Wednesday, 20 September 2017

20th September '17

Reasonably warm, sunny spells, cloud in afternoon, rain early evening.

Little Stint, Cattle Egret, Merlin


BRISTOL

Finzels Reach:
2 Peregrine

Stapleton:
2 Peregrine (Holy Trinity)


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
Little Stint juv this morning
Juvenile Little Stint (Paul Bowerman)
 Pilning wetland:
3 Ruff (2f, 1m)

Yate:
Merlin (m)

Chipping Sodbury Common:
2 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 1 Yellow Wagtail, (no sign of shrike today)


NORTH SOMERSET:

Battery Point:
Chiffchaff (juv in garden)

BELOW M4 & BANES

Lansdown:
2 flocks of 50 Goldfinch


RESERVOIRS:

Chew Valley Lake:
 
Dam
3 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 2 G BB Gull, 6 Swallows,
2 Common Sandpiper (Wally bank), 170 Cormorant (fishing)
Little Grebe (Ian Stapp)
Woodford
3 G-W Egret (around lake), 5 Little Egret, 6 G BB Gull (Denny), 6 House Martins
10 Swallows

Heron's Green
10 G-W Egret, 11 Little Egret, 1 Cattle Egret (first in field with cows then on old road bridge in the bay), 14 Little Grebe, 2 Green Sandpiper (pond), 3 Swallows, 5 Lapwing 
Cattle Egret and friends (Ian Stapp)

Moreton
1 Little Grebe, 6 G BB Gull (lake), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Hobby, 3 Jay

Stratford
1 Gargany

Herriotts
15 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 3 G-W Egret, 2 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Hobby

Grey Herons 33 birds seen around the lake today
G-W Egret 13 today, 16 Little Egret, 19 Swallows, 6 House Martins

Other
Bustard still same place (Chewton Mendip) this morning (Ian Stapp)



Reports: Ian Stapp, Sean Whyte, Richard Scantlebury, Paul Bowerman, Mark Coller, Jason Williams,
Dave Howes,   blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

19th September '17 Tuesday - Cattle Egret

What a sunny and warm day

Cattle Egret
Little StintCurlew Sandpiper,
Woodchat ShrikeFirecrestSpotted Flycatcher
RedstartWhinchat, StonechatYellow Wagtail

19-9-17 Cattle Egret at Herons Green (Ian Stapp)
BRISTOL

Clifton, Durdham Down:
Pair of Spotted Flycatcher, east of the path Worrall Rd to Ladies Mile

Stockwood Open Space:
2 Buzzard

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

19-9-17 Sparrowhawk at Aust (Vic Savery)
Aust:
1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler

19-9-17 Ruff at New Passage (Paul Bowerman)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
1 j Little Stint, 1 j Curlew Sandpiper, 250 Dunlin, 6 Ruff,  1 Snipe, 180 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Greenshank, Redshank
19-9-17 Spotted Flycatcher at CSC (Alex Carlisle)
Chipping Sodbury Common:
1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, flock Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Snipe, 1 juv Woodchat Shrike, 2 m/f Blackcap, Whitethroat, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 f Redstart, 5 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, Meadow Pipits

19-9-17 Woodchat Shrike at CSC (Chris Teague)
NORTH SOMERSET

Easton-in-Gordano, BOC Walk:

1 Sparrowhawk, Buzzards, 1 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 2 Coal Tit, Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch, 20 Robin, House Sparrows, Greenfinch, Linnets

Portishead:
6 Buzzard (2 pair + juvs)

Sand Point:
7 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 85 Curlew, Goldcrest, Tawny Owl heard, 1 Firecrest still, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whinchat, Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail

Weston-Super-Mare:
Stream 600 Swallow and House Martin per hour heading SE again

Uphill:
1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine

BELOW M4 & BANES

19-9-17 Swallows at Newton St Loe (NSL Birding)
Newton St Loe:
1 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff

Midford to Monkton Combe:
Buzzard 4, Sparrowhawk 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 3, Nuthatch 2, Bullfinch 4, Raven 2, Jay 2, Blackcap 2, Chiffchaff 2, Long-tailed Tit 4, Coal Tit 2. Amongst the really common stuff (e.g. about 150+ Pheasants which my spaniel chases!)

Paulton:
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Hobby juv, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Jay, 10 Skylark, 5 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 50 Meadow Pipit, 5 Grey & 7 Pied Wagtails at SWT, 10 Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer

RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake, 18th:
8 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Great White Egret, 1 j Ringed Plover

Chew Valley Lake:
13 Great White Egret (most Herons Green), 13 Little Egret

19-9-17 Cattle Egret at Herons Green (Ian Stapp)
Dam:
3 Egyptian Geese, 20+ Swallow

Woodford:
6 GBB Gull, 100 Hirundine
19-9-17 Stonechat at Herons Green (Ian Stapp)
Herons Green:
1 Cattle Egret, 14 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 1 Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 2 Raven, 3 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 1 Reed Bunting

Moreton-Stratford:
3 Ruff, 7 Black-tailed Godwit (both Stratford), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 2 Raven, 20+ Long-tailed Tit, 1 Cetti's Warbler

Herriotts End:
6 Buzzard, 3 Black-tailed Godwit

Out of Avon:
Chewton Plain:

1 f Great Bustard still (hard to see at times, dips in field to hide in, Very Dangerous road, lots of traffic close-by & fast). The Bustard has a large white plastic ring on the left leg. Released 2016

19-9-17 Kestrel at New Passage (Simon Williams)
19-9-17 Black-tailed Godwit at New Passage (Simon Williams)
Reports: Caroline Baker, Paul Bowerman, Paul Bowyer, Alex Carlisle, Chris Craig, Andy Davis, Paul Francis, Simon Harris, Bill Hewitt, Patrick Hancock, Robert Hargreaves, Adrian Hockey, Rod Holbrook, David Poulton, Vic Savery, Rich Scantlebury, Patrick Smith, Ian Stapp, Chris Teague, Wayne Tucker, Simon Wlliams, blagdonlakebirdsCVRS, opsbirdingsevernsidebirds

Monday, 18 September 2017

18th Sept '17 Mon - Ring-necked Parakeet

Not bad weather today, bit dull bit cool but ok

Ring-necked Parakeet
Great White Egret
Little StintCurlew SandpiperBar-tailed Godwit
Barn Owl, Woodchat ShrikeMarsh Tit
Spotted FlycatcherWhinchatYellow Wagtail

18-9-17 Sparrowhawk in Stoke Gifford garden (Keith Fowler)
BRISTOL

Hereford Street Car Park, Bedminster:
Ring-necked Parakeet

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

18-9-17 Greenfinch in Severn Beach (Rod Holbrook)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
5 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 f Pintail, 3 Little Grebe, 1 j Little Stint, 1 j Curlew Sandpiper, a few Dunlin, 3 Ruff,  1 Snipe, 180 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, Redshank, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Whitethroat, 1 m Stonechat, 1 Yellow Wagtail

18-9-17 Woodchat Shrike at CSC (Craig Lewis)
Chipping Sodbury Common:
1 Kestrel, 1 juv Woodchat Shrike, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Whinchat, 1 Stoat

Yate, Cherington:
2 Ring-necked Parakeets flew to Wapley

NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead, Woodhill Bay:

1 Wheatear hassling Linnets
Weston-Super-Mare:
Stream 750 Swallow and House Martin per hour heading SE

BELOW M4 & BANES

Midford to Monkton Combe:
5 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Jay, 2 Raven, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Spotted Flycatcher

RESERVOIRS:

Barrow Tanks, WeBS:
131 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose, 6 Teal, 47 Mallard, 55 Tufted Duck, 11 Cormorant, 4 Heron, 30 (WeBS record) Little Grebe, 30 Great Crested Grebe, 128 Coot, 8 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wheatear

