April-June 2015

Places to visit

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 Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, cuckoo, waders, terns and many warbler species

Severn Beach area can be very good for waders, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house and at the excellent new Pilning wetlands, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look an hour either side of the high tide if we get prolonged south west winds for terns and if you are lucky Skuas

Salisbury Plain can worth a look if passing through, if you are lucky you could find Stone Curlew, Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Turtle Dove and Quail

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 204

MAY

30th

Red Necked Phalarope at the Cotswold Water Park on pit 125

29th

Long Tailed Skua at Chew Valley Lake

27th

I went out looking for butterflies on Morgan’s Hill near Calne Wiltshire, 5 Duke of Burgundy, 1 Green Hairstreak, 10+ Adonis Blue, 15+ Small Blue, 4 Wall Browns, and 2 Marsh Fritillary Butterflies

26th

3 Wood sandpipers still on the Cotswold Water Park pit 87

25th

Temminck’s Stint and 3 Wood sandpipers reported at the Cotswold water park on pit 87

24th

Hobby, Little Gull, Nightingale, Garden Warbler, Common Terns at the Cotswold water park on pit 74 (204)

 Marsh Harrier on Cotswold Water Park over pit 74

22nd

Curlew sandpiper on the Cotswold water park pit 74

20th

Golden Oriole, 2 Montagu’s Harriers, Stone Curlew, 4 Quail and a Cuckoo on Salisbury Plain between 7-10am (203)

Osprey over Box

19th

Garganey and 5 Hobby at Chew Valley Lake

Osprey at Britford water Meadows

17th

Possible White Stork over Shirehampton

Garganey, red Kite, Marsh Harrier and 4 Hobby at Chew Valley Lake

3 Common Crane over Hilperton

16th

3 Black Necked Grebes on pit 74 of the Cotswold water Park

15th

Spoonbill, Montagu’s Harrier and Curlew Sandpiper at Severn Beach 13th

Red Kite over Bath

11th

17 Dotterel at Choseley Norfolk (199)

Spoonbill at Cotswold Water Park on pit 74

10th

Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Wheatear at Chipping Sodbury Common

Little Tern at Severn Beach

6th

19 Pomarine Skuas, 37+ Arctic Skuas, 6 Great Skuas, 1 Manx shearwater and 16 gannets at Severn Beach

 5th

4 Pomarine Skuas, 14 Arctic Skuas, 33 Kittiwake and 2 Sandwich Terns off Severn Beach

3rd

Avocet, Garganey, Little Gull and 3 Mediterranean Gulls at Slimbridge (192)

7 Bar Tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel and 6 Dunlin on the Cotswold Water Park pit 74

2nd

Great White Egret at Blagdon Lake

10 Whimbrel at Water Hay + a Green Shank on it 74 of the Cotswold Water Park

APRIL

29th

Hudsonian Godwit at Meare Heath, my 502nd bird for the UK

Whimbrel, 3 Redstart, 7 Whinchat, 17 Wheatear, Cuckoo, 2 Whitethroat, 11 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap and 12 Chiffchaff on Chipping Sodbury Common

Hoopoe was seen over the A30 near Salisbury

Hudsonian Godwit

Hudsonian Godwit

Duke of Burgundy

Duke of Burgundy Butterfly (Hamearis Lucina)