Wednesday, 22 March 2017

22nd March '17 - Corn Bunting

Cold throughout the day. Wet in the morning with sunny periods in the afternoon.

Little Ringed Plover at Northwick Warth
Common Scoter at Chew
Cattle Egret at Chew
Corn Bunting at Marshfield

22/3/17 2 of 4 Little Ringed Plovers on Northwick Warth this morning (Paul Bowerman)

BRISTOL:

Bishopston, Elton Rd:
Tawny Owl (m) calling 23:30 to 00:15

City Centre:1 Peregrine
22/3/17 Peregrine off for some food in Bristol City Centre (Chris James)

Stapleton:
1 Peregrine on Holy Trinity Church spire

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
1 Coot, 20 Siskin (flying over), 8 Chiffchaff

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury:
1 Kestrel
22/3/17 Kestrel near Oldbury Sailing Club (Martin Tayler)

Aust Warth:
4 Short-eared Owls hunting at Aust Warth this pm

22/3/17 Short-eared Owls showing well at Aust Warth (Vic Savery)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
4 Little Ringed Plover, 7m Wheatear, 2m & f Pintail, also 64 Shelduck, many Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit
6 Chiffchaff near water outlet this evening
22/3/17 Meadow Pipit at Northwick Warth (Brian Lancastle)


22/3/17 Chiffchaff at New Passage (Lisa Presland)

Chipping Sodbury Common:

7 male Wheatear 

22/3/17 Wheatear on Chipping Sodbury Common (Mark Coller)

NORTH SOMERSET:

Portishead:
3 or 4 Wheatear on Portishead seafront at the lake grounds

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
1 Barn Owl, 1 Wheatear and 2 Stonechat, 1 Corn Bunting

22/3/17 Corn Bunting at Marshfield (Peter Coslett)

22/3/17 Barn Owl out early this evening from Rushmead Lane Marshfield (Peter Coslett)

Keynsham:
Garden - 4 Chiffchaff
22/3/17 Chiffchaff in Keynsham garden (Ian Stapp)
Bath:
Although now well-established in Avon, the Chiffchaff was on the move in Bath today:
Audley Park, Bath : influx of at least 12-15 Chiffchaff feeding on silver birch and other garden shrubs. Around for an hour or so.

Uphill:

Flock of 13 Wheatear on the Golf Course, 1 Short-eared Owl

22/3/17 One of 13 Wheatear on the golf course at Uphill (Paul Cousins)

RESERVOIRS:

Chew Valley Lake:

Denny Island:
2 Cattle Egret and 7 Little Egret roosting on Denny this evening

Stratford:
15 Scaup, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Goosander, 5 Goldeneye, plenty of Tufted Duck
Water much higher, hide about to float!  


22/3/17 Scaup and Tufted Duck from Stratford hide (Raoul Chandrasakera)


Reports: Rich Andrews, Paul Bowerman, Raoul Chandrasakera, Mark Coller, Peter Coslett, Paul Cousins, John Duffy, John Griffiths, Nick Hawkridge,Graham Jackson, Chris James, Brian Lancastle, Lisa Presland, Vic Savery, Richard Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, Larry Sweetland, Martin Tayler. blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

21 March '17 Tuesday - Sandwich Tern

Showers, Hail stones, bright sunshine, springtime

Merlin in Bristol and Northwick
Black Redstart at Portishead
Little Ringed Plover at Portbury Wharf
Merlin, Sandwich Tern, Short-eared Owl, Black Redstart, Wheatear on BOC walk at Uphill
Red KiteScaupCommon Scoter at Chew Valley Lake
Club trip to Herzegovina - one place now available - trip details at end, after Chew reports.

21-3-17 Sandwich Tern at Uphill (Robert Hargreaves)
BRISTOL

Avon Gorge:
Peregrine

Lulsgate:
1 Merlin

Redland, p.m:
1 m Blackcap singing

Stockwood Open Spaces:
1 Raven, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Small Tortoiseshell

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Coast:
1 Kestrel, 1 Skylark singing, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Stonechat
21-3-17 Kestrel at Aust (Mrs Trellis)
Aust Warth:
2 Kestrel, 3 Stonechat
21-3-17 Merlin at Northwick (Vic Savery)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
1 Merlin

NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead, Lockside Sq:
Black Redstart

Portbury Wharf:
1 Little Ringed Plover
21/03/2017 Wheatear at Uphill (Robert Hargreaves)
Uphill:
69 Mute Swan, 50 Shelduck, 40 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2+ Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 72 Oystercatcher, 5 Curlew, 100+ Redshank, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Skylark, 1 f Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 2 (pair) Wheatear, 12 Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Linnet

BELOW M4 & BANES

Wick, Golden Valley:
3 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 12 Mallard, 4 Little Grebe, 5 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Wren, 1 Dipper, 3 Blackbird

21-3-17 Peregrine eggs in Bath (Hawk and Owl Trust)
Bath, St Johns Church:
2 eggs on Peregrine nest
21-3-17 Chiffchaff at Newton St Loe (Wayne Tucker)
Newton St Loe, inc Haycombe to Globe:
3 Tufted Duck, 2 Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 8 Goldcrest, 11 Skylark, 15 Chiffchaff, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Greenfinch, 6 (in pairs) Linnet, 8 Yellowhammer

21-3-17 Buzzard at Blagdon (Steve Poulsom)
RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake:
1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper, c. 250 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin (also one seen 16th March)

Chew Valley Lake:
Burledge, 5 p.m:
1 Red Kite flying and eating 15 ft above, Magic

Dam:
2 Goldeneye, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 + Pied Wagtail

Picnic Site 2
Chiffchaff and Goldcrest singing.

Herons Green:
1 Buzzard, 1 Chiffchaff

Moreton:
13 Scaup (6 m, 7 f), 1 Common Scoter, 12 Goldeneye, 12 Buzzard (over  hills), 1 Green Woodpecker, 15+ Sand Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Bullfinch

Stratford:
5 Meadow Pipit

Herriotts End:
4 Shelduck, 4 Pintail. 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff

Club trip to Herzegovina, 7-14 May 2017A place has just become available on this upcoming BOC trip.  Please contact bocbirds@gmail.com  urgently if interested in joining us.  Top target bird is Rock Partridge.  7 nights inc 2 in Croatia, price approx £850 plus flights from/to Bristol for which a booked seat may be transferable.


Reports: Paul Bowyer, Jane Cumming, Paul Francis, Lee Gardiner, Robert Hargreaves, Rod Holbrook, David Horlick, Richard Keel, Glen Maddison, John Martin, Sally Monkhouse, Chris Perry, Steve Poulsom, Lois Pryce, Vic Savery, Tony Scott, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Pete Taylor, Mrs Trellis, Wayne Tucker, blagdonlakebirds, BUPP,  CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

20th March '17 Monday - late post

Still pouring with rain all morning, but a few people were out birding anyway.

Black-necked Grebe, Common Scoter, Short-eared Owl, Merlin

Club trip to Herzegovina - one place now available - trip details at end, after Chew reports.

Garden birds (Rod Holbrook)
Cornwall conducted a survey of Cattle Egrets in the county yesterday and came up with 100+ birds,  70 of them between the Lizard and Penzance. Perhaps our missing Toghill Farm birds, and many others, are trickling back to France.

BRISTOL

Kingfisher in Eastville Park (Steve Poulsom)
Clifton, Percival Rd.
Marsh Tit on sunflower hearts and Blackcap (f) on fat pellets.

Eastville Park:
1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Dipper, 1 Chiffchaff.

Emersons Green:
Little Egret flew over.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Aust Warth:
2 Short-eared Owl, Kestrel.

Iron Acton:
Merlin hunting along the Bristol Road.

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
3 Little Grebe, 2 Pintail, 'hundreds of'' Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail.  1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest.

Little Owl, presumably near Pilning (Adam Rawson)
BELOW M4 & BANES

Hinton Charterhouse:
Red Kite (2 p.m.  - "directionless, just flapping about").

Paulton:
13 Buzzard, 40 LBB Gull, 2 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit, mixed flock of 90 Carrion Crow & Jackdaw.

RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake:
Egyptian Goose, Common Sandpiper, c. 250 Sand Martin,

Nice weather for ducks.  Scaup in the rain at Chew
(Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
1 m. Common Scoter, 1 Black-necked Grebe.

Moreton:
15 Scaup (8m., 7f.), 16 Goldeneye, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti's Warbler.

Herriotts End:
4 Shelduck, 3 Pintail.

Club trip to Herzegovina, 7-14 May 2017
A place has just become available on this upcoming BOC trip.  Please contact bocbirds@gmail.com  urgently if interested in joining us.  Top target bird is Rock Partridge.  7 nights inc 2 in Croatia, price approx £850 plus flights from/to Bristol for which a booked seat may be transferable.

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Brian Edge, Dave Esam, Tim Ford, Patrick Hancock, 'Lisegirl', Steve Poulsom, Adam Rawson, Ian Stapp, Dan White, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG

Sunday, 19 March 2017

19th March '17 Sunday

A cold and blustery day with showers early and steady rain later - not conducive to birding.

Bit short of rarities in Avon today so here is a photo of the nearest one to us:

Glossy Ibis at Ham Wall recently (Vera Carpenter)

BRISTOL
Ravens nest-building around the city now.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Singing Siskin at New Passage (John Martin)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
3 Canada Goose, 25 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 60 Teal, 3 Pintail, 14 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Knot, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 50 Pied Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaff, singing Siskin at the Glen.


Severn Beach:
Strong West wind produced 30 Kittiwakes and an adult summer plumage Mediterranean Gull.

Warmley Forest Park:
2 Goldcrest, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 15 Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 4 Bullfinch.

NORTH SOMERSET:

Portbury Wharf:
1 Greylag Goose, 1 Little Ringed Plover, c 8 Sand Martin

Clevedon-Yeo:
3 Mute Swan, 8 Canada Goose, 110 Shelduck, 140 Wigeon, 70 Teal, c.10 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 7 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 21 Lapwing, 70 Curlew, 40 Dunlin, 290 Redshank (200 well up Yeo sheltering from the wind), 5 Black-headed Gull, 35 LBB Gull, 40 Herring Gull, 1 Rock Pipit, c.10 Meadow Pipit.

Pensford:
Lords Wood:
2 Buzzard, 2 singing Mistle Thrush, many Goldcrest, 4 pairs Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1-2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper.

BELOW M4 & BANES

Bath:
The city's Peregrine pair produced their first egg today.

RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake:
Egyptian Goose, Common Sandpiper, 300+ Sand Martin (at midday), singing Chiffchaff.
80+ House Sparrow (Bickfield Farm).

Litton Reservoir:
19 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper.


Three wonderful Peregrine shots from the
shelter of Stratford hide today

(Raoul Chandrasakera)




























Chew Valley Lake:

Moreton:
c. 5 Scaup, 1 m. Common Scoter.

Stratford:
6 Goldeneye (1m, 5f.), Peregrine.

Reports: Rich Andrews, Paul Bowerman, Raoul Chandrasakera, Teresa Chard, Brian Lancastle, Harry Mac, John Martin, Brian Penny, Chris Perry, Harvey Rose, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis,  blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG

Saturday, 18 March 2017

18 March '17 Saturday - Cattle Egret

A rather miserable dark day, but at least the rain stayed off

Willow Warbler on Brown's Folly
Long-tailed Duck at Barrow Tanks
Scaup, Cattle Egret at Chew Valley Lake

18-3-17 Goldcrest in Bristol (Allan Chard)
BRISTOL
Eastville Park:
2 Sparrowhawk, a few Goldcrest

Stockwood Open Space:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 10+ Goldfinch

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Sheppardine:
12 Shelduck, 35 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 2 Mallard, 1 Peregrine, 9 Oystercatchers, 2 Redshank, 55 Turnstone, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 GBB Gull

18-3-17 Pintail at New Passage (John Martin)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
frisky Shelducks, 3 Pintail, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine, 14 Grey Plover, 4 Lapwing, 1 colour-ringed Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Redshank, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Jay

NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Wharf:
1 Little Ringed Plover

Backwell Lake:
21 Sand Martins battling with the strong winds

BANES

Brown's Folly, Dawn chorus
1 Willow Warbler

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tank No3, WeBS:
2 Canada Goose, 9 Teal, 12 Mallard, 8 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 77 Tufted Duck, 1w male Long-tailed Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 51 Cormorant, 2 Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 18 Great Crested Grebe, 27 Coot, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 3 GBB Gull, 4 Sand Martin

Chew Valley Lake
Dam:
1 Common Sandpiper
18-3-17 Cattle Egret  on Denny Island (Sean Davies)
Picnic Site 2: 
1 Cattle Egret, 5 Little Egret, (both on Denny Island)

Stratford:
15+ Scaup

Herriotts Bridge:
4 Pintail, 1 Green Sandpiper

18-3-17 Peregrine at New Passage (John Martin)
Just outside Avon:
Garganey at Slimbridge, Sandwich Tern on Axe Estuary, Berrow

Reports: Rich Andrews, Louise Bailey, Allan Chard, Teresa Chard, Sean Davies, ‏Lee Gardiner, Pete Hawkins, John Martin, Jon & Viv Tottle, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding,  severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Friday, 17 March 2017

17th March '17 Friday - Little Ringed Plovers

A biting wind kept the birds down and the birders in

Little Ringed Plovers at Portbury and Pilning

Sand Martin
and Chiffchaff in increasing numbers

BRISTOL

Bishopston:
8 Raven over Bishopston this morning at 7.30. All flying in a general W direction reasonably low in 2 close groups (6 + 2). The second group (of 2) began tumbling to roof top height!

Eastville Park:
Kingfisher and Grey Heron
17/3/17 Female Kingfisher in Eastville Park (Steve Poulsom)

Combe Dingle:
Garden feeder: 2 Siskin (m & f) first since last Winter, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Goldfinch


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
3 Peregrine (male displaying to 2 females). Duck and wader numbers fallen since Monday.
8 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest,  20 Teal, 31 Wigeon, 7 Curlew, 12 Oystercatcher, 10 Turnstone,
5 Tufted Duck also 43 occupied Rook nests in small copse just before entrance to OPS

Aust Warth:
3 Kestrel
17/3/17 Kestrel at Aust (Lisa Presland)

Pilning wetland:
Little Ringed Plover

NORTH SOMERSET:

Portbury Wharf:
Little ringed plover, 8 Sand Martin, 6 Chiffchaff

BELOW M4 & BANES

Willsbridge:
2 Dipper, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Goldfinch, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Buzzard, lots Blackbird, Blue and Great Tit

Bath:
2 Peregrine at St John's in Bath this lunchtime, the female and the last year's juvenile who is still hanging around! Also the male yesterday along with the other two - some mating activity.
Large bird of prey( Buzzard sized) with rings and jesses flying in area around Brassmill Lane and Lidl Store Bath.

RESERVOIRS:

Barrow Tanks:
Number 3: just a Common Sandpiper and 2 Canada Geese of note
Numbers 1 and 2: 10 Sand Martin commuting between no 2 & 1

Chew Valley Lake:
10+ Sand Martin
Dam:
3 Redshank
Moreton:
20 Scaup (8 males)
Stratford:
2 Dunlin (Stratford Island)
Herriotts:
Barnacle Goose
17/3/17 Barnacle Goose at Herriotts Pool (Willam Hewitt)
Reports: Paul Bowerman, Teresa Chard, Andy Davis, Mark Fenton, Alastair Fraser, Lee Gardiner,
William Hewitt, Andrew Middleton, David Peglar, Lisa Presland, Chris Stone,
blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG


Thursday, 16 March 2017

16 March '17 Thursday - Owls


Dull start and still dull when we went home, also colder today

Little Gull at Portbury Wharf
Short-eared Owl at Uphill
Scaup, Goldeneye at Chew Valley Lake

16-3-17 Short-eared Owl at Uphill (Keith Fowler)
BRISTOL
Clifton Down Station
2 Grey Wagtail (absent since the end of last year)

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Aust Wharf:
23 Oystercatcher, 2 Short-eared Owl at 16.45 (4 yesterday), 8 singing Skylark

16-3-17 Pintail at New Passage (John Martin)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
16 Canada Geese, 3 Pintail, 1 Little Egret, 2 calling Little Grebe, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Jay, 6 Chiffchaff

Severn Beach, Orchard Pools, a.m:
1 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Cetti's Warbler

NORTH SOMERSET:

Portbury Wharf:
1 Greylag Goose, 37 Shelduck, 19 Wigeon, 18 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, 2 Curlew, 1 ad winter Little Gull (11a.m)

Clevedon-Yeo, 6.30:
28 Canada Goose , 90+ Shelduck, 120 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 8 Shoveler, 4 Pintail, 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 24 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Plover, 22 Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover, 100 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 36 Turnstone, 1 Knot. 45 Dunlin, 290 Redshank, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 60 BH Gull, 40 LBB Gull, 20 Herring Gull, 1 Raven, 6 Sand Martin, 1 Chiffchaff , 3 Rock Pipit

Felton Common, by Bristol Airport: 
1 Raven, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Skylarks, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Wren, 2 Song Thrush, 2 pair Stonechat, 7 Dunnock, 3 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Yellowhammer

Sand Bay/Point:
2 Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatear
16-3-17 Short-eared Owl at Uphill (William Hewitt)
Uphill:
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Stonechat


15-3-17 Tawny Owl at Pensford (Raoul Chandrasakera)
Taken this year on left and on Valentine's Day 2015 on right
Pensford Viaduct:
1 Tawny Owl

RESERVOIRS:

16-3-17 Goldeneye at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
Heron's Green:
1 Snipe, 5 House Sparrow

Moreton:
5 Wigeon, 16 Scaup(9 m 7 f), 1 Common Scoter, 18 Goldeneye, 2 Buzzard, 1 Tawny Owl (calling), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 12 Long-tailed Tit (nest building), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 12 Pied Wagtail, 20 Chaffinch

16-3-17 Song  Thrush at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Stratford:
6 Wigeon, 1 f Scaup, 8 Goldeneye, several singing Chiffchaff

Herriotts End:
4 Shelduck, 3 Pintail, 1 Water Rail (calling), 2 GBB Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail

16-3-17 Stonechat at Uphill (Keith Fowler)
Reports: Paul Bowerman, Paul Bowyer, Raoul Chandrasakera, Jane Cumming, Michael Davis, William Hewitt, John Martin, Melanie Patch, Harvey Rose, Sue Sayers, Nigel Sluman, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

15 March '17 Wednesday - Little Gull

Dull start then turned lovely and sunny

Red Kite at Severnside and Bristol
White-fronted Geese on Severnside
Little Gull at Portbury Wharf
Short-eared Owl at Uphill
Long-tailed Duck at Barrow Tanks

15-3-17 Nuthatch at Chew (George Stacey)
BRISTOL
Ashton Court:

Abbots Pool:
2 Grey Wagtail

Old Sneed Park:
1 Red Kite flying towards Downs.13.30 (see New Passage)

Sea Mills WeBS:
9 Shelduck, 19 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 45 Redshank, 80 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (both warblers singing), 1 Grey Wagtail

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Littleton Ringing Station:
A good session with 2 ringers catching 44 new and 20 retraps.
Details of the session.
Goldfinch 24,4; Greenfinch 7,0; Dunnock 2,3; Chaffinch 5,0; Reed Bunting 1,0;
Wren 1,0; Long-Tailed Tit 1,1; Chiffchaff 2,1; Great tit 1,2; Blue tit 0,6;
Robin 0,2; Song Thrush, 0,1.
The session on 11th - highlights; Mistle Thrush, Siskin and Chiffchaff which was caked in pollen around the face, showing it's just come from the continent - first ringed in 2015.

Aust:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Owl, 2 Wheatear and in the evening 4 Short-eared Owl flying from Aust towards Northwick, also 1 Merlin (f), 1 Swallow, 12 Chiffchaff, but only
1 Wheatear (m).

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
2 White-fronted Geese, 1 Pheasant, 1 Red Kite flying South West 12.40, 2 Little Owl (all year ticks)


NORTH SOMERSET:

15-3-17 Little Gull at Portbury Wharf (Chris Stone)
Portbury Wharf:
1 ad winter Little Gull, last seen 3-2-17

15-3-17 Short-eared Owl at Uphill (Paul Cousins)
Uphill:
1 Short-eared Owl, 20 people watching


BELOW M4 & BANES

Willsbridge Mill:2 Collared Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chaffinch

Warmley Forest Park: A few Chiffchaff about

15-3-17 Peregrine in Bath (Wayne Tucker)
Bath:
Twerton: 1 Tawny Owl calling 04.00
St John's Church: 3 Peregrine

Newton St Loe:
2 Tufted Duck (pair), 13 Grey Heron, 6 Buzzard, 8 Goldcrest, 5 Skylark, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Grey Wagtail, 4 Bullfinch
15-3-17 Chiffchaff at Newton St Loe (Wayne Tucker)

RESERVOIRS:

Barrow Tanks:
1 m Long-tailed Duck and Goldeneye still present

Blagdon Lake:

15-3-17 Two headed Great Crested Grebe at Chew (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
Chiffchaff everywhere and all singing
Dam:
1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail

Bittern Trail:
1 Tawny Owl calling, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch nest building in old woody hole, 2 Treecreeper
Woodford:
1 Barnacle Goose, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Chiffchaff

Heron's Green:
1 Buzzard, 2 Snipe, 25 Starlings, 1 Stonechat, 3 House Sparrows

Moreton:
3 Barnacle Goose (fly through), 11 Scaup, 1 Common Scoter, 8 Goldeneye, 2 Buzzard, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Yellow-Legged Gull, 1 Tawny Owl (calling), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 2 Long-tailed Tit (nest building), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff

Stratford:
5 Scaup (at least 16 Scaup around today)

Herriotts End:
3 Barnacle Goose, 4 Shelduck, 4 Pintail, 1 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail (calling), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail

15-3-17 Chiffchaff at Herriotts (Ian Stapp)
Reports: Paul Bowerman‏, Teresa Chard‏, Paul Cousins,  Peter Coslett, Stephen Curtis, Patrick Haigh, Robert Hargreaves, Robin Nash, Jean Oliver, Vic Savery, Tony Scott, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Wayne Tucker,  blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

14 March '17 Tuesday - Owls

Bit windy at times and overcast with sunny spells

Lots of breeding activity. Lots of Peregrine action and Sparrowhawks out and about. Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl

BRISTOL

Percival Road BS8: (11/03/2017)
1 Wren, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Greenfinch, 1 f Blackcap

New Cut:
3 Common Sandpiper

Eastville Park: BOC Walk
1 Peregrine (on Stapleton Church spire), 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail,
2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Long-tailed Tit (nesting), 1 Green Woodpecker
14/3/17 Green Woodpecker and Grey Wagtail (Keith Williams)
Not to scale!
River Frome (Frome Vale):
2 Dipper

14/3/17  (Keith Williams)
Stockwood Open Spaces:
6 Long-tailed Tit, 20+ Goldfinch, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE
:

Chipping Sodbury Common:
22 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, 1 Redshank

Warmley Forest Park:
2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Bullfinch, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Green Woodpecker
1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldfinch,

NORTH SOMERSET:

Sand Point:
1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 100+ Curlew in Sand Bay marsh over high tide.
An early morning passage of birds heading NW over Sand Point included 120 Woodpigeon,
90 Meadow Pipit. Otherwise, 2 Chiffchaff , 1 Stonechat

Woodspring Bay: WeBS count
21 Mallard, 115 Shelduck, 17 Canada Goose, 6 Mute Swan, 2 Pintail, 122 Wigeon 
66 Teal, 9 Oystercatcher, 214Redshank, 71 Curlew, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret
185 Black-headed Gull, 50 Herring Gull, 41 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Common Gull 
2 Wheatear on the seawall.

Uphill:
1 Short-eared Owl
14/3/17 Short-eared Owl (Clive Dodd)

Pensford:
1 Barn Owl

14/3/17 Barn Owl (Raoul Chandrasakera)

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
Corn Bunting (in numbers)

Bath:
St John's Church:
2 Peregrine, courtship and food passing


RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake:
7 Chiffchaff, 40 Sand Martin, 1 Sparrowhawk, (Painted Lady)

Chew Valley Lake:
Dam:
1 Egyptian Goose

Woodford:
6 Goldeneye, 2 Song Thrush

Herons Green:
2 Snipe, 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Dunlin (summer plumage), 1 Buzzard (the White one), 3 House Sparrow

Moreton:
30+ Pied Wagtail (with 20 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch, 6 Blackbird in the field on way in)     
1 Water Rail (in the recently cut drainage ditch), 2 Bullfinch (cottage), 8 Long-tailed Tit
3 Chiffchaff (singing), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Buzzard (over hills around lake), 1 Raven (over Denny), 19 Scaup, 10 Goldeneye, 1 Jay, 2 Stonechat   

14/3/17 Scaup and Tufted Duck (Ian Stapp)
Scattered by a passing boat
Herriots:
2 Sand Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Wigeon, 1 Green Sandpiper (pond wall), 1 Chiffchaff (singing)
4 Shelduck, 1 Water Rail, 2 Curlew (flyover)

14/3/17 Goldeneye at Moreton, Great-crested Grebe at Herriots (Martin Tayler)
More birds in display mode
 

Reports: Chris P Duck, Ian Stapp, Alastair Fraser, Keith Williams, Paul Bowyer, Teresa Chard, John Martin, Robert Hargreaves, Giles Morris, Martin Tayler, Darren Pearce, Clive Dodd, Raoul Chandrasakera, Nigel Milbourne, blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG