February 2016

Places to visit

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, if you do please let me know!

 

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

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

TOTAL SO FAR (161)

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

 

29th

2 Smew on pit 28, green sandpiper on pit 29 of the Cotswold Water Park

27th

Hooded Merganser still at Corsham Lake

26th

Glaucous Gull on pit 16 and a Great Grey Shrike around pit 46 of the Cotswold Water Park

24th

Hooded Merganser, 13 Goosander, Kingfisher and 2 water Rail at Corsham Lake (161)

23rd

3 Common Crane over Oldbury Power Station

Hooded Merganser at Corsham Lake

21st

Lesser Scaup at Cardiff, 4 Common Scoter at Barry, Wood Lark, Mandarin Duck, 2 Goshawk, Raven, Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk and Marsh Tit in the Forest of Dean (160)

7 Common Scoter and 50+ kittiwake at Severn Beach

18th

Willow Tit, 4 Marsh Tit 15 Long Tailed Tits at Hens Wood, Wiltshire (156)

15th

3 Smew on pit 28a and an Iceland Gull on pit 57 of the Cotswold Water Park

Short Eared Owl and Barn Owl at Blakehill

11th

Short Eared Owl at Aust Warth

10TH

Ring Billed Gull, 2 Yellow Legged Gulls, Mediterranean Gull, Slavonian Grebe, Black Necked Grebe, 4 Brambling, 30+ Siskin, 3 Redpoll and 5 Egyptian Geese at Blashford Lakes Hampshire (155)

 8th

Great Skua and Storm Petrel at Oldbury Power Station

4 Great Skua, 2 Little Gulls, Fulmar, Common Scoter, 60+ Kittiwake at Severn Beach

7th

Male Smew on pit 29, 2 Male Smew on pit 30, 56 Red Crested Pochard on pit 44 and the Great Northern Diver still on pit 82 of the Cotswold Water Park (152)

6th

2 Penduline Tits still at Gloucester

3rd

Male Ferruginous Duck, 2 Caspian Gulls, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 20+ Goosander plus lots of other wildfowl at Blashford Lakes Hampshire (151)

Dartford Warbler and Red Kite in the New Forest Hampshire (148)

1st

2 Smew on pit 30 of the Cotswold Water Park

 Hooded Merganser, Corsham Lake

Hooded Merganser, Corsham Lake

Hooded Merganser, Corsham Lake

Hooded Merganser, Corsham Lake (2)

Hooded Merganser, Corsham Lake

Hooded Merganser, Corsham Lake (3)

Caspian Gull, Blashford Lakes

Caspian Gull, Blashford Lakes

Ring-billed Gull, Blashford Lakes

Ring-billed Gull, Blashford Lakes