THE SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE BIRDS DIARY

Bird reports from previous months!

 

2022


JANUARY

 

AVOCET

One seen from New Passage on the 2nd; Five present on Aust Warth on the 22nd - 27th.

 

BARNACLE GOOSE

One was present at Pillhead Gout, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 20th - 30th.

 

Barnacle Goose | Pete Hazelwood

 

BLACK REDSTART

Up to three, a male and two female/ 1st winters' at Oldbury Power Station from the 1st - 28th at least.

 

Black Redstart | Pete Coslett

 

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

One seen in flight along the R. Avon around Avon Valley CP on the 16th.

 

GOOSANDER

Up to six, three males and three females on Stanshaw's Lake Yate from the 1st - 23rd; Up to four, three males and a female ranging along the R. Avon from c.1km east of the Lock Keeper, Keynsham to The Chequers, Hanham from the 16th - 27th.

 

GOSHAWK

One was watched circling above the fields and pylons at Oldbury Power Station at 09:45 on the 31st.

 

GREAT NORTHERN DIVER

Two in flight heading down river past Shaft Beach, Severn Beach around 11:30 on the 3rd! It represents the first ever record of this species for S. Glos in January!

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

One was seen in the Rhine from Central Avenue, Severn Beach on the 10th.

 

GREYLAG GOOSE

A record flock of c.40 birds were logged from Pilning WR, New Passage on the 15th. The previous highest count was of 30 on August 31st 2014 at Oldbury Power Station.

 

JACK SNIPE

One noted on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 1st and 22nd; Two on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 6th; One from Cog Mill Lane, Frampton Cotterell on the 7th; One between Middledown Lane and West Littleton Road, Marshfield on the 12th and 30th; Up to four noted from Aust Warth from the 21st.

 

LEACH'S PETREL

A winter adult was seen from Shaft Beach, Severn Beach on the 3rd!

 

Leach's Petrel | Matt Hall

 

LINNET

≥1500 from Frampton End Road, Frampton Cotterell on the 27th becomes the highest count ever recorded in S. Glos! The previous highest count was ≥1000 on February 5th 2011 at Marshfield.

 

MARSH HARRIER

At least two female/ immature birds present from the 1st - 31st, mainly on Pilning WR, New Passage, with individuals wandering from New Pill, south of Severn Beach to Aust Warth; A female was seen in flight down river past Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 21st.

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A winter adult was seen in the evening roost on the Tidal Reservoir, Oldbury Power Station on the 14th.

 

RED KITE

One over West Littleton Down, West Littleton on the 7th; One from Oldland Common on the 20th, 22nd and 31st; One between Tormarton and Marshfield on the 30th; One over High Street, Hanham on the 30th.

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

At least one continuing in the Globe Inn, Church Road/ Mill Lane area, Frampton Cotterell from the 1st - 31st.

 

SHAG

A 1st winter was seen close inshore from Shepperdine on the 6th.

 

1st winter Shag | Pete Hazelwood

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

One from Aust Warth on the 3rd, 26th and 29th.

 

Siberian Chiffchaff

At least one overwintering at Aust STW, Aust and still present on the 23rd.

 

SPOONBILL

One seen feeding on the Tidal Reservoir at Oldbury Power Station for a few minutes on the 10th before departing upriver. This occurrence represents the earliest date for S. Glos and the first ever record for January. The previous earliest date was February 15th 2004 on Northwick Warth.

 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE

Sixteen were seen in flight and calling from inland at Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury on Severn at 14:45 on January 12th. They continued south-west along the shore and were lost to view.


FEBRUARY

 

AVOCET

Three were reported in flight down river past Oldbury Power Station on the 4th; Up to five present in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning WR area from the 6th - 11th and 23rd with nineteen counted on the 28th; Twelve present at New Passage on the 12th - 13th with thirteen on the 14th; Three at Pillhead Gout, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 13th.

 

BARNACLE GOOSE

One continued in the Pillhead Gout, Oldbury-on-Severn area from the 1st - 13th and 24th.

 

BLACK REDSTART

Oldbury Power Station: A male was seen at the waterworks on the 12th; A male and female along the security fences on the north-east side on the 23rd; A male still present on the 28th.

 

BRAMBLING

At least fifty (50) were logged at Tubbs Bottom Lane, Frampton Cotterell up to the 27th at least with around sixty (60) at nearby Jubilee Allotments on the 19th.

 

FULMAR

Two, the first of the year, were both seen in flight upriver past Oldbury Power Station on the 18th.

 

GLAUCOUS GULL

A 1st winter was seen in flight drifting upriver from Shepperdine around 09:00 on the 22nd.

 

GLOSSY IBIS

One briefly on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 5th before departing north-east! This occurrence represents the first ever February record of this species in S. Glos!

 

GOOSANDER

Up to ten (four males and six 'brownheads') commuting between the 'Yate Lakes' (Stanshaw's, Brimsham Park and Kingsgate Park) from the 1st - 25th; OTHERS: At least three, two males and a female, on Kendleshire GC Lake from February 3rd - 15th; One over Tubbs Bottom Lane, Frampton Cotterell on February 14th.

 

Goosander | Mark Coller

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

One in flight over Pilning Marsh Common, Station Road, Pilning late afternoon on the 14th.

 

JACK SNIPE

One reported from Oldbury Power Station on the 5th; Two noted on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 22nd with three present on the 24th.

 

Jack Snipe | Mark Coller

 

KITTIWAKE

At least 300 were seen from Severn Beach over the morning and evening high tides on the 16th.

 

MARSH HARRIER

A female was reported from Oldbury Power  Station on the 1st and 4th - 5th; Two present in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning WR area on the 5th and 26th; One in flight over Aust Wetlands, Aust on the 24th.

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

An adult was seen at Severn Beach on the 17th.

 

PURPLE SANDPIPER

One was seen roosting on Shaft Rocks, Severn Beach around 16:30 on the 12th.

 

RED KITE

One noted in the Almondsbury area on the 26th; One cruising the Marshfield patch, one over Britannia Wood, Downend and one from Tubbs Bottom, Frampton Cotterell on the 27th.

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

At least one continuing in the Globe Inn, Church Road/ Mill Lane area, Frampton Cotterell all month.

 

Ring-necked Parakeet | Mark Coller

 

Scandinavian Rock Pipit

One acquiring summer plumage was spotted on the seawall at Shepperdine on the 28th.

 

Scandinavian Rock Pipit | Pete Hazelwood

 

WHITE FRONTED GOOSE

A flock of fifteen were seen in flight downriver past New Passage on the 17th.

 

White-fronted Geese | Alan Garwood


MARCH

 

Spring Migrants

 

8th

LITTLE RINGED PLOVER: Three, the first of the year, were logged on Pilning WR, New Passage.

 

Little Ringed Plover | Paul Bowerman

 

10th

SAND MARTIN: One, the first of the year, was seen at New Passage.

 

12th

NORTHERN WHEATEAR: The first returning birds of the year were noted on the Oldbury-on-Severn shores and Brookhouse Lane, Marshfield.

 

14th

TREE PIPIT: One was 'scoped at point blank range at New Passage. It represents the earliest ever record of this species for S. Gloucestershire! The previous earliest record was on March 26th 2003 on Northwick Warth.

 

19th

GARGANEY: At least five, three males and two females were present on Pilning WR, New Passage.

 

Garganey | Rob Emery

 

22nd

LITTLE STINT: This years first was flushed from a marshy area near Pillhead Gout, Oldbury-on-Severn.

 

25th

White Wagtail: Three newcomers were noted from Aust Viewpoint, Severn View Services.

 

29th

SWALLOW: This years first returning birds were seen in Pilning Village, Severn Beach and Oldbury Power Station.

 

30th

LITTLE GULL: An adult, the first of the year, was seen in flight north-east from Severn Beach; An adult upriver past Oldbury Power Station on the 31st.

 

Other Reports

 

AVOCET

Flocks of up to forty were counted in the Pilning WR/ New Passage/ Aust Warth area between the 1st and 31st, with a new S. Glos highest count of forty (40) on the 23rd. The previous highest count was twenty-five (25) on March 30th 2014 on Northwick Warth.

 

Avocet | Paul Bowerman

 

BARNACLE GOOSE

One continuing in the Pillhead Gout, Oldbury-on-Severn area until at least the 31st.

