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OSPREY - Pandion haliaetus

 

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2018:

APRIL: One was seen heading west over Emerson's Green Retail Park at 15:55 on the 3rd; One spent an all too brief ten minutes at New Passage on the 22nd; Two birds tracking north-east up-river distantly from Oldbury Power Station on the 25th. MAY: One flew low over the A4174 Link Road at Filton Roundabout early evening on the 9th and was subsequently noted over Coalpit Heath. AUGUST: One was seen in flight low to the south from Severn Beach at 15:45 on the 21st; One in flight over Rushmead Lane, Marshfield in the afternoon on the 27th. SEPTEMBER: One low south over New Passage at 16: 30 on the 10th.

 

2017:

MARCH: One was seen in flight heading east low over Lydiard Croft, Hanham at 08:40 on the 27th. APRIL: One flew low over Pilning Wetland and Northwick Warth and continued on north-east up the estuary at 11:25 on the 10th; One flew over Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station at 10:50 before heading out over the estuary and upriver over the Tidal Reservoir on the 19th. SEPTEMBER: One was reported over the R. Avon, Hanham on the 9th.

 

2016:

APRIL: One was seen heading north over Pilning Wetland and Northwick Warth just after mid-day on the 12th. MAY: One circled over Kingswood, Bristol at 13:30 on the 7th before being lost to view to the north-west. It or another was reported from the Marshfield area on the same day; One was seen briefly at 07:00 on the 12th being mobbed by gulls at Oldbury Power Station before it was lost to view north. SEPTEMBER: One was found on Pilning Wetland around 13:00 on the 5th where it circled for at least 15 minutes before heading south.

 

2015:

APRIL: One was seen heading north over Yate at 14:17 on the 6th; One was seen in flight north over Cribbs Causeway at 13:50 on the 7th and surprisingly a second was seen north over the same site on the 8th at 16:05; One was reported over Pucklechurch on the 8th - 9th; One was seen  drifting north-east high over Severn Beach at 10:33 on the 10th; One was seen for a minute or so drifting high west over Kingswood, Bristol at 10:38 on the 13th; One was seen in flight north over Hallen at 14:00 on the 15th; One was reported from Oldbury Power Station on the 16th. AUGUST: An adult was seen high over Western Distribution Park, Severn Beach heading south east at 14:50 on the 18th.

 

2014:

One reported by a BOC group perched around the Blue Lodge Estate, Siston on August 26th before departing south-west. One spent five minutes circling over the Northfield Lane, Marshfield at 10:40 on September 8th before drifting south-east over Marshfield church where it was lost to view.

 

2013:

One was seen in flight north over the Second Severn Crossing at Severn Beach on March 30th. It was watched from a moving vehicle as is flew over at streetlamp height at 09:25; One was seen in flight being mobbed by gulls at Bitton at 13:50 around ST: 680 697 on April 3rd; One was found sat on a stump near the second sentry box on Northwick Warth at around 08:15 on April 7th. It was present until around 09:00 when it departed upriver; A juvenile was seen on October 8th south of Shirehill Lane, Marshfield before being flushed by a tractor. It flew west towards Rushmead Farm but was not relocated.

 

2012:

At Oldbury Power Station surveyors reported one in flight up river in the morning on April 13th; One was seen in flight north over Thornbury on April 15th; One was seen in flight over the road at Rangeworthy at 17:15 on April 18th.

 

2011:

One was seen at 06:50 on May 1st heading low north east off Severn Beach mobbed by Oystercatcher; One was reported off Severn Beach on September 4th; One was seen in flight down river from Littleton-on-Severn on September 6th.

 

2010:

One was seen flying in off the estuary and was subsequently seen over Orchard Pools near Severn Beach mid afternoon on April 23rd.

 

2009:

One was seen on migration over Almondsbury at Lower Knole Farm on April 19th; One was seen briefly at 10:25 over Northwick Warth and subsequently Pilning late morning on August 29th; One was seen at New Passage at 07:30 heading south on September 12th.

 

2008:

One was seen flying very high, being mobbed by gulls over Mangotsfield at 10:40 on April 10th and was last seen heading north-east; One with a fish in its talons flew low upriver at Oldbury Power Station at around 14:55 on May 31st. It flew over the tidal reservoir near Lagoon III, gained height and headed north-north-east across the river; One flew south over New Passage at around 10:40 then seen a few minutes later from Severn Beach heading of south-west on September 7th.

 

2007:

On March 28th one was seen in flight at Hambrook heading north over the A 4174 at 12:20; On April 1st one flew north over Wick Quarry at 15:05 viewable from Raven Rock at c.100 ft; On April 13th one flew low over Northwick Wharf and was lost to view heading north towards the old Severn Bridge at around 17:00.

 

2006:

An individual was seen briefly in flight on April 18th at Bradley Stoke over the Hilton Hotel at Aztec West.

 

2005:

One flew inland east from Severn Beach on March 27th; One was noted flying north-east at around 19:00 over the tidal reservoir at Oldbury Power Station on April 2nd.

 

2003:

One on April 2nd at Severn Beach was watched heading north; On April 6th at Severn Beach one was also seen heading north.

 

2001:

On August 31st at Oldbury Power Station a single bird was watched for around ten minutes over the tidal reservoir before heading off to the north-east.

 

2000:

On May 11th one was seen at Severn Beach heading north towards the Wye Valley.

 

1997:

One was observed heading south on August 9th at Severn Beach.

 

1991:

One was seen being mobbed by corvids on June 4th over Kingswood in Bristol at 07:15.

 

1987:

On October 16th an individual was seen at New Passage, it was watched flying from the estuary and heading south.

 

1979:

One was reported on October 27th at New Passage.

 

1860:

One was killed whilst fishing at Tortworth Court Lake presumably in either the spring or autumn passage. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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