Wednesday 12th February 2020

Daglingworth     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Park Corner in the old quarry today at SO9667104334 still. Please park carefully. (Josh Adamms/Ali Brooks). A male MERLIN flew N through the Sapperton end of Cirencester Park at 11:10am, heading towards its regular Park Corner area. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Josh.

Great Grey Shrike 120220

Forest of Dean     Three Goshawks today. Also several Buzzards displaying, a Sparrowhawk and several Ravens. (Mick Colquhoun). Pic by Mick.

Goshawk 120220

Upper Framilode   A near white Buzzard today in the orchard off of Moor Street. Presumably the same one seen at Saul and Frampton. (Josh Adamms). Pic by Josh.

White Buzzard 120220

North Cerney     Seven Little Egrets at 3pm feeding by the River Churn S of North Cerney at cSP025068. (Gordon Avery).

Cheltenham     Two Red Kites over Cheltenham Racecourse near the rear entrance by Southam. (Alan McIlquham).

Highnam Woods     This afternoon birds included four Marsh Tits, three Nuthatches, a Treecreeper, five Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Green Woodpecker heard, two Pied Wagtails, five Long-tailed Tits, 151 Redwings, a Red Kite, a Raven heard and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

Marsh Tit 120220

Aylburton/Guscar Rocks     At high tide this morning birds included four Canada Geese, 34 Shelducks, 157 Wigeon, 120 Teal, a Grey Heron, four Oystercatchers, 11 RINGED PLOVERS (unusually early date), 102 Lapwings, 366 Golden Plovers, 241 Dunlin, nine Snipe, 355 Curlews, 60 Redshanks, a Green Sandpiper, 130 Black-headed Gulls and two Reed Buntings. (Barrie Mills/Mike Smart).

Lydney     From Lydney New Grounds up to Warth Brook (the beginning of Aylburton Common) birds included 11 Mallards, 14 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 286 Black-headed Gulls, four Cormorants, 109 Lapwings, seven Shelducks and three Oystercatchers. (Barrie Mills).

Walmore Common     Viewed from Chaxhill two Mute Swans, six Shelducks, ten Wigeon, a few Teal and 35 Common Gulls. (Mike Smart).

Minsterworth Ham     A Lapwing, 175 Black-headed Gulls, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, ten Herring Gulls, 60 Fieldfares and a Chiffchaff singing. (Mike Smart).

Over     At Leadon behind Over Market 36 Mute Swans today but no sign of the Whoopers. (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Birds today included two Mute Swans, two Canada Geese, 165 Wigeon, 200 Teal, 25 Mallards, 32 Pintails, 22 Shovelers, four Tufted Ducks, a Pochard, a Water Rail calling, 199 Lapwings, 28 Snipe and 75 Fieldfares. (Mike Smart).

Posted in Uncategorized

Tuesday 11th February 2020

Cotswold Water Park West     This afternoon in the roost at Pit 16 a first-winter CASPIAN GULL and an adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL. The BLACK-NECKED GREBE still present. (Graham Lawlor/MK/Paul Rich). Two Barn Owls out hunting at Shorncote 20 minutes before sunset. (Jon Mercer).

Ashleworth Ham     At Colways Farm just beyond Ashleworth Ham on Ham Road, the TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE back there today. (Ian Hull).

WWT Slimbridge    30 KITTIWAKES over the river mid-channel at 1:50pm then headed upriver. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Boddington-Ashchurch     At 4:30pm a ringtail HEN HARRIER seen low over M5 verges between J10 and J9. (Chris Berry).

Saul Warth     At high tide this morning 40+ Shelducks, a Grey Heron, 150+ Lapwings, two Buzzards (including the white one), 20 Linnets, eight Skylarks, two Meadow Pipits, two Pied Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail. (MK).

Frampton pools     A male Goosander flew over and a male Goldeneye on Court Lake. (Nick Goatman).

Sharpness     A Rock Pipit, a Stock Dove and a Bullfinch at the Docks today. (Paul Dunham). Pics by Paul.

Bullfinch 110220

Stock Dove 110220

Woodchester Park     Nine Grey Heron nests in the heronry, with active building underway and five sitting. (Terry Grant). Pic by Terry.

Grey Heron 110220

Brockworth     A pair of Greenfinches in the garden, the first for 4 years. (John Miles).

