Thursday, 25 May 2017

25th May '17 Thursday

Warm and sunny day, a touch humid. Hottest day of the year so far.
Photographers out in force today, hence the many fine pics.

Large numbers of Red Kite reported in Cornwall, South Devon and Somerset coast. Some could drift our way.
Late post: Red Kite Portishead


Sea Mills Station:
Nesting House Martin

House Martin collecting mud (Rod Holbrook)
 Bristol Docks:
4 Mute Swan in the floating harbour,
1 Moorhen near SS Great Britain, another at Finzell's Reach and a pair on the feeder.
1 Grey Wagtail at Finzell's Reach and the Peregrine on station there too.
Another Grey Wagtail near Temple Meads bridge and a Raven overhead there.
A cormorant by Temple Meads bridge.
About a dozen Mallard throughout and two or three gatherings of mixed Lesser Black-backed and Herring Gulls, totalling about 60

Eastville Park:
Kingfisher on the Frome (David Hanks)


Bradley Stoke:
Little Grebe (Three Brooks)

Little Grebe (Vic Savery)

Aztec West:
Egyptian Goose
Egyptian Goose (Duncan McLaughlin)

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
12 Shelduck (+ 9 Chicks), 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Spoonbill, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 8 Shelduck
4 large + 2 small Lapwing chicks

Spoonbill at New Passage (John Martin)

Severn Beach:
8 Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plover
Sanderling in several colour phases (Vic Savery)
This one with more summer plumage


Red Kite (Down Road heading to Portbury)


Peregrine and chicks
Peregrine family in Bath (Bath Peregrines)


Chew Valley Lake:

1 Hooligan Gull, 2 Canada Goose (with 1 Gosling), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (fly over)

2 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Buzzard, 1 Mistle Thrush

Heron's Green:
4 Goldfinch, 7 House Sparrow, 10 Swallow (pond), 4 House Martin, 1 Whitethroat (calling)
2 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Great Black-backed Gull

2 Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Little Egret (fly past hide), 1 Raven, 3 Buzzard, 3 Blackcap
3 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Hobby, 2 Cetti's Warbler
2 Cuckoo (lots of calling fly past from Stratford to Moreton then to H Green chasing each other & calling)
A group of Large Gulls eating a dead Pike seen from Hide
Female woodpecker with leg ring (Ian Stapp)
10 Shelduck, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Wagtail  

The Female G S Woodpecker has a ring on Left leg see pic, Both M & F seem to be finding loads of food for the chicks looks like Caddis flies.
Cuckoo a lot of flying around & calling chasing one after the other for about 30 min at 11.30 today.
On way home at Chelwood Village 12.45pm 1 Red Kite circling over a field being cut for Silage with gulls.
Somewhere in the Region:
Not sure where this was taken but it's such a good image
Blue Tit (Paul Milo)
Struggling with what appears to be a spider's egg sac

Beach Clean at Sand Point
Apparently us oldsters are not volunteering as much as we once did, hence the focus on the 'mature and experienced'. You must wear gloves and take food, drink, sun tan lotion, waterproofs (well it is Britain) and suitable footwear.

Reports: Vic Savery,  Lisegirl, Duncan McLaughlin, Rod Holbrook, John Martin, Paul Bowerman, Ian Stapp, Tony Scott, David Hanks, Duncan McLaughlin, Paul Milo, Peter Evans  blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG