Wednesday, 29 March 2017

29 March '17 Wednesday - Osprey

A dull day with a little rain, but not that bad. Only 4 reports so far today

Osprey at Hengrove
Club trip to Herzegovina - one place left - trip details after Chew reports

BRISTOL
Hengrove Way:
1 Osprey low over the road.

29/03/2017 Long-tailed Tit High Kingsdown (Keith Williams)
High Kingsdown: in this most urban of settings!
2 Long-tailed Tit collecting feathers - been at it for a week. 2 Greenfinch were unusual visitors to the garden.  Plus the usual avian fare.

Snuff Mills:
2 Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest,  5 or 6 Nuthatch, 2 Chaffinch

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

29-3-17 Meadow Pipit at Aust Wharf (Rod Holbrook)
Aust Warth:
Meadow Pipits on the move

NORTH SOMERSET


BELOW M4 & BANES


29-13-17 Peregrine in Bath (BUPP)click
Juvenile KP is taking control
Bath, St John's Church:
3 Peregrines, 4 eggs

Lansdown Racecourse:
1 Kestrel.

RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake:
1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 GBB Gull,  2 Raven, 200+ Sand Martin, 3 Reed Bunting, 30+ House Sparrow (Bickfield Fm)

Chew Valley Lake:


29-3-17 Swallow at CVL (Brian Thompson)
Stratford:
Large flock of mixed Sand and House Martin and a Swallow

Club trip to Herzegovina, 7-14 May 2017
A place has just become available on this upcoming BOC trip.  Please contact bocbirds@gmail.com  urgently if interested in joining us.  Top target bird is Rock Partridge.  7 nights inc 2 in Croatia, price approx £850 plus flights from/to Bristol for which a booked seat may be transferable.

Reports: Teresa Chard, Anne Crowe, Brian Gibbs, Rod Holbrook, Matt Scott, Bian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, Keith Williams,  blagdonlakebirds, BUPP, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

28th March '17 Tuesday SUNSHINE (after the fog lifted)


First Willow Warbles heard.
Red Kite over Backwell

28/03/2017 Raven in the Shire Valley - Marshfield (Pete Coslett)
BRISTOL:

28/03/2017 Kingfisher Eastville Park (Steve Poulsom)
Eastville Park:
1 Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff.

Stoke Park:
16 Magpie - all in one place.
16 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap.

Longwell Green:
1 Grey Heron.

Stockwood Open Space:
1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Bullfinch.

Warmley:
1 Little Egret - flying along the ring road.




SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
2 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 6 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Curlew, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 45 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 39 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap.

Village: 
1 Willow Warbler.

Chipping Sodbury Common:
1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear.

Aust:
Short-eared Owl, 2 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Willow Warbler singing.

New Passage / Northwick Warth
1 Greylag Goose, 9 Canada Goose, 40 Wigeon, 20 Gadwall,50 Teal, 30 Shoveler, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant (Continental), 3 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Lapwing, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine,
30 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler singing, 1 Blackcap.

28/03/2017 Continental Cormorant Northwich Warth (Martyn Hayes)

NORTH SOMERSET:

Backwell:
1 Red Kite, 2 Yellowhammer.
28/03/2017 Yellowhammer ♀ + ♂ Backwell (Chris James)

Portbury Wharf:
32 Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, 2 Little Egret, Little Grebe, Coot, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Snipe, 2 Skylark, 50 Sand Martin, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler.

Clevedon - Yeo:
27 Canada Goose, 2 Brent Goose Dark-bellied, 140 Shelduck, 345 Wigeon, 145 Teal, 4 Pintail, 34 Shoveler, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Water Rail, 2 Coot, 45 Oystercatcher, 60 Grey Plover, 17 Lapwing, 5 Ringed Plover, 190 Curlew, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 35 Turnstone, 20 Knot, 225 Dunlin, 10 Common Sandpiper, 390 Redshank, 28 Skylark, 15 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 23 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Redwing, 2 White Wagtail, 100 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 6 Bullfinch, 15 Linnet, 4 Reed Bunting.

Gordano Valley - BOC Tue walk:
Several Mallard, more than enough Pheasant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Buzzard, 2 Lapwing, 16 Herring Gull, plenty of Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 6 Magpie, 11 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 12 Carrion Crow, 3 Goldcrest, lots of Blue Tit and Great Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 3 Skylark, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 12 Wren, 2 Starling, 6 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 15 Robin, 6 Dunnock, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail, 4 Chaffinch, 5 Bullfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 3 Linnet, 12 Goldfinch, 5 Reed Bunting.

Sand Point:
Late report from Facebook (26th/27th) - 1st Whitethroat of the year.


BELOW M4 & BANES

Bath - Haycombe Farm walk to Newton Park
14 Teal, 7 Stock Dove, 11 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Dipper, pair Grey Wagtail, 4 Linnet, 28 Yellowhammer.

Keynsham - Lock Keeper
2 Mute Swan, 11 Canada Goose, 5 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff. 1 Blackcap, 4 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch.

Marshfield:

Shire Valley:
3 Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 7 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine, 6 Raven, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Nuthatch, 5 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail.

Compton Martin:

2 Marsh Tit still coming to the garden feeders and a welcome addition of a Treecreeper.

RESERVOIRS:

Barrow Gurney Res's
1 Long-taled Duck, 20 Sand Martin

Blagdon Lake:1 Egyptian Goose, Buzzard by the score, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Peregrine, 100 to 150 Sand Martin, 23 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap.

Chew Valley Lake (combined report):
28/03/2017 Ringed Plover Chew Valley Lake (Ian Stapp)
5 Barnacle Goose, 6 Shelduck, 8 Shoveler, 21 Scaup, 4 Goldeneye, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Peregrine, 150 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 2 Cetti’s Warbler,4 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 10 Goldfinch.

Folly Farm Reserve

1 Tawny Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Skylark, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wheatear.

Reports: Derek Angell, Karle Burford, Teresa Chard, John Clark, Chris Craig, Andrew Dawes, Paul Francis, Robert Hargreaves, John & Penny Huntley, Richard Keel, Brian Lancastle, Glen Maddison, Andy Middleton, Vic Polley, Rich Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Martin Tayler, Mrs Trellis, blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG

Monday, 27 March 2017

27th March '17 Monday - Osprey Day

Chilly and murky with the estuary invisible most of the day.

Ospreys over Bristol and Blagdon (and in adjoining counties, e.g. Slimbridge)
Little Ringed Plovers at CVL, Northwick Flash and Portbury Wharf
Red Kite over Doynton
Good selection of migrants with Sand Martins arriving in some numbers, and a few Swallows
Iberian Chiffchaff appears to have gone - no sign of it at Yate

Sparrowhawk - a nice garden bird for Howard Taffs

And a Jay in the garden for Vera Carpenter

BRISTOL

Lydiard Croft, Hanham:
Osprey flew over at 08:40 heading east.

Fishponds:
Osprey flew over Vassals Park at noon.

Avon Gorge:
Osprey attacked by a Crow and flew off towards Avonmouth at 18:35

Henbury Golf Club:
1 Treecreeper, and lots of drumming coming from the woods - Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Stockwood Open Space:
4 Chiffchaff.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Little Gulls reported flying north off Slimbridge can reasonably be supposed to have passed our coastline too.

Oldbury Power Station:
Sand Martin heading NE reportedly at a rate of 100 per hour, and lots of Meadow Pipit passing.

Aust Warth:
1 Merlin and 4 Siskin.

"Impressive visible migration of Meadow Pipits heading NE over Aust Warth involving many hundreds".


Buzzard at Aust (Steve Poulsom)

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
9 Little Ringed Plover (all flew off high to the NE),  1 Little Owl, 120 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 300+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Pipit.


