16 February 2018

CWP 126: In the morning an Oystercatcher on the island and 20 Red-crested Pochard. John Durell

Eysey: Peregrine on the mound; many Lapwings on the flooded stubble field with 22 Golden Plovers visible; 2 Shelduck, mid-afternoon. John Durell

CWP 44 This afternoon a pair of Mute Swans, six Canada Geese, 17 Red Crested Pochards (ten m), c12 Tufted Ducks, a male Goosander (flew off), three fly-over Cormorants, a pair of Great Crested Grebes courtship displaying, a fly-over Little Egret and c12 Coots. Andy & Sue Gibbons
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15 February 2018

CWP 132:   up to 2000 lapwing,  Peregrine,  Pair of Goosander,  2 little Egret,  2 Chiffchaff.  Duncan Dine

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14 February 2018

Shorncote Reed beds:    Near CWP 85B; Marsh Harrier seen to dive behind a hedgerow at around 16.00hrs. Hunting Barn Owl. (fields just before CWP 85B) at 16.40hrs. .    At CWP 85a;  2 Snipe and a Green Sandpiper.   Other birds included; 5 Water Rail heard, 6 Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 11 Fieldfare (over), 4 Linnet, 23 Goldfinch, 1 Raven, 9 Wren, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Gadwall.  John Fletcher.

Cricklade:  Great White Egret fishing the Thames between Hallsfield Meadow and North Meadow (2nd visit this week), accompanied by single Little Egret.  Tony Gadsdon

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13 February 2018

CWP 104: 4 Goosander, 3 Goldeneye and on CWP 105, 2 Goldeneye. Duncan Dine

CWP 305. 2 pairs of Goosander on main lake. On the flood just south of there 2 Shelduck, numerous Lapwing spread out over the area, hard to count in stubble, a small flock of Meadow Pipit there too.  John Grearson
Kumliens GullKim Milsom has sent in a photo of the 1st winter Kumlien’s Gull from CWP 16 yesterday.  For those intending to have a go at seeing the bird Kim has indicated the main difference between this and an Iceland Gull are the brown primaries rather than white.
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12 February 2018

CWP 28: Close-up views of Redhead Smew at 3pm.   Richard Vernon

CWP 16 roost:   1st winter Kumlien’s Gull  from 5.05pm.   Also ad and 3rd winter Yellow-legged Gulls; adult Mediterranean Gull.   Great Northern Diver still present. Richard Mundy and Kim Milsom.

Whelford Pools: Birds included – Bullfinches (2M 1F), Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Stock Dove, Shoveler, Cormorant, Gadwall, Mute Swans, Black Headed Gulls, 3 Egyptian Geese, Kingfisher, Red Crested Pochard (CWP 126), Goldcrest.  Mike Ford


Leucistic H Sparrow ( Richard Vernon)

Blakehill: 2 Short-eared Owls showing well from 4.40pm, 12 Snipe, 4 Stonechats, c30 Fieldfares, Meadow Pipit, Hare.   Robin Griffiths

Ashton Keynes: A Leucistic House Sparrow on the garden feeder again today.  Richard Vernon

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9 February 2018

CWP 29:   For the first time in several days the redhead Smew has again been seen on the lake.    Jon Mercer

CWP 126:  fem/imm Scaup.   Roger Gillespie

CWP 305d:   130 golden plover with c800 lapwing at Eysey this morning.   Roger Gillespie.

Blakehill:   1 Short eared owl at 4pm but at a distance.  Chris Snook

CWP East:   4 Red Breasted Merganser (3 male, 1 female) seen on a private lake south of CWP 125 yesterday.   They were seen at close range and then flew so it will be worth checking on suitable sites.  This has not been published until today as I felt it was worth double checking with the finder.    Dan James.

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8 February 2018

CWP 125:   First Winter Iceland Gull.  Oystercatcher.  Duncan Dine.  (The second Iceland in 2 days with an adult on CWP 16 yesterday).

CWP 16:   Great Northern Diver.  Male Goldeneye. No Iceland Gull but an adult Mediterranean Gull and 1+ Yellow Legged Gulls present in roost.   Martin Greenish.  John Grearson, Mark Dowie, Graham Lawlor.

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7 February 2018

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Great Northern Diver (Chris Snook)

CWP 72: Great White Egret this afternoon. Martine Fenn

CWP 16: Great Northern Diver. Adult Iceland Gull in gull roost. Chris Snook. Kim Milsom, Andy Jayne, David Creber.

CWP 74: Viewing from Twitchers’ Gate this afternoon a minimum of 150 Pintail, flock seeming to extend into east end which cannot be seen from the screen. 6 Goldeneye, 120 Pochard and small numbers of Teal, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Wigeon and Gadwall. John Grearson

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