September

Places to visit

September 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. With prolonged South West winds Severn Beach can be surprisingly good

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

Late September I will be heading to Shetland in the hope of finding some rare migrant birds and with any luck Orca Whales and Otters.

Interesting Butterflies on the wing this month include, Brown Hairstreak and Clouded Yellow.

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

TOTAL SO FAR THIS YEAR (259)

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

September

23rd Sept- 2nd Oct

Shetland Highlights

Pallas’s grasshopper Warbler, 2 Olive Backed Pipits, Rustic Bunting, 3 Little Buntings, Parrot Crossbill, Short Toed Lark, 2 Red Breasted Flycatcher, 2 Barred warbler, Wryneck, Common Crane, Red Backed Shrike, Great Grey Shrike, Lapland Bunting, 2 Common Rosefinch, 2 Bluethroat, 23 Yellow Browed Warblers and 2 Otters (259)

20th

Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Tree Pipit, Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear, Green Shank, 7 Bar Tailed godwits, 200+ black Tailed Godwits, 300+ Dunlin, 50+ ringed Plover at Northwick Warth / Pilning Wetlands (237)

17th

Sabine’s Gull at Avonmouth

3 Avocet and a Curlew Sandpiper at Northwick Warth / Pilning Wetlands

Woodchat Shrike, Little Egret, 5 Whinchats, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 10+ Yellow wagtails on Chipping Sodbury Common.

 13th

Sabine’s Gull, 3 Leach’s Petrels, 1 Arctic Skua and 5 Manx Shearwaters off Severn Beach

Grey Phalarope and Curlew Sandpiper at Slimbridge

12th

Sabine’s Gull at Sand Point

11th

2 Leach’s Petrels, 1 storm Petrel, Grey Phalarope and 7 Manx Shearwaters off Severn Beach

2 Manx Shearwaters at Chew Valley Lake

10TH

Woodchat Shrike, 7 Whinchat, 3 redstart and 30+ Yellow Wagtails on Chipping Sodbury Common

7th

3 Black Terns, Wood Sandpiper and a Curlew Sandpiper at Chew Valley Lake

3rd

Woodchat Shrike, 9 Whinchat, 10 redstart and Tree Pipit on Chipping Sodbury Common

7 Black Terns and 7 Great White Egrets at Chew Valley Lake

Cattle Egret, Garganey and Wood Sandpiper at Slimbridge

2nd

Woodchat Shrike still on Chipping Sodbury Common along with 12 Whinchats and 10+ Redstarts

1st

Woodchat Shrike still on Chipping Sodbury Common

Osprey, 3 Great White Egrets, 3 Hobby and a Garganey on Chew Valley Lake

Marsh Harrier at Middle Woodford

Otter, Shetland
Otter, Shetland

Little Bunting, Shetland
Little Bunting, Shetland

Red Breasted Flycatcher, Shetland
Red Breasted Flycatcher, Shetland

Lapland Bunting, Shetland
Lapland Bunting, Shetland

Rustic Bunting, Shetland
Rustic Bunting, Shetland

Yellow Browed Warbler, Shetland
Yellow Browed Warbler, Shetland

Woodchat, Chipping Sodbury Common
Woodchat, Chipping Sodbury Common