Thursday, 20 May 2021

20-05-21 Thursday - wind-blown seabirds

A mild damp morning became a wet and blustery afternoon with the winds rising all day.  Temp c.12°C.

Kittiwakes, Pomarine Skua
Fulmars, Manx Shearwaters, Gannets

Has anyone lost a Red-rumped Parrot?  This one belongs in Australia
but is currently in Greville Smyth park (John Lewis)


Ashton Court:
1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 Swallow, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Mistle Thrush.
Also an intriguing unidentified raptor - any ideas, anyone?
Buzzard-sized raptor flushed from mid canopy and flew across a clearing just north of the lodge at Clarken Combe, seen from above for 3-4 seconds. It flew over the grass with slow shallow beats and up into mid canopy of the opposite copse. Impression: long-winged with tapered primary tips and long-tailed with slightly convex tip. Overall colour of upper wings, head and mantle uniform mid grey-brown. Upper-tail same grey-brown but white-tinged at the base and narrow darker band at the tip with the very outer tips of the feathers white. No view of the undersides. Suspected male Honey Buzzard but the observer couldn't be sure.

Clifton Down - Avon Gorge:
1 Red Kite

20-05-21 Kingfisher Snuff Mills (Sophie Harris)
Snuff Mills:
4 Kingfisher - inc 2 juv - only stay at natal site for 4 days after fledging


Oldbury Power Station:
2 Greylag Goose, 5 Little Grebe (pr, with 2 juvs, plus 1 adult).

New Passage and Pilning Wetlands
40 Shelduck, 27 Gadwall, 4 Tufted Duck, 21 Ringed Plover, 9 Turnstone, 20 Dunlin, 15 Starling - juv on the feeders

Severn Beach:
Dark morph Pomarine Skua (15:45 hrs)

1 Hobby - whizzed past the house


3 Fulmar, Swift

(in a garden)
1 Stock Dove, Woodpigeons, Collared Doves, H. and LBB Gulls, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jackdaw, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Starling, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock, 8 House Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch.

Anchor Head:
Seawatch 12-2 over high tide: 6 Kittiwake, 1 skua sp., 4 Fulmar, 2 Manx Shearwater, 5 Gannet.


Newton St Loe:
Whistling Copse: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Goldfinch.

no reports

Reports:  Paul Bowerman, Trevor Ford, Robert Hargreaves, Sophie Harris, John Lewis, Hetty Metcalfe, Dave Nevitt, Lisa Presland, Howard Taffs, TBOSG,  opsbirdingsevernsidebirds,