Friday, 23 June 2017

23rd June '17 Friday - Storm Petrel

Quite a breeze today & dull at times

Common ScoterStorm Petrel


Coombe dingle, garden feeder:
5 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 juv Robin, 5 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch

2 Peregrine fledgelings (Rich Scantlebury)
Lounging around at Finzells Reach this evening doing not a lot!

Severn Beach:
1 f Common Scoter, 1 showy Storm Petrel

Yate, Tesco's, 22-6-17, 19.05:
2 Little Egret flyover


1 Cormorant at H&W, couple of Herring Gull nests Newfoundland Way

Sand Bay, evening:
2 Shellduck, 0 Storm Petrel, 3 Little Egret, 12 Curlew, 21 BH Gulls

23-6-17 Little Owl at Compton Bishop (Bill Hewitt)
1 juv Buzzard


23-6-17 Bath Peregrines (BUPP)
L-2-R, PW, PY and PX return to the nest box in early morning light
Marshfield garden:
2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 m Bullfinch

23-6-17 Mallard at Newton Park (Robert Hargreaves)
with ten ducklings
Newton Park:
3 + 6 cygnets Mute Swan, 12 + 10 duckling Mallard, 2 + 3 juv Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, 6 Coot, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 8+ Goldcrest (4 places), 1 Coal Tit, 8+ Long-tailed Tit, 20 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 3+ Chiffchaff, 8+ Blackcap, 25 Starling, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 8 Chaffinch, 12 Goldfinch

West Harptree:
2 Collared Dove

23-6-17 Kestrel at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
2 Egyptian Geese, 20+ Swallow and Martins, 6 Pied Wagtail

2 GBB Gull, 50+ Swift, 100+ Swallows and Martins

Herons Green:
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Raven, 30+ Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 7 House Sparrow, 12 juv Pied Wagtail

1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 3 Coal Tit, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Reed Bunting

Water Rail egg found at Herriotts (Mark Dadds)
2 Little Egret, 1 GBB Gull, Swallows and Martins, 1 Cetti's Warbler

A reminder to be Alert for any suspicious behaviour near Peregrine Nests

Further to beach cleaning info posted here before this film looks at why the cleaning is needed
Clevedon Curzon 28th June
Reports: Paul Bowerman, BUPP, Ann Christopher, John Clark, Mark Dadds, Alastair Fraser, Robert Hargreaves, Bill Hewitt, Adrian Hockey, Rich Scantlebury, Ian Stapp

Thursday, 22 June 2017

22nd June '17 Thursday - Whimbrel

Fresher and cooler with a blustery wind.  Dry after an early shower.

Whimbrel - is it going north or south?
Red Kite - South Glos.

Green Woodpecker in the garden (Bob Brewer)

Finzels Reach:
2 Peregrine young - on the ledge, not doing much.
22/06/2017 Peregrine Juv Finzels Reach (Richard Scantlebury)


Red Kite.

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper.

2 Little Egret flying over.

Warmley Forest Park:
3 Buzzard, 3 Moorhen, 6 L BB Gull, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 6 Bullfinch, 9 Goldfinch.

Robin at the Churchill pub - looking for a drink in this hot weather?
(David Goodliffe)


Sparrowhawk with prey over Pill (Paul Milsom)

Portbury Warth
An evening with the Bristol 'Nats' gave the following;
8 Mute Swan, 10 Canada Goose, 8 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 6 Mallard with broods, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, Moorhen, Coot, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Owl, plenty of Swift, 6 Swallow, plenty of House Martin, 3 Chiffchaff,1 Blackcap, 
1 Reed Warbler, 3 Greenfinch, and a Reed Bunting.

12 Mute Swan, 75 Shelduck (plus broods/creches of 30, 16, 14 and 1 = 61 juveniles in total), 45 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 4 Cormorant, 11 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1
Water Rail, 8 Oystercatcher, 5 Lapwing, 1 Whimbrel, 55 Curlew, 1 Dunlin, 42 Redshank, 60 Black-headed Gull, 16 LBB Gull, 20 Herring Gull, 90 Jackdaw, 5 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1+ Whitethroat, 3 Rock Pipit, 20+ Linnet.

1 Buzzard, 1 f. Sparrowhawk, 1 m. Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker.


An early survey of the 'Community Farm' just above CVL gave the following;
9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Woodpigeon, 8 Swift, 10 Jackdaw, 6 Carrion Crow,
3 Raven, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 3 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Long-tailed Tit,
2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Wren, 5 Blackbird (female feeding Juv),2 Song Thrush,
3 Dunnock, 2 Pied Wagtail (possible family), 1 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch (possible family),
2 Linnet, 7 Goldfinch. 

