SEVERNSIDE BIRDS
























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June is usually one of the quietest months on Severnside with a total of only 158 species seen. It is the month to do those 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. June has had some rarities including Great White Egret (2015), Spoonbill (2017), Rose-coloured Starling (2012), Red Kite (2006, 2010, 2013), Franklin’s Gull (1988) and Alpine Swift (1999).                                    



June 2018





30th June
A sunny and hot end to the month. An Avocet, 26 Redshank, 7 Little Ringed Plover (3 juveniles), 22 Lapwing, single Dunlin and Common Sandpiper, 240 Black-headed Gulls were seen in the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area this morning.

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                                                                               Avocet and Redshank, Pilning Wetland 30.6.18

29th June
A hot morning visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland produced 8 Little Ringed Plover (3 juveniles), 12 Lapwing, 11 Curlew, 26 Redshank, a Dunlin, 100+ Black-headed Gulls (2 juveniles), a Canada Goose, 5 Teal, a brood of 8 Gadwall ducklings and 2 Ravens.

28th June
Another hot day. At least 215 Black-headed Gulls, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 18 Curlew, 35 Lapwing, 5 Redshank, 62 Shelduck and a drake Teal were reported from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland. A short distance distraction today involved a Pied Crow present for a third day in Clevedon. Other Pied Crows or the same individual has been reported from other coastal locations in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Norfolk this month.

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                                                                                  Pied Crow, Clevedon, North Somerset 28.6.18

27th June
Another 30°C day. An early morning visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland produced 2 Little Ringed Plover, 23 Lapwing, 35 Redshank, 20+ Curlew, 40+ Black-headed Gulls, 5 Teal, 2 Grey Heron and a Kestrel. Another 23 Black-Headed Gulls were seen at Severn Beach.

26th June
The heatwave continued with temperatures nudging 30°C. Nine Lapwing, a Snipe and a brood of 7 Gadwall ducklings were reported from Pilning Wetland.

25th June
Yet another hot and sunny day. A Red Kite drifted low and slowly North East over Beach Road in Severn Beach (at 10.10) and the early evening tide produced a moulting adult Curlew Sandpiper, 17 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, 45 Curlew, 7 Black-headed Gulls and a hunting Hobby. Three Shelduck broods totalling 28 ducklings (17,8 & 3), 5 Dunlin, 3 Curlew and 50+ Black-headed Gulls were seen from New Passage.

24th June
The hot, sunny dry spell continued. The brood of 17 Shelduck ducklings, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 Curlew, 35 Redshank, 75+ Black-headed Gulls and a Little Egret were reported from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area.

23rd June
At least 100 Shelduck and a Dunlin were reported at Northwick Warth and the afternoon high tide at Severn Beach produced another 26 Shelduck, 9 Curlew, 3 Black-headed Gulls and a Little Egret.

22nd June
Another warm and sunny day. The brood of 17 Shelduck ducklings remained off New Passage and nearby 45 Black-headed Gulls (one juvenile), 13 Redshank, 5 Lapwing and 3 Ravens were seen on Pilning Wetland.

21st June
A mid summers day that actually was the sunniest day of the year so far. A Black-headed Gull and a brood of 8 Shelduck ducklings were seen at Severn Beach.

20th June
An overcast and breezy day. An afternoon visit to Northwick Warth produced 7 Curlew, 35 Oystercatchers, 14 Shelduck and the brood of 17 ducklings. Nearby, single unseasonal Common Tern and Knot, 10 Redshank, 8 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 5+ Little Ringed Plover, a Ringed Plover, 55 Black-headed Gulls and 3 Ravens were seen on Pilning Wetland.

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                                                                                     Common Tern, Pilning Wetland 20.6.18

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                                                                                            Knot, Pilning Wetland 20.6.18

19th June
The family of 17 Shelduck ducklings remained at New Passage and 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 6 Lapwing , 4 Redshank and 30+ Black-headed Gulls were seen on Pilning Wetland this morning.

18th June
Another windy day. Single Storm Petrel, Black-headed Gull and Peregrine were seen at Severn Beach this morning.

17th June
A breezy day with drizzle produced a flock of at least 80 Manx Shearwaters at Severn Beach this morning plus 2 Black-headed Gulls.

16th June
The only report was of a Curlew at Severn Beach

15th June
A morning visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning wetland produced the brood of 17 Shelduck ducklings, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Lapwing and 5 Ravens.

14th June
A windy day due to Storm Hector. A morning sea watch at Severn Beach produced a Storm Petrel (at 07.45) heading out of the Burger Bar bay, at least 150 Manx Shearwaters, 6 Gannets together (4 adults), single Great Skua (at 10.00), Fulmar, 2nd summer Yellow-legged Gull and 1st summer Mediterranean Gull, 2 adult Kittiwakes, 3 Black-headed Gulls and 3 Curlew.

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                                                                                             Gannet, Severn Beach 14.6.18

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                                                                                  Manx Shearwaters, Severn Beach 14.6.18

13th June
A visit to New Passage/Pilning Wetland produced a Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Redshank, 2 Dunlin, a Curlew, 7+ Lapwing, 35+ Oystercatchers, 3 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Teal, the 7 Gadwall ducklings, 40+ Shelduck plus the brood of well grown 17 ducklings and a Kestrel.

12th June
No reports were received today.

11th June
Two Little Ringed Plover, 8+ Lapwing and the Gadwall brood remained intact on the Pilning Wetland.

10th June
Another hot and sunny day. Two Little Ringed Plover, 8+ Lapwing, the brood of 7 Gadwall ducklings, 4 Teal and 5 Ravens were seen on Pilning Wetland.

9th June
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included 50+ Shelduck plus the brood of 17 ducklings, the first Gadwall brood of the year (7 ducklings), 4 Teal, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 9 Black-headed Gulls and a Little Egret. Another 2 Little Egrets flew North over Severn Beach village and a Peregrine was seen from the shore.

8th June
Another quiet day with just one Little Ringed Plover, 8 Lapwing, 4 Teal (3 drakes), 3 Ravens and a Black-headed Gull of note were seen on Pilning Wetland. Another Red Kite was seen drifting across the Severn from Aust Cliff towards Chepstow at 3.30 pm.

7th June
A Little Ringed Plover, at least 6 Lapwing, 2 drake Teal and 3 Ravens were seen on Pilning Wetland.

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                                                                                        Lapwing, Pilning Wetland 7.6.18

6th June
A hot and sunny day with a North East breeze. A Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Lapwing, 40+ Oystercatchers, 3 Curlew and 6 Black-headed Gulls were seen in the Northwick Warth area this morning and 2 Red Kites were seen drifting North over the coast road behind Northwick Warth early afternoon.

5th June
Sightings from Pilning Wetland included 20 Canada Geese, a Little Ringed Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 7 Lapwing and 3 Black-headed Gulls.

4th June
A morning visit to the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area produced 19 Canada Geese, 60+ Shelduck, 8 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 13 Black-headed Gulls and a Kestrel.

3rd June
The warm settled weather continued. Reports from Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland included 2 Grey Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwing, a Little Egret and a Black-headed Gull. The Severn Beach high tide produced 30 Dunlin and 15 Ringed Plover.

2nd June
A hot and sunny day. A morning high tide visit to Severn Beach produced 2 Sanderling, a Ringed Plover and 2 Black-headed Gulls. Another 3 Ringed Plover, 16 Dunlin and 4 Lapwing were seen on Pilning Wetland late morning.

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                                                                                        Sanderling, Severn Beach 2.6.18

1st June
A dry day with a South West breeze. A morning visit to Northwick Warth produced 18 Ringed Plover, 15 Dunlin, 45+ Oystercatchers, 4 Lapwing, single Grey Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank and Curlew, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 49 Shelduck plus 17 ducklings and a Kestrel. The first June record of Woodlark was found on Severn Beach this evening where other sightings included 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Oystercatchers and 2 Gadwall.