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