This month is normally very quiet for birds, I tend to look at inland reservoirs for wintering divers and grebes, Chew Valley Lake is always a good bet for a Great Northern Diver, I also head out onto Salisbury Plain for Hen Harriers and Short eared owls, a slow drive across just before dusk normally gets you one or both species along with Barn Owls 

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.

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!


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



Marsh Harrier at Kent End pit on the Cotswold Water Park


3 Velvet Scoters at Chew Valley Lake


Long Eared Owl at Burderop wood Swindon

Lapland Bunting and Great White Egret at Slimbridge

2 Cattle Egrets and a Great White Egret at Ashton Keynes

4 White Fronted Geese at New Passage


4 Cattle Egrets at Saul / Frampton area


Black Redstart at Oldbury Power Station

2 Cattle Egrets at Ashton Keynes


Richards Pipit and Cattle Egret at Weston – Super_ Mare

16 Yellow Legged Gulls at Langford Lakes

2 Cattle Egrets again at Ashton Keynes

Yellow Browed Warbler, Kingfisher and Raven at Kingsgate Park Yate

Barn Owl and Little Owl at Marshfield


2 Cattle Egrets at Ashton Keynes

Yellow Browed Warbler at Swindon


3 Common Scoter and 3 Siberian Chiffchaff around pit 74 of the Cotswold Water Park

4 Short Eared Owls at Liddington Hill

Great Grey Shrike at Frampton Gloucestershire

Bittern at Frampton Lakes


2 Hen Harriers and 3 short Eared Owls on Haxton Down


A very late Swallow at Oldbury, also there 3 Red Breasted Merganser and a Black Redstart


Whooper Swan at Barrow lakes

Great Grey Shrike is back in the Forest of Dean for another winter


8 Jack Snipe in the Aust / Northwick Warth area


Cattle Egret at Bradford on Avon

24 Great White Egrets and 36 Little Egrets at Chew Valley lake


Bonaparte’s Gull at Dawlish Warren (300)

4 Cirl Buntings at Labrador Bay Devon


Ring Necked Duck at Blagdon Lake


Lesser Yellowlegs still at Cheddar

6 Cattle Egrets at Slimbridge

24 Great White Egrets at Blagdon Lake

Bonapartes Gull - Dawlish
Bonapartes Gull - Dawlish

Shoveler - Kingsgate Park, Yate
Shoveler - Kingsgate Park, Yate

Peregrine - Bath
Peregrine - Bath