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SOUTH GLOS DIARY 2017

 

 

JANUARY

 

Sunday January 1st

JACK SNIPE: Two were seen at an undisclosed site at Yate. (Mark Coller, Darren Pearce) MARSH HARRIER: A juvenile/ immature bird was seen in flight over the reedbed at Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station where it quartered a couple of times before departing. (Pete Hazelwood) This is the earliest date for this species in S. Glos! The previous earliest was January 30th 2011 on Littleton Warth. RED KITE: One was reported over fields at Marshfield. (Pete Taylor)

 

Monday January 2nd

AMERICAN WIGEON: A 1st winter drake was present from mid-morning until dusk on the shoreline from Littleton Warth a kilometre north of the parking area at Whale Wharf Lane. (Ben Ofield) This occurrence constitutes the first record of this species for the S. Gloucestershire recording area!

 

BLACK REDSTART: An adult winter male was seen at Oldbury Power Station at the south end of the Cooling Towers this morning. (Pete Hazelwood) GREAT WHITE EGRET: Two were reported low over St Mary's Church car Park, Littleton-upon-Severn at 16:30. (Chris Stone) This is the earliest date for this species in S. Glos and a record equalling highest count! JACK SNIPE: One was seen twice briefly in the Shire Valley, Marshfield this morning. (Don & Mike Smith) Two were noted on Chittening Warth also this morning (Tony Scott) SMEW: A redhead was seen on Chipping Sodbury Common on the fishing pool between 15:20 and 15:40. (David Poulton) WATER PIPIT: One was seen to drop into fields beyond Grebe Pond in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area this morning. (John Martin)

 

© Ben Ofield

 

Wednesday January 4th

JACK SNIPE: One was seen again in the Shire Valley, Marshfield. (Nigel Sluman) WAXWING: Six were seen briefly around The Worthys, Bradley Stoke - BS32 8DQ at 12:50. (Vic Savery)

 

© Vic Savery

 

Thursday January 5th

GREAT WHITE EGRET: One was reported from the R. Frome behind Centenary field, Frampton Cotterell. (Steve Jones via BOC Birdnews February 2017) JACK SNIPE: One was once again present in the Shire Valley, Marshfield (Nigel Warren), three were seen on Pilning Wetland and a further seven were noted from Aust Warth (Severnside Birds). WAXWING: Five/ six (probably this species) were reported opposite The Worthys, Bradley Stoke first thing. (Adam Rawson) One was lingering in the Blackthorn Drive/ Somerby Close/ Jordan Walk area at Bradley Stoke on and off throughout the day. (Clair Oliver, Dan White) WATER PIPIT: One still present in the Northwick Warth/ New Passage area. (Severnside Birds)

 

© Claire Oliver

 

Friday January 6th

WAXWING: One was seen briefly in a garden backing onto Withymead Playing Fields, Marshfield around 11:30 this morning. (Denise Whittle) This occurrence represents the first record of this species for the 'Marshfield patch'.

 

© Denise Whittle

 

Saturday January 7th

BLACK-TAILED GODWIT: c.560 were counted in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area today representing the highest count of this species for S. Glos! (John Martin) WAXWING: A flock of thirteen were finally 'pinned down' in trees in the car park of the Three Brooks Pub at Bradley Stoke between 15:15 and 15:50. (TBOSG et.al.) WATER PIPIT: One was seen by The Pill at New Passage. (John Martin)

 

© TBOSG

 

Sunday January 8th

JACK SNIPE: One was seen over low tide at Oldbury Power Station and a further two were reported from Aust Warth. (Andy Middleton, Severnside Birds) WAXWING: A flock of fourteen were relocated in tree on Bailey's Court Road, Bradley Stoke this afternoon. (Gordon Youdale)

 

© Jeanette Sakel

 

Monday January 9th

WAXWING: Up to nine birds were seen in the Bailey's Court area at Bradley Stoke today. (Matt Scott, Vic Savery)

 

© TBOSG

 

Tuesday January 10th

CATTLE EGRET: Two were seen in fields at Toghill Farm, Wick - ST: 720 723 this morning. (Gary Hughes, TBOSG) These birds represent the third and fourth record of this species for S. Glos, the first multiple occurrence, the earliest date and the longest staying. From photo's taken by Jess Forey on her phone, one was first noticed in fields at Toghill Farm, Wick on December 17th 2016 around 09:00 and was joined by a second bird on January 1st 2017. (Jess Forey & Alex Roe) WAXWING: Four were seen today at Bradley Stoke, two at Bailey's Court and two at The Willow Brook Centre. (RBA)

 

© TBOSG

 

Wednesday January 11th

CATTLE EGRET: Two birds in fields at Toghill Farm, Wick - ST: 722 725 where they remained throughout the day. WATER PIPIT: One was seen on Northwick Warth near the 2nd sentry box around mid-day. (Nigel Warren)

 

© Mark Coller

 

Thursday January 12th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields at Toghill Farm, Wick. (TBOSG)

 

Friday January 13th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Tim Osborne) JACK SNIPE: Around eight birds reported today, at least six from Aust Warth, one from Marshfield and one from Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station. (Tony Scott, John Barnett, Pete Hazelwood) WATER PIPIT: One was seen again on Northwick Warth near the 2nd sentry box. (RBA) WAXWING: Two were reported in tree near the playing fields at Little Stoke. (RBA)

 

Saturday January 14th

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds present throughout the day in fields at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Pete Coslett) JACK SNIPE: One reported from Littleton Warth this morning. (John Martin) WAXWING: One was reported from Yate this morning in the Melrose/ Walnut Avenue area. (RBA)

 

© Chris Teague

 

Sunday January 15th

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds again present throughout the day in fields at Toghill Farm, Wick. (NSL-Birding) JACK SNIPE: At least four were noted from Aust Warth. (Severnside Birds) MEDITERRANEAN GULL: An adult, the first of the year, was seen from New Passage today. (Paul Bowerman) WATER PIPIT: One still present in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. (John Martin)

 

© Darren Pearce

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Monday January 16th

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds still feeding in fields at Toghill Farm, Wick. (TBOSG)

 

© Lee Gardiner

 

Tuesday January 17th

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds still present in fields at Toghill Farm, Wick throughout the day. (TBOSG) WAXWING: At least one was seen in trees by the eastbound slip road at Severn View Services on the M48 at Aust around 14:30. (RBA)

 

Wednesday January 18th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present and feeding in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) EGYPTIAN GOOSE: One at Aztec West, Almondsbury. Its been in the area on and off since November 2nd 2016. (Duncan McLaughlin) WATER PIPIT: One still present on Northwick Warth around the second sentry box. (Severnside Birds)

 

Thursday January 19th

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds still present in fields at Toghill Farm, Wick throughout the day. (Jess Forey)

 

Friday January 20th

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds present throughout the day in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) EGYPTIAN GOOSE: The adult relocated from Aztec West to Northwick Warth and Pilning Wetland today. (Paul Bowerman, Brian Lancastle) JACK SNIPE: One was noted from Aust Warth. (Severnside Birds) MARSH HARRIER: A putative female was watched hunting over Pilning Wetland this morning around 08:40 before drifting north. (Paul Bowerman) RED KITE: One this morning flying over the fields at Vinney Lane, Horton. (Caroline Sandrey)

 

© TBOSG

 

© Brian Lancastle

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Saturday January 21st

BITTERN: One was seen briefly around 08:45 at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach. It flew west along the first pond but could not be relocated. (Rod Holbrook) BLACK REDSTART: An adult winter male was seen on the south-west side of the towers at Oldbury Power Station this morning. (Pete Hazelwood) CATTLE EGRET: Both birds remained throughout the day in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Chris Trott) EGYPTIAN GOOSE: The adult was still present in the Northwick Warth and Pilning Wetland area today. JACK SNIPE: One was noted from Aust Warth late afternoon. SHORT-EARED OWL: One was seen on Aust Warth late afternoon. (Brian Lancastle)

 

Sunday January 22nd

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds remained throughout the day in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: At least five were reported from Asda, Longwell Green today. (Ben MacDonald)

 

Monday January 23rd

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Brian Thompson)

 

© Brian Thompson

 

Tuesday January 24th

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds present throughout the day in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey)

 

Wednesday January 25th

BLACK REDSTART: Two adult winter males showing well on the seawall near the Waterworks at Oldbury Power Station. (Pete Hazelwood) CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) JACK SNIPE: One noted from Aust Warth this afternoon. (Steve Hale)

 

© Pete Hazelwood

 

Thursday January 26th

CATTLE EGRET: Two birds still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick throughout the day. (Jess Forey)

 

Friday January 27th

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick today. (Jess Forey) MARSH HARRIER: A female was seen around Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station this afternoon appeared to drop into the reedbed. RED KITE: One was noted low over Oldbury Power Station this afternoon drifting south-west. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Saturday January 28th

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick today. (Jess Forey)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

Sunday January 29th

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds present throughout the day in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: Fifteen, the highest count of the year so far, were showing throughout the day in trees in the car park at Tesco, Bradley Stoke. (Rod Holbrook)

 

© Katie Horrocks

 

Monday January 30th

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds were present throughout the day at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: Again up to fifteen birds were present in the car park at Tesco and The Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke. (Rod Holbrook)

 

© Brian Thompson

 

Tuesday January 31st

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds present throughout the day in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: Thirteen were on show throughout the day at The Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke. (Gavin Boyland)

 

© Adam Rawson

 

 

FEBRUARY

 

Wednesday February 1st

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: Thirteen were seen on and off today at The Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke. (Rod Holbrook)

 

© Chris Kidd

 

Thursday February 2nd

CATTLE EGRET: Two birds still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) SHORT-EARED OWL: One was seen this morning on the saltmarsh at Thornbury Sailing Club and subsequently went to roost nearby. (Pete Hazelwood) WATER PIPIT: One was seen in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area. (Severnside Birds) WAXWING: All thirteen individuals were seen at The Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke today. (Adam Rawson)

 

© NSL-Birding

 

Friday February 3rd

CATTLE EGRET: Two birds still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (TBOSG) WATER PIPIT: One was heard in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area this morning. (John Martin) WAXWING: Thirteen birds were still frequenting The Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke today. (Adam Rawson)

 

© Adam Rawson

 

Saturday February 4th

CATTLE EGRET: Two birds still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WATER PIPIT: One was seen on Northwick Warth around the 2nd sentry box this morning. (John Martin) WAXWING: A bakers dozen still present in the car park at Tesco, Bradley Stoke, (Katie Horrocks) and six briefly in trees along Signal Road, Mangotsfield around 16:00. (Nick Tippett)

 

© Katie Horrocks

 

Sunday February 5th

CATTLE EGRET: The two resident birds in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) MANDARIN: At least ten (the first of the year) were present on Tortworth Court Lake this morning. (Darren Pearce) WAXWING: Fifteen birds were logged today in the car park at Tesco, Bradley Stoke, (Matt Scott)

 

© Gary Thoburn

 

Monday February 6th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick throughout the day. (Jess Forey) RED KITE: One was seen in flight north-west over the Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury around mid-day. (Nick Hawkridge) WAXWING: Fourteen birds were present today in the car park at Tesco, Bradley Stoke, on and off. (Vic Savery)

 

Tuesday February 7th

BLACK REDSTART: An adult male still present at Oldbury Power Station on top of the towers at the south end. (Pete Hazelwood) CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: Thirteen still present at Tesco, Bradley Stoke today.

 

Wednesday February 8th

BLACK REDSTART: One was reported from Pilning Wetland late afternoon. (Severnside Birds) CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) GOSHAWK: One was seen in the Cloud Wood area at Marshfield today. (John Barnett) WAXWING: Eleven still present at Tesco, Bradley Stoke today.

 

Thursday February 9th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A winter adult was noted in the roost on the Tidal Reservoir, Oldbury Power Station this evening. (Birdwatching OPS) WAXWING: Thirteen still present at Tesco, Bradley Stoke today. (Adam Rawson)

 

Friday February 10th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) JACK SNIPE: Three were noted from Aust Warth today. (Severnside Birds) KNOT: Counted from a photograph taken on the 5th - 1,120 were reckoned from the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area. A record count for S. Glos! (John Martin) WAXWING: Twelve present at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke today.

 

Saturday February 11th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) JACK SNIPE: Three noted on Littleton Warth WeBS. (John Martin)

 

Sunday February 12th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) JACK SNIPE: One counted on WeBS at Oldbury Power Station today. (Andy Middleton)

 

Monday February 13th

BLACK REDSTART: A winter male was showing well near the Waterworks at Oldbury Power Station this morning. (Matt Plenty) CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) RED KITE: One seen in flight north over Oldbury Power Station at 10:40. (Matt Plenty) WAXWING: Fifteen were seen on and off during the day at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke. (Adam Rawson)

 

© Adam Rawson

 

Tuesday February 14th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. WAXWING: Fifteen today at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke.

 

Wednesday February 15th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: Three were seen late morning at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke, (RBA) and a 'flock' were reported near the play area on Baker's Ground, Stoke Gifford.

 

Thursday February 16th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) RED KITE: One was reported over Yate Common, Yate. WAXWING: Fifteen again today at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke. (Brian Thompson)

 

© TBOSG

 

Friday February 17th

BLACK REDSTART: An adult male at Oldbury Power Station still on top of the towers on the south-west side. (Pete Hazelwood) CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (TBOSG) RED KITE: Two at Marshfield today, one south over Tormarton Road followed by a second over the Shire Valley. (John Barnett) WAXWING: All fifteen birds still present again today at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke. (Brian Thompson)

 

© Brian Thompson

 

Saturday February 18th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: Fifteen were seen at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke early a.m. and late p.m. and presumably the same flock (also 15) was noted at Bakers Ground,  Stoke Gifford at lunchtime? MAGPIE: 60+ were counted at Warmley Forest Park, Warmley on the 13th February - a new S. Glos highest count. (Alex Francis) The previous highest count was 56 at OPS on August 2nd 2007.

 

Sunday February 19th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: All fifteen were seen at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke again today. (Adam Rawson, Vic Savery)

 

Monday February 20th

CATTLE EGRET: The two (still present) in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick have been in residence for over two months now!. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: All fifteen at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke again today. (Adam Rawson)

 

Tuesday February 21st

CATTLE EGRET: Two birds still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick today. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: Fifteen lingering at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke again today. (Adam Rawson)

 

Wednesday February 22nd

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A 2nd winter was noted roosting on Pilning Wetland. (Paul Bowerman) WAXWING: Fifteen still present at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke. (Greg Dawes)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Thursday February 23rd

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: Fifteen lingering at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke. (Adam Rawson, Greg Dawes)

 

Friday February 24th

BLACK REDSTART: An adult winter male was seen on the roof of the towers at Oldbury Power Station today. (Pete Hazelwood) CATTLE EGRET: Two still present at Toghill Farm, Wick. (TBOSG) HEN HARRIER: A fine male, the first of the year, was seen at Shepperdine around 16:30. (Peter Kirmond) JACK SNIPE: Two were reported from Shepperdine. (Birdwatching @OPS) RED KITE: One was seen at Downthorns Farm/ Down Road this afternoon. (TBOSG) WAXWING: At least thirteen still present at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke. (Adam Rawson)

 

© TBOSG

 

Saturday February 25th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) HEN HARRIER: A male flew along the shore and upriver beyond Shepperdine at 07:50. (Pete Hazelwood) JACK SNIPE: Two were noted on Aust Warth. (Brian Lancastle) RED KITE: One was seen at Littleton Brick Pits, Littleton Warth today. Probably the first site record. (Paul House) SHORT-EARED OWL: One was seen in flight to the south-west over Northwick Warth. (Brian Lancastle) WAXWING: All fifteen once again present at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke. (Adam Rawson)

 

Sunday February 26th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: All fifteen once again present at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke. (Rod Holbrook)

 

© Andy Jordan

 

Monday February 27th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey)

 

Tuesday February 28th

CATTLE EGRET: Two birds still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) JACK SNIPE: Four were displaces by a rising tide this morning. (John Martin) HOUSE MARTIN: One was seen along side the R. Frome at Nightingales Bridge, Frampton Cotterell on February 28th. It represents the earliest ever date for this species in S. Gloucestershire. The previous earliest date was March 14th 2016 at Tockington. (Sid Simmons) WAXWING: At least sixteen were counted today at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke. (Adam Rawson, David Hanks)

 

 

MARCH

 

Wednesday March 1st

CATTLE EGRET: Two birds still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) PIED WAGTAIL: A roost of 'several hundred' were reported from Marks & Spencer at Cribbs Causeway. RAVEN: A good count of twenty-three from Chipping Sodbury Common today. (Mark Coller) WAXWING: Sixteen were still present at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke (Avon Birds) and four were seen in trees at Buckover Hill, Buckover at 15:30. (Adam Rawson)

 

Thursday March 2nd

CASPIAN GULL: An adult winter female was noted mixing with around 600 gulls at Shortwood Civic Amenities Site late afternoon. (Peter Rock) It constitutes the 7th record for S. Gloucestershire and the latest ever date for this species in the recording area! The previous latest date was February 4th 2008 at Shortwood CAS. CATTLE EGRET: Two birds still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) SMEW: A winter female was found on Chipping Sodbury Common fishing lake this afternoon. (Dan White) WAXWING: Fifteen were still present at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke. (Adam Rawson, Stephen Jones)

 

© Dan White, Stephen Jones

 

Friday March 3rd

CATTLE EGRET: Two birds still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: Fifteen still present at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke. (Adam Rawson)

 

© TBOSG

© Adam Rawson

 

Saturday March 4th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) RED KITE: One noted over Kingsgate Park, Yate. (Adam Rawson) SCANDINAVIAN ROCK PIPIT: Three or four putatively this form at Severn Beach. (Brian Lancastle) WAXWING: Fifteen still present at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke. (Adam Rawson)

 

© Adam Rawson, Brian Lancastle

 

Sunday March 5th

CATTLE EGRET: Two birds still present at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: Fifteen birds still present at Tesco, Bradley Stoke. (Adam Rawson)

 

© TBOSG

© Adam Rawson

 

Monday March 6th

CATTLE EGRET: Two birds still present at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: Fifteen lingering at Tesco, Bradley Stoke. (Adam Rawson)

Tuesday March 7th

CATTLE EGRET: Two present throughout the day at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) COMMON STONECHAT: Fourteen were counted at Oldbury Power Station today; A site and S. Glos highest count... probably! (Andy Middleton) WAXWING: Up to fifteen birds lingering at Tesco, Bradley Stoke. (Brian Thompson, Adam Rawson)

 

© Brian Thompson

 

Wednesday March 8th

CATTLE EGRET: Two present throughout the day at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) NORTHERN WHEATEAR: A spring male, the first of the year, near Oldbury Sailing Club. PIED WAGTAIL: C.300 roosting on buildings in the Jetty area at Oldbury Power Station. (Pete Hazelwood) WAXWING: Fifteen birds at Tesco, Bradley Stoke at 07:25 then on Braydon Avenue at 07:35 briefly. (Brian Thompson, Adam Rawson)

 

Thursday March 9th

CATTLE EGRET: Two present throughout the day at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) ICELANDIC REDWING: One probably this form on Northwick Warth late afternoon. (Brian Lancastle) WAXWING: Fifteen birds at Tesco, Bradley Stoke at 07:15. (Brian Thompson, Adam Rawson)

 

© Brian Lancastle

© Brian Thompson

 

Friday March 10th

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds still present early morning at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) GREENSHANK: One, the first of the year, was heard from Cake Pill, Aust this morning.  MARSH HARRIER: One was seen in flight north past Aust Warth around 09:50. (Steve Hale) WAXWING: Fifteen still present at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke this morning. (Adam Rawson)

 

Saturday March 11th

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds present early morning at Toghill Farm, Wick; feeding at an unknown location throughout the day and returning to roost in the evening. (Jess Forey) GREEN WOODPECKER: At least twenty (20) were counted in the Overscourt Woodland/ Shortwood area early morning. (Anthony Goodwin) JACK SNIPE: One was flushed from the saltmarsh at Oldbury Power Station. (Pete Hazelwood) MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A summer plumaged bird was noted on Littleton Warth this morning. (John Martin) SAND MARTIN: Three, the first of the year, were watched around Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station, (Morris Benson) plus at least one noted at Littleton Brick Pits. WATER PIPIT: One was noted on Littleton Warth this morning. (John Martin) WAXWING: Twelve were seen fly-catching around the Pinker's Mead/ Julius Close area at Emerson's Green this afternoon briefly. (Dave Haddican) WHITE WAGTAIL: At least one possible two (the first of the year and earliest date for S. Glos) with c.75 'alba' wagtail in ploughed fields from Down Road, Marshfield late morning. (TBOSG)

 

Sunday March 12th

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: One reported again from Aztec West Business Park, Almondsbury today. MANDARIN: Two were seen in flight over Old Sodbury this afternoon, (Chris Teague) with a further bird reported from Golden Valley LNR, Wick.

 

Monday March 13th

JACK SNIPE: One was seen at Oldbury Power Station this morning. (Andy Middleton)

 

Wednesday March 15th

RED KITE: One in flight south-west over Northwick Warth at 12:40. (Paul Bowerman, TBOSG) SHORT-EARED OWL: Four were reported from Aust Warth late afternoon before flying towards Northwick Warth. (RBA) SWALLOW: One, the first of the year and earliest ever record for S. Glos, was reported from Aust Warth late afternoon. (RBA) Previous earliest date was March 26th 1996 at Oldbury Power Station. WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: Two, the first of the year, flew strongly north-east over New Passage at 11:30. (Paul Bowerman, Dick Reader, TBOSG)

 

Thursday March 16th

SHORT-EARED OWL: Two were seen from Aust Warth late afternoon. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Friday March 17th

LITTLE RINGED PLOVER: One, the first of the year, was first seen in flight over Pilning Wetland this morning. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Sunday March 19th

MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A summer adult  was watched from Severn Beach. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Monday March 20th

SHORT-EARED OWL: Three were seen from early afternoon on Aust Warth. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Wednesday March 22nd

SHORT-EARED OWL: Four were seen hunting over Aust Warth from early afternoon. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Thursday March 23rd

RED KITE: One was seen over Latteridge late afternoon. (Chris Teague)

 

Friday March 24th

RED KITE: Difficult to say how many today! The first was seen over the M4 halfway between Almondsbury and Severn Beach at 06:15, next was one over Littleton Warth at 11:00, a third flew in off the river and over Pilning Wetland at 15:10 and a fourth was seen over Down Road, Marshfield this afternoon. (Andy Jordan, Michael Davis, Paul Bowerman, Pete Coslett) SHORT-EARED OWL: At least one was seen on Aust Warth at 16:10. (Severnside Birds)

 

Saturday March 25th

IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF: A spring male, the first ever record of this species in S. Gloucestershire, was found at Kingsgate Park, Yate. (Mark Coller) Present from early morning where it was initially picked up on call, it spent the day performing and showing well on and of around the margins of the smaller lake on the east side of the park. It was in song periodically when the triplet ...'chiff chiff chiff weet weet diditdiditidit'... (pers.com. John Martin) was clearly heard.

 

© TBOSG

 

CATTLE EGRET: One, the second Severnside record, was found on Pilning Wetland this morning. (Iain Dickie, Rich Miles) COMMON CRANE: Two apparently unringed birds flew north over Pilning Wetland this morning. (Severnside Birds) SHORT-EARED OWL: One seen at Aust Warth at 06:30 this morning and presumably the same individual was present there this evening. (John Martin, Katie Horrocks) WATER PIPIT: One was reported from Northwick Warth today. (Severnside Birds)

 

Sunday March 26th

IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF: The spring male was present throughout the day at Kingsgate Park, Yate. (Mark Coller) RED KITE: Good views of one seen at Avening Green around 10:30. (Fen Marshall) SHORT-EARED OWL: One reported from Aust Warth today. (Severnside Birds)

 

© Mark Coller

Iberian Chiffchaff sonogram from Kingsgate Park, Yate. © Paul Marshall

© John Martin

 

Monday March 27th

OSPREY: One, the first of the year and record equalling earliest date, was seen in flight heading east low over Lydiard Croft, Hanham at 08:40. (Nigel Warren) RED KITE: A report of one over Doynton sometime today. (Avon Birds) SHORT-EARED OWL: One reported from Aust Warth this evening (RBA) WATER PIPIT: One still present on Northwick Warth. (Brian Lancastle)

 

Tuesday March 28th

Continental Cormorant: One was seen on Grebe Pond, Pilning Wetland on the 28th. (TBOSG, Paul Bowerman) It represents the latest date for this form in S. Glos! GOSHAWK: An immature bird was seen briefly in flight in the Cold Ashton area around 18:15. (Mark Coller) SHORT-EARED OWL: One was seen on Aust Warth this morning. (Brian Lancastle)

 

The gular pouch angle in this bird is close to 90° indicating 'sinensis'. © TBOSG

 

Thursday March 30th

COMMON REDSTART: A male was seen on Chipping Sodbury Common this afternoon - a record equalling earliest date for S. Glos! (Dave Hanks) COMMON TERN: At least half a dozen birds were noted in flight downriver past Oldbury Power Station today - a record equalling earliest date for S. Glos! (Pete Hazelwood) COMMON WHITETHROAT: The first of the year and earliest date for this species in S. Glos was seen in the Northwick Warth area today. The previous earliest date was April 4th 2002 at Oldbury Power Station. (Paul Bowerman) HOBBY: One, the earliest S. Glos record was seen in flight north over Pilning Wetland around 12:15. The previous earliest date was March 31st 2016 at New Passage. (Kevin Bainbridge) SANDWICH TERN: Six, the first of the year, were seen heading downriver at Oldbury Power Station early this morning. (Pete Hazelwood) WATER PIPIT: One was present on Northwick Warth today. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Friday March 31st

WATER PIPIT: Two were present on Northwick Warth today. (Paul Bowerman)

 

 

APRIL

 

Saturday April 1st

DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE: One, the first of the year was present in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area today. (Paul Bowerman) GOOSANDER: One, the first of the year, was noted on the R. Avon at Hanham today. SHORT-EARED OWL: Four were logged today from the Aust Warth area. (Brian Lancastle, Lee Gardiner) WATER PIPIT: At least five, possibly eight, were noted on Northwick Warth (in the 1st sentry box area) in transition plumage. (Paul Marshall)

 

Sunday April 2nd

REED WARBLER: One trapped and processed at Littleton Brick Pits today is the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous earliest date was April 9th 2011 at Oldbury Power Station. (Paul House) SHORT-EARED OWL: Four were noted from the Aust Warth area today. (Adam Rawson, Michael Lovering) YELLOW WAGTAIL: The first of the year and earliest date for this species in S. Glos was seen on Pilning Wetland around 1st Sentry Box Pool. The previous earliest date was April 6th 2002 at Severn Beach. (Gary Hughes)

 

Monday April 3rd

AVOCET: One, the first of the year, was seen at New Passage this morning. (Rosemary Setter) IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF: An unconfirmed report of a singing male briefly on Chipping Sodbury Common. (Gordon Youdale) An individual was both seen and heard later in the day at the same site and was considered by several observers to be an atypical Common Chiffchaff. (Ed's) RED KITE: One was watched in flight from Bitton following the R. Avon towards the old chocolate factory at Keynsham. (Chris Hall) SHORT-EARED OWL: At least two were seen at Aust Warth this afternoon. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Tuesday April 4th

TREE PIPIT: One, the first of the year, was seen at Aust this afternoon. (Brian Lancastle) SHORT-EARED OWL: Two at Aust Warth this afternoon/ evening. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Brian Lancastle

 

Wednesday April 5th

RED KITE: One seen in flight at Old Sodbury heading towards Yate at 13:55. (David Teague) SHORT-EARED OWL: Three were still present at Aust this evening.

 

Thursday April 6th

SERIN: A spring male was both seen and heard at 08:25 at New Passage. (Paul Bowerman) This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire as well as the earliest date. It was both seen and heard in flight low over the 'ramp' at New Passage, alighting briefly in the Ash by the entrance to Northwick Warth before flying towards 'The Glen'. On the evening of April 5th Paul Bowdler noticed a small bright yellow finch land near entrance to Northwick Warth before flying towards the houses at New Passage which... 'appeared too small for Siskin'...

 

BLACK REDSTART: A female was seen near the Waterworks at Oldbury Power Station this morning. (Pete Hazelwood) GREEN SANDPIPER: One, the first of the year, was seen along Cattybrook Rhine, between Pilning Street and Badger Lane near Over. (Mark Smith) RED KITE: One seen in flight in the Milbury Heath/ Wyevale Garden Centre area this morning. (Adam Rawson) WATER PIPIT: Two were noted in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area today. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Friday April 7th

COMMON CROSSBILL: A male and three females (the first of the year) were seen at Oldbury Power Station in pines on the north-east side of Lagoon I before flying upriver along the bank. (Pete Hazelwood) FIRECREST: One, the first of the year, was seen in woodland between Old Down, Lower Hazel and Alveston around ST: 626 876 at 15:00. (Vic Savery) RED KITE: One was seen in flight over 'The Anchor' at Oldbury-on-Severn at 14:15. (Brian Lancastle) SHORT-EARED OWL: At least three still at Aust late afternoon.

 

© Vic Savery

 

Saturday April 8th

SEDGE WARBLER: One present on Northwick Warth with another on Chittening Warth this morning - the first of the year and the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. (Paul Bowerman, Rob Emery) The previous earliest date was April 9th 2001 on Severnside. SHORT-EARED OWL: At least two birds still present at Aust late afternoon. (Severnside Birds)

 

Sunday April 9th

COMMON EIDER: A flock of eight, including two drakes, were watched flying down-river past Severn Beach this evening. (Paul Bowerman) That's the first for the year! GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: One both seen and heard 'reeling' on Northwick Warth early this morning is the first of the year and the 150th species recorded in S. Glos this year! LESSER WHITETHROAT: Again both seen and heard on Northwick Warth early this morning is the first of the year and the earliest date for this species in S. Glos! (John Martin) The previous earliest date was April 10th 2009 at Oldbury Power Station. RING OUZEL: A fine spring male, the first of the year,  was seen in a private garden at Tormarton at 10:00 this morning. (John & Janet Wells via Fen Marshall) Siberian Chiffchaff: One, possibly this form, was reported from Olveston/ Tockington area today. (RBA)

 

© Paul Bowerman

Our earliest ever Lesser Whitethroat © John Martin

© John & Janet Wells

 

Monday April 10th

OSPREY: One flew low over Pilning Wetland and Northwick Warth and continued on north-east up the estuary at 11:25. (Paul Bowerman, Tony Scott, TBOSG) SHORT-EARED OWL: One was still present at Aust late afternoon. (TBOSG)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

© TBOSG

 

Tuesday April 11th

GREAT WHITE EGRET: One was seen in flight just inland of Shepperdine/ Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station heading south-west at 07:30. (Pete Hazelwood) Greenland Wheatear: Birds seen at Rushmead Lane and Down Road, Marshfield this afternoon were though to be this form. (Pete Taylor) RED KITE: One was seen in flight heading north-east over Oldbury Power Station at 14:35. (Dan White) RING OUZEL: A male was seen this afternoon in flight by the roundabout at the junction of the A46/ A420 near Pennsylvania then low north across the fields. (Pete Taylor) SMEW: A female returned to Chipping Sodbury Common Fishing Pools this afternoon. (Dave Poulton)

 

© Dan White, Pete Coslett

 

Wednesday April 12th

Siberian Chiffchaff: One was both seen and heard near the 2nd Sentry Box on Northwick Warth this morning. (Brian Lancastle) It represents the latest date for this form in S. Glos. The previous latest date was March 28th 2005 at Emerson's Green. SMEW: The female was reported again from Chipping Sodbury Common Fishing Pools today.

 

Thursday April 13th

GREY PARTRIDGE: One was present in fields from Down Road, Marshfield this afternoon. (Nigel Warren) RED KITE: One was seen in flight north over Dyrham around 13:30. (Dan White) SHORT-EARED OWL: One reported again from Aust Warth. SMEW: The female was present throughout the day on Chipping Sodbury Common Fishing Pools. (Phil Hemmings)

 

© TBOSG

 

Friday April 14th

SMEW: The female was present until late morning at least on Chipping Sodbury Common Fishing Pools. WHIMBREL: One, the first of the year, was seen at Oldbury Power Station this morning. (Andy Middleton)

 

Saturday April 15th

AVOCET: One was seen in flight past Oldbury Power Station today. (Birding OPS)

 

Sunday April 16th

GARDEN WARBLER: One, the first of the year, was logged on Yate Common, Yate this morning. (Mark Coller) It represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos! The previous earliest date was April 17th 2003 at Severn Beach. GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: One was heard 'reeling' near the entrance to Littleton Brick Pits this morning. (Thomas Weston) SHORT-EARED OWL: One was reported again from Aust Warth.

 

Monday April 17th

RED KITE: One was seen drifting south-west over Hanham around mid-day. (Nigel Warren)

 

Tuesday April 18th

PIED FLYCATCHER: A fine male, the first of the year, was seen in trees in private gardens at New Passage this morning and relocated at Chestle Pill copse this evening. (Paul Bowerman, John Martin) RED KITE: One was seen in flight heading from Willsbridge towards Keynsham late afternoon. (Brian Thompson)

 

© John Martin

 

Wednesday April 19th

OSPREY: One flew over Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station at 10:50 before heading out over the estuary and upriver over the Tidal Reservoir. (Pete Hazelwood) WHINCHAT: At least two, the first of the year, were present on Chipping Sodbury Common this morning. (Mark Coller) Northern Willow Warbler: A very 'grey' individual seen near the 2nd Sentry Box, Northwick Warth this morning was putatively - phylloscopus trochilus acredula. (TBOSG)

 

© Mark Coller

 

Thursday April 20th

SPOTTED FLYCATCHER: One, the first of the year, was present in Chestle Pill copse at New Passage this morning. (Kev Bainbridge) It also represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous earliest date was April 21st 2003 at Severn Beach. GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: One was heard 'reeling' in the south-west corner of Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station this morning. (Pete Hazelwood) WHIMBREL: An extremely rare occurrence with one heard calling as it flew over 'HanhamBirdObs' Wesley Avenue, Hanham around 01:00 this morning (Rob Laughton)

 

Friday April 21st

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: One was heard 'reeling' near the 2nd Sentry Box on Northwick Warth, this morning. (Paul Bowerman) GREAT WHITE EGRET: One was seen in flight heading south over Pilning Wetland, Northwick Warth at 12:50. (Rich Miles) SHORT-EARED OWL: Two birds today with singles reported from Northwick Warth and Shepperdine. (Iain Dickie, Pete Hazelwood) SPOONBILL: One, the first of the year, was seen on Northwick Warth Flash around 15:00 before being flushed. (Ben Olfield) WOOD WARBLER: A spring male (the first of the year) in full song, was present throughout the day in Grange Plantation on Ashwicke Road, 1.5 kilometres south of Marshfield at ST: 785 717. (John Barnett)

 

© TBOSG

© Ben Ofield

 

Saturday April 22nd

ARCTIC TERN: A single flock of 18 (the first of the year) were seen feeding on the Tidal Reservoir before heading upriver around 15:00. (Pete Hazelwood) GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: Three birds heard 'reeling' today - one in scrub just south of Severn Beach plus a further two from a small reed bed on Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station. (John Martin, Pete Hazelwood) SMEW: The female was once again present on Chipping Sodbury Common Fishing Pools today. (Darren Pearce) WATCH A SHORT VIDEO HERE

 

© TBOSG Another shot of the Wood Warbler south of Marshfield on April 21st thanks to John Barnett.

 

Sunday April 23rd

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: One was heard 'reeling' from Moor Lane, Tockington this morning. (Matt Scott) RED KITE: One was seen in flight over Thornbury at 12:20. (Matt Plenty) SMEW: The female still present on Chipping Sodbury Common Fishing Pools today. (Paul Woolams)

 

© Paul Woolams

 

Monday April 24th

RED KITE: One in flight over Downthorns Farm from Down Road, Marshfield this morning. (TBOSG)

 

© TBOSG

 

Tuesday April 25th

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: Two birds 'reeling' at Oldbury Power Station today around Lagoon III. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Wednesday April 26th

MANDARIN: A drake was reported from the R. Avon at Hanham. (Steven Selwood)

 

© Steven Selwood

 

Friday April 28th

MARSH HARRIER: An immature/ female was noted at Aust Warth this morning. (Martin Tayler, John Duffy) SHORT-EARED OWL: A 'pale' individual was seen near Northwick Flash around 09:30 and presumably the same individual was present around 10:40 on Aust Warth. (Paul Bowerman, Dan White)

 

© Dan White

 

Saturday April 29th

AVOCET: One was seen briefly on Pilning Wetland this morning. (Paul Bowerman) COMMON CUCKOO: One, the first of the year, was seen in flight at Oldbury Power Station. (Steve Hale) COMMON SWIFT: One, the fist of the year, was seen over Pilning Wetland this morning. (Paul Bowerman) MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A 1st winter was seen from Littleton Warth and Oldbury Power Station over high tide. (Thomas Weston, Pete Hazelwood)

 

Sunday April 30th

HEN HARRIER: A fine male was seen flying low north-east over Northwick Warth this morning before being lost to view. (Paul Bowerman) RED KITE: One was seen soaring and then low over Old Down CC around 12:15. It was watched dropping something and swooping down to catch in mid air, looked in excellent condition. It approached from the R. Severn direction and headed towards Alveston. (Stuart Evans)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

 

MAY

 

Monday May 1st

RED KITE: One was reported from Chipping Sodbury Common around 11:30 an a second was noted heading south over Wesley Avenue, Hanham around 16:50. (Rob Laughton) SHORT-EARED OWL: One was seen on Northwick Warth this morning, with two were present on Aust Warth this evening. (Brian Lancastle)

 

Tuesday May 2nd

MANDARIN: A male was present at Golden Valley LNR, Wick today between the bridge and waterfall. (Steve Mott via Chris Mott)

 

Wednesday May 3rd

AVOCET: Two were present briefly on Northwick Warth this morning. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Thursday May 4th

RED KITE: One high north over Frampton Cotterell late afternoon. (Wilf King) WOOD WARBLER: Two were present at Oldbury Power Station today; one in poplars by small triangular reedbed in the south-east corner of Lagoon II, the second in trees between Lagoon II reedbed and the bridleway. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Friday May 5th

ARCTIC SKUA: A dark morph, the first of the year, was seen low and fast upriver from New Passage this morning. (Paul Bowerman) AVOCET: Two were seen in flight past New Passage this morning. (Matt Hobbs) MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A 2nd calendar year bird was seen from New Passage. (Matt Hobbs) RED KITE: Two birds today, one at New Passage flew north across the estuary and one low over Thornbury Castle, Thornbury. (Brian Lancastle, Paul Golledge) SANDERLING: The first returning birds of the year were seen from Severn Beach this afternoon. (Paul Bowerman) SHORT-EARED OWL: One was noted from Northwick Warth this morning. (Brian Lancastle) WOOD SANDPIPER: Two, the first of the year, were present on Pilning Wetland throughout the day. (Paul Bowerman, John Martin) WOOD WARBLER: A singing male was heard briefly at New Passage this morning. (Matt Hobbs)

 

© Paul Bowerman, TBOSG

 

 

Saturday May 6th

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: One, possibly this species, heard at Overscourt Woodland, Siston. (Teresa Chard) SHORT-EARED OWL: One lingering at Aust this evening. (Vic Savery) WOOD SANDPIPER: At least one bird still present on Pilning Wetland throughout the day. (Brian Lancastle, John Martin, Matt Hobbs) WOOD WARBLER: A singing male both seen and heard at Oldbury Power Station today. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

© Dan White

 

Sunday May 7th

BLACK-WINGED STILT: An adult female was found early this morning on Pilning Wetland, Northwick Warth where it lingered throughout the day. (Brian Lancastle) Its the third record for S. Glos following the first in c.1848 near Thornbury, and a 'fly-by' past Oldbury Power Station in May 1997. It also represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos where the previous earliest date was the Oldbury bird on May 17th 1997. WOOD SANDPIPER: At least one bird still present on Pilning Wetland today. (John Barnett)

 

© Brian Lancastle

 

Monday May 8th

BLACK-WINGED STILT: The adult female was present throughout the day on Pilning Wetland, Northwick Warth. (et.al) LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER: A presumed male heard calling at Lower Woods, Wickwar. (Phil Baber) SHORT-EARED OWL: One still present on Aust Warth this evening. (Lisa Presland)

 

© Brian Lancastle

 

Tuesday May 9th

BLACK-WINGED STILT: The adult female was again present throughout the day on Pilning Wetland, Northwick Warth. (Paul Bowerman) RED KITE: One was seen in flight upriver past Aust Warth. SHORT-EARED OWL: One present on Northwick Warth today. (Brian Thompson)

 

© Martin Tayler

 

Wednesday May 10th

RED KITE: One was seen circling over Chipping Sodbury Fishing Lake at 13:50. (Dave Poulter via Darren Pearce)

 

Thursday May 11th

RED KITE: Two sightings today; A sub-adult sat on the saltmarsh at Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury at 07:30 before flying out across the estuary and one over New Road, Rangeworthy at 15:55. (Pete Hazelwood, Mel Anitta)

 

YELLOW WAGTAIL: A possible Black-headed Wagtail was seen on Pilning Wetland this afternoon by visiting birder Steve Jones. Steve comments: ...'It was the only Yellow Wagtail on the scrape. Striking yellow with contrasting dark greenish back. Noticeable though even through bins was a distinct jet black cap. It was difficult to tell as I only had bins but I would say 'feldegg'  but the black from that distance didn't look as extensive as the pictures I've seen. Didn't seem to extend below eye-line so much. I don't have any previous experience with these sub-species so wouldn't put in a record based on what I saw of it. Couldn't get the bird out of my mind when I got home so hence contacting on the off chance it was still about. Next time I will take a scope'!...

 

Friday May 12th

RED KITE: One was reported from Wickwar around 16:10.

