Saturday 8th June 2019

Coombe Hill Meadows     This afternoon a Little Owl, a Yellowhammer, a Red Kite over and a pair of Oystercatchers with two chicks still. (Ian Hull). Also today 16 Mute Swans, a pair of Canada Geese still with five goslings, two Shelducks, six Gadwalls, 60 Mallards, including a female with eight newly hatched ducklings, a pair of Tufted Ducks, ten Coots, a Little Ringed Plover, c8 adult Lapwings, including female with two nearly full grown young, a Curlew, four Redshanks, a Cuckoo, two Reed Warblers singing and song from Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).

Frampton pools     100+ Swifts, a Green Sandpiper, two Oystercatchers, a Yellow-legged Gull, 21 Shelducks, 16 Blackcaps, 18 Chiffchaffs, eight Reed Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, eight Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Yellow Wagtails and a Little Grebe with young. (Nick Goatman).

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Friday 7th June 2019

WWT Slimbridge     On the Rushy, two Little Ringed Plovers and a 2cy Mediterranean Gull. From Martin Smith hide a Green Sandpiper, two Oystercatchers and a Redshank. From Zeiss hide 52 Avocet, at least two on nests, 35 moulting Gadwalls, 71 Shelducks and one brood of nine and two Redshanks. (Ian Hull).

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Thursday 6th June 2019

WWT Slimbridge     A pair of Curlews on the reserve have hatched four chicks. A TURTLE DOVE flew along seawall S and across the reserve boundary to the Elders on the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal towpath/Old Duck Decoy near Purton at 10:30am. Also the SPOONBILL still on the reserve today. (Martin McGill).

Cleeve Hill     At the Bill Smyllie and Masts Reserve today a pair of Buzzards, a Kestrel, a Cuckoo, a Raven, a Stock Dove, a Tree Pipit, a Willow Warbler, a Mistle Thrush, Skylarks, Linnets, Swifts and a male Redstart. Other sightings included Small Blue, Common Blue and Small Heath butterflies, Yellow Shell, Six-spot Burnet and Cinnabar moths, a Glow Worm and a Weasel. (Chris & Phil Andrews). Pic by Phil.

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Forest of Dean    This afternoon at Nagshead at Lower pond, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Redstart, a Song Thrush, a Mistle Thrush, young Blue Tits being fed, a Willow Warbler singing, a Chiffchaff singing, a Blackbird, a Mallard with three ducklings and a Mandarin female with three ducklings. (Chris Keeling). This evening, a Hummingbird Hawk Moth on Red Campion at Forge Hill, Lydbrook. (Chris Sullivan).

Frampton pools     This evening a Great White Egret, a Little Egret, a Tufted Duck with five ducklings and a Yellow Wagtail. (Nick Goatman).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This afternoon birds included four Oystercatchers, including two large chicks, four Redshanks, nine Lapwings including four chicks, 15 Mallards, including a pair with nine ducklings, five Shelducks, seven Canada Geese (5 juvs), 18 Mute Swans, four Grey Herons, three Little Egrets, seven Whitethroats, nine Sedge Warblers, male and female Blackcap, two Greenfinches, three Skylarks, eight Reed Buntings, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 12 Sand Martins, four Swallows and a Kestrel. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Wednesday 5th June 2019

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead from the Campbell Hide a male and female Pied Flycatchers and a Coal Tit. At the Lower Hide male and female Pied Flycatchers, a female Redstart and a female Mandarin with three ducklings.  By the Nursery Pond a Garden Warbler singing at 1pm, also a Swallow over.  (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

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Tuesday 4th June 2019

WWT Slimbridge     The SPOONBILL still present today. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Saul Warth     On the rising tide this morning 14 Dunlins, eight Oystercatchers, eight Curlews, 40+ Shelducks, a Whitethroat, a Skylark, a Mistle Thrush and six Swifts. A Great White Egret and a Grey Heron on Frampton breakwater. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Frampton pools     On the Sailing Lake this morning an adult Yellow-legged Gull, two Common Terns, three pairs of Tufted Ducks, a Reed Warbler singing by the Sailing Club and a female Kestrel. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Ashleworth Ham     A Little Egret, an Oystercatcher, three Shelducks, two Mute Swans, nine Canada Geese, five Mallards, two Teal, a Grey Heron and a Great SPotted Woodpecker feeding young. (Les Ditchburn).

Stonehouse    At 12:30pm a Red Kite circling low over the B4008 just outside Stonehouse at SO805070. (Paul Tyers).

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Monday 3rd June 2019

WWT Slimbridge     A SPOONBILL on the Rushy this morning, later relocating to Zeiss hide with a second bird roosting on the river. Also two Little Ringed Plovers on the Rushy and another on South Lake, with 50+ Black-tailed Godwits. (Martin McGill/Jon Mercer/Ian Hull). A Red Kite from the Rushy at 9:20am. (Jonathan Bull). From Van de Bovenkamp hide birds included ten Shelducks, six Shovelers, 25 Mallards, ten Tufted Ducks, a Common Crane, 20 Avocets, five Lapwings, two Redshanks and a Buzzard. (Margaret G). Pics by Jon.

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Forest of Dean    Along Cannop brook below Nagshead birds included a male Pied Flycatcher, a Spotted Flycatcher, an adult Nuthatch feeding young and two juvenile Grey Wagtails. Nearby a Green Woodpecker, two Siskins, 3+ Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, two Small Coppers and a Large Skipper. (MK).

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Around Heywood Plantation and Edge Hills today a Cuckoo calling briefly, two Wood Warblers, five Garden Warblers, a pair of Whitethroats, a male and two juvenile Stonechats, seven Tree Pipits and two Crossbills. (Andy Jayne). Pic by Andy.

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Nailsworth/Avening/Cherington         A Marsh Tit appeared to enter a nest hole at Nailsworth Garden Centre. An adult Marsh Tit feeding fledged young at Nag’s Head, Avening and a Marsh Tit close to Cherington Pond at ST895991. Also three pairs of Tufted Ducks on the pond. (Jake King).

Daglingworth     A Spotted Flycatcher and two Corn Buntings this evening. (Andrew Morrison).

Gloucester     At Alney Island this afternoon two Cuckoos singing, 1 along the riverside (Port Ham) and seen at SO815191 and 1 heard on Castlemeads at SO823185. (Ian Elphick).

Brockworth     A Grey Heron on the roof of a house in Boverton Drive. (Jade Monaghan).

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge today two Common Cranes, a Kestrel, a Little Egret, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits. (Josh Adamms).

Ashleworth Ham    Two Lapwings with two chicks, a Little Ringed Plover, a mle Teal, a Cuckoo, a Mandarin duck, a Curlew, an Oystercatcher and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding very noisy young. (John Fletcher).

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Sunday 2nd June 2019

Cotswold Water Park West     An OSPREY hovering over Somerford Nature Reserve viewed from Neigh Bridge being mobbed by a tern this afternoon. (Dave Baker).

Tresham     A Red Kite at 5:15pm today. (Karen Rogers).

Cheltenham    Two Red Kites over Chargrove Lane this afternoon. (Adam Waller).

Stroud     At Frome Banks today, four Dippers, a Kingfisher, two Wrens, three Blackbirds and an Eel swimming upstream. (Josh Adamms). Pic by Josh.

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Frampton pools      A Cuckoo, a Yellow-legged Gull, seven Common Terns, three Oystercatchers, 24 Swifts, four Shelducks, a Yellow Wagtail, a Water Rail, a Great White Egret, five Little Egrets, seven Grey Herons and four Gadwalls. (Nick Goatman).

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