Monday, 16 October 2017

16 Oct '17 Monday - Pomarine Skua

Cloudy, dark and a bit windy in the morning. Strange, sepia light with the sun occasionally appearing as a pink eyeball in the sky. Brightened later in the day to a pleasant, if breezy, day.

Sun over Langford (David Goodliffe)

Pomarine Skua, Leach's Petrel


Finzel's Reach:
3 Peregrine (a juvenile come back?)


Severn Beach:
Pomarine Skua, Leach's Petrel (early evening)


Red-legged Partridge

Red-legged Partridge (David Goodliffe)
Walking down the road


No reports


Chew Valley Lake:
1 Common Sandpiper, 2 L Egret

1 Mistle Thrush (orchard), 2 G-W Egret 

Common Gull at Herons Green (Ian Stapp)

Herons Green:
14 G-W Egret, 8 L Egret, 2 Common Gull, 9 L Grebe, 3 G BB Gull, 12+ Meadow Pipit
117 Wigeon, 1 Marsh Harrier (came up from reeds back of the pond at 1.35pm went off SW)
Marsh Harrier at Herons Green (Ian Stapp)

20+ Goldfinch, 5 Meadow Pipit, 5 Redwing, 2 Jay, 1 Sparrowhawk

1 G-W Egret, 18 Pintail (pond), 2 G BB Gull
Wigeon at Herons Green (Ian Stapp)

Migration Watch at Battery Point, Portishead, 15 October 2017.
Very quiet. Fresh SSW and overcast most of morning, Sunny after about 1000 hrs. Tide low. Movement mostly between 0800 and 1000.

Chaffinch 12 E (first thing), 96 SW.
Goldfinch 25+ about, no obvious movement.
finch sp. 21 SSW.
Pied Wagtail 10 (poss. in from N) incl. 6 together on grass at point.

Also noted in bushes - 1 Goldcrest and 1 Reed Bunting - poss. resting migrants.

Also local birds noted (Blue, Coal and Great Tits, House Sparrows, Wood Pigeon, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Magpie, C Crow, Cormorant, Curlew, Redshank, G B-b Gull, Herring Gull, Black-h Gull.)

Out of area:
Blackdown, Mendip:
55 Dunlin, 1 Snipe feeding (this morning). Often see snipe but never seen dunlin before.
Dead Tawny Owl on roadside near Holiday Inn, A38 Cowslip Green (Pete Brain)

Reports: David Goodliffe, Ian Stapp, Robin Prytherch, Jason Williams, Dan@twit1144,  blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds