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Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

Isabelline Shrike

October 2015

Devon 18th October 2015

We went to Devon for the day. We were on way to our first port of call which was going to be Labrador Bay to see the Cirl Buntings, but as a report had said that the Isabelline Shrike was showing well at 9:30 that morning, we headed for South Huish Marsh instead. The first Winter Isabelline Shrike was indeed showing well on the wire feeding on Bees and Wasps. It also perched along the hedgerow a few times. It was a great bird to see and brought my total for the life to 300. Before we left we saw a Buzzard perched on a fence briefly & a few waders. Finally, we made our way to Labrador Bay RSPB to search for any Cirl Buntings in the fields. They weren't quite so many this time and were all perched in the bushes, very distantly! We did see a Female perched briefly in an Ash Tree and a Male in the hedge calling before we headed back home.

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike

Isabelline Shrike with a wasp

Isabelline Shrike coughing up a pellet

Cirl Bunting [female]

Isabelline Shrike

Cirl Bunting [male]

Titchfield Haven 25th October 2015
We went to Titchfield Haven in Hampshire with the Dursley Bird Watching & Preservation Society. We saw a few Bearded Tits briefly flying across the reeds & a pair of Stonechats by the entrance gate. After we were giving our entrance tickets we explored the whole reserve. We started at the Meon Shore Hide where we saw quite lot of birds. There were Oystercatchers, Snipe, Black - tailed Godwits, Lapwings  & Redshanks. We had a similar view from the Pumfrett Hide. We didn't even spot a Common Gull until we got back home and I was going through my pictures. We saw 2 Reed Bunting feeding in on the path briefly. We did also see a Goldcrest but very quickly through the bushes. We popped into the Spurgin Hide where we saw a late Green Sandpiper foraging with a Black - tailed Godwit. The Great Grey Shrike had been present around the reserve since about 09:30 at the harbour & was giving us a bit of a wild goose chase. We eventually caught up with it in the afternoon from the Meon Shore Hide. We went to look quickly at the other hides as we had to get back on the bus at 15:00 which was a shame as there were lots to see and no time to have a good look round. Still, a very good day and my picture of the Shrike made it into the Rare Bird Alert weekly round up.

Stonechat [Female]

Stonechat [Male]

Icommon Gull [Winter]

Reed Bunting [Male]

Great Grey Shrike

Arne & Radipole Lake RSPB 31st October 2015

As it was nice & sunny we went down to Arne RSPB to see if there was anything about. The car park was full to the brim because of an event which we didn't know about.  We had a look around the feeders, in the hope of seeing some Bramblings. We saw a Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Blue, Great & Coal Tits. We popped along to the Raptor Hide as it was only opened at this time of year. When we arrived we had just missed a pair of Marsh Harriers flying past. However we saw a Little Grebe, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit & Common Darters, but sadly no Raptors. Back at the car park while we were having lunch, I spotted a Red Admiral perched on a insect hibernaculum. Dad also managed to spot a Female Brambling feeding with the Chaffinch flock. The car park at Arne RSPB did not get better during the afternoon as they were parking in the field where the Sika Deer use to graze. We then went to Radipole Lake RSPB in Weymouth where the Hooded Merganser was still present since 2008. Hoody was showing well by the visitor centre bridge before swimming out into the main lake. We didn't see much wildlife along the path to the hide on this occasion except a Male Blackap. At the North Hide we saw a Female Kestrel soaring and hovering over the reserve. The Marsh Harriers too, put on some performance. The Adult Male with grey tips to the wings flew past in front of the hide. The Juvenile & a possible Female were also foraging over the reedbeds but kept their distance.  A Female Kingfisher then flashed into view and came in to a perch in front of the hide with a fish. After a quick preen to it's feathers, the Kingfisher flew off. It was lovely in the evening sunlight!


Marsh Harrier [Male]

Icommon Darters

Marsh Harrier [Male]

Marsh Harrier [Juvenile]

Kingfisher [Female]

Kingfisher [Female]

Great Grey Shrike

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