9 September 2014

Lots of bird sightings along the Thames path from Ashton Keynes to CWP 74 this morning; 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard (one was a particularly large bird), 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 12 Long Tailed Tits, 3 Cettis Warbler, 2 Wren, 4 Robin, 15 Pied Wagtail and 1 Green Woodpecker.   Peter Wright

7 Yellow Wagtails in field with bullocks next to Waterhay car park. Nearby three Blackcaps and several Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers.    Keith Davies

Yesterday a possible quail was seen on the canal towpath going out of  Siddington in the South Cerney direction.  It was there for a couple of hours and was spotted within about 10 feet immobile in a gap in the drystone wall in front of the hedge. Really clear and bold black and cream stripes on the head, no tail or not sticking out beyond the back of the wings, brownish and heavily and finely patterned on wing and body.  There are many quail and pheasants kept in captivity and in view of its reaction to passers by it is quite probable that it originated as an escape.  Huw Jones

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