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2022 SIGHTINGS
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January is a slightly better month than December, the daylight hours slowly lengthen resulting in a monthly total of 169 species. Like any of the mid winter months it can be good for wildfowl sightings if inland waters freeze, with the chance of Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander or some fly by Bewick’s Swans. Seabirds seen in gales have included Cory’s Shearwater (2004), Storm Petrel, Leach’s Petrel, Little Auk, Red-throated Diver and Grey Phalarope. Other January birds include; Pink-footed Goose (2021), Slavonian Grebe (2010,2016), Green-winged Teal (2015), American Golden Plover (2002), Great Grey Shrike (2004), Shorelark (2004), Waxwing, two Common Cranes that flew over Severn Beach (2000), Whooper Swans (2005, 2018), Bittern (2011,2017), Glaucous Gull and a few rare sightings of Hen Harrier.

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Combined Total so far this year = 82

My Patchwork Challenge Severnside/Severn Beach year total =  70 species/ 76 points

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17th January
An icy morning with partially frozen pools on the wetland. Sightings from Pilning Wetland/New Passage included a Common Sandpiper, 20 Knot, 520+ Black-tailed Godwits, an impressive 4500+ Dunlin, 450 Lapwing, 30 Curlew, 100+ Oystercatchers, 120 Redshank, 40 Greylag Geese, 20 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 5 Tufted Duck, a Pochard, 350+ Wigeon and 70 Teal.

16th January
A brief visit to Pilning Wetland produced 400+ Black-tailed Godwits, 100 Redshank, 400+ Lapwing, 15 Curlew, 50 Dunlin, 28 Greylag Geese, 5 Tufted Ducks, 8 Gadwall, 15+ Shoveler, 200 Wigeon and 60 Teal. A Merlin was reported at New Passage.

15th January
Combined reports from Pilning Wetland/New Passage included 400+ Black-tailed Godwits, 700 Dunlin, 400 Lapwing, 10 Knot, 30 Redshank, 60 Curlew, a Little Egret, 40 Greylag Geese, 7 Pintail, a Pochard, 10 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 20 Shoveler, 25+ Shelduck, 250 Wigeon, 110 Teal, 2 Peregrines, single Sparrowhawk and Grey Wagtail. Another 50 Wigeon and 2 Stonechats were seen at Aust Warth and 30 Pied Wagtails were seen at Aust Services.

14th January
A frosty morning with a North East breeze. At least 400 Black-tailed Godwits, 400 Lapwing, 60 Curlew, 120 Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, 320 Wigeon, 70 Teal, 20 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 40 Shelduck and 30 Canada Geese  were seen in the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area.

13th January
Another day of dense fog. Several hundred Lapwing, with Black-tailed Godwits and Dunlin were just visible through the murk at Pilning Wetland.

12th January
A day of frost and fog. Combined reports from the Pilning Wetland/New Passage area included a Common Sandpiper (1st January record), 1100+ Dunlin, 150 Black-tailed Godwits, 80 Curlew, 300 Lapwing, 80 Turnstones, a Little Egret, a dark-bellied Brent Goose, 28 Greylag Geese, 30 Canada Geese, 40 Shelduck, 300+ Wigeon, 4 Tufted Duck, 20 Shoveler and 50 Teal. A 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull was reported at Avonmouth Sewage Works.

11th January
A cooler day. An impressive 1200 Dunlin, 150 Lapwings, 300 Lapwing, 250 Wigeon, 20 Shoveler, 50 Teal and a hunting Peregrine were seen on Pilning Wetland. A dark-bellied Brent Goose, 28 Greylag Geese, 180 Canada Geese, another 150 Wigeon and 15 Shelduck were seen from New Passage. Two pairs of Pintail, 12 Shelduck, 20 Wigeon and 70 Oystercatchers were seen from the shore at Severn Beach.

10th January
At least 300 Dunlin, 150 Black-tailed Godwits, 200 Redshank, 300 Lapwing, 90 Curlew, 100 Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 140 Canada Geese, 380 Wigeon, 8 Shelduck, 4 Tufted Duck, 40 Teal, 20 Shoveler and a Grey Wagtail were reported in the Pilning Wetland /New Passage area. Another 200+ Dunlin, 80 Redshank, 19 Turnstones, 6 Shelduck and a Stonechat were seen in the Chittening Warth area.

9th January
Combined Reports from New Passage/Pilning Wetland included 300 Black-tailed Godwits, 15 Knot, 600 Dunlin, 300 Lapwing, 110 Curlew, a Little Egret, 2 Grey Herons, 8 Greylag Geese, 104 Canada Geese, 400 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall, 14 Shelduck, 20 Shoveler and 2 Stonechats. Another 200 Dunlin, 11 Ringed Plover and 90 Turnstones were seen at Severn Beach. Another 2 Stonechats, 40 Redwing and a Kestrel were reported at Aust Warth.

