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 184



Ring Ouzel, 4 little ringed plover, 2 Wheatear, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail and 5 Whimbrel at Northwick Warth / Severn Beach area (184)

Whinchat, 6 Wheatear and a female Redstart at Chipping Sodbury Common

 Wood Warbler at the Cotswold Water Park on pit 68


Hudsonian Godwit on Meare Heath Somerset Levels, only the 3rd record for the UK !


Pied Billed Grebe at Berkeley Gloucestershire

Osprey , Hobby and the first Swifts over Cotswold Water Park Pit 74


Wood Sandpiper at Oldbury Power Station

8 Black Tern at Chew Valley Lake


Spotted Redshank at Oldbury power Station

Lots of waders moving up river off Severn Beach including Whimbrel, Bar tailed Godwits and grey Plovers.

Wood Warbler singing in Swindon Old Town park


Great Blue Heron, Black Duck and a Bee-eater on Tresco, the Isles of Scilly (172)


I was on Madeira

Highlights were 1000s of Cory’s Shearwaters, Manx and Little Shearwaters, Purple Heron, Night Herons, Pallid Swifts, Plain Swifts, Woodchat Shrike, Spectacled Warblers, Trocaz Pigeons and Roseate Terns. 100+ Bottle Nosed Dolphins, 50+ Common Dolphins, 1 False Killer Whale and a Logger Head Turtle, these last 2 I had never seen before .


Osprey at Severn Beach

Osprey at Chew Valley Lake

Ring Ouzel at Liddington Hill


Great Northern Diver, Scaup, Common Sandpiper, 6 Swallows, 18 Sand Martins and an Egyptian Goose at Chew Valley Lake (165)

11 Little ringed plovers at Northwick wetlands

Ring Ouzel at Liddington Hill


Osprey over Yate (162)

Nightingale at New Passage plus my first House Martin, Wheatear and Willow Warbler for the year

4 Sandwich Terns at Shepperdine 

Garganey at Chew Valley Lake

Osprey over Swindon


Green Winged Teal and 3 Red breasted Merganser at Severn Beach

Slavonian Grebe, long Tailed Duck and Little Gull at Chew Valley Lake

Osprey over Warminster

Osprey over Westbury

Avocet on Cotswold Water Park on pit 74


Little Ringed Plover, 7 Common Scoter at Northwick Warth area

2 Garganey and the long tailed duck at Chew Valley Lake


Osprey over Westbury-on-Trym


Bonaparte’s Gull at Radipole Lake Dorset (155)

Puffin, Manx Shearwater and Firecrest at Portland Bill Dorset



Osprey over Westbury


2 Brent geese at Severn Beach


Great Skua, Arctic Tern, 400+ kittiwakes and 2 Gannet off Severn Beach (150)

Barn Owl just north of Tormarton along the Yate road


Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron at Tresco


Treecreeper - Kingsgate

Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover - Northwick Sands

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser - Radipole

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonapartes Gull - Radipole