Thursday, 12 April 2018

12-04-18 Thursday - Pied Flycatchers

Cold and misty/foggy, with a chilly NE wind but at least no rain.  Apparently the weather didn't deter either the birds or the birders.

Hen Harrier
Little Ringed Plovers
Grasshopper Warbler
Pied Flycatchers, Ring Ouzels, Yellow Wagtails

This Grey Wagtail brightens up a gloomy day!  (Ian Loats)

Lamplighters Marsh, Shirehampton:
2 Shelduck, 4 Common Sandpiper, 6 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Kestrel, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Wren, 7 House Sparrow, 3 Goldfinch.

Coombe Dingle:
2 Blackcap (m & f), 1 juv. Goldcrest, 3 Bullfinch. 

Long Ashton Yanley Lane:
m. Pied Flycatcher.

Withywood - garden:
2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Jay


Oldbury Power Station:
Water Pipit, 1 m. Ring Ouzel (corner of Lagoon 3), 10 Willow Warbler singing.

Visible migration counts (7:30 - 9:30 am):
Goldfinch to NE at c.150 per hour, c.200 Linnet, c.400 Meadow Pipit (inc. a flock of 140), a flock of 12 House Martin, c.15 Swallow, c.10 Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, c.15 Pied Wagtail. 

2 Skylark, flock 30 Swallow. 7 Chiffchaff. 3 Greenfinch. 4 Chaffinch. 2 Reed Bunting.

Up to 6 Siskins turned up in a Severn Beach garden (Rod Holbrook)
New Passage/Northwick:
pr Pintail, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 3 House Martin, 5 Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Siskin, constant passage of Goldfinch.  Report of 60 White Wagtail.

One of several Willow Warblers at Yate today (Christopher Teague)
Kingsgate Park: Pied Flycatcher.
Gadwall, Mallard, Willow Warblers, Blackcap.


Police Headquarters: 1 m. Pied Flycatcher.

near Kenn Moor:
2 m. Pied Flycatcher.

Sand Point/Bay:
1 Whimbrel,  20 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Ring Ouzel, 9+ Redstart,  11 Wheatear, 40 Blackcap, 30 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 15 Siskin.

Redpoll coming to the feeders in a Bleadon garden (William Hewitt)
1 m. Blackcap, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Siskin, 2 Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting.



(Wednesday April 11th) the Shire Valley:
several Buzzard, c.50 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3+ House Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 1 f. Redstart, 2 Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, several Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, several Raven.

R Avon: 4 Swallow, 1 House Martin.

Hanham Hills:  2 m. Redstart

Osprey heading North high over Widcombe at 5 p.m.
Willow Warbler singing in the grounds of the RUH.

A38 Barrow Lane:
1 f. Ring Ouzel.


Common Sandpiper showing off its wing pattern Ian Loats)
Blagdon Lake:
1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail

Hirundines back at Chew today (House Martin in the centre)
(Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake
6 Shelduck, 4 Teal, 30 Shoveler, 4 Pintail, 3 Scaup, 11 Goldeneye, 5 Buzzard, 1 m. Hen Harrier, 1 Osprey, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 G BB Gull, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 150+ Swallow, 20+ Sand Martin, 6 House Martin, 2 Stonechat,  1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler singing (CVRS), Sedge Warbler (singing), Reed Warbler (singing), 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Raven, 2 Reed Bunting.

Sand Martin in the gloom over Chew (David Hughes)

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Neil Delaney, Trevor Ford, Alastair Fraser, Lee Gardiner, Ken Hall, William Hewitt, Matt Hobbs, David Hughes, Ian Loats, Sue Kempson, Craig Lewis, Glen Maddison, Dave Nevitt,  Lois Pryce, Aravind Ramesh, Trevor Riddle, Nigel Sluman, Ian Stapp, Anita Teague, Christopher Teague,Trevor Wilkinson,  blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG