Thursday, 30 October 2014

Sightings 30/10/14

New Passage-Northwick:
65 Canada Goose, 12 Shoveler, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 female Merlin 4pm, 1 Grey Plover, 80 Lapwing, 29 Knot, 150 Dunlin, 40 Black-tailed Godwit plus the ever-present Wigeon/Teal flock.
Starling numbers building at the reed-bed.

Leigh Woods:
Church Rd area: 2 Jay 3+ Goldcrest, by the church this morning.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 flyover Raven.

Lulsgate Airport:
17 Golden Plover, 13 flyover Lapwing.

Backwell Lake:
30/10/14 Kingfisher (Michael Poole)
Clevedon:
Wain's Hill vis mig 6.30-9.30am: 6 Skylark, 515 Starling, 18 Pied Wagtail, 75 Meadow Pipit, 1,600 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 50 Goldfinch, 15 Linnet.
Most to south-west.

Wain's Hill- Yeo Est shore: 12 db Brent Goose, 210 Shelduck, 110 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 14 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 18 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 55 Lapwing, 1 very late Curlew Sandpiper (Yeo end), 200 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 155 Curlew, 335 Redshank, 32 Turnstone, 8 Raven, 27 Skylark, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear (Yeo end), 125 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 70 Greenfinch, 160 Linnet.

Sand Pt:
10 db Brent Goose, 7 Little Egret (bay), 1 Merlin, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Dartford Warbler again (north side this time), 100 Chaffinch, 1 Yellowhammer.

Blagdon Lake:
4 Little Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Planet Chew:
30/10/14 Redshank (Mrs Trellis)
Villice Bay
Reports: Phil Baber, Paul Gregory, Adrian Hockey, Michael Poole, Dick Reader, Karin Rhodes, Steve Sanins, Mrs Trellis, BL birds.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Sightings 29/10/14

Aust Warth:
20 fly-by Canada Goose, 1 Kestrel, 1 Stonechat.

Northwick Warth:
1 female Merlin.

Severn Beach:
1 Snipe, shore.

Chittening Warth:
New Pill: 18 Oystercatcher, 34 Curlew.

Portbury Dock:
28 Ringed Plover, 300 Dunlin, 52 Curlew, 1 Stonechat.

Kingston Seymour:
New Cut Bow: 21 Little Egret in fields.

Sand Pt:
1 Dartford Warbler, south side of the down by the stile and close to where the RB Shrike was recently.

Blagdon Lake:
4 Little Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe (Holt Bay), 7 Lapwing of note.

Planet Chew:
29/10/14 Water Rail (Lee Gardiner)
Moreton hide
Reports: Lee Gardiner, Paul Gregory, Martin Hale, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Sightings 28/10/14

Marshfield:
The Great Grey Shrike still present along Rushmead Lane into the afternoon but mobile.
Nigel Tucker video: HERE.

Other stuff seen on the twitch, 1 Red Kite, 1 Merlin, 1,000 Common Gull, 150 Stock Dove, 700 Starling.

Oldbury Power station:
103 Canada Goose, 1 Short-eared Owl (saltmarsh), 8 Stonechat, 10 Rock Pipit.

New Passage-Northwick:
63 Canada Goose, 8 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 8 Grey Plover, 30 Lapwing, 40 Knot, 350 Dunlin, 90 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Stonechat, 7 Bullfinch, plus the usual large numbers of Wigeon/Teal from the bench.

Portbury Dock:
50+ Meadow Pipit today, an overnight influx.
28/10/14 Meadow Pipit (Mrs Trellis)
Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill vis mig 6.30-8.30am: 755 Woodpigeon, 8 Skylark, 15 Long-tailed Tit, 1,350 Starling, 90 Redwing, 22 Pied Wagtail, 55 Meadow Pipit, 2,650 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 32 Greenfinch, 70 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 40 Linnet, 7 Bullfinch.
Most to south-west.

Wain's Hill-Yeo Est shore: 2 Mute Swan, 220 Shelduck, 195 Wigeon, 75 Teal, 60 Mallard, 7 Cormorant, 10 Little Egret, 11 Little Grebe (Blind Yeo), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 30+ Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 20 flyover Golden Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 230 Lapwing, 35 Knot (Yeo end), 450 Dunlin, 22 Snipe, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 205 Curlew, 355 Redshank, 26 Turnstone, 82 Skylark (to west), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1,300 Starling (small groups to west), 5 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 90 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit.

Sand Pt:
1 Merlin, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Siskin, 1 Yellowhammer.

Backwell Lake:
16 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail, 150+ BH Gull, 4 Common Gull, 1 Kingfisher.

Blagdon Lake:
9 Little Egret (dusk), 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper,

Planet Chew:
4 Pintail, 2 Goosander, 2 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 GBB Gull, 1 Barn Owl (Herriott's end early), 3 Jay, 40 flyover Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 100 Starling to SW.

Bath:
Weston: 1 Barn Owl this evening, Leighton Rd.

Reports: Derek Angell, Mark Dadds, Paul Gregory, Wilf King, John Martin, Mike Newstead, Harvey Rose, Steve Sanins, Ian Stapp, Mike Thomas, Mrs Trellis, Nigel Tucker, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Sightings 27/10/14

Marshfield:
Rushmead Lane: 1 Great Grey Shrike found here this afternoon, present into dusk. East end of lane.

27/10/14 Great Grey Shrike (Martyn Hayes, finder)
Please view only from the Rushmead Lane and do not enter into the fields. Thanks.

New Passage-Northwick:
40 Canada Goose, 2 Little Egret, 2 female Merlin, 60 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 36 Lapwing, 200 Dunlin, 70 Redshank, 10 Turnstone plus the usual mix of Wigeon and Teal flocks.

Abbots Leigh:
Knightcott Rd: 10+ flyover Redwing this evening.

Clevedon coast:
120 Shelduck, 60 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 25 Little Egret, 18 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 53 Lapwing, 180 Dunlin, 150 Curlew, 25 Redshank, 9 Turnstone, 20 Skylark, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1,000 Starling (mig to SW), 2 Stonechat, 40 Meadow Pipit, 100+ Chaffinch, 60 Greenfinch, 10 Linnet.

Sand Pt:
Mig 7.15-8.45am: 30 Meadow Pipit, 1,940 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 30 Greenfinch, 40 Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, 30 Linnet.

Barrow Tanks:
2 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 57 Tufted Duck, 24 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 20 Linnet of note.

Blagdon Lake:
242 Canada Goose, 17 Barnacle Goose, 1 Goldeneye, 3 little Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 7 Lapwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Siskin.

Planet Chew:
4 Egyptian Goose, 15 Pintail, 1 female Scaup, 3 Goosander (2m, 1f), 1 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 1 Oystercatcher, 22 Lapwing, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 2 Raven, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 300+ Starling (small groups to W most of the day), 1 Stonechat.
27/10/14 Canada Goose (Mrs Trellis)
CVRS - pull your socks up.....
27/10/14 drake Goosander (Mrs Trellis)
Villice Bay
Reports: Pete Dommett, Paul Gregory, Nick Hawkridge, Martyn Hayes, Dick Reader, Alex Rhodes, Trevor Riddle, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, BL birds.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Sightings 26/10/14

Marshfield:
5 Buzzard, 1 Merlin (West Kington), 100+ Linnet of note.
26/10/14 Linnet (David Hughes)
Warmley Forest Park:
1 Buzzard, 20+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Redwing, 30 Pied Wagtail of note.

Yate:
Kingsgate Park: 1 Pintail, local rarity here.
Common: 2 Jack Snipe, early on.
26/10/14 Pintail (Mark Coller)
Oldbury Power Station:
7 Grey Plover (Shepperdine end), 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Aust Warth:
1 Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, 2 Stonechat.
26/10/14 Stonechat (Mrs Trellis)
New Passage-Northwick:
1 Little Egret, 4 Little grebe, 90 Oystercatcher, 9 Grey Plover, 30 Knot, 700 Dunlin, 130 Redshank, 30 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Stonechat, 7 Rock Pipit.

Easton-in-Gordano:
Marsh Lane: 1 flyover Great White Egret 8.30am to south.

Portbury Dock:
20 Shelduck, 45 Mallard, 2 Little Egret, 2 Peregrine, 5 Ringed Plover, 48 Dunlin, 50 Curlew, 44 Redshank, 10 Turnstone, 1 Raven, 70 Starling, 20 Pied Wagtail, 7 Meadow Pipit, 5 Linnet.

Portbury Wharf:
155 Wigeon, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff.

Kingston Seymour:
15 Little Egret 9.45am.

Clevedon:
Wain's Hill: vis mig 6.30-9.45am, 12 Pied Wagtail, 30 Meadow Pipit, 4,100 Chaffinch, 75 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin.
The Chaffinch passage was particularly heavy 6.45-8.15am, tailing off after this time.
Also seen, 2 Peregrine.
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est seawall:  20+ Shelduck, 40 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 110 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 10 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 52 Oystercatcher, 80 Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover, 8 Grey Plover, 1 Knot, 180 Dunlin, 18 Snipe, 180 Curlew, 410 Redshank (high count), 20+ BH Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 8 Pied Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit.

A dead Little Grebe and Coot also found.

Sand Pt:
The Eleonara's Falcon seen again at the point, tussling with some Crows over the water. That's 4 separate observers over this weekend.
Hopefully, a conclusive pic will emerge soon and we can award the Avon Birds special prize of 1 week free birding at Portbury Wharf as way of thanks to the lucky photographer.

Other stuff, 300+ Chaffinch 7.45-8.15am.

Barrow Tanks:
4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wheatear, 1 Yellowhammer.

Litton Res:
3 Little Egret.

Blagdon Lake:
3 Little Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe still, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 GBB Gull (French ringed bird L42).

Planet Chew:
1 female Scaup (Stratford).

Steart Marshes (Somerset):
A couple of pics of the Pallid Harrier currently gracing the site.

26/10/14 Pallid Harrier (Mike Trew)
it's an abs mint place to visit, but do check high tide times
Mike will be attending the Avon Birds office tomorrow for a disciplinary hearing to explain the dire quality of his photos. We can't imagine any mitigating circumstances....

Reports: Mark Coller, Paul Gregory, David Hughes, Chris Jones, Brian Lancastle, John Martin, Andy Middleton, Chris Perry, Harvey Rose, Steve Sanins, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, Mike Trew, Jason Williams, Paul Williams, BL birds.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Sightings 25/10/14

Marshfield:
7 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 4 Stonechat plus the usual Skylark and various Bunting.

Shepperdine leg:
Windbound: 50 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 6 Grey Plover, 20 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 40 Turnstone.

Oldbury Power Station leg:
90+ Canada Goose, 2 Little Egret, 60 Lapwing, 10 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 250 Curlew, 50 Redshank, 2 Stonechat, 5 Rock Pipit.

Littleton Warth leg:
1 Wheatear.

Aust Warth:
2 flyover Raven.

New Passage-Northwick:
2 Canada Goose, 4 Shelduck, 27 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, 2 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 90 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 30 Knot, 37 Lapwing, 500 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 110 Curlew, 200 Redshank, 25 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Stonechat.

Severn Beach:
13 Ringed Plover.

Kingston Seymour:
An adult flyover Eleonora's Falcon at Bullock's fishing lakes 11.45am. Intermediate to darker side of the spectrum.
The bird then headed off inland in the direction of Blagdon if it gets that far.
Eleonora's is a huge rarity, not even annual in the UK.

We've spoken with the observers. They were sober, albeit with very high-pitched squeaky voices which made them sound like Pinky & Perky. We suspect they may have been breathing on Helium.

south Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 180 Shelduck, 35 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 11 Cormorant 16 Little Egret, 9 Little Grebe (Blind Yeo), 1 Water Rail, 66 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Grey Plover, 85 Lapwing, 225 Dunlin, 37 Snipe, 225 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper (Yeo), 300 Redshank, 40 Turnstone, 47 Skylark, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear (Dowlais), 30 Pied Wagtail, 170 Meadow Pipit,  6 Rock Pipit, 135 Chaffinch, 90 Greenfinch, 12 Redpoll (Dowlais), 4 Bullfinch, 10 Reed Bunting (Blakes Pool).

Barrow Tanks:
3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Stonechat, 1 Rock Pipit.

Blagdon Lake:
1 Little Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe (Holt Bay as usual), 1 Stonechat.

Planet Chew:
Herriott's End: 6 Green Sandpiper.
CVRS: a productive and rewarding day, 100 birds processed including a Yellow-browed Warbler and a Firecrest in the Heligoland frame.

Other stuff, 6 Egyptian Goose, 4 Wigeon, 10 Pintail, 1 female Scaup, 8 Goldeneye, 1 female Goosander, 4 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 11 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, another 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Jay, 6 Skylark.
25/10/14 Yellow-browed Warbler (Chris Craig)
YBW was not recorded in Avon at all until 1986 (near Bath). Once the duck was broken, we've had a steady trickle of records and it is now our most regular autumn rarity migrant.

Reports: Pete Coslett, Mark Dadds, Sean Davies, Bob Fleetwood, Vic Polley, Steve Sanins, Chris Stone, Howard Taffs, David Usia, BL birds, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Sightings 24/10/14

Oldbury Power Station;
c.134 Canada Goose (2 groups), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Planet Chew:
6 Pintail, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 4 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Stonechat.

Reports: Keith Vinicombe, opsbirding.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Sightings 23/10/14

Marshfield:
1 Merlin, 1,000 Common Gull, 4 Stonechat.

Oldbury Power Station:
14 Canada Goose, 1 Shelduck, 27 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 13 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 4 Coot, 1 fly-through Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 64 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 150 Curlew, 35 Redshank, 7 Skylark, 1 Stonechat, 24 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit.

New Passage:
44 Canada Goose, 500+ Wigeon, 110 Teal, 2 Little Egret, 92 Oystercatcher, 5 Grey Plover, 20 Knot, 4 Lapwing, 150 Dunlin, 1 Kingfisher.

Portishead:
South Rd: 1 Grey Wagtail, garden.

Clevedon:
Wain's Hill: 125 Woodpigeon, 15 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 300 Starling, 20 Fieldfare, 10 Pied Wagtail, 55 Meadow Pipit, 1,325 Chaffinch, 8 Siskin, all to SW 7.30-11am.
Also around, 1 male Merlin.

Coastal leg to Yeo: 80 Shelduck, 30 Teal, 60 Mallard, 14 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 25 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 13 Lapwing, 1 Knot, 2 Snipe, 110 Curlew, 80 Redshank, 24 Turnstone, 320 BH Gull, 15 Herring Gull, 40+ Jackdaw moving through, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Rock Pipit,

Sand Pt:
Mig 8.30-9.30am: 1 Merlin, 25 Meadow Pipit, 300 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 20 Linnet.
Also around, 1 Peregrine, 1 Chiffchaff.

Backwell Lake:
19 Shoveler, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Common Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Barrow Tanks:
1 Snow Bunting, No.3, present to 5pm at least.  3rd Barrow record apparently.
23/10/14 Snow Bunting (Dave Nevitt)
Inland records in Avon are particularly rare
Blagdon Lake:
17 Barnacle Goose, 16 Pintail, 4 Little Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe (Holt Bay), 6 Lapwing, 1 Ruff (new), 1 GBB Gull, 18 Collared Dove.

Planet Chew:
23/10/14 Great White Egret (Rich Mielcarek)
Heron's Green Bay this morning
Also, a small Little Stint type wader seen from the BK hide late afternoon. Might be worth a check if you are in that area.

Reports: Sean Davies, David Gale, Paul Gregory, Rich Mielcarek, Andy Middleton, Dave Nevitt, Harvey Rose, Mike Salter, Steve Sanins, Chris Stone, Mike Thomas, BL birds, severnsidebirds.