THE SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE BIRDS DIARY

Bird sightings from previous months!


2021

 

JANUARY

 

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BEWICK'S SWAN

There is a high probability that a single roosting swan spp on the sand bar mid-estuary from New Passage on the 15th was indeed this species.

 

BLACK REDSTART

OPS: Two, a male and female/ 1st winter were noted on the 6th, a female/ 1st winter on the 10th, 13th, 16th, 25th and 28th.

 

DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE

One noted at Oldbury Power Station on the 18th was the first of the year.

 

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

One reported present at Oldbury Power Station on the 1st (Andy Scrace); One seen in flight 1km east of the Lock Keeper PH, Willsbridge on the 17th with two present at the same site on the 26th.

 

FULMAR

The first storm driven individual of the year was noted from Severn Beach on the 21st.

 

GLAUCOUS GULL

A 1st winter was both seen and photographed at 08:45 on the 6th as it flew upriver along the near bank at Shepperdine. It represents the 11th record of this species to occur in S. Glos since the first in the winter of 1840.

 

Glaucous Gull | Gordon Hodgson

 

GOOSANDER

COOPERS LAKE, YATE: At least five, two males and three 'redheads' on the 1st; Two 'redheads' present on the 8th; Five, two males, two females and an immature male on the 12th; Eight present on the 15th: At least four female types on the 25th; Five, two males - three females on the 26th. KINGSGATE PARK, YATE: A male and two 'redheads' counted first thing on the 17th. BRIMSHAM PARK LAKE, YATE: Five, a male and four redheads noted on the 31st.

 

OTHERS: Three, a male and two 'redheads' were seen in flight before alighting on the R. Avon 1 kilometre east of The Lock Keeper at Keynsham on the 4th; A pair were seen on the R. Avon in the Willsbridge area on the 11th; Three, a male and two 'redheads' were seen in flight before alighting on the R. Avon 1 kilometre east of The Lock Keeper at Keynsham on the 4th. (Chris Mott) A pair were seen on the R. Avon in the Willsbridge area on the 11th.

 

GOOSE SPP.

Six, giving the impression of Pink-feet, were seen briefly in flight over in the Kingsgate Park, Yate area on the 29th.

 

HAWFINCH

One noted from Lower Woods, Wickwar on the 17th.

 

Hawfinch | Simon Cubbage

 

JACK SNIPE

AUST WARTH: Three were noted on the 1st, one on the 2nd. MARSHFIELD: One seen well in flight in the Castle Farm area on the 3rd; One in the Dunsdown Lane area on the 9th and 28th. CHIPPING SODBURY COMMON: One noted on the Common on the 3rd. OLDBURY POWER STATION: One around Lagoon III on the 11th. NORTHWICK WARTH: One noted from the top end on the 29th.

 

Jack Snipe | Aravind Ramesh

 

MANDARIN

Three females were noted on a small pond on a private site at Old Sodbury on the 11th.

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A winter adult was reported from Severn Beach on the 22nd.

 

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE

A winter adult was found on Northwick Warth/ New Passage on the 23rd and was still present on the 24th. It represent the first ever January record for S. Glos and the first for nearly 25 years! Just ten have been noted in the recording area since the first at Severn Beach in February 1940.

 

Pink-footed Goose | Paul Bowerman

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: One was reported in the afternoon on the 1st, two on the 2nd, one on the 9th. OLDBURY POWER STATION: One flushed from Lagoon III on the 13th.

 

SKYLARK

An impressive flock of over six hundred (600) were present in an area with no public access on Rushmead Farm, Marshfield on the 25th.

 

SNOW BUNTING

A winter female was present in the Aust Warth area on the 1st - 2nd.

 

Snow Bunting | Paul Bowerman

 

YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER

A winter adult was found alongside Siston Brook at Willsbridge Mill LNR, Willsbridge around 13:00 on the 25th. It represents the first ever record of this species for January in S. Glos!


FEBRUARY

 

AVOCET

A single bird, the first of the year, was noted at Oldbury Power Station on the 28th.

 

BAR-TAILED GODWIT

One, the first of the year, was noted at New Passage on at least the 9th - 16th.

 

Bar-tailed Godwit | Paul Bowerman

 

BLACK REDSTART

OLDBURY POWER STATION: A female/ 1st winter was still present around the Jetty area on the 2nd, 7th, 10th and 25th. A male was reported on the 9th. (Andrew Middleton) Two, a 1st-winter male on the jetty and a female on the 11th, 13th and 20th.

 

Black Redstart | Alan Gilbert

 

BRAMBLING

One, the first of the year, was seen with c.200 Chaffinch from Dunsdown Lane, Marshfield on the 7th (John Barnett); A female was mixing with c.300 Chaffinch and Linnet between Mayshill and Iron Acton on the 13th.

 

COMMON CROSSBILL

One counted in flight during a VisMig watch at New Passage/ Northwick Warth on the 28th

 

GLAUCOUS GULL

A 1st winter was seen from Shepperdine between 15:30 and 16:00 before being lost to view towards Tidenham on the 21st.

 

GOLDENEYE

A winter male was seen from both Severn Beach and New Passage on the 1st. The first in the recording area for two years!

