April 2016

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, 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)



2 Great Skuas off of Severn Beach


Common Crane over Swindon


Grasshopper Warbler at Ramsbury (216)

Lots of woodcock and Tawny Owls calling at Savernake forest (215)

3 Short Eared Owls at Oldbury Power Station

Merlin, 15 Whimbrel and 6 White Wagtails at Northwick Warth


9 Crossbill, 3 Firecrest and 2 Tree Pipits at Great Ridge wood Wiltshire


2 wood Warblers at Chew Valley Lake

Osprey over Swindon


Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler, Firecrest, Tree Pipit at Nagshead, Forest of Dean (214)

Yellow Wagtail, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Avocet, Black Tailed Godwit Knot at Goldcliff Pools but no sign of the Broad Billed Sandpiper

Greenshank, 6 Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, Nightingale, Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Cettis Warbler, Cuckoo, Common Tern, Swift, Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin and much more at the Cotswold Water Park


2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Garganey on pit 74 / 68 of the Cotswold water Park

2 Garganey at Slimbridge


Garganey at Northwick Warth


Wood warbler and redstart at Yate Common (205)

3 Whinchat, redstart, Wheatear, 6 Lesser Whitethroats and 2 Whitethroat on Chipping Sodbury Common (204)


Possible Iberian Chiffchaff at Hanham Bristol


Pied Flycatcher at Yate Common


Lots of summer migrant birds in at the Cotswold water Park, Including Nightingale, Cuckoo, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Sand Martin and swallows (203)

Blue Headed Wagtail at Northwick Warth


Hoopoe still in Hallen


Hoopoe at Hallen, South Gloucestershire

2 Firecrest, 7 Crossbills and a Spotted Flycatcher at Great Ridge Wood, Wiltshire


Whinchat, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 5+ Wheatears on Chipping Sodbury Common


Pallid harrier over Marshfield

Osprey, Hobby, 47 White Wagtails and 3 Little Ringed Plover at Northwick Warth

80+ Whimbrel, Short Eared Owl and a Grasshopper Warbler at Oldbury Power

Garganey, Cuckoo, Nightingale on pit 74 of the Cotswold Water Park


2 Grasshopper Warblers and 2 Tree Pipits at Aust

Pied Flycatcher and Garden warbler in Swindon


4 Redstarts at Chipping Sodbury Common

Redstart and 10 Willow warblers at Kingsgate Park Yate

Little Gull at Cotswold Water Park pit 83


3 Ring Ouzels at Liddington Hill


White Stork, Cattle Egret, Glossy Ibis, 2 Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Garganey, Great White Egret, Green Sandpiper and 50+ Black Tailed Godwit on the Somerset Levels (194)


Green Winged Teal, Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, Blackcap and 300+ teal at Coombe Hill Meadows Gloucestershire (191)

6 Ring Ouzels and 7 Wheatears at Cleeve Hill

Smew and male Redstart at Chipping Sodbury Common


2 Ring Ouzels at Cley Hill

2 Ring Ouzels at Etchilhampton Hill

Ring Ouzel at Oldbury Power Station


5 Little Ringed Plover , Green Sandpiper, 9 Black Tailed Godwits and 6 Willow warblers at Northwick Warth

Osprey, 4 Common Crane, Marsh Harrier and 2 Otters at Chew Valley Lake

White Stork: Tealham Moor


White Stork: Tealham Moor

Glossy Ibis: Meare Heath

Glossy Ibis: Meare Heath

Cattle Egret: Somerset

Cattle Egret: Somerset