January- March 2015

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, I am trying to get to 250 in one year!

Total so far this year 138

FEBRUARY

28th

4 Smew still on pit 29 at the Cotswold Water Park

Black Necked Grebe on Blagdon Lake

25th

Mediterranean Gull at Chippenham

22nd

20 Waxwings reported over Paulton

Merlin at Aust Warth

Red Kite over Bath

2 Siberian Chiffchaff at Westbury

21st

Green Winged Teal and Short eared owl at Aust Warth

18th

2 Dippers at Box

17th

4 Short eared owls and a Woodcock at Blakehill (138)

16th Great White Egret still at Chew Valley Lake

15th

Water Pipit still at Northwick Warth

 13th

Black Redstart at Avonmouth

14 Mediterranean Gulls at Chew Valley Lake

11th

I Had a great day at Portland , highlights were, Great Skua, Black Guillemot, Eider, 5 Purple Sandpipers, 4 Red Throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 16 Black Necked Grebes, 2 Black Redstarts, Hooded Crow and Marsh Harrier. (137)

Black Redstart in Trowbridge

Water Pipit still at Northwick / Pilning wetlands area

8TH

Short Eared Owl and 2 Jack Snipe at Aust Warth

6th

Merlin at Marshfield

Male Hen Harrier at Stapleford

4th

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Willow tit, Marsh tit and 2 Red Kite at Savernake Forest (112)

Great White Egret and Great Northern Diver both still at Chew Valley Lake

Black Redstart in Trowbridge

1st 

2 Short eared owls and a hen harrier at Salisbury plain

2 Dipper at Willsbridge Mill

Pair of Goosander at Keynsham (107)

Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

Purple Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper

Kestrel

Kestrel