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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7 Apr 2020

(Records logged during permitted exercise).

Hailstone Hill, Cricklade – Green Woodpecker, 2 Willow Warblers, Raven, 5 Linnets – Robin Griffiths.

Whelford – Shelduck, 20 summer-plumaged Golden Plovers briefly then flew west.

Pit 130 – 6 Swallows, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, 6 Bullfinches – Steve Davies.

Golden Plovers at Whelford by Steve Davies.
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6 Apr 2020

(Records logged during permitted exercise).

Pits 43,65,44,57,41 – Swallow, Sand Martin, Sedge Warbler (first of the spring), Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap – Roger Gillespie.

North Meadow, Cricklade – 2 Greylags, 32 Golden Plovers flying N, Willow Warbler, several Blackcaps, Linnets – Robin Griffiths.

Ashton Keynes – 3 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins, Orange Tip – Richard Vernon, JM.

Swallow at Ashton Keynes.
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The current situation

Just to say that I’ve updated the Yearlist, the running total is 126. Normally at this time we’d be logging and looking forward to the arrival of our summer visitors, but in the current exceptional circumstances our focus is quite correctly on much more serious matters. Notwithstanding, most of us connected with this blog find nature in general an important part of our lives, and one that contributes greatly to our mental health and wellbeing.

So we’ll continue to report summer and passage migrants as and when they are logged by those able to get to the Water Park by foot or cycle, from homes nearby.

Stay well everyone.

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5 Apr 2020

(All sightings during approved exercise).

Pit 130 – 13 Fieldfares, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Peacocks, Red Admiral.

Whelford – 2 Shelducks, Skylark, 6 Sand Martins, Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Linnets, Brimstone, Peacock.

male Blackcap by Steve Davies.

Fairford – 3 Swallows, 3 Skylarks.

Honeycombe Leaze – 2 Grey Partridges.

CWP central – Great White Egret, 3 Snipe – Steve Davies.

Ashton Keynes – Swallow perched on wires – Mark Brooks.

Blakehill – 2 Buzzards, 3 Curlews, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker calling, Skylark chorus, 15+ Meadow Pipits, fem Wheatear (1st here this spring), c20 Fieldfares, Long-tailed Tit, Jay, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 7 Linnets – JM.

Fem Wheatear at Blakehill.

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4 Apr 2020

(Sightings recorded during permitted exercise).

Dance Common, Cricklade – Red Kite over, Willow Warbler singing – Robin Griffiths.

Central CWP – 4 Little Egrets, Buzzard,Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatchers, Snipe, Water Rail, 2 Skylarks, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Meadow Pipits, Song Thrush, 5 Pied Wagtails, Coal Tit, 9 Chiffchaffs, Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Goldcrests.

Eysey – Little Grebe, 2 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 5 Lapwings, Skylark, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaffs, 20 Linnets – Steve Davies.

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3 Apr 2020

(Records during permitted exercise).

Cricklade, North Meadow – 6 Little Egrets, c10 Meadow Pipits – Robin Griffiths.

Pit 76 – m Red-Crested Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck.

Pit 69 – 12+ Wigeon, Chiffchaff.

Pit 200 – Egyptian Goose, 11 Lapwings, Buzzard, 100+ Black-headed Gulls, imm Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Stock Dove, Pied Wagtail – John Grearson.

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2 Apr 2020

(All records via permitted exercise).

Pits 130/132 – Buzzard, Little Owl, Barn Owl, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, 10-15 Fallow Deer – Steve Davies.

Barn Owl by Steve Davies.
Little Owl by Steve Davies.
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1 Apr 2020

(Sightings during permitted exercise).

Cricklade , North Meadow to Latton – Great White Egret, 15+ Little Egrets, Shelduck, Red Kite, c20 Fieldfares – Robin Griffiths.

Chelworth – 26 active nests in rookery, singing Blackcap. Barn Owl at 1950h.

Blakehill – Buzzard, 3 Curlews, drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit, Skylark chorus, 4 Chiffchaffs singing – JM.

male Green Woodpecker at Blakehill.

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