SEVERNSIDE BIRDS























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January 2003
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January 31st
The first Little Owl of the year was found on Northwick Warth. Also present here were two Jack Snipe, 21 Bar-tailed Godwit and 28 Black-tailed Godwit. At the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach, the Little Egret and five Siskins were still present.

January 30th
The Little Egret remained at the Orchard Pools along with a Green Sandpiper and six Siskins. There were still 20 Bar-tailed Godwit on Northwick Warth.

January 29th
Much the same as yesterday; the Little Egret and 6 Siskins at the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach. Twenty Bar-tailed Godwit at Northwick Warth.

January 28th
There were still 21 Bar-tailed Godwit present on Northwick Warth. The Little Egret and six Siskins remained at the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach. A sea watch from Severn Beach produced two Raven and 80 Kittiwake.

January 27th
At New Passage there were still 20 Bar-tailed Godwit. At the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach the Little Egret was still present with at least five Siskins  and two Lesser Redpoll in the area. A Guillemot drifted upriver past Severn Beach early afternoon.

January 26th
On Northwick Warth there were 19 Bar-tailed Godwit. At Chittening Warth two Auks were seen and nearby at Severn Beach an adult Mediterranean Gull was present, the Little Egret remained on the Orchard Pools with a Green Sandpiper.

January 25th
A Merlin, two Raven, 2000 Dunlin, 250 Lapwing and 16 Bar-tailed Godwit on Northwick Warth. The Little Egret and a Stonechat remained at the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach.
January 24th
The Little Egret was still on the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach with a Stonechat  also there. At Northwick Warth there was a drake Pintail, 2000 Dunlin and 250 Lapwing.

January 23rd  
A Guillemot was seen off Severn beach, the Little Egret remained on the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach. There were nine Bar-tailed Godwit at Northwick Warth and two Stonechat at Aust with another two at Severn Beach.

January 22nd
The Little Egret  was still at the Orchard Pools all day. At New Passage the Water Pipit showed well this afternoon in the pill, nearby 24 Bar-tailed Godwit and two Raven were on Northwick Warth. The same or two more Raven at Chittening Warth.

January 21st
A better day today; the Little Egret at the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach, then later in "wet" horse paddock near the School. Also at Severn Beach an adult Mediterranean Gull and two Stonechat with two more Stonechat at Aust Warth. The best bird at New Passage was a Water Pipit along with Kingfisher, 2500 Dunlin, 24 Bar-tailed Godwit, 500 Lapwing and a Peregrine.

January 20th
A dismal wet day with few birds to report. Twenty four Bar-tailed Godwit and just one Black-tailed Godwit at Northwick Warth. A Green Sandpiper at Severn Beach and two Stonechat at Aust Warth.
January 19th
A similar day to yesterday; Little Egret, Green sandpiper at Severn Beach, 36 Black-tailed Godwit and now 23 Bar-tailed Godwit at Northwick Warth and at least five Stonechat present. At least one elusive Water Pipit was still at Severn Beach.

January 18th
The Little Egret and a Green Sandpiper were seen at the Orchard Pools and the Water Pipit was still at Severn Beach along with two Lesser Redpoll. At New Passage there were 36 Black-tailed Godwit,16 Bar-tailed Godwits along with 250 Lapwing and a Kingfisher. A Water Rail and Stonechat were seen on Chittening Warth.











January 17th
On Northwick Warth the 36 Black-tailed Godwit were joined by 5 Bar-tailed Godwit. There were two Stonechat at Chittening Warth and the Little Egret was still on the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach.

January 16th
Much the same as yesterday; Little Egret at the Orchard Pools, 36 Black-tailed Godwit and 500 Dunlin at Northwick Warth. A Guillemot was seen at Severn Beach late afternoon. A record count of 216 Oystercatcher were seen on Severnside  today.

January 15th
The Little Egret was at the Orchard Pools, 36 Black-tailed Godwit and a Raven at Northwick Warth. The Water Pipit was still present in the Severn Beach salt marsh.

January 14th
The Little Egret remained at the Orchard Pools along with two Water Rail and Siskin. New Passage produced 36 Black-tailed Godwit and a Kingfisher. There was a very elusive Water Pipit with Rock Pipits and Meadow Pipits on the Severn Beach salt marsh along with four Stonechat. The most amazing record was of a Razorbill flying inland over Severn Beach. Strong winds in the afternoon produced 110 Kittiwake off Severn Beach.

