Sunday, 24 May 2015

Sightings 24/5/15

Reports so far...

Portbury Dock:
9 Mute Swan, 30 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 10 Oystercatcher, 2 Sanderling, 45 Ringed Plover, 16 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Wheatear, 2 pairs Rock Pipit have bred.

Portishead:
1 Red Kite seen in the town and then again at the coast road, Redcliffe Bay, identified by missing primaries (Roger Joliffe).

Kingston Seymour:
1 flyover Red Kite 11.30am (Howard Taffs).

Planet Chew:
1 Garganey, Herriott's Pool again, 4 Cuckoo.

Reports: Sean Davies, Roger Joliffe, Chris Stone, Howard Taffs.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Sightings 23/5/15

(22/5/15) Peregrine (Sam Hobson)
3 chicks ringed in the Avon Gorge yesterday
The BOC is still looking for volunteers to man the Avon gorge watch-point. 
Weekend dates are 27/28 June and 11/12 July with watch sessions only lasting about 2hrs each. 
The young Peregrine birds should be very active at this time so there should be plenty to see.

Please e-mail 'bmp.page@btinternet.com' if you can help. Thanks.


Shepperdine:
1 Ringed Plover, 2 Sanderling.

Oldbury Power Station:
8 BH Gull, 1 sub-adult Yellow-legged Gull again, 2 Cuckoo.

Severn Beach:
23/5/15 Orca Whale (Mrs Trellis)
bred here last year, at the shops...
Portishead:
1 Red Kite milling around 2.45pm (Andrew Waygood) and presumably the same bird seen at Walton Bay 2.30pm (Paul Milsom).

Nailsea:
Trendlewood: 1 flyover Red Kite 4.30pm to north/Tyntesfield direction (Mike Hitchings).

Yatton:
3 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Reed Warbler, 23 Wren.
Many birds now falling silent as breeding is underway so counts are probably an underestimate.

Clevedon town:
1 flyover Red Kite 2.30pm (Howard Taffs).

Sand Pt:
1 Cuckoo, by the Trig Pt.

W-s-M:
St George's: 1 flyover Red Kite 10.40am to north towards Kingston Seymour (Martin Dewhirst).

North Widcombe:
23/5/15 Kestrel (Bob Brewer)
Blagdon Lake:
Survey count carried out, 2 Shelduck, 1 Water Rail, 1 Tawny Owl, 17 Chiffchaff, 20 Blackcap, 5 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge warbler, 12 Reed Warbler, 60 Wren, 34 Robin, 18 Blackbird, 10 Song Thrush, 3 juv Grey Wagtail, 20 Chaffinch, 14 Reed Bunting,

Planet Chew:
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 drake Garganey still (Herriott's Pool), 2 Shoveler, 1 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 3 Lapwing, 1 Baltic Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 GBB Gull, 3 Cuckoo (pair at Herriott's end, 1 at Stratford-Moreton side), 2 Nuthatch (feeding young), 1 Linnet.
23/5/15 putative 'Baltic' Gull Larus fuscus fuscus (Keith Vinicombe)

Basically, it's like a smallish, delicate LBB Gull with longish wings. 
There are a handful of previous Avon records of this species but probably overlooked and under-recorded overall due to its similarity to small LBB's.

Reports: Bob Brewer, Mark Dadds, Sean Davies, Martin Dewhirst, Mike Hitchings, Paul Milsom, Trevor Riddle, Keith Vinicombe, Andrew Waygood, Simon Williams, BL birds, opsbirding.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Sightings 22/5/15

We have been asked to advertise the following:-

Bath Peregrines:
Sunday 24 May 11.30-1.30pm: The Peregrine watch-point on the Riverside Walk, Bath (adjacent to the cricket club) will be manned by members of the Bath & West Wilts Hawk and Owl Trust this Sunday.

Spotting scopes will be available for you to get a good view of the Peregrines and the team will be delighted to answer your questions. All are welcome!

22/5/15 Sanderling (Bob Brewer)
Nunnery Pt today
Oldbury Power Station:
1 flyover Red Kite late afternoon to north-east.

Severn Beach:
7 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin.

Portbury Dock:
1 Kestrel, 18 Ringed Plover, 30 Dunlin, 3 Curlew, 1 Greenland Wheatear, 3 Rock Pipit.

