November

This is the month to head to the south or east coast, Lots of wildfowl will be arriving, head for the Norfolk coast for Brent and Pink footed Geese these should be here in the thousands and it’s a stunning site to see!

With strong North East winds the Norfolk coast is the best place to see Little Auks and Waxwings, if you can stand the cold!!!

 Closer to home, Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is brilliant for Ducks, Swans and Geese, all giving very close views from the many hides , in the past it was possible to see thousands of White fronted geese here but now as it is getting milder the numbers are down to a few hundred !

If we get prolonged west / south west winds, Severn Beach can be very good for Leach’s Petrel, I have had my best views of these tiny sea birds from here, the best place to look from is from the sea wall opposite the village an hour either side of high tide!

Recent Bird records (South 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 (298)

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

31st

24 Great White Egrets at Blagdon Lake

Lesser Yellowlegs still at Cheddar

29th

White Tailed eagle again over Cheddar

28th

White Tailed Eagle between Blagdon, Chew and Cheddar

6 Cattle Egrets at Slimbridge

Hoopoe at Churchill

27th

Lesser Yellowlegs still at Cheddar

5 Cattle Egrets at Slimbridge

26th

Lesser Yellowlegs at Cheddar also 4 Great White Egrets, Red Breasted Merganser and a White Fronted Goose (298)

Spotted Crake, Ring Necked Duck and 5 Great White Egrets at Chew Valley Lake

Yellow Browed Warbler at Lower Farm on the Cotswold Water Park

25th

A Swift species at Severn beach at 9am but it flew off East

5 Cattle Egrets at Slimbridge

23rd

Pallas’s warbler near Bitton / Saltford cycle way

16 Great White Egrets at Chew Valley Lake

22nd

Yellow Browed Warbler at Severn Beach

21ST

Spotted Crake and Ring Necked Duck at Chew valley Lake

20th

Ring Necked Duck at Chew Valley Lake

Hoopoe at Damery

18th

Golden Pheasant and 3 Crossbills at Lynford Norfolk (297)

17th

6 Great Skuas, 1 Little Stint, 2 Marsh harriers at Cley Norfolk

16th

Dusky warbler and Lapland Bunting at Cromer (296)

Cattle Egret and Bean Goose at Cley next the sea Norfolk (295)

15th

Raddes Warbler at Wareham Green Norfolk (294)

Olive Backed Pipit, Pallas’s warbler and 2 Firecrest at Wells Wood Norfolk

14th

Siberian Accentor my 508th bird for the UK at Easington Yorkshire (293)

Shore Lark at Spurn Point (292)

Red Flanked Bluetail at Donna Nook Lincolnshire (291)

 12th

Subalpine warbler, Red Breasted Flycatcher, 5 Yellow Browed warblers, 2 Black redstarts and 2 Jack Snipes on St Marys Isles of Scilly

11th

Sora Rail and 3 Yellow Browed warblers on Tresco Isle of Scilly (290)

10th

Red Eyed Vireo , Subalpine warbler, Short Toed lark, 2 cattle Egrets, 2 Lapland buntings , 2 Yellow browed Warblers and a Wryneck on St Marys Isles of Scilly (289)

9th

Pectoral sandpiper, 5 great White Egrets and 10 little Egrets at Blagdon Lake (285)

8th

Great White Egret at Northwick Warth

Yellow Browed Warbler still at Aust

7th

2 Yellow Browed warblers at Aust

Pectoral sandpiper at Blagdon Lake

2 Common Crane at Northwick Warth

5th

Yellow Browed warbler at Slimbridge

15 Great White Egrets at Blagdon Lake

2 Great White Egrets at Langford lakes

3rd

3 Great White Egrets at Chew Valley Lake

2nd

10 Whinchats on Chipping Sodbury Common

2 Spoonbills at Blagdon Lake

Lesser Yellowlegs, Cheddar
Lesser Yellowlegs, Cheddar

Red Eyed Vireo, St Marys
Red Eyed Vireo, St Marys

Siberian Accentor, Easington
Siberian Accentor, Easington

Wryneck, St Marys
Wryneck, St Marys