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GLOUCESTERSHIRE

ARCTIC SKUA

Stercorarius parasiticus

 


 

Arctic Skua | Mark Coller

 

 

  M A M J J A S O N D

 

RECORDS

 

2024

EARLIEST: Five dark morph were  seen from Severn Beach on April 7th. LATEST: . HIGHEST COUNT: Five dark morph were  seen from Severn Beach on April 7th.

 

2023

EARLIEST: A pale morph adult was seen from Severn Beach on March 25th. LATEST: One was reported on the R. Severn from Aust Warth mid-afternoon on November 5th. HIGHEST COUNT: Five dark morphs were logged from Severn Beach on April 12th.

 

2022

EARLIEST: Five were seen from Severn Beach in the morning on April 6th. LATEST: A dark morph seen from Aust Viewpoint, Aust early on November 1st with the same or another seen subsequently from Severn Beach later. HIGHEST COUNT: Five were seen from Severn Beach in the morning on April 6th.

 

2021

EARLIEST: An intermediated morph at Shepperdine on March 13th. LATEST: Three dark morph's downriver past Shepperdine on September 25th. HIGHEST COUNT: Nine mixed morphs' from Severn Beach on May 3rd.

 

2020

EARLIEST: A dark morph was seen well along the near bank and up-river past Oldbury Power Station on April 10th. LATEST: A light morph was seen from Severn Beach early morning on November 2nd. HIGHEST COUNT: Up to four from Severn Beach on May 23rd.

 

2019

EARLIEST: A dark morph west from Severn Beach on April 19th. LATEST: One on September 29th from Severn Beach. HIGHEST COUNT: Three noted north-east up-river past Severn Beach early morning on April 27th.

 

2018

EARLIEST: One, a dark morph, north-east up-river from Severn Beach on April 7th. LATEST: One at Oldbury Power Station on November 30th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three heading up-river from Severn Beach early morning on April 12th.

 

2017

EARLIEST: A dark morph from New Passage on May 5th. LATEST: One from Severn Beach on September 13th. HIGHEST COUNT: Two dark morph from Severn Beach on June 11th.

 

2016

EARLIEST: Four were seen heading inland over 'The Pipes' at Severn Beach in the evening on April 20th. LATEST: One most likely this species was seen in flight upriver past Severn Beach on May 21st. HIGHEST COUNT: Four inland over 'The Pipes' at Severn Beach on April 20th.

 

2015

EARLIEST: Two, one light, one dark morph were noted low up river past Oldbury Power Station at 17:55 on April 17th. LATEST: A light morph was seen heading slowly down river from Oldbury Power Station around 15:45 on November 30th. HIGHEST COUNT: Around forty were seen throughout the day from Severn Beach on May 6th.

 

2014

EARLIEST: Two dark morphs noted high upriver off Severn Beach at 10:05 on April 21st. LATEST: One was seen heading south from New Passage at 13:30 on September 14th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three, two dark, one light morph heading south from Severn Beach at 07:55 on June 27th.

 

2013

EARLIEST: Four were logged from Severn Beach at 15:50 on April 6th. LATEST: One was seen off Severn Beach on November 3rd. HIGHEST COUNT: Nine, four light, five dark morph's were noted from Severn Beach on May 10th.

 

2012

EARLIEST: Three were seen off Severn Beach heading north-east up river around 11:25 on April 27th. LATEST: A dark morph was seen off Severn Beach on September 24th. HIGHEST COUNT: At least eleven were present off Severn Beach on June 8th.

 

2011

EARLIEST: Two dark morph's were seen from Severn Beach on April 21st. LATEST: One noted upriver at Oldbury Power Station on September 12th. HIGHEST COUNT: Up to six off Severn Beach on May 22nd.

 

2010

EARLIEST: A dark morph off Severn Beach on March 30th. LATEST: A juvenile past Severn Beach late afternoon on November 11th. HIGHEST COUNT: Five, two light, two dark, one intermediate off Severn Beach on April 30th.

 

2009

EARLIEST: A dark morph was seen at Severn Beach on April 12th. LATEST: Two dark morph were logged at Oldbury Power Station in flight down river at 11:35 on August 27th. HIGHEST COUNT: Ten were seen from Severn Beach (seven dark morph, three light morph on May 8th.

 

2008

EARLIEST: A dark morph floating on the river off New Passage on the morning of April 30th. LATEST: A dark morph at Oldbury Power Station at around 11:45 on September 6th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three at Oldbury Power Station (two dark morph) upriver at 07:25 on September 5th.

 

2007

EARLIEST: One was seen from Severn Beach on April 15th. LATEST: A dark morph was noted from Severn Beach on July 2nd. HIGHEST COUNT: Ten were counted from Severn Beach on May 7th.

 

2006

EARLIEST: One was watched from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach/ New Passage on March 28th. LATEST: One was seen from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach/ New Passage on September 2nd. HIGHEST COUNT: Four were logged from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach/ New Passage on May 20th.

 

2005

EARLIEST: One was watched from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach/ New Passage on April 24th. LATEST: Two were noted from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach/ New Passage on October 16th. HIGHEST COUNT: Two were noted from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach/ New Passage in May and October.

 

2004

EARLIEST: One was watched from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach/ New Passage on March 14th. LATEST: Three were noted from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach/ New Passage on September 14th. HIGHEST COUNT: Thirteen were noted from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach/ New Passage on May 6th.

 

2003

EARLIEST: One was watched from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach/ New Passage on April 1st. LATEST: One was watched from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach/ New Passage on August 3rd. HIGHEST COUNT: Three were noted from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach/ New Passage on May 20th.

 

2002

EARLIEST: Three were logged from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach/ New Passage on March 31st. LATEST: One was logged from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach/ New Passage on July 23rd. HIGHEST COUNT: Four were noted from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach/ New Passage on June 10th.

 

2001

EARLIEST: Three were seen from Severn Beach on March 30th. LATEST: One was seen from Severn Beach on October 30th. HIGHEST COUNT: Eight were counted from Severn Beach on April 22nd.

 

2000

EARLIEST: Four were noted at Severn Beach on April 17th. LATEST: One was seen from Severn Beach on December 14th. HIGHEST COUNT: Four noted at Severn Beach on April 17th.

 

1999

EARLIEST: One on April 20th from Severn Beach. LATEST: One on November 28th from Severn Beach. HIGHEST COUNT: Nine on April 20th from Severn Beach.

 

1998

EARLIEST: Two on April 4th from Severn Beach. LATEST: One on September 10th from Severn Beach. HIGHEST COUNT: c.120 on April 13th from Severn Beach.

 

1997

EARLIEST: Seven on April 23rd from Severn Beach. LATEST: One on December 25th from Severn Beach. HIGHEST COUNT: Seven on April 23rd from Severn Beach.

 

1996

EARLIEST: One on May 19th from Severn Beach. LATEST: Two on June 29th from Severn Beach. HIGHEST COUNT: Three on June 1st from Severn Beach.

 

1995

NEW PASSAGE: APRIL: Two dark morphs' north-east on the 25th; One dark morph on the 26th.

 

1994

NEW PASSAGE: APRIL: A dark morph north-east on the 1st; One east on the 24th; A dark morph on the 30th. SEPTEMBER: Two, a dark and light morph on the 11th.

 

1993

NEW PASSAGE: MAY: A dark morph on the 16th, three dark and three light morph on the 30th; Six light morphs' on the 31st. JULY: One on the 25th.

 

1992

NEW PASSAGE: APRIL: One on the 19th; One on the 26th. MAY: One on the 5th; Two on the 9th and 24th. AUGUST: One on the 30th. SEPTEMBER: One on the 15th.

 

1991

NEW PASSAGE: APRIL: One on the 7th. MAY: One on the 3rd; Two on the 5th; Two on the 7th. JUNE: Four on the 9th; Three on the 13th. SEPTEMBER: One on the 16th. NOVEMBER: Two on the 2nd.

 

1990

SEVERNSIDE: APRIL: Two on the 10th; Four on the 15th; Two on the 16th. MAY: Two on the 2nd; Three on the 4th; One on the 16th. AUGUST: One on the 19th. OCTOBER: One on the 30th.

 

1989

APRIL: Three off Aust on the 10th; Nine on the 11th. Four off New Passage on the 26th; Ten on the 27th. MAY: Two at Oldbury Power Station on the 6th. JUNE: One off New Passage on the 25th. AUGUST: One at Aust on the 15th. OCTOBER: One off New Passage on the 29th.

 

1988

SEVERNSIDE: MAY: Three at New Passage on the 30th. JULY: One at New Passage on the 28th. AUGUST: One at Severn Beach on the 19th. SEPTEMBER: One on the 2nd; One on the 24th; Three on the 25th. OCTOBER: One on the 7th; Three on the 8th.

 

1987

SEVERNSIDE: APRIL: Two on the 26th. MAY: Three on the 2nd; Seven on the 11th; Three on the 14th.

 

1986

SEVERNSIDE: MAY: One on the 10th; Seven on the 11th; One on the 13th. JUNE: One on the 1st. OCTOBER: One on the 25th.

 

1985

SEVERNSIDE: MARCH: Two on the 30th. APRIL: Two on the 8th; One on the 12th; Eight on the 13th; Five on the 14th. JUNE: Two on the 9th; Three on the 11th. AUGUST: Two on the 2nd. SEPTEMBER: Two on the 1st; One on the 3rd; One on the 5th; Two on the 6th; One on the 16th. NOVEMBER: Two on the 4th.

 

1984

Three dark morph off New Passage on April 27th; Two, one dark and one light morph off New Passage on May 5th.

 

1983

NEW PASSAGE: One on May 9th; At least six on September 3rd - 4th (at least three dark & one light morph); One on September 5th - 6th; A dark morph on October 16th; A light morph on October 18th.

 

1982

SEVERNSIDE: Two dark morphs' on May 5th; A dark morph on May 25th; Two dark morphs' on September 27th; One dark morph on October 19th.

 

1981

Two dark morphs' off Severn Beach on April 9th; Four light morphs' off Severn Beach on May 4th.

 

1979

A dark morph off New Passage on July 7th.

 

1978

A dark morph off Severn Beach on May 6th; An immature off Severn Beach on September 9th - 10th; Two dark morphs' off Severn Beach on September 16th.

 

1974

One flying south off Aust on September 8th.

 

1972

A corpse at Severn Beach on May 28th.

 

1967

One off New Passage on October 29th.

 

1960

A distant Skua on the R. Severn at Aust on August 31st was almost certainly this species.

 

1942

A dark morph off Severn Beach on October 15th.

 

1941

A dark morph in flight at Littleton-upon-Severn on June 1st.

 


 

 

 

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