Monday 16th April 2018

Coombe Hill Meadows      The summer plumaged BLACK-NECKED GREBE, the male COMMON SCOTER and the adult LITTLE GULL still present until 6:45pm. Wellies/waterproofs mandatory unless you enjoy paddling. (Mark Dowie/Paul Masters).

Painswick     A GARDEN WARBLER singing and seen at Painswick Rococo Garden yesterday afternoon (15th). (Gareth Jones).

Sherborne     An OSPREY seen leaving downriver from the Farmington road area at 5:15pm, it circled over the Broadwater before flying high N. (Richard Price/Katie Oliver).

Frampton     A female PIED FLYCATCHER at Frampton Green briefly at 8:30am but not afterwards. A Common Sandpiper and a new Sedge Warbler at Splatt Bridge. A Common Sandpiper at the Sailing Lake. (Gordon Hodgson). Three CATTLE EGRETS on the old river channel between the 100-Acre and the canal just S of Splatt Bridge at 11:45am. (Eric Palmer).

WWT Slimbridge     A GLAUCOUS GULL flew upriver viewed from Holden Tower at midday. (Ian Hull). On South Lake at least five Mediterranean Gulls including a second summer bird (yellow ring 2X7N) which is is paired to an adult, now sitting on a nest.

Forest of Dean     A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER in the Cannop Valley today. (Ben Locke). A  pair of Pied Flycatchers at Nagshead near lower hide still. (Paul Rich).

Cirencester     A LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER calling today at Cirencester Park. (Charles Martell).

Hardwicke     A Lesser Whitethroat S of Sellars Bridge this morning. (Paul Masters).

Berkeley shore     A Lesser Whitethroat this morning. (Geoff Moyser).

Shab Hill     A female Wheatear this afternoon. (John Miles).

Gloucester     At Alney Island a singing Blackcap, a Stock Dove, a Buzzard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Grey Heron, a Green Woodpecker, a Cormorant, a Jay, two Shovelers and two Greylags. (Mark Grieve).

Saul Warth/Fretherne     A Wheatear, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, 12 Shelducks, 16 Mallards, two Shovelers, a Skylark, a Chiffchaff, a Wren, 76 Curlews and a Reed Bunting today. (Stef Hawley).

Cherington     At Cherington Lake this afternoon birds included two Tawny Owls calling on opposite sides of the lake in wooded areas at 12:30pm, 11 Tufted Ducks (6m, 5f), a Kingfisher, four Buzzards, two Willow Warblers, two Treecreepers, three Nuthatches, five Chiffchaffs, four Greenfinches, two Goldcrests, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Green Woodpecker calling. (John Fletcher).

Selsley Common     Seven Skylarks and two Bullfinches today. (John Fletcher).

Tewkesbury     On the Ham an Oystercatcher flying up the Severn, two Peregrines (the pair from the Abbey in display over Ham), four Curlews, 150 Common Gulls, a Sand Martin flew up the Severn, a Blackcap, 47 Carrion Crows and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).

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Sunday 15th April 2018

Coombe Hill Meadows      Birds included a summer plumaged BLACK-NECKED GREBE, two Little Grebes, five Great Crested Grebes, a male COMMON SCOTER, a Black Swan, five Shelducks, eight Wigeon, a male Gadwall, 30 Teal, 16 Shovelers, two Pochards, 21 Tufted Ducks, an adult LITTLE GULL, a 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull, four Oystercatchers, a Curlew, 20 Swallows, three House Martins, a Lesser Whitethroat and two Sedge Warblers. Also a Roe Deer swimming in front of the Grundon Hide. (Andy Jayne). Pics by Andy.

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Sherborne     An OSPREY still this morning on the Broadwater from 9:45am until early evening at least. It has Ring 6k on the right leg, recognised by Rutland Osprey project. (Roy Shilham/Tom Mabbett/Kirsty Attrell & John Carter). Pic by Roy.

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Frampton     An OSPREY from Splatt Bridge tonight, hopping across the posts by the Pill, flew at 6:10pm towards the 100-Acre. (Bill Church).

Cleeve Hill     Four RING OUZELS in the scrub where the Washpool Valley branches at 11:15am, near the Wild Daffodils then moved 100m towards the golf course. (Steve Brown).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Eight Blackcaps, seven Chiffchaffs, a Stock Dove, 10+ Swallows, five Great Crested Grebes, three Shelducks, a Little Grebe, four Cormorants, 16 Tufted Ducks, a Common Sandpiper, a Willow Warbler singing, a Sand Martin, a Buzzard, two Greylags, a Jay, two Bullfinches and two Goldcrests today. (Mark Grieve).

Hartpury     At Hartpury Orchard Centre, a Raven, a Kestrel, three Buzzards, two Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, a Little Grebe, a Sparrowhawk, two Swallows, a Green Woodpecker, a Cetti’s Warbler and a a Great Spotted Woodpecker today. (Mark Grieve).

Tewkesbury     At Lower Lode, on a flooded field, six Teal, a Shelduck, a Lapwing, two Oystercatchers, a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard and three Fieldfares today. (Mark Grieve).

Cheltenham     At Naunton Park, a Peregrine, a Raven and a Buzzard over and a Nuthatch near the school, not recorded here before. (Steve Brown).

Saul Warth to Hock Cliff     From 6:30am a Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail N, a Willow Warbler, two Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs and two Swallows. (MK).

Fairford     Two Lesser Redpolls in the garden today at Dynevor Place. (Paul Stockwin). Pic by Paul.

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Forest of Dean     This afternoon in torrential rain five Pied Flycatchers (4m, 1f). They were at the bottom pool from Lower hide. (Chris Snook). 30 Bramblings in the garden today at Ellwood. (Clive Mowforth). Pic by Chris.

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Stinchcombe Common     A male  Wheatear, 13 Skylarks and a Mistle Thrush today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Selsey Common     19 Skylarks today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Longney    This morning at 9:50am a Red-legged Partridge on the Longney Road. (Malcolm Balster).

Standish     A Willow Warbler singing in garden yesterday, and again this morning.  (Juliet Bailey).

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Saturday 14th April 2018

Sherborne     An OSPREY again along the Broadwater at 3:15pm. (Tom Ginger). Also two Little Owls today. (Anita Teague).

Sharpness     Five COMMON SCOTERS on water briefly at SARA just before 7am. They flew N before coming back S 2 minutes later. Also a Yellow Wagtail and a House Martin. (Andy Jordan).

Arlingham to Saul Warth     A male PIED FLYCATCHER in Smith’s Wood at Hock Cliff, six Grey Herons, 30+ Shelducks, two Cormorants, 11 Curlews, two Oystercatchers, five Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk, a Red Kite (Saul Warth 10:39am), 11 Skylarks, six Reed Buntings, two Whitethroats, four Swallows N, 15 Goldfinches, six Willow Warblers, three Chiffchaffs, seven Blackcaps, a Green Woodpecker, two drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three Ravens, a Jay, a Mistle Thrush, a Kestrel, four male Wheatears at Fretherne and a Stock Dove. (Mark Grieve).

Forest of Dean     A WOOD WARBLER singing half-heartedly at Woorgreens car park this morning. (Lewis Thomson). At Nagshead a Firecrest, two Pied Flycatchers, nine Bramblings, three Siskins, three Hawfinches and a Goshawk. (Colin Greenfield/Colin Butters). Four Firecrests in the Speech House area. (Roberta Goodall).

Cleeve Hill    Six RING OUZELS, predominantly males, on the western side of the Washpool Valley at 11:30am. Best observed from the upper slopes of the eastern side of the valley. (Colin and Glenys Smith). A male RING OUZEL down the Washpool Valley at 7:25pm and a SHORT-EARED OWL hunting opposite the Heather Enclosure this evening. (Russ Peacey).

Symonds Yat     From the viewpoint today at Yat Rock the Peregrine pair and an intruding juvenile Peregrine, a female Sparrowhawk, six Buzzards, Jays, Ravens, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Swallow, five House Martins, a male Blackcap, three Chiffchaffs, a Tawny Owl Calling, a Grey Heron, a pair of Bullfinches, three Goosanders (2m, 1f), a pair of Mandarins, a Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tits, a Treecreeper, a Goldcrest and a pair of Stock Doves. Also a Rose Chafer, two Bank Voles and three Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Painswick Beacon     Highlights from the watch today, 6:45am to 1:30pm, five Sparrowhawks, 51 Buzzards, 105 Golden Plovers, 107 Swallows, two House Martins, 86 Goldfinches and 13 Siskins. Also a Wheatear present. (John Fleming).

Selsley Common     Four Wheatears and two Ravens this morning. (Simon Spedding).

Charlton Kings     A Grasshopper Warbler reeling this morning. (Greg Mabbett).

Cotswold Water Park East     The female SCAUP still at Pit 125 this morning. Also three Green Sandpipers, seven Willow Warblers, three Fieldfares and two Siskins. (Ian Ralphs).

Frampton pools     Two Yellow Wagtails, nine Willow Warblers, 27 Blackcaps, 25 Chiffchaffs, five Yellowhammers, 100+ Sand Martins and seven Shelducks this morning. (Nick Goatman).

Gloucester     Two Willow Warblers, a pair of Reed Buntings and a Little Egret at Horsbere Brook Flood Storage Lake this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Upleadon/Brand Green Woods     This afternoon five Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three Green Woodpeckers, three Treecreepers, four Nuthatches, four Buzzards, two Chiffchaffs  and two Song Thrushes. (John Fletcher).

Severn Hams    At Coombe Hill Meadows, the towpath is still largely under water and not passable, even with Wellingtons. Birds included a Coot still incubating, two Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, two Willow Warblers, two Shelducks, six Wigeon, two Teal, four Pintails, two Tufted Ducks, two Oystercatchers and four Curlews, 200 Black-headed Gulls, 150 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 50 Herring Gulls. At Wainlodes the Red Lion road is still closed by floodwater, and the meadows by the river are under water four Mute Swans and four Shelducks on floodwater. At Ashleworth, the road to Tirley is still closed by floods with no way of getting through. (Mike Smart). Pic by Andy Jayne.

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Friday 13th April 2018

Sherborne     Male and female OSPREY still at the Broadwater at 7:30am, one at least still at 5:45pm. (Richard Tyler/Chris Snook/Paul Masters). Also two Common Sandpipers on Sherborne brook today. (Chris Kidd). 1st pic by Richard, 2nd by Chris.

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WWT Slimbridge     An OSPREY flying downriver at 12:20pm viewed from Zeiss hide. (Ian Hull). At 1pm seen heading down the canal towards Sharpness. (Paul Taylor).

Cleeve Hill      A CUCKOO calling at the top of the Washpool valley at 9:30 am, at the heather enclosure a Whitethroat and a Tree Pipit both singing.  In fog Golden Plovers heard near the masts and also near West Down and c30 Yellowhammers on the road to the masts. (Steve Brown). Four RING OUZELS at 12:27pm high on the W side of the Washpool valley between Quarry the branching path. Also a Wheatear. (Les Ditchburn). Ouzels present until 6pm at least, also a SHORT-EARED OWL and 100 Golden Plovers. (Mark Dowie).

Selsley     At least one RING OUZEL still in ivy clad trees at the bottom of the slope after a dog flushed it from the slopes this afternoon. (Sarah Clutterbuck).

Saul Warth     At high tide this morning three Wheatears, a Willow Warbler, 125+ grounded Meadow Pipits, 12 Yellow Wagtails, seven Pied Wagtails, 37+ Swallows, 141+ Sand Martins, nine Curlews and a pair of Oystercatchers. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Alvington     A Red Kite flying over the petrol station towards Chepstow at 5:40pm today. (Martin Vaisey).

Cotswold Water Park East     Two COMMON SCOTERS still at Pit 125 at 8:30am. (Martin Greenish).

Frampton pools     A male Redstart, a LESSER WHITETHROAT, three CATTLE EGRETS, five House Martins, 300+ Sand Martins, four Willow Warblers, 21 Blackcaps, 15 Chiffchaffs, two Teal and 50+ Curlews over. (Nick Goatman).

Quedgeley     Two HAWFINCHES at Clearwater Drive this afternoon. (Andy Chapman).

Berkeley shore     A Common Sandpiper and a Wheatear early morning. (Paul Taylor).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Five Yellow Wagtails this morning. (Owen Follis).

Lydney New Grounds     Eight Wheatears, two Yellow Wagtails and three Whimbrels this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Aylburton Warth     On this evening’s tide, 180 Curlews, seven Bar-tailed Godwits (three males in summer plumage), a Whimbrel, and nine Golden Plovers. (John Sanders).

Snowshill     Six Ravens and eight Fieldfares in and around the lambs today. (Keith Jennings).

Forest of Dean     A summer-plumaged male Brambling in the garden at Forge Hill, Lydbrook today. (Chris Sullivan).

Shuthonger     A Wheatear at the bottom of Woodend Lane this afternoon. (Sarah Loaring).

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Thursday 12th April 2018

Sherborne     Male and female OSPREY at the Broadwater today, seen trying to mate, present throughout the day. (Darcia Gingell/Andy Lewis). Pic by Darcia.

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Frampton pools     Early morning c150 Swallows, c200 Sand Martins and two House Martins on the Sailing Lake. Also c10 Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff and three Willow Warblers. (Roy Bircher). Two CATTLE EGRETS still Court Lake island early morning. Also 100+ Sand Martins, a few Swallows, a Willow Warbler and a pair of Oystercatchers. (Nick Goatman). Birds at Splatt Bridge today included a male WHINCHAT, two Black-tailed Godwits, two Yellow Wagtails, a Tree Pipit, a Whitethroat, two Redstarts, and a large passage of Meadow Pipits, Linnets and Goldfinches. (Gordon Hodgson/Francis Steuck).

Saul Warth     This afternoon a male Wheatear, two this morning, a male Redstart, two Meadow Pipits, a Yellow Wagtails and 10+ House Martins and 10+ Swallows. (Gordon Hodgson/MK). Pics by Mike.

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Netheridge     A male Redstart at Netheridge swing bridge today. (Mark Hobson).

Walmore Common     5+ Yellow Wagtails today. (Ian Hull).

WWT Slimbridge     Two Yellow Wagtails at Holden Tower and six Yellow Wagtails at the Rushy. (Les Ditchburn).

Forest of Dean     A FIRECREST in the Speech House area today. (Ian Hull).

Quedgeley     Six Hawfinches (2m, 4f) in the garden this morning, also ten Greenfinches. Also a Siskin this afternoon. (Paul Masters).

Newnham-on-Severn     A garden Hawfinch today, a garden first. Also four Swallows and a Sparrowhawk today. (David Smith).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 125 eight COMMON SCOTERS, four Great Crested Grebes, two Shelducks and a Red Kite. At Whelford Pools Pits 111 and Pit 111a birds included 31 Tufted Ducks, seven Great Crested Grebes, ten Red Crested Pochard, four Greylags, nine Shovelers, 27 Cormorants, six Buzzards, eight Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler, nine Chiffchaffs, male and female Reed Buntings, two Green Woodpeckers, two Kingfishers, a Sparrowhawk and four House Martins. (John Fletcher). Pics by John.

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May Hill     A Tree Pipit singing on the Common today above the Yew Tree cattle grid. (Charles Martell).

Minsterworth     A Red Kite over the A48 at 3:50pm today. (Peter Boorman & Lynne Mayers).

Stanway     A Red Kite seen from a train at 1:50 pm, N of the Stanway viaduct. (Andy & Sue Gibbons/John Edwards).

Dudbridge     A Kingfisher overhead near Sainsburys at 8:05am heading towards the river. (Steve Pullen).

Cheltenham     At 3:50pm a Little Egret flew low over Benhall park headed N. (David Norman).

Tewkesbury     Five Curlews on Severn Ham today. (Mike Smart).

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Wednesday 11th April 2018

Selsley Common     Two male RING OUZELS and a female seen briefly, until 6pm at least, on the western scarp of the common at Selsley at SO8293403402. Park off  The Grove at SO8320403688 in the small car park. (Jake King/Phil Pope/Ian Hull/MK/Geoff Moyser). Pics by Mike.

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Cotswolds     Confirmed belated news of a second OSPREY between Quenington and Bibury at 4pm perched by the River Coln at SP1399405304, at the same time the Sherborne bird was being watched on Sunday 8th April. (Russ Jones). Pic by Russ.

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Cotswold Water Park East     On Pit 125 the first-winter female SCAUP still this afternoon. (Duncan Dine).

Saul Warth     A male Wheatear and three Willow Warblers this morning. (Gordon Hodgson/Phil Pope).

Frampton pools     Four Yellow Wagtails over this afternoon. (Gordon Hodgson). Four CATTLE EGRETS roosted on middle island at Court Lake with ten Little Egrets, a House Martin, 500+ Sand Martins, 100+ Swallows, five Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, 50+ Linnets, 121 Tufted Ducks and five Gadwalls this evening. (Nick Goatman).

Highnam Woods     Birds today included five Great Spotted Woodpeckers, five Blackcaps (3m, 2f), four Treecreepers, three Chiffchaffs, four Marsh Tits, two Nuthatches, five Goldfinches, a Stock Dove, two Song Thrushes and two Green Woodpeckers heard. Also a Muntjac and two Bank Voles. (John Fletcher).

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Tuesday 10th April 2018

Sherborne     The OSPREY still present at the Broadwater (Sherborne Brook) at 8:40am and throughout the day until 4:45pm at least when it was at SP159150. (Alex Priest/John Fletcher/Martin Greenish/Richard Tyler). Other birds included three Red Kites, a Sparrowhawk, three Buzzards, two Little Grebes, a Little Egret and two Swallows. (John Fletcher/Martin Greenish). First three pics by Richard 4th pic by John.

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Selsley     The female RING OUZEL on Selsley Common still today at 4:30pm in the quarry just up from the church. (Colin Greenfield).

Cleeve Hill     A RING OUZEL below the heather enclosure today at 1:15pm today. (Roy Shilham).

Frampton     A male Redstart at Splatt Bridge this morning and a CATTLE EGRET flew N over the bridge. (Gordon Hodgson).

WWT Slimbridge     Two CATTLE EGRETS flew over the Rushy and headed NE at 11:50am. (Geoff Moyser). A SANDWICH TERN over the Severn from the Holden Tower at 8:40am. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Saul Warth     This afternoon a male Redstart flycatching in the hedgerows, two male Wheatears on the river bank, also present this morning seen by GH, 30 Curlews on the sands and migrants moving through included two male Yellow Wagtails, 22 Linnets, 30+ Sand Martins and 6+ Swallows. Also present an Oystercatcher, a Little Egret, two Chiffchaffs, a female Reed Bunting and 16 Shelducks lekking on the Warth. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Arlingham     A Barn Owl flying down river along the bank at 10:35am. (Martin Greenish).

Chipping Sodbury     A Ring necked Parakeet in a tall cherry tree in the garden today. (Stuart Miller). Pic by Stuart.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     Two Shelducks, 25 Wigeon, two Gadwalls, ten Teal, eight Pintails, 20 Shovelers, two Pochards, 90 Tufted Ducks, three Little Egrets, a Little Grebe, five Great Crested Grebes, four Oystercatchers, four Lapwings, eight Curlews, six Redshanks, 20 Sand Martins, three Swallows and a Willow Warbler today. (Andy Jayne).

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