April

Places to visit

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 Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, cuckoo, waders, terns and many warbler species

Severn Beach area can be very good for waders, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house and at the excellent new Pilning wetlands, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look an hour either side of the high tide if we get prolonged south west winds for terns and if you are lucky Skuas

Salisbury Plain can worth a look if passing through, if you are lucky you could find Stone Curlew, Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Turtle Dove and Quail 

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

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

TOTAL SO FAR THIS YEAR (151)

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

March

28th

Immature Goshawk just north of Bath (151)

2 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps and 5 Chiffchaffs in Kingsgate Park Yate

Osprey at Slimbridge

Osprey over Bristol

27th

Yellow wagtail on Salisbury Plain

26th

Iberian Chiffchaff still in Kingsgate Park also 4 redpoll over.

25th

Iberian Chiffchaff in Kingsgate Park Yate, the first record for South Gloucestershire and Avon also a Kingfisher in the park (150)

 22nd

Green Winged Teal, 12 Pintail and a Sand Martin at Ashleworth Ham (148)

Garganey, 40+ Avocet, 15 Ruff, 200+ Black tailed Godwit and 3 Cettis Warbler at Slimbridge

7 Wheatears on Chipping Sodbury Common

21st

Black Redstart in Chippenham

19th

Hen Harrier on Haxton Down

18th

Green winged Teal and Garganey at Ashleworth Ham Gloucestershire

17th

2 Garganey at Slimbridge

15th

2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 8+ great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Crossbill, 3 Red Kite and lots of Redpoll and Siskins in Savernake Forest (142)

13th

2 Common Crane on pit 74 of the Cotswold water Park

12th

3 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Redpoll and 2 Siskins in Kingsgate Park

Red Breasted Merganser at Langfod Lakes

11th

Dipper at Calne

Swallow at Bromham, Wiltshire

7th

2 Cattle Egrets still at Toghill north of Bath

6th

The first Swallow and 3 Sand Martins of the Year at Chew Valley Lake

The first Wheatear of the year at Avonmouth Docks

5th

Goshawk, Crossbills and 30+ Redpoll at Crabtree Hill Forest of Dean (138)

3 Mandarin Ducks at Cannop Ponds

15 Waxwings in Bradley Stoke Bristol

2nd

Female Smew back again on Chipping Sodbury Common

Iberian Chiffchaff, Yate
Iberian Chiffchaff, Yate

Iberian Chiffchaff, Yate
Iberian Chiffchaff, Yate

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Savernake
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Savernake

Greylag Geese, Chipping Sodbury
Greylag Geese, Chipping Sodbury