Thursday, 18 September 2014

Sightings 18/9/14

18/9/14 The Lucky Log (Mrs Trellis)
Some kind person has placed this lovely bench at the wetland viewing point. It's very comfortable.

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS:
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER: 1 at the Pilning wetland.
LITTLE STINT: 7 at the Pilning wetland today. Good views from the Log.
CURLEW SANDPIPER: Present at Severn Beach, Portbury Dock and Planet Chew today.
BLACK-TAILED GODWIT: 190+ birds dotted along the New Passage shoreline towards high tide, quite a sight.
RED-BACKED SHRIKE: Still present at Sand Pt. It continues to like the bushes on the southern slope by the path and stile.
GOOSANDER: 1 female flew NE off New Passage.

W-o-T (Bristol):
Concorde Drive: 5 flyover Siskin.

Bradley Stoke:
18/9/14 Kingfisher (Lee Gardiner)
1 of 2 birds at Three Brooks NR today
New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 1 Greylag Goose, 140 Canada Goose, 4 Shelduck, 240+ Wigeon, 250 Teal, 1 Pintail, 36 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 female Goosander (flew NE), 3 Little Egret, 12 Little Grebe, 2 Kestrel, 1 juv Little Ringed Plover, 15 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 15 Knot, 7 Little Stint, 5 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 190 Black-tailed Godwit (shore), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Gull, 12 Stock Dove, 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear.
18/9/14 Little Stint (Mrs Trellis)
wetland

18/9/14 Ruff (Mrs Trellis)
wetland
Severn Beach:
5 Wigeon, 60 mixed Ringed Plover/Dunlin, 2 Knot, 2 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 25 Turnstone, 1 Wheatear.

Portbury Dock:
3 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Knot, 22 Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 150 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 160 Redshank, 2 Raven, 1 Chiffchaff.

Sand Pt:
Still present around the bushes on the southern slope but flighty and mobile. Present since 15 Sept.
18/9/14 Red-backed Shrike (Alex Barclay)
18/9/14 Red-backed Shrike (Allan Chard)


Planet Chew:
1 Egyptian Goose, 10+ Pintail, 130 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew Sandpiper (HGB), 4 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Raven.

Reports: Adrian Adams, Alex Barclay, Anthony Cook, Mark Dadds, Lee Gardiner, Matt Hobbs, Brian Lancastle, John Martin, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Mike Thomas, Mrs Trellis, severnsidebirds.
Very many thanks everyone.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Sightings 17/9/14

Arnhem 17/9/44: In memory of all our airborne forces, dropped into Arnhem and environs during Operation Market Garden on this day. Not forgotten.

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Avon Bird Report 2013: Now at the printer's and due out mid-October.

Stoke Park (Bristol):
17/9/14 Small Copper (Allan Chard)
few birds here today
Chipping Sodbury:
Common: 3 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat.

Oldbury Power Station:
2 Wigeon, 21 Teal, 173 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Lapwing, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 16 Turnstone, 250 House Martin (reactor towers).

New Passage-Northwick:
Wetland: 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, 1 Sedge Warbler.

Portbury Wharf NR:
Pools: 20+ Wigeon, recent influx, 1 flyover Snipe. Amazing.

Sand Pt-Middle Hope:
The Red-backed Shrike still present, bushes near the stile on south side of the down.
Other stuff, 2 Kestrel, 1 Wheatear, 1 Tree Pipit, c.40+ Meadow Pipit.
(16/9/14) Red-backed Shrike (Dean Reeves)
Banwell:
17/9/14 Coal Tit (John Thorogood)
garden today
Barrow Tanks:
28 Canada Goose, 2 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 35 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 57 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Grebe, 97 Coot, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank of note.

Blagdon Lake:
73 Wigeon, 2 Raven.

Planet Chew:
1 Garganey (Villice), 42 Pintail, 11 Little Egret, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 26 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, at least 5 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Gull (1st of the autumn), 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 juv Common Tern.
17/9/14 Green Sandpiper (Mark Dadds)
Reports: Allan Chard, Mark Coller, Mark Dadds, Nick Hawkridge, Andy Middleton, Dean Reeves, John Thorogood, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, BL birds, severnsidebirds.
Very many thanks everyone.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Sightings 16/9/14

Alex Rhodes
we've air-brushed out his Halo & Colgate Ring of Confidence
Alex is now at Falsterbo for the autumn migration season. He's really entered into the spirit of things by dressing up as ABBA's Agnetha for his stay, complete with tight-fitting blue satin trouser suit and knee length black-sequined stack boots a lá Waterloo.
We hope to post a few pics of this some time soon.

After Falsterbo, he's off to BTO HQ until Christmas to cause havoc and devastation at Thetford.
In the New Year 2015, he's going to Africa to eradicate malaria and then home again to explain the difference between a ruck and a maul to his mum.

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS:
MARSH HARRIER: 1 at M5 J18 8.50am this morning.
LITTLE STINT: still 3 at New Passage-Northwick.
CURLEW SANDPIPER: 7 at New Passage-Northwick.
WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN: still present at Planet Chew, seen sitting on a buoy this morning.
RED-BACKED SHRIKE: the juv still present at Sand Pt.

Frome Valley (Bristol):
16/9/14 Dipper (Gill Sapsed)
Tomarton M4 J18:
1 flyover Marsh Harrier 8.50am.

Chipping Sodbury:
Common: I Whitethroat, 4 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 2 Grey Wagtail.

Stoke Gifford:
16/9/14 Teal (Lee Gardiner)
Three Brooks NR
New Passage-Northwick:
100+ Wigeon, 140 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 3 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 18 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 20 Ringed Plover, 25 Knot, 3 Little Stint, 7 Curlew Sandpiper, 200 Dunlin,  6 Ruff (Chestle Pill), 2 Snipe, 172 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Redshank, 1 Common Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Whinchat (Grebe pond reeds), 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 50 Pied Wagtail.
Sept 2014 colour-ringed Curlew Sandpiper EEP (Brian Lancastle)
Abbots Leigh:
Pool: 1 Kingfisher, 3 Raven.
Sandy Lane end: 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Sand Pt:
The Red-backed Shrike still present on the down past the trig point.
Other stuff, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Wheatear, 22 Meadow Pipit.

Sand Bay:
2 Little Egret, 1 Ringed Plover, 30 Dunlin, 20+ Curlew, 1 Redshank.

Dolebury Warren:
1 male Redstart, east end of the reserve.

Planet Chew:
The White-winged Black Tern reported again.
Other stuff, 15 Wigeon, 3 Little Egret, 2 Hobby, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Tern, 2 Kingfisher.
16/9/14 Little Egret (Mark Dadds)

(15/9/14) Tufted Duck (Keith Vinicombe)
Some of the 2,400+ Tufties present at the lake in recent weeks, nearly all males.

Reports: Chris Craig, Mark Dadds, Lee Gardiner, David Hughes, Brian Lancastle, John Martin, Vic Polley, Dick Reader, Dean Reeves, Karin Rhodes, Gill Sapsed, Roger Staples, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, Paul Williams.
Very many thanks everyone.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Sightings 15/9/14

Sept 2014 Spotted Redshank (Katie, aged 14)
Slimbridge WWT on the weekend

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS:
GARGANEY: 1 at Planet Chew, Hollow Brook.
RED KITE: 1 flyover at Yate.
MARSH HARRIER: 1 juv at Sand Pt briefly, seen during the RBS twitch.
LITTLE STINT: A few coming through in recent days, 3 still at New Passage-Northwick, singles at Planet Chew and Barrow Tanks.
CURLEW SANDPIPER: 1 juv at New Passage-Northwick.
WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN: reported back at Planet Chew after the weekend boat convention.
RED-BACKED SHRIKE: 1 juv found at Sand Pt this morning on the southern track to the tip. Mobile and flighty. present into the evening.
REDSTART: 7 at Chipping Sodbury, common.

Chipping Sodbury:
Common: 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 7 Redstart, 5 Whinchat.

Yate:
1 flyover Red Kite 2.50pm.

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 1 Greylag Goose, 160+ Canada Goose, 170 Wigeon, 160 Teal, 1 Pintail, 3 Little Egret, 15 Little Grebe, 44 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 200 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 84 Black-tailed Godwit, 95 Redshank, 1 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 40+ Pied Wagtail.
15/9/14 Ringed Plover EVY (Mrs Trellis)
part of a Norwegian wader ringing programme

ringed 14/8/14 in Giske, Norway

15/9/14 Little Stint (Mrs Trellis)

15/9/14 Curlew Sandpiper (Mrs Trellis)
Pics taken in front of the 1st sentry box. The birds come desperately close if undisturbed, we had to take a few steps back to make it all look real.

Severn Beach:
15/9/14 young Mute Swan (Mrs Trellis)
Orchard pools this morning, camera on 'clever dicky' setting
Portbury Dock:
15/9/14 Kestrel (Mrs Trellis)
hunting at the mouth of the Avon this evening
Portishead:
South Rd: 2 flyover Raven.

Sand Pt:
1 juvenile Red-back Shrike found this morning. Mobile on the southern path west of the Trig point leading towards the tip.
Rare passage migrant through Avon, last recorded in 2008 at Portbury Wharf (unbelievably).
1 juv Marsh Harrier seen here also.
15/9/14 Red-backed Shrike (Brian Thompson)
finder Adrian Hockey
Barrow Tanks:
28 Canada Goose, 78 Shoveler, 1 juv Little Stint, 1 Dunlin, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 White Wagtail.

Planet Chew:
The White-winged Black Tern seems to have re-appeared after the weekend boat activity. Reported by 2 separate observers, Stratford-Woodford end of the lake.
There are some juv Common Terns present too so it pays to double-check.

Other stuff, 9 Egyptian Goose, 16 Wigeon, 1 juv Garganey, 30 Pintail, 12 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 2 Hobby, 1 Ringed Plover, 36 Lapwing, 9 juv Sanderling, 1 juv Little Stint, 1 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 9 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 27 GBB Gull, 4 Common Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Jay, 1 Raven, 1 male Redstart.
15/9/14 Ringed Plover (Ian Stapp)
Heron's Green
Reports: Phil Baber, David Gale, Adrian Hockey, Darren Pearce, Dean Reeves, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, Gordon Youdale, severnsidebirds.
Very many thanks everyone.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sightings 14/9/14

14/9/14 Little Stint (Roger Staples)
Cheddar Res 
Ruff video: Ruff by Nigel Tucker.

HIGHLIGHTS:
RED KITE: 1 flyover at New Passage-Northwick 1pm.
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER: 1 at the Pilning wetland.
DOTTEREL: 1 flyover at Pilning village 9.45am. Fortunately it was over the county Recorder's house whose antenna is tuned into these sort of things.
LITTLE STINT: 3 at the Pilning wetland, 2 at Portbury Dock.
CURLEW SANDPIPER: 7 at New Passage-Northwick, 3 at Portbury Dock, 1 at the Clevedon coast, Kenn Est.
SPOTTED REDSHANK: 1 at the Pilning wetland this morning, 1 at the Clevedon coast.
ARCTIC SKUA: 1 flew south 1.30pm off New Passage.
HIRUNDINES: 1,000 Swallow, 2,800 House Martin at Aust Cliff on this morning's vis mig watch to 11.20am. Conditions were pretty good with good cloud cover and a light NE breeze which the birds like flying in to (even though they are going the wrong way).
REDSTART: 7 on Chipping Sodbury common.

Overscourt Wood (south Glos):
1 Sparrowhawk (with a Dunnock kill), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 100 mixed Swallow/House Martin.

Chipping Sodbury:
Common: 9 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 7 Redstart, 6+ Whinchat, 1 Stonechat.

Littleton Warth:
WeBS: 11 Little Egret, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Greenshank, 34 Turnstone, 2 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear.
14/9/14 Wheatear (Mrs Trellis)
4 birds mid-day, Aust STW end
Aust Cliff:
Overcast with a light NE breeze, ideal for vismig.
Mig watch to 11.20am: Best bits, 1 Hobby, 5 Sand Martin, 1,000 Swallow, 2,800 House Martin, 6 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 110 Meadow Pipit, 6 Grey Wagtail.

Grounded/residents: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Goldcrest, 37 Chiffchaff, 45 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 20 Robin, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Redstart, 2 Wheatear.

Aust Services:
1 Spotted Flycatcher 2.30pm.

Pilning:
1 flyover Dotterel, heard calling 9.45am over the county Recorder's house.
Very rare passage wader for Avon, last recorded 1995. The Recorder will have to send himself a description.

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 115 Canada Goose, 30 Wigeon, 200 Teal, 1 Pintail, 3 Little Egret, 1 flyover Red Kite (1pm), 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 40 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 20 Ringed Plover (one colour-ringed), 4 Golden Plover, 22 Knot, 3 Little Stint, 7 Curlew Sandpiper, 240 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 60 Redshank, 80 Turnstone, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Raven, 1 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail.

Everyone is still waiting for the Big One.....

Severn Beach:
1+ flyover Crossbill near the seawall.

Portbury Dock:
2 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Little Stint,  3 Curlew Sandpiper, 253 Dunlin, 43 Curlew, 160 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Wheatear, 4 Rock Pipit, 45 Linnet.
14/9/14 Mediterranean Gull (Chris Stone)
Portbury Wharf NR:
Pools: 18 Gadwall best.
Estuary: 1 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher.
Ringing Station w/e: 119 birds processed,  90 new and 29 re-traps. Best were 61 new Blackcap, 15 new Chiffchaff and 1 Treecreeper.

south Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 100 Shelduck, 14 Teal, 140 Mallard, 12 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 20 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 50 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 200+ Redshank, 10 Turnstone, 12 Sand Martin, 60 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 7 Wheatear, 100+ Goldfinch.

Clevedon:
Land Yeo: 1 Kingfisher 7.30am, near the old Britannia Windows site.

W-s-M:
40+ Dunlin, at the harbour.

Planet Chew:
The White-winged Black Tern was reported early on but not later in the day. A lot of fishing boats out today which may have spooked the birds.
1 Common Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Tern.
14/9/14 (David Hughes)
Reports: Phil Baber, Andrew Ford, Richard Giles, Matt Hobbs, Paul House, David Hughes, Brian Lancastle, John Martin, Fiona Neate, Chris Perry, Rob Purveur, Harvey Rose, Vic Savery, Frank Steuck, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, severnsidebirds.
Very many thanks everyone.

Birdgirl UK - Mya-Rose Craig

They say there are no young birders anymore.....but Mya is 12 years old and has an absolute passion for birds.

At our last check, her all time world life list stood at 3,700 bird species, but at the rate of her chain reaction she is probably now through the 4,000 mark.

Some photos from a recent trip (she does them all the time), these taken in Queensland, Australia:

Brown Falcon

Eastern Osprey

Azure Kingfisher

Sacred Kingfisher

Tawny Frogmouth

Little Woodswallow
Very many thanks to Mya...and her very supportive parents Helena and Chris, who have never taken her to Portbury Wharf.

Mya's bird talk 'BORN TO BIRD': 25 Sept 2014 AT 7.45PM, Millenium Hall, Chew Magna.


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Sightings 13/9/14

Spectacled Warbler (Mya-Rose Craig, aged 12)
Norfolk June 2014
Diary date: 25 Sept 2014 at the Millenium Hall, Old School Room, Chew Magna.
'BORN TO BIRD' by Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig, aged 12. 
Details: Avon Wildlife Trust.

Health warning to visitors: Mya is not yet a teenager so it's perfectly alright if you suddenly feel like an artefact when she gets up to speak.

Oldbury Power Station:
42 Canada Goose, 23 Wigeon, 6 Little Egret, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 100 House Sparrow (leg to yacht club), 1 Whinchat, 3 flyover Grey Wagtail.

New Passage-Northwick:
4 Little Egret, 2 Hobby (adult + juv), 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 1 Little Stint, 4 Curlew Sandpiper (inc a colour-ringed bird), 2 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Raven, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat, 2 Yellow Wagtail.
13/9/14 Curlew Sandpiper (Allan Chard)
Portbury Dock:
2 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 6 Oystercatcher, 45 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 320 Dunlin, 160 Redshank, 60 Curlew, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 45 Linnet.

Walton Common:
1 Jay, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Kenn:
1 Hobby.  Present during the week too.

Backwell Lake:
13/9/14 Great Crested Grebe (Mike Thomas)
present here for 2 weeks now apparently
Barrow Tanks:
3 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 52 Teal, 72 Shoveler, 2 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 40+ Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler.

Planet Chew:
The Marsh Harrier (Stratford end) and White-winged Black Tern (Stratford end) still present today.
Other stuff, 3 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 2 Common Tern, 1 Hobby, 2 Raven, 1 Cetti's Warbler.
13/9/14 Greenshank at Villice (Mrs Trellis)
Reports: Allan Chard, Sean Davies, Rob Emery, Andrew Ford, Dave Horlick, John Martin, Vic Polley, Chris Stone, Mike Thomas, Mrs Trellis, opsbirding.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Sightings 12/9/14

Sept 2014 Ruff (Simon Williams)
Northwick Warth
TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS:
GARGANEY: 1 at Planet Chew, Heron's Green.
MARSH HARRIER: at Planet Chew again, still Stratford bank end.
LITTLE RINGED PLOVER: 1 at the Pilning wetland, 1 at Planet Chew, Villice.
TEMMINCK'S STINT: 1 at the Pilning wetland, only 2nd Severnside record. Unfortunately, the finder has sent in a photo so we're struggling to trash the record.
LITTLE STINT: 2 at New Passage-Northwick.
CURLEW SANDPIPER: 6 at New Passage-Northwick.
MEDITERRANEAN GULL: a 1st winter bird at New Passage-Northwick this morning.
WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN: at Planet Chew still, Stratford end. Mostly distant. Nice flight shot from Brian Thompson below.

Eastville (Bristol):
12/9/14 Kingfisher (Allan Chard)
around the lake this afternoon
Siston:
12 Mistle Thrush.

Oldbury Power Station:
Hirundines: 1,000 Swallow, 900 House Martin around the reactor building, a customary autumn gathering for here.
Other stuff, 6 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 55 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 4 Little Egret, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow Wagtail.

New Passage_Northwick:
12/9/14 Stint sp (Brian Lancastle)
present at the shore and later on the wetland, this Stint was initially thought to be Temminck's, but opinion now swinging in favour of a moulting Little.

Shore & wetland: 1 Greylag Goose, 140 Canada Goose, 3 Shelduck, 70 Wigeon, 240 Teal, 4 Pintail, 21 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 50 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 60 Ringed Plover, 5 Lapwing, 20+ Knot, 1 Sanderling, 2 Little Stint, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Ruff, 4 Snipe, 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 100+ Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail.
12/9/14 Hobby (Allan Chard)
over the warth late morning
Congresbury Moor:
2 Whinchat.

Barrow Tanks:
35 Canada Goose, 3 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 66 Shoveler, 4 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Raven, 90 Swallow, 33 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 12 Grey Wagtail.

Planet Chew:
The White-winged Black Tern still present this morning, Stratford-Sutton Wick environs mostly and always a bit distant.
The juv Marsh Harrier was also still hunting around, Stratford end.
12/9/14 White-winged Black Tern (Brian Thompson)
Other stuff, 29 Wigeon, 19 Pintail, 1 Garganey (HGB), 2 Goldeneye (pair), 10 Little Egret, 2 Hobby, 1 Water Rail, 24 Lapwing, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover (both juvs & at Villice), 3 flyover Ruff (Stratford), 6 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 28 GBB Gull, 4 juv Common Tern, 1 Kingfisher.
12/9/14 Kingfisher (David Hughes)
This bird was showing off its VTOL capabilities in front of the Stratford hide today. 
Note no Pegasus engines.

Reports: Terry Bond, Bob Brewer, Sean Davies, Allan Chard, David Hughes Brian Lancastle, Chris Perry, Granville Pictor, Trevor Riddle, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, Simon Williams, David Winnie, opsbirding,, severnsidebirds. 
Very many thanks everyone.