8th January
A visit to Pilning Wetland produced 240+ Black-tailed Godwits, 700 Dunlin, 200 Lapwing, 60 Redshank, a Snipe, 70 Curlew, 400 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 20 Shelduck, 20+ Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck and 3 Little Grebes. At least 350 Dunlin, 17 Ringed Plover, 60 Turnstones and a Peregrine were seen at Severn Beach.

7th January
Another cold day. At least 250 Black-tailed Godwits, 10 Knot, 250 Lapwing, 700 Dunlin, 40 Redshank, 140 Curlew, 100 Oystercatchers, 70 Turnstones, a Little Egret, 28 Greylag Geese, just 5 Canada Geese, 22 Shelduck, 450 Wigeon, 150 Teal, 20 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, a Peregrine and 2 Ravens were seen in the New Passage/Pilning Wetland area. Another 300 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, 9 Shelduck and a Stonechat were reported at Severn Beach.

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                                                                 Dunlin, Lapwing and Black-tailed Godwits, Pilning Wetland 7.1.22

6th January
A breezy damp day. Much of the same was reported in the New Passage/Pilning Wetland area including 200+ Black-tailed Godwits, 250 Lapwing, 200 Dunlin, 40 Redshank, a Little Egret, 450 Wigeon, 250 Teal, 30 Shoveler, 12 Shelduck, 12+ Greylag Geese and 10 Canada Geese. Another 700 Dunlin were seen from Severn Beach.

5th January
A frosty dawn. Combined reports from Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth included the dark-bellied Brent Goose, 350 Wigeon, 12 Shelduck, 30 Shoveler, 70 Teal, a Little Egret, 2 Grey Herons, 200 Black-tailed Godwits, 16 Knot, 250 Dunlin, 80 Redshank and 200 Lapwing. At least 1000 Dunlin were seen from Chittening Warth.

4th January
A colder day with a biting North wind and occasional rain shower. Combined reports from the New Passage/Pilning Wetland area included a Brent Goose, 29 Greylag Geese, 90 Canada Geese, 20 Shelduck, 30+ Shoveler, 80 Teal, 240 Wigeon, 200+ Black-tailed Godwits, 100 Curlew, 240 Lapwing, 400 Dunlin, 105 Oystercatchers, a Little Egret and 6 Grey Herons. Another 510 Dunlin, 11 Ringed Plover and 43 Turnstones were reported from Severn Beach.

3rd January
Another mild, damp and murky day but produced some good birds. Sightings from Severn Beach included a Leach’s Petrel being harassed by gulls, 2 Great Northern Divers heading down river at 11.30 (1st January record), a dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Shelduck, 50 Wigeon, 82 Turnstones, 8 Curlew, 240 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover and a Peregrine. A brief visit to Pilning Wetland/New Passage produced 200 Black-tailed Godwits, 10 Knot, 400 Dunlin, 20 Lapwing, 18 Snipe, 100+ Oystercatchers, 70 Curlew, a Little Egret, 3 Grey Herons, 39 Shoveler, a Pochard (on the river), 14 Gadwall, 10 Tufted Duck, 140 Teal, 280 Wigeon,11 Shelduck, 5 Greylag Geese, 7 Canada Geese, a Peregrine and 2 Stonechats. A Short-eared Owl, 150 Lapwing, 30 Oystercatchers, 5 Curlew, 8 Redshank, 10 Shelduck, 80 Wigeon, 50 Teal, a Kestrel, 2 Ravens and a Stonechat were seen at Aust Warth, Another Raven and a Chiffchaff were reported from Aust Services/Cliff.

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                                                                 Leach’s Petrel, Severn Beach 3.1.22 © Matthew Hall

2nd January
Reports received from New Passage included a Marsh Harrier, an Avocet, 150 Black-tailed Godwits, 20 Knot, 760 Dunlin, 60 Curlew, 110 Oystercatchers, 80 Redshank, 12 Snipe, 360 Wigeon, 20 Shoveler and a Peregrine.

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                                                                                   Marsh Harrier, Pilning Wetland 1.1.22

1st January
A warm (13°C) and murky start to the year. A skein of 28 Greylag Geese flew low and East over Severn Beach village early morning. Sightings from Pilning Wetland/New Passage included a hunting Marsh Harrier, 350 Black-tailed Godwits, 400 Lapwing, 350 Dunlin, 100 Redshank, 100+ Oystercatchers, 60 Curlew, 10 Snipe, a Jack Snipe (flushed), a Little Egret, 12+ Greylag Geese, 20 Canada Geese, 4 Shelduck, 30 Shoveler, 16 Gadwall, 400+ Teal, 350 Wigeon, 5 Tufted Duck and a Stonechat.