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Bird & Wildlife records for the week beginning 8/9/14

Monday, 8 September 2014 10:32:44 Europe/London

September

This is the month to head to the east coast, after easterly winds Suffolk to Aberdeen will have rarer birds such as Wryneck, Red Backed Shrike and Bluethroats, towards the end of the month the first Yellow Browed Warblers will be arriving, Arctic and Greenish Warblers should also arrive, elsewhere the first American waders will put in an appearance, Buff Breasted Sandpipers, Baird’s Sandpipers and Pectoral Sandpipers should be in the UK.

 Closer to home, if we get prolonged west / south west winds, Severn Beach can be very good for sea birds such as Manx shearwaters, Petrels, Skuas and if you are lucky a Sabine’s Gull , best place to look is from the sea wall opposite the village an hour either side of high tide!

More waders are on the move, Curlew sandpipers and Little Stints can turn up in our area along the coast and on inland lakes such as Chew valley and the Cotswold Water Park

 

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

7th September

7 Whinchat, 7+ Redstart, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Tree Pipits and 5 Yellow Wagtails on Sodbury Common

 6th September

Curlew Sandpiper at Northwick wetlands

Firecrest at the Cotswold Water Park around pit 68

5th September

2 sandwich Terns at Chew Valley Lake

4th September

Wryneck at Dolebury Warren

3rd September

4 Avocet at Shepperdine

Great Skua at Chew Valley Lake

Curlew sandpiper at Severn Beach

2nd September

Great White Egret still on the Cotswold Water Park on pit 306

Black Necked grebe at Chew valley

Wood Sandpiper at Northwick wetlands

 

 

 

Recent Insect sightings (south Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

September butterflies to look for are Clouded Yellows

6th September

3 Brown Hairstreaks at Tidworth

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Wildlife sightings 15/09/14

Monday, 15 September 2014 14:01:36 Europe/London

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

14th September

Dotterel flew south over Pilning

1 Spotted Redshank, 7 Curlew Sandpipers and 3 Little Stints at Northwick / Pilning wetlands

6 Whinchat, 7 Redstart, 4 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Wheatears at Chipping Sodbury Common

13th September

White Winged Black Tern still at Chew Valley Lake

12th September

Temminck’s Stint, Little stint and 6 Curlew Sandpipers on Northwick / Pilning Wetlands

11th September

Wryneck still at Blakehill

White Winged Black Tern still at Chew Valley Lake

4 Curlew Sandpipers and 2 Little Stints at Northwick / Pilning wetlands

10th September

White Winged Black Tern at Chew Valley Lake

Black Tern, little Stint and 4 Curlew Sandpipers at Northwick / Pilning Wetlands

Wryneck at Blakehill NR

9th September

2 Little Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpipers at Northwick / Pilning Wetlands

Goshawk over Marshfield

8th September

2 Avocet, a Wood Sandpiper, 3 Ruff and a Curlew Sandpiper at Northwick / Pilning wetlands

Osprey over Marshfield at 10.40

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird sightings 22/09/14

Monday, 22 September 2014 15:00:01 Europe/London

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

I have been in Norfolk 18th-21st September, Some great birds seen including

1 Olive Backed Pipit, 3 Red Breasted Flycatchers, 3 Yellow Browed warblers, 2 Barred Warblers, 4 Long Tailed Skua, 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater,  1 Caspian Gull, 2 Velvet Scoter, 1 Hen Harrier and a Merlin

21st September

2 Osprey at Chew Valley Lake

Black Tern at Cotswold water Park on pit 74

Pectoral sandpiper reported at new passage

20th September

Rose Coloured Starling Barrow Gurney

5 Little Stint 9 Curlew sandpipers at Northwick /Pilning wetlands

18th September

7 Little stint at Northwick / Pilning Wetlands

16th September

White winged Black Tern still at Chew Valley Lake

Red Backed shrike at Sand Point

15th September

Red Backed Shrike at Sand Point

1 Curlew Sandpipers and 3 Little Stints at Northwick / Pilning wetlands

5 Whinchat and 6 Redstart on Chipping Sodbury Common

White Winged Black Tern still at Chew Valley Lake

 

September butterflies to look for are Clouded Yellows and Brown Hairstreak plus Adonis Blues

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Bridge Camera Review by Ian

Friday, 3 October 2014 13:08:32 Europe/London

The first thing that you will notice about the new FZ1000 is that it is notably larger & heavier than your average bridge camera, but then this is most definitely not just your average bridge camera.

In design the camera is similar to a D-SLR with a large handgrip which even after hours of use allowed for balanced, comfortable use. The top control dials are quite chunky & feel positive in operation, in common with cameras of this design there are separate release buttons for stills & video although when switched to manual video mode from the main control dial either button has the same function. Zoom function can be operated either from a rocker switch forward of the shutter release button or from the large control ring around the lens assembly, this ring can also be used for manual focus....

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Comments | Posted in Reviews Cameras By Ian Reader-Schofield

Leica M (typ.240) Digital Rangefinder Camera Review by Ian

Friday, 3 October 2014 16:41:12 Europe/London

The first thing that strikes you when you pick up an M 240 is a reassuring feel of build quality, the inclusion of a thumb grip means the cameras solid construction sits well in the hand and balances perfectly.

If you are moving from an SLR system the rangefinder focus might at first glance seem a bit alien, but after a short time it becomes second nature.  The finder displays two frames at one time dependant on which lens is fitted, 28 & 90mm, 35 & 135mm and 50 & 75mm. Unlike its predecessor the M9 the M240 does not have a frame selector lever but if you’re lucky enough to have a bag full of lenses it’s not long before you have a feel for which lens will suit the job.

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Comments | Posted in Reviews Cameras By Ian Reader-Schofield

Bird Sightings 06/10/14

Monday, 6 October 2014 16:46:35 Europe/London

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Leica T (typ.701) Interchangeable Lens Camera Review by Ben

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 15:44:39 Europe/London

When Leica announced the Leica T (Typ. 701) in April/May I was mostly sceptical, but also a little intrigued. I had to look twice at its specifications, especially concerning its 3.7” touch screen. At first glance it seemed extremely ‘un-Leica-ish’ but after holding one, many aspects that are suitably Leica shone through, such as its solid aluminium casing that’s been hand polished for 45 minutes. I have to give the German camera manufacturer credit for being so bold to even think of designing this camera in the first place. The T is an amalgamation of traditional Leica aesthetic and modern ‘smart-phone’ usability. Its 16 Million pixel APS-C sized sensor gives outstanding resolution across a wide range of conditions and it’s a treat to view them on the 1.3 million dot 3.7” LCD screen. With a dedicated movie record button, (one of the few buttons it has) capturing HD quality video is frighteningly simple.

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Comments | Posted in Reviews Cameras By Ben Spicer

Wildlife sightings 27/10/14

Monday, 27 October 2014 00:00:00 Europe/London

October

This is the month to head to the South West coast, with winds predominantly coming from the west,  Cornwall , Devon and the Isles of Scilly are the places to head for, I will be in Cornwall and on the Isles of  Scilly from the 9th – 19th hoping for an passerine to arrive, I have been going to the Isles of Scilly at this time of year since 1984 and I have seen such rare birds as a Northern Waterthrush, 3 Parula Warblers, 3 Yellow Rumped Warblers, 8 Red eyed Vireos, 3 Blackpoll Warblers, 2 Black and white Warblers,  2 Yellow Billed Cuckoos, 1 Black Billed Cuckoo, 5 Grey Cheeked Thrush, 1 Hermit Thrush , 4 Swainson’s Thrush, 2 Bobolink and many more, this all depends on the weather !

 Closer to home, if we get prolonged west / south west winds, Severn Beach can be very good for sea birds such as Manx shearwaters, Petrels, Skuas, Grey Phalarope and if you are lucky a Sabine’s Gull , best place to look is from the sea wall opposite the village an hour either side of high tide!

With prolonged very strong westerly winds these sea birds can end up on inland lakes, Chew Valley Lake is as good as any; in the past I have seen Sabine’s Gull and Grey Phalarope here.

 

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

26th October

Pintail at Kingsgate Park, only the 2nd record for this site

2 Jack Snipe at Yate common

Great white egret flew over Easton-in-Gordano

Outside of the area a Pallid Harrier is at Steart nature reserve in Somerset

 

I HAVE BEEN TO CORNWALL AND THE ISLES OF SCILLY

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED

Subalpine Warbler, Richards Pipit, Short toed lark, Ring necked duck, 2 Red breasted flycatcher, 8 Yellow browed warbler, 5 Firecrest, 3 Snow Bunting, 2 Jack snipe, Arctic, Great and Pomarine Skuas, Balearic and Sooty shearwaters, 10+ Ring ouzel and 9 Whooper swans.

Also seen were Prickly Stickinsect, Great green bush cricket and a Monarch butterfly

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Wildlife sightings 03/11/14

Monday, 3 November 2014 13:24:51 Europe/London

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

1st November

Bittern at Severn Beach

31st

Merlin at Northwick Warth

Adult Mediterranean Gull at Marshfield

Hen Harrier at Walkers Hill, Wiltshire

Hen Harrier at Aldbourne,  Wiltshire

29th October

Female Merlin was at Northwick Warth

28th October

Great Grey Shrike is still at Marshfield and a Red Kite flew over

Short eared owl was at Oldbury Power Station

27th October

Great Grey Shrike at Marshfield, only the 5th record for South Gloucestershire

2 Merlin at Northwick Warth  

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird sightings 10/11/14

Monday, 10 November 2014 12:01:41 Europe/London

November

This is the month to head to the south or east coast, Lots of wildfowl will be arriving, head for the Norfolk coast for Brent and Pink footed Geese these should be here in the thousands and it’s a stunning site to see!

With strong North East winds the Norfolk coast is the best place to see Little Auks and Waxwings, if you can stand the cold!!!

 Closer to home, Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is brilliant for Ducks, Swans and Geese, all giving very close views from the many hides , in the past it was possible to see thousands of White fronted geese here but now as it is getting milder the numbers are down to a few hundred !

If we get prolonged west / south west winds, Severn Beach can be very good for Leach’s Petrel, I have had my best views of these tiny sea birds from here, the best place to look from is from the sea wall opposite the village an hour either side of high tide!

 

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

9th November

Ring Ouzel still at Liddington Hill Swindon

Bittern at Stoke Park Bristol

3 Jack Snipe at Aust

8th November

Marsh Harrier at Cotswold Water Park at pit 40

Bittern at Chew Valley Lake

7th November

11 Yellow legged gulls at Langford lakes

5th November,

Outside our area over 4000+ Little Auks flew past the east coast today

 4th November

Ring Ouzel at Liddington Hill near Swindon

Black Redstart in Kingswood Bristol

2 Bearded Tits at Portbury Warth

3rd November

Firecrest in Salisbury

1st November

Bittern at Severn Beach

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

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