Thursday 31 May 2018

31-5-18 Thursday Caspian Gull

Warm and sunny up to midday. Cloudy in the afternoon with drizzle morphing into thundery showers.

Caspian Gull , Red Kite, Spotted Flycatcher, Cuckoo 


Stockwood Open Spaces:
5 Stock Dove, 10+ Woodpigeon, 3 Jay, 2 Coal Tit, 5 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Greenfinch, 10+ Goldfinch.

St Anne's
Dunnock 31st May 2015 St Anne's (Gill Sapsed)
1 Dunnock - doing a Gene Kelly - singing in the rain.


Inglestone Common:1 Red Kite

New Passage/Northwick:
5 Greylag Goose, 18 Shelduck (chicks), 1 Teal, 6 Lapwing, 5 Grey Plover, 16 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 7 Whimbrel, 7 Sanderling, 26 Dunlin, Spotted Flycatcher (Glen Pines)

Severn Beach
2 Ringed Plover, 12 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, 4 Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail,


Worlebury Hill Road and Golf Course:
10 Chaffinch, 2 Swallow, 1 Buzzard, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Kestrel (the best of slim pickings. A few active nests of Great Tit, Blue Tit; Blackbird and Robin were heard)


1 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard (A368 at N Somerset/BANES border)

Newton St Loe:
1 Raven, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Grey Wagtail (with young)
Mute Swan (with 7 cygnets), 1 Heron nest (with 2 young)

Peregrine  juv 31st May 2018 Bath BUPP 37 days
3 Peregrine juv showing well at the church, nearly fully feathered.


Blagdon Lake:
18 Tufted Duck

Chew Valley Lake:
1 Barnacle Goose, 9 Shelduck, 26 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 1 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk
1 Red Kite, 5 Buzzard, 1 Lapwing, 1 Caspian Gull, 5 G BB Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull
2 G S Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 5 Stock Dove, 2 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Cetti's, 2 Willow Warbler, lots Reed Warbler, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 9 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting.
1 Cuckoo calling early.
(Caspian Gull: first year: large pale bird, big beak, with large Adam's apple type lump in neck, pale head. ID Keith Vinicombe)
31-5-18 Reed Bunting at the car park (Bob Brewer)
31-5-18 GS Woodpecker at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Herriotts Pond:
31-5-18 Caspian Gull at Herriots Pond (Ian Stapp)

 Reports: Mark Dadds, John Martin, Robert Hargreaves, George Rabin, Ian Stapp, Bob Brewer, Teresa Chard, Vic Polley. Gill Sapsed,  blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Wednesday 30 May 2018

30-05-18 Wednesday - Bar-tailed Godwit

Wet and gloomy - when not actually raining it always seemed likely to do so.

Bar-tailed Godwit

30-05-18 Great Tit, Coombe Dingle (Pete Bunniss)


No reports


29-05-18 Kentish Plover, Channel View Bay, Clevedon (Pagan Birder)
[No news either way today so this shot from yesterday will have to fill the gap]
30 Mute Swan, 6+Canada Goose, 35 Shelduck (plus broods of 10 + 8), 20 Mallard, 12 Oystercatcher, 5 Lapwing, 75 Ringed Plover, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 180 LBB Gull, 40 Herring Gull

Marine Lake - 1 Little Egret, 5 Swift


No reports


No reports

Out of Avon: 

29-05-18 1st summer female Red-footed Falcon, Isle Brewers, Somerset [ performing very well and still present this afternoon]
(left: Robin Morrison;  right: James Packer)

Reports: Pete Bunniss, Robin Morrison, James Packer, Pagan Birder, George Rabin, Harvey Rose, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Tuesday 29 May 2018

29-05-18 Tuesday - Yellow-legged Gull - Marsh Harrier - KENTISH PLOVER

Another misty moisty morning, if mainly fine; damper and murkier by mid-afternoon.  Muggy.

Yellow-legged Gull
Marsh Harrier
A smart male Reed Bunting at Chew (George Stacey)

1 Buzzard, 1 Hobby - on thermals, 18 Swift - screaming around over the High Street.

A feisty baby Robin (Vera Carpenter)

1 juv. Robin fighting off a Blue Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Goldfinch.

2 Buzzard, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 2 juv. Great Tit, 1 Skylark, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat (one carrying food, both scolding - a nest nearby?), 2 Whitethroat, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer.

A Pied Wagtail hard at work feeding the kids (Ian Stapp)
Northwick Warth:
1 Hobby  - heading north with an angry retinue of Swallow and House Martin.

Sanderling 29th May 2018 Severn Beach Brian Lancastle
Severn Beach:
150 Ringed Plover, 17 Sanderling, 55 Dunlin.


Portbury Wharf:
1 Marsh Harrier

Clevedon - Channel View:
1 Kentish Plover

Formation flying - Buzzard and Jackdaw (Ian Stapp)

Pensford (from the old bridge):
4 Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 4 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 4 Swift, 8 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Dipper, 2 Wren (feeding young), 2 Pied Wagtail (feeding 4 young), 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Blackbird, 20+ Jackdaw, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch.

A Great Spotted Woodpecker at an unusual angle (Ian Stapp)


Chew Valley Lake
1 feral Barnacle Goose, 11 Shelduck, 28 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 3 Buzzard, 2 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk,  5 G BB Gull, 10 + Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Raven, 4 Jay, 2 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 3 Cetti's Warbler,  lots Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 20+ hirundines, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 9 Goldfinch, 3 Reed Bunting.

Hollow Brook:
2 m. Reed Bunting.

Canada Goose family at Chew (George Stacey)
Canada Goose family, Dunnock.

3rd summer Yellow-legged Gull.

Dunnock (George Stacey)
Red-footed Falcon 29th May 2018 Isle Brewers Dave Hellier
Isle Brewers: (just above Ilminster)
1 Red-Footed Falcon.

Reports: Pete Brain, Vera Carpenter, Chris Craig, Dave Hellier, Mike Jackson, Brian Lancastle, Phil Quinn, George Stacey, Chris Stone, Ian Stapp, Penny Wells,  blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Monday 28 May 2018

28-05-18 Monday - KENTISH PLOVER

Warm and dry while being still muggy and misty

Red Kite
Yellow-legged Gull 
Short-eared Owl
Yellow Wagtail
Corn Bunting

28-05-18 summer-plumaged Sanderling, Severn Beach (Rob Emery)

No reports


Aust Warth:
28-05-18 Avocet, New Passage-Northwick Warth (John Martin)
New Passage/Northwick:
Little Egret, Avocet (dropped in briefly 0735 and disappeared off towards Wales), 5 Ringed Plover, 5 BHGull, Sand Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtail

Severn Beach:
Wader roost: 190 Ringed Plover, 1 Turnstone, 30 Sanderling, 80 Dunlin

Highlights of a mid-day 2.5 mile walk from Horton to Grickstone Farm (A46) - 2 Buzzard, 2 Herring Gull, 10 + Lesser Black Backed Gull, Stock Dove, Kestrel, 7 Skylark, Swallow, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 12 singing Corn Bunting plus 3 'partners', 6 Yellowhammer

28-05-18 Red-legged Partridge, Marshfield (Peter Coslett)
Shire valley- 1 Grey Heron,1 Buzzard,3 Great SpottedWoodpecker,,2 Raven, 12 House Martin, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 3 Nuthatch,Treecreeper, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail
Also 1 Yellow Wagtail at undisclosed site

28-05-18 Yellow Wagtail, Marshfield area (Peter Coslett)

28-05-18 Hare, Marshfield (Peter Coslett)

Red Kite circling over Badminton Road at 3pm

Portbury Wharf:

1 Short-eared Owl flying strongly north mid-morning

28-05-18 Kentish Plover, Channel View Bay, Kingston Seymour (Paul Chapman)
KENTISH PLOVER - one found on the falling tide (Paul Chapman) in Channel View Bay, Kingston Seymour first thing in the morning. Less than 20 records in the Avon area: last one 2011. ABR gives 2011 bird as fifteenth for Avon area; newly-published Rare Birds in Avon (April 2018) by Richard Mielcarek cites 18 previous records.
Still present in evening (19.20), viewed from gate at ST375676

Also c60 Ringed Plover, 3 Sanderling, a few Dunlin

1 Red Kite Westleigh Road, 5.00pm


5/6 Swallows prospecting carport, intentionally constructed with exposed rafters


28-05-18 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Moreton, CVL (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake
9 Shelduck,10 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 5 GBB Gull, 3rd summer Yellow-legged Gull (Herriotts Pool), 2 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Jay, 25+ Swallow/House Martin, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, lots Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Song Thrush,1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Chaffinch, 1 Bullfinch, 9 Goldfinch, 6+ Reed Bunting (4 birds together all singing - unusual)

28-05-18 4 singing male Reed Bunting together, Moreton CVL (Ian Stapp)

28-05-18 Shelduck, Moreton CVL (Ian Stapp)
Reports: Paul Bowerman, Paul Chapman, Chris@avglochris, Peter Coslett, Chris Craig, Rob Emery,for the birds@frthbrds, Gary Hudd, Mike Jackson, John Martin, Nick Rhodes, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Jason Williams, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Sunday 27 May 2018

27-05-18 Sunday - Sanderling passage

A morning of storms and heavy rain followed by a fine if hazy afternoon.

More Red Kites
Sanderlings passing through

Sanderling at Severn Beach (Brian Lancastle)


Coombe Dingle:
Red Kite,  Stock Dove.

Stock Dove at Coombe Dingle (Phil Baber)


Oldbury Power Station:

Grey Plover - summer and winter plumages (John Martin)
New Passage/Northwick:
80+ Shelduck, one big brood of 18, m. Teal, 2 Gadwall, m. Shoveler, 20 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, i Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Coot with chicks, 52 Oystercatcher, 10 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Grey Plover, 3 Sanderling, 11 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 13 BH Gull, Swifts trickling NE, Skylark, 150 Starlings most juvs feeding on salt marsh, 1 Reed Bunting.

Severn Beach:
210 Ringed Plover, 30 Sanderling, 55 Dunlin, 1 f. Wheatear.

Coot with chick at Northwick Warth (Vera Carpenter)


Red Kite, 3.25pm Gordano Valley heading north.

Red Kite, 1 p.m. heading NE.

47 Mute Swan, 7 Canada Goose, c. 70 Shelduck + 10 chicks (one brood), 12 Mallard. 1 m. Shoveler (Dowlais), 1 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Coot, 8+ 
Oystercatcher, 8 Lapwing  + 3 juvs (all at Dowlais), 130 Ringed Plover (a good count, presumably involving birds heading for N E Greenland), 6 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 1 Sanderling, 160 Dunlin, 1 
Common Sandpiper, c. 5 Redshank, 140 LBB Gull, 45 Herring Gull, 1+ Raven, 4+ Skylark singing, 2 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 5+ Reed Warbler, 50+ Starling (post breeding flock), 2 Wheatear (1 m. 1 f., possibly Greenland subspecies).

Wemberham Lane, Yatton:
6 Canada Geese (over), 6 Mallard with a brood of 10 ducklings, 1 Moorhen with 2 young, 1 Skylark, 2 Swallow.


no reports

Willow Warbler at Moreton (Ian Stapp)


Chew Valley Lake
1 Greylag Goose, 9 Shelduck, 10 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 3 Buzzard, 5 G BB Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (nesting), 4 Jay, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Raven, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, lots Reed Warbler, 20+ hirundines (in villages), 4 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Goldfinch, 4 Reed Bunting.

GSW at Chew (Ian Stapp)

Reports: Phil Baber, Vera Carpenter, Richard Giles, Brian Lancastle, John Martin, Harvey Rose, Ian Stapp, Howard Taffs, Jason Williams, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Saturday 26 May 2018

26-05-18 Saturday - Red Kites

Temp 14 to 23℃. Dull start but warmed up, fairly windy, from North East

Grey Plover
Tree Pipit

Red Kite map - sighting 26th May 2018
1 North over Sand Point c. 08.00; 5 North-East over Pilning c. 11.00; 1 over Portishead c. 11.00; 1 North West from Perry Court School, Bristol; 1 North over Ham Green c.12.00; 1 over St Andrews, Bristol c.13.30: 1 East at Wookey Hole 14.15; 1 at Hollowbrook, CVL 14.30; 1 at Dyrham Park c. 15.00; 1 at Newbridge, Bath 16.15;


26-5-18 Peregrine in Bristol (Tim Marks)
Hengrove - Perry Court School:
1 Peregrine

Cotham Brow:
1 Mallard, broke form grass cover, 5 Swift, 1 Kestrel - hover hunting 19:30, Roe Deer, and Cricket match!

Stockwood Open Space:
1 Kestrel - hover hunting

26-5-18 Two of five Red Kite at New Passage (Paul Bowerman)

9 Grey Plover, 3 Knot, 13 Sanderling, a few Swifts, 1 Hobby, Starling flock, 2 Siskin


Clevedon, Dowlais:
30 Shelduck, 1 Shoveler, 9 Lapwing 2 Redshank, 1 Peregrine

26-5-18 Tree Pipit on Mendips (Lee Gardiner)
1 Tree Pipit


Keynsham, River Chew:
1 Kingfisher, 1 Jay, 1 Grey Wagtail 

26-5-18 Red Kite at Hollowbrook (David Hughes)
Chew Valley Lake:

Nightingales at Lodge Hill:
This site has the highest number of Nightingales, 85 out 5,500, anywhere in the UK. Medway council want to allocate this Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for development. Please go to to urge Medway Council to protect this site

Reports: Nicky Amos, Phil Baber, Paul Bowerman, Jane Cumming, Paul Francis, Lee Gardiner, Adrian Hockey, David Hughes, Wendy Lambson, Brian Lancastle, Tim Marks, John Martin, Stuart Mathews, Caroline Maudsley, Paul Milo, Vic Savery, Howard Taffs, Talkingtobears, Jason Williams, blagdonlakebirds, BUPP, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Friday 25 May 2018

25-05-18 Friday - Black Tern

Temp 14 to 14℃. Rain in the morning, but dull and grey afterwards

Grey Plover
Common and Black Tern
Tree Pipit


Red Kite at 17.00.
4 Swift, 1 (m) Peregrine at 15:00

Stockwood Open Space:
1 m Pheasant, 8 Swift, 12 House Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 5 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush


Oldbury Power Station
Cuckoo (f) 25th May 2018 OPS (Pete Hazelwood)
Coot and Moorhen families out of the nest. 
High tide count - 18 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin.
A (f) Cuckoo and newly fledged Blackcap.

2 Red Kite - 18:00 heading towards the motorway.

25-5-18 Avocet at New Passage (John Martin)
11 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swan, 15 Shelduck, 1 Indian Runner Duck, 1 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 1 m Teal, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Water Rail, 1 Moorhen, 2 Coot  + 2 juv, 12 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 3 Lapwing, 1 Grey Plover, 200 small waders (mostly Ringed Plover and Dunlin), 3 Little Ringed Plover, 12 Sanderling, 2 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 4 BH Gull, 30 Swift, 62 Swallow, 61 House Martin, 1 Kestrel, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Yellow Wagtial, 2 Tree Pipit

25-5-18 Indian Runner Duck at Severnside (Matt Ames)
Wickwar village:
Lots of Swallows and House Martins - (24th)

1 Red Kite - over the primary school.


Portishead, Battery Point and Lake:
9 (possibly 13) Canada Geese with 7 goslings, 1 feral Greylag Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 33 Mallard plus ducklings, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Red Kite at 15.15, 1 Moorhen (No gulls)

Clevedon, Dowlais:
1 Greenshank, 1 Cuckoo

Sand Point:
Red Kite at 12.30 going east


25-5-18 Peregrines at St Johns Bath (BUPP)After 30 days the tiercel is allowed to feed the eyasses
9 Swift


25-5-18 Osprey at Herriotts (Lee Gardiner) 
Chew Valley Lake:
1 Osprey (Herriotts),  1 Red Kite (Herons Green 11.00), 1 Common Tern, 1 Black Tern,  300 Swift

Out of Avon
Red-necked Phalarope and Gull-billed Tern at Slimbridge

Out of UK
Vera Carpenter in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana

Nightingales at Lodge Hill:
This site has the highest number of Nightingales, 85 out 5,500, anywhere in the UK. Medway council want to allocate this Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for development. Please go to to urge Medway Council to protect this site

Reports: Matt Ames, Derek Angell, Caroline Baker, Karle Burford, Teresa Chard, Jane Cumming, Steve Evans, Paul Francis, Lee Gardiner, David Howes, Pete Hawkins, Nick Hawkridge, Brian Lancastle, Rob Laughton, Paul Marshall, John Martin, Roberta, Vic Savery, Howard Taffs, Brian Thompson, Talkingtobears, Chris Vines, Dan White, blagdonlakebirds, BUPP, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Thursday 24 May 2018

24-05-18 Thursday - Blue-headed Wagtail

End of the warm spell: muggy and overcast with light rain intermittently. Late migrants in evidence on the coast and elsewhere.

Red Kite
Little Ringed Plover, Sanderling
Yellow-legged Gull
Black Tern
Yellow Wagtail ( inc Blue-headed Wagtail), White Wagtail 
Tree Pipit

24-05-18, Blue-headed Wagtail or intergrade, Pilning Wetland (Paul Bowerman)

24-05-18 Greenfinch, Henleaze (Geoff Daniels )
1 pr Greenfinch

Red Kite (4.00pm)

Windmill Hill:
1 Reed Warbler (singing in thick scrub at the bottom of Cotswold Road North)

Dundridge Park, Hanham:
1 Red Kite (mid-day)


Oldbury Power Station:
22+ Stock Dove, Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, 50 Swift

New Passage/Northwick:
1 m Teal,1 Gadwall, Mallard brood, Coot brood, 2 Whimbrel, 4 BH Gull, 110+ Swift ( steady stream), 50+ House Martin, 1 Tree Pipit NE

Pilning Wetland:

24-05-18 flava Wagtail Pilning Wetland (all photos Paul Bowerman)

1 flava Wagtail which seems possibly to be an intergrade between Blue-headed and Grey-headed; looks similar to Blue-headed but has dark lores, some spotting on chest and quite dark ear coverts. Today's dull light unhelpful in judging these fine points.

Also present 9 Little Ringed Plover

24-05-18 Ringed Plover, Severn Beach (Ian Loats)
24-05-18 Grey Plover, Severn Beach (Ian Loats)
24-05-18 Sanderling, Severn Beach (Aravind Ramesh)
Severn Beach:
1 Grey Plover, 76 Ringed Plover, 4+ Sanderling, c 30 Dunlin, 2 Black Tern (heading upriver), Swallow (heading upriver), 1 Yellow Wagtail 

Wildplace Project:
1 Red Kite (4.00 pm), 1 Hobby pursuing Swallows


Backwell Lake:
Breeding successes - 2 pr Canada Goose with goslings, 2 prs Mute Swan with 3 + 5 cygnets + four further birds on nests.


Newton St Loe:
25 Swift,only 10 Barn Swallow, 20 House Martin, 2 Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Song Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher (first of year), 2 Greenfinch, 2 Yellowhammer 

23-05-18 Grass Snake, Newton St Loe (NSLBirding)


Barrow Gurney tanks:
100+ Swift, 2 White Wagtail

Chew Valley Lake:
4 Shelduck, Mallard (+brood), 2 Great Crested Grebe, Coot (+ brood), 1 Red Kite,  3rd CY Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Tern,1 Black Tern, 20 Swift,  3 Hobby (2 ads, 1 2cyr-  adult pair hunted Swifts, catching one), 2 Sand Martin, 3 Pied Wagtail

24-05-18 Mallard brood and Coot chicks, CVL (TalkingtoBears)
Reports:Rich Andrews,Phil Baber, Paul Bowerman, Geoff Daniels, Peter Hazelwood,Aravind Ramesh, Ann Rossiter, Richard Scantlebury, Chris Stone,  TalkingtoBears, Rod Taylor,  blagdonlakebirdsCVRS,   nslbirdingopsbirding,   severnsidebirds,  TBOSG