THE SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE BIRDS DIARY

Bird sightings from previous months this year!


JANUARY 2020

 

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BLACK REDSTART

OPS: ♀ 1st, 4th, 8th - 9th, 15th, 20th, 23rd and 30th; ♂ & ♀ 18th; ♂ 22nd (Pete Hazelwood, Matt Plenty). ♂ on the roof of a house behind The Royal George, Thornbury 8th (Cliff Smith)

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

Two OPS 18th (Matt Plenty) One Severn Beach 19th (Paul Bowerman) One or two at Littleton Bird Ringing Station throughout the month, (LBR)

 

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

One OPS 5th (Pete Hazelwood) FIRECREST One reported from the Wild Places Project, Easter Compton 8th.

 

GOOSANDER

Stanshaws Lake, Yate; ♂ 9th - 10th, four - two ♂ and two ♀ 13th (Mark Coller), ♂ and ♀ 17th - 18th (Mike Jackson). Kingsgate Park, Yate; Six - two ♂ and four ♀ over 30th (Mark Coller).

 

Goosander | Mark Coller

 

JACK SNIPE

One Chipping Sodbury Common 1st (Mark Coller), 12th and 20th (David Poulton) - Aust Warth: At least three 1st and 5th. (Paul Bowerman), one 10th (Aravind Ramesh)

 

MARSH HARRIER

A winter fem OPS 10th (Pete Hazelwood). One probably this species down river from Aust Warth around 15:00 on the 19th. (Adam Rawson)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

An adult at OPS on the 22nd. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

OYSTERCATCHER

One over Chipping Sodbury Common on the 29th was a patch first! (Mark Coller)

 

RED KITE

Two from the OPS environs so far this year. (Pete Hazelwood) One over Willsbridge Mill 26th. (Nigel Kempson)

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

One OPS 27th. (Pete Hazelwood) TWITE An unconfirmed report of five on the 11th near the Second Sentry Box on Northwick Warth briefly before departing to the south-west.

 

WATER PIPIT

One Northwick Warth on the 5th. (Paul Bowerman)


FEBRUARY 2020

 

BLACK REDSTART

A ♀ at OPS on the 3rd, 6th and 7th. (Pete Hazelwood) COMMON CRANE Two, of unknown origins, were seen in flight at 07:35 from the A403 coast road and heading over Severn Beach on the 19th. (Chris Stone)

 

COMMON SCOTER

Two, the first of the year, from Severn Beach on the 29th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

GOOSANDER

A 'redhead' at Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 2nd with six present briefly on the 19th. A ♂ and three redheads present there on the 23rd. (Chris Teague, Mark Coller); Four ♂ and four redheads on Stanshaws Lake. Yate viewed from Highworth Crescent on the 19th. (Mark Coller)

 

Goosander | Chris Teague

 

JACK SNIPE

One from Aust Warth on the 2nd. (Vic Savery) Two Chipping Sodbury Common on the 6th, 19th and 22nd with one on the 26th. (Mark Coller)

 

Jack Snipe | Mark Coller

 

MARSH HARRIER

An adult male at OPS on the 13th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Marsh Harrier | Pete Hazelwood

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A sub-adult from New Passage on the 1st. (Ian Dickie) One over Bradley Stoke on the 8th. (Greg Dawes)

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

One at OPS on the 7th and 13th. (Pete Hazelwood) One flushed from Northwick Warth by the rising tide on the 13th. (Paul Bowerman) One on Northwick Warth on the 14th. (Severnside Birds) One from Aust Warth on the 25th (Aravind Ramesh) One reported from the Tormarton area during the month.


MARCH 2020

 

AVOCET

Pilning Wetland Reserve; Five, the first of the year, on the 19th, four on the 20th, ten on the 21st , eleven on the 22nd seven on the 23rd, fifteen on the 25th. (Et.al)

 

Avocet | Paul Bowerman

 

BAR-TAILED GODWIT

One, the first of the year, from Pilning Wetland Reserve/ Northwick Warth on the 11th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

BLACK REDSTART

OPS: Two ♀/ 1st winter types on the 1st; a ♀/ 1st winter type on the 3rd and 6th. (Pete Hazelwood, Craig Lewis) One still present on the 16th (Lois Pryce)

 

Black Redstart | Craig Lewis

 

COMMON CRANE

One noted in flight heading north over Severn View Services, Aust at 15:00 on the 22nd. (Andy & Lesley Griffiths) Two high south over Northwick Warth and Severn Beach at 17:00 on the 23rd before heading east. (Paul Bowerman)

 

COMMON WHITETHROAT

Two, the first of the year and earliest ever reported from S. Gloucestershire were noted on Redhill Lane between the Old Severn Bridge junction and Aust Road junction and on Hill Lane/ The Naite between Oldbury-on-Severn and Hill . (Keith Williams) The previous earliest date was March 30th 2017 on Northwick Warth.

