SEVERNSIDE BIRDS


























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June is usually one of the quietest months on Severnside with a total of only 159 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),  Woodlark (2018), Red Kite (2006, 2010, 2013), Franklin’s Gull (1988) and Alpine Swift (1999).

June 2020




30th June
Combined reports from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland included 8 adult Avocets plus 3 well grown chicks, 7+ Little Ringed Plover, 18 Black-tailed Godwits, 9 Redshank, 25+ Lapwing plus 2 chicks, 10 Oystercatchers, single Common Sandpiper and Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew, 100+ Black-headed Gulls, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Bar-headed Geese and 130 Shelduck. A 1st summer Mediterranean Gull was seen from Severn Beach.

29th June
Another windy day. Combined reports from Severn Beach included 5+ Storm Petrels, 3 Arctic Skuas (2 pale morph & 1 dark morph), 2 Kittiwakes and a Mediterranean Gull.

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                                                                           Storm Petrel, Severn Beach 29.6.20  © Vic Savery

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                                                                1st summer Mediterranean Gull, Severn Beach 29.6.20  © Vic Savery

28th June
A windy day. The afternoon high tide at Severn Beach produced 2 Storm Petrels, a dark morph Arctic Skua, a Manx Shearwater and a Little Egret. Reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area involved 90+ Shelduck, a Common Sandpiper, 8 Redshank, 2 Lapwing chicks, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Little Egrets.
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27th June
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included an adult Mediterranean Gull, 7 adult Avocets plus 3 chicks, 8 adult and 4 juvenile Little Ringed Plovers plus 3 small chicks, 12 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Curlew, 150 Shelduck, 6 Teal and a Raven.

26th June
A sunny but cooler day. An afternoon visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland produced 7 adult Avocets and 3 well grown chicks, 5+ Little Ringed Plover, 30+ Lapwing plus 2 chicks (3rd brood to hatch), 3 Redshank, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons, 3 Canada Geese goslings, one remaining Mute Swan cygnet, 170+ Black-headed Gulls, 2 Ravens and a Kestrel.

25th June
Another hot and humid day (32°C ) produced a Great White Egret, a Little Egret, 30+ Lapwing, 7 adult Avocets and 2 Little Ringed Plovers. Two singing Cetti’s Warblers were heard at Severn Beach.

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                                                                        Great White Egret, Pilning Wetland 25.6.20  © Rob Emery

24th June
A hot 31°C day. An afternoon visit to Pilning Wetland produced 7 adult Avocets plus 2 chicks, 2 adult Little Ringed Plovers, 2 half grown Lapwing Chicks, the first 3 Gadwall ducklings of the year and 3 Ravens. A Siskin flew over Severn Beach.

23rd June
A warm and sunny day.No reports were received today.

22nd June
An afternoon visit to Pilning Wetland produced 7 adult Avocets, at least 2 well grown chicks, 4 adult Little Ringed Plover, 3 chicks and one full grown juvenile, 2 drake Teal, 2 Bar-headed Geese and a Little Egret. At least 30 Black-headed Gulls, a singing Cetti’s Warbler and a flyover Siskin were reported from Severn Beach.

21st June
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area involved 2 Bar-headed Geese, a new Lapwing brood, 12 Redshank, 3 Avocet chicks, 10 Little Ringed Plover including 3 small chicks and 3 flying juveniles, a Little Egret and 65 Black-headed Gulls. A Little Egret, 5 Black-headed Gulls, Curlew and Lesser Whitethroat were reported from Severn Beach.

20th June
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included 120 Shelduck, 2 Bar-headed Geese, 20 Gadwall, 3 Avocet chicks plus adults, 7+ adult Little Ringed Plover plus 2 broods, 38 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpipers, 100 Black-headed Gulls and 2 Little Egrets. Another 2 Little Egrets were seen at Severn Beach.

19th June
The rain continued throughout the the morning. The 2 Bar-headed Geese, usual Shelduck flock and Avocets were reported from Northwick Warth.

18th June
A very wet day. Combined reports from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland included 2 Bar-headed Geese, a Green Sandpiper, 19 Curlew (one juvenile), 5 adult Little Ringed Plovers and 2 juveniles, 3 juvenile Avocets, 5 Little Egrets and 33 Black-headed Gulls (one juvenile).

17th June
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area this afternoon included single adult Sandwich Tern, Wood Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper, 7 adult Avocets and 3 chicks, at least 9 adult Little Ringed Plovers and 2 broods (3 well grown chicks & 3 new chicks), a pair of Oystercatchers, 9 Redshank, 40 Lapwing, 45 Black-headed Gulls (including 2 juveniles), a Common Gull, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons, 80 Shelduck, a pair of Teal, 3 Canada Geese goslings, a Kestrel and 2 Crossbills heading North.

16th June
Four Crossbills flew low North, calling over Severn Beach this morning and 4 Great White Egrets were seen flying South over the sea wall just after a mid afternoon thunderstorm. Other reports from Severn Beach included 3 Curlew, 10 Shelduck, 2 Black-headed Gulls and a singing Cetti’s Warbler. The only reports from New Passage/Pilning Wetland involved just 4 adult Avocets plus 3 chicks, 5 adult Little Ringed Plovers plus 3 chicks, 2 Ravens, a female Teal and 200+ Starlings.

15th June
Combined reports from Pilning Wetland/New Passage included an adult Mediterranean Gull, a Wood Sandpiper, 12 adult Avocet including the French colour-ringed bird plus 3 chicks, 3+ adult Little Ringed Plovers plus 3 chicks, 2 Redshank, 25+ Lapwing, 30 Black-headed Gulls, a Little Egret, a pair of Teal, 4 Ravens, a Kingfisher and a Kestrel.

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                                                                              French-ringed Avocet, Pilning Wetland 15.6.20
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                                                                                   Avocet chicks, Pilning Wetland 15.6.20

14th June
A sunny day with some torrential rain showers. Single Wood Sandpiper (1st June record) and Green Sandpiper, 6 adult Avocets and 5+ chicks (3&2+), 6 adult Little Ringed Plover and 4 chicks, 2 Knot, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Canada Geese goslings, 20 Black-headed Gulls, a Common Gull and a Lesser Whitethroat were reported in the New Passage/Pilning Wetland area. Two Little Egrets and 3 Black-headed Gulls were seen at Severn Beach.

13th June
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area involved 8 adult Avocets plus 3 chicks, 5 adult Little Ringed Plovers plus 4 chicks, a Green Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, a Dunlin, 25+ Lapwing, a pair of nesting Oystercatchers, a pair of Ringed Plover, a Little Egret, 30+ Black-headed Gulls, 100+ Shelduck, 3 Canada Geese goslings, one Mute Swan cygnet, single male Yellow Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat and Kestrel. A Cetti’s Warbler was singing near Severn Beach railway station.

12th June
A cloudy day with torrential rain showers in the afternoon. Reports from New Passage/Pilning Wetland included 10 adult Avocets and 3 chicks, 1+ Little Ringed Plover and 4 chicks, 12+ Lapwing, a Little Egret, 12 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Shoveler, 12+ Gadwall, 10+ Tufted Duck, 54 Mallard, 2 Stock Doves and 5 Ravens.

11th June
Reports from Pilning Wetland included 7+ adult Avocets and 4 chicks, a 2nd brood of Little Ringed Plovers hatching, 2 Redshank, 30+ Lapwing and the last remaining Mute Swan cygnet.

10th June
At least 15 adult Avocets and 3 chicks, 6 adult Little Ringed Plovers and 3 chicks, 30 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 3 Little Egrets, 15 Black-headed Gulls, a pair of Teal, 5 Buzzards, single Kestrel and Raven were seen on Pilning Wetland.

9th June
Combined reports from Pilning Wetland included 15 adult Avocets (plus 3 chicks still), 4+ adult Little Ringed Plovers (plus 4 chicks), the first 3 Lapwing chicks of the year plus 30+ adults, 4 Dunlin, a Little Egret, 3 Black-headed Gulls, just one remaining Mute Swan cygnet, 3 Canada Geese goslings, 2 Ravens and the first Hobby sighting of the year A Red Kite and a singing Cetti’s Warbler were reported from Severn Beach.

8th June
A sunny morning visit to Pilning Wetland produced 7 adult Avocets plus 3 chicks, 4+ adult Little Ringed Plovers plus 4 chicks, 3 Dunlin, 20+ Lapwing, a pair of Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, 2 Grey Herons, 3 Black-headed Gulls, a pair of Teal, 3 Canada Geese goslings and a Kestrel. Another 5 Black-headed Gulls were seen at Severn Beach.

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                                                                                         Little Egret, Pilning Wetland 8.6.20

7th June
Combined reports from the Pilning Wetland/New Passage area included 11 adult Avocets with 3 chicks, at least 6 Little Ringed Plovers (4 chicks), 16 Oystercatchers, 12 Lapwing, a Little Egret, 3 Grey Herons, 7 Black-headed Gulls, 14 Tufted Duck and 15+ Canada Geese.

6th June
A cool and breezy day. A Common Tern, the usual adult Avocets and now 3 chicks, 30+ Lapwing, 12 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover were reported from Pilning Wetland.

5th June
The first 2 Avocet chicks for South Gloucestershire/Avon appeared today on Pilning Wetland where 13 adult Avocets (colour-ringed bird still present), 6+ adult Little Ringed Plovers and 4 chicks, 8 Dunlin, a Curlew, 35+ Lapwing, a Little Egret, a drake Teal, 3 Canada Geese goslings, a Black-headed Gull, 3 Ravens and a calling Water Rail were also reported.

4th June
Reports from Pilning Wetland involved an impressive 17 adult Avocets (colour-ringed bird present), 4 Little Ringed Plover chicks, 20+ Lapwing and 20 Black-headed Gulls.

3rd June
A cooler day with some light rain showers. A visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland produced 15 Avocets, 5 adult Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers, a Redshank, 20+ Lapwing (leucistic bird still present), 37 Canada Geese (3 goslings), 2 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Stock Doves, single Raven and Kestrel.

2nd June
Ten adult Avocets (including a French colour ringed individual; Yellow above Yellow and metal on Right leg, Green above Red above Yellow on Left leg), 3 adult Little Ringed Plover, 14 Lapwing, a Little Egret, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Teal and a Kestrel were seen on Pilning Wetland.

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                                                                                  Oystercatcher, Pilning Wetland 1.6.20

1st June
The sunny warm weather continues.An afternoon visit to Pilning Wetland produced 13 adult Avocets, 6 adult Little Ringed Plovers and 4 chicks, 16 Lapwing (including one leucistic individual), a Redshank, 17 Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, 2 Grey Herons, 10 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Canada Geese goslings, just 4 Mute Swan cygnets, 2 drake Shoveler, a Red Kite and 2 Ravens. The first Shelduck duckling of the year was seen at Severn Beach.