Egyptian Goose at Herons Green (Bob Brewer)

(Ian Stapp)

Chew Valley Lake:
450+ Swifts over the lake and lots of juvenile Pied Wagtails.

1 GBB Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Heron's Green:
1 Egyptian Goose, 56 Canada Goose, 1 Little Egret, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (2nd summer), 3 Lapwing (on wall),  5 House Sparrow.

4 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Jay, 2 Raven.

Herriotts End:
1 Little Egret, 30+ House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Second-summer Yellow-legged Gull (Ian Stapp)
Reports: Bob Brewer, Jane Cumming, Steve Emery, Alastair Fraser, Nick Hawkridge, William Hewitt, Chris Perry, Adam Rawson, Harvey Rose, Ian Stapp, Paul Milsom, blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

21st June '17 - Wednesday


Red Kite


M5 J18
Red Kite at 09:00

Coombe Dingle Garden:
2 Bullfinch (pair), Juv Blue Tit, Great Tit and Robin


3 Red Kite, 6 Buzzard, Kestrel (All over Gables Hotel)



In the village - not far from the church, in a very fortunate persons garden.
Pair of Spotted Flycatcher and family, with a Bullfinch too.


1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (on garden feeder)
(David Gale)

First brood of fledged Swallows (Duck Lane, stable block)

Red Kite


No Reports


Barrow Tanks:
3 Common Sandpiper, 6 Bullfinch, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 60 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, Kingfisher
Chew Valley Lake:
4 Swallows 1 Cetti's

Heron's Green:
2 Little Egret, 10 Swallows & Martins

3 Buzzard, 2 Jay, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Cettis, 1 Hobby (out over the lake), 1 Raven
1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Tawny Owl

Buzzard and Grey Heron at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
8 Lapwing (on the island)

2 Little Egret (pond), 1 Cetti's, 1 Hobby (lake side), 2 G BB Gull

Swallows & Martins 25+ over West Harptree + 2 Collared Dove on the road

Kingfisher on River Chew (Raoul Chandrasakera)

Reports: Ann Christopher, Steve Hales, John Croxton, Raoul Chandrasakera, Alastair Fraser, Ian Stapp, David Gale, Peter Coslett, Adam Rawson, Chris Stone, Michael Saffery,    blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

20th June '17 - Tuesday

The heat wave continues

Red Kite


Finzels Reach:
4 Peregrine - 2 adults and 2 fledged juveniles plus supporting cast of pigeons & cranes

Juvenile Peregrine training flight (Richard Scantlebury)

St George:
15 to 20 Swifts - 'noisily frolicking'

Easton Job Centre:
Gull sp juv


60+ Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, Curlew, Skylark, and 3 Chiffchaff, 40+ Starling 11:30-12:15

Pilning Wetland:
2 Ringed Plover, Cormorant & several Lapwing.


Portbury Wharf:
One diligent observer logged 28 species in the heat, including 3 Wigeon, Little Grebe,

At least 8 Red Kite drifting over, heading slowly south east at moderate height at 14.30



At least 2 Spotted Flycatcher at the top of Down Road and half a dozen Common

Whitethroat along Down Road itself.

20/06/2017 Whitethroat (P Coslett)
Down Road:
1 Quail calling pm.
Rushmead Lane: (south side)
1 Quail calling pm.

Where are Lesser Whitethroats locally this summer? .

Bath, Bloomfield Park:
Little Egret in the suburbs

20/06/2017 Little Egret (J Margetts)

Compton Dando 
BOC Tue Walk.
3 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Buzzard, 1 Moorhen, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 20+ Woodpigeon, 5 Collared Dove, 2 Swift, 2 Kingfisher, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay, 25+ Jackdaw, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 5 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Nuthatch, 9 Wren, 1 Dipper, 9 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Robin, 5 Dunnock, 30+ House Sparrow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail (yarrellii), 
3 Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch inc 1 juv, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch.

Chew Magna:
One first summer Red Kite attracted to grass cutting at 1.45pm. 

Chew Valley Lake:


Hobby (Bob Brewer)
Hobby plus Dragonfly  -  One in hand and one to follow! (Bob Brewer)

Reports: Bob Brewer, Peter Coslett, Andy Davis, Julian Head, Sue and John Prince, Jonathan Margetts, Gill Sapsed, Mike Salter, Richard Scantlebury, Nigel Sluman, Thomas Weston, Trevor Wilkinson.
 blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds

Monday, 19 June 2017

19th June '17 Monday - Autumn migration

"Too hot today, 33C in the car in the shade so went home early"

First signs of autumn migration, waders and gulls


Bradley Stoke garden:
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Raven, Starlings

30 Swifts over West Town Lane tonight

19-6-17 Peregrines in Bristol (Simon Galloway)
The Downs:
6 Raven


2 ad Ringed Plover, 9 Knot, 1 Black-tailed Godwit

Aust Wharf:
1 Buzzard


19-6-17 juv Black-headed Gull at Portbury Wharf (Chris Stone)
early signs of autumn migration
Portbury Wharf:
47 Canada Geese, 2 pair Wigeon, 28 Mallard, 1 Lapwing, 11 Curlew, 12 Redshank,  BH Gull, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat


Marshfield, Shire Valley, Down Rd, Drifton Hill:
4 Heron, 1 Buzzard, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Skylark, Swallow, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Pied Wagtail, Linnet, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting

20+ Jackdaw, 6 House Sparrow, 10 + Swift, 2 Swallows, 4 Grey Wagtail

Bishop Sutton village:
2 Collared Dove, 8 Swift

Chew Magna:
Red Kite Circling over the village for 10 mins at 08:30.

19-6-17 juv Goldcrest at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Pied Wagtail, 6 Goldfinch

1 juv Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Swift, 20+ Swallows and Martins, 1 Mistle Thrush

Herons Green:
1 Buzzard, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 7 House Sparrow, 6 juv Pied Wagtail

19-6-17 juv Great Spotted Woodpecker at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
198 Canada Geese, 44 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 juv Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Raven, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler

Chew Valley Ringing Station:
Latest recovery news: Chiffchaff ringed CVL, 29/9/15, recently controlled Calf of Man (May 2017),
Lesser Black-backed Gull colour ring sighting. dark blue ring with a white code F:254. Ringed Flat Holm, 04/07/15. Present at CVL 13/05/17

1 Shelduck, 3 Little Egret, 20 Swallows and Martins, 1 Cetti's Warbler

Peregrine Alert
This is a crucial time for our local Peregrines as the young take to the wing.  Sadly there are individuals who will attempt to interfere with these vulnerable birds and we ask for readers' help in reporting anything suspicious near known Peregrine nests.   Most city centre sites have passers-by for most of the day but early mornings are quieter so if you normally walk or could detour near these sites be alert to anyone acting suspiciously and any associated vehicles.  Do not confront them but contact the police with as much information as possible.  The following is a direct link to the Wildlife Crime Officers: 

Reports: CVRS, Paul Francis, Simon Galloway, Peter Hazelwood, Rod Holbrook, Mike Jackson, Andrew Sardeman, Vic Savery, Marcus Smith, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis

Sunday, 18 June 2017

18th June '17 Sunday - Hawk and Owl

Too hot & sunny

Red Kite, Barn Owl, Cuckoo

18-6-17 Early Peregrine flying lessons at Finzell's Reach (Rich Scantlebury)

Hanham Court:
3 Cormorant, 2 Buzzard, 4 Peregrine, 1 Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, 1 Barn Owl (hunting all week around 18.00), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Chiffchaff,  7 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch

Oldbury Power Station:
10 ad Shelduck (21 juv), 9 ad Tufted Duck (10 juv), 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Peregrine, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Cuckoo (Lagoon 2), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 6+ Whitethroat, 16 + Reed Warbler (Lagoon 3), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch, 14 Linnet, 6 Reed Bunting

New Passage/Northwick Warth:


Portishead garden:
18-6-17 Jay (and Starling) in garden (David Gale)
Winford Manor to Felton Common:
3 Buzzard, 4 LBB Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 19 Woodpigeon, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Magpie, 3 Rook, 7 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 6 Wren, 8 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 6 Robin, 2 Stonechat, 4 Dunnock, 20 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 6 Linnet, 3 Goldfinch

Portbury Warth:
Redshank calling - possible breeder? Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler.

Marshall's Field:
18-6-17 juv Whitethroat in Clevedon (Gwen Thomas)
Walton Bay:
2 Swift over the house - departing already?

Yatton, Wemberham Lane:
2 Heron, 6 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 5 Swift, 3 Skylark, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting


1 juv Peregrine (blue ring)

Red Kites, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, a White-letter Hairstreak

18-6-17 Peregrine at Bath (BUPP)
Bath, St Johns Church:
The falcon spent a considerable amount of time on the wing today unsuccessful in tempting the 2017 juveniles to join her

Bath, Lansdown:
Red Kite at 12.30

Bath, Twerton:
Tawny Owl calling

1 Kestrel, 6 Swift, 8 House Martin, 20 Jackdaw, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Treecreeper


Blagdon Lake:
Red Kite from Dam
18-6-17 juv Kestrel (CVRS)
Chew Valley Lake:
2 Oystercatcher, 4 juv Kestrel ringed by CVRS

Reports: Rosemary and Richard Brown, BUPP, CVRS, Sean Davies, David Gale, Patrick Hancock, Robert Hargreaves, Nick Hawkridge, Nigel Kempson, Andrew Middleton, Trevor Riddle, Harvey Rose, Richard Scantlebury, Hamish Smith, Gwen Thomas, Chris Vines, Dog Walkers

Saturday, 17 June 2017

17th June '17 Saturday - Be out of the sun

Hot & sunny.

Red Kite


Stockwood Open Space:
3 Collared Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Greenfinch, 7 Bullfinch.

One Red Kite at 6:30 tonight - being mobbed by stooping Peregrine pair and lots of gulls.


Oldbury Power Station:
Red Kite 12.20 -  straight across the river, 1 Male Cuckoo - calling, calling, always calling.
The Shelduck ducklings back at Shepperdine  - all 21 of them.
17/06/2017 Shelduck creche OPS Pete Hazelwood.

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
5 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck chicks, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Redshank, 2 Black-headed Gull and one rare Roe Deer
17/06/2017 New Tufted Duck brood NP/NW Wetlands (John Martin)
Wickwar Lower Woods:
Marsh Tit - juv.
17/06/2017 Marsh Tit juv Lower Woods (Wonkypaws)
Red Kite 15:00, 8 Buzzard riding the thermals and one Juvenile Little Owl nearby.

Frampton Cotterell:
Overheated Peregrine juv on pylons 'wings drooping'.


Rugby Club Ground:
Red Kite 12:50
17/06/2017 Kingfisher BLR (Gwen Thomas)
Marsh Lane:
Red Kite 13:00, Sparrowhawk ♀, 2 Lesser Whitethroat.

Backwell Lake:
Kingfisher ♂

River Chew:Dipper
17/06/2017 Dipper River Chew (Wildwood)


Bath, St Johns Chuch:
Peregrine juvenile PY flying confidently around St John's and is venturing further afield.


Litton Resrs:
Correction- Not a Tufted Duck.
This is an immature female Scaup - Note the dark 'nail' at the tip of the beak and the pale crescent at rear of ear coverts. Alas no facial blaze (thanks go to the duckmasters)
16/07/2017  Scaup imm female, Litton Resr Mrs Trellis

Do you remember the Red-backed Shrike found in Horton last month? (29th) Well the same or another has surfaced near Cricklade on Wiltshire Wildlife Trust land at Blakehill.

Reports: Phil Baber, Teresa Chard, Lee Gardiner, Dominic Godfrey, Peter Hazelwood, Tom Marsh, John Martin, Chris Stone, Gwen Thomas, Ma Trellis, Wonkypaws,

Friday, 16 June 2017

16th June '17 Friday - Ringing Owls

Windy again today but dry warm & sunny

Cormorant, Hobby, Barn Owl

Stockwood Open Space:
2 Buzzard, notable absence of Swift/Swallow etc, 6 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch


Oldbury Power Station:
2 Cuckoo around Lagoon 2 this evening

Iron Acton to Frampton Cotterell road:
1 Hobby

Chipping Sodbury:
14 Cormorants over house at 06.10


Strawberry Line, Congresbury to Sanford:
1 Buzzard, Swifts, Swallows, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Dunnock, 2 Blackbird, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, Goldfinches, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting

1 Little Owl along Winthill, 2 pairs Bullfinch in garden


Colin and Chris from the Hawk and Owl trust ringing Barn Owls and Kestrels
Barn Owl boxes, 1 with 4 too young to ring and another with 3 large chicks

16-6-17 Barn Owls (Ian Stapp)
1 Kestrel box with 5 chicks

16-6-17 Kestrels (Ian Stapp)
1 ad Kestrel, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Swallows, House Martins, Chaffinch, Goldfinch

Bath, Prior Park:
A Hobby joining two Rooks in mobbing a Buzzard over the gardens!

Compton Dando:
Grey Heron, Stock Dove, Barn Owl, Raven, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Mistle Thrush, Yellowhammer


Litton Reservoir:
18 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Grebe + 2 juvs, 1 Great Crested Grebe + 3 juvs, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Nuthatch, 1 White Wagtail, 8 Grey Wagtail

Chew Valley Lake:

16-6-17 Reed Warbler and Dunnock on Bittern Trail (George Stacey)
Bittern Trail:
A few Cetti's Warblers, lots of Garden and Reed Warblers, 3 young Dunnocks

16-6-17 Reed Warbler at Moreton (Bob Brewer)
16-6-17 Unusual juv Eagle Gull? (Bob Brewer)

Reports: Bob Brewer, Teresa Chard, Nick Beamson, Peter Hazelwood, Nigel Sluman, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis