Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Sightings 1/7/15

1 July 1916 First day of the Somme
In memory of the soldiers of General Rawlinson's 4th Army on this day, especially the Pals battalions. Over the top at 7.30am to the sound of their officers' tin whistles. Not forgotten.

There is nothing so splendid since Time began....
as the beauty of the wild green Earth...and the bravery of Man

Clifton (Bristol):
Woodland Rd:  1 ringed Herring Gull 'D+A' white ring right leg.
Presumably one of Pete Rock's boys.
Clifton Downs: 1 Jay.

1/7/15 Little Owl (David Hughes)
the West Littleton Rd bird, usual place
Chipping Sodbury:
4 flyover Red Kite 2.15pm, Frome Valley area (Nick Beamson). A Peregrine here also.

Emerson's Green:
1 flyover Red Kite 4.17pm, retail park area (Rob Laughton).

Cribbs Causeway:
1 flyover Red Kite 3.20pm to south-west (Wayne Hatch).

New Passage-Northwick:
2 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 14 BH Gull, on the wetland.
1/7/15 Starling (Mrs Trellis)
Can anyone read music? that tune!......
North Somerset:
4 young Peregrine have just fledged.

Abbots Leigh:
1/7/15 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Karin Rhodes)
regular garden visitor here
Portbury Wharf:
57 Canada Goose (inc 1 dark-breasted bird), 1 Gadwall brood, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull.

Strode Rd: 2 Peregrine.
St John's School 30/6/15: 1 flyover Red Kite 5pm (Noah Croxton).

Planet Chew:
8 Shelduck (+ 31 young, new broods still emerging), 3 Shoveler, the female Goldeneye (+ 3 ducklings), 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe (2 chicks), 2 full grown juvenile Little Grebe (presumed migrants),  20 Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper.

Reports: Nick Beamson, Noah Croxton, Wayne Hatch, David Hughes, Rob Laughton, Brian Piercy, Karin Rhodes, Chris Stone, Gwen Thomas, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Sightings 30/6/15

Red Kite reported through Avon June 2015
Extraordinary numbers of Red Kite have been reported through Avon this month.....even allowing for some inevitable duplication and overlap of sightings.

Reports came from widespread sites throughout Avon and there were many reports of birds homing in on farmland grass-cutting in the countryside fields.

Cornwall had 200 Red Kite on 1 day including a single flock of 80 birds so it would be easy to assume that most if not all these birds were continental migrants.
However, there is evidence to suggest that these birds are in fact non-breeding/immature UK Red Kites on some unexplained wander.

Many thanks to everyone who sent in reports and especially for mentioning time and direction of flight as this is a great help to the Avon Bird Reports authors in collating exact numbers.
Thanks also to Brian Lancastle and Keith Vinicombe for steering us through to the correct wording of this summary.

Ashton Court (Bristol):
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush.

Chipping Sodbury:
1 flyover Red Kite 2.10pm to south (Nick Beamson).

Vinney Lane: 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Yellowhammer.

Lower Woods:
1 White Admiral and 10 Silver-washed Fritillary butterflies.

Portbury Dock:
11 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 4 Oystercatcher, 13 Curlew, 100 BH Gull.

Portbury Wharf:
28/6/15: A Lesser Black-backed Gull pair has bred on the island, at least 1 chick seen (Chris Stone).

Sheepway Lane: 7 Mistle Thrush.

Blagdon Lake:
100+ Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 182 Tufted Duck, 5 Grey Heron, 10 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail.
30/6/15 Lapwing (Mrs Trellis)
Planet Chew:
Nunnery: 4 Common Sandpiper, evening.
Canada Goose Round-up: carried out on the Heron's Green/Nunnery bank this evening.
29 re-traps, 105 newly ringed and the heaviest bird weighed in at 5.65kgs.

As far as we could tell, most of the ringers and helpers appeared to be the cast from the bar scene in Star Wars Episode IV 'A New Hope'....

Reports: Nick Beamson, David Poulton, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Sightings 29/6/15

27/6/15 Brown Fish Owl (Paul Chapman)
Paul decided to trump the Portbury Little Owl....
Centre Court: 1 Blue Tit (Novak Djokovic).

New Passage-Northwick:
30 Shelduck + 7 ducklings, 2 Gadwall, 3 Tufted Duck (no brood yet), 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Hobby, 11 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 46 BH Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Raven, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Coal Tit (Glen), 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Siskin.

The Pilning wetland is looking absolutely fantastic. Pumping is ongoing and there is water everywhere including right up to the footpath earth-bank behind the 2nd sentry box.
29/6/15 Swallow (Mrs Trellis)
Severn Beach:
Orchard Pools: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel.

29/6/15 Goldcrest (Paul Milsom)
a family party at the allotments
Portbury Dock:
3 Little Egret, 40 Curlew, 170 BH Gull.
29/6/15 juv Black-headed Gull (Mrs Trellis)
Boating Lake: 1 Mute Swan pair nesting, 9 Canada Goose, 7 Tufted Duck + 1 brood.
Elsewhere, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Pets at Home: apparently there are some gulls nesting on the store....could someone check them out please....Thanks.
29/6/15 Tufted Duck brood (Mrs Trellis)
found on 25 June (Andrea Pomroy), originally 8 ducklings
Newton St Loe:
29/6/15 Kingfisher (Lauren & Wayne Tucker)
on the lake
Blagdon Lake:
2 Egyptian Goose still, 2 Common Sandpiper.

Planet Chew:
1 juv Mandarin Duck new in on Herriott's Pool, 1 immature Little Gull here also.

3 Greylag Goose, 250 Canada Goose out on the lake, Barnacle Goose, 8 Shelduck (+ 12 ducklings), 15 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 43 Pochard, the Goldeneye + ducklings, 2 Little Egret, 9 Buzzard, 8 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper (HG), 1 Curlew, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Swallow, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 6 Reed Warbler.

It's Canada Goose round-up time tomorrow night.....standby.....

Reports: Paul Chapman, Mark Dadds, Sean Davies, Novak Djokovic, Paul Milsom, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, Lauren & Wayne Tucker, Keith Vinicombe, BL birds, severnsidebirds.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Sightings 28/6/15

June 2015 Pectoral Sandpiper (Chris Stone)
the Slimbridge bird
Hudsonian Whimbrel: BirdGirl UK has just ticked it, she's now on 449 for her British List.
By the way, she is 13 years old....

Cuckoos: leaving the UK now, details: HERE.

Avon Gorge (Bristol):
28/6/15 Peregrine (Paul Milsom)

28/6/15 Peregrine (Mike Trew)
2 adults + 3 juv's on show, frenetic activity by all accounts
Chipping Sodbury:
27/6/15 Lesser Whitethroat (Paul Woollams)
on the Common
Aust Warth:
Cake Pill: 5 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, 1 Kestrel, 40 Linnet.

New Passage-Northwick:
3 Tufted Duck, 40 BH Gull, 50 swift.

28/6/15 Little Owl (Mrs Trellis)
2 birds this evening
Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 40 Shelduck (+ 2 broods), 50 Mallard, 7 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 10 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 20 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank, 85 Redshank (good count for June), 1 Turnstone, 30 BH Gull, 18 Herring Gull, 2 Skylark, 14 House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 20+ Linnet.

Blagdon Lake:
2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo.

Planet Chew:
The Goldeneye still with 3 ducklings.
Other stuff, 2 Little Egret, 7 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank.

Reports: Sean Davies, Lee Gardiner, Paul Milsom, Harvey Rose, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, Mike Trew, Paul Woolams, BL birds, severnsidebirds.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Sightings 27/6/15

Who did you vote for.....?

New Passage-Northwick:
2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 7 Lapwing, 25 Curlew, 7 Redshank, 35 BH Gull, 1 Kingfisher.

Portbury Wharf:
1 Hobby, 2 Barn Owl (dusk).
27/6/15 Grey Heron & Little Egret (Paul Milsom)
Mendip Spring GC: 1 Cuckoo.

Queen Charlton:
27/6/15 Yellowhammer (Mike Feetham)
at least 4 this morning
Blagdon Lake:
7 Common Scoter (presumed Chew birds) this evening.
2 Egyptian Goose (dam but mobile, we saw them move a bit), 7+ Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 8 Lapwing, 1 Cuckoo (Top End), 1 Blackcap (carrying food to young at the dam), 4 Grey Wagtail.
27/6/15 Buzzard (Mrs Trellis)
following the grass-cutters around Holt Bay, alas no Red Kite
Planet Chew:
9 Common Scoter off Sutton Wick this morning and 2 Otter seen at Villice Bay (both Sean Davies) of particular note.
Other stuff, 3 Greylag Goose, 2 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe pair + 5 chicks, 1 Hobby, 8 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Kingfisher.
27/6/15 the Goldeneye (Mrs Trellis)
Herriott's Pool, video: HERE

27/6/15 Common Scoter (Brian Thompson)
27/6/15 Hobby (Mrs Trellis)
showing well along the Stratford bank this afternoon
Reports: Sean Davies, Mike Feetham, Paul Milsom, Molly & Shane Pannell, Trevor Riddle, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, BL birds, severnsidebirds,

Friday, 26 June 2015

Sightings 26/6/15

(25/6/15) Rock Pipit chicks (Chris Stone)
Portbury Dock
Sea Mills (Bristol):
1 Kestrel, 6 Redshank, 2 BH Gull plus some House Martin feeding young.

New Passage-Northwick:
30 Shelduck, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Lapwing, 5 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper (new), 30 BH Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Raven, 1 Sand Martin.

Severn Beach:
8 Oystercatcher, 1 flyover Crossbill.

Portbury Wharf:
6 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl.
26/6/15 the Barn Owl (special agent Horrocks)
it's generally an evening bird, along with the Little Owl
Blagdon Lake:
2 Egyptian Goose, 136 Tufted Duck, 1 Hobby.

Planet Chew:
1 flyover Red Kite 12.35pm (Mike Jenkins).
Other stuff, 3 Greylag Goose, 11 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye (the female with 3 ducklings), 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 7 Lapwing, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Garden Warbler (Nunnery).

Reports: Karle Burford, Sean Davies, Patrick Hancock, special agent Horrocks, Mike Jenkins, Lois Pryce, Chris Stone, BL birds, severnsidebirds.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Sightings 25/6/15

25/6/15 Waved Black Moth (Ian Stapp)
at Planet Chew, No.2 picnic site
very rare for Avon apparently, only 2nd ever record
Bristol Docks:
Baltic Wharf-Netham Lock: 13 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 15 Mallard, 1 Peregrine, 2 Aquatic Wobblers (1st Avon record), 1 Grey Wagtail of note plus the usual crowd of LBB and Herring Gull.
Count made by 2 kayaking birders.

Hanham (Bristol):
2 flyover Raven.

Rushmead Lane: 1 Peregrine.

New Passage-Northwick:
1 juvenile Redstart (Glen, Paul Bowerman).
Other stuff, 1 canada Goose, 30 Shelduck + 7 ducklings, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, 1 Lapwing, 1 Curlew.

Portbury Dock:
23 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover (pair on 4 eggs).
25/6/15 Ringed Plover (Mrs Trellis)
ringed here some years ago and very site faithful for breeding
currently sitting on 4 eggs
25/6/15 Tufted Duck (Andrea Pomroy)
boating lake
Weston Moor:
25/6/15 Swallows (Mrs Trellis)
this evening
Black Down (nr Burrington):
1 churring Nightjar (Dave Nevitt).
Other stuff, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Siskin, 5 Redpoll.

1 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 5 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 16 active House Martin nests, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Greenfinch, 7 Linnet, 5 Yellowhammer.

Blagdon Lake:
82 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Grey Wagtail.
25/6/15 Egyptian Goose (Mrs Trellis)
at the dam this morning
Planet Chew:
Goldeneye: the female still at Herriott's Pool, 3 surviving ducklings.
Red Kite: 1 flyover 10.45am at Herriott's (Ian Stapp, Keith Vinicombe). About 80 Red Kite reported through Avon so far this month. It'll take a last minute rush to break the 100 barrier.
Whimbrel: 1 flyover at Moreton.

Other stuff, 3 Greylag Goose (Sutton Wick still), 29 Shelduck ducklings, 72 Gadwall + 1 brood, 13 Teal, 11 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 6 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper (Herriott's), 1 juv BH Gull (1st of the autumn), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker + a chick, , 1 Raven, 4 Swallow, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Reed Bunting.
25/6/15 Goldeneye (Ian Stapp)
25/6/15 bleached/faded LBB Gull (Keith Vinicombe)
the bird we posted on 21 June as a putative Caspian Gull...better views today
Reports: Rich Andrews, Paul Bowerman, Sean Davies, Patrick Hancock, Rob Laughton, Dave Nevitt, Andrea Pomroy, Sarah & Tony Scott, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, TBOSG.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Sightings 24/6/15

24/6/15 Tree Pipit (David Hughes)
at Priddy, Somerset
btw, there's a Purple Heron at Ham Wall apparently 

Avon Gorge (Bristol):
4 juvenile Peregrine showing exceptionally well today, aerial display par excellence.
Enjoy it while you can.
24/6/15 Peregrine (Simon Williams)
more pics on Simon's Flicker page: HERE
Eastville Park (Bristol):
River Frome: 1 Otter seen this morning.

1 flyover Red Kite 10.15am (TBOSG).

Aust Warth:
Cake Pill: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew this evening.

New Passage-Northwick:
1 Canada Goose, 30 Shelduck, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Lapwing, 4 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 17 BH Gull, 2 Sand Martin, 4 juv Lesser Whitethroat + adult, 1 Whinchat (new).
24/6/15 Whinchat (Paul Bowerman)
first of our returning passerine migrants
Portbury Wharf:
2 Little Egret, Oystercatcher pair + chick, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Little Owl.
24/6/15 Little Egret & Oystercatcher in background (John Rickard)
24/6/15 Little Owl (Mrs Trellis)
Tribe: Please don't trespass onto the farmer's property. Thanks
M5: 1 flyover Red Kite (Shane Pannell).

M5 junction 21: 1 Barn Owl out, very early this morning.

24/6/15 Spotted Flycatcher (Lee Gardiner)
Blagdon Lake:
1 Hobby, 4 GBB Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Planet Chew:
Herriott's end: 1 Red Kite with 7 Buzzard late morning, then 2 birds here late afternoon, following the grass cutters.(Derek Angell, Andy Davis).

Reports: Derek Angell, Andy Davis, Lee Gardiner, Ian Hayes, David Hughes, Shane Pannell, Justin Quinnell, Dean Reeves, John Rickard, Mrs Trellis, Simon Williams, BL birds, severnsidebirds, TBOSG.