April is the second most productive month of the year in the number of species seen.
At least one individual of 201 species have been recorded in April. A month when
the last of the “winter” birds depart and most “summer” birds arrive. Birds to expect
are at least three Tern species, Skuas, “ sylvia” Warblers, Common Redstarts, Whinchats,
Yellow Wagtails with the chance of Pied Flycatcher, Grasshopper Warbler, Wood Warbler
and Hobby. Rarer sightings include; Stone Curlew (2006), Slavonian Grebe (1989, 2000),
Ring-necked Duck (1988), Sabine’s Gull (1990, 1992), Red-rumped Swallow (1988), Red-throated
Pipit (2012), Willow Tit (1988), Mealy Redpoll (2004), Osprey and Long-eared Owl
A morning visit to Northwick Warth produced 20 Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 3 Tufted
Duck, 2 Little Grebes, a Little Egret, 3 Whinchat, 2 Wheatears, single Grasshopper
Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail. A Garden Warbler was
singing in a hedge near Severn Beach railway platform.
A breezy day with early morning rain. Sightings from the New Passage/Pilning Wetland/Northwick
Warth area involved 4 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 2+ Snipe,
48 Oystercatchers, single Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper and Little
Egret, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebes, 2 Whinchats, single Merlin, Peregrine, Yellow
Wagtail and Wheatear. Three Whimbrel, 70 Dunlin and 20 Ringed Plover were seen on
the afternoon high tide at Severn Beach.
A quiet day with just 2 Little Egrets, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 9 Whimbrel, 29 Dunlin,
a Whinchat and 2 Wheatears reported from the Northwick Warth area. Another 25 Dunlin,
10 Ringed Plover, 30 Shelduck and 7 Common Gulls were seen at Severn Beach.
Combined reports from Northwick Warth involved the male Ring Ouzel in it’s usual
field, 5 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin, 15 Whimbrel, single Common
Sandpiper and Snipe, a Little Egret, 4 Tufted Duck, 8 Teal, 2 Lesser Whitethroats,
3 Whinchats, 2 Wheatears, several Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers. Just 32 Dunlin,
13 Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, 2 Gadwall and 12 Black-headed Gulls were seen from
the Severn Beach shore and 2 singing Lesser Whitethroats were heard and a Grasshopper
Warbler was seen in the scrub. A Cetti’s Warbler was reported at Chittening Warth.
The first Cuckoo, Swift and 2 Sanderling of the year were seen at New Passage where
121 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and a Bar-tailed Godwit were also present. Nearby the
male Ring Ouzel, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Ringed Plover, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 16
Whimbrel, 7 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, single Whinchat,
Garden Warbler and Reed Warbler were reported on Northwick Warth. At least 250 Dunlin,
3 Sanderling, 19 Ringed Plover, 9 Turnstones, 5 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 23 Shelduck,
2 Lesser Whitethroats, single Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail were present at Severn
Beach. Another 15 Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper and Yellow Wagtail were seen at Aust
The 3rd ever British record of Hudsonian Godwit was a major
attraction today just 35 miles south of Severnside.
Click on the image for a
short video on Youtube.
A cooler day with a southerly breeze. The male Ring Ouzel remained at Northwick Warth
most of the day where other reports included the first Garden Warbler of the year,
2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2+ Reed Warblers, 4 Wheatears, 40+ Sand Martins, 2 Jays, single
Whinchat, Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail and White Wagtail, 2 Greylag Geese, 8 Canada
Geese, 4 Teal, 3 Gadwall. 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebes, 2 Little Egrets, 4 Little
Ringed Plover, 9 Ringed Plover, 30+ Dunlin, single Snipe, Bar-tailed Godwit and Common
Sandpiper. The female Eider from yesterday remained off Severn Beach where other
sightings involved 20 Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 37 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover and
Another sunny day with a north east breeze. Morning sightings from Severn Beach involved
a female Eider, 9 Shoveler, a Greenshank, 16 Bar-tailed Godwits, 9 Whimbrel, 2 Grey
Plover, 3 Common Sandpipers, 9 Turnstones, 4 Dunlin, 20 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Wheatears,
a Sedge Warbler and 2 Lesser Whitethroats. A male Ring Ouzel was found on Northwick
Warth this afternoon where other reports involved 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 6 Ringed
Plovers, 18 Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egrets, 30 Black-headed Gulls, 9
Canada Geese, 11 Mute Swans, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 8 Teal, a Raven, 10 Wheatears,
5 Yellow Wagtails, at least 2 Reed Warblers, a Sedge Warbler and2 Lesser Whitethroats.
At least 3 Whinchats, 6 Wheatears, a Reed Warbler and 40 Whimbrel were seen at Aust
Warth. Another 25 Whimbrel were reported at Chittening Warth. Click on the Ring Ouzel
below for a short Youtube video.
Ouzel, Northwick Warth 23.4.15
A warm and sunny day with a moderate strength north east wind. Sightings from Severn
Beach included 8 adult Little Gulls, 98 Bar-tailed Godwits, 18 Grey Plover, 28 Whimbrel,
10 Dunlin, a Little Egret, 13 Black-headed Gulls, 4+ Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail,
2 Wheatears, a Peregrine, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 8 Whitethroats, a Sedge Warbler
and a steady passage of Swallows and Martins. Just 5 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Ringed
Plover, 24 Dunlin, a Little Egret, 10 Tufted Duck, 4 White Wagtails, a Yellow Wagtail
and at least 2 Lesser Whitethroats were reported from the Northwick Warth area. Another
single Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, Cetti’s Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat were
reported at Chittening Warth. ClickHERE for some Youtube video of the Bar-tailed
Whimbrel and Grey Plover, Severn Beach 22.4.15
Godwits, Severn Beach 22.4.15
Godwits, Severn Beach 22.4.15
Plover, Severn Beach 22.4.15
A White Stork flew high south west over New Passage at about 10.20 this morning where
other reports involved 7 Little Ringed Plover, 15 Ringed Plover, 26 Dunlin, 9 Whimbrel,
3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 55 Oystercatchers, single Common Sandpiper and Little Egret,
13 Canada Geese, a Greylag, 4 Tufted Duck, 15 Teal, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 5 YellowWagtails, 9+ White Wagtails, 10+ Wheatears, single Tree Pipit and Reed Warbler, 2
Lesser Whitethroats and a steady stream of Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins.
A male Ring Ouzel was found at New Pill just south of Severn Beach where 2 Lesser
Whitethroats, 5 Whitethroats, 2 Black-headed Gulls and a Peregrine were also present.
The Whinchat remained at Aust Warth.
At least 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 8 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers,
12 White Wagtails and 8 Jays were reported from Northwick Warth. A Short-eared Owl,
a Whinchat and a Little Egret were seen at Aust Warth. At least 22 Whimbrel, 11 Curlew
and 6 Gadwall were seen at Severn Beach. I had an away day on the Isles of Scilly
and managed to see Britain’s second only Great Blue Heron.
Combined reports from Northwick Warth/New Passage included a Short-eared Owl, 6 Little
Ringed Plovers, 11 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 9 Whimbrel, 12 Redshank, 12 Curlew, 76
Oystercatchers, single Bar-tailed Godwit, Little Egret and Common Sandpiper, 9 Canada
Geese, 9 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 32 Shelduck, 6 Cormorants, 9 White Wagtails,
3 Yellow Wagtails, a Wheatear, 33 House Martins, 223+ Goldfinches and 76 Linnets.
Single Whinchat, Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler were reported at Aust Warth. Another
2 Whimbrel, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Whitethroats, a Cetti’s Warbler and a Wheatear
were reported from Severn Beach. Another 2 Lesser Whitethroats and a Cetti’s Warbler
were heard at Chittening Warth.
Another sunny day with a north east wind. Few reports were received but they did
involve the first Marsh Harrier of the year seen flying north east over the South
Glos section of Chittening Warth, the first Whinchat of the year in Sheep fields
at Aust Warth where a Whitethroat was also seen. A brief visit to the Flash on Northwick
Warth produced 4 Little RingedPlovers, 11 Ringed Plover and 4 Dunlin. Reports from
Severn Beach included single Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Wheatear,
39 Shelduck from the shore and nearby a Cetti’s Warbler was heard again at the Orchard
Aust Warth Sheep fields 18.4.15
A sunny day with a cold north east breeze. Reports from Northwick Warth/Plining Wetland/New
Passage included 6+ Little Ringed Plover, 6 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpipers,
12 Redshank, 55 Oystercatchers, single Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit and Snipe, 5 Little
Egrets, an Arctic Tern, 8 Black-headed Gulls, 13 Canada Geese, 3 Gadwall, 5 Teal,
53 Shelduck, 4 Little Grebes, a Raven, 18 White Wagtails, a Yellow Wagtail and visible
fly by migrants including a Tree Pipit, 115 Meadow Pipits, 215 Goldfinches, 67 Linnets,
94 Swallows. 3 Sand Martins and 2 House Martins. Another 29 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall,
17 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 4 White Wagtails, 4 Whitethroats and 2 Lesser Whitethroats
were reported from the Severn Beach shore area and nearby a late Jack Snipe, 5 Tufted
Duck and a Cetti’s Warbler were present at the Orchard Pools. Another 3 Cetti’s Warblers
and a Common Sandpiper were reported at Chittening Warth and another 9 Teal, 2 Little
Egrets, 2 Common Sandpipers and 70 fly by Meadow Pipits were seen in the Cake Pill
area at Aust Warth.
Combined reports from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland involved 4 Little Ringed Plovers,
4 Ringed Plover, 5 CommonSandpipers (Chestle Pill), 6 Snipe, 3 Little Egrets, 2
Black-headed Gulls, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 30 Sand Martins, single Sedge Warbler
and Whitethroat, 7 Wheatears, 18 White Wagtails and 6 Yellow Wagtails. Another 6
Gadwall, 23 Oystercatchers, 2 Cetti’s Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers, single Wheatear
and Redpoll, 2 flyover Yellow Wagtails and the first Reed Warbler of the year were
reported at Chittening Warth.
Wagtail, Northwick Warth 16.4.15
Pilning Wetland 16.4.15
A foggy start followed by a warm sunny day and then mist returning mid afternoon.
Combined sightings from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland involved 7 Little Ringed
Plovers, a Whimbrel, 8 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover, 5 Redshank, 28 Oystercatchers, a
Little Egret, 4 Little Grebes, 9 Canada Geese, the Red-breasted Goose, 31 Shelduck,
5 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 2 Jays, a Tree Pipit, a male Yellow Wagtail, 27+
White Wagtails, 2 House Martins, 40+ Sand Martins, 30 Swallows and 3 Willow Warblers.
Another 40 Shelduck, 15 Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Little Egrets, 2 singing
Willow Warblers, single Lesser Whitethroat and Whitethroat were present at Severn
Wagtail, Northwick Warth 15.4.15
The 5 Little Ringed Plovers remained at Northwick Warth where other sightings involved
2 Little Egrets, 5 RingedPlover, a Snipe, 2 Little Grebes, 8 Wheatears, 18 White
Wagtails, 2 Ravens, a Redpoll and the escaped the Red-breasted Goose. Two Whimbrel,
a Common Sandpiper and 18 Curlew were reported from Severn Beach late afternoon.
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/New Passage area involved 5 Little Ringed
Plovers, 21 flyover Whimbrel, 4 Snipe, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Little Grebes, 4 Tufted
Duck, 2 Shoveler, a drake Gadwall. 32 Teal, the Red-breasted Goose, 3 singing Willow
Warblers, 25 White Wagtails, single Redstart, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear and Tree Pipit.
A Grasshopper Warbler was heard early morning at Severn Beach where 5 Ringed Plover,
35 Shelduck and a Raven were also seen. A Little Egret and 3 Cetti’s Warblers were
reported from Chittening Warth and another Cetti’s Warbler was heard at the Orchard
Pools in Severn Beach.
The only reports received on a cool and windy day from Northwick Warth were of 3
Little Ringed Plovers, single CommonSandpiper and Little Egret and 13 White Wagtails.
A fresher day with a cold wind. Reports from the Northwick Warth area involved 5
Little Ringed Plovers, 5 Little Egrets in one flock, 3 Snipe, 33 Redshank, 3 Shoveler,
single Gadwall and Red-breasted Goose, 11 White Wagtails, 2 Wheatears, 5 Sand Martins,
27 Swallows and 5 Blackcaps. Just 4 Black-headed Gulls and a single Ringed Plover
were reported from Severn Beach. The first Sedge Warbler of the year was found at
A warm day with north east veering south east wind. An Osprey was seen high over
Severn Beach at 10.33 this morning being mobbed by large Gulls before it drifted
north east. Other sightings at Severn Beach included single Whimbrel, Bar-tailed
Godwit, Grey Plover and Ringed Plover, 10 Black-headed Gulls, 29 Shelduck, 4 Teal,
2 Canada Geese, a Tree Pipit and a Wheatear. A Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Little Grebes and
3 Tufted Duck were reported at the Orchard Pools. Combined reports from the Northwick
Warth/Pilning Wetland/New Passage area involved an Arctic Tern, 3 LittleRinged Plovers,
6 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, a Snipe, 60 Black-headed Gulls, the Red-breasted Goose,
5 Canada Geese, a drake Wigeon, 35 Teal, 3 Shoveler, single Merlin, Sparrowhawk and
Raven, 2 flyover Yellow Wagtails, a Yellowhammer, 3 Tree Pipits, 6 Willow Warblers,
6+ Blackcaps, a Wheatear, 5 White Wagtails, 4 Stock Doves, 10+ Swallows, single House
Martin and Sand Martin. Two Peregrines were seen at Aust Warth.
Another fine warm day day. Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland
included 9 Little Ringed Plovers (wetland scrape), 5 Snipe, a Black-tailed Godwit,
18 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 40 Redshank, 30 Curlew, 32 Oystercatchers,4 Tufted Duck,2 Shoveler,16 Teal, a drake Wigeon, the Red-breasted Goose, 7 Canada Geese, 2 Little
Grebes, 6 Little Egrets, 18 Black-headed Gulls, 8 Jays (including a group of 6 heading
north east), 9+ Wheatears, 15 Swallows, 3 Sand Martins, 2 House Martins, 2 Green
Woodpeckers, a Willow Warbler and 12+ Chiffchaffs (2 trapped and ringed). Another
10 Wheatears were seen at Aust Warth. A Cetti’s Warbler was heard again at the Orchard
Pools in Severn Beach.
A warm and sunny day. An impressive 11 Little Ringed Plovers were seen on various
wet areas of Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland where other reports involved 3 Snipe,
a Ringed Plover, 30 Redshank, a Little Egret, the Red-breasted Goose, 2 Shoveler,
4 Gadwall, 6 Wheatears, 2 singing Willow Warblers, 12+ Chiffchaffs (3 trapped & ringed),
40+ Swallows, 10 Sand Martins, 2 House Martins and 3 White Wagtails. Sightings from
Severn Beach this morning involved the Red-breasted Goose with 5 Canada Geese, 4
Gadwall and 2 Tufted Duck on the river, 2 Ringed Plover, a summer plumage Dunlin,
30 Shelduck, a Raven and 17 Swallows.
Another misty dawn followed by a warm and sunny afternoon. Sightings from the Pilning
Wetland included 4 Little RingedPlovers, a Green Sandpiper, 9 Snipe, 3 Little Egrets,
10 Tufted Duck, 7 Shoveler, 30 Shelduck, 20 Teal, 7 CanadaGeese, single Red-breasted
Goose and Greylag Goose, 8 Sand Martins and 10 Swallows. Nearby, 30 Redshank, 29
Turnstones and 4 Dunlin were reported from New Passage where the Nightingale was
heard again late morning.
A warm and sunny day following a foggy start produced an influx of migrants. A very
early Nightingale was heard this morning in scrub at the back of the Glen at New
Passage. Other reports from here involved a Greylag Goose, the Red-breasted Goose,
a Little Egret, a Red-legged Partridge, 3 Willow Warblers, a House Martin, 8 Swallows
and 8 Wheatears. Another 10 Wheatears, 2 Swallows, 6 Shoveler and 2 Gadwall were
seen from the shore at Severn Beach and a Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Canada
Geese and a Gadwall were reported nearby at the Orchard Pools. Another 3 Cetti’s
Warblers and 68 Redshank were reported from Chittening Warth and 5 Wheatears and
a Willow Warbler were present at Aust Warth.
A brief search at Severn Beach just after the morning high tide produced a drake
Green-winged Teal, 3 drake Red-breasted Mergansers, 20 Shelduck, 4 Wheatears and
3 Swallows and this evening a Great Crested Grebe and 11 Teal appeared on the high
tide. A summer plumage Water Pipit and a late Jack Snipe were reported at Aust Warth.
Reports from the Northwick Warth area involved a Little Ringed Plover, 11 Ringed
Plover, 4 Little Egrets, 11 Chiffchaffs, 4 Wheatears and a White Wagtail. Another
5 Wheatears, 3 Cetti’s Warblers and a Swallow were reported from the City and County
of Bristol section of Chittening Warth. Click on the Green-winged Teal picture below
for a short Youtube video of this lone duck.
Teal, Severn Beach 5.4.15
Severn Beach 5.4.15
The usual sightings plus a few new migrants today. Sightings from the Northwick Warth/Pilning
Wetland area involved the Red-breasted Goose, 5 Canada Geese, a Greylag Goose, 4
Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, 109 Redshank,
a Lapwing, 320 flyover Meadow Pipits, 2 Swallows, a Sand Martin and a Raven. At least
30 Shelduck were seen at Aust Warth and another 30 Shelduck and 2 Swallows were seen
at Severn Beach.
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth area included 7 Common Scoter, the escaped
Red-breasted Goose, 4 Canada Geese, 6 Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 37 Teal,
52 Shelduck, single Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover and Little Egret, 36 Black-tailed
Godwits, 78 Redshank, 2 Turnstones, 3 Stock Doves, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Swallows, a Sand
Martin and a White Wagtail. Another 8 Ringed Plover, a Dunlin, 4 Canada Geese and
2 Shoveler were seen at Severn Beach.
Pilning Wetland 3.4.15
An early morning visit to Northwick Warth produced 8 Canada Geese, the Red-breasted
Goose, a Greylag Goose (flew off south), 70+ Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck,
3 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 70 Teal, a Little Egret, 68 Redshank, 12 Curlew, 47 Oystercatchers,
single Snipe and Ringed Plover and at least 5 Chiffchaffs. A flock of 120 Turnstones
were seen at Severn Beach.
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth area involved 2 Canada Geese, the Red-breasted
Goose, 2 Shoveler, 47 Teal, 70+ Shelduck, a Dunlin, 51 Redshank, a White Wagtail
and a Swallow. A Kittiwake and 11 Ringed Plover were seen at Severn Beach.