AVON BIRDS: Sightings 6/8/15

Sabine’s Gull is a rare visitor in Avon waters, normally only seen during the stormiest of weather. It’s the gull everyone hopes to see when there is a full-blown autumn gale on at Severn Beach.

Withywood (Bristol):
1 Hoopoe seen around 1pm at ST 567 673 (Nick Roberts of the Landmarkpractice). Seen well for several minutes.

We’ve breath-tested the observer…he was sober and well under the limit.
It’s the road out of Withywood up to Dundry, the bird was showing well on telegraph wires close to the road in horse paddock field and looked settled. New Passage-Northwick:
6 Common Tern in the gull roost, then they flew off.
Other stuff, 13 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 110 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Mediterranean Gull.

Severn Beach:
30 Turnstone, Shaft rocks this evening.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven.

Portbury Dock:

1 Shoveler, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 7 Stock Dove, 11 Swift, 500 Starling.
Police HQ: 1 Tawny Owl rescued from a chimney flue stack.

Clevedon coast:
Wain’s Hill-Yeo Est: 35 adult Shelduck + 33 juvs, 3 Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 56 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 40 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 100 Dunlin, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Whimbrel, 215 Curlew, 120 Redshank, 19 Turnstone, 2 Little Gull (Yeo Est), 8 Wheatear, 6 Rock Pipit (4 juvs), 150 Linnet. Blagdon Lake:
A Hawfinch reported around the Lodge late morning, if anyone has any details please could you contact us.

It’s a bit of a local rarity for both Blagdon and Avon!
A drake Scaup at Bell’s Bush today, possibly the bird seen at Barrow on 1/2 August.

Other stuff, 2 Little Egret still, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper (Pipe Bay), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Holt Farm ploughed field), 1 Wheatear.

Planet Chew:
22 Common Tern during the day, 1 Black Tern, evening.
Other stuff, 2 Hobby, 3 Dunlin, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 2 juv Mediterranean Gull (Herriott’s).

Reports: Derek Angell, Bob Brewer, Sean Davies, Trevor Ford, Brian Lancastle, Chris Newman, Dean Reeves, Karin Rhodes, Steve Sanins, Vic Savery, Chris Stone, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, BL birds.

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