Thursday, 25 May 2017

25th May '17 Thursday

Warm and sunny day, a touch humid. Hottest day of the year so far.
Photographers out in force today, hence the many fine pics.

Large numbers of Red Kite reported in Cornwall, South Devon and Somerset coast. Some could drift our way.
Late post: Red Kite Portishead


Sea Mills Station:
Nesting House Martin

House Martin collecting mud (Rod Holbrook)
 Bristol Docks:
4 Mute Swan in the floating harbour,
1 Moorhen near SS Great Britain, another at Finzell's Reach and a pair on the feeder.
1 Grey Wagtail at Finzell's Reach and the Peregrine on station there too.
Another Grey Wagtail near Temple Meads bridge and a Raven overhead there.
A cormorant by Temple Meads bridge.
About a dozen Mallard throughout and two or three gatherings of mixed Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gulls, totalling about 60

Eastville Park:
Kingfisher on the Frome (David Hanks)


Bradley Stoke:
Little Grebe (Three Brooks)

Little Grebe (Vic Savery)

Aztec West:
Egyptian Goose
Egyptian Goose (Duncan McLaughlin)

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
12 Shelduck (+ 9 Chicks), 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Spoonbill, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 8 Shelduck
4 large + 2 small Lapwing chicks

Spoonbill at New Passage (John Martin)

Severn Beach:
8 Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plover
Sanderling in several colour phases (Vic Savery)
This one with more summer plumage


Red Kite (Down Road heading to Portbury)


Peregrine and chicks
Peregrine family in Bath (Bath Peregrines)


Chew Valley Lake:

1 Hooligan Gull, 2 Canada Goose (with 1 Gosling), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (fly over)

2 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Buzzard, 1 Mistle Thrush

Heron's Green:
4 Goldfinch, 7 House Sparrow, 10 Swallow (pond), 4 House Martin, 1 Whitethroat (calling)
2 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Great Black-backed Gull

2 Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Little Egret (fly past hide), 1 Raven, 3 Buzzard, 3 Blackcap
3 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Hobby, 2 Cetti's Warbler
2 Cuckoo (lots of calling fly past from Stratford to Moreton then to H Green chasing each other & calling)
A group of Large Gulls eating a dead Pike seen from Hide
Female woodpecker with leg ring (Ian Stapp)
10 Shelduck, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail  

The Female G S Woodpecker has a ring on Left leg see pic, Both M & F seem to be finding loads of food for the chicks looks like Caddis flies.
Cuckoo a lot of flying around & calling chasing one after the other for about 30 min at 11.30 today.
On way home at Chelwood Village 12.45pm 1 Red Kite circling over a field being cut for Silage with gulls.
Somewhere in the Region:
Not sure where this was taken but it's such a good image
Blue Tit (Paul Milo)
Struggling with what appears to be a spider's egg sac

Beach Clean at Sand Point
Apparently us oldsters are not volunteering as much as we once did, hence the focus on the 'mature and experienced'. You must wear gloves and take food, drink, sun tan lotion, waterproofs (well it is Britain) and suitable footwear.

Reports: Vic Savery,  Lisegirl, Duncan McLaughlin, Rod Holbrook, John Martin, Paul Bowerman, Ian Stapp, Tony Scott, David Hanks, Duncan McLaughlin, Paul Milo, Peter Evans  blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

24th May Wednesday - Red Kite

Warm. Sunny in many places but misty by the coast.

