Monday 15 July 2024

15-07-24 Monday - Short-eared Owl

Temp 9°C to 17°C. Overcast all day, dry early, rain later. Gentle easterly breeze.

Little Ringed Plover
Mediterranean Gull
Osprey
Short-eared Owl

15-07-24 Short-eared Owl, Northwick Warth (Andy Stockhausen)
BRISTOL

Filton gardens:
1) 1 Jay, 2 juv Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Wren, 2 Blackbird (1m, 1f), 2 Robin (1 ad, 1 juv), 5 House Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch
2) Song Thrush singing

Sea Mills:
1 Swift, 2 Redshank, BH Gulls, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 House Martin flying plus 4 visible chicks in nests
 
Redland garden:
1 Collared Dove

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Aust Cliff:
1 Great White Egret, 1 Willow Warbler

Northwick Warth:
Short-eared Owl (not normally seen here in summer - first ever July record for S Glos)

Pilning Wetlands:
Teal, 2 Ringed Plover, 8 Little Ringed Plover (inc 3 chicks), Green Sandpiper, 14 Redshank, 9 Little Egret

15-07-24 Mediterranean Gull amongst Black-headed Gulls, New Passage (Paul Bowerman)
New Passage:
5 Dunlin, 2 Mediterranean Gull (2nd summer), 1 Kingfisher

Yate Rocks garden:
1 Sparrowhawk (m) - making successful attack on Blue Tit

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon garden:
1 Magpie

BELOW M4 & BANES

No reports

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
9 Mute Swan, 2 Teal, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 GBB Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 4 Grey Wagtail, 30+ Pied Wagtail (many juveniles)

Chew Valley Lake

Dam:
Polish-ringed BH Gull still present

Moreton:
1 Osprey

Herriotts inc. Pool:
7 Egyptian Goose (family of five + another pair), 1 Little Ringed Plover (juv), 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine (over)

Reported by: David Allward, Paul Bowerman, Di Bunniss, Chris Craig, Andy Davis, Mike Moxon, Linda Moysey, Mike Owen, Nigel Povey, Lois Pryce, Andy Stockhausen, Liza White 

Sunday 14 July 2024

14-0724 Sunday

Temp 9°C to 19°C - A sunny morning with cloud increasing as the day wore on. A gentle breeze from the west.

Osprey
Cattle Egret
Little Ringed Plover
Yellow Wagtail
Marsh Tit
Common Scoter
Whinchat

BRISTOL
Kestrel, Clifton (Mike Owen)

Kestrel, Clifton (Mike Owen)
Clifton (suspension bridge):
4 Kestrel (juvs)
Kingfisher, Eastville Park (Allan Chard)
Redland:
c8 House Martin

Eastville Park:
2 Kingfisher

Withywood (garden)::
4 Swift

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Wickwar:
1 Kestrel

Lower Woods:
1 Red Kite, 2 Marsh Tit, + Chiffchaff, + Blackcap, 9+ Spotted Flycatcher (2 family groups)

Chipping Sodbury (garden):
c5 Swift, 1 Little Egret

NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Wharf:
6 Goosander

Nailsea:
10 Swift

Clevedon (garden):
2 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw

Hewish (Oldbridge River):
1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 5+ Sedge Warbler, + Reed Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield (Tormarton Rd):
2 Yellow Wagtail

Willsbridge (Keynsham Rd):
5 Raven (noisy interaction)
Coal Tit, Downend (Craig Lewis)
Downend (garden):

6 Swift, + Coal Tit, + Blue Tit, + Long-tailed Tit
Spotted Flycatcher, Newton St Loe (Wayne Tucker)
Newton St Loe:
2 Red Kite, 5 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 2 Spotted Flycatcher

Norton Malreward: 
2 Buzzard, 1 Little Owl, 5 Raven, 8 Skylark, 5 Yellowhammer

Burrington Ham:
1 Jay, 1 Raven, c10 Coal Tit, 5 Willow Warbler (sounded young), 3+ Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Mistle Thrush (juv), 2 Stonechat (pair), 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Linnet (1 juv)

RESERVOIRS

Blagdon Lake:
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great White Egret, 4 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier

Chew Valley Lake

Dam:
140+ Canada Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 14 Swift, 1 Common Sandpiper, 52 Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Great White Egret, 3 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 5 Magpie, 12+ Sand Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Pied/White Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting

Sutton Wick:
2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Common Scoter (m), 1 Great Black-backed Gull - 1st juv, 9 Great White Egret, 10 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby

Nunnery:
1 Common Scoter (m)
Little Ringed Plover, Herons Green (Ian Stapp)
Herons Green:

100+ Canada Goose, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Little Ringed Plover - juv, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 1 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Magpie, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Whinchat - pr, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Pied/White Wagtail
Osprey/Peregrine, Moreton (Bri Thompson)
Moreton:

1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Osprey(in tree, then flying over Woodford), 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine (attacked BH Gull, then Osprey)
Goosander, Stratford (Mike Trew)
Stratford:

6 Goosander(several flyby's, not landing), 4 Cattle Egret - inc 1st juv, 4 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, the Osprey, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Red Kite, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Kestrel (m), 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 3 Sand Martin, 3 Greenfinch, 

Herriotts inc. Pool:
7 Egyptian Goose, 12+ Swift, 1 Little Grebe, 40+ Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull - inc 1st juv,  4 Grey Heron, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Osprey (f), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 3+ Kingfisher, 1 Kestrel (m),1 Hobby, 6 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 4 Sand Martin, 7 Reed Warbler, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting

Reported by: John Allen, John Barnett, Nancy Barrett, Pete Brain, Allan Chard, ~Chris, Chris Craig, Mark Coller, Matt Coward, Neil Delaney, Rob Hawkridge, MJ, Craig Lewis, Nigel Milbourne, MJ, Mike Moxon, Nick Page, Nigel Povey, Matthew Rogers, Paul Sadley, Ian Stapp, Bri Thompson, Gary Thorburn

Saturday 13 July 2024

13-07-24 Saturday - Osprey

Temp 11°C to  21°C - a sunny and warm day, with a light wind that came from every compass point.

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Osprey
Mediterranean Gull
Hobby

13-07-24 Osprey & Hobby, CVL (Wayne Tucker)
BRISTOL

Clifton Observatory:
Kestrel - 2 newly fledged, another successful year.

Eastville Park:
1 Teal, 6 Black-headed Gull

Stoke Park inc Duchess Pond:
1 Teal (presumed same as Eastville), 5 Swift, 3 House Martin, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Reed Bunting

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Aust Warth:
1 f Kestrel

Pilning Wetlands:
2 Stock Dove, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
5 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull
13-07-24 Kestrel, Orchard Pools (Lee Gardiner)
Orchard Pools:
1 Kestrel

Yate:
11+ Swift, 1 Red Kite, 7 House Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest

Chipping Sodbury:
c5 Swift over garden, 1 Little Egret

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon:
Garden: 4 Woodpigeon, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Magpie, 1 Jackdaw, 1 Robin

Watercress Farm:
8 Stock Dove, 6 Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, 1 Jay, 3 Skylark, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Treecreeper, 2 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 11 Yellowhammer

BELOW M4 & BANES

Mangotsfield:
1 Lesser Whitethroat- first garden record

Keynsham:
30 Swift- so looks like juveniles have fledged- a week later than last year

RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake

Villace:
3 Hobby

Stratford:
1 Great White Egret, 1 Osprey, 2 Hobby

Reported by: 
John Allen, Dru Brooke-Taylor, Mark Coller, Lee Gardiner, Mike Owen, Nick Page, Nigel Povey, Joe Sargent, Larry Sweetland, Chris Teague, Nick Tippett, Wayne & Lauren Tucker, Bri Thompson, blagdonlakebirds, CVRSopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Friday 12 July 2024

12-07-24 Friday - Ruff

Temp  12°C to  18°C - Overcast, showers on and off and a moderate N/NE wind. 

