Tuesday 04 March – Portbury Wharf

A warm, sunny day greeted 32 eager birders for a walk through the Portbury reserve. A Song Thrush serenaded us, Chaffinch, Wren and Great Tit showed, but an early disappointment was no Little Owl at the barns. At the first hide there was a dramatic fight between two (presumably male) Coot with one desperately trying to drown the other! A good selection of water birds were observed from the second hide, many Little Grebes, a lone Teal, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, well hidden Snipe and about 200 Dunlin. Coffee stop was at the sea bank in the warm sun and no wind. A Cetti’s Warbler shouted from nearby bushes and on the warth were Shelduck, Oystercatcher and Redshank. On the walk through the fields Buzzard were seen and with a final flourish at the parking site were Fieldfare, Redwing and Kestrel which made a very satisfactory total of 47.