Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam this afternoon

Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam this afternoon, initially more birders than birds to be seen, reports of Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Long Tailed Tits, Kestrel and a Hobby but initially very little else.

By the old pump house three Goldcrest showed well and good numbers with Blue and Coal Tits below the quarry below the dam, very few Stonechat given the numbers in recent weeks.

Two Kestrels were showing almost constantly towards the Dam, one sighting of a small dark falcon was possibly a Merlin but was gone low over the moors as soon as it was seen, shortly afterwards two Cormorants flew over from the direction of the dam while watching them in the binoculars an unidentified species of Harrier flew into view but was lost very quickly without being able to be any more specific.

The two Kestrels began to climb strongly above the dam and three Hobby’s came into view above them too high to be seen with the naked eye.

Coming back to Shipley across the moor in an effort to relocate the Harrier gave views of a Peregrine being mobbed by a Kestrel and shortly after that a Raven pursuing a Carrion Crow.

Just before reaching the treatment works a distant Buzzard rounded off the visit.

Posted October 17th, 2015 at 5:00 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News