Wednesday, 27 July 2016

some Madagascar wildlife - Bob Brewer

Special agent Brewer is just back from a month long birding trip to Madagascar and sent in these photos to the Foreign Holiday department of the Avon Birds office.
Unfortunately Bob forgot to say what the creatures are so Mrs Trellis has had to resort to her vast knowledge of African wildlife to hazard a guess....
some kind of Kestrel?

some kind of Stilt?

some kind of Tern?

some kind of Owl?

some kind of Meercat?
the one on the right might be called Alexander Orlov?
Madagascar has many endemic species which are not found anywhere else so any help on positive ID's would be greatly appreciated. We're sorry, we haven't a clue....

Answers on a postcard to: 
Mrs Trellis, Wild Shag Cottage, Sheepsbottom Lane, Much Humping-on-Sea, North Wales.

Sightings 27/7/16

(25/7/16) Cormorant SLP at Litton Res (Mrs Trellis)
This bird ringed on the Severn at Denny island 8/6/14, then local sightings around Planet Chew 4 July 2014, 24 July 2014 and 6 June 2015.

Oldbury Power Station:
10 Greylag Goose up, 1 juv Shelduck, 36 Mallard, 1 flyover Peregrine, 2 Oystercatcher, 14 Dunlin, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 House Martin, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 9 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat feeding youngster, 2 juv Stonechat new (lagoon 2), 6 Goldfinch.

Oldbury Village:
1 Little Egret, 7 House Martin + 3 active nests, 7 House Sparrow.

Aust Warth:
1 Green Woodpecker, 9 House Sparrow.

New Passage-Northwick:
Mostly wetland, 2 Mute Swan, 130 Canada Goose, 4 Shelduck, 3 Tufted Duck + young, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Kestrel, 10 Coot + young, 20 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Lapwing, 45 Dunlin, 4 Godwit sp, 15 Redshank, 350 BH Gull, 50 mixed Swallow/House Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Pied Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 35 Goldfinch, 25 Linnet.

Pill:
1 flyover Hobby this evening.

Portbury Dock:
2 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 115 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull.
27/7/16 adult Mediterranean Gull (Chris Stone)
Portbury Wharf:
2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Chiffchaff.

Backwell Lake:
1 Little Egret, 40 BH Gull, including 1 yellow-ringed bird which is though to have come from the Czech Republic.

Sand Bay:
1 Marsh Harrier 2pm (Nigel Workman). Unusual location for this species.

Blagdon Lake:
1 Little Egret, 3 Common Sandpiper, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Grey Wagtail.

Planet Chew:
1 Lapwing (Stratford), 2 Redshank (HG).
27/7/16 young Great Spotted Woodpecker (Bob Brewer)
Moreton today

Reports: Bob Brewer, Jessica Killey, Thomas McCleung-Weston, Paul Milsom, Lois Pryce, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, Tim Warren, Nigel Workman, BL birds, opsbirding.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Sightings 26/7/16

Bristol Cathedral:
1 Peregrine, this evening.

Ashton Court (Bristol):
Mansion House environs: 1 Buzzard, 1 Jay.

Oldbury Power Station:
3 juv Cetti's Warbler, lagoon 3.

Backwell:
4 Peregrine in acrobatics over the village, presumably adult(s) teaching young.

Clevedon Coast:
Yeo Est end: 8 Little Egret, 26 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Knot, 6 Dunlin, 80 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 1 immature Wheatear.

Barrow Tanks:
Tanks 1-3: 3 Mute Swan, 324 Tufted Duck, 13 Cormorant, 17 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 10 Common Sandpiper, 8 BH Gull, 160 large Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 Sand Martin + 2 active nests, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Grey Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail.
Tank 3 is full so no margins for the waders.

Blagdon Lake:
1 Egyptian Goose still, 4 Lapwing new.

Reports: Matt Collis, Roger & Jean Staples, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, Vanessa Wilmott, BL birds, opsbirding.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Sightings 25/7/16

Stockwood (Bristol):
Open Space: 3 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 6 Whitethroat, 8 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet.

Marshfield:
Shire Valley: 2 Grey Heron, 2 Spotted Flycatcher families.

Old Sodbury:
1 flyover Red Kite 4.30pm (David Teague).

Chipping Sodbury:
Common: 1 Redstart, mid-day.

Littleton Warth:
Estuary: 1 fly-by Greenshank upriver this morning.
AWT Reserve: 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, juveniles all ringed here this morning.

Portbury Wharf:
1 female Wigeon, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Sand Martin.

