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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).

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Combined Total so far this year = 163 Species

My Patchwork Challenge Severnside/Severn Beach year total = 146 Species/185 points
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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.

                                                                                             Gannet, Severn Beach 14.6.18

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        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.
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