Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Sightings 17/12/14

Grey Heron (Jim Starr)
original painting by the artist
Mya's Blog: Please read this posting on the Sunderbans oil spill:

Tomarton Rd: 300 Golden Plover, 80 Lapwing.
Rushmead Lane: Full of birds!
17/12/14 Golden Plover (Martyn Hayes)
Anchor Inn: 3 Bullfinch.

New Passage-Northwick:
42 Shelduck, 1 female type Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 90 Oystercatcher, 250 Lapwing, 110 Curlew, 8 Turnstone, 60 Pied Wagtail, upsurge in Meadow Pipit numbers plus the usual flock of mixed Wigeon/Teal.

Springfield Rd: 1 Coal Tit, feeders.

Axe Est (Avon side):
510 Shelduck, 3 Pintail, 1,100 Lapwing.

Planet Chew:
Great Northern Diver: Still off Woodford, mostly distant towards Denny today.
Great White Egret: Still at the Herriott's end. Reeds off the Stratford Island this afternoon.
Bittern: Still at Heron's Green, reeds to left when looking out to main lake. Constantly in the reeds so a telescope needed to pick it out.

Other stuff, 200 Canada Goose, 18 Barnacle Goose, both in field on Woodford Lodge drive-in.
17/12/14 Scaup (Mrs Trellis)
the long-stayer, mostly off Moreton
17/12/14 Great Crested Grebe (Mrs Trellis)
Heron's Green, reeds to the left...
17/12/14 Water Rail (Mrs Trellis)

17/12/14 Kingfisher (Mrs Trellis)
17/12/14 Redwing (Mrs Trellis)
Woodford orchard, on the drive-in this morning
Reports: Martyn Hayes, John Martin, Lois Pryce, Dick Reader, John Rickard, Mrs Trellis.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Sightings 16/12/14

Long-tailed Duck (Brian Thompson)
Cheddar Res

Black Redstart (Allan Chard)
Brean Down cove
It's a tough life birding in Somerset, there's always something really good turning up. In Avon, we do things in a much more sedate way.

Starling: News of murmuration hotspots: HERE.
Short-eared Owl: Nice piece from the BTO: HERE.

Mya's Blog: Please read this posting

Iron Acton:
100+ mixed Fieldfare/Redwing.

Frenchay (Bristol):
UWE: 1 Sparrowhawk.

Little Stoke:
Oak Close: 1 male Blackcap.

Aust Warth:
1 Kestrel, 1 Stonechat into dusk.

New Passage-Northwick:
38 Shelduck, 200 Wigeon, 150 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 34 Lapwing, 32 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Curlew, 50 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Common Gull, 1 male Bearded Tit (wetland reed-bed morning).

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 1 Tawny Owl calling, evening.

Portbury Wharf:
90+ Wigeon, 32 Shoveler of note.
16/12/14 drake Wigeon (Mrs Trellis)
Wigeon is now the most common winter duck on the pools with up to 100 birds present in a good winter. Winter Teal by contrast, seem to shun the pools in any large numbers, preferring to stay estuary side around Chapel Pill creek.

Kenn Moor:
2 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Woodcock (YACWAG Res), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 50 Goldfinch.

Village lanes: 1 Chiffchaff, 25 Blackbird, 14 Redwing, 6 Chaffinch, 70 Goldfinch, 60 Greenfinch, 3 Bullfinch.
Sewage Works: 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail, 11 Meadow Pipit.

Planet Chew:
The Great Northern Diver (Woodford but distant), the Great White Egret (Herriott's) and the Bittern (Heron's Green but shy) all still in place.
Other stuff around the pond, 3 Egyptian Goose, 7 Shelduck, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 45+ Goosander, 13 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Jay, 2 Goldcrest, 6+ Long-tailed Tit, 4,000 Starling (roost, Herriott's end), 20+ Blackbird, 100+ Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 100+ Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat.
16/12/14 Kingfisher (Ian Stapp)
Moreton hide, great photo opportunities here
Reports: Adrian Adams, Allan Chard, Patrick Hancock, Dick Reader, Trevor Riddle, Ian Stapp, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, severnsidebirds.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Sightings 15/12/14

15/12/14 Red-breasted Goose (Bob Brewer)
the Planet Chew bird
Staple Hill (Bristol):
Signal Rd: 1 male Blackcap today (+ a female on 13th).

Aust Warth:
1 Stonechat, 3 Reed Bunting.

New Passage-Northwick:
32 Shelduck, 10 Gadwall, 2 Water Rail, 260 Lapwing, 35 Curlew, 1 Stonechat, 1 Water Pipit (2nd sentry box).

Severn Beach:
Orchard Pools: 1 Mute Swan, 6 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Bullfinch.
Pipes leg: 3 Grey Heron, 60 Redshank, 2 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting.
15/12/14 Stonechat (Mrs Trellis)
scrubby section by the pipes
Western Dist' Park (Severn Beach off A403):
Goldcrest Way area: 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 100 Goldfinch.
15/12/14 Goldfinch (Mrs Trellis)
by the new Farmfoods depot
M5 bridge area: 20+ Snipe, 1 Raven, 1 Cetti's Warbler, river Avon foreshore scrub.

Portbury Wharf NR:
Pools: 10 Snipe, on the island.

Kilkenny Place: 4 Jay.

2 Little Egret, rhine by the church.

Newton St Loe:
15 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Little Owl, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Raven, 50+ Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Meadow Pipit.

1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 23 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 17 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Meadow Pipit.

Planet Chew:
Red-breasted Goose: At Heron's Green today.
Great Northern Diver: Still off Woodford.
Great White Egret: Still at the Herriott's end, on the islands today.
Bittern: Still at Heron's Green, reed-bed on left. On show for most of the time but difficult to pick out in the reeds.
Other stuff, 7 Egyptian Goose, 16 Shelduck, 1 Pintail, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 50 Goosander, 13 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 4 Water Rail, 70 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Raven, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Fieldfare, 125 Redwing (most Woodford entrance), 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Stonechat, 40 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 2 Bullfinch.

Reports: Bob Brewer, Andrew Ford, Laurence Garner, Patrick Hancock, Craig Lewis, John Martin, Dee Pope, Vic Savery, Ian Stapp, Jim Starr, Mrs Trellis, Lauren Tucker, Keith Vinicombe.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Sightings 14/12/14

14/12/14 Kingfisher (Gill Sapsed)
Westbury-on-Trym (Bristol) 13/12/14:
1 Dipper, river Trym 11.15am. Cracking sighting for such a built-up area, not quiet or rural at all.

Avonmouth (Bristol):
Honda Pools area: 18 Gadwall, 20 Teal, 6 Mallard, 5 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 10 Snipe, 1 Green Woodpecker, 11 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing.

Pilning Wetland:
9 Gadwall, 200 Lapwing, 23 Snipe.

Portbury Dock:
35 Shelduck, 2 Peregrine, 1,000 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe, 52 Snipe, 57 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 300 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Raven, 800 Starling, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Rock Pipit, 14 Linnet, 10 Reed Bunting.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 2 flyover Raven, 2 Jay, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Mistle Thrush.

Clevedon Coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 9 Mute Swan, 17 Shelduck, 50 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 50 Mallard, 4 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 4 Oystercatcher, 13 Grey Plover, 120 Lapwing, 1,100 Dunlin, 185 Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 40 BH Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 12 Stock Dove, 6 Song Thrush (influx, CV Farm), 1 Stonechat, 6 Rock Pipit.

1 Chiffchaff.

1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Dipper, 30+ Redwing of note.

Hicks Gate: 1 flyover Red Kite 1pm, at the roundabout.

Blagdon Lake:
1 Black-necked Grebe (Wood Bay), 2 Mediterranean Gull.

Planet Chew:
Red-breasted Goose: Seen briefly with Canadas at Heron's Green early, then again 1pm at Picnic site 2.
Great Northern Diver: Still off Woodford today. Sometimes close in, other times distant depending on boat disturbance.
Bittern: Still at Heron's Green, reeds on left, looking out to main lake. Not so showy today.
14/12/14 Bittern (David Hughes)
Reports: Adrian Hockey, David Hughes, Craig Lewis, Chris Perry, Gill Sapsed, Tony Scott, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, Beryl Tully, Jason Williams, BL birds, severnsidebirds.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Sightings 13/12/14

13/12/14 Aust Warth (Mrs Trellis)
Westbury-on-Trym (Bristol):
1 Kingfisher 2.45pm, High St-Falcondale Rd side.

Northfield Lane: 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 150 Golden Plover, 50 Lapwing, 200 Common Gull, 2 Stonechat, 50 Yellowhammer, 10 Reed Bunting plus 300+ Corvid sp.

Down Rd: 5 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 300 Golden Plover, 80 Lapwing, 1,000 Jackdaw of note.

Rushmead Lane: 200 Starling, 100 Corn Bunting.

1 Tree Sparrow, small car-park off Nupdown Lane. Bird in trees by stubble field.
13/12/14 Tree Sparrow (Paul Bowdler)
Fast becoming an Avon rarity these days
Oldbury Power Station:
4 Mute Swan, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 32 Stock Dove, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat.

Aust Warth:
1 Kestrel. No owls seen to dusk.

New Passage-Northwick:
30+ Canada Goose, 35 Shelduck, 9 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 350 Lapwing, 12 Snipe, 100 Curlew.

Severn Beach:
15 Ringed Plover, 50 Dunlin, 1 Rock Pipit.

Chittening Warth:
3 Stonechat.

Abbots Leigh:
Knightcott Rd: 2 Jay, 2 Coal Tit.

Springfield Rd: 1 Coal Tit.

Wemberham Lane: 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine.

Blagdon Lake:
Much the same, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 26 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Planet Chew:
Red-breasted Goose: At Heron's Green with Canadas today.
Great Northern Diver: Off Woodford early on, then another sighting 3.30pm.
Great White Egret: Still at the Herriott's end though out of views at times.
Bittern: Still at the Heron's Green reed-bed. In view for long periods.
13/12/14 Great White Egret (Bob Brewer)
looking imperious in the early morning sun

13/12/14 Bittern (Ian Stapp)
Telscope needed due to its excellent camouflage
Other sightings, 1 female Scaup (Moreton), 1 drake Merganser, 12 Goosander, 8 Little Egret, 6 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Jay, 2 Chiffchaff, 100+ Starling, 1 Stonechat.

Reports: Paul Bowdler, Bob Brewer, Pete Coslett, Nigel Johnston, Karin Rhodes, John Rickard, Trevor Riddle, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, Beryl Tully, BL birds, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Sightings 12/12/14

12/12/14 drake Goldeneye (David Hughes)
Woodford, Chew Valley Lake
There seems to be a glut of small fish off Woodford at present, especially Perch which is bringing the diving birds in very close to view. Even Mrs Trellis and her toy camera managed something today.

Hawk & Owl Trust: Xmas Owl Prowl Friday 19 December with Chris Sperring MBE. 
Portishead 7.30pm. price £3.50.
Numbers limited for this popular meeting. If interested, contact Carrie or 07769 654 219 for further details.
As it's Christmas...and it's an evening meet, Chris will be dressed as one of Santa's elves.

Whitchurch (Bristol):
Osprey Court: 1 Kestrel.

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 32 Canada Goose, 31 Shelduck, 200 mixed Wigeon/Teal, 8 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Water Rail, 100+ Oystercatcher, 9 Snipe, 100+ Curlew, 23 Turnstone, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit, 40 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 1 Water Pipit (1st sentry box), 1 Rock Pipit.

Severn Beach:
Shore: 1 Peregrine, 30 Dunlin, 140 Turnstone, 2 Raven, 1 Blackcap.
Western Distribution Park: 1 flyover Red Kite mid-day, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine in the afternoon.

Boating Lake: 3 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag Goose.

Weston Moor (Gordano Valley):
1 Short-eared Owl, quartering fields along the Weston Drove section.

Backwell Lake:
23 Mute Swan, 32 Canada Goose, 6 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Water Rail.

Plumley Park: 1 Chiffchaff.

Blagdon Lake:
1 Black-necked Grebe still (Rainbow Pt), 26 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Planet Chew:
Red-breasted Goose: Still looking remarkably at home at the tea-rooms.

Great Northern Diver: Still loitering off Woodford.

Bittern: Still lurking in the reeds at Heron's Green, left side by the patch of white foam alongside the reeds when looking out to the main lake. Well camouflaged, plus it's got its Klingon Cloaking Device switched on so a telescope needed when you scan the reed-bed.
On show for most of the day, it caught a large fish this afternoon.

Kingfisher: Still showing well in front of Woodford, it poses nicely on the various vantage points at the water's edge if you want to photograph it. See Brian's pic below, rubbish ain't it?....

Other stuff, 2 Pintail, 1 female Scaup, 1 female Red-breasted Merganser, 46 Goosander, 13 Little Egret, 3 Kingfisher.
12/12/14 Red-breasted Goose (Mrs Trellis)

12/12/14 Red-breasted Merganser & Goosander (Mrs Trellis)
Woodford this afternoon
12/12/14 Kingfisher (Brian Thompson)
Reports: Bob Brewer, Lee Gardiner, Adrian Hockey, Chris Johnson, John Martin, Shane Pannell, Lisa Presland, John Rickard, Chris Stone, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, BL birds, severnsidebirds.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Sightings 11/12/14

(10/12/14) drake Wigeon (Mark Coller)
New Passage
12 Raven, a really good count for the coast.

New Passage-Northwick:
1 Stonechat, 1 Water Pipit still.

Severn Beach:
2 fly-by Pintail, 80 mixed Ringed Plover/Dunlin, 4 Turnstone.

Battery Pt: 26 Turnstone this morning.
Boating Lake: 3 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Goose, 4 Tufted Duck.
South Rd: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker + other common garden birds.
11/12/14 Turnstone (Mrs Trellis)
Video: HERE Tsunani ending

Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Kenn Est: 52 Canada Goose, 20 Oystercatcher, 5 Grey Plover, 75 Lapwing, 300+ Dunlin, 140 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 1,200 Starling.

Compton Martin:
1 Marsh Tit, 1 Blackcap.

Blagdon Lake:
17 Barnacle Goose again, 1 Black-necked Grebe still (Wood Bay), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Planet Chew:
Woodford: 1 Red-breasted Goose (of unknown origin), the Great Northern Diver still, the Great White Egret still, 3 adult winter Mediterranean Gull.
Heron's Green: The Bittern still present, reeds of left side looking out to main lake.

Reports: Derek Angell, Mark Coller, Chris Craig, David Gale, Harvey Rose, Mrs Trellis, BL birds, opsbirding.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Sightings 10/12/14

Hawk & Owl Trust: Xmas Owl Prowl Friday 19 December with Chris Sperring MBE. 
Portishead 7.30pm. price £3.50.
Numbers limited for this popular meeting. If interested, contact Carrie or 07769 654 219 for further details.
As it's Christmas...and it's an evening meet, Chris will be dressed as one of Santa's elves.

Birdgirl UK Mya-Rose Craig blog:  December update.

St George (Bristol):
Some ringed Gulls in the park today:-

10/12/14 Black-headed Gulls (David Gibbs)

10/12/14 Lesser Black-backed Gull (David Gibbs)
fao Pete Rock....
50 Golden Plover, 6+ Raven, 200 Fieldfare plus plenty of other common birds.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Treecreeper, trees on bridleway.

Aust Cliff:
2 Peregrine.

Aust Warth:
1 Stonechat.

New Passage-Northwick:
The Water Pipit still present at the 1st sentry box area.
Other stuff, 32 Canada Goose, 24 Shelduck, 250 mixed Wigeon/Teal, 23 Oystercatcher, 70 Dunlin, 26 Curlew, 38 Redshank, 1 Stonechat.
10/12/14 Stonechat (Mrs Trellis)
NP seawall by the bench
Severn Beach:
Shore: 16 Ringed Plover, 95 Dunlin.
Orchard Pool: 2 Mute Swan, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe.
Tesco Pool: 2 Teal, 22 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron.

M5 bridge: 1 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Raven. Lots of thrushes around the scrub and bushes.

Weston STW/Uphill:
3 Little Egret, 4 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 14 Skylark, 2 Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail.

Backwell Lake:
10 Little Egret to roost, exceptionally good count for this water.

Barrow Tanks:
145 Teal, 1 Goosander, 1 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper.

Blagdon Lake:
17 Barnacle Goose, 1 Black-necked Grebe (Wood Bay), 1 Common Sandpiper.

Planet Chew:
Great Northern Diver: Still off Woodford.
Great White Egret: Still at the Stratford/Herriott's end.
Bittern: 1 still at Heron's Green, reed-bed and another fly-by at Herriott's end.
Mediterranean Gull: A 2nd winter at Nunnery.

Other stuff, 4 Egyptian Goose, 14 Shelduck, 4 Pintail, 11 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 73 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 10 GBB Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Stonechat, 11 Bullfinch.
10/12/14 Teal (Bob Brewer)
fly-past at Morteton

10/12/14 Great Northern Diver (Brian Thompson)
we asked for a close up shot...Brian sent this distant pic instead
Reports: Derek Angell, Bob Brewer, Mark Coller, David Gibbs, Adrian Hockey, Vic Savery, Chris Stone, Mike Thomas, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, BL birds, opsbirding, TBOSG.