Friday 10th August 2018

WWT Slimbridge     The Wood Sandpiper from Robbie Garnett hide again today. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Stroud     A Dipper, a female Mandarin and five Chiffchaffs all near the viaduct at Frome Banks N.R. (Richard Williams).

Ashleworth Ham     Early afternoon five Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, five Canada Geese, four Mallards, seven Swallows, four Chiffchaffs, a Great Spotted Woodpecker heard, a Buzzard and 14 Carrion Crows. (John Fletcher).

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Thursday 9th August 2018

Frampton     Early morning on the Sailing Lake a LITTLE GULL, a Yellow-legged Gull, four Common Terns (1 juv), 4+ juvenile Reed Warblers, 20+ House Martins, 10+ Sand Martins and two Green Sandpipers. This evening a Greenshank, four Green Sandpipers, 18 Teal, 20+ Chiffchaffs, four Willow Warblers, five Blackcaps and seven Little Egrets. (Nick Goatman).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Whinchat in the north meadow just before the first footbridge. A Yellow-legged Gull on the Long Pool. Also four Snipe, five Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper. (Les Ditchburn).

WWT Slimbridge     The Wood Sandpiper still on the Tack Piece today. (Sam Walker/James Robinson).

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Wednesday 8th August 2018

Lower Kilcott     A Redstart in the bushes in the field above Lower Kilcott Farm fishing lake, also 40 House Martins. (Vic Polley).

Cleeve Hill     Two Wheatears this morning. Also a juvenile Cuckoo. (Martin Greenish).

Forest of Dean     A probable Honey Buzzard heading S at 5pm over Lords Hill, Coleford. (Frank Williams).

Woodchester     This morning at Woodchester Park three Spotted Flycatchers, four Grey Wagtails together, a Green Woodpecker, a Treecreeper, 1+ Nuthatch, a Goldcrest, a Coal Tit and 5+ Buzzards. (Duncan Dine/MK).

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Tuesday 7th August 2018

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint today the Peregrine pair, a Goshawk, a Sparrowhawk, Buzzards, Ravens, Stock Doves, Swallows and House Martins. Also a Holly Blue and Large White butterflies, Hummingbird Hawk moths, a Bank Vole and a Red Fox. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Forest of Dean     At Crabtree Hill this morning three Spotted Flycatchers, 13 Willow Warblers, 12+ Stonechats (6 ads), 12 Linnets, two Garden Warblers, two Tree Pipits, a pair of Blackcaps, three Nuthatches, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers heard, 11 House Martins, three Swallows, a Jay and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher/Martin Greenish). Still one male Nightjar churring tonight but fast approaching the end of the season. (Martin Vaisey). At Cannop ponds a Grey Heron, a Siskin, five Goldfinches, four Grey Wagtails, two female Mandarins, seven Tufted Ducks, a Nuthatch, three Little Grebes, two pairs of Coot both feeding one young and a Treecreeper. (Martin Russell). Pic by Martin R.

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Innsworth     A Ring-necked Parakeet in the garden at 7:30pm before flying off toward Innsworth Camp. On Saturday 4th  a Lesser Black-backed Gull with a blue ring and orange figures 838. (Mark Easterbrook).

Hardwicke     Along the canal S of Sellars Bridge a Little Egret and Hobby both flew S, 2+ Ravens, a worn adult and a juvenile Lesser Whitethroat, 6+ juvenile Goldfinches, 2+ Buzzards and a Grass Snake swam across the canal. (MK).

Barnsley     A pair of Grey Partridges with up to ten fledged young. (Duncan Dine).

Coombe Hill Meadows     In the Long Pool ten Teal, 20 Mallards, four Grey Herons, a Redshank and seven Green Sandpipers. (Mike Smart). Also seven Grey Herons, 11 Snipe, two Ravens, three Lesser Whitethroats, ten Whitethroats, a Sedge Warbler, 17 Mistle Thrushes and three Redstarts. Dragonflies included Emperor, Migrant Hawker, Brown Hawker, Common and Ruddy Darter and Red-eyed Damselflies. Also a Brimstone butterfly. (Andy Jayne).  Note/ The boardwalk to the Grundon Hide is in the process of being raised, so that the Grundon hide will in future be accessible in time of high flood; the old boardwalk has to be dismantled so that a new one can be fitted, and the process may take a month. The Grundon hide will still be accessible, but that access is across the fields, from the first gateway leading to the reserve, rather than the canal bank.

