Saturday, 28 May 2016

Sightings 28/5/16

Stockwood (Bristol):
Open Space: 2 flyover Mute Swan, 6 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch.

Avonmouth (Bristol):
Docks: 3 Oystercatcher pairs nesting.

Marshfield:
28/5/16 Spotted Flycatcher (Pete Coslett)
Downthorns Farm this afternoon
Ingst (south Glos):
2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 4 Sedge Warbler, 25 Starling, 3 Song Thrush, 6 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 13 Linnet, 1 Brown Hare.

Warmley Forest Park:
2 Buzzard, 7 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Goldcrest, 10 House Martin, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Bullfinch.

Aust Warth:
1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 9 House Martin nests (Old Passage House), 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 15 Starling, 1 Song Thrush, 16 Linnet.

New Passage-Northwick:
1 Wood Sandpiper late morning (Paul Bowerman), on the wetland briefly before flying on.
A good bird for Avon in spring.
Other stuff, 50 Shelduck, 6 MS cygnets, 1 darke Garganey still, 1 Little Egret, 2 Dunlin, 15 BH Gull.

Planet Chew:
2 Barnacle Goose, 2 Shelduck, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 GBB Gull, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 2 Raven, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 7 Garden Warbler, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Reed Bunting.

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Teresa Chard, Pete Coslett, Chris Perry, Lois Pryce, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, severnsidebirds.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Sightings 27/5/16

27/5/16 Black-tailed Godwit at Ham Wall, Somerset (Bob Brewer)
the new 2 story hide is now open and gives excellent views

3+ Red Kite reported today but still no Lammergeier....

Sea Mills (Bristol):
4 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 15 House Martin.

Rangeworthy:
1 flyover Red Kite 4.30pm (Adam Rawson).

Aust STW:
Raven pair + 1 young, 1 Willow Warbler.

Aust Warth:
Evening, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting.

New Passage-Northwick:
3 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 60 Shelduck, 30 Gadwall, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe brood, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 15 Dublin, 10 BH Gull, 10 Stock Dove, 24 House Sparrow, 1 Yellow Wagtail.

Severn Beach:
Shore: 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin.
Orchard Pools: 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Coot brood, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Bullfinch.
Downs Bakery: 9 House Sparrow.

Portbury Dock:
6 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 20 Dunlin, 2 Curlew, 9 BH Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 20 Reed Warbler, 1 Bullfinch.

Portbury Wharf:
The Wigeon pair still, 2 Oystercatcher young, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler.

Portbury 26/5/16:
Prior's Wood: 1 Tawny Owl pair calling 7.30pm.

East Harptree 25/5/16:
1 flyover Red Kite 3pm, near the Castle of Comfort pub (Andrew Pinches).

Planet Chew:
1 Greylag Goose, 2 Barnacle Goose, 16 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 1 Sparrowhawk, 14 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 immature Yellow-legged Gull, 2 nesting Herring Gull still, 1 GBB Gull, 1 Common Tern, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 Raven + young, 40 House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 6 Garden Warbler, 4 Song Thrush, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Reed Bunting.
27/5/16 Herring Gull type (Keith Vinicombe)
any ideas anyone?, bird has a long gape line
Marksbury:
A39: 1 flyover Red Kite 2.23pm (Ian Stapp).

Charlton (Midsomer Norton):
1 flyover Red Kite 12.30pm at ST680524 (Andrew Pinches).

Midsomer Norton:
Westfield Trading Estate: 1 flyover Red Kite early afternoon (Sean Davies).

Reports: Bob Brewer, Sean Davies, Steve Emery, Andy Pinches, Lois Pryce, Adam Rawson, Tony Scott, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, severnsidebirds.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Sightings 26/5/16

26/5/16 House Martin near Blagdon Lake (Mrs Trellis)
9 nests on the go at Bickfield Farm
BTO House Martin survey: click HERE if you would like to take part. Thanks.


Emerson's Green (Bristol):
Science Park: Skylark pair breeding.

