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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: Mute Swan with 12 young by Sue Clayson)

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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

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

CWP 301: Green Sandpiper, Mute Swan pair still with 12 cygnets, Common Tern 12 including 2 fledged and 2 small young.    Nigel Pleass

CWP 305: 4 Little Ringed Plover.    Nigel Pleass

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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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21 July 2014

4 Garganey on the CWP 74 Scrape. Also of note; 25 Curlew, 1 Redshank and 2 Green Sandpipers.   Kim Milsom

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20 July 2014

Great White Egret (Duncan Dine)

Great White Egret (Duncan Dine)

CWP 132:    Great White Egret.   Greenshank. 3 little egret, green sandpiper, 120 lapwing and 8 common tern.    Dave Pearce.   Duncan Dine.   Mick & Jo Jones.

CWP 131:  20 little grebe, (juv) peregrine making a kill on tufted duck duckling, little ringed plover, 12 lapwing, 4 green sandpiper, yellow-legged gull, at least 10 yellow wagtails.   Mick & Jo Jones.  

CWP 68C/D:   Little Ringed Plover over calling, Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Cettis Warbler, 20+ Garden Warbler, 20+ Whitethroat, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Blackcaps, 30+ Reed Warbler, single Sedge Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler and a single Chiffchaff. Two Raven. Nigel Pleass/ John Wells.

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18 July 2014

Cleveland Lakes:   1 Red Kite at 12.40 hrs, 1 Whimbrel calling, 1 Greenshank, 7+ Common Tern, 7 Red Crested Pochard, 1 male Pochard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Hobby.   Terry Grant

Ashton Keynes:  Two species of Cuckoo Bumblebees in the garden, mainly on scabious and knapweed flowers.  They are the Southern cuckoo bumblebee (Bombus vestalis) which apparently attacks mainly Buff-tailed Bumblebees (B. terrestris), and The Red-tailed cuckoo Bumblebee (Bombus rupestris) which attacks mainly Red-tailed Bumblebees (B. lapidarius).  The bees in the photos are both males.   John Grearson

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17 July 2014

CWP 74:  Greenshank calling over this evening   Nigel Pleass

CWP 116 – 40 Greylag Geese, 14 Canada Geese, 6 Common Terns + 2 young on the Tern Raft, 10 Cormorants, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Mute Swans & 2 cygnets, a Grey Heron, 42 Tufted Duck, 6 Red Crested Pochard, 5 Mallard, 9 Coot including 1 chick & 26 Black-headed Gulls.     Sue & Trevor Clayson

CWP 127 – 5 Grey Herons, 35 Lapwing, a Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 3 Oystercatchers, a Cormorant, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 28 Tufted Duck, 5 Red Crested Pochard, 15 Mallard, 26 Black-headed Gulls, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 20+ House Martins & 2 Stock Doves.     Sue & Trevor Clayson

Pyramidal Orchids (Sue Clayson)

Pyramidal Orchids (Sue Clayson)

CWP 126 – 29 Common Tern including 15 young, 4 Oystercatchers, a Common Sandpiper, 25 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Egyptian Geese, 5 Greylag Geese, 6 Lapwing, 3 Cormorants, a Mute Swan, 6 Tufted Duck, 7 Mallard, 5 Red Crested Pochard, 28 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 4 Pied Wagtails + 2 young, 37 Black-headed Gulls, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Little Grebe, 3 House Martins, Cinnabar Moths & Pyramidal Orchids.     Sue & Trevor Clayson

Cinnabar Moth (Sue Clayson)

Cinnabar Moth (Sue Clayson)

CWP 111 – a pair of Mute Swans & 5 cygnets, a pair of Great Crested Grebes on a nest, 4 Cormorants, 25 Mallard, 4 Red Crested Pochard, 21 Coot, 3 Black-headed Gulls & a Buzzard.    Sue & Trevor Clayson

CWP 111B – a Grey Heron, 3 Cormorants, 5 Great Crested Grebes ( a pair on a nest, 1 adult & 2 juveniles ), 10 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 2 Red Crested Pochard, 13 Coot ( 2 nests ) & 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.     Sue & Trevor Clayson

Lechlade – on the Thames round Ha’penny Bridge – a Common Tern carrying a fish, 44 Mute Swans & 2 cygnets, 80 Mallard, 5 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 17 Black-headed Gulls & 2 Swallows. 4 Swifts around the church spire.     Sue & Trevor Clayson

Peacock Butterfly (Sue Clayson)

Peacock Butterfly (Sue Clayson)

Among the butterflies seen were Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Ringlet, Meadow Brown & Brimstone. There were also Common Blue Damselflies, Brown Hawkers & Black-tailed Skimmers.    Sue & Trevor Clayson

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16 July 2014

CWP 306: Greenshank, 2 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, brood Gadwall and 2 Yellow Wagtail. Nigel Pleass

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14 July 2014

Lechlade:   Red kite following mower in large field on the edge of the town    Mary Rosser

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