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Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

December 2015

Broadsands
29th December 2015

We went to Broadsands to look for the Yellow - browed Warbler & Firecrest. Our first bird we saw near the car park was a Male Cirl Bunting perched in the bushes for a couple of minutes. We also saw some very obliging Goldcrests. We managed to see the Yellow - browed Warbler flitting around the tops of the trees. The Firecrest was also present in the area and after it showed well on top of a tree and then flew off. The Yellow - browed Warbler reappeared in the same corner of the car park. This is a scarce Visitor from Siberia but is a regular sight in Britain. We went to have a look on the sea and viewed through a telescope, saw some birds that might have been Black - necked Grebes, but weren't sure & lots of Great Northern Divers. We also saw 2 Shags, Grey Seal and a Kingfisher flying past . The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway were running services on the day. The loco in steam was 7827 Lydham Manor on one of it's final trains before its overhaul. We sat on the seawall and watched it's progess on the climb up to Churston as far as Hookhills Viaduct. Back in the car park was another Warbler sighting this time a Siberian Chiffchaff which was seen feeding on the ground briefly. The Cirl Buntings were still feeding in the same part of the car park when we saw them in 2009. We heard a call which we thought was the Sib. Chiffchaff and while we were looking a flock of Long - tailed Tits flitted through the trees giving some close-up views. We finished at Topsham & had a look amongst the hundreds of Wigeon for the American one, but couldn’t see it. We then had something to eat at Darts Farm before heading home. 2 new ticks! Brilliant!

Yellow -browed Warbler

Firecrest

Siberian Chiffchaff

Shag

Grey Seal

Cirl Bunting [Male]

Cirl Bunting [Male]

Goldcrest

Firecrest

Yellow - browed Warbler

Long - tailed Tit

Hoopoe at Kingswinford 14th December 2015

We went to Kingswinford to see the Hoopoe that had been present for about 3 weeks and spent most of the time feeding on the ground. Afterwards it flew up to the fence post for a bit of a preen to it's feathers. It had a quick stretch before flying off down the hill, just as it started to rain. A lovely bird and an enjoyable couple of hours with it.

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Farmoor Reservoir 5th December 2015

We went to Farmoor Reservoir in Oxfordshire to look for three special birds: Grey Phalarope, Red-necked Grebe & Great Northern Diver. The two 1st Winter Grey Phalaropes were both present on the north bank of Reservoir 1. It was very windy and it made it the water look like the sea, as it was choppy. It's not every day you get to see two Phalaropes together. We then walked round the reservoir to look for the Grebe. We saw some Female Goldeneye. We eventually managed to see the Red - necked Grebe on the same reservoir as the Phalaropes, but further round. There were also Great Crested & Little Grebes around the site as well as a Grey Wagtail on the causeway. The Juvenile Great Northern Diver was on Reservoir 2 and showed well during late afternoon. We went back to have a last look at the Phalaropes before heading back home after a very sucessful day. It was nice to see Katie, Helen and Graham Horrocks there as well.

Grey Phalarope [1st Winter]

Grey Phalarope [1st Winter]

Goldeneye [Females]

Little Grebe [Winter]

Great Crested Grebe [Winter]

Greylag Geese

Red - necked Grebe [Winter]

Great Northern Diver [Juvenile]

Grey Phalarope [1st Winters]