Sunday, 21 August 2016

Sightings 21/8/2016

WeBS Count day.  Blustery and mostly overcast/wet again, but mild.

One of many photographs taken of  Stormies off Severn Beach today
 (Lee Gardiner)
Bird of the day: Storm Petrel.  See the Twitter feed for loads of great photos, including some of the bird taken into care, and a not-so-nice photo of the fate that can await them when the gulls find them upriver. First bird found by Mark Coller, then many obs.

Bristol, Stapleton (River Frome, Eastville Park - Snuff Mills):
Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, pair Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail.

Pair of Kingfishers on the River Frome (Martin Tayler)
Bristol, Stoke Park:
20 Swift, 100+ House Martin.

Bristol, Stockwood Open Space:
1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 House Martin, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Jay, 15 Goldfinch.

Bristol, Three Brooks Nature Reserve:
1 Little Egret, Never been seen here before

Bullfinches at Newton St Loe (NSL-blogspot) 
Oldbury Power Station:
67 Canada Goose, 52 Ringed Plover, 43, Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 
17 Redshank, 31 Turnstone. Opsbirding

Severn Beach:
Three terrible shots of Storm Petrels off Severn Beach
(John Martin)
  (I'm just jealous!)
At least 6 Storm Petrel (and 9+ reported from Goldcliff - the other side - this morning)..  One picked up and taken into care but died.  Also reported: Fulmar going upriver at Sharpness.   2 Gannet, Common Tern, Black Tern off Severn Beach.   Pity all those poor WeBS counters who had to be elsewhere!
60 Oystercatcher,  40 Ringed Plover, 120 Dunlin, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, Whimbrel, 70 Turnstone,

New Passage and Pilning Wetlands:
7 Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, Snipe, 57 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Black Tern, Kingfisher, 3 Yellow Wagtail. More info and photos on Severnside Birds.

River Avon and Sea Mills:
Little Grebe family (2 ad + 3 juv) at Hoar Gout;  2 Grey Heron, 24 Redshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, 26 LBB Gull of which  2 ad + 24 juv.

Royal Portbury Dock:
1+ Storm Petrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel

9 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 17 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 9 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 23 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 21 BH Gull, 7 LBB Gull.

15 Little Egret, 1 juv Little Ringed Plover, 6 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 1 juv Ruff, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 155 Curlew, 4 Common Sandpiper, 12 Turnstone,  40+ Swallow, 2 Rock Pipit, 5 Wheatear.

7 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Grey Heron, Stock Dove, 9 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Chiffchaff.

21/8/16 Gannet (Nigel Milbourne)
9th site record found by Mrs Trellis
Blagdon Lake:
Little Egret, Egyptian Goose, 1 Garganey, 1 Gannet (probable 4th year), 5 Oystercatcher (2 ad + 3 juv), 5 Ringed Plover, juv Sanderling, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern, 1 Common Gull (early returner?).

Chew Valley Lake:
7 adult Little Egret, 2 adult Great White Egret (1 Stratford end, 1 HGB that flew off towards Villice), 2 Garganey, several Dabchicks with 1 juv (villice), 5 Oystercatcher, 9 Lapwing, 23 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Herriotts), 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Redshank circled Herons Green 1 landed on the dam and 4 flew off in the direction of Blagdon 2 Little Gull (1 was 1W), 3 Common Tern (ad + 2 juv), 1 juv Arctic Tern, 3 juv Black Tern, 1 Wheatear

21/8/16 Common Tern (Brian Thompson)
Switched places with a Black Tern when no-one was looking

Reports:  Rich Andrews, Paul Bowerman, Karle Burford, Allan Chard, Teresa Chard, Mark Coller, Iain James and Lone Dykes, Lee Gardiner, Mike Jenkins, "Lisegirl", John Martin, Andy Middleton, Nigel Milbourne, Lisa Presland, Tony Rooke, Richard Scantlebury, Tony Scott, Chris Stone, Martin Tayler, Mrs Trellis, Jason Williams, blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, severnsidebirds