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April

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  Slimbridge 7th

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  Cheltenham Diver 10th

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Norfolk

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January 1

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  Slimbridge 2nd

  Cheltenham & Highnam 1st






Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

December 2013

Severn Beach, Slimbridge and Daglingworth 14th December 2013

We went to Severn Beach to see the Desert Wheatear that had been present since Wednesday evening. The 1st Winter Male was spending most of the day feeding on the saltmarsh by the flats. When we first saw it, the bird was foraging along the ridge. Then sombody walked two dogs along the path right by it and we were worried they might have scared it away, but it didn’t seem to worry too much. After the coast was clear it flew down to within a couple of metres of all the photographers. We hope that this lovely bird makes it back to Africa. As we were passing, we popped into Aust to look for the Twite. We saw two distant birds flying over with forked tails that might had been them, but didn't land unfortunately.

We went to Slimbridge for a walk round to see what was about. In the Rushy Pen were a couple of Bewick's Swans, loads of Pochard and Shelducks. We went to the Martin Smith hide where the Snipe were hiding in the reeds. There were also Pintails and Teals with a number of Greylag Geese close to the hide. Next was Robbie Garnett there was even more Pintails in big numbers and displaying males. There was also quite a few Curlews at the water's edge. Something was putting the birds off as a large number of Golden Plovers took off with Lapwings and Curlews. There were a few Pochards and Teals mixed in the Pintails. We went to the Stephen Kirk Hide where we had unexpected bonus of seeing a Water Rail feeding in front of the hide. We also had a better view of the Curlews with the Wigeon flock.  As we were leaving Slimbridge we heard that the Great Grey Shrike in Cirencester had been seen so thought we would have another look for it. When we got there the bird was perched on the furthest tree at Park Corner. It then flew left but we couldn't locate where it went. After a couple of minutes it flew back on to the same tree. Then it perched on the fence post and the barbed wire fence. Afterwards it went to roost in the nearby trees. A splendid beginning and splendid ending to splendid day.  

Desert Wheatear [1st Winter Male]

Desert Wheatear [1st Winter Male]

Desert Wheatear [1st Winter Male]

Great Tit

Canada Geese

Pintail

Water Rail

Water Rail

Black - headed Gull

Great Grey Shrike  at Park Corner

Pintails

Curlew and Wigeon on the Tack Piece

Somerset Levels 2nd December 2013

As Dad had to go down to Wellington near Taunton, we decided to go to the Somerset Levels. Dad dropped us off at Shapwick and we walked up from the bottom. We went along the path to the Decoy hide to see what was there. We had a brief view of a Water Rail making an alarm call and a Green Woodpecker.  There was nothing special at the Decoy hide, just common birds including Mute Swan, Gadwall, Wigeon, Tufted Ducks and 2 Kingfisher flying down at the back of the lake. We went to the Noah’s hide to see if any Otters were about, but none there. We haven’t seen any from here for a long time now, so maybe they’ve moved somewhere else on the reserve. There were of course, some Cormorants,  Wigeon, Gadwall and Mallards. We did however, see two special birds from this hide, the first was a Female Kingfisher which perched in a tree near the hide and another was a Female Marsh Harrier quartering over the reedbed. We met up with Dad in the Car Park at Ashcott Corner and had a bit of lunch. We saw a Chiff-chaff flitting about the bushes, but didn’t stay still for a photo. We went to Ham Wall RSPB  to see if the Bitterns were going to roost. There was a bonus of seeing a Great White Egret with a Little Egret. The Great White took off the same time as the Little and we had a good comparison. We stayed to watch the Starlings roost but there was no murmurations tonight. They all just flew straight in. There was quite a lot though!

Kingfisher [Female]

Wigeon Pair

Mute Swan

Cormorant

Kingfisher [Female]

Marsh Harrier [Female]

Starling Roost at Science Park 3rd December 2013

On the way home from work, we stopped to see a Starling spectacular at the Bristol and Bath Science Park. Not as many birds as there were at the Levels, but there were lots of murmurations and when a Sparrowhawk rushed through the flock, all the birds had to bunch up for safety. The Sprrowhawk flew round and landed in the tree. When they thought it was safe they dived into the reedbeds like a waterfall. Wonderful performance!
A Water rail was also heard squealing from the reedbed.

