Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Friday the 13th in pictures

Many thanks to Pete Blanchard for an amazing set of images:

Record shot of a Merlin

Redwing in flight



Short-Eared Owl

Photographed at the north pools field mid-afternoon, probably the bird sighted here on 6 January and later seen by another birder near the M5 bridge on 16 January. Many thanks to Howard Taffs for the picture.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Rare Penduline Tit Spotted on Reserve today!

Excitingly at least 2 Penduline Tit found by the 1st hide along wharf lane late afternoon (D Kilham, J Wood- many thanks for the photos and info) and then seen briefly by Howard Taffs just after the initial discovery. The birds were in the bullrush near the 1st hide along wharf lane. Please cycle if possible or park sensibly in the small lay-by at sheepway, following the path around to Wharf Lane, if you decide to go and take a look. Thanks.
Obviously a 1st Avon record

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

The Community Payback team made a return to the reserve last week to help out with some of our maintenance work. They worked hard on scraping the paint off one of our containers to prepare it for a new coat of paint. Many thanks to them for continuing on through very unpleasant weather and we look for to working together again.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Taken a couple of hours ago:

(Below) A picture taken earlier in the year of our resident barn owls healthy first brood being ringed by local owl expert Chris Sperring before they fledged. Many thanks again to C. Sperring for the picture.

A New Year on the Reserve


Bar-headed geese the 28/12/11 on the Pools. The usual birds that have been seen in the Gordano Valley in recent years, most likely escapees from some collection.

The Purple Sandpipers (below) at Battery Point- up to seven birds now. They are extremely popular with the photographers.

The harsh weather over the last few nights has driven the Barn Owls out hunting more than usual during the day. I had an amazing view of one hunting along a barn owl corridor yesterday and received a report of a vole being pounced upon this morning- providing a hearty breakfast.

Barn Owl photos to follow...