Saturday, 18 February 2017

18 Feb '17 Saturday - Cattle Egret

Cloudy at first warming up with good sunshine around, like spring

18-2-17 Hooligan Gull at Chew (Lee Gardiner)

Waxwing at Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford
Merlin at New Passage
Short-eared Owl at Uphill
Cattle Egret at Toghill
Long-tailed Duck at Barrow Tanks
Scaup, Common Scoter, Cattle Egret, Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull at Chew

18-2-17 Tufted Duck at Eastville (Allan Chard)
2 Siskin
Eastville Park:
9 Canada Geese, 1 m Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorants, 200+ BH Gulls

18-2-17 Cormorant at Eastville (Richard Scantlebury)
Stockwood Open Spaces:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, lots Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Chaffinch


Bradley Stoke, Willow Brook, Tesco Extra, 8.30 and 16.45:

15 Waxwing

17-2-17 Waxwing at Tesco (Brain Thompson)

Stoke Gifford, Bakers Ground children's park, 12.30:

15 Waxwing

Oldbury Power Station: 
1 Gadwall, 1 Lesser Redpoll over, calling, 2 Grey Wagtail. (60 species, equal best this year, 2 other dates same)

Littleton Brick Pits:
1 Water Rail, 5 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Skylark, 3 Siskin, 2 Bullfinch

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
15 Canada Geese, 18 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 17 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 1 Golden Plover, 700+ Knot, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher

Severn Beach:
22 Shelduck, 16 Wigeon, c.70 Dunlin, 9 Curlew, 2 Turnstone, 170 BH Gull, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Stonechat, 1 Bullfinch.
16-2-17 Goosander on the Blind Yeo (David Gale)

18 Goosander, 1 Water Rail, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Knot, 50 Curlew, 20 Turnstone, 20+ Skylark, 5 Stonechat (Stonechat numbers up over Avon)

4 Goosander (river at Moor Lade bridge)

Strawberry Line:
4 Egrets (3 definite Little and  probable Cattle Egret),  Buzzard, Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler, large number of Starlings and a few Fieldfares, Bullfinch

18-2-17 Short-eared Owl (Paul Milo Milsom)
1 Short-eared Owl, 10+ Stonechat, 1 Reed Bunting


7 Stonechat
18-2-17 Stonechat (Peter Coslett)
Wick, Golden Valley: combined report
2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Long-Tailed Tit,
2 Treecreeper, 7 Chaffinch, 10 Greenfinch, 10+Goldfinch, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Red Admiral butterfly

Toghill Farm:
Cattle Egret
18-2-17 Barn Owl at Pensford (Raoul Chandrasakera)
Pensford viaduct:
1 Barn Owl


Barrow Tanks:
3 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 19 Teal, 23 Mallard, 16 Shoveler, 13 Pochard, 69 Tufted Duck, 1 m Long-tailed Duck (He is moulting to show a 1st winter male, not a female as thought earlier this year),
1 f Goldeneye, 19 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 14 Little Grebe, 13 Great Crested Grebe, 63 Coot, 9 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, 200+ Common Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker

Blagdon Lake:
Mute Swans, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2♂ Scaup, Buzzards

18-2-17 ringed BH Gull at Chew (David Hughes)
Can anyone trace this ring? 5HE
Chew Valley Lake:
18-2-17 ringed Mediterranean Gull at Picnic Site 1 (Lee Gardiner)
Dam/Picnic Site 1:
2 Barnacle Geese, 3 Scaup, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Hooligan Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull (Ring No (9?).606), 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Black Headed Gull (Ring 5HE)

18-2-17 Common Scoter at Chew (Brian Thompson)
18-2-17 Cattle Egret at Chew (John Martin)

Stratford Hide:
4 Scaup, 2 Jack Snipe

Herriotts End:
1 Cattle Egret, 2 Mediterranean Gull

Hooligan Gull - Update
Attached are two new photos by Simon Mackie of the Hooligan Gull, the strange gull which resides at the Picnic Site at Chew - now nicknamed by all and sundry as the 'Hooligan Gull'. It is staying around and is very confiding, spending much of its time sitting on the wooden barriers with the Black-headed Gulls. It is approachable down to about 10 feet. Aside from all it's other features, what is most intriguing is the fact that the bird has such short legs!
For comparison, the third photo is of a definite Heuglin's Gull that Richard Mielcarek sent me - apparently taken in Kuwait by Danielle Occhiato, where they winter. Similar or what?!                      
Keith Vinicombe

Hooligan and Heuglin's Gull below

Reports: Rich Andrews, Terri Borash, Allan Chard, Teresa Chard, Derek Clarke, Peter Coslett, Chris Craig, Sean Davies, Michael Davis, Alastair Fraser, David Gale, Lee Gardiner, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Bob Hindle, David Hughes, Michael Hutchinson, John Martin, Andy Middleton, Nigel Milbourne, Paul Milo Milsom, Chris Perry, Matt Plenty, Lois Pryce, Adam Rawson, Trevor Riddle, Vic Savery, Richard Scantlebury, Howard Taffs, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, Thomas Weston, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG