Monday 18th July 2022

WWT Slimbridge     An adult PECTORAL SANDPIPER showing along the muddy S/SW shore of the flood of the Top New Piece viewed from Zeiss hide. No sign later as the bird disappeared into vegetation but could well still be present. (Martin McGill). A CASPIAN TERN from 10:40am until midday roosting with Black-headed Gulls on the Top New Piece from Zeiss hide. (Paul Masters). It was also seen again at 2:30pm. (Harley Todd).

Caspian Tern by Mike King

A SPOONBILL briefly on the Rushy late morning. (Paul Dunham). Also a LESSER EMPEROR dragonfly on South Lake this morning. (Martin McGill).

Spoonbill by Paul Dunham

Spoonbill by Mike King

Epney     This morning the TURTLE DOVE  for its 8th day in gardens around the Anchor Inn again today. Please park sensibly by the entrance opposite the seawall without blocking access and not in the pub unless you are using it. (MK).

Turtle Dove by Mike King

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning eight Grey Herons, four Green Sandpipers, a Snipe, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Sparrowhawk, a Swallow, a Swift and a Lapwing. (Jeremy Holland).

Cam     c50 Swifts being pursued by a Hobby over the garden this afternoon. (Magnus Carter).

Wotton-Under-Edge    60+ Swifts high over the town this evening. (Paul Rich).

Cirencester     c40 Swifts high over the Open Air Swimming Pool at midday. (Felicity Cobb).

Newnham-on-Severn    11 Little Egrets and six Grey Herons feeding together on the river this evening. (Lewis Thomson).

Lechlade     At the Edward Richardson and Phyllis Amey Reserve a Green Sandpiper, a Little Egret and two juvenile Grey Herons this morning. (Alan & Kit Williams).

Alvington     An adult Mediterranean Gull with Black-headed Gulls and Herring Gulls feeding in a group over the house late this morning. (Paul Woolams).

Mediterranean Gull by Paul Woolams

Stonehouse     Along the canal from St Cyr’s church to just E of Bond’s Mill a Red Kite, a Raven, a Buzzard, a male Kingfisher briefly at the Ocean, a Swallow and ten Swifts. Also dragonflies included Broad-bodied Chaser, Emperor, Migrant Hawker, Brown Hawker, Beautiful Demoiselles and Ruddy Darter. Butterflies included Comma, Painted Lady and Small Skipper. (Paul Sutton).

Red Kite by Paul Sutton
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Sunday 17th July 2022

Epney     This afternoon the CASPIAN TERN flew in shortly before 4pm and was still there until 6pm at least. Also the TURTLE DOVE  for its 7th day on wires and in trees around the Anchor Inn again today. Please park sensibly by the entrance opposite the seawall without blocking access and not in the pub unless you are using it. (Terry Grant). Also this morning two Little Egrets, a Kingfisher, an Oystercatcher, 20 Goldfinches and 30+ Swallows and 20+ Sand Martins warming up on the sea wall at 6am. (MK).

Caspian Tern by Jon Mercer taken 16th
Caspian Tern by Jon Mercer taken 16th

Turtle Dove by Mike King

Cotswolds     At Duntisbourne Lear, at Nutbeam Farm 50+ House Martins. At Middle Duntisbourne a Hobby through a small flock of Swallows, a Green Woodpecker, two Spotted Flycatchers, a Marsh Tit on a feeder and a juvenile Greenfinch.  From here to Duntisbourne Rouse along the footpath a Buzzard, a Red Kite, three Stock Doves, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Redstart and two Mistle Thrushes. (Steve Brown).

Aylburton Warth/Guscar Rocks     WeBS count today at high tide included 47 Canada Geese, four Bar-headed Geese, a pair of Shelducks with six ducklings, a Cormorant, a Grey Heron, two Oystercatchers, a Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, 400 Curlews, three Common Sandpipers, a Redshank, an adult Mediterranean Gull, a Yellow Wagtail, a Pied Wagtail, two singing Reed Warblers, six Linnets and three Reed Buntings. (Mike Smart/Barrie Mills).

Longney Crib     In the evening a female Peregrine eating prey, a Great White Egret, five Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, a Lapwing, two Stock Doves and a Pied Wagtail. (John Fletcher).

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Saturday 16th July 2022

Epney     The CASPIAN TERN again opposite the Anchor occasionally today. First seen at 9:55am then flew NE at 10:35am. (Paul Masters/Roy Kinchin/Sam Walker). It returned at 3:45pm for a while. (Julian Long). Generally the best place to look for it is at Epney where it usually returns although you may have a wait. We’re not sure where it goes to on long periods away. The TURTLE DOVE for its 6th day on wires and in trees around the Anchor Inn again today. (Ian Ralphs). Please park sensibly by the entrance opposite the seawall without blocking access and not in the pub unless you are using it. Also a Little Ringed Plover briefly on the mud opposite Epney tonight. (Jeremy Squire).

