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2018:

JANUARY: A male on the R. Avon 200 metres downstream of Siston Brook at Willsbridge late morning on the 6th. MARCH: A pair were watched floating upriver past Severn Beach on the 7th. APRIL: A male was seen in flight north-east past Severn Beach on the 7th;

 

2017:

APRIL: One was noted on the R. Avon at Hanham on the 1st. AUGUST: An immature was noted in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 4th. OCTOBER: A 'redhead' was seen in flight upriver past Oldbury Power Station at 10:30 on the 10th.

 

2016:

JANUARY: Three drakes were present on the R. Avon at Keynsham Weir at 15:00 on the 5th with at least two still present in and around Portavon Marina on the 11th. APRIL: A pair were logged from New Passage in the morning on the 30th. MAY: A 'redhead' flew past Oldbury Power Station before heading inland in the evening on the 11th. DECEMBER: Three drakes were seen in flight south past New Passage around 11:00 on the 19th.

 

2015:

JANUARY: A male and female were present on the R. Avon around The Lock Keeper near Keynsham from the 30th until February 7th where they were joined by another drake on the 8th with an additional pair there on the 11th (five in total). APRIL: A male was seen in flight upriver past Thornbury Yacht Club at 09:00 on the 4th; A female was seen in flight upriver close in before landing on the water at Shepperdine on the 10th. OCTOBER: Two were seen in flight north-east past New Passage/ Northwick Warth around 15:10 on the 18th.NOVEMBER: A drake was seen heading down river past New Passage at 12:15 on the 17th; A pair were seen in flight north-west over Pilning Wetland in the morning on the 25th. DECEMBER: A drake was reported from the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 7th; A 1st winter/ female was seen from New Passage around 16:20 on the 11th; A drake was present on the R. Avon around The Lock Keeper near Keynsham on the 14th.

 

2014:

A male and female were seen on the R. Avon opposite Avon Valley CP in the afternoon on February 22nd; A 'redhead' was seen on the evening tide off Severn Beach on March 13th; A female type was seen in flight north-east from the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on September 18th; A drake was seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on November 10th - 11th.

 

2013:

A male was seen in flight over Aust Warth on January 23rd; Three were seen on the R. Avon between Keynsham and Swineford on February 14th; Three 'redheads' were found at Littleton-upon-Severn on November 16th; Three, a male and two females were seen at high tide from Severn Beach on November 24th.

 

2012:

A drake was asleep on the reservoir at The Windbound end at Oldbury Power Station on February 7th; Three, a male and two redheads were present on the R. Avon at Hanham on February 12th; A drake was seen at Aust Warth on April 15th.

 

2011:

Three were noted in flight over Orchard Pools, Severn Beach on January 29th; a drake flew south over Aust Warth late afternoon on February 8th; A drake was present on Coopers Lake, Yate on March 18th.

 

2010:

A male and female were present on the River Avon at Hanham opposite the 'Chocolate Factory' on January 2nd and on January 30th were noted near the Lock Keeper at Keynsham; A male was seen in flight down river at Shepperdine on January 16th; At Oldbury Power Station one was seen on January 16th - 17th; Five 'brown heads' flew upriver past Severn Beach in the morning on November 14th and continued north over the Second Severn Crossing; Nineteen were seen heading north across the river near Oldbury Power Station on December 2nd; Two were seen at New Passage on December 27th; A female was seen on the R. Avon near Swineford and a further nine flew high down river past Oldbury Power Station on December 30th.

 

2009:

Three, two males and a redhead were seen in flight past Aust Warth on January 2nd; A pair were logged on the River Avon 300 metres up river from the Chequers Pub in Hanham; Four redheads were seen in flight up river at Oldbury Power Station at 15:30 on February 6th; A female flew high to the west over Kingswood in Bristol at mid day on December 27th.

 

2008:

Two, a pair were seen on the southern S. Glos boundary on the River Avon at ST: 661 697 on March 2nd; A 'redhead' was noted off New Passage on November 15th.

 

2007:

Three were noted on the R. Avon at Hanham on March 13th.

2006:

A female was seen at New Passage on January 6th; A drake flew past Severn Beach on February 18th; Two flew down river past New Passage on April 22nd; On November 10th a female was found amongst Wigeon and Teal at New Passage before it flew off down the estuary.

 

2005:

One was noted at Badminton on December 13th; A male was seen at New Passage on December 30th.

2004:

One was reported from Severnside on February 20th.

2003:

On February 16th one was found at Leap Valley in Downend; Three on October 14th were on Severnside; One on November 15th was at Oldbury Power Station; Two were noted on November 23rd on Severnside and were present until December 31st.

 

2002:

A 'redhead' was seen on January 2nd on Severnside.

 

2001:

Two ‘redheads' were seen in flight heading north on Severnside on November 11th.

 

2000:

On January 10th one was seen on Severnside, in flight heading south; Two, also on Severnside were seen on November 4th; One on December 30th on Severnside was watched in flight heading south-west.

 

1999:

Two, a male and female were observed on January 31st on the R. Avon at Hanham; A female visited Siston Brook at Willsbridge on January 31st.

 

1998:

Two on February 4th were found on the R. Avon at Hanham.

 

1997:

Seven were identified in flight up channel on January 4th at Oldbury Power Station; A single male noted on January 4th was at Severn Beach; A female was seen in flight heading south-west on January 12th at Severn Beach.

 

1996:

Two, a male and female were seen on November 17th at New Passage, in flight heading north-east; Three were seen on December 28th at Severn Beach, the group included one male and were watched in flight heading north-east.

 

1994:

A male was present on March 6th on the R. Avon at Hanham.

1992:

Six were found on February 8th on the R. Avon at Hanham, five were still present on February 15th with one on February 29th.

 

1991:

On February 3rd at Littleton Warth, a ‘redhead’ was observed in flight heading north; Three on February 10th were noted on Severnside, the group included two males and were seen in flight heading north; There were three on February 17th at Oldbury Power Station, including one male; A 'redhead' on Severnside was watched on April 13th; Five 'redheads' were seen on Severnside on October 11th were also seen on October 17th and 19th.

 

1990:

On November 17th on Severnside, a ‘redhead’ was found and was subsequently seen again on November 25th.

 

1989:

Two, a male and female were seen on February 25th at New Passage; Another male and female were found on October 28th at New Passage; Four on November 17th were seen at New Passage and were watched in flight upstream; On November 19th one was found at New Passage.

 

1988:

Two birds were seen at Northwick Warth on December 18th.

 

1987:

One was seen on January 24th at Northwick Warth.

 

1985:

One was noted at New Passage on February 15th.

 

1984:

A 'redhead' was seen on April 20th on Severnside.

 

1981:

A female was seen flying up river off New Passage on May 9th.

 

1980:

Eleven 'redheads' were seen flying south-east off Severn Beach on November 23rd.

1978:

A male was identified off Severn Beach on December 24th.

1891:

One was ‘obtained’ sometime in January at Bitton. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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