Saturday 11th January 2020

Cotswold Water Park West     A LESSER WHITETHROAT possibly of the Eastern race blythi at Shorncote reedbed. Park at South Cerney playing field car park at SU043969 and walk W along the footpath to SU03669682. This bird is secretive and patience is required. Wellies are a must, the footpath is underwater from sewage farm run off in places. (Kim Milsom). The BLACK-NECKED GREBE still on Pit 16 viewed from the grassy bank off of Nightingale Way this morning. (Colin Greenfield).

Daglingworth     A GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Park Corner in the old quarry at SO9667104334 this morning. Please park carefully. (Tim Salkeld/Dave Soons).

Snowshill     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still this morning at SP114335. Please note this bird is always distant and a scope is recommended. (Ian Hull).

Frampton     A TWITE and a male Brambling with a finch flock flushed by a Goshawk this morning also 40+Golden Plover over, a pair of Stonechats, a Shelduck, four Snipe, the roosting Tawny Owl at Court Lake and the Yellow-legged Gull on the floating hut on the Sailing Lake. (Nick Goatman).

Berkeley shore/Pill     This morning a WATER PIPIT, a Jack Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, a Turnstone and a Stonechat. (Paul Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge     A CATTLE EGRET on South Lake causeway this morning. (Dave Paynter).

Harnhill     Nine Grey Partridges at dawn. (Colin Greenfield).

Stroud     A pair of Dippers at Lodgemore Mill today. Also Goldcrests, a Grey Wagtail and a Song Thrush. (Ken Burrows).

Cobney Meadows     This morning two Canada Geese, two Shelducks, two Mallards, two Grey Herons, a Moorhen, five Pied Wagtails, 500 Jackdaws moving N from a roost. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth & Hasfield Hams     This morning 12 Mute Swans, 110 Greylags, six Canada Geese, 250 Wigeon, ten Gadwalls, 75 Mallards, 50 Pintails, 60 Shovelers, eight Tufted Ducks, 20 Coots, two Moorhens, 14 Lapwings, ten Snipe and a Jack Snipe. Also a male Stonechat on the Hasfield side and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).

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Friday 10th January 2020

Daglingworth     A GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Park Corner in the old quarry today at SO9667104334 until midday at least. Please park carefully. (Pete Grimmitt). Pic by Mike.

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Snowshill     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still this morning at SP114335. Please note this bird is always distant and a scope is recommended. (Duncan Dine).

Forest of Dean     At Woorgreens this morning 21 Goosanders (9m, 12 f/imm), a Sparrowhawk, three Snipe, 18 Redwings, 13 Crossbills and 70+ Siskins. On Crabtree Hill two Crossbills, a female Reed Bunting, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Green Woodpecker. (MK). Later at Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE favouring the short tree stump near middle path, then flew towards Woorgreens Lake. It caught a Goldcrest and then probably a pipit. Also a Song Thrush, two Jays, five Stonechats and a Jack Snipe. (Jake King/John Fletcher/Alan Waterman). At Cannop Stoneworks two Coal Tits, a Nuthatch, a Grey Wagtail, a male Bullfinch, two Siskins, two pairs of Mandarins, ten Tufted Ducks, two Mute Swans, two Little Grebes and three Cormorants. At Speech House a mating pair of Crossbills, a Goldcrest and two Nuthatches. At Parkend three Nuthatches, a Mistle Thrush, a Jay, 12 Redwings, 30+ Siskins, a Lesser Redpoll, two Marsh Tits, a Coal Tit and a Treecreeper. (Jake King/John Fletcher). At Cinderford Linear Park 19 Goosanders (8m, 11f) this afternoon. (Julia Ribbons). Four Buzzards circling high over Mitcheldean at 1:25pm today. (Chris Keeling). Shrike pic by Alan and Goosander pic by Mike. 

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Gloucester     The adult male BLACK REDSTART at the east end of Gloucester Cathedral at 3:15pm. c50 Redwings at Alney Island this afternoon. (Simon Hart).

Cotswold Water Park West     The BLACK-NECKED GREBE still on Pit 16 viewed from the grassy bank off of Nightingale Way this afternoon. (Chris Snook).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the resident Peregrine pair and one of the Strathdon Cliff Peregrine pair on Doward Hill, a Goshawk, two Ravens, six Buzzards, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tits, a Song Thrush, a Tawny Owl calling, four Stock Doves and a Grey Heron. Other sightings included six Fallow Deer and a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

WWT Slimbridge     A CATTLE EGRET on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide this morning. Also a Green Sandpiper on the Tack Piece and an Oystercatcher on the Rushy. (Ian Hull).

