Sunday, 17 June 2018

17-6-18 Sunday - Manx Shearwater

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

Manx Shearwater

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)


Severn Beach:
80 Manx Shearwater, GBB Gulls, Swifts



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)
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

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

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)

Peregrine family in Bristol (Chris James)

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


Hambrook, M32 Junc 1
1 Kestrel - hover hunting


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

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)


1 Swift

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

Skylark at Marshfield (Pete Coslett)



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

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.

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


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


2 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail

 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

Thursday, 14 June 2018

14-06-18 Thursday - Storm Hector

Temp 15 to 20℃. After Storm Hector and rain a beautiful sunny day

14-6-18 Manx Shearwater, Severn Beach (Paul Bowerman)

Severn Beach: 
1 Storm Petrel, 1 Fulmar, 150 Manx Shearwater, 6 Gannet, 3 Curlew, 2 Kittiwake, 3 Black-headed Gull, a 1st summer Mediterranean Gull, a 2nd summer Yellow-legged Gull and a Great Skua.


14-6-18 Egyptian Goose, Chew Valley Lake (TtB)
Chew Valley Lake:
1 Mute Swan & Brood, 2 Egyptian goose (Dam), 3 Shelduck & 1 Brood, 10 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 8 House Martins, 6 Pied Wagtail

14-6-18 Stone Curlew, Winterbourne Down
Remember the photo of the Lesser Black-backed Gull and the trout (12th)? Ringing id now in from Peter Rock and Paul Veron (thanks guys). It shows it was Guernsey bred in spring 2014. With all other sightings (14) from CVL. It spent 5 month there in 2015, 3 months in 2016, one in 2017 and the current one.

Out of Avon:
Stone Curlew pair at Winterbourne Down have a chick

Genome sequencing project with House Martins
We have had the request below from a student at Bristol University regarding House Martins. Would you be able to help?

I am currently carrying out an MSc project at the University of Bristol investigating the migration routes of House Martins by genome sequencing the bacteria found in their faeces. If you know anyone that would be interested in getting involved I am looking for nest sites with five or more nests and swabbing the faeces underneath their nests, please contact me. 

Thank you for your time and I would really appreciate any advice, including nesting locations. Please reply to

Helen Howshall

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Robert Hargreaves, Talking to Bears, Paul Taylor

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

13-6-18 Wednesday

Reasonably clement,  cloudy with sunny spells

Red Kite: Westerleigh at 11:30; M48 near Aust at 15:30


13-6-18 Coombe Dingle Gold Finch (Pete Bunniss)
Lockleaze garden:
50+ Starlings (45 of which were juveniles), 30+ juvenile Sparrows, 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Collard Dove
5 Feral Pigeon. (This is the best year for young Starlings for over 5 years. The Sparrows are up a little. Feral Pigeons are down by 75%).
13-6-18 Lockleaze back garden (Patrick Hardyman Richards)
Taken through the window
Brandon Hill: 
A pre work 1/2 hr on the hill.
1 Cormorant, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 12 Feral Pigeon, 19 Woodpigeon,
3 Swift, 4 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 2 Carrion Crow, 9 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Blackcap, 6 Wren,  8 Starling, 11 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Robin, 4 Dunnock, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch,
10 Goldfinch.


1 Peregrine Falcon fly over.

Grey Heron 13th June 2018 Winterbourne (Dan White)
Grey Heron on the duck pond.


Portishead: BBS Survey

2 Mute Swan (12 Recently fledged) , 1 Greylag Goose, 28 Canada Goose (12 Recently fledged)
8 Shelduck, 52 Mallard (12 Recently fledged),  3 Tufted Duck, 1 Moorhen, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 13 Herring Gull, 4 Collared Dove, 2 Swift, 1 Jay, 12 House Martin, 4 Wren, 20 Starling
18 House Sparrow, 2 Pied Wagtail (yarrellii), 4 Linnet



Peregrine Juv 13th June 2018 Bath St John's Hamish Smith
St John's Church: Peregrines continue to prosper - 3 juv now flying well - parents being run ragged, feeding them.

Yellowhammer, Skylark, Corn Bunting, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat (lots of each species but Corn Bunting fewer in number than in the past), Linnet (parties up to nine), 3 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 1 Heron
50+ Starling


Blagdon Lake:
1 Kingfisher

Hawfinch 13 June 2018 Forest of Dean Ben Locke
Couldn't resist this one of Hawfinch - after the abundance we had during the winter - a reminder that they are not too far away!

Reports: Pete Bunnis, Peter Coslett, Jane Cumming, Patrick Hardyman Richards, Robert Hargreaves, Rod Holbrook, Mark Hynam, Ben Locke, John Martin, Hamish Smith, Chris Teague, Dan White, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

12-06-18 Tuesday - Hobby

Lovely sunny morning and evening, more overcast around midday.  Warm out of the cool wind.

Hobby, Red Kite, inland Redshank

Not sure who is trying to catch who here!
A colour-ringed LBB Gull at Chew (Ian Stapp)


Jackdaw newly fledged.

St George:
Whitethroat 12th June 2018 Aust Crews Hole (Lee Gardiner)


Oldbury Power Station:
Cuckoo, possibly a juv, over Lagoon 2.  2 juv. Whitethroat on Lagoon 3.  (Brown Hare in a farm field behind the yacht club - unusual here.)

Aust, M48:
Red Kite flying east over M48 at 3:30 p.m.

In the garden today - 1 Magpie, 2 Blackbird - still gathering food, 2 fledged Dunnock.


no reports


Compton Dando:
Pied Wagtail juv, 12th June 2018 Woolard (Suk Trippier)
Highlights of BOC walk.
1 agitated Grey Heron, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 9 Swallow,
28 House Martin, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Song Thrush,
1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtail, family of Pied Wagtail, 2 (f &m) Bullfinch - singing and calling, Greenfinch.

Egyptian Goose at Barrow (Chris Stone)

Barrow Tanks:
Egyptian Goose.

Chew Valley Lake
2 Little Egret, 22 Pochard, 5 Buzzard, 2 Hobby, 7 G BB Gull, 200+ Swift, 40+ Swallow, 100+ House Martin, 3 Jay, 2 Raven, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 3 Cetti's Warbler, lots Reed Warbler, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Goldfinch, 12 + Chaffinch, 8 Reed Bunting.

Garden Warbler at Chew dam (George Stacey)
1 Garden Warbler.

Heron's Green:
122 Canada Goose, 1 Redshank (presumably the Herriotts bird).

GS Woodpecker, a red-crowned juvenile (Ian Stapp)
24 Great Crested Grebe. 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker with 3 chicks

Herriott's Bridge:
24 Canada Goose, 7 Shelduck (only 6 ducklings now), 16 Teal, 57 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 1 Redshank.

Herriott's Pool:
Great Black-backed Gull - D:DY was ringed on Denny Island, 18th June 2017

Reports: Lee Gardiner, Rod Holbrook, Lois Pryce, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Suk Trippier,  blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Monday, 11 June 2018

11-06-18 Monday

Temp 15 to 26℃. Beautiful Sunny day today, very warm, nice breeze over the water

11-6-18 4 Little Egret, 1 Coot, 1 Morehen, 1 Mallard, & The Shelducks (Ian Stapp)

St Andrews Park:
4 low-flying screaming Swifts


Portishead Marina:
1 Cormorant back

2 Oystercatchers are seen daily on the roof of the old Westlands building in Winterstoke Road, Weston-s-Mare (across from Screwfix) They are apparently nesting on the roof as they become quite alarmed when humans walk beneath and see off the more commonly seen gulls that nest on the Industrial estate roofs

Herring Gull - juv seen on the roof.

Uphill - area:
3 Juv Jackdaw, 2 Raven, lots of Goldfinch inc juv.

11-6-18 smart Barnacle Goose, Herriotts (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
88 Canada Goose (Herriotts + 2 broods 15 & 4), 1 Barnacle Goose, 5 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 36 Gadwall, 14 Teal, 4 Pochard, 4 Little Egret, 1 Red Kite (Herriotts 1.10 going South), 5 Buzzard, 9 GBB Gull, 1 ad Great Spotted Woodpecker + 3 chicks, at Moreton, 1 Raven, 20+ Swallow, 15 House Martin, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Mistle Thrush, 14 Chaffinch, 9 Reed Bunting

Genome sequencing project with House Martins
We have had the request below from a student at Bristol University regarding House Martins. Would you be able to help?

I am currently carrying out an MSc project at the University of Bristol investigating the migration routes of House Martins by genome sequencing the bacteria found in their faeces. If you know anyone that would be interested in getting involved I am looking for nest sites with five or more nests and swabbing the faeces underneath their nests, please contact me. 

Thank you for your time and I would really appreciate any advice, including nesting locations. Please reply to

Helen Howshall 
11-6-18 Parafoil Gliders from Moreton 11-06-18 (not birds but at least flying) (Ian Stapp)
Reports: Janey Clarke, Roger Fry, Dave Newton, Lois Pryce, Trevor Riddle, Ian Stapp

Sunday, 10 June 2018

10-06-18 Sunday - Rosy Starling

Temp 14 to 25℃. Cloudy start, blue skies and cotton balls for the evening

Rosy Starling

10-6-18 Robin showing off the sculpture, Duchess Park (Pat Richards)
Duchess Park:
1 Canada Goose, 2m, 2f, 4 ducklings Mallard Duck, 1 Buzzard, 2 ad, 3 juv Moorhen, 2 ad, 3 juv, Coot, 4 Swift, 7 Magpie, 10 Jackdaw, 4 ad, 4 juv, Blue Tit, 1 ad, 1 juv, Great Tit, 3 House Martin, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 ad, 3 juv, Chiffchaff, 1m, 1f, 1 juv, Blackcap. 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Blackbird, 5 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 3 Goldfinch

Hanham Bird Obs:
57 record count Swift


4 m Teal, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Raven, 2 Linnet


10-6-18 Rosy Starling, Sand Point (Daniel Watson)
Sand Point:
1 Rosy Starling (This might be Sand Point in Arkansas)


10-6-18  Sedge Warbler, River Avon, Bath (Rob Hargreaves)
Bath, River Avon, West of Newbridge:
2 Grey Heron, 3 Buzzard, 1 Swift, 2 Skylark, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 singing Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 6 Wren, 3 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush

10-6-18 Peregrine Falcon, St Johns (David Hughes)
Peregrines still learning to stretch their wings

Combe Hay:
1st Willow Warbler heard singing here, 1 Painted Lady


Barrow Tanks:
Greylag Goose, Egyptian Goose, Lapwing, Ringed Plover, 40 Sand Martin, 20 juv Pied Wagtail

Chew Valley Lake:
2 Canada Geese with 15 goslings, 1 Barnacle Goose, 1 Black Swan (Dam)

Out of UK:
Greater Flamingo, 8000 at Fuente de Piedra, Spain. Also in reasonable numbers, Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Gull-billed and Whiskered Terns, Bee-eater, Melodious and Olivaceous Warblers, Red-crested Pochard and White-headed Duck. And some single sightings included Black Stork, Common Pratincole, Marsh Harrier, and Spanish Sparrow (HR)

Reports: Karle Burford, Robert Hargreaves, Simon Harris, David Hughes, Brian Lamcastle, Rob Laughton, Patrick Richards, Rose, Chris Stone, Daniel Watson, , blagdonlakebirds, BUPP, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG