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SHAG - Phalacrocorax aristototelis

 

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2017:

An immature was seen briefly from Severn Beach early morning on August 4th.

 

2016:

A record flock of twenty-three (a mix of adults and juveniles) were counted in flight north-east over Severn Beach on August 22nd; Three 1st calendar year birds were seen in flight north-east over New Passage at 07:40 on August 29th.

 

2015:

One was seen mid-morning on November 17th from Severn Beach heading north-east upriver; One was watched past Severn Beach heading south -west down river on November 18th.

 

2013:

One was seen on April 9th late morning from Aust Cliff flying up river beneath the 'Old' Severn Bridge before returning back down river; One was seen close in shore at Severn Beach on November 3rd.

 

2012:

One was seen on the rising evening tide off Severn Beach on May 4th.

 

2011:

One was noted off Severn Beach on May 22nd; A juvenile was noted at Oldbury Power Station sat on the concrete pontoon next to the jetty on September 8th; One was seen off Severn Beach on September 13th with possibly the same bird present on September 17th & 18th; Two were noted  at Severn Beach on October 10th.

 

2009:

One, a juvenile, was noted off Severn Beach in the afternoon on November 23rd and was still present on November 24th.

 

2008:

An adult was reported prior to 09:00 on the river off Severn Beach on May 17th; One was seen off Severn Beach on August 19th; An exhausted juvenile was noted at Oldbury Power Station on the shore near the 'jetty' in the evening on September 3rd; One was noted at New Passage on September 8th.

 

2007:

One possibly this species was noted at Oldbury Power Station on January 20th. It was seen fishing on Lagoon I (which, because of heavy rain was flooded). It then flew on to the estuary giving only rear views in flight but did show what appeared to be a thin bill. It was then seen to fly strongly upriver at about 10:00.

 

2003:

A juvenile was located on August 22nd off Severn Beach.

 

2002:

One on February 6th was noted off Severn Beach.

 

1998:

One was found sometime in April in a garden at Downend it was a sub-adult and was photographed sitting on a garden wall; Five were noted on October 5th off Severn Beach flying north; One on October 27th was seen off Severn Beach; On October 29th one was identified as a juvenile near Almondsbury was taken into care.

 

1996:

On May 22nd one was found off Severn Beach.

 

1988:

On January 5th a winter adult was seen off New Passage; Three seen on August 20th were all off New Passage; One on September 3rd was off New Passage; One, a juvenile on September 24th was seen off New Passage.

 

1983:

A single bird was seen in flight off New Passage on October 16th.

 

1981:

A single bird was reported from New Passage on April 9th.

 

1977:

One was reported from Severn Beach on July 2nd; One was seen off Severn Beach on December 19th.

 

1958:

On January 26th one was found on a street in Kingswood, Bristol and was subsequently released at Clevedon by an RSPCA official.

 

1951:

An immature was picked up sometime in August near Cromhall. It was later released at Slimbridge WWT. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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