SEVERNSIDE BIRDS























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July is the equal quietest month on Severnside with only 146 species having been recorded. It does have a more optimistic feeling to it than June, with the appearance of returning waders and in recent years the regular appearance of Little Egrets, Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gulls (usually towards the end of the month). Unusual species seen have included dispersing Crossbill, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Goshawk and a Stone Curlew (1999). A spell of strong SW or W wind usually produces a few Storm Petrels.

July 2010



July 31st
The moulting adult Mediterranean Gull, 350 Black-headed Gulls, a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egrets, 40 Redshank, 10 Turnstones, 3 Curlew, single Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher and Dunlin, 40 Shelduck, 40 Mallard and a Shoveler were seen from New Passage this morning. Another 11 Oystercatchers and 150 Black-headed Gulls were seen from Severn Beach. Four Common Sandpipers, 4 Redshank and 2 Peregrines were reported at Aust Warth. A Little Egret and 2 Grey Herons were still at the VOSA Pool.

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                                                                      Mediterranean Gull on a favourite rock, New Passage 31.7.10
                                                                

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                                                                               Mediterranean Gull, New Passage 31.7.10

July 30th
Reports from Aust Warth included 2 Whimbrel, 6 Redshank and 2 Common Sandpipers. A Little Egret, a Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebes, a pair of Mute Swans with 5 cygnets were seen at the Orchard Pools in Severn Beach. Another Little Egret and 3 Grey Herons remained on the VOSA Pool.

July 29th
A moulting adult Mediterranean Gull was seen roosting with 300 Black-headed Gulls at New Passage and a Kingfisher was seen here in Chestle Pill. A Little Egret and 2 Grey Herons remained on the VOSA Pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.

July 28th
Reports from the New Passage area included a Little Egret, a Grey Heron, 23 Oystercatchers, 8 Dunlin, 55 Curlew, 28 Redshank, 4 Turnstones, a Kestrel and 200 Black-headed Gulls. Nearby another 38 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Kestrel and 90 Black-headed Gulls were seen at Aust Warth. Another Little Egret was reported at Severn Beach.

July 27th
The only reports received involved 2 Ringed Plover at Severn Beach and a Little Egret at the VOSA Pool.

July 26th
A warm (23°C) and sunny day. Combined reports from New Passage involved 3 Turnstones, 30 Redshank, 15 Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 22 Oystercatchers, 130 Curlew, 700 Black-headed Gulls and a Peregrine. Nine Common Sandpipers were seen at Aust Warth where an immature Peregrine caught a Meadow Pipit from a flock of 20. A Little Egret and 6 Dunlin were seen at Severn Beach and another Little Egret remained on the VOSA/Hoar Gout Pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.

July 25th
Reports from the New Passage/Northwick Warth area included 3 Common Sandpipers, a Turnstone, 9 Dunlin, 80 Curlew, 300 Black-headed Gulls, a Kestrel being mobbed by 20 Goldfinches, 5 Whitethroats, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Goldcrests (only the 3rd record this year following the freezing winter). Sightings from the shore at Severn Beach included 20 Dunlin, a Sanderling, 5 Ringed Plover, 20 Oystercatchers and 100 Curlew. Nearby a Little Egret was seen on the Orchard Pools. Another Little Egret was reported on the VOSA/Hoar Gout Pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.

July 24th
At least 30 Dunlin, 30 Redshank, 40 Curlew, single Lapwing and Common Sandpiper, 60 Shelduck, 200 Black-headed Gulls and a juvenile Coal Tit were seen at New Passage. Another 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Redshank and a Dunlin were seen at Cake Pill, Aust Warth and 20 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and a Redshank were present at Severn Beach.

July 23rd
A mainly cloudy day with a north east breeze in the morning. Sightings from New Passage included 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Whimbrel, 30 Redshank, 20 Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatchers, 40 Curlew, 50 Shelduck, 350 Black-headed Gulls, a Hobby, the first Wheatear of the autumn and a flyover Siskin. The 2 Black-tailed Godwits were relocated at Severn Beach in the afternoon where a Little Egret, 3 Whimbrel and 250 Black-headed Gulls were also seen. A Green Sandpiper and a Lapwing were reported from the Hoar Gout/VOSA Pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.

