The Birds Of

  South Gloucestershire







Thursday August 2nd

Combined reports this morning: North of the village, the usual Corn Bunting, Skylark and Yellowhammer, 94 Starling, 40 House Sparrow, 20 Linnet, a few Swallow, two House Martin, three Swift, four Yellow Wagtail, two juvenile Little Owl and at least 20 Chaffinch. South of the village at least 70 House Martin, several Swift and 13 Swallow around Ringswell Dew Pond also, a large flock of Long-tailed Tit plus Willow Warbler. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett)


Pete Coslett


Sunday August 5th

This morning; several Blackcaps, a Hobby over and still 20+ House Martins at Ringswell. (John Barnett)


Tuesday August 7th

A juvenile Hen Harrier was both seen and photographed in the Northfield Lane area at Marshfield. (Martin Smith)



Martin Smith


Thursday August 9th

Combined reports today: Several Common Buzzard, Black-headed, Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gull, good numbers of Stock Dove and Woodpigeon, four Little Owl, Skylark, Swallow, House Martin, adult and juvenile Pied Wagtail, large numbers of corvid generally including several Raven, small numbers of Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Yellowhammer, Linnet and Corn Bunting. (Pete Coslett, Nigel Warren, TBOSG)


Pete Coslett, TBOSG


Friday August 10th

The juvenile Hen Harrier was seen twice today; Once heading north from Down Track, Down Road mid-afternoon (John Barnett) and briefly (just off patch) from Gorse Lane near Pennsylvania late afternoon. (Mark Coller)


Sunday August 12th

The juvenile Hen Harrier was seen again heading north from Down Track, Down Road mid-afternoon. (Pete Coslett)


Pete Coslett


Monday August 13th

Combined reports today: Three Northern Wheatear, three Yellow Wagtail, two Pied Wagtail, six Raven, Kestrel, six Common Buzzard, three Swift, ten Skylark, 30 Swallow, ten House Martin, Common Whitethroat, a few Linnet, Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer were seen around Rushmead Barn on Rushmead Lane and a juvenile Little Owl was noted nearby. In the Shire Valley; Four Grey Heron, Willow Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher. In the Down Road area; A juvenile Hen Harrier was still present seen mid-afternoon quartering fields west of Down Road. Also c.50 large gulls - a mix of Herring and Lesser Black-backed. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett, TBOSG)


Pete Coslett


LATE NEWS: An unconfirmed report of a single Quail heard a couple of times only on the south side of Shirehill Lane, Marshfield mid-July. (via John Barnett)


Tuesday August 14th

Seven Yellow Wagtail and a single Northern Wheatear were present around Rushmead Barn, Rushmead Lane this afternoon. C.120 Large gulls, a mix of Herring and Lesser Black-backed, from Down Road plus a good movement of 'hirundine' (mostly Swallow and House Martin plus the odd Swift) heading generally westwards. (TBOSG)




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