Sunday, 26 April 2015

Sightings 26/4/15

(25/4/15) special agent Horrocks
Meare Heath, Somerset
We asked Katie to send us a corking, full-frame side on portrait of the Hudsonian Godwit....you know, the clincher photo that rules out everything else and keeps even the county record guys happy.

She sent us this pitiful flight shot of a Black-winged Pratincole instead! She's completely hopeless.
We really don't know why we continue to try to inspire and encourage her.

Funny that everyone else missed it though......? Thanks anyway Katie.


Reports later....

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Sightings 25/4/15

Anzac Day 1915: In memory of all our Allied soldiers who fought at Gallipoli, especially the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. 100th anniversary today. Not forgotten.

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Some pics of the Hudsonian Godwit which has turned up at Meare Heath in Somerset.

It's a bit like a Black-tailed Godwit except for a striking black and white under-wing, less obvious upper white wing-bar than Black and a slightly upturned bill like Bar-tailed Godwit.
It's a mega rarity from North America so quite a twitch on today to see it.
25/4/15 Hudsonian Godwit (Mike Trew)

25/4/15 Hudsonian Godwit (Brian Thompson)
25/4/15 Hudsonian Godwit (David Hughes)


Oldbury Power Station:
2 Mute Swan (nesting, 1 egg), 1 Canada Goose, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 7 Lesser Whitethroat.

New Passage-Northwick:
4 Little Ringed Plover on the flash and the Ring Ouzel still present nearby.
25/4/15 Ring Ouzel (Nigel Tucker)
Nigel's video: 
HERE
Portbury Wharf:
3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat best.
25/4/15 Blackbird (Mrs Trellis)
A paucity in rare birds at Portbury over recent years has forced us to re-classify Blackbird into Dark-breasted Ring Ouzel. We hope you understand.

Clapton-in-Gordano:
Naish House: 1 Wryneck seen briefly in the garden this morning (Melvin Hedges). No later sightings but we'll update as soon as we have any more information.

Wryneck in spring in Avon is particularly rare.

Sand Pt:
1 Cuckoo, late morning of note.

W-s-M:
Old airfield: 2 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Swift, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler,1 Wheatear.

Weston STW:
1 ringtail Montagu's Harrier (Mark Ponsford). Rare for Avon, last recorded in 2008.

Bath 24/4/15:
Oldfield Park: 1 flyover Red Kite 4.20pm to east.

Planet Chew:
1 Little Ringed Plover, picnic site 1.

Reports: Paul Bowyer, Yvonne Cook, Phil Crouter, Melvin Hedges, David Hughes, Mike Hutchinson, Rob Laughton, John Martin, Mark Ponsford, Chris Teague, Mrs Trellis, Nigel Tucker.
VERY MANY THANKS EVERYONE.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Sightings 24/4/15

April 2015 Black-winged Stilt (special agent Katie Horrocks)
Apparently, Katie's BW Stilt photo is on Page 9 of the latest Birdwatch magazine. We can't understand why as we think it's a complete load of rubbish.
It's not a patch on Mrs Trellis's Ring Ouzel pic from yesterday.

There's no point in going out and trying to buy the last Birdwatch magazine either. Katie's mum has already gone out and bought up the entire 300,000 print run.

Thanks anyway Katie.

A couple of pics of the Pied-billed Grebe which is drawing in the crowds on the river Severn at Berkeley Power Station (Glos). The bird was found by Glos birder Paul Taylor.
Claire Oliver

Allan Chard

Dan White
Only 1 record of Pied-billed Grebe in Avon (in the 1960's) so many county listers will be hoping it will drift south and stray into Avon waters. Portbury Wharf is on standby....


Chipping Sodbury:
High St: 2 flyover Red Kite 12.45pm (Wilf King).

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Redstart this morning, path from car-park to river.

Aust Cliff-Littleton Warth:
12 Whimbrel, 8 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Tree Pipit.

New Passage-Northwick:
The Ring Ouzel still present in field north of the 2nd sentry box. Showing well.
Other stuff, 2 Greylag Goose, 8 Canada Goose, 3 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Ringed Plover, 30 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Jay, 40 Sand Martin, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit.
24/4/15 Ring Ouzel (Brian Lancastle)
Severn Beach:
The Eider again, 5 Ringed Plover, 37 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Whimbrel, 2 Turnstone.
(23/4/15) Eider (Paul Bowerman)
Portbury Wharf:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 4 Cetti's Warbler of note.
24/4/15 Whitethroat (Paul Milsom)
well established here now
Lulsgate:
Airport: 1 flyover Barn Owl, early hours this morning.

