Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Beverston     A Red Kite just opposite the church turning at 1pm. (Donna Cook).

Whittington     At Arle Grove near Whittington today (SO995215) birds included three Marsh Tits, a Coal Tit, a Sparrowhawk, three Nuthatches and a Chiffchaff. (Howard Smith).

Nailsworth     A spectacular movement of at least 4500 Swifts over fields at Hazelcote Farm, and also across the road near to Babdown. Birds were already streaming through at 4:20pm and were still moving through at 5:10pm. Also a male Yellow Wagtail. (Terry Grant).

Netheridge Farm     A Garden Warbler at the Barn Owl Centre this morning. (Mark Hobson).

WWT Slimbridge    Two adult breeding plumage Little Stints with 150+ Dunlins on the Top New Piece from Zeiss hide. (Roberta Goodall).

Purton     This morning a Little Stint and a Turnstone. (Francis Steuck).

Cotswold Water Park West     From South Cerney to Shorncote a Red Kite, a Marsh Harrier, two Common Terns, two Little Egrets and a Buzzard. (Mike Davis).

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Tuesday 21st July 2020

Tewkesbury     A GREAT WHITE EGRET on the River Avon this morning. (Mike Hall). Pic by Mike.

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Walmore Common     Four Whinchats and two Redstarts early evening. (Andy Jayne).

Coombe Hill Meadows     A juvenile/female Marsh Harrier in low flight around north meadow and scrape at midday. (Les Ditchburn).

Arlingham     This evening at 8pm an Avocet feeding on the mudflats just S of Arlingham/Newnham. (Ian Elphick).

Forest of Dean    At Crabtree Hill this morning flocks of Linnets and Goldfinches, a Pied Flycatcher preening, Swallow and House Martins perching in dead trees and a hunting Tawny Owl mobbed by a Redstart. (Colin Butters).

Kingswood     At Nind two Little owls early evening at ST758919 in the orchard along the entrance to Ley’s Farm from Nind Lane. (Vic Polley).

Cirencester     A Grasshopper Warbler reeling at 10:20pm at the Bathurst Estate on farmland W of Stratton today. (Ken Cservenka).

Stinchcombe Hill     A Crossbill over and 30+ Pied Wagtails this morning. (James Robinson). 

Halmore     A Red Kite seen perched on a dead tree at 6:30am. Two Red Kites and then a lone bird seen circling overhead in the same area later. Two Common Cranes in barley stubble at SO698028. (Chris Newton). Pic by Chris.

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Winchcombe     27 Swifts wheeling and screaming overhead and 200 Rooks over.
Also at least two Coal Tits and four Long-tailed Tits in the garden today. (Gill Worthington).

Ashleworth Ham     This afternoon three Red Kites, three Buzzards, a Kestrel, five Reed Buntings, a male Bullfinch, two Whitethroats, two Song Thrushes, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, three Skylarks, 39 Mallards, a Greylag, three Grey Herons and 14 House Sparrows around Colways Farm. (John Fletcher). Also a Little Egret flew SW at 6:55am and a juvenile Garden Warbler trapped for ringing. (Gord Avery/Mervyn Greening). Pic by John.

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Monday 20th July 2020

Coombe Hill Meadows     A GLOSSY IBIS this morning at 8:30am, then it flew into the Long Pool, which is no longer accessible (hide collapsed) or viewable. No further reports today. (N Workman per Rich Baatsen).

WWT Slimbridge    An eclipse GARGANEY from Zeiss hide at 10:30am, however it roosted behind an island and had not re-emerged by 2pm. (Ian Hull). Also a Green Sandpiper, five Little Ringed Plovers, 70+ Dunlins, 35+ Avocets plus a pair with four small chicks, 80+ Lapwings and a Little Egret. (Ian Hull/MK). Two juvenile Whinchats on the Middle Point cross-fence this morning. Three Egyptian Geese on the Rushy. (Paul Masters). At 1:20pm two very noisy Hobbies interacting at speed together over the tin shed field containing the Long-horned Cattle. (Les Ditchburn). The Spotted Redshank on South Lake from 3:20pm with 180 Black-tailed Godwits. Also a Kingfisher, two Little Ringed Plovers, seven Ruff, an adult Great Crested Grebe and juvenile, ten Dunlins, a Grey Heron, four Cormorants, five Lapwings, 15 Redshanks, two adult Avocets with four juveniles and four Buzzards. (Lisa Presland).

Frampton pools     A Grasshopper Warbler, a family of four Whinchats, a female Redstart, a Willow Warbler, five Whitethroats, 21 Blackcaps, 19 Chiffchaffs, four Reed Buntings, a Hobby, a male Wigeon and an adult Yellow-legged Gull. (Nick Goatman).

Cirencester     A Grasshopper Warbler reeling at the Bathurst Estate on farmland W of Stratton today. (Ken Cservenka).

Saul     A Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the overgrown stretch of the Frome, just before it goes under the ship canal at Saul Junction. Present for 6 days according to a boat owner. Also a female Grey Wagtail immediately below the Stroudwater lock off the ship canal. (Jake King).

Eastington     A juvenile Dipper on the Frome north arm just below Eastington School. (Jake King).

Bishops Cleeve     A Red Kite flying low over gardens before heading towards Gotherington. Also seen yesterday. (Nigel Tustin).

Forest of Dean     At Brierley this morning two Hawfinches, a Wren family including a juvenile and a Silver-washed Fritillary. (Nigel Gardener). Pic by Nigel.

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Longney     In the old orchards and along the Severn Way mid afternoon a Little Owl, 21 Swifts, two Greenfinches, three Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, two Stock Doves, a Little Egret, a Song Thrush carrying food, a Raven, two Buzzards and two Comma butterflies. (John Fletcher).

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Sunday 19th July 2020

Berkeley     The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING around the village of Stone at GL13 9LR on and off throughout the day. (Tom Mabbett/Mark Hobson/Paul Masters et al). Pics by Richard Tyler (1st) and Merv Carlyon (2nd).

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Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 127 two adult Oystercatchers with a well-grown juvenile and at least six young Common Terns of various ages. (John Durell).

Coombe Hill Meadows     6 or 7 Whinchats, six Little Ringed Plovers and a juvenile Whitethroat today. (Ken Burrows). At least two nests of Sedge Warblers still to fledge, a Green Sandpiper, a Black-tailed Godwit, ten Lapwings and a Grey Heron. (Dot Jones). Pic by Ken.

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Cirencester     A Red Kite over the A419. 20 Swifts and a few Swallows over Cirencester Park near the tennis courts today. (Felicity Cobb).

Stinchcombe Hill    Four noisy Crossbills in conifers at Stinchcombe Hill House this morning. (James Robinson).

WWT Slimbridge    Two CATTLE EGRETS with the Long-horned Cattle in the Tin Shed field best viewed from the Reedbed Walk. (John Budd). A Spotted Redshank in with 196 Black-tailed Godwits on South Lake also seven Ruff, a Common Sandpiper, four Little Ringed Plovers, a summer plumage Dunlin, 63 Redshanks and a few Avocets. (Roberta Goodall). Three Egyptian Geese on the Rushy and eight Green Sandpipers on the Tack Piece. (Dan White).

Cotswolds     A Kingfisher on the River Coln, by the bridge over the river at Coln Rogers, and a singing Corn Bunting by the minor road at cSP038067. (Jon Mercer).

Gloucester     Two Peregrine flew SW over the garden calling this evening. (Sam Walker).

Cleeve Hill     This afternoon at West Down up to three singing Corn Buntings, c5 singing Yellowhammers and a Stonechat. At Prestbury Hill/Bill Smyllie reserve butterflies included c8 Dark Green Fritillaries, two Chalk Hill Blues, c4 Small Blues, a Brown Argus and Essex Skippers. (Rob Crofton). Pic by Rob.

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Saturday 18th July 2020

Berkeley     An adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING in the garden at 1pm feeding on a fat ball. Later around the village of Stone at GL13 9LR until 7:30pm at least. (Paul & Sherri Taylor). Pics by Paul.

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Westonbirt     A pair of Spotted Flycatchers in Silk Wood this morning. (Paul Rich).

Forest of Dean    At Woorgreens/Crabtree Hill early morning six Crossbills, two Siskins, three Stonechats, three Tree Pipits, three Ravens and a Buzzard. (MK). Pic by Mike.

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WWT Slimbridge     Two juvenile Whinchats at Mid Point this afternoon. (Mark Hobson). On the Rushy 49 Black-tailed Godwits, three Egyptian Geese and a Green Sandpiper. (Dot Jones).

Leighterton     Two Little Owls, a Corn Bunting and a Yellowhammer this morning. (Geoff Moyser).

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Friday 17th July 2020

Whitminster     Three Crossbills over W this morning. (Rich Baatsen).

Frampton pools     An adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Common Sandpiper, a Oystercatcher, a Yellow Wagtail, a Grey Wagtail and eight Mistle Thrushes. (Nick Goatman).

WWT Slimbridge     From Zeiss hide 66 Dunlins, six Avocets including four tiny chicks, three Green Sandpipers, two Redshanks, a Ringed Plover, a Little Ringed Plover, five juvenile Yellow Wagtails, four Teal, 27 Gadwalls and a Marsh Harrier hunting along the edge of the reeds and over the Bottom New Piece. On South Lake five Ruff, six Little Ringed Plovers including three juveniles, 39 Redshanks, a Common Sandpiper, eight Avocets including seven juveniles, a Spotted Redshank, three Egyptian Geese, 23 Gadwalls, c11 Teal and c12 Tufted Ducks. On the Rushy two Green Sandpipers, two Oystercatchers and 84 Black-tailed Godwits. (Ian Hull/Dot Jones).

Cleeve Hill    Two juvenile Stonechats and a Whinchat by the radio masts. (Duncan Dine).

Stanton to Buckland     Along the Winchcombe Way two Buzzards, a Green Woodpecker calling, numerous Gatekeepers, Chalkhill Blue, Peacock and Meadow Brown butterflies. (Gill Worthington).

Winchcombe     A Red Kite and five Swifts today. (Gill Worthington).

Saul Warth     At Hock Ditch this morning 20+ Curlews, Goldfinches, a Grey Heron and a Kestrel. (Mike Davis).

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Thursday 16th July 2020

Forest of Dean     A HONEY BUZZARD over at 5pm. (Tom Mabbett). Pic by Gill Oliver.

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WWT Slimbridge     The moulting adult Spotted Redshank still today, roosting on the Rushy at 1pm. Also on the Rushy 11 Green Sandpipers. 140+ Black-tailed Godwits moving between the Rushy and the Tack Piece. Three Egyptian Geese on South Lake, a Knot, eight Little Ringed Plovers and six Ruff. (Jon Mercer/MK). Pics by Mike. 

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Frampton     A Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper at Splatt Bridge this morning. (Gordon Hodgson).

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning four Green Sandpipers, two Little Ringed Plovers including a juvenile and at least six Yellow Wagtails with three juveniles. (Ian Hull).

Berkeley     3+ Spotted Flycatchers (family group) at the Deer Park early morning. Also a Red-legged Partridge, a Siskin over and 12 Swifts. (Paul Taylor).

Bourton-on-the-Water     Two adults and a large juvenile Oystercatcher in the field between the pits and Rissington Mill. (Andy Lewis).

Hucclecote     Early this morning a juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker on the garden bird feeder in Portchester Road, first since September 2018. (Harold Smith).

Brockworth    Two Buzzards over at 3:10pm today with a large gull mobbing them. (Dave Goodwin).

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Wednesday 15th July 2020

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning seven Whinchats, two Green Sandpipers, a pair of Yellow Wagtails carrying food and three Redstarts around the northern boundary hedge. (Ian Hull).

Cheltenham     At 11am three Peregrines visible on the Christchurch spires, and a lot of calling between them and probably a fourth. All but one of them made short flights. (David Norman). Pic by David.

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Cambridge     Along the River Cam from the pump house to the canal two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Green Woodpecker, five Greenfinches, four Chaffinches, 30 Swallows and a Grass Snake. (Josh Adamms).

Purton     A Greenshank and four Whimbrels flew S early morning. (Francis Steuck).

Dursley     A Red Kite flying towards Uley from Dursley at 2:20pm. (Geoff Moyser).

Arlingham     Two Red Kites flying over the fields on Passage Road as the farmers are cutting the grass at 6:30pm. (Marc Freebrey).

Stinchcombe Hill     This evening a Yellow Wagtail over and still a few Swifts feeding over golf course. (James Robinson).

Longney Crib     Mid morning upstream from Crib Cottages four Whitethroats, three Sedge Warblers, a Chiffchaff, five Swifts, seven Goldfinches, a Kestrel, a Little Egret and two Grey Herons. (John Fletcher).

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Tuesday 14th July 2020

Stone     A QUAIL still singing between Stone and Berkeley at 9:45pm. (Andy Jordan).

Coombe Hill Meadows     42 Lapwings, a Green Sandpiper, six Whinchats, a female Redstart and a Yellow Wagtail. (Ian Hull/Les Ditchburn).

Saul Warth     Two male Whinchats, a juvenile Redstart, two juvenile Stonechat and a Willow Warbler. On the river 81 Curlews, a Black-tailed Godwit, an Oystercatcher and 100+ widespread Avocets. (Gordon Hodgson).

Frampton     From Splatt Bridge on the canal towpath a Green Sandpiper, a Marsh Harrier and 5+ Yellow Wagtails. (Gordon Hodgson).

Forest of Dean     At Lower Cannop Pond four Grey Wagtails, a Dipper and a Kingfisher. (Dave Clarke). Three Peregrines over the garden in Coleford this morning, also 20+ Swifts during the day. A Barn Owl hunting on Angus Buchanan fields this evening. (Geoff Fawcett).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Pit 126 three Common Sandpipers on the sandbank, an Oystercatcher over and two Little Egrets. At Pit 127 five juvenile Common Terns. At Pit 111a a female Red Crested Pochard with two young and a female Tufted Duck with seven small young. (John Durell).

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Monday 13th July 2020

Halmore     Four Common Cranes heard at 7:30am in a field of newly-cut barley stubble at SO701029 and then seen circling before flying off south. (Chris Newton). Pic by Chris.

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Frampton     Early morning a Crossbill in the the Ash trees at Splatt Bridge, flew towards the church and then returned. (Martin McGill).

WWT Slimbridge     On the Rushy 12 Black-tailed Godwits, four Avocets, a Green Sandpiper and an Oystercatcher. From Robbie Garnett hide two Green Sandpipers and five Lapwings. At Mid Point three Little Egrets, 18 Curlews, a Common Sandpiper, an Oystercatcher and Meadow Pipits feeding young. From Zeiss hide 30+ Lapwings, two pairs of Avocets with a chick, three Green Sandpipers, adult summer-plumaged Spotted Redshank, three Redshanks, two Little Ringed Plovers, eight Black-tailed Godwits, 60+ Dunlins and a female Common Crane, known as Ruby, with an unringed visiting bird of unknown origin. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Slimbridge     A Red Kite over the Village Hall at 9:55am. (MK).

Winchcombe     12 Red Kites this morning. (Phil Cull).

Purton     This morning five Common Terns flew S and then an Arctic Tern spent 10 minutes off of Tites Point before heading E towards Slimbridge. (Francis Steuck).

Nailsworth     An all day passage of Swifts moving S. A sample count between 1:50-2:20pm 83 Swifts and 2 or 3 Hobbies. (Terry Grant).

Leckhampton    Eight Swifts over the Leckhampton area at 5:45pm. (Michael Barwick).

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