Friday 5th October 2018

Forest of Dean A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER ringed at Crabtree Hill this morning, possibly two birds there. (Robin Husbands).

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South Cerney     A BITTERN in flight over the Ashton road between Cirencester and South Cerney this evening at 6:10pm heading in a SW direction at SU 03682 97817. (Mike Cook).

WWT Slimbridge     A MERLIN again on the Dumbles edge from Holden Tower. Also a Marsh Harrier and a GREAT WHITE EGRET N of Mid Point. Three Spotted Redshanks from Robbie Garnett hide. (Slimbridge Sightings). Pic by Richard Tyler.

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Cleeve Hill     This morning Chiffchaffs still going up the Sheepwash Valley. Good numbers of Meadow Pipits and family party of four Stonechats. (Duncan Dine).

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Thursday 4th October 2018

Sharpness     The BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Berkeley Pill     A Greenshank still this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Cotswold Water Park East     Three GREAT WHITE EGRETS and ten Little Egrets on Pit 119a early morning. (Chris Mabon).

Frampton     On Court Lake two CATTLE EGRETS, two GREAT WHITE EGRETS and three Little Egrets this evening. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge     A MERLIN flew past Zeiss hide this morning. (Slimbridge Sightings). A Red Kite low over the visitor centre at lunchtime. (Roberta Goodall).

Saul Warth     Two Wheatears, five Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, 100+ Curlews, 20+ Meadow Pipits and five Skylarks at lunchtime. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Cleeve Hill     Two Sparrowhawks, a Raven, a male Yellowhammer, Linnets, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, Jays and Swallows. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

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Wednesday 3rd October 2018

WWT Slimbridge     A Blue-headed Wagtail briefly on Rushy at 5:45pm. (Rich Hearn). A BITTERN seen three times between 1-1:30pm from Zeiss hide looking SW towards the Kingfisher hide. (Phil Pope). At Mid Point a MERLIN flushed from the pill and flew up river towards Frampton. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Forest of Dean     At Soudley Ponds this afternoon 12 Mandarins (10 m), a Grey Heron, two Little Grebes and a Grey Wagtail. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

Frampton     Two Marsh Harriers hunting over the 100-Acre this afternoon viewed from Saul Warth. (MK). At the pools a Marsh Harrier, two CATTLE EGRETS, two GREAT WHITE EGRETS, five Little Egrets, five Grey Herons, 13 Great Crested Grebes, 36 Teal, six Gadwalls, five Shovelers, a Pintail and two Chiffchaffs. (Nick Goatman).

Saul Warth     This afternoon approaching high tide a Ringed Plover, 100+ Curlews, 60+ Shelducks, four Grey Herons and a Little Egret. Also a Wheatear, 12 Meadow Pipits, two Skylarks, two Stock Doves, 22 Long-tailed Tits and a Raven and at least one late Small Copper. (MK).

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Ebley     A Raven around the Devereaux Hill area this morning. (Rich Mast).

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Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Sharpness     The BLACK REDSTART still at the end of Dock Road this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Frampton pools     This morning on Court Lake a GREAT WHITE EGRET, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, a Green Sandpiper, 25+ Gadwalls and 30+ Teal. Another GREAT WHITE EGRET and the adult Yellow-legged Gull on the Sailing Lake. (MK). This evening both GREAT WHITE EGRETS and two CATTLE EGRETS on Court Lake and a Tawny Owl calling. (Paul Masters). Pic by Mike.

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Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrines, a Red Kite, three Goshawks (2 juvs, 1 ad), Ravens, Buzzards, two Jays, Stock Doves, two Grey Herons and Swallows. Also numerous Orange Ladybirds and a female Common Darter. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

WWT Slimbridge     Two Spotted Redshanks, a Redshank and a Ruff from Robbie Garnett hide. Three Common Cranes (1 juv) from Holden Tower this afternoon. (Colin Butters).

Innsworth     A pair of Ring-necked Parakeets flew over this morning. (Mark Easterbrook).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This afternoon birds included a Little Owl, a Hobby, a Buzzard, two Jays, three Greenfinches, 43 Long-tailed Tits, a female Stonechat and three Swallows. On the Long Pool 55 Teal, four Gadwalls, seven Shovelers and 25+ Mallards. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Gloucester     At Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake a pair of Mute Swans with six cygnets,  two juvenile Little Grebes, two adult Grey Herons and a female Wigeon. (Gordon Avery).

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Monday 1st October 2018

Saul Warth     This afternoon two Wheatears, two Stonechats, a male Blackcap, three Chiffchaffs, one singing still, four Meadow Pipits, two Skylarks, a Cattle Egret, a Little Egret, three Grey Herons, a Redshank, a Curlew and a Nuthatch calling from Dunstalls wood. Also a Red Admiral. (MK). Two Golden Plovers earlier. (Martin Greenish). Pic by Mike.

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Lydney     At Lydney Harbour at 5pm 30 Goldfinches, three Cormorants, a Grey Heron, a female Wheatear, a Lapwing and a Canada Goose. (Iain Crawford).

Frampton pools     Two CATTLE EGRETS and three GREAT WHITE EGRETS at Court Lake early morning and again this evening. (Nick Goatman/Margaret Gregory/Colin Greenfield).

WWT Slimbridge     A female MERLIN flew over the Rushy heading out towards the Dumbles at 4pm. (Richard Hearn). At Zeiss hide over the high tide 172 Dunlins and 26 Golden Plovers came off the river to rest up and a GREAT WHITE EGRET. Also three Ringed Plovers at Mid Point. (Ian Hull).

Epney     Four Ruff, 25+ Lapwings and two Grey Herons at Epney S of the Anchor Inn this mornings. (MK).

Cherington     Around Cherington lake late afternoon birds included three Kingfishers (2 juvs), two Bullfinches, two Goldcrests, ten Long-tailed Tits, a Green Woodpecker and a Jay heard, four Goldfinches, two Little Grebes, seven Moorhens and ten Mallards. (John Fletcher).

Cotswolds     Along Campden Lane between Sudeley Castle and Guiting Power a Peregrine swept down from trees. Also in that area two Red-legged Partridges, a Buzzard and a Kestrel. (Martin Russell).

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Sunday 30th September 2018

Hawling area     Late afternoon six Red Kites, three Buzzards, two Kestrels, 35 Lapwings, 180+ Stock Doves, four Ravens, 60 Skylarks, three Stonechats, 70 Meadow Pipits, 40 Linnets and a Corn Bunting. (Andy Jayne).

Dursley     An adult and a juvenile Dipper on the river at Water Street today. (Shane Long).

Aylburton Warth     340 Curlews (including 29 colour-ringed), a Green Sandpiper, a Ringed Plover, a Little Egret and three Reed Buntings. The pictured Curlew white/blue/yellow was ringed at Wibdon Warth in September 2011 and nests at Upham Meadow, near Twyning. (John Sanders).

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Frampton pools     Two CATTLE EGRETs, three GREAT WHITE EGRETS, 12 Little Egrets, 28 Gadwalls, 31 Shovelers, a Wigeon, a Tufted Duck, six Grey Herons, 16 Teal, three Chiffchaffs, six Jays, four Grey Wagtails and a Kingfisher. (Nick Goatman).

Berkeley     A Mediterranean Gull, a Greenshank and a Turnstone at the shore this morning. (Paul Taylor). A Greenshank and a Whinchat still today just N of Berkeley Pill, a Golden Plover over and eight Redwings over Sharpness. (Andy Jordan).

Saul Warth     This morning nine Golden Plovers, two Ringed Plovers, three Grey Plovers, a Black-tailed Godwit. A Rock Pipit, a Reed Bunting and a Yellowhammer all flew through high SW and a Wheatear. (Gordon Hodgson). At Hock Ditch 12+ Meadow Pipits, a female Goosander flew through and two Grey Wagtails. (Les Ditchburn).

