Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam near South Brent (Three Cuckoo's)

Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam near South Brent today, arriving just as the rain dried up and the sun came out, several highlights included three confirmed Cuckoo sightings, all three birds being heard calling before being seen, one near Black Tor just up from the car park and the other two together just below the dam. The Black Tor bird did a fly past hotly pursued by an irate meadow Pipit as pictured.

Cuckoo Black Tor

Lots of Herring Gulls on the moor with a count of no less than 72, Robins just about everywhere and without doubt the most numerous ground bird, the numbers of both Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler has dropped off but still present in decent numbers, Yellow Hammer heard and male Reed Bunting near the old pump house.

Good numbers of Swallows at long last, six Buzzards, one Kestrel carrying what appeared to be a small lizard, just below the dam a immature coloured Peregrine sat on a rock close to a small tree that a Cuckoo was calling from, a short while later a second Cuckoo flew into the same tree despite the Peregrine being sat close by, the Cuckoo’s were being constantly mobbed by Meadow Pipits. The Peregrine gave good views when it flew off and circled the valley.

Good numbers of Grey Wagtails two obvious pairs with beaks full of insects, one Long Tailed Tit, two Coal Tit’s, Skylarks up towards the dam, a single male Wheatear, Wren, Jay and Goldfinch


Posted May 11th, 2015 at 9:28 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News