Saturday 29 June 2024

29-06-24 Saturday - First signs of autumn... ?

Temp 11°C to 22°C - Sunny spells all day but with some patchy cloud. A force 1 NW wind.

As many will know, the autumn migration season kicks off in late June/early July. Today, we received the first reports of returning Redstarts at CSC and Black-necked Grebe at CVL. Hopefully the start of many good birds to come in the next few months!

Tomorrow is 'The South Gloucestershire Big Bash'. Seeing as it is the quiet time of year, the South Glos Birds Team thought it would be a good idea to find out how many species of birds, butterflies, dragon and damselflies can be recorded in the South Gloucestershire area in one day! No need to travel long distances, where you are is just fine. The team will keep a running total from 00:01 to 23:59 tomorrow.

Black-necked Grebe
Mediterranean Gull
Nuthatch at Oldbury Power Station


10 Swift
29-06-24 Green Woodpecker & Jay, Coombe Dingle (Diana Bunniss)
Coombe Dingle - garden:
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay


Oldbury Power Station:
2 (m/f) Coot w/ multiple young, 2 Nuthatch - first multiple count at this site

Pilning Wetlands:
1 Shelduck, 1 Teal, 3 Swift, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Lapwing, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 sum plum Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Skylark, 6 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 4 Linnet, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting
29-06-24 Lesser Whitethroat, Chipping Sodbury Common (Christopher Teague)
Chipping Sodbury Common:
3 Swift, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Jay, 2 Raven, 15+ Swallow, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat & Whitethroat (all with young), 4 Mistle Thrush, 3 (1m/2f) Redstart, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting 

Coalpit Heath:
19 Swift

29-06-24 Rock Pipit, Knightstone Island (W-s-M) (Adrian Dutt)

Weston-Super-Mare - Knightstone Island:
1 Rock Pipit

North Worle (W-s-M):
4 Swift


Shire Valley:
2 Spotted Flycatcher (east of bridge)

4 Red Kite

8 House Martin - presumably nesting birds

Lord's Wood, Pensford:
1 Hobby - over, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Coal Tit, 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 3+ Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Goldfinch
Singing birds: 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackbird, 1 Robin


Chew Valley Lake

Herriotts inc. Pool:
1 (sum plum) Black-necked Grebe, 11 Lapwing, 4 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Green Sandpiper, 5 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 2cyr Marsh Harrier, 3 Red Kite, 2 Hobby

Reported by: John Barnett, Diana Bunniss, ~Chris, Mark Coller, Chris Craig, Adrian Dutt, Tim Ford, Peter Hazelwood, Matt Hull, Mike Jackson, MJ, Andrew Middleton, Nick Page, Mike Prior, Joe Sargent, Christopher Teague.