Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Sightings 1/10/14

Kingfisher at New Passage (Katie Horrocks, aged 14)
Sightings later, in the meantime please help....

Request from the Avon County Recorder
The 2013 county Report is due out later this month and work has already started on the 2014 Report. The Recorder is looking for descriptions or at least some supporting words for sightings of the following species made in the first half of 2014:-

Species
No.
Date
Site
Comments
Long-tailed Duck
1
25/02/2014
Chew Valley Lake
Stratford Hide
Razorbill
1
19/01/2014
Portishead
12.50pm
Ring-billed Gull
04/02/2014
Chew Valley Lake
Ring-billed Gull
08/02/2014
Chew Valley Lake
Spoonbill
1
27/03/2014
New Passage
flyover 6.15pm
Willow Tit
1
11/02/2014
Clevedon
Goshawk
1
21/04/2014
Yate
Kingsgate Park
Turtle Dove
1
28/04/2014
Clevedon-Yeo (Cl-Y)
Blake's Pool
Pomarine Skua
1
08/05/2014
Severn Beach
spooned
Pomarine Skua
5
09/05/2014
Severn Beach
afternoonn watch
Pomarine Skua
4
11/05/2014
Severn Beach
Great White Egret
1
28/02/2014
Wrington
Flying NW passing W of the village
Green-winged Teal
1
31/03/2014
Aust Warth
8.35am drifting upriver with Teal
Waxwing
15
03/01/2014
Bristol, St Phillips
Gaunts Ham Park, Bristol
Waxwing
15
a few days later
Bristol, Bishopston
Egerton Rd
Chiffchaff (Siberian - tristis)
1
16/02/2014
Yate
Westerleigh Rd
Nightjar
1
15/05/2014
Yatton
Stowey Rd 10.50pm.
White Stork
4
22/06/2014
Bath
over the Parade Gardens 7.15pm

Please, please send something in if you can. Your submissions do not have to lengthy, just a few lines to capture the salient features of the bird you saw and to eliminate the adjacent confusion species.

It would be a crying shame if some of these records were lost for want of a few words. Many thanks.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Sightings 30/9/14

Raven (Katie Horrocks, aged 14)
It makes you sick doesn't it.....?
TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS:
GARGANEY: 1 at Planet Chew, Stratford.
OSPREY: 1 at Planet Chew still, showing well at Herriott's in the afternoon.
LITTLE STINT: single birds at New Passage, Portbury Dock and the south Clevedon coast.
CURLEW SANDPIPER: 3 at New Passage.
PECTORAL SANDPIPER: the juv long-stayer at New Passage again.

No reports of the Gordano Valley Purple Heron today.

Eastville Park (Bristol):
30/9/14 Black-headed Gull (Gill Sapsed)
New Passage-Northwick:
240 Wigeon, 120 Teal, 4 Little Egret, 25 Knot, 1 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper still, 440 Dunlin, 150 Black-tailed Godwit still, 100+ Redshank, 1 Rock Pipit.

Portbury Dock:
2 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 33 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Stint, 240 Dunlin, 50 Curlew, 270 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Wheatear, 3 Rock Pipit.
30/9/14 Wheatear (Mrs Trellis)
4 birds along the shoreline rocks, mouth of the Avon this evening
south Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 310 Shelduck, 20 Wigeon, 100 Teal, 12 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Little Stint (CV seawall), 350 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe (Blake's Pool), 2 Snipe, 220 Curlew, 250 Redshank, 16 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher, 9 Raven, 35 Skylark, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Wheatear, 90 Meadow Pipit, 50 Goldfinch, 150 Linnet.

Planet Chew:
1 Egyptian Goose (Stratford), 7 Wigeon, 1 Garganey (Stratford), 10 Little Egret, 7 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Osprey again, 2 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Jay, 4 Stonechat.
30/9/14 Osprey (Colston Durbin)
Herriott's 3pm, regular at the lake since 20 Sept
Reports: Colston Durbin, Katie Horrocks, Brian Lancastle, Steve Sanins, Gill Sapsed, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, severnsidebirds.
Very many thanks everyone.

Request from the Recorder
The 2013 county Report is due out later this month and work has already started on the 2014 Report. The Recorder is looking for descriptions or at least some supporting words for sightings of the following species made in the first half of 2014:-

Species
No.
Date
Site
Comments
Long-tailed Duck
1
25/02/2014
Chew Valley Lake
Stratford Hide
Razorbill
1
19/01/2014
Portishead
12.50pm
Ring-billed Gull
04/02/2014
Chew Valley Lake
Ring-billed Gull
08/02/2014
Chew Valley Lake
Spoonbill
1
27/03/2014
New Passage
flyover 6.15pm
Willow Tit
1
11/02/2014
Clevedon
Goshawk
1
21/04/2014
Yate
Kingsgate Park
Turtle Dove
1
28/04/2014
Clevedon-Yeo (Cl-Y)
Blake's Pool
Pomarine Skua
1
08/05/2014
Severn Beach
spooned
Pomarine Skua
5
09/05/2014
Severn Beach
afternoonn watch
Pomarine Skua
4
11/05/2014
Severn Beach
Great White Egret
1
28/02/2014
Wrington
Flying NW passing W of the village
Green-winged Teal
1
31/03/2014
Aust Warth
8.35am drifting upriver with Teal
Waxwing
15
03/01/2014
Bristol, St Phillips
Gaunts Ham Park, Bristol
Waxwing
15
a few days later
Bristol, Bishopston
Egerton Rd
Chiffchaff (Siberian - tristis)
1
16/02/2014
Yate
Westerleigh Rd
Nightjar
1
15/05/2014
Yatton
Stowey Rd 10.50pm.
White Stork
4
22/06/2014
Bath
over the Parade Gardens 7.15pm

Please, please send something in if you can. It would be a crying shame if some of these records were lost for want of a few words. Thanks.

Katie, aged 14 at Lychett Heath

Instead of crawling around in the undergrowth Apache-style to get her pictures, Katie spent a couple of days at the ringing site...
Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Blackcap

Bearded Tit
Very many thanks Katie.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Sightings 29/9/14

Diary date:  20 Oct 2014 7.45pm, Conygre Hall, Timsbury nr Bath.

Mya-Rose Craig, aged 12 'BORN TO BIRD' 

'12 year old  Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl is an avid birder, blogger and storyteller.  Listen to her tales of being born into a birding family and finding her own path to becoming a world birder.  Mya will recount some of her experiences and birds seen around the world, as she became the youngest person to see 3,500 species.  She will also talk about her birding in Britain and of her desire to inspire young people to become interested in birds, wildlife and conservation'.

Mya-Rose brought the house down at her recent AWT talk on 25 Sept in Chew Magna. The Timsbury talk will be just as good.

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TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS:
GARGANEY: 1 at Planet Chew, Herriott's.
PURPLE HERON: 1 at Walton-in-Gordano, Moor Lane 3.10pm, then a 4.30pm report of it flying over M5 Junction 20.
OSPREY: 1 still at Planet Chew, Heron's Green today, in the dead tree.
LITTLE STINT: 3 at New Passage shore.
CURLEW SANDPIPER: 3 at New Passage shore.
PECTORAL SANDPIPER: the juv bird at New Passage shore still, mud at mouth of the pill. High tide period or just after best. Nigel Tucker video: HERE.

New Passage-Northwick:
Most stuff shore-side, 1 Greylag Goose, 82 Canada Goose, 2 Little Egret, 1 Lapwing, 46 Knot, 3 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper (mud at the pill), 400 Dunlin, 175 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Wheatear.
29/9/14 Wheatear (Mrs Trellis)
2nd sentry box area
Severn Beach:
Orchard Pool: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Jay, 1 Wind Turbine (new in).

Portbury Wharf NR:
Pools: 2 Snipe, 1 flyover Greenshank.

Gordano Valley:
Walton-in-Gordano: A juvenile Purple Heron seen in flight with a Grey Heron 3.10pm, Moor Lane stretch, along the wood.
Nine previous Avon records, the last in 2009.
Finder: Robin Prytherch.

Almost certainly this bird also reported by another observer at 4.30pm flying across the M5 at J20. That's all the info we have at present.
To sum up: 'There's a Purple Heron knocking around in the Gordano Valley somewhere....'.

Congresbury Moor:
3 Yellow Wagtail.

Sand Pt:
2 Mute Swan, 7 Little Egret (bay), 1 Peregrine, 4 Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 6 Wheatear, 100+ Meadow Pipit.

Planet Chew:
9 Egyptian Goose, 9 Wigeon, 1 Garganey (Herriott's), 43 Pintail, 12 Little Egret, 7 Buzzard, 1 Osprey, 6 Water Rail, 9 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 4 Common Sandpiper, 10 Green Sandpiper, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Jay, 2 Raven, 6 Skylark (1st of the autumn here), 70 Swallow, 1 Whinchat (HG), 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 25 Meadow Pipit (1st of the autumn here).
29/9/14 Osprey (Ian Stapp)
Heron's Green again
at least 1 bird regular at the lake since 20 Sept
Reports: Adrian Adams, Adrian Hockey, John Martin, Robin Prytherch, Steve Sanins, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, Nigel Tucker, Keith Vinicombe.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sightings 28/9/14

Diary date:  20 Oct 2014 7.45pm, Conygre Hall, Timsbury nr Bath.

Mya-Rose Craig, aged 12 'BORN TO BIRD' 

'12 year old  Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl is an avid birder, blogger and storyteller.  Listen to her tales of being born into a birding family and finding her own path to becoming a world birder.  Mya will recount some of her experiences and birds seen around the world, as she became the youngest person to see 3,500 species.  She will also talk about her birding in Britain and of her desire to inspire young people to become interested in birds, wildlife and conservation'.

Mya-Rose brought the house down at her recent AWT talk on 25 Sept in Chew Magna. The Timsbury talk will be just as good.

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TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS:
RED KITE: 1 flyover at the Cleedon coast, Dowlais stretch mid-day.
OSPREY: 1 at Planet Chew, Heron's Green again, seen late afternoon.
LITTLE STINT: singles at New Passage-Northwick and the Clevedon coast.
CURLEW SANDPIPER: 2 at New Passage-Northwick.
PECTORAL SANDPIPER: the juv bird still at New Passage, now a veteran long-stayer.
SPOTTED REDSHANK: 1 at the Clevedon coast again, Yeo end.

Hanham (Bristol):
1 flyover Canada Goose, 2 Swallow, 1 flyover Fieldfare, 10+ Meadow Pipit.
All from the Observatory.

Filton (Bristol):
2 flyover Raven, Northville end this morning.

Shirehampton (Bristol):
Lamplighters pub: 1 Sparrowhawk 4pm.

Oldbury Power Station:
Site & environs: 1 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 10 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 2 Peregrine, 20 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 28 Redshank, 55 Turnstone, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 85 House Sparrow, 3 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Rock Pipit.
28/9/14 Wheatear (Mrs Trellis)
Aust Cliff:
Vis Mig: Rather slow, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Grey Wagtail, 18 Meadow Pipit, 30 Chaffinch, 52 Greenfinch, 48 Goldfinch, 10 Linnet.
Grounded stuff: 6 Jay, 11 Goldcrest, 14 Chiffchaff, 35 Blackcap, 60 Robin, 14 Song Thrush, 2 Wheatear, 3 Grey Wagtail.

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 1 Greylag Goose, 110 Canada Goose, 220 Wgeon, 120 Teal, 1 Pintail, 34 Shoveler, 3 Little Egret still, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail, 80 Ringed Plover, 2 Golden Plover, 18 Knot, 1 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper still, 400 Dunlin, 16 Snipe, 60 Curlew, 192 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Redshank, 50 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear.
28/9/14 Kingfisher (Katie Horrocks, aged 14)
regular in Chestle Pill in recent weeks
Portbury Dock:
2 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 2 Wheatear.

Portbury Wharf NR:
Ringing Station 27/9/14: 62 birds processed, 52 new, 10 re-traps. Chiffchaff and Blackcap mainly.

south Clevedon coast:
1 flyover Red Kite mid-day, Dowlais stretch (Paul Bowdler).
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 320 Shelduck, 10+ Wigeon, 15+ Teal, 120 Mallard, 13 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Merlin, 1 Water Rail (Blake's pool), 65 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Knot, 1 Little Stint, 1 female Ruff, 2 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 220 Redshank, 23 Turnstone, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit.
28/9/14 Merlin (Jason Williams)
Sand Pt:
50 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Wheatear.

Westwood (near Bradford on Avon):
1 Kingfisher (Avoncliffe), 100 mixed Swallow/House Martin.

Compton Dando:
28/9/14 Barn Owl (Ian Stapp)
the owlets are still in the box, now about 12 weeks old
Bath:
2 flyover Raven, Hillier garden.

Planet Chew:
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Osprey still, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 juv Arctic Tern, 2 Barn Owl (HG), 1 Reed Warbler.
CVRS: ringed this weekend, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 20 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 13 Reed Warbler.
28/9/14 Osprey (Simon Williams)
Heron's Green-Moreton this afternoon
Reports: Paul Bowdler, Paul Gregory, Nick Hawkridge, Matt Hobbs, Katie Horrocks, Paul House, Brian Lancastle, Rob Laughton, Andy Middleton, Mike Perrett, Lois Pryce, Harvey Rose, Ian Stapp, Lauren Tucker, Keith Vinicombe, Jason Williams, Simon Williams, severnsidebirds.
Very many thanks everyone.