Sunday, 19 February 2017

19 Feb '17 Sunday - Chiffchaff

Not a bad day today, dull at times, lots of hopeful birders looking for Gulls

Waxwing at Bradley Stoke

Bar-tailed Godwit at Chittening Warth
Black Redstart at Clevedon
Cattle Egret at Toghill
Chiffchaff at Paulton and Chew
Long-tailed Duck at Barrow Tanks
Scaup, Common ScoterJack Snipe, Mediterranean Gull at Chew

BRISTOL

Kingswood garden:
2 Goldcrest (new here)

Fishponds Road, on lawn of C of E Academy:

1 Redwing

Stockwood Open Spaces:


3 Collared Dove, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Song Thrush, 25+ Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting



SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Bradley Stoke, Three Brooks, Tesco Petrol:

Waxwings

Oldbury Power Station yesterday: 
1 Gadwall, 1 Lesser Redpoll over, calling, 2 Grey Wagtail. (60 species, equal best this year, 2 other dates same)

Aust Warth:
5 Stonechat

New Passage/Northwick Warth:

1 Sparrowhawk, 450+ Knot, 145 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Fieldfare, 110 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 40 Goldfinch

Chittening Warth:
2 Shelduck, 0 Wigeon, 20 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 16 Mallard, 45 Oystercatcher, 2 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 0 Turnstone, 35 BH Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Stonechat, 1 Rock Pipit,  3 Reed Bunting


19-2-17 Coal Tit at Old Sodbury (Chris Teague)
Old Sodbury:
1 Coal Tit, flock Goldfinch, 4 Siskin


NORTH SOMERSET


19-2-17 Black Redstart at Church (Roger Staples)
Clevedon, St Andrews Churchyard:
1 Black Redstart


BELOW M4 & BANES

Warmley Forest Park:

2 Moorhens, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 15 Magpies, 3 Goldcrests, 2 Coal Tits, 50 Starlings, 20 Blackbirds, mixed flock of over 200 Fieldfare and Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 10 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch, 9 Greenfinch, 2 Bullfinch

Wick, Toghill Farm:

Cattle Egret

Newton St Loe:
27 Teal, 11 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Skylark, 30+ Linnet, 5 Bullfinch,
15+ Yellowhammer

Paulton:

1 Kestrel, 5 Skylark, 1 Chiffchaff, 120 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 6 Meadow Pipit, 7 Yellowhammer

Stanton Drew, The Druids Arms fields:

6 Little Egrets


RESERVOIRS:



19-2-17 Long-tailed Duck (Sean Davies)
Barrow Tank 3:
1 Long-tailed Duck

Blagdon Lake yesterday:

Mute Swans, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2♂ Scaup, Buzzards

19-2-17 ringed Mediterranean Gull at Chew (Lee Gardiner)
Chew Valley Lake:
Dam/Picnic Site 1:
Common Scoter, 8 Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, Mediterranean Gull (Ring No (9?).606), 2 ringed BH Gulls, the  Hooligan's Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler

Herons Green:

1 f Goosander, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Snipe, 5 House Sparrow


19-2-17 Green Sandpiper,  Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Moreton:
6 Goldeneye, 2 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker,  2 Coal Tit, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 25+ Redwing, 20+ Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 

Stratford Hide:
12 Scaup, 1 Water Rail, 2 Jack Snipe, 30 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper

Herriotts End:

2 Greylag Goose, 8 Shelduck, 10 Pintail, 4 Scaup, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 25+ Starling, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Mink in channel


19-2-17  Hybrid Duck at  Herriotts (Ian Stapp)
Reports: Rich Andrews, Teresa Chard, Sean Davies, Wendy Dickson, Lee Gardiner, Patrick Hancock, Peter Hazelwood, John Martin, Nigel Milbourne, Chris Perry, Adam Rawson, Gill Sapsed, Tony Scott, Roger Staples, Ian Stapp, Christopher Teague, Mrs Trellis, Wayne Tucker, blagdonlakebirds,  CVRS,  nslbirdingopsbirding, @RareBirdAlertUK, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Saturday, 18 February 2017

18 Feb '17 Saturday - Cattle Egret

Cloudy at first warming up with good sunshine around, like spring

18-2-17 Hooligan Gull at Chew (Lee Gardiner)
Waxwing at Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford
Merlin at New Passage
Short-eared Owl at Uphill
Cattle Egret at Toghill
Long-tailed Duck at Barrow Tanks
Scaup, Common Scoter, Cattle Egret, Mediterranean GullYellow-legged Gull at Chew


18-2-17 Tufted Duck at Eastville (Allan Chard)
BRISTOL
Easton:
2 Siskin
Eastville Park:
9 Canada Geese, 1 m Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorants, 200+ BH Gulls

18-2-17 Cormorant at Eastville (Richard Scantlebury)
Stockwood Open Spaces:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, lots Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Chaffinch

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Bradley Stoke, Wiilow Brook, Tesco Extra, 8.30 and 16.45:
15 Waxwing
17-2-17 Waxwing at Tesco (Brain Thompson)
Stoke Gifford, Bakers Ground children's park, 12.30:
15 Waxwing

Oldbury Power Station: 
1 Gadwall, 1 Lesser Redpoll over, calling, 2 Grey Wagtail. (60 species, equal best this year, 2 other dates same)

Littleton Brick Pits:
1 Water Rail, 5 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Skylark, 3 Siskin, 2 Bullfinch

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
15 Canada Geese, 18 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 17 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Golden Plover, 700+ Knot, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher

Severn Beach:
22 Shelduck, 16 Wigeon, c.70 Dunlin, 9 Curlew, 2 Turnstone, 170 BH Gull, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Stonechat, 1 Bullfinch.
16-2-17 Goosander on the Blind Yeo (David Gale)
NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon-Yeo:
18 Goosander, 1 Water Rail, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Knot, 50 Curlew, 20 Turnstone, 20+ Skylark, 5 Stonechat (Stonechat numbers up over Avon)

Congressbury:
4 Goosander (river at Moor Lade bridge)

Strawberry Line:
4 Egrets (3 definite Little and  probable Cattle Egret),  Buzzard, Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler, large number of Starlings and a few Fieldfares, Bullfinch

18-2-17 Short-eared Owl (Paul Milo Milsom)
Uphill:
1 Short-eared Owl, 10+ Stonechat, 1 Reed Bunting

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
7 Stonechat
18-2-17 Stonechat (Peter Coslett)
Wick, Golden Valley: combined report
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Long-Tailed Tit,
2 Treecreeper, 7 Chaffinch, 10 Greenfinch, 10+Goldfinch, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Red Admiral butterfly

Toghill Farm:
Cattle Egret
18-2-17 Barn Owl at Pensford (Raoul Chandrasakera)
Pensford viaduct:
1 Barn Owl

RESERVOIRS:

Barrow Tanks:
3 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 19 Teal, 23 Mallard, 16 Shoveler, 13 Pochard, 69 Tufted Duck, 1 m Long-tailed Duck (He is moulting to show a 1st winter male, not a female as thought earlier this year),
1 f Goldeneye, 19 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 14 Little Grebe, 13 Great Crested Grebe, 63 Coot, 9 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, 200+ Common Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker

Blagdon Lake:
Mute Swans, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2♂ Scaup, Buzzards

18-2-17 ringed BH Gull at Chew (David Hughes)
Can anyone trace this ring? 5HE
Chew Valley Lake:
18-2-17 ringed Mediterranean Gull at Picnic Site 1 (Lee Gardiner)
Dam/Picnic Site 1:
2 Barnacle Geese, 3 Scaup, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Hooligan Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Ring No (9?).606), 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Black Headed Gull (Ring 5HE)


18-2-17 Common Scoter at Chew (Brian Thompson)
18-2-17 Cattle Egret at Chew (John Martin)



Stratford Hide:
4 Scaup, 2 Jack Snipe




Herriotts End:
Cattle Egret, 2 Mediterranean Gull





Hooligan Gull - Update
Attached are two new photos by Simon Mackie of the Hooligan Gull, the strange gull which resides at the Picnic Site at Chew - now nicknamed by all and sundry as the 'Hooligan Gull'. It is staying around and is very confiding, spending much of its time sitting on the wooden barriers with the Black-headed Gulls. It is approachable down to about 10 feet. Aside from all it's other features, what is most intriguing is the fact that the bird has such short legs!
For comparison, the third photo is of a definite Heuglin's Gull that Richard Mielcarek sent me - apparently taken in Kuwait by Danielle Occhiato, where they winter. Similar or what?!                      
Keith Vinicombe

Hooligan and Heuglin's Gull below

Reports: Rich Andrews, Terri Borash, Allan Chard, Teresa Chard, Derek Clarke, Peter Coslett, Chris Craig, Sean Davies, Michael Davis, Alastair Fraser, David Gale, Lee Gardiner, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Bob Hindle, David Hughes, Michael Hutchinson, John Martin, Andy Middleton, Nigel Milbourne, Paul Milo Milsom, Chris Perry, Matt Plenty, Lois Pryce, Adam Rawson, Trevor Riddle, Vic Savery, Richard Scantlebury, Howard Taffs, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, Thomas Weston, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Friday, 17 February 2017

17 Feb '17, Friday - Merlin

Dull morning, brightening later, mild

Cattle Egret at Congresbury and Toghill
Short-Eared Owl at Uphill
Waxwing Bradley Stoke. Lots of great photos on Twitter feeds
Merlin at Aust
Tawny Owl Crew's Hole

New publication from the BOC
Birding in the Bristol Region - A Celebration
50 Years of the Bristol Ornithological Club
Only £12.00, inc p&p, from William Earp bristolornithologicalclub.co.uk)

History of the BOC
50 Birds of Avon, contributions from members
50 Years of change in Avon
50 Ways to improve your birding
and more ....


BRISTOL
New Cut and Harbour:
1 Kingfisher, 1 Jay, 2 Redshank, 2 Great Black-Backed Gull, 2 Grey Wagtail
Crew's Hole
Tawny Owl calling

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Bradley Stoke:
Waxwing at Tesco's
17/2/17 Waxwing at Bradley Stoke (Rod Holbrook)
Shopping for berries at Tesco (other retailers are available)


17/2/17 Waxwing (Higgy)
This one showing leg rings

Oldbury Power Station:
110 Wigeon, 2150+ Dunlin, 125+ Curlew, 4 Redshank, 2 Raven, 3 Stonechat
6 House Sparrow (village)

Aust Wharf:
1 Merlin, 3 Stonechat

 NORTH SOMERSET:

Congresbury - Strawberry Line
3 Little Egret, 2 Heron, 7 Buzzard, 30 Stock Dove, 6 Song Thrush, 1 Cettis Warbler, 1 Treecreeper
1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Raven

Wain's Hill to Clevedon-Yeo:
205 Shelduck, 195 Wigeon, 475 Teal, 1 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 7 Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail
11 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover, 17 Grey Plover, 150 Lapwing, 2 Knot, 300 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe 6 Common Snipe, 180 Curlew, 310 Redshank, 35 Turnstone, 2 Mediterranean Gull (Blind Yeo).
30 Skylark, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2000 Starling, 1 Black Redstart (St Andrew’s Church, Churchyard)
14 Stonechat (8 between Blackstone & Kenn and 6 near sea wall at Channel View Farm)
75 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 2 Yellowhammer (Blake’s Pools), 4 Reed Bunting.

Kenn Moor:
1 Great White Egret (flew over Claverham Drove towards Clevedon) at 1pm

Uphill:
Short-Eared Owl
17/2/17 Short-Eared Owl at Uphill (Jeanette Sakel)

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
2 Red Kite one in Shire valley, the other on Tormarton Road

Toghill Farm:
2 Cattle Egret

RESERVOIRS:

Barrow Tanks:
3 Snipe, Jack Snipe, 9 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 22 Buzzard, 15 Skylark, 155 Redwing
62 Fieldfare, 1 Goosander, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 56 Coot, 58 Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall
1 Canada Goose, 17 Shoveller, 11 Pochard, 14 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron
1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1598 Common Gull, 13 Long-tailed Tit

Blagdon Lake:
2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Goosanders, 2♂ Greater Scaup, Wigeon, 7 (5♂) Pintails, 2 Egyptian Geese

Chew Valley Lake:
Dam:
1 m Scaup, 1 Scoter, 2 Little Grebe, 8 Barnacle Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Raven (fly over)
1 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Goldeneye

