Tuesday 14th September 2021

WWT Slimbridge     A GREAT SKUA flew upriver at 7:35am, it flushed the SPOONBILL as it passed through and was lost to view over Hock Cliff. 45 Common/Arctic Terns, two BLACK TERNS and a SANDWICH TERN off Middle Point at 8:50am. (Martin McGill). Two Garganeys on South Lake. (Jonathan Bull). At Middle Point over the high tide 250+ Dunlins/Ringed Plovers, four Bar-tailed Godwits, two Greenshanks, a Golden Plover, four Little Egrets, a Great White Egret and a SPOONBILL. On the fence line six Wheatears, a Reed Bunting and nine Meadow Pipits. Two Spotted Redshanks on the Rushy. (Neil Smart). Three Snipe from the Discovery hide on South Lake. A moulting adult Black-tailed Godwit on the Rushy. (Dave Tait).

Black-tailed Godwit by Dave Tait

Snipe by Dave Tait

Saul Warth    A SHORT-EARED OWL at 2pm, then hunting distantly between the Warth and Splatt Bridge at the river’s edge. At high tide 18 Avocets, a Ruff, four Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin, a Sanderling, 50+ Curlews, four Little Egrets, two Teal, two Little Owls, 300+ House Martins, 14 Swallows, a Sand Martin, a Chiffchaff, two Grey Wagtails, 6+ Meadow Pipits, a Sparrowhawk and 70+ Goldfinches. (MK).

Short-eared Owl by Mike King

Ringed Plover & Sanderling by Mike King

Frampton     Two Swifts over early afternoon. (Gordon Hodgson).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Early morning a Spotted Redshank, four Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, five Teal, two Shovelers, a Little Egret, two Grey Heron and five Cormorants over. (Jeremy Holland). Also a Hornets nest in the hide. Pic by Nigel Young.

Awre     This evening a hunting cream-crowned Marsh Harrier, a Great White Egret on the river, three Little Egrets, three Common Sandpipers, 22 Yellow Wagtails, four Wheatears, nine Chiffchaffs and a Peregrine. (Lewis Thomson).

Aylburton    A Hobby over Chapel Hill at 9:30am. (Martin Vaisey).

Cotswold Water Park East     A Great White Egret at 1:30pm at Pit 132. (Duncan Dine).

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Monday 13th September 2021

Saul Warth     The afternoon 18 Avocets, 25 Curlews, 40+ Ringed Plovers, 10+ Dunlins, four Grey Herons, ten Little Egrets, a Willow Warbler, two Chiffchaffs, a Reed Warbler and two Grey Wagtails. (MK). Later additional birds included 153 Curlews, two Bar-tailed Godwits, 12 Little Egrets, a distant Great White Egret and an adult Mediterranean Gull. (Gordon Hodgson).

Reed Warbler by Mike King

Willow Warbler by Mike King

Stinchcombe Hill     A Pied Flycatcher with 5-6 Spotted Flycatchers on the S side of Drakestone Point and two more Spotted Flycatchers in another area, a Tree Pipit and c10 Meadow Pipits grounded, 4-5 Wheatears on the 7th fairway, a Whitethroat, a male Redstart, a Grey Wagtail, 40+ Pied Wagtails, two Ravens, 30+ hirundines, Chiffchaff’s and Blackcaps. (James Robinson/Neil Smart).

WWT Slimbridge     From Zeiss hide as high tide approached, a Little Stint, a Spotted Redshank, two Greenshanks, 19 Ruff, 15 Snipe, 15 Black-tailed Godwits and four Green Sandpipers. Two Spoonbills still today. (Ian Hull).

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon a Kingfisher, 23 Mallards, a female Reed Bunting, a Grey Heron, three Linnets, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Jay, three Swallows, two Buzzards, a Red Kite, a Sparrowhawk and a Raven. (John Fletcher).

Berkeley     A Sparrowhawk took a Starling in the garden hedge this evening and then ate it on the lawn. (Andrew Jones).

