel, five Oystercatchers, two Reed Warblers, two Sedge Warblers and at least five Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean    One roding Woodcock seen several times at Boys Grave this evening. No sight or sound of any Nightjars. A Wild Boar and two piglets crossed the road midway between here and New Fancy View. (Steve Preddy).

Tirley    At least two Spotted Flycatchers this afternoon in a low tree at the side of the field opposite the old Sunday School. (Adrienne Sanders). Five garden Chiffchaffs feeding in a Beech tree this morning. (Mark Grieve).

Daneway Banks    A Large Blue still today. (Tim Gobourn). Pic by Tim.

Large Blue

Thu 9th Jul 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Pit 16 late evening a Black Swan, six Egyptian Geese (2 ad, 4 juvs) and five Common Terns. (Mark Dowie).

Cleeve Hill    A pair of Stonechats on the Common this afternoon. (Roy Shilham). Pics by Roy.

Stonechat m&f


Tirley    A calling Tawny Owl at 3am. A Spotted Flycatcher near Town Street Farm, a gardenWillow Warbler and a Bullfinch. Also a Raven over Coombe Hill traffic lights. (Mark Grieve). Forest of Dean    At least two Woodcocks still roding over woodland outside Coalway this evening. (Ivan Proctor). This evening over Lords Hill Coleford, 15+ Swifts along with four House Martins and three Swallows. Earlier at midday a small swarm of Bees flew E past the house. (Frank Williams).

A Scarlet Tiger moth at Coleford today. (Ralph Wallace). Pic by Ralph.

Scarlet Tiger

Hartpury    At 3:40am a Barn Owl flew across the road at Hartpury College main entrance. This afternoon at Hartpury Orchard Centre four Buzzards, five Grey Herons, a male Yellowhammer, aMallard with eight ducklings, a Coot with a chick, a Reed Bunting, Reed Warblers calling, tenSwallows and a pair of Mute Swans which have adopted a Canada Goose since it was a tiny gosling and are still caring for it. (Alan Hooper/Steve French). Pic by Alan.

Mute Swans with adopted Canada Goose

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds along the canal towpath included Whitethroats, a Chiffchaff and aSedge Warbler. From Grundon hide a Kingfisher, five Grey Herons including three juveniles catching Eels, four Little Egrets, four Little Ringed Plovers, nine Buzzards, a Raven and a Red Kiteup in a thermal together, a Sedge Warbler, three Willow Warblers, a Long-tailed Tit, a Skylark, aReed Bunting, 13 Greylags, c60 Lapwings and three Pied Wagtails. Butterflies and dragonflies included Small and Large Skipper, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Comma, Green-veined White and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies, Azure and Blue-tailed Damselflies, Black-tailed Skimmers, a femaleEmperor dragonfly laying eggs, a Southern Hawker and a Four-Spotted Chaser. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Southern Hawker

Wed 8th Jul 2015

Tirley    A Spotted Flycatcher on wires today. At Norton two Swifts over crops. (Mark Grieve).

Whitminster    Early this morning at 6:30am c50 Curlews and c30 Lapwings between the Stroudwater Canal and the River Frome. (Tanya Allen).


Tue 7th Jul 2015

Berkeley shore    An adult Yellow-legged Gull, 23 Common Sandpipers and two juvenile Yellow Wagtails today. (Paul Taylor).

Tresham    At least three Yellow Wagtails this evening. (Paul Rich). Pic by Paul.

Yellow Wagtail  

Mon 6th Jul 2015

Dursley    A Red Kite just above rooftop level over Parsonage Street at 12:05pm today. (Martin Drew).

Bricklehampton    Four Green Woodpeckers, an adult and three juveniles in the garden this morning. (Chris Snook). Three together pictured below by Chris.

Green Woodpeckers


Sun 5th Jul 2015

Sharpness    Second breeding record of Rock Pipits in Glos, fledged yesterday. The first was at Beachley in 1995. (Andy Jordan/Paul Taylor). Pics by Andy (1st 2) and Paul.

Rock Pipit



Coombe Hill Meadows    A GREAT WHITE EGRET flew over low at 8:37am. Also 12+ House Martins, seven Swifts, two Swallows, 7+ Blackcaps, 3+ Chiffchaffs, 8+ Whitethroats, 8+ Sedge Warblers, five Grey Herons, a Little Egret, a Kingfisher, a Cuckoo, two Teal, four Lapwings, twoGreen Sandpipers, a Little Ringed Plover, two Bullfinches, a Yellowhammer and 5+ Reed Buntings. (Mark Grieve).

Cotswolds    On the River Churn below the Green Dragon pub at Cowley a Dipper, a female Grey Wagtail feeding two juveniles and another feeding a single juvenile. In the Duntisbourne area along the bridle path west of Middle Duntisbourne two Corn Buntings singing and a pair seen mating on an overhead wires. Another singing near Daglingworth. At Jackbarrow Farm, two Swiftsvisiting a presumed nest site. On the bridle path from here to Edgeworth Mill Farm a juvenileBuzzard begging loudly, a family party of Coal Tits and a Fallow Deer. On the mill pond two well grown juvenile Little Grebes and two males singing. Just below the entrance to Duntisbourne House a Spotted Flycatcher, a Treecreeper, a pair of Bullfinches and a Nuthatch. Stock Doves,Yellowhammers and Whitethroats singing throughout the area. (Steve Brown).

Forest of Dean    A Red Kite over Ruardean Hill and a male Siskin at Cannop ponds feeders. (Geoff Moyser).

Bisley    A Spotted Flycatcher today at Hayhedge Lane SO92206. (Martine Fenn).

Bussage    A juvenile Siskin on a garden feeder this evening. (Martine Fenn).

Corse    25+ House Martins near the old cider barn. (Mark Grieve).

Tirley    12+ House Martins over the village, also a Swift over. (Mark Grieve).


Sat 4th Jul 2015

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake a Sedge Warbler still singing, nine Swiftsover, two Four-spotted Chasers, Black-tailed Skimmers and Emperor dragonflies, several Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies and an Essex Skipper. (Terry Fenton).

Essex Skipper

Yanworth    Several breeding pairs of Swifts today. An adult coming in to feed young with a large insect ball in its throat, which will contain between 300 and 1000 insects, pictured below. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.


WWT Slimbridge    At least 18 Green Sandpipers on site this morning. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.

Green Sandpiper

Forest of Dean    A Common Sandpiper seen from the Stoneworks end of Cannop ponds. Also aGrey Wagtail on the sluice. (Frank Williams).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines and the three juveniles showing well, six sightings of both male and female Goshawks, six Swifts, ten House Martins, fourBuzzards, three Sparrowhawks, a Mandarin duck with three ducklings, three Ravens and twoStock Doves. Also five Fallow Deer including two fawns, a Southern Hawker dragonfly and butterflies seen include Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Ringlet, two Silver-washed Fritillaries, Speckled Wood and Painted Lady. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included three Teal, 120 Mallards, 11 Grey Herons, fourLittle Egrets, a Water Rail seen on the Long Pool, a QUAIL singing briefly from the southern meadows, two adult Oystercatchers, two Little Ringed Plovers (1 ad, 1 juv), a Ringed Plover, four adult Lapwings and five juveniles, five Green Sandpipers, a Snipe, two singing Cuckoos, aGrasshopper Warbler still singing strongly on the southern meadows, c3 Reed Warblers, c5 Sedge Warblers and at least five singing Reed Buntings. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote 3+ Green Sandpipers, a Little Ringed Plover, twoOystercatchers, 51 Red Crested Pochards, a Yellow Wagtail over and a Common Tern. Also a Black Swan on Pit 16 still. (Paul Taylor).

Horsley    A Red Kite near the Recycling Centre today. (Geoff Moyser).

Bricklehampton    A juvenile Green Woodpecker in the garden this morning. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.

Green Woodpecker

Fri 3rd Jul 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A GREAT WHITE EGRET on site late morning. (Geoff Moyser).

Tirley    A Spotted Flycatcher today and a Swift over. (Mark Grieve).

Gloucester    A Privet Hawkmoth near the railway crossing on Horton Road. (Christopher Brown).Cheltenham    Four Swifts going in and out of a roof space in Fairview Road, presumably a nest site. Around Naunton Park several Scarlet Tiger moths and two Ravens over calling. (Steve Brown).

Charlton Kings    A Lesser Whitethroat singing alongside the footpath above Highlands Road and hundreds of Ringlet butterflies on the same field. (Steve Brown).

Longlevens    Three Swifts low around the houses and a Buzzard being mobbed by gulls. (Mark Grieve).


Thu 2nd Jul 2015

Frampton    Four GREAT WHITE EGRETS roosting in trees in Green Lane viewed from the canal towpath between Cadbury and Splatt Bridge looking south at 9:20pm. At 9:30pm five GREAT WHITE EGRETS flew over the four roosting birds towards Frampton pools, one of the roosting birds also flew towards the pools. (MK/Nick Goatman). Also this evening a flock of 42+ Long-tailed Tits, a Cetti’s Warbler and two Common Terns. (MK).

WWT Slimbridge    Four GREAT WHITE EGRETS on site this morning. (James Lees, WWT).

Tirley    Four Swifts over and in the garden a Chiffchaff and a female Blackcap. (Mark Grieve).

Painswick Beacon    Migration this evening included two Buzzards, 2130 Swifts, 406 Swallows, 89House Martins, four Siskins, two Linnets and a Crossbill. (John Fleming).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two Grasshopper Warblers, a Peregrine, eight Green Sandpipers, tenLittle Ringed Plovers, three Little Egrets, two Kingfishers, a Redstart, a Cuckoo and four Lesser Whitethroats. Also Beautiful Demoiselles and two Emperor dragonflies. (Mark Dowie/Ian Hull/Graham Smith). Pic by Mark.

Grasshopper Warbler

Cheltenham    A female Great Spotted Woodpecker in the garden today at Rowanfield at 7am. (Les Waring).

Twyning    At Upham Meadow a Mute Swan on the Avon with four cygnets, a Sparrowhawk carrying prey, a Buzzard, two Oystercatchers, c5 Curlews, c30 Herring Gulls and c10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, c2 Reed Warblers, c3 Sedge Warblers and c5 Reed Buntings. Also on the Avon Meadows from Twyning to Tewkesbury a male Tufted Duck, c5 Curlews, three Reed Warblers, four Sedge Warblers and c5 Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).


Wed 1st Jul 2015

Sharpness    An unseasonal Rock Pipit still today, now becoming the first July record for Glos. Also a Common Sandpiper. (Andy Jordan).

WWT Slimbridge    A drake Garganey, 49 Avocets and Ruff from Zeiss hide today.(@slimbridge_wild).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning a singing Yellowhammer, a QUAIL still, a very showyGrasshopper Warbler and four Little Ringed Plovers. (Ian Hull).

Boxwell    A Red Kite over the A46, ST825928, heading west this morning and a Red Kite (possibly the same one) circling near Horsley tip, ST820982, at 6pm. (Vic Polley).

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

Gloucester    At Hempsted Landfill site, a singing Whitethroat and five Swifts low over Longlevens.(Mark Grieve).

Tewkesbury    An Egyptian Goose on the River Avon near Tewkesbury sailing club this evening. (Sarah Loaring).

Chaceley    A male Stag Beetle in a garden, and Glow Worms in a lane verge near Forthampton. Also at Forthampton a Cuckoo heard regularly recently. (Mark Spicer, Sandra & David Spicer).


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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