Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Sightings 20/8/14

Quiet bird-wise, even Portbury Wharf was struggling for birds today.

Tockington:
Moor Lane environs: 1 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Little Owl.

Aust Warth:
1 Kestrel, 1 Wheatear.

New Passage-Northwick:
5 Gadwall, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 20 Lapwing, 1 Swift, 15 Swallow, 150 House Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Redstart.

Portbury Wharf NR:
Pools: 33 Gadwall of note.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane: 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Barrow Tanks:
4 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, 6 Grey Heron, 7 Common Sandpiper, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap.

Planet Chew:
2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 2 Kingfisher.

Reports: Lee Gardiner, Nick Hawkridge, Claire Oliver, Karin Rhodes, Matt Scott, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Sightings 19/8/14

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS:
GARGANEY: 5 at Planet Chew, Stratford.
LESSER SCAUP: 1 at Planet Chew, Stratford, presumably the Blagdon bird on loan.
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER: 2 juv's at Pilning wetland.
MARSH HARRIER: the juv bird at Planet Chew again.
RUFF: 1 new in at Planet Chew, BK hide.

Ashton Gate (Bristol):
1 Garden Warbler, feeding on elderberries this afternoon.

Aust Warth:
Cake Pill: 1 Greylag Goose, 11 Canada Goose, 18 Teal, 6 Common Sandpiper, 30 Redshank.

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 6 juv Shelduck, 3 Gadwall, 38 Teal, 70 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 2 juv Little Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 57 Redshank, 23 Turnstone, 30+ Sand Martin, 1 Coal Tit, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear.
19/8/14 Wheatear (Mrs Trellis)
seawall to the wetland mid-day
Severn Beach:
Shore side: 1 Peregrine, 100 mixed Ringed Plover/Dunlin, 2 Knot, 12 Redshank, 3 Wheatear.
Tesco Pool: 400+ Goldfinch.
Orchard Pool: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
19/8/14 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Mrs Trellis)
Abbots Leigh:
Pool: 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Blagdon Lake:
1 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Swift.

Planet Chew:
10 Barnacle Goose, 5 Garganey, 1 drake Lesser Scaup, 2 Little Egret, 1 Great Crested Grebe + chick, 1 juv Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 2 Oystercatcher, 38 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 5 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 5 Redshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 24 GBB Gull, 15 Swift, 1 Jay, 10 Sand Martin.
19/8/14 drake eclipse Lesser Scaup (Keith Vinicombe)
Stratford hide, presumably the Blagdon bird on an away-day

19/8/14 Oystercatcher (Ian Stapp)
at the dam
19/8/14 Greenshank & Redshank (Keith Vinicombe)
Twycross
Reports: Lee Gardiner, David Gibbs, John Martin, Marcus Rhodes, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, Wayne Tucker, Keith Vinicombe, BL birds.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Sightings 18/8/14

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS:
GARGANEY: 5 at Villice Bay again.
MARSH HARRIER: 1 juv again, on tour around the lake since 11 August.
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER: 2 at the Pilning wetland.
SPOTTED REDSHANK: 1 at the south Clevedon coast, up the river Yeo with Redshank.
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE: a juvenile bird at the Pilning wetland this evening. Rare for Avon, last recorded 2010. Only 2nd Severnside record.
REDSTART: 3 at Hawkesbury Upton mid-day.
WHEATEAR: 24 in fields at the south Clevedon coast, Channel View Farm-Yeo Est leg.

Marshfield:
West Littleton lane/Northfield Lane: 2+ Little Owl again. Regular here since 8 August.

Hawkesbury Upton:
Upton Combe leg: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Redstart, 20 Linnet.

New Passage-Northwick:
A juvenile Red-necked Phalarope at the wetland this evening, superb find.
Other stuff, 1 Greylag Goose, 72 Canada Goose (inc the small Todd's type), 29 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Peregrine, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 14 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 Swift, 5 Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail.
18/8/14 juv Red-necked Phalarope (finder, Paul Bowerman)
2nd Severnside record
18/8/14 juv Red-necked Phalarope (John Martin)
spooked by a Sparrowhawk 8pm, it flew off high to the south
The Wetland: this year the wetland has already had Little Ringed Plover, (red) Curlew Sandpiper, (black) Spotted Redshank, Wood Sandpiper and now Red-necked Phalarope, plus a generous supporting cast of other more common waders.
Still in its infancy, the wetland can only get better and better as the ecology of the site matures.

Severn Beach:
3 Little Egret, 110 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 68 Dunlin, 4 Turnstone, 1 Wheatear.

south Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 14 Shelduck + 16 juvs, 5 Little Egret, 3 Kestrel, 22 Oystercatcher, 170 Ringed Plover, 3 Sanderling, 175 Dunlin, 12 Whimbrel, 285 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 200 Redshank, 4 Turnstone, 24 Wheatear, 150 Linnet.

Barrow Tanks:
8 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 12 Pochard, 155 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Woodpecker, 7 Grey Wagtail (No.1 tank).
No sign or reports of yesterday's Black-necked Grebe.
18/8/14 Wheatear (Mrs Trellis)
at No.3 tank mid-day, very confiding
Newton St Loe:
1 Little Owl, 1 Yellowhammer of note.

Blagdon Lake:
1 Hobby, 2 Common Sandpiper.

Planet Chew:
5 Garganey, 1 Goldeneye (Stratford), 1 juv Marsh Harrier again, 1 Greenshank (Moreton).
18/8/14 adult + juvenile Little Grebe (Mrs Trellis)
Villice Bay this afternoon
Reports: Paul Bowerman, Rob Emery, Martin Harris, John Martin, Vic Polley, Steve Sanins, Mrs Trellis, Lauren Tucker, BL birds.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sightings 17/8/14

Separating Grebes in non-breeding plumage, BTO guide: HERE.
Black-necked Grebe/Slavonian at about 3m 45secs.

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS:
GARGANEY: 5 at Planet Chew, Villice Bay again.
LESSER SCAUP: the Blagdon Lake bird still at Bell's Bush.
BLACK-NECKED GREBE: a juvenile at Barrow Tank No.2, new in.
MARSH HARRIER: the juvenile bird seen at Planet Chew again.
SWIFT: 50 at Barrow Tanks.
REDSTART: a juvenile at Oldbury Power Station, coastal path to Shepperdine.

Marshfield:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Little Owl, 1 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail.
17/8/14 Little Owl (Dan White)
Oldbury Power Station:
1 Redstart, 2 Siskin (by the hide).
17/8/14 juv Redstart (Mrs Trellis)
coastal path to Shepperdine
New Passage-Northwick:
1 Little Egret, 1 little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper.

Severn Beach:
1 Wheatear.

Portbury Wharf NR:
Small numbers of migrants coming through the ringing station this weekend though trade is basically very slow.
(16/8/14) Treecreeper (Paul House)
at the ringing station, rare for this site
south Clevedon coast:
96 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 58 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel.

Weston STW:
9 Swift.

Barrow Tanks:
6 Shoveler, 1 Black-necked Grebe (new in), 3 Hobby, 2 Ringed Plover, 10 Common Sandpiper, 50 Swift, 40 Sand Martin.
17/8/14 juv Black-necked Grebe (Brian Thompson)
No.2 Tank this morning, found by CJS
Blagdon Lake:
The Lesser Scaup still, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Planet Chew:
10 Egyptian Goose, 5 Garganey, 1 Marsh Harrier again, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit (Stratford), 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper.
17/8/14 Green Sandpiper (David Hughes)
Villice Bay today
Reports: Karle Burford, Anthony Cook, Jane Cumming, Sean Davies, Lee Gardiner, Adrian Hockey, Paul House, David Hughes, Chris Stone, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, Dan White, severnsidebirds.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Sightings 16/8/14

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS:
GARGANEY: 6 at Planet Chew again, 3 Villice, 3 Stratford.
MARSH HARRIER: the juvenile at Planet Chew again, mostly Villice end.
HOBBY: 4 fledged juveniles out today, 2 South Glos and 2 North Somerset.
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER: 1 at the Pilning wetland.

Cotham Hill (Bristol):
1 Swift.

Avon Gorge (Bristol):
3 Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, the Peregrine pair + juv, 20+ Swift moving through.

South Glos:
2 recently fledged Hobby, exact location not disclosed.

Marshfield:
2 Little Owl again, West Littleton.
16/8/14 Spotted Flycatcher + young (Paul Woolams)
Gunnings Wood
Oldbury Power Station:
1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler.

New Passage-Northwick:
1 Greylag Goose, 60+ Canada Goose, 2 Gadwall, 28 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 12 Little Grebe (inc juvs), 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 24 Lapwing, 15 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 20 Redshank, 6 Swift, 1 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail.

Severn Beach:
2 Little Egret, 70 Ringed Plover, 50 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 20 Turnstone, 1 Wheatear.

North Somerset:
2 recently fledged Hobby, exact location not disclosed.

Lord's Wood (Pensford):
1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Coal Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 5 Spotted Flycatcher (family).

Blagdon Lake:
34 Mute Swan (Holt Bay), 1 Black Swan, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wheatear (Green Lawn).

Planet Chew:
11 Barnacle Goose (Villice fields with Canadas), 6 Garganey, 3 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 31 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank (Villice), 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Swift, c.100 Sand Martin.
16/8/14 juv Marsh Harrier (Bob Brewer)

16/8/14 juv Marsh Harrier (Mrs Trellis)
Showing well around Villice Bay & environs today
Reports: Bob Brewer, Pete Coslett, Lee Gardiner, Mark Parsons, Chris Perry, Tony Scott, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, Rich Winn, Paul Woolams, BL birds, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Sightings 15/8/14

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS:
GARGANEY: 6 at Planet Chew.
LESSER SCAUP: the Blagdon Lake bird still.
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER: 1 at Blagdon Lake, Green Lawn, 2 at the Northwick Warth flash.
BLACK-TAILED GODWIT: 12 at the Pilning wetland.
GREEN SANDPIPER: 12 at Planet Chew.
GREENSHANK: singles new in at Planet Chew and Blagdon Lake.
LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER: 1 at St Andrews Church, Congresbury this morning. In the orchard area of the grounds, described as being sparrow-sized.

Marshfield:
2 Little Owl (West Littleton Rd), 6+ Yellow Wagtail still (Northfield Lane).

Chipping Sodbury:
Common: 2 Buzzard, 3 Whinchat of note.
15/8/14 Whinchat (Paul Woolams)
1 of 3 birds on the Common today
Oldbury Power Station:
3 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 200 House Martin, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Whitethroat, 3 Wheatear, 75 House Sparrow again.

New Passage-Northwick:
70 Canada Goose, 9 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Hobby, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Whimbrel, c.85 Curlew, 4 Common Sandpiper, 50+ Sand Martin, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Wheatear, 35 Goldfinch.

Severn Beach:
15/8/14 Spotted Flycatcher (Vic Savery)
Orchard Pools this afternoon
Portbury Dock:
1 Little Egret, 75 Ringed Plover, 75 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 60 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 40 Redshank, 1 Common Gull, 2 Rock Pipit.

Portbury Wharf NR:
15/8/14 Tufted Duck, mum + kids (Mrs Trellis)
only 2 broods out here this season, poor by recent years
Congresbury:
St Andrews Church: 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, in the orchard area this morning. Described by the observer as 'sparrow-sized'.
Very scarce for Avon, we only get a handful of records each year at best.

Weston STW-Uphill:
120 Canada Goose, 6 Little Egret, 2 Peregrine, 3 Common Sandpiper, 200 Redshank, 5 Swift, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat.

Blagdon Lake:
The Lesser Scaup still present. Other stuff, 1 juv Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank (new in).

Planet Chew:
Garganey, 1 Little Egret, 5 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Hobby, 1 juv Water Rail, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Snipe ( 1 bird trapped itself in a Water Rail trap), 3 Common Sandpiper, 12 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Swift, 3 Raven, 40+ Sand Martin, 25 Chiffchaff, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Villice).
15/8/14 immature Yellow-legged Gull (Sean Davies)
Parkland this evening
Reports: Pete Coslett, Mark Dadds, Sean Davies, Adrian Hockey, Mike Jenkins, Dave Nevitt, Mark Parsons, David Poulton, Vic Savery, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, Paul Woolams, BL birds.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Sightings 14/8/14

Separating Curlew and Whimbrel: BTO video clip: HERE.

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS:
GARGANEY: 5 at Planet Chew, Villice Bay.
LESSER SCAUP: the Blagdon bird still at Bell's Bush.
MARSH HARRIER: 1 juv/fem type at Planet Chew, Stratford this morning, sending all the local ducks into a blind panic.
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER: 1 juv again at the Pilning wetland.
SANDERLING: 1 at Planet Chew, Nunnery. Quite a scarce wader for the lake, only very small numbers each year, if at all.
HOUSE SPARROW: 35 at Oldbury Power Station, a local patch rarity apparently. There were 75 birds at the Oldbury Pill area yesterday too.

Sea Mills (Bristol):
2 Common Sandpiper.

Oldbury Power Station:
5 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Dunlin, 6 Redshank, 13 Turnstone, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 35 House Sparrow, 1 Wheatear, 12 Greenfinch.

Littleton Warth:
1 Greylag Goose, 65 Canada Goose. 
14/8/14 Greylag & Canada Goose (Mrs Trellis)
mobile birds between here and Severnside
Aust STW:
1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Aust Warth:
Cake Pill: 24 Canada Goose, 11 Teal, 15 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 80 Redshank.

New Passage-Northwick:
30 Canada Goose, 2 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 15 Ringed Plover, 30 Lapwing, 7 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 100 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, 15 Redshank, 23 Turnstone, 1 Common Tern, 2 Swift, 12 Sand Martin, 100 House Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail.

Severn Beach:
2 Little Egret.

Congresbury Moor:
A 2nd brood of (5) Barn Owlets ringed. That makes 9 little Barnies this year and 41 Owlets for the YACWAG reserves.

Newton St Loe:
Lake environs: 2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 2 Little Owl, 3 Kingfisher, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Yellowhammer.
14/8/14 Kingfisher (Wayne Tucker)
Newton Lake area
Blagdon Lake:
The Lesser Scaup still, Bell's Bush.

Planet Chew:
5 Garganey, 1 juv/fem type Marsh Harrier, 2 Hobby, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Common Tern, 2 Raven.
14/8/14 Marsh Harrier (Bob Brewer)
Reports: Derek Angell, Bob Brewer, Sean Davies, Lee Gardiner, Andy Middleton, Lauren Tucker, Wayne Tucker, Mrs Trellis, BL birds.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Sightings 13/8/14

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS:
GARGANEY: at least 4 at Planet Chew still, Villice. The Stratford bird may have been one of these.
POCHARD: 10 juvs at Planet Chew, a good local breeding record for Avon.
LESSER SCAUP: the Blagdon bird still at anchor off Bell's Bush. It has been seen to stretch its wings and yawn so we know that it's alive.
MARSH HARRIER: 1 at Planet Chew, flew in 2.10pm east shore area, female type. Another or same seen at the lake 11 August.
PEREGRINE: 1 at the Clevedon coast attacked 2 Little Egret but was hassled away by the attention of some large gulls.
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER: 1 juv at the Pilning wetland.
LITTLE STINT: 1 at the south Clevedon coast, Channel View Farm leg, our first of the autumn.
CURLEW SANDPIPER: 2 at the south Clevedon coast.
MEDITERRANEAN GULL: 1 juv still at the Northwick Warth area.
OLDBURY COAST: 75 House Sparrow, local patch rarity it would seem.

Avonmouth (Bristol):
Kingsweston Lane: 1 Kingfisher, rhine system.

Oldbury coast:
Oldbury Pill-Whitehouse: 1 Little Egret, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat, 1 Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 75 House Sparrow (local patch rarity for here).

Aust Warth:
13/8/14 Linnet (Lee Gardiner)
Cake Pill section
A lot of Linnet on the Northwick-Aust Warth section in recent weeks, many of them juveniles suggesting a good breeding season.

New Passage-Northwick:
A huge tide this morning which re-flooded most of the warth including the top flash by the 2nd sentry box.
27 Canada Goose, 5 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Sparrowhawk, 100 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Ringed Plover, 30 Lapwing, 40 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 2 Whimbrel, 80 Curlew, 3 Common Sandpiper, 15 Redshank, 1 juv Mediterranean Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, c.90+ alba Wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipit.

Portbury Wharf NR:
7 Mute Swan, 13 Gadwall, 10 Tufted Duck (inc 5 ducklings), 6 Little Grebe, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 8+ Redshank, 30+ House Martin. Phew!

south Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 6 Shelduck + 16 juvs, 16 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 44 Oystercatcher, 175 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 1 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 350 Dunlin, 8 Whimbrel, 335 Curlew, 65 Redshank, 20 Turnstone, 6 Wheatear, 14 Pied Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit, 105 Linnet.

Blagdon Lake:
13/8/14 eclipse drake Lesser Scaup, Bell's Bush (Keith Vinicombe)
it's the one that doesn't look like a Tufted
Planet Chew:
6 juv Shelduck, 4 Garganey, 90 Shoveler, 10 juv Pochard, 3 Little Egret, 38 Little Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier again, 2 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 4 Ringed Plover, 51 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 8 Common Sandpiper, 7 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Barn Owl (Heron's Green, evening), 15 Swift, 3 Kingfisher, 6 Raven, c.200 Sand Martin, c.500 House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler.
13/8/14 female Garganey (Chris Stone)
Stratford hide
Reports: Lee Gardiner, Mike Jenkins, John Martin, John Rickard, Trevor Riddle, Steve Sanins, Chris Stone, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe.