GREAT WHITE EGRET

Ardea alba

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2021 (-) c.65

APRIL: Two were seen in flight north-east up river past Severn View Services, Aust at 08:20 on the 1st; One was seen in flight over Frampton Cotterell/ Iron Acton on the 5th; One was seen in flight north-east past New Passage on the 21st with the same or another seen at Redwick/ Severn Beach before flying west on the 23rd; One, putatively this species, seen in flight from Littleton to Aust on the 27th; One was seen in flight with seven Little Egret north over the M4 from Lyde Green Pool on the 28th; One was seen in flight up-river past Oldbury Power Station around 09:20 on the 29th. MAY: An unconfirmed report of one near The Anchor at Oldbury Pill at 07:45 on the 5th; One was seen in flight down river from Oldbury Power Station on the 18th; One in flight up river past Oldbury Power Station on the 27th. JUNE; One in flight around 07:40 south over the A4174 Willy Wicket roundabout at Bromley Heath on the 28th; Two on the 30th - one noted in flight on Pilning WR, New Passage and one seen in flight over Frampton Cotterell heading towards Coalpit Heath. AUGUST: One on Tesco Pools, Western Distribution Park, Severn Beach on the 28th; SEPTEMBER: One present on Lyde Green Lake, Emerson's Green on the 10th. OCTOBER: Four were seen in flight south over Littleton Warth on the 10th; One on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 11th. NOVEMBER: One over The Lake, Oldbury Power Station on the 4th; One lifted off on Pilning WR, New Passage and flew towards Severn Beach on the 13th.

 

2020 (c.15)

Four were watched in flight south past Severn Beach on June 16th; Two were seen in flight upriver past Oldbury Power Station and a third lingered on Pilning WR, New Passage on June 25th; One was reported from the New Passage/ Pilning WR area on August 12th; One was seen in flight from Littleton Warth towards The Lake at Oldbury Power Station on September 1st; One was seen briefly on Pilning WR, New Passage on September 5th; One was seen on Pilning WR, New Passage on September 17th; One was seen in flight over the M5 near Tytherington on October 4th; One north-east over Severn View Services, Aust on October 14th; One was seen in flight north-east from New Passage and two were in flight north-east past Severn View Services, Aust on November 7th.

 

2019 (c.20)

One was reported just down river from Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on February 14th; One in flight north-east over New Passage/ Northwick Warth on March 23rd; One was seen in flight at Over around the Solar Farm on May 26th; Three were found in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning WR area on July 17th; A summer adult was present on Pilning WR, New Passage on July 25th; An immature was present in the Pilning WR, New Passage area from August 14th - 23rd, 27th - 31st and September 1st - 10th; An immature was noted in flight past Severn Beach on September 20th; Six were watched in flight heading up river past New Passage on September 21st; One was noted from Aust Warth on October 18th; One was seen heading inland between New Passage and Severn Beach on October 29th; One was reported heading south from the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on October 30th.

 

2018 (6)

Two were seen on Pilning WR, New Passage on April 23rd; One seen in flight over Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station and Littleton-upon-Severn on April 28th was subsequently noted in flight north over Aust Warth; One was seen in flight over Pilning WR, New Passage on July 18th; One flew over Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on October 19th; One was seen in flight up river from Littleton on October 31st.

 

2017 (6)

Two were reported low over St Mary's Church car park, Littleton-upon-Severn on January the 2nd; One was reported from the R. Frome behind Centenary field, Frampton Cotterell on January 5th; One was seen in flight just inland of Shepperdine/ Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station on April 11th; One was seen in flight heading south over Pilning WR, New Passage on April 21st; One was seen in flight heading south-west over Nibley towards Coalpit Heath on September 17th.

 

2016 (7)

One was seen flying south-west from Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on January 16th; One was seen in flight north-east over the M5 just north of J17 heading towards Patchway on April 21st; One, very probably this species, was seen in flight south of Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on July 30th; One was reported on the shore at Oldbury Power Station on August 17th; One was reported in flight heading east over Staple Hill, Bristol on August 22nd; One was seen in the mouth of Chestle Pill, New Passage on September 11th; One paid a flying visit to Pilning WR, New Passage and Northwick Warth 'Flash' on October 8th.

 

2015 (5)

One was seen in flight over Ableton Land and Orchard Pools, Severn Beach on May 8th; Two were seen briefly in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on October 4th; One was seen towards Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on October 27th; One was seen flying low south-east and inland from Aust Warth on December 28th.

 

2013 (2)

One was seen in flight over Yate on September 26th heading south west towards Westerleigh; One was seen over Pilning WR, New Passage on September 28th.

 

2012 (1) 0

A presumed adult was seen in flight over the M5 one kilometre south of J15 in the Almondsbury/ Patchway area on November 30th.