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27th August 2017 – Goldcliff and Newport Wetlands

We thought we would have a look on the other side of the Severn Estuary. It was a beautiful day: we started at Goldcliff saline lagoons near Newport with loads of waders (particularly ringed plovers) ; then had a picnic lunch (accompanied by long-tailed tits) on the estuary straight across from Portishead (see photo of the old Nautical School below); then walked around RSPB Newport Wetlands (where we saw very little).

Back in time to see Arsenal slaughtered by Liverpool (should have stayed out later!).

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MT1D6398Long-tailed tit

MT1D6416Portishead “Nautical School”

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Click below for gallery of photos from today:

 

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23rd August 2017 – Severn Estuary

I saw a rich variety of waders at New Passage this morning aided by Mr “Severnside” Paul Bowerman.

There were flocks of dunlin, redshanks, black-tailed godwits, turnstones and a 3 greenshank. Paul also pointed out yellow wagtails (but I was not up to getting a photo). I also saw a curlew, 3 little egrets and 6 oystercatchers. On the Pilning Wetlands I also saw a flock of 12 goldfinch, lots of swallows, 2 little grebes, big flocks of starlings, a grey heron and at least a dozen lapwing.

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FP5A3900Black-tailed godwits

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FP5A38462 greenshank behind the black-headed gulls

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FP5A4009Curlew, black-tailed godwits, redshank and dunlin

FP5A4026Black-tailed godwit and oystercatcher

FP5A3881Goldfinches

FP5A3958Lapwings

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FP5A3967Grey heron

In the evening we walked from Shepperdine to Oldbury and then had supper in the Anchor. On the estuary we saw 4 curlew, 2 flyover oystercatchers and a little egret.

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FP5A4101Oystercatchers fly over a curlew

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Gallery of photos from today:

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20th August 2017 – Chew Valley Lake

A brief visit to Chew Valley Lake this afternoon before the rain came in.

2 great white egrets, 1 little egret and a grey heron at Herriot’s End; 1 common sandpiper, 3 great crested grebes, a grey heron and loads of mallards, coots and moorhens and a deer at Villice Bay. Not terribly exciting but we got out and we didn’t get wet!

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MT1D6087Grey heron

MT1D6118Common sandpiper

MT1D6172Great crested grebe

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15th August 2017 – WWT Slimbridge

It was a disappointing start to our trip to Slimbridge as, although a bright day was forecast, the skies were very grey and the light was very poor for photography. I was hoping to see a wood sandpiper but I only saw a green sandpiper.

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From the Holden hide we could see a peregrine on the edge of the estuary but it was too distant for a photo.

Just as we had given up and were heading off for some lunch we made one last stop and were treated to a wonderful display by a male kingfisher. Lunch was most enjoyable after that.

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Click below for gallery of photos from today:

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13th August 2017 – Cotswold Water Park

Locally we have had poor weather for the last week but on Sunday we enjoyed a very pleasant walk on the Cleveland Lakes circuit of the Cotswold Water Park.

There was not much bird life but their food store was building up nicely in the countryside with an abundance of berries.

The most interesting of the birds were great crested grebe with juveniles, a jay and red-crested pochard.

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We spotted 7 species of butterly (Large White, Small White, Brimstone, Holly Blue, Peacock, Red Admiral, and Speckled Wood) and lots of dragonfly and damselfly but most escaped my camera.

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Click below for gallery of my photos of the day

 

 

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5th – 11th August 2017 – Somerset

My birdwatching activities have been restricted recently but I have had a few quick trips out in the last week but there is not an awful lot of bird activity at present.

Saturday 5th August at Chew Valley Lake:

MT1D5272Barnacle goose

MT1D5282Great crested grebe

MT1D5302Grey heron

MT1D5345Lesser black-backed gull

Wednesday 9th August 2017 at Chew Valley Lake

MT1D5368Egyptian Goose

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Brent goose

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Little grebe

Thursday 10th August at RSPB Ham Wall

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MT1D5521Marsh harrier

MT1D5585Great crested grebe

Friday 11th August at Chew Valley Lake

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MT1D5635-2Black tailed godwit