December

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, if you do please let me know!

 

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

6th December

Penduline Tit at the Cotswold Water Park in the reed bed on pit 68, Found by Nigel Pleass, Nice find mate!

Hen Harrier and Merlin on Salisbury Plain

2 Short Eared Owls at Blakehill

5th December

Smew at the Cotswold water Park on pit 29

3rd December

Great White Egret and Great Northern Diver still on Chew Valley Lake

Dipper on the By Brook at Box

2nd December

2 Mediterranean Gulls and a Merlin at Marshfield

1st December

Rose Coloured Starling is still in Bishopston Bristol