Thursday, 23 February 2017

23 Feb '17 Thursday - Sea birds

Doris blew through with high winds, calming in afternoon with a little sun

Waxwing at Bradley Stoke
Cattle Egret at Toghill
Common Scoter at Chew

23-2-17 Severn Beach this evening (Rod Holbrook)
No photos of birds today
1 Dipper


Bradley Stoke, Three Brooks, Tesco Petrol:
15 Waxwings

New Passage/Northwick Warth, yesterday:
300 Wigeon, 70 Teal, 10 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 19 Tufted Duck, 80 Black-tailed Godwits, 90 Curlew (zero Knot, Lapwing and Dunlin), 1 Little Egret, 1 2nd Winter Mediterranean Gull and 90 BH Gulls


Portishead Saltmarsh:
1 Sparrowhawk

Clevedon, Redcliffe Bay:
1 Peregrine

Cleeve Heronry:
2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard

Weston-super-Mare, Anchor Head, 9.15-10.15:
3 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar4 ad Gannet, c.25 Kittiwake, 1 Eider (Marine Lake)

Banwell, Winthill:
I believe statisticians say a negative record is just as important as a positive. Well, for much of my hour battling against the wind this afternoon it looked as if I might be sending a negative report because there was neither sight nor sound of a single bird! Then, the song of a Dunnock and the clucking of a Blackbird before a few corvids (Jackdaws, Rooks and a Carrion Crow) made their presence known. Finally, riches beyond the dreams of avarice in the shape of the first 2 Mistle Thrushes that I have seen here this year, with a single Redwing. Bliss.


Marshfield, Northfield Lane:
500+ Golden Plover

Wick, Toghill Farm:
Cattle Egret

Britol to Bath Railway Path (Bitton-Saltford):
2 Redwing, 1 F Siskin, 6 Bullfinch

Newton St Loe:
26 Teal, 6 Goosander, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel


Blagdon Lake, yesterday:

Flock Canada Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2♂ Scaup

Chew Valley Lake, yesterday:
Common Scoter
Stratford Hide:
Scaup, 6 Goldeneye, 3 Jack Snipe, 20 +Snipe

21-1-17 Mallards on ice at Chew (Gareth Jones)
see Gareth's blog for more info (
Herriotts End:
8 Shelduck, 6 m Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 1 (Danish ringed) Black-headed Gull, 1 GBB 

Reports: John Barnett, Jane Cumming, Alastair Fraser, David Gibbs, Adrian Hockey, Gareth Jones, Rob Laughton, Adam Rawson, Brian Thompson, John Thorogood, blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding, opsbirding@RareBirdAlertUK, severnsidebirds, TBOSG