South Brent ~ Ring Ouzels & Kestrels

The first dry sunny day in ages and the road from Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam was surprisingly silent given the number of species recorded over the last week in the mist and murk. That said a total of eight Buzzards seen on the soar and hunting the hill sides, three close to the car park and five by the dam.

A Dunnock and a female Blackcap were added to the week's species list, about half way up a flight of six Ring Ouzels passed overhead flying down the valley, a flock of 36 Starlings recorded.

On reaching the site where the Ring Ouzels have been feeding all week, three birds were seen in the top of a hawthorn and a fourth feeding. A total of nine birds counted during the visit, only two of which were males the rest made up of hens and juvenile birds.

Suprising number of Kestrels recorded, one hovering over the east side of the Dam, two flew overhead approching the car park having come over the hillcrest from the treatment works, a fourth sighted near Bloody Pool Cross and a fifth a male on the outskirts of South Brent, first time in 30 years that I have rercorded five Kestrels in the parish in one day.

21 species in total

Posted October 31st, 2014 at 3:31 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News