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The S. Glos Birds Diary


 


 

 

Storm Petrel | Dan White


JANUARY 2020

 

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BLACK REDSTART

OPS: ♀ 1st, 4th, 8th - 9th, 15th, 20th, 23rd and 30th; ♂ & ♀ 18th; ♂ 22nd (Pete Hazelwood, Matt Plenty). ♂ on the roof of a house behind The Royal George, Thornbury 8th (Cliff Smith)

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

Two OPS 18th (Matt Plenty) One Severn Beach 19th (Paul Bowerman) One or two at Littleton Bird Ringing Station throughout the month, (LBR)

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

One OPS 5th (Pete Hazelwood)

FIRECREST

One reported from the Wild Places Project, Easter Compton 8th.

GOOSANDER

Stanshaws Lake, Yate; ♂ 9th - 10th, four - two ♂ and two ♀ 13th (Mark Coller), ♂ and ♀ 17th - 18th (Mike Jackson). Kingsgate Park, Yate; Six - two ♂ and four ♀ over 30th (Mark Coller).

 

Mark Coller

 

JACK SNIPE

One Chipping Sodbury Common 1st (Mark Coller), 12th and 20th (David Poulton) - Aust Warth: At least three 1st and 5th. (Paul Bowerman), one 10th (Aravind Ramesh)

 

MARSH HARRIER

A winter fem OPS 10th (Pete Hazelwood). One probably this species down river from Aust Warth around 15:00 on the 19th. (Adam Rawson)

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

An adult at OPS on the 22nd. (Pete Hazelwood)

OYSTERCATCHER

One over Chipping Sodbury Common on the 29th was a patch first! (Mark Coller)

RED KITE

Two from the OPS environs so far this year. (Pete Hazelwood) One over Willsbridge Mill 26th. (Nigel Kempson)

SHORT-EARED OWL

One OPS 27th. (Pete Hazelwood)

TWITE

An unconfirmed report of five on the 11th near the Sentry Box 2 on Northwick Warth briefly before departing to the south-west.

WATER PIPIT

One Northwick Warth 5th. (Paul Bowerman)

   

 

FEBRUARY 2020

 

 

BLACK REDSTART

A ♀ at OPS on the 3rd, 6th and 7th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

COMMON CRANE

Two, of unknown origins, were seen in flight at 07:35 from the A403 coast road and heading over Severn Beach on the 19th. (Chris Stone)

 

COMMON SCOTER

 

Two, the first of the year, from Severn Beach on the 29th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

GOOSANDER

A 'redhead' at Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 2nd with six present briefly on the 19th. A ♂ and three redheads present there on the 23rd. (Chris Teague, Mark Coller); Four ♂ and  four redheads on Stanshaws Lake. Yate viewed from Highworth Crescent on the 19th. (Mark Coller)

 

Goosander | Chris Teague

 

JACK SNIPE

One from Aust Warth on the 2nd. (Vic Savery) Two Chipping Sodbury Common on the 6th, 19th and 22nd with one on the 26th. (Mark Coller)

 

Jack Snipe | Mark Coller

 

MARSH HARRIER

An adult male at OPS on the 13th. (Pete Hazelwood)

Marsh Harrier | Pete Hazelwood

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A sub-adult from New Passage on the 1st. (Ian Dickie) One over Bradley Stoke on the 8th. (Greg Dawes)

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

One at OPS on the 7th and 13th. (Pete Hazelwood) One flushed from Northwick Warth by the rising tide on the 13th. (Paul Bowerman) One on Northwick Warth on the 14th. (Severnside Birds) One from Aust Warth on the 25th (Aravind Ramesh) One reported from the Tormarton area during the month.

   

 

MARCH 2020

 

 

AVOCET

Pilning Wetland Reserve; Five, the first of the year, on the 19th, four on the 20th, ten on the 21st , eleven on the 22nd seven on the 23rd, fifteen on the 25th. (Et.al)

 

Avocet | Paul Bowerman

 

BAR-TAILED GODWIT

One, the first of the year, from Pilning Wetland Reserve/ Northwick Warth on the 11th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

BLACK REDSTART

OPS: Two ♀/ 1st winter types on the 1st; a ♀/ 1st winter type on the 3rd and 6th. (Pete Hazelwood, Craig Lewis) One still present on the 16th (Lois Pryce)

 

Black Redstart | Craig Lewis

 

COMMON CRANE

One noted in flight heading north over Severn View Services, Aust at 15:00 on the 22nd. (Andy & Lesley Griffiths) Two high south over Northwick Warth and Severn Beach at 17:00 on the 23rd before heading east. (Paul Bowerman)

 

COMMON WHITETHROAT

Two, the first of the year and earliest ever reported from S. Gloucestershire were noted on Redhill Lane between the Old Severn Bridge junction and Aust Road junction and on Hill Lane/ The Naite between Oldbury-on-Severn and Hill . (Keith Williams) The previous earliest date was March 30th 2017 on Northwick Warth.

 

DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE

Two, the first of the year, were noted at Aust on the 12th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

GOOSANDER

A female was noted on the R. Avon around 1 km east of the Lock Keeper at Keynsham on the 29th. (Chris Mott)

 

GOSHAWK

One, probably this species at Shepperdine on the 11th. (Pete Hazelwood) One at Ashwicke on the 22nd. (John Barnett)

 

HARRIER SPP.

One was seen quartering a hedgerow alongside the M5 between Falfield and Almondsbury on the 21st. (Adam Rawson)

 

JACK SNIPE

One displaced by high tides at Aust on the 11th. (Matt Hobbs)

 

LITTLE GULL

A winter adult, the first of the year, upriver past Oldbury Power Station on the 26th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

LITTLE RINGED PLOVER

Three, the first of the year, were seen on the first sentry box pool, Pilning Wetland Reserve on the 14th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Little Ringed Plover | Paul Bowerman

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A winter adult down river from Oldbury Power Station on the 6th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

NORTHERN WHEATEAR

A spring male, the first of the year, from Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland Reserve on the 5th (Paul Bowerman)

 

Northern Wheatear | Paul Bowerman

 

RED KITE (35)

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  Two west over Kingswood, Bristol at 13:10.

  Two over Rushmead Farm, Marshfield.

  One over Northwick Warth.

  One low over Abbywood, Filton.

  Four from the Marshfield patch.

  One from Marshfield and one over Kingsgate Park, Yate at 13:55.

  One low across the estuary from Aust Warth.

  Three from the patch at Marshfield, one west over Chipping Sodbury at 13:00 and another over Little Badminton at 15:00.

  One Down Road, Marshfield, one Ashwicke and at least five probably six up-river past Severn Beach.

  One over Rushmead Farm, Marshfield and one over Chipping Sodbury.

  One over Ebbdown Farm, Marshfield.

  One over Yate and one over Castle Farm, Marshfield.

  One over Rushmead Lane, Marshfield.

  One over Old Sodbury.

  Two north-east over Hanham late afternoon.

 

Red Kite | TBOSG

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

One, the first of the year, was reported from Three Brooks LNR, Bradley Stoke on the 25th.

 

SAND MARTIN

Around twenty-five, the first of the year, were reported from Pilning Wetlands Reserve on the 18th. (Richard Parry)

 

Scandinavian Rock Pipit

One, possibly this form, around Shaft Rocks, Severn Beach on the 12th (Vic Savery); One, the first for three years, was displaced by the rising tide at New Pill, Chittening Warth on the 13th (Rob Emery); A summer plumaged individual was noted by the cooling water outflow at Oldbury Power station on the 21st. (Dan Watson)

 

Scandinavian Rock Pipit - Anthus petrosus littoralis | Rob Emery

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

One from Aust Warth on the 2nd, 7th, 8th, 11th - 15th (Et.al); One near Thornbury Sailing Club on the 6th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

News from the patch at Marshfield of up to three in an area with no public access on at least the 17th - 25th. They have possibly wintered in the area which is best viewed looking south from Shirehill Lane. Do not enter the fields - there are no public rights of way! (TBOSG)

 

Short-eared Owl | Aravind Ramesh

 

SPOONBILL

One at Pilning Wetland Reserve briefly at 12:25 on the 20th before heading towards the estuary where it was last seen circling over the Prince Of Wales Bridge. (Rob Emery)

 

SWALLOW

One, the first of the year, over Lagoon I at Oldbury Power Station at 15:45 on the 20th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

WATER PIPIT

One noted feeding on high tide strand line near the second sentry box on Northwick Warth on the 14th (Matt Hobbs) still present on the 19th. (Severnside Birds)

 

WHITE WAGTAIL

One, the first of the year, from Down Road, Marshfield on the 26th. (John Barnett)

WILLOW WARBLER

One, the first of the year, from Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 27th. (Mark Coller)

   

 

APRIL 2020

 

 

ARCTIC SKUA

A dark morph was seen well along the near bank and up-river past Oldbury Power Station on the 10th. A dark morph was noted upriver past Oldbury Power Station on the 18th. (Pete Hazelwood) A dark Morph low upriver at 08:15 from New Passage on the 19th. A dark morph over Severn Beach on the 23rd. (Paul Bowerman) One past OPS and two past New Pill, Chittening Warth on the 25th. (Pete Hazelwood, Tony Scott) A pale morph past Severn Beach late afternoon on the 30th (Paul Bowerman)

 

ARCTIC TERN

Several, the first of the year, at Oldbury Power Station on the 17th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

AVOCET

One, a nocturnal migrant fly-over, at Severn Beach on the 4th (Adam Cross), Two from Pilning Wetland Reserve on the 7th (Richard Parry) ... and again on the 9th (Rosemary Setter)

 

Avocet sonogram | Adam Cross. This sound recording shows the nocturnal flight call as it passed over the observer.

 

BARNACLE GOOSE

Two past Oldbury Power Station on the 14th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

BLACK REDSTART

A female type was noted near The Jetty at Oldbury Power Station on the 10th and again on the 25th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

Two noted at Lyde Green Lake on the 8th. (Mike Tripi) Two noted at Severn Beach on the 16th. (Paul Bowerman) Two from Western Approaches, Severn Beach on the 28th. (Dean Reeves)

 

COMMON REDSTART

An adult male was the first arrival of the year in S. Gloucestershire on the 5th.

 

Common Redstart | Mark Coller

 

COMMON SCOTER

A previously unrecorded nocturnal movement of this species across the recording area on the evening of the 2nd with soundings coming from; Severn Beach (sound recording), Yate, Marshfield, Oldland Common, Kingswood and Hanham. On the evening of the 3rd birds were noted over Severn Beach, Alveston, Yate and Lyde Green.

 

COMMON SWIFT

The first arrivals were noted at Severn Beacon the 19th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

COMMON TERN

The first arrivals were noted at Oldbury Power Station on the 6th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

CUCKOO

The first this year was noted at Oldbury Power Station on the 11th. (Pete Hazelwood) It represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos! The previous earliest date was April 13th 2008 also at OPS.

 

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

Three, the highest count ever recorded in S. Glos, were present on Pilning WR, Northwick Warth on the 9th. The previous best was two on January 10th 2016 at Willsbridge. (Lisa Presland)

 

Egyptian Geese | Paul Bowerman.

 

FULMAR

Two, the first of the year, were seen from Severn Beach on the 29th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

GARGANEY

A pair at Oldbury Power Station on the 16th. Male present on the 20th - 21st. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

♂ Garganey | Pete Hazelwood.

 

GOSHAWK

One from Gunnings Wood, Marshfield on the 7th. One over Beek's Lane, Marshfield on the 11th. One over Marshfield village on the 23rd. (John Barnett)

 

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

One from Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station on the 6th. (Pete Hazelwood) One at Severn Beach and one at Longwell Green on the 16th. (Paul Bowerman, Pete Coslett) Two at Severn Beach on the 19th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Grasshopper Warbler | Paul Bowerman

 

Greenland Wheatear

The first of the year logged at Chipping Sodbury and Marshfield from the 10th. (Mark Coller, John Barnett)

 

Greenland Wheatear | Mark Coller

 

GREENSHANK

The first of the year on Severnside on the 9th.

 

HAWFINCH

A male was noted around at Wickwar on the 8th. (Ian Flint)

 

HOBBY

This year's first at Marshfield on the 8th. (John Barnett)

 

HOUSE MARTIN

This year's first arrivals were noted across the region on the 5th.

 

LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER

An unconfirmed report of one from The Hacket, Cleve Wood (ST: 65 89) near Thornbury on the 17th. (Alex Cave)

 

LESSER WHITETHROAT

This year's first arrivals were noted from the 9th. A record equalling earliest date.

 

MARSH HARRIER

A 'female' at Oldbury Power Station on the 23rd. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

♀ Marsh Harrier | Matt Plenty

 

NIGHTINGALE

One was reported in full song on Yate Common at ST: 700 818 on the 16th. (Peter Bryant)

 

OSPREY

One, the first of the year, high north over Yate on the 4th. (Mark Coller) One north-east over Severn Beach late morning on the 10th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Osprey | Mark Coller

 

PIED FLYCATCHER

A spring male, the first of the year, at New Passage on the 6th. (Lisa Presland) This is the earliest ever recorded in S. Glos, the previous earliest date was April 8th 1944 at Little Stoke. A spring female at Lower Woods, Wickwar on the 19th. (Paul Bowdler)

 

♂ Pied Flycatcher | Lisa Presland. The earliest ever; a record which has stood for seventy-six years!

 

♀ Pied Flycatcher | Paul Bowdler

 

RED KITE

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One over Overscourt Woodland, Siston.

One over Kingsgate Park, Yate with the same or another over Coalpit Heath.

One over Kingswood, Bristol.

One over Alveston.

One over Oldland Common, one over Coalpit Heath.

At least two over Yate.

One over Severn Beach, one over Rushmead Lane, Marshfield, one over Yate.

One possibly two over Yate.

One over Little/ Bradley Stoke and two over Wick.

One over Pilning Wetland.

One over Pilning WR with the same or another over Redwick, one over Yate.

One/ two at Shortwood landfill, two over Yate.

One over Hanham, one over Warmley, one over West Littleton and one over Lyde Green.

One over New Passage.

One over New Passage, one over OPS.

One over Warmley with the same or another over Rodway Common, Mangotsfield.

One over West Littleton Down, one over Three Brooks LNR.

One over Hanham.

One west over Kingswood at 16:10.

One over Warmley then Kingswood mid afternoon.

One north over Kingswood early afternoon.

One east over Chipping Sodbury early afternoon.

 

Red Kite | Mark Coller

 

REED WARBLER

This year's first was noted at OPS on the 7th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

RING OUZEL

A spring male, the first of the year, at Filton on the 5th. (Andy Pym)

 

SANDERLING

The first of the year was noted at Severn Beach on the 27th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Sanderling | Paul Bowerman

 

SANDWICH TERN

Six, the first of the year, from OPS on the 5th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

SEDGE WARBLER

This year's first from OPS on the 9th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

One at Oldbury Power Station on the 19th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

SPOONBILL

One on Pilning Wetland Reserve, Northwick Warth on the 3rd (Lisa Presland) was still present early morning on the 4th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Spoonbill | Lisa Presland. The mottled plumage and dark tip to the tail (just visible in #2) marks this bird as an immature.

 

SPOTTED REDSHANK

The first of the year was noted over Pilning WR on the 19th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

TREE PIPIT

The first of the year over Severnside on the 9th.

 

WHIMBREL

The first of the year was heard in flight over Middledown Lane, Marshfield late afternoon on the 4th. (John Barnett)

 

WHINCHAT

The first of the year was found on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 16th. (John Barnett)

 

Whinchat | Mark Coller

 

WHITE STORK

One high over Patchway at lunchtime on the 14th. (Greg Dawes)

 

WOOD WARBLER

A male singing on Yate Common on the 19th with a second bird there on the 21st. (Mark Coller) A singing male at Hanham on the 26th. (Rob Laughton)

 

♂ Wood Warbler | Mark Coller