Posted in Uncategorized

Monday 10th February 2020

Purton    A KITTIWAKE upriver at 10:18am and c80 KITTIWAKES upriver at 11:05am. In the evening gull roost from Purton four MEDITERRANEAN GULLS (1 2cy, 2 3cy and 1 adult). (Francis Steuck). Still present at 1:30pm low over the river off of WWT and also circling high above Awre. (Rich Hearn).

Cotswold Water Park West     A probable adult Ring-billed Gull again in the roost this afternoon at Pit 16, but only seen briefly in atrocious conditions. (MK).

Moreton-in-Marsh     A Starling murmuration is reaching its peak at the service station most evenings now. (Mark Bonner).

Leigh Meadows     This morning 15 Mute Swans, eight Little Egrets, five Snipe, two Green Sandpipers, a Skylark singing and 90 Fieldfares and ten Redwings. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     A Shelduck, eight Wigeon, 110 Teal, four Mallards, a Grey Heron and 20 Snipe today. (Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury     On Severn Ham a Mute Swan (a darvic ringed bird, S62 ringed as a cygnet at Bredon’s Hardwick in 2005), 20 Mallards on the Mill Avon and 30 Carrion Crows. (Mike Smart).

Posted in Uncategorized

Sunday 9th February 2020

WWT Slimbridge     A CATTLE EGRET, nine Little Egrets and two Grey Herons from Martin Smith hide today. (Mike Davis).

Frampton pools    A CATTLE EGRET, 15 Little Egrets, a male Goldeneye, 44 Tufted Ducks, a Wigeon, three Gadwalls, two Chiffchaffs, a pair of Stonechats, 16 Redwings, 35 Fieldfares, 1000+ Common Gulls and  1000+ Black-headed Gulls today. (Nick Goatman).

Hucclecote     A male Sparrowhawk perching on the garden fence and a Red Kite flew over heading SE, a garden first. (Harold Smith).

Posted in Uncategorized

Saturday 8th February 2020

Cotswold Water Park West     An adult RING-BILLED GULL in the roost on Pit 16 this evening from 4:30pm. (Dave Creber). The BLACK-NECKED GREBE still on Pit 16 today. (Richard Williams). A Red Crested Pochard on Pit 12 today. (Philip Nicholas).

Tewkesbury     The drake SMEW still on the River Avon at SO 89243 33117 at 11:30am until 1pm at least. (Paul Whitby/Caroline Corsie). Pic by Paul.

Smew 080220 1

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Whooper Swan from 8:50am until 9:12am when it flew off, a singing Chiffchaff briefly at dawn, a Reed Bunting in song, four Little Egrets and 330 Lapwings. (Ian Ralphs). Also today 23 Mute Swans, 30 Canada Geese, five Shelducks, 120 Wigeon, 200 Teal, 30 Mallards, 15 Pintails, 25 Shovelers, ten Tufted Ducks, two Grey Herons, five Coot, two Moorhens, a Kingfisher, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming, c400 winter thrushes feeding on the ground, the majority Fieldfares and c50 Redwings and two Reed Buntings singing. (Andrew Gooden/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham     26 Mute Swans, 95 Greylags, four Canada Geese, 200 Wigeon, 200 Teal, 15 Gadwalls, 30 Mallards, ten Pintails, 23 Shovelers, five Tufted Ducks, 80 Coots and 300 Lapwings. (Andrew Gooden/Mike Smart).

Aston Down     A Short-eared Owl on the Cherington side of Aston Down at 5pm. (Mike Cook).

Cotswold Water Park East     On Pit 127 two Red Crested Pochards, 95 Wigeon, 14 Gadwalls, 102 Teal, a Shoveler, eight Pochards, 22 Tufted Ducks, seven Pintails and a Little Egret. On Pit 126 42 Tufted Ducks, seven Red Crested Pochards, six Pochards, a Water Rail heard and a Reed Bunting singing. On Pit 125 three Tufted Ducks, 17 Pochards, three Gadwalls and an Egyptian Goose. On Pit 123 six Goldeneyes, four Tufted Ducks and two Pochards. At Pit 115 c10 Siskins. On Pit 116 50 Wigeon, 22 Tufted Ducks and four Red Crested Pochards. On Pit 114 246 Tufted Ducks, 20 Goldeneyes, 178 Wigeon, two Pintails, four Teal, five Shovelers, 128 Pochards, a Kingfisher and at least 250 Lapwings over to the NW. (Robin Griffiths).

Sapperton Park     100s Chaffinches and several Bramblings feeding in a fallow arable field at SO 9605 0281 regularly flying up into oak trees on western side. (Sam Walker).

Nailsworth     A Dipper along the river at Egypt Mill at 2:30pm. (Paul Sutton).