Berkeley     A  juvenile cuckoo first seen at 8pm last night near Berkley Castle, and then again this morning. Also a Sparrowhawk. (Dave Abrams & Hannah Willoughby).

Juvenile Cuckoo by Dave Abrams

Also six Red Kites drifted over garden in Berkeley this morning. ( Andrew Jones).

Stinchcombe Hill     A juvenile Red Kite at 10:20am. (Carolyn Thraves).

Saul     A Hobby flew over The Stables Café at Saul Junction being mobbed by Swallows at 9:10am. (Paul Masters).

Saul Warth     At high tide this morning three Knot, a Sanderling, 52 Black-tailed Godwits, 32 Dunlins and 24 Oystercatchers. (Richard Hearn).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Early this morning 11 Grey Herons, two Great White Egrets, at least six Little Egrets, 22+ Lapwings, a Snipe, two Reed Buntings, a hunting Kestrel, a Buzzard and a Red Kite flew over, 2+ Blackcaps, two Sedge Warblers, 6+ Swallows and two Wrens. (Clare McLeod).

Ashleworth Ham     CES ringing session caught  77 birds including 16 Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, 14 Blackcaps, a Sedge Warbler, a Chiffchaff, two Reed Buntings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Long-tailed Tits, three Treecreepers and a Linnet. A Hobby seen chasing a Red Kite and a Raven. (Mike Smart/Mervyn Greening).

Gloucester     An adult Peregrine flew over Tuffley carrying avian prey being harried by a begging juvenile at 2:40pm. (Ian Elphick). A Peregrine circled high over Hucclecote this afternoon and stooped to the SE. (Terry Fenton).

Painswick     A strong passage of 4180 Swifts today over the house between 5:30am and 6pm. Also a Hobby which flew over chasing Swifts at 12:40pm and three Swallows flew S/W. (John Fleming).

Brockworth     65 Swifts over Henley Bank today. (Terry Fenton).

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Friday 15th July 2022

Epney     The CASPIAN TERN showing well opposite the Anchor from 5:40am until 8:07am when it flew inland NE. (MK/Paul Taylor). It returned to Longney Crib at 9:05am. (Francis Steuck). It returned to its regular spot at Epney and remained for most of the afternoon through until it flew off NE at 7:45pm but returned at 8:45pm. (Mark Hobson/Lee Gregory). The TURTLE DOVE for its 5th day on wires and in trees around the Anchor Inn from early afternoon, absent this morning. (Ian Butler/Lee Gregory). Please park sensibly by the entrance opposite the seawall without blocking access and not in the pub unless you are using it. Also an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 15+ Sand Martins and a Common Sandpiper.

Caspian Tern by Richard Tyler

Longney Crib     Two Great White Egrets, nine Little Egrets, a Yellow Wagtail over and a Green Sandpiper heard. (Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton).

Middle Duntisbourne     A family of Spotted Flycatchers in the village this morning with at least two juveniles. (Andrew Morrison).

Uley Bury     A Red Kite today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Nailsworth     A Red Kite over Forest Green. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Saul Warth     This afternoon two juvenile Kestrels, an Avocet, Curlews, Shelducks with juveniles and Emperor dragonflies. (Paul Sutton/Nigel Young).

Stroud     15 House Martins along the canal. (Felicity Cobb).

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Thursday 14th July 2022

Epney     The CASPIAN TERN on the mudbank of the River Severn S of the Anchor Inn from 8:13am until 8:52am when it flew inland. (Jeremy Holland). It was refound upstream flying towards Longney Crib at 10:10am and was there from 10:45am until 11:15am. (Jeremy Squire). In between it was at Rodley Sands at 10:30am at high tide. (David Smith). At 12:05pm it flew over over Epney heading SW. (Alex Carlisle). It was not seen then until it flew in to Epney at 8:10pm. (Julian Thomas). It flew off S over Framilode at 9:05pm then towards Saul Warth. (Jon Mercer/Mark Hobson). The TURTLE DOVE for its 4th day on wires and in trees around the Anchor Inn from 9:30am. (Jeremy Holland/David Hughes). Please park sensibly by the entrance opposite the seawall without blocking access and not in the pub unless you are using it. Also nine Common Sandpipers (Paul Masters) and a Harbour Porpoise swam down river at 2:20pm. (Duerden Cormack).

Caspian Tern by Dave Hughes

Caspian Tern by Mike King

Longney Sands     This afternoon a Great White Egret, five Little Egrets, an adult Mediterranean Gull, two adult Yellow-legged Gulls, five Common Sandpipers, two Yellow Wagtails, a female Reed Bunting, two Linnets, a Peregrine killed a Crow and a Little Owl heard near the school. (Andy Jayne/John Fletcher).

Mediterranean Gull by John Fletcher

Rodley Sands    Eight Little Egrets, a Great White Egret, two Oystercatchers, two Grey Herons, a Cormorant and a Peregrine on prey at 10:30am. (David Smith).

WWT Slimbridge     An OSPREY flew N upriver today. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Saul Warth     On the rising high tide this morning 90+ Avocets, 68+ Curlews, 35 Black-tailed Godwits, 19 Oystercatchers, a Redshank, seven Dunlins, four Little Egrets, 80+ Shelducks, 15 Swallows, 23 Goldfinches and a Chiffchaff. (MK).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning 6:30am along the canal two Kingfishers, two Green Woodpeckers, 3+ Sedge Warblers, five Swifts, female and juvenile Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, Coot family with five chicks and a Mallard family with six ducklings. From Grundon Hide, three Great White Egrets, 30+ Little Egrets, seven Grey Herons and 28+ Lapwings. (Clare McLeod).

Forest of Dean    At Cannop Upper Pond today, two Grey Wagtails, two eclipse Mandarins, five Little Grebe adults, two with two chicks at the causeway end, a Mute Swan with two well grown cygnets, two grown Coot young, a Treecreeper, a Marsh Tit and a Nuthatch on the bird table. (Chris Keeling).

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Wednesday 13th July 2022

Forest of Dean    The OSPREY is still around the Woorgreens area. It flew over from Woorgreens and headed towards Beechenhurst this morning at 7:45am. (Jonny Gentle). It seems to be quite wide-ranging.

Epney    The TURTLE DOVE for its 3rd day on wires and in trees around the Anchor Inn all day. Please park sensibly by the entrance opposite the seawall without blocking access and not in the pub unless you are using it. Also three Little Egrets, a Red Kite over, a Cormorant, 12 Sand Martins and a juvenile Redstart. (Jeremy Holland/Paul Sutton/Terry Grant/Roy Kinchin/MK).

Turtle Dove by Mike King

Turtle Dove by Terry Grant

Juvenile Redstart by Paul Sutton

Saul Warth     Two Grey Herons, three Little Egrets, two SPOONBILLS, 108+ Avocets, 14 Black-tailed Godwits, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 50+ Curlews, a Whimbrel, 17 Oystercatchers and three Common Sandpipers. No sign of the Caspian Tern today anywhere between Longney and WWT. (Andy Jayne/MK).

Frampton     On Court Lake two Hobbies, two Great White Egrets, a Little Egret, five Grey Herons, two Common Terns, a Ross’s Goose, two adult Oystercatchers and a fully grown juvenile, four Buzzards and a Kingfisher. (Nick Goatman).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This morning 37 Little Egrets, three Great White Egrets and nine Grey Herons. (Ian Hull).

Stonehouse     This afternoon a Red Kite and two Buzzards over between the Ocean and Bonds Mill. Two Little Egrets in trees along the Frome and a very young Grass Snake along the canal. Swifts and House Martins over, Kestrels are still around and the Yellow-bellied Slider still. (Paul Sutton).

Nailsworth     Three Red Kites over the garden in Forest Green today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Cheltenham    At the Griffiths Avenue nature reserve opposite St Mark’s church this afternoon a calling Nuthatch. Butterflies included Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Comma and Holly Blue also a pair of Beautiful Demoiselle damselflies. (Keith White).

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Tuesday 12th July 2022

Epney     A CASPIAN TERN on the mudbank of the River Severn S of the Anchor Inn from 7:15pm until 7:44pm when it was pushed off by the tide. It showed at Framilode for a short time before flying off towards Arlingham at 7:55pm. Also a Great White Egret this evening. (Andy Jordan).

Caspian Tern by Andy Jordan

Caspian Tern by Andy Jordan

The TURTLE DOVE for its 2nd day on wires and in trees around the Anchor Inn from late morning until 8:30pm at least. Please park sensibly by the entrance opposite the seawall without blocking access and not in the pub unless you are using it. Also a Common Tern S past the Anchor at 9:30am and a Little Egret. (MK).

Turtle Dove by Mike King

Turtle Dove by Paul Dunham

Saul Warth     At high tide at 6:30am, two SPOONBILLS, a Little Egret, 114 Shelducks, 417+ Black-headed Gulls, 106 Avocets (new high count), 95 Curlews, 19 Oystercatchers and a Common Sandpiper. An OSPREY flew N over Fretherne church towards Epney at 8:25am. (MK).

Osprey by Mike King

Spoonbills by Mike King

Coombe Hill Meadows    This morning 40 Little Egrets, three Great White Egrets, three Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank, two Snipe, two adult Avocets with three chicks and a male Whinchat. (Ian Hull/Mike Smart).

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Monday 11th July 2022

Epney     A TURTLE DOVE on wires and in trees around the Anchor Inn from late morning until 9pm at least. Please park sensibly by the entrance opposite the seawall without blocking access and not in the pub unless you are using it. (Jeremy Squire).

Turtle Dove by Mike King

Turtle Dove by John Fletcher

Coombe Hill Meadows    43 Little Egrets, nine Grey Herons and a Whinchat this morning. (Jeremy Holland).

Forest of Dean     Three Peregrines over Coleford this morning. (Geoff Fawcett).

Tewkesbury     c40 Swift around the Abbey and hundreds of Gulls eating flying ants over M5 Junction 9. (Martin Price).

Twyning    At Upham Meadow an adult Curlew and chick with colour ring attached (see picture) and an adult male Curlew and a fledged juvenile still present. Also at least two Red Kites, two Buzzards and an Oystercatcher. (Mike Smart).

Curlew chick by Mike Smart

Guscar Rocks     On the evening high tide at least 300 Curlews, a Whimbrel, two Oystercatchers, a Common Sandpiper and four Bar-headed Geese in moult. (Mike Smart).

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Sunday 10th July 2022

Westbury-on-Severn    An OSPREY fishing unsuccessfully off Garden Cliff this afternoon. (From Twitter @severnpiscator). Then an OSPREY seen at Broadoak at 6pm. (Steve Jayne). This is undoubtedly the bird that has lingered on the river/Forest since early June.

Saul Warth     From Hock Ditch two SPOONBILLS early morning feeding near the shore. Also two Avocets, two Common Sandpipers and a Kestrel. (Mike Davis).

Purton     This evening, a Kestrel soaring very high over the river, c15 House Martins, at one point chased by a Hobby, c10 Swallows and a juvenile Little Owl. (Chris Newton).

Juvenile Little Owl by Chris Newton

Tewkesbury Ham     8+ Red Kites following haymaking tractors some eventually drifting off high over the town, also three Buzzards and c20 gulls. (Les Ditchburn).

Twyning     At Upham Meadow an adult male Curlew with a half-grown chick and an adult male Curlew with a fledged chick. Also a Reed Warbler and a Reed Bunting both still singing. (Mike Smart).

Forest of Dean     At Woorgreens four Tree Pipits and a flyby of a juvenile Goshawk. At Cannop ponds a Raven, a Mandarin, a Little Grebe, three Grey Wagtails and a Treecreeper. (Jonathan Bull).

Cirencester    Ten Swifts flying around Gloucester Street today. (Felicity Cobb).

Winchcombe     Two Red Kites and nine Swifts overhead. Only a few swifts seen in the area this summer. (Gill & Andrew Worthington).

Hinchwick     At Crab’s Corner (SP138296) 3/4 Silver-washed Fritillaries on bramble and along the bridle path a Small Tortoiseshell, a Large Skipper, a Gatekeeper and many Large Whites, Small Whites, Meadow Browns and Ringlets. A Jay, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and two Nuthatches. (Steve Brown).

Leckhampton     In the trees alongside Merlin Way a Green Woodpecker and a Nuthatch. Also Greenfinches and Bullfinches heard. (Steve Brown).

Painswick     A white Blackbird seen today. (Sally Abbott).

White Blackbird by Sally Abbott
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Saturday 9th July 2022

Fretherne     An OSPREY at Hock Cliff at 4:40pm. (From Twitter @bigman6101).

Cotswold Water Park East     At Pit 132 this morning a Yellow Wagtail feeding young, a juvenile Redstart, waders included a Lapwing with a chick and a pair of Oystercatchers. (Duncan Dine).

Juvenile Redstart by Duncan Dine

Coombe Hill Meadows    32 Little Egrets, a roosting Hobby and two Whinchats this morning. (Ian Ralphs).

Stanley Downton     This morning three Red Kites, six Buzzards and a male Kestrel over grass being turned. A Blackcap nearby, groups of young Swallows around the sewage works, two Sparrowhawks near Bonds mill, a Kingfisher, a Cormorant and the Yellow-bellied Slider on the canal. Also numerous Ringlets, Gatekeepers, Marbled Whites, Small Skippers, Large Whites, Red Admirals and Small Tortoiseshells, Emperor dragonflies and Beautiful Demoiselles. (Paul Sutton).

Juvenile Swallow by Paul Sutton

Stinchcombe Hill     A Crossbill heading over W early morning. (James Robinson).

Hardwicke     A Sedge Warbler in the garden for most of the afternoon. Also a family of five Chiffchaffs. (Sue Beynon).

Guscar Rocks     At high tide four Bar-headed Geese, a Grey Heron, an Oystercatcher, four Dunlins (3 ads, 1 juv), 200 Curlews, 185 Black-headed Gulls (3 juvs), an adult Mediterranean Gull and a juvenile Common Gull. (Mike Smart).

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