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!

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!


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



Black Necked Grebe at Newton St Loe

Great White Egret still at Chew Valley Lake

Great White Egret at Blagdon

5 Red Kite at DInton


20 Brambling and 12 Tree Sparrows at Barbury Castle


Short Eared Owl at Blakehill N.R

2 Great White Egrets and 27+ little Egrets at Chew Valley Lake


13 Jack Snipe at Swindon sewage works


4 Yellow Legged Gulls at Old Sarum, Wiltshire


2 Jack Snipe, 12 Snipe, 7 Gadwall, 2 Raven and 3 Tufted Ducks around Yate

Black Redstart at Oldbury Power Station


Great Grey Shrike, 72 White Fronted geese, Scaup and 53 Bewick’s Swans at Slimbridge

2 Water Pipits, Red Breasted Merganser and a Brent Goose at Northwick Warth


Great Grey Shrike at Slimbridge


Red Breasted Merganser, Goosander and 2 Bret Geese at Northwick Warth


2 Ring Necked Ducks at Andover (268)

Merlin, Red Kite and Hen Harrier on Salisbury Plain


6 Goosanders and 2 Wigeon on Corsham Lake

20+ Mandarin Ducks on Dodington Lakes plus a Merlin flew over


Lesser Scaup, Red Throated Diver and 2 Great White Egrets still at Chew Valley Lake


Pomarine Skua again at Severn Beach

House Sparrow - Chippenham

House Sparrow - Chippenham

Robin - Chippenham

Robin - Chippenham

Ring Necked Ducks - Andover

Ring Necked Ducks - Andover