Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Sightings 2/9/15

Wryneck: Those stinky rotters in real Somerset have stolen our Wryneck! One at Crooks Peak today, just inside Somerset by a whisker at ST 400555 (Stuart Matthews). As if a Red-footed Falcon at Steart wasn't enough to be going on with.
We've taken them off our Christmas card list.

Eastville Park (Bristol):
1 Kingfisher, 1 Lesser Whitethroat.
2/9/15 Kingfisher (Allan Chard)
Marshfield:
Around the lanes, Rushmead end, 1 flyover Golden Plover, 1 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 10 White Wagtail, 20 Yellowhammer, 10 Corn Bunting.

Thornbury:
Butt Lane: 1 flyover male Marsh Harrier to south 12.30pm (Dan White).

Shepperdine:
5 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 1 Wheatear, 3 Grey Wagtail of note.
A probable Tree Sparrow also seen in lane near the Chapel....remember that we had a run of these birds at this site in Dec 2015/Jan 2015.

Aust Warth:
2 Barn Owl out at dusk, outnumbered by the watchers.

New Passage-Northwick:
1 Pintail, 4 Knot, 1 Ruff, 10 Snipe, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Wheatear.

Portbury Dock:
1 Little Egret, 3 Whitethroat.

Sand Bay:
3 Whinchat, on the saltmarsh.

W-s-M:
Charter Rd: 5 flyover Ringed Plover.

Planet Chew:
Heron's Green: The Ferruginous Duck still present today (Dave Nevitt).
Other stuff, 29 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Garganey, 145 Pochard, 1 Goldeneye, 5 Little Egret, 4 Hobby, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 15 Lapwing, 6 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 11 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 21 GBB Gull, 1 Black Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Raven, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Siskin, 1 Wheatear, 10 Bullfinch.

Reports: Paul Bowyer, Allan Chard, Ken Hall, Mike Jenkins, John Martin, Joan & Tom McLellan, Dave Nevitt, Lois Pryce, Nigel Sluman, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, Nigel Warren, Dan White.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Sightings 1/9/15

1/9/15 Black-tailed Godwit (Dave Hughes)
they dropped in front of Stratford Hide briefly today

Hanham (Bristol):
1/9/15 Java Sparrow (David Thatcher)
in the garden
The Optimists: It's a genuine south-east Asian migrant, fresh in to the UK, still covered in volcanic ash from its journey.
The Pessimists: It's an escaped cage-bird.

Eastville Park (Bristol):
2 Dipper.

Henbury (Bristol):
Sion Hill: 5 flyover Raven (single party).

Chipping Sodbury:
Common: Only 4 Redstart (19 yesterday), 3 Whinchat.

Littleton Warth:
1 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear.
1/9/15 Wheatear (Lee Gardiner)
Aust Warth:
3 Barn Owl out this evening.
(31/8/15) Barn Owl (Lynne Sinclair)
a sudden rush of sightings!...hopefully the Shorties won't be far behind..
New Passage:
1 Pochard, 10 Tufted Duck, 7 Knot, 3 Ruff, 6 Snipe, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 7 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Siskin.

30/8/15 stuff: 5 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Merlin (2nd sentry box), 140 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 25 Dunlin, 9 Ruff, 15 Snipe, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 200 Curlew, 3 Common Sandpiper, 90 Redshank, 2 Raven, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 60 Pied Wagtail.

Severn Beach 30/8/15:
4 Little Egret, 170 Ringed Plover, 2 Knot, 60 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel.

Portishead:
20 Turnstone, 1 Wheatear, Battery Pt this morning.
1/9/15 Turnstone (Mrs Trellis)
Clevedon Coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 315 Shelduck, 20 Teal, 12 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 85 Oystercatcher, 315 Ringed Plover, 3 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 4 Little Stint (adult + 3 juvs Yeo Est seawall), 425 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 260 Curlew, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank (Blackstone), 205 Redshank, 33 Turnstone, 7 Skylark, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat, 12 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit, 80 Goldfinch, 10 Linnet.

Sand Bay:
2 Ruff, 150 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Whinchat, 1 Yellow Wagtail.
Small waders non-existent here today.

Blagdon Lake:
c.300 Canada Goose (most north shore), 15 Grey Heron, 4 Common Sandpiper, 5 Grey Wagtail.
GBB Gull L42's cv
it's been hanging around the lake for a while now
Planet Chew:
Ferruginous Duck: The female still hanging around in Heron's Green Bay.
Lesser Scaup: Present off Sutton Wick. we assume it is the Blagdon bird which hasn't been seen there for a while.
Osprey: Still showing well at times at Herriott's end today.
1/9/15 the Osprey (Dave Hughes)

Other stuff, 2 Shelduck, 30 Wigeon, 1 Pintail (1st of the autumn), 4 Garganey, 4 Goldeneye, 4 Little Egret, 26 Little Grebe, 1 Kestrel, 5 Hobby, 2 Peregrine, 5 Water Rail, 1 Ringed Plover, 24 Lapwing, 4 Ruff, 3 Snipe, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 8 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper (Stratford but elusive), 1 Kittiwake (going into the gull roost), 1 Common Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 5 GBB Gull, 4 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Raven, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Otter (Heron's Green).

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Allan Chard, Liz Drewitt, Lee Gardiner, Paul Gregory, Dave Hughes, Mike Jenkins, John Martin, Vic Polley, Trevor Riddle, Steve Sanins, Vic Savery, Lyn Sinclair, Ian Stapp, David Thatcher, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, severnsidebirds.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Sightings 31/8/15

Bird Photographer of the Year:
Katie...there is a young birder section, why not go for it?
http://birdpoty15.picturk.com//.

BirdgirlUK:
Mya-Rose has done a Mrs Duffy on a politician! http://birdgirluk.blogspot.co.uk/.

31/8/15 Osprey (Paul Milsom)
loafing around at Planet Chew, Herriott's end for most of the day. Present since 24 August

Ashton Court (Bristol):
2 Buzzard.

Totterdown (Bristol):
31/8/15 Wheatear (Duncan Brewood)
grounded on a roof-top this morning, Hill Street
Chipping Sodbury:
Common: 2 Golden Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 30 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 19+ Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 9 Whinchat, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Tree Pipit.

The Common has been 'on fire' recently and bad weather certainly seems to help things here.

Aust Warth:
2 Barn Owl 8pm.

New Passage-Northwick:
16 Wigeon, 130 Teal, 1 Pochard, 2 Little Egret, 9 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Yellow Wagtail.

Abbots Leigh:
5 Tawny Owl calling during the night, 3 at Abbots Pool, 2 at Sandy Lane end.

Portbury Dock:
1 Little Egret, 85 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 100 Dunlin, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Wheatear of note.

31/8/15 juv Curlew Sandpiper & Dunlin

31/8/15 Wheatear (Mrs Trellis)
Clevedon coast:
Channel View seawall: 1 Avocet this morning, then 4 Avocet here this evening (Dave Littleton, Howard Taffs).
Other stuff, 50+ Oystercatcher, 1 Little Stint, 100 mixed Ringed Plover/Dunlin, 6 Knot, 150 Curlew, 8 Turnstone, 2 Wheatear.

Blagdon Lake:
33 Little Grebe, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Common Tern.

Planet Chew:
Osprey: Still present at Herriott's, into the afternoon at least. Lots of smiley faces....
Other stuff, 2 Black-necked Grebe (Moreton), 2 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Snipe, 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 42 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 1 Tawny Owl (Moreton), 1 Swift.
31/8/15 Osprey (Gill Sapsed)
Reports: Duncan Brewood, Sean Davies, Lee Gardiner, Dave Littleton, John Martin, Paul Milsom, Darren Pearce, Karin Rhodes, Gill Sapsed, Mrs Trellis, BL birds.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Sightings 30/8/15

Eastville Park (Bristol):
30/8/15 Kingfisher (Allan Chard)
Avonmouth (Bristol):
Docks: 2 Peregrine attacking the pigeons.

