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Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

October 2014

Portland & Radipole Lake 12th October 2014

We went to Portland to look for the Rose - coloured Starling in Reap Lane as I dipped out on the Berrow bird. The problem was that all the Starlings were very mobile. We saw it briefly on the ground feeding with Common Starlings but then they all took off when a tabby cat jumped out at them. We did see it well on the roof of the houses but the light was appalling. Still although it was Juvenile it was another new bird for me! We went to have a look around the bill. We saw a Kestrel, Rock Pipit, lots of Stonechats and a Raven which was perched on one of the beach huts. Also saw two flocks of Dark - bellied Brent Geese arriving to spend the Winter. We had a look in the Bird Observatory garden and saw a bird in the mist net which looked very yellow. We told one of the ringers and he got it out and showed us that it was a Chiffchaff by the indent on the sixth primary feather on the wing. We went to Radipole Lake for our final port of call. As it was very windy we were not expecting to see any Bearded Tits, although I did hear their pinging calls, a small family of Long-tailed flew across the path. At the North Hide we were entertained by the appearance of 3 Marsh Harriers and one of them landed on top of a small bush. This was a Juvenile as it had gingery crown. Suddenly, the heavens opened before we had to make our way back to the car park. We went back to the Discovery Centre where we saw a Little Egret, Black - tailed Godwits, Kingfisher & several Mediteranean Gulls. We then had to make our way home through the traffic jam on the outskirts of Weymouth.

Rose - coloured Starling [Juvenile]

House Sparrow [Immature]

Kestrel [Female]

Stonechat [Female]

Raven

Mediterranean Gull [Winter]

Marsh Harrier [Juvenile]

Long-tailed Tit

Chew Valley Lake 11th October 2014

We went to Blagdon to look for the Black - necked Grebes that were reported in front of Woodford Lodge and by the dam. But didn't see them. We went to look around Chew Valley Lake and at Herriott's Bridge we saw a Egyptian Goose and a Great Crested Grebe which had moulted into Winter Plumage. We went to have a cup of tea in the cafe as the weather had taken the turn for the worse. While we were there we saw an Osprey flying away from us towards Villice Bay. So we had a quick look back at Herriott's Bridge to see if it turned up there. Suddenly a Kingfisher appeared on the tree by the bridge and dived into the water. Then it perched on the reeds at the far end of the channel with a fish in it's beak. Afterwards it flew back towards the main lake. I also saw & heard 2 Bearded Tits fly into the nearby reedbeds  but they didn't sit on top, which was a shame. It’s been a long time since I had a good look at a Bearded Tit.


Great Crested Grebe [Winter]

Grey Squirrel

Egyptian Goose

Kingfisher [Male]

Great Crested Grebe [Winter]

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Budleigh Salterton & Powderham 25th October 2014

We went to Devon to see what was about. We popped to the Otter Estuary near Budleigh Salterton to see if the Grey Phalarope was still present. We first saw it feeding in the small channel and foraging along the edge into the main channel. This 1st Winter bird has been showing there for a week and didn’t seem worried about the people there watching him. It moved further along though when a dog jumped into the water and some children started throwing stones in. There was a Black -tailed Godwit feeding nearby which looked huge compared to the tiny Phalarope.  As Aylesbeare Common was nearby we went for a walk to see what was about. It was very quiet there. The cloudy conditions made it a bit chilly and the Dartford Warblers must have been keeping their heads down. We did see a couple of Stonechats both on the gorse and on the track briefly. There was also still a few Fungi on one of the trees which I think were Bracket Fungi. We had a quick look at the new hide at Bowling Green Marsh before going to Powderham Castle Deer Park to look at the Fallow Deer. The rut had finished now and there weren't many Adult Bucks about, just a few Does and Prickets which are young Bucks in their 2nd year that haven't got their full antlers. We had a quick look at the Exe, but the tide was out and the birds quite distant. We saw a few Brent Geese but no Avocets yet. There is a new bridge going over the railway that’s nearly finished. Next time we are down for the Avocets and Geese, it should be finished.

Otter Estuary, Budleigh Salterton

Grey Phalarope [1st Winter]

Grey Phalarope [1st Winter]

Grey Phalarope [1st Winter]

Hiding from the Gulls!

Black - tailed Godwit [Winter]

Fallow Deer [Doe]

New hide at Bowling Green Marsh

Fallow Deer [Pricket]

Grey Phalarope

Steart Marshes WWT 27th October 2014

We went to Steart Marshes WWT  to search for the Pallid Harrier that had been present for a few days. From the viewpoint near the Mendip Hide we saw a Great White Egret that had been there for a while as well. But the bird was very distant for a photo. We were walking towards the breach alongside the River Parrett when I spotted a pair of Stonechats on top of some tall bushes. Because it was windy I had a good opportunity to photograph a Male Stonechat hovering like a hummingbird. Further up a Little Egret flew by past. We got to as near the breach as possible and waited for the raptor to appear. We saw another pair of Stonechats near the path. There were some waders on the Parrett estuary including some Avocets, also Curlew, Dunlin, Redshank and Oystercatcher. A Kestrel was hovering in search of prey and then landed on the post briefly. Suddenly Dad spotted the Pallid Harrier flying left and right quite distantly. Then it flew past again a little bit closer but still distant for a photo, although I managed a couple of record shots. After that we lost sight of it. We thought it might had caught something and was feeding on the ground, when all of sudden it reappeared from somewhere and was being chased by a Carrion Crow, but instead of chasing it towards us, the Crow chased it further away.










Pallid Harrier [Juvenile]

Great White Egret

Great White, Little Egret with a Grey Heron

Kestrel [Female]

Stonechat [Pair]

We were heading back to the car park when Dad and I spotted the Great White Egret together with Little Egret and Grey Heron. There isn't many places where you can photograph two species of Egret and a Heron. The Great White Egret flew and landed in the middle of the lake where we left it to continue feeding. We went back to the car and drove down to the other carpark. On the way we saw a Merlin perched on the fence, but couldn’t stop for a photo. We walked up to the viewpoint and had another view of the Harrier before it flew off over to the estuary. We went home after a quite successful afternoon. I can see the reserve getting even better in the future when things get more established. I will be back again.

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Great Grey Shrike at Marshfield 28th October 2014

Before I went to work, we went via Marshfield to see the Great Grey Shrike that been found the day before by Martyn Hayes of South Gloucestershire Birds.

Great Grey Shrike

We went to Rushmead Lane and there were lots of other people we knew there with the same idea. I managed to see it perched on the furthest bush a couple of fields, very distant! We went back again on the way home but the light was starting to fade by then so my record shots weren't that great, although I was quite happy with one I got and of course the main thing was that I’d seen it.

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