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Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

December 2014-1

Portland Bill 13th December 2014

We went to Portland Bill to see the Barred Warbler that had been present since the 6th and we saw it feeding in the Observatory garden. The 1st Winter bird spent much of it's time during the last few days feeding on apples and chasing the other birds off the feeders. Other birds such as Goldfinch, Blackcap, Greenfinch, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Blackbird and Chaffinch came back to the feeders after the Barred Warbler had disappeared into a bush to digest it's food. After a while the Barred Warbler would return to the apples but first chase all the other birds off again and he chased them off each time he appeared. We were thinking that if he kept this up, he would run out of energy to continue his migration back to Africa. I had good views of it unlike the Barred Warbler at Splatt Bridge, Frampton last month that we went to see. We did just see it but didn't tick it because it was really a blob in a bush by the reedbed. This bird was also a bit vocal and it reminded me of a Dartford Warbler alarm call, which is another Sylvia Warbler. We heard someone mention "Purple Sandpipers down by the bill" so we thought we'll go and find them as Mum hadn’t got one for this year. I spotted a pair on the rocks and foraging along the coastline by the bill. They kept being pushed off by the waves so they were always keeping watch on the tide. We went to look for the Little Owl in the quarry, but it wasn’t showing so Dad and I left Mum there and went for a walk along the coast looking for Black Redstart, but didn't see any. We then had lunch back in the car while waiting for Mum. However Mum was watching a Little Owl in the quarry hole. Grr! And she had pictures and video! But luckily, as we were leaving, Dad stopped the car and we looked over to see the Little Owl was sunning himself at his hole. Dad quickly parked the car and we both ran over and I managed to get a few shots - not brilliant mind. Dad, on the other hand only just arrived after the Owl had scuttled back into his hole. We waited until 15:35 and during that time he appeared briefly at another hole entrance. Oh well, we’ll look again next time.  

Brean Down Cove
6th December 2014

We went to see the Black Redstart at Brean Down Cove. We couldn’t go until the afternoon because Mum had to sort out the Hedgehogs first. When we got there we had a bite to eat and the local Robin came looking for some crumbs. We put a little on the seawall for him. We walked along the beach where we saw a Rock Pipit foraging around the stones. We saw a Male Black Redstart briefly by the cove before flying off. We sat down to wait for it. First it was a Pied Wagtail that appeared and then the Male Black Redstart came down. I was sitting on one of the rocks minding my own business when a Male Black Redstart suddenly appeared from nowhere and hopped closer and closer to me. Also we were entertained by a Rock Pipit and a Female Stonechat. But it was the Black Redstart that was the star attraction at Brean Down. Even though we didn't see the tailess Female, The Male put on a exellent show for us.

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Barred Warbler [1st Winter]

Blackcap [Female]

Barred Warbler [1st Winter]

Pied Wagtail [Male]

Rock Pipit

Purple Sandpiper [Pair]

Purple Sandpiper

Little Owl

Black Redstart [Male]

Robin

Rock Pipit

Stonechat [Female]

Rock Pipit

Black Redstart [Male]

Slimbridge WWT 23rd December 2014

We went to Slimbridge WWT to see if the Bittern was showing at the Kingfisher Hide. It spent much of time hidden in the reeds and was very elusive, but we had a few glimpses of it. We then went to the Willow Hide to see if the Water Rail was showing at all. We spotted it on the other side of the water and swam across. It then showed well posing in the reedbed edge for a couple of mintues before disappearing back in.  It showed itself a few more times for us, but it was a very cold and windy day and we left him to it. Hopefully we might see him there again during the Winter. It certainly is a fantastic bird to see at Slimbridge.  


Water Rail

Water Rail

Pintail [Pair]

Pintail [Male]

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