Thursday 3rd January 2018

Cotswold Water Park East     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on Pit 126 today. At Whelford pools two drake Goldeneyes and a male Goosander. (Dot Jones).

Frampton     At 3:45pm three CATTLE EGRETS, a Great White Egret, 11 Little Egrets, two Grey Herons and 14 Cormorants on Frampton Court Lake. Also the regular roosting Tawny Owl. A SHORT-EARED OWL hunting at Splatt Bridge at 2:30pm. Also a female Stonechat. (MK/Mike Hails). Three CATTLE EGRETS flew over the house towards Saul horse paddocks at 8:30am. (Gordon Hodgson). Pic by Mike K.

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WWT Slimbridge     The Dark-bellied Brent with Canada Geese at the Royal Drift end of the Dumbles again today. (Roberta Goodall). A Goshawk over the centre flew towards the Tack Piece. (Duerden Cormack).

Forest of Dean     A Raven and c13 male Mandarins at Woorgreens Lake today. (Chris Keeling).

Gloucester     70 Magpies flew into roost at Sudmeadow this evening. (Andy Jayne).

Dursley     c300 Chaffinches but only one Brambling confirmed in Twinberrow Woods today. (Phil Pope).

Quedgeley    Six Snipe feeding in the open in a rough field at Riversmead Farm, Sims Lane at 11am. Also a pair of Bullfinches, 15 Goldfinches and a Great Spotted Woodpecker in Rea Lane. (MK).

Hucclecote    A Grey Heron in the garden today. (Harold Smith). Pic by Harold.

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Wednesday 2nd January 2019

Cotswold Water Park East     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on Pit 126 today. At Whelford pools a drake Goldeneye, a female Goosander and an Egyptian Goose and a Red Kite over Pit 125. (Michelle Davies/Martin Greenish/Les Ditchburn/Jake King).

Cotswold Water Park West     33+ Red Crested Pochards on Pit 34 today. (Les Ditchburn).

Highnam     Still six Whooper Swans with 16 Mute Swans, two Canada Geese and 55+ Mallards at Linton Farm pond today. Park in the gateway on the left (coming from Gloucester) by the traffic lights after Over Farm Shop lights at SO 80894 19388. Walk towards the railway line then turn right and walk to the pond, which is the other side of the level crossing at SO 80199 18806. (MK). Pics by Mike.

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Brimscombe     A Kingfisher at Hope Mill Bridge on Hope Mill Lane and a singing male Goldcrest late morning. (MK).

Stroud     A Dipper on the Frome at Wallbridge under the viaduct where the river meets the canal at midday. (MK).

Forest of Dean  14 Crossbills drinking from a flooded ditch at Horse Lawn today. (Ben Locke). Nine Hawfinches and a Treecreeper at Parkend today and 13 Goosanders (2m, 11 redheads) at Woorgreens. (Rob & Gillian Guest). 17 Hawfinches all in view at once in the tops of the tall trees at Parkend. Also six Greenfinches. (Keith Vinicombe).

WWT Slimbridge     The Dark-bellied Brent Goose still today showing well from Holden Tower. (Andy Chapman).

Frampton     A MERLIN at Splatt Bridge this afternoon, also a Blackcap and a female Stonechat. A Great White Egret on Court Lake again. (Andy Chapman).

Hucclecote    A female Sparrowhawk took a male Blackbird from bird table in the garden today. (Harold Smith).

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Tuesday 1st January 2019

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Ashleworth Ham     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER in Meerend Thicket either behind the hide or in the trees either side of the hide again today. It can be elusive, is almost always solitary and only calls very infrequently. Also a Treecreeper, a Goldcrest, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Kingfisher and a pair of Peregrines. (Jake King/Paul Rich/Andy Jayne/MK).

Whittington     A ringtail HEN HARRIER flew towards the village at 8am. Also a Barn Owl hunting. (MK).

Notgrove     10+ Bramblings with 50+ Chaffinches just past The Lodge Notgrove this  morning. Also a Corn Bunting, a Raven and three Red Kites. (MK).

Cotswold Water Park East     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on Pit 126 today. Best viewed distantly from the far W end of the pit looking back E past the island. Also a Black-tailed Godwit and a Chiffchaff. (Graham Lawlor/Ken Burrows/MK). Pics by Mike.

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Cotswold Water Park West    This morning at Shorncote Reedbed a Great White Egret, a Little Grebe, 50 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 30 Tufted Ducks, a Water Rail heard, three Green Sandpipers, 80+ Lapwings, a Green Woodpecker, five Meadow Pipits, two Grey Wagtails, ten Fieldfares, 25 Redwings, two Chiffchaffs, four Cetti’s Warblers heard, four Bullfinches, 15 Goldfinches, five Reed Buntings, two Ravens over. (Jon Mercer).

Brimscombe   Two Dippers singing and a Kingfisher on the canal and river between Brimscombe and Stroud, and up to five Mandarins on Brimscombe Lake. (Martin Wright/Nigel Birch).

WWT Slimbridge     A Goshawk buzzing the Tack Piece this morning and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose still today. (Roberta Goodall).

Highnam     Six Whooper Swans with 16 Mute Swans and two Canada Geese at Linton Farm pond today. (Chris Wells).

Frampton     Two SHORT-EARED OWLS hunting the foreshore viewed from Splatt Bridge this afternoon. (Gordon Hodgson). Four CATTLE EGRETS, two Great White Egrets, the adult Yellow-legged Gull, a male Crossbill, a Green Sandpiper, a Goshawk, a Peregrine, a Lesser Redpoll, two Ravens, a Tawny Owl, a Curlew over and a male Blackcap today. (Nick Goatman).

Netheridge Farm    Two Woodcocks flushed at the Barn Owl Centre today, also a Barn Owl and a Water Rail. (Mark Hobson).

Berkeley    Three Woodcocks flushed today in Lobthorn Covert at Pedington near Berkeley. Nearby on the Little Avon a Kingfisher, a Dipper and a Grey Wagtail, a Peregrine and a Raven over. (Derek Edmondson).

Forest of Dean     20-30 Siskins in the car park at Beechenhurst. 10+ Mandarins at Cannop ponds, also two Siskins, two Marsh Tits and male and female Great Spotted Woodpeckers. At Nagshead a pair of Peregrines circled over. Five Hawfinches at Parkend church, a Marsh Tit and another Siskin flock. (Chris Snook). Pics by Chris.

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Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the Peregrine pair plus another adult Peregrine perched nearby on Great Doward Hill, a Red Kite, two Buzzards, Ravens, a singing Mistle Thrush, a Green Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, six Long-tailed Tits, a Goldcrest, a Jay, a Grey Heron and a male Goosander. Also a Red Admiral butterfly. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Hucclecote     A female Pheasant in the garden for the fifth day in a row. (Harold Smith).

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Monday 31st December 2018

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Ashleworth Ham     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER in Meerend Thicket either behind the hide or in the trees either side of the hide again this morning. It can be elusive, is almost always solitary and only calls very infrequently. (per Rare Bird Alert). Also 750+ Lapwings and 12 Coots. (Juliet Bailey/Mike Smart).

Frampton     A SHORT-EARED OWL hunting the foreshore viewed from Splatt Bridge at 3:30pm. Also a Buzzard, 80+ Lapwings N, a Little Egret, 80 Fieldfares and 20 Redwings, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the tree avenue by the church. (MK). Also a Stonechat and a Water Rail. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Cotswold Water Park East     The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER still on Pit 126 at 1pm. Best viewed distantly from the far W end of the pit looking back east past the island. (Dave Morgan).

WWT Slimbridge    The Dark-bellied Brent Goose with Canada Geese distantly at the S end of the Dumbles from Holden Tower again this morning. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Daglingworth     50-70 Bramblings with Chaffinches and a MERLIN causing havoc with the flock. (Chris & Gill Snook).

Coates     A pair of Marsh Tits and three Goldcrests with a tit flock at Hailey Wood. (Chris & Gill Snook).

Arlingham Passage     A Stonechat today. (Keith & Lyn Perkins).

Coombe Hill Meadows     13 Mute Swans, many hundreds of Canada and Greylags, a Barnacle Goose apparently paired with a Canada, the Greenland White-fronted Goose with the satellite transmitter still, c1500 Wigeon, several hundred Teal, five Gadwalls, 45+ Pintails, c40 Shovelers, 15 Coot, a Peregrine, c400 Lapwings, a Snipe, 12 Skylarks, 80 Fieldfares, 20 Redwings and three Reed Buntings today. (Juliet Bailey/Mike Smart).

Cobney Meadows     A Kestrel, 25 Snipe and two Stonechats today. (Juliet Bailey/Mike Smart).

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Sunday 30th December 2018

Gloucester     Up to 11 WAXWINGS on the crest of the Wheatway with the junction of the Ash Path near Morrisons, Abbeydale for most of the day. Also seen in nearby roads Drivemoor and Kinmoor. Please respect the residents privacy and park safely in a side road. Do not park on the Wheatway it is a fast and potentially dangerous road. (Sam Walker et al). First pic Jon Mercer, other pics by MK.

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Ashleworth Ham     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER in Meerend Thicket either behind the hide or in the trees either side of the hide again today. It can be elusive, is almost always solitary and only calls very infrequently. (Paul Masters/Les Ditchburn/Colin Greenfield/Tom Mabbett).

Daglingworth     This morning at least 70 Bramblings with Chaffinches in Cirencester Park, N of the village. (Jon Mercer). Pic by Jon.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     A MERLIN flew across the water close to Grundon hide at 4pm. (Les Ditchburn). Probably the same bird seen earlier at Ashleworth. (Tom Mabbett).

Highnam Woods     Mid afternoon birds included five Marsh Tits, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Nuthatch, nine Chaffinches, six Coal Tits and two Buzzards. (John Fletcher). Pic by John.

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Winchcombe     A Kingfisher on the River Isbourne this morning. (Peter Rodgers).

WWT Slimbridge    At midday the Dark-bellied Brent Goose with the Canada Goose flock, viewable very distantly looking SW from Holden Tower feeding near the Royal Drift/Purton end. Also two Avocets on South Lake. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Frampton    Two Great White Egrets on Court Lake tonight. Also two Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap and a female Goldeneye. (Jeremy Squire). Also today the Yellow-legged Gull, two Pochards, 72 Teal, three Wigeon, 35 Gadwalls, a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, three Nuthatches and 80+ Redwings. (Nick Goatman).

Forest of Dean    Several Hawfinches at Parkend, a Firecrest at Nagshead and a Dipper flying up the road in front of the car near Whitecroft. (Michael Hutchinson).

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Saturday 29th December 2018

Ashleworth Ham     The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER in Meerend Thicket either behind the hide or in the trees to the right of the hide (if you are facing it) until 3:30pm at least today. It can be elusive, is almost always solitary and only calls very infrequently.(Paul Rich/Martin Greenish/John Overfield/MK/Roberta Goodall). Also a Red Admiral today. (Ian Hull).

Gloucester     Ten WAXWINGS on the crest of the Wheatway near Morrisons, Abbeydale at 2:30pm. (John Auld).

WWT Slimbridge     The Dark-bellied Brent Goose on the Dumbles at 11am. (Paul Masters).

Quedgeley     A Raven back at Tesco  on the roof of Costa at 1:45pm. (MK).

Coombe Hill Meadows     c600 Greylags, c800 Canada Geese, a Barnacle Goose, the Greenland White-fronted Goose, seven Shelducks, c1500 Wigeon, c700 Teal, four Gadwalls, at least 56 Shovelers, 58 Pintails, seven Tufted Ducks, 50+ Mallards, c1500 Lapwings and c1000 Starlings feeding at the water’s edge, a Peregrine hunting unsuccessfully, five Snipe, a male Stonechat and c5 Fieldfares this morning. (Mike Smart).

Longney     At the old orchards mid afternoon period around SO754137 birds included a Stock Dove, a Raven, 45 House Sparrows, 55 Fieldfares, four Redwings, three Kestrels, a Greenfinch, six Goldfinches and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Forest of Dean     A redhead Goosander at Woorgreens Lake this afternoon. (Ken Burrows). Pic by Ken.

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Symonds Yat     In the Yat Rock area today the Peregrine pair, two Goshawks, two Sparrowhawks, two Red Kites, four Buzzards, Ravens, two Jays, a Grey Heron, a Goldcrest, two female Goosanders, a singing Mistle Thrush and a Marsh Tit. Also seven Fallow Deer. (Chris & Phil Andrews).

Cotswold Water Park West     At Shorncote Reed Bed birds today included a Kestrel, two Little Egrets, a pair of Gadwall, eight Teal, a female Tufted Duck, a male Wigeon, eight Long-tailed Tits and 2+ Water Rails heard. (Malcolm Balster).

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Friday 28th December 2018

Ashleworth Ham     A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER behind Meerend Thicket hide at 12:45pm today. (Jeremy Squire). Pic by Jeremy.

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Coombe Hill Meadows     The Greenland White-fronted Goose (with radio transmitter) still today on the floods. (Jeremy Squire).

Bibury    At least two possibly more WAXWINGS on a ornamental Malus at Arlington at 10:25 this morning at SP109066, seen when driving through the village. No sign at 1:30pm. (Michael Cook).

Newent     A Barn Owl hunting along the grass verge on the B4215 by the Newent Town turn off this morning at 6:10am at SO735259. (Gordon Avery).

Ebley    A Barn Owl hunting behind Ebley Mill/Snow Business at 5pm. (Duerden Cormack).

Winchcombe area     12 Red Kites soaring over Sudeley Hill near Winchcombe. Two Crossbills at Guiting Wood and eight Corn Buntings at Roel Gate. (Andy Jayne).

Windrush    Two Red Kites on a Pheasant carcass near Windrush on the A40. (Michael Cook).

Forest of Dean    30+ Bramblings on the Long Trail at Nagshead this morning. (Owen Follis). Four Red Kites circling above Forge Hill, Lydbrook 12:45-1pm. (Chris Sullivan).

WWT Slimbridge     The Dark-bellied Brent Goose still in with the Barnacle flock from Kingfisher hide today. (Ian Hull).

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