January- March 2015

Places to visit

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)

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 148




Female Eider duck, 45 Kittiwakes and a Sinensis Cormorant at Severn Beach

Green Sandpiper still at Tockington

Goshawk at Shepperdine


Little ringed plover at Langford Lakes


Red Kite over Yate

Long tailed duck, Scaup and great northern diver at Chew Valley Lake


Black Redstart again at Aust

Black Redstart Wylye


Black redstart at Aust Beach

Avocet at Oldbury


Black Redstart still at Britford


Firecrest at Oldbury Power Station

Goshawk, red kite and 20 buzzards over Marshfield

3 common scoter at Severn beach


5 grey Plover, 1 little ringed plover and 42 Black tailed Godwits at Severn Beach / New passage area


Kumlien’s Gull at the Cotswold Water Park on pit 16 and a Yellow Legged gull on pit 74 (148)


Black Redstart at Melksham


Kumliens Gull and a Mediterranean Gull at the Cotswold Water Park on pit 16


Mediterranean Gull at Severn Beach and a Cettis Warbler at Orchard Pools

A Penduline Tit was reported at Dyrham near the car park !!


Black redstart at Britford


2 Tree Sparrows and 2 Sand Martins (my first for the year) (146)


Hen Harrier and Short Eared Owl at Haxton Down

2 Sand Martins at Chew Valley Lake (first of the spring)

Avocet at Northwick Warth

Avocet and 4 Mediterranean Gulls at Portbury Warth


Siberian Chiffchaff at Westbury Sewage Works


Little Bunting at Forest Farm Cardiff, 2 Goshawk, 2 Hawfinch, and a Great Grey Shrike in the Forest of Dean (145)


Black Redstart Broadmead Bristol


Barn Owl at Marshfield hunting along Down Lane

Little Bunting


Little Bunting


Little Bunting

Little Bunting

Great Grey Shrike

Great Grey Shrike