Thursday, 3 August 2017

3rd August '17 Thurs - Sooty Shearwater

Unsettled day weatherwise: lots of rain, frequent strong gusts of wind, some sunny patches

Sooty Shearwater (Weston-super-Mare) + several Storm Petrel (Severn Beach)

Snuff Mills: 
Kingfisher, Jay, Dipper, Grey Wagtail
Stoke Park:
Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Reed Warbler

2 Kingfishers on small streams

Rownham Mead: 
a second-hand report of a young Muntjac seen in a garden this afternoon on this modern estate of town houses on the Docks, just behind the Pump House.

1 adult Common Tern

Severn Beach:
Storm Petrel: one at  14.30 , flew off SW. The same or a second bird in the Burger Bar bay at 15.30pm. A lingering individual, which might have been the same bird, plus two apparent others reported up to 19.00.
Also a Fulmar.

Fulmar and....

Storm Petrel off Severn Beach (Paul Bowerman)
 [On Gwent side, a Great Skua seen off Goldcliff at a similar time]


Sea watch from Anchor Head 2:30-4:30: 1 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater up river at 2:40 (description to follow, first Avon record for (?) 40 years), 1 Common Scoter.


50+ Swifts


Chew Valley Lake:

29 Canada Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Hybrid Duck, 20 + Swift      

Heron's Green:
184 Canada Goose, 1 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Hobby, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (2nd Year)       

14 Canada Goose, 1 Scaup (F), 228 Great-crested Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 Reed Bunting                     

Herriotts End:
56 Canada Goose, 1 Little Egret, the leucistic Coot (out on the lake) 1 Yellow-legged Gull (2nd year)  1 Common Tern (up & down the lake then sat on log in pond)      
Common Tern (Ian Stapp)
Around lake 100+ Swift, 200+ Sand Martin, 100+ House Martin, 40+ Swallow

Canada Goose flock (Bob Brewer)
Reports: Paul Bowerman, Paul Brennan, Dru Brooke-Taylor, Paul Gregory, Pete Hazelwood, Clare Hodgson, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, Brian Thompson, blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds