A New Year, a New Year List!

January is normally quiet, I tend to look at inland reservoirs for wintering Divers and Grebes, Chew Valley Lake is always a good bet for a Great Northern Diver, I also head out onto Salisbury Plain for Hen Harriers and Short eared owls, a slow drive across just before dusk normally gets you one or both species along with Barn Owls 

Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is brilliant for Ducks, Swans and Geese, all giving very close views from the many hides.

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 Goosander, Goldeneye and with a little luck Smew and Scaup, try pits 29, 30, 44, 57 and 74, if you are out late then try pit 74 or 16 for a gull roost, I have found Iceland and Glaucous Gulls here in the past

Severn Beach area can also be very good for Wildfowl, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look and if you are lucky you might find a Diver or winter grebe.

Reports in RED are my own sightings (number) = total species seen this year so far


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

December Sightings


Green Winged Teal at Ashleworth Ham

Penduline Tit still in Gloucester

Great Northern Diver and Black Redstart at Sharpness


Avocet in Netham Park Bristol


American Wigeon at Matford Exeter (279)

4 Cirl Buntings at Broadsands

Red Necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, 60+ Auks, 40+ Common Dolphins in Torbay

Italian Sparrow East Budleigh Devon


Cattle egret, Great White Egret and 4 Water Pipits at Chew Valley Lake


2 Short Eared Owls at Blakehill


Caspian Gull and 4 Yellow legged Gulls on pit 12 then on pit 16 , Great White Egret and 8 Red Crested Pochard on pit 61, Red Crested Pochard on pit 44, 3 Goosander on pit 29 of the Cotswold Water Park


Penduline Tit still at Plock Court.

Ring Decked Duck now on pit 29 of the Cotswold water Park


Ring Decked Duck on pit 30 of the Cotswold water Park


Penduline Tit in Gloucester at Plock Court (276)


Hen Harrier and 3 Short eared Owls on Salisbury Plain

100 Bramblings and 6 Hawfinch in Savernake Forest


3 Hawfinch at Oldland Bristol

10 Yellow Legged Gulls at Langford Lakes


3 Whooper swans and a Great White Egret on pit 74 of the Cotswold water Park


Great Northern Diver still on pit 125 of the Cotswold Water Park


2 Blackcaps in Yate


3 Whooper Swans on the River Severn from the Shepperdine

Hen Harrier, Short Eared Owl and 3 Red Kites on Salisbury Plain

Short Eared Owl at Aust

Great Northern Diver on pit 125 and 2 Great White egrets on pit 72 of the Cotswold water Park


Male Hen Harrier on Haxton Down


Red Breasted Goose, 44 White Fronted Geese, 25+ Bewick’s Swans, Ruff, Black Tailed Godwits, many Dunlin and Golden Plovers and a Tawny Owl at Slimbridge (275)

A Siberian Chiffchaff with 11 Common Chiffchaff at Swindon Sewage Works

17 Great White Egrets, Long Tailed Duck, Little Stint, 19 Black Tailed Godwits, 4 Water Pipits and a Marsh Harrier at Chew Valley Lake


16 Parrot Crossbills Swinley Forest Berkshire

7 Ring Necked Parakeets Wraysbury (274)

Little Ringed Plover on pit 132 of the Cotswold Water Park ( very unusual at this time of year ! )

Penduline Tit, Gloucester
Penduline Tit, Gloucester

Ring Necked Parakeet, Wraysbury
Ring Necked Parakeet, Wraysbury

Parrot Crossbill, Swinley
Parrot Crossbill, Swinley

American Wigeon, Matford Devon
American Wigeon, Matford Devon

Italian Sparrow, East Budleigh
Italian Sparrow, East Budleigh

Cirl Bunting, Broadsands
Cirl Bunting, Broadsands