Sunday 10th January 2021

Gloucester     The FIRECREST again in Richard’s Wood at Alney Island today. (Mark Hobson).

Chavenage Lane     A Barn Owl hunting at 1:50pm, also 4+ Stonechats and 12 Pied Wagtails. (Terry Grant).

Stonehouse/Eastington    A Little Grebe on the canal between the Ocean and Bond’s Mill. A Kingfisher at Pikebridge. A Dipper at Eastington, Meadow Bridge SO781057 and another at Beard’s Mill, also a Raven there. (Nigel Birch). In the same general area a Little Egret on the River Frome viewed from under railway bridge at Nutshell Bridge. Also two Long-tailed Tits, two Goldcrests, three Buzzards and two Kestrels. (Bob Hindle).

Stanley Downton     Two female Kestrels, a Buzzard, c15 Pied Wagtails with c15 Chaffinches in fields around the Water Treatment works. (Paul Sutton).

Cambridge     A Kingfisher, c20 Redwings and a Goldcrest today. (Dave Abrams).

Moreton Valence     Two Little Egrets, a Raven and 1000+ Starlings S of Parkend Bridge this morning. (MK). A Barn Owl hunting in the field to the S of Castle Lane at 3pm. (Roberta Goodall).

Saul     18 Golden Plovers over fields at Saul Marina, and a female Blackcap and a Grey Heron by the sluice. (MK).

Grey Heron by Mike King

Frampton     At Splatt Bridge 44 Shelducks, a Kingfisher, a pair of Reed Buntings and a Raven. (MK).

Horsley     A male and female Stonechat in the Boscombe Valley today at 1:50pm at ST83429787. (David Bullock).

Stroud     Two pairs of Mandarins at Bowbridge today. (Simon Ashley).

Leckhampton     A pair of Blackcaps in the garden during the past week. (Claire Neale-Brown).

Charlton Kings     A female Brambling and two Marsh Tits at a feeding station this afternoon. (Tom & Greg Mabbett).

Whittington     This morning c70 Yellowhammers, 50 Chaffinches, at least two Bramblings and some Goldfinches and Greenfinches. (Duncan Dine).

Hucclecote     A Redwing in the garden this morning, a garden first. (Emma Byford).

Ampney Crucis     A Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Greenfinch on feeders today. At Ampney St Mary a Red Kite, four Redwings, six Fieldfares and two Goldfinches today. (Liz & Colin Kilpatrick).

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Saturday 9th January 2021

Gloucester     A FIRECREST again in Richard’s Wood at Alney Island today. (Andy Jayne).

Tewkesbury     A GREAT WHITE EGRET in a field between Mythe nature reserve and Dawley’s caravan park. (Sarah Loaring).

Slimbridge     Between Shepherds Patch and Ryall’s Lane, Cambridge a GREAT WHITE EGRET, a Kingfisher and a female Stonechat today. (Mike Davis).

Stonehouse/Eastington     A Dipper at Pikebridge, 50 Chaffinches at Eastington, 50+ Redwings at Eastington, five Cormorants on pylons in a field adjacent to Millend Lane, two Buzzards, one at Cress Green, and one at Beard’s Mill, 16 Pied Wagtails at the Sewage Works and a Green Woodpecker at St Cyr’s Church. (Nigel Birch).

Minchinhampton Common     Two very confiding Golden Plovers surrounded by oblivious dog walkers, giving views less than 50ft away before running further away. (Terry Grant).

Golden Plover by Terry Grant

Golden Plovers by Terry Grant

Frampton     Around the pools three Goldeneyes, seven Wigeon, 64 Tufted Ducks, three Pochards, five Little Grebes, five Great Crested Grebes, 24 Mallards, 20 Gadwalls, five Teal, two Shovelers, 33 Cormorants, seven Greylags, four Canada Geese and a Bar-headed Goose. (Nick Goatman/Dave Abrams & Hannah Willoughby). Along the canal a Buzzard,  c20 Linnets and a Goldcrest. (Dave Abrams & Hannah Willoughby).

