TBOSG

  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 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. 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 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. 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.


 

Monday 18th to Sunday 24th

 

Continental Cormorant

One again present at Oldbury Power Station on the 19th.

JACK SNIPE

One in flight north-east from Thornbury Sailing Club roost on the 21st.

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A winter adult at Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 23rd.

RED KITE

Three were seen over the M4 about 1.5 kilometres east of the A46 on the 19th. One in flight south over Tortworth from Damery around 13:00 on the 21st.

SHORT-EARED OWL

One from the Severnside Shores on the 19th, four on the 21st, two from the 22nd - 24th.

A hundred and ten Short-eared Owl 'bird days' have so far been logged from four sites in S. Glos this year | © Brian Thompson.

 

WATER PIPIT

One in the New Passage area on the 18th and around Chestle Pill on the 21st.

© Paul Bowerman.


 

Monday 25th to Thursday 28th

 

BLACK REDSTART

An adult male on the roof of Oldbury Power Station on the 26th.

BRENT GOOSE

Three 'dark-bellied' birds were seen briefly in 'The Pipes' area one kilometre south of Severn Beach on the 25th.

CETTI'S WARBLER

One from Severn Beach on the on the 26th.

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

One seen around Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 27th.

© Pete Hazelwood

 

NORTHERN WHEATEAR

An extremely early migrant on the north side of the gantry at Oldbury Power Station late morning on the 28th. The first this year and earliest ever date for this species in S. Glos! The previous earliest date was March 8th 2008 on Northwick Warth.

 

RED KITE

Three were seen drifting north-east over Aust Warth and one north-east from Westerleigh late morning on the 25th.

RUFF

One seen at New Passage on the 27th.

SHORT-EARED OWL

Four from the Severnside Shores on the 25th, up to five on the 26th, at least four on the 27th.


 

MARCH 2019

 

Friday 1st to Sunday 10th

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

One was heard singing by The Lake at Oldbury Power Station on the 5th.

COMMON SCOTER

A single drake was seen from New Passage on the 5th and 7th.  Two down river on the 10th.

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

An adult of unknown origin reported from Golden Valley LNR, Wick on the 7th.

© Chris Perry

 

Greenland White-fronted Goose

Six were found feeding in a grassy field between Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station and Thornbury Sailing Club early morning on the 4th. They were present until at least 09:30 but had departed by 11:00. This occurrence represents just the second record of the form 'flavirostris' in S. Gloucestershire, the highest count and the latest date.

 

Five of the six birds present on the 4th. Note the longish orange bill, generally 'darker' colouration, heavily marked lower breast and finely barred mantle, scapulars and greater coverts.

© Pete Hazelwood

 

LITTLE EGRET

A record count on the 8th! Twenty-one (21) were logged at Park Mill Farm, Thornbury. Two separate groups were counted at the same site in mid-February totalling twenty-six (26).

A record count of Little Egret - twenty-one!

© Helen Christiansen

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A winter adult was watched at Severn Beach on the 4th.

RED KITE

One over Kingswood, Bristol at 14:10 on the 8th.

© TBOSG

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

One over the road at the south-east end of Tracy Park GC, Wick early evening on the 2nd.

WILLOW TIT

One putatively this species singing along the R. Avon east of Conham CP at ST: 631 720 on the 3rd.

YELLOW-LEGGED GULL

One putatively this species in fields by the main Rhine at Oldbury Power Station on the 10th.


 

Monday 11th to Sunday 17th

 

LITTLE EGRET

After last week's record count of 21 birds this week the total rose to a mighty 28 at Park Mill Farm, Thornbury on the 11th with 26 present on the 12th.

We made it 28 a new S. G. record! © Helen Christiansen

 

LITTLE RINGED PLOVER

The first returning individual was seen on Pilning Wetland Reserve near the 1st Sentry Box on the 17th.

Not quite the earliest ever but close this Little Ringed Plover was found on Pilning Wetland Reserve © Paul Bowerman

 

GOSHAWK

One in flight over Marshfield village on the 11th.

GREAT SKUA

This years first from Severn Beach on the 13th.

JACK SNIPE

One on show at Dunsdown Pool, Marshfield on the 13th.

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A 1st winter was noted off Severn Beach on the 16th.

SHORT-EARED OWL

One on the Severnside shores on the 11th, two on the 14th, one 0n the 17th.

 

SWALLOW

The first of the year north-west across the estuary from Oldbury Power Station on the 16th.

WATER PIPIT

One still present in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 11th.


 

Monday 18th to Sunday 24th

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

A window collision victim was found in a private garden on Station Road, Severn Beach on the 21st.

COMMON CROSSBILL

Four (including a red male), the first of the year, were noted in flight north-east over Oldbury Power Station on the 23rd.

FIRECREST

One was reported at Brimsham Park, Yate in the north-west corner of the fishing lake on the 23rd.

GREAT WHITE EGRET

One in flight north-east over New Passage/ Northwick Warth early morning on the 23rd.

JACK SNIPE

One was on show on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 20th.

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

One showing well in a private garden at New Passage on the 20th and presumably the same individual reported again from a private garden at Redwick late afternoon on the 21st.

 

© Lisa Presland

 

RED KITE

Two over Kingsgate Park, Yate early afternoon on the 20th. One from Oldbury Power Station and one from Warmley on the 23rd. One over Aust Warth on the 24th.

SAND MARTIN

Two, the first of the year, from Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland Reserve on the 19th.

SHORT-EARED OWL

One from the Severnside Shores in the evening on the 21st, two present on the 22nd.

 

© TBOSG

 

SKUA SPP

One undetermined Skua species distantly from Aust Warth on the 22nd. NB: A Great Skua has been sighted further up the estuary in recent days.