July 22nd
A brief evening visit to New Passage in the rain produced at least 600 Black-headed Gulls, 6 Common Sandpipers, 10 Oystercatchers, 20 Curlew, 30 Shelduck and 10 Sand Martins.

July 21st
Combined reports from New Passage involved just 2 Turnstones, 32 Dunlin, 11 Redshank, 20 Oystercatchers, 4 Curlew and 40 Shelduck.

July 20th
The only reports from New Passage involved an adult Mediterranean Gull, 200 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Common Sandpipers, 12 Redshank, 9 Dunlin and 8 Curlew. A Little Egret and 10 Oystercatchers were seen at Severn Beach. Another Common Sandpiper was reported at Chittening Warth.

July 19th
Only one adult Mediterranean Gull was reported roosting with Black-headed Gulls at New Passage today. Other reports from here involved 13 Redshank, 9 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpipers and a family party of 6 Ravens. Sightings from the shore at Severn Beach included a Little Egret, 9 Oystercatchers, 5 Curlew and 2 Redshank and nearby a pair of Mute Swans (with 5 cygnets), single Little Grebe and Raven were seen at the Orchard Pools. A Yellow Wagtail was seen at Cake Pill, Aust Warth.

July 18th
At least 3 (possibly 4) adult Mediterranean Gulls were seen roosting with 250 Black-headed Gulls. Four Common Sandpipers were seen in Chestle Pill here. A Green Sandpiper was seen on the VOSA pool and 6 Tufted Duck were seen on the square pool at Avonmouth Sewage Works.

July 17th
An adult Mediterranean Gull was roosting again with 200 Black-headed Gulls at New Passage where other sightings included 2 Little Egrets, 5 Common Sandpipers, 10 Redshank, 9 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, 30 Oystercatchers and 20 Curlew. Another Little Egret and a Whimbrel were seen at Chittening Warth this morning.

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                                                                          Mediterranean Gull, New Passage 17.7.10
                    In just 2 days this bird has already lost some of the summer hood and developed 2 large white cheek patches.

July 16th
Another breezy day but no seabirds were reported. A Little Egret was seen flying down river from Severn Beach.
The adult Mediterranean Gull was seen again with Black-headed Gulls at New Passage where other reports involved 10 Common Sandpipers, 9 Dunlin, 12 Redshank, 30 Oystercatchers and the usual Shelduck.

July 15th
The wettest day for several months and a moderate strength south west wind. Seawatching from Severn Beach produced just 7 Fulmars, 6 Shelduck and at least 20 Dunlin. A visit to New Passage produced 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult and juvenile) roosting with 200 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Turnstones, 9 Redshank, 12 Dunlin, 30 Oystercatchers, 120 Curlew and 15 adult Shelduck.

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                                                                           Mediterranean Gull, New Passage 15.7.10

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                                                                           Mediterranean Gull, New Passage 15.7.10

July 14th
The adult Mediterranean Gull remained at New Passage this morning with 300 Black-headed Gulls, 9 Dunlin, 7 Common Sandpipers, 32 Oystercatchers, 8 Redshank, 140 Curlew and a Yellow Wagtail. Reports from Northwick Warth included 42 Pied Wagtails, 4 juvenile Grey Wagtails and 2 Sedge Warblers. A Common Sandpiper, 110 Black-headed Gulls, 80 Swallows and 35 Linnets were seen at Aust Warth. Single adult Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper were seen on the VOSA/Hoar Gout pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.

July 13th
An adult Mediterranean Gull, 200 Black-headed Gulls, an adult Common Gull, 11 Redshank, a Common Sandpiper, 60 Curlew and 20 Oystercatchers were seen from New Passage.

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                                                                          Mediterranean Gull, New Passage 13.7.10

July 12th
Combined reports from New Passage included 3 Common Sandpipers, 8 Dunlin, 10 Redshank, 20 Oystercatchers, at least 100 Curlew, 150 Black-headed Gulls and the usual Shelduck broods. Two Little Egrets were seen at the Orchard Pools in Severn Beach and a Green Sandpiper remained on the VOSA Pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.

July 11th
Another warm but breezy day following an overnight rain shower. Reports from New Passage included 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 Redshank, 140 Curlew, 30 Oystercatchers, 200 Black-headed Gulls, 2 young Ravens, a steady passage of Swifts heading south and a trapping session around the Grebe Pond on Northwick Warth resulted in the ringing of amongst others, 4 Reed Warblers. Three Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper and a Kingfisher were seen at Stupp Pill, Chittening Warth.

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                                                                                          Raven, New Passage 11.7.10

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                                                                                          Ravens, New Passage 11.7.10

July 10th
Another warm and muggy day (24°C). Sightings from New Passage this morning included single Little Egret, Common Sandpiper and Ringed Plover, 9 Oystercatchers, 4 Curlew, 6 adult Shelduck with 45 plus ducklings(one of which was eaten by a Great Black-backed Gull), 70 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Sand Martins and a Yellow Wagtail. Reports from the Severn Beach shore involved just 6 Oystercatchers and 40 Black-headed Gulls. Two Green Sandpipers were seen on the Orchard Pools.

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                                                                       White-tailed Lapwing, Slimbridge WWT © Richard Ford
                              Many thank to Rich Ford for the image above that I was unable to take. I have heavily cropped the original.

July 9th
A warm (25°C) and humid day. The star bird was found at Slimbridge WWT (less than than 20 miles north of Severnside) in the form of a White-tailed Lapwing. Things were a lot quieter here with just 250 Black-headed Gulls (15 juveniles), a Redshank and the first Yellow Wagtail of the autumn being seen from New Passage.

July 8th
A warm, dry and mainly cloudy day. An evening visit to New Passage produced a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 60 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers and 50 Shelduck.
 
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                                                                            Mediterranean Gull, New Passage 8.7.10

July 7th
A juvenile Mediterranean Gull was found roosting at New Passage this evening until it flew inland onto the hidden sewage works pools behind Chestle Pill. Other sightings from New Passage involved 4 Redshank, 4 Oystercatchers, a Curlew, 80 Black-headed Gulls (12 juveniles) and 48 Shelduck ducklings with 4 adults.

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                                       Juvenile and adult Black-headed Gulls with juvenile Mediterranean Gull, New Passage 7.7.10

July 6th
At least 8 Common Sandpipers, 2 Oystercatchers and 30 Black-headed Gulls were seen at New Passage this evening.
A family of Green Woodpeckers and plenty of Warblers were seen around the Orchard Pools at Severn Beach. A Kingfisher was seen in Stupp Pill at Chittening Warth and a Green Sandpiper remained on the VOSA Pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.

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                                                                         Whitethroat, Orchard Pools 6.7.10 © Richard Ford

July 5th
Just 6 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers and 100 Black-headed Gulls (10 juveniles) and a Kingfisher were reported from New Passage. A Little Egret and another 3 Oystercatchers were seen from Severn Beach.

July 4th
A breezy day with rain by late afternoon. A visit to New Passage produced 8 Redshank, 3 Curlew, 5 Oystercatchers, at least 100 Black-headed Gulls (12 juveniles), 40 Mallard and the usual Shelducks with 40 plus ducklings. A Little Egret was seen at the Orchard Pools in Severn Beach. A Green Sandpiper was reported on the VOSA/Hoar Gout Pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.

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                                                                            Little Egret, Orchard Pools 4.7.10 © Richard Ford

July 3rd
Another quiet day. A Little Egret, a Common Sandpiper, a Turnstone, 4 Redshank, single Curlew and Oystercatcher, 90 Black-headed Gulls, 60 Mallard, 20 adult Shelduck with 45 ducklings were seen from New Passage. Just 60 Curlew and 2 Oystercatchers were seen from Severn Beach.

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                                                                                         Common Sandpiper, New Passage 3.7.10

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                                                                                               Little Egret, New Passage 3.7.10

July 2nd
Some overnight rain and another dry day. Sightings from New Passage involved 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Redshank, single Curlew and Oystercatcher, 45 Black-headed Gulls (10 juveniles), 60 Mallard, 30 adult Shelduck and at least 40 ducklings.

July 1st
No “daytime” reports were received. A brief evening visit to New Passage produced 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Redshank, 5 Oystercatchers, 40 Black-headed Gulls (3 juveniles), 50 Mallard and the usual Shelduck families.



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