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S. 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. (Paul Bowerman, 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 'Hanham Bird Obs' 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 Limosa limosa limosa was present on Pilning Wetland this morning. (Paul Bowerman, TBOSG) This form is very scarce in S. Glos but 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

 

AUGUST

 

Tuesday August 1st

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: An adult present on the shore at New Passage this evening. (Rosemary Setter)  MEDITERRANEAN GULL: Two, a winter adult and juvenile were present in the New Passage area. (Severnside Birds) QUAIL: One heard at Marshfield around ST: 793 760 Shirehill Lane. (Pete Taylor)

 

Thursday August 3rd

STORM PETREL: At least two, possibly three, were logged on this evenings high tide at Severn Beach. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Brian Thompson

 

Friday August 4th

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: An adult still present in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. (Severnside Birds) GOOSANDER: An immature bird was reported from the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area this morning. (Pete and Marjo Lewis) It represents the earliest date for this species in S. Gloucestershire! The previous earliest date was 18th September 2014 at New Passage. MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A juvenile was seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. (Severnside Birds) QUAIL: One was audible from Northfield Lane, Marshfield this morning. (Pete Coslett) SHAG: The first one of the year was bagged at Severn Beach early this morning before departing south. (Paul Bowerman)

Immature Shag from Severn Beach © Paul Bowerman

 

Saturday August 5th

Continental Black-tailed Godwit: A juvenile was present on Pilning Wetland, Northwick Warth for most of the day. (John Martin) EGYPTIAN GOOSE: The presumed 'commuting' adult reappeared at Aztec West Business Park, Almondsbury today. (Rob Emery)

 

© John Martin

 

Monday August 7th

MEDITERRANEAN GULL: An adult reported from the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area today.

 

Another shot of the juvenile Continental Black-tailed Godwit - (Limosa) © Brian Lancastle

One of three subspecies found worldwide: Limosa. limosa limosa (Linnaeus, 1758) - Western Palearctic; winters to sub-Saharan Africa and India. (Very rare passage migrant)

L. l. islandica (Brehm, 1831) - Iceland, Faeroe and Shetland Islands; winters to south-west Europe. (Regular spring/ autumn passage)

L. l. melanuroides (Gould, 1846) - Eastern Palearctic; winters to south-east Asia, Philippines and Australia. (Extralimital)

 

Tuesday August 8th

QUAIL: At least one audible from Down Road, Marshfield this afternoon. (TBOSG)

 

Friday August 11th

GARGANEY: Two juvenile/ 1st winter birds (the first of the year) were spotted on Pilning Wetland. MEDITERRANEAN GULL: An adult was noted in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Saturday August 12th

GARGANEY: One of the two juvenile/ 1st winter birds was still present but illusive on Pilning Wetland today. (Severnside Birds) YELLOW-LEGGED GULL: An adult was noted at Oldbury Power Station. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

© Pete Hazelwood

 

Tuesday August 15th

GARGANEY: Two juvenile/ 1st winter birds were present but illusive on Pilning Wetland this evening. (John Martin) MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A juvenile/ 1st winter in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. (Severnside Birds)

 

Wednesday August 16th

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: The adult once again present at Aztec West Business Park, Almondsbury today. (Rob Emery) GARGANEY: Two juvenile/ 1st winter birds still present on Pilning Wetland this morning. (John Martin) MANDARIN: A female was found on the lake at Kingsgate Park, Yate this morning. (Darren Pearce)

 

© TBOSG

 

Thursday August 17th

MANDARIN: The female was still present around the lake at Kingsgate Park, Yate this morning. (Mark Coller)

 

© Mark Coller

 

Friday August 18th

GARGANEY: Two juvenile/ 1st winter birds still present on Pilning Wetland this morning. (John Martin) MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A juvenile was on show at New Passage. (Severnside Birds) QUAIL: An impressive seven (7) birds were 'flushed' in one group from fields on Rushmead Farm, Marshfield this morning. They represent the highest single count this year! (John Barnett)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Saturday August 19th

GARGANEY: Still at least one juvenile/ 1st winter present on Pilning Wetland this morning. MANDARIN: The female still present at Kingsgate Park, Yate this morning. (Mark Coller) STORM PETREL: One seen from Severn Beach around 16:00 had increased to two by 18:30. (Tony Scott. Brian Lancastle)

 

Monday August 21st

PIED FLYCATCHER: A 1st winter/ female was seen briefly in the Shire Valley at Marshfield this afternoon. (TBOSG)

 

Tuesday August 22nd

GARGANEY: Two juvenile/ 1st winter birds still present on Pilning Wetland this evening. (John Martin)

 

Wednesday August 23rd

GARGANEY: Just one juvenile/ 1st winter present on Pilning Wetland today. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Thursday August 24th

CURLEW SANDPIPER: A juvenile/ 1st winter, the first of the year, was seen in Chestle Pill, New Passage this evening. (Rich Miles) GARGANEY: Two juvenile/ 1st winter birds still present on Pilning Wetland today. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Friday August 25th

GARGANEY: Two juvenile/ 1st winter birds still present on Pilning Wetland throughout the day. (Carol Rushton, Steve Curtis)

 

Saturday August 26th

GARGANEY: Two juvenile/ 1st winters still present on Pilning Wetland this evening. (John Martin)

 

Sunday August 27th

GARGANEY: Two juvenile/ 1st winters still present on Pilning Wetland this morning. (John Martin) TREE SPARROW: Four, the first of the year and probably a relocating family group, were seen on Chipping Sodbury Common in the 'Long Hedge' early morning only. (Mark Coller)

 

© John Martin

 

Monday August 28th

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: The wandering adult reappeared on Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland today. GARGANEY: Two juvenile/ 1st winters lingering on Pilning Wetland. (John Martin) RED KITE: One over Chipping Sodbury Common. (Mark Coller) YELLOW-LEGGED GULL: A 1st winter briefly on Northwick Warth this afternoon. (Paul Bowerman, TBOSG)

 

© TBOSG

 

Tuesday August 29th

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: Flew south over Aust Warth this morning subsequently on Pilning Wetland. (Paul Bowerman) GARGANEY: Two juvenile/ 1st winters still on Pilning Wetland. (Severnside Birds) RING-NECKED PARAKEET: Two were reported from the Downend area today. (BOC Bird News August)

 

Wednesday August 30th

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: An adult still in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area. GARGANEY: Two juvenile/ 1st winters still on Pilning Wetland. (Severnside Birds) WOODCHAT SHRIKE: A juvenile/ 1st winter was found on Chipping Sodbury Common around 14:30 where it remained until dusk. (Dave Paulton)

 

© TBOSG, Mark Coller

 

Thursday August 31st

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: An adult still in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area. GARGANEY: Two juvenile/ 1st winters still on Pilning Wetland. (Brian Lancastle) QUAIL: One audible from Rushmead Lane, Marshfield this morning. (Pete Coslett) WOODCHAT SHRIKE: A juvenile/ 1st winter on Chipping Sodbury Common throughout the day. (Et.al.)

 

© Brian Thompson

 

SEPTEMBER

 

Friday September 1st

AVOCET: One was reported from the south side of Littleton Warth at high tide. (John Sanders) LITTLE EGRET: A good count of eleven from Severn Beach this morning. (Rob Emery) WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter present throughout the day on Chipping Sodbury Common. (Nigel Sluman)

 

© Andy Jordan

 

Saturday September 2nd

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: The adult returned to Aztec West Business Park, Almondsbury today. (Rob Emery) WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter once again present throughout the day on Chipping Sodbury Common. (Luke Ozsanlav-Harris)

 

© Mark Coller

Woodchat Shrike video by © Jeff Hazell

 

Sunday September 3rd

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: Reappeared on Northwick Warth today. (Severnside Birds) WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter present throughout the day on Chipping Sodbury Common. (Mark Coller)

 

© TBOSG

 

Monday September 4th

MARSH HARRIER: A probable adult female drifted over the Shire Valley at Marshfield late morning. (TBOSG) WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter present throughout the day on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

 

Woodchat Shrike video © TBOSG

 

Tuesday September 5th

WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter once again present throughout the day on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

Wednesday September 6th

WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter lingering throughout the day on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

© Darren Pearce

 

Thursday September 7th

WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter present throughout the day on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

