Sightings Oct-Dec 2014

Wed 31st Dec 2014

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK on the Asian Pen until midday at least. (Andy Chapman/Andy Jordan/Mick Colquhoun). Pics by Mick.

Ferruginous Duck

Ruddy Shelduck

Stroud    Two Dippers at the weir upriver from Wallbridge along the River Frome near the viaduct at 8:15am. (MK).

Epney    The Walmore group of WHOOPER SWANS (3ads, 1juv) were on the Severn between Epney and Longney between 10:10am and 10:26am. (Jeremy Squire).

Driffield    A small covey of five Grey Partridges in stubble S of Field Barn. (Ian Ralphs).

Tirley Sandpits    19+ Blackbirds, two Mistle Thrushes, three Bullfinches, 118+ Redwings, 16+Meadow Pipits, 40+ Fieldfares, 16+ Skylarks, three Lapwings and six Greylags over. (Mark Grieve).

Hartpury    At Hartpury church this morning 20 Mistle Thrushes, two Goldcrests and sixGreenfinches. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still this morning at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 15th day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Michael James/Richard Eyres).

Coombe Hill Meadows    1500+ Teal, 2000+ Wigeon including the leucistic bird, 40+ Pintails, 30+Shovelers, 30+ Mallards, a Tufted Duck, three Gadwalls, 40 Canada Geese, two Greylags, a Jay, aKingfisher, four Lapwings and a Grey Heron. (Mark Grieve).

Tewkesbury    At Lower Lode 14 Magpies feeding together in the meadows, a Cormorant, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker, a small flock of Long-tailed Tits, a Buzzard and aMistle Thrush. (Phil & Chris Andrews).

 

Tue 30th Dec 2014

WWT Slimbridge     The female FERRUGINOUS DUCK on the Asian Pen at 10:15am before flying back to South Lake. The WHOOPER SWAN on the Rushy this morning until 8:20am when it flew off. A Pink-footed Goose on South Lake with the Greylags and an adult Pink-footed Goose from Kingfisher hide with 140 White-fronted Geese. Two or three Marsh Harriers hunting and the full-winged female Ruddy Shelduck in the Asian Pen. Note that there is also a Ferruginous x Pochard hybrid on South Lake. (Martin McGill, WWT/Neil Smart/MK/Jake King). First two pics by

Roger Wasley more on Flickr. Last by Phil Cull.

Ferruginous Duck

 

 

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still this morning at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 14th day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (Craig Reed).

Bentham    A JACK SNIPE and ten Snipe in the marshy waste ground today. (Dave Pearce).

Walmore Common    This afternoon four WHOOPER SWANS (3 ads, 1 1st-win) again, also fourDunlins and a Snipe. (Francis Steuck).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this morning. Also a Goshawk, nine Crossbills and a pair of Stonechats. (Lewis Thomson). At Cannop ponds by the Stoneworks eight Mandarins, two Tufted Ducks and two Little Grebes. At Russell’s Inclosure along the cycle track and Gloucestershire Way both male and female Goshawk, two Buzzards, up to ten Crossbillsand three Bullfinches. (Frank Williams).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint today both resident Peregrines and an intrudingPeregrine seen off, a male Sparrowhawk, three Goshawks (2f, 1m), 11 Mandarins, a Treecreeper, aMarsh Tit, six Buzzards and two Ravens. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included six Golden Plovers, 1170 Woodpigeons, 140 Chaffinches, 17 Goldfinches and 22 Bramblings. (John Fleming).

Tirley    A Goldcrest, a Raven over, a mixed flock of 50+ Redwings and 40+ Fieldfares and a Green Woodpecker. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Nine Mute Swans, 50 Greylags, 360+ Canada Geese, 11 Shelducks, 2000Wigeon, 2200 Teal, 16 Gadwalls, 181 Mallards, 65 Pintails, 18 Shovelers, seven Tufted Ducks, aGrey Heron, a Cormorant, a Water Rail, 27 Coots, a Golden Plover over, 160 Lapwings, nine Dunlins, two Snipe, six Meadow Pipits and 350 Fieldfares all on one field today. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    Six Mute Swans, 200 Canada Geese and 200 Teal today. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

 

Mon 29th Dec 2014

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still this morning at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 13th day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Also 14 Meadow Pipits. Please keep to the footpaths and do not chase the bird through the vegetation. (John Sanders/Mick Colquhoun). Pic by Mick.

Dartford Warbler

WWT Slimbridge     A female FERRUGINOUS DUCK on South Lake at 4pm. (Martin McGill,WWT). A WHOOPER SWAN on the Rushy this morning with 140+ Bewick’s Swans.(@slimbridge_wild). Also a Water Rail today. (Darren Robson).

Water Rail

Forest of Dean   The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill this morning at 9am. (Andy Spiers).

Hawling    3-4 SHORT-EARED OWLS today, N of road at SP057220. Also four Buzzards, a Raven, seven Meadow Pipits, 15 Linnets, three Fieldfares, a Stonechat and two Kestrels. (Andy Jordan/Neil Duggan). Pics by Andy (1st) & Les (2nd).

Short-eared Owls

 

Gloucester    Three Little Egrets on Daniel’s Brook, Tuffley this morning. (Mark Hobson). At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this evening 62 Mallards, eight Wigeon, three femaleShovelers, a Teal, five Mute Swans, two Water Rails, at least six Snipe, a Kingfisher and aStonechat. (Terry Fenton).

Norton    A Little Egret on the River Chelt at 10:20am today. (Gord Avery).

Wotton-Under-Edge    c600 Golden Plovers and c75 Lapwings in a grass field near the Cotswold Edge Golf Club, ST782959. (Vic Polley).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included a Hawfinch over SW at 10:35am calling, 11 Fieldfares, two Redwings, three Mistle Thrushes, two Ravens, 171 Chaffinches, 22 Bramblings, five Siskins, aLesser Redpoll, three Bullfinches and five Yellowhammers. (John Fleming).

Tirley Sandpits    Two Jays, 30+ Blackbirds, 40+ Fieldfares, nine Meadow Pipits, 62+ Redwings, 400+ Starlings and 14 Skylarks today. (Mark Grieve).

Chalford/Brimscombe    A Grey Wagtail and a Water Vole at the Lavender Bake House, aKingfisher fishing on the Mill pond and a Grey Wagtail and a Coal Tit at Brimscombe Port late morning. (MK).

Cotswolds    Three Red Kites, one over the A429 above the Sweetslade Farm entrance, one by the Farmington Quarry sign and one on the A40 by what used to be a Little Chef SP0732417306. (Dave Harris).

 

Sun 28th Dec 2014

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still this morning at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 12th day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Also 23 Meadow Pipits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Please keep to the footpaths. (John Sanders/Les Waring/Phil Cull/Gordon & Margaret Avery). Pic by Phil.

Dartford Warbler

Hawling    Five SHORT-EARED OWLS today, N of road at SP057220. Also a Kestrel, a Red Kite, a pair of Stonechats, a Reed Bunting, a Jay and a Buzzard. (Clive Mowforth/Roger Whittle/Les Waring). Pic by Clive.

Short-eared Owl

Another pic by Les

Sharpness    The BLACK REDSTART this morning at end of the dock road. Also a Goldeneye N past SARA (patch tick AJ), both adult Peregrines by the nest box, seven Cormorants in the docks, 200 Teal and eight Shovelers. (Andy Jordan/Gordon & Margaret Avery).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    This morning 30 Teal, three Little Egrets, 25 Lapwings over, 3+Water Rails, two Dunlins, a female Stonechat, 200+ Redwings and Fieldfares, two Mistle Thrushes, 10+ Song Thrushes in reeds, 30 Linnets, 25 Goldfinches, two Yellowhammers, ten Reed Buntings, 30 Skylarks, a Grey Wagtail, 3-4 Cetti’s Warblers, a cold grey Siberian-type Chiffchaff and 10+Chiffchaffs. (Jon Mercer/Duncan Dine). At the lake overlooked by Coots Cafe seven Red Crested Pochards, a Great Crested Grebe and a Teal. (Chris Furley). Pic by Jon.

Siberian-type Chiffchaff

Tirley Sandpits    77+ Redwings, 48+ Fieldfares, four Mistle Thrushes, 20+ Blackbirds, 14+Meadow Pipits, four Skylarks, 350+ Starlings, two Bullfinches and a Green Woodpecker. (Mark Grieve).

Frampton    A Woodcock, 100+ Redwings, 70+ Linnets, a Grey Wagtail and the Tawny Owl still at Court field. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge    Two Pink-footed Geese (adult & first winter) on the Tack Piece today.(@slimbridge_wild).

Elkstone    11 Ravens, 11 Golden Plovers, two Red Kites and a Linnet today. (Chris Furley).

Nailsworth    A Little Egret at Inchbrook Ponds today. (Keith & L Perkins).

Berkeley    A Crossbill flew W over the garden this morning calling. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included 241 Common Gulls, 380 Woodpigeons, 170 Golden Plovers, 39 Lapwings, 11 Redwings, five Fieldfares, 82 Chaffinches, 12 Goldfinches, three Greenfinches and a Bullfinch. (John Fleming).

 

Sat 27th Dec 2014

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still this morning at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 11th day until 3pm at least. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. Also 30 Meadow Pipits. (John Sanders/Les Waring/Julian & Michael Long/Alan Hooper & Julia Eckley). Please keep to the footpaths. Pic by Les.

Stonechat

Saul Warth    A Merlin, two Chiffchaffs, a Rock Pipit and a GREY SEAL at Saul Warth this morning. Nearby a Cetti’s Warbler showing well on Frampton village green pond. (Gordon Hodgson).

Walmore Common    This afternoon four WHOOPER SWANS (3 ads, 1 1st-win) again, threeShelducks, six Wigeon, a Sparrowhawk, 70 Lapwings, 12 Snipe and a pair of Stonechats. (Andy Jayne).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Three Goosanders (2m, 1f), 20 Mute Swans, 330 Greylags, 230 Canada Geese, c2000 Wigeon, c1500 Teal, two Gadwalls, 60 Mallards, 300 Pintails, seven Shovelers, fourTufted Ducks, a Little Grebe, three Grey Herons, 25 Coots, 150+ Lapwings, 11 Dunlins, a Snipe, aKingfisher, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, a Stonechat and a gull roost including tenGreat Black-backed Gulls. (David Anderson/Les Brown/Mike Smart). Birds along the towpath included seven Greenfinches, six Bullfinches (2m, 4f), a Kingfisher, 57+ Fieldfares, 20+ Redwings, seven Song Thrushes, a Cormorant over, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a female Blackcap. (Les Waring).

Leigh Meadows    c200 Lapwings today. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    11 Mute Swans, 200 Canada Geese, 15 Snipe, ten Meadow Pipits and twoStonechats today. (Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean    At Lords Hill, Coleford a garden Jay (a first for here in 14 years), threeBuzzards and a Raven. (Frank Williams).

Newent    Garden birds today included a male Blackcap, 20 Goldfinches and two Greenfinches. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).

 

Fri 26th Dec 2014

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still this morning at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 10th day from 9am. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council usually with a pair of Stonechats. (John Sanders).

Stroud    This morning a Peregrine perched on top of a mechanical crane adjacent to the Cainscross Road at SO846051. (Julian Gould).

WWT Slimbridge    A full-winged Ruddy Shelduck in with the collection Ruddy Shelducks today. (Neil Smart).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill this morning still. Also aStonechat here and a Hawfinch at Kensley Lodge. (Colin Butters).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This afternoon three adult Bewick’s Swans, three Pochards, four Tufted Ducks, 11 Dunlins, a Green Sandpiper, a Chiffchaff, 300 Redwings and four Yellowhammers. (Andy Jayne).

Frampton    The GREATER SCAUP still on Court Lake, an adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL on the Sailing Lake. Also three Chiffchaffs and the Tawny Owl still at Court field. (Nick Goatman).

Tirley Sandpits    29+ Blackbirds, 31+ Fieldfares, 90+ Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, a Jay, 7+ Pied Wagtails, 17+ Stock Doves, a female Sparrowhawk, two Red-legged Partridges, a male Kestrel, twoBullfinches, 30+ Meadow Pipits, 10+ Skylarks and a Green Woodpecker today. (Mark Grieve).

Cotswolds    A covey of 10+ Grey Partridges near the Slaughters today. (Jeremy Squire).

 

Thu 25th Dec 2014

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still this morning at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 9th day and showing well. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council with a pair of Stonechats. Also in the front gardens adjoining the park across road at 10:30am. (John Sanders/Jon Mercer/Roy Shilham). Please keep to the footpaths. Pic 1 by Roy, pic 2 by Jon.

Dartford Warbler

 

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake a JACK SNIPE this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE showing well from 9:30-10am at Crabtree Hill this morning. (Frank Williams).

Huntley    A Hawfinch in a silver birch along the western boundary of Huntley Golf Course at 10am this morning. (Martin Drew).

Ashleworth Ham    Two Mute Swans, c720 Canada Geese, nine Greylags, a Bar-headed Goose, c250Wigeon, c180 Teal, c150 Mallards, 12 Shovelers, a Great Crested Grebe, a Peregrine, c240Lapwings and c150 Black-headed Gulls. (Les Brown).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre today 25 Snipe, two Bullfinches, nine Teal, five Jays, threeReed Buntings and a Green Woodpecker. (Steve French).

 

Wed 24th Dec 2014

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still this morning at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 8th day but elusive. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council with a pair of Stonechats. (John Sanders). Please keep to the footpaths. Pics by Les Waring.

Dartford Warbler

 

WWT Slimbridge    The BITTERN from Kingfisher hide briefly this morning. Also a Barn Owland a Cetti’s Warbler. (Ian Ralphs). Also a Water Rail on site today. (Tony Bradley). Pic by Tony.

Water Rail

Sharpness    The BLACK REDSTART this morning at end of the dock road. Also two Chiffchaffsand three Stonechats. (Andy Jordan).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill at 2:30pm today. Also a Goshawkcalling from within conifers about 20 metres S of the lower end of the tarmac track. (Ben Locke).

Hawling    Three SHORT-EARED OWLS today, N of road at SP057220. (Clive Mowforth). Also two Red Kites over the A436 at Hawling at 1pm. (Dave Harris). Pics by Clive.

Short-eared Owl

 

Cassey Compton    A male Hawfinch in the Hornbeams along the river today. (Dave Pearce).

Daglingworth    A Green Sandpiper on the River Dunt this morning, (Andrew Morrison).

Wotton-Under-Edge    The Eagle Owl calling still this evening. (Paul Rich).

Tirley Sandpits    16+ Blackbirds, four Mistle Thrushes, 12+ Redwings, a Goldcrest, a Jay, 12+Skylarks, six Stock Doves, two Red-legged Partridges, a Bullfinch, 15+ Fieldfares and 20+ Meadow Pipits today. (Mark Grieve).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included two Buzzards, an adult Peregrine, 286 Common Gulls, 76Stock Doves, 1550 Woodpigeons, 95 Skylarks, 11 Fieldfares, 86 Redwings, eight Ravens, 187Chaffinches, 19 Bramblings, 15 Greenfinches, six Goldfinches, three Siskins, 11 Bullfinches and five Yellowhammers. (John Fleming).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed this morning five Little Egrets, a Kestrel, 4+Water Rails, 3+ Cetti’s Warblers, 6+ Chiffchaffs along the stream, two Reed Buntings, three Grey Wagtails, 16 Long-tailed Tits, a Grey Heron, 27 Teal, a Green Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, a Snipeand two Bank Voles.  (Dave Collins). Pics by Dave.

Water Rail

Tue 23rd Dec 2014

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still this morning at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237 for it’s 7th day. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council with a pair of Stonechats. (John Sanders).

