April is the most productive month of the year in the number of species seen. At least one individual of 194 species have been recorded in April. A month when the last of the “winter” birds depart and most “summer” birds arrive. Birds to expect are at least three Tern species, Skuas, “ sylvia” Warblers, Common Redstarts, Whinchats, Yellow Wagtails with the chance of Pied Flycatcher, Grasshopper Warbler, Wood Warbler and Hobby. Rarer sightings include; Stone Curlew (2006), Slavonian Grebe (1989, 2000), Ring-necked Duck (1988), Sabine’s Gull (1990, 1992), Red-rumped Swallow (1988), Willow Tit (1988), Mealy Redpoll (2004) and Long-eared Owl (2006).
A breezy and wet day. Two full spooned, pale form Pomarine Skuas were seen from Severn Beach at 07.55 this morning (they drifted off high south west). Other sightings from Severn Beach included 5 Arctic Skuas (2 pale, 2 dark and 1 intermediate), 57 Kittiwakes, 12 Black-headed Gulls, 11 Whimbrel, 2 Peregrines (chasing one of the Whimbrel) and a Swift. Reports from Northwick Warth included 2 Whimbrel, 30 Turnstones, 11 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 45 Shelduck, 3 singing Lesser Whitethroats and 2 Swifts.
Arctic Skua, Severn Beach 30.4.10
An increasingly grey and wet day. Sightings from Severn Beach included a Greenshank, 10 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 6 Oystercatchers, at least 2 Sanderling, 50 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover, 2 Gadwall, 20 Shelduck, 33 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Wheatears, a Yellow Wagtail and a Swift. A summer plumaged Golden Plover, 10 Turnstones, 2 Canada Geese, 30 Shelduck, 2 Wheatears, single Raven and Swift were reported from Northwick Warth. Another 4 Whimbrel, 6 Common Sandpipers, 40 Shelduck, 2 Ravens, single Reed Warbler and Garden Warbler were seen at Aust Warth.
A dry day with southerly breeze. A brief afternoon visit to New Passage produced just 2 Whimbrel, 28 Oystercatchers and 40 Shelduck. There was a hint of migration at Severn Beach with an evening seawatch producing 11 Sandwich Terns (groups of 9 and 2), a “Commic” Tern, 2 dark morph Arctic Skuas, 2 Grey Plover, 19 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 3 Oystercatchers, 20 Shelduck and a Swift.
Sandwich Terns, Severn Beach 28.4.10
A foggy dawn. Combined reports from the New Passage area involved 3 Little Egrets, 6 Whimbrel, 18 Oystercatchers, 34 Shelduck, a Red-legged Partridge, 6 Sedge Warblers, 4 Lesser Whitethroats and 2 Whitethroats. At least 15 Sedge Warblers, 3 Lesser Whitethroats and another 2 Whitethroats were heard at Chittening Warth. An hour river watch from Severn Beach this evening produced 6 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 30 Shelduck, 33 Whimbrel and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits. Nearby a Reed Warbler and a Coot brood of 5 chicks were seen at the Orchard Pools.
A dry day with a south west breeze. No “daytime” reports were received with just pre and post work visits to Severn Beach producing a “Commic” Tern, 15 Black-headed Gulls, 30 Common Gulls, 42 Whimbrel, 3 Oystercatchers, 4 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover and a Wheatear. A brief visit to New Passage produced just 40 Shelduck, 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin and another Whimbrel.
A few grounded migrants after a light rain shower in the night. A moderate south west breeze appeared by mid afternoon. At least 30 Wheatears were seen between Chittening Warth and Aust Warth. Other reports from Chittening Warth involved a female Common Scoter, 2 Whimbrel, 3 male Whinchats, a female Redstart, a Reed Warbler and at least 20 singing Sedge Warblers. Combined reports from Severn Beach included a Manx Shearwater, 2 Kittiwakes, 54 Shelduck, 10 Whimbrel, a mixed flock of at least 50 Dunlin and Ringed Plover, 12 Oystercatchers, a Grasshopper Warbler, the first Garden Warbler of the year, 12 Sedge Warblers, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 10 Whitethroats, a Willow Warbler, numerous Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs and 3 Swifts. A Little Egret, 2 Canada Geese, 24 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 3 Whimbrel, 18 Oystercatchers, single Common Sandpiper and Dunlin, at least 12 Sedge Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroats, single Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail and Whinchat were reported from the Northwick Warth area. Another 3 Whimbrel were found at Cake Pill, Aust Warth.
