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.

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 (266)

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

31st

Spotted Redshank, Black Tern, Curlew Sandpiper, 3 greenshank and 8 Knot at Northwick Warth area

Great White Egret at Langford Lake

Great White Egret at Slimbridge

29th

Grasshopper Warbler, 7 Whinchat, 9 Redstart, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Willow Warblers, 12+ Chiffchaff, Raven on Chipping Sodbury Common

Wryneck on Salisbury Plain

3 Garganey at Chew Valley Lake

28th

Adult and 1st Year Roseate Terns at Severn Beach (266)

26th

3 Marsh Harriers at pit 74 of the Cotswold Water Park

25th

Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpipers and a Garganey at Northwick Warth

23rd

Osprey at Dinton Mill Farm Wiltshire

22nd

2 Storm Petrels, 1 Great Skua, 23 Shags, 2 Black Terns, 4 Curlew Sandpipers at Severn Beach / Northwick Warth area

21st

6+ Storm Petrels, Black Tern, Arctic Tern, 3+ Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Gannets off of Severn Beach

20th

Marsh Harrier at Langford Lakes

19th

Great White Egret, Garganey, Black Necked Grebe and a Little Gull at Chew Valley Lake

5 Black Terns at Coate Water Swindon

9 Black Terns on pit 74 of the Cotswold Water Park

18th

Wryneck at Salisbury Plain

17th

Egyptian Goose, 3 Green sandpipers, Common Sandpiper, Golden Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 100+ dunlin, Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 9+ Yellow Wagtails, 3 Wheatears, 2 Tree Pipits at Northwick Warth / Pilning Wetlands

Whinchat, 7 Redstart, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and a common Whitethroat at Chipping Sodbury Common

Great White Egret at Oldbury Power Station

15th

Ferruginous Duck on pit 74 of the Cotswold Water Park

14th

Common Crane, Marsh Harrier, Hobby and Red Kite at Otmoor N.R Oxfordshire (265)

9th Caspian Gull at Chew Valley Lake

8th

5 Great Shearwaters, 13 sooty Shearwaters, 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Storm petrel, 1000s of Manx Shearwaters, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 70+ Whimbrel, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 5 Common scoter, 2 Chough at Pendeen (264)

 7th

Dalmatian Pelican at Devoran Cornwall another first for the UK.  (261)

8 Sooty Shearwaters, 5 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Arctic Skua and a Minke Whale at Porthgwarra

4th

4 Storm Petrels at Severn Beach

3rd

Western Swamphen at Minsmere Suffolk a first for the UK and a new bird for me

Also there 6 Little Gulls, 10+ Spotted Redshank, cuckoo, 2 Swift, Wheatear plus many Avocet, Black Tailed Godwit, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Bar Tailed Godwits (260)

2nd

Wood Sandpiper at Chew Valley Lake


Western Swamphen, Minsmere 3.8.2016
Western Swamphen, Minsmere 3.8.2016

Storm Petrel, Severn Beach 21.8.2016
Storm Petrel, Severn Beach 21.8.2016

Dalmatian Pelican, Devoran 7.8.16
Dalmatian Pelican, Devoran 7.8.16

Dalmatian Pelican, Devoran 7.8.16
Dalmatian Pelican, Devoran 7.8.16 (2)