December is one of the quietest months with only 160 species recorded during the month. It can be a good month for wildfowl with the chance of Red-breasted Merganser and Goosander if inland waters freeze or some fly by Bewick’s Swans. A good selection of seabirds have occurred in December gales including Black-throated and Great Northern Divers, Leach’s Petrel, Little Auk, Grey Phalarope and Pomarine Skua. Other rarities have included a stunning male Desert Wheatear (2013), Green-winged Teal (2013), Glaucous Gull, Waxwing (2010) and in the winters of 1940 & 1941, Cirl Bunting.
A quiet end to the year. A Water Pipit, 170 Black-tailed Godwits, 180 Dunlin, 70 Lapwing, 90 Curlew, a Little Egret, 35 Canada Geese, 24 Shelduck, 600 Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 9 Shoveler, 14 Tufted Duck, 30 Fieldfare, single Water Rail, Raven and Coal Tit were reported from New Passage/Northwick Warth. Two Jack Snipe and 2 Stonechats were seen at Aust Warth and 18 Ringed Plover, 40 Dunlin and 18 Redshank were present on the shore at Severn Beach.
A cold and frosty morning. A Merlin, 2 Stonechats and a Kingfisher were seen at Aust Warth. Five Bewick’s Swans (3 adults) were seen from Severn Beach late afternoon.
Another icy (-3°C) dawn followed by a sunny day. Three Short-eared Owls, a Peregrine, 4 Jack Snipe, 20+ Snipe, 4 Stonechats and 6+ Rock Pipits were seen in the salt marsh at Severn Beach today and nearby 2 Water Rails were reported at the Orchard Pools. Reports from the Northwick Warth area included 55 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Little Egrets, 10 Gadwall, single Coal Tit and and Chiffchaff. Another Jack Snipe, a Snipe, 150 Dunlin, 25 Wigeon and 75 Teal were seen at Aust Warth.
Short-eared Owl, Severn Beach 29.12.14
A cold and sunny day after an icy dawn. Combined reports from Northwick Warth included 2 Golden Plover, 90 Lapwing, 500 Dunlin, 6 Snipe, 50 Curlew, a Little Egret, 23 Canada Geese, 11 Tufted Duck, 10 Gadwall, 30 Shelduck, 23 Shoveler, 2 Water Rails, 20 Fieldfare and a Chiffchaff. Another 150 Dunlin, 12 Ringed Plover and a Stonechat were seen at Severn Beach. The first 2 Bewick’s Swans of the year flew north past Aust Warth late afternoon.
The usual 450 Wigeon/Teal, 47 Shelduck, 8 Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 45 Curlew, 90 Lapwing, single Golden Plover and Little Egret were reported from Northwick Warth. A Jack Snipe, at least 31 Snipe, 50 Turnstones, 12 Ringed Plover, 80 Redshank, 30 Dunlin, 7 Grey Herons, 6 Rock Pipits and 2 Stonechats were seen at Severn Beach.
A wet day. A brief visit to the Northwick Warth area produced 14 Canada Geese, 40 Shelduck, 450 Wigeon/Teal, 9 Shoveler, 9 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, 50 Lapwing, 14 Snipe, a Little Egret and a Water Rail. Another 45 Snipe, 9 Jack Snipe and a Stonechat were reported at Aust Warth.
Two Jack Snipe were washed out of the salt marsh at Severn Beach by the high tide. At least 31 Shelduck, 12 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, a Water Rail, 2 Snipe and a Stonechat were reported from the Northwick Warth area.
The only reports were of 2 Kestrels, 2 Ravens and a Stonechat at Aust Warth.
Combined reports from the New Passage area involved 31 Canada Geese, 29 Shelduck, 7 Gadwall, 85 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 22 Oystercatchers, 220 Lapwing, 265 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, a Black-tailed Godwit and 53 Redshank. A Stonechat was seen at Aust Warth. A male Blackcap remained in a Severn Beach garden and 3 Little Egrets were seen near the shore.
A Little Egret, a Raven and 45 Fieldfares were reported from New Passage.
A brief visit to New Passage produced just 300 Dunlin, 70 Oystercatchers, 50 Redshank, 22 Canada Geese, 20 Shelduck and a mixed flock of 300 Wigeon/Teal.
Combined reports from the Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth area involved single Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egrets, 20+ Snipe, 400+ Lapwing, 15 Dunlin, 90 Curlew, 7 Tufted Duck, a Shoveler, 6 Gadwall and a Merlin.
Lapwing, Pilning Wetland 20.12.14
Reports from Aust Warth involved 7 Jack Snipe, a Snipe, 2 Ravens and plenty of Skylarks and Reed Buntings. Combined reports from the New Passage/Northwick Warth area involved a Bar-tailed Godwit, 119 Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, 2 Snipe, a Water Rail, 7 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Ravens, 46 Redwing, a Stonechat and 2 Grey Wagtails.
A adult Mediterranean Gull and 70 Common Gulls were reported at New Passage. Just 16 Turnstones and 55 Dunlin were reported at Severn Beach. A Little Egret was seen at Aust Warth.
A female Merlin, 42 Shelduck, the usual Wigeon and Teal flocks, 90 Oystercatchers, 250 Lapwing, 110 Curlew, 8 Turnstones and 60+ Pied Wagtails were seen from New Passage.
An adult Mediterranean Gull, 32 Dunlin, 50 Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 30 Curlew, 34 Lapwing, 200 Wigeon, 150 Teal, 38 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler were reported off New Passage and a male Bearded Tit was found on the Pilning Wetland at Northwick Warth this morning. A Stonechat remained on Aust Warth.
Much of the same today in the Northwick Warth area with 32 Shelduck, 10 Gadwall, 2 Water Rails, 260 Lapwing, 35 Curlew, a Stonechat and a Water Pipit being reported. Reports from Severn Beach involved 60 Redshank and 2 Stonechats near the shore, 6 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck and a Little Grebe at the Orchard Pools and a male Blackcap in a garden. Another Stonechat was seen at Aust Warth.
A brief visit to the Pilning Wetland produced 23 Snipe, 200 Lapwing and 9 Gadwall.
The usual 30+ Canada Geese, 35 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 9 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, Water Rail, 12 Snipe 350 Lapwing, 100 Curlew and a Merlin were reported from Northwick Warth. Just 15 Ringed Plover, 50 Dunlin and a Rock Pipit were seen at Severn Beach. Three Stonechats were reported at Chittening Warth.
At least 32 Canada Geese, 31 Shelduck, 8 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 200 Wigeon/Teal, 2 Water Rails, a Little Egret, 100+ Oystercatchers, 9 Snipe, 100+ Curlew, 23 Turnstones, single Water Pipit, Rock Pipit, Stonechat and Coal Tit were reported in the New Passage/Northwick Warth area. Reports from Severn Beach involved a Red Kite (Western Distribution Park), 140 Turnstones, 30 Dunlin, 2 Ravens, a Peregrine and a male Blackcap.
Just 2 Pintail, 80 Dunlin/Ringed Plover and 4 Turnstones were reported from Severn Beach. The Water Pipit and Stonechat were reported again at Northwick Warth. A male Blackcap was in a Severn Beach Garden.
The Water Pipit remained near the 1st sentry box on Northwick Warth where other sightings included 32 Canada Geese, 24 Shelduck, 250 Wigeon/Teal, 23 Oystercatchers, 70 Dunlin, 26 Curlew, 38 Redshank and a Stonechat. Sixteen Ringed Plover and 95 Dunlin were seen at Severn Beach and another Stonechat was at Aust Warth.
Wigeon, New Passage 10.12.14 © Mark Coller
A Water Pipit, 15 Black-tailed Godwits, a Water Rail and 2 Gadwall were reported from Northwick Warth.
No reports were received today.
Just 57 Canada Geese, 16 Shelduck, 9 Tufted Duck, 350 Wigeon, 100 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, a Water Rail, a Little Egret, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Snipe, 350 Dunlin, 170 Lapwing and a Stonechat were reported from the Northwick Warth area.
Black-tailed Godwits, New Passage 7.12.14
A frosty dawn followed by a sunny day. Another good selection were seen from New Passage this morning including 2 Little Egrets, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, a Knot, 150 Dunlin, 150 Lapwing, 90 Redshank, 120 Oystercatchers, 10 Shelduck, 5 Tufted Duck, 12 Shoveler, 400 Wigeon/Teal, a Little Grebe, a Kingfisher and a Stonechat. Another 2 Stonechats were seen at Aust Warth where a flyover Woodcock was reported at dusk.
A good number of birds were seen from New Passage including 120 Black-tailed Godwits, 260 Lapwing, 167 Oystercatchers, 400 Dunlin, 90 Redshank, a Knot, a Little Egret, 9 Shoveler, 400 Wigeon, 140 Teal, 51 Canada Geese and a Raven. Two Water Pipits were seen at Aust Warth.
No reports were received today.
A Merlin, a Peregrine, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, 80 Lapwing, 60 Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, 2 Water Rails, a Little Grebe, 13 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck and a Chiffchaff were reported from the New Passage/Northwick Warth area. Another Little Egret, a Snipe and 2 Stonechats were seen at Aust Warth.
Four Golden Plover, 220 Lapwing, 25 Redshank, 7 Gadwall and a Water Rail were reported from Northwick Warth. A late afternoon high tide visit to the Severn Beach shore produced at least 140 Dunlin, 14 Ringed Plover, 16 Shelduck and 16 Linnets.
Two dark-bellied Brent Geese, single Merlin, Water Rail, Little Grebe, Little Egret and Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaffs and 80 Redwing were reported in the Northwick Warth area. Two Stonechats were seen at Aust Warth.