Mediterranean Gull, Upton Warren

My usual spring visit for avocet and little ringed plover produced scads of the former and four of the latter at the Flashes. On the way in, common terns also skimmed the surface of the sailing pool. Hoping for sedge warbler on my return walk, I then checked the Bittern and Hen Brook Hides; just one reed warbler showed but showed very well, which is unusual.

There was plenty of time to continue to the Moors, so I strolled through the Education Reserve and flushed a Continue reading

Merlin, Bristol

It’s happened again, for the third time actually since I didn’t report on the second at Bedminster station. On Friday morning I swished back my Southville curtains and checked out the usual herring gulls nesting on the roof opposite.

They were fine as a medium-size dark bird flew towards me. The standard for this description in Bristol is one morph of feral pigeon. I’m used to dismissing them and am not in the habit of thinking Continue reading

The Unplanned Hudsonian Godwit

This bird isn’t even on my 415-strong USA list. Sibley suggests a rather spotty autumn occurrence on the eastern seaboard, so my brief year in Connecticut wasn’t sufficient to touch base with it. Of course the species is a mega over here with only three previous records, the last in 1988, and even my non-twitching friends have mentioned it.

First showing at Meare Heath, part of Shapwick Heath NNR, two weekends ago, the bird had disappeared overnight. My plan that day had included Continue reading