Friday 30 June 2017

30th June '17 Friday - Waxbill

Not a bad day today - dry and a bit dull, but not a lot of wind.

Little Gull at Chew
Waxbill at Oldbury Power Station

30-6-2017 Little Gull, 1st Summer, at Herriotts Pond,  Chew Valley Lake (Ian Stapp)


Stockwood Open Space:

35 Swift hunting this pm.


Went for a wander off patch today. Up the Estuary from Shepperdine almost to Berkeley, primarily looking for nesting Little Egrets. (Andrew Middleton)
18 Little Egrets  - just out of Avon, by about 200 metres, in small woodland which holds a Heronry. Undoubtedly more present but hard to count within trees. At least 5 juveniles so confirmed breeding.
Little Owl 1 - possible breeding and within Avon. 44 Shelduck - two creches, one of 2 and one of 22!
1 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 155 Black headed Gull - just one juv. 8 Grey Heron  - 2 juveniles.

Oldbury Power Station:
Waxbill (African species, possibly Black-crowned or a crossbreed) with lots of juvenile birds (Whitethroat, Chiffchaffs, Tits) in NE corner lagoon 3.

Frampton Cotterell:
2 Peregrine (1 juvenile)

Frampton End:
20 House Martin nests on two adjacent houses, Swallow, Skylark, Blackcap, Whitethroat,
House Sparrow, Linnet, Yellowhammer.


2 Blackcap, Kestrel, Stonechat, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff,  8 Common Whitethroat, 
3 Yellowhammer, 8 Linnet, 5 Goldfinch, 4 Skylark, 12 House Martin, 3 Swallow.
Also Red Kite south of Winford
1 Buzzard, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Reed Bunting. (2 of the Reed Warblers were singing from very small hawthorn hedges covering ditches. Presumably there are a few reeds 'inside' the hedges for them to nest in.) Female Reed Bunting.

30-6-17 Female Reed Bunting at Yatton (Chris James)

Weston Airfield:
4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, Juv Moorhen, 
Sedge Warbler


No reports


Blagdon Lake:
2 or 3 Common Sandpipers and the Egyptian Goose on the dam this morning.

Chew Valley Lake:

30-6-2017 Black-tailed Godwit  at Herriotts Pond,  Chew Valley Lake (Ian Stapp)
44 Canada Goose, 1 Common Sandpiper (on the spillway by the dam very close at times),
1 Hybrid Duck,  2 Goldfinch, 1 Cetti's, 5 Pied Wagtail (juv),

86 Canada Goose (Denny side), 6 Pied Wagtail (all Juv), 2 Song Thrush (drive)

Heron's Green:
 90 Canada Goose, 1 Peregrine (on a pylon pond side), 1 Whitethroat (singing), 7 House Sparrow,
1 Yellow-legged Gull (2nd Summer it will come to breed on the wall at HG),
20+ House Martin,  2 Sand Martin, 1 Little Gull (1st Summer way out on the lake)

1 Cetti's, 1 Jay,  2 Great Spotted Woodpecker,  2 Buzzard, 4 G BB Gull, 2 Bullfinch (cottage),
1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Grey Heron (fly over), 1 Little Gull (1st Summer way out on the lake a bit closer from Moreton).

Herriotts End:
28 Canada Goose, 1 Shelduck (duckling quite large now still on its own), 1 Lapwing, 1 Cetti's,
1 G S Woodpecker (fly over), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (still on the pond), 1 Little Gull (1st Summer - on the pond Herriotts, for about 10 minutes it came off the lake for a fly around over the pond, it sat on the wall & water then was chased off by Black Headed Gulls back to the Lake. Just lucky to be there at the right time to see one of the best birds at Chew for a while. Not too many Little Gulls at this time of the year at Chew. They look lovely with the big Black W on the top of the wings and compared to a B-H Gull are so small. (Ian Stapp)