Stonehouse area    Two Dippers near Eastington school and a Grey Wagtail. A pair of Kingfishers between Blunder lock and Bond’s Mill. Migrant Hawkers, a Brown Hawker, Common Darters and a Red Admiral around the canal at Bond’s Mill. A Little Egret at the Ocean. Four Swallows and c10 House Martins around the church and Nutshell Bridge. A Great Spotted Woodpecker at Stanley Downton. A Tawny Owl calling most evenings from trees around Wycliffe College old boat house. Also a female Sparrowhawk over the garden. (Paul Sutton).

Dipper by Paul Sutton
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Sunday 12th September 2021

Edge Common     This morning, a male and two female Redstarts on the W side. Also a Tree Pipit, a Spotted Flycatcher, two Marsh Tits and a female Kestrel. (Sam Walker).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning a Great White Egret, four Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, a Spotted Redshank, several Teal, two Gadwalls, a Shoveler, a Great Black-backed Gull over, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Stock Doves and a Reed Bunting. (Eric Harris). Also a Hobby and a Greenfinch. (David Benton).

Saul Warth     This morning a Little Egret, six Curlews, 200+ Dunlins, 100+ Goldfinches, 4+ Chiffchaffs, a Whitethroat, a male Blackcap, a Wheatear, two Grey Wagtails, a Kestrel, a Buzzard, two Little Owls, two Jays and a female Reed Bunting. (MK).

Little Owl by Mike King

Whitethroat by Mike King

Chiffchaff by Mike King

Wheatear by Mike King

Awre     This morning two Common Cranes on the sands, three Common Sandpipers, Ringed Plover, 31 Curlew, two Whinchats, two Wheatears, three Yellow Wagtails, three Grey Wagtails, a Whitethroat, three Blackcaps, 10+ Chiffchaff and a Reed Bunting. (Lewis Thomson).

Walmore Common     Seven Snipe, two Little Egrets, two Kingfishers, two Hobbies, 50+ Swallows, a juvenile Reed Warbler and three Whinchats today. (Andy Jayne).

Rodborough Common     This morning a Wheatear, a few young Whitethroats and Blackcaps, plenty of Chiffchaffs, two late Willow Warblers, and a small but steady movement of Swallows and Meadow Pipits over and plenty of Small Heath butterflies. (James Robinson).

Stinchcombe Hill     This afternoon at least two White Wagtails with a dispersed Pied flock, a male Redstart, two immature Wheatears, three Spotted Flycatchers, a Siskin, 30+ Swallows/House Martins feeding on the S side, and a steady movement of Meadow Pipits over. (James Robinson). Late afternoon on the south slope 6+ Spotted Flycatchers 7+ Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, a Nuthatch, a Marsh Tit, a PIED FLYCATCHER, three Wheatears, 17+ Pied Wagtails, a Skylark, a Raven and a Green Woodpecker. (Neil Smart).

Calcot     Five Whinchats and three Stonechats today. (Terry Grant).

Sharpness     This morning 49 Barnacle Geese, a Crossbill over, a Green Sandpiper, two Common Sandpipers, a Greenshank, two Garden Warblers and two Lesser Whitethroats. (Andy Jordan).

Sapperton     A Redstart and a singing Willow Warbler this morning. (Mark Hobson).

Daneway Banks     A Spotted Flycatcher this morning. (Mark Hobson).

WWT Slimbridge     Late afternoon on South Lake ten Ruff and six Black-tailed Godwits feeding close to the hide and a Snipe, very close to the windows. On the Rushy two Spotted Redshank, amongst Redshanks and a Ruff, two Shovelers, three Snipe, a Black-tailed Godwit and four Green Sandpipers. (Dave Tait).

Ruff by Dave Tait

Snipe by Dave Tait

Aylburton Warth/Guscar Rocks     Three Canada Geese, eight Shelducks, 60 Teal, seven Mallards, eight Grey Herons, a Cormorant, a Golden Plover, six Ringed Plovers, a Ruff, 60 Dunlin, a Black-tailed Godwit, 471 Curlews, a Redshank, 113 Black-headed Gulls, two Lesser Black-backed Gulls, five Swallows, five Yellow Wagtails, a Wheatear, at least two singing Chiffchaffs and three Ravens. (Barrie Mills/Mike Smart).

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Saturday 11th September 2021

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 132 three Greenshanks, a Green Sandpiper and a Ruff. (Duncan Dine).

WWT Slimbridge     An OSPREY perched at Zeiss hide at 10:30am. Also two SPOONBILLS and three Common Cranes. (Ollie Fournier). A Wheatear at Middle Point this morning. (Andy Chapman). Five Spotted Flycatchers at 11am at the reedbed walk. (Trevor Mortimer).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning two Mute Swans, 50 Teal, two Gadwalls, 100 Mallards, a Shoveler, two Cormorants, six Grey Herons, a Great White Egret, five Little Egrets, five Moorhens, 15 Lapwings, four Snipe, a Spotted Redshank, 25 Swallows, five House Martins, three Whinchats, a Blackcap, 5 + Chiffchaffs and two Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart/David Anderson).

Cobney Meadows     A Canada Goose, five Teal, four Mallards, three Moorhens and 25 Swallows going S. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham     Three Teal, nine Mallards, a Grey Heron and a Snipe. (Mike Smart).

Stonehouse    A Hobby high over the garden today and a Buzzard on Doverow Hill. (Paul Sutton).

Hobby by Paul Sutton

Westonbirt Village     Three fledging Goldfinches being fed sunflower hearts from a feeder in the garden this morning. (John Powell).

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Friday 10th September 2021

Walmore Common     This afternoon three very vocal Hobbies, 13 Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, two Little Egrets and nine Whinchats. (Andy Jayne).

Lydney    From Lydney Harbour to Aylburton Warth an early female/immature MERLIN, 60 Teal, 20 Dunlins, five Common Sandpipers, a Sparrowhawk, a Kingfisher, two Kestrels, two Hobbies, five Ravens, five Sand Martins, three Cetti’s Warblers, a Whinchat, 11 Wheatears and 150 Goldfinches. (Andy Jayne).

Edge     At 10:30am a Redstart at SO8455408997 for its 2nd day. (Ian Elphick).

WWT Slimbridge     Two Greenshanks and a Spotted Redshank on the Rushy today. (Dave Tait). The Ross’s Goose from Van den Bovenkamp hide this afternoon. (Matt Lathan). Two SPOONBILLS still today, a BITTERN again and a Marsh Harrier from Zeiss hide, two GARGANEYS, a Cattle Egret and a Mediterranean Gull on South Lake and a Pintail on the Rushy. (Jonathan Bull).

Greenshanks by Dave Tait 

Greenshank by Dave Tait
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Thursday 9th September 2021

WWT Slimbridge     A BITTERN showed very well from Zeiss hide also an adult and a juvenile SPOONBILLS today. At least six Little Stints, two Curlew Sandpipers, three Sanderlings, three Ruff, two Greenshanks, two Spotted Redshanks and eight Snipe. (Jeremy Holland/Neil Smart). A Whinchat on the fence N of the Shepherd’s Hut and two Wheatears at Middle Point. (Roberta Goodall). A Greenshank and a Spotted Redshank on the Rushy and a Sparrowhawk near Martin Smith hide. (Dave Tait).

Spotted Redshank by Dave Tait

Greenshank by Dave Tait

Sparrowhawk by Dave Tait

Frampton     At Splatt Bridge this morning 13 Little Egrets and two Greenshanks, two juvenile Cattle Egrets, a Marsh Harrier, a Hobby, ten Mandarins, nine Grey Wagtails, two Yellow Wagtails, a Whinchat, 14 Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, four Whitethroats, three Reed Warblers, a Sedge Warbler and a Willow Warbler. (Gordon Hodgson). At the Sailing Lake this afternoon a Whinchat, the adult Yellow-legged Gull, 150+ Goldfinches, five Swallows, 14 House Martins and two Muntjacs. (MK).

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Wednesday 8th September 2021

Frampton pools     Two Spotted Flycatchers, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler, two Cetti’s Warblers, 56 Chiffchaffs, 27 Blackcaps, 46 Robins, three Willow Warblers, four Reed Buntings, 38 Swallows, four Bullfinches, 20+ Linnets, 40+ Goldfinches and two Ravens. (Nick Goatman). A Green Woodpecker in the churchyard. (Paul Sutton).

Green Woodpecker by Paul Sutton

Nailsworth    At Barton End a covey of six Grey Partridges and five Red-legged Partridges late afternoon. (Terry Grant).

Dowdeswell Reservoir     At 8am a Cetti’s Warbler, a Goldcrest, Coal Tits, a Great Crested Grebe and two Swallows. Also a Muntjac. (Jeremy Holland).

Stinchcombe Hill     This morning a Redstart, many Chiffchaffs, 40+ Pied Wagtails on the golf course and hundreds of hirundines including a few Sand Martins moving over S. (James Robinson).

Slimbridge     A Peregrine on the church again today. (Paul Sutton).

Peregrine by Paul Sutton
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Tuesday 7th September 2021

WWT Slimbridge     The male BLUETHROAT showed well in the reedbed from the Shepherd’s Hut at Middle Point at 8:20am but only for a couple of minutes, but again no further sign later. (Paul Taylor/Dave Paynter/MK). Please note there will be early opening for members only at 7.30am tomorrow. Please enter at the members gate as usual. Access to the estuary walkway only, on-going access to the grounds will be at 9.30am as normal.

Bluethroat by Mike King

A BITTERN again from Van De Bovenkamp hide. (Martin Price/Bob Shiret).

Bittern by Bob Shiret

The GLOSSY IBIS was mobile around the site again today. A CATTLE EGRET was on South Lake and the immature SPOONBILL still on the Dumbles edge. Also 3+ Great White Egrets, 10+ Little Egrets and six Grey Herons. Ten Common Cranes on the Dumbles included an unringed adult and two unringed juveniles. Three Spotted Redshanks and four Greenshanks on the Rushy this morning.

Glossy Ibis by Nigel Warren (taken 6th)

Greenshank by Richard Tyler

Spotted Redshank by Richard Tyler

Slimbridge     A Peregrine on the church again today. (Mark Dowie).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning a ringtail HEN HARRIER flew through at 9:20am. Also a Great White Egret, a Spotted Redshank, two Snipe and a Wheatear. (Ian Hull).

Cleeve Hill     A Whinchat and a Stonechat this morning near the Pylons. (Justin Taylor).

Bourton-on-the-Water     A Great White Egret fishing in the Windrush on Lansdowne at 1pm today. (Mark Longland).

Great White Egret by Mark Longland

Bishops Cleeve     Two Wheatears in green space amongst the houses on Sapphire Road. (Mark Longland).

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Monday 6th September 2021

WWT Slimbridge     A male BLUETHROAT at Middle Point this morning but no further sign later. Most likely the bird last seen on the 2nd of July, presumably it’s been in another part of the reserve unseen. (Martin McGill).

Bluethroat (video grab) by Martin McGill

A GLOSSY IBIS flew into South Lake at midday (Ian Hull) after being seen at Splatt Bridge, Frampton just prior. (Martin McGill). A Marsh Tit, very rare for the Vale, was seen heading for the canal at Splatt Bridge in early morning fog. (Martin McGill). A BITTERN from Van De Bovenkamp hide late morning. (Martin Price). Also from Middle Point a Great White Egret, the immature SPOONBILL, a Sedge Warbler, a Whitethroat, two Whinchats, four Reed Buntings, 17 Goldfinches, 103 Curlews and 144 Teal. (John Fletcher).

