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



4 Smew still on pit 29 at the Cotswold Water Park

Black Necked Grebe on Blagdon Lake


Mediterranean Gull at Chippenham


20 Waxwings reported over Paulton

Merlin at Aust Warth

Red Kite over Bath

2 Siberian Chiffchaff at Westbury


Green Winged Teal and Short eared owl at Aust Warth


2 Dippers at Box


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

16th Great White Egret still at Chew Valley Lake


Water Pipit still at Northwick Warth


Black Redstart at Avonmouth

14 Mediterranean Gulls at Chew Valley Lake


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


Short Eared Owl and 2 Jack Snipe at Aust Warth


Merlin at Marshfield

Male Hen Harrier at Stapleford


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


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