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A weekly round-up of rare, scarce and unusual birds and butterflies from S. Gloucestershire

 

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

 

APRIL 2018

 

 

Monday 9th to Sunday 15th April 2018

 

ARCTIC SKUA

Three heading up-river from Severn Beach early morning on the 12th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Ashy-headed Wagtail

A very welcome and unexpected addition to the S. Glos list with this form - Motacilla flava cinereocapilla - first seen on Northwick Warth around 10:20 on the 15th. (Mark Coller, et.al)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

AVOCET

Two were present at Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 15th. (Andy Middleton)

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

One noted in the Pilning Wetland area on on the 11th. One on Northwick Warth Landfill Site on the 13th. (Paul Bowerman) Two noted at Oldbury Power Station on the 15th. (Andy Middleton)

 

COMMON TERN

One, the first of the year, was seen at Severn Beach on the 9th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Continental Cormorant

One high west over Kingswood, Bristol late morning on the 14th. (TBOSG)

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DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE

Four, the first of the year, were seen in flight up-river past Oldbury Power Station on the 14th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

GOSHAWK

One, putatively this species, in flight over Latteridge around mid-day on the 12th. (Chris Teague)

 

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

At least three seen and heard around Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 14th. (Matt Plenty, Pete Hazelwood)

 

Greenland Wheatear

A male, the first of the year, was seen on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 13th. (Dan White, Mar Coller)

 

HAWFINCH

One, probably this species, north-east over Oldbury Power Station at 07:20 on the 9th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

HOOPOE

One was seen briefly in Kingsgate Park, Yate early morning on the 15th but sadly could not be relocated. (Mark Coller)

 

LESSER WHITETHROAT

One, the first of the year, was seen around East End Dew Pond, Marshfield on the 13th. (John Barnett)

 

LITTLE GULL

Four adults were seen from Severn Beach late afternoon on the 10th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

PIED FLYCATCHER

A male, the first of the year, was seen in Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 11th - 13th. (Mark Coller, Darren Pearce, Gordon Youdale) A different male in a private garden at Alveston on the 13th. (Rich Ford) A female was seen around Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 14th. (Matt Plenty)

 

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REED WARBLER

One, the first of the year, from the Pilning Wetland area on the 11th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

One from Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 11th - 15th. (Mark Coller) One seen heading east over Old Sodbury at 08:45 on the 13th. (Chris Teague)

 

© Mark Coller

 

RING OUZEL

A male, the first of the year, was seen to fly from Lagoon III outfall inland at Oldbury Power Station early morning on the 12th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

© Pete Hazelwood

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: One reported late afternoon on the 11th (Martyn Pratt), One early evening on the 13th. (Vic Savery)

 

© Vic Savery

 

STONE CURLEW

One, the first for five years was found on Northwick Warth early morning on the 15th and remained throughout the day. (Matt Hobbs)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

WATER PIPIT

At least one present at Oldbury Power Station on the 12th. (Pete Hazelwood) One still present on Northwick Warth on the 14th - 15th. (John Martin)

 

WHINCHAT

One, the first of the year, was seen near New Pill on Chittening Warth on the 11th. (Rich Miles)

 

WHITETHROAT

One, the first of the year, was seen in Kingsgate Park, Yate late afternoon on the 11th. (Mark Coller)

 

WOOD WARBLER

A presumed male, the first of the year and the earliest ever record for S. Glos, was heard in song in the Nature Reserve of Kingsgate Park, Yate around 11:20 on the 11th.  Previous earliest date was April 14th 2009 at New Passage. Also an unconfirmed report of a singing individual at Kingsgate Park on the 12th. (Mark Coller) A male was both seen and heard in the grounds of The Glen, New Passage on the 14th. (Aravind Ramesh) One was reported c.400 metres north-east of Northwick Warth Flash early afternoon on the 15th. (Craig Lewis)

 

© Aravind Ramesh

 

YELLOW WAGTAIL

The Yellow Wagtail - shown below - was seen on Northwick Warth on the 13th (Matt Hobbs) Though striking in appearance could not be determined to species level.

 

© Matt Hobbs

 

Our first Orange-tip of the year was seen at Lower Hazel, Old Down on the 14th. (John Martin)

 

 

 

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