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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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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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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

Bird Sightings 03/11/16

Thursday, 3 November 2016 17:16:51 Europe/London

Lesser Yellowlegs, Cheddar

November

This is the month to head to the south or east coast, Lots of wildfowl will be arriving, head for the Norfolk coast for Brent and Pink footed Geese these should be here in the thousands and it’s a stunning site to see!

With strong North East winds the Norfolk coast is the best place to see Little Auks and Waxwings, if you can stand the cold!!!

 Closer to home, Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is brilliant for Ducks, Swans and Geese, all giving very close views from the many hides , in the past it was possible to see thousands of White fronted geese here but now as it is getting milder the numbers are down to a few hundred !

If we get prolonged west / south west winds, Severn Beach can be very good for Leach’s Petrel, I have had my best views of these tiny sea birds from here, the best place to look from is from the sea wall opposite the village an hour either side of high tide!

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Bird Sightings 07/10/16

Friday, 7 October 2016 13:58:24 Europe/London

Pallid harrier - Wester Quarff

October

This is the month to head to the South West coast, with winds predominantly coming from the west, Cornwall, Devon and the Isles of Scilly are the places to head for.

 I have been going to the Isles of Scilly at this time of year since 1984 and I have seen such rare birds as a Northern Waterthrush, 3 Parula Warblers, 3 Yellow Rumped Warblers, 8 Red eyed Vireos, 3 Blackpoll Warblers, 2 Black and white Warblers, 2 Yellow Billed Cuckoos, 1 Black Billed Cuckoo, 5 Grey Cheeked Thrush, 1 Hermit Thrush, 4 Swainson’s Thrush, 2 Bobolink and many more, this all depends on the weather!

 Closer to home, if we get prolonged west / south west winds, Severn Beach can be very good for sea birds such as Manx shearwaters, Petrels, Skuas, Grey Phalarope and if you are lucky a Sabine’s Gull , best place to look is from the sea wall opposite the village an hour either side of high tide!

With prolonged very strong westerly winds these sea birds can end up on inland lakes, Chew Valley Lake is as good as any; in the past I have seen Sabine’s gull and Grey Phalarope here.

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Bird Sightings 01/09/16

Thursday, 1 September 2016 15:32:53 Europe/London

Western Swamphen, Minsmere 3.8.2016

August 2016

Places to visit

August is the month to head to the coast, with south west winds lots of seabirds will be going past, anywhere from Cornwall to west Sussex 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

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

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Wildlife Sightings 04/08/16

Thursday, 4 August 2016 17:32:25 Europe/London

Eider Duck - Aberdeen

June and July 2016

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, in late July the waders start coming back.

Sometimes get the odd super rare bird turn up, last year it was Greater Yellowlegs in Hampshire.

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

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

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

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

TOTAL SO FAR (259)

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

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Wildlife Sightings 01/07/16

Friday, 1 July 2016 17:08:39 Europe/London

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly near Severn Beach

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly near Severn Beach

June and July 2016

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

Sometimes get the odd super rare bird turn up, last year it was Greater Yellowlegs in Hampshire.

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

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

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

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

TOTAL SO FAR (253)

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird Sightings 02/06/16

Thursday, 2 June 2016 13:32:31 Europe/London

Great Spotted Cuckoo, Portland

 

May 2016

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 Montague’s Harrier, Stone Curlew, Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Turtle Dove and Quail 

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

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

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

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