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, in late July the waders start coming back.

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)


3 Balearic Shearwaters, 4 Puffins, 2 Arctic Skuas, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper and 100s of Manx Shearwaters off of Porthgwarra Cornwall (259)

12 Chough at Cape Cornwall

Spoonbill on the Hayle Estuary

Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper on pit 74 of the Cotswold water Park


Quail at Marshfield


3 Red Kites and 1 Redstart on Chipping Sodbury Common


4 Little Stints, 14 Black Tailed Godwits, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and 11 Little Ringed Plovers at Northwick Warth


Green Sandpiper over my house in Chippenham


Crested Tit, Scottish Crossbill, Osprey and many Red Grouse in the Highlands


American White Winged Scoter at Aberdeen, my 506th bird for the UK, also

1 Surf Scoter, 50+ Velvet Scoter and 2000+ Common Scoter at Aberdeen (258)

3 Otters in Bath


2 Quail at Marshfield


Great White Egret at Coombe Hill Meadows


Honey Buzzard at Wareham Dorset (255)


Quail at Chipping Sodbury Common

20 Little Ringed Plover and 3 Common Sandpipers at Northwick Warth


Stunning views of 5 Nightjars and a Woodcock in the Forest of Dean (254)


Spotted Redshank and 11 Little Ringed Plovers at Northwick Warth


6 Quail at Haxton Down


Fulmar at Severn Beach

12 Little Ringed Plover and a Green Sandpiper at Northwick Warth

Marsh Tit - Lower Woods

Marsh Tit - Lower Woods

Silver Washed Fritilary - Lower Woods

Silver Washed Fritilary - Lower Woods

Ringlet - Lower Woods

Ringlet - Lower Woods

Eider Duck - Aberdeen

Eider Duck - Aberdeen