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April Highlights!

Arctic Skua, Arctic Tern, Avocet, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-throated Diver, Common Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper, Common Scoter, Common Swift, Common Tern, Fulmar, Gannet, Garden Warbler, Goosander, Goshawk, Grasshopper Warbler, Great White Egret, Greenland Wheatear, Greenshank, Guillemot, Hen Harrier, Hooded Crow, Kittiwake, Lesser Whitethroat, Little Gull, Mandarin, Mediterranean Gull, Osprey, Pink-footed Goose, Pied Flycatcher, Red-breasted Merganser, Red Kite, Ring-necked Parakeet, Red-throated Diver, Ruff, Sandwich Tern, Short-eared Owl, Siberian Chiffchaff, Spoonbill, Tree Pipit, Water Pipit, Whinchat, White Wagtail, Wood Warbler.

 

 

Rare, scarce and unusual 'birding events' this month! Follow the links for details!

 


 

APRIL 2024

 

Monday 1st

A 'redhead' GOOSANDER still present in Kingsgate Park, Yate and nearby a Siberian Chiffchaff was seen in Star Vale Farm hedge on Chipping Sodbury Common | A summer plumaged WATER PIPIT was present on Aust Warth, Aust | Several RED KITE reported today from Black Rocks, Frampton Cotterell, Yate and Stoke Gifford | SHORT-EARED OWL continues at sites across the recording area. (Mark Coller, Jamie Dunning, James Hallett, Avon Birds, Severnside Birds)

 

Tuesday 2nd

The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continued in the Northwick Warth area and the first White Wagtail of the year was seen in the Northwick/ Pilning WR area | Two RING-NECKED PARAKEET still attending feeders in a private garden at Stoke Park. (Louise Bailey, Matt Hobbs, Steve Richardson)

 

Wednesday 3rd

A pair of MANDARIN were noted 'perched' in a tree at Lower Woods, Wickwar. (Linda Moysey)

 

Thursday 4th

The lingering 'redhead' GOOSANDER was in Kingsgate Park, Yate and nearby the Siberian Chiffchaff was still present on Chipping Sodbury Common | A FIRECREST was found in pines in the meadow at Oldbury Power Station and this year's first COMMON WHITETHROAT was singing in bushes around Lagoon II | On Severnside this year's first HOUSE MARTIN and SEDGE WARBLER | A single RED KITE over the Withymead end of Marshfield village. (Mark Coller, Pete Hazelwood, John Barnett, Severnside Birds)

 

Sedge Warbler | South Glos Birds

Friday 5th

Single RED KITE were seen over Hanham Hills and Westerleigh | The first COMMON REDSTART of the year were found on Chipping Sodbury and Yate Commons respectively. (Rob Laughton, Nick Tippett, Mark Coller, Anthony Goodwin, Severnside Birds)

 

Saturday 6th

The first GRASSHOPPER WARBLER of the year heard 'reeling' in scrub south of Severn Beach was supported by individuals on Northwick Warth, the MoD site at Abbey Wood, Filton and Hanham Hills | At Oldbury Power Station three PIED FLYCATCHER, the first of the year were all on show a 1st winter LITTLE GULL plus this year's first COMMON SANDPIPER and SANDWICH TERN |  On Severnside the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE lingering in the Pilning WR/ Northwick Warth area and nearby the first six GANNET and TREE PIPIT of the year, three COMMON SCOTER, a 1st winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL, SANDWICH TERN were all noted from Severn Beach. (Oscar Dewhurst, Andy Pym, Rob Laughton, Pete Hazelwood, Matt Plenty, Andy Stockhausen, Severnside Birds)

 

One of three male Pied Flycatcher at Oldbury Power Station today | Pete Hazelwood

 

Sunday 7th

From Severn Beach today, first sightings this year of GUILLEMOT, COMMON TERN, ARCTIC TERN, two RED-THROATED DIVER and five ARCTIC SKUA plus four MEDITERRANEAN GULL (1st summer, two 2nd summer and an adult). Nearby the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE were noted in the Pilning WR/ New Passage area | In Kingsgate Park, Yate the 'redhead' GOOSANDER put in another appearance |  Single RED KITE was seen at Tog Hill and the Shire Valley. (Matt Hobbs, Aravind Ramesh, Oscar Dewhurst, Paul Bowerman, Andy Stockhausen, Matt Hall, Mark Coller, Adam Cross, Jonathan Angell, John Barnett, Paul Bowdler, Severnside Birds)