NORTH SOMERSET:

Iceland Gull at Portbury Pools on 20th March  (Bob Pepper)
Iceland Gull on 20th March - look out for it at Portbury Pools (Bob Pepper)
Portbury Wharf:
60 Wigeon, 15 Shoveler, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 20+ adult LBB Gulls (displaying to each other on the main island), 50+ Sand Martin, 4 Cetti's Warbler, c.8 Chiffchaff.

Kenn:
Swallow.

Sand Point:
Whitethroat.


BELOW M4 & BANES

Doynton:
1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Little Owl.

Bath - Primrose Hill:
3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 6 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush.


RESERVOIRS:

Barrow Tanks:
1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 f. Goldeneye, 1 Buzzard, 2 Common Sandpiper, 15 Sand Martin, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap. 

Blagdon Lake:
1 Egyptian Goose, 25 Canada Goose, 8 Wigeon, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 1 Osprey at 1:40 p.m. and possibly a different bird at 14:35, 1 Common Sandpiper (dam), flock Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 19 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap.

Chew Valley Lake:

Heron's Green:
1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff.

Moreton:
5 Scaup, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch.

Stratford:
11 Scaup.

Herriotts End:
5 Barnacle Goose (presumed feral), 10 Shelduck, 2 Cattle Egret, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff.

Reports: John Croxton, Sean Davies, Paul Francis, Robert Hargreaves, Dave Horlick, Chris Jones, Brian Lancastle, Robin Nash, Chris Perry, Steve Poulsom, Dean Reeves, Richard Skipp, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone,  blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG

Sunday, 26 March 2017

26th March '17 Sunday - Iberian Chiffchaff

What a beautiful day - feels like spring.  A bit of migration into the NE wind.  Late update.

Short-eared Owl at Aust
Little Ringed Plover at Northwick Flash and Barrow Tanks
Iberian Chiffchaff  still at Yate
Red Kites over Chew Magna, Compton Dando and Wraxall
Late news and photo: Iceland Gull at Portbury Wharf on the 20th.

Club trip to Herzegovina - one place left - trip details after Chew reports

The Iberian Chiffchaff, one of many photos (Alex Carlisle)
And another... the Iberian Chiffchaff at Yate (Alex Carlisle)
BRISTOL
Eastville Park:
19 Canada Goose, 38 Mallard, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kingfisher, 2+ Blackcap, 2+ Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch.

Leigh Woods:
Displaying Buzzard, Sparrowhawk,  Kestrel and Peregrine.
Stock Dove, singing Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Bradley Stoke:  Three Brooks nature reserve:
1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel.

Oldbury Power Station:
Pair of Peregrine displaying, Blackcap singing.

Aust Warth:
c. 40 Shelduck, 10 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk, c. 60 Oystercatcher, 20 Curlew, 1 Short-eared Owl, 6 Skylark.

New Passage/Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland:
15 Shelduck, 10 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 22 Teal, 12 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, c.60 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, 1 Little Ringed Plover (Northwick Flash), 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Knot, c.50 Dunlin, Common Gull, 6 Skylark, 3 Sand Martin, 12 Pied Wagtail, c.30 Meadow Pipit, 16 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 5 Chiffchaff, flock 55 Jackdaw, 1 Siskin, 16 Linnet.

Yate, Kingsgate Park:
Iberian Chiffchaff still singing today, but difficult to find if it's not singing.


NORTH SOMERSET:

Iceland Gull at Portbury Wharf on 20th March (Bob Pepper)
Gordano valley:
4 Buzzard and lots of singing Chiffchaff.

Clevedon, Wains Hill:
Peregrine, 4 Sand Martin.  Noticeable finch and wagtail movement, mostly Goldfinch and Linnet.

