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S. GLOS DIARY 2018

 

A week by week round-up of rare, scarce and unusual birds and butterflies from S. Gloucestershire

 

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JANUARY

 

 

Monday 1st to Sunday 7th January 2018

 

BLACK REDSTART

A winter male was seen around the Jetty fence at Oldbury Power Station on the 2nd. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

An adult was present in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 2nd. (Paul Bowerman) It represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos.

 

GLAUCOUS GULL

A 1st winter was seen well from Severn Beach around 08:00 on the 3rd before departing down river. (Paul Bowerman) It the first for six years!

 

GOOSANDER

A male was reported on the R. Avon on the 6th c.200 metres downstream of Siston Brook at Willsbridge. (Nigel Kempson)

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: At least six on the 1st - 2nd (Lee Gardiner, Nigel Sluman), one on the 3rd - 4th (Wilf King, Donna Harvey, Alastair Fraser), at least one, possibly two, on the 5th (Donna Harvey, Paul Bowdler) and six on the 6th - 7th (Lee Gardiner, Sam Bilner, Kevin Balch) MARSHFIELD: One possibly two at the east end of Cloud Wood, around 11:30 on the 7th. (Charlie Fayers)

 

 

© Lee Gardiner

 

 

©TBOSG

 

JACK SNIPE

Two noted on Severnside on the 1st (Brian Lancastle), one reported from Aust Warth on the 4th and one displaced from the salt marsh south of Severn Beach on the 5th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

LEACH'S PETREL

A storm driven individual noted heading down river from Severn Beach on the 3rd. (Paul Bowerman)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

An adult was noted at the entrance to The Pill, New Passage on the 1st (John Martin), an adult over the houses at Severn Beach on 3rd, (John Martin, Brian Lancastle) and an adult from Severn Beach on the 4th. (John Martin)

 

RED KITE

One seen over the ring road at the junction of the A4174/ A420 Kingswood late morning on the 5th (Dave Hanks), and one was seen flying east over the A420 between The Folly and Marshfield at 14:30 on the 7th. (Pete Coslett)

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Three on the 1st (Brian Lancastle), one on the 2nd - 4th (Wilf King, Karle Burford) and one on the 6th. (John Martin, Julian Thomas) OPS: One past the point at Shepperdine on the 4th (Pete Hazelwood)

 

SNOW BUNTING

One, very probably this species, both seen and heard in the Severn Beach area on the 3rd and the predated remains of a 1st winter female were found on Northwick Warth on the 5th. (Brian Lancastle)

 

WATER PIPIT

One from the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 2nd, 4th (Aravind Ramesh) and 7th. (Rob Emery)

 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE

Two seen in flight north-east over Pilning Wetland early afternoon on the 7th and subsequently upriver past Aust Warth at 15:20. (Paul Bowerman, TBOSG)

 

 

© TBOSG

 

WHOOPER SAWN

Two adults were found on Northwick Warth in the morning on the 7th spending most of their time on Pining Wetland. They were last seen in flight north-east past Aust Warth at 16:40. (Roger Staples, et.al)

 

 

© TBOSG

 

 

 

Monday 8th to Sunday 14h January 2018

 

AVOCET

Two were feeding on the shore by Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 14th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

BLACK REDSTART

OPS: A 1st winter/ female along the seawall between The Jetty and Lagoon II on the 8th, an adult winter male was noted on the stony area inside the fence viewed from the The Jetty on the 13th and a 1st winter/ female was seen on the seawall by The Jetty on the 14th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

An adult was seen at Shepperdine upriver from the point just south of The Windbound on the 11th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: At least three on the 8th. (Nigel Tucker, Allan Chard) one on the 9th - 10th (Bristol Birding, Nigel Warren), seven (7) on the 11th (Chris Trott, Jack Wilmott), four on the 13th and 14th. (Teresa Chard) MARSHFIELD: At least one was seen at the east end of Cloud Wood, Marshfield on the 10th. (John Barnett) OPS: One flew over the reedbed at Lagoon II, on the 11th alighting in trees briefly then flew north-east. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

JACK SNIPE

A high count of nine noted on Aust Warth on the 13th and at least seven counted there on the 14th. (John Martin)

 

RED KITE

One was noted over Golden Valley LNR, Wick on the 13th.

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH/ SISTON BROOK, OLDLAND COMMON: At least four were seen at feeders on Fairway Close and in flight over the Church on the 9th. (Jack Wilmott) They represent the first January record and earliest date for this species. The previous earliest date was February 19th 2011 at Frenchay. At least one in trees along Siston Brook on the 10th, (Nigel Warren, TBOSG), and six on the 14th. (Mike Gray) which represents the highest count of this species ever recorded in S. Glos!

 

 

©TBOSG

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: One on the 10th (Adam Rawson), four, possibly five from 16:00 on the 11th (Paul Bowerman, Dan White), four on the 12th, two on the 13th and up to three on show late afternoon on the 14th. (John Martin)

 

 

© Dan White

 

WATER PIPIT

One from the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 13th. (John Martin)

 

 

The first butterfly of the year, a Red Admiral, was seen at Bradley Stoke on the 9th. (Vic Savery) Its the earliest date for this species in S. Glos! The previous earliest date was February 13th 2017 at Longwell Green.

 

 

 

Monday 15th to Sunday 21st January 2018

 

BLACK REDSTART

An adult male was seen again on the 15th on the stony ground inside the fence from The Jetty at Oldbury Power Station and what was presumably the same birds on stony ground viewed from The Jetty area again on the 21st. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: At least two on the 15th - 16th (Wayne Tucker), one fly-over on the 17th (Paul Francis), one reported on the 19th. (Birdguides/ RBA) and six very mobile birds on the 20th. (Lee Gardiner) MARSHFIELD: One from a garden in the Withymead area at Marshfield on the 18th, 20th and 21st (Denise Whittle). Additionally, one was reported from Siston Common on the 20th. (Birdguides/ RBA)

 

 

© Lee Gardiner

 

 

© Denise Whittle

 

JACK SNIPE

One noted from Littleton Warth on the 19th. (John Martin) and one from Oldbury Power Station on the 20th. (Andy Middleton)

 

ICELAND GULL

An immature winter bird, possibly this species, was seen distantly and in poor conditions from Aust Warth in the afternoon on the 21st. (Gary Thoburn)

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

At least three noted on the 15th in the Siston Brook/ St. Anne's Church area, Oldland Common. (Brian Thompson, Dan White)

 

 

© Dan White

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: One on the 15th (Nigel Sluman), one over Cake Pill around 17:00 on the 18th (Lynne Sinclair), one late afternoon on the 19th (Adam Rawson) and three on the 21st. (Gary Thoburn) MARSHFIELD: Two were reported from Rushmead Lane, Marshfield around 10:15 on the 19th. (Paul Williams)

 

WATER PIPIT

One was seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 16th. (Severnside Birds)

 

 

 

Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th January 2018

 

BLACK REDSTART

The adult male was seen again on stony ground viewed from The Jetty area at Oldbury Power Station on the 22nd. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

An adult was seen on the 23rd on Kendleshire Golf Course, Coalpit Heath. (BOC Tuesday Group)

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: Four on the 22nd (Allan Chard), at least one on the 24th (Pete Coslett), at least two on the 25th (RBA), eight (8) seen on the 26th (Richard Bedwell), and six on the 27th. (Teresa Chard) MARSHFIELD: One seen briefly at the east end of Cloud Wood Marshfield on the 22nd (TBOSG) and one visiting feeders in the Withymead area at Marshfield on the 23rd - 27th  (Denise Whittle)

 

JACK SNIPE

One seen on Aust Warth on the 25th.

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Five were noted in the morning on the 25th, at least four on the 26th, two early evening on the 27th (RBA) and one on show from late afternoon on the 28th. (Allan Chard) MARSHFIELD: One noted from Rushmead Lane throughout the day on the 22nd. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett)

 

WATER PIPIT

One showed well but briefly around The Pill at New Passage on the 25th. (Aravind Ramesh)

 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE

One was seen in flight over Aust Warth late in the day on the 27th. (Paul Brennan)

 

 

 

Monday 29th to Wednesday 31st January 2018

 

BLACK REDSTART

An adult male on stony ground viewed from The Jetty area again 29th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

HAWFINCH

One still visiting feeders in the Withymead area at Marshfield on the 29th (Denise Whittle) and at least six still present at St. Anne's Church, Oldland Common on 30th.

 

 

© Denise Whittle

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH/ SISTON BROOK, OLDLAND COMMON: Two were reported on the 29th (Avon Birds) and three on the 30th - 31st (Phil Ashman, Lee Gardiner, David Gale)

 

 

© Lee Gardiner

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Two were seen at 17:10 on the 29th (Rob Emery) and two disturbed by intruders at 14:00 on the 30th. (Allan Chard)

 

 

FEBRUARY

 

 

Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th February 2018

 

Continental Cormorant

One was seen in flight in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 3rd. (John Martin)

 

 

© John Martin

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: At least five on the 1st - 2nd and at least three on the 4th. (Wayne Tucker) MARSHFIELD: One faithfully visiting feeders in the Withymead area on the 1st - 4th. (Pete Coslett, Dave Emery, Denise Whittle)

 

 

© Gordon Youdale

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH/ SISTON BROOK, OLDLAND COMMON: At least three on the 1st - 4th. (Pete Coslett, Gordon Youdale, Robert Hargreaves, Wayne Tucker, John Mildenhall)

 

 

© Adam Rawson

 

 

© John Mildenhall

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Just one bird on show on the 1st (Wayne Tucker), three on the 2nd (Lisa Presland) and one on the 3rd. (Phil Gower)

 

 

© Adam Rawson

 

WATER PIPIT

At least one in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area in the morning on the 3rd. (John Martin)

 

 

© John Martin

 

YELLOW-LEGGED GULL

Two putatively this species feeding in fields opposite The Lake at Oldbury Power Station on the 1st. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

 

 

Monday 5th to Sunday 11th February 2018

 

BLACK REDSTART

A probable 1st winter male on the south-west side of the reactor towers, Oldbury Power Station on the 7th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: Three, possibly four, on the 5th (Chris Teague), up to five on the 6th (TBOSG) and at least two on the 9th - 10th (Paul Brennan, Michael Davis) MARSHFIELD: One still visiting feeders in the Withymead area, Marshfield on the 5th, 7th - 10th. (Denise Whittle)

 

 

© Chris Teague

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH/ SISTON BROOK, OLDLAND COMMON: Two on the 5th (Chris Teague), three on the 7th (Billy Mackie, Donna Harvey), two on the 10th. (Michael Davis) and six on the 11th. (Martin Sprake) Additionally two were noted south over Warmley on the 5th. (Pete Coslett)

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Three showing on the 6th (Matt Scott), two on the 7th (et.al), one on the 8th (Dan White) and one on the 11th. (et.al)

 

WATER PIPIT

One, putatively this species, both seen and heard in flight between The Waterworks and Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 7th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

 

 

Monday 12th to Sunday 18th February 2018

 

GOSHAWK

An unconfirmed report of a male at 11:35 on the 17th near Newhouse Farm on the Tormarton Road, Marshfield where it was watched for five minutes both sat on a drystone wall and in flight. (Mark Rich)

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: At least three on the 12th, at least two on the 13th (Chris Teague, Dona Harvey), three on the 15th, one on the 16th and three around 10:00 on the 18th. (Mark Coller) MARSHFIELD: One continuing to show on and off at feeders in the Withymead area on the 12th - 17th. (Denise Whittle)

 

 

© Donna Harvey

 

JACK SNIPE

One flushed from saltings between Lagoon I and The Windbound on the 16th (Andy Middleton) and one noted on Littleton Warth on the 17th. (John Martin)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A moulting adult was seen in fields opposite The Lake at Oldbury Power Station on the 13th and a second and different adult in the Tidal roost at Oldbury Power Station on the 14th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

RED KITE

Two birds on the 15th; One over the Willsbridge Valley/ Siston Brook area around 11:30 and one drifting over fields adjacent to Starveall Lane, Hawkesbury Upton in the afternoon. (Dan White)

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: Three on the 12th - 13th (Adam Rawson, Chris Teague, Dona Harvey), four on the 15th and three on the 16th. (et.al)

 

 

© Adam Rawson

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: One on the 12th (Paul Bowerman), three on the 13th, one on the 14th and 16th (Simon Cubbage, Dan White), at least four possibly seven on the 17th and up to four throughout the day on the 18th. (et.al)

 

 

© TBOSG

 

 

A Small Tortoiseshell, the first of the year, was seen on a stable wall at Badminton in the morning on the 16th. (Billy Mackie) It represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous earliest date was February 17th 2017 at Yate. A Peacock, the first of the year, was noted at Thornbury Community Orchard on 17th. (Marian Stephens)

 

 

© Marian Stephens

 

 

 

Monday 19th to Sunday 25th February 2018

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: At least seven early afternoon on the 19th (Pete Coslett), five on the 20th (Paul Brennan, et.al), five on the 23rd, six on the 24th and three on the 25th. (Steve Mackie) MARSHFIELD: One still visiting feeders in the Withymead area at Marshfield on the 19th. (Denise Whittle)

 

 

© Steve Mackie

 

LITTLE EGRET

Ten were counted a kilometre inland of Oldbury Power Station along the rhine by the Severn Drainage offices on the 21st. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

PIED WAGTAIL

At least 150 were noted forming a roost at Severn View Services, Aust in the evening on the 21st. (Dan White)

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

One was seen in the Willsbridge Valley/ Siston Brook area, Oldland Common on the 19th (Donna Harvey, Pete Coslett), and one on view from St. Anne's Church, Oldland Common on the 21st. (Donna Harvey)

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: At least two on the 19th (RBA, et.al), one in windy conditions on the 20th (Phil Baber, et.al) and one on the 22nd. (et.al)

 

WATER PIPIT

One was seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 20th and again in the same area on the 22nd. (Paul Bowerman)

 

 

A Red Admiral on Vantage Park, Old Gloucester Road near Bradley Stoke on the 21st. (Vic Savery)

 

 

 

Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th February 2018

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: Four reported on the 26th.

 

HEN HARRIER

An unconfirmed report of a 'ringtail' showing briefly by the row of poplars on Aust Warth on the 26th. (Malcolm Black)

 

MANDARIN

A pair were present on The Little River Avon near Damery on the 28th. (Adam Rawson)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A winter adult was seen in the roost at Oldbury Power Station on the 28th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

 

MARCH

 

 

Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th March 2018

 

HAWFINCH

Birds continued to show at a couple of sites in the area with one still frequenting feeders in the Withymead area at Marshfield on the 3rd - 4th, (Denise Whittle) and one noted in the St. Anne's Church/ Willsbridge area on the 4th.

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

One was reported early afternoon on the 3rd from the foreshore at New Passage. (Rosemary Setter)

 

RED KITE

One was reported in flight over Chipping Sodbury on the 3rd.

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

These spectacular Owls were still showing well from Passage Road, Aust with seven (7) birds, the highest count so far this year, on show early on the 4th. (Matt Hobbs)

 

 © Matt Hobbs

 

 

 

Monday 5th to Sunday 11th March 2018

 

GOOSANDER

A pair were watched floating upriver on the R. Severn at Severn Beach on the morning of the 7th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: Three on the 6th and two on the 11th. (Donna Harvey) MARSHFIELD: One again at feeders in the Withymead area at Marshfield from the 5th - 8th and 10th with two present on the 6th. (Denise Whittle) AUST: One seen in flight south-west from Aust Cliffs then over Aust Warth on the 10th. (Matt Hobbs)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A summer adult was seen in the gull flock from Rushmead Lane, Marshfield late morning on the 9th. (John Barnett) A 2nd winter was seen in flight low east over a property in Pilning on the 11th. (John Martin)

 

RED KITE

One was seen over Brimsham Park, Yate early afternoon on the 7th (Dan White) and one over Shire Bridge, Marshfield on the 10th flying towards West Littleton. (Pete Coslett)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

Two reported in the Awkley area flying high east around the convergence of the M4/ M48 on the 6th, three in flight over Abbey Wood roundabout, Filton at around 08:15 on the 6th (Nick Tippett), one was seen flying north along the sea wall at Severn Beach on the morning of the 7th (Paul Bowerman) and two were seen in the garden of The Glen at New Passage on the 11th before flying back into the village. (John Martin)

 

© John Martin

 

SAND MARTIN

The first of the year was seen at Littleton Brick Pits on the 10th! Early but not quite the earliest! (Michael Davis, Paul House)

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: One on the 5th and 8th, at least four on the 6th and 9th, at least five on the 10th and three on the 11th. (et.al)

 

TURTLE DOVE

A Wholly unconfirmed report of a 'Turtle Dove spp' on the 9th from the garden of 83 Durban Road, Patchway. Apparently, after an online search, it was determined that the bird was a 'Turtle Dove'. Information was sought by the observer and visiting guests at the BTO before informing Rare Bird Alert. (RBA via the observer) A damaged aviary at Bristol Zoological Gardens allowed birds to escape one of which was 'apparently' Turtle Dove so there's a high percentage possibility that the Patchway bird was of captive origins.