January 13th
The Little Egret and a Grey Wagtail were seen  at the Orchard Pools. Thirty six Black-tailed Godwit at Northwick Warth. The first two Goldeneye of the year were seen on the estuary at Severn Beach.

January 12th
The Little Egret, Water Rail and two Siskin remained at the Orchard Pools.
Another Water Rail was flushed on Chittening Warth. At least seven Jack Snipe were present in the salt marsh between Severn Beach and the southern end of Chittening Warth. Other noteworthy birds were four Gadwall, three Pintail, single Great Crested Grebe, Merlin, Chiffchaff and Blackcap at Severn Beach. A Golden Plover was present at New Passage.

January 11th
The best day of the year so far! The Little Egret and nine Tufted Duck on the near frozen Orchard Pools. The star bird was the third ever record of Smew, a redhead at New Passage. Other birds of note were three Jack Snipe at Chittening Warth, a Woodcock at Severn Beach, three Water Rail (Chittening, Severn Beach salt marsh and Orchard Pools), eight Siskin at the Orchard Pools, 33 Black-tailed Godwit and 250 Lapwing on Northwick Warth and at least nine Stonechat in the area.
January 10th
At Aust Warth the best birds were a male Merlin and a Raven. Twelve Black-tailed Godwit remained on Northwick Warth along with three Golden Plover with the Lapwing flock. At Severn Beach there were 500 Dunlin, two Stonechat and two Siskin.

 January 9th
Another very cold, quiet day. Only 500 Dunlin and one Black-tailed Godwit to report from Northwick Warth and three Pintail off Severn Beach.

January 8th
Another very cold day. At Aust there were two Stonechat and on Northwick Warth at least 25 Black-tailed Godwit. There was a Water Rail and Siskin at the Orchard Pools but no sign of the Little Egret.

January 7th
After a very cold night, Severn Beach produced Stonechat, 120 Curlew, 50 Shelduck, 100 Turnstone, 9 Ringed Plover and a male Blackcap. The Little Egret was at the Orchard Pools along with eight Siskin. On Northwick Warth there were 12 Black-tailed Godwit.


January 6th
The Little Egret remained at the Orchard Pools. On Northwick Warth there were six thousand Dunlin and a Peregrine. A Jack Snipe was flushed from the salt marsh at Severn Beach, two Water Rail  and another Jack Snipe were present on Chittening Warth. The male Blackcap was still present at Severn Beach.

January 5th
At Northwick Warth there were 4000 Dunlin, 150 Lapwing, single Grey  Plover, Golden Plover and two Stonechat. The Merlin was at Aust Warth. At the Orchard Pools, ten Siskin were feeding in Birch trees. A Water Rail was heard here and another flushed on Chittening Warth along with three Jack Snipe. The male Blackcap remained feeding on a bird table in Severn Beach.
January 4th
A cold north east wind and snow showers. On Northwick Warth there were two thousand Dunlin, 150 Lapwing, 100 Teal, 200 Wigeon, two Shoveler and a female Merlin. A male Blackcap was on a bird table in Severn Beach. An afternoon stroll down Chittening Warth produced at least 8 Rock Pipit, 5 Stonechat, single Water Rail, Green Sandpiper and two Buzzard. At Aust Warth there were 50 Reed Bunting, 40 Linnet and 10 Snipe.

January 3rd
The usual waders and duck on Northwick Warth along with the Mediterranean Gull. New birds for the year included Pochard and Little Grebe at the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach. A Little Egret was on a flooded horse paddock in Severn Beach and there was a Raven over Chittening Warth.

January 2nd
Another very wet morning. An adult Mediterranean Gull on the flash at Northwick Warth, until flushed by a Peregrine. There were also two Golden Plover with the flock of 150 Lapwing and 100 Dunlin. Two Stonechat were seen at New Passage.

January 1st
A very wet start to the year failed to produce yesterdays Glaucous Gull. Birds of note included 14 Bar-tailed Godwit and four Black-tailed Godwit at Northwick Warth and a single Knot. There were also 150 Wigeon, 50 Teal and three Pintail there.
Stonechat on frost   
5.1.3
Little Egret  11.1.3
Smew at New Passage 11.1.3
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Redpoll at Severn Beach
18.1.3  © Chris Trott
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