Monday, 8 March 2021

08-03-21 Monday

 Another day of spring sunshine, with Bristol temperatures up to 11 °C

Mediterranean Gull
Cattle Egret
Red Kite
Black Redstart 
08-03-21 Grey Wagtail, Eastville Park (Steve Richardson)

08-03-21 Oystercatcher, Dowlais, Clevedon (Nigel Kendall)

08-03-21 Peregrine, Avon Gorge (Keith Williams)


Ashton Gate:
Greville Smyth Park - 6  Woodpigeon, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Buzzard, 1 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 5 Carrion Crow, 1 Coal Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 
2 Treecreeper, 1 Wren, 1 Blackbird, 3 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 6 European Goldfinch

Clifton Down:
Zoo Bank - 3 Firecrest still present in Holm Oaks
Also 2 Peregrine Falcon (Avon Gorge), 1 Nuthatch (Clay Pit Road), 2 Song Thrush, 8 Redwing 

Cumberland Basin/New Cut:
6 Mallard, 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 17 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Magpie, 6 Jackdaw, 4 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch

Brandon Hill:
2 Blackcap (one male, one female)

Blaise Estate:
1 Kingfisher (The Dingle), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 3 Coal Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 9 Great Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Wren, 6 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 7 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 5 Robin

Coombe Dingle:

08-03-21 'Short-tailed Tit'*, Coombe Dingle (William Earp)

[*species named by Owen, aged 6. This individual has been a regular visitor to our feeders during the past week. It has lost both tail feathers but appears to be functioning normally otherwise. It can balance and fly; it associates with other LTTs. Dates all wrong for a moult, so perhaps the victim of an attack by a predator e.g. Sparrowhawk or cat? Have never seen this before - has anyone else?]

08-03-21 Carrion Crow with deformed beak, Eastville Park (Allan Chard)
Eastville Park:
12 Canada Goose, 4 Mute Swan, 10+ Mallard, 1 Domestic Mallard, 3 Cormorant, 2 Moorhen, 6 Coot, 10+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10+ Feral Pigeon, 14 Woodpigeon, 1 Peregrine, 9 Magpie, 4 Carrion Crow, 9 Great Tit, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Wren, 4 Nuthatch, 6 Blackbird, 6 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 2 Grey Wagtail

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
3 Mute Swan, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Redwing, 1 m Stonechat, 12 Meadow Pipit, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch, 10 Greenfinch 

Updates on ringed birds: 

1. Long-tailed Tit

08-03-21 Long-tailed Tit ringing recovery (Michael Davis)

I tend to think of Long-tailed Tits as being generally sedentary birds. So it was nice to catch one at my ringing site in east Bristol that was originally ringed over 30km away in Wiltshire. Not a bad journey for a feathery ping-pong ball on a stick -Michael Davis

2. Black-headed Gull

10-02-21 Norwegian- ringed Black-headed Gull, Sea Mills (William Earp)
The bird above is a female, ringed on 14-04-2016 in Oslo. It was reported in April 2018, and in April and May 2020, still  in the Oslo area. 
On 10 February 2021 it was on the muddy bank of the River Trym as it joins the Avon at Sea Mills. This was during a cold spell - subsequent searches have failed to relocate it. 
With thanks to Peter Rock for putting us in touch with the CR-ringed Gull scheme in Norway


Oldbury Power Station:
1 Greylag Goose, 189 Wigeon, 65 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Plover, 69 Curlew, 29 Dunlin, 36 Redshank, 12 Common Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Green Woodpecker, 2 Peregrine, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 180 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 1 prob 1st w male Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat 

08-03-21 Teal, Three Brooks NR (Mike Prior)

Bradley Stoke and Three Brooks NR:
12 Teal, 2 Moorhen, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Song Thrush, 
Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch

Holbrook Common, nr Wick:
Holbrook Common ST693734
2 Stock Dove, 4 Common Gull, 3 Buzzard, singing Skylark, LTT nest-building


08-03-21 Siskin on the sunflower hearts, Portishead (Jane Cumming) 1
Redcliffe Bay - pr. Siskin (sunflower hearts), 1 pr Greenfinch (mixed seeds)

Gordano Valley:
15 Pheasant, 8 Canada Geese, 7 Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Coot, 7 Lapwings displaying and trying to fight off a number of Crows, 3 Buzzards, Kestrel, various crows including a Raven calling, 1 Chiffchaff, 20+ Starling

08-03-21 Mediterranean Gull,  Clevedon Seafront (Mark Savage)
Seafront by Marine Lake -  1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Rock Pipit

07-03-21 Snipe, Dowlais (Nigel Kendall)
Clevedon -Yeo:
Dowlais - 23 Shelduck, 35 Wigeon, 9 Oystercatcher, 70+ Dunlin, 6 Snipe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Rock Pipit

08-03-21 Black Redstart, Duck Lane garden, Kenn (John Croxton)
Weston Airport:
No sign of Penduline Tit or Bearded Tit today

08-03-21 6 Goosander, Grey Heron, Mallard, Congresbury Yeo (Mark Savage)

Congresbury Yeo:
6 Goosander (1m 5f), Grey Heron, 1 Mallard


Memorial Park - 1 Sparrowhawk

Bath, Lansdown:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 m Kestrel, 6 Rook, 3 Skylark, 24 Starling, 80 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing, 1 Pied Wagtail, 80 Chaffinch, 36 goldfinch, 6 Yellowhammer

St John's Church - Status report: Nine visits by the pair to the box thus far today between 05:30 and 13:00; five by falcon.

1 Red Kite

Compton Martin:
4 Cattle Egret, 1 Buzzard


Still locked down

07-03-21 Goosander, Blind Yeo, Clevedon (Nigel Kendall)

Reports: Di Bunniss,  Ben Crabb, John Croxton,  Jane Cumming, Michael Davis, William Earp, Alastair Fraser, Paul Gregory, Rob Hargreaves, Nick Hudson, Matt Hull, Nigel Kendall, John Lewis, Andy Middleton, Jean Oliver, Nick Page, Mike Prior, Steve Richardson, Mark Savage, Larry Sweetland, Keith Williams, BUPP