Blagdon Lake:
1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 j Ringed Plover

Chew Valley Lake:
13 Great White Egret,  13 Little Egret

18-9-17 Great White Egret at CVL (Craig Lewis)
Dam:
1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20+ Swallows, 20+ House Martins 

Woodford:
5 GBB Gull, 2 Raven

Herons Green:
11 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Green Sandpiper, 

Moreton-Stratford:
1 j Little Stint(Stratford), 3 GBB Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Jay, 2 Raven, 4 Goldcrest, 20+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 juv Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Treecreeper

Herriotts End:
1 Peregrine, 3 GBB Gull (Ring left leg P414?  White ring black lettering), 1 Kingfisher

18-9-17 Great Bustard at Chewton Mendip (Ian Stapp)
Out of Avon:
Chewton Plain:

1 f Great Bustard (hard to see at times, dips in the field to hide in, Very Dangerous road, lots of traffic close-by & fast). The Bustard has a ring on the left leg, a large white plastic ring. Released 2016

Reports: Rich Andrews, Paul Bowerman, Paul Bowyer, Andy Davis, Keith Fowler, Simon Harris, Phil Hemming, Rod Holbrook, David Howes, John Martin, Darren Pearce, Matt Scott, Nigel Sluman, Ian Stapp, Dan White, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, opsbirding, severnsidebirds

Sunday, 17 September 2017

17th September '17 Sunday - Firecrest

Dull day, quite chilly at times

Sabine's Gull
Cattle Egret, Great White EgretMediterranean Gull
AvocetLittle StintCurlew Sandpiper
Woodchat Shrike, Firecrest, WhinchatYellow Wagtail

17-9-17 The Woodchat Shrike showing off (Les Williams)
BRISTOL

River Avon, nr Avonmouth:
1 juv Sabine's Gull

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
Swallows to NE, 3 Whinchat,

Thornbury:
c.600 Hirundine, mostly Swallow,  over 10.00-11.00

Littleton Ringing Station:
Last 3 sessions, 203 birds -159 new, 54 re-traps, courtesy of Pete
Sparrowhawk 1,0, Stock Dove 1,0, Kingfisher 2,0, Jay 1,0, Goldcrest 7,0, Blue Tit 22,24, Great Tit 7,6, Lotti 0,1, Cetti's Warbler 0,1, Chiffchaff 59,1, Blackcap 19,0, Grasshopper Warbler 1,0, Sedge Warbler 1,0, Reed Warbler 1,0, Wren 2,4, Robin 2,3, Dunnock 0,2, Grey Wagtail 1,0, Chaffinch 6,0, Goldfinch 25,1, Linnet 1,0, 

Aust Warth:
1 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 7 Curlew, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Raven, 1 Kingfisher, mixed flock c. 30 Blue Tit & Long-tailed Tit, 100 Swallow, 40 House Martin, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 15 Linnet, 12 Goldfinch, Reed Bunting

17-9-17 Avocet at New Passage (Lisegirl)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
140+ Canada Geese, 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 3 Avocet, 8 Ringed Plover, 20 Lapwing, 12 Knot, 1 j Little Stint, 1 j Curlew Sandpiper, 130 Dunlin, 9 Ruff, 80 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Greenshank, 140 Redshank, Turnstones, 1 Kingfisher, 1 j Yellow Wagtail

17-9-17 Woodchat Shrike at home (Andrew Jordan)
Chipping Sodbury Common:
1 juv Woodchat Shrike, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Whinchat, 10 Yellow Wagtail

Nibley. 07.08:
1 Great White Egret going south to Coalpit Heath

NORTH SOMERSET
17-9-17 Starling at Portishead (Jason Williams)
Portbury Wharf:
15 Wigeon (1st double fig count of the autumn), 1 Little Owl, 1 Cetti's Warbler

17-9-17 Wheatear at  Portishead (Jason Williams0
Portishead lake:
Swallows going NE, Starlings, Wheatear, Rock Pipit

