Saturday 17th March 2018

Shab Hill     A GREAT GREY SHRIKE seen at SO938156, approaching Stockwell along the Gloucestershire Way yesterday. (Mary Harris & 11 members of Cheltenham Rambling Club).

Berkeley     A WHEATEAR on the shore, halfway between the Pill and Sharpness from 10am. (Jeff Kirby).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill today. (Hugh Gregor/Richard Walker). Also ten Mandarins at Cannop ponds and three Crossbills at New Fancy View. (Richard Walker). A Nuthatch seen twice on the gate entrance to Parkend graveyard this afternoon. (Stuart Evans). Pics by Hugh.

Great Grey Shrike 170318 1

Great Grey Shrike 170318 2

Tewkesbury     A GREAT WHITE EGRET still this morning on Tewkesbury Nature Reserve. (Ian Hull). Six Curlews sitting in the shallows on Severn Ham. (Mike Smart).

Cotswold Water Park East     The SCAUP still on Pit 125 this morning. (Ian Ralphs).

Frampton pools     A Sand Martin, six Chiffchaffs, two Oystercatchers, 107 Tufted Ducks, 17 Pochards, 32 Coots, 12 Gadwalls, two Shovelers, 19 Mallards, ten Teal and 50+ Siskins. (Nick Goatman). Four Black-tailed Godwits, two Pintails, a Redshank and 70 Curlews at Splatt Bridge, nearby an Oystercatcher and seven Curlews at Saul Warth. (Gordon Hodgson).

Gloucester     A Hawfinch on the bird table still today in Barnwood Avenue (backing onto St Lawrence’s churchyard). Probably best looked for in the churchyard. (Rob Crofton).

Cheltenham     At least four Hawfinches, very vocal in yews in Sandford Park today. (Tom Mabbett).

Sharpness     A Green Sandpiper in the sewage works pill at lunchtime today, then flew off inland. (Andy Jordan).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning water levels as high as they have been all winter, the Grundon Hide not accessible and the circular walk out of the question. Birds included three Mute Swans, 150 Wigeon, 250+ Teal, 30 Pintails, 20 Shovelers, six Tufted Ducks, two Great Crested Grebes, a pair of Oystercatchers, three Lapwings, 1+ Curlews, a Redshank, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Snipe. (Mike Smart).

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