Starlings at Emerson’s Green

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Great White and Little Egrets

Great White Egret

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Portland and Radipole 27th December 2013

We went to Portland to see the Brünnich's Guillemot that was showing well the previous day. We first saw it swimming amongst the boats in the bay with a Common Guillemot for comparison. There was also a third Auk member which was a winter plumage Razorbill.  After a while both Guillemots went their seperate ways. Then the Brünnich's Guillemot seemed to wake up a bit and start feeding and began diving in. It emerged to within 3 feet of the slipway and flapped. After a few more dives it went around the corner. We walked back round to Osprey Quay where we saw a Black Guillemot, but sadly too far away for a photo. The Brünnich's Guillemot continued diving alongside the path  in search for fish. You never knew where it would pop back up. Sometimes it was very close to the shore and other times further back.There was also Cormorants and Red - breasted Mergansers in the harbour. Our last views of the Brünnich's Guillemot was when it headed up past the boats in the harbour and disappeared. It was way past lunchtime by now so we headed back to the car and had lunch at Ferrybridge watching the Dunlin and Brent Geese. We were going to look for the Black Brant amongst them, but it had started to rain heavily so we didn’t bother. Instead we popped into Radipole Lake to look for any Mediterranean Gulls. We found one present with the Black - headed Gull flock. Unfortunately they were easily disturbed and the Med Gull flew towards the main lake to roost. I had a quick look for the Hooded Merganser and it is still about. We went to see the Glossy Ibis that was present at Radipole Park. It was on the football pitch probing in the grass looking for invertebrates. It was a unusual place to see a Glossy. I took some pictures of it, but it was getting dark. Afterwards we headed back home along the A37 via Yeovil, which was lucky as there was a big holdup on on M5 northbound. It had been a good day.

Brünnich’s Guillemot

Common and Brünnich’s Guillemot

Razorbill [Winter]

Cormorant

Mediterranean and Black - headed Gull

Hooded Merganser

Glossy Ibis

Brünnich’s Guillemot [Moulting Adult]

Brünnich’s Guillemot

Brünnich’s Guillemot

Red-breasted Mergansers

Brixham and Broadsands
29th December 2013

We went to Brixham to look for the White - billed Diver. We saw Great Northern and Black - throated Divers. We also saw a Black Guillemot. There were quite a few Turnstones along the seawall and some Purple Sandpipers resting underneath the jetty. A Rock Pipit was foraging along the sea bank. The White - billed Diver was spending much of it's time in the middle channel of the outer harbour.  There was quite a few Cormorants and a Shag. Unfortunately the White - billed Diver didn't come very close for a decent photo. The Turnstones on the other hand were coming very close, especially when we were having our sandwiches. Mum was even feeding them bits of bread by hand! The weather was really nice and sunny and I wonder if this was why the White - billed Diver was not going into the inner harbour, which would have been better to  take a picture. There was a photographer out in a small dingy taking photos of the Diver and I think that was the only way to get a decent picture of it. Never mind, at least I saw it and got a record shot as it was a new bird for me to add to my life list bringing my total up to 258. There’s still quite a few birds I still need to see. It was starting to cloud over now so we thought we had better get to Broadsands to look for Cirl Buntings before it got too dark. While we were waiting I saw a possible Siberian Chiffchaff flitting through the tops of the tree. There were three seen around here in recent days. We put some seed down on the ground to encourage the birds down and also, of course it helps them. The male and female Cirl Buntings fed on the ground with Dunnock, Blackbird, Robin and some female Reed Bunting. In between feeding they all flew and satat up in the tree to digest the seed. It was surprising how similar the female Cirl Bunting was to the female Reed Bunting and was nice to have the comparison. The sun had gone by now and it was getting a bit dark for photos, so we decided that we would have a pay another visit in 2014.


Great Northern Diver

Great Northern Diver  

Black - throated Diver

Cormorant

Turnstone

Cirl Bunting [Male]

Cirl Bunting [Male]

Reed Bunting [Female]

Turnstone

Rock Pipit

Purple Sandpipers

Shag

White - billed Diver

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White - billed Diver

Turnstone

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