Saturday, 27 August 2016

Sightings 27/8/16 at 20.30

Garganey, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, at New Passage
Grasshopper Warbler ringed this morning at Gordano Valley Ringing Station
Garganey at Villice, 1 Grey Plover, at Nunnery, CVL


27/8/16 Curlew Sandpiper (Mrs Trellis)
Oldbury coast
Bristol, Cathedral: 1 Peregrine

Bristol, Eastville Park: 2 Kingfisher

Bristol, Stoke Park Estate:
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Raven, large flock Hirundines

Oldbury Power Station:
Coast:
1 Teal, 4 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Peregrine, 300 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 150 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 11 Turnstone, 250 BH Gull, c10 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Wheatear, 1 fem/juv Redstart, 90 Goldfinch, 20 Linnet
Village:
2 Kestrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 House Martin

Littleton Brick Pits: 1 Hobby

Aust Wharf:
Cake Pill: 2 Common Sandpiper

27/8/16 Wheatear (Lisa Presland)
New Passage/Northwick:
1 Garganey, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Knot, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 30 Dunlin, 1 juv f Ruff, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear

27/8/16 Spotted Flycatcher (Peter Coslett)
Chipping Sodbury Common:
1 male Kestrel, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Common Redstart,.

Royal Portbury Dock:
1 Little Egret, c.150 Ring Plover, 3 juv Curlew Sandpiper, c.45 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Wheatear

27/8/16 Little Egret (Mrs Trellis)
Portbury Wharf
Gordano Valley Ringing Station: 4 Grasshopper Warbler

Clevedon, Wains Hill: 1 Spotted Flycatcher

Marshfield:
Rushmead Lane: 1 Wheatear
Tormarton: 35 Barn Swallow on wires

Blagdon Lake:
2 Wigeon, 5 Little Egret, 4 Lapwing, 1 juv Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Common Sandpiper

27/8/16 Common Sandpiper (Martin Tayler)
Nunnery Point, CVL, this evening
Chew Valley Lake:
1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Black Tern, 2 Kingfisher
Villice:
3 Garganey, 2 Hobby, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe
Nunnery Point: 
1 Grey Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 9 Black Tern
Chew Valley Ringing:
2 Kingfisher, 12 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 10 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler,
3 Goldcrest
Herriott's End:
8 Teal, 9 Shoveler, 4 Heron, 2 Little Egret, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Hobby, 4 juv GBB Gull

27/8/26 Swallow (Mrs Trellis)
Grumpy in the rain
Reports: Rich Andrews, Matt Collis, Peter Coslett, Mark Dadds, Sean Davies, Robert Hargreaves, Richard Hearn, Brian Lancaster, John Martin, Darren Pearce, Lyndon Roberts, Richard Scantlebury, Chris Stone, Howard Taffs, Martin Tayler, Mrs Trellis, blagdonlakebirds, ChewValleyRining, GordanoValleyRinging, opsbirding

Friday, 26 August 2016

Sightings 26/8/16

Sunny warm day.

Ruff on the Northwick Warth flash

26/8/16 Willow Warbler in a willow at Duchess Pond (Martin Tayler)

Bristol, Ashton Hill Woods:
1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch

Bristol, Finzel's Reach:
Both adult Peregrine at Finzels Reach

Bristol, Hanham Obs:
1 Swift North at 19:09, 2 Swallow West at 19:03

Bristol, Stoke Park, Purdown:

1 Redstart

Bristol, Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
1 Grey Heron, 4 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 10 House Martin, 1 Swallow,
8 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Willow Warbler

Littleton Warth:
Mid-day: 61 Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 250 BH Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 10 Linnet

Whinchat at Littleton Warth, Aust end near the railway carriage (Mrs Trellis)

Aust:
1 Barn Owl at dusk

New Passage/Northwick:
190 Canada Geese, 2 Wigeon, 4 Little Egrets, 15 Little Grebes, 7 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 2 Ringed Plovers, 35 Lapwing, 3 Knot, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 juvenile Curlew Sandpipers,  90 Dunlin, 1 Ruff (Severnside Birds), 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 110 Redshank, 3 Common Terns, 350 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Common Terns, 2 Coal Tits, 1 Redstart, 4 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails.

26/8/16 Common Terns at New Passage (Severnside Birds)

Chipping Sodbury Common:
1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Redstart

Royal Portbury Dock:
2 Little egret, 3 Wheatear

Portbury Wharf:
1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 90 Redshank, c50 Swallow, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Cettis, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 18 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat , 8 Bullfinch

Sand Point:
40+ Yellow Wagtails with cattle in the field at the top of the steps from the carpark

Clevedon:
1 Spotted Flycatcher on Wains Hill, also 1 Wheatear and 3 Common Sandpiper on coast.

Blagdon Lake:
Juvenile Knot (Sean Davies) on Wookey Point

26/8/16 Kingfisher hovering over Duchess Pond (Martin Tayler)

Reports: Jon Angell, Paul Bowerman, Teresa Chard, Sean Davies, Adrian Hockey, Rob Laughton, Lisegirl, Richard Scantlebury, Martin Tayler, Mrs Trellis, Severnside Birds


Midnight Sightings 25/8/16

West Bexington this evening: 
Warm evening, several Wheatear, Whinchat, Stonechat and Yellow Wagtails
24/8/16 Sunset at New Passage (Brian Lancaster)
Portland Bird Observatory, 23.30:
Lots more nocturnal passage tonight, just had another Ortolan Bunting over the Bill

Bristol, Bedminster, 23.56
Warm night so all windows wide open... Common Sandpiper flown over

Reports: Martin Cade, Paul Marshall, Nick Hopper, Vic Savery

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Sightings 25/8/16

1 juv Garganey, 1 Little Stint at Severn Beach
Black Tern, 3 Garganey, 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull, at Chew Valley Lake
2 Orcas at both Bickfield Farm and Lidl's, Bath

25/8/16 Little Stint (A Chard)
A large Ringed Plover
New Passage/Northwick:
1 juv Garganey,  Little Egrets, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Knot, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank,
120 Redshank, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat

Severn Beach:
1 juv Garganey, 1 Little Stint, 5 juv Curlew Sandpiper

Portishead, Kilkenny Place:
1 Coal Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit

Walton (in-Gordano) Bay;
11 Shag

Mangotsfield Station: Female Tawny Owl calling loudly

Marshfield:
Rushmead Lane: c.500 large gulls, mix of Herring and LBB Gull
Shire Valley: Common Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher

Willsbridge Mill:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 female Blackcap 4 Song Thrush (juvenile I think)

Bath, Lower Bristol Rd, Lidl's:
1 juv Moorhen, 5 Magpie, 6 Carrion Crow, 30+ House Martin inc 2+ Orca, 3+ nests still in use

Barrow Gurney Tanks:
7 Wigeon, 6 Common Sandpiper, 1 Turnstone, 2 Wheatear

25/8/16 Curlew Sandpiper (Allen Chard)
Severn Beach bird unfortunately
Blagdon Lake:
43 Mute Swan, 21 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Common Sandpiper, 3 GBB Gull, 1 LBB Gull (black ring 'F352'), 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Tern, 2 Green Woodpecker, 6 Goldcrest.
Bickfield Farm:
1 active House Martin nest (2 Orca whales inside), 21 House Sparrow

25/8/16 Orca whale (Mrs Trellis)
Chew Valley Lake:
4 juv Mute Swan, c30 juv Moorhen, 3 Black Tern, totals on lake 5 Little Egret, 3 Kingfisher
Dam:
3 Barnacle Goose, 3 Egyptian Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 2 GBB Gull, 2 Grey Wagtail
Woodford:
3 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 3 GBB Gull, 150+ Swallows Sand & House Martins    
Villice:
3 Garganey, 1+ f Shoveler, 1 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper
Heron's Green:
1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper,
1 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Wheatear
Moreton:
14 Shoveler, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 GBB Gull, 1 Black Tern, 1 Common Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Jay, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 10 Chiffchaff
Stratford:
c.50 Pochard, 1-2 Sparrowhawk, 1 LBB Gull, 5 GBB Gull, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Treecreeper
Herriotts End:
2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 GBB Gull

