Friday, 8 January 2016

Sightings 8/1/16

The Biking Birder:
Gary Prescott had a great day out around Planet Chew yesterday, Lesser Scaup plus 7 new ticks so he is very pleased. You can follow his progress and donate to his wildlife charities via:

Amazing Migrations 2 Feb 7.30pm at The White Hart, Littleton-on-Severn BS35 1NR
An illustrated talk by Ed Drewitt, naturalist, broadcaster looking at the amazing bird migration along the river Severn. Every winter thousands of birds arrive on the Severn Estuary. Discover the amazing facts behind where have they come from and where they go to when Spring arrives. 
More details: HERE.

Stockwood (Bristol):
Open Space: 2 Jay, 15 Blackbird, 12 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Meadow Pipit, 20 Goldfinch, 4 Bullfinch.

Bishopsworth: (Bristol):
Crox Bottom: 1 Little Grebe (Imperial Park lake, unusual here), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Redfield (Bristol):
Stephen St: 1 Chiffchaff.

Tidal Avon (Bristol):
Clifton Suspension Bridge - M5 Bridge LT count: 37 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 8 Grey Heron, 75 Lapwing, 10 Dunlin, 9 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 5 Redshank, 500 BH Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 4 LBB Gull, 13 Herring Gull, 16+ Long-tailed Tit.

Aust Warth:
1 Jack Snipe,1 Snipe, 1 Stonechat of note.

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 22 Canada Goose, 40 Shelduck again, 500+ Wigeon, 11 Gadwall, 120 Teal, 20+ Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Water Rail, 70 Oystercatcher, 350 Lapwing, 900 Dunlin, 140 Curlew, 30 Redshank, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Water Pipit (2nd sentry box).

Severn Beach:
Orchard Pools: 1 Firecrest again.

Portbury Wharf:
Wharf Lane: 4 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting of note.

Boating Lake: 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Tufted Duck.
Marina: 14 Canada Goose, 2 Cormorant.
Springfield Rd: 1 fly-through Sparrowhawk, 2 Blackcap.

Kenn Moor:
40 Mute Swan, 10 Teal, 9 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat.

Wemberham Lane: 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel.

Yeo Est:
8 Little Egret but no sign of yesterday's Avocet.

Lower Kewstoke Rd: 2 Coal Tit, 1 Blackcap, 12 Chaffinch, 1 male Brambling again.

Sand Pt:
8/1/16 Whimbrel (Paul Bowyer)
at the point this morning, then later in bay, south side
Very unseasonal, but we did have a flock of 6 birds at Severnside in December.

Sand Bay:
Beach Rd: The Dartford Warbler still present, in buckthorn opposite No.32. Showing well with occasional singing and song flights (Bill Blake).

Anchor Head: The Black Redstart still present, Dauncey's Hotel at Madeira cove (Bill Blake).
STW: 2 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler of note.

River Axe: 2 Goosander, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 20 Moorhen, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Backwell Lake:
1 Water Rail, 2 Kingfisher.
8/1/16 Kingfisher (Gwen Thomas)
Blagdon Lake:
7 Mute Swan, 165+ Canada Goose, 4 Goldeneye, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Black-necked Grebe (Chris Craig, Rugmoor Pt area), 1 very pale Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 30 Starling.
Plenty of activity at the Lodge feeders, mostly Goldfinch.
8/1/16 Common Sandpiper (Mrs Trellis)
at the dam end
Planet Chew:
Little Egret: 22 in the cow field by Heron's Green.
Ruddy Duck: Great news! Our last Ruddy Duck appears to have been shot today by some nice men from the Ministry. We don't have to worry about them anymore...what a relief!
Otter: 1 close in at Moreton hide. Lots of Otter activity on this side of the lake recently. Otter Gill, our Otter geek (no Mink coat) reckons Planet Chew is large enough to hold more than 1 Otter family.

Other stuff, 18 Shelduck, 1 Scaup, 13 Goldeneye, 1 Great White Egret (HG), 7 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 41 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 14 Redwing,

Reports: Bill Blake, Paul Bowyer, Teresa Chard, Janey Clark, Chris Craig, Nick Cryer, David Gibbs, Paul Gregory, Dean Reeves, John Rickard, Trevor Riddle, Tony Scott, Nigel Sluman, Ian Stapp, Gwen Thomas, Mrs Trellis, severnsidebirds.