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The following tables list my Clevedon garden wildlife sightings, the frequency of their sightings, when last seen and notes.

The RSPB UK Garden Bird ranking can be found within notes.

 


BIRDS SEEN LAST SEEN NOTES

GOLDCREST

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

MOSTLY SEEN DURING WINTER MONTHS 

04 JANUARY 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

04 OCTOBER 2018

03 MARCH 2018

02 MARCH 2018

29 JANUARY 2018

13 JANUARY 2018

06 JANUARY 2018

21 DECEMBER 2017

09 DECEMBER 2017

08 DECEMBER 2017

02 MARCH 2016

01 MARCH 2016

29 FEBRUARY 2016

28 FEBRUARY 2016

27 FEBRUARY 2016

26 FEBRUARY 2016

21 FEBRUARY 2016

16 FEBRUARY 2016

01 FEBRUARY 2016

31 JANUARY 2016

20 JANUARY 2016

18 JANUARY 2016

16 JANUARY 2016

13 DECEMBER 2015

 

NESTED IN YEW IN GARDEN 2015

 

2018 No 35 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 33.

2016 No 33.

2015 No 46.

2014 No 42.

2013 No 45.

2012 No 46.

2011 No 47.

 

ALSO SEEN 28 DECEMBER 2018 AT WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

GOLDFINCH

DAILY

RESIDENT

 

2018 No 6 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 6.

2016 No 6.

2015 No 9.

2014 No 7.

2013 No 8.

2012 No 7.

2011 No 8.

2010 No 10.

 

SIGHTINGS INCREASING

GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

 13 JULY 2013

2018 No 65 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 65.

2016 No 65.

2015 No 68.

2014 No 63.

 

ALSO SEEN 25 SEPTEMBER  2018 AT BLAGDON LAKE, BLAGDON, NORTH SOMERSET.

GREATER SPOTTED WOODPECKER

RARELY

RESIDENT

24 NOVEMBER 2017

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

10 JANUARY 2017 

2018 No 22 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 22.

2016 No 22.

2015 No 21.

2014 No 20.

2013 No 25.

2012 No 24.

2011 No 23.

2010 No 22.

 

ALSO SEEN 13 MAY 2018 AT RSPB HAM WALL, SOMERSET.

GREAT TIT

DAILY

RESIDENT

MOSTLY SEEN DURING WINTER MONTHS

 

2018 No 7 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 8.

2016 No 8.

2015 No 8.

2014 No 8.

2013 No 7.

2012 No 8.

2011 No 7.

2010 No 8.

 

 

GREENFINCH

RARELY

RESIDENT

25 APRIL 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

20 APRIL 2019

01 APRIL 2019

29 MARCH 2019

14 DECEMBER 2018

03 AUGUST 2018

02 MARCH 2018

21 DECEMBER 2017

15 APRIL 2017

01 MARCH 2017

26 FEBRUARY 2017

22 AUGUST 2016

20 JUNE 2016

01 APRIL 2016

21 FEBRUARY 2016

16 FEBRUARY 2016

03 DECEMBER 2015

09 NOVEMBER 2014

15 DECEMBER 2013

06 MARCH 2013

2018 No 18 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 18.

2016 No 18.

2015 No 18.

2014 No 15.

2013 No 15.

2012 No 14.

2011 No 14 

2010 No 13.

 

ALSO SEEN 05 OCTOBER 2018 AT KEWSTOKE, SAND BAY, NORTH SOMERSET.

GREEN WOODPECKER

RARELY

 

RESIDENT

06 NOVEMBER 2012

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

08 DECEMBER 2005

2018 No 44 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 43.

2016 No 43.

2015 No 43.

2014 No 41.

2013 No 61.

2012 No 41.

2011 No 46.

2010 No 44.

 

ALSO SEEN 28 DECEMBER 2018 AT WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

GREY HERON

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

01 APRIL 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

10 DECEMBER 2018

04 OCTOBER 2018

14 MAY 2018

12 SEPTEMBER 2017

13 AUGUST 2017

26 JUNE 2017

09 MAY 2017

05 MAY 2017

26 FEBRUARY 2017

10 JANUARY 2017

15 OCTOBER 2016

10 OCTOBER 2016

06 OCTOBER 2016

30 MARCH 2016

03 DECEMBER 2015

 

2018 No 52 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 52.

2016 No 52.

2015 No 49.

2014 No 50.

2013 No 54.

2012 No 49.

2011 No 55

 

FISHES IN RIVER ADJACENT GARDEN AND MY GARDEN POND.

 

ALSO SEEN 25 JANUARY 2019 AT SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

GREY WAGTAIL

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

MOSTLY SEEN DURING WINTER MONTHS

18 FEBRUARY 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

11 DECEMBER 2017

18 NOVEMBER 2017

15 NOVEMBER 2017

01 NOVEMBER 2017

31 OCTOBER 2017

30 OCTOBER 2017

29 OCTOBER 2017

11 OCTOBER 2017

10 OCTOBER 2017

10 JANUARY 2017

26 FEBRUARY 2017

03 JANUARY 2017

28 NOVEMBER 2016

2018 No 51 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 54.

2016 No 54.

2015 No 50.

2014 No 51.

2013 No 47.

2012 No 51.

2011 No 49 VISITS POND MAINLY IN LATE WINTER.

2010 No 45.

 

ALSO SEEN ALSO SEEN 03 OCTOBER 2017 AT CLEVEDON SEA DEFENCES, NORTH SOMERSET.

HERRING GULL

DAILY

RESIDENT

 

2018 No 31 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 32.

2016 No 32.

2015 No 30.

2014 No 29.

2013 No 31.

2012 No 37.

2011 No 36.

2010 No 38.

 

 

HOBBY

RARELY

VISITOR DURING SUMMER MONTHS

27 JULY 2014

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

06 MAY2013

ALSO SEEN 17 MAY 2018 AT RSPB HAM WALL, SOMERSET.

HOUSE MARTIN

FREQUENTLY

VISITOR DURING SUMMER MONTHS

03 SEPTEMBER 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

21 AUGUST 2018

20 AUGUST 2018

26 JULY 2018

17 JULY 2018

25 AUGUST 2017

2018 JULY 17 ARRIVED -

2017 MAY 06 ARRIVED - AUGUST 25 DEPARTED

2016 APRIL 22 ARRIVED - SEPTEMBER 11 DEPARTED

2015 APRIL 29 ARRIVED - SEPTEMBER 23 DEPARTED

2014 MAY 05 ARRIVED - SEPTEMBER 04 DEPARTED

2013 APRIL 22 ARRIVED - SEPTEMBER 20 DEPARTED

2012 APRIL 22 ARRIVED - OCTOBER 11 DEPARTED

ALSO SEEN 25 SEPTEMBER 2018 AT BLAGDON LAKE, BLAGDON, NORTH SOMERSET.

HOUSE SPARROW

 

DAILY

RESIDENT

 

 

2018 No 1 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 1.

2016 No 1.

2015 No 1.

2014 No 1.

2013 No 1.

2012 No 1.

2011 No 1 NUMBERS INCREASING.

2010 No 1.

 

JACKDAW

DAILY

RESIDENT

 

2018 No 14 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 14.

2016 No 14.

2015 No 16.

2014 No 16.

2013 No 16.

2012 No 17.

2011 No 17.

2011 No 17.

 

JAY

RARELY

RESIDENT

24 NOVEMBER 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

23 MARCH 2018

17 NOVEMBER 2017

14 OCTOBER 2017

23 JUNE 2017

28 FEBRUARY 2017

26 FEBRUARY 2017

03 FEBRUARY 2017

29 JANUARY 2017

10 JANUARY 2016

08 JANUARY 2011

2018 No 28 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 25.

2016 No 25.

2015 No 25.

2014 No 32.

2013 No 28.

2012 No 31.

2011 No 32 LAST SEEN 23 OCTOBER 2010.

2010 No 32.

 

ALSO SEEN 06 JUNE 2018 AT WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

KINGFISHER

OCCASIONALLY

RESIDENT

29 JUNE 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

11 DECEMBER 2017

10 DECEMBER 2017

03 OCTOBER 2017

12 SEPTEMBER 2017

26 JUNE 2017

03 OCTOBER 2016

06 SEPTEMBER 2016

04 SEPTEMBER 2016

08 AUGUST 2016

06 SEPTEMBER 2015

07 AUGUST 2013

23 FEBRUARY 2013

VISITS POND, SIGHTINGS WERE INCREASING BUT NO SIGHTINGS SINCE THE WINTER OF 2010 - 2011 UNTIL 23 FEBRUARY 2013

 

ALSO SEEN 19 OCTOBER 2018 AT SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

LAPLAND BUNTING

RARELY

VISITOR

19 DECEMBER 2010

FIRST EVER SIGHTING

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREQUENTLY

 

RESIDENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 NOVEMBER 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

26 JUNE 2017

 

 

 

2018 No 63 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 62.

2016 No 62.

2015 No 56.

2014 No 61.

2013 No 64.

2012 No 66.

2011 No 69.

 

ALSO SEEN 24 JANUARY 2019 AT BLAGDON LAKE, BLAGDON, NORTH SOMERSET.

 

LONG TAILED TIT

DAILY

 

RESIDENT

 

MOSTLY SEEN DURING WINTER MONTHS

 

2018 No 9 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 10.

2016 No 10.

2015 No 13.

2014 No 13.

2013 No 19.

2012 No 13.

2011 No 11 SIGHTINGS INCREASING.

2010 No 12.

 

 


 

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FOCUS ON THE BIRD

 

The HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus)

Family - Passeridae. Sparrows.

Length - 13 to 14cm. Wingspan - 10 to 22cm. Weight - 19 to 25g. Lifespan - 2 to 5 years.

Conservation Status - Secure.

Seen - All year round in towns, gardens and farms, and in all kinds of habitats close to human habitation.

Eats - Seeds, insects, and berries.

Nests - Untidy nest of grass and feathers from April to August in a roof space or wall or tree cavity. 3 - 7 eggs. 1 - 4 broods.

 

Of our small British birds this is probably the most common and well known. Adaptable and widespread and closely associated with people wherever they are, they are typically social and noisy birds. It is recognised as being a cheeky and loveable rogue with a promiscuous nature rarely moving more than a mile from its birth place. Recent declines have seen numbers in gardens and town parks reduce but they remain almost as widespread as ever. The female is all brown, lacking the black bib and dark grey crown of the male.

 

Female                                    Male

         

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ANIMALS AND AMPHIBIANS SEEN LAST SEEN NOTES
GREY SQUIRREL RARELY

21 JANUARY 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

13 JANUARY 2019

31 OCTOBER 2018

14 SEPTEMBER 2017

12 SEPTEMBER 2017

07 SEPTEMBER 2017

28 OCTOBER 2016

24 OCTOBER 2016

01 JUNE 2016

05 OCTOBER 2015

24 SEPTEMBER 2015

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

31 AUGUST 2014

27 SEPTEMBER 2012

10 SEPTEMBER 2009

PASSING THROUGH.

 

ALSO SEEN 22 DECEMBER 2018 AT CATCOTT NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

HEDGEHOG RARELY  

 

24 AUGUST 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

10 JULY 2018*

12 SEPTEMBER 2010

 

*FIRST SIGHTING IN THE GARDEN FOR MANY YEARS.

JANUARY 2016 HEDGEHOG HOUSE SITED IN THE GARDEN.


 

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BUTTERFLIES, INSECTS AND MOTHS SEEN LAST SEEN NOTES

GATEKEEPER

FREQUENTLY

31 JULY 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

16 JULY 2018

15 JULY 2018

14 JULY 2018

06 JULY 2018

03 JULY 2018

11 JULY 2018

10 JULY 2018

09 JULY 2018

08 JULY 2018

07 JULY 2018

16 AUGUST 2017

31 JULY 2017

24 JULY 2017

15 JULY 2017

14 JULY 2017

09 JULY 2017

04 AUGUST 2016

2011 FREQUENT SIGHTINGS

ALSO SEEN 09 AUGUST 2018 AT CATCOTT NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

GREEN VEINED WHITE

FREQUENTLY

23 APRIL 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

21 APRIL 2019

19 APRIL 2019

17 APRIL 2019

31 JULY 2018

27 JULY 2018

26 JULY 2018

17 JULY 2018

05 JULY 2018

28 JUNE 2018

21 JUNE 2018

28 MAY 2018

22 MAY 2018

21 APRIL 2018

08 OCTOBER 2017

ALSO SEEN 27 SEPTEMBER 2018 AT RSPB HAM WALL, SOMERSET.

HARLEQUIN LADYBIRD RARELY

14 OCTOBER 2014

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

28 OCTOBER 2011

Dr Remy Poland of Clifton College, Bristol has identified this ladybird as a harlequin ladybird, Harmonia axyridis (form conspicua).

Please log your sightings at www.ladybird-survey.org.
 

HOLLY BLUE

FREQUENTLY

 

30 APRIL 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

23 APRIL 2019

21 APRIL 2019

20 APRIL 2019

19 APRIL 2019

17 APRIL 2019

10 SEPTEMBER 2018

14 AUGUST 2018

31 JULY 2018

24 JULY 2018

23 JULY 2018

21 JULY 2018

17 JULY 2018

16 JULY 2018

15 JULY 2018

14 JULY 2018

13 JULY 2018

07 JULY 2018

06 JULY 2018

10 MAY 2018

05 MAY 2018

30 APRIL 2018

18 APRIL 2018

31 JULY 2017

 

2018 FIRST GARDEN APPEARANCE APRIL 18 - LAST SEPTEMBER 10

2017 FIRST GARDEN APPEARANCE MARCH 26 - LAST JULY 31

2016 FIRST GARDEN APPEARANCE APRIL 25 - LAST AUGUST 24

2015 FIRST GARDEN APPEARANCE APRIL 21 - LAST AUGUST 05

2014 FIRST GARDEN APPEARANCE MARCH 31 - LAST SEPTEMBER 07

ALSO SEEN 13 MAY 2018 AT CATCOTT NATURE RESERVES, SOMERSET.

HORNET RARELY

24 MAY 2017

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

 

ALSO SEEN 25 SEPTEMBER 2018 AT BLAGDON LAKE,BLAGDON, NORTH SOMERSET.
LARGE RED DAMSELFLY OCCASIONALLY

21 APRIL 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

20 APRIL 2019

23 MAY 2018

24 MAY 2017

06 MAY 2017

20 APRIL 2017

14 MAY 2016

21 APRIL 2015

03 MAY 2014

19 JUNE 2013

ALSO SEEN 03 JUNE 2018 AT PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.

LARGE SKIPPER

RARELY

02 JULY 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

29 JUNE 2018

28 JUNE 2018

26 JUNE 2018

24 JUNE 2018

22 JUNE 2018

21 JUNE 2018

20 JUNE 2018

14 JUNE 2018

10 JUNE 2018

09 JUNE 2018

09 JULY 2017

ALSO SEEN 18 JULY 2018 AT DRAYCOTT SLEIGHTS NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.
LARGE WHITE FREQUENTLY

31 JULY 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

17 JULY 2018

16 JULY 2018

05 JULY 2018

03 JULY 2018

28 JUNE 2018

24 JUNE 2018

08 APRIL 2017

07 APRIL 2017

06 APRIL 2017

05 APRIL 2017

2018 FIRST GARDEN APPEARANCE JUNE 24 - LAST

2017 FIRST GARDEN APPEARANCE APRIL 05 - LAST 08 APRIL

2016 FIRST GARDEN APPEARANCE JULY 07 - LAST 05 AUGUST

2015 FIRST GARDEN APPEARANCE JUNE 28 - LAST OCTOBER 07

2014 FIRST GARDEN APPEARANCE MAY 03 - LAST SEPTEMBER 07

 

ALSO SEEN 05 OCTOBER 2018 AT KEWSTOKE, SAND BAY, NORTH SOMERSET.

LEAF CUTTER BEE FREQUENTLY 19 FEBRUARY 2012  
 
 
 

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