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June is usually one of the quietest months on Severnside with a total of only 150 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, 2013), Franklin’s Gull (1988) and Alpine Swift (1999).

June 2014

30th June
Combined reports from Northwick Warth involved a Golden Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 9 Lapwing, 70 Curlew, a Lesser Whitethroat and a female Redstart.

                                                                                   Golden Plover, Northwick Warth  30.6.14

                                                                           Little Ringed Plovers, Northwick Warth flash 30.6.14

                                                                          Little Ringed Plover, Northwick Warth flash 30.6.14

29th June
A Little Egret, 2 Redshank, 47 Curlew, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Tufted Duck, 10 Little Grebes, 20+ Coot, 3 Grey Herons and 2 Sand Martins were reported from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area.

28th June
A day of sunshine and thunder showers. Sightings from the Northwick Warth area included 4 Teal, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plovers (juvenile & adult) on the Flash, 3 Tufted Duck, 10 Little Grebes and a Redshank on the Pilning Wetland, 40 Curlew and 30 Black-headed Gulls (one juvenile) off New Passage.

                                                                                    The Flash, Northwick Warth 28.6.14

    Looking attractive for the autumn wader passage following a useful top up from thunderstorms. At least 28 of the 43 wader species recorded
    on Severnside have been seen on this large puddle including Pectoral Sandpiper, Stone Curlew, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank,
   Greenshank, Avocet, Ruff, Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper. Best visited early before any dog walkers get there.

27th June
A few new birds today following some overnight heavy rain. Three Arctic Skuas (2 dark morph, 1 pale morph) were seen flying south at Severn Beach in windless, flat calm weather at 07.55. Other sightings here involved 16 Canada Geese, 70 Black-headed Gulls, single Ringed Plover and Curlew. Reports from New Passage included a Little Egret, 43 Mallard and 12 Teal. Nearby there were 21 Lapwing, a Green Sandpiper, 13 Curlew, 50 Black-headed Gulls, 10 Little Grebes (including a pair with 6 fresh young) and 2 Tufted Duck on the Pilning Wetland.

26th June
Combined reports from Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth involved 3 Little Egrets, 13 Lapwing, 12 Curlew, a Redshank, 50 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Shelduck broods (total of 14 ducklings), 3 Ravens and 9 Sand Martins. Two Curlew were seen on the shore at Severn Beach and a Scarlet Tiger moth was photographed in my garden here.

                                                                 Sand Martins and Swallows, Northwick Warth 26.6.14

25th June
A single Ringed Plover was seen at Severn Beach. Two Shelduck broods, 10 Lapwing, 10 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Tufted Duck and 2 Little Grebes were reported in the New Passage/Pilning wetland area.

24th June
A Little Egret and 16 Lapwing were seen on the Pilning Wetland today.

23rd June
Two Little Egrets, 3 Grey Herons, 6 drake Tufted Duck, 15 Lapwing and 18 Black-headed Gulls were seen at Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth. A Grey Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 7 Oystercatchers, 4 Grey Herons and 8 Black-headed Gulls were seen at Severn Beach.

22nd June
The only reports were of 14 Lapwing and 5 Black-headed Gulls at the Pilning Wetland. A  brood of 4 Little Grebe chicks and 2 Grey Herons were seen at the Orchard Pools in Severn Beach.

21st June
A scorching mid summers day for a change. Just 2 Little Egrets, a brood of 9 Shelduck, single Sand Martin and Kingfisher were reported from the New Passage/Northwick Warth area this morning.

                                                                                           Bee Orchid, Aust Warth 21.6.14 © Rod Holbrook

20th June
The warm and sunny weather continued. Once again the only reports were from the Northwick Warth area of a Little Egret, 2 Grey Herons, 7 Lapwing, single Tufted Duck and Canada Goose and 13 Black-headed Gulls.

19th June
The only reports were received from the Pilning Wetland involving 2 Little Egrets, 4 Grey Herons, 2 Gadwall, single drake Tufted Duck and Canada Goose.

18th June
Another hot day. Reports received from the rapidly drying Pilning Wetland on Northwick Warth involved a hunting Hobby, 23 Black-headed Gulls and an influx of 16 Lapwing.

17th June
A hot and sunny day. The only reports received were from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area and involved a Little Egret, a Little Ringed Plover, 12 downy Shelduck ducklings, 12 Black-headed Gulls and a Sand Martin.

16th June
Reports from the New Passage area involved 18 Shelduck, 35 Mallard, a Tufted Duck, 4 Grey Herons, a Little Grebe, 14 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Lapwing and at least 20 Pied Wagtails. At least 18 Oystercatchers were seen at Severn Beach.

15th June
At least 10 Curlew, 2 Oystercatchers, a Black-headed Gull, 23 Shelduck, 47 Mallard and 3 Ravens were reported from New Passage. Another Black-headed Gull and 3 Grey Herons were seen at Severn Beach.

14th June
Once again, nothing was reported.

13th June
Nothing was reported on what was a hot and sunny day.

12th June
The only reports received were from the Northwick Warth area involving a brood of Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck and a Black-headed Gull.

11th June
Three Ringed Plover and a Dunlin remained at Severn Beach.

10th June
A female Marsh Harrier was seen over the sheepfields at Aust Warth. A Dunlin and 5 Ringed Plover were seen on the evening high tide at Severn Beach.

9th June
Reports from the Northwick Warth area included 15 Canada Geese, a Tufted Duck, the 1st Shelduck brood of the year, 4 Grey Herons, a Black-headed Gull, 3 Ravens and a flyover Yellowhammer. A Dunlin and 3 Ringed Plover were seen at Severn Beach.

8th June
Nothing of note was reported on a day of sunshine and heavy rain showers.

7th June
A Grey Plover, 7 Ringed Plover and 4 Dunlin were seen on the shore at Severn Beach mid afternoon and at least one Cetti’s Warbler was heard in the wet scrub area south of Severn Beach. A Little Egret and 5 Teal were seen at Northwick Warth.

                                                                                           Grey Plover, Severn Beach 7.6.14

6th June
A Sanderling and a Little Egret were seen at Severn Beach. A late afternoon visit to Northwick Warth produced 3 Canada Geese, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall and a Yellow Wagtail.

                                                                                   Sanderling, Severn Beach 6.6.14 © Dan White

5th June
Two Curlew were seen from New Passage.

4th June
A dismal cool and wet day. Two Little Egrets were seen on the Pilning Wetland. At least 17 Ringed Plover and 8 Dunlin were present on the late morning high tide at Severn Beach.

3rd June
A breeding plumage Curlew Sandpiper was found today with 2 Dunlin on the Pilning Wetland. Another 6 Dunlin and 8 Ringed Plover were seen on the shore at Severn Beach.

                                                                              Curlew Sandpiper & Dunlin, Pilning Wetland 3.6.14
                                                                                           Curlew Sandpiper, Pilning Wetland 3.6.14

2nd June
The only reports were of a Little Egret, 10 Canada Geese and 6 Tufted Duck at the Pilning Wetland and 17 Ringed Plover and a Dunlin at Severn Beach. Away from Severnside, the 1st Greenish Warbler for Avon, was found early this morning singing in Hawthorns at Sand Point. A quick dash south produced my 301st species within the Avon recording area.

                                                                                              Greenish Warbler, Sand Point 2.6.14

                                                                                            Spotted Flycatcher, New Passage 1.6.14

1st June
A fine warm and sunny start to the month. Two Avocets were seen in flight, calling continuously, over New Passage and the Pilning Wetland before finally flying off down river at 08.55. At least one Spotted Flycatcher was seen in the pines around The Glen at New Passage. Twenty Canada Geese were seen on Northwick Warth. The Severn Beach wader roost contained just 18 Ringed Plover and 9 Dunlin. A Cetti’s Warbler was heard just south of Severn Beach.