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Thursday 9th January 2020

Daglingworth     A GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Park Corner in the old quarry today at SO9667104334. (Pete Grimmitt).

Cotswold Water Park West     The BLACK-NECKED GREBE still on Pit 16 today viewed from the grassy bank off of Nightingale Way until early afternoon at least. (Paul Rich/Jon Mercer).

Gloucester     The male BLACK REDSTART again on the South Transept of Gloucester Cathedral at 12:15pm after an hour wait. (MK/Paul Clark/Geoff Fawcett). Pics by Mike.

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WWT Slimbridge     A CATTLE EGRET on South Lake again today. (Paul Masters).

Saul     A CATTLE EGRET and 28+ Little Egrets again at 2:05pm in the horse paddocks to the right of the Saul-Arlingham road approaching from Cadbury Bridge at SO7415608907. (MK).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A adult Yellow-legged Gull this evening. (Jeremy Squire).

Frampton     A drake Goldeneye on Court Lake this afternoon. Also a Little Egret and 15 Cormorants, but no sign of the roosting Tawny Owl or the Yellow-legged Gull on the Sailing Lake. (MK).

Boxwell     A Barn Owl flew across the A46 E-W, at 9:50pm near the Boxwell/Leighterton junction at ST817918. (Paul Sutton).

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Wednesday 8th January 2020

Cotswold Water Park West     The BLACK-NECKED GREBE still on Pit 16 today viewed from the grassy bank off of Nightingale Way. 26 Red Crested Pochards and a drake Goosander on Pit 44. Four male Bullfinches, a Reed Bunting and a Cetti’s Warbler along the Thames Path by Pit 57. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Sharpness     The BLACK REDSTART still at the far end of Dock Road, beyond the buildings, in a compound. (Andrew Jordan).

Gloucester     The BLACK REDSTART still high up on Gloucester Cathedral today. (Paul Masters). Three Stonechats (1m, 2f ) at Plock Court near the small bull rush pond SO837203. At Horsbere FSA SO866189 birds included two Snipe, five Teal, 14 Mallards, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, a Water Rail heard, male and female Stonechat, 36 Linnets and a Raven. (John Fletcher).

Calmsden     c15 Grey Partridges this morning, and three Short-eared Owls flushed by the Hunt. (Ian Hull).

WWT Slimbridge     A CATTLE EGRET on South Lake this morning and two Greenland White-fronted Geese in the Bottom New Piece, also an Egyptian Goose.

Saul     A CATTLE EGRET and 17 Little Egrets again late morning in the horse paddocks to the right of the Saul-Arlingham road approaching from Cadbury Bridge. (Vic Polley).

Stroud     A Dipper on the River Frome behind Fromehall Mill today. (Richard Williams).

Snowshill     No sign of the Great Grey Shrike again today but two Red Kites, two Buzzards, two Ravens, five Yellowhammers, 14 Fieldfares and a Mistle Thrush. (MK).

Roel Gate     50+ Chaffinches, 10+ Yellowhammers, a Coal Tit on stubble. Also two Red Kites and a Stoat. (MK).

Hawling     20+ Yellowhammers, two Red Kites, two Buzzards and 10+ Red-legged Partridges near Southdown Farm. (MK).

Forest of Dean    At Parkend at the church this morning two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Jays, 2+ Nuthatches, a party of 6-8 Long-tailed Tits, and a mixed tit flock including several Coal Tits and a Marsh Tit; also a Hawfinch in the tall trees west of the cricket pitch and a ringed Dipper (yellow above pale blue on right leg, red on left leg) on Cannop Brook south of the Fountain Inn. At Woorgreens Lake this afternoon a pair of Goosanders. (Andy & Sue Gibbons). At Cannop ponds on the lake at Upper Cannop 17 Mandarins (10m, 7f) and a Marsh Tit on the bird table, on the lower pond by the Stoneworks a Siskin flock by the bridge, Goldfinch and Nuthatch among the mixed tit flock, six Greylags and 22 Mandarins (14m, 8f). (Chris Keeling). A Marsh Tit, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Jay in the car park behind Speech House. (Paul Dunham). Pic by Paul.

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Barrow Ponds    17 adult Grey Herons, a Little Egret and six Cormorants today. (Mike Smart).

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Tuesday 7th January 2020

Cotswold Water Park West     A BLACK-NECKED GREBE at 4:15pm amongst the gulls on Pit 16 along the left bank viewed from the Nightingale Way end. (Graham Lawlor).

WWT Slimbridge     A Cattle Egret on the Long Ground pool and the female Goldeneye back on the Rushy today. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Over     In the flooded field on the left bank of the River Leadon at SO815202 (best seen from footpath from Over Farm Market to Lassington Hill) five adult Whooper Swans and 13 Mute Swans (8 ads, 5 imms) today. (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Flood water still extensive in front of the Grundon hide, the stage boards still underwater. Six Mute Swans, 37 Greylags, 40 Canada Geese, 23 Shelducks, c1500 Wigeon, 30 Gadwalls, c900 Teal, 50 Mallards, 604+ Pintails, 148+ Shovelers, 33 Tufted Ducks, a Grey Heron, 35 Coots, 350 Lapwings, 50 Fieldfares and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth & Hasfield Hams     24 Mute Swans, 91 Greylags, 447 Canada Geese, a Shelduck, 100 Wigeon, 200 Teal, 75 Mallards, ten Pintails, five Shovelers, a Grey Heron, five Coots and 50 Lapwings. (Mike Smart).

Brockworth     A Grey Wagtail in the garden this morning in the Westfield area. (John Miles).

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Monday 6th January 2020

Cotswold Water Park West     A FIRECREST just S of Cerney Wick along the canal path.  It was at SU 08109565, which is just the Wilts side of the border. (Martine Fenn).

Forest of Dean     No sign of the shrike in 3 hours this morning in poor conditions. 70+ Siskins and a Snipe at Woorgreens. At Crabtree Hill another Snipe, 2+ Crossbills and a male Stonechat, a Muntjac in Crumpmeadow Inclosure (the wooded descent beyond Crabtree Hill). At Cannop ponds a Marsh Tit visiting the bird table, 12 Mandarins and a Little Grebe and a Cormorant at the Stoneworks. (MK).

Cheltenham     At Naunton Park a Tawny Owl hooting at 6:30am. (Steve Brown).

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge a Merlin at 12:44pm, a female Marsh Harrier, two Mistle Thrushes and 43 Shelducks. The Yellow-legged Gull back on the Sailing Lake. (John Fletcher/ Jake King).

WWT Slimbridge     Six Egyptian Geese and the Ruddy Shelduck on the Bottom New Piece this morning. (Ian Hull).

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Sunday 5th January 2020

WWT Slimbridge     A female Goosander on the top New Piece, nine Egyptian Geese on the Bottom New Piece this morning and a Ruddy Shelduck. Also a female Marsh Harrier hunting over the Dumbles. (Roberta Goodall).

Forest of Dean    Five Goosanders on Woorgreens Lake, 100 Siskins and a few Lesser Redpolls in the Alders, 30 Crossbills in Crumpmeadow Inclosure and the GREAT GREY SHRIKE showed toward dusk hunting from low willows on the middle track on Crabtree Hill. (Ian Ralphs).

Cotswold Water Park West    At Pit 44 38 Red Crested Pochards and a male Goosander. A Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest, a Treecreeper, a Redwing, a Bullfinch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker along the Thames Path. (Sam Walker).

Sharpness    Late morning from the Severn Way S from Sharpness five Redshanks, c100 Wigeon, c100 Lapwings, 25 Dunlins, a Kestrel, a Marsh Harrier, 20 Meadow Pipits and two Shelducks. (Helen Bojaniwska).

Frampton pools     Two Goldeneye. a Shelduck, four Wigeon, 33 Tufted Ducks, 198 Coots, a Woodcock, a Snipe, nine Reed Buntings, six Greenfinches , 100+Chaffinches, 100+ Linnet,s 16 Song Thrushes and 200+ Wood Pigeons today. (Nick Goatman).

Coombe Hill Meadows     From the Grundon Hide this morning c4000 ducks including 12 Mute Swans, 50 Greylags, 100 Canada Geese, ten Shelducks, 1600 Wigeon, 900 Teal, nine Gadwalls, 75 Mallards, 568 Pintails and 188 Shovelers, 11 Tufted Ducks, ten Coots and 192 Lapwings. (Mike Smart).

Nailsworth     At Ruskin Mill Ponds five Nuthatches, a Treecreeper, three Coal Tits, a pair of Marsh Tits, a Kingfisher, a Little Egret, a Little Grebe, a Raven and a Buzzard. (Jake King).

Hawling     Around the Hawling Triangle a ringtail HEN HARRIER at 12:35pm, three Stonechats (2m, 1f), 180+ Linnets, a Red Kite, c60 Fieldfare, a Grey Partridge, c80 Stock Doves and two Corn Buntings. (Ken Heron).

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