Cheltenham    This morning at 9am, three Sparrowhawks circling low over Benhall, one chasing another and then going into a fast dive and swooping up before drifting off towards the Golden Valley. (David Norman).

Bishops Cleeve     A pair of Goldcrest in Tesco’s car park today. (Dawn Ballinger).

Ampney St Peter     A Kestrel, four Fieldfares and a Grey Wagtail today. (Liz & Colin Kilpatrick).

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Friday 8th January 2021

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote birds today included a Water Rail, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Goldcrest. (Chris Snook).

Water Rail by Chris Snook

Cetti’s Warbler by Chris Snook

Goldcrest by Chris Snook

Stroud     A Chiffchaff and a Dipper on the canal behind Homebase. (Colin Greenfield).

Nailsworth     Eight Little Egrets flew along the Nailsworth Valley at 9am and then single birds back and forth throughout the day. (Terry Grant).

Rodborough     Three Little Egrets flew over at 10:15am, a garden tick. (Simon Ashley).

Stonehouse    From Bond’s Mill to Eastington along the River Frome a Dipper, four Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, a Buzzard, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Goldcrest and eight Redwings. (Josh Adamms).

Tuffley     Garden birds today included three Redwings, male and female Blackcap, two Grey Wagtails and two Pied Wagtails. (John Fletcher).

Grey Wagtail by John Fletcher

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Thursday 7th January 2021

Frampton pools     34 Tufted Ducks, six Gadwalls, a Wigeon, 12 Mallards, 52 Blackbirds, 12 Song Thrushes, 124 Redwings, 18 Fieldfares, 14 Pied Wagtails, eight Meadow Pipits, 300+ Linnets, 200+ Chaffinches, 26 Reed Buntings and four Blackcaps today. (Nick Goatman).

Hardwicke     Along the canal S of Sellars Bridge a male Sparrowhawk with a kill chased by three Magpies, a Siskin, a Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail on the stream by Bridge House. Two Bullfinches at Laynes Farm. (MK).

Brockworth     In the garden this week male and female Blackcap, a Grey Wagtail, a Pied Wagtail, a Redwing and a male and a female Greenfinch, first for 3 years. (John Miles).

Halmore     Garden birds today included three Greenfinches, three Fieldfares, a Redwing, a Song Thrush, six Long-tailed Tits and a Marsh Tit. Also a pair of Ravens in a nearby oak and a male Tawny Owl calling nightly. (Chris Newton).

Greenfinch by Chris Newton

Stonehouse     A pair of Little Grebes near the Ocean on the canal today. (Bob Hindle).

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Wednesday 6th January 2021

Frampton     A GLAUCOUS GULL flew upriver at 11am today. (Gordon Hodgson).

Glaucous Gull by Gordon Hodgson

Gloucester     An immature male BLACK REDSTART still on the South Transept of the Cathedral at 11:30am. (MK).

Black Redstart by Mike King

Ozleworth     126 Golden Plovers and 19 Lapwings in the field next to Symonds Hall Farm and the A4135/B4058 junction at ST798962. (Vic Polley).

Chavenage Lane area     550+ Chaffinches, 80+ Yellowhammers, 400+ Redwings, 320+ Fieldfares and 120+ Golden Plovers today. (Terry Grant).

Chalford    This afternoon on the canal at SO89746 02527 two Dippers. (Martine & Pete Fenn).

Dipper by Pete Fenn

Hardwicke     A Little Egret on the Dimore Brook near the canal and a pair of Ravens and two different Kestrels around Hardwicke Farm. (Paul Masters).

Saul     At 4:15pm 30+ Pied Wagtails landed on Saul playing field. (Tanya Allen).

Hucclecote     A female Green Woodpecker in garden this morning, a garden first. (Harold Smith).

Forest of Dean     A pair of garden Blackcaps today in Coleford. (Geoff Fawcett).

Tuffley     Around Beaufort fields mid afternoon birds included six Greenfinches, five Goldfinches, three Chaffinches, two Long-tailed Tits, two Redwings, a Pied Wagtail, 13 Blackbirds and 100+ House Sparrows roosting in a hedgerow. (John Fletcher).

Winchcombe     In the garden today, a Fieldfare feeding on apples, 4+ Long-tailed Tits, and a Tawny Owl calling during the evening. (Andrew Worthington).

Ampney Crucis     A male Yellowhammer, 25 Redwings and five Fieldfares, a Red Kite and a Buzzard at Ampney St Mary today. (Liz & Colin Kilpatrick).

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Tuesday 5th January 2020

Aylburton    A pair of HAWFINCHES this morning seen between 10:15-10:40 in Stockwell Lane at SO619009 and then SO621006. (Wendy Kennison & Fiona Dean).

Gloucester     A male BLACK REDSTART and the regular pair of Peregrines again on the Cathedral. A male Firecrest still in the Port Ham area, this time on the S edge of Richard’s Wood, associating with a flock of Long-tailed Tits. (Andy Jayne).

Frampton     Four CATTLE EGRETS flew over the house towards Saul. c200 Golden Plover flew through Splatt Bridge, also two Stonechats. A Lesser Redpoll at the Sailing Lake. (Gordon Hodgson).

Moreton Valence to Saul     Along the canal between Parkend and Fretherne bridges today a female Stonechat, three Grey Herons, Redwings and Fieldfares, a Curlew over and a Peregrine. (Martin Price).

Deerhurst     Two Buzzards, a Mistle Thrush, 15 Pied Wagtails, 50+ Redwings and Fieldfares, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Grey Heron and a Raven. (Sara Baldwin).

Buzzard by Sara Baldwin

Standish Wood     Mid afternoon three Goldcrests, a Treecreeper and a Coal Tit. (Dot Jones).

Cambridge     In Ryall’s Lane a female Bullfinch, a Kingfisher, several Long-tailed Tits and a  Goldcrest. (Dave Abrams).

Ampney Crucis     A male Yellowhammer in the garden today and a Buzzard at Ampney St Mary. (Liz & Colin Kilpatrick).

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Monday 4th January 2021

Stonehouse     Belated news of a leucistic Golden Plover by the River Frome between Fromebridge and Eastington on the 2nd of January. Possibly the bird that was at Shab Hill last winter. (David Edwards).

Leucistic Golden Plover by David Edwards

Brimscombe/Chalford    Today along Stroud canal path from Wimberley Mills, Brimscombe to Chalford two Dippers, a Sparrowhawk, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, two Goldcrests, two Treecreepers, three Kingfishers, two Grey Wagtails, a Buzzard, a Kestrel and 30+ Redwings. (Josh Adamms).

Kingfisher by Josh Adamms

Puckham Scrubs    Up to six Bramblings with a Chaffinch flock near West Down car park. (Duncan Dine/Andy Wiggins).

Chavenage Lane     430+ Redwings, 280+ Fieldfares and 320+ Linnets today. (Terry Grant).

Gloucester     A male Stonechat at Alney Island today. (Gordon Avery).

May Hill     Three Stock Doves in the garden today. (Rob & Gillian Guest).

Ampney Crucis     A male Yellowhammer and a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the garden today. (Liz & Colin Kilpatrick).

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Sunday 3rd January 2021

Slimbridge     A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE with 52 White-fronted Geese and nine Greylags in a field between the canal and ⁦WWT South Lake viewed from the towpath c900m W of Patch Bridge. Also five CATTLE EGRETS next to Prices Court Farm. (Paul Masters).

Stinchcombe Hill     A female Brambling today. (James Robinson).

Cheltenham     A drake Mandarin still on the lake at the University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, this morning. (Duncan Dine/Russell Peacey).

Mandarin by Duncan Dine

Stonehouse     This morning two Dippers and c20 Siskins at Beard’s Mill. (Nigel Birch). On the canal between Stonehouse bridge and Bonds Mill, three Kingfishers, a Little Grebe, a Cormorant over and a Little Egret in the field below the canal near Bonds mill. At Stanley Downton, two Ravens eating a dead Cormorant on a pylon. Also a Buzzard near Ryeford. (Paul Sutton).

Frampton pools     This morning a GREAT WHITE EGRET flew over towards Court Lake, six Reed Buntings, a female Kestrel and a Green Woodpecker. (Dot Jones). Later the GREAT WHITE EGRET at the top end of the Sailing Lake, two male Goldeneye at the top end of Court Lake. Also 79 Tufted Ducks, 26 Mallards, 374 Coots, 36 Mute Swans, 14 Gadwalls, eight Little Grebes, two Shovelers, a Wigeon and seven Great Crested Grebes. In the garden a Chiffchaff and a female Blackcap. (Nick Goatman).

Prior’s Norton    17 Little Egrets on the Chelt flood prevention scheme this morning. (Jeremy Squire).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Whelford Pools good numbers of common wildfowl including Wigeon, Tufted Ducks, Shovelers, Gadwall, Teal, Mallards and Coot. Of note three Goosanders (2m, 1f) and three Red Crested Pochards (2m, 1f). Also Great Crested Grebe, 50+ Canada Geese, 50+ Greylags, a Cormorant, small flocks of Goldfinches and Long-tailed Tits, two Song Thrushes, Fieldfare, a Raven, a Grey Heron and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Bruce Kettle).

Long-tailed Tit by Bruce Kettle

Kingscote     30+ Golden Plovers in fields east of Kingscote. (Nigel Tucker).

Leighterton     c100 Common Gulls in fields near Leighterton. (Nigel Tucker).

Kempsford    6-8 Chiffchaffs at the Sewage works, also a Grey Wagtail. In the lanes nearby a mixed flock of c30 Fieldfares and Redwings. (Chris Snook).

Chiffchaff by Chris Snook

Ampney Crucis     A male Yellowhammer, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and eight Long-tailed Tits on feeders today. (Liz & Colin Kilpatrick).

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Saturday 2nd January 2021

Gloucester     A male FIRECREST at Port Ham today. Also a Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel, two Water Rails, a JACK SNIPE, three Snipe, a Green Woodpecker, a Cetti’s Warbler, a very vocal SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF, three Chiffchaffs, a pair of Stonechats and 20 Siskins. (Andy Jayne).

Guscar Rocks/Cone Pill     At high tide today birds included a Cormorant, four Grey Herons, 60 Common Gulls, 23 Lapwings, 190 Curlews, 40 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 11 Shelducks, six Redshanks, a Snipe, a male Kestrel, five Ravens, 15 Redwings, a Fieldfare, eight Greenfinches and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Iain Crawford).

Newnham-on-Severn    A WHOOPER SWAN and a juvenile Mute Swan in stubble fields on the Arlingham side of the Severn again this afternoon at cSO70701220, viewed from Newnham church. (Lewis Thomson).

Leigh     Today at 11:30am on the floods at the Leigh (visible from the farm at the end of the lane beyond St Catharine’s church SO86162593) 12 Mute Swans, two Egyptian Geese, two Pintails, six Shovelers, ten Gadwalls, two Mallards and eight Wigeon. (Rob Crofton).

Norton     At 12 noon, N of Norton, on floods near the river Chelt at Inchmore bridge (viewed from SO86622477) c8 Little Egrets and a GREAT WHITE EGRET. (Rob Crofton).

Coates     Five Hawfinches feeding in leaf litter just off the ride at Hailey Wood this afternoon. (Michael Cook).

Quenington     Two Red Kites overhead and two Lesser Redpolls and a Marsh Tit on the garden feeder. (Michael Cook).

Elmore    Three CATTLE EGRETS flew downriver towards Elmore Back/Minsterworth at 9:50am, also a Little Egret, a pair of Stonechats, a Sparrowhawk, a Jay, three Ravens, two male Bullfinches, 20 Goldfinches and three Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (MK).

Stonechat by Mike King

Horsley     A Barn Owl hunting in an uncut hay meadow at ST8412 9854 at 4:30pm. (Jude Smith).

Wainlodes     Three Bullfinches (2m, 1f), three Fieldfares, five Redwings and a Mistle Thrush. The road is flooded at the Red Lion and Coombe Hill Wharf car park is
still under water. (Sara Baldwin).

Coombe Hill car park by Rob Crofton. Don’t even think about it!

Stonehouse    A Little Egret over fields below St Cyr’s Church this morning. A Raven behind the church, a Kingfisher at the Ocean and a Little Grebe, Bond’s Mill side of the railway tunnels. (Paul Sutton/Duerden Cormack). Also a Cetti’s Warbler and a male Blackcap along the canal at SO 80305 04882. At Stanley Downton sewage works a Green Woodpecker, two Green Sandpipers, a Grey Wagtail, and a Little Egret in the surrounding fields. (Duerden Cormack).

Kingfisher by Paul Sutton

Cleeve Hill     This morning five Stonechats near Wontley Barn and a Reed Bunting with Yellowhammers on the West Down Gallops. (Ian Ralphs).

Halmore     Birds in the garden today included three Coal Tits, a Marsh Tit, four Long-tailed Tits, two Greenfinches, six Goldfinches, a Redwing, a Fieldfare, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and c70 Lapwings over. (Chris Newton).

Cheltenham    At Naunton Park, at least two Blackcaps in gardens (m&f), a scattering of
Redwings around the area and eight Common Gulls on the playing field. (Steve Brown).

Ampney Crucis     A male Yellowhammer and six Long-tailed Tits on feeders today. (Liz & Colin Kilpatrick).

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Friday 1st January 2021

Frampton     A drake Goldeneye on the canal just S of Fretherne Bridge until 10:30am at least. Displaying amongst a group of Mallards and domesticated ducks displaced from Saul Lodge pond. Also a Kingfisher further S and a Nuthatch calling from the churchyard and another by Fretherne Bridge. (MK).

Goldeneye by Mike King

Goldeneye by Mike King

Frampton pools     The regular roosting Tawny Owl at Court field still today. (Josh Adamms).

Fretherne     A Little Owl in Overton Lane today. (Josh Adamms).

Saul     5+ Cormorants at the Marina, a Little Grebe and three pairs of Mandarins N of Sandfield Bridge, two male Bullfinches, one either side of Sandfield Bridge and 60 Common Gulls on the flooded fields W of the canal. (MK).

Saul Warth     A CATTLE EGRET this morning, but flew inland and not relocated in the horse paddocks. (Eric Palmer).

Moreton Valence     Two Tawny Owls hooting in the dark near Parkend Bridge on the canal. Later two Buzzards, 19 Linnets and a female Bullfinch. (MK).

Stroud     Along the Stroudwater canal, a Chiffchaff at Capel’s Mill, c30 Siskins, four Mandarins and two Grey Wagtails. (Seb Buckton).

Cotswold Water Park West     On Pit 12 amongst commoner wildfowl a pair of Goldeneyes and a Goosander. On Coke’s Pit a Goosander and three female Shovelers. (Livvy Drake).

Cam    A male Blackcap near Cam Everlands, two Stock Doves at Holywell Orchid, a flyover Siskin by the River Cam and two Coal Tits. (Jonathan Bull).

Stonehouse   This morning two Kingfishers at Bond’s Mill and four Little Egrets in a flooded field at Beard’s Mill. (Nigel Birch). A Kingfishers on the canal opposite Boakes Drive and another around the Ocean. Two Little Grebes on the canal between the railway line and Bond’s Mill. (Paul Sutton).

Ampney Crucis & Ampney St Mary     A male Yellowhammer, nine Long-tailed Tits and a Greenfinch on feeders at Ampney Crucis. Five Redwings, four Fieldfares and a Pied Wagtail feeding in a field at Ampney St Mary. (Liz & Colin Kilpatrick).

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