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July is the quietest month on Severnside with only 153 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 Cattle Egret (2017), 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 = 164 Species

My Patchwork Challenge Severnside/Severn Beach year total = 148 Species/188 points
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15th July
Combined morning and evening sightings from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area involved a Wood Sandpiper, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, 9 Common Sandpipers, 40 Redshank, 45 Dunlin, a Whimbrel, 125 Curlew, a Little Egret, 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult & 2nd summer), a Common Gull, 3 Ravens and a Yellow Wagtail. Three Whimbrel and 8 Little Egrets were seen at Severn Beach.

14th July
Another fine sunny day. Combined reports from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland included an adult Mediterranean Gull, 500+ Black-headed Gulls, a Ruff, 35 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Common Sandpipers, 45 Dunlin, 155 Curlew, 80 Lapwing, 40 Redshank, a Little Egret, 50 Shelduck, 7 Tufted Duck and 4 Ravens. Another 150 Black-headed Gulls, 2 juvenile Mediterranean Gulls, 12 Little Egrets, a Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, a Common Sandpiper, 22 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover were seen at Severn Beach.

                                                                         Juvenile Mediterranean Gull, Severn Beach 14.7.18

                                                                          Juvenile Mediterranean Gulls, Severn Beach 14.7.18

                                                                                         Little Egrets, Severn Beach 14.7.18

13th July
A Ruff, 32 Black-tailed Godwits, 41 Dunlin, 70 Lapwing, 30+ Redshank, 5 Grey Heron and a Little Egret were seen in the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area this morning. Two Little Egrets were seen at Severn Beach this morning,

12th July
A sunny and humid day. An adult Mediterranean Gull, 300+ Black-headed Gulls, a Ruff, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, 28 Dunlin, 70 Redshank, 9 Curlew, 50 Lapwing, 20 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Ravens, single Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were seen in the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area.

11th July
Still, warm sunny and very dry. Four Little Ringed Plover (2 juveniles), 22 Dunlin, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 40+ Redshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, 40+ Lapwing, 2 Little Egrets and 5 Ravens were seen in the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area this morning.

10th July
A quick circuit of the Pilning Wetlands footpath produced 4 Little Egrets, 20+ Black-tailed Godwits, 20+ Lapwing, 280+ Black-headed Gulls, 3 Ravens and the first Whinchat of the autumn. A Sparrowhawk was seen on Aust Warth.

                                                                                     Whinchat, Pilning Wetland 10.7.18

9th July
A morning visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland produced a flock of 9 Little Egrets, 23 Black-tailed Godwits, 28 Dunlin, 48 Redshank, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtails and 5 Ravens.

8th July
Another 30+°C day. At least 3 Little Ringed Plover, 25 Black-tailed Godwits, 40+ Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 2 Little Egrets, 4 Shelduck broods, 2 Gadwall broods and 2 Ravens were reported from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland.
7th July
No change in the weather. Combined sightings from the New Passage/Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included 19 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Little Ringed Plover, a Dunlin, 60 Lapwing, 27 Redshank, 2 Little Egrets, 4 Tufted Duck, a brood of 7 Gadwall ducklings, 11 Teal, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, single Cuckoo, Raven and Sparrowhawk.

                                                                                Black-tailed Godwits, Pilning Wetland 7.7.18

6th July
Still hot and sunny. Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included an adult Mediterranean Gull, an Arctic Tern, 3+ Little Ringed Plover, 11 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 30 Redshank, 50+ Lapwing, 5 Little Egrets, 3 Grey Herons and 2 Ravens.

                                                                                     Mediterranean Gull, New Passage 6.7.18

5th July
Yet another warm and sunny day.  The adult Mediterranean Gull, 220+ Black-headed Gulls, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 14 Redshank, 2 Shelduck broods (17 & 7), 2 Teal and a Raven were seen on a morning visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland. Two more adult Mediterranean Gulls were seen flying South West over Severn Beach where 3 Little Egrets and 80 Black-headed Gulls were also seen from the shore.

4th July
A morning visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland produced 4 Avocets, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 6+ Little Ringed Plover, 50+ Lapwing, 6 Dunlin, 24 Redshank, 20 Curlew, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 250+ Black-headed Gulls, 5 Teal and two broods of 7 Gadwall ducklings.

                                                                                          Avocets, Pilning Wetland 4.7.18

3rd July
A sunny and hot day. Reports from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland included 3 Little Egrets, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 23 Redshank, single Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 6 Teal, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gulls and 3 Ravens.

2nd July
An adult Mediterranean Gull, 380 Black-headed Gulls, a Common Gull, 2 Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel and 70 Curlew were reported from Northwick Warth.

1st July
A cloudy and humid day. Reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included 7 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, single Common Sandpiper, Snipe and Ringed Plover, 33 Redshank, 25 Curlew, 20+ Lapwing, 200+ Black-headed Gulls, 4 Teal and 5 Ravens. A Whimbrel and at least 70 Curlew were reported from Chittening Warth.

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