Friday, 31 July 2015

Sightings 31/7/15

BirdgirlUK 'Out of Africa'
July 2015 White-spotted Flufftail & Yellow-lored Bristlebill (Mya-Rose Craig, aged 13)
Uganda
You can follow BirdgirlUK via Twitter  or blog http://birdgirluk.blogspot.co.uk/.

Nigel Tucker new website: http://www.naturalfx.co.uk.

Black-headed Gull 2KRK (Gwen Thomas)
Ringed 21/3/15 at Pitsea Landfill Site, Essex, turned up at Backwell Lake 28/7/15. Largely unremarkable except that the Essex ringers don't get that many of their boys heading west apparently (per North Thames Gull Group).


Littleton Warth:
1 Kestrel, 3 Wheatear, rocks by the railway carriage this afternoon.
31/7/15 Wheatear (Mrs Trellis)
Aust Warth:
Cake Pill: 1 Kestrel, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper.

Northwick Warth:
1 Wheatear, by the 2nd sentry box.

Portbury Dock:
31/7/15 Mediterranean Gull (Mrs Trellis)
mouth of the Avon this evening
Backwell Lake:
2 Kingfisher this evening.

Planet Chew:
1. 15 Black-tailed Godwit on Herriott's for a time, then 12 flew off leaving the 3 usual birds again.
2. A juv Stonechat at Herriott's end, new in.

Other stuff, 2 Egyptian Goose, 8 Shelduck, 1 female Goldeneye, 7 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 15 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 GBB Gull, 50 Swallow, 30 House Martin, 12 Long-tailed Tit (Moreton), 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, 22 Pied Wagtail. 

Reports: Pete Burston, Brian Lancastle, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, Tim Warren.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Sightings 30/7/15

BirdgirlUK 'Out of Africa'
July 2015 Woodland Kingfisher (Mya-Rose Craig, aged 13)
Uganda
BirdgirlUK is giving East Africa a good bird-thrash. It's a new region for her so she is rattling up life-ticks by the lorry load.
You can follow BirdgirlUK via Twitter  or blog http://birdgirluk.blogspot.co.uk/.

New Passage-Northwick:
Wetland: 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper best this evening.

Abbots Leigh 29/7/15:
1 Tawny Owl calling, late evening.

Portbury Dock:
30/7/15 Whimbrel (Mrs Trellis)

30/7/15 Curlew (Mrs Trellis)
c.40 birds this morning, mouth of the Avon
Portbury Wharf:
2 Little Egret, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 20 Stock Dove, 75 Swallow.

Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 3 Canada Goose, 30 Shelduck, 55 Mallard, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 23 Oystercatcher, 8 Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 22 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 170 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 175 Redshank (most up the Yeo), 350 BH Gull, 1 Raven, 60 Linnet.

Paulton:
2 Raven, 8 Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Skylark, 7 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet, 7 Yellowhammer.

Blagdon Lake:
2 Little Egret, 10 Grey Heron, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Grey Wagtail. Most of the action at dam/Lodge end.

Planet Chew:
1 juv Goldeneye, 9 Little Egret, 20 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 7 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 91 Moorhen,1 juv Water Rail, 1 Oystercatcher (dam), 13 Lapwing, 3 Black-tailed Godwit still (Herriott's), 1 Curlew, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 200 Woodpigeon (cut field), 1 Kingfisher, 30 Sand Martin.

Reports: Rob Emery, Patrick Hancock, Karin Rhodes, Harvey Rose, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Sightings 29/7/15

29/7/15 Peregrine (Paul Milsom)
the Avon Gorge birds are still performing brilliantly
Chipping Sodbury:
Common: Just 20+ Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 11 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 6 Redstart, this morning. Bummer day for Mark.

Latteridge:
2 flyover Peregrine.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Black-tailed Godwit, 300 BH Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, evening tide.

New Passage-Northwick:
100+ Canada Goose again, 15 Shelduck, 1 Tufted Duck + 6 ducklings, 1 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Kestrel, 1 Ringed Plover, 8 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 70 Redshank, 12 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 20 Pied Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail, 10 Linnet.

Portbury Dock:
10 Ringed Plover, 27 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 40 Curlew, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull.

Portbury Wharf:
4 Little Grebe, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper this evening.

Reports: Mark Coller, Paul Milsom, Chris Stone, Chris Teague, Mrs Trellis, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Sightings 28/7/15

Avon Gorge (Bristol):
Lots of aggro from the 2 juv female Peregrine today...a Sparrowhawk, several Gulls, 1 Magpie, 1 House Martin plus a few Pigeon all duffed up.