 

BLACK-TAILED GODWIT

A record flock of c.800 was counted on Pilning WR. New Passage on the 12th. The previous record was ≥ 750 on December 24th 2021 in the New Passage/ Pilning WR area.

 

BLACK REDSTART

A male still present at Oldbury Power Station on the 6th and female type until at least the 8th; A male was seen at Rodleys Farm, Wick on the 23rd.

 

Black Redstart | Chris Perry

 

COMMON CROSSBILL

Four over Aust Viewpoint, Severn View Services on the 5th, singles to the north-east on the 7th and 8th with two north-east on the 24th and five on the 26th.

 

COMMON SCOTER

The first of the years overland migration was audible from Marshfield village in the evening on the 27th and Bradley Stoke on the 31st.

 

GOOSANDER

Nine (three males, six 'brownheads') counted on Brimsham Park, Yate on the 1st and 3rd; Two males noted on Stanshaw's Lake, Yate on the 11th; Three at Brimsham Park on the 16th.

 

GOSHAWK

One noted in flight south-west over Aust Viewpoint, Severn View Services mid-morning on the 25th.

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

The first ever patch record was seen in the Shire Valley at Marshfield on the 13th! This occurrence also represents the first ever March record of this species for S. Gloucestershire! One reported from Pilning WR, New Passage on the 18th; One in flight up river past Oldbury Power Station at 08:20 on the 19th; One east over Severn Beach on the 26th; One present on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 28th.

 

Great White Egret | Nick Ford

 

GREY PARTRIDGE

One, the first for at least two years, was seen well from the Tormarton Road in fields just north of Marshfield cemetery on the 1st. One reported from a private garden at Bradley Stoke on the 5th was still present in the area on the 10th!

 

Grey Partridge | Mark Shaw

 

HAWFINCH

Singles noted in flight north-east over Aust Viewpoint, Severn View Services on the 24th and 26th.

 

JACK SNIPE

One was seen near Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 3rd; Two noted on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 4th.

 

MARSH HARRIER

A female was noted on Pilning WR, New Passage almost daily from the 1st - 30th with two cream crowned birds present on the 31st; A female over Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 7th and 22nd.

 

Marsh Harrier | Matt Hall

 

MEADOW PIPIT

A record count of 3,630 were logged moving north-east from Severn Beach on the 29th. The previous highest count was c.2,300 on April 1st 2021 also at Severn Beach,

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

An adult in flight over a private garden in Yate on the 4th; An adult on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 5th; One past Aust Viewpoint, Severn View Services on the 26th; A 2nd calendar year in flight north-east from Severn Beach on the 30th; A 3rd calendar north-east past Oldbury Power Station on the 31st.

 

Mediterranean Gull | Paul Bowerman

 

RED KITE

Singles over Wickwar Road between Wickwar and Yate on the 10th; Avening Green and Chipping Sodbury Common on the 12th; Yate on the 14th and Chipping Sodbury Common; Tubbs Bottom, Frampton Cotterell on the 15th; Five - one over Parkway Station, Stoke Gifford, one over Hanham, two over Kingsgate Park, Yate and one over Jubilee Allotments, Frampton Cotterell on the 19th; Four - one over Down Road, Marshfield, one over Rockingham, one over Frampton Cotterell/ Coalpit Heath and one over Chipping Sodbury Common on the 20th; One over Mount Hill, Hanham on the 21st; One over Oldbury Power Station and Bradley Stoke on the 23rd; On at Severn Beach on the 24th; One over Littleton Warth/ Aust Viewpoint and one over Warmley on the 25th; Five all singles from Aust, Thornbury, Yate, Frampton Cotterell and Mangotsfield on the 26th. Four singles from Aust/ Littleton, Frampton Cotterell, Westerleigh and Yate on the 27th; One over Yate on the 29th; One over the A46 at Old Sodbury on the 30th; One over Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 31st.

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

At least one continuing in the Globe Inn, Church Road/ Mill Lane area, Frampton Cotterell until at least March 3rd.

 

Siberian Chiffchaff

One was reported as seen/ still present at Aust STW, Aust on the 12th.

 

WATER PIPIT

One noted in flight over Aust Cliffs/ Aust STW on the 18th; One, possibly two, noted around Pillhead Gout, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 21st - 22nd; One on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 26th.

 

WHITE STORK

Two re-introduced birds were reported in flight south-east at Rockhampton around 12:20 on the 24th.

 

YELLOW-LEGGED GULL

A 4th calendar year (third summer), the first of the year, was noted in flight past Aust Viewpoint, Severn View Services on the 25th.

 

Yellow-legged Gull | Matt Hobbs


APRIL

 

Spring Migrants

 

1st

WILLOW WARBLER: Located at Kingsgate Park, Yate and Black Rocks, Frampton Cotterell.

 

2nd

COMMON REDSTART: Two males, from Lower Marlwood Farm west of Thornbury at ST: 629.896.

 

7th

OSPREY: This year's first, was seen distantly in flight up river from Severn Beach; A second individual was seen as it flew north-east past Severn Beach on the 11th.

 

Osprey | Matt Hall

 

9th

COMMON SWIFT: The first of the year, audible to two observers over Pilning WR, New Passage represents the earliest ever record of this species in S. Glos! The previous earliest date was April 17th 1994 at Oldbury Power Station.

 

10th

HOUSE MARTIN: Over Pilning WR, New Passage and Yate.

 

11th

RING OUZEL: The first of the year, reported from Hawthorn Close, Patchway; A male briefly on Hanham Hills, Hanham on the 12th; A female at Shepperdine on the 25th; A male south of Oldbury Power Station on the 27th. Also; REED WARBLER and SANDWICH TERN at Oldbury Power Station; WHIMBREL (29), YELLOW WAGTAIL (3), SANDWICH TERN and COMMON TERN (6) all north-east past Severn Beach.

 

12th

COMMON WHITETHROAT at Severn Beach and Aust Viewpoint; Three SEDGE WARBLER at Oldbury Power Station; A male WHINCHAT on Chipping Sodbury Common represents the earliest record of this species for S. Glos! The previous earliest date was April 13th 2016 also on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

13th

PIED FLYCATCHER: A male was watched at the south end of Bays Wood, Lower Woods LNR, Wickwar.

 

15th

GARDEN WARBLER: this year's first, was found on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 

16th

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: Audible at Oldbury Power Station and Aust Wetlands; One heard intermittently in the south-east corner of Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on the 18th; Five at the south-west end of Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station and one at Severn Beach on the 19th; One reeling on the south-west side of Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 21st; One reeling at Severn Beach on the 27th; One reeling opposite the entrance to The Wave, Easter Compton on the 29th.

 

17th

LESSER WHITETHROAT; Today's addition to the year list was a male heard singing on Hanham Hills, Hanham.

 

22nd

ARCTIC TERN (110) and BLACK TERN (12) were noted in flight north-east past Severn Beach in the morning.

 

24th

HOBBY (2) Singles were noted in flight at Severn Beach and on Northwick Warth. GREENSHANK (3) All on Pilning WR, New Passage.

 

26th

WOOD WARBLER; One heard in song at Littleton Brick Pits, Littleton Warth.

 

Other Reports

 

ARCTIC SKUA

SEVERN BEACH; Five, the first of the year, were seen in the morning on the 6th then one on the 7th and four on the 11th; One on the 20th. Five north-east on the 22nd; One on the 24th; Two on the 28th. A superb record of one heading south over Barrs Court, Warmley on the 27th - chased by gulls.

 

AVOCET

Flocks of up to thirty-three (33) noted in the Pilning WR, New Passage/ Aust Warth area from the 1st - 16th; Two at Shepperdine on the 29th.

 

BARNACLE GOOSE

The lingering individual (injured) was noted on the Oldbury Power Station patch until at least the 24th.

 

BEARDED TIT

One was heard at Littleton Brick Pits, Littleton-upon-Severn on the 16th.

 

BLACK REDSTART

A female was seen on the compound fence at Oldbury Power Station on the 16th.

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

A high count of seven (7) were logged at Oldbury Power Station on the 14th and 19th.

 

COMMON SCOTER

Overland nocturnal movement noted with birds calling over Yate on the 1st.

 

DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE

Thirteen were seen to drop onto Pilning WR, New Passage on the 2nd.

 

GANNET

Fourteen, the first of the year, were logged from Severn Beach in the morning on the 6th.

 

GOOSANDER

A female was seen in flight over Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 1st; Two males in flight north-east past Severn Beach and a single 'brownhead' low upriver past Oldbury Power Station early morning on the 3rd.

 

GREAT SKUA

A single bird was seen at close quarters from Severn Beach on the 7th.

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

Two were seen around 07:40 in flight south-west past Severn Beach on the 2nd; One was seen in flight from Bristol and Bath Science Park, Lyde Green in the morning on the 13th; One was reported from Severn Beach on the 19th; One on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 21st; One from Severn Beach on the 23rd; One north-east past Severn Beach with an additional two on Pilning WR on the 25th; One in flight north-east past Severn Beach on the 28th; Two in flight north-east past Severn Beach on the 29th then on Pilning WR, New Passage; One south-west past Severn Beach on the 30th.

 

Great White Egret | Matt Hall

 

GREY PARTRIDGE

Two close to the road along Shirehill Lane, Marshfield on the 18th.

 

ICELAND GULL

A 2nd calendar was noted loafing and flying on the far Tidal Reservoir wall, Oldbury Power Station at dawn on the 23rd. Present for around 25 minutes before departing slowly upriver.

 

LITTLE GULL

Severn Beach: Twenty-six north-east on the 20th; Sixteen north-east on the 22nd; Thirty-nine north-east on the 23rd; Twenty-three on the 28th; Five on the 29th.

 

MANDARIN

Two, a pair, were located on the Little River Avon near Sturt Bridge, Wickwar on the 30th.

 

MARSH HARRIER

A female was on show on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 2nd - 3rd and 8th; A female type north-east past Severn Beach on the 4th; One, probably this species, over Frampton Cotterell on the 10th; A female was seen to fly north-east over the A403 Severn Road from the Northwick Warth area on the 11th; A female north-east over Aust Viewpoint. Severn View Services on the 16th; A female on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 25th; One in flight north-east past Severn Beach on the 28th; One south past Severn Beach on the 30th.

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

Two, a 2nd calendar and an adult noted from Severn Beach on the 12th; A 2nd calendar was present at Oldbury Power Station on the 30th.

 

OYSTERCATCHER

One heard calling over Wesley Avenue, Hanham at 23:35 on the 18th.

 

PECTORAL SANDPIPER

A spring adult was present on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 29th - 30th. It represents the first ever spring record of this species for S. Glos!

 

Pectoral Sandpiper | Matt Hall

 

RED KITE

Singles over Aust View point, Severn View Services on the 8th; Upton Cheyney and Chipping Sodbury Common on the 10th; Near Tytherington on the 11th; The Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 14th; Wick on the 15th; Aust Viewpoint, Severn View Services on the 16th; Oldbury Power Station and Pilning WR on the 18th; Warmley on the 19th; Two at Oldbury Power Station, one on Northwick Warth, one at Avening Green, one at West End, Wickwar on the 20th; One north-east at Aust Viewpoint, Severn View Services, one at Severn Beach, one over Abbeywood, Filton, two over Longwell Green and one over Marshfield Village on the 21st; Two over Old Gloucester Road, Thornbury on the 22nd; One over North Common, Warmley and two over Black Rocks, Frampton Cotterell on the 23rd; One over Thornbury and one over Tog Hill, Wick on the 29th; One over Yate on the 30th.

 

RED-RUMPED SWALLOW

An adult flew north-east past Severn Beach in the morning on the 22nd. A record equalling earliest date!

 

Red-rumped Swallow | Aravind Ramesh

 

RED-THROATED DIVER

Two summer plumaged adults in flight east over Severn Beach on the 29th.

 

Red-throated Diver | Aravind Ramesh

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

Singles were seen in flight past Severn Beach early morning on the 2nd and Abbeywood, Filton on the 4th.

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

One was flushed by corvids from the salt marsh at Severn Beach on the 2nd; One in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 4th.

 

SPOONBILL

One was seen on Pilning WR, New Passage in the morning on the 6th; A juvenile was seen in flight North-east past Severn Beach on the 29th then on Pilning WR, New Passage until the 30th at least.

 

Spoonbill | Matt Hall

 

TURTLE DOVE

One was both seen and photographed in a private garden at West End, Wickwar on the 29th.

 

Turtle Dove | Paul Sadley

 

YELLOW-LEGGED GULL

One was seen in flight north-east past Severn Beach on the 28th and 29th.


MAY

 

Spring Migrants

 

1st

WOOD SANDPIPER: A spring adult was found on Pilning WR, New Passage where it remained throughout the day. It was joined by a second on the 2nd (both until at least the 3rd) with an additional bird present on Aust Wetlands, Aust also on the 2nd.

 

Wood Sandpiper | Paul Bowerman

 

Greenland Dunlin: One 'arctica' form was present on Pilning WR, New Passage in the evening. This occurrence represents the earliest date for this 'form' in S. Glos! The previous earliest date was May 8th 2019 on Pilning WR, New Passage. Two at Oldbury Power Station on the 10th - 12th.

 

Greenland Dunlin | Tony Krajewski

 

2nd

LITTLE TERN: One was seen in flight north-east and inland over Shaft Beach, Severn Beach.

 

3rd:

SPOTTED REDSHANK: A summer plumaged adult was found on Pilning WR, New Passage.

 

Spotted Redshank | Paul Bowerman

 

8th

Greenland Wheatear: Individuals noted along the coast.

 

'Greenland' Wheatear | Vic Savery

 

Icelandic Redwing: One, putatively this form, was seen very briefly in a private garden at Yate! This occurrence represents the latest date for Redwing in S. Glos! The previous latest date was April 21st 2021 on Littleton Warth.

 

Redwing (Icelandic) | Alan Daniells

 

12th

SPOTTED FLYCATCHER: This year's first was seen on Yate Common, Yate.

 

23rd

COMMON QUAIL: One, the first of the year, audible from West Littleton Road. Marshfield c.150 metres north of the A420 and present until the 31st at least; One heard on Rushmead Farm near Down Track on the 31st.

 

Other Reports

 

ARCTIC SKUA

Three noted north-east past Severn Beach on the 3rd; One north-east past Severn Beach on the 10th.

 

AVOCET

Up to four seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning WR area from the 1st to the 19th at least!

 

BARNACLE GOOSE

The injured individual continued in the Littleton Warth/ Pillhead Gout area until at least the 4th.

 

BLACK TERN

A sizable flock of 52 were noted in flight north-east past Severn Beach on the 3rd.

 

CATTLE EGRET

One in flight north-east past Severn Beach in the evening on the 15th.

 

COMMON EIDER

Three, a male, an immature male and a female, first seen from Severn Beach were tracked up river past Aust and Oldbury Power Station on the 7th. What appears to be a second pair were seen from Severn Beach on the 19th - 21st.

 

Common Eider | Paul Taylor

Common Eider | Paul Bowerman

 

COMMON STONECHAT

A pair, in the Oldbury Power Station environs, have fledged the first young in S. Gloucestershire for at least 14 years!

 

Fledgling Common Stonechat | Pete Hazelwood

 

FULMAR

Two noted from Severn Beach on the 25th.

 

GARGANEY

A drake was present on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 21st - 24th.

 

Garganey | Paul Bowerman

 

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

One reported from the Oldbury Power Station environs on the 1st; One audible from the Cotswold Way near Chestnut Farm Tormarton on the 2nd; One audible near Thornbury Sailing Club on the far south-west side of Oldbury Pill on the 12th; One reported from Western Distribution Pools, Severn Beach on the 19th.

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

One once again present on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 3rd - 4th; The probability of two seen distantly flying north-east inland from Oldbury Power Station on the 20th was high!; Two on Pilning WR, New Passage in the evening on the 29th.

 

Great White Egret | Paul Bowerman

 

GREY PARTRIDGE

Two were present in a crop on the east side of Down Road, Marshfield in the afternoon on the 24th; Two were seen on Dodington Chase on the 26th.

 

Grey Partridge | TBOSG

 

MANDARIN

Two, a pair, were still present on the Little River Avon near Sturt Bridge, Wickwar on the 8th.

 

MARSH HARRIER

A female once again present on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 3rd and 9th; One from Pillhead Gout, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 14th; One over Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on the 19th.

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A 1st summer was present on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 1st.

 

PECTORAL SANDPIPER

A spring adult continued on Pilning WR, New Passage until the 5th at least.

