Saturday, 12 May 2018

12-05-18 Saturday - Spotted Sandpiper

Started cool with high cloud, grew more overcast but warmed up.  Little wind.
Very quiet for news today - has everyone gone to look at the Spottie?

Red Kite, Hobby
Little Ringed Plover
Spotted Sandpiper

We should start with the Spotted Sandpiper at Portbury Wharf,
still there this morning 
(Karle Burford)

Swift - a close encounter

2 Swift over the garden

Stockwood Open Space:
Tawny Owl calling, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, and 1 Green Woodpecker yaffling.


Yate - Kingsgate Park:
2 Greylag Goose, 2 Gadwall, 1 Kingfisher, 1 singing Whitethroat, 1 Siskin

Littleton Brick Pits:
1 m. Cuckoo.

Little Stoke:
2 Swift (screaming over the garden - love that sound)

Bradley Stoke:
1 Peregrine - at rooftop height - prey looked like a juv Starling.

Grey Plover in summer plumage at Severn Beach (Aravind Ramesh)
New Passage/Northwick:
1 f. Teal, 1 Little Egret, 2 Great Crested Grebe (on the river), 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2+ BH Gull, a few Swifts and hirundines, 1 Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, more Reed Warbler.

Whitethroat posing for a photo (IanStapp)


Portbury Wharf:
Spotted Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Owl down Wharf Lane (thanks to Paul Chapman for letting us know what ELSE was there!).

1 Sparrowhawk (hunting) 2 Buzzard (displaying)

4 Swift

Nailsea - Nowhere Wood:
5 Raven - inc 3 newly fledged young


Red Kite over Northend.
3 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 Raven.
2 Peregrine and 3 young doing ok on St John's

Dipper at Pensford (Ian Stapp)
2 Swift, c. 10 House Martin, 6 Jackdaw, 2 Dipper, 5 House Sparrow 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail (nesting in ivy in wall),
Gadwall and godwits at Chew (Ian Stapp)
1 Buzzard, 5 Swift.


Chew Valley Lake
9 Shelduck, 8 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 3 Buzzard, 2 Hobby, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 G BB Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 50+ Swift, 30+ Swallow, 6+ Sand Martin, 20+ House Martin, 1 Raven, 2 Jay, 1 Coal Tit, 2 LT Tit, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Garden Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, lots of Reed Warbler, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting.

Ringing Station:
3 Garden Warbler - 2 new and a retrap from 2017, 

Reports: Richard Belson, Paul Chapman, Mark Coller, Jane Cumming, Mark Dadds, Paul Francis, Chris Hall, John Martin, Rob Perveur, Adam Rawson, Frances Robertson, Gill Sapsed, Mike Saffery, Vis Savery, Rosemary Setter, Ian Stapp, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG