Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Cheltenham     At Pittville Park seven WAXWINGS feeding on a berried tree in Hilltop Road and sitting in trees nearby at SO946239. (Duncan Dine/Dave Pearce). Pics by Duncan,  Mark Dowie and Roy Shilham.waxwing-1-030117



Also the male Sparrowhawk back on territory. (John Sanders). Pic by John.sparrowhawk-030117

Arlingham     The RICHARD’S PIPIT still today feeding on flies at 12:45pm at SO715120 near the small, narrow, rough field on the edge of the river with a small, mistletoe-covered hawthorn in the middle of it. (Gus Ariss/Roberta Goodall).

Stow-on-the-Wold     The BLUE ROCK THRUSH of unknown origin still present today in Fishers Close and surrounding streets. Strictly no parking in Fishers Close, there is a public car park near the Bell pub 5 minutes walk away or find alternative parking in the town. Please show the residents respect and as much privacy as is possible. There will be a collection for Kate’s Home Nursing  please give generously on site or on-line.

WWT Slimbridge     Two BITTERNS still today seen from Kingfisher hide and Van de Bovencamp hide. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Awre     320 Lapwings, 180 Curlews, three Ruff, six Snipe, 60 Wigeon and a Rock Pipit. In mid-channel, 320 Pintails. (Roger Ruston).

Cotswolds    100+ Golden Plovers near Cold Aston, and a few Lapwings, Fieldfares and Redwings everywhere. Two Red Kites at Notgrove, another near Northleach. (Laurie Pierce). 260 Golden Plovers, 160 Wigeon and a Little Egret at Sherborne. Two Red Kites at Shipton. (Jeremy Squire).

Purton     A 2000+ Starling murmuration at the Timber Ponds between 4 and 4:30pm. (Pad Doyle).

Ashley     Two Mistle Thrushes, 300+ Fieldfares, 200+ Redwings, a Stonechat, 21+ Yellowhammers, a Corn Bunting, 19+ Snipe, a Green Woodpecker, two Goldcrests, 70+ Linnets, a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, five Bullfinches, a Tawny Owl calling at 3pm and a male Peregrine over low. (Mark Grieve).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Mute Swan, seven Wigeon, 270 Teal, a Mallard, five Pintails, 31 Shovelers, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, five Coot, Water Rails heard calling from three different places, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming, 20 Fieldfares and ten Redwings. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham     A Mute Swan, a Canada Goose, 140 Wigeon, 820 Teal, 20 Mallards and at least 25 Snipe. (Mike Smart).

Symonds Yat    From the Yat Rock area today the Peregrine pair, five Buzzards, a female Goshawk, a male Sparrowhawk, a pair of Ravens, a male Crossbill, five Goldcrests, six Bullfinches, a flock of Long-tailed Tits, a Treecreeper, a male Goosander, a Marsh Tit, six Mandarins (5m, 1f), eight Fallow Deer and a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

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