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Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

January 2014

River Exe 12th January 2014

We went on a coach trip to the River Exe with the BOC. We stopped to look at Exminster Marshes but due to flooding it meant we couldn't walk down to Powderham.  After looking at Exminster Marshes we headed straight to Dawlish Warren. We did a bit of sea watching before lunch, there were Herring Gulls, Shag, a flock of Common Scoter and a few Velvet Scoters with white in the wings. All the Scoters were too far for photo and the sea was very rough. We ate our lunch in the coach out of the wind. In the afternoon we walked down to the hide, stopping to look out to sea, where we saw a female long-tailed duck. It was quite close, but it dived a lot and was only visible for short spells. We couldn’t see the Boneparte’s Gull anywhere, which had been around for a few days, even though it had been reported that day, We dropped down the sandbank to the River Exe side, by which time it started to rain so quickly got to the hide. There were Oystercatchers, Ringed Plovers, Dunlin, Knot, Grey Plover and a few Brent Geese. A small flock of Skylarks dropped in front of the hide along with a Rock Pipit. The tide was coming in fast and bringing the waders closer to us, but unfortunately it was getting darker all the time. It had been a very grey day and not good for taking photos and we had to walk back to the coach in very heavy rain. We were soaked!  

Shag

Herring Gull [Juvenile]

Oystercatchers

Wigeon

Dunlin

Redshank

Waders

Oystercatchers, Dunlin, Grey Plover and Turnstones

Forest Farm 20th January 2014

On my birthday we went to look at Forest Farm in South Wales, one of the best places to see Kingfishers. As we were walking up to the hide I spotted a Fox running around in  the field  and it started to run towards us. Then it saw a dog and headed off into a log pile.  In the hide looking over one of the pools Moorhens were catching fish. After about an hour of waiting a Female Kingfisher appeared on a perch. She then had a preen to keep her feathers in tip top condition. We were hoping she might fish here, but she must have already eaten as she flew to a small perch close to the hide where she coughed up a pellet. Then it disappeared back to the river. On our way to the 2nd Hide we saw it briefly twice flying up and then back down the river again. In the next hide were Rabbits and 7 Common Snipe. In the field were several Jays and small songbirds like Great Tit and Robin. A dog ran though and all the birds disappeared. Back in the  Kigfisher  Hide, a Grey Squirrel was feeding in front of the hide.  We walked along to look at the station and had to go over the river Taff. We saw a Pair of Goosander on the river from the bridge.  Having heard the Short - eared Owl was hunting at Aust Warth at 1PM today we decided to pop in on the way home. We had hoped that the Twite might put in an appearance as well, but we only saw Reed Buntings feeding on the seed. Still there's plenty of time to see them for 2014.


Chew Valley Lake
19th January 2014

We went to Chew Valley Lake to look for the Pink - footed Geese that had been present since last November.  On the way there we stopped at Portishead so I could tick Purple Sandpiper off my year list. They were all asleep, so I didn’t bother with a photo. I also saw a Curlew and lots more small waders. At Chew, we checked out the area at Heron's Green looking for the Geese. The pair were by the fence at the back of of the pool and wouldn't come any closer. There was a Little Egret fishing there. On the main lake we spotted some Goosanders resting on the bank. A couple of males followed a female into the water and it looked like they were starting to pair up. A 1st winter Common Gull was in a mixed flock with other Gulls. We also noticed a Redhead Smew was present with the Goosander flock. It had been asleep and we never noticed it before. It had a preen and a little swim, before going back to sleep again. A few Goldeneye swam into view. They must have been round the corner, but they always remained very distant. Some of the Great Crested Grebes started to display a little and there were also Little Grebes. We went to look at Herriott's Bridge where most of the Gulls roost including an Adult Winter Common Gull with the Black - headed Gulls.  I couldn’t see the Med Gull that had been reported amongst them, but there was so many, It could have easily been there somewhere. On the other side were a few Pochards. The water was very high because of all the rain, so there was no Water Rail or Kingfishers. We went to the picnic site to see the Eygptian Geese for our year list. There were two feeding there and also quite a lot of Pied Wagtails. I wonder if they roost nearby.

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Fox

Fox

Kingfisher [Female]

Common Snipes

Great Tit

Goosander Pair

Kingfisher [Female video]

Kingfisher [Female]

Reed Bunting [Male]

Reed Bunting [Female]

Reed Bunting [Female]

   Mute Swan

Pink - footed Geese

Goosander [Males]

Common Gull [1st Winter]

Black - headed Gull

Pochard [Female]

Egyptian Geese

Pochard [Male]

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Lesser black-backed Gull