Saturday 13th April 2019

WWT Slimbridge     An ARCTIC TERN on the Rushy at 10am. (Dave Paynter).

Frampton pools     The DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE still on Court field this morning. Also two Cattle Egret and eight Little Egrets, four Oystercatchers, a Common Sandpiper, two Shelducks, four Willow Warblers and a Siskin. (Nick Goatman). A male Goldeneye on the Sailing Lake still. (Colin Greenfield).

Cleeve Hill     Four RING OUZELS (3m, 1f) across the valley opposite the heather enclosure. Also a male Redstart, a Wheatear, two Red Kites and a Willow Warbler. (Tom Mabbett/Richard Price).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This afternoon, male and female GARGANEY, four Redshanks, three Black-tailed Godwits, two Little Egrets, four Curlews and good numbers of Shoveler, Wigeon and Teal. (Terry Stevenson). Also today at least eight Mute Swans, 18 Canada Geese, two Greylags, c6 Shelducks, a female Mallard with 11 freshly hatched ducklings, three Little Ringed Plovers, 12 Lapwings, a Whimbrel, three Swallows, 40 Meadow Pipits, a Willow Warbler, 2-3 each singing Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs and two Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Dowdeswell     Two OSPREYS flew N from Lineover Wood at 10am, closely followed by a third, but not relocated at any of the local reservoirs. (Paul Tubb).

Painswick Beacon     Migration watch highlights this morning included 2060 House Martins, 540 Sand Martins, 190 Swallows, 36 Siskins, six Cormorants, six Meadow Pipits, a Willow Warbler present and seven Buzzards together overhead. (John Fleming).

Witcombe Reservoirs     This afternoon, a passage of 720 House Martins, 270 Sand Martins and 70 Swallows over E and a Yellow Wagtail over E. (John Fleming).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the resident Peregrine pair, a Red Kite, a female Sparrowhawk, 11 Buzzards, Ravens, two Stock Doves, a male Chiffchaff, a pair of Mandarins, a male Blackcap, five Goosanders (4f, 1m), a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Jay. Other sightings included six Fallow Deer, a Bank Vole and a colony of Ashy Mining Bees. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Saul     Two Cattle Egrets in the paddocks on the right after Cadbury Bridge today still. (Colin Greenfield).

Berkeley shore     A Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler and two Yellow Wagtails this morning. (Paul Taylor).

Charlton Kings Common     Early morning three Tree Pipits, two Treecreepers, eight Willow Warblers and seven Stock Doves. (Chris Furley).

Tewkesbury     At Tewkesbury nature reserve at 1:15pm a Wheatear, a pair of Teal and a Kestrel. (Tim Cash).

Gloucester    A Cormorant and a Great Spotted Woodpecker on Alney Island this afternoon. (Simon Hart).

Brockworth     A Swallow behind the Toby Carvery. (Simon Hart).

Hucclecote     A male Greenfinch on a feeder at 4:30pm, the first garden record since March 2013. (Harold Smith).

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Friday 12th April 2019

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 104 a female SMEW amongst eight Goldeneyes, plenty of Sand Martins, Blackcaps, Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers. (Mick & Jo Jones).

Cleeve Hill     At 4:30pm male and female RING OUZELS feeding on a scrape on the opposite side of the valley from the heather enclosure. Also six Red Kites circling over the golf course side of the hill. (Chris Snook). Pics by Chris.

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Frampton     The DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE still on Court field this morning and a male Goldeneye on the Sailing Lake. This evening two Cattle Egret on the island on Court Lake with three Little Egrets, a Yellow Wagtail, 100+ Sand Martins and two Swallows. (Nick Goatman).

Painswick Beacon     Migration watch highlights this morning included 73 Common Gulls, four Sparrowhawks, 20 Buzzards, six Redwings and a female MERLIN SE at 7:35am. (John Fleming).

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead four singing male Pied Flycatchers this morning, two Lower Hide, two Short Trail, and two singing male Redstarts, both at Lower Hide. (Lewis Thomson). On the Long Walk today, a Nuthatch, c6 Treecreepers, two Siskins, a Mistle Thrush, at least 12 singing male Blackcaps, at least two singing Willow Warblers, many Chiffchaffs, and a young Wild Boar ran across the path. (Chris Newton).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning a Sedge Warbler by the bridge to the Grundon hide. Also two Willow Warblers singing, two Little Ringed Plovers, six Redshanks, two Oystercatchers, two Shelducks and small numbers of Gadwall, Wigeon, Shoveler and Teal. (Rob Crofton).

Sharpness     Two Wheatears S of the picnic site this morning. Also a Nuthatch. (Andy Jordan).

Netheridge    A Common Sandpiper flushed up from standing water near the Gas Works on Bristol Road. (Mark Hobson).

Selsley Common     This afternoon four Ravens, a Nuthatch, a Chiffchaff, a Jay, a male Bullfinch, two Siskins, two Coal Tits and a Skylark. (John Fletcher/Jake King). Pic by John.

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Stinchcombe Hill     A Tree Pipit this morning. (James Robinson).

Stroud     At Frome Banks three Mandarins, a pair & a male, two Grey Wagtails, a Dipper, a Nuthatch, a Treecreeper, a Coal Tit, two Jays, a Bullfinch, a Chiffchaff, a Goldcrest and a Mallard brood of four on the Canal. Also a Peacock and a Holly Blue butterfly. (Richard Williams/Simon Ashley).

Chavenage Green     60 Fieldfares and 30 Redwings at ST861957. At Chavenage 110 Golden Plovers at ST880961. At Star Farm, Avening a Siskin. (Paddy Doyle).

Minchinhampton    A Swallow on the common at Tom Long’s Post. (James Kench).

Churchdown     A male and female Lesser Redpoll on feeders also two male Blackcaps and a Greenfinch. (Frances Smith).

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Thursday 11th April 2019

Frampton     The DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE still on Court field this morning, a Cattle Egret on the island, four Willow Warblers singing and two Oystercatchers. (Nick Goatman). At Splatt Bridge tonight, ten Redshanks, two Green Sandpipers flew N and a Yellow Wagtail. (Gordon Hodgson).

WWT Slimbridge    Four LITTLE GULLS (3 ads, 1 2cy) dropped in to South Lake at 10am. (John Budd). A Common Sandpiper on South Lake  today. A Little Ringed Plover on the Tack Piece this morning viewed from Robbie Garnett hide. (Matt Lathan/Slimbridge Sightings).

Stroud     A pair of Grey Wagtails and a singing Blackcap at Lodgemoor Mill lagoon at lunchtime. (Richard Williams).

Aylburton Warth     Six Ringed Plovers, a Knot and a Whitethroat today. (Martin Greenish/Michelle Davies).

Chedworth    Four Buzzards, two Red Kites, nine Skylarks, 20+ Meadow Pipits, House Martins and a pair of Ravens. (Alex Priest).

Painswick Beacon     Migration watch highlights this morning included two Yellow Wagtails E, four HAWFINCHES E together at 7:40 am, 14 Meadow Pipits NW and a male RING OUZEL NW at 7:15 am. (John Fleming).

Cirencester     Male and female Crossbill in Hailey Wood, Cirencester Park today. (Martin Wright).

Hock Ditch to Hope Pill, Arlingham     A pair of Oystercatchers at Hock Ditch. In Long Wood, Hock Cliff five Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler, a Nuthatch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. In Smith’s Wood, Hock Cliff two Chiffchaffs, a male Blackcap, three Willow Warblers and another Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming. In the Awen Standing Stone field at SO7149809889 31 Meadow Pipits, a male Blackcap and a Willow Warbler. (MK).

Saul     Two Cattle Egrets in the second field on the right after Cadbury Bridge at 10:15am. (MK).

Quedgeley     The Raven back at Tesco again today at 3:10pm. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Halmore     Two Treecreepers in the woods this morning, a local first. Also two male Blackcaps, a Goldcrest, a Mistle Thrush, male and female Great Spotted Woodpeckers, at least ten Chiffchaffs, and an Orange Tip butterfly. (Chris Newton).

Forest of Dean   In the Crabtree Hill, Woorgreens, Speechouse area a Stonechat, a Willow Warbler, seven Linnets, three Long-tailed Tits, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Siskins, a Tree Pipit and a Blackcap. Also nine Fallow Deer (6 bucks, 3 does) and a Wild Boar with two boarlets. (Martin Russell).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This evening a pair of Mute Swans, two Greylags, nine Canada Geese, five pairs of Shelducks, c100 Wigeon, ten Gadwalls, at least 400 Teal, 20 Shovelers, eight Tufted Ducks, at least ten Coots, two Oystercatchers, c12 Lapwings, two Black-tailed Godwits, at least four Redshanks and at least three Snipe. (Mike Smart).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reedbed four Cetti’s Warblers heard and a pair of Blackcaps. (Chris Snook). Pic by Chris.

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Cheltenham     A Holly Blue butterfly seen in Queen’s Road this afternoon. (Keith White).

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Wednesday 10th April 2019

Westbury-on-Severn     An adult GLAUCOUS GULL at Pimlico Sand this morning at 10am. It was chased off by a Great Black-backed Gull and flew away towards Arlingham church. (John Phillips). No sign from Arlingham Passage at 4pm.

Wotton-Under-Edge     An OSPREY flew NE pursued by a Peregrine at 2:20pm. (Terry Fenton).

Cleeve Hill     In the heather enclosure at midday a male RING OUZEL and a Wheatear. (Steve Brown/Roy Shilham). This afternoon a male RING OUZEL in bushes below and to the NW of the radio masts. A singing first-summer male BLACK REDSTART also present with another female/immature at another part of the common. (Andy Jayne). Also a Red Kite, a Buzzard, a male Kestrel, two Swallows, a Redwing, four male Bramblings, four Meadow Pipits, two Skylarks, a Mistle Thrush, a pair of Ravens, a Wren, a pair of Dunnocks and two Stock Doves. Also a Gorse Shield Bug and a Brimstone butterfly. (Andy Jayne/Chris & Phil Andrews). Black Redstart pic by Andy. Brambling pic by Phil.

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WWT Slimbridge     A pair of GARGANEY dropped into the Tack Piece at 2pm viewable from Robbie Garnett hide. (Duerden Cormack).

Ashleworth Ham     Male and female GARGANEY still at 7:30pm. (Les Sysum).

Hasfield Ham    At least one female Redstart along Stank Lane this afternoon. (Sarah Loaring).

Doverow Hill     A male Ring-necked Parakeet on garden feeders in Foxmoor Lane again this morning. (Steve Kear). Also three Buzzards today. (Chris Rodell).

Frampton pools    The DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE still on Court Field this morning. Also 200+ Sand Martins, five Swallows and 15 Meadow Pipits. (Nick Goatman). 18 singing Willow Warblers, three Treecreepers and a singing Sedge Warbler by Sailing Lake. (Steve Kear).

Saul     A Cattle Egret flew over the Arlingham road towards Saul Warth at 4pm. (Steve Kear). Two Cattle Egrets in the horse paddocks including one in summer plumage this morning. (Jonathan Bull).

Saul Warth     A male Redstart this evening. (Gordon Hodgson).

Aylburton-Guscar Rocks     This morning 7-11am highlights included (all N) Curlew movement 80-100 per minute until 9am, four Knot, a Bar-tailed Godwit, steady trickle of Meadow Pipits, irregular groups of Swallows mid channel, ten Sand Martins, a Yellow Wagtail, a White Wagtail and a Peregrine. (Mark Dowie).

Purton/Sharpness    200 Sand Martins over Purton and Sharpness with eight Willow Warblers across both sites. Six Wheatears S of Sharpness docks. (Andy Jordan).

Tewkesbury     A Red Kite circling over the garden, drifting ESE, this morning. (Les Ditchburn).

Forest of Dean     Early afternoon today a Siskin just the other side of Parkend by New Road pools on the B4234. (Paul Dunham). Pic by Paul.

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Painswick Beacon     A Red Kite flew NE at 2:23pm. (John Fleming).

Pedington Elm    70 Fieldfares at The Quarries ST680965 near Pedington Manor. (Paddy Doyle).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This evening four Whimbrels, two Curlews, c40 Fieldfares and at least six Redshanks. (Mark Easterbrook).

Amberley     At Theescombe Lane this morning in the garden a Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and a Greenfinch singing and male and female Siskins on the feeder. (Phil Williams).

Stonehouse     A Willow Warbler singing a the top of a silver birch tree in the garden. (Chris Rodell).

Ryeford     A Dipper today. (Chris Rodell).

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Tuesday 9th April 2019

Frampton     A DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE on Court Field this afternoon. Also two Wheatears, three Yellow Wagtails, 500+ Sand Martins, six Swallows, two House Martins, 17 Chiffchaffs, 20 Blackcaps, 84 Meadow Pipits, 28 Linnets, a pair of Goldeneyes, four Teal, 68 Tufted Ducks and two Sparrowhawks. (Nick Goatman). From Splatt Bridge early morning 600+ Sand Martins, a few Swallows and House Martins, 457 Meadow Pipits, 35 Linnets, a Fieldfare and four Black-tailed Godwits. (Gordon Hodgson). At the Sailing Lake this morning a brief male Yellow Wagtail and an adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL. (Jonathan Bull). Pics by Mike.

