Thursday, 19 April 2018

19-04-18 Thursday - Avocet

A hot summer's day - clear skies and sunshine with a light breeze.  Lovely!

Garganey, Avocet
Little Ringed Plover
Red Kite
Little Gull, Common Terns, Black Tern
Arctic Terns, Cuckoo
Nightingale
Garden Warblers arriving in numbers today - quite early

Mrs Greenfinch establishing the pecking order?  (Rod Holbrook)
BRISTOL

Eastville Park:
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler.


Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
9 Mallard, 2 Buzzard, 6 Moorhen, 2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Bunting.


Linnet at New Passage (Ian Loats)
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Shoveler, Great Crested Grebe (floating upriver), 9 Whimbrel, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 79 BH Gull, 4 Arctic Tern downriver, 1 Cuckoo calling, 2 Yellow Wagtail over. 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler,1 Reed Warbler, 2 Wheatear, 7 Redpoll.

Wheatear at New Passage (Ian Loats)
New Passage/Northwick:
2 Gadwall, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 40 Oystercatcher, 1 Turnstone, 11 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 10+ Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Linnet.

Whimbrels are migrating up the Severn now (Ian Loats)
Portbury:
pr Canada Goose (nesting on a moving island nestbox), pr Gadwall, 2+ Little Grebe, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 2+ Cetti’s Warbler.


NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead-Clevedon coast:
Possible Golden Oriole (observer heard a brief song in his garden overlooking the Severn, and glimpsed a Blackbird-sized bird).

The Dowlais pools Avocet moved out to the estuary later (Howard Taffs)
Clevedon-Yeo:
28 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 80+ Shelduck, pr Garganey, 2 Wigeon, 18 Teal, 8 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 12 Tufted Duck, 5 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Avocet, 20 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 8+ Lapwing, 12 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 32 Dunlin, 40+ Redshank (23 at Dowlais, 20 up Yeo), 2 Turnstone, 3 imm. BH Gull, 35 Herring Gull, 1 Raven, 4 Swallow, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Wheatear.


Yatton:
Strawberry Line:
12+ Chiffchaff, 8+ Blackcap, 3+ Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Whitethroat.


Weston-Super-Mare:
Airfield: 
5 Little Egret, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, singing Blackcap and Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Bunting.


One of many singing Blackcaps seen today (Ian Stapp)
BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
(yesterday, Wednesday 18th) Report of Goshawk over Down Road.
Yellowhammers and Corn Buntings on territories.

Yellowhammers are on breeding territories at Marshfield (Pete Coslett)
Wick:
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Nightingale singing, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch.


Keynsham:
Red Kite (see Marksbury entry?)


Marksbury:
Red Kite drifting east (see Keynsham entry?), 12 Buzzard.

Mandarins on the river at Freshford (Claire Lewis)
Bath:
A female Goosander flew over Caledonian Road this morning.

Freshford:
3 Mandarin (2 m., 1 f.), 1 m. Goosander,



RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake:
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 m. Redstart (first here since 2012), 1 Willow Warbler, lots of Blackcap and Chiffchaff.

Beautiful drake Garganey at Herriotts Bridge (Ian Stapp)

Chew Valley Lake
2 Barnacle Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 26 Canada Goose, 11 Shelduck, 12 Teal, 1 m. Garganey
(one report of a pair, at Herriotts), 22 Shoveler, 1 f. Marsh Harrier, 12+ Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Gull, 4 G BB Gull, 3 Black Tern, 6 Common Tern, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 4 Jay, 4 Long-tailed Tit (2 nests), 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 20+ Swallow, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Goldfinch, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Reed Bunting.


New list of Avon bird sightings
"Rare Birds in Avon", edition 1, by Rich Mielcarek, has been added to Information Sites on Avonbirds:



Reports:  Rich Andrews, John Barnett, Anthony Cook, Peter Coslett, Jane Cumming, Adrian Hockey, David Hughes, Claire Lewis, Ian Loats, John Martin, Nick Page, Mark Parsons, Chris Perry, Harvey Rose, Richard Scantlebury, Nigel Sluman, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Geoff Suter, John Thorogood, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

18-04-18 Wednesday - Black Tern

Temp 13 to 24℃. Quiet cloudy misty start but really hot cloudless end

Red-throated Diver 
Whimbrel
Little Gull
Arctic TernBlack Tern
Cuckoo
Yellow Wagtail
Sedge, Reed & Grasshopper Warbler
Garden Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat

18-4-18 Red-throated Diver at New Passage (Aravind Ramesh)
BRISTOL
1 Red Kite (Hotwells), 1 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine, nesting Ravens, 1 Willow Warbler (Combe Dingle)Lesser Whitethroat3 Whitethroat (both Bradley Stoke), 2 Bullfinch, Greenfinch singing,

Eastville Park, Duchess Pond:
1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 3 Reed Bunting

Montpelier:
1 singing Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap

St Anne's:
1 Kingfisher


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Grasshopper Warbler 18th April 2018 Littleton Brick Pits (Mark Dadds)
Oldbury Power Station:
Cuckoo

Littleton Brick Pits:
1 Grasshopper Warbler ringed

18-4-18 Nuthatch at New Passage (Aravind Ramesh)
New Passage/Northwick Warth to Aust:
1 Red-throated Diver (JC)Little Ringed Plover, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Nuthatch (3rd in 10 Years), Wheatear

18-4-18 Wheatear at CSC (Peter Coslett)
Chipping Sodbury Common:
2 Kestrel, Skylarks singing, 11 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 9 Wheatear, 1 Reed Bunting

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon-Yeo and Channel View Farm to Blake's Pools:
100 Shelduck, 1 m Garganey, 12 Teal, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 6 Cormorant, 2 Coot (unusual), 1 Lapwing, 1 Golden Plover, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 7 Redshank, 20 Skylark, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit over, 4 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting

BELOW M4 & BANES
♀ Pied Flycatcher 18th April 2018 Bath Claire Lewis
Newton St Loe:
7 Grey Heron, 2 Stock Dove, 14 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Treecreeper, 4 Grey Wagtail

Southstoke to Combe Hay:1 Cuckoo calling, 2 Willow Warbler, numerous Chiffchaff and Blackcap, Nuthatch nest building
26 butterflies of 5 species, Holly Blue 2, Orange Tip 3, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 4, Brimstone 15

Odd Down:
Ring tail Harrier - probably Hen Harrier.

RESERVOIRS

18-4-18 Chiffchaff, Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
1 Barnacle Goose, 1 Egyptian Goose, 9 Shelduck, 4 Scaup (2M/2F), 6 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 1 Red Kite, 9 Buzzard, 6 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 sum plum Little Gull, 2 Arctic Tern, 1 Black Tern, 4 Jay, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting

18-4-18 Great Spotted Woodpecker (with beetle) Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Telescope objective lens cap found in Moreton Hide. Contact bocbirds@gmail.com

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Karle Burford, Dru Brooke-Taylor, Teresa Chard, John Coombes, Peter Coslett, Adam Cross, Mark Dadds, Alastair, Fraser, Gingerbirder, Rob Hargreaves, Simon Harris, Peter Hazelwood, David Hughes, Claire Lewis, Glen Maddison, John Martin, Andy Mears, Bob Pepper, David Poulton, Aravind Ramesh, Trevor Riddle, Gill Sapsed, Vic Savery, Andy Slade, Ian Stapp, Larry Sweetland, Howard Taffs, blagdonlakebirds, BUPP, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding,severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

17-04-18 Tuesday - Arctic and Sandwich Terns

Another grey and blustery day with a strong south wind not quite bringing rain.

Garganey
Cranes - but can you count them??
Red Kite
Whimbrels
Arctic Tern, Sandwich Terns
Pied Flycatcher


BRISTOL

Stockwood Open Spaces:
2 pr Buzzard, 6 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 1st Willow Warbler of the year.

Fishpool Hill, Brentry:
m. Redstart in garden.


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 37 Stock Dove, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 4 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 21 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler.


NORTH SOMERSET

Gordano:
Weston Moor:
Red Kite (12:15), m. Wheatear, Swallows.


Clevedon-Yeo (Dowlais pools):
pr. Garganey, 1 Dunlin.


Woodspring Bay (Yeo to Banwell WeBS count):
(yesterday, Monday 16th)
7 Canada Goose, 8 Shelduck, 7 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 26 Oystercatcher, 6 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 56 Redshank, 1 Curlew (and more visible N of the Yeo), 8 Whimbrel, 50 LBB Gull, 17 H Gull, 8 Wheatear, no visible hirundine passage.


Nailsea:
Nowhere Wood:
Male Pied Flycatcher.


Kings Wood and Wavering Down (BOC walk):
Buzzard, Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, 2 Swallow, 2 Tree Pipits (one lucky wanderer), Wren, Robin, 7 Blackcap, 7+ Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler singing, 2+ Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jay, Raven, Jackdaws.  A nice surprise were 3 flyover Cranes but they were too high for the observers to determine whether or not they were wearing the WWT colours.


BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
(Shire Valley - yesterday, Monday 16th)
3 Mallard, Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 5+ Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch.


Willsbridge:
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Coal Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Goldfinch.


Midford:
Tucking Mill Reservoir:
1 Willow Warbler, 1 Marsh Tit.


RESERVOIRS:

Barrow Tanks:
1 ad. m. Long-tailed Duck (tank no 1, coming into summer plumage), 3 Common Sandpiper, c. 70
hirundines in mixed flock.


Blagdon Lake:
5 Common Sandpiper, 2+ Willow Warbler.



Chew Valley Lake
Stratford:
1 Arctic Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern.


Reports: Derek Angell, Teresa Chard, Mark Dadds, Paul Francis, Simon Harris, Andy Middleton, Giles Morris, Lyndon Roberts, Chris Stone, Howard Taffs, Tim Warren, BOC, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Monday, 16 April 2018

16-04-18 Monday - Whimbrel

Fine early with 50% cloud cover, but overcast by mid-morning.  No rain but a fresh, cool S wind.

Whimbrel in flight at Northwick Warth (David Hughes)

Garganey
Little Ringed Plovers, Spotted Redshank, Whimbrels
Cuckoo
White Wagtails
Ring Ouzel



White Wagtails at Northwick Warth
Ian Loats

BRISTOL

Eastville Park:
1 Peregrine, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Grey Wagtail, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff,
AND an Otter.


Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 7 Moorhen,  1 Green Woodpecker, 17 Woodpigeon, 8 Magpie, 7 Jackdaw, 12 Carrion Crow, 5 Blue Tit, 10 Great Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit. 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 10 Starling, female Blackbird carrying an empty egg, 8 House Sparrow, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting.


LRP showing that golden eye at Northwick Warth (Ian Loats)
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Cuckoo, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat.


Female Ring Ouzel, unusual at Northwick Warth (Paul Bowerman)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Merlin, 29 White Wagtail, 1 Water Pipit, Meadow Pipit, 2 Wheatear, 1 f. Ring Ouzel, 1+ Redstart, 1 Lesser Whitethroat.


NORTH SOMERSET

Those Garganey are still at Dowlais (Howard Taffs)
Clevedon-Yeo:
6 Mute Swan, 6 Canada Goose,  90 Shelduck, 5 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Garganey, 10 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 32 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing, 12 Whimbrel, 55 Curlew, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 95 Redshank, 5 BH Gull, 20 LBB Gull, 15 Herring Gull, 8 Sand Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Redstart 4 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Reed Bunting.


Congresbury:
Strawberry Line:  2 Sedge Warbler.

Raven at Sand Point, all fluffed up and shouting! (John Thorogood)
Sand Point/Bay:
2 Whimbrel, 4 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 m. Redstart and 2 Wheatear (Middle Hope), 14 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap. 7 Willow Warbler, pr Raven, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Bullfinch.

NOTE that the road to the NT car park will be closed to traffic 08.30 - 16.30 each day this week because of drainage work.  Be prepared for a longer walk than usual.


Uphill (WeBS count):
30 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Goose, 55 Shelduck, 7 Teal, 9 Mallard, 3 Little Egret, 21 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 116 Redshank, 4 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 47 Herring Gull, 1 GBB Gull, 8 LBB Gull.
1 Kestrel, 1 Swallow, 2 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat, 2+ Blackcap, 3+ Chiffchaff.  Report of Cuckoo and Lesser Whitethroat.



BELOW M4 & BANES

Keynsham:
Charlton Rd/Woollard Lane:
1 Kestrel, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat.


Winford:
Little Owl, 1 m. Redstart.


RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake (WeBS count):
30 Canada Goose, 16 Mute Swan, 10 Gadwall, 42 Mallard, 263 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 21 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 6 Cormorant, 4 Buzzard, 12 Moorhen, 112 Coot, 3 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 GBB Gull, 1 Kestrel, 1 Reed Bunting.

Egyptian Goose coming in to land at Chew (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake
1 Egyptian Goose, 28 Canada Goose, 9 Shelduck, 7 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 18 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 4 Goldeneye (1 m.), 3 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 3 Jay, 2 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 4 Swallow, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 House Sparrow, 12 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

Stratford:
3 Scaup (2m., 1f.)


Reports: Karle Burford, Chris Craig, Jane Cumming, Robert Hargreaves, David Hughes, Brian Lancastle, Ian Loats, John Martin, Melanie Patch, Dean Reeves, Patrick Hardyman Richards, Trevor Riddle, Harvey Rose, Richard Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, Martin Tayler, John Thorogood, Paul Williams.  blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Sunday, 15 April 2018

15-4-18 - Ashy-headed Wagtail

Predominantly overcast with periodic showers grounding migrants

Red Kite
Stone-curlew 
Avocet
Golden Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Spotted Redshank
Ring-necked Parakeet
Common Cuckoo (14th)
Hoopoe
Grasshopper Warbler
Ring Ouzel, Greenland Wheatear
Yellow Wagtail (inc 1 Ashy-headed Wagtail), White Wagtail
Tree Pipit, Water Pipit
Brambling, Redpoll, Siskin


15-4-18 Ashy-headed Wagtail, Northwick Warth (Paul Bowerman)
BRISTOL

Dundry:
1 Redstart,1 Wheatear

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
WeBS Count: 22 Shelduck ,3 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 1 Whimbrel, 107 Curlew, 3 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper,  19 Redshank
also 12 Swallow, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, I Sedge warbler, 1 reed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat,  4 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat,

Littleton Warth:
WeBS Count: 30 Shelduck, 17 Teal, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Black-tailed Godwit,  16 Redshank
also 3 Yellow Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Goldfinch, Linnet

New Passage/Northwick:


15-4-18 Stone-curlew, Northwick Warth (Paul Bowerman)




15-4-18 Ashy-headed Wagtail, Northwick Warth (Brian Lancastle)


1 Stone-curlew (Matt Hobbs) - only 4th Severnside record,  2 Whimbrel, 1 Golden Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear (evening), Yellow Wagtail inc 1 male Ashy-headed Wagtail (Brian Lancastle), 25 White Wagtail, Tree Pipit, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Redpoll 

NB Ashy-headed Wagtail (Motacilla flava cinereocapilla ) is the form of Yellow Wagtail breeding in Italy, Sicily and Sardinia. This appears to be the first record of this race in Avon.



15-4-18 Blue Tit, New Passage (Lisegirl)

Yate:
Kingsgate Park: Ring-necked Parakeet, Hoopoe at 7am (Mark Coller), Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap

Chipping Sodbury: 
Red Kite at 07:20 a.m, drifting west

Chipping Sodbury Common:
3 Greylag Goose, 5 Swallow, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear  (thought to be subspecies leucorhoa - 'Greenland Wheatear')

NORTH SOMERSET

15-4-18 Lesser Redpoll, Portishead (John Rickard)

Portishead:
Garden in Springfield Road: 2 Redpoll  on Niger seed feeder, a garden tick

15-4-18 Long-tailed Tit, Clevedon (Jason Williams)

Clevedon-Yeo:
Dowlais: 3 Shoveler, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank (Dowlais), 1 Greenshank
Wains Hill:1 Common Redstart,  3 Redpoll,  3 Siskin

Kingston Seymour:
1 m Common Cuckoo (heard early a.m.on 14th)

Sand Point/Bay:
1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Whimbrel, 1 Peregrine, 7 Swallow, 5 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 1 Grasshopper Warbler,  1 m Ring Ouzel,  5 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Brambling, 5 Siskin, 3 Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer 

Weston-Super-Mare:
Worlebury Hill Road & Golf Course: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Greenfinch

15-4-18 Stock Dove, Hewish (Terri Borash)

Hewish:
2 Stock Dove (in a garden)

Yatton: 
1 m Common Cuckoo ( heard on 14th)

BELOW M4 & BANES

West Littleton Down: Lots of singing Sky Lark,Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer on West Littleton Down this morning
also 3 Brown Hare.

Marshfield:
3 Red-legged Partridge, 25 Fieldfare (nr Plough Farm)

St Catherine's Valley:
BOC walk: 5 Canada Goose, 3 Mallard, Pheasant, 1 Cormorant, 10 Buzzard, 1 Curlew, 1 Golden Plover (flyover), Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel,1 Peregrine, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Raven, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 8 Skylark, 1 Swallow, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Wren,Nuthatch, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, Chaffinch, 2 Linnet, Goldfinch, 12 Yellowhammer

Newton St Loe:
8 Teal, 4 Coot, 1 Common Sandpiper, 40+ Stock Dove, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 3 Raven, 5 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 6 Chiffchaff,  4 Nuthatch, 4 Grey Wagtail, 4 Linnet, 60+ Goldfinch, 5 Yellowhammer

Saltford:
Red Kite over, Swallow, 'plenty'of Chiffchaff including a pair nest building

Paulton:
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 10 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Dipper


RESERVOIRS:


Chew Valley Lake

Stratford:
14 distant sterna Tern in evening - majority appeared to be Common with 2 Arctic.

Late update: 3 Common Tern, 14 Arctic distantly in middle of lake - 8 birds seen to arrive - evidently some coming and going

Ringing Station:
Birds with histories: A f Blackcap ringed here as a juv last summer turned up this morning. And from yesterday, a female Chaffinch ringed as a nestling in 2015 was recaptured - she was also aound as a breeder in 2016

Herriotts Bridge:
1 Egyptian Goose

14-4-18 Osprey Clevedon-Yeo (Paul Brian Chapman)


Reports: Rich Andrews, Nicholas Beamson, Terri Borash, Paul Bowerman, Karle Burford, Paul Brian Chapman, Mark Coller, Pete Coslett, Chris Craig, Paul Gregory, Patrick Hancock, Rob Hargreaves, Matt Hobbs, Adrian Hockey, Mike Jackson, Brian Lancastle, Glen Maddison, Paul Marshall, John Martin, Andy Middleton, Dave Nevitt,  Matt Plenty, George Rabin, John Rickard,  Howard Taffs, Jason Williams,  blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Saturday, 14 April 2018

14-4-18 Saturday - Warblers

Temp 7 to 13℃. Still dull, not cold, not windy, still thousands of lake flies everywhere.

Brent Geese
Osprey
Whimbrel
Cuckoo
Merlin
Ring Ouzel
Pied Flycatcher
White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail
Tree Pipit 
Redstart
Wood Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat

14-4-18 Great Spotted Woodpecker
 St Anne's (Gill Sapsed)
BRISTOL

Badock's Wood
3 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 13 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Redwing

St Anne's:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

Withywood:
Pair Raven honking, 1 m Blackcap, 1 m Chaffinch

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
4 Brent Geese, 1 Tern species, 3 Grasshopper Warbler (Lagoon 3), 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Lagoon 1), 1 f Pied Flycatcher (Lagoon 3)

14-4-18 White Wagtails, Whitethroats, Little Ringed Plovers - New Passage (John Martin)
New Passage/Northwick Warth to Aust:
17 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 2 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 15 Coot and one baby, 25 Oystercatcher, 5 Lapwing, 20 Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 36 Turnstone, 29 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 125 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, Sand Martin, Swallow, 9 House Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Wood Warbler, 10 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, 6 White Wagtail5 Pied Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin

Yate, Kingsgate Park:
2 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 20 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Nuthatch

Chipping Sodbury Common:
1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Wheatear

NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Docks:
Lesser Whitethroat singing

14-4-18 Pink Foot/Lesser White-fronted Goose?
Backwell Lake (Mike Thomas)
Backwell Lake:
17 Mute Swan (four sitting on nests), 1 Pink Foot/Lesser White-fronted Goose?, 4 Common Sandpiper

Clevedon, Dowlais:
Osprey
14-4-18 Whimbrel, Middle Hope (Lee Gardiner)
Sand Point and Bay:
4 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Peregrine, 5 Sand Martin, 25 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 30 Chiffchaff, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 30 Blackcap, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Redstart, 9 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Tree Pipit, 2 Redpoll, 4 Siskin, 1 Corn Bunting east at 12:50

Worlebury Hill Road & Golf Course:
2 Buzzard, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Greenfinch

Weston Old Town Quarry:
1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine

BELOW M4 & BANES

Willsbridge:

6 House Martin, 1 m Redstart (end Bagworth Drive up to Hanham Hills)

Bath:
2 Willow Warbler, numerous Chiffchaff and Blackcap

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
7 Shoveler, 9 Teal, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 5 Common Sandpiper,  1  GBB Gull, 1 imm/f Merlin, 27 Sand Martin (already using holes), 4 Swallow, 6 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 1 m Redstart, 1 Wheatear

Blagdon Lake:
2 Shelducks,  2 Great White Egrets, 2 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cuckoo, 42 Wrens, 8 Willow Warblers, 15 Chiffchaffs, 1 Reed Warbler, 22 Blackcaps 

Chew Valley Lake:
1 Scaup (Stratford), 1 Green Sandpiper

14-4-18 Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, Sedge Warbler, CVRS (Chris Craig)
CVRS:
1 juv m Sparrowhawk, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat

Reports: Terry Bond, Paul Chapman, Chris Craig, Chris@avglochris, Neil Delaney, Lee Gardiner, David Gibbs, Gingerbirder, Paul Gregory, Rob Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Matt Hobbs, David Hughes, Mike Jackson, Robert Kelsh, Sue Kempson, Craig Lewis, Glen Maddison, Paul Marshall, John Martin, Nigel Milbourne, Mark Parsons, Matt Plenty, George Rabin, Aravind Ramesh, Dean Reeves, Gill Sapsed, Mike Thomas, Gary Thorburn, Dan White, Gordon Youdale, blagdonlakebirds, BUPP, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding,severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Friday, 13 April 2018

13-4-18 Friday - Wryneck

Temp 7 to 13℃. Still dull, not cold, not windy, still thousands of lake flies everywhere.

Hen Harrier
Osprey
Whimbrel
Wryneck
Crossbill
Fulmar
Pied Flycatcher
White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail
Tree Pipit 
Redstart
Sedge Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler

BRISTOL
13-4-18 Reed Bunting, Duchess Park (Patrick Richards)
Down to Duchess Lake, Stoke Park:
5 Mallard Duck, 1 Cormorant, 3 Buzzard, 7 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Raven, 1 Coal Tit, 5 Long Tailed Tit, 1 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 m Blackcap, 5 Starling, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 8 House Sparrow1 m Bullfinch, 10 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Between Sheperdine & Hill:
3 Pheasant, 3 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, 1 GS Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 3 Skylark, 15 Swallow, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, 30 Meadow Pipit, 12 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer

13-4-18 Sand Martin out of roost NP (Matt Hobbs)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:2 Pintail, 9 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover,  28 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 200 Sand Martin (150 from roost in reed beds), Swallows, 5 House Martin, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, 2 Sedge Warbler, 15 Blackcap together, 2 Wheatear, 8 Yellow Wagtail57 White Wagtail!, 2 Tree Pipit over, Meadow Pipits, Linnets

13-4-18 Blackcap, Yate (Chris Teague)
Yate, Kingsgate Park:
1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 4 Swallow, 16 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 m Pied Flycatcher, 2 Bullfinch

Chipping Sodbury Common:
3 Swallow, 1 m Wheatear

Frampton Cotterell:
A passage Willow Warbler sings

NORTH SOMERSET
13-4-18 Wheatear, Dowlais (Ian Loats)
Clevedon, Wains Hill:
1 Goosander, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Whimbrel (Dowlais), 2 Skylark, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Crossbill, 1 Siskin

Sand Point and Bay:
1 Fulmar, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Wryneck, 30 Chiffchaff, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 30 Blackcap, 1 Redstart, 9 Wheatear, 2 Tree Pipit

Kenn Moor:
2 m Pied Flycatcher

BELOW M4 & BANES

Hanham Hills:

1 m Redstart
13-4-18 Willow Warbler, Bath (David Hughes)
Bath:
1 Osprey (2.15 low over Newbridge), 2 Peregrine (St Johns), 3 pairs Willow Warbler (Caledonian Road), 5 Chiffchaff, 1 f Blackcap

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
1 Long-tailed Duck - attaining summer plumage, 3 (1m) Goldeneye, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kestrel, 3 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 3 White Wagtail

13-4-18 Barnacle Goose, Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
1 Barnacle Goose, 8 Shelduck, 40 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 4 Pintail, 6 Teal, 1 f Scaup (Stratford), 4 Goldeneye, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 m Hen Harrier (Moreton Lane), 4 Buzzard, sum plum Black-tailed Godwit (Herriotts Pool), 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 G-S Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 3 Jay, 100+ Sand Martin, 200+ Swallows, 100+ House Martin, 2 Cetti's 4 L TT, 4 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting

Reports: Mark Coller, Chris Craig, Steve Curtis, Rob Emery, Lee Gardiner, David Gibbs, Rob Hargreaves, Matt Hobbs, David Hughes, Mike Jackson, Sue Kempson ,Wilfred King, Wendy Lambson, Brian Lancastle, Lisegirl, Ian Loats, Glen Maddison, Dave Nevitt, Chris Payne, Lois Pryce, Dean Reeves, Patrick Richards, Carole Rushton, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Howard Taffs, Chris Teague, Dan White, Gordon Youdale, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding,severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Thursday, 12 April 2018

12-04-18 Thursday - Pied Flycatchers

Cold and misty/foggy, with a chilly NE wind but at least no rain.  Apparently the weather didn't deter either the birds or the birders.

Hen Harrier
Ospreys
Little Ringed Plovers
Grasshopper Warbler
Pied Flycatchers, Ring Ouzels, Yellow Wagtails

This Grey Wagtail brightens up a gloomy day!  (Ian Loats)
BRISTOL

Lamplighters Marsh, Shirehampton:
2 Shelduck, 4 Common Sandpiper, 6 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Kestrel, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Wren, 7 House Sparrow, 3 Goldfinch.

Coombe Dingle:
2 Blackcap (m & f), 1 juv. Goldcrest, 3 Bullfinch. 

Long Ashton Yanley Lane:
m. Pied Flycatcher.

Withywood - garden:
2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Jay


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
Water Pipit, 1 m. Ring Ouzel (corner of Lagoon 3), 10 Willow Warbler singing.

Visible migration counts (7:30 - 9:30 am):
Goldfinch to NE at c.150 per hour, c.200 Linnet, c.400 Meadow Pipit (inc. a flock of 140), a flock of 12 House Martin, c.15 Swallow, c.10 Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, c.15 Pied Wagtail. 


Shepperdine:
2 Skylark, flock 30 Swallow. 7 Chiffchaff. 3 Greenfinch. 4 Chaffinch. 2 Reed Bunting.

Up to 6 Siskins turned up in a Severn Beach garden (Rod Holbrook)
New Passage/Northwick:
pr Pintail, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 3 House Martin, 5 Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Siskin, constant passage of Goldfinch.  Report of 60 White Wagtail.


One of several Willow Warblers at Yate today (Christopher Teague)
Yate:
Kingsgate Park: Pied Flycatcher.
Gadwall, Mallard, Willow Warblers, Blackcap.


NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead:
Police Headquarters: 1 m. Pied Flycatcher.


near Kenn Moor:
2 m. Pied Flycatcher.


Sand Point/Bay:
1 Whimbrel,  20 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Ring Ouzel, 9+ Redstart,  11 Wheatear, 40 Blackcap, 30 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 15 Siskin.

Redpoll coming to the feeders in a Bleadon garden (William Hewitt)
Bleadon:
1 m. Blackcap, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Siskin, 2 Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting.


BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:

(Wednesday April 11th) the Shire Valley:
several Buzzard, c.50 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3+ House Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 1 f. Redstart, 2 Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, several Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper, several Raven.


Willsbridge:
R Avon: 4 Swallow, 1 House Martin.

Hanham Hills:  2 m. Redstart


Bath:
Osprey heading North high over Widcombe at 5 p.m.
Willow Warbler singing in the grounds of the RUH.


A38 Barrow Lane:
1 f. Ring Ouzel.


RESERVOIRS:

Common Sandpiper showing off its wing pattern Ian Loats)
Blagdon Lake:
1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail

Hirundines back at Chew today (House Martin in the centre)
(Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake
6 Shelduck, 4 Teal, 30 Shoveler, 4 Pintail, 3 Scaup, 11 Goldeneye, 5 Buzzard, 1 m. Hen Harrier, 1 Osprey, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 G BB Gull, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 150+ Swallow, 20+ Sand Martin, 6 House Martin, 2 Stonechat,  1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Grasshopper Warbler singing (CVRS), Sedge Warbler (singing), Reed Warbler (singing), 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Raven, 2 Reed Bunting.

Sand Martin in the gloom over Chew (David Hughes)

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Neil Delaney, Trevor Ford, Alastair Fraser, Lee Gardiner, Ken Hall, William Hewitt, Matt Hobbs, David Hughes, Ian Loats, Sue Kempson, Craig Lewis, Glen Maddison, Dave Nevitt,  Lois Pryce, Aravind Ramesh, Trevor Riddle, Nigel Sluman, Ian Stapp, Anita Teague, Christopher Teague,Trevor Wilkinson,  blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG