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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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14 May 2021

Pit 74 – Twitcher’s Gate – Red-crested Pochard, 6 Common Tern, 2 Oysterctcher, 2 Buzzard, 3 Hobby, Cuckoo, Swifts, Sand Martins, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Wren – John Grearson, Trevor Crompton.

Pit 200 – 6 Red-crested Pochard – Trevor Crompton.

Cleveland Lakes – Pit 68 – 2 Cuckoo, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Whitethroat, Garden, Sedge, Reed, Willow and Cetti’s Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap – Laurence Pearce.

Lechlade – Osprey, no further details re time or location – per BirdGuides.

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13 May 2021

Pit 82 – Grasshopper Warbler reeling (photo below) – Chris Snook.

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12 May 2021

Pit 6 – Pair Great Crested Grebe with 2 chicks, pair Mute Swan with 3 cygnets, 2 Common Tern.

Canal towpath near Cerney Wick – male Kestrel caught a Water Vole from the canal – Nigel Gardener.

Pits 57/58 – Lower Mill – Great Crested Grebe, 9 Hobby, 10 Common Tern, 50+ Swift, Cuckoo, Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch, Reed Bunting – Graham Powell.

Lower Moor – Grass Snake (photos below) – Ian Lloyd-Graham.

Pit 74 – 2 Whimbrel flew up from the scrape this evening – Roger Gillespie.

Waterhay – 2 Cuckoo – Richard Williams.

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11 May 2021

Pit 74 – Twitcher’s Gate – 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 12 Cormorant, 2 Canada Geese, 3 Tufted Duck, Shelduck, Mallard, Buzzard, 3 Hobby, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Common Tern, Cuckoo, 20+ Swift, Green Woodpecker, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Bullfinch – John Grearson.

Blakehill – 2 Curlew, Cuckoo calling SW of site, 6+ Sand Martin, Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, c6 Linnet – Robin Griffiths.

Pit 82 – Grasshopper Warbler – Chris Snook.

Pit 200 – Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Common Tern, Garden Warbler – Nigel Sluman.

Pit 74a – Common Sandpiper – Roger Gillespie.

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10 May 2021

Pit 74 – Twitcher’s Gate – Little Egret, 11 Cormorant, 3 Shelduck, Hobby, Buzzard, Lapwing, 6 Whimbrel flew up from the scrape at 1600 and headed SW, 2 Herring Gull, 10 Common Tern, Cuckoo, 40+ Swift, small numbers of Swallow and Sand Martin, Sedge Warbler, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, Four-spotted Chaser – John Grearson.

Eysey – Glossy Ibis flew low west – Mark Gurney.

Lower Mill – Buzzard, 12+ Common Tern, Kingfisher, 40+ Swift, 200+ mixed hirundine flock, Reed, Sedge and Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Bunting – JM.

photos below – Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin at Pit 58, Lower Mill.

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9 May 2021

Pit 200 – 3 Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Lapwing, 2 Common Tern, Cuckoo, Lesser Whitethroat – Ken Cypher, Pete Adams, JM.

Pit 82 – Grasshopper Warbler.

Pit 74a – Greenshank, Common Sandpiper – Ken Cypher, Pete Adams. (Nb – view only from gateway at Cleveland Lakes entrance).

Greenshank at Pit 74a.

Waterhay – 2 Hobby – John Durell.

Eysey – Oystercatcher, Redshank – JM.

Lower Moor – Hobby, pair Common Tern, Green Woodpecker, Cuckoo, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, good numbers of Garden Warbler, Raven – Robin Griffiths.

Pit 132 – Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Lapwing, 8 Common Tern, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 2 Skylark, Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting – Duncan Dine, Steve Davies.

Dunlin at Pit 132 by Duncan Dine.

Whelford – Kestrel, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Skylark, 4 Wheatear, 2 Jay, Whitethroat – Steve Davies.

Oystercatcher at unspecified site, CWP.
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8 May 2021

Pit 130 – Red Kite, 20 Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, Song Thrush, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff.

Pit 132 – Sparrowhawk, 7, possibly 8, Little Gull (mixture of adult and 1st-summer) 7 Common Tern, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, Kingfisher, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail, Swift, 100s hirundines of all 3 species, Cetti’s Warbler, Blackcap, Reed Bunting – Steve Davies.

Common Sandpipers (L) and Little Gull (R) at Pit 132 by Steve Davies.
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7 May 2021

Cleveland Lakes – A singing Wood Warbler, early morning only – Max Webber. Little Grebe from the hide – John Durell.

Pit 74 – Twitcher’s Gate – 5 Cormorant, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Shelduck, m Shoveler, 3 Teal, 6 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 3 Hobby (one caught a Swift late afternoon), Ringed Plover, Whimbrel in flight, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, 7 Common Tern, c50 Swift, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, nest-building Chaffinch – John Grearson, Roger Gillespie.

Pit 99 – pair Little Grebe.

Pit 43 – Cuckoo, 8 species of Warbler – Nigel Gardener.

Cetti’s Warbler at Pit 43 by Nigel Gardener.
Garden Warbler at Pit 43 by Nigel Gardener.

Blakehill – Curlew, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, 3 Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Long-tailed Tit, Raven – JM.

Distillery Meadows – Lesser Whitethroat.

Somerford Common – Red Kite, Marsh Tit, Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Garden Warbler, Raven, 3 Siskin (one in song) – Robin Griffiths.

House Martins collecting mud for nests at Lower Mill, by Bob Iles.

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