Saturday 20th November 2021

Cotswolds     A dawn to dusk Cotswold walk around Syreford/Hawling/Shipton 600 Golden Plovers, 120 Lapwings, a Woodcock, four Sparrowhawks, a Goshawk, a ringtail HEN HARRIER, nine Red Kites, eight Buzzards, four Kestrels, two Peregrines, 20 Ravens, 1000 Redwings, 14 Stonechats, 350 Linnets and four Corn Buntings. (Andy Jayne).

Gloucester     A BLACK REDSTART again on the Nave of Gloucester Cathedral this morning but flew off towards Kingsholm. (Paul Clark).

Berkeley     A Yellow-legged Gull at the shore early morning. A Jack Snipe and a Water Pipit in the Pill and a Common Sandpiper at Sharpness. (Paul Taylor).

Tresham     Early morning a Merlin, a Red Kite, a Snipe and a Stonechat. (Paul Rich).

Frampton     Three Cattle Egrets on Court Lake this morning. (Sam Walker). A Tawny Owl roosting at Court Lake. (Eric Harris).

Coombe Hill Meadows    Late afternoon three Snipe, two Chiffchaffs, two Cetti’s Warblers, at least three Water Rails, a Shelduck, a Peregrine and a Tawny Owl in the Broadmere Withy’s. (Ian Ralphs). In the morning four Mute Swans, 92 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 50 Mallards, four Pintails, 23 Shovelers, six Grey Herons, a Cormorant, a Peregrine, 10+ Moorhens, a Snipe, 10+ Fieldfares, 20+ Redwings, a Meadow Pipit and a Reed Bunting. (Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury     At Mitton on the wet field by the Sailing Club 240 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 15 Mallards, six Shovelers and a few Greylags. (Mike Smart).

Charlton Abbots     Two Woodcocks flushed in woods SW of Charlton Abbots. Also two Marsh Tits and 25+ Siskins in several small flocks. (Chris Furley).

WWT Slimbridge    The BITTERN showed well at various point between Zeiss hide and Kingfisher hide today. (Mike Davis/Jeanne Vitkovskis/Blair Jones). A Water Rail from Willow hide late afternoon. (Dave Abrams/Eric Harris).

Water Rail by Dave Abrams

Nailsworth     At Ruskin Mill this morning a Sparrowhawk over, a male Kingfisher, a Little Egret and three Grey Herons. (Dave Abrams).

Cirencester     At at Cotswold Leisure Centre today two Great White Egrets flew over with two Little Egrets, also a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Nuthatch, a Raven, six Long-tailed Tits and a Red Kite. (Keith Colcombe).

Whitminster     A male Blackcap in the garden today at 1:30pm. (Tanya Allen).

Cam     A Little Egret flying upstream along the River Cam at 1pm. (Magnus Carter).

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Friday 19th November 2021

Sharpness     A male BLACK REDSTART at the end of Dock Road still this morning. (Andy Jordan/Vic Polley).

Cleeve Hill     This morning a Red Kite, a Peregrine, two Golden Plovers and large flocks of Redwings and smaller number of Fieldfares. (Paul Rich/Les Ditchburn).

WWT Slimbridge     The putative Todd’s Canada Goose at back of Tack Piece with 597 Canada Geese again, also three Greenland White-fronted Geese, two Russian White-fronted Geese and two Spotted Redshanks. A Merlin causing panic and flushing everything. A Little Stint from Zeiss hide. The Ross’s Goose still and two Peregrines. (Dot Jones/Ian Hull/Tim Jukes/Jonathan Bull).

Alvington     A female Brambling feeders in the garden at Clanna Country Park this morning. (Paul Woolams).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning from the Grundon hide 73 Wigeon, 17 Shovelers, a Teal, three Grey Herons, a Cetti’s Warbler singing, two Water Rails calling and two late SWALLOWS. Along the canal c40 Redwings, c20 Fieldfares, a Snipe, a Siskin, c4 Greenfinches, two Bullfinches, six Skylarks, two Meadow Pipits, two Pied Wagtails, a Jay and two Goldcrests. (Rob Crofton/Andy Langley).

Cheltenham     A Red Kite circling over GCHQ at 11:10am. (Andy Jayne).

Sapperton    A Marsh Tit beside the canal today. (Morag Hughes).

Chavenage Lane     5000+ Wood Pigeons again in a huge flock, feeding in Linseed fields and in the adjoining wood, and a prolonged fight between two male Pheasants. (Terry Grant).

Pheasants by Terry Grant
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Thursday 18th November 2021

Cleeve Hill     Belated report of a SNOW BUNTING yesterday (17th) on the golf course approaching the radio masts. Presumably the Prestbury bird. (per Andy Gibbons).

Forest of Dean     A probable Great Grey Shrike flying over barren land to the SE of Crabtree Hill but lost from view at Great Kensley Inclosure at 8am. (Angela Carswell). At Cannop Upper Pond this afternoon, a Marsh Tit at the bird table, c20 Siskins, two Ravens and five Wigeon still. (Chris Keeling).

Coombe Hill Meadows     At midday Redwings and Fieldfares together with two Shelducks all flushed by a low flying ringtail HEN HARRIER that passed across the scrapes and over the canal by the dead trees. Also a Peregrine, a Sparrowhawk and three Grey Herons. (Jeremy Holland).

WWT Slimbridge    From Robbie Garnett hide the putative Todd’s Canada Goose on Tack Piece this morning, also two Spotted Redshank. A Water Rail from Zeiss hide. (Roberta Goodall/Martin Price).

Pochard by Nigel Young

Chavenage Lane     A huge flock of 5000+ Wood Pigeons, some flying NE, today. (Terry Grant).

Brockworth     A Grey Wagtail in the garden today. (John Miles).

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Wednesday 17th November 2021

Sharpness     An adult male BLACK REDSTART towards the end of Dock Road at 2:50pm. (Andy Jordan).

Gloucester     A probable sighting of a Black Redstart at the E end of Gloucester Cathedral today. No bins to confirm, possibly a returning bird. (Colin Edwards).

WWT Slimbridge    On South Lake causeway at 4pm three Cattle Egrets and a Snipe. (Mike Davis).

Saul village    Four Cattle Egrets, a Little Egret and 13 Mandarins this afternoon. (Roy Widgery).

Cotswolds     At Rendcomb a Kingfisher flew under the bridge at first light. From Perrott’s Brook to Baunton, a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk heard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Stock Dove, numerous Fieldfares and Redwings and c50 Siskins in small groups. In Baunton a group of c10 Bullfinches including an adult male feeding on Ash keys. (Steve Brown).

Chedworth     At the Roman Villa a Tawny Owl calling at 12:15pm and then from 12:45pm until 1pm, a Raven, 2/3 noisy Jays, two Nuthatches and a small flock of Long-tailed Tits, also many Fieldfares and Redwings throughout the area. (Steve Brown).

Ashleworth Ham     Late afternoon four Canada Geese, 23 Wigeon, 172 Teal, 30 Mallards, two Shovelers, three Snipe, a Kingfisher and nine Long-tailed Tits. At dusk, at least 250 Canada Geese came in from the N to roost. (Mike Smart).

Gretton     A male Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding on suet in a garden this afternoon. (Roger Wasley).

Great Spotted Woodpecker by Roger Wasley

Hawling/Hampen area     200+ mixed thrushes, mainly Fieldfares and Redwings but included a Mistle Thrush. (John Miles).

Nailsworth     At Ruskin Mill Ponds this afternoon a Little Grebe, four Grey Herons, 14 Moorhens, two Ravens and three Buzzards. (John Fletcher/Jake King).

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Tuesday 16th November 2021

Cirencester     Three Bramblings, 2 males and a female, in a flock 30+ Chaffinches feeding and bathing in the puddles in the gate to the polo field at SO994029 and 100+ Redwings and a few Fieldfares along with numerous Great, Blue, Coal and Long-tailed Tits feeding in a large holly tree along the track heading back towards Cirencester just SE of Ewe Pens Farm. (Trevor & Sue Clayson).

Ullenwood     At dawn a Woodcock, a Barn Owl, a Green Woodpecker, a Buzzard and a Redwing. (Jeremy Holland).

Walmore    A Great White Egret flew low over the A48 at Walmore heading SE towards the Severn at 10:45am. (Lewis Thomson).

WWT Slimbridge     Two Little Stints from the Zeiss hide. (Roy Kinchin). From the Estuary Tower the putative Todd’s Canada Goose showing well early afternoon, a Peregrine, three Russian White-fronted Geese, two Greenland White-fronted Geese and 14 Bewick’s Swans. (Jonathan Bull). A BITTERN took off from the reedbed by the Zeiss hide this morning and flew low towards the Kingfisher hide. (Roger Wasley).

Bittern by Roger Wasley

Coombe Hill Meadows     From Grundon hide large flocks of Fieldfares and Redwings, eight Mute Swans, four Grey Herons, ten Shovelers, 12+ Wigeon, two Stock Doves, a Redshank, a Dunlin, a Raven, a Reed Bunting, 20+ Lapwings, a Skylark, two Pied Wagtails, a Water Rail and a Cetti’s Warbler. (Les Ditchburn).

Ozleworth     A Brambling with c30 Chaffinches, a pair of Stonechats and c100 Linnets this morning. (Phil Pope).

Forest of Dean     At Woorgreens/Crabtree Hill six Siskins, three Goldcrests, a male Reed Bunting, three pairs of Stonechats, a Raven, a Jay, 50+ Redwing and five female Roe Deer. Also a male Bullfinch at Cannop Ponds Stoneworks. (Paul Clark).

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Monday 15th November 2021

WWT Slimbridge    Birds today included a Great White Egret flew over the grounds heading towards the Dumbles, an Avocet, 350-400 Golden Plovers, two Little Stints, three Curlews, c150 Dunlins and nine Ruff, 14 Russian White-fronted Geese, three Greenland-fronted Geese, a Ross’s Goose, two Ravens, two Marsh Harriers, c50 Fieldfares, 100 Redwings, c50 Meadow Pipits, a Skylark, four Common Gulls, four Water Rails, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Cetti’s Warblers and three Roe Deer. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton). Two BITTERNS from Van de Bovenkamp/Zeiss hide. (Jake King). Also three Stonechats there. (Les Ditchburn). Also a male Blackcap near the Willow Hide at 10:30am. (Nigel Gardener).

Bittern by Nigel Gardener

Tewkesbury     A Great White Egret along the River Avon, just up from the Sailing Club at 8:30am. (Sarah Loaring).

Coombe Hill Meadows     At 8am a Grey Heron, three Snipe, a Water Rail heard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfares and Redwings highly mobile along canal and five Lapwings. (Jeremy Holland). A putative Todd’s Canada Goose with the Greylags this evening, presumably the WWT bird. (Jeremy Squire). At first light 13 Mute Swans, many hundreds of Greylags flew out NE whilst still foggy, 35+ Canada Geese, 111 Wigeon, 76 Teal, 200 Mallards, eight Shovelers, two Pintails, a Sparrowhawk, a female Stonechat and a Cetti’s Warbler singing. (Mike Smart).

Gretton     A male Tawny Owl in a garden at dawn and again at dusk, also a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers on feeders and a male Siskin with a flock of Goldfinches and Blue Tits feeding on alder. (Sheila Wasley).

Siskin by Roger Wasley

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon birds included 14 Snipe, 39 Lapwings, 271 Wigeon, 41 Teal, six Pintails, 12 Shovelers, 73 Mallards, 102 Greylags, 19 Canada Geese, a Cormorant, three Grey Herons, 33 Fieldfares, four Goldfinches, three Chaffinches, 71 Starlings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Grey Heron by John Fletcher
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Sunday 14th November 2021

Frampton pools     50+Chaffinches with a Brambling, two Reed Buntings, 80+ Skylarks, 90 Redwings, five Fieldfares, 16 Goldcrests, two Lesser Redpolls, 30+ Siskins, two Chiffchaffs, two Ravens, 90 Tufted Ducks, 55 Wigeon, 56 Gadwalls, six Teal, 12 Shovelers an adult Yellow-legged Gull and two Kingfishers today. (Nick Goatman).

Chipping Campden    This morning on Dover’s Hill five Whooper Swans (1 adult, 4 juvs) flew eastwards across three counties, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, and Warwickshire. (Gus Ariss/Darran Rickards).

Bisley     Mid afternoon a Tawny Owl resting in a tree trunk, c50 finches mainly Linnets with a few Chaffinches, 53 Fieldfares, two Redwings, a Mistle Thrush and two Yellowhammers. (John Fletcher).

Elmore     This afternoon until dusk a juvenile Goshawk, a Sparrowhawk, three Kestrels, five Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, a Barn Owl, two Ravens, a Cetti’s Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a Nuthatch, a Yellowhammer and four Reed Buntings. (Andy Jayne).

Ozleworth area    A Red Kite dropped down towards Owlpen valley from the Kingscote/Nympsfield road. Near the tower seven Skylarks, c50 Linnets, three Fieldfares, 1000+ Wood Pigeon in fields near the A4135 to the Lavender garden and 30+ mixed finch flock with at least three Bramblings near the phone box. 2 or 3 Red Kite over Newark Park this morning. (Paul Sutton).

Forest of Dean    Tawny Owls calling in the night at Lower Mitcheldean and a Crossbill over the road from Speech House today. (Chris Keeling).

Epney     A Black Swan on the river early afternoon. (Jeremy Squire).

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Saturday 13th November 2021

WWT Slimbridge     Birds today included two Greenland White-fronted Geese, 11 Russian White-fronted Geese, a possible Todd’s Canada Goose, a Garganey, 11 Ruff and ten Bewick’s Swans on the Rushy. (Paul Grennard/Mike Davis/Dot Jones).

Nailsworth     A large north easterly movement of Wood Pigeons today with at least 6800 in 20 minutes between 7:40-8am. Also a small southerly movement of Fieldfares, Redwings and Chaffinches at the same time (not counted). (Terry Grant). 

Chavenage Lane/Calcot area     At least 7000 Wood Pigeons, many flying NE, 160+ Skylarks disturbed from a stubble field, three Red Kites together, 72 Golden Plovers circling overhead, 360+ Fieldfares, 200+ Redwings, two Corn Buntings and eight Stonechats. (Terry Grant). 

Forest of Dean     VisMig this morning over Littledean between 7:40-8:55am included 2000 Thrushes, c250 Chaffinches, tens of Goldfinches, Siskins and Redpolls, four Bramblings and two Hawfinches. Also a Snipe this evening. (Dan Watson). At Crabtree Hill this morning 25 Crossbills in several groups, c150 Redwings, 12+ Fieldfares, 19 Blackbirds, three Stonechats, c80 Siskins, nine Lesser Redpolls, two Skylarks over and a Buzzard. (Paul Masters).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning a Siskin, a Blackcap, several Chiffchaffs, a MERLIN through chasing Meadow Pipits and two Cetti’s Warblers. (Ian Ralphs). Also five Mute Swans, 40 Greylags, 20 Canada Geese, 133 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 12 Shovelers, two Gadwalls, 11 Pintails, two Grey Herons, two Cormorants, a Buzzard, a Lapwing, a Snipe, at least two Water Rails squealing, 2-3 Skylarks over, at least 50 Fieldfares and c150 Redwings. (Mike Smart).

Tewkesbury     At Mitton, along the Avon just N of Tewkesbury 125 Wigeon, 40 Mallards, five Shovelers, ten Teal, 125 Greylags, 50 Fieldfares and 100 Redwings. (Mike Smart).

Awre     Two Peregrines this morning. (Owen Follis).

Halmore     A Woodcock flying between woods (reported by a neighbour), and another reported seen a week ago at SO695025. (Chris Newton).

Cirencester     A Great White Egret on a private lake in Cirencester Park today. (Felicity Cobb).

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Friday 12th November 2021

WWT Slimbridge     A possible Todd’s Canada Goose on the Tack Piece today. (John Budd/Martin McGill). Three Greenland White-fronted Geese from Stephen Kirk hide. On South Lake 535 Black-tailed Godwits, 181 Dunlins, two Curlews and 35 Lapwings. From Zeiss hide 490 Dunlins, two Little Stints, 41 Lapwings, 620 Teal, two Water Rails and a Great White Egret. (Tim Jukes). From Kingfisher hide 145 Golden Plovers, 116 Dunlins, 211 Lapwings and 11 Ruff. (Dot Jones). Five Bewick’s Swans on the Rushy. (James Robinson).

Todd’s Canada Goose by Paul Sutton (left hand bird)

Nailsworth     A fairly heavy southerly movement this morning, and a smaller movement this afternoon. Brief watch periods included a very late SWALLOW, a Hawfinch, 70+ Chaffinches, 15 Golden Plovers, 680+ Fieldfares, 1350+ Redwings, 1,=000+ Wood Pigeons and a garden female Blackcap. (Terry Grant).

Sherborne     A female-type Marsh Harrier at Lodge Park this morning. (Keith Jennings).

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon birds included nine Snipe, five Lapwings, 95 Greylags, seven Canada Geese, five Shovelers, five Pintails, 24 Wigeon, a male Gadwall, 33 Teal, 23 Mallards, four Red-legged Partridges, three Cormorants, two Grey Herons, a Peregrine, 55 Carrion Crows and a very late Brimstone. (John Fletcher).

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Thursday 11th November 2021

Slimbridge     The Peregrine on Slimbridge church again today. (Terry Stevenson/Paul Clark).

WWT Slimbridge     Three Little Stints with a large Dunlin flock, three Greenland White-fronted Geese, 11 Russian White-fronted Geese (later 14 from Kingfisher hide), three Bewick’s Swans and a Jack Snipe flushed with three Snipe off of the The Dumbles at lunchtime. (James Robinson). A Great White Egret from Martin Smith hide. (Paul Clark).

Chavenage Lane     A female MERLIN flew towards Barton End, 1150+ Fieldfares, 170+ Redwings, 400+ Golden Plovers circling high up, 2000+ Starlings and 2600+ Wood Pigeons feeding in stubble and spooked from woodland by a Goshawk. (Terry Grant).

Forest of Dean     Five Wigeon still on Cannop Upper Pond, c17 Mandarins and c50 Mallards today. (Chris Keeling).

Eurasian Wigeon by Chris Keeling
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