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  Brixham Broadsands 29th

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  Chew 18th

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  Berkeley Blagdon Chew 7th

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  Blagdon 28th

  Devon 14th

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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

  Heddon Valley 21st

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  Inglestone 13th

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  Inglestone 8th

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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

  Quedgeley, CWP 3rd

  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

July 2015

Arne RSPB 6th July 2015

We went to Arne RSPB in Dorset to look for Silver - studded Blues. In the morning we walked around Coombe Heath when we saw a couple of paler blue Butterflies. The Male is paler blue with a bit greyer edges to the wings. Females are very much like any other Female blue Butterflies, but the underside shows a row of silver studs that gives the species it's name.  A larva of an Emperor Moth was crawling along the path and we put on the heather out of harm's way. By the ponds were a few Dragonflies & Damselflies including Four Spotted Chaser. We managed to find one of the resident Raft Spiders hiding in the vegetation. A couple of Green Tiger Beetles were about on the heathland. Back in the car park we saw an Adult Cinnabar Moth. In the afternoon we walked down to Shipstal. We saw Ringlets & Marbled Whites on the wing. Also a few Keeled Skimmers on the heath. At Shipstal Heath we found more Silver - studded Blues. While we photographing & filming the Silver - studded Blues, Mum was in the hide watching a Fox. Unfortunately Me & Dad just missed it when we arrived. There were Little Egret, Black - tailed Godwits, Redshank & Curlews. We didn't see many Sika Deer on this occasion. The only one we saw was a Hind that ran across the path and we weren't quite prepared. The last sighting of the day was a young Fox which was walking around the car park and foraging under the bird feeders. Splendid ending to a splendid day.

River Exe with Applegates Coaches 5th July 2015

We went with Applegates Coaches on a boat trip around the River Exe from Exmouth. Unfortunately we didn't go all the way up the River Exe as the boat broke down at Powderham. We had to wait for about an hour for the Exmouth ferry to arrive, because it was low tide, it had to travel quite slow. We then boarded the ferry back to Exmouth, while en route we saw a Juvenile Common Seal resting on the mud. It was the first time we had seen a Seal on the Exe.

Silver - studded Blue [Male]

Silver - studded Blue [Female]

Silver - studded Blue [Male]

Silver - studded Blue [Female]

Four Spotted Chaser


Raft Spider

Green Tiger Beetle

Cinnabar Moth

Keeled Skimmer

Little Egret

Fox

Fox

Common  Seal [Juvenile]

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Silver - studded Blue [Male]

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Lower Woods 11th July 2015

We went to Lower Woods in Inglestone to look for Silver - washed Fritillaries & White Admirals. Other Butterflies on the wing included Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Large & Small Skippers. There were a few Silver - washed Fritillaries on the wing which were mostly Males but saw at least one Female. Also 4 White Admirals on the wing which were in good condition.

Large Skipper [Male]

Comma

White Admiral

White Admiral

Silver Washed Fritillary  [Female]

Silver Washed Fritillary [Male]

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We went up to Staffordshire to see the Red - footed Falcon at Chatterley Whitfield. The 1st Summer Male spent most it's time around the Horse Paddocks feeding on worms and also made a few fly pasts. The Juvenile Black Redstart was also showing well in the next field and foraging on the ground.

Red - footed Falcon [1st Summer Male]

Chatterley Whitfield 19th July 2015

Black Redstart [Juvenile]

Slimbridge WWT
29th July 2015

We went to Slimbridge to go on an evening Landrover Safari with the DPWPS. We saw a pair of Common Cranes in one of the fields. Further on we saw a Female Marsh Harrier perched on a bush. Then it flew over the reedbed. Also nearby was a Family of Roe Deer. An Adult Female with Calves. We then went to the south end of the reserve to look for Yellow Wagtails, but only saw Swallows & Meadow Pipits. We went to the Robbie Garnett Hide to look for Wood Sandpiper but it was very elusive, however the Green Sandpipers were showing well at the other end of the channel. We also went to look in the Rushy Pen. A few Green Sandpipers were present as well as a Female Mandarin which was next to a Grey Heron. We then spotted a Juvenile Garganey on the right hand side of the hide. Unfortunately it flew off and went around and landed out of sight behind some vegetation. Back at the Robbie Garnett Hide we had good views of the GCP Common Cranes right in front of hide in good sunlight.  We headed out to the estuary to look at the Gull roost before making our way back to the car park.

Roe Deer [Family]

Meadow Pipit

Garganey [Juvenile]

Common Crane

Garganey [Juvenile]

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