Friday, 22 January 2016

Sightings 22/1/16

Alex Rhodes (photo by Roger Riddington)
‘Fair Isle: the fairest of Isles’
Alex is a keen birder, BTO ringer, writer and wildlife film maker. This evening talk is his account of his five weeks as an ornithological volunteer at Fair Isle Bird Observatory – very much a part of the island community and involving not just birding activities but also taking part in tea dances, tall ships and a sheep roundup !

Venue: The Star Inn, Tickenham, 25 January at 7.45pmAll welcome, HOT members £3, non-members £4, under 18's free. 
Contact Carrie 01275 462 908 for more detail.

Warning: Alex's natural glow and aura are blinding. Guests may wish to consider bringing sunglasses or welder's goggles as protection against His radiance. 
Afterwards, you may feel windswept and wild-eyed as if you had seen God, this is quite normal.
After the talk, He will walk among us appearing as a mere mortal.

Stockwood (Bristol):
Open Space: 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 20 Goldfinch, 50+ Linnet, 4 Bullfinch.

Kingswood (Bristol):
Hot Water Lane: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Bishopsworth (Bristol):
Vicarage Rd: 1 Sparrowhawk, in the garden this morning.
Crox Bottom: 1 Sparrowhawk (Hartcliffe Way), 6 Goldfinch.

Fishponds (Bristol):
Cycle Track: 2 Peregrine.

Eastville Park (Bristol):
1 Kingfisher, 1 Otter.
22/1/16 Otter (Rich Scantlebury)
Oldbury Power Station:
2 Red-legged Partridge, lagoon 3.

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 8 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag Goose, 77 Canada Goose, 27 Shelduck, 350 Wigeon, 12 Gadwall, 200 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Kestrel, 2 Merlin (m+f), 2 Water Rail, 80 Oystercatcher, 480 Lapwing, 1,000 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 300+ Curlew, 60 Redshank, 1 GBB Gull, 2 Raven, 1 Grey Wagtail, 26 Pied Wagtail, 3+ Water Pipit.
22/1/16 Water Pipit (Paul Bowerman)
 up to 5 birds regular here this month, mostly at the 2nd sentry box stretch
Boating Lake: 4 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag Goose, 12 Tufted Duck.
Springfield Rd: 2 Blackcap.

Walton Common:
2 Buzzard.

3 Short-eared Owl out, showing quite well. Boatyard and golf-course areas.

22/1/16 Short-eared Owl (Simon Williams)
The Shorties seem to show mid-afternoon onwards
Cup of tea at Uphill boat services
many thanks to Simon for the info
2 Buzzard, 7 Lapwing, 50 Jackdaw, 50 Rook, 1 Raven, 70 Skylark, 4 Starling, 17 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 100 Redwing, 25 Yellowhammer.

Barrow Tanks:
No.3: 15 Cormorant, 20+ Tufted Duck, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Blagdon Lake:
2 Goosander (Butcombe Bay), 3 Black-necked Grebe.

Litton Res:
1 Canada Goose, 4 Teal, 25 Tufted Duck (more than usual for here), 6 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 14 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 15 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail.
22/1/16 Long-tailed Tit (Mrs Trellis)
Planet Chew:
Pochard: 64 male and 20 female in Heron's Green, 34m/23f at Moreton.
Panther: 1 on the Woodford bank, viewed from Moreton hide. Could have been a cat though.

Other stuff, 15 Barnacle Goose, 8 Shelduck, 1 Pintail, 3 Scaup (1st winter drakes, Villice), 8 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 250 Lapwing (in the Little Egret field), 1 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 GBB Gull, 1 Raven, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Cetti's Warbler.
22/1/16 Goldeneye (Mrs Trellis)

22/1/16 Green Sandpiper (Mrs Trellis)
regular recently along the track to Moreton hide
Reports: Paul Bowerman, Teresa Chard, Nick Cryer, Anthony Goodwin, Patrick Hancock, John Martin, John Rickard, Rich Scantlebury, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, Simon Williams, BL birds, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.