Saturday, 25 October 2014

Sightings 25/10/14

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 squaky voices which made them sound like Pinky & Perky. We suspect they may have been breathing on Helium.




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

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.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Sightings 22/10/14

Stoke Park (Bristol):
1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 3 Stonechat, 20 Meadow Pipit.

Marshfield:
Rushmead Lane: 50 flyover Golden Plover.
Down Rd: 15 Stock Dove.

New Passage:
30 Canada Goose, the usual Wigeon, 50+ Oystercatcher, 90 Curlew, 100+ Redshank.

Severn Beach:
13 Shelduck, 13 Ringed Plover, 35 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 40 Curlew, 359 BH Gull, 15 Herring Gull, 3 Skylark, 1 Wheatear.
22/10/14 Wheatear (Tony Scott)
Portbury Wharf:
142 Wigeon, 30 Gadwall, 1 Water Rail, 12 Snipe, 9 Skylark, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Stonechat, 25 Linnet.

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

Sand Pt:
A ringtail Hen Harrier at 9.15am.
Other stuff, 2 Chiffchaff, 15 Redwing, 4 Siskin, 3 Redpoll.

Blagdon Lake:
22/10/14 Black-necked Grebe (David Hughes)
2 on 10th/11th, then 1 bird from 14th onwards
Planet Chew:
8 Pintail, 1 Garganey, 1 female Scaup, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 2 Little Egret, 3 Water Rail, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 12 Skylark, 1 Bearded Tit (Stratford), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 12 Meadow Pipit.
A major exodus of ducks after the recent rise in water levels.
22/10/14 Water Rail (David Hughes)
showing well under the Moreton feeders
Reports: Lee Gardiner, Paul Gregory, David Hughes, Karin Rhodes, Tony Scott, Chris Stone, Keith Vinicombe, severnsidebirds, TBOSG.

Sightings 21/10/14

The Avon Bird Report 2013 is now out.
Articles include Waders in Avon, the Fregetta Petrel at Severnside, the Bonaparte's Gull plus details on Osprey and Skua at the reservoirs.

Copies of the Report available from: 
Harvey Rose, Arncliff, Coast Rd, Walton Bay, Clevedon BS21 7FW.
Price £9.50p, cheques should be made payable to 'AOG'.


Oldbury Power Station:
1 Ringed Plover, 5 Raven.

New Passage:
20 Canada Goose, 600+ Wigeon, 120 Dunlin, 120 Redshank.

Severn Beach:
6 Shelduck, 70 Curlew, 2 Raven, 1 Wheatear.

Blagdon Lake:
10 Pintail, 1 Black-necked Grebe still (Holt Bay),  6 Lapwing, 734 Herring Gull (high count for here).

Monday, 20 October 2014

Sightings 20/10/14

St George (Bristol):
Crews Hole Rd: 1 Tawny Owl.

Redland (Bristol):
Fernbank Rd: 1 Grey Wagtail.

Southmead (Bristol):
Greystoke Ave: 10 Long-tailed Tit.

New Passage:
6 Shoveler, 600+ Wigeon, 70 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 60 Oystercatcher, 27 Lapwing, 100 Dunlin, 8 Turnstone.

Severn Beach:
2 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 20 Turnstone.

Walton Common:
5 Swallow.

Abbots Leigh:
2 Tawny Owl (pool very early), 2 Raven (Sandy Lane).

Clevedon:
Wain's Hill vis mig: 500 Woodpigeon, 7 Skylark, 650 Starling, 1 Grey Wagtail, 12 Pied Wagtail, 30 Meadow Pipit, 875 Chaffinch. All to SW 8am-10.30am.
Other stuff, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch.

Sand Pt: 1 Peregrine, 2 Jay, 2 Raven plus some Goldcrest and Chiffchaff.
No sign of the Firecrest or Yellow-browed Warbler from yesterday.

Bath:
Victoria Park: 6 Jay, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, several Mistle Thrush, 1 Bullfinch.
20/10/14 Jay (David Hughes)
Blagdon Lake:
The Great Northern Diver seen 8am but not later.
Other stuff, 3 Little Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 20 Redwing, 1 Redpoll.

