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March 2003
March 31st
A small arrival of Wheatear today with two on Northwick Warth and another two at Severn Beach. A single Willow Warbler was singing on Northwick Warth. Many Chiffchaff and four Blackcap were seen today and at least six Buzzards were soaring in fine weather.

March 30th
Little of note again today other than four Shoveler and a Willow Warbler on Northwick Warth, three Lesser Redpoll at the Orchard Pools, twenty four Wigeon off  Chittening Warth and singing  Chiffchaff everywhere.

March 29th
Another quiet day on Northwick Warth with  Merlin, two Sand Martin, two Willow Warbler and a Stonechat. Another two Willow Warbler were singing at the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach.

March 28th
A quieter day today with a Merlin on Northwick Warth and a late Redwing at Aust Warth being the only notable birds. The escaped Glossy Starling reappeared in Severn Beach.

March 27th
New migrants included at least four singing Willow Warbler, four Blackcap and two Canada Geese in Severn Beach. A Merlin was seen on Northwick Warth.

March 26th
Highlights on Northwick Warth  today included an early Tree Pipit  and a roosting Short-eared Owl. There were three Wheatear, a Kingfisher and a Stonechat at New Passage. At Severn Beach there was a Lesser Redpoll and another Wheatear.

March 25th
A reasonable selection of birds  today  including the first Black Redstart of the year in Severn Beach. Other migrants
included two Stonechat at New Passage, two Lesser Redpoll, three Blackcap  and five Sand Martin at the Orchard
Pools. On Northwick Warth there were another eight Sand Martin and a Merlin. A total of six Wheatear were seen
Black Redstart 25.3.3 © Chris Trott
March 24th
A very  quiet day. The only notable birds were single Peregrine on Chittening Warth and Northwick Warth. The drake Pintail and male Blackcap were still at the Orchard Pools and Chiffchaff were “everywhere”. Four White Wagtails were in a cattle field  at Aust Warth.

March 23rd
The Water Pipit was still present in the pill at New Passage along with a single Sand Martin. On Northwick Warth; two Grey Plover, female Merlin and male Wheatear were seen. The Green Sandpiper, drake Pintail were still at the Orchard Pools Severn Beach along with five Sand Martin, male Blackcap and many Chiffchaff. At Aust Cliff a pair of Raven were seen and a late Redwing.

March 22nd
There were four Common Crossbills  briefly in pines at New Passage. Other migrants here included single Sand Martin, White Wagtail and several  Siskins. A mobile summer plumaged Water Pipit was in the pill here and another on Chittening Warth. On Northwick Warth there were two Merlin, many Chiffchaff and  four Canada Geese. The drake Pintail  remained on the Orchard Pools, Severn  Beach along with a Green Sandpiper. A Raven flew east over the Sea Bank Power station on Chittening Warth.
March 21st
Many hundreds of Meadow Pipits flew north east all morning along with a few Siskin, Pied Wagtail and Grey Wagtail. Ten Sand Martin were present on Northwick Warth and  Chiffchaff were everywhere. The drake Pintail remained at the Orchard Pools and the summer plumaged Water Pipit at Chittening Warth (in Stup Pill).

March 20th
The first Short-eared Owl of the year was at  Chittening Warth along with two Little Gulls, summer plumaged Water Pipit, Green Sandpiper and a Wheatear. At  Severn Beach there was a Willow Warbler, drake Pintail and Glossy Starling. Two Merlin and a Sand Martin were present on Northwick Warth.

March 19th
On Northwick Warth there was a Little Ringed Plover this morning and three Sand Martin  there early evening. The first Swallow of the year was seen at Chittening Warth along with two Wheatears. Two Raven flew over Aust Warth, the drake Pintail and Glossy Starling remained in Severn Beach.

