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Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

April 2015

Northwick Warth 25th April 2015

We went to Northwick Warth to look for the Ring Ouzel. We first saw some Linnets and a couple of Wheatears including this handsome Male. We popped down into the field where the Ouzel was the previous day but sadly no sign. On the shoreline there Dunlin, Ringed & Little Ringed Plovers. Most of Dunlin were showing the black belly markings of their Summer plumage. We saw somebody down by the water filming & wondered what they had. We didn’t like to go and look in case we disturbed them. We didn't know until later in the day that the Ouzel was seen feeding on the edge of the estuary, so that was what they were filming. We never expected to look for them on the coastline! Still at least we saw some at Cleeve Hill.

Forest of Dean 20th April 2015

We went to Parkend in the Forest of Dean in hope of seeing a Hawfinch. Mum saw one briefly on the ground then it flew up into the Yew and was not seen again sadly. We did see a Marsh Tit and some Long-tailed Tits though. We continued to RSPB Nagshead and at the Campbell Hide were 2 Jays feeding on the ground. We saw a few Pied Flycatchers around the reserve using some of the nestboxes. Dad saw a Redstart but we didn't, grr! Still there always Ynys Hir or Dinas RSPB Reserves. I saw an egg sack of a Cave Spider inside a small cave. We had a brief view of a Male Blackcap perched on a low hanging branch. A few Dog Violets & Wood Sorrel were in flower around the reserve. There was a Treecreeper & a few Nuthatches as well. We walked all round the long trail but although we heard a lot of birds singing, they were hard to spot. Mum wandered on ahead and while she was having a rest on one of the seats she saw a small herd of Fallow Deer cross the path. They took no notice of her sitting there. Dad and I arrived just as the last one disappeared into the forest.

We then walked down to the Lower Hide. On the way we saw a Dor Beetle also known as a Lousy Watchman. From the hide we saw a pair of Mandarin Ducks that might have came from nearby Cannop Ponds. Finally we popped back to Parkend to see if any Hawfinches came back but here was only a Magpie. We decided to go into Lydney to have a chip supper as we wanted to pop to Aust on the way home & it was just as well we did.

We went to Aust to see if we could see any Whinchats as there was a sighting by the sheep field. We only saw a Common Whitethroat. I went to try and get a picture of it, when Dad called me back. He had spotted a Short-eared Owl. It was an unexpected bonus to see a Short-eared Owl hunting at this time of year. It landed further down and as I was walking down to see it, I saw a Fox running along in the field. We stayed until it got too dark to see much, but it had been a brilliant day.

Cleeve Hill 18th April 2015

We went to Cleeve Hill to see the Ring Ouzels that had been present since early morning. They was very elusive at times and gave very brief views. There was also two Wheatears and a Skylark foraging nearby. It was a lovely sunny day though, so it was nice to just sit in the sun while we were waiting for the Ouzel to show themselves. We must have seen about five in total including some females.

Chew Valley Lake 13th April 2015

We went to Chew Valley Lake for a couple of hours. We started at the Picnic Site and a solitary Egyptian Goose was present with other wildfowel. There was even a Common Gull that had moulted into Summer plumage resting on the dam with a Black - headed Gull. Some Chaffinches were doing a bit of displaying in the car park. We went along to Heron's Green which didn't seem to produce much except a Common Sandpiper on edge on the pool. We then popped to Herriott's Bridge where a Great Crested Grebe pair were swimming in the channel. As we had a day permit we went to Moreton & Stratford Hides but nothing much there at both sites. We finished at Nunnery Point and the last sightings were the Great Northern Diver and a Male Blackcap.

Slimbridge WWT 12th April 2015

We went to Slimbridge WWT to see what was there. We walked along the Holden walkway to the Willow Hide where  Male Reed Bunting was feeding on the ground. At the Robbie Garnett Hide there was mainly Canada Geese and a soiltary Barnacle Goose. There was nothing much from the Holden Tower except a low flying aeroplane which scared all the birds including a Juvenile Pink - footed Goose which was still present with some Greylag Geese. It even disturbed some Avocets which were nesting on the island. Back near the Martin Smith Hide we saw a Male Orange Tip nectoring some flowers including it's foodplant, Cuckooflower.It was our first Orange Tip of the year. We saw our first Bee - fly which was also nectoring on the flowers. In the Rushy Pen the Greylag Geese were looking after their Goslings. We went to South Lake where we saw another pair of Avocets and a Great Crested Grebe showed very well in front of the observatory in stunning breeding plumage. Finally we popped to South Finger Hide where a Male Kingfisher was showing well by the nest entrance. As well as Cuckooflower in bloom there was a few Marsh Marigolds in flower.

Somerset Levels 27th April 2015

We went to the Somerset Levels today to see what was about. In the morning we started at Shapwick Heath and on Meare Heath we saw a Great White Egret in Summer Plumage with Little Egrets, Black - tailed Godwits, Ruff, Whimbrels & Curlews. There was also quite a few Common Whitethroats singing around the reserve along with some Blackcaps. A few butterflies were on the wing such as Peacock, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood & Green - veined Whites. We popped into Noah's Hide where we saw a Common Tern [very distant, mind] and a Little Egret. From the viewing screen we had a very enjoyable moment of seeing a pair of Marsh Harriers displaying. In the afternoon we walked around the RSPB Reserve at Ham Wall. As soon we walked down to the reserve 2 Great White Egrets flew over and landed in the wetlands opposite the viewing platform. We could hear Marsh Frogs all along by the path and there was another Whitethroat  singing from the bushes. A Bittern was booming, so we walked towards the sound. It was just as well we did as I heard a Garden Warbler singing from a bush. We all managed a good look at him, but only had a fleeting glimpse of the Cuckoo fly down the ride. It was a good spot to be and as we were talking to the warden, a Bittern flew out of the reeds. No wonder it sounded close when it was booming - it WAS close. I was too busy watching it to try to take a photo. Just as we looked away, the warden said ‘another one’, and a second Bittern flew out trailing its legs in the water. The sky was suddenly alive with Hobbies and Swifts. We saw about 6 Hobby. Dad saw another Bittern fly over the reeds.  We walked back to the path, when suddenly the heavens opened and we retreated back to the car. Brilliant day!






Chipping Sodbury Common  26th April 2015

Dad & I went to Chipping Sodbury Common this morning to look for Redstart and Whinchat. There was a few Lesser Whitethroats singing around the common but very elusive, at least Wheatears, 2 Reed Buntings and finally we spotted a Male Whinchat very distant. Suddenly, all the birds disappeared except the Linnets & Skylarks. In the afternoon we went to Chippenham to look for Grasshopper Warbler but heard none this year. We saw a couple of Whitethroats singing around the area and a Male Orange Tip. On the way back home we went through Marshfield and saw a few Linnets, Yellowhammer & Corn Buntings. The birds always seem to get in a bush that is by a busy road, so I had to take a few pictures through the window of the car as Dad slowed down. Not much else around at the moment there. We missed the Little Owl yet again!

Pied - billed Grebe, Berkeley 24th April 2015

We popped to Berkeley Power Station as there was a mega rarity. A Pied - billed Grebe had been reported that morning on the edge of the Severn Estuary. Unfortunately as we arrived the light had already started to fade and the Grebe was beaching itself up on the rocks to roost. Still, nice to see and year tick it. It must have left during the night as one turned up at Leighton Moss the next day as was still there at the time of writing my blog. If it stays there, there is always a chance to try to see it on the way to Scotland!

Great White Egret [Summer]

Whitethroat [Male]

Blackcap [Male]

Marsh Harrier [Male]

Great White Egret [Summer]

Garden Warbler [Male]

Hobby

Whitethroat [Female]

Linnet [Male]

Whitethroat [Male]

Orange Tip [Male]

Yellowhammer [Male]

Corn Bunting

Corn Bunting

Northern Wheatear [Male]

Northern Wheatear [Male]

Dunlin

Little & Ringed Plovers

Dunlin

Dor Beetle

Pied Flycatcher [Female]

Pied Flycatcher [Male]

Treecreeper

Cave Spider egg sack

Blackcap [Male]

Bee - fly

Dor Beetle

Mandarin [Male]

Mandarin [Female]

Short - eared Owl

Short - eared Owl

Ring Ouzel [Male]

Chew Valley Lake

Egyptian Goose  

Common Gull [Summer]

Chaffinch [Pair]

Orange Tip [Male]

Reed Bunting [Male]

Greylag Goose & Goslings

Great Crested Grebe [Summer]

Kingfisher [Male] South Finger

Mute Swan

Avocets on South Lake

Reed Bunting [Female]

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Radipole Lake RSPB & Portland Bill
6th April 2015

We went to Dorset yesterday in search of three special birds: Bonaparte's Gull, Firecrest & Black - winged Stilt. We started at Radipole Lake RSPB  in Weymouth. The 1st Winter Bonaparte's Gull was still showing well from the Buddleia Loop having been there since March. Also Great Crested Grebes, Grey Heron, Gadwall, Great Black - backed Gull, Cetti's Warbler,Pochards, Willow Warbler, Shovelers & Teals. We went to look at Portland Bill, but sadly no Firecrests in the observatory garden. They had been there the day before, but they must have moved on. The Little Owls were not showing either. We did see our first Wheatear of the year though plus Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Kestrel and Linnet in the meadow and near the MOD area. We also saw some Guillemots, Razorbill, Fulmar, & Shags on the sea. We went to Abbotsbury to look for the Black - winged Stilt. We parked along the road overlooking a small pool. We saw the Stilt for a couple of minutes in the open water, long enough for good views in the scope. This Adult Female has been present since the 3rd April. We went back to Radipole Lake to see the Bonaparte's Gull again. However beforehand we had to stop to watch the Hooded Merganser down by the visitor's centre bridge. He’s been here a few years now and is always nice to see. A few Butterflies were on the wing in form of Peacock & Small Tortoisehell. We didn't see the Bonapartes's in the early evening but we had a obliging Chiffchaff to end the day with.

Bonaparte’s Gull [1st Winter]

Northern Wheatear [Male]

Linnet

Meadow Pipit

Razorbill & Common Guillemots

Common Guillemot

Hooded Merganser [Male]

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Small Tortoiseshell

Greenham Common
4th April 2015

We went to Greenham Common on Saturday to look for Woodlarks. We saw a few Red Kites on the common including 2 sitting on the ground. After the Red Kites disappeared we had a brief view of a Dartford Warbler & heard our first Woodlark singing. We eventually saw a pair of Woodlarks fighting on the ground and were a bit difficult to see amongst the twigs. We walked around to see what else was about and we saw another Dartford Warbler. This bird had a bigger beak than normal. Then we went back to see the Woodlarks foraging on the ground. We saw one of the Woodlarks singing from a perch. Also the short crest was visible at times on the Woodlarks. A brillant day, shame it was overcast but another new tick for me!

Red Kite

Woodlarks

Woodlark

Woodlark

Woodlark

Dartford Warbler [Male]

Stonechat [Male]

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