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.
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.
Snow Bunting, Severn Beach 8.12.18
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.
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.
Bar-tailed Godwit, New Passage 6.12.18
A very wet day. The Brent Goose remained with the Canada Geese on Northwick Warth.
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.
Brent Goose, New Passage 4.12.18
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.
A dismal wet and grey day. The usual flocks of Wigeon, Black-tailed Godwits, Curlew, Lapwing and Redshank were seen from New Passage.
A mixed flock of 120 Dunlin/Ringed Plover were seen at Severn Beach.
Click on the calendar pictures for previous month’s reports.....
Combined Total so far this year = 178 Species
My Patchwork Challenge Severnside/Severn Beach year total = 164 Species/225 points
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