Tuesday 19th September 2017

Rodley     A Short-eared Owl at Lower Dumball this morning at 10am. Also two Lesser Whitethroats and a Whitethroat along Garden Cliff. (John & Viv Phillips).

Stroud    An OSPREY still in the Stroud area reported flying over the bypass at Kings Stanley junction at 11:10am. (Colette Hall per Rich Hearn).

WWT Slimbridge     A Kingfisher from Martin Smith hide this morning. (Pam & Frank Bryant).

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Also a very pale leucistic Ringed Plover on the Top New Piece from Zeiss hide today. (Martin McGill).

Sharpness    Three Wheatears at the picnic area tonight. (Jeff Kirby).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reedbed this afternoon at Pit 85B ten Buzzards up together, two Kingfishers, two Water Rails calling, six Sedge Warblers, five Blackcaps, six Cetti’s Warblers, two Chiffchaffs, a Mistle Thrush, five Wrens, 21 Swallows S, 18 House Martins, four Grey Herons, a Cormorant and a Sparrowhawk. On Pit 85A seven Teal, five Gadwalls, two Little Egrets, three Buzzards, a Grey Heron, eight Coots, three Moorhens, two Reed Buntings, nine Mallards, a Kestrel and six Long-tailed Tits. (John Fletcher).

Cotswold Water Park East     A juvenile Common Tern at Pit 125 and three Ruff with a small flock of Lapwings at Pit 126. (John Grearson).

Symonds Yat    From the viewpoint today the Peregrine pair, two Goshawks, a male Kestrel, a female Sparrowhawk, five Buzzards, Ravens, a Kingfisher, Stock Doves, House Martins and Swallows passing through, a juvenile Grey Heron, a Mistle Thrush, a Great Spotted Woodpecker calling and a Jay. Other sightings included Small White, Large White, six Commas, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral butterflies, a Common Darter, two adult Fallow Deer with a fawn and a Bank Vole. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Twyning     A Chiffchaff calling at 7am this morning at Church End. (Mike Jones).

Hardwicke     c6 House Martins, six Swallows and a Swift feeding over Shorn Brook at 5:20pm this evening. (Michael Cook).

Winstone     Three Swallows and a Red Kite at 6 pm. (Michael Cook).

Duntisbourne Leer     c10 Golden Plovers in a recently tilled field near Duntisbourne Leer crossroads and 50+ Goldfinches feeding on game cover crop nearby. (Michael Cook).

Bussage     c8 House Martins feeding up high at 7:15 pm this evening and Green Woodpecker taking ants on the lawn. (Michael Cook).

Stonehouse     A Kingfisher on the Canal. A pair of Bullfinches along the cycle track opposite Wycliffe College. (Paul Sutton).

Kingscote     Three Male Kestrels at various sites around the village and a Tawny Owl calling near Lower Hazelcote cottages around midday. (Paul Sutton).

Gloucester     At the Docks a Kingfisher perched on the King Arthur pleasure cruiser at the rear of the National Waterways museum at 7:50am. (Mark Grieve).

Ashleworth Ham     A non-CES ringing session caught 72 birds including five juvenile Meadow Pipits, 19 juvenile Chiffchaffs, a juvenile Willow Warbler, an adult male Redstart, 12 Reed Buntings, 17 Goldfinches and a juvenile Treecreeper. Also 40 Swallows around. (Mervyn Greening/Mike Smart).

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Monday 18th September 2017

WWT Slimbridge     The Red-breasted Goose mobile around the grounds today with the Barnacle Goose flock. A female Marsh Harrier and a Little Egret from Holden Tower. A Little Stint and a Ruff on the Rushy. 12 Ruff and 20+ Black-tailed Godwits from Zeiss hide. 104+ Black-tailed Godwits, 20+ Redshanks, a Ruff and four Snipe from Hogarth hide. (MK). A Curlew Sandpiper from Mid Point and later from Zeiss hide. (Ian Hull). Record shot by Mike.

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Leighterton     Late morning a Whinchat and a Stonechat on the road 1 km E of the village and a Red Kite circling between Leighterton and Silk Wood. (Vic Polley).

Frampton     At the Sailing Lake this morning a Goshawk, the adult Yellow-legged Gull, four Grey Wagtails, 17 Pied Wagtails, two Green Sandpipers, 50+ Swallows and 15 Curlews over. This evening a Hobby, 500+ Swallows, eight Wigeon, 30 Teal, ten Little Egrets and two Tawny Owls.  (Nick Goatman).

Dudbridge     At midday an OSPREY soaring overhead being mobbed by three Jackdaws and a Raven. (Steve Pullen).

