June and July 2016

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

Sometimes get the odd super rare bird turn up, last year it was Greater Yellowlegs in Hampshire.

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

Salisbury Plain can worth a look if passing through, if you are lucky you could find Montague’s Harrier, 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 I have seen this year so far.


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


14 Little Ringed Plovers at Northwick Warth


Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly near Severn Beach, First time I have seen one of these in the UK


5 Little Ringed Plover and a Green Sandpiper at Northwick Warth


6 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Little Egret and 6 Black Tailed Godwits at Northwick Warth


Great Knot (my 505th bird for the UK) Titchwell Norfolk also here, Spotted Redshank, Avocet, Ruff, Marsh Harrier, Little Tern, Black Tailed Godwits, 1000+ Knot (253)

Broad Billed Sandpiper, Avocet, Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover and Black Tailed Godwits at Goldcliff Pools (252)

3 Ring Necked Parakeet near Windsor (251)


White Stork at Slimbridge

Spoonbill at Frampton Gloucestershire


Spoonbill at Slimbridge


3 Mediterranean Gulls at Northwick Warth


Woodchat Shrike at Martinstown Dorset (250)

6+ Great White Egrets, Glossy Ibis, 2 Little Bittern, Garganey, 3 Marsh Harriers, 4+ Bitterns, 3 Cuckoos, 2 Ruff, 67 Black Tailed Godwit and many different warblers on the Somerset Levels (249)

Great Skua at Oldbury Power Station


2 Nightjar at Burrington Combe


Marsh Harrier at Marshfield


3 Quail at Haxton Down


Osprey at Chew Valley Lake


3 Wood Warblers and a Firecrest at Franchises Wood Wiltshire


Short Eared Owl still at Oldbury Power Station

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly near Severn Beach

Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly near Severn Beach

Broad Billed Sandpiper at Goldcliff Pools


Broad Billed Sandpiper at Goldcliff Pools

Gold Finch at Chippenham

Gold Finch at Chippenham

Great Knot at Titchwell

Great Knot at Titchwell