Friday, 5 February 2016

Sightings 5/2/16

Stockwood (Bristol):
Open Space: 1 Nuthatch, 20+ Goldfinch, 3 Bullfinch.

Bishopsworth (Bristol):
Crox Bottom: 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Goldfinch.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck (both on the lake), 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (yacht club).

Littleton Warth:
LT count: 50 Shelduck, 260 Wigeon, 260 Teal, 6 Little Egret, 15 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 305 Curlew.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 1 Tawny Owl calling this morning, pool environs,

Ham Green:
Ravens nest-building.

Clevedon coast 3/2/16:
Blind Yeo: 8 Goosander (5m, 3f).

Uncombe Close: 18 species in the garden today. Of note were,1 Marsh Tit, 1 Blackcap, 3 Siskin, 1 Bullfinch.
January: 1 female Blackcap daily.

Sand Bay:
1 Dartford Warbler, 1 Stonechat.

River Avon: 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 14 Common Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 25+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail of note.
5/2/16 Fieldfare (Robert Hargreaves)
Willsbridge Mill:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Dipper (c.400m upstream).
5/2/16 Sparrowhawk (Jeff Hosier)
Viaduct environs: 1 Peregrine, 1 Dipper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Siskin of note.
5/2/16 Peregrine (Raoul Chanderasakera)
Blagdon Lake:
3 Black-necked Grebe still (Wood Bay).

Litton Res:
1 Canada Goose, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler (unusual here), 30 Tufted Duck, 6 Cormorant, 13 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Planet Chew:
15 Barnacle Goose , 18 Pochard (Villice, 14m, 4f), 160+ Tufted Duck, 5 Goldeneye, 17 Little Egret (Heron's Green cow-field), 2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 3 Jay, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 60 Redwing.
A lot of pike fishing boats out so birds a bit scattered. Best pike this week, 35lb.
5/2/16 Barnacle Goose (Mrs Trellis)
at Woodford with the Canadas

Reports: Raoul Chandersakera, Teresa Chard, Nick Cryer, Jane Cumming, Roger Gibb, Robert Hargreaves, Roger Hawley, Jeff Hosier, Robin Lambert, Karin Rhodes, Mrs Trellis, BL birds, opsbirding.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Sightings 4/2/16

Severn Estuary Wader Migration with Ed Drewitt (Steve Judd)
Really excellent talk by Ed Drewitt on this fascinating subject, held at The White Hart, Littleton Warth, Tues 2 February.
Check Ed's website: Ed Drewitt wildlife.

Bishopsworth (Bristol):
Crox Bottom: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Song Thrush, 8 Goldfinch.

Stapleton (Bristol):
Church: 2 Peregrine, usual birds.
4/2/16 Peregrine (Michael Davis)
showing very well in recent days
Eastville Park (Bristol):
1 Mediterranean Gull, on the lake again.
Other stuff, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 8+ Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest again, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Siskin.
4/2/16 Mediterranean Gull (Martin Tayler)
recent sightings here in Oct/Nov 2015
Shirehampton (Bristol):
Station Rd: 1 Fieldfare.

Pond: The Wood Duck still.

New Passage-Northwick:
8 Mute Swan still, 1 Greylag Goose, 27 Canada Goose, 1 db Brent Goose, 67 Shelduck, 450 Wigeon, 25 Gadwall, 140 Teal, 2 Pintail, 64 Shoveler, 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 16 Coot, 140 Lapwing, 100 Dunlin, 5 Common Gull, 1 GBB Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 50 Pied Wagtail, 1 Rock Pipit.

Abbots Leigh:
Manor Rd: 3 Jay, 11 Redwing, 15 Goldfinch, in the orchard.

