Saturday, 3 December 2016

3rd Dec '16 Saturday - Lapland Bunting

Sunny periods but still cold, low wind

Jack SnipeWoodcock and Short-eared Owl along Severn Beach
Red Kite at Nailsea
ScoterMerlin  and Lapland Bunting at Sand Point
Dartford Warbler at Weston-Super-Mare
Black-necked Grebe at Chew Valley Lake

2-12-16 Peregrine at Avon Gorge (Paul Milo Mislom)
Avon Gorge:
1 Peregrine, 1 Mistle Thrush
St Andrews:
6 Raven over
Eastville Park:
1 Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Raven, 7 Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Starling, 7 Grey Wagtails, Pied Wagtail
Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
2 pair Wigeon, 4 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, c.30 Redwing (flock over)
Stockwood Open Space:
1 Buzzard, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay,
12 Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Chaffinch, 20+ Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch

2-12-16 Starling at Eastville (Richard Scantlebury)
Oldbury Power Station:
1 light coloured Chiffchaff on Lagoon 2

Severn Beach, Shaft Rocks, High tide:
2 Wigeon. 2 Grey Herons, 15 Ringed Plover. 110 Dunlin, 30 Turnstone

Chittering Warth, late afternoon:
4 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 7 Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Short-eared Owl

Thornbury, Butt Lane:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal tit, Long-tailed Tits on feeding station

3-12-16 Blue Tit (Wayne Tucker)
Lots of Blue Tits reported today
Tockington garden, a.m:
Numerous Blue/Great Tits, 8 Long-tailed Tits, Wren, 4 Blackbirds,  Fieldfare, Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, Goldfinch

Clevedon - Blind Yeo:
1 Great White Egret at 14.30

3-12-16 Redwing at Congressbury Moor (Paul Cousins)
Congressbury Moor:
1 Grey Heron, 1 white Buzzard, loads of Crows, 8 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Blackcap, 3 Wren, 4 Fieldfare, 42 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 14 Robin, 2 Stonechat

Nailsea, Ploughed Paddock, 12.20:
1 Red Kite, seen by a 2nd observer at 14.20, junction of Queens Road and Trendlewood Way and seen by a 3rd observer back at Ploughed Paddock at 14:45.

Sand Point:
1 female Shoveler (rare in Sand Bay), 4 female type Scoter, 1 female Merlin,  1000 Dunlin,
10 Grey Plover, 100 Oystercatcher, 100 Redshank, 100s of Redwing and Fieldfare on the point,
1 Lapland Bunting flew up from grass at the fort calling and flew toward the salt-marsh

Weston-Super-Mare area:
1 male Dartford Warbler

2-12-16: 1 Little Egret, 4 Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, 8 Golden Plover, Jack Snipe, c.1,000 Woodpigeon, 1 m Blackcap, 1 f Bullfinch, 6 Reed Bunting

Keynsham garden:
Blue tit, 2 Chaffinch, Goldfinch

3-12-16 Kingfisher at Weston Lock (Wayne Tucker)
Bath, Weston Lock:
Mute Swan, Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Long Tailed Tits
2/12/16: 1 Yellow Browed Warbler 

3-12-16 Collared Dove near Bath Mill (Wayne Tucker)
Bath, opp. Bath Mill:
On feeders: 2 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Magpie, 5+ Blue Tit,
5+ Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 5 Long Tailed Tits, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Chaffinch,
10+ Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch

Blagdon Lake:
12 Bewick's Swans, 7 Pintails, 15 Goosanders, 22 Little Egrets, 15 Great White Egrets,
1 Green Sandpiper, lots of Robins, 6 Bullfinches

Chew Valley Lake:
15 Goosander, 3 poss 4 Scaup 1st winters + 1 f ad,  3+ Great White Egrets, 2 Black-necked Grebe,
3 Common Sandpiper, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Fieldfare

3-12-16 Bullfinch nearBath Mill (Wayne Tucker)

A Cautionary Tale to all Birder/Photographers from a Contributor

"A few months ago I heard about this bird. When I went to look for it I set up my telescope on the road some distance away so as not to disturb the bird. Shortly after, I was approached by an extremely aggressive and angry farmer who claimed that birder/photographers had actually got into the field to get closer to the bird and had caused disturbance to his cows the previous day, one of which miscarried later that night. He saw me as another photographer and vented his anger to the point where I thought he was going to hit me." 
Reports: John Barnett, Karle Burford, Val Burton, Teresa Chard, Paul Cousins, Trevor Ford, Jane G, Paul Gregory, Peter Hazelwood, Brian Lancastle, Nigel Milbourne, Paul Milo Mislom, Mapt O'Haoda, MP, Steven Sanins, Gill Sapsed, Richard Scantlebury, Matt Scott, Tony Scott, Chris Stone, Wayne Tucker, Simon Williams, Timothy Worsfold, Gwen Thomas, blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG