Friday, 17 March 2017

17th March '17 Friday - Little Ringed Plovers

A biting wind kept the birds down and the birders in

Little Ringed Plovers at Portbury and Pilning

Sand Martin
and Chiffchaff in increasing numbers


8 Raven over Bishopston this morning at 7.30. All flying in a general W direction reasonably low in 2 close groups (6 + 2). The second group (of 2) began tumbling to roof top height!

Eastville Park:
Kingfisher and Grey Heron
17/3/17 Female Kingfisher in Eastville Park (Steve Poulsom)

Combe Dingle:
Garden feeder: 2 Siskin (m & f) first since last Winter, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Goldfinch


Oldbury Power Station:
3 Peregrine (male displaying to 2 females). Duck and wader numbers fallen since Monday.
8 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest,  20 Teal, 31 Wigeon, 7 Curlew, 12 Oystercatcher, 10 Turnstone,
5 Tufted Duck also 43 occupied Rook nests in small copse just before entrance to OPS

Aust Warth:
3 Kestrel
17/3/17 Kestrel at Aust (Lisa Presland)

Pilning wetland:
Little Ringed Plover


Portbury Wharf:
Little ringed plover, 8 Sand Martin, 6 Chiffchaff


2 Dipper, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Goldfinch, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Buzzard, lots Blackbird, Blue and Great Tit

2 Peregrine at St John's in Bath this lunchtime, the female and the last year's juvenile who is still hanging around! Also the male yesterday along with the other two - some mating activity.
Large bird of prey( Buzzard sized) with rings and jesses flying in area around Brassmill Lane and Lidl Store Bath.


Barrow Tanks:
Number 3: just a Common Sandpiper and 2 Canada Geese of note
Numbers 1 and 2: 10 Sand Martin commuting between no 2 & 1

Chew Valley Lake:
10+ Sand Martin
3 Redshank
20 Scaup (8 males)
2 Dunlin (Stratford Island)
Barnacle Goose
17/3/17 Barnacle Goose at Herriotts Pool (Willam Hewitt)
Reports: Paul Bowerman, Teresa Chard, Andy Davis, Mark Fenton, Alastair Fraser, Lee Gardiner,
William Hewitt, Andrew Middleton, David Peglar, Lisa Presland, Chris Stone,
blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG