Sunday, 16 October 2016

16th Oct '16 Sunday - YBW Hoopoe, Pectoral Sandpiper

Today's Headlines:
A rainy start, brightening up later, quite a strong southerly breeze.  Not that many reports today compared to recently - surely there can't be more exciting birding outside of Avon?

Yellow-Browed Warbler re-trapped this morning at Chew Valley Ringing Station
Hoopoe again, just over the border in Woodford/Stone, Glos.
The juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper still at Blagdon Lake - 11 days now

16-10-16 Grey Wagtail (Lisa Presland)
Lisa's favourite bird, Chestle Pill
New Passage/Northwick:
20+ Canada Goose, 8 Shelduck, 200+ Wigeon, 50+ Gadwall, 50+ Teal, 30+ Shoveler, 2 Little Egret, 50+ Oystercatcher, 40+ Grey Plover, 80+ Lapwing, 40+ Curlew, 100+ Black-tailed Godwit, c.60 Turnstone, 30+ Knot, 2 Ruff, 2000+ Dunlin, 100+ Redshank, 1 Snipe, 2 Common Gull, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Raven, c.30 Skylark

Portishead /Marina
6 Long-tailed Tit at the head of the marina, 1 Curlew on the foreshore, 100s of distant gulls.

1 Merlin
16-10-16 Chiffchaff (Allan Chard)
Blagdon Lake
Blagdon Lake:
18 Little Egret, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Water Rail, 1 juv Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 juv Little Stint, 2 Dunlin, 2 juv Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Chiffchaff
16-10-16 Buzzard (Ian Stapp)
Moreton, CVL
Chew Valley Lake:
Heron's Green:
18 Little Grebe, 1 Common Snipe, 2 Stonechat
1 Little Egret, 4 Great White Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Raven, 11 Long-Tailed Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Chaffinch
16-10-16 Treecreeper (Ian Stapp)
Moreton, CVL
1 Little Egret, 2 Great-White Egret, 1 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Meadow Pipit
Herriott's End:
1 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Grey Wagtail
Chew Valley Ringing Station:
1 Yellow-Browed Warbler (originally ringed at CVRS last weekend)

An update on The Biking Birder...
The Biking Birder
Beach cleaning on Fair Isle
You may remember that the Avon Birds Blog covered Gary Prescott's visit to the area back in January. He was just setting off on his Big Green Year, attempting to see 300+ bird species by bike and fundraising for charity at the same time .  His list was in the mid-90s back then, but the wintering Lesser Scaup at Chew was a handy bird.  Getting on 6,000 miles pedalled later, Gary is up in Shetland and has so far picked up 302 bird species on his travels. He has already smashed the previous UK Green Year record and he is only a couple of rare 'Sibes', a waxwing and a little auk away from the European record. You can follow Gary's year and find out how you can donate to the charities he is supporting here -

Reports: Alan Ashman, Allan Chard, Spencer Edgerton-Smith, Robert Hargreaves, Lisa Presland, Mike Salter, Ian Stapp, Jenny Clark @cvrsnews, blagdonlakebirds