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.
My second visit to this coastal outpost of Avonmouth and getting parked was even worse. Double yellows everywhere that wasn’t downright private. I did find a spot just by Hallen Marsh Junction and endured a bit of main road before entering scrub, which was dripping with whitethroats.
The southern extremity of this patch was even better with a calling Continue reading
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
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.
Having never seen one closer than the Quantocks, I couldn’t resist reports on BirdGuides of a wood warbler on the eastern edge of the city. The more so by being entirely new territory for me.
Magpie Bottom Lane is near Conham, of Mrs Beese’s fame. Magpie Bottom, which is a stream, bisects the lane itself and divides Bristol from South Gloucestershire. Where would the bird be? Continue reading