Ruff, Whimbrel
Mediterranean Gull
Osprey
Common Tern
Whinchat

BRISTOL

Avon Gorge:
1 Buzzard being seen off by 2 Peregrine
12-07-24 Kingfisher, Eastville (Allan Chard)
Eastville Park:
1 juv Kingfisher

Redland:
12+ Swift, 1 Collared Dove in garden-unsual here
12-07-24 Green Woodpecker, Stoke Park (Allan Chard)
Stoke Park inc Duchess Pond:
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 singing Sedge Warbler

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetlands:
22 Lapwing, 9 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 male Ruff, 5 Redshank
12-07-24 Med Gull, New Passage (Paul Bowerman)
New Passage:
11 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull

Filton:
Garden: 1 Kingfisher- new to garden list

Chipping Sodbury Common:
4 Stock Dove, 4 Kestrel, 20+ Chiffchaff, 8+ Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 3 Redstart, 2 Reed Bunting

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon:
Garden: 4 Woodpigeon, 1 Jay, 2 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw

Kenn:
Garden: 1 Sparrowhawk having a bath- video here, 1 Green Woodpecker

BELOW M4 & BANES

Saltford:
2 Red Kite

Writhlington:
1 Red Kite

RESERVOIRS

Blagdon:
17 Little Egret, 3 Hobby

Chew Valley Lake

Dam:
100+ Canada Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 1 Common Sandpiper, 64 BH Gull (inc 11 juv + Polish ringed bird from last winter), 2 GBB Gull, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Reed Bunting

Herons Green:
100+ Canada Goose, 5 Egyptian Goose, 2 GBB Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Great White Egret, 30 Sand Martin, 2 ad Whinchat, 1 Reed Warbler

Stratford:
Egyptian Goose, 2 Mediterranean Gull (2nd summers), 3 ad Common Tern, 4 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 1 Osprey, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Red Kite, 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hobby, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Sand Martin
12-07-24 Little and Great Egrets and Green Sand, CVL (Ian Stapp)
Herriotts inc. Pool:
1 Shelduck, 100+ Great Crested Grebe, 2 Lapwing, 7 Green Sandpiper, 5 GBB Gull, 1 Common Tern, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kingfisher, 5 Reed Warbler (3 young)

Reported by: 
Paul Bowerman, Mark Coller, Allan Chard, Chris Craig, John Croxton, MJ, Brian Martin, Nigel Milbourne, Mike Moxon, Nick Page, Nigel Povey, Andy Pym, Tony Scott, Ian Stapp, Andy Stockhausen, Larry Sweetland blagdonlakebirds, CVRSopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Thursday 11 July 2024

11-07-24 Thursday - Greenshank

Temp 12°C to  21°C - Warm and sunny, with some cloud later, a light to moderate breeze from the W/SSW.

Egyptian Goose
Yellow Wagtail
Whinchat, Greenshank

BRISTOL

11-07-24 House Martin, Hallen (Di Bunniss)
Hallen:
One building- c35 active House Martin nests, with 2+ chicks in each

Knowle:
1 Swallow (to SW), 1 Pied Wagtail

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
10 large Shelduck ducklings, 3 Oystercatcher chicks, 8 Heron

Aust Warth:
1 Whinchat

New Passage/Pilning Wetlands:
13 Shelduck, 1 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall (8 ducklings), 4 Teal, 19 Lapwing, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 16 Curlew,  6 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 16 Redshank, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 juv Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail

Severn Beach:
3 Shelduck, 6 Oystercatcher, 30+ Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 1 GBB Gull, 300+ BH Gull, 4 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon:
Garden: 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Magpie, 1 Jackdaw

BELOW M4 & BANES

Siston Brook:
1 Little Egret

RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake

Herons Green:
100+ Canada Geese, 5 Egyptian Geese, 50+  Swift, 2 Little Grebe, 2 GBB Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Reed Warbler, 6+ Sand Martin
11-07-24 Common Sandpiper, CVL (Ian Stapp)
Nunnery:
100+ Swift, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler

Stratford:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1+ Red Kite, 2 Hobby
11-07-24 Green Sand & Black-tailed Godwit, CVL (Ian Stapp)
Herriotts inc. Pool:
2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 140+ Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Yelllow-legged Gull-3rd summer/adult, 4 GBB Gull, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Hobby, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting

Reported by: 
Nige, David Allward, Paul Bowerman,  Andy Davis, Di Bunniss, Nick H, Peter Hazelwood, Nick Page, Nigel Povey, Ian Stapp, blagdonlakebirds, CVRSopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Wednesday 10 July 2024

10-07-24 Wednesday - Bittern

Temp 12°C to 20°C - Early rain, then sunny intervals all day. The wsw wind was brisk and westerly after lunch, gusting to 36mph.

Bittern
Manx Shearwater
Razorbill
Sandwich Tern

BRISTOL

Eastville Park:
12 Swift, 3 Kingfisher- juv

Knowle:
1 Red Kite - going over calling
10-07-24 House Martin Sea Mills (Pete Bunniss)
Sea Mills - Station:
House Martin - 2 families still being fed

Stoke Park inc Duchess Pond:
1 Common Sandpiper

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetlands:
6 Mute Swan - family party

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon - garden:
2 Woodpigeon, 3 Magpie, 1 Jackdaw, 1 Robin

Sand Point/Middle Hope:
1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Razorbill, 2 Manx Shearwater

BELOW M4 & BANES

No Reports

RESERVOIRS
Chew Valley Lake

Out on the lake:
140+ Great Crested Grebe (in 2 large rafts out on the lake fishing with 5 G BB Gulls in attendance)
10-07-24 Common Sandpiper  (Dave Hughes)
Dam:

60 + Canada Goose, 80+ Swift, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 G BB Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret, 60+ Sand Martin, 4 Pied Wagtail,

Walley Bank Path:
50+ Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20+ Long-tailed Tit - lots of juv, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Wren, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Blackbird, 1 Robin

Herons Green:
80+ Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose (+3 juv), 20+ Tufted Duck, 50+ Swift, 2 Little Grebe, 60 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 4 Magpie, 20+ Sand Martin, 20+ Swallow and House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 7 House Sparrow, 4 Pied Wagtail

Moreton:
2 Egyptian Goose, 100+ Swift, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Barn Owl - hunting, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 30+ Sand Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting
10-07-24 Kingfisher CVL (Ian Stapp)
Stratford:
1 Mute Swan + 5 cygnet, 1 Little Grebe, 140 Great Crested Grebe, 5 GBB Gull, 4 Cormorant, 1 Bittern - flew past the front of the hide, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Hobby, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Reed Warbler - family, 2 Reed Bunting

Herriotts inc. Pool:
50+ Swift, 6 Black-tailed Godwit - flew over pool then pushed off SE without stopping, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 G BB Gull, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk - moving west, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Red Kite, 5 Buzzard - together, high over the lake, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Hobby, 4 Jackdaw, 40+ Sand Martin, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Siskin - moving north, calling, 2 Reed Bunting, 

Reported by: David Allward, Derek Angell, Pete Bunniss, Allan Chard,  Andy Davis, Dave Hughes, Matt Hull, MJ, Nigel Povey, Rosemary Setter, Ian Stapp, Larry Sweetland

Tuesday 9 July 2024

09-07-24 Tuesday - Common Scoter

Temp 13°C to 19°C - Overcast and humid, some thundery showers. A moderate breeze from the Southwest.

Pink-footed Goose
Greenshank
Common Scoter

BRISTOL


Eastville Park (BOC walk):
24 Canada Goose, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 22 Mute Swan, 50 Mallard, 5 Swift, 100 Rock Dove, 30 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 4 Moorhen, 40 Coot, 6 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 18 Magpie, 6 Jackdaw, 20 Carrion Crow, 1 Blue Tit, 8 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 8 Wren, 20 Starling, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock

Bedminster:
32 Carrion Crow (on scaffolding on East St.)