 

Monday 8th

A female PIED FLYCATCHER was present and a GREAT WHITE EGRET flew over Severn View Services, Aust this morning | A GRASSHOPPER WARBLER was heard on Chipping Sodbury Common, a pair of GOOSANDER flew over and nearby a 'redhead' GOOSANDER was still in residence in Kingsgate Park, Yate | A 1st winter LITTLE GULL was seen to fly into S. Glos airspace from the Keynsham side of the R. Avon north over the Holm Mead area, Willsbridge | Two GRASSHOPPER WARBLER and three REED WARBLER were counted in the Oldbury Power Station environs | A REED WARBLER (this year's first)  and 'the' PINK-FOOTED GOOSE  were noted in the Pilning WR/ New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. (Aravind Ramesh, Mark Coller, Gordon Youdale, Nick Page, Matt Plenty, Andrew Middleton, OPS Birding, Severnside Birds)

 

Tuesday 9th

A GRASSHOPPER WARBLER was heard 'reeling' at the south end of Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station | The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continued in the Pilning WR/ New Passage area | Two summer MEDITERRANEAN GULL and ≥350 KITTIWAKE from Severn Beach this evening | Two RED KITE in the Shire Valley, Marshfield this afternoon and one over Pilning WR/ Northwick Warth. (Pete Hazelwood, Nick Page, Brian Lancastle, John Barnett, Severnside Birds)

 

Wednesday 10th

A GRASSHOPPER WARBLER was heard 'reeling' on Chipping Sodbury Common | Two RED KITE were watched over Redfield Hill, Oldland Common | A 'mixed songster' WILLOW WARBLER was audio recorded near Tesco roundabout, Yate | A RUFF, the first of the year, arrived on Pilning WR, New Passage. (Darren Pearce, Paul Sawyer, Mark Coller, Severnside Birds)

 

Thursday 11th

The first LESSER WHITETHROAT of the year was bagged by The Lake, Oldbury Power Station this morning | A drake MANDARIN was found on the fishing pond, Chipping Sodbury Common | An OSPREY flew north over Northwick Warth at c.10:40 and nearby a RED KITE and two GREAT WHITE EGRET in the Pilning WR area | A GRASSHOPPER WARBLER was heard 'reeling on Aust Wetlands, Aust. (Pete Hazelwood, Mark Coller, Andy Stockhausen, Paul Bowerman, Nigel Warren, Tony Scott, Severnside Birds, South Glos Birds)

 

Friday 12th

A RED KITE present in the Shire Valley, Marshfield | Several GRASSHOPPER WARBLER today, two from Aust Wetlands, Aust, one at Oldbury Power Station and one around Shirehill Bridge, Marshfield | The first GREENSHANK of the year was audible at night on the Severn Beach shore | A Greenland Wheatear was reported from Chipping Sodbury Common. (John Barnett, Andy Stockhausen, Louise Bailey, Pete Coslett, Avon Birds, Severnside Birds)

 

Saturday 13th

A male HEN HARRIER was seen on the foreshore at Severn Beach mid-afternoon | Two GRASSHOPPER WARBLER were heard in scrub south of Severn Beach another was heard in the Pilning WR area and another was both seen and heard in scrub close to Passage Road, Aust | The first WHINCHAT of the year was logged in the Oldbury Power Station environs this morning | Two SPOONBILL (the first of the year) briefly this morning before departing towards Wales and the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continued on Northwick Warth. (Steve Crane, Jonathan Angell, John Klosinski, Pete Hazelwood, Andy Stockhausen, Oscar Dewhurst, Avon Birds, Severnside Birds)

 

Whinchat | Pete Hazelwood

 

Sunday 14th

A GOSHAWK was noted in flight over Severn View Services, Aust and nearby a GREAT WHITE EGRET was noted in the Aust STW area | Two GRASSHOPPER WARBLER were 'reeling' at Aust Warth and a further two were placed on Aust Wetlands | An OSPREY was seen battling with COMMON BUZZARD over the R. Avon and Chequers PH, Hanham mid-morning. (Andy Stockhausen, Nigel Kempson, Severnside Birds)

 

One of two Grasshopper Warbler on Aust Wetland | Derek Clarke

 

Monday 15th

A BLACK-THROATED DIVER seen in flight downstream from Oldbury Power Station represents the first for this site, the 6th for S. Gloucestershire and the first ever April record | A WOOD WARBLER, the first of the year, was heard at and a RED KITE was seen in flight to the north-west past Oldbury Power Station | The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE still in the Pilning WR, New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. (Pete Hazelwood, OPS Birding, Severnside Birds)

 

Black-throated Diver | Pete Hazelwood

 

Tuesday 16th

A cracking male HEN HARRIER was seen in flight north-east over the Shire Valley, Marshfield around 17:25 | A GRASSHOPPER WARBLER in the Severn Beach area with a further two in the Oldbury Power Station environs. (Chris Trott, Severnside Birds, Avon Birds)

 

Wednesday 17th

A male COMMON SCOTER and the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE in the Pilning WR/ Northwick Warth area | A RED KITE noted over Thornbury. (Severnside Birds, Avon Birds)

 

Thursday 18th

On Severnside the first HOODED CROW since April 24th 1994 and just the 7th record S. Gloucestershire record was seen flying north east upriver past Severn Beach at 09:55 | A GRASSHOPPER WARBLER in the Severn Beach area with another noted on Aust Warth | A GREAT WHITE EGRET and the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area | A RED KITE was seen over Yate. (Mark Coller, Derek Clark, Nigel Sluman, Severnside Birds, Avon Birds)

 

Friday 19th

A GRASSHOPPER WARBLER was noted from Severn Beach | An OSPREY was seen in flight over Pilning WR, New Passage | A RED KITE was seen heading north-east over Hanham | A male GOOSANDER was seen on the R. Avon halfway between Siston Brook and the Chequers PH, Hanham. (Matt Hobbs, Brian Mulgrew, Nigel Kempson, Severnside Birds)

 

Saturday 20th

Two RED KITE over West Littleton plus singles over Mapleridge Lane, Chipping Sodbury and Goose Green Way LNR, Yate | The Siberian Chiffchaff continued on Chipping Sodbury Common today. (John Barnett, Alan Daniells, Paul Bowdler, Severnside Birds, Avon Birds)

 

Sunday 21st

The first COMMON CUCKOO of the year was present in the woods above Horton Court, Horton | A RED KITE was seen in flight north over Yate | On Severnside four COMMON SWIFT, the first of the year, were noted north-east past Severn Beach this morning along with MARSH HARRIER,  an adult LITTLE GULL plus a dark morph ARCTIC SKUA from Severn Beach in the evening. A 'DIVER SPP' (probably Red-throated) seen from Severn Beach this evening defied identification! C.2,200 BAR-TAILED GODWIT were logged to the north-east past Severnside throughout the day | Two GREAT WHITE EGRET (flew over north-east) and the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE still in the Pilning WR, New Passage area. (David Luddington, Aravind Ramesh, Dan Webb, Matt Hall, Andy Stockhausen, Nick Page, Mark Coller, Severnside Birds)

 

Monday 22nd

Two drake RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, the first of the year, were seen on the R. Severn from Severn Beach at 06:35 before departing down river | The first GARDEN WARBLER of the year was found in scrub to the south of Severn Beach this morning | A 'redhead' GOOSANDER was seen in flight to the north-east past Severn Beach at 07:50 | A female MARSH HARRIER was present in the Pilning WR/ Northwick Warth area | A RED KITE was noted over Aust Warth | Two GREAT WHITE EGRET were watched in flight to the north-east over Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station. (Oscar Dewhurst, Matt Hall, Andy Stockhausen, Markus Gilmartin, Aravind Ramesh, OPS Birding, Avon Birds)

 

Tuesday 23rd

A single FULMAR and MARSH HARRIER were both seen from Severn Beach this morning | A pair of GOOSANDER were watched from the Oldbury Pill area, Oldbury on Severn this morning | Single RED KITE in the Marshfield area this morning and Oldland Common this afternoon. (Oscar Dewhurst, Matt Hall, Matt Hobbs, Andy Stockhausen, Matt Plenty, Alan Daniells, Craig Lewis)

 


 

 

 

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