Portbury Wharf:
1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Cetti's Warbler of note.
22/5/15 Oystercatcher (Paul Milsom)
Walton Bay:
1 Red Kite again, bird following the silage trailers on the fields.
Directions: take the old coast road out of Portishead to Clevedon, bird in the fields on left about 800yds before Walton-in-Gordano.

Blagdon Lake:
2 flyover Egyptian goose of note.

Planet Chew:
2 Barnacle Goose, 12 Shelduck, 9 Pochard, 1 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Sanderling (Nunnery), 1 Ruff (Moreton), 42 LBB Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 2 Common Tern (buoys Woodford end), 1 Cuckoo, 3 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 11 Swallow, 16 House Martin, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler.
22/5/15 Reed Warbler (Ian Stapp)

Reports: Bob Brewer, Brian Lancastle, Paul Milsom, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, Andrew Waygood, BL birds, opsbirding.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Sightings 21/5/15

Operation Dynamo 1940: in memory of the crews of the Royal Navy & little boats who rescued our soldiers from the beaches at Dunkirk.
A few thousand expected to be saved, 330,000+ brought home. Not forgotten.

May 2015 Tawny Owlet (Keith Vinicombe)
Planet Chew
By courtesy of the Tawny Owl pair that delighted us all a while back....worth the neck-ache!


New Passage-Northwick:
22 Ringed Plover, 8 Sanderling (maybe the Beach birds), 33 Dunlin, 1 Yellow Wagtail.
21/5/15 Yellow Wagtail (Brian Lancastle)
Severn Beach:
8 Sanderling, 20 Ringed Plover/Dunlin, 1 Wheatear.
21/5/15 Sanderling (Vic Savery)
Klingon Cloaking Device used

21/5/15 Wheatear (Mrs Trellis)
on the seawall this morning
Ham Green:
1 Barn Owl out hunting 5.30am.

Pill:
1 Sparrowhawk.

Portbury Wharf:
21/5/15 Swallow (Mrs Trellis)
around the horse-field this evening
Walton Common:
21/5/15 Red Kite (Andrew Waygood)
10am this morning
Burnett:
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldfinch, 4 Yellowhammer.

Woollard:
9 Jackdaw, 12 Swallow.

Marksbury:
4 Buzzard, 15 LBB Gull, 56 Rooks, 1 Raven, 6 Skylark, 24 Swallow.

Pensford:
1 Buzzard, 4 Swift, 7 Jackdaw, 2 Dipper (inc 1 chick), 9 House Sparrow.
21/5/15 Dipper (Ian Stapp)
Planet Chew:
A ringtail Harrier sp seen over nearby Burledge Hill 11.40am.
Other stuff, the drake Garganey still (Herriott's), 5 Hobby, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Cuckoo.

Reports: Brian Lancastle, Paul Milsom, Dick Reader, Vic Savery, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, Andrew Waygood, cvlbirding.
VERY MANY THANKS EVERYONE.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Sightings 20/5/15

Tony Scott has just had a birding trip to Hungary and decided to trash our blog by sending in this photo for us to post....
17/5/15 Ural Owl (Tony Scott)

Eastville Park (Bristol):
5 Mute Swan cygnets, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel of note.

Marshfield:
West Littleton Rd: 1 Little Owl, usual barn.
Rushmead Lane: 15 Corn Bunting.
20/5/15 post-box (Mrs Trellis)
Rushmead Lane today, how thoughtful
New Passage-Northwick:
1 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 22 Oystercatcher, 16 Dunlin.

Severn Beach:
20/5/15 Sanderling (Brian Lancastle)
10 birds on the beach this morning
Portbury Dock:
9 Ringed Plover, 22 Dunlin.

Portishead:
Boating Lake: 4 Canada Goose + 5 goslings, 4 Tufted Duck.

Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 55 Shelduck, 4 Little Egret, 15 Oystercatcher, 15 Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwing, 1 Sanderling, 75 Dunlin, 18 Whimbrel, 6 Curlew, 3 Redshank, 190 Herring Gull (Yeo end), 6 Raven, 85 Swallow, 35 House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 11 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 14 Reed Warbler, 1 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear.

Burnett:
1 Kestrel.

Chelwood bridge:
1 Kestrel.

Paulton:
3 Skylark, 1 Willow Warbler, 20 Blackbird, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer.

Blagdon Lake:
WeBS: 22 Mute Swan, 13 Canada Goose, 3 Gadwall, 68 Mallard, 34 Tufted Duck, 8 Little Grebe, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Moorhen, 136 Coot, 3 LBB Gull, 1 GBB Gull.

