GLOUCES­TER­SHIRE

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COTSWOLDS: The Blue Rock Thrush re­mained at Stow-on-the-wold. The Cotswold Wa­ter Park held a Black-necked Grebe at pit 65 (from 22nd), a Great White Egret at pit 41, a Bit­tern (12th-13th) and a Scaup at pit 57 (from 17th), 121 Red-crested Pochards at pit 44 and a Mediter­ranean Gull at pit 16 (22nd). The Hawl­ing area held a Mer­lin, 300 Golden Plovers and 15 Corn Buntings. An­other Mer­lin was at Snow­shill (9th). Twenty Bram­blings were near Edge­worth. Twelve Grey Par­tridges were at Harn­hill. Green Sand­pipers were at Dagling­worth and Lower Swell. FOR­EST OF DEAN: The Crab­tree Hill and Woor­greens area had a Great Grey Shrike, 28 Goosanders, four Jack Snipe, a Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker (8th), 200 Siskins, 20 Lesser Red­polls and two Mealy Red­polls (7th). Up to 17 Hawfinches were at Park­end and 1,000 Red­wings at Blaize Bai­ley. LOWER SEV­ERN VALE: The Richard’s Pipit re­mained at Ar­ling­ham. Framp­ton Pools held four Cattle Egrets, two Great White Egrets, five Red-crested Pochard and two Gold­eneyes. A Great Grey Shrike (24th), Wa­ter Pipit and four Green Sand­pipers were at Splatt Bridge. A Wa­ter Pipit re­mained at Berkeley Shore. A skua species and 40 Kit­ti­wakes were in the up­per es­tu­ary (23rd). Sharp­ness had a Com­mon Sand­piper (6th) and four Black Red­starts. An­other Black Red­start was at Kingswood (from 12th). Two Mediter­ranean Gulls were at Awre and one at Newn­ham (23rd). Two Whim­brels re­mained at Beach­ley Point. Wal­more Com­mon had two Whooper Swans and seven Bewick’s Swans. SLIMBRIDGE WWT: High­lights in­cluded a La­p­land Bunting (to 21st), and two Bit­terns. Wild­fowl and water­birds peak counts were 153 Mute Swans, 162 Bewick’s Swans, 170 White-fronted Geese, 272 Grey­lag Geese, 56 Canada Geese, 232 Bar­na­cle Geese, nine Man­darins, 269 Shel­ducks, 1,176 Wi­geon, 38 Gad­wall, 916 Teal, 748 Mal­lards, 428 Pin­tail, 122 Shov­el­ers, 251 Pochards, 428 Tufted Ducks, four Great Crested Grebes, eight Lit­tle Grebes, 20 Cor­morants, six Grey Herons, a Lit­tle Egret, and four Wa­ter Rails. Crane num­bers were up to 11 Great Crane Project birds, in­clud­ing the 2015 wild-reared ju­ve­nile. Rap­tors and owls recorded were Spar­rowhawk, a male Goshawk, five Buz­zards, three Pere­grines, a Kestrel (6th), a fe­male Marsh Har­rier (13th), Barn Owl and Tawny Owl. Wader counts were 12 Oys­ter­catch­ers, 25 Avo­cets, 4,000 Lap­wings, 402 Golden Plovers, two Knot, 1,000 Dun­lin, a Lit­tle Stint, 105 Snipe, 27 Red­shanks, a Spot­ted Red­shank, 254 Black-tailed God­wits, 190 Curlew, and 24 Ruff. There were up to 25 Great Black-backed Gulls, and a Mediter­ranean Gull (19th). Passer­ine peak counts were a King­fisher, five Great Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers drum­ming, 20 Sky Larks, a Grey Wag­tail, 12 Pied Wag­tails, 22 Field­fares, five Red­wings, six Song Thrushes singing, four Wa­ter Pip­its, a Rock Pipit (23rd & 27th), 20 Meadow Pip­its, seven Stonechats, a Cetti’s War­bler, four Gold­crests, Jay, and 1,200 Star­lings. UP­PER SEV­ERN VALE: The third Lesser Yel­lowlegs for Glos vis­ited Coombe Hill Mead­ows (7th). A Great White Egret (19th) and Black-tailed God­wit were also noted. Ash­le­worth Ham had a Green-winged Teal (from 19th), Marsh Har­rier (27th) and 19 Ruff. Two Great White Egrets re­mained in the Twyn­ing area. A Black Red­start was at Kingsway, Glouces­ter (16th-24th). A Siberian Chif­fchaff was at Port Ham (from 5th), where 98 Reed Buntings roosted. WAXWINGS: Wide­spread re­ports in­cluded 62 at Framp­ton Pools, 36 at Pain­swick, 25 at Chax­hill near West­bury, 14 at Sta­ple Edge Wood, 12 at Bus­sage and 11 at East­combe. Andy Jayne (01452 506 502) and The Gloster Birder (www.the­gloster­birder.co.uk)

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