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).
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.
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.
juvenile Swallow, New Passage 29.6.15
The only reports were of 3 Tufted Duck, 40 Black-headed Gulls and 50 Swifts from the Pilning Wetland area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whinchat, Pilning Wetland 24.6.15
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.
Another quiet day with just 11 Oystercatchers, 9 Black-headed Gulls and a Curlew reported from Northwick Warth.
Just 20 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Herons and a Little Grebe were reported from Northwick Warth.
Reports from New Passage included 2 Little Egrets and 7 Black-headed Gulls. Another 4 Black-headed Gulls were seen at Severn Beach.
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.
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.
Pilning Wetland 18.6.15
the wader scrape has been flooded ready for the autumn passage
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.
Sandwich Tern, Northwick Warth 17.6.15
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.
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.
The only report was received was of a live Swordfish found stranded on the shore at Severn Beach.
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.
A single Little Egret, 6 Oystercatchers, 27 Shelduck with several broods were seen from New Passage.
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.
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.
Just 30 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Ducks and a Little Grebe were reported from Northwick Warth.
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.
The only reports were of a Curlew and 3 Black-headed Gulls at Northwick Warth and a Little Egret at Chittening Warth.
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.
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.
Bee Orchid, 5.6.15 © Vic Savery
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.
Sanderling, Severn Beach 4.6.15
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.
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.
Storm Petrel, Severn Beach 2.6.15 © Matt Scott
Storm Petrel, Severn Beach 2.6.15 © Vic Savery
Gannet, Severn Beach 2.6.15
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.