Tuesday, 6 December 2016

6th Dec '16 Tuesday - Sparrowhawks

Dank misty day

Eider duck at Weston-Super-Mare
Sparrowhawks in gardens

6-12-16 Sparrowhawk (Brian Lancastle)
A male with remains of a Goldfinch in Bristol
BRISTOL 
Bishopstown, Paulton Drive:
4/12/16: 1 Green Woodpecker
Blaise Castle Mansion House:
5 Nuthatch
Henbury garden:
1 Sparrowhawk
Stockwood Open Space:
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 6 Wren, 10 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 1 f Stonechat, 15+ Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, 3 Bullfinch
Wyck Beck Road - 9.20:
1 Kingfisher

6-12-16 Sparrowhawk (Roger Staples)
Tempting the Goldfinches in a Nailsea garden?
Nailsea garden:
1 Sparrowhawk

Kenn, Claverham Grove:
12 Mute Swan, 3 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 100+ Starling, 200+ Fieldfare, 1 Stonechat

Yatton, Strawberry Line:
1 Water Rail, 50 Fieldfare, 300 Redwing

Backwell, Uncombe Close:
5 Tits in small garden: Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit

Weston-Super-Mare - Marine Lake & Anchor Head:
6 Shelduck, 1 Eider, 1 Peregrine, 3 Oystercatcher, 60 Dunlin, 20 Redshank, 1 Chiffchaff,
Rock Pipit

4-12-16 Treecreeper at Marshfield (Harry McPhillimy)
Marshfield - Springs Farm:
4/12/16: 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Pied Wagtail

Bath, Twerton:
3 Collared Dove, 1 Jay on feeders, 2 Coal Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 2 pair Blackcap

Chew Valley Lake:
Chew Valley Ringing:
2 Teal, 1 Water Rail
Weekend: 51 Ringed inc 6 Chiffchaff and 1 House Sparrow (1st of the year), 76 Re-traps

Reports: Teresa Chard, Robert Hargreaves, Adrian Hockey, Robin Lambert, Brian Lancastle, Harry McPhillimy, Mike Meecham, Trevor Riddle, Roger Staples, Mrs Trellis, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Monday, 5 December 2016

5th Dec '16 Monday - Common Scoter

Gloomy, dank day

16 Common Scoter on the Yeo Estuary
Eider Duck at Weston-Super-Mare
Great White Egret on the coast at Clevedon and at Chew and Blagdon

5-12-16 Kestrel flushing birds out "Merlin" style at Portbury Wharf (Paul Milo Milsom)

Bristol, Stoke Bishop:
Blackcap on feeder in garden - first of the winter, also 11 Redwings and 5 Mistle Thrushes (very unusual in the garden)

Bristol, Stockwood Open Spaces:
Great Spotted Woodpecker,  2 Jay, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing (fewer than 2015), 3 Bullfinch,
15+ Goldfinch, 1 Goldcrest, 16 Linnet, 2 Chaffinch

Oldbury Power Station:
30 Fieldfare in the orchard, 25+ Blackbird and 10+ Song Thrush around. (No Black Redstarts since Thursday.)

Aust Warth:
1 Water Rail (in the ditch by the sheepfields this afternoon)

Pilning Wetland, Northwick Warth and environs:

28 Canada Geese, 2 Shelduck. Record count of 556 Black-tailed Godwit with a few Knot and Dunlin on the Wetland. 3 Tufted Duck, a few Gadwall, Teal and Coot. 2 Little Grebe and lots of Wigeon. One little owl. Flock of circa 50 mixed Fieldfare and Redwing along seawall.
5-12-16 Fieldfare at Northwick Warth (Tony Scott)

(This afternoon Mrs Trellis) 3 Lapwing, 130 Dunlin, 340+ Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Curlew. 330 Wigeon, 85 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk (chasing thrushes), 1 Kestrel, c.80 mixed Fieldfare/Redwing in the hedges.

5-12-16 Some of the Black-tailed Godwit (Mrs Trellis)
Feeding energetically at Northwick Warth this afternoon 

Portbury:
Kestrel, Redwing

5-12-16 Redwing at Portbury Wharf (Paul Milo Milsom)

Clevedon:
1Waxwing (reported by Will Dommett aged 12)

Clevedon to Yeo Estuary:
10 Barnacle Goose, 145 Shelduck, 285 Wigeon, 155 Teal, 16 Common Scoter (Yeo Estuary), 2 Great White Egret (Blind Yeo), 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 25 Oystercatcher, 55 Grey Plover, 175 Lapwing, 35 Knot, 1250 Dunlin, 3 Common Snipe, 220 Curlew, 360 Redshank, 67 Turnstone, 4 Raven, 50 Skylark, 2250 Starling (most at Channel View Farm), 325 Fieldfare, 400 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 4 Rock Pipit, 5 Bullfinch, 9 Reed Bunting

Wain's Hill to Yeo Estuary:
High Tide visit between 0830-1200
Barnacle Goose: In fields between Sea Wall & Channel View FarmCommon ScoterSingle flock at Yeo EstuaryGreat White Egret: At Blind Yeo

Weston-Super-Mare, Marine Lake:
1 female Eider

Blagdon Lake:
12 Bewick's Swans, 12  Goosanders,  9 Great White Egrets, 18 Little Egrets, 2 Green Sandpipers, 10 Northern Pintails 

Chew Valley Lake:
Dam:
4 Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe, 40+ Redwing (feeding on trees by the road outside the picnic site)
Woodford:
118 Canada Goose, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Ravens, 1 Stonechat, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Song Thrush,
4 Bullfinch (car park 2m 2f),
Herons' Green:
2 Goosander, 2 Great White Egret, 3 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail (pond)    

5-12-16 Great White Egret (Ian Stapp)
Standing out in the gloom at Chew 

Moreton:
4 Canada Goose (up-ending to eat - don't see them doing that often, usually in a field eating grass), 1 Goosander, 
1 Goldeneye, 1 Buzzard,  1 Water Rail, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 
1 Grey Wagtail,  1 Water Pipit, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Cetti's Warbler

5-12-16 Canada Goose (Ian Stapp)
Up-ending for something good to eat at Moreton 
Stratford:
2 Great White Egret, 1 Snipe, 1 Water Pipit
Herriot's Bridge:
2 Goosander, 1 Goldeneye, 10 Shelduck, 8 Pintail, 2 Little Grebe,  2 Great Black-backed Gull

Reports: Teresa Chard, Trevor Ford,  Paul Milo Milsom, Steve Sanins, Tony Scott, Ian Stapp, Mrs Trellis, Roger White, blagdonlakebirdsopsbirding

Sunday, 4 December 2016

4th Dec '16 Sunday - Ringing Reports

Sunny but cold today

Female Eider again, this time on WSM Marine Lake
Black Redstart at the tip of Sand Point
Lots of winter thrushes moving about

Bristol
Eastville Park:
1 Kingfisher, 1 Dipper
4-12-16 Song Thrush at Stoke Park (Gill Sapsed)
Stoke Park:
1+ Snipe, 1 Jay, Song Thrush, Redwing, 4 Bullfinch
Stockwood Open Space:
1 Collard Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit,  6 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 2 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch

3-12-16 Redwing at Littleton Brick Pits (Matt Ashman)
Lots of redwing ringed over the weekend
Littleton Brick Pits Ringing Station:
3/12/16 A busy morning with a total of 100 birds processed - new(retrapped)
0(1) Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2(0) Goldcrest, 0(19) Blue Tit, 1(3) Great Tit, 12(0) Long-tailed Tit, 3(0) Chiffchaff, 1(1) Wren, 2(4) Robin, 0(2) Dunnock, 0(1) Blackbird, 39(0) Redwing, 3(0) Chaffinch, 3(1) Goldfinch, 2(0) Greenfinch

New Passage/Northwick:
1 Mute Swan, 28 Canada Goose, 500+ Wigeon, 30 Teal, 7 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Kestrel, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Moorhen, 15 Coot, 9 Lapwing, 300+ Dunlin, 20 Curlew, 300+ Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 1 Common Gull, 2 Skylark, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit

4-12-16 Common Gull (Dan White)
Dan has been getting to grips with gulls
Easter Compton:
40+ Fieldfare, 35 Redwing

Patchway:
1 Egyptian Goose(Aztec West), 1 Kestrel(The Mall)

Downend:
1 Sparrowhawk

Portbury Wharf:
1 Goldcrest, 100s Fieldfare & Redwing overhead

4-12-16 Dunlin at Battery Point (Vic Savery)
Portishead, Battery Point:
8 Ringed Plover, 26 Dunlin, 5 Turnstone, 2 Rock Pipit
4-12-16 Turnstone at Battery Point (Jason Williams)
No purple sandpipers today

Gordano Valley Ringing Station:
122 Redwing ringed this morning bringing the total to 321 since October 23rd

4-12-16 Reed Bunting (Paul Cousins)
Congresbury Moor:
1 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 1 Moorhen, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 10 Song Thrush, 55 Redwing, 9 Robin, 1 Reed Bunting

Clevedon-Yeo:
18 Mute Swan, 10 Barnacle Goose still* , 92 Canada Goose, 40 Shelduck, 80 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 60+ Mallard, 2 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Little Grebe, 15 Oystercatcher, 18 Grey Plover, 60 Lapwing, 2 Jack Snipe, 1,200 Dunlin, 100 Curlew, 120 Redshank, 42 Turnstone, 2 Raven, 40+ Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing, 9 Skylark, 1 Stonechat
4-12-16 Barnacle Geese along the Clevedon Coast (Jason Williams)
Possibly of wild origin
*Some discussion over the provenance of these birds - genuinely wild or part of the feral flock from further up the Severn? This is the first flock of 'Barnies' seen at this coastal site for 28 years.

Sand Point:
1 Black Redstart

Weston-Super-Mare:
Marine Lake:
Eider - possibly yesterday's Sand Point bird
Harbour:
17 Oystercatcher
Asda:
300-500 Starling

Bleadon:
Allotments to Purn Hill:
1 Jay, 20 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 1 Stonechat

4-12-16 Stonechat in Bleadon (William Hewitt)
Garden:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Blackcap, 2 Greenfinch
Weir (behind sewage works):
6 Teal, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Redshank

Willsbridge Mill:
1 Goldcrest, 10+ flock of Blue and Great Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 15+ Long-tailed Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch

Bath, Twerton:
1 Grey Heron, 3 Collared Dove, 5 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 1 f Blackcap, 3 Dunnock

Bath, Oldfield Park:
1 Blackcap

Newton St Loe:
25 Teal, 1 Goosander, 1 Buzzard, 50 Starling, 20 Fieldfare, 25+ Redwing, 4 Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 30 Meadow Pipit

Blagdon Lake:
12 Bewick's Swan, 16 Goosander, 23 Little Egret, 5 Great White Egret

Chew Valley Lake:
Heron's Green:
4 Great White Egret, 1 Kingfisher
4-12-16 Little and Great White Egrets (Ian Stapp)
Still plenty around Avon, these at Herriots, CVL
Moreton:
2 Goldeneye, 4 Goosander, 1 Buzzard, 150+ Wood Pigeon, 1 Jay, 100+ Jackdaw & Crow, 6 Goldcrest, 16 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 15 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 12 Redwing, 7 Robin,  2 Stonechat, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Pipit, 15 Chaffinch

4-12-16 Ringed Robin (Ian Stapp)
Herriotts End:
9 Shelduck, 4 Pintail, 1 Goldeneye, 4 Goosander, 1 Little Egret, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher

Reports: Matt Ashman, Rob Capel, Teresa Chard, Anthony Cook, Paul Cousins, Adrian Hockey, William Hewitt, Paul House, Martin Hunt, Nigel Milbourne, Michael Newstead, Rob Purveur, Lois Pryce, Lyndon Roberts, Harvey Rose, Steve Sanins, Gill Sapsed, Vic Savery, Richard Scantlebury, Ian Stapp,  Howard Taffs, Jason Williams, blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding


Saturday, 3 December 2016

3rd Dec '16 Saturday - Lapland Bunting

Sunny periods but still cold, low wind

Jack SnipeWoodcock and Short-eared Owl along Severn Beach
Red Kite at Nailsea
ScoterMerlin  and Lapland Bunting at Sand Point
Dartford Warbler at Weston-Super-Mare
Black-necked Grebe at Chew Valley Lake

2-12-16 Peregrine at Avon Gorge (Paul Milo Mislom)
BRISTOL 
Avon Gorge:
1 Peregrine, 1 Mistle Thrush
St Andrews:
6 Raven over
Eastville Park:
1 Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Raven, 7 Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Starling, 7 Grey Wagtails, Pied Wagtail
Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
2 pair Wigeon, 4 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, c.30 Redwing (flock over)
Stockwood Open Space:
1 Buzzard, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay,
12 Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Chaffinch, 20+ Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch

2-12-16 Starling at Eastville (Richard Scantlebury)
Oldbury Power Station:
1 light coloured Chiffchaff on Lagoon 2

Severn Beach, Shaft Rocks, High tide:
2 Wigeon. 2 Grey Herons, 15 Ringed Plover. 110 Dