Tuesday, 21 March 2017

20th March '17 Monday - late post

Still pouring with rain all morning, but a few people were out birding anyway.

Black-necked Grebe, Common Scoter, Short-eared Owl, Merlin

Club trip to Herzegovina - one place now available - trip details at end, after Chew reports.

Garden birds (Rod Holbrook)
Cornwall conducted a survey of Cattle Egrets in the county yesterday and came up with 100+ birds,  70 of them between the Lizard and Penzance. Perhaps our missing Toghill Farm birds, and many others, are trickling back to France.


Kingfisher in Eastville Park (Steve Poulsom)
Clifton, Percival Rd.
Marsh Tit on sunflower hearts and Blackcap (f) on fat pellets.

Eastville Park:
1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Dipper, 1 Chiffchaff.

Emersons Green:
Little Egret flew over.


Aust Warth:
2 Short-eared Owl, Kestrel.

Iron Acton:
Merlin hunting along the Bristol Road.

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
3 Little Grebe, 2 Pintail, 'hundreds of'' Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail.  1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest.

Little Owl, presumably near Pilning (Adam Rawson)

Hinton Charterhouse:
Red Kite (2 p.m.  - "directionless, just flapping about").

13 Buzzard, 40 LBB Gull, 2 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, mixed flock of 90 Carrion Crow & Jackdaw.


Blagdon Lake:
Egyptian Goose, Common Sandpiper, c. 250 Sand Martin,

Nice weather for ducks.  Scaup in the rain at Chew
(Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
1 m. Common Scoter, 1 Black-necked Grebe.

15 Scaup (8m., 7f.), 16 Goldeneye, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Herriotts End:
4 Shelduck, 3 Pintail.

Club trip to Herzegovina, 7-14 May 2017
A place has just become available on this upcoming BOC trip.  Please contact bocbirds@gmail.com  urgently if interested in joining us.  Top target bird is Rock Partridge.  7 nights inc 2 in Croatia, price approx £850 plus flights from/to Bristol for which a booked seat may be transferable.

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Brian Edge, Dave Esam, Tim Ford, Patrick Hancock, 'Lisegirl', Steve Poulsom, Adam Rawson, Ian Stapp, Dan White, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG