Welcome

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.

You can send in records by email to cwpbirds[at]gmail.com, or via Twitter: @CWPBirds.

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21 Jan 2021

Pit 9 – Great White Egret fishing in the afternoon.

Cerney Wick – Green Sandpiper still present on flooded fields (photo below) – Nigel Gardener.

Blakehill – fem Sparrowhawk, Barn Owl hunting from 4pm, pair Stonechats, c200 Fieldfares, 25+ Redwings – JM.

Barn Owl at Blakehill.
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20 Jan 2021

Very wet and windy. No reports received.

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19 Jan 2021

Chelworth – A Peregrine flew E near the crossroads mid-morning, presumably the same bird sometimes seen at Blakehill – JM.

Pit 82 – 2 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Pochard, 2 Goldeneye.

Pit 68 – Cleveland Lakes – 45 Pochard, 40 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 12 Tufted Duck, Cetti’s Warbler.

Pit 74 – Great Crested Grebe, Great White Egret, Cormorant, many 100s Duck including Pintail, Shoveler, Gadwall, Goldeneye, Wigeon, Teal, Tufted Duck, Pochard – James Tipping.

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WeBS

Richard Baatsen, Glos bird recorder, has asked that current WeBS counters for Glos areas of CWP make contact with him on Richard.Baatsen@gmail.com. Thanks.

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18 Jan 2021

Pit 74 – Cerney Wick Lane – Great White Egret, flock of 28 Little Egrets over N at 1615h, Kestrel, f Marsh Harrier, 24 Lapwing, Mistle Thrush – John Grearson.

Thames Path, Pits 82-68 – 4 Bullfinch – Richard Vernon.

male Bullfinch along the Thames Path, by Richard Vernon.

Pit 9 – Great White Egret early morning.

Cerney Wick – Green Sandpiper on the floods opposite the Crown Inn, also 2 Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti’s Warbler – Nigel Gardener.

Green Sandpiper, and Chiffchaff, by Nigel Gardener.

Shorncote – 5 Little Grebes, Great Crested Grebe, Great White Egret, 2 Grey Herons, c50 Teal, 20 Wigeon, m Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, c30 Tufted Duck, 470+ Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Water Rails, Green Woodpecker, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipits, Grey Wagtail, f Stonechat, 25+ Fieldfares, Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 3 parties Long-tailed Tits, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 pairs Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Jays, Raven – JM.

Little Grebes at Shorncote.
part of the Lapwing flock over the quarry at Shorncote.
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17 Jan 2021

Cleveland Lakes – Great White Egret, 2 Little Egrets, 195 Pintail, 230 Shoveler, 3 Goldeneye, Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harriers, Kestrel, Peregrine, Jack Snipe, 5 Curlew, 3 Water Rail, Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch reported.

Pits 59, 68a/b – Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swans, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Mallard, 5 Robin, Goldcrest, Great Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit – Sarah Blake.

Pit 16 – 2, probably 3, Yellow-legged Gulls in the roost this evening (1-2 adults and a 3rd winter) – Richard Hearn.

Pit 12 – 6 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Goldeneye (some displaying), 20 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher – Nigel Gardener.

Green Woodpecker at Cerney Wick by Nigel Gardener.

Lower Moor – Redwing, Lesser Redpoll (photo below) – Phil Chitty.

Pit 132 – 50+ Lapwings, 3 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper – Mark Gurney.

Kempsford SF – Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtails, Treecreeper, 3 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs – Steve Davies, JM.

Whelford – Green Sandpiper, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit.

Pit 127 – 1st winter drake Ring-necked Duck still, 100+ Wigeon, 20+ Teal, 18 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 4 Pochard, Red-Crested Pochard, 5 Snipe, Kingfisher, 2 Mistle Thrush – Steve Davies.

Castle Eaton – 4 Whooper Swans still by the River Thames near Blackford Farm – Mark Gurney.

Eysey – c140 Teal, 20 Wigeon, drake Pintail, 2 drake Shoveler, 14 Snipe, 550+ Lapwings – JM.

Blakehill – Barn Owl hunting late afternoon, also pair Stonechat – Chris Snook.

2 photos of the Barn Owl at Blakehill by Chris Snook.
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16 Jan 2021

Cleveland Lakes / CWP West – Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great White Egrets, Red-Crested Pochard, Pintail, 6 Goldeneye – Chris Snook.

Great White Egret at Cleveland Lakes by Chris Snook.

Castle Eaton – 4 Whooper Swans still by the River Thames near Blackford Farm, with 78 Mute Swans, also Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Linnet – Steve Davies.

3 of the 4 Whooper Swans by the River Thames, by Steve Davies.

Central CWP – Little Grebe, 20 Gadwall, Shoveler, Water Rail, 2 Cetti’s Warblers – Steve Davies.

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15 Jan 2021

Shorncote – Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, 6 Grey Herons, 20 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 30 Wigeon, 12 Canada Geese, c300 Lapwings, Water Rail, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Stonechats, Song Thrush, Treecreeper, 10 Long-tailed Tits, 3 Cetti’s Warblers, 20 Goldfinch – Graham Powell. Also a Bittern in flight at 4.45pm over eastern end of Pit85b reedbeds (first hide) James Harris.

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