500+ Rooks in fields by road Stanton Wick

30-6-2017 Little Gull, 1st Summer, mobbed by BH Gull at Herriotts Pond,  Chew Valley Lake (Ian Stapp)
30-6-17 Black-tailed Godwit at Chew (Bob Brewer)
Reports: Derek John Angell, Bob Brewer, Paul Francis, Peter Hazelwood, Adrian Hockey, Mike Jackson, Chris James, Pete Maxfield, Andrew Middleton, Mike O'Connor, Melanie Patch, Trevor Riddle, Ian Stapp,   blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds

Thursday 29 June 2017

29th June '17 Thursday - Common Scoter

Brightest in morning but became very dull

Common Scoter, Black-tailed Godwit 

29-6-17 Swifts coming low on dull day (Ian Stapp)

1 Garden Warbler singing, 16.30


Frampton Cotterall:
70 Swifts 17.00

3 Common Sandpiper

Tytherington, W of M5 bridge:
1 Red Kite 17.35

29-6-17 Pied Wagtail on theA38 (Vera Carpenter)
Pied Wagtail taking the A38, 1 Song Thrush, 1 juv Robin


Portishead, garden:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush (2nd record in 5 years), 1 Greenfinch, 1 Bullfinch (a first here) - and all unusual here

29-6-17 Swallows begin to group on the coast (RH)
Clevedon-Yeo, lower half:
60+ & creche of 16 Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, 9 Oystercatcher, 1 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 111 Curlew, 150+ BH Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 15 Swift, 20+ Swallow, Skylarks, 7 Starling, 3 Pied Wagtail, 12 Linnet

1 Green Woodpecker


Keynsham, Manor Rd:
15 Wood Pigeon,  61 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Chaffinch

29-6-17 Swans on tiny nest and Sedge Warbler (NSL birding)
Newton St Loe:
6 Cygnet Mute Swan, 3 Jay, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 5 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Yellowhammer + 3 Mink


Chew Valley Lake:
5-600 Swifts over lake as weather became duller

29-6-17 Common Sandpiper at the  Dam (Ian Stapp)
3 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 20 Swallow, 4 House Sparrow, 6 juv Pied Wagtail

98 Mute Swan, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Raven, 50 Swift, 50 Swallow/House Martin, 1 Song Thrush

Herons Green:
122 Canada Geese, 1 Hobby, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Barn Owl, C1 Whitethroat, 7 juv Pied Wagtail

5 (4m, 1f) Common Scoter, 1 Buzzard, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Jay, 10 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow/House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Mistle Thrush

29-6-17 Little Egret past Stratford Hide (Bob Brewer)
Stratford Hide:
1 Little Egret, 100+ Great Crested Grebe, 200+ Swift, 4 Reed Warblers

29-6-17 Black-tailed Godwit at Herriotts (RH)
Practicing record shots
1 Shelduck duckling alone, 2 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 (sum plum) Black-tailed Godwit (evening), 6 GBB Gull, 20 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler

Reports: Bob Brewer, Vera Carpenter, Teresa Chard, Chris Craig, Jane Cumming, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Mike Jackson, Stuart Mathews, Ian Stapp, blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, opsbirdingsevernsidebirds

Wednesday 28 June 2017

28 June '17 Wednesday

Mild but wet all morning, a bit drier in the afternoon

I saw a Greenfinch in my garden this morning and at one point that was the only report! The few birders who ventured out didn't see much for their trouble.
Red Kites still in the region

Updated: 21:07


First record of Pied Wagtail in a Downend garden

Greenfinch in Coombe Dingle and another heard near Temple Meads. (That's as good as it got for me.)


Whitethroat (singing), many Mistle Thrush
Oldbury on Severn/Powerstation:
Red Kite(s) at 12.00 and again at 15.05
2 Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff (non-stop singing)
Mistle Thrush (with juv by the lake), 1 Turnstone (at the yacht club), 24 Curlew

Pilning Wetland:
Common Tern, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 11 Little Ringed Plover (2 full size juveniles),
23+ Lapwing including another 2 young (8th brood so far this year), 9 Redshank, 2 Little Egrets,
75+ Black-headed Gulls, 6 Tufted Duck ducklings, 10+ Sand Martin,  30+ Swift.

New Passage:
1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 8 Redshank, 9 Curlew, 51 Shelduck



Juvenile Goldfinch, Robin and strange Collared Dove (Geoff Harris)


No reports


Chew Valley Lake:

Goldfinches in the rain (Ian Stapp)

Reports: Christopher Teague, Ken Carruthers, Ian Stapp, Geoff Harris, Paul Bowerman,   blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds

Tuesday 27 June 2017

27th June '17 Tuesday - Common Gull

Mild but overcast, rain by evening

First Common Gull of the autumn reported


Stockwood Open Space:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swift, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Goldfinch


Pilning Wetland:
3 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 8 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing chicks, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 30+ BH Gulls, 2 Stock Doves, 3 Green Woodpeckers, 1 Coal Tit. Skylarks


No Reports


27-6-17 Dipper at Pensford (Robert Hargreaves)
1 Dipper, 4 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail


Barrow Tanks:
2 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 26 Mallard plus two little, 2 Pochard, Tufted duck (130 arrived No 1 tank @ 3.30pm), Goldeneye (juv), 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 70 Coot, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Sand Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail

Blagdon Lake:
1 Little Egret, 2 Great Crested Grebe broods

Chew Valley Lake:
2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Common Sandpiper, 12 Swallows

1 Jay, 1 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush

Herons Green:
62 Canada Goose, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (2nd summer), 11 House Martins, 2 Song Thrush, 10 House Sparrows 

6 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 2 GBB Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (juv), 2 Jay, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch

1 Black Swan (lake with Mute Swans), 4 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 6 Lapwing, 9 G BB Gull, 1 Raven, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Song Thrush

Lapwing at Stratford (Ian Stapp)
1 Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, 7 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite (one 11.55am, another earlier), 3 Redshank, 2 Common Gull, 15 Sand Martins, 1 Cetti's Warbler

Redshank at Herriots (Ian Stapp)
2 Buzzard Chelwood Roundabout

Velvet Bottom - BOC walk:
1 Buzzard, 3 LBB Gulls, 7 Wood Pigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 7 Swallows, 3 House Martin
4 Meadow Pipit, 10 singing Wrens, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robins + juvs, f. Redstart and 2 juvs
Stonechat family, at least 5 birds mostly juv, 2 Blackbirds, 3 singing Song Thrush
2 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroats, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest,
2 Spotted Flycatchers with juvs, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Marsh Tit
Nuthatch family with juvs, 2 Reed Buntings

Reports: Teresa Chard, Jane Cumming, Lee Gardiner, Robert Hargreaves, Nick Hawkridge, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds

Monday 26 June 2017

26th June '17 Monday - Kites at Chew

Mainly overcast but dry, mild and pleasant with little wind.

Red Kites - flocking in fields near Chew
Whimbrel - at Clevedon again

Red Kite over Chew (Ian Stapp)

Tawny Owl - early morning company for an insomniac.

Greenfinch back on the feeders, 8 counted inc juv, with more in the bushes.


Reed Bunting at Oldbury (Mrs Trellis)
Oldbury Power Station:
Tufted Duck broods of 10 and 8, 2 juv Green Woodpecker (Lagoon 1), plenty of Swallows, Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting.

Green Sandpiper at Pilning Wetlands (John Martin)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
1 Mute Swan, 36 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 15 Mallard, 6 Tufted Duck chicks, 1 ad. Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 33 Oystercatcher, 12 Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, 14 Curlew, 1 ad Green Sandpiper (back pool), 11 Redshank, 27 Black-headed Gull ("loving the return of the BHGulls (1st juv last night)"), 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Skylark, 2 Swallow, Sand Martin, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 150 + Starling, 12+ Pied Wagtail, 6 Goldfinch, 2 m. Reed Bunting.

Chestle Pill:
3 Reed Warbler, 1 Mistle Thrush.

Linnet at Pilning (Patrick Hardiman Richards)


Portbury Wharf:
Late report for yesterday: Fulmar, c. 12 Manx Shearwater, 4 Dunlin.

22 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose. 35 ad. Shelduck adults with some very early broods totalling 65 juvs. 40+ Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron (inc 3 juvs), 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, c. 50 Curlew, 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Redshank, 45 Black-headed Gull, 15 LBB Gull, 25 Herring Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Swift, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 80+ Jackdaw, 4+ Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 50 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting.

Sand Bay/Kewstoke:
Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat all heard singing.


At least 6 singing Corn Buntings on Down Road but couldn't hear any Quail - maybe not singing in mid-morning?

(BBS at Northend): Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swift (low number) and most unusually, no Swallow, but at least a dozen House Martin at nests.


Common Sandpiper with its reflection (Bob Brewer)
Chew Valley Lake:
160+ Great Crested Grebe in one large raft on the main lake.

85 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose, Common Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 12 juv. Pied Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch.

 60+ Swallow, 20 martin sp.

Heron's Green:
60 Canada Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Lapwing, 8 Pied Wagtail (6 of them juv).

1 Sparrowhawk, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Tawny Owl (calling), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4+ Reed Warbler, 4 Jay.

Herriotts End:
1 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 6+ Red Kite, 28 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Redshank, 1 Common Gull. 1 GBB Gull, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Grey Wagtail.

Red Kite at Chew (Ian Stapp)
Reports: Derek Angell, Bob Brewer, Ray and Margaret Bulmer, Chris Craig, Jane Cumming, Alastair Fraser, Adrian Hockey, John Martin, Trevor Riddle, Harvey Rose, Tony Scott, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, Len Wyatt. blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds

Sunday 25 June 2017

25th June '17 Sunday - Peregrine Watch

Dull days with a little sun and rain, under par for temperature

Peregrines, Red Kite, Manx Shearwater and Green Sandpiper

25-6-17 Peregrine watch day at Finzel's Reach (Vera Carpenter)
Avon Gorge Peregrine Watch:
2 Peregrine

Cribbs Causeway, Berwick Lodge:
15 House Martin on nests

Finzel's Reach:
2 Peregrine, +1 juv

1 Red Kite - heading slowly North at 15:30 


4 Peregrine?

Pilning Wetland:
Tufted Duck brood, 2 broods Little Grebe, 1 Green Sandpiper (first of year), 70 BH Gull, 2+ Sand Martin

Severn Beach, 10.45-11.00:
80 Manx Shearwater


25-6-17 Jay & Great Spotted Woodpecker (David Gale)
Woodie beat the Jay off
Portishead, garden:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay

Portbury Wharf:
5 Tufted Duck, Oystercatcher, 20 Redshank, c100 hirundines

No birds of note in 30 minute channel view


25-6-17 Skylark at Marshfield (Brian Thompson)
Swallow, Skylark, Yellowhammer

Willsbridge Mill:
1 Buzzard, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush

25-6-17 Peregrine juveniles in Bath (Robert Hargreaves)
Bath Peregrine Watch:
7 Peregrine (m, f, 4 juvs, 1 teenager), 2 Sand Martin, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail

25-6-17 Jay in Bath (NSL Birding)

Blagdon Lake 24th:
4 Pochard, Great Crested Grebe broods out, 1 Hobby, 8 Lapwing

Chew Valley Lake:
5 Little Egrets at Herriott's. Plenty of swifts but little else. Quackers moving into autumn mode already
Iford Manor, just in Wilts:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby,  1 Kingfisher, 4 (2 juv) Grey Wagtail

Reports: Rich Andrews, Paul Bowerman, Vera Carpenter, Teresa Chard, Nigel Coldicott, David Gale, Robert Hargreaves, Jeremy Hinton, John Martin, Brian Thompson, Jason Williams, blagdonlakebirdsnslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds

Saturday 24 June 2017

24th June '17 Saturday - Peregrine Watch

Weather - largely overcast but breezy and warm, some misty rain

Peregrines and Red Kite

Avon Gorge Peregrine Watch:
3 Peregrine, 5 Raven, Greenfinch

Stockwood Open Space:
1 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Swift, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch


4 Peregrine (3 young)

Fledgling Blue and Coal Tits (Vera Carpenter)
Typical scene at many garden feeders at present 

Severn Bridge:
1 Red Kite


24-6-17 Yellowhammer at Pill (Paul Milo)
male Yellowhammer

Portishead, Battery Point:
Pied Wagtail, Rock Pipit

24-6-17 Rock Pipit at Battery Point (Jason Williams)
2 Peregrine

2 Shelduck, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Stoat and kits


24-6-17 Jay in Bath (NSL birding)
Compton Dando:
just 1 House Martin nest showing young today, farmer reports much less activity this year over 2016


Barrow Tanks:
1 Greylag Goose, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Sand Martin, 3 Grey Wagtail

24-6-17 Common Sandpiper at Blagdon Lake (Mrs Trellis)
Blagdon Lake:
1 Common Sandpiper, 100 Swift

Litton Reservoir:
18 Tufted Duck +1 brood, 5 Little Grebe +1 juv, 3 Great Crested Grebe + 3 juv, 10 LBB Gull (unusual here), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Grey Wagtail

Reports: Vera Carpenter, Teresa Chard, Robert Hargreaves, Bill Hewitt, Nigel Kempson, Lisegirl, Paul Milsom, Mrs Trellis, Jason Williams, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirds

Friday 23 June 2017

23rd June '17 Friday - Storm Petrel

Quite a breeze today & dull at times

Common ScoterStorm Petrel


Coombe dingle, garden feeder:
5 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 juv Robin, 5 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch

2 Peregrine fledgelings (Rich Scantlebury)
Lounging around at Finzells Reach in the evening doing not a lot!

This was such a good pic that we had to repeat it today.

Severn Beach:
1 f Common Scoter, 1 showy Storm Petrel

Yate, Tesco's, 22-6-17, 19.05:
2 Little Egret flyover


1 Cormorant at H&W, couple of Herring Gull nests Newfoundland Way

Sand Bay, evening:
2 Shellduck, 0 Storm Petrel, 3 Little Egret, 12 Curlew, 21 BH Gulls

23-6-17 Little Owl at Compton Bishop (Bill Hewitt)
1 juv Buzzard


23-6-17 Bath Peregrines (BUPP)
L-2-R, PW, PY and PX return to the nest box in early morning light
Marshfield garden:
2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 m Bullfinch

23-6-17 Mallard at Newton Park (Robert Hargreaves)
with ten ducklings
Newton Park:
3 + 6 cygnets Mute Swan, 12 + 10 duckling Mallard, 2 + 3 juv Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, 6 Coot, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 8+ Goldcrest (4 places), 1 Coal Tit, 8+ Long-tailed Tit, 20 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 3+ Chiffchaff, 8+ Blackcap, 25 Starling, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 8 Chaffinch, 12 Goldfinch

West Harptree:
2 Collared Dove

23-6-17 Kestrel at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
2 Egyptian Geese, 20+ Swallow and Martins, 6 Pied Wagtail

2 GBB Gull, 50+ Swift, 100+ Swallows and Martins

Herons Green:
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Raven, 30+ Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 7 House Sparrow, 12 juv Pied Wagtail

1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 3 Coal Tit, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Reed Bunting

Water Rail egg found at Herriotts (Mark Dadds)
2 Little Egret, 1 GBB Gull, Swallows and Martins, 1 Cetti's Warbler

A reminder to be Alert for any suspicious behaviour near Peregrine Nests

Further to beach cleaning info posted here before this film looks at why the cleaning is needed
Clevedon Curzon 28th June
Reports: Paul Bowerman, BUPP, Ann Christopher, John Clark, Mark Dadds, Alastair Fraser, Robert Hargreaves, Bill Hewitt, Adrian Hockey, Rich Scantlebury, Ian Stapp

Thursday 22 June 2017

22nd June '17 Thursday - Whimbrel

Fresher and cooler with a blustery wind.  Dry after an early shower.

Whimbrel - is it going north or south?
Red Kite - South Glos.

Green Woodpecker in the garden (Bob Brewer)

Finzels Reach:
2 Peregrine young - on the ledge, not doing much.
22/06/2017 Peregrine Juv Finzels Reach (Richard Scantlebury)


Red Kite.

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper.

2 Little Egret flying over.

Warmley Forest Park:
3 Buzzard, 3 Moorhen, 6 L BB Gull, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 6 Bullfinch, 9 Goldfinch.

Robin at the Churchill pub - looking for a drink in this hot weather?
(David Goodliffe)


Sparrowhawk with prey over Pill (Paul Milsom)

Portbury Warth
An evening with the Bristol 'Nats' gave the following;
8 Mute Swan, 10 Canada Goose, 8 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, 6 Mallard with broods, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, Moorhen, Coot, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Owl, plenty of Swift, 6 Swallow, plenty of House Martin, 3 Chiffchaff,1 Blackcap, 
1 Reed Warbler, 3 Greenfinch, and a Reed Bunting.

12 Mute Swan, 75 Shelduck (plus broods/creches of 30, 16, 14 and 1 = 61 juveniles in total), 45 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 4 Cormorant, 11 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1
Water Rail, 8 Oystercatcher, 5 Lapwing, 1 Whimbrel, 55 Curlew, 1 Dunlin, 42 Redshank, 60 Black-headed Gull, 16 LBB Gull, 20 Herring Gull, 90 Jackdaw, 5 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1+ Whitethroat, 3 Rock Pipit, 20+ Linnet.

1 Buzzard, 1 f. Sparrowhawk, 1 m. Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker.


An early survey of the 'Community Farm' just above CVL gave the following;
9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Woodpigeon, 8 Swift, 10 Jackdaw, 6 Carrion Crow,
3 Raven, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 3 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Long-tailed Tit,
2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Wren, 5 Blackbird (female feeding Juv),2 Song Thrush,
3 Dunnock, 2 Pied Wagtail (possible family), 1 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch (possible family),
2 Linnet, 7 Goldfinch. 

Egyptian Goose at Herons Green (Bob Brewer)

(Ian Stapp)

Chew Valley Lake:
450+ Swifts over the lake and lots of juvenile Pied Wagtails.

1 GBB Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Heron's Green:
1 Egyptian Goose, 56 Canada Goose, 1 Little Egret, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (2nd summer), 3 Lapwing (on wall),  5 House Sparrow.

4 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Jay, 2 Raven.

Herriotts End:
1 Little Egret, 30+ House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Second-summer Yellow-legged Gull (Ian Stapp)
Reports: Bob Brewer, Jane Cumming, Steve Emery, Alastair Fraser, Nick Hawkridge, William Hewitt, Chris Perry, Adam Rawson, Harvey Rose, Ian Stapp, Paul Milsom, blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds

Wednesday 21 June 2017

21st June '17 - Wednesday


Red Kite


M5 J18
Red Kite at 09:00

Coombe Dingle Garden:
2 Bullfinch (pair), Juv Blue Tit, Great Tit and Robin


3 Red Kite, 6 Buzzard, Kestrel (All over Gables Hotel)



In the village - not far from the church, in a very fortunate persons garden.
Pair of Spotted Flycatcher and family, with a Bullfinch too.


1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (on garden feeder)
(David Gale)

First brood of fledged Swallows (Duck Lane, stable block)

Red Kite


No Reports


Barrow Tanks:
3 Common Sandpiper, 6 Bullfinch, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 60 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, Kingfisher
Chew Valley Lake:
4 Swallows 1 Cetti's

Heron's Green:
2 Little Egret, 10 Swallows & Martins

3 Buzzard, 2 Jay, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Cettis, 1 Hobby (out over the lake), 1 Raven
1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Tawny Owl

Buzzard and Grey Heron at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
8 Lapwing (on the island)

2 Little Egret (pond), 1 Cetti's, 1 Hobby (lake side), 2 G BB Gull

Swallows & Martins 25+ over West Harptree + 2 Collared Dove on the road

Kingfisher on River Chew (Raoul Chandrasakera)

Reports: Ann Christopher, Steve Hales, John Croxton, Raoul Chandrasakera, Alastair Fraser, Ian Stapp, David Gale, Peter Coslett, Adam Rawson, Chris Stone, Michael Saffery,    blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds