Sightings Oct-Dec 2015

Thu 31st Dec 2015

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill at 10am and 8+ Hawfinches at Parkend. (Frank Williams).

Berkeley shore    Two Chiffchaffs, ten Turnstones, 12 Yellowhammers, 60 Skylarks and aPeregrine. Also a Chiffchaff at Purton. (Paul Taylor).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A garden Goldcrest, a garden tick. At the Sandpits, a Mistle Thrush, 250+ Fieldfares, six Meadow Pipits, 22+ Linnets, 50+ Redwings, five Stock Doves, a male Peregrineflew S, a Red-legged Partridge, 32+ Skylarks and a Brown Hare. (Mark Grieve).

Gloucester    At Robinswood Hill this afternoon birds included 50 Goldfinches, six Long-tailed Titsand a Goldcrest. (John Fletcher).

Stow-on-the-Wold    A Red Kite over central Stow at 1:12pm. (Dave Morgan).

 

Wed 30th Dec 2015

Sharpness    Two adult KITTIWAKES off of Coastguards at 9:45am. (Paul Taylor). Also an adultKITTIWAKE seen off Awre presumably one of the Sharpness birds. (John Phillips).

WWT Slimbridge    An immature female SCAUP still on the Rushy today. Also five Greenland White-fronted Geese still. (@slimbridge_wild).

 

Tue 29th Dec 2015

WWT Slimbridge    Two Egyptian Geese on the Rushy at 8:15am and two immature femaleSCAUP still there today. Five Greenland White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece with 106European White-fronted Geese. Also a female Marsh Harrier today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Charlton Kings    A Barn Owl hunting fields behind Hartlebury Way/Chase Avenue this evening. (Tom Mabbett).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    A Barn Owl hunting late afternoon, a Kingfisher, six Little Egretsand tens of thousands of Starlings swirling around pre-dusk. (Dave Collins).

Symonds Yat    From the Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrine pair, a Sparrowhawk, aGoshawk, four Buzzards, a Jay, a Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tits, a Treecreeper, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Ravens and four Goldcrests. Also seven Fallow Deer and a Bumblebee. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Peregrine

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

Cheltenham    A Raven high S over western Cheltenham at noon. (Ian Ralphs).

Lydney    A male Goosander on Lydney Lakes at lunchtime. (Phil Ashman).

Dursley    A female BRAMBLING at Long Street today. Also a queen Red-tailed Bumblebee at Breakheart Quarry. (Shane & Siana Long).

Ashleworth Ham    From the hide a Mute Swan, 345+ Canada Geese, 220+ Greylags, 110 Mallards, 140 Teal, 350+ Wigeon, five Gadwalls, six Shovelers, 45+ Lapwings, 18+ Snipe, two Barnacle Geese, 55+ Pintails, three Coots, a Kingfisher, a male Stonechat, 15 Redwings, seven Pied Wagtails, fourGrey Herons and a Raven today. (Mark Grieve/Les Brown).

Stroud    Two Dippers on the River Frome between Wallbridge and the viaduct and a Kingfisher on the canal between St Mary’s and Beale’s locks near Chalford. (Trevor & Sue Clayson). Pic by Sue.

Dipper

Hartpury    At the Hartpury Orchard Centre today c200 Fieldfares, 30 Redwings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, five Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, two Kestrels, four Long-tailed Tits and aPied Wagtail. (Alan Hooper/Steve French).

Dymock    At SO701316 c200 Fieldfares and a solitary Mistle Thrush feeding in field. (Alan Hooper).

Mistle Thrush

Mon 28th Dec 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    Presumed escape Ridgway’s Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii minima) again today. (Paul Taylor). Pic by Paul.

Ridgway’s Cackling Goose

WWT Slimbridge    Two Egyptian Geese in the Big Pen this afternoon. (Mark Hobson). Two immature female SCAUP still on the Rushy today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Sharpness    Now two male BLACK REDSTARTS still today, one by the Security Office and one at the end of the Dock Road. (Andy Jordan).

Cobney Meadows    On heavily flooded meadows six Mute Swans, 18 Shelducks and three Grey Herons today. (Mike Smart).

Quedgeley    Near a small wood just off Severnvale Drive a Nuthatch, a patch tick and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, one heard drumming. Also at Shelduck Road a female Blackcap visiting the garden for the last few weeks. (Steve Pullen).

Gloucester    At Robinswood Hill today birds included a Siskin, 100 Goldfinches, two Bullfinches, 12 Chaffinches, a BRAMBLING. two Nuthatches and two Jays. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

Jay

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote this morning seven Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, 20+ Teal, seven Snipe, c120 Lapwings, 5+ Water Rails calling, a Kingfisher, a Green Woodpecker, aRaven over, two Linnets, a Bullfinch, ten Goldfinches, two Meadow Pipits, two Grey Wagtails, fiveCetti’s Warblers singing, four Chiffchaffs, six Reed Buntings, a male Stonechat and Fieldfare andRedwing over. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.

Grey Wagtail

Cheltenham    A Kingfisher flew into a patio door at the The Park and was stunned but recovered and later flew off. (Peter Cadogan).

Kingfisher

Sun 27th Dec 2015

Frampton    A GREAT WHITE EGRET roosted in trees at Nebrow Hill Oakwood, viewed from the canal at 4:30pm. (Mark Hobson). An adult Yellow-legged Gull on the floating shed on the Sailing Lake today. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge    A GREAT WHITE EGRET on the Tack Piece at 2:45pm. (@slimbridge_wild). Two immature female SCAUP on the Rushy today. (Paul Masters).

Whitminster    A Barn Owl in trees above School Lane late afternoon. (Mark Hobson).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A small race Canada Goose resembling Cackling Goose (different from the two seen on the 22nd), 300+ Greylags, 300+ Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose, two Canada Goose x Barnacle Goose hybrids, ten Mute Swans, c2000 Wigeon, c2000 Teal, two Shelducks, sixGadwalls, 153 Pintails, 46 Shovelers, a Grey Heron, a Little Egret, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, aWater Rail heard, 15 Coots, a Dunlin, 13 Snipe, c500 Lapwings, two adult Great Black-backed Gulls, a Kingfisher, 1+ Cetti’s Warbler singing, a Chiffchaff, a Meadow Pipit, a Reed Bunting and a pair ofStonechats. (Andy Jayne/Mike Smart).

Walmore Common    The family of four WHOOPER SWANS still today. (Andy Jayne).

Minsterworth Ham    22 Mute Swans, four Shelducks, 21 Teal, two Shovelers and two Green Sandpipers today. (Andy Jayne).

Purton    A murmuration of c10000 Starlings at the Timber Ponds between 4-4:15pm this afternoon. (Vic Polley).

Wotton-under-Edge    Several BRAMBLINGS still with mixed finch flock at Old London Road towards Bradley Barn. (Paul Masters).

Twyning    Five Ravens over and a garden Lesser Redpoll today. (Phil & Chris Andrews).

Stonehouse    A Kingfisher on The Ocean near Stonehouse Court. Between Bonds Mill-Stanley Downton-Bridgend via fields birds included 30+ Fieldfares several flocks of Redwings 5-15+, small flocks of Long-tailed Tits, c20 Siskins along the Alders by the Frome and a Grey Heron. (Paul Sutton).

 

Sat 26th Dec 2015

Awre    A GUILLEMOT flying around over the estuary between 10:30-10:45am, then it disappeared but possibly flew on upriver. (John & Viv Phillips).

WWT Slimbridge    Two Egyptian Geese on the Rushy and later on the Tack Piece today.(@slimbridge_wild).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE between 1-2pm today at Staple Edge again. (Lewis Thomson). From the metalled road leading up to Crabtree Hill about 500yds N of Crabtree Hill aHawfinch seen perched high on a beech tree at 1:30pm today. (Andrew McDermid).

Sharpness    Male and female BLACK REDSTARTS still today, one by Gate 1 and one at the end of the Dock Road. Also male and female Stonechat. (Andy Jordan/Paul Taylor).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A Nuthatch, three Ravens, 175+ Fieldfares, 100+ Starlings, 20+Redwings, ten Skylarks, two Stock Doves, 40+ Linnets, a Mistle Thrush, two Cormorants over, twoMeadow Pipits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a garden Sparrowhawk. (Mark Grieve).

 

Fri 25th Dec 2015

Sharpness    A SHAG diving in the main dock this morning. A BLACK REDSTART on the crane at Gate 6 throughout the afternoon. (John Harris).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE again on the clearing at Horse Lawn at 10am (opposite side of road to small Woorgreens car park). Five Goosanders and a Kingfisher at Cannop Ponds at the Stoneworks end and a Hawfinch at Parkend. (Frank Williams).

Ashleworth Ham    This morning two Mute Swans, c220 Canada Geese, 12 Greylags, twoShelducks, c480 Wigeon, three Gadwalls, c160 Teal, c100 Mallards, 22 Pintails, four Shovelers, three Grey Herons, a Buzzard, four Coots, two Stock Doves, a Goldcrest, two Nuthatches, c150Redwings, a male Stonechat, c50 Chaffinches and a Yellowhammer. (Les Brown).

Upper Rissington    A Barn Owl just outside the village today. (Ben Hilder).

Thu 24th Dec 2015

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE again on the clearing at Horse Lawn today (opposite side of road to small Woorgreens car park). Definitely a different bird to the Staple Edge bird. (Lewis Thomson).

Sharpness    Two BLACK REDSTARTS at the Docks today. (Andy Jordan).

Purton    An adult Mediterranean Gull in the roost this afternoon. (Paul Taylor).

Wotton-under-Edge    At least two BRAMBLINGS with mixed finch flock at Old London Road towards Bradley Barn. (Paul Rich). Pic by Paul.

Brambling

Bussage    Two Mistle Thrushes on Bussage playing field this morning and a female Sparrowhawkmade a unsuccessful attempt on a Collared Dove. Nearby a Little Grebe on Toadsmoor Lake at noon and another Sparrowhawk being mobbed by three Crows. Goldfinches, Greenfinches and fourSiskins on a garden feeder in Bussage and 30 Redwings and six Fieldfares on Cotoneaster bushes in a garden near Frithwood. (Michael Cook).

 

Wed 23rd Dec 2015

Sapperton    30 BRAMBLINGS, 200 Chaffinches, 150 Linnets, 50 Yellowhammers and 15Skylarks, in stubble and stewardship fields W of Hailey Farm today. (Martin Wright).

Minsterworth Ham    This morning two SHORT-EARED OWLS, two Shelducks, 36 Mallards, fourRed-legged Partridges, two Green Sandpipers, a Snipe, a Kingfisher, 100 Redwings, a pair ofStonechats, a Grey Wagtail and four Reed Buntings. (Andy Jayne).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A female Peregrine, a Raven, a Mistle Thrush, 40+ Fieldfares, 2+Bullfinches, 2000+ Teal , 2500+ Wigeon , 55+ Shovelers , 300+ Pintails, 600+ Lapwings, 220+Greylags, a Cormorant, 900+ Canada Geese, ten Mallards, three Little Egret, a Grey Heron, a female Tufted Duck , a female SCAUP from Grundon hide mid afternoon. (Mark Grieve).

Quedgeley    A Water Rail at Clearwater Drive this morning. (Andy Chapman).

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

Forest of Dean    On the approach to Crabtree Hill 40+ Coal Tits ground feeding with Blue Titsand Great Tits. At Parkend four Hawfinches feeding under Yews. (Terry Grant). At Cannop Ponds at the Stoneworks end three male Goosanders, a Cormorant and a pair of Mandarins. (Bob Broughton).

Sheepscombe    Along Painswick stream birds included three Goldcrests, a Bullfinch, nine Long-tailed Tits, two Buzzards, two Nuthatches, 50 Carrion Crows, 35 Rooks, two Jays, a Treecreeper, 12 Redwings and a Green Woodpecker. (John Fletcher).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake today birds included three Mute Swans, five Wigeon, a Teal, 95 Mallards, three Grey Herons, male and female Stonechat and two Meadow Pipits. (Gordon Avery).

Witcombe Reservoirs    Six Little Grebes, five Gadwalls, a Little Owl in the orchard and a Grey Wagtail today. (Gordon Avery).

 

Tue 22nd Dec 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    A SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF along the stream at Shorncote Reedbed today. (Kim Milsom).

Walmore Common    The family of four WHOOPER SWANS still present and another increase in other wildfowl numbers with eight Mute Swans, 104 Canada Geese, 48 Shelducks, 1150 Wigeon, 38Gadwalls, 460 Teal, 306 Mallards, 140 Pintails and 72 Shovelers. (Andy Jayne).

Tirley     115+ Fieldfares over and 35+ garden House Sparrows today. (Mark Grieve).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrine pair, a Sparrowhawk, a pair of Ravens, three Greenfinches, two Long-tailed Tits, two Goldcrests, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tits, a Marsh Tit and Nuthatches. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Coal Tit

Forest of Dean    At Cannop Stoneworks three male Goosanders on the pond. (Chris & Phil Andrews/Frank Williams).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning at least 900 Canada Geese, at least 390 Greylags, aBarnacle Goose, six Mute Swans, two Shelducks, at least 2000 Wigeon and 2000 Teal, 12 Gadwalls, 300 Pintails, 60 Shovelers, a Tufted Duck, three Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, a Buzzard, 500Lapwings, three Green Sandpipers, 70 Black-headed Gulls, five Herring Gulls, five Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Great Black-backed Gull, a Cetti’s Warbler singing, ten Fieldfares, 75 Starlingsand three Bullfinches. (Mike Smart).

 

Mon 21st Dec 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    A SHORT-EARED OWL at 10:30am, flushed from the canal towpath SW of the Long Pool. (Jim Milton).

Kingswood    This morning 25 Siskins in Alders at the Nind GWT Reserve. (Vic Polley)

Bigsweir    A drake Goosander on the River Wye just below Bigsweir Bridge. (Ivan Proctor).

 

Sun 20th Dec 2015

Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of the Dock Road and a female/immatureBLACK REDSTART on the South side of the dock by the lock gates in between the inner and outer basins at 11:30am. (Andy Jordan).

WWT Slimbridge    The first-winter female SCAUP on South Lake and also on the Rushy at times and a Little Stint on Holden scrape. (Paul Masters).

Painswick Beacon    Two single Hawfinches flew W in quick succession at midday today. (John Fleming).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at 1:15pm today at Staple Edge clear fell area perched on a birch tree at the northern edge of the cleared area. (Andrew McDermid). A gardenBRAMBLING with Chaffinches at Lydbrook today. (Lewis Thomson).

Wotton-under-Edge    A female BRAMBLING with c40 Chaffinches in a field between Westridge Wood and Wotton Hill, ST753939. (Vic Polley).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote this morning three Little Egrets, 20 Teal, 6-7 Water Rails calling, a Snipe, 150+ Lapwings and 80+ Golden Plovers in flight, a Green Woodpecker, aRaven, a Grey Wagtail, a male Stonechat, 20 Redwings, four Chiffchaffs, four Cetti’s Warblerssinging, ten Reed Buntings, four Bullfinches, two Yellowhammers and a Goldcrest. (Jon Mercer).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    Four Goosanders (2m, 2f) on Pit 111b and 25 Goldeneyes on Dudgrove Pit 114 today. (Paul Taylor).

Elkstone    From paths E of Elkstone six Ravens mobbing two Buzzards, a Red Kite, a Jay, twoLapwings, a Stock Dove, numerous Red-legged Partridges, hundreds of Chaffinches and Linnetsaround game cover, two Bullfinches, a Roe Deer and a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. (Steve Brown).

Hartpury    At the Hartpury Orchard Centre this evening two Buzzards, five Green Woodpeckersall feeding on the ground, two Tawny Owls, male and female calling, 20 Fieldfares and three Mute Swans. (Alan Hooper/Steve French).

Tirley Sandpits    15+ Blackbirds, 385+ Fieldfares, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 23Meadow Pipits, a Cormorant, 15+ Skylarks, 110+ Redwings, 15+ Skylarks, two Bullfinches, threeStock Doves, a Green Woodpecker and 65+ Linnets today. (Mark Grieve).

Quedgeley    A male Blackcap in the garden today. (MK).

 

Sat 19th Dec 2015

Harnhill   14 Grey Partridges today, other birds in the Driffield/Harnhill area included a sizeable mixed flock of Linnets and Chaffinches, with Fieldfares and Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, 24 Stock Doves and a pair of Bullfinches. (Roberta Goodall/David Creber).

Walmore Common    The family of four WHOOPER SWANS still present. Also seven Mute Swans, a Greylag, 80 Canada Geese, 29 Shelducks, 1100 Wigeon, three Gadwalls, 250 Teal, 218 Mallards, 116 Pintails, 57 Shovelers, 70 Lapwings and a female Blackcap. (Andy Jayne).

Berkeley shore    Six Turnstones and 19 Redshanks on the foreshore today, also nearby 12Yellowhammers. (Paul Taylor).

Frampton    On Court Lake 40 Mute Swans and a Little Egret this morning. (MK). At dusk 19 Little Egrets over the village heading towards Court Lake. (Rachel Goatman).

Coombe Hill Meadows    The Grundon Hide is still accessible with Wellingtons, the water is calf deep on the board walk. Six Mute Swans, 380 Greylags, 1100 Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose, twoShelducks, c2000 Wigeon and c2000 Teal, two Gadwalls, 30 Mallards, 210 Pintails, 40 Shovelers, aPochard, three Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, three Coots, 500 Lapwings, 100 Black-headed Gulls, four Meadow Pipits, 25 Fieldfares, a Cetti’s Warbler heard, 100 Starlings and twoBullfinches. (David Anderson/Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows    200 Lapwings today. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    Two Mute Swans, 280 Wigeon, 170 Teal, 95 Mallards, eight Pintails, threeShovelers, a Grey Heron, 75 Lapwings over, two Meadow Pipits, 150 Redwings, ten Fieldfares, aNuthatch, 250 Starlings, 150 Jackdaws and three Reed Buntings today. (Les Brown).

Charlton Kings    A male Sparrowhawk in the garden at Bafford Close today. (Martin Clifford).

 

Fri 18th Dec 2015

Forest of Dean    Six Hawfinches on the Short Trail at Nagshead early afternoon, feeding in a yew at ‘Hawfinch hotspot’ signs. (RSPB Gloucestershire).

Berkeley    At Berkeley Pill 120 Wigeon, 20 Teal, six Redshanks, two Rock Pipits, five Meadow Pipits and a pair of Stonechats today. (Mike Smart).

WWT Slimbridge    On the Tack Piece 68 White-fronted Geese, 130 Curlews, six Ruff and 306Black-tailed Godwits today. (Mike Smart).

Painswick Beacon    Just after noon, 24 Ravens (16, 3, 2, 1, 2) flew through, some calling heading SW. (John Fleming).

Quedgeley    A male Blackcap in the garden today. (MK).

Gloucester    On Alney Island a Water Rail calling at Over ponds, a Cetti’s Warbler singing at Port Ham pond and at Castlemeads West marsh c15 Teal and two Reed Buntings. (Ian Elphick). ABlackcap feeding on ivy berries in Elmore Park at 9:05am today. (MK).

 

Thu 17th Dec 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The first-winter female SCAUP on South Lake today.(@slimbridge_wild).

Edge    A Barn Owl at 10pm. (Tyrone Mein).

 

Wed 16th Dec 2015

Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of the Dock Road today. (Neil Duggan/Lee Gardiner).

Bussage    At Frithwood two Treecreepers, eight Long-tailed Tits, three Jays, 50+ mixed finches including four BRAMBLINGS and two Lesser Redpolls today. (Michael Cook).

Stroud    In the Toadsmoor Valley a Grey Wagtail, a Green Woodpecker and a Woodcock today. Also 50+ Golden Plovers with 30+ Lapwings in field by the A419 near Frampton Mansell all spooked by a Peregrine overhead today. (Michael Cook).

Painswick    On pasture W of Painswick village SO862097 mid morning, 23 Redwings, fourBlackbirds, a Fieldfare, a Song Thrush, two Pied Wagtails, 14 Chaffinches, 18 Goldfinches, fourGreenfinches and a Green Woodpecker today. (John Fleming).

Edge    A male Blackcap near Edge village at cSO852096, also a Buzzard and two Goldfinches. On Rudge Hill NNR (Edge Common), cSO846090, a Meadow Pipit, two Redwings, a Green Woodpeckeron ant hills, 38 Common Gulls over SW and a Raven in the area calling. (John Fleming).

Gloucester    This morning on Castle Meads West (marsh) a pair of Stonechats and a female, also 15 Teal on the pool and on Castle Meads East (marsh) another female Stonechat. (Gordon Avery).

 

Tue 15th Dec 2015

Forest of Dean    c80 Black-tailed Godwits over Woorgreens at 10am.  (Frank Williams). TheGREAT GREY SHRIKE again at Crabtree Hill from 9-11:30am at least. Also a Woodcock here. (Thomas Winstone/Michael O’Leary). Three Song Thrushes singing round Dark Hill near Ellwood this morning. (Ivan Proctor). Pic by Thomas.

Great Grey Shrike

WWT Slimbridge    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still from Holden Tower this morning then flew towards South Finger. (@slimbridge_wild).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Six Mute Swans, 380 Greylags, 560 Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose, c2000 Wigeon and c2000 Teal, three Gadwalls, 30 Mallards, 54 Shovelers, 125 Pintails, threeTufted Ducks, two Grey Herons, a Little Egret, a Buzzard, 32 Coots, a Water Rail calling, 385Lapwings, five Dunlins, 60 Black-headed Gulls, three Common Gulls, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 30 Herring Gulls, a Cetti’s Warbler singing from Broad Mere, ten Fieldfares, 25 Redwings, threeBullfinches and a Reed Bunting. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows    Two Mute Swans, four Shelducks, 470 Lapwings and 15 Pied Wagtails feeding on the edge of the flood today. (Mike Smart).

Nailsworth    At Wyevale Garden Centre a Dipper foraging immediately upstream, 12 Siskinsfeeding and a singing Song Thrush. (Steve Brown).

Gloucester    In the Linden area a garden first winter Grey Wagtail, chased off by an angry Robin, a garden tick. (Graham White).

 

Mon 14th Dec 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE from Holden Tower this morning through until 3:55pm at least, at times very close to the hide. (Chris Moore/Ian Hull).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Staple Edge again today at 1:20pm. (Lewis Thomson).

Berkeley shore    Five Snipe and four Stonechats just N of the mouth of the Pill today. (Vic Polley)

Cotswold Water Park (W)    56 Red Crested Pochards on Pit 44 and 31 on Pit 9. At Shorncote aKingfisher, two Chiffchaffs, 16 Little Egrets and 180 Lapwings. A pair of Goosanders on Pit 41, two pairs on Pit 17, three on Pit 65 (2m, 1f) and three females on Pit 58. A drake Goldeneye on Pit 41, six females on Pit 57 and a male and two females on Pit 65. (Paul Taylor).

Frampton    At the pools today a Goldcrest, a Nuthatch, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Mistle Thrush, twoRavens, a Grey Wagtail, a Reed Bunting, four Shovelers, several Great Crested Grebes, Redwings,Fieldfares and Long-tailed Tits. (Howard Lloyd & Thornbury U3A Group).

Gloucester    A garden male Blackcap in Abbeydale this morning. (Terry Smith).

 

Sun 13th Dec 2015

Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of the Dock Road today. (Andy Jordan).

Berkeley shore    A SHORT-EARED OWL, two JACK SNIPES, a WATER PIPIT, 120 Skylarks, five Yellowhammers and two Stonechats today.

Walmore Common    Seven Mute Swans, four WHOOPER SWANS, 83 Canada Geese, 23Shelducks, 1000 Wigeon, 14 Gadwalls, 310 Teal, 215 Mallards, 92 Pintails, 15 Shovelers, aMERLIN, 31 Lapwings, a Dunlin, a Snipe and a Blackcap today. (Andy Jayne).

WWT Slimbridge    The first-winter female SCAUP in the Big Pen this afternoon. (Mark Hobson).

Quedgeley    A pair of Blackcaps in the garden today, first of the winter. (MK).

Leckhampton    A male garden Blackcap today, first of the winter, also a singing Song Thrush at dawn again. (Chris Furley).

Tuffley    Three garden Blackcaps 92m, 1f) today. (Mark Hobson).

Hartpury    At Hartpury Orchard Centre 17 Snipe today. (Steve French).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Five Mute Swans, 450 Greylags, 113 Canada Geese, 1970 Wigeon, 1810Teal, three Gadwalls, 30 Mallards, 60 Pintails, 50 Shovelers, two Grey Herons, a Little Egret, aKestrel, 20 Coots, five Moorhens, 210 Lapwings, two Dunlins, 100 Black-headed Gulls, a Common Gull, a Stonechat, ten Redwings and 75 Starlings today but no sign of yesterday’s Green-winged Teal. (David Anderson/Les Brown).

Cobney Meadows    Six Mute Swans, a Greylag, 325 Canada Geese, 40 Wigeon, 30 Mallards, 425Lapwings, 40 Black-headed Gulls and 50 Starlings today. (Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows (from A38 end)    A Cormorant, a Snipe and a Grey Wagtail today. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth/Hasfield Hams    Four Mute Swans, three Greylags, two Canada Geese, 150 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 60 Mallards, 18 Shovelers, two Grey Herons, a Cormorant flew downriver, a Buzzard, aWater Rail heard, six Lapwings, two Snipe, 40 Black-headed Gulls, five Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Barn Owl, two Meadow Pipits, ten Fieldfares, ten Redwings, three Bullfinches and a Reed Buntingtoday. (Mike Smart).

Bourton-on-the-Water    A Cormorant flew over this morning. (Ben Hilder).

 

Sat 12th Dec 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    A drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL found late morning today. Also a Black-tailed Godwit, a Barnacle Goose, c1200 Teal, c2000 Wigeon, 62 Pintails and 45 Shovelers. (Paul Taylor).

Frampton-on-Severn    A female FIRECREST in a fruit cage in the garden today. (Maurice Durham).

Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of the Dock Road and a second halfway along the N side of the docks, N of the road by the single large building again today. (Andy Jordan).

WWT Slimbridge    The first-winter female SCAUP on the Long Ground this morning.(@slimbridge_wild).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Whelford Pools GWT N.R. this afternoon birds included fourReed Buntings, seven Goldeneyes, three Great Crested Grebes, 20 Tufted Ducks, two Gadwalls, three Pochards, a Cormorant, a Grey Heron, a Green Woodpecker and two Water Rails heard. (John Fletcher).

Wotton-Under-Edge    A good selection of birds on garden feeders today including Lesser Redpoll, Nuthatch, Blackcap, Chaffinch, Bullfinch,  Long-tailed Tit, Marsh Tit and Coal Tit (Paul Rich)

 

Fri 11th Dec 2015

Walmore Common    Six Mute Swans, four WHOOPER SWANS, 18 Shelducks, 400 Wigeon, 12Gadwalls, 200 Teal, 190 Mallards, 34 Pintails, ten Shovelers, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, aSparrowhawk, a Peregrine, two Dunlins, five Snipe, a Kingfisher, a pair of Stonechats and eightYellowhammers today. (Andy Jayne).

WWT Slimbridge    The first-winter female SCAUP on the Big Pen still today. (Andy Jordan).

Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART still at the end of the Dock Road and a second halfway along the N side of the docks, N of the road by the single large building. (Andy Jordan).

Purton    A Marsh Harrier at the timber ponds briefly at 3:55pm before flying NE. (Andy Jordan).

Leckhampton    A pair of Marsh Tits this morning on garden feeder in Leckhampton opposite St Peter’s Church. (Paul McGowan).

Leigh    At Leigh River Meadows 10+ Blackbirds, four Meadow Pipits, a male and two femaleStonechats, a Little Egret, two Ravens, a Bullfinch, two Skylarks, 900+ Black-headed Gulls, aGreen Woodpecker, two Goldcrests, 1+ Jay, 25 Lapwings over, a Snipe heard, a Stock Dove, twoFieldfares, 105+ Redwings, a Peregrine over and two Lesser Redpolls. (Mark Grieve).

 

Thu 10th Dec 2015

Wotton-Under-Edge    At least three Bramblings (2m, 1f) with a large Chaffinch flock between Wotton Hill and Westridge Woods again this morning. (Paul Rich).

Ashleworth Ham    40+ Snipe and a Peregrine today. (Martin Greenish).

Fretherne    25 Little Egrets today, 15 in field N of the road to Arlingham, in Smiths field with the horses, five a little further along on same side, 100mts back from Court Cottage and five in the field opposite, S of the road at cSO740089. (Paul Sutton).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A garden Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Nuthatch in Tirley, at the Sandpits 107+ Fieldfares, 13 Blackbirds, 30+ Redwings, two Goldcrests, 15+ Meadow Pipits, sixPied Wagtails, 40+ Linnets and a Mistle Thrush today. (Mark Grieve).

 

Wed 9th Dec 2015

WWT Slimbridge    Five Greenland White-fronted Geese with European White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece. The first-winter female SCAUP on the Big Pen still, a Little Stint from Holden Tower and 72 Bewick’s Swans on the Rushy today. (Mark Hobson/@slimbridge_wild).

Sandhurst    A Woodcock in the woods early afternoon. (Martin Greenish).

Berkeley shore    A SHORT-EARED OWL, two WATER PIPITS and four Stonechats at the entrance to the Pill today. (Pete & Marjo Lewis).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Five Mute Swans, c251 Greylags, c469 Canada Geese, a Shelduck, c2000Wigeon, c917 Teal, ten Shovelers, 56 Pintails, three Grey Herons, a Cormorant over, a Coot, aBuzzard, 345 Lapwings, a Ruff, a Dunlin, 15 Fieldfares, a Mistle Thrush and 200 Starlings. (Mike Smart).

Hartpury    At the Hartpury Orchard Centre this morning a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Snipe, a Buzzard, a Mistle Thrush and eight Fieldfares. (Alan Hooper).

Leckhampton    A Song Thrush singing at dawn this morning. (Chris Furley).

Saul Warth    A dead adult Gannet near the sluice today. (Geoff Moyser).

 

Tue 8th Dec 2015

Bentham    At Bentham landfill site two JACK SNIPES, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and ten Fieldfares. Also a Song Thrush and a Mistle Thrush both singing in the sunshine. (Steve Brown).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Pit 111 nine Goldeneyes, a Little Grebe, two female Pochards and a Peregrine over. (John Durell).   

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrine pair, three Buzzards, a male Sparrowhawk, a Jay, a Fieldfare, a Marsh Tit, two Goldcrests, two Greenfinches, a Mistle Thrush, a pair of Mandarins and four Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Goldcrest

Northleach    A Red Kite over Northleach today. A Little Egret between Aldsworth and Farmington on flooded field. (Ben Hilder/Andrew Young).

Ashleworth Ham    Eight Mute Swans, 57 Greylags, 120 Canada Geese, 220 Wigeon, 162 Teal, 62Mallards, 18 Pintails, a female Gadwall, 43 Shovelers, two Grey Herons, 11 Snipe, c350 Black-headed Gulls, three Common Gulls, a male Sparrowhawk, a male Stonechat, eight Long-tailed Tits, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, three Nuthatches and c150 Jackdaws today. (Les Brown/John Fletcher).

Forest of Dean    14 Hawfinches on Short Trail at RSPB Nagshead today. Also three Crossbillsnearby. (RSPB Gloucestershire). Two Marsh Tits at Cannop ponds today. (Thomas Winstone).

Cheltenham    A Kingfisher below the redbrick bridge over the Chelt at Rodney Road, Cambray today. (Shaun K).

Coombe Hill Meadows    550 Canada Geese, 150 Greylags, a Barnacle Goose, 1780+ Wigeon, 280+Teal, ten Shovelers, 41 Pintails, a Water Rail squealing from Broadmere, 84 Lapwings, a Black-tailed Godwit, c310 mixed corvids, mainly Jackdaws with some Rooks and Carrion Crows and several small flocks of Starlings coming from NE and going straight over SW. (Mike Smart).

Upham Meadow    Two Buzzards, a Kestrel, c5 Skylarks and 2-3 Stonechats today. (Juliet Bailey/Mike Smart).

Cleeve Hill    A Red Kite over at 11:50am today. (Martin Greenish).

 

Mon 7th Dec 2015

WWT Slimbridge    Five Greenland White-fronted Geese showing well from Kingfisher hide today with European White-fronted Geese. (@slimbridge_wild).

Wotton-Under-Edge    c30 Chaffinches with a male Brambling between Wotton Hill and Westridge Woods this afternoon at ST754941. The birds were dropping from roadside trees in Old London Road to edge of a harrowed field. (Geoff Moyser).

Gloucester    At Port Ham/Castle Meads a Snipe, a Kingfisher, a Cetti’s Warbler, two Chiffchaffsand three pairs of Stonechats. Nearby at Walham Ponds 60 Teal, eight Gadwalls, four Shovelers, aLittle Grebe and a Kingfisher. (Andy Jayne). A pair of Reed Buntings, a pair of Stonechats and aChiffchaff at Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Northleach    A Bullfinch calling and a Sparrowhawk sat on a shed today. (Ben Hilder).

 

Sun 6th Dec 2015

Daglingworth    At High Tun near Daglingworth, two male BRAMBLINGS with Chaffinches,Goldfinches and Linnets still today, also a pair of Stonechats. (Jon Mercer).

WWT Slimbridge    The first-winter female SCAUP on the Big Pen and five Greenland White-fronted Geese from Kingfisher hide today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Frampton    At the pools this morning a pair of Goosanders flew over, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail and a Treecreeper. (Nick Goatman).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A garden Coal Tit, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 House Sparrows and 10+ Greenfinches. At the Sandpits, seven Redwings, 200+ Fieldfares, 11 Meadow Pipits, 35+Skylarks, four Pied Wagtails, two Stock Doves, 40+ Linnets, at 1:50pm a MERLIN over N mobbed by a Jackdaw. (Mark Grieve).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this afternoon birds included a Chiffchaff, ten Meadow Pipits, 77 Black-headed Gulls, ten Common Gulls, five Herring Gulls and six Mute Swans. (Tony Eveleigh).

Tewkesbury    A Raven flew over near the Odessa pub. (Mark Grieve).

 

Sat 5th Dec 2015

Beachley Point    On Chapel Rock two WHIMBRELS still, two Curlews, 55 Oystercatchers, a Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Redshanks, 11 Dunlins, 150 Wigeon and four Teal. A first-winter KITTIWAKEover the river and an adult SHAG flew downstream before high tide. (John Sanders).

Sharpness    A pair of GOOSANDERS flew S past Coastguards at c2pm. (Les Ditchburn et al). Male and female BLACK REDSTART at the end of Dock Road today, also two Ruff flew downriver at 3:45pm. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.

Black Redstart

Berkeley shore    3+ (possibly 5) WATER PIPITS today, also a JACK SNIPE, 20 Snipe, seven Rock Pipits and four Stonechats. (Paul Taylor).

Dursley    A Red Kite at Rockstowes, between Dursley and Uley, today at 10:30am. (Phil Pope).

Wotton-Under-Edge    60+ Chaffinches with a few Bramblings between Wotton Hill and Westridge Woods this afternoon at ST753942. (Morag Hughes).

Ashleworth Ham    This morning two Canada Geese, 410 Teal, 273 Wigeon, 96 Mallards, 17Shovelers, 18 Pintails, two Gadwalls, two Grey Herons, 136 Lapwings and 75 Fieldfares. (Les Brown).

Symonds Yat    Today the resident Peregrine pair and an intruding female Peregrine, fiveBuzzards, a Sparrowhawk, a pair of Ravens, a pair of Mandarins, two Greenfinches, twoNuthatches, two Marsh Tits, a Jay, a small flock of Long-tailed Tits, a Mistle Thrush, twoGoldcrests and two Treecreepers. Also a Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows    At least 1330 Wigeon, c630 Teal, 150 Mallards, 31 Pintails, threeGadwalls, five Lapwings, 380 Canada Geese and a Barnacle Goose, 80 Greylags, 200 Jackdaws, 40Carrion Crows, 20 Rooks, 120 Starlings, a Grey Heron, a Meadow Pipit, 30 Fieldfares, 15 Redwingsand a Meadow Pipit today. (Mike Smart).

Twyning    At Upham Meadow 35 Canada Geese and 30 Fieldfares. (Mike Smart).

 

Fri 4th Dec 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The first-winter female SCAUP on the Big Pen still late morning and fiveGreenland White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.

Scaup

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill again this morning at 10:30am. (Frank Williams). At Parkend in the woods above the Church a Treecreeper, a Nuthatch and aGreat Spotted Woodpecker. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock both resident Peregrines showed well and drove off an intrudingPeregrine, a male and a female Goshawk, Ravens, a male Blackcap, a Goldcrest, a pair of Marsh Tits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Mistle Thrush, a Jay, a Greenfinch, a pair of Mandarins, fiveBuzzards and a Weasel. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Marsh Tit

Daglingworth    At High Tun near Daglingworth, a large flock of 200+ finches including at
least 30 BRAMBLINGS. Also an unusual sighting of a Kingfisher on the River Dunt. (Andrew Morrison).

 

Thu 3rd Dec 2015

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill again today. Three Hawfinches in Yew trees at Parkend. (Terry Grant). Three Hawfinches feeding around the yews and holly withRedwings on Short Trail at RSPB Nagshead today. (RSPB Gloucestershire).

Great Grey Shrike

Stroud    In the Toadsmoor Valley birds included 35 Long-tailed Tits, 12 Blue Tits, two Coal Titsworking the tree line, on Toadsmoor lake two male Teal, a Grey Heron, 1500-2000 Woodpigeonsover, 150 Fieldfares and Redwings, three Bullfinches (2m, 1f), a Treecreeper, two Stock Doves, aGrey Wagtail, a Nuthatch, a Raven heard, a male BRAMBLING in small flock of Greenfinches andChaffinches. (Mike Cook).

 

Wed 2nd Dec 2015

Berkeley    Just S of Berkeley Power Station, shortly before high tide, an adult POMARINE SKUA flying towards Oldbury, hugging the bank very close. (Pavlo Zaltowski).

Beachley Point    On Chapel Rock at high tide, two very unseasonal WHIMBRELS, record shots taken to confirm and seen in flight, two Curlews, 60 Oystercatchers, 30 Lapwings, a Redshank, aRock Pipit on the shore, and an adult Kittiwake dead on the strand line. (John Sanders).

Purton    The BITTERN still at the Timber Ponds at 3:30pm today. (Mark Dowie).

Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART at the end of the dock road this morning. (Dan Hill).

Highleadon    This morning at 0:48am a Barn Owl flew across the B4215 Gloucester-Newent road at Trios Cape garden centre at SO770231. (Alan Hooper).

Tirley    A Little Owl calling at 5:30pm. (Mark Grieve).

Wye Valley    A drake Goosander flying downriver this morning near Symonds Yat Rock at SO566158. (Peter Rodgers).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning birds included six Mute Swans, 12 Wigeon, four Teal, 88 Mallards, two Grey Herons, a Little Grebe (probably first record for the site), a Buzzard, 176 Black-headed Gulls, 11 Common Gulls, two Herring Gulls, a female Kestrel, a male Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail and two Meadow Pipits. (Gordon Avery).

Shab Hill    A male and female Stonechat today. (Gordon Avery).

Hawling    Between midday and 1:30pm two Red Kites briefly around 12pm, a Red Kite mobbed by a crow between Charlton Abbots and Hawling c400 yards from the crossroads and a Red Kite and aKestrel at Hawling at 12:30pm. (Mike Yiend).

Red Kite

Tue 1st Dec 2015

Forest of Dean    Eight Hawfinches feeding around the yews on Short Trail at RSPB Nagshead today. Also c30 Redwings feeding under holly nearby. (RSPB Gloucestershire). A Hawfinch in the woodland at 9am today at Blaize Bailey. (Peter Boorman/Lynne Mayers).

Purton    A Barn Owl and a Mandarin this evening. (Andy Jordan).

Churchend    A Barn Owl hunting at 6pm this evening. (Sarah Loaring).

Upper Rissington    Two Red Kites and a Buzzard from the garden today. (Ben Hilder).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrine pair, a juvenile male and an adult female Goshawk, three Ravens, a Mistle Thrush, a small flock of Long-tailed Tits, c30Redwings, a pair of Mandarins, a Marsh Tit, a Goldcrest, two Jays and a Skylark over. Also aHoney Bee, four Wasps, a Red Admiral and 15 Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Twyning    At Upham Meadow today two flocks of 176 and 157 Canada Geese, four Greylags, a female Stonechat, 100 Starlings, 40 Carrion Crows, 20 Rooks and a Jackdaw. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    Three Lesser Redpolls this afternoon, a patch tick. (Martin Greenish).

 

Mon 30th Nov 2015

Sharpness    A FULMAR N at 9:35am, a GREAT SKUA flew N inland at 9:55am and c55KITTIWAKES from Coastguards between 8am-1pm. (Geoff Moyser/Paul Taylor/Andy Jordan).

WWT Slimbridge    The first-winter female SCAUP on the Rushy and then back on the Big Pen, aBar-tailed Godwit from Kingfisher hide and a MERLIN on the Dumbles. (@slimbridge_wild). Also the Greenland White-fronted Geese from Holden Tower and a Grey Plover from Kingfisher hide. (Chris Reed).

Walmore Common    Birds included five Mute Swans, the family of four WHOOPER SWANS, 105Canada Geese, six Shelducks, 450 Wigeon, 210 Teal, 75 Mallards, five Shovelers, a Little Egret, four Snipe, 20 Fieldfares and 15 Redwings today. (Mike Smart).

Wilmer Common    Today three Shelducks, eight Mallards and 100 Starlings. (Mike Smart).

Tirley    A Tawny Owl calling at 8pm. (Mark Grieve).

 

Sun 29th Nov 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A GREAT SKUA upriver at 10:10am viewed from Holden Tower. (Mark Hobson). The first-winter female SCAUP was on the Rushy at 4pm. Two Greenland White-fronted Geese were seen on the Tack Piece briefly today and a Bar-tailed Godwit was on South Lake with the Black-tailed Godwit flock. (@slimbridge_wild).

Sharpness    c150 KITTIWAKES from Coastguards this morning. (Paul Taylor).

Saul Warth    c110 KITTIWAKES, two Rock Pipits, 12 Curlews, a pair of Stonechats, a Little Egret and a Buzzard hunting at high tide in gale force conditions late morning. (MK/John & Viv Phillips). Also a female/juvenile Marsh Harrier over the Slimbridge side of the river viewed from Awre. (John & Viv Phillips).

Newnham-on-Severn    An adult KITTIWAKE with the pre-roost gull flock today. (John & Viv Phillips).

Beachley Point    On Chapel Rock 75 Oystercatchers, 120 Dunlins, four Redshanks, a Turnstone, and 45 Wigeon and 100 KITTIWAKES over the river. (John Sanders).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    This morning at Shorncote Reedbed ten Little Egrets feeding together, a Snipe, a Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail, three Cetti’s Warblers, two Chiffchaffs and twoRoe Deer. (Steve Brown).

Walmore Common    Today the family of four WHOOPER SWANS again. Also an adult and juvenileBewick’s Swan, 100 Canada Geese, five Shelducks and 100 Wigeon. (Andy Jayne).

Fretherne    17 Little Egrets (9 & 8) in roadside fields beside the Frampton-Arlingham road at midday. (MK).

Flaxley Pool    A female Goldeneye, 16 Tufted Ducks, three Cormorants, six Grey Herons, 17 Little Grebes, a Sparrowhawk, two Ravens and also a BRAMBLING nearby in Flaxley Woods. (Andy Jayne).

Tirley Sandpits    Two Green Woodpeckers, 112+ Fieldfares, 27+ Redwings, three Bullfinches, aMistle Thrush, 15 Greylags N, 27 Stock Doves, eight Meadow Pipits, eight Pied Wagtails, 40+Linnets, eight Skylarks and a Fox. (Mark Grieve).

 

Sat 28th Nov 2015

WWT Slimbridge    Five Greenland White-fronted Geese still today on the Tack Piece and the first-winter female SCAUP still in the Big Pen. (@slimbridge_wild/Richard Tyler). Pics by Richard.

Scaup

Pintail

Teal

Cirencester    A Jay in the churchyard today. (Felicity Cobb).

Stonehouse    Between Stonehouse Court and Bonds Mill two Ravens, a female Sparrowhawkhunting, a Little Grebe on the canal near Bonds Mill, a Mistle Thrush, a Cormorant near Churchend and a Little Egret flew down into the Frome below St Cyr’s Church today. (Paul Sutton).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning birds included three Mute Swans, ten Greylags, 30 Canada Geese, c230 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 30 Mallards, seven Shovelers, three Grey Herons, a Water Rail, tenLapwings, male and female Stonechats, 55 Fieldfares, 20 Redwings, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart/Paul Masters/Andy Chapman/Mark Hobson).

Ashleworth Ham    27 Greylags, 68 Canada Geese, 270 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 35 Mallards, 13Shovelers, 185 Lapwings, two Meadow Pipits, a Nuthatch and a Reed Bunting today. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

 

Fri 27th Nov 2015

Forest of Dean    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE on the clearing at Horse Lawn at 1:20pm (opposite side of road to small Woorgreens car park). (Arron Roberts).

Sharpness    A BLACK REDSTART at the picnic site this morning. (Andy Jordan).

WWT Slimbridge    Five Greenland White-fronted Geese still today on the Tack Piece and the first-winter female SCAUP still in the Big Pen. (Paul Masters).

Upper Rissington    Two Red Kites from the garden today. (Ben & Rebecca Hilder).

Northleach    Five Bullfinches just outside Northleach beside the road to Farmington. (Ben Hilder).

 

Thu 26th Nov 2015

WWT Slimbridge    Five Greenland White-fronted Geese still today from Kingfisher hide and the first-winter female SCAUP still in with the captive Eiders. (MK). Pics by Mike.

Scaup

Greenland White-fronted Geese

 

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill this afternoon, perching in the tops of tall Larches in the SW part of the clearfell area. (John & Viv Phillips). This morning at Cannop Stoneworks two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, ten Coal Tits on the feeders, two Pied Wagtails, aGrey Wagtail and a male Siskin. At Cannop ponds a Marsh Tit, 17 Coal Tits, four Nuthatches, twoRavens, a Little Grebe, a Cormorant and 15 Tufted Ducks. At Yew Tree Brake four Goldcrests. (Alan Hooper). pic by Alan.

Marsh Tit

 

Sharpness    A male BLACK REDSTART on the NedWest building and surrounding buildings this afternoon. (Vic Polley).

Bagpath    A Barn Owl sat on a fence post at the side of the road at 8:45 this evening. (Paul Rich).

Churchdown    This week two visits to the garden of a Treecreeper and also a male Blackcap. (Frances Smith).

Cleeve Hill    Seven Corn Buntings at Wontley Barn this morning. Also in West Wood a Woodcockand a Tawny Owl, and between the radio masts and Warden’s Wood three Stonechats and a flock of 60 Yellowhammers being hunted by a male Sparrowhawk. (Chris Stott).

Down Ampney    A small covey of four Grey Partridges on the road between Down Ampney and Poulton today. (John Durell).

Damery    Along the Little Avon a Dipper, a Nuthatch, two Treecreepers, two Goldcrests, a Raven, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Green Woodpecker this afternoon. (David Poulton).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A garden Nuthatch and a Coal Tit again. At the Sandpits, 10+ Blackbirds, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 110+ Fieldfares, two Mistle Thrushes, 17+ Redwings, 55+ Linnets, 38+ Meadow Pipits, ten Pied Wagtails, nine Skylarks and a Green Woodpecker today. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth Ham    Birds included a Kingfisher, Long-tailed Tits, c200 Wigeon, Shovelers, c200Greylags, c50 Canada Geese, c100 Lapwings, small Redwing and Fieldfare flocks, a Kestrel, aGoldcrest, Linnets, a Grey Heron and four Ravens. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Long-tailed Tit

Wed 25th Nov 2015

WWT Slimbridge    Five Greenland White-fronted Geese still today from Kingfisher hide and the first-winter female SCAUP still in the Big Pen. (@slimbridge_wild).

Walmore Common    The family of four WHOOPER SWANS and nine Bewick’s Swans still today.(Martin Greenish).

Forest of Dean    22 Crossbills at Yew Tree Brake this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Ebley    A male BRAMBLING, a female Blackcap and a male Bullfinch all on garden feeders this morning, also a female Sparrowhawk. (Steve Kear).

Cam    At 1:15 this afternoon a Dipper on the River Cam adjacent to The Railway Inn. (John Tyler).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning birds included five Mute Swans, a female Wigeon, four Teal, 78 Mallards, a Grey Heron, a female Kestrel, ten Meadow Pipits and five Reed Buntings. (Gordon Avery).

Witcombe Reservoirs    Birds today included two Little Grebes, eight Gadwalls, six Shovelers, nineTeal, a female Wigeon, 71 Mallards, two female Pochards and 13 Tufted Ducks. (Gordon Avery).

 

Tue 24th Nov 2015

Sharpness    Two SHAGS on the pool by SARA Lifeboat Station between 8-8:45am.  (Richard Hearn). A BLACK REDSTART near the Ned West building at the end of the dock road then flew towards the picnic area at 10:55am. Also a Rock Pipit at SARA. (Martin Greenish).

WWT Slimbridge    Five Greenland White-fronted Geese still today on the Tack Piece and the first-winter female SCAUP still in the Big Pen. (@slimbridge_wild).

Walmore Common    The family of four WHOOPER SWANS and nine Bewick’s Swans still today. Also three Shovelers, a Water Rail and three Stonechats. (Andy Jayne).

Awre    A SHORT-EARED OWL, two pairs of Stonechats and two Rock Pipits today. (Andy Jayne).

Ashleworth Ham    Two Mute Swans, 174 Canada Geese, 62 Greylags, two Shelducks, c260Wigeon, c220 Teal, 58 Mallards, 21 Shovelers, 18 Pintails and 42 Lapwings this morning. (Les Brown).

Woodmancote    Garden birds today included male and female Blackcap, six Lesser Redpolls, aGrey Wagtail, first garden record in years, a male Great Spotted Woodpecker, six Long-tailed Tits and a Coal Tit. (John Widgery).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A garden Sparrowhawk, a Nuthatch, a male Blackcap and two Coal Tits. At the Sandpits three Mistle Thrushes, 185+ Redwings, 91+ Fieldfares, 23+ Blackbirds, twoGoldcrests, a Bullfinch, a Nuthatch, a Green Woodpecker, seven Song Thrushes, five Skylarks, 2+Reed Buntings, 6+ Meadow Pipits, 15+ Greenfinches, a Coal Tit (a patch tick), a Yellowhammer and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Mark Grieve).

Symonds Yat    In the Yat Rock today area both resident Peregrines and an intruding adult femalePeregrine, six Buzzards, two Ravens, a male Sparrowhawk, a Goshawk, a Red Kite, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Jays, a Little Egret, a small flock of Long-tailed Tits, a Mistle Thrush, a Song Thrush, two Goldcrests, a Moorhen and 18 Mandarins. Also an OTTER on the River Wye below the viewpoint and two Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Mistle Thrush

Mon 23rd Nov 2015

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote pits today 25 Teal, seven Shovelers, ten Gadwalls, aLittle Egret, a Water Rail seen and two heard, a Green Sandpiper, two Snipe, a femaleSparrowhawk, a Green Woodpecker, a Kingfisher, a Raven, a pair of Stonechats, 25+ Fieldfaresand Redwings, 18 Skylarks, 15 Meadow Pipits, two Grey Wagtails, five Lesser Redpolls, 15 Reed Buntings, two Cetti’s Warblers seen and three heard, four Chiffchaffs, a FIRECREST and aGoldcrest. (Jon Mercer). Pics by Jon.

Firecrest

 

 

Sharpness    The SHAG showing well on the pool by SARA Lifeboat Station at 3pm and 1+ Rock Pipit calling. (Brian Stretch/Jake King). Pic by Brian.

Shag

WWT Slimbridge    Five Greenland White-fronted Geese still today from Martin Smith hide and the first-winter female SCAUP still in the Big Pen. (Brian Stretch). Pic by Brian.

Scaup

More pics by Andy Jordan taken yesterday.

Scaup

Greenland White-fronted Goose

Gloucester    Six Grey Herons, three Reed Buntings, a pair of Stonechats, a Chiffchaff, threeSnipe and a Common Gull at Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Walmore Common    This morning nine adult Bewick’s Swans and the family of four WHOOPER SWANS still, 95 Canada Geese, 160 Wigeon, 50+ Teal, 110 Lapwings, eight Dunlins, at least sixSnipe, a Raven and 15 Fieldfares. (Mike Smart).

Wilmer Common    Two Snipe today and 26 Collared Doves at Boxbush Farm. (Mike Smart).

Stroud    A Kingfisher on Toadsmoor Pond this afternoon in the Toadsmoor valley SO8804. (Martine Fenn).

 

Sun 22nd Nov 2015

Sharpness    The SHAG flew out of its roost on the pool at SARA Lifeboat Station at 7:40am and spent half an hour on the river before returning to the pool. Also a Kingfisher and two Rock Pipits. (MK/Mark Dowie). Also a BLACK REDSTART around the NedWest building today. (Alan Hooper). Pics by Mike.

Shag

 

WWT Slimbridge    Five Greenland White-fronted Geese on the Tack Piece today and a first-winter female SCAUP in the Big Pen. (Martin McGill, WWT). Also an extremely late Wheateartoday. (John Budd/Bob Radford). A Barn Owl from the Holden Tower at 4pm today. (Jared Mein).

Walmore Common    A family of four WHOOPER SWANS, nine adult Bewick’s Swans, 80+ Canada Geese, 100+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal, two Shovelers, a male Sparrowhawk, a Peregrine, a Water Rail, 62Lapwings, two Dunlins and two Ruff. (Andy Jayne).

Berkeley shore    2+ WATER PIPITS at 11:28am and a Golden Plover with Lapwings. (Paul Taylor).

Frampton    On Court Lake 22 Little Grebes, 24 Great Crested Grebes, 60 Shovelers, 170Gadwalls, 65 Tufted Ducks, seven Pochards, 22 Wigeon and another 100+ flew over, 39 Teal, sevenCanada Geese, a Green Sandpiper, 11 Cormorants, a Kingfisher and a Chiffchaff. (Nick Goatman).  

Awre    An all-dark juvenile Marsh Harrier flew across the estuary to Frampton at 10:45am. Also five Mandarins, two Little Egrets, a Water Rail, a Grey Plover heard, two Redshanks, 22 Snipe, twoLittle Owls heard, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Nuthatch, a pair of Stonechats and four Reed Buntings. (Andy Jayne).

Selsley Common    25 Pintails and three Goosanders over and 2500 Woodpigeons, also threeLapwings, two BRAMBLINGS, two Lesser Redpolls and a Reed Bunting. (Francis Steuck).

Newington Bagpath    178 Golden Plovers on a field adjacent to the chapel, and a Marsh Tit today.  (Geoff Moyser).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    Two garden Coal Tits and a Sparrowhawk in Tirley. At the Sandpits, 18+Blackbirds, 35 Redwings, three Mistle Thrushes, 23+ Fieldfares, a Raven, four Bullfinches, twoGreat Spotted Woodpeckers, 175+ Starlings, three Greylags N, 704+ Woodpigeons S, aCormorant, eight Stock Doves, 50+ Meadow Pipits, five Skylarks, 10+ Linnets, 10+ Greenfinches, aTreecreeper, a Grey Heron, a Green Woodpecker and a Goldcrest. (Mark Grieve).

Stonehouse    In the fields below Bonds Mill, two Cormorants on a pylon near the S section of River Frome, a Little Egret on the Frome below the canal, then flew onto the island by the weir at Bonds Mill, a female Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Jay, five Fieldfares and seven Redwings along the hedgerow between Cress Green and Stanley Downton sewage works. (Paul Sutton).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included two Sparrowhawks, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers,  40+ Fieldfares, 25+ Redwings, two Bullfinches, three Yellowhammers, a Lesser Redpoll and a Reed Bunting. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.

Lesser Redpoll

Sat 21st Nov 2015

Sharpness    A SHAG on the pool at SARA Lifeboat Station until 3:40pm at least. (Andy Jordanet al).

Forest of Dean    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE on the clearing at Horse Lawn at 1:50pm (opposite side of road to small Woorgreens car park). (Lewis Thomson).

Shuthonger    Two SHORT-EARED OWLS at Mythe Brook this afternoon cSO880351. (Sarah Loaring).

Standish    At 0:33am this morning a Barn Owl flew across the railway at Black Bridge, Standish junction SO80270717. (Alan Hooper).

Symonds Yat    The resident Peregrine pair and an intruding juvenile, four Buzzards including one with prey, two male and two female Goshawks, two Red Kites, a male and female Sparrowhawk, aKestrel, two Siskins, a Goldcrest, a Song Thrush, two Mistle Thrushes, a few Fieldfares and smallRedwing flocks, two Jays and three Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Peregrine

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Pit 125, 213 Pochards, 70 Tufted Ducks and 16 Gadwalls today. (Ian Ralphs).

Awre    Two Bar-tailed Godwits with the Curlew flock today. (Andy Jayne).

Selsley Common    A Snipe flew over at dawn today. (Colin Greenfield).

Painswick Beacon    Birds this morning included 24 Lapwings, 33 Stock Doves, 10750 Woodpigeons, 22 Fieldfares, 86 Redwings, nine Ravens together, 42 Goldfinches, a Siskin and four Crossbills at 8:40am. (John Fleming).

Cherington Lake    Birds included four Little Grebes, 11 Coots, nine Mallards, five Tufted Ducks, three Nuthatches, a Goldcrest, two Kingfishers, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, twoTreecreepers, two Jays, a Grey Heron, two Bullfinches, two Buzzards and a Sparrowhawk. (John Fletcher).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two Mute Swans, five Canada Geese, a Shelduck, 205 Wigeon, 75 Teal, 20 Mallards, three Grey Herons, four Cormorants, nine Lapwings and 20 Fieldfares. Along the Avon from Tewkesbury towards Twyning ten Mute Swans, 265 Greylags, 365 Canada Geese, 40Wigeon, a Grey Heron, a Cormorant, a Lapwing and a Golden Plover over. (Mike Smart//Les Waring). Pic by Les.

Ashleworth Ham    A Greylag, 220 Canada Geese, 220 Wigeon, 70 Teal, 45 Mallards, 16 Pintails, 22 Shovelers, 17 Snipe and two Nuthatches. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

 

Fri 20th Nov 2015

Sharpness    A first-winter male BLACK REDSTART at the picnic site at 2pm. A Rock Pipit and aPeregrine at SARA Lifeboat station. (MK). Pics by Mike.

Black Redstart

 

Shuthonger    Two SHORT-EARED OWLS c1km S of Ripple G.P.s main pit hunting over a field by two hay barns late afternoon SO880351. (Andy Warr per WestMidsBirding)

Selsley Common    This afternoon an adult winter Mediterranean Gull with a flock of Common Gulls, a patch tick. (Francis Steuck).

WWT Slimbridge    The Dark-bellied Brent Goose on the Dumbles from the Holden Tower still and a WATER PIPIT from Zeiss hide today. (@slimbridge_wild). A drake Mandarin, a Greenshank, aLittle Stint and GCRP Common Cranes today. (Chris Trott/Dan Hill).

Frampton    A Tawny Owl roosting near to the village entrance of Court Field at Court Lake today. (Chris Trott/Dan Hill).

Chedworth    In recent days a large flock 200-300 finches and other species including up to 40BRAMBLINGS, Chaffinches, Yellowhammers, Greenfinches, Linnets, Starlings and House Sparrowsall feeding on a uncut seed field above Field Road, with a Sparrowhawk harrying them. (Chris Berens).

Crickley Hill C.P.    1+ Marsh Tit, a Raven and two Jays today. (Mark Grieve).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    In Tirley a garden Bullfinch and a Coal Tit. At the Sandpits fiveRedwings, 44+ Fieldfares, three Mistle Thrushes, six Meadow Pipits, 49 Woodpigeons S, nineSkylarks, a Cormorant, a BRAMBLING over S with five Chaffinches and 60+ Linnets today. (Mark Grieve).

Syreford    Around Syreford this morning a Little Grebe, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Jay, three Goldcrests and six Bullfinches. (Steve Brown).

Gloucester    A Green Woodpecker in the garden at Forest View Road today. (Greg Anderson). Pic by Greg.

Green Woodpecker

Thu 19th Nov 2015

Lydney    A juvenile-type SCAUP at the Harbour Road lakes this afternoon with c45 Tufted Ducks. Also a Water Rail calling. (John Phillips).

WWT Slimbridge    The SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER again, three Little Stints, 550 Dunlinsand 1000 Golden Plovers from the Holden Tower this morning. (@slimbridge_wild).

Sharpness    A LEACH’S PETREL, a KITTIWAKE and two GANNETS from SARA Lifeboat station late morning/early afternoon. (Paul Taylor/Andy Jordan/Jake King). Pic by Andy.

Gannet

Saul Warth    A GANNET present again today. (Eric Palmer).

Ashleworth Ham    Birds today included 95 Canada Geese, 208 Greylags, 70 Teal, 49 Mallards, sixShovelers, a drake Pintail, 55 Wigeon, two Snipe, two Nuthatches and two Grey Herons. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

Nuthatch

Tirley Sandpits    18+ Redwings, 5625+ Woodpigeons S, 25+ Fieldfares, ten Pied Wagtails, threeCormorants, a Mistle Thrush, six Meadow Pipits, two Skylarks, a male Yellowhammer, 15 Linnets, two Red-legged Partridges, a Green Woodpecker, two Bullfinches and a Stock Dove. Also three garden Coal Tits in Tirley. (Mark Grieve).

Woodford    Two Redwings on the garden hawthorns today. (Geoff Poulton).

Quedgeley    Garden sightings today included a female Blackcap, a female Sparrowhawk, threeBlue Tits, 12 Starlings, a Wren and a Robin. (Steve Pullen).

 

Wed 18th Nov 2015

Sharpness    Between 6:50am and 4:30pm a GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, a FULMAR, threeGANNETS and a probable Grey Phalarope. (Paul Taylor).

Beachley Point    110 Oystercatchers, five Redshanks, 61 Lapwings, 110 Dunlins, 60 Wigeon, threeWATER PIPITS, seven Rock Pipits and two Meadow Pipits today. (John Sanders). Pic by John.

Water Pipit

Sherborne    Today near Lodge Park two BRAMBLINGS bathing in a small roadside pothole at SP148123. Also four Goldfinches, three Greenfinches, a few Chaffinches, several Fieldfares, aRobin and a Yellowhammer. Nearby a Kestrel and a Red Kite. (Laurie Pierce).

Fretherne    14 Little Egrets in a field adjacent to Dunstalls at 2pm. Also two Great Crested Newts found in a BT underground box on the green. (Paul Sutton).

 

Tue 17th Nov 2015

Severn Estuary    An adult GANNET floated up as far as Slimbridge at least and then back down past Sharpness. Also an immature KITTIWAKE at Sharpness. (Geoff Moyser/@slimbridge_wild).

WWT Slimbridge    The Dark-bellied Brent Goose on the Dumbles from the Holden Tower still and three Little Stints today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Symonds Yat    Both resident Peregrines showing well, two Ravens, a Sparrowhawk, a femaleGoshawk displaying, four Buzzards, a Goldcrest, a Wren, a Jay, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, aLong-tailed Tit and Redwings feeding on berries throughout the day. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tewkesbury    At Lower Lode this morning 11 Mute Swans, 85 Mallards, 56 Teal, four Shovelers, 13 Tufted Ducks, 11 Cormorants, three Grey Herons, c160 Black-headed Gulls, 33 Coots and aGoldcrest. (Les Brown).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Ten Mute Swans, 151 Greylags, 37 Canada Geese, 220 Wigeon, 110 Teal, six Gadwalls, 45 Mallards, 13 Shovelers, two Grey Herons, a Water Rail squealing around Long Pool, 20 Lapwings SW, two Snipe, male and female Stonechat, 75 Fieldfares, ten Redwings and aYellowhammer today. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    20 Greylags, 20 Canada Geese, 140 Teal, 120 Wigeon and five Shovelers today. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Tirley Sandpits    A Goldcrest, 40+ Fieldfares, 48 Woodpigeons S, 40+ Redwings, 12 Pied Wagtails, 64+ Canada Geese and ten Greylags over, 15+ Skylarks, three Meadow Pipits and twoReed Buntings. Also a garden Coal Tit and a Nuthatch. (Mark Grieve).

 

Mon 16th Nov 2015

Cotswold Water Park (E)    A female SCAUP reported at Pit 125 today. (Dan Haines per Duncan Dine).

Sharpness    A FULMAR off of SARA Lifeboat Station at 10:30am sat on the water at high tide and taking a few short flights, viewed from the opposite side of the river. (John & Viv Phillips).

Forest of Dean    Two HOUSE MARTINS feeding over Pope’s Hill this morning. (John & Viv Phillips).

Ashleworth Ham    A Peregrine hunting and a pair of Stonechats today. (Martin Greenish).

Painswick Beacon    Birds this morning included 13 Cormorants, seven Buzzards, a Snipe, 90Common Gulls, 118 Stock Doves, 10840 Woodpigeons, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Skylark, three Meadow Pipits, 12 Alba Wagtails, 178 Fieldfares, 197 Redwings, six Jays, 285 Jackdaws, 184Rooks, 108 Carrion Crows, seven Ravens, 612 Chaffinches, nine BRAMBLINGS, 35 Greenfinches, 24 Goldfinches, eight Siskins, 112 Linnets and a Lesser Redpoll. (John Fleming).

Tewkesbury    A Stonechat along the Avon near the Sailing Club today and 8-9 Reed Buntings in the top fields above the Club. (Sarah Loaring).

Tirley Sandpits    Four Bullfinches, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 16+ Fieldfares, 5+ Redwings, a Nuthatch, 8+ Meadow Pipits, 346+ Woodpigeons S, 11+ Skylarks, 10+ Linnets, a Reed Bunting, 40+Goldfinches, 15+ Chaffinches, four Pied Wagtails, three Stock Doves, a male Stonechat and aMistle Thrush. Also a garden Coal Tit and a Sparrowhawk with prey. (Mark Grieve).

Upper Dumball    Five Little Egrets, a Cormorant, two Snipe, two Great Black-backed Gulls and aReed Bunting today. (Mike Smart).

Wilmer Common    15 Teal, 45 Lapwings, a Sparrowhawk and 41 Collared Doves sitting on the telegraph wires overlooking Boxbush Farm today. (Mike Smart).

Gloucester    At Longlevens three Red Kites flying very low over a housing estate heading W SO862194 at 11:39am. (Steve Parker). In the garden at Forest View Road a Mistle Thrush and a male Blackcap today. (Greg Anderson).

 

Sun 15th Nov 2015

Severn Estuary    Seabirds seen at several sites from Lydney to Saul Warth included fiveLEACH’S PETRELS, a FULMAR, a GREAT SKUA, an adult Mediterranean Gull and 25KITTIWAKES. (Paul Taylor/Andy Jordan/Gordon Hodgson/Geoff Moyser/Lewis Thomson/Andy Jayne/John & Viv Phillips et al). Pics taken at Saul Warth by Gordon.

Leach’s Petrel

 

Pics taken at Sharpness by Andy Jordan.

Leach’s Petrel

Great Skua

Beachley Point    On Chapel Rock this morning at high tide 110 Oystercatchers, two Turnstones, two Dunlins and a Redshank. At least 40 Kittiwakes were over the river. Nearby on Sedbury shore 23 Redshanks. (John Sanders).

Forest of Dean    The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill this morning at 8:45am again. (Frank Williams).

WWT Slimbridge    The BITTERN again from Zeiss Hide today then flew towards the Long Ground and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose on the Dumbles from the Holden Tower still. (@slimbridge_wild/Roberta Goodall).

Ozleworth    800 Golden Plovers and 120 Lapwings this morning at Symonds Hall Farm at the junction of the A4135/B4058. (Vic Polley).

Witcombe Reservoirs    Two Shovelers still, a female Wigeon and nine Gadwall (5 males) today. (Terry Fenton).

Painswick Beacon    Birds this morning included three Buzzards, 36 Golden Plovers, 84 Stock Doves, 10330 Woodpigeons SW and 1790 SE, 12 Skylarks, 58 Fieldfares, 78 Redwings, 269Jackdaws, 643 Starlings, 473 Chaffinches, 61 BRAMBLINGS, 111 Goldfinches, five Siskins, 165Linnets, a Lesser Redpoll, 12 Yellowhammers and a Reed Bunting. (John Fleming).

Tirley    A Tawny Owl calling at 5pm. (Mark Grieve).

Cobney Meadows    Six Canada Geese, 40 Teal, 70 Mallards, a Cormorant, five Fieldfares and tenRedwings today. (Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows    22 Greylags over, ten Mallards, a Grey Heron, a Green Sandpiper, a Meadow Pipit, five Fieldfares and five Redwings today. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    A Canada Goose, a Greylag, 140 Wigeon, 150 Teal, 135 Mallards, ten Shovelers, a Grey Heron, a Lapwing, 13 Snipe, a MERLIN through, 30 Fieldfares, ten Redwings, a Raven and aNuthatch today. (Mike Smart/Les Brown).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Nine Mute Swans, 95 Canada Geese, 110 Greylags, 500 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 52 Mallards, 16 Shovelers, a male Pintail, four Grey Herons, a Peregrine, two Coots, a Water Railsquealing near Broadmere, five Stock Doves, two Jays, two Bullfinches, two Meadow Pipits, 20+Long-tailed Tits, 100 Fieldfares and 20 Redwings. (David Anderson/Les Brown/Les Waring). Pic by Les.

Wigeon & Spot the Teal

Sat 14th Nov 2015

Ebworth    At Overtown Farm today 1300 Starlings, 250 Jackdaws and 55 Rooks and two Skylarkson the weedy stubble by the farm, also 495 Common Gulls, 15 Golden Plovers, 42 Goldfinches, 29Chaffinches, two Linnets, 70 Fieldfares, 26 Redwings, 7100 Woodpigeons and eight Stock DovesSE, two Ravens and a Buzzard. (John Fleming).

 

Fri 13th Nov 2015

Clapton-on-the-Hill    50+ Golden Plovers today. (Ben Hilder).

Upper Rissington    Three Red Kites today, also a Kestrel near Northleach. (Ben Hilder).

Tirley Sandpits    90+ Fieldfares, 12+ Skylarks, 300+ Starlings, 25 Redwings, a Bullfinch, threeMeadow Pipits, two Cormorants, 50 Linnets, 20+ Chaffinches, five Pied Wagtails, three Mistle Thrushes, 72 Canada Geese over, two Stock Doves and a Green Woodpecker. (Mark Grieve).

Newent    In the garden today birds included the first Lesser Redpoll of the winter, three Long-tailed Tits and 20 Goldfinches. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley). Pic by Alan.

Lesser Redpoll

Thu 12th Nov 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The Dark-bellied Brent Goose on the Dumbles from the Holden Tower with 38 White-fronted Geese and ten Bewick’s Swans on the Rushy. (@slimbridge_wild).

Bentham    This morning a JACK SNIPE, two Snipe and a Green Woodpecker. (Gord Avery).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Five Mute Swans, 475 Greylags, 245 Canada Geese, 645 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 15 Shovelers, eight Grey Herons, four Cormorants over, a female Sparrowhawk, a Water Rail, eight Lapwings, a Golden Plover flew S, two Snipe, two JACK SNIPE, a female/imm Stonechat, 60Fieldfares, 20 Redwings, a Cetti’s Warbler heard, 50 Starlings flew SW and a Lesser Redpolltoday. (Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean    At 8:10am c4000 Woodpigeons directly over Lords Hill, Coleford in 10 minutes and many more across a broad front over Coleford. Later in the Kensley Lodge/Drybrook Road Station area many hundreds of Woodpigeons feeding on the ground and a Goshawk caught a Jayand carried it off. (Frank Williams).

Nailsworth    A garden Chiffchaff today. (Terry Grant).

Quedgeley    Two Tawny Owls calling close to the house at 2.30am at Goss Wood Corner. (Paul Masters).

Tewkesbury    A Kingfisher near the Sailing Club today. (Sarah Loaring).

Charlton Kings    At Charlton Park two Goldcrests, a Nuthatch, six Long-tailed Tits, twoFieldfares, 20 Redwings over and ten Common Gulls on the playing field nearby. At Newcourt Road a Green Woodpecker and a Bullfinch. At Sandy Lane playing field three Common Gulls and a Jayand at Pilley reserve a small flock of Long-tailed Tits. A Coal Tit visiting garden feeders in Naunton Park daily since the last week of August. (Steve Brown).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    Three garden Coal Tits and a Nuthatch. At the Sandpits ten Redwings, 33+ Fieldfares, a Cormorant, 439+ Woodpigeons S, 57+ Skylarks, three Mistle Thrushes, tenStock Doves, five Meadow Pipits, 22+ Linnets, two Reed Buntings, a Bullfinch, 155 Starlings over, two Ravens and 12 Pied Wagtails today. (Mark Grieve).

 

Wed 11th Nov 2015

Sharpness    Two female/immature BLACK REDSTARTS on the house at the end of Dock Road by Ned West Ltd late afternoon. (Andy Jayne).

Forest of Dean    A male FIRECREST in the car park at Nagshead early afternoon. (Andrew Mason). At Crabtree Hill today a Goshawk, a Lesser Redpoll, c30 Siskins and c200 Woodpigeons. Also c25 Crossbills and two Ravens at Boys Grave. (Derek Hale).

WWT Slimbridge    A fly-by GREAT WHITE EGRET and two Greenshanks from Zeiss hide and aDark-bellied Brent Goose on the Dumbles this morning. (Terry Grant).

Selsley Common    The extremely late Wheatear still on the Common at dusk. (Colin Greenfield).

Ashleworth Ham    34 Greylags, two Canada Geese, 45 Mallards, 104 Teal, two Grey Herons, twoSnipe, 12 Goldfinches, 50 Chaffinches, five Bramblings, two Stonechats, a Nuthatch, a Goldcrest, nine Long-tailed Tits, 17 Redwings, five Fieldfares and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (John Fletcher/Ian Hull).

Tirley    A Tawny Owl calling at 6am. (Mark Grieve).

Gloucester    At Port Ham pool a first-winter Grey Heron, a pair of Stonechats on Port Ham, at Oxleaze a female Sparrowhawk and a male Kestrel and at the Old Lock house two Lesser Redpollsfeeding on Willowherb seeds. (Gord Avery).

Draycott    In a field near Cam and Dursley Station two Buzzards and 25 Lapwings today. (Alan Hooper).

Newent    In the garden today birds included a Coal Tit, a male Greenfinch and 10+ Goldfinches. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).

 

Tue 10th Nov 2015

Forest of Dean    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Staple Edge this morning 10:10-12 midday at least.(Lewis Thomson). A very high count of 206 Mandarins this morning spread over five sites. At Cannop ponds 114 at the N end of the lower pond, four on the upper pond and 14 in flooded woodland; at Pedalabikeaway 39; at Brock-a-Ditches pond 30; at Mallard’s Pike four and at Soudley Museum pond one. Also at Cannop 24 Tufted Ducks and a pair of Gadwalls on the upper pond and a large Aeshna dragonfly, probably Southern Hawker, flying at Mallard’s Pike. (Frank Lander/Ivan Proctor). Pic by Lewis.

Great Grey Shrike

WWT Slimbridge    The juvenile SPOONBILL again from Zeiss hide today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines, two Fieldfares, small Redwingflocks passing through, three Mistle Thrushes, two Goshawks, three Goldcrests, six Buzzards, twoRavens, a Kingfisher, a small flock of Long-tailed Tits, nine male and nine female Mandarins, twoJays and a Sparrowhawk today. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Overton    A Barn Owl flew over the A417 at SO803222 at 3:55am. (Alan Hooper).

Sharpness    Two adult Mediterranean Gulls S past SARA at dawn. (Andy Jordan).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A garden Nuthatch, two Coal Tits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker, at the Sandpits this morning 3475+ Woodpigeons S, two Cormorants, 75+ Fieldfares, 20+ Meadow Pipits, 200+ Starlings, 12+ Stock Doves, 10+ Redwings, a Bullfinch, two Mistle Thrushes, five Pied Wagtails, 25+ Skylarks, 100+ Linnets and two Ravens. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Seven Mute Swans, 200+ Greylags, 320+ Canada Geese, five Shelducks, 750 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 35 Mallards, a male Pintail (first of the winter), 13 Shovelers, a Grey Heron, a Meadow Pipit, a Raven, c250 Woodpigeons W, a Skylark, male and female Reed Bunting, eightLinnets, c25 Fieldfares and eight Redwings. (Les Brown/Mike Smart/Derek Hale).

Gloucester    At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake two Mute Swans, three Teal, 80 Mallards, 50 Black-headed Gulls, ten Common Gulls, five Herring Gulls and five Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (Mike Smart).

 

Mon 9th Nov 2015

Framilode    A SHORT-EARED OWL 1km to the W of Priding along the Severn Way at Lower Framilode and an adult Yellow-legged Gull on the sands off of Framilode this afternoon. (Jeremy Squire).

Painswick Beacon    Birds this morning included six Buzzards, 820 Woodpigeons, 66 Common Gulls, 594 Redwings, 20 Song Thrushes, 322 Fieldfares, 203 Jackdaws, 68 Chaffinches, 22 Siskins and 27 Goldfinches. (John Fleming).

Twyning    A female Wigeon with 25 Mallards on the River Avon today. (Sarah Loaring).

 

Sun 8th Nov 2015

Aylburton Warth    A SHORT-EARED OWL, a WATER PIPIT and 5+ Rock Pipits today. (Lewis Thomson). Pic by Lewis.

Short-eared Owl

WWT Slimbridge    13 PALE-BELLIED BRENT GEESE on the estuary at 9:15am but flew off towards Sharpness. The SPOONBILL and the BITTERN again from Zeiss hide today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Selsley Common    The RICHARD’S PIPIT still on the Common today on the NW slopes. Also the very late Wheatear still and 12 Bramblings over. (Francis Steuck).

Painswick Beacon    Birds this morning included a Red Kite S at 11:40am, three Sparrowhawks, three Buzzards, a Kestrel, 55 Golden Plovers, 143 Stock Doves, 4160 Woodpigeons, 286 Skylarks, a male RING OUZEL S at 11:35am, 318 Fieldfares, 558 Redwings, 598 Jackdaws, 269 Rooks, 250Chaffinches, five Bramblings, 24 Greenfinches, 155 Goldfinches, 25 Siskins, 11 Linnets, threeLesser Redpolls, two Crossbills, seven Bullfinches and eight Yellowhammers. (John Fleming).

Saul Warth    This morning 20 Golden Plovers flew S, a Rock Pipit and a pair of Stonechats again. (Gordon Hodgson).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    325+ Fieldfares, two Ravens, 635+ Starlings, 10+ Pied Wagtails, 33+Skylarks, a Lapwing, four Mistle Thrushes, eight Stock Doves, 33+ Redwings, Golden Plovers heard going over, a Green Woodpecker, 118+ Canada Geese, four Cormorants over, ten Meadow Pipits, 80+ Woodpigeons, 115+ Linnets, two Reed Buntings and 45+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (Mark Grieve).

