SEVERNSIDE BIRDS























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June is usually one of the quietest months on Severnside with a total of only 156 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 Great White Egret (2015), Rose-coloured Starling (2012), Red Kite (2006, 2010, 2013), Franklin’s Gull (1988) and Alpine Swift (1999).



June 2016



30th June
Another breezy day with rain showers. Sightings from Pilning Wetland included 9 Little Ringed Plover (4 juveniles & 5 adults), single Snipe, Green Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Redshank, 7 Lapwing, 2 Little Egrets, 4 Grey Heron, 8 adult Little Grebes plus 3 juveniles, 2 Tufted Duck broods(4 & 5), 2 Mute Swans with 5 cygnets a Sand Martin. A Whimbrel was reported again from New Passage.

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                                                                                          Snipe, Pilning Wetland 30.6.16  

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                                                                                        Snipe, Pilning Wetland 30.6.16  

29th June
A windy day. An impressive minimum of 14 Little Ringed Plover (5 juveniles & 9 adults), a single Redshank, Curlew and Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Oystercatchers, 16 Lapwing, 2 Little Egrets, 13 Gadwall, 6 Teal and 110 Black-headed Gulls were seen on Pilning Wetland. A Whimbrel was seen on Northwick Warth. Another 10 Curlew and 15 Black-headed Gulls were seen at Severn Beach.

28th June
At least 8 Little Ringed Plover (3 juveniles & 5 adults), a Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Redshank, 6 Lapwing, 2 Little Egrets, 50+ Black-headed Gulls, 6 Teal, 5 adult Tufted Duck plus 9 ducklings and a Sand Martin were seen on Pilning Wetland this morning.

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                                                                   Juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Pilning Wetland 28.6.16  

27th June
At least 4 adult Little Ringed Plovers, a Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Lapwing, 5 Redshank, a Little Egret, 2 Tufted Duck broods and 5 Mute Swan cygnets remained on Pilning Wetland. The first Common Sandpiper of the autumn and 12 Curlew were seen from New Passage.

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                                                         New Passage/Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth, June 2016 © John C Luke

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                                              Looking up river from Severn Beach towards Aust Cliff, June 2016 © John C Luke

26th June
A Green Sandpiper, at least 5 adult Little Ringed Plover, 10 Redshank, 12 Lapwing, a Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Egrets and 8 adult Gadwall were seen on Pilning Wetland.

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                                                                              Green Sandpiper, Pilning Wetland 26.6.16  

25th June
Sightings from Pilning Wetland included 3 Little Ringed Plover, a Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Lapwing, 6 Redshank, 2 Dunlin, a Little Egret, 50+ Black-headed Gulls. 2 Tufted Duck broods (4&5), the first Gadwall brood for this site (4 ducklings), 2 Teal, a Pochard and a Sand Martin. At least 19 Curlew and 14 Oystercatchers were roosting on Northwick Warth.

24th June
A Green Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 15 Lapwing, 5 Redshank, 4 Curlew, 2 Little Egrets, a Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck plus 4 ducklings, 2 Teal, 40+ Black-headed Gulls and 4 Sand Martins were seen at Pilning Wetland this morning.

23rd June
There was an influx of waders onto Pilning Wetland this morning including 6 adult Little Ringed Plovers, 20 Lapwing, 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Redshank and a Curlew. Other sightings included 4+ Little Egrets, 3 Grey Herons, 13 Little Grebes (9 adults), a Pochard, 4 adult Tufted Duck (plus 4 ducklings), 4 adult Mute Swans and 5 cygnets, Mallard and Coot broods everywhere, a male Kestrel and at least 40+ Black-headed Gulls. Two Cetti’s Warblers and at least one Water Rail were reported at the Orchard Pools in Severn Beach.

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                                                                                      Pochard, Pilning Wetland 23.6.16  

22nd June
An adult Little Ringed Plover, a Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 2 Little Egrets, 50 Black-headed Gulls, 6 Little Grebes, the shrinking Tufted Duck brood (now just 4 ducklings), 5 Gadwall and an unusual June Pochard were seen on Pilning Wetland.

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                                                                                  Tufted Ducks, Pilning Wetland 22.6.16  

21st June
Much of the same today on Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth with an adult Little Ringed Plover, single Lapwing and Little Egret, 2 Little Grebes, 3 Tufted Duck, 50 Shelduck, 35 Oystercatchers and 40+ Black-headed Gulls. Another 2 Little Egrets, 51 Shelduck, 5 Curlew, 9 Black-headed Gulls and a Raven were reported at Aust Warth. Three Cetti’s Warblers were reported at the Orchard Pools in Severn Beach and another remained near the railway station.

20th June
Single Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Little Egret, 4 Lapwing, 4 Oystercatchers, 5 Little Grebes, 15 Gadwall, 2 Mute Swans plus 5 cygnets and 40 Black-headed Gulls were seen on Pilning Wetland.

19th June
The first Tufted Duck brood of the year (9 ducklings), 3 Little Egrets, a Little Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing and a Grass Snake were seen at Pilning Wetland this morning.

18th June
Combined reports from the Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth area involved 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 4 Curlew, 3 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Little Grebes, 11 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 63 Shelduck (including 14 ducklings), 25+ Black-headed Gulls, single Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.

17th June
Reports from Pilning Wetland included 35 Black-headed Gulls (one juvenile), 2 Little Egrets, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Lapwing, 10 Teal, 18 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck and a Hobby.

16th June
The first Green Sandpiper of the “autumn”, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 6 Lapwing, a Little Egret, 5 Grey Herons, 40 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Tufted Duck, 16 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebes and a hunting Hobby were seen at the Pilning Wetland this morning. A Cetti’s Warbler was still singing near Severn Beach railway platform.

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                                                                                    Green Sandpiper, Pilning Wetland 16.6.16  

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                                                                             Black-tailed Godwit, Pilning Wetland 16.6.16  

15th June
Reports from Pilning Wetland included 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 juvenile Lapwing, a Redshank, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons (one was seen to catch and swallow a live Mallard duckling!), 60+ Black-headed Gulls, 3 Shoveler, 9 Teal, 9+ Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 9 Little Grebes (6 adults & 3 juv.) and a Hobby. The Cetti’s Warbler was still present at Severn Beach.

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                                                                             Black-tailed Godwits, Pilning Wetland 15.6.16  

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                                                                                        Lapwing, Pilning Wetland 15.6.16  

14th June
Another breezy day. A brief morning visit to Pilning Wetland produced 3 adult Little Ringed Plovers, single Black-tailed Godwit and Dunlin, 9 Lapwing, 7 Teal, 18 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 adult Great Black-backed Gulls and 50 Black-headed Gulls.

13th June
A breezy day. Sightings from Pilning Wetland involved 3 Mediterranean Gulls (a 2nd summer & 2 first summer), 65+ Black-headed Gulls, 3 Little Egrets, 5 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, single Black-tailed Godwit and Little Ringed Plover, 5 adult Little Grebes plus 3 juveniles, 4 adult Mute Swans plus 5 cygnets, a Canada Goose, 6 Teal and 5 Tufted Duck. A flock of 20 Oystercatchers and 4 Curlew were seen on Northwick Warth. Another 13 Oystercatchers were seen at Severn Beach and the singing Cetti’s Warbler was still present near the railway station and another Cetti’s Warbler and a Water Rail were reported at the Orchard Pools.

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                                                                         1st summer Mediterranean Gull, Pilning Wetland 13.6.16  

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                                                                     1st summer Mediterranean Gull, Pilning Wetland 13.6.16  

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                                                                     1st summer Mediterranean Gulls, Pilning Wetland 13.6.16  

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                                                                          2nd summer Mediterranean Gull, Pilning Wetland 13.6.16  

12th June
A sunny and breezy day produced 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Oystercatchers, single Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew and Redshank, 2 Little Egrets, 4 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall and 4+ Little Grebes on Pilning Wetland.

11th June
An Egyptian Goose was seen at 06.30 on Pilning Wetland before it flew East. Other sightings from here and Northwick Warth included 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 4 Curlew, 2 Little Egrets, 4+ Little Grebes, 4 Tufted Duck, 9 Gadwall, a Mediterranean Gull, 70+ Black-headed Gulls, a Hobby and a Cuckoo. The Cetti’s Warbler was still present at Severn Beach.

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                                                                       Egyptian Goose, Pilning Wetland 11.6.16  

10th June
Sightings from Pilning Wetland involved 4 Lapwing, a Little Egret, 7 Teal, 15 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 45 Black-headed Gulls and 2 Little Grebes. At least 7 Curlew, 20 Oystercatchers, 3 Grey Herons and a fresh brood of 8 Shelduck ducklings were seen on Northwick Warth. A Cetti’s Warbler remained vocal at Severn Beach and 2 Peregrines were reported at Sea Bank Power station, Chittening Warth.

9th June
Combined reports from Pilning Wetland included single Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing and Dunlin, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebes, 3 Cormorants, 18 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 60 Black-headed Gulls, the Nordic Jackdaw and a Kestrel. Another male Kestrel was seen at Aust warth. A Cetti’s Warbler continued it’s stay near Severn Beach railway platform.

8th June
A Little Egret, 6 Tufted Duck, 7 Teal, 8 Gadwall and at least 75 Black-headed Gulls were seen on Pilning Wetland. At least 80 Mallard were roosting at New Passage in addition to the family groups on the wetland. A Cetti’s Warbler continued to sing all day near Severn Beach railway platform.

7th June
An adult Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 4 Curlew, 30 Oystercatchers, 3 Little Grebes, 3 Grey Herons, 5 Teal, 15+ Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 40+ Black-headed Gulls, 3 juvenile Grey Wagtails, single Raven and Siskin were seen in the Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth area. The Cetti’s Warbler remained at Severn Beach. A Painted Lady and several Bee Orchids were found at New Passage.

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                                                            Little Ringed Plover, Pilning Wetland 7.6.16     

6th June
Two Little Egrets, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 14 Canada Geese, 2 Teal, 25+ Gadwall, 2 Little Grebes, 45+ Black-headed Gulls remained on Pilning Wetland. The singing Cetti’s Warbler was still in Severn Beach.

5th June
A warm (24°C ) and sunny day. An adult Little Ringed Plover, a pair of Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Little Egrets, a pair of Shoveler, 7 Teal, 31 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Little Grebes and 40+ Black-headed Gulls were reported from the Pilning Wetland. The singing Cetti’s Warbler was still in scrub by Severn Beach railway platform. A Short-eared Owl was reported at Aust Warth.

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                                                                                Short-eared Owl, Aust Warth 5.6.16 © Vic Savery

4th June
Another quiet day with just a Little Egret, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, a Lapwing, 40+ Black-headed Gulls and 28 Gadwall reported from Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth.

3rd June
A warm and sunny day. Just 3 Little Egrets, 26 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Canada Geese, 4 Little Grebes and 40 Black-headed Gulls were reported on Pilning Wetland. Nearby 3 Curlew, 2 flyover Siskins and 45 Shelduck were seen from New Passage. The Cetti’s Warbler was still present at Severn Beach.

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                                                                 Little Egret, Pilning Wetland 3.6.16     

2nd June
Another day with a cool North East breeze. Sightings from Pilning Wetland included 2 Little Egrets, 2 Redshank, 2 Grey Herons, 4 Little Grebes, 27 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, a drake Teal, 4 Canada Geese, 12 Mute Swans (6 cygnets), 40+ Black-headed Gulls, 50+ feeding Swifts and 2 Siskins. The singing Cetti’s Warbler was still near the railway platform at Severn Beach.

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                                                                     white collared Nordic Jackdaw, Pilning Wetland 1.6.16            

1st June
A cool day with a gusty North wind. Sightings from Pilning Wetland included 2 Little Egrets, 2 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 4 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 25+ Gadwall, 12 Mute Swans (including 6 Cygnets), 4 Little Grebes, 30 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Stock Doves and a “Nordic” type Jackdaw with 20+ other Jackdaws. A visit to New Passage on the afternoon high tide produced 3 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover and 50+ Shelduck.
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