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2013

December

  Brixham Broadsands 29th

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  Science Park 3rd

  Somerset Levels 2nd

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  Chew 18th

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  Berkeley Blagdon Chew 7th

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  Blagdon 28th

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  Slimbridge and Pensile Hill

  Hawk Conservancy 22nd

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  Slimbridge 11th

  Fontell and Alners Gorse 10th

July 2

  West Yatton Down 28th

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  Inglestone 8th

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Skomer June

June

  Daneway Banks 30th

  Slimbridge 29th

  Aylesbeare Common 8th

  Slimbridge 3rd

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April

  Chew & Salisbury 23rd

  Slimbridge 20th

  Somerset Levels 15th

  Slimbridge 7th

  Forest of Dean 6th

March 3

  Blagdon Lake 31st

  Marshfield 30th

March 2

  Blagdon Lake

  Slimbridge

March 1

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  Portishead 18th

  Slimbridge 11th

  Portishead 4th

  Quedgeley, CWP 3rd

  Forest of Dean 2nd

Dorset

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  Aust 27th

  Cheltenham Diver 10th

  RSPB Criuse, Exe 9th

Norfolk

January 2

  Slimbridge 26th & 27th

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  Slimbridge 21st

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January 1

  Garden Sparrowhawk 8th

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  Slimbridge 2nd

  Cheltenham & Highnam 1st






March 2013

Marshfield 30th March 2013

We went to have a look around Marshfield to see what was about. We managed to see two Little Owls in a barn.  It was a bit dark for photos so it was only a record shot. One flew down to the ground and the other flew up onto the roof beams and disappeared from sight. Probably why we have never seen them there in the past.  I was really pleased to see some Little Owls again, I never saw any at all last year, despite looking in all the usual places for them. There was not much around except a few flocks of Fieldfares, a Corn Bunting singing on a bush and two fields that had a flocks of Golden Plovers. A Buzzard came and perched on the wall and all the Plovers ducked down. There were also quite a few Red - legged Partridges in the fields and by one of the barns. There had been a Red Kite seen in the valley earlier in the day, but we didn’t see it at all.

Golden Plover Flock,  Marshfield

Little Owl, Marshfield

Golden Plover in a field near Marshfield

Red - legged Partridges, Marshfield

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Blagdon 31st March 2013

We decided to go to Blagdon to look for the Ospreys again, so we went straight to the dam. On the way we saw a pair of Stonechats foraging on the ground in search of insects.  We scanned around by the dam looking for any Ospreys, but saw none today. (White YA was at the pumping station in the afternoon and had to be rescued again from under the net, but only after he scoffed a 2lb Trout. At least he was a bit fatter now!) We drove down the lake and saw  a pair of Great Crested Grebes starting their head shaking display but they didn’t go into the full routine. Further along the lake, we saw the Summer Plumage Black - necked Grebe again at very close range and in good sunlight.  The golden fan on the side of the head help to seperate it from the similar Slavonian Grebe with yellow horns on the head. It was very relaxed feeding and preening. We went to Herriott's Bridge at Chew Valley Lake where there were still a few Sand Martins flying through with a couple of Swallows.  We then drove to Morton Bay to see what was there. There were only 4 Goldeneyes visible from the hide. The male was present with 3 females so there was no need for him to display.  We started to walk up the track back to the car, when a Roe Deer Buck came out of the woods. As soon he saw us he ran off away from us.
When he saw Dad at the top, he got a little panicky and tried to push his way through the gap in the wire fence. Eventually, he jumped over it into the field of Elephant Grass.

Black - necked Grebe [Summer Adult]

Stonechat [Male] Blagdon

Great Crested Grebe [Summer Adult]

The long staying Black - necked Grebe

Goldeneye Pair, Chew Valley Lake

Roe Deer Buck, Morton Hide  

While we were having a cup of tea we noticed a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly perched on the grass by a Primrose. When we were leaving Morton Bay, I spotted a Green Sandpiper in a muddy field by a fence post in stunning breeding plumage. On the way home we went to Aust Services to look for a Ring Ouzel that was present near the Travel Lodge. But we got there we were told it had moved two fields right. We saw it very distantly and I only managed to get this record shot of the adult male. I hoped it might appear the next day again, but there was no sign of it, unfortunately. Still, never mind, it least I saw it.  It was also nice to see lots of other thrushes in the same field. There were Fieldfares, Redwings, Blackbirds, Song and Mistle Thrushes all feeding together.

Green Sandpiper in the field

Small Tortoishell, Chew Valley Lake

Ring Ouzel [Male]  Aust Services

The old Severn bridge