Accipiter gentilis - c.65


Paul Sadley



























A juvenile, probably male, was both seen and photographed over Lower Woods LNR, Wickwar on February 17th with the same or another reported from the same area on the 24th.



MARCH: One, probably this species, at Shepperdine on the 11th; One was heard calling in the Ashwicke area at Marshfield on the 22nd. APRIL: One was heard calling from Gunnings Wood, Marshfield on the 7th; One was seen over Beek's Lane, Marshfield on the 11th. One was watched circling over Marshfield Village on the 23rd. JUNE: One noted from Cherry Wood, Marshfield on the 28th. AUGUST: One reported frequenting the Tortworth area on several dates. SEPTEMBER: One was reported from the Horton area on the 5th.



JANUARY: One was seen drifting north from Tortworth towards the A38 on the 30th. FEBRUARY: One was seen distantly from Chipping Sodbury Common late afternoon on the 3rd. APRIL: A juvenile was disturbed from trees along main rhine at Oldbury Power Station on the 6th. JULY: A juvenile was noted close to the road in the Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 30th. OCTOBER: One was reported over Aztec West, Almondsbury on the 12th.



FEBRUARY: A male was reported at 11:35 on the 17th near Newhouse Farm on the Tormarton Road, Marshfield where it was watched for five minutes both sat on a drystone wall and in flight. APRIL: One, putatively, this species in flight over Latteridge around mid-day on the 12th; One noted soaring over Down Road, Marshfield around mid-day on the 18th before drifting north; A male was seen circling near The Orchard, Oldbury Power Station before being lost to view and a female was watched in flight north-east over Pilning Wetland on the 21st. OCTOBER: A reliable report of one seen near Hallen on the 19th.



FEBRUARY: A winter male was seen in the Cloud Wood area at Marshfield the 8th. MARCH: An immature bird was seen briefly in flight over Freezing Hill Lane near Tracy Cottage Farm around 18:15 on the 28th. JULY: One was reported from Lower Woods, Wickwar on the 8th.



APRIL: One was reported in flight over Lower Woods, Wickwar on the 8th. JULY: One was reported from Aztec West on the 19th.



MARCH: One was seen on thermals with Common Buzzard and Red Kite in the Rushmead Lane area at Marshfield between 15:35 and 15:40 on the 17th before departing south-east; One in roller-coaster display flight a kilometre upriver and inland of Shepperdine on the 25th. JUNE: One was reported over Rushmead Lane, Marshfield around 15:00 on the 8th.



Two were reported in flight over Lower Woods on Inglestone Common on April 3rd; One drifted slowly east over Kingsgate Park at Yate at 16:30 on April 21st; One was reported in thermals with Common Buzzard over Northwick Warth at mid-day on August 31st; A probable female was seen east of Rushmead Lane over fields south of Shirehill Lane at around 15:45 on September 9th. The same or another was seen in the Hinton Hill area east of Hinton Village at around 17:45.



One at Lower Woods, Inglestone Common on January 24th; One over Chipping Sodbury Quarry (ST: 724 838) at 17:00 on April 2nd; One taking prey into woodland in the Shire Valley, Marshfield on April 7th; A female on June 5th at the west end of Shire Valley from Rushmead Lane at 16:30; An immature male was seen on Chipping Sodbury Common on August 21st; One was mobbing and then soaring with Common Buzzard over Lagoon I at Oldbury Power Station until lost to view on September 5th; An immature in the Shepperdine around 08:10 on September 15th.



Two a presumed male and female were seen flying south over Old Sodbury on April 13th; One was reported over Savage's Wood on November 3rd and then seen heading south early morning over Three Brooks NR.



A female was seen in the morning on January 8th in flight over Gunning's Wood in the Shire Valley near Marshfield and was also noted in the same area on January 30th and March 6th; A female was seen flying west at Aust Warth on September 14th.



A male and female returned to the breeding site in S. Glos and were noted in the first week of March; Two, a male and female over Yate and Westerleigh Common at 11:45 on April 13th then south-west towards Coalpit Heath; An unconfirmed report of one flying across the estuary from Gwent towards Aust Warth at 13:00 where it was seen by three observers circling before departing north on October 18th.



One was disturbed in Cloud Wood at the east end of Doncombe Valley south of Marshfield on January 21st and called several times as it flew off; A male was seen well in trees and then in flight for five minutes at Shirehill, Marshfield on April 18th. It was noted near Lower Shirehill Farm and Hazel Grove then flew west towards Rownham Farm; A male was seen with Buzzard in St. Catherine's Valley on the 28th May east of Ayford Lane near Motcombe Farm.


NB: Successful breeding was recorded again this year in the Ashwicke Grange area south of Marshfield with a pair successfully rearing three young.



A probable male was seen on the afternoon of February 9th in flight flying south-east over Davis's Farm Machinery Yard and then Marshfield School. Very slow wing beats and then short flat glides were noted; One, a male was seen at ST: 784 713 near Motcombe Farm in St. Catherine's valley at around 11:30 on December 7th.


NB: The first occurrence of successful breeding was confirmed in the Ashwicke Grange area south of Marshfield this year when a pair reared two young.



One was reported seen briefly over Rocks East Woodland just south-east of Marshfield on December 30th.



On January 21st an individual was reported near Marshfield over Rushmead Lane. (ST: 780 748); One, probably a juvenile was seen January 23rd over Northfield Lane near Marshfield.



One, a female, was reported circling from Oldbury Power Station just north of Lagoon II on February 28th at around 13:00 and heading north towards Shepperdine.



One flew across the estuary at Oldbury Power Station on March 26th.



A juvenile male was seen on August 15th at Severn Beach.



On July 6th at Severn Beach, a male was seen to fly inland.



On June 25th near Thornbury a female was identified in flight heading west to south-east.