SEVERNSIDE BIRDS























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June is usually one of the quietest months on Severnside with a total of only 153 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 2015




30th June
A hot day with temperatures reaching 30°C. The only reports from Northwick Warth involved a Redshank, a Curlew, 3 Grey Herons, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebes, the 7 duckling Shelduck brood, 35 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Stock Doves, a Raven and a juvenile Sedge Warbler. Another 30 Black-headed Gulls were seen at Severn Beach.

29th June
Combined reports from New Passage/Pilning Wetland involved a Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 11 Curlew, a Little Egret, 30+ Shelduck with 7 ducklings, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebes, 46 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Great Black-backed Gulls, 2 Ravens, 2 Stock Doves, single adult Hobby, juvenile Coal Tit, Siskin, Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Sand Martin.

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                                                                                       juvenile Swallow, New Passage 29.6.15

28th June
The only reports were of 3 Tufted Duck, 40 Black-headed Gulls and 50 Swifts from the Pilning Wetland area.

27th June
A warm and sunny day. A Little Egret, 2 Tufted Duck, 7 Redshank, 25 Curlew, 7 Lapwing and 35 Black-headed Gulls were seen on the Pilning Wetland and a Kingfisher was seen at New Passage.

26th June
Combined reports from New Passage/Pilning Wetland included the first Common Sandpiper of the autumn, 7 Lapwing, 5 Curlew, a Little Egret, 30 Black-headed Gulls including the first juvenile of the year, 3 Tufted Duck, 30+ Shelduck, a Little Grebe, 4 Ravens, a Sand Martin and a Kingfisher. A Crossbill was heard and seen heading North over Severn Beach and just 8 Oystercatchers were seen on the high tide here.

25th June
A juvenile Redstart was seen in the Glen at New Passage early morning. Reports from Northwick Warth involved 3 Tufted Duck, 30 Shelduck plus 7 ducklings, a Canada Goose, 10 Black-headed Gulls, single Lapwing, Curlew and Peregrine.

24th June
A fine sunny day with a few returning migrants. Sightings from the Northwick Warth area included a Little Egret, 4 Curlew, 2 Redshank, a juvenile Lapwing, 30 Shelduck, 3 Tufted Duck, a Canada Goose, 4 adult Little Grebes, 17 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Ravens, 4 juvenile and one adult Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sand Martins and the first June record of Whinchat. A Whimbrel and a Curlew were reported at Aust Warth.

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                                                                                             Whinchat, Pilning Wetland 24.6.15

23rd June
A record count of 8 adult Mediterranean Gulls were seen flying down river from New Passage early evening. Reports earlier in the day at Northwick Warth included a Little Egret, 4 Curlews, a drake Tufted Duck, a Canada Goose, a brood of 7 Shelduck ducklings, 2 Little Grebes, 9 Black-headed Gulls and a Raven. Another 7 Canada Geese were seen at Severn Beach and a Cetti’s Warbler remained at the Orchard Pools.

22nd June
Another quiet day with just 11 Oystercatchers, 9 Black-headed Gulls and a Curlew reported from Northwick Warth.

21st June
Just 20 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Herons and a Little Grebe were reported from Northwick Warth.

20th June
Reports from New Passage included 2 Little Egrets and 7 Black-headed Gulls. Another 4 Black-headed Gulls were seen at Severn Beach.

19th June
A Little Egret, 5 Curlew, 19 Oystercatchers, a Little Grebe, 3 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck and 9 Black-headed Gulls were reported from Northwick Warth.

18th June
Sightings from Northwick Warth included a Little Egret, 3 Redshank, 2 Curlew, 14 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Tufted Duck, a new Shelduck brood of 7 ducklings, a Little Grebe, a Raven and a flyover Siskin.

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                                                                                                 Pilning Wetland 18.6.15
                                                the wader scrape has been flooded ready for the autumn passage

17th June
Some new birds today with a 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull, a moulting adult Sandwich Tern, 21 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Curlew, 11 Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, 43 Shelduck, a pair of Tufted Duck, a Little Grebe, a Peregrine and a Lesser Whitethroat were present at Northwick Warth. Pumping of fresh water onto the Pilning Wetland wader scrape started this afternoon and should be pulling birds in by tomorrow.

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                                                                              Sandwich Tern, Northwick Warth 17.6.15

16th June
Five Black-headed Gulls, 2 Curlew, single Little Egret, Tufted Duck and Little Grebe were seen from Northwick Warth and another 9 Black-headed Gulls were seen at Severn Beach.

15th June
A morning visit to Northwick Warth produced 5 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Curlew, 7 Oystercatchers, 4 Ravens, single Little Egret, Little Grebe and Tufted Duck. Another Black-headed Gull was seen at Severn Beach and a Cetti’s Warbler remained at the Orchard Pools. A Hobby was reported at Aust Warth.

14th June
The only report was received was of a live Swordfish found stranded on the shore at Severn Beach.

13th June
A Great White Egret was reported flying south past Stup Pill at Chittening Warth mid afternoon (only the 3rd Severnside record). A drake Tufted Duck, a Little Grebe and 4 Black-headed Gulls were seen at Northwick Warth and 7 Canada Geese and 31 Oystercatchers were seen from Severn Beach.

12th June
A single Little Egret, 6 Oystercatchers, 27 Shelduck with several broods were seen from New Passage.

11th June
A brief morning visit to Northwick Warth produced 2 Little Egrets, 4 Ravens and a drake Tufted Duck. Just 5 Ringed Plover and 2 Black-headed Gulls were seen from Severn Beach.

10th June
Another quiet day with with just a Little Egret, 32 Shelduck and 3 Ravens being seen on Northwick Warth and brood of 2 Shelduck ducklings at Aust Warth. A Cetti’s Warbler remained at the Orchard Pools at Severn Beach.

9th June
Just 30 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Ducks and a Little Grebe were reported from Northwick Warth.

8th June
A sunny day with a cool north east breeze. A Curlew and 2 Ringed Plover were seen at Severn Beach shore and nearby a Cetti’s Warbler remained at the Orchard Pools. Single Little Egret and Curlew, 3 Tufted Duck, 27 Shelduck and a Little Grebe were seen at Northwick Warth.

7th June
The only reports were of a Curlew and 3 Black-headed Gulls at Northwick Warth and a Little Egret at Chittening Warth.

6th June
A breezy day. Sightings from the shore at Severn Beach involved 9 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Sanderling, 13 Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlin. A brief visit to New Passage produced a Curlew, 26 Oystercatchers and 30 Shelduck.

5th June
Reports from the Severn Beach shore involved 6 Sanderling, 11 Ringed Plover and 4 Dunlin and nearby a Cetti’s Warbler remained at the Orchard Pools. A Little Ringed Plover, a Ringed Plover, 2 Little Grebes, a Little Egret and a Tufted Duck were seen in the Northwick Warth area.

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                                                                                                 Bee Orchid, 5.6.15 © Vic Savery

4th June
Four Sanderling, 30 Ringed Plovers and 11 Dunlin remained at Severn Beach this morning and 3 Ringed Plover, a Dunlin and 12 Black-headed Gulls were seen at New Passage.

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                                                                                               Sanderling, Severn Beach 4.6.15

3rd June
A fine and sunny day. Sightings from Severn Beach involved 20 Sanderling, 32 Ringed Plover, 13 Oystercatchers and 14 Dunlin. A Little Egret, 3 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Gadwall and 2 Tufted Duck were seen in the Northwick Warth/New Passage area.

2nd June
A wet and windy day at Severn Beach produced at least 2 Storm Petrels (late afternoon/evening), a pale morph Pomarine Skua (08.18), 2 Arctic Skuas (pale morph went up river 08.40, another at 16.45), 4 Great Skuas, 7+ Gannets, a Manx Shearwater, 4 Fulmar, a Sandwich Tern, 5 Kittiwakes, a dark-bellied Brent Goose, a Little Egret, a Grey Plover, an impressive 48 Sanderling, 35 Ringed Plover, 24 Dunlin and 4 Turnstones. A Little Egret and 61 Oystercatchers were Seen from New Passage.

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                                                                                   Storm Petrel, Severn Beach 2.6.15 © Matt Scott

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                                                                               Storm Petrel, Severn Beach 2.6.15 © Vic Savery

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                                                                                        Gannet, Severn Beach 2.6.15

1st June
Combined reports from the Severn Beach shore included a Grey Plover, 8 Sanderling, 25 Dunlin and 34 Ringed Plover and nearby a Cetti’s Warbler was heard again at the Orchard Pools. Another 8 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 2 Tufted Duck and 2 Canada Geese were seen in the New Passage area.





              
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