June and July

Places to visit

June and July are the quietest months, apart from Quail, Honey Buzzard and Nightjar which are late arrivals most birds are settled down breeding.

I tend to go out looking for Butterflies in these 2 months

Forest of Dean is a great place to visit with breeding Nightjar, Goshawk, Firecrest, Wood Warbler, Redstart, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, Tree Pipits and many other warblers

The Cotswold Water Park is worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, cuckoo, common terns and many warbler species

Salisbury Plain can also be good if passing through, if you are lucky you could find Montague’s Harrier, Stone Curlew, Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Turtle Dove or Quail, early mornings are best.

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 (233)

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

July

30th

Wilson’s Petrel, 2 Great Shearwaters, 2 Cory’s Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1000+ Manx Shearwaters, 40+ Storm Petrel, Great Skua, 4 Puffin and 2 Chough at Porthgwarra (233)

29th

Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, 5 green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 27 Common Terns and 3 Little Egrets on the Cotswold water Park pits 68/74

27th

Pectoral Sandpiper at Slimbridge

25th

5 Whinchat, 3 Redstart, 10 Whitethroat, 26 Canada Geese, 6 Ravens, 3 Lesser Whitethroat on Chipping Sodbury Common

20 species of butterfly around Yate and Chipping Sodbury including the first records of White Admiral and Purple Hairstreak for the area

23rd

4 Whinchat, 6 Redstart, 14 Whitethroat and 4 Lesser Whitethroat on Chipping Sodbury Common

22nd

Temminck’s Stint still at Pilning wetlands

19th

Temminck’s Stint, Mediterranean Gull, Green sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed plovers, 31 Dunlin and a Little Egret at Pilning Wetlands

5 Redstart, 4 Whinchats, 4 Whitethroat and 2 Lesser Whitethroats on Chipping Sodbury common

17th

4 Redstart and 3 Whinchats on Chipping Sodbury Common

15th

7 Quails at Marshfield

13th

1000s of Puffins at Skomer Island plus Guillemots, Razorbills, Gannets, Fulmars, Wheatears, a Mediterranean Gull and 5 Choughs (226)

9th

Garganey, 14 little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 10 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 35 Common Tern, 25 Little Egret on pits 68 and 74 of the Cotswold Water Park

8TH

2 Great White Egrets at Chew Valley Lake

5th

Whinchat, 3 Redstarts, Yellow Wagtail, lots of Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat on Chipping Sodbury Common

2nd

American Night Heron at Shrewsbury (224)

Wood Sandpiper with 6 Green Sandpipers at Slimbridge

Male Red Backed Shrike at Highbridge Somerset (223)

Caspian Tern, Little Gull and 42 Black Tailed Godwits at Chew Valley Lake

1st

8 Black Tailed Godwits over pit 74 of the Cotswold Water Park

Red-Backed Shrike, Highbridge
Red-Backed Shrike, Highbridge

American Night Heron, Shrewsbury
American Night Heron, Shrewsbury

Puffin, Skomer Island
Puffin, Skomer Island

Beautiful Demoiselle, Yate
Beautiful Demoiselle, Yate