The Birds Of South Gloucestershire

 

 

ARCTIC SKUA - Stercorarius parasiticus - UK

 


 

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Andy Jordan

 

 

 

2020

EARLIEST: A dark morph was seen well along the near bank and up-river past Oldbury Power Station on the 10th. LATEST: . HIGHEST COUNT: Up to four from Severn Beach on May 23rd.

 

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  OPS

 

 

 

3

 

 

   

 

     

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  Seven Beach/ New Passage

 

 

 

3

8

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17

  New Pill

 

 

 

2

 

 

   

 

     

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  Total Bird Days

 

 

 

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22

 

 

2019

Eight bird days were logged this year all from one site, Severn Beach. The best month was April with six. The only other reports were from June and September (1). EARLIEST: A dark morph west from Severn Beach on April 19th. LATEST: One on September 29th from Severn Beach. HIGHEST COUNT: Three noted north-east up-river past Severn Beach early morning on April 27th.

 

2018

Seven bird days were logged this year from just two sites; Severn Beach (5) and Oldbury Power Station (2). The best month was April with five bird days with single birds in May and November. EARLIEST: One, a dark morph, north-east up-river from Severn Beach on April 7th. LATEST: One at Oldbury Power Station on November 30th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three heading up-river from Severn Beach early morning on April 12th.

 

2017

EARLIEST: A dark morph from New Passage on May 5th. LATEST: One from Severn Beach on September 13th. HIGHEST COUNT: Two dark morph from Severn Beach on June 11th.

 

2016

EARLIEST: Four were seen heading inland over 'The Pipes' at Severn Beach in the evening on April 20th. LATEST: One most likely to have been this species was seen in flight upriver past Severn Beach on May 21st. HIGHEST COUNT: Four inland over 'The Pipes' at Severn Beach on April 20th.

 

2015

EARLIEST: Two, one light, one dark morph were noted low up river past Oldbury Power Station at 17:55 on April 17th. LATEST: A light morph was seen heading slowly down river from Oldbury Power Station around 15:45 on November 30th. HIGHEST COUNT: Around forty were seen throughout the day from Severn Beach on May 6th.

 

2014

EARLIEST: Two dark morphs noted high upriver off Severn Beach at 10:05 on April 21st. LATEST: One was seen heading south from New Passage at 13:30 on September 14th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three, two dark, one light morph heading south from Severn Beach at 07:55 on June 27th.

 

2013

EARLIEST: Four were logged from Severn Beach at 15:50 on April 6th. LATEST: One was seen off Severn Beach on November 3rd. HIGHEST COUNT: Nine, four light, five dark morph's were noted from Severn Beach on May 10th.

 

2012

EARLIEST: Three were seen off Severn Beach heading north-east up river around 11:25 on April 27th. LATEST: A dark morph was seen off Severn Beach on September 24th. HIGHEST COUNT: At least eleven were present off Severn Beach on June 8th.

 

2011

EARLIEST: Two dark morph's were seen from Severn Beach on April 21st. LATEST: One noted upriver at Oldbury Power Station on September 12th. HIGHEST COUNT: Up to six off Severn Beach on May 22nd.

 

2010

EARLIEST: A dark morph off Severn Beach on March 30th. LATEST: A juvenile past Severn Beach late afternoon on November 11th. HIGHEST COUNT: Five, two light, two dark, one intermediate off Severn Beach on April 30th.

 

2009

EARLIEST: A dark morph was seen at Severn Beach on April 12th. LATEST: Two dark morph were logged at Oldbury Power Station in flight down river at 11:35 on August 27th. HIGHEST COUNT: Ten were seen from Severn Beach (seven dark morph, three light morph  on May 8th.

 

2008

EARLIEST: A dark morph floating on the river off New Passage on the morning of April 30th. LATEST: A dark morph at Oldbury Power Station at around 11:45 on September 6th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three at Oldbury Power Station (two dark morph) upriver at 07:25 on September 5th.

 

2007

EARLIEST: One was seen from Severn Beach on April 15th. LATEST: A dark morph was noted from Severn Beach on July 2nd. HIGHEST COUNT: Ten were counted from Severn Beach on May 7th.

 

2006

EARLIEST: One was watched from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach or New Passage on March 28th. LATEST: One was seen from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach or New Passage on September 2nd. HIGHEST COUNT: Four were logged from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach or New Passage on May 20th.

 

2005

EARLIEST: One was watched from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach or New Passage on April 24th. LATEST: Two were noted from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach or New Passage on October 16th. HIGHEST COUNT: Two were noted from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach or New Passage in May and October.

 

2004

EARLIEST: One was watched from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach or New Passage on March 14th. LATEST: Three were noted from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach or New Passage on September 14th. HIGHEST COUNT: Thirteen were noted from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach or New Passage on May 6th.

 

2003

EARLIEST: One was watched from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach or New Passage on April 1st. LATEST: One was watched from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach or New Passage on August 3rd. HIGHEST COUNT: Three were noted from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach or New Passage on May 20th.

 

2002

EARLIEST: Three were logged from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach or New Passage on March 31st. LATEST: One was logged from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach or New Passage on July 23rd. HIGHEST COUNT: Four were noted from 'Severnside' presumably Severn Beach or New Passage on June 10th.

 

2001

EARLIEST: Three were seen from Severn Beach on March 30th. LATEST: One was seen from Severn Beach on October 30th. HIGHEST COUNT: Eight were counted from Severn Beach on April 22nd.

