December

This month is normally very quiet for birds, I tend to look at inland reservoirs for wintering divers and grebes, Chew Valley Lake is always a good bet for a Great Northern Diver, I also head out onto Salisbury Plain for Hen Harriers and Short eared owls, a slow drive across just before dusk normally gets you one or both species along with Barn Owls 

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 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, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look and if you are lucky you might find a Diver or winter grebe.

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

TOTAL SO FAR THIS YEAR (273)

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

November Sightings

29th

Hen Harrier at Chippenham

27th

Black Redstart at Severn Beach

26th

2 Blackcaps, 9 Gadwall and 1 Tufted Duck in Kingsgate Park Yate

13 Bewick’s Swans, Merlin and 7 White Fronted Geese at Slimbridge

25th

20+ Great White Egrets, Long Tailed Duck and a Bearded Tit at Chew Valley Lake

Hen Harrier and 3 Red Kite at Lords Hill Wiltshire

21st

11 Crossbills and a Willow Tit at Savernake

19th

2 Hawfinch, Little Owl, 2 Raven, 200+ linnet, 100+ Redwing and 80+ Fieldfare on Chipping Sodbury Common

18th

16 White Fronted Geese, 4 Bewick’s Swans at Slimbridge

17th

A very late Swallow at Weston Super Mare

Great Grey Shrike back for the winter at Cleeve Hill

Great Grey back for the winter at Crabtree Hill

14th

Yellow Browed warbler at Langford Lakes

Hawfinch at Chippenham

5 Hawfinch over pit 68 of the Cotswold Water Park

12th

Jack Snipe, 4 Common Snipe on Yate Common

Hoopoe Shrewton Wiltshire

Lesser Scaup, Grey Phalarope, Long Tailed Duck and 32 Great White Egrets at Chew Valley Lake

2 Cattle Egrets and 2 Whooper Swans at Slimbridge

9th

Marsh Harrier at Oldbury Power Station

5th

5 Little Stints at Slimbridge

Long Tailed Duck still at Barrow Tanks

29 Great White Egrets at Chew Valley Lake

4th

Long Tailed Duck at Barrow Tanks

3rd

Willow Tit, 2 Haw Finch and 10 Marsh Tits at Savernake Woods

1st

Snow Bunting at Leckhampton Hill Gloucestershire

3 Merlin and a Spotted Redshank at Northwick Warth / Aust area

Bewick's Swan, Slimbridge
Bewick's Swan, Slimbridge

Black Tailed Godwit, Slimbridge
Black Tailed Godwit, Slimbridge

Gadwall, Kingsgate Park - Yate
Gadwall, Kingsgate Park - Yate

Coot, Kingsgate Park - Yate
Coot, Kingsgate Park - Yate