Monday 8th February 2021

Chavenage Lane     A pair of Peregrines hunting. The male took a kill, probably Fieldfare, onto overhead wires where it balanced in the wind to eat it. Also a female MERLIN, 250+ Redwings and 250+ Fieldfares. (Terry Grant).

Peregrine by Terry Grant

Peregrine by Terry Grant

South Cerney     c20 Golden Plovers opposite South Cerney camp with a flock of Lapwings today. (Gill & Chris Snook).

Golden Plover by Chris Snook

Golden Plover by Chris Snook

Cotswold Water Park West    At Shorncote this afternoon 16 Little Egrets and 100+ Lapwings. On Pit 85a a GREAT WHITE EGRET, a Snipe, a Little Grebe, c12 Tufted Ducks, four Gadwalls, several Coots and Mallards. Also a Kestrel, small groups of Redwings and Fieldfare in the hedges and six Long-tailed Tits. (Bruce Kettle).

Frampton to Slimbridge    From Splatt Bridge to Slimbridge along the canal two Kingfishers, 100+ Lapwings and Dunlins, three Golden Plovers, two Common Cranes, 50+ Curlews and a MARSH HARRIER hunting over the 100-Acre. (Martin Price).

Lower Rea     A pair of Ravens, 12 Goldfinches, seven roosting Cormorants, 30 Dunlins high S over Riversmead Farm at 1pm and five Teal (2m, 3f). 100+ Pintails, seven Mute Swans and a Bar-headed Goose this morning on Corn Ham, Minsterworth viewed from the benches at Lower Rea across the river at SO 80412 15648. Also today three Brown Hares and three Roe Deer (1m, 2f). (MK).

Dursley     A Raven strutting around the centre of the town opposite Sainsbury’s this morning. (Roy Bircher).

Edge     This afternoon around S0847089 12 Redwings, two Chaffinches, two Ravens heard, 17 Jackdaws and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Redwing by John Fletcher

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Sunday 7th February 2021

Gloucester    The FIRECREST again at the bottom of Rendcomb Close, Abbeymead along the River Twyver this afternoon. (Sam Walker). A female/immature MERLIN hunting near Abbott’s Lodge, Sandhurst at midday. (Andy Jayne).

Toadsmoor Valley    At Toadsmoor Pools a FIRECREST and two Marsh Tits today. (Simon Ashley).

Stonehouse    Grey Wagtails at Newtown Lock, Pike Bridge and Millend Row. Dippers at Pike Bridge, Millend Row and Beard’s Mill. A Raven over the Sewage Works. (Nigel Birch). In fields below Bond’s Mill a Little Egret, five Grey Herons, tw0 Buzzards, c50 Siskins over, a male Sparrowhawk, two juvenile Cormorants, a Grey Wagtail and several Pied Wagtails. (Paul Sutton).

Dipper by Nigel Birch

Cheltenham     Two drake Mandarins at the Park Campus lake this morning. Also at least three Goldcrests. (Martin Harrison).

Chipping Campden     A pair of Bullfinches in a finch flock in bushes E of Blind Lane today. (Julian Bennett).

Forest of Dean     Two Buzzards circling together over Mitcheldean today. (Chris Keeling).

Hewelsfield    25 Buzzards in a field next to Church Lane today including an almost white bird. (Claire Morse).

Ampney Crucis     A male Yellowhammer and a Buzzard today. (Liz & Colin Kilpatrick).

Ampney St Mary     A Green Woodpecker, 20 Starlings and six Yellowhammers today. (Liz & Colin Kilpatrick).

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Saturday 6th February 2021

Woolaston     A GLAUCOUS GULL in a field today. The land owner says it has been there all week. (Martin Vaisey).

Glaucous Gull by Martin Vaisey

Lower Rea     An adult and a juvenile WHOOPER SWAN still this morning on Corn Ham, Minsterworth viewed from the benches at Lower Rea across the river at SO 80412 15648. (Paul Masters).

