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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.

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Click on the calendar pictures to see previous month’s reports..
Combined Total so far this year = 178 Species

My Patchwork Challenge Severnside/Severn Beach year total = 168 Species/236 points
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16th December
A Merlin, Egyptian Goose and Water Rail were seen in the Northwick Warth area. A female Blackcap remained on garden feeders in Severn Beach today.

15th December
A brief visit to New Passage/Northwick Warth produced 400 Dunlin, 450 Lapwing, 135 Teal, 21 Shelduck, 2 Water Pipits, 5 Stock Dove and a flyover Redpoll. A pair of Blackcaps were present in a Severn Beach garden.

                                                                                 Water Pipit, Northwick Warth 15.12.17

14th December
A female Blackcap was present in a Severn Beach garden.

13th December
A day of rain and wind. No reports were received.

12th December
An icy morning (-3°C). Combined reports from New Passage involved 30 Black-tailed Godwits, 250 Dunlin, a Little Egret, 5 Cormorants, 300+ Wigeon, a Merlin and 2 Stonechats. At least 100 Turnstones, 15 Ringed Plover, 70 Dunlin, 40 Redshank, 70 Oystercatchers and 2 Stonechats were seen at Severn Beach.

11th December
A North West wind coming from the Welsh snowfields produced a significant wind chill. An eye watering visit to New Passage produced just 18 Shelduck, 240+ Wigeon and 500 Dunlin. Two Short-eared Owls, 3 Jack Snipe, 150 Wigeon and a Raven were seen at Aust Warth late afternoon.

10th December
A cold day with sleet and snow. At least 80 Teal and 7 Tufted Duck were seen on Pilning Wetland late afternoon.

9th December
At least 1000 Dunlin, 24 Black-tailed Godwits, 320 Lapwing, 80 Curlew, 18 Shelduck, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebes, single Water Rail, Kestrel, Stonechat and Grey Wagtail were reported from the New Passage/Pilning Wetland area. At least 120 Turnstones, 40 Dunlin and 18 Ringed Plover were seen roosting at Severn Beach. A Short-eared Owl was seen again over Aust Warth at dusk.

                                                                              Turnstones and Dunlin, Severn Beach 10.12.17
                                                      Plenty of birds crammed into the roost at the Shaft beach

8th December
A day with a biting cold North West wind and occasional snow showers. A visit to Pilning Wetland produced 1000+ roosting Dunlin, 180 Lapwing, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, single Knot and Snipe, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Ravens and 2 Stonechat. Another 2 Stonechat were seen at Severn Beach. A Short-eared Owl and a Kestrel were reported again at Aust Warth.

7th December
A morning visit to Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth produced 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 1000+ Dunlin, 250 Lapwing, 80 Redshank, a Little Egret, 240 Wigeon, 80+ Teal, 20 Shelduck, 12 Tufted Duck, a Pochard, 60 Stock Doves and 2 Ravens.

6th December
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area involved 6 Grey Plover, 30 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Knot, 250 Lapwing, 1200+ Dunlin, 160 Oystercatchers, 75 Curlew, 2 Little Egrets, a Water Rail, 29 Canada Geese, 250+ Wigeon, 18 Shelduck, 90+ Teal, 9 Tufted Duck, 60 Stock Doves, 15 Pied Wagtails, single Grey Wagtail and Raven. Another 9 Shelduck, 25 Turnstones, 16 Ringed Plover, 2 Stonechats and a Rock Pipit were seen at Severn Beach. An early morning high tide visit to Aust Warth produced just 3 Shelduck, 5 Snipe, 2 Ravens and a Kestrel.

                                                                                         Knot, Pilning Wetland 6.12.17

5th December
A grey and gloomy day. A morning visit to the Northwick Warth area produced an adult Mediterranean Gull, 3 Grey Plover, 250 Lapwing, 37 Black-tailed Godwits, a Knot, 1500 Dunlin, 20 Turnstones, 3 Ringed Plover, 90 Curlew, a Snipe, 2 Little Egrets, 51 Canada Geese, 250+ Wigeon, 7 Shelduck, 10 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, a Pochard and a male Merlin.

                                                                               Mediterranean Gull, Pilning Wetland 5.12.17

4th December
A low tide visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland this morning produced just 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 1200+ Dunlin, 186 Lapwing, a Snipe, 2 Little Egrets, 30 Canada Geese, 250+ Wigeon, 90 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, a Pochard, a Peregrine, 32 Pied Wagtails, a Kingfisher and at least 2 Water Pipits. A Short-eared Owl was seen again over Aust Warth at dusk.

3rd December
Reports from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland included 176 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Knot, 1150 Dunlin, 19 Ringed Plover, a Little Egret, 10 Tufted Duck, a Water Rail and 2 Water Pipits. A Short-eared Owl, 26 Shelduck, 17 Curlew, 25 Redshank, 2 Kestrels and a Stonechat were seen at Aust Warth.

2nd December
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth area involved a Great Crested Grebe, 180 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Knot, 22 Ringed Plover, 60 Curlew, 75 Stock Doves, single Water Rail, Peregrine and Stonechat.

                                                                                     Stock Doves, Northwick Warth 1.12.17

1st December
A sunny day with a biting cold North wind. Reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included 144 Black-tailed Godwits, 1000+ Dunlin, 21 Lapwing, 10 Ringed Plover, 90+ Oystercatchers, 5 Little Egrets, 27 Canada Geese, 20 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 18 Shelduck, 200+ Wigeon, 100+ Teal, 7 Fieldfare, an impressive 54 Stock Doves, single Raven and Merlin. Click on the Stock Dove image above for a short Youtube video.