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2021 SIGHTINGS
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May is the 4th most productive month of the year with at least one individual of 195 species being seen. The summer migrants continue to move through including Garganey, Hobby, Cuckoo, Spotted Flycatcher, more Terns and Skuas with the chance of Pomarine. “Small” wader numbers should rise during the month with Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Sanderling and the chance of a Curlew Sandpiper or Little Stint. Rarer records include Subalpine Warbler (2004), Golden Oriole (2016), Bee-eater (2007), Spoonbills (1998,2015,2017, 2020), Honey Buzzard (1991,2011), Montagu’s Harrier (2015), Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Osprey, Collared Pratincole (2020), Kentish Plover (2004), Buff-breasted Sandpiper (1990), Temminck’s Stint (2004,2016, 2019), Broad-billed Sandpiper (1988), Dotterel (2011),Black-winged Stilt (2017), Franklin’s Gull (1984), Laughing Gull (2012), Long-tailed Skua, Sabine’s Gull, Roseate Tern (1990) and White-winged Black Tern (1990).

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Combined Total so far this year = 156 Species

My Patchwork Challenge Severnside/Severn Beach year total = 135 Species/164 points
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15th May
A cool day with heavy rain showers. Combined reports from the New Passage/Pilning Wetland area included single Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit and Sanderling, 30 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 6 adult Lapwing (plus chicks), a Little Egret a Hobby, a Red Kite (drifting North), a large brown Falcon thought to be an escaped Lanner, 3 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails, single Tree Pipit and Sedge Warbler.

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                                                                                          Hobby, Northwick Warth 15.5.21

14th May
Combined reports from the New Passage/Pilning Wetland area included 4 adult Lapwing (with 3 and 3 chicks), 25 Ringed Plover, 25 Dunlin, 5 Curlew, a Whimbrel, 30+ Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, an Egyptian Goose (flying North East), 15 Canada Geese, 40+ Shelduck, 20 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Wheatears and 2 Sedge Warblers. A Red kite and a Peregrine were seen over Severn Beach and a flock of 150 Dunlin from the shore..

13th May
A very wet day. Sightings from New Pssage/Pilning Wetland included 4 adult Lapwing and 4 chicks, 2 Ringed Plover, 65 Shelduck, 20 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, 13 Canada Geese and 50+ Swifts.

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                                                                                Lapwing with chicks, Pilning Wetland 13.5.21

12th May
At least 90 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 3 adult Lapwing (plus at least one chick), 40 Oystercatchers, 55 Shelduck, 20 Gadwall, 9 Tufted Ducks, a Little Egret, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, a Yellow Wagtail, 50+Swifts and 2 Sedge Warblers were seen at New Passage/Pilning Wetland.

11th May
Another day of sunshine and heavy showers. Reports from New Passage/Pilning Wetland included 2 Whimbrel, single Sanderling and Common Sandpiper, 90 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover, 10 Lapwing including 4 chicks, 2 Little Egrets, 40 Black-headed Gulls, a Raven, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 40 Swifts. Another 50 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover and 3 Whimbrel were seen at Severn Beach.

10th May
A breezy day with some heavy rain showers. Reports from New Passage/Pilning Wetland on the morning and evening high tides included a Wood Sandpiper, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 13 Whimbrel, 3 Lapwing, 40 Oystercatchers, single Greenshank, Sanderling, Common Sandpiper, Curlew and Turnstone, 110 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover, 50+ Swifts, single Siskin, Wheatear and Yellow Wagtail. Another 40 Dunlin and 2 Black-headed Gulls were seen at Severn Beach.

9th May
Combined reports from the Pilning Wetland/New Passage area included 2 Black-tailed Godwits, single Greenshank, Common Sandpiper and Grey Plover, 5 Whimbrel, a Curlew, 160 Dunlin, 25 Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing plus 4 chicks, 2 Little Egrets, 8 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Garden Warbler. A Cuckoo was reported calling from the scrub area next to Severn Beach railway platform. A Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Wheatears, 2 Ravens, 2 Kestrels, single Peregrine, Tree Pipit and Lesser Whitethroat were reported from Aust Cliff/services.

8th May
A wet and breezy day. An afternoon visit to Pilning Wetland/New Passage produced 6 Avocets, 8+ Little Ringed Plovers, 150 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover, 12 Mute Swans, 12 Gadwall and 10 Tufted Duck.

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                                                                                         Avocet, Pilning Wetland 8.5.21

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                                                                                           Avocet, Pilning Wetland 8.5.21

7th May
Combined reports from the New Passage/Pilning Wetland area included 2 Avocets, 15 Whimbrel, 10 Ringed Plover, 8 Little Ringed Plover, 50 Dunlin, 2 Turnstones, 35 Oystercatchers, 4 Lapwing, single Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, 45 Shelduck, 12 Gadwall, 10 Tufted Duck, 11 Mute Swans, 2 Yellow Wagtails, Swifts, Lesser Whitethroats and Whitethroats. Another 2 Whimbrel, 50 Dunlin, a Little Egret and Lesser Whitethroat were reported at Severn Beach. A Lesser Whitethroat and 4 Roe Deer were seen at Aust Cliff.

6th May
No reports were received today.

5th May
A sunny day with a gusty breeze and occasional torrential hail showers. The only reports from the Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth area were of the usual Little Ringed Plovers, Whimbrel, Lapwings, a Dunlin, a few Swifts and a Wheatear. Another Little Ringed Plover was seen at Severn Beach.

4th May
A less windy and mainly dry day. Combined reports from the New Passage/Pilning Wetland area included an Arctic Tern, 13 Whimbrel, 5+ Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 3 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, 45 Oystercatchers, 50+ Shelduck, a drake Wigeon, a Peregrine and a Swift. A much quieter day at Severn Beach with just 3 Arctic Skuas, 8 Whimbrel, 8 Dunlin, 2 Lapwing, 2 Peregrines, a Hobby and 4 Swifts being of note.

3rd May
An increasingly wet and windy day. A good selection of birds were seen from Severn Beach in the strong South West wind including 9 Arctic Skuas (7 dark morph, 2 pale morph), single Great Skua, Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Little Gull and Mediterranean Gull, 4 Gannets, 4 Kittiwakes, 95 terns, most of which were Arctic Terns with a few Common Terns, 6 Whimbrel, single Little Egret and Peregrine. Just 6 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Lapwing, 10 Ringed Plover, 15 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, single Turnstone and Snipe, 55 Shelduck, 10 Gadwall and 8 Tufted Duck were reported from New Passage/Pilning Wetland

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                                                                             Arctic Skuas, Severn Beach 3.5.21  © Mark Coller

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                                                                                          Ringed Plover, New Passage 3.5.21

2nd May
Combined reports from the New Passage/Pilning Wetland area included a Sanderling, 14 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshank, 10 Whimbrel, 6+ Little Ringed Plovers, 7 Ringed Plover, 15 Dunlin, 4 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Little Egret, a Greylag Goose, 4 Swifts, 2 Sedge Warblers, 2 Yellow Wagtails, single Raven, Wheatear, Redpoll and Kestrel. Another 5 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Garden Warblers, 8 Wheatears, 3 Siskins, single Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail were reported from Aust Cliffs/Services. Six Whimbrel, a Little Ringed Plover and a singing Cetti’s Warbler were present at Severn Beach. Another 3 Lesser Whitethroats and 2 Cetti’s Warblers were heard at Chittening Warth.

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                                                                                         Whimbrel, New Passage 2.5.21

1st May
A Cattle Egret flew North East over New Passage early morning. Other reports from the New Passage/Pilning Wetland area included a Greenshank, 7 Little Ringed Plovers, 5 Lapwing, 8 Whimbrel, 15 Dunlin, 8 Yellow Wagtails, a Tree Pipit, a Whinchat, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Swifts, a Kestrel and 5 Siskins.

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JANUARY
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FEBRUARY
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MARCH
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APRIL