Tuesday 13th February 2018

Sharpness     Four RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS flew N past Sharpness at 5:20pm. Also the female type BLACK REDSTART along Dock Road. (Andy Jordan).

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon the drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL sat in the open from 1:30-2:30pm in front of the line of Willows. It was also seen this morning and was present until 4:30pm at least. Also today two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Treecreepers, 17. Shovelers, 16 Pintails, seven Snipe, 100+ Teal, 60+ Wigeon, two Shelducks, 30 Lapwings, 53 Canada Geese, a Grey Heron, two Buzzards and a Raven. (John Fletcher et al). Pics by John.

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Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still this afternoon at SO837204. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. Also a Stonechat today. (Roy Kinchin). A Kingfisher on Wootton Brook near the path over the stream at Churston Court estate at 9:40am, then it flew low along the stream towards Barnwood Arboretum. (Derek Lightstone).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 104 four Goosanders and three Goldeneyes and on Pit 105 two Goldeneyes. (Duncan Dine).

Cotswold Water Park West     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on Pit 16 this afternoon, but no scarce gulls. (Ian Hull/Graham Lawlor).

Frampton pools     A Goldeneye, four Shovelers, two Gadwalls, 93 Tufted Ducks, 26 Teal, 20 Mallards, a Little Grebe, three Great Crested Grebes, a Kingfisher, nine Bullfinches and a female Brambling today. (Nick Goatman).

Bentham     A JACK SNIPE this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Coombe Hill Meadows     11 Mute Swans, 50 Canada Geese, 2500 Wigeon, six Gadwalls, 1400 Teal, 50 Mallards, 103+ Pintails, 73+ Shovelers, two Tufted Ducks, two Grey Herons, 25 Coots, 700 Lapwings, five Curlews, ten Stock Doves, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming and 40 Pied Wagtails. (Mike Smart/Juliet Bailey).

Cobney Meadows     Two Shelducks, 100 Wigeon, 600 Teal, 20 Pintails, a Grey Heron, seven Snipe and two Stonechats today. (Mike Smart/Juliet Bailey).

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Monday 12th February 2018

Cotswold Water Park West     A first-winter KUMLIEN’S GULL in the roost at Pit 16 this evening. Also an adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL and the GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still. (Kim Milsom/Richard Mundy).

Ashleworth Ham     The elusive drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL showed eventually at 1:15pm in reeds along the line of willow opposite Meerend Thicket hide, it was present until 4pm at least in roughly the same area. Also today six Shelducks, two pairs of Tufted Ducks, four Snipe, 250+ Lapwings in the area, 40+ Chaffinches, two Treecreepers and a Peregrine. (Martin Greenish/Jake King/Paul Rich/Les Ditchburn/Roger Gillespie/MK). Pic by Mike.

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Frampton     Nine AVOCETS swimming in the middle of the Sailing Lake with Black-headed Gulls from lunchtime until late afternoon. (Nick Goatman/Graham Tompsett). At Splatt Bridge a female MARSH HARRIER at 1pm. (Roger Gillespie).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still this afternoon at SO837204. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. Also male and female Stonechat and 20 Redwings. (Alan Hooper/Owen Follis). Pic by Alan.

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Saul Warth     The WATER PIPIT still late morning 50m downriver from Hock Ditch with c30 Meadow Pipits. Also a pair of Stonechats.

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill this morning at 9am and three Goshawks from New Fancy View lookout at 11am. (Chris Hawes). Also two Goshawks at Crabtree Hill and 10+ Crossbills, 50+ Siskins and four Lesser Redpolls at Yew Tree Brake. (Paul Rich). A Hawfinch at Nagshead today and a Tawny Owl hooting at 12:10pm close to the car park. (Duerden Cormack).

Rodley     Six Snipe and a JACK SNIPE, 17 Shelducks, five Stonechats, a Grey Wagtail, four Buzzards, two Ravens, 100+ Lapwings and 200 Starlings. (Dave Smith).

Highnam Woods     Birds today included three Marsh Tits, male and female Bullfinch, seven Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 13 Redwings, three Buzzards, two Ravens, two Jays and two Goldcrests. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Great Barrington     From Barrington Bushes trig point the ringtail HEN HARRIER at 12:30pm, a Peregrine, two Red Kites, two Buzzards, a Kestrel, 100 Golden Plovers and 200 Lapwings. In Great Barrington, a Little Owl on the thatched stone hut opposite Park Farm. (Steve Brown).

Hazelton     A Red Kite and three Red-legged Partridges today. (Alan Hooper).

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Sunday 11th February 2018

Ashleworth Ham     The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL showed well on and off from 2:30pm to at least 4:30pm today. (Richard Humphrey/Ken Heron). A MERLIN hunting today. (Les Ditchburn).

Upper Framilode/Epney     The GLAUCOUS GULL foraging on the bank immediately opposite St Peter’s Church at 9:30am then flew 100m upriver to a bank partially obscured. (Steve Brown). Seen again in flight briefly at 3:20pm 400m S of The Anchor Inn. (Carol Rushton/Steve Curtis). A MERLIN hunting at Upper Framilode. (Les Ditchburn).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still this afternoon at SO837204. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Christopher Teague/Lloyd Evans).

Stone     A Barn Owl hunting along the hedge line just inside Gloucestershire along the A38 at Stone this evening at 7:10pm at ST6840394925. (Paddy Doyle).

Ryeford     Along the canal 14 Siskins today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Frampton pools     A male Goldeneye still, a female Pochard, a pair of Shovelers, 191 Tufted Ducks, seven Gadwalls, two Kingfishers, five Siskins, a Nuthatch, a Treecreeper, six Bullfinches, a Sparrowhawk and a Tawny Owl today. (Nick Goatman). From Splatt Bridge a MARSH HARRIER and two Common Cranes. (Carol Rushton/Steve Curtis).

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill and c6 Crossbills there. c15 Mandarins at Cannop ponds and a colour-ringed Hawfinch (Blue C6) at Parkend. (Jason Williams).

Over     A MERLIN and at least two Bramblings with Chaffinches and Linnets, near the Over Farm Market this morning. (John & Viv Phillips).

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Saturday 10th February 2018

Ashleworth Ham     The drake GREEN_WINGED TEAL again today at 2pm from Meerend Thicket hide. It flew off into the flooded fields to the right and was relocated there at 3:30pm but no further sign from 4pm. Also five Snipe and a pair of Peregrines on the pylon. Yesterday a Black-tailed Godwit. (Richard Humphrey/Andy Jayne). Other birds today included 250+ Lapwings, 36+ Shovelers, 130+ Teal, 275+ Wigeon, 38+ Pintails, 57+ Mallards, 123 Canada Geese, two Grey Herons, 28 Greylags, five Gadwalls, four Tufted Ducks, a Snipe and two Cormorants, also 200+ Fieldfares and 100+Redwings at Colways Farm. At Maisemore, 30+ Redwings and a Jay. (Mark Grieve).

Epney/Upper Framilode     The GLAUCOUS GULL again today sat on the sand spit at SO7543710742 between Epney and Upper Framilode from 8:30am until 3:50pm at least. Viewable from the riverside wall S of the Anchor Inn, Epney or from the river bank at St Peter’s Church, Upper Framilode but distant from both. (Phil Pope et al).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO837204. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (James Kenny).

Dursley     A Dipper still on the River Cam at Kingsway today at ST7564699116. (Wilf Lewis). Pic by Wilf.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     Birds today included nine Mute Swans, 50 Canada Geese, a Shelduck, at least 2000 Wigeon, at least 2000 Teal, two Gadwalls, 50 Mallards, at least 226 Pintails, at least 103 Shovelers, six Tufted Ducks, a Grey Heron, 25 Coots, an Oystercatcher, 120 Lapwings and a Curlew. (Mike Smart).

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Friday 9th February 2018

Epney/Upper Framilode     The GLAUCOUS GULL again today sat on the sand spit at SO7543710742 between Epney and Upper Framilode from 9:05am until 5:13pm at least. Viewable from the riverside wall S of the Anchor Inn, Epney or from the river bank at St Peter’s Church, Upper Framilode but distant from both. (Paul Rich). Pics by Mike.