© Dan White. Malcolm Black

 

Friday September 8th

BLACK TERN: One, a juvenile and the first of the year, was seen from Severn Beach this morning. (Paul Bowerman) WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter present throughout the day on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

Saturday September 9th

MARSH HARRIER: A probable immature male from Lagoon I at Oldbury Power Station briefly this morning. (Andy Middleton) WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter lingering throughout the day on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

Sunday September 10th

WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

© Lee Gardiner

 

Monday September 11th

GREY PHALAROPE: One, the first of the year, was seen from Severn Beach near the Second Severn Crossing this morning. (Paul Bowerman) LEACH'S PETREL: Two, the first of the year, were seen from Severn Beach this morning. STORM PETREL: One from Severn Beach this morning. (John Martin) WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

© Adam Rawson

 

Tuesday September 12th

WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter still on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

© Brian Thompson

 

Wednesday September 13th

ARCTIC SKUA: One seen distantly late morning from Severn Beach. (Nigel Warren) LEACH'S PETREL: At least three birds throughout the day from Severn Beach. SABINE'S GULL: A juvenile, the first of the year, was present at Severn Beach from late morning until late afternoon at least. (Paul Bowerman, Nigel Warren) WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter still on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

© TBOSG

 

Thursday September 14th

WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

© Malcolm Black

 

Friday September 15th

WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

© Paul Taylor

 

Saturday September 16th

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: The adult returned to the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. (Lisa Presland) GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: One was trapped and processed at Littleton Brick Pits. (Paul House) WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

Sunday September 17th

AVOCET: Three birds present in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland this evening. (Lisa Presland) EGYPTIAN GOOSE: The adult still present in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. GREAT WHITE EGRET: One was seen in flight heading south-west over Nibley towards Coalpit Heath around 07:10. (Wilf King) WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter lingering on Chipping Sodbury Common. YELLOW-LEGGED GULL: One probably this species at Oldbury Power Station today. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

© Lisa Presland, Paul Bowerman

 

© Phil Gower

© Pete Hazelwood

 

Monday September 18th

RING-NECKED PARAKEET: Two, the first of the year, were seen in flight over Cherington, Yate heading toward Wapley. (Dan White) WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter on Chipping Sodbury Common. (Matt Scott)

 

Tuesday September 19th

WOODCHAT SHRIKE: The juvenile/ 1st winter on Chipping Sodbury Common for its 21st day. It represents the latest date for this species in S. Glos! Previous latest date was August 21st 2011 also on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

Thursday September 21st

GARGANEY: A female/ juvenile type was mixing with Wigeon at Shepperdine, Oldbury Power Station this morning. (Pete Hazelwood) MEDITERRANEAN GULL: An adult was seen in the New Passage area today. (Paul Bowerman) SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile, the first of the year, was seen at Oldbury Pill, Oldbury-on-Severn at lunchtime. (John Martin)

 

© Paul Bowerman

© John Martin

 

Saturday September 23rd

SPOTTED REDSHANK: Two juvenile/ 1st winters were found on Pilning Wetland this morning. (John Martin)

 

© Paul Bowerman

Several Small Coppers were on the wing in the New Passage area today. (Lisa Presland)

 

© Lisa Presland

 

Sunday September 24th

GREENLAND WHEATEAR: Returning individuals starting to appear especially around the coast and on high ground. RED KITE: One over Castle Farm, Marshfield flew towards West Littleton. (Pete Coslett) SPOTTED REDSHANK: Two juvenile/ 1st winters were seen today, one at Oldbury Pill, Oldbury-on-Severn and one on Pilning Wetland. (Matt Plenty, Brian Lancastle) YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER: One, the first of the year and earliest ever date, was found in Sluice Copse, Northwick Warth. (Tony Scott) The previous earliest date was September 30th 2013 Chipping Sodbury.

 

© Matt Plenty

 

Monday September 25th

AVOCET: Three were logged in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A 2nd winter was seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile/ 1st winter was still present on Pilning Wetland. (Severnside Birds)

 

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Wednesday September 27th

AVOCET: One at Pillhead Gout, Oldbury-on-Severn this morning. (Pete Hazelwood) MARSH HARRIER: A fly-by juvenile/ female over New Passage towards Severn Beach around 09:00 (John Martin) RED KITE: One reported from Chipping Sodbury. (Avon Birds) SPOTTED REDSHANK: Two, one juvenile and one 1st winter, present on Pilning Wetland throughput the day. (Paul Bowerman)

Eleven Red Admiral, six Speckled Wood, three Small Copper, Peacock and two Large White on the wing at OPS. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

 

© John Martin, Paul Bowerman

 

Thursday September 28th

SPOTTED REDSHANK: Two, one juvenile and one 1st winter, present on Pilning Wetland again today. (John Martin)

 

Friday September 29th

COMMON CRANE: A wholly unconfirmed report of one in fields between Alveston and Tockington. (Avon Birds) MARSH HARRIER: A female was seen in flight high over Lagoon III towards Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station. (Pete Hazelwood) SPOTTED REDSHANK: Two juvenile/ 1st winter birds present on Pilning Wetland today. (Brian Lancastle)

 

Saturday September 30th

SPOTTED REDSHANK: Just one juvenile/ 1st winter present on Pilning Wetland today. (John Martin)

 

OCTOBER

 

Sunday October 1st

SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile/ 1st winter was still present on Pilning Wetland today. TURTLE DOVE: A very approachable 1st winter (the first of the year) was found on Northwick Warth near the Second Sentry Box this morning. (Matt Hobbs)

 

© Brian Lancastle

Turtle Dove video © Paul Bowerman

 

Monday October 2nd

RED KITE: One reported from the Horton area. SPOTTED REDSHANK: Juvenile/ 1st winter birds reported from Pilning Wetland and Oldbury Pill, Oldbury-on-Severn.

 

© Pete Hazelwood

 

Tuesday October 3rd

SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland. TURTLE DOVE: The very confiding 1st winter individual was once again on show from the Severn Way c.200 metres south of the Second Sentry Box on mud pans on Northwick Warth.

 

© TBOSG

 

Wednesday October 4th

RED KITE: One over Kingsgate Park, Yate this morning. SPOTTED REDSHANK: Two juvenile/ 1st winters present on Pilning Wetland today. TURTLE DOVE: Still present and performing admirably from the Severn Way c.200 metres south of the Second Sentry Box on mud pans on Northwick Warth.

 

Thursday October 5th

SPOTTED REDSHANK: Both juvenile/ 1st winters still present on Pilning Wetland today. TURTLE DOVE: Still present today appearing more active: from the Severn Way c.200 metres south of the Second Sentry Box on mud pans on Northwick Warth.

 

A Brimstone on the wing in the Shire Valley, Marshfield this afternoon.

 

© TBOSG

 

Friday October 6th

SPOTTED REDSHANK: One juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland today. TURTLE DOVE: Still present from the Severn Way c.200 metres south of the Second Sentry Box on Northwick Warth.

 

Watch a short video of the Turtle Dove here © TBOSG

 

Saturday October 7th

SPOTTED REDSHANK: One juvenile/ 1st winter lingering on Pilning Wetland. TURTLE DOVE: Still present today from the Severn Way c.200 metres south of the Second Sentry Box on Northwick Warth. It represents the latest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous latest date was October 2nd 1983 at Chipping Sodbury.

 

© Ben Ofield

 

Sunday October 8th

CANADA GOOSE: A total of 373 were logged at Oldbury Power Station today making it the highest count ever recorded in S. Glos! The previous highest count was 311 on October 10th 2015 also at Oldbury Power Station. GREY PHALAROPE: A 1st winter was seen along the Severnside coast between Severn Beach and New Passage where it was apparently seen on October 7th. It settled briefly in Chestle Pill at New Passage before magically disappearing! SPOTTED REDSHANK: One juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland.

 

Twenty-two Red Admirals from Thornbury Golf Course and a Small Copper near the Sluice at Chestle Pill, Northwick Warth.

 

© Paul Bowerman, Ken Carruthers

 

Monday October 9th

GREY PHALAROPE: A 1st winter was seen again this evening in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. SPOTTED REDSHANK: One juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland.

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Tuesday October 10th

GOOSANDER: A 'redhead' was seen in flight upriver past Oldbury Power Station at 10:30. GREY PHALAROPE: A 1st winter briefly in flight on Northwick Warth at 13:30 then onto the estuary. SPOTTED REDSHANK: One juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland.

 

Thursday October 12th

BARNACLE GOOSE: Two, the first of the year, were seen from Northwick Warth this morning. MANDARIN: Two males present on The Lake, Oldbury Power Station before flying inland.

 

© Brian Lancastle

© Pete Hazelwood

 

Saturday October 14th

COMMON ROSEFINCH: One was both seen and heard in flight low over Northwick Warth this morning. (John Martin, Tony Scott, Richard Cox) It represents the first for the year, the second S. Glos record and the latest date for this species in the recording area. SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland.

 

Sunday October 15th

HAWFINCH: At least one, the first of the year, over Northwick Warth and Aust Cliffs this morning. SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland. WATER PIPIT: One reported from/ over Aust Cliffs this morning. YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER: One was reported from the Dragon/ Mill Road area at Winterbourne. (Dan White)

 

Monday October 16th

LEACH'S PETREL: One was seen from Severn Beach this evening. POMARINE SKUA: An adult (the first of the year) with full 'spoons' was seen from Severn Beach this evening.

 

© Dan White

 

Tuesday October 17th

LEACH'S PETREL: At least three birds were logged during the day from Severn Beach.

 

© Thomas Winstone

 

Wednesday October 18th

HAWFINCH: One seen from/ over Aust Cliffs 'vismig' today. RING-NECKED PARAKEET: One was reported from/ over Aust Cliffs 'vismig' today

 

Thursday October 19th

RING-NECKED PARAKEET: One was reported at BS35 4AX the Aust end of the A403.

 

Friday October 20th

HEN HARRIER: A ring-tail flew from the direction of Downthorns Farm, Marshfield being mobbed by Crows north-east towards West Kington this morning. (Pete Coslett) RED KITE: One was seen at Aust Warth. WATER PIPIT: One was noted on Northwick Warth.

 

A Small Copper still on the wing at Oldbury Power Station today.

 

Saturday October 21st

COMMON TERN: One seen from Severn Beach this morning represents the latest date for this species in S. Glos! The previous latest date was October 10th 2003 also from Severn Beach. GREAT NORTHERN DIVER: An adult was seen distantly from Severn Beach this morning. (Gary Hughes) Not only the first for 2017 its the earliest ever date for this species in S. Glos! The previous earliest date was October 26th 2011 at Oldbury Power Station. GREAT SKUA: Three, the first of the year, were noted from Severn Beach this morning. GREY PHALAROPE: One was reported by RBA as seen distantly from Severn Beach around 13:00. HEN HARRIER: A wholly unconfirmed report of a 'ring-tail' again in the Marshfield area. LEACH'S PETREL: One was reported by RBA from Severn Beach around 11:15.

 

© Aravind Ramesh

© Brian Lancastle

 

Sunday October 22nd

BARNACLE GOOSE: One was seen in flight past Oldbury Power Station this morning. SABINE'S GULL: A juvenile was seen from Severn Beach this morning.

 

© Brian Thompson

 

Monday October 23rd

MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A 1st winter in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area. SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland. WATER PIPIT: One in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area.

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Tuesday October 24th

HAWFINCH: Three birds were both seen and heard in flight over Oldbury Power Station during 'vismig' this morning. LATE NEWS: On October 15th a Nightjar was seen on Severnside. On closer investigation the bird, a male, was indeed seen to be within the S. Glos recording area! (Phil Baber) Phil's observations: Finally had chance to study OS map and we went back in daylight to pinpoint the exact area. Here's the good news, the OS reference is about ST 542 815. If you study the map you will see the boundary runs through Severn Road there, and the Nightjar flipped for times over that boundary, in front of the car. On the fourth pass disappeared through the roadside trees just north of that boundary. So, it was seen in both Bristol and South Gloucestershire but departed into the latter. Basically, you follow Severn Road from where it leaves coast by windmills towards Hallen, pass the trees with galvanized fences in front of them. The Nightjar was encountered as we entered immediately where trees appear on both sides of road with no fences.

 

Wednesday October 25th

JACK SNIPE: One seen on Pilning Wetland this morning was the first returning bird of the autumn. MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A 1st winter was seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area. WATER PIPIT: On seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area this morning.

 

© Paul Bowerman, TBOSG

 

Thursday October 26th

HAWFINCH: Two were noted in bushes at the south end of Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station before moving towards The Orchard. SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland.

 

Friday October 27th

SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland.

 

Saturday October 28th

RING OUZEL: One was heard calling over Cock Road Ridge, Kingswood this evening. (Rob Laughton) SHORELARK: A winter adult, the first of the year, was found on Northwick Warth Flash this morning. (Brian Lancastle) It represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous earliest date was November 18th 2009 at Aust. SHORT-EARED OWL: One was seen in flight this evening, south of the M4/ J18 over fields east of the A46 between Cotswold Way and Dunsdown Lane, Marshfield. (Mark Coller) Its the first returning bird of the autumn. SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland. WATER PIPIT: One was reported from Northwick Warth as still present today. (RBA) WHINCHAT: One was seen on the fence around Lagoon III, the shore and The Jetty, Oldbury Power Station today. (Pete Hazelwood) It represents the latest ever date for this species in S. Glos. Previous latest date was October 13th 2012 also at OPS!

 

© John Martin, Paul Bowerman

© Paul Bowerman

 

Sunday October 29th

SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland. WOODLARK: One, the first of the year, was seen in flight low north east over New Passage around 09:40. (Dan White, Paul Bowerman)

 

Monday October 30th

HAWFINCH: One from Kingsgate Park, Yate this morning. MANDARIN: A male was present on Pilning Wetland this morning. SHORT-EARED OWL: One lifted from cover on the saltmarsh at Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury on Severn early afternoon. SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland.

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Tuesday October 31st

RING OUZEL: Two were noted in flight leaving The Orchard at Oldbury Power Station this morning. (Roger White) SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland.

 

NOVEMBER

 

Wednesday November 1st

AVOCET: One from Pillhead Gout, Cowhill this afternoon. (Via OPS Birding) MERLIN: Three logged on Northwick Warth this morning could well be the highest ever S. Glos count? (Paul Bowerman, Tony Scott) These birds were almost certainly of 'Icelandic' origins. SHORT-EARED OWL: One was seen at Aust Warth at 09:55 with the same or another disturbed by dog walkers at dusk. (Tony Scott, Vic Savery) SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland.

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Thursday November 2nd

HAWFINCH: Two were seen in flight over Cribbs Causeway at 07:00. (Ben Ofield) MEDITERRANEAN GULL: One was seen in fields with around 250 Common and Black-headed Gull on the west side of Down Road, Marshfield this morning. (John Barnett) SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland.

 

Friday November 3rd

AVOCET: Seven birds were seen in flight down river off Shepperdine/ Olbury Power Station this morning. (Andy Middleton) FIRECREST: One was seen in a hedgerow at Willsbridge around 10:00 from the foot path at ST: 662 703. (Nigel Kempson) SHORT-EARED OWL: One was seen at Shepperdine around ST: 613 962 at 15:20. (Paddy Doyle)

 

A Clouded Yellow was seen at Oldbury Power Station this morning. (Andy Middleton)

 

© Paddy Doyle

 

Saturday November 4th

SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland. WATER PIPIT: One on Northwick Warth this morning. (Tony Scott)

 

© Paul Bowerman, Tony Scott

 

Sunday November 5th

HAWFINCH: At least four birds were seen at Lower Woods, Inglestone Common around 12:30. (Ben Ofield) One was seen briefly in trees by the entrance of Oldbury Power Station early afternoon. (Pete Hazelwood) SHORT-EARED OWL: One was seen on a fence at Shepperdine. (Pete Hazelwood) SNOW BUNTING: Two, the first of the year, were flushed from the gravel on Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station at 08:00 then flew south. (Via Birdwatching at OPS) SPOTTED REDSHANK: A juvenile/ 1st winter still present on Pilning Wetland. WATER PIPIT: One on Pilning Wetland this morning. (Paul Bowerman)

 

A Clouded Yellow was seen at Oldbury Power Station this morning. (Morris Benson) It represents the latest date for this species in S. Glos!

 

© Ben Ofield

 

Monday November 6th

WREN: Twenty-one (21) were displaced by the high tide at Oldbury Power Station this morning. (Pete Hazelwood) The highest single count (that we're aware of) for S. Glos!

 

Tuesday November 7th

With the influx of 'continental' and 'Icelandic' migrants at this time of year its worth looking out for Icelandic Merlin and Redwing plus 'continental' Blackbird and Song Thrush.

 

Blackbird showing characteristic of the 'continental' form. © TBOSG

 

Thursday November 9th

MARSH HARRIER: A female/ immature was seen around Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station this morning. (Pete Hazelwood) SHORT-EARED OWL: One reported from Aust Warth.

 

Friday November 10th

EGYPTIAN GOOSE: The wandering adult returned to Aztec West Ponds, Park Avenue area at Almondsbury today. (Duncan McLaughlin) SHORT-EARED OWL: One seen on Aust Warth this evening. (Sid Simmons)

 

Sunday November 12th

SHORT-EARED OWL: One seen on Aust Warth in the Cake Pill area at dusk.

 

Monday November 13th

WATER PIPIT: One seen in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Wednesday November 15th

RING-NECKED PARAKEET: Two birds were reported from the junction of Owls Head Road and Cock Road, Kingswood today.

 

Thursday November 16th

HAWFINCH: A juvenile/ female was seen in trees at at the south-west end of Lagoon III, at Oldbury Power Station. (Pete Hazelwood) RING-NECKED PARAKEET: Three adults attending feeders in a garden backing onto Mangotsfield Cemetery, Downend. This occurrence represents the highest count of this species for S. Glos.

 

© Pete Hazelwood

© Dan White

This very dapper male Wood Duck - Aix sponsa was seen on Bitterwell Lake, Henfield on the 15th. Well worth the entrance fee.

 

Friday November 17th

HAWFINCH: One seen in flight over The Lake at Oldbury Power Station. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Saturday November 18th

WATER PIPIT: One probably this species on Littleton Warth this morning. (John Martin)

 

Sunday November 19th

HAWFINCH: Two birds in trees at the Horton end of Chipping Sodbury Common at 14:30. (Mark Coller)

 

A Red Admiral on the wing in the Shire Valley, Marshfield this afternoon. (TBOSG)

 

 

Tuesday November 21st

WATER PIPIT: One in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area this morning. (Paul Bowerman) WOODCOCK: Numbers increasing at Lower Woods, Wickwar with at least five 'flushed' from the woodland walks. (Neil Lodge - Warden)

 

Friday November 24th

PIED WAGTAIL: A roost of at least 50 at UWE, Frenchay at 16:15. (Paul Bowdler‏) RING-NECKED PARAKEET: One was reported between the houses in Kingston Drive, Mangotsfield and Stockwell Close, Downend. SHORT-EARED OWL: Two were on show at Aust Warth from around 16:15. (Jonathan Mercer, Vic Savery)

 

Sunday November 26th

BLACK REDSTART: A 1st winter was seen around the Jetty at Oldbury Power Station today. (Matt Plenty) LITTLE EGRET: Eighteen were counted in fields near Thornbury Castle today. It represents the highest count so far this year.

 

Monday November 27th

BLACK REDSTART: A 1st winter was seen around the Jetty at Oldbury Power Station again today. (Pete Hazelwood, John Cassidy) A further 1st winter/ female was seen on the salt marsh at Severn Beach. (Paul Bowerman) SHORT-EARED OWL: One at Aust this evening. (Nigel Sluman)

 

© Pete Hazelwood, Paul Bowerman

 

Tuesday November 28th

BLACK REDSTART: A 1st winter/ female was seen on the salt marsh at Severn Beach this morning, (Adam Rawson) and a 1st winter was reported from Oldbury Power Station again today. HAWFINCH: Two were seed feeding on Maple keys on estuary side of Lagoon III this morning. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

© Adam Rawson

 

Thursday November 30th

HAWFINCH: One, probably this species, heard calling in trees in front of the house, within the one way system at Tortworth Court. (Paul Marshall)

 

 

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