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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Wednesday 11th March 2020

Forest of Dean     A female Hawfinch in treetops off Crown Lane, Parkend, another in treetops distantly by the church and five flew over the cricket pitch towards Nagshead this morning. Two Mistle Thrushes on the cricket pitch and a Raven over. Two Dippers on the stream behind The Fountain Inn. Nagshead very quiet with only a male Siskin, a Treecreeper, a pair of Bullfinches and a Raven all on the Long Trail. 2+ Siskins and 30 Redwings at Woorgreens. The GREAT GREY SHRIKE on Crabtree Hill at 1pm and still present at 3pm. Also a pair of Stonechats, a Meadow Pipit and a Raven. At Drybrook Road Station at least one male Lesser Redpolls and 20+ Siskins and a large female Goshawk over. On Serridge Ridge at least five Bramblings, four males, but flushed by dogs. Also 20+ Siskins and 6+ Lesser Redpolls, but probably many more in the treetops. Also a Crossbill. (Paul Masters/MK). Pics by Mike.

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Berkeley Pill     This morning at high tide a Ruff, five Jack Snipe and a Common Sandpiper. (Andy Jordan).

Sharpness     A Common Sandpiper at the Dock entrance this morning. (Andy Jordan).

Hucclecote     A Red Kite over at 9am. (Stuart Matthews).

Maisemore     Along Church Road around the lake to the weir on the Severn this afternoon birds included a pair of Tufted Ducks, six Mallards, two Greylags, a Canada Goose, two Mute Swans, seven Moorhens, a Little Grebe, three Cormorants, 14 Goldfinches, a Goldcrest, 16 Redwings, five Long-tailed Tits, two Greenfinches, two Mistle Thrushes, two Song Thrushes, a Nuthatch, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Buzzards and a male Kestrel. (John Fletcher).

WWT Slimbridge     A female Goldeneye, an Oystercatcher, a Shoveler on South Lake this afternoon. (Paul Dunham). Pics by Paul.

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A pair of Kingfishers mating at Kingfisher hide today. (Graham Bullivant).

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Tuesday 10th March 2020

Berkeley shore     The high spring tide flushed three Jack Snipes and at least ten Snipe. Also three Rock Pipits, 40 Redshanks and a Common Sandpiper. (Paul Rich).

Purton     23 KITTIWAKES flew upriver at 11am. (Francis Steuck).

Saul     A CATTLE EGRET and 26 Little Egrets in the horse paddocks to the right of the Arlingham road after Fretherne (Cadbury) Bridge at 4pm. (Paul Rich).

Forest of Dean     Between Crabtree Hill and Serridge five Crossbills and 50+ Siskins and a female Goshawk over Yew Tree Brake. (Les Ditchburn).

Arlingham      At high tide today at Hope Pill, a Peregrine, a Kestrel and four Shelducks. (Josh Adamms). Pic by Josh.

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Cranham     A Red Kite over at 11:30am. (Jamie Warren).

Leonard Stanley     A Red Kite over this morning at 8:15. (Simon Spedding).

Tewkesbury      Five Curlews on the Ham and a Red Kite over. (Ian Hull).

Frampton     Early morning at the Sailing Lake a GREAT WHITE EGRET over, a Chiffchaff singing and four Mistle Thrushes. (Nick Goatman).

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Monday 9th March 2020

Forest of Dean     The GREAT GREY SHRIKE still at Crabtree Hill today. Two Goshawks from New Fancy View. Two Hawfinch at Parkend and a Dipper at Cannop Stoneworks. (R Hopkins).

Frampton     An adult CASPIAN GULL at the Sailing Lake briefly early morning on the pontoon by the club house. (Nick Goatman). Later four singing Chiffchaffs and a singing Blackcap at the Sailing Lake and a pair of Oystercatchers on Court Field. (Paul Masters/MK). Ten Little Egrets on the flashes N of Splatt Bridge. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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Cleeve Hill     400 Fieldfares and eight Stonechats on West Down gallops this morning. (Duncan Dine/Andy Wiggins).

WWT Slimbridge     A male Goshawk took a Teal in front of Zeiss hide this afternoon. (Martin McGill/Sam Walker).

Gloucester     At Horsebere Flood Storage Area birds included two Mute Swans, 13 Mallards, three pairs of Coots, eight Moorhens and a male Reed Bunting. (Gord Avery). A Peregrine on Gloucester Cathedral today at 7am. (Colin Edwards).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Birds today included two Mute Swans, 20 Canada Geese, four Teal, 14 Mallards, 11 Tufted Ducks, 20 Coots, ten Moorhens, two Little Grebes, nine Great Crested Grebes, six Cormorants, 20 Black-headed Gulls, 25 Common Gulls and two Buzzards. (Gord Avery).

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Sunday 8th March 2020

Forest of Dean     A Dipper by the bridge by the Scout Hut at 1pm in Parkend and singing. (Michael Tomkins). On Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE still and a distant Goshawk circling. A female Crossbill in Yew Tree Brake. (Les Ditchburn). At 12:30pm a Red Kite between Littledean (Collafield) and Plump Hill. (Nigel Murray).

Aylburton Common     A Dipper on Colliers Brook this afternoon. The 4th recorded in 30 years here. (Martin Vaisey).

WWT Slimbridge     The CATTLE EGRET again on South Lake today. (Paul Masters/Ken Mihill). Two juvenile Greenland White-fronted Geese on the Bottom New Piece with White-fronts. A Goshawk on the Top New Piece. (Roberta Goodall). The two adult PINK-FOOTED GEESE with Greylags today. (Martin McGill). Pic by Paul.

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Calcot     At Calcot Farm crossroads 12 Corn Buntings, eight Skylarks, 59 Redwings, two Ravens, a male Yellowhammer, three Buzzards, 12 Stock Doves and 11 Meadow Pipits. (John Fletcher/Jake King).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Lechlade Pit 119 nine Tufted Ducks, two Gadwalls, four Mallards, a Great Crested Grebe, five Coots and a Green Sandpiper. At Pit 127 two Oystercatchers. (Paul Charles).

Cotswold Water Park West     An adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL on Pit 48 with 97 Black-headed Gulls and four Common Gulls. (Mark O’Connell).

Frampton pools     A male Goldeneye, 12 Gadwalls, 59 Tufted Ducks, a pair of Mandarins, two Shelducks, two Oystercatchers, five Chiffchaffs, 45 Redwings, 22 Fieldfares, ten Skylarks, 15 Meadow Pipits, three Snipe and three Lapwings. (Nick Goatman).

Guscar Rocks     Today’s WeBS count included seven Canada Geese, four Shelducks, 90 Wigeon, 30 Teal, three Mallards, three Oystercatchers, 46 Curlews, two Redshanks, two Skylarks singing and five Redwings. (Eric Palmer/Mike Smart).

Aylburton Warth     Today’s WeBS count included eight Canada Geese, six Shelducks, 15 Wigeon, 140 Teal, a Grey Heron, a Peregrine, two Oystercatchers, 276 Golden Plovers, four Lapwings, 18 Snipe, ten Dunlins, 259 Curlews, 16 Redshanks, a Common Sandpiper, 80 Black-headed Gulls, ten Common Gulls, ten Lesser Black-backed Gulls, five Herring Gulls, 5-6 Skylarks, a Meadow Pipit singing and four Reed Buntings. (Eric Palmer/Mike Smart).

Stinchcombe Hill     A pair of Stonechats this morning. (James Robinson).

Kingswood     A Little Egret by Tubbs factory today. (Thomas McCarthy). Pic by Thomas.

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Saturday 7th March 2020

WWT Slimbridge     Two adult PINK-FOOTED GEESE, 124 White-fronted Geese and two juvenile Greenland White-fronted Geese on the Dumbles this morning. (Dave Paynter).

Forest of Dean     Crossbills at Yew Tree Brake, c70-80 Siskins on Serridge Ridge, with a few Lesser Redpolls, a Coal Tit and two Bramblings. A pair of Goshawks seen from Serridge Ridge to the S. A Marsh Tit at Parkend Church, a Dipper behind the Fountain Inn and another on the sluice at the Cannop stoneworks. (Roberta Goodall/Dave Creber). At New Fancy View two displaying Goshawks, a male Crossbill perched and others in flight over. At Organ’s Green two Dippers. At Crabtree Hill the GREAT GREY SHRIKE, a Lesser Redpoll and six Siskins. At Woorgreens four Goosanders flew over. At Speech House Hotel two Hawfinches. (Oliver Smart).

Saul    A CATTLE EGRET and 26 Little Egrets in the horse paddocks to the right of the Arlingham road after Fretherne (Cadbury) Bridge at SO 74171 08884 at 1:15pm. (MK).

Saul Warth     128+ Shelducks, ten Gadwalls, a pair of Shovelers, seven Grey Herons, two Little Egrets, two Buzzards, 200+ Curlews, five Lapwings, 6+ Skylarks, four Pied Wagtails, two Grey Wagtails, 14 Linnets and six Goldfinches, no spring migrants except a brief burst of Chiffchaff song. (MK).

Ryeford     Along the canal a Kingfisher at 5:30pm. (Paul Sutton).

Roel Hill     At lunchtime at Roel grain store a flock of Skylarks on the stubble field and singing overhead. (Gill Worthington).

Charlton Abbots     At 1pm a Red Kite circling overhead and two Buzzards together and calling. (Gill Worthington).

Winchcombe     Early morning a Tawny Owl calling in the area near the cemetery. (Gill Worthington).

Cirencester     A pair of Peregrines on the tower of the church of St John the Baptist adjacent to the old Abbey grounds today. They were calling loudly, and the male passed a large bird wing in mid air to the female over the market square. (Sarah Dearlove).

Symonds Yat     From Yat Rock viewpoint today the resident Peregrine pair and the Strathdon Cliff Peregrine pair nearby, two Goshawks (juv & ad), two Red Kites, two Sparrowhawks (m & f), 13 Buzzards, including a mating pair, a nesting pair of Ravens, a Kingfisher pair excavating a nest hole, Stock Doves, a Green Woodpecker calling, five Goosanders (2m, 3f), two Goldcrests, a large Redwing flock and Long-tailed Tits. Also five Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Three Mute Swans, two Greylags, four Canada Geese, three Shelducks, 95 Wigeon, four Gadwalls, 17 Teal, nine Mallards, three Tufted Ducks, a Grey Heron, two Little Grebes, three Oystercatchers, a Curlew, 190 Black-headed Gulls, 20 Common Gulls, eight Lesser Black-backed Gulls, five Herring Gulls, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 200 Fieldfares and five Redwings. (David Anderson/Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham     Five Mute Swans, 68 Wigeon, 72 Teal, nine Mallards, a Grey Heron, a Cormorant, two Curlews, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Skylarks, two Meadow Pipits, 20 Fieldfares, a Stonechat and two Reed Buntings. (David Anderson/Mike Smart).

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