This is the month to head to the South West coast, with winds predominantly coming from the west, Cornwall, Devon and the Isles of Scilly are the places to head for.

 I have been going to the Isles of Scilly at this time of year since 1984 and I have seen such rare birds as a Northern Waterthrush, 3 Parula Warblers, 3 Yellow Rumped Warblers, 8 Red eyed Vireos, 3 Blackpoll Warblers, 2 Black and white Warblers, 2 Yellow Billed Cuckoos, 1 Black Billed Cuckoo, 5 Grey Cheeked Thrush, 1 Hermit Thrush, 4 Swainson’s Thrush, 2 Bobolink and many more, this all depends on the weather!

 Closer to home, if we get prolonged west / south west winds, Severn Beach can be very good for sea birds such as Manx shearwaters, Petrels, Skuas, Grey Phalarope and if you are lucky a Sabine’s Gull , best place to look is from the sea wall opposite the village an hour either side of high tide!

With prolonged very strong westerly winds these sea birds can end up on inland lakes, Chew Valley Lake is as good as any; in the past I have seen Sabine’s gull and Grey Phalarope here.


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

September Sightings

22nd-2nd Oct

Shetland Highlights were

River Warbler, Yellow Breasted Bunting, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Marsh Warbler, American Golden Plover, 3 Barred Warblers, 5 Common Rosefinch, Melodious Warbler,  2 Yellow Browed Warblers, 2 Snow Buntings, Lapland Bunting, Red Backed Shrike, Grey Phalarope, 4 Common Redpoll and 3 Otters. (258)


Leach’s Petrel and 2 Black Terns at Severn Beach

Pectoral Sandpiper Blagdon Lake

24 Cattle Egrets at Chew Valley Lake


Osprey at Winsley Wiltshire


Spotted Crake at the Cotswold Water Park (239)

Black Tern and an Arctic tern on pit 74

24 Cattle Egret, 10 Great White Egrets and a Black Tern at Chew Valley Lake


Ortolan Bunting reported again at Northwick Warth

Savi’s Warbler reported at Pilning Wetlands


Rose Coloured Starling at Lansdown Bath at 6PM

Grey Phalarope at Cheddar Reservoir


Mandarin Duck still in Kingsgate Park Yate

Purple Heron at Chew Valley Lake

Ortolan Bunting at Northwick Warth / New Passage area


8 Whinchats, 2 Redstarts, Yellow Wagtail, 6 Greylag Geese, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaffs, 8+ Whitethroats, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps and 100+ Swallows on Chipping Sodbury Common


Hoopoe in Swindon


Mandarin, Little Grebe, 3 Gadwall and 2 Grey Wagtails in Kingsgate Park


Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Redstarts, 6 Whinchats and a Yellow wagtail on Chipping Sodbury Common


Wryneck on Chipping Sodbury Common


Curlew Sandpiper at Oldbury

9 Great White Egrets at Blagdon Lake


Glossy Ibis at Blagdon Lake

Garganey at Chew Valley Lake


Rose Coloured Starling at Severn Beach

Wryneck East Kennet

Wryneck at Devizes Roundway Hill car park

5 Black Terns at Chew Valley Lake

3 Black Terns on pit 74 of the Cotswold Water Park

 Yellow Browed Warbler, Shetland
Yellow-Browed Warbler, Shetland

Lapland Bunting, Shetland
Lapland Bunting, Shetland

Melodious Warbler, Shetland
Melodious Warbler, Shetland

Snow Bunting, Shetland
Snow Bunting, Shetland

Barred Warbler, Shetland
Barred Warbler, Shetland

Yellow-Breasted Bunting, Shetland
Yellow-Breasted Bunting, Shetland

Spotted Crake, Cotswold Water Park
Spotted Crake, Cotswold Water Park