Gloucester    Part of the Starling murmuration going to roost on Sudmeadow this evening between 5-5:30pm. Viewed from the Oxlease, adjacent to the All Blues rugby ground. Also 1+ Sparrowhawk and 1+ Peregrine trying their luck. (Ian Elphick).

Starlings by Ian Elphick

Starlings by Ian Elphick

A FIRECREST again in Abbeymead at 1pm. Also a Grey Wagtail, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Goldcrest. (Keith Colcombe). At Horsebere Brook Flood storage lake this morning a Snipe, two Teal, a Reed Bunting, and three different Water Rails calling in the same area of the wetland (northeast corner) at the same time. (Rob Crofton/Andy Langley).

Tresham area     A female MERLIN late afternoon initially seen flying and then relocated perched on a dry stone wall. (Paul Rich).

Horsley     A Barn Owl at midday in a field near the church in the field just S of the road at ST83484 98114. (Dave Abrams & Hannah Willoughby).

Frampton pools     Two JACK SNIPE, 17 Snipe. a male Goldeneye, 19 Little Egrets, 141 Tufted Ducks, 22 Gadwalls, two Shovelers, eight Teal, 25 Mallards, 52 Robins, 21 Song Thrushes, four Mistle Thrushes, 33 Blackbirds, 24 Redwings, a Fieldfare, a male Stonechat, 19 Reed Buntings and the first singing Skylark of the year. (Nick Goatman).

Chavenage Lane     450+ Fieldfares and 130+ Golden Plovers disturbed by a male Peregrine today. Also four Stonechats. (Terry Grant). In fields between Chavenage and Ledgemore Bottom, 11 Skylarks, several large mixed finch flocks of Bramblings, Goldfinches and Chaffinches, a Lapwing and a Sparrowhawk mobbed by a pair of Buzzards. (Mike Kom).

Winchcombe     At Roel Gare Corn Buntings and Skylarks singing and 100+ Golden Plovers high in the sky wheeling and calling. (Steve Owen).

Halmore     This morning c60 Redwings, c40 Meadow Pipits and a male and female Kestrel. Tonight at 5:45pm at least four Ravens roosting in an oak wood and a male Tawny Owl calling. (Chris Newton).

Stonehouse    From Stonehouse bridge to Bonds Mill a male Kingfisher, a Treecreeper with a Goldcrest and a small mixed tit flock, 45+ Siskins, 30+ Goldfinches, another Goldcrest, a male and female Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Green Woodpecker heard, 25+ Chaffinches and a female Kestrel. (Paul Sutton).

Quedgeley    Along the canal between Rea Bridge and Sellars Bridge this afternoon, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, three Song Thrushes, a Mistle Thrush, 20 Fieldfares and 30 Redwings, a Cormorant, six Moorhens, eight Pheasants, two Jays, three Buzzards and a Little Grebe briefly near Sellars Bridge. (Steve Pullen).

Stratton    A few Bramblings in amongst 100’s of finches that are feeding on the field margins viewed from Barn Way behind the Stratton House Hotel. (Livvy Drake).

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Friday 5th February 2021

Frampton     A GREAT WHITE EGRET at Splatt flashes today, also a WATER PIPIT, five Redshanks, a pair of Stonechats, 2+ Water Rails and a Snipe. (Gordon Hodgson). The regular Tawny Owl roosting at Frampton Court today. (Josh Adamms).

Tawny Owl by Josh Adamms

Cheltenham     At Naunton Park at 7:10am a Tawny Owl  flew low over rooftops apparently into the grounds of Cheltenham College junior school. Blackcaps daily in the garden, with  a high count of four on Sunday (2m, 2f). At the University of Gloucestershire Park Campus a Mandarin, two Nuthatches, a Jay, a Goldcrest and a Common Gull. (Steve Brown). At Northfield Reservoir 5+ Redwings, at Northfield Farm two Ravens, two Red Kites and four Buzzards and at Hewletts Reservoir a female Kestrel. (Howard Smith).

May Hill   A flock of hundreds of Linnets in the windmill field, sown with set-aside crops, in the village. (Rob & Gillian Guest).

Cambridge   A Treecreeper in Rosie’s Wood today, also a Goldcrest and two Buzzards. (Dave Abrams & Hannah Willoughby).

Forest of Dean    Two male Tufted Ducks on Cannop ponds today. (Martin Green).

Stanley Downton    A Cetti’s Warbler calling along the Stroudwater Canal at SO805044. (Nigel Birch/Martin Wright).

Gloucester     At Robinswood Hill today on the SE side this afternoon three Buzzards, five Chaffinches, male and female Blackcap, a Green Woodpecker, three Song Thrushes, five Long-tailed Tits and a 100+ Woodpigeons. (John Fletcher).

Elmstone Hardwicke/Boddington     A Woodcock flushed from under a hedge near Junction 10a today. (Jeremy Squire).

Roel     c150 Golden Plovers circling over fields, three Skylarks together singing, and many more heard, a male Stonechat, a Yellowhammer, four Bullfinches, a Song Thrush heard and two Buzzards. (Andrew & Gill Worthington).

Ampney St Peter     Four Yellowhammers, a Reed Bunting, a Song Thrush and a Skylark today. (Liz & Colin Kilpatrick).

Ampney Crucis     Ten Starlings, a male Yellowhammer, 30 Redwings and 15 Fieldfares today. (Liz & Colin Kilpatrick).

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Thursday 4th February 2021

Saul Warth     Late morning a WATER PIPIT to the left of Hock Ditch briefly. Also 19 Shelducks, 20+ Wigeon, 25+ Pintails and two female Stonechats. (Eric Palmer/MK).

Saul     12 Little Egrets in the furthest paddock from the Arlingham Road and difficult to view. Later a CATTLE EGRET there. (Eric Palmer/MK).

Gloucester     At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake two Water Rails, one seen and another calling at the same time, two Coots, a Moorhen, male and female Stonechat and a female Sparrowhawk female hunting low in the reeds. (Alan Hooper/Alan Baxter).

Stonechat by Alan Hooper

Stonehouse     A Kingfisher at Rover’s Bridge (Newtown Bridge) and also again near Bond’s Mill. Also a Water Rail at Bond’s Mill. (Jimmy Fletcher).

Kingfisher by Jimmy Fletcher

Water Rail by Jimmy Fletcher

Chalford     Along the canal today two Kingfishers, a Goldcrest, two Greenfinches and a Grey Wagtail. (Josh Adamms).

Lower Rea    Two Buzzards, a pair Peregrines on one of the pylons and a pair of Ravens today. (Gord Avery).

Nailsworth Four Roe Deer, two bucks, two does, in the garden today. (Terry Grant).

Roe Deer by Terry Grant

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Wednesday 3rd February 2021

Lower Rea    A pair of Stonechats still in the first field on the left after Rea Bridge. Along the river seven Cormorants roosting, a Raven and a Green Woodpecker. At Netheridge Farm 12 Teal, a pair of Bullfinches and another Green Woodpecker. On Corn Ham, Minsterworth viewed from the benches at Lower Rea across the river at SO 80412 15648 this afternoon 100+ Pintails, 30+ Wigeon, 30+ Shovelers, a Mute Swan, 200+ Lapwings, 20+ Golden Plovers and 12 Dunlins. (MK).

Green Woodpecker by Mike King

Minsterworth Ham     Two WHOOPER SWANS still today. Also 24 Shelducks, 42 Shovelers, 24 Gadwalls, 280 Wigeon, 350 Pintails, 180 Teal, 12 Golden Plovers, 25+ Dunlins, a Sparrowhawk, a Peregrine, six Ravens, a Chiffchaff, 370 Fieldfares, a Stonechat and a feral Bar-headed Goose. (Andy Jayne).

Gloucester    The male BLACK REDSTART showing well on the Cathedral at lunchtime. (Paul Clark). 50000+ Starlings gathering to roost at Sudmeadow this evening. Also a male Sparrowhawk. (Gordon Avery). At Lansdown Road six Lesser Redpolls again feeding on a silver birch. (Laurence Lucas). A FIRECREST again at the bottom of Rendcomb Close, Abbeymead in leylandii hedge, across the stream. Also two Grey Wagtails. (Sam Walker).

Cheltenham    Two Mandarins on the small island on Park Campus lake at midday today. (David Norman).

Mandarins by David Norman

Stratton     A male Brambling in the garden again today. (Ken Cservenka).

Bourton-on-the-Water     11 Little Egrets in the horse paddocks by the traffic lights. (Andy Lewis).

Quedgeley     A male Blackcap in the garden today in Kingsway. (Sandra Weir).

Blackcap by Sandra Weir

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Tuesday 2nd February 2021

Saul Warth     This morning between Hock Ditch and Hock Cliff a WATER PIPIT and a Common Sandpiper. Also 316 Curlews before high tide. (Eric Palmer).

Lower Rea An adult and a juvenile WHOOPER SWAN still this morning at 9:50am on Corn Ham, Minsterworth viewed from the benches at Lower Rea across the river at SO 80412 15648. Also 110 Pintails, 50 Shovelers, 30 Wigeon, two Gadwalls and five Shelducks, 60 Lapwings and four Cormorants. A male Stonechat again near Rea Bridge. (Paul Masters/Steve Pullen).

Stonechat by Steve Pullen

Frampton    76 Curlews and two Redshanks on Splatt flashes at high tide this morning and six Snipe and two Water Rails in the reed bed. (Gordon Hodgson).

Winchcombe     At Lynes Barn this morning 70 Fieldfares, 40 Redwings, 20 Chaffinches, two Red Kites and a Skylark. (Dave Clarke).

Upper Coberley     At New Farm near Upper Coberley this morning a large flock of finches including at least ten Bramblings. Also a minimum of 15 Ravens. (Duncan Dine).

Gloucester    Up to 50000 Starlings gathering to roost at Sudmeadow this evening. (Andy Jayne). At Lansdown Road six Lesser Redpolls again feeding on a silver birch. (Laurence Lucas).

Woodmancote     At mid-morning a Red Kite over the lower slopes of Nottingham Hill on the Woodmancote side. Also Ravens over many times a week. (Mark Forknall).

Tewkesbury     At the Cemetery a confiding Goldcrest feeding on spiders within the railings adjacent to Abbott’s Walk and a female Peregrine cruising through. (Les Ditchburn).

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Monday 1st February 2021

Lower Rea     An adult and a juvenile WHOOPER SWAN still this morning on Corn Ham, Minsterworth viewed from the benches at Lower Rea across the river at SO 80412 15648. (Andy Chapman).

Lechlade     A BITTERN flew over the house this evening. (Tom Uridge).

Cheltenham    A Mandarin on the lake in Hatherley Park yesterday and again today. (David Norman). Along Northfield Reservoir Lane 12 Long-tailed Tits and a Treecreeper. In Northfield Farm fields a Goldcrest, a Jay and 12 Chaffinches. In Arle Grove two Coal Tits, a Goldcrest and two Treecreepers. Along the road where it follows the Cotswold Way 15 Grey Partridges. At Paradise Farm 15 Chaffinches, 40 Redwings, seven Goldfinches and two Buzzards. At the Relief Pond behind Cheltenham Cemetery ten Goldfinches, a Song Thrush and a female Stonechat. Also a Muntjac today. (Howard Smith).

Muntjac by Howard Smith

Gloucester    A huge murmuration of Starlings over the Severn at 4:50pm dusk, viewed from Westgate Street looking W towards Minsterworth. (Nikki Smith).

Horsley     A Red Kite flying S over Tickmorend ST 839982 at 2:35pm today. (David Bullock).

Hardwicke     S of Sellars Bridge a Jay on the canal bank, mimicking a buzzard calling. (Sue Beynon).

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Sunday 31st January 2021

Lower Rea     An adult and a juvenile WHOOPER SWAN this morning, but relocating to Corn Ham, Minsterworth by late morning. (Andy Chapman).

Whooper Swans by Andy Chapman

Arlingham     The adult WHOOPER SWAN and juvenile Mute Swan in stubble on the Arlingham side of the Severn this afternoon, viewed from Newnham church SO70601245. (Andy Chapman/Lewis Thomson).

Frampton pools     121 Tufted Ducks, two Pintails, 23 Gadwalls, four Shovelers, two Pochards, ten Mallards, five Wigeon, 26 Mute Swans, 23 Greylags, a Barnacle Goose,  two Canada Geese, a Bar-Headed Goose, five Grey Herons, 11 singing Song Thrushes, two Mistle Thrushes, a Peregrine and 40 Robins today. (Nick Goatman).

Upper Hilcot     This afternoon c300 Chaffinches on a stubble field. (Duncan Dine).

Wotton-Under-Edge    Garden birds today included three Blackcaps (2m, 1f), a pair of Bullfinches, a Redwing, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Marsh Tit. (Paul Rich).

Brockworth     Garden birds this afternoon included six Goldfinches, six Greenfinches and seven Chaffinches. (Dave Goodwin).

Priors Norton     28 Little Egrets this morning and another flyover at Twigworth heading towards Longlevens. (Jeremy Squire).

Berkeley     Nine Little Egrets in a field at Park Farm near Ham and a Great Spotted woodpecker at Brown’s Mill. (Andrew Jones).

Amberley     In the garden at Theescombe Lane, a male Lesser Redpoll and four Blackcaps (2m & 2f ) on the feeders this afternoon. Also a Mistle Thrush singing in valley. (Phil Williams).

Tewkesbury     In the Natton area a flock of 59 Linnets and two Yellowhammers on a rough cleared development site and 51 Common Gulls feeding on short wet grass fields. (Les Ditchburn). At Mythe Hook viewed from high ground near Shuthonger 20 Canada Geese, 159 Wigeon, a Grey Heron and two Cormorants. (Mike Smart).

Bourton-on-the-Water     A total of eight Shovelers on the large north and south pits. (Andy Lewis).

Ampney Crucis    A male Yellowhammer, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and six Long-tailed Tits on feeders and a Buzzard over today. (Liz & Colin Kilpatrick).

Ampney St Mary     A Kestrel, 20 Redwings, four Fieldfares, a Red Kite and a Skylark today. (Liz & Colin Kilpatrick).

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Saturday 30th January 2021

Gloucester     A FIRECREST in the bushes above the River Twyver at the bottom of Rendcomb Close, Abbeymead again today. (Sam Walker).

Stonehouse    A MEDITERRANEAN GULL with over 1200 gulls, mainly Black-headed Gulls, all very mobile on the floods between Churchend and Millend. Also a Little Egret and a Jay, and a Green Woodpecker at Bond’s Mill. (MK).

Mediterranean Gull by Mike King

Little Egret by Mike King

At Horsemarling Lane today c30 Redwings, five Chaffinches, a female Kestrel, six Long-tailed Tits, male and female Bullfinches and a Green Sandpiper in a large pool of water next to the building site. (Alan Jones).

Charlton Kings    15 Redwings at Oakfield Farm and 10+ Long-tailed Tits just outside Ham. (Howard Smith).

Chalford Hill     A ringed male Blackcap recently. (Rachel Witcombe).

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