April is the second most productive month of the year in the number of species seen. At least one individual of 205 species have been recorded in April. A month when the last of the “winter” birds depart and most “summer” birds arrive. Birds to expect are at least three Tern species, Skuas, “ sylvia” Warblers, Common Redstarts, Whinchats, Yellow Wagtails with the chance of Pied Flycatcher, Grasshopper Warbler, Wood Warbler and Hobby. Rarer sightings include; Stone Curlew (2006), White Stork (2015), Spoonbill (2017), Slavonian Grebe (1989, 2000), Ring-necked Duck (1988), Green-winged Teal (2015), Sabine’s Gull (1990, 1992), Red-rumped Swallow (1988), Red-throated Pipit (2012), Willow Tit (1988), Serin (2017), Mealy Redpoll (2004), Ospreys and Long-eared Owl (2006).
Combined Total so far this year = 141 Species
My Patchwork Challenge Severnside/Severn Beach year total = 128 Species/153 points
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A cloudy morning with a South East breeze, becoming warm and sunny in the afternoon. The good run of new birds continued with a reeling Grasshopper Warbler early morning at New Passage where later 2 Severnside rarities were found in the form of a winter plumage Red-throated Diver and a Nuthatch (in tree tops in the Glen). Other reports from the Northwick Warth/New Passage area included 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Common Sandpipers, 80 Redshank, 3 Snipe, single Bar-tailed Godwit and Knot, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Black-headed Gulls, 18 Tufted Duck, 20 Shoveler, 5 White Wagtails, single Yellow Wagtail and Water Pipit, 2 Sedge Warblers, 6 Wheatears and a Yellowhammer (flying South). Another 2 Common Sandpipers, 22 Shelduck, 3 Canada Geese, 4 Gadwall, 2 Whitethroats, single Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler were reported at Severn Beach.
Red-throated Diver, New Passage 18.4.18
A cloudy day with a strong Southerly breeze. The only reports from the Northwick Warth area involved 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 11 Dunlin, 12 Ringed Plover, 5 Snipe, 60 Redshank, a Little Egret, 88 Shelduck, 4 Wheatears, just 2 White Wagtails, 2 Sedge Warblers and a Raven.
Reports from the Northwick Warth/New Passage included 2 Ring Ouzels (female near 2nd sentry box, a male bird at New Passage), at least one male Redstart, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 7 Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, a Knot, 3+ Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Golden Plover, 90+ Redshank, 40 Curlew, a Merlin, 18 Tufted Duck, 29 White Wagtails, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Wheatears, single Water Pipit, Tree Pipit, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Redpoll.
Ring Ouzel, Northwick Warth 16.4.18
A damp grey day with a South East wind. The Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area was the centre of attention from early morning with a fine Stone Curlew (4th Severnside record), an Ashy-headed Wagtail, 2 Golden Plover, a Grey Plover, 3+ Whimbrel, 35 Curlew, 3 Little Ringed Plover, a Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, 120 Redshank, 30 Oystercatchers, 5 Lapwing, 19 Black-headed Gulls, a Wood Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, a Sedge Warbler, 17 Yellow Wagtails, 45+ White Wagtails, a Water Pipit, 3 Tree Pipits, single Siskin and Redpoll.
Ashy-headed Wagtail, Northwick Warth 15.4.18
Stone Curlew, Northwick Warth 15.4.18
Stone Curlew, Northwick Warth 15.4.18
A misty start to the day followed by bright sunshine. A Wood Warbler was found at New Passage where other reports from here and the surrounding Northwick Warth area included a pair of Pintail, 17 Wigeon, 28 Teal, 18 Shoveler, 3 Little Ringed Plover, a Greenshank. 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Common Sandpipers, 125 Redshank, 36 Turnstones, 29 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover, 5 Lapwing, 25 Oystercatchers, a Little Egret, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 20 White Wagtail, 3 Redpolls, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, single Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Water Pipit and Siskin. Two Great Crested Grebes, 94 Shelduck, 30 Redshank and 35 Oystercatchers were seen from Severn Beach on the evening high tide.
Wood Warbler, New Passage 14.4.18 © Aravind Ramesh
The overcast weather remained until mid afternoon. Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area involved a female Merlin, 6 Little Ringed Plover, single Common Sandpiper and Whimbrel, 140 Redshank, 3 Snipe, 16 Ringed Plover, 25 Dunlin, 4 Little Egret, a pair of Pintail, 19 Shoveler, 57 White Wagtails, 20 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Wheatears, 2 Tree Pipits, 200 Sand Martins, a Cetti’s Warbler (on old landfill site), 2 Sedge Warblers a Kestrel plus Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps everywhere. A Short-eared Owl and a pair of Kestrels were seen on Aust Warth. The first Whinchat of the year was found on Chittening Warth.
A gloomy day with the cold North East wind. An impressive visible migration of Goldfinches, Meadow Pipits with a few other species, involving thousands of birds all heading low into the wind. Three Arctic Skuas also flew North East past Severn Beach at 07.40, where other sightings included 2 Grey Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 60 Dunlin, 15+ Ringed Plover, 47 Oystercatchers, 2 Curlew, 40 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 7 House Martins and a Tree Pipit. Combined reports from the New Passage/Northwick Warth area involved 19 Canada Geese, a pair of Pintail, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 20 Black-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper, 8 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, a Little Egret, 1860+ Meadow Pipits, 460+ Linnets, 1590+ Goldfinch, 20+ Siskins, 6+ Yellow Wagtails, c.50 White Wagtails, a Water Pipit and a Wheatear.
The cold, wet weather and North East wind continued. A visit to the Northwick Warth area produced a Common Sandpiper, 60 Redshank, 9 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, at least one Little Ringed Plover, 16 Canada Geese, 23 Tufted Duck, 12 Shoveler, 6 male Yellow Wagtails, 12 White Wagtails, single Reed Warbler and Cetti’s Warbler, 100+ Swallows, 20+ House Martins, a female Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. Two Bar-tailed Godwits, 31 Oystercatchers, 17 Ringed Plovers, 20 Dunlin and 6 Black-headed Gulls were seen from Severn Beach. A Short-eared Owl and a Kestrel were seen at Aust Warth.
Yellow Wagtail, Pilning Wetland 11.4.18
Another grey, damp day with a cool North East breeze. Combined reports from the Northwick Warth area involved a Common Sandpiper, 9 Black-tailed Godwits (on the Flash), 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Ringed Plovers, 140+ Redshank, 16 Canada Geese, 18 Tufted Duck, 14 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 20 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 32 Shelduck, 100+ Swallows, 5 House Martins, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 3+ White Wagtails, singing Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, single Willow Warbler, Siskin, Kestrel and male Sparrowhawk. An afternoon high tide visit to Severn Beach produced 4 adult Little Gulls, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 17 Ringed Plover, 34 Oystercatchers, 72 Shelduck, 4 Teal, 2 singing Chiffchaff, and 30+ Swallows.
Little Ringed Plover, Northwick Warth 10.4.18
A damp, grey day. A morning visit to Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland produced a Little Egret, 3 Greylag Geese, 16 Canada Geese, 20+ Teal, 6 Wigeon, 40 Shelduck, 20+ Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall, 16 Shoveler, 140+ Redshank, 35 Curlew, 40 Oystercatchers, a Wheatear and 6 Swallows. A Common Tern was seen at Severn Beach.
A Red Kite flew South East over the Orchard Pools in Severn Beach (10.45) where 2 Little Egrets, 30 Curlew, 2 singing Blackcaps and 2 Willow Warblers were also reported. Four Whimbrel, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlin, 16 Snipe, 2 Little Egrets, a Red Kite (East at 11.00), a Sparrowhawk, at least 50 Swallows, 20 Sand Martins, a House Martin, 2 Water Pipits, 3 White Wagtails, 150+ Meadow Pipits, 3 Wheatears, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Willow Warblers and 10+ Chiffchaff were reported from Northwick Warth/New Passage.
A very wet start to the day with an East breeze turning dryer with a light South West wind late morning. A good selection and number of migrants were seen and heard. Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/New Passage/Pilning Wetland area included 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 100+ Redshank, 2 Snipe, 5 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover, 40 Oystercatchers, 35 Curlew, a Little Egret, 10 Canada Geese, 50+ Shelduck, a female Pintail, 22 Shoveler, 14 Gadwall, 25 Tufted Duck, 40+ Teal, 6+ Little Grebes, a Red Kite (flew East at 09.45, the same or another South at 13.55), a Kestrel, 2 Water Pipits together, a Yellow Wagtail, 120+ Swallow, 20+ Sand Martins, 2 House Martins, 5+ Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 6+ Blackcaps and 4 Lesser Redpolls. A dark morph Arctic Skua flew North East over Severn Beach at 12.10 where other sightings involved a Great Crested Grebe lingering over the high tide and then floated down river, a drake Goosander (flew North East), 6 Black-headed Gulls, 7 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, single male Yellow Wagtail, Tree Pipit and Siskin all flying North East along with 40+ Swallows, 10 Sand Martins, 70+ Goldfinch and 50+ Meadow Pipits. A Short-eared Owl and a Kestrel were present at Aust Warth.
Red Kite, Pilning Wetland 7.4.18
a record shot at over 1 Kilometre range in the rain
Three Greylag Geese, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, a Little Egret, 16 Tufted Duck, 3 Swallows and a Sand Martin were seen on Northwick Warth and a single flock of c.16 Common Scoter being seen from New Passage. Two Cetti’s Warblers, 3 Swallows and a Chiffchaff were reported at Chittening Warth. Just 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Swallows and a Blackcap were seen at Severn Beach. A Wheatear and a Stonechat were seen at Aust Warth.
A Little Egret, 3 Snipe, 52 Shelduck, 14 Tufted Duck, 12 Gadwall and 12 Shoveler were seen on Pilning Wetland/Norhwick Warth. Another 65 Shelduck, 50 Curlew, 30 Redshank and a Weasel were seen at Severn Beach.
Combined reports the New Passage/Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland included 12 Canada Geese, 60 Shelduck, 14 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, 16 Tufted Duck, 22 Teal, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 30 Turnstones,110 Redshank, a Snipe, 60 Oystercatchers, 4 Lapwing, a Little Egret, a House Martin, 15+ Swallows, 8 Sand Martins, 5 Wheatears, 2 Water Pipits, a White Wagtail, 25 Pied Wagtails, 2 Willow Warblers, 20+ Chffchaff and a female Merlin. A Cetti’s Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff and 8+ Gadwall were reported at Chittening Warth. Click on the Water Pipit below to see a short Youtube video.
Water Pipit, New Passage 4.4.18
A breezy day with sunshine and rain and hail showers. The first Purple Sandpiper for two years, a drake Common Scoter, 40+ Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, single Ringed Plover, Wheatear, Chiffchaff and Sand Martin were seen this morning at Severn Beach. At least 66 Shelduck and 30 Turnstones were seen from New Passage. A Swallow and “plenty “ of Wheatears were reported at Aust Warth. Click on the Purple Sandpiper below for a short Youtube video.
Purple Sandpiper, Severn Beach 3.4.18
Combined reports from the Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland area included a male Merlin, the first Great Crested Grebe of the year, 80 Redshank, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Golden Plover, 16 Canada Geese, 70 Shelduck, 2 Water Pipits, 4 Swallows, 10 Sand Martins, 5+ Chiffchaff and 3 Wheatears. Eleven Common Scoter were present off Severn Beach on the evening high tide.
Great Crested Grebe, New Passage 2.4.18
Golden Plover, Northwick Warth 2.4.18
Short-eared Owl, Aust Warth 1.4.18
A pair of Pintail, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatears and a male Blackcap were seen at Severn Beach. A Little Egret, 120 Redshank, 4 Lapwing, a Snipe, 14 Tufted Duck, 20 Teal, 8 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, a Water Pipit, 3 Sand Martins and a Swallow were seen in the New Passage/Pilning Wetland area. Two Short-eared Owls were hunting over Aust Warth this afternoon.
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