Diary - January to March 2008

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31st March 2008 - There are not many entries in this quarter as I have spent much of the time out of the county and during February and March I was busy moving my base to Longhope.

31st March 2008 - Ashleworth this time was sunny and mild at 1000. 9 Tufted Duck and 4 Lapwing displaying and a Chiffchaff singing.

29th March 2008 - Ashleworth was overcast with slight rain at 1030. 35 Mute Swans in the area was a high count. 8 Tufted Duck were reasonably unusual for the site. A Curlew was calling and a winter thrush flock which included Redwing flew south and 2 Lapwing were displaying. Celandine and Lady's Smock are out in profusion along Ham Road.

15th February 2008 - At Slimbridge, there was a Black-headed Gull with a white darvic ring with the inscription '2E60' on the left leg, the bird being on the Rushy Pen. The bird was ringed as a pulli at Cleeveland Farm, Wiltshire on 7th June 2006 and has been seen several times at Slimbridge.

12th January 2008 - The Great Grey Shrike is still at Farmers Green along with a Buzzard and at the south pond at Cannop there were only 12 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorants over the north pond and a female Stonechat on the western ridge of the Cannop valley.

11th January 2008 - Species noted on a short visit to the Cotswold Water Park included Red-crested Pochard, Goldeneye, Goosander, Ruddy Duck and Great Crested Grebe.

10th January 2008 - The number of Mallard duck at Cannop Pond southern lake seems to be stabilised at 18 or there abouts. Long-tailed Tits were by the cricket pitch in Parkend and at Nagshead RSPB Reserve there was a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

9th January 2008 - A list of species seen at Slimbridge today included, Wren, Chaffinch, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Bewick's Swan, Black-headed Gull, Shelduck, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Coot, Jackdaw, Canada Goose, Mallard, Pintail, Herring Gull, Greylag Goose, Lapwing, Mute Swan, Wigeon, Barnacle Goose, White-fronted Goose, Curlew, Redshank, Starling, Dunlin, Teal, Bean Goose, Little Stint, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Shoveler, Cormorant, Great Tit, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Buzzard, Spotted Redshank, Ruff, Blackbird, Robin, Blue Tit, Siskin, Peregrine, Collard Dove, Gadwall, Grey Heron, Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, and Feral Pigeon being 50 species in total.

8th January 2008 - A Collared Dove was at my old apartment in Parkend and just down the road the Great Grey Shrike was still there in the Forest and at Cannop Ponds there were 19 Mallard on the southern pond and at the stoneworks, 2 Dipper and a Grey Wagtail.

7th January 2008 - The Great Grey Shrike was still present into the new year, for year listers, at Farmers Green, near Cannop Ponds. On the southern pond there were only 18 Mallard and no Mandarin Ducks. A Mistle Thrush was on the cricket pitch at Parkend.

6th January 2008 - A Jay was noted on a short walk at Nagshead RSPB Reserve.

5th January 2008 - The following species were noted today in my travels around the county - Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon, Magpie, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Song Thrush, Kestrel, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Robin,Wren, Great Tit, Mallard, Chaffinch, Buzzard, Goldcrest and Reed Bunting.

1st January 2008 - A Happy New Year and good natural history in 2008 to all of my readers.

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