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This is the only website reporting wildlife sightings throughout the whole of the Cotswold Water Park (CWP).  We accept all sightings of whatever species. These are all  passed to CWPT to help monitor the CWP biodiversity area, then shared with the relevant biological records centre.

Without your records there wouldn’t be a website, please send us all your sightings using the Contact form in the side column or email to ‘cwpbirds-at-outlook.com’.    Even if you normally only send sightings to Gloster Birder or WOS please copy us in.  If relevant please include breeding codes.   Bob Philpott

CWP Bird List 2014:-  158 (as at 08/07/14)

(Header Photo: Banded Demoiselle by Bob Philpott)

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30 July 2014

Marsh Harrier (Dave Soons)

Marsh Harrier (Dave Soons)

Shorncote:  female Marsh Harrier at 19.25 from Hide 1.   Also seen:  7 Common Terns with 2 young, 2 Yellow Wagtails over, 2 Little Egret, Grey Heron, Lapwing, Hobby, 3 Great Crested Grebes (1 juv), 2 Little Grebes, Canada Goose, 4 Mute Swans (2 juv), 3 Reed Buntings, Sedge Warbler heard, Water Rail heard late on, 4 Swallows, 2 House Martins and several Swifts over late on.   Dave Soons

CWP 83: this evening:  15 Curlew, 6 Reed Bunting     Peter Wright

Blakehill: At least 4 Redstarts, Lesser & Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaffs, Kestrel family, Skylark with food, c15 Linnets  Robin Griffiths

Ashton Keynes:  Green Woodpecker male, found feeding on ants in the Lotts playground this afternoon.   John Grearson

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29 July 2014

Red Kite seen from A419 near CirencesterFelicity Cobb

Eysey:    5 Little Egret, 4 Raven, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 41 Greylag Geese and 55 Canada Geese, including 7 neck tagged.   Ken Cypher

CWP 74:  3 Common Tern, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Green Woodpecker    Ken Cypher

Kent End: 1 Common Tern   Ken Cypher

Ashton Keynes:   Over the garden simultaneously today a Hobby and a Red Kite.  Also a noisy flypast early this morning by a Green Woodpecker.  Several recent sightings of Hobby, they seem to keep a watch out for newly fledged House Martins.  A report earlier of a Sparrowhawk killed while hitting a window elsewhere in the village.    John Grearson

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28 July 2014

CWP 305, Eysey:  Little Egret, c100 Greylag.   Malcolm Royal

CWP 306:   Ruff, Greenshank, 40 Lapwing, Yellow Wagtail, Hobby, 3 Little Egret.   Malcolm Royal

Cricklade : Hobby after young House Martins   Robin Griffiths

Common Darter (Bob Philpott)

Common Darter (Bob Philpott)

CWP 41:    3 Common tern feeding.   Several Gatekeepers, 1 Clouded Yellow.   Brown Hawkers and Common Darters.   Bob Philpott

Common Darter (Bob Philpott)

Common Darter (Bob Philpott)

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27 July 2014

Yellow Wagtail (Bob Philpott)

Yellow Wagtail (Bob Philpott)

Ashton Keynes Cricket Pitch:  A mix of Yellow Wagtail and Pied Wagtail again.   Bob Philpott

CWP 74:   Male Sparrowhawk hunting the lane.  Emperor Dragonflies and Gatekeeper butterflies at Twitcher’s gate.   Bob Philpott

As it is quite quiet with reports at present I thought I would include a couple of Dave Soons photos taken today.  Dave has a knack for spotting Kingfishers and great patience to get photos.

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26 July 2014

Ashton Keynes Cricket Pitch:  8 Yellow Wagtail,  36 Pied Wagtail.   Nigel Pleass

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25 July 2014

Blakehill:  3 Red kites, 20 Buzzards, Green woodpecker, Whitethroat, Linnets, Goldfinches, Great Spotted Woodpecker, long tailed tit, jackdaw, magpie.     Neil Cowley.

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24 July 2014

Riverside park, Lechlade:    Red Breasted Goose on Thames just upstream of Riverside Park.   Kim Milsom

CWP 74 scrape: Garganey, 15 Shoveler, 15 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 5 Snipe, 4 Green Sandpiper  Nigel Pleass

CWP 74 – 20 Cormorants, 32 Mute Swans including 3 cygnets, 2 Little Egrets, 5 Common Terns, 3 Common Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, a Grey Heron, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Greylag Geese, 41 Tufted Duck, 31 Mallard, 51 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 20+ Swallows, 4 Sand Martins & a Buzzard.    Sue and Trevor Clayson

Cleveland Lakes: Little Egret 6, Great Crested Grebe 78, Mute Swan 99, Mallard 101, Tufted Duck 286, Pochard 21, Red Crested Pochard 20, Coot 528, Moorhen 14.    Nigel Pleass

Tufted Duck (Sue Clayson)

Tufted Duck (Sue Clayson)

CWP 301: Green Sandpiper, Mute Swan pair still with 12 cygnets, Common Tern 17 including 2 fledged and 3 small young.   Grey Heron, 13 Lapwing, 41 Tufted Duck including 10 ducklings ( 7 +3 ), 9 Red Crested Pochard, 19 Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 48 Coot, 10 Black-headed Gulls including 3 juveniles begging for food from the Terns as well as the gulls, 9 Pied Wagtails & 3 Swallows. Nigel Pleass.     Sue and Trevor Clayson

CWP 305: 4 Little Ringed Plover.    Nigel Pleass

CWP 97: 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Herons, 3 Lapwing, 2 Common Terns, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 43 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls & 6 House Martins.    Sue and Trevor Clayson

CWP 6 - a pair of Mute Swans with 6 cygnets, 16 Great Crested Grebes including 8 young & 1 occupied nest, 50 Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard, 6 Red Crested Pochard, 20 Coot including 3 small chicks, a Reed Bunting, 3 Reed Warblers, 2 House Martins & 2 Swifts.     Sue and Trevor Clayson

Kent End – 2 Mute Swans, a Grey Heron, 28 Greylag Geese, a Little Egret, 8 Lapwing, 2 Common Terns, 4 Little Grebes, a Great Crested Grebe, a Cormorant, 6 Tufted Duck, 10 Mallard, 9 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 4 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Pied Wagtails, 2 Stock Doves, 9 House Martins & a Buzzard.     Sue and Trevor Clayson

Ashton Keynes Cricket pitch:   3 Yellow Wagtails    Peter Wright

Blakehill: 3 Redstarts, Little Owl, 3 Red Kites, Lesser Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker, 16 Linnets  Robin Griffiths

Amongst the butterflies seen were Red Admiral, Peacock, Brimstone, Comma, Gatekeeper, Large & Small Whites, Common Blue, Small Copper & a Cinnabar Moth. Dragonflies included Brown Hawker, Emperor, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter & Common Blue Damselflies.     Sue and Trevor Clayson

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22 July 2014

Spoonbill (Ken Cypher)

Spoonbill (Ken Cypher)

CWP 74:   Spoonbill viewable from Twitcher’s Gate at 15.15.   3 Little Egret, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Snipe      Ken Cypher

Eysey Manor Quarry (CWP 305):  1 Grey Wagtail, 1 little Egret, 4 Stock Dove and 1 Little Grebe.    (Evening) – 6 Little Egret, 112 Mallard, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover and Grasshopper Warbler reeling.   Ken Cypher.  Nigel Pleass. 

 CWP 301 (Evening) – three broods Red Crested Pochard, three broods Tufted Duck, Mute Swan pair with 12 cygnets, 16 Common Tern including 3 small chicks, two pairs and 6 Yellow Wagtails.   Nigel Pleass

Also Great White Egret reported on pager over A419 at Cricklade.  

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