Marshfield:
Rushmead Lane: 2 flyover Golden Plover, 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 5 Yellow Wagtail.

Chipping Sodbury:
Common: approx 20 Redstart counted today, morning/afternoon totals of birds seen in different areas (Darren Pearce).
Other stuff, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Whinchat, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Tree Pipit, 50+ Goldfinch, 5 Bullfinch.

Oldbury Power Station:
2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Wheatear.

New Passage-Northwick:
5 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Merlin (2nd sentry box), 140 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 25 Dunlin, 9 Ruff, 15 Snipe, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 200 Curlew, 3 Common Sandpiper, 90 Redshank, 2 Raven, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 60 Pied Wagtail.

Severn Beach:
4 Little Egret, 170 Ringed Plover, 2 Knot, 60 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel.

Pill:
Crockerne Drive: 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 30 Collared Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30 Starling.

Portbury Dock:
2 Little Egret, 130 Ringed Plover, 2 Knot, 145 Dunlin, 5 Black-tailed Godwit.

Portishead:
Battery Pt: 1 Wheatear, 3 Rock Pipit.
The Purple Sandpiper roost was particularly unimpressive over this morning's high tide.

Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 36 Canada Goose, 48 Shelduck, 16 Teal, 90 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 10 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 28 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 190 Ringed Plover, 24 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 1 Little Stint, 320 Dunlin, at least 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 50+ Curlew, 6 Common Sandpiper, 230 Redshank, 16 Turnstone, 100+ BH Gull, 40 Jackdaw, 30 Swallow, 2 Wheatear, 6 Pied Wagtail, 30 Linnet.
30/8/15 Knot (Paul Chapman)

30/8/15 Little Stint (Paul Chapman)
both taken at the Channel View seawall section
Sand Pt:
1 Peregrine, 1 Little Egret, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Turnstone, 1 Wheatear, 2 flyover Tree Pipit.

Blagdon Lake:
407 Canada Goose, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Planet Chew:
Osprey: present late afternoon at Herriott's (Mike Jenkins).
Garganey: 7 at Stratford, then 4 flew towards Spring Bay (Mike Jenkins).
Lesser Scaup: a drake found in Spring Bay this morning (Sean Davies), perhaps the Blagdon bird.
Common Scoter: 8 birds (5m, 3f) off Nunnery this morning (Sean Davies).

Other stuff, 17 Wigeon, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Black-necked Grebe (Moreton), 2 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 20 Ringed Plover, 5 Ruff, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 Little Gull, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 6 Black Tern, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Yellow Wagtail.

Reports: Phil Baber, Paul Chapman, Alan Chard, Sean Davies, Adrian Hockey, Mike Jenkins, Paul Milsom, Darren Pearce, Dave Poulton, Harvey Rose, Mrs Trellis, BL birds, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Sightings 29/8/15

Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve:
We believe that there is a real danger of North Somerset Council taking over the management and running of the nature reserve from Avon Wildlife Trust.
We believe this would be to the gross detriment of the reserve and its wildlife as we have no faith in NSC having the resources, expertise or willingness at all to manage and maintain the reserve to the high ecological standards being operated by the AWT.

If you wish PWNR to stay with AWT, then you may wish to consider contacting the following persons to express your concerns:-

1. Mr David Turner, Director of Development and Environment, North Somerset Council, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UJ (david.turner@n-somerset.gov.uk).

2. Cllr Nigel Ashton, Council Leader, North Somerset Council, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UJ (nigel.ashton@n-somerset.gov.uk).

3. The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA (ione.douglas@parliament.uk).

In the meantime, please have a look at this 4min video by John Rickard, one of the PWNR volunteers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhV93OE0Kfk&feature=youtu.be.

Thanks for your time.


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Avon Bird Report 2014: The Report is going to the printers next week and should be due out in October.


Eastville Park (Bristol):
29/8/15 Dipper (Allan Chard)
Follow Allan on Twitter: @AllanChard
Fishponds (Bristol):
DRG Building: 1 Peregrine hunting this afternoon.
29/8/15 Peregrine (Gill Sapsed)
Marshfield:
1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Little Owl again, 8 Whinchat (Orchid Lane), 2 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 10 alba Wagtail.

Chipping Sodbury:
Common: 1 Green Woodpecker, 50 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Redstart, 7+ Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 50 Goldfinch, 11 Bullfinch.

Oldbury Power Station:
7 Common Sandpiper, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 1 Redstart (lagoon 2 reed-bed).

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 100+ Canada Goose, 5 wigeon, 50 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Peregrine, 60 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 40 Dunlin, 11 Ruff (wetland), 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 60 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 75 Redshank, 30 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Linnet, 1 Siskin.

Late record of note 26/8/15: 1 fly-through Red Kite, afternoon (Paul Bowerman).

Severn Beach:
Orchard Pools: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay.
Shore: 4 Little Egret, 150 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 60 Dunlin, 7 Turnstone.

Late record 26/8/15 of note: 1 Little Ringed Plover (Paul Bowerman).

Portbury Dock:
4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redstart.

Clevedon coast:
Channel View leg: 2 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 1 Ruff this evening.

Sand Bay:
25 Ringed Plover, 50 Dunlin, 100 Curlew, 1 Turnstone, 4 Whitethroat, 5 Stonechat (15 yesterday), 6 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail.

Blagdon Lake:
262 Canada Goose (most Rugmoor Pt), 31 Grey Heron, 2 Ruff, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 1 Coal Tit, 6 Grey Wagtail.
29/8/15 Ruff (Mrs Trellis)
in front of the Lodge
Planet Chew:
Ferruginous Duck: the female seen again at Heron's Green/Moreton this afternoon (Andy Davis).
Osprey: seen again, at Herriott's this afternoon (Paul Milsom). The bird seems to go offsite somewhere when it catches a fish to eat.
Other stuff, 3 Garganey (Stratford), 2 Goldeneye, 1 Sparrowhawk (attacking Starling), 1 Hobby, 1 juv Little Ringed Plover (Hollow Brook), 9 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 5 Ruff (Stratford), 1 Snipe, 4 Greenshank, 1 juv Little Gull (Sutton Wick), 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Bittern Trail), 2 Yellow Wagtail.
29/8/15 Osprey (Paul Milsom)

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Allan Chard, Sean Davies, Andy Davis, Pete Coslett, Paul Gregory, Craig Lewis, Paul Milsom, Lisa Presland, Lois Pryce, Gill Sapsed, Howard Taffs, Mrs Trellis, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Sightings 28/7/15

Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve:
We believe that there is a real danger of North Somerset Council taking over the management and running of the nature reserve from Avon Wildlife Trust.
We believe this would be to the gross detriment of the reserve and its wildlife as we have no faith in NSC having the resources, expertise or willingness at all to manage and maintain the reserve to the high ecological standards being operated by the AWT.

If you wish PWNR to stay with AWT, then you may wish to consider contacting the following persons to express your concerns:-

1. Mr David Turner, Director of Development and Environment, North Somerset Council, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UJ (david.turner@n-somerset.gov.uk).

2. Cllr Nigel Ashton, Council Leader, North Somerset Council, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UJ (nigel.ashton@n-somerset.gov.uk).

3. The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA (ione.douglas@parliament.uk).

In the meantime, please have a look at this 4min video by John Rickard, one of the PWNR volunteers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhV93OE0Kfk&feature=youtu.be.

Thanks for your time.


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28/8/15 Ruddy Duck (Melvin Hedges)
site undisclosed

Sea Mills (Bristol):
1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 30 Redshank.

Marshfield:
3 Wheatear (Orchid Lane), 2 Little Owl this evening.

27/8/15: 7 Whinchat, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 30 Pied Wagtail, Rushmead Lane end.

Hawkesbury:
Broad Hill: 1 male Redstart.

Chipping Sodbury:
Common: 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Owl, 1 Whitethroat, 8 Whinchat.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Little Egret, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Knot, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Green Woodpecker, 11 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat.

Littleton Warth:
260 Canada Goose, 4 Barnacle Goose, 1 Whimbrel, 16 Redshank, 3 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail.

28/8/15 Whimbrel (Mrs Trellis)
Video: 
HERE
The heavy breathing in the background is Mrs Trellis getting over-excited
Aust STW:
At least 1 Redstart this afternoon.

New Passage-Northwick:
100+ Canada Goose, 45 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 80 Oystercatcher, 10 Ringed Plover, 4 Knot, 13 Ruff, 5 Snipe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 110 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Raven, 10 Sand Martin, 2 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 40 Pied Wagtail, 50 Meadow Pipit, 100+ Goldfinch.

Severn Beach:
5 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 110 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 35 Dunlin. 

Portbury Dock:
2 Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Curlew, 100 BH Gull, 1 Wheatear.
28/8/15 Wheatear (Mrs Trellis)
early this morning
Sand Bay:
1 early Merlin, 1 Whitethroat, 15 Stonechat, 6+ Whinchat, 1 Yellow Wagtail.

Barrow Tanks:
13 Buzzard, 2 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Gull, 20 Swift, 69 Swallow, 19 Chiffchaff, 2 White Wagtail.

Blagdon Lake;
2 Ruff (Lodge), 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Otter at Top End and showing well for a while.

Planet Chew:
Heron's Green-Moreton Pt: A female Ferruginous Duck new in today.

Other stuff, 2 Garganey (Stratford), 9 Little Egret, 2 Black-necked Grebe (Moreton-Stratford side still), 2 Hobby, 4 Ringed Plover, 6 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper (Stratford but elusive), 2 Redshank, 1 tame Yellow-legged Gull (dam), 17 Common Tern. 

Reports: Terry Bond, Pete Coslett, Paul Gregory, Melvin Hedges,  Brian Lancastle, Thomas McCleung-Weston, Andy Middleton, Vic Polley, Dave Poulton, Lois Pryce, Vic Savery, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, BL birds, severnsidebirds, TBOSG.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Sightings 27/8/15

Bird Photographer of the Year:
Katie...there is a young birder section, why not go for it?
http://birdpoty15.picturk.com//.


Greenbank (Bristol):
Cemetery: 1 Tawny Owl calling during the night, unusual here.

Chipping Sodbury:
Common: 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Redstart, 12 Whinchat, 2 Tree Pipit, 60+ Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch.

Littleton Warth:
278 Canada Goose, 4 Barnacle Goose, 95 Ringed Plover, 45 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 25 Curlew, 6 Wheatear, 18 Yellow Wagtail.

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 2 Mute Swan, 5 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 120 Teal, 200 Mallard, 5 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, 30 Oystercatcher, 10 Ringed Plover, 13 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper still, 60 Redshank, 180 BH Gull, 1 GBB Gull, 1 Common Tern, 7 Sand Martin, 60 Swallow, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 20 Goldfinch, 30 Linnet.

Severn Beach:
90 mixed Ringed Plover/Dunlin, 1 Knot, 1 Whimbrel.

Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 7 Canada Goose, 30 Shelduck, 90 Mallard, 15 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 12 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 85 Ringed Plover, 90 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 4 Whimbrel, 40 Curlew (low count for here), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 juv Spotted Redshank, 200 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 200 BH Gull, 3 Raven, 12 Swallow, 2 Wheatear, 30 Linnet.

Willsbridge Mill:
Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper and Nuthatch all very active here in recent days apparently.

Bath:
Brassmills Trading Est: 1 Grey Heron, 6 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, 40 House Martin.

Blagdon Lake:
13 Grey Heron, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Hobby, 1 Barn Owl (north shore), 3 Grey Wagtail.

Planet Chew:
The Osprey still present today, mobile around the lake.
A very early fly-through Merlin late afternoon (Mike Jenkins).

Other stuff, 10 Barnacle Goose, 18 Wigeon, 2 Garganey (Stratford), 2 Goldeneye, 13 Little Egret, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 7 Buzzard, 3 Hobby, 1 Water Rail, 6 Ringed Plover, 22 Lapwing, 2 Little Stint (Stratford), 8 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 14 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper (Stratford), 3 Turnstone, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Black Tern, 1 Common Tern, 6 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 Raven, 300+ mixed Sand Martin, Swallow and House Martin, 6 Mistle Thrush, 1 Redstart (Villice gate), 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail.
27/8/15 Barnacle Goose (Mrs Trellis)
the only time they came together, it looked like 2 family parties

27/8/15 Black-necked Grebe (Mrs Trellis)
Stratford-Moreton bank

27/8/15 Common Tern (Mrs Trellis)
Stratford Hide, video: 
HERE
the noise in the background is Mrs Trellis sanding down her wooden leg

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Pete Coslett, Michael Davis, Lee Gardiner, Pete Hazelwood, Mike Jenkins, Wilf King, Mike Ottewill, Lois Pryce, Harvey Rose, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, BL birds, severnsidebirds.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Sightings 26/8/15

26/8/15 Ring-necked Parakeet (Dave Goodliffe)
Langford garden today

Lyn Loder: Glad you managed to sell your optical equipment via Avon Birds and thank you for the kind donation you have made to Abbots Leigh Wildlife Group. They're thrilled to bits, thanks again.

Clifton (Bristol):
Whiteladies Rd: 1 Swift, morning.

Marshfield:
1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Yellow Wagtail.
26/8/15 Marsh Harrier (Martyn Hayes)
Down Rd

patch sightings on 11/21/26 August
Chipping Sodbury:
Common: 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Redstart, 10 Whinchat this evening.
26/8/15 Redstart (Dan White)
Oldbury Power Station:
4 Common Sandpiper, evening.

Littleton Warth:
200 Canada Goose, 4 Barnacle Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Redstart, 3 Wheatear again.

Aust Services:
30+ Pied Wagtail.

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 1 fly-through Red Kite to south-west.
Other stuff, 50 Canada Goose, 5 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 100 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 6 Oystercatcher, 13 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 8 Dunlin, 6 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Curlew, 7 Common Sandpiper, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 150 Redshank, 30 Turnstone, 200 BH Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 9 Sand Martin, 1 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Rock Pipit.

Severn Beach:
4 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 60 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 90 Ringed Plover, 2 Knot, 30 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 100 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Turnstone.

Portbury Dock:
105 Ringed Plover, 9 Knot, 90 Dunlin.

Blagdon Lake:
1 Lesser Scaup,  2 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, GBB Gull L42 still.
26/8/15 Wigeon (Mrs Trellis)
a few starting to appear at the lakes now

26/8/15 Dunlin (Mrs Trellis)
muddy flash in front of the Lodge

26/8/15 Yellow-legged Gull (Mrs Trellis)
the semi-resident bird, it likes the Lodge area
Planet Chew:
Black-necked Grebe: 2 juvs off the Moreton hide today, new in.
Osprey: One still mobile around the lake in search of the best feeding area. It perched in the large dead tree on the Moreton bank for a while.
Hobby: A pair + a family party of 5 showing well.

Other stuff, 16 Wigeon, 1 Garganey, 2 juv Goldeneye, 19 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Water Rail, 5 Ringed Plover, 25 Lapwing, 1 Little Stint (Herriott's), 1 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 9 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper (Stratford), 1 juv Little Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Black Tern, 3 Common Tern,  1 Arctic Tern, 1 Swift, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 100 Sand Martin, 50 Swallow, 100 House Martin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Yellow Wagtail.
26/8/15 Osprey (Simon Mackie)
present into the evening
Reports: Michael Davis, Lee Gardiner, Dave Goodliffe, Martyn Hayes, Mike Jenkins, Simon Mackie, Vic Savery, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, Dan White, BL birds, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.