Thursday 24th December 2020



Cotswold Water Park East     A drake RING-NECKED DUCK still on Pit 127 this afternoon. Also three Snipe and five Yellowhammers. (Duerden Cormack).

Slimbridge     Nine CATTLE EGRETS and a Little Egret on the field between the Tudor Arms pub and Prices Court Farm, opposite the new Slimbridge Parish car park at SO728040. (Paul Masters/Mike Davis).

Birdlip     134 Golden Plovers on fields E of the A417 at Birdlip. (Sam Walker).

Daglingworth     A Corn Bunting and a Yellowhammer at Daglingworth quarry. (Sam Walker).

Sapperton     At the W end of Bathurst estate (E of Sapperton) a Raven, four Marsh Tits and ten Bramblings amongst Chaffinches and Linnets. (Sam Walker).

Gloucester     The male BLACK REDSTART still on Gloucester Cathedral this afternoon on the S  side of the chancel at 3:30pm. (Phil Chapman & Louise Hill). An adult male Peregrine (ringed) and another unknown Peregrine active around the tower at the Cathedral today. (Paul Clark). At Horsebere Brook Flood Storage Lake birds included a Grey Heron, 23 Mallards, four Teal, six Stonechats, seven Meadow Pipits, 17 Goldfinches, two Chaffinches, 35 Redwings and three Pied Wagtails. (John Fletcher).

Chavenage Lane     950+ Fieldfares, 150+ Redwings and 400+ Starlings feeding in fields. In fields near the  lay-by past The Tipputs Inn at Nailsworth on the A46 a male and female Peregrine. (Terry Grant).

Leckhampton Hill     At least two pairs of Stonechats this morning. (Duncan Dine).

Winchcombe     Five Lesser Redpolls in a Winchcombe garden this morning. (Peter Rodgers).

Lesser Redpoll by Peter Rodgers

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Wednesday 23rd December 2020

WWT Slimbridge     Nine CATTLE EGRETS on South Lake this morning before flying out to the roadside fields. One still there late morning. (Slimbridge Sightings/Peter Taylor).

Amberley     At Theescombe Lane this afternoon a male Siskin, a male Blackcap, a Greenfinch, a Bullfinch and lots of Goldfinches on garden feeders. (Phil Williams).

Ashleworth Ham     Five Wigeon, a Gadwall, 15+ Mallards, 20+ Teal and two Pintails today. (Mike Smart).

Hucclecote    This morning a female Sparrowhawk took a Feral Pigeon in the garden in Portchester Road. (Harold Smith).

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Tuesday 22nd December 2020

Gloucester    The male BLACK REDSTART showing well again on Gloucester Cathedral, usually on the South Transept. (Tim Salkeld).

WWT Slimbridge    Nine CATTLE EGRETS on South Lake this morning, then flew towards roadside fields at 9:55am. (Scott Petrek). A Little Stint on the Tack Piece. (Paul Masters). The CACKLING GOOSE with Canada Geese and White-fronted Geese on the Bottom New Piece at 2:30pm. (Magnus Carter).

Forest of Dean     At Parkend today a Hawfinch and 50+ Siskins. (Dave Clarke).

Ashleworth Ham     Five Mute Swans, 45 Greylags, 130 Canada Geese, 45 Wigeon, 23 Pintails, a Shelduck, 150+ Teal, 35 Mallards, a Little Grebe, two Coots, eight Snipe, 131 Lapwings over, 25 Fieldfares, 60+ Starlings, two Chaffinches, a Green Woodpecker, a Goldcrest, a Peregrine, a Raven heard, a Tawny Owl hooting at 12:20pm and 2:10pm and a Buzzard. (John Fletcher).

Hay Wood     A Woodcock flushed at SO682270. (Richard Lansdown).

Dymock Woods     A Woodcock flushed at SO690288. (Richard Lansdown).

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Monday 21st December 2020

WWT Slimbridge     Four CATTLE EGRETS and three Little Egrets in the Decoy this morning, after roosting overnight. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Three Mute Swans, c500 Greylags, 120 Canada Geese, 220+ Wigeon, five Gadwalls, 693+ Teal, 50 Mallards, 90 Pintails, 70 Shovelers, 47 Tufted Ducks, 20 Coots and 60 Lapwings. (Mike Smart).

Ashleworth Ham     Five Canada Geese, 100 Wigeon, 100 Teal, 20 Mallards, five Pintails and 50+ Lapwings. (Mike Smart).

Stonehouse     Along the Stroudwater Canal and by The Ocean, where the canal widens at SO 79791 05047, a Little Grebe, a Kingfisher, six Mute Swans and a Cormorant. (Mike Davis).

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Sunday 20th December 2020

WWT Slimbridge     A WATER PIPIT came off the Dumbles scrape and flew N calling. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Forest of Dean    Four Hawfinches at the Cricket Ground in Parkend this morning. (Malcolm Royal). A Dipper at Wenchford this afternoon. (Geoff Fawcett).

Frampton     A Greenshank from Splatt Bridge still. (Steve Brown).

Cheltenham    In the garden at Naunton Park, five Redwings, the second garden
record of a Reed Bunting, a small flock of Long-tailed Tits and the first Blackcap of the winter in the garden. (Steve Brown). A Blackcap in the garden at Benhall today, first for a couple of years. (David Norman).

Blackcap by David Norman

Stonehouse    A Raven, a Buzzard, two Little Grebes on the canal still, a Kingfisher at the Ocean and a female Sparrowhawk. (Paul Sutton).

Rodley     A Bar-headed Goose on the Rodley end of Wilmore Common today at 2:30pm. (Neil Tappin).

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Saturday 19th December 2020

Eastleach     A ringtail HEN HARRIER at Eastleach Downs crossroads in the sheep field along the county boundary. Also 150 Skylarks, 45 Corn Buntings and two pairs of Stonechats. (Ian Ralphs).

WWT Slimbridge    The CACKLING GOOSE again today from the Estuary Tower. (Paul Rich/Dot Jones/Bettie Sloane/Cas & Luther Hambling). Also today a Peregrine frightened c750 Golden Plovers, c100 Lapwings and c150 Dunlins. (Cas & Luther Hambling).

Nailsworth     At Ruskin Mill ponds a pair of Dippers, a pair of Kingfishers, a Grey Heron, ten Moorhens, a pair of Little Grebes, a pair of Coots, a pair of Mallards, three Coal Tits, three singing Song Thrushes and two Nuthatches. At Barton End 21 Fieldfares, seven Redwings, seven Meadow Pipits, five Stock Doves, a male Bullfinch, ten Common Gulls, a male Kestrel, a Buzzard and 300+ Starlings. (Jake King).

Coombe Hill Meadows     Three Mute Swans;, 120 Greylags, 50 Canada Geese, 1000 Wigeon, five Gadwalls, 120 Teal, 20 Mallards, 82+ Pintails, 70 Shovelers, 18 Tufted Ducks, three Grey Herons and 80 Lapwings. (Mike Smart).

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Friday 18th December 2020

WWT Slimbridge    The CACKLING GOOSE showing well again today on the Bottom New Piece viewed from Kingfisher hide. Five Pink-footed Geese in the entrance road fields early morning. (Tim Jukes/Ian Hull/James Robinson).

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Thursday 17th December 2020

Fretherne     Seven CATTLE EGRETS and 28 Little Egrets on fields off of Arlingham Road today. (Eric Palmer).

Gloucester    The male BLACK REDSTART still on Gloucester Cathedral today, usually on the South Transept. (Andy Jayne).

WWT Slimbridge    The CACKLING GOOSE showed well for a period this morning on the Bottom New Piece viewed from Kingfisher hide. (Paul Masters).

Cackling Goose by Paul Masters

Frampton/Saul Warth    This morning totals of 133 Snipe, two Jack Snipe and 100 Golden Plover through S, a Greenshank still at Splatt Bridge flash. (Gordon Hodgson).

Forest of Dean    At Parkend this morning 26 Siskins and two male Bullfinches. (Dave Clarke).

Waterhatch     A Grey Wagtail, a Green Woodpecker calling and at least 20 Linnets on telephone wires and over the field. (Gill Worthington).

Chosen Hill    This morning on top of the hill and to the N side, birds seen included 4-5 Nuthatches, 30+ Redwings, a Chaffinch, six Goldfinches, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, two Buzzards and a Red Kite. (Steve Mockford).

Cherington     Around the lake mid afternoon birds included a Grey Heron, a Little Grebe, two Moorhens, 14 Mallards, two Mute Swans, two Goldcrests, a Green Woodpecker, a Song Thrush and three Buzzards. (John Fletcher).

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Wednesday 16th December 2020

Broadoak     The Whooper Swan again on the river, then flew to stubble fields on the Arlingham side of the Severn at 2:35pm. (Lewis Thomson).

WWT Slimbridge     A Dark-bellied Brent Goose today at high tide. (Slimbridge Sightings).

Winchcombe     Two Lesser Redpolls on a niger feeder, the first this winter. (Tim Morgan).

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Tuesday 15th December 2020

Hazleton     40 Corn Buntings and 400 Starlings over a field of stubble today. (Andy Lewis).

Frampton/Saul Warth     At Splatt Bridge today a Goosander flew S, five Redshanks, two Stonechats and an immature Peregrine. A Greenshank still present yesterday, also a CATTLE EGRET and 40 Snipe at Saul Warth. (Gordon Hodgson).

Whittington     At the crossroads at the base of Cleeve Hill near Whittington at SO993226 two Red Kites and two Buzzards. At Puckham Woods at midday a covey of 12 Red-legged Partridges at SP008215. At Arle Grove near Whittington SO995215 birds included two Goldcrests, five Nuthatches, ten Chaffinches, 60+ Redwing, a Raven and three Buzzards. (Howard Smith).

Forest of Dean    Mid morning a Hawfinch and a Marsh Tit at a puddle at Parkend church. (Bettie Sloane). 28+ Goosanders at Woorgreens Lake today. (Paul Clark). 1+ Tawny Owl calling at 3:30am at Mitcheldean. (Chris Keeling).

Cobney Meadows     WeBS count today included five Canada Geese, a Shelduck, a Gadwall, 25 Wigeon and five Shovelers. Also two Meadow Pipits, 200 Starlings and 40 Fieldfares feeding on the grass. (Mike Smart).

Leigh Meadows     WeBS count today included 29 Mute Swans, a Wigeon, a Little Egret and three Snipe. Also a Buzzard, a Grey Wagtail and a Pied Wagtail. (Mike Smart).

Maisemore     Two Sparrowhawks sparring briefly above the line of poplars near the weir, late morning. (Andy & Sue Gibbons).

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