March is a slightly better month than February with a total of 177 species recorded during this month. As each day passes the expectation of an early spring migrant increases, Wheatears usually being seen by mid month along with Chiffchaffs, Sand Martins and possibly Little Ringed Plovers. Rarities have included Black Kite (2010), Green-winged Teal (2014), Avocets, Cattle Egret (2017), Crane (2015, 2017), Iceland and Glaucous Gulls, Hen Harrier and Bearded Tit (2004), Great Grey Shrike (2004), Mandarin (2006) and Siberian Chiffchaff (2007).
Combined Total so far this year = 113 Species
My Patchwork Challenge Severnside/Severn Beach year total = 98 Species/113 points
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Sightings from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included an Avocet, 47 Curlew, 53 Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, 100 Shelduck, 12 Shoveler, 10+ Tufted Duck, a Tufted Duck/Ring-necked Duck hybrid (first seen here last year), single Water Pipit, male Merlin, Short-eared Owl, Kestrel and Raven. Seven Wheatears (6 males), a male Blackcap, 54 Shelduck and at least 200 Black-headed Gulls were seen at Severn Beach. A Red Kite, a Barn Owl, 3 Short-eared Owls and 2 Kestrels were reported at Aust Warth and another 2 male Wheatears were seen below Aust Cliff.
An Avocet was reported at Northwick Warth. A Jack Snipe, at least 9 Wheatears (8 males), 2 Chiffchaff and the first Pheasant of the year were seen at Severn Beach. Three Short-eared Owls, 2 Barn Owls, single Kestrel and Raven were seen at Aust Warth and another 3 Wheatears were seen below Aust Cliff.
An excellent raptor day. Sightings from Aust Warth included 3 Short-eared Owls, 2 Barn Owls, single male Merlin, Peregrine and Kestrel. A visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetand produced presumably the same male Merlin, 105 Shelduck, 7 Canada Geese, 100+ Teal, 120 Wigeon, 11 Tufted Duck, 8 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, a Little Egret, 40 Dunlin, 60 Redshank, 50 Oystercatchers and 21 Lapwing. Six Wheatears were reported at Severn Beach.
Barn Owl, Aust Warth 20.3.18 © Dan White
A day of thaw following more overnight snow. Two male Wheatears were found sheltering from the cold North East wind around parked cars in Severn Beach. Two Barn Owls, a female Merlin and a Raven was seen at Aust Warth. A female Blackcap was seen at New Passage.
Wheatear, Severn Beach 19.3.18
Barn Owl, Aust Warth 19.3.18 © Vic Savery
A cold day following several inches of overnight snow. Little was reported from a snow covered Northwick Warth other than 7 Canada Geese, 3 Snipe, a Golden Plover, 40 Meadow Pipits and a Wheatear. A Barn Owl, 2 Short-eared Owls, a Kestrel, 1000+ Fieldfares (heading East) and 40+ Meadow Pipits were reported at Aust Warth
Short-eared Owl, Aust Warth 18.3.18
A cloudy day with snow flurries and a biting East wind. A brief visit to New Passage produced 95 Shelduck, 7 Canada Geese and 120 Wigeon. A Jack Snipe was reported at Aust Warth. A female Blackcap was on garden feeders in Severn Beach.
A sunny day with rain showers. Six Avocets were the star find on Pilning Wetland and later seen on the shore at New Passage. Other sightings from the Northwick Warth area involved a Little Egret, 200+ Wigeon, 18 Tufted Duck, 50 Shelduck, 51 Turnstones, 60 Curlew, 70+ Redshank, 50 Dunlin and 3 Chiffchaffs. Three Short-eared Owls, a Barn Owl and a Kestrel were seen at Aust Warth late afternoon. A male Wheatear and 2 Stonechats were reported at Severn Beach.
Avocets, New Passage 16.3.18
A brief visit to New Passage/Pilning Wetland this morning produced 46 Shelduck, 160 Wigeon, 12 Tufted Duck, 60 Dunlin, 6 Lapwing, a Water Rail, 3 Chiffchaff and a Coal Tit. Reports from Severn Beach included 78 Shelduck, a singing Chiffchaff and a male Blackcap. Four Short-eared Owls and a Barn Owl were reported at Aust Warth.
A breezy South East wind day. A Barn Owl and Merlin were seen early morning (06.40) at Aust Warth. At least 190 Wigeon, 17 Shoveler, 27 Tufted Duck, 8 Little Grebes and a Water Rail were reported from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland. Two Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe and a Cetti’s Warbler were reported from Chittening Warth.
A fine sunny day. Highlights from the New Passage/Northwick Warth area were 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Golden Plover, 50 Dunlin, a Little Egret, 9 Canada Geese, 90+ Shelduck and a Chiffchaff. Another 40 Shelduck, 40 Oystercatchers, 3 Grey Plover and a Bar-tailed Godwit were seen at Severn Beach. Three Short-eared Owls, a Barn Owl and a Kestrel were seen at Aust Warth. The Tawny Owl was reported again in Severn Beach near Ableton Lane.
Grey Plover and Bar-tailed Godwit, Severn Beach 13.3.18
A grey and wet day. The first Wheatear of the year was found at Chittening Warth this afternoon. A migrant Short-eared Owl flew North and across the estuary from New Passage this afternoon. Other sightings from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included 13 Canada Geese, 95+ Shelduck, 350 Wigeon, 90 Teal, 25 Tufted Duck, 22 Gadwall, 16 Shoveler, a drake Pochard, 6 Little Grebes, a Little Egret, 60 Dunlin, 60 Redshank, a Snipe, 30 Lapwing and a striking plumaged; white headed and white bodied Buzzard. A male Blackcap was seen again in a Severn Beach garden and a Tawny Owl was present near the School.
A grey day with an East breeze and occasional rain showers. Two Ring-necked Parakeets were seen briefly in the Glen at New Passage and nearby 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 18 Tufted Duck, a drake Pochard and 15 fly over Siskins were reported in the Northwick Warth area. Reports from Severn Beach included 61 Shelduck, 14 Wigeon, 50 Oystercatchers, 2 Snipe, 30 Dunlin, 22 Redshank and a male Blackcap. Three Short-eared Owls remained at Aust Warth.
A Hawfinch was seen to fly into Severnside air space over Aust Warth early this morning (from Aust cliff) where at least 5 Short-eared Owls were also seen. Three Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Knot, 40+ Redshank, 135 Dunlin, a Little Egret, 340 Wigeon, 90+ Shelduck, 8 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 30 Teal, 12 Tufted Duck, 5 Stonechats and a Kestrel were reported from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area. A singing Chiffchaff was present at the Orchard Pools in Severn Beach.
A cool day with rain showers. At least 80 Shelduck, 12 Canada Geese, 18 Shoveler, 14 Gadwall, 50 Teal, 14 Tufted Duck, 180 Wigeon, 160 Dunlin, 50 Redshank, a Water Rail, a Water Pipit and a Treecreeper. Another 30 Redshank, 30 Turnstones, 80 Dunlin, 6 Shelduck, 40 Wigeon and a Stonechat were seen at Severn Beach. Four Short-eared Owls, a Barn Owl and 2 Kestrels remained at Aust Warth.
Combined reports from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland included 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Grey Plover, 80 Lapwing, 500 Dunlin, 40 Curlew, 30 Turnstones, 50 Redshank, 10 Canada Geese, 95 Shelduck, 10 Shoveler, 190 Wigeon and 8 Tufted Duck.
A fine and mainly sunny day. Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area involved 90+ Shelduck, 6 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swans, 7 Tufted Duck, 24 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 6 Little Grebes, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Snipe, 13 Turnstones, 100 Lapwing, 80 Redshank, 700 Dunlin, a Little Egret and a Raven. A pair of Goosander floated up river past Severn Beach on the morning tide where other sightings included a Ring-necked Parakeet flying North along the sea wall at 08.30 (8th Severnside record) and the male Blackcap remained in a garden feeding on Crab Apples.
At least 97 Shelduck, 350 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 1000 Dunlin, 60 Curlew, 60 Oystercatchers, 100 Lapwing, 6 Black-tailed Godwits,40 Turnstones and a Grey Plover were seen in the Northwick Warth area. At least 4 Short-eared Owls, 2 Kestrels, a Raven, 300 Dunlin and 6 Stonechats were seen from Aust Warth. A male Blackcap was still present in a Severn Beach garden.
At least 62 Shelduck, 26 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 10 Canada Geese, a Ruff, 100 Lapwing, 1000 Dunlin, 2 Water Rails, 2 Water Pipits and Stonechat were reported in the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area (many Otter tracks were seen on the Wetland). A Short-eared Owl, a male Merlin, 2 Kestrels and 4 Stonechats were seen at Aust Warth. A male Blackcap remained in a Severn Beach garden.
The thaw continued and the occasional heavy rain shower. A sunny morning and 14.1 metre spring tide produced 7 Short-eared Owls at Aust Warth where other sightings involved 200 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 200 Dunlin, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, a Golden Plover, 23 Lapwing, 2 Yellowhammers, 2 Kestrels, single male Merlin, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk and Raven. Reports from the Northwick Warth area included 57 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 200 Wigeon, 8 Tufted Duck, 40 Teal, 117 Oystercatchers, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 2000 Dunlin, a Golden Plover, 2+ Grey Plover, 25 Redshank and a Stonechat. Another Golden Plover and a Stonechat were seen at Severn Beach.
Short-eared Owl, Aust Warth 4.3.18 © Matt Hobbs
Short-eared Owl, Aust Warth 4.3.18 © Matt Hobbs
No snowfall today and the start of a thaw. Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included 350 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebes, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Golden Plover, 60 Lapwing (unfortunately several dead), 2 Peregrines, a male Merlin, a Kestrel and 2+ Yellowhammers. A male Blackcap and a Stonechat were seen at Severn Beach. Another Stonechat and a Kestrel were present at Aust Warth.
Another freezing day with lots of snow. Another Golden Plover and at least 70 Lapwing flew South over Severn Beach. There was an influx of Fieldfares, Redwings and Song Thrushes struggling to find food in gardens and even on the salt Marsh. Other sightings here involved 2 Stonechats, a Kestrel and a Snipe.
Fieldfare, Severn Beach 2.3.18
Severn Beach in the snow, 2.3.18
The cold spell continued with temperatures remaining below freezing with a strong North East breeze and snow for most of the day. At least 10 Golden Plover and 120 Lapwing flew South over Severn Beach this morning and at least 100 Wigeon, 37 Shelduck and 120 Dunlin were seen on the frozen shore late afternoon.
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