Sunday, 15 May 2016

Sightings 15/5/16

Lammergeier: Incredible news just out of a Lammergeier at Sudbrook, Gwent on 12 May. The bird was seen to fly east at one point and must have entered into Avon waters off Severnside somewhere and last reports of it were of the bird flying west again back into Wales.
Short video from the Gwent Birding website: HERE.
Presumably it is the same bird that was seen in Belgium recently.

Lammergeier like mountainous/hilly country and in view of its incredible rarity status, we've organised a specially co-ordinated Lammergeier watch around Avon to be carried out as soon as possible by the local birding groups:-

Oldbury birders
Almondsbury Tump
TBOSG birders
Two Mile Hill
Severnside birders
Blackhorse Hill
Clevedon birders
Wain’s Hill
W-s-M/Sand Pt birders
Worlebury Hill
Planet Chew birders
Burledge Hill
Mrs Trellis
Barton Hill
Date and time of your choosing. Thanks everyone.

Bishopsworth (Bristol):
Manor Rd Woods: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 4 Chaffinch, 3 Bullfinch.

St Phillips (Bristol):
Feeder Rd: 6 Sand Martin.

Shire Valley: 2 Tufted Duck, local rarity apparently.

Inglestone Common:
1 Garden Warbler.

New Passage-Northwick:
1 Pintail, 1 drake Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 80 Ringed Plover, 8 Knot, 4 Sanderling, 1 Curlew Sandpiper again, 300 Dunlin.

Portbury Wharf:
10 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Goose, 1 Gadwall, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Cetti's Warbler.

Clevedon coast:
Ladye Bay: 15 Black Tern up, 20 Common Tern.
Blackstone-Dowlais: 2 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 6 Lapwing, 9 Dunlin, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, 2 Redshank, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail.

Sand Pt:
2 Sanderling, 1 Knot, 10 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 2 Tree Pipit, 1 Siskin, 4 Redpoll, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer.
Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Whitethroat very numerous.

Anchor Head: 7 Gannet, 2 Black Tern, 5 Arctic Tern (Dave Gibbs).
15/5/16 Gannet (Dave Gibbs)
Barrow Tanks:
No.2 Tank: 1 Greenshank.

Weston: 1 flyover Red Kite to south-east 11.20am (Derek Angell).

Planet Chew:
Osprey: 1 flyover 11.20am (Mike Jenkins).
Spotted Redshank: 1 briefly at Herriott's Pool early this morning, our first of the Spring (Mike Jenkins).
Other stuff, 2 Barnacle Goose, 23 Shelduck, 1 drake Wigeon, 8 Gadwall. 2 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 22 Buzzard (inc 18 at HG Bay), 2 Kestrel, 3 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Cuckoo, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5+ Cetti's Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat.

Race Equality in Nature
Conference at Bristol Zoo, 3 June 2016
organised by Mya-Rose Craig, BirdgirlUK, details: HERE
Reports: Derek Angell, Des Bowring, Teresa Chard, Sean Davies, Dave Gibbs, Adrian Hockey, Nick Hudson, Mike Jenkins, Harvey Rose, Howard Taffs, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, Jason Williams, TBOSG.