Friday 5th May 2017

Cotswold Water Park West     An OSPREY hunting and hovering over Pit 58 at 1:30pm then flew towards Ashton Keynes. (Dave Soons).

Sherborne     The GREAT WHITE EGRET still at Sherborne Brook.  Also a Little Egret and a Grey Heron today. (Andy Lewis). Pic by Andy.Great White Egret 050517WWT Slimbridge     Four CATTLE EGRETS with cattle SW of the approach road c75m from the road, a passage of Swifts at Mid Point in groups of c30 birds at 5 minute intervals at noon, following the Severn northwards and a male Ruff on South Lake. (John Widgery).

Frampton     At the Sailing Lake two Common Terns, a Common Sandpiper, four Pochards, 100+ Swifts, 30+ House Martins, 100+ Sand Martins, 10+ Swallows, a male Mandarin, a Whitethroat and a Reed Warbler. (Nick Goatman). At Splatt Bridge a Cuckoo, a Common Sandpiper, a Wheatear and 50+ Swifts in 30 minutes heading over N this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).100+ Swift

Witcombe Reservoirs     This morning along the approach road a Whitethroat singing and two House Martins around the barns and farm house. (John Miles).

Hartpury     At Hartpury Orchard Centre this morning  at SO7856825395 a Kestrel, a Cetti’s Warbler singing, Reed Warblers singing, a returning pair of Swallows nesting, four Swifts, a Green Woodpecker, two families of Canada Geese with ten goslings between them, a pair of Mallards with five ducklings, a Grey Heron, three Goldfinches and a Moorhen. (Alan Hooper/Julia Eckley).

Gloucester     This morning around the Castlemeads (West) end of Port Ham towards the old Llanthony Lock (SO8218) two Lesser Whitethroats, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, a pair of Linnets and a Swift over. (Ian Elphick).

Forest of Dean     The first Swifts of the year seen over Coleford today. (Geoff Fawcett).

Bentham     A male Bullfinch in the car park at the country club this evening. (Simon Hart).

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