Thursday, 17 November 2016

17th Nov '16 Thursday - Water Pipit

Wet and windy and consequently a slow news day today

17-11-16 Turnstone (Rod Holbrook)
Shaft Rocks, Severn Beach
100+ Pied Wagtail roost in plane trees on Temple Way, outside House of Fraser

Oldbury Power Station:
(WeBS) 41 Canada Goose, 234 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 34 Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 900 Dunlin, 162 Curlew, 26 Redshank, 15 Turnstone, 1 Cetti's Warbler (lagoon 3), 1 Grey Wagtail

13 Mute Swan, 20+ Shelduck, 75 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 15 Little Egret, 62 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 150 Lapwing, 70 Curlew, 1,700 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 250 Redshank, 10 Turnstone, 15+ Meadow Pipit

Harvey Rose celebrated 40 years of birding along the Clevedon-Yeo stretch of coast today.  Here's a few from his first list taken on Wednesday 17th November 1976:

17-11-76 Clevedon-Kenn:
2,000 Lapwing at Dowlais, 9 House Martin Wain's Hill, 100 Pied Wagtail on the foreshore, 2 Snow Bunting

17-11-16 Magpies (Ian Stapp)
We don't feature many magpie pictures
Chew Valley Lake:
Mulitple reports from multiple observers so likely some duplication today
2 Egyptian Goose, 4 Little Grebe

17-11-16 Goosander (George Stacey)
Off Woodford, CVL today
12 Goosander, 7 Little Egret, 11 Great White Egret, 4 Magpie
Heron's Green:
2 Little Egret, 4 Great White Egret, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat
1 Scaup, 2 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Buzzard,  50+ mixed flock of Fieldfare and Redwing, 6+ Blackbird, 1 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting
Chew Valley Ringing Station:
1 Marsh Harrier (over)      
Herriotts End:
8 Shelduck, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Water Rail, Kingfisher

17-11-16 Great White Egret (WF Mackie)
at least 17 still at CVL
Also from around the lake... 9 Shelduck, 2 (1st-w male and 1st-winter female) Scaup, 15 Goosander, 310 Cormorants, 13 Little Egret, 17 Great White Egret, 17 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, c.30 Fieldfare, c.200 Redwing, 2 Water Pipit

Also of interest, a pale brown Starling came into roost in the main reedbed with a Starling flock - seen twice but bill colour not seen. (K. Vinicombe)

The Beijing Cuckoo Project

17-11-16 The migration routes and current locations of 3 satellite tagged cuckoos
Seeing as it's a quiet day, here's a link to The Bejing Cuckoo Project

This is a satellite tagging project that is revealing the incredible migration routes these Chinese cuckoos take to their wintering grounds. One individual named 'Skybomb Bolt' by local school kids, undertook a single, non-stop journey across the Arabian Sea from India to Somalia. A distance of 3,700km in just under 4 days and he is still on the move.

Reports: Chris Craig, Simon Mackie, Andrew Middleton, Harvey Rose, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, Zoe Trinder-Widdess, Keith Vinicombe, Chris Stone