 

DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE

Two, the first of the year, were noted at Aust on the 12th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

GOOSANDER

A female was noted on the R. Avon around 1 km east of the Lock Keeper at Keynsham on the 29th. (Chris Mott)

 

GOSHAWK

One, probably this species at Shepperdine on the 11th. (Pete Hazelwood) One at Ashwicke on the 22nd. (John Barnett)

 

HARRIER SPP.

One was seen quartering a hedgerow alongside the M5 between Falfield and Almondsbury on the 21st. (Adam Rawson)

 

HOOPOE

One reported from Shepperdine Riding School, south of Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station late in the month. (OPS Birding)

 

JACK SNIPE

One displaced by high tides at Aust on the 11th. (Matt Hobbs)

 

LITTLE GULL

A winter adult, the first of the year, upriver past Oldbury Power Station on the 26th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

LITTLE RINGED PLOVER

Three, the first of the year, were seen on the first sentry box pool, Pilning Wetland Reserve on the 14th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Little Ringed Plover | Paul Bowerman

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A winter adult down river from Oldbury Power Station on the 6th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

NORTHERN WHEATEAR

A spring male, the first of the year, from Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland Reserve on the 5th (Paul Bowerman)

 

Northern Wheatear | Paul Bowerman

 

RED KITE (35)

2nd: Two west over Kingswood, Bristol at 13:10. 6th: Two over Rushmead Farm, Marshfield. 9th: One over Northwick Warth. 13th: One low over Abbywood, Filton. 16th: Four from the Marshfield patch. 18th: One from Marshfield and one over Kingsgate Park, Yate at 13:55. 20th: One low across the estuary from Aust Warth. 21st: Three at Marshfield, one over Chipping Sodbury and one over Little Badminton. 22nd: One Down Road, Marshfield, one Ashwicke and at up to six past Severn Beach. 23rd: One over Rushmead Farm, Marshfield and one over Chipping Sodbury. 24th: One over Ebbdown Farm, Marshfield. 25th: One over Yate and one over Castle Farm, Marshfield. 26th: One over Rushmead Lane, Marshfield. 28th: One over Old Sodbury. 31st: Two north-east over Hanham late afternoon.

 

Red Kite | TBOSG

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

One, the first of the year, was reported from Three Brooks LNR, Bradley Stoke on the 25th.

 

SAND MARTIN

Around twenty-five, the first of the year, were reported from Pilning Wetlands Reserve on the 18th. (Richard Parry)

 

Scandinavian Rock Pipit

One, putatively this form, around Shaft Rocks, Severn Beach on the 12th (Vic Savery); One, the first for three years, was displaced by the rising tide at New Pill, Chittening Warth on the 13th (Rob Emery); A summer plumaged individual was noted by the cooling water outflow at Oldbury Power station on the 21st. (Dan Watson)

 

Scandinavian Rock Pipit - Anthus petrosus littoralis | Rob Emery

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

One from Aust Warth on the 2nd, 7th, 8th, 11th - 15th (Et.al); One near Thornbury Sailing Club on the 6th. (Pete Hazelwood) News from the patch at Marshfield of up to three in an area with no public access on at least the 17th - 25th. They have possibly wintered in the area which is best viewed looking south from Shirehill Lane.

 

Short-eared Owl | Aravind Ramesh

 

SPOONBILL

One at Pilning Wetland Reserve briefly at 12:25 on the 20th before heading towards the estuary where it was last seen circling over the Prince Of Wales Bridge. (Rob Emery)

 

SWALLOW

One, the first of the year, over Lagoon I at Oldbury Power Station at 15:45 on the 20th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

WATER PIPIT

One noted feeding on high tide strand line near the second sentry box on Northwick Warth on the 14th (Matt Hobbs) still present on the 19th. (Severnside Birds)

 

WHITE WAGTAIL

One, the first of the year, from Down Road, Marshfield on the 26th. (John Barnett)

 

WILLOW WARBLER

One, the first of the year, from Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 27th. (Mark Coller)


APRIL 2020

 

ARCTIC SKUA

A dark morph was seen well along the near bank and up-river past Oldbury Power Station on the 10th. A dark morph was noted upriver past Oldbury Power Station on the 18th. (Pete Hazelwood) A dark Morph low upriver at 08:15 from New Passage on the 19th. A dark morph over Severn Beach on the 23rd. (Paul Bowerman) One past OPS and two past New Pill, Chittening Warth on the 25th. (Pete Hazelwood, Tony Scott) A pale morph past Severn Beach late afternoon on the 30th (Paul Bowerman)

 

ARCTIC TERN

Several, the first of the year, at Oldbury Power Station on the 17th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

AVOCET

One, a nocturnal migrant fly-over, at Severn Beach on the 4th (Adam Cross), Two from Pilning Wetland Reserve on the 7th (Richard Parry) ... and again on the 9th (Rosemary Setter)

 

Avocet sonogram | Adam Cross.

This sound recording shows the nocturnal flight call as it passed over the observer.

 

BARNACLE GOOSE

Two past Oldbury Power Station on the 14th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

BLACK REDSTART

A female type was noted near The Jetty at Oldbury Power Station on the 10th and again on the 25th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

Two noted at Lyde Green Lake on the 8th. (Mike Tripi) Two noted at Severn Beach on the 16th. (Paul Bowerman) Two from Western Approaches, Severn Beach on the 28th. (Dean Reeves)

 

COMMON REDSTART

An adult male was the first arrival of the year in S. Gloucestershire on the 5th.

 

Common Redstart | Mark Coller

 

COMMON SCOTER

A previously unrecorded nocturnal movement of this species across the recording area on the evening of the 2nd with soundings coming from; Severn Beach (sound recording), Yate, Marshfield, Oldland Common, Kingswood and Hanham. On the evening of the 3rd birds were noted over Severn Beach, Alveston, Yate and Lyde Green.

 

COMMON SWIFT

The first arrivals were noted at Severn Beacon the 19th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

COMMON TERN

The first arrivals were noted at Oldbury Power Station on the 6th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

CUCKOO

The first this year was noted at Oldbury Power Station on the 11th. (Pete Hazelwood) It represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos! The previous earliest date was April 13th 2008 also at OPS.

 

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

Three, the highest count ever recorded in S. Glos, were present on Pilning WR, Northwick Warth on the 9th. (Lisa Presland) The previous best was two on January 10th 2016 at Willsbridge.

 

Egyptian Geese | Paul Bowerman

 

FULMAR

Two, the first of the year, were seen from Severn Beach on the 29th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

GARGANEY

A pair at Oldbury Power Station on the 16th. Male present on the 20th - 21st. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

♂ Garganey | Pete Hazelwood

 

GOSHAWK

One from Gunnings Wood, Marshfield on the 7th. One over Beek's Lane, Marshfield on the 11th. One over Marshfield village on the 23rd. (John Barnett)

 

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

One from Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station on the 6th. (Pete Hazelwood) One at Severn Beach and one at Longwell Green on the 16th. (Paul Bowerman, Pete Coslett) Two at Severn Beach on the 19th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Grasshopper Warbler | Paul Bowerman

 

Greenland Wheatear

The first of the year logged at Chipping Sodbury and Marshfield from the 10th. (Mark Coller, John Barnett)

 

Greenland Wheatear | Mark Coller

 

GREENSHANK

The first of the year on Severnside on the 9th.

 

HAWFINCH

A male was noted around at Wickwar on the 8th. (Ian Flint)

 

HOBBY

This year's first at Marshfield on the 8th. (John Barnett)

 

HOUSE MARTIN

This year's first arrivals were noted across the region on the 5th

 

LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER

An unconfirmed report of one from The Hacket, Cleve Wood (ST: 65 89) near Thornbury on the 17th. (Alex Cave)

 

LESSER WHITETHROAT

This year's first arrivals were noted from the 9th. A record equalling earliest date.

 

MARSH HARRIER

A 'female' at Oldbury Power Station on the 23rd. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

♀ Marsh Harrier | Matt Plenty

 

NIGHTINGALE

One was reported in full song on Yate Common at ST: 700 818 on the 16th. (Peter Bryant)

 

OSPREY

One, the first of the year, high north over Yate on the 4th. (Mark Coller) One north-east over Severn Beach late morning on the 10th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Osprey | Mark Coller

 

PIED FLYCATCHER

A spring male, the first of the year, at New Passage on the 6th. (Lisa Presland) This is the earliest ever recorded in S. Glos, the previous earliest date was April 8th 1944 at Little Stoke. A spring female at Lower Woods, Wickwar on the 19th. (Paul Bowdler)

 

♂ Pied Flycatcher | Lisa Presland. The earliest ever; a record which has stood for seventy-six years!

♀ Pied Flycatcher | Paul Bowdler

 

RED KITE (41)

3rd: One over Overscourt Woodland, Siston. 4th: One over Kingsgate Park, Yate with the same or another over Coalpit Heath. 5th: One over Kingswood, Bristol. 6th: One over Alveston. 7th: One over Oldland Common, one over Coalpit Heath. 9th: At least two over Yate. 10th: One over Severn Beach, one over Rushmead Lane, Marshfield, one over Yate. 11th: One possibly two over Yate. 12th: One over Little/ Bradley Stoke and two over Wick. 13th: One over Pilning Wetland. 14th: One over Pilning WR with the same or another over Redwick, one over Yate. 15th: One/ two at Shortwood landfill, two over Yate. 16th: One over Hanham, one over Warmley, one over West Littleton, one over Lyde Green. 18th: One over New Passage. 19th: One over New Passage, one over OPS. 20th: One over Warmley with the same or another over Rodway Common, Mangotsfield. 21st: One over West Littleton Down, one over Three Brooks LNR. 22nd: One over Hanham. 25th: One west over Kingswood at 16:10. 27th: One over Warmley then Kingswood mid afternoon. 29th: One north over Kingswood early afternoon. 30th: One east over Chipping Sodbury early afternoon.

