Sunday, 26 June 2016

Sightings 26/6/16

June 2016 Grey Wagtail at Barrow Tanks (Dave Hughes)
it's got a deformed and cross-over bill
Floating solar panels on Bristol Water reservoirs: details HERE.


Stockwood (Bristol):
Open Space: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 2 Raven, 7 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 3 Song Thrush.

Hambrook (Bristol):
M32 Junction 1: 1 flyover Hobby.

New Passage-Northwick:
Wetland stuff, 8 Gadwall, 3 Little Egret, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 12 Lapwing, 1 Back-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 10 Redshank.

Leigh Woods:
North Rd: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 3 Goldfinch.

Portbury Dock:
7 Shelduck broods 11-5-1-7-6-15-6, 2 Ringed Plover, 14 Curlew, 100 BH Gull (2 juvs).

Portbury Wharf:
1 female Wigeon, 2 adult Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, 1 Sand Martin.

Planet Chew:
CVRS: 1 juvenile Marsh Tit trapped and ringed (Patrick Hancock). An unusual bird for here.
Whalley Bank: 2 Egyptian Goose.
Herriott's: 32 Mute Swan, 1 Buzzard.

Reports: Teresa Chard, Patrick Hancock, Dave Hughes, Justin Quinnell, Karin Rhodes, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, severnsidebirds.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Sightings 25/6/16

Some waders at Barrow and Blagdon today, signs of things picking up at last.

Bishopsworth (Bristol):
1 Peregrine this evening, mobbed by Gulls (Chris Johnson).

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland:1 Gadwall brood new, 2 Tufted Duck broods, 1 Pochard still, 1 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe broods, 14 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 11 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 19 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 50 BH Gull,  (John Martin et al).

Yatton:
Strawberry Line: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel + a juv, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 8 Reed Warbler, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting (Trevor Riddle).

Sand Bay/Pt:
50 BH Gull, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 pair Stonechat + young (Adrian Hockey).

Bath:
25/6/16 Sparrowhawk (Kevin Balch)
with prey, by the cricket ground
Barrow Tanks:
2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank (Chris Stone).

Blagdon Lake:
37 Mute Swan + 1 dead cygnet by the Lodge, 60 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Common Sandpiper new (Rainbow Pt), 2 Redshank new (at the dam), 5 BH Gull, 20 Swift, 6 Swallow, 40 House Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail.
Bickfield Farm: 14 House Sparrow.
25/6/16 Redshank (Mrs Trellis)
waders found by Sean Davies
Litton Res:
20 Mallard + 3 broods 5-9-10, 14 Tufted Duck + 1 brood 8 ducklings, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe + 2 chicks, 1 Kestrel, 6 Moorhen + 3 juvs, 3 Coot + 4 chicks, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Swallow, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 4 Grey Wagtail.
25/6/16 Kingfisher (Mrs Trellis)
Planet Chew:
25/6/16 Greylag Goose (Mrs Trellis)
at Heron's Green this afternoon

Friday, 24 June 2016

Sightings 24/6/16

24/6/16 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Melvin Hedges)
North Weston garden today
New Passage-Northwick:
Wetland stuff, 2 Teal, 1 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck + 4 ducklings, 2 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 15 Lapwing, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Redshank, 40 BH Gull, 4 Sand Martin.
Waders starting to pick up here.

Portbury Dock:
Shelduck broods 8-9-11-12-5, 3 Ringed Plover, 4 Curlew, 108 BH Gull.

Portbury Wharf:
15 Redshank.

Paulton:
Village environs: 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 30 Jackdaw, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap.
Sewage Works: 4 Grey Wagtail.

Bath:
Brassmills: 2 Kingfisher, along the river Avon.

Barrow Tanks:
A38: 1 Hobby.

Blagdon Lake:
46 Mute Swan + 2 broods, 100 Canada Goose, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 2 BH Gull, 1 Reed Bunting.
Bickfield Farm:10 House Martin attending nests, 8 House Sparrow.

Planet Chew:
2 Shelduck, 2 Grey Heron, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Hobby, 1 Curlew, 2 Herring Gull, 5 GBB Gull, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Song Thrush, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch.

Reports: Pete Coslett, Lee Gardiner, Patrick Hancock, Melvin Hedges, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, severnsidebirds.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Sightings 23/6/16

June 2016 special agent Horrocks
extract from this week's North Somerset Times newspaper
very well done again special agent!
Stockwood (Bristol):
Open Space: 1 Buzzard, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 10 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap (good numbers for a while here), 2 Song Thrush, 10 Goldfinch, 4 Bullfinch.

Avon Gorge (Bristol):
BOC watchpoint: 2 flyover Yellowhammer towards Leigh Woods (Chris Jones), a really good record for here.

Aust Warth:
1 Kestrel.

New Passage-Northwick:
5 Mute Swan, 1 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck + brood, 4 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 13 Little Grebe (inc juvs), 1 Kestrel, 21 Oystercatcher, 6 Little Ringed Plover (wetland), 20 Lapwing, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 7 Redshank, 41 BH Gull, 5 Swift, 3 Skylark, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, 19 House Sparrow.
23/6/16 Black-tailed Godwit (Mrs Trellis)
fantastic photo
Severn Beach:
Orchard Pools: 1 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 4 Coot + 7 juvs, 1+ Water Rail, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 2 Song Thrush.

Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 4 Mute Swan, 25 Shelduck + 2 broods, 60 Mallard, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 9 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 8 Oystercatcher (pair with 3 eggs), 4 Ringed Plover, 8 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 4 Whimbrel, 52 Curlew (birds returning), 34 Redshank, 60 BH Gull, 55 LBB Gull, 70 Herring Gull, 5 Raven, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 Reed Bunting.

Dundry:
2 flyover Curlew 7.15am.
Some signs of returning birds today with these + the 52 at Clevedon.

Banwell:
A371: 1 Yellowhammer.

Pensford:
10 Jackdaw, 2 Grey Wagtail + 5 well grown juveniles.
23/6/16 Grey Wagtail (Ian Stapp)
rubbish photo
Planet Chew:
1 Shelduck brood, 2 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 flyover Curlew, 2 Herring Gull (nesting abandoned), 1 GBB Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 50 Swallow, 30 House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Reed Bunting.
23/6/16 Reed Bunting (Bob Brewer)
another rubbish photo

Reports: Bob Brewer, Teresa Chard, Andy Davis, Adrian Hockey, Chris Jones,  Rich Miles, Dave Nevitt, Harvey Rose, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, severnsidebirds.

some Clevedon coast birds - Paul Chapman

Paul is just back from a 10-day birding trip to the Clevedon coast and sent in these photos.

If you thought Portbury Wharf was good, then just feast your eyes on these Bobby Dazzlers and wish that Clevedon was your local patch.
Most of the birds were seen at the Yeo Est end though anywhere along the Clevedon coast will turn up something outstanding.
Baltimore Oriole & Yellow Warbler
Catbird & Eastern Kingbird
scrub near the Kenn Est
White-breasted Nuthatch & Downy Woodpecker
few trees along most of the coast, these were seen around Wain's Hill
Common Grackle

Piping Plover
Channel View seawall, near the 2005 Upland Sandpiper site
American Woodcock
Blake's Pool environs
Very many thanks Paul. 
Any resemblance to eastern seaboard American birds are purely co-incidental.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Sightings 22/6/16

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June 2016 House Sparrow feeding young (Geoff Harris)
Portishead
Whitehall (Bristol):
7 Goldfinch.

Aust Services:
7 Swift, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch.

Aust Warth:
1 Kestrel, 12 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Skylark, 10 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 11 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting.

New Passage-Northwick:
Wetland stuff, 5 Gadwall, 1 Pochard new, 2 Little Egret, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 50 BH Gull.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 Goldfinch.

Walton Down (Portishead):
3 Crossbill, adult + 2 begging young (Andrew Waygood).

Backwell Lake:
3 Mute Swan + 8 cygnets, 85 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 85 Jackdaw (island roost), 3 Chiffchaff.

Worle:
Plumley Park: 1 flyover Little Egret, 30+ Swift.

Bath:
River Avon: 4 Sedge Warbler (2 young), near the boathouse.
22/6/16 Sedge Warbler (Robert Hargreaves)
Barrow Tanks:
1 Common Scoter still, 1 Sparrowhawk (chasing the SM's), 2 Kestrel, 20+ Sand Martin + 6 active nests.
22/6/16 Common Scoter (Mrs Trellis)
Blagdon Lake:
1 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 1 BH Gull.
Bickfield Farm: 10 House Martin, 6 House Sparrow.
22/6/16 Kangaroo (Mrs Trellis)
Bells Bush
Planet Chew:
260 Canada Goose, 3 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 5 Buzzard, 2 Hobby, 1 Lapwing, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 singing Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat.

Reports: Shaun Doughton, Robert Hargreaves, Geoff Harris, Adrian Hockey, Lois Pryce, Karin Rhodes, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, Andrew Waygood, severnsidebirds.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Sightings 21/6/16

June 2016 Beautiful Demoiselle
Litton Res
Stoke Bishop (Bristol):
21/6/16 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Roger White)
adult + youngster in the garden
We get a lot of duff pics sent in to us, Roger's are usually some of the worst ones. Thanks anyway Roger, we hope our words of encouragement inspire you to send in some more.

Aust Warth:
51 Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 5 Curlew, 9 BH Gull, 1 Raven, 4 Skylark, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Meadow Pipit.

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 4 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 50 Shelduck, 20 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 15 Coot + young, 35 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 40 BH Gull, 30 Swift, 2 Skylark, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 60+ Starling, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Linnet.

Severn Beach:
High Street: 4 House Martin nests, 11 House Sparrow
Orchard Pools: 1 Grey Heron, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Song Thrush.
Tesco Pool: 1 Little Grebe + chick, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Reed Bunting.

Portbury Wharf:
4 Mute Swan, 1 female Wigeon, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Oystercatcher, 14 Redshank, 1 nesting LBB Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 8 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 6 Song Thrush, 90 Starling.

Weston STW:
A Grasshopper Warbler reeling here this morning (Adrian Hockey).
2 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Stonechat family. Lots of juvenile birds out and about here.

Compton Dando:
2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Raven, 1 Dipper, 4 Grey Wagtail.

Barrow Tanks:
1 drake Common Scoter, 1 Redshank, plus the Sand Martin colony.
21/6/16 Common Scoter (Chris Stone)
new in at No.3 tank today
Planet Chew:
9 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 15 Pochard, 1 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 70 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk (carrying prey), 1 Raven, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 10 Reed Warbler, 14 Pied Wagtail, 3 Reed Bunting.

Reports: Robert Hargreaves, Adrian Hockey, Lois Pryce, Alex Rhodes, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, Roger White, severnsidebirds.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Sightings 20/6/16

20/6/16 Bee Orchid (Craig Lewis)
at Severn Beach, as well as the Marsh Orchids...
Stockwood (Bristol):
Open Space: 5 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet.

Shirehampton (Bristol):
Lamplighter's: 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Linnet.

Oldbury Power Station:
Mute Swan pair +cygnets, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler (L2).

New Passage-Northwick:
Wetland, 15 Gadwall, 1 Little Egret, 5 Little Grebe, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 40 BH Gull.

North Somerset:
3 Barn Owl broods ringed today, 3-4-4 owlets.
(18/6/16) Kestrel chicks (Barry Gray)
also ringed in North Somerset
Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane: 1 Buzzard, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay.

Newton St Loe:
Mute Swan pair + 7 cygnets, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Collared Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Bullfinch, 5 Yellowhammer.

Litton Res:
1 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 16 Mallard, 9 Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe + 2 young, 1 Kingfisher, 6 House Martin, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 4 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldfinch.
20/6/16 Tufted Duck (Mrs Trellis)
9 ducklings in all
Planet Chew:
Heron's Green: 3 Hobby, 5.15pm.

Reports: Teresa Chard, Craig Lewis, Alex Rhodes, Trevor Riddle, Mrs Trellis, Lauren & Wayne Tucker, Roger White, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.