HIGHLIGHTS: A Purple Heron was at Portbury Pools (25th). A Spoonbill was at Northwick Warth (21st). A Serin was at New Passage (5th-6th). Great White Egrets were widespread. Red Kites passed through on a broad front. Short-eared Owls were at four coastal sites. There was a scattering of mainly coastal Merlins (to 17th).
PORTISHEAD AND CLEVEDON: A Velvet Scoter and two Scaup were off the Clevedon-yeo coast (9th), with a Garganey there (10th). Maxima were 140 Teal, 40 Wigeon, 95 Black-tailed Godwits, 175 Dunlin and 350 Redshanks. A Red-breasted Merganser was at Clevedon (3rd). A Yellow-legged Gull was at Portbury Pools (30th). A Turtle Dove was at Clevedon (25th). A Firecrest was at Wain’s Hill, Clevedon (1st).
SEVERNSIDE: A Brent Goose was at Northwick Warth (1st). Eight Eiders were off Severn Beach (9th). A Marsh Harrier was at Aust Warth (28th), with a Hen Harrier at New Passage (30th). Avocets were at New Passage (2nd-3rd & 29th), with two at Oldbury (15th). Six Little Ringed Plovers were at Pilning Wetlands with odd ones elsewhere. There were 100 Whimbrels along the coast (29th). Bar-tailed Godwits peaked at 55 and Turnstones at 100. Thirty Arctic Terns were off Severn Beach (28th) and 18 off Oldbury (22nd). Twenty White Wagtails were at New Passage (18th), with Water Pipits there (1st & 6th) plus a Siberian Chiffchaff (12th). A Black Redstart was at Oldbury Power Station (6th), with four Crossbills there (7th).
THE RESERVOIRS: The Long-tailed Duck remained at Barrow Gurney (to 23rd). Chew held a Smew (24th), 10 Scaup, 10 Goldeneyes, two Garganeys (8th), Goosanders (to 8th), Bitterns (6th & 12th), 11 Cattle Egrets and a Marsh Harrier. Ospreys were at Blagdon (23rd) and Keynsham (27th). A Woodcock was at Blagdon (25th). A Black Tern at Chew was joined by a Common Tern. A Yellow-legged Gull was seen intermittently.
WESTON-SUPER-MARE AREA: A White-fronted Goose was at Bleadon (11th). A Whimbrel was at Sand Point (4th), where a Tree Sparrow (3rd) was unusual.
OTHER SITES: A Smew was at Chipping Sodbury (11th-23rd), with a Jack Snipe there (3rd). A Mandarin was at Hanham, Bristol (26th), with a Goosander there (1st). There were 260 Golden Plovers at Saltford (2nd). A Grey Partridge was at Marshfield (13th). A Firecrest was in Leigh Woods, Bristol (23rd). First dates included Cuckoo (10th), Swift (16th), Wood Warbler (21st), Garden Warbler (4th), Lesser Whitethroat (9th), Grasshopper Warbler (6th),
Sedge Warbler (8th), Reed Warbler (1st), Spotted Flycatcher (20th), Pied Flycatcher (12th), Whinchat (19th), Yellow Wagtail (2nd), Tree Pipit (4th) and Ring Ouzel (10th).