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Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

April 2014

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Chipping Sodbury Common
21st April 2014

We went to Chipping Sodbury Common to look for Redstart and Whinchat. There were loads of Skylarks in full songflight. There was also a good number of Lesser Whitethroats and one showed itself on top of a tall bush. There were qite a few Linnets as well on the common. Dad saw the Redstart briefly through but I couldn't see it.  After a while we spotted the Male Whinchat perched on a small bush. It flew onto a bramble bush and then back to the small bush.  

After a tip off about the Grasshopper Warblers in Wiltshire, we headed to Chippenham and looked around the scrubby land for them. Although we heard reeling, they were only giving us brief and distant views. Looks like it has to be early morning to see them singing. We'll try again. We went home through Marshfield where there were loads of Corn Buntings singing on the bushes, on the ground and on the fence posts. Corn Buntings are really doing at Marshfield and seems early evening is the best time to see them. During the day they seem to spend a lot of the time feeding and less time perching.  There were quite a few Pheasants about, but not many Red-legged Partridge. No Grey Partridges again today, It looks like they are very scarce here now. We saw the pale Buzzard again and another normal coloured Buzzard was in a ploughed field looking for worms. We had a look for the Little Owl in the old barn, but no sign again of it. Maybe it has moved somewhere else now.


Devon
19th April 2014

We went to Labrador Bay near Teignouth to look for Cirl Buntings. We saw them up in a tree when we first arrived. They were feeding on seed in a ploughed field. The Female has duller markings on the head whilst the Male had bright head patterns. It looked like the seed had been put out for them as there were quite a lot coming and going. We stayed there for a couple of hours watching them. It was out of the wind as well, so that was good. We were going to have lunch at Haldon Forest, but it was really busy there, so we went to Darts Farm instead. After having something to eat we went to Aylesbeare Common to look for Dartford Warbler. We’ve always been quite successful in seeing them here, but they’ve never stayed still enough to photograph. We saw our first one perched on a small bush and it flew onto a small tree, so I was able to take a couple of quick pictures before it flew away. I heard another Dartford Warbler singing, and we could see it flitting amongst the branches, but it never come on the very top sadly. Still, I managed a few photos.


Lesser Whitethroat

Whinchat [Male]

Lesser Whitethroat

Whinchat [Male]

Whinchat [Male]

Corn Bunting

Pheasant [Male]

Red - legged Partridge

Cirl Bunting [Male]

Cirl Bunting [Female]

Cirl Bunting [Female]

Cirl Bunting [Male]

Cirl Bunting [Pair]

Dartford Warbler [Male]

Buzzard

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Slimbridge WWT
2nd April 2014

We went to Slimbridge to look for the Water Vole, Taiga Bean Geese and the Hooded Crow. We started at Martin Smith Hide where a Wren was singing and claiming territory, but we didn’t see any Water Voles. A Grey Squirrel was at the Willow Hide on our way to the Holden Tower.  At the Robbie Garnett was a small flock of Shovelers. Some Rabbits were in front of the Knott Hide along with an Oystercatcher foraging on the edge of the pool. There were Avocets starting to nest on the islands in front of the Holden Tower but no sign of the Bean Geese. We then went to South Finger to see the Kingfishers. A Cetti's Warbler was showing extremely well and I was able to get some photos of it in the small Elder Tree. We saw the Hooded Crow in the fields by the Kingfisher Hide, but it was distant. We went to the South Lake where an Adult Little Gull was doing several flight passes. It was easy to pick out as it was the only Gull with pure black underwings and a pink tinge on the belly and tail flanks. Lovely to see, very hard to photograph. Back at the Willow Hide we saw Goldfinches, Blue & Great Tits, Greenfinches and Chaffinches. There was a Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding on the tops of the Willow stumps, which was nice. We went back to Holden Tower where two Cranes were giving excellent views until they took off and flew to the 100 Acre. When we passed by the Willow Hide again, we saw a Brown Rat feeding on the seeds in front. At Robbie Garnett the Oystercatchers were doing their piping display with their head pointing to the ground. Before leaving, we had one last look for Water Voles and saw one briefly in the reeds. Next time hopefully they will be out in the open.

Great Spotted Woodpecker [Male]

Kingfisher [Male]

Cetti’s Warbler

Kingfisher [Male]

Cetti’s Warbler

Hooded Crow

Little Gull [Adult Winter]

Greenfinch [Male]

Brown Rat

Mallard Duckling

Long - tailed Tit

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Farmoor Reservoir
12th April 2014

We went to Farmoor Reservoir to see Red - necked Grebe in full Breeding Plumage. It spent quite a lot of the time in the SW corner of the reservoir fishing for Sticklebacks. This is the only Grebe species that doesn't nest in Britian, so Summer Adult birds are quite rare here. It seemed quite happy fishing here and came in close at times. There had been a report of an Avocet here, but we didn’t see it. Dad and I saw four Whimbrel flying over the reservoir westwards. We carried on walking around the reservoir. It was quite a long way. We headed towards the causeway, where some Yellow Wagtails had been reported. We saw lots of Pied Wagtails and there were also some Dunlin in Summer plumage, which was nice. On the way home we saw a Red Kite flying over a field. There was a layby near, so we stopped to look at it and it flew right over our heads and across the road. Lovely bird!

Red - necked Grebe [Summer]

Whimbrels

Red - necked Grebe [Summer]

Great Crested Grebe [Summer]

Dunlins [Summer]

Dunlin [Summer]

Red Kite

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Slimbridge WWT  
5th April 2014

We went back to Slimbridge for the morning, as we saw on the sightings the previous day that the Taiga Bean Geese were back. We went to Martin Smith where we just missed them. We saw them from Robbie Garnett Hide, but very distant.  Then they flew off to the Dumbles. We went to the Holden Tower where they were right out on the Severn Estuary miles away. We decided to go to South Finger and the Cetti's Warbler was still showing well and singing in the small Elder Tree. The Hooded Crow was present in the fields, but still a long off. There was a Goldfinch nearer, feeding on teasel. The Kingfisher was posing on a branch outside the nest hole. Back at the Holden Tower we saw a Jay perched on a fence post. The first time I’ve seen Jay here. Then two flew past the hide. The Bean Geese were still quite  distant, so we left. After a tip off about the Bean Geese being closer, I dashed back up to Holden Tower. The Male was sitting on the Dumbles and the Female was still feeding. After a while, both birds got up and started to walk away. But I managed to take a couple of photos. We also had a tip off that the Water Vole was showing down by the bridge, so I had a better view of them.These Voles are doing well at Slimbridge now. At least there are no Mink here!


Cetti’s Warbler

Cetti’s Warbler

Taiga Bean Geese [Pair]

Goldfinch

Kingfisher [Female]

Shoveler [Pair]

Taiga Bean Goose [Female]