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.
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)
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
One noted from Lyde Green Lake, Lyde Green on the 14th. (Tim Ford)
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)
The distinctive call of one was heard half a dozen times as it flew west over Down Road, Marshfield on the 2nd. (John Barnett)
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)
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)
An immature was seen on Butts Pool, Pilning WR from the 5th - 24th. (Matt Plenty)
Juvenile Garganey | Matt Plenty
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
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)
A female was seen at Kingsgate Park, Yate early morning on the 1st and the 6th. (Mark Coller)
Mandarin | Mark Coller
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
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)
The first returning individual was note south over Pilning WR, Northwick Warth area on the 20th. (Oscar Dewhurst)
One was seen at Littleton Brick Pits in flight low to the east towards Thornbury at 12:25 on the 12th. (Thomas Weston)
One present on Butts Pool, Pilning WR from the 13th - 25th.
Pectoral Sandpiper | Paul Bowerman
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
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)
One was noted in flight east over Pilning WR, Northwick Warth early morning on the 17th. (Oscar Dewhurst)
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
A juvenile/ 1st winter was seen briefly in a private garden in Kingswood, Bristol early morning on the 30th. (TBOSG)
Yellow-browed Warbler | TBOSG