Walton Bay, 12.00-16.00:
1200 Swallows, 40 House Martin, all NE

Clevedon-Yeo:
2 Mute Swan, 60 Shelduck, 8 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 8 Oystercatcher, 8 Ringed Plover, 70 Curlew, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Dunlin, 140 Redshank, 400 BH Gull, 12 Herring Gull, flock 14 Magpie, 300 Jackdaw, 2 Raven, 6 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Wheatear, 3 Rock Pipit

Sand Point:
Firecrest in car park
17-9-17 2 Wheatear by River Axe (William Hewitt)
BELOW M4 & BANES

Willsbridge:
Small groups Swallows in sky still, Mistle Thrushes stripping Rowens

Chewton Mendip:
Not Avon but, 1 Great Bustard just N of CM, view-able from Main Road

Paulton:
1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Jay, 2 Raven, 10 Skylark, 100 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 40 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet

RESERVOIRS:

Barrow Tanks, WeBS:
131 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose, 6 Teal, 47 Mallard, 55 Tufted Duck, 11 Cormorant, 4 Heron, 30 (WeBS record) Little Grebe, 30 Great Crested Grebe, 128 Coot, 8 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wheatear
Blagdon Lake:
Black-necked Grebe, 3 j Ringed Plover

Cheddar Reservoir:
Not Avon but, a male Mandarin has found the female Mandarin

Chew Valley Lake:
10 Pintail, 1 Garganey?, 1 juv Cattle Egret (flew from HG to Denny), 7 Little Egret, 12 Great White Egret, 2 Kestrel, 1 j Hobby, 1 j Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 8 Lapwing, 7 Ruff, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 j 1st w Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Sand Martin, 2 Meadow Pipit

Reports: Rich Andrews, Terri Borash, Paul Bowerman, Derek Clarke, Mark Coller, cmh, Sean Davies, Patrick Hancock, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Richard Hearn,  Paul House, Andrew Jordan, Wilfred King, Lisegirl,  John Martin, Andrew Mears, Paul Milo, Matt Plenty, Lois Pryce, Harvey Rose, Chris Stone, Gary Thorburn,  Jason Williams, Les Williams, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, opsbirding, severnsidebirds

Saturday, 16 September 2017

16th September '17 Saturday - Guillemot

Some sun, some rain, some warmth, some chill, a little wind

16-9-17 Ruff at New Passage (Paul Bowerman)
Guillemot
Woodchat Shrike
Curlew SandpiperRuff
Spotted Flycatcher,  WhinchatYellow Wagtail

Obituary for Richard Hunt below blog

BRISTOL
16-9-17 Sparrowhawk in Bristol (Paul Milo)
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
2 Wigeon, 3 Little Egret, 10 Lapwing, 21 Redshank, 1 Guillemot floating down river, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 15 Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 7 House Sparrow, 3 Reed Bunting
16-9-17 Egyptian Goose at New Passage (Lisegirl)
Littleton Brick Pits:
150 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Ringed Plover, 15 Knot, 1 j Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Ruff, Great Tit, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, Linnets

16-9-17 Woodchat Shrike on CSC (David Hughes)
Chipping Sodbury Common:
1 juv Woodchat Shrike, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher,  6 Whinchat, 2 Yellow Wagtail

16-9-17 Spotted Flycatcher on CSC (David Hughes)
NORTH SOMERSET:
16-9-17 Sparrowhawk in Duck Lane, Kenn (John Croxton)
This male was looking for (my!) lunch. He was unlucky
BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield, Tormarton Road:
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 10 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch, 3 Corn Bunting

RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake:
Black-necked Grebe in residence?, 3 j Ringed Plover, 40 Black-tailed Godwit

Chew Valley Lake:
3 Pintail, 7 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank

Reports: Rich Andrews, Paul Bowerman, John Croxton, Mark Dadds, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, David Hughes, Brian Lancastle,  Lisegirl, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, opsbirding, severnsidebirds

Obituary - Richard Hunt

It is with a great deal of sadness that we report the death of Richard Hunt. Richard was known to very many of us and even if you didn’t know him, you probably went to see a bird he had found.

Richard Hunt sat in an abandoned chair enjoying a Great Grey Owl
deep in the forest in Finland, 2014
He had a stroke over twenty five years ago leaving him partially paralysed and after that, he walked with difficulty and only with the aid of a stick. He did not let this stop him. He would still get there – just at a slower pace.

He was a dedicated patchworker with a local patch list in excess of 200 for the strip of coast nearest Kingston Seymour and the seawatching point of Ladye Bay, Clevedon. His patch finds included two firsts for the county – Desert Wheatear and Upland Sandpiper – as well as Bee-eater and many others. That Upland Sandpiper was certainly the most twitched away from the Scillies. He liaised with the local landowners for parking arrangements and put up signs in the lanes to manage the twitch. He cared about other people.

Upland Sandpiper, found by Richard in 2005
on his local patch. The first in the UK
He added 150 species to his British List after his stroke and this was a massive testament to his dedication and determination. A major landmark for him was the first of those 150 – the Sora on the Scillies in October 1991. He had travelled to the Scillies with his trike. The trike, with an adaptation for his scope, allowed him to bird his patch around the lanes and seawall of Kingston Seymour and to get around St Mary’s. He was a very familiar sight in both locations.

Two years after his return to the Scillies, he first tackled the inter-island boats again travelling to Tresco for Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Hermit Thrush in 1993. At this stage, more generally, he was twitching by public transport with for instance the Pine Bunting at Dagenham Chase being tackled by coach, tube and bus and also when twitching by car, he often travelled in the company of Richard Mielcarek.

With many other Clevedon and Somerset birders, I was lucky to have seen a number of his finds and to have had the pleasure of his company over countless hours and a fair few twitches. The last twitch that we shared was for the Siberian Accentor at Easington last autumn and by then, his BOU British List was well into the 490’s. Many others will vouch for his excellent company, his astonishingly positive outlook and his tremendous cheerfulness.

He suffered many additional health challenges in the last twenty five years but constantly bounced back until this last time, His first twitch only a few weeks after one of a number of major heart operations was the Trumpeter Finch at Landguard in 2005. He was a keen footballer in his younger years and a Liverpool supporter. As we pulled off the motorway into Clevedon on our return, I think that he was as happy as I was as Patrick Vieira slotted home for a Man Utd loss in the FA Cup Final.

With many of the Clevedon and other local birders, I was also lucky enough to have travelled abroad with him on many occasions and tallying those up now – Ireland, Latvia, Mainland Spain, Canaries, Italy, France, Finland (twice), Norway, Bulgaria, Morocco (twice), Israel and Turkey – as well as his additional trips on Plymouth Santander ferries and to Latvia and Israel with others that I missed, it is no surprise that his Western Palearctic list was over 650.

Occasionally in life, you meet people who you know have more determination and drive than you and who are quite simply better people. Richard was one of those and he will be sadly missed by his children – Vicki and Steve – and quite simply everyone who had the pleasure to have met him – particularly his usual cafĂ© group of Howard, Bob, Jason & Jim.

All the very best mate from all of us

Paul Chapman

Friday, 15 September 2017

15th Sept '17 Friday - Sanderling

Cold, rainy and very windy, from WNW. Sunny warm afternoon

Garganey, Marsh HarrierArctic & Black Tern
Woodchat Shrike, Hobby
Sanderling, Curlew SandpiperSpotted Redshank

15-9-17 Wheatear at New Passage (Rod Holbrook)

BRISTOL

Holy Trinity, Stapleton:
2 Peregrine, flock Swallow and House Martin

Fishponds:
100's Swallows

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

15-9-17 Hobby at New Passage (John Martin)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
Hobby, Wheatear
15-9-17 Woodchat Shrike at CSC (Paul Taylor)
Chipping Sodbury Common, 12th:
1 juv Woodchat Shrike, (Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, WhinchatYellow Wagtail)

