Places to visit

August is the month to head to the coast, with south west winds lots of seabirds will be going past, anywhere from Cornwall to west Sussex can be good. For Cory’s and Great Shearwaters Cornwall and South Devon are the places to be, I will be in Cornwall at Porthgwarra or Pendeen sometime this month!

 Many waders are on the move, Curlew Sandpipers and Knot are turning up in our area, this is also the time for American waders to arrive so look carefully through any dunlin and ringed plover flocks for White Rumped, Pectoral and Baird’s Sandpipers

 Interesting Butterflies on the wing this month include, Brown Hairstreak, Purple Emperor, Silver Spotted Skipper and Clouded Yellow.

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

Reports in RED are my own sightings (number) = total species seen this year so far, I am trying to get to 250 in one year!

Total so far this year 233

August

31st

19+ Redstart, 9 Whinchat, 2 Tree Pipit, Common Sandpiper, 2 Golden Plover, Stonechat, 8 Yellow Wagtails, 30+ chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat on Chipping Sodbury Common.

30th

Osprey, Lesser Scaup, 7 Garganey, 8 Common Scoter,2 Black Necked Grebe, 6 Black Tern and a Little Gull at Chew Valley Lake

29th

Woodchat Shrike at Blakehill Nature Reserve

28th

Female Ferruginous Duck at Chew Valley Lake

27th

Spotted Sandpiper still at Coate Water

Wryneck at Swallowcliffe in private gardens for its 2nd day

26th

Marsh Harrier at Marshfield

Osprey at Chew Valley Lake

24th

Spotted Sandpiper still at Coate Water

23rd

Whimbrel, Redshank, 5 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtails Chipping Sodbury Common

15 Black Terns, Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper at Chew Valley Lake (233)

5 Black Tern, on the Cotswold Water Park on pit 68, also a Black Tern on pit 16, 2 Garganey on pit 200 , 6 Wood Sandpipers and 4 Green Sandpipers on pit 306

22nd

4 Wood sandpipers at Northwick Warth

Spotted Sandpiper still at Coate Water, Swindon

21st

3 Garganey at Chew Valley Lake

19th

4 Wood Sandpipers at Northwick Wetlands

2 Garganey, Wood Sandpiper, 20 Ringed Plover, 10 Common Sandpiper, 11 Green Sandpiper, 2 Green Shank, Black tailed Godwit, Dunlin and 3 Hobby at Chew Valley lake

18th

Osprey over Severn Beach

17th

Spotted Sandpiper still at Coate Water Swindon

16th

Adult summer plumage Spotted Sandpiper at Coate Water, Swindon (231)

Wood Sandpiper, 5 Ruff, 1 Knot, 2 Yellow Wagtails Northwick Warth

Ring Necked Parakeet at Severn Beach (230)

9 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, Hobby, Tree Pipit, 12 Whitethroat, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warblers and 30+ Chiffchaffs at Chipping Sodbury Common

3 Brown Hairstreak at Blakehill area

 15th

2 Garganey  at Kent end on the Cotswold Water Park , also 3 Ruff, 2 Green Shank, Black tailed godwit, 14 Green sandpipers, 7 Common Sandpipers and 23 Common Terns around pit 74

13th

Wood Sandpiper at Chew Valley Lake

12th

Ring Billed Gull, 8 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Ruff on the Hayle Estuary, Cornwall (229)

Wood sandpiper, Golden Plover, 2 Dunlin and 5 Common Sandpipers at Drift Reservoir, Cornwall (228)

 11th

Sooty Shearwater, 5 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, 2 Common Scoter off Pendeen Cornwall

10th

Sooty Shear Water, Balearic Shearwater, and 2 Minke Whale off Porthgwarra Cornwall

7th

Lesser Scaup and Scaup at Blagdon Lake

6th

Hoopoe at Withywood Bristol at 1PM

5th

Black Tern at Chew Valley Lake

3rd

Nightjar in the Savernake area

2nd

Green Sandpiper, 4 Whinchat, 4 Redstart, 12 Whitethroat, 5 Lesser Whitethroat , 15+ Chiffchaff, 1 Greylag goose on Chipping Sodbury Common

Garganey, 15 Green Sandpipers, 4 Black Tailed Godwits, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Dunlin, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and 69 Common Terns at the Cotswold Water Park in the pit 74 area

1st

Common Scoter at Oldbury Power Station

Common Blue: Chipping Sodbury Common

Common Blue: Chipping Sodbury Common

Painted Lady: Yate

Painted Lady: Yate

Essex Skipper: Chipping Sodbury Common

Essex Skipper: Chipping Sodbury Common

Spotted Sandpiper: Coate Water (1)

Spotted Sandpiper: Coate Water (1)

Spotted Sandpiper: Coate Water (2)

Spotted Sandpiper: Coate Water (2)