SEVERNSIDE BIRDS























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June is usually one of the quietest months on Severnside with a total of only 148 species seen. It is the month to do those jobs at home unless any strong West or South West winds occur. This weather can produce a good selection of seabirds including Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Fulmar and Storm Petrel. June has had some rarities including Rose-coloured Starling (2012), Red Kite (2006, 2010), Franklin’s Gull (1988) and Alpine Swift (1999).


June 2013



June 30th
A breezy and cooler day. Combined reports from Northwick Warth involved single Little Egret, Little Grebe, Kingfisher and Hobby, 2 Redshank, 10 Curlew, 20 Oystercatchers, 52 Shelduck (plus a brood of 8 ducklings), 40 Black-headed Gulls, 16 Pied Wagtails, 3 flyover Siskins and 2 Sand Martins. Another 43 Shelduck and 6 Oystercatchers were seen at Severn Beach and 5 Common Sandpipers were reported in Cake Pill at Aust Warth.

June 29th
A nice warm day. Combined reports from Northwick Warth included single Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Egret, 6 Redshank, 30 Black-headed Gulls, 6 Mute Swans, a Canada Goose, a female Teal, 40 Shelduck, another fresh Coot brood, a Little Grebe, a Hobby hunting over the Grebe Pond and a Grey Wagtail.

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                                                                                           Hobby, Pilning Wetland 29.6.13

June 28th
The first 2 Common Sandpipers of the autumn were reported at New Passage.

June 27th
A wet evening visit to Northwick Warth produced 4 Redshank, 24 Shelduck and 20 Black-headed Gulls (including a juvenile) on the Pilning Wetland and 40 Curlew on the salt marsh.

June 26th
An evening visit to Northwick Warth produced 3 adult Little Ringed Plovers feeding on the Pilning Wetland and 24 Curlew, a Little Egret, a drake Teal, 62 Shelduck and 50 Mallard on the shore. At least 3 Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly were seen on a small pool at Severn Beach.

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                                                                                  Little Ringed Plover, Pilning Wetland 26.6.13

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                               Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly, Western Approach Business Park, Severn Beach  26.6.13 © Gary Thoburn

June 25th
The only report was of a Little Egret over the VOSA Pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works this evening.

June 24th
A quiet day with just 50 Shelduck, 20 Curlew, 12 Oystercatchers and 6 Black-headed Gulls reported from New Passage and 2 Tufted Duck and 3 adult and 2 Little Grebe chicks on the Orchard Pools at Severn Beach.

June 23rd
Another breezy day. A Storm Petrel was seen early morning from Severn Beach where other reports included an Arctic Skua, a Fulmar, 2 Ringed Plover and 5 Curlew.

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                                                                            Storm Petrel video still, Severn Beach 23.6.13

June 22nd
A windy day produced a Storm Petrel, 400+ Manx Shearwaters, 2 Fulmar, 5 Kittiwakes and 2 Gannets off Severn Beach where 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew and 4 Oystercatchers were also seen . A Mediterranean Gull was seen on the Pilning Wetland and the drake Common Scoter and 30 Oystercatchers remained off New Passage.

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                                                                                        Kittiwakes, Severn Beach 22.6.13

June 21st
Combined reports from the New Passage/Northwick Warth area included the Common Scoter, 60 Shelduck (plus a brood of 9 ducklings), 70 Mallard, a Canada Goose, 80 Black-headed Gulls and 5 Curlew. Two Ringed Plover were seen at Severn Beach.

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                                                                                                 Pilning Wetland 21.6.13
                                                A panoramic view looking east over the flooded sheep fields

June 20th
An evening visit to the Pilning Wetland produced 60+ Black-headed Gulls and nearby a juvenile Kingfisher was seen being fed by a parent at New Passage and a male Common Scoter was seen diving on the river,

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                                                                                        Kingfisher, New Passage 20.6.13

June 19th
A warm and sunny day. An evening visit to the Pilning Wetland produced an influx of birds including 3 Mediterranean Gulls (an adult & 2 1st summer), 110+ Black-headed Gulls, 60+ Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 5 Teal and 2 Stock Doves.

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                                                                                 Mediterranean Gulls, Pilning Wetland 19.6.13

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                                                                                       Stock Doves, Pilning Wetland 19.6.13

June 18th
A warm day. The first 3 Shelduck ducklings of the year, single Little Egret, Curlew and Redshank and 2 Kestrels were seen at Aust Warth. Reports from the Northwick Warth area included 29 Shelduck, a Canada Goose, 9 Oystercatchers and 9 Black-headed Gulls.

June 17th
The pumping of the pools and lagoons continued today. A brief evening visit to Northwick Warth produced a Little Grebe, 2 Grey Herons, a Canada Goose, a Gadwall, 60 Mallard, 30 Shelduck, 15 Oystercatchers and a Black-headed Gull.

June 16th
Combined reports from Northwick Warth involved 12 Oystercatchers, 30 Shelduck, 50 Mallard, a Canada Goose, 6 Mute Swans, 2 Little Grebes, 3 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and 50 Swifts. The Pilning Wetland was flooded with fresh water today and this will continue for a few more days. The water levels should drop to just the right level in time for the start of the return migration in August but should be worth a visit before then.

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                                                                                             Pilning Wetland, 16.6.13

June 15th
Another breezy day produced a Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skuas, 50+ Manx Shearwaters, 4 adult Gannets, 2 Fulmar and 8 Kittiwakes. A flock of 7 Little Egrets (equalling the record count) landed on the Pilning Wetland at Northwick Warth before flying off south a few minutes later.

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                                                                                         Little Egrets, Northwick Warth 15.6.13

June 14th
No reports were received today.

June 13th
An increasingly windy day. Combined sightings from Severn Beach included 4+ Great Skuas, 2 Arctic Skuas, 11+ Fulmar, 19 Manx Shearwaters, 20 Kittiwakes and a Peregrine.

June 12th
The only report received was of an escaped Diamond Dove in a garden at New Passage.

June 11th
Eight Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin were seen this morning at Severn Beach.

June 10th
A Cetti’s Warbler was heard again at Severn Beach. Sightings from Northwick Warth involved just 3 Canada Geese, 6 Mute Swans, 40 Shelduck, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Grey Herons, 35 Oystercatchers and  40 Swifts.

June 9th
A Red Kite flew over Aust Warth early this morning. Reports from Northwick Warth included 3 Little Grebes, 20 Canada Geese, 47 Mallard, 40 Shelduck and 32 Oystercatchers.

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                                                                                    Red Kite, Aust Warth 9.6.13 © Rod Holbrook

June 8th
Reports from the Severn Beach area involved 4 Bar-tailed Godwits and a Cetti’s Warbler. A drake Pochard and 9 Tufted Duck were reported on the Square Pool at Avonmouth Sewage Works.

June 7th
An evening visit to Northwick Warth produced a pair of Little Grebes and 5 Lapwing on the Grebe Pond, 5 Ringed Plover on the flash and a Kingfisher at Chestle Pill.

June 6th
A warm and sunny day. A brief visit to the shore at Severn Beach at high tide produced a summer plumage Golden Plover and a Ringed Plover.

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                                                                                         Golden Plover, Severn Beach 6.6.13

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                                                                                        Golden Plover, Severn Beach 6.6.13

June 5th
A Little Egret and 2 Lapwing were seen on the Grebe Pond on Northwick Warth. Just 6 Black-headed Gulls were reported on the afternoon high tide at Severn Beach.

June 4th
An evening visit to New Passage produced 5 Mute Swans, 3 Canada Geese, 48 Mallard, 30 Shelduck, 7 Oystercatchers, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 2 Gadwall, a pair of Shoveler and 2 Kingfishers.

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                                                                                          Kingfisher, New Passage 4.6.13

June 3rd
The only reports from Northwick Warth involved a late male Wheatear, 2 Gadwall, 3 Canada Geese, 3 Grey Herons, 40 Shelduck and 40 Mallard.

June 2nd
Another warm and sunny day. Just 2 Gadwall, 40 Shelduck, single Little Ringed Plover and Little Egret were reported from the Northwick Warth area. Combined reports from the Severn Beach area involved 13 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, a Garden Warbler, a Sedge Warbler and 9 Reed Warblers.

June 1st
A fine sunny day. A Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and 2 Dunlin were seen at New Passage this morning. Combined reports from the Severn Beach area included 28 Canada Geese, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, single Dunlin, Cetti’s Warbler, Garden Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher. A Little Egret was reported at Chittening Warth.
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