 

Red Kite | Mark Coller

 

REED WARBLER

This year's first was noted at OPS on the 7th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

RING OUZEL

A spring male, the first of the year, at Filton on the 5th. (Andy Pym)

 

SANDERLING

The first of the year was noted at Severn Beach on the 27th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Sanderling | Paul Bowerman

 

SANDWICH TERN

Six, the first of the year, from OPS on the 5th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

SEDGE WARBLER

This year's first from OPS on the 9th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

One at Oldbury Power Station on the 19th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

SPOONBILL

One on Pilning Wetland Reserve, Northwick Warth on the 3rd (Lisa Presland) was still present early morning on the 4th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Spoonbill | Lisa Presland. The mottled plumage and dark tip to the tail (just visible in #2) marks this bird as an immature.

 

SPOTTED REDSHANK

The first of the year was noted over Pilning WR on the 19th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

TREE PIPIT

The first of the year over Severnside on the 9th.

 

WHIMBREL The first of the year was heard in flight over Middledown Lane, Marshfield late afternoon on the 4th. (John Barnett)

 

WHINCHAT

The first of the year was found on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 16th. (John Barnett)

 

Whinchat | Mark Coller

 

WHITE STORK

One high over Patchway at lunchtime on the 14th. (Greg Dawes)

 

WOOD WARBLER

A male singing on Yate Common on the 19th with a second bird there on the 21st. (Mark Coller) A singing male at Hanham on the 26th. (Rob Laughton)

 

♂ Wood Warbler | Mark Coller


MAY 2020

 

ARCTIC SKUA

Three, two dark and one pale morph from Severn Beach on the 22nd. (Paul Bowerman, Lee Evans) Up to four from Severn Beach on the 23rd. (Ed Betteridge, et.al) One from Severn Beach on the 24th. (Severnside Birds)

 

Dark morph Arctic Skua | Matt Hobbs

 

BARNACLE GOOSE

Three adults on Pilning WR on the 24th. (Chris Snook)

 

BLACK REDSTART

A female at New Passage on the 7th. (Rob Emery)

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

Two noted at Lyde Green Lake on the 2nd. (Barry Dursley) Two from Severn Beach on the 4th and 9th. (Paul Bowerman) Eight (presumably calling males) were reported from Western Distribution, Severn Beach on the 18th. (Avon Birds) It represents the highest single count for S. Glos surpassing the five heard/ seen on November 8th 2019 at Oldbury Power Station. Two from OPS on the 21st.

 

COLLARED PRATINCOLE

A summer adult on Pining WR, Northwick Warth on May 21st - 25th. (Aravind Ramesh) The first record!

 

Collared Pratincole | Aravind Ramesh

 

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

One reported from the Rockhampton area on the 16th. (Avon Birds)

 

GANNET

The first of the year noted from Severn Beach on the 23rd.

 

GUILLEMOT The first of the year noted from Severn Beach on the 23rd.

 

HEN HARRIER

A female near Hill on the 7th. (Keith Williams)

 

HOBBY

A small movement of birds across the recording area on the 4th involved at least seven individuals. (TBOSG, Mark Coller, Paul Bowdler)

 

Hobby | Mark Coller

 

LITTLE STINT

The first of the year was noted on Pilning WR on the 11th. (Richard Cox)

 

MARSH HARRIER

A female at Severn Beach on the 4th. (Paul Bowerman) A female-type at OPS on the 11th and 13th (Barry Dursley)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A 1st summer from Severn Beach on the 22nd. (Paul Bowerman) One from Severn Beach on the 23rd. (Ed Betteridge)

 

POMARINE SKUA

At least two from Severn Beach on the 22nd. (Paul Bowerman)

 

RAZORBILL

The first of the year from Severn Beach on the 23rd.

 

RED KITE (c.85)

2nd: One over Hanham, one over Wapley Bushes LNR/ Yate. 4th: Three from Chipping Sodbury, six over Yate, three at Frampton Cotterell, one over Wick. 5th: One over Warmley, one over Chipping Sodbury Common. 6th: Three in the Shire Valley, Marshfield, one over Yate. 7th: One over Dean Road, Yate, one in the Shire Valley, Marshfield. 8th: One or two over Kingsgate Park/ Yate. 9th: One over Alveston, one over Down Road, Marshfield. 11th: One over Stoke Gifford/ Bradley Stoke, one over Leyhill, one over Hanham. 12th: Singles near Ingst, Chipping Sodbury Common/ Yate, over Yate and West Littleton. 13th: One near Horton, one near Shepperdine, one near Thornbury. 14th: One over Iron Acton, one over Mangotsfield. 15th: One over Yate. 16th: One from the Rockhampton area. 17th: One over Wickwar. 19th: One over Yate. 20th: One over Alveston, one over Littleton-upon-Severn, four around cut fields at Wick. 21st: One over Codrington, one near Upton Cheyney. 24th: One over Coalpit Heath, one over Pilning Wetland Reserve. 25th: One Coalpit Heath, four west of Marshfield, one New Passage, one at Oldbury PS. 26th: One over Wick, one over Frampton Cotterell, one over Coalpit Heath, one over Yate. 27th: One Frampton Cotterell, the same or another Coalpit Heath, one Old Sodbury. 28th: Two over Tortworth, one over Little Stoke. 29th: One or two over Frampton Cotterell. 30th: One over Yate, one at Marshfield. 31st: One Thornbury, Marshfield and Chipping Sodbury, two NP/ NW, Itchington and Latteridge.

 

Red Kite | Mark Coller

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

One from Three Brooks LNR on the 13th and 31st. (Avon Birds)

 

SPOTTED FLYCATCHER

The first of this year's crop was noted at Castle Farm, Marshfield on the 8th. (John Barnett)

 

SPOONBILL

One on Pilning WR, Northwick Warth on the 25th. (Rod Holbrook)

 

Spoonbill | Rod Holbrook

 

STORM PETREL

One or two from Severn Beach before by mid-day with up to three there in the evening on the 23rd. (Ed Betteridge, Cliff Smith) Two from Severn Beach on the 24th. (Ian Wells)

 

Storm Petrel | Aravind Ramesh

 

WOOD SANDPIPER

A surprise patch first at Marshfield on the 11th. (John Barnett) One on Pilning WR on the 14th. (Ian Dickie)


JUNE 2020

 

ARCTIC SKUA

A dark morph from Severn Beach on the 28th. (Paul Bowerman, Nigel Warren) Three, two light and one dark morph from Severn Beach on the 29th. (Et.al)

 

AVOCET

A French ringed adult on Pilning WR on the 15th. (Paul Bowerman) Up to fifteen present throughout the month plus at least three well grown chicks. Confirmation of the first ever breeding record of this species in S. Gloucestershire! (Many thanks to Paul Bowerman at Severnside Birds for the updates)

 

Avocet (French ringed) | Paul Bowerman

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

Adults and youngsters from Littleton-upon-Severn early in the month. Five, adults and youngsters at Oldbury Power Station on the 13th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

COMMON CROSSBILL

Two heard south over Thornbury on the 14th. (Matt Scott) Four north over Severn Beach on the 16th. (Paul Bowerman) Two north over Northwick Warth on the 17th. (Aravind Ramesh) At least three over at Thornbury Sailing Club and one over Yate on the 26th. (Pete Hazelwood, Mark Coller)

 

GOSHAWK

One noted in the Marshfield area on the 28th.(John Barnett)

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

Four, the first of the year, from Severn Beach on the 16th. (Paul Bowerman) The first ever June occurrence! One on Pilning WR and two upriver past Oldbury Power Station on the 25th.(Rob Emery, Pete Hazelwood)

 

Great White Egret | Rob Emery

 

HOOPOE

One between Henfield and Westerleigh on the 14th. (Katherine Boon)

 

Hoopoe | Katherine Boon

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A summer adult on Pilning WR on the 15th. (Aravind Ramesh) An adult on Pilning WR on the 27th. (Matt Plenty) A 2nd calendar from Severn Beach on the 29th and 30th. (Et.al)

 

Mediterranean Gull | TBOSG

 

OSPREY

One was reported over Bitton and Oldland Common on the 22nd.

 

QUAIL

Two audible from Down Road, Marshfield on the 4th. (per Matt Scott) One audible at Harcombe Farm, Marshfield around the 23rd. (via Robert Hargreaves) One audible from Rushmead Lane on the 26th. (John Barnett) One audible from Down Track on the 27th with two present on the 30th. (Karle Burford, John Barnett

 

 

Common Quail. | Mike Tripi.

This individual of 'unknown origin' was present in a garden at Lyde Green

Along with Common Pheasant and Red-legged Partridge, in excess of 15,000 'game birds' are released in the area for shooting purposes.

 

RED KITE (c.25)

1st: One over Yate, one over Warmley, one over Pilning WR. 2nd: One over Kingswood, one over Yate, one over Wick Quarry. 4th: One from Easter Compton. 5th: One over Kingswood. 7th: One from the Shire Valley with the same or another from Down Road, Marshfield. 9th: One over Severn Beach, one reported from Marshfield. 11th: One from Acton Turville. 12th: One over Little Stoke/ Patchway, one over Frampton Cotterell, one over OPS. 13th: Singles over the M32 at Frenchay, Golden Valley, Wick and West Littleton Down. 14th: Several sightings from around the Wick area. 15th: One over OPS. 17th: One over Down Road, Marshfield. 25th: One over Chipping Sodbury Common. 26th: One over Marshfield.

 

Red Kite | Nigel Jones

 

SERIN

One over Kestrel Close, Yate on the 24th. (Darren Pearce) The second ever and the first June occurrence!

 

STORM PETREL

Two from Severn Beach over high tide on the 28th and at least five present on the 29th. (Et.al)

 

Storm Petrel | TBOSG

 

WOOD SANDPIPER

An adult on Pilning WR on the 14th - 15th and 17th. (Ian Dickie, et.al) The first ever June occurrence!

 

Wood Sandpiper | Dean Reeves


JULY 2020

 

BREEDING WADERS ON PILNING WR - 2020: Follow this link to Severnside Birds for full details: http://www.severnsidebirds.co.uk/page4.html

 

ARCTIC SKUA

Two from Severn Beach in the evening on the 5th. (Cliff Smith, Adam Cross)

 

CATTLE EGRET

Three, the highest S. Glos count, were present in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland Reserve area on the 31st. (Matt Plenty) This occurrence represents, the first July record and the highest count of this species in S. Glos! Previous highest count was two on January 1st 2017 at Toghill Farm, Wick.

 

Cattle Egret | Matt Plenty

 

COMMON CROSSBILL

One south over Yate on the 3rdt. (Mark Coller) One was reported over New Passage on the 5th. (Severnside Birds) One both seen and heard over 'The Glen' at New Passage on the 26th. (Aravind Ramesh)

 

COMMON SCOTER

Five (three adult male and two female/juvenile) were noted in flight downriver past Oldbury Power Station around mid-day on the 13th. (Pete Hazelwood) They were subsequently seen off New Passage and Severn Beach. A 1st year male on the R. Severn off New Passage on the 19th. (Richard Hearn)

 

LITTLE EGRET

A dozen were counted on Pilning WR on the 1st. (Matt Plenty)

 

MANX SHEARWATER

Over 300 were counted from Severn Beach over high tide on the 3rdt. (Paul Bowerman)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

One reported from Northwick Warth/ Pilning WR in the evening on the 1st, an adult on the 7th, a 2nd summer on the 8th and two adults on the12th. An adult and 2nd calendar year on Pilning WR on the 26th. (Aravind Ramesh)

 

MISTLE THRUSH

At least forty (40) were counted west of Ringswell, Marshfield on the 13th, a new record count for S. Glos! (John Barnett) The previous highest count was >30 on August 21st 2019 at Willsbridge.

 

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER

A flock of twenty-two (22) 'redheads' were seen in flight low downriver past Oldbury Power Station at 06:20 on the 30th. (Pete Hazelwood) The occurrence represents highest ever S. Glos count (previous highest count was nine (9) on April 4th 1998 from Severn Beach), the first July record and earliest ever date!

 

RED KITE (12)

6th  One drifted south-west from Lagoon III at OPS.

7th  One over Marshfield village.

10th   One over Northwick Warth.

12th  One over Coalpit Heath.

13th  One over Charfield.

19th  Two south-east over Shortwood.

22nd  One over Chipping Sodbury Common.

31st  Four in fields between Marshfield and The Folly from the A420.

 

Red Kite | Pete Coslett

 

STORM PETREL

Two from Severn Beach in the evening on the 5th. (Cliff Smith, Phil Owen, Adam Cross)

 

Storm Petrel | TBOSG

 

VELVET SCOTER

A female type seen in difficult viewing conditions from Severn Beach at 19:00 on the 5th was putatively this species . (Cliff Smith, Phil Owen, Adam Cross) This is potentially the first record of this species in S. Glos since 1996, some 24 years.

 

WOOD SANDPIPER

An adult on Pilning WR on the 8th - 9th. (Richard Parry) with the same or another adult there on the 13th - 19th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Wood Sandpiper | Paul Bowerman

 

YELLOW-LEGGED GULL

An adult and a juvenile were noted on Pilning WR mid-afternoon on the 30th. (Matt Plenty)


AUGUST 2020

 

AVOCET

Two were seen in the New Passage/ Pilning Wetland Reserve on the 9th. (Severnside Birds)

 

BLACK TERN

One, the first of the year, to the north-east from Severn Beach on the 21st. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Blue-headed Wagtail

An autumn male, the first of the year, was noted from Northwick Warth on the 12th. (Aravind Ramesh) The same or another was noted also on Northwick Warth on the 17th. These occurrences represents the latest date and the first ever August record of this form in S. Glos! The previous latest date was May 24th 2018 on Northwick Warth.

 

Male Blue-headed Yellow Wagtail | Aravind Ramesh

 

COMMON CROSSBILL

One over Chipping Sodbury Common early morning on the 8th. (Mark Coller)

 

CORMORANT

A good count of twenty-six (26) was logged at Oldbury Power Station on the 12th. (Pete Hazelwood) Twenty-one counted in flight south past Northwick Warth on the 24th. (Pal Bowerman)

 

CURLEW SANDPIPER

A juvenile, the first of the year, was seen at Pillhead Gout, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 22nd - 23rd. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

EUROPEAN NIGHTJAR

An individual was found roosting at the base of an apple tree in The Orchard at Oldbury Power Station on the 22nd. It was subsequently seen in flight where the 'white wing flashes' were clearly evident. (Barry Dursley, Pete Coslett)

 

GARGANEY

An unconfirmed report of four, a female and three juveniles, on The Lake at Oldbury Power Station on the 18th. (Heather England)

 

GOSHAWK

One reported frequenting the Tortworth area on several dates throughout the month. (Fen Marshall)

 

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

One was disturbed from a ditch on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 27th. (Mark Coller)

 

GREAT SKUA

One, the first of the year, was seen distantly from New Passage on the 16th. (Chris Stone, Paul Bowerman)

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

One was reported from the New Passage/ Pilning Wetland Reserve area on the 12th. (Dru Brooke-Taylor)

 

GREY PHALAROPE

One reported south past Severn Beach at 13:25 on the 25th. (Ian Dickie) This occurrence represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. Previous earliest date was the 29th August 1997 off Severn Beach. One was reported south past Oldbury Power Station at mid-day on the 26th. (Craig Lewis)

 

MANDARIN

One was noted from Tortworth Court Lake on the 2nd. (Thomas Weston)

 

Mandarin | Charlotte Foote

 

MARSH HARRIER

A juvenile was reported in flight to the east over Pilning Wetland Reserve, Northwick Warth in the afternoon on the 1st. One was reported from the New Passage/ Pilning Wetland Reserve area on the 12th. (Dru Brooke-Taylor) A juvenile was reported to the south-west over Pilning Wetland Reserve on the 14th. (Avon Birds) A female was noted on Northwick Warth on the 26th. (Chris Stone)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

Two moulting adults were seen around Pillhead Gout at Oldbury-on-Severn on the 7th. (Pete Hazelwood) Two juveniles were reported from the New Passage/ Pilning Wetland Reserve area on the 16th. (Severnside Birds) A winter adult was present at Pillhead Gout, Oldbury-on Severn on the 20th. Two winter adults were noted at Pillhead Gout on the 22nd with three present there on the 23rd. (Pete Hazelwood) A juvenile south past Severn Beach on the 25th. (Gary Hughes)

 

Mediterranean Gull | Pete Hazelwood

 

House Sparrow

A very interesting male (House) Sparrow found in a private garden at Yate on the 2nd was noted as showing a strong resemblance to that of Italian Sparrow! (Anita, Chris and David Teague) Present until at least the 5th.

 

House Sparrow | Chris Teague

In contrast this pale individual was seen in Kingswood from the 6th | TBOSG

 

PIED FLYCATCHER

One briefly in the Shire Valley, Marshfield early morning on the 9th. (John Barnett)

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

One, assumed to be this species, was seen low, circling and calling over a private garden at Oldland Common before departing towards St. Anne's Church at 19:00 on the 16th. (Paul Francis)

 

ROSE-COLOURED STARLING

A juvenile was present in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland Reserve area on the 23rd - 26th. (Anne Crowe, et.al) It represents the first ever August record of this species in S. Glos!

 

 

Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling | Aravind Ramesh

 

SHAG

One was reported from Severn Beach early morning on the 21st. (Severnside Birds) The first in from the recording area for three years with the last seen in August 2017.

 

SPOTTED FLYCATCHER

Ten on July 26th in the Shire Valley at Marshfield had increased to at least a dozen on the 2nd. (John Barnett)

 

STORM PETREL

One was seen from Severn Beach mid-morning on the 21st. (Gary Hughes) At least two individuals present off Severn Beach on the 22nd. (Ian Dickie, et.al) At least three reported off Severn Beach on the 23rd. (Severnside Birds) One lingering off Severn Beach mid-afternoon on the 25th. (Gary Hughes)

 

Storm Petrel | Aravind Ramesh, TBOSG

 

WOOD SANDPIPER

A juvenile was noted on Pilning Wetland Reserve on the 11th - 15th. (Paul Bowerman, et.al) One was seen on Pilning Wetland Reserve early morning on the 29th. (Ian Dickie)

 

YELLOW-LEGGED GULL

A juvenile was seen from New Passage on the 3rd. (Severnside Birds) An adult was seen in flight heading north-east over Severn Beach on the 10th. (Paul Bowerman) A juvenile was seen at Oldbury Power Station on the 14th. (Pete Hazelwood)


SEPTEMBER 2020

 

AVOCET

Two were noted on Pilning Wetland Reserve, Northwick Warth on the 1st with one still present on the 2nd with another there on the 5th and one on the 6th (Paul Bowerman); Six were present at Shepperdine on the 10th (Pete Hazelwood); Four were seen at Pillhead Gout, Littleton Warth late afternoon on the 28th. (OPS Birding)

 

CATTLE EGRET

One was present briefly on Northwick Warth on the 1st before being relocated on Pilning Wetland Reserve late morning (Paul Bowerman, Matt Rogers); One was found early on the 22nd on Pilning WR where it remained throughout the day. (Oscar Dewhurst)

 

Cattle Egret | Paul Bowerman

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

One noted from Lyde Green Lake, Lyde Green on the 14th. (Tim Ford)

 

COMMON QUAIL

Three were disturbed during crop harvesting on Rushmead Farm, Marshfield on the 1st; One flushed from Northfield Lane on the 11th; One disturbed on Rushmead Farm on the 25th. (John Barnett)

 

DOTTEREL

The distinctive call of one was heard half a dozen times as it flew west over Down Road, Marshfield on the 2nd. (John Barnett)

 

FIELDFARE

Six, high to the south-west over Oldbury Power Station on the 28th, is a record equalling earliest date for this species in S. Glos! (Andrew Middleton)

 

FIRECREST

A male showed beautifully in a flock with Goldcrest from the riverside path by Cleeve Road Bridge on Frenchay Moor on the 25th. (Ollie Fournier)

 

GARGANEY

An immature was seen on Butts Pool, Pilning WR from the 5th - 24th. (Matt Plenty)

 

Juvenile Garganey | Matt Plenty

 

GOSHAWK

One was reported from the Horton area on the 5th. (BOC Bird News)

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

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. (Pete Hazelwood) One briefly on Pilning WR, Northwick Warth at 11:20 on the 5th. (Paul Bowerman) One was seen on Pilning WR, Northwick Warth on the 17th. (Paul Marshall)

 

Great White Egret | Pete Hazelwood

 

JACK SNIPE

The first returning bird of the autumn was noted on Butts Pool, Pilning WR, Northwick Warth early morning on the 19th. (Oscar Dewhurst) One noted in the Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 21st (John Barnett)

 

MANDARIN

A female was seen at Kingsgate Park, Yate early morning on the 1st and the 6th. (Mark Coller)

 

Mandarin | Mark Coller

 

MARSH HARRIER

One noted from the Northwick Warth/ Pilning WR area on the 2nd (Paul Bowerman) with the same or another present there on the 7th and the 16th. (Rob Emery, Severnside Birds)

 

Marsh Harrier | Rob Emery

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

An adult was seen on Pilning WR, Northwick Warth early morning on the 19th (Ian Dickie) with the same or another over Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station late morning. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

MERLIN

The first returning individual was note south over Pilning WR, Northwick Warth area on the 20th. (Oscar Dewhurst)

 

OSPREY

One was seen at Littleton Brick Pits in flight low to the east towards Thornbury at 12:25 on the 12th. (Thomas Weston)

 

PECTORAL SANDPIPER

One present on Butts Pool, Pilning WR from the 13th - 25th.

 

Pectoral Sandpiper | Paul Bowerman

 

RED-BACKED SHRIKE

A 1st winter was found at the junction of the Tormarton Road and Rushmead Lane, Marshfield at ST: 784 752 from the 5th - 9th. (Nigel and Sue Kempson) This occurrence represents the first September record, the first Marshfield patch record and the latest date for this species in the recording area! (Previous latest date was 30th August 2003 at Severn Beach).

 

Red-backed Shrike | Allan Chard

 

RED KITE

One in the Ringswell Valley, Marshfield on the 2nd (John Barnett), One over Severn Beach on the 4th, One over Rushmead Lane, Marshfield on the 6th (Gary Hughes), One at Shepperdine on the 10th (Pete Hazelwood), One over Chipping Sodbury Common on the 12th. (Mark Coller) On over Down Road, Marshfield on the 27th. (John Barnett)

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

One was reported from Three Brooks LNR, Bradley Stoke on the 5th.

 

SPOONBILL

One was noted in flight east over Pilning WR, Northwick Warth early morning on the 17th. (Oscar Dewhurst)

 

WRYNECK

One was both seen and photographed in a private garden at Elberton where it spent the afternoon on the 5th. (Kevin Bayston) One was seen at 15:15 by the metal gate near the shore on Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 20th. (Morris Benson)

 

Wryneck | Kevin Bayston

 

YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER

A juvenile/ 1st winter was seen briefly in a private garden in Kingswood, Bristol early morning on the 30th. (TBOSG)

 

Yellow-browed Warbler | TBOSG