 

Saturday May 13th

SPOONBILL: An adult was found on Pilning Wetland early afternoon and stayed the rest of the day. (Rob Hargreaves)

 

© Darren Pearce, John Martin

 

Sunday May 14th

Greenland Dunlin: At least two of the Arctic form 'calidris alpina arctica' were present at New Passage and Severn Beach this morning. (John Martin, Brian Lancastle) This occurrence represents the earliest date for this form in S. Glos! The previous earliest date was May 16th 2008 at Severn Beach. SPOONBILL: The adult was still present on Pilning Wetland from early morning. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© John Martin

© Paul Bowerman

 

Monday May 15th

AVOCET: One circulating around the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area today. (Paul Bowerman, TBOSG) Greenland Dunlin: Up to three birds present on Pilning Wetland this morning at least. (John Martin)

 

© John Martin

 

Wednesday May 17th

Blue-headed Wagtail: A fine spring male, the first of the year, was found on Pilning Wetland today and was still present at dusk. (Paul Bowerman, John Martin)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Thursday May 18th

Blue-headed Wagtail: The spring male was still present in the Northwick Warth/ on Pilning Wetland area this morning. (Paul Bowerman) It represents the latest date for this form in S. Glos!

 

Sunday May 21st

Continental Black-tailed Godwit: One showing characteristics of the Limosa limosa limosa was present on Pilning Wetland this morning. (Paul Bowerman, TBOSG) These birds are very scarce at best and probably under-recorded! Ed's.

 

Monday May 22nd

AVOCET: Two birds were present on Northwick Warth mid-morning. (Dick Reader) LITTLE STINT: One, the first of the year, was present on Pilning Wetland throughout the day.

 

© Lisa Presland

 

Tuesday May 23rd

SPOONBILL: One passed Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station at 06:20, touched down briefly on Littleton Warth before continuing down river. (Pete Hazelwood) It appeared shortly afterwards settling on Pilning Wetland for the rest of the day. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Wednesday May 24th

RED KITE: Two birds were reported from Wick around 15:45 where they were noted heading south low over a private garden. SPOONBILL: The sub-adult spent the day on Pilning Wetland. (Brian Lancastle, et.al)

 

© Brian Lancastle

 

Thursday May 25th

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: The adult reappeared at Aztec West Business Park today. (Duncan McLaughlin) SPOONBILL: The sub-adult continued to show on Pilning Wetland today. (John Martin, et.al)

 

© Duncan McLaughlin

 

Friday May 26th

SPOONBILL: The sub-adult lingered on Pilning Wetland throughout the day. (Jeff Hazell, et.al)

 

© Jeff Hazell

 

Saturday May 27th

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: The adult remained at Aztec West Business Park today. (Rob Emery) QUAIL: One, the first of the year, was heard from Down Road, Marshfield late afternoon onwards. (Pete Coslett, Mark Coller, John Barnett) SPOONBILL: The sub-adult remained on Pilning Wetland throughout the day. (Paul Bowerman, et.al)  WATER PIPIT: A full summer adult was seen for just 20 minutes on the seawall at Oldbury Power Station this morning before continuing on up river. (Pete Hazelwood) It represents the latest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous latest date was May 12th 1996 also at Oldbury Power Station.

 

© Pete Hazelwood

 

Sunday May 28th

LITTLE GULL: A 1st summer was seen on Pilning Wetland early this afternoon. (Rich Miles)  QUAIL: A male was still singing from Down Road, Marshfield this morning. RED KITE: One was reported from the Down Road area at Marshfield this morning. (Robert Hargreaves) SPOONBILL: The sub-adult remained on Pilning Wetland throughout the day. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Monday May 29th

RED-BACKED SHRIKE: A spanking male was found on Vinney Lane, Horton today at ST: 744857 where it remained until around 19:30 but not seen again by dusk. (Dave Paulton) Apart from presumed breeding birds at Yate in May 1940 this bird represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. SPOONBILL: The sub-adult remained on Pilning Wetland throughout the day. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Dan White

© Lisa Presland

 

Sunday May 30th

ARCTIC SKUA: A 'probable' was seen in flight upriver past Oldbury Power Station around 09:30. LITTLE TERN: One, the first of the year, was watched for twenty minutes in the bay at Shepperdine this morning. (Pete Hazelwood) RED KITE: One was seen in flight along Mapleridge Lane between Little Sodbury End and Horton today. (Dan White)

 

JUNE

 

Thursday June 1st

FIRECREST: A singing male was heard at an undisclosed site in South Gloucestershire. It was singing continuously but not showing. (Thomas Weston) QUAIL: A singing male was heard at 20:15 and 21:05 in the Down Road/ Track area. (Wilf King) RED KITE: One was seen in flight over Chipping Sodbury Common at 13:30. (Darren Pearce)

 

Friday June 2nd

FIRECREST: The singing male was still present today. QUAIL: Two singing today, one near the windsock on Garston Farm Airstrip this morning and one in the Down Road/ Track area this evening. (John Barnet, TBOSG) RED KITE: One for the second time this week along Mapleridge Lane near Horton. (Dan White)

 

© Dan White

 

Saturday June 3rd

FIRECREST: The singing male was still present today. SPOONBILL: One, possibly a 'new' individual, from Pilning Wetland before departing south at 11:00. (Brian Lancastle)

 

Sunday June 4th

FIRECREST: The singing male was still present today. QUAIL: One calling in the Down Road/ Track area. (TBOSG)

 

Monday June 5th

QUAIL: One calling in the Down Road/ Track area. (TBOSG)

 

Tuesday June 6th

QUAIL: One calling in the Down Road/ Track area. (TBOSG) STORM PETREL: One, the first of the year, was seen from Severn Beach this afternoon. (Dan White)

 

© Dan White

 

Wednesday June 7th

HARRIER SPP: An unconfirmed report of a 'ringtail' harrier south of the railway track in the Pilning area late morning. (RBA/ Twitter) QUAIL: One calling in the Down Road/ Track area. (Nigel Sluman, Mark Coller)

 

Friday June 9th

ARCTIC SKUA: Two (one light, one dark morph) from Severn Beach this morning. MANX SHEARWATER: c.120, the first of the year, from Severn Beach this morning. (Paul Bowerman) QUAIL: A male still singing from Down Road/ Track area at Marshfield this evening. (Darren Pearce) RED KITE: One reported from Chipping Sodbury Common today.

 

Saturday June 10th

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: One was showing well near a wooden pallet in a field 200 metres upstream from the Chequers PH at Hanham around 10:30. (Nigel Kempson) QUAIL: A male still singing from Down Road/ Track area at Marshfield. (Pete Coslett) YELLOW-LEGGED GULL: A 2nd calendar year bird, the first of the year, was seen from Littleton Warth this morning. (John Martin)

 

© John Martin

 

Sunday June 11th

ARCTIC SKUA: Two dark morph individuals were seen from Severn Beach this evening. (Paul Bowerman) QUAIL: Two males were heard from Down Road Track, Marshfield with remarkably one seen briefly in flight! (Lee Gardiner) GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: One still present upstream from the Chequers PH at Hanham. RED KITE: One over Westerleigh Village church at 12:20 before drifting towards Yate Common. (Pete Coslett)

 

© Lee Gardiner

 

Monday June 12th

COMMON SCOTER: A drake, the first of the year, was seen from Severn Beach early this morning. (John Martin, Paul Bowerman) YELLOW-LEGGED GULL: A 1st summer was noted off Severn Beach this morning. (TBOSG)

 

Wednesday June 14th

QUAIL: Two males calling in the Down Road/ Down Track area at Marshfield this evening. (Nigel Warren, TBOSG) RED KITE: At least three birds today, two together over Old Sodbury at 08:50 before drifting towards Chipping Sodbury where one was subsequently seen and one over a private garden at Charfield at 11:20. (David Teague, Dick Reader)

 

Friday June 16th

QUAIL: At least one male calling in the Down Road/ Down Track area at Marshfield this morning. (Nigel Sluman)

 

Saturday June 17th

QUAIL: Again at least one male calling in the Down Road/ Down Track area at Marshfield this evening. (Nigel Warren, TBOSG) RED KITE: One in flight low north across the estuary from Lagoon I at 12.20. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Wednesday June 21st

RED KITE: Up to five individuals today with at least three, possibly four, over The Gables Hotel at Falfield plus another over Tormarton late morning. (Adam Rawson, Mark Coller)

 

© Adam Rawson

 

Thursday June 22nd

MEDITERRANEAN GULL: Two from Severn Beach this evening, an adult and a 1st summer. (Paul Bowerman) RED KITE: One reported again from the Falfield area.

 

Friday June 23rd

COMMON SCOTER: A female was present this evening viewed from Severn Beach. (Vic Savery) STORM PETREL: An adult was showing well from Severn Beach this evening. (Paul Bowerman, et.al).

Watch a video clip!

 

© Paul Bowerman, Vic Savery

 

Saturday June 24th

JACK SNIPE: One reported along the R. Avon at Hanham. QUAIL: At least three, possibly five, calling from fields in the Down Road area at Marshfield today. (Dominic Singleton) RED KITE: One reported from the 'Severn Bridge' area today.

 

Sunday June 25th

QUAIL: Just two birds noted this afternoon from fields in the Down Road area at Marshfield with one seen briefly. (John Barnett, Jack Wilmott)

 

Monday June 26th

RED KITE: At least six birds over a cut field at Orange End, Inglestone Common at ST: 760 877 early afternoon. (TBOSG) QUAIL: Two males calling from fields at Marshfield in the Down Road area with a further male calling from the Rushmead Lane area. (Don & Mike Smith, Dominic Singleton)

 

© TBOSG

 

Wednesday June 28th

RED KITE: One was reported from the Oldbury-on-Severn area around mid-day and again mid-afternoon.

 

Thursday June 29th

RED KITE: One near Tytherington west of the M5 this evening. (Stuart Mathews) QUAIL: Still at least one male calling from fields on the west side of Down Road, Marshfield this morning.

 

JULY

 

Saturday July 1st

RED KITE: Two were reported from the M4/ M32 area today.

 

Sunday July 2nd

CETTI'S WARBLER: One noted calling at Aztec West Business Park, Almondsbury today - a site first record! EGYPTIAN GOOSE: One still present at Aztec West Business Park, Almondsbury today. (Rob Emery) RED KITE: One was seen in flight over Alveston around mid-day. (Rich Ford)

 

© Rob Emery

 

Tuesday July 4th

QUAIL One heard from the Rushmead Lane area at Marshfield this morning. (Pete Coslett)

 

Thursday July 6th

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: An adult still present at Aztec West Business Park, Almondsbury today. (Vera Carpenter) QUAIL: One heard in the Orchid/ Rushmead Lane area this afternoon. (John Barnett)

 

Friday July 7th

MEDITERRANEAN GULL: At least five were noted throughout the day in the Severn Beach/ New Passage area - at least two adults plus three juveniles. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Saturday July 8th

MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A summer adult from Northwick Warth this evening. (Brian Lancastle) QUAIL: At least two calling in the Down Road, Marshfield area today. (Dominic Singleton) RED KITE: One seen over the Shire Valley, Marshfield this afternoon before drifting north-west. (Pete Coslett)

 

Sunday July 9th

RED KITE: One noted over Wick early afternoon.

 

Monday July 10th

MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A summer adult from New Passage this morning. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Wednesday July 12th

MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A summer adult from New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. (Paul Bowerman) QUAIL: At least three birds calling from West Littleton Road, Marshfield. (Dominic Singleton)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Thursday July 13th

MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A 2nd calendar in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. (John Martin) QUAIL: At least five heard in the Down Road area at Marshfield. (Dominic Singleton)

 

Friday July 14th

MEDITERRANEAN GULL: An adult in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Saturday July 15th

MEDITERRANEAN GULL: An adult on the estuary in the Shepperdine area. (Louise Bailey) QUAIL: At least seven males heard today at Marshfield - four on Rushmead Farm, with singles from Northfield Lane, Rushmead Lane and Down Road. (John Barnett, Dominic Singleton, Pete Coslett)

 

Sunday July 16th

RED KITE: One reported from Horton mid-afternoon.

 

Monday July 17th

RED KITE: One circling fields near King Lane, Horton around 11:00. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Wednesday July 19th

TEMMINCK'S STINT: A moulting adult was found on Butt's Pool, Pilning Wetland early this morning where it remained throughout the day. (John Martin) It's the first of the year and represents just the fourth ever S. Glos record. MEDITERRANEAN GULL: Two, an adult and juvenile were both present from New Passage late morning. (Mark Coller, Nigel Warren)

 

© John Martin

© Paul Bowerman

 

Thursday July 20th

CATTLE EGRET: One was seen in flight heading south-west from New Passage this morning. (Rupert Higgins) TEMMINCK'S STINT: The moulting was adult present throughout the day on Butt's Pool, Pilning Wetland. (Karle Burfoot)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Friday July 21st

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: An adult with Canada Geese on Northwick Warth this morning. (Brian Thompson)

 

Saturday July 22nd

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: The adult still present on Northwick Warth. (Paul Bowerman) QUAIL: Two this afternoon at Marshfield: one both seen and heard from Down Road, one from the Tormarton Road. (Pete Coslett) TEMMINCK'S STINT: Missing for a day the moulting adult was relocated at Chestle Pill, New Passage this morning. It represents the latest date for this species in S. Glos. (Rich Miles)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Sunday July 23rd

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: An adult with Canada Geese on Northwick Warth still this morning. (Severnside Birds)

 

Monday July 24th

AVOCET: One was seen at Shepperdine over high tide this morning. This, the first record for July, means that this species has now been logged in every month of the year! LITTLE EGRET: A flock of fourteen (14) counted at Severn Beach today - the highest count for S. Glos this year...so far! (Severnside Birds) MEDITERRANEAN GULL: An adult was noted roosting at Oldbury-on-Severn Yacht Club. (Pete Hazelwood) QUAIL: One was heard from Down Road, Marshfield late morning. (TBOSG)

 

Tuesday July 25th

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: An adult with Canada Geese on Northwick Warth still today. (Severnside Birds)

 

Thursday July 27th

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: An adult with Canada Geese on Northwick Warth still today. (Severnside Birds)

 

Friday July 28th

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: An adult still present on Northwick Warth today. MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A winter adult from New Passage today. (Severnside Birds)

 

Sunday July 30th

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: An adult present again on Northwick Warth. (Severnside Birds)

 

Monday July 31st

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: An adult still present on Northwick Warth this evening. (John Martin) MEDITERRANEAN GULL: An adult noted in the Oldbury Power Station area plus two more adults in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. (Andy Middleton, Severnside Birds)

 

© Pete Hazelwood, Paul Bowerman

 

 

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