BATH NATS BIRDSONG SIG TO WENTWOOD,
NEWPORT WETLANDS AND GOLD CLIFF
The date: Saturday 1st June 2013.
The time: 0430 hours.
The reason: your scribe had to get out of
bed to go to the loo.
The problem: now he had to make a
decision, whether to go back to bed or stay up?
The decision: to stay up.
So started my day for the Bath Nats
Birdsong SIG trip to Wentwood.
After loading the car with what I needed
for the day I made my way to Frankcom House. It was a sunny day with a slight
chill wind as Di Nelson and I were chauffeured, by Phillip Delve, to South
On arrival at the Cadira Beeches car park
we found three other Birdsong SIGers waiting for us. Whilst having a cup of
coffee, a Tree Creeper was spotted on a tree adjacent to the car park. The bird
songs we hoped to hear were those of the Wood Warbler, Tree Pipit, Redstart and
We started our search for Wood Warblers,
which we heard but did not see. At another location we heard and saw Wood
Warbler. On to our next bird, the Tree Pipit. On our way to find Tree Pipit a
Firecrest was seen and heard by Lucy Delve, but then made itself scarce.
Further on we heard and saw Tree Pipit, which led us merry dance by not staying
in one place more than 30 seconds. An unusual find was some flying insects
which Phillip Delve believed were Micro Moths. Consulting the literature they
were identified as Adela reaumurella, One
of the features of this moth is its antenna are 2 to 3 times the length of its
We failed to see or hear the two other birds
on our list, namely Redstart and Garden Warbler, and as it was now midday we
decided to move to the Newport Wetlands for lunch. While consuming our food,
the feeders provided a views of the usual suspects, plus Great Spotted
Woodpecker. On the walk round the reserve we came across a nest of caterpillars
of the Lackey moth (picture attached).
Among the birds seen were Shelduck,
Curlew, Whitethroat, Oystercatcher, Little Owl and a Cuckoo was heard. A goodly
number of Southern Marsh Orchids were found (picture attached).
Moving to Gold Cliff, were we had to go
down a track more suited to 4 wheel drive vehicles to get to the car park. We
saw a variety of water birds, including Avocets and a solitary Dunlin. The
Avocets seemed very agitated and would take to the air frequently. The source
of this behaviour became apparent when a Buzzard was spotted with something in
All in all a very good day of nature
watching and listening. A big thank you to Dave Edwards