Friday, 22 June 2018

22-6-18 Friday - Mediterranean Gull

Temp 10 to 22℃. Sunshine all day, very few clouds

Red Kite
Mediterranean Gull
Yellow-legged Gull

Red Kite 11.15 Herriotts 22-06-18 (Ian Stapp)

BRISTOL

Combe Dingle:
4 Swift - 08:25, 1st this year.

Stoke Lodge:
7 Swift:

Henleaze:
8 or 9 - screaming party

St Andrews Park:
3 Swift, 1 Raven, 2 Mistle Thrush

Egerton Rd:
7 Swift

Elton Rd:
5 Swift - 1st screaming party this year - 20:00

Sea Mills:
House Martin - 12 active nest at the station.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Tawny Owl 22nd June 2018 OPS (Pete Hazelwood)

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Tawny Owl

Chipping Sodbury & Yate:
1 Red Kite @9.15,10.30, and 16.40


NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Nature Reserve:
4 Canada Geese, 17 Mute Swan, 15 Mallard, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Grey heron, 1 Cormorant, 15 Coot, 2 Lapwing, 2 Herring Gull, 3 LBB Gull, 6 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 4 Magpie, 3 Carrion Crow, 20+ Swallow, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackbird, 1 Songthrush, 2 Goldfinch

Uphill:
2 Shellduck, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 4 Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 40+ Swifts, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff

BELOW M4 & BANES

Bath - Northend :
Little Grebe breeding, Moorhen, no raptors at all this time, total of 7 Swifts over Northend village and probably the same scattered around over the local area. Eight House Martin nests, probably all occupied, around Eagle Road. House Sparrows holding up but sadly no Starlings or Swallows at all where there used to be several pairs of ea

RESERVOIRS
22-6-18 Egyptian Geese, CVL (Jon Mortin)
Chew Valley Lake:
227 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Geese, 74 Mute Swan, 5 (inc 4 ducklings) Shelduck, 7 Shoveler, 32 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 2 Pochard,  1 Little Egret, 8 Buzzard,  1 Redshank (Herriotts), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 GBB Gull, 1 Tawny Owl, 30 Swift, 2 GS Woodpecker + 3 chicks, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 35 Swallow & House Martin, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, lots Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat,  2 Treecreeper, 3 Siskin, 7 Reed Bunting

Redshank Herriotts wall 22-06-18
Reports: Nicholas Beamson, Ken and Angie Carrurthers, Jane Cumming, Andy Davis, Alastair Fraser, Nick Hawkridge, Adrian Hockey, Jon Mortin, Bob Pepper, Lois Pryce, Frances Robertson,  Ian Stapp - opsbirding,

Thursday, 21 June 2018

21-6-18 Thursday - Siskin

Glorious sunny day, warm out of the light north wind.

Little Owls
Redstart
Siskin
Red Kite
Reed Warbler at Chew (Ian Stapp)
BRISTOL

juv Kestrel photographed in the Avon Gorge by Keith Fowler.




SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE


Great Spotted Woodpecker visiting an Almondsbury garden
(Vera Carpenter)
Sparrowhawk at Severn Beach (Rod Holbrook)
Frampton Cotterell:
8 Swift tonight - best so far this month was 22

Winterbourne, Bradley Brook LNR:
4 Stock Dove, 2 Little Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat (3 singing; 1 adult with 2 juvs), 1 Goldcrest, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Goldfinch.


NORTH SOMERSET

Siskin ringed in Portishead (David Howes)
Portbury Warth - North Pool:
3 Black-tailed Godwit.

Portishead:

Battery Point area:
Siskin caught and ringed in a garden
Sedge Warbler singing in a park.

Redcliffe Bay:
Red Kite

Swifts - 2 over Long Ashton and 3 over Nailsea this morning.

Weston-super-Mare:
Oystercatcher feeding in grass.

Uphill:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Green Woodpecker.


BELOW M4 & BANES

Willsbridge:
2 Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtail - inc juv

Marshfield, Shire Valley:

3 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, Moorhen with 2 juvs., juv. Grey and Pied Wagtail, juv. Redstart.

A Dunnock blending nicely into a hedge (Ian Stapp)
RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake
157 Canada Goose in mid-lake, 89 Mute Swan, 5 Shelduck + 4 ducklings, 36 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 1 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 7 G BB Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 10 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 2 Jay, 20+ Carrion Crow, 10+ LT Tit, 7 Wren, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Cetti's Warbler, lots Reed Warbler, 2 Mistle Thrush, 20+ hirundines, 20+ Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch, 7 Reed Bunting.

