This is the month to head to the South West coast, with winds predominantly coming from the west, Cornwall, Devon and the Isles of Scilly are the places to head for.

 I have been going to the Isles of Scilly at this time of year since 1984 and I have seen such rare birds as a Northern Waterthrush, 3 Parula Warblers, 3 Yellow Rumped Warblers, 8 Red eyed Vireos, 3 Blackpoll Warblers, 2 Black and white Warblers, 2 Yellow Billed Cuckoos, 1 Black Billed Cuckoo, 5 Grey Cheeked Thrush, 1 Hermit Thrush, 4 Swainson’s Thrush, 2 Bobolink and many more, this all depends on the weather!

 Closer to home, if we get prolonged west / south west winds, Severn Beach can be very good for sea birds such as Manx shearwaters, Petrels, Skuas, Grey Phalarope and if you are lucky a Sabine’s Gull , best place to look is from the sea wall opposite the village an hour either side of high tide!

With prolonged very strong westerly winds these sea birds can end up on inland lakes, Chew Valley Lake is as good as any; in the past I have seen Sabine’s gull and Grey Phalarope here.

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, 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.


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



Yellow Browed warbler at Slimbridge

15 Great White Egrets at Blagdon Lake

2 Great White Egrets at Langford lakes


3 Great White Egrets at Chew Valley Lake2nd


10 Whinchats on Chipping Sodbury Common

2 Spoonbills at Blagdon Lake



Pallid harrier at Wester Quarff, Common crane at Hillwell, 2 Yellow browed warblers at Wester Quarff and 17 Whooper swans on Loch Spiggie (283)


2 Blyth’s reed warblers, Icterine warbler and 3 Yellow browed warblers on Unst

Greenish warbler and 2 yellow browed warblers at Aith


Olive backed pipit, Arctic warbler and 3 yellow browed warblers at Hoswick, Red backed shrike, yellow browed warbler and Merlin at Culsetter, Pallid harrier and little bunting at Quendale, Rose coloured starling and 2 Hawfinch at Scalloway. NORTHERN LIGHTS


Red breasted flycatcher, 4 Yellow browed warblers at Wester Quarff, Yellow browed warbler at Hoswick, Yellow browed warbler at Gaza


Little bunting, 2 Yellow browed warblers at Quendale, Yellow browed warbler at Levenwick and a Yellow browed warbler at Wester Quarff


Great reed warbler, little bunting and 5+ yellow browed warblers at Quendale mill, Barred warbler and yellow browed warbler at Sumbrugh, Marsh warbler at Southerhouse, Pallid harrier at Hillwell.


Red backed shrike, 5 yellow browed warblers on Whalsay, Arctic warbler and 2 Yellow browed warblers at Hoswick, 2 Yellow browed warblers at Wester Quarff


5 Yellow browed warblers at Quendale, Rose coloured starling at Scalloway


Wood sandpiper, 2 Little Stints, 3 Curlew Sandpipers and 100+ knot at Northwick Warth

2 Black Terns and a Marsh Harrier at Chew Valley Lake.


Nightjar at Standlynch Down Wiltshire


Pectoral Sandpiper, 6 Curlew Sandpipers, 3 Little Stints, 90 Knot, 2 Bar tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshank, 250+ Black Tailed Godwits, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank and a Marsh Harrier at Northwick Warth / Pilning Wetlands


Baird’s Sandpiper at Upton Warren (270)

5 Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stint, 4 Knot, 100+ Black Tailed Godwits at Northwick Warth

Pectoral Sandpiper and Great White Egret at Northwick Warth / New Passage area


Sabine’s Gull off Severn Beach

6 Curlew Sandpipers still at the Northwick Warth area


Garganey at Wilton Water Wiltshire

Black Necked Grebe on pit 74 of the Cotswold Water Park


Osprey, wood Sandpiper, 8 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Spotted Redshank at Northwick Warth


Buff Breasted Sandpiper, Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpipers and 3 Knot at Marazion Marsh (269)

4 Great shearwaters, 2 Cory’s Shearwaters, 15+ Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Great Skuas , 3 Arctic Skuas and 4 Bottle Nosed Dolphins at Pendeen

3 Cory’s shearwaters, 3 Balearic Shearwater and a Sooty Shearwater at Porthgwarra (268)

Dalmatian Pelican at Helston Loe Pool


Turtle Dove at Castle Coombe / the Gibb by the Salutation Inn

Hoopoe at Great Hinton Wiltshire


Wryneck at Hinton Blewitt

3 Garganey and a Black Necked Grebe at Chew Valley Lake

2 Little Stint, 2 Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover and a Green Sandpiper on pit 132 of the Cotswold Water Park

Arctic warbler - HoswickArctic warbler - Hoswick

Pallid harrier - Wester QuarffPallid harrier - Wester Quarff

Icterine warbler - UnstIcterine warbler - Unst

Greenish warbler - AithGreenish warbler - Aith

Red breasted flycatcher - Wester QuarffRed breasted flycatcher - Wester Quarff

Northern Lights - ShetlandNorthern Lights - Shetland