August

Places to visit

August is the months to head to the coast, with south west winds lots of seabirds will be going past, anywhere from Cornwall to Dorset can be good.

For Cory’s and Great Shearwaters Cornwall and South Devon are the places to be, I will be in Cornwall at Porthgwarra or Pendeen sometime this month!

Many waders are on the move, Curlew Sandpipers and Knot are turning up in our area, this is also the time for American waders to arrive so look carefully through any Dunlin and Ringed Plover flocks for White Rumped, Pectoral and Baird’s Sandpipers

Severn Beach, New Passage / Pilning Wetlands, Chew Valley Lake and Slimbridge are the top sites in our area.

Interesting Butterflies on the wing this month include, Brown Hairstreak, Purple Emperor, Silver Spotted Skipper and Clouded Yellow.

TOTAL SPECIES I HAVE SEEN SO FAR THIS YEAR (235)

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

July Sightings

29th

3 Curlew Sandpipers, 4 Green Sandpipers, Wood Sandpiper, Turnstone, lots of Avocets, dunlins and Black Tailed Godwits (235)

27th

Mandarin Duck, 2 Kingfishers and a Green Woodpecker in Kingsgate Park Yate

26th

3 Curlew Sandpipers at Slimbridge

25th

Whinchat, 4 Redstart, 10 Greylag Geese, Kingfisher, 8 Whitethroats, 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 20+ Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcaps and 4 Ravens on Chipping Sodbury Common

24th

Turtle Dove on Haresfield Beacon Gloucestershire

22nd

Black Tern, 10+ Common Tern, 4 Little Egrets on pit 68a of the Cotswold water Park (234)

20th

Mediterranean Gull in Yate

18th

Wood sandpiper, 8 Common Sandpipers, 241 Dunlin, 70+ Black Tailed Godwits, Mediterranean Gull and a Yellow Wagtail at Northwick Warth Area (233)

2 Quail at Leighterton Gloucestershire

Osprey at pit 74 of the Cotswold water Park

16th

Wood sandpiper at Northwick Warth

3 Redstarts, Whinchat and a Red Kite on Chipping Sodbury Common

11th

Juvenile Cuckoo, 2 Redstarts, 8 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroats, Little Owl, 6 Ravens and 13 Lapwings on Chipping Sodbury Common

12th

2 Quail at Leighterton Gloucestershire

8th

Garganey and Oystercatcher on pit 68 of the Cotswold Water Park

7th

Spoonbill at Slimbridge

6th

8 Common Scoters at Oldbury Power Station

Osprey at Slimbridge

5th

2 Common Sandpipers in Kingsgate Park Yate

2 Common Cranes over Bedminster Bristol

4th

5 Redstarts, 15 Lapwings, 2 Whitethroats and 3 Lesser Whitethroats on Chipping Sodbury Common

1st

Pied Crow still in Clevedon

Redstart, Chipping Sodbury
Redstart, Chipping Sodbury

Wood Sandpiper, Northwick Warth
Wood Sandpiper, Northwick Warth

Pied Crow, Clevedon
Pied Crow, Clevedon

Pied Crow, Clevedon
Pied Crow, Clevedon

White Letter Hairstreak, Bristol
White Letter Hairstreak, Bristol