Thursday, 16 February 2017

16 Feb '17 Thursday - Short-eared Owl

Sunny day and warm for the time of year

Waxwing at Bradley Stoke
Cattle Egret at Stanton Drew and Toghill
Black Redstart at Clevedon
Short Eared Owls at Uphill
Scaup, Common Scoter, and Mediterranean Gulls at Chew

16-2-17 Waxwing at Tesco's (Vic Savery)
Lords Wood, Pensford:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, lots Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Chaffinch


Bradley Stoke, Tesco Extra:
15 Waxwing
Oldbury Power Station:Mute Swan pair back, 1 Ruff with Lapwings

Yate Common:
Red Kite
16-2-17 Long-tailed Tit at Chew (Ian Stapp)

1 Black Redstart on rocks

68 Canada Goose, c.50 Shelduck, 170 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 6 Goosander, 4 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 12 Oystercatcher, 28 Grey Plover, 60 Lapwing (One "singing" at Dowlais), 450 Dunlin (Well down on Sunday), 2 Jack Snipe, 9 Snipe, 140 Curlew, 250 Redshank, 28 Turnstone, 1 Raven, 2 Rock Pipit

Kenn Moor:
1 Little Egret, 1 Heron,  10 Teal, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 40 Redwing, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Skylark, 1 Raven, 40 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting

16-2-17 Short-eared Owl at Uphill (Rojo)
15 photographers at Uphill and I have to put one of mine in as I have none
Short Eared Owls, 2 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting


Toghill Farm:
Cattle Egret

Stanton Drew:
Cattle Egret


Blagdon Lake:
Bewick's Keynell, By-Brook & their 3 cygnets reported back at WWT Slimbridge today after wintering at Blagdon & Chew

Chew Valley Lake:

16-2-17 Egyptian Goose (Allan Chard)
1 Barnacle Goose, 2 Egyptian Geese, 14 Scaup, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Cetti's Warbler
9 Goldeneye, 1 Kingfisher,  20+ Redwing (orchard)

16-02-17 Scaup at Herons Green (Ian Stapp)
Heron's Green:
9 Scaup (4M 5F flew into the bay from the Dam), 2 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard

3 Buzzard, 2 Jay, 60+ Fieldfare and Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 25+ Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch

Herriotts End:
8 Shelduck, 10 Pintail, 4 ad + 2 juv Mediterranean Gulls, 4000 mixed Gulls, 1  Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting

Hooligan Gull
Attached are two photos of the strange gull which resides at the Picnic Site at Chew - now nicknamed by all and sundry as the 'Hooligan Gull'. It was there all day and it is very confiding, spending much of its time sitting on the wooden barriers with the Black-headed Gulls. It was approachable down to about 10 feet. For comparison, the third photo is of a definite Heuglin's Gull that Richard Mielcarek sent me - apparently taken in Kuwait, where they winter. Similar or what?! Keith Vinicombe

Odd gull at Chew and Heuglin's Gull below
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