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© Dan White

 

 

 

2017:

APRIL: A juvenile was seen on Northwick Warth Flash around 15:00 on the 21st before being flushed. MAY: An adult was present on Pilning Wetland on the 13th - 14th; A sub-adult was seen briefly at Oldbury Power Station and Littleton Warth on the 23rd before settling on Pilning Wetland from the 23rd until at least the 29th. JUNE: One, possibly a 'new' individual, from Pilning Wetland on the 3rd departed south at 11:15.

 

2015:

One was seen briefly on Grebe Pond before flying south over Pilning Wetland, New Passage around 08:35 on May 15th; A juvenile/ 1st winter was present on Pilning Wetland Scrape from 10:20 on October 27th until at least mid-morning on October 31st.

 

2014:

One was watched  at 18:15 as it flew west over New Passage and across the river on the evening of March 27th.

 

2012:

One was seen in flight past Severn View Services and Aust Cliffs mid afternoon on May 14th.

 

2011:

A flock of five, four juveniles and an adult, alighted briefly at New Passage on September 14th at 17:10 before departing south-east five minutes later; Two juveniles were seen at New Passage and Severn Beach on October 2nd with one still present on October 3rd and 5th; One was seen at New Passage on October 14th - 16th ; One was reported over Thornbury Yacht Club at Oldbury-on-Severn on October 28th at 11:35 heading south.

 

2010:

A 1st winter was seen in flight over Oldbury-on-Severn Yacht Club on December 2nd.

 

2009:

Two juveniles were seen briefly in the evening at 19:15 on the shore at Shepperdine on April 12th.

 

2008:

A presumed adult was seen at Oldbury Power Station at around 10:30 on September 6th and was watched flying across and up river. It circled and landed on Lagoon III where it was present for just five minutes before heading downriver. It was relocated flying southwest over Aust and then above the shoreline at Northwick Warth at around 11:00.

 

2006:

An adult was tracked down the coast on April 23rd. It was seen briefly at Oldbury Power Station then flew down river at 16:25. It was subsequently seen at Littleton Warth, Northwick Warth and finally over Severn Beach late in the afternoon.

 

2004:

An adult was seen briefly on February 15th at Northwick Warth.

 

1998:

Two 1st summer birds were watched on April 18th roosting on the shingle Island before flying off up river from Severn Beach. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire. A 1st summer was found on May 2nd, it was seen to fly over Northwick Warth and then disappeared inland.

 

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