SEVERNSIDE BIRDS























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July is  another quiet month on Severnside with only 143 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 Egret, Mediterranean and Yellow-legged  Herring 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
July 2003
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Mediterranean Gull
New Passage
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July 28th
Waders at New Passage today included six Common Sandpipers, twenty Dunlin, two Black-tailed Godwit, forty Turnstones and two Redshank. A Little Egret was seen in the tidal creek here. At Severn Beach there was a  Sanderling, single Common Sandpiper, seven Ringed Plover three Dunlin and a Peregrine.

July 27th
With more settled weather most of yesterdays birds seem to have gone. At Severn Beach the days totals  were just twenty Dunlin, five  Redshank, a Whimbrel amongst sixty Curlew. At New Passage there was a single Common Sandpiper. A Little Egret  was seen to go to roost in trees at the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach this evening.

July 26th
At least three, possibly five Little Egret were seen at Severn Beach today (one flew south at 06.15, two flew south at 17.20 and three flew north east from Gwent at 18.15). This evening in heavy rain there was an increase in small wader numbers; a moulting adult Curlew Sandpiper was with seventy Dunlin, four Ringed Plovers, three Turnstone and six Redshank. Nearby a Green Sandpiper and a Kingfisher at the Orchard Pools this morning. At New Passage there were another twenty Dunlin.

July 25th
A day of heavy rainfall still produced a  few birds, with  fourteen Dunlin, twelve Turnstone, four Redshank, two Common Sandpiper and a Whimbrel at New Passage. Another two Dunlin, two Turnstone and three Ringed Plover were seen at Severn Beach on the rising late afternoon tide. A Peregrine was roosting on a concrete support beneath the Second  Crossing.

July 24th
There were four Common Scoter and a single Ringed Plover at Severn Beach and nearby, two Dunlin and a Whimbrel at Chittening Warth. The Little Egret and three Common Sandpipers were still  at New Passage.

July 23rd
The Little Egret and juvenile Mediterranean Gull  were seen  at New Passage this morning. Other notable birds here were four Common Sandpiper, single Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher and Hobby.

July 22nd
A  Little Egret  and a  juvenile Mediterranean Gull  were at Severn Beach this afternoon. The  gull spent most of it’s time asleep on the shingle spit. Waders here included twenty Dunlin and a Sanderling  nearby a Common Sandpiper was at the Orchard Pools. At New Passage there was a moulting adult Mediterranean Gull, one Common Sandpiper and thirteen Turnstones, including two juveniles. The same or another  Little Egret  appeared  in the pill at New Passage this evening.
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Juvenile Mediterranean Gull
Severn Beach
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Little Egret
New Passage
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July 21st
A few interesting migrants appeared at New Passage today; a Little Egret, four adult Common Terns  along with single Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, twelve adult Dunlin, six Turnstones, six Redshank and a Hobby (hunting the local Swallows). Further down the estuary at Severn Beach there were ten more adult Dunlin, single Sanderling, Ringed Plover and Common Gull.

July 20th
The birding remained quiet with the only notable birds at New Passage being two Common Sandpipers, single Turnstone and Redshank. It was not much better at Severn Beach with just three adult Dunlin seen. Two Red Veined Darters were seen again at the Orchard Pools and a Painted Lady butterfly was seen settled on Northwick Warth.
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Red Veined Darter
Orchard Pools, Severn Beach
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Painted Lady
Northwick Warth
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July 19th
At New Passage there were at least five Common Sandpipers along with eight Dunlin, two Turnstone, two Redshank, three Sand Martins and a Yellow Wagtail. Another two Common Sandpipers and 120 Curlew  were present at Severn Beach. At least two male Red Veined Darters were still at the Orchard Pools.
July 18th
A much quieter day today in terms of the weather and birds. Three Common Sandpipers, single Green
Sandpiper, Redshank and Lapwing at New Passage, single Ringed Plover on Severn Beach.
There were many Black-headed Gulls  in the area including a  few juvenile birds. An adult Little Grebe on the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach was a migrant, being the first seen here for over a month.
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Juvenile Black-headed Gull
New Passage
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July 17th
A dramatic change in the weather to heavy rain with a strong south west wind produced some seabirds; a Storm Petrel, at least 100 Manx Shearwaters, five Fulmar, one immature Gannet and a drake Common Scoter were all seen from Severn Beach this morning. At New Passage there were five Dunlin and three Common Sandpipers.

July  16th
This morning there were three Common  Sandpipers, two Dunlin and a Knot at  New Passage. At Severn Beach there were three more Dunlin with a Sanderling  this morning , a Whimbrel was seen in the evening. Nearby at the Orchard Pools there were six male Red  Veined Darters, one of which was mating with a female.

July 15th
A few notable birds were seen today in very hot weather (33°C); four Dunlin, two Common Sandpipers, single Whimbrel,  juvenile Wheatear  and Yellow Wagtail at Severn Beach, another  Common Sandpiper was seen at New Passage and an early returning Common Snipe was at the  Grebe Pond on Northwick Warth.

July  14th
A brief visit this morning to Severn Beach on the incoming tide produced a Greenshank, Common  Sandpiper and twenty two Dunlin. There were two Sand Martin and a Redshank at New Passage. This evening at  Severn Beach there were a similar number of Dunlin, a single Whimbrel and two Common Sandpipers. The Curlew numbers have increased to at least 175 birds.

July 13th
High tide at  Severn Beach this morning  produced the first Lapwing for over a month and two Common Sandpipers. Two Ravens soared over heading south late afternoon and on this evenings high tide, twelve adult Dunlin were present. At New Passage this afternoon  there were five Common Sandpipers and a Redshank in the pill. Two Yellow Wagtails were seen heading south over here this morning. There were at least four Red Veined Darters at the Orchard Pools along with a Hummingbird Hawk-moth and an Essex Skipper butterfly there.

July 12th
An extensive search of area produced little more than the usual one hundred plus Curlew, twenty Oystercatcher and many Black-headed Gulls. There was a Common Sandpiper and several broods of Shelduck on Northwick Warth along with young  Meadow Pipits, Skylark and Reed Buntings being fed by parents. Five Red  Veined Darters were present at the Orchard Pools.

July 11th
An early morning visit to New Passage produced a Kingfisher in the Pill and a roosting Whimbrel. The same or another Whimbrel was present at Severn Beach late afternoon. A male Red Veined Darter was still present at the Orchard Pools.

July 10th
A summer plumaged Black-tailed Godwit and a Kingfisher were seen at New Passage while further south there were 160 Curlew and 20 Oystercatcher at Severn Beach.

July 9th
A hot day produced  few new birds other than six Dunlin at Severn Beach and another eleven at New Passage with a Common Sandpiper. A total of 35 young Shelduck were present on Northwick Warth. Four male Red Veined Darters were still present at the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach.

July 8th
Notable birds were a juvenile Little Egret at the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach (plus two male Red Veined Darters here).  Further up the estuary there were two Common Sandpipers and  a Hobby at New Passage.
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Little Egret,
Orchard Pools
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July 7th
A few more returning birds were seen today. The most notable was a summer plumaged adult Mediterranean Gull  on Northwick Warth with Black-headed Gulls, sixty Curlew and a single Dunlin. At New Passage this afternoon, there were single Hobby, Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher. An adult Common Tern flew south early evening. At Chittening Warth and Severn Beach, there were three more Common Sandpipers, eighty Curlew and twelve Oystercatchers.

July 6th
A change of wind direction to a light south easterly produced some interesting birds. Most notable were a Little Egret and three Greenshank  on Severn Beach along with a Common Sandpiper and the usual eighty Curlew and twelve Oystercatcher. There were at least three juvenile Black-headed Gulls amongst the returning older birds. Nearby on the Orchard Pools, the only notable birds were a pair of Tufted Duck and a family party of Green Woodpeckers (three Red Veined Darters were seen amongst the other dragonflies present, an Essex Skipper butterfly and a Six-belted  Clearwing  Moth were also seen here). Further up the estuary the only birds of interest were Common Sandpiper and an adult Common Gull at New Passage.
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Essex Skipper,
Orchard Pools, Severn Beach
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July 5th
The Little Grebe and three young  remained on the Grebe Pond at Northwick Warth along with the usual 40 Curlew here. A Turnstone and Common Sandpiper  were seen  nearby at New Passage.
A  Reed  Warbler was giving excellent views at the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach. A visit to Severn Beach at dusk produced a roosting flock of eighty Curlew.
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Little Grebe with young
Northwick Warth
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Reed Warbler
Orchard Pools, Severn  Beach
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July 4th
An adult Sandwich Tern  was watched settled on the mud at New Passage this afternoon. Other notable birds were three young Little Grebes on the “grebe pond ”at Northwick Warth and this evening a party of six Sand Martin  that flew south past New Passage.

July 3rd
This morning there was an influx of 500 Black-headed Gulls at Severn Beach. Three Dunlin were also present at Severn Beach today with the usual Curlew and Oystercatcher. An early returning juvenile Wheatear  was seen at New Passage.

July 2nd
The best bird of the morning was an adult Common Tern  with Black-headed Gulls at Severn Beach. Waders in the area today included 100 Curlew, ten  Oystercatcher and two Redshank. There were three Sand Martins at New Passage. The evening tide produced  four Dunlin at New Passage, four Redshank, two Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper at Severn Beach.

July 1st
The first Redshank for over a month was present at New Pill, Chittening Warth. Other waders in the area included seventy Curlew and six Oystercatcher. Other birds of interest were a Great Spotted Woodpecker  and three Green Woodpecker. Two juvenile Black-headed Gulls were seen this morning. This evening a Sand Martin was feeding over a freshly mown field  at Northwick Warth but no “small” waders could be found at Severn Beach  just before high tide.
July 31st
An adult Yellow-legged Gull at New Passage was the first of the year. Waders here included single Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Green Sandpiper, ten Dunlin, four Ringed Plover, forty Turnstones and seven Common Sandpipers. A Kingfisher  was seen here in the Pill. On  the evening high tide at Severn Beach there were just two Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel and two Common Sandpipers. Nearby there were two Little Grebes on the Orchard Pools.

July 30th
The Little Egret and Mediterranean Gull  were seen again at New Passage along  with twelve Common Sandpipers, thirty  eight Turnstones, seventeen Dunlin, single Whimbrel  and Rock Pipit. There were three Whimbrel, a Little Egret, Bar-tailed Godwit, nineteen Dunlin and four Ringed Plover at Severn Beach this evening.

July 29th
An interesting selection of birds at New Passage this morning included the Little Egret, a moulting adult Mediterranean Gull, single Common Tern and Black-tailed Godwit, seven Common Sandpipers, twenty five Dunlin and twenty Turnstones. At Severn Beach there were seven Ringed Plover, ten Dunlin, single Common Sandpiper, Common Gull and Rock Pipit this evening.
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