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TWITE - Carduelis flavirostris



























JANUARY: Two birds were seen on the 13th at Aust in tress at the Old Passage section before flying over the marsh towards the estuary. They were present in the same area again from the 18th - 21st and the 25th & 29th. FEBRUARY: Two birds lingering on the 1st - 2nd at the Old Passage end of Aust Warth; Just one seen at Aust on the 7th before flying up towards the gardens at 14:15 at Old Passage; With one still present there on the 8th, 10th & 26th. MARCH: One was on show around 'Rod's Log' (ST: 563 887) at the Old Passage end of Aust Warth and in trees near the feeders from the 1st - 23rd. NOVEMBER: Four probable's were both seen and heard on the 9th in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area heading for Pilning Wetland; One possibly this species was seen in trees of Wharf Lodge at Aust on the 23rd.



JANUARY: Three were found in the Cake Pill area on Aust Warth on the 20th and were still present until at least 10:30 on the 21st; Three were present on the 24th with two on the 22nd - 23rd. FEBRUARY: Two reappeared on the 18th late afternoon at the Old Passage end of Aust Warth and were seen feeding on the seaward side of a small reed bed; Three were present on the 19th with at least two seen daily from the 20th until at least April 7th. DECEMBER: Two were frequenting trees and bushes at Aust at the Old Passage end on the 7th, 11th, 14th & 17th; Three were seen together at at Aust at the Old Passage end on the 12th.



Four were present at Oldbury Power Station between January 14th - 25th around Lagoon III and in stubble south of the Lagoon with at least three lingering up to February 13th; One possibly this species was noted at Oldbury Power Station on October 20th flying across Lagoon III calling and then gaining height as flew along shore NE, calling all the time ‘zoo-it’.



One possibly this species was seen 200 metres west of Plough Farm at Marshfield on January 21st around ST: 797 760; At Oldbury Power Station two or three were seen with a large finch flock  in vegetation around Lagoon III on December 20th. They were flushed by workers and not seen again after midday.



At least one was seen at Severn Beach on November 11th.



One record of a single bird at Oldbury Power Station on November 23rd.



At New Passage ten were present on January 4th; At Severn Beach, five were seen on March 1st with two still present on March 2nd; Two were seen at Aust Warth on March 23rd with a further two there on November 15th.



From Aust Warth eleven were noted on January 5th with four on October 27th, plus ten on November 3rd and 9th; On Northwick Warth one flew north east on February 16th; At Severn Beach three were present on December 22nd; At New Passage ten were noted on December 29th.



Ten were reported between February 19th and March 3rd from Lagoon I at Oldbury Power Station; At Aust Warth in December eleven were noted on the 22nd and 23rd with c.8 on the 24th and six on the 26th.



Up to eleven birds were reported from Severn Beach between January 18th and March 13th in the first winter period and between December 11th - 21st in the second winter period.



An individual was reported from Severn Beach on February 11th with another also at Severn Beach on December 23rd.



Flocks of up to eighteen birds were reported from Hallen in the first winter period between January 1st and March 19th and in the autumn between October 30th and November 29th.



Reports of up to thirty-five birds were noted from Severn Beach between January and April 8th and from November 11th until December 31st.



C.40 on 'Severnside' between January 6th and March 27th. This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire. One on November 4th at Severn Beach; Up to 40 from October 4th to December 31st on 'Severnside'.


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