for tracking purposes only.
The birds of
Cheltenham Diver 10th
RSPB Criuse, Exe 9th
Slimbridge 26th & 27th
Garden Sparrowhawk 8th
Portishead & Chew 7th
Cheltenham & Highnam 1st
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 -
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.
Great Northern Diver [Juvenile]
Purple Sandpiper [1st Winter]
Fieldfare feeding on Hawthorn
Barnacle Geese on the Dumbles
Curlew flying up the Severn
Penduline Tit [Male]
Great Northern Diver [Juvenile]
Great Northern Diver
Chew 18th November 2013
We went to Chew Valley Lake to see the Black -
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 -
Great Crested Grebe