Clifton Down:
4 Swift, ++ Woodpigeon, 1 Kestrel, 2 House Martin, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Greenfinch

Redland (garden):
1 Collared Dove

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Aust Sewage Works:
c50 Swift (flying SWest), 1 Yellow-legged Gull (juv), 1 Redstart

Aust Warth:
1 Whinchat (male on fence posts near Cake Pill)

Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetlands:
3 Teal, 4 Little Grebe, 7 Oystercatcher, 7 Lapwing, 7 Little Ringed Plover, 76 Curlew, 12 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 38 Redshank, 134 Black-headed Gull, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, c30 Sand Martin, 3 Reed Bunting

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon (garden):
3 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Robin

Sandford:
1 Red Kite

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
2 Swift

Oldland Common:
2 Red Kite

RESERVOIRS

Blagdon Lake:
12 Common Scoter (10m, 2f, 1m may not be adult)

Chew Valley Lake

Sand Martin, CVL (Ian Stapp)

Dam:

1 Barnacle Goose (with 100+ Canadas), 100+ Swift, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 100+ Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 12+ House Martin, 4 Pied Wagtail, 

Picnic Site 1:
11 (8m+3f on water, later 12 birds flying) Common Scoter

Walley Bank Path:
20+ Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 1 Raven, 1 Coal Tit, 5+ Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 5 Wren, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Song Thrush, 5 Blackbird, 2 Robin

Woodford:
80+ Swift, 20+ Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Pied/White Wagtail


Egyptian Goose, Herons Green (Lee Patch)

House Sparrow/Cattle Egret, Herons Green (Ian Stapp)

Herons Green:

150+ Canada Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose (+3 juv), 30+ Tufted Duck, 50+ Swift, 2 Little Grebe, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Hobby, 4 Magpie, 60+ Sand Martin, 10+ Swallow, 12+ House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 House Sparrow, 3 Pied/White Wagtail

Moreton:
2 Egyptian Goose, 50+ Swift, 4 Stock Dove, 20+ Woodpigeon, 113 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Jay (inc 3 juv), 30+ Carrion Crow, 60+ Sand Martin, 8+ Long-tailed Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Warbler, Blackcap (family), 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting

Stratford:
c60 Swift, 140 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Hobby (1st Summer), 20 Sand Martin

Herriotts inc. Pool:
1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Shelduck, 7 Gadwall, 33 Teal, 50+ Swift, 32 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kingfisher, 6 Jackdaw, 30+ Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Reed Bunting


Reported by: Graham Blacker, John Budd, Diana Bunniss, Chris Craig, Jane Cummings, Andy Davis, Paul Francis, Nigel Jones, John Lewis, Nigel Milbourne, Mike Moxon, Mike Owen, Lee Patch, Nigel Povey, Joe Sargent, Ian Stapp, Andy Stockhausen, Bri Thompson, Chris Vines

Monday 8 July 2024

08-07-24 Monday - Whinchat

Temp 10°C to 18°C - Overcast with some light rain, and a light wind from the S/SE bought some returning migrants in.

Egyptian Goose
Green Sandpiper
Mediterrenean Gull
Redstart
Whinchat

08-07-24 Kingfishers, CVL (Dave Chislett)
BRISTOL

Horfield:
1 Raven over south

Redland:
Garden: 12 species including 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 House Sparrow 

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
2 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 8 Redshank

Aust Warth/STW/Cliff:
2 Oystercatcher, 3 Curlew, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 15 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler,  3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1f Redstart, 1m Whinchat, 3 Stonechat (2 juvs)

Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetlands:
1 Swift, 1 juv Little Grebe, 3 Lapwing, 7 Little Ringed Plover (4 juv), 16 Oystercatcher, 21 Curlew, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 86 BH Gull (7 juv), 2 Little Egret, 8 Sand Martin + 32 over, 1 Sedge Warbler, 10 Reed Warbler, 1 Mistle Thrush, 5 Reed Bunting
08-07-24 Med Gull, NP (Andy Stockhausen)
New Passage:
3 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Dunlin, 15 Common Sandpiper, 1 2nd summer Mediterrenean Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail

Abbey Wood:
2 Grey Heron, 2 Raven, 2 House Martin, 1 Chiffchaff

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon - Yeo:
pr Mute Swan on nest, c12 Shelduck + 5 shelducklings, 5 Curlew, 2 Dunlin, 42 Redshank, 40 BH Gull (1 juv), 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Swallow
Garden: 2 Woodpigeon, 6 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw

Congresbury Moor:
6 Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 2 Skylark, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 15 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting

Dundry:
1 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
Shire Valley Bridge to West Littleton: 1 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Little Egret, 2 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c40 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 1 Raven, 1 Blue Tit, 15+ Skylark, 14 Swallow, 14 House Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Nuthatch, 16 Starling, 1 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 15+ Linnet, 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer

RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake
08-07-24 Egyptian Goose family, CVL (George Stacey)
Herons Green:
4 Egyptian Goose (3 full grown young), 2 Oystercatcher, 1 juv Little Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Hobby, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Whinchat

Stratford:
2 ad Egyptian Goose, 3 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 4 Marsh Harrier, 3 Red Kite, 2 Kingfisher, 50 Sand Martin, 1 juv Whitethroat

Herriotts inc. Pool:
2 Egyptian Goose (1 full grown young- also seen with others at HGB), 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Kestrel, c100 Sand Martin, 1 Greenfinch

Reported by: 
Nancy Barrett, John Budd, Chris Craig, Andy Davis, MJ,  Sue Kempson, Brian Lancastle, Andrew Middleton,  Blake Norton, Nigel Povey, Mike Prior, Trevor Riddle, Harvey Rose, George Stacey. Andy Stockhausen, Bri Thompson   blagdonlakebirds,   CVRS,   opsbirding,   severnsidebirdsTBOSG

Sunday 7 July 2024

07-07-24 Sunday

Temp 12°C to 19°C - West wind Force 0 to 3

Egyptian Goose
Green Sandpiper
Cattle Egret
Hobby
Spotted Flycatcher


BRISTOL

Kingswood, Soundwell:
1 Red Kite 8:55

House Martin chicks, Sea Mills (Di Bunniss)
Sea Mills House Martins Project:
3 chicks in one nest, 2 in another

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
No reports

Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetland:
No reports

Tortworth Lake:
Hobby against 55 House Martin

Little Egret, Kingsgate Park (Mark Coller)
Kingsgate Park:
1 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Grey Wagtail

Westerleigh, Kidney Hill:
1 Red Kite

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon, Highdale Rd:
2 Pigeon, 1 Seagull, 4 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw

BELOW M4 & BANES

Oldland garden:
3 Raven

Warmley garden:
3 Jay

Newton St Loe:
2 Tufted Duck, 1 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 2 Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher, Dunkerton Church (Merv Carlyon)
Dunkerton Church:

Spotted Flycatcher

RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake

Herons Green:
2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 8 Cattle Egret

Stratford, Blue Bowl:
1 Red Kite

Herriott's:
4 Canada goslings, 2 Egyptian Goose and 3 grown young, 5 Shelduck ducklings, 1 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 56 BH Gull, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Kingfisher, 15 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin

Reports: Phil Barlow, Geoffrey Blowfield, Diane Buniss, Merv Carlyon, Mark Coller, Peter Coslett, Chris Craig, Paul Francis, Rob Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Mike Moxon, Nick Page, Nigel Povey, Bri Thompson, Wayne Tucker, blagdonlakebirds, eBird, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Saturday 6 July 2024

06-07-24 Saturday- Terns, Whimbrel

Temp  9°C to 16°C - 25mm of rain to start- hopefully enough to refill some wader pools, but also enough to cover mud at the lakes. Cloudy with rain on and off the rest of the day, with a moderate to strong W/WSW wind that gusted to 35mph. Let's hope some decent seabirds blow in soon.

Part 2 of submitting your (breeding) records can be found here, with a further list of species for which records would be appreciated: breeding records

Sandwich Tern, Arctic Tern
Whimbrel, Yellow Wagtail
Egyptian Goose
ringed Barnacle Goose

BRISTOL

St Andrew's Park:
Tawny Owl heard

Stoke Park:
1 Sand Martin

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE
06-07-24 Sandwich Tern, Pilning (Paul Bowerman)
Pilning Wetlands:
6 Little Ringed Plover, 50 Curlew, 4 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail

Severn Beach:
1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sandwich Tern

Yate:
4 Peregrine Falcon
06-07-24 Green Woodpecker, Wickwar (Paul Sadley)
Wickwar:
1 Green Woodpecker

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon - Highdale garden:
2 Woodpigeon, 2 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw

BELOW M4 & BANES

No reports.

RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake

Dam/Salt and Malt:
pr Egyptian Geese with 2 well grown young- also seen Herriott's, 15 BH Gull inc 1 juv, 1 GBB eating a large fish

Herons Green:
c222 Canada Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose- BTO ringed, blue with orange 'BOO', 1 large Gadwall duckling, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper

Herriotts inc. Pool:
Egyptian Goose family + extra adult, Shelduck family, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Hobby

Reported by: 
Rod, Paul Bowerman, Chris Craig, Mike Moxon, Linda Moysey, Nick Page, Nigel Povey, John R, Paul Sadley, Andy Stockhausen, Larry Sweetland, blagdonlakebirds, CVRSopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Friday 5 July 2024

05-07-24 Friday - Redstart

Temp 12°C to 19°C - Early rain and then overcast until teatime with rain thereafter. A light west north west wind gusting occasionally to 17mph.

Spotted Flycatcher
Osprey
Redstart

BRISTOL

Bedminster - rooftop:
2 Lesser Black-backed Gull - just fledged

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE
05-07-24 Greenfinch NP (Lisa Presland)
New Passage:
3 Greenfinch - back on the feeders.

Chipping Sodbury Common:
4 Stock Dove, 2 Raven, plenty of Skylark - inc 3 juv, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 4 Redstart (2f&2m), 1 Stonechat
 
NORTH SOMERSET

Wraxall, Watercress Farm:
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Skylark, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Stonechat, 1 Yellowhammer

Yatton - Wemberham Lane:
1 Hobby, 12 Swallow - including 3 juv, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat

BELOW M4 & BANES

no reports

RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake

Records are being sought of Tufted Duck at CVL in 2023. Specifically those fitted with nasal saddles. We have pictures from 21st Mar, 22nd and 30th Nov. These only show one side of the face, meaning there is part of the identification missing - (pic in blog archive in the right side bar)
Can you HELP please - email to the above address.

Dam:
200+ Canada Goose, 1 Black Swan, 20+ Swift, 1 Great White Egret, 3 Pied Wagtail

Herons Green:
150+ Canada Geese, 50+ Swift, 2 Little Grebe (Pool), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 G-BB Gull, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Magpie - most juv, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 House Sparrow, 6 Pied Wagtail

Moreton:
1 Marsh Harrier (f) 

Stratford:
1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Water Rail - calling, 1 Common Tern - ad, 1 Cattle Egret, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Osprey (f), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Red Kite, 1 Kingfisher (m), 2 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine - juv, 5 Sand Martin
05-07-24 Great White Egret, & Green Sandpiper CVL (Ian Stapp)
Herriotts inc. Pool:
2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Shelduck +4 duckling, 36+ Teal, 60+ Swift, 1 Little Grebe (pool), 16 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 5 G-BB Gull, 5 Grey Heron, 4 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Jackdaw, 5 Pied Wagtail - juv, on the mud in the pool, 1 Reed Bunting

Reported by: Chris Craig, Andy Gibb, MJ, John Lewis, Trevor Riddle, Ian Stapp, 

Thursday 4 July 2024

04-07-24 Thursday - Cattle Egret

Temp 13°C to 19°C.  Overcast with sunny spells and a strong, blustery West wind.  No rain though.

Cattle Egret

Egyptian Geese with 7 goslings at Chew (Ian Stapp)
BRISTOL

Stoke Park inc Duchess Pond:
1 Peregrine, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Reed Warbler.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
6 Curlew, 1 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Sedge Warbler.

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon - Highdale
6 Woodpigeon, 2 Magpie, 1 Jackdaw

BELOW M4 & BANES

Chew Magna
1 Hobby.

Blue Bowl Pub, West Harptree:
6+ House Martin.
Black-tailed Godwits at Herriotts pool  (Ian Stapp)
RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake
700 Common Swift -- Good passage, building up numbers towards lunch time. Counted 130 HGB, 70 Herriotts,, 80 Car Park, 2/Denny Island, 80 Walley Bank, 300 Nunnery point/Moreton bank, 50 Villice Bay.
14 Black-headed Gull, 16 LBB Gull, 3 Cormorant

At Herriotts Bridge there are 3 dead large gulls on the mud patch in the pool  - pos Bird Flu?

Sutton Bank:
raft of 43 Great Crested Grebe, Hobby..

Woodford:
600+ Swift. (over lake), 2 Collared Dove, 20+ Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Jay, 2 Raven, 2 Coal Tit, 5+ LT Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Reed Warbler.

Nunnery:
1 Common Sandpiper, Hobby, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler.

Herons Green:
150+ Canada Goose, 100+ Tufted Duck, 500+ Swift,2 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Magpie, 30 House Martin, 20+ Swallow,  2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 8 House Sparrow, 4 Pied Wagtail.

Moreton:
5 Pheasant, 20+ Woodpigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 5 GBB Gull, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Cattle Egret (fly-by), 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Tawny Owl (calling), 1 Kingfisher, 1 GS Woodpecker, 6 + LT Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting.    

Stratford:
1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Hobby, 1 Sand Martin.

Herriotts Bridge:
2 Egyptian Goose (+ 7 goslings), 2 Shelduck (+ 4 ducklings), 2 Shoveler, 32+ Teal, 24+ Gadwall, 500+ Swift, 22 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Lapwing, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Green Sandpiper, 5 GBB Gull, 4 Great White Egret. 1 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Red Kite, 1 Peregrine, 2 Kingfisher,6 Jackdaw, 20+ House Martin, 12+ Swallow, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Song Thrush (singing), 5 Pied Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting.
      
Reported by:   Andy Davis, John Lewis, Nigel Povey, Ian Stapp, Larry Sweetland, all contributors to local WhatsApp groups,opsbirding

Wednesday 3 July 2024

03-07-24 Wednesday - breeding record submissions - part one

Temp  14 °C to 19 °C - Cloudy with some rain, A moderate to strong wind from the SW/W with gusts up to 30mph. Blog updated a quiet day.

Osprey
Common Tern
Egyptian Goose family
Siskin

If you know of any Avon breeding records of any of these species, and have not submitted them via Birdtrack/eBird/County Recorder/BOC, please do send them in, so that we can gain a fuller picture in our area.

Mute Swan

Moorhen

Treecreeper

Canada Goose

Coot

Mistle Thrush

Shelduck

Buzzard

Pied Wagtail

Swift

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Meadow Pipit

Collared Dove

Green Woodpecker

Bullfinch

Stock Dove

Jay

Linnet

Grey Heron

Nuthatch

Greenfinch


BRISTOL
03-07-24 Little Egret, Eastville Park (Allan Chard)
Eastville Park:
1 Little Egret
03-07-24 Cute little aliens, Sea Mills (Di Bunniss)
Sea Mills:
2 House Martin nests with young

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

No reports.See this link for the results of the 'Big Bash' that took place over last weekend.

NORTH SOMERSET

No reports.

BELOW M4 & BANES

Chew Magna - Winford Brook:
1 Little Egret

RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake

Herons Green:
100 Swift, 1 Red Kite, 3 Raven (2 juv), 1 Hobby, 30 House Martin

Stratford:
pr Egyptian Geese with 6 young, 1 Common Tern, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Osprey, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Red Kite, 3 Hobby, 1 Siskin

Herriotts inc. Pool:
5 Lapwing, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Green Sandpiper

Reported by: 
John Angell, Di Bunniss, Allan Chard, Andy Davis, Nigel Povey, Bri Thompson