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  The S. Glos Birds Diary

 

 

JANUARY 2019

 

Tuesday 1st to Sunday 6th January

 

BLACK REDSTART

A winter male at Oldbury Power Station in the morning on the 1st amongst the buildings and on stony ground along 'South Road', inside fence from The Jetty. The winter male still around The Jetty at OPS on the 2nd. A 1st winter present at Oldbury Power Station around The Jetty on the 3rd. A winter male at Oldbury Power Station around The Jetty on the 4th.

 

© Ben Ofield

 

CORMORANT

Thirteen at Heneage Court, Falfield on the 1st.

 

GREEN SANDPIPER

One at Dodington, near Branchery Farm flew across the road on the 5th.

 

GREYLAG GOOSE

Forty-five noted in flight upriver past Shepperdine around 15:00 on the 2nd.

 

JACK SNIPE

Three were logged on Aust Warth on the 3rd (Andy Stockhausen) plus one on the 4th & 5th.

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Four at the northern end of Northwick Warth then Aust Warth on the 2nd. Three early morning on the 3rd and one from the northern end of Northwick Warth and Aust Warth in the evening. Three in the evening on the 5th. Four in the evening on the 6th. OLDBURY POWER STATION: One on the 1st, 4th - 6th between Lagoon III and Thornbury Yacht Club.

 

© Brian Thompson

 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE

A party of five (four adults and an immature) circled over Pilning Wetland Reserve at 08:50 on the 1st before heading south-west. All five present in the Northwick Warth area on the 3rd - 6th.

 

© Brian Thompson

 

Monday 7th to Sunday 13th January

 

BLACK REDSTART

Two; a winter male and a female/ 1st winter around the buildings at Oldbury Power Station on the 8th - 9th. One reported 'on the south side' still on the 10th. Two again on the 11th by the jetty. The female/ 1st winter type on the sea wall/ jetty and the adult winter male on stony ground by the 'South Road' sign.

 

© Pete Hazelwood

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

One heard near the 'flash' on Northwick Warth on the 13th.

 

JACK SNIPE

Two were noted on Aust Warth on the 13th.

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: At least one on the 7th, up to four on show on the 8th - 10th, two or three on the 11th & 13th. On the 11th; A single bird mid afternoon hunting near the flash on Northwick Warth.

 

© Allan Chard

 

WATER PIPIT

A putative individual near the Water Works outfall at Oldbury Power Station on the 8th.

 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE

A party of five (four adults and an immature) present in the Northwick Warth area from the 7th - 13th.

 

© Paul Bowerman, Brian Thompson

 

Monday 14th to Sunday 20th January

 

BLACK REDSTART

OLDBURY POWER STATION: One reported as still present on the 14th. Adult winter male on the north-east side of the buildings in the morning on the 15th. A female/ 1st winter present on the south side of the main towers on the 17th. Adult winter male apparently still present on the 20th.

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

One near the 2nd sentry box on Northwick Warth on the 20th.

 

Continental Cormorant

One was seen on the Tidal Reservoir at Oldbury Power Station on the 17th.

 

© Pete Hazelwood

 

CURLEW

At least ninety (90), were counted in a field at Cowhill on the 17th.

 

HAWFINCH

Brief views of one (possibly this species) in flight from The Lake to the south-west at Oldbury Power Station on the 15th.

 

LITTLE EGRET

LATE NEWS: At least thirteen (13) reported in fields between Park Mill Farm and Thornbury Castle earlier this month.

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A winter adult was seen Pilning Wetland Reserve on the 18th.

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: At least three still present on the 14th, two and on the 16th, three on the 17th, two on the 19th and three on the 20th. OLDBURY POWER STATION: One on the 14th, one hunting near Thornbury Sailing Club from 15:00 on the 16th. NORTHWICK WARTH: One on the 17th - 19th.

 

© Malcolm Black

 

WATER PIPIT

One flew from Pilning Wetland Reserve to alight on Northwick Warth on the morning of the 15th.

 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE

Five, four adults and a juvenile, present still on Northwick Warth on the 14th - 20th.

 

© Brian Lancastle

 

Monday 21st to Sunday 27th January

 

BLACK REDSTART

OLDBURY POWER STATION: One reported at the top of the towers on the 21st.

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

Two from Orchards Pools, Severn Beach on the 23rd.

 

FALCON SPP

A ‘white’ falcon flew over the M4 at approx ST: 548 858 between New Passage and Redwick on the 21st. It was seen heading south at 16:07 towards Severn Beach.

 

GOOSANDER

A 'redhead' on the R. Avon near the old 'Fry's' building at Willsbridge on the 22nd.

 

JACK SNIPE

Four counted from the salt marsh at Severn Beach on the 23rd. Two at Dunsdown Pool, West Littleton on the 25th... the highest count for the Marshfield patch!

 

LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER

One heard drumming several times south of Marshfield village on the 22nd.

 

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER

One, putatively this species, down river from New Passage on the 27th.

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: At least one on the 21st - 24th and 26th. NORTHWICK WARTH: Two on the 25th.

 

WATER PIPIT

One around the stone built wall adjacent to Chestle Pill on Northwick Warth on the 22nd, 23rd and 25th - 27th.

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE

Five, four adults and a juvenile, still present on Northwick Warth from the 21st - 27th.

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

 

Monday 28th to Thursday 31st

 

BARNACLE GOOSE

Six were watched in flight from Littleton Warth over estuary and downriver over the Severn bridges towards Gwent around 14:30 on the 28th.

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

One heard at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach on the 30th.

 

GOOSANDER

Three, a male and two females, were seen in the Siston Brook/ R. Avon area at Willsbridge on the 30th.

 

© Donna Harvey

 

GOSHAWK

One was seen drifting north from Tortworth towards the A38 on the 30th.

 

Size and 'bulky' appearance, contrasting light face and dark cap, finely barred breast, 'fat hips' and 'shortish' rounded tail are all good indicators to Goshawk. | © Adam Rawson

 

JACK SNIPE

One still around Dunsdown Pool, West Littleton on the 28th. Two noted on the salt marsh at Severn Beach on the 30th. One from Chipping Sodbury Common on the 31st.

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

SEVERN BEACH: One flew high south-west over Severn Beach early morning on the 28th. NORTHWICK WARTH: One on the 30th. AUST WARTH: One still present in the evening on the 28th and 31st.

 

WATER PIPIT

One in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 30th - 31st.

 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE

Five, four adults and a juvenile, still present in the Northwick Warth area from the 28th - 31st.

 

© Matt Scott

 

 

FEBRUARY 2019

 

Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd

 

BLACK REDSTART

A 1st year male was seen in the Sewage Treatment area at Oldbury Power Station in the afternoon on the 1st. (Matt Plenty) Two still present at Oldbury Power Station on the 2nd; an adult winter male and a female/ 1st winter on the south side of the tower at 10:00.

 

GOSHAWK

One was seen distantly from Chipping Sodbury Common late afternoon on the 3rd.

 

MANDARIN

Seven were counted on Tortworth Court Lake on the 3rd.

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A 1st winter was seen in Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 1st... a first for the patch!

 

© Mark Coller

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: One on the 1st, three on the 2nd. OPS: One briefly from Lagoon III on the 2nd. NORTHWICK WARTH/ PILNING WR: Two on the 3rd.

 

TUFTED DUCK

Fifty-four (54) were counted on Tortworth Court Lake on the 3rd... the highest ever count for the recording area!. The previous highest count was fifty-one (51) in September 2015 also on Tortworth Court Lake.

 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE

A party of five (four adults and an immature) present in the Northwick Warth area from the 1st - 3rd.

 

Monday 4th to Sunday 10th

 

BLACK REDSTART

The adult winter male was seen again on roofs by The Jetty on the 6th. (Pete Hazelwood) This over-wintering bird was first seen at OPS on November 7th 2018.

 

 

At least one Brambling with Chaffinch at Withymead Playing Fields, Marshfield this week. | © Denise Whittle.

 

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

One of unknown origin on Windmill Lakes near Coalpit Heath on the 10th.

 

© Tim Ford

 

LITTLE EGRET

Nineteen were counted in fields at Park Mill Farm, Thornbury at 10:00 on 9th. The second highest S. Glos count ever!

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

Six birds were reported from the Severnside shores on the 4th with five on the 6th, at least two on the 9th and 10th.

 

WATER PIPIT

One reported from the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland Reserve area on the 4th.

 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE

A party of five (four adults and an immature) present in the Northwick Warth area from the 4th - 10th.

 

These Russian White-fronted Geese , four adults and an immature, were first seen on January 1st 2019. | © Paul Bowerman

Missing on the 2nd they reappeared on the 3rd and have been present in the Northwick Warth area for the last six weeks.

 

Monday 11th to Sunday 17th

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

One was reported just down river from Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 14th.

 

JACK SNIPE

One seen on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 15th.

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

One in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland Reserve area on the 13th.

 

RED KITE

One in the Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 12th.

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

Three birds were reported from the Severnside shores on the 11th, four on the 12th, two on the 13th, four on the 14th, one on the 15th, 16th and 17th.One from Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 17th.

 

© Hayden Lack

 

WATER PIPIT

One present at Severn Beach on the 13th. One from Chestle Pill, New Passage on the 14th.

 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE

A party of five (four adults and an immature) present in the Northwick Warth area from the 11th - 16th.


Contributors

Matt Ames, John Barnett, Malcolm Black, Paul Bowerman, Karle Burford, Allan Chard, Mark Coller, Pete Coslett, Adam Cross, Barry Dursley, Rob Emery, Tim Ford, Donna Harvey, Pete Hazelwood, Rod Holbrook, Sue Kempson, Henry Kirkwood, Hayden Lack, Brian Lancastle, Ian Loats, Fen Marshall, John Martin, Andy Middleton, Ben Ofield, Brian Piercey, Matt Plenty, Lisa Presland, Aravind Ramesh, Adam Rawson, Dick Reader, Dean Reeves, Matt Scott, Tony Scott, Nigel Sluman, Andy Stockhausen, Paul Sutton, Brian Thompson, Mike Tripi, Dan White, Les Williams, TBOSG.