August and September

Places to visit

August and September are the months to head to the coast, with south west winds lots of seabirds will be going past, anywhere from Cornwall to Dorset can be good.

For Cory’s and Great Shearwaters Cornwall and South Devon are the places to be, I will be in Cornwall at Porthgwarra or Pendeen sometime this month!

Many waders are on the move, Curlew Sandpipers and Knot are turning up in our area, this is also the time for American waders to arrive so look carefully through any Dunlin and Ringed Plover flocks for White Rumped, Pectoral and Baird’s Sandpipers

Severn Beach and New Passage / Pilning Wetlands are the top sites in our area.

Interesting Butterflies on the wing this month include, Brown Hairstreak, Purple Emperor, Silver Spotted Skipper and Clouded Yellow.

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


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



Woodchat Shrike still on Chipping Sodbury Common


Woodchat Shrike , 12 Whinchats, 9+ Redstarts, 4 Wheatear, Kingfisher, Cormorant, Lesser Whitethroat and 8+ whitethroat on Chipping Sodbury Common (235)


Red Kite, 9 redstarts, 7 Whinchat, Stonechat, Spotted flycatcher on Chipping Sodbury Common

2 Garganey, 35 yellow Wagtails, 3 Tree Pipits, 2 Greenshank, Ruff and a Yellow Legged Gull at Northwick Warth / Pilning Wetlands

Marsh Harrier, 3 Hobby, 4+ Great White Egrets, 4 Little Ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper, 6 Black Terns, Little Gull, 12 Green Sandpipers, Ruff and a Greenshank at Chew Valley Lake.

Common Scoter, Garganey, 7 Green Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plover and an Otter on the Cotswold water Park, Pits 68 / 74

Wood Sandpiper on pit 132 plus Greenshank and 4 Green Sandpipers.


4 Tree Sparrows (first record for here) 7 Redstart, 9 Whinchat, 4 Yellow wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 11 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat and a Spotted Flycatcher on Chipping Sodbury Common


2 Garganey at Pilning Wetlands


Whinchat, 3 Redstart, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Green Sandpiper, 6 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, 40+ swallows, 4 House Martins, 8 Blackcap, Little Owl, 20+ Chiffchaffs and a Raven on Chipping Sodbury Common.

Osprey at Slimbridge


Pelagic trip out of Falmouth

Fea’s Petrel ( My 511th bird for the UK ) Wilson’s Petrel, 50+ storm Petrel, 20+ Great Shearwater, 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Balearic shearwater, 40+ Sooty Shearwater, 1000+ Manx Shearwater, 3 Great Skua, 1 Sandwich tern, 4 Common Tern and 8+ Common Scoter (234)


Mandarin, Spotted Flycatcher, Kingfisher, 10+ Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warblers and 2 Fox cubs in Kingsgate Park Yate


Marsh Harrier, 2 Hobby and 6 red Kite at Upper Woodford


Mandarin Duck in Kingsgate Park Yate


8 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, Stonechat, Little Owl, Lesser Whitrthroat and 3 Whitethroat on Chipping Sodbury Common

Osprey and 2 Great White Egrets at Chew Valley Lake


3 Wood White Butterflies at Haugh Wood Herefordshire, a new butterfly for me


2 Garganey at Northwick Warth


2 Wood Sandpipers at Slimbridge


5 Redstarts, 3 Whinchats, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 8+ Whitethroat and a Little Owl on Chipping Sodbury Common

Osprey flew over Wootton Basset


2 or 3 Storm Petrels and a Fulmar off of Severn Beach


4 Redstarts, 1 Whinchat, 2 Greylag Geese and a Raven on Chipping Sodbury Common

Sooty Shearwater, Falmouth
Sooty Shearwater, Falmouth

Woodchat, Chipping Sodbury Common
Woodchat, Chipping Sodbury Common

Whinchat, Chipping Sodbury Common
Whinchat, Chipping Sodbury Common

Great Shearwater & Fulmar, Falmouth
Great Shearwater & Fulmar, Falmouth

Mandarin, Kingsgate Park, Yate
Mandarin, Kingsgate Park, Yate