3 June 2017

Shorncote:    A LITTLE BITTERN has been reported at Shorncote, seen yesterday and photographed in flight.   I apologise for the late entry but it was unfortunately not reported to this website and the following details are taken from Gloster Birder – “seen to fly from the reeds of Pit 85a across the water of Pit 85B at 3:55pm and then at 4:05pm it flew back across the water of Pit 85B and went into the reeds of Pit 85a on the cycle path side that is totally hidden by a large hedgerow. (John Fletcher).”   A visit this morning by a number of birdwatchers did not find this bird although a Bittern (Eurasian) was seen in flight.   Also present 12 Common Tern, Gadwall, Egyptian Goose, Shelduck, Oystercatcher, 4 Cetti’s Warbler.  Bee Orchid.   Nigel Pleass

Shorncote (evening):   Eurasian Bittern.  3 Hobby, 2 Egyptian Geese, 4 Oystercatcher, Little Ringed Plover,Water Rail, Kingfisher    G.Lawlor, M.Dowie

Shorncote footpath: (p.m.)  Banded Demoiselle, Red-eyed, Azure, Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselflies. Many Reed Buntings and Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Greenfinch, Linnets.  Steve Davies

Please use Upper Up playing fields in South Cerney to access the path to Shorncote ( do not leave anything on display in vehicles).   Please also stay to the footpaths within Shorncote.

Ashton Keynes:  Nuthatch, an unusual sighting here.    Peter Wright.

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