Spoonbill by John Fletcher

Fairford     A juvenile Hobby near Fairford this morning. (Richard Tyler).

Hobby by Richard Tyler

Slimbridge     A Peregrine on the church again at lunchtime today. (Lise Presland/John Fletcher).

Peregrine by John Fletcher

Rodborough Common     A male Redstart and a Wheatear early evening. (Francis Steuck).

Forest of Dean     A Raven perched in an Ash tree in the garden at Brookend near Woolaston for half an hour. (Ian Gorton).

Aylburton Common     A Kestrel hovering over the field behind Sandford Terrace today. (Jonny Gentle).

Alvington     This afternoon five Buzzards and a Goshawk over Clanna Country Park. (Paul Woolams).

Arlingham     Around Hope Pill a Reed Warbler, a Chiffchaff, a male Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, four Long-tailed Tits, a Little Egret, seven Curlews and a distant Red Kite over Smith’s Wood, Fretherne at 2:35pm. (MK).

Long-tailed Tit by Mike King

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Spotted Redshank still this morning. (Justin Taylor).

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Sunday 5th September 2021

Cotswold Water Park East    A FERRUGINOUS DUCK on Pit 127 at 2:15 pm. No further news. (Mick Jones).

Saul Warth     Between Hock Ditch and Hock Cliff this morning, two Greenshanks flew upstream at 7:30am and a Wheatear on the rocks. A Spotted Flycatcher in the tall willows behind the sluice. High tide distant waders included 180 Curlews, 200+ mixed Dunlin/Ringed Plovers, seven Ruff and three Sanderlings. (Sam Walker). This afternoon three Wheatears at Hock Ditch. (Mike Davis). Between Saul Warth and Splatt Bridge a Marsh Harrier, a Hobby, three Greenshanks, three Snipe, a Ruff, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Tree Pipit, seven Yellow Wagtails and a Swift with a hirundine flock. (Gordon Hodgson).

Frampton    13 Ravens flew NE over the garden at 11:30am. (Gordon Hodgson). At the pools this evening the adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Common Sandpiper, a Redstart, two Lesser Whitethroats, two Whitethroats, two Yellow Wagtails, three Reed Warblers, three Willow Warblers, 42 Chiffchaffs, ten Blackcap, a Cetti’s Warbler, 21 Sand Martins, six House Martins and five Swallows. (Nick Goatman).

Nailsworth     Two Swifts flew S this evening at 6:40pm. (Terry Grant).

WWT Slimbridge     A Cattle Egret with the Long-horned Cattle on the Bottom New Piece at 9:35am. (Neil Smart). Hobbies, Little Egrets, Curlew, a female Marsh Harrier and Kestrels from the Safari. (Howard Smith). This morning three Greenshanks in front of the Rushy hide until 10:30am then flew off to the river. Also two Spotted Redshanks with 20+ Redshanks, two Black-tailed Godwits, six Snipe, five Avocets and a Green Sandpiper. On South Lake 12 Ruff, 30+ Black-tailed Godwits and a Green Sandpiper. (Jon Mercer).

Spotted Redshanks, Redshanks & Black-tailed Godwit by Jon Mercer

Greenshanks by Jon Mercer

Purton to Sharpness     An OTTER hunting this morning. Also lots of Swallows, a pair of Kingfishers, 4+ Mandarins, a Kestrel and a Curlew. (Mike Davis).

Bourton-on-the-Water     A Great White Egret with three Little Egrets fishing in the river on Lansdowne. (Steve Kear).

Sudgrove     A Whinchat near the trig point. (Mark Hobson).

Halmore     Three Common Cranes over SE. (Paul Taylor).

Gloucester     A 2nd hand report of two young Kingfishers being fed noisily near the tall ships in the docks this morning. (per Charles Martell).

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