Saturday 30 June 2018

30-6-18 Saturday - Avocet

Temp 13 to 29℃. A few clouds in the morning soon turning to all blue skies, less of a cool breeze

Red Kite
Pied Crow


Ashton Gate::
1 Grey Heron over 0800


30-6-18 Avocet at New Passage (Paul Bowerman)
New Passage, 28th:
Gadwall brood, 1 Avocet, 22 Lapwing, 7 inc 3 juv Little Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, Redshank flock, 240 inc 1 juv BH Gull, 2 Skylark, 30 Swallow, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Pied Wagtail + 3 young, 3 Meadow Pipit, 5 Goldfinch

Cromhall Quarry:
6 Lapwing flypast


Gordano Valley from M5:
1 Red Kite 1245
30-6-18 Pied Crow in Clevedon (Adrian Adams)
Clevedon, town centre:
15 Swift, 1 Pied Crow (See Twitter in the sidebar for locations seen)

Clevedon-Yeo, Dowlais Farm:
26 Shelduck, 25 Mallard, 3 Curlew, 158 BH Gull, 3 Swift, 1 Kestrel, 2 Skylark, 8 Swallow, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Linnet

30-6-18 Song Thrush regular in Banwell (John Thorogood)

Blagdon Lake, 29th:
1 ad + 3 juv Little Ringed Plovers, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher
Chew Valley Lake, Herriott's Pool:
4 Little Egret, 3 Lapwing, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff,  4 Reed Warbler,  3 Blackcap, 5 Reed Bunting

30-6-18 Rosy Starling in Combwich (Andy Slade)
Out of Avon:
Rosy Starling in Combwich, Somerset

Reports: Adrian Adams, Paul Bowerman, Karle Burford, Paul Chapman, Chris@avglochris, Jane Cumming, Lee Gardiner, John Griffiths, Mike Jackson, Robert Kelsh, John Martin, Nigel Milbourne, Paul Milo, Darren Pearce, Carol Rushton, Andy Slade, Brian Thompson, John Thorogood, Robert Webber, Jason Williams, Blagdonlakebirds, TBOSG

Friday 29 June 2018

29-6-18 Friday - Green Sandpiper

Temp 15 to 28℃. A few clouds in the morning soon turning to all blue skies, a cool breeze again

early Wigeon
Red Kite
Green Sandpiper 
Pied Crow

29-6-18 Red Kite, Moreton (Ian Stapp)

Parakeet in birch tree 1530/1545 - calling a lot, juv Great Spotted Woodpecker visiting peanut feeder most days, around 0830, House Martins seen Redland Hill/Road roundabout with several Swifts


New Passage, 28th:
12 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall + 5 young, 25 Wigeon, 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 3 Moorhen, c.10 Coot + young, 7 Oystercatcher, 35 Lapwing, 13 Curlew, 22 Turnstone, 5 Redshank, 60 BH Gull, 2 Skylark, 30 Swallow, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Pied Wagtail + 3 young, 3 Meadow Pipit, 5 Goldfinch


29-6-18 Pied Crow, Clevedon (Lee Gardiner)
Clevedon, by Greggs, Queens Square:
Pied Crow


1 Green woodpecker, 12 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail

29-8-16 Peregrine at St Johns (BUPP)
Impressive cup made by returning birds
Bath, Twerton, 28th:
400 Jackdaw to roost above Twerton, 11 Swift (2+ nesting)

29-6-18 Black Swan, Dam at CVL (TtB)
Chew Valley Lake:
226 Canada Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 80 Mute Swan, 1 Black Swan, 5 (inc 4 ducklings) Shelduck, 3 Shoveler, 34 Gadwall, 18 Teal, Pochard,  4 Little Egret, 1 Red Kite (10.05 Moreton, 13.15 Burledge), 7 Buzzard, 4 Lapwing, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1st year BH Gull, 5 GBB Gull, 1 juv LBB Gull, 20 Swift, 1 Hobby, 1 Raven, 2 Jay, 60 Swallow & House Martin, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Reed Warblers,  3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 Pied Wagtail on Dam, 5 Reed Bunting

29-6-18 Lesser Black backed Gull ringed F+V (Ian Stapp)
Reports: Derek Angell, Nancy Barrett, Lee Gardiner, David Gibbs, Robert Hargreaves, Lois Pryce, Ian Stapp, TalkingtoBears, Brian Thompson, BUPP, TBOSG

Thursday 28 June 2018

28-6-18 Thursday - returning waders

Fine, sunny and baking hot - birders must have been deeply grateful for the easterly breeze.

Ruff. Green Sandpipers etc. - returning wader passage
Yellow-legged Gull
Little Owl
Pied Crow

Wren photographed at Chew (Ian Stapp)

no reports.


Oldbury Power Station:
Brood of Shelduck, 4 broods of Tufted Duck, 11 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Coal Tit,  juv. Cetti's Warbler calling.
Yacht Club: 3 Redshank, 2 Lapwing.

New Passage/Northwick:
62 Shelduck, 1♂ Teal, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 18 Curlew, 215 Black-headed Gull.

Severn Beach: (27th June)
23 Black-headed Gull.

Bradley Brook LNR, Winterbourne:
1 Little Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 3 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Bullfinch (1 m., 1 juv).


14 Mute Swan, 6 Canada Goose, 75 Shelduck (broods/creches 13+7+9+12), 60+ Mallard (new brood of 7), 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 imm. Peregrine, 4 Coot, 10 Oystercatcher, 5 Grey Plover (2 in full summer plumage; good count here), 1 Lapwing, 3 imm. Little Ringed Plover, 1+ Whimbrel, 70 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 55 Redshank, 100+ Black-headed Gull (one juv.), 10 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler singing.

15 Swift in the ctr just after 21:00.

Pied Crow 28th June 2018 Clevedon -Teignmouth Rd (Paul Bowerman)
1 Pied Crow

6 Swift - over east Nailsea (Tesco's), 3 over west Nailsea (Methodist church).

Wick - Quarry:
1 Peregrine


Pipley Wood area:
1 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch, 1 Yellowhammer.

The Oval:
4 Swift

Midsomer Norton:
Red Kite at 10.55 being mobbed by gulls over Somervale School.


Chew Valley Lake
c. 200 Canada Goose, 90+ Mute Swan, 5 Shelduck (+ 4 ducklings), 28 Teal, 50+ Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Buzzard, 1 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 G BB Gull, 2 Stock Dove,  100+ Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 2 Jay, 2 LT Tit, 20 Sand Martin, 12+ Swallow, 20+ House Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Cetti's Warbler, lots Reed Warbler, 7 House Sparrow, 6 Goldfinch, 9 Chaffinch, 5 Reed Bunting.

1 m. Ruff, 1 Tawny Owl called.

Herriott's Bridge:
4 Little Egret, family of Water Rail (heard), 2 Yellow-legged Gull (one adult and one ringed 3CY bird thought to be the Swiss-ringed bird first seen in July 2016).

Reports Paul Bowerman, Pete Coslett, Steve Curtis,: Jane Cumming, Mark Dadds, Andy Davis, Robert Hargreaves, Mike Jackson, Harvey Rose, Marcus Smith, Ian Stapp,  BUPP, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Wednesday 27 June 2018

27-06-18 Wednesday - Pied Crow

The heatwave continues- temperatures in high twenties in Bristol today. A breeze provided some relief.

Pied Crow (not Hooded Crow as reported yesterday)
Spotted Flycatcher
Red Kite

27-06-18 juvenile Peregrine, Avon Gorge (Rod Holbrook)

Avon Gorge:
2 ad + 1 Juv Peregrine

Raven - a garden flyover

18 Swift - stunning displays - 21:30 with the locals flying low up until past 22:00

Stockwood Open Space Reserve:
4 Bullfinch


Jay 27th June 2018 Winterbourne (Dan White)
Jay, Robin and Dunnock in the garden tonight


Portbury Dock:
Wildlife Corridors - Adult female Gadwall + 5 young [3-5 days], 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat

27-06-18 Pied Crow, Clevedon Triangle ( Geoff Dring )
Pied Crow is a sub-Saharan African species, though also kept in captivity. An individual has been seen in recent weeks in Yorkshire, then Norfolk (last reported from Cromer on June 23rd). Presumably the bird pictured is the one reported as a Hooded Crow yesterday.

27-06-18 juv Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Banwell (John Thorogood)
These pictures show the different amounts of red on the crowns of two juvenile birds visiting our garden in Winthill, Banwell. [Left hand photo shows male, with extensive red on crown; juvenile female in right hand photo also shows red crown though covering a smaller area; in addition, black line above eye much thicker than on male - Twelfth Man]. Today they appeared separately but both have been seen at the same time previously. We haven’t worked out the relationships between them and the three different adult birds (two males, one female) that appear regularly.


Farrington Gurney:
1 Red Kite

27-06-18 juvenile Peregrine, Bath (BUPP)
BUPP update: Bath Peregrines juvenile TB hasn't been seen on St John's Church for a few days. Both adults appear to be spending time away from the church; hopefully they are supporting TB on his adventure. Any reports of juvenile sightings around Bath greatly appreciated by BUPP.

27-6-18  Spotted Flycatcher, Newton St Loe (Robert Hargreaves)
Newton St Loe:
3 Mute Swan + 7 cygnets (1 dead), 30 Mallard, 8 Grey Heron (1 dead in lake - see photo below -  also 2 nests), 1 Buzzard, 1 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Kestrel, juvenile Blue and Great Tit  and Robin, singing Blackcap (4), Wren (8), Chaffinch (10), 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Goldfinch

27-6-18 Dead Heron & Swans, NSL (Robert Hargreaves)


Chew Valley Lake
200+ Canada Goose, 80+ Mute Swan, 6 Shelduck (+ the 4 ducklings still going strong), 6 Shoveler, 54 Gadwall, 16 Teal, 3 Pochard, 2 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove, 8 Swift (1 flew in under house roof tiles in Bishop Sutton), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker + 2 chicks (Moreton), 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 6 Rook, 12+ Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 20+ Swallow, 15+ House Martin, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff , 4 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, lots of Reed Warbler, 4 Goldcrest, 5 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Song Thrush (with 2 chicks), 22 House Sparrow (lots of young birds), 1 Grey Wagtail, 9 Pied Wagtail (most young birds), 10+ Chaffinch, 12+ Goldfinch, 7 Reed Bunting.
27-06-18 Common Sandpiper, Heron's  Green, CVL (Ian Stapp)

1 Curlew over, heading north.

26-06-18 annual  Canada Goose round-up CVL (CVRS)
The  Canada Goose round up at CVRS captured 138 new birds and 11 retraps

Reports: Geoff Dring, Paul Francis, Robert Hargreaves, Rod Holbrook, Mark Parsons, Bob Medland, Tony Scott,
Ian Stapp, John Thorogood, BUPP, CVRS,  

Tuesday 26 June 2018

26-6-18 Tuesday - Pied Crow

Temp 16 to 30℃. Sunshine all day, peak temperature rising 2 degrees every day since last Thursday

Red Kite
Black-tailed Godwit
Pied Crow

26-6-18 Black-tailed Godwit, Herriotts (Bob Brewer)

Arnos Vale Cemetery:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Robin, 1 Dunnock

1 Red Kite

Hanham, 20,00:
Unsteady Juvenile Peregrine on top of pylon. Looked to be ringed on left leg. Adult peregrine also on pylon, maybe a 3rd bird lying on the ledge. The oaks by the viewpoint are full of purple hairstreaks. Max was 8 in a single view, felt like 20 or 30 swirling around

14+ Swift - evening count.

2 Swifts daily and Raven most days

Victoria Park:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker


New Passage:
Late evening -  f Gadwall with 7 ducklings, 9 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 4 Sand Martin, 70 Swallow

Oveston High Street:
Low flying Switfs


Clevedon, nr boating lake:
1 Pied Crow (Rare Bird Alert), 3 Swift, 1 Yellowhammer

Mendip, East Blackdown, BBS ST5056:
1 Red Kite, 7 singing Skylarks, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 m Redstart with two recent fledglings


26-6-18 Swallows & House Martins. Burnett (Ian Stapp)
The Swallows and House Martins have quite a number of fledged young, they're feeding perched on the power wires, lots of coming and going and loads of chatter, beautiful to see them so close all sat on the wires in the food line

Bath, Twerton:
1 Sparrowhawk over midday, c.20 Swift circling over Twerton Church

26-6-18 Great Spotted Woodpeckert, Bishop Sutton (Bob Brewer)
20-6-18 Kestrel, Herons Green (Rob Hargreaves)
Chew Valley Lake:
225 Canada Goose on main lake pre round up - 138 new birds and 11retraps for CVRS this evening,
1 White Goose, 2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Black Swan, 5 (inc 3 ducklings) Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Teal, Pochard,  3 Little Egret, 1 Red Kite, 1 Oystercatcher (Dam early), 5 Lapwing, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, Swift, 1 Kestrel, 1 Raven, Swallow & House Martin, Chiffchaff, Cetti's, Reed & Garden Warbler, Blackcap
20-6-18 Garden Warbler, Herriotts (George Stacey)
Terry Bonds Funeral
       Monday 2nd July at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Devizes Road, Semington, Trowbridge, BA14 6HL. Arrive from 11.15 with service at 11.30.
       Afterwards at Chippenham Golf Club, Malmesbury Road, Chippenham, SN15 5LT, 13.00 to 16.30. A memorial book will be available for people to write comments if they should wish to do so.
       We are only having family flowers but Terry chose two local charities very close to us both for donations. These are Cat Protection Wootton Bassett Branch along with Oak & Furrows Wildlife Rescue. Cash donations will be split equally between the charities but any cheques will be given to the charity specified on the cheque and can be sent to the funeral directors quoting Terrys name. The funeral directors are FW Jones, 30 Market Place, Chippenham SN15 3HP.

Subalpine Warbler, Gibraltar (George Stacey)
Reports: Rich Andrews, Bob Brewer, Paul Chapman, Teresa Chard, Stephen Curtis, Robert Hargreaves, Nigel Kempson, John Martin, Giles Morris, Jean Oliver, Adam Rawson, Patrick Richards, Nigel Sluman, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, Keith Vinicombe, CVRS

Monday 25 June 2018

25-06-18 Monday - Curlew Sandpiper


Red Kite
Curlew Sandpiper 

25-06-18 Nice portrait of a Reed Warbler, Stratford, CVL (George Stacey)


BOC Peregrine Watch:
The Bristol Ornithological Club held the first of two Peregrine Watches at the Downs Watchpoint over the weekend. Two juveniles (a male and a female) fledged a few days earlier and were on view throughout both days. They spent most of the time in one of two trees across the Gorge. One was seen being fed on a Yew on two occasions. On Sunday morning they were calling loudly from a ledge near the Watch having flown across.
It was pleasing to be able to show them to so many interested members of the public. The adults were also seen regularly.

The second Watch Weekend will be held on the 14th and 15th July, 9am-5pm, when the youngsters should be trying out their new flying and hunting techniques

Swift update: 

Redland -  at last, a decent group - 20 this evening.
Totterdown -  10 +
Withywood - 6, the most the observer has seen together in a while.


1 Little Owl on telegraph pole in Siston Lane this evening,near turning for Webbs Heath road

Severn Beach:
1 Red Kite drifted over slowly North-East mid morning. 1 Hobby chasing local House Martins along the shore this evening.
Evening tide produced - 5 Ringed Plover, 45 Curlew, 1 Curlew Sandpiper (a moulting ad), 17 Dunlin, 7 Black-headed Gull

25-06-18 distant Curlew Sandpiper, Chittening Warth (Brian Lancastle)
Chittening Warth:
1 moulting adult Curlew Sandpiper with 12 Dunlin at New Pill

New Passage / Northwick Warth:
Shelduck - present plus broods of 17,8,3, 3 Curlew, 5 Dunlin, 50 Black-headed Gull.


Jackdaw 23th June 2018 Pill (Paul Milsom)
Pill Allotments:
Jackdaw from Saturday - note the long upper mandible.


Evening chorus - made up of  Blackcap, Blackbird, Songthrush and Robin.


25-06-18 Mallard duckling, Stratford, CVL (George Stacey)

Chew Valley Lake
200+ Canada Goose, 79 Mute Swan, 6 Shelduck + 4 ducklings, 33 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 2 Little Egret,      5 Buzzard,1 Redshank,3 Lapwing, 8 GBB Gull,1 Common Gull, 7 Stock Dove,7 Swift, 2 G S Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 3 Jay,10+ Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 7 Wren,15+ Long-tailed Tit, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, lots Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap,1 Garden Warbler, 20+ Swallow,  2+ House Martin, 3 Sand Martin ( H Green), 2 Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush, 5 House Sparrow, 4 Goldfinch, 14+ Chaffinch, 7 Reed Bunting
25-06-18 Wren Moreton, CVL (Ian Stapp)

2 Reed Warblers and 1 Cettis Warbler. 'Too hot to go elsewhere.'

Herriott's Bridge:
26-06-18 Lapwing, Herriotts Pool, CVL (Ian Stapp)
Out of area:
Golden Oriole at Speech House, Forest of Dean (per Birdguides)

Terry Bond:
Funeral fixed for Monday 2nd July at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Devizes Road, Semington, Trowbridge, BA14 6HL. Arrive from 11.15 with service at 11.30. Afterwards at Chippenham Golf Club, Malmesbury Road, Chippenham, SN15 5LT, from 13.00 to 16.30. Family flowers only. Donations to be split equally between Cat Protection Wootton Bassett Branch along with Oak & Furrows Wildlife Rescue. Cheques will be passsed to the charity specified on the cheque and can be sent to the funeral directors FW Jones, 30 Market Place, Chippenham SN15 3HP, quoting Terry's name.

Reports:Nancy Barrett, Paul Bowerman, Peter Coslett,  Neil Delaney, Lee Gardiner, Brian Lancastle, Paul Milsom, Glen Maddison, Gareth Roberts, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, Birdguides, severnsidebirds

Sunday 24 June 2018

24-6-18 Sunday - more Red Kites

Fine and sunny with a light wind, dry and warm - very nice.

Red Kites

A smart Pied Wagtail at Chew (Bri Thompson)

Crews Hole:
10+ Swift.

Red Kite.

3 Swift, screaming party.

Bishopston - Radnor Rd:
1 Raven
We're interested to know how Swifts are faring this year (Bri Thompson)


Oldbury Power Station:
25 Canada Goose, 16 Shelduck (plus two broods of 7 and 6), 8 Tufted Duck (and a brood of 9), 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 90 Black-headed Gull, 16 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 16 Reed Warbler (lots of juvs.), 1 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat.

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
pr Shelduck + 17 juv., 1 Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, 3 ad. Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Curlew, 35 ad. Redshank, 75 BH Gull, 1 Coal Tit + juv.

Cromhall, Wotton-under-Edge:
Red Kite.

Frampton Cotterell:
19 Swift over St. Peter's church, 1 Green Woodpecker.


a juv. Pheasant in my suburban garden - safer here than up by Weston Woods where it's likely to get shot.

25 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 70+ Shelduck (with broods of 9, 7, 7 and 3, only the last new), 80 Mallard, 12+ Tufted Duck, 3 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 4+ Coot, 11 Oystercatcher (possibly breeding), 14 Lapwing, 34 Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 38 Redshank, 140 Black-headed Gull, 20+ LBB Gull, 20+ Herring Gull, 1 GBB Gull, 1 Swift, 30+ Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Kingston Seymour:
(BBS) 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Lapwing over, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Swallow, 3 Reed Warbler singing, 1 Blackcap singing, 2 Chiffchaff singing, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 25 Goldfinch + usual common species.

f. Mallard accompanied by 7 juvs., 2 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 6 Swift, 1 Raven, singing Blackcap, singing Chiffchaff, scores of House Sparrow, calling Bullfinch.

no reports.

Great to see a Tawny Owl at Moreton, Chew (Ian Stapp)

Barrow Tanks:
f. Goldeneye on Tank no 3.

Chew Valley Lake
200+ Canada Goose, 86 Mute Swan, 3 Shelduck + 4 ducklings, 28 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 5 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 5 G BB Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Swift, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Wren, 3 Jay, 20+ Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 12+ LT Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Treecreeper, 4 Cetti's Warbler, lots Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 30+ hirundines, 4 Goldfinch, 24+ Chaffinch, 6 Reed Bunting.

Follow-my-leader at Herriotts Pool (Bri Thompson)
West Harptree - Herriotts Bridge: Red Kite (low over fields, seen from A368).

This is the last day to email Medway Council about the planned destruction of the country's best Nightingale habitat.  To let them know what you think, follow this link:

Reports: Rich Andrews, Karle Burford, Chris Craig, Jane Cumming, Sean Davies, Neil Delaney, Lee Gardiner, Mike Jackson, John Martin, Andy Middleton, Aravind Ramesh, Harvey Rose, Vic Savery, John Thorogood, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

23-6-18 Saturday RED KITE

Nice - Hot - Cloudless.

Red Kite

Peregrine  23 May 2016 Bristol - Finzels Reach (Rich Scantlebury)


Finzels Reach:
The male Peregrine today outnumbered 3 to 1 by his partner & female chicks.

Stoke Bishop:
Why not visit The Swift House - biggest urban breeding colony ( as part of open gardens.

St George:
Male Blackcap - nice surprise to find one on the feeder.


Juv House Martin 23rd June 2018 Winterbourne  (Dan White)
Northwick Warth:
100 Shelduck, 1 Dunlin.

Pilning wetland:
1 Lapwing, 10 Swallow.


Backwell Lake:
4 Canada Geese with groups of 1 and 9 goslings, 4 Mute Swan with two broods of 3 and 4 cygnets, 1 Muscovy Duck, 61 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron and 3 Coot, 1 Moorhen.

Railway Ponds:
2 Mute swans with one sitting on nest. 1 Mallard.

Young Wood Lane:
1 Buzzard, 1 Barn Owl.

2 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 1 Skylark ( still singing), 1 Sedge Warbler.
The Hobby took a Swallow right in front of me at low level at about its third attempt, watched by a circling Buzzard and a Kestrel on the pylon.

1 Peregrine - highlight of the airshow!


1 Red Kite


Barrow Tanks:
Greylag Goose, Egyptian Goose, Sparrowhawk, 1st returning Common Sandpiper, 1 or 2 Spotted Flycatcher

Chew Valley Lake
Kestrel  23 May 2016 CVL Moreton (Ian Stapp)
200+ Canada Goose, 87 Mute Swan, 5 Shelduck + 4 Ducklings (too big for the gulls to eat now hopefully),  5 Shoveler, 54 Gadwall, 5 Teal  1 Little Egret, 18 Buzzard (15 all in a thermal together), 4 Lapwing, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (H Green), 2 Collared Dove, 5 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 1 Coal Tit, 50+ mix of Swallow & House Martin, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Chiffchaff , loads Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat,  20+ Starlings (fly over at H Green), 2 Song Thrush, 7 House Sparrow,  20+ Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 6 Reed Bunting.


2 Spoonbill

Reports: Des Bowring, Sean Davies, L Gardiner, Rich Giles, Jon Mortin, Fiona Neate, Rob Purveur, Trevor Riddle, Rich Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Dan White. blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Friday 22 June 2018

22-6-18 Friday - Mediterranean Gull

Temp 10 to 22℃. Sunshine all day, very few clouds

Red Kite
Mediterranean Gull
Yellow-legged Gull

Red Kite 11.15 Herriotts 22-06-18 (Ian Stapp)


Combe Dingle:
4 Swift - 08:25, 1st this year.

Stoke Lodge:
7 Swift:

8 or 9 - screaming party

St Andrews Park:
3 Swift, 1 Raven, 2 Mistle Thrush

Egerton Rd:
7 Swift

Elton Rd:
5 Swift - 1st screaming party this year - 20:00

Sea Mills:
House Martin - 12 active nest at the station.

Tawny Owl 22nd June 2018 OPS (Pete Hazelwood)

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Tawny Owl

Chipping Sodbury & Yate:
1 Red Kite @9.15,10.30, and 16.40


Portbury Nature Reserve:
4 Canada Geese, 17 Mute Swan, 15 Mallard, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Grey heron, 1 Cormorant, 15 Coot, 2 Lapwing, 2 Herring Gull, 3 LBB Gull, 6 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 4 Magpie, 3 Carrion Crow, 20+ Swallow, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackbird, 1 Songthrush, 2 Goldfinch

2 Shellduck, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 4 Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 40+ Swifts, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff


Bath - Northend :
Little Grebe breeding, Moorhen, no raptors at all this time, total of 7 Swifts over Northend village and probably the same scattered around over the local area. Eight House Martin nests, probably all occupied, around Eagle Road. House Sparrows holding up but sadly no Starlings or Swallows at all where there used to be several pairs of ea

22-6-18 Egyptian Geese, CVL (Jon Mortin)
Chew Valley Lake:
227 Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Geese, 74 Mute Swan, 5 (inc 4 ducklings) Shelduck, 7 Shoveler, 32 Gadwall, 7 Teal, 2 Pochard,  1 Little Egret, 8 Buzzard,  1 Redshank (Herriotts), 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 GBB Gull, 1 Tawny Owl, 30 Swift, 2 GS Woodpecker + 3 chicks, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 35 Swallow & House Martin, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, lots Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat,  2 Treecreeper, 3 Siskin, 7 Reed Bunting

Redshank Herriotts wall 22-06-18
Reports: Nicholas Beamson, Ken and Angie Carrurthers, Jane Cumming, Andy Davis, Alastair Fraser, Nick Hawkridge, Adrian Hockey, Jon Mortin, Bob Pepper, Lois Pryce, Frances Robertson,  Ian Stapp - opsbirding,

Thursday 21 June 2018

21-6-18 Thursday - Siskin

Glorious sunny day, warm out of the light north wind.

Little Owls
Red Kite
Reed Warbler at Chew (Ian Stapp)

juv Kestrel photographed in the Avon Gorge by Keith Fowler.


Great Spotted Woodpecker visiting an Almondsbury garden
(Vera Carpenter)
Sparrowhawk at Severn Beach (Rod Holbrook)
Frampton Cotterell:
8 Swift tonight - best so far this month was 22

Winterbourne, Bradley Brook LNR:
4 Stock Dove, 2 Little Owl, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat (3 singing; 1 adult with 2 juvs), 1 Goldcrest, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Goldfinch.


Siskin ringed in Portishead (David Howes)
Portbury Warth - North Pool:
3 Black-tailed Godwit.


Battery Point area:
Siskin caught and ringed in a garden
Sedge Warbler singing in a park.

Redcliffe Bay:
Red Kite

Swifts - 2 over Long Ashton and 3 over Nailsea this morning.

Oystercatcher feeding in grass.

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Green Woodpecker.


2 Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtail - inc juv

Marshfield, Shire Valley:

3 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, Moorhen with 2 juvs., juv. Grey and Pied Wagtail, juv. Redstart.

A Dunnock blending nicely into a hedge (Ian Stapp)

Chew Valley Lake
157 Canada Goose in mid-lake, 89 Mute Swan, 5 Shelduck + 4 ducklings, 36 Gadwall, 5 Teal, 5 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 1 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 7 G BB Gull, 4 Stock Dove, 10 Swift, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 2 Jay, 20+ Carrion Crow, 10+ LT Tit, 7 Wren, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Cetti's Warbler, lots Reed Warbler, 2 Mistle Thrush, 20+ hirundines, 20+ Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch, 7 Reed Bunting.

Heron's Green:
75 Canada Goose, 7 Pied Wagtail.

Herriotts Bridge:
1 Lapwing.

Reports: Vera Carpenter, Peter Coslett, Keith Fowler, Adrian Hockey, Katie Horrocks, David Howes, Mike Jackson, David Newton, Lisa Presland, Ian Stapp, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG