Wednesday 18th March 2020

Minsterworth Ham    A LITTLE RINGED PLOVER flying around this morning and still 160 Pintails, 42 Shovelers, 45 Gadwalls, a Peregrine, nine Black-tailed Godwits and two Sand Martins. (Andy Jayne).

Walmore Common     A female/immature Marsh Harrier over at 12:20pm. (Andy Jayne).

Frampton pools     25 Sand Martins on the Sailing Lake early morning. (Nick Goatman). Just one Sand Martin at 1:40pm. Also a drake Goldeneye and two pairs of Gadwalls. At Court Lake an Oystercatcher, two Fieldfares, a Raven and three Chiffchaffs around the pools. Frampton flashes late morning very quiet five Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, 23 Shelducks, a Water Rail, 12 Curlews, a Kestrel, seven Skylarks and a Meadow Pipit. (MK).

Selsley Common     This morning, a Wheatear, also two Chiffchaffs, at least ten Skylarks singing and a male Kestrel. (Hugh Manistre).

Berkeley shore    Four Wheatears (3 males) early evening. (Paul Taylor).

Little Rissington     Seven Red Kites today. (Bob Lakin).

Notgrove       A Red Kite and a Barn Owl today. (Bob Lakin).

Rodborough Common     Lots of Skylarks and a Peregrine over at lunchtime. (Simon Ashley).

Hawling     Two Grey Wagtails and two Goldcrests at midday. (Gill Worthington).

Ablington Downs     At least 40 Corn Buntings and c100 Yellowhammers this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Forest of Dean     A Red Kite over Forge Hill, Lydbrook at lunchtime. (Chris Sullivan).

Berkeley Heath     A Barn Owl flew over the A38 at 7pm at the Berkeley Heath turning tonight. (Neil Smart).

Maisemore     Along Church Road from the lake to the weir on the Severn this afternoon five Greenfinches (3m, 2f ), two Mistle Thrushes, seven Goldfinches, a Redwing, nine Mallards, two Canada Geese, seven Moorhens, a Coot and two Mute Swans. (John Fletcher).

Gloucester     A Barn Owl quartering a field at Sandhurst, just N of Gloucester, at 5:30pm. (Tony Roberts).

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Tuesday 17th March 2020

Cleeve Hill     This morning the first WHEATEAR of the year, two Red Kites by the radio masts. On the turn right down towards West Down a finch flock of 400 Linnets, 50 Chaffinches and a Brambling. (Duncan Dine).

WWT Slimbridge     A Sand Martin N over Estuary Tower this morning and two Sand Martins over the Rushy at noon. Two Grey Plovers on the Dumbles and 70 Avocets on the Top New Piece. (James Robinson/Slimbridge Sightings).

Northleach     A Reeves Pheasant between Northleach and Farmington this afternoon. (Ben Hilder).

Frampton flashes     This morning a CATTLE EGRET, 15 Little Egrets, 62 Shelducks, 15 Black-tailed Godwits flew off N, 13 Curlews, five Redshanks, six Chiffchaffs and two Cetti’s Warblers. (MK).

Forest of Dean     Around Parkend this morning two Hawfinches, a pair of Marsh Tits, six Redwings and a pair of Dippers. (Roy Kinchin).

Hucclecote     A Red Kite over today. (Paul Selwood).

Cotswold Water Park East     On Pit 119 16 Tufted Ducks, six Coots, four Mallards, two drake Red Crested Pochards, two Wigeon and two Green Sandpipers. At Fairford just N of the Town Bridge on the River Coln a Little Egret. (Paul Charles).

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Monday 16th March 2020

Frampton      On the flashes from Splatt Bridge today 20 Little Egrets, three GREAT WHITE EGRETS, a CATTLE EGRET, a female Marsh Harrier, a Barn Owl, 50 Shelducks, a drake Teal, c60 Curlews, nine Redshanks, 34 Black-tailed Godwits, an Oystercatcher, three Mandarins, two Sand Martins, three Chiffchaffs and a Cetti’s Warbler. (Gordon Hodgson/Neil Smart/MK). A LONG-EARED OWL flew along the canal N of Splatt Bridge at 6:40pm. (Gordon Hodgson). On Court Lake a CATTLE EGRET, 20 Little Egrets, four Sand Martins, a Red Kite, two Oystercatchers, two Shelducks and eight Curlews migrating N. (Nick Goatman). Pics by Mike.

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Saul Warth     This morning a CATTLE EGRET, three Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, ten Black-tailed Godwits flew N, a pair of Oystercatchers, a female Stonechat, a Chiffchaff and two male Reed Buntings. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Gloucester    A Barn Owl over Longford roundabout this morning. (Jim Northcott). A Little Grebe on a flooded field on the road to the household waste site at Hempsted. (Ken Hurcombe).

Moreton-in-Marsh     A Barn Owl flew across a field at Draycott this evening at 6:15pm. (Sue Harrison).

Forest of Dean     Above Lydbrook today several Buzzards with up to five in the air at once, a Peregrine, possibly two, numerous Ravens displaying and harassing Buzzards and Goshawks. Two Goshawks in display flight at times harassed especially by Buzzards and a Red Kite at times soaring with the Buzzards. ((Mick & Ali Colquhoun). Pics by Mick.

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The GREAT GREY SHRIKE again at Crabtree Hill, a pair of Crossbills at New Fancy View and a redhead Goosander on Woorgreens Lake. (Duncan Dine/Andy Wiggins). A Woodcock roding in flight display over Drybrook this evening. (Ed Drewitt). Pics by Dunc.

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WWT Slimbridge    The Kingfishers were mating this afternoon at Kingfisher hide. (Pam & Frank Bryant).

Epney     A Sand Martin N over Epney at 2:40pm. (Jeremy Squire).

Tewkesbury     A male Peregrine on the abbey tower. On Severn Ham a Grey Heron, a Cormorant, at least three Curlews, two or three singing Skylarks, a Meadow Pipit and at least two singing Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

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Sunday 15th March 2020

Frampton Pools     This morning a Sand Martin, 58 Tufted Ducks, 33 Coots, nine Great Crested Grebes, 19 Mute Swans, a pair of Gadwalls, a pair of Shelducks, a pair of Oystercatchers, a pair of Mandarins and a Chiffchaff. This evening at Court Lake five CATTLE EGRETS came in to roost with 39 Little Egrets. (Nick Goatman). From Splatt Bridge this morning 64 Curlews, 23 Black-tailed Godwits, 12 Redshanks, two Mandarins, two Stonechats and a Sand Martin. (Gordon Hodgson).

WWT Slimbridge     The CATTLE EGRET on the back of the Causeway on South Lake at 10:05am. (Ken Mihill).

Leighterton     Along the Monarch Way at least four Corn Buntings calling from the tops of trees and on telephone wires this afternoon. (Mike Davis).

Bourton-on-the-Water     At dusk a Barn Owl eating a small mammal in the wood by Bourton Bridge, and a male Sparrowhawk sheltering from the drizzle there. (Andy Lewis).

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Saturday 14th March 2020

Frampton     At Splatt Bridge this morning an adult LITTLE GULL, a Sand Martin and a male MERLIN. Also a male Goldeneye, 64 Curlews, 11 Redshanks, five Oystercatchers, nine Black-tailed Godwits, six Pintails, 14 Little Egrets, two Blackcaps and two Cetti’s Warblers. (Gordon Hodgson). The LITTLE GULL visited the Sailing Lake mid-afternoon but was back on Splatt flashes at 5:30pm. Also a Barn Owl here late afternoon. At the pools a CATTLE EGRET came in with 23 Little Egrets, five Chiffchaffs, 50+ Redwings, 100+ Fieldfares, two Oystercatchers, two Shelducks and two Mandarins. (Nick Goatman/Seb Buckton). Pics by Gordon.

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WWT Slimbridge    From the Estuary Tower an adult SPOONBILL flew into the scrape just before noon. Also three Grey Plovers, a CATTLE EGRET, a unringed Common Crane and a displaying male Goldeneye on the River Severn. (Paul Rich).

Cotswold Water Park West     A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE in a field SE of Pit 75 this afternoon. Also five Curlews here. (Mark Gurney).

Sudeley     female Goosander in the Castle Grounds today. A new bird for SP02. (Nigel Wakerley).

Minsterworth Ham     18 Black-tailed Godwits, an Oystercatcher, a Curlew and two Green Sandpipers today. (Andy Jayne).

Walmore Common     12 Black-tailed Godwits, two Oystercatchers and a Redshank today. (Andy Jayne).

Andoversford     A Barn Owl flew low across the Stow road 1 mile before Andoversford traffic lights at 4:30pm. (Roy Shilham).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Chiffchaff singing today. (Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows     16 Mute Swans, two Shelducks, 53 Wigeon, two Teal, a pair of Gadwalls, 5+ Mallards, a pair of Shovelers, three Tufted Ducks, a Little Egret, a Grey Heron, a Buzzard, five Coots, two Moorhens, six Oystercatchers, a Lapwing, a Curlew, two Green Sandpipers, a Kingfisher, two Skylarks, 140 Fieldfares, a Redwing, a Chiffchaff singing, a Treecreeper singing and two male Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     Two Canada Geese and a Chiffchaff singing. (Mike Smart).

Haw Bridge     On the East bank of the Severn a pair of Mandarins, three Wigeon, 55 Black-headed Gulls and 50 Common Gulls. (Mike Smart).

Hasfield Ham     Two Curlews bubbling and a Chiffchaff singing. (Mike Smart).

Newent     At Betty Daws Wood four Mandarins, two Marsh Tits, a singing Chiffchaff, a Treecreeper, four Buzzards and lots of Wild Daffodils. (Robin Griffiths).

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Friday 13th March 2020

WWT Slimbridge    A near adult ICELAND GULL came in off the river at 9am and flew past Estuary Tower, then inland, briefly seen at South Lake then flew back towards river before eventually settling on the Dumbles until midday at least. (Scott Petrek). The CATTLE EGRET was on the seawall near the pillbox this morning, a female Marsh Harrier drifted over the Tack Piece towards Estuary Tower and a female MERLIN perched near the seawall. Two Pink-footed Geese still in roadside fields this afternoon. (Ian Hull). Also a female Goldeneye on South Lake and two Water Rails from Willow hide. (Mike Beer). Record shots by Paul Masters. Goldeneye by Mike.

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Cleeve Hill     Five SHORT-EARED OWLS this afternoon accidentally flushed from rough vegetation on at Watery Bottom at SO995261. They hung around the quarries for a while  then lost to view. (Giles Alder).

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge this morning 114 Curlews, ten Redshanks, three Snipe, ten Black-tailed Godwits, two Cetti’s Warblers and a Chiffchaff. (Gordon Hodgson). At least three Sand Martins flying high above the Sailing Lake at 10am. (Mike Davis).

Saul Warth     At high tide this morning a CATTLE EGRET and 26 Little Egrets. (Eric Palmer/MK).

Stroud     At Fromehall Mill a Dipper, a pair of Grey Wagtails, two singing Chiffchaffs, a Treecreeper and a Comma. (Richard Williams).

Cirencester     A pair of Peregrines today on Cirencester Parish Church. (Ian Grange).

Chedworth    18 Ravens and Red Kite feeding on the remains of a dead deer near Chedworth. (Paul Tubb).

Draycott    Ten Buzzards flying and calling over the village at lunchtime today. (Hanna Middleton).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Whelford Pools birds included 14 Red Crested Pochards, a Goldeneye, 18 Mallards, four Gadwalls, 23 Teal, 56 Tufted Ducks, ten Great Crested Grebes, nine Canada Geese, eight Greylags, four Mute Swans, 22 Cormorants, two Grey Herons, five Snipe, a Kingfisher, two Ravens, five Long-tailed Tits, two Green Woodpeckers, three Buzzards, a Red Kite and a Chiffchaff. Also 34 Snipe flew over between Pit 111 and Pit 126. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Frampton     The male Goldeneye still on the Sailing Lake today. (Roberta Goodall).

Brockworth     A Raven at Brockworth Tesco today. (Paul Masters).

Lydney Marsh     WeBS count today included 52 Black-headed Gulls, 33 Lesser Black backed Gulls,  23 Herring Gulls, three Great Black-backed Gulls, two Moorhens, two Mute Swans, four Canada Geese, two Mallards, 20 Shelducks, a Cormorant, an Oystercatcher, six Skylarks and four Meadow Pipits. (Barrie Mills).

Aylburton Warth    WeBS count today included a Canada Goose, 27 Shelducks, a Mallard, 605 Curlews, six Lapwings, two Oystercatchers, three Redshanks, 197 Golden Plovers, five Dunlin, ten Snipe and 23 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (Barrie Mills).

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Thursday 12th March 2020

Frampton     On the Sailing Lake this morning an adult Yellow-legged Gull, the male Goldeneye and a male Mandarin. Late afternoon a Sand Martin. (Nick Goatman). From Splatt Bridge early morning 90 Curlews, two Snipe, a Redshank, two Mandarins, two Chiffchaffs and two Cetti’s Warbler. (Gordon Hodgson). At 12 midday a CATTLE EGRET and three Little Egrets sheltering in a ditch, two pairs of Oystercatchers, 55+ Curlews and 30+ Shelducks. (MK).

Guiting Power     Between Guiting Power and Hawling this afternoon, a male Stonechat, a Yellowhammer, three Fieldfares and a Brown Hare. (Gill Worthington).

WWT Slimbridge     From Zeiss Hide an unringed Common Crane on the Bottom New Piece. (Slimbridge Sightings). Two Pink-footed Geese from the Estuary Tower amongst the White-fronted Geese. A female Goldeneye and the Cattle Egret on South Lake. (Matt Lathan). A MERLIN on the seawall behind the Summer Walkway. (Les Ditchburn).

Chedworth     Nine Stonechats on Chedworth Airfield today. (Duncan Dine).

Roel Hill     750+ Golden Plovers at 2pm. (Bob Fryer).

Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the resident Peregrine pair and an intruding Peregrine, a male Sparrowhawk, seven Buzzards, Stock Doves, a Mistle Thrush, a Wren, two Goldcrests, a nesting Raven pair and a Green Woodpecker calling. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

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