 

Goldeneye | Paul Bowerman

 

GOOSANDER

STANSHAWS (COOPERS) LAKE, YATE; Seven, two males and five females still present on the 2nd; Nine, two males, an immature male and six females on the 20th. BRIMSHAM PARK LAKE, YATE: Eight, two male, an immature male and five female present on the 5th. KINGSGATE PARK, YATE: Four, two males and two female present on the 15th; Three females present on the 24th; Five, one male and four females on the 26th.

 

Goosander | Mark Coller

 

GOSHAWK

A juvenile, probably male, was both seen and photographed over Lower Woods LNR, Wickwar on the 17th with the same or another reported from the same area on the 24th.

 

Goshawk | Paul Sadley

 

GREEN SANDPIPER

One, the first of the year, was disturbed from a manure heap along Conygre Covert, Thornbury on the 17th.

 

JACK SNIPE

Four were reported from Inglestone Common, Wickwar on the 6th. One was flushed from Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station on the 2nd with the same or another noted on the 15th.

 

KITTIWAKE

Nine, the first of the year,  were seen from Severn Beach late morning on the 18th.

 

LINNET

An impressive flock of c.900 birds were counted between Frampton Cotterell and Iron Acton on the 18th.

 

LITTLE RINGED PLOVER

A spring male was flushed from Northwick Warth on the 25th before departing high east! However it relocated to Pilning WR on the 26th where it was seen on the 1st Sentry Box Pool and subsequently on Northwick Warth. It represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos and the first ever February record! The previous earliest date was March 12th 2015 at Severn Beach.

 

Little Ringed Plover | Paul Bowerman

 

LONG-EARED OWL

A corpse was found between Chittening Warth and Severn Beach on the 7th.

 

MANDARIN

Four, two males and two females were present at Lower Woods, Wickwar (ST: 745 875 - Littley Wood) on the 13th.

 

Mandarin | Mike Prior

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A winter adult was noted in the evening roost at Oldbury Power Station on the 1st; A 1st winter was seen over high tide at Oldbury Power Station on the 23rd.

 

RED KITE

One reported from Riding Barn Hill, Wick on the 7th; One from Rushmead Farm, Marshfield on the 9th; One from Overscourt Woodland, Siston on the 22nd; One over Mangotsfield towards Rodway Common on the 23rd; One over Kingswood Rugby Club ground on the 25th; One moving north over Wickwar on the 28th.

 

Red Kite | Paul Sadley

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

Two were both seen and heard around 17:15 over Butt Lane, Thornbury on the 10th.

 

Siberian Chiffchaff

A 'very grey' individual, possibly of the form 'tristis', was seen briefly in a private garden at Yate on the 5th. Another 'very pale' individual, possibly of the form 'tristis', was noted at Leap Valley, Downend on the 6th. Another strong candidate of this form was seen briefly in a private Garden at Yate on the 11th.

 

Chiffchaff spp. | Barry Dursley

The yellow tones in the upper breast and under tail coverts in this 'very pale' individual

does not preclude Siberian Chiffchaff.

 

WHITE STORK

An adult of unknown origins (though probably from the Knepp Castle Estate re-introduction programme) was seen on the roof of buildings and in fields between Morrisons and TileFlair, Cribbs Causeway on the 26th. It relocated to Itchington and was seen on the 27th - 28th.

 

White Stork | Heather England

 

WOODCOCK

At least eight were present in Horton Bushes, Horton on the 21st.

 

YELLOW-LEGGED GULL

An adult, the first of the year, was seen on West Littleton Down, West Littleton on the 19th.


MARCH

 

ARCTIC SKUA

An intermediate morph (or juvenile) was seen at Shepperdine on the 13th before departing inland. This occurrence represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos! The previous earliest date was March 14th 2004 at Severn Beach.

 

AVOCET

One on Pilning WR, Northwick Warth on the 14th with two present in the New Passage/ Pilning WR area on the 17th; Singles noted at Shepperdine and in the New Passage/ Pilning WR area on the 18th; Five noted on the shoreline from New Passage on the 22nd, two on the 23rd, four on the 24th, three on the 25th; Six on Littleton Warth and four on Northwick Warth on the 30th - 31st.

 

Avocet | Paul Bowerman

 

BARNACLE GOOSE

One, of unknown origins, was seen on Littleton Warth and at the mouth of Pillhead Gout, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 30th - 31st.

 

BLACK REDSTART

OLDBURY POWER STATION: A female continued around The Jetty on the 2nd with the same or another around the Waterworks on the 3rd; A 1st winter male on the fence between Lagoon II and the buildings on the 8th and again on the 20th. MARSHFIELD: The third ever, a female/ 1st winter, was seen well in and around Orchid Lane on the 17th!

 

Black Redstart | Mark Coller

 

COMMON CROSSBILL

Three were reported from Overscourt Woodland, Siston Common on the 5th; One both seen and heard in flight north over Northwick Warth mid-morning on the 31st.

 

COMMON REDSTART

Birds (the first of the year) were seen on Chipping Sodbury Common and on Orchid Lane, Marshfield on the 30th. A record equalling earliest date.

 

COMMON SCOTER

Three (including two drakes) seen from Severn Beach on the 12th were the first of the year! Nocturnal Migration of some over Chipping Sodbury Common around 22:00 on the 25th.

 

GANNET

A record count and a conservative estimate of in excess of three-hundred (300+) was enjoyed from Severn Beach on the 11th.

 

GOOSANDER

KINGSGATE PARK, YATE: Two, a female and immature male on the 2nd; Two a male and female on the 5th; Two females on the 14th; One male on the 18th; Three, an immature male and two females on the 25th and 27th. STANSHAWS LAKE, YATE: Five, a male, an immature male and three females present on the 3rd; One female on the 9th; One male and two females on the 15th; Four, one male and three females on the 16th; A male and female on the 19th. YATE: Five were seen in flight over the town heading towards Stanshaws Lake on the 4th. BRIMSHAM PARK, YATE: Five present early morning on the 5th; A male and two females present on the 17th. OTHERS: Two 'brownheads' were discovered on Kendleshire GC near Henfield on the 13th with one still present on the 14th - 16th. Birds may have been present for several weeks; A single 'redhead' in flight from Oldbury Power Station on the 17th; Four west over The Common at Yate at 17:10 on the 18th; Two 'redheads' on the Tidal Reservoir, Oldbury Power Station on the 30th.

 

Goosander | Mark Coller and Barry Dursley

 

GOSHAWK

One, possibly this species, distantly from Chipping Sodbury Common over Lower Woods on the 25th. One, probably this species, flying along the rhine between The Lake and the road at Oldbury Power Station on the 26th.

 

GREEN SANDPIPER

One was seen on Rockhampton Rhine, near Henridge Hill in the Rockhampton area on the 10th.

 

JACK SNIPE

One encountered at Oldbury Power Station on the 15th; One on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 21st; Two spotted on Pilning WR on the 23rd.

 

LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER

One was both seen and heard briefly in the Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 5th.

 

LITTLE GULL

Two, a winter and a summer adult (and the first of the year), were both seen from Severn Beach on the 11th.

 

LEACH'S PETREL

One noted early morning on the 12th from Severn Beach lingered throughout the day. It represents the first occurrence in March;  One, the same (from the 12th) or another, was seen distantly from Severn Beach on the 13th.

 

Leach's Petrel | Aravind Ramesh

 

LONG-TAILED SKUA

A spring adult was watched at close range (three metres) late afternoon from the sea wall at Severn Beach on the 11th. It's the first record for March and the first one since 2008.

 

MANDARIN

A pair were flushed from a small rhine near Rockhampton in the evening on the 19th.

 

MARSH HARRIER

A spring male was seen in flight north-east at Littleton on Severn and subsequently past Oldbury Sailing Club around 09:40 on the 1st.

 

Marsh Harrier | Matt Plenty

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

An adult was noted at Severn Beach on the 12th and 13th. A summer adult on the shore at Pillhead Gout, Oldbury on Severn on the 22nd.

 

NORTHERN WHEATEAR

One, a male and the first of the year, was reported from Whale Wharf, Littleton-on-Severn on the 10th.

 

RED KITE

One over the Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 2nd; Two on the 9th - at Warmley and the Shire Valley, Marshfield; One between Wickwar and Tytherington on the 14th; One over the Tormarton Road just north of Marshfield and the same or another over West Littleton Down on the 15th; One near Tytherington on the 16th; One on Rushmead Farm, Marshfield on the 17th; One over Warmley at 17:00 on the 19th; At least five on the 21st; One over Rushmead Lane, Marshfield, one over Kingswood, the same or another over Wick, one over Downend, one at Willsbridge, one over Page Park; One from Rushmead Lane, Marshfield and the same or another from Down Road, Marshfield on the 22nd; One near Tytherington on the 23rd; One over Lagoon II at OPS and two from North Common, Warmley on the 24th; One from Rushmead Lane on the 28th; Two over Chipping Sodbury Common and Warmley and one from Broad Lane, Yate on the 30th; One over Coalpit Heath on the 31st.

 

Red Kite | TBOSG

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

One was both seen and photographed in a private garden on Albert Road, Severn Beach on the 27th.

 

Ring-necked Parakeet | Claire Miskelly

 

 

SAND MARTIN

Several were seen on the 4th at Cribbs Causeway, Bradley Stoke and Oldbury Power Station. These occurrences represent the earliest ever date for this species in S. Glos! The previous earliest date was March 7th 2014 from Severn Beach.

 

SANDWICH TERN

A flock of fifteen, the first of the year, were seen first from New Passage and then Oldbury Power Station as they flew up river at around 09:20 on the 30th.

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: One reported in flight over the Warth late afternoon on the 13th.

 

Siberian Chiffchaff

One mixing with a movement of Common Chiffchaff at Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 12th.

 

Siberian Chiffchaff | Mark Coller

 

SWALLOW

One, the first of the year, over Londonderry Farm, Willsbridge on the 21st.

 

WATER PIPIT

Two, a winter plumaged and a partial summer plumaged, on Northwick Warth on the 30th.

 

WHITE STORK

The re-introduced (GB63) individual still present in the Itchington/ Tytherington area up to at least the 24th.

 

White Stork | Heather England

 

WHITE-TAILED EAGLE

G405 - A juvenile female, from the Isle of Wight re-introduction programme, was satellite tracked flying through S. Glos air space on March 8th 2021, an 84 mile round trip from East Somerset!

 

Satellite tagged G405 tracking in March 2021

 

WIGEON

A first record for the Marshfield patch in the form of an adult drake Wigeon on West Littleton Pond on the 10th - 11th.

 

Drake Wigeon | Martyn Hayes

 

WILLOW WARBLER

One, the first of the year, reported from Northwick Warth/ Pilning WR on the 24th.


APRIL

 

ARCTIC SKUA

A dark morph was seen high to the north-east over Severn Beach in the evening on the 25th. A dark morph was seen from Severn Beach early evening on the 26th; Two dark morph birds were seen from Severn Beach in the morning with the same two (or two more dark morphs) present in the evening on the 28th; Two on the 30th - a pale morph past Shepperdine around 08:30 and a dark morph from Severn View Services, Aust around 13:15.

 

ARCTIC TERN

This years arrivals started to move along the coast with c.300 at Severn Beach on the 28th.

 

AVOCET

Two were seen on Pilning WR/ Northwick Warth on the 9th and 12th; Five on Northwick Warth Flash on the 13th; Six at Severn Beach on the 17th; Four on Northwick Warth Flash on the 24th with two still present on the 25th and two noted on Pilning WR on the 27th.

 

BARNACLE GOOSE

Two, of unknown origins, were seen on Margaret's Lake, Itchington on the 15th.

 

Barnacle Goose | Heather England

 

BLACK REDSTART

A female/ 1st winter was seen on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 11th - 12th.

 

Black Redstart | Mark Coller

 

BRAMBLING

One in flight north-east past Severn Beach on the 28th. It represent the latest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous latest date was April 14th 2009 at Rushmead Farm, Marshfield.

 

CATTLE EGRET

One was watched in flight over Lyde Green Lake, Lyde Green late afternoon on the 12th. It appeared to land but could not be relocated; One was watched in flight north-east up-river past Severn Beach/ New Passage on the 25th.

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

One was heard around Tubbs Bottom, Nibley near an overgrown wet meadow on the 7th. A new site for this species in S. Glos! Seven were counted in song from Lagoons' II and III at Oldbury Power Station on the 20th! ≥ Ten singing males were counted across the Oldbury Power Station patch on the 29th. This represents a new highest count of this species for S. Glos! The previous highest count was ≥ eight (8) on May 18th 2020 at Western Approaches, Severn Beach.

 

COMMON SANDPIPER

At least three, the first of the year, were noted on Severnside on the 9th.

 

COMMON SWIFT

The first of this years birds were noted on the estuary on the 25th.

 

COMMON TERN

C. 100, the first of the year, were logged from Severn Beach on the 23rd!

 

COMMON WHITETHROAT

The first of the year was logged from Ableton Lane. Severn Beach on the 2nd.

 

FIELDFARE

Fifty lingering south of Marshfield, thirty on West Littleton Down and a half dozen at Wickwar on the 29th represent the latest date for this species in S. Glos! Previous latest date was April 21st 2016 from Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

GARDEN WARBLER

One, the first of the year, was logged at Lyde Green Lake, Lyde Green on the 12th.

 

GARGANEY

A male, the first of the year, was present on Pilning WR, Northwick Warth on the 3rd.

 

Garganey | Paul Bowerman

 

GOLDFINCH

Vis Mig at Redwick (Severn Beach) 1217 counted the 4th highest UK spring count!

 

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

One, the first of the year, was heard 'reeling' near the allotments on 40 Acres, Stoke Gifford early morning on the 9th; One was heard 'reeling' by the entrance to the Severn Way at New Passage on the 18th; One noted 'reeling' early morning at Severn Beach on the 23rd (Paul Bowerman); One was reported from Overscourt Woodland, Siston on the 25th; One heard 'reeling' on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 27th.

 

GREAT SKUA

One, the first of the year, was logged from Severn Beach on the 28th.

 

GREENSHANK

A near record count of 27 was logged at Severn Beach on the 25th.

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

Two, the first of the year, were seen in flight north-east up river past Severn View Services, Aust at 08:20 on the 1st; One was seen in flight over Frampton Cotterell/ Iron Acton on the 5th; One was seen in flight north-east past New Passage on the 21st with the same or another seen at Redwick/ Severn Beach before flying west on the 23rd; One, putatively this species, in flight from Littleton to Aust on the 27th; One was seen in flight with seven Little Egret north over the M4 from Lyde Green Pool on the 28th (Mike Tripi); One was seen in flight up-river past Oldbury Power Station around 09:20 on the 29th.

 

HEN HARRIER

A male was seen in flight down-river past Oldbury Power Station late afternoon on the 23rd and appeared to drop onto Lagoon III.

 

HOBBY

One, the first of the year, was seen between Iron Acton and Yate over the fuel station on the B4059 around 14:00 on the 24th.

 

HOUSE MARTIN

The first birds of the year were reported from Severn Beach and Oldbury Power Station on the 1st.

 

LESSER WHITETHROAT

One, the first of the year, was seen on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 15th.

 

LITTLE BUNTING

A spring adult was watched at close range (ten metres) for two minutes in a small tree in the south-west corner of Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 13th. It was heard calling 'kvitt' continuously before departing high to the south. This occurrence represents the first record of this species for S. Glos!

 

MANDARIN

Two, a pair, were noted at Tortworth on the 13th - 14th.

 

MARSH HARRIER

One was seen circling high over the towers at Oldbury Power Station at mid-day on the 3rd before heading east; One, a male, was watched successfully hunting over the reed bed on Pilning WR on the 15th - 16th; One was seen in flight north-east past New Passage on the 21st.

 

Marsh Harrier | Paul Bowerman

 

MEADOW PIPIT

An extremely good count of this species (c.2,300) were logged during a Vis Mig watch at Severn Beach on the 1st.

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A near summer adult at Oldbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 7th; An adult was seen from Severn Beach in the evening on the 28th.

 

OSPREY

One, the first of the year, was seen briefly over Pilning WR, Northwick Warth on the 3rd before departing north; One was reported in flight to the north and inland of Pilning WR in the morning on the 7th; One was seen over Deanery Road Roundabout at the junction of the A4174/ A420, Warmley at 10:45 on the 18th.

 

PIED FLYCATCHER

A male was seen briefly at 10:10 from the Frome Valley Walkway between Frampton Cotterell and Yate at ST: 670 833 on the 1st. It represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous earliest date was April 6th 2020 at New Passage. Still present from the 2nd it remained in the Hoover's Lane area until at least the 8th. It relocated 1km east briefly on the 7th and was seen in trees on the corner of Nibley Lane/ Wotton Road, Iron Acton before returning to the Hoover's Lane area. A male was found in '40 Acres', Stoke Gifford at ST: 618 800 around 09:50 on the 4th and remained in the general area until at least the 8th. A male was found in Warmley Forest Park, Warmley on the 11th - 12th.

 

Pied Flycatcher | Mark Coller

 

POMARINE SKUA

A full 'spooned' pale morph was seen high to the north-east over Severn Beach in the evening on the 25th.

 

RED KITE

Single birds over Tytherington/ Itchington, Mangotsfield, Thornbury and Severn Beach on the 2nd; Frampton Cotterell and Mangotsfield on the 4th; Winterbourne/ Frampton Cotterell on the 6th; Littleton on the 7th; One over Yate Rocks, Yate on the 9th; Chipping Sodbury Common on the 11th - 12th; One over Aztec West on the 14th; One over Avening Green on the 15th; Two at Gaunt's Earthcott on the 17th; One circling over Wickwar late afternoon on the 18th; One over Cherry Wood, Marshfield on the 19th; One from Tortworth and Middledown Lane, Marshfield on the 22nd; One over Severn Beach and Marshfield on the 23rd; One over Chipping Sodbury Common and one between Stock Hill and Cowhill on the 26th; One over Chipping Sodbury Common on the 27th.

 

REDWING

Two noted in the Littleton Warth/ Littleton Brick Pits area on the 21st represent the latest date for this species in S. Glos! The previous latest date was April 20th 2013 at Marshfield.

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

One was logged in flight north-east during a Vis Mig watch at Severn Beach on the 30th.

 

RING OUZEL

A female, the first of the year, was seen briefly between Middledown Road and Westend Town, Marshfield around 15:00 on the 24th; An adult female was present on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 25th - 30th; A male was seen at Three Brooks LNR, Bradley Stoke on the 26th; A female was seen briefly near Pixtonsgreen south of Marshfield on the 29th.

 

Ring Ouzel | Mark Coller

 

SEDGE WARBLER

One, the first of the year, was reported from Pilning WR, Northwick Warth on the 3rd. It represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous earliest date was April 4th 2018 at Oldbury Power Station.

 

SKUA SPP

One was noted low up-river past Oldbury Power Station around 09:50 on the 16th.

 

SPOONBILL

An adult was seen for just five minutes at 10;40 on Pilning WR, Northwick Warth on the 29th.

 

TERN SPP

C.900 ('Commic Terns') were watched at long range up-river past Severn Beach early evening on the 24th.

 

TREE PIPIT

The first of this years arrivals were logged at several sites across the region on the 10th; A staggering fifty-four (54) were counted during a Vis Mig watch at Severn Beach on the 28th.

 

WHIMBREL

One, the first of the year, was located in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 11th.

 

WHINCHAT

One, the first of the year, was found in the hedgerow of Moorleaze Lane between Tytherington and Itchington on the 18th.

 

Whinchat | Heather England

 

WHITE STORK

An adult (GB1B from the Knepp Reintroduction Project) was tracked along the coast as it moved south-west past Oldbury Power Station, Oldbury-on Severn, Littleton Warth and Severn View Services in the morning on the 17th. Finally gaining significant height it was lost to view over Aust Warth.

 

White Stork | Paul Bowerman

 

White Wagtail

Two, the first of the year, were noted in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 5th.

 

WOOD WARBLER

One, the first of the year, was seen high in trees in Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 11th. A record equalling earliest date for this species in S. Glos! A singing male was present at Littleton Brick Pits, Littleton on the 20th with a second bird present at the same site on the 23rd.

 

Wood Warbler | Thomas Weston

 

YELLOW WAGTAIL

Two, the first birds of the year, were reported from Severn Beach on the 1st. It represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous earliest date was April 2nd 2017 on Pilning WR, Northwick Warth.


MAY

 

ARCTIC SKUA

At least nine mixed morphs' were counted on a sea watch from Severn Beach on the 3rd with three there on the 4th; One high to the south from Severn Beach late afternoon on the 20th; At least seven mixed morphs' and ages were logged during a stormy day on the 21st.

 

Arctic Skua | Matt Hall

 

AVOCET

Two were present in the New Passage/ Pilning WR area on the 7th with six in the same area on the 8th, four on the 9th, five on the 11th four on the 14th.

 

Avocet | Paul Bowerman

 

CATTLE EGRET

One was seen in flight north-east past New Passage early on the 1st. (Dan Webb) It represents the first May record of this species for S. Glos!

 

CURLEW SANDPIPER

Two spring birds, the first of the year, were present in the New Passage/ Pilning WR area on the 10th.

 

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

One was seen in flight north-east past Severn Beach on the 14th.

 

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

One was heard 'reeling' by The Lake, Oldbury Power Station early morning on the 22nd.

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

An unconfirmed report of one near The Anchor at Oldbury Pill at 07:45 on the 5th; One was seen in flight down river from Oldbury Power Station on the 18th; One in flight up river past Oldbury Power Station on the 27th.

 

GREAT SKUA

One was seen on a sea watch from Severn Beach on the 3rd; One was noted on the estuary at Oldbury Power Station on the 4th.

 

Greenland Dunlin

Several of the form 'arctica' on the foreshore at Severn Beach and Northwick Warth on the 8th - 9th. A record equalling earliest date for this form in S. Glos! Two were noticed at Pillhead Gout, Oldbury Power Station on the morning of the 11th. A first record for the OPS patch!; At least one on the foreshore from New Passage on the 14th; Around a dozen were reported from Pilning WR on the 21st; Four watched from Littleton Warth on the 23rd.

 

Greenland Dunlin | Matt Hobbs

 

GREENLAND WHEATEAR

At least two were present on Northwick Warth on the 14th.

 

GUILLEMOT

Three, the first of the year, were picked up in flight from Severn Beach on the 22nd.

 

Icelandic Whimbrel

Birds of this form were tracked and known to have travelled across the recording area recently.

 

Icelandic Whimbrel tracking | Eco Flyway

 

LITTLE GULL

One was seen on a sea watch from Severn Beach on the 3rd.

 

LITTLE TERN

One, the first of the year, was seen from Severn Beach early afternoon during storms on the 21st.

 

MANX SHEARWATER

One, the first of the year, was seen on a sea watch from Severn Beach on the 3rd.

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

One, a second calendar year, was seen on a sea watch from Severn Beach on the 3rd; Two 1st summer birds were seen from Severn Beach on the 21st.

 

MERLIN

A female over the salt marsh at Severn Beach on the 27th represents the latest date for this species in S. Glos! The previous latest date was May 26th 2016 on Northwick Warth.

 

NIGHTINGALE

One, the first of the year, was seen briefly early morning on Yate Common on 'the road to nowhere' 100 metres from the main wood on the 9th.

 

OYSTERCATCHER

One was seen on the course at Kendleshire Golf Club on the 19th!

 

POMARINE SKUA

A single dark morph was seen near The Prince of Wales crossing from Severn Beach at 15:45 on the 20th before heading south a few minutes later; At least seven mixed morphs' and ages were logged during a stormy day on the 21st.

 

Pomarine Skua | Mark Coller

 

QUAIL

One was audible in fields on the south side of Shirehill Lane, Marshfield from ST: 795 759 late afternoon on the 31st.

 

RED KITE

One north over Littleton on the 2nd; One at Tytherington on the 6th; One over Ashwicke on the 9th; One over Severn Beach on the 14th and 15th; One over Doynton on the 16th; One over Gorse Lane, Pennsylvania on the 19th; One over Yate Rocks towards Lower Woods on the 24th; One from Rushmead Farm and one high to the south over Bradley Stoke on the 27th; One low to the west over Kingswood at 06:30 on the 28th; One over Wickwar and one over Avening Green on the 29th; One over Chipping Sodbury Common, one over Wickwar and one over Thornbury on the 30th; One near Old Sodbury on the 31st.

 

Red Kite | Thomas Weston

 

RING OUZEL

The female was present on Chipping Sodbury Common throughout the day on the 1st.

 

Ring Ouzel | Mark Coller

 

SABINE'S GULL

A summer adult put in an all to brief appearance from the sea wall at Severn Beach late afternoon on the 21st. It settled on the saltmarsh south of Severn Beach for c.30 minutes before moving off down river.

 

Summer adult Sabine's Gull | Mark Coller

 

SANDERLING

One, the first of the year, was noted at Severn Beach on the 2nd.

 

SPOTTED FLYCATCHER

The first of this years arrivals returned to the Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 3rd.

 

STORM PETREL

Two were seen together during a stormy day from Severn Beach mid-afternoon on the 21st.

 

Storm Petrel | Mark Coller

 

WHITE-TAILED EAGLE

After spending several weeks around the Wash, the 2nd calendar year male (G461) from the Isle of Weigh re-introduction programme flew 300 km south-west to the Mendip Hills, Somerset on the 29th - 30th passing through S. Glos airspace!

 

 

The Roy Dennis Foundation

 

WOOD SANDPIPER

A spring adult was found on the 'Wader Pools' on Pilning WR, Northwick Warth in the evening on the 10th.

 

Wood Sandpiper | Matt Hall

 

WOOD WARBLER

Two on the 9th; A male was found in the small wood in the west corner of Lagoon III, at Oldbury Power Station and another was located in a small wood at the north end of Yate Common, Yate. An unconfirmed report of two at Golden Valley LNR, Wick on the 31st.

 

Male Wood Warbler | TBOSG


JUNE

 

AVOCET

Up to twelve adults and four chicks present throughout the month on Pilning WR, New Passage highlighting another successful breeding year! For full details click HERE!

 

BLACK-WINGED STILT

Two, a male and female, were present early morning on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 25th. They were watched on and off until mid-morning when they flew high north but returned to the wetland late afternoon and remained until dusk. This occurrence represents the highest count of this species in S. Gloucestershire and the first June record! Both birds were present throughout the day from the 26th - 30th.

 

Black-winged Stilt | Paul Bowerman

 

COMMON CROSSBILL

One was heard as it flew north over Oldbury Power Station on the 15th.

 

GARGANEY

An eclipse male was seen briefly on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 26th.

 

Garganey | TBOSG

 

GOLDEN ORIOLE

One, a presumed male, was heard in song at North Elms Wood, Lower Woods, Wickwar on the 12th. It was first heard at around 07:45 for approximately 40 minutes and singing on and off until around 08:30 but not subsequently.

 

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

One was heard 'reeling' from middle of the reedbed at the south end of Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station on the 4th.

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

One in flight around 07:40 south over the A4174 Willy Wicket roundabout at Bromley Heath on the 28th; Two on the 30th - one noted in flight on Pilning WR, New Passage and one seen in flight over Frampton Cotterell heading towards Coalpit Heath.

 

GREY PARTRIDGE

A pair were seen briefly in the Parks Farm area between Tormarton and Iron Acton on the 1st.

 

MANDARIN

A partial breeding plumaged male was noted on Tortworth Court Lake on the 6th.

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A 1st summer was picked up on Pilning WR on the 24th; An adult and a 2nd summer were present at Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury on Severn on the 25th.

 

Mediterranean Gull | Paul Bowerman

 

QUAIL

One audible from Down Road, Marshfield early afternoon on the 3rd; One was heard at 07:00 audible from Down Road, Marshfield on the 6th; One audible from the Tormarton Road near Culverslade Farm, Marshfield on the 17th; Three separate males calling from Rushmead Lane, Marshfield on the 19th; At least one still audible on the patch at Marshfield on the 21st and near Culverslade Farm on the 25th; Three birds audible on the 28th at Marshfield (one Shirehill Lane, one Rushmead Farm and one Rushmead Lane; One audible from Rushmead Lane on the 30th.

 

RED-BACKED SHRIKE

An adult female that stayed for just one day was found on Chipping Sodbury Common mid-morning on the 6th.

 

Red-backed Shrike | Mark Coller

 

RED KITE

One over the R. Avon at Hanham and one over Wild Spaces, Easter Compton on the 2nd; One over Bridgeyate/ Siston on the 3rd; Three were noted at Oldbury Power Station on the 4th; One over Chipping Sodbury Common and one over Oldbury Power Station on the 6th; One following a tractor at the top of Tog Hill and one over Hanham on the 9th; One drifting slowly west over Charfield at 15:45 on the 10th; One over Oldbury Pill in the morning and one (possibly the same) over the Water Works early afternoon on the 11th; Eight on the 13th - Two over Thornbury, one over Frampton Cotterell, one over Pilning Station and four over cut fields south and west of Bellum, Marshfield; One at Eastwood Park, Falfield on the 15th; One from Rushmead Lane, Marshfield on the 19th; One from the Marshfield Patch on the 20th; One over Barrs Court and one over Mangotsfield on the 21st may have related to the same individual; One from the A46 near Marshfield Ice Cream Factory on the 24th; One from Oldland Common and six (a record equalling highest count) over a working tractor north of Bagstone in the Stidcote Lane area on the 30th.

 

ROSE-COLOURED STARLING

An adult was found mid-morning along the bridleway towards the shore from the entrance of Oldbury Power Station on the 4th.

 

Rose-coloured Starling | Mark Coller

RUFF

One, the first of the year, was noted on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 28th.

 

WOOD SANDPIPER

One was present on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 25th and again on the 27th.


JULY

 

AVOCET

Two adults and four juveniles continued on Pilning WR, New Passage from the 1st until at least the 31st.

 

BLACK-WINGED STILT

Two still present on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 1st represent the first ever July record of this species for S. Glos!

 

Black-winged Stilt | TBOSG

Blue-headed Wagtail

A male was seen well on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 24th. It represents the first of the year and the first ever July record of this form for S. Glos! The same or another was noted at the same site on the 29th!

 

Blue-headed Wagtail | Aravind Ramesh

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

Pilning WR/ New Passage: A fine summer adult was noted on the 2nd; *Two 1st summers' present on the 3rd. Two - an adult and a 2nd summer on the 6th; A new adult from New Passage on the 7th; OP Station: A moulting adult noted on the 22nd, 24th and 26th.

 

*1st summer Mediterranean Gull | Paul Bowerman - Moulting adult | Heather England

 

QUAIL

At least ten audible across the patch on the 1st from Rushmead Farm and Lane, Shirehill Lane and Down Road and Track; Three audible on Rushmead Farm on the 3rd; Two audible in the Rushmead Farm/ Lane area on the 15th; One from Shirehill Land on the 18th; At least seven in the Northfield/ Rushmead Lane/ West Littleton Road area on the 25th; One was audible from Down Road on the 31st.

 

RED KITE

One in the Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 1st; One over Bradley Stoke on the 9th; *One at Wickwar on the 16th; One over Castle School, Thornbury on the 18th; One at Swineford on the 20th; One west over Wickwar on the 31st.

 

*Red Kite | Paul Sadley

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

*On the 3rd one was photographed near The Globe Inn in Frampton Cotterell and  a 'parakeet' species was heard around 19:30 in Mangotsfield. One was seen again near The Globe Inn, Frampton Cotterell on the 15th and at an address nearby on the 17th and 19th. One, probably this species, was heard over Shackleton Avenue, Yate at 08:30 on the 23rd.

 

*Ring-necked Parakeet | Unknown

 

WOOD SANDPIPER

One on Pilning WR, New Passage from the 23rd - 31st; two, possibly three present on the 28th and 30th with another heard calling over Littleton Brick Pits around 09:30 on July 25th.

 

Wood Sandpiper | Paul Bowerman

 

YELLOW-LEGGED GULL

An adult was noted at Shepperdine on the 22nd.

 

Yellow-legged Gull | Pete Hazelwood


AUGUST

 

AVOCET

At least four on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 1st, two present on the 2nd - 4th.

 

Blue-headed Wagtail

A male lingered on Pilning WR, New Passage until at least the 2nd; A second male was noted in the Pilning WR/ New Passage area  from the 3rd - 12th.

 

Blue-headed Wagtail | Paul Bowerman and Aravind Ramesh

 

COMMON SCOTER

A male was present briefly in the Tidal Reservoir at Oldbury Power Station on the 12th.

 

CORMORANT

C.40 reported from Wick Quarry, Wick on the 28th represents the highest ever count of this species for S. Glos! The previous highest count was thirty-four at Oldbury Power Station on September 1st 1990.

 

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

Two on the weir on the R. Avon, Willsbridge/ Keynsham on the 27th viewed from the Lock Keeper PH.

 

FIRECREST

One (the first of the year) was present in Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 29th. It represents the first August record of this species and the earliest ever date for S. Glos! The previous earliest date was September 7th 2008 at Hanham!

 

Firecrest | Richard Stroud

 

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

One, possibly this species, flushed from the seawall at Oldbury Power Station on the 16th.

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

One on Tesco Pools, Western Distribution Park, Severn Beach on the 28th.

 

Great White Egret | Vic Savery

 

LITTLE STINT

A juvenile, the first of the year, was present on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 31st.

 

MANDARIN

An eclipse male was noted between Oldbury Pill and Oldbury Power Station on the 12th; A female was seen over Chipping Sodbury Common on the 19th.

 

Mandarin | Heather England and Mark Coller

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

One was seen in the New Passage/ Pilning WR area on the 1st; Two, an adult and a 2nd calendar year, were noted in the high tide roost at Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 9th; A Juvenile was seen on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 12th; An adult was present on Northwick Warth on the 14th - 15th, 18th and 24th; An adult at Thornbury Yacht Club on the 16th; An adult at Oldbury Power Station on the 23rd.

 

Mediterranean Gull | Paul Bowerman

 

OSPREY

One was reported over the M4/ M5 interchange near Aztec West, Almondsbury on the 29th.

 

QUAIL

One noted on Rushmead Farm on the 2nd (John Barnett); One from Rushmead Lane on the 3rd.

 

RED KITE

One near Oldbury-on-Severn on the 12th; Two over Alveston on the 14th,; One over Chipping Sodbury Common on the 25th; One over Down Road, Marshfield and one over Oldbury-on-Severn on the 26th.

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

One was reported from Beaufort Road, Frampton Cotterell on the 16th; A juvenile/ female visiting feeders at Frenchay for several days mid month and until at least the 21st.

 

SPOONBILL

One was seen in flight over Littleton Brick Pits, Littleton-upon-Severn at 06:00 on the 15th.

 

SPOTTED FLYCATCHER

At least a dozen adults and juveniles were counted in the Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 14th - a record equalling highest count!

 

SPOTTED REDSHANK

Two juvenile/ 1st winters' (the first of the year) were reported from Pilning WR, New Passage on the 9th - 10th with three present from the 11th - 16th.

 

Spotted Redshank | Paul Bowerman

 

WOOD SANDPIPER

One on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 1st - 3rd, two on the 2nd and three on the 4th.

 

Wood Sandpiper | Paul Bowerman

YELLOW-LEGGED GULL

An adult was present at Shepperdine, Oldbury Power Station on the 26th.

 

 

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