 

Sat 7th Nov 2015

Witcombe Reservoirs    Two Shovelers, 12 Teal, 12 Pochards and two Daubenton’s Bats picking insects off of the water. (Terry Fenton).

Tewkesbury    At Tewkesbury Nature Reserve today a Green Sandpiper still at 3pm. (Tim Cash).

WWT Slimbridge    The SPOONBILL until mid-afternoon and a Spotted Redshank from Zeiss hide. (Paul Taylor). The BITTERN again late afternoon from Zeiss hide along the channel towards South Finger. (Mark Hobson).

Chedworth     A Brambling in with a flock of Chaffinches at Field Road this afternoon. (Chris Berens).

Symonds Yat    At Yat Rock viewpoint today both resident Peregrines, four Goshawk sightings, aKestrel, a male Sparrowhawk, six Buzzards in a thermal, four Ravens, two Jays, a Kingfisher, fourFieldfares, c80 Redwings, a female Bullfinch and two pairs of Mandarins. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Sharpness    An adult Mediterranean Gull N past Sharpness at 4:30pm. (Paul Taylor).

Tewkesbury    At Tewkesbury Nature Reserve today a Green Sandpiper for its 3rd day. (Ian Hull).

Saul Warth    Mid-afternoon c40 Golden Plovers flew S, six Curlews, a pair of Stonechats and three Buzzards. (MK).

Frampton    This morning around the pools 78 Gadwalls, 33 Shovelers, 61 Tufted Ducks, sevenTeal, nine Wigeon, 11 Great Crested Grebes and 20+ Redwings. (Nick Goatman).  

 

Fri 6th Nov 2015

Selsley Common    The RICHARD’S PIPIT still on the Common today halfway up the slopes from the church to the quarry. Also a SHORT-EARED OWL over, a very late Wheatear and aStonechat. (Colin Greenfield).

WWT Slimbridge    The first-winter SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER from the Holden Tower again this morning at 9am, but not later and a SPOONBILL from Zeiss hide. (James Lees, WWT). Also aRed Kite S past Zeiss hide at 11:15am. (Pavlo Zaltowski). Pics by Mike.

Spoonbill

 

 

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A garden Coal Tit still, nearby on stubble 140+ Skylarks, 35+ Fieldfares, 55+ Redwings and two Mistle Thrushes over. (Mark Grieve).

 

Thu 5th Nov 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The first-winter SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER from the Holden Tower again this morning and a BITTERN again from the South Finger hides. (@slimbridge_wild).

Cotswold Water Park (E)    At Whelford Pools GWT NR ten Tufted Ducks, nine Teal, four Great Crested Grebes (2ads, 2 juvs), a Treecreeper, a Reed Bunting, two Cormorants, two Grey Herons, 11 Long-tailed Tits, a Robin and a Muntjac. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

Robin

Wed 4th Nov 2015

Selsley Common    The RICHARD’S PIPIT still on the Common today until 2:45pm but again mobile and elusive. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.

Andy

Forest of Dean    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Crabtree Hill this afternoon, presumably the bird seen at Dilke on the 1st. (John Phillips).

WWT Slimbridge    The first-winter SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER from the Holden Tower again this morning and a BITTERN again from the South Finger hides. (@slimbridge_wild).

Hardwicke    Belated news of a BLACK REDSTART yesterday at Summerhouse Equestrian & Training Centre. (Ty Mein).

Sharpness    A BLACK REDSTART on the pier at the picnic area this morning. (Dan White/Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy.

Black Redstart

Shab Hill    At midday 82 Golden Plovers, a Buzzard, a male Kestrel and 120 Fieldfares. (Gordon Avery).

Frampton    Two WHOOPER SWANS flew NE over the pools at 7:30am. (Nick Goatman).  

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    30+ Blackbirds, 65+ Redwings, five Mistle Thrushes, 65+ Fieldfares, sixPied Wagtails, 55+ Skylarks, 130+ Starlings, ten Stock Doves, two Reed Buntings, two Green Woodpeckers, 27+ Linnets, ten Meadow Pipits, 51 Canada Geese and a Greylag on stubble and aBullfinch. (Mark Grieve).

Stonehouse    A Tawny Owl sat in a willow calling next to the viaduct at Beards Mill weir at 5:30pm today at SO79580487. (Paul Sutton).

Twyning    A Little Owl near the village. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

Little Owl

Tue 3rd Nov 2015

Selsley Common    The RICHARD’S PIPIT still on the Common today at 9:30am today but elusive. Also a late Wheatear, Golden Plover heard flying over, six Meadow Pipits, 2-3 Skylarks,Fieldfares, Redwings, Greenfinches and Goldfinches. (Kim Milsom/Robin Griffiths & John Durell).

WWT Slimbridge    A RING OUZEL in the Bottom New Piece/Top New Piece hedge from Zeiss hide today. Also a BITTERN from Zeiss hide and a WHOOPER SWAN in the Big Pen until 1:45pm. (@slimbridge_wild).

Tewkesbury    A SHORT-EARED OWL along the Mythe brook near the fisheries at 3:05pm. (Sarah Loaring).

Tirley Sandpits    84+ Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, 110+ Fieldfares, two Grey Herons, 245+Starlings, six Pied Wagtails, 53+ Skylarks, seven Meadow Pipits, three Stock Doves, 15 Linnets, 17Greylags over and a Bullfinch. Also in Tirley a garden Coal Tit and a Nuthatch. (Mark Grieve).

 

Mon 2nd Nov 2015

Forest of Dean    A Lapwing in the sheep field below the Beechenhurst entrance this morning at 11am, very unusual in the Forest. (Frank Williams).

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

 

Sun 1st Nov 2015

Forest of Dean    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Woorgreens NR this morning, perched in a tree at the Dilke hospital end of the reserve. (Bryony Baker). At Wigpool Common GWT just outside Mitcheldean birds included a Buzzard, a Jay, a Raven, six Fieldfares, six Long-tailed Tits and c50Woodpigeons. (Chris Reed). Also a Snipe at Woorgreens today. (Frank Williams).

Selsley Common    The RICHARD’S PIPIT still today on the Common but elusive and wide-ranging. (Mark Hobson).

Saul Warth    This morning a Rock Pipit, a pair of Stonechats, a Reed Bunting, 20+ Meadow Pipitsand 20+ Curlews. (MK). Pics by Mike.

Stonechat

 

Painswick Beacon    This morning birds included 6300 Woodpigeons, ten Skylarks, 2960Fieldfares, 17 Song Thrushes, 4750 Redwings, three Mistle Thrushes, 580 Chaffinches, sevenBramblings, 82 Goldfinches, a Siskin, 15 Linnets, three Lesser Redpolls, a Crossbill, 11 Bullfinches, a Hawfinch and three Reed Buntings. (John Fleming).

Cockleford    Around the Green Dragon, a Raven, a Green Woodpecker, a Marsh Tit, twoBullfinches, a Nuthatch and a small group of Long-tailed Tits today. (Steve Brown).

Cirencester Park    E of the Broad Ride, two Jays, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Marsh Tit, a Coal Tit, ten Long-tailed Tits, four Nuthatches, a few Siskins, twoRoe Deer, a Fallow Deer and a Muntjac. (Steve Brown).

Tirley    On Tirley meadows area behind Church, 8+ Redwings, 114+ Fieldfares, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three Mistle Thrushes, a Jay, a Little Owl calling at 1:50pm, 25+ Goldfinches and aReed Bunting. (Mark Grieve).

 

Sat 31st Oct 2015

Sharpness    Early morning a LAPLAND BUNTING flew towards Berkeley power station with twoSkylarks. (Andy Jordan).

Berkeley shore    A SHORT-EARED OWL S of Severn House Farm this morning and later at the Pill. (Paul Taylor).

Selsley Common    The RICHARD’S PIPIT still today favouring the slope above the church. Also aRed Kite, a Raven and a Jay. (Steve Brown/Francis Steuck).

WWT Slimbridge    A WHOOPER SWAN and 24 Bewick’s Swans today. (Colin Butters).

Sharpness    A female BLACK REDSTART still on dockside machinery by the blue crane between two silos at the docks. (Andy Jordan/Mark Dowie).

Forest of Dean    At Newnham today two Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, 30 Lapwings, c50 Starlings, two Redwings, a Greenfinch and a Grey Wagtail. At Mallards Pike a Raven, a Jay and twoGoldcrests. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Beachley Point    A Brambling, two Reed Buntings, two Rock Pipits and a Chiffchaff. Also fiveBramblings, six Lesser Redpolls and a Crossbill over. (Lewis Thomson).

Quedgeley    A garden Treecreeper at Goss Wood Corner today, a garden tick. (Paul Masters).

Frampton    A pair of Red Crested Pochards on Court Lake and 14 Little Egrets came out of the roost this morning. (Nick Goatman).  

Symonds Yat    The resident Peregrines, five Buzzards, a Goshawk, two Ravens, six Mandarins, two Mistle Thrushes, a Grey Heron, five Fieldfares, a small Redwing flock, two Jays and eightSiskins. Also eight Fallow Deer and a Red Admiral. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Hartpury    At Hartpury Orchard Centre 30+ roosting Snipe and two Water Rails today. (Steve French).

Arlingham    Male and female Brambling in a hedge along the salmon path towards the River Severn. (Sarah Loaring).

Gloucester    A Water Rail, a Stonechat, a Grey Heron, four Mute Swans, 15 Goldfinches, sixLinnets, 20+ Meadow Pipits, eight Mallards and the first three Teal of the winter at Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Sherborne/Barrington    A Barn Owl sat on a fence post at midday, 5+ Red Kites, nine Golden Plovers, a Sparrowhawk and large flocks of Fieldfares and Redwings. (Paul Rich). Pic by Paul.

Barn Owl

Coombe Hill Meadows    A Mute Swan, two Canada Geese, 80 Wigeon flew off N, 200 Teal, 15Shovelers, three Grey Herons, six Lapwings, two Snipe, 4-5 Skylarks, 20 Fieldfares, 20 Redwings, a Stonechat, two Goldcrests and a Reed Bunting. (David Anderson/Les Brown/Mike Smart).

 

Fri 30th Oct 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER from the Holden Tower again this morning at high tide. A BITTERN from Zeiss hide until early afternoon when it flew towards the Van De Bovenkamp hide. (@slimbridge_wild).

Tirley    15+ Redwings, 95+ Fieldfares, 33+ Skylarks and four Meadow Pipits over. (Mark Grieve).

Frampton    At the Sailing Lake late morning a Green Sandpiper, 50+ Tufted Ducks, two Teal, tenGreat Crested Grebes, a pair of Ravens, three Fieldfares and a Skylark over. (MK).

 

Thu 29th Oct 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER showing well by Kingfisher hide from 1:05pm until late afternoon. (James Lees, WWT).

Sharpness    A female BLACK REDSTART at the Docks by the blue office block of the Port Authority at 11:30am. (Geoff Moyser).

Frampton    A Common Sandpiper at the top end of the Sailing Lake this afternoon. Also eightTeal, 48 Tufted Ducks and 11 Great Crested Grebes. On Court lake a Yellow-legged Gull, nineLittle Grebes and a Kingfisher. (Nick Goatman).  

Guscar Rocks    Six adult Dark-bellied Brent Geese appeared just at the top of the tide, resting on the flooded grassland, then went on to the water as the tide dropped, 16 Canada Geese, 30Wigeon, ten Teal, a Little Egret, 30 Lapwings, 120 Dunlins, 15 Redshanks, 50 Curlews (five colour ringed birds) and two Ravens. (Mike Smart).

Aylburton Warth    A Little Egret, a Grey Heron, a Peregrine, 200 Lapwings, a Green Sandpiper, aGrey Wagtail and two Ravens today. (Mike Smart).

Walmore Common    Five Mute Swans, 15 Teal, ten Mallards, ten Snipe and a Kingfisher today. (Mike Smart).

Stroud    A Dipper at Frome Banks Reserve this afternoon. (Ben Welbourn).     

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    Two garden Coal Tits, a Raven, 25+ Redwings, 341+ Fieldfares, 87+Skylarks, 32+ Pied Wagtails, 60+ Linnets, 15+ Chaffinches, 25+ Greenfinches, 12 Meadow Pipits, ten Stock Doves, a Sparrowhawk, 100+ Woodpigeons, two Stonechats, a Reed Bunting, a Mistle Thrush and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth Ham    Along Stank Lane a pair of Stonechats, a flock of Long-tailed Tits, twoTreecreepers, large mixed flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares and two Bullfinches. Along the road from the hide c100 Chaffinches, Long-tailed Tits, a Buzzard, a male Blackcap, a Stock Dove, aKestrel and a Greylag. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Thrupp    On the canal at Thrupp two Little Grebes today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

 

Wed 28th Oct 2015

Forest of Dean    A GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Staple Edge this afternoon at the highest point of the clearing near the lodge, hunting not far from the FC track SO 64472 10574. Also 3-4Fieldfares and a Buzzard. (Ben Locke).

Selsley Common    The RICHARD’S PIPIT again on the Common near the quarry at the summit at SO 82876 03191 and also on the slopes above the church. (Terry Fenton/Jake King/Mark Coller/Francis Steuck).

Hempsted    A garden BLACK REDSTART near the canal in Mainsail Lane today for its second day. (Lauren Price).

Gloucester    Two Water Rails, five Mute Swans, a Grey Heron, ten Meadow Pipits, a Stonechatand 30 Linnets at Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning. (Gordon Avery).

Witcombe Reservoirs    Eight Little Grebes and a Little Owl calling from the orchard this morning.(Gordon Avery/Martin Greenish).

Newent    Garden birds included a Coal Tit, 20+ Goldfinches, 20 House Sparrows and a Pied Wagtail today. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).

Whitminster    A possible Great White Egret S of the River Frome W of Fromebridge, then flew off towards Frampton. (Tess Jackson).

Tirley    Two garden Coal Tits and a Great Spotted Woodpecker, nearby five Redwings, 50+Fieldfares, 45+ Skylarks, 100+ Starlings, 65+ Chaffinches, a Brambling with a Chaffinch, sevenGreenfinches, 35+ Linnets, 10+ Meadow Pipits and a male Reed Bunting. (Mark Grieve).

 

Tue 27th Oct 2015

Selsley Common    The RICHARD’S PIPIT again on the Common near the quarry at the summit at SO 82876 03191 from early morning until 10am at least when it flew to the western slopes. (Richard Hearn/Martin Greenish/Jon Mercer).

Hempsted    A garden BLACK REDSTART near the canal in Mainsail Lane today. Also a Grey Wagtail. (Lauren Price).

Forest of Dean    16 Fieldfares flying over Milkwall mid-afternoon. (Ivan & Sue Proctor).

Symonds Yat    From Yat rock viewpoint today both resident Peregrines and an intruding malePeregrine, four Buzzards, a Moorhen, a Goldcrest, c50 Redwings, two Jays, a Song Thrush, twoRavens and a Goshawk. Other sightings included Fallow Deer rutting and three Hornets. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Gloucester    At Abbeydale a garden Coal Tit, yesterday and today, the first for 34 years. (Terry Smith).

 

Mon 26th Oct 2015

Cotswold Water Park (E)    An ICELAND GULL at 4pm at Bowmoor sailing lake Pit 125. (D Haines per Richard Baatsen).

Selsley Common    The RICHARD’S PIPIT seen again on the Common in the flat area behind the quarry at the summit 4 times in 2 hours with Skylarks and Meadow Pipits today. Present until 1:10pm at least, when it flew calling and headed towards the top of the slopes near the quarry. (John Fleming/Les Ditchburn/Stuart Matthews).

Shab Hill    Belated news of a Great Bustard amongst 350 Golden Plovers yesterday. No tags seen as the observer only had bins. (Dave Rogers per Gordon Avery). No sign this morning though, but two Buzzards, a female Sparrowhawk, 200 Golden Plovers and 40 Skylarks. (Gordon Avery).

Dowdeswell Reservoir    A Goosander over this evening. (Greg Mabbett).

Gloucester    Eight Mute Swans, a Teal, two Grey Herons and a Kestrel at Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning. (Gordon Avery).