Other stuff, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel.

Planet Chew:
12 Shelduck, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 5 Hobby (Sutton Wick side), 1 Cuckoo, 250+ Swift, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler.
20/5/15 Reed Warbler (Bob Brewer)
Moreton
Reports: Bob Brewer, Patrick Hancock, Brian Lancastle, John Martin, Wayne Middlemist, Steve Sanins, Gill Sapsed, Tony Scott, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, BL birds.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Sightings 19/5/15

BBC Tweets of the Day:
All of them HERE including the Spoon-billed Sandpiper.

BOC Peregrine Watch - Volunteers needed
The Avon Gorge Peregrines are nesting on the cliffs again and the club is looking forward to sharing views of these fabulous birds with the general public on the Downs. Two weekends have been set aside for this:

Sat/Sun 27/28 June from 0900 till 1700
Sat/Sun 11/12 July  from 0900 till 1700

The club supplies a telescope, notice board and information leaflets. Now all that is needed is some volunteers. You don’t need to be an expert birder, just interested in the birds and a willingness to share your enthusiasm with others. 
There are always two people on duty to help with mutual support.

If you are willing to participate please email to: 'bmp.page@btinternet.comand say on which days/times you would be available to attend. Each session lasts two hours and is very enjoyable.
Very many thanks.

Snuff Mills (Bristol):
1 flyover Red Kite this afternoon (Steve Judd). About 13 birds through Avon so far this month.
Other stuff, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 1 juv Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtail.

Oldbury Power Station:
2 Peregrine, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 1 Yellow-legged Gull still, 1 Cuckoo. 

New Passage-Northwick:
4 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 9 Dunlin, 2 BH Gull.
19/5/15 Ringed Plover (Dan White)
on the flash this afternoon
Severn Beach:
Shore: 30 Ringed Plover, 11 Sanderling (evening), 2 Dunlin, 6 Whimbrel, 23 Curlew.
Orchard Pools: 1 Little Grebe, 2 Cetti's Warbler.
19/5/15 Sanderling (Paul Bowerman)
Chittening Warth:
Stup Pill: 2 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 1 Kestrel.

Newton St Loe:
2 Mandarin Duck (pair).
19/5/15 Manadarin Duck (Lauren & Wayne Tucker)
patch tick so 2 happy bunnies
check out: 
http://newton-st-loe-birding.blogspot.co.uk/
Paulton:
1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 8 Long-tailed Tit (5 juvs), 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Mistle Thrush.

Bath:
Peregrine update: HERE.

Barrow Tanks:
1 White Wagtail.

Planet Chew:
1 Todd's type Canada Goose (Herriott's), 3 Egyptian Goose, 15 Shelduck, 54 Gadwall, 1 Garganey still (Herriott's), 1 Shoveler, 20 Pochard, 2 Little Grebe, 1 GC Grebe brood, 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Gull, 3 GBB Gull, 1 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 2 Tawny Owl, 1,000+ Swift, 55 Crow, 200 Swallow, 400 House Martin, 1 juv Grey Wagtail.

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Patrick Hancock, Steve Judd, Brian Lancastle, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, Lauren & Wayne Tucker, Keith Vinicombe, Dan White, opsbirding.
VERY MANY THANKS EVERYONE.


Monday, 18 May 2015

Sightings 18/5/15

Very many thanks to everyone who responded to our twitter request for photos to cheer up the blog...the postman's back was groaning under the weight of post as he staggered up the drive-way to the Avonbirding offices.
In line with Avonbirding policy and Mrs Trellis's perverse sense of humour, we have selected the worst one that was sent in. It's pretty dire so please forgive us for posting it.
May 2015 Whitethroat (David Hughes)
Planet Chew
Any decent photographer would have photo-shopped out the offending reeds and painted the bird into a nice bramble bush complete with  juicy ripe blackberries despite it being only spring....


BOC Peregrine Watch - Volunteers needed
The Avon Gorge Peregrines are nesting on the cliffs again and the club is looking forward to sharing views of these fabulous birds with the general public on the Downs. Two weekends have been set aside for this:

Sat/Sun 27/28 June from 0900 till 1700
Sat/Sun 11/12 July  from 0900 till 1700

The club supplies a telescope, notice board and information leaflets. Now all that is needed is some volunteers. You don’t need to be an expert birder, just interested in the birds and a willingness to share your enthusiasm with others. 
There are always two people on duty to help with mutual support.

If you are willing to participate please email to: 'bmp.page@btinternet.comand say on which days/times you would be available to attend. Each session lasts two hours and is very enjoyable.
Very many thanks.


New Passage-Northwick:
12 Ringed Plover, 29 Dunlin, 1 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull.

Severn Beach:
3 Fulmar, evening.

Abbots Leigh:
Leigh Court: 1 Peregrine hunting the Woodpigeon flock.
Sandy Lane end: 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit.

Portbury Wharf:
2 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 50 House Martin best.

Wraxall:
1 flyover Red Kite, this morning over the school (Roger Staples).

Clevedon coast:
Yeo Est leg: 1 Oystercatcher in display, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo (Blake's Pool, unusually a brown phase bird).

Blagdon Lake:
1 flyover Red Kite, early afternoon (cf Chew).

Planet Chew:
1 flyover Red Kite 12.30pm towards Blagdon (Andy Davis).

Other stuff, 1 Egyptian Goose (HG), 1 Hobby (Moreton bank), 4 Dunlin (HG wall), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (HP), 1 Arctic Tern plus lots of Swift and House Martin, our fingers and toes could not cope with the numbers.
18/5/15 Swift (Allan Chard)

18/5/15 House Martin (Allan Chard)

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Allan Chard, Andy Davis, David Hughes, John Martin, Rich Mielcarek, Trevor Riddle, Roger Staples, Mrs Trellis, BL birds.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Sightings 17/5/15

Black-throated Diver (special agent Horrocks)
the Farmoor Res bird which is delighting the snappers
special agent Horrocks

BOC Peregrine Watch - Volunteers needed
The Avon Gorge Peregrines are nesting on the cliffs again and the club is looking forward to sharing views of these fabulous birds with the general public on the Downs. Two weekends have been set aside for this:

Sat/Sun 27/28 June from 0900 till 1700
Sat/Sun 11/12 July  from 0900 till 1700

The club supplies a telescope, notice board and information leaflets. Now all that is needed is some volunteers. You don’t need to be an expert birder, just interested in the birds and a willingness to share your enthusiasm with others. 
There are always two people on duty to help with mutual support.

If you are willing to participate please email us at: 'avonbirding@gmail.comand say on which days/times you would be available to attend. We'll pass on the info to the BOC.
Each session lasts two hours and is very enjoyable.
Very many thanks.

Eastville Park (Bristol):
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker of note.
17/5/15 Canada Goose brood (Gill Sapsed)
Avonmouth (Bristol):
Docks: 11 Shelduck, 9 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Wheatear.
17/5/15 Oystercatcher (Mrs Trellis)
2 birds sitting

17/5/15 Ringed Plover (Mrs Trellis)
1 bird sitting, others thinking about it
Shirehampton (Bristol):
1 flyover Stork sp (presumed White) 11.30am to north (Larry Sweetland). No further reports.

Dyrham Park:
1 Sparrowhawk, with a prey item.

Chipping Sodbury:
Common: 1 Little Owl, 7 Lesser Whitethroat of note.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Cuckoo still, 1 Willow Warbler.

Littleton Warth:
WeBS: 33 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, fledged Raven, 1 Cetti's Warbler.

New Passage-Northwick:
11 Canada Goose, 30 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 63 Oystercatcher, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Wheatear.
17/5/15 Bar-headed Goose (Brian Lancastle)
a handful of Severnside records of this species
Severn Beach:
1 Little Egret.

Portbury Wharf:
Main pool area: 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Cuckoo still.

Yatton:
Strawberry Line: 1 Cuckoo. Another or same bird also at the Congresbury end too.

Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 16 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 60 Shelduck, 20 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard,  9 Oystercatcher, 14 Ringed Plover, 5 Lapwing (3 sites, breeding still possible), 6 Sanderling, 35 Dunlin, 9+ Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 9 LBB Gull, 3 Raven, 3 Swallow, 1 Whitethroat.

Planet Chew:
Most of the action at Herriott's end today. 1 Garganey, 1 flyover Red Kite and Marsh Harrier (it headed toward Blagdon), 4 Hobby, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (cvlbirding).
17/5/15 Hobby (Simon Mackie)

Reports: Mark Coller, Patrick Hancock, John Hansford, Brian Lancastle, Simon Mackie, John Martin, Trevor Riddle, Harvey Rose, Gill Sapsed, Larry Sweetland, Mrs Trellis, cvlbirding, severnsidebirds.
VERY MANY THANKS EVERYONE.