Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Sightings 1/12/15

Somerset Ornithological Society:
SOS has a new website, it looks abs fab: http://somersetbirding.org.uk./.

Kingswood (Bristol):
Bellevue Rd: 3 Raven this morning.

St George (Bristol):
Crew's Hole: 1 Chiffchaff.

Fishponds (Bristol):
Cycle Track: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 6 Goldcrest, 15 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Redwing, 8 Chaffinch.
1/12/15 Jay (Gill Sapsed)
Eastville Park (Bristol):
1/12/15 Kingfisher (Martin Tayler)
regular here
Severn Beach: 
73 Curlew, 100 Turnstone, 1 Pomarine Skua down 10.25am.
1/12/15 Turnstone (Dave Hughes)
Shaft Rocks this morning
Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 2 Coal Tit.

Portbury Dock:
10 Gadwall, 1 Peregrine, 350 Dunlin, 41 Curlew, 6 Kittiwake, 1 Stonechat, 3 Rock Pipit.

1/12/15 Purple Sandpiper (Mrs Trellis)
6 birds at Battery Pt this morning
Kenn Moor:
45 Mute Swan.

Village surrounds: 1 Sparrowhawk, 100 Woodpigeon, 17 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 10 Redwing, 25 House Sparrow, 30 Chaffinch, 50 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 2 Linnet, 1 Redpoll, 2 Bullfinch.
Sewage Works: 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Pied Wagtail.

Barrow Tanks:
6 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper of note.

Blagdon Lake:
3 Bewick's Swan, 160 Pochard, 4 Little Egret, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 18 Meadow Pipit, 3 Water Pipit new (Top End, good record for here).

Planet Chew:
Pochard: 1 female with a huge Scaup-like facial blaze.
Lesser Scaup: the drake off Denny today, viewable from the Bittern trail.
Siberian Chiffchaff: 1 again at the Bittern trail but elusive.

Other stuff, 8 Shelduck (numbers on the up), 3 Pintail, 10 Goldeneye, Mervyn the Merganser, 15 Goosander, Ivor still off Woodford, 2 Great White Egret, 14 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 66 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 20 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Stonechat.

Reports: Jane Cumming, David Gale, David Gibbs, Patrick Hancock, Martyn Hayes, Dave Hughes, Karin Rhodes, Trevor Riddle, Gill Sapsed, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Martin Tayler, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, BL birds.

Monday, 30 November 2015

November 2015 - highlights

November 2015 Bird Highlights

Stormy weather mid-month and around 29th/30th produced a good series of seabird records, including 3 species of Diver and Skua and a Black Guillemot.
Late summer migrants were Whimbrel, Swallow, House Martin, Ring Ouzel and Wheatear. Duck and wader numbers were ordinary but there was a good showing of up to 7 Great White Egret at Chew/Blagdon.

