Lockdown Catch-up – March/April/May


Tuesday 12th May 2020 

Sherborne     A QUAIL calling from fields behind the garden today. (Anna Field).

Stinchcombe Hill     A Wheatear today. (James Robinson).

Saul Warth     At low tide 11 Curlews, eight Whimbrels, three Oystercatchers, a Bar-tailed Godwit, three Grey Plovers, 69 Ringed Plovers, 49 Dunlins, a Marsh Harrier, two Peregrines, 15 Little Egrets, a Mediterranean Gull and a WOOD SANDPIPER heard calling only. (Gordon Hodgson).

Longney     A Shelduck, a pair of Oystercatchers and three Tufted Ducks unusually on the river, and very showy Sedge Warblers and Reed Warblers here, two of each. (MK).

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Gloucester     This evening at Castle Meads (West) two Mute Swans, three Canada Geese, two pairs of Coots, c20 Mallards and c80 hirundines were hawking for insects, roughly 60 House Martins and 20 Swallows. At Lower Parting two Swifts flew N. At Port Ham and Oystercatcher flew downriver calling. At Port Ham Pool two Reed Warblers. (Gord Avery).

Monday 11th May 2020 

Lechlade    A Hobby over Lechlade main street at 9:51am. (Dave Morgan).

Chedworth     A pair of Grey Partridges on Chedworth Airfield today. (Duncan Dine).

Frampton    Around the pools 100+ Swifts, 150+ Sand Martins, 100+ House Martins, 50+ Swallows, three Yellow Wagtails, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, eight Common Terns, two Hobbis, a Common Sandpiper and a Meadow Pipit today. (Nick Goatman/Jonathan Bull). 

Sunday 10th May 2020 

Saul Warth     At high tide today 14 Whimbrels, three Curlews, three Oystercatcher, nine Grey Plovers, c40 Dunlins, c60 Ringed Plovers, a Bar-tailed Godwit, two Common Terns, 15 Little Egrets and a Marsh Harrier. (Gordon Hodgson).

Frampton     Around the pools 26 Chiffchaffs, 27 Blackcaps, 14 Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, three Sedge Warblers, 11 Reed Warblers, four Yellow Wagtails, a Cetti’s Warbler, two Cuckoos, two Hobbies, six Common Terns, a Common Sandpiper, nine Shelducks and an adult Yellow-legged Gull today. (Nick Goatman).

Edge     Around Rudge Hill NNR and woodland five Willow Warblers, two Green Woodpeckers, a Blackcap, a female Stonechat and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Nailsworth    This morning’s vismig included two Whimbrels, two Hobbies, seven Red Kites, five Great Black-backed Gulls, 45 Swifts, 15 Swallows, ten House Martins, three Sand Martins, two Lapwings and a Siskin. (Francis Steuck).

Forest of Dean     A Red Kite flew over Longhope village at 2:30pm. (Angela Carswell).

Elmore     Early morning a Tawny Owl getting mobbed, a Cuckoo on its usual perch, a male Mandarin, a pair of Shelducks and a Mute Swan were both unusual, a Kingfisher, a pair of Yellow Wagtails, just four migratory Swallows and two busy colonies of Sand Martins. (MK).

Saturday 9th May 2020 

Gloucester     At 3:32pm in Barnwood a BLACK KITE flew over, fairly low, heading E alongside a Lesser Black-backed Gull. Also a Sparrowhawk, a Peregrine and a Buzzard. (Rob & Petra Crofton).

Stinchcombe Hill     A Peregrine over today. (James Robinson).

Cheltenham     Three screaming Swifts over the High Street at 10am. (Mary Harris).

Forest of Dean     A Dipper at Parkend Scout camp this morning, also Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Nuthatch all vocal in the surrounding area and two adult Greylags with 2-3 goslings in a field adjacent to Whitemead opposite the entrance to RSPB Nagshead. (Bernie Dumbleton). Two Red Kites over Staunton, near Coleford this afternoon. (Jo Fawcett). At Speech House Lake two pairs of Greylags, one with nine goslings and one with four, a pair of Mandarins, plenty of Willow Warblers singing here along with a Chiffchaff. Also Brimstone and Speckled Wood butterflies. (Chris Keeling).

Cirencester     At 9:30pm a Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the hedge in fields W of Stratton. (Ken Cservenka).

Nailsworth     11 Red Kites over the garden today. (Francis Steuck).

Coaley    Several Whitethroats on Cam Longdown today. (Paul Skirrow). Pic by Paul.

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Friday 8th May 2020 

Westonbirt     A male Peregrine flew over the garden being mobbed by corvids today. (John Powell).

Quedgeley     A Peregrine being seen out of Quedgeley by two Crows at 5:45pm, 2nd garden record, then seen returning at 8:10pm. A Red Kite distantly from the garden over Matalan at 6pm. Also two Swifts today. (MK).

Stanway/Stanton     A Green Woodpecker calling, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, Skylarks, two Swallows, Blackcaps singing, a Linnet, a Little Owl heard and a Chiffchaff. Also Orange Tip and Red Admiral butterflies. (Gill Worthington).

Winchcombe     From the garden five Swifts screaming overhead, a Cuckoo calling and a Tawny Owl calling at night. (Gill Worthington).

Cam      A Red Kite over this afternoon. (Scott Petrek).

Stinchcombe Hill     A singing Lesser Whitethroat at Pett Court below the hill on the Wotton side. (James Robinson).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Two Reed Warblers, a Cuckoo and a Yellow Wagtail singing. Also a Grass Snake and Speckled Wood butterflies. (Jeremy Squire).

Thursday 7th May 2020 

Cleeve Hill     A Spotted Flycatcher and a FIRECREST in the woods on the slopes leading up to Cleeve Hill. Also a Cuckoo, a Tree Pipit and a Redstart today. (Greg Lee). Pic by Greg.

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Stinchcombe Hill     Two Wheatears today. (James Robinson).

Cam     Several singing Whitethroats and Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler today. Also a Roe Deer. (Scott Petrek).

Elmore     Two colonies of Sand Martins, a Swallow, two Kingfishers, a Tawny Owl being mobbed, a male Cuckoo, a pair of Mandarins, a pair of Yellow Wagtails, a male Reed Bunting, 3+ Reed Warblers, a Sedge Warbler and a pair of Long-tailed Tits feeding a tiny fledgling out of the nest. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Frampton pools     Four Common Terns, four Yellow Wagtails, two Hobbies and a singing Whitethroat today. (Jonathan Bull).

Wednesday 6th May 2020 

Frampton    Two Hobbies this afternoon and a male Marsh Harrier from the gate at Splatt Bridge. (Rob Doman).

Forest of Dean     Two adult Dippers at Parkend feeding one or two young today along the stretch of river between the Scout camp and the footbridge. Also two adult Dippers nearer to Whitecroft, probably a different pair. (Bernie Dumbleton).

Elmore    A Kingfisher, a male Cuckoo, a male Yellow Wagtail, two Common Sandpipers, a female Mandarin, five Swallows and a Red Kite over Elmore Fruit Farm. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Leckhampton Hill     Two Cuckoos, a Wheatear, five Tree Pipits, three Whitethroats, a Redstart and a Swallow today. (Mark Dowie).

Stinchcombe Hill     First Willow Warblers singing today, two Wheatears and c30 Swifts today. (Jonathan Bull). Also a second territorial Whitethroat today. (James Robinson).

Tuesday 5th May 2020 

Frampton     Two BLACK TERNS flew over the garden heading NE. On the Sailing Lake two Common Sandpipers, four Common Terns, two Great Black-backed Gulls, two Oystercatchers, two Shelducks and three Swifts. (Nick Goatman).

Elmore    Six Ringed Plovers resting up on plough this morning, also eight Swifts, five Swallows, 20 Sand Martins, a pair of Oystercatchers, three Mandarins, a pair with a male, a Yellow Wagtail and a Cuckoo. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Wotton-Under-Edge     15 Swifts over today. (Mike Fisher).

Twigworth     A Yellow Wagtail in a field today. (Jeremy Squire).

Monday 4th May 2020 

Coombe Hill Meadows     Today 5 possibly 6 Avocets on the scrapes near to Grundon hide.  (Ian Wiseman). Pic by Ian.

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Elmore     A Tawny Owl in a walnut tree mobbed by Blackbirds, male and female Cuckoo, a small Sand Martin colony getting into swing and six Lesser Whitethroats and six Whitethroats this morning. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Maisemore     Either side of Church Road along the Court lake to the weir, and way above the upper parting late afternoon until late evening birds included two pairs of Tufted Ducks, three Moorhens, two Mute Swans, three Canada Geese, 22 Mallards including 14 ducklings, three Kingfishers, four Blackcaps, two Willow Warblers, two Whitethroats, five Goldfinches, five Swallows, three Song Thrushes and two Green Woodpeckers. (John Fletcher).

Stinchcombe Hill     A Red Kite and a Wheatear today. (James Robinson).

Cirencester     A pair of Ring-necked Parakeets chasing a large gull around this morning. (Dave Soons).

Nailsworth    Nine Red Kites flew W and 150 Swifts flew ENE, with 30 Swallows and 24 House Martins today. (Francis Steuck). A Hobby mobbing a Peregrine today. (Liam Lansdown).

Gloucester    At Barnwood ten Swifts over in a flock, two Spotted Flycatchers in large Oaks on edge of the garden/St Lawrence churchyard and a Sand Martin over. The flycatchers remained until the evening. (Rob Crofton/Andy Langley).

Sunday 3rd May 2020 

Awre     Two Hobbies perched on the foreshore together, a Common Tern, a Little Egret, seven Gadwalls, seven Lesser Whitethroats, ten Whitethroats, 11 Reed Warblers and seven Reed Buntings today. (Lewis Thomson).

Frampton    Around the pools a Hobby, 60+ Swifts, five Yellow Wagtails, a Cuckoo, three Common Terns, 35 Chiffchaffs, 47 Blackcaps, three Sedge Warblers, 11 Reed Warblers, 50+ Sand Martins, 70 Mute Swans, an Oystercatcher, six Shelducks and the first Barnacle and Canada Geese goslings. Over the garden today a Marsh Harrier, a Red Kite, four Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, eight Swifts, four Sand Martins, a Swallow, ten House Martins and two Greylags. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth     110 Dunlins on the river this morning, also a Sanderling, three Ringed Plovers, six Whimbrels and two Yellow Wagtails. (Gordon Hodgson).

Nailsworth    A female Marsh Harrier flew high NW towards Nympsfield at 10:15am. Also eight Red Kites high over the garden mid morning. (Francis Steuck).

Tuffley     A Red Kite flew high W approaching Quedgeley at 10:20am. (Mark Hobson).

Quedgeley     A Raven captured on trail camera in the garden at Shelduck Road at 7am this morning. (Steve Pullen).

Brookthorpe     From Ongers Farm layby on Upton Lane at SO845128 nine Swallows, seven House Martins and two Blackcaps. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Saturday 2nd May 2020 

Newnham-on-Severn     At dawn in the forest W of Newnham a Redstart, a Wood Warbler, three Tree Pipits, Cuckoo, five Garden Warbler and a Hawfinch. (Lewis Thomson).

Stinchcombe Hill     A Spotted Flycatcher today. (James Robinson).

Longlevens     A Red Kite over early afternoon. (Andy Jayne).

Longney    In the old orchards and along the Severn Way a Cuckoo, two Lesser Whitethroats, four Blackcaps, two Sedge Warblers, three Song Thrushes, two Red-legged Partridges, a Greenfinch, seven Chiffchaffs, nine House Sparrows, two Buzzards and an Oystercatcher. (John Fletcher).

Cleeve Hill     A male Redstart today. (Duncan Dine).

Damery     Along the Little Avon today a Kingfisher, a Grey Wagtail family group and a Garden Warbler. (Paul Taylor).

Halmore   At least three male Whitethroats, six House Martins, at least three Cuckoos calling intermittently and two Greylags over. (Chris Newton).

Friday 1st May 2020 

Netheridge Farm     At the Barn Owl Centre a Grasshopper Warbler this morning. On Monday 27th April a SAVI’S WARBLER, which remained unseen and was only present early morning, was recorded and identified by call, and has now been submitted to BBRC. (Mark Hobson).

Nailsworth     A Short-eared Owl high N over the garden this morning. (Francis Steuck).

Awre    Five Whimbrels, a drake Gadwall, a Little Egret, three Lesser Whitethroats, five Whitethroats, six Reed Warblers and five Reed Buntings today. (Lewis Thomson).

Walmore Common     A JACK SNIPE this evening. (Andy Jayne).

Tewkesbury     At Cowfield farm a Reed Warbler, four Sedge Warblers, three Blackcaps, two Whitethroats, three Lesser Whitethroats, a Cuckoo calling and a Roe Deer today. (Les Ditchburn).

Elmore    This morning a pair of Oystercatchers, a pair of Yellow Wagtails on territory and male and female Cuckoos. (MK).

Thursday 30th April 2020 

Frampton     Between Splatt Bridge and Saul Warth 16 Whimbrels, two Bar-tailed Godwits, ten Ringed Plovers, 16 Dunlins, a Snipe, two female/immature Marsh Harriers, four Yellow Wagtails, three Sedge Warblers, three Reed Warblers, 100’s of hirundines and c30 Swifts. (Gordon Hodgson). At the pools this evening an Arctic Tern, two Common Terns, two Common Sandpipers, 350+ Sand Martins, 40+ Swifts, a Cuckoo and two Yellow Wagtails. (Nick Goatman).

Brookthorpe     This afternoon two Red-legged Partridge, a Swallow, a Pied Wagtail and a Whitethroat heard briefly. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Wednesday 29th April 2020 

Saul Warth    At high tide up to 38 Whimbrels, 30+ Dunlins and Ringed Plovers, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Grey Plover, two Swifts through, two Yellow Wagtails, a Red Kite and a Wheatear. (Gordon Hodgson).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A CATTLE EGRET today. Also recently six Avocets and a Grey Plover. (Graham Smith).

Frampton     At the Sailing Lake 15 Swifts and two Red Kites at lunchtime. In the evening 80+ Swifts, 300+ Sand Martins, 30+ Swallows, 20+ House Martins, two Common Terns, two Common Sandpipers and two Yellow Wagtails. (Nick Goatman).

Stinchcombe Hill     A Red Kite and a Wheatear today. (James Robinson).

Halmore    First two male Whitethroats of the year today heard and seen at SO697028. At least two Cuckoos in the woods at SO707030 and six Buzzards at the same time circling over the woods. (Chris Newton).

Gloucester    Two  OTTERS this morning at a site near the River Severn. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Tuesday 28th April 2020 

Frampton pools     This evening three Common Sandpipers, two Common Terns, 250+ Sand Martins, 20+ Swallows, 10+ House Martins, a Great White Egret and two Yellow Wagtails. (Nick Goatman).

Stinchcombe Hill     A Cuckoo heard singing on the Hill again today. (James Robinson).

Monday 27th April 2020

Blakeney     A HOOPOE (photographed) reported on farm, with no public access, near Blakeney on Sunday 26th and again today.  (per Rich Baatsen).

Newent     At dusk two roding Woodcocks in Newent Woods between Glasshouse and Clifford’s Mesne. (Rob & Gillian Guest).

Saul Warth    Six Bar-tailed Godwits, six Whimbrels, ten Dunlin, two Avocets, a Yellow Wagtail and a Great White Egret today. (Gordon Hodgson).

Stinchcombe Hill     Two Whinchats and two Wheatears today. (James Robinson).

Dowdeswell Reservoir     This morning two Coots, three Moorhens, a Mallard, two Great Crested Grebes, at least three Reed Warblers and two Reed Buntings. (Tom Mabbett).

Gloucester     At Robinswood Hill this afternoon birds included two Moorhens nesting on a small pond off the golf course, two Green Woodpeckers, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a pair of Mallards, two Mistle Thrushes, a Raven heard, 30 Jackdaws and a Song Thrush. This morning at Upton Lane, Brookthorpe two Whitethroats and two Swallows. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Sunday 26th April 2020

Saul Warth     A WOOD SANDPIPER at 8am, then flew N. Also two Cuckoos. (Gordon Hodgson).

Cotswold Water Park West     A female Marsh Harrier flew high N over Pit 57 at 1:10pm. (Jon Mercer).

Churchdown Hill     This morning a Cuckoo calling briefly. (Andy Jayne). At 7:45am two singing Lesser Whitethroats at SO875183 and SO874184. (Rob Crofton).

Stinchcombe Hill     A Cuckoo heard singing on the Hill today. (James Robinson).

Longlevens     Four Swifts over today. (Andy Jayne). 

Newnham to Awre     Nine Reed Warblers, three Lesser Whitethroats, six Whitethroats and a Peregrine. (Lewis Thomson).

Quedgeley     A Cetti’s Warbler singing along the canal path just off Brockeridge Close, also present yesterday. (Steve Pullen).

Saturday 25th April 2020

Lechlade area     A WHITE STORK flying between Horseshoe Lake and ERPA towards the Whelford Pools area. (Alan & Jane McSherry per Rich Baatsen).

Cleeve Hill    A reeling Grasshopper Warbler, two Cuckoos, four Wheatears, three RING OUZELS, a Fieldfare, two Stonechats, a Redstart and a Green Hairstreak. (Tom Mabbett). At Wardens Wood and Estate and the fringes of Cleeve Hill this evening seven Chiffchaffs, six Willow Warblers, a Cuckoo, three Chaffinches, a Blackcap, a Raven, 20+ Pheasants, four Red-legged Partridges, a Buzzard, a Red Kite, four Yellowhammers, two Corn Buntings, three Song Thrushes and seven Skylarks. (Ian Coote).

Berkeley     A Great White Egret over at 4:20pm. (Kane Brides). A male Redstart singing at Berkeley Deer Park this morning. (Paul Taylor).

Frampton    40+ Swifts high over the 100-Acre viewed from Splatt Bridge this morning. At the pools three Hobbies on Court Lake, a Common Tern on the Sailing Lake, 38 Swallows through and some back on territory in the village, a male Whinchat, five LITTLE GULLS circling with Black-headed Gulls, a Whimbrel, four Sedge Wagtails, 10+ Reed Warblers, five Yellow Wagtails, a Cuckoo, a Willow Warbler, 17 Whitethroats, five Lesser Whitethroats, 51 Chiffchaffs, 46 Blackcaps, two Yellowhammers, a male Goldeneye and a male Pochard. (Gordon Hodgson/Nick Goatman). 

Nailsworth    A Hobby, eight Swifts, 11 House Martins, 19 Swallows, 18 Goldfinches, 14 Linnets, a Meadow Pipit and three Siskins all flew N over the garden. (Francis Steuck).

Elmore     This morning a male Cuckoo, a Yellow Wagtail, a Common Sandpiper, a Kingfisher, a pair of Ravens, three Swallows N and 10+ Sand Martins. (MK).

Stinchcombe Hill     A Swift again today. (James Robinson).

Netheridge Farm     At the Barn Owl Centre a Red Kite up with five Buzzards at 9:48am. (Mark Hobson).

Quedgeley     A Red Kite over The Causeway at 9:52am. (Andy Chapman). A Red Kite over Fisher’s Meadow at 5:50pm. (Paul Masters).

Tewkesbury     At Cowfield Farm a Red Kite, eight Blackcaps, four Sedge Warblers, a Bullfinch, two Whitethroats and two Lesser Whitethroats this afternoon. (Les Ditchburn).

Edge    At Rudge Hill NNR four Meadow Pipits, a few Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs singing, a Bullfinch heard and a hunting male Kestrel. (John Fletcher).

Halmore     Two Cuckoos heard this morning and this afternoon and two pairs of Blackcaps and at least one pair of Willow Warblers apparently nesting in woods nearby. (Chris Newton).

Friday 24th April 2020

Saul Warth    High tide this morning nine Whimbrel, nine Bar-tailed Godwits, four Ringed Plovers, 21 Dunlins, six Oystercatchers, an Avocet and two Yellow Wagtail but the best was a calling WOOD SANDPIPER which flew high NW at 9:45am. (Gordon Hodgson).

Walmore Common     A flyover WOOD SANDPIPER today. (Andy Jayne).

Cleeve Hill     This evening at the Masts Reserve and Bill Smyllie Reserve three Cuckoos, two Chiffchaffs, five Willow Warblers, two RING OUZELS, a Chaffinch, two Linnets, three Yellowhammers, four Skylarks, a Coal Tit and two Blackcaps. Also a Roe Deer buck, a Slow Worm and a Grass Snake. (Ian Coote).

Berkeley shore    Early morning a Grasshopper Warbler, two Sedge Warblers, two Lesser Whitethroats, three Whitethroats, 13 Whimbrel, two Wheatears, three Teal and two Turnstones. (Paul Taylor).

Elmore     This morning a male Cuckoo, four Common Sandpipers, a Raven, a Swallow N and six Sand Martins. (MK).

Forest of Dean    A Cuckoo on Crabtree Hill this morning along with a Tree Pipit and a Whitethroat. (Geoff Fawcett).

Winchcombe     In Sudeley Castle grounds two Mistle Thrushes, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, Blackcap and Chiffchaff calling, two Red Kites and a Buzzard overhead, a Cuckoo calling distantly. Also Orange Tip, Brimstone, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies seen. (Gill Worthington).

Selsley Common     50-60 Skylarks on the Common today. (Chris Newton).

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Berkeley     A male HEN HARRIER very high SW over the garden at 2:20pm, it came from the N high circled with two Buzzards before gaining height then flew off SW. (Tom Weston-McClung).

Newnham-on-Severn    Around the forestry W of Newnham two WOOD WARBLERS, three Garden Warblers, three Tree Pipits, two Crossbills, a Goshawk and two Roe Deer. (Lewis Thomson).

Forest of Dean     A Redstart singing in the pines right at the top of May Hill this morning. (Gillian Guest).

Berkeley shore     A Grasshopper Warbler in the Pill still. (Andy Jordan).

Netheridge Farm     At the Barn Owl Centre a Fieldfare flew N this morning. (Mark Hobson).

Nailsworth     A female/1st summer RING OUZEL with 15 Wheatears this morning. Also two Siskins and a Common Gull through. (Francis Steuck).

Elmore     This morning a  male Cuckoo, a male Yellow Wagtail, three Swallows and six Sand Martins. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Stinchcombe Hill     A Swift again today. (James Robinson).

Epney     The GREY SEAL was reported from here this evening. No further details. (per Andy Jayne).

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Cotswold Water Park West     Six Hobbies high over Pit 57 late afternoon. (Jon Mercer).

Forest of Dean     A pair of Redstarts at Nagshead this morning. (Geoff Fawcett).

Frampton pools     A Green Sandpiper on Court Lake on the middle island. Also three Yellow Wagtails and two Lesser Whitethroats at the Sailing Lake. (Nick Goatman).

Newnham-on-Severn    A Swift over at 7pm. (Lewis Thomson).

Stinchcombe Hill     A House Martin and a Swift today. (James Robinson).

Minchinhampton     On the Common a Swallow flying around today. (Jim Kench).

Gloucester    Two Wheatears towards S end of Gloucester Landfill Site. A female Hairy Dragonfly at Port Ham this morning. (Andy Jayne). An OTTER again this morning at a site near the River Severn. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Tuesday 21st April 2020

Forest of Dean     An OSPREY between Berry Hill/English Bicknor at 1pm flew straight over heading N. In the Crabtree Hill area, plenty of Linnets, Stonechats, and Willow Warblers, a Tree Pipit and a Stonechat seen briefly. (Nicola Jones).

Cotswold Water Park East     The female LONG-TAILED DUCK still on Pit 125 today. A male and two female GARGANEYS on receding flood water between Pit 114 and the River Coln. Also a Greenshank, 4 Little Ringed Plover and 12 Lapwings in the same area. (Terry Fenton).

Naunton     A drake GARGANEY flew along the Windrush Valley near  Lower Harford Farm today. (Dave Pinner).

Elmore     This morning eight Whimbrel and two Swifts flew through N, two Reed Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, two Lesser Whitethroats, six Whitethroats, a drake Mandarin, a Kingfisher, two Yellow Wags, a male Cuckoo, three Sand Martins and two Swallows. (MK).

Gloucester     A female GREY SEAL hauled out on a log late morning on the River Severn. (Nicki Barker). Pic by Nicki.

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Longlevens     A Red Kite flew NE at 2pm. (Andy Jayne).

Tewkesbury     Four Red Kites over the battlefields at 2pm. (Ian Hull).

Cheltenham     A Buzzard hovering over Cheltenham Railway Station today. (Keith White).

Monday 20th April 2020

Nailsworth     A female Marsh Harrier flew over E at 8:15am. Also five Red Kites and a Swift. (Francis Steuck).

Elmore     This morning a Reed Warbler, two Sedge Warblers, two Lesser Whitethroats, two Whitethroats, a drake Mandarin, two Yellow Wagtails, two Sand Martins, a Swallow and a Shelduck. (MK).

Hardwicke     Two House Martins flew past Hardwicke Farm at 9:30am. (MK).

Berkeley shore    A Grasshopper Warbler, a Whinchat and a late female MERLIN early morning. (Paul Taylor).

Newnham-on-Severn    Two Red Kites circling over Newnham at midday. (Lewis Thomson).

Lower Stone     A Red Kite over the garden at 3:20pm. (Paul Taylor).

Sharpness     A 2nd summer Yellow-legged Gull at the picnic site today. (Andy Jordan).

Frampton pools     A Swift over with 150+ Sand Martins, 50+ House Martins and 20+ Swallows. Also a male Red Crested Pochard. (Nick Goatman).

Maisemore     From Church Road along the lake to the weir and to the upper parting on the Severn this afternoon birds included a Kingfisher, six House Martins, two Swallows, two Sand Martins, four Mallards, including one with 4 ducklings and one with with 5 ducklings, a Grey Heron, four Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, a Green Woodpecker, a Red Kite and four Buzzards. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Sunday 19th April 2020

Cotswold Water Park West     This morning a BLACK TERN was on Pit 57 then flew towards Pit 41. (Roger Gillespie).

Saul Warth     This morning an ARCTIC SKUA flew N over the Warth. (Gordon Hodgson).

Stinchcombe Hill     Three Wheatears, eight Swallows, a Siskin and a Cuckoo heard singing from the Uley direction today. (James Robinson).

Frampton/Whitminster     A WHITE STORK flew N over the garden just before midday and then thermalled high over Whitminster Garden Centre. (Nick Goatman).

Frampton pools     A male GARGANEY flew over towards the 100-Acre, also two Cuckoos,  a Grasshopper Warbler, a Marsh Harrier, a Yellow Wagtail, a Tree Pipit, a Common Sandpiper, two Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler, two Lesser Whitethroats, five Whitethroats and two Willow Warblers. (Nick Goatman).

Elmore     This morning a male Cuckoo flew straight through N, a Reed Warbler, a new in Sedge Warbler, two Lesser Whitethroats, two Whitethroats, two Common Sandpipers, a drake Mandarin and two Yellow Wagtails. Also three Meadow Pipits flew through. (MK).

Nailsworth     A female Marsh Harrier flew over N at 6pm. (Francis Steuck).

Cam     A Hobby just drifted over the garden near Tesco at 7pm. Also a Swift. (Scott Petrek).

Up Hatherley/Badgeworth    12 Wheatears in a recently flailed (Kale) game crop on the Cold Pool Lane-Chargrove Lane loop late afternoon with a Swallow at Badgeworth NR. (Ian Ralphs).

Edge     At Rudge Hill NNR two Wheatears, four Meadow Pipits, five Chiffchaffs, four Willow Warblers, a Blackcap, a Reed Warbler heard, a Green Woodpecker, a Raven, a Kestrel, a Red Kite, four Buzzards and Speckled Wood butterflies. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Gloucester     A male Blackcap singing on a Hawthorn tree at the top of the quarry on Robinswood Hill today. (Athene Whitaker).

Minchinhampton     On the Common two Swallows heading towards Stroud. (Jim Kench).

Saturday 18th April 2020

Forest of Dean    Three Pied Flycatchers (2m, 1f) on the pond in front of the lower hide at Nagshead this afternoon. (Geoff Fawcett).

Saul Warth     11 Common Terns flew NW over the Warth this morning. This evening an ARCTIC SKUA flew N. Also today three Common Terns, 47 Black-tailed Godwits, two Bar-tailed Godwits, nine Dunlins, 17 Whimbrels, two Ringed Plovers, three Redshanks, a Marsh Harrier, a MERLIN and three new in Wheatears. (Gordon Hodgson). Pic by Gordon.

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Frampton pools    A Common Tern, 150+ Sand Martins, 20+ House Martins, 80+ Swallows, six Whitethroats, two Yellow Wagtails, three Reed Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, 33 Chiffchaffs, 31 Blackcaps, 26 Meadow Pipits and a male Goldeneye. (Nick Goatman).

Cleeve Hill     At the Mast Reserve birds included three Cuckoos, at least ten RING OUZELS, a Wheatear, two Redstarts (1m, 1f), 10+ Goldfinches, two Skylarks, a singing Blackcap and two singing Willow Warblers. On the hilltop a Raven, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, six Tree Pipits, 10+ Skylarks and four singing Willow Warblers. (Ian Coote).

Leckhampton Hill     This morning a reeling Grasshopper Warbler, a Whinchat, four Whitethroats, three Wheatears, three Golden Plovers, a White Wagtail, three Swallows, a Tree Pipit and a Willow Warbler. (Mark Dowie).

Stinchcombe Hill     Three Wheatears and three Tree Pipits today. (James Robinson).

Newnham-on-Severn to Awre     Five Common Terns, a Reed Warbler, a Common Sandpiper and c30 Swallows. (Lewis Thomson).

Netheridge Farm     At the Barn Owl Centre a Lesser Whitethroat, two House Martins flew N and two Willow Warblers this morning. (Mark Hobson).

Friday 17th April 2020

Cotswold Water Park East     A female LONG-TAILED DUCK on Pit 125 today late afternoon. (Terry Fenton). Pic by Terry.

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Cleeve Hill     15+ RING OUZELS on the hawthorn trees adjacent to the common and mast reserve, also in the line of trees halfway down the mast reserve. Two Cuckoos again in the mast reserve and adjacent beech wood margins. (Ian Coote).

Elmore     A Lesser Whitethroat, two Yellow Wagtails, three Common Sandpipers and a Marsh Harrier flew W. (MK). Record shot of the harrier by Mike.

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Witcombe Reservoirs     Three LITTLE GULLS and a large numbers of hirundines today. (Sam Walker).

Stinchcombe Hill     Four Wheatears today. (James Robinson).

Gloucester    This morning at 8am a Lesser Whitethroat singing in scrub next to the Premier Inn in Barnwood, and a Yellow Wagtail calling in fields by Zoons Court farm, just up the hill from Horsbere Brook Flood Storage. (Rob Crofton).

Frampton pools     Today at the Sailing Lake 28 Common Terns and two ARCTIC TERNS which all left at 8am. Also 100+ Sand Martins, 30+Swallows, two Oystercatchers, a Common Sandpiper, a Pochard, 80 Tufted Ducks, three Shelducks, a Yellow Wagtail, a Kingfisher, two Whitethroats, two Reed Warblers, a Sedge Warbler and a young Tawny Owl calling. (Nick Goatman).  

Saul Warth    Today 11 Whimbrels, 19 Curlews, a Grey Plover, two Dunlins, two Common Sandpipers, 32 Ringed Plover, 51 Dunlins, 12 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Knot, three Yellow Wagtails, a Marsh Harrier a MERLIN and a Goshawk. (Gordon Hodgson). 

Newnham-on-Severn     A male Redstart, a Tree Pipit and a male Wheatear on farmland W of Newnham this afternoon. (Lewis Thomson).

Coopers Edge     A report (via Facebook) of an Eagle Owl seen with rodent prey today. (per Dan Sykes).

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Thursday 16th April 2020 

Frampton pools    A Common Sandpiper, a Willow Warbler, 11 Sand Martins, two Swallows and a Reed Warbler this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Stinchcombe Hill     A Red Kite, eight Wheatears and two Tree Pipits today. (James Robinson).

Gloucester     An OTTER this morning at a site near the River Severn. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Five House Martins heading N over St Lawrence Church, Barnwood at 5pm this evening. (Rob Crofton).

Leckhampton Hill     c25 Wheatears this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Edge     Male and female Wheatear at Rudge Hill NNR early this morning. (per John Fletcher).

Gloucester    At Castle Meads Marsh two Mute Swans, three Greylags, two Canada Geese, a nesting Coot and a few Mallards. At Lower Parting a male Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming on the Sudmeadow side with a Stock Dove singing in the same tree. At Port Ham a Greylag, a Buzzard and two Ravens heading upstream with full crops. Around the Pool area a Green Woodpecker and a Blackcap heard and at least one Coot on the pool. At least three more Blackcaps heard on the walk back along the old railway line and two Song Thrushes singing. (Gordon Avery).

Minchinhampton to Brimscombe     Birds between the two sites included five Long-tailed Tits, two Coal Tits, two Marsh Tits, two Jays, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Treecreepers, a Blackcap, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, two Chiffchaffs and a Muntjac. (Josh Adamms). Pic by Josh.

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Wednesday 15th April 2020

Elmore    A Hobby being noisily seen off by a Peregrine this morning near the Weir Green turn-off. (MK).

Netheridge Farm    A Great White Egret flew over Netheridge heading N this morning. (Mark Hobson).

Frampton pools    Around the pools tonight a Barn Owl, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Whitethroat, two Swallows, a Reed Warbler, a Tawny Owl, two Roe Deer and two large Bats and three small Bats. (Nick Goatman).

Halmore     A pair of Garden Warblers in woods at SO695025 this morning. Also a male Blackcap, a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Buzzards and a pair of Shelducks over. (Chris Newton).

Cleeve Hill    Along the Bill Smyllie and Mast reserve walk today birds included a Buzzard, Skylarks, singing Willow Warblers, a Blackcap, two Cuckoos again in the mast reserve and a male Redstart in the Bill Smyllie reserve. (Ian Coote).

Tuesday 14th April 2020

Notgrove     A Red Kite seeing off a female HEN HARRIER  going N from Notgrove, crossing over the A436 Bourton-Andoversford road, and on towards Aylworth, the HEN HARRIER flew off E. (Graham Ruffles).

Cleeve Hill    Five RING OUZELS flew from a hawthorn hedgerow halfway down the field to the beech copse adjacent to the common and then headed N across the common. Another RING OUZEL in a small hawthorn bush next to the main high path across the mast reserve. This dropped to the ground foraged and then flew N. Also a Cuckoo here. (Ian Coote).

Frampton     Three Great White Egrets dropped into the 100-Acre at 5:30pm. (Gordon Hodgson).

Hardwicke     Four House Martins with a Swallow at Grove End Farm this morning. (MK).

Forest of Dean    A pair of Red Kites this morning, high up, to the W of Coleford. (Geoff Fawcett).

Gloucester     In the Sudmeadow area in the scrub by B&B Enterprises, a Green Woodpecker, a Cetti’s Warbler singing on the tip side of the scrub. Also here a couple of Willow Warblers and a male Greenfinch, a Buzzard and a Raven. (Gord Avery).

Monday 13th April 2020

Cleeve Hill     Two CUCKOOS in the mast field perched on small bushes before flying into the beech woods. Also a Raven, many Willow Warblers in the scrub and a Wheatear on the golf course. (Ian Coote).

Saul Warth    Two Black-tailed Godwits, 36 Curlews, five Ringed Plovers, two Dunlins, a juvenile Goshawk, a Marsh Harrier, a Whitethroat, five Willow Warblers, a Yellow Wagtail and five Swallows today. (Gordon Hodgson).

Frampton pools     Around the pools today a Reed Warbler, Sedge Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, three Yellow Wagtails, a Wheatear, two Whitethroats, three Willow Warblers, 100+ Sand Martins, 20+ Swallows, a House Martin, a Shoveler, five Gadwalls, a Great White Egret and two Yellowhammers. (Nick Goatman).

Nailsworth     A female Marsh Harrier this morning picked up over Shortwood, being mobbed by corvids, and flew over Thistledown before being lost to view.

Beverston     A female Kestrel in the garden for over an hour today. (Fiona Gunn). Pic by Fiona.

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Sunday 12th April 2020

Newnham-on-Severn    A singing FIRECREST and a Tree Pipit this afternoon. (Lewis Thomson).

Maisemore Ham    A flooded field here has attracted a flock of Black-tailed Godwits, peaking at 215 today. With them has been two Oystercatchers, two Avocets (9th), a summer-plumage Bar-tailed Godwit (18th) and a Green Sandpiper (12th-14th). (Andy Jayne).

Hardwicke     Along the canal S of The Pilot a Whitethroat, two Sedge Warblers, two Common Sandpipers, two Kingfishers, a Curlew heard and a Water Vole. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Moreton-in-Marsh     A Brambling with 15 Yellowhammers and four Reed Buntings at Draycott again today. (Susan Harrison).

Hucclecote     Two male Whitethroats seen and heard singing along Zoons Court Lane at 12:30pm. (Rob Crofton).

Chosen Hill     At St Bartholomew’s Church a Swallow over and a Willow Warbler singing. (Rob Crofton).

Saul Warth    Four Whimbrels at Hock Ditch this morning. (Roberta Goodall).

Frampton pools    A Grasshopper Warbler, two Common Sandpipers, five Whitethroats, three Willow Warblers, 46 Chiffchaffs, 49 Blackcaps, two Fieldfares, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Mediterranean Gull, a drake Goldeneye, a Wheatear, a Swallow and a House Martin today. (Nick Goatman).

Cleeve Hill     A singing Corn Bunting on the field margins of the farmland on the edge of the Common. Also Skylarks and a Red Kite. (Ian Coote).

May Hill     This past week two pairs of Stonechats at the top of May Hill. (Rob & Gillian Guest).

Saturday 11th April 2020

Gloucester   A Willow Warbler singing in St Lawrence Churchyard, Barnwood at 11am. (Rob Crofton).

Stinchcombe Hill     A male Kestrel, a Peregrine, six Wheatears, a female Stonechat, a Whitethroat and two male Redstarts today. (James Robinson).

Cheltenham    This afternoon a male Orange Tip butterfly in gardens in eastern arm of Eldorado Crescent. (Keith White).

Friday 10th April 2020

Cotswold Water Park West     A BLACK-WINGED STILT at Shorncote Reedbeds today, but flushed by quad bikes on to Pit 88 Wilts. (David Creber). Pic by Jon Mercer, taken in Wilts.

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Netheridge Farm     At the Barn Owl Centre a Sedge Warbler, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Tawny Owl and six Fieldfares flew N this morning. (Mark Hobson/MK).

Saul Warth    Three Whimbrels, a Ringed Plover and a trickle of Meadow Pipits flew NW one group had three Reed Buntings with them. (Gordon Hodgson).

Frampton pools     A Tree Pipit, two Whitethroats, 53 Chiffchaffs, 48 Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler, eight Shelducks and three Swallows today. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean     Four House Martins over the garden in Coleford this morning, also a Sparrowhawk flew through the garden. (Geoff Fawcett).

Woodchester     A pair of Marsh Tits in in Dingle Wood above South Woodchester this morning. (Martyn Leighton)

Gloucester     Two Swallows this morning at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Area, also a Kingfisher there. (Rob Crofton).

Thursday 9th April 2020 

Netheridge Farm     At the Barn Owl Centre a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER and two Sedge Warblers this morning. (Mark Hobson).

Saul Warth    A Great White Egret on the Warth this morning. Also two Marsh Harriers. (Gordon Hodgson).

Leckhampton Hill     Three singing Tree Pipits, seven Willow Warblers and five Wheatears today. (Dave Pearce).

Stinchcombe Hill     A Yellow Wagtail, four Wheatears and a Lesser Redpoll today. (James Robinson).

Wednesday 8th April 2020

Forest of Dean     A RED-BACKED SHRIKE reported next to the lane leading to Blakeney Hill at SO658072 but no further sign on the 9th. (Fay Bouri).

Saul Warth     This morning an adult LITTLE GULL, a Marsh Harrier and two Yellow Wagtails. (Gordon Hodgson).

Frampton pools     This evening a Marsh Harrier, a Yellow Wagtail, two White Wagtails, a Wheatear, a Common Sandpiper and a male Goldeneye. (Nick Goatman).

Newnham-on-Severn     A pair of Hawfinches in yews in Newnham churchyard late afternoon. (Lewis Thomson).

Barnwood     A Red Kite over at 6pm today. (Rob Crofton).

Moreton-in-Marsh     A Brambling with Yellowhammers at Draycott today. (Susan Harrison). Pic by Susan.

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Rodborough     A pair of Wheatears on the Common at 3:30 this afternoon. (Martyn Leighton).

Stinchcombe Hill     Two Siskins and a Yellowhammer over today. (James Robinson).

Tuesday 7th April 2020

Stinchcombe Hill     Two male Redstarts today. (James Robinson).

Leckhampton Hill     Two Ring Ouzels today. (Dave Pearce). Also male Wheatear. (Duncan Dine).

Rodborough     A Willow Warbler on the Common this morning. (Martyn Leighton).

Halmore     A Swallow today, also six Shelduck (2 pairs and 2 males) on a ploughed field at first light. Three singing Song Thrushes and one pair nesting just outside the garden. (Chris Newton).

Moreton-in-Marsh     A mixed flock of 30 Reed Buntings and Yellowhammers at Draycott today. (Susan Harrison).

Winchcombe    At 2 pm at Beesmore Brook a Mink foraging for food at SO034266 Beesmore Brook S of Sudeley Castle. (Nigel Wakerley).

Monday 6th April 2020

Saul Warth     A Great White Egret flew S, a WHIMBREL heard, a KITTIWAKE flew high N and another was over the river later, a COMMON TERN dropped in for a while then flew strongly N, a Common Sandpiper and 8+ Willow Warblers this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Stinchcombe Hill     A male RING OUZEL, possibly two, a Willow Warbler and a Wheatear this morning. (Paul Rich/James Robinson).

Ozleworth Bottom     A Redstart this morning. (Paul Rich).

Nailsworth     Five Willow Warblers, three Wheatears, seven Swallows, a House Martin and 100 Meadow Pipits this morning. (Francis Steuck).

Cirencester     At Chesterton Farm this morning four male Redstarts, 100+ Golden Plovers, several Yellowhammers, four Swallows, two male Blackcaps and many Chiffchaffs. (Dave Soons).

Lower Stone     Six House Martins today. (Paul Taylor).

Newnham-on-Severn    c15 Willow Warblers along the railway embankment S of Newnham. (Lewis Thomson).

Hardwicke     This morning along the canal S of The Pilot four Willow Warblers, a pair of Ravens, seven Stock Doves, a Swallow and a Jay. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Lydney     A Red Kite over Lydney this week. (Mark Bowery).

Sunday 5th April 2020

Selsley Common     A male RING OUZEL on the Common this morning. (Duerden Cormack). Pic by Duerden.

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Barnwood     This morning at 7:35am an adult winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL flew over low at the entrance to Barnwood Park on Church Lane. (Rob Crofton).

Saul Warth     Two Grey Plovers, six Knot, two Swallows and an immature SPOONBILL flew down river towards WWT. Also a House Martin over the house. (Gordon Hodgson).

Cotswold Water Park West     A SEDGE WARBLER singing at Pit 65 CWP Glos this morning. (Roger Gillespie).

Stinchcombe Hill     Two Swallows, a Tree Pipit, a Yellow Wagtail, a Wheatear and a Red Kite today. (James Robinson).

Frampton pools     A Wheatear, three Willow Warblers and 17 Fieldfares today. (Nick Goatman).

Quedgeley    A Goshawk over heading N at 9:45am. (Andy Chapman).

Longlevens     A Red Kite flew through at 3:45pm today. (Neil Jones).

Hardwicke     This morning along the canal S of The Pilot two Willow Warblers and a Little Egret flew E. (MK).

Wotton-Under-Edge     Near Symonds Hall Farm on the B4058 heading out of Wotton a Swallow, a Red Kite and eight Ravens grouped together in Tyley Bottom valley. (Mike Fisher).

Nailsworth    Three Swallows, two Sand Martins, a House Martin and a Little Egret today. (Francis Steuck).

Saturday 4th April 2020

Frampton pools    Late morning a SPOONBILL and a Red Kite sharing the same thermal high over the Sailing Lake. Also here an adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL and a Swallow over the garden going S. (Gordon Hodgson). A Common Sandpiper, a Willow Warbler and two Swallows this morning. Also a House Martin and a Red Kite over the garden. (Nick Goatman).

Badgeworth     A male REDSTART and a Willow Warbler along the Ham Brook between Cold Pool Lane and the sewage works this morning. (Ian Ralphs).

Hucclecote     A Peregrine and a Red Kite over the garden today. (Daniel Cowl).

Hardwicke     A Willow Warbler by the lock keeper’s cottage S of The Pilot this morning and a Common Sandpiper near to the pub. (MK).

Clapton-on-the-Hill     A Ring-necked Parakeet today.  (Keith Jennings).

Up Hatherley     A Red Kite over early afternoon. (Martin Harrison).

Friday 3rd April 2020

Nocturnal migration     Small flocks of COMMON SCOTERS heard over Lower Stone, Berkeley, Frampton, Newnham-on-Severn, Tuffley and Whitminster.

Saul Warth     A female Goosander, eight Dunlins and the WATER PIPIT again today. (Gordon Hodgson).

Lower Rea     A COMMON SANDPIPER on the River Severn this morning. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Coaley     A WHITETHROAT this morning and 6-10 singing Chiffchaffs. (Paul Skirrow).

Moreton-in-Marsh     A Barn Owl at Draycott this morning. (Susan Harrison).

Forest of Dean    Two Buzzards at Plump Hill and two Buzzards circling above a Raven over the woods at Speech House and two Chiffchaffs singing. (Chris Keeling).

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Barnwood     A JACK SNIPE sat outside the front of the house by the garage wall, perfectly still, for over 15 minutes today. (Marion & Brian McBurnie per Rob Crofton).

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Saul Warth     Two Egyptian Geese, an immature Goshawk, two Grey Plovers, four Dunlins, two Knot and a WATER PIPIT. (Gordon Hodgson).

Forest of Dean    A Red Kite over the house in Mitcheldean. (Chris Keeling).

Hardwicke     This morning along the canal S of The Pilot a male Reed Bunting, a Mandarin flew N and a Little Egret flew N. (MK).

Gloucester     A Cormorant sitting on a lamp post by the canal at Hempsted lift bridge at 3pm. Also two male Blackcaps on the garden feeders in Tuffley. (Ian Elphick).

Wednesday 1st April 2020

Cotswold Water Park West     A pair of GARGANEYS at Shorncote today. (Dave Creber).

Charlton Kings     A male RING OUZEL on the Common today, then flew E. (Mark Dowie).

Frampton     The female BLACK REDSTART still at Denfurlong Farm (known locally as Cool’s Farm) S of the Sailing Lake today.  (Nick Goatman).

Hardwicke     This morning along the canal S of The Pilot a male Reed Bunting and a pair of Oystercatchers circled over the pub. (MK).

Minchinhampton     A Sparrowhawk feeding on a Woodpigeon for at least ¾ hour this evening. (James Kench).

Tuesday 31st March 2020

Frampton     A female BLACK REDSTART at Denfurlong Farm (known locally as Cool’s Farm) S of the Sailing Lake today. At the pools a Redshank over, a few Sand Martins, 42 Chiffchaffs and 12 Blackcaps. (Nick Goatman).

Halmore     A WILLOW WARBLER seen and heard this morning, at least 20 Chiffchaffs, up to three Buzzards, a singing Song Thrush and four Goosanders over this morning. (Chris Newton).

Hardwicke     This morning along the canal S of The Pilot a male Reed Bunting, a pair of Red-legged Partridges, a Treecreeper, a Kingfisher and a Cetti’s Warbler singing near the lock keeper’s cottage again. (MK).

Monday 30th March 2020


Sunday 29th March 2020

Cirencester     This afternoon a Peregrine was on top of the parish church. (Dave Soons).

Hardwicke     This morning along the canal S of The Pilot two Sand Martins flew N and a Cetti’s Warbler singing near the lock keeper’s cottage again. (MK).

Saturday 28th March 2020

Sherborne     An OSPREY fishing on Sherborne Water today and yesterday 27th. (Anna Field). Video grab by Anna.

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Forest of Dean    Two Red Kites flew over Popes Hill at 11am and onward over Red Hill. (Gareth Jones).

Quedgeley     20+ Fieldfare flew NW over the garden at 7:50am. (MK).

Friday 27th March 2020

Cotswold Water Park West     A male GARGANEY at Shorncote this morning. (Dave Creber).

Berkeley     A SWALLOW at Severn House Farm today. (Paul Taylor).

Stonebench     A Redwing this morning. (MK).

Frampton     A Red Kite flew over the house at 2pm towards Saul. (Gordon Hodgson).

Thursday 26th March 2020

Bussage     A HOUSE MARTIN over the Toadsmoor Valley early this morning. At the larger lake a female Sparrowhawk hunting, two Chiffchaffs and a male Reed Bunting. In the woods, three Jays, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Nuthatches, two Chiffchaffs, 11 Long-tailed Tits, three Collared Doves, seven Wrens, a Treecreeper, three Siskins and a male Bullfinch. (Mike Cook).

Frampton     c190 Black-tailed Godwits over the house this evening. (Gordon Hodgson).

Hardwicke     A Cetti’s Warbler singing near the lock keeper’s cottage along the canal S of The Pilot again. Also a male Mandarin flew N. (MK).

Tuffley    A Red Kite drifting N low over Chatsworth Avenue at 11:25am. (Dean Lord).

Shurdington     A Red Kite flying N over the garden towards Cheltenham at 4:30pm. (Jane Mitchell).

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Cleeve Hill     This morning a Wheatear and a Red Kite flew over. (Adrienne Sanders).

Nailsworth     A male Peregrine, a male Kestrel, two Sparrowhawks, 6+ Buzzards, two Tufted Ducks, 4+ Grey Herons, a Green Woodpecker, four Bullfinch, a Blackcap and two Nuthatches. (Terry Grant).

Minchinhampton     A Little Grebe on the golf course lake today. (Josh Adamms).

Forest of Dean     A Goshawk over Parkend School at 7:42am. (Bernie Dumbleton).

Whitminster     A ‘kettle’ consisting of two Red Kites, two Ravens, a Carrion Crow, a female Sparrowhawk and two Buzzards over the garden. The Kites are drifted towards Epney. (Martin McGill).

Hardwicke     A Cetti’s Warbler singing near the lock keeper’s cottage along the canal S of The Pilot. (MK).

Cheltenham     Five Buzzards over Pennsylvania Avenue today. (Selwyn Ballinger).

Berkeley     A Fieldfare at Old Brookend today. (Jeff Kirby).

Sunday 15th-Tuesday 17th March 2020

Cirencester     Belated news of a WAXWING at Stratton for 3 days feeding in a small Rowan tree. (Steve Day).

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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