NIGHTINGALE

Luscinia megarhynchos

 

Andy Jordan

 

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2020 (1)
A male was reported in full song at ST: 700 818 on Yate Common, Yate at 18:15 on April 16th.
 

2019
A male was present and heard singing at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach from April 19th until at least May 25th.
 

2018
A male was heard singing at the south-east end of Kingsgate Park, Yate early morning on May 21st.
 

2015
A male was heard briefly by several observers singing from the garden of The Glen at New Passage on April 6th - 8th.
 

2014
APRIL: A male was heard singing at Horwood Farm, Wickwar on the 16th; A male was heard in full song in the early hours of the 16th around the DHL/ Knowhow warehouse buildings on the Western Approaches Estate at Severn Beach and was present until at least May 5th. MAY: A female was noted at Horwood Farm, Wickwar on the 12th.
 

2013
APRIL: One was reported from the Hanging Hill/ Beach Wood area at Bitton and another from Horwood Farm, Wickwar on the 18th; At least two singing males were both seen and heard at Lower Woods, Wickwar on the 19th - 20th; An additional male was reported from Horwood Farm, Wickwar on the 23rd. MAY: A female was present at Horwood Farm, Wickwar on the 6th; Three present on the 10th and 31st in Lower Woods, Wickwar; A male was heard singing on Frith Lane, Wickwar on the 22nd.
 

2012
Lower Woods, Inglestone Common near Wickwar; Two were heard in song with one seen in flight on May 5th at the west end of the woods where the main stream exits the wooded area; Up to four were reported in song on May 12th; Several were reported as present, singing and showing on May 27th; One was reported from Chipping Sodbury Common also on May 27th. As part of British Trust for Ornithology Nest Records Scheme and Nightingale Survey 2012; an active Nightingale nest with 4 eggs was been discovered (May 19th) at Lower Woods plus two further pairs, and an unpaired singing male.
 

2011
Lower Woods, Inglestone Common near Wickwar; Two were seen and heard on April 18th; At least four were seen and heard on May 1st; Several males were heard singing on Inglestone Common on May 17th.
 

2010
One, a male was heard singing in the morning on April 22nd in the hedge near the 'flash' on Northwick Warth; At least one was heard on Inglestone Common on May 8th; One was heard at Lower Woods near Horton Farm on June 16th.
 

2009
One male was present and in song at Horwood Farm in Lower Woods at Inglestone Common on May 5th, 21st and June 14th; Two males were heard singing on Inglestone Common on May 8th; Two or three males were heard singing at 20:45 at Lower Woods, Inglestone Common on May 12th.
 

2008
One was reported at Lower Woods, Inglestone Common on May 7th and during the breeding season two pairs were noted at Horwood Farm, Lower Woods on Inglestone Common, one of which fledged three young. There were also reports of three other singing males, two on Inglestone Common and one at the southern part of Lower Woods but these could relate to the same birds.
 

2007
Two were noted at Horwood Farm, Lower Woods on Inglestone Common on April 17th; One was seen at Severn Beach on April 20th; An estimated five pairs were present at Horwood Farm on May 9th; One was found at Webb's Heath, Warmley on May 13th.
 

2006
On May 16th three were heard singing on Inglestone Common; One was heard from a hedgerow near Tormarton on May 21st; Five pairs were recorded during the breeding season at Lower Woods on Inglestone Common.
 

2005
One was seen at Bishop's Hill Farm near Yate on April 21st; A breading season survey of Inglestone Common and Horwood Farm revealed eleven singing males; One was seen at Monk's Pool, Winterbourne on June 10th.
 

2004
One was heard at Horwood Farm, Wetmoor on Inglestone Common on April 24th with a maximum of three singing males there on May 11th.
 

2003
One was heard at Horwood Farm on April 23rd and continued singing until the end of May; One was noted at Duckhole near Thornbury on April 24th.
 

2002
A male was noted in song in gardens at Aust Cliff on April 8th; Three singing males were reported near Inglestone on May 11th where one nest fledged successfully; One was hear at Horwood Farm near Wickwar on June 3rd.
 

2001
One from Coalpit Heath at ST: 678 803 on May 8th; On May 9th six singing males were reported from Horwood Farm near Wickwar.
 

2000
A singing male from Coalpit Heath at ST: 678 803 on April 20th; Two males were singing on the railway embankment at Westerleigh on April 28th where they remained until at least June 2nd; One was hear in scrub close to the Old Severn Bridge on May 7th; At least three males were present at Inglestone Common on May 15th.
 

1999
One was noted at Willsbridge on April 25th; Six singing males were reported at Lower Woods, Wickwar where one nest fledged successfully; Five males were singing from the railway embankment between Westerleigh and Coalpit Heath at ST: 678 803 and ST: 688 803 between May 5th and 23rd; A male was reported from Rodway Common, Mangotsfield (no dates available); One was trapped and ringed at Severn Beach on September 4th.
 

