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  Forest Farm 20th

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  Exe 12th


2013

December

  Brixham Broadsands 29th

  Portland 27th

  Severn Beach Slimbridge 14th

  Science Park 3rd

  Somerset Levels 2nd

November

  Chew 18th

  Slimbridge 10th

  Newport Wetlands 9th

  Westonbirt 7th

October

  Berkeley Blagdon Chew 7th

Bay of Biscay

September

  Blagdon 28th

  Devon 14th

  Dorset 2nd

August 2

  Slimbridge and Pensile Hill

  Hawk Conservancy 22nd

Bird Fair

August 1

  Slimbridge 11th

  Fontell and Alners Gorse 10th

July 2

  West Yatton Down 28th

  Heddon Valley 21st

  Wales 15th

  Savernake 14th

  Inglestone 13th

July 1

  Inglestone 8th

  Lizard Orchid 2th

  Forest of Dean 1st

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

September 2015

Brownsea Island 27th September 2015

We went on a coach trip with Applgates to Brownsea Island. We caught the Greenslades boat from Poole Quay over to the Island. Unfortunately we only had the afternoon on Brownsea, as it takes quite a while to get there. We went to the hides to see the Spoonbills, but they spent all the time we were there asleep on the lagoon. We then popped down to the Villa to see the Red Squirrels. We must have just missed them as I saw one running off and we were told there had been about 8 there. After waiting for quite a while we saw at least 4 Red Squirrels around  the feeding station. On our way back to the pier we had one last look in the hides & the Spoonbills were still alseep. We a few waders such Oystercatchers, Avocets, Redshanks and Dunlin. We then caught the boat back to Poole Quay and ready for the journey back to the Thornbury. A very enjoyable day, but a lot of travelling.

Slimbridge WWT 19th September 2015

We went to Slimbridge WWT for a couple of hours on Saturday for the Black Tern. The Juvenile was still present on South Lake although was very active in flight and didn't perch. It was very misty, so my photos were not a sharp as I would have liked. We went down to the Kingfisher Hide to look for the Purple Heron and some of the people were out with the volunteer wardens looking for it, including Mum, who had got there before us. Dad & I looked from the Kingfisher Hide, but despite searching up & down the reedbed there was no sign of it at all. On our way to the visitor centre for some lunch, Dad spotted a Dragonfly that looked like it might have been an Emperor. However, this was a Male Migrant Hawker perched on a twig. In the same reedbed was a Juvenile Sedge Warbler feeding up before travelling to Africa for the first time. After lunch we went to the Martin Smith Hide where there was a Grey Heron & a Little Egret. There were 2 of the GCP Cranes feeding & sitting on the Tack Piece. A few late Butterflies were nectaring on flowers like Red Admiral & Comma.

Our final port of call was Robbie Garnett Hide which was where Knot was found with a couple of Black - tailed Godwits.

Slimbridge WWT 6th September 2015

We went to Slimbridge WWT to go on the early morning Landrover Safari and almost immediately after entring the reserve we spotted a Green Sandpiper & a Greenshank. We managed to see the Crane family on the reserve before they flew off & out of the view. We saw a couple of Whinchats on their migration back to Africa along the edge of the Severn Estuary. There were a few Raptors about the reserve including Buzzards, Kestrel, Marsh Harrier & Sparrowhawk. We had a good view of a perched Sparrowhawk on a post at one of the lakes on the reserve. It was a Adult Female. Meanwhile Dad was down at Martin Smith watching Yellow Wagtails, Water Rail & a Kingfisher and from the Holden Tower was a Juvenile Prergrine Falcon. GRR!!! However when went to the Holden Tower we saw a Ruff, Wren, Reed Warblers & a Lesser Whitethroat but sadly no Peregrine. We popped to the Martin Smith hide and after a bit of a wait, the Water Rail made a couple of appearances in and out of the reeds. After about an hour or so the Kingfisher appeared & sat on a post in between fishing duties. Finally on the Rushy Pen were some Black - tailed Godwits, Green Sandpiper & 3 Snipe. A pair of Brimstones were nectaring on some Buddleias. Afterwards on our way home we had a quick drive around Marshfield which was very queit for birdlife. We did see some Juvenile Swallows perched on the wire still being fed by the Adults.

Cornwall 10th - 13th September 2015

10.09.15
We went down to Cornwall for the weekend and stayed in a hotel at Penzance. After arrival we saw some Turnstones around the harbour carpark while we had our tea. It was a lovely evening & we wondered what tomorrow might bring for our crossing to Scilly, as the forecast didn’t sound too good!

11.09.15
The following the day we got up quite early to catch the Scillonian III from Penzance to St Mary's on the Isles of Scilly. It was very misty, but at least the rain kept off for our crossing.We saw a few seabirds on route including European Shag, Gannets, Manx Shearwaters [distant], Balearic Shearwaters & Sooty Shearwaters which was another new tick for me. As well as Dolphin and a Heron, which was odd to see out at sea.
We had a couple of hours to explore the island but sadly not all of it. A couple of Wheatears were on their way back to Africa. Also a Rock Pipit & some Sandwich Terns mixed in with Black - headed Gulls. Also had a Whinchat briefly. We even had a bit of sunshine while we were ashore.
There were some more Turnstones around the harbour at St Mary's. Some even still showed a trace of their orangy Summer Plumage that gives them the full name of Ruddy Turnstone. Others however had already moulted into Winter Plumage. We saw one of the Turnstones feeding on a crab. It was starting to rain a bit so we got back on the Scillonian III. Everybody had gone inside but we decided to brave the rain and stay outside. We found a bit of shelter under a canopy by the stairs. A few other people joined us. It was very wet and rough going back but still enjoyable, and the birds were still about. We got back to Penzance and decided to have a meal downstairs in our hotel rather than going anywhere else in the rain.

Avocet [Flock]

Spoonbills

Red Admiral

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

Dunlin [Winter]

Avocet

Common Redshank [Winter]

Red Squirrel

Black Tern [Juvenile]

Sedge Warbler [Juvenile]

Sedge Warbler [Juvenile]

Grey Heron

Red Admiral

Sedge Warbler [Juvenile]

Migrant Hawker [Male]

Comma

Sooty Shearwater [Juveniles]

Gannet [3rd Year]

Turnstone [Winter]

Gannet [2nd Year

Shag [Juvenile]

Turnstone [Summer]

Gannet [2nd  & 1st Year]

16.09.15

We started our final day in Cornwall at Marazion Beach looking at waders. There were Ringed Plovers, Sanderlings, Dunlin, Turnstones & Little Stint [which I missed.] We went to the Hayle Estuary to see what birds were about as the tide was out. A couple of Little Egrets, Greeenshanks, Oystercatcher, various ducks & Bar - tailed Godwit. We then popped along Ryan's Field RSPB where a Buzzard was perched in a tree near the car park. From the hide was a Little Egret & a Grey Heron. A Kingfisher was flying across but sadly didn't perch anywhere except in a bush, hidden by twigs. There was also a Speckled Wood and a late Beautiful Demoiselle on the wing. We looked through the Black - headed Gulls and managed to pick out an Adult Winter Mediterranean Gull amongst the flock on the estuary. Also a Redshank & a couple of Curlews. Back on the Ryan's Field side of Hayle we saw a Curlew by the wall embankment and a Little Egret. On our way to the hide we spotted a Grey Wagtail by the a small weir. When got back to the hide Dad managed to find a Whimbrel through the scope at the back of the Reserve. Our final view at Hayle was a Little Egret fishing in front of hide. We had a quick look around Davidstow airfield on the way home but sadly didn't produce much except for a flock of Linnets, which is nice to see.

12.09.15
We were our way to Lizard Point when we stopped at Marazion Marsh RSPB to look on Long Rock Pool. We managed to see the Garganey with a few other widfowl. The bird was aged as young drake by the green speculum when it flapped it's wings. We went to the Lizard to look for the Choughs. They didn’t nest in their usual site this year and they hadn’t been spotted yet today as there was nothine on the list.We saw a Grey Seal swimming in the sea below the viewpoint and some hauled out on the rock. We heard the Choughs calling before we saw them. The Pair were sitting on the clifftop opposite us. The warden looked through his scope at the legrings and told us the Male with a green & white ring on the leg is called George. The Female with no rings on the legs is Nora. The youngsters have disbursed from the nest site and gone eslewhere, so we never saw them. We walked along the cliff and we managed to get a close view of the Chough pair feeding around the clifftops. There were also few more Grey Seals lay out on the rocks including a Female called Archalady. Also a couple Rabbits were grazing around the Lizard. We then went to Porthgwarra to see what was there. There was a few Shags flying past the cliffs as well as Gannets and some distant Shearwaters. A couple of Wheatears of note as well. We went to Botallack where they filmed the Poldark series and we even saw the mine that was featured in the series. The birdlife was good as well including Goldfinches, Raven, Whinchat, Dunnock, Swallow, Stonechats and a flyover Chough.

Wheatear [Male]

Rock Pipit

Garganey [Juvenile Male]

Chough

Chough

Grey Seal

Rabbit

Northern Wheatear [Female]

Whinchat [Juvenile]

Stonechat [Female]

Barn Swallow

Mediterranean & Black - headed Gulls

Curlew

Ringed Plover [Juvenile]

Sanderling [Winter]

Dunlin [Winter]

Curlew

Little Egret

Mediterranean Gull [Winter]

Little Egret

Grey Wagtail [Female]

Crane Family

Sparrowhawk [Female]

Sparrowhawk [Female]

Sparrowhawk [Female]

Reed Warbler [Juvenile]

Lesser Whitethroat [Juvenile]

Water Rail

Kingfisher [Male]

Brimstone [Male]

 Juvenile Barn Swallow being fed

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