Friday 13th May 2022

Saul Warth     At high tide at 6am, two Turnstones, 250+ Dunlins, 100+ Ringed Plovers, 10+ Sanderlings, 16 Curlews, two Whimbrels, a Common Sandpiper, two Oystercatchers and three Bar-tailed Godwits. Also eight Swallows, a pair of Grey Wagtails, a Cetti’s Warbler and two Whitethroats. (MK).

WWT Slimbridge     Three drake GARGANEYS distant on the Bottom New Piece. A LITTLE GULL, two Mediterranean Gulls and a Common Sandpiper on South Lake. Two SPOONBILLS on the Top New Piece. A pair of Little Ringed Plovers on the Rushy. A pair of Kingfishers feeding young at Kingfisher hide. (Tim Jukes/Jonathan Ball).

Cotswold Water Park East    Two Sanderlings, a Whimbrel and three Common Sandpipers at Pit 132. (Jeremy Squire).

Bentham     This morning a Garden Warbler, five Blackcaps, eight Whitethroats, six Chiffchaffs, three Greenfinches, four Linnets, a Green Woodpecker, a Sparrowhawk, a Goldcrest and eight Song Thrushes. (John Casswell).

Painswick Beacon     In a 4 hour session this afternoon 2414 Swifts, 368 House Martins, 257 Swallows, three Sand Martins and a Hobby. (John Fleming).

Lydney     From the harbour this evening 32 Shelducks, a Grey Heron, a Little Egret, four Great Black-backed Gulls, an Oystercatcher, a Curlew, a Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Cetti’s Warbler, two Swallows and a Greenfinch. From the garden at Bishop Mead 20 Swifts, 30 House Martins, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Mistle Thrushes, a Great Black-backed Gull, three Mallards, two Ravens and two Buzzards. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

Witcombe Reservoirs     This afternoon a Whinchat briefly, good numbers of House Martins, six Swifts, a Sparrowhawk and a Buzzard. (Eric Harris).

Whitminster    Two Grey Partridges in the gateway to the field with tyres just before the church. (Tanya Allen).

Gloucester     At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Area three Lesser Black-backed Gulls, two pairs of Coot,  one pair with one very young chick, a male Kestrel hunting, a singing Wren, at least five singing Whitethroats, numerous Goldfinches, several Blackbirds, and a pair of Mute Swans with ten very young cygnets. (Steve Parker).

Alderton     This morning a Red Kite flew low W and two Swifts and at least ten House Martins over the school. (David Norman).

Bishops Cleeve     At least six Swifts near Lidl. (David Norman).

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Thursday 12th May 2022

Lydney Harbour     This evening a pale phase ARCTIC SKUA flew down river from just past Berkeley Power Station, across the river towards Aylburton Warth between 5:55pm and 6pm. Also eight Great Black-backed Gulls, four Black-headed Gulls, 18 Shelducks, two Ringed Plovers, three Oystercatchers, a Curlew, 12 Whimbrels, three Little Egrets, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Whitethroats, a Chiffchaff, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Peregrine sat on the right hand building of Berkeley Power Station. This morning from the garden in Bishops Mead 32 Swifts, 58 House Martins, a Sand Martin, a Swallow, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, four Great Black-backed Gulls and two Ravens. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

Frampton     On Court Lake five Hobbies, an ARCTIC TERN, a LITTLE GULL and the Ross’s Goose. On the Sailing Lake six Common Terns, 100+ Swifts, 20+ House Martins. 20+ Sand Martins, two Reed Buntings and a Lesser Whitethroat. (Nick Goatman).

Kempley     Two singing male Redstarts, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler, 1+ Chiffchaffs, 1+ Blackcaps, a Bullfinch, two Buzzards, a Raven and a Silver-ground Carpet moth. (Paul Masters).

Saul Warth     At high tide at 5:30am, just 16 Dunlins, 16 Ringed Plovers, a Whimbrel, six Curlews and an Oystercatcher. (MK).

Frampton     A male Yellow Wagtail on Splatt flashes, a Cuckoo calling, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Little Egret this morning. (MK).

Berkeley Pill    A Whinchat this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead a Spotted Flycatcher, male and female Redstart and a male Pied Flycatcher today. (Terry Stevenson).

Tewkesbury    At Lower Lode Lane a Lesser Whitethroat, a Blackcap and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. On the adjacent Mill Avon four Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler, a Reed Bunting, a Whitethroat, a Cetti’s Warbler and many new female Banded Demoiselles. At Upper Lode a Garden Warbler, a Whitethroat, a Blackcap, two Greenfinches, two Goldfinches and a Cuckoo. (Les Ditchburn).

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Wednesday 11th May 2022

Coombe Hill Meadows     The CURLEW SANDPIPER present until dusk. Also today a Cattle Egret early morning only, a pair of Lapwings have hatched four chicks, a pair of Oystercatchers have two chicks, four Dunlins, eight Ringed Plovers, two Little Ringed Plovers, two Redshanks, three Avocets, a Common Sandpiper and a Cuckoo. (Ian Ralphs/Chris Downward). A LITTLE TERN dropped in for 5 minutes only at 10:15am. (Paul Masters). Also this evening two Great White Egrets, three Yellow Wagtails, four Ringed Plovers, two Dunlins, two Little Egrets and two singing Cuckoos. (Jeremy Squire).

Curlew Sandpiper by Mike King

Curlew Sandpiper, Ringed Plover & Little Ringed Plover by Mike King

Little Tern by Paul Masters

WWT Slimbridge     The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still on the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide. (Slimbridge Sightings). A LITTLE GULL and two drake GARGANEYS on the Rushy and a Hobby over the grounds. (Jonathan Bull).

Frampton pools     150+ Swifts, 100+ Sand Martins, 10+ House Martins, 10+ Swallows, a Common Sandpiper and six Common Terns on the Sailing Lake. A LITTLE GULL and four Hobbies on Court Lake. (Nick Goatman/MK).

Saul Warth     This afternoon ten Ringed Plovers, two summer plumaged Dunlins, an Oystercatcher, two Curlews, 33 Shelducks, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Wheatear and the pair of Grey Wagtails decimating the bee population to feed their young. (MK).

Wheatear by Mike King

Grey Wagtail by Mike King

Forest of Dean     A Red Kite at Five Acres crossroads, Berry Hill at 1:15pm. (Kevin Jones).

Lydney     From the harbour 13 Whimbrel flew upstream, four Oystercatchers, eight Swallows, four Greenfinches, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, two Chiffchaffs, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Moorhen with one chick. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

Tuffley     This afternoon at 4:45pm a Red Kite drifted between here and Robinswood Hill, heading SE. Also male and female Sparrowhawks, the male appeared to be displaying. (Ian Elphick).

Chedworth     The first pair of Swifts screaming over, same arrival date as last year. (Harvey Sherwood).

Nailsworth     15 Swifts over, also a Kestrel and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher/Jake King).

Swift by John Fletcher
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Tuesday 10th May 2022

Coombe Hill Meadows    This evening a CURLEW SANDPIPER and a Ringed Plover. (Jeremy Squire). Three Little Ringed Plovers, two Dunlins, a Whimbrel, four Avocets, three Redshanks, five Lapwings, four Shelducks, two Oystercatchers, two Teal, four Shovelers, five Sedge Warblers, three Whitethroats, two Greenfinches and 20 Canada Geese including five goslings. (John Fletcher). Other birds seen in the evening on a GNS field meeting included two Mute Swans, 40 Greylags, 15 Canada Geese and a pair with five goslings, six Gadwall, ten Mallards, a male Tufted Duck, a Great White Egret, a Grey Heron, two Coots, three Curlews, a Cuckoo, a Yellow Wagtail, five Pied Wagtails, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2+ Whitethroats, two Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs and two Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Curlew Sandpiper by Duncan Dine

WWT Slimbridge     The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the Rushy early and later from Zeiss hide. A LITTLE GULL on the Rushy. (Roy Kinchin).

Frampton     At least six Hobbies around Court Lake an ARCTIC TERN (NG) and seven Common Terns on the Sailing Lake. Also two Mistle Thrushes, two Reed Buntings, 30 Swifts over the Sailing Lake, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Whitethroats, four Cetti’s Warblers, an Oystercatcher chasing off a Carrion Crow from the island at Court Lake, three Stock Doves, both the Ross’s Goose and the Black Swan still. (Nick Goatman/Steve Pullen).

Hobby by Steve Pullen

Saul Warth     At high tide three Bar-tailed Godwits, two Whimbrels, nine Curlews and two Oystercatchers. Also a pair of Grey Wagtails feeding at least two fledged young at Hock Ditch. (MK).

Epney     Two Oystercatchers, four Curlews, eight Sand Martins, two Swallows and a pair of Stock Doves late afternoon. (MK).