Heron's Green:
75 Canada Goose, 7 Pied Wagtail.

Herriotts Bridge:
1 Lapwing.


Reports: Vera Carpenter, Peter Coslett, Keith Fowler, Adrian Hockey, Katie Horrocks, David Howes, Mike Jackson, David Newton, Lisa Presland, Ian Stapp, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

20-6-18 Wednesday - Yellow-legged Gull

Temp 17 to 20℃. Muggy and dull start, windy at times, with a hint of rain here and there

Red Kite
Yellow-legged Gull

20-6-18 Redshank, Herriott's Pool (Ian Stapp)
BRISTOL

BBS - Filton, BAWA Sports Ground:
Herring Gull pair with 2 young - about 7" tall on corrugated roof, 3 Swift, 44 Carrion Crow on playing fields, 2 Blackcap, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch

Avon Gorge:
The 2 Peregrine juv have fledged - if you look carefully in the greenery, they are there!

Junction Wells Rd and Airport Rd:
1 Kingfisher high over - the Brislington Brook tracks the road close by.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

20-6-18 Tufted Duck brood of 11, OPS (Peter Hazelwood)
Oldbury Power Station:
First brood of 11 Tufted Duck on the lake, and a very surprising Polecat dead on the road by the entrance!

20-6-18 Shelduck, 12 of 17 chicks, NP (Lisegirl)
Severnside:
17 Shelduck chicks still about, and 2 surprises, given the time of year - 1 Knot and 1 Common Tern - on Pilning Wetlands, as well as 7 Curlew, 35 Oystercatcher, 10 Redshank, 8 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 5+ Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 55 BH Gull, 3 Raven.


Masons arms, A38:
1 Red Kite c.0900

North Somerset

Ham Green:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker.

Clevedon - Ladye Bay:
As it got dark - 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Tawny Owl with 1 owlet (heard only).


20-6-18 Cormorant, Litton Reservoir (Bob Brewer)
RESERVOIRS
20-6-18 Tufted Duck, Litton Reservoir (Bob Brewer)
Litton Reservoir:
Tufted Duck, 4 Little Egret, Cormorant, Grey Wagtail

20-6-18 Shelducklings, Herriott's Pool  (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
142 Canada Goose (5 broods 15/4/9/6/5), 86 Mute Swan, 5 (inc 4 ducklings) Shelduck, 9 Shoveler, 68 Gadwall, no Teal, 5 Buzzard,  1 Redshank (Herriotts)

20-6-18 Yellow-legged Gull, Herriott's (Bob Brewer)
1 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 GBB Gull, 1 Tawny Owl, 50 Swift, 2 GS Woodpecker + 3 chicks, 1 Kestrel, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 40 Swallow & House Martin, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 16 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Dunnock  +5 fledglings, 12 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch, 7 Reed Bunting

20-6-18 Roesel's Bush Cricket, Moreton  (Ian Stapp)
Rather special when fully grown
Out of Avon:
Pied Flycatcher, slowmo feeding at nest box in Devon - https://t.co/vfmDDtNCJ3

Terry Bond
Rosemary Bond has announced with great sadness that Terry passed away yesterday. An enthusiastic and helpful birder who became an expert at Barrow Tanks

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Bob Brewer, Lee Gardiner, Rich Giles, Nick Hawkridge, Peter Hazelwood, Mike Laheney Paul Milsom, Fiona Neate, Lisegirl, Adam Rawson, Ian Stapp

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

19-6-18 Tuesday - Redstarts on Mendip

Overcast, muggy despite fresh wind with a touch of rain on it.

Redstart family

Interesting behaviour - Crows anting, apparently (Ian Stapp)
BRISTOL

Coombe Dingle garden:
2 Bullfinch (1m, 1 juv. Looks like they bred nearby)
1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch.

A different shot of a common species No.1 (Bob Brewer)

Finzels Reach:
2 young fledged Peregrine.



SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Hawkesbury Upton:
1 Marsh Tit, 1 Corn Bunting, 6 Yellowhammer.



A different shot of a common species No.2 (Bob Brewer)


NORTH SOMERSET

Kenn Moor, Yatton:
2 p.m. 30+ Swift feeding over the moor.



BELOW M4 & BANES

no reports.



RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake
144 Canada Goose, 84 Mute Swan, 5 Shelduck + 4 ducklings, 11 Teal, 64 Gadwall, 9 Pochard, 6 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail (calling at Moreton hide), 7 GBB Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker,  2 Jay, 2 Raven, 20+ Carrion Crow. 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Blackcap, lots Reed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 20+ hirundines, 12+ Chaffinch, 5 Reed Bunting.


Great Spotted Woodpecker at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Dam:
3 Whitethroat, 2 Linnet.

Reed Bunting at Hollow Brook (George Stacey)
Hollow Brook:
2 pairs of Reed Bunting.

Egyptian Goose at Chew (Dan Hill)

Out of area - just - BOC walk at Velvet Bottom:
3 Buzzard, 1 Swift, 5 Swallow, family of Redstart, singing Blackcap and Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Linnet.

Reports: Bob Brewer, Alastair Fraser, Peter Hazelwood, Richard Scantlebury, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Monday, 18 June 2018

18-6-18 Monday - Storm Petrel

Temp 14 to 19℃. Windy today, sunny, then dull, then same again, and windier

Storm Petrel
Sanderling
Hobby
18-6-18 Shelduck, still 4 ducklings, Herriotts (Ian Stapp)
BRISTOL

Bishopston:
3 Swift - no screaming.

Stockwood Open Space:
1 Peregrine, 5 Song Thrush, 5 Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Avening Green:
Kingfisher 18th June 2018 Liitle River Avon (Adam Rawson)
New Passage:
1 Green Woodpecker

Severn Beach:
Storm Petrel

BELOW M4 & BANES

18-6-18 Little Owl, West Littleton Road (Dan White)
Marshfield, West Littleton Rd:
1 Little Owl

RESERVOIRS

Blagdon Lake, WeBS:
154 Canada Geese, 18 +14 cygnets Mute Swan, 115 Mallard, 3 Pochard, 36 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 8 Cormorant, 2 Buzzard, 7 Moorhen, 267 Coot, 2 Lapwing, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Jay, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch

18-6-18 Black-headed Gull (juv), Herriotts (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
198 Canada Goose, 30 Mute Swan, 7 (inc 4 ducklings) Shelduck, 9 Shoveler, 62 Gadwall, Mallard, 17 Teal, 10 Pochard, 30 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard,  1 Water Rail predated egg (17th), 1 Sanderling (Dam), 10 (inc 1 juv) BH Gull, 6 GBB Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 20 Swift, 2 GS Woodpecker, 1 Hobby, 2 Jay, 5 (inc 3 juv) Raven, 40 Swallow & House Martin, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, lots Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Pied Wagtail, 5 Reed Bunting

CVRS:
Goldfinch we ringed on 18th March this year was killed by cat, at Lismore, Waterford (Ireland), just 28 days later. The distance moved was 377km. 

Out of Avon:
2 Cranes flying East towards Deverills over Mere, 12.24

Reports: Mark Dadds, Paul Francis, Robert Hargreaves, Nick Hawkridge, Wendy Lambson, Brian Lancastle, Bob Medland, Lisa Presland, Adam Rawson, Ian Stapp, Dan White, 

Sunday, 17 June 2018

17-6-18 Sunday - Manx Shearwater

Temp 13 to 18℃. A grey day, not much change throughout

Manx Shearwater
Sanderling

BRISTOL
17-6-18 Peregrines at Finzel's Reach (Rich Scantlebury)
Left Peregrine trying Wryneck trick
Avon Gorge & Finzel's Reach:
Both Peregrine pairs with 2 chicks about to fledge.

Coombe Dingle:
Dunnock 17th June 2018 Coombe Dingle (Pete Bunnis)

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Severn Beach:
80 Manx Shearwater, GBB Gulls, Swifts

NORTH SOMERSET


BELOW M4 & BANES

Huntstrete, BBS:
1 Buzzard, 3 LBB Gull, 1 Swift, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Goldcrest, 10+ Wren, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 8 Linnet, 4 Yellowhammer + the usual suspects

17-6-18 Reed Warbler on River Avon below NSL (NSL-birding)
Newton-St-Loe:
Mute Swans with 7 Cygnets, 1 Barn Owl, 15 Swift, 1 Jay, 20 Swallow, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 5 Grey Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Yellowhammer

Cameley, ST6057:
15th - Whitethroat feeding young, 16th Green Woodpecker, Peregrine through like a bullet, Swallows, Bullfinch numbers up but no Greenfinch

RESERVOIRS
17-6-18 Grey Heron at CVL (Roger Staples)
Barrow Gurney Tanks:
WeBS count -  1 Greylag Goose, 9 Mute Swan, 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Gadwall, 44 Mallard,
28 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 51 Coot.

