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2018 SIGHTINGS
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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.  

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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.
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Combined Total so far this year = 178 Species

My Patchwork Challenge Severnside/Severn Beach year total = 164 Species/225 points
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