Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Sightings 14/6/16

14/6/16 Herring Gull (John Clark)
Portishead marina, other pairs nesting too
Skomer Bird Report 2015: Click HERE to read it. Any reason why the Avon Bird Report can't be posted in a similar way?

A breezy day and our first wave of summer seabirds into our bit of the estuary. Mid-afternoon tide tomorrow and Severn Beach should be worth a look.

Shirehampton (Bristol):
Lamplighters: 2 Cormorant, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 3 Greenfinch, 20 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch.

New Passage-Northwick:
18 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 BH Gull, 2 GBB Gull.

Abbots Leigh:
Pool: 3 Mallard, 1 Moorhen + 5 juvs, 1 flyover Raven, 3 Song Thrush.

1 flyover Raven.

Sand Pt:
Morning watch: Up to 80 Manx Shearwater.
14/6/16 Manx Shearwater (Robert Hargreaves)
some of the birds off W-s-M/Sand Pt today
Windy weather in mid-summer often pushes up a few seabirds into Avon waters, presumably wandering birds from the south Wales coast.

W-s-M (Anchor Head):
Seawatch 6.30-10am: 14 Fulmar, 326 Manx Shearwater, 5 immature Gannet (Paul Bowyer).
Seawatch 2-3.45pm: 1 Storm Petrel to south 2.05pm, 3 adult Gannet (Dave Gibbs).

Blagdon Lake:
1 Cuckoo, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail family.

Planet Chew:
Herriott's end: 1 male cuckoo.

(13/6/16) Small Eggar Moth caterpillar (Mrs Trellis)
According to our expert geek in the Moth Dept of the Avonbirding offices, this is a notable species for Avon with the stronghold along the Severn estuary.

Reports: Paul Bowyer, John Clark, Mark Dadds, Dave Gibbs, Robert Hargreaves, Lois Pryce, George Rabin, Karin Rhodes, BL birds, severnsidebirds.