 

Pectoral Sandpiper | Paul Bowerman

 

RED KITE

One over Dyrham Park on the 2nd; Six north-east past Severn Beach, one over Oldbury Power Station and two over Yate on the 8th; One over Cadbury Heath with the same or another over Hanham on the 9th; One over Warmley on the 10th; One over North Common on the 11th; One over Willsbridge on the 12th; Two over Falfield, one over Thornbury and one over Tytherington on the 14th; One over Kington Lane, Oldbury on Severn on the 21st; One at Oldbury-on-Severn on the 24th; One over Bradley Stoke and two over Severn Beach on the 28th; One over Oldbury Power Station and three over Thornbury on the 29th; Singles over Pilning WR, New Passage and distantly from Oldbury Power Station on the 30th; One over the A420 at Marshfield on the 31st.

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

At least one, probably two, behind St. Peter's Church, Frampton Cotterell on the 16th - 17th. UPDATE: One or two birds have been confirmed as visiting the same garden in Frampton Cotterell almost daily since January 2021!

 

Ring-necked Parakeet | Frampton Nature

 

SKUA SPP

One that defied Identification was seen from Severn Beach on the 3rd.

 

SPOONBILL

The immature individual was still present on Pilning WR, New Passage until the 5th at least.

 

 

Spoonbill | Paul Bowerman

 

YELLOW-LEGGED GULL

A probable 3rd calendar was seen on the shore at Oldbury Power Station on the 18th.

 

Yellow-legged Gull | Pete Hazelwood


JUNE

 

AVOCET

Two were present at Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 16th.

 

COMMON QUAIL

One audible from Rushmead Lane on the 16th.

 

FULMAR

One from Severn Beach around 17:00 on the 8th.

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

One 'dropped-in' to Pilning WR, New Passage on the 3rd where it or another was seen again on the 7th - 9th; One in the New Passage/ Pilning WR area most evenings between the 18th - 24th; One on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 30th.

 

Great White Egret | Paul Bowerman

 

LITTLE STINT

A spring adult was present on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 2nd - 3rd.

 

MANX SHEARWATER

Twenty, the first of the year, from Severn Beach on the 4th before heading back down estuary!

 

MARSH TIT

Recorded for the very first time on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 30th! This occurrence takes the Yate and Chipping Sodbury Common patch list to around 150!

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

Two 1st summer birds commuting between Severn Beach and Pilning WR, New Passage on the 8th; A 2nd calendar on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 13th; Three - two adults and a 1st summer on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 26th; Two 2nd calendar year birds were noted on Pining WR, New Passage on the 30th.

 

Mediterranean Gull | Paul Bowerman

 

OSPREY

One, very probably this species, on the estuary from Oldbury Power Station on the 24th.

 

RED KITE

Singles over West End, Wickwar and Dean Road, Yate on the 1st; Four, possibly five, following mowing tractors in fields at Wick plus singles over North Common, Warmley and Yate on the 2nd; Two over Yate on the 3rd; Singles at Oldland and Hanham on the 6th; Singles over Pilning WR, West End, Wickwar and Yate on the 7th; One over the M48 near Ingst on the 8th; Singles over Yate Rocks and Thornbury on the 11th; Singles over West End, Wickwar, Little Badminton, Dodington and Tormarton on the 12th; One over Old Sodbury and two over Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station on the 13th; One near Wickwar and three from the Marshfield patch on the 14th; Singles over Frampton Cotterell and Bagstone on the 16th; One over Chipping Sodbury on the 18th - 19th; Singles from Western Distribution Pools, Severn Beach, Pilning, Westerleigh, Oldbury Power Station and Frampton End with four over cut hay at Doynton on the 20th; Four over Chipping Sodbury Common with singles over Frampton End and Willsbridge on the 21st; Singles at Frampton End and Wick plus two over West End, Wickwar on the 22nd; Singles between Chipping Sodbury and Old Sodbury, Coalpit Heath and Longwell Green/ Warmley on the 23rd; One over Old Sodbury on the 26th; Singles over Rushmead Lane , Marshfield and West End, Wickwar on the 27th; One at Oldbury Power Station on the 28th; One over Hall End, Wickwar on the 29th.

 

Red Kite | Jenny Daniels

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

Three at Stoke Gifford in the University of the West of England area, backing onto Stoke Park on the 10th; One once again near St. Peter's Church, Frampton Cotterell on the 23rd.

 

SPOONBILL

An apparent adult briefly on Pilning WR, New Passage at 08:30 on the 4th; An immature bird noted feeding on the shoreline at the northern end of Northwick Warth on the 7th and on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 8th - 10th.

 

Adult and immature Spoonbill | Paul Bowerman

 

WOOD SANDPIPER

One was present on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 24th.


JULY 2022

 

AVOCET

One noted on the 1st Sentry Box Pool, Pilning WR, New Passage on the 16th.

 

COMMON QUAIL

One audible from Shirehill Lane, Marshfield on the 6th; One reported near the allotments area from the Tormarton Road, Marshfield on the 9th; One audible from Down Road, Marshfield on the 24th.

 

COMMON SCOTER

A drake was seen from New Passage early evening on the 11th.

 

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

One was heard reeling intermittently in southern corner of Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station in the morning on the 11th; The same or another was also heard at Oldbury Power Station on the 29th; One, possibly this species, from Chipping Sodbury Common on the 30th

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

One once again noted on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 8th and in flight over the wetlands on the 10th; One at high tide from Severn Beach on the 18th and again on the 27th - 28th.

 

MARSH HARRIER

One, a female, was seen at Pilning WR, New Passage on the 11th. It represents the first ever July record of this species for S. Gloucestershire! One noted over the estuary and Lagoon I, Oldbury Power Station on the 27th.

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

Two 2nd calendar year birds still present on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 1st; A 3rd calendar year present on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 2nd; Two - a 2nd and a 3rd calendar year birds on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 3rd; An adult at New Passage on the 4th and 6th; A juvenile at New Passage on the 12th; A 1st summer from New Passage on the 13th; An adult in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning WR area on the 15th - 16th and 19th; A juvenile on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 30th.

 

Mediterranean Gull | Paul Bowerman

 

MISTLE THRUSH

A good count of twenty-nine (29) was logged at Oldbury Power Station on the 7th.

 

RED KITE

 

July

Location

Totals

2nd

Two at Western Distribution Pools; singles over Pilning WR and Westerleigh Crematorium

4

4th

Singles Hawkesbury Upton, Leyhill, West End and Brentry

4

5th

One over Brentry, two over Thornbury and three over Lower Woods

6

7th

Singles over Old Sodbury and Hanham, two over Oldland Common

4

9th

Singles over Frampton Cotterell, Yate, Warmley and Oldland Common with two over Wickwar

6

10th

One at Frampton Cotterell, three at Itchington, four at Willsbridge

8

12th

One over Greenbank Park, Hanham

1

13th

Two over Itchington

2

14th

Singles at Marshfield, Emerson's Green and Westerleigh with two over Willsbridge and Winterbourne

7

15th

Singles over Warmley and Yate

2

16th

Singles over Willsbridge, Hanham, Longwell Green and Wickwar

4

17th

Singles over Willsbridge, Marshfield and Wickwar

3

18th

One over Hanham

1

19th

One over Thornbury

1

20th

One over Willsbridge, two over Oldland Common

3

21st

One, possibly two at Marshfield

2

22nd

One over Pucklechurch crematorium and three at Marshfield

4

25th

One over Hambrook

1

27th

One over Whale Warth, Littleton, up to three at Marshfield

4

28th

One over Chipping Sodbury Common

1

29th

One over Littleton Brick Pits

1

30th

Singles in the Shire Valley, Marshfield, Westerleigh and West End, Wickwar

3

31st

Six in the Shire Valley, Marshfield

6

Total

 

78

A wholly unconfirmed report of up to six around Jarrett's Garden Centre and the Bath Road Willsbridge/ Bitton on the 9th.

 

Red Kite | Vic Savery

 

REDWING

One, putatively this species, was heard in flight over Mangotsfield on the 25th.

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

One reported again from The Globe area at Frampton Cotterell on the 9th.

 

SCAUP

A female/ immature was reported from Pilning WR, New Passage on the 25th. The first sighting of this species since 2018!

 

SPOONBILL

An adult was noted on Pilning WR, New Passage on the 1st - 3rd. It represents the first ever July record of this species for S. Gloucestershire! An immature bird was seen flying low over Pilning WR, New Passage on the 14th.

 

Spoonbill | Paul Bowerman

TERN SPP

Two 'commic' Terns were noted hawking ants over the Streamleaze area at Thornbury on the 29th