TBOSG

  The Birds Of

  South Gloucestershire

 

S. GLOS DIARY

 

JANUARY 2018

 

 

Monday 1st to Sunday 7th January 2018

 

BLACK REDSTART

A winter male was seen around the Jetty fence at Oldbury Power Station on the 2nd. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

An adult was present in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 2nd. (Paul Bowerman) It represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos.

 

GLAUCOUS GULL

A 1st winter was seen well from Severn Beach around 08:00 on the 3rd before departing down river. (Paul Bowerman) It the first for six years!

 

GOOSANDER

A male was reported on the R. Avon on the 6th c.200 metres downstream of Siston Brook at Willsbridge. (Nigel Kempson)

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: At least six on the 1st - 2nd (Lee Gardiner, Nigel Sluman), one on the 3rd - 4th (Wilf King, Donna Harvey, Alastair Fraser), at least one, possibly two, on the 5th (Donna Harvey, Paul Bowdler) and six on the 6th - 7th (Lee Gardiner, Sam Bilner, Kevin Balch) MARSHFIELD: One possibly two at the east end of Cloud Wood, around 11:30 on the 7th. (Charlie Fayers)

 

© Lee Gardiner

 

TBOSG

 

JACK SNIPE

Two noted on Severnside on the 1st (Brian Lancastle), one reported from Aust Warth on the 4th and one displaced from the salt marsh south of Severn Beach on the 5th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

LEACH'S PETREL

A storm driven individual noted heading down river from Severn Beach on the 3rd. (Paul Bowerman)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

An adult was noted at the entrance to The Pill, New Passage on the 1st (John Martin), an adult over the houses at Severn Beach on 3rd, (John Martin, Brian Lancastle) and an adult from Severn Beach on the 4th. (John Martin)

 

RED KITE

One seen over the ring road at the junction of the A4174/ A420 Kingswood late morning on the 5th (Dave Hanks), and one was seen flying east over the A420 between The Folly and Marshfield at 14:30 on the 7th. (Pete Coslett)

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Three on the 1st (Brian Lancastle), one on the 2nd - 4th (Wilf King, Karle Burford) and one on the 6th. (John Martin, Julian Thomas) OPS: One past the point at Shepperdine on the 4th (Pete Hazelwood)

 

SNOW BUNTING

One, very probably this species, both seen and heard in the Severn Beach area on the 3rd and the predated remains of a 1st winter female were found on Northwick Warth on the 5th. (Brian Lancastle)

 

WATER PIPIT

One from the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 2nd, 4th (Aravind Ramesh) and 7th. (Rob Emery)

 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE

Two seen in flight north-east over Pilning Wetland early afternoon on the 7th and subsequently upriver past Aust Warth at 15:20. (Paul Bowerman, TBOSG)

 

© TBOSG

 

WHOOPER SAWN

Two adults were found on Northwick Warth in the morning on the 7th spending most of their time on Pining Wetland. They were last seen in flight north-east past Aust Warth at 16:40. (Roger Staples, et.al)

 

© TBOSG

 

 

 

Monday 8th to Sunday 14h January 2018

 

AVOCET

Two were feeding on the shore by Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 14th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

BLACK REDSTART

OPS: A 1st winter/ female along the seawall between The Jetty and Lagoon II on the 8th, an adult winter male was noted on the stony area inside the fence viewed from the The Jetty on the 13th and a 1st winter/ female was seen on the seawall by The Jetty on the 14th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

An adult was seen at Shepperdine upriver from the point just south of The Windbound on the 11th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: At least three on the 8th. (Nigel Tucker, Allan Chard) one on the 9th - 10th (Bristol Birding, Nigel Warren), seven (7) on the 11th (Chris Trott, Jack Wilmott), four on the 13th and 14th. (Teresa Chard) MARSHFIELD: At least one was seen at the east end of Cloud Wood, Marshfield on the 10th. (John Barnett) OPS: One flew over the reedbed at Lagoon II, on the 11th alighting in trees briefly then flew north-east. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

JACK SNIPE

A high count of nine noted on Aust Warth on the 13th and at least seven counted there on the 14th. (John Martin)

 

RED KITE

One was noted over Golden Valley LNR, Wick on the 13th.

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH/ SISTON BROOK, OLDLAND COMMON: At least four were seen at feeders on Fairway Close and in flight over the Church on the 9th. (Jack Wilmott) They represent the first January record and earliest date for this species. The previous earliest date was February 19th 2011 at Frenchay. At least one in trees along Siston Brook on the 10th, (Nigel Warren, TBOSG), and six on the 14th. (Mike Gray) which represents the highest count of this species ever recorded in S. Glos!

 

©TBOSG

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: One on the 10th (Adam Rawson), four, possibly five from 16:00 on the 11th (Paul Bowerman, Dan White), four on the 12th, two on the 13th and up to three on show late afternoon on the 14th. (John Martin)

 

© Dan White

 

WATER PIPIT

One from the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 13th. (John Martin)

 

 

 

 

Monday 15th to Sunday 21st January 2018

 

BLACK REDSTART

An adult male was seen again on the 15th on the stony ground inside the fence from The Jetty at Oldbury Power Station and what was presumably the same birds on stony ground viewed from The Jetty area again on the 21st. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: At least two on the 15th - 16th (Wayne Tucker), one fly-over on the 17th (Paul Francis), one reported on the 19th. (Birdguides/ RBA) and six very mobile birds on the 20th. (Lee Gardiner) MARSHFIELD: One from a garden in the Withymead area at Marshfield on the 18th, 20th and 21st (Denise Whittle). Additionally, one was reported from Siston Common on the 20th. (Birdguides/ RBA)

 

© Lee Gardiner

 

© Denise Whittle

 

JACK SNIPE

One noted from Littleton Warth on the 19th. (John Martin) and one from Oldbury Power Station on the 20th. (Andy Middleton)

 

ICELAND GULL

An immature winter bird, possibly this species, was seen distantly and in poor conditions from Aust Warth in the afternoon on the 21st. (Gary Thoburn)

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

At least three noted on the 15th in the Siston Brook/ St. Anne's Church area, Oldland Common. (Brian Thompson, Dan White)

 

© Dan White

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: One on the 15th (Nigel Sluman), one over Cake Pill around 17:00 on the 18th (Lynne Sinclair), one late afternoon on the 19th (Adam Rawson) and three on the 21st. (Gary Thoburn) MARSHFIELD: Two were reported from Rushmead Lane, Marshfield around 10:15 on the 19th. (Paul Williams)

 

WATER PIPIT

One was seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 16th. (Severnside Birds)

 

 

 

Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th January 2018

 

BLACK REDSTART

The adult male was seen again on stony ground viewed from The Jetty area at Oldbury Power Station on the 22nd. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

An adult was seen on the 23rd on Kendleshire Golf Course, Coalpit Heath. (BOC Tuesday Group)

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: Four on the 22nd (Allan Chard), at least one on the 24th (Pete Coslett), at least two on the 25th (RBA), eight (8) seen on the 26th (Richard Bedwell), and six on the 27th. (Teresa Chard) MARSHFIELD: One seen briefly at the east end of Cloud Wood Marshfield on the 22nd (TBOSG) and one visiting feeders in the Withymead area at Marshfield on the 23rd - 27th  (Denise Whittle)

 

JACK SNIPE

One seen on Aust Warth on the 25th.

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Five were noted in the morning on the 25th, at least four on the 26th, two early evening on the 27th (RBA) and one on show from late afternoon on the 28th. (Allan Chard) MARSHFIELD: One noted from Rushmead Lane throughout the day on the 22nd. (Pete Coslett, John Barnett)

 

WATER PIPIT

One showed well but briefly around The Pill at New Passage on the 25th. (Aravind Ramesh)

 

WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE

One was seen in flight over Aust Warth late in the day on the 27th. (Paul Brennan)

 

 

 

Monday 29th to Wednesday 31st January 2018

 

BLACK REDSTART

An adult male on stony ground viewed from The Jetty area again 29th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

HAWFINCH

One still visiting feeders in the Withymead area at Marshfield on the 29th (Denise Whittle) and at least six still present at St. Anne's Church, Oldland Common on 30th.

 

© Denise Whittle

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH/ SISTON BROOK, OLDLAND COMMON: Two were reported on the 29th (Avon Birds) and three on the 30th - 31st (Phil Ashman, Lee Gardiner, David Gale)

 

© Lee Gardiner

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Two were seen at 17:10 on the 29th (Rob Emery) and two disturbed by intruders at 14:00 on the 30th. (Allan Chard)

 

 

FEBRUARY 2018

 

 

Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th February 2018

 

Continental Cormorant

One was seen in flight in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 3rd. (John Martin)

 

© John Martin

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: At least five on the 1st - 2nd and at least three on the 4th. (Wayne Tucker) MARSHFIELD: One faithfully visiting feeders in the Withymead area on the 1st - 4th. (Pete Coslett, Dave Emery, Denise Whittle)

 

© Gordon Youdale

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH/ SISTON BROOK, OLDLAND COMMON: At least three on the 1st - 4th. (Pete Coslett, Gordon Youdale, Robert Hargreaves, Wayne Tucker, John Mildenhall)

 

© Adam Rawson

 

© John Mildenhall

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Just one bird on show on the 1st (Wayne Tucker), three on the 2nd (Lisa Presland) and one on the 3rd. (Phil Gower)

 

© Adam Rawson

 

WATER PIPIT

At least one in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area in the morning on the 3rd. (John Martin)

 

© John Martin

 

YELLOW-LEGGED GULL

Two putatively this species feeding in fields opposite The Lake at Oldbury Power Station on the 1st. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

 

 

Monday 5th to Sunday 11th February 2018

 

BLACK REDSTART

A probable 1st winter male on the south-west side of the reactor towers, Oldbury Power Station on the 7th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: Three, possibly four, on the 5th (Chris Teague), up to five on the 6th (TBOSG) and at least two on the 9th - 10th (Paul Brennan, Michael Davis) MARSHFIELD: One still visiting feeders in the Withymead area, Marshfield on the 5th, 7th - 10th. (Denise Whittle)

 

© Chris Teague

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH/ SISTON BROOK, OLDLAND COMMON: Two on the 5th (Chris Teague), three on the 7th (Billy Mackie, Donna Harvey), two on the 10th. (Michael Davis) and six on the 11th. (Martin Sprake) Additionally two were noted south over Warmley on the 5th. (Pete Coslett)

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Three showing on the 6th (Matt Scott), two on the 7th (et.al), one on the 8th (Dan White) and one on the 11th. (et.al)

 

WATER PIPIT

One, putatively this species, both seen and heard in flight between The Waterworks and Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 7th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

 

 

Monday 12th to Sunday 18th February 2018

 

GOSHAWK

An unconfirmed report of a male at 11:35 on the 17th near Newhouse Farm on the Tormarton Road, Marshfield where it was watched for five minutes both sat on a drystone wall and in flight. (Mark Rich)

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: At least three on the 12th, at least two on the 13th (Chris Teague, Dona Harvey), three on the 15th, one on the 16th and three around 10:00 on the 18th. (Mark Coller) MARSHFIELD: One continuing to show on and off at feeders in the Withymead area on the 12th - 17th. (Denise Whittle)

 

© Donna Harvey

 