Shepperdine:
2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Redshank, 6 Turnstone.
28/7/15 Black-tailed Godwit & Turnstone (Pete Hazelwood)
New Passage-Northwick:
106 Canada Goose, 3 Little Ringed Plover still, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Severn Beach:
2 Arctic Skua in the afternoon.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 2 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush.

Portbury Dock:
10 Black-tailed Godwit, mouth of the Avon this evening.

North Weston:
28/7/15 Bullfinch (Melvin Hedges)
in the garden
Anchor Head (W-s-M):
2 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua late afternoon (Dean Reeves). No Manxies though.

Backwell Lake:
28/7/15 Kingfisher (Gwen Thomas)
regular here recently

28/7/15 Black-headed Gull (Gwen Thomas)
can anyone help out again on this......?
Barrow Tanks:
1 Tufted Duck (with a French nasal saddle), 2 Little Egret, 4 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Tern, 8 Grey Wagtail.
28/7/15 Arctic Tern (Chris Stone)
Blagdon Lake:
3 Egyptian Goose, 1 Lesser Scaup still, 1 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 7 Lapwing, 7 Common Sandpiper (6 at dam), 11 Grey Wagtail (dam).
28/7/15 Egyptian Goose (Mrs Trellis)
Green Lawn

28/7/15 Common Sandpiper (Mrs Trellis)
Planet Chew:
Ringing Station: 76 Reed Warbler, 10 Sedge Warbler of note.

Reports: Pete Hazelwood, Melvin Hedges, Paul Milsom, Dean Reeves, Karin Rhodes, Chris Stone, Gwen Thomas, Mrs Trellis, BL birds, severnsidebirds.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Sightings 27/7/15

Lesser-Black-backed Gull B5CJ9 history: HERE.
Many thanks to Guernsey Gulls for the quick response...http://birdrings.digimap.gg/.

Coombe Dingle (Bristol):
Pitchcombe Gardens: 6 flyover Crossbill 12.30pm.

Shepperdine:
1 Hobby, 4 Ringed Plover, 13 Dunlin, 4 Turnstone.

New Passage-Northwick:
100 Canada Goose, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 23 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 18 Redshank, 14 Turnstone, 500 BH Gull.
27/7/15 Kestrel (Mrs Trellis)
by the Grebe pond

27/7/15 Turnstone (Mrs Trellis)
Severn Beach:
Sea-watch: 1 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 pp Pomarine Skua, 1 Great Skua up in the afternoon/evening period.
Other stuff, 1 Little Egret, 25 Dunlin (Shaft Rocks), 30 Turnstone.

Portbury Dock:
29 Dunlin, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 54 Redshank,  3 Turnstone, 5 Rock Pipit.

Portbury Wharf:
1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Sand Pt:
Sea-watch: 760 Manx Shearwater, 2 Great Skua up early morning, little seen on the afternoon tide.

Planet Chew:
3 Greylag Goose, 5 Little Egret again, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Hobby,  Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Raven, 80 Sand Martin.

26/7/15: 3 Egyptian Goose, 3 Goldeneye, 5 Little Egret, 3 Hobby, 400 Coot, 32 Lapwing, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Raven, 500 Sand Martin.

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Paul Bowyer, William Earp, Mike Jenkins, Brian Lancastle, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Sightings 26/7/15

Black-headed Gull 21S3 (Roger Staples)
many thanks to CVRS & Paul Bowerman for sourcing the info for us
First ringed 13/6/15 at Hosehill Lake, West Berks, then 4 further sightings here to 7/7/15.
Then seen 22/7/15 at Planet Chew and Blagdon on 25/7/15.

Colour-ringed birds: report them to http://www.cr-birding.org/colourprojects. Gull projects usually reply very quickly.

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for tomorrow...it's very windy in the afternoon which coincides with high tide at Severn Beach....

Kingswood (Bristol):
1 flyover Raven.

Marshfield:
Rushmead Lane: 2 Yellow Wagtail.

Oldbury Power Station:
45 mixed Ringed Plover/Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 juv Lesser Whitethroat plus some groups of Tits, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and other common stuff.

25/7/15: 1 Common Tern upriver in the morning.

New Passage-Northwick:
45 Canada Goose, 1 Little Egret, 14 Lapwing, 15 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 55 Redshank, 6 summer plumage Turnstone, 10 Sand Martin.

Portbury Wharf:
Pools: 1 Gadwall + 9 ducklings, another Tufted duck brood, 1 Hobby, 9 flyover Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Stock Dove, 100 Swift, 4 Raven, 25 Sand Martin.
Foreshore: 35 Dunlin.

Gordano valley:
26/7/15 Leaf-cutter Bee (Melvin Hedges)
Radstock:
Woodborough Rd: 14 Swift this evening.

Blagdon Lake:
1 Lesser Scaup still, 14 Lapwing, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper of note.

Planet Chew:
3 Egyptian Goose, 3 Goldeneye, 5 Little Egret, 3 Hobby, 400 Coot, 32 Lapwing, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Raven, 500 Sand Martin.

Reports: John Barnett, Rob Beale, Pete Coslett, Patrick Hancock, Andy Hawkins, Melvin Hedges, Mike Jenkins, John Martin, Roger Staples, Chris Stone, BL birds, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Sightings 25/7/15

A couple more excellent video clips from Nigel Tucker. We wouldn't complain if these birds put in more appearances like this:
Short-eared Owl and Waxwing. Thanks Nigel.

25/7/15 Peregrine (Paul Milsom)
One of the Avon Gorge birds, it caught a Magpie today
Chipping Sodbury:
Common: 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Redstart this morning.

Tockington:
Pilning St: 1 Little Owl again.

Oldbury Power Station:
Shepperdine leg: 3 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer.

New Passage-Northwick:
73 Canada Goose, 1 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 17 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 28 Redshank, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow Wagtail.

Severn Beach:
1 Greenshank 8am.

Portbury Dock:
1 Turnstone, our first of the autumn (Chris Stone).
Other stuff, 12 Oystercatcher, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Rock Pipit.

Portbury Wharf:
10 Gadwall, 11 Little Grebe, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Tickenham:
Church: 1 Kestrel.

Kenn:
1 flyover Red Kite to north 5.30pm (John Croxton).

Barrow Tanks:
4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wheatear.

Rickford:
1 flyover Little Egret.

Blagdon Lake:
4 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 4 Buzzard, 4 Lapwing, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 juv Mediterranean Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Raven, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Coal Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 6+ Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, 15+ Siskin, 7 Grey Wagtail.
The small birds were in the trees at the dam end of the lake.
25/7/15 Black-headed Gull (Roger Staples)
has anyone any info on this bird?
Planet Chew:
78 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag Goose, 5 Barnacle Goose (Woodford), 4 Shelduck, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 78 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Buzzard, 1 Oystercatcher, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 1 juv Mediterranean Gull (Herriott's Pool), 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 GBB Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 62  Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 65+ House Martin, 27 Pied Wagtail.
25/7/15 Oystercatcher (Mrs Trellis)
Heron's Green wall
Reports: Paul Bowerman, Pete Coslett, John Croxton, Sean Davies, Andrew Ford, Paul Milsom, Lois Pryce, Matt Scott, Roger & Jean Staples, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, severnsidebirds.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Sightings 24/7/15

A wet day and a few brave souls ventured out into the rain.

Brandon Hill (Bristol) 23/7/15:
1 adult + juv Tawny Owl.

New Passage-Northwick:
A Wheatear this morning (John Martin).
Other stuff, 62 Canada Goose (numbers continue to rise), 6 Tufted Ducklings, 6 Little Ringed Plover, 14 Lapwing, 22 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 12 Redshank, 5 Sand Martin. 1 Yellow Wagtail.

Portbury Wharf:
32 Mallard, 32 Coot, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 25 Sand Martin, 25 Goldfinch.

Bristol Airport:
5 flyover Oystercatcher.

Blagdon Lake:
1 Little Egret, 1 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper plus 100's of House Martin feeding low in the rain.
24/7/15 Dunlin (Mrs Trellis)
Green Lawn, it appears to have a damaged eye
24/7/15 Green Sandpiper (Mrs Trellis)
Green Lawn
Planet Chew:
24/7/15 Mediterranean Gull (Dave Hughes)
on the dam this morning

Ring: from a Polish ringing site per Paul Bowerman
many thanks to Craig Reed for supplying the info so promptly
Twitter: @Midlandsbirder

PNU9 cv: it was first found by Midlands birder Craig Reed 22/1/15 at West Park, Wolverhampton and was present hereabouts until 17/2/15 at least.
YouTube clip by Craig: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or04AwqfiD8&feature=youtu.be.

And while we're at it, we found a clip of the recent Red-footed Falcon too, again by Craig:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv5RvbN4YSE.

CVL 23/7/15: 3 Greylag Goose, 1 Goldeneye + 2 juvs, 5 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 36 Lapwing, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Tern, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Raven, 10 Sand Martin.


Reports: Paul Bowerman, Adrian Hockey, Dave Hughes, John Martin, Tim McGrath, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, severnsidebirds.