Red Kites at Clevedon and Wick, Spoonbill and Little Stint on Pilning Wetlands

Hotwells to Pill along the River Avon:3 Shelduck, including a possible breeding pair. Sea Mills. 1 Buzzard, 7+ Swift, at Pill village, and some shrieking. None anywhere else. 3 Jay. Jackdaw, occupied nest at Hotwells with chicks calling. 61 Rook, (in field near Chapel Pill + another 3 nearby. Some appeared to be this year’s birds and making odd noises. Raven, flown from nest in cedar tree in garden near Penny Brohn Centre, but at least 2 still in the tree, noisy, and moving around in branches and at least one other calling somewhere near by. 1 also in Avon Gorge. 1 Blue Tit, visiting nest box at Watchtower Hill, Pill. 1 Great Tit, visiting nest in wall in railway embankment in Leigh Woods. Swallow, only ones seen were some viewed from bus on the way back at Abbots Leigh. House Martins, at least 10 appear to be breeding (as they normally do) at Sea Mills Station, but could not check nests as I was on the other side of the river. 6+ Long Tailed Tit, family party in Leigh Woods. Willow Warbler, 1 singing at Chapel Pill fishing lake. 1 Grey Wagtail, Leigh Woods, slightly unusually on the Leigh Woods side of the path near the railway line.


New Passage/Northwick Warth:
2 Swallows and Mute Swan
25/5/17 Swallows at New Passage (Patrick Hardyman Richards)
Pilning wetland:
Spoonbill still on Pilning Wetland at 3pm. It is awake at long last on the rest wader pool. Two more freshly hatched Lapwing chicks today. Little Stint, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Pochard

24/5/17 Spoonbill on Pilning Wetlands (John Martin)

Broad Hill. A Garden Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat today.

2 Red Kites low over garden today at 15:45. They were flying from North to South, eventually picking up a thermal and becoming lost to view.


Red Kite over Clevedon Craft Centre today. 2.30 pm.

Wain's Hill to Yeo Estuary
High Tide visit between 0530-0930.
Golden P,lover: full summer plumage at Yeo Estuary. 2 Whinchat at Dowlais. 95 Shelduck, 
6 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe (includes 1 juvenile) at Blake’s Pools, 1 Sparrowhawk. 
6 Oystercatcher, 100 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover (Yeo), 5 Lapwing, 15 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 
16 Curlew, 3 Redshank. 2 Cuckoo (pair at Blake’s Pools), 2 Raven, 31 Skylark, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 
12 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 14 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 9 Reed Warbler, 2 Whinchat (Dowlais),
5 Greenfinch (family party), 4 Bullfinch, 5 Reed Bunting.

Sand Bay:
1 Grey Heron, 1 Reed Warbler in song, at least 2 Skylark in song (somewhere!), 2 Whitethroat,
4 Swallow and family parties of recently fledged House Sparrow and Starling.

Red Kite heading north-west over Hutton Hill

(Garden) Bullfinch, unusual billed Wood pigeon.
Lower Langford:
1 Cuckoo

24/5/17 Unusual billed Wood pigeon at Langford (David Goodliffe)

24/5//17 Bullfinch in garden at Langford (David Goodliffe)

No bird reports from Bath today but 3 hummers reported around Bath

24/5/17 3 hummers reported around Bath (Alex Carlisle)


Chew Valley Lake:

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (flyover), 2 Buzzard

Bittern Trail:
Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting (1 m,1f), 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Cetti's,
2 Spotted Flycatcher mating.
23/5/17 Bittern Trail at Chew(George Stacey)
Heron's Green:
4 Goldfinch, 5 House Sparrows, 1 Hobby (pond side), 1 Whitethroat, 4 Buzzard (hills pond side)

3 Jay, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Buzzard, 1 Raven,
1 Common Tern (a bit of a rarity at the lake so far this Spring)

Herriotts End:
8 Shelduck, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 House Sparrows

24/5/17 Common Tern Ian Stapp)
A bit of a rarity at Chew this spring

Reports: Dru Brooke-Taylor, Alex Carlisle, Steve Evans, David Goodliffe, Patrick Hardyman Richards, Pete Harris, Brian Lancastle, 
John Martin, Vic Polley, Lisa Presland, Rob Purveur, Steven Sanins, George Stacey, Ian Stapp  
blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

23rd May '17 Tuesday - Spoonbill

Cold and cloudy, even misty morning, very warm in afternoon

Spoonbill, Hobby, Little Stint


Stockwood Open Space:
Lesser Whitethroat and numerous Whitethroat,.Hind and two very young fawns.
Late report: 2 Jay, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Goldfinch.

3 Greenfinch fledglings

Oldbury Power Station:
5 Tufted Duck, 1 Spoonbill (PH), 1 Cetti's Warbler by the lake, 1 Peregrine at usual spot
and in the village - 30 House Martin.

23-5-17 Spoonbill at New Passage (Paul Bowerman)
Not the same as the one 13th/14th May
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
9 Shelducklings on the beach, Pochard pair still, a dozen Gadwall and Tuftied Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Spoonbill (PB), 2 Little Ringed Plover, 7 ad Lapwing and 4 chicks, 1 Little Stint, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Stock Dove - oh yes, the hybrid Ring-neck/Tufted Duck still present.

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Cetti's Warbler

2 Buzzard, 2 Ravens (Nunnery), 1 Raven (Denny), 40+ Swift, 1 Blackcap (car park), 1 Song Thrush (drive)

Herons Green:

1 Buzzard, 1 GBB Gull, 1 Whitethroat, 10+ House Sparrows, 4 Goldfinch

23-5-17 Great Spotted Woodpecker at CVL (Ian Stapp)
What's the food offering on the pecker's head for
2 Jay 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap 2 Chiffchaff 1 Garden Warbler 1 Buzzard 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker,

Herriotts End:
10 Shelduck 14 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 1 Hobby, 40+ Swift, 100+ Swallows & House Martins

Reports, Paul Bowerman, Margaret Bulmer, Teresa Chard, Paul Francis, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Nigel Sluman, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, severnsidebirds,

Monday, 22 May 2017

22nd May '17 Monday

Cool start followed by warm, sunny day with a bit of breeze. Positively scorchio at times.

Little Owl, Red Kite, Black-tailed Godwit (possible Limosa), Avocet, Little Stint


Eastville Park:

Dipper in Eastville Park (Allan Chard)

Coombe Dingle Garden
Bullfinch (m), 2 Collared Dove, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Robin, Dunnock

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
Buzzard (Allan Chard)
Penpole-Kingsweston Woods:
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff and 7 Song Thrush.


New Passage/Northwick Warth:
2 Pochard, 8 Shelducklings, Black-tailed Godwit (possible Limosa), 2 Avocet

Pilning wetland:
Little Stint, 4 Lapwing chicks survive
Little Stint (Lisegirl)
Late report -
7 Mute Swan, 7 Canada Goose, 7 Tufted Duck, Little Egret, 16 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, Meadow Pipit, some Goldfinch, and 2 Reed Bunting.

Pilning, Rookery Farm:
Little Owl, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap


7 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 48 Shelduck 48 plus 8 juvs still being "mothered" by 7 adults
30 Mallard, 9 Tufted Duck 9 (All at KP), 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Oystercatcher 6 (3 'Pairs')
1 Grey Plover, 3 Lapwing, 5 Ringed Plover, 6 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 1 Dunlin, 2 Redshank
110 Lesser Black Backed Gull (All KP), 65 Herring Gull
6 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff , 1+ Whitethroat, several Reed Warbler 
Cuckoo, Little Egret, Kingfisher, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, Little Grebe (+ young)


Red Kite


Chew Valley Lake:
11 Shelduck, 7 Shoveler, 1 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 1 White-fronted Goose (adult), Yellow-legged Gull

Yellow-legged Gull (Keith Vinicombe)
In the field, this seagull appeared to be a perfectly normal second-summer Herring Gull, except that it had yellow legs. Looking at the photo, it looks more likely to be a Yellow-legged Gull but with the grey back and scapulars looking pale in the strong sunlight. (Keith Vinicombe)

1 Common Sandpiper

Heron's Green:
Reed & Sedge Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, Swans (with Cygnets)

1 Cuckoo, 2 Tawny Owl (calling by the hide), 2 Jay, 2 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler
1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Raven, 2 Buzzard, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler,
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (nest with chicks)

Nesting Great Spotted Woodpeckers (Ian Stapp)
1 Hobby, 10 Shelduck, 1 Cetti's, 1 Pochard (M), 2 Barnacle Goose, Swans (with Cygnets)

Reports: Alastair Fraser, Harvey Rose, Paul Bowerman, Dick Reader, Allan Chard, Adrian Hockey, John Martin, Lisegirl, Keith Vinicombe, Nick Page, Ian Stapp, Sean Davies, Vĕra Carpenter, Mrs Trellis, blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG

Sunday, 21 May 2017

21st May '17 Sunday - Avocet

Sunny and calm all day, not too hot

Hobby, Avocet, Common Tern, Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear

19-5-17 Spotted Flycatcher in Totterdown garden, Bristol (Bailey Frazer)
1 Spotted Flycatcher, unusual sighting in Bristol town


21-5-17 Chiffchaff at Oldbury Power Station (Lisegirl)
Oldbury Power Station:
Buzzard, Chiffchaffs. Whitethroats. Sedge and Reed Warbler, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Reed Buntings,

21-5-17 Hobby at Northwick Warth (Dan White)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
8 Shelducklings, 2 (pair) Pochard, 1 Hobby hunting Swallows, 24 Ringed Plover, pos Limosa Black-tailed Godwit, Greenfinch + 3 fledged young


Clevedon, Blackstone Rocks:
1 Wheatear


Marshfield, Shire Valley, Mill House Garden:
2 (pair) Spotted Flycatcher

21-5-17 Peregrines in Bath (BUPP)
Cupboard Love
Bath, Lidl's:
2 Swift, 12 House Martin

Bath, Twerton:
6 Swift, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Dunnock, 2 Greenfinch

21-5-17 Avocet on CVL Dam (Sean Davies)
Chew Valley Lake:

Stratford Hide:
1 Common Tern
21-5-17 Ringed Plover at Severn Beach (Lisegirl)
Two updates to Out of UK, from Australia and Montenegro

Reports: John Barnett, Paul Bowerman, Chris Craig, Sean Davies, Bailey Frazer, Trevor Ford, Robert Hargreaves, Lisegirl, Mrs Trellis

Saturday, 20 May 2017

20th May '17 Saturday

Wet through the middle of the day, clearing later.

Looks like the migration season is over...?

Grey Wagtail at St George's, Bristol (Lee @ Wildwood)
Eastville Park:
Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail.


Littleton Brick Pits:
1 Little Owl.

Aythya hybrid at Pilning Wetlands (John Martin)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
1 presumed Ring-necked x Tufted Duck back on Grebe Pond.  2 Shoveler, 26 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 24 Dunlin, 4 Lapwing chicks, 1 f. Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail.


Peregrine making repeated stoops at the birds around the allotments.


Whitethroat at Marshfleld (Pete Coslett)
Down Road, Marshfield:
2 Buzzard, 90 Stock Dove, 6 Swift, 6-8 Skylark, 4 Pied Wagtail, 10 Swallow, 6 Whitethroat, 6 Goldfinch, 4 Bullfinch, 30+ Yellowhammer, 4 Corn Bunting and all the usual corvids.

Yellowhammer at Marshfield (Pete Coslett)
2 Swift, 3 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Dipper, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 100 mixed corvids. 


Barrow Tanks:
Egyptian Geese, Greylag Geese, 1 Little Egret, 2 ad. GBB Gulls, c. 40 Swift, mixed flock of c. 50 hirundines (including a Sand Martin trailing a white feather), 4 Grey Wagtail.

Chew Valley Lake:

Swift over the picnic site at Chew  (Lee @ Wildwood)
c. 1000 Swift.

Herriotts End:
1 Sparrowhawk.

Sparrowhawk over Chew (Lee @ Wildwood)
Reports: Pete Coslett, Mark Dadds, Patrick Hancock, Lee @ Wildwood, John Martin, Paul Milsom, Chris Stone, Zoe Trinder-Widdess,  blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG

Friday, 19 May 2017

19th May '17 Friday - Common Tern

Sunny and very still in the morning, windy later, rain in evening

HobbiesCommon Tern

Blaise Estate:
All singing - 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 3 Wren, many Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch calling


Oldbury Power Station:
1 Little Egret, 1 Cuckoo, juv Starling appearing

19-5-17 fledgling Starling at New Passage  (John Martin)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
2 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Little Egret, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 31 Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing chicks (2 broods), 39 Dunlin, fledged Starlings


Portishead, Sainsbury's Car Park:
1 Cetti's Warbler singing

19-5-17 Parakeet in Portishead (Richard Fletcher)
Looking like a Ring-necked Parakeet
Portishead Vale:
1 Parakeet, been around a few days

Nailsea, Ploughed Paddock:
1 m Bullfinch in the garden
19-5-17 Blue Tit in Langford garden (David Goodliffe)

8 Swift (flying low in Twerton)

Newton Park:
3 Mute Swan, 13 (1f) Mallard, 9 Grey Heron, 4 Moorhen, 4 Coot, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 flyover Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrest, few Tits, 2 Swallow, 5 House Martin, few Chiffchaff and Blackcap singing, 2 Nuthatch, 18 Wren and lots of Thrushes singing, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 14 Chaffinch singing! but only 4 Goldfinch


Chew Valley Lake:
Absolutely riveting today:
3 Barnacle Geese, 1 Kestrel, 2 Hobbies, 1 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo

Picnic 1:
10 Swift, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting

Hollow Brook:
30 Swift, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting

Reports: Richard Fletcher, Trevor Ford, David Goodliffe, Robert Hargreaves, John Martin, Jon Mortin, Nigel Tucker, Keith Vinicombe

Thursday, 18 May 2017

18th May '17 Thursday

Warm and sunny morning, cloudier in the afternoon. The sun got some birders out today.

Red Kite at Litton but can't compete with 2 Golden Oriole at Portland


St Phillips (Feeder Road)
4 Sand Martin


3 House Martin, 2 Swift
House Martins on a house opposite the shop, Almondsbury (Vera Carpenter)

Aust Warth:
2 Reed Bunting. 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Linnet
Reed Bunting at Aust (Lisegirl)
One of a pair

Mendips and Bittern Trail
Mendip: 2 Redstart ( 1m 1f )
Bittern trail: Mistlethrush, Great Spot Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch still feeding young
4 Reed Warbler, 4 Reed Bunting, Cuckoo, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Cettis, many Long Tailed Tit

Redstart (George Stacey)
 Yatton (Strawberry Line):
1 Hobby, 2 Cettis, 16 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap
3 Song Thrush.

2 Tawny Owlets ringed plus 1 branched near Strawberry Line on 11/05/2017.


No reports


Litton Reservoir:
1 Red Kite (flyover), 1 Hobby, 4 Raven, 12 Tufted Duck, 4 Grey Wagtail

Chew Valley Lake:

1 Common Sandpiper (wall), 10 Swallow, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard

1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 2 Buzzard, 1 Raven (Denny)

Heron's Green:
2 Whitethroat, 23 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Mistle Thrush, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler

1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven
4 Garden Warbler (from Moreton to Stratford), 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff
5 Reed Warbler, 2 Hobby, 1 Bullfinch

2 Goldeneye (M F ), 1 Little Egret

Herriotts End:
12 Shelduck, 3 Hobby (2 from Moreton +1 over main reed bed), 3+ Reed Warbler, 1 Mistle Thrush
1 Greenshank (pool)

3 Hobby around today over the lake Moreton to Stratford seen from Moreton/Stratford & Herriotts.
About 50 Swallows around today 20+ House Martin most sat on the wires in the villages around the lake.
Black Swan (Denny East side), Cuckoo (King Hide), Garden Warbler, Nuthatch, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Little Egret, 300 Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Buzzard

Common Sandpiper and Coot with chicks at Chew (Ian Stapp)

Reports: Lisegirl, Alastair Fraser, Mrs Trellis, Ian Stapp, Trevor Riddle, Vera Carpenter, Robert Hargreaves,  
                 Des Bowring, George Stacey, blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG