February

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

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

TOTAL SO FAR THIS YEAR (107)

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

January

30th

5 Cattle Egrets at Pewsey

29th

Lapland Bunting at Slimbridge

15 Waxwings at Bradley Stoke Bristol

Iceland Gull at Chew Valley Lake

3 Cattle Egrets at Pewsey

25th

2 Smew and 40+ Red Crested Pochard on pit 29, 15 Goldeneye, 200+ teal, 100+ Shoveler on pit 74, 2 Yellow Legged Gulls on pit 16 of the Cotswold Water Park (107)

22nd

Pine Bunting at Dunnington and 2 Glaucous Gulls at Rufforth Tip in Yorkshire.

Dusky Thrush at Beeley (105)

21st

Bittern at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach

5 Smew on the Cotswold Water Park on pits 28 / 29 and 30

20th

Ring Billed Gull, Black Necked Grebe, Ring Necked Duck and 9+ Scaup at Chew Valley Lake

18th

Water Pipit, Cettis Warbler, 400+ Black T Godwit, 60+ Knot, 600+ Dunlin, Little Egret and 100s of wildfowl at Northwick Warth / Pilning Wetlands area. (94)

 15th

Dipper on the River Frome in Chipping Sodbury (85)

12th

4 Cattle Egrets at Wroughton

2 Cattle Egrets at Heddington

11th

2 Cattle Egrets just north of Bath (82)

6 Waxwings in Swindon

Blue Rock Thrust still at Stow on the Wold

8th

10 Waxwings in Chepstow (78)

6th

Ring Necked Duck, Great White Egret and Bittern at Chew Valley Lake

7 Waxwings at Highworth Wiltshire

Waxwing at Marshfield

5th

Waxwing at Bradley Stoke

2 Waxwings in Cirencester

4th

Bewick’s Swan, White Fronted Geese, Little Stint and many other wildfowl at Slimbridge (76)

3 Cattle Egrets just north of Chippenham

2nd

Blue Rock Thrush at Stow on the Wold Gloucestershire (54)

American Wigeon at Littleton Warth

Great Grey Shrike at Battlesbury Hillfort, Warminster

1st

Woodcock, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Common Snipe and a Raven at Yate

Dusky Thrush, Beeley
Dusky Thrush, Beeley

Waxwing, Chepstow
Waxwing, Chepstow

Cattle Egrets, Toghill
Cattle Egret, Toghill

Glaucous Gull, Rufford
Glaucous Gulls, Rufford

Long-Tailed Tit, Chepstow
Long-Tailed Tit, Chepstow