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Monday 6th August 2018

Eastleach     A juvenile Short-eared Owl in a grassy field near Eastleach this morning. (Matthew Elliott). Pic here.

WWT Slimbridge     1+ Wood Sandpiper around the grounds again today. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Frampton     A Spotted Flycatcher in the Gravel Wash this morning. (Gordon Kirk).

Cleeve Hill     A Wheatear and a Corn Bunting this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Saul Warth     Very quiet at high tide, just four Ringed Plovers and a Clouded Yellow butterfly. (MK).

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Sunday 5th August 2018

Saul Warth     126 Curlews, three Redshanks, a Grey Plover, a Whimbrel, three adult Yellow-legged Gulls and two juvenile Common Terns today. (Gordon Hodgson).

Forest of Dean     Three Peregrines flew over Awres Glow, near Mallards Pike this morning at 6:05am. (Tony & Michelle Fielding).

Berkeley shore     This morning a Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, two Common Sandpipers and two juvenile Redshanks. Also a Clouded Yellow butterfly. (Paul Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge     This morning the Wood Sandpiper on the Rushy hide, also a Snipe, a Greenfinch amongst Goldfinches and a Grey Wagtail. (Paul Cousins). Pic by Paul.

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Netheridge Farm     At the Barn Owl Centre a flyover Greenshank, a patch tick, and 1+ Common Tern, ten Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, 11 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, nine Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, five Reed Warblers and two Sedge Warblers. Also a Migrant Hawker around the Willow Pools. (Mark Hobson).

Bourton-on-the-Water     Four Swifts over this evening. (Keith Jennings).

Gloucester     A Swift over at 8:30pm. (Gordon Avery).

Cleeve Hill     At the western edge of the gallops near the two gates a pair of Redstarts, adult and juvenile Stonechat, a Whinchat, a Willow Warbler and three Whitethroats, a Raven and a Buzzard. Butterflies on the common and the Bill Smyllie reserve included many Common Blues, Chalkhill Blue, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. Also a Southern Hawker dragonfly. (Keith White).

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Saturday 4th August 2018

Barnsley Park     250+ House Martins and Swallows, a Hobby and a single Spotted Flycatcher and also a family group of five. Nearby a Buzzard photographed at Sherborne. (Richard Tyler). Pic by Richard.

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Quedgeley     100+ Swifts just flew S between Rea Bridge & Sellars Bridge at 3:45pm. Also a Chiffchaff and a pair of Bullfinches. (MK).

Berkeley     A Marsh Harrier early morning just N of the Pill. (Andy Jordan).

WWT Slimbridge     A Wood Sandpiper on the Rushy this morning. (Jon Mercer).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 126 a winter-plumaged/juv Black-tailed Godwit with a yellow ring on its right leg, a Dunlin and a Little Ringed Plover. (John Durell).

Stow-on-the-Wold     A Red Kite over the supermarket car park this afternoon at 4:10pm drifting W. (Howard Taylor).

Ashleworth Ham     A Constant Effort ringing session caught 47 birds including 16 Whitethroats, six Blackcaps, five Lesser Whitethroats, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, two juvenile Redstarts and a Reed Bunting. On the reserve a Peregrine flew over and a recently fledged Cuckoo being fed by a Sedge Warbler. (Mervyn Greening/Barrie Mills/Mike Smart). Pics by Mervyn.

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Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the resident Peregrines, Buzzards, Ravens, House Martins, Swallows, two Barn Owls, Stock Doves, a Marsh Tit and a Spotted Flycatcher. Also Painted Lady, Gatekeeper, Large White, Holly Blue and Meadow Brown butterflies, a Rose Chafer and Hummingbird Hawk moths and two Bank Voles. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Bredons Hardwick     Four Common Terns on the Glos side of the river at midday. (David Norman).

Rudford     A Red Kite over today. (Lino D’Ambrogio).

Cheltenham     At Lansdown railway station two Tawny Owls calling to each other this evening. (Keith White).

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