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Purton     Six COMMON SCOTERS flew N at 10:25am. (Andy Jordan). Pic by Andy. Other VisMig 7-11am included three Little Ringed Plovers, 26 Oystercatchers, 17 Dunlins, 11 Ringed Plovers, 2850 Meadow Pipits, four Tree Pipits, a Brambling, a White Wagtail, a Redwing, 19 Siskins, 150 Linnets, 120 Goldfinches, 400 Sand Martins, 55 House Martins and 40 Swallows. A Redstart by the pub and six Willow Warblers. (Francis Steuck).

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WWT Slimbridge    Two LITTLE GULLS (1 ad, 1 2cy) on South Lake early morning. Also seven Redwings flew over Hogarth hide. (Roberta Goodall/Slimbridge Sightings).

Netheridge Farm     100 Sand Martins and 15 Fieldfares flew NNE over the Barn Owl Centre early morning. Also five singing Willow Warblers between Hempsted footbridge and Netheridge Bridge. (Mark Hobson).

Saul Warth     This morning four Wheatears, 1 male, c100 Sand Martins and c50 House Martins dropping into bushes at the head of the river, a male Sparrowhawk 10+ each of Meadow Pipits, Linnets and Goldfinches. (MK/Les Ditchburn). Pic by Mike.

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Cotswold Water Park East     A redhead SMEW on Pit 127 this morning. Also a Common Tern on Pit 126 this morning. (Duncan Dine). Pic by Duncan.

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Coombe Hill Meadows    This afternoon a Red Crested Pochard, a patch tick, a Greenshank, four Curlews, a pair of Oystercatchers, four Redshanks and a Yellow Wagtail. (Ian Hull).

Tewkesbury     A male Redstart in the garden this morning, a garden tick. (Les Ditchburn).

Babdown     A Red Kite at 3pm near the A46, between Babdown Airfield and Kingscote at ST834959. (Ian Elphick).

Gloucester     Kingfisher flying upstream at Alney Island, behind the old Countrywide store at 5:30pm SO826188. Also five Canada Geese at Castlemeads West SO822185 at 5:50pm. (Ian Elphick).

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Monday 8th April 2019

Prestbury     At 9:23am an OSPREY flew over and on towards Cleeve Hill. (Ken Heron).

WWT Slimbridge    51 LITTLE GULLS circled South Lake, then the Top Hut and carried on NE at 2:35pm. (Martin McGill). A Great White Egret feeding on the scrape viewed from Zeiss hide. (Ian Hull).

Purton     Late afternoon eight LITTLE GULLS, 150 Black-tailed Godwits, 150 Sand Martins, 140 Meadow Pipits, 90 Linnets, 15 House Martins, seven Swallows and a Lesser Redpoll. Early this morning ten LITTLE GULLS, two Goldeneye, four Knot, a female MARSH HARRIER, a female MERLIN, 2200 Meadow Pipits, 100’s Linnet and Goldfinches, 35 Siskins, five Yellow Wagtails, a Tree Pipit, a Brambling and a Yellowhammer. (Francis Steuck). An adult LITTLE GULL floated past upstream at 10:10am. (Geoff Moyser).

Sharpness    Four adult LITTLE GULLS flew high N up river past SARA at 11:20am. 3-5 Redstarts at the picnic site, also six Willow Warblers and 12 Blackcaps. (Andy Jordan).

Saul     A summer plumage Cattle Egret and a Little Egret in the first field on the right after Cadbury Bridge at 11:50am. (MK).

Saul Warth     At Hock Ditch at noon 50+ House Martins, 30+ Sand Martins, 4+ Swallows, a male White Wagtail, 20+ Meadow Pipits, 20+ Linnets and eight Goldfinches. On the river a pair of Goldeneyes, on the mud at least four LITTLE GULLS (2ads), a Common Tern and two Bar-tailed Godwits. (MK).

