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© Gary Thoburn

 

 

 

2018:

LATEST: One on Northwick Warth on May 31st. EARLIEST: One disturbed briefly from Aust Warth late morning on October 27th. HIGHEST COUNT: Seven from Passage Road, Aust Warth on March 4th.

 

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 Aust Warth/ New Passage/ Northwick Warth

50

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60

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1

12

 

162

 OPS/ Shepperdine

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

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8

 Marshfield

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Inglestone Common

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Total Bird Days

54

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19

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174

 

 

2017:

Eighty-two bird days were logged this year from four sites; Aust Warth (69), Severnside and Oldbury Power Station (6) and Marshfield (1). The best month was April (26). LATEST: One seen on Northwick Warth on May 9th. EARLIEST: One was seen from the A46 near Marshfield on October 28th. HIGHEST COUNT: Four were reported from Aust Warth late afternoon on March 15th before flying towards Northwick Warth and four were seen at the same site on March 22nd and April 1st - 2nd.

 

2016:

Seventy bird days were logged this year from seven sites; Oldbury Power Station (33), Aust Warth (21), Severn Beach (9), Chipping Sodbury (6) and single birds from Cromhall/ Wickwar, Iron Acton and Filton Airfield. The best month was April (29). LATEST: One was noted from Aust Warth on June 5th. EARLIEST: One was seen at Aust Warth at 20:00 on August 28th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three were seen in 'The Pipes' area south of Severn Beach on April 19th. Three were seen hunting over the Lagoons at Oldbury Power Station on April 27th and 29th.

 

2015:

Forty-six bird days were recorded this year from six sites; Aust Warth (32), Severn Beach (6), OPS (5) and single birds from Pilning Wetland, Yate and Kingswood. The best months were November and December with 10 bird days a piece. EARLIEST: One was reported from Aust Warth at 19:30 on September 22nd. LATEST: One was seen on Aust Warth on April 20th. HIGHEST COUNT: Two in January and November.

 

2014:

Forty-one bird days were recorded this year from five sites; Aust Warth (30), Severn Beach (4), Northwick Warth (3) with OPS and Marshfield (2). The best month was February (14). EARLIEST: One flew past Oldbury Power Station on October 16th. LATEST: One was watched in the morning on March 13th. HIGHEST COUNT: Five were flushed by the rising tide from Aust Warth on February 1st.

 

2013:

A respectable 103 bird days were recorded this year from just three locations; Aust Warth (90), Northwick Warth (7) and Marshfield (6). The best month was April (24). EARLIEST: One was seen on Aust Warth on October 23rd. LATEST: One was still present on Aust Warth on May 20th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three were noted at Aust Warth on January 24th, February 15th, March 23rd, April 30th.

 

2012:

A massive 354 bird days were logged this year from six sites; Aust Warth (213), Marshfield (120), Severn Beach (8), OPS (7), Northwick Warth (5) and Littleton Warth (1). The best month was March (95). EARLIEST: One was seen over Aust Warth at 16:00 on September 16th. LATEST: One was reported by dog walkers on the salt marsh south of Severn Beach on June 19th. HIGHEST COUNT: An unconfirmed report of up to fifteen in the Marshfield area on January 28th.

 

2011:

138 bird days were recorded this year from four locations; Aust Warth (97), Marshfield (33), OPS (6) and Severn Beach (2). The best month was November (58). EARLIEST: One was noted in the morning at Aust Warth on August 3rd. LATEST: One was flushed from the shingle beach at Severn Beach on May1st. HIGHEST COUNT: At least seven were seen from Shirehill Lane at Marshfield on November 27th.

 

2010:

Fifty-one bird days were logged this year from just three locations; Aust Warth (43), Northwick Warth (7) and Severn Beach (1). The best month was December (20). EARLIEST: One was flushed from the salt marsh at Northwick Warth/ New Passage at midday on October 7th. LATEST: One lingered on Aust Warth on March 5th. HIGHEST COUNT:  Four were seen on Aust Warth on December 26th.

 

2009:

Eighty-two bird days were recorded this year from five sites; Aust Warth (71), Northwick Warth (5), OPS (3), Severn Beach (2) and Marshfield (1). The best month was April (27). EARLIEST: One was seen on Northwick Warth on September 16th. LATEST: One was flushed from it's roost on Northwick Warth on April 25th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three were noted in February and April from Aust Warth.

 

2008:

A very healthy 215 bird days were counted this year from five sites; Aust Warth (199), OPS (9), Severn Beach (4), Marshfield (2) and Northwick Warth (1). The best month was December (76). EARLIEST: One was flushed mid-afternoon from Down Track, Marshfield on September 28th. LATEST: At least one was showing well at Aust Warth on June 14th. HIGHEST COUNT: At least five were seen at Aust Warth on December 7th.