Hanham (Bristol):
Deanery Rd: 1 flyover Peregrine 5.23pm.

Lawrence Weston (Bristol):
AWT Reserve: 1 Cuckoo, unusual here.

Lower Woods:
Crews Coppice: 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Cuckoo.

New Passage-Northwick:
Golden Oriole: 1 heard singing this morning, trees at the south-east corner of the wetland ST552864 (Paul Bowerman). Hopefully, it'll stick around and a pic will be forthcoming tomorrow.
Last recorded in Avon 2005, today's bird, a 2nd Severnside patch record (1st - 1991).

Other stuff shore & wetland: 80 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon, 27 Gadwall, 2 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 late Merlin, 30 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 3 BH Gull.
26/5/16 Kestrel with prey (Simon Williams)
Abbots Leigh:
Pool environs: 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Nuthatch.
26/5/16 Great Tit youngster trapped and ringed ( Alex Rhodes)
Also bred in the garden here, Blackbird, Wren and Dunnock.

Clevedon:
Christchurch: 1 Green Woodpecker.

Rickford:
1 Jay.

Blagdon Lake:
13 Mute Swan, 79 Canada Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 2 Cuckoo (Top End, both shores), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Song Thrush.

Planet Chew:
Garganey: 1 drake back on Herriott's Pool this evening (Sean Davies). Last seen here 12 May.
24 Canada Goose, 2 Barnacle Goose, 20 Shelduck, 4 Buzzard, 2 nesting Herring Gull, 3 Cuckoo, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 5 Raven (inc young), 6 Cetti's Warbler,  5 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 5 Garden Warbler, 8 Song Thrush, 2 Reed Bunting.
26/5/16 the Garganey (Brian Thompson)

26/5/16 Raven young (Ian Stapp)
at least 3 birds fledged

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Sean Davies, Ed Drewitt, Andrew Ford, Tim Ford, Rob Laughton, Vic Polley, Ian Stapp, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, Simon Williams, opsbirding.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Sightings 25/5/16

Richard Bland, unsung hero: Read why: HERE. Well done Richard.

Another Red Kite day, 6 birds reported.

Stockwood (Bristol):
25/5/16 Woodpigeon (Brian Thompson)
oddly coloured bird in the garden
Whitchurch (Bristol):
1 flyover Red Kite 9.25am to south-east (Trevor Wilmot).

Hambrook (Bristol):
M4/M32 junction: 1 flyover Red Kite 9.40am to north (Helen Strong).

Redland (Bristol):
Kersteman Rd: 2 flyover Red Kite 9.15am (Greg Poole). 1 bird to south-west, the other to north-east.

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 7 Mute Swan, 85 Shelduck (+8 ducklings), 30 Gadwall, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 30 Oystercatcher, 1 Avocet (wetland), 1 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 2 Curlew, 8 BH Gull, 1 Tawny Owl (a bit rare here), 50 Swift, 1 flyover Siskin.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 2 tawny Owl calling, late evening.

Portbury:
A369: 1 flyover Barn Owl 11.40am, across the main road into Portishead (Pete Dommett).

Portbury Wharf 24/5/16:
1 Barn Owl out, 2 Water Vole.
24/5/16 Water Vole (Gwen Thomas)
Walton-in Gordano: 
1 Red Kite trawling grass cutting in fields along Walton Down this morning (Andrew Waygood).

Kenn:
Duck Lane: 1 flyover Hobby.

Wrington:
1 flyover Red Kite 8am, over the A38 towards Bristol (Jeff Locke).

Willsbridge Mill:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (feeding young), 20 Long-tailed Tit (3 families), 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush.

Reports: Teresa Chard, John Croxton, Pete Dommett, Brian Lancastle, Jeff Locke, Greg Poole, Karin Rhodes, Helen Strong, Gwen Thomas, Brian Thompson, Andrew Waygood, Trevor Wilmo, severnsidebirds.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Sightings 24/5/16

May 2016 Red-throated Diver (Bob Brewer)
in Scotland, not Avon...no worries everyone...

Highlights: A Red Kite day today, several through Avon with even larger numbers recorded in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

Stockwood (Bristol):
Open Space: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 5 Goldfinch, 4 Bullfinch.

Hanham (Bristol):
Chequer's Pub: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Banded Demoiselle.

Thornbury:
A38: 1 flyover Red Kite 3.30pm (Adam Rawson).

New Passage-Northwick:
3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, Little Grebe pair bred, 35 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 21 BH Gull.

Severn Beach:
Morning mig watch: 3 BH Gull, 3 Swift, 18 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Linnet, 16 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin.
Other stuff, 1 Spotted flycatcher.
Western Distribution Park: 1 Egyptian Goose still.

Pill:
1 flyover Red Kite 10.40am (Wayne Davey).

Portbury Dock:
7 Ringed Plover, 20 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 6 Rock Pipit.

Portishead:
Police HQ: 1 flyover Red Kite 1.30pm (Roger Joliffe).
Kilkenny Place: 1 fly-through Red Kite 3.15pm to east (Dee Pope).

Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 19 Mute Swan, 155 Shelduck (+ 2 juvs Yeo Est), 7 Tufted Duck, 12 Oystercatcher, 6 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 17 Bar-tailed Godwit (Yeo), 2 Redshank, 150 Crow, 14 Skylark, 35 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 9 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 11 Reed Warbler, 1 Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch with 2 juvs.

Sand Pt:
5 Manx Shearwater, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Bullfinch.

Newton St Loe:
2 Mute Swan + 8 cygnets, 6 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Skylark, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer.

Bath:
Paintworks: 1 Kingfisher, canal side.
Albert Terrace: 1 Sparrowhawk.

Blagdon:
Village: 1 flyover tatty Red Kite 3.30pm (Geoff Pudney).

Planet Chew:
Red Kite: 2 flyovers at Burledge Hill (Mike Jenkins).
Crane: 2 over Herriott's early afternoon (Chris Craig).
Other stuff, 2 Barnacle Goose, 18 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Hobby, 2 Herring Gull nesting,  1 GBB Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 200 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Raven, 200 mixed Swallow/House Martin, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Song Thrush.

Reports: Teresa Chard, Chris Craig, Wayne Davey, Robert Hargreaves, Matt Hobbs, Adrian Hockey, Jessica Irving, Mike Jenkins, Roger Joliffe, Dee Pope, Geoff Pudney, Adam Rawson, Vic Savery, Nigel Sluman, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, severnsidebirds.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Sightings 23/5/16

We were sent only very rubbish pics today. We couldn't decide which one was the worst so we've posted all of them.

Stockwood (Bristol):
Open Space: 2 Collared Dove, 8 Woodpigeon, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 House Martin, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Goldfinch.

Ashton Court (Bristol):
Mansion House environs: 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Song Thrush.

Fishponds (Bristol):
23/5/16 Dipper (Allan Chard)
Vassal's Park, bred successfully
Longwell Green:
1 flyover Hobby this morning, unusual here.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Little Grebe, 1 Dunlin, 1 Cuckoo.

Aust Warth:
23/5/16 Kestrel (Rod Holbrook)
New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 80 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 4 Little Grebe (+4 chicks), 1 Buzzard, 36 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 10 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 BH Gull, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, 40 Starling.

Severn Beach:
15 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Oystercatcher, 20 Herring Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 70 Starling, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Linnet.

Portbury Wharf:
7 Greylag Goose new, 2 Wigeon, 2 Little Ringed Plover of note.
23/5/16 Greylag Goose (Chris Stone)
a sudden influx today
Backwell Lake:
1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail.
23/5/16 Mute Swan cygnets (Tim Warren)
Chew Magna:
1 flyover Red Kite 3.15pm, drifting to north-west (Andy Davis).

Planet Chew:
1 Greylag Goose, 2 Barnacle Goose, 19 Shelduck, 1 drake Wigeon, 7 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 GBB Gull, 1 Cuckoo, 400 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 2 Raven, 150 mixed Swallow/House Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler.
23/5/16 Alabonia Geofrella (Ian Stapp)
an unusual Moth for Chew we are told
Ashcott (Somerset):
1 flyover Red Kite 3pm (Colin Hill).

Reports: Allan Chard, Teresa Chard, John Clark, Andy Davis, Tim Ford, Robert Hargreaves, Colin Hill, Rod Holbrook, Karin Rhodes, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Tim Warren, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Sightings 22/5/16

Hoopoe (Andrew Dring)
Late news of a Hoopoe in Copley Court, Hanham 9/10 May, in the garden. Many thanks to Vic Polley for sourcing the info.

Stoke Park (Bristol):
4 Canada Goose, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 10 Swift, 4 Whitethroat.

Cold Ashton:
1 flyover Red Kite 12.55pm to south-west (Derek Angell).
40+ Red Kite through Avon so far this month.

Marshfield:
Downthorns Farm: 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 drake Wigeon still, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Grebe, plus lots of the common Warbler species.

Also reported, 1 Avocet upriver, 1 Short-eared Owl. It's not known whether these are birds from Severnside or additional ones.

Aust Warth:
22/5/16 Short-eared Owl (Rod Holbrook)
present into evening
New Passage-Northwick:
3 Avocet, new on the wetland this morning.
Other stuff shore & wetland: 3 Canada Goose, 20 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 36 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 2 BH Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo.
22/5/16 Avocet (Paul Bowerman)
Severn Beach:
Western Distribution Park: 1 Egyptian Goose.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 1 Buzzard, 1 Jay, 1 Raven.

Portbury Dock:
5 Ringed Plover, 50 Dunlin, 6 Curlew, 6 Rock Pipit.

Nailsea:
Wookey Close: 2 garden Bullfinch.

Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 13 Mute Swan, 7 Canada Goose, 40 Shelduck, 5 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 4 Coot, 8 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 14 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 35 LBB Gull, 70 Herring Gull, 5 Swift, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit.

Worlebury Woods:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay plus plenty of the common Warbler species.

Sand Pt:
2 Harbour Porpoise.

Blagdon Lake:
2 Hobby, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Bickfield Farm: 3 active House Martin nests, 10 House Sparrow.

Planet Chew:
Marsh Harrier: 1 female type 10am Moreton side (Mike jJenkins).
2 Barnacle Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 19 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4+ Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 5 GBB Gull, 2 Cuckoo (pair), 3 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 2 Raven, 3 Cetti's Warbler.
22/5/16 Reed Warbler (Bob Brewer)
shed-loads around the lake now
Reports: Derek Angell, Paul Bowerman, Bob Brewer, Mark Dadds, Robert Hargreaves, Richard Hearn, Rod Holbrook, Mike Jenkins, Andy Middleton, George Rabin, Karin Rhodes, Gill Sapsed, Vic Savery, Chris Stone, Carolyn Westlake, Mrs Trellis, Jason Williams, BL birds, severnsidebirds, TBOSG.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Sightings 21/5/16

Snuff Mills (Bristol):
Grey Wagtail pair bred successfully.

Aust Warth;
1 Short-eared Owl 7.45pm (Mrs Trellis).

New Passage-Northwick:
20 Gadwall, 1 Garganey still, 1 Pintail, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Hobby, 2 Little Ringed Plover.

Severn Beach:
2 Black Tern up, 150 House Martin.

Portbury Wharf:
1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit.

Sand Pt:
1 Grey Plover, 1 dp Arctic Skua down, 1 Kittiwake.

Barrow Tanks:
1 Hobby, 1 Sanderling (No.3).

Blagdon Lake:
1 Hobby (Top End), 1 Barn Owl (Rugmoor).

Planet Chew:
1 Arctic Tern, Nunnery.

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Sean Davies, Steve Emery, Lee Gardiner, Paul Gregory, Gill Sapsed, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, BL birds, severnsidebirds.