This is the month to head to the south or east coast, Lots of wildfowl will be arriving, head for the Norfolk coast for Brent and Pink footed Geese these should be here in the thousands and it’s a stunning site to see!

With strong North East winds the Norfolk coast is the best place to see Little Auks and Waxwings, if you can stand the cold!!!

Closer to home, Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is brilliant for Ducks, Swans and Geese, all giving very close views from the many hides , in the past it was possible to see thousands of White fronted geese here but now as it is getting milder the numbers are down to a few hundred !

If we get prolonged west / south west winds, Severn Beach can be very good for Leach’s Petrel, I have had my best views of these tiny sea birds from here, the best place to look from is from the sea wall opposite the village an hour either side of high tide!

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)

October Sightings


32 Great White Egrets at Chew Valley Lake


Ring Necked Duck and 2 Red Breasted Mergansers on pit 74, Scaup on pit 125 of the Cotswold water Park


Ring Necked Duck and a Marsh Harrier on pit 74 of the Cotswold water Park (273)


Shore lark at Northwick Warth


Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, 5 Gadwall, Blackcap, 4 Siskins and 3 Skylarks over Kingsgate Park Yate


Red Throated Pipit over Berkley Gloucestershire


Pomarine Skua, Guillemot, Little Gull and Kittiwake at Severn Beach but I missed a Sabine’s gull


Great Northern Diver, Leach’s Petrel, 6 Great Skuas at Severn Beach

2 Hen Harriers and 2 Merlin on Salisbury Plain


8 Black Terns at Chew Valley lake


Two Barred Greenish Warbler at St Aldhelm’s Head Dorset (272)


Raddes Warbler, Wilsons Snipe, American Golden Plover and a Black Redstart on St Marys (271)

2 Leach’s Petrel at Severn Beach

Yellow Browed warbler at Salisbury


Leach’s Petrel, Great Shearwater, Red Breasted Flycatcher, 2 Yellow Browed warblers, and a Ring Ouzel on St Marys


Red Breasted Flycatcher, 4 Yellow Browed Warblers and 5 Hawfinches on St Marys


Orphean Warbler and 2 Hawfinch on St Agnes isles of Scilly


Isabelline Wheatear, Spotted Crake, American Golden Plover , and 3 Yellow browed Warblers on St Marys Isles of Scilly


3 Common Crane over Bath


Pectoral Sandpiper on pit 126 of the Cotswold water Park

Osprey at Quidhampton Wiltshire


Grey Phalarope, Turtle Dove and a Merlin at Northwick Warth

Hen Harrier at Haxton Down


Turtle dove and Spotted Redshank at Northwick Warth

25 Great White Egrets, 1 Cattle Egret and 32 Little Egrets at Chew Valley Lake

Marsh harrier at Stowford


Little Bunting, 2 Little Stints, 2 Redstart, 3 Pink footed Geese and 16 whooper swans on Shetland (259)


Parrot Crossbill, Red Breasted Flycatcher, 3 Yellow Browed warblers and a Wood Warbler on Shetland


Pallas’s grasshopper Warbler, Short Toed Lark, Red Backed Shrike and 4 yellow browed warblers on Shetland

American Golden Plover, St Marys
American Golden Plover, St Mary's

Eastern Orphean Warbler, St. Agnes
Eastern Orphean Warbler, St. Agnes

Red Breasted Flycatcher, St. Marys
Red Breasted Flycatcher, St. Mary's

Two Barred Greenish Warbler, St. Aldhelm's Head
Two Barred Greenish Warbler, St. Aldhelm's Head

Radde's Warbler, St. Mary's
Radde's Warbler, St. Mary's

Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler, Shetland
Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler, Shetland