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Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

February 2014

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Kent 14th - 16th Feb 2014 Cliffe Pools RSPB 14.02.14

We went to Kent for the weekend with BOC. It was a really yucky day on the Friday with torrential rain.  We walked around the RSPB reserve in a continous downpour, and even though there were lots of birds on the scrapes, it was difficult to see them. We did see the Avocets on the Thames Estuary and there was quite a number of Ducks, Geese & Waders. Despite the rain the Marsh Harrier was out hunting, but no other birds of prey on a day like this. After a soggy wet day we returned to the mini bus and headed for the King Charles Hotel in Gillingham to dry out.

Isle of Sheppey 15.02.14

We went to explore the Isle of Sheppey and the first port of call was Riverside Country Park and we had a quick look around. The sun was out, but we kept having heavy showers. There was a Ringed Plover and Grey Plover showing quite close, along with lots of other more distant waders. Chapel Fleet raptor view point was next where we saw two Marsh Harriers flying around but no Owls. It was very windy so that could be why. Next stop was Leysdown on sea to do a bit of seawatching and have lunch. There was a flock of Black - headed Gulls flying around. A Turnstone was foraging along the beach. Two Common Gulls were also present. In fact when we drove past some of the fields there was a big flock of them. I never saw so many Common Gulls. The final port of call was Elmley Marshes RSPB . As we drove into the reserve we saw a Green Woodpecker beside the track. Further up were lots of Lapwings, single Golden Plover and Black - tailed Godwit mixed with the flock. A Common Snipe was partly hidden in the ditch. All the way along the flooded fields were flocks of Wigeon and Golden Plovers. A Little Egret was wading in the swallow pool and flew off over the path. We went to the hide where we saw some Shoveler, Teal, Turnstone and  two Marsh Harriers. On the way to the hide we saw a Brown Hare running down the hill, across the path and into the reedbeds.

Dungeness 16.02.14

For the final day of the Kent weekend we went to Dungeness. We went to one of the hides to see the Smew. The Redhead Smews were swimming in the middle of lake with Gadwall, Goldeneye, Mallard and Teal. A Long - tailed Tit was flitting from branch to branch in front of the hide. A special bonus was an Adult Winter Little Gull which was flying and landing in the middle of the lake. We went to the viewing screen to see what was there. Only a couple of Coots and pair of Oystercatcher flew past. Someone told us that they had seen a Bittern fly over the hide, but we didn’t see it as we were in the hide at the time. Suddenly, a Marsh Harrier flew past behind the viewing screen, and a Green Woodpecker was on a telegraph pole, but it didn't stay for very long.  We went to Dungeness Beach to look for the Glaucous Gull that had been reported. We saw Cormorants, and Kittiwakes and some saw Razorbill and Guillemot.

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Forest of Dean
22nd February 2014

We went to the Forest of Dean to look for the Two - barred Crossbills, but first we popped into New Fancy to see some Goshawks displaying, albeit very distant. A few Common Buzzards and Ravens were in the area. Even though it was nice and sunny, the Goshawks were not displaying very much at all. We went along to Serridge Ridge near Brierly to look for the Two - barred Crossbills. There was a pair of Common Crossbills showing at the top of the tree, but the Two - barred Crossbills were hiding in the forest. We walked up to Crabtree hill and saw 2 more Common Crossbills, Song Thrush, Coal Tit, Robins and a Dunnock. At Woorgreens Car Park a Song Thrush was foraging for food on the floor as was the Blackbird, while a Redwing was sitting with another Song Thrush in a Hawthorn bush. We went to Cannop Ponds to look for Mandarin Ducks as we missed them before. We looked on the feeders which attracted Blue, Great, Coal and Marsh Tits, Nuthatch, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock and a Grey Squirrel. Also nearby was a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Treecreeper.There were lots of Mandarins swimming on the far side of the pond. I don’t know where they had been last time!

Chipping Sodbury 26th February 2014

We went to Chipping Sodbury to look for the Dipper on our local river. We walked up the Frome and saw a Grey Wagtail foraging on the bank. However we didn't see the Dipper on this occasion but I saw a Kingfisher briefly flying up the river.
On the 16th  when we were in Kent, Dad saw the Dipper perched on a concrete bunker by the Bridge, so we will keep our eyes open.

Dipper

Grey Wagtail [Female]

Common Crossbill [Female]

Song Thrush

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Marsh Tit

Mandarins  

Marsh Harrier [Male]

Kittiwake [Juvenile]

Cormorant [Sienesis race]

Kittiwake [Winter Adult]

Oystercatchers

Little Gull

Long - tailed Tit

Ducks

Waders

Little Egret

Common Gulls

Marsh Harrier, Elmley Marshes

On the way back to RSPB Dungeness, we stopped to look at the two Black-throated Divers. We went to look for the Penduline Tits, which had been seen about 15 minutes ago, but they didn’t show. However we did manage to see Bearded Tits perched on top of the reeds. Another Marsh Harrier flew past. We started to make our way back to the road when a Great White Egret put in an appearance briefly. Finally we saw some Tree Sparrows at the cottage with Reed Buntings. Then back to the mini bus to commence the long journey back to Bristol.
A total of 95 species seen by most people during the weekend.