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2010:

One was seen flying upriver close to the sea wall off Severn Beach at 16:25 on November 5th. It did a sharp 'U' turn as it approached the Severn Crossing before crash landing onto the river in 'Burger Bar Bay'; One was seen off Severn Beach at Shaft Beach on November 12th.

 

2009:

Three were noted at Severn Beach in the afternoon on November 14th, one of which flew south-east over Beach Avenue at 13:55 closely followed by two more flying north-east at 14:40 towards and possibly beyond the Second Severn Crossing; One was seen from Severn Beach flying out on to the estuary at 14:20 on November 24th; One was seen off Severn Beach on November 25th; Two were seen off Severn Beach on November 26th.

 

2007:

On November 17th one was reported off Severn Beach by just three lucky observers at 10:25 and was last seen at around 11:00 floating towards the Second Severn Crossing from the 'shingle' beach. It was watched for around thirty minutes and seen in flight several times as well as on the water.

 

2006:

One was seen in flight and briefly on the water off Severn Beach at 07:45 on October 22nd.

 

2001:

One was seen in flight south-west then north-east on October 25th at Severn Beach.

 

1998:

One was noted drifting south-west at 10:50 on January 2nd off Severn Beach; One was recorded on October 28th at Severn Beach seen in flight north-east the south-west.

 

1991:

On January 5th one was found at New Passage, with additional singles recorded on January 6th, 9th and 10th; One was found on November 2nd at New Passage.

 

1990:

On November 4th one was picked up unharmed  from a chicken run in the back garden of a house on the High Street at Marshfield where it was fed on sardines! It was subsequently taken to Chew Valley Lake where it was released and seen to fly off south-west; One was seen on December 27th at New Passage.

 

1988:

On February 10th two were identified off New Passage.

 

1984:

One was seen on January 13th at Aust and presumably the same bird was seen a New Passage later in the day; One was seen on January 18th at Oldbury Power Station, it was picked up alive but died soon after.

 

1981:

One was noted flying north-east from off Severn Beach on November 28th.

 

1979:

One was found exhausted at Tockington on December 17th and was taken into care but died the following day.

 

1972:

One was found alive at Hanham on January 26th, it was taken into care at Bristol Zoo but died the following day.

 

1970:

A female found somewhere in S. Gloucestershire on November 12th was taken into care at Slimbridge WWT where it subsequently died.

 

1966:

On February 6th one was found at Severn Bank near Oldbury-on-Severn, it was picked up alive but died soon after.

 

1962:

On January 12th one found at Charfield was picked up unharmed and released at Slimbridge WWT.

 

1953:

On October 4th one was seen on the R. Severn below Aust Cliffs.

 

1841:

Some were reported in October on Severnside, being recovered after a violent storm. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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