March 2016

Places to visit

The first summer migrants should be arriving towards the end of the month, keep an eye out for Little Ringed Plover, Chiffchaff, Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Sand Martin, Swallow, Sandwich Tern and if you are lucky a Stone Curlew

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, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

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


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



Smew still at Chipping Sodbury Common


2 Glaucous Gulls at Newlyn harbour

2 Choughs at Botallack

Chough and 20+ Manx Shearwaters at Pendeen (186)

Great White Egret at Coate Water Swindon


Glaucous Gull, 8 Mediterranean Gulls, 6 Sandwich Terns and 6 Little Egrets at Hayle Estuary Cornwall

Iceland Gull, Mandarin Duck, 200+ Sand Martin, 10+ Swallow, 1 House Martin and 4 Chiffchaff at Drift reservoir


Smew at Chipping Sodbury Common

Hobby over Swindon


Red Kite over the shop in Bath

Merlin, 3 Little Ringed Plover and 7 Sand Martins at Northwick Warth


Osprey Chew Valley Lake

5 Jack Snipe at Swindon


Hen Harrier, Peregrine, 50+ Tree Sparrows and 20+ Corn Buntings at Pewsey Downs (176)


Little Ringed Plover, Sand Martin, 3 Swallows and 55+ Brent Geese at Northwick Warth


Merlin, Hen Harrier and 3 Red Kite at All Cannings Down


3 Jack Snipe, 4 Dunlin, Red Shank, Green Sandpiper and 7 Cettis Warbler around pit 74 of the Cotswold Water Park


Wheatear at Boscombe Down

2 Penduline Tits still at Gloucester


2 Common Crane over Northwick


2 Sand Martins and 2 Ruff at Northwick Warth

2 Whooper Swans over Bradford on Avon


4 Little Gulls at Northwick Warth


Great Grey Shrike, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Crossbill at Crabtree Hill, Forest of Dean (175)

Glossy Ibis, 2 Spotted Redshank, 25+ Avocet, 30+ Knot and a Marsh Harrier at Goldcliff Nature Reserve Gwent. (173)


Female Smew at Chipping Sodbury Common


2 Short Eared Owls, Jack Snipe and a Green Shank at Aust Warth


2 Penduline Tits still at Gloucester


Dipper on the river Frome at Chipping Sodbury (170)

Little Owl at Northwick, 2 Water Pipits at Northwick Warth


Spoonbill at Slimbridge

Green Winged Teal at Ashleworth Ham Gloucestershire


Cattle Egret with 8 Little Egrets at Mudgley Somerset (168)

Ring Necked Duck, Bittern and Red Crested Pochard at Glastonbury (167)

Pallas’s warbler at Portesham Dorset (165)

2 Long Tailed Ducks at Abbotsbury (164)

Purple Sandpiper, 1000s of Razorbills and Guillemots plus 100s of Gannets, kittiwakes and Fulmars off Portland Bill (163)

Glaucous Gull, Newlyn

Glaucous Gull, Newlyn

Glaucous Gull, Newlyn

Glaucous Gull, Newlyn

Great Grey Shrike, Crab Tree Hill

Great Grey Shrike, Crab Tree Hill

Little Egret, Hayle

Little Egret, Hayle

Spotted Redshank, Goldcliff

Spotted Redshank, Goldcliff