Places to visit

I will be watching Chipping Sodbury Common; this area is great for passage Redstarts, whinchats, tree pipits and yellow wagtails. Whitethroat and lesser whitethroat breed here in small numbers; there is a small pond here that has had common and green sandpiper on it plus redshank twice and once a Whimbrel.

The Cotswold Water Park is one of the best sites in our area for Nightingale, on an early morning visit should get you these birds in full song, though they are not easy to see!

Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, Cuckoo, waders, common terns and many warbler species breeding around the pits so there is always something look at.

Severn Beach and Northwick Warth / New Passage area can be excellent in May with many summer plumaged waders moving up the channel, mid-month is the best time for Pomarine Skuas, from an hour before up to just after high tide is best but you need to be lucky!  

Salisbury Plain can worth a look if passing through, it is such a large area 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)

April Sightings


2 Garganeys at Northwick Warth

Glaucous Gull at Wooten Basset

22nd – 29th

I was in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, highlights were

Purple Heron, Laughing Gull, Golden Oriole, 2 Iceland Gulls, Grasshopper Warbler, Turtle Dove, Pied Flycatcher and lots of common migrant birds plus good views of Common Dolphins (204)


Nightingale at Westbury (first for the spring)

Black Tern (first for the spring) 2 Arctic Terns and a Little Gull at Chew Valley Lake


Swift at Westbury (first for the spring)

2 Little Terns and 2 Sandwich Terns at Slimbridge


Ring Ouzel at Northwick Warth


Hoopoe in Kingsgate Park Yate also the Ring Necked Parakeet, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs and 4 Blackcaps (189)

Ashy Headed Wagtail, Stone Curlew, 9 Yellow Wagtails, 32 White Wagtails, 2 Golden Plovers, 2 Little Ringed Plovers on Northwick Warth

Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaffs, 5 Swallows on Chipping Sodbury Common


2 Garganeys at North Meadows Cricklade

3 Grasshopper Warblers and a Pied Flycatcher at Oldbury Power Station


2 Ospreys at Sherborne Gloucestershire


Pied Flycatcher, Ring Necked Parakeet and the Whitethroat still in Kingsgate Park Yate

Hen harrier, Osprey, Grasshopper Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sedge warbler, 3 Common Sandpipers at Chew Valley Lake

Osprey over Bath


Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler, Whitethroat, Ring Necked Parakeet, 20+ Willow Warblers, 8 Blackcap, 5+ Chiffchaff, 15 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Little Grebe and 6 Gadwall in Kingsgate Park Yate (184)

12 Swallows, Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaffs, 6 Fieldfares, 3 Redwings, Little Owl and Stonechat on Chipping Sodbury Common.

2 Ring Ouzels on Liddington Hill


Bonaparte’s Gull and a Common Tern on Longham Lakes, Dorset (179)

Little Gull, Garganey and 3 Little Ringed Plover at Blashford Lakes, Hampshire

3 Manx Shearwaters, 9 Common Scoters, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Swallows, 1 Reed Warbler at Portland Bill.

Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher just south of Bath at Midford

Osprey, 9 Little Ringed Plovers, Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatchers and a Dunlin on pit 305, Grasshopper Warbler on pit 68, 3 Common Scoters on pit 125 of the Cotswold Water Park


Glaucous Gull at Corsham Lake


2 Ring Ouzels at Cley Hill and 1 Ring Ouzel at Liddington Hill, Wiltshire


Tree Pipit (first for the spring) Wheatear, 6 Chiffchaff and a Stonechat on Chipping Sodbury Common (169)

10+ Willow Warblers, 6+ Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcaps in Kingsgate Park Yate


Willow Warbler (first for the spring) and 3 Chiffchaff in Kingsgate Park Yate

Osprey at the Cotswold Water Park over pit 74, also 16 Black Tailed Godwits and a Ruff there, 7 Little Ringed Plovers and 4 Ringed Plovers on pit 305


Glossy Ibis at Lydney Gloucestershire (165)

Osprey at Slimbridge

Osprey at Horningsham Wiltshire

Swallow, Yate
Swallow, Yate

Bonapartes Gull, Longham
Bonapartes Gull, Longham

Ring Necked Parakeet, Yate
Ring Necked Parakeet, Yate

Kestrel, Chipping Sodbury
Kestrel, Chipping Sodbury

Common Dolphin, Cornwall
Common Dolphin, Cornwall