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ARCTIC SKUA - Stercorarius parasiticus

 

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© Andy Jordan

 

 

 

2018:

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.

 

Location

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Totals

Severn Beach

 

 

 

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New Passage

 

 

 

 

                 

OPS

 

 

 

 

1

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Total Bird Days

 

 

 

5

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7

 

 

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.

 

1941:

A close view obtained of one in flight at Littleton-upon-Severn on June 1st. The bird was in the dark morph. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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