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GRASSHOPPER WARBLER - Locustella naevia

 

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© Paul Bowerman

 

 

 

2018:

EARLIEST: Three around Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on April 14th. LATEST: One on August 30th at Severn Beach. HIGHEST COUNT: Three around Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on April 14th.

 

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Totals

 OPS

      8 1               9

 Severn Beach

      2       1         3

 New Passage

      1                 1

 Littleton Brick Pits

      1                 1

 Frome Valley Walkway

      1                 1

 Three Brooks LNR

      1                 1

 Total Bird Days

      14 1     1         16

 

 

2017:

Sixteen bird days were logged this year from seven sites; Oldbury Power Station (5), Hanham (4), Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland and Littleton Brick Pits (2), Severn Beach, Tockington and Overscourt Woodland (1). EARLIEST: One both seen and heard on Northwick Warth on April 9th. LATEST: One trapped at Littleton Brick Pits on September 16th. HIGHEST COUNT: Two heard 'reeling' at Oldbury Power Station on April 22nd & 25th.

 

2016:

Twenty-two bird days were logged this year from eight sites; Oldbury Power Station and Northwick Warth (7), Aust Services and Abbywood, Filton (2), Severn Beach. Littleton Warth, Chipping Sodbury Common and Lower Woods (1). EARLIEST: Two were seen/ heard in the Severn View Services area, Aust on April 11th. LATEST: One was flushed from the grassy bank near the sluice at The Pill, New Passage on August 31st. HIGHEST COUNT: Two were seen/ heard in the Severn View Services area on April 11th and two at Oldbury Power Station on April 15th.

 

2015:

Just eight birds were reported this year. EARLIEST: One was heard 'reeling' from scrub near Severn Beach Railway Platform and one from brambles on the north-east side of Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on April 13th. LATEST: One was present in Elders near the ST Works at New Passage on August 8th.

 

2014:

Nine individuals from two sites. EARLIEST: One was seen a kilometre south of Severn Beach on April 10th. LATEST: Two from Lagoon II, OPS by the main reedbed at 21:30 on July 21st. HIGHEST COUNT: Three from Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on April 18th.

 

2013:

Thirty-one birds from six site. EARLIEST: A male 'reeling' early morning at New Passage on April 13th. LATEST: One on Chipping Sodbury Common at 15:30 on August 28th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three around Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on May 4th.

 

2012:

Just eight birds across five sites. EARLIEST: One was early morning at New Passage on April 17th. LATEST: One perhaps two 'reeling' on Chipping Sodbury Common on August 12th. HIGHEST COUNT: One perhaps two 'reeling' on Chipping Sodbury Common on August 12th.

 

2011:

A respectable forty birds this year from seven sites. EARLIEST: One was present on Lower Knole Farm, Almondsbury on April 9th. LATEST: One was seen at Aust Warth on  September 25th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three were logged at Lower Knole Farm, Almondsbury on April 12th.

 

2010:

Thirty-six birds this year spread across twelve sites. EARLIEST: One was noted at Severn Beach on April 2nd. LATEST: One was seen at New Passage on August 30th. HIGHEST COUNT: Five at Lower Knole Farm, Almondsbury on April 24th.

 

2009:

Seventeen individuals from seven sites. EARLIEST: One was found on Northwick Warth on April 13th. LATEST: One trapped, ringed and released on Northwick Warth on August 29th. HIGHEST COUNT: Six, including four juveniles,  were logged at Lower Knole Farm, Almondsbury on August 22nd.

 

2008:

Fourteen birds from four sites. EARLIEST: One was heard on Northwick Warth on April 11th. LATEST: One was flushed from Northwick Warth on September 2nd.

 

2007:

APRIL: One was heard 'reeling' from Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on the 15th; One was seen at Severn Beach on the 21st - 22nd. MAY: One was heard 'reeling' at Overscourt Wood, Siston from the 30th until at least June 3rd. AUGUST: One was seen around 09:30 on Northfield Lane, Marshfield with another noted at Severn Beach on the 27th. SEPTEMBER: One was seen around Grebe Pond, Pilning Wetland on September 15th.

 

2006:

APRIL: A silent individual was both seen and photographed on Northwick Warth on the 17th. MAY: One was heard at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach on the 4th and one was heard at Naite Farm, Oldbury in late May and June. JULY: One somewhere on 'Severnside' between the 19th - 22nd. SEPTEMBER: One was noted at Severn Beach on the 5th.

 

2005:

An exceptional spring passage with individuals reported from several different localities including Inglestone Common and Severn Beach.

 

2004:

An exceptional spring passage with individuals reported from several different localities but no specific sites were mentioned.

 

2003:

One at Aust between June 22nd - 24th; One from Oldbury Power Station on July 4th; One at Severn Beach on August 12th.

 

2002:

A pair were present throughout the breeding season and breeding was confirmed at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach.

 

2000:

One at Oldbury Power Station on April 22nd; One at Severn Beach on April 22nd; A singing male at Oldbury Power Station between May and June.

 

1999:

One from Aust on April 25th; One in the Marshfield area on April 28th.

1998:

One at Northwick Warth on April 18th; One sometime in April at New Passage.

1997:

One at New Passage from April 24th - 27th.

1995:

One at Northwick Warth on April 17th; One at Thornbury on May 2nd.

1994:

One from Oldbury Power Station on June 15th and 27th, July 16th, 20th and 22nd and August 7th.

1993:

One from the Marshfield area on May 2nd; One at West Littleton on May 7th; One from Elberton from June until at least July 11th.

1991:

A nest site was found with young at Little Sodbury on July 10th and breeding was confirmed.

1990:

One at Horton between April and July.

1988:

One at Dyrham sometime in May; One at Shepperdine on July 17th.

1985:

One between April 24th - 26th April at Dyrham.

1983:

Singing males from Littleton Brick Pits and Aust between April 16th and June 28th.

1982:

Singing males from Inglestone Common and Severnside between April 20th and July 19th.

1980:

Singing males from Inglestone Common, Oldbury-on-Severn, Littleton Warth, Tockington, Hallen, Filton, Stoke Park and Pucklechurch.

1979:

Up to forty-six singing males from Hawkesbury, Inglestone Common, Tytherington, Thornbury, Tockington, Aust, Severn Beach and Filton.

 

1978:

Singing males from Tytherington, Alveston, Elberton and Filton between April 16th and July 14th.

 

1977:

Singing males from Shepperdine, Inglestone Common, Tockington and Filton from April 25th to July 25th.

 

1976:

Singing males from Littleton-upon-Severn and Doynton and breeding was proven at Filton between April 24th and July 24th.

 

1975:

Singing males from Lower Morton, Aust, Hallen, Filton and Doynton between April 25th and August 7th.

 

1974:

Singing males from Inglestone Common, Aust Warth and Severn Beach between May 3rd and August 24th.

1972:

Up to eleven from various locations but no specific dates or sites are mentioned.

1971:

Up to three singing males from Cromhall, Severn Beach and Beach.

 

1970:

Singing males at Tortworth, Cromhall, New Passage and Filton.

 

1966:

Eleven singing males at Oakford south of Marshfield on April 26th.

 

1965:

Nine singing at Oakford south of Marshfield on May 17th.

 

1964:

Up to four at Oakford, Marshfield from mid April; Eight on Inglestone Common on April 30th.

 

1961:

One from Stoke Gifford on April 25th.

 

1960:

One at Wick on April 26th; One 'reeling' at Hawkesbury Common on July 3rd.

 

1959:

Reported from late April to the end of May from many widely scattered localities including Inglestone Common and Filton.

 

1957:

Singing males in hedgerows between Hambrook and Harry Stoke on April 23rd; Noted and heard singing at Codrington on June 11th.

 

1954:

Heard in breeding season at Inglestone Common, Wickwar, Mangotsfield and Wick.

 

1951:

One at Severn Beach on May 14th.

 

1949:

One from Hawkesbury Common on May 15th.

 

1947:

One at Wallshut Wood, Filton on April 17th.

 

1946:

One between Dyrham and Doynton on April 23rd.

 

1942:

On May 1st one in a rough hedgerow adjoining the Court Farm Building Estate, Stoke Gifford. Present in the same spot on various dates until May 19th.

 

1941:

One at Dyrham on April 22nd; One at Dyrham on May 4th.

1935:

A pair were found nesting at Over near Almondsbury sometime in May. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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