 

2007:

127 bird days were logged this year from five sites; Aust Warth (120), Northwick Warth (3), Marshfield (2) and one each from Severn Beach and OPS. The best month was December (65). EARLIEST: One was found on Northwick Warth on September 13th. LATEST: One was reported from Aust Warth on February 17th. HIGHEST COUNT: Five were seen from Aust Warth on December 9th.

 

2006:

Forty-three bird days were recorded this year from four sites; Aust Warth (37), Severn Beach (4) and one each from Northwick Warth and Yate Common. The best month was October (12). EARLIEST: One was noted in early October from Aust Warth. LATEST: One was seen at Aust Warth on May 9th. HIGHEST COUNT: Two birds were noted in November and December at Aust Warth.

 

2005:

Just fourteen bird days were logged this year from five locations; Aust Warth (9), Marshfield (2) with single days logged from Northwick Warth, Severn Beach and OPS. The best months were November and December with four each. EARLIEST: One was reported from Northwick Warth on 30th. LATEST: One was noted at Oldbury Power Station on March 3rd. HIGHEST COUNT: Two birds were noted in January, November and December at Marshfield and Aust Warth.

 

2004:

A poor count of nine bird days were logged this year from four sites: Aust Warth (5), Northwick Warth (2) with single sightings from Severn Beach and Leap Valley, Downend. The best month was October (4). EARLIEST: One was seen high over Leap Valley, Downend on October 10th. LATEST: One was seen at Aust Warth on January 25th. HIGHEST COUNT: All single bird observations.

 

2003:

Eighteen bird days were counted this year from four sites; Aust Warth (14), Severn Beach (2) with singles from Northwick Warth and OPS. The best month was May (14). EARLIEST: A single bird was seen at Severn Beach on October 16th. LATEST: Three were present at Aust Warth on May 17th. HIGHEST COUNT: Three were present at Aust Warth on May 17th.

 

2002:

At least two birds were seen in the Orchard Pools area, Severn Beach between February 15th and 24th.

 

2001:

Recorded in the first winter period from the Severn Beach area between January 1st and May 5th with up to six birds present; In the second winter period reports of up to two birds from October 20th through to December 28th.

 

2000:

One was seen at Oldbury Power Station sometime in May; One was present at Northwick Warth on October 1st and 3rd; One was seen at Oldbury Power Station sometime in November; A single bird was located at Severn Beach on December 27th.

 

1999:

There were 'many' records of single birds from Oldbury Power Station between February and May 5th with two present on April 28th; One was seen at Severn Beach on October 6th; One 'asio' spp. was noted hunting over Hawthorn scrub at Severn Beach on November 21st.

 

1998:

Seven birds roosted on Lagoon I at Oldbury Power Station sometime in November.

 

1997:

Single birds were present at Oldbury Power Station on February 2nd and March 8th - 9th.

 

1996:

One was reported on April 22nd from Northwick Warth; One was seen at Oldbury Power Station on May 5th.

 

1995:

In the first winter period single birds were reported from New Passage on March 9th and Oldbury Power Station on March 19th.

 

1994:

A single bird was reported from Northwick Warth on February 26th.

 

1992:

At Oldbury Power Station one was flushed from fields on January 11th; On October 17th one was seen heading south-west from New Passage.

 

1990:

One was seen at Oldbury Power Station on March 12th; One was seen heading down the estuary from New Passage on April 12th; One was seen at New Passage on October 27th.

 

1989:

Up to five were present at Oldbury Power Station until February 25th; At Hanham Abbots up to three were seen from January until April 20th; One was noted on waste ground alongside ASDA superstore at Longwell Green no date was given.

 

1988:

At Oldbury Power Station four were noted on November 13th with up to five onwards to the year end; One was seen at Hanham Abbots on December 26th.

 

1986:

One was reported at Oldbury Power Station on February 24th.

 

1985:

One was reported from Oldbury Power Station in January & February.

 

1984:

One or two were reported in the favoured haunts from Aust southwards and were present from January to May 8th and again from October 5th to the year end.

 

1982:

One was noted at Shepperdine on October 9th.

 

1979:

Single birds were noted on the coast between Aust and Avonmouth from January to late Spring and again from October to December but no locations are mentioned.

 

1977:

Single birds were noted on the coast between Aust and Avonmouth in February, June and October but no locations are mentioned.

 

1976:

Two were recorded this year both at Aust; One on October 17th and one on November 20th.

 

1975:

Single birds were noted at Aust in February and October.

 

1974:

One was recorded at Aust on May 3rd.

 

1973:

Two reports from the Severn Beach area with one on May 11th and one on November 3rd.

 

1968:

One was reported on Stoke Moor on November 20th.

 

1942:

One was reported from the salt marsh below Severn Beach on October 6th. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.

 

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