JACK SNIPE

One flushed from saltings between Lagoon I and The Windbound on the 16th (Andy Middleton) and one noted on Littleton Warth on the 17th. (John Martin)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A moulting adult was seen in fields opposite The Lake at Oldbury Power Station on the 13th and a second and different adult in the Tidal roost at Oldbury Power Station on the 14th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

RED KITE

Two birds on the 15th; One over the Willsbridge Valley/ Siston Brook area around 11:30 and one drifting over fields adjacent to Starveall Lane, Hawkesbury Upton in the afternoon. (Dan White)

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: Three on the 12th - 13th (Adam Rawson, Chris Teague, Dona Harvey), four on the 15th and three on the 16th. (et.al)

 

© Adam Rawson

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: One on the 12th (Paul Bowerman), three on the 13th, one on the 14th and 16th (Simon Cubbage, Dan White), at least four possibly seven on the 17th and up to four throughout the day on the 18th. (et.al)

 

© TBOSG 

 

 

 

Monday 19th to Sunday 25th February 2018

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: At least seven early afternoon on the 19th (Pete Coslett), five on the 20th (Paul Brennan, et.al), five on the 23rd, six on the 24th and three on the 25th. (Steve Mackie) MARSHFIELD: One still visiting feeders in the Withymead area at Marshfield on the 19th. (Denise Whittle)

 

© Steve Mackie

 

LITTLE EGRET

Ten were counted a kilometre inland of Oldbury Power Station along the rhine by the Severn Drainage offices on the 21st. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

PIED WAGTAIL

At least 150 were noted forming a roost at Severn View Services, Aust in the evening on the 21st. (Dan White)

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

One was seen in the Willsbridge Valley/ Siston Brook area, Oldland Common on the 19th (Donna Harvey, Pete Coslett), and one on view from St. Anne's Church, Oldland Common on the 21st. (Donna Harvey)

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: At least two on the 19th (RBA, et.al), one in windy conditions on the 20th (Phil Baber, et.al) and one on the 22nd. (et.al)

 

WATER PIPIT

One was seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 20th and again in the same area on the 22nd. (Paul Bowerman)

 

 

 

Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th February 2018

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: Four reported on the 26th.

 

HEN HARRIER

An unconfirmed report of a 'ringtail' showing briefly by the row of poplars on Aust Warth on the 26th. (Malcolm Black)

 

MANDARIN

A pair were present on The Little River Avon near Damery on the 28th. (Adam Rawson)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A winter adult was seen in the roost at Oldbury Power Station on the 28th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

 

MARCH 2018

 

 

Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th March 2018

 

HAWFINCH

Birds continued to show at a couple of sites in the area with one still frequenting feeders in the Withymead area at Marshfield on the 3rd - 4th, (Denise Whittle) and one noted in the St. Anne's Church/ Willsbridge area on the 4th.

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

One was reported early afternoon on the 3rd from the foreshore at New Passage. (Rosemary Setter)

 

RED KITE

One was reported in flight over Chipping Sodbury on the 3rd.

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

These spectacular Owls were still showing well from Passage Road, Aust with seven (7) birds, the highest count so far this year, on show early on the 4th. (Matt Hobbs)

 

 © Matt Hobbs

 

 

 

Monday 5th to Sunday 11th March 2018

 

GOOSANDER

A pair were watched floating upriver on the R. Severn at Severn Beach on the morning of the 7th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

HAWFINCH

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH, OLDLAND COMMON: Three on the 6th and two on the 11th. (Donna Harvey) MARSHFIELD: One again at feeders in the Withymead area at Marshfield from the 5th - 8th and 10th with two present on the 6th. (Denise Whittle) AUST: One seen in flight south-west from Aust Cliffs then over Aust Warth on the 10th. (Matt Hobbs)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A summer adult was seen in the gull flock from Rushmead Lane, Marshfield late morning on the 9th. (John Barnett) A 2nd winter was seen in flight low east over a property in Pilning on the 11th. (John Martin)

 

RED KITE

One was seen over Brimsham Park, Yate early afternoon on the 7th (Dan White) and one over Shire Bridge, Marshfield on the 10th flying towards West Littleton. (Pete Coslett)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

Two reported in the Awkley area flying high east around the convergence of the M4/ M48 on the 6th, three in flight over Abbey Wood roundabout, Filton at around 08:15 on the 6th (Nick Tippett), one was seen flying north along the sea wall at Severn Beach on the morning of the 7th (Paul Bowerman) and two were seen in the garden of The Glen at New Passage on the 11th before flying back into the village. (John Martin)

 

© John Martin

 

SAND MARTIN

The first of the year was seen at Littleton Brick Pits on the 10th! Early but not quite the earliest! (Michael Davis, Paul House)

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: One on the 5th and 8th, at least four on the 6th and 9th, at least five on the 10th and three on the 11th. (et.al)

 

TURTLE DOVE

A wholly unconfirmed report of a 'Turtle Dove spp' on the 9th from the garden of 83 Durban Road, Patchway. Apparently, after an online search, it was determined that the bird was a 'Turtle Dove'. Information was sought by the observer and visiting guests at the BTO before informing Rare Bird Alert. (RBA via the observer) A damaged aviary at Bristol Zoological Gardens allowed birds to escape one of which was 'apparently' Turtle Dove so there's a high percentage possibility that the Patchway bird was of captive origins.

 

 

 

 

Monday 12th to Sunday 18th March 2018

 

AVOCET

Six were found on the 16th on Pilning Wetland early morning before moving to New Passage. (Tony Scott)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

BLACK REDSTART

One was noted on top of the cooling towers at Oldbury Power Station on the 12th. (OPS Birding)

 

HAWFINCH

One at feeders in the Withymead area, Marshfield again on the 14th. (Denise Whittle)

 

© Denise Whittle

 

JACK SNIPE

One was seen on Aust Warth on the 17th. (John Martin)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A summer plumaged adult was seen in flight north-east up the estuary on the 12th. (OPS Birding)

 

RED KITE

Two heading west over Chipping Sodbury and one over Church Road, Yate at 11:40 on the 14th. (David Poulton) One over Thornbury at 12:50 on the 18th. (Theo Stockwell)

 

SANDWICH TERN

One, the first of the year, down river at Oldbury Power Station at 17:40 on the 16th. (Pete Hazelwood) This sighting represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos. The previous earliest was Marsh 28th 2016 also at OPS!

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

A migrant flew over and across the Severn from New Passage north towards Benchley Point on the 12th. (Paul Bowerman) AUST WARTH: At least four on show on the 13th, (Penny Wills), four on the 15th, three on the 16th, two on the 18th. (et.al)

 

© Rod Holbrook

 

WATER PIPIT

One, probably this species or possibly Scandinavian Rock Pipit, in near summer plumage from Aust Warth on the 18th (Vic Savery)

 

WHEATEAR

The first of the year was logged at Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 13th (Pete Hazelwood)

 

YELLOW-LEGGED GULL

An adult on Coopers Lake , Yate on the 18th. (Darren Pearce)

 

 

 

Monday 19th to Sunday 25th March 2018

 

AVOCET

One in the Northwick Warth area on the 21st - 22nd. (Larry Sweetland, Aravind Ramesh)

 

BLACK REDSTART

A 1st winter male seen on the seawall near The Jetty, Oldbury Power Station on the 19th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

A singing male at Oldbury Power Station on the 21st. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

GREAT GREY SHRIKE

An unconfirmed report of one from Acton Turville on wires by the crossroads near the pub and post office at 18:00 on the 22nd. (RBA/ Morven Houston)

 

HAWFINCH

One visiting feeders in the Withymead area at Marshfield from on the 25th. (Denise Whittle)

 

JACK SNIPE

One from Oldbury Power Station on the 19th. (Andy Middleton) One from the saltmarsh near Thornbury Sailing Club with another from Severn Beach on the 21st. (Pete Hazelwood, Paul Bowerman)

 

RED KITE

One over Chipping Sodbury Common on the 21st (Mark Coller), One over the M4/ J18 towards Marshfield and one over Aust Warth on the 22nd. (Nigel Sluman, Paul Brennan)

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

Two, possibly three, in the Willsbridge Valley on the 19th (Donna Harvey) with one present on the 23rd. (Avon Birds) With the March sightings, this species has been reported from S. Glos in all months!

 

© Donna Harvey

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Three on the 20th - 24th, two on the 25th. (et.al) One in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 22nd. (Paul Bowerman)

 

WATER PIPIT

One around Chestle Pill, Northwick Warth on the 22nd (Aravind Ramesh, Roger Staples) with two present on the 23rd. (Paul Bowerman)

 

 

 

Monday 26th to Saturday 31st March 2018

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

One reported from Orchard Pools, Severn Beach. (Severnside Birds)

 

JACK SNIPE

One reported from Chipping Sodbury Common on the 27th. (David Poulton)

 

LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER

A male at close range near the Little River Avon in the Damery area on the 31st. (Adam Rawson)

 

RED KITE

One over Grimsbury Farm at the bottom of Cock Road, Kingswood (Rob Laughton) and one over Down Road, Marshfield on the 29th. (Rob Laughton, Pete Coslett)

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

Two at St. Anne's Church, Oldland Common on the 28th. (Donna Harvey) Two by The Anchor car park, Oldbury on the 29th with one on Streamside Walk, Thornbury on the 29th and 31st. (Matt Plenty, Pete Hazelwood)

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Two on the 26th, one on the 31st. (et.al)

 

SWALLOW

The first of the year was noted over Pilning Wetland on the 31st . (Vic Savery)

 

WATER PIPIT

One around Chestle Pill, Northwick Warth on the 26th with two present on the 28th - 29th (Aravind Ramesh, Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

 

APRIL 2018

 

 

Sunday 1st to Sunday 8th April 2018

 

ARCTIC SKUA

One, a dark morph and the first of the year, north-east upriver from Severn Beach on the 7th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

AVOCET

Three at Shepperdine early morning on the 2nd. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

Two noted from Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on the 3rd and 8th with one there on the 5th. (Andy Middleton, Matt Plenty)

 

COMMON SCOTER

Eleven were present off Severn Beach on the evening high tide on the 2nd with sixteen present on the 6th. (Paul Bowerman, Tony Scott)

 

GOOSANDER

A male was seen in flight north-east past Severn Beach on the 7th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

HAWFINCH

One noted at St. Anne's Church, Oldland Common on the 8th. (Nigel Kempson)

 

HOUSE MARTIN

The first of the year was noted on Pilning Wetland on the 4th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

JACK SNIPE

One on Yate Common early afternoon on the 3rd. (Darren Pearce)

 

LITTLE RINGED PLOVER

Three, the first of the year, on the foreshore at New Passage on the 6th. (Brian Lancastle)

 

OSPREY

One, the first of the year, heading west over Emerson's Green Retail Park at 15:55 on the 3rd. (Matt Scott)

 

PURPLE SANDPIPER

One, the first for two years, on rocks in Burger Bar Bay, Severn Beach on the 3rd. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

REDSTART

The first returning birds of the year were noted at Hanham Hills, Hanham (Nigel Kempson) and Aust STW, Aust. (Vic Savery)

 

RED KITE

One, possibly this species, over woodland on the north side of river the R. Avon towards Hanham (from Willsbridge) late afternoon on the 6th. (Chris Hall) One over Pilning Wetland on the 7th. (Paul Bowerman) Two over Littleton Brick Pits, Littleton, subsequently over Orchard Pools and Pilning Wetland on the 8th. (Tony Scott, Derek Clark)

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

At least one at the Willsbridge Mill Reserve, Willsbridge on the 1st and 3rd. (Nigel Kempson, Donna Harvey)

 

SEDGE WARBLER

One both seen and heard in the reedbed around Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station is the first of the year and the earliest ever date for this species in S. Glos!. (Pete Hazelwood) The previous earliest date was April 8th 2017 on Northwick Warth.

