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Friday March 17th

LITTLE RINGED PLOVER: One, the first of the year, was first seen in flight over Pilning Wetland this morning. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Thursday March 16th

SHORT-EARED OWL: Two were seen from Aust Warth late afternoon. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Wednesday March 15th

RED KITE: One in flight south-west over Northwick Warth at 12:40. (Paul Bowerman, TBOSG) SHORT-EARED OWL: Four were reported from Aust Warth late afternoon before flying towards Northwick Warth. (RBA) SWALLOW: One, the first of the year and earliest ever record for S. Glos, was reported from Aust Warth late afternoon. (RBA) Previous earliest date was March 26th 1996 at Oldbury Power Station. WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: Two, the first of the year, flew strongly north-east over New Passage at 11:30. (Paul Bowerman, Dick Reader, TBOSG) BUTTERFLIES: The first Painted Lady of the year was on show at Marshfield today. (John Barnett)

 

Monday March 13th

JACK SNIPE: One was seen at Oldbury Power Station this morning. (Andy Middleton)

 

Sunday March 12th

MANDARIN: Two were seen in flight over Old Sodbury this afternoon, (Chris Teague) with a further bird reported from Golden Valley LNR, Wick.

 

Saturday March 11th

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds present early morning at Toghill Farm, Wick; feeding at an unknown location throughout the day and returning to roost in the evening. (Jess Forey) GREEN WOODPECKER: At least twenty (20) were counted in the Overscourt Woodland/ Shortwood area early morning. (Anthony Goodwin) JACK SNIPE: One was flushed from the saltmarsh at Oldbury Power Station. (Pete Hazelwood) MEDITERRANEAN GULL: A summer plumaged bird was noted on Littleton Warth this morning. (John Martin) SAND MARTIN: Three, the first of the year, were watched around Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station, (Morris Benson) plus at least one noted at Littleton Brick Pits. WATER PIPIT: One was noted on Littleton Warth this morning. (John Martin) WAXWING: Twelve were seen fly-catching around the Pinker's Mead/ Julius Close area at Emerson's Green this afternoon briefly. (Dave Haddican) WHITE WAGTAIL: At least one possible two (the first of the year and earliest date for S. Glos) with c.75 'alba' wagtail in ploughed fields from Down Road, Marshfield late morning. (TBOSG)

 

Friday March 10th

CATTLE EGRET: Both birds still present early morning at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) GREENSHANK: One, the first of the year, was heard from Cake Pill, Aust this morning.  MARSH HARRIER: One was seen in flight north past Aust Warth around 09:50. (Steve Hale) WAXWING: Fifteen still present at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke this morning. (Adam Rawson)

 

Comma from Golden Valley LNR, Wick - © Billy Mackie

 

Thursday March 9th

CATTLE EGRET: Two present throughout the day at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) ICELANDIC REDWING: One possibly this form on Northwick Warth late afternoon. (Brian Lancastle) WAXWING: Fifteen birds at Tesco, Bradley Stoke at 07:15. (Brian Thompson, Adam Rawson) BUTTERFLIES: The first Brimstone with singles at Pilning Wetland and Latteridge with at least six in the Marshfield area, (Paul Bowerman, Chris Teague) and Comma at Frampton Cotterell. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Possible 'Icelandic' Redwing © Brian Lancastle

© Brian Thompson

 

Wednesday March 8th

CATTLE EGRET: Two present throughout the day at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) NORTHERN WHEATEAR: A spring male, the first of the year, near Oldbury Sailing Club. PIED WAGTAIL: C.300 roosting on buildings in the Jetty area at Oldbury Power Station. (Pete Hazelwood) WAXWING: Fifteen birds at Tesco, Bradley Stoke at 07:25 then on Braydon Avenue at 07:35 briefly. (Brian Thompson, Adam Rawson)

 

Tuesday March 7th

CATTLE EGRET: Two present throughout the day at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) COMMON STONECHAT: Fourteen were counted at Oldbury Power Station today; A site and S. Glos highest count... probably! (Andy Middleton) WAXWING: Up to fifteen birds lingering at Tesco, Bradley Stoke. (Brian Thompson, Adam Rawson)

 

© Brian Thompson

 

Monday March 6th

CATTLE EGRET: Two birds still present at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: Fifteen lingering at Tesco, Bradley Stoke. (Adam Rawson)

 

Sunday March 5th

CATTLE EGRET: Two birds still present at Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: Fifteen birds still present at Tesco, Bradley Stoke. (Adam Rawson)

 

© TBOSG

© Adam Rawson

 

Saturday March 4th

CATTLE EGRET: Two still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) RED KITE: One noted over Kingsgate Park, Yate. (Adam Rawson) SCANDINAVIAN ROCK PIPIT: Three or four putatively this form at Severn Beach. (Brian Lancastle) WAXWING: Fifteen still present at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke. (Adam Rawson)

 

© Red Kite by Adam Rawson and putative Scandinavian Rock Pipit by Brian Lancastle

 

Friday March 3rd

CATTLE EGRET: Two birds still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) WAXWING: Fifteen still present at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke. (Adam Rawson)

 

© TBOSG

© Adam Rawson

 

Thursday March 2nd

CASPIAN GULL: An adult winter female was noted mixing with around 600 gulls at Shortwood Civic Amenities Site late afternoon. It constitutes the 7th record for S. Gloucestershire and the latest ever date for this species in the recording area! The previous latest date was February 4th 2008 at Shortwood CAS. (Peter Rock) CATTLE EGRET: Two birds still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) SMEW: A winter female was found on Chipping Sodbury Common fishing lake this afternoon. (Dan White) WAXWING: Fifteen were still present at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke. (Adam Rawson, Stephen Jones)

 

© Smew by Dan White and Waxwing by Stephen Jones

 

Wednesday March 1st

CATTLE EGRET: Two birds still present in fields west of Toghill Farm, Wick. (Jess Forey) PIED WAGTAIL: A roost of 'several hundred' were reported from Marks & Spencer at Cribbs Causeway. (Lisa Presland) RAVEN: A good count of twenty-three from Chipping Sodbury Common today. (Mark Coller) WAXWING: A flock of some size reported somewhere in Filton... ambiguous or what! (Twitter) Sixteen were still present at Tesco Extra, Bradley Stoke (Avon Birds) and four were seen in trees at Buckover Hill, Buckover at 15:30. (Adam Rawson)

 

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