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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Juvenile Mediterranean Gull
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.
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.
Red Veined Darter
Orchard Pools, Severn Beach
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.
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.
Juvenile Black-headed Gull
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Orchard Pools, Severn Beach
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.
Little Grebe with young
Orchard Pools, Severn Beach
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.