June is usually one of the quietest months on Severnside with a total of only 158 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), Spoonbill (2017), Rose-coloured Starling (2012), Red Kite (2006, 2010, 2013), Franklin’s Gull (1988) and Alpine Swift (1999).
A sunny and hot end to the month. An Avocet, 26 Redshank, 7 Little Ringed Plover (3 juveniles), 22 Lapwing, single Dunlin and Common Sandpiper, 240 Black-headed Gulls were seen in the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area this morning.
Avocet and Redshank, Pilning Wetland 30.6.18
A hot morning visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland produced 8 Little Ringed Plover (3 juveniles), 12 Lapwing, 11 Curlew, 26 Redshank, a Dunlin, 100+ Black-headed Gulls (2 juveniles), a Canada Goose, 5 Teal, a brood of 8 Gadwall ducklings and 2 Ravens.
Another hot day. At least 215 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 18 Curlew, 35 Lapwing, 5 Redshank, 62 Shelduck and a drake Teal were reported from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland. A short distance distraction today involved a Pied Crow present for a third day in Clevedon. Other Pied Crows or the same individual has been reported from other coastal locations in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Norfolk this month.
Pied Crow, Clevedon, North Somerset 28.6.18
Another 30°C day. An early morning visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland produced 2 Little Ringed Plover, 23 Lapwing, 35 Redshank, 20+ Curlew, 40+ Black-headed Gulls, 5 Teal, 2 Grey Heron and a Kestrel. Another 23 Black-Headed Gulls were seen at Severn Beach.
The heatwave continued with temperatures nudging 30°C. Nine Lapwing, a Snipe and a brood of 7 Gadwall ducklings were reported from Pilning Wetland.
Yet another hot and sunny day. A Red Kite drifted low and slowly North East over Beach Road in Severn Beach (at 10.10) and the early evening tide produced a moulting adult Curlew Sandpiper, 17 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, 45 Curlew, 7 Black-headed Gulls and a hunting Hobby. Three Shelduck broods totalling 28 ducklings (17,8 & 3), 5 Dunlin, 3 Curlew and 50+ Black-headed Gulls were seen from New Passage.
The hot, sunny dry spell continued. The brood of 17 Shelduck ducklings, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 Curlew, 35 Redshank, 75+ Black-headed Gulls and a Little Egret were reported from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area.
At least 100 Shelduck and a Dunlin were reported at Northwick Warth and the afternoon high tide at Severn Beach produced another 26 Shelduck, 9 Curlew, 3 Black-headed Gulls and a Little Egret.
Another warm and sunny day. The brood of 17 Shelduck ducklings remained off New Passage and nearby 45 Black-headed Gulls (one juvenile), 13 Redshank, 5 Lapwing and 3 Ravens were seen on Pilning Wetland.
A mid summers day that actually was the sunniest day of the year so far. A Black-headed Gull and a brood of 8 Shelduck ducklings were seen at Severn Beach.
An overcast and breezy day. An afternoon visit to Northwick Warth produced 7 Curlew, 35 Oystercatchers, 14 Shelduck and the brood of 17 ducklings. Nearby, single unseasonal Common Tern and Knot, 10 Redshank, 8 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 5+ Little Ringed Plover, a Ringed Plover, 55 Black-headed Gulls and 3 Ravens were seen on Pilning Wetland.
Common Tern, Pilning Wetland 20.6.18
Knot, Pilning Wetland 20.6.18
The family of 17 Shelduck ducklings remained at New Passage and 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 6 Lapwing , 4 Redshank and 30+ Black-headed Gulls were seen on Pilning Wetland this morning.
Another windy day. Single Storm Petrel, Black-headed Gull and Peregrine were seen at Severn Beach this morning.
A breezy day with drizzle produced a flock of at least 80 Manx Shearwaters at Severn Beach this morning plus 2 Black-headed Gulls.
The only report was of a Curlew at Severn Beach
A morning visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning wetland produced the brood of 17 Shelduck ducklings, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Lapwing and 5 Ravens.
A windy day due to Storm Hector. A morning sea watch at Severn Beach produced a Storm Petrel (at 07.45) heading out of the Burger Bar bay, at least 150 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Gannets together (4 adults), single Great Skua (at 10.00), Fulmar, 2nd summer Yellow-legged Gull and 1st summer Mediterranean Gull, 2 adult Kittiwakes, 3 Black-headed Gulls and 3 Curlew.
Gannet, Severn Beach 14.6.18
Manx Shearwaters, Severn Beach 14.6.18
A visit to New Passage/Pilning Wetland produced a Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, 2 Dunlin, a Curlew, 7+ Lapwing, 35+ Oystercatchers, 3 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Teal, the 7 Gadwall ducklings, 40+ Shelduck plus the brood of well grown 17 ducklings and a Kestrel.
No reports were received today.
Two Little Ringed Plover, 8+ Lapwing and the Gadwall brood remained intact on the Pilning Wetland.
Another hot and sunny day. Two Little Ringed Plover, 8+ Lapwing, the brood of 7 Gadwall ducklings, 4 Teal and 5 Ravens were seen on Pilning Wetland.
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included 50+ Shelduck plus the brood of 17 ducklings, the first Gadwall brood of the year (7 ducklings), 4 Teal, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 9 Black-headed Gulls and a Little Egret. Another 2 Little Egrets flew North over Severn Beach village and a Peregrine was seen from the shore.
Another quiet day with just one Little Ringed Plover, 8 Lapwing, 4 Teal (3 drakes), 3 Ravens and a Black-headed Gull of note were seen on Pilning Wetland. Another Red Kite was seen drifting across the Severn from Aust Cliff towards Chepstow at 3.30 pm.
A Little Ringed Plover, at least 6 Lapwing, 2 drake Teal and 3 Ravens were seen on Pilning Wetland.
Lapwing, Pilning Wetland 7.6.18
A hot and sunny day with a North East breeze. A Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Lapwing, 40+ Oystercatchers, 3 Curlew and 6 Black-headed Gulls were seen in the Northwick Warth area this morning and 2 Red Kites were seen drifting North over the coast road behind Northwick Warth early afternoon.
Sightings from Pilning Wetland included 20 Canada Geese, a Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 7 Lapwing and 3 Black-headed Gulls.
A morning visit to the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area produced 19 Canada Geese, 60+ Shelduck, 8 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 13 Black-headed Gulls and a Kestrel.
The warm settled weather continued. Reports from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland included 2 Grey Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwing, a Little Egret and a Black-headed Gull. The Severn Beach high tide produced 30 Dunlin and 15 Ringed Plover.
A hot and sunny day. A morning high tide visit to Severn Beach produced 2 Sanderling, a Ringed Plover and 2 Black-headed Gulls. Another 3 Ringed Plover, 16 Dunlin and 4 Lapwing were seen on Pilning Wetland late morning.
Sanderling, Severn Beach 2.6.18
A dry day with a South West breeze. A morning visit to Northwick Warth produced 18 Ringed Plover, 15 Dunlin, 45+ Oystercatchers, 4 Lapwing, single Grey Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank and Curlew, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 49 Shelduck plus 17 ducklings and a Kestrel. The first June record of Woodlark was found on Severn Beach this evening where other sightings included 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Oystercatchers and 2 Gadwall.