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This site publishes sightings from the Cotswold Water Park, irrespective of county boundaries or rarity.  Each entry shows maximum numbers reported during the day.  Records are forwarded to the CWPT Database and then on to Local Record Centres. All sightings welcomed, as they add to our collective knowledge of the area’s wildlife.

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20 Nov 2019

No news submitted for the last couple of days.

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18 Nov 2019

Pit 74 – Twitcher’s Gate – Great White Egret, five brief sightings in flight as it moved around the scrape, finally leaving about 1530.  Wigeon 116, Teal 100+, Gadwall 40, Pochard 2, Cormorant 5, Goldeneye 3, Shoveler 9, Tufted Duck 25, Great Crested Grebe 4.  Adult Black-headed Gull with a white colour ring on the right leg, too distant to read the logo on the ring. Redwing 3, Cetti’s Warbler song – John Grearson.

Eysey – Peregrine, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 620 Lapwings, 20 Golden Plovers, Chiffchaff, 2 Ravens.

Calcutt – 1 Stonechat – Mark Gurney.

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17 Nov 2019

Eysey – Knot, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 250 Lapwings, 80 Golden Plovers, Dunlin, Goldeneye, 3 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 20 Pochard, 2 Common Gulls, Grey Wagtail,  5 Pied Wagtails, 2 Grey Herons, 60-70 Fieldfares/Redwings – Steve Davies/JM.

Whooper Swan at Lechlade by Bob Webb.

Lechlade – A Whooper Swan with 20 Mute Swans on the Wiltshire side of the River Thames, opposite Riverside Park – Bob Webb.

CWP127: 46 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 4 Pintail, 22 Red-crested Pochard, 75 Wigeon, 2 Common Pochard.
CWP126: 203 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall.
CWP125: 93 Tufted Duck, 113 Coot, 2 Gadwall, 1 Water Rail heard.
CWP124: 58 Common Pochard, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 1 Goldeneye.
CWP123: 10 Goldeneye, 10 Tufted Duck, 3 Common Pochard, 1 Kingfisher.
CWP114: 28 Tufted Duck, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Goldeneye flew over – John Durell.
Blakehill – pair Stonechats – Felicity Cobb.

Marsh Harrier at Shorncote by Steve Birt.

Shorncote – 2 Little Egrets, several Water Rails heard, 3 Snipe, fem Marsh Harrier, pair Grey Wagtails, 2 Chiffchaffs – Steve Birt.

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16 Nov 2019

Eysey – 39 Golden Plover, 500 Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Woodcock, Merlin, Marsh Harrier, 2 Red Kite, Peregrine.

Pit 74 – Twitcher’s Gate – Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier – Graham Lawlor.

Otter at Lower Moor by Ian Lloyd-Graham.

Lower Moor – Otter – Ian Lloyd-Graham.

Blakehill – Short-eared Owl from 4.15pm, initially perched up on a post – Bob Webb, Chris Snook.

male Stonechat at Pit 132 by Steve Davies.

Pit 132 – 2 Stonechats, 3 Chiffchaffs, 4 Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldcrests, Song Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Teal, 8 Wigeon, 30 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, 3 Pied Wagtails, Grey Wagtail, 2 Grey Herons, Egyptian Goose, Redshank, Little Owl, 2 Yellow-legged Gulls –  Steve Davies, Graham Lawlor.

Shorncote – fem Marsh Harrier – Dave Collins.

fem Marsh Harrier at Shorncote by Dave Collins.

 

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15 Nov 2019

Pit 74 / Twitcher’s Gate -A Starling roost was building up towards the end of the afternoon with an estimate of 2500 birds entering the reed beds behind the heronry. I did not see a murmuration, the birds entered the roost in groups of up to 600 at a time.

Difficult to count the ducks today since they suffered a major disturbance while I was counting.  Estimated numbers of Wigeon 100+. Teal 200+, Gadwall 5, Shoveler 2, Goldeneye 1, Pochard 6.  Other species, Kestrel 1, Redwing 16, Chiffchaff 1, Cormorant 1! – John Grearson.
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14 Nov 2019

Ashton Keynes – Peregrine flew through North End works this morning towards Shorncote – Dave Soons.

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13 Nov 2019

Pit 74 – Twitcher’s Gate – Great White Egret feeding on the edge of the scrape, 11 Cormorants, 23 Wigeon, 19 Tufted Duck, Goldeneye 3(2m), 1 Pochard, 26 Gadwall, 58 Teal, 4 Shoveler, Water Rail heard, 1 Fieldfare, 6 Redwings, singing Cetti’s Warbler – John Grearson.

Blakehill – the first Short-eared Owl of the winter hunting from 4.38pm onwards, also c50 Fieldfares/Redwings dropped in to roost – JM.

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12 Nov 2019

drake Goosander at Pit 104 by Duncan Dine.

Pit 104 – 5 Goosander.

Pit 125 – several hundred Tufted Duck – Duncan Dine.

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