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RING OUZEL - Turdus torquatus

 

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2018:

APRIL: A male was seen to fly from Lagoon III outfall inland at Oldbury Power Station early morning on the 12th; Two; a female was seen on Northwick Warth near the 2nd Sentry Box early morning and a male was seen in flight and in brambles near The Glen at New Passage in the afternoon on the 16th;

 

2017:

APRIL: A fine spring male was seen in a private garden at Tortworth at 10:00 on the 9th; A male was seen in the afternoon on the 11th in flight by the roundabout at the junction of the A46/ A420 near Pennsylvania then low north across the fields. OCTOBER: One was heard calling over Cock Road Ridge, Kingswood on the 28th; Two were noted in flight leaving The Orchard at Oldbury Power Station on the 31st.

 

2016:

APRIL: A male was noted in trees between Lagoon II and The Orchard, Oldbury Power Station in the morning on the 2nd; A male was seen on Chipping Sodbury Common around 18:00 on the 3rd; A probable female was seen between Almondsbury and Over before flying into Solar Farm fields on the 16th; A male was seen in the evening on the 24th around the junction of Hyde's Lane and the A420 just east of Cold Ashton. AUGUST: An unconfirmed report of one seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 27th OCTOBER: One was seen briefly a couple of times in Kingsgate Park, Yate in the morning on the 9th; One was both seen and heard in flight over Northwick Warth on the 12th; A male was seen on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 16th.

 

2015:

APRIL: A male was seen between Lagoon III and the shore at Oldbury Power Station in the evening on the 10th; A female spent most of the day on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 14th; A male was seen in flight from New Pill heading towards Orchard Pools, Severn Beach on the 21st; A male was found in fields on the east side of Northwick Warth by the second sentry box around 13:00 on the 23rd and was  present until at least the 27th. OCTOBER: A 1st winter (probably male) was seen on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 14th; A 1st winter male was present in Hawthorn on the south-west side of Pilning Wetland form the 28th - 31st. NOVEMBER: One was reported 'heard only' along Rushmead Lane, Marshfield in the morning on the 1st but could not be located in thick fog!

 

2014:

APRIL: A male on Chipping Sodbury Common at 10: 15 on the 2nd around ST: 738 840.

 

2013:

MARCH: A male on the grass verge inside the Rolls Royce Complex, Patchway at 16:00 on the 26th - 28th; A male at Severn View Services, Aust on the 31st. OCTOBER: A 1st winter at Oldbury Power Station on the 5th; Two over Aust Cliffs in a massive visible migration on the 11th with another there on the 12th. NOVEMBER: One perched very nicely in a small sycamore calling before continuing north west from Aust Cliffs on the 10th.

 

2012:

APRIL: A male was seen in the evening at Oldbury Power Station near the hedge between Lagoon II and the paddock to the south on the 14th; A female at Aust Warth on the 15th. OCTOBER: One was seen in flight over Leap Valley, Downend on the 21st.

 

2011:

FEBRUARY: A male was present in a garden on Green Lane, Rangeworthy on the 10th briefly before being flushed by a Blackbird. APRIL: A female on 'Hillside' in the Shire Valley, Marshfield  in the morning on the 10th and was seen to circle several times over Broadmead Brook straying into S. Glos; On the 16th up to five on Chipping Sodbury Common  with two males in the morning plus another male, 1st winter male and female at 19:50; A female on Chipping Sodbury Common and Golf Course from the 17th - 29th; A male at Severn Beach on the 20th.

 

2010:

MARCH: A male at Aust ST Works, Sandy Lane just north of the Old Severn Crossing on the 18th. OCTOBER: One in the New Passage area on the 10th with the same or another 1st winter at Aust Warth and cliffs on the 11th.

 

2009:

MARCH: One in the 'sheep fields' adjacent to Aust Warth at 18:00 on the 31st. APRIL: A male in trees on the south side of Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 6th. SEPTEMBER: Three briefly on Northwick Warth on the 1st. OCTOBER: One in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 15th.

 

2008:

APRIL: A male at Severn Beach between the sea wall & railway on the track in fields c.300 metres south of Riverside Park at 18:30 on the 18th.

 

2007:

APRIL: A male in the 'sheep fields' at Aust Warth around lunchtime on the 11th; A male at New Passage at 07:15 on the 12th, it then flew towards the disused rifle range on Northwick Warth; On the 13th two males at Aust Warth in 'sheep fields' early morning before flying north; On the 14th a female in 'sheep fields' at Aust Warth with the same or another there on the 18th; On the 15th a male at Oldbury Power Station between Lagoons I and II present until at least 10:00; On the 16th a male on Northwick Warth; On the 28th at 08:30 a male at Oldbury Power Station on the flood bank of Lagoon II by the shore, it flew to the shore path by Lagoon I and then on towards Shepperdine where it was relocated in the hedge between Lagoons I & II - at 09:40 another male flushed from the bank of Lagoon III, it was relocated on the lawn by the footpath from the entrance to the shore. A different bird than the one at 08:30 it was over half a mile away from first and appeared to have a ‘less adult’ plumage; The throat not as white and wings not as silvery, it was still present at 18:40.

 

2006:

A male at Aust Warth on March 25th in sheep fields; A female on the hill behind Severn View Services at 13:30 on April 3rd; A female at Severn Beach at around 12:15 on April 21st; A male at Severn Beach on April 23rd.

 

2005:

A male in gardens at New Passage on April 2nd.

 

2003:

A male at Severn Beach on October 23rd.

 

2002:

One on April 10th at Oldbury Power Station.

 

2001:

A male feeding on Hawthorn berries at Northwick Warth on September 22nd.

 

1991:

One on April 24th at Oldbury Power Station.

 

1981:

Two individuals from Rockhampton on April 9th.

 

1973:

One at Stoke Park on April 5th; One at Filton on April 17th; One at Filton on October 23rd.

 

1970:

A single bird from Stoke Park on April 2nd.

 

1967:

One at Filton on passage, no dates are available.

 

1964:

A pair on Filton Golf Course on March 25th; One on Rodway Common, Mangotsfield on March 28th.

 

1952:

A male on March 25th at Little Stoke; A male on April 20th at Little Stoke.

 

1941:

On May 6th a female in a hedgerow at Little Stoke Farm near Stoke Gifford.

 

1937:

An adult male was reported on November 5th near Stoke Gifford, it was also seen on November 9th and was an exceptionally late bird.

 

1899:

A pair were found nesting at Almondsbury in the spring of this year. Sadly the young were drowned in the nest. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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