27th December 2015

Hannington Wick: 66 Mute Swans with 60 Canada Geese and one Greylag Goose in field near the Thames. (Steve Davies)

Kempsford Sewage Works: 3 Chiffchaffs, 10 Goldfinches, 4 Chaffinches, 4 Long-tailed Tits, Goldcrest, 25 Fieldfares, 250 Starlings, 2 Stock Doves, 3 Moorhens. (Steve Davies)

CWP 119/119b: 60 Linnets in the trees, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk (charging through the Linnets), Green Sandpiper, 12 Moorhens, 12 Coots, 15 Teal, 9 Shovelers, 23 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Ducks, 2 Swans. Barn Owl in field next to Smyell Farm. (Steve Davies)

Ashton Keynes: 1 Nuthatch (first one I’ve ever see in our garden) (Peter Wright)

Cleveland Lakes, Twitcher’s Gate: at 3pm, Cormorants, Mute Swans, 1 Canada Goose, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, many Gadwall and Widgeon, but also 2 male and two female Goldeneye and 1 Pintail (Melissa Robb, Sidney Robb, Art Robb)

Shorncote Reedbed and surrounding area: late afternoon/ dusk, 3 Little Egrets, Tufted Duck and Teal in Pool behind hide, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Starling. Spectacular Starling murmuration with tens of thousands of birds, many attempting to settle in front of the hide. A nearby Sparrowhawk in a low tree may have put them off and most settled elsewhere after a fantastic display. Returning to South Cerney, Barn Owl hunting in field nearest the road (Melissa Robb, Sidney Robb, Art Robb)

Blakehill:    Short-eared Owl again east of site 3.20 – 3.50pm, perched on post for lengthy time while devouring prey.   Robin Griffiths

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