1998
A male was heard at Westerleigh on April 25th - 31st; Three were reported from Lower Woods, Wickwar on April 25th; One was heard at Ram Hill, Coalpit Heath on April 30th; Nine were counted at Lower Woods Reserve on May 1st; One was hear from May 13th from the Cycle Track at Old Rodway Station; One was reported from a garden at Bagstone on June 6th.
 

1997
A male at Westerleigh was heard intermittently from April 20th until May 29th; Three male were in song at Lower Wetmoor Woods near Inglestone on April 27th with a maximum of five noted at the end of May. Three nest fledged successfully producing fourteen young.
 

1996
One was present on Inglestone Common on April 21st and the area counted six singing males; One was reported from Mangotsfield.
 

1995
Breeding season reports from Inglestone Common suggest nine singing males but just one nest fledged successfully with five young.
 

1994
Breeding season reports from Inglestone Common suggest birds first arrived on April 22nd with no more than seven singing males noted.
 

1993
Thirteen males were reported singing from Inglestone Common on May 19th; One was noted at Alveston and another from Almondsbury.
 

1992
At Inglestone Common two were heard on April 26th and on May 16th at least seventeen males were noted.
 

1991
At Inglestone Common six were noted on May 6th with sixteen present on May 17th; One was seen at Shortwood on May 23rd.
 

1990
Males were first noted at Inglestone Common on April 16th in Lower Woods with at least fifteen males during the breeding season; Males were also noted at Tortworth and Lower Hazel Wood at Olveston.
 

1989
At Inglestone Common males were first heard on April 16th with at least ten heard subsequently.
 

1988
One was heard at Old Sodbury on April 25th; At least fifteen singing males were noted at Lower Woods, Inglestone Common in the breeding season; A male was present at Horton Bushes, Elberton.
 

1987
Five were heard in song on Inglestone Common in June.
 

1986
First reports were from Inglestone Common on April 25th with two singing males the at least ten heard here later with son noted until June 24th; Two others were also heard at Willsbridge.
 

1985
One was reported from Willsbridge on April 24th; Four were noted at Inglestone Common on May 11th with song heard up to June 24th.
 

1984
Singing males were reported from April 17th with at least eleven present at Inglestone Common; Two were also noted at Willsbridge.
 

1983
Single males were noted from April 28th with at least 26 at Inglestone Common on May 12th.
 

1982
Singing males were heard from April 23rd and up to 25 noted in May, reported from Midger Wood, Asley Common, Inglestone Common, Lady's Wood and Horton Bushes.
 

1981
Males noted from April 14th with one at Tortworth, twelve at Inglestone Common and two from Elberton.
 

1980
First reports from April 20th with at least twenty-one at Inglestone Common and individuals noted at Duckhole near Thornbury, Hay Wood, Midger Wood, Elberton, Horton Bushes, Ashwicke and Stoke Park.
 

1979
Breeding season reports of up to nine with birds noted at Thornbury, Charfield, Kilcott, Inglestone Common and Hawksbury Common.
 

1978
Up to eight singing males were reported from April 23rd at Tortworth, Littleton-on-Severn, Thornbury and Inglestone Common.
 

1977
Breeding season reports from Littleton-on-Severn, Thornbury, Winterbourne Down and Inglestone Common.
 

1976
Reports of up to eight singing males from May 5th onwards from Oldbury-on-Severn, Littleton-on-Severn, Olveston, Tytherington, Inglestone Common, Compton Greenfield, Frampton Cotterell and Winterbourne Down.
 

1975
Reports of up to five singing males at Duckhole near Thornbury, Littleton-on-Severn, Inglestone Common, Horton and Oakford.
 

1974
Reports of up to eight males singing at Inglestone Common and Elberton.
 

1973
Singing males were noted from April 21st at Inglestone Common, Thornbury, Littleton-on-Severn, Compton Greenfield and Hallen.
 

1972
Singing males were reported from April 15th at Shepperdine, Tortworth Lake, Alveston, Inglestone Common, Compton Greenfield, Filton and Stoke Park.
 

1971
Singing males were reported from Tortworth, Inglestone Common, Cromhall and Hallen.
 

1970
Singing males were noted at Tortworth, Cromhall, Inglestone Common and Winterbourne Down.
 

1969
Singing males were reported from April 27th at Littleton-on-Severn, Inglestone Common and Lower Woods. Breeding was proven at Filton and Oakford.
 

1968
Singing males were noted from April 20th at Littleton-on-Severn and Inglestone Common. Breeding was proven at Hanham Woods and Oakford.
 

1967
Reports of singing males from Littleton-on-Severn, Inglestone Common and Oakford.
 

1966
Reports of singing males from Inglestone Common, Frampton Cotterell, Oakford and Filton.
 

1965
Singing males were noted at only two sites; Frampton Cotterell and Oakford.
 

1962
Noted only as a summer visitor with no reference to numbers or location. HH Davis quotes ...'Prior to 1962 - A summer resident arriving from the first half of April. Widespread on lower ground where not uncommon in all suitable localities but scarce or absent in open hilly country.