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Welcome to the blog

Monday, 30 June 2014 16:31:30 Europe/London

Welcome to my wildlife sightings blog, the idea is to share information on the area covered by South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon, in other words the general area around Bath and nearby counties.

We have a linked twitter page if you would like to send me any of your sightings or photos, the more interesting ones I may list on the blog page.

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird Records for the week 07/07/14

Monday, 7 July 2014 17:07:30 Europe/London

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

2nd July

5 Little Ringed Plover at Northwick Wetlands

1st july

Honey Buzzard over Weston Super Mare

30th June

3 Little Ringed Plover at Northwick Wetlands

29th

Lesser Scaup at Blagdon Lake

27th June

3 Arctic Skuas flew south past Severn Beach at 7.55am

Marsh Harrier at Salisbury Plain eastern section 

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Mark's Birding & Wildlife Blog 14/07/14

Monday, 14 July 2014 09:39:52 Europe/London

Not much happening with birds this month, a few early breeding summer migrants will be on the move south, end of the month waders will be on the move in good numbers so take a look at any coast or inland lake! If we get south west winds towards the end of the month then Cornwall is the place to be for sea birds such as Cory’s Shearwaters.

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Bird Sightings 22/07/14

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 11:30:11 Europe/London

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

20th July

Honey Buzzard over Bath heading south at 12.20

19th July

Summer plumage Spotted Redshank at Northwick wetlands

18th July

1 Garganey, 1 Bittern and 4 Black Terns at Chew Valley Lake

17th July

2 Quail at Marshfield

15th July

Quail at Marshfield

Quail Upton Cow Down, Wiltshire

16th

Red Kite at Chipping Sodbury common

 

Recent Insect sightings (south Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

20th July Silver-Spotted Skippers are flying in Oxfordshire, I will have to take a look soon as I have not seen this butterfly before!

15th July

3 Purple Emperor at Savernake forest

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Wildlife Sightings 28/07/05

Monday, 28 July 2014 14:20:13 Europe/London

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

 

27th July

Still 2 Wood Sandpipers at Northwick Wetlands plus a Juvenile Mediterranean Gull

 26th July

Bittern at Chew Valley Lake

25th July

2 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Black Tailed Godwit on Northwick wetlands

24th July

2 Wood Sandpipers on Northwick Wetlands

Garganey on pit 74 of the Cotswold Water Park

23rd July

Red Kite over Chippenham

22nd July

Spoonbill on pit 74 of the Cotswold Water Park

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Mark's Bird & Insect Sightings 06/08/14

Wednesday, 6 August 2014 13:35:43 Europe/London

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

3rd August

3 Redstart Chipping Sodbury Common

2nd August

Marsh Harrier + 3 Garganey on the Cotswold Water Park pit 74

Sandwich Tern at Chew Valley Lake

Marsh Harrier + 7 Curlew Sandpipers at Northwick Wetlands

31st July

3 Wood Sandpipers + Spotted Redshank Northwick Wetlands

28th July

Now 3 Wood Sandpipers at Northwick Wetlands plus lots of common waders

 

Recent Insect sightings (south Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

Late July Clouded Yellow, White-letter Hairstreak and Brown Hairstreak should now be on the wing

3rd August

Clouded Yellow at Severn Beach

31st July

Out of our area I saw 15+ Silver-Spotted Skippers ( a new butterfly for me ) at Aston Rowant

30th July

Clouded Yellow at Semington

4 Brown Hairstreaks at the Cotswold Waterpark

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Bird Records for the week 11/08/14

Monday, 11 August 2014 13:23:43 Europe/London

August

August is the month to head to the coast, with south west winds lots of seabirds will be going past, anywhere from Cornwall to west Sussex 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

 

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

10th August

Spotted Crake at Chew Valley lake plus an Osprey

8th August

Just outside of our area, at Slimbridge a pair of Blue headed wagtails have successfully fledged 2 young, the first breeding record at this site.

A Nightjar was at the Cotswold Water Park around pit 82 , very rare at this site !

5th August

5 Garganey at Chew Valley Lake

4th August

3 Wood Sandpipers at Northwick wetlands

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Wildlife sightings 22/08/14

Friday, 22 August 2014 11:52:05 Europe/London

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

17th August

Black Necked Grebe barrow Tanks

16th August

6 Garganey, 1 Marsh Harrier and 12 Green sandpipers at Chew Valley Lake

4 Garganey at the Cotswold water Park on pit 74/ 68

13th August

Great White Egret at the Cotswold Water Park on pit 74

Lesser Scaup still on Blagdon Lake

12th August

3+ Storm Petrel and a Med Gull at Severn Beach on the evenings high tide

Marsh Harrier over Parsonage down Wiltshire

11th August

A Storm Petrel and a Fulmar at Severn Beach on the evenings high tide

A Greenshank at Langford Lakes

 

Recent Insect sightings (south Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

August butterflies to look for are Brown Hairstreak and Clouded Yellows

17th August

Clouded Yellow at Marshfield

Clouded Yellow at Landford

10th August

1 Clouded Yellow was at East Grimstead

9th August

1 Clouded Yellow at Aust 

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Wildlife sightings 27/08/14

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 11:02:29 Europe/London

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

24th August

Great white Egret on the Cotswold water Park pit 306

Red Backed Shrike Wylye Down Wiltshire

Little Stint and 2 Curlew Sandpipers at Portbury

23rd August

Osprey at Chew valet lake

Black Necked Grebe on the Cotswold water Park on pit 74

21st August

The first returning Pintail back at Chew Valley Lake

19th August

Lesser Scaup at Chew Valley Lake

18th August

Red Necked Phalarope at Northwick Wetlands

 

Recent Insect sightings (south Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

August butterflies to look for are Brown Hairstreak and Clouded Yellows

24th august

8 Clouded Yellows and 36 Adonis Blues at Imber

23rd August

Brown Hairstreak at Tidworth

22nd August

Brown Hairstreak at Echo Lodge Meadows, Wiltshire

20th August

Clouded Yellow at Calne

18th August

3 Brown Hairstreak at the Cotswold Water Park 

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WIldlife sightings 31/8/14

Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00:00 Europe/London

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

31st August

Wryneck New Passage

Spotted Crake and 5 Black Terns at Chew Valley Lake

Great White Egret and 6 Ruff Cotswold Water Park on pit 306

30th August

Osprey over Salisbury

29th August

2 Curlew Sandpipers at Portbury

28TH August

Just outside my blog area, a Marsh sandpiper is at Frampton on Severn

Wood sandpiper at Northwick wetlands

Black Tern at Coate Water Swindon

11 Black terns, 3 little terns at Chew Valley Lake

27th August

Great White Egret , 2 Greenshank, Black Tailed Godwit, 3 little ringed plover, 3 green sandpipers  and 2 Dunlin on the Cotswold Water Park on Pit 306 , Near adult yellow Legged Gull on pit 305, 2 Common terns on pit 74

Spotted Crake, Osprey and a Spotted Redshank at Chew Valley Lake

26th August

Osprey and a Black Tern on Chew Valley Lake

25th August

Red Kite over Bath

7 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, tree pipit, yellow wagtail, 9 lesser whitethroat, 6 whitethroat, 6 blackcaps, 19 chiffchaff and 4 willow warblers on Chipping Sodbury Common

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