SEVERNSIDE BIRDS

























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December is one of the quietest months with only 164 species recorded during the month. It can be a good month for wildfowl with the chance of Red-breasted Merganser and Goosander if inland waters freeze or some fly by Bewick’s Swans. A good selection of seabirds have occurred in December gales including Black-throated and Great Northern Divers, Leach’s Petrel, Little Auk, Grey Phalarope and Pomarine Skua. Other rarities have included a stunning male Desert Wheatear (2013), Green-winged Teal (2013), Egyptian Goose (2013), Glaucous Gull, Waxwing (2010) and in the winters of 1940 & 1941, Cirl Bunting.  


December 2018


31st December
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included 2 Golden Plover, 500+ Lapwing, 115 Black-tailed Godwits, 50 Redshank, 37 Canada Geese, 32 Shelduck, 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Pintail, 175 Common Gulls, single Little Egret, Sparrowhawk and Water Pipit. Another 13 Shelduck were seen from Severn Beach. A Short-eared Owl and at least 2 Stonechats were seen at Aust Warth this afternoon.

30th December
A 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, 3 Pintail, 7 Tufted Duck, 31 Shoveler, 24 Gadwall, a Little Egret, 30+ Black-tailed Godwits, 450+ Lapwing, a Sparrowhawk and a Water Pipit were reported from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area.

29th December
A male Merlin, 300+ Wigeon, 30 Shelduck, 120+ Canada Geese, 65 Black-tailed Godwits, 90 Curlew, 500+ Lapwing, 60 Dunlin and a Kingfisher were seen in the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area this morning. At least 50 Turnstones were seen at Severn Beach.

28th December
Combined reports from the New Passage/Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included 65 Black-tailed Godwits, 500+ Lapwing, 60 Curlew, 18 Ringed Plover, a Golden Plover, 11 Tufted Duck, 35 Shoveler, 2 drake Pintail, 180 Teal, 35 Coot, single Kingfisher and Raven.

27th December
A pair of Stonechats were seen at Aust Warth.

26th December
The usual Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwits and Teal flocks remained on Pilning Wetland.

25th December
A Raven, 15 Shelduck and 30 Wigeon were seen at Severn Beach.

24th December
The only reports from Severn Beach were of 14 Shelduck and a male Blackcap.

23rd December
Combined reports from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland involved a female Merlin, 51 Black-tailed Godwits, 500+ Lapwing, 300 Dunlin, 30 Redshank, 70 Curlew, 30 Canada Geese, 380 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 8 Tufted Duck, 13 Moorhens, 2 Ravens and a Water Pipit.

22nd December
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included 83 Black-tailed Godwits, 120 Dunlin, 60 Curlew, 595 Lapwing, 2 Pintail, 200+ Teal, 17 Shelduck, 31 Shoveler, 10 Tufted Duck, 30+ Gadwall, 250+ Wigeon, 41 Common Gulls, single Water Pipit and Raven. A Cetti’s Warbler was heard at the Orchard Pools in Severn Beach. A male Yellowhammer was seen at Aust Warth.

21st December
Another windy day. A Sparrowhawk and a Blackcap were seen in Severn Beach.

20th December
A breezy and increasingly wet day. Two Stonechats and a Kestrel were seen at Aust Warth.

19th December
Sightings from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included a female Merlin, 66 Black-tailed Godwits, 350+ Lapwing, 200 Dunlin, a dark-bellied Brent Goose, 42 Shelduck, 56 Shoveler, 280+ Teal, 300+ Wigeon, 2 drake Pintail, 6 Tufted Duck, a Water Pipit and a flyover Siskin. A Firecrest and 3 Woodcock were seen in Severn Beach.

18th December
A day of continuous rain. No reports were received today.

17th December
A morning visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland produced a dark-bellied Brent Goose, 88 Canada Geese, 350+ Wigeon, 20 Shelduck, 8 Tufted Duck, 46 Shoveler, 30 Gadwall, 120 Teal, 60 Black-tailed Godwits, 390 Lapwing, 180 Dunlin, 24 Pied Wagtails, single Raven, Little Egret and Water Pipit. At least 200 Dunlin, 40 Redshank, 9 Grey Herons, 35 Wigeon and 20 Shelduck were seen from the Severn Beach shore and nearby the first Firecrest of the year and a Cetti’s Warbler were seen in the Ableton Lane area of Severn Beach and a Nordic Jackdaw was seen again in Little Green Lane.

16th December
Another very wet day. At least 50 Black-tailed Godwits, 250 Dunlin, 90 Canada Geese, 11 Shelduck, 250 Wigeon and a Little Egret were seen from New Passage. A Stonechat was seen at Severn Beach.

15th December
A very wet and increasingly windy day. A brief high tide scan from Severn Beach produced 5 Grey Herons, 120 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, 30 Redshank, 40 Oystercatchers, 30 Wigeon and 20 Shelduck.