Bewick's Swan: 13 birds at Blagdon for a while, dwindling to 5 birds on 30th. 8 at Planet Chew on 2nd, 3 here on 9th. There was an unusual record of at least 2 birds flying over Redland on 24th. Fortunately, they were heard by an ex-Welney warden who is well tuned in to these birds.
Whooper Swan: 4 birds dropped in briefly at Planet Chew, Herriott's on 4th.
Barnacle Goose: 15 birds at Blagdon 4th-16th, then presumably the same at Planet Chew on 20th.
Brent Goose: Singles seen at the coast except for 8 birds at New Passage on 2nd.
Egyptian Goose: Up to 3 birds at Planet Chew/Blagdon during the month.
Shelduck: Generally modest numbers on the coast except for Sand Bay/Pt with 365 on 29th.
Mandarin Duck: 1 at Oldbury on 2nd, 1 at Keynsham Park on 3rd/4th.
Wigeon: Main coastal flock at Severnside where max.800 at New Passage on 11th/12th.
Red-crested Pochard: Up to 2 birds at Planet Chew/Blagdon.
Lesser Scaup: 1 at Planet Chew 12th-28th, mostly on the Bittern trail side.
Scaup: 1 or 2 at Planet Chew/Blagdon but 3 at Planet Chew on 12th.
Common Scoter: 12 off Severnside (22nd), 1 off the Clevedon coast (16th), 1 off Sand Pt (28th).
Goldeneye: Most at Planet Chew, max.20 on 25th.
Red-breasted Merganser: 3 at Planet Chew on 16th, 1 or 2 on many other dates involving Old Mervyn + 1 other.
Goosander: Best numbers late on, max.35 on 26th.
Red-throated Diver: 1 long-stayer at Planet Chew, Woodford on 9th to month end. Gales mid-month produced single at Portbury Wharf (16th) and Severnside (18th).
Black-throated Diver: 1 off Sand Pt (13th), 1 off Severn Beach (27th).
Great Northern Diver: 1 off Sand Pt (16th), 2 here on 30th. 1 off Severn Beach on 30th.
Leach's Petrel: Recorded 13th-17th during stormy weather. 3 off Severn Beach (15th), singles here 13th/16th. 2 off Clevedon (15th) and single birds off Sand Pt 16th/17th.
Fulmar: 1 at Severn Beach (16th/18th/30th), 1 at Clevedon on  29th.
Gannet: A few at the main coastal sites 13th-19th with max.7 off Severn Beach (16th).
Shag: Singles at Sand Pt (16th), and Severn Beach (17th/18th). Never a numerous bird in Avon.
Bittern: 1 at Planet Chew on 1st, 1 at Blagdon on 6th.
Little Egret: A good showing at Blagdon throughout the month, especially early on with max.22 on 10th. Very low water levels presumably concentrating the small fish shoals and making ideal feeding conditions.
Great White Egret: A remarkable showing of birds at Planet Chew and Blagdon all month. Difficult to be sure of exact numbers due to interchange between the waters but max.7 at Chew (10th/14th) and max.6 at Blagdon (3rd).
This species was only first recorded in Avon in 2002.
Glossy Ibis: 1 at the Pilning wetland 6th-20th.
Black-necked Grebe: Up to 4 birds at Blagdon, 1 at Planet Chew on 25th.
Merlin: Coastal singles at Littleton Warth, New Passage and Severn Beach. 1 at Marshfield on 16th.
Purple Sandpiper: Regular at Portishead, Battery Pt, max.7 birds. Typically scarce elsewhere, 1 at Severn Beach 2nd-4th and 2 at Sand Pt (29th).
Dunlin: Generally low coastal flocks except for 2,500 at Severnside on 28th.
Ruff: 4 fly-by birds at Planet Chew, Woodford on 18th noteworthy.
Snipe: Low numbers. Best single count was 36 at Blagdon on 2nd.
Woodcock: A few starting to appear in the North Somerset area, best was 3 at Walton Common on 7th. Numbers should pick up.
Black-tailed Godwit: all at New Passage-Northwick. Double figure counts on most days, 300+ on 23rd and 250 on 27th were particularly impressive.
Whimbrel: A late bird seen at Severn Beach on 18th (latest ever Avon is 19th).
Redshank: Good numbers at the Clevedon coast all month, best was 550 on 18th.
Turnstone: Modest numbers at Clevedon. Stronghold at Severnside with 240 on 19th/20th.
Grey Phalarope: 1 at Oldbury (9th/13th), 1 at Sand Pt (18th) and 1 at Severn Beach (21st).
Arctic Skua: 1 or 2 during the storms, noted at Clevedon (15th), Sand Pt (17th), Portbury Wharf (18th), Severn Beach (29th) and Walton Bay (29th).
Pomarine Skua: Singles at Severn Beach 13th/18th/29th, Sand Pt 29th and W-s-M 15th.
Great Skua: Up to 3 noted at the coastal watch-points during the stormy weather. 8 off Sand Pt on 17th was of particular note.
Kittiwake: Mostly small coastal flocks during the storms. Best was 110 off Severn Beach on 7th.
Little Gull: 1 at Severn Beach 29th/30th.
Yellow-legged Gull: Regular at Planet Chew and Blagdon. Best was 3 at Chew on 13th. 1 at Severnside on 18th.
Black Guillemot: 1 seen at Severn Beach on 15th. Only 3rd Avon record, others 1896 and 1988.
Guillemot: 1 at Sand Pt (18th), 1 at Severn Beach (30th).
Woodpigeon: There was a significant movement of these birds with many large flocks noted passing over. Peak passage was around mid-month and best single counts were 10,000 over Kingswood (16th) and 3,000 over the Avon gorge (16th also). Some other parts of the UK recorded much higher numbers.
Ring-necked Parakeet: Singles at Fishponds and Sand Pt, both on 23rd.
Short-eared Owl: Up to 3 birds recorded at the coast at Oldbury, Severnside, Portishead, Clevedon and Uphill. 1 noted over Kingswood on 19th.
Goldcrest: Widespread this month. Best single count was 30 birds at Aust Cliff on 1st.
Firecrest: Around 12 birds reported, excellent numbers for Avon. 4 at Sand Pt on 12th noteworthy.
Bearded Tit: 2 at Planet Chew, Stratford on 10th, 1 at Oldbury on 22nd.
Swallow: 1 very late bird at Planet Chew, Herriott's on 8th.
House Martin: 4 very late birds at Uphill on 24th.
Yellow-browed Warbler: 1 reported at Portbury Wharf on 3rd.
Siberian Chiffchaff: 1 at Planet Chew, Bittern trail on 26th.
Dartford Warbler: 1 at Severn Beach (1st), 1 at Sand Pt (1st/2nd/4th/22nd).
Starling: No huge flocks yet, best gathering was 3,500 at Marshfield on 9th.
Blackbird: A remarkable count (and influx) of 150 birds at New Passage-Northwick Warth on 4th.
Ring Ouzel: A late bird at Sand Pt on 2nd/4th.
Fieldfare: Lots of small groups reported, best count was 500 at Oldbury on 21st.
Redwing: Best count was 200 at Oldbury on 22nd.
Black Redstart: Up to 2 birds seen around Oldbury Power Station on 6 dates, coastal path by the jetty. Other reports, 1 at Pilning wetland (7th), W-s-M (8th) and Dundry (20th).
Stonechat: Around 40+ birds reported in all, mostly along the coastal strip.
Wheatear:  2 late birds seen at New Passage (4th) and Severn Beach (2nd/3rd).
Tree Sparrow: 1 seen at Planet Chew, Woodford briefly on 23rd. A good bird for Avon these days.
Water Pipit: Recorded only at Severnside and Planet Chew. Max.5 at New Passage-Northwick and max.12 at Chew, Woodford.
Crossbill: A few migrants noted early on, 10 at Aust Cliff on 3rd noteworthy.
Hawfinch: 3 noted at Severn Beach orchard pools on 4th. Only 6 previous records here.
Lapland Bunting: 1 flyover noted at Sand Pt on 22nd.
Yellowhammer: The max.count from Marshfield was 150 birds on 27th.

