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Wildlife Sightings 05/10/17

Thursday, 5 October 2017 15:57:48 Europe/London

Otter, Shetland

September

Places to visit

September is the months to head to the coast, with south west winds lots of seabirds will be going past, anywhere from Cornwall to Dorset can be good. With prolonged South West winds Severn Beach can be surprisingly good

Many waders are on the move, Curlew Sandpipers and Knot are turning up in our area, this is also the time for American waders to arrive so look carefully through any Dunlin and Ringed Plover flocks for White Rumped, Pectoral and Baird’s Sandpipers

Severn Beach and New Passage / Pilning Wetlands, Chew Valley lake and Slimbridge are the top sites in our area.

Late September I will be heading to Shetland in the hope of finding some rare migrant birds and with any luck Orca Whales and Otters.

Interesting Butterflies on the wing this month include, Brown Hairstreak and Clouded Yellow.

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird Sightings 31/08/17

Thursday, 31 August 2017 15:46:52 Europe/London

Woodchat, Chipping Sodbury Common

August and September

Places to visit

August and September are the months to head to the coast, with south west winds lots of seabirds will be going past, anywhere from Cornwall to Dorset can be good.

For Cory’s and Great Shearwaters Cornwall and South Devon are the places to be, I will be in Cornwall at Porthgwarra or Pendeen sometime this month!

Many waders are on the move, Curlew Sandpipers and Knot are turning up in our area, this is also the time for American waders to arrive so look carefully through any Dunlin and Ringed Plover flocks for White Rumped, Pectoral and Baird’s Sandpipers

Severn Beach and New Passage / Pilning Wetlands are the top sites in our area.

Interesting Butterflies on the wing this month include, Brown Hairstreak, Purple Emperor, Silver Spotted Skipper and Clouded Yellow.

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird Sightings 03/08/17

Thursday, 3 August 2017 15:06:17 Europe/London

Red-Backed Shrike, Highbridge

June and July

Places to visit

June and July are the quietest months, apart from Quail, Honey Buzzard and Nightjar which are late arrivals most birds are settled down breeding.

I tend to go out looking for Butterflies in these 2 months

Forest of Dean is a great place to visit with breeding Nightjar, Goshawk, Firecrest, Wood Warbler, Redstart, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, Tree Pipits and many other warblers

The Cotswold Water Park is worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, cuckoo, common terns and many warbler species

Salisbury Plain can also be good if passing through, if you are lucky you could find Montague’s Harrier, Stone Curlew, Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Turtle Dove or Quail, early mornings are best.

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird Sightings 30/06/17

Friday, 30 June 2017 16:12:54 Europe/London

Little Owl, Horton

June and July

Places to visit

June and July are the quietest months, apart from Quail, Honey Buzzard and Nightjar which are late arrivals most birds are settled down breeding.

I tend to go out looking for Butterflies in these 2 months

Forest of Dean is a great place to visit with breeding Nightjar, Goshawk, Firecrest, Wood Warbler, Redstart, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, Tree Pipits and many other warblers

The Cotswold Water Park is worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, cuckoo, common terns and many warbler species

Salisbury Plain can also be good if passing through, if you are lucky you could find Montague’s Harrier, Stone Curlew, Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Turtle Dove or Quail, early mornings are best.

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Wildlife Sightings 02/06/17

Friday, 2 June 2017 16:59:50 Europe/London

Swallowtail, Strumpshaw

April and May

Places to visit

The Cotswold Water Park is well worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, cuckoo, waders, terns and many warbler species

Severn Beach area can be very good for waders, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house and at the excellent new Pilning wetlands, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look an hour either side of the high tide if we get prolonged south west winds for terns and if you are lucky Skuas

Salisbury Plain can worth a look if passing through, if you are lucky you could find Stone Curlew, Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Turtle Dove and Quail

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1 Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Wildlife Sightings 05/05/17

Friday, 5 May 2017 17:20:46 Europe/London

Black Winged Stilt - Slimbridge

April and May

Places to visit

The Cotswold Water Park is well worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, cuckoo, waders, terns and many warbler species

Severn Beach area can be very good for waders, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house and at the excellent new Pilning wetlands, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look an hour either side of the high tide if we get prolonged south west winds for terns and if you are lucky Skuas

Salisbury Plain can worth a look if passing through, if you are lucky you could find Stone Curlew, Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Turtle Dove and Quail

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird Sightings 31/03/17

Friday, 31 March 2017 17:33:28 Europe/London

Iberian Chiffchaff, Yate

April

Places to visit

The Cotswold Water Park is well worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, cuckoo, waders, terns and many warbler species

Severn Beach area can be very good for waders, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house and at the excellent new Pilning wetlands, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look an hour either side of the high tide if we get prolonged south west winds for terns and if you are lucky Skuas

Salisbury Plain can worth a look if passing through, if you are lucky you could find Stone Curlew, Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Turtle Dove and Quail 

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird Sightings 10/02/17

Friday, 10 February 2017 16:56:34 Europe/London

Dusky Thrush, Beeley

February

Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is brilliant for Ducks, Swans and Geese, all giving very close views from the many hides.

The Cotswold Water Park is well worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Goosander, Goldeneye and with a little luck Smew and Scaup, try pits 29, 30, 44, 57, 68 a, 68b and 74, if you are out late then try pit 74 or 16 for a gull roost, I have found Iceland and Glaucous Gulls here in the past

Severn Beach area can also be very good for wildfowl. The best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird Sightings 30/12/16

Friday, 30 December 2016 17:31:19 Europe/London

Masked Wagtail, Camrose

JANUARY

A New Year and a New Year List!

Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is brilliant for Ducks, Swans and Geese, all giving very close views from the many hides.

The Cotswold Water Park is well worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Goosander, Goldeneye and with a little luck Smew and Scaup, try pits 29, 30, 44, 57, 68 a, 68b and 74, if you are out late then try pit 74 or 16 for a gull roost, I have found Iceland and Glaucous Gulls here in the past

Severn Beach area can also be very good for wildfowl. The best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house

Reports in RED are my own sightings (number) = total species seen this year so far

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird Sightings 02/12/16

Friday, 2 December 2016 17:07:08 Europe/London

Bonapartes Gull - Dawlish

December

This month is normally very quiet for birds, I tend to look at inland reservoirs for wintering divers and grebes, Chew Valley Lake is always a good bet for a Great Northern Diver, I also head out onto Salisbury Plain for Hen Harriers and Short eared owls, a slow drive across just before dusk normally gets you one or both species along with Barn Owls 

Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is brilliant for Ducks, Swans and Geese, all giving very close views from the many hides.

The Cotswold Water Park is well worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Goosander, Goldeneye and with a little luck Smew and Scaup, try pits 29, 30, 44, 57, 68 a, 68b and 74, if you are out late then try pit 74 or 16 for a gull roost, I have found Iceland and Glaucous Gulls here in the past

Severn Beach area can also be very good for Wildfowl, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look and if you are lucky you might find a Diver or winter grebe.

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

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