GLOUCES­TER­SHIRE

Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings -

COTSWOLDS: At the Cotswold Water Park, a Honey Buz­zard flew over (21st). A Mer­lin was near Kemps­ford (30th). Pit 132 held 15 Egyp­tian Geese, a Gar­ganey, Pin­tail, 13 Lit­tle Egrets, five Lit­tle Ringed Plovers, 11 Ringed Plovers, a Golden Plover, Lit­tle Stint, Curlew Sand­piper, five Ruff, two Black-tailed God­wits, two Green­shanks, eight Green Sand­pipers and eight Com­mon Sand­pipers. An Osprey flew over Elk­stone (16th). Cleeve Hill had five Whin­chats. Fifty Golden Plovers were at Chap­mans Cross. Two Grey Par­tridges were at Dun­tis­bourne. Two Goshawks were near Mis­er­den.

FOR­EST OF DEAN: A Great Skua flew over Pope’s Hill (20th). Sy­monds Yat had two Hob­bies and three Goshawks, with three Goshawks at Blaize Bai­ley.

LOWER SEV­ERN VALE: A Honey Buz­zard flew over East­ing­ton (27th). Framp­ton Pools logged a Great White Egret (2nd), Com­mon Scoter (19th), two Egyp­tian Geese, a Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker, Wood Sand­piper (4th) and Curlew Sand­piper (7th). Berke­ley Shore had two Manx Shear­wa­ters (4th), with one still in the area (5th), three Green­shanks, six Com­mon Sand­pipers, two Whin­chats and a Marsh Har­rier (2nd). Sharp­ness had a Shag (2nd-7th), with two there (3rd). Arc­tic Skuas were seen from Awre (8th) and Sharp­ness (9th). Gus­car Rocks and Ayl­bur­ton Warth held 65 Ringed Plovers, Curlew Sand­piper, two San­der­ling, three Bar-tailed God­wits, Green Sand­piper and six Whin­chats. An Osprey was at Longney (12th), with 15 Black-tailed God­wits and 12 Com­mon Sand­pipers (5th). An Osprey (16th) and three dark-bel­lied Brent Geese (19th) were at West­bury. Mediter­ranean Gulls were at Awre and Rod­ley. Whin­chats in­cluded two at Rod­ley and three at Wal­more Com­mon.

UP­PER SEV­ERN VALE: Coombe Hill Mead­ows had a Marsh Har­rier, Pin­tail, Lit­tle Ringed Plover, four Ruff, two Green­shanks, seven Green Sand­pipers, 24 Snipe and a Whin­chat. Two Whin­chats were at Tir­ley and one at Hart­pury. An Oys­ter­catcher was at Pound Farm near Robinswood Hill (6th).

WWT SLIM­BRIDGE: There were two

wind­blown Manx Shear­wa­ters (4th). An Osprey flew over (5th). Four Wood Sand­pipers were seen. There was a Great White Egret (to 6th), with it, or an­other (23rd). Spoon­bills were seen (9th and 26th-30th). There was a Lit­tle Gull (7th), with two Arc­tic Terns and 17 ‘com­mic’ terns (12th). Two Gar­ganeys were noted. A Bit­tern was seen (19th). There was a Spot­ted Crake (21st-25th). A Hen Har­rier hunted (22nd-28th). There were up to 15 Cranes from the Great Cane Project. Andy Jayne (01452 506 502) Martin Mcgill, and The Gloster Birder (www.the­gloster­birder. co.uk)

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