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September is one of the most exciting months to visit Severnside. The total of 175 species seen at least once in this month, is the third highest in the year. It is the time when most of the summer visitors will depart and a good selection of early winter visitors will arrive towards the end of the month. The weather will be very changeable, rain and gale force winds are to be expected, but calm warm days will also occur. Any West or South West gales will produce the usual seabirds but the more exotic have occurred; Sooty Shearwater (1974), Balearic Shearwater (1988), Long-tailed Skua, Sabine’s Gull. Other  rarities that have appeared in September include; Red-crested Pochard (2 in 1996), Honey Buzzard (1996), Dotterel (1974), White-rumped Sandpiper (1985), Pectoral Sandpiper (1998), Buff-breasted Sandpiper (1989), Terek Sandpiper (1986),  Red-rumped Swallow (1977). Local  rarities include Osprey, Hawfinch (1998), Willow Tit (1992),  Nightingale (1999) and Ring Ouzel (2001).
September 2003
September 30th
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper continued to show well on Northwick Warth. Other birds seen here included two Wheatears, five Common Snipe and a Black-tailed Godwit. Nearby at New Passage the adult Mediterranean Gull and Yellow-legged Gull were still present with a Greenshank. At  Severn Beach there were still 300 Dunlin, twelve Ringed Plovers with one Little Stint and ten Grey Plovers in the wader roost. A Black Redstart was reported here on rocks.

September 29th
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper remained loyal to it’s usual spot on Northwick Warth and continued to attract visitors all day. Other birds seen here today included the adult Mediterranean Gull, four Wheatears, three Common Snipe and a flock of two hundred Meadow Pipits. An adult Yellow-legged Gull was seen near here in the pill at New Passage. Further down the estuary at Severn Beach, the Dunlin flock increased to 350 birds with two Little Stints and twelve Ringed Plovers. A Clouded Yellow butterfly was seen on Northwick Warth this afternoon.

September 28th
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was still present at Northwick Warth on the short grass and salt marsh from  the north sentry box. Other birds seen here included an adult Mediterranean Gull, eight Common Snipe, single Greenshank and Bar-tailed Godwit. Other migrants included two Wheatears, two Stonechats, five Redpolls,  a Rock  Pipit and three Sand Martins. At Severn Beach there were three hundred Dunlin and two Little Stints at the high tide roost,  two more Stonechats were seen at the Orchard Pools and another was in the reed bed below Aust Cliff.  Two Little Owls were calling from near the railway platform at dusk. Clouded Yellow butterflies were seen at Severn Beach and New Passage this afternoon.
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Clouded Yellow
New Passage
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September 27th
A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was found this morning on Northwick Warth and showed well until late afternoon. This was the third Severnside record of this rare American arctic wader. Other birds seen over the very high tide on Northwick Warth included three Mediterranean Gulls (two adults, one second winter), 200 Curlew, three Bar-tailed Godwits, two Black-tailed Godwits, twenty Redshank, one Greenshank, two Common Snipe, three Wheatears, two Ravens, a Lesser Redpoll and the first Merlin of the autumn. The wader roost at Severn Beach was similar to yesterday, with one Little Stint, at least two hundred Dunlin and six Ringed Plovers. Another Wheatear was seen here and a  reasonable number of Blackcaps. The Ruddy Shelduck was seen again early afternoon on  the incinerator pool near Avonmouth Sewage works.
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Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Northwick Warth
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September 26th  
The Severn Beach  wader roost increased to 250 Dunlin, twenty five Ringed Plovers and a Little Stint. An adult Yellow-legged Gull and Stonechat were also seen here. The adult Mediterranean Gull reappeared at New Passage along with single Greenshank, Bar-tailed Godwit and Kingfisher.

September 25th
The wader roost at Severn Beach contained a Little Stint, 160 Dunlin and twelve Ringed Plovers. A Stonechat was also seen here. At  New Passage there were single Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank and Kingfisher. A Green Sandpiper  was in Stupp Pill at Chittening Warth.

September 24th
A night with a clear sky resulted in the quietest day for several months. A flock of fifty Dunlin were seen at Northwick Warth this morning, at least forty Dunlin and eleven Ringed Plovers were at Severn Beach this evening where a Little Owl  was  heard calling from near the railway station. Little else could be found despite searching.

September 23rd
An early morning visit to Severn Beach in bright sunshine with a cold north west wind, produced a Little Stint and seventy five Dunlin. Other waders seen here included two hundred Curlews, forty Oystercatchers, three Turnstones and just a single Ringed Plover. Two Wheatears  were seen at Severn Beach and another was on Northwick Warth.  A Kingfisher, Greenshank  and Black-tailed Godwit were seen at New Passage.  This evening, the Little Stint was still present on Severn Beach  with four Golden Plover and 220 Dunlin.

September 22nd
The Mediterranean Gull remained at New Passage with a Greenshank, two Green Sandpipers, twenty Dunlin, ten Ringed Plovers, single Kingfisher, Hobby and Wheatear. There was another Green Sandpiper at Chittening Warth with an adult Yellow-legged Gull, a Black-tailed Godwit and four Pintail also here. The Ruddy Shelduck was seen again on the incinerator  pool at Avonmouth Sewage treatment works.

September 21st
Another fine settled morning produced notable falls of migrants at both the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach and at New Passage. Dozens of Blackcaps were present  with, Chiffchaffs and Song Thrushes. The Mediterranean Gull  and two Spotted Flycatchers were still at New Passage. A Hobby was seen early morning at Severn Beach  with 300 House Martins. This afternoon there was mixed flock of seventy Dunlin and Ringed Plovers, six Wheatears and a Whinchat here. A Greenshank  was feeding along the tide line on Northwick Warth late this afternoon. The Ruddy Shelduck was relocated early afternoon on the square incinerator pool near Avonmouth Sewage treatment works.

September 20th
A Ruddy Shelduck  landed briefly on the Grebe Pond at Northwick Warth this morning. A Kingfisher  and a Golden Plover were also present here. At New Passage there were still two Spotted Flycatchers  in the pines, the adult  Mediterranean Gull and a Black-tailed Godwit were near the pill. There was a definite feel of autumn with flyover migrants including Reed Buntings, Jackdaws, Pied Wagtails, Grey Wagtails and a few Siskins.  A walk along the railway scrub at Severn Beach produced at least ten Blackcaps and an influx of Robins, Dunnocks and a Raven.
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Ruddy Shelduck
Northwick Warth
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September 19th
A Ruddy Shelduck  was seen twice in flight at Northwick Warth  this morning. Other birds seen here today included  a Green Sandpiper and two each of Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear and Common Snipe. An adult Yellow-legged Gull joined the Mediterranean Gull in the pill at New Passage. Two Spotted Flycatchers were present in the pines here. At Severn Beach  a Peregrine disturbed the wader roost that  comprised of seventy five Dunlin, fifty Ringed Plovers and six Knot.

September 18th
The Mediterranean Gull, Greenshank and Kingfisher were still present ant New Passage this morning. Two Wheatears were seen on Northwick Warth, one on Aust Warth and another four at Severn Beach. Other birds seen at Severn Beach included forty Dunlin, thirty five Ringed Plovers, six Knot, a Green Sandpiper and a Spotted Flycatcher.

September 17th
A quiet day today in fine dry weather. At Severn Beach there were fifty five Dunlin and forty Ringed Plovers. Nearby there were two Knot on Chittening Warth. The usual Mediterranean Gull, Greenshank, Kingfisher and a Spotted Flycatcher  were seen at New Passage. There were two Snipe and two Wheatears on Northwick Warth.

September 16th
The adult Mediterranean Gull, Greenshank and Green Sandpiper remained at New Passage with two Spotted Flycatchers and a Kingfisher. The  wader roost at Severn Beach comprised of twenty five Ringed Plovers and thirty Dunlin. A Stonechat was seen here today near the “pipes”.

September 15th
The first Stonechat of the autumn was seen at New Passage along with the “resident” Mediterranean Gull. A Greenshank was in the pill here with a Green Sandpiper. At least three Lesser Whitethroats were seen along Northwick Warth. At Severn Beach the wader roost comprised of just twenty Ringed Plovers and fifteen Dunlin. Another three Lesser Whitethroats were seen here with at least twenty five Blackcaps.
A Kingfisher was on the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach.

September 14th
A large flock of eighty eight Black-tailed Godwits were present at Severn Beach on the incoming tide along with six Knot, fifty Dunlin, twenty  five Ringed Plover, four Wigeon, one Whinchat and a Wheatear. Seven Black-tailed Godwits were in the roosting Curlew flock on Northwick Warth. Other birds here included single Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear and Spotted Flycatcher. At New Passage a Kingfisher was in the pill and another Spotted Flycatcher  was seen in the pines.

September 13th
There were less birds than yesterday but a few notable migrants were still found in  warm, settled weather. At Severn Beach single Common Redstart, Whinchat and two Common Terns were seen. On Northwick Warth there were two Wheatears, single Whinchat and Spotted Flycatcher. The adult Mediterranean Gull, two Greenshank, a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper and a Hobby  were seen at New Passage. Although  Little Grebes are now resident on pools on Severnside, a juvenile swimming on the River Severn at New Passage was a rare sight. A Clouded Yellow butterfly was seen on the rifle range at Northwick Warth.
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Spotted Flycatcher
Northwick Warth
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Mediterranean Gull
New Passage
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September 12th
An early morning walk down the sea wall at Severn  Beach produced just one Wheatear. A walk up the sea wall at Northwick Warth was far more productive with six Whinchats, three Spotted Flycatchers, a moulting male Common Redstart, two each of Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat and Tree Pipit. At Aust Warth there were another two Whinchat, a Reed Warbler and a Common Sandpiper. The adult Mediterranean Gull, Greenshank another Common Sandpiper  were present late afternoon at New Passage.

September 11th
The Greenshank, Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher remained in the pill at New Passage, a Wheatear was seen here on the sea wall. Two Spotted Flycatchers were seen in “the Glen” here. Migrants on Northwick Warth included a Wheatear, two Whinchats, three Lesser Whitethroats and 100 plus Meadow Pipits. A Hobby  was seen chasing the local Swallows at Old Passage. The wader roost at Severn Beach doubled in size this morning to four Ringed Plovers This evening six  Dunlin flew off from Chittening Warth  with  a large Curlew flock after being shot at by morons with 12 bores! At least two of the Curlew were injured.

September 10th  
The usual  adult Mediterranean Gull, Black-tailed Godwit and Greenshank  were on Northwick Warth today along with single Snipe, Hobby, Knot, three Wheatears, two Lesser Whitethroats and fifty Meadow Pipits. Two Spotted Flycatchers and three Wigeon remained at the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach and a Peregrine  was seen at Chittening Warth. The evening wader roost at Severn Beach consisted of  just two Ringed Plover.

September 9th
A good selection of birds were seen today. In the Northwick Warth / New Passage area notable sightings included adult Mediterranean Gull, adult Yellow-legged Gull, single Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, two Common Redstarts, eight Whinchats, six Wheatears, two Lesser Whitethroats and a Kingfisher. There were two Spotted Flycatchers and three Wigeon at the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach. A Green Sandpiper was seen at Chittening Warth.

September 8th
The Black-tailed Godwit remained at Northwick Warth with two Knot,  five Yellow Wagtails and four Wheatears. Another Wheatear  was on Aust Warth. Single Spotted Flycatcher and Lesser Whitethroat were  seen at the Severn Beach and three Whinchats were present at Chittening Warth. The evening wader  roost at Severn Beach  was quite small with thirty Ringed Plovers and twenty five Dunlin present. The adult Mediterranean Gull, Greenshank and a Kingfisher were seen at New Passage in the evening.
Two Clouded Yellow butterflies remained at New Passage.

September 7th
An early morning walk at Severn Beach in fine sunny  weather was very productive. An obvious“ fall
of migrants had occurred overnight with the second Wryneck  in a week being the star bird. It was seen on the cinder track by “the pipes” and sunning itself on brambles, before disappearing into bushes. Migrants included Yellow Wagtail, Sedge Warbler, two Reed Buntings, four Whinchat, two Lesser Whitethroats, many Common Whitethroats, Blackcaps and Robins. A  Peregrine and a Black-tailed Godwit  were seen off the beach. A few more migrants were seen on Northwick  Warth; two each of  Lesser Whitethroat,  Snipe and Wheatear. A Little Egret was in the pill at New Passage.

September 6th
At Severn Beach, a Grasshopper Warbler  was seen this morning, in the long grass between the seawall and the railway. Other birds here included a Sedge Warbler and Blackcaps. Further up the coast at New Passage, the first Pied Flycatcher of the year was found. Additional migrants here included single Common Sandpiper, Spotted Flycatcher, Whinchat and Lesser Whitethroat. There were four Wheatears, single Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit and Yellow Wagtail on Northwick Warth. Another three Common Sandpipers, a Greenshank and four Whinchats  were seen at Aust Warth. The afternoon high tide at Severn Beach  produced 100 Dunlin, 50 Ringed Plover, a juvenile Knot, Peregrine, one Manx Shearwater and three drake Common Scoters  in a moderate south west wind. A Clouded Yellow butterfly was seen at New Passage.
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Three Whinchats
Aust Warth
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September 5th
The adult Mediterranean Gull remained at New Passage with Black-headed Gulls this afternoon. Other birds seen here or nearby on Northwick Warth included Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Kingfisher, Yellow Wagtail and Lesser Whitethroat. The mixed Dunlin and Ringed Plover flock at Severn Beach  increased to 100 birds. A Spotted Flycatcher was seen at the Orchard Pools and a Whinchat was present near Chittening Warth.

September 4th
The first Turtle Dove of the year was found at New Passage this morning with Collared Doves. It was last seen flying inland towards the Rifle Range entrance. Other birds here included two Spotted Flycatchers, single Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Yellow Wagtail and Kingfisher. The adult Mediterranean Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull were seen here late afternoon. At Severn Beach, a colour ringed Little Egret was seen (Green ring on left leg, yellow ring on the right). There were only six Ringed Plovers, three Dunlin and an adult Grey Plover in the wader roost here. Two Clouded Yellow butterflies were seen at New Passage this morning.

September 3rd
The Black-tailed Godwit remained on Northwick Warth with a  Snipe, two Whinchat and two Wheaters. Nearby there were two Yellow Wagtails, single Greenshank, Kingfisher and Spotted Flycatcher at New Passage this morning, the adult Mediterranean Gull reappeared here in the afternoon. The usual mixed flock of 300 Dunlin and Ringed Plover were still at Severn Beach with a single Knot. Other migrants here included two Wheatears two Lesser Whitethroats and three Spotted Flycatchers.

September 2nd
Today there were two Common Redstarts on Northwick Warth (moulting male and a female) with  a Black-tailed Godwit, twelve Yellow Wagtails and three Wheatears. At New Passage a Little Egret and Greenshank  were  in the Pill with the adult Mediterranean Gull and five Knot in the area. At the Orchard Pools, Severn Beach, there were three Spotted Flycatchers and a Tree Pipit. Six Lesser Whitethroats  were seen today and a Clouded Yellow butterfly was seen at New Passage.
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Greenshank
New Passage
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September 1st
An adult Mediterranean Gull was seen at New Passage along with a Greenshank and a flyover Hobby. On Northwick Warth, birds included a moulting male Common Redstart and six Wheatears and a Snipe. The wader roost at Severn Beach remained the same with a mixed flock of 300 Dunlin and Ringed Plover, four Wheatears and a Whinchat  were the only notable migrants seen here today.
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