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Wildlife Sightings 31/08/18

Friday, 31 August 2018 16:25:36 Europe/London

Chiffchaff, Chipping Sodbury

September

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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Wildlife Sightings 03/08/18

Friday, 3 August 2018 17:26:07 Europe/London

Pied Crow, Clevedon

August

Places to visit

August 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.

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, New Passage / Pilning Wetlands, Chew Valley Lake and Slimbridge 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

Wildlife Sightings 06/07/18

Friday, 6 July 2018 17:21:31 Europe/London

Pine Martens, Scotland

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 June and July

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

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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Wildlife Sightings 07/06/18

Thursday, 7 June 2018 17:16:32 Europe/London

Gadwall, Yate

June

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 June and July

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

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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Wildlife Sightings 01/05/18

Tuesday, 1 May 2018 14:51:51 Europe/London

Common Dolphin, Cornwall

May

Places to visit

I will be watching Chipping Sodbury Common; this area is great for passage Redstarts, whinchats, tree pipits and yellow wagtails. Whitethroat and lesser whitethroat breed here in small numbers; there is a small pond here that has had common and green sandpiper on it plus redshank twice and once a Whimbrel.

The Cotswold Water Park is one of the best sites in our area for Nightingale, on an early morning visit should get you these birds in full song, though they are not easy to see!

Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, Cuckoo, waders, common terns and many warbler species breeding around the pits so there is always something look at.

Severn Beach and Northwick Warth / New Passage area can be excellent in May with many summer plumaged waders moving up the channel, mid-month is the best time for Pomarine Skuas, from an hour before up to just after high tide is best but you need to be lucky!  

Salisbury Plain can worth a look if passing through, it is such a large area you could find Stone Curlew, Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Turtle Dove and Quail 

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Wildlife Sightings 05/04/18

Thursday, 5 April 2018 17:12:27 Europe/London

Fieldfare, 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 in by the end of the month

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 then Common, Arctic and Sandwich Terns should be passing by and if you are lucky Arctic, Great or Pomarine Skuas will be chasing them

Salisbury Plain can worth a look if passing through, it is such a large area but 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

Wildlife Sightings 06/03/18

Tuesday, 6 March 2018 16:37:09 Europe/London

Bullfinch, Kingsgate Park

January & February  

These months are normally quiet, 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, Red Crested Pochard and with a little luck Smew and Scaup, try pits 29, 30, 44, 57 and 74, if you are out late then try pit 74 or 16 for a gull roost, I have found Iceland, Glaucous and Caspian 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, and this is also good for Water Pipits.

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Wildlife Sightings 01/02/18

Thursday, 1 February 2018 17:13:53 Europe/London

Great Northern Diver, Sharpness

January & February  

These months are normally quiet, 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, Red Crested Pochard and with a little luck Smew and Scaup, try pits 29, 30, 44, 57 and 74, if you are out late then try pit 74 or 16 for a gull roost, I have found Iceland, Glaucous and Caspian 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, this is also good for Water Pipits.

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Wildlife Sightings 04/01/18

Thursday, 4 January 2018 16:34:32 Europe/London

Penduline Tit, Gloucester

January

A New Year, a New Year List!

January is normally quiet, 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 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

Wildlife Sightings 01/12/17

Thursday, 7 December 2017 16:08:17 Europe/London

Coot, Kingsgate Park - Yate

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 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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