Friday 4th October 2019

Frampton     At the pools a female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER circled the Sailing Lake then headed inland, also two Curlews, three Green Sandpipers, nine Swallows, 14 House Martins, two Pochards, four Tawny Owls and a Little Owl. (Nick Goatman). A juvenile Black Tern briefly at Splatt Bridge this morning, a Great White Egret over and still 1000’s of Black-headed Gulls on the new flood. (Gordon Hodgson).

WWT Slimbridge     A Jack Snipe and a Kingfisher from Martin Smith hide today, the juvenile Black Tern still on South Lake and a Water Rail on the Rushy. (Dot Jones/Sam Walker). From Zeiss hide two Curlew Sandpipers, a Great White Egret and a juvenile Marsh Harrier. (Ian Hull).

Nailsworth     90+ House Martins in one flock flew S at 8:20am and presumably the same birds flew back N half an hour later in the face of heavy clouds. (Terry Grant).

Woodchester Park     Five Stonechats (3m, 2f) and a late Whinchat in a sweetcorn field at the entrance to the park, and three male Mandarins on one of the lakes. (Terry Grant).

Maisemore     Along Church Road, the pool and to the weir on the Severn this afternoon birds included four Redwings, two Little Grebes, a male Blackcap, two Chiffchaffs, a Cormorant, two Jays, seven Long-tailed Tits, two Green Woodpecker, two Buzzards and a Red Kite. (John Fletcher).

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Thursday 3rd October 2019

Cotswold Water Park West    Four Redwings flew W over Shorncote Reedbeds this morning. (Jon Mercer).

Purton     A Redwing flew over this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Frampton     At Court Lake this evening a Redwing flew over, also 35 Pied Wagtails, 47 Teal, five Shovelers and a Tawny Owl. (Nick Goatman).

Sharpness     A DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE flew over N at 8:15am. (Andy Jordan).

Saul Warth     A DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE flew into The Noose off of Saul Warth at 11:50am, presumably the Sharpness bird. Also a Grey Plover, two Curlews, 15 Lapwings, three Little Egrets, a juvenile Wheatear, a pair of Stonechats, 20+ Swallows, 20+ House Martins, 20+ Meadow Pipits and two Chiffchaffs. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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WWT Slimbridge     The juvenile Black Tern still on South Lake today.

Coombe Hill Meadows     From Grundon hide, mixed hirundines flying low S over the scrape, including a Swift. Also four Shovelers. (Les Ditchburn).

Woodford     A Green Woodpecker feeding on the back garden lawn today. (Geoff Poulton).

Brockworth     A Red Kite flew over Gloucester Business Park at 2:30pm. (John Miles).

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Wednesday 2nd October 2019

WWT Slimbridge     The BITTERN from Zeiss hide again today, also a Great White Egret and two juvenile Curlew Sandpipers. A juvenile Black Tern still on South Lake. A Kingfisher from Martin Smith hide. A Wheatear and a Whinchat near Mid Point. (Jake King/Duncan Dine/Peter Taylor/Phil Cull/Peter Rodgers). Pics by Peter R.

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Saul Warth     This afternoon, a Rock Pipit flew from the Warth to the rocks at Hock Ditch, calling, 1000+ Black-headed Gulls on the Warth, three Avocets with 50+ Shelducks on The Noose on the river. Also two Red Admirals and two Painted Ladies. (MK).Avocets 021019

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Stinchcombe Hill     This morning a Wheatear, three Stonechats, five Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, a few Meadow Pipits over, at least 70 Goldfinches and 55 Pied Wagtails. (James Robinson).

Frampton pools     A Hobby, two Green Sandpipers, 24 Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, 75 Robins, 12 Swallows, five House Martins, a Pintail, two Pochards, 22 Shovelers, 23 Teal, eight Gadwalls, 20 Tufted Ducks, 308 Coots and a Grey Wagtail. (Nick Goatman).

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Tuesday 1st October 2019

WWT Slimbridge     The BITTERN showed well from Zeiss hide today, also three Curlew Sandpipers, 129 Knot, three Greenshanks, a Spotted Redshank, two Sanderlings, 18 Dunlins, eight Ringed Plovers, a Little Ringed Plover, two Water Rails, two Cetti’s Warblers, a Garganey, a Peregrine and a Marsh Harrier. Two Wheatears from the viewing platform and three Bar-tailed Godwits. Two juvenile Black Terns still on South Lake. (Roberta Goodall/Paul Masters/Richard Tyler/Jon Mercer). A Goshawk S through the Top New Piece flushing everything, headed towards the canal. (Sam Walker). Pics by Richard.

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Frampton     On the flashes N of Splatt Bridge at high tide this morning a first-winter Mediterranean Gull with 500+ Black-headed Gulls, three Little Egrets, two Grey Herons, a Hobby, two Buzzards, 100+ Swallows, c10House Martins, a Whinchat, two Chiffchaffs, 30+ Meadow Pipits, 4+ Skylarks and both Water Rail and Cetti’s Warbler heard. Also 10+ Common Darters, 4+ Red Admirals and a Green-veined White. (Neil Smart/MK).

Gloucester    A juvenile Hobby over Port Ham at Alney Island NR this morning. (Andy Jayne).

Berkeley shore     Six Wheatears, two Whinchats, a Rock Pipit and a Whimbrel amongst the Curlews. (Les Ditchburn).

Forest of Dean     A male Wheatear at Crabtree Hill at 8:04am. (Frank Williams).

Chapman’s Cross     c150 Golden Plovers in the second field on the left after Chapman’s Cross driving from Cirencester to Stroud at 7:35 this morning. (Mike Cook).

Hawling     This evening a female Sparrowhawk spooking Pheasants, a Barn Owl, c70 Red-legged Partridge and two Roe Deer. (Bob & Pauline Lakin).

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Monday 30th September 2019

Longney    A dark morph juvenile HONEY BUZZARD flew down river this morning at 9:15am. Also a Whinchat with Reed Buntings. (Brian Kings).

Coombe Hill Meadows     The LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER still today from the Grundon hide until 7:15am only when it flew off, and no further sign by 12:45pm. Also an unconfirmed report of a White-rumped Sandpiper at 12:15pm very briefly. (RBA per Paul Taylor).

WWT Slimbridge     Two Curlew Sandpipers, a Greenshank and the Spotted Redshank from Zeiss hide, two SPOONBILLS flew over South Lake mid-morning but not relocated and two juvenile Black Terns still on South Lake. (Ian Hull/John Budd/Roberta Goodall/Scott Petrek). Pic by Mike.

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Cotswold Water Park West     This morning at Shorncote Reedbeds two Little Grebes, 108 Tufted Ducks, three Teal, 12 Gadwalls, 11 Lapwings, a Water Rail calling, two Kingfishers, a Green Woodpecker, three Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Swallows, four Skylarks, 45+ Meadow Pipits over S, three Stonechats (1m), 15 Chiffchaffs, 4+ Cetti’s Warblers, a Goldcrest, seven Reed Buntings and two Jays. (Jon Mercer).

Sharpness     A Peregrine on the top of one of the grain silos at the Docks this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Nailsworth     60+ House Martins through S this morning. (Jake King).

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Sunday 29th September 2019

Coombe Hill Meadows     The LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER still today from the Grundon hide and showing well if a little distant. Wellies recommended. (Andy Lodge/Sam Walker/Richard Williams).

WWT Slimbridge     From Middle Point a FULMAR, a KITTIWAKE, a juvenile Black Tern flew S, two Bar-tailed Godwits, 40 Knot and a Short-eared Owl. Also the SPOONBILL and three Curlew Sandpipers from Zeiss hide and two juvenile Black Terns and the Spotted Redshank on South Lake. (Martin McGill).

Berkeley shore      A first year Mediterranean Gull flew past NE, three Turnstones, a Whinchat and five Wheatears. Also a female/juvenile Marsh Harrier flew NE at 10:55am. (Paul Taylor).

Frampton     At Splatt flashes 450 Black-headed Gull, three Mediterranean Gulls (2 1st winter, 1 2nd winter) and a first-winter Common Tern. (Gordon Hodgson).

Saul Warth     At high tide three Wigeon (2m, 1f), a juvenile Common Gull, 40+ Meadow Pipits, 6+ Skylarks, six Linnets, a Kestrel, 50+ Swallows and a House Martin flew S. (MK).

Nailsworth     A Barn Owl over ‘The Poplars’ at 11:45pm and three male Tawny Owls calling. (Jake King).

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Saturday 28th September 2019

Sharpness     A MANX SHEARWATER briefly off of Coastguards at 7:20am. Then off of Middle Point at 9:10am (Martin McGill) and finally off of Hock Ditch at 9:50am. It was drifting back down in the middle of the river at 10:25am. Also a female Stonechat and a female Sparrowhawk. (MK).

Coombe Hill Meadows     The LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER still distant this morning amongst Lapwing and Teal, from the Grundon Hide. Also a Jay on a fencepost near the Snipe Pool, and a Green Woodpecker and female Great Spotted Woodpecker from the dragonfly bench beside the canal. (Andy Jayne/Andy & Sue Gibbons). Wellies recommended.

WWT Slimbridge    A CURLEW SANDPIPER amongst the Dunlin and Ringed Plovers from Zeiss hide this morning. (Paul Masters). The juvenile Black Tern still over South Lake and the Spotted Redshank still. (Dot Jones/Matt Lathan). The SPOONBILL from South Lake again this afternoon. (Ken Mihill). The BITTERN showing well from Zeiss hide, also a juvenile Garganey, a Marsh Harrier, three Golden Plovers, a Peregrine and a Cetti’s Warbler singing this afternoon. (Craig Reed/Helen Bojaniwska).

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge this afternoon a SANDWICH TERN flew downriver at 4:20pm, a Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail, 62 Meadow Pipits, 15 Swallows, eight Chiffchaffs and a SPOONBILL feeding mid-channel. (Gordon Hodgson).

Nailsworth     550+ House Martins and 20+ Swallows S during several brief watches today. (Terry Grant).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Pit 57 two Hobbies this afternoon. (Terry Grant).

Gretton     A male Green Woodpecker digging up ants from a garden lawn this afternoon. (Roger Wasley). Pic by Roger.

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Gloucester     A female Pheasant in the garden today at 4:15pm at Bullfinch Road, Abbeydale. (Lori Besent).

Little Farmcote     15+ Swallows feeding over cattle at 10am. (Bob Fryer).

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