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.
There is a high probability that a single roosting swan spp on the sand bar mid-estuary from New Passage on the 15th was indeed this species. (Chris Stone, Paul Bowerman)
OPS: Two, a male and female/ 1st winter were noted on the 6th, a female/ 1st winter on the 10th, 13th and 16th. (Pete Hazelwood)
DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE
One noted at Oldbury Power Station on the 18th was the first of the year. (Andrew Middleton)
One reported present at Oldbury Power Station on the 1st (Andy Scrace); One seen in flight 1km east of the Lock Keeper PH, Willsbridge on the 17th. (Chris Mott)
The first storm driven individual of the year was noted from Severn Beach on the 21st. (Paul Bowerman)
A 1st winter was both seen and photographed at 08:45 on the 6th as it flew upriver along the near bank at Shepperdine. (Pete Hazelwood) It represents the 11th record of this species to occur in S. Glos since the first in the winter of 1840.
Glaucous Gull | Gordon Hodgson
COOPERS LAKE, YATE: At least five, two males and three 'redheads' on the 1st; Two 'redheads' present on the 8th; Five, two males, two females and an immature male on the 12th; Eight present on the 15th. KINGSGATE PARK, YATE: A male and two 'redheads' counted first thing on the 17th. (Gordon Youdale, Mark Coller)
OTHERS: Three, a male and two 'redheads' were seen in flight before alighting on the R. Avon 1 kilometre east of The Lock Keeper at Keynsham on the 4th; A pair were seen on the R. Avon in the Willsbridge area on the 11th; Three, a male and two 'redheads' were seen in flight before alighting on the R. Avon 1 kilometre east of The Lock Keeper at Keynsham on the 4th. (Chris Mott) A pair were seen on the R. Avon in the Willsbridge area on the 11th. (Nigel Kempson)
One noted from Lower Woods, Wickwar on the 17th. (Simon Cubbage, Stephen Jones)
Hawfinch | Simon Cubbage
AUST WARTH: Three were noted on the 1st (Aravind Ramesh. Paul Bowerman), one on the 2nd. (Karle Burford) MARSHFIELD: One seen well in flight in the Castle Farm area on the 3rd; One in the Dunsdown Lane area on the 9th. (John Barnett) CHIPPING SODBURY COMMON: One noted on the Common on the 3rd. (Mark Coller) OLDBURY POWER STATION: One around Lagoon III on the 11th. (Andrew Middleton)
Jack Snipe | Aravind Ramesh
Three females were noted on a small pond on a private site at Old Sodbury on the 11th. (David Teague)
AUST WARTH: One was reported in the afternoon on the 1st, two on the 2nd, one on the 9th. (Severnside Birds, Avon Birds) OLDBURY POWER STATION: One flushed from Lagoon III on the 13th. (Pete Hazelwood)
A winter female was present in the Aust Warth area on the 1st - 2nd. (Aravind Ramesh, Paul Bowerman, Karle Burford)
Snow Bunting | Paul Bowerman