25/8/16 Help please....name that tune...(Mrs Trellis)
Blue birds on a Funeral March over White Cliffs by Leonard Cohen
Reports: Paul Bowerman, Jim Boyd, James Butcher, Allen Chard, Teresa Chard, Sean Davies, Anthony Goodwin, Dee Pope, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, Reuben Veal (14), blagdonlakebirdssevernsidebirds, TBOSG

Sightings 24/8/16

1 ad Mediterranean Gull at New Passage
Little Stint & 1 Bar-tailed Godwit at Royal Portbury Dock
Still 1 Yellow-legged Gull at Heron's Green
The Gannet departed Herriotts End at 8.55 this morning

24/8/16 Wheatear (Lisa Presland)
A red letter day for Lisa
Bristol, Eastville Park:
2 Kingfishers, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Grey Wagtail

Bristol, Stoke Park, Duchess Pond: 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Swallow, 1 Grey Heron

24/8/16 Ringed Plover (Mrs Trellis)
Has come out from behind the rock
Oldbury coast:
46 Mallard, 55 Ringed Plover and 65 Dunlin, 7 Turnstone, 1 dark-billed Common Tern, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Swallow, 30+ Goldfinch, 25 Linnet

24/8/16 Common Tern (Mrs Trellis)
Dark-billed version caused excitement
Aust Warth: 1 Kestrel, 1 Whinchat

New Passage/Northwick:
2 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 45 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 10 Little Grebe, 2 Water Rail, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 70 Oystercatchers, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Knot, 20 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpipers, 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Snipe, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 75 Curlew, 1 Greenshank,  120 Redshank, 30 Turnstones, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 400+ Black-headed Gulls, 2 Whinchat, 25 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails

Severn Beach:
9 Little Egret, c.120 Ringed Plover, 4 juv Curlew Sandpiper, c.50 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit,
1 Whimbrel, 2 Whinchat (dead on reed pile at Pilning Wetland)

Royal Portbury Dock:
115 Ring Plover, 1 Little Stint, 6 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 94 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit,
Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 50 Curlew, 130 Redshank, 6 Turnstone, 6 Wheatear, 2 Rock Pipit

Portbury Wharf(coast):   3 Whitethroat (on dawn patrol)

Clevedon-Yeo:
120 Shelduck , 2 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron 1 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 4 Oystercatcher, 40 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, 40 Dunlin,
4 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 6 Turnstone, 2 Raven, 1 Skylark, 1 Cetti's Warbler,
2 Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, 25 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet

24/8/16 Raven (Ian Stapp)
2 Ravens calling brilliantly to each other
Keynsham, Manor Road:   2 Ravens

Pensford, Lords wood:
1 Green Woodpecker, too many Goldcrest to count! 1 Marsh Tit

Bath, Brassmills:  2 Raven this morning flying North West

Flax Bourton, Railway Path:  3 Little Egret, 1 Wheatear, flock of 111 Linnet.

Blagdon Lake:
1 juv ♂ Garganey, 2 Little Egret, 1 Lapwing, 1 juv Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 
1 Green Sandpiper

Chew Valley Ringing Station:
Ringing today inc. 11 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler. The Sedge Warblers incl adults passing through, laden with fat for their migration

24/8/16 Common Tern (Ian Stapp)
Heron's Green
Chew Valley Lake:
Dam:
3 Egyptian Goose, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Swallows, 2 Grey Wagtail
Woodford:
4 GBB Gull, 1 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 6 Swallows, 8 House Martin, 2 Grey Wagtail
Heron's Green:
3 Little Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Tern
Moreton:
5 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Common Tern, 1 Jay, 1 Raven, 1 Brown Hawker Dragonfly (2nd ever sighting by Ian Stapp)
Herriots End:
Gannet (departed South 8.55), 1 Green Sandpiper, 10 GBB Gull, 4 Swallow, 20 House Martin

3 visits at Littleton Ringing Station, July/August
Totals 237 Birds, 213 new, 24 retraps
Reports: Paul Bowdler, Paul Bowerman, Teresa Chard, Peter Coslett, John Croxton, David Hughes, Brian Lancastle, Lisa Presland, Trevor Riddle, Richard Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, Timothy Warren, Paul Williams, blagdonlakebirds, Chew Valley Ringing Station, nslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirds

Sightings 23/8/16

23/8/16 Swallow (Wayne Tucker)
Still summer at Newton St Loe

Bristol, Avon Gorge: 2 Sparrowhawk

Bristol, Combe Dingle, Arbutus Drive: 3 Raven

Bristol, Eastville Park: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Raven, 2 Grey Wagtail

Bristol, Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
150 Ringed Plover, 3 Knot, 4 Buzzard, Swift, Swallow, House Martin, 2 Chiffchaff

Oldbury Power Station:
5 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, Swallow, House Martin, 1 Redstart

Aust Warth:
Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Goldfinch

New Passage/Northwick:
1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 7 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 
70 Oystercatcher, 35 Lapwing, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 30 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 40 Curlew, 
2 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Turnstone, 3 Knot, 14 Curlew Sandpiper, 60 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 120 Redshank, 2 Snipe, 8 Sand Martin, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 1 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 

Severn Beach:
6 Little Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 10 Curlew Sandpiper, 200 mix of Ringed Plover & Dunlin

Hawkesbury Upton:
5 Buzzard, 400 Common Gull, 31 Raven, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellowhammer

23/8/16 Buzzard (Ian Stapp)
Many at CVL, just the weather for them
Lower Knowle Farm: 1 Redstart

Royal Portbury Dock:
4 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Knot, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Wheatear

Portbury Wharf:
2 Wigeon, 40 Redshank, 6 Sand Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler

Clevedon, Ladye Bay: 1 Grey Wagtail

Clevedon-Yeo (Cl-Y):
115 Canada Goose, 20 Shelduck, 1 Teal, 120 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 13 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron,
1 Sparrowhawk, 32 Oystercatcher, 25 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 130 Curlew, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 95 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, 190 Redshank, 250 BH Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 25 Swallow, 40 Pied Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit, 80 Goldfinch
Up the Kenn:
6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Wheatear

Weston-Super-Mare, Worlebury:
1 Coal Tit, 3 House Martin, 16 House Sparrow:

Marshfield, Down Rd:
LBB Gull, Herring Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull

Bath, Brassmills:
3 Kingfisher inc 2 juv

Folly Farm:
1 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Spotted Flycatcher

Blagdon Lake:
1 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Gull, 1 GBB Gull

23/8/16 Gannet (George Stacey)
Chew Valley Lake:
2 Pintail, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Gannet, 6 Little Egret, 8 Lapwing, 1 Black Tern, 1 Common Tern, 
2 Kingfisher, 1 Peregrine , 2 Raven
Dam:
2 Egyptian Goose, 1 Buzzard, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Grey Wagtail
Woodford:
2 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtail
Villice:
3 Garganey
Heron's Green:
3 Little Grebe, 9 Buzzard, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 3 Swallow, 6 House Sparrow
Moreton:
5 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 1 Black Tern, 2 Common Tern, 3 GBB Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Long-tailed Tit

23/8/16 Ruff (Jessica Killey)
Stratford:
5 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 6 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow-legged Gull
Herriotts End:
1 Buzzard, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 GBB Gull, 1 Kingfisher

23/8/16 Starlings (Lisa Presland)
354 said Karle Burford
Reports: John Barnett, Des Bowring, Ken Carruthers, Teresa Chard, Peter Coslett, Dan, Sean Davies, Alastair Fraser, G Gray, Mike Gray, Peter Hazelwood, Mike Jenkins, Jesssica. Killey, M & J Maggs, John Martin, Nigel Milbourne, Paul Milsom, Roger Palmer, Vic Polley, Lisa Presland, Lois Pryce, George Rabin, Howard Rose, Vic Savery, Richard Scantlebury, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Stoner, Geoff Suter, Martin Tayler, Brian Thoompson, Wayne Tucker, blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Monday, 22 August 2016

Sightings 22/8/2016

Overcast but mainly dry, wind has dropped considerably since yesterday.  Late update.


22/8/16 : 23 Shag (Paul Bowerman)
Seen at Severn Beach
Previous record was 5 on Oct 5th 1998
Bristol, Staple Hill:
1 Great White Egret flew over 11 a.m. to east.

Marshfield - Shire Valley:
1 Little Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Raven.

Newton St Loe:
2 Little Owl.

Wheatear at Littleton Warth by our old friend Mrs Trellis
Littleton Warth:
2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 100 BH Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Wheatear, 40 Starling, 25 Linnet.

Aust Warth:
c. 100 Starling passing through to the south in very small groups this morning - notable migration.

Remember this photo from yesterday's blog?  Well, now it's an Arctic Tern!
(Brian Thompson)
New Passage/Pilning Wetlands:
Adult Gannet drifting up on the tide.  9 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, Egyptian Goose, 190 Canada Goose, 5 Gadwall, 100 Teal, 1 drake Wigeon, 30+ Ringed Plover, 40+ Lapwing, 120 Dunlin, 12 juv Knot, 33 Black-tailed Godwit (21 of them fresh juv islandica), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 110 Redshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 21 Turnstone, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Raven.

Severn Beach:
2 Storm Petrel, one exhausted and metres from the shore, midday, and a (record-breaking) single flock of 23 Shag up-river, midday, which flew off NE towards Gloucester (Paul Bowerman(they were relocated on the River Severn at Purton, Gloucestershire as a mixed flock of adults and juveniles).  Also a Peregrine, 70+ Ringed Plover, 60 Dunlin, 4 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 28 Turnstone, 1 Great Skua south (Dean Reeves), 2 Black Tern south, 1 Wheatear.

Blagdon Lake:
1 Wigeon (new in), aythya hybrid looking a bit like a Lesser Scaup to trap the unwaryGarganey1 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe (returning moulting adult?), 1 Hobby, 11 Common Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers.  Full details on the WeBSPage


juv Yellow-legged Gull coming to bread at Heron's Green - no excuses
for not recognising it now!  (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
Villice Bay:
3 juv Garganey, 20 Little Grebe.
Heron's Green:
1 juv Yellow-legged Gull (metal-ringed, taking bread).
Stratford/Moreton:
1 eclipse m. Wigeon, 1 Gannet ("plunge-diving off Woodford on occasion, which was awesome"), 1 Great White Egret, 1 Buzzard, 4 GBB Gull, 1 Little Gull (going into 1W), 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Common Tern (ad + juv), 3 juv Black Tern, 3 Stock Dove, Kingfisher, 6 Long-tailed Tit.
Herriotts Bridge:
1 juv Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 100+ mixed House Martins & Swallows (before 9.45am)
More from Mike:
6 ad Little Egret, Hobby including ad bird food-passing (a House Martin) to a juv, 12 Lapwing, 2 ad Ringed Plover, 6 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, ad Yellow-legged Gull (main lake), Spotted Flycatcher, 

Reports:  Rich Andrews, Paul Bowerman, Ken Carruthers, Gary Hughes, Mike Jenkins, Jonathan Margetts, John Martin, Nigel Milbourne, Dean Reeves, Marcus Smith, G Stacey, Ian Stapp, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, blagdonlakebirdsnslbirdingsevernsidebirds, south glosbirder.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Sightings 21/8/2016

WeBS Count day.  Blustery and mostly overcast/wet again, but mild.


One of many photographs taken of  Stormies off Severn Beach today
 (Lee Gardiner)
Bird of the day: Storm Petrel.  See the Twitter feed for loads of great photos, including some of the bird taken into care, and a not-so-nice photo of the fate that can await them when the gulls find them upriver. First bird found by Mark Coller, then many obs.

Bristol, Stapleton (River Frome, Eastville Park - Snuff Mills):
Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, pair Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail.


Pair of Kingfishers on the River Frome (Martin Tayler)
Bristol, Stoke Park:
20 Swift, 100+ House Martin.

Bristol, Stockwood Open Space:
1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 House Martin, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Jay, 15 Goldfinch.

Bristol, Three Brooks Nature Reserve:
1 Little Egret, Never been seen here before

Bullfinches at Newton St Loe (NSL-blogspot) 
Oldbury Power Station:
67 Canada Goose, 52 Ringed Plover, 43, Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 
17 Redshank, 31 Turnstone. Opsbirding
















Severn Beach:
Three terrible shots of Storm Petrels off Severn Beach
(John Martin)
  (I'm just jealous!)
At least 6 Storm Petrel (and 9+ reported from Goldcliff - the other side - this morning)..  One picked up and taken into care but died.  Also reported: Fulmar going upriver at Sharpness.   2 Gannet, Common Tern, Black Tern off Severn Beach.   Pity all those poor WeBS counters who had to be elsewhere!
60 Oystercatcher,  40 Ringed Plover, 120 Dunlin, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, Whimbrel, 70 Turnstone,













New Passage and Pilning Wetlands:
7 Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, Snipe, 57 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Black Tern, Kingfisher, 3 Yellow Wagtail. More info and photos on Severnside Birds.

River Avon and Sea Mills:
Little Grebe family (2 ad + 3 juv) at Hoar Gout;  2 Grey Heron, 24 Redshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, 26 LBB Gull of which  2 ad + 24 juv.

Royal Portbury Dock:
1+ Storm Petrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel

Portbury:
9 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 17 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 9 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 23 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 21 BH Gull, 7 LBB Gull.

Clevedon-Yeo:
15 Little Egret, 1 juv Little Ringed Plover, 6 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 1 juv Ruff, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 155 Curlew, 4 Common Sandpiper, 12 Turnstone,  40+ Swallow, 2 Rock Pipit, 5 Wheatear.

Saltford:
7 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Grey Heron, Stock Dove, 9 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Chiffchaff.

21/8/16 Gannet (Nigel Milbourne)
9th site record found by Mrs Trellis
Blagdon Lake:
Little Egret, Egyptian Goose, 1 Garganey, 1 Gannet (probable 4th year), 5 Oystercatcher (2 ad + 3 juv), 5 Ringed Plover, juv Sanderling, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Tern, 1 Common Gull (early returner?).

Chew Valley Lake:
7 adult Little Egret, 2 adult Great White Egret (1 Stratford end, 1 HGB that flew off towards Villice), 2 Garganey, several Dabchicks with 1 juv (villice), 5 Oystercatcher, 9 Lapwing, 23 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Herriotts), 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Redshank circled Herons Green 1 landed on the dam and 4 flew off in the direction of Blagdon 2 Little Gull (1 was 1W), 3 Common Tern (ad + 2 juv), 1 juv Arctic Tern, 3 juv Black Tern, 1 Wheatear

21/8/16 Common Tern (Brian Thompson)
Switched places with a Black Tern when no-one was looking

Reports:  Rich Andrews, Paul Bowerman, Karle Burford, Allan Chard, Teresa Chard, Mark Coller, Iain James and Lone Dykes, Lee Gardiner, Mike Jenkins, "Lisegirl", John Martin, Andy Middleton, Nigel Milbourne, Lisa Presland, Tony Rooke, Richard Scantlebury, Tony Scott, Chris Stone, Martin Tayler, Mrs Trellis, Jason Williams, blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, severnsidebirds