Very many thanks to everyone who sent us stuff direct or tweeted their records and to the other websites for posting their stuff so promptly.

Sightings 30/11/15

Another very windy day with more seabirds in the estuary. Great Northern Diver, Guillemot and Razorbill records particularly noteworthy.

Clifton (Bristol):
Percival Rd: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker.
30/11/15 Green Woodpecker (David Esam)
Oldbury Power Station:
1 pp Arctic Skua down, late afternoon.

New Passage-Northwick:
22 Shelduck, 250 Lapwing.

Severn Beach:
1 Fulmar, 1 Great Northern Diver, 160 Turnstone, 2 Great Skua, 60 Kittiwake, 1 Little Gull again, 1+ Guillemot.
30/11/15 Guillemot (Vic Savery)
Sand Pt:
300 Shelduck, 2 Great Northern Diver, 140 Dunlin, 11 Curlew, 8 Kittiwake, 5 Common Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Razorbill, 1 Stock Dove.

Uncombe Close: 1 Blackcap.

1 Buzzard, 3 Stock Dove, 100 Woodpigeon, 100 Skylark, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Linnet, 4 Yellowhammer.

Blagdon Lake:
30 Mute Swan, 5 Bewick's Swan, 2 Egyptian Goose, 15 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail, 5 Lapwing, 5 GBB Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Jay.

Planet Chew:
1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

Reports: Paul Bowyer, David Esam, Patrick Hancock, Pete Hazelwood, Mike Jenkins, Robin Lambert, Brian Lancastle, Simon Mackie, Vic Savery, Mrs Trellis, BL birds. VERY MANY THANKS EVERYONE.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Sightings 29/11/15

29/11/15 Grey Heron (Gill Sapsed)
Eastville Park
Very windy today but pretty rubbish sea-watching. No Divers, Petrels, Auks, Phalaropes or Sabine's Gull. Just 1 Fulmar, some Skuas, Kittiwakes and 1 Little Gull to get excited about.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Great Skua up, 10 Kittiwake up.

New Passage-Northwick:
36 Canada Goose, 21 Shelduck, 90 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Redshank, 2 Stonechat.

Severn Beach:
2 Arctic Skua (Michael Davis, 11.15am), 1 Pomarine Skua, 3+ Great Skua, 100 Kittiwake, 1 immature Little Gull.

29/11/15 Coal Tit & Goldfinch (Paul Milsom)
Crockerne Drive garden. 1 blown down fence also noteworthy here today
Walton Bay:
1 Arctic Skua 10.15am (Harvey Rose).

Ladye Bay seawatch: 1 Fulmar, 2 Great Skua, 25+ Kittiwake.

Sand Pt:
Seawatch to mid-day: 1 Brent Goose, 365 Shelduck, 5 Grey Plover, 440 Dunlin, 16 Curlew, 1 Pomarine Skua, 30 Kittiwake (Paul Bowyer).

2 Purple Sandpiper at the point (Adrian Hockey). Possibly birds displaced from Portishead. Battery Pt rocks were uninhabitable this morning.

Backwell Lake:
42 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 22 Magpie (single group), 1 Bullfinch.

Blagdon Lake:
5 Bewick's Swan, 2 Goosander new, 2 Little Egret, 7 Lapwing.

Planet Chew:
3 Pintail, 55 Shoveler, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (Mervyn + a new bird), 23 Goosander, Ivor seen again (renamed Ivor the Skiver due to its absences recently), 2 Great White Egret, 12 Little Egret, 80 Lapwing, 2 Mediterranean Gull.

Owl sp: 2nd hand report of 1 seen at dusk at Stratford Lane, possible Short-eared or Long-eared, either of which would be really good for this site.
29/11/15 Goosander pair (Brian Thompson)

Reports: Paul Bowyer, Michael Davis, Adrian Hockey, John Martin, Paul Milsom, Harvey Rose, Gill Sapsed, Chris Stone, Tim Warren, Jason Williams, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Sightings 28/11/15

Oldbury Power Station:
300+ Lapwing, 3+ Knot, 500+ Dunlin, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Firecrest (Matt Plenty, lagoon 2 reedbed), 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Black Redstart again (jetty section).
28/11/15 mixed Waders (Craig Lewis)
Yacht club end this morning
Littleton Warth:
WeBS: 415 Wigeon, 175 Teal, 55 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 12 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover, 35 Dunlin, 10 Snipe, 130 Curlew, 95 Redshank, 10 Turnstone, 1 GBB Gull.
Other stuff, 12 Rock Pipit, 2 Redpoll.

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 1 db Brent Goose, 14 Shelduck, 700 Wigeon, 24 Gadwall, 90 Teal, 30+ Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 10 Coot, 110 Oystercatcher, 200 Lapwing, 2,500 Dunlin, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 190 Curlew, 70+ Redshank,

Battery Pt: 5 Purple Sandpiper.
Marina: 4 Cormorant.
West Hill: 1 flyover Woodcock, over the road at dusk.
28/11/15 Purple Sandpiper (Brian Thompson)
Backwell 27/11/15:
Uncombe Close: 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Siskin.

Sand Pt:
1 Common Scoter down, 200+ Dunlin down, 17 Kittiwake up.
28/11/15 Common Scoter (Paul Bowyer)
Blagdon Lake:
5 Bewick's Swan, 6 Little Egret, 2 Black-necked Grebe.

Planet Chew:
1 Lesser Scaup still (view from Bittern trail hump), 20+ Goosander, 80 Lapwing.

Roger and Jean Staples not long back from a birding trip to the States and sent in  some photos of their stay around Pennsylvania:-
Blue Jay & Northern Mockingbird (Roger Staples)

Northern Saw-whet Owl (Roger Staples)

Downy Woodpecker (Roger Staples)
Very many thanks Roger and Jean. If anyone sees any of these birds around Avon, please can you let us know....we kinda like to be told....

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Paul Bowyer, John Clark, Robin Lambert, Craig Lewis, John Martin, Matt Plenty, Lisa Presland, Roger Staples, Mrs Trellis, Jason Williams, BL birds, severnsidebirds.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Sightings 27/11/15

Windy over the next few days....so head for the Severn Beach seawall. The last blow mid-month produced Leach's Petrel, Fulmar, Gannet, Shag, Pom Skua, Great Skua and Black Guillemot.

