SEVERNSIDE BIRDS























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June is the quietest month on Severnside with a total  of  only 141 species seen. It is the month to do those decorating jobs at home unless any strong West or South West winds occur. This weather can produce a good selection  of seabirds including Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Fulmar and Storm Petrel. The first  parties of young Shelduck appear. June has had some rarities including Franklin’s Gull (1988) and Alpine Swift (1999).
June 2005
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June 16th
Sightings received today included 5 Curlew and a family party of 4 Ravens on Severn Beach. The female Common Scoter and a Hobby were seen at Northwick Warth.

June 15th
Todays reports inluded 2 Fulmar off Severn Beach, a Common Scoter and 3 Curlew at Northwick Warth. The drake Ring-necked Duck remained on the square roadside pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.

June 14th
Reports today included 2 Fulmar, 2 Common Terns, 4 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover at Severn Beach. Only one Common Scoter was seen at Northwick Warth. The drake Ring-necked Duck remained on the square roadside pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.

June 13th
The only birds of note were the 2 Common Scoter off Northwick Warth. The drake Ring-necked Duck was still on the square roadside pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.

June 12th
The 2 Common Scoter still present off Northwick Warth. The drake Ring-necked Duck was still on the square roadside pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works, accessed  from Kingsweston Lane.

June 11th
The 2 Common Scoter remained off Northwick Warth where 25 Oystercatchers, a Curlew and a new brood of 7 young Shelduck were also seen. There were 7 Ringed Plover at Severn Beach. The drake Ring-necked Duck was still on the square roadside pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works this morning.

June 10th
There were 3 Ringed Plover on Severn Beach this morning and the 2 Common Scoter were seen again off Northwick Warth. The drake Ring-necked Duck reappeared on the square roadside pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.

June 9th
The 2 Common Scoter were still present off Northwick Warth.

June 8th
The only reports received today were 2 Common Scoters still off Northwick Warth and 6 Black-headed Gulls at Chittening Warth.

June 7th
The 2 Common Scoter remained off Northwick Warth where 4 Dunlin and 27 Oystercatchers were also seen.

June 6th
Reports today included 13 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and 2 Sanderling at Severn Beach and the 2 Common Scoter remained off Northwick Warth.

June 5th
Sightings received this morning included 10 Sanderling and 2 Dunlin on Severn Beach. The 2 Common Scoter were seen again off Northwick Warth where a late male Wheatear was also present. A brood of Pied Wagtails were found feeding in the cattle compound at Old Passage. This afternoon, 15 Dunlin, 8 Sanderling, 5 Ringed Plover,  single Curlew, Oystercatcher, Gadwall, a brood of 9 small young Shelduck (32 adults), 65 Mallard, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warblers and a Sedge Warbler were seen at Chittening Warth.

June 4th
Breezy conditions this evening produced a Fulmar and a Kittiwake off Severn Beach. There were also 9 Sanderling and a Whimbrel here. There were 2 female type Common Scoter off Northwick Warth.

June 3rd
Reports received today included an adult and immature Peregrine at Severn Beach feeding on a Feral Pigeon. A single Dunlin was also seen here. The usual 130 Shelduck and 20 Oystercatchers remained at Northwick Warth.

June 2nd
At least some birds were reported today, with 9 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin and a Peregrine on Severn Beach. A Lesser Whitethroat was present at Sea Bank Pools, Chittening Warth and there were 22 Oystercatchers on Northwick Warth.

June 1st
Nothing of note was reported today!
June 21st
The female Common Scoter and a few more migrants were seen today at Northwick Warth this morning including 40 Curlew, 2 Knot and a Bar-tailed Godwit. A Hobby was seen hunting the local Swallows and House Martins. A Lesser Whitethroat was heard at New Passage. The evening high tide produced 3 Sanderling and a Ringed Plover on Severn Beach.

June 20th
A party of 4 Ravens flew South over New Passage this morning. Early signs of “autumn” migration here included 6 Teal (five moulting males, one female), 30 Black headed Gulls, 4 Curlew and a Sand Martin.
The drake Ring-necked Duck remained on the square roadside pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.

June 19th
Another 30°C and humid day. The female Common Scoter and 10 Black-headed Gulls were seen off Northwick Warth. The drake Ring-necked Duck  remained on the square roadside pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.

June 18th
The hottest day of the year so far with the temperature passing 30°C. Reports today included 8 Black-headed Gulls and the female Common Scoter at Northwick Warth. Single Hobbies were seen at Aust Warth and New Passage. The drake Ring-necked Duck  remained on the square roadside pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.

June 17th
Reports today included the seemingly resident female Common Scoter off Northwick Warth where 3 Curlew were also seen. Family parties of 3 Grey Wagtails and 4 Pied Wagtails were seen in the pill at New Passage and several fledged broods of Swallows were being fed here by adults. The afternoon high tide at Severn Beach produced 9 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, single Ringed Plover and Curlew. The drake Ring-necked Duck was seen again on the square roadside pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works
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Tufted Duck and Ring-necked Duck, Avonmouth 17.6.5
June 30th
Apart from a Little Egret and the family of Little Grebes at the Orchard Pools Severn Beach, typical end of June birds at Northwick Warth included 144 Shelduck and 6 Oystercatchers. The drake Ring-necked Duck continued to show well at Avonmouth Sewage Works.

June 29th
A Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 juvenile Black-headed Gulls were seen at New Passage, 3 Common Sandpipers were present at Severn Beach. The Ring-necked Duck remained at Avonmouth Sewage Works.

June 28th
A quiet day with a Hobby and a Bar-tailed Godwit at Severn Beach. Nearby there were 4 Tufted Ducks, 2 adult Little Grebes with 3 downy chicks on the Orchard Pools. There were 50 Curlew at Chittening Warth.

June 27th
Migrants at Northwick Warth included a Little Egret and a Sand Martin. A Bar-tailed Godwit and a juvenile Black-headed Gull were seen at Chittening Warth.

June 26th
A little more variety today with single Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Redshank at Severn Beach. Another Bar-tailed Godwit, Redshank, 19 Curlew and 140 Shelduck were present at Northwick Warth. The first juvenile Wheatear of the year was seen on the railway track at Chittening Warth. The drake Ring-necked Duck was still on Avonmouth Sewage Works pond.

June 25th
There were 3 Black-tailed Godwit at Severn Beach, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, single Bar-tailed Godwit, Sanderling and 40 Curlew at Northwick Warth. The drake Ring- necked Duck was still on the Avonmouth Sewage Works square pool.

June 24th
No reports today except heavy thunder storms.

June 23rd
Another hot day with 140 Shelduck, 45 Black-headed Gulls, 20 Curlew, 2 Knot, single Bar-tailed Godwit and Peregrine being seen at Northwick Warth. The drake Ring-necked Duck was seen on the square roadside pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.

June 22nd
The first juvenile Black-headed Gull of the year was seen at Northwick Warth along with a Common Tern, 2 Knot, single Bar-tailed Godwit, Redshank and the Common Scoter. The drake Ring-necked Duck  remained on the square roadside pool near Avonmouth Sewage Works.
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Yellowhammer, Marshfield 22.6.5
A brief visit to Marshfield, in the North of the County produced good numbers of a Yellowhammer, now a just a rare visitor to Severnside.