June and July

Places to visit

June and July are the quietest months, apart from Quail, Honey Buzzard and Nightjar which are late arrivals most birds are settled down breeding.

I tend to go out looking for Butterflies in June and July

Forest of Dean is a great place to visit with breeding Nightjar, Goshawk, Firecrest, Wood Warbler, Redstart, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, Tree Pipits and many other warblers

Salisbury Plain can also be good if passing through, if you are lucky you could find Montague’s Harrier, Stone Curlew, Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Turtle Dove or Quail, early mornings are best.

TOTAL SPECIES I HAVE SEEN SO FAR THIS YEAR (232)

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

June Sightings

30th

Pied Crow still at Clevedon

27th

Golden Oriole at Speech House Gloucestershire

Pied Crow (possibly an escaped bird?) at Clevedon sea front.

19th-26th

I was in Scotland, Highlights were, Golden Eagle, Ospreys, Crested Tit, Scottish Crossbill, Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Ring Ouzel, Long Eared Owl, Slavonian Grebe, Rose Coloured Starling and my first ever sightings of Pine Marten. (232)

14th

Storm Petrel and 150+ Manx Shearwaters, Great Skua and a Gannet at Severn Beach

13th

Garganey, 3 Green Sandpiper, Mediterranean gull at Slimbridge (217)

 12th

4 Nightjars and 5 Woodcock in the Forest of Dean (216)

10th

Rose Coloured Starling at Sand Point

6th

Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat and 3 Lesser Whitethroats on Chipping Sodbury Common

4th

3 Avocets at Langford Lakes

3rd

5+ Bittern, 8+ Great White Egrets, 3 Cuckoo, 4+ Marsh Harriers, Barn Owl, 8+ Little Egrets, Cettis, Reed, Sedge, Garden and Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats and lots of Dragonflies (214)

3 Common Crane flew over Horfield Bristol

Osprey at Chew Valley Lake

1st

Woodlark at Severn Beach

 Pine Martens, Scotland
Pine Martens, Scotland

Scarce Chaser, Hamwall
Scarce Chaser, Hamwall

Garganey, Slimbridge
Garganey, Slimbridge

Green Sandpiper, Slimbridge
Green Sandpiper, Slimbridge

Red Squirrel, Scotland
Red Squirrel, Scotland