November

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

TOTAL SO FAR THIS YEAR (273)

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

October Sightings

31st

32 Great White Egrets at Chew Valley Lake

30TH

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

29th

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

28th

Shore lark at Northwick Warth

25th

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

24th

Red Throated Pipit over Berkley Gloucestershire

22nd

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

21st

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

2 Hen Harriers and 2 Merlin on Salisbury Plain

19th

8 Black Terns at Chew Valley lake

18th

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

17th

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

16th

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

 15th

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

14th

Orphean Warbler and 2 Hawfinch on St Agnes isles of Scilly

13th

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

 11th

3 Common Crane over Bath

10th

Pectoral Sandpiper on pit 126 of the Cotswold water Park

Osprey at Quidhampton Wiltshire

8th

Grey Phalarope, Turtle Dove and a Merlin at Northwick Warth

Hen Harrier at Haxton Down

6th

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

3rd

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

2nd

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

1st

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