Saturday, 29 October 2016

29th Oct '16 Saturday - White-tailed Eagle

Dull and murky all day but the birding was excellent.

Juv White-tailed Eagle seen again on the Avon border at Black Down.  Last reported flying over Cheddar Reservoir at 11.45 a.,m.  (5th local record, last 1927, 1945 for Somerset). 

The Lesser Yellowlegs is still showing well at Cheddar Reservoir, along with Great White Egret and Yellow-browed Warbler.  6 Cattle Egrets remain in the Slimbridge area with another one near Westhay.  Let's find some more goodies in Avon!

One last picture of the Lesser 'Legs on the blog, since everyone is still down at Cheddar
looking at it (or for the eagle?)
  (Martin McGill)
2 Teal, 11 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail,  Also an Otter (… so the fishing’s obviously good - might tempt any sea eagles in the area),

Ring-necked Parakeet at Severn Beach - a touch of exotica on a grey autumn day,
 (Lisa Presland)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
2 Avocet, Grey Plover, Ruff, "good numbers" of Dunlin and Black-tailed Godwit, Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Fieldfare.

Severn Beach/Chittening:
Peregrine, 2 Stonechat, Blackcap.

Walton Down:
2 Woodcock.

Plumley Park, Worle (W-s-Mare):
Yellow-browed Warbler (in tops of tall trees)

Blagdon Lake:
2 m. Red-crested Pochard, 4 Bewick's Swan, 8 Greater Scaup, 16 Little Egret (and no Great White Egrets at all).

Nice comparison shot of Common and Green Sandpipers (Brian Thompson)
Chew Valley Lake:
4 ad Bewick's Swan, 11 Great White Egret, 17 Little Egret. BitternWater Rail, Kingfisher.
Ringing Station:
Siberian Chiffchaff (caught and ringed, the second one this week)

Everyone loves Bittern pictures, right?  (Bob Brewer)

Same bird, different photographer!  (Brian Thompson)

Reports: Rich Andrews, Chris Craig, Brian Edge, Rob Emery, Paul Gregory, John Martin, Lisa Presland, Sue Sayers, Brian Thompson, Keith Vinicombe, Andrew Waygood, blagdonbirds