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June 2003
June is the quietest month on Severnside with a total  of  only 141 species seen. It is the month to do those decorating jobs at home unless any strong West or South West winds occur. This can produce a good selection  of seabirds including Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Fulmar and Storm Petrel. The first  parties of young Shelduck appear. June has had some rarities including Franklin’s Gull (1988) and Alpine Swift (1999).
June 30th
The month ends on a quiet note with just twelve Curlew and six Oystercatcher at Chittening Warth. Low cloud and humid weather produced several hundred Swifts low over the railway station.

June 29th
Much the same as recent days except for two Peregrine at Chittening Warth, two Tufted Duck on the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach and a Kingfisher at New Passage.

June 28th
The birding still remains quiet in the very warm settled weather. Several parties of fledged young were seen this morning including Common Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat. At least twenty one young Shelduck were present at Northwick Warth. This evening there were at least 120 Curlew and twelve Oystercatcher roosting at New Pill, Chittening Warth, a single adult Ringed Plover was on Severn Beach.

June 27th
At Severn Beach there were still eighty Black-headed Gulls with sixty five Curlew and ten Dunlin. There were at least one hundred more Curlew roosting on Northwick Warth this evening.

June 26th
Eighty Black-headed Gulls, ten Curlew and a single  Ringed Plover were present at Severn Beach on the early evening high tide.
June 25th
The same as yesterday but a dead Grey Heron was found near the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach.

June 24th
Much the same as yesterday with an additional sighting of a Sand Martin at the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach.

June 23rd
The number of Curlew has increased to seventy  birds, with most of these present at Chittening Warth. There was also an increase in Black-headed Gulls with at least sixty present. A single
June 22nd
Four Sanderling and a Ringed Plover were seen at Severn Beach at high tide, a Peregrine was there late afternoon.

June 21st
Much the same as yesterday except for the presence of a single Ringed Plover at Severn Beach. There were two Coot broods on the Grebe Pond, Northwick Warth. Swallows were feeding young at New Passage where there was also a family of Pied Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail.
Swallow feeding young
New Passage
Grey Wagtail
New Passage
June 20th
Very little to report on Severnside today with  thirty Curlew and twenty Oystercatcher just worthy of a mention.

Off the patch , a GREAT WHITE EGRET was a welcome distraction this evening at Chew Valley Lake and was the first Avon county record. I managed to get these record shots through the heat haze
Great White Egret
Chew Valley Lake
Great White Egret
Chew Valley Lake
June 19th
The strong gusty wind produced eight Manx Shearwater off Severn Beach late morning.
At Northwick Warth there were forty Curlew , twenty Oystercatcher,  a Peregrine and a second brood of eight young Shelduck joined the earlier brood of ten.

June 18th
No new birds today, just six Curlew off Severn Beach along with the large flock of Mallard and twenty Shelduck. No seabirds could be found in the moderate strength west wind.
June 17th
This morning there were four Bar-tailed Godwit at Severn Beach with thirty Curlew and twelve Oystercatcher in the area. At  least one Fulmar was present of Severn Beach this evening in a moderate strength south west wind.

June 16th
A few more Curlew were seen  today with at least twenty present. This evening there was just a single Dunlin at Severn Beach. A flock of 120 Mallard were present at Chittening Warth.
June 15th
High tide this morning at Severn Beach  produced  two Eider  (adult and first summer males), twenty five Dunlin that  flew upriver and  two Curlew. A Kingfisher was seen at New Passage. This evening there were eight Curlew, seven Sanderling,  five Dunlin, one Ringed Plover and more surprisingly, an early juvenile Black-headed Gull.

June 14th
An  early  morning high tide visit to Severn Beach produced five Sanderling and eight Curlew.
A flock of at least two hundred juvenile Starlings were feeding  here on the salt marsh. A Hobby flew inland over Severn Beach early afternoon and thirty Black-headed Gulls  this evening was the first sizeable flock for several weeks.
Severn Beach
June 13th
Lesser Whitethroats were feeding young on Northwick Warth. At Severn Beach there were five Curlew and the local Buzzards gave excellent views perched on poles along the rail track.

June 12th
The usual dozen Oystercatcher at New Passage with a Curlew. The ten young Shelduck ducklings are still present at Northwick Warth. Three more Curlew were seen at Chittening Warth. Gadwall were on  the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach plus a single Sand Martin  with the usual Swallows and House Martins.
June 11th
The Shelduck brood remained “intact” at Northwick Warth. Two Curlew were seen at Chittening Warth and at least a dozen Oystercatcher remained in the area.

June 10th
Moderate strength south  west wind produced a Great Crested Grebe off Severn Beach. The first Shelduck brood (ten) of the year were seen on Northwick Warth.

June 9th
There were twelve Oystercatcher on Northwick Warth. A pair of the local Buzzards  showed well along the railway line at Severn Beach.
Common Buzzard
Severn Beach
June 8th
The appearance of the first Mallard ducklings of the year  at the Orchard Pools was the only notable event. Moderate strength south west winds failed to produce any seabirds on the early afternoon high tide.
June 7th
There were more fledged Common Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat seen at Severn Beach this morning. A Hobby was watched catching a dragonfly at Severn Beach early afternoon. Three Curlew were still present in the area.

June 6th
A similar day to yesterday except for the appearance of a fine drake Common Scoter off Severn
June 5th
A typical early June day with just twenty Oystercatcher on Northwick Warth and a Curlew at Chittening Warth. A few fledged broods of Common Whitethroat were seen.

June 4th
The only notable birds for the time of year  were single Wheatear and Curlew at Severn Beach.
June 3rd
Just four Ringed Plover and one Dunlin on Severn Beach,  20 Oystercatcher were seen on Northwick Warth.
With so little happening on Severnside, the BLACK LARK on Anglesey  was too much of a temptation for me this morning  and the ISABELLINE SHRIKE in Somerset this evening! An excellent day “off the patch”.
Black Lark
ANGLESEY, North Wales
Isabelline Shrike,
June 2nd
At least twenty four Oystercatcher and two Curlew were present on Northwick Warth this afternoon.
Four local  Buzzards were  making the most of the fine weather. The evening high tide produced three Dunlin and a Ringed Plover on Severn Beach.
June 1st
A high tide visit at Severn Beach this morning produced three Dunlin, single Sanderling and Ringed Plover.  The surprise bird was a first summer Mediterranean Gull, one of only two gulls seen!
A peregrine flew inland over the beach.  A large flock of 150 Swift passed over Severn Beach late morning in front of a heavy rain shower. This evening no waders could be found on the beach.
Severn Beach
A “digibin” picture taken through Lieca Binoculars