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

August

23rd

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

20th

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

17th

Purple Heron at Slimbridge

16th

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

15th

Black Tern at Northwick Warth

Grey Phalarope at Chew Valley Lake

14th

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

13th

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

11th

Avocet, Wood sandpiper, 16 pintail at Northwick Warth area

11 Whinchat and 4 Redstarts on Chipping Sodbury Common

10th

Purple Heron at Slimbridge

Osprey over Salisbury

9th

Little Stint and Wood Sandpiper at Northwick Warth area

7th

Long Tailed Skua at Chew Valley Lake

6th

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

5th

Wood Sandpiper at Northwick Warth

2 Sandwich Terns on pit 305 of the Cotswold Water Park

2nd

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

1st

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