14th December
A cold day following an icy dawn (-2°C). A ringtail Hen Harrier flew South along Northwick Warth early afternoon where other reports included 80 Black-tailed Godwits, 150 Dunlin, a Knot, 2 Snipe, a Little Egret, a dark-bellied Brent Goose, 50 Canada Geese, 19 Shelduck, 180 Teal, 200 Wigeon, 38 Coot, 2 Water Rails, a Peregrine and a Chiffchaff. An afternoon visit to the Severn Beach shore produced 200+ Dunlin, 60 Turnstones, 80 Redshank, 35 Curlew, 45 Oystercatchers, 11 Snipe, 3 Grey Herons, 20 Shelduck, 35 Wigeon, single Great Black-backed Gull, Water Pipit, Rock Pipit and Stonechat. Two hunting Peregrines and a Kestrel were seen at Aust Warth.

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                                                                                     Brent Goose, Northwick Warth 14.12.18

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                                                                                     Hen Harrier, Northwick Warth 14.12.18

13th December
A cold and sunny day with an East breeze. A brief visit to New Passage produced a dark-bellied Brent Goose, 70 Canada Geese, 230 Wigeon and 30 Black-tailed Godwits. A Stonechat was seen at Severn Beach.

12th December
A dark-bellied Brent Goose, 40 Shelduck, 12 Wigeon, 60 Oystercatchers, 60 Curlew, 280 Dunlin and 2 Stonechats were seen from Severn Beach.

11th December
A cool, grey day with an East wind. A late morning visit to the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area produced the dark-bellied Brent Goose, 110+ Canada Geese, 400+ Wigeon, 90+ Teal, a drake Pintail, 6 Tufted Duck, 30+ Gadwall, 22 Shoveler, 29 Coot, 46 Black-tailed Godwits, 158 Lapwing, a Knot, 4 Snipe, 60 Redshank, 90 Curlew, 230 Dunlin, a Little Egret, 2 Water Rails, 146 Common Gulls, 27 Pied Wagtails, single female Merlin, Peregrine and Raven. At least 15 Shelduck were seen at Severn Beach. A Short-eared Owl was seen on Aust Warth at dusk.

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                                                                                    Merlin, Northwick Warth 11.12.18

10th December
A morning visit to the Northwick Warth area produced the dark-bellied Brent Goose with 100+ Canada Geese, 13 Shelduck, 550 Wigeon, 110 Teal, 10 Tufted Duck, 31 Shoveler, 40 Gadwall, 50 Black-tailed Godwits, 220 Lapwing, 63 Redshank. 600+ Dunlin, 158 Curlew, 60 Oystercatchers, a Little Egret and a Water Pipit.

9th December
A drier day. A female type Black Redstart was reported at New Passage. Other reports from the Northwck Warth area included the dark-bellied Brent Goose, 100+ Canada Geese, 550+ Wigeon, 110 Teal, 50 Black-tailed Godwits, 70 Redshank, 200+ Lapwing and 400 Dunlin. At least 14 Shelduck, 85 Turnstones, 120 Dunlin and 5 Ringed Plover (including an Avonmouth colour ringed individual from 2010).

8th December
A very windy day with occasional rain showers. A Snow Bunting was found on the shore at Severn Beach (click on the image below for a short video) where other sightings included 22 Ringed Plover, 30 Turnstones and 180 Dunlin. The Brent Goose remained on Northwick Warth.

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                                                                                  Snow Bunting, Severn Beach 8.12.18

7th December
The grey, damp weather continued. A brief early afternoon visit to windswept New Passage produced a Brent Goose, 82 Canada Geese, 22 Shelduck, 50+ Black-tailed Godwits and 37 Oystercatchers. A Stonechat was seen at Severn Beach.

6th December
Another grey and damp day. Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included a Bar-tailed Godwit, 63 Black-tailed Godwits, 70 Curlew, 40 Oystercatchers, 24 Turnstones, 40 Redshank, 250+ Lapwing, just 30 Dunlin, a Little Egret, a Brent Goose, 82 Canada Geese, 270+ Teal, 400+ Wigeon, 8 Tufted Duck, 24 Shoveler, 23 Gadwall, single Kingfisher, male Merlin and Peregrine.

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                                                                                  Bar-tailed Godwit, New Passage 6.12.18

5th December
A very wet day. The Brent Goose remained with the Canada Geese on Northwick Warth.

4th December
An afternoon visit to New Passage produced a muddy shore covered in birds including a dark-bellied Brent Goose, at least 50 Canada Geese, 500 Wigeon, 60 Black-tailed Godwits, 800 Dunlin, 85 Redshank and 80 Curlew plus a Kingfisher in the Pill and at least 2 flyover Siskins. At least 8 Grey Herons, 50 Wigeon, 20 Redshank and 200 Dunlin were seen from the shore at Severn Beach.

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                                                                                       Brent Goose, New Passage 4.12.18

3rd December
A late morning visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland produced a female Merlin. 2 Ruff, 56 Black-tailed Godwits, 250+ Lapwing, 140 Curlew, a Little Egret, 9 Shelduck, 500+ Wigeon and 200 Teal.

2nd December
A dismal wet and grey day. The usual flocks of Wigeon, Black-tailed Godwits, Curlew, Lapwing and Redshank were seen from New Passage.

1st December
A mixed flock of 120 Dunlin/Ringed Plover were seen at Severn Beach.