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Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

November 2014

Sharpness & Slimbridge WWT 24th November 2014

We went to Sharpness to look for the Black Redstart. We also saw a Wren, Grey & Pied Wagtails. We managed to locate the Male Black Redstart on top of the Ned West Building with a Robin. We also saw it perched in 2 of the trees. In the afternoon we went to Slimbridge WWT to look for the Pink - footed Goose. In the Rushy Pen we saw our first few Bewick's Swans that had arrived from Siberia of the Winter. Mum spotted a Kingfisher hovering at the back of the pen and we saw it perched but a little bit distance for a photo. There was other Widfowl as well such as Moorhens, Coots, Pochards, Tufted Ducks, Teals & Pintails. From the Willow Hide we saw Blue & Great Tits, Robin, Dunnock, Chaffinch and I saw a Bank Vole very briefly. There was a Wren foraging on the trunk of a tree but was disturbed by a flock of Greylags flying over. The Cranes were calling on the Tack Piece.  We went to Holden Tower where we saw the adult Pink - footed Goose sitting on the Dumbles by itself. Later it was foraging between the Canada & White - fronted Geese flocks. We also saw 2 Little Stints with a Dunlin by Middle Ground Pool and a Peregrine Falcon out on the Estuary. We went back to the feeders and Mum spotted a Female Reed Bunting and she called me to have a look. It was perched on a reed before going on the feeder. Mum also spotted a Warbler moving through the reeds at the back. It was a Cetti's Warbler which was nice to see. I hadn’t seen one for a while. (Even though I hear them quite often, they don’t always show themselves.) Afterwards we made our way back to car park.  


Bristol & Chew Valley Lake 30th November 2014

We went to Bishopton near Bristol to look for the Adult Rose - coloured Starling that had been present since 13th November. I saw it fly round a couple of times before dropping down into a bush. The bird spent most of the time sulking in the bush which is a not a typical behaviour for a Starling. Suddenly it was disturbed by somebody getting too close and it flew off.  It was disappointing for the other birdwatchers that had to wait for another 3 hours until it was seen again. We, however decided to go to Chew Valley Lake to see the Great White Egret and Great Northern Diver.  We started at Herriott's Bridge where the Great White Egret was showing really well in the glowing sunset catching perch in the channel. This was a fanastic view of the Great White Egret, best that I've ever  seen. A Kingfisher appeared briefly for a couple of seconds before heading back out to the main lake. After success at Herriott's, we continued to Woodford Lodge. There were quite a lot of people there and the Diver was nowhere to be seen. We saw a couple of Little Egrets fighting on the jetty and we saw 2 Redpolls mixed with the Goldfinch flock. A flock of Long - tailed Tits were flitting in the branches of a tree as was a Chiffchaff. Then the Juvenile Great Northern Diver swam along the shoreline. It had been present since November 10th and was still feeding well on fish. Also present were a couple of Goosanders and Grey Wagtail. There was a Bittern reported from Heron's Green, but it was starting to get dark, so we'll have to come back for that another day.


Forest of Dean 29th November 2014

We went to the Forest of Dean at Crabtree Hill to look for the Great Grey Shrike. We first saw it perched on a conifer tree then it flew to a small tree by the path. When it flew off  we sat stood a couple of metres from the tree and waited. It flew back on the tree and gave excellent close views. It then flew and landed on some twigs at ground level, giving us an lovely view. At one time it even flew towards us and landed briefly on the path which I missed. Cracking bird, wonderful sunlight!


Great  White Egret

Great Northern Diver [Juvenile]

Great White Egret

Long - tailed Tit

Great Northern Diver [Juvenile]

Goosander [Female]

Black Redstart [Male]

Bewick’s Swan

Pintail [Male]

Eurasian Teal [Female]  

Bank Vole

House Sparrow [Male]

Reed Bunting

Robin

Cetti’s Warbler

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Marshfield 22nd November 2014

After a dull, dreary morning, the weather picked up a bit so we went for a drive around Marshfield in the afternoon. The sun even came out for about an hour which was nice. We saw Pheasants, Kestrels, Red - legged Partridges, Buzzards & some Stonechats. The best highlight we had of the afternoon was a sight of some Fieldfares and a Redwing feeding on Hawthorn berries. Some of the Fieldfares were drinking from the puddles on the road.


Fieldfare

Kestrel [Female]

Stonechat [Male]

Buzzard

Redwing

Fieldfare

Common Crane

Shelduck Hybrid

Wigeon [Eclipse Male]

Dunnock

Common Cranes

Pintail [Male]

Sparrowhawk [Male]

Slimbridge WWT  3rd November 2014

We went to Slimbridge WWT to see if any winter wildfowl had come in yet. We started at the Rushy Pen where there were quite a few Pintails, Teals & Pochards. We then went to look at Willow Hide to see if any birds were on the feeders. We only saw Great & Blue Tits plus a very nice Dunnock. We also saw two Cranes from GCP feeding on the Tack Piece from the Robbie Garnett Hide. The male Teal are now in superb breeding plumage and were feeding in front of the hide. From the Holden Tower we saw flock of Dunlin fly past and over the Dumbles. A massive flock of Wigeon were feeding below the hide by the Knott Pool. Suddenly the flock were disturbed by something but what? The answer came from right hand side of the hide and landed on the post. It was a Male Sparrowhawk. Then he started looking in the bushes for small birds and finding none he took off. There were three more Cranes on the Dumbles and they were joined by the other two from the Tack Piece. One of the Cranes flew past the Holden. Back at the Rushy a few of the Pintails were foraging along with a few Black - headed Gulls. When I was walking back to the cafe I flushed a Grey Wagtail and it landed on the far side. But still no Bewick's yet.

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