Frampton     Two SHORT_EARED OWLS from Splatt Bridge this evening. (Gordon Hodgson). Five LITTLE GULLS and a Common Tern at 4:50pm on the Sailing Lake. (Les Ditchburn). This morning, 60+ Curlews, five Whimbrels, two Bar-tailed Godwits, two Yellow Wagtails, a Great White Egret and two Crossbills. (Neil Smart). A female MARSH HARRIER over the 100-Acre at 2:20pm viewed from the towpath at Splatt Bridge. Also on the flashes a pair of Mandarins, another male flew S, 23 Gadwalls, six Wigeon, 21 Teal, three Redshanks and 60+ Sand Martins flew S. (MK).

Cotswold Water Park East    Three LITTLE GULLS at Pit 126. (Steve Davies).

Cotswold Water Park West    A LITTLE GULL and two Common Terns at Pit 16 at 6:35pm. (Nigel Pleass).

Forest of Dean    A male Redstart singing around the ponds at Lower Hide, Nagshead. A Red Kite circling over Speech House at 4:10pm. (Lewis Thomson).

Ebley     Along the Stroudwater Canal between Ebley and Upper Mills a pair of Tufted Ducks and a Dipper on the River Frome. (Julian Gould).

Upham Meadow, Twyning     Two Mute Swans on the Avon, four Oystercatchers over and three Chiffchaffs singing. (Mike Smart).

Mythe Hook     Birds included four Mute Swans, two Teal, two Tufted Ducks, a pair of Oystercatchers on the farm pond, 14 Lapwings , ten Sand Martins and a Wheatear. (Mike Smart).

Leckhampton    Scarlet Tiger Moth caterpillars feeding on Green Alkanet in the garden. (Paul McGowan).

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Sunday 7th April 2019

Selsley Common    A male RING OUZEL in a bush on the W side of the barrow at 7:45am. Also a Redstart near the North quarry. (Colin Greenfield).

Cleeve Hill     Male and female RING OUZEL still below the heather enclosure in the isolated row of trees that run N to S downhill toward the bench at 8:15am. Also a Redwing and a Mistle Thrush again. (Mark Easterbrook).

Frampton     A female BLACK REDSTART at Cools Farm on a pile of stones at the end of the buildings at cSO 74601 06646. (Nick Goatman). A Cetti’s Warbler calling and showing quite well from the towpath 400m S of Splatt Bridge by the small reedbed on the opposite bank in brambles/reeds. (Les Ditchburn). This morning from Splatt Bridge Vis-mig 7-9am included 123 Black-tailed Godwits, five Knots, 114 Black-headed Gulls, 69 Meadow Pipits, 42 Linnets, 80 Sand Martins, 24 Swallows, a male MARSH HARRIER high N at 7am and a Great Spotted Woodpecker high N and a Great White Egret on the river. At high tide two Oystercatchers, a female MARSH HARRIER at 10am, a Yellow Wagtail, a third summer MEDITERRANEAN GULL and three Little Egrets high N. (Gordon Hodgson). A Goshawk over the Sailing Lake today at 12:40pm. (Alan Jones).

Painswick Beacon     Migration watch between 9am and 12:30pm, birds mostly NE, highlights included three Little Egrets, 16 Swallows, 262 House Martins, 81 Sand Martins, two Sparrowhawk, nine Buzzards, 36 Goldfinches and three Fieldfares. (John Fleming).

Netheridge Farm    A Yellow Wagtail N over the Barn Owl Centre this morning, also two Swallows and a House Martin and c100 waders mainly Black-tailed Godwits. (Mark Hobson).

Ashleworth Ham    A pair of GARGANEYS still present this evening. (Andy Jayne).

Purton     A LITTLE GULL going high S towards Sharpness at 7:16am. A female MARSH HARRIER over N at 9:03am. (Francis Steuck).

WWT Slimbridge     Seven Knot on South Lake today. (Ken Mihill). Also a male MARSH HARRIER today. (Martin McGill).

Berkeley shore     Between the Sharpness Docks and Berkeley Pill late afternoon a Buzzard, five Swallows, four Skylarks, four Rock Pipits, three Linnets, a Curlew, a MEDITERRANEAN GULL, two Willow Warblers, ten House Sparrows, four Starlings and two Shelducks. (Malcolm Balster).

Hartpury    A Water Rail calling noisily at the Orchard Centre at 7:30 this morning. (Steve French).

Bromsberrow Heath     A Red Kite over at 2pm. (Steve French).

Sharpness    Two MEDITERRANEAN GULLS (3cy & 2cy) this morning and a Willow Warbler singing at the picnic site. (Andy Jordan).

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