April-June 2015

Places to visit

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

Severn Beach area can be very good for waders, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house and at the excellent new Pilning wetlands, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look an hour either side of the high tide if we get prolonged south west winds for terns and if you are lucky Skuas

Salisbury Plain can worth a look if passing through, if you are lucky you could find Stone Curlew, Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Turtle Dove and Quail


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 219



Pectoral Sandpiper at Slimbridge (219)


Nightjar, 2 wood warblers, tree pipit plus 5 Heath Fritillary and a green hairstreak (218)


Spotted Crake and 2 Grasshopper Warblers calling at Coombe Hill Meadows (217)

Quail Morgan’s Hill


Quail singing at Marshfield


Sandwich Tern and Mediterranean Gull at Northwick Warth

4 Red Kite just south east of Chippenham


Spotted Crake at coombe Hill Meadows Gloucestershire

9 Quail calling on Haxton Down


Red Necked Phalarope and Garganey at Slimbridge


Wood Lark in the New Forest Hampshire but no sign of the Black Eared Wheatear (215)


Great White egret flew past Severn Beach


I had an early start and went to the Somerset Levels, ( 5-9AM )  2 Little Bittern, 4+ Bittern, 6+ Great White Egret, 10+ Little Egret, 4 Marsh Harrier, 9 Hobby, 4 Cuckoo, 67 Black Tailed Godwit  plus 9 species of Warbler (214)

6 Bee-eaters again at Woolley near Bath plus 2+ Red Kite over


6 Bee-eaters at Woolley near Bath

Red Kite over Bath Railway Station


Wood warbler, 3 Pied Flycatcher, Redstart and a Tree Pipit in the Nagshead area of the forest of Dean (212)


3 Red Kite together over Marshfield

Marsh Harrier at Langford Lakes


Black Winged Stilt and Honey Buzzard at Sidlesham Ferry West Sussex

Greater Yellowlegs and Bearded Tits at Titchfield Hampshire (209)


2 Storm Petrel, Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 4 Great Skua, Manx Shearwater and 4 Fulmar of Severn Beach

 Black Winged Stilt

Black Winged Stilt

Duke of Burgundy

Duke of Burgundy



Little Bittern

Little Bittern

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs