Tuesday 22 October – Severn Beach

 Despite the weather forecast 22 members walked along the seawall from Severn Beach to New Passage in time for the high tide roost. Conditions were not pleasant, being very windy with driving rain at times . The only birds of note were three Shelducks flying south. When we reached New Passage the weather improved and we were rewarded with good views of the winter visitors: Wigeon, Teal, Pochard, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Redshank, Turnstone, and a flock of wheeling Dunlins and Starlings. A few of the group spotted a distant Peregrine hunting. We then moved on along the seawall to look over the new Severn Wetlands reserve but the weather turned foul so we finally gave up and returned to Severn Beach, driving several Wheatears on the rocks before us. Altogether 30 species recorded during the shortened morning’s walk.