Whinchat, Northwick Warth 25.4.10 © Allan Chard
Common Sandpiper, Northwick Warth 25.4.10 © Allan Chard
A fine dry, sunny and eventually warm day. A good selection of migrants were found in the New Passage-Northwick Warth area including a 3rd summer Yellow- legged Gull, 6 Whimbrel, 15 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, a Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Wheatears, 3 Whinchats. a Stonechat, at least 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Whitethroats, 15 Sedge Warblers, a Reed Warbler, the first Swift of the year, single Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit, many Swallows and Sand Martins, a few House Martins, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Teal and the resident Little Owl. Another Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, numerous Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs (seemingly one of each singing every 10 yards), 2 Swifts, at least 80 “Commic” Terns, 24 Black-headed Gulls, 30 Whimbrel, 16 Bar-tailed Godwits, 20 Oystercatchers, a mixed flock of 30 Ringed Plover and Dunlin and a Peregrine were seen at Severn Beach. Another Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warblers, 2 Reed Warblers, 4 Buzzards and a pair of nesting Stock Doves were seen at Seabank Pools,Chittening Warth.
Bar-tailed Godwits, Severn Beach 24.4.10
Bar-tailed Godwits, Severn Beach 24.4.10
Sedge Warbler, Northwick Warth 24.4.10
An Osprey was seen flying in off the river at Chittening Warth and then later heading from the Astra Zeneca Works over the Orchard Pools at Severn Beach mid afternoon. A dawn visit to Northwick Warth involved 2 reeling Grasshopper Warblers where other sightings included 3 Sedge Warblers, single Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Wheatear, 2 Whitethroats, a Red-legged Partridge (rare here), 7 Whimbrel, 20 Oystercatchers, 60 Shelduck, 2 Teal, a drake Gadwall and a Little Owl. Another Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat were seen at Aust Warth, Combined reports from Severn Beach involved 7 Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, a single Ringed Plover, 6 Whitethroats, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Willow Warblers, a Wheatear and the local House Martins were visiting last years nests.
Red-legged Partridge, Northwick Warth 23.4.10
The best find of the day was a singing Nightingale along the seawall at Northwick Warth (first record since 2007) where other reports included 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Wheatears, single Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler, a Little Owl, 11 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpipers, 21 Oystercatchers, a Lapwing, 84 Shelduck and 12 Teal. The first Sanderling of the year was found at Severn Beach where 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 13 Whimbrel, 17 Oystercatchers, 12 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, 2 Gadwall, 4 Whitethroats, single Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler and Willow Warbler were also reported. The first Whinchat of the year and another 3 Common Sandpipers were seen at Chittening Warth and another Whinchat and Wheatear were found on Aust Warth, There was a steady passage of Swallows with a few House Martins and Sand Martins throughout the area.
An afternoon visit to Northwick Warth produced a Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroats, 2 Sedge Warblers, a steady passage of Swallows with a few House Martins and Sand Martins, 94 Shelduck, 9 Teal, a Little Owl, 9 Black-headed Gulls, a Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpipers, 30 Oystercatchers and 5 Curlew. Another 15 Whimbrel, 35 Dunlin and 5 Ringed Plover were seen from the shore at Severn Beach and a Tawny Owl was reported in the village at 02.30.
A good variety of species were reported from Chittening Warth this morning including a female Common Scoter, 2 Grey Plover, 29 Oystercatchers, 35 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, 16 Ringed Plover, a Wheatear, a Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Sedge Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Whitethroats. Reports from the Northwick Warth area involved an immature male Merlin, 10 Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Common Sandpiper, 8 Dunlin, 6 Redshank, 30 Oystercatchers, 75 Shelduck, 6 Teal, a Little Owl, 2 White Wagtails, 3 Lesser Whitethroats and a Whitethroat. Nearby there were 13 Whimbrel, a Whitehtroat and 3 Willow Warblers at Aust Warth. Another 40 Dunlin, 12 Oystercatchers, 6 Ringed Plover and 2 Black-headed Gulls were reported from Severn Beach. Another Cetti’s Warbler was heard near the square pool at Avonmouth Sewage Works and a Common Sandpiper was seen on the VOSA/Hoar Gout Pool.
Little Owl, Northwick Warth 20.4.10
The dry and warm weather continued. At least 9 Whimbrel, 35 Shelduck. 5 Wheatears, a Yellow Wagtail and a Whitethroat were seen at Severn Beach. Reports from the Chittening Warth area involved 2 Tufted Duck, 6 Sedge Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, 2 Willow Warblers and a Lesser Whitethroat. The only report from New Passage was from a brief visit this evening where a single flock of 65 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Knot flew north and 50 Shelduck, 11 Teal, 30 Oystercatchers, 5 Redshank and 15 Dunlin were feeding on the mud.
Another warm and sunny day (18°C) with a few more migrants. Combined reports from Severn Beach involved 2 “Egrets”, a dark-bellied Brent Goose, a pair of Common Scoter, 4 Pintail, 4 Teal, 40 Shelduck, a Great Crested Grebe, 12 Whimbrel, single Raven, Grasshopper Warbler, Tree Pipit, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and Whitethroat. Another 5 Whimbrel, 15 Curlew, 20 Oystercatchers, 5 Redshank, 6 Dunlin, 25 Shelduck, a Wheatear, 3 Sedge Warblers, single Cetti’s Warbler and Whitethroat were reported from Chittening Warth. Sightings from Northwick Warth involved a Little Egret, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 30 Shelduck, a female Merlin, 2 Sedge Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and 6 Wheatears. Single Whimbrel, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail and Whitethroat, 6 Turnstones and 15 Shelduck were seen at Aust Warth. Singing Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs were everywhere with a few singing Willow Warblers, a moderate passage of Swallows (90+), 20 Sand Martins, 4 House Martins and parties of Goldfinches and Meadow Pipits were also heading north east most of the day.
Whimbrel, Severn Beach 18.4.10 © Allan Chard
Brent Goose, Severn Beach 18.4.10
A glorious sunny and warm day after a cold dawn. The River Severn even looked blue at times. Combined reports from the shore at Severn Beach this morning involved a drake Common Scoter, 5 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 70 Shelduck, 2 Commic Terns, 10 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 10 Whimbrel, 35 Curlew, 15 Oystercatchers, 5 Turnstones, single Grey Plover, Snipe, Redshank, Dunlin and Ringed Plover, at least 20 Swallows, single Sand Martin and House Martin, 3 Yellow Wagtails, a Tree Pipit and a Peregrine. Nearby reports from the Orchard Pools involved a Cetti’s Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, 2 Gadwall and 2 Tufted Duck. Another 2 Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Little Egret, 2 Canada Geese, 20 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 2 Swallows and a Whitethroat were reported from the Northwick Warth area. Chittening Warth produced a Little Grebe, a Tufted Duck, 2 Cetti’s Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers, 3 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers and a Wheatear.
Common Scoter, Severn Beach 17.4.10
Shelduck, Severn Beach 17.4.10
Ringed Plover, Severn Beach 17.4.10 © Allan Chard
The second Marsh Harrier of the spring was seen flying north over the 2nd Severn Crossing at Severn Beach this morning. Other early morning sightings from Severn Beach included 12 Whimbrel, 11 Bar-tailed Godwits, 40 Curlew, 25 Turnstones, 4 Commic Terns, 50 Shelduck, 20 Swallows, single Sand Martin, House Martin, Wheatear and Redpoll. A Little Ringed Plover, 40 Curlew, a Lapwing, 2 Ravens, single White Wagtail and Siskin were reported from Northwick Warth.
A blast of cold air continued down river today. A visit to Northwick Warth this afternoon produced just 4 Whimbrel, 15 Teal, 70 Shelduck, 2 Canada Geese, 10 Swallows and 2 Sand Martins. Another 4 Whimbrel, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Grey Plover, a Redshank, 3 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Oystercatchers, 81 Curlew and 50 Shelduck were seen from Severn Beach. A male Wheatear, a Cetti’s Warbler, 15 Swallows and 2 Tufted Duck were reported from Chittening Warth.
Another dry day with a cold north east wind. Sightings from the Severn Beach shore involved 17 Commic Terns, 7 Bar-tailed Godwits, 7 Grey Plover, 5 Whimbrel (including the pale bird seen on 12th), 14 Oystercatchers, 9 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 30 Black-headed Gulls, 47 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, a female Merlin, a Peregrine and 4 Swallows. Nearby a Cetti’s Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcaps and 3 Chiffchaffs were heard at the Orchard Pools. Sightings from the Northwick Warth area included 3 Knot, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 27 Redshank, 40 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 singing Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 House Martins and a Redpoll.
The north east wind continued. Combined reports from the shore at Severn Beach included 79 “Commic” Terns (8 late morning and a flock of 71 this evening), 7 Grey Plover, 7 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, 30 Turnstones, 9 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 30 Shelduck, 4 Teal, single Jay, Redpoll, Swallow and the first House Martin of the year. Nearby another 8 Whimbrel, 40 Curlew, 30 Oystercatchers, 40 Shelduck and 2 Pintail were seen at Chittening Warth. Sightings from Northwick Warth included a Little Ringed Plover, 30 Shelduck, a Little Grebe, a Sedge Warbler and a Swallow.
Bar-tailed Godwits, Severn Beach 13.4.10 © Tony Scott
The north east wind once again produced a few migrants. Combined reports from Severn Beach today included 20 Bar-tailed Godwits, at least 7 Grey Plover, 6 Whimbrel including a very pale individual, 32 Curlew, 5 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 2 Peregrines, 50 Shelduck, a drake Common Scoter, 8 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 10 Swallows, a few Goldfinches heading into the wind and a Redpoll. Sightings from Northwick Warth this morning involved a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Barnacle Geese heading NE, 2 Canada Geese, 50 Shelduck, 8 Curlew, 70 Oystercatchers, 2 White Wagtails, single Little Grebe, Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat.
PILNING WETLANDS RESERVE
On the day that this web site received the quarter of a millionth visitor I am pleased to pass on the news that South Gloucestershire Council have at long last awarded planning permission for the creation of the wetland reserve on Northwick Warth. I have heard rumours that the first stage of work will start in the autumn. Many thanks to those who gave the time to support the application.
Whimbrel, Severn Beach 12.4.10 © Tony Scott
Whimbrel, Severn Beach 12.4.10 © Tony Scott
This striking pale individual was found this morning and was still present this evening
A dry and cloudy morning and a sunny afternoon with a cool north east breeze. Sightings from Northwick Warth this morning involved 6 Canada Geese, 40 Shelduck, 4 Teal, a Little Ringed Plover, a Snipe, 20 Oystercatchers, at least 100 Black-headed Gulls flying up river, 3 White Wagtails, single Sand Martin, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Wheatear, Siskin and Redpoll with small number of Linnets and Goldfinches heading into the wind. A Common Sandpiper was seen in Chestle Pill at New Passage. Another Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler, a Cetti’s Warbler and the first Yellow Wagtail of the year were reported from Chittening Warth. There were some interesting sightings at Severn Beach this evening most notable of which was a Harrier eventually identified as a 2nd summer male Marsh Harrier, a Peregrine, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Grey Plover, 11 Whimbrel, 50 Curlew, 8 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin, 25 Oystercatchers, 50 Shelduck, a pair of Pintail, 6 Swallows and a Wheatear.
Marsh Harrier, Severn Beach 11.4.10
Marsh Harrier, Severn Beach 11.4.10
Little Ringed Plover, Northwick Warth 11.4.10
White Wagtail, Northwick Warth 11.4.10
Lesser Whitethroat, Northwick Warth 11.4.10
Another fine and warm (18°C) day with a hint of migrant activity. The third Red Kite of the year was seen flying south from Northwick Warth (and later near Severn Beach) where other sightings included the first Corn Bunting for 4 years (flew off NE), the first Sedge Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat of the year, a partial summer plumage Golden Plover, 4 Sand Martins, 2 singing Willow Warblers, numerous Chiffchaffs, some visible migration of Goldfinches and Wood Pigeon flocks heading north east and 4 Canada Geese, 2 Little Grebes, 40 Shelduck, 5 Teal, a Snipe and 16 Redshank. Reports from Seabank power station/Chittening Warth included a partly eaten adult Mediterranean Gull found in a bush, a Canada Goose, 5 Gadwall, 4 Sand Martins, 4 Willow Warblers, 9 Chiffchaffs, single Cetti’s Warbler and Redpoll.
Golden Plover, Northwick Warth 10.4.10
very dead Mediterranean Gull, Seabank Power Station 10.4.10 © John Martin
Red Kite, near Severn Beach 10.4.10 © John Martin
A warm and sunny day with the temperature reaching 16°C. An early morning visit to Chittening Warth produced the usual 3 Tufted Duck, a Little Grebe, a Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Chiffchaffs and 2 Willow Warblers. Reports from Severn Beach involved 3 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin, 22 Redshank, 15 Oystercatchers, 50 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 14 Black-headed Gulls, at least 4 singing Chiffchaffs, single Rock Pipit, White Wagtail and Peregrine. Another 70 Shelduck, 2 Canada Geese, 30 Curlew, 20 Oystercatchers and a Swallow were seen from New Passage.
A very quiet day. The only reports were from the Northwick Warth area involving 40 Shelduck, just 6 Teal, 2 Canada Geese, a Greylag Goose, 28 Oystercatchers, 16 Curlew, 3 Redshank and a few singing Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Willow Warblers.
Chiffchaff, Northwick Warth 8.4.10 © Allan Chard
Reports from the Northwick Warth area included 2 Little Egrets, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 32 Redshank, 40 Shelduck, 5 Teal, 2 Wheatears, 4 Sand Martins, a Swallow, 6 Chiffchaffs and 4 Willow Warblers. It remained quiet from the shore at Severn Beach with just 50 Shelduck, 3 Teal, a pair of Tufted Duck, 40 Curlew, 20 Oystercatchers, 6 singing Chiffchaffs, single Blackcap and Swallow being reported.
A male Redstart was seen at the Sea Bank pools area this morning and nearby 2 Cetti’s Warblers, 4 Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers and a Swallow were reported at Chittening Warth. Sightings from the Northwick Warth area involved a Black-tailed Godwit, a Little Egret, 40 Oystercatchers, 10 Curlew, 11 Redshank, 3 Snipe, 60 Shelduck, 14 Teal, a Grey Wagtail, 9 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Swallows and a Sand Martin.
Little Egret, Northwick Warth 6.4.10
our first Cattle Egret record is still long overdue
No change in the weather or variety of birds. The only reports from breezy Severn Beach involved 34 Shelduck, 20 Curlew, 10 Oystercatchers, a few singing Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and a Swallow. New Passage was no better with just the usual 64 Shelduck, 20 Teal, 40 Redshank and 8 Chiffchaffs. Things should/will hopefully improve later in the week with high pressure forecast.
A mainly cool and dry day with a west-north west breeze. A quiet day for birds; the only reports from Severn Beach involved a male Wheatear, a Swallow, 5 singing Chiffchaffs and 30 Shelduck. Another 80 Shelduck and 15 Teal were seen from New Passage. A Cetti’s Warbler and 2 Blackcaps were reported from Chittening Warth and another Cetti’s Warbler was heard again near Avonmouth Sewage Works.
A dry morning followed by heavy showers in the afternoon. A Grasshopper Warbler was heard at Chittening Warth early morning where other reports included a Cetti’s Warbler, 5 Tufted Duck and a Little Grebe. Reports from Severn Beach involved a female Merlin (flying north), 4 Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap and 2 Swallows. The female Merlin was relocated on Northwick Warth where 2 Canada Geese, 40 Shelduck, 15 Teal, 28 Oystercatchers, 20 Turnstones, 15 Curlew, 15 Redshank, single Lapwing, Dunlin and Snipe, a Wheatear and 6 Swallows were also seen.
An unsettled day with frequent showers and hail, thunder and lighting by late afternoon. A very early Grasshopper Warbler “popped up” in scrub at Severn Beach this morning where other sightings included 5 Chiffchaffs, a Wheatear, 4 Swallows, 30 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 110 Turnstones and 15 Redshank. A female Merlin, 4 Snipe, 20 Oystercatchers, 14 Redshank, 48 Shelduck, 6 Wigeon, 15 Teal, a Gadwall, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Little Grebes, 25 Swallows, a Sand Martin, 35 Meadow Pipits, single Siskin and Willow Warbler and at least 8 Chiffchaffs were seen in the Northwick Warth area. A Cetti’s Warbler and 3 Willow Warblers were reported near Avonmouth Sewage Works.
Grasshopper Warbler, Severn Beach 2.4.10
Turnstones, Severn Beach 2.4.10
A quiet start to the month. Reports from the Northwick Warth area involved a Bar-tailed Godwit, 38 Oystercatchers, 55 Redshank, 12 Curlew, 2 Canada Geese, 48 Shelduck, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs and a flock of 20 Meadow Pipits. Sightings around the Orchard Pools at Severn Beach included 2 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 10 Chiffchaffs and a Swallow.