SEVERNSIDE BIRDS



























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June is usually one of the quietest months on Severnside with a total of only 160 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, 2020), Spoonbill (2017), Rose-coloured Starling (2012), Woodlark (2018), Red Kite (2006, 2010, 2013), Franklin’s Gull (1988) and Alpine Swift (1999).


June 2021


30th June
Combined reports from Pilning Wetland/New Passage included the 2 Black-winged Stilts, 2 adult Avocets and 4 chicks, single Great White Egret, male Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper and Dunlin, 3 Little Ringed Plovers including one juvenile, 14 Lapwing, 8 Redshank, a Curlew, 7 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons, 4 Wigeon, 25 Gadwall, 123 Mallard, 6 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 35 Black-headed Gulls and a Hobby.

29th June
The 2 Black-winged Stilts remained on Pilning Wetland where 6+ adult Avocets with 4 chicks, 4 adult plus one juvenile Little Ringed Plover, a Green Sandpiper, 2 adult Dunlin, an adult Knot, 5 Redshank, 10+ Lapwing, 9 Black-headed Gulls and 3 Ravens were also seen.

28th June
Combined reports from the Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth area involved 2 Black-winged Stilts, the first Ruff of the year, 11 Whimbrel, 32 Curlew, a Black-tailed Godwit, 6+ adult Avocets and 4 chicks, 7 Redshank, 5 Lapwing, 26 Oystercatchers, 36 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Little Grebes, 73 Shelduck, 90 Mallard, 23 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 6 Teal, 9 Tufted Duck, 3 Ravens and a Hobby.

27th June
Reports from Pining Wetland included the 2 Black-winged Stilts, 8 adult Avocets plus 4 well grown chicks, 4 adult Little Ringed Plovers, single Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and Grey Plover, 7 Redshank, 20 Lapwing, 40 Black-headed Gulls, 6 Teal and 3 Shoveler. A Common Sandpiper and at least 80 Shelduck were seen from New Passage. Another 5 Shelduck and 10 Black-headed Gulls were seen at Severn Beach.

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                                                                             Black-winged Stilts, Pilning Wetland 27.6.21

26th June
Combined reports from Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth included the 2 Black-winged Stilts, 8+ adult Avocets plus 4 chicks, 7 adult Little Ringed Plovers plus one well grown juvenile, 2 Green Sandpipers, 20 Lapwing, a Garganey, 7 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 30 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 60 Shelduck, 35 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Hobby, 4 Ravens and a Grey Wagtail. A Peregrine was seen at Severn Beach.

25th June
An excellent day starting with the discovery of 2 Black-winged Stilts early morning on Pilning Wetland. They were seen to depart high, North after a few hours but were relocated on the Butts Pool mid afternoon, but due to closure of the sea wall footpath they remained elusive. Other sightings from here included a Wood Sandpiper, 6 adult Avocets with 3 well grown chicks, 5 Little Ringed Plovers, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, 21 Curlew, 6 Redshank, a Green Sandpiper, 14 Lapwing, 30 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Shoveler, 2 Teal, a pair of Little Grebes with 4 chicks and a Raven. Two Cetti’s Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher were reported from Sea Bank power station, Chittening Warth, Click HERE for a short video of one of the Stilts.

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                                                                                Black-winged Stilts, Pilning Wetland 25.6.21

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                                                                                Black-winged Stilt, Pilning Wetland 25.6.21

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                                                                                     Black-winged Stilt, Pilning Wetland 25.6.21

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                                                                                     Black-winged Stilt, Pilning Wetland 25.6.21

24th June
A 1st summer Mediterranean Gull, 35 Black-headed Gulls, 2 adult Avocets, 2 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 drake Teal were seen on Pilning Wetland in a brief visit. A Raven was seen at Severn Beach.

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                                                                    1st summer Mediterranean Gull, Pilning Wetland 24.6.21

23rd June
A visit to Pilning Wetland/New Passage produced 10 adult Avocets plus at least 3 visible chicks, 5+ Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Green Sandpipers, 9 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 3 Redshank, a Little Egret, 40 Black-headed Gulls, a pair of Teal, 30+ Gadwall, 40 Shelduck with 10 ducklings, a Raven and 2 juvenile Grey Wagtails.

22nd June
No reports were received today.

21st June
A cool, damp and grey mid summers day with a North East breeze. Combined reports from Pilning Wetland/New Passage included 3+ Avocets, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Green Sandpipers, 10 Lapwing, 13 Redshank, 2 Curlew, a Little Egret, 22 Black-headed Gulls, a pair of Shoveler, 30 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 31 Mallard and 2 Little Grebes with 3 chicks.

20th June
A thorough search of Pilning Wetland and New Passage produced 8 adult Avocets and 4 chicks that are now 16 days old, 4+ Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Redshank, 2 Lapwing, a drake Wigeon, 10 Tufted Duck, 30+ Gadwall, 55 Shelduck, 95 Mallard and 3 Ravens.

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                                                                                       Avocets, Pilning Wetland 20.6.21

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                                                                                             Avocet, Pilning Wetland 20.6.21

19th June
The only reports were from Severn Beach involving a Hobby heading North over what was the Orchard Pools and a Little Egret over my garden.

18th June
A brief visit to Pilning Wetland produced 6 adult Avocets, 8 Lapwing including fully grown chicks, 3+ Little Ringed Plovers and 30+ Black-headed Gulls.

17th June
At least 5 adult Avocets with 3 chicks, 5 Little Ringed Plovers, 14 Lapwing, 25 Black-headed Gulls and 30+ Gadwall were seen on Pilning Wetland.

16th June
Another warm and sunny day. Sightings from Pilning Wetland/New Passage included 8 adult Avocets with at least 3 chicks, 4 Little Ringed plovers, single Redshank and Ringed Plover, 8+ Lapwing, 20+ Oystercatchers, single Little Egret and Grey Heron, 35 Shelduck with 10 ducklings, 30+ Gadwall and 40+ Black-headed Gulls including a juvenile.

15th June
A brief visit to Pilning Wetland produced 3 adult Avocets (with 4 chicks), 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 15 Lapwing, a Redshank, 32 Gadwall, 15 Black-headed Gulls, and a Hobby hunting over the reed bed. At least 30 adult Shelduck plus a brood of 10 ducklings and a Grey Heron were seen from New Passage.

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                                                                                   Black-tailed Godwits, Pilning Wetland 15.6.21
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                                                                                       Avocet with chicks, Pilning Wetland 15.6.21

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                                                                                       Avocet chicks, Pilning Wetland 15.6.21

14th June
It remained warm and sunny with reports from Pilning Wetland including 6 adult Avocets (with 3+ chicks), 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 9 Lapwing (with 3 well grown chicks), a Redshank, 29 Gadwall, 17 Tufted Duck, a drake Teal, 4 Little Grebes, 9 adult Coot with 6 chicks, a Grey Heron and 15 Black-headed Gulls.

13th June
Another warm (26°C) day with no reports received.

12th June
A warm day with no reports received.

11th June
Four Avocet chicks remained on Pilning Wetland this morning. Six Turnstones were seen at New Passage.

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                                                                               Turnstones, New Passage 11.6.21 © Rosemary Setter

10th June
No reports were received today.

9th June
Reports from Pilning Wetland/New Passage included 4 adult Avocets (at least one chick), 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Lapwing and 20 Gadwall, 45 Shelduck including the first duckling of the year, 20 Oystercatchers and a Black-headed Gull.

8th June
At least 4 Avocets were present on Pilning Wetland. A Curlew and at least 60 Shelduck were seen from New Passage.

7th June
A brief visit to Pilning Wetland produced 10 adult Avocets plus 4 chicks. The most recent Avocet nest has been predated but the pair were mating again. At least 5 adult Little Ringed Plovers, 8 adult Lapwing, 20 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, Swifts and a Bee Orchid. Sightings from New Passage included 4 Black-headed Gulls and 45+ Shelduck.

6th June
No reports were received today.

5th June
The usual Avocets, Little Ringed Plovers and Lapwings were reported today on Pilning Wetland but the highlight was the appearance of the first 3 Avocet chicks of the year.

4th June
No reports were received today.

3rd June
Combined reports from Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth included 7 Avocets (4 nests with a 2nd egg in most recent nest), 4+ Little Ringed Plovers, 10 Lapwing (broods of 3 & 2), 3 Little Egrets, 46 Canada Geese, 70 Shelduck, 18 Gadwall 14 Tufted Duck, 30 Mallard and 2 Little Grebes.

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                                                                                             Avocet, Pilning Wetland 3.6.21

2nd June
A morning visit to Pilning Wetland produced 12 Avocets (4th occupied nest with one egg so far), 2 Little Ringed Plovers, an influx of 8 adult Lapwing, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Grey Herons (one juvenile), Skylark and Meadow Pipits feeding young. At least 90 Shelduck were roosting on Northwick Warth.

1st June
A warm and sunny start to the month. The usual 9 Avocets (3 nests), 3+ Little Ringed Plovers, 3 adult Lapwing (with 2 well grown chicks), 25+ Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck and 90 Shelduck were seen in the New Passage/Pilning Wetland area. A Little Egret was seen from Severn Beach.