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



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.


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


Woodchat Shrike at Blakehill Nature Reserve


Female Ferruginous Duck at Chew Valley Lake


Spotted Sandpiper still at Coate Water

Wryneck at Swallowcliffe in private gardens for its 2nd day


Marsh Harrier at Marshfield

Osprey at Chew Valley Lake


Spotted Sandpiper still at Coate Water


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


4 Wood sandpipers at Northwick Warth

Spotted Sandpiper still at Coate Water, Swindon


3 Garganey at Chew Valley Lake


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


Osprey over Severn Beach


Spotted Sandpiper still at Coate Water Swindon


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


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


Wood Sandpiper at Chew Valley Lake


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)


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


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


Lesser Scaup and Scaup at Blagdon Lake


Hoopoe at Withywood Bristol at 1PM


Black Tern at Chew Valley Lake


Nightjar in the Savernake area


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


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)