Wednesday 15th March 2017

Westbury-on-Severn    A HOUSE MARTIN this afternoon. (Pete Walkden/Owen Follis).

Cleeve Hill     A MERLIN on a kill on the golf course today. (Greg Mabbett).

Forest of Dean     From New Fancy View between 10am and 3pm nine Goshawks, two Peregrines, two Sparrowhawks, 15+ Buzzards, 12 Ravens, and birds seen flying below included two Hawfinches, two Crossbills, 15 Siskins, and a GREAT GREY SHRIKE. (Nick Moss). A Dipper at Blakeney sewage treatment works in the stream. (Owen Follis).

Frampton     This morning a first-summer Mediterranean Gull on Court field, four Red Crested Pochards on Court Lake, two Red Crested Pochards on the Sailing Lake (all 6 together on the Sailing Lake at lunchtime), a Reed Bunting and a Chiffchaff singing. (Nick Goatman/Gordon Hodgson).

Ready Token     This afternoon mixed finches mainly on electricity wires along the Welsh Way near Ready Token, 27 Goldfinches, eight Linnets, three Corn Buntings, a male Reed Bunting and 12 Chaffinches. Also a Red Kite over, a Kestrel, seven Skylarks, a male Blackcap, three Brimstones and a Small Tortoiseshell. (Michael Cook).

Coln St Aldwyns     A Little Owl near the cricket pitch in Williamstrip Park. (Michael Cook).

Berkeley     Two Red Kites just flew low NE over the garden heading towards the bypass. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Ashleworth Ham     From Meerend thicket GWT hide birds included a GCRP Common Crane over N at 10:05am, a GREAT WHITE EGRET at 9:30am and along Stank Lane at 12:30pm, a Little Egret, 19 Shovelers, three Shelducks, four Tufted Ducks, 14 Teal, seven Gadwalls, seven Pintails, 31 Wigeon, 43 Coots, a Curlew, 31 Lapwings, five Snipe, two Stock Doves, two Nuthatches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and two Chiffchaffs singing. Along Stank Lane two Curlews, 12+ Skylarks and 25+ Redwings with few Fieldfares. (John Fletcher/Martin Greenish).

Stroud     At Frome Banks two Dippers, a Kingfisher and a Brimstone butterfly today. (Simon Ashley).

Ashley     13+ Skylarks, four Stock Doves, four Fieldfares, three Chiffchaffs, 20+ Yellowhammers, six Buzzards, two Pied Wagtails, a Jay, 15+ Chaffinches, a Coal Tit, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Nuthatches, a Redwing, a Green Woodpecker and a Bullfinch. Two calling Tawny Owl calling at 7pm outside the cottage. (Mark Grieve).

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