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

AUST WARTH: Two on the 1st and 8th, one on the 7th. (et.al)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

TREE PIPIT

The first of the year was noted on Chipping Sodbury Common on the 4th. (Mark Coller)

 

WATER PIPIT

One in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 1st with two on the 2nd, 4th - 5th and 7th - 8th. (et.al)

 

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

WHIMBREL

Four, the first of the year, were seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 8th. (Ian Dickie)

 

WHITE WAGTAIL

The first of the year, was seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 4th. (Ian Dickie)

 

WILLOW WARBLER

The first of the year, was both seen and heard in Kingsgate Park, Yate on the 2nd. (Mark Coller)

 

YELLOW WAGTAIL

The first of the year was present with a male over Severn Beach on the 7th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

 

 

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)

© TBOSG

 

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 EGRET

An impressive thirteen birds were reported in fields near Thornbury Castle on the 13th. (OPS Birding)

 

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)

 

© TBOSG

 

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

 

 

 

Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd April 2018

 

ARCTIC TERN

Four, the first of the year, were seen in flight down river from Oldbury Power Station on the 19th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

AVOCET

One was seen in flight north-east up-river past New Passage on the 21st. (Matt Hobbs)

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

Three birds present on Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station on the 18th with two still present on the 22nd. (Pete Hazelwood, Any Middleton)

 

CUCKOO

An early first of the year was present around Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station on the 16th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

GOSHAWK

One noted soaring over Down Road, Marshfield around mid-day before drifting north on the 18th. (John Barnett) A male was seen circling near The Orchard, Oldbury Power Station before being lost to view (Pete Hazelwood) and a female was watched in flight north-east over Pilning Wetland (Matt Hobbs) on the 21st.

 

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

One was heard 'reeling' in the garden of The Glen, New Passage close to the outfall with a second ringed at Littleton Brick Pits on the 18th. (Dan White, Mark Dadds) One was heard 'reeling' in scrub south of Severn Beach on the 19th. (Rich Miles) One was heard 'reeling' around Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station (Matt Plenty), one was both seen and heard near Frampton Cotterell along Frome Valley Walkway (ST: 666 823) early morning (Gordon Youdale) and one was heard 'reeling' at Three Brooks LNR, Bradley Stoke (Adam Rawson) on the 21st.

 

NIGHTINGALE

An unconfirmed report of one heard singing from a site in S. Gloucestershire on the 19th. (Chris Perry)

 

OSPREY

One spent an all too brief ten minutes around 09:45 at New Passage on the 22nd. (Aravind Ramesh)

 

© John Martin

 

RED KITE

At least two birds present in the Shire Valley during the afternoon on the 18th. (TBOSG) One was seen over Chipping Sodbury Common at 15:50 (Darren Pearce) with the same or another over North Yate at 17:45 (Chris Teague) on the 21st. One flew north over Pilning Wetland around 13:00 on the 22nd. (Ian Dickie)

 

RED-THROATED DIVER

One, the first for three years, lingered for a couple of hours on the R. Severn from New Passage on the 18th. (Steve Payne, John Coombes)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

RING OUZEL

Two; a female was seen on Northwick Warth near the 2nd Sentry Box early morning (Paul Bowerman) and a male was seen in flight and in brambles near The Glen at New Passage in the afternoon on the 16th. (Phil Baber)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

One from Aust Warth in the evening on the 20th (Vic Savery)

 

SWIFT

The first of the year was seen north-east over Pilning Wetland early morning on the 21st. (Matt Hobbs)

 

WATER PIPIT

One present on in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 16th, 18th - 19th. (et.al)

 

WHITE STORK

One, was seen in flight heading low north-east over Pilning Wetland mid-afternoon on the 22nd. (Rich Miles)

 

 

 

Monday 23rd to Monday 30th April 2018

 

ARCTIC SKUA

A pale morph individual north-east up-river from Severn Beach mid-afternoon on the 25th. (Nigel Warren, Paul Bowerman)

 

AVOCET

One early morning on Pilning Wetland then on Northwick Warth Flash in the evening on the 30th. (Paul Bowerman, Dan White)

 

Channel Wagtail (Hybrid)

A handsome spring male was found on Northwick Warth on the 27th. (Brian Lancastle)

 

© Brian Lancastle

 

GARDEN WARBLER

Two, the first of the year, were noted at Lyde Green early morning on the 24th. (Mike Youdale)

 

GARGANEY

A male and female, the first of the year, were seen on Pilning Wetland early morning on the 30th. (Matt Hobbs)

 

© Matt Hobbs, John Martin

 

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

Two birds were heard 'reeling' from around Lagoon III, Oldbury Power Station on the 24th. (Pete Hazelwood) One was singing at Severn Beach on the 25th (John Martin) One from Lagoon III, OPS on the 26th and 28th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

Two birds dropped onto Pilning Wetland around 07:40 and stayed for just ten minutes on the 23rd. (Paul Bowerman) One seen in poor conditions in flight over Lagoon II, OPS and past Littleton-upon-Severn early morning on the 27th was noted in flight north over Aust  Warth later. (Pete Hazelwood, Ed Drewitt)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

MANDARIN

A pair were seen again on The Little River Avon near Damery on the 23rd. (Adam Rawson) These birds have apparently been frequenting the area since February.

 

© Adam Rawson

 

OSPREY

Two birds tracking north-east up-river distantly from Oldbury Power Station on the 25th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

WOOD SANDPIPER

The first of the year was seen on Pilning Wetland on the 27th. (John Martin)

 

 

MAY 2018

 

 

Tuesday 1st to Sunday 6th May 2018

 

ARCTIC SKUA

One, a dark morph, upriver past Oldbury Power Station around 08:30 on the 5th. (Pete Hazelwood. Andy Jordan)

 

© Andy Jordan

 

BARNACLE GOOSE

One reported from Pilning Wetland on the 5th. (Brian Lancastle)

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

At least two birds present at Oldbury Power Station on the 2nd. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

GOSHAWK

One, possibly this species, was seen twice over Oakleaze Road, Thornbury before departing towards the west on the 5th. (Adam Rawson)

 

RED KITE

One drifted north-east from Severn Beach early morning on the 1st. (Brian Lancastle) One in the Northfield/ Rushmead Lane area on the 4th. (Nigel Sluman) One low over Oakleaze Road, Thornbury on the 5th. (Adam Rawson) One reported from North Yate on the 6th.

 

© Brian Lancastle

 

WHOOPER SWAN

A very distant Swan that flew north-east in mist at Severn Beach in the morning on the 6th was a possible this species! (Brian Lancastle)

 

WOOD SANDPIPER

One present on Pilning Wetland in the evening on the 6th. (Brian Lancastle)

 

WREN

Forty-three (43) were logged at Oldbury Power Station on the 4th. (Andy Middleton) The previous highest count was 21 on November 6th 2017 also at OPS!

 

 

 

Monday 7th to Sunday 13th May 2018

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

One heard near Grebe Pond, Pilning Wetland on the 11th. (John Martin)

 

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

One heard from Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station on the 8th. (David Poulton)

 

HOBBY

One, the first of the year, flew north over Severn Beach mid-afternoon on the 9th. (Aravind Ramesh)

 

MANDARIN

One reported on the R. Avon at Hanham on the 13th.

 

OSPREY

One flew low over the A4174 Link Road at Filton Roundabout early evening on the 9th. (Matt Hobbs) It was subsequently reported from Coalpit Heath.

 

RED KITE

One drifted north over Coalpit Heath late afternoon on the 9th. (David Hanks) One over Tytherington late afternoon on the 10th. (Paul Golledge) One over the M5 at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol at 10:30 on the 11th (Gordon Youdale) with a further two over Dean Road, Yate before departing east/ south-east. (Barry (Ginger Birder))

 

SPOTTED FLYCATCHER

This year's first birds were noted on the 8th and 9th at New Passage (2) and Chipping Sodbury Common. (Lisa Presland, Mark Coller)

 

WOOD SANDPIPER

An adult present on Pilning Wetland on the 6th - 8th. (Brian Lancastle, et.al)

 

© Brian Lancastle

 

 

 

Monday 14th to Sunday 20th May 2018

 

AVOCET

Two birds on Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland in the evening on the 15th with a third on the 16th. (Brian Lancastle, John Martin) Two Avocets seen mating on the 17th in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area with one settled on a 'nest' constitutes the first breeding attempt of this species in South Gloucestershire. Two still present on the 18th. Three in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 20th; (Paul Bowerman)

 

© John Martin

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

Two noted at Oldbury Power Station on the 20th. (Andy Middleton)

RED KITE

One circling overhead at the junction of the B4058 and B4509 near Charfield on the 15th. (Rosemary Setter) One over Riverside Shopping Centre on the 16th. Two heading east over Falfield on the 17th. (Dan White) One south-east over West Littleton Down on the 18th. (Pete Coslett)

 

SPOONBILL

LATE NEWS: A wholly unconfirmed report of an adult on the saltmarsh at Oldbury Power Station on the 13th. If the finders would like to get in touch, we'd be delighted to hear from you!

 

 

 

Monday 21st to Sunday 27th May 2018

 

AVOCET

Two were noted in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 25th. (John Martin)

 

BLACK TERN

Two, the first of the year, were noted heading upriver past Severn Beach on the 24th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

Blue-headed Wagtail

A fine male was seen on Pilning Wetland early morning on the 24th. (Paul Bowerman) It represents the latest date for this form in S. Glos. Previous latest date was May 18th 2017 on Northwick Warth.

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

GARGANEY

A pair were new arrivals on Butts Pool, Pilning Wetland on the 21st . (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

NIGHTINGALE

One recorded singing at the south-east end of Kingsgate Park, Yate early morning on the 21st is the first of the year. (Mark Coller)

 

RED KITE

One at Frampton Cotterell in the morning on the 21st. (David Hanks) Two drifted north-east over Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn on the 21st. (Pete Hazelwood) One over Thornbury High Street (Adam Rawson) and one east over Pucklechurch around 18:30 on the 22nd. (Sean Spear) One soared over Latteridge at midday for about 20 minutes before heading east towards Rangeworthy, (Chris Teague), one over Filton Hill, Filton late afternoon (Vic Savery) and two over Down Road, Marshfield on the 23rd. (Mark Coller) One noted over Dundridge Park, Hanham around mid-day and one over the Wild Places Project, Cribbs Causeway late afternoon on the 24th. Two over Thornbury early evening and one over Hanham Primary School on the 25th. (Rob Laughton) One over Thornbury Sailing Club, Oldbury-on-Severn, one heading north over Leyhill mid afternoon,  (Stuart Matthews) and an impressive five (5) drifted low north-east over Pilning Wetland on the 26th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

 

 

Monday 28th to Thursday 31st May 2018

 

AVOCET

One briefly in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area early morning on the 28th. (John Martin)

 

NIGHTJAR

LATE NEWS: One was flushed from The Orchard, Oldbury Power Station around 19:00 on Tuesday May 22nd. (Via Pete Hazelwood)

 

RED KITE

One circling over Badminton Road at Kendleshire at 15:00 on the 28th. (David Hanks) One over Inglestone Common on the 31st. (Via Avon Birds)

 

SHORT-EARED OWL

One was noted from Northwick Warth in the evening on the 31st. (Brian Lancastle)

 

© Brian Lancastle

 

 

JUNE 2018

 

 

Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd June 2018

 

MANDARIN

A female successfully hatched at least five ducklings in the Little River Avon area at Damery. (Adam Rawson)

 

© Adam Rawson

 

RING-NECKED PARAKEET

One from Streamside Walk, Thornbury today. (Matt Plenty)

 

WOODLARK

The first ever June record of this species with an adult just south of Severn Beach on the 1st. (Brian Lancastle) It also constitutes the latest date for this species in S. Glos!

 

© Brian Lancastle

 

 

 

Monday 4th to Sunday 10th June 2018

 

RED KITE

One low over a cut field at Avening Green  (Fen Marshall), and one reported over Old Sodbury on the 5th. One north-east over the towers and Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station (Pete Hazelwood), one over Olveston and one over Bradley Stoke (Adam Rawson), two gliding over the A403 behind Northwick Warth moving north about 13:00 (Rosemary Setter), one drifted slowly north-east over Charfield at 16:15, one over Cribbs Causeway (Paul Bowerman) and one reported over Wick on the 6th. One over Wapley around 08:30 (Gordon Youdale), and one reported over Lower Woods Lodge on the 7th. One reported over Oldland Common and one over Aust Cliffs around 15:30 on the 8th. (Ed Drewitt) One at the top of Tog Hill and one over the Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 9th. (Pete Coslett)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

 

 

Monday 11th to Sunday 17th June 2018

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

One noted at Oldbury Power Station on the 15th. (Andy Middleton)

 

GREAT SKUA

The first one this year was seen from Severn Beach mid-morning on the 14th. (Paul Bowerman, Nigel Warren, TBOSG)

 

© TBOSG

 

MANX SHEARWATER

At least 150, the first of the year, were noted from Severn Beach following Storm Hector on the 14th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A 1st summer (2nd calendar year) was seen from the sea wall at Severn Beach on the 14th. (Paul Bowerman, Nigel Warren, TBOSG)

 

RED KITE

One flying east over the M48 near Aust at 15:30 on the 12th. (Rod Holbrook) One over Westerleigh Road top of short hill Westerleigh at 11:30 on the 13th. Two attending a sheep carcase in the Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 16th. (Pete Coslett)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

STORM PETREL

One was seen heading out of 'Burger Bar Bay', Severn Beach early on the 14th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

YELLOW-LEGGED GULL

A 2nd summer (3rd calendar year) was seen from the sea wall at Severn Beach mid-morning on the 14th. Paul Bowerman, Nigel Warren, TBOSG)

 

 

 

Monday 18th to Sunday 24th June 2018

 

HARRIER SPP

One, probably Hen, was seen briefly in flight north-east over Engine Common Lane, Yate early morning on the 22nd. (Dan White)

 

HOOPOE

LATE NEWS: One both seen and photographed on the outskirts of Marshfield mid May. (Alex Mackintosh)

 

 

RED KITE

One over the Masons Arms on the A38 at Rudgeway early morning on the 20th. (Adam Rawson) One noted on the 22nd over Chipping Sodbury and Yate throughout the day. Two low flying birds in the Cromhall area at 12:15 on the 24th. (Vic Savery)

 

STORM PETREL

One was seen from Severn Beach around 11:00 on the 18th. (Brian Lancastle)

 

 

 

Monday 25th to Saturday 30th June 2018

 

AVOCET

One present on Pilning Wetland mid-morning on the 30th. (John Martin)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

CETTI'S WARBLER

A newly fledged individual was heard at Oldbury Power Station on the 26th - 28th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

CURLEW SANDPIPER

A moulting adult, the first of the year, was found on the foreshore at New Pill, Chittening Warth in the evening on the 25th. (Brian Lancastle)

 

RED KITE

One noted drifting slowly north-east over Severn Beach at 10:10 on the 25th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

 

JULY 2018

 

 

Sunday 1st to Sunday 8th July 2018

 

AVOCET

Four were present on Northwick Warth on the 4th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

COMMON SCOTER

Eight (seven males and a juvenile/ female) drifted up-river past Oldbury Power Station on the rising tide at 11:15 on the 6th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A summer adult was noted on Northwick Warth in the evening on the 2nd (Brian Lancastle) and at New Passage/ Northwick Warth on the 3rd - 6th. (Paul Bowerman) Two adults were noted in flight south-west over Severn Beach on the 5th. Adam Cross)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

RED KITE

One over Barnhill Quarry, Chipping Sodbury around 09:00 on the 5th. (Dave Poulton)

 

 

 

Monday 9th to Sunday 15th July 2018

 

LITTLE EGRET

At least nine were logged in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 9th with twelve at Severn Beach on the 14th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

An adult was reported from New Passage on the 12th. (Robert Hargreaves) An adult was seen on Northwick Warth and two juveniles were noted at Severn Beach on the 14th. (Paul Bowerman) An adult and a 2nd calendar year in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 15th. (John Martin)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

RED KITE

One reported over Oldland Common sometime last week! One over the Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 10th. (Pete Coslett) One north-east over Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station late morning on the 11th. (Pete Hazelwood) Two in the Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 14th. (Pete Coslett) One over Chipping Sodbury Common on the 15th. (Brian Thompson) Three in the Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 15th. (John Barnett)

 

© Pete Coslett

 

WOOD SANDPIPER

One was flushed from Pilning Wetland by engineering activities and flew off calling towards New Passage early morning on the 15th. (John Martin)

 

 

 

Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd July 2018

 

GREAT WHITE EGRET

One was seen on the 18th around 10:30, in flight over Pilning Wetland, viewed from second sentry box, before heading high over Aust where it was lost to view. (Matt Ames)

 

© Matt Ames

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

An adult in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area in the evening on the 16th. (Dean Reeves, Aravind Ramesh) An adult and 2nd summer were reported from the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area again. (Brian Lancastle) An adult at Shepperdine (Oldbury Power Station) on the 17th. (Pete Hazelwood) An adult and two juvenile/ immature birds in the New Passage/ Pilning Wetland area on the 18th. (Paul Bowerman) A juvenile was seen with c.20 Black-headed Gulls early morning on the 19th at Culvert Avenue, Yate near the entrance to Yate Trading Estate. (Gary Hughes) A juvenile on Northwick Warth on the 21st. (Brian Lancastle)

 

RED KITE

Two over New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland on the 16th. (Dean Reeves) One drifting east over Oakleaze Road, Thornbury on the 18th. (Dan White)

 

WOOD SANDPIPER

An adult on the 1st Sentry Box Pool, Pilning Wetland again from the 16th - 18th. (Et.al)

 

© Brian Thompson

 

 

 

Monday 23rd to Tuesday 31st July 2018

 

LITTLE EGRET

A decent count of thirteen logged on Pilning Wetland on the 27th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

MANDARIN

A female was present at Kingsgate Park, Yate from the 27th - 31st. (Mark Coller)

 

© Mark Coller

 

MANX SHEARWATER

C.120 were noted on the 28th from Severn Beach. (Et.al)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

Two juvenile/ 1st winter birds at Severn Beach on the 28th. (Paul Bowerman) A juvenile on Northwick Warth on the 30th. (Aravind Ramesh)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

RED KITE

One from Broad Hill, Hawkesbury on the 24th. (Vic Polley) One at Cold Ashton on the 25th takes the tally for S. Glos this year to 100! (John Barnett) One over Old Sodbury on the 29th. (Barry Dursley)

 

 

AUGUST 2018

 

 

Wednesday 1st to Sunday 5th August 2018

 

AVOCET

An adult accompanied by four juveniles in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 1st. One in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 3rd. (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

MANDARIN

A female was lingering at Kingsgate Park, Yate from the 1st - 2nd. (Mark Coller)

 

© Mark Coller

 

MARSH HARRIER

A juvenile was seen for just a couple of minutes in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland area on the 1st before departing south-east. (Paul Bowerman, Nigel Warren)

 

© TBOSG

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A moulting adult was noted at New Passage/ Northwick Warth on the 1st, 3rd - 4th. (Paul Bowerman, et.al.)

 

© Paul Bowerman

 

MERLIN

One giving 'great views' on Northwick Warth on the 1st represents the earliest date for this species in S. Glos! (Rich Miles) The previous earliest date was August 5th 2006 at New Passage.

 

 

 

Monday 6th to Sunday 12th August 2018

 

CUCKOO

Not so 'common' nowadays so this obliging individual at Severn Beach on the 5th - 6th was a very welcome distraction! (Paul Bowerman)

 

© Paul Bowerman, Brian Lancastle

 

LITTLE EGRET

Eighteen (18), the highest count this year, were disturbed by ground maintenance workers on Pilning Wetland on the 6th. (Paul Bowerman)

 

HEN HARRIER

A juvenile (the first of the year) was both seen and photographed from Rushmead Lane, Marshfield on the 7th (Martin Smith), possibly again distantly mid-afternoon on the 9th from Rushmead Lane (Nigel Warren), twice on the 10th; heading north from Down Track, Down Road mid-afternoon (John Barnett) and briefly from Gorse Lane near Pennsylvania late afternoon (Mark Coller) and a gain mid afternoon  heading north from Down Track, Down Road on the 12th. (Pete Coslett)

 

© Martin Smith

© Pete Coslett

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A juvenile/ 1st winter reported from the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 12th.

RED KITE

One reported from the Hawkesbury Upton area on the 8th.

 

 

 

Monday 13th to Sunday 19th August 2018

 

HEN HARRIER

A juvenile was lingering at Marshfield on the 13th where it was seen quartering fields west of Down Road mid-afternoon. (TBOSG)

 

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

A winter adult in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area on the 17th. (Nick Hawkridge)

 

QUAIL

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

 

RED KITE

One over Chipping Sodbury Common mid-afternoon on the 19th. (Mark Coller)

 

YELLOW-LEGGED GULL

An adult, probably this species, around the Jetty at Oldbury Power Station on the 18th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

 

 

Monday 20th to Sunday 26th August 2018

 

OSPREY

One was seen briefly in flight low to the south from Severn Beach at 15:45 on the 21st. (Paul Bowerman)

 

RED KITE

One seen around mid-day between Milbury Heath an Thornbury on the 24th. (Adam Rawson)

 

YELLOW-LEGGED GULL

A 1st winter was noted on Northwick Warth on the 25th. (Brian Lancastle)

 

 

 

Monday 27th to Friday 31st August 2018

 

GREAT SKUA

A surprise fly-by with one down river from Oldbury Power Station at 11:15 on the 29th. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

OSPREY

One in flight over Rushmead Lane, Marshfield in the afternoon on the 27th.

 

© Pete Coslett

RED KITE

One reported from the Shire Valley, Marshfield on the 31st.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

 

 

The S. Glos Rare & Scarce Birds Diary

 

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