AVOCET

Recurvirostra avosetta - c.290

 

Paul Bowerman

 

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2020
MARCH: Pilning WR, Northwick Warth; Five were seen on the Wader Scrape on the 19th, four on the 20th, ten on the 21st, eleven on the 22nd, seven on the 23rd, fifteen on the 25th. APRIL: One, a nocturnal migrant fly-over, was sound recorded at Severn Beach on the 4th; Two reported from Pilning WR on the 7th and 9th; Five from at least the 10th - 12th, four on the 14th, at least two from the 15th - 16th, five on the 21st. MAY: Two were reported from the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 2nd. Four on at least the 8th - 9th. Up to six from at least the 10th. JUNE: With up to fifteen adults and at least three well grown chicks throughout the months comes confirmation of the first ever successful breeding of this species for S. Gloucestershire! JULY: At least five adults an three juveniles were present on Pilning WR from the 1st - 15th. AUGUST: Two were seen in the New Passage/ Pilning WR on the 9th. SEPTEMBER: Two were noted on Pilning WR, Northwick Warth on the 1st with one still present on the 2nd with another there on the 5th and one on the 6th; Six were present at Shepperdine on the 10th; Four were seen at Pillhead Gout, Littleton Warth late afternoon on the 28th.

 

NB: Avocet bred for the first time in S. Glos in 2020 on Pilning WR.
 

2019
APRIL: One roosting on edge of the salt marsh at Severn Beach on the 7th; Two were present on Northwick Warth Flash before departing north-east on the 18th; Two high north-east at Severn Beach subsequently past Oldbury Power Station on the 20th; Four were seen from Northwick Warth on the 22nd. MAY: Two were reported in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on 13th. JUNE: Three present in the New Passage/ Northwick area on the 9th. AUGUST: One was seen briefly between Thornbury Sailing Club and Pillhead Gout on the 3rd; Four were noted in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area in the afternoon on the 26th. SEPTEMBER: One in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 9th; Four present at New Passage on the 14th. OCTOBER: One was present on Pilning Wetland Reserve, Northwick Warth on the 1st; Two present on Northwick Warth from New Passage and three at Shepperdine on the 7th; One at New Passage on the 20th; One on Littleton Warth on the 22nd. DECEMBER: One in flight and calling, down-river past Pillhead Gout, Oldbury Power Station on the 17th.
 

2018
JANUARY: Two birds feeding on the shore by Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 14th. MARCH: Six were found on the 16th on Pilning Wetland early morning before moving to New Passage; One in the Northwick Warth area on the 21st - 22nd. APRIL: Three at Shepperdine early morning on the 2nd; Two were present at Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 15th; One was seen in flight north-east up-river past New Passage on the 21st; One early morning on Pilning Wetland on the 30th. MAY: Two seen mating on the 17th in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area with one settled on a 'nest' constitutes the first breeding attempt of this species in South Gloucestershire. Two still present on the 18th; Three in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 20th; Two were noted in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 25th; One briefly in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area early morning on the 28th. JUNE: One present on Pilning Wetland mid-morning on the 30th. JULY: Four were present on Northwick Warth on the 4th. AUGUST: An adult accompanied by four juveniles in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 1st with one in the same area on the 3rd. OCTOBER: One noted in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area and was seen to drop onto the 1st Sentry Box Pool on the 11th.
 

2017
APRIL: One was seen at New Passage on the 3rd; One was seen in flight past Oldbury Power Station on the 15th; One was seen briefly on Pilning Wetland on the 29th. MAY: Two were present briefly on Northwick Warth on the 3rd with two in flight past New Passage on the 5th; One circulating around the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 15th; Two birds present mid-morning on Northwick Warth on the 22nd. JULY: One was seen at Shepperdine over high tide on the 24th, the first July record! SEPTEMBER: One was reported from the south side of Littleton Warth at high tide on the 1st; Three were noted in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 17th; Three were noted in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 25th; One at Pillhead Gout Oldbury-on-Severn on the 27th. NOVEMBER: One from Pillhead Gout, Cowhill on the 1st; Seven in flight down river past Oldbury Power Station on the 3rd.
 

2016
JANUARY: A flock of eight were seen actively feeding on the shore near Thornbury Sailing Club on the 2nd. MARCH: One was watched from Northwick and Aust Warth's in the morning on the 11th; One was present with Redshank at New Passage early morning on the 20th. APRIL: On the 4th, three spent the day in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. MAY: Two were seen on Northwick Warth on the 'flash' past the second sentry box on the 2nd and subsequently Aust Warth on the 2nd; Three birds were found at 08:55 on Pilning Wetland and one was seen in flight past Oldbury Power Station on the 22nd; One spent the day on Pilning Wetland on the 25th; Two were found on Northwick Warth Flash on the afternoon of the 30th. SEPTEMBER: One was present on Northwick Warth 'Flash' in the afternoon on the 25th. OCTOBER: One was seen on Pilning Wetland first thing on the 6th before moving to New Passage; One was reported from New Passage/ Northwick Warth in the afternoon on the 23rd still present on The Flash on Northwick Warth on the 24th; Two were present from the 27th - 31st along the shore in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. NOVEMBER: One present in the Northwick Warth/ New Passage/ Pilning Wetland area on the 5th.


2015
MARCH: One on the foreshore on Northwick Warth from New Passage on the 6th; One was seen at high tide on the shore at Thornbury Yacht Club, Oldbury-on-Severn around Pillhead Gout on the 12th and again in the same area in the evening on the 19th. SEPTEMBER: One was seen in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetlands area on the 11th. OCTOBER: Two were present seen feeding around The Pill, New Passage on the 14th.


2014
One on the foreshore on Northwick Warth from New Passage on March 15th. It relocated to Oldbury Power Station on the 16th; Twenty-five in the Northwick/ Aust Warth area (two combined flocks of twelve and thirteen in the Cake Pill area) before heading on upriver on March 30th; Eight at Shepperdine at 19:30 on March 31st; Two on June 1st in the New Passage/ Pilning Wetland area at 08:55. Then in flight, calling before heading south; Four at low tide from the footpath at Shepperdine on September 3rd; Two in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area until dusk on September 8th; Three were seen roosting on the flash on Northwick Warth on September 22nd; One at Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury on December 1st.


2013
One on Littleton Warth on January 22nd; Five feeding on the tide line at Oldbury Power Station on March 4th; One in front of the sea defences at Severn Beach around 11:00 on March 20th, lingered for the rest of the day; Two possibly three on April 10th with one at Aust early morning, then two on Pilning Wetlands Reserve at 10:00, both present on the 11th; One north east over the 'Pines' at New Passage at 07:10 on April 13th; Four flew past Oldbury Power Station around 11:40 on April 16th were seen to land near the Thornbury Yacht Club present until early afternoon; A flock of c.20 possibly this species from Oldbury Power Station on August 31st; One north past New Passage around 11:45 on October 25th.


2012
Two on February 7th around midday from the seawall off Severn Beach; One over Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station at 08:15 on May 19th then on downriver.


2011
Two at Aust Cliffs at 15:30 on May 19th headed towards Oldbury-on-Severn.


2010
Three in the Northwick Warth/ New Passage area at 08:10 on March 23rd.


2009
One down river past Northwick Warth on January 1st and roosting with waders at Aust Warth on January 3rd; One near Thornbury Yacht Club, Oldbury on January 2nd; One up river past New Passage on August 2nd; Two on Northwick Warth on August 23rd; One at Severn Beach on September 13th.


2008
One at New Passage on January 1st; Five at New Passage at 09:30 on February 29th present until at least 15:30; Four at Shepperdine on April 17th.


2006
One around 11:00 approximately 400 metres north of Oldbury Power Station on March 13th; A colour ringed bird at Northwick Warth on December 2nd around 11:00. It was ringed in Loire-Atlantic, France with a large yellow ring with 2 black stripes on the left tibia, 3 colour rings on right tibia; Green over Red over White.


2005
Three at Severn Beach on March 10th; Six around 09:30 and in flight west from New Passage on October 17th.


2004
One at New Pill, south of Severn Beach on February 22nd.


2003
Two on the April 15th at Oldbury Power Station.


2001
Eight on February 20th at Northwick Warth.


2000
One at Severn Beach on May 4th; One on August 14th at Oldbury Power Station; Two on December 2nd on Severnside; Two on December 23rd on Severnside.


1999
One on April 30th at Severn Beach; One on August 7th - 15th at Oldbury Power Station.


1998
One on January 10th at Severn Beach.


1996
From Severnside, two on March 30th, present until April 6th; One on May 6th; Seven on May 19th.


1994
One at Oldbury Power Station on December 9th, three on December 10th - 12th.


1993
One on October 16th at New Passage.


1992
One on October 14th at Oldbury Power Station. 1991 One at Oldbury Power Station until January 6th.


1990
One at Oldbury Power Station on December 16th; Four on December 31st at Oldbury Power Station, one until January 6th 1991.


1989
One on December 31st at Severn Beach.


1988
One on November 12th at New Passage; Three on November 26th at New Passage.


1984
One on May 2nd at Severn Beach.


1982
Three on Lagoon I, Oldbury Power Station on February 27th; Two in flight at Aust Warth on May 23rd.


1900
One was 'obtained' sometime around December near Thornbury but no dates are available.