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LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER - Dryobates minor

 

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2018:

A male at close range at near the Little River Avon in the Damery area on March 31st.

 

2017:

A presumed male was heard calling at Lower Woods, Wickwar on May 8th.

 

2016:

One putatively this species was heard drumming from Splatt's Abbey Wood, Filton at 08:00 on February 29th.

 

2014:

One putatively this species was reported in flight over The Scop at Almondsbury on November 22nd.

 

2013:

A male was seen on January 26th at Severn Beach.

 

2012:

A male was heard both calling and drumming at Lower Woods, Inglestone Common on April 6th; One, possibly this species, was reported from Inglestone Common on April 17th; One was reported from Bickley Woods, Longwell Green on September 6th; One was seen at 12:30 in Little Green Lane at Severn Beach on December 5th; A male was seen briefly at 10:15 at New Passage on December 17th before flying inland.

 

2011:

A male was heard drumming and calling at 07:00 at the east end of Gunning's Wood in the Shire Valley at Marshfield on April 9th and again on the 13th - 14th; A male was seen at 19:00 on July16th between Avening Green and Tortworth church; One was seen at Lower Woods on Inglestone Common on August 2nd.

 

2007:

One was reported in the trees by The Scop at Almondsbury on April 8th at around 09:40.

 

2006:

Reputedly seen in the Willsbridge Mill area on and off for the last twelve years with unconfirmed reports that all three woodpeckers have been seen regularly in a Longbeach Road garden simultaneously.

 

2005:

One was heard calling at Golden Valley LNR, Wick on May 9th.

 

2003:

A female was reported from Lower Woods near Inglestone Common on July 12th.

 

2002:

One at Orchard Pools near Severn Beach on July 14th; A female in gardens beneath Aust Cliffs on October 16th; A female from Downend on December 25th.

 

2000:

One at Inglestone Common on May 11th; One at Hollywood Tower near Easter Compton on July 5th; A male at New Passage on July 15th; One at Severn Beach on August 5th - 6th; One from Littley Woods near Hawkesbury Upton on November 21st.

 

1999:

One was seen at Catgrove Wood near Hill on March 28th; One from Inglestone Common was seen and heard drumming on May 9th.

 

1998:

One report of a single bird at Easter Compton on July 1st; A male was seen at Hanham Hills and watched for around fifteen minutes at around five metres on August 15th.

 

1997:

Recorded from March through to December with reports from Inglestone Common and New Passage.

 

1996:

One was reported from Iron Acton on February 11th; One was noted at Oldbury Power Station on April 1st; A male was seen at Lower Woods Lodge on Inglestone Common on June 20th.

 

1995:

A single bird was reported from Hill on May 21st; One at Iron Acton on August 6th.

 

1993:

A single bird was reported from Tockington on December 24th.

 

1992:

One was trapped, ringed and released sometime in August at Almondsbury.

 

1990:

One was seen in flight heading east at New Passage sometime in April.

 

1989:

Reported from Almondsbury; R. Frome at Frenchay, no dates available.

1988:

A single bird was reported from Dodington Park sometime after August 20th.

 

1980 -

1985

Reported from the S. Gloucestershire recording area in all months from several locations, but no dates or locations area available.

 

 

1979:

Reported from Hawkesbury, Coalpit Heath and Winterbourne Down, no dates available.

 

1978:

Birds reported from Cromhall and Marshfield, no dates available.

 

1977:

Noted at Cromhall, Inglestone Common, Littleton-on-Severn, Pilning and Pucklechurch, no dates available.

 

1976:

Breeding season reports from ten locations in the area but no details are available.

 

1975

Reported from fourteen different locations but no details are available.

 

1974:

Birds were reported from Shepperdine, Wick, and Upton Cheney, no dates available.

1973:

Breeding records from Cromhall and Winterbourne, no dates available.

 

1971:

Reported from Frenchay Moor, no dates available.

1970:

Reported from Tockington and Frampton Cotterell, no dates available.

1969:

A long dead corpse was noted at Aust on August 8th; One at Cromhall on September 19th.

1968:

Single birds were noted at: Wick on April 10th; Filton on August 12th; A pair raised young and were watched throughout the breeding season in late April to early May at Frenchay.

 

1967:

Single sightings were reported at: Rudgeway on May 11th; Tockington on September 5th and 14th; Wick on December 26th.

 

1966:

A single bird was reported from Downend Woods on January 3rd.

 

1965:

Single birds were reported from Downend on April 20th; Wick on December 6th; Filton on December 14th.

 

1964:

One was observed near Wick sometime in November.

1963:

A single bird was watched at Lyde Green on December 15th.

 

1962:

A single bird was noted at Moorend near Hambrook on April 18th ; One was at Filton Golf Course on July 16th.

 

1958:

Single birds were noted at: Yate Rocks on April 13th; Thornbury on August 2nd; Little Stoke on August 6th.

 

1957:

One was watched near Wick on December 7th.

 

1956:

Single birds were seen at Bitton on March 5th and April 10th; Siston Court on September 16th.

 

1954:

One was seen frequently drumming on metal top of electricity pole at Iron Acton in May.

 

1953:

One was seen at Almondsbury on May 2nd; One at Tockington on November 22nd.

 

1952:

One was noted at Hanham Woods on February 23rd; One at Dyrham on May 29th.

 

1950:

Single birds at: Frenchay on April 17th. Occasionally seen or heard at Dyrham and Stoke Gifford.

 

1949:

Heard or seen at: Mangotsfield on February 19th; Bitton on July 31st; Tortworth on October 8th; Frenchay on November 19th; Frequently at Dyrham and Stoke Gifford.

 

1946:

Close views were obtained of a male near Frenchay on April 7th.

 

1945:

Frequently met with near Stoke Gifford from March to late July.

 

1944:

Drumming by both sexes was noted at Dyrham on March 20th and by a male as late as June 17th.

 

1943:

A pair was noted at Little Stoke on various dates, and in all months, from July to December.

1942:

A single bird were seen at Little Stoke on February 1st; There were good opportunities in May and June of watching a nesting pair in the Dyrham Rectory garden. As winter 'drumming' is apparently not usual, it may be added that this was heard and seen in the same garden on various dates during the extremely mild weather of November and December.

 

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