Chew Valley Lake:
Grey Heron, 1 sum plum Sanderling

and a comprehensive list from one observer:
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard, 9 Teal, 1 Pochard, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, Moorhen, Coot, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Swift, 1 Kestrel, 1 Jay, 1 Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Swallow, House Martin, Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch.

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Dru Brooke-Taylor, Pete Bunnis, Chris Craig, Sean Davies, Nick Hawkridge, Rod Holbrook, Bob Medland, Carole Rushton, Rich Scantlebury, Roger Staples, BUPP, nslbirding

Saturday, 16 June 2018

16-6-18 Saturday - Black Redstart

Overcast with a moderate SW wind, turning brighter with the wind strengthening through the afternoon, and some spots of rain.  June's highest tides this weekend.

Black Redstart (yesterday)
Red Kites (today)
Swift

Peregrine family in Bristol (Chris James)
BRISTOL

Hengrove:
young Peregrine opposite the Perry Court school flying low over the rooftops.


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Hambrook, M32 Junc 1
1 Kestrel - hover hunting


NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead Marina:
(3 p.m. yesterday, 15th June)  Fem/imm Black Redstart (near lock gates), Rock Pipit.
(today)  2 Cormorant.

Uphill:
WeBS count woefully short of waders:
29 Shelduck, 50 Mallard, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Oystercatcher, 70 BH Gull, 14 LBB Gull, 25 Herring Gull, 1 Cuckoo (heard), 8 Swift, Skylarks singing, Swallows, Chiffchaff singing, Linnet.


Red Kite over Marshfield (Pete Coslett)

BELOW M4 & BANES

Willsbridge
1 Swift

Marshfield, Shire Valley:
2 Red Kite, 1 Hobby, lots singing Skylark (and Painted Lady butterfly).

Skylark at Marshfield (Pete Coslett)

RESERVOIRS

CVL:

Herriott's Pool:
14 Teal - new in, 1 Little Egret,  and first juvenile Black-headed Gull back on the pool tonight - early bird.


Reports: Rich Andrews,  John Clark, Peter Coslett, Jane Cumming, Paul Francis, Chris Hall, Chris James, Tim Marks, Chris Stone,  blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Friday, 15 June 2018

15-6-18 Friday - Great Spots

Temp 12 to 19℃. Sunny again most of the time, warm and dry

15-6-18 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Male and three juveniles
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
25 Canada Geese inc 7 grown juvs, 41 Shelduck with 3 broods of 14, 6 and 18, 8 (1f) Tufted Duck, 3 Buzzard, 1 Oystercatcher, 16 BH Gull, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Cetti's Warbler + 1 Grass Snake

New Passage:
Whitethroat 15th June 2018 NP (Lisa Presland)
Family of Whitethroat - fledging.

Horton:
many LBB Gull overhead, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Great Tit families of at least 3 juvs per family, 8 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Goldcrest, 4 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Linnet, 6 Corn Bunting, 9 Yellowhammer

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon-Yeo:
9 Canada Goose, 26 Mute Swan, 60 Shelduck + broods of 10 and 7 (from May), 8 (~10 days old) and 10 (new probably today), 80 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, No sign of any Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Coot, 8 Oystercatcher (4 pairs, one nest), 27 Lapwing, 1 Grey Plover, 5 Ringed Plover, 23 Curlew (first returners), 1 Dunlin, 8 Redshank (5 at the Kenn, 1 up Yeo and 2 at Dowlais), 65 BH Gull (first returners), 50 LBB Gull, 40 Herring Gull, 1 Kestrel, 1 Raven, 8 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 75 Starling, 8 Pied Wagtail

BELOW M4 & BANES

Woolard:
2 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail

RESERVOIRS
 15-6-18 Red Kite & Gulls, Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
171 Canada Goose, 9 Shelduck (Only 5 Ducklings now), 9 Shoveler, 64 Gadwall, 10 Teal, 21 Pochard, 3 Little Egret, 1 Red Kite (with Gulls grass Cutting Moreton), 10 Buzzard, 5 GBB Gull, 30+ Swift, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Hobby, 2 Jay, 30+ Crow, 2 Raven, 50+ Swallows and Martins, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Mistle Thrush, 5 Pied Wagtail, 10 Goldfinch, 5 Reed Bunting

Reports: Roger Bingham, Mike Jackson, Andy Middleton, Harvey Rose, Ian Stapp