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  Daneway Banks 30th

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  Slimbridge 3rd

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April

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  Somerset Levels 15th

  Slimbridge 7th

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  Portishead 18th

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February

  Aust 27th

  Cheltenham Diver 10th

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  Slimbridge 21st

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January 1

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Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

March 2013

Garden Birds

Some of the garden birds that have been seen in the garden during the last few weeks. We have had up to 6 Blackcaps (4 males and 2 females), 2 Siskins, 1 Brambling, 1 Fieldfare and up to 7 Lesser Redpolls. With all those birds about the Sparrowhawk comes through every day.

Blackcap [Female]

Blackcap [Male]

Siskin [Male]

Brambling [Male]

Lesser Redpoll [Female]

Lesser Redpoll [Female]

Sparrowhawk  [Male]

Portishead 18th March 2013

We went to Portishead to see the Purple Sandpipers before they head back north to their breeding grounds. There were at least three  birds left around at Battery Point. We also saw the Eygptian Goose still at the marine lake. The Scaup was still present on the island. We went to Portbury Warth after Portishead to look for the Little Owl but it has eluded us again.   On the way to Aust we spotted a Fox in one of the fields. We went to the Warth to look for Twite again, butthis time there was no sign.


Purple Sandpiper, Battery Point

Fox

Purple Sandpiper flying down

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Slimbridge 11th March 2013

We went to Slimbridge to see what was about. We started at the Rushy Pen where the four Common Cranes from the Great Crane Project were at the back of the pen.  We went to the Robbie Garnett Hide and saw quite a few White - fronted Geese with one Tundra Bean Goose on Tack Piece. None of the Bewick's Swans have left for their breeding grounds yet and were also present on the Tack Piece. We went to the Willow Hide to see if the Water Rail was showing but no sign. We went to the Zeiss Hide to see if the Bittern was showing, but again no sign until the following day typically! We carried on to the Kingfisher Hide to look for Redpolls but there were only Chaffinches and Goldfinches. We saw a Female Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding on one of the feeders and a couple of Reed Buntings. We were on our way back home when decided to pop to Severn Beach to see the Snow Bunting. When we got there it was feeding some seed and we had some close views.


4 Common Cranes from the GCP  

Great Spotted Woodpecker [Female]

Bewick’s Swans flying over the Tack Piece

Snow Bunting [Male]

Snow Bunting

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Portishead and Aust 4th March 2013

We went to Portishead to see the Scaup and the Eygptian Goose. We had good views of the Eygptian Goose swimming across the lake and walking past us to feed on the grass. The Scaup was also very obliging and being a coastal duck, they are not often seen on lakes like this. We then went to Portbury to look for the Little Owl but still no sign. This is one species of Owl that doesn’t want their picture taken.  We went to Avonmouth where a Little Gull had been reported but we didn't know how to get to the Square Pool. We carried on to Aust Warth to look for the Twite which we don't get enough of in South Gloucestershire and they were still feeding on the buds of the Hawthorn tree.

Scaup

Eygptian Goose

Twite

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Quedgeley/Cotswold Water Park 3rd March 2013

We went to Quedgeley to look for Hawfinches around Dimore Playing Fields. We saw at least 5 birds flying away from us but we managed to see one feeding on the ground which was a Male. We then went to the Cotswold Water Park to look Red - crested Pochards, Goosander and Smew. On lake 29 we saw 3 Smew and a pair of Goosanders. We had a look on lake 44 where there were 3 Drake and 5 Redhead Smews. We went to Lower Moor Farm Nature Reserve near Oaksey to see if there were any Goosanders about like last time we went, but the lake was frozen and there were none. We finished up  at the Coke’s Pit hide on lake 34 where there was loads of Red - crested Pochards, three Goosander and a pair of Gadwall.

Hawfinch [Male] at Dimore Playing Fields, Quedgeley

Smews [Drakes and Redheads]

Smews [Drakes and Redheads]

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Red-crested Pochard [Males]

Forest of Dean
2nd March 2013

We went to Nagshead in the Forest of Dean for a walk with the BOC group which was led by Ed Drewitt. We walked around the reserve and heard and saw a few common woodland birds such as Blue Tits, Great Tits, Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Robin, Blackbird and Great Spotted Woodpecker. We went to New Fancy to see if the Goshawks were displaying over the woodland. It was too murky and cold for them, so we popped to Speech House to look for the Hawfinches, but no sign. There were lots of Song Thrushes and Redwings feeding in a field and when we put some seed down in the carpark, the small birds flocked to it. We made our way to Cannop Ponds to look for Mandarin Ducks and they were quite a lot of them swimming together and I saw a Male fly across to join the others. There was also a Raven that flew down to the pond for a quick drink and then up into a tree. It took off after a couple of mintues and flew right over us.  As the sun had now come out we went back to New Fancy to if the Goshawks were out and there were three birds soaring overhead in the sky. After a quick look at Parkend church, we made our way home and stopped at Aust Warth to look for the Twite. We saw two perched in a tree briefly before they flew to the saltmarsh. It was nice to see them closer.

Mandarins Male and Female

Raven , Cannop Ponds

Twite, Aust Warth

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Mandarin [Male] Cannop Ponds

Mandarin

Twite, Aust Warth