13 July 2018

CWP 74:   Great White Egret at 12 noon viewed from Twitchers Gate. Also 3 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons, Sparrowhawk, 1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall & 2 Egyptian Geese.   Neil Burt.

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11 July 2018

CWP126: 2 summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwits on the sandbank; and 1 Little Ringed Plover.   John Durell

Shorncote:  Hobby.  Ken Slater

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10 July 2018

Painted Lady (Richard Vernon)

Thames Path near CWP82/68a: 2 Painted Ladies, plus Peacocks, Comma, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Skippers and Whites. Birds included Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Common Tern, Jay and Green Woodpecker.   Richard Vernon




Sparrowhawk (Chris Snook)

Cricklade:  Red Kite and Sparrowhawk over garden.  Chris Snook.



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8 July 2018

 CWP 68a:   Garganey. 33 Great Crested Grebe, 30+ Little Egret, 4 Teal, brood of 7 Gadwall, 114 Tufted Duck, 7 Pochard & Oystercatcher.  Nigel Pleass

Friday Ham Lane/ CWP 95:   Great White Egret over, yellow billed and in heavy wing moult. Shoveler.     Nigel Pleass.

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7 July 2018

Cleveland Lakes:  14 Little egret, 128 Tufted Duck, 4 Pochard, 11 Teal, 2 Oystercatcher, Greenshank flew towards the scrape. Nigel Pleass.

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6 July 2018

CWP 132 this morning: 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Little Ringed Plover.  Roger Gillespie

Reed Warbler

Reed Warbler (Chris Snook)

Thames Path:    Reed Warblers, between by-pass and footpath over river.  Chris Snook

Collared Canada Geese:

Since 2012 WWT, FERA and Exeter University have been running a project looking at the movement of Canada Geese.  As part of this project a number of Canada Geese were collar ringed in the Water Park  (orange collar with 2 letters). The project is now coming to an end and the findings will be written up.   There is no longer any need to send sightings of collar ringed Canada Geese within the Water Park. 

There will be other species which have been collar tagged or nasal tagged elsewhere in the country and it is important that you submit any record of these to BTO.

Can I thank all of you who have submitted sightings of these geese to this website over the past 5 or 6 years.  Any record you sent in was forwarded on to the researcher in this project and I am sure we can look forward to the findings of this research.

It will not be feasible to remove the collars from the geese that are still wearing them.  Can I assure everyone that these do not have a detrimental effect on the geese and any goose still out there with a collar will have lived a long time with this piece of jewellery.

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5 July 2018

CWP 126:   37 Red Crested Pochard, 51 Greylag Geese, 50+ Tufted Duck,  117 Lesser Black Backed Gull,  9 Common Tern, Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, Pied Wagtail, 3 Sedge Warbler.    John Fletcher

CWP 111–111a:   Whelford pools. 1 Common Tern, 11 Red Crested Pochard, 13 Great Crested Grebe (many juvs), 7 Tufted Duck,  Shoveler, 2 Garden Warbler, Goldcrest,  2 Reed warbler, 2 Willow Warbler – singing, Sedge Warbler.   John Fletcher

CWP 111b:   3 Red Crested Pochard (juveniles), 1 Grey Heron, Goldcrest, 2 Tufted Duck.
Oyster Catcher.   John Fletcher.

Chris Snook has sent me a couple of buzzard photos taken around Cricklade yesterday.  They do show how variable Buzzard can be and why sometimes you have to be certain what you see.  At first glance, one of these could easily be mistaken for an Osprey or depending on the time of year, Rough Legged Buzzard.

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4 July 2018

Blakehill: 2 Redstarts, Lesser Whitethroat, Red Kite.  Robin Griffiths

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