Tewkesbury     At Upper Lode ‘dead end’ a Cuckoo showing very well, a Garden Warbler,
Blackcaps, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Redstart, Mandarin, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Tern on the weir and Banded Demoiselles in good numbers. (Les Ditchburn).

May Hill     Near the top of Newent woods were two Garden Warblers singing against each other. On top of the Hill c12 Crossbills, many Meadow Pipits and Linnets singing, a Redstart singing, at least one Willow Warbler and two Stonechats. (Rob & Gillian Guest).

Newent     c12 Swifts, two days later than last year, at 11 am this morning. (Alan Hooper).

Mitcheldean     Five Swifts circling high over Mitcheldean and three House Martins locally. (Chris Keeling).

Minsterworth Ham     This morning five Canada Geese, two Shelducks, five Mallards, two Buzzards, a Peregrine and three Curlews. (Mike Smart).

Nailsworth     A pair of Mandarins in the garden at 6:20am. Also three Treecreepers together, a Goldcrest, two Siskins and two Grass Snakes. (Terry Grant).

Mandarins by Terry Grant

Mandarin by Terry Grant
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Monday 9th May 2022

WWT Slimbridge     A drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the Rushy lower pond at 8am, present throughout the day. Also at least six GARGANEYS on site today. (Martin McGill). Also a first-summer LITTLE GULL today. (Jonathan Bull). Two Little Ringed Plovers on the Rushy. (John Fletcher).

Green-winged Teal by Mike King

Coombe Hill Meadows     A SPOONBILL from 8:30-8:47am then flew off S. Also a Cuckoo showing well. (Jeremy Holland). Three Guineafowl in the brown stubble field by the bridge. (Dawn Ballinger).

Tewkesbury     At Lower Lode two Mute Swans, four Canada Geese, a Grey Heron, a Cormorant, a Great Crested Grebe, a Buzzard, 40 Lesser Black-backed/Herring Gulls, a Cuckoo, 5+ Sand Martins, two Redstarts, two Whitethroats, two Treecreepers and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).

Minsterworth Ham     Five Canada Geese, five Mallards, a Peregrine with prey, two Curlews and a Whimbrel. (Mike Smart).

Frampton    Three Hobbies high over Court Lake this afternoon and two Common Terns on the Sailing Lake. (John Fletcher).

Saul Warth     Nine Bar-tailed Godwits, two Whimbrels, four Oystercatchers and a pair of Mandarins on the footpath to Hock Ditch. (Mark Hobson).

Painswick Beacon     434 Swifts N in 4 hours late afternoon. (John Fleming).

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Sunday 8th May 2022

WWT Slimbridge    On South Lake this morning at least 3/4 2cy Mediterranean Gulls coming and going along the causeway. Also around the hides a Cuckoo, a Great White Egret, a pair of Common Cranes with two chicks and a pair of GARGANEYS. (Neil Smart).

Arlingham     The white winged large gull again following a plough at Arlingham at 3:40pm viewed from Newnham side. Presumably the Iceland Gull that’s been in the area. Too far away to be sure at SO708127. (Lewis Thomson).

Barnsley Warren     A pair of Redstarts at Winterpool at the east end of the Warren. (Ian Ralphs).

Roel Gate    At midday three male Reeves’s Pheasants approaching Roel Gate from the W in fields on the left. (Jane Bailey/John Casswell).

Reeves’s Pheasants by Jane Bailey

Minsterworth Ham     This morning a Mute Swan, two Shelducks, two Mallards, a Buzzard, three Curlews, a Whimbrel, a Redstart singing, 2+ Blackcaps, at least one Whitethroat and at least two Chiffchaffs. Birds feeding on field very recently cut for silage included 15 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 15+ Herring Gulls, 15+ Carrion Crows and 20+ Jackdaws. (Mike Smart).

Redmarley D’Abitot     A Cuckoo calling every day in the area between Redmarley Woods and Ketford Woods since the 25th April. (Jeff Wheeler).

Sherborne     This afternoon at the water meadows a distant Cuckoo calling and near the barn opposite the car park a Little Owl. (John Pike).

Bourton-on-the-Water     An Oystercatcher seen calling loudly over the house this afternoon. ( John Pike).

Cirencester     A Grey Wagtail in the River Churn near Waterloo car park and a Little Egret flying over Stratton meadows. (Felicity Cobb).

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Saturday 7th May 2022

Sharpness/Berkeley shore     A pair of EIDERS, first found by Matt Hobbs and Oscar Dewhurst off of Severn Beach, South Glos, arriving off of Sharpness at 11am and remaining in the Sharpness/Berkeley area until 1:35pm. (Andy Jordan/Paul Taylor).

Eider pair by Paul Taylor

Coombe Hill Meadows    The WOOD SANDPIPER showed well in front of hide early morning until spooked by Hobby. Also a Cuckoo. (Chris Downward). Also a Common Sandpiper and a Hairy Dragonfly. (Ian Ralphs).

Frampton    At Splatt Bridge this morning, the Grasshopper Warbler reeled for 10 minutes at 8:30am, four Yellow Wagtails, two Whimbrels, three Redshanks, a trickle of Swallows N, six Swifts, two Common Terns over the canal and two over the river. (Gordon Hodgson). Up to four Hobbies high over Court Lake this afternoon. (Roy Shilham).

WWT Slimbridge     Two Great White Egrets on the Tack Piece from Martin Smith hide and a Red Kite over the centre heading N. (Helen Bojaniwska). A SPOONBILL, two Whimbrels, two Golden Plovers, a Curlew and five Wheatears from the Summer Walkway/Middle Point early morning. (Ian Whitehouse/Rob Emery).

Highnam Woods     Two Nightingales singing well just N of the car park, one seen briefly. (Tim Thompson).

Forest of Dean     At Nagshead a Garden Warbler, a Goldcrest, three Treecreepers, two pairs of Redstarts, a Song Thrush, four Nuthatches and a Weasel. (Tim Thompson).

Cotswold Water Park East     An OTTER at Pit 125, also Common Terns, Great Crested Grebes, a Cormorant and a Grey Heron. (Ian Davies).

Gloucester     A Peregrine drifted over Abbeymead at 6pm. (Ken Hurcombe).

Bisley     This afternoon male and female Yellowhammer, seven Linnets, two Swallows, a House Martin, a Song Thrush, three Chaffinches, two Blackcaps and 45 Rooks. (John Fletcher).

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Friday 6th May 2022

Walmore Common     A Great White Egret today. (Andy Jayne).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning a Whimbrel and a Cuckoo. (Jeremy Squire). The WOOD SANDPIPER still today. (Les Ditchburn).

WWT Slimbridge     The immature SPOONBILL on the Top New Piece from Zeiss hide. (Dot Jones).

Frampton     On the Sailing Lake seven Common Terns and a first summer LITTLE GULL. On Court Lake three Hobbies, five Swifts and a Common Sandpiper. (Nick Goatman).

Tidenham    In the Tidenham Chase area a Goshawk, a pair of Ravens with 2+ large young, four Garden Warblers, four Stonechats, a Wheatear and six Tree Pipits. Also a Slow Worm. Nearby at Oakhill Wood two singing Firecrests and c30 Crossbills including at least two juveniles. (Andy Jayne).

Arlingham     A white winged large gull following a plough at Arlingham viewed from Newnham side. Presumably the Iceland Gull that’s been in the area. Too far away to be sure at SO708127. (Lewis Thomson).

Twyning     An OSPREY seen from the car earlier today, low over the road exactly where the M5 goes over the River Avon northbound between junction 8 and 9 just in Glos. (Tom Mabbett).

Edge     At Rudge Hill N.N.R. this afternoon a Cuckoo, a Willow Warbler, four Meadow Pipits, two Skylarks, a Green Woodpecker, two Song Thrushes, five Blackcaps, seven Chiffchaffs and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Ashleworth Ham     This morning a Constant Effort Site ringing session with a catch of 30 birds including three Sedge Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, six Whitethroats, two Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs and four Reed Buntings. Also a Red Kite, a Curlew roosting at first light, a Cuckoo and several Redstarts singing. (Mike Smart/Mervyn Greening).

Minsterworth Ham     Two Mute Swans, two Shelducks, five Mallards, a Red Kite, a Buzzard, four Curlews, a Whimbrel, a Little Owl, a Wheatear, three Blackcaps, two Lesser Whitethroats, at least two Whitethroats, at least three Chiffchaffs and a Yellow Wagtail. (Mike Smart).

Winchcombe     A juvenile Sparrowhawk in a birch tree this evening. (Andrew & Gill Worthington).

Rodborough Common     This morning a male Wheatear. Also good numbers of Dingy Skippers and Green Hairstreaks and c4 Duke of Burgundy butterflies. (Rob & Petra Crofton).

Green Hairstreak by Petra Crofton

Duke of Burgundy by Petra Crofton

Dingy Skipper by Petra Crofton
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Thursday 5th May 2022

Stratton    Tonight at 10pm a reeling Grasshopper Warbler on Bathurst Estate farmland. (Ken Cservenka).

Frampton    Two Common Sandpipers, two Common Terns and a Cuckoo this morning. (David Smith).

WWT Slimbridge     The immature SPOONBILL from Zeiss hide, a pair of GARGANEYS on the Bottom New Piece and two Common Crane chicks hatched at Zeiss hide. (Slimbridge Sightings). A LITTLE GULL on South Lake again. (Roberta Goodall). Two Little Ringed Plovers, a Green Sandpiper, three Wheatears and two Common Cranes. (David Smith).

Cotswold Water Park East      A Bar-tailed Godwit and a Common Sandpiper at Pit 132. (John Edwards).

Coombe Hill Meadows    A WOOD SANDPIPER at lunchtime. (Chris Downward). At least five singing Lesser Whitethroats along the towpath. many Sedge Warblers singing, a Red Kite over and a Cuckoo showing well. (Les Ditchburn). This evening three Great White Egrets, ten Yellow Wagtails and two Curlews and a Greenshank, a Dunlin and a Whimbrel dropped in after dark. (Jeremy Squire).

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Wednesday 4th May 2022

WWT Slimbridge    45+ KITTIWAKES from Middle Point this morning. Also a LITTLE TERN, a LITTLE GULL, a Mediterranean Gull, two Ruff, five Whimbrels, c30 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, two Turnstones, a SPOONBILL and a Cuckoo. (Andy Jayne/Neil Smart/Mark Dowie). A Garden Warbler singing by the Robbie Garnett hide. (Andy Jayne). A first summer LITTLE GULL on the Rushy at 9:30am. Two Lesser Whitethroats singing and Cattle Egret with cows between the Trust and Shepherd’s Patch at lunchtime. (James Robinson).

Frampton     On the Sailing Lake an ARCTIC TERN, four Common Terns and a Yellow Wagtail. At Court Lake two Hobbies, a first summer LITTLE GULL, a Peregrine over and the Ross’s Goose on Court field. (Nick Goatman).

Gretton     A Grasshopper Warbler reeling this afternoon at 3:30pm N of Gretton at SP014313 (where the footpaths cross), seen briefly in flight three times. (Tim Hutton).

Cobney Meadows     A male Whinchat today. (Dan Gornall).

Whinchat by Dan Gornall

Cleeve Hill     On the Bill Smyllie butterfly reserve three Cuckoos and 10+ Skylarks. Four Wheatears in the field adjacent to the masts. Several Willow Warblers, four Whitethroats, five Buzzards and two Red Kites. (Alan Hooper). At least 12 Wheatears and a pair of Stonechats this evening. (Tom Mabbett).

Gloucester     A Tawny Owl at Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Area. (Alan Hooper).

Stinchcombe Hill     Spotted Flycatchers back this evening. (James Robinson).

Hazlecote Farm     Two Red Kites today. (Terry Grant).

Nailsworth     Two Hobbies flew N this evening. (Terry Grant).

Ashleworth Ham     Birds included a colour-ringed Curlew “AJ” , male and female Teal, 16 Mallards, five Canada Geese, six Greylags, three Grey Herons, two Pied Wagtails, a Lapwing, three Mute Swans, two Moorhens, two Blackcaps, two Swallows, two Chiffchaffs, a Stock Dove, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Red-legged Partridges, a Jay and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Five Mute Swans, four Greylags, 11 Canada Geese and a pair with five goslings, a Shelduck, a female Wigeon, six Teal, 5+ Gadwall, five Shovelers (4m, 1f), four Tufted Ducks, five Cormorants, a Great White Egret, a Little Egret, two Grey Herons, a Sparrowhawk, a Hobby, five Coots, four Avocets, two Oystercatchers, six Lapwings, three Little Ringed Plovers, a Whimbrel over, three Curlews, four Redshanks, a Ringed Plover, a Dunlin, a Snipe, a Cuckoo singing all day, several Swallows, a Sand Martin, at least ten Pied Wagtails, at least three Yellow Wagtails, at least three singing Redstarts, at least two Cetti’s Warblers, two Reed Warblers, large numbers of Sedge Warblers, Whitethroats and Blackcaps, two Lesser Whitethroats, 2+ Willow Warblers, lots of Chiffchaffs, two Yellowhammers and several Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

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