Sunday, 19 March 2017

19th March '17 Sunday

A cold and blustery day with showers early and steady rain later - not conducive to birding.

Bit short of rarities in Avon today so here is a photo of the nearest one to us:

Glossy Ibis at Ham Wall recently (Vera Carpenter)

Ravens nest-building around the city now.


Singing Siskin at New Passage (John Martin)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
3 Canada Goose, 25 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 60 Teal, 3 Pintail, 14 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Knot, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 50 Pied Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaff, singing Siskin at the Glen.

Severn Beach:
Strong West wind produced 30 Kittiwakes and an adult summer plumage Mediterranean Gull.

Warmley Forest Park:
2 Goldcrest, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 15 Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 4 Bullfinch.


Portbury Wharf:
1 Greylag Goose, 1 Little Ringed Plover, c 8 Sand Martin

3 Mute Swan, 8 Canada Goose, 110 Shelduck, 140 Wigeon, 70 Teal, c.10 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 7 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 21 Lapwing, 70 Curlew, 40 Dunlin, 290 Redshank (200 well up Yeo sheltering from the wind), 5 Black-headed Gull, 35 LBB Gull, 40 Herring Gull, 1 Rock Pipit, c.10 Meadow Pipit.

Lords Wood:
2 Buzzard, 2 singing Mistle Thrush, many Goldcrest, 4 pairs Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1-2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper.


The city's Peregrine pair produced their first egg today.


Blagdon Lake:
Egyptian Goose, Common Sandpiper, 300+ Sand Martin (at midday), singing Chiffchaff.
80+ House Sparrow (Bickfield Farm).

Litton Reservoir:
19 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper.

Three wonderful Peregrine shots from the
shelter of Stratford hide today

(Raoul Chandrasakera)

Chew Valley Lake:

c. 5 Scaup, 1 m. Common Scoter.

6 Goldeneye (1m, 5f.), Peregrine.

Reports: Rich Andrews, Paul Bowerman, Raoul Chandrasakera, Teresa Chard, Brian Lancastle, Harry Mac, John Martin, Brian Penny, Chris Perry, Harvey Rose, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis,  blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG