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.

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.

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.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Sightings 17/10/14

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 Osprey and Skua details at the reservoirs.

Stoke Park Bristol):
3 Buzzard.

Snuff Mills (Bristol):
1 Kingfisher.

Fishponds (Bristol):
5 Skylark, 17 Chaffinch, flyovers.

Eastville Park (Bristol):
1 Muscovy Duck still, 2 Dipper, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Huntingford (south Glos):
150 Redwing (Mill), 1 Siskin (Eng Works).

Longwell Green:
28 flyover Canada Goose this evening. There have been several reports of 28 Canada Goose flying over in unlikely places recently. It's tempting to think that they may be the same group but impossible to confirm.

Oldbury Power Station:
15+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snow Bunting at the seawall 11am, our 1st of the season.

New Passage-Northwick:
4 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, 115 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Rook, 14 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 53 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 60 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 12 Siskin, 5 Reed Bunting.

Portbury Wharf:
155 Wigeon, 4 Snipe.

Sand Pt:
1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap, 1 Bullfinch.

Backwell Lake:
26 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe.
No report of the Otter today (there were 2 apparently) but we understand a video is in the offing from the observers yesterday.
This will make it difficult for us to trash the record but we will do our best.

Blagdon Lake:
1 Little Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe (Holt Bay again), 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 6 GBB Gull.

Planet Chew:
The Great Skua still present on the lake, giving pretty good views to the photographers.
Other stuff, 7 Egyptian Goose, 4 Pintail, 200+ Cormorant (HG), 3 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 6 GBB Gull, 2 Jay, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Stonechat, 20 Linnet.
17/10/14 Great Skua (Lee Gardiner)
Reports: Rich Bowerman, Tim Ford, Lee Gardiner, Adrian Hockey, John Martin, Vic Polley, Rich Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Larry Sweetland, Mike Thomas, BL birds, opsbirding.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Sightings 16/10/14

Diary date:  'BORN to BIRD' by Mya-Rose Craig, aged 12. Monday 20 October 2014 7.45pm, Conygre Hall, Timsbury nr Bath.
Mya-Rose in Australia
Mya-Rose brought the house down at her recent AWT talk on 25 Sept in Chew Magna. The Timsbury talk will be just as good.
To clue yourself up, visit her blog: Birdgirl UK.


Stoke Park Bristol):
2 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat.
16/10/14 Buzzard (Allan Chard)

16/10/14 Stonechat (Allan Chard)
Fishponds (Bristol):
31 flyover Redwing.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Peregrine, 1 fly-by Short-eared Owl to south-west, 2 Stonechat.

New Passage-Northwick:
1 Grey Plover, 35 Knot, 2 Jack Snipe (flash), 8 Snipe, 40 Curlew, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 9 Redwing, 1 Wheatear, 1 Siskin.

Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill: 1 Woodlark 8.45am, heard singing.
Kenn Est-Yeo Est: 210 Shelduck, 5 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 27 Oystercatcher, 5 Grey Plover, 80 Lapwing, 125 Dunlin, 2 Ruff (Kenn Est), 160 Curlew, 20 Redshank, 5 Turnstone, 50 Skylark, 4 Stonechat, 15 Wheatear, 250 Meadow Pipit, 40 Greenfinch, 10 Linnet.

Backwell Lake:
1 Otter 3pm, by the reeds. If someone sent us a pic, we wouldn't complain if we had to post it.

Yatton:
Wemberham Lane: 1 Peregrine, 2 Raven, both on same pylon.

Sand Pt:
3 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 10+ Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 250 Starling plus some movement of Meadow Pipit and Chaffinch.

Blagdon Lake:
1 Little Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe still, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Planet Chew:
1 Great Skua still present. It was seen to take a Coot in the morning.
Other stuff, 5 Egyptian Goose, 4 Pintail, 4 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 8 GBB Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Raven,  2 Stonechat.
16/10/14 Great Skua (Ian Stapp)
mostly out on the lake Herriott's/Stratford end
Reports: Phil Baber, Allan Chard, Chris Craig, Adrian Hockey, Brian Lancastle, John Martin, Trevor Riddle, Ian Stapp, Larry Sweetland, Howard Taffs, BL birds, opsbirding.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Sightings 15/10/14

HIGHLIGHTS:
GARGANEY: 1 at Planet Chew, Stratford.
BLACK-NECKED GREBE: 1 at Blagdon Lake again, Holt Bay.
HEN HARRIER: 1 at Planet Chew, mobile but good views from Stratford.
RED-FOOTED FALCON: An immature female at Northwick Warth, seen briefly but well before it flew off. Rarer Amur Falcon ruled out by the finders.
GREAT SKUA: 1 at Oldbury Power Station (gull roost) and 1 at Planet Chew.
SWALLOW: late birds noted at Severnside, Weston STW and Barrow Tanks.
YELLOW WAGTAIL: a late bird at Oldbury Power Station, with the Pied Wagtail roost.
WATER PIPIT: 1 at Weston STW.


Oldbury Power Station:
Vis Mig: 690 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, 90 Chaffinch, 40 Goldfinch, 8 Redpoll, 8 Bullfinch.
Other stuff, 1 Great Skua (gull roost), 500 BH Gull, 100 Common Gull, 50 Herring Gull, 1 very late Yellow Wagtail (Pied Wagtail roost), 60 Pied Wagtail.

Aust Warth:
12 Brent Goose downriver early this morning.

Northwick Warth:
A 2nd calendar year Red-footed Falcon found 10.50am by the 2nd sentry box (finder 'Black Kite. Kev Bainbridge, Tony Scott). It flew off towards the wetland and could not be relocated.
1st Severnside record and only our 3rd Avon record (others 1967, 1992).

Severn Beach:
Some Thrush mig noted at the pipes section this morning.
16 Swallow through, 30 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 8 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing.

Portbury Wharf:
125 Wigeon, 12 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 17 Snipe, 25 Skylark, 3 Blackcap, 10 Reed Bunting.

Clevedon coast:
Kenn Est leg: 100 Shelduck, 12 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 105 Mallard, 2 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 20 Oystercatcher, 120 Dunlin, 20 Curlew, 80 Redshank, 20+ Skylark through, 10 Meadow Pipit.

Weston STW-Uphill:
8 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 16 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Water Pipit, 150 Linnet.

Barrow Tanks:
6 Gadwall, 45 Teal, 44 Mallard, 11 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 68 Tufted Duck, 5 Grey Heron, 11 Little Grebe, 25 Great Crested Grebe, 63 Coot, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 GBB Gull, 1 Swallow,  1 Grey Wagtail.

Blagdon Lake:
10 Barnacle Goose, 10 Pintail, 1 Little Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Water Rail, 3 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Gull, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Stonechat, 13 Meadow Pipit, 60+ Goldfinch plus a few Siskin.

Planet Chew:
Quality not quantity, 1 Garganey (Stratford), 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Great Skua, 3 Little Gull.
15/10/14 Hen Harrier (Brian Thompson)
good views from Stratford. Rare bird for Chew

15/10/14 Great Skua (Brian Thompson)
Rare bird for Chew
Reports: Kev Bainbridge, Chris Craig, Lee Gardiner, Nick Hawkridge, Adrian Hockey, Trevor Riddle, Tony Scott, Francis Steuck, Chris Stone, Brian Thompson, BL birds, opsbirding.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Sightings 14/10/14

Diary date:  'BORN to BIRD' by Mya-Rose Craig, aged 12. Monday 20 October 2014 7.45pm, Conygre Hall, Timsbury nr Bath.
Mya-Rose in Australia
Mya-Rose brought the house down at her recent AWT talk on 25 Sept in Chew Magna. The Timsbury talk will be just as good.
To clue yourself up, visit her blog: Birdgirl UK.


Northwick Warth:
27 Lapwing, 47 Knot, 2 Stonechat.

Portbury Dock:
27 Mallard, 2 Little Egret, 1 Merlin, 26 Ringed Plover, 125 Dunlin, 60 Curlew, 100 Redshank, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 15 Goldfinch.
14/10/14 Merlin (Chris Stone)
south Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 240 Shelduck, 110 Wigeon, 70 Teal, 1 Pintail, 16 Little Egret, 2 Merlin (Wain's & Yeo), 30 Oystercatcher, 5 Grey Plover, 30 Lapwing, 150 Dunlin, 1 Ruff (Yeo), 6 Snipe, 210 Curlew, 140 Redshank, 7 Raven, 24 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Fieldfare, 1 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, 200 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 55 Greenfinch.

Redwing passing over Wain's Hill this evening.

Blagdon Lake:
10 Barnacle Goose, 6 Pintail, 1 Black-necked Grebe (Holt Bay), 2 Lapwing, 2 Chiffchaff.

Compton Martin:
1 flyover Merlin.

Planet Chew:
7 Egyptian Goose, 2 Goosander (new), 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper.

Reports: Chris Craig, Brian Lancastle, Steve Sanins, Chris Stone, Howard Taffs, BL birds.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Sightings 13/10/14

Rain, rain, rain and no reports received at all.

Reports: Mrs Trellis.