March 18th
An excellent day with the first patch record of Cetti’s Warbler at the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach. Two Avocets were present off Chittening Warth early afternoon then later swimming off Severn Beach with Shelduck. Other birds of note were a Water Pipit in the pill at New Passage, two Little Owls,  three Black-tailed Godwits on Northwick Warth, three Bar-tailed Godwits with the Curlew  flock at Chittening Warth and the drake Pintail at the Orchard Pools. The Glossy Starling reappeared in gardens in Severn Beach

March 17th
The drake Pintail remained on the Orchard Pools. A Stonechat was at Severn Beach and more Chiffchaff were present along with an escaped Glossy Starling sp.
Water Pipit
New Passage
  Glossy Starling
March 16th
Single Merlin and Great Crested Grebe were seen at Northwick Warth. The drake Pintail remained at the Orchard Pools early morning. A Green Sandpiper was seen  at the Sea Bank Pools, single Wheatear and Stonechat at Severn Beach. A Water Rail was calling from reeds below Aust Cliff. At least fourteen Chiffchaff were present on the patch this morning.

March 15th
New migrants included a fine drake Pintail at the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach and 9 Chiffchaff (4 at Aust Cliff, 2 at Northwick Warth, 2 at New Passage, 1 at Severn Beach). A Merlin was on Northwick Warth and several Reed Buntings were in song.
Pintail and Gadwall , Orchard Pools  15.3.3.
Reed Bunting   15.3.3.
March 14th
A few new migrants today with four male Wheatear on Severn Beach and two Chiffchaff nearby at the Orchard Pools. Two Ravens flew west over Northwick Warth and a Stonechat was at Aust Warth. Up to eight Buzzards were soaring in the fine weather. There were 190 Shelduck between Severn Beach and Chittening Warth with just fifty Dunlin present.

March 13th
A cold east wind produced very little. Single Stonechat on Severn Beach and Chiffchaff at the Orchard Pools. Two Peregrine were seen at Aust Warth.

March 12th
Little to report other than five Sand Martin heading north east over Aust Warth and two Merlin near by on Northwick Warth
March 11th
The first Common Scoter (3 males, 1 female ) of the year were off Severn Beach along with 20 Kittiwake. At the Orchard Pools there were single Green Sandpiper, Chiffchaff with 28 Fieldfare and two Redwing.

March 10th
Two adult Gannet, fifteen Kittiwake and a  first summer plumage Mediterranean Gull  were seen from Severn Beach.
Brent Goose
March 8th
A  “sea watch” from Severn Beach produced a minimum of  thirteen adult Gannet, seventy Kittiwakes and a Merlin. There were two Peregrine and a Brent Goose on Northwick Warth . At Chittening Warth there was a single Stonechat.

March 7th
Two Bar-tailed Godwit returned to Northwick Warth. At Severn Beach there were two Peregrine, a Green Sandpiper and at least  400  Kittiwakes in Strong wind.

March  6th
The Godwits appear to have gone today. The only notable bird was a Peregrine over Severn Beach.

March 5th
Very little change in birds seen today. The Godwits were still at Northwick Warth and there were fifteen Tufted Duck at the Orchard Pools.

March 4th
The mixed flock of Godwits remained on Northwick Warth along with a Merlin. The Tufted Duck numbers increased to fourteen  at the Orchard Pools and have been joined by a Little Grebe.

March 3rd
A Peregrine was at  Aust Warth, forty five Black-tailed Godwit have returned to join the three Bar-tailed Godwit at Northwick Warth.

March 2nd
At Aust Warth a Merlin and two Raven were seen. Further south there were three Bar-tailed Godwit and 43 Snipe at Northwick Warth . The fine weather produced 16 soaring Buzzards between New Passage and Aust. An elusive Water Pipit was seen late afternoon in the Pill at New Passage. The Orchard pools held a dozen Tufted Duck, and a pair each of Gadwall and Canada Geese.

March 1st
A very  wet and quiet start to the Month. At Aust Warth there were 150 Wigeon, only three Bar-tailed Godwit remained
at Northwick Warth. A search of Chittening Warth produced just one Stonechat. A flock of seventy Kittiwakes were off
Severn Beach late afternoon.
Tufted Duck and Gadwall at the Orchard pools