Monday, 24 July 2017

24th July '17 Monday

Mainly cold and dull where I went (Nottingham to see the Bee Eaters) but nice in Bristol

Breeding Bee Eaters in Nottingham (Digiscoped by Louise Bailey)

Mystery ducks for you to have a go at.


Eastville Park:
Dipper, Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail

Eastville Park/Snuff Mills:
White Letter Hairstreak (Snuff Mills flower gardens and Eastville Park; Larry Sweetland)

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
2 Kestrel, Buzzard, families of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler


Buzzard (over the houses BS7 0RT) and a fox in the lane

Oldbury Power Station:
5 Reed Warbler

Oldbury Coast:
3 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 5 Oystercatcher, 112 Curlew


No reports


Spotted Flycatcher


Chew Valley Lake:

Three Egyptian Geese on and near the CVL dam, plus this rather odd duck (I'm terrible with ducks and its probably nothing much as no-one else mentioned it but what is it please?).  (Bob Brewer)
One of the Egyptian Geese and Bob's mystery duck (Bob Brewer)

More mystery ducks (George Stacey)
 It looks like George and Bob are baffled by the same duck (on the right). Any ideas?

2 Shelduck (1 adult & the large duckling), 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Lapwing, 94 Canada Goose
1 Kingfisher, 1 Med Gull (juv), 2 G BB Gull, 1 Buzzard    
Juveniles: Med Gull and Yellow-legged Gull (Ian Stapp)

Heron's Green
102 Canada Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 3 G BB Gull, 2 Marsh Harrier

34 Canada Goose (out on lake), 4 G BB Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail, 14 Swallows

1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier 10.45 (2 birds seen earlier)2 Green Sandpiper,
4 G BB Gull
Marsh Harrier (Ian Stapp)

Swallows 30+ House Martins 15+ seen in Bishop Sutton & W Harptree village.

Reports: Bob Brewer, Ian Stapp, Bob Brewer, George Stacey, Steve Hale, Richard Scantlebury, Lois Price, Louise Bailey, blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds

Sunday, 23 July 2017

23rd July '17 - Sunday - Long-tailed Duck

Damp, intermittently soaking wet. Overcast when not actually raining.

Long-tailed Duck - a surprise find at Clevedon/Yeo 
+ Garganey, Mediterranean Gull, Redstart, Whinchat elsewhere

Whinchat - Chipping Sodbury Common (Craig Lewis)
Coombe Dingle:
1 Blackcap singing in the Dingle
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit +  Blue, Great, Long-tailed Tit, Robin, 2 Bullfinch in the garden

Percival Road, Clifton: 
1 Marsh Tit on feeder all afternoon, not seen since April. Also 1 Nuthatch.
Green Woodpecker juvenile in a Keynsham garden (Ian Stapp)

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
(No sign of yesterday's Temminck's Stint in Chestle Pill)
Canada Goose, Mallard, Shelduck, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Curlew, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Turnstone, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Starling,House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Linnet.

Chipping Sodbury Common:

Redstart - Chipping Sodbury Common (Mark Coller)
4 Raven, 14 Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whinchat, 6 Redstart.

Portbury Wharf:
6 Little Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, several Sand Martin, 4 juv Reed Warbler, 4 Bullfinch

 Reed Warbler juvenile (Jason Williams)
Boating Lake: 22 Canada Goose, 3 ad. Mute Swan with 2 juveniles, 50 Mallard, 2 ad. Moorhen with 1 juvenile,35 Black-headed Gull, 16 Herring Gull.

14 Mute Swan, 20+ Shelduck adults/imms plus brood of 6 about three weeks old not seen by observer before, 2 Teal, 60 Mallard, 1 imm m Long-tailed Duck (!) in mouth of Yeo, quite wary, 18 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 32 Oystercatcher, 6 Whimbrel, 160  Curlew, 9 Black-tailed Godwit 9, 4 Turnstone, 60 Dunlin (all but one adult), 10 Common Sandpiper, 185 Redshank, 1 Snipe, 350 Black-headed Gull, 40+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 140 Herring Gull, 1Raven,60 Swallow, 1 juvenile Mistle Thrush (!) a bedraggled juv on the sea wall near Dowlais, 1 juvenile Wheatear,15+ Pied Wagtail,25 + Linnet 25+.
A significant number of new arrivals since observer's last visit on 20th July, but also some surprising absentees, eg no Ringed Plover seen
Shelduck: at least 95 juvs have been counted at this site this year - so a very good year, best since 1980 when 96 were noted.
WeBS count, with torrential rain during the second half: 7 Canada Goose, 16 Shelduck, 13 Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 31 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Sandpiper, 147 Redshank, 580 Black-headed Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 4 Swift, plenty of Swallows and a House Martin.
2 Peregrine -  PY (this year's young female) and 1 adult on St John's Church
Peregrine -juvenile PY at St John's Church (nslbirding)

Newton St Loe:
2 Jay, 1 Magpie, 10+ juvenile Blue Tit, 10 + juvenile Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Long Tailed Tit, 25 House Martin, 2 Robin,10+ Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch
Robin (nslbirding)

Bullfinch (nslbirding)

5 Moorhen (of various ages), 1 Kingfisher, 50 Jackdaw / Carrion Crow, 2 Goldcrest, flock of 16 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Treecreeper,1 Nuthatch, 2 Goldfinch.


Blagdon Lake:
218 Canada Goose, 1 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper
Litton Reservoir:
2 Tufted Duck broods, Mallard, Cormorant, Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 8 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe +3 juvenile, Coot, Moorhen, I Kingfisher, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail. Also Fox stalking a Moorhen.

Chew Valley Lake:

Dam: 2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Canada Goose JX neck band, 3 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Canada Goose with neck band (Steve Hale)
Garganey still present on Herriott's Pool. Also juvenile Mediterranean Gull

Reports: Rich Andrews, Mark Coller, Jane Cumming, 'ChrisPDuck', Alistair Fraser, Steve Hale,Patrick Hancock, Jessica Killey, Lee@Wildwood, Harvey Rose, Ian Stapp, Jason Williams, Blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding, severnsidebirds