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  West Yatton Down 28th

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  Daneway Banks 30th

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April

  Chew & Salisbury 23rd

  Slimbridge 20th

  Somerset Levels 15th

  Slimbridge 7th

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March 3

  Blagdon Lake 31st

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  Portishead 18th

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  Aust 27th

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  Slimbridge 26th & 27th

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  Slimbridge 21st

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  Garden 18th

January 1

  Garden Sparrowhawk 8th

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  Slimbridge 2nd

  Cheltenham & Highnam 1st






Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

May 2014

Rodborough Common & Breakheart  3rd May 2014

We went to Rodborough Common to look for Duke of Burgundy Fritillary. We saw a few Early Purple Orchids & Dingy Skippers on the wing. There was also Small Heath and Green Hairstreak. We saw our first and only Duke of Burgundy Fritillary perched in the grass. We went to Breakheart Quarry on the way home to look for Grizzled Skippers. There were at least three on the wing as well as the Dingy Skippers.






Slimbridge WWT
5th May 2014

We were on our way out to Chippenham to look for a Gropper when a tweet came through that a Bonaparte's Gull had been reported at Slimbridge WWT. We decided to go Slimbridge WWT to see it. We thought the bird had flown off somewhere else as was reported at 09:18 from the South Lake. But thanks to a tip off from a birder, we saw it was resting amongst the Black - headed Gull flock. Occasionally it got disturbed and got up, started to walk about a bit. This is an Adult Summer and it's hood is much darker than a Black - headed Gull's. Apart from the smaller size it also has short and paler legs.  Suddenly, all the Gulls took off including the Bonaparte's. Although the Black - headed Gulls came back, the Bonaparte's didn't until the afternoon. There was also a Common Sandpiper and one of Great Crane Project Common Cranes on South Lake.

Slimbridge WWT
4th May 2014

We went to Slimbridge WWT to see the Spoonbill and the 1st Summer Little Gull.  We started at Martin Smith where the Spoonbill in the stunning breeding  plumage was very active in front of the hide. After seeing the brilliant performance of the Spoonbill we continued down the Holden Walkway. We saw a couple of Rabbits from the Stephen Kirk Hide. The Avocets were nesting on one of the islands which were viewable from the Holden Tower. When we went back to Martin Smith the Spoonbill continued feeding and preening in front of the hide. We then went to South Lake where we saw the 1st Summer Little Gull mainly in flight. However for couple of seconds it was swimming on the water with Black - headed Gulls. Also at South Lake was a Great Crested Grebe with a Juvenile. It was trying to ride on the back of the adult, but  it was a bit big and kept sliding off into the water.

Duke of Burgudy Fritillary

Dingy Skipper

Grizzled Skipper

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Spoonbill [Summer]

Spoonbill [Summer]

Little Gull [1st Summer]

Bonaparte’s Gull [Summer]

Bonaparte’s Gull [Summer]

Common Crane, Shelduck & BH Gull

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Greylag Geese

Greylag Goose