WWT Slimbridge    The BITTERN again from Kingfisher hide this morning. (@slimbridge_wild).

Epney    11 Goosanders flew downriver at 11:35am today. (Jeremy Squire).

Sharpness    1000 Common Gulls flew S past SARA before 8am heading away from the roost, also an adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL and 40 Dunlins flew N. (Andy Jordan).

Tirley Sandpits    Four Bullfinches, three Mistle Thrushes, 25+ Blackbirds, 20+ Pied Wagtails, aGreen Woodpecker, 15+ Skylarks, 280+ Fieldfares, 25+ Meadow Pipits, 30+ Stock Doves, threeRed-legged Partridges, 6+ Song Thrushes, 15+ Chaffinches on stubble, a Raven over, 70+ Redwingsand 41 Redwings on pasture in Tirley. (Mark Grieve).

Dursley    A Marsh Tit in Ganzell Woods today. (Geoff Moyser).

Coombe Hill Meadows    14 Mute Swans, 380 Greylags, a Bar-headed Goose, 545 Canada Geese, c2000 Wigeon, c1500 Teal, a Gadwall, 50 Mallards, 30 Shovelers, 200 Pintails, three Tufted Ducks, a Grey Heron, a Peregrine, 55 Coots, three squealing Water Rails, 500 Lapwings, aKingfisher and a Stonechat. (David Anderson/Mike Smart). At Leigh Meadows four Mute Swansand two Grey Herons. By the Severn at Wainlodes a Kingfisher and at Ashleworth Ham 260Canada Geese. (Mike Smart).

 

Mon 22nd Dec 2014

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still this morning at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council with a pair of Stonechats. (John Sanders).

WWT Slimbridge    A BITTERN from Kingfisher hide this morning and the WHOOPER SWANbeside the approach road to the Trust. (@slimbridge_wild).

Clapton-on-the-Hill    2+ Bramblings feeding on the Sherborne Road with Chaffinches today. (Steve Brown).

Northleach    A Grey Wagtail on the river and a Red Kite to the West. (Steve Brown).

 

Sun 21st Dec 2014

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still this morning at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council with a pair of Stonechats. Also a female Sparrowhawk and 15 Meadow Pipits. (John Sanders/MK/Russ Peacey).

WWT Slimbridge    The WHOOPER SWAN beside the approach road to the Trust this morning. A female RUDDY SHELDUCK in the Asian Pen. (Paul Masters/Andy Chapman/Mark Hobson). A hybrid female Red Crested Pochard possibly with Pintail from Martin Smith hide. (Matt Collis).

Eastington    Early afternoon a Little Egret fishing in the Frome at Churchend, a male Grey Wagtail at Bonds Mill and a male Grey Wagtail at Spring Hill. (MK).

Walmore Common    Four WHOOPER SWANS (3 ads, 1 first-winter) again today. (Andy Jayne).

Tirley Sandpits    A male Sparrowhawk, two Mistle Thrushes, 19+ Blackbirds, 52+ Redwings, 25+Fieldfares, 17+ Pied Wagtails, 20+ Meadow Pipits, two Kestrels, 7+ Skylarks, a Green Woodpecker, four Stock Doves and a Jay today. (Mark Grieve).

Gloucester    In the garden at Forest View Road two Stock Doves, a female Blackcap and threeJays. (Greg Anderson). Pic by Greg.

Jay

Sat 20th Dec 2014

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still this morning at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council, mainly in the western-most section closest to the road with a pair of Stonechats. (John Sanders/Andy Jordan/Les Waring). Also today 10+ Meadow Pipits, a Raven and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Pics by Andy (1-3) and Les (4-5).

Dartford Warbler

 

 

 

 

WWT Slimbridge    A BITTERN showed well from Kingfisher hide this morning. A WHOOPER SWAN feeding in entrance fields with 26 Bewick’s Swans this afternoon, an AVOCET from Zeiss hide and a female RUDDY SHELDUCK on South Lake. (@slimbridge_wild/Geoff Moyser).

Hawling    Late afternoon, five SHORT-EARED OWLS, at least two Barn Owls, two Red Kites, three Kestrels, a Peregrine and 20+ Golden Plovers. (Paul Rich/Russ Peacey).

Frampton    On Court Lake the juvenile GREATER SCAUP, 12 Shovelers, 18 Gadwalls, five Little Grebes, four Great Crested Grebes and 29 Tufted Ducks today. Also the Tawny Owl showing very well, roosting high in the tree on left hand side, by the cottage at the entrance to Court field, twoTreecreepers, a Kingfisher, a calling Green Woodpecker and a pair of Jays. (Nick Goatman/Alan Baxter).

Quedgeley    A male Blackcap in the garden this morning, first of the winter. (MK).

Coombe Hill Meadows    12 Mute Swans, 310 Greylags, 520 Canada Geese, c2000 Wigeon, c1200Teal, eight Gadwalls, 80 Mallards, 139 Pintails, 20 Shovelers, four Tufted Ducks, two Cormorants, three Grey Herons, 32 Coots, three Water Rails calling, 140 Lapwings, 130 Black-headed Gulls, aGreat Spotted Woodpecker drumming and a pair of Stonechats. (David Anderson/Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Leigh/Cobney Meadows    Extensive flooding at Cobney Meadows west end with 14 Mute Swans, aShelduck, 300 Lapwings and 200 Black-headed Gulls. (Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean    At Wenchford a Dipper and several Jays. At Mallards Pike nine Goosanders (6f, 3m) and a male Mandarin on the pond. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Goosanders

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines showing well, two femaleGoshawks, five Buzzards, a Mistle Thrush, two Jays, a Coal Tit and 11 Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

 

Fri 19th Dec 2014

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still today at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council, mainly in the western-most section closest to the road with a pair of Stonechats. It was still present until 3:45pm at least. (Mark Dowie/John Sanders/Roy Shilham/Richard Price/Duncan Dine/Les Waring). Also a Red Kite over, two Sparrowhawks, three Mistle Thrushes, a Raven and ten Meadow Pipits. (Dave Soons/Les Ditchburn).

Note from Bob Telford : There is a 5K Park Run ( http://www.parkrun.org.uk/cheltenham/ )taking place every Saturday morning at 9am. The course starts and finishes just below the area that the Dartford Warbler is in. It will be busy and parking will probably be very tight.

Pics by Dave (1st), Les W (2nd), Mark (3rd), Roy (4th) .

Dartford Warbler

 

Dartford Warbler & Stonechat

 

Coombe Hill Meadows    Belated news of a BITTERN at 10:30am on the 13th seen to fly off from the Long pool. (Oliver Moore per Jackie Birch).

Walmore Common    Four WHOOPER SWANS (3 ads, 1 first-winter) today. (John Sanders).

Wibdon Warth    Three Ringed Plovers (rare in Glos in winter) today. (John Sanders).

Tirley    A calling Tawny Owl at 5am and at the Sandpits a calling Little Owl at 4:30pm, also 25+Redwings and five Fieldfares. (Mark Grieve).

Compton Abdale    A Red Kite at 8:18am on the A40 at the Compton Abdale crossroads. (Dave Harris).

 

Thu 18th Dec 2014

Cheltenham    The DARTFORD WARBLER still at 9:04am at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council. It was fairly elusive throughout the day, again with a pair of Stonechats. It was still present until 3:45pm at least. (Mark Dowie/John Sanders/Ian Ralphs/Martin Greenish). Also late morning eightMeadow Pipits, and at the stream below the lake two Grey Wagtails and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Steve Brown).

Frampton    A BITTERN this morning at 8am briefly in flight over the reeds visible from the gate at Splatt Bridge. It went down into those reeds. SO739067. (Gordon Kirk/Bill Church).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this morning at 10:25am.

Cotswolds    Two Red Kites at 8:08am on the A429 either side of the Sweetslade Farm entrance. Also a Red Kite on the A40 at the end of a row of trees before the Shipton Oliffe sign. (Dave Harris).

 

Wed 17th Dec 2014

Cheltenham    A DARTFORD WARBLER at 9:30am this morning at Pittville Park E of Tommy Taylor’s Lane at SO948237. It is in an area that has been seeded with wild flowers by the Council. The flowers have gone over now, and just the seed heads remain. It was sat up prominently on tall stalks, but as the vegetation dried out it kept low, and was more elusive. It spent some time following a pair of Stonechats. It was still present until 3pm at least. (John Sanders et al). Pics by John. Stonechat pics by Roger Wasley.

Dartford Warbler

 

Stonechat

 

 

Hawling    Six SHORT-EARED OWLS still N of road at SP057220, this evening. Also a Red Kiteand a Kestrel. (Brian Thompson).

Newent    Garden birds today included a male Blackcap, ten Goldfinches and two Greenfinches. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.

Blackcap

Tue 16th Dec 2014

Hawling    4/5 SHORT-EARED OWLS still N of road at SP057220, this afternoon. (Rachel Rosborough). Also a Red Kite and a Woodcock over. (Richard Eyres).

Frampton    The juvenile GREATER SCAUP still on Court Lake towards the reedbed on the E side today. Also a male/immature Goldeneye. (Geoff Moyser).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines showing well and chased off an intruding Peregrine. Also a female Goshawk, five Buzzards in a thermal, a female Bullfinch, aKingfisher, seven Mandarins (3m, 4f), a small flock of Long-Tailed Tits, a Treecreeper, a Redwing, two Nuthatches, a Goldcrest, a Marsh Tit, three Ravens, three Jays and three Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pics by Phil.

Peregrine

Nuthatch

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake eight Mute Swans, three Teal, 20 Mallards, a female Shoveler and eight Wigeon today. (Gordon Avery).

Witcombe Reservoirs    A Water Rail and 23 Teal today. (Gordon Avery).

WWT Slimbridge    The ringed adult WHOOPER SWAN (yellow BXI) on the Rushy from 3:45pm this afternoon. (@slimbridge_wild).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning a Greylag, c350 Wigeon, c800 Teal, 19 Mallards, 26 Pintails, six Shovelers, three Grey Herons, four Cormorants, three Lapwings, two Snipe and a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming. (David Anderson/Les Brown).

 

Mon 15th Dec 2014

Great Barrington    The ringtail HEN HARRIER near the trig point at Barrington Bushes again today. Also four Red Kites, three Yellowhammers, two Buzzards, 20+ Chaffinches, 45+ Starlingsand a Lapwing. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.

Hen Harrier

Hawling    Four SHORT-EARED OWLS still N of road at SP057220, this afternoon. Also two Kestrels, a Barn Owl and 70+ Linnets. (Les Waring). Pics by Les.

Short-eared Owl

 

Sharpness    The male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road this morning. (Paul Taylor).

Chedworth Woods    Three Goldcrests, two Ravens and 10+ Coal Tits and a Goshawk calling from near the roman villa. (Ben Hilder). Pics by Ben.

Goldcrest

Raven

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed today a Buzzard, two Sparrowhawks, twoRavens, a flock of 14 Magpies, three Reed Buntings, three Chiffchaffs, 12 Long-tailed Tits, aGoldcrest, 2+ Cetti’s Warblers, 4+ Water Rails, three Grey Herons, a Kestrel, a Skylark, two Pied Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail and Green Woodpecker and Yellowhammer both heard. Usual wildfowl including Teal, Tufted Ducks, Shovelers, Mallards and Coot. Also a Bank Vole and a Weasel both seen swimming across the flooded part of the path. Nearby on the football pitch/sports field area, two Mistle Thrushes, six Fieldfares and three Redwings. (Dave Collins). Pics by Dave.

Water Rail

Painswick    A male Blackcap near the cemetery and at the Beacon 30 Chaffinches, threeBramblings, ten Redwings, a Fieldfare, four Common Gulls and four Ravens today. (John Fleming).

Cotswolds    Three Red Kites over the A429 just before Sweetslade Farm entrance at 8:11am at SP1393218192. (Dave Harris).

Cassey Compton    This morning two Red Kites, two Sparrowhawks, three Buzzards, two Ravens, two Bullfinches, 20 Linnets, ten Fieldfares, a Stoat and four Fallow Deer. (Dave Pearce/Steve Brown).

WWT Slimbridge    A ringed adult WHOOPER SWAN (yellow BXI) has been at the Rushy feeds since yesterday. She was caught at Brunnvatn, Fljotsheidi in Iceland in 2013 and hadn’t been seen until now. Also 74 Bewick’s Swans on site at 8am this morning (still only 5 cygnets). There are still 1000 Bewick’s Swans in Estonia which are very late indeed. (Julia Newth, WWT). Also an adultPink-footed Goose with 88 White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece this afternoon. (@slimbridge_wild).

 

Sun 14th Dec 2014

Frampton    The juvenile GREATER SCAUP still on Court Lake today. Also at the pools 65 Tufted Ducks, four Pochards, 13 Gadwalls, 33 Shovelers, two Wigeon, 343 Coots, six Great Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe, eight Mallards and a Tawny Owl. (Nick Goatman).

Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART at the end of Dock Road from 11am-1pm. (Tom Weston-McClung/Ken Cservenka).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    A pair of SMEW at Keynes Pit 31 at 3:20pm, view from the Crazy Golf area. Also five Goosanders (4m, 1f) on Pit 34 at 3:15pm. At Pit 44 this afternoon 49 Red Crested Pochards and a female Goosander and 18 Red Crested Pochards on Pit 30. (Jon Mercer). A proper record shot by Jon.

Smew

WWT Slimbridge    A WHOOPER SWAN on the Tack Piece until midday. Also a Peregrine on the ground in front of the tall trees at the back of the Tack Piece, a Little Stint around the scrape in front of the Holden Tower and an AVOCET a long way off between the Zeiss Hide and the river feeding in a channel at 3:15pm. (Ken Cservenka).

Lechlade    22+ Mute Swans grazing in a field near Lechlade today. (Adrian Smith).

Cheltenham    A pair of Blackcaps in the garden today, feeding on cotoneaster berries at The Park. (Peter Cadogan).

Whitminster    A male Blackcap in the garden today. (Richard Baatsen). Pic by Rich.

Blackcap

Sat 13th Dec 2014

Cassey Compton    Two Hawfinches, the first seen in the Cotswolds for a couple of winters. (Richard Tyler).

Hawling    Three SHORT-EARED OWLS still N of road at SP057220, this afternoon. Also threeBuzzards, a Red Kite, two Barn Owls, a Raven and a Meadow Pipit. (Mike Yiend/Les Waring). Pics by Mike.

Short-eared Owl

 

More pics by Les

 

Another pic by Richard Tyler

Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART at the end of Dock Road on the NedWest building this morning. Also two Stonechats and a Chiffchaff. (Andy Jordan).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still on the clearfell at 12:30pm. Also a aStonechat and two Bullfinches. (Ben Hilder/Ali Hammond). A GREAT GREY SHRIKE opposite Yew Tree Brake Crematorium at 3:08pm today, presumably the Crabtree Hill bird. (@flotographic).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint the resident female Peregrine, a female Sparrowhawk, two Ravens, a female Goshawk, a Kestrel, a female Bullfinch, several Redwings, a Coal Tit, a male and female Mandarin and two Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows     17 Mute Swans, 400+ Canada Geese, 100+ Greylags, four Shelducks, 130Wigeon, 25 Teal, four Gadwalls, nine Mallards, 15 Pintails (14m), four Shovelers, three Grey Herons, five Cormorants, two Water Rails, 15 Lapwings, nine Snipe and a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker. (David Anderson/Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Barrow Ponds    Nine Cormorants fishing, a Grey Heron, three Teal and a Snipe. (Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows    Four Mute Swans, a Little Egret perching on dead tree by the A38, two Green Sandpipers (on Chelt rapids near A38), a Snipe, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Meadow Pipit. (Mike Smart).

Bibury    A Little Egret and a Red Kite at the headwaters of the River Leach at Kilkenny Farm today. (Ian Ralphs).

Aldsworth    Three Corn Buntings and 200 Linnets at New Barn. Nearby 30 House Sparrows on Cocklebarrow Farm feeders. (Ian Ralphs).

Tirley Sandpits    19+ Blackbirds, 55+ Redwings, 22+ Fieldfares, 1+ Green Woodpecker, fourMistle Thrushes, a Bullfinch, 7+ Meadow Pipits, five Skylarks and a Raven over. (Mark Grieve).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF on the stream by Pit 85 this afternoon. (Kim Milsom). At Shorncote Reedbed this morning two Buzzards, two Grey Herons, aSparrowhawk, 3+ Cetti’s Warblers, four Chiffchaffs, 7+ Reed Buntings, 5+ Water Rails, 12 Teal, 7+ Pied Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail, four Meadow Pipits, a Skylark, many Fieldfares and Redwingsand a Fox. (Dave Collins). Pics by Dave.

Water Rail

Fox

Ashleworth Ham    Nine Canada Geese, c250 Wigeon, three Gadwalls,c200 Teal, c90 Mallards, eight Shovelers, a Pintail, a Grey Heron, two Buzzards and c45 Snipe spooked by gunshot. (Les Brown).

May Hill    A Stonechat at the top of May Hill this afternoon. (Rob Guest).

Dursley    Two male Blackcaps in the garden today. (Clive Mowforth).

Leckhampton    A male Blackcap in the garden today, the first seen this winter. Also 100+Redwings along Daisybank Road, Leckhampton Hill. (Chris Furley).

 

Fri 12th Dec 2014

Ozleworth    Belated news of a SHORT-EARED OWL being mobbed by crows on Sunday 7th at Newark Park on Blackquarries Hill to the right of the road near the park entrance. (Shaun Clutterbuck per Derek Newcombe).

Cotswolds    A Red Kite at 8:12am above the roundabout on the A40/A429 by Northleach and another Red Kite at 8:34am above the A40 just before the Frogmill Inn. (Dave Harris).

Tirley    A Tawny Owl calling at 11:30am. (Mark Grieve).

 

Thu 11th Dec 2014

Forest of Dean    At least seven Hawfinches in with a flock of 30+ Redwings on the Short Trail at Nagshead today. Also two Hawfinches around the Nursery Meadows. (Lewis Thomson).

Compton Abdale    A Red Kite at 10:46am on the A40 over the Compton Abdale crossroads. (Dave Harris).

 

Wed 10th Dec 2014

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still on the clearfell at Crabtree Hill this afternoon at 4pm. (Ben Locke/Roger Greenwood). Two Bullfinches on the Gloucestershire Way approaching the clearfell site. Four Crossbills near Spruce Ride including two males and two Ravens over. (Roger Greenwood).

Sharpness    At lunchtime male and female Peregrine on the nest box on the silo. (Gordon Avery).

Upleadon    In the field opposite the garage c100 Redwings, c50 Fieldfares, a Kestrel, a Buzzardand a Pied Wagtail. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.

Redwings taking off

WWT Slimbridge    A Water Rail from the Willow hide today at midday. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.

Water Rail

Naunton    Large numbers of Fieldfares and Redwings today. (Richard Tyler). Pics by Richard.

Fieldfare

Redwing

Tue 9th Dec 2014

Forest of Dean    This morning the GREAT GREY SHRIKE  from 11:27-11:47am, also aStonechat, two Ravens and a Kestrel. (Alan Hooper). At Cannop Pond by the Stoneworks 21Mandarins (16m, 5f), seven Tufted Ducks (5m, 2f) and three Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (Derek Hale).

WWT Slimbridge    A Barn Owl inside the Holden Tower this morning. (Jake King).

Coombe Hill Meadows    16 Mute Swans, 40 Canada Geese, 45 Greylags, two Shelducks, c340Wigeon, c70 Teal, 14 Mallards, 16 Pintails, nine Cormorants, three Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, three Buzzards, three Water Rails, c500 Lapwings, two Dunlins, seven Snipe, a Kingfisher, aRaven, a Mistle Thrush, c300 Fieldfares and c75 Redwings. (Les Brown/David Anderson/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    A Mute Swan, 16 Canada Geese, 45 Greylags, c410 Wigeon, c330 Teals, twoGadwalls, c100 Mallards, 36 Shovelers, a Pintail and 14 Snipe. (Les Brown).

Barrow/Leigh    A Little Egret in flight along the Leigh Brook parallel to the A38 at 11:20am probably nearer Barrow than Leigh Village. (Gordon Avery).

 

Mon 8th Dec 2014

Wotton-Under-Edge    The EAGLE OWL at Venns Acre today after a long period with no reports. (Pat Groves). Pic by Pat.

Eagle Owl

Forest of Dean    At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE this morning at SO631135. TwoGoshawks, three Buzzards and a Raven at Staple Edge. Also here c20 Crossbills, c10 Siskins, twoRavens, a female Stonechat and two Fieldfares. A Dipper at Wenchford and c10 Crossbills on Spruce Ride. c20 Mandarins and two Bullfinches at Cannop Ponds South. (Ben Locke/Brian Thompson/Derek Hale). Pic by Brian.

Great Grey Shrike

Another by Derek

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed this morning three Buzzards, a Stonechat, two Skylarks over, a Kestrel, a Snipe, a Sparrowhawk, four Grey Herons, 6+ Reed Buntings, threeChiffchaffs, 2+ Cetti’s Warblers, 4+ Water Rails, a Grey Wagtail, two Pied Wagtails, nineLapwings over, a mixed flock of 45+ Fieldfares and Redwings and a Fox as well as Teal, Tufted Ducks, Shovelers, Gadwalls and Mallards. The path approaching the first hide is flooded as is the stretch between the two hides so wellies are essential. (Dave Collins). Pic by Dave.

Water Rail

Hawling    A SHORT-EARED OWL, two Buzzards, two Kestrels, four Meadow Pipits, a pair ofStonechats, a steady flow of Fieldfares in flocks 30-50+, 90+ Golden Plovers, 68 Lapwings and three Roe Deer. (Les Waring). Pics by Les.

Golden Plovers

Short-eared Owl

Cotswolds    Two Red Kites at 8:12am over the A429 at Bourton-on-the-Water. A Red Kite at 8:13am by a farm entrance before the Cold Aston turn. A Red Kite at 8:32am above the A40 just after the Shipton Oliffe turn. A Red Kite at 3:54pm by Sweetslade Farm on the A429. (Dave Harris).

 

Sun 7th Dec 2014

Frampton    A juvenile GREATER SCAUP on Court Lake this morning. Also at the pools nine Little Grebes, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 42 Gadwalls, 26 Shovelers, 29 Cormorants, a Kingfisher, aSnipe, a Tawny Owl and 21 Little Egrets flew in to roost tonight. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean    Today at noon a GREAT GREY SHRIKE in the Staple Edge felled area (western end just above the stand of conifers) perched on top of a sapling, almost certainly a different bird to the Crabtree Hill bird. Also a Redwing, two Buzzards and a Kestrel. (Andrew McDermid).The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this morning. Also a Great Spotted Woodpeckerdrumming. (Lewis Thomson/Mark Hobson). 50+ Chaffinches and three Hawfinches on the Long Trail and a LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER calling on the Short Trail at Nagshead this afternoon. (Arron Roberts).

Aylburton Warth/Guscar Rocks    A Merlin, nine Rock Pipits, three Stonechats, 26 Dunlins, twoSnipe and a Little Egret this morning. (Lewis Thomson).

Coombe Hill Meadows    WeBS count this morning included 24 Mute Swans, 460 Canada Geese, 45Greylags, 420 Wigeon, 110 Teal, 21 Mallards, nine Pintails, seven Shovelers, two Grey Herons, aWater Rail, c550 Lapwings, two Dunlins and 20 Snipes. Also two Sparrowhawks, a Buzzard, aPeregrine on kill, 150+ Fieldfares and 100+ Redwings. (David Anderson/Les Brown).

Gloucester    At Walham ponds two Chiffchaffs, one an abietinus, both heard calling moving down river. (Kevin Kingscott).

Painswick Beacon    Seven Cormorants over, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, a Peregrine, 420 Common Gulls, 27 Stock Doves, 1500 Woodpigeons, a Skylark, 220 Fieldfares, 540 Redwings, a Raven, 65Starlings, 50 Chaffinches, two Bramblings, two Goldfinches, a Siskin and 30 Linnets. (John Fleming).

Ebworth    Near Overtown Farm on weedy stubble and pasture, 260 Common Gulls, 50 Stock Doves, 230 Woodpigeons, 65 Skylarks, 32 Meadow Pipits, two Pied Wagtails, 40 Linnets, 35Chaffinches, 360 Starlings, 140 Jackdaws and two Yellowhammers. Also in trees and scrub near Foston’s Ash, two Nuthatches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Blackbirds, 45 Redwings, tenFieldfares, ten Chaffinches, a Raven, two Jays, a Kestrel, a Buzzard and a Song Thrush. Also at least 2400 Woodpigeons in Workman’s Wood NNR. (John Fleming).

Tirley Sandpits    26+ Blackbirds, 45+ Redwings, a Green Woodpecker, 57+ Fieldfares, threeMistle Thrushes, seven Song Thrushes, a Raven, a Chiffchaff, a Cormorant over, three Meadow Pipits, three Skylarks, four Bullfinches, a male Kestrel, a Peregrine and a female Stonechat. (Mark Grieve).

Leigh Meadows (Cobney Meadows end)    15 Canada Geese, 20 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 20 Mallards, aGrey Heron, a Sparrowhawk, a Snipe and a Meadow Pipit today. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth/Hasfield Hams    Three Mute Swans, 15 Canada Geese, 20 Greylags, 600 Wigeon, 300Teal, 120 Mallards, 45 Shovelers, 20 Pintails, two Grey Herons, two Cormorants, 210 Lapwings, 20Snipe and a JACK SNIPE and at Hasfield, two Meadow Pipits, 150 Fieldfares, 75 Redwings and aReed Bunting. (Mike Smart).

Walmore Common    Eight Mute Swans, 170 Teal, a Grey Heron, two Stonechats and a Meadow Pipit.(Mike Smart).

 

Sat 6th Dec 2014

Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road this morning and the female/1st winter BLACK REDSTART at SARA briefly. Also an abietinus Chiffchaff, threeStonechats, a Little Grebe, 25 Fieldfares and a Treecreeper. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.

abietinus Chiffchaff

Hailey Wood    Two Bramblings with 200+ Chaffinches along the internal road near the Sawmill this afternoon. (Vic Polley).

Quedgeley    11 Chiffchaffs at Lower Rea today. (Andy Chapman).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE opposite Yew Tree Brake Crematorium at 3:30pm today. (@flotographic).

Hawling    Five SHORT-EARED OWLS, N of road at SP057220, this afternoon. Also a Barn Owl, aLittle Owl and a Tawny Owl heard, two Stonechats, two Bullfinches, four Meadow Pipits, aPeregrine, two Red Kites, two Kestrels, two Buzzards, two Ravens, 30 Lapwings, 30 Golden Plovers, 100+ mixed flock of Fieldfares and Redwings and two Stoats. (Les Waring/Neil Duggan). Pic by Les. Please stay out of the fields, as there is adequate viewing and photography opportunities, from the roadside. Thank you.

Stonechat

Coombe Hill Meadows    11 adult Bewick’s Swans, 21 Mute Swans (11 ads, 10 imms), 80 Canada Geese, 17 Greylags, a Shelduck, 750 Wigeon, 350 Teal, 26 Pintails, nine Shovelers, three Grey Herons, a male and a female Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, two squealing Water Rails, 600 Lapwings, two Dunlins, 13 Snipe, 150 Fieldfares, 75 Redwings and two Yellowhammers. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    Two Mute Swans, 50 Greylags, 150 Canada Geese, 200 Wigeon, 130 Teal, 45Mallards, four Pintails, 25 Shovelers, a Cormorant, two Grey Herons, a Peregrine, a Buzzard, fourCoots and 12 Snipe. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

 

Fri 5th Dec 2014

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE  on the SW section of Crabtree Hill at 1:15pm again today. (Geoff Bryant/Ron Cave-Ayland). Pic by Ron.

Great Grey Shrike

Hawling    Two SHORT-EARED OWLS late afternoon, N of road at SP057220. (Pete Grimmitt).Please stay out of the fields, as there is adequate viewing and photography opportunities, from the roadside. Thank you.

Witcombe Reservoirs    At lunchtime a male GOSHAWK landed in tree in the old pear orchard staying for a couple of minutes before being flushed by a passing car. Also several Mistle Thrushes there. (John Miles).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed this afternoon 40 Teal, 12 Wigeon, a pair ofShovelers, three Snipe, three Water Rails, a Green Woodpecker, a Jay, 60+ Fieldfares, 40+Redwings, 14 Song Thrushes around the reedbed, a Mistle Thrush, four Cetti’s Warblers calling, two Chiffchaffs, 20 Reed Buntings, a Grey Wagtail and a Stonechat. Also a dead Barn Owl there sadly. On Pit 44 a pair of Goosanders and 18 Red Crested Pochards. (Jon Mercer).

Gloucester    Two Little Egrets in the storm drain at Daniel’s Brook, Tuffley. (Mark Hobson).

Cotswolds    At 8:37am two Red Kites on the A40 by the Shipton Oliffe sign before the dual carriageway at SP0564017946. Two Red Kites at 3:03pm on the A436 just after the long layby by Notgrove at SP0989421154. (Dave Harris).

 

Thu 4th Dec 2014

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE  on Crabtree Hill at 2:45pm again. Also 200+ flock of Siskins and Lesser Redpolls and five Crossbills 1km E of Crabtree Hill. (Arron Roberts/Ben Locke). A Hawfinch, four Crossbills, a Kingfisher and 20+ flock of Siskins, Lesser Redpolls andGoldfinches at the nursery pond at Nagshead this morning. (Arron Roberts/Lewis Thomson).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake two Yellowhammers, two Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, four Wigeon, five Teal, 14 Linnets, 50+ Meadow Pipits, 23 Skylarks and a Buzzard today.  (Martin Greenish).

Rodley    On the river at Lower Dumball this afternoon, 225 Golden Plovers, 730 Lapwings, threeDunlins and 115 Curlews, also a North European Herring Gull of the race Larus argentatus argentatus. (John Sanders).

WWT Slimbridge    A Water Rail from the Willow hide today. Also a summer plumaged Black-headed Gull with full chocolate-brown hood from the Martin Smith hide. (Peter Rodgers). Pic by Peter.

Water Rail

Wed 3rd Dec 2014

Ashleworth Ham    Late morning SLAVONIAN GREBE was in open view for c5mins then it disappeared into dense vegetation and didn’t reappear during the next hour. Also six Mute Swans, 190 Canada Geese, seven Greylags, c260 Wigeon, c90 Teal, nine Mallards, 12 Shovelers, aCormorant, a Little Grebe, two Buzzards and six Coots. (Les Brown).

Great Barrington/Rissington    Late afternoon a ringtail HEN HARRIER between the trig point and Miletree Clump. (Dave Pearce).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill today. Also seven Hawfinches. (Terry Grant/Jake King).

Ebley    A male Goosander on the canal between Ebley Mill and the double lock near Ryeford. (Jean Boyd).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A calling Little Owl late afternoon, 25+ Redwings and 10+ Fieldfaresover, two garden Jays (a garden tick) and a garden Bullfinch. (Mark Grieve).

Cotswolds    Two Red Kites circling above the A429 just before Sweetslade Farm at 8:09am at SP14058185272. A Red Kite at 8:47am over the A40 just after the Compton Abdale crossroads above the wooded area at SP0661517809. (Dave Harris).

Hawling    At least two SHORT-EARED OWLS today, N of road at SP057220. (Clive Mowforth). Pic by Clive.

Short-eared Owl

Tue 2nd Dec 2014

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines showing well, two femaleGoshawks, five Ravens, a male Sparrowhawk, four Buzzards, a pair of Nuthatches, a Coal Tit, many small Chaffinch flocks feeding on Beech mast around the area, a small Redwing flock and c30Siskins. Also three Fallow Deer today. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

WWT Slimbridge    Two Dark-bellied Brent Geese on the Dumbles today. (@slimbridge_wild). Pic by Jon Mercer.

Bewick’s Swan

Mon 1st Dec 2014

Gloucester    34 Snipe at Netheridge Farm today. (Mark Hobson).

Compton Abdale    Two Red Kites above the Compton Abdale crossroads at 8:29am SP0680117758. (Dave Harris).

 

Sun 30th Nov 2014

Sherborne Meadows/Great Rissington    The ringtail HEN HARRIER seen briefly by the county boundary at Barrington Bushes at 2:20pm. Also in the area four Teal, a Grey Heron, eight Red Kites, two Sparrowhawks, ten Buzzards, four Kestrels, a Merlin, 18 Golden Plovers, twoWoodcocks, a Kingfisher, six Marsh Tits, 200 Redwings and three Reed Buntings. (Andy Jayne).

Great Barrington    Early afternoon a Goshawk soaring over Taynton Bushes and at least threeRed Kites. (Paul Rich).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this morning. Also a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming. (Lewis Thomson).

Cirencester    At Oakley Wood five Bramblings, 20 Siskins, two Marsh Tits, 20+ Coal Tits, 10+Nuthatches, five Goldcrests, four Jays, dozens of Wrens, four Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk. (Steve Davies).

Cassey Compton    This morning four Red Kites, six Buzzards, two Kestrels, two Little Owls, aPeregrine and a Goshawk. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.

Red Kite

Hawling    Four SHORT-EARED OWLS again at 3pm, N of road at SP057220. Also a Little Owlheard, two Stonechats, two Ravens and a Buzzard. (Richard Tyler/Les Waring). Pics by Richard (taken 29th).

Short-eared  Owl

 

Stonechat by Les

Sat 29th Nov 2014

Cotswold Water Park (E)    A BEARDED TIT in the NE corner of Pit 125 at 8:50am in the reeds. Then moved S but can still be heard calling. The first for the NCOS recording area. (Ian Ralphs).

Eastleach Downs Farm     A Merlin, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, two Red Kites and a Stonechat. (Ian Ralphs).

Great Barrington    This afternoon a ringtail HEN HARRIER being mobbed by two Red Kites near the trig point. Also three Buzzards, a Corn Bunting and a Kestrel. (Ben Hilder).

Hen Harrier & Red Kites

Corn Bunting

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill 12-2pm. Later on a new clearing 1km E of Woorgreens at 3pm. (Chris Teague/Lewis Thomson). Pic by Chris.

Great Grey Shrike

Brockworth    At Henley Bank Plantation, the first Woodcock of the winter, also 50 Goldfinches. (Terry Fenton).

Bentham    A Woodcock and two Snipe today. (Terry Fenton).

Berkeley shore    The WATER PIPIT still this morning, nine Rock Pipits, a Stonechat, a Turnstone, c150 Dunlins, 35 Redshanks, two Ravens, c100 Fieldfares, at least 15 JACK SNIPES, c30 Snipeand a Spotted Redshank. (Paul Taylor).

Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART at the end of Dock Road and on the pier still this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Frampton    Four Tawny Owls calling (3m, 1f) at the pools. Also a Little Owl and many Redwingsover. (Nick Goatman).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines still, male and femaleSparrowhawk, two male and two female Mandarins, male and female Goosanders and a Kingfisheron the River Wye below the viewpoint. Also two Buzzards, four Ravens, two Mistle Thrushes, several Jays and at least 12 Long-tailed Tits. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pics by Phil.

Sparrowhawk

Raven

Gloucester    A Chiffchaff this morning by the Plantation Pool at Sudmeadow. (Gordon Avery).

Hawling    This afternoon four SHORT-EARED OWLS, a Red Kite, two Ravens and two Kestrels. (Les Waring/Clive Mowforth/Gary Cox). Pics by Les 1, Clive 2, Gary 3 & 4).

Short-eared Owl

 

 

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning 12 Mute Swans, 1300+ Canada Geese, 1000+ Greylags, 2800Wigeon, two Gadwalls, c1000 Teal, 45 Mallards, 12 Pintails, 17 Shovelers, five Cormorants, twoGrey Herons, a Sparrowhawk, c680 Lapwings, a Golden Plover, two Dunlins, two Ruff, 15 Snipe, c40Fieldfares, c25 Redwings, c800 Starlings and three Water Rails heard. (Les Brown/Les Waring).

Pic by Les W.

Cormorant

Ashleworth Ham    Two Mute Swans, 247 Canada Geese, 12 Greylags, 22 Teal, 11 Mallards, eightShovelers, three Cormorants and a Buzzard. (Les Brown).

 

Fri 28th Nov 2014

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill at 3:20pm today. (Lewis Thomson).

Hawling    Late afternoon four SHORT-EARED OWLS N of road at SP057220 and another N of Hawling. (Neil Duggan).

Nr Sevenhampton    Three Buzzards and three Red Kites at 12:15pm (SP050208). Later a singleRed Kite near Brockhampton (SP034231), probably one of the earlier birds. (Peter Rodgers).

Sharpness    A female/1st winter BLACK REDSTART at the end of Dock Road still this morning. Also a Rock Pipit. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.

Rock Pipit

Cotswolds    Two Red Kites circling above the A429  just before the entrance to Sweetslade Farm at 8:11am at SP1410818619. A Red Kite at 8:45am over the A40 just before the Frogmill pub above the Compton Abdale turn at SP0416117745. (Dave Harris).

 

Thu 27th Nov 2014

Roel Gate    Two SHORT-EARED OWLS this afternoon. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.

Short-eared Owl

Sharpness    A BLACK REDSTART this morning on the NedWest building at end of dock road again. (Karle Burford).

Walmore Common    Eight Mute Swans, 250 Teal in the ditches, six Snipe and a Water Rail calling in the fields between the Common and the Higher Level ditch today. (Mike Smart).

Berkeley shore    Three Turnstones, three Knot and three Rock Pipits all S of the power station. (Geoff Moyser).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre this morning three Green Woodpeckers, a Kestrel, a Barn Owl, two Mute Swans, two Snipe and a Kingfisher. (Alan Hooper). Pic by Alan.

Barn Owl

Wed 26th Nov 2014

Sharpness    Male BLACK REDSTART at the end of Dock Road still this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Cambridge    A male Brambling in the garden at Longaston Lane today. Also a pair of Blackcaps. (Mrs Goatman per Nick Goatman).

Frampton    16 Little Egrets flew towards Court Lake to roost at 4:30pm. (Gordon Hodgson).

 

Tue 25th Nov 2014

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE very mobile around the Crabtree Hill area today and also seen near the road opposite the crematorium at 2:50pm, still could be two birds? (Lewis Thomson/Ben Locke/Frank Williams). Also around the Crabtree Hill area a mixed flock of c200 ofSiskins and Lesser Redpolls and a flyover Crossbill and E of the heath three Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Green Woodpecker. (Frank Williams).

Sharpness    The male BLACK REDSTART still along the dock road on the building next to the NedWest building today. (Julian Long/Martin Greenish).

Tirley Sandpits    A male Peregrine flew over towards Tirley Hill, also 300+ Redwings, 50+Fieldfares, four Mistle Thrushes and a Jay. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    350 Canada Geese, 100 Greylags, 2500 Wigeon, 1000 Teal, 50 Mallards, 11 Pintails, eight Shovelers, 48 Lapwings, two Stonechats, 50 Fieldfares and ten Redwings today. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    100 Canada Geese, five Greylags, 50 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 16 Shovelers, fourCormorants and six Snipe today. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

 

Mon 24th Nov 2014

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE relocated to new clearing 1km east of Woorgreens all afternoon SO638130. (Lewis Thomson), but also seen at Crabtree Hill at overlapping times byBen Locke so maybe two birds. Also in the Crabtree Hill area a Hawfinch, four Crossbills, a small mixed flock of Siskins and Lesser Redpolls and four Goldfinches. At Woorgreens Lake 17 Coots, aLittle Grebe and a male Tufted Duck. (Frank Williams). At least 150 Skylarks, one singing, in fields between Clearwell and Wyegate Green this morning. (Ivan Proctor). At least three Bramblings with a Chaffinch flock at Three Brothers on the New Fancy-Cannop Ponds cycle track this afternoon. (Ceri Jones). Pic by Lewis.

Great Grey Shrike

Awre    This morning 10-11am at Awre shore three SHORT-EARED OWLS, four Bewick’s Swans(including 2 juvs) flew-over and 240 Lapwings. (Roger Ruston).

Hawling    This afternoon three SHORT-EARED OWLS still hunting there. Also a Red Kite, a Barn Owl, two Ravens and two Stonechats. (Roger Wasley/Les Waring). Pic by Roger.

Short-eared Owl

 

Sharpness    The male BLACK REDSTART still along the dock road today. (Chris Teague).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning 1450+ Wigeon, seven Pintails, six Shovelers, a Bar-headed Goose, 825+ Greylags, 1300+ Canada Geese, two Grey Herons, a Cormorant, 42 Lapwings, two mixed flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares (34 & 17), three Goldcrests, four Bullfinches, 15Chaffinches and two Water Rails heard. (Les Waring).

Walmore Common    Two adult and six immature Mute Swans, c250 Teal, two Snipe and threeStonechats today. (Mike Smart).

Hazleton    At the A40 junction, early morning five Red Kites flew SE across the A40. Also 200Rooks flew in the same direction and 30 Fieldfares. (Steve Brown).

Cotswolds    A Red Kite by the Farmington Quarry sign on the A429 at 8:16am at SP1313517155 and two Red Kites and a Buzzard on the A40 by the Shipton Oliffe sign before the dual carriageway SP0548517945. (Dave Harris).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre this morning a Kingfisher, 29 Snipe, two Mute Swans, twoGoldfinches, two Green Woodpeckers, three Kestrels, c200 Starlings and a continual small passage of Fieldfares and Redwings over. (Steve French/Alan Hooper).

Newent    In the garden today 15 Goldfinches and two female Greenfinches. (Alan Hooper).

 

Sun 23rd Nov 2014

Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART at the end of the dock road on the NedWest building. Also two Stonechats today. (Alan Hooper/Alan Baxter). Pic by Alan H.

Black Redstart

Berkeley shore    12 Redshanks, an Oystercatcher, 12 Snipe, two JACK SNIPE, a WATER PIPIT, aReed Bunting, a Grey Heron and five Skylarks. (Alan Hooper/Alan Baxter).

Berkeley    A male and a female BLACK REDSTART at the disused mill at Hamfield Lane near Oakhunger ST676990. (Alan Hooper/Alan Baxter).

Hawling    This afternoon five SHORT-EARED OWLS, a Barn Owl, three Red Kites, a Merlin, twoKestrels and two Ravens. (Les Waring/Ben Locke/Gareth Jones/Tom Mabbett). This morning aSHORT-EARED OWL at 9:27am, a Red Kite, two Corn Buntings, 30 Lapwings, a Golden Ploverheard, 50+ Linnets, four Fieldfares and a Raven. (MK). Pics by Les.

Short-eared Owl

 

Frampton    A  female MARSH HARRIER from Splatt Bridge, a Green Sandpiper, six Shelducks, aCurlew on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge, 20 Snipe flushed from the reedbed by a femaleSparrowhawk, a Water Rail heard, a Kingfisher on the canal and six Curlews on Saul Warth. (Eric Palmer).

Saul Warth    A Dark-bellied Brent Goose today and two SWALLOWS drifting S. (Gordon Hodgson).

Hawling    Four Dark-bellied Brent Geese on the Dumbles shelf today. (Paul Masters).

Tirley Sandpits    140+ Redwings, 3+ Ravens, eight Fieldfares, three Mistle Thrushes, 26 Linnets, a Green Woodpecker, a Jay and two Bullfinches today. Also a calling Tawny Owl at 5.45pm in Tirley. (Mark Grieve).

 

Sat 22nd Nov 2014

WWT Slimbridge    The male GREEN-WINGED TEAL from Zeiss hide still this morning. One seen at New Passage, South Glos this afternoon could’ve been the WWT bird? (Tom Mabbett).

Frampton    At Splatt Bridge at dusk a SHORT-EARED OWL over the estuary, a MARSH HARRIER, a Kestrel, a Merlin, five Fieldfares and a large flock of Starlings. (Colin Greenfield). Around the pools a Tawny Owl still at Court Field, seven Lesser Redpolls, 32 Redwings, twoTreecreepers, five Bullfinches, a Kingfisher and seven Goldcrests. (Nick Goatman).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    Early morning at Shorncote Reedbed 300+ Golden Plovers and 55Lapwings over, a Green Sandpiper, a Snipe, 25 Teal, 12 Wigeon, a Little Grebe, four Water Rails (2 seen), two Grey Wagtails, a Stonechat, 220+ Redwings, 80+ Fieldfares, 50+ Skylarks, ten Meadow Pipits, 60+ Linnets, a Bullfinch, five Cetti’s Warblers singing from the reedbed at Pit 79, aChiffchaff and a pair of Reed Buntings. Note: The Shorncote path is flooded again up to 9 inches in places. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.

Stonechat

Saul Warth    This afternoon a Pink-footed Goose E of Hock Ditch, three Little Egrets and aGreen Woodpecker. (Colin Greenfield).

Hawling/Roel Gate    In the afternoon five SHORT-EARED OWLS, three Ravens and two Kestrels. (Les Waring). At dawn a SHORT-EARED OWL, a Barn Owl, a Woodcock, a Red Kite and good numbers of Corn Buntings. (Colin Greenfield). Pic by Les.

Short-eared Owl

Owlpen    A Mandarin on the lake today. (Geoff Moyser).

Walmore Common    An adult WHOOPER SWAN again today at 2:15pm. (Andy Jayne).

Ebley    A garden Chiffchaff today. (Steve Kear).

Coombe Hill Meadows    32 Mute Swans, c700 Canada Geese, 480+ Greylags, a Bar-headed Goose, c3000 Wigeon, c1000 Teal, c85 Mallards, 12 Pintails, 15 Shovelers, three Grey Herons, aPeregrine, two male Sparrowhawks, a Water Rail, c70 Golden Plovers over, c350 Lapwings, threeDunlins, seven Snipe, a Green Woodpecker, two Stonechats, a Treecreeper, 60+ Fieldfares, 20+Redwings and c200 Starlings. (Les Brown/David Anderson/Les Waring). Pic by Les W.

Shovelers

Ashleworth Ham    Three Mute Swans, c195 Canada Geese, 36 Wigeon, 12 Gadwalls, c60 Teal, 26Mallards, nine Pintails, 18 Shovelers and an adult male Peregrine. (Les Brown).

Tirley Sandpits    Four Mistle Thrushes, 57+ Redwings, 4+ Ravens, 21+ Blackbirds, two Jays, 20+Fieldfares, a Sparrowhawk, two Green Woodpeckers, two Skylarks, five Meadow Pipits, twoBullfinches and 15+ Lesser Redpolls. (Mark Grieve).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre today four Teal, two Ravens, a Kestrel, two Green Woodpeckers, a Kingfisher, 18 Snipe, c100 Starlings, a male Yellowhammer, six Mistle Thrushes, six Goldfinches and two Mute Swans. (Steve French/Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.

Kingfisher

Fri 21st Nov 2014

WWT Slimbridge    The male GREEN-WINGED TEAL from Zeiss hide still today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Still at least 300 Greylags, a White-fronted Goose, a Bar-headed Goose, at least 500 Canada Geese, c2000 Wigeon, 500 Teal, 20 Shovelers, 1+ Pintails, a Sparrowhawk, aWater Rail calling, 300 Lapwings, a Golden Plover, a Stonechat, 100 Fieldfares and 20 Redwings. (Mike Smart).

 

Thu 20th Nov 2014

Owlpen    Three WAXWINGS at 10:15am in the top of a tree at ST796985 between Owlpen Manor and Uley. (Dorothy Jones per RB).

WWT Slimbridge    A FIRECREST reported along the Holden walkway with a tit flock at midday. (Nigel Warren).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE, a Kestrel and 40+ mixed flock of Siskins, Lesser Redpolls and Goldfinches in alders by the lake at Woorgreens this afternoon. (Arron Roberts).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Seven Mute Swans, 300 Greylags, a White-fronted Goose, 200+ Canada Geese, c2000 Wigeon including the leucistic bird, 700 Teal, 20 Mallards, ten Pintails, 30Shovelers, two Cormorants, a Grey Heron, two Little Egrets, a Sparrowhawk, a Water Rail calling, 300 Lapwings, a Black-tailed Godwit, five Snipe, 100 Fieldfares and 200 Starlings. (Mervyn Greening/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    Five Mute Swans, 400 Canada Geese, 200 Greylags, a Bar-headed Goose, 50Wigeon, 50+ Teal, two Shovelers, a Buzzard and a Water Rail calling. (Mike Smart).

 

Wed 19th Nov 2014

WWT Slimbridge    A Pink-footed Goose on the Rushy this afternoon. (Colin Butters).

 

Tue 18th Nov 2014

Hawling    At 1:20pm four SHORT-EARED OWLS hunting the field together. Also a maleStonechat, three Red Kites and a Kestrel. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Julia.

Short-eared Owls

Great Barrington/Rissington    Early afternoon a ringtail HEN HARRIER by the Barrington Bushes trig point. (Dave Pearce).

Forest of Dean    A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER with a tit flock in Russell’s Inclosure this afternoon, at the gate along cycle track between Cannop and New Fancy View. (Lewis Thomson).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake a male Kingfisher, two Grey Herons, 40Mallards and eight Mute Swans today. (Gordon Avery).

Witcombe Reservoirs    This morning a drake Goosander, four Little Grebes and 1+ Water Rails. (Gordon Avery).

Frampton    A Woodcock today seen during a Pheasant shoot on the Estate. (Brian Bailey per GRA).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint today both resident Peregrines and an intrudingPeregrine, one female and two male Sparrowhawks, two Ravens, small Redwing flocks, several Jays, four Buzzards, a female Goshawk, a Tawny Owl heard calling, a Goldcrest, three Siskins and fourFallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows    13 Mute Swans, 530 Greylags, a White-fronted Goose, a Bar-headed Goose, 700+ Canada Geese, two Shelducks, c2000 Wigeon, 800 Teal, two Gadwalls, 70 Mallards, 20 Pintails, 23 Shovelers, three Cormorants, two Grey Herons, a Little Egret, a Buzzard, aSparrowhawk, a Water Rail calling, 195 Lapwings, two Dunlins, a Greenshank, a Snipe, 48Fieldfares and 500 Starlings. (David Anderson/Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    15 Mute Swans, 180 Canada Geese, five Greylags, 100 Wigeon, 50+ Teal, twoShovelers, a Sparrowhawk, a Peregrine and a Water Rail calling. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

 

Mon 17th Nov 2014

WWT Slimbridge    The male GREEN-WINGED TEAL from Zeiss hide still today (@slimbridge_wild).

 

Sun 16th Nov 2014

WWT Slimbridge    The male GREEN-WINGED TEAL from Zeiss hide still today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Dursley    A Grey Wagtail by the garden pond today. (Clive Mowforth). Pic by Clive.

Grey Wagtail

Eastington    This morning two Grey Wagtails at the canal car park. (Steve Brown).

Hawling    Four SHORT-EARED OWLS probably four, a Barn Owl and a Kestrel this evening. (Anita Teague).

Sharpness    Two BLACK REDSTARTS today at the end of the docks road again. Also theCOMMON (Harbour) SEAL still off of SARA. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.

Black Redstart

Sat 15th Nov 2014

Sharpness    Two BLACK REDSTARTS today at the end of the docks road. (Andy Jordan/Vic Polley/Colin Greenfield). Also the COMMON (Harbour) SEAL still present today. (Ian Ralphs).

WWT Slimbridge    Two MARSH HARRIERS, a Goshawk, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, a Merlin, sixBuzzards and two Peregrines today. (Ken Tucker). Also the male GREEN-WINGED TEAL from Zeiss hide and two Pink-footed Geese. (@slimbridge_wild).

Hawling    At least three SHORT-EARED OWLS probably four, a Barn Owl and a Woodcock this afternoon. (Russ Peacey/Mark Avery).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning 14 Mute Swans, c900 Canada Geese, a Bar-headed Goose, c2300 Wigeon, a Gadwall, c310 Teal, c120 Mallards, eight Pintails, 18 Shovelers, a Little Grebe, aCormorant, four Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, 29 Lapwings, a Greenshank, c50 Fieldfares, c10Redwings and c2000 Starlings. (Les Brown/David Anderson).

Ashleworth Ham    This morning ten Mute Swans, nine Canada Geese, 42 Wigeon, two Gadwalls, sixTeal, ten Mallards and two Peregrines. (Les Brown).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint the resident female Peregrine, a female Goshawk, twoBuzzards, a male Bullfinch, a Marsh Tit, two Ravens, two Mistle Thrushes, a Grey Heron, several small Redwing flocks and a Kingfisher. Also five Fallow Deer and a Common Wasp and a Honey Bee. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tirley Sandpits    21+ Skylarks, five Mistle Thrushes, 60+ Redwings, 130+ Fieldfares, 12 Stock Doves, four Bullfinches, a Green Woodpecker and a female Kestrel.  (Mark Grieve).

 

Fri 14th Nov 2014

Great Barrington    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE on a hedge just NE of the Deer Park at 1:45pm then flew E. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Quedgeley    A Merlin at Lower Rea today, a patch tick. (Andy Chapman).

Hawling    Four SHORT-EARED OWLS late afternoon, also a Barn Owl at dusk, a Kestrel, twoRavens, 28 Fieldfares and c20 Linnets. (Paul Masters).

Sharpness    The COMMON (Harbour) SEAL still present at dusk. Also three Rock Pipits and aKingfisher. (Andy Jordan).

Shipton Oliffe    A Red Kite by the dual carriageway on the A40 just beyond the Frogmill Inn today. (Dave Harris).

Tirley    A Barn Owl again today. (Mark Grieve).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake a Little Grebe tonight, a patch tick. Also two Grey Herons, five Mute Swans, two Grey Wagtails, seven Moorhens, two Snipe and a Water Rail again. (Terry Fenton).

 

Thu 13th Nov 2014

WWT Slimbridge    The male GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the Top New Piece from Zeiss Hide again today. (Andy Jayne).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still on the clearfell at Crabtree Hill this afternoon. (Ben Locke/Matt Scott).

Tirley    A calling Tawny Owl at 4:20am. (Mark Grieve).

 

Wed 12th Nov 2014

WWT Slimbridge    The male GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the Top New Piece from Zeiss Hide again today. (Geoff Moyser). Also the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE on the Tack Piece viewed from Holden Tower. (Jake King). Also a Merlin from Holden Tower. (Martin Greenish).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE on the clearfell at Crabtree Hill this afternoon. (Ben Locke).

Tirley    A hunting Barn Owl again today, also 80+ Fieldfares and 20+ Redwings. (Mark Grieve).

 

Tue 11th Nov 2014

Sherborne    A garden SNOW BUNTING yesterday (10th) feeding on seed on the lawn for 10 minutes. An amazing Cotswolds record. (Anna Field). Pic by Anna.

Snow Bunting

WWT Slimbridge    The male GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the Top New Piece from Zeiss Hide again today. Also four Little Stints from Holden Tower. (Peter Butler).

Tirley    475+ Fieldfares today. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Nine Mute Swans, 300 Greylags, the Bar-headed Goose, a White-fronted Goose (feral), 700 Canada Geese, 1800 Wigeon including the leucistic one, 60 Teal, ten Shovelers, two Gadwalls, two Pintails, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, 36 Lapwings, c2000 Starlings and c100Jackdaws today. (Mike Smart/Les Brown).

Ashleworth Ham    60 Canada Geese, 30 Greylags and 19 Shovelers today. (Mike Smart/Les Brown).

 

Mon 10th Nov 2014

WWT Slimbridge    A male GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the Top New Piece from Zeiss Hide amongst 2565 Eurasian Teal today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Cotswold Water Park    The juvenile COMMON SCOTER on Pit 79 at Shorncote Reedbed this afternoon still at 2:30pm. (Laurie Pierce/Trevor & Sue Clayson).

Forest of Dean    At Crabtree Hill/Woorgreens area the GREAT GREY SHRIKE showing well at SO627136, a Stonechat, a Kestrel a male Goshawk and 60 Siskins, 20 Goldfinches, ten Lesser Redpolls in the Alders this afternoon. (Terry Fenton/Peter Rodgers). Pic by Terry.

Great Grey Shrike

Walmore Common    Eight Mute Swans, 160 Wigeon, four Gadwalls, 150 Teal, 130 Mallards, 24Shovelers, two Pintails, two Grey Herons, a Peregrine, 130 Lapwings, two Dunlins and twoStonechats today. (Andy Jayne).

Berkeley shore     24 Redshanks, 86 Wigeon, a JACK SNIPE, a Snipe and two Stonechats today. (Geoff Moyser).

Wilmer, Rodley    Five Mute Swans, four Bewick’s Swans, two Shelducks, 260 Wigeon, eightGadwalls, five Pintails, ten Shovelers, a Little Egret and six Snipe. (Andy Jayne).

Churchdown    Three male Blackcaps arrived this morning and started feeding on the Rowan berries in the garden. (Frances Smith).

Coombe Hill Meadows    712 Canada Geese, 361 Greylags, the Bar-headed Goose and an adult Russian White-fronted Goose, probably feral. (Mike Smart).

 

Sun 9th Nov 2014

Cotswold Water Park    A juvenile COMMON SCOTER on Pit 79 at Shorncote Reedbed this morning. (Dave Soons). Pics by Dave.

Common Scoter

 

Sharpness    Male and female BLACK REDSTART at the end of Dock Road today. (Andy Jordan/Geoff Moyser). Also a Red Kite, a Dark-bellied Brent Goose flew S and a Clouded Yellowtoday. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.

Black Redstart

Hawling    Three SHORT-EARED OWLS, a Red Kite, a Tawny Owl and Little Owl calling and several hundred Fieldfares this afternoon. (Jake King/Russ Peacey).

Saul Warth    A male Merlin, two Rock Pipits and 60 Golden Plovers this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Forest of Dean    At New Fancy View 2+ adult Goshawks, 1500 Woodpigeons mostly flying W, 19Fieldfares, ten Bramblings, a Lesser Redpoll and three Hawfinches over. (Keith Vinicombe). TheGREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill on the clearfell early afternoon. Also male and femaleStonechats, 11 Lesser Redpolls, a Peregrine, two Ravens, a Crossbill over and Siskins heard. The shrike was in the NW corner of the clearfell area, in a tree by the Gloucestershire Way. Also aGoshawk over Drybrook Road station. (Keith Vinicombe/Steve Brown/Gavin Black & Glos RSPB Group/Steve Preddy). Pic by Keith.

Great Grey Shrike

Aylburton Warth    A singing Cetti’s Warbler this morning. Also 630 Lapwings, 150 Curlews, 30Dunlins, three Ringed Plovers, two Golden Plovers, a Little Egret, a Kingfisher and five Rock Pipits.(Lewis Thomson).

Guscar Rocks    200 Curlews, nine Lapwings, a Redshank, 217 Wigeon, 62 Teal, a Rock Pipit and aRed Admiral this morning. (Lewis Thomson).

Quedgeley    A garden Red Admiral this morning. (MK).

Gloucester    A female Peregrine over The Oxleaze this afternoon. (Margaret Avery).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre today eight Snipe, six Yellowhammers, five Reed Buntings and a Kingfisher. (Steve French).

Tirley Sandpits    500+ Woodpigeons over, 74+ Fieldfares, 20+ Blackbirds, 25+ Redwings, fourMistle Thrushes, four Meadow Pipits, a Raven, a Green Woodpecker and 53+ Skylarks. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning ten Mute Swans, 975 Canada Geese, 310 Greylags, c670Wigeon, two Gadwalls, c310 Teal, c50 Mallards, a male Pintail, four Shovelers, two Grey Herons, aLittle Egret, 13 Cormorants, a fem/imm MARSH HARRIER, two Buzzards, two Sparrowhawks, tenLapwings, three Snipe, a Curlew, two Fieldfares, c600 Starlings and a Cetti’s Warbler heard. (David Anderson/Les Brown).

Cobney Meadows    Five Teal, 20 Mallards, a Grey Heron, 30 Fieldfares and 20 Redwings today. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    525 Canada Geese, 50 Greylags, a Bar-headed Goose, 275 Wigeon, 170 Teal, 80 Mallards, 30 Shovelers, a Grey Heron, a Cormorant, four Snipe, a JACK SNIPE, a Curlew, 230Black-headed Gulls, two Peregrines, 100 Fieldfares, 50 Redwings and five Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart/Les Brown).

WWT Slimbridge    Bewick’s Swan and Pintail pics taken today. (Darren Robson).

Bewick’s Swan

Pintail

Sat 8th Nov 2014

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill on the clearfell early afternoon. (Frank Williams).

Hawling    Two SHORT-EARED OWLS, two Kestrels, a Barn Owl, c400 Fieldfares and five Roe Deer today. (Peter Rodgers).

Frampton    On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge at 8am, 22 Mute Swans (7 ads, 15 juvs), fourShelducks, 14 Lapwings, and another 30 flew S, 25+ Pied Wagtails, 10+ Meadow Pipits, a Buzzard, aLittle Egret and a Water Rail calling. S of Splatt Bridge two fem/imm MARSH HARRIERS, one being mobbed by corvids over the pools and the other flew low across the canal into Nebrow Hill. Also five Redwings, a Curlew and a Little Grebe on the canal. (MK).

Sharpness    A COMMON SCOTER flew N upriver towards Slimbridge this morning, then five drifted back past SARA at 9:45am. (Ian Ralphs).

WWT Slimbridge    A female MARSH HARRIER on the Dumbles this afternoon. Also two Little Stints from the Holden Tower. (Steve Preddy).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included a Buzzard, 65 Golden Plovers, 201 Common Gulls, 18Stock Doves, 1800 Woodpigeons, 1485 Fieldfares and 201 Redwings, 180 Jackdaws, a Raven, 22Chaffinches, two Bramblings and 14 Greenfinches. (John Fleming).

Tirley Sandpits    600+ Fieldfares today. (Mark Grieve).

 

Fri 7th Nov 2014

Frampton    At 9:02am a calling PENDULINE TIT flew N along the Glos-Sharpness canal at Splatt Bridge. This is the first County record. (Martin McGill, WWT).

Berkeley shore    A WATER PIPIT this afternoon. This will be its 6th consecutive winter. (Paul Taylor).

Tirley    A hunting Barn Owl at 4:15pm, 220+ Fieldfares and 50+ Redwings. (Mark Grieve).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included a RING OUZEL, 18000 Woodpigeons, 110 Fieldfares, 83 Redwings and 292 Golden Plovers. (John Fleming).

Walmore Common    At midday an adult WHOOPER SWAN, eight Mute Swans, 95 Wigeon, 120Teal, a Gadwall, 40 Mallards, four Shovelers, a Peregrine hunting overhead and a Kingfisher. (Mike Smart).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre today c150 Fieldfares, 200+ Redwings, 26 Teal, 84Woodpigeons, 22 Goldfinches, 12 Stock Doves, three Green Woodpeckers, three Jays and a Little Grebe. (Steve French).

 

Thu 6th Nov 2014

WWT Slimbridge    At least nine Bewick’s Swans arrived on site today. Also two MARSH HARRIERS still, one took a Moorhen. (@slimbridge_wild/Sarah Batchelor/Don Smith). Pics by Don.

Marsh Harrier

 

Bewick’s Swan

 

Cold Aston    A Red Kite at 7:24am on the A436 just by the Cold Aston turn at SP1500420727. (Dave Harris).

Tirley Sandpits    200+ Fieldfares and 20+ Redwings S, 27 Linnets, a Jay and a calling Tawny Owlat 4:45am. (Mark Grieve).

Tewkesbury    This afternoon 70+ Cormorants over in the Mythe Brook area and near to Mythe fisheries, a Kingfisher and ten Lapwings. (Sarah Loaring).

Painswick Beacon    Migration this morning included a Red Kite, a Hawfinch, two RING OUZELS, 44000 Woodpigeons, 838 Fieldfares, 365 Redwings, 345 Common Gulls, 554 Starlings and 212Chaffinches. Also a male Stonechat near Overtown Farm, Ebworth at midday, present for a few days.  (John Fleming).

Forest of Dean    This morning over Coleford in about 10 minutes at 8am c600 Woodpigeonsheading S and this evening a Sparrowhawk over Lords Hill. Also at Cannop Stoneworks severalGoldfinches on feeders, a Grey Wagtail, a Pied Wagtail and c20 Fieldfares over. (Frank Williams).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A female or immature MARSH HARRIER at 11am. (Graham Smith). Also ten Mute Swans, 345 Greylags, c125 Wigeon, a Little Egret, a Dunlin and a male Stonechat. (Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows    A Snipe along the Chelt, at least 1000 Fieldfares and 500 Starlings feeding on the ground. (Mike Smart).

 

Wed 5th Nov 2014

Hawling    Two SHORT-EARED OWLS at 5:15pm, N of road at SP057220 and a Barn Owl, twoKestrels, several distant Tawny Owls and a Little Owl heard. (Dave Pearce/Russ Peacey).

Painswick Beacon    Migration this morning included 23500 Woodpigeons, 194 Stock Doves, 419Fieldfares, 37 Redwings, 11 Buzzards, a Snipe, 108 Chaffinches, 17 Siskins, five Bramblings, 48Skylarks and a Reed Bunting. A Stonechat also present.  (John Fleming).

Ashleworth Ham   This morning the Bar-headed Goose still with c1000 Canada Geese. (Steve French).

Wilmer Common, Rodley    Five Mute Swans, three Moorhens and a Little Owl this morning. On Rodley Sands, and adjoining fields 295 Lapwings, 70 Golden Plovers and a Curlew. (Mike Smart).

Walmore Common    An unringed adult WHOOPER SWAN at 1:45pm, with eight Mute Swans, at least 60 Wigeon and 27 Lapwings. (Mike Smart).

Witcombe reservoirs    12 Pochards, two Grey Wagtails and two Water Rails chasing each other round the residuum this evening. (Terry Fenton).

WWT Slimbridge    A Ruddy Shelduck on the Rushy with the hybrid Cape x Ruddy Shelduck this morning. (@slimbridge_wild).

 

Tue 4th Nov 2014

WWT Slimbridge    A DARTFORD WARBLER seen mid-morning perched in the hedge below the Holden Tower. It moved along the Tack Piece hedge to the N but wasn’t relocated. This constitutes a first record for the site. Also Peregrine, MARSH HARRIER and MERLIN. (Pete Zaltowski/Martin Greenish). Also today a Chiffchaff, a female Blackcap and an Aythya hybridprobably Pochard x Ferruginous Duck. (Alex Barclay). Pic by Alex.

Aythya hybrid

Forest of Dean    At 8am in ten minutes over 1000 Woodpigeons heading S over Coleford town centre. (Frank Williams). At Cannop Ponds 12 Tufted Ducks, four Little Grebes, two Ravens, fourGoldcrests, six Redwings, a Cormorant, eight Long-tailed Tits, a Green Woodpecker and four Coal Tits. (Phil & Chris Andrews).

Symonds Yat    A juvenile female Goshawk perched and a male and female Goshawk flying and being harassed by a male Sparrowhawk, two female Goosanders, two Treecreepers, threeGoldcrests, several Jays, a Grey Heron, three Buzzards and 12 Redwings. Also four Fallow Deer, an Orange Ladybird (Halyzia 16-Guttata) and a late Common Wasp. (Phil & Chris Andrews).

Painswick Beacon    Migration this morning included a male Goosander, two Hawfinches, 25000Woodpigeons, 615 Golden Plovers, 184 Stock Doves, 240 Chaffinches and a Peregrine.  (John Fleming).

Coombe Hill  Meadows    480 Greylags and 400 Canada Geese, 740 Wigeon, including the leucistic bird, 95 Teal, 60 Mallards, 24 Shovelers, a male Pintail on the Long Pool, first of the autumn, twoGrey Herons, a Little Egret, seven Lapwings, four Snipe, five Fieldfares, 30 Redwings and aChiffchaff calling. (David Anderson/Mervyn Greening/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    135 Greylags, a Bar-headed Goose and 890 Canada Geese today. (Mervyn Greening/Mike Smart/Tim Gobourn). Pic by Tim.

Bar-headed Goose

Mon 3rd Nov 2014

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill on the clearfell at SO634138 until 4pm at least. Also four Buzzards, a Kestrel, four Stonechats, 11 Long-tailed Tits, threeLesser Redpolls, two Ravens, a Hawfinch, a Reed Bunting and a Wild Boar. (Lewis Thomson/Ceri Jones/Les Waring). At Cannop Ponds, Stoneworks end a Kingfisher and a Cormorant and in the woods nearby a Woodcock. Also several small flocks of 5+ Goldcrests. (Frank Williams). Pics by Les.

Great Grey Shrike

 

Stonechat

Frampton    Two MARSH HARRIERS near Splatt Bridge over the 100-Acre ponds, a Greenshankand a Little Egret in the flashes north of the N reedbed and a pair of Stonechats. No sign of the Barred Warbler between 9-11:40am. (Vic Polley).

WWT Slimbridge    A female MERLIN on the Tack Piece today. (Martin McGill, WWT). Also twoAVOCETS from Zeiss hide. (Geoff Moyser).

Whitminster    Two Stonechats in a hedge near the WW2 Tank bunker along Stroudwater Canal near the A38. (Tanya Allen).

 

Sun 2nd Nov 2014

Frampton    The juvenile BARRED WARBLER still present along the bramble and thorn hedge leading out to the river edge from the reedbed N of Splatt Bridge this morning until 11am at least. Also a WHOOPER SWAN. (Clive Holman/Gary Hughes per TDE/Julian & Shane Long). Also today a MARSH HARRIER, a Sparrowhawk, a Green Sandpiper, c20 Snipe in flight and Common Cranes heard flying over Nebrow Hill. (Steve Brown). A COMMON SCOTER on the canal today. (Roberta Goodall).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill on the clearfell this morning. Also a female Stonechat. (Colin Butters).

Painswick Beacon    Migration this morning included 25 Wigeon, a Red Kite, a Peregrine, 85 Stock Doves, 55300 Woodpigeons, 732 Fieldfares, 167 Redwings, 400 Golden Plovers and fourHawfinches. (John Fleming).

WWT Slimbridge    13 White-fronted Geese, four Egyptian Geese and three Dark-bellied Brent Geese today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Tirley Sandpits    300+ Starlings over, 118+ Fieldfares, 23+ Blackbirds, 24+ Robins, 28+ Linnets, eight Meadow Pipits, five Mistle Thrushes, 18+ Skylarks, seven Stock Doves, 84+ Redwings, twoBullfinches and a Green Woodpecker. (Mark Grieve).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre today 14 Snipe, 145 Redwings, 26 Teal, a Kingfisher and aBrown Hare. (Steve French).

 

Sat 1st Nov 2014

Frampton    The juvenile BARRED WARBLER still present along the bramble and thorn hedge leading out to the river edge from the reedbed N of Splatt Bridge this morning until 11:40am at least. Also two juvenile MARSH HARRIERS flew through together N, then one returned S towards the 100-Acre, a Buzzard, a female Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, a Kingfisher, a Green Sandpiper, a pair of Stonechats, a male Blackcap, two Reed Buntings, 50 Fieldfares through, fourRedwings, 14 Snipe, two Little Egrets and Water Rail and Cetti’s Warbler calling. (Mark Hobson/Jake King/Paul Masters/Ian Ralphs/Karle Burford et al).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE was showing well at Crabtree Hill on the clearfell from 8am-11am at least today. (Phil Cull). Also at Woorgreens lake 17 Coots, four Moorhens, aLittle Grebe and a Snipe and in the Crabtree Hill area a Goshawk, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk, aBuzzard, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, c1000 Woodpigeons, six Crossbills, a small mixed flock of Siskins and Lesser Redpolls, a Goldcrest, two Meadow Pipits, two Ravens and 20 Fallow Deer. (Frank Williams). At Cannop ponds a Cormorant, two Nuthatches, two Coal Tits and a Raven. (Les Waring). Six Ravens over Dark Hill between Milkwall and Ellwood. (Ivan Proctor). Pics by Phil.

Great Grey Shrike

 

And more by Les

 

Painswick Beacon    This morning migration included 22000 Woodpigeons by 8:20am, twoHawfinches S and eight Wigeon over, a site 1st. (Francis Steuck).

Nailsworth    5500+ Woodpigeons moving throughout the day flying E (some flocks very high) then when they reached the Nailsworth Valley, re-orienting themselves to fly N. (Roy Bircher/Terry Grant).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Eight Mute Swans, 22 Canada Geese, three Greylags, c420 Wigeon, 49Teal, 72 Mallards, ten Shovelers, a Little Grebe, five Grey Herons, three Little Egrets, sevenLapwings, a passage W of 73 Woodpigeons, a Green Woodpecker, six Fieldfares, male and femaleStonechats and two Pied Wagtails. (Les Brown).

Hampnett    A Red Kite by the A40 near the Puesdown Inn at 8:31am. (Dave Harris).

Tewkesbury    A Red Kite flew over Tewkesbury Abbey today. Also a female Peregrine, see David’s Peregrine blog here http://www.abbeyperegrines.blogspot.co.uk/ (David Bagley)

 

Fri 31st Oct 2014

Frampton    A juvenile BARRED WARBLER along the bramble and thorn hedge leading out to the river edge from the reedbed N of Splatt Bridge present from 11:30am until 1:30pm but not seen again by dusk. (Martin McGill, WWT). Also there a very late Sand Martin today at 2:45pm. (Paul Taylor). Parking – there are two small car parks by Splatt Bridge but there is not a lot of space here. Please don’t block the farm entrances. There is more parking by the church, but don’t park there during services, or you can park in the village, please respect the residents privacy.

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE on the clearfell at Crabtree Hill this afternoon until dusk. (Mark Hobson/Ben Locke). Also several small flocks of Crossbills over, a female Kestreland a small mixed flock of Siskins and Lesser Redpolls. (Frank Williams).

Painswick Beacon    This morning migration included a RING OUZEL W of the trig point, 8500Woodpigeons, 115 Fieldfares, 160 Redwings, 18 Bramblings, seven Lesser Redpolls, 11 Siskins and  170 Chaffinches by 9:45am. (Francis Steuck).

Framilode    Late afternoon a Little Egret, 17 Golden Plovers, 112 Lapwings, five Ruff, a Raven and c100 Fieldfares flew S at dusk. (Andy Jayne).

Ozleworth    This afternoon, two Stonechats on a Cotswold stone wall near the road from Wotton to the BT Tower and, nearby, two Red Kites circling above trees near Newark Park (Vic Polley).

Damery to Huntingford    Five Siskins flying from Alder trees beside the Little Avon River. (Vic Polley).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    No sign Bearded Tits at Shorncote by 2pm but c50 Fieldfares, c30Redwings, three Cetti’s Warblers, five Water Rails, a Kingfisher and a Little Egret. (Jon Mercer).

Tewkesbury    At Lower Lode  this afternoon 30 Cormorants, three Buzzards, 12 Magpies and fourLinnets. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

 

Thu 30th Oct 2014

Forest of Dean    On the clearfell ½ mile NE of the Stoneworks at Cannop a female Kestrel, 20+Crossbills over and a party of 15+ Goldcrests today. (Frank Williams). 10+ Hawfinches around Crabtree Hill along with 30+ Chaffinches, six Wild Boar and a few rutting Fallow Deer in the area this afternoon. (Arron Roberts).

Hawling    Six Red Kites, five Buzzards, four Kestrels, several large Linnet flocks, sixYellowhammers, two Stonechats, four Skylarks and two Ravens. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tirley    A Sparrowhawk today. (Mark Grieve).

 

Wed 29th Oct 2014

Ashleworth Ham    At 3:30pm today a White-fronted Goose seen from the hide, amongst 100+Greylags and even more Canada Geese. (Malcolm Smith).

Cheltenham    A pair of Grey Wagtails on roofs in the High Street today. (Michael King).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A garden Lesser Redpoll with Goldfinches. Also Raven over, 15+Goldfinches, 40+ Linnets, 100+ Redwings and a Mistle Thrush. (Mark Grieve).

 

Tue 28th Oct 2014

8:10-8:20am then flew SW. (Jon Mercer/Andy Jayne). At 12:30pm two BEARDED TITS showed again. Also a Peregrine. (Rod Goodman). Pic by Rod. Please don’t block the gates at Shorncote. Park at South Cerney sports field. Also this morning 15 Shoveler, five Little Grebes, a Little Egret, aKingfisher, two Water Rails, a male Sparrowhawk, a Green Woodpecker, three Cetti’s Warblers, two Chiffchaffs, three Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail, 20 Redwings, 120+ Linnets, five Siskins, 40Goldfinches, 30 Skylarks, 50+ Meadow Pipits, 20 Reed Buntings and a Yellowhammer. (Jon Mercer).

Bearded Tit

Birdlip    400 Golden Plovers by the A417 today. (Andy Jayne).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE on the clearfell at Crabtree Hill all day until dusk. Also a juvenile female Kestrel and several large flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares heading SW over the area. On Woorgreens Lake 17 Coots and two Little Grebes, also a Kingfisher reported this morning. (Frank Williams/Colin Butters). Pic by Colin.

Great Grey Shrike

At Blaize Bailey 3-4pm 8-10 Goldcrests with a FIRECREST, 10-15 Siskins, a male and femaleCrossbill and a juvenile Goshawk today. (Lynne Mayers & Peter Boorman). 34 Tufted Ducks on Cannop Ponds and 19 Moorhens on the upper pond. A very dark Buzzard and a Red Admiral in Bix Slade. (Ivan Proctor).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre today seven Snipe, five Yellowhammers, four Reed Buntings, aRaven, a Kingfisher, 38 Teal, 60+ Redwings and a Sparrowhawk. Also Brimstone, Red Admiral andPeacock butterflies. (Steve French).

Ashleworth Ham    90 Greylags, 65 Canada Geese, 45 Teal and 30 Mallards today. (Steve French).Staunton & Corse    A garden Tawny Owl calling at 5:30 am. (Steve French).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines, a female Sparrowhawk, small flocks of Redwings and a Grey Heron. Numerous Orange Ladybirds (Halyzia 16-guttata) flying around the viewpoint, Fallow Deer rutting and several Red Admiral butterflies. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tirley Sandpits    19+ Blackbirds, 20+ Robins, four Ravens, ten Redwings, 10+ Stock Doves, 28+Linnets, female/immature Stonechat, 25+ Meadow Pipits, 28+ Skylarks, a Sparrowhawk, a LapwingS, a Green Woodpecker, three Bullfinches, a male Yellowhammer and a Mistle Thrush. (Mark Grieve).

Painswick Beacon    This morning migration included two Red Kites, 4850 Woodpigeons and 1447Starlings. (Francis Steuck).

Coombe Hill Meadows    380 Wigeon (including the leucistic bird), c65 Teal, 12 Shovelers, twoCanada Geese, eight Mute Swans, four Little Egrets, four Grey Herons, 13 Lapwings, a Snipe, aCetti’s Warbler singing well from Broad Mere by the boardwalk again, a pair of Stonechats, vismig included c10 Meadow Pipits, at least 25 Skylarks, constant waves of many hundreds of Starlings. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    A Snipe, 97 Greylags and 76 Canada Geese today. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Walmore Common    Just eight Mute Swans (two adults and six immatures) today. (Mike Smart).

 

Mon 27th Oct 2014

Forest of Dean    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE on the clearfell at Crabtree Hill this afternoon at 4pm, possibly a returning bird. Also a Kestrel hunting there. (Ben Locke). Pics by Ben.

Great Grey Shrike

 

Barnsley    Belated news of a female or immature BLACK REDSTART on Friday afternoon (24th) seen well on the roof of the tithe barn, but no sign today. (Will Lishman per Andrew Crutchley).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    Four BEARDED TITS at 9:30am from the Hayward Hide (Pit 84) this morning and at least two were then frequently seen in flight throughout the morning until early afternoon, with one male showing quite well, but briefly. The birds were calling often. (Jake King).

Berkeley shore    A Rock Pipit, 14 Turnstones and four Stonechats (3m, 1f) today. (Geoff Moyser).

Painswick Beacon    This morning migration included 6200 Woodpigeons, 350 Starlings, 250Redwings, 250 Chaffinches, 41 Bramblings and 23 Bullfinches. (Francis Steuck).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A calling Tawny Owl at 6:10am. a garden Goldcrest, a Raven over, 13+Robins, 3+ Mistle Thrushes, 16+ Blackbirds, seven Redwings, a Bullfinch, ten Meadow Pipits, 20+Skylarks, 13+ Stock Doves, 158+ Woodpigeons S and 40+ Linnets over. (Mark Grieve).

 

Sun 26th Oct 2014

Cotswold Water Park (W)    Four BEARDED TITS in front of the hide at Shorncote Reedbed, then six seen at the back of Shorncote quarry flying over from the reeds over Keynes C.P. (Dave Soons). Stunning pics by Dave.

Bearded Tit

 

WWT Slimbridge    Six Dark-bellied Brent Geese from Holden Tower and a juvenile MARSH HARRIER  from Zeiss hide this morning. Also two Grey Plovers, three Spotted Redshanks, eightAVOCETS, three Little Stints, a Golden Plover and four White-fronted Geese. (@slimbridge_wild).

Berkeley shore    A second winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL, a Stonechat and five Rock Pipitstoday. (Paul Taylor).

Withington    Along the footpath between the village and the A40, two Red Kites and fiveBuzzards up together, two Kestrels, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Raven, a Jay, a Marsh Tit and five Redwings. (Steve Brown).

Forest of Dean    At Cannop ponds feeding station birds included three Nuthatches, a Raven, 20+Chaffinches and two Coal Tits. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.

Nuthatch

Sat 25th Oct 2014

Cotswold Water Park (W)    Two BEARDED TITS calling, and one seen in flight at Shorncote Reedbed in reeds N of track by the second hide at 4:30pm. Also 2+ Cetti’s Warblers, aChiffchaff, a pair of Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail, 25 Pied Wagtails, ten Skylarks, two Ravens, aWater Rail seen and four heard, a Little Egret, two Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, a Little Grebe and aBarn Owl at 6:15pm. (Jon Mercer).

Painswick Beacon    A RICHARD’S PIPIT and two Hawfinches over this morning. (Francis Steuck).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    Two Cetti’s Warbler at Pit 125 today. (Ian Ralphs).

Eastleach    Five Red Kites at Sheep Bridge today. (Ian Ralphs).

Nailsworth    Two House Martins over Windsoredge late morning. (Roy Bircher).

Sharpness    The SHAG still on the pool at SARA this morning and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER flew N. (Paul Masters/Jake King/Neil Smart/Geoff Moyser). At 2pm the SHAG was roosting on the river N of SARA with 14 Cormorants, then flew along the canal back to SARA, was seen to land but only briefly. Also a Kingfisher on the pool. (MK).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Nine Mute Swans, 65 Canada Geese, 95 Greylags, 285 Wigeon, 37 Teal, 83 Mallards, nine Shovelers, three Grey Herons, three Little Egrets, a fem/imm HEN HARRIER, c10 Redwings, two Mistle Thrushes and a House Martin at Coombe Hill crossroads on the A38. (David Anderson/Les Brown).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock both resident Peregrines on view, five sightings of Goshawks, threeKingfisher sightings, two male Sparrowhawks, two Ravens, many small Redwing flocks flying through, a male Bullfinch and several Hornets and a Red Admiral. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Ashleworth Ham    c150 Canada Geese, c60 Greylags, three Wigeon, 63 Teal, 56 Mallards and fourShovelers. (Les Brown).

Tirley Sandpits    12+ Pied Wagtails over, two Mistle Thrushes, 12+ Blackbirds, 21+ Robins, sevenRedwings, 21+ Skylarks, 76+ Linnets, 30+ Meadow Pipits, five Red-legged Partridges, 625Woodpigeons over S, 15+ Stock Doves, male and fem/imm Stonechat and three Bullfinches. (Mark Grieve).

 

Fri 24th Oct 2014

Sharpness    A SHAG on the pool at SARA at 6pm. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.

Shag

Tirley Sandpits    15+ Robins, 33 Meadow Pipits, five Bullfinches, 20+ Redwings, 135+ WoodpigeonsS, 28+ Linnets, 45+ Stock Doves, three Ravens, 12+ Skylarks, a Green Woodpecker, three Jays, aKestrel and 20+ Chaffinches over. (Mark Grieve).

Aylburton Warth & Lydney New Grounds    Three Little Egrets, a male Sparrowhawk, 110 Golden Plovers, 16 Snipe and four Stonechats. (Andy Jayne).

Walmore Common    The adult WHOOPER SWAN again (today. (Andy Jayne).

Hartpury    This afternoon at the Orchard Centre 26 Teal, 25 Mistle Thrushes, 60 Redwings, 17Linnets, a Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, a Kingfisher, two Little Grebes and a female Sparrowhawk.(Steve French).

 

Thu 23rd Oct 2014

Forest of Dean    20+ Bramblings feeding on beech mast with Chaffinches and two Hawfinchesin Russell’s Inclosure this morning. (Lewis Thomson). 76 Mandarins counted; 32 at Cannop Ponds, 21 at Sallowvallets and 23 at Brock-a-ditches. Also at Cannop Ponds 25 Tufted Ducks. (Frank Lander/Ivan Proctor).

WWT Slimbridge    A first winter SHAG on the Dumbles edge with three Cormorants this morning. (@slimbridge_wild). Also a MARSH HARRIER from Holden Tower again and a pair ofStonechats in front of Zeiss hide. (Roberta Goodall).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A JACK SNIPE this morning. (James Darke). Also ten Mute Swans, 25Canada Geese, 201 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 40 Mallards, ten Shovelers, a Little Egret, a Grey Heron, aWater Rail heard, five Coots, a Snipe and a Chiffchaff. (Mike Smart).

Cotswolds    From the A40 coming from Northleach three Red Kites above the Compton Abdale crossroads late morning and another three Red Kites very close to The Frogmill Inn. (Dave Harris).

Cleeve Hill    Four Stonechats (2 within the electric fence and 2 near the Washpool), near the masts six Redwings and a brown Rook, below the Washpool more Redwings and a Jay. (Steve Brown).

Cheltenham    At Naunton Park, in the garden a Grey Wagtail, three Long-tailed Tits, a Coal Tit, aChiffchaff and a Sparrowhawk over. (Steve Brown).

 

Wed 22nd Oct 2014

Tarlton    c20 Bramblings in Hailey Wood, part of the Bathurst Estate woodlands, perching on beeches laden with beech mast. (Chris Tracey).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A ringtail HEN HARRIER, two Little Egrets, male and fem/juvStonechats along the canal path and a Chiffchaff today. (Tony Eveleigh/HOC meeting). Earlier today eight Mute Swans (4 ads, 4cygs), two adult WHOOPER SWANS flew in at 8:30am and out to the east at 9:15am, c220 Canada Geese, 21 Greylags, c350 Wigeon including the leucistic bird, 57 Teal, 36 Mallards, 17 Shovelers, two Grey Herons, four Little Egrets, a Peregrine, twoLapwings, five Snipe, 12 Redwings and six Fieldfares. (Les Brown/David Anderson). Pics by Les.

Whooper Swans

Leucistic Wigeon (record shot)

Ashleworth Ham    A male Brambling, male and fem/juv Stonechat, a Water Rail heard and aKingfisher. Also a Clouded Yellow and a Small Copper. (Tony Eveleigh/HOC meeting). Also today 54Canada Geese, 32 Greylags, six Wigeon, 12 Teal, 135 Mallards, c100 Redwings and c10 Fieldfares. (Les Brown).

WWT Slimbridge    A MARSH HARRIER from Zeiss hide today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake six Mute Swans, 61 Mallards, a Grey Heron, a Grey Wagtail and male and female Stonechat today. (Gordon Avery).

Netheridge Farm    A Barn Owl hunting the roadside verge at 7:40pm. (Mark Hobson).

Tirley Sandpits    A Kestrel, four Jays, 16+ Goldfinches, 17+ Robins, 39+ Linnets, 16+ Blackbirds, 20+ Skylarks, 16+ Pied Wagtails, a Green Woodpecker, 14+ Meadow Pipits, two Stonechats, 34Greylags over, 5+ Stock Doves, two Bullfinches, 7+ Redwings, a Mistle Thrush and 20+ Long-tailed Tits. (Mark Grieve).

Sharpness    A Little Grebe, a Greylag, two Rock Pipits and 40 Dunlins today. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.

Little Grebe

Tue 22nd Oct 2014

Tirley Sandpits    1972+ Woodpigeons over in flocks of up to 300, three Jays, 31+ Skylarks, 15+Robins, 15+ Blackbirds, five Mistle Thrushes, two Snipe over, 80+ Jackdaws, nine Greylags over, 22 Linnets, two Sparrowhawks, 12+ Meadow Pipits, 50+ Redwings, eight Stock Doves, fourCormorants, a Green Woodpecker, two Kestrels, 37+ Goldfinches, a male Bullfinch and aYellowhammer over. (Mark Grieve).

 

Mon 20th Oct 2014

Cleeve Hill    This afternoon a RING OUZEL, 16 Stonechats and two Chiffchaffs. (Greg Mabbett).

WWT Slimbridge    A BITTERN from Zeiss hide again today and a hybrid Ruddy Shelduck on the estuary. (@slimbridge_wild). Also three Knot from Zeiss hide. (Geoff Moyser).

Shuthonger    A Barn Owl near the end of Woodend Lane this evening. (Sarah Loaring).

 

Sun 19th Oct 2014

Walmore Common     An adult WHOOPER SWAN today. (Andy Jayne).

Berkeley shore    A Whinchat, two Stonechats and a Raven today. (Paul Taylor).

Brockweir    A Chiffchaff singing near Brockweir Bridge. (Ivan Proctor).

 

Sat 18th Oct 2014

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint two female Goosanders, a Kingfisher, 14 Mandarins (8m, 6f), c100 Redwings, a Grey Heron, a male Sparrowhawk, two Ravens and five Buzzards together in thermal. Also three adult Fallow Deer and a fawn, a Red Admiral, two Hornets and a 14-spot Ladybird. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This afternoon 330 Wigeon (including one light coloured leucistic bird), 180 Teal, ten Shovelers, six Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, a Lapwing, four Snipe, 1+ Water Rail, 100+ Black-headed Gulls, 14 Long-tailed Tits and 12 and 49 Redwings. (Les Waring/Mike Smart/Les Brown).

Leigh Meadows    40 Redwings in willows today. (Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean    A Chiffchaff singing by the cycle track in Milkwall. (Ivan Proctor).

Tirley Sandpits    15+ Blackbirds, two Ravens, two Mistle Thrushes, 200+ Redwings, 40+ Meadow Pipits, 11+ Pied Wagtails, 24+ Linnets, 45+ Skylarks, two Bullfinches, a Kestrel, a Yellowhammerand a Green Woodpecker. (Mark Grieve).

 

Fri 17th Oct 2014

WWT Slimbridge    A PECTORAL SANDPIPER on the Dumbles close to the Holden Tower but only until 10am. (Geoff Moyser).

Kingscote    500 Golden Plovers and 40 Lapwings in a ploughed field near the A4135 this morning. (Vic Polley).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote Reedbed 20 Teal, six Shovelers, ten Gadwalls, sevenPochards, a Little Egret, three Green Sandpipers, two Snipe, 70+ Lapwings, a Water Rail calling, two Ravens, three Cetti’s Warblers calling (1 seen), a Grey Wagtail, ten Pied Wagtails, 15 Meadow Pipits, two Stonechats, 30 Linnets, 25 Goldfinches, eight Reed Buntings, seven Redwings, fourSong Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush and 15 Blackbirds, very wary, presumably some continental birds. (Jon Mercer).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning a Swallow, many Redwings freshly arrived, a movement of c100 Linnets over, Blackbirds arriving from high up, Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush, a Stonechat, 100+ Black-headed Gulls, Wigeon, Lapwing, Snipe and Teal. (Rob Crofton).

 

Thu 16th Oct 2014

Tirley    40+ Meadow Pipits on pasture. (Mark Grieve).

 

Wed 15th Oct 2014

Cleeve Hill    Around the head of the Washpool Valley at lunchtime at least seven RING OUZELS, 600+ Redwings, 30+ Song Thrushes, a Snipe, a Redstart, nine Stonechats, two Chiffchaffs, tenGoldcrests, a Peregrine and 40 Skylarks overhead. (Will Hayward).

Ashleworth Ham    180 Greylags and 30 Canada Geese flying over, 150 Mallards, 100 Teal, threeShovelers, two Wigeon, four Snipe, a JACK SNIPE, 30 Redwings over and two Stonechats. (Mike Smart/Mervyn Greening).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A calling Tawny Owl at 2:20am, later six Fieldfares flew N, 35+Redwings over, 12+ Robins, 41+ Skylarks, five Bullfinches, 20+ Long-tailed Tits, a Cormorant, 20+Goldfinches, 89+ Meadow Pipits, 35+ Linnets, 11+ Pied Wagtails and 100+ Starlings. (Mark Grieve).

Winchcombe    A Kingfisher this afternoon at the confluence of Beesmoor Brook and River Isbourne at Castle Street (SP026283). (Peter Rodgers).

 

Tue 14th Oct 2014

Ashleworth Ham    This morning 43 Canada Geese, 28 Greylags, 78 Mallards, 45 Wigeon, 12Shovelers, 38 Teal, a Peregrine, two Snipe and male and female Stonechat. (Les Brown).

Coombe Hill Meadows    198 Teal, 126 Wigeon, 15 Shovelers, 75 Canada Geese, 30 Greylags, aLittle Egret, a Grey Heron, a Kingfisher, a Snipe, a Water Rail squealing and a Curlew. (Mike Smart/Les Brown). Also a Cetti’s Warbler singing near Long Pool. (Graham Smith).

 

Mon 13th Oct 2014

Cheltenham    In the garden on Eldorado Road a first winter Grey Wagtail picking at surface of puddles; a garden first. (Keith White).

 

Sun 12th Oct 2014

Forest of Dean    At Cannop ponds 42 Mandarins, 29 Tufted Ducks and four Little Grebes and at  Woorgreens Lake seven Mandarins, a Tufted Duck and two Little Grebes today. (Rob Guest).

Ozleworth    At the junction of A41352/B4058, 550 Golden Plovers with 41 Lapwings in ploughed field near Symonds Hall Farm. (Vic Polley).

Guscar Rocks    34 Wigeon, 18 Teal, four Mallards, four Grey Herons, a Cormorant, aSparrowhawk, two Dunlins, 250 Curlews, 12 Redshanks, five Common Gulls and a Chiffchaff calling. (Mike Smart).

Aylburton Warth   Three Little Egrets, a Peregrine, a Kestrel, 250 Lapwings, 31 Golden Plovers, six Ringed Plovers, a Snipe, 350 Curlews, five Greenshanks, a Green Sandpiper, a Kingfisher, twoSwallows and five Stonechats. (Mike Smart).

Walmore Common    Nine Wigeon, 20 Teal, five Mallards, a Shoveler, a Grey Heron, 16 Snipe and two pairs of Stonechats. (Mike Smart).

Wibdon Warth    Four Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, 28 Wigeon and a Cormorant. (Gavin Black).

Lydney    At Lydney Pools 11 Moorhens, 76 Coots, 15 Mallards, 21 Mute Swans, a Great Crested Grebe, 47 Wigeon, nine Tufted Ducks, two Gadwalls, four Shovelers, a Kingfisher and aSparrowhawk. On the canal 11 Moorhens, nine Mallards, a Little Grebe, two Tufted Ducks and fourSwallows. At Lydney New Grounds c50-60 Meadow Pipits, six Pied Wagtails, two Wheatears, 18Skylarks, nine Golden Plovers, a Grey Heron, a female Reed Bunting carrying food back and forth to an area of scrub, a male Stonechat, two Kestrels and a Swallow. (Barrie Mills).

Tirley Sandpits    22+ Robins, five Pied Wagtails, 12 Alba Wagtails, three Chiffchaffs, 20+Meadow Pipits, 9+ Skylarks, six Greylags over, 17 Linnets, a Raven, 30+ Blackbirds, a maleStonechat and a male Blackcap. (Mark Grieve).

 

Sat 11th Oct 2014

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock both resident Peregrines still, a male Goshawk perched in a tree on Coppet Hill, eight Mandarins on the River Wye below the viewpoint, a Little Egret flew through, aKingfisher, two Fallow Deer on Coppet Hill and two Common Darters. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Six Mute Swans, 114 Canada Geese, 38 Greylags, 96 Wigeon, 64 Teal, 75Mallards, 15 Shovelers, four Grey Herons, six Little Egrets, two Cormorants, a Water Rail heard, aSnipe, two Ruff and three Redwings today. (David Anderson/Les Brown).

Cobney/Leigh Meadows    15 Mallards, a Grey Heron, four Cormorants, a Buzzard, 5+ Meadow Pipits, a Chiffchaff singing and two Reed Buntings today. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth & Hasfield Hams    A Mute Swan, 15 Canada Geese, 15 Teal, 80 Mallards, two Grey Herons, a Cormorant, four Snipe, a JACK SNIPE, two Swallows, 10+ Skylarks, 20 Meadow Pipits, aStonechat and a Chiffchaff singing today. (Mike Smart/Les Brown).

Cheltenham    c6 Grey Wagtails along Christchurch Road today. (Keith White).

 

Fri 10th Oct 2014

Longlevens    A juvenile male Sparrowhawk in the garden at Liddington Road again today. (Steve Parker).

 

Thu 9th Oct 2014

Sharpness    At SARA 8am a dark phase ARCTIC SKUA was harassing a Black-headed Gull then flew over the trees in the general direction of the lock gates. Also a DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE flew upriver, a Grey Wagtail was on the slipway and 20 Linnets were at the picnic site. (Steve Brown).

WWT Slimbridge    The juvenile PINK-FOOTED GOOSE on South Lake again today. (Steve Brown).

Tirley Sandpits    50+ Meadow Pipits, 40+ Skylarks, 60+ Starlings, a Cormorant over, a Green Woodpecker, a Chiffchaff, 15+ Linnets with 40+ Chaffinches around Town Street Farm and 21+Swallows flew south. (Mark Grieve).

Frampton    Four Swallows over the pools tonight. Also 20 Curlews and a Sparrowhawk. (Nick Goatman).

Longlevens    A juvenile male and a juvenile female Sparrowhawk in the garden at Liddington Road. (Steve Parker). Pic by Steve.

Sparrowhawk

Wed 8th Oct 2014

WWT Slimbridge    The juvenile PINK-FOOTED GOOSE on South Lake again today. Also threeLittle Stints and a MARSH HARRIER still. (@slimbridge_wild).

Charlton Kings    A Yellow Wagtail amongst a flock of up to 50 Pied Wagtails late afternoon at Charlton Kings Junior school, present for a couple of days. (Martyn Leighton).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included 60 Meadow Pipits, 16 alba Wagtails, 96Greenfinches, 41 Goldfinches, 31 Chaffinches, 11 Linnets, a Siskin, two Swallows and 25 Redwings.(John Fleming).

Forest of Dean    At Soudley Ponds this afternoon two Kingfishers and 50 Mandarins. (Derek Foster).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre six Swallows, a Kingfisher and a Kestrel today. (Steve French).

Tirley    A garden Chiffchaff and a Sparrowhawk on a Woodpigeon kill. (Mark Grieve).

 

Tue 7th Oct 2014

WWT Slimbridge    Two European White-fronted Geese and the juvenile PINK-FOOTED GOOSEon South Lake early afternoon. 20 Swallows over the Dumbles. (@slimbridge_wild/Mark Samways).

Forest of Dean    At Cannop ponds 19 Tufted Ducks, a Kingfisher and two Ravens today. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines and the juvenile femalePeregrine still with them. Another intruding juvenile female Peregrine came in and was chased off by the resident male. A Kingfisher seen a few times, three female Goshawks were interacting and display flighting, a Kestrel, a female Sparrowhawk, four Buzzards in a thermal together, fourRavens, still several House Martins. Also two Fallow Deer bucks in combat with a doe looking on and another eight Fallow Deer seen separately, three Hornets, a Red Admiral and a Common Darter today. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

 

Mon 6th Oct 2014

WWT Slimbridge    A pair of DARK-BELLIED BRENT GEESE with two juveniles and the twoEuropean White-fronted Geese on the Dumbles. Also a distant Ruddy Shelduck (or hybrid) on the estuary today. (Martin McGill, WWT). The juvenile PINK-FOOTED GOOSE on South Lake again with Greylags. (Jake King).

Eastington    Two Swallows over Claypits in the rain this morning. Also 30+ Meadow Pipits in an adjacent field, seven Pied Wagtails and a Jay. (Nick Goatman).

Selsley Common    Two Stonechats and a Wheatear this afternoon. (Colin Greenfield).

 

Sun 5th Oct 2014

Frampton    A GREAT WHITE EGRET flew N over the pools early morning. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge    The first two European White-fronted Geese of the winter this morning. (Martin McGill, WWT). The juvenile PINK-FOOTED GOOSE again today but mobile, 76 Black-tailed Godwits on South Lake, two Spotted Redshanks, 24 Golden Plovers, two Ruff and twoGreenshanks from Zeiss hide, Cetti’s Warblers at Holden Tower and at Zeiss hide, a Peregrine on the Dumbles and a Merlin over the Tack Piece. (Martin McGill, WWT/Neil Smart/Dave Creber/John Budd/MK).

Cleeve Hill    This morning four Stonechats and two Yellowhammers at the Heather Enclosure and a Raven on the Radio Masts. (Roy Shilham).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    A Bar-tailed Godwit at Pit 87 today. (Andy Jayne).

Frampton Mansell    At Chapman’s Cross near Frampton Mansell a flock of 171 Golden Plovers. (Andy Jayne). Also a Red Kite here at 2pm. (Mark Wallis).

Berkeley shore    Still three Whinchats, a male Stonechat and two Wheatears. Also three Snipe, a Kingfisher, two Grey Wagtails and four Chiffchaffs.  (Paul Taylor).

Yanworth    Around ‘Oxpens’ a Grey Wagtail, three Pied Wagtails, five Mistle Thrushes, a Raven, a Jay, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and seven Red-legged Partridges. (Steve Brown).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre 24 Mistle Thrushes, 36 Meadow pipits, three Green Woodpecker, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three Kestrels, a Reed Bunting, a Raven and aKingfisher today. (Steve French). Pic by Steve.

Kingfisher

Tirley Sandpits    A Cormorant, 45+ Greylags over, 25+ Robins, a Jay, 118+ Meadow Pipits, 35Skylarks, five Pied Wagtails, 50+ Linnets, 10+ Stock Doves, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, sevenBullfinches, two Reed Buntings, a Grey Heron, a Stonechat (2nd patch record), a Green Woodpecker and 7+ Chiffchaffs today. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    From Grundon hide  today four Mute Swans, four Canada Geese, 17Wigeon, 48 Teal, c50 Mallards, six Shovelers, a Cormorant, three Grey Herons, eight Little Egrets, a Lapwing, three male Ruff, four Snipe, a Sparrowhawk, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, two Pied Wagtails, 3+ Redwings and a Raven. (Les Brown).

Painswick Beacon    Vismig this morning included 240 Meadow Pipits, 90 alba Wagtails, 20 Mistle Thrushes, six Jays, 40 Greenfinches, 60 Linnets and 80 Chaffinches. (Francis Steuck).

Forest of Dean    At Cannop ponds four Nuthatches, two Kingfishers, two Grey Wagtails, fiveLittle Grebes and 12 Coots. At the Stonework’s 11 Goldfinches, three Jays, 18 Tufted Ducks and three Mandarins. On the Yew tree at Kensley Lodge 17 Mistle Thrushes, three Song Thrushes, three Lesser Redpolls and a Jay and at Woorgreens a Little Grebe, eight Coots and twoGoldcrests today. (Les Waring). Pics by Les.

Nuthatch

Kingfisher

Sat 4th Oct 2014

Leckhampton    Very belated news of a WRYNECK in the garden on 12th September seen only 3-4ft from the patio door and eating ants on the lawn. (Mr Steven Gage per Mike Smart).

WWT Slimbridge   The juvenile PINK-FOOTED GOOSE on South Lake today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Berkeley shore    Three Whinchats, three Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap and a Swallow today. (Paul Taylor).

Tirley Sandpits    16+ Robins, two Mistle Thrushes, a Jay, 10+ Chiffchaffs, a Green Woodpecker, 10+ Pied Wagtails, a female Blackcap, 200+ Meadow Pipits, three Buzzards, 20+ Linnets and 22+Skylarks today. Also a calling Tawny Owl in the village at 5:20am. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Along the Canal a Kingfisher, a Whitethroat, a Chiffchaff singing and aBuzzard. From Grundon hide a Cormorant, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons and 26 Teal. (Les Waring).

Whitethroat

Fri 3rd Oct 2014

WWT Slimbridge    The juvenile PINK-FOOTED GOOSE again today. (Geoff Moyser).

Nailsworth    From Lynch Knoll near Nailsworth today 30+ Ravens, two Yellow Wagtails, 120+Mallards, three Swallows and a House Martin. (Terry Grant).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre a Common Sandpiper, four Snipe, a Kingfisher, two Little Grebes and 35 Meadow Pipits today. (Steve French).

Ashleworth Ham    44 Teal and 40+ Mallards today. (Steve French).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Four Mute Swans, eight Wigeon, 40 Teal, two Gadwalls, 45 Shovelers, three Little Egrets, two Snipe, a Kingfisher on Long Pool, six Swallows, a pair of Stonechats and three Chiffchaffs singing. (Mike Smart).

 

Thu 2nd Oct 2014

WWT Slimbridge    A juvenile PINK-FOOTED GOOSE with the Greylag flock today on South Lake and later in the Big Pen. (James Lees, WWT).

Barnsley    At SP075085 an immature Stonechat and 12 Meadow Pipits. Nearby a Kestrel, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Buzzard and three Jays. Also a Red Admiral. (Keith White).

Painswick Beacon    Migration today included three Hobbies, a Sparrowhawk, 123 Golden Plovers, 87 Black-headed Gulls, 347 Common Gulls, 23 Jays, 472 Meadow Pipits, 13 Song Thrushes, 18Skylarks, two Redwings, 126 Greenfinches, 85 Chaffinches, three Bramblings, three Crossbills and a Reed Bunting. (John Fleming).

Sharpness    Two Rock Pipits this evening. (Andy Jordan).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre two Little Grebes today. (Steve French).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    140+ Meadow Pipits on pasture, a Blackcap, a Jay and threeChiffchaffs today. (Mark Grieve).

Aylburton Warth    A dead Guillemot today, on the saltmarsh by the salmon putchers. (John Sanders).

Ashleworth Ham    61 birds caught during a ringing session including a Kestrel, three Meadow Pipits, ten Chiffchaffs, eight Goldfinches and 18 Reed Buntings. On reserve a Sparrowhawk, aSnipe and a pair of Stonechats. (Mike Smart).

 

Wed 1st Oct 2014

Sharpness    A Garden Warbler and a Reed Warbler this morning by the picnic site. (Andy Jordan).

Dowdeswell Reservoir    A Wheatear this evening, a patch tick. (Greg Mabbett).

Clapton-on-the-Hill    40+ Buzzards and 12 Red Kites worming on the Farmington side of the field for the last two days. (Keith Jennings).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two Mute Swans, eight Canada Geese, seven Wigeon, 50 Teal, c5Mallards, 23 Shovelers, six Little Egrets, four Grey Herons, four Cormorants, five Coots, fourSnipe, two Green Woodpeckers, five Swallows, five Skylarks, a Grey Wagtail, five singingChiffchaffs, five Bullfinches and 2-3 Reed Buntings today. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Barrow Ponds    Six Mute Swans, 23 Canada Geese, three Wigeon, a Teal, 120+ Mallards, sixTufted Ducks, ten Coots and a Kingfisher today. (Mike Smart).

Gloucester    Four Jays on Sudmeadow and at Llanthony Weir a Kingfisher. (Gordon Avery).

Tirley Sandpits    100+ Meadow Pipits on pasture and a Little Owl calling at 4pm. (Mark Grieve).

Tewkesbury    A Kite sp. flew over NNW this afternoon. (Les Ditchburn). At the Mythe aNuthatch and at Mythe brickpits six Mute Swans, a Grey Heron, a Little Grebe, a Kingfisher and aChiffchaff singing. At Mythe Hook seven Mute Swans (including two adults with very old colour rings, one ringed in 1996), a Kestrel and a Kingfisher. (Mike Smart).

Hartpury    At the Orchard Centre late afternoon a Grey Wagtail, five Jays, five Chiffchaffsworking a hedgerow with 24 Long-tailed Tits, six Mistle Thrushes, two Kestrels and 35+ Meadow Pipits harassed by a Sparrowhawk. (Steve French). Also a Kingfisher, a Buzzard, a Green Woodpecker and a Cormorant. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Steve.

Sparrowhawk

Pic by Julia

Kingfisher

 

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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