 

The first Brimstone of the year was on the wing in the Hencliff Wood area at Hanham on the 11th. (Nigel Kempson)

 

 

 

Monday 12th to Sunday 18th March 2018

 

AVOCET

Six were found on the 16th on Pilning Wetland early morning before moving to New Passage. (Tony Scott)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

BLACK REDSTART

One was noted on top of the cooling towers at Oldbury Power Station on the 12th. (OPS Birding)

 

HAWFINCH

One at feeders in the Withymead area, Marshfield again on the 14th. (Denise Whittle)

 

© Denise Whittle

 

JACK SNIPE

One was seen on Aust Warth on the 17th. (John Martin)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A summer plumaged adult was seen in flight north-east up the estuary on the 12th. (OPS Birding)

 

RED KITE

Two heading west over Chipping Sodbury and one over Church Road, Yate at 11:40 on the 14th. (David Poulton) One over Thornbury at 12:50 on the 18th. (Theo Stockwell)

 

SANDWICH TERN

One, the first of the year, down river at Oldbury Power Station at 17:40 on the 16th. (Pete Hazelwood) This sighting represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous earliest was Marsh 28th 2016 also at OPS!

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

A migrant flew over and across the Severn from New Passage north towards Benchley Point on the 12th. (Paul Bowerman) AUST WARTH: At least four on show on the 13th, (Penny Wills), four on the 15th, three on the 16th, two on the 18th. (et.al)

 

© Rod Holbrook

 

WATER PIPIT

One, probably this species or possibly Scandinavian Rock Pipit, in near summer plumage from Aust Warth on the 18th (Vic Savery)

 

WHEATEAR

The first of the year was logged at Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 13th (Pete Hazelwood)

 

YELLOW-LEGGED GULL

An adult on Coopers Lake , Yate on the 18th. (Darren Pearce)

 

At least one Small Tortoiseshell on the wing from Shirehill Lane, Marshfield and the first Comma of the year in Longwell Green on the 13th. (TBOSG, Donna Harvey)

 

 

 

Monday 19th to Sunday 25th March 2018

 

AVOCET

One in the Northwick Warth area on the 21st - 22nd. (Larry Sweetland, Aravind Ramesh)

 

BLACK REDSTART

A 1st winter male seen on the seawall near The Jetty, Oldbury Power Station on the 19th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

A singing male at Oldbury Power Station on the 21st. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

GREAT GREY SHRIKE

An unconfirmed report of one from Acton Turville on wires by the crossroads near the pub and post office at 18:00 on the 22nd. (RBA/ Morven Houston)

 

HAWFINCH

One visiting feeders in the Withymead area at Marshfield from on the 25th. (Denise Whittle)

 

JACK SNIPE

One from Oldbury Power Station on the 19th. (Andy Middleton) One from the saltmarsh near Thornbury Sailing Club with another from Severn Beach on the 21st. (Pete Hazelwood, Paul Bowerman)

 

RED KITE

One over Chipping Sodbury Common on the 21st (Mark Coller), One over the M4/ J18 towards Marshfield and one over Aust Warth on the 22nd. (Nigel Sluman, Paul Brennan)

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

Two, possibly three, in the Willsbridge Valley on the 19th (Donna Harvey) with one present on the 23rd. (Avon Birds) With the March sightings, this species has been reported from S. Glos in all months!

 

© Donna Harvey

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Three on the 20th - 24th, two on the 25th. (et.al) One in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 22nd. (Paul Bowerman)

 

WATER PIPIT

One around Chestle Pill, Northwick Warth on the 22nd (Aravind Ramesh, Roger Staples) with two present on the 23rd. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell were on the wing around Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station on the 21st. (Pete Hazelwood) Red Admiral at Warmley and Brimstone at Pucklechurch with a further Brimstone at OPS on the 25th. (Pete Coslett, Pete Hazelwood)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

 

 

Monday 26th to Saturday 31st March 2018

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

One reported from Orchard Pools, Severn Beach. (Severnside Birds)

 

JACK SNIPE

One reported from Chipping Sodbury Common on the 27th. (David Poulton)

 

LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER

A male at close range near the Little River Avon in the Damery area on the 31st. (Adam Rawson)

 

RED KITE

One over Grimsbury Farm at the bottom of Cock Road, Kingswood (Rob Laughton) and one over Down Road, Marshfield on the 29th. (Rob Laughton, Pete Coslett)

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

Two at St. Anne's Church, Oldland Common on the 28th. (Donna Harvey) Two by The Anchor car park, Oldbury on the 29th with one on Streamside Walk, Thornbury on the 29th and 31st. (Matt Plenty, Pete Hazelwood)

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Two on the 26th, one on the 31st. (et.al)

 

SWALLOW

The first of the year was noted over Pilning Wetland on the 31st . (Vic Savery)

 

WATER PIPIT

One around Chestle Pill, Northwick Warth on the 26th with two present on the 28th - 29th (Aravind Ramesh, Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

 

APRIL

 

 

Sunday 1st to Sunday 8th April 2018

 

ARCTIC SKUA

One, a dark morph and the first of the year, north-east upriver from Severn Beach on the 7th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

AVOCET

Three at Shepperdine early morning on the 2nd. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

Two noted from Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on the 3rd and 8th with one there on the 5th. (Andy Middleton, Matt Plenty)

 

COMMON SCOTER

Eleven were present off Severn Beach on the evening high tide on the 2nd with sixteen present on the 6th. (Paul Bowerman, Tony Scott)

 

GOOSANDER

A male was seen in flight north-east past Severn Beach on the 7th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

HAWFINCH

One noted at St. Anne's Church, Oldland Common on the 8th. (Nigel Kempson)

 

HOUSE MARTIN

The first of the year was noted on Pilning Wetland on the 4th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

JACK SNIPE

One on Yate Common early afternoon on the 3rd. (Darren Pearce)

 

LITTLE RINGED PLOVER

Three, the first of the year, on the foreshore at New Passage on the 6th. (Brian Lancastle)

 

OSPREY

One, the first of the year, heading west over Emerson's Green Retail Park at 15:55 on the 3rd. (Matt Scott)

 

PURPLE SANDPIPER

One, the first for two years, on rocks in Burger Bar Bay, Severn Beach on the 3rd. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

REDSTART

The first returning birds of the year were noted at Hanham Hills, Hanham (Nigel Kempson) and Aust STW, Aust. (Vic Savery)

 

RED KITE

One, possibly this species, over woodland on the north side of river the R. Avon towards Hanham (from Willsbridge) late afternoon on the 6th. (Chris Jones) One over Pilning Wetland on the 7th. (Paul Bowerman) Two over Littleton Brick Pits, Littleton, subsequently over Orchard Pools and Pilning Wetland on the 8th. (Tony Scott, Derek Clark)

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

At least one at the Willsbridge Mill Reserve, Willsbridge on the 1st and 3rd. (Nigel Kempson, Donna Harvey)

 

SEDGE WARBLER

One both seen and heard in the reedbed around Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station is the first of the year and the earliest ever date for this species in S. Glos!. (Pete Hazelwood) The previous earliest date was April 8th 2017 on Northwick Warth.

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Two on the 1st and 8th, one on the 7th. (et.al)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

TREE PIPIT

The first of the year was noted on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 4th. (Mark Coller)

 

WATER PIPIT

One in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 1st with two on the 2nd, 4th - 5th and 7th - 8th. (et.al)

 

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

WHIMBREL

Four, the first of the year, were seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 8th. (Ian Dickie)

 

WHITE WAGTAIL

The first of the year, was seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 4th. (Ian Dickie)

 

WILLOW WARBLER

The first of the year, was both seen and heard in Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 2nd. (Mark Coller)

 

YELLOW WAGTAIL

The first of the year was present with a male over Severn Beach on the 7th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Peacocks were seen on the wing near Tortworth and Severn Beach on the 5th. (TBOSG, Paul Bowerman) Also this week a good spread of Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone.

 

© TBOSG

 

 

 

Monday 9th to Sunday 15th April 2018

 

ARCTIC SKUA

Three heading up-river from Severn Beach early morning on the 12th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Ashy-headed Wagtail

A very welcome and unexpected addition to the S. Glos list with this form - Motacilla flava cinereocapilla - first seen on Northwick Warth around 10:20 on the 15th. (Mark Coller, et.al)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

AVOCET

Two were present at Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 15th. (Andy Middleton)

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

One noted in the Pilning Wetland area on on the 11th. One on Northwick Warth Landfill Site on the 13th. (Paul Bowerman) Two noted at Oldbury Power Station on the 15th. (Andy Middleton)

 

COMMON TERN

One, the first of the year, was seen at Severn Beach on the 9th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Continental Cormorant

One high west over Kingswood, Bristol late morning on the 14th. (TBOSG)

© TBOSG

 

DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE

Four, the first of the year, were seen in flight up-river past Oldbury Power Station on the 14th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

GOSHAWK

One, putatively this species, in flight over Latteridge around mid-day on the 12th. (Chris Teague)

 

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

At least three seen and heard around Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 14th. (Matt Plenty, Pete Hazelwood)

 

Greenland Wheatear

A male, the first of the year, was seen on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 13th. (Dan White, Mar Coller)

 

HAWFINCH

One, probably this species, north-east over Oldbury Power Station at 07:20 on the 9th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

HOOPOE

One was seen briefly in Kingsgate Park, Yate early morning on the 15th but sadly could not be relocated. (Mark Coller)

 

LESSER WHITETHROAT

One, the first of the year, was seen around East End Dew Pond, Marshfield on the 13th. (John Barnett)

 

LITTLE EGRET

An impressive thirteen birds were reported in fields near Thornbury Castle on the 13th. (OPS Birding)

 

LITTLE GULL

Four adults were seen from Severn Beach late afternoon on the 10th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

PIED FLYCATCHER

A male, the first of the year, was seen in Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 11th - 13th. (Mark Coller, Darren Pearce, Gordon Youdale) A different male in a private garden at Alveston on the 13th. (Rich Ford) A female was seen around Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 14th. (Matt Plenty)

 

© TBOSG

 

REED WARBLER

One, the first of the year, from the Pilning Wetland area on the 11th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

One from Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 11th - 15th. (Mark Coller) One seen heading east over Old Sodbury at 08:45 on the 13th. (Chris Teague)

 

© Mark Coller

 

RING OUZEL

A male, the first of the year, was seen to fly from Lagoon III outfall inland at Oldbury Power Station early morning on the 12th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

© Pete Hazelwood

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: One reported late afternoon on the 11th (Martyn Pratt), One early evening on the 13th. (Vic Savery)

 

© Vic Savery

 

STONE CURLEW

One, the first for five years was found on Northwick Warth early morning on the 15th and remained throughout the day. (Matt Hobbs)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

WATER PIPIT

At least one present at Oldbury Power Station on the 12th. (Pete Hazelwood) One still present on Northwick Warth on the 14th - 15th. (John Martin)

 

WHINCHAT

One, the first of the year, was seen near New Pill on Chittening Warth on the 11th. (Rich Miles)

 

WHITETHROAT

One, the first of the year, was seen in Kingsgate Park, Yate late afternoon on the 11th. (Mark Coller)

 

WOOD WARBLER

A presumed male, the first of the year and the earliest ever record for S. Glos, was heard in song in the Nature Reserve of Kingsgate Park, Yate around 11:20 on the 11th.  Previous earliest date was April 14th 2009 at New Passage. Also an unconfirmed report of a singing individual at Kingsgate Park on the 12th. (Mark Coller) A male was both seen and heard in the grounds of The Glen, New Passage on the 14th. (Aravind Ramesh) One was reported c.400 metres north-east of Northwick Warth Flash early afternoon on the 15th. (Craig Lewis)

 

© Aravind Ramesh

 

YELLOW WAGTAIL

The Yellow Wagtail - shown below - was seen on Northwick Warth on the 13th (Matt Hobbs) Though striking in appearance could not be determined to species level.

 

© Matt Hobbs

 

Our first Orange-tip of the year was seen at Lower Hazel, Old Down on the 14th. (John Martin)

 

 

 

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