Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Sightings 27/1/15

Mya-Rose: her BORN to BIRD talk is this Saturday 31 January at 1pm at Slimbridge. It's one of the best bird talks we've heard in years and she is only 12 years old.
Warm up act by Mike Dilger.
http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge/whats-on/festival-of-birds/speakers/
27/1/15 Bewick's Swan (David Gale)
it's a solar powered tag, we are told

Headley Park (Bristol):
Woods Valley: 1 Green Parrot type, present for some weeks apparently.

Sea Mills (Bristol):
River Avon: 1 Greenshank 10am, the resident bird, 5 Common Gull.

Winterbourne:
Duck Pond: the drake Wood Duck still present.

Aust Warth:
Cake Pill: 1 Green-winged Teal again, seen from the sluice, 1 Short-eared Owl, showed well here 11.30am for a few minutes.

New Passage-Northwick:
1 Greylag Goose, 54 Shelduck, 13 Gadwall, 200 Teal, 1 Green-winged Teal (cf Aust), 14 Shoveler (8m, 6f), 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 77 Oystercatcher, 195 Lapwing, 85 Curlew, 26 Redshank, 2 Mistle Thrush.

Severn Beach:
Orchard Pools: 3 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Bullfinch.

Bower Ashton:
Clannage Rd: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler seen and heard this morning. Hedgerow adjacent to the allotments and by the bus-stop.

Pill:
M5 bridge: 2 flyover Raven, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Bullfinch.

Banwell:
Church: 1 Grey Wagtail.
Lox-Yeo Valley: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, near Max Mill.

W-s-M:
St George's: 1 Blackcap, in garden on Mahonia.

Blagdon Lake:
73 Canada Goose, 17 Barnacle Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Goosander, the Black-necked Grebe (Bells Bush), 1 Common Sandpiper.

Planet Chew:
Great Northern Diver: still present off Woodford.
Siberian Chiffchaff: still present at Herriott's bridge, present since 19 January.

Other stuff, 22 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 46 Goosander, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 200+ Woodpigeon, 1 Jay, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Bullfinch.
27/1/15 Siberian Chiffchaff (Lee Gardiner)
(26/1/15) Siberian Chiffchaff (Andy Davis)

Reports: Ron Clevely, Paul Collins, Andy Davis, David Gale, Lee Gardiner, Chris Johnson, Brian Lancastle, Geoff Pudney, Ian Stapp, Brian Thompson, John Thorogood, Mrs Trellis, BL birds.

Canada Goose - Planet Chew

There have been a few odd looking Canada Geese around the lake recently:-
1. A pale looking bird with greyish tones not unlike Barnacle.
2. Two slightly smaller and darker birds which some observers are assigning as 'Todd's type'.

26/1/15 Canada Goose, the paler one (Rich Mielcarek)
it's on the left..
26/1/15 Canada Goose, one of the darker birds (Keith Vinicombe)
it's the middle one..

26/1/15 Canada Goose, the other darker one, middle 
this one has a limp..
We're not going to stray into the taxonomic minefield of discussing the various races of Canada, suffice to say that the differences of these birds are fairly noticeable if you look carefully.

Many thanks to Keith and Rich for getting all 3 birds on the same day and sending in the photos.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Sightings 26/1/15

Mya-Rose: her BORN to BIRD talk is this Saturday 31 January at 1pm at Slimbridge. It's one of the best bird talks we've heard in years.
Warm up act by Mike Dilger.

Bedminster Down (Bristol):

Kings Head Park: 1 Tawny Owl calling.

Westerleigh Common:
Pool: 1 Kingfisher.

Northwick Warth:
The Green-winged Teal present here this afternoon.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 2 Tawny Owl calling, early am.

Pill:
M5 bridge: 30+ Snipe, pools by the bridge.

Portbury Dock:
8 Shelduck, 13 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Ringed Plover, 20 Dunlin, 5 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Portbury Wharf:
Usual riff-raff at the pools. 3 Song Thrush, 3 Stonechat around the hedgerows best.

Portishead:
Boating Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Pochard, 14 Tufted Duck.
Springfield Rd: 1 Blackcap.

Clevedon:
Town: 1 Blackcap.

Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 210 Shelduck, 165 Wigeon, 265 Teal, 6 Pintail (Yeo), 10 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Kestrel, 3 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 16 Oystercatcher, 32 Grey Plover, 350 Lapwing, 275 Dunlin, 3 Jack Snipe, 45 Snipe, 265 Curlew, 310 Redshank, 30 Turnstone, 2 Skylark, 1,000 Starling, 50 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 25 Redwing, 4 Stonechat, 20 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 4 Greenfinch, 9 Bullfinch, 11 Reed Bunting.

Worle:
Parkway-Milton Holt: 2,000+ flyover Starling resting on pylons temporarily but on their way to Weston STW apparently where presumably they roost.

Sidcot:
Oakridge Lane: 2 Siskin.

Paulton:
Sewage Works: 1 Grey Wagtail, 50 Pied Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit.
Village outskirts: 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Fieldfare, 20 Song Thrush, 40 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 20 Chaffinch, 65 Greenfinch, fields to north of village.

Bath:
Linear Way: 1 Buzzard, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush, 20 Goldfinch.

Blagdon Lake:
2 Egyptian Goose, 19 Wigeon, the Black-necked Grebe (Bell's Bush), 1 Mediterranean Gull.

Planet Chew:
Great Northern Diver: still off Woodford, quieter today so close in at times.
Siberian Chiffchaff: present again in trees at Herriott's bridge.

Other stuff, 171 Canada Goose (inc 2 Todd's type Herriott's/Villice Bay), 17 Barnacle Goose, 17 Shelduck, 24 Wigeon, 165 Shoveler, 1 Scaup (Moreton as usual), 17 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 58 Goosander, 4 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 51 Lapwing, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 GBB Gull, 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Jay, 1 Raven, 23 Long-tailed Tit (2 flocks), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Stonechat, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Bullfinch.
26/1/15 Great Northern Diver (Ian Stapp)
26/1/15 drake Goosander (David Hughes)
Reports: Pete Dommett, Paul Gregory, Patrick Hancock, David Hughes, Chris Johnson, Brain Lancastle, Jonathan Margetts, Vic Polley, John Rickard, Trevor Riddle, Steve Sanins, Vic Savery, Ian Stapp, Louise Trego, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, BL birds.
VERY MANY THANKS EVERYONE.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sightings 25/1/15

25/1/15 drake Wood Duck (Dan White)
Winterbourne Lake
North American Wood Duck is a serial escaper from collections so you have to be very desperate and/or a scoundrel to tick them.
However, it is not always clear cut to say with absolute certainty which bird constitutes an escape and which one is a genuine migrant.

Sometimes, it is quite amusing to see The Tribe tying itself up into knots in trying to decide on the escape or genuine migrant issue (let's not mention ship-assisted passage) with equally valid pros and cons on both sides of the argument.
As Obi-Wan said to Luke, the truth often depends on your point of view....


Eastville Park (Bristol):
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Nuthatch, 8 Redwing.

Hotwells (Bristol):
Cumberland Basin/Docks: 33 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 4 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 1 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 60 BH Gull, 20 Herring Gull, 8 LBB Gull, 1 Chiffchaff.

Clifton (Bristol):
Percival Rd: 3 Blackcap, garden this morning, 1 flyover Raven.

Horfield (Bristol):
Common: 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest.

Marshfield:
Scale of order counts for the flocks: 1 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 400 Golden Plover, 100 Skylark, 100 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 100 Linnet, 50 Yellowhammer, 50 Corn Bunting.

Oldbury Power Station:
5 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Stonechat, 5 Rock Pipit, 5 Yellowhammer.

Iron Acton:
2 Kestrel,  1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Dipper (river Frome), 2 Bullfinch.

Bradley Stoke:
Stoke Lodge: 2 Blackcap, present since 21 Jan.

Aust Warth:
1 Green-winged Teal still this morning, usually around Cake Pill with other Teal, 1 Peregrine, 1 Short-eared Owl again, 1 Stonechat.

New Passage-Northwick:
50 Shelduck, 14 Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 1,000 Dunlin, 150 Curlew, 50 Pied Wagtail, 1 Water Pipit still.

Severn Beach:
1 Blackcap, garden.

Pill:
Cross Lanes: 2 Blackcap.
Crockerne Drive: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 calling Tawny Owl, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Blackcap.
(24/1/15) Blackcap (Paul Milsom)
garden late night
Portbury Wharf:
Pools: 2 Mute Swan, 35 Wigeon (big drop), 16 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 12 Shoveler, 12 Tufted Duck, 52 Lapwing, 33 Dunlin (don't panic Capt Mainwaring), 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Portishead:
South Rd: 1 Tawny Owl, 7.30pm.

Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 70 Shelduck, 200 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 14 Oystercatcher, 30 Grey Plover, 180 Lapwing, 900 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 190 Curlew, 250 Redshank (150 Kenn, 100 Yeo), 2 Short-eared Owl, 150 Starling, 1 Stonechat, 10 Meadow Pipit.

W-s-M:
25/1/15 Fieldfare (Paul Gregory)
garden today
Keynsham:
Fry's Building: 2 Peregrine, present for most of the day.

Bathampton:
St George's Hill: 1 Blackcap today, also 2 Blackcap here 17/18 January.

Bath:
Oldfield Park: 1 female Blackcap 18-25 Jan plus a male on 3 other days.

Paulton:
Fields east of the village, 8 Stock Dove, 80 Skylark, 45 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, 4 Chaffinch, 150 Linnet, 20 Yellowhammer.

Barrow Tanks:
1 Aythya hybrid again, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 109 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 100 Redwing.

Planet Chew:
Great Northern Diver: still present, closer to Denny today due to the sailing boats.
Villice Bay: 33 Wigeon, 34 Goosander of note, birds pushed into the bay due to sailing competition.
Nunnery: 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Treecreeper.

Reports: Dru Brooke-Taylor, Anthony Cook, David Esam, David Gale, Paul Gregory, Chris Hall, Patrick Hancock, Peter Hawkins, Brian Lancastle, Paul Milsom, Giles Morris, Jon Mortin, Chris Perry, Harvey Rose, Gill Sapsed, Barry Scott, Chris Stone, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Sightings 24/1/15

Black Redstart (Gill Sapsed)
the Sharpness bird

Wintering Blackcap: 70+ reports from 39 sites so far this month.....thanks everyone.
Good stuff for the Avon Bird Report.

Whitchurch (Bristol):
4 flyover Raven. Birds regularly seen hereabouts at the Stockwood GC in recent weeks.

Hengrove (Bristol):
Community Hospital: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel.

Montpelier (Bristol):
St Andrews Park: 1 Raven, 1 Blackcap, 60 Redwing, 10 Goldfinch.

Sea Mills (Bristol):
River Avon: 6 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 30 Redshank, 2 Common Gull.

Old Sneyd Park (Bristol):
LNR: 1 Little Grebe, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven.

Shirehampton (Bristol):
River Avon: 11 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard 1pm.

Kingsweston (Bristol):
Napier Miles: 1 Jay.

Avonmouth (Bristol):
Honda Pools: 3 Gadwall, 22 Teal, 2 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 8 Snipe.

Marshfield:
1 Merlin still.

Shepperdine:
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 60 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 20 Meadow Pipit, 200 mixed Chaffinch/Linnet (stubble field).

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Mute Swan, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Peregrine, 2 Raven, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Stonechat.

Yate:
Harescombe: 3 Bullfinch.

Winterbourne:
Flaxpits Lane: 1 Wood Duck, on the pond.
24/1/15 Wood Duck (Niall Malone)
Aust Warth:
Cake Pill: the Green-winged Teal seen again this morning. Other stuff, 120 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 800 Dunlin, 1 Stonechat.

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 2 Mute Swan,, 11 Canada Goose, 58 Shelduck, 470 Wigeon, 15 Gadwall, 125 Teal, 12 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Water Rail, 133 Oystercatcher, 147 Lapwing, 1,200 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 227 Curlew, 80 Redshank, 12 Turnstone, 35 Fieldfare, 55 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 57 Pied Wagtail, 1 Water Pipit again, 1 Siskin.

Severn Beach:
15 Ringed Plover, 60 Redshank, 30 Turnstone, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Stonechat, 1 Rock Pipit.

Chittening Warth:
Stup Pill: 1 Water Rail, 100 Dunlin, 8 Redshank, 1 Stonechat.
24/1/15 Stonechat (Mrs Trellis)
Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 flyover Raven, 1 Coal Tit.

Leigh Woods:
24/1/15 Marsh Tit (Charlie Fayers)
present with a mixed Tit flock today
W-s-M:
Swiss Rd: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush.

Blagdon Lake:
2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Goosander, 1 Black-necked Grebe (Bell's Bush), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Skylark.

Planet Chew:
The Tawny Owl, Kingfisher and Stonechat all showing well today.
24/1/15 Treecreeper (Claire Oliver)
Reports: Des Bowring, Karle Burford, Allan Chard, Sean Davies, Charlie Fayers, Peter Hawkins, Roger Hawley, Chris Johnson, Gareth Jones, Niall Malone, Jon Mortin, Claire Oliver, Lisa Presland, Lois Pryce, Gill Sapsed, Tony Scott, Chris Teague, Trevor Wilmot, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.
VERY MANY THANKS EVERYONE.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Sightings 23/1/15

Marshfield:
1 Merlin (West Littleton Rd), 3 Stonechat.

Yate:
Kingsgate Park: 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher of note.
Brimsham Park 22/1/15: 8 Bullfinch.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Mute Swan, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Treecreeper (track to the hide).

Littleton Warth:
WeBS: 230 Wigeon, 375 Teal, 2 Ringed Plover, 400 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe, 160 Curlew, 6 Rock Pipit.

Aust Warth:
1 drake Green-winged Teal (with Teal this morning), presumably the same bird lingering as seen at new Passage on 1 January.
Other stuff here, 10 Shelduck, 200 Wigeon, 80 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Merlin (cf Northwick), 1,000 Dunlin, 10 Snipe, 30 Redshank, 2 Short-eared Owl (morning high tide), 2 Stonechat.
23/1/15 Green-winged Teal (Paul Bowerman)

23/1/15 Stonechat (Tony Scott)
at least 2 birds regular here
New Passage-Northwick Warth:
11 Canada Goose, 54 Shelduck, 300 Wigeon, 70 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 1 Red-breasted Merganser (new), 1 Merlin, 400 Dunlin, 250 Curlew, 20 Turnstone.

Severn Beach:
Shore-side: 8 Shelduck, 30 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 1 Pintail, 1 Pochard, 60 Lapwing, 30 Dunlin, 10 Snipe, 100+ Curlew.
Western Distribution Park: 1 Barn Owl.

Portbury Dock:
1 Stonechat of note.

Abbots Leigh:
2 Jay.

Leigh Woods:
1 Jay, 2 Song Thrush.

Yatton:
Wemberham Lane: 1 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Song Thrush.

Sand Bay:
1 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 15 Mallard, 1 Water Rail, 4 Jack Snipe, 60 Snipe, 3 Stonechat.

W-s-M:
Milton: 3,000 flyover Starling this morning, presumably some overnight roost dispersal.

Rowberrow 22/1/15:
5 Bullfinch, together in same tree.

Bath:
Hensley Rd: 1 Blackcap.
Alexandra Park/Beecham Cliff Wood: 10 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 30 Redwing, 60 Chaffinch.
Botanical Gardens: 1 Kingfisher (regular at the pool still), 2 Jay, 20 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Nuthatch. A couple of rubbish pics from Dave:-
23/1/15 Long-tailed Tit (David Hughes)
23/1/15 Nuthatch (David Hughes)
we've posted it upside down for artistic effect...
Barrow Tanks:
6 Wigeon, 36 Teal, 19 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye, 5 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 GBB Gull.
23/1/15 Aythya hybrid (Chris Stone)
possible Pochard x Ring-necked Duck....?
Blagdon Lake:
250+ Canada Goose (Green Lawn then fields), 2 Buzzard, 2 Snipe, 1 Grey Wagtail of note.

Planet Chew:
It was too cold for our agents to go out today so we asked them to make up something instead. It looks perfectly reasonable to us:-

Great Northern Diver: still present off Woodford. A lot of wing-flapping and dummy runs today, perhaps trying to warm up after a very cold night rather than a precursor to departing.
Great White Egret: at Heron's Green today.
Ringing Recovery: a Black-headed Gull ringed 26/6/02 in Poland, recovered 5/1/15 at Planet Chew, 1,248Kms in 4,576 elapsed days.

Other stuff, 12 Shelduck, 16 Wigeon, 4 Pintail, 1 female Scaup (Moreton still), 1 female Red-breasted Merganser, 41 Goosander, 12 Little Egret, 8 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 136 Lapwing, 30 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Tawny Owl still, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Goldcrest, 153 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Grey Wagtail, 13 Bullfinch.
23/1/15 Bullfinch (Ian Stapp)
There seems to be a lot of Bullfinch around the lake recently. Any other areas seeing the same?

Reports: Adrian Adams, Paul Bowerman, Paul Bowyer, Pete Coslett, Adrian Hockey, David Hughes, Jonathan Margetts, John Martin, Darren Pearce, Trevor Riddle, Tony Scott, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, opsbirding.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Sightings 22/1/15

(9/1/15) drake Pintail at Portbury Wharf pools (Jeff Hurran)
cataclysmic news, we deliberately suppressed it in order to annoy everyone....

Warmley (Bristol):
Bickford Close: 1 Blackcap.

Stoke Bishop (Bristol):
Church Ave: 1 Blackcap, regular most days this month so far.

Sea Mills (Bristol):
2 Dunlin plus a few Redshank.
22/1/15 Herring Gull (Tony Scott)
one of Pete Rock's boys, we hope to get the story later

thanks to Mark Coller for sourcing the info
Yate:
Kingsgate Park: 2 Gadwall (pair), 1 Water Rail.

Longwell Green:
Craven Way: 1 Blackcap.

Oldbury Power Station:
69 Canada Goose, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Water Rail (lagoon 3), 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 400+ Lapwing, 400+ Dunlin, 300 Curlew, 1,500 BH Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull (fields, yacht club end), 45 Stock Dove, 1 Stonechat, 38 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 10 Greenfinch, 100 Linnet, 3 Yellowhammer.

Littleton Warth:
2 Pintail (pair).

Aust:
7 Chiffchaff.

New Passage-Northwick:
3 Mute Swan, 29 Canada Goose, 40 Shelduck, 9 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Stonechat.

Portbury Dock:
18 Shelduck, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin.

Portbury Wharf:
Pools: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Shoveler, 10 Pochard, 1 Oystercatcher, 32 Lapwing, 7 Snipe of note.

Big morning tide flooded the saltmarsh, not all the rodents made it to safety...

22/1/15 Water Vole?/BH Gull (Hilary Kington)
Portishead:
Sea-front: 2 Mute Swan, 20+ mixed Ringed Plover/Dunlin, 2 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Rock Pipit.
Mendip Rd: 1 Blackcap.
Springfield Rd: 1 Blackcap as usual.
22/1/15 Redshank (John Rickard)
Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 2 Mute Swan, 84 Canada Goose (Dowlais), 200 Shelduck, 100 Wigeon, 100 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 31 Oystercatcher, 15 Grey Plover, 300 Lapwing, 35 Knot, 4,000 Dunlin, 18 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 100 Curlew, 150 Redshank, 28 Turnstone, 300+ BH Gull, 2 Raven, 1 Skylark, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 300 Starling, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 22 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 4 Bullfinch.
Fieldfare/Redwing conspicuously absent.

Paulton:
Fields east of the village: 31 Stock Dove, 35 Skylark, 27 Fieldfare, 80 Chaffinch, 120 Yellowhammer (ST 666 564).
Very good Yellowhammer count, normally we only see these numbers reported around Marshfield.

Blagdon Lake:
Little overall change, 279 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, the Black-necked Grebe (Wood Bay), 4 Pintail (new birds), 3 Goosander, 4 Jay.

Planet Chew:
Siberian Chiffchaff: 2 birds seen today, at BK hide and Herriott's.

Other stuff, 1 Egyptian Goose, 13 Shelduck, 4 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (m+f but separate), 16 Goosander, the Great Northern Diver (Woodford), the Great White Egret (Stratford), 2 Little Egret, 5 Buzzard, 9 Water Rail, 100 Lapwing, 11 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drummimg), 1 Raven, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 13 Bullfinch.

Reports: Pete Coslett, David Gibbs, Patrick Hancock, John Huntley, Hilary Kington, John Martin, Andy Middleton, Lisa Presland, Rich Mielcarek, John Rickard, Trevor Riddle, Harvey Rose, Tony Scott, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, Dan White, Roger White, BL birds, opsbirding.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Sightings 21/1/15

21/1/15 Dartford Warbler at Cheltenham (Allan Chard)
Pittville Park SO 948 237
Slimbridge Reminder: Saturday 31 Jan at 1pm: BORN to BIRD talk with Mya-Rose Craig
Warm up acts by Mike Dilger & Ed Drewitt...


Eastville Park (Bristol):
1 Kingfisher, 1 Coal Tit.

Clifton (Bristol):
Whiteladies Rd: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 2 Jay, 4 Raven, 14 Redwing.
The Downs: 1 Firecrest this morning, bushes opposite Zoo entrance.

Filton (Bristol):
8 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Kestrel, airfield environs.

New Passage-Northwick:
32 Shelduck, 800+ Wigeon, 100 Teal, 50 Oystercatcher, 1,000 Dunlin, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 120 Curlew, 30 Redshank.

Severn Beach:
250 Dunlin, 10 Redshank.

Lulsgate:
Airport: 52 Golden Plover, settled at the long-term car-park mid-day.

Abbots Pool:
2 Tawny Owl, calling early morning.

Portishead:
Sea-front environs: the Greylag Goose, 12 Tufted Duck, 20+ Dunlin, 5 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Rock Pipit, 6 Linnet.

Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 160 Shelduck, 390 Wigeon, 150 Teal, 4 Pintail, 1 Merlin, 10 Oystercatcher, 60 Grey Plover (Yeo), 275 Lapwing, 32 Knot (Yeo), 1,750 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe, 60 Snipe, 275 Curlew, 375 Redshank, 19 Turnstone, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Raven, 21 Skylark, 5,000 Starling (inland fields Kenn Est), 85 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 75 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 100 Chaffinch, 40 Greenfinch, 1 Yellowhammer (Blake's Pool, very unusual here), 15 Reed Bunting.

Sand Pt/Middle Hope:
3 Golden Plover, 400 Lapwing, 5 Bullfinch.

Barrow Tanks:
30 Teal, 20 Shoveler, 44 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 5 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper,

Blagdon Lake:
2 Egyptian Goose, the Black-necked Grebe (Bell's Bush), 2 Goosander.

Planet Chew:
Great Northern Diver: still off Woodford.
Great White Egret: still present but mobile around the lake.
Ringing Recovery: a Black-headed Gull ringed in Riga, Latvia 20/4/2009, recovered at CVL 14/12/14, distance 1,834 Kms/5 yrs 7 months later.

16 Shelduck, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (pair), 47 Goosander, 4 Little Egret, 2 Mediterranean Gull (HG & Herriott's), 1 Kingfisher, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 13 Bullfinch.
21/1/15 Goosander (Claire Oliver)
this bird performing exceptionally well in front of Moreton hide this morning

21/1/15 Tawny Owl (Ian Stapp)
Nunnery, a bit more showy today

21/1/15 Stonechat (Mrs Trellis)
Nunnery Pt
Reports: Paul Bowyer, Peter Burston, Allan Chard, Michael Davis, Lee Gardiner, Adrian Hockey, John Huntley, Claire Oliver, Lois Pryce, Dick Reader, Karin Rhodes, Steve Sanins, Ian Stapp, George Wilkinson, BL birds.