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© Paul Bowerman

 

 

 

2018:

AUGUST: A juvenile was seen for just a couple of minutes in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 1st before departing south-east. OCTOBER: An immature/ female was seen firstly over Old Passage at 08:45 and subsequently Pilning Wetland on the 8th; A female/ immature was noted low to the east over Northwick Warth late morning on the 29th. NOVEMBER: A juvenile was reported from Northwick Warth on the 6th;

 

2017:

JANUARY: A juvenile/ immature bird was seen in flight over the reedbed at Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on the 1st where it quartered a couple of times before departing; A putative female was watched hunting over Pilning Wetland on the 20th around 08:40 before drifting north; A female was seen around Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station the 27th where it appeared to drop into the reedbed. FEBRUARY: One was seen over the Willowbrook Centre, Bradley Stoke on the 1st. MARCH: One was seen in flight north past Aust Warth around 09:50 on the 10th. APRIL: An immature/ female was noted at Aust Warth on the 28th. SEPTEMBER: A probable adult female drifted over the Shire Valley, Marshfield late morning on the 4th; A probable juvenile male from Lagoon I at Oldbury Power Station on the 9th; A fly-by juvenile over New Passage towards Severn Beach around 09:00 on the 27th; A female was seen in flight high over Lagoon III towards Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station on the 29th. NOVEMBER: A female/ immature was seen around Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station on the 9th.

 

2016:

MARCH: An immature bird was seen in flight over Pilning Wetland at 13:45 on the 14th before heading east. APRIL: A male was seen briefly at 13:20 on the 2nd low over Pilning Wetland before heading west. MAY: A 'cream crowned' individual flew in off the estuary at New Passage at mid-day on the 7th before being lost to view east over Pilning Wetland. JUNE: A heavily moulting adult female cruised across the S. Glos/ Wiltshire boundary in the Plough Farm/ Shirehill Lane/ Down Road triangle at Marshfield around 12:30. AUGUST: A worn adult female was seen heading north past Severn Beach between 09:30 - 10:30 on the 6th; A Harrier, probably Marsh, was seen briefly at the east end of the Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 12th; A female/ immature was seen briefly at 08:00 0n the 27th from New Passage. SEPTEMBER: A 1st calendar year bird was seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetlands area on the 12th. OCTOBER: A female was seen over Pilning Wetland around 11:00 on the 14th.DECEMBER: One was seen moving south-west from Pilning Wetland on the 20th.

 

2015:

A female/ immature was seen moving north-east from Chittening Warth. It was observed from a stationary vehicle at temporary traffic lights on the A403 Severn Road, near Severnside Chemical Works at Severn Beach on April 18th; A juvenile was seen at the east end of Rushmead Lane, Marshfield around 13:40 on August 11th and noted as 'hunting its way south'; A juvenile/ female was seen heading north-east over Down Road, Marshfield around 17:20 on August 21st with the same or another in the same area on August 26th; A male was seen in flight south over Butt Lane, Thornbury at 12:30 on September 2nd; A juvenile/ female was showing very well around Orchid/ Rushmead Lane, Marshfield on September 3rd; A 2nd calendar male was watched on September 18th hunting over the reed bed on Pilning Wetland before drifting east; A presumed juvenile lifted from the main reed bed of Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station mid-morning on December 12th, subsequently heading south-east.

 

2014:

One was seen around Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station at 19:30 on April 15th where it was mobbed by corvids before heading inland; An immature/ female lingered on Pilning Wetland in the afternoon on April 29th; A female was seen over the sheep fields at Aust at 12:10 on June 10th being mobbed by corvids before heading inland; A juvenile flew north-east over Pilning Wetland towards Aust at 10:20 on August 2nd; One, a probable 2nd calendar male, was seen on September 16th about a mile west of J18 of the M4 low down and heading south.

 

2013:

An adult male was seen to drop into the reedbed at Pilning Wetland, Northwick Warth in the evening on March 22nd; A female was seen over Down Road, Downthorns Farm and Shirehill Lane, Marshfield on April 12th before continuing north; A female was seen to pass Littleton Warth heading upriver at 10:30 on April 21st; A female was noted in flight upriver past Severn Beach at 08:25 on May 8th; A female type was seen over Pilning Wetland on August 25th; A female drifted over Rushmead Lane, Marshfield on August 30th.

 

2012:

One seen in flight north-west from Northwick Warth at 10:40 on August 9th showed a cream crown suggesting female/ juvenile and was last seen heading towards Gwent; A female was present at the east end of Rushmead Lane over Rushmead Farm in the morning on September 2nd; A juvenile was seen south of Severn Beach over 'The Pipes' at 08:07 on October 4th before heading inland towards Hallen.

 

2011:

A female was seen in flight over Littleton-upon-Severn at 14:00 on January 30th.

 

2010:

A 2nd summer male was seen at Severn Beach on April 11th in the evening; One was seen flying north over the Second Severn Crossing at Severn Beach early morning on April 16th; A Cream crowned bird flew east from Severn Beach at 12:35 after initially being watched flying up the estuary from the south-west on May 4th; A 2nd summer male was seen over Oldbury Yacht Club towards Littleton-upon-Severn at 09:10 on August 15th; A female, was seen at Aust Warth on October 12th at 16:40; An adult male was seen a little way inland at Shepperdine on December 1st.

 

2009:

A female flew low south over Northwick Warth on April 13th; Another female was at Severn Beach at 10:00 then flew north-east towards New Passage on April 15th; One was noted in fields between New Passage and Severn Beach at 15:30 on November 20th.

 

2008:

An immature male was reported at around 07:15 at Oldbury Power Station on April 5th in flight heading south; A female was seen in flight over Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station around 08:05 on May 3rd and was noted heading upriver; A male was seen in the Shire Valley near Marshfield at ST: 795 759 on September 15th; One, a probable male was seen in flight at Oldbury Power Station over the R. Severn being mobbed by gulls before drifting over Lagoon III then off towards the south on December 6th.

 

2007:

On April 14th a female was seen in the morning flying up river past New Passage and subsequently past Aust Warth heading north.

 

2006:

On April 22nd an adult female was lingering for just half an hour at Oldbury Power Station around mid-day.

 

2003:

One on May 31st near Marshfield was a 2nd calendar female; On August 19th an adult female was noted near Marshfield.

 

2001:

A poorly marked female was seen on May 9th at Severn Beach; A well marked female was seen on May 10th also at Severn Beach; A juvenile was watched on August 29th at Northwick Warth heading south-west over New Passage.

 

1996:

A 1st summer male was found on April 23rd at Filton Airfield.

 

1995:

On April 23rd a female was watched in flight heading south-west from Oldbury Power Station.

 

1994:

A 1st summer female was located on May 1st at New Passage and was seen to drifted south; One, an adult female on May 13th was noted at Northwick Warth.

 

1990:

A female was seen on April 21st at New Passage heading north-east; One was seen on May 7th near Marshfield.

 

1989:

On May 21st a female was seen at New Passage heading north-east at 07:35.

 

1983:

A female was seen in flight heading north at Oldbury Power Station on May 1st.  This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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