This site publishes records from the Cotswold Water Park of all species (irrespective of county boundaries or rarity).  Records are forwarded to the CWPT Database and then on to Local Record Centres.

You can send in records by using the contact form (sidebar or Comments page).  Or direct to:   Email: cwpbirds[at]outlook.com or Twitter: @CWPBirds.            Bob Philpott

CWP Bird List 2016:   182

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12 December 2017


Great Northern Diver (Jon Mercer)

CWP 74: 3 Whooper Swans and Great White Egret from the hide. Also fox attempting unsuccessfully to stalk the egret. Roger Gillespie

CWP 125: Great Northern Diver still present.   Jon Mercer.  Mike King

GSW crop

Great Spotted Woodpecker (Chris Snook)

Birds seen along the Thames and on North Meadow at Cricklade this morning: 32 Golden Plovers, 4 Teal, Little Egret, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Grey Wagtails, Sparrowhawk, 4 Meadow Pipits, Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinches. Robin Griffiths.   Chris Snook

Ashton Keynes: 3 male and 2 female Blackcap. John Grearson

Cricklade:  Great Spotted Woodpecker visiting garden feeder.  Chris Snook.

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11 December 2017

CWP 125:    Great Northern Diver still present. Favouring the car park end of the lake.   Jon Mercer, Paul Rich.  Roger Gillespie.  Duncan Dine.  Graham Lawlor

Ashton Keynes:  In the garden today, 4 Blackcaps (2 males and 2 females). Also 10+ Reed Buntings.  John Grearson

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9 December 2017

CWP 125:   Great Northern Diver this afternoon. Seen 2 to 2.30.   Kingfisher; Water Rail; 4 Common Gull.   John Durell, Robin Griffiths.

Blakehill:   Short eared owl.    Chris Snook.

CWP 72: 2 Great White Egrets gloriously preening in the cold sunlight, Treecreeper in trees opposite, Chiffchaff with mixed Tit flock on Cleveland Path.   Maureen Millar

CWP 9:   Ross’s type goose with Canada Geese.   Although unringed is likely to be either an escape or hybrid.   Kim Milsom

WeBS Counts included: 

CWP126: 8 Gadwall, Goldeneye 1; Common Gull 1.    John Durell

CWP123,124: 80 Pochard; 6 Goldeneye; 1 Common Gull.    John Durell

CWP114: 13 Goldeneye.   John Durell

CWP116: 92 Wigeon; 1 Common Gull.    John Durell

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8 December 2017

CWP 111 (Whelford Pools): Late morning, 4 Goosanders (3m,1f); 2 male Goldeneye; 2 Little Grebe; pair of Gadwall.   John Durell.

Eysey:  Great White Egret.

Blakehill:   Short Eared Owl.  Chris Snook.   Jon Mercer.


Great Spotted Woodpecker (Chris Snook)

Lower Moor:  Wigeon 2, Gadwall 2, Mute Swan 4, Grey Heron 2, Buzzard 1, Green Woodpecker 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Fieldfare 3,  Blackbird 6, Chaffinch 6,  Dunnock 2, Siskin 3,  Long-tailed Tit 11, Goldfinch 13, Robin 4, Blue Tit 29, Great Tit 4, Moorhen 6.   Bob Markham

Cricklade:    Female Great Spotted Woodpecker on garden feeder.  Chris Snook

Shorncote Reed beds:  Freezing wind and a light snow storm.

CWP 85b (and pathway/stream outside hide):  3 Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, Song Thrush, 3 Cetti’s warbler ( One seen two others heard), Tufted duck, 4 Mallard, 6 Wren, 2 Ravens over, 3 Water Rail. ( One seen two others heard), 7 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, Buzzard, 13 Long Tailed Tit, 500 Starling ( and smaller groups joining. Gathering for roost in reed beds 15.55-hrs ).  John Fletcher.

CWP 85a:  4 Bullfinch, Stonechat (m), 6 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 2 Little Egret, 3 Moorhen, 6  Mallard.    John Fletcher

CWP 84:  8 Shoveler, 45 Coot, 12 Black Headed Gull.   John Fletcher.

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7 December 2017

CWP 305:  Great White Egret, Peregrine, 10 Shoveler.   Roger Gillespie.

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6 December 2017

North Meadow:   2 Green woodpeckers feeding in the north west corner.   Also a single little egret feeding in the weir by the old mill.    Chris Snook

Blakehill:    Kestrel putting up 2 Snipes.   2 Stonechat in the hedge near the seat on the path and Redwing and Fieldfare in the central area near the path.  Chris Snook.

CWP 41:   10 Goosander (1f)  Roger Gillespie

CWP 44:  6 Red Crested Pochard (2f)   Roger Gillespie

CWP 65:   4 Goldeneye (1m)   Roger Gillespie

CWP 43:    Possible female Scaup (bird has extensive white patch at base of bill but Tufted not yet ruled out)    Roger Gillespie


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5 December 2017

Great Egret

Great White Egret (Ken Cypher)

Eysey:   1 Great White Egret and 3 Little Egret.   Ken Cypher

CWP 74:   12 Goldeneye.   Ken Cypher

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3 December 2017

Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover (Steve Davies)

CWP 132:  Juv/1st winter  Little Ringed Plover (presumed yesterdays bird from 126).   2 Green Sandpipers, 60 Lapwings, 2 Peregrines, Red Kite, Buzzard, Kestrel, 35 Meadow Pipits, a few Linnets, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 2 Goosanders, 20 Teal, 18 Tufted Ducks, Common Gull with Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gulls.  Duncan Dine.   Steve Davies

CWP 130: 12 Teal, Pied Wagtail, Skylark, 12 Meadow Pipits, Buzzard. Steve Davies

CWP 305:  Great White Egret.  (BirdGuides)

Full Moon

Moon by Chris Snook

Blakehill:   Short-eared Owl quartering the plateau, also Green Woodpecker, Kestrel & 3 Meadow Pipits.   Robin Griffiths

It is not often I include something other than wildlife on here but the photo of tonight’s ‘supermoon’ from Blakehill by Chris Snook deserves publicity.

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