GREAT WHITE EGRET

Ardea alba - c.45

 

Paul Bowerman

 

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2020

JUNE: Four were watched in flight south past Severn Beach around 16:30 on the 16th; Two were seen in flight upriver past Oldbury Power Station at 06:00 and a third lingered on Pilning WR on the 25th. AUGUST: One was reported from the New Passage/ Pilning Wetland Reserve area on the 12th. SEPTEMBER: One was seen in flight from Littleton Warth towards The Lake at Oldbury Power Station at 07:40 on the 1st before departing to the south-south-west; One briefly on Pilning WR, Northwick Warth at 11:20 on the 5th; One was seen on Pilning WR, Northwick Warth on the 17th. OCTOBER: One was seen in flight over the M5 near Tytherington late afternoon on the 4th; One north-east over Severn Bridge Viewpoint, Aust in the morning on the 14th. NOVEMBER: One was seen in flight to the north-east from New Passage and two were noted in flight north-east past Severn Bridge Viewpoint, Aust on the 7th.

 

2019

FEBRUARY: One was reported just down river from Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 14th. MARCH: One in flight north-east over New Passage/ Northwick Warth early morning on the 23rd. MAY: One was seen in flight at Over around the Solar Farm at 20:30 on the 26th heading towards the Severn Estuary. JULY: Three were found in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland Reserve area on the 17th; A summer adult was present on Pilning Wetland Reserve early morning on the on the 25th. AUGUST: An immature bird was present in the Pilning Wetland Reserve area from around 13:00 on the 14th until at least the 23rd and again from the 27th - 31st. SEPTEMBER: From the 1st until at least the 10th. The same or another was noted in flight past Severn Beach on the 20th alighting on 'Shingle Island'; Six (6) were watched in flight heading up river past New Passage on the 21st. OCTOBER: One was noted from Aust Warth on the 18th; One was seen late afternoon heading inland between New Passage and Severn Beach on the 29th; One was reported heading south from the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 30th.

 

2018

APRIL: Two birds dropped onto Pilning Wetland around 07:40 on the 23rd and stayed for just ten minutes; One seen in poor conditions in flight over Lagoon III, OPS and past Littleton-upon-Severn early morning on the 28th was subsequently noted in flight north over Aust Warth. JULY: One seen on the 18th around 10:30, in flight over Pilning Wetland, viewed from second sentry box before heading high over Aust until it was lost from view. OCTOBER: One flew over Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station at 09:45 heading east, inland on the 19th; One was seen in flight up river from Littleton around 09:30 landing near Oldbury Pill, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 31st.

 

2017

JANUARY: Two were reported low over St Mary's Church car park, Littleton-upon-Severn at 16:30 on the 2nd; One was reported from the R. Frome behind Centenary field, Frampton Cotterell on the 5th. APRIL: One was seen in flight on the 11th just inland of Shepperdine/ Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station heading south-west at 07:30; One was seen in flight heading south over Pilning Wetland, Northwick Warth at 12:50 on the 21st. SEPTEMBER: One was seen in flight heading south-west over Nibley towards Coalpit Heath around 07:10 on the 17th.

 

2016

JANUARY: One was seen flying south-west inland of Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station on the 16th. It was watched departing south over the Cotswold Escarpment. APRIL: One was seen in flight north-east over the M5 just north of J17 heading towards Patchway at 18:20 on the 21st. JULY: One very probably this species was seen flying east along the valley to south of Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station at 07:00 on the 30th. AUGUST: One was reported on the shore at Oldbury Power Station in the afternoon on the 17th; One was reported in flight heading east over Staple Hill, Bristol at 11:00 on the 22nd. SEPTEMBER: One was seen in the mouth of Chestle Pill, New Passage early morning on the 11th before moving out into the estuary. OCTOBER: One paid a flying visit to Pilning Wetland and Northwick Warth 'Flash' early morning on the 8th.

 

2015

MAY: One was seen in flight over Ableton Land and Orchard Pools, Severn Beach at 09:02 on the 8th heading north-east. OCTOBER: Two individuals were seen briefly in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area around 13:30 on the 4th; One was seen to fly in off the estuary towards Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station around 08:00 on the 27th. It proceeded to head downriver and was lost to view over Littleton Warth. DECEMBER: One was seen flying low south-east and inland from Aust Warth on the morning of the 28th.

 

2013

SEPTEMBER: One was seen in flight between 13:00 - 13:15 on the 26th over Yate heading south west where it was lost to view towards Westerleigh; One, the first Severnside record, was seen on the 28th at 09:55 over Pilning Wetland, Northwick Warth then up river at 10:20.

 

2012

NOVEMBER: A presumed adult was seen in flight over the M5 one kilometre south of J15 in the Almondsbury/ Patchway area on the 30th.