Rare, scarce and unusual bird sightings this month.
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All reports/ sightings of rare and scarce birds are subject to ratification by the appropriate rarities committee.
One was seen on the Northwick Warth shore on the 24th.
One was seen briefly in the New Passage/ Pilning WR area in fields by 2nd sentry box on Northwick Warth on the 23rd. (Aravind Ramesh)
Cattle Egret | Aravind Ramesh
Seven were counted drifting high east late afternoon over Tortworth towards Charfield on the 9th. (Fen Marshall) This occurrence represents a record equalling highest count and the latest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous latest date was October 7th 2016 on Northwick Warth.
One calling over Cherry Wood, Marshfield (John Barnett) and one reported over New Passage on the 15th; At least three were seen in Milbury Heath plantation in the morning on the 18th. (Matt Scott)
At least twenty (20+) counted from the Oldbury Power Station patch on the 5th. (Pete Hazelwood) A new highest count - the previous highest count was fourteen on March 7th 2017 also at Oldbury Power Station.
One was present in the hedgerow at the northern end of Northwick Warth Flash on the 23rd. (Aravind Ramesh) One was processed in the Almondsbury area on October 25th. (Adam Cross)
Firecrest | Aravind Ramesh
Firecrest | Adam Cross
One was seen in flight over the M5 near Tytherington late afternoon on the 4th (Paul Bowdler); One north-east over Severn Bridge Viewpoint, Aust in the morning on the 14th (Matt Hobbs); Two were reported in flight south over the M48 between Ingst and Aust (ST: 58 88) at around 09:50. (Richard Lansdown)
Great White Egret | Matt Hobbs
One was reported from the Oldbury Power Station/ Shepperdine area on the 7th. (Avon Birds)
One was seen briefly from a garden in Kingswood, Bristol before heading south-east mid-morning on the 11th. (TBOSG) One north-east over Severn Bridge Viewpoint, Aust in the morning on the 14th. (Matt Hobbs)
Hawfinch | TBOSG
One was noted from the foreshore at Severn Beach on the 18th. (Severnside Birds)
One, almost certainly this species, was heard twice in flight over the 1st Sentry Box on Northwick Warth late afternoon on the 22nd. (Phil Baber)
One was noted at high tide from Pillhead Gout, Littleton Warth on the 1st (Pete Hazelwood); A 2nd winter was present at Severn Beach on the 4th. (Paul Bowerman)
One west over Latteridge at 12:45 on the 6th (Chris Teague); One over the M4 from New Passage at 13:20 on the 14th (Greg Dawes); One at Marshfield on the 17th. (Avon Birds)
The first returning birds were noted over Winterbourne on the 5th. (Dan White)
One was picked up exhausted from a field on Hoovers Lane, Frampton Cotterell early morning on the 1st and taken into care! (OPS Birding); One was noted from the foreshore at Severn Beach on the 18th. (Severnside Birds)
One, the first of the year, was seen visiting feeders at Severn Beach on the 18th. (Adam Cross)
One probably this species from the Northwick Warth/ Pilning WR area from the 3rd - 5th. (Paul Bowerman, Phil Baber)
One north-east over Severn Bridge Viewpoint, Aust in the morning on the 14th. (Matt Hobbs)
One was processed at Littleton Brick Pits Ringing Station, Littleton Warth on the 7th. (Mark Dadds)
Yellow-browed Warbler | Mark Dadds
OCTOBER VIS (V)/ NOC (N) MIG:
Kingswood, Bristol: (V) A small movement of winter thrushes including Blackbird, Redwing and Fieldfare but the highlight was a re-orientating Hawfinch. (TBOSG)
Severn Bridge Viewpoint, Aust: (V) A big movement of 8150 Redwing, 5100 Starling, 2642 Chaffinch plus Hawfinch, Woodlark and Great White Egret in crystal clear skies with a fresh NE wind. (Matt Hobbs)
Hanham: (V) Two Brambling calling over a private garden early afternoon along with small numbers of Redwing and Chaffinch. (Rob Laughton)
Severn Beach: (N) 54 Redwing calls in first few hours, single Coot, Blackbird and Song Thrush. (Adam Cross)
Severn Bridge Viewpoint, Aust: (V) Chaffinch 2827, Jackdaw 1280, Starling 2121, Brambling, Fieldfare 793, Greenfinch 29, Redwing 1892, alba wagtail 106. (Matt Hobbs)