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 in by the end of the month

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 then Common, Arctic and Sandwich Terns should be passing by and if you are lucky Arctic, Great or Pomarine Skuas will be chasing them

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

TOTAL SPECIES I HAVE SEEN SO FAR THIS YEAR (164)

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

March Sightings

30th

2 Sandwich Terns at Slimbridge

Sandwich Tern at Langford Lake

29th

Osprey at Chew Valley Lake (first for the spring)

Tree Pipit in the Forest of Dean (first for the spring)

Iceland Gull at Eysey , Cotswold Water Park

28th

4 Hawfinch flew over Chipping Sodbury Golf Course

Glossy Ibis still at Lydney

27th

Iceland Gull again at Stratford Sub Castle, Wiltshire

25th

Iceland Gull and Ring Necked Duck on pit 16, 6 Little Ringed plover, 2 Dunlin and Merlin over pit 305 of the Cotswold Water Park

Garganey, 4 Little Gulls and a Marsh harrier at Chew Valley Lake

24th

Iceland Gull Lydiard Park Swindon

23rd

3 Little Gulls and a Kittiwake at Chew Valley Lake

22nd

Glossy Ibis at Lydney Gloucestershire

Garganey ant Slimbridge

21st

My first 2 Chiffchaffs of the year at Kingsgate Park Yate, Red Kite, Little Owl and 5 Lapwings on Chipping Sodbury Common. (164)

3 Common Crane, 9 Black Tailed Godwits and a Green Sandpiper on pit 74, Little Gull on pit 12 of the Cotswold water Park

20th

Ring Ouzel (first for the spring) at Cleeve Hill Gloucestershire

18th

Adult Yellow Legged Gull on Coopers Lake in Yate (first for this area)

Kittiwake on Liden Lagoon Swindon

 16th

Sandwich Tern (first for the spring) at Oldbury power Station

6 Avocets at Severn Beach

15th

Glaucous Gull at Parsonage Down Wiltshire

14th

2 Common Crane on pit 74, 2 little Ringed Plover and a Dunlin on pit 305, 2 Sand Martins over Ashton Keynes of the Cotswold Water Park

25 Sand Martins and 3 Swallows (first for this spring) at Chew Valley Lake

2 Red Kites over Chipping Sodbury

12TH

Penduline Tit back again at Plock Court Gloucester

11th

4+ Woodlarks and a Dartford Warbler on Greenham Common (163)

3 Ring Necked Parakeets near Windsor

10th

The first Sand Martin of the spring at Littleton

The first Redstart of the spring at Uphill

The first Wheatear of the spring at Bristol airport

9th

Iceland Gull at Stratford Sub Castle, Wiltshire

Garganey (first of the spring) at Saul Gloucestershire

7th

Glaucous Gull, 2 Avocet, 5 Knot, 100+ Golden Plover, 120+ White Fronted Geese, 30+ Bewick’s Swans at Slimbridge (160)

Ferruginous Duck, Scaup, 40+ Tufted Ducks and 10+ Pochards on pit 125 of the Cotswold Water Park

6th

Ferruginous Duck on pit 125, Ring Necked Duck and Iceland Gull on pit 16, Smew on pit 28 of the Cotswold Water Park

5th

American Green Winged Teal at Ashleworth Ham

8 Scaup at Chew Valley Lake

4th

7 Short Eared Owls, Merlin, 4 Black Tailed Godwits and 200+ Dunlin at Aust

 Fieldfare, Yate
Fieldfare, Yate

Goldcrest, Yate
Goldcrest, Yate

Black-headed Gull, Yate
Black-headed Gull, Yate

Chiffchaff, Yate
Chiffchaff, Yate