Clevedon coast:
Yeo Est leg: 5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Plover, 10 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 20 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 1 Wheatear.

Sand Pt:
2 Sand Martin, 18 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Whitethroat.

Sand Bay:
5 Oystercatcher, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Whimbrel.

Paulton:
9 Buzzard, 6 Stock Dove, 7 Skylark, 17 Swallow, 1 Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 4 Pied Wagtail, 10 Linnet, 60 Yellowhammer.

Blagdon Lake:
1 Egyptian Goose, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern, dam end.

Planet Chew:
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Hobby, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Gull (injured bird), 70 Crow, 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat.

Reports:
Allan Chard, Patrick Hancock, Matt Hobbs, special agent Katie Horrocks, Wilf King, Brian Lancastle, John Martin, Andy Middleton, Paul Milsom, Claire Oliver, Dean Reeves, Chris Stone, Keith Vinicombe, Dan White, BL birds, severnsidebirds.
VERY MANY THANKS EVERYONE.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Sightings 23/4/15

23/4/15 the Ring Ouzel at Northwick Warth (Brian Thompson)
this bird was a very popular draw today
Highlights:
Spotted Redshank: 1 in breeding plumage at the Yeo Est this morning.
Wood Sandpiper: 1 at Oldbury Power Station, lagoon 3 this evening.
Terns: 8 Black, 6 Common, 2 Arctic at Planet Chew today.
Nightingale: 1 singing at St George (Bristol) this evening.
Ring Ouzel: 1 at Northwick Warth mid-day, fields by the 2nd sentry box.


Hanham (Bristol):
1 fly-through Kingfisher, 1 Garden Warbler.

St George (Bristol):
Crews Hole: 1 Nightingale singing this evening (Lee Gardiner).
As it's such an unlikely setting for Nightingale, we've asked Lee to come into the AvonBirding offices tomorrow and sing us the song as obviously we can't ask for a description of the bird.

Brentry (Bristol):
Fishpool Hill: 1 Sedge Warbler.

Marshfield:
Rushmead Lane: 1 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear.
Elsewhere, 24 Corn Bunting of note.

Chipping Sodbury:
Common: 2 Greylag Goose, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 3 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Wheatear.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Wood Sandpiper, lagoon 3 this evening (Pete Hazelwood). Scarce in Avon, particularly so in spring.
Other stuff, 1 Pochard (lake), 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Arctic Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Whinchat.
23/4/15 Wood Sandpiper (Pete Hazelwood)
Aust Warth:
2 Little Egret, 40+ Whimbrel, at least 3 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear.
23/4/15 Whinchat (Vic Savery)
showing exceptionally well here today
New Passage-Northwick Warth:
11 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Goose, 2 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, 3 Little Ringed Plover (flash), 6 Ringed Plover, 18 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 30 BH Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 1 Whinchat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 10 Wheatear, 5 Yellow Wagtail.

1 male Ring Ouzel in the fields between the 2nd sentry box and the flash this afternoon, later it flew towards the Pilning wetland.
23/4/15 Ring Ouzel (Mrs Trellis)
found by Paul Bowerman/Martyn Hayes

Video: HERE
We were lucky in that the Ring Ouzel was a little distant when we got to it and so we could enjoy the bird in its full panoramic setting. 
The finders weren't so fortunate, they had to endure much closer and narrower views.

23/4/15 Yellow Wagtail (Mrs Trellis)
with the horses
Severn Beach:
Shore: 9 Shoveler, 1 female Eider, 2 Grey Plover, 4 Dunlin, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 9 Turnstone, 20 BH Gull, 5 Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler.
Orchard Pools: 2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Blackcap.
Pipes: 3 Lesser Whitethroat.

Chittening Warth:
New Pill: 20 Oystercatcher, 25+ Whimbrel.
23/4/15 Whimbrel (Mrs Trellis)
Portbury Wharf:
At least 5 Lesser Whitethroat, Wharf Lane track to the seawall this morning, 1 Redstart, 1 Yellow Wagtail this evening.
Pools: 25 Tufted Duck, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 8 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank.

