One was reported in flight over Lower Woods, Wickwar
8th. JULY: One was
reported from Aztec West on the 19th. (BOC Bird News August
One was seen on thermals with Common
Buzzard and Red Kite in the Rushmead Lane area at Marshfield
between 15:35 and 15:40 on the 17th before departing
south-east; One in roller-coaster display flight a kilometre
upriver and inland of Shepperdine on the 25th.
JUNE: One was
reported over Rushmead Lane, Marshfield around 15:00 on the
Two were reported in flight over Lower Woods on Inglestone
Common on April 3rd;
One drifted slowly east over Kingsgate Park at
Yate at 16:30 on April 21st;
One was reported in thermals with Common Buzzard
over Northwick Warth at mid-day on August 31st;
A probable female was seen east of Rushmead Lane
over fields south of Shirehill Lane at around 15:45 on
September 9th. The same or another was seen by Anthony
Goodwin in the Hinton Hill area east of Hinton Village at
One at Lower Woods, Inglestone Common on January 24th;
One over Chipping Sodbury Quarry (ST: 724 838)
at 17:00 on April 2nd; One taking prey into woodland
in the Shire Valley, Marshfield on April 7th; A female on June 5th at the west end of Shire Valley from
Rushmead Lane at 16:30;
An immature male was seen on Chipping Sodbury Common on
One was mobbing and then soaring with Common Buzzard
over Lagoon I
at Oldbury Power Station until lost to view on September
5th; An immature in the Shepperdine around 08:10 on September 15th.
Two a presumed male and female were seen flying south over
Old Sodbury on April 13th; One was reported over Savage's Wood on November 3rd and then seen heading south early morning over Three Brooks
A female was seen in the morning on January 8th
in flight over Gunning's Wood in the Shire
Valley near Marshfield and was also noted in the
same area on January 30th and March 6th; A
female was seen flying west at Aust Warth on
A male and female returned to the breeding site
in S. Glos and were noted in the first week of
March; Two, a male and female over Yate and
Westerleigh Common at 11:45 on April 13th then
south-west towards Coalpit Heath; An unconfirmed report of one
flying across the estuary from Gwent towards Aust Warth at 13:00
where it was seen by three observers circling before departing
north on October 18th.
One was disturbed in Cloud Wood at the east end
Valley south of Marshfield on January 21st and called several
times as it flew off; A male was seen well in trees and then in
flight for five minutes at Shirehill, Marshfield on April 18th.
It was noted near Lower Shirehill Farm and Hazel Grove then flew
west towards Rownham Farm; A male was seen with Buzzard in St.
Catherine's Valley on the 28th May east of Ayford Lane near
Successful breeding was recorded again this year with a pair successfully rearing three young.
A probable male was seen on the afternoon of February 9th in
flight flying south-east over Davis's Farm Machinery Yard
and then Marshfield School. Very slow wing beats and then
short flat glides were noted; One, a male was seen at ST:
784 713 near Motcombe Farm in St. Catherine's valley at around 11:30 on
The first occurrence of successful breeding was confirmed at a
site in S. Glos this year when a pair reared two young.
One was reported seen briefly over Rocks East
Woodland just south-east of Marshfield on
On January 21st an individual was reported near
Marshfield over Rushmead Lane. (ST: 780 748);
One, probably a juvenile was seen January 23rd
over Northfield Lane near Marshfield.
One, a female, was reported circling from
Oldbury Power Station just north of Lagoon II on
February 28th at around 13:00 and heading north
One flew across the estuary at Oldbury Power
Station on March 26th.
A juvenile male was seen on August 15th at
On July 6th at Severn Beach, a male was seen to
On June 25th near Thornbury a female was
identified in flight heading west to south-east.
(DH and L Payne)
This is the first documented
reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire.