Thornbury

Uphill Sept 2019

Bird Watching visit to Uphill, 9th September 2019
With a poor weather forecast eight members set out for Uphill. Torrential rain on the motorway put off one couple, the remaining optimists dressed for the wet and set off to see the sea. By the time we reached the golf course the rain had stopped and we saw pied wagtails and magpies, on the greens. On the beach we could see lesser black backed gulls, lots of crows, and swooping back and forth between the beech and the golf course, lots of house martins and swallows. Rooks rose up from the trees. The tide was well out so it was difficult to identify the birds on the edge of the waves. But closer to us in the mud of the pill were plenty of mallards and huge groups of redshank, noisily moving up and down.
We reached Uphill Nature reserve and in the bushes saw house sparrows, a blackbird, blue tits, long tailed tits, and above a buzzard and plenty of wood pigeons. Helping ourselves to the numerous blackberries we saw a murmuration of starlings overhead and black headed gulls in winter plumage.
We followed the tarmac path over the hill into Walborough AWT Reserve. The hawthorn and willow hedges hid little birds from sight. Eventually we were able to spot a robin, a lesser whitethroat, dunnock and unidentified warblers flitting in and out of cover. Hidden in seed heads were a flock of a dozen goldfinches.
We continued to Bleadon levels where the promised bird hide was no more than a screen and bench. No birds at all in the lagoons, so after lunch we went onto the raised path overlooking the marshes. A flock of Canada Geese flew onto the far bank, landing near a heron. A kestrel hovered overhead, and a little egret moved in and out of the creeks. In the scrubby bushes were reed buntings male and female. We returned to the sea for a last look, with the tide much further in and saw large numbers of oyster catchers and Shelduck in the Axe estuary.
A most rewarding day.
Birds seen
Lesser black backed gull, Crow, Magpie,
Pied wagtail, , House Martin, Rooks,
Swallows, Starling, Shelduck,
Herring gull, Black headed gull, House sparrow,
Warbler, Redshank, Mallard,
Oyster catcher, Canada Geese, Blackbird,
Robin, Woodpigeon, Buzzard,
Long tailed Tit, Feral Pigeon, Lesser , Whitethroat,
Blue Tit Dunnock, Goldfinch,
Little Egret, Kestral, Heron,
Reed Bunting ,