JANUARY

A New Year and a New Year List!

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

Reports in RED are my own sightings (number) = total species seen this year so far

TOTAL SO FAR THIS YEAR 303

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

December

29th

Great Grey Shrike at Battlesbury Hillfort, Warminster

28th

Blue Rock Thrush at Stow on the Wold Gloucestershire (303)

27th

Ring Necked Duck still at Chew Valley Lake

26th

4 Waxwings in Cinderford

24th

Waxwing in Cheltenham

Ring Necked Duck at Chew Valley Lake

21st

Blyth’s Pipit at Blagdon Lake, also 6 Great White Egrets (302)

Great White Egret and lots of wildfowl at Chew Valley Lake

20th

Dusky Warbler at Coombe Hill Meadows Gloucestershire

19th

Blyth’s Pipit at Blagdon

Yellow Browed Warbler in Eastville Park Bristol

17TH

Richard’s Pipit at Arlingham Gloucestershire

4 Cattle Egrets at South Marston just east of Swindon

14th

Bittern at the Cotswold Water Park on pit 57, Scaup on pit 29 and 101 Red Crested Pochard on pit 44

 11th

Masked wagtail at Camrose Pembrokeshire, first of this race of Pied Wagtail for the UK

Eastern Black Redstart Tewkesbury Abbey, the first of this race if have seen

8th

Dusky Thrush at Beeley, Derbyshire my 509th Bird for the UK (301)

Bean Goose and Bittern at Slimbridge

4th

4 Bewick’s Swans at Coate Water Swindon

3rd

2 Bitterns, 100 White Fronted Geese, 88 Bewick’s Swans at Slimbridge

Great White Egret on pit 68 of the Cotswold Water Park

2nd

Yellow Browed Warbler at Weston Lock Bath

1st

Male Smew on pit 30 of the Cotswold Water Park

Masked Wagtail, Camrose
Masked Wagtail, Camrose

Eastern Black Redstart, Tewkesbury
Eastern Black Redstart, Tewkesbury

Blue Rock Thrust, Stow-on-the-Wold
Blue Rock Thrust, Stow-on-the-Wold