Clevedon-Yeo:
2 Mute Swan, 22 Canada Goose, 70 Shelduck, 140 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 10 Mallard, 6 Shoveler. 6 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 18 Oystercatcher, 19 Grey Plover (reasonable count for late March). 1 Ringed Plover, 60 Curlew, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (with Curlew), 28 Turnstone, 15 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 240 Redshank, 3 Snipe, 60 Black-headed Gull (mostly imms moving NE), 25 Herring Gull, 1 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Wheatear, 1 Reed Bunting (male singing).

Weston-Super-Mare:
Worlebury Hill Road:
c. 5 calling Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 10+ singing Chaffinch

Wraxall:
4 Red Kite at 3 p.m. (Will Stops)


BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
2 Red-legged Partridge. 2 Stock Dove. 20 Skylark. 40 Fieldfare. 20 Linnet. 24 Corn Bunting. 8 Yellowhammer.

Newton St Loe:
16 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 6 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Green Woodpecker, 12 Skylark, 12 Meadow Pipit, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush, 6 Chiffchaff, 5+ Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Jay, 14 Linnet, 8 Yellowhammer.

Red Kite over Compton Dando (Brian Thompson)
Compton Dando:
Red Kite.

Dipper on the River Chew (Ian Stapp)
R. Chew, Compton Dando to Pensford:
12+ Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Lapwing, 2 Little Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 1 Kingfisher, 4 Dipper, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Blackcap (singing), 12 + Chiffchaff (singing), 12 Linnet, 4 Bullfinch, 5 Yellowhammer.


RESERVOIRS:

Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck, 1 f. Goldeneye, 2 Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 GBB Gull, 13 Sand Martin, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap.

Blagdon Lake:
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 (1w) Goldeneye, Chiffchaff - lots singing.

Great Crested Grebe with ambition, at Chew (Christopher Teague)
Chew Valley Lake (more or less...):
Red Kite moving east over Chew Magna at 4 pm.
No news from the lake today - everyone too busy twitching the Ib Chiff?

Club trip to Herzegovina, 7-14 May 2017
There is one place now available on this upcoming BOC trip.  Please contact bocbirds@gmail.com  urgently if interested in joining us.  Top target bird is Rock Partridge.  7 nights inc 2 in Croatia, price £800 plus flights from/to Bristol for which a booked seat may be transferable.

Reports: Vera Carpenter, Andy Davis, Sean Davis, Robert Hargreaves, Adrian Hockey, Glen Maddison, John Martin, Bob Pepper, Matt Plenty, Lois Pryce, George Rabin. Adam Rawson, Harvey Rose, Rich Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Tim Taylor,  blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG

Saturday, 25 March 2017

25 March '17 Saturday - Iberian Chiffchaff

Weather was sunny, but bitter at times- warm out the wind

25-3-17 Iberian Chiffchaff at Yate (Mark Coller)
Short-eared Owl at Aust
Cattle EgretLittle Ringed Plover, Ruff along Severnside
Iberian Chiffchaff  at Yate
Red Kite around Bristol and Uphill
Brent Goose at Backwell Lake
Long-tailed Duck at Barrow Tanks
ScaupCommon ScoterFirecrest at Chew Valley Lake
Club trip to Herzegovina - one place left - trip details after Chew reports

25-3-17 Sparrowhawk in Eastville Park (Steve Poulsom)
BRISTOL
Ashton:
1 Peregrine to gorge carrying food (and at Greville Smythe Park), 4 Raven, Chiffchaff,

Eastville Park:
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff

Mangotsfield Station:
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker

Stoke Park:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone

Red KiteIron Acton 15.00, Inglestone Common 15.30, Bristol Zoo 16.25
Red Kite, flying Riverside Garden Centre, over Greville Smythe Park to Ashton Gate Stadium

25-3-17 Little Owl at New Passage (Lisegirl)
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
23 Shelduck, 42 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 113 Curlew, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit, 28 Chiffchaff, 2 Brimstone, 1 Comma and 1 Tortoiseshell

Aust Warth:
2 Kestrel mating, 1 Short-eared Owl 6.30, 1 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow


25-3-17 Little Ringed Plover at New Passage(Keith Williams)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
5 Mute Swan, 30 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 70 Teal, 6+ Mallard, 4 Pintail, 6 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Cattle Egret, 3 Little Egret, 2 Cranes, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 1 m Ruff, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, 60 Turnstone, 2 Little Owl, 42 Wood Pigeon, 1 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin, 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Redwing, 80 Meadow Pipit, 5 Siskin

Severn Beach:
36 Shelduck, 1 Green Woodpecker

Red Kite, Iron Acton 15.00, Inglestone Common 15.30, Bristol Zoo 16.25

Hawkesbury Church:
1 Yellowhammer
25-3-17 Iberian Chiffchaff at Yate (TBOSG)
Yate, Kingsgate Park:
2 Peregrine, 1 Iberian Chiffchaff (Mark Coller)

Chipping Sodbury Common:
20+ Skylark

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon, Wains Hill, over by 10.00:
20 Alba Wagtail, 200 Meadow Pipit, 2 Siskin

Backwell Lake:
8 Mute Swan, 6 Canada Geese, 2 displaying Bar-headed Geese, 1 dark-bellied Brent Goose, 9 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 2 mating Buzzard, 3 singing Chiffchaff

Sand Point and Bay:
Curlew, Raven, wagtails, pipits and finches on passage, 4 Stonechat

Weston-super Mare:
1 Peregrine over beach, 1 Little Egret, 1 Rock Pipit (Marine Lake)

Uphill:
Red Kite,

BELOW M4 & BANES


25-3-17 Dipper at Midsomer Norton (Kerry Beale)
Midsomer Norton:
1 Dipper

Paulton:
2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Treecreeper, 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Bullfinch

Compton Dando:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Jackdaw, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Coal Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Dipper, 15 House Sparrow, 4 Grey Wagtail, 8 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chaffinch,

RESERVOIRS:

Barrow Tanks:
7 Shoveler, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Little Egret, 5 Chiffchaff

Blagdon Lake, 24th:
1 Egyptian Goose, Sand Martins, 2 Swallows, 1 singing Blackcap

Bickfield Farm:
35 House Sparrow

Litton Reservoir:
17 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail, Brimstone, Comma, Peacock
25-3-17 Barnacle Goose at Chew (Mrs Trellis)
Chew Valley Lake:
1 Barnacle Goose, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone

Dam:
1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Goldeneye

Bittern Trail:
2 Scaup, 20 Sand Martin, 1 Blackcap

Woodford:
1 Firecrest

Herons Green:
4 Goldeneye, 3 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail, 2 Reed Bunting         

25-03-17 Green Woodpecker at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Moreton:
Scaup, 1 Common Scoter, 11 Goldeneye, 8 Buzzard over hills, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 m Blackcap, 20+ Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch

Herriotts End:
6 Shelduck, 9 Shoveler, 7 Scaup, 10 Goldeneye, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting

Club trip to Herzegovina, 7-14 May 2017
A place has just become available on this upcoming BOC trip.  Please contact bocbirds@gmail.com  urgently if interested in joining us.  Top target bird is Rock Partridge.  7 nights inc 2 in Croatia, price approx £850 plus flights from/to Bristol for which a booked seat may be transferable.

Reports: Avonbirder, Kerry Beale, James Butcher, Teresa Chard, Mark Coller, Peter Coslett, Jane Cumming, Lee Gardiner, Anthony Goodwin, Patrick Hancock, Robert Hargreaves, Martyn Hayes,Bob Hayward, Higgy, Adrian Hockey, Robin Lambert, Bob Lawrence, Lisegirl, Paul Marshall, John Martin, Andrew Middleton, Matt Plenty, Steve Poulsom, Sue & John Prince, Rob Purveur, Gill Sapsed, Ian Stapp, Howard Taffs, Christopher Teague, Jon Tottle, Mrs Trellis ,Bob Webber, Keith Williams, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Friday, 24 March 2017

24 March '17 Friday - Merlin

It was as cold, gloomy and blowy as the Curlew suggested and not a birdwatcher in sight, sunny later

24-3-17 Curlew on Severnside (Martin Tayler)
Short-eared OwlSwallow and 1065 Meadow Pipit at Aust
Red Kite, Merlin, Little Ringed PloverWhite Wagtail, along Severnside
Short-eared Owl, Black Redstart, Wheatear at Uphill
Red Kite at Marshfield
Scaup, Common Scoter at Chew Valley Lake
Club trip to Herzegovina - one place left - trip details after Chew reports


BRISTOL
24-3-17 Starling and Blue Tit in Bristol (Brian Thompson)
Plus Chiffchaff, Dunnock and Goldfinch in the garden
Hotwells to Pill:
2 Coot, 5 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine,  1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Redshank, 28 BH Gull, 2 Raven, Skylarks singing, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Greenfinch

Snuff Mills:
1 Dipper

Stockwood Open Space:
Skylark singing, 50 Starling

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Alveston:
1 Holly Blue butterfly

Oldbury Coast:
16 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Comma and 2 Tortoiseshell butterflies

Littleton Brick Pits, early am:
3 Canada Geese, 2 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 1 Coot, 8 Chiffchaff, 58 Meadow Pipit, 17 Linnet north
Littleton Warth:
Red Kite 11.00

Aust Warth, visual migration 0600-0830, all birds flying NE:
10 Common Gull, 74 LBB Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 30 Wood Pigeon, 65 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 77 Alba Wagtail, 1 m White Wagtail, 1065 Meadow Pipit, 11 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 2 Greenfinch, 31 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin

Aust Warth:
Short-eared Owl 16.10, 1 Swallow on sheep fields

24-3-17 Little Ringed Plover at Northwick (Brian Lancastle)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
2 Little Grebe, 1 Red Kite 15.10, 1 m Merlin,  6 Little Ringed Plover, 12 Redshank, 30 Turnstone, 1 White Wagtail
24-3-17 Merlin at Northwick (Matin Tayler)
Over M4, between Almondsbury and Severn Beach:
Red Kite 06.15
24-3-17 Yellowhammer at Westerleigh (Keith Williams)
Westerleigh:
3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Stock Dove, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Skylark, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Stonechat, 2 Yellowhammer

NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Warth:
28 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 28 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank (Portbury Ditch), 1 Sand Martin, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey and 10 Pied Wagtail, 
Portishead garden:
1 m Sparrowhawk

24-3-17 Short-eared Owl at Uphill (Steve Poulsom)
Uphill:
1 Little Grebe, 9 Redshank, 7 BH Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 f Black Redstart, 1 m Wheatear, Greenfinch, 30 Linnet

24-3-17 Little Grebe at Uphill (Vera Carpenter)
Chew Magna, Pelican Pub:
1 persistent Tawny Owl

Stockhill plantation / Priddy Mineries:
1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Raven, 50+ Goldcrest, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Song Thrush, 12 Siskin, 20+ Crossbill

24-3-17 Crossbill at Stockhill (Higgy)
Cheddar Gorge, Black Rock:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20+ Goldcrest, 5 Marsh Tit, 8 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper

24-3-17 Marsh Tit at Black Rock (Higgy)
BELOW M4 & BANES


24-3-17 Red Kite over Down Road (Peter Coslett)
Marshfield, Down Road:
Red Kite pm

Warmley Forest Park:
4 Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 30+ Wood Pigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Magpie, 50+ Jackdaw, 2 Coal Tit, 7 Chiffchaffs, 1 Blackcap, 7 Wren, 10 Blackbird, 12 Robin, 6 Dunnock, 6 Greenfinch, 9 Goldfinch, 4 Bullfinch

Willsbridge:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Dipper, 1 singing Mistle Thrush, 6 Goldfinch

24-3-17 Peregrine in Bath (BUPP)
Juvenile KP sneaks in while falcon is out on food pass
Bath, St Johns Church:
3 eggs and 3 Peregrines

RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake:
30 Mute Swan, 1 Egyptian Goose, Sand Martins, 2 Swallows, 1 singing Blackcap

Chew Valley Lake:
Woodford:
12+ Goldeneye (off Nunnery), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing,  2 Bullfinch

Villice:
2 Bullfinch
24-03-17 Meadow Pipit at Herons  Green (Ian Stapp)
Herons Green:
2 Goldeneye, 1 Meadow Pipit            

Moreton:
9 Scaup, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Buzzard, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Redwing, 30+ Chaffinch,

Herriotts End:
6 Shelduck, 4 GBB Gull

Club trip to Herzegovina, 7-14 May 2017
A place has just become available on this upcoming BOC trip.  Please contact bocbirds@gmail.com  urgently if interested in joining us.  Top target bird is Rock Partridge.  7 nights inc 2 in Croatia, price approx £850 plus flights from/to Bristol for which a booked seat may be transferable.

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Dru Brooke-Taylor, Vera Carpenter, Teresa Chard, John Clark, Peter Coslett, Paul Cousins, Jane Cumming, Michael Davis, Rob Emery, Peter Hazelwood, Higgy, Matt Hobbs, Andrew Jordan, Brian Lancastle, John Martin, Nigel Milbourne, Jonathan Mortin, Chris Perry, Steve Poulsom, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Brian Thompson, Martin Tayler, Mrs Trellis, Thomas Weston, Keith Williams, blagdonlakebirds, BUPP, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Thursday, 23 March 2017

23 March '17 Thursday - Cattle Egret

Cold morning but day cheered up with decent amount of sun, very windy at times

Red Kite at Latteridge and Bath
Swallow, White Wagtail at Portbury Wharf
Black RedstartWheatear at Uphill
Cattle Egret at Chew Valley Lake
Club trip to Herzegovina - one place left - trip details after Chew reports

23-3-17 Grey Heron in Bristol (Del Hickey)

BRISTOL

Downend:
1 Grey Heron

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Coast:
2 Canada Geese, 2 Lapwing, 11 Chiffchaff

23-3-17 Short-eared Owl at Aust (Jeanette Sakel)
Aust Warth:
1 Short-eared Owl,

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
22nd gave Pintail, Shoveler, Water Rail, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Redshank, Turnstone, Chiffchaff, Wheatear and Sand Martin on Severn Beach

Latteridge:
Red Kite

NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Wharf:
Greylag Geese, 2 Kingfisher, 5 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail
23-3-17 Reed Bunting  in Yatton (Higgy)
Yatton, Stowey Road garden:
2 Coal Tit, 7 Reed Bunting (6 males fighting for 1 female!)

Uphill:
50 Mute Swan, 11 Canada Geese, 40 Shelduck, 30 Teal, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Kestrel, 120 Redshank, 1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Skylark, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, 1 f Black Redstart, 2 (13 on 22nd) Wheatear, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch, 14 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting

Churchill Academy:
1 Skylark flew over Churchill Academy. Spring on the way? One chuffed schoolboy!

East Harptree:
Chiffchaffs singing, 2 Siskin (19th)

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
1 Barn Owl.
23-3-17 Red Kite in Bath (Peter Coslett)
Bath, St Johns Church:
2 Red Kite (SW at 1.00 pm), 2 eggs on Peregrine nest - Juvie KP accepted on the incubation team

RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake:
1  Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, c. 250 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, a few Redwing

Chew Valley Lake:
Denny Island:
3 Cattle Egret, 3 Little Egret

Herons Green:
1 Bittern (West to East at 5 pm 22nd)

Herriotts End:
3 Cattle Egret (same?), 1 Tawny Owl

Club trip to Herzegovina, 7-14 May 2017
A place has just become available on this upcoming BOC trip.  Please contact bocbirds@gmail.com  urgently if interested in joining us.  Top target bird is Rock Partridge.  7 nights inc 2 in Croatia, price approx £850 plus flights from/to Bristol for which a booked seat may be transferable.

Gran Canaria - not a brilliant place for birds but two Canary Islands endemics.
The first is of a recently fledged juvenile Canary Islands Chiffchaff - a very common bird on the island that is already treated as a separate species. The second photo is of a Gran Canaria Robin, which has been touted as a potential split from the European Robin. Apparently, it split off from our bird about 2 million years ago! It has a more intensely coloured breast and a larger area of blue surrounding it. Keith Vinicombe


Reports: Rich Andrews, Peter Coslett, Paul Cousins, Mark Dadds, Sean Davies, Lee Gardiner, Peter Hazelwood, Del Hickey, Higgy, Lois Pryce, George Rabin, Christopher Teague, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

22nd March '17 - Corn Bunting

Cold throughout the day. Wet in the morning with sunny periods in the afternoon.

Little Ringed Plover at Northwick Warth
Common Scoter at Chew
Cattle Egret at Chew
Corn Bunting at Marshfield

22/3/17 2 of 4 Little Ringed Plovers on Northwick Warth this morning (Paul Bowerman)

BRISTOL:

Bishopston, Elton Rd:
Tawny Owl (m) calling 23:30 to 00:15

City Centre:1 Peregrine
22/3/17 Peregrine off for some food in Bristol City Centre (Chris James)

Stapleton:
1 Peregrine on Holy Trinity Church spire

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
1 Coot, 20 Siskin (flying over), 8 Chiffchaff

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury:
1 Kestrel
22/3/17 Kestrel near Oldbury Sailing Club (Martin Tayler)

Aust Warth:
4 Short-eared Owls hunting at Aust Warth this pm

22/3/17 Short-eared Owls showing well at Aust Warth (Vic Savery)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
4 Little Ringed Plover, 7m Wheatear, 2m & f Pintail, also 64 Shelduck, many Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit
6 Chiffchaff near water outlet this evening
22/3/17 Meadow Pipit at Northwick Warth (Brian Lancastle)


22/3/17 Chiffchaff at New Passage (Lisa Presland)

Chipping Sodbury Common:

7 male Wheatear 

22/3/17 Wheatear on Chipping Sodbury Common (Mark Coller)

NORTH SOMERSET:

Portishead:
3 or 4 Wheatear on Portishead seafront at the lake grounds

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
1 Barn Owl, 1 Wheatear and 2 Stonechat, 1 Corn Bunting

22/3/17 Corn Bunting at Marshfield (Peter Coslett)

22/3/17 Barn Owl out early this evening from Rushmead Lane Marshfield (Peter Coslett)

Keynsham:
Garden - 4 Chiffchaff
22/3/17 Chiffchaff in Keynsham garden (Ian Stapp)
Bath:
Although now well-established in Avon, the Chiffchaff was on the move in Bath today:
Audley Park, Bath : influx of at least 12-15 Chiffchaff feeding on silver birch and other garden shrubs. Around for an hour or so.

Uphill:

Flock of 13 Wheatear on the Golf Course, 1 Short-eared Owl

22/3/17 One of 13 Wheatear on the golf course at Uphill (Paul Cousins)

RESERVOIRS:

Chew Valley Lake:

Denny Island:
2 Cattle Egret and 7 Little Egret roosting on Denny this evening

Stratford:
15 Scaup, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Goosander, 5 Goldeneye, plenty of Tufted Duck
Water much higher, hide about to float!  


22/3/17 Scaup and Tufted Duck from Stratford hide (Raoul Chandrasakera)


Reports: Rich Andrews, Paul Bowerman, Raoul Chandrasakera, Mark Coller, Peter Coslett, Paul Cousins, John Duffy, John Griffiths, Nick Hawkridge,Graham Jackson, Chris James, Brian Lancastle, Lisa Presland, Vic Savery, Richard Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, Larry Sweetland, Martin Tayler. blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG