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The S. Glos year list currently stands at 161: The most recent additions - Arctic Tern, Wood Warbler, Spoonbill.

 

 

Tuesday April 25th

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: Two birds 'reeling' at Oldbury Power Station today around Lagoon III. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Monday April 24th

RED KITE: One in flight over Downthorns Farm from Down Road, Marshfield this morning. (TBOSG)

 

© TBOSG

 

Sunday April 23rd

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: One was heard 'reeling' from Moor Lane, Tockington this morning. (Matt Scott) RED KITE: One was seen in flight over Thornbury at 12:20. (Matt Plenty) SMEW: The female still present on Chipping Sodbury Common Fishing Pools today. (Paul Woolams)

 

© Paul Woolams

 

Saturday April 22nd

ARCTIC TERN: A single flock of 18 (the first of the year) were seen feeding on the Tidal Reservoir before heading upriver around 15:00. (Pete Hazelwood) GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: Three birds heard 'reeling' today - one in scrub just south of Severn Beach plus a further two from a small reed bed on Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station. (John Martin, Pete Hazelwood) SMEW: The female was once again present on Chipping Sodbury Common Fishing Pools today. (Darren Pearce) WATCH A SHORT VIDEO HERE

 

© TBOSG Another shot of the Wood Warbler south of Marshfield on April 21st thanks to John Barnett.

 

Friday April 21st

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: One was heard 'reeling' near the 2nd Sentry Box on Northwick Warth, this morning. (Paul Bowerman) GREAT WHITE EGRET: One was seen in flight heading south over Pilning Wetland, Northwick Warth at 12:50. (Rich Miles) SHORT-EARED OWL: Two birds today with singles reported from Northwick Warth and Shepperdine. (Iain Dickie, Pete Hazelwood) SPOONBILL: One, the first of the year, was seen on Northwick Warth Flash around 15:00 before being flushed. (Ben Olfield) WOOD WARBLER: A spring male (the first of the year) in full song, was present throughout the day in Grange Plantation on Ashwicke Road, 1.5 kilometres south of Marshfield at ST: 785 717. (John Barnett)

 

© TBOSG

© Ben Ofield

 

Thursday April 20th

SPOTTED FLYCATCHER: One, the first of the year, was present in Chestle Pill copse at New Passage this morning. (Kev Bainbridge) It also represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous earliest date was April 21st 2003 at Severn Beach. GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: One was heard 'reeling' in the south-west corner of Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station this morning. (Pete Hazelwood) WHIMBREL: An extremely rare occurrence with one heard calling as it flew over 'HanhamBirdObs' Wesley Avenue, Hanham around 01:00 this morning (Rob Laughton)

 

Wednesday April 19th

OSPREY: One flew over Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station at 10:50 before heading out over the estuary and upriver over the Tidal Reservoir. (Pete Hazelwood) WHINCHAT: At least two, the first of the year, were present on Chipping Sodbury Common this morning. (Mark Coller) NORTHERN WILLOW WARBLER: A very 'grey' individual seen near the 2nd Sentry Box, Northwick Warth this morning was putatively - phylloscopus trochilus acredula. (TBOSG)

 

  The first Large White of the year was on the wing at Severn Beach early afternoon. (TBOSG)

 

© Mark Coller

 

Tuesday April 18th

PIED FLYCATCHER: A fine male, the first of the year, was seen in trees in private gardens at New Passage this morning and relocated at Chestle Pill copse this evening. (Paul Bowerman, John Martin) RED KITE: One was seen in flight heading from Willsbridge towards Keynsham late afternoon. (Brian Thompson)

 

© John Martin

 

Monday April 17th

RED KITE: One was seen drifting south-west over Hanham around mid-day. (Nigel Warren)

 

Sunday April 16th

GARDEN WARBLER: One, the first of the year, was logged on Yate Common, Yate this morning. (Mark Coller) It represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos! The previous earliest date was April 17th 2003 at Severn Beach. GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: One was heard 'reeling' near the entrance to Littleton Brick Pits this morning. (Thomas Weston) SHORT-EARED OWL: One was reported again from Aust Warth.

 

Saturday April 15th

AVOCET: One was seen in flight past Oldbury Power Station today. (Birding OPS)

 

Friday April 14th

SMEW: The female was present until late morning at least on Chipping Sodbury Common Fishing Pools. WHIMBREL: One, the first of the year, was seen at Oldbury Power Station this morning. (Andy Middleton)

 

Thursday April 13th

GREY PARTRIDGE: One was present in fields from Down Road, Marshfield this afternoon. (Nigel Warren) RED KITE: One was seen in flight north over Dyrham around 13:30. (Dan White) SHORT-EARED OWL: One reported again from Aust Warth. SMEW: The female was present throughout the day on Chipping Sodbury Common Fishing Pools. (Phil Hemmings)

 

© TBOSG

 

Wednesday April 12th

Siberian Chiffchaff: One was both seen and heard near the 2nd Sentry Box on Northwick Warth this morning. (Brian Lancastle) It represents the latest date for this form in S. Glos. The previous latest date was March 28th 2005 at Emerson's Green. SMEW: The female was reported again from Chipping Sodbury Common Fishing Pools today.

 

Tuesday April 11th

GREAT WHITE EGRET: One was seen in flight just inland of Shepperdine/ Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station heading south-west at 07:30. (Pete Hazelwood) Greenland Wheatear: Birds seen at Rushmead Lane and Down Road, Marshfield this afternoon were though to be this form. (Pete Taylor) RED KITE: One was seen in flight heading north-east over Oldbury Power Station at 14:35. (Dan White) RING OUZEL: A male was seen this afternoon in flight by the roundabout at the junction of the A46/ A420 near Pennsylvania then low north across the fields. (Pete Taylor) SMEW: A female returned to Chipping Sodbury Common Fishing Pools this afternoon. (Dave Poulton)

 

© Dan White, Pete Coslett

 

Monday April 10th

OSPREY: One flew low over Pilning Wetland and Northwick Warth and continued on north-east up the estuary at 11:25. (Paul Bowerman, Tony Scott, TBOSG) SHORT-EARED OWL: One was still present at Aust late afternoon. (TBOSG)

 

  The first Green-veined White of the year was on the wing at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach early afternoon. (TBOSG)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

© TBOSG

 

Sunday April 9th

COMMON EIDER: A flock of eight, including two drakes, were watched flying down-river past Severn Beach this evening. (Paul Bowerman) That's the first for the year! GRASSHOPPER WARBLER: One both seen and heard 'reeling' on Northwick Warth early this morning is the first of the year and the 150th species recorded in S. Glos this year! LESSER WHITETHROAT: Again both seen and heard on Northwick Warth early this morning is the first of the year and the earliest date for this species in S. Glos! (John Martin) The previous earliest date was April 10th 2009 at Oldbury Power Station. RING OUZEL: A fine spring male, the first of the year,  was seen in a private garden at Tormarton at 10:00 this morning. (John & Janet Wells via Fen Marshall) Siberian Chiffchaff: One, possibly this form, was reported from Olveston/ Tockington area today. (RBA)

 

© Paul Bowerman

Our earliest ever Lesser Whitethroat © John Martin

© John & Janet Wells

 

Saturday April 8th

SEDGE WARBLER: One present on Northwick Warth with another on Chittening Warth this morning - the first of the year and the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. (Paul Bowerman, Rob Emery) The previous earliest date was April 9th 2001 on Severnside. SHORT-EARED OWL: At least two birds still present at Aust late afternoon. (Severnside Birds)

 

Holly Blue at Bradley Stoke - © Vic Savery

 

Friday April 7th

COMMON CROSSBILL: A male and three females (the first of the year) were seen at Oldbury Power Station in pines on the north-east side of Lagoon I before flying upriver along the bank. (Pete Hazelwood) FIRECREST: One, the first of the year, was seen in woodland between Old Down, Lower Hazel and Alveston around ST: 626 876 at 15:00. (Vic Savery) RED KITE: One was seen in flight over 'The Anchor' at Oldbury-on-Severn at 14:15. (Brian Lancastle) SHORT-EARED OWL: At least three still at Aust late afternoon.

 

© Vic Savery

 

Thursday April 6th

SERIN: A spring male was both seen and heard at 08:25 at New Passage. (Paul Bowerman) This is the first documented reference to this species in S. Gloucestershire as well as the earliest date. It was both seen and heard in flight low over the 'ramp' at New Passage, alighting briefly in the Ash by the entrance to Northwick Warth before flying towards 'The Glen'. On the evening of April 5th Paul Bowdler noticed a small bright yellow finch land near entrance to Northwick Warth before flying towards the houses at New Passage which... 'appeared too small for Siskin'...

 

BLACK REDSTART: A female was seen near the Waterworks at Oldbury Power Station this morning. (Pete Hazelwood) GREEN SANDPIPER: One, the first of the year, was seen along Cattybrook Rhine, between Pilning Street and Badger Lane near Over. (Mark Smith) RED KITE: One seen in flight in the Milbury Heath/ Wyevale Garden Centre area this morning. (Adam Rawson) WATER PIPIT: Two were noted in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area today. (Paul Bowerman)

 

The first Small White's were on the wing at several locations today.

 

Wednesday April 5th

RED KITE: One seen in flight at Old Sodbury heading towards Yate at 13:55. (David Teague) SHORT-EARED OWL: Three were still present at Aust this evening.

 

 The first Speckled Woods of the year with four seen at Oldbury Power Station. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Tuesday April 4th

TREE PIPIT: One, the first of the year, was seen at Aust this afternoon. (Brian Lancastle) SHORT-EARED OWL: Two at Aust Warth this afternoon/ evening. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Brian Lancastle

 

Monday April 3rd

AVOCET: One, the first of the year, was seen at New Passage this morning. (Rosemary Setter) IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF: An unconfirmed report of a singing male briefly on Chipping Sodbury Common. (Gordon Youdale) An individual was both seen and heard later in the day at the same site and was considered by several observers to be an atypical Common Chiffchaff. (Ed's) RED KITE: One was watched in flight from Bitton following the R. Avon towards the old chocolate factory at Keynsham. (Chris Hall) SHORT-EARED OWL: At least two were seen at Aust Warth this afternoon. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

Sunday April 2nd

REED WARBLER: One trapped and processed at Littleton Brick Pits today is the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous earliest date was April 9th 2011 at Oldbury Power Station. (Paul House) SHORT-EARED OWL: Four were noted from the Aust Warth area today. (Adam Rawson, Michael Lovering) YELLOW WAGTAIL: The first of the year and earliest date for this species in S. Glos was seen on Pilning Wetland around 1st Sentry Box Pool. The previous earliest date was April 6th 2002 at Severn Beach. (Gary Hughes)

 

 The first Orange-tip of the year was logged at Oldbury Power Station today. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Saturday April 1st

DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE: One, the first of the year was present in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area today. (Paul Bowerman) SHORT-EARED OWL: Four were logged today from the Aust Warth area. (Brian Lancastle, Lee Gardiner) WATER PIPIT: At least five, possibly eight, were noted on Northwick Warth (in the 1st sentry box area) in transition plumage. (Paul Marshall)

 

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