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  Slimbridge 11th

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  West Yatton Down 28th

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  Daneway Banks 30th

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  Aylesbeare Common 8th

  Slimbridge 3rd

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April

  Chew & Salisbury 23rd

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  Somerset Levels 15th

  Slimbridge 7th

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  Aust 27th

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  Slimbridge 26th & 27th

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  Slimbridge 21st

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  Garden 18th

January 1

  Garden Sparrowhawk 8th

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  Slimbridge 2nd

  Cheltenham & Highnam 1st






Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

November 2013

Slimbridge 10th November 2013

We went to Slimbridge to look for the Purple Sandpiper and see what else was about. We started at the Rushy Pen where there were loads of Pintail in stunning breeding plumage. The 1st Winter Purple Sandpiper spent most of it's time in front of the Peng Observatory. It was chased off by a Lapwing, but soon returned. Then a Jackdaw made it unwelcome by chasing it further to the other side of the pen. We went to look for the Siberian Chiffchaff on the Decoy Boardwalk but there were three Chiffchaffs flitting around in the bushes and we couldn’t make our minds up which one it was. We went to the Martin Smith to look for Common Snipe but the water was very high. Some Teal were asleep on the island and 2 Males were preening.
At the Knott Hide there were Fieldfare, Redwings and Blackcap feeding on the Hawthorn berries.
We went to the Holden Tower where a population of Barnacle Geese from Iceland were bathing. Also a few of the Russian White - fronted Geese. Back to  the Rushy Pen we saw some Lapwings in good a sunlight showing vivid colours.
We went for a cup of tea and something to eat and while we were there we looked at Twitter to see if anything was around. One of the tweets said that a Great Northern Diver had been reported on a pool at Sharpness. As it was on our way home it made sense to pop in to have a look at it.
This was Juvenile as the back is a scaly pattern. It is a very nice bird to see considering there's not very many in our region. It seemed very confiding swimming around and came quite close at times giving lovely views in the sunshine.

Newport Wetlands 9th November 2013

We went to the Newport Wetlands to see the Penduline Tit which has been showing for a few days by the visitor centre. The Male Penduline Tit spent a few minutes feeding on the seedheads of the bullrushes, preening and posing on top of the rushes. After a while it flew a few feet away  and landed between the two  bridges, hopping about at the bottom of the bullrush stems. It appeared in view but only briefly before flying further afield to the bullrushes at very back.
We went to on a quest to see another special bird : Bearded Tits or Bearded Reedlings. We looked around and listened but no sign of them.  We hoped that the Starlings were going to perform their murmerations this evening but sadly they just flew straight into the reedbeds.

Westonbirt 7th November 2013

I went to to Westonbirt with Organic Blooms on a work's outing to see all the Autumn colours on the trees. It was a lovely sunny day and we were very lucky as it had rained heavy the day before and it rained all day the next when I was at work. The colours were lovely! Many thanks to Organic Blooms.



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Great Northern Diver [Juvenile]


Purple Sandpiper [1st Winter]


Teal


Lapwing

Fieldfare feeding on Hawthorn


Barnacle Geese on the Dumbles


Curlew flying up the Severn


Penduline Tit [Male]


Penduline Tit


Penduline Tit


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Great Northern Diver [Juvenile]


Great Northern Diver


Chew 18th November 2013

We went to Chew Valley Lake to see the Black - throated Diver which was still present at Woodford Lodge. This Juvenile gave excellent views close to the bank. There was also Great Crested Grebes with the Diver.  We saw a Kingfisher fly past twice. We were just about to leave Woodford when a Drake Goldeneye flew in and bathed. This bird was still in the middle of it's moult.
At Heron's Green we saw two Female Goosanders. We to Moreton Hide to look for Bearded Tits but no sign. We then went to the dam to look for the Long - tailed Duck. The bird was a bit more distant than the last time I saw one here.  The Egyptian Geese pair and three Goslings were still around the picnic site.  There was also a Pied and a Grey Wagtail near the dam. The Pied kept chasing the Grey Wagtail off. Just like the Wagtails in our garden, they don’t seem to like each other.


Black - throated Diver [Juvenile]

Black - throated Diver

Great Crested Grebe

Kingfisher

Goldeneye

Egyptian Goose

Black - throated Diver [Juvenile]

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