WATER PIPIT

A 'smart looking' individual was reported from the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area from the 21st, 23rd and 24th.

WOODPIGEON

1,701 birds were logged over New Passage/ Northwick Warth on the 23rd; the highest  spring count ever!


 

Monday 25th to Sunday 31st

 

BLACK REDSTART

One was reported from Old Shaft Beach, Severn Beach on the 29th.

CETTI'S WARBLER

One singing at Severn Beach on the 31st.

HOUSE MARTIN

Two, the first of the year, were reported at Oldbury Power Station on the 26th.

MARSH HARRIER

A female, the first of the year, was seen in flight north-east mid-afternoon from Pilning Wetland Reserve towards Aust on the 28th.

OSPREY

One was reported in flight over Pilning Wetland Reserve on the 31st.

RED KITE

One over Milbury Heath near Buckover on the 25th. One reported from the Marshfield patch on the 26th.

WATER PIPIT

One on show in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area still on the 26th and 29th.

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

White Wagtail

One, the first of the year, was logged at Severn Beach on the 26th.


 

Monday 1st to Sunday 7th

 

AVOCET

One roosting on edge of the salt marsh at Severn Beach on the 7th.

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

One at Oldbury Power Station on the 1st, one from Dyer's Common, Severn Beach on the 2nd, one from Severn Beach on the 5th and two from Oldbury Power Station on the 7th.

 

GOSHAWK

A juvenile was disturbed from trees along main rhine at Oldbury Power Station on the 6th.

 

ICELAND GULL

An adult at Oldbury Power Station on the 6th. This is the first sighting of Iceland Gull in S. Glos since 2012 and the first ever April record. (Ed's)

 

Here's the entry on OPS Birding; At 07:00 a large adult gull flew over the jetty going upriver towards me. This one had characteristics of Common Gull (smallish head/ bill) but was size of small Herring Gull. Unusually, it didn't divert track when it got to me, and went directly overhead (at house height), and it's pure white underside, especially under-wings, was evident. As it flew away it turned to fly the length of Lagoon II, giving a view of the light grey top-side with thin white trailing edge to wings and no black at tips.

 

MARSH HARRIER

A female lifted from a kill near the Grebe Pond on Northwick Warth around 12:45 on the 4th with the same or another female in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 6th.

 

MEADOW PIPIT

Some 2023 birds were logged during a VisMig from Redwick on the 7th. The best UK count this year so far!

 

OSPREY

Two birds on the 1st: One in flight north-east over Little Stoke at 09:15 and one flew north over Northwick Warth at 09.40.

 

RED KITE

Three birds on the 1st: One north towards West Littleton and two north-east over Northwick Warth at 09:20 and 14:40. Two over Redwick early morning on the 6th.

 

© Pete Coslett

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

One from the Severnside shores on the 2nd, one from Oldbury Power Station on the 7th.


 

Monday 8th to Sunday 14th

 

BLACK-TAILED GODWIT

A high count of >500 in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 13th.

Channel Wagtail (Hybrid)

One mixing with other wagtails in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 10th.

© Brian Lancastle

 

In northern France, Blue-headed and Yellow Wagtail regularly interbreed. The offspring vary in appearance but some individuals show a head pattern resembling a washed-out Blue-headed Wagtail with a paler powder-blue head and often more extensive white in the supercilium, ear-coverts and throat. These intergrades are known as 'Channel Wagtail'.

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

One heard at Severn Beach on the 10th and 13th. (Paul Bowerman, Adam Cross) One from Oldbury Power Station on the 14th.

GARDEN WARBLER

One along the Bridleway at Oldbury Power Station on the 11th represents the earliest record for this species for S. Gloucestershire. The previous earliest record was April 16th 2017 on Yate Common.

GLOSSY IBIS

One seen in flight over Tytherington heading south at 08:35 on the 11th. ..'It was flying at a good rate of knots, arrow straight, due south at around 100 metres. The line it was on would have taken it over the Frampton Cotterell area'.

 

GOOSANDER

A drake was seen in flight up-river from Severn Beach on the 10th.

LITTLE GULL

Thirty-three (33) adults lingering off Shaft Beach, Severn Beach on the 8th.

MARSH HARRIER

An immature  male spent the morning around Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 8th.

© Matt Plenty

 

OSPREY

One seen north-east over Chipping Sodbury Common at 11:00 on the 10th.

© Mark Coller

 

RED KITE

One seen over 'Severnside' from a moving vehicle on the M4 on the 8th.

 

RING OUZEL

A spring male was present in scrub south of Severn Beach just north of 'The Pipes' on the 9th.

© Aravind Ramesh

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

One reported by dog-walker on the 11th in fields towards Thornbury Sailing Club and again on the 13th on Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station.

WATER PIPIT

One still present in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 10th.

WHINCHAT

One was seen in horse paddocks between Bitton Church and the cycle path from Monarch's Way on the 13th. A record equalling earliest date!

 


Contributors

Matt Ames, John Barnett, Malcolm Black, Paul Bowerman, Karle Burford, Allan Chard, Helen Christiansen, Mark Coller, Pete Coslett, Richard Cox, Adam Cross, Simon Cubbage, Barry Dursley, Rob Emery, Tim Ford, Dominic Godfrey. Donna Harvey, Pete Hazelwood, Simon Harris, Matt Hobbs, Rod Holbrook, Robert Jones, Stephen Jones, Sue Kempson, Henry Kirkwood, Hayden Lack, Brian Lancastle, Andrew Lipczynski, Ian Loats, Fen Marshall, John Martin, Andy Middleton, Chris Mott, 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, Chris White, Dan White, Les Williams. | OPS Birding, Severnside Birds, TBOSG.