area 2022 Sightings

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Following two of the quietest months of the year, August can be an interesting month with a total of 181 species having been recorded during this month. The numbers and variety of waders increase, as do the numbers of migrating warblers, Yellow Wagtails, Whinchat and Wheatears. Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gulls are expected. Rarities in August have included Slavonian Grebe (1996), Spoonbill (2019), Great White Egrets (2019,2020,2021), Red Crested Pochard (1998), Goshawk, Osprey, Caspian Gull (2006), Sabine’s Gull, Roseate Terns (2016), Red-necked Phalarope (2014), Kentish Plover, White-rumped Sandpiper (1995, 2001), Grey Phalarope, Wryneck (1976,1984, 2003, 2010 and 2014), Rose-coloured Starling (2020), Marsh Warbler (2009) and Red-backed Shrike (2003).

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17th August
A cloudy and cooler day with a North East breeze. A morning visit to Pilning Wetland produced the Wood Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, 18 Black-tailed Godwits, 200 Redshank, 35 Lapwings, a Little Egret, 2 Grey Herons, 20 Canada Geese, 100 Mallard, 9 Gadwall, 14 Teal, a Kestrel and a Cetti’s Warbler.

                                                                             Wood Sandpiper, Pilning Wetland  17.8.22

16th August
A humid morning, rain by late afternoon and a North East breeze. Combined reports from the Pilning Wetland/ New Passage area included the Wood Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Snipe, 28 Black-tailed Godwits, 19 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 31 Turnstones, 180 Redshank, 150 Curlew, 55 Oystercatchers, 45 Lapwings, 6 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Herons, 70 Canada Geese, 6 Gadwall, 7 Shelduck, 24 Teal, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 200 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Grey Wagtails, 40 Pied Wagtails, 6 Yellow Wagtails, 6 Sand Martins, a late Swift, a singing Cetti’s Warbler, single Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.

                                                                                  Yellow Wagtail, Pilning Wetland  16.8.22

15th August
A cooler day with some brief rain showers. Combined reports from Pilning Wetland included a Wood Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, 27 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, 43 Lapwings, 230 Redshank, 2 Grey Herons, 28 Canada Geese, 25+ Teal, 3 Gadwall, a Shelduck, 3 Mute Swans, 200 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail, single Cetti’s Warbler and Kestrel. Reports from New Passage included a Golden Plover, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 13 Ringed Plover, 50 Dunlin, 40+ Turnstones, 50 Redshank, 230 Curlew, 85 Oystercatchers, a Grey Heron, 4 Little Egrets, 38 Canada Geese, 600 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Wheatears, 300 Starlings and a Coal Tit. A walk along the sea wall South of Severn Beach produced at least 10 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Herons, a flock of 150 Goldfinches, 3 Whitethroats, Blackcaps, single Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.

                                                                                    Wood Sandpiper, Pilning Wetland  15.8.22

                                                                                     Wood Sandpiper, Pilning Wetland  15.8.22

14th August
Another 33°C day. Early morning reports from Aust Cliff/services included 19 Canada Geese, 4 Stock Doves, 4 Oystercatchers, 8 Curlew, single Little Egret, Grey Heron and Sparrowhawk, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Ravens,  a Coal Tit, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Grey Wagtails and a Tree Pipit. Highlights from Severn Beach this morning included a Yellow-legged Gull, 10 Cormorants, just 3 Shelduck, single Ringed Plover and 8 Dunlin. A Mediterranean Gull, 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 60 Oystercatchers, a Grey Plover, 20 Lapwing, 20 Ringed Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 130 Curlew, 40 Turnstones, 35 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 154 Redshank, single Little Egret, Grey Heron, Kestrel, Peregrine, Coal Tit, 3 Wheatears, 6 Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail and 5 Tree Pipits were seen at New Passage. A brief morning visit to Pilning Wetland produced 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Green Sandpipers, 145 Redshank, 54 Lapwings, 3 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Herons, a Little Egret, 54 Canada Geese, 5+ Gadwall, 18 Teal, single Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail and Kestrel.

13th August
A very hot day, reaching 35°C. The first Pied Flycatcher of the year was found at Aust Cliff/sevices where other migrants included a Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Tree Pipits, 3 Willow Warblers, single Coal Tit, Whitethroat and Swift plus a Raven, Sparrowhawk and Grey Wagtail. Combined reports from Pilning Wetland included 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 137 Redshank, 5 Green Sandpipers, 19 Dunlin, 23 Lapwings, 3 Grey Herons, 18 Canada Geese, single Shelduck and Shoveler, 20 Gadwall, 13 Teal, 3 Kestrels, single Redstart, Grey Wagtail and Cetti’s Warbler. Late afternoon reports from New Passage involved 29 Canada Geese, 5 Shelduck, 42 Oystercatchers, 9 Lapwings, 120 Curlew, 7 Turnstones, 3 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 3 Little Egrets and 600 Black-headed Gulls. A morning high tide visit to Severn Beach produced 2 Whimbrel, 100 Ringed Plover, 97 Dunlin, 3 Turnstones, 76 Curlew, 57 Oystercatchers, 3 Little Egrets, 4 Canada Geese and 6 Shelduck.

12th August
An even hotter 34°C day. A brief afternoon visit to Pilning Wetland produced 17 Black-tailed Godwits, 3+ Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 142 Redshank, 26 Lapwing, 2 Grey Herons, 40 Canada Geese, 10 Teal, 40 Mallard, 3 Gadwall,  a Grey Wagtail and 2 Swifts, Combined reports from Severn Beach involved just 9 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin, 6 Curlew, 10 Shelduck from the shore and a Redstart in the railway scrub.

11th August
A very hot day with the afternoon temperature reaching at least 33°C. A brief evening visit to Pilning Wetland coinciding with the high tide produced at least 6 Green Sandpipers, 55 Redshank, 10 Dunlin, a Turnstone and a Snipe, 2 Grey Herons, a Little Egret, 16 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 4 Canada Geese and a Yellow Wagtail. A mixed flock of at least 150 Dunlin/Ringed Plover were seen on the evening high tide at Severn Beach.

                                                                                 Green Sandpiper, Pilning Wetland  11.8.22

10th August
The temperature climbed to 31°C. A morning visit to Pilning Wetland produced 3 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper, 24 Lapwings, 9 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Herons, 13 Teal, 3 Gadwall and a Sparrowhawk. Reports from New Passage included 25 Turnstones, 35 Dunlin, 50 Redshank, 20 Curlew and 200 Black-headed Gulls. Sightings from Severn Beach involved 120 Ringed Plover, 110 Dunlin and 450 Black-headed Gulls.

9th August
It remained hot (29°C) and sunny. A brief morning visit to Pilning Wetland produced a Green Sandpiper, 31 Lapwings, 2 Grey Herons, 60 Canada Geese, 11 Teal, 5 Gadwall, single Cetti’s Warbler, Coal Tit, Spotted Flycatcher, Kestrel and Peregrine. Combined reports from New Passage involved a Knot, 40 Turnstones, 40 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 35 Redshank, 20 Curlew, 4 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, 20 Canada Geese, 10 Shelduck and 350 Black-headed Gulls. The late  afternoon high tide at Severn Beach produced 85 Ringed Plover, 110 Dunlin, 4 Turnstones, a Redshank, 3 Grey Herons and 300+ Black-headed Gulls.

                                                                                                 Knot, New Passage 9.8.22

8th August
A hot (27°C ) day and predicted to get even hotter. The adult Curlew Sandpiper, drake Common Scoter, 49 Turnstones, 45 Dunlin, 10 Curlew, 170 Redshank, 5 Little Egrets and a Grey Heron were seen from New Passage and nearby a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 160 Redshank, one Dunlin, 39 Lapwings, a Little Egret, 2 Grey Herons, 80 Canada Geese, 3 Mute Swans, 2 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 2 Swifts and a Kingfisher were seen on Pilning Wetland. At least 90 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, 20 Ringed Plover and a Turnstone were seen this afternoon at Severn Beach.

                                                                                      Curlew Sandpiper, New Passage 8.8.22

7th August
Another hot and sunny day. Combined reports from New Passage included the Curlew Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 173 Redshank, 63 Turnstones, 40 Dunlin, 20 Oystercatchers, 20 Curlew, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 140 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, 4 Common Scoters, 16 Shelduck, 60 Canada Geese, single Red Kite and Hobby. Sightings from the mostly dry Pilning Wetland included a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 4 Green Sandpipers, 28 Lapwings, 190 Redshank, just 2 Dunlin, a Little Egret, 2 Grey Herons, 38 Canada Geese, a Teal, 2 Gadwall, 3 Mute Swans, 4+ Little Grebes and a Kingfisher. A Great White Egret and a Spotted Flycatcher were seen at Severn Beach in the Orchard Pools area.

6th August
A warm and sunny day. The adult Curlew Sandpiper was reported again at New Passage where other sightings on a late morning visit included 4 Black-tailed Godwits, just 10 Dunlin, 30 Redshank, 25 Curlew, 20 Oystercatchers, a Little Egret and 120 Black-headed Gulls. Reports from Pilning Wetland involved 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 juvenile Little Ringed Plovers, 15 Lapwings, a Little Egret, 100 Canada Geese, 4 Teal, 5 Gadwall, 5 Little Grebes, Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers, a Whitethroat and a Swift. A scan of the shoreline at Severn Beach produced 18 Ringed Plover, 29 Dunlin, 10 Turnstones, 3 Redshank, 90 Curlew and 2 Little Egrets.

                                                                  Juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Pilning Wetland  6.8.22

5th August
The Curlew Sandpiper, 40 Turnstones, 200 Redshank, 12 Lapwings, 140 Dunlin, 8 Curlew, 20 Oystercatchers, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Herons, 2 Little Egrets, 150 Canada Geese, 40 Shelduck, 80 Mallard, a Gadwall, 350 Black-headed Gulls, single Peregrine and Kestrel were seen in the New Passage/Pilning Wetland area. A male Redstart, a Yellow Wagtail and a Raven were present at Aust Cliff/Services late morning.

                                                                                  Curlew Sandpiper, New Passage 5.8.22

                                                                                         Redstart, Aust Cliff/Services 358.22

4th August
A morning visit to New Passage produced the adult Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 40 Turnstones, 200 Redshank, 130+ Dunlin, 15 Oystercatchers, 2 Curlew, single Little Egret and Grey Heron, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 130 Black-headed Gulls, 30 Canada Geese and 15 Shelduck. Pilning Wetland was quiet with just 3 Black-tailed Godwits of note. A Great White Egret and a Little Egret were seen at the Orchard Pools in Severn Beach.

                                                                               Mediterranean Gull, New Passage 3.8.22

                                                            Great White Egret, Orchard Pools, Severn Beach 4.8.22 © Vic Savery

3rd August
A wet start to the day turning warm and sunny in the afternoon. Combined visits to New Passage produced the adult Curlew Sandpiper, 180+ Dunlin, 70 Redshank, 35 Turnstones, 60 Curlew, 25 Oystercatchers, single Great White Egret (flew low down river) and Little Egret, 40 Canada Geese, 20 Shelduck, 450 Black-headed Gulls and a Kingfisher. Nearby a juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, single Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper, 10 Redshank, 50 Dunlin, 21 Lapwings, an Oystercatcher, 3 Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, 140 Black-headed Gulls, 8 Canada Geese, 8 Gadwall, 2 Teal, a Whinchat and a Kestrel were seen on Pilning Wetland.

                                                                                    Great White Egret, New Passage 3.8.22

                                                                           Juvenile Mediterranean Gull, Pilning Wetland  3.8.22

2nd August
A wet morning and breezy all day. A late morning visit to Pilning Wetland produced the first Curlew Sandpiper of the year, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 36 Redshank, 34 Dunlin, 5 Lapwings, single Green Sandpiper, Little Egret and Grey Heron, 150 Black-headed Gulls, the usual Mallard with a Teal and a Gadwall. The Curlew Sandpiper was relocated nearby at New Passage with 130 Dunlin, 50 Redshank, 21 Turnstones, 35 Oystercatchers and 44 Curlew.

                                                                              Curlew Sandpiper, Pilning Wetland  2.8.22

1st August
A quiet start to the month with just a Green Sandpiper, 37 Lapwings, 2 Gadwall and a Whinchat worth a mention on a brief visit to Pilning Wetland.
Combined Species Total so far this year = 166

My Patchwork Challenge Severnside/Severn Beach year total =  149 species/ 185 points

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