September 2015

Places to visit

This is the month to head to the east coast, after easterly winds Suffolk to Aberdeen will have rarer birds such as Wryneck, Red Backed Shrike and Bluethroats, towards the end of the month the first Yellow Browed Warblers will be arriving, Arctic and Greenish Warblers should also arrive, elsewhere the first American waders will put in an appearance, Buff Breasted Sandpipers, Baird’s Sandpipers and Pectoral Sandpipers should be in the UK.

 Closer to home, if we get prolonged west / south west winds, Severn Beach can be very good for sea birds such as Manx shearwaters, Petrels, Skuas and if you are lucky a Sabine’s Gull , best place to look is from the sea wall opposite the village an hour either side of high tide!

More waders are on the move, Curlew sandpipers and Little Stints can turn up in our area along the coast and on inland lakes such as Chew valley and the Cotswold Water Park

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 234



Red Necked Grebe at the Cotswold Water Park on pit 74 and a Yellow Legged Gull on pit 305D (234)


Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, 30+ Knot, 150+ Black Tailed Godwit, 80+ Dunlin, 30+ Turnstone, 20+ Ringed Plover, 50+ Redshank, 41 Snipe and 2 Yellow Wagtails at Severn Beach / Northwick Warth area


Purple Heron at Slimbridge


Wryneck at New Passage and the Black Tern still at Northwick Warth


Black Tern at Northwick Warth

Grey Phalarope at Chew Valley Lake


2 Leach’s Petrel and a Manx Shearwater off of Severn Beach


4+ Red Necked Grebes and 3 Common Cranes on the Cotswold Water Park at pit 74, also 2 Garganey on pit 200

7 Redstarts and 9 Whinchats on Chipping Sodbury Common

Wood Sandpiper still at Northwick Warth

Temminck’s Stint, Pectoral Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, 3 Little Stint and many more waders at Slimbridge


Avocet, Wood sandpiper, 16 pintail at Northwick Warth area

11 Whinchat and 4 Redstarts on Chipping Sodbury Common


Purple Heron at Slimbridge

Osprey over Salisbury


Little Stint and Wood Sandpiper at Northwick Warth area


Long Tailed Skua at Chew Valley Lake


10 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, Tree Pipit, 11 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap and a fly over Green Sandpiper at Chipping Sodbury Common


Wood Sandpiper at Northwick Warth

2 Sandwich Terns on pit 305 of the Cotswold Water Park


Ferruginous Duck, Black Tern, Green Shank and 4 Green Sandpipers at Chew Valley Lake


Honey Buzzard over Westbury

Ferruginous Duck, Lesser Scaup, Osprey, 4 Garganey and a Wood Sandpiper at Chew Valley Lake

Curlew Sandpiper at Severn Lake

Curlew Sandpiper at Severn Lake

Little Stint at Severn Beach

Little Stint at Severn Beach

Dunlin at Severn Beach

Dunlin at Severn Beach