Cleeve Hill     This evening three Redstarts, three Wheatears, three Golden Plovers and plenty of Meadow Pipits on the move. (Greg Mabbett).

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Sunday 17th September 2017

Ashleworth Ham     This evening a Ring-necked Parakeet in tall trees at Stonebow Farm before flying off E chased by Jackdaws. Near at Hartpury three Barn Owls at dusk. (Andy Jayne).

WWT Slimbridge    The Red-breasted Goose, of unknown origin, on the Top New Piece and a Curlew Sandpiper on South Lake. (Paul Masters/Mark Hobson).

Sharpness     A Willow Warbler and two Common Sandpipers this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Frampton pools     The GREAT WHITE EGRET, the adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Black-tailed Godwit, eight Green Sandpipers, a Hobby, three Pochards, 82 Tufted Ducks, two Willow Warblers, 25 Chiffchaffs, a few Whitethroats, a Garden Warbler and seven Blackcaps. (Nick Goatman/Terry Grant).

Saul Warth     Over the high tide a Little Stint, 30+ Dunlins, 20+ Ringed Plovers and a Wheatear. (Paul Rich).

Kingswood     Two Little Owls in the barn behind Kingswood House from 3pm to 5:30pm at least. (Tom McCarthy). Pic by Tom.

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Gloucester     At Gloucester Docks 20 House Martins today. (Mark Grieve).

Tirley Hill     80+ Swallows today. (Mark Grieve).

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Saturday 16th September 2017

WWT Slimbridge    An unringed Red-breasted Goose, of unknown origin, presumably feral or an escape. (Colin Greenfield/Paul Daunter). Two Spoonbills flew over early afternoon. (Martin Harrison).

Cotswold Water Park East     A Greenshank, a Little Ringed Plover and a Whinchat at Pit 132 this morning. Two juvenile Ruff at Pit 126. (Ian Ralphs).

Berkeley shore     A Bar-tailed Godwit this morning, also a adult Yellow-legged Gull, two Stonechats, a Yellow Wagtail and a Sand Martin. (Paul Taylor).

Longlevens     A Ring-necked Parakeet flew over the garden again at Kendall Road this morning. (Martin Greenish).

Cherington     Around Cherington Lake two Kingfishers, two Little Grebes, a Grey Heron, a Mistle Thrush, two Coal Tits, two Nuthatches, two Goldcrests, two Buzzards, a female Kestrel and a Grey Wagtail. (John Fletcher).

Forest of Dean     A Coal Tit, a Goldcrest, Mistle Thrushes and two Dippers behind the Fountain Inn this morning. (Kenny Hills).

Minchinhampton Common     This afternoon a female Wheatear at SO858008. Swallows and a House Martin going through, a few low down with many more high up. (Jeff Butcher).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A Mute Swan with eight cygnets, six Canada Geese, 30 Teal, 40 Mallard, three Grey Herons, a juvenile Hobby, a juvenile Kestrel, seven Lapwings, a juvenile Ruff, five Green Sandpipers, five Skylarks, five Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, many c100 Swallows hawking insects around the cattle and generally moving SW, two House Martins;, at least five Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap and 2-3 Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart).

Barrow Ponds     38 Canada Geese, two Greylags, two Cormorants, four Coots, 20 Swallows and ten House Martins today. (Mike Smart).

Nailsworth     At Worley Ridge two Mistle Thrushes this morning. Another eight Mistle Thrushes this afternoon on telephone wires at Chavenage. (Mike Kom).

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Friday 15th September 2017

Cheltenham     A MANX SHEARWATER flew into a window near the racecourse at 3pm and was taken into care. (Roy Shilham).

WWT Slimbridge    A Wood Sandpiper on the Rushy and a Garganey and a Curlew Sandpiper from Zeiss hide. (Ian Hull).

Frampton     The GREAT WHITE EGRET on Court Lake and the adult Yellow-legged Gull on the Sailing Lake today. Also two Yellow Wagtails, 29 Pied Wagtails, two Green Sandpipers, six Little Egrets and five Chiffchaffs. (Mark Hobson/Nick Goatman).

Longlevens     A Ring-necked Parakeet flew over the garden at Kendall Road. (Martin Greenish).

Kingswood     A Little Owl at 8:45am in the tumbledown barns/stables behind Kingswood House, Wotton Road viewable from the public footpath. Also a Raven over. Two Dippers in the Little Avon by Tubbs Turf, Wotton Road and two Grey Wagtails on opposite side of road in Little Avon. (Tom McCarthy).

Gloucester     At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake two adult Mute Swans, five Mallards, three Little Grebes (2 ads, 1 juv), three Grey Herons, 12 Moorhens, five Coots, six Black-headed Gulls, a Buzzard, a Whinchat and c50 Goldfinches feeding on teasel. (Gordon Avery).

Witcombe Reservoirs     A pair of Mute Swans and five large cygnets, at least five Little Grebes and 83 Coots. (Gordon Avery).

Winstone     Two Swallows this afternoon and a male Reed Bunting with finches near Duntisbourne Rouse. (Michael Cook).

Daglingworth     c30 Pied Wagtails flying to roost this evening. (Michael Cook).

Bussage     Two male Teal flew a large circle over old Bussage for c5 minutes before tipping into the valley below this evening. (Michael Cook).

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Thursday 14th September 2017

WWT Slimbridge     The GREY PHALAROPE again from Robbie Garnett hide from 2pm after being missing all morning. (Terry Stevenson). On the Rushy two Spotted Redshanks and from Hogarth hide six Snipe and a juvenile Wood Sandpiper. (Peter Rodgers). Also a GARGANEY from Hogarth hide, a Curlew Sandpiper on South Lake and an Egyptian Goose from Zeiss hide. (Slimbridge Sightings). Pics by Peter.

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Frampton pools    A juvenile BLACK TERN on the Sailing Lake this afternoon. The GREAT WHITE EGRET and two Green Sandpipers on Court Lake and a Common Tern, five Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper on the Sailing Lake. (Gordon Hodgson). Pic by Gordon.

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Minchinhampton Common     At least five Wheatears today. (Terry Grant). Pic by Terry.

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Ashleworth Ham     Early afternoon three Kestrels, a Common Sandpiper, four Bullfinches, two Nuthatches, a Reed Bunting, a Raven heard, 17 Swallows, three House Martins, a Grey Heron and 12 Mallards. (John Fletcher/Martin Greenish).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Two Buzzards, a Hobby, two Kestrels, a female Sparrowhawk, three Reed Buntings, a Chiffchaff, ten Meadow Pipits, 120 Lapwings, 51 Goldfinches, 20+ Swallows, five Grey Herons and 79 Starlings. (John Fletcher/Martin Greenish).

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Wednesday 13th September 2017

WWT Slimbridge     A GREY PHALAROPE from Robbie Garnett hide from 10:30am until 4pm at least, sometimes drifting out of view when viewable from the adjacent Stephen Kirk hide. (Jon Mercer). Also today a Curlew Sandpiper on South Lake and a Spotted Redshank on the Rushy. Pics by Jon.

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Awre     A GREY PHALAROPE on the river between 11:30-12MD, it was flushed and chased briefly by a Peregrine at 12MD & not seen again. Also at least three Arctic Terns, an adult and two juveniles, around high tide. (John Phillips). Earlier in the morning a Red Kite flew north at 8:15am. Also a Grasshopper Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, a Reed Warbler, a Whitethroat, a Wheatear and 131 Meadow Pipits flew SW. (Andy Jayne).

Sharpness     A SHAG from SARA at 7am. At high tide today six Arctic Terns (I suspect this was the total for the high tide today from all sites) and a GUILLEMOT at 1:04pm. (Duncan Dine/Mark Dowie/Jake King/Geoff Moyser/Paul Taylor). An adult GANNET was off Berkeley Pill before flying N past SARA towards the Dumbles at 3:50pm. (Roberta Goodall/Tom Weston-McClung).

Lydney     At Lydney Harbour a MANX SHEARWATER flew upriver at 12:55pm.(Andy Jayne/Arron Roberts).

Guscar Rocks     A MANX SHEARWATER flew strongly downriver at 3:10pm, but then seen again going back up towards Berkeley Pill. Also a juvenile LITTLE GULL, two adult and one juvenile Arctic Terns, an Oystercatcher and nearby at Plusterwine two Ravens, a Whinchat, a female Stonechat and a Wheatear. (Andy Jayne).

Frampton     At the Sailing Lake this morning the GREAT WHITE EGRET, the adult Yellow-legged Gull, 50+ Sand Martins, five Little Egrets, two Green Sandpipers and 30+ Meadow Pipits over. Additionally this evening Little Egrets increased to 14, a Peregrine, three Water Rails, Green Sandpipers increased to eight, a Willow Warbler, 15 Chiffchaffs, 26 Teal and eight Shovelers. (Nick Goatman).

Berkeley shore     This evening an Egyptian Goose flew E over the estuary (patch tick) with c300 Canada Geese at 7pm also six Wheatears. (Paul Taylor).

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