area 2020 Sightings

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July is the quietest month on Severnside with only 158 species having been recorded. It does have a more optimistic feeling to it than June, with the appearance of returning waders and in recent years the regular appearance of Mediterranean Gulls. Unusual species seen have included Glossy Ibis (2019), Cattle Egret (2017), Great White Egrets (2018, 2019), Temminck’s Stint (2017), dispersing Crossbill, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Goshawk and a Stone Curlew (1999). A spell of strong SW or W wind usually produces a few Storm Petrels and Manx Shearwaters.

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Combined Total so far this year = 150 Species
10th July
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included a Red Kite, 2 adult and 3 juvenile Avocets, 5 Little Ringed Plover, a Greenshank, 21 Redshank, 15 Black-tailed Godwits, 18 Oystercatchers, 12 Curlew, 6 Dunlin, a Snipe, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Little Egrets, 80+ Shelduck, a Kestrel and a Yellow Wagtail.

9th July
The Wood Sandpiper, 8+ Little Ringed Plovers, 2 adult and 3 juvenile Avocets, 2 Common Sandpipers and 17 Black-tailed Godwits were reported from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland. Another 2 Common Sandpipers, a Hobby, Peregrine and 3 Kestrels were seen at Aust Warth.

8th July
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area involved a Wood Sandpiper, 6 Avocets, 10 Little Ringed Plovers, 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Whimbrel, 12 Oystercatchers, 23 Curlew, 30+ Lapwing with chicks, 23 Redshank, 2 Dunlin, 2 Little Egrets, a Grey Heron, a 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull, 80+ Shelduck, 3 Stock Doves, 4 Ravens, a Sparrowhawk and a juvenile Peregrine. A Hobby and 4 Kestrels were seen at Aust Warth.

7th July
A cool but less windy day. Morning reports from Pilning Wetland included an adult Mediterranean Gull, 3 adult Avocets plus 3 now flying juveniles, 9+ Little Ringed Plovers, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Common Sandpipers, 6 Dunlin, 10+ Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 20+ Lapwing plus 2 chicks, a Little Egret, 4 Grey Herons, 3 Canada Geese goslings, 3 Ravens and a hunting Hobby.

                                                                              Little Ringed Plover, Pilning Wetland 7.7.20

6th July
At least 5 Avocets, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 17 Dunlin, 25+ Lapwing, 4 Little Egrets, single Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper were reported from Pilning Wetland. Another Dunlin was seen at Severn Beach.

5th July
Another windy day. Combined reports from Severn Beach on the morning and evening tides included a female type Velvet Scoter, 2 Arctic Skuas. at least one Storm Petrel, 49 Manx Shearwaters, single Fulmar, Kittiwake and Raven. A Common Tern, 14 Dunlin, a Little Egret, the usual Avocets and Little Ringed Plovers were reported from Pilning Wetland this morning. A Crossbill was reported from New Passage.

4th July
A breezy day. The usual Avocets, 5+ Little Ringed Plovers, 16 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Green Sandpipers, 20 Redshank, 18 Dunlin, 26 Curlew, Lapwings with chicks and 240 Black-headed Gulls were reported from the Pilning Wetland area

3rd July
A windy day with rain showers. At least 300 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Little Egrets and a Curlew were seen at Severn Beach this morning. The usual 5 adult Avocets and chicks, 1+ Little Ringed Plover, 18 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Curlew, 12 Redshank, 13 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover and a Teal were reported from Pilning Wetland this morning.

2nd July
At least 10 adult Avocets plus 3 chicks, 51 Black-tailed Godwits, 6+ Little Ringed Plover, 28 Redshank, 5 Dunlin, 2 broods of Lapwing, single Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper were seen on Pilning Wetland.

1st July
A wet morning followed by a dry and sunny afternoon. Combined reports from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland included a Mediterranean Gull, 120+ Shelduck, 38 Black-tailed Godwits, a Green Sandpiper, 1+ Ringed Plover, 15 Redshank, 2 Dunlin, 5+ Little Ringed Plovers, 5 adult Avocets plus 3 near full grown chicks, 25+ Lapwing, an impressive 12 Little Egrets, 3 Canada Geese goslings, one Mute Swan cygnet and 200+ Black-headed Gulls. A Little Egret and a  flock of 16 Black-tailed Godwits  flew over Severn Beach.
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