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Despite the onset of winter and the decrease in hours of daylight, October is a month with the highest number of recorded species, with a grand total of 209. Rarities have included records of  Red-footed Falcon (2014), Long-billed Dowitcher (1977), Lesser Yellowlegs (1984), White-rumped Sandpiper (1985), Red-necked Phalarope (2001), American Golden Plover (2013), Black Guillemot (1998), Bearded Tits (2012), Yellow-browed Warbler (2001,2016) and Red-throated Pipit (2015). Other national and local rarities recorded include Black-necked Grebe (1996,2015), Glossy Ibis (2009), Cranes (2016), Great White Egret (2016), Ring-billed Gull, Spoonbills,Whooper Swans, Roseate Tern, Hooded Crow, Dartford Warbler, Montagu’s Harrier (1991), Hen Harrier, Ring Ouzel, Mealy Redpoll, Firecrests, Hawfinch and Common Crossbill.

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Click on the calendar pictures to see previous month’s reports..
Combined Total so far this year = 174 Species

My Patchwork Challenge Severnside/Severn Beach year total = 163 Species/226 points
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23rd October
A less windy day and a good selection seen in the Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth area today including a Spotted Redshank, 16 Knot, 380+ Black-tailed Godwits, 350+ Dunlin, 95 Redshank, 40 Lapwing, 80 Oystercatchers, 85 Curlew, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Heron, a Water Rail, 48 Canada Geese, 300+ Wigeon, 160 Teal, 18 Shoveler, 20+ Gadwall, a Tufted Duck, a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, 2 Stonechats, a Water Pipit and overhead visible migrants heading South East included 15 Fieldfares, Redpoll, Reed Buntings, Chaffinches, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. A Wheatear and 3 Rock Pipits were seen at Severn Beach.

                                                                                     Spotted Redshank, Pilning Wetland 23.10.17

22nd October
A bright and breezy day. Most interest was again at Severn Beach where single 1st winter Sabine’s Gull, Great Skua, Guillemot, 1st winter Little Gull and adult Kittiwake, 90+ Turnstones, 6 Ringed Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Peregrine, 3 Rock Pipits and a flock of 25 Siskins were seen. At least 180 Wigeon were seen at New Passage.

                                                                           Guillemot, Severn Beach 22.10.17  © Brian Thompson

                                                                          Sabine’s Gull, Severn Beach 22.10.17  © Brian Thompson

                                                                        Sabine’s Gull, Severn Beach 22.10.17  © Brian Thompson

21st October
An increasingly wet and windy day. The first October record of Great Northern Diver, a Leach’s Petrel, 5 Great Skuas, single Guillemot and Common Tern were reported at Severn Beach.

                                                   Great Northern Diver, Severn Beach 21.10.17  © Aravind Ramesh

                                                                                          Great Skua, Severn Beach 21.10.17

                                                                                     Common Tern, Severn Beach 21.10.17

20th October
A Water Pipit was seen at Northwick Warth and a late Swift Sp. was seen over the Pines at New Passage at dusk. A Red Kite was seen at Aust Warth. At least 22 Gadwall, single Water Rail, Kingfisher and Sparrowhawk were reported at the Orchard Pools in Severn.Beach. My last 45 minutes on St.Agnes today proved to be exciting when a Yellow-billed Cuckoo was found exhausted in a garden.

                                                       Yellow-billed Cuckoo, St. Agnes, Isles of Scilly 20.10.17  

19th October
No reports were received today.

18th October
Two Bar-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper, 155 Redshank, 19 Dunlin, 2 Stonechats, 3 Wheatears, single Water Rail, Coal Tit, Kingfisher and Cetti’s Warbler were reported from the Northwick Warth area.

17th October
At least 2 Leach’s Petrels and a Common Scoter were seen from Severn Beach this morning.

16th October
A windy day resulting from ex hurricane Ophelia produced the first Pomarine Skua in over 2 years and a Leach’s Petrel off Severn Beach on the evening high tide.

                                                          Pomarine Skua, Severn Beach 16.10.17  © Dan White

                                                                                Leach’s Petrel, Severn Beach 16.10.17  © Dan White

15th October
The usual Spotted Redshank, Ruff, 85 Redshank, 32 Lapwing, 2 Stonechats, Peregrine and Sparrowhawk were reported from the Northwick Warth area.

14th October
A long overdue and first Severnside record of Common Rosefinch was seen and heard by 3 lucky observers over Northwick Warth heading towards New Passage. Other reports from here and Pilning Wetland involved a Spotted Redshank, 13 Knot, 320 Black-tailed Godwits, 5 Snipe, single Grey Plover, Ruff, Grey Wagtail and Sparrowhawk and 2 Stonechats. Coincidently I was away on St Agnes, Isles of Scilly this afternoon where I saw and heard the easily overlooked Common Rosefinch, along with Orphean Warbler, Little Bunting, Firecrest and Black Redstart all within a few hundred metre radius of our accommodation.

                                                                            Common Rosefinch, St.Agnes, Isles of Scilly 14.10.17

                                                                                Little Bunting, St.Agnes, Isles of Scilly 14.10.17

                                                                             Black Redstart, St.Agnes, Isles of Scilly 14.10.17
13th October
No Severnside reports were received so far today but I did manage an unscheduled trip to to South Wales today to see a Rock Thrush on top of a very windy mountain.

                                                                                     Rock Thrush, Gilwern, Gwent 13.10.17

12th October
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area involved 2 Barnacle Geese, 95 Canada Geese, 200+ Wigeon, 50 Teal, a Little Stint, 270 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Knot, 2 Grey Plover, a Golden Plover, 25 Lapwing, 90 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, a Little Egret, 10 Cormorants (heading South), 2 Peregrines, 5 Redpoll, 3 Siskins, 3 Stonechats, a Wheatear and 2 Coal Tits.

                                                                                   Barnacle Geese, Pilning Wetland 12.10.17

11th October
A day with a moderate strength South/South West breeze. A thorough search of Northwick Warth failed to produce the Phalarope and the only birds worth a mention were 300+ Black-tailed Godwits, 70 Oystercatchers, 30 Lapwing, 60 Dunlin, a Grey Plover, 2 Snipe, a Little Egret, 160 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 6 Shelduck, 3 Tufted Duck, 10 Shoveler and 20 Gadwall.

10th October
The Grey Phalarope was seen again briefly early afternoon at Northwick Warth. Other reports from here and Pilning Wetland included a Spotted Redshank, a Little Stint, 2 Ruff, 11 Ringed Plover, 30 Lapwing, 100 Dunlin, 300+ Black-tailed Godwits, 90 Redshank, 3 Snipe, single Little Egret, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat, Cetti’s Warbler and Raven, 180 Wigeon, 3 Swallows and 110 Linnets.

9th October
Another fine and sunny day. Combined reports from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland included single Grey Phalarope (found in the evening), Little Stint, Spotted Redshank, Common Sandpiper and Grey Plover, 2 Ruff, 270 Black-tailed Godwits, 250 Dunlin, 70 Curlew, 90 Oystercatchers, 22 Ringed Plover, 35 Lapwing, 110 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 2 Little Egrets, 129 Canada Geese, a Greylag, 3 Shelduck, 150 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 2 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat, 2 Siskin, 2 Redpoll, single Redwing, Kingfisher and Raven. Click on the Phalarope below for a short Youtube video.

                                                                                  Grey Phalarope, Northwick Warth 9.10.17

8th October
A fine sunny day. A Grey Phalarope was seen at Severn Beach mid morning and it relocated to Chestle Pill at New Passage (it was apparently seen yesterday as well at Severn Beach!). The first Treecreeper of the year was a great find around the Army buildings at New Passage (less than annual here). Other reports from the Northwick Warth area included a Spotted Redshank, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Knot, 7 Bar-tailed Godwits, 350+ Black-tailed Godwits, 11 Ringed Plover, 120 Redshank, single Little Egret, Grey Plover, Ruff and Common Sandpiper, a Merlin 2 Siskins and a Redpoll. Another 11 Ringed Plover were seen at Severn Beach.

                                                                                    Grey Phalarope, New Passage 8.10.17

7th October
Single Spotted Redshank, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff and Grey Plover, 10 Knot, 15 Dunlin, 400 Black-tailed Godwits, 90 Redshank, 60 Curlew, 23 Lapwing, a Ringed Plover, 3 Little Egrets, 150+ Wigeon, 2 Stonechats, single Turtle Dove, Merlin, Kestrel, Raven and Swallow were reported from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland. Another Little Egret was seen at Severn Beach.

6th October
A dry and sunny day. Combined reports from the Nortwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included 2 Little Stints, single Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank and Ruff, 375 Black-tailed Godwits, 11 Knot, 300 Dunlin, 120 Redshank, 40 Turnstones, single Little Egret, Merlin, Hobby, Kestrel, Raven, Stonechat and Coal Tit. Another 6 Stonechats and a Rock Pipit were seen at Severn Beach.

5th October
The Turtle Dove, 2 Spotted Redshank, a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Knot, a Ruff, 140 Redshank, 150 Dunlin, 400 Black-tailed Godwits, 20+ Turnstones, single Water Rail, Stonechat, Wheatear, Siskin, Redpoll, Kestrel and Peregrine were reported in the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area.

                                                                                    Turtle Dove, Northwick Warth 5.10.17

4th October
Sightings from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland involved the Turtle Dove, 2 Spotted Redshank, 3 Ruff, a Curlew Sandpiper, 31 Knot, 280+ Black-tailed Godwits, 110 Redshank, 90 Dunlin, 30 Turnstones, 2 Stonechats, 140 Linnet, 2 Wheatear and 3 Siskins. Another 2 Stonechats were seen at Aust Warth.

                                                                          Spotted Redshank eating a fish, Pilning Wetland 4.10.17

3rd October
The Turtle Dove reappeared on Northwick Warth where other sightings included a Spotted Redshank, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, a Little Stint, 5 Ruff, 4 Golden Plover, a Common Sandpiper, 10 Knot, 20 Lapwing, 450+ Black-tailed Godwits, a Peregrine, 2 Wheatears and 2 Stonechats.

2nd October
A dull and windy day. Combined reports from the Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth area included a Spotted Redshank, 5 Curlew Sandpipers, 12 Knot, 4 Little Stints, 11 Ruff, 475 Black-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper, 120 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover, 90 Redshank, 30 Turnstones, a Little Egret, 34 Canada Geese, a Greylag, 120 Wigeon, 4 Wheatears, single Siskin and Stonechat. Another 60 Turnstones and a Peregrine were seen at Severn Beach.

                                                                                      Turtle Dove, Northwick Warth 1.10.17

1st October
A  grey and damp start to the month brightened by the appearance of a Turtle Dove on Northwick Warth. Also present here this morning were a record flock of c.700 Black-tailed Godwits, single Spotted Redshank, Common Sandpiper and Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Little Stints, 30 Knot, 6 Ruff, a Peregrine, 9+ Stonechats and 2 Wheatears. Click on the Dove picture for a short video on Youtube.