April and May

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, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

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)



Eastern Subalpine warbler and 2 Turtle Doves at Portland bill

3 Little terns, 10+ Sandwich Terns, 20+ Common terns, Knot, Whimbrel, Dunlins, and Ringed plovers at Ferrybridge Weymouth (188)


Garganey on pit 74 of the Cotswold water Park, also Grasshopper warbler, Cuckoo, 3 Garden warblers and 5 Nightingales around pit 43

24th – 27th

I was in the Highland region of Scotland. Highlights were 2 White Billed divers, Great Northern, Red Throated and Black Throated Divers, 2 Ospreys, Golden eagle, 3 Ring Ouzels, 50+Red Grouse, Black Grouse, 10+ Snow Buntings, Crested Tits, Scottish crossbills and Red Squirrels. (183)


3 Black Winged Stilts, Little Gull and a grasshopper warbler at Slimbridge (166)


3 Black Winged Stilts and a Spoonbill at Slimbridge

5+ nightingales, Whitethroats, Lesser Whitethroats, Garden warbler, Sedge Warblers, Reed Warblers and Cuckoos on the Cotswold Water Park


Spoonbill and Grasshopper warbler at Northwick Warth


 3 Black Winged Stilts, 4 Cattle Egrets and a Little Gull all at Slimbridge


6 Black Winged Stilts at Slimbridge, plus Avocets, Ruff, 3 Common Crane, (165)

2 Whinchat, 5 lesser Whitethroats, 2 Whitethroat at Chipping Sodbury Common (164)


Little Gull, Spotted Redshank, 5 Ruff, 4 Common Sandpipers, Avocets, Reed Warblers, Sedge warblers at Slimbridge (163)


My first Lesser Whitethroat, House Martin and Yellow Wagtail of the year on Chipping Sodbury Common (157)


Smew still on Chipping Sodbury Common


Common Sandpiper in Kingsgate Park Yate (154)


Female Smew and 3 Swallows at Chipping Sodbury Common

2 Great White Egrets at Oldbury power station

13 Cattle Egrets at Chew Valley Lake


The first Grasshopper Warbler and lesser Whitethroat of the year were at New Passage

8 Eider ducks of Severn Beach

3 Short Eared Owls at Aust

Osprey over Bradford on Avon


2 Swallows at Bath, my first for the year (153)


Serin at New passage


3 Redstarts on Chipping Sodbury Common (152)

30th March – 4th April

I was in Gibraltar, highlights were 1200 Black Kites, 300 Booted Eagle, 5 Short Toed eagle, Griffon Vulture, 2 Egyptian Vulture, Pallid harrier, 3 Montagues Harrier, Goshawk, Lesser Kestrel, 6 Osprey, Peregrine, Hobby, 30+ Sparrowhawk, 3 Subalpine Warblers, 10+ Bonelli’s Warbler, 20+ Sardinian Warblers, 2 Woodchat Shrikes, Hoopoe, 30+ bee-eaters, 8+ Spotless Starling and a Blue Rock Thrush.

Whincat - Chipping Sodbury common
Whincat - Chipping Sodbury common

Spanish Festoon - Gibraltar
Spanish Festoon - Gibraltar

Snow Bunting - Scotland
Snow Bunting - Scotland

Sardinian Warbler - Gibraltar
Sardinian Warbler - Gibraltar 

Black Winged Stilt - Slimbridge
Black Winged Stilt - Slimbridge

Red Grouse - Scotland
Red Grouse - Scotland

Booted Eagle - Gibraltar
Booted Eagle - Gibraltar