Welcome:   This website publishes sightings from the CWP local area.    To send in sightings please use the contact form.   You can also email direct to ‘cwpbirds [at] outlook.com’ or via Twitter (@CWPBirds).

CWP Bird List 2016:   171 (as at 20/8)   175 in 2015

(Header Photo: Cormorant by John Grearson)

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24 October 2016

Shorncote:     1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Little Egret, 1 Stonechat and 2 squealing Water Rails    “Beany Birder” per Twitter.

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23 October 2016

CWP 119 (a/b):  Great White Egret as before plus 2 Little Egret, 10 Shoveler, 24 Teal, 8 Gadwall, Green Sandpiper and Kingfisher    Nigel Pleass

CWP 68d:  9 Chiffchaff (1 in song),  Blackcap, 3 Cettis Warbler, 250 Redwing, Siskin & 6 Lesser Redpoll.   John Wells/Nigel Pleass

CWP 29 – Two white-fronted geese flew east late Sunday morning.  Nick Adams

(If you are looking for the Great White Egret it might be worth exploring upstream of Lechlade and the Inglesham area where white fronted geese have been found in the past.  Not a common goose for CWP)

CWP 41 – two kingfisher, cetti’s warbler, two chiffchaff.   Nick Adams

CWP 44 – 65 red crested pochard.   Nick Adams

CWP 43 – three shoveler, kingfisher, two chiffchaff.     Nick Adams

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22 October 2016

Lechlade:. Great white egret on CWP 119b, also little egret and 4 teal.    Mary Rosser. Janet Sly

Blakehill:. Jack Snipe, 3 Common Snipe, two pairs of Stonechats, c50 Fieldfares, c20 Meadow Pipits, Green Woodpecker, at least 7 Roe Deer.   Robin Griffiths


Hornet Hoverfly (John Grearson)

Ashton Keynes:   Despite the lower temperatures today there was still a wide variety of insects on the bank of Ivy flowers, including hornet, wasps, several bees and hoverflies plus 2 Red Admirals. However, I also found Britain’s largest hoverfly, Volucella zonaria (AKA The Hornet Hoverfly). It has that name because the larvae live in wasp and hornet nests where they are thought to predate the larvae and pupae. Like many hoverflies it mimics other insect species, in this case the hornet which it is approaching in size.  In Britain it seems to be most numerous in the south-east of England with a sprinkling of records through the midlands and the west.    John Grearson

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21 October 2016

Great White Egret at Lechlade alternating between CWP119and 119b.   Seemed to be catching Perch which it took some care to despatch before swallowing.  Also present Little Egret,  Grey Heron, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Teal and Shoveler.  Fieldfare heard nearby.  Dave Soons.  Ben Welbourn.   John Grearson.

Shorncote:  2 Little Egrets, 25 Teal, 20 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 3-4 Water Rail calling, 45 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 2 Green Woodpeckers, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Skylarks, 8 Meadow Pipits, 3 Stonechats (2m,f) 2 Grey Wagtails, 10 Redwings, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Cetti’s Warbler and 3 Chiffchaffs heard, Goldcrest, 70 Linnets, 40 Goldfinches, 35 Reed Buntings.   Jon Mercer

CWP 74:  Lake full of wildfowl mainly wigeon and coot.   150+ Lapwing in flight over the scrape.  Male Sparrowhawk over Twitchers.     Bob Philpott

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20 October 2016

Great White Egret still feeding on CWP 119 (Edward Richardson reserve) and showing until 6pm when it flew and couldn’t be relocated (possibly gone to a roost site). Also Kingfisher; Green Sandpiper; Grey Wagtail; and Little Egret.  25 Mallards, 10 Shovelers, 15 Teal, 5 Moorhens, a bat flying round the tall trees and a Fox at the back of the lake.   Jon Mercer.   John Durell.  Steve Davies

CWP 6:  2 Cormorants, 11 Coots, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Grey Herons, 3 Black-headed gulls, 8 Tufted Ducks, 2 Mallards, 4 Moorhens, 2 Mute Swans, 3 Cetti’s Warblers, 1 Goldcrest and 7 Long-tailed Tits.   Kim Milsom

Lower Moor Farm:    Blackbird,  Buzzard 3,  Chaffinch, Cormorant 4,  Goldfinch 40,   Great Tit 5,   Grey Heron,  Long-tailed Tit 9,  Mute Swan 5,  Wigeon,   Blue Tit 13,   Carrion Crow 4,  Collared Dove,  Dunnock 2,  Great Spotted Woodpecker,  Green Woodpecker 2,  Kestrel, Mallard 16,  Robin 5,  Woodpigeon 4    Bob Markham

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19 October 2016

CWP 119 – Edward Richardson and Phyllis Amey Nature Reserve near Lechlade:   Great White Egret seen over the last few days.     Also Little Egrets, Grey Herons, Kingfishers, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Jay, Gadwall, Shovelers, Teal, Green Sandpipers.   Alan McSherry

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18 October 2016

Waterhay: Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaffs (one singing), c12 Long-tailed Tits, Redwing, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, 2 Little Egrets. Robin Griffiths

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