Thursday, 27 April 2017

27th April '17 Thursday - Black Tern

A bright and clear early morning for those of us out surveying, but freezing cold.  Clouding over later with some showers - generally a bit grim by sunset.

Black Tern still at Chew
Osprey over a garden in Keynsham this evening
Hobby, Whimbrels

Just to prove you can get some great photos in your own garden
(Wren by Rod Holbrook)
BRISTOL
Eastville Park:
1 m. Sparrowhawk.
Confiding male Sparrowhawk in Eastville Park
(Steve {Poulsom)


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
2 Canada Goose, 3 Mute Swan (over), 17 Shelduck, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Dunlin., 4+ Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 f. Redstart, 1 Wheatear.

Whitethroat at Aust (Brian Thompson)
Kestrel at Aust (Brian Thompson)
Aust Warth:
1 Kestrel, 1 Whitethroat.

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
4 Little Ringed Plover, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, small parties of hirundines, 1 Lesser Whitethroat in song.


NORTH SOMERSET:

Clevedon-Yeo:
2 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Goose, 30+ Shelduck, 15 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 32 Oystercatcher, 7 Grey Plover, 4 Lapwing, 5 Ringed Plover, 55 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 24 Bar-tailed Godwit, 140 Dunlin (all schnizii), 7 Common Sandpiper, 7 Redshank, 35 LBB Gull, 45 Herring Gull, 1 Peregrine, 2 Raven, c. 20 Swallow, 1 Cetti'e Warbler, 2+ Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3+ Reed Warbler, 1 Wheatear.

Backwell Lake:
1 Hobby.

Felton Common:
1 Kestrel, 2 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 1 Stonechat, 5 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest,  5 Willow Warbler, 12 Linnet, 3 Goldfinch, 5 Yellowhammer.


BELOW M4 & BANES


Wheatear at Marshfield (Pete Coslett)
Marshfield:
4 Wheatear.

Newton St Loe:
1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Skylark, 15 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Yellowhammer.

Keynsham:
"At 6:40 pm tonight an Osprey passed (not very high) over our garden in Keynsham, heading roughly NW, not in any great hurry." (Alan Hewett)


RESERVOIRS:

Chew Valley Lake:
Dam:
5 Common Sandpiper, 50+ hirundines, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Heron's Green:
2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 7 House Sparrow.

Moreton:
4 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 1 Black Tern (sitting on buoy way out or flying around, never close), 1 Common Tern, 2 Swift, 100+ hirundines, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat,  2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Raven, 2 Reed Bunting.

Herriotts End:
14 Shelduck, 7 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 G BB Gull, 3 Swift, 200+ hirundines, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4+ Reed Warbler.

Reports: Phil Baber,  'Melanie', Harvey Rose, Brian Lancastle, Ian Stapp, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis,  blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

26 April '17 Wednesday - Whinchat

Frost and snow on cars in morning, warm in the sun later, raw in the wind

Wood Warbler in Eastville Park
Whinchat in Stoke Park, Portbury Wharf, Weston Airfield, Moreton CVL
Red Kite at Felton Common, Sand Bay
Cuckoo, Short-eared Owl at Uphill
Black Tern, Swift at Chew Valley Lake
Purple Heron on 25th

26-4-17 Whinchat at Stoke Park (Richard Scantlebury)
BRISTOL
Eastville Park:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 singing Wood Warbler

26-4-17 Sparrowhawk in Eastville Park (Steve Poulsom)
Stoke Park:
1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 1 m Whinchat (Duchess pond)

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
No reports
26-4-17 Whitethroat at Aust (Lisegirl)
The elusive lesser whitethroats while the whitethroats got jealous
Aust:
2 Kestrel, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3-5 Whitethroat

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
No reports

26-4-17 Bullfinch in Almondsbury (Vera Carpenter)
Almondsbury garden:
2 Bullfinches

Chipping Sodbury Common:
1 Kestrel, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat, Linnet, Reed Bunting

NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Wharf:
1 Purple Heron reported in flight on 25th, 1 Dabchick family, 4 Common Sandpiper, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 m Whinchat

Felton Common, ploughed field:
 7 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite
26-4-17 Red Kite at Middle hope (Paul Bowyer)
Sand Point/Middle Hope:
Red Kite (11:30), 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 10 Wheatear (Sand Bay)

Weston Airfield:
2 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Skylarks, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 m Whinchat, 4 Stonechat

26-4-17 Short-eared Owl at Uphill (Bill Hewitt)
Uphill:
1 Little Egret, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Short-eared Owl

Ubley Warren:
1 m Redstart, Whitethroat

BELOW M4 & BANES


26-4-17 Peregrines in Bath (BUPP)KP gets a shock as the falcon dishes out some of his own treatment
RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
12 Common Sandpipers, Lots Hirundines, 2 Wheatear, 4 Grey Wagtail

Blagdon Lake:
2 Greylag Geese, 1 Egyptian Goose, 4 Teal, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 2nd year Common Gull, 5 Swift, 500 Hirundine, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat

Chew Valley Lake:
1 Hobby, 13 Common Sandpipers,

Dam:
9 Common Sandpipers, 1 'Hooligans' Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail

26-4-17 2 Egyptian Goose + one Gosling  & Nanny Duck (Ian Stapp)
Grebe Trail:
2 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler

Woodford:
2 +1 Egyptian Geese, 1 Black Tern

Herons Green:
1 Little-Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Swift, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, Sedge and Reed Warblers

Moreton:
1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove,  100 Swifts, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 200 Swallow/Martins, 1 Cetti's Warbler,  3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, Sedge and Reed Warblers, 1 Whinchat (Moreton Bank), 2 Bullfinch

Stratford:
3 Scaup (1m), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Warblers, 2 Bullfinch

Herriotts Pool:
2 Barnacle Geese, 8 Shelduck, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail

Reports: Rich Andrews, Robert Beale, Terri Borash, Paul Bowyer, Vera Carpenter, Chris Craig, Sean Davies, Bill Hewitt, Rob Laughton, Lisegirl, John Martin, Nigel Milbourne, Lionel Patch, Steve Poulsom, David Poulton, Vic Savery, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Larry Sweetland, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

25th April '17 Tuesday - Purple Heron

Bright and sunny but much colder with a chilly north wind.  Rain/hail showers in the afternoon.

Turtle Dove  (R Yeo), also Whimbrel, Grasshopper Warbler, Yellow Wagtail.
Black Tern still at Chew, also Hobby, Whinchat, Garden Warbler.
And more Whimbrels and Whinchats.
Late report of a Purple Heron in flight over Portbury Wharf.



Linnet at Aust (Rod Holbrook)

Starling - it doesn't have to be rare to be beautiful!
(Steve Poulsom)






















BRISTOL
no reports


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Tree Pipit (over), 2 Grasshopper Warbler (lagoon 3), 3 Sedge Warbler, 14 Whitethroat, 6 Lesser Whitethroat.

Shepperdine:
3 Whimbrel.

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
1 f. Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 Whimbrel, 15 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 13 Turnstone, 6 Redshank, 55 Sand Martin.

Chipping Sodbury Common:
2 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat.


NORTH SOMERSET:

Portbury Wharf:
1 Purple Heron reported in flight.
1 Whinchat (on fence post near south pool).

Gordano (Walton Common):
1 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 Blackcap, 2 Mistle Thrush.

Grey Wagtail at Clevedon-Yeo today (Steve Poulsom)

Clevedon-Yeo:
(Wain's Hill to Yeo Estuary at high tide, 0600-1000)
115 Shelduck, 10 Teal, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, 39 Oystercatcher, 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 14 Lapwing, 175 Dunlin, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 63 Whimbrel, 10 Curlew, 5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 1 Turtle Dove (at Blake’s Pools, then flew over River Yeo towards Wick St Lawrence), 5 Raven, 24 Skylark, 50 Swallow, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 10 Whitethroat, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 10 Reed Warbler, 24 Wheatear, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 35 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 15 Linnet.

Weston Airfield:
2 Little Egret, (no waders), 2 Wheatear, a few small groups of Swallow & House Martin.


BELOW M4 & BANES

Newton St Loe:
3 Kestrel, 3 Stock Dove, 25 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler.


RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake:
2 Greylag Goose, 2 Egyptian Goose,  4 Common Sandpiper, 200+ mixed hirundine flock, 1 Sedge Warbler.
News from Sunday 23rd: Osprey catching a trout.

Common Sandpiper at Chew today (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
30 Dunlin, 250+ House and Sand Martin, 100+ Swallow.

Dam:
3 Common Sandpiper, "Hooligans Gull", 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Woodford:
2 G BB Gull, 1 Black Tern (off the Sailing Club), 200+ Swift.

Heron's Green:
2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff.

Moreton:
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Whinchat, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Raven.

Stratford:
pr Scaup, 1 Hobby pursuing a House Martin, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 3+ Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff.

Herriotts End:
10 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler, 1 f. Goldeneye, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 G BB Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Reports: Chris Craig, Adrian Hockey, John Martin, Vic Polley, Steve Sanins, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG

Monday, 24 April 2017

24th April '17 - Monday - first Black Tern

Rather overcast and murky, wind getting stronger and colder as the day progressed, but still mild.

Black Tern had to be the best bird today.
Hobby at Blagdon. Yellow-legged Gull at Chew.
More Cuckoos and Swifts.
The first fledgling Robin of the spring in my Portishead garden.

Kestrel at Chew (Ian Stapp)
BRISTOL
Stockwood Open Spaces:
4 Song Thrush, 7 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Emerson's Green:
1 Coot, 1 Swallow, pair Song Thrush with 2+ chicks, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Bunting.

Whitethroat at Aust
'Lisegirl'

Aust Warth:
plenty of Skylark, 1 Whitethroat, 2+ Linnet.

Little Ringed Plover at Aust (Martin Tayler)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
Little Ringed Plover.


NORTH SOMERSET:

Easter Compton:
1 Buzzard, 15 Rook, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler.

Nailsea:
2 Bar-headed Goose on the Nailsea School playing field (they're all feral).

Sandford - Yatton road:
Tawny Owl, deceased.

Uphill:
1 Short-eared Owl.

BELOW M4 & BANES
no reports


RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake:
2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, 5 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 1 Hobby, 1 Swift, 1 Kingfisher, lots House Martin.

Chew Valley Lake:


The "Hooligan Gull" at Chew (Ian Stapp)
Dam:
4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Swift, 50+ Swallow, 50+ House Martin, 20+ Sand Martin, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Cetti's Warbler.  Odd gull, the one known as "Hooligans"....

Woodford:
2 Egyptian Goose (still with 2 goslings), 1 Black Tern, 2 Chiffchaff , 1 Song Thrush.

Heron's Green:
1 Dunlin (wall), 4 Common Sandpiper (wall),  1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 10+ Goldfinch, 4 House Sparrow.

Moreton:
3 Shelduck (field drinking trough), 1 Marsh Harrier (11.20 aprox), 4 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk,  1 G BB Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler (holly tree in lane), 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Jay.

Stratford:
3 Scaup (2f., 1 m.), 1 m. Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 2 Swift, 250+ flock of hirundines, mostly Sand Martins. 2 Raven, 1 Jay, 1 Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2+ Reed Warbler.

Herriotts End:
10 Shelduck (pond), 2 Common Sandpiper (wall), 4 G BB Gull, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2+ Reed Warbler, 100+ hirundines.

LAST CHANCE

Avon Wildlife Trust: Are running a series of Field Ecology Courses in 2017, aimed at students, practising ecologists, conservation volunteers and anyone who wishes to further their knowledge in natural history and biological recording.
On the 29th & 30th of April we will be running an Introduction to British Birds Course, taught by Ed Drewitt - bird expert and conservationist.
See http://www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2017/04/29/introduction-british-birds-2-day-course for details.

Reports: Sean Davies, Tim Ford, Trevor Ford, Paul Francis, Bill Hewitt, 'Lisegirl', Lois Pryce, George Rabin, Ian Stapp, Martin Tayler, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Sunday, 23 April 2017

23rd April '17 Sunday - Firecrest

Grey start again but now brilliant sun, clearing blue skies and blue waters at CVL, Cuckoo calling

Firecrest in Leigh Woods
Bar-tailed Godwit on Severnside, Uphill
Red Kite at Thornbury
Smew on Chipping Sodbury Common
Redstart at Clevedon
Hobby, Whinchat, Tree Pipit at Sand Point
Great White Egret at Weston Airfield and Bleadon Levels
Cuckoo at Bleadon Levels, Chew Valley Lake
Great White Egret, Swift at Chew Valley Lake

BRISTOL
no reports

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station & environs:
1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler

Leigh Woods:
1 Firecrest singing

Tockington, Moor Lane:
1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler

23-4-17 Wheatear at Northwick Warth (John Martin)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
1 m  Wigeon, 1 Grey Plover, 13 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Bar-tailed Godwit, 19 Whimbrel, 6 BH Gull, 6 Sedge Warbler, 3 Wheatear

23-4-17 Whimbrel at Northwick Warth (Paul Bowerman)
Thornbury:
1 Red Kite over at 12 :20


23-4-17 Red-headed Smew at Sodbury Common (Paul Woolams)
Chipping Sodbury Common, fishing lake:
1 Redhead Smew 


NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon, Wains Hill:
Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 f Redstart, 1 Yellow Wagtail,  2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Siskin, 1 Redpoll

Clevedon-Dowlais, 1600-1730:
24 Dunlin, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1-2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Wheatear

Clevedon-Yeo:
24 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Geese, 30 Shelduck, 3 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 6 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 8 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 8 Lapwing, 44 Whimbrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 35 LBB Gull, 15 Herring Gull, 2 Raven, 2 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow 5 Skylark, 2 Cetti's Warbler, few Chiffchaff, 2+ Reed Warbler, 5 (4m) Wheatear

23-4-17 Whinchat at Sand Point pm (Paul Bowyer)
Sand Point/Middle Hope:
1 Hobby, 3 Grey Plover, 25 small waders, 18 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Tree Pipit

Weston Airfield:
3 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler

23-4-17 Short-eared Owl at Uphill (Bill Hewitt)
Uphill:
4 Little Egret, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl

Bleadon Levels reserve and Brean Cross Sluice:
9 Shelduck, 1 Great White Egret,  1 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Cuckoomany Skylark, Sand Martins, Swallows, 2 Cetti's Warbler,  5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, many Reed Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
1 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 2 Northern Wheatear (All in Down Road)

23-4-17 First Whitethroat of the year at Newton St Loe ( Lauren Tucker)
Newton St Loe, short walk:
3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Barn Owl, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Skylark, 10 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat (First of year), 3 Starling, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Yellowhammer

23-4-17 Peregrines in Bath (BUPP)
Teenagers don’t always get their own way. The falcon (aka KP's 'mum') puts her foot down
Bishop Sutton:
1 Swift, 4 Swallow and 2 House Martin; back under the eaves to breed.

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:

1 Long-tailed Duck, 13 Common Sandpiper, 3cy Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Wheatear


23-4-17 Mallard family at Blagdon Lake (Mrs Trellis)
Blagdon Lake:
2 Greylag Goose, 3 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 GBB Gull

23-4-17 Marsh Harrier at Stratford, CVL (Brian Thompson)
Chew Valley Lake:
2 Egyptian Geese still with two young, 4 Scaup (1 m), 1 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpipers, the 'Hooligan Gull' still present at the Picnic Site, 1 m Cuckoo, 2 Swifts, 2 Garden Warblers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat.

23-4-17 Hooligans Gull at Picnic Site, CVL (Keith Vinicombe)
Now in 2nd-summer plumage. Note how short those legs are!
Bittern Trail:
3 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 m Reed Bunting

23-4-17 Reed Warbler at Bittern Trail (Robert Hargreaves)
Denny:
Great White Egret 09.00

23-4-17 Cuckoo along Moreton track, CVL (Brian Thompson)
Stratford:
3 Pochard (2m), 3 Scaup (1m), 1 Marsh Harrier 07.05,  2 Cuckoo, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Reed Warblers singing

23-4-17 Common Sandpiper at Herriotts (Robert Hargreaves)
Herriotts Pool:
11 Shelduck, 9 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Common Sandpiper, 50 flock Swallow, 50 Pied Wagtail to roost

Another Stilt at Slimbridge on Out of Avon in sidebar

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Paul Bowyer, Peter Coslett, Chris Craig, Stephen Curtis, Sean Davies, Ian Foster, Robert Hargreaves, Bill Hewitt, Adrian Hockey, Rich Keel, John Martin, Matt Plenty, Matt Scott, Tony Scott, Larry Sweetland, Howard Taffs, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, Lauren Tucker, Wayne Tucker, Keith Vinicombe, Paul Woolams, blagdonlakebirds, BUPP, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Saturday, 22 April 2017

22nd April '17 Saturday - Arctic Tern

Grey start but brilliant sun and clear blue skies, Reed Warblers singing, Scaup on the blue waters

Swift in Bristol, Barrow Tanks, Chew Valley Lake
Arctic Tern at Oldbury Power Station
Garden Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler at Oldbury Power Station, Chew Valley Lake
Bar-tailed Godwit on Severnside
Smew on Chipping Sodbury Common
Pied Flycatcher, Redstart at Clevedon
Cuckoo in Congresbury, Uphill, Chew Valley Lake
Long-tailed Duck in Barrow Tanks
Cattle Egret, Swift at Chew Valley Lake

22-4-17 Ravens on Will's Memorial Building (Nick Gate)
BRISTOL
Eastville Park:
Swift in morning

Will's Memorial Building:
"In BOC's 50th year Ravens finally successfully nest, 3 chicks!"

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station & environs:
1 scolded Tawny Owl, 1 Garden Warbler (Lagoon 2)Grasshopper Warbler (reeling Lagoon 3), 2 Sedge Warbler

Littleton Brick Pits:
2 Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Snipe, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 8 Reed Warbler, 1 Siskin
22-4-17 Siskin at Frampton Cotterell (Sid Simmons)
Frampton Cotterel:
1 Siskin on garden feeder

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
1 f Wigeon, 1 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 mixed Bar-tailed Godwit and Whimbrel, 3 BH Gull, 4 Wheatear

Severn Beach, 2 BBS squares:
2 Gadwall, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler

Dyers Common / Crooks Marsh, 2km S of Severn Beach, 21st April:
4 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 2 Moorhen, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler

Chipping Sodbury Common, fishing lake:
1 Redhead Smew 


22-4-17 Wheatear at Marshfield below (Peter Coslett)

NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead, Gordano School:
5 Crows mobbing a Buzzard

Portbury Wharf:
1 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel, 1 Skylark, 1 House Martin, 7 Cetti's Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 6 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 17 Reed Warbler, 4 Reed Bunting

Clevedon, Wains Hill, 08.00:
1 f/1cy Pied Flycatcher, 1 m Redstart 

Bristol International Airport:
1 Wheatear just buzzed tower again

Weston Super Mare:
2 Peregrine over at 13.55

Uphill:
Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl

Congresbury, Strawberry Line:
1 Cuckoo, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler

BELOW M4 & BANES


21-4-17 Wood Warbler at Marshfield (Martyn Hayes)
Marshfield:
5 Northern Wheatear (Down Road)

22-4-17 Swallow at Newton St Loe (Lauren Tucker)
Newton St Loe:
8 Buzzard, 10 Swallow, 9 House Martin, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 6 Starling, 3 Mistle Thrush

Pensford:
1 Dipper, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Goldfinch

22-04-17 Blue Tit  with a feather at Compton Dando (Ian Stapp)
Compton Dando:
Village:
1 Kingfisher, 20 + Jackdaw, 3 Magpie, 6 Swallows 4 House Martin, 1 Mistle Thrush, 30+ House Sparrow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 7 Chaffinch
Park Copse Woods:
2 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 12 Blue Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Nuthatch, 20+ Goldfinch
Lanes (Rankers Lane & Cockers Hill):
2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 12 Swallows 8 House Martin 8 Chiffchaff  1 Willow Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Mistle Thrush, 60 + House Sparrow, 5 Pied Wagtail, 40+ Goldfinch, 30+ Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, 8 Yellowhammer

Paulton:
5 Stock Dove, 5 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, 4 Yellowhammer

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck in 1st summer plumage, 11 Common Sandpiper, 4 Swift

Blagdon Lake, 21st:
2 Greylag Geese, 3 Teal, 1 Snipe, 5 Common Sandpipers, 23 Chiffchaffs, 1 Garden Warbler, 34 Blackcaps, 8 Reed Warblers, 7 Reed Bunting

Litton Reservoir this evening:
6 Teal, 14 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail

Chew Valley Lake:


22-4-17 Green Sandpiper at the Dam, CVL (George Stacey)
Dam, 08.45:
4 Cattle Egret over to NW, 1 Green Sandpiper

Woodford:
Cattle Egret on Denny 20.15 hrs, 2 Little Egret

Stratford:
2 m Pochard, 3 Scaup (1m)Cuckoo, Reed Warblers singing

CVL Ringing Station:
1 Swift, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat

22-4-17 'Thick billed' Garden Warbler at CVRS (Chris Craig CVRS)
Pollen encrusted bill giving a rather interesting head shape
Herriott's End:
8 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 BH Gull, Reed Warblers singing

Out of Avon in sidebar showing photos of Black-winged Stilt at Slimbridge

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Friday, 21 April 2017

21st April '17 Friday - Hobby


Generally overcast but mild day

Tree Pipit at Stoke Park
Hobby at Oldbury Power Station
Spoonbill at Northwick
Bar-tailed Godwits at Severn Beach
Grasshopper Warbler reeling on Northwick Warth and at Wains Hill

Many birders reporting a quiet day - it wasn't quiet doing the blog

21/4/17 Whinchat at Marshfield (Peter Coslett)

BRISTOL

Clifton, Percival Rd:
Marsh Tit on the feeders again - exit stage left one Coal Tit.

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
1 Tree Pipit, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 female Reed Bunting

Stockwood Open Spaces:
Kestrel

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
Hobby - first of the year? - even saw its red trousers heading up river fast, 1 Sedge Warbler,
1 Cettis Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 House Martin,
4 Swallow, 2 Peregrine, 1 Raven, 5 Canada Goose + 6 goslings


Littleton Warth:
Mid-day: 6 Oystercatchers, 4 Ringed Plover, a few Whimbrel through, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Wheatear. Mostly quiet though. Collared Dove and distant Wheatear

21/4/17 Collared Dove at Littleton Warth (Mrs Trellis)

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
Quiet except Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, 5 BHGull, Little Egret through, more Reed Warblers. Grasshopper Warbler reeling on Northwick Warth in hedge north of 2nd sentry box 10.00
Spoonbill on Northwick Warth then flew up river towards Aust
1 Turnstone, 1 Linnet

21/4/17 Spoonbill called in at Northwick Warth today (Ben Ofield)
21/4/17 Turnstone at Northwick (Brian Thompson)
21/4/17 Linnet at Northwick Warth (Brian Thompson)


Severn Beach:
Migrants at Severn Beach shore late afternoon include 3 Greenshank, 8 Whimbrel, 16 Bar-tailed Godwits and a drake Wigeon. 8 Ringed Plover.


Chittening Warth:
Short-eared Owl

Shepperdine:
Short-eared Owl


NORTH SOMERSET:

Portbury Wharf:
1 Snipe, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Pied Flyatcher, singing Blackcap. Also heard Cetti's Warbler and probable Great Reed Warbler. Common Sandpiper, Common Gull (1st summer), 3 Redshank, pair Wigeon, Lesser Whitethroat

21/4/17 Whitethroat at Portbury Wharf (Steve Poulsom)


21/4/17 Snipe at Portbury Wharf (Steve Poulsom)
Clevedon-Yeo:
3 Grasshopper Warbler all singing within a 50 metre stretch by the boats at Wains Hill

Uphill:
3 Whimbrel
21/4/17 Whimbrel at Uphill (Paul Cousins)

BELOW M4 & BANES

Tormarton:
Yellow Wagtail

Marshfield:

Wood Warbler singing south of Marshfield village near St Catherines valley.
6 Northern Wheatear, 3 on Down Road,1 Rushmead and 2 from Northfield Lane.
Whinchat on Down Road this afternoon.
21/4/17 Northern Wheatear at Marshfield (Peter Coslett)

Bath:
As hatch day approaches at Bath Urban Peregrine Project, the falcon and tiercel are stepping up the protection of their nest.
21/4/17 A protective Peregine (Hamish Smith)

Pensford:
River Chew
1 Dipper (singing), 4 Grey Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush, 10 Goldfinch

Publow:
Publow Bridge
1 Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtail (feeding young)

21/4/17 Dipper at Publow (Ian Stapp)


RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake:
34 Blackcap, 23 Chiffchaff, 8 Reed Warbler, first Garden Warbler. Selected resident counts included 44 Winter Wren, 32 Robin, 24 Common Blackbirds,  8 Song Thrush, 7 Reed Buntings. Other more notable birds included 5 Common Sandpiper, a Common Snipe, 3 Teal, a pair of Gadwall and 2 Greylag Goose. No hirundines at all.

Chew Valley Lake:

Highlight this morning was a female type Marsh Harrier that flew to the North-east over the lake at 10.40. Also 4 singing Sedge Warblers on the western side and 3 Scaup, one male, at Stratford.

Heron's Green:
2 Reed Warbler, 3 Common Sandpiper (wall), 6+ Swallow (over pond), 1 Buzzard, 1 Raven

Moreton:
3 Blackcap, 1 Mistle Thrush (by the gate way in), 1 Cetti's,  4 Chiffchaff , 1 Little Grebe, 2 Shelduck, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Buzzard, 2 Jay, 1 Mistle Thrush (lane to Stratford singing), 2 Stock Dove,
12+ Swallow, 4 House Martin over the lake, 66 Tufted Duck (in front hide)

21/4/17 Little Grebe at Chew (Ian Stapp)
Stratford:
2 Chiffchaff (lane), 2 Blackcap (lane), 3 Reed Warbler (reeds hide), 20+ Swallows, 2 Scaup (M-F),
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (back hide), 6 Buzzard (hills around), 165 Tufted Duck (in front hide),
1 Sparrowhawk

Herriotts End:
2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 10 Shelduck 3 G BB Gull, 1 Cetti's, 1 Barnacle Goose,
1 Garden Warbler (singing reeds by the ringing station), 12 Swallow,  2 House Martin,
3 Reed Warbler (singing reeds), 1 Peregrine, 3 Swift

21/4/17 Possibly a Green Sandpiper at Chew (Lee Gardiner)

West Harptree:
8 Swallow on the wires in the West Harptree village, 2 Collared Dove (in the road)


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