Thornbury

2021 Upton Warren visit

Visit to Upton Warren 11 October 2021

Seven of us made the journey up to Upton Warren on the M5 and were rewarded with a productive day's birding on a mild sunny day. After collecting permits for those who needed them, we first walked round the sailing pool. Mute swans and mallards were seen initially and great crested grebes and cormorants on our return.
Our first visit was to the Cuckoo Hide to view the Flashes, but we were looking into the sun so didn't have great views. The Avocet Hide was more productive, with close views of a pair of snipe as well as an avocet and plenty of shoveler and teal. We then had a good display of curlew when 11 of them flew in to land in front of the hide.
On our walk back to the car park we spotted a bank vole gorging itself on blackberries, completely unperturbed by our presence.
We then relocated to the Moors Pool and had lunch at the Water Rail Hide, where we were able to watch great and blue tits on the feeders plus a jay which was in the vicinity.
We briefly stopped at the Hobby Hide where we added long-tailed tits to the list but sadly no sign of a water rail, which had been seen there recently.
Our final sightings were from the Lapwing Hide where we saw the largest gathering of water fowl and gulls, which included little egrets, tufted duck, a kingfisher (seen by one of us), little grebe and gadwall.
Our final total of species was 38 but sadly we weren't able to spot the green sandpiper that were recorded on the day.
The full list:-
Mute Swan Mallard Robin Black-headed Gull
Canada Goose Coot Grey Heron Avocet Magpie
Moorhen Cetti's Warbler (heard) Buzzard
Northern Lapwing Shoveler Blue Tit Stock Dove
Snipe Pied Wagtail Green Woodpecker (heard)
Teal Wood Pigeon Stonechat Reed Bunting
Curlew Great Crested Grebe Cormorant Great Tit
Jay Greylag Goose Carrion Crow Long-tailed Tit
Little Egret Kingfisher Tufted Duck Blackbird
Gadwall Little Grebe Jackdaw

Alan Gilbert