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Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still present at Crabtree Hill from 10:30pm until 3pm at least. (Nick Hopkinson/Craig Wright/Pete Dovey). A presumed second GREAT GREY SHRIKE in clear fell E of Cannop Ponds at 4pm. (Nick Hopkinson/Craig Wright). Two Crossbills, a Stock Dove, 10+ Siskins and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers at Haywood plantation this afternoon. (Owen Follis).

May Hill     A pair of Stonechats at the top of May Hill this morning. (Rob Guest).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO837204 until 4:50pm at least. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. Also the male Stonechat still and a flyover Little Egret. (Michael Johnston/Jerry O’Brien/Sue & Trevor Clayson). Pic by Sue.

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WWT Slimbridge     A MERLIN flew along seawall towards Zeiss hide this morning. (Slimbridge Sightings). Two Water Rails together today at lunchtime feeding under the feeders at Willow hide. (Alan Hooper). Pics by Alan.

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Thursday 8th February 2018

Upper Framilode     The GLAUCOUS GULL on the river again this morning at 11am at SO750105. (Dave Smith). Pic taken by Dave on Tuesday.

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Cotswold Water Park East     A first-winter ICELAND GULL in the roost at Pit 125, Bowmoor Sailing Club this evening. Also an Oystercatcher. (Duncan Dine). Pic by Duncan.

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Cotswold Water Park West     At Pit 16 this evening an adult Mediterranean Gull starting to show summer plumage and a Yellow-legged Gull. (Mark Dowie/John Grearson/Graham Lawlor). Earlier at 1:55pm the GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still and a male Goldeneye. (Martin Greenish).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still today at SO837204. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Susan Payne). At Saintbridge pond birds included 12 Teal, 40 Mallards, two Little Egrets, 15 Moorhens and 80 Black-headed Gulls. Nearby at Barnwood Park 32 Mallards and six Moorhens. (Gordon Avery).

Hasfield Ham     25 Snipe and c200 Lapwings this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Forest of Dean      Four Hawfinches at Parkend at 1pm in Crown Lane. (Pete Dovey).

Great Barrington     The ringtail HEN HARRIER being mobbed by a Raven near Miletree Clump at lunchtime today along the public footpath from Barrington trig point. (Andy Lewis).

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Wednesday 7th February 2018

Cotswold Water Park West     An adult ICELAND GULL in the roost at Pit 16 this afternoon. Also the GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still present. (Kim Milsom/Andy Jayne/David Creber).

Gloucester     The PENDULINE TIT at Plock Court, Longford still this afternoon at SO837204. Wellies recommended. Please keep a reasonable distance from the bird to allow it to feed in the ponds. (Darryl Spittle). At Castlemeads a Barn Owl showed well from 5pm this afternoon from the Severn Way footpath. (Gordon Avery).

Saul Warth     This morning four Avocets on The Noose prior to high tide, also 86+ Curlews, seven Redshanks, 30+ Shelducks, 100+ Wigeon and 12 Pintails on the river. A WATER PIPIT and a Rock Pipit near to Hock Ditch and a pair of Stonechats near to the stile by the road at Fretherne. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill today, seen with Stonechat prey. (Nick Truby). Pic by Nick.

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A male Hawfinch feeding on fatballs today in the garden at Sneyd Wood Road. (Ash Bailey). At Parkend today birds included five Hawfinches, 10+ Chaffinches, a Buzzard and three Nuthatches. (Martin Russell).

Great Barrington     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE below the trig point at noon. The ringtail HEN HARRIER showed from the five bar gate towards the village shortly afterwards. (Duncan Dine).

Berkeley shore     This morning birds included a Rock Pipit, 23 Meadow Pipits, eight Shelducks, seven Wigeon, a Curlew, an Oystercatcher, 11 Dunlins, five Redshanks, 25 Lapwings, a Cormorant and five Fieldfares. Also two Foxes. (John Fletcher/Martin Greenish). Pics by John.

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Dursley     Beside the Vale Hospital today a Green Woodpecker feeding on ground beside small trees on steep river bank and a Dipper on a small rock in the River Cam ST7564699116. (Paddy Doyle).

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