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© Wilf King

 

 

 

2018:

FEBRUARY: Two, a pair, were seen on the Little River Avon near Damery on the 28th. APRIL: Two birds still present on the Little River Avon near Damery on the 23rd. MAY: One reported on the R. Avon at Hanham on the 13th. JUNE: A female with at least five ducklings on the Little River Avon, Damery on the 1st. JULY: A female was present at Kingsgate Park, Yate from the 27th - 31st... AUGUST; ...on the 1st - 2nd... SEPTEMBER; ... on the 4th, 13th and 17th; A male was seen on the R. Avon at Keynsham on the 28th.

 

2017:

FEBRUARY: At least ten birds were present on Tortworth Court Lake, Tortworth on the 5th. MARCH: Two were seen in flight over Old Sodbury on the 12th with a further bird reported from Golden Valley LNR, Wick. APRIL: A drake was reported from the R. Avon at Hanham on the 26th. MAY: A male was present on the 2nd at Golden Valley LNR, Wick between the bridge and waterfall. AUGUST: A female at Kingsgate Park, Yate on at least the 16th - 19th. OCTOBER: Two males on The Lake, Oldbury Power Station on the 12th; A male on Pilning Wetland on the 30th. DECEMBER: A single male on Heneage Court Pools, Falfield on the 2nd.

 

2016:

FEBRUARY: Eight birds were present on Tortworth Court Lake, Tortworth on the 7th. MARCH: A male and female on a small pond by the R. Frome at Old Sodbury and then in flight towards Dodington on the 16th; Three on the 17th, a male and two females, on the R. Frome at Old Sodbury before flying towards Dodington; Four, two males and two females in flight heading towards the R. Frome at Old Sodbury from Dodington on the 18th. NOVEMBER: A male was noted on the Lake at Oldbury Power Station on the 25th.

 

2015:

FEBRUARY: Five, four drakes and a duck were reported from Tortworth Court Lake on the 1st. MARCH: Four, two males and two females, were present on Dodington Lakes, Dodington on the 1st. JUNE: A pair were reported from Tortworth Court Lake on the 7th; A female was seen on the 8th in flight from a moving vehicle around 21:00 at J14 M4 Thornbury before heading towards Heneage Court Pools. JULY: Two were reported from Tortworth Court Lake on the 5th. AUGUST: An eclipse drake was noted on shore at Oldbury Power Station on the 10th and was seen again in the same area on the 13th. SEPTEMBER: An eclipse drake was seen on Kingsgate Park, Yate at 13:15 on the 8th. NOVEMBER: An adult winter male was seen on The Lake, Oldbury Power Station on the 2nd. DECEMBER: A flock of c.20 birds were present on Dodington Park Lakes, Dodington on the 6th.

 

2014:

At least two, a male and female were present on Dodington Lakes, Dodington on January 4th; Seven, a male plus six ducks were reported from Tortworth Lake on February 2nd. Four were noted at the same site on March 2nd; A pair were reported on the Little Avon River in the Horwood Farm, Wickwar area on May 4th.

 

2013:

One was reported from Field Grove Farm, Bitton on January 26th; Nine (two males, seven females) were counted on Tortworth Lake on February 3rd; Nine (five males, four females) were logged at Heneage Court Pools, Falfield on March 9th; A drake was reported from Yate Common, Yate on March 18th; Four were present at Dodington Park on March 30th viewable from the footpaths; A male and female were present at Lower Woods, Wickwar on April 1st and 18th with four there on April 20th; A female was seen on April 15th at Tormarton Village.

 

2012:

Fourteen were reported on Tortworth Lake on February 5th; One was noted at Lower Woods, Wickwar on April 5th; Two males were noted in the Falfield area on April 23rd; Three were reported on Tortworth Lake on May 6th; One was reported at Horton Court, Horton on May 15th; A male and female were present at Lower Woods, Wickwar on May 28th; One was noted at Little Sodbury on June 6th; One was reported from Winterbourne on October 19th; A female was seen on Cooper's Lake, Yate on December 12th; A male was reported at Bitton on Field Grove Farm on December 30th. Chipping Sodbury and Golf Course: A pair were seen on a small 'puddle' on Chipping Sodbury Common before flushing to the main Common in the evening on April 26th; A female with seven ducklings was present on CSGC from May 20th raising a second brood of four in July and was still present on July 15th; Two were still present on CSGC on August 19th; A female still present on CSGC on September 24th.

 

2011:

A Drake was seen on January 8th on the R. Avon at Swineford; Three, two males and a female were present on Heneage Court Pools at Falfield on February 25th with two still present on March 6th; A female with three chicks were reported from the south end of Tortworth Lake on June 5th; At Chipping Sodbury a Duck with five juveniles was present on one of the golf course pools at 08:30 on June 12th - 26th.

 

2010:

A drake was seen on Kingsgate Park Lake, Yate at lunchtime on January 18th; A drake was seen at lunchtime on February 16th at Yate on Cooper's Factory Lake; A male was seen at Chipping Sodbury on March 28th; A female was flushed from Broadmead Brook in the Shire Valley on April 16th. It was seen to fly into Gunning's Wood where it presumable 'landed' in trees there. This occurrence represents the first report of this species for this site; A female with eight ducklings were present on Chipping Sodbury Golf Course from June 20th to July 21 with just five ducklings surviving; A male was present early morning on Kingsgate Park at Yate on October 6th, 13th, 17th & 20th and nearby on Coopers Lake on October 10th; On October 21st at least ten were present on Heneage Court Pools including seven males and three females; A male was seen east of the Lock Keeper near Keynsham (opposite boatyard) on the Avon at 16:00 on October 24th; A male was noted on the R. Avon at Swineford on December 30th.

 

2009:

Two, a male and female were present on Heneage Court Pools near Falfield on March 24th; At least nine males were present at Heneage Court Pools near Falfield on May 17th; A pair were noted at Lower Wood, Wickwar on May 25th; At least sixteen adults with eight ducklings in three broods were noted at Dodington Lakes on June 19th; At Oldbury Power Station on August 8th - 9th a juvenile, or eclipse male was on the lake before it flew to the shore where it was seen in the company of Mallard until 11:00 when it flew upriver; One was seen at Shepperdine on August 23rd; A male was noted on Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station on September 26th, October 1st, 10th and 17th.

 

2008:

Three, two males and a female were on show at Stanshaw's Lake at Yate (ST: 708 819) on February 22nd; Four, two males and two females were present at Tortworth Park, Tortworth on March 2nd; Four were present on March 3rd on Stanshaw's Lake at Yate, two males & two females; Four, three males and a female were present on Heneage Court Pools at Falfield on April 6th & 9th; A male was present on Kingsgate Park Pool at Yate on May 9th.

 

2007:

Nine, five drakes and four females were reported from Heneage Court Pools near Falfield on January 21st; Four, two males and two females were reported from Tortworth Lake on March 2nd; On April 5th a pair were reported from Tortworth Lake; One male was seen on the main pond at Kingsgate Park (ST: 714 817) on June 8th between 08:00 and 08:10, it appeared very wary associating with the resident Mallards before flying; One was seen on the small pond on Westerleigh Common on or about June 8th.

 

2006:

On February 12th fifteen (nine males and six females) were found on Heneage Court Pools near Falfield nine of which (six males and three females) were still present on February 18th with eleven on February 20th, several pairs present on at least March 5th and a male present on April 5th; Two, a male and female were noted at Orchard Pools near Severn Beach on the morning of March 12th (ST: 543 838) represents the first record for the Severnside area; A pair were seen at Lower Woods, Wickwar on May 13th; A female was noted on Brimsham Park Lake three times between May and July; One male and two females were present at Heneage Court Pools on August 22nd; One was reported on Lagoon I at Oldbury Power Station on October 31st; Seven males and five females were at Heneage Court Pools on November 18th.

 

2005:

A pair were noted at Tortworth Court Lake on February 2nd; A female was found at Littley Wood near Hawkesbury on April 16th.

 

2004:

One was seen at Oldbury Power Station on November 4th.

 

2003:

Two were found on September 13th on the R. Frome at Winterbourne Down.

 

2002:

A male was seen on May 24th at Shepperdine.

 

2001:

A female was seen on January 27th on the R. Frome at Frampton Cotterell; Four were watched on June 16th at Kingsgate Park in Yate, a family group of a male and female with two juveniles; A male and female were located on October 2nd on the R. Frome at Frampton Cotterell.

 

2000:

Just one male was recorded this year on November 4th at Oldbury Power Station.

 

1998:

One, a male was located on April 5th at Tortworth Lake, Tortworth; A male was seen on September 6th also on Tortworth Lake, Tortworth.

 

1997:

An eclipse male was present between August 28th - 31st at Oldbury Power Station.

 

1996:

Two, a female and juvenile were seen on July 28th on Tortworth Lake; Seven were seen in flight on August 20th over the M5 near Falfield; A female and immature were found on August 28th at Oldbury Power Station on the estuary in the tidal reservoir; One was seen on the September 11th at Oldbury Power Station on the estuary; Two, both juvenile/ females were seen on the estuary on September 14th - at Oldbury Power Station.

 

1995:

A male and female on March 12th were seen at Avening Green; A female was seen at Oldbury Power Station and was present from the end of August until early September; Two were found on September 11th at Oldbury Power Station; Twelve on Tortworth Lake on October 8th included four males; Four on October 13th were seen in flight over the M5 near Tortworth.

 

1994:

Two, a male and female were seen on May 1st near Tortworth Church; Six were seen in flight on May 4th over the M5 near Tortworth; A male and female were on Tortworth Lake on May 15th; A male on June 1st in flight over the M5 near Tortworth; Three on August 12th at Eastwood Park near Falfield were all juvenile/ females; One on August 21st at Tortworth Lake; Four on October 27th on Tortworth Lake included two males with one male still present on October 29th.

 

1993:

All sightings this year came from Tortworth Lake; Two on May 9th were both males; Two on July 18th; Two on September 26th were a male and female; One, a male on October 17th; Nine on November 14th included six males.

 

1992:

All sightings this year came from Tortworth Lake; Two in March; Five in April; One in May; One in September; Twelve in October; Seven in November.

 

1991:

A male was on Shackell's Lake near Hamswell on April 18th; On April 21st on the R. Boyd at Bitton, a male that was flushed and flew north-east; All subsequent records refer to sightings on Tortworth Lake; Seven on May 5th included three males; Four on May 26th were all males; One on June 30th was a juvenile/ female; One on August 25th was a female.

 

1990:

A male was seen in flight on April 22nd over the M5 near Tortworth; Two, a male and female were found on April 22nd on Shackell's Lake near Hamswell; The three found on July 1st on Tortworth Lake were all juvenile/ females; All subsequent records this year were from Tortworth Lake; One on July 8th; Seven on August 12th included one male; Fourteen on September 2nd at included three males and five juveniles; Twenty-three on September 30th included eight males; Twenty on October 21st; Nine on November 4th; Nine on December 9th; One on December 23rd.

 

1989:

All of this years records were from Tortworth Lake: A male and female on April 2nd; A female on June 4th; A male on June 11th; Four on October 8th included one male; Two on November 5th were both males.

 

1988:

A male and female were seen in flight on April 14th at Eastwood Park near Falfield; Two on May 15th on Tortworth Lake, both males; A male and female on June 12th on Tortworth Lake; On July 17th a female was found on Tortworth Lake and was also present on July 24th; A male and female were seen on September 18th on Tortworth Lake; Thirteen were found on October 23rd on Tortworth Lake, the group included seven males; Fourteen were found on November 13th on Tortworth Lake, this group included nine males.

 

1987:

On March 25th a male and female were at Upper Hill; A male and female were seen in flight on April 22nd near Falfield; Nine were seen in September on Tortworth Lake.

 

1986:

On November 16th four were on Tortworth Lake, the group included two males with one lingering until December 14th. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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