Blagdon Lake:
46 Mute Swan, 232 Canada Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 4 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe + 3 nests, 1 Buzzard, 3 Common Sandpiper, 70 BH Gull, 41 LBB Gull, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (Lodge trees), 12 Grey Wagtail (dam end).
Bickfield Farm: 1 Buzzard, 3 active House Martin nests, 15 House Sparrow.

Litton Res:
3 Tufted Duck broods (16 ducklings), 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Little Grebe + 3 chicks, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 5 Grey Wagtail.
25/7/16 Little Grebe, 3 chicks in all (Mrs Trellis)

25/7/16 Kingfisher (Mrs Trellis)
Planet Chew:
4 Shelduck, 22 Little Grebe, 325 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 8 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 1 juv Little Ringed Plover (HG again), 2 Dunlin, 6 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper (1st of the autumn here), 1 Turnstone, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 40 mixed Swallow/House Martin, 5 House Sparrow, 15 Pied Wagtail.
25/7/16 Turnstone (Keith Vinicombe)
HG Bay

25/7/16 Yellow-legged Gull (Keith Vinicombe)
HG Bay again, present here since 21st at least

Reports: John Barnett, Teresa Chard, Thomas McCleung-Weston, Vic Polley, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone,  David Teague, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, BL birds.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Sightings 24/7/16

Marshfield:
Rushmead Farm: 1 Quail calling 3.30pm (Darren Pearce).
24/7/16 Yellowhammer & Corn Bunting (Brian Thompson)
Marshfield is the local stronghold for these species in Avon. Both species are resident and breed widely. In winter, flocks 100+ are not uncommon around the arable fields. 
Yellowhammer occurs elsewhere in Avon at isolated pockets but in much smaller numbers and regularity and Corn Bunting is almost a rarity away from Marshfield.

Littleton Warth:
1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 300+ BH Gull.

Aust STW/Services:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 28 Pied Wagtail.

New Passage-Northwick:
Wetland & Shore: 2 Mute Swan + 6 cygnets, 32 Canada Goose, 2 Shelduck, 35 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck + 1 brood, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Little Grebe, 10 adult Coot + youngsters, 35 Oystercatcher, 6 Lapwing, 28 Dunlin, 58 Black-tailed Godwit (wetland), 45 Curlew, 1 Greenshank (wetland), 15 Redshank, 350 BH Gull, 5 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 50 mixed Swallow/House Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, 30 Starling, 4 Meadow Pipit + 2 juvs, 35 Pied Wagtail, 8 Goldfinch, 32 Linnet, 1 adult Reed Bunting + 1 young.

Severn Beach:
Shops: 7 House Sparrow.

Leigh Woods:
North Rd: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 1 mewing Buzzard, 1 Jay, 1 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch.

Portbury Dock:
7 Little Egret (good count for here), 20 Oystercatcher + 1 fledgling, 4 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, 70 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, 70 Redshank, 7 Stock Dove, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Rock Pipit, 7 Pied Wagtail, 20 Linnet.

Clapton Moor:
3 Whinchat (1st of the autumn, Melvin Hedges).

Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 16 Canada Goose, 30 Shelduck + 1 brood 16 youngsters, 60 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck + 8 ducklings, 8 Little Egret, 13 Oystercatcher, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 170 Curlew, 4 Common Sandpiper, 170 Redshank, 130 BH Gull, 70 LBB Gull, 30 Herring Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 6 Swift through, 1 Raven, 20 Swallow, 25 Linnet.

Sand Bay:
1 Wheatear.

Barrow Tanks:
WeBS: 3 Mute Swan, 2 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 58 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 349 Tufted Duck, 16 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 27 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher.

Planet Chew:
3 Oystercatcher, 1 juv Little Ringed Plover (HG still), 1 Dunlin, 7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull.

Reports: Sean Davies, David Gibbs, Melvin Hedges, Lois Pryce, Karin Rhodes, Harvey Rose, Chris Stone, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Sightings 23/7/16

Red Kite day today.

Frenchay (Bristol):
M32: 1 flyover Red Kite, afternoon (Mike George).

Brislington (Bristol):
West Town Lane: 4 Swift over, 20 House Sparrow, garden.

St George (Bristol):
Fir Tree lane: 1 flyover Sparrowhawk this evening.

Chipping Sodbury:
Common: 3 Red Kite over 12.30pm (Darren Pearce).
Other stuff, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Redstart.

Oldbury Power Station:
2 Shelduck broods, 1 Kestrel, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Woodpecker families, 8 Raven, 2 juv Cetti's Warbler, 1 flyover Yellow Wagtail.

Saltford:
River Boyd: 1 flyover Red Kite 4.05pm to south-east (Chris Vines), 2 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Raven. lots of Swift and House Martin here today.

Barrow Tanks:
2 juv Little Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper.


Reports:  Paul Francis, Mike George, Julian Head, Darren Pearce, Chris Stone, Chris Vines, opsbirding.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Sightings 22/7/16

22/7/16 Common Tern (Mrs Trellis)
RSPB Ham Wall

Woodlark: 1 heard calling at an undisclosed North Somerset site on 13 July (George Rabin, aged 14). Very unusual for our area and the date cannot exclude possible breeding which makes it even more unusual.

We thought..aaah ha...up and coming young birder is hearing things....and we were all for trashing the claim out of hand but unfortunately George sent in an accompanying audio clip and circumstances of the discovery both of which sound convincing....and the Recorder likes it too...double bummer!
We'll have to wait and see if the record (ooh pun, sorry) gets accepted.

Thornbury:
Butt Lane: 9 soaring Buzzard this morning.

Oldbury Power Station:
Yacht Club end: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, morning high tide.
Jetty: 1 Yellow Wagtail, evening.

Littleton Warth:
AWT Reserve: 2 flyover Green Sandpiper this morning.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 2 soaring Buzzard (most of the day), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch.

Portbury Dock:
1 Peregrine, 2 Little Egret, 1 Oystercatcher chick, 6 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 68 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 juv Mediterranean Gull.

Clapton Moor:
22/7/16 Reed Warbler (Melvin Hedges)
Nailsea:
22/7/16 Green Woodpecker (Tim Warren)
Farler's End
Planet Chew:
1 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck + 3 young, 3 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 juv Little Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwing, 10 Common Sandpiper, 1 juv Mediterranean Gull, 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Tern, 5 Jay, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 House Sparrow, 22 Pied Wagtail.
Butterflies at Moreton: 15 Gatekeeper, 8 Ringlet, 2 Holly Blue.


Reports: Mark Dadds, Sean Davies, Jane Gilliard, Melvin Hedges, George Rabin, Alex Rhodes, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Keith Vinicombe, Tim Warren, opsbirding.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Sightings 21/7/16

21/6/16 Tufted Duck at Litton Res (Mrs Trellis)
Otter: 2 Otter seen at a (new) undisclosed site in north Somerset this evening. Info passed on to Otter Gill who is thrilled to bits. We birders are a rich source of all her Otter records apparently....so please send in all sightings. Thanks everyone.

Avon Birds: Wow!!...we had 1,400 page-views yesterday, one of our best days ever.
Unfortunately, 1,370 of these were due to Mrs Trellis logging back in to the site to correct typos and mistakes in her earlier posts. Bummer.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull.

New Passage-Northwick:
Mostly wetland again, 38 Canada Goose, 5 Teal, 5 Little Egret, 35 Oystercatcher, 8 Little Ringed Plover, 40 Lapwing, 1 Little Stint, 55 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 20+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 20 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 75 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail.
21/7/16 Mediterranean Gull (John Martin)
Severn Beach:
Tesco Pool: 1 Stonechat.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 3 Goldfinch.

Portbury Dock:
32 Shelduck young, 130 BH Gull.

Portbury Wharf:
1 female Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck brood, 1 Little Grebe brood, 5 Redpoll.

Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 18 Canada Goose, 25 Shelduck + 33 young, 50 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck brood, 14 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 29 Oystercatcher, 18 Dunlin, 4 Whimbrel, 160 Curlew, 7 Common Sandpiper, 140 Redshank, 300 BH Gull, 60 LBB Gull, 25 Herring Gull, 2 Swallow, 1 Reed Warbler, 20 Linnet.

Blagdon Lake:
43 Mute Swan, 200+ Canada Goose, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Grey Wagtail.
Bickfield Farm: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 1 Swallow, 3 House Martin nests active, 30 Starling, 40+ House Sparrow.

Litton Res:
7 Mallard, 27 Tufted Duck (22 young), 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe (+ 2 young), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.
21/7/16 Little Grebe on nest (Mrs Trellis)
Planet Chew:
Heron's Green: 1 ringed juv Yellow-legged Gull. Bird ringed at Sempach, Switzerland (Andy Davis).
Other stuff, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 7 Common Sandpiper.


Reports: Sean Davies, Andy Davis, Ian Hayes, John Martin, Harvey Rose, Vic Savery, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.