GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

Locustella naevia

 

Paul Bowerman

 

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2021

APRIL: One was heard 'reeling' near the allotments on 40 Acres, Stoke Gifford early morning on the 9th; One was heard 'reeling' by the entrance to the Severn Way at New Passage on the 18th; One noted 'reeling' early morning at Severn Beach on the 23rd; One was reported from Overscourt Woodland, Siston on the 25th; One heard 'reeling' on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 27th. MAY: One was heard 'reeling' by The Lake, Oldbury Power Station early morning on the 22nd. JUNE: One was heard 'reeling' from middle of the reedbed at the south end of Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station on the 4th.

 

2020
Just seven bird days recorded this year from five sites. Oldbury Power Station, Rockhampton, Longwell Green and Chipping Sodbury Common (1) and Severn Beach (3). EARLIEST: One noted from Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station on April 6th. LATEST: One on Chipping Sodbury Common on August 27th. HIGHEST COUNT: Two heard at Severn Beach on April 19th.

 

2019
Just six bird days were logged this year from five sites. New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning WR (2), Oldbury Power Station, Severn Beach, Severn View Services and Marshfield (1). EARLIEST: April 17th on Northwick Warth. LATEST: August 24t on Northwick Warth. HIGHEST COUNT: One all dates.
 

2018
Sixteen bird days were logged this year from six sites; Oldbury Power Station (9), Severn Beach (3) with single birds reported from New Passage. Littleton Brick Pits, Frome Valley Walkway and Three Brookes LNR. April (14), May (1) and August (1). EARLIEST: Three around Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on April 14th. LATEST: One on August 30th at Severn Beach. HIGHEST COUNT: Three around Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on April 14th.
 

2017
Sixteen bird days were logged this year from seven sites; Oldbury Power Station (5), Hanham (4), Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland and Littleton Brick Pits (2), Severn Beach, Tockington and Overscourt Woodland (1). EARLIEST: One both seen and heard on Northwick Warth on April 9th. LATEST: One trapped at Littleton Brick Pits on September 16th. HIGHEST COUNT: Two heard 'reeling' at Oldbury Power Station on April 22nd & 25th.
 

2016
Twenty-two bird days were logged this year from eight sites; Oldbury Power Station and Northwick Warth (7), Aust Services and Abbywood, Filton (2), Severn Beach. Littleton Warth, Chipping Sodbury Common and Lower Woods (1). EARLIEST: Two were seen/ heard in the Severn View Services area, Aust on April 11th. LATEST: One was flushed from the grassy bank near the sluice at The Pill, New Passage on August 31st. HIGHEST COUNT: Two were seen/ heard in the Severn View Services area on April 11th and two at Oldbury Power Station on April 15th.
 

2015
Just eight birds were reported this year. EARLIEST: One was heard 'reeling' from scrub near Severn Beach Railway Platform and one from brambles on the north-east side of Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on April 13th. LATEST: One was present in Elders near the ST Works at New Passage on August 8th.
 

2014
Nine individuals from two sites. EARLIEST: One was seen a kilometre south of Severn Beach on April 10th. LATEST: Two from Lagoon II, OPS by the main reedbed at 21:30 on July 21st. HIGHEST COUNT: Three from Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on April 18th.
 

2013
Thirty-one birds from six site. EARLIEST: A male 'reeling' early morning at New Passage on April 13th. LATEST: One on Chipping Sodbury Common at 15:30 on August 28th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three around Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on May 4th.
 

2012
Just eight birds across five sites. EARLIEST: One was early morning at New Passage on April 17th. LATEST: One perhaps two 'reeling' on Chipping Sodbury Common on August 12th. HIGHEST COUNT: One perhaps two 'reeling' on Chipping Sodbury Common on August 12th.
 

2011
A respectable forty birds this year from seven sites. EARLIEST: One was present on Lower Knole Farm, Almondsbury on April 9th. LATEST: One was seen at Aust Warth on September 25th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three were logged at Lower Knole Farm, Almondsbury on April 12th.
 

2010
Thirty-six birds this year spread across twelve sites. EARLIEST: One was noted at Severn Beach on April 2nd. LATEST: One was seen at New Passage on August 30th. HIGHEST COUNT: Five at Lower Knole Farm, Almondsbury on April 24th.
 

2009
Seventeen individuals from seven sites. EARLIEST: One was found on Northwick Warth on April 13th. LATEST: One trapped, ringed and released on Northwick Warth on August 29th. HIGHEST COUNT: Six, including four juveniles, were logged at Lower Knole Farm, Almondsbury on August 22nd.
 

2008
Fourteen birds from four sites. EARLIEST: One was heard on Northwick Warth on April 11th. LATEST: One was flushed from Northwick Warth on September 2nd.
 

2007
APRIL: One was heard 'reeling' from Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on the 15th; One was seen at Severn Beach on the 21st - 22nd. MAY: One was heard 'reeling' at Overscourt Wood, Siston from the 30th until at least June 3rd. AUGUST: One was seen around 09:30 on Northfield Lane, Marshfield with another noted at Severn Beach on the 27th. SEPTEMBER: One was seen around Grebe Pond, Pilning Wetland on September 15th.
 

2006
APRIL: A silent individual was both seen and photographed on Northwick Warth on the 17th. MAY: One was heard at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach on the 4th and one was heard at Naite Farm, Oldbury in late May and June. JULY: One somewhere on 'Severnside' between the 19th - 22nd. SEPTEMBER: One was noted at Severn Beach on the 5th.
 

2005
An exceptional spring passage with individuals reported from several different localities including Inglestone Common and Severn Beach.
 

2004
An exceptional spring passage with individuals reported from several different localities but no specific sites were mentioned.
 

2003
One at Aust between June 22nd - 24th; One from Oldbury Power Station on July 4th; One at Severn Beach on August 12th.
 

2002
A pair were present throughout the breeding season and breeding was confirmed at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach.
 

2000
One at Oldbury Power Station on April 22nd; One at Severn Beach on April 22nd; A singing male at Oldbury Power Station between May and June.
 

1999
One from Aust on April 25th; One in the Marshfield area on April 28th.
 

1998
One at Northwick Warth on April 18th; One sometime in April at New Passage.
 

1997
One at New Passage from April 24th - 27th.
 

1995
One at Northwick Warth on April 17th; One at Thornbury on May 2nd.
 

1994
One from Oldbury Power Station on June 15th and 27th, July 16th, 20th and 22nd and August 7th.
 

1993
One from the Marshfield area on May 2nd; One at West Littleton on May 7th; One from Elberton from June until at least July 11th.
 

1991
A nest site was found with young at Little Sodbury on July 10th and breeding was confirmed.
 

1990
One at Horton between April and July.
 

1988
One at Dyrham sometime in May; One at Shepperdine on July 17th.
 

1985
One between April 24th - 26th April at Dyrham.
 

1983
Singing males from Littleton Brick Pits and Aust between April 16th and June 28th.
 

1982
Singing males from Inglestone Common and Severnside between April 20th and July 19th.
 

1980
Singing males from Inglestone Common, Oldbury-on-Severn, Littleton Warth, Tockington, Hallen, Filton, Stoke Park and Pucklechurch.
 

1979
Up to forty-six singing males from Hawkesbury, Inglestone Common, Tytherington, Thornbury, Tockington, Aust, Severn Beach and Filton.
 

1978
Singing males from Tytherington, Alveston, Elberton and Filton between April 16th and July 14th.
 

1977
Singing males from Shepperdine, Inglestone Common, Tockington and Filton from April 25th to July 25th.
 

1976
Singing males from Littleton-upon-Severn and Doynton and breeding was proven at Filton between April 24th and July 24th.
 

1975
Singing males from Lower Morton, Aust, Hallen, Filton and Doynton between April 25th and August 7th.
 

1974
Singing males from Inglestone Common, Aust Warth and Severn Beach between May 3rd and August 24th.
 

1972
Up to eleven from various locations but no specific dates or sites are mentioned
 

1971
Up to three singing males from Cromhall, Severn Beach and Beach.
 

1970
Singing males at Tortworth, Cromhall, New Passage and Filton.
 

1966
Eleven singing males at Oakford south of Marshfield on April 26th.
 

1965
Nine singing at Oakford south of Marshfield on May 17th.
 

1964
Up to four at Oakford, Marshfield from mid April; Eight on Inglestone Common on April 30th.
 

1961
One from Stoke Gifford on April 25th.
 

1960
One at Wick on April 26th; One 'reeling' at Hawkesbury Common on July 3rd.
 

1959
Reported from late April to the end of May from many widely scattered localities including Inglestone Common and Filton.
 

1957
Singing males in hedgerows between Hambrook and Harry Stoke on April 23rd; Noted and heard singing at Codrington on June 11th.
 

1954
Heard in breeding season at Inglestone Common, Wickwar, Mangotsfield and Wick.
 

1951
One at Severn Beach on May 14th.
 

1949
One from Hawkesbury Common on May 15th. 1947 One at Wallshut Wood, Filton on April 17th.
 

1946
One between Dyrham and Doynton on April 23rd.
 

1942
On May 1st one in a rough hedgerow adjoining the Court Farm Building Estate, Stoke Gifford. Present in the same spot on various dates until May 19th.
 

1941
One at Dyrham on April 22nd; One at Dyrham on May 4th.
 

1935
A pair were found nesting at Over near Almondsbury sometime in May.