Ashton Court (Bristol):
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Mistle Thrush.

City Docks:
1 fly-through Goosander, M Shed towards the SS Great Britain lunch-time.

Stoke Bishop (Bristol):
Church Ave: 1 Blackcap, first of the winter here.

Northfield Lane: 2 Golden Plover, 200 Chaffinch, 150 Yellowhammer.
Shire Valley: 3 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel, 4 Mistle Thrush.

Oldbury Power Station:
Stacks of waders at the Yacht club end over the morning high tide.
52 Wigeon (Shepperdine end), 90 Teal (Shepperdine end), 2 Oystercatcher, 332 Lapwing, 965 Dunlin, 232 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 1 Short-eared Owl.

New Passage-Northwick:
32 Gadwall, 115 Teal, 1 Pintail, 25 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 230 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 250 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Redpoll.

Severn Beach:
1 Black-throated Diver floated downriver, morning tide (Paul Bowerman, from the house sighting).
Other stuff, 9 Shelduck, 10 Wigeon, 10 Ringed Plover, 50 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 80 Redshank, 150 Turnstone, 2 Rock Pipit.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 10 Chaffinch.

Portbury Dock:
2 Mediterranean Gull.

27/11/15 Brambling (Nigel Tucker)
Quantock Rd garden
Congresbury Moor:
1 Woodcock.

Barrow Tanks:
1 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 64 Pochard, 5 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper.

Blagdon Lake:
7 Bewick's Swan (nos dropping), 3 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Redpoll.

Planet Chew:
5 Shelduck, 4 Pintail, 1 Lesser Scaup (Jeff Hazell, Bittern trail again), 1 Scaup, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 28 Goosander, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Great White Egret, 9 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 15 Fieldfare, 4 Siskin, 1 Reed Bunting.
No reports of Ivor the Diver so far today.

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Jeff Hazell, Niall Machin, Andy Middleton, Karin Rhodes, Trevor Riddle, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, Nigel Tucker, Roger White, BL birds, TBOSG.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Sightings 26/11/15

Ashton Court (Bristol):
Mansion House environs: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 2 Raven, 5 Mistle Thrush, 10 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin.

Avonmouth (Bristol):
Docks: 4 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 80 Teal, 26 Mallard, 4 Cormorant, 41 Oystercatcher, 425 Dunlin, 16 Curlew, 74 Redshank, 512 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 72 Herring Gull.

Eastville Park (Bristol):
1 Mediterranean Gull back this morning (Allan Chard, Larry Sweetland). Other stuff, 4 Coal Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Nuthatch.
26/11/15 Mediterranean Gull (Martin Tayler)
recent sightings here 3rd/29th October
Lower Almondsbury:
20 Rook, 120 Starling, 200+ mixed Fieldfare/Redwing.

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 23 Canada Goose, 15 Shelduck, 500 Wigeon, 20 Gadwall, 70 Teal, 1 Pintail, 30 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 4 Water Rail, 90 Oystercatcher, 120 Lapwing, 1,000 Dunlin, 5 Snipe, 100 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Curlew, 30 Common Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Water Pipit.

Portbury Dock:
4 Shelduck, 151 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 23 Curlew, 15 Redshank, 565 BH Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 GBB Gull, 6 LBB Gull, 98 Herring Gull.

Portbury Wharf:
Pools & environs: 9 Mute Swan, 45 Wigeon, 16 Gadwall, 14 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 4 Little Grebe, 24 Lapwing, 60 Herring Gull, 1 Jay, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 27 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting.
Estuary side: 4 Shelduck, 140 Teal, 300 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 7 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 3 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull.

Battery Pt: 5 Purple Sandpiper, 33 Dunlin.
Boating Lake: 4 Mute Swan, 1 resident Greylag Goose, 3 Goosander dropped in briefly.
26/11/15 Purple Sandpiper & Dunlin this morning (Lee Gardiner)
26/11/15 Goosander (Lee Gardiner)
Kenn Moor:
30 Mute Swan, 37 Canada Goose, 5 Grey Heron, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Kestrel, 2 Kingfisher, 100 Starling, 20 Fieldfare, 3 Stonechat.
26/11/15 Kestrel (Higgy)
Clevedon coast:
Wains Hill-Yeo Est: 54 Canada Goose, 75 Shelduck, 100 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 72 Oystercatcher, 12 Grey Plover, 80 Lapwing, 900+ Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 110 Curlew, 380 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 40 BH Gull, 20 Herring Gull, 3 Raven, 10 Skylark, 10 Fieldfare, 4 Rock Pipit, 80 Greenfinch. 
Morning HT count by Harvey.

Plumley Park: 1 Water Rail, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail.

River Avon: 1 Little Egret.

Sewage Works: just 6 Pied Wagtail.
Village surrounds: 1 Buzzard, 1 Stock Dove, 4 Jay, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Treecreeper, 22 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 20 Redwing, 1 Pied Wagtail, 30 Chaffinch, 30 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 2 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch.

Backwell Lake:
27 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Water Rail of note.

Planet Chew:
1 Todd's type Canada Goose, 1 Fulvous Whistling Duck, 5 Shelduck, 6 Pintail, 2 juv Scaup, 18 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 35 Goosander, Ivor the Diver still (but distant), 3 Great White Egret, 16 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 45 Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 adult Mediterranean Gull, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Jay, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff (Bittern Trail), 20 Fieldfare, 21 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail.
26/11/15 Teal (Ian Stapp)
No sign of the Lesser Scaup today from our 2 very special agents + others looking for it.

Reports: Allan Chard, Pete Coslett, Lee Gardiner, Patrick Hancock, Higgy, Adrain Hockey, Lois Pryce, Lyndon Roberts, Harvey Rose, Ian Stapp, Larry Sweetland, Martin Tayler, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, severnsidebirds.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Sightings 25/11/15

25/11/15 'redhead' Smew (Dave Hughes)
Corsham Park Lake, Wilts

Otters in Avon: We have an Otter geek who is very keen to receive any sightings or evidence of Otter in Avon. If you are lucky to see an Otter whilst out birding,  please could you send us details or contact:
Gill Brown at: yacwagottergroup@yahoo.co.uk or Tel: 07810 887293 if you come across a dead Otter as it can be collected for post mortem analysis.
Further information at: http://yacwag.org.uk/category/otters/.

If your sighting or record is at a vulnerable or sensitive site which you wish and need to keep confidential, then please indicate this and the information won't be made public. Thanks.

Redland (Bristol) 24/11/15:
At least 2 evening flyover Bewick's Swan, heard not seen (Tim Cox).
Tim was Welney WWT warden 1990-97...

City Centre:
Harbour: 1 fly-through Kingfisher, Hole in the Wall water-side area.

Henleaze (Bristol):
1 Firecrest (Matt Hobbs, garden).

Ashton Court (Bristol):
Mansion House environs: 7 Mistle Thrush.

Patch very quiet. 2 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat, 2 Meadow Pipit.

New Passage-Northwick:
Shore & wetland: 26 Canada Goose, 14 Shelduck, 550 Wigeon, 20 Gadwall, 80 Teal, 30 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 flyover Goosander, 1 Little Egret, 2 Peregrine, 2 Water Rail, 200 Lapwing, 300 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 51 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Curlew, 80 Redshank, 2 Raven, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Water Pipit.

1 Jay, 2 Treecreeper, 18 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 20 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 60 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 20 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 8 Bullfinch.

Barrow Tanks:
Pretty quiet. 4 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail plus small numbers of the common ducks.

Blagdon Lake:
9 Bewick's Swan, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 242 Pochard, 9 Little Egret, 3 Black-necked Grebe.

Planet Chew:
Fulvous Whistling Duck: it's re-appeared, off Denny today. Last recorded 17 October.
4 Shelduck, 2 Pintail, 1 Lesser Scaup (Chris Stone, Bittern Trail), 1 Scaup, 20 Goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 27+ Goosander, Ivor the Diver still, 3 Great White Egret, 11 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 70 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Jay, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 25 mixed Fieldfare/Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 12 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch plus a few Siskin at the Bittern Trail and Moreton.

Reports: Tim Cox, Patrick Hancock, Matt Hobbs, Chris Johnson, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Mrs Trellis, BL birds, severnsidebirds, TBOSG.