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© Paul Bowerman

 

 

 

2018:

JANUARY: Two birds feeding on the shore by Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 14th. MARCH: Six were found on the 16th on Pilning Wetland early morning before moving to New Passage; One in the Northwick Warth area on the 21st - 22nd. APRIL: Three at Shepperdine early morning on the 2nd; Two were present at Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 15th; One was seen in flight north-east up-river past New Passage on the 21st; One early morning on Pilning Wetland on the 30th. MAY: Two seen mating on the 17th in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area with one settled on a 'nest' constitutes the first breeding attempt of this species in South Gloucestershire. Two still present on the 18th; Three in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 20th; Two were noted in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 25th; One briefly in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area early morning on the 28th. JUNE: One present on Pilning Wetland mid-morning on the 30th.JULY: Four were present on Northwick Warth on the 4th. AUGUST: An adult accompanied by four juveniles in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 1st with one in the same area on the 3rd. OCTOBER: One noted in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area and was seen to drop onto the 1st Sentry Box Pool on the 11th.

 

2017:

APRIL: One was seen at New Passage on the 3rd; One was seen in flight past Oldbury Power Station on the 15th; One was seen briefly on Pilning Wetland on the 29th. MAY: Two were present briefly on Northwick Warth on the 3rd with two in flight past New Passage on the 5th; One circulating around the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 15th; Two birds present mid-morning on Northwick Warth on the 22nd. JULY: One was seen at Shepperdine over high tide on the 24th, the first July record! SEPTEMBER: One was reported from the south side of Littleton Warth at high tide on the 1st; Three were noted in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 17th; Three were noted in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 25th; One at Pillhead Gout Oldbury-on-Severn on the 27th. NOVEMBER: One from Pillhead Gout, Cowhill on the 1st; Seven in flight down river past Oldbury Power Station on the 3rd.

 

2016:

JANUARY: A flock of eight were seen actively feeding on the shore near Thornbury Sailing Club on the 2nd. MARCH: One was watched from Northwick and Aust Warth's in the morning on the 11th; One was present with Redshank at New Passage early morning on the 20th. APRIL: On the 4th, three spent the day in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. MAY: Two were seen on Northwick Warth on the 'flash' past the second sentry box on the 2nd and subsequently Aust Warth on the 2nd; Three birds were found at 08:55 on Pilning Wetland and one was seen in flight past Oldbury Power Station on the 22nd; One spent the day on Pilning Wetland on the 25th; Two were found on Northwick Warth Flash on the afternoon of the 30th. SEPTEMBER: One was present on Northwick Warth 'Flash' in the afternoon on the 25th. OCTOBER: One was seen on Pilning Wetland first thing on the 6th before moving to New Passage; One was reported from New Passage/ Northwick Warth in the afternoon on the 23rd still present on The Flash on Northwick Warth on the 24th; Two were present from the 27th - 31st along the shore in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. NOVEMBER: One present in the Northwick Warth/ New Passage/ Pilning Wetland area on the 5th.

 

2015:

MARCH: One on the foreshore on Northwick Warth from New Passage on the 6th; One was seen at high tide on the shore at Thornbury Yacht Club, Oldbury-on-Severn around Pillhead Gout on the 12th and again in the same area in the evening on the 19th. SEPTEMBER: One was seen in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetlands area on the 11th. OCTOBER: Two were present seen feeding around The Pill, New Passage on the 14th.

 

2014:

One on the foreshore on Northwick Warth from New Passage on March 15th. It relocated to Oldbury Power Station on the 16th; Twenty-five in the Northwick/ Aust Warth area (two combined flocks of twelve and thirteen in the Cake Pill area) before heading on upriver on March 30th; Eight at Shepperdine at 19:30 on March 31st; Two on June 1st in the New Passage/ Pilning Wetland area at 08:55. Then in flight, calling before heading south; Four at low tide from the footpath at Shepperdine on September 3rd; Two in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area until dusk on September 8th; Three were seen roosting on the flash on Northwick Warth on September 22nd; One at Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury on December 1st.

 

2013:

One on Littleton Warth on January 22nd; Five feeding on the tide line at Oldbury Power Station on March 4th; One in front of the sea defences at Severn Beach around 11:00 on March 20th, lingered for the rest of the day; Two possibly three on April 10th with one at Aust early morning, then two on Pilning Wetlands Reserve at 10:00, both present on the 11th; One north east over the 'Pines' at New Passage at 07:10 on April 13th; Four flew past Oldbury Power Station around 11:40 on April 16th were seen to land near the Thornbury Yacht Club present until early afternoon;  A flock of c.20 possibly this species from Oldbury Power Station on August 31st; One north past New Passage around 11:45 on October 25th.

 

2012:

Two on February 7th around midday from the seawall off Severn Beach; One over Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station at 08:15 on May 19th then on downriver.

 

2011:

Two at Aust Cliffs at 15:30 on May 19th headed towards Oldbury-on-Severn.

 

2010:

Three in the Northwick Warth/ New Passage area at 08:10 on March 23rd.

 

2009:

One down river past Northwick Warth on January 1st and roosting with waders at Aust Warth on January 3rd; One near Thornbury Yacht Club, Oldbury on January 2nd; One up river past New Passage on August 2nd; Two on Northwick Warth on August 23rd; One at Severn Beach on September 13th.

 

2008:

One at New Passage on January 1st; Five at New Passage at 09:30 on February 29th present until at least 15:30; Four at Shepperdine on April 17th.

 

2006:

One around 11:00 approximately 400 metres north of Oldbury Power Station on March 13th; A colour ringed bird at Northwick Warth on December 2nd around 11:00. It was ringed in Loire-Atlantic, France with a large yellow ring with 2 black stripes on the left tibia, 3 colour rings on right tibia; Green over Red over White.

 

2005:

Three at Severn Beach on March 10th; Six  around 09:30 and in flight west from New Passage on October 17th.

 

2004:

One at New Pill, south of Severn Beach on February 22nd.

 

2003:

Two on the April 15th at Oldbury Power Station.

 

2001:

Eight on February 20th at Northwick Warth.

 

2000:

One at Severn Beach on May 4th; One on August 14th at Oldbury Power Station; Two on December 2nd on Severnside; Two on December 23rd on Severnside.

 

1999:

One on April 30th at Severn Beach; One on August 7th at Oldbury Power Station remained until August 15th.

 

1998:

One on January 10th at Severn Beach.

 

1996:

From Severnside, two on March 30th, present until April 6th; One on May 6th; Seven on May 19th.

 

1994:

One at Oldbury Power Station on December 9th, three on December 10th - 12th.

 

1993:

One on October 16th at New Passage.

 

1992:

One on October 14th at Oldbury Power Station.

1991:

One at Oldbury Power Station until January 6th.

 

1990:

One at Oldbury Power Station on December 16th; Four on December 31st at Oldbury Power Station, one until January 6th 1991.

 

1989:

One on December 31st at Severn Beach.

 

1988:

One on November 12th at New Passage; Three on November 26th at New Passage.

 

1984:

One on May 2nd at Severn Beach.

 

1982:

Three on Lagoon I, Oldbury Power Station on February 27th; Two in flight at Aust Warth on May 23rd.

 

c.1900:

One was 'obtained' sometime around December near Thornbury but no dates are available. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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