Monday, 2 July 2018

02-07-18 Monday - inland Oystercatcher

More baking hot and sunny - where were those storms they promised us?  Cool breeze anyway.

Oystercatcher at Chew
Red Kite
Mediterranean Gull 

Black-tailed Godwits at Chew, still in their summer finery (Ian Stapp)


Request for information : an RSPB researcher has been colour-ringing Starlings and fitting them with radio tags in Bristol.  25 birds have radio tags and colour rings and 15 just have colour rings.  We and they would really appreciate news of any sightings of these birds to find out what they are doing and how they are dispersing around the city.  See below for a photo of one of the colour-ringed birds.  The radio tags can blend in with the feathers but the aerial should be visible sticking out past the tail.

Starling with colour ring
Avon Gorge:
Peregrine family putting on a good show.

Another Peregrine shot ('Dan')
Peregrine juvenile at Avon Gorge (Rod Holbrook)


R. Froome, Iron Action:
Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail.

Northwick Warth:
flock of c.70 Curlew & 1 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, c.380 BH Gull inc. 6 juv., 1 Mediterranean Gull (in summer plumage), 1 Common Gull. 


Request for roost counts - if anyone is at Uphill on a high tide, please count and let us know how many Curlews and Whimbrels you see.  Natural England are trying to protect their roost.  Thanks.


1 Swift, 2 House Martin.

Sand Martins at a nest in Bath (Robert Hargreaves)
Peregrine, 4 Sand Martin nests.

45 Swallow over a barley field near the racecourse.

Black-headed Gull : the mottled youngsters now appearing at Chew (George Stacey)


Chew Magna:
Red Kite drifting eastwards in mid-afternoon.

Chew Valley Lake
200+ Canada Goose (most together way out on the lake), 77 Mute Swan, 5 Shelduck + 4 ducklings, 56 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 37 GC Grebe, 7 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 7 G BB Gull, 6+ juv BH Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove, 50+ Woodpigeon, 3 Swift, 2 GS Woodpecker, 9 Jackdaw, 2 Jay, 11 Carrion Crow, 5 LT Tit, 2 Dunnock, 6 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, lots Reed Warbler, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 House Sparrow, 4 Pied Wagtail, 12 Goldfinch, 5 Reed Bunting.

Pied Wagtail at Chew (George Stacey)
Heron's Green:
2 Common Sandpiper.

1 Tawny Owl,

Oystercatcher - uncommon at Chew (Ian Stapp)
Herriott's Bridge:
68 Teal, 4 Little Egret, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Green Sandpiper, 10 Lapwing, 6 Black-tailed Godwit.

Reports: Matthew Bowell, Pete Brain, Andy Davis, Patrick Hancock, Robert Hargreaves, Brian Lancastle, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, 'TalkingtoBears', BUPP, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG