Monday, 11 June 2018

11-06-18 Monday

Temp 15 to 26℃. Beautiful Sunny day today, very warm, nice breeze over the water

11-6-18 4 Little Egret, 1 Coot, 1 Morehen, 1 Mallard, & The Shelducks (Ian Stapp)

St Andrews Park:
4 low-flying screaming Swifts


Portishead Marina:
1 Cormorant back

2 Oystercatchers are seen daily on the roof of the old Westlands building in Winterstoke Road, Weston-s-Mare (across from Screwfix) They are apparently nesting on the roof as they become quite alarmed when humans walk beneath and see off the more commonly seen gulls that nest on the Industrial estate roofs

Herring Gull - juv seen on the roof.

Uphill - area:
3 Juv Jackdaw, 2 Raven, lots of Goldfinch inc juv.

11-6-18 smart Barnacle Goose, Herriotts (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
88 Canada Goose (Herriotts + 2 broods 15 & 4), 1 Barnacle Goose, 5 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 36 Gadwall, 14 Teal, 4 Pochard, 4 Little Egret, 1 Red Kite (Herriotts 1.10 going South), 5 Buzzard, 9 GBB Gull, 1 ad Great Spotted Woodpecker + 3 chicks, at Moreton, 1 Raven, 20+ Swallow, 15 House Martin, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Mistle Thrush, 14 Chaffinch, 9 Reed Bunting

Genome sequencing project with House Martins
We have had the request below from a student at Bristol University regarding House Martins. Would you be able to help?

I am currently carrying out an MSc project at the University of Bristol investigating the migration routes of House Martins by genome sequencing the bacteria found in their faeces. If you know anyone that would be interested in getting involved I am looking for nest sites with five or more nests and swabbing the faeces underneath their nests, please contact me. 

Thank you for your time and I would really appreciate any advice, including nesting locations. Please reply to

Helen Howshall 
11-6-18 Parafoil Gliders from Moreton 11-06-18 (not birds but at least flying) (Ian Stapp)
Reports: Janey Clarke, Roger Fry, Dave Newton, Lois Pryce, Trevor Riddle, Ian Stapp