May is the third most productive month of the year with at least one individual of 174 species being seen. The summer migrants continue to move through including Garganey, Hobby, Cuckoo, Spotted Flycatcher, more Terns and Skuas with the chance of Pomarine. “Small” wader numbers should rise during the month with Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Sanderling and the chance of a Curlew Sandpiper or Little Stint. Rarer records include Spoonbill (1998), Honey Buzzard (1991), Kentish Plover, Broad-billed Sandpiper (1988), Buff-breasted Sandpiper (1990), Franklin’s Gull (1984), Roseate Tern (1990) and White-winged Black Tern (1990)
A Knot and four Ringed Plover were seen on Severn Beach this morning, a Raven flew over Northwick Warth. This evening there were just two Dunlin and a Greylag Goose at Severn Beach.
A trickle of migrants today, eight Dunlin and three Ringed Plover on Severn Beach, a total of 35 Oystercatcher in the area. A flock of 15 Canada Geese (still scarce here fortunately !) were seen at Northwick Warth.
An early morning visit at high tide produced two Sanderling on Severn Beach.
This afternoon there were two Bar-tailed Godwit, 25 Oystercatcher and a Curlew at New Passage. On the evening tide at Severn Beach there were just three Ringed Plover and two Turnstone compensated by the presence of three Black Terns for twenty minutes.
“Digibin” Picture taken through Lieca Binoculars.
Another poor day. This morning there was just a single Dunlin on Severn Beach, two Wheatear and a Bar-tailed Godwit at Northwick Warth. Two Raven flew over the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach.
An early morning visit to Severn Beach produced a Greenshank. This evening there were four Sanderling, 20 Dunlin, 12 Ringed Plover and three Turnstone present. Two Wheatear remained on Northwick Warth. A Cuckoo was calling at the Sea Bank Pools, Chittening Warth.
The first settled weather for over a week produced a few migrants this morning. On Northwick Warth there were still at least two Wheatear, one Yellow Wagtail. Several pairs of Skylark were feeding young. At Severn Beach there was a Cuckoo and at least five Buzzards soaring this morning. A male Whinchat was seen at Chittening Warth. On the afternoon tide there were twenty two Ringed-Plover, thirty Dunlin and four Sanderling. The waders were much disturbed by “day trippers”, a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk .
At long last a reasonable number of waders were on Severn Beach at high tide this afternoon. The best bird was a Curlew Sandpiper amongst 70 Dunlin and 30 Ringed Plover. This morning there were three Wheatear on Northwick Warth and another at Severn Beach.
A few migrants still moving through between heavy rain showers. On Severn Beach there were 15 Dunlin and 12 Ringed Plover. At Northwick Warth there were three Curlew, one Bar-tailed Godwit, at least five Wheatear and a White Wagtail.
A much quieter day today. The waders are still almost non existent with just four Ringed Plover at New Passage and a Whimbrel at Severn Beach. A total of seven Wheatear were seen today.
A sea watch this morning in strong South west winds produced a very obliging Storm Petrel, first seen at Severn Beach and then later at Chittening Warth. At least 130 Manx Shearwater swarmed over the waves along with six Fulmar, three Arctic Skua, one Great Skua and a single “Commic” Tern. Three Sanderling were seen at Severn Beach.
The morning highlight was a flock of seventeen Eider at Severn Beach (including nine drakes). There were four Wheatear and a Grey Plover on Northwick Warth. A two hour sea watch from Chittening Warth this evening produced at least five Fulmar, this mornings Eider flock, three Whimbrel and a “Commic” Tern.
No improvement today with just 42 Oystercatcher, six Curlew and five Ringed Plover on Northwick Warth. No sea birds were seen in what seemed good windy conditions.
Another very quiet day with no waders seen at Severn Beach. The only birds worthy of a mention were four Ringed Plover, two Dunlin and three Wheatear on Northwick Warth.
This morning a Diver sp. and twenty Kittiwake were seen from Severn Beach. A selection of waders were present a at New Passage / Northwick Warth; four Whimbrel, 30 Oystercatcher, four Curlew, two Bar-tailed Godwit, just three Dunlin , two Ringed plover and a Turnstone. There were also four Wheatear on Northwick Warth. Another Wheatear were at Severn Beach this evening but no waders could be found at high tide.
An early morning visit over the incoming tide produced just three Sanderling, three Whimbrel and one Ringed Plover on Severn Beach. Other migrants here included a Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail, Spotted Flycatcher and two Wheatear. The first Ruff of the year was on Northwick Warth with five Whimbrel, a Black-tailed Godwit and five Wheatear. A Common Sandpiper was in the pill at New Passage. This evening a dark phase Arctic Skua and four Kittiwake were seen off Severn Beach and the Short-eared Owl remained on Aust Warth.
My first attempt at a “digibin” picture. Taken through a pair of Lieca Binoculars at 07.30 this morning in poor light.
There were a few more waders on this mornings high tide at Severn Beach; three Sanderling, nine Ringed Plover, four Turnstone and thirty Dunlin. Three Wheatear were seen and a large flock of 150 House Martins appeared briefly at New Passage. This evening there were another four Sanderling and six Wheatear at Severn Beach, the Short-eared Owl and three more Wheatear were on Aust Warth.
This morning there were two each of Great Crested Grebe, Whimbrel and Spotted Flycatcher seen at Northwick Warth. There were two Yellow Wagtails in a cattle field on Aust Warth. Another Spotted Flycatcher was found at the Sea Bank Pools, Chittening Warth. This evening a Short-eared Owl was hunting over Aust Warth and at Severn Beach there were only three Whimbrel, two Curlew and a Ringed Plover.
Despite extensive searching today, most of yesterdays birds could not be found. The only birds of note were nine Whimbrel at Severn Beach, another Whimbrel and a Wheatear at Northwick Warth.
This morning there was a Black-tailed Godwit on Northwick Warth until it was flushed by a large Saker type Falcon. The Falcon was later watched on a post before it flew off south. Waders at New Passage included one Bar-tailed Godwit, 35 Dunlin and 10 Ringed Plover. At Severn Beach this evening there were three Ringed Plover, nine Whimbrel, one Sanderling and 30 Dunlin. Off shore two Arctic Skua and a probable Pomarine Skua were seen. A cuckoo was at the Sea Bank Pools, Chittening Warth and a Wheatear was at New Passage.
A day of blustery showers and a moderate south west winds produced a Black-tailed Godwit and twenty Dunlin at New Passage, with another forty Dunlin and a Great Skua off Chittening Warth.
Like many other coastal locations, wader passage still is abysmal. Only three Whimbrel, two Dunlin, one Curlew and one Common Sandpiper were seen.
Overnight showers and a southerly wind failed to improve matters. The only birds of note were five Whimbrel and two Curlew at Severn Beach, another Whimbrel and a Black-tailed Godwit at New Passage. Swifts were more noticeable this morning but still not in large numbers.
Very little to report this morning; eleven Whimbrel and one Ringed Plover at Severn Beach,
four more Whimbrel at New Passage and two Redshank on Northwick Warth. The usual Common Whitethroats and Lesser Whitethroats were singing throughout the area. At the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach a partial albino Swift (white underparts, rump, mottled mantle and upper wing).
Still little sign of migration; two “new” Wheatears and two Ringed Plover were seen on Northwick Warth, a Spotted Flycatcher, two Whimbrel and four Dunlin at Severn Beach. Three Short-eared Owls remained at Chittening Warth
Only a slight improvement on yesterday but no small waders have arrived yet. The first winter Mediterranean Gull was off Chittening Warth late morning with Black-headed Gulls and a Cuckoo was also seen here. A Greylag Goose was seen at Severn Beach and later over Northwick Warth. There were ten Whimbrel roosting at Severn Beach and at least three at New Passage. Passerines included at least six singing Lesser Whitethroats, two Wheatear, one Yellow Wagtail on Northwick Warth and a Spotted Flycatcher at New Passage. This evening at least three Short-eared Owls were hunting on Chittening Warth.
There was no coverage of the area this morning (due to distraction by the Audouin’s Gull in Kent!) but this afternoon proved to be very quiet despite warm southerly wind. Only two Whimbrel and two Wheatear could be found. There was an influx of House Martins at the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach.
A fine drake Long-tailed Duck was seen off Severn Beach late morning. Eight Whimbrel and two Wheatear were also seen here. The first summer Mediterranean Gull remained at Chittening Warth and at least three Short-eared Owls were there this evening with another on Aust Warth.
A warm dry day with a moderate south east wind produced a few more migrants. This morning the first summer Mediterranean Gull remained at Severn Beach along with a summer plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit, one Whimbrel, four Whinchat and a Cuckoo. A Spotted Flycatcher was still at the Sea Bank Pools, Chittening Warth and a Whinchat on the salt marsh. At Northwick Warth there were another 25 Whimbrel, a Yellow Wagtail and three Canada Geese. Two Short-eared Owls were hunting over the salt marsh on Aust Warth and a total of eight Wheatears were seen.
This evening the Mediterranean Gull, another two Short-eared Owls, a Little Egret and a Cuckoo were seen at Chittening Warth and six more Bar- tailed Godwits were at Severn Beach.
Two Little Ringed Plovers were seen this morning. The first summer Mediterranean Gull and fourteen Whimbrel remained at Severn Beach. There was a singing Garden Warbler in Hawthorn scrub here with good numbers of Blackcap, Common Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat.
At Chittening Warth one Spotted Flycatcher, one Whinchat and now five Short-eared Owls were seen. On Northwick Warth there were three Wheatear and one Whinchat.
The unsettled weather continues but the heavy showers have grounded a few birds. There were fourteen Whimbrel and one Common Sandpiper at Severn Beach, a Spotted Flycatcher, three Lesser Whitethroat, three Whinchat and a Common Sandpiper at New Passage. At least fourteen Wheatears were counted between Severn Beach and New Passage. A late afternoon visit to Chittening Warth produced two more Spotted Flycatcher and a Yellow Wagtail (at the Sea Bank Pools), another Whinchat, a first summer Mediterranean Gulls and the four Short-eared Owls.
There were another twelve Whimbrel and a Black Tern on the Northwick Warth in the evening.
A blustery start to the month produced several seabirds this morning; a Diver Sp. seen twice in flight from Severn Beach, an adult Gannet, single Fulmar and eight Kittiwake off Chittening Warth. A first summer plumage Mediterranean Gull flew south past Severn Beach. There were two Whimbrel at New Passage but passerines were hard to find in the wind with just two Wheatear seen on Northwick Warth. This evening there were still four Short-eared Owls hunting on Chittening Warth and another four Whimbrel at Severn Beach.