Planet Chew:
9 Egyptian Goose, 1 Scaup, 1 Goldeneye, 1 female Goosander, 4 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 3 Water Rail, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper. 5 Common Gull,  1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 1 Raven, 3 Bearded Tit (Stratford), 1 Treecreeper, 5 Stonechat, 11 Meadow Pipit, 10+ Linnet.
20/10/14 Treecreeper (Ian Stapp)
Moreton
Reports: Derek Angel, Nancy Barrett, Andy Davis, Lee Gardiner, Gary Hudd, Mike Jenkins, Rich Mielcarek, Lois Pryce, Karin Rhodes, Trevor Riddle, Steve Sanins, Ian Stapp, Andrew Waygood, severnsidebirds.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sightings 19/10/14

St Andrews Park (Bristol):
A Short-eared Owl seen 10.50am, mobbed by Crows. Fantastic inner city sighting, the bird was no doubt on migration (Des Bowring, Lois Pryce).

Eastville Park (Bristol):
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Dipper, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Overscourt/Siston Common:
50 Brambling, our 1st decent flock.

Yate:
Kingsgate Park: 1 Gadwall, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff.

Aust Warth:
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 5 Grey Plover, 9 Jack Snipe (observer carefully checked them), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 very late Whimbrel, 5 Redshank, 1 Stonechat.

New Passage-Northwick:
25 Canada Goose, 400+ Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 30 Knot, 30 Lapwing, 1 Jack Snipe, just 10 Dunlin, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 140 redshank, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear.

Severn Beach:
Pipes leg: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 1 Wheatear plus some migrant finches.
Orchard Pools: 2 Goldcrest, 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Clevedon:
Wain's Hill: 4 Raven, 1 Swallow, 35 Meadow Pipit, 1,200 Chaffinch, 6 Siskin. Mig to SW to 11am.

Sand Pt:
A Firecrest and a Yellow-browed Warbler in the car park this morning, by the sycamore trees (Paul Gregory). Present to 3.30pm at least.
Other stuff, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Skylark, 15 Redwing, 200 Chaffinch.

Lulsgate:
Airport: 100 Pied Wagtail at roost in trees this evening.

Blagdon Lake:
A adult summer plumage Great Northern Diver found off the dam late afternoon.
Other stuff, 400 Canada Goose, 17+ Barnacle Goose (afternoon), 1 Black-necked Grebe still (Holt Bay), 2 Lapwing, 1 Raven.
19/10/14 Barnacle Goose (Allan Chard)
Planet Chew:
1 female Scaup, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
19/10/14 Water Rail (David Goodliffe)
Moreton Hide

19/10/14 Great Skua (Brian Thompson)
 report update, present to mid-day at least
19/10/14 Common Gull (Mike Trew)
Reports: Karle Burford, Allan Chard, Mark Coller, David Goodliffe, Paul Gregory, Brian Lancastle, John Martin, Duncan McLaughlin, Steve Sanins, Rich Scantlebury, Brian Thompson, Mike Trew, BL birds, TBOSG.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Sightings 18/10/14

Peregrine, Avon Bird Report 2013 cover
The Report is now out
Articles include Waders in Avon, the Fregetta Petrel at Severnside, the Bonaparte's Gull plus details on Osprey and Skua at the reservors.

Copies of the Report available from: 
Harvey Rose, Arncliff, Coast Rd, Walton Bay, Clevedon BS21 7FW.
Price £9.50p, cheques should be made payable to 'AOG'.

Fishponds (Bristol):
50 flyover Redwing.

Oldbury Power Station:
2 Grey Plover, 4 Knot, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, yacht club end, 1 Tawny Owl, 5 Stonechat.

Littleton Warth:
WeBS: 147 Canada Goose, 2 Grey Plover, 55 Knot, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Wheatear, 1 Water Pipit.

Aust Warth:
3 Jack Snipe.

New Passage-Northwick:
8 Grey Plover, 50 Knot, 3 Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 4 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Rock Pipit.

Congresbury Moor:
50 Pied Wagtail (single flock).

Planet Chew:
1 female Scaup (Moreton), 315 Cormorant (Twycross, new site record), 1 Great Skua still, 1 Bearded Tit (Stratford hide), 2 Whinchat (Villice), 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail.
18/10/14 the Great Skua (Mike Trew)
Reports: Sean Davies, Brian Lancastle, John Martin, Steve Sanins, Larry Sweetland, Mike Trew, cvlbirding, opsbirding.