Heron's Green:
7 Snipe (Left side lake reeds), 1 m Scaup, 1 Goosander, 12 Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe
9 House Sparrow
17/2/17 Goldeneye at Chew (Ian Stapp)
Moreton:
6 Bullfinch (3m 3f), 10+ Chaffinch, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Jay, 1 Meadow Pipit
1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Long Tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat, 2 Stock Dove
1 Green Woodpecker

17/2/17 Green sandpiper at Chew (Ian Stapp)
Stratford:
4 Scaup (1m 3f)

Herriots:
6 Pintail, 8 Shelduck, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 12 Goldeneye (lake)

Reports: John Barnett, Terry Bond, Paul Clack, Higgy, Rod Holbrook, Trevor Riddle, Jeanette Sakel, Steve Sanins, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, Lee Wildwood,  blagdonlakebirds,  CVRS, , nslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG

Thursday, 16 February 2017

16 Feb '17 Thursday -

Sunny day and warm for the time of year

Waxwing at Bradley Stoke
Cattle Egret at Stanton Drew and Toghill
Black Redstart at Clevedon
Short Eared Owls at Uphill
Scaup, Common Scoter, and Mediterranean Gulls at Chew


16-2-17 Waxwing at Tesco's (Vic Savery)
BRISTOL
Lords Wood, Pensford:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, lots Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Chaffinch

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Bradley Stoke, Tesco Extra:
15 Waxwing

Oldbury Power Station:
Mute Swan pair back, 1 Ruff with Lapwings

Yate Common:
Red Kite
16-2-17 Long-tailed Tit at Chew (Ian Stapp)
NORTH SOMERSET:

Clevedon-Pier:
1 Black Redstart on rocks

Clevedon-Yeo:
68 Canada Goose, c.50 Shelduck, 170 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 6 Goosander, 4 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 12 Oystercatcher, 28 Grey Plover, 60 Lapwing (One "singing" at Dowlais), 450 Dunlin (Well down on Sunday), 2 Jack Snipe, 9 Snipe, 140 Curlew, 250 Redshank, 28 Turnstone, 1 Raven, 2 Rock Pipit

Kenn Moor:
1 Little Egret, 1 Heron,  10 Teal, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 40 Redwing, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Skylark, 1 Raven, 40 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting

16-2-17 Short-eared Owl at Uphill (Rojo)
15 photographers at Uphill and I have to put one of mine in as I have none
Uphill:
Short Eared Owls, 2 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting

BELOW M4 & BANES

Toghill Farm:
Cattle Egret

Stanton Drew:
Cattle Egret

RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake:
Bewick's Keynell, By-Brook & their 3 cygnets reported back at WWT Slimbridge today after wintering at Blagdon & Chew

Chew Valley Lake:


16-2-17 Egyptian Goose (Allan Chard)
Dam:
1 Barnacle Goose, 2 Egyptian Geese, 14 Scaup, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Cetti's Warbler

Woodford:
9 Goldeneye, 1 Kingfisher,  20+ Redwing (orchard)

16-02-17 Scaup at Herons Green (Ian Stapp)
Heron's Green:
9 Scaup (4M 5F flew into the bay from the Dam), 2 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard

Moreton:
3 Buzzard, 2 Jay, 60+ Fieldfare and Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 25+ Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch

Herriotts End:
8 Shelduck, 10 Pintail, 4 ad + 2 juv Mediterranean Gulls, 4000 mixed Gulls, 1  Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting

Hooligan Gull
Attached are two photos of the strange gull which resides at the Picnic Site at Chew - now nicknamed by all and sundry as the 'Hooligan Gull'. It was there all day and it is very confiding, spending much of its time sitting on the wooden barriers with the Black-headed Gulls. It was approachable down to about 10 feet. For comparison, the third photo is of a definite Heuglin's Gull that Richard Mielcarek sent me - apparently taken in Kuwait, where they winter. Similar or what?! Keith Vinicombe

Odd gull at Chew and Heuglin's Gull below
Reports: Allan Chard, Teresa Chard, Andy Davis, Pete Dommett, Keith Fowler, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Adrian Hockey, Nigel Milbourne, Trevor Riddle, Mathew Rogers, Harvey Rose, Matt Scott, Ian Stapp, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, Wayne Tucker, Gordon Youdale,  blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

15 Feb '17 Wednesday - Waxwings

Rain late morning but some sun later, warm for the time of year

Waxwing at Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford
Short Eared Owls at Uphill
Scaup, Common Scoter, and new Ring-billed Gull at Chew

BRISTOL
15-2-17 Buzzard in Stoke Park (Martin Tayler)

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Bradley Stoke, Tesco Extra:
Waxwing

Stoke Gifford, Bakers Ground childrens park  near Esporta:
A flock of Waxwings this afternoon

NORTH SOMERSET:


15-2-17 Blackcap in Nailsea (Roger Staples)
Nailsea garden:
1m + 2f Blackcaps regularly visiting feeders since mid January

15-2-17 Short-eared Owls (William Hewitt & Keith Fowler)
Sporting by Uphill Boat yard
Uphill:
3 Short Eared Owls, 1 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting


BELOW M4 & BANES


15-2-17 Peregrine in Bath (Wayne Tucker)
Bath, St. John's Church:
3 Peregrines


RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake, 14-2-17:
Bewick's Swans, 202 Canada Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2♂ Scaup

15-2-17 Hooligan's Gull at Chew? (Wayne Tucker)
Herring x Lesser x Yellow, Heuglin's 
Chew Valley Lake:

Dam:
1 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Geese, 14 Scaup, 1 Common Scoter, 11 Goldeneye,  3 Little Grebe

Heron's Green:
2 Goosander, 2 Little Grebe

Moreton:
2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 20 Chaffinch

Stratford:
9 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher

Herriotts End:
12 Shelduck, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 3 ad Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Ring-billed Gull

15-2-17 Gulls at Chew (Gill Sapsed)
Reports: Philip Appleton, Andy Davis, Keith Fowler, Lee Gardiner, William Hewitt, Katie Horrocks, Robin Nash, Roger Staples, Martin Tayler, Wayne Tucker, Keith Vinicombe,  blagdonlakebirds, nslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

14 Feb '17 Tuesday - Ring-billed Gull

Another dull day for the weather

Waxwing at Bath and Bradley Stoke
Cattle Egret at Toghill Farm
Bewick's Swan at Blagdon
Scaup, Common Scoter, and new Ring-billed Gull at Chew

14-2-17 Tufted Duck at Eastville (Steve Poulson)
BRISTOL
Eastville Park:
1 Tufted Duck, unusual here


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Bradley Stoke, Tesco Extra:
15 Waxwing

Oldbury Power Station:
2 Golden Plover with c.300 Lapwing, 1 Mistle Thrush

14-2-17 Knot at New Passage (Paul Bowerman)

NORTH SOMERSET:

Clevedon-Wains Hill:
4 m and 5 f Goosander in the estuary 10.30 am, they drifted in to the creek and flew inland 12.45 pm

Weston-Super-Mare, Plumley Park:
1 Water Rail,  No Waxwing, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting

14-2-17 Green Woodpecker at Uphill (William Hewitt)
Uphill Boat Yard:
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 2 Long Tailed Tits

Bleadon Garden:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap (m)
Bleadon Allotments:
30 Starlings, 40 Fieldfare, 10 Linnet


BELOW M4 & BANES


14-2-17 Cattle Egret (Roger Staples)
Easy and charming to see
Toghill Farm:
2 Cattle Egret
14-2-17 Waxwing (Suk Trippier)
Only get Waxwings in Bath on Valentines day
Bath, London Road:
3 Waxwing

Newton St Loe:
33 Teal, 3 Goosander, 1 Sparrowhawk, 9 Stock Dove, 24 Linnet, 37 Yellowhammer


RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake:
8 Bewick's Swans, 202 Canada Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2♂ Scaup

14-02-17 New Ring-billed Gull (Ian Stapp)
Found at Chew by Andy Davis, longer bill
Chew Valley Lake:

Dam:
12 Scaup (9 by Denny), 1 Common Scoter, 11 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 3 Little Grebe

Woodford:
4 Goldeneye, 100+ Fieldfare/Redwing/Starling

Heron's Green:
2 Little Grebe, 50 Starling, 20+ Redwing

Moreton:
1 m Goosander, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Tawny Owl,  1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Goldcrest, 10+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail, 20 Chaffinch

14-2-17 Pintail at Herriott's (Sean Whyte)
Herriotts End:
12 Shelduck, 10 Pintail, 1 new Ring-billed Gull, 1 Kingfisher

Reports: Andy Davis, David Gibbs, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, William Hewitt, Adrian Hockey, Glen Maddison, Nigel Milbourne, Michael Newstead, Steve Poulsom, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, Suk Trippier, Thomas Weston, Sean Whyte, blagdonlakebirds,  nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Monday, 13 February 2017

13 Feb '17 Monday

Milder and fine at last - a nice morning for birding despite the East wind.

Cattle Egrets, Waxwings and Scaup still on station.

Gadwall at Chew (Ian Stapp)
I'm putting this photo at the top because I love it! - ed
BRISTOL
Bradley Stoke:
15 Waxwing at Tesco's, then just 7 later.

Waxwing at Tesco's , 'kamilboberski'
Portwall Lane:
This Black Redstart flew into an office window in Portwall Lane this morning.

Black Redstart - thanks to Gilbert Lemon for the report and photo.
Snuff Mills:
1 Dipper.

13-2-17 Dipper at Snuff Mills (Jim Parry)
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
Red Kite north this morning, m. Black Redstart near waterworks.  2 Stonechat, 20+ Meadow Pipit.

Little Egret on the River Frome (Sid Simmons)
R. Frome, Frampton - Winterbourne:
2 Little Egret.

NORTH SOMERSET:

Weston-Super-Mare:
Worle:
10 hours ago
2 Waxwing at the far Western end of Moor lane, Worle, by the mini roundabout leading on to Carousel Way
Worle (Summer Lane Pool and Plumley Park:
No Waxwings for one unlucky searcher but he found Grey Heron, Kingfisher, 8 Redwing.

Uphill:
WeBS count highlights: 52 Shelduck, 160 Wigeon, 89 Oystercatchers, 14 Ringed Plover, 500 Lapwing, 3 Sanderling, 1900 Dunlin, 74 Curlew, 2 Common Gull, 3 GBB Gull.

BELOW M4 & BANES

Toghill Farm:
Cattle Egret.

Newton St Loe:
46 Teal, 8 Goosander, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 8 Moorhen, 4 Coot, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Pied Wagtail.

Paulton:
Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Dipper, 21 Blackbird, 14 Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff. 3 Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch.

Paulton sewage works:
3 Meadow Pipit, 100 Pied Wagtail.

RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake:
8 (3 imm) Bewick's Swans, 1 Greylag Goose, 200+ Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 m Pintail, 2 m Scaup, 8 Goldeneye, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Moorhen, 341 Coot, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 1 Peregrine, 1 Chiffchaff, 200 Redwing.

Scaup at the Dam at Chew (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
4 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull.

Dam:
14 Scaup, 1 Common Scoter, pr Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe, 12+ Goldfinch.

Woodford:
40+ Fieldfare, 2 Bullfinch.

Heron's Green:
Buzzard, Green Sandpiper.

Moreton:
2 Buzzard, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Jay, 2 Bullfinch.

Reports: Patrick Hancock, Robert Hargreaves, Adrian Hockey, 'kamilboberski', Gilbert Lemon, Jim Parry, Matt Plenty, Sid Simmons, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, John Thorogood, blagdonlakebirds,  CVRS, nslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG

Sunday, 12 February 2017

12 Feb '17 Sunday - Red Kite

Still very cold and dull, uninviting, a catch up day for many

Barn Owl, Chiffchaff in Bristol
Jack Snipe at Oldbury
Brent Goose, Great White Egret at Clevedon
Eider, Waxwing, Black Redstart at Weston-Super-Mare
Red Kite, Marsh Tit at Newton St Loe
Common Scoter, Black-necked Grebe at Chew

Aid to identifying the Common Scoter at Chew (Gill Sapsed)
BRISTOL
Hanham Fields:
1 Barn Owl

Southville garden:
1 Chiffchaff
12-2-17 Otter on River Frome (Jon Mortin)
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station WeBS:
5 Shelduck, 166 Wigeon, 87 Teal, 24 Mallard, 1 Peregrine, 16 Oystercatcher, 745 Lapwing,
2000 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe, 53 Snipe, 254 Curlew, 47 Redshank, 31 Turnstone,

New Passage/Northwick Wharf:
76 Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, 21 Shoveler, 15 Tufted Duck, 600+ Lapwing, Knot, 2000 Dunlin,
c.180 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Jay

Sea Mills & VOSA Pool:
36 Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Dunlin, 14 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpipers, 35 Redshank, 130 BH Gulls, 1 Common Gull, 2 LBB Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Rock pipit
VOSA Pool (Hoar Gout):
1 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Moorhen, 4 Coot

NORTH SOMERSET:

Clevedon, winter survey of 1 km sq at Colehouse Lane, (ST4069):
2 Grey Herons, 17 Mallard, 10 Goosanders (4 m) - 7 on a private fishing lake, 80 BH Gulls,
47 Woodpigeons, 7 Pied Wagtails
Corvids doing well - 19 Magpies, 46+ Jackdaws. 37 Starlings, 9 Goldfinches but no Chaffinch, Greenfinch or House Sparrow, which is unusual.

Clevedon-Yeo, WeBS:
2 Mute Swan, 66 Canada Goose (Dowlais at dawn), 2 Brent Goose (Dark phase), 50 Shelduck, 180 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 4 Shoveler, c.10 Mallard, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 28 Oystercatcher, 16 Grey Plover, 120 Lapwing, 4 Ringed Plover, 170 Curlew, 28 Turnstone, 1800 Dunlin, 150 Redshank, 20 Black-headed Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 24 Skylark, ~10 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit

Weston-Super-Mare:
1 Eider (Marine Lake),Waxwing (Plumley Park), 1 Black Redstart


12-2-17 Red Kite at last at NSL (Lauren Tucker)
BELOW M4 & BANES

Toghill Farm, 16.00:
Cattle Egret
12-2-17 Marsh Tit at NSL (Lauren Tucker)
Newton St Loe, WeBS:
2 Mute Swan, 31 Teal, 36 Mallard, 20 Goosander, 1 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard, 9 Moorhen, 4 Coot, 1 Common Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Coal Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Treecreeper, 100+ Redwing & Fieldfare, 3 Mistle Thrush,
10 Meadow Pipit, 10+ Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch

Paulton:
3 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 160 Redwing, 13 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 20 Starling


RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake, 11-2-17:
8 Bewick's Swan. 2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Scaup, 1 m Goosander

Litton Reservoir saftie: 
6 Mute Swan, 1 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 27 Tufted Duck, 8 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron,
13 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 30 Starling, 12 Redwing, 
2 Grey Wagtail


12-2-17 Scaup at Chew (Darren Pearce)
Chew Valley Lake:
Dam:
14 Scaup, 1 Common Scoter

Bittern Trail:
4 Black-necked Grebe


Ring-billed Gull taken 13-2-12 (Keith Vinicombe) compared to this year's at Dam (Gareth Jones)
Looking at the photos of the current adult Ring-billed Gull at the Picnic Site at Chew, it became obvious to me that I'd seen that bird before!
On 3 January 2012, an adult Ring-billed turned up at Woodford Lodge at Chew. It had an injury to its under-wing but this didn't prevent if from flying and behaving normally. Soon after its arrival, it moved to the Picnic Site, where it hung around until 23 February, when it left. It was a small bird with a weak bill, indicating it was a female.
If you compare it with the photos of the current individual, they're are absolutely 100% identical! Just compare the streaking on the head and the bird's general structure (like humans, gull have distinctive individual face patterns). I have no doubt in my mind that it's the same bird returning, five years later!
Ring-billed Gulls commute back and forth across the Atlantic! About ten years ago in Norway a ringed Ring-billed Gull started wintering - I think it returned for about seven winters. In one of the intervening summers it was actually seen back in the USA - somebody read its ring number in the field!
Indeed, we had a bird - called 'Harvey' - that returned to the overflow at Herriott's Pool ever winter for five years years (from December 1986 to March 1992) but I've never before heard of one returning to a site after such a long gap (five years).                                           Keith Vinicombe


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