WWT Slimbridge     Two unringed Common Cranes of unknown origin on the Dumbles this morning. (Roberta Goodall).

Purton     This morning a Rock Pipit, a Redwing and a Golden Plover over and Whitethroat, six Blackcaps, seven Chiffchaffs, three Goldcrests and two Water Rails heard. Vismig also included 17 Reed Buntings, 45 alba Wagtails, eight Grey Wagtails, 91 Meadow Pipits, 45 Chaffinches, 46 Goldfinches, 17 Siskins, 21 Linnets, five Mistle Thrushes, ten Swallows, 27 House Martins, 13 Rooks and a Great Spotted Woodpecker that dropped briefly before heading high out across the river. (Francis Steuck).

Stinchcombe Hill     This morning 40+ Meadow Pipits, six Skylarks, 28 Pied Wagtails, six Song Thrushes heading N, eight Mistle Thrushes, 11 Common Gulls, 18+ Goldfinches, 20+ Chaffinches, two Siskins, a female Blackcap and a Chiffchaff. (James Robinson).

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Saturday 29th September 2018

Saul Warth     Three Grey Plovers, two juvenile Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin, 20+ Curlews, three Little Egrets, a Peregrine, 30+ Meadow Pipits, a Chiffchaff and a Wheatear. Also a Red Admiral. (Neil Smart/MK). Pics by Mike.

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Cotswold Water Park East     A juvenile Marsh Harrier, a Dunlin, a Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, a Siskin, eight Egyptian Geese and 354 Tufted Ducks on Pit 126. (Ian Ralphs).

Frampton     Two GREAT WHITE EGRETS on Court Lake at 9am. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge     A Bar-tailed Godwit, three Avocets on the mud from Mid Point, also 94 Shelducks, 114 Barnacle Geese, 60 Canada Geese, c120 Curlews, ten Dunlins, 105 Wigeon and a Little Egret. (Paul Masters). Four CATTLE EGRETS and a Marsh Harrier from the Safari. (Dot Jones).

Sharpness     A Ring-necked Parakeet flew towards Purton at 10:35am. A Whinchat earlier at the end of Dock Road. (Andy Jordan).

Berkeley     A Greenshank at the Pill late morning with c40 Redshanks. Also 37 Wigeon, a male Stonechat and a Whinchat. At the shore a Black-tailed Godwit and a Common Sandpiper. (Paul Taylor/Andy Jordan).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the Peregrine pair, a male Sparrowhawk, three Goshawks, four Buzzards, three Ravens (2 juvs, 1ad), four female Goosanders, Swallows, House Martins, three Jays, two Grey Herons, a Green Woodpecker and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Also Comma and Large White butterflies, a Hornet, a Bank Vole and a Fallow Deer with two fawns. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Charlton Kings Common     Three Chiffchaffs today, one singing. (Chris Furley).

Bussage     Several House Martins still feeding high over Bussage this morning, not present late afternoon. (Michael Cook).

Quenington to Fairford     Along the River Coln this afternoon two Dippers, a Kingfisher, two Grey Herons, at least five Swallows still feeding over cow pasture in the Mill Field, two male Bullfinches, a Whinchat, four Meadow Pipits, two Buzzards, a Jay, two Grey Wagtails, a Pied wagtail, a mixed flock of c40 tits Blue, Long-tailed, Coal and Marsh Tits amongst them, a Reed Bunting, seven Linnets and c30 Goldfinches. Also a late Brimstone, two Commas, several Speckled Woods and a Water Vole near the cress beds. (Michael Cook).

Edge     Late afternoon seven Meadow Pipits, two Buzzards, two Linnets, a Kestrel, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Jay and two Fallow Deer. (John Fletcher).

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