Halmore    Garden birds today included male and female Great Spotted Woodpeckers together, a Green Woodpecker, a singing Song Thrush, a female Sparrowhawk and a ringed male Reed Bunting. (Chris Newton). Pic by Chris.

Reed Bunting 080220

Salperton     Three Buzzards together circling overhead at 11am. (Gill Worthington).

Hawling     A Red Kite over this morning. (Gill Worthington).

Posted in Uncategorized

Friday 7th February 2020

Tewkesbury     A drake SMEW on the River Avon at SO 89243 33117 from 1:20pm until 4pm at least when it was drifting towards the River Severn. (Les Ditchburn). Pics by Mike.

Smew 070220 3

Smew 070220 2

Smew 070220 1

Cotswolds     A juvenile WHITE-TAILED EAGLE heading SE towards Sudgrove being mobbed by Ravens at 1pm. (Jennifer Gilbert). Then reported flying over the Polo Ground, Cirencester Park heading towards Cirencester at 1:30pm. (Chris Digger). Then seen over Shorncote heading towards Lower Mill at 1:40pm. (Graham Lawlor).

Cotswold Water Park West     A FIRECREST at Lower Mill along the stream at Pit 44 at 11:45am. (Graham Lawlor).

Cotswold Water Park East    On Pit 104 a minimum of 10 male Goosanders and 15 females. (Duncan Dine/Andy Wiggins).

Maisemore     From Church Road around the lake to the weir on the Severn mid afternoon birds included a Little Grebe, 11 Moorhens, a Coot, 31 Mallards, two Mute Swans, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Goldcrest, two Song Thrushes, 11 Redwings, 58 Fieldfares, three Long-tailed Tit, three Buzzards, a Kestrel, a male Sparrowhawk and a Raven. (John Fletcher).

Draycott     A male Blackcap on the fat feeder this morning. (Hanna Middleton).

Frampton     A Great Crested Grebe from the Sailing Club today. (Tim Sands). Pic by Tim.

Great Crested Grebe 070220

Gloucester     A Siskin on the garden feeder at Plock Court this afternoon. (Jim Northcott).

Posted in Uncategorized

Thursday 6th February 2020

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon birds included a Whooper Swan, in front of the GWT hide but moving to Colways Farm at 3:30pm, 28 Mute Swans, five Shelducks, 36 Shovelers, 109 Coots, 83 Greylags, 13 Canada Geese, 37 Mallards, 12 Gadwalls, ten Tufted Ducks, 91 Teal, 120+ Wigeon, 21 Pintails, a Cormorant, 250+ Lapwings, 38 Snipe, seven Redwings, 23 Fieldfares, five Long-tailed Tits, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Raven, a Peregrine and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher). Pics by John.

Whooper Swan 060220 1

Whooper Swan 060220 2

Gloucester     A male BLACK REDSTART still on Gloucester Cathedral favouring the SE corner. (Paul Masters).

Frampton pools     At Court Lake a drake Goldeneye, a drake Pochard, three Shovelers (2m, 1f), ten Cormorants, six Grey Herons, a Little Egret, 10+ Redwings and the roosting Tawny Owl. In the Gravel Wash a pair of Teal and a Grey Wagtail. On Sailing Lake an Egyptian Goose, a Little Egret and three Fieldfares. (MK). This morning two pairs of Goldeneyes here. (Martin McGill). Pics by Mike.

Tawny Owl 060220

Shoveler 060220

Whitminster     Along the River Frome below Fromebridge Mill two Little Egrets, a Jack Snipe, a Goldcrest, five Fieldfares and a Peregrine. (Josh Adamms).

Eastleach     Early morning on Macaroni Downs 500+ Starlings, 90 Fieldfares, 80 Woodpigeons, 13 Skylarks, 12 Stock Doves, six Red Kites, eight Corn Buntings, four Bullfinches, a Marsh Tit and a Stonechat. (Chris Furley).

Tewkesbury     At Mitton flashes 290 Wigeon, 85 Teal, a Common Gull and 15 Black-headed Gulls. On Severn Ham two Mute Swans on Mill Avon, a Skylark singing, 31 Pied Wagtails, two Meadow Pipits and 31 Carrion Crows feeding. (Mike Smart).

Coombe Hill Meadows     57 Snipe today. (Duncan Dine).

Halmore     Garden birds today included a male and two female Greenfinches, a Pied Wagtail and in the fields two Song Thrushes, one singing. (Chris Newton).

Posted in Uncategorized