Painswick Beacon    Birds this morning included a RING OUZEL, 537 Starlings, 26 Fieldfares, 24Redwings, 34 Chaffinches, three Bramblings, a Bullfinch and 92 Goldfinches. (John Fleming).

Quedgeley    A Lesser Redpoll over at 7am was the 1st garden record in 30 years here and a Coal Tit this evening was the 2nd record ever. (MK).

 

Sun 25th Oct 2015

Selsley Common    The RICHARD’S PIPIT again on the Common this morning until 1:20pm at least. Also 450 Chaffinches, five Bramblings, three Lesser Redpolls and a male Stonechat. (Francis Steuck et al). Record shot by Mike.

Richard’s Pipit

Cleeve Hill    A RING OUZEL from Warden’s Wood approach road and on the common eightGolden Plovers over and a Stonechat today. (Greg & Tom Mabbett). A male Kestrel hunting over the gallops near West Down car park this morning. Also a Buzzard and a Raven seen. (Keith White).

Saul Warth    A WATER PIPIT and 2+ Rock Pipits this morning. Also three Yellowhammers flew W, a great patch record. (Gordon Hodgson). Pic by Gord.

Water Pipit.

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included three HAWFINCHES, two RING OUZELS, eight Golden Plovers, three Bramblings and a Reed Bunting. (John Fleming).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    At Shorncote late afternoon four Little Egrets, 25 Lapwings, threeLittle Grebes, 20 Gadwalls, 5+ Water Rails calling, a Kingfisher, two Ravens, eight Cetti’s Warblers heard, 40+ Redwings and Fieldfares, two Stonechats, 20 Meadow Pipits, ten Skylarksand five Reed Buntings. (Jon Mercer).

Fretherne    Along the Severn Way today between Fretherne and Arlingham at least sixStonechats  and c30 Curlews flew off the fields onto the exposed river mud at low tide. (John Widgery).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included a Buzzard, a Kestrel, two Reed Buntings, two Grey Herons, eight Lapwings, four Meadow Pipits, 35+ Teal, three Goldfinches, three Bullfinches, 20+Redwings and three Fieldfares. (Les Waring). Pic by Les.

Reed Bunting

Whitminster    A pair of garden Coal Tits, a Goldcrest and a Tawny Owl calling at 2:30pm. Also lost from Saul a Budgie called Barbara. It is dark blue & light blue, with white under pinning. Contact the website if found. (Tanya Allen).

 

Sat 24th Oct 2015

Berkeley shore    A late first-winter male Wheatear this morning. (Paul Taylor).

Frampton    At the pools today a Goshawk, 30 Great Crested Grebes, nine Little Grebes, 66Gadwalls, 53 Tufted Ducks, 27 Wigeon, 42 Shovelers, 48 Teal, a Chiffchaff, a Yellow-legged Gulland Green Sandpiper. (Nick Goatman).

Gloucester    Six Stonechats at Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds included 30 Wigeon, 140 Teal, 20 Mallards, 16 Shovelers, four Grey Herons, a Cormorant and five Lapwings over, a JACK SNIPE, two Snipe, two Skylarks, two Meadow Pipits, 150 Fieldfares, 20 Redwings, two Lesser Redpolls and a Reed Bunting today. (Mike Smart/Les Brown).

Tirley Sandpits/Tirley    Two garden Coal Tits, at the Sandpits 48+ Fieldfares, 18+ Redwings, twoMistle Thrushes, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Green Woodpeckers, 40+ Linnets, 20+Greenfinches, 50+ Chaffinches, eight Bullfinches, 20+ Goldfinches, 60+ Skylarks, 40+ Pied Wagtails, 31+ Meadow Pipits, a Raven, four Stock Doves, a Stonechat, two Reed Buntings and aCormorant over. (Mark Grieve).

Selsley Common    Again no sign of the Richard’s Pipit on the Common at dawn but 25 Skylarks, four Meadow Pipits, 15+ Goldfinches, a Mistle Thrush and two Goldcrests. (MK).

Bricklehampton    Four Goldcrests feeding together today. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.

Goldcrest

Fri 23rd Oct 2015

Selsley Common    A brief RICHARD’S PIPIT on the Common at 9:25am but no further sign.(Francis Steuck).

Cam Peak    17 Common Crossbills flew N over Cam Peak at 11:40am. (James Lees, WWT).

Chalford    Along the canal between Valley Corner and Baker’s Mill a Dipper, a Kingfisher, a Water Rail and two Grey Wagtails today. (Martine Fenn).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included 502 Chaffinches, 281 Redwings and 59 Skylarks. (John Fleming).

Frampton    Around the pools ten pairs of Gadwalls, a Kingfisher, seven Siskins, three Mistle Thrushes and a Nuthatch (3rd patch record since 2002). (MK).

Tirley    25+ Pied Wagtails and 40+ Chaffinches on stubble, eight Fieldfares and 30+ Redwingsover. (Mark Grieve).

Forest of Dean    30+ Redwings and 20+ Fieldfares at Blaize Bailey this morning. (Peter Boorman/Lynne Mayers).

Staunton    A Raven over today. (Mark Grieve).

 

Thu 22nd Oct 2015

Selsley Common    A mobile male RING OUZEL on the Common at 8:05am but no further sign by 11am. (Francis Steuck).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included 10300 Woodpigeons, 112 Stock Doves, 348 Skylarks, 71Golden Plovers, 383 Redwings and 111 Fieldfares. (John Fleming).

Ashleworth Ham    From the hide at Meerend Thicket three Snipe, 39 Teal, five Long-tailed Tits, a Goldcrest, 30 Fieldfares, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Grey Heron today. (John Fletcher).

 

Wed 21st Oct 2015

Coombe Hill Meadows    This evening a Mute Swan, at least 125 Greylags, five Canada Geese, 20Teal, 50 Mallards, 15 Shovelers, a Grey Heron, at least one Water Rail calling on Long Pool, a Snipeand five Fieldfares. (Mike Smart).

Gloucester    A pair of Stonechats, 30 Meadow Pipits and a Skylark on the GLS dislope and a pair of Stonechats and a Kestrel at Sudmeadow. (Gordon Avery).

 

Tue 20th Oct 2015

Frampton     At Court Lake a Green Sandpiper, a Kingfisher, only one Little Egret came in to roost and both male and female Tawny Owls calling this evening. (Nick Goatman).

Claypits    A Red Kite over today, also 12 Siskins. (Nick Goatman).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included four Cormorants, a HAWFINCH, 570 Redwings, 191Fieldfares, six Crossbills and 402 Goldfinches. (John Fleming).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint the Peregrine pair and an intruding Peregrine, sixBuzzards in a thermal together, a Sparrowhawk with prey, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Marsh Tit, a Jay, eight Siskins and 30 Redwings. Also two Fallow Deer bucks and two Hornets. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Forest of Dean    At Soudley Ponds a Kingfisher, two male Common Darters and a Red Admiral. At Lower Lydbrook two Pied Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cherington Lake    Today birds included two Buzzards, two Grey Wagtails, 11 Coots, 14 Mallards, five Tufted Ducks, two Little Grebes, two Goldcrests, 1+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Coal Tits, a Grey Heron, a Treecreeper and a Water Rail heard. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

Buzzard

Mon 19th Oct 2015

Frampton    No sign of the probable Black-and-White Warbler all day at Frampton pools despite an exhaustive search. The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER still today between the Long Pool and the Gravel Wash area on and off but generally elusive. (Richard Hearn/Brian Stretch). FiveCrossbills over this morning. (Jake King/Gordon Kirk). Other birds today included two Fieldfares, 30+ Redwings, 40+ Siskins, 15 Lesser Redpolls, a Grey Wagtail and a Green Sandpiper. (Neil Smart/MK et al).

Berkeley shore    A JACK SNIPE at the Pill today. (Richard Price).

Cheltenham    A Little Egret flew over the garden in Alstone Lane, Rowanfield at 12:25pm, a garden tick. (Rob Crofton).

Walmore Common    Early this morning six Mute Swans, 20 Teal, 12 Mallards, two Grey Herons, seven Little Egrets, five Snipe, a Grey Wagtail, a female Stonechat, four Redwings and aFieldfare. (Mike Smart).

 

Sun 18th Oct 2015

Frampton    A probable Black-and-White Warbler seen briefly at 4pm in the pines beside the footpath between the N end of Court Lake and the Perryway. (Nick Goatman). The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER still present this afternoon in the Gravel Wash area. (Andrew Crutchley). If you come to Frampton please park sensibly and don’t block the gateways. Parking on the Perryway is almost impossible, it is best to park in the village and walk in.

Cassey Compton    A Red Kite, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, a Kingfisher, a Raven, aNuthatch, a Marsh Tit, two Song Thrushes, c10 Mistle Thrushes, and c50 each of Redwings andFieldfares today. (Steve Brown).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds this morning included a Raven, three Buzzards, two Grey Herons, 21Wigeon, 15 Teal, four Fieldfares, 15 Redwings, a Bullfinch, a Reed Bunting and a Jay. (Les Waring).

Ashleworth Ham    47 birds caught during a ringing session included a juvenile Kestrel, sevenGoldfinches, nine Lesser Redpolls and 13 Reed Buntings. On the reserve 120 Greylags, 30 Canada Geese, 120 Teal, ten Snipe, two Tawny Owls calling at 7am, a Stonechat, 30 Fieldfares and 40Redwings. (Mervyn Greening/Mike Smart).

 

Sat 17th Oct 2015

Frampton    A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at the Long Pool between Court Lake and the Sailing Lake calling regularly, same as before or new bird? (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth    A Marsh Harrier SW through Saul Warth, two Stonechats and 200+ Meadow Pipits feeding on the salt marsh. Vismig included 150 Fieldfares, 25 Redwings, 20 Swallows and two House Martins. (Gordon Hodgson).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included 214 Redwings, 205 Chaffinches and 387 Goldfinches. (John Fleming).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Two Mute Swans, at least 40 Greylags, three Canada Geese, 27 Teal, tenMallards, six Shovelers, a Grey Heron, a Snipe, a JACK SNIPE, three Skylarks, five Meadow Pipits, five Bullfinches and three Reed Buntings today. (Les Brown/Mike Smart).

Leigh/Cobney Meadows    Three Mute Swans, six Teal, a Grey Heron, a Green Sandpiper, fiveFieldfares, 40 Redwings and a Raven today. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham    90 Teal, two Grey Herons, two Snipe and a male Stonechat today. (Les Brown).

Forest of Dean    At Soudley Ponds four Mandarins, Coal Tits, Nuthatches and a Raven today. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cheltenham    A female Grey Wagtail in the garden in Pittville Circus Road. (Clare McNulty).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint today both resident Peregrines, a Sparrowhawk, Ravens,Buzzards, Redwings in steady small flocks passing through and occasional small numbers ofFieldfares, four Jays and a Tawny Owl on the Wye riverbank. Also five Fallow Deer and threeHornets. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tawny Owl

Fri 16th Oct 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was again on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide this morning, also two Little Stints and three Greenshanks. Three Avocetson the Dumbles edge, the DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE from Zeiss hide and the fully-winged, unringed female Ruddy Shelduck in the collection. (Gordon & Margaret Avery).

Cleeve Hill    Late afternoon a female RING OUZEL, a flock of 150 Fieldfares with twoRedwings. (Richard Tyler).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included 4360 Redwings, 514 Chaffinches, 364 Skylarks, 24Yellowhammers, nine Golden Plovers and 244 Common Gulls. (John Fleming).

Whitminster    A Swallow over today. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Northleach    A Sparrowhawk and a Bullfinch this afternoon. (Ben Hilder).

 

Thu 15th Oct 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was again on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide this morning, also a Little Stint and two Greenshanks. A WATER PIPITflew over the Big Pen towards the South Lake this afternoon. (@slimbridge_wild).

Berkeley shore    A WATER PIPIT is back for its 6th winter in its favoured drainage ditch at the Pill. Also four Rock Pipits. (Paul Taylor).

Chapman’s Cross    From Emmerson Lane SO9301 today a Wheatear, two Stonechats, a Meadow Pipit, 30+ Yellowhammers, 30+ Skylarks, 70 Golden Plovers and 100 Fieldfares. (Martin Wright).

Tirley    A garden Nuthatch and a Coal Tit still, also a low-flying Grey Heron across garden, a garden tick, and eight Fieldfares and nine Redwings over. (Mark Grieve).

Cleeve Hill    Mid afternoon a RING OUZEL with Blackbirds and a Song Thrush feeding on Elder and Hawthorn in the scrub beyond the masts from the car park. Also a Kestrel, a Green Woodpecker, two Yellowhammers and a party of Long-tailed Tits. Down the scarp at Badgers Farm a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Nuthatch and a Treecreeper. (Steve Brown).

Cheltenham    This morning a Grey Wagtail by the River Chelt near Waitrose and a garden Coal Tit. (Steve Brown).

Gloucester    At Sudmeadow a Peregrine on pylons also a Kestrel seen. At Port Ham a pair ofStonechats and a juvenile Grey Heron in Port Ham pool. At Castle Meads West a maleSparrowhawk. (Gordon Avery).

 

Wed 14th Oct 2015

WWT Slimbridge   The juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was again on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide this morning. The DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE on the Dumbles again today with the feral Barnacle Geese and the Bewick’s Swan was on the Rushy. (@slimbridge_wild).

Berkeley shore    A JACK SNIPE, three Snipe, three Stonechats, four Redwings, four Rock Pipits, a Chiffchaff and c60 Redshanks today. (Paul Taylor).

Painswick Beacon    Birds today included 270 Fieldfares, 293 Redwings, 325 Goldfinches, nineLesser Redpolls, two HAWFINCHES, a Peregrine, two Swallows and a House Martin. (John Fleming).

 

Tue 13th Oct 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE on the Dumbles again today with the feral Barnacle Geese until 4:45pm at least. This morning seven Avocets by the spartina island. Also nine Black-tailed Godwits, ten White-fronted Geese and three GCRP Common Cranes from Stephen Kirk hide late afternoon and the lone Bewick’s Swan was on the Rushy. (Geoff Moyser/Paul Taylor/MK). An adult Goshawk from the Knott Hide sat in the open before disappearing into the Decoy area. (In Focus). The juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was again on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide this morning. (@slimbridge_wild). Pic by Mike.

Dark-bellied Brent Goose

Stroud    A Dipper on the river near Waitrose beside Dr Newton’s Way today. (Richard Williams).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Birds today included a Mute Swan, 370 Greylags, six Canada Geese, 21Wigeon, 45 Teal, 30 Mallards, two female Gadwalls, a Lapwing, three Grey Herons, twoSparrowhawks, a Green Woodpecker, ten Skylarks over, a Grey Wagtail, three Bullfinches and twoReed Buntings. (Les Brown/Mike Smart/Harold Smith).

Upham Meadow, Twyning    A Mute Swan, 74 Canada Geese, five Skylarks and a Meadow Pipittoday. (Mike Smart).

Tirley    Three garden Coal Tits and a Nuthatch on feeders. (Mark Grieve).

Corse/Staunton    12 Lapwings on stubble by Straight Lane today. (Mark Grieve).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint the Peregrine pair, two Sparrowhawks, two female and one male Goshawk with some display flighting seen, a Kingfisher, four Jays, three Ravens and aRed Kite over the viewpoint. Also six Fallow Deer and rutting heard, four Hornets and a Red Admiral. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

 

Mon 12th Oct 2015

Frampton    The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER seen very briefly in the Gravel Wash area between the pools at 1pm. (Geoff Moyser). Relocated at 5:50pm on the inner track leading N from the Gravel Wash and showed well until 6pm. If you go for this bird please park sensibly and don’t block the gateways. (MK). Pics by Mike.

Yellow-browed Warbler

 

WWT Slimbridge    The juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was again on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide this morning with 70+ Dunlins. (Mark Coller). A DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE on the Dumbles with the feral Barnacle Geese today. (Colin Butters).

Walmore Common    This afternoon a MERLIN, a Peregrine, 15 Teal, two Little Egrets, six Snipeand a Kingfisher. (Andy Jayne).

Cleeve Hill    At least one male and one female RING OUZEL in the Elders by the masts. Also aMERLIN flew through a Linnet flock by the drinking pool. (Bob Telford). Pics by Bob.

Merlin

Ring Ouzel

Sun 11th Oct 2015

Frampton    A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER in the Gravel Wash area between the pools until 10:30am but no further sign. Relocated at 5:30pm. (Nick Goatman/Paul Taylor/Richard Baatsen).

Quedgeley    A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER beside a small pond on the Glevum Way at Lower Rea until 11:15am but no further sign. (Andy Chapman).

Tewkesbury    The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING again this morning at Priors Park in Wenlock Road. (Gordon Avery).

WWT Slimbridge    The juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was again on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide this morning. (@slimbridge_wild). The first Bewick’s Swan of the autumn arrived on the Dumbles at 9:30am. (Roberta Goodall)

Selsley Common    A SHORT-EARED OWL over E at 9:20am, also two Crossbills and a Brambling. (Francis Steuck).

Lydney Harbour    A Cetti’s Warbler calling quite frequently at the SW corner of the larger of the two lakes on Harbour Road (near the road), quite unusual on the Forest side of the Severn. (John & Viv Phillips).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    In the garden two Coal Tits and a Nuthatch on feeders, 19+ Robins, 35+Chaffinches over, two Green Woodpeckers, 63+ Meadow Pipits, 22 Greylags over, 26+ Skylarks, 14+ Pied Wagtails, a Mistle Thrush, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Stock Doves, a Bullfinch, two Jays over and 20+ Linnets. (Mark Grieve).

Ebworth    Around Overtown Farm five Stonechats, two Wheatears, 30 Meadow Pipits, twoSkylarks, 400 Starlings, 72 Linnets, 25 Goldfinches, ten Chaffinches, five Yellowhammers and twoBuzzards. VisMig included a Sparrowhawk, two Stock Doves, 73 Woodpigeons, two Meadow Pipits, four Alba Wagtails, two Fieldfares, two Ravens and 39 Chaffinches all SW. (John Fleming).

 

Sat 10th Oct 2015

Stroud    A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER calling from gardens on Upper Leazes at 11:20am but Goldcrest flock moved off and no further sight or sound by 2:30pm. (Andrew Crutchley).

Tewkesbury    The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING again today at Priors Park in Margaret Road and surrounding roads but elusive and mobile at times. Look for the Starling flock. (Mark Hobson/Chris Trott/Ian Robinson/Dan Hill/Andrew Crutchley/Phil Pope/Paul Masters/Roberta Goodall). Pic by Chris.

Rose-coloured Starling

WWT Slimbridge    The juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was again on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide at midday. Also a female HEN HARRIER today. (@slimbridge_wild).

Cleeve Hill    Three RING OUZELS this morning, also a Fieldfare, a Reed Bunting, a Siskin and aChiffchaff. (Ashley Davies/Ian Ralphs).

Saul Warth    Early morning 50+ Meadow Pipits, two White Wagtails, a Yellow Wagtail heard, male and female Stonechat, male and female Blackcap, a Great Spotted Woodpecker at the sewage farm, unusual here and on the river three Little Egrets, 26 Golden Plovers, seven Grey Plovers, eight Bar-tailed Godwits, 225+ Dunlins, six Lapwings N, 12 Curlews and 48 Shelducks. (MK).

Symonds Yat    From Yat Rock viewpoint both resident Peregrines, two Stock Doves, twoNuthatches, a Kingfisher, a Little Grebe, six Mandarins, two Goldcrests, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, six Mistle Thrushes, five Buzzards, six Jays, two Ravens, a male and femaleGoshawk, a Sparrowhawk, a Tawny Owl on a roadside post and three Hornets. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    In the garden a Coal Tit and a Nuthatch on feeders, 4+ Mistle Thrushes, a Green Woodpecker, 17+ Robins, 20+ Meadow Pipits, 12+ Pied Wagtails, a Redwing, a Jay, 24+Skylarks, 5+ Ravens, 12 Greylags, six Stock Doves, two Bullfinches, a Chiffchaff, a maleSparrowhawk, 195+ Starlings, 35+ Linnets and a Lapwing heading N. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning a Mute Swan, five Canada Geese, 23 Greylags, c60 Mallards, eight Shovelers, 24 Teal, three Grey Herons, two Cormorants, a female Sparrowhawk, sevenSnipe, two JACK SNIPE, four Lapwings, two Stock Doves, two Skylarks, five Meadow Pipits and aYellowhammer. (David Anderson/Les Brown). Also a MARSH HARRIER, 61 Goldfinches, a Bullfinchand eight Long-tailed Tits. (John Fletcher).

Ashleworth Ham    Three Golden Plovers stopped off briefly today before flying off downriver. (Mike Smart).

 

Fri 9th Oct 2015

Cleeve Hill    Two RING OUZELS on Cleeve Common early morning. (Chris Stott).

Uley    Three Wheatears on Uley Bury at 2:30pm today. (Sue & Peter Jones).

Wheatear

Frampton    A FIRECREST early morning by the cottage garden at the S end of Court Lake.(Nick Goatman). From Splatt Bridge to Hock Cliff two Stonechats, three Redwings, nine Swallows, 50+ Meadow Pipits and a Green Sandpiper heard this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Cotswold Water Park (W)    A very late Hobby over Shorncote this evening and five Swallowsover. (Jon Mercer).

Tewkesbury    The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING again today at Priors Park in the Margaret Road area favouring gardens and roofs at midday, with a mobile flock of 50-60Starlings. Present until 2:55pm at least. (Jon Mercer/Duncan Dine/Tim Hutton). Pics by Jon.

Rose-coloured Starling

Ashleworth Ham    From the hide at Meerend Thicket 79 Teal, a MARSH HARRIER, a Kingfisher, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, two Canada Geese, nine Mallards and a Goldcrest. (John Fletcher).

Grey Heron

Tirley    A Raven over and 26 Skylarks on stubble and a garden Coal Tit still. (Mark Grieve).

Hempsted    A Stonechat, two Snipe, a Reed Bunting and a Raven today. (Mark Hobson).

 

Thu 8th Oct 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A LITTLE CRAKE initially by the little bridge to Martin Smith hide at 11am and then on the Rushy showing well until 2:15pm but no further sign by 5:30pm. This is the first Glos record since September 2005 also found by James. (Alison Goulding/James Lees, WWT). Pics by Paul Taylor, 1st and Brian Thompson.

Little Crake

 

Also a Wheatear and a Swallow from South Finger today. (Geoff Moyser).

Tirley/Tirley Sandpits    A Raven over, 80+ Meadow Pipits on pasture, 20 Skylarks, 110+ Linnets S and a garden Coal Tit on feeders. (Mark Grieve).

Wortley    A probable Ring Ouzel heard chacking and seen above Wortley and a small flock of calling Crossbills flying S towards Wotton-Under-Edge. (Warren Gill).

Ashleworth Ham    100 Greylags, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, at least two Tawny Owls calling early on and two Ravens heard. A ringing session caught a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a juvenile femaleLESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 30 Meadow Pipits, three Chiffchaffs, a Goldcrest, c40 Long-tailed Tits, c14 Blue Tits, c50 Goldfinches, c20 Lesser Redpolls and 15 Reed Buntings. (Mervyn Greening/Mike Smart).

 

Wed 7th Oct 2015

WWT Slimbridge    A GLOSSY IBIS on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide today, photographed by a visitor but no further sign later. (@slimbridge_wild).

Tewkesbury    The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING again today at Priors Park in the Margaret Road area until 2:15pm at least. Flighty again but generally the flock return this area. (Roy Shilham/Terry Grant/Steve Brown/Geoff Moyser). Pic by Roy (1st) & Terry (2nd). Also 22Redwings over. (Steve Brown).

Rose-coloured Starling

 

Coombe Hill Meadows    A female-type MARSH HARRIER in dispute with a Buzzard, a Jay, aGreat Spotted Woodpecker, eight Long-tailed Tits, four Bullfinches, seven Lapwings and a Water Rail heard from the Grundon Hide. (Steve Brown).

Gloucester    Two Redwings over Elmbridge this morning. (Andy Jayne).

Forest of Dean    At midday at Woorgreens Lake a Snipe flushed on the path from lake to the heathland. (Frank Williams).

Tirley    Two garden Coal Tits on feeders today. (Mark Grieve).

 

Tue 6th Oct 2015

Tewkesbury    The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING again today at the hospital at 3:20pm and later in Priors Park in the Margaret Road area until 4:35pm at least, when the Starling flock was flushed by a Sparrowhawk. Generally the flock return to the latter area. (Tony Eveleigh/Andy Jayne/Ian Hull). Pic by Paul Taylor.

Rose-coloured Starling

Dursley    Two White Wagtails near Rockstowes on a harrowed field at ST772977 today. Also 50Swallows and 20 House Martins. (Geoff Moyser).

Tirley    A garden Chiffchaff and a Coal Tit feeding on sunflower seeds today. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows    55 Teal, a Wigeon, 120 Mallards, 26 Shovelers, a Cormorant over, fiveGrey Herons, a Sparrowhawk, 15 Moorhens, five Coots on the canal, three Snipe, two JACK SNIPES, ten Skylarks and 20 Meadow Pipits over, a Chiffchaff and two Reed Buntings today. (Mike Smart).

 

Mon 5th Oct 2015

Tewkesbury    The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING today in Priors Park in the Margaret Road area until 5pm at least, and also on Tewkesbury Abbey tower again. (Mark Dowie/Terry Fenton/Les Ditchburn/MK/Paul Taylor). Pics by Terry/Mike.

Rose-coloured Starling

 

WWT Slimbridge    The juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was again on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide at 1pm. (@slimbridge_wild).

Nailsworth    A female/immature MARSH HARRIER flying S at 2:45pm. (Terry Grant).

Wotton-under-Edge    At Symonds Hall Farm, NW of Wotton-under-Edge, 11 Golden Plovers in a ploughed field and a flock of 70 circling and then flying E in the direction of Kingscote. (Vic Polley).

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

 

Sun 4th Oct 2015

Tewkesbury    A juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING today in Priors Park, and later Abbott Road and a couple of times on Tewkesbury Abbey but generally wide-ranging and elusive. Hopefully it will be long-staying and become more reliable. A long overdue 4th for Gloucestershire. (Tim Cash). Pics by Tim.

Rose-coloured Starling

 

 

 

Also 15 Pied Wagtails, a Peregrine on the Abbey tower with Starling prey, a Sparrowhawk and twoHouse Martins over. (Mark Grieve). Two Egyptian Geese flew SW past Tewkesbury Sailing Club late afternoon. (Sarah Loaring).

WWT Slimbridge    The SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was again on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide at high tide late morning/early afternoon but viewing very difficult amongst the Dunlins, the fully-winged, unringed Ruddy Shelduck on the Tack Piece and two GREAT WHITE EGRETS from Martin Smith Hide at 2:40pm but then flew off NE. (Bob Evans/@slimbridge_wild).

Twigworth    A GREAT WHITE EGRET flying N and high over Twigworth this afternoon at 3:20pm. (Morag Hughes).

Wotton-Under-Edge    Near Monkcombe Wood a Crossbill and a Red Kite over Cotswold Edge Golf Club today. (Vic Polley).

Winchcombe    A Red Kite over at SP026267 this morning. (Peter Rodgers).

Ebley    A Red Kite over low at 4pm today. (Karen Rogers).

Daglingworth    At Bathurst Estate this morning, N of the Daglingworth-Park Corner Road twoCrossbills, a small party of Siskins, two Bullfinches, a Buzzard, three Jays, and a mixed flock including eight Long-tailed Tits, a Marsh Tit and two Goldcrests. Also two Roe Deer, two Fallow Deer, three Muntjacs and a huge active Wood Ant nest. (Steve Brown).

Tirley Sandpits    Two Cormorants SW, 20+ Pied Wagtails over, 23+ Robins, a Raven heard, fourBlackcaps, 5+ Chiffchaffs, two Green Woodpeckers, 45+ Meadow Pipits, a Jay, two Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Swallow, two Stock Doves, 30+ Linnets, a Reed Bunting, a Mistle Thrush over and 20+ Goldfinches. Also two garden Coal Tits on feeders today. (Mark Grieve).

Saul Warth    c100 Meadow Pipits, two Swallows and a Green Sandpiper heard in the fog this morning and between the Warth and Cadbury Bridge two Blackcaps and two Goldcrests. (MK).

Edge    Two Kestrels and three Jays this afternoon. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

Kestrel

Sat 3rd Oct 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was again on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide at high tide late morning/early afternoon. A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKERflew from the direction of the tropical house, perched briefly in a collection pen then flew towards South Finger at 1pm and in the collection the fully-winged, unringed Ruddy Shelduck with captive Ruddy Shelducks. (Paul Taylor/MK). Pic by Mike.

Ruddy Shelduck

Tidenham Chase    On the high ground W of the Chase eight Crossbills, six Stonechats and 30Siskins this afternoon. Also 20 Lesser Redpolls, a Snipe, a Woodcock, a Raven and good numbers of Chiffchaffs, Goldcrests and Meadow Pipits. (Ian Ralphs).

Forest of Dean    At St Briavels three House Martins over playing fields heading SW. (Mark Grieve). At Wenchford two Jays and Dipper and a Little Egret at Newnham on Severn. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Symonds Yat    From the viewpoint the Peregrine pair, a Sparrowhawk, three Buzzards, a pair ofRavens, two House Martins, three Swallows, three Pied Wagtails, a Kingfisher, two Jays, four Coal Tits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and two Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Tirley    A garden Coal Tit on feeders today. (Mark Grieve).

 

Fri 2nd Oct 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was again on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide at high tide late morning/early afternoon. Also a Ruddy Shelduck from Robbie Garnett hide this morning. (@slimbridge_wild/Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.

Ruddy Shelduck

Tirley    Four Chiffchaffs and a male Blackcap feeding on elderberries today. (Mark Grieve).

 

Thu 1st Oct 2015

WWT Slimbridge    The SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER again on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide at high tide late morning/early afternoon. (@slimbridge_wild). The first returningWhite-fronted Geese were back today with 16 on the Dumbles. (Jake Klavens per Martin McGill,WWT).

Hempsted    Two Crossbills flew NE over Netheridge Farm this afternoon. a patch tick. (Mark Hobson).

Coombe Hill Meadows   Along the canal towpath a female Bullfinch, Long-tailed Tits, twoChiffchaffs and two Willow Warblers. From Grundon Hide Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Pied Wagtails, four Grey Herons, a Lapwing, a Wheatear, c20 Swallows, two Buzzards and a Peregrine with a red leg ring on its left leg. Also two Hornets, Common Darter, Ruddy Darter and Migrant Hawkers andSpeckled Woods and Small Whites. (Chris & Phil Andrews/Keith White).

Guscar Rocks    15 Wigeon, 40 Teal, three Grey Herons, 18 Lapwings, a Snipe, 570 Curlews, a Bar-tailed Godwit, five Redshanks, a Green Sandpiper, 200 Black-headed Gulls, 20 Meadow Pipits and six Pied Wagtails at high tide. (Mike Smart).

Aylburton Warth    A Buzzard, a Ringed Plover, 150 Lapwings, three Snipe, 30 Dunlins, 165Curlews, two Skylarks, at least 100 Swallows going up the river against the wind all morning and five House Martins, 20 Meadow Pipits and two Grey Wagtails today. (Mike Smart).

Hartpury    At Hartpury Orchard Centre today four Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, two Jays, three Yellowhammers, a Mistle Thrush and six Swallows. At Hartpury church three Mistle Thrushes, six Goldcrests and four Swallows. (Alan Hooper/Steve French). Pic by Alan.

Goldcrest

Meadow Pipit

Cheltenham    A garden Sparrowhawk in Brooklyn Road today. (Bernard Apperley). A Buzzard being harried by Magpies near the Ladies College playing field on Eldorado Close. (Keith White). Pic by Bernard.

Sparrowhawk

 

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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