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2017:

OCTOBER: An adult was seen from Severn Beach on the 16th.

 

2015:

MAY: Four seen from Severn Beach on the 5th included three pale morph and two dark morph at 09:50 and a further dark morph at 11: 20; Around twenty were noted throughout the day from Severn Beach on the 6th which included a flock of twelve; One pale morph was seen past Severn Beach on the 9th. JUNE: A pale morph was seen from Severn Bach around 08:20 on the 2nd. JULY: A single pale morph was reported from Severn Beach during a late afternoon/ early evening sea watch on the 27th. NOVEMBER: A pale morph adult with full 'spoons' was seen from Severn Beach in the morning on the 13th and in the afternoon on the 18th; A pale morph adult with full 'spoons' was seen heading down river from Severn Beach around 10:30 on the 29th. DECEMBER: A pale morph adult was seen from Severn Beach heading down river around 10:15 on the 1st. It was subsequently seen from New Passage around 13:00 before heading up river towards the Severn Bridge.

 

2014:

MAY: A pale morph sporting full 'spoons' from Severn Beach between 15:55 and 16:05 on the 8th; Five in a single flock from Severn Beach on the 9th; A flock of seven pale morph birds heading north-east past Severn Beach between 19:00 and 19:30 on the 10th; Four from Severn Beach in the evening on the 11th.

 

2013:

APRIL: Two pale morph's off Severn Beach on the 18th with one straying upriver to Oldbury Power Station at 11:45. MAY: A pale morph adult with full 'spoons' off Severn Beach mid afternoon on the 3rd; Four throughout the day off Severn Beach on the 4th three pale, one dark morph; On the 10th, 14 altogether with five pale morph's at 06:45, one at 08:50 plus an additional two, then a different flock of six, four dark & two pale morph's over the Old Severn Bridge from Aust Warth at 10:15; Eight off Severn Beach on the 11th.

 

2012:

APRIL: One heading up river off New Passage early morning on the  30th. JUNE: At least twenty-one off Severn Beach on the 8th; Three, two light and one dark morph, off Severn Beach on the 22nd.

 

2011:

MAY: One probably this species distantly from Severn Beach early morning on the 8th; A dark morph in flight south from Severn Beach at 12:25 on the 11th; Two pale morph birds in flight north past Severn Beach at 13:18 on the 22nd. SEPTEMBER: An adult with full spoons off Severn Beach at 17:00 on the 6th. OCTOBER: A juvenile for several hours off New Passage on the 18th.

 

2010:

APRIL: Two pale morph birds with full spoons from Severn Beach at 07:55 on the 30th then drifted high south-west.

 

2009:

MAY: A dark morph with a full set of 'spoons' off Severn Beach at 06:50 on the 8th; Two (both pale morph) off Severn Beach in the evening on the 14th; Eleven off Severn Beach at 19:40 on the 15th, consisting of ten pale morph and one dark morph. NOVEMBER: A pale morph off Northwick Warth at 13:10 on the 22nd; A pale morph sub adult off Severn Beach at 13:30 on the 25th and on the 26th - 27th and nearby over Slimeroad Sands mid estuary on the 29th; One on the 24th in the Oldbury Power Station area.

 

2007:

MAY: On the 6th a pale morph adult with full spoons off Severn Beach mid morning before departing south-west; Nine, including one dark morph for most of the day off Severn Beach on the 8th; On the 10th a pale morph from Severn Beach late morning with possibly the same bird north-east past Severn Beach at 09:20 on the 11th; On the 19th a pale morph off Severn Beach in the morning. JUNE: On the 3rd a sub adult dark morph off Severn Beach at 09:35, it or another later in the day flying north. NOVEMBER: An adult light morph with full 'spoons' lingered off New Passage at 13:15 on the 8th.

 

2006:

Two adults flew north-east past Severn Beach at 10:05 on May 1st; On December 7th a pale morph was lingering off Severn Beach between 08:00 and 10:10.

2005:

One off Severn Beach on May 7th; An adult pale morph was watched on October 25th off Severn Beach; A juvenile on November 4th off Severn Beach.

2004:

Three with full spoons on April 4th off Severn Beach; Nine on April 19th off Severn Beach; Three pale morph birds flew up river off Severn Beach on April 30th; One on May 3rd off Severn Beach; Thirty-six on May 4th off Severn Beach; One off Severn Beach on September 20th.

 

2001:

One, an adult on April 22nd off Severn Beach.

 

2000:

A 1st summer on May 27th off Severn Beach; A dark morph on September 6th off Severn Beach.

 

1998:

On January 4th a 1st winter heading inland at Severn Beach; An adult on April 4th off Severn Beach.

 

1997:

On April 23rd a light morph off Severn Beach; On October 9th a light morph summer adult off Severn Beach.

 

1996:

A total of eighteen birds on May 2nd off Severn Beach, fifteen mostly light morph at 08:45 plus three light morph at 18:45, two lingered into May 3rd one of which was a light morph; One light morph on June 3rd off Severn Beach; One light morph on June 6th off Severn Beach; Two on November 3rd at Severn Beach consisted of a dark morph juvenile and a light morph adult; One light morph adult on November 6th off Severn Beach.

 

1994:

A light morph sub-adult on the water and in flight heading south-west on August 20th off New Passage.

 

1992:

A light morph heading north-east on May 8th off New Passage.

 

1991:

A light morph off  New Passage on April 5th; Three, including two 'light phase' on April 27th off New Passage.

 

1990:

One on February 12th off Aust Warth subsequently at both New Passage and Severn Beach; Three on April 15th off New Passage.

 

1989:

On May 21st a single bird off New Passage; On December 24th one at Aust Warth.

 

1988:

A light morph on September 28th off New Passage; One on October 6th off New Passage; One at New Passage on October 8th.

 

1987:

Two light morph on June 6th off New Passage heading north-east; One light morph on October 16th off New Passage heading south-west.

 

1986:

A 1st winter on January 19th off New Passage; One on May 25th off New Passage still present on May 26th.

 

1983:

Single birds, both dark morph off New Passage on October 16th and 17th. Observers noted they appeared less bulky and slightly smaller than Great Skua, having a black rather than brown head, neck and breast; and more 'barrel-chested than Arctic Skua. They also showed only a small white patch at the base of the primaries, with white feathers shafts radiating from it.

 

1887:

One a corpse near Hawkesbury Upton sometime in December.

 

1879:

One 'obtained' sometime in November at New Passage. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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