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MEDITERRANEAN GULL - Larus melanocephalus

 

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2018:

EARLIEST: A winter adult from New Passage on January 1st. LATEST: An adult was noted in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on October 11th. HIGHEST COUNT: An adult and two juvenile/ immature birds in the New Passage/ Pilning Wetland area on July 8th.

 

 Location

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Totals

 Severnside (SB/ NP/ NW/ Pilning Wetland)

3

 

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1

23

5

 

2

 

 

35

 Pilning Village

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 Aust Cliffs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

 Oldbury Power Station

 

3

1

 

 

 

1

 

1

 

 

 

6

 Yate

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

1

 Marshfield

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 Total Bird Days

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25

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46

 

 

2017:

Forty-one bird days were logged this year from four sites; Severnside (33), Oldbury Power Station (5), Littleton Warth (2) and Marshfield (1). The best month was July (18). EARLIEST: A winter adult from New Passage on January 15th. LATEST: An adult on Pilning Wetland on December 5th. HIGHEST COUNT: At least five in the Severn Beach/ New Passage area on July 7th.

 

2016:

Just thirty-four bird days recorded this year from five sites; Severnside (23), Oldbury Power Station (6), Marshfield (3) plus Littleton Warth and Codrington (1). The best months were July (10) and August (9). EARLIEST: A winter adult was seen in fields at Marshfield Farm, Pennsylvania on January 15th. LATEST: A 1st winter from Down Road, Marshfield on December 17th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three, two 1st summer and a 2nd summer, were present on Pilning Wetland briefly on June 13th.

 

2015:

Seventy-two bird days this year. Missing in February and October numbers once again spiked in July (24) and August (22). Of the three site to report birds Severnside took the lions share with 65 followed by Oldbury Power Station (6) and Filton (1). EARLIEST: An adult was seen in fields near Thornbury Yacht Club, Oldbury on January 22nd. LATEST: A winter adult was present on Pilning Wetland on December 30th. HIGHEST COUNT: A remarkable flock of eight adults (possibly ten) were seen in flight down river past New Passage in the evening on June 23rd.

 

2014:

Just twenty-six bird days were noted this year! Missing in March and April numbers were well down on recent years peaking at just six in August. Sites recording sightings were, Severnside (21), Marshfield (4) and Oldbury Power Station (1). EARLIEST: One was present on Pilning Wetland on January 12th. LATEST: An adult was reported from Severn Beach on December 18th.

 

2013:

Fifty-two bird days in 2013 from five sites, Severnside (33), Oldbury Power Station (16) and one a piece from Littleton Warth, Yate and Marshfield. Best months were July (17) and August (6) but nothing was seen in both October and November. EARLIEST: An adult was present in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area and a 1st winter was seen off Severn Beach on January 1st. LATEST: An adult was noted in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on December 22nd.

 

2012:

One hundred and thirteen (113) bird days were recorded this year - the best ever year to date! With the exception of November birds were logged in all months with June (21), July (33) and August (29) leading the way. Three site involved were Severnside 63), Oldbury Power Station (48) and Marshfield (2). EARLIEST: An adult was seen in fields on the north side of Rushmead Lane, Marshfield on January 25th. LATEST: An adult was present in the New Passage/ Severn Beach area on December 30th. HIGHEST COUNT: Six, four adults, a juvenile and a 2nd summer on Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station on July 5th.

 

2011:

A whopping ninety-two bird days were noted from all months except January and May. Best months as ever were July (32) and August (33). Best of the five sites was Severnside (68) followed by Oldbury Power Station (23) and single birds noted at Littleton Warth, Bradley Stoke and Cribbs Causeway. EARLIEST: A winter adult was noted at Oldbury near Thornbury Yacht Club on February 9th. LATEST: An adult was present at New Passage on December 28th. HIGHEST COUNT: Five, two adults and three 1st summers were counted on Northwick Warth on April 24th.

 

2010:

A 'round' fifty bird days in 2010 and perhaps the lower number is reflected in that no birds were recorded in February, March, April and May? Numbers peaked in July (22) and August (17) from four sites, Severnside (22), Littleton Warth (2), Oldbury Power Station (8) and Shortwood Landfill (1). EARLIEST: An adult was seen at Oldbury Power Station in fields south-west of Lagoon III on January 24th. LATEST: An adult was logged at Shortwood Landfill on December 17th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three possibly four adults in a gull roost at New Passage on July 18th.

 

2009:

At least seventy-five bird days were counted this year in all months except April and May. Best months were July (31) and August (18). The four sites recording birds were Severnside (57), Littleton Warth (2), Oldbury Power Station (15) and Marshfield (1). EARLIEST: An adult was seen from New Passage on January 1st. LATEST: An adult was present at Oldbury Power Station on Lagoon III on December 6th. HIGHEST COUNT: Four, two adults, a juvenile and 2nd summer at New Passage on July 20th.

 

2008:

A very decent sixty-two bird days were accumulated over the year with July (21), August (13) and September (10) the best months. No reports from February and June. Four sites involved Severnside (47), Oldbury Power Station (12), Swineford (1) and Marshfield (2). EARLIEST: A near summer adult was noted in flooded fields near Western Approaches, Severn Beach on January 8th. LATEST: An adult was watched at New Passage on December 2nd.

 

2007:

Forty-nine bird days were logged this year from all months except June with August once again claiming the lion's share (14). Just two sites were involved, Severnside (44) and Oldbury Power Station (5). EARLIEST: An adult was present at New Passage on January 1st. LATEST: An adult was seen at New Passage on December 26th.

 

2006:

Seventy-two bird days were recorded this year from four sites, Severnside (62), Littleton Warth (1), Oldbury Power Station (8) and Frampton Cotterell (1). Numbers were highest in July (22) and August (19). No birds were logged in April , May or June. EARLIEST: An adult was reported at Severn Beach on January 5th. LATEST: A 1st winter was seen at New Passage on December 4th.

 

2005:

Forty-seven bird days across all months except April and June  this year with numbers highest in August. Just three site involved, Severnside (44), Littleton Warth (1) and Oldbury Power Station (2).

 

2004:

Seventy-eight bird days were recorded this year from four sites, Severnside (67), Littleton Warth (1), Oldbury Power Station (9) and Olveston (1). There were no reports in May and June but sightings peaked in July (30).

 

2003:

A very respectable sixty-seven bird days this year from just three sites, Severnside (65), Oldbury Power Station (1) and Elberton (1). The only blank month was April with numbers once again spiking in August (16).

 

2002:

Twenty-seven bird days were logged this year from five sites, Severnside (19), Littleton Warth (1), Oldbury Power Station (1), Filton (1) and Elberton (5). Birds were noted in all months except March.

 

2001:

Just seven bird days this year from two sites, Severnside (1), Oldbury Power Station (6). August was the best month; sightings were restricted to February, June, July and August.

 

2000:

There were twenty-nine bird days this year from three sites, Severnside (17), Littleton Warth (2) and Oldbury Power Station (10) with numbers peaking in July and August. No birds were logged in February or December.

 

1999:

JANUARY: An adult on Severnside on the 31st. JULY: A 1st summer on Severnside on the 4th. AUGUST: An adult n Severnside on the 10th; An adult at Oldbury Power Station on the 11th & 28th. DECEMBER: An adult on Severnside on the 3rd, 12th, 19th &27th; On the 28th an adult and a 2nd winter on Severnside.

 

1998:

JANUARY: A 2nd winter on Severnside on the 1st; An adult on Severnside on the 11th. FEBRUARY: An adult on Severnside on the 8th. MARCH: A 2nd summer Severnside on the 30th. SEPTEMBER: A 1st winter at Oldbury Power Station on the 20th. OCTOBER: A 2nd winter on Severnside on the 25th; Two, an adult and a 2nd winter Severnside on the 28th. DECEMBER: An adult on Severnside on the 20th.

 

1997:

FEBRUARY: An adult on Severnside on the 18th and 26th. MAY: An adult on Severnside on the 4th. JUNE: A 2nd summer on Severnside on the 7th. JULY: An adult at Oldbury Power Station on the 11th and 19th. AUGUST: An adult on Severnside on the 30th and 1st winter birds on the 31st.  SEPTEMBER: On Severnside 1st winter birds on the 3rd, 21st and 25th.

 

1996:

FEBRUARY: An adult at New Passage on the 26th. MARCH: An adult at Oldbury Power Station on the 19th; An adult at New Passage on the 30th.  JULY: An adult at Oldbury Power Station on the 17th; A juvenile at Oldbury Power Station on the 19th. AUGUST: An adult at Oldbury Power Station on the 11th. SEPTEMBER: An adult at New Passage from the 15th - 17th. DECEMBER: An adult at Oldbury Power Station on the 15th and 17th.

 

1995:

An adult at Oldbury Power Station on July 13th.

 

1994:

One at Oldbury Power Station on July 20th; A 1st winter at Thornbury on August 22nd.

 

1993:

A Juvenile/ 1st winter at Oldbury Power Station on August 16th.

 

1992:

One at Oldbury Power Station on September 10th; One at Cold Ashton on September 17th.

 

1991:

One off Severn Beach on August 22nd.

 

1990:

One at New Passage on April 15th; An adult at Oldbury Power Station on August 22nd.

 

1987:

Two adults near Marshfield on July 27th.

 

1986:

One off Severn Beach on December 27th.

 

1984:

One at Freezing Hill near Doynton on December 4th.

 

1983:

A 2nd year bird at New Passage on December 27th.

 

1981:

One flight over the M4/ M5 interchange at Almondsbury on February 21st.

 

1979:

An adult was seen in a flooded field at Stoke Gifford on March 18th. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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