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  Brixham Broadsands 29th

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  Chew 18th

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  Westonbirt 7th

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  Berkeley Blagdon Chew 7th

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  Blagdon 28th

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  Dorset 2nd

August 2

  Slimbridge and Pensile Hill

  Hawk Conservancy 22nd

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  Slimbridge 11th

  Fontell and Alners Gorse 10th

July 2

  West Yatton Down 28th

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  Inglestone 8th

  Lizard Orchid 2th

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Skomer June

June

  Daneway Banks 30th

  Slimbridge 29th

  Aylesbeare Common 8th

  Slimbridge 3rd

Scotland

April

  Chew & Salisbury 23rd

  Slimbridge 20th

  Somerset Levels 15th

  Slimbridge 7th

  Forest of Dean 6th

March 3

  Blagdon Lake 31st

  Marshfield 30th

March 2

  Blagdon Lake

  Slimbridge

March 1

  Garden Birds

  Portishead 18th

  Slimbridge 11th

  Portishead 4th

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  Forest of Dean 2nd

Dorset

February

  Aust 27th

  Cheltenham Diver 10th

  RSPB Criuse, Exe 9th

Norfolk

January 2

  Slimbridge 26th & 27th

  Garden 21st

  Slimbridge 21st

  Yate/Waxwings 19th

  Garden 18th

January 1

  Garden Sparrowhawk 8th

  Portishead & Chew 7th

  Slimbridge 2nd

  Cheltenham & Highnam 1st






Bristol and Avon Bird

Sightings

May 2015

Pearl - bordered Fritillary 18th May 2015

We went to see the Pearl - bordered Fritillary on the Bathurst Estate. This was an elusive butterfly, as it is very active on sunny days. We found at least 3 different individuals but, unfortunately they didn't feed on the bugle for very long. On our way home we spotted a Fox sitting on the wall enjoying the sunshine.





Strawberry Banks, Pensile Hill & Breakheart Quarry 16th May

We went to Strawberry Banks in the Cotswolds to look for Marsh Fritillary. They were everywhere on the flowers. They must have had a good year because in 2010 there were just a few on the wing. Other species included Small Heath and Dingy Skippers. We saw a Beetle and I didn't have a clue what it was until I got home and looked it up. It was a Rhagium mordax, one of the many beetles without an english name.  We went to nearby Pensile Hill to see what else was about. We managed to see our first Adonis Blue of the year, but unfortunately didn't open it’s wings at all. We then went to Breakheart Quarry to look for Grizzled Skippers. We saw at least 2 perched in different areas. As well as Grizzled on the wing there was some more Dingy Skippers.

Duke of Burgundy, Rodborough Common 13th May 2015

We went to Rodborough after work to look for Duke of Burgundy Fritillary and saw a Male perched with his wings open. According to the Butterfly books, the Female has six legs & a Male four, which is a good way of telling the sexes apart. There was also a few Small Heaths, Dingy Skippers and Brown Argus, plus Mother Shipton Moth and Forester Moths.

Slimbridge WWT 11th May 2015

We went to Slimbridge for a couple of hours to see what was about. The first bird I saw was a Long - tailed Tit from South Lake bridge. We didn't see much on the South Lake that day. We went to see if the Kingfisher was there at South Finger but no sign. Surprisingly, a Female Marsh Harrier appeared from nowhere being mobbed by Carrion Crows. The Harrier also put up some Black - tailed Godwits and made a spectacular sight flying through the flock. At Robbie Garnett Hide we had a good view of an Oystercatcher pair, Avocets & the Cranes from GCP. Later at South Lake Dad was watching a Common Tern on a raft until it was chased of by a Black - headed Gull. We missed it by a couple of mintues because we watching a pair of Swallows that were perched by the bridge.

Slimbridge and Coombe Hill Meadows 4th May

We popped into Slimbridge on the way to Coombe Hill Meadows to look for the Little Gull. The 2nd Summer was present with the other Gulls at the back of the South Lake. It also did a couple of fly passes as well. There was a Pink - footed Goose in front of the observatory. They  normally breed up in Spitsbergen. However this bird was aged as a Juvenile which isn't old enough to breed and seems to be spending the Summer at Slimbridge. A couple of Greylag Geese in front of the obeservatory had very young Goslings.

We had quick look around Coombe Hill to see if there was anything about. There were the usual birds Mallards, Moorhens, Coots, Common & Lesser Whitethroats & Grey Heron. Also a couple of Male Brimstones in pursuit of a Female. On our way up to the Grundon Hide we saw a Blackbird bathing in one of the puddles. There was not much from the Grundon Hide as the water in the lake was low. The only highlight was a pair of Yellow Wagtails which were too distant for a photograph. On our way home we popped to Rodborough Common to look for Duke of Burgundy , but sadly didn't see any except a Forester Moth which was my first one this year.

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Marsh Fritillary

Grizzled Skipper

Marsh Fritillary

Adonis Blue

Rhagium Mordax

Duke of Burgundy Fritillary

Duke of Burgundy Fritillary

Dingy Skipper

Forester Moth

Brown Argus

Mother Shipton

Long-tailed Tit

Godwits and Marsh Harrier

Coot chick

Moorhen chick

Oystercatchers

Avocet

Crane

Swallows

Pink-footed Goose

Greylag gosling

Pink-footed Goose

Little Gull

Brimstones

Whitethroat

Heron

Brimstone

Whitethroat

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Hudsonian Godwit, Shapwick Heath 1st May 2015

After Dad had finished work we went to the Somerset Levels to see the Hudsonian Godwit which was found on Meare Heath on Saturday 25th April. The Female was present with quite a lot of Black - tailed Godwits. While we were watching it, there was a brief appearance of a Marsh Harrier and a Bittern flying over the reeds. A Great White Egret was also feeding on Meare Heath and flew down into the reedbed. A Cetti’s Warbler was calling behind us as well as a Water Rail, but they both remained invisible. We managed to see a Male Garganey right at the back of the Scrape along the edge of the reedbed. Very distant, Even more distant than the Godwit. It was a shame that it didn’t come very close and the light was not good, but at least I saw it and got some record shots. On our way to the levels as we drove through Emerson's Green we saw a Hobby briefly chasing a hirundine.



Hudsonian Godwit top [Female]

Hudsonian Godwit [Female]

Grey Heron