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Recurvirostra avosetta

Paul Bowerman

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2022

EARLIEST: One from New Passage on January 2nd. LATEST:  . HIGHEST COUNT: Forty (40) in the Pilning WR/ New Passage area on March 23rd.

 

2021

EARLIEST: One at Oldbury Power Station on February 28th. LATEST: Two on Pilning WR, New Passage on August 4th. HIGHEST COUNT: Up to twelve adults and four chicks on Pilning WR, New Passage throughout June.

 

2020
The first ever documented reference to proven breeding in S. Gloucestershire! During the breeding season up to fifteen adults raised at least three chicks on Pilning WR, New Passage. EARLIEST: Five on Pilning WR, New Passage on March 19th. LATEST: Two at New Passage on December 21st. HIGHEST COUNT: Up to fifteen present on Pilning WR, New Passage throughout June plus at least three well grown chicks.

 

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 WR, 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 WR 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 WR on the 30th. MAY: Two seen mating on the 17th in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning WR 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 WR area on the 20th; Two were noted in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning WR area on the 25th; One briefly in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area early morning on the 28th. JUNE: One present on Pilning WR 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 WR 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 WR 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 WR 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 WR 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: Three spent the day in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 4th. MAY: Two were seen on Northwick Warth 'flash' on the 2nd and subsequently Aust Warth on the 2nd; Three were found at 08:55 on Pilning WR and one was seen in flight past Oldbury Power Station on the 22nd; One spent the day on Pilning WR on the 25th; Two were found on Northwick Warth 'flash' on the 30th. SEPTEMBER: One was present on Northwick Warth 'flash' on the 25th. OCTOBER: One was seen on Pilning WR 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 Northwick Warth 'flash' 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 WR 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 WR 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 WR 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; One at Aust early morning on April 10th with a further two on Pilning WR at 10:00 lingering until 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 (3)
Two around midday from the seawall off Severn Beach on February 7th; One over Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station at 08:15 on May 19th then on downriver.


2011 (2)
Two at Aust Cliffs at 15:30 on May 19th headed north-east towards Oldbury-on-Severn.


2010 (3)
Three in the Northwick Warth/ New Passage area at 08:10 on March 23rd.


2009 (6)
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 (10)
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 (2)
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 (9)
Three at Severn Beach on March 10th; Six around 09:30 and in flight west from New Passage on October 17th.


2004 (1)
One at New Pill, south of Severn Beach on February 22nd.


2003 (2)
Two at Oldbury Power Station on the April 15th.


2001 (8)
Eight in the Northwick Warth area on February 20th.


2000 (6)
One at Severn Beach on May 4th; One at Oldbury Power Station on August 14th ; Two on Severnside on December 2nd and 23rd.


1999 (2)
One at Severn Beach on April 30th; One at Oldbury Power Station from August 7th - 15th.


1998 (1)
One at Severn Beach on January 10th.


1996 (10)
From Severnside, two on March 30th, present until April 6th; One on May 6th; Seven on May 19th.


1994 (4)
One at Oldbury Power Station on December 9th, three on December 10th - 12th.


1993 (1)
One at New Passage on October 16th.


1992 (1)
One at Oldbury Power Station on October 14th.

 

1991 (1)

One at Oldbury Power Station until January 6th.


1990 (5)
Oldbury Power Station: One on December 16th; Four on December 31st.


1989 (1)
One on December 31st at Severn Beach.


1988 (4)
One on November 12th at New Passage; Three on November 26th at New Passage.


1984 (1)
One on May 2nd at Severn Beach.


1982 (5)
Three on Lagoon I, Oldbury Power Station on February 27th; Two in flight at Aust Warth on May 23rd.

 

1900 (1) 0
One was 'obtained' sometime around December near Thornbury but no dates are available.