Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Sightings 17/5/16

Avon Gorge Peregrine:
The nest was visited under licence this morning, 3 chicks hatched and about 2 weeks old (Ed Drewitt).

The 2 climbers who were seen around the nest site later were unaware of the birds presence as the British Mountaineering Council website (which they had checked before climbing) did not alert them to any climbing restrictions in that part of the gorge.
Apparently, in previous years, the birding community has notified the BMC of our breeding Peregrine so it seems there has been a breakdown in communication somewhere.

Avon Bird Report:
Harvey Rose the Editor is looking out for photos to include in the Report. Please contact him if you think you can help out.
Harvey's e-mail is: 'h.e.rose@bristol.ac.uk'. Thanks.

Stockwood (Bristol):
Open Space: 5 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Song Thrush, 8 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch.

4 flyover Crane 10.30am to west (Charlie Fayers).

Cope Park: 1 Cuckoo.

New Passage-Northwick:
17 Gadwall, 1 drake Garganey still, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 10 Ringed Plover, 1 Lapwing, 300 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit.

Severn Beach:
180 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 700 Dunlin, evening tide.

Portbury Dock:
6 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 13 Dunlin.

Walton Common:
3 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap.

Sand Pt:
1 Fulmar, 5 Whimbrel, 5 Arctic Tern, 50 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 4 Redpoll.

1 flyover Red Kite 11.20am (Jonathan Margetts).

Planet Chew:
Red Kite: 2 flyovers 11am to north-east/east (Andy Davis).
Hirundines: About 300 Swift and 100 mixed Swallow/House Martin with the onset of rain.

Other stuff, 2 Barnacle Goose, 20 Shelduck, 2 Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard, 2 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (feeding chicks), 1 Raven, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 1 Song Thrush.
17/5/16 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Ian Stapp)

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Paul Bowyer, Teresa Chard, Andy Davis, Charlie Fayers, Daphne Havercroft, Jonathan Margetts, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, severnsidebirds.