Tuesday, 28 February 2017

28 Feb '17 - Tuesday

Frosty start, fine morning followed by showers in the afternoon

Waxwing and Cattle Egret still performing. Not much else of special note today.
Reports round the country of Sand and House Martin. Firecrest at Portland Obs. When will we get the first local sightings?

Eastville Park:
Grey Heron, Goldcrest, Kingfisher
28/2/17 Images from Eastville Park (Steve Poulsom)


Aust Warth:
4 Jack Snipe, 55+ Grey Plover, 1500 Dunlin, 25 Snipe, Knot (flock)
Frampton Cotterell:
2 Little Egret around the R Frome. 1 Sparrowhawk, and fairly sure a House Martin
Bradley Stoke, Willow Brook:
15 Waxwing

1 Black Redstart Clevedon Pier on the rock face, 19 Goosander (3 drakes) river Kenn + 3 females off Wains Hill
1 Grey Wagtail

Common Eider - Marine Lake, 12 Ringed Plover in the "harbour" with Dunlin and Redshank, 
adult Med Gull with Black-headed on the beach between pier and "harbour" at midday
Pensford to Publow BOC Walk:
13 Mallard, 2 Pheasant, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, 6 Black-headed Gull,
80 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove,
2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay, many Jackdaw, 8 Rook,
29 Carrion Crow - 16 in one tree top, 2 Raven, 4 Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 1 Coal Tit,
2 Skylark, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Wren, 46 Starling - groups of 11,15&20, 7 Blackbird,
31 Fieldfare - groups of 6,20,5, 3 Song Thrush, 110 Redwing - groups of 60,50,10, 6 Mistle Thrush,
6 Robin, 11 Dunnock, 22 House Sparrow, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Chaffinch
4 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch
28/2/17 Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker at Pensford (Chris James)


Wick, Tog Hill
2 Cattle Egret, Merlin
Stanton Drew:
Stonechat, Buzzard, Green & Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, Cormorant, Grey Heron
28/2/17 Stonechat at Stanton Drew (Raoul Chandrasakera)
Not common in these parts


Blagdon Lake:
2♂ Scaup, 1 Egyptian Goose, 35 Wigeon, 489 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 81 Herring Gull
2 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1st-winter Greater Black-backed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull,
1000+ Black-headed Gull, Common Gull

Any help with the following? (Description, time of year and location don't sound like Grasshopper Warbler to me)
10.15 today, bird heard singing in neighbours garden, Ashton. BS3. Song was grasshopper warbler ( reeling) like. Approx for 2-3 minutes, then seen with bins, non descript stripy brown plumage with barring on the tail. Sat in a bay tree then flew to a pyracantha tree then flew off. Did I see a grasshopper warbler or not? Any suggestions. Catherine Webber.

Reports: Nick Hawkridge, Roger Staples, Adam Rawson, John Martin, Bill Blake, Andy Slade, Paul Williams, Chris James, Steve Poulson, Raoul Chandrasakera, Sid Simmonds. blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG