area 2019 Sightings

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February is generally another quiet month with only a total of 158 species recorded. Gales in this month have produced Storm and Leach’s Petrel, Pomarine Skua and all records of Puffin. Other rarities seen include Spoonbill (2004), Bittern (2011&2012), Avocets, Ring-billed Gull (1987), Green-winged Teal (2015), Great Grey Shrike (1999,2000,2004), Shorelark (2004) and Cirl Bunting (1943).

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15th February
An even warmer (16°C) and sunny day. Sightings from Northwick Warth/New Passage included the 5 White-fronted Geese, 80+ Shelduck, 300+ Wigeon, 20 Black-tailed Godwits, 40 Curlew, 250 Lapwing, a Short-eared Owl, a Kestrel, 2 Stonechats and a Chiffchaff. Another 70 Wigeon, 25 Shelduck, 40 Turnstones and a Stonechat were seen at Severn Beach.

14th February
A foggy morning, becoming sunny and warm (12°C). A brief early afternoon visit to New Passage produced the 5 White-fronted Geese, 80+ Shelduck, 150 Wigeon, 130+ Black-tailed Godwits and 60 Redshank. A Water Pipit was reported near Chestle Pill at New Passage late afternoon. Four Short-eared Owls were reported from Aust Warth.

13th February
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pining Wetland area included an adult Mediterranean Gull, 5 White-fronted Geese, 116 Shelduck. 60 Teal, 10 Gadwall, 16 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, a Pochard, 220 Wigeon, a Little Egret, 140 Black-tailed Godwits, 80 Curlew, 200 Dunlin, 250+ Lapwing, 47 Turnstones, a Knot and 55 Pied Wagtails. Another 30 Turnstones, 120 Dunlin, 55 Redshank, 20 Curlew, 30 Shelduck and a Water Pipit were seen at Severn Beach. Two Short-eared Owls were present on Aust Warth this afternoon.

12th February
A morning visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland produced 5 White-fronted Geese, 17 Canada Geese, 98 Shelduck, 12 Tufted Duck, a Pochard, 13 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, a Little Egret, 135+ Black-tailed Godwits, 14 Knot, 378 Lapwing, 200 Dunlin, 80 Redshank, 8 Snipe and 2 Water Rails. Four Short-eared Owls and a Coal Tit (unusual here) were seen at Aust Warth. A female Blackcap, 200 Dunlin and 4 Ringed Plover were seen at Severn Beach.

                                                                                     Short-eared Owl, Aust Warth 12.2.19

11th February
The 5 White-fronted Geese remained viewable from New Passage. Three Short-eared Owls, a Barn Owl and a Stonechat were seen at Aust Warth.

10th February
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth area included 5 White-fronted Geese, 350+ Wigeon, 80 Shelduck, 10 Gadwall, 11 Shoveler, 250 Lapwing, single Sparrowhawk and Little Egret. Two Short-eared Owls were seen again at Aust Warth.

9th February
Another wet and windy morning. The 5 White-fronted Geese, 130 Shelduck, 500+ Wigeon, 12+ Knot, 170+ Black-tailed Godwits, 400+ Lapwing, 250 Dunlin, a Merlin and a Short-eared Owl were reported from the Northwick Warth area. At least 2 Short-eared Owls were seen from Aust Warth and a Barn Owl was seen there at dusk.

8th February
A wet and windy day as a result of Storm Erik. A morning visit Severn Beach produced a Common Scoter, an adult Kittiwake, 12 Ringed Plover, 120 Redshank, 50 Dunlin and 20 Turnstones. The 5 White-fronted Geese, 83 Canada Geese, 76 Shelduck, 50+ Teal, 585 Wigeon, 34 Knot, 500+ Lapwing, 175 Black-tailed Godwits, 60+ Redshank, 95 Oystercatchers, 400 Dunlin, 75 Curlew and a Kingfisher were seen from New Passage at low tide.

7th February
The usual 5 White-fronted Geese, 120 Shelduck, 500+ Wigeon, 90 Teal, 10 Tufted Duck, a Little Egret, 110+ Black-tailed Godwits, 140+ Curlew, 100 Oystercatchers and 450+ Lapwing were seen in the New Passage/Northwick Warth area. A Barn Owl was seen at Aust Warth at dusk.

6th February
A brief visit to New Passage produced 5 White-fronted Geese, 90 Canada Geese, 88 Shelduck, 450+ Wigeon, 140+ Black-tailed Godwits, 300 Dunlin, 600+ Lapwing, single Golden Plover, Knot, Little Egret, Short-eared Owl and Kestrel. At least 50 Reed Buntings were seen in the Severn Beach salt marsh. Five Short-eared Owls were seen from Aust Warth where 4 Stonechats were also present.

                                                                                 White-fronted Geese, New Passage 6.2.19

5th February
A murky, damp day. The 5 White-fronted Geese, 150+ Black-tailed Godwits, 500+ Lapwing, 200 Dunlin and a Little Egret were seen from New Passage. Another 500 Dunlin, 90+ Turnstones and a Peregrine were seen at Severn Beach.

4th February
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/New Passage area involved 5 White-fronted Geese, 109 Shelduck, 4 Knot, 190 Black-tailed Godwits, 500 Lapwing, 70 Dunlin, 2 Kestrels and a Water Pipit. Six Short-eared Owls were hunting over Northwick Warth and Aust Warth mid afternoon where 2 Stonechats were also present. A female Blackcap was seen again in a Severn Beach garden.

3rd February
The 5 White-fronted Geese, 146 Canada Geese, 98 Shelduck, 30 Shoveler, 9 Gadwall, 2 Knot, 160 Black-tailed Godwits, 520 Lapwing, 190 Dunlin and 2 Short-eared Owls were seen on Northwick Warth. A female Blackcap was seen on garden feeders in Severn Beach.

2nd February
A sunny and warmer day. Reports from Northwick Warth included 5 White-fronted Geese, 325 Wigeon, 133 Shelduck, the Black-tailed Godwit flock, a male Merlin and 2 Kestrels. Three Short-eared Owls, single Peregrine, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were seen at Aust Warth.

                                                                              Black-tailed Godwit, Northwick Warth 1.2.19

1st February
A cold day with a North wind, a covering of overnight snow and a few more flurries in the morning. Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/New Passage/Pilning Wetland area included 5 White-fronted Geese, 180+ Canada Geese, 120+ Shelduck, 400+ Wigeon, 10 Tufted Duck, 40 Black-tailed Godwits, 65 Curlew, 80 Redshank, 220 Lapwing, 7 Snipe, 150 Dunlin, single Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and male Blackcap. At least 80 Redshank and a female Blackcap were seen at Severn Beach. A Short-eared Owl was reported at Aust Warth. Click on the Godwit picture above for a short youtube video.

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