Portishead:
Battery Pt: 1 Wheatear, 1 Rock Pipit.
Boating Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 8 Tufted Duck.

Walton Common:
1 Cuckoo 12.15pm.

North Weston:
1 Peregrine, 1 Whinchat, 1 Redstart, 7 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail.

Yatton:
Strawberry Line: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler 1 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 4 Linnet, 4 Bullfinch.

Congresbury Moor:
1 Wheatear.

Clevedon coast:
Wain's Hill-Yeo Est: 2 Canada Goose, 50 Shelduck, 14 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 22 Oystercatcher, 8 Lapwing, 6 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank (full summer plumage, Yeo end), 3 Greenshank, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl (Dowlais, evening), 1 Raven, 2 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 1 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear.

Dolebury Warren:
1 Cuckoo of note plus common summer migrants in good supply.

Sand Pt:
1 fly-through Peregrine, 8 Whimbrel (Bay), 1 Cuckoo, 30 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 10 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Pied Flycatcher (pair, car-park), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit.
23/4/15 Pied Flycatcher & Redstart (Dean Reeves)
Bitton:
1 Barn Owl out hunting 12.30pm.

Barrow Tanks:
5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Swift, 3 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear.

Blagdon Lake:
1 Green Sandpiper new (Top End), 1 Common Sandpiper.

Planet Chew:
1 Scaup (Herriott's), 1 Hobby (Herriott's 2.30pm), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel (HG Bay), 1 Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Black Tern, 6 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 1 Kingfisher.
23/4/15 Great Crested Grebe pair mating (Mike Thomas)
Herriott's mid-day, we would have averted our gaze....
Reports: Adrian Adams, Terry Bond, Paul Bowyer, Karle Burford, Sean Davies, Pete Dommett, Lee Gardiner, Patrick Hancock, Melvin Hedges, Adrian Hockey, Roger Hurding, Rob Laughton, Darren Pearce, Dean Reeves, John Rickard, Harvey Rose, Steve Sanins, Vic Savery, Howard Taffs, Mike Thomas, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, Andrew Waygood, Paul Williams, BL birds, opsbirding, TBOSG.
VERY MANY THANKS EVERYONE.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Sightings 22/4/15

22/4/15 Dipper (Pete Blanchard)
in Avon this morning
Hanham (Bristol):
1 Swift, first of the season here.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Spotted Redshank (yacht club mid-day, Pete Hazelwood).
An uncommon wader in Avon, especially in spring.
Other stuff, 1 Grey Plover, 4 Dunlin, 7 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 100+ Meadow Pipit.

New Passage-Northwick:
10 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Ringed Plover, 24 Dunlin, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 White Wagtail.

Severn Beach:
1 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 18 Grey Plover, 10 Dunlin, 98 Bar-tailed Godwit, 28 Whimbrel, 8 Little Gull, 13 BH Gull, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Waders finally on the move today, mostly Bar-tailed Godwit. Prospects for the coming days and weeks look very promising especially with the small waders and Terns/Skuas still to come.
22/4/15 Bar-tailed Godwit (Paul Bowerman)

22/4/15 Grey Plover (Dan White)

Chittening Warth:
Stup Pill: 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat.

Portishead:
1 Hobby, Black Rock quarry this afternoon.

Walton Common:
1 Nightingale (heard only).

Clevedon coast:
Wains Hill-Yeo Est this morning: 150 Shelduck, 40 Teal, 6 Little Egret, 2 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 47 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 10 Lapwing, 25 Dunlin, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 27 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 24 Redshank, 75 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 14 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 14 Wheatear, 7 Yellow Wagtail, 15 Meadow Pipit.

Channel View section this evening: 45 Shelduck, 8 Little Egret, 53 Oystercatcher, 50+ Whimbrel, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Wheatear.

Sand Pt:
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 14 Sand Martin, 158 Swallow, 13 House Martin, 4 Chiffchaff,  2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Redstart, 3 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 22 Meadow Pipit, 57 Goldfinch, 12 Greenfinch,  16 Linnet.

Weston STW-Uphill:
3 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 30+ Swallow to north, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler.

Paulton:
Village environs: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Jay, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Bullfinch.

Bath:
Prospect Stile: 1 flyover Red Kite 5.53pm to north-east (Derek Angell). That's 50+ birds through Avon so far this month.
(20/4/15) Red Kite (Carole Finch)
The Winford bird which lingered for a few hours on Monday
Blagdon Lake:
1 Great White Egret, Butcombe Bay early this morning to 8.30am, then it was seen to fly off towards Planet Chew.
Other stuff, 1 Egyptian Goose, 3 Shelduck, 1 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Tern sp (Top End), 16 Chiffchaff, just 1 Willow Warbler, 24 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 8 Song Thrush.

Planet Chew:
2 Greylag Goose, 6 Barnacle Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 8 Shelduck, 3 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Great White Egret (back of Denny Island, presumably the Blagdon bird), 2 Little Egret, 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Gull, 11 GBB Gull (inc a pair mating), 1 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 15 Swift, 1 Cuckoo (Herriott's), 2 Jay, 150 Sand Martin, 25 Swallow, 23 House Martin,  2 Goldcrest, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 White Wagtail.

Reports: Derek Angell, Carole Finch, Barry Gray, Patrick Hancock, Adrian Hockey, David Hughes, Rob Laughton, John Martin, Dean Reeves, Steve Sanins, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, Dan White, BL birds, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.
VERY MANY THANKS EVERYONE.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Sightings 21/4/15

21/4/15 flyover White Stork (Dan White)
New Passage late morning
Only about 11 Avon records 1971-2012 and only the 2nd Severnside record. Another or same White Stork seen at Cam (Glos) this evening.

Red Kite: 3 more through today, making at least 40 birds so far this month that we know of.


Frenchay (Bristol):
M32 area: 2 flyover Peregrine, over gardens and houses.

Snuff Mills (Bristol):
1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper.

Bishopsworth (Bristol):
1 flyover Peregrine.

Coombe Dingle (Bristol):
Sylvan Way: 1 flyover Red Kite 2.15pm to north (William Earp).

Cumberland Basin (Bristol):
Underfall Yard: 1 flyover Red Kite 2.35pm to east, near the river Avon (Bob Webber).

Lawrence Weston (Bristol):
LW Moor: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Redstart.

Eastville (Bristol):
21/4/15 Grey Wagtail (Gill Sapsed)
river Frome
Oldbury Power Station:
Very birdy here today, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Whimbrel, 10 Sand Martin, 50 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 5 Willow Warbler, 25 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 6 Wheatear (yacht club), 3 flyover Tree Pipit, 40 Meadow Pipit.

Aust Warth:
1 Whinchat still.
21/4/15 Whitethroat (Matt Scott)
New Passage-Northwick:
1 Greylag Goose, 13 Canada Goose, 15 Teal, 4 Tufted duck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Egret, 55 Oystercatcher, 7 Little Ringed Plover, 15 Ringed Plover, 26 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 BH Gull, 10 Sand Martin, 141 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 10+ Wheatear (evening), 5 Yellow Wagtail, 9+ White Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit.
A steady stream of Swallow through here this evening.

Chittening Warth:
New Pill: 1 Ring Ouzel, flew north (Rob Emery).
Other stuff, 1 Peregrine, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat,

Portbury Wharf:
2 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Barn Owl (out hunting, evening), 4 Lesser Whitethroat of note.

Portishead:
Battery Pt: 3 Purple Sandpiper still.
Kilkenny Place: 1 Bullfinch.

Clevedon:
B3124: 1 flyover Red Kite 4pm to north.

Sand Pt- Middle Hope:
1 Little Egret, 22 Whimbrel, 6 BH Gull, 1 Short-eared Owl again, 1 Raven, 30 Sand Martin, 600 Swallow, 150 House Martin, 15 Willow Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Redstart,  2 Wheatear, 1 Pied Flycatcher (St Thomas's Head), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 8 Tree Pipit, 25 Meadow Pipit, 2 Siskin.

Uphill NR:
1 Redstart, 3 Wheatear, 2 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting of note.

Blagdon Lake:
3 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 11 Teal, 3 Common Sandpiper.

Planet Chew:
2 Greylag Goose, 2 Barnacle Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 12 Shelduck, 1 Scaup, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby (Herriott's all day), 1 Little Ringed Plover (Dam), 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Gull, 9 GBB Gull, 1 Common Tern (off Woodford), 1 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Jay, 142 Sand Martin, 7 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 7+ Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat.
Sedge & Reed Warbler well established around the lake now.
(20/4/15) Scaup (Bob Brewer)
hanging out with the Tufteds, Moreton/Stratford side
Reports: Bill Blake, Paul Bowyer, Rob Chace, Mark Dadds, William Earp, Rob Emery, Andrew Ford, Alistair Gratton, Mike Jenkins, Chris Johnson, John Martin, Dee Pope, Phil Quinn, John Rickard, Gill Sapsed, Matt Scott, Ian Stapp, Liz Shaw, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, Bob Webber, Dan White, Simon Williams, Grahame Woodberry, BL birds, opsbirding.
VERY MANY THANKS EVERYONE.

Extramadura (Spain) - Gordon Youdale

Gordon and a few birding friends just back from this part of Spain and sent in these photos:-
Bee-eater

Collared Pratincole

Roller

Great Spotted Cuckoo
Wouldn't it be wonderful if just one of these could make it into Avon this spring....? Not entirely impossible of course given some favourable southerly winds.

Many thanks Gordon.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Sightings 20/4/15

Chipping Sodbury:
Common: 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Wheatear of note.

Almondsbury:
Marshwall Lane: 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Skylark, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap of note. At least 5 species of butterfly here too.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Redshank, 6 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 19 Chiffchaff, 15 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear.

Aust Warth:
1 Little Egret, 1 Short-eared Owl (evening again), 1 Whinchat.
20/4/15 Short-eared Owl (Darren Robson)

20/4/15 Whinchat (Mrs Trellis)
showing really well at Cake Pill, fence posts
Northwick Warth:
At least 4 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Jay, 12 White Wagtail.
20/4/15 Little Ringed Plover & Ringed Plover (Mrs Trellis)
the birds were outrageously confiding today at the flash, even we could manage something
Severn Beach:
6 Gadwall, 22 Whimbrel, 11 Curlew.
20/4/15 Wheatear (Mrs Trellis)
Shaft Rocks this morning
Portishead:
Boating Lake: 30+ mixed Swallow/House Martin.
Battery Pt: 3 Purple Sandpiper this morning.
20/4/15 Purple Sandpiper (Mrs Trellis)
Video of these birds: HERE
Clevedon coast:
Wains Hill-Yeo Est: 125 Shelduck, 5 Teal, 6 Little Egret, 58 Oystercatcher (all Yeo end), 4 Ringed Plover, 15 Lapwing, 55 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 6 Black-tailed Godwit (Yeo end), 27 Whimbrel, 45 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 60 Redshank, 1 Cuckoo (Blake's Pool), 3 Raven, 22 Skylark, 85 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 21 Willow Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler (Kenn), 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 17 Wheatear (most Yeo end), 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 210 Meadow Pipit (mig to NE), 3 Rock Pipit, 55 Goldfinch (mig to NE), 65 Linnet (mig to NE).

Sand Pt/Bay:
7 Whimbrel, 1 Short-eared Owl (Trig Pt again), 1 Cuckoo, 103 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 13 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 1 fly-through Nightingale, 8 Wheatear, 2 Tree Pipit, 12 Meadow Pipit, 10 Linnet.
Cuckoo (Simon Williams)
3.15pm this afternoon
Avon Valley (Saltford):
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Skylark, 8 Swallow, 12 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 8 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush.

Bishop Sutton:
20/4/15 Sparrowhawk (Bob Brewer)
outside the kitchen window this morning
Winford:
1 soaring Red Kite, first seen 11am but hanging around until 1.45pm at least (Carole Finch).

Compton Dando:
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Raven, 9 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 7 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Nuthatch, 6 Mistle Thrush, 16 House Sparrow (in the village).

Blagdon Lake:
WeBS: 17 Mute Swan, 7 Canada Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose, 4 Shelduck, 4 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 45 Mallard, 362 Tufted Duck, 8 Little Grebe, 14 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 34 Moorhen, 171 Coot, 8 Snipe, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 LBB Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 2 GBB Gull.

Other stuff, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat.

Planet Chew:
1 db Brent Goose (Sutton Wick), 1 Little Ringed Plover (HG wall), 1 Green Sandpiper.

Reports: Bob Brewer, Sean Davies, Carole Finch, John Martin, Andy Middleton, David Poulton, Lois Pryce, Dean Reeves, John Rickard, Darren Robson, Steve Sanins, Isobel Senjo, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, Chris Vines, Simon Williams, BL birds.
VERY MANY THANKS EVERYONE.