NORTH SOMERSET:

Weston-Super Mare, Haywood Village:
1 Swift
15-9-17 Green Woodpecker at Bleadon (William Hewitt)
Bleadon:
2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 8 Long-tailed Tit

BELOW M4 & BANES


Chelwood:
2 Buzzard 1 Kestrel

RESERVOIRS:
Sanderling at Herons Green 15-09-17 (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
3 Pintail, 1 m Garganey, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 14 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 10 Ruff

Dam:
1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Little Egret

Woodford:
5 Little Egret, 5 Great White Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 9 Turnstone, 5 GBB Gull, 1 Black Tern, 1 Arctic Tern

15-9-17 Hobby at Villice (Raoul Chandrasekera)
Herons Green:
10 Shoveler, 2 Little Egret, 6 Great White Egret,  14 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard,  7 Lapwing, 14 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 3 GBB Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Grey Wagtail

Moreton:
1 Buzzard, 2 Hobby, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay

Herriotts:
1 only? Wigeon, 4 Little Egret 4 Great White Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 7 Ruff ,  16 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Grey Wagtail

Reports: Raoul Chandrasakera, Chris Craig, William Hewitt,  Rod Holbrook, Gary Hughes, Glen Maddison, John Martin,  Jonathan Mortin, George Rabin, Rich Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, Paul Taylor,  blagdonlakebirdsCVRSopsbirdingsevernsidebirds

Thursday, 14 September 2017

14th Sept '17 Thursday - Arctic Skuas

Lovely, if cooler, with sun and high cloud.  One heavy shower.  Wind has turned NW and dropped.

4 Arctic Skuas, Arctic and Black Tern, RuffSpotted RedshankCurlew Sandpiper all at Chew.
Woodchat Shrike getting rather less attention in the face of all those seabirds - but only Manx Shearwater today. (Leach's Petrels, Grey Phalaropes, Arctic Terns and Sabine's Gulls still being seen off the Somerset coast.)

It's still there - Woodchat Shrike (Malcolm Black)
BRISTOL
Eastville Park:
1 Dipper, 1 Grey Wagtail, but no gulls on the lake.


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
2 Harbour Porpoise, breaching, attracting gulls - see the video on the Oldbury website (honorary birds! - certainly worth a mention).
1 juv/fem Redstart, 1 Stonechat.

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
1 f. Pintail, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 ad. Hobby, 3 Ruff, 90 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Sand Martin, 3 Wheatear.

Severn Beach:
Exhausted Manx Shearwater.

Chipping Sodbury Common:
juv Woodchat Shrike, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Redstart, 11 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 20 Meadow Pipit.


NORTH SOMERSET:

Uphill:
1 Grey Phalarope ("Brean Down on Axe Estuary" so possibly in Avon, just?)


BELOW M4 & BANES
no reports.


RESERVOIRS:

Both fishing - Black Tern ignoring a boat at Chew (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
8 Great White Egret, 10 Little Egret, 500+ hirundines.

Woodford:
 6 G BB Gull, 1 Black Tern (ignoring nearby fishermen in boats).

Villice:
1 ad. and 1 juv. Hobby. 4 Dunlin, 1 m. Blackcap, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (along the old road, Parkland).

Heron's Green:
4 Arctic Skua at 13:50 (heading towards Blagdon).
16 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 3 G BB Gull, 7 House Sparrow, 2 Reed Bunting.

Moreton:
6 Buzzard, 1 juv. Arctic Tern (up & down lake Stratford end), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 m. Blackcap, 4 LT Tit, 1 Jay.

Herriott's Bridge:
29 Black-tailed Godwit (possibly a record count for Chew), 7 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Curlew Sandpiper.


Reports: Pete Coslett, Andy Davis, Pete Hazelwood, Brian Lancastle, John Martin, Richard Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds