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These are unfiltered reports; sightings of rare and scarce birds are subject to ratification by the appropriate rarities committee.

 

APRIL 2019

Monday 15th to Sunday 21st

 

 

ARCTIC SKUA

A single dark morph was seen heading west from Severn Beach on the 20th. (Brian Lancastle)

 

AVOCET

Two were present on Northwick Warth Flash before departing north-east on the 18th. (Paul Bowerman) Two high north-east at Severn Beach subsequently past Oldbury Power Station on the 20th. (Brian Lancastle, Pete Hazelwood)

 

Paul Bowerman

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

At least two heard at Severn Beach from the 15th - 20th with at least four on the 21st. (Paul Bowerman, Rob Emery, Adam Cross) One at Oldbury Power Station on the 19th with two present on the 21st. (Andy Middleton)

 

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

One heard near the Second Sentry Box, Northwick Warth with a second from the Severn View Services area on the 17th. (Matt Hobbs) One at the north end of Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on the 18th. (Pete Hazelwood) One was seen in scrub in 'The Pipes' area one kilometre south of Severn Beach on the 20th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

 

Greenland Wheatear

One, putatively this form, on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 19th. (Mark Coller)

 

Mark Coller

There is some overlap in the identification criteria of Northern and Greenland Wheatear, though later birds in the UK (from mid-April through May) have a much higher proportion of the latter.

Characteristics associated with Greenland Wheatear in the main are larger size, longer legs, longer primary projection, broader black tail band and rufous underparts.

 

JACK SNIPE

One was noted from Aust Warth on the 20th. (Andy Stockhausen)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

An adult at Severn Beach and presumably the same individual up-river past Oldbury Power Station on the 21st. (Andy Stockhausen, Andy  Middleton)

 

OSPREY

One, possibly this species, seen distantly at Bradley Stoke on the 18th. (Adam Rawson)

 

PIED FLYCATCHER

One, possibly this species, seen briefly in Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 18th. (Mark Coller)

 

RED KITE

One over Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 18th. (Mark Coller)

 

RING OUZEL

A male was found on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 20th. (Jeanette Sakel, David Hanks) Also present throughout the day on the 21st. (et.al)

 

Pete Coslett

Leucism is an abnormal plumage condition caused by a genetic mutation that prevents pigment, particularly melanin, from being properly deposited in the feathers.

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

One from Aust Warth on the 20th. (Andy Stockhausen)