 

2000

EARLIEST: Four were noted at Severn Beach on April 17th. LATEST: One was seen from Severn Beach on December 14th. HIGHEST COUNT: Four noted at Severn Beach on April 17th.

 

1999

All reports for this year come from Severn Beach. APRIL: One on the 20th, nine on the 22nd and two on the 24th. MAY: One on the 15th. JUNE: One on the 2nd. SEPTEMBER: One on the 25th. NOVEMBER: One on the 28th.

 

1998

All reports for this year come from Severn Beach. APRIL: Two on the 4th, two on the 9th and 100+ on the 13th (possibly as many as 120), two on the 23rd. MAY: Three on the 2nd, one on the 3rd and two on the 4th, 5th and 6th. JUNE: One on the 9th. SEPTEMBER: One on September 10th.

 

1997

All reports for this year come from Severn Beach with one exception. APRIL: Seven on the 23rd with two on the 24th. MAY: Two on the 3rd, three on the 4th and one on the 7th. JUNE: One on the 21st with two on the 22nd. AUGUST: One on the 28th. SEPTEMBER: One on the 4th and one on the 13th. A dark morph north-east past Thornbury Yacht Club on the 12th.NOVEMBER: One on the 9th. DECEMBER: One on the 25th.

 

1996

SEVERN BEACH: MAY: One on the 19th, three, one light morph on the 21st and one on the 23rd. JUNE: Three on the 1st, a light morph on the 8th and two light morph on the 29th.

 

1995

NEW PASSAGE: APRIL: Two dark morph heading north-east on the 25th with another dark morph on the 26th.

1994

NEW PASSAGE: APRIL: A dark morph heading north-east on the 1st, one heading east on the 24th and a dark morph on the 30th. SEPTEMBER: One dark and one light morph on the 11th.

 

1993

All reports for this year come from New Passage. MAY: A dark morph on the 16th, three dark and three light morph on the 30th with six, all light morph on the 31st. JULY: One on the 25th.

 

1992

NEW PASSAGE: APRIL: One on the 19th and one on the 26th. MAY: One on the 5th with two on the 9th and 24th. AUGUST: One on the 30th. SEPTEMBER: One on the 15th.

 

1991

NEW PASSAGE: APRIL: One on the 7th. MAY: One on the 3rd, two on the 5th and two on the 7th. JUNE: Four on the 9th and three on the 13th. SEPTEMBER: One on the 16th. NOVEMBER: Two on the 2nd.

 

1990

All reported from Severnside presumably off Severn Beach/ New Passage/ Aust. APRIL: Two on the 10th, four on the 15th and two on the 16th. MAY: Two on the 2nd, three on the 4th and one on the 16th. AUGUST: One on the 19th. OCTOBER: One on the 30th.

 

1989

APRIL: Three off Aust on the 10th, nine on the 11th. Four off New Passage on the 26th, ten on the 27th. MAY: Two at Oldbury Power Station on the 6th. JUNE: One off New Passage on the 25th. AUGUST: One at Aust on the 15th. OCTOBER: One off New Passage on the 29th.

 

1988

The majority of birds reported this year were dark morph. MAY: Three at New Passage on the 30th. JULY: One at New Passage on the 28th. AUGUST: One at Severn Beach on the 19th. SEPTEMBER: One on the 2nd, one on the 24th and three on the 25th. OCTOBER: One on the 7th and three on the 8th.

 

1987

All reported from Severnside presumably off Severn Beach/ New Passage/ Aust. APRIL: Two on the 26th. MAY: Three on the 2nd, seven on the 11th and three on the 14th.

 

1986

All reported from Severnside presumably off Severn Beach/ New Passage/ Aust. MAY: One on the 10th, seven on the 11th and one on the 13th. JUNE: One on the 1st. OCTOBER: One on the 25th.

 

1985

All reported from Severnside presumably off Severn Beach/ New Passage/ Aust. MARCH: Two on the 30th. APRIL: Two on the 8th, one on the 12th, eight on the 13th and five seen on the 14th. JUNE: Two on the 9th and three on the 11th. AUGUST: Two on the 2nd. SEPTEMBER: Two on the 1st, one on the 3rd, one on the 5th, two on the 6th and one on the 16th. NOVEMBER: Two on the 4th.

 

1984

Three dark morph off New Passage on April 27th; Two, one dark & one light morph off New Passage on May 5th.

 

1983

NEW PASSAGE: One on May 9th; At least six on September 3rd & 4th (at least three dark & one light morph) with one on September 5th & 6th; A dark morph on October 16th; On October 18th a light morph.

 

1982

All reported from Severnside presumably off Severn Beach/ New Passage/ Aust. Two dark morph on May 5th; A dark morph on May 25th; Two dark morph on September 27th; One dark morph individual on October 19th.

 

1981

Two dark morph off Severn Beach on April 9th; Four light morph off Severn Beach on May 4th.

1979

A dark morph off New Passage on July 7th.

1978

A dark morph off Severn Beach on May 6th; An immature off Severn Beach on September 9th - 10th; Two dark morph off Severn Beach on September 16th.

1974

One flying south off Aust on September 8th.

1972

A corpse at Severn Beach on May 28th.

1967

One off New Passage on October 29th.

1960

A distant Skua on the R. Severn at Aust on August 31st was almost certainly this species.

1942

Close views of one, a dark morph, off Severn Beach on October 15th.

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1941

A close view obtained of one in flight at Littleton-upon-Severn on June 1st. The bird was in the dark morph.

 

 

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