December

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 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.

TOTAL SPECIES I HAVE SEEN SO FAR THIS YEAR (260)

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

October Sightings

28th

2 Hen Harriers at Haxton Down

26th

Lesser Scaup and Long Tailed Duck at Chew Valley Lake

18th

Bewick’s Swans, White fronted geese, Jack Snipe and many different Wildfowl at Slimbridge.

6 Bewick’s Swans and a Black Redstart in the Northwick Wharf area

2 Wood Larks flew over Aust

16th

Black Redstart at Severn Beach and one also at Oldbury Power Station

15th

Yellow Browed Warbler at Cam, Dursley

14th

Richards Pipit at Northwick Warth

11th

Hoopoe still at Hilmarton

Yellow Browed Warbler at Portbury Wharf

8th

Hoopoe still at Hilmarton

7th

Bittern at Slimbridge

Black Redstart at Oldbury Power Station

6TH

Hoopoe at Hilmarton Calne

4th

4 Cattle Egrets at Portbury Wharf

2nd

Yellow Browed Warbler at Prior Park Bath

Long Eared Owl at Crabtree Hill Gloucestershire

1st

Caspian Gull on pit 12 and 2 Cattle Egrets at pit 82 / 83 of the Cotswold Water Park (260)

Hoopoe, Hilmarton
Hoopoe, Hilmarton

Hoopoe, Hilmarton
Hoopoe, Hilmarton

Cattle Egret, Cotswold Water Park
Cattle Egret, Cotswold Water Park

Caspian Gull, Cotswold Water Park
Caspian Gull, Cotswold Water Park

Sparrowhawk, Yate
Sparrowhawk, Yate