17 May 2019

Fairford (new pit) near airfield – 8 Redshank.

Pit 125 – Black Tern, Common Terns, good numbers Hirundines – Duncan Dine.

Photos from Lower Moor by Ian Lloyd-Graham –

swimming Grass Snake.

Downy Emerald.

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Year list 2019 updated

The updated year list for 2019 bird sightings is now available via the above link, current total is 162 species with most potential summer visitors now here, and some wader passage still going on…….

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16 May 2019

Black Tern at Pit 74.

Pit 74 – Twitcher’s Gate – 4 Black Terns present from 10.30 to 16.30 at least, feeding with 10+ Common Terns. 28 Gadwall flew in, a mixed flock of immature large Gulls – JM, John Grearson.

Pit 74 scrape –  Greenshank and Grey Plover – Kim Milsom.

Ashton Keynes – Peregrine perched on aerial at North End works at 5.30am – Dave Soons.

2 Black Terns at Pit 74 by John Grearson.

Pit 200 – 3m, 1f Red-Crested Pochard, 1 Ringed Plover, Cuckoo.

Chelworth – Little Egret flew over mid-morning.

Pit 82 – early morning – Little Egret, 2 Common Sandpipers, Cuckoo, 2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling, Sedge, Reed and Cetti’s Warblers – JM, Simon Ward.

Hairy Dragonfly at Lower Moor by Ian Lloyd-Graham.

Sedge Warbler singing at Pit 82.

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15 May 2019

Pit 200 – 2 Red-Crested Pochard, Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, Cuckoo – Nigel Sluman.

Pit 74 – Twitcher’s Gate – 4 Black Terns this afternoon, a Black Tern still this evening – Robin Nelson, Graham Lawlor.

Black Terns over Pit 57.

Pit 57 – 4 Black Terns, 4 Hobbies, Cuckoo, singing Garden Warblers – Beany Birder, JM.

Pit 82 – Cuckoo, 2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling, singing Sedge and Reed Warblers – JM.

The first Little Ringed Plover chicks seen at a site in CWP today – Graham Lawlor.

Ravensroost Wood – Cuckoo, 2 Marsh Tits – Robin Griffiths.

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14 May 2019

Thames Path at Cricklade – Grey Wagtail, 6 Reed Warblers, 4 Reed Buntings.

Sedge Warbler by Chris Snook.

Pit 82 – Grasshopper Warbler and Sedge Warbler – Chris Snook.

Pit 200 – 6 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, fem Peregrine – Nigel Sluman.

Lower Moor – Hobby, Four-spotted and Broad-bodied Chasers – Steve Birt.

Broad-bodied Chaser by Steve Birt.

Kestrel at Lower Moor by Chris Snook.

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13 May 2019

Pit 200 – 14 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, Cuckoo – Nigel Sluman.

Pit 74 – Twitcher’s Gate – Red Kite, Hobby, Little Egret, Green Woodpecker, Cuckoo.

Hobby hawking for insects.

Pit 57 – 13 Hobbies feeding high over the pit at midday, also 8 Common Terns, 2 Cuckoos calling, 4 singing Garden Warblers, Cetti’s Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat – JM.

Cricklade – 2 Curlews flew over calling this evening – Chris Snook.

Roe Deer by John Grearson.

Pit 82 – 2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling, Cetti’s, Reed and Sedge Warblers, Cuckoo, Roe Deer – JM, John Grearson.

Grasshopper Warbler at Pit 82.

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12 May 2019

Pit 74 – Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Redshank, Hobby.

Pit 200 – 6 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover – Nigel Pleass.

Pit 57 – 16+ Hobbies feeding over the area of the pit – Russell Peacey.

Blakehill – Buzzard, singing Skylarks, Swallow, several House Martins.

Cricklade – Red Kite – Felicity Cobb.

Ashton Keynes – Buzzard being mobbed by 2 Ravens – Mark Brooks.

Broad-bodied Chaser at Lower Moor by Steve Birt.

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11 May 2019

Grasshopper Warbler by Neil George.

Pit 82 – 3 Cuckoos including a rufous female, 2 Grasshopper Warblers reeling -Andrew Whittaker, Neil George, Dave Soons.

Pit 130 – Wheatear, 5 Reed Warblers, Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, 3 Common Terns. A Fox with a Rabbit kill caused havoc amongst 40 or so Lapwings. Insects included, dozens (probably hundreds) of Nursery Web Spiders, Green Nettle Weevils, Dock Bugs, Sloe Bugs, a Cardinal Beetle, a Red-and-black Froghopper, various hoverflies, Mayflies, Orange-tip, Brimstone and Peacock butterflies, many Common Blue Damselflies.
Pit 132 – 4 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 4 Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Reed Buntings, 2 Common Terns, House and Sand Martins – Steve Davies.

Hairy Dragonfly at Lower Moor by Steve Birt.

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