Portbury Wharf:
LT count: 6 Mute Swan, 16 Canada Goose, 15 Shelduck, 1 Gadwall, 140 Teal, 2 Mallard, 400 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 11 Curlew, 20 Redshank, 41 BH Gull, 3 LBB Gull, 5 Herring Gull.
No Wigeon on the estuary here at all.
Pools & scrub: 6 Mute Swan, 180 Wigeon, 22 Gadwall, 25 Teal, 20 Mallard, 45 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 11 Tufted Duck, 4 Cormorant, 10 Little Grebe, 1 Merlin (foreshore), 32 Lapwing, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 10 Redwing, 3 Stonechat, 6 House Sparrow, 7 Meadow Pipit, 25 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin, 3 Redpoll, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting.

Battery Pt: 1 Purple Sandpiper.
Boating Lake: 6 Tufted Duck.

Sand Bay:
Beach Rd: 2 Dartford Warbler still (No.53), 4 Stonechat, 6 Linnet.

Village surrounds: 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Jay, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackbird, 5 Song Thrush, 45 Redwing, 7 Pied Wagtail, 12 Chaffinch, 22 Goldfinch.
Sewage Works: 5 Grey Wagtail, 10 Pied Wagtail.

Backwell Lake:
Little Egret: 17 into roost by dusk. Birds start arriving around 3pm.
Other stuff, 17 Mute Swan, 13 Canada Goose, 3 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 85 BH Gull, 53 Woodpigeon (to roost).

Planet Chew:
15 Barnacle Goose, 20 Shelduck, 2 Scaup, 9 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 1 Bittern (CVRS this morning), 18 Little Egret (HG field), 1 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 fly-through Peregrine, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 GBB Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Jay, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 70 mixed Fieldfare/Redwing, 1 Song Thrush.

Reports: Chris Craig, Nick Cryer, Michael Davis, Patrick Hancock, David Hanks, Graham Sims, Nigel Sluman, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Larry Sweetland, Martin Tayler, Mrs Trellis, Dan White, severnsidebirds.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Sightings 3/2/16

Chris Vines is just back from a birding trip to California and Hawaii and sent in these pics:-
Marbled Godwit

Black Turnstone

Heerman's Gull
If you see any of these birds in Avon, please can you tell us immediately....and forget to tell everyone else. Thanks.

Stockwood (Bristol):
Open Space: 12 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch.

Eastville Park (Bristol):
1 Kingfisher, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest still (Wickham bridge), 4 Coal Tit.

City Centre:
2 Peregrine.

Ashton Court (Bristol):
Mansion House environs: 2 Buzzard, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Blackbird (in 1 bush), 3 Mistle Thrush, 4 Nuthatch.
Plus 1 RTA Buzzard found on Rownham Hill.

Rushmead Lane end: 3 Buzzard, 120 Golden Plover, 4 Raven, 50 Fieldfare, 800 Linnet (farm).
Down Rd: 300+ Yellowhammer.

Lower Woods:
3 Woodcock.

New Passage-Northwick:
8 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag goose, 30 Canada Goose, 50 Shelduck, 550 Wigeon, 24 Gadwall, 30 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Egret, 350 Lapwing, 300 Dunlin, 140 Curlew, 45 Redshank.

Severn Beach:
1 Great Crested Grebe, afternoon tide.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Coal Tit.

Battery Pt: 1 Purple Sandpiper.
Boating Lake: 4 Mute Swan, 6 Tufted Duck.
Marina: 5 Mute Swan, 18 Canada Goose, 200+ Dunlin (estuary), 1 Rock Pipit.
Springfield Rd: 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Blackcap.

Nowhere Wood: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper.
3/2/16 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Mike Thomas)
excavating a new hole today
3/2/16 Dipper (Brian Thompson)
2 birds here this evening
Blagdon Lake:
1 Barnacle Goose, 3 Black-necked Grebe of note.

Planet Chew:
18 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 2 Buzzard, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 GBB Gull, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 4 Goldcrest (in display), 12 Long-tailed Tit, 4 House Sparrow.

CVRS: 1 Barn Owl, late afternoon.

River Somer: 2 Dipper of note.

Reports: Rob Beale, Teresa Chard, Chris Craig, David Hanks, Lisa Presland, John Rickard, Karin Rhodes, Nigel Sluman, Ian Stapp, Martin Tayler, Mike Thomas, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, BL birds, severnsidebirds, TBOSG.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Sightings 2/2/16

Stockwood (Bristol):
Open Space: 1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Fieldfare, 2 resident Stonechat, 20 Goldfinch, 8 Bullfinch.

Speedwell (Bristol):
Whitefield Allotments: 1 Ring-necked Parakeet (Andrew Archer). There have been a few sightings around Easton/St George over past couple of months, so perhaps the same bird on tour.

Eastville Park (Bristol):
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Peregrine, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Dipper.

Bristol City Centre:
3 Peregrine.

2/2/16 Wood Duck (Robert Hargreaves)
still at the duck pond
Coalpit Heath:
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 18 Magpie, 16 Long-tailed Tit, 20 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Greenfinch, 6 Bullfinch, 4 Yellowhammer.

Moorend: 2 Dipper, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Aust Warth:
6 Kittiwake.

New Passage-Northwick:
1 Greylag Goose, 60+ Canada Goose, 1 db brent Goose, 8 Mute Swan, 32 Shelduck, 450 Wigeon, 2 Little Egret, 120 Lapwing, 180 Curlew.

Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 1 fly-through garden Sparrowhawk.

Battery Pt: 3 Purple Sandpiper.
Marina: 8 Mute Swan, 20 Canada Goose.

Newton St Loe:
11 Goosander, 2 Buzzard, 6 Common Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Skylark, 1 Chiffchaff, 30 Redwing, 1 Stonechat.

Backwell Lake:
Little Egret: 19 birds into roost by 5.15pm, a new lake record (Mike Thomas). Afterwards, Mike went to the pub to celebrate and on his return to the lake after closing time, there were another 57 birds....

Other stuff, 17 Mute Swan, 13 Canada Goose, 5 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 1 Grey Heron, 150 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 5 Goldfinch.

Blagdon Lake:
3 Black-necked Grebe (Wood Bay).

Planet Chew:
1 Greylag Goose, 12 Barnacle Goose, 21 Shelduck, 2 Scaup, 12 Goldeneye, 2 Buzzard, 20 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 16 Long-tailed Tit, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Bullfinch.

Gull roost: 1 adult Mediterranean Gull this evening.
Nunnery: Pike fishing is on so you can drive up to the car park until 7 Feb. Then again, 15-21 Feb.
Trout fishing starts 17 March when everything will be open.

The lake is full with water flowing over the overspill at the dam. Pike fishing season started today so quite a bit of boat activity.
2/2/16 Green Sandpiper (Ian Stapp)
regular and reliable along the Moreton track recently
Reports: Andrew Archer, Teresa Chard, Lee Gardiner, Robert Hargreaves, Adrian Hockey, Dave Nevitt, Karin Rhodes, John Rickard, Rich Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, Mike Thomas, Mrs Trellis, Lauren & Wayne Tucker, BL birds, severnsidebirds.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Sightings 1/2/16

Black-headed Heron & Pied Kingfisher (Bob Brewer)
Bob is still overwintering in Africa. He said he is not coming back until the first Sand Martin appears at Planet Chew.

Very strong winds in the estuary all day but only producing Kittiwake of note.

St Andrews (Bristol):
Park: 2 Long-tailed Tit, 20 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Goldfinch.

Eastville Park (Bristol):
1 Firecrest again. near Wickham bridge, along the walled lane at the edge of the clearing.

Stapleton (Bristol):
1/2/16 Peregrine (Allan Chard)
1 or 2 regular here in recent weeks
1/2/16 Redpoll (Anita Teague)
Harescombe garden today
Moorend: 1 Sparrowhawk (attacking a Dipper), 1 Kingfisher, 2 Dipper, 1 Grey Wagtail.
1/2/16 Dipper (Dan White)
Duck pond: 1 Wood Duck still.

Oldbury Power Station:
c.300 Kittiwake roosting on the estuary here this evening (Pete Hazelwood). Very unusual event.

New Passage-Northwick:
1 Gannet, 1 Peregrine.
1/2/16 db Brent Goose (John Martin)
Severn Beach:
1 Kestrel, 120 Dunlin, 150 Turnstone, 54 Kittiwake.
1/2/16 Kittiwake (Lee Gardiner)
these off shaft rocks
Abbots Leigh:
Sandy Lane end: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Coal Tit.

Portbury Wharf:
Pools: 4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 112 Wigeon, 21 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 34 Shoveler, 9 Tufted Duck, 10 Little Grebe, 23 Lapwing, 12 Snipe plus 1 Chiffchaff along Wharf Lane.
1/2/16 Snipe (Mrs Trellis)
in front of the D'Arcy hide this afternoon
Battery Pt: 6 Purple Sandpiper, 2 fly-by Kittiwake.
Boating Lake: 3 Mute Swan, the Greylag Goose, 1 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck.
Springfield Rd: 10 Long-tailed Tit.

Willsbridge Mill:
2 Goldcrest, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Dipper, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Blagdon Lake:
1/2/16 Black-necked Grebe, Wood Bay (Brian Thompson)
The long-staying trio, though one or more BNG has been recorded here since October 2015

Reports: Adrian Adams, Allan Chard, Teresa Chard, Lee Gardiner, John Martin, Jon Mortin, Karin Rhodes, John Rickard, Nigel Sluman, Chris Stone, Larry Sweetland, Paul Taylor, Anita Teague, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, Dan White, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.

January 2016 - Bird Highlights

BG: Barrow Tanks

Cl-Y: south Clevedon coast
BL: Blagdon Lake

PW: Portbury Wharf
CVL: Chew Valley Lake

RPD: Portbury Dock

Notable species recorded in Avon this month were: Great Northern Diver, Fulmar, Bittern, Great White Egret, Slavonian & Black-necked Grebe, Avocet, Whimbrel, Arctic & Great Skua, Ring-billed Gull, Little Auk, Swallow, Siberian Chiffchaff and Dartford Warbler.

Bewick's Swan: 1 record, 5 birds first seen at CVL on 12th, then later at BL on same day.

Brent Goose: A group of 12 birds seen at the Yeo Est (6th) of note and 3 here on 25th. 2 birds at Severn Beach (2nd), 1 at New Passage (16th).

Barnacle Goose: Up to 15 birds at CVL/BL during the month.

Egyptian Goose: 2 at BL on several dates, 1 at the Keynsham river Avon on 1st/2nd.

Shelduck: Best coastal counts were Severnside 42, RPD 102, Cl-Y 165, Axe Est 73. Quite good numbers were seen at CVL, max.23 on 14th.

Wigeon: Coastal maxima: OPS 240, Littleton Warth 350, New Passage 700, Clevedon 420. Poor numbers noted at the lakes, BL 20 and CVL 22.

Pintail: Generally very small numbers recorded at the coast except for 19 at New Passage on 20th, a good count for Avon. 14 birds noted downriver off OPS on 30th.

Pochard: The WWT has been carrying out surveys to ascertain the gender bias between male and female Pochard, apparently female Pochard are having a bad time of it. One of our contributors, carried out some casual counts at the lakes and came up with a ration of 3:1. It will be interesting to see if the official statistics reflect this.

Scaup: Up to 4 birds at CVL (21st) and 2 at BL (9th).

Lesser Scaup: The drake bird was noted at CVL 5th-7th only.

Common Scoter: 7 birds flew up-channel off Sand Bay on 16th.

Goldeneye: Max counts at the lakes, BG 1, CVL 24 and BL 25.

Red-breasted Merganser: 1 bird at Newton St Loe lake on 24th, patch tick and red-letter day for Lauren & Wayne Tucker. 1 bird reported at CVL on 5 dates.

Goosander: Poor numbers at the lakes. 22 birds at Newton St Loe Lake was noteworthy and smaller numbers here on other dates too. 15 noted at the Clevedon coast on 20th and a few along the river Avon at Keynsham.

Fulmar: 1 bird off Sand Pt on 5th, another or same off Anchor Head on 7th.

Grey Partridge: 1 bird at Marshfield, Orchid Lane on 1st. A species not often reported in Avon.

Bittern: 1 bird at CVL on 12th, then 2 here on 20th.

Great Northern Diver: 1 flyover seen at Portbury village on 13th, a complete out of the blue sighting as the weather was calm and there were no other reports of any Diver species at all locally.

Little Egret: A regular and large gathering at CVL, Heron’s Green with max.28 on 3rd, birds in the wet field near the pool. Other notable counts were, 9 at OPS (5th), 22 at Kingston Seymour (24th), 18 at Blackwell Lake (29th to roost), 9 at Uphill (16th) and smaller numbers elsewhere.

Great White Egret: Up to 2 at CVL/BL to 16th, then the birds seem to have abandoned the areas, presumably due to high water levels making feeding difficult.

Slavonian Grebe: 1 bird at the Pilning wetland 11th/12th, 1 at BG on 20th only.

Black-necked Grebe: The BL birds noted all month.

Great Crested Grebe WeBS at the lakes, BG 10, BL 18, CVL 35.

Red Kite: Single birds at Burnett (10th) and CVL, Breach Hill (25th).

Marsh Harrier:  1 bird at CVL on 10th/20th.

Sparrowhawk: Ones/twos noted at 16+ sites.

Buzzard: Many reports, best single count was 7 birds at Kenn Moor on 19th.

Merlin: Noted at Marshfield, Severnside, Yeo Est, Kenn Moor, Bath Lansdown and CVL but probably no more than 6 or 7 individuals involved.

Water Rail: 5 birds at CVL on 5th was the best single count. Elsewhere, up to 3 birds at Marshfield, OPS, New Passage, Chittening Warth, RPD, Portbury Wharf, Clevedon coast, Backwell Lake, Kenn Moor, Uphill, Bleadon and BL.

Oystercatcher: Best coastal counts were: Severnside 200 (20th), Cl-Y 42 (13th) and Axe Est 61 (17th).

Avocet: 8 birds at OPS on 2nd only, then 1 at Yeo Est on 7th.

Ringed Plover: Coastal maxima: OPS 3, Severn Beach 20, Avonmouth Docks 10, Clevedon coast 8, Axe Est 29.

Golden Plover: Most at Marshfield where max.400 on 18th. 46 at Bristol airport on 12th was the only other double figure count received.

Grey Plover: Coastal maxima: OPS 4, Severn Beach 1, Clevedon coast 32 and Sand Bay 12.

Lapwing: Lots of small to medium sized flocks reported. Best numbers were at the Clevedon coast where 2,750 on 25th.

Knot: Most at the Clevedon coast where max.45 on 6th and 15 here on 28th.

Sanderling: Up to 13 birds at the Axe Est area 17th/18th.

Purple Sandpiper: The Portishead, Battery Pt birds present all month, max.9 on 29th/30th. 1 was present at Severn Beach with Turnstones on 17th/18th.

Dunlin: Coastal maxima: OPS 2,000, Littleton Warth 465, Severnside 2,000, Avonmouth Docks 1,000, Portbury Dock 500, Clevedon 4,500, Sand Bay 600, W-s-M 1,000, Axe Est 800.

Jack Snipe: Up to 3 birds noted at Yate, Littleton Warth, Aust Warth, Severn Beach, Clevedon coast and Backwell Lake.

Snipe: Lots of small parties reported. Best single counts were: 56 at OPS, 31 at Severn Beach, 43 at Portbury Wharf, 35 at Blagdon.

Woodcock: 1 flushed at Chittening Warth on 16th, 1 at Weston Moor on 30th.

Black-tailed Godwit: After a good December, hardly any this month. 8 birds at Axe Est on 18th, singles at New Passage (22nd) and at Portishead (10th).

Bar-tailed Godwit: 1 at the Yeo Est on 7th. 

Whimbrel: 1 bird lingering at Sand Bay/Pt 8th-14th, a very unusual winter record.

Curlew: All coastal reports. OPS 415, Littleton Warth 250, New Passage 300, Clevedon 350.    

Common Sandpiper: Regular reports from the main lakes and sites along the tidal river Avon. Best single count was 4 at Sea Mills on 15th.

Spotted Redshank: 1 bird noted up the river Yeo on 11th. A good winter record for Avon.

Greenshank: 1 bird on the tidal Avon around Sea Mills on 8th, presumably the regular wintering bird here.

Green Sandpiper: Ever present at CVL, max.4 on 7th. 4 also at Bleadon on 19th and singles here on 1st/8th.

Redshank: All coastal, best counts at the well-watched sites were: OPS 21, Littleton Warth 49, New Passage 120, Avonmouth Docks 77, RPD 62, Cl-Y 500 and Sand Bay 100.

Turnstone: Strictly coastal with Severnside holding most birds. Max.280 birds here on 2nd. Other coastal sites had 50 or fewer birds.

Arctic Skua: 1 pale phase bird on the Channel View seawall on 30th.

Great Skua: Singles seen off Anchor Head on 7th and Severn Beach on 31st.

Kittiwake: 2 birds off Anchor Head on 7th, 16 off Severn Beach on 7th.

Little Gull: 1 bird at the Pilning wetland on 3rd, 1 at OPS on 30th.

Mediterranean Gull: Regular at CVL with max.5 birds in the roost on 21st. Other reports from the Avon Gorge river Avon (8th), RPD (14th), Marshfield (15th/16th) and BL (23rd).

Ring-billed Gull: 2 birds at CVL on 21st, an adult + 2nd winter in the roost.

Yellow-legged Gull: 1 bird at CVL on 5th/6th, 1 at BG on 21st.

Great Black-backed Gull: 13 birds feeding on a dead fish at Littleton Warth on 9th of note.

Little Auk: 1 bird at the Marine lake W-s-M on 4th.

Ring-necked Parakeet: 1 bird at St George, Bristol on 5th and another or same at Greenbank cemetery Easton on 23rd.

Barn Owl: Single birds seen at Inglestone Common, PW, Weston Moor, BG, CVL and Paulton.

Little Owl: Rather scarce, single birds noted at Marshfield, New Passage and the Yeo Est.

Tawny Owl: Regular around the Abbots Leigh Woods on 7 dates, further reports from Marshfield, OPS, Tockington, Congresbury and BL.

Short-eared Owl: 1 bird at Aust Warth (6th), then up to 3 showing at Uphill 16th-25th.

Kingfisher: Widely reported and seemingly unaffected by very high water levels at traditional sites at the lakes and streams around the area.

Green Woodpecker: Very widely reported in ones/twos. Overcourt Woods the hotspot with 15+ birds (at least) on a few dates.

Great Spotted Woodpecker: Widely reported like Green. 6+ birds at Overcourt Woods on 23rd.

Jay: Noted at 20+ sites, mostly in ones/twos. 4 birds were at CVL on 15th.

Jackdaw: 2 large counts: 500 at Yatton (4th), 500 at CVL (5th).

Raven: Widespread and noted at 15+ sites on many days. 8 birds at Ashton Court on 19th was the best single count.

Goldcrest: Stacks of these birds in Eastville Park, no doubt helping in the discovery of the Firecrest. 20 on 7th and 12+ on 15th were particularly noteworthy.

Firecrest: Up to 2 birds regular in Eastville Park on many days. Elsewhere, 1 at Clifton (9th), 1 at Severn Beach Orchard pools (3 dates) and 1 at Clevedon coast (1st). A really good showing, sometimes we get hardly any winter records at all.

Coal Tit: Widely reported in ones/twos. Good presence though in Helen Pedder’s garden in Clevedon with 5+ birds almost daily.

Marsh Tit: Singles seen at Banwell (6th), Backwell (14th) and Lansdown GC (28th).

Skylark: Generally very small numbers reported. Best flocks were 70 at Paulton and 150 at Marshfield.

Swallow: 1 bird in and around farm buildings at Hinton Blewitt on 20th. Very unusual winter record but it coincides with a few other Swallows being recorded in the UK around same time, including 1 locally in Somerset.

Cetti's Warbler: 5 birds at CVL on 5th, other reports from OPS, Severnside, PW, Congresbury Moor, Clevedon coast, Wick St Lawrence and Axe Est/Purn.

Chiffchaff: Recorded at 20 sites but fewer garden records than Blackcap.

Siberian Chiffchaff: 2 birds at Chew Stoke STW on 8th, 3 here on 28th.

Blackcap: Noted at 20+ sites, nearly all in urban gardens.

Dartford Warbler: 2 birds at Sand Bay from 6th onward. Scrub opposite No.32 Beach Rd most of the time and showing well with patience.

Nuthatch: Noted at 13+ sites.

Treecreeper: Noted at 20+ sites. 6 birds at Wick Golden Valley on 30th.

Starling: Best flocks: Yeo Est 4,000, CVL 3,000 plus many small groups of 100+ strong around the area.

Dipper:  Well recorded at the specialist sites, reports from River Trym W-o-T, Eastville Park, Willsbridge Mill, Chipping Sodbury and Radstock.

Blackbird: More reports than usual, groups 20+ strong at Stockwood, Bishopsworth and Warmley Forest Park. Overall numbers probably reflect observer effort and awareness rather than a true influx of birds.

Fieldfare: Marshfield consistently held best numbers, max.count here was 500 on 16th but several hundreds on other dates.

Redwing: Lots of groups reported, best single flock was 160 at Kenn Moor on 20th.

Black Redstart: Settled in at 3 sites: 1 at OPS to 12th, up to 2 at Worle 17-25th  and 1 at Anchor Head 6-19th.

Stonechat: Noted at 15+ sites, mainly along the coast. Best count, 8 birds at Easter Compton on 28th.

Pied Wagtail: No large urban roosts reported, best single count was 60 at New Passage on 25th.

Rock Pipit: Small numbers seen at the well-watched coastal sites, best count was 12 at RPD on 16th.

Water Pipit: Regular at Northwick Warth all month, 5+ birds, mainly at the 2nd sentry box area. Elsewhere, singles at OPS (16th/23rd) and at Chew Valley Lake (3rd).

Chaffinch: Widespread reports, best flocks were, 120 at Paulton (4th) and 100 Marshfield (20th).

Brambling: Locally, a very poor winter for this species, just odd birds recorded at Yate, Severnside, Worle and Blagdon Lake.

Greenfinch: Widely reported, best numbers were at Warmley Forest Park, max.20 on 24th.

Siskin: Widely reported throughout the area in very small groups, larger counts: 80+ at Warmley Forest Park (24th), 40 at Keynsham (1st), 30 at RPD (13th).

Linnet: No really large flocks reported. Best count was 80 birds at Stockwood Open Space.

Redpoll: Up to 6 birds reported at OPS, Yate, Warmley Forest Park and Keynsham.

Bullfinch: Very widely reported, best single count was 12 at OPS on 2nd.

Yellowhammer: As usual, most at Marshfield, up to 300 birds. Some renegades, 60 at Paulton (11th) and 25 here on 22nd and odd birds at Severnside and Newton St Loe.

Reed Bunting: 3 noteworthy counts, 30 at OPS (5th), 14 at RPD (16th) and 16 at Easter Compton (28th).

Corn Bunting: 100+ at the Marshfield stronghold, mainly the Rushmead Lane end. 

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Sightings 31/1/16

Bishopsworth (Bristol):
Crox Bottom: 1 Treecreeper of note.

Eastville Park (Bristol):
1 Firecrest still, 2 Siskin.

New Passage-Northwick:
8 Mute Swan, 18 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 30 Shelduck, 600 Wigeon, 32 Gadwall, 80 Teal, 4 Pintail, 35 Shoveler, 14 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 70 Oystercatcher, 300 Dunlin, 180 Curlew, 40 Redshank, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Brambling.

Severn Beach:
1 Great Skua up this morning, passed over the new bridge, 35+ Kittiwake.
31/1/16 Great Skua (Dan White)
Still windy in the next few days which could produce some more seabirds.

Battery Pt: 7 Purple Sandpiper.
Boating Lake: 3 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck.
Marina: 9 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose.
Springfield Rd: 1 Coal Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackcap.

Kingston Seymour 30/1/16:
1 Short-eared Owl (Trevor Riddle).

Kenn Moor:
69 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Goose, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 500+ Starling.

300+ Starling.

Sand Bay:
Beach Rd: 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Dartford Warbler (Nos.23/24 today), 4 Stonechat, 12 Linnet.
31/1/16 Stonechat (Higgy)
Blagdon Lake:
3 Black-necked Grebe, 10 Snipe.

Planet Chew:
1 Pintail, 1 Merlin (Stratford).

Reports: Higgy, Chris Johnson, John Martin, John Rickard, Trevor Riddle, Larry Sweetland, Dan White, Jason Williams, BL birds, severnsidebirds.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Sightings 30/1/16

Eastville Park (Bristol):
1 Firecrest still.
Other stuff, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 1 Coal Tit.
30/1/16 Sparrowhawk (Gill Sapsed)
30/1/16 Corn Bunting (Brian Thompson)
Marshfield is the stronghold for Corn Bunting in Avon. 100+ birds reported here this month on several dates plus smaller numbers at other times. No other Avon site attracts such numbers.

Golden Valley: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 5 Goldcrest, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 6 Treecreeper. 

Pond: The drake Wood Duck still at anchor.

Oldbury Power Station:
14 Pintail down, 1 immature Little Gull up of particular note, both good sightings for the estuary.
Other stuff, 3 Mute Swan, 1 Red-legged Partridge.

New Passage-Northwick:
10 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag Goose, 32 Shelduck, 700 Wigeon, 25 Gadwall, 110 Teal, 34 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 50 Oystercatcher, 200 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 185 Curlew, 47 Redshank, 19 Common Gull, 3 GBB Gull, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Rock Pipit.

Battery Pt: 9 Purple Sandpiper still.
Boating Lake: 1 Greylag Goose, 6 Tufted Duck.
Marina: 9 Mute Swan, 22 Canada Goose.
South Rd: 1 Jay.

Weston Moor (Gordano Valley):
1 Woodcock this evening.

Wemberham Lane: 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Raven, 200 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit.
The Wood Kilns: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Blackcap, 1 Bullfinch.

Clevedon coast:

30/1/16 Arctic Skua (Howard Taffs)
Channel View seawall this morning
Another or same Arctic Skua was seen in Bridgwater Bay this morning too.

Sand Bay:
Beach Rd: 2 Dartford Warbler still, opp No.43 today but they are socially mobile along the road.

4 Shelduck, 10 Teal, 2 Grey Heron,  1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 200 Lapwing, 2 Raven, 4 Stonechat, 6 Greenfinch.
No Owls today.

Newton St Loe:
Lake & surrounds: 6 Goosander, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 16 Common Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch.

Siston Brook: 3 Dipper.
30/1/16 Dipper (Matt Scott)
Blagdon Lake:
7 Barnacle Goose, 5 Egyptian Goose, 170 Pochard, 3 Black-necked Grebe.

Litton Res:
1 Canada Goose, 27 Tufted Duck, 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Planet Chew:
1 Greylag Goose, 88 Canada Goose, 22 Shelduck, 22 Wigeon, 100+ Teal, 2 Scaup, 8 Goldeneye, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 70 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Kingfisher, 3 Jay, 1 Raven, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Redpoll.

Reports: Rob Emery, David Gale, Chris Johnson, John Martin, Chris Perry, Arthur Redman, John Rickard, Trevor Riddle, Rich Scantlebury, Matt Scott, Roger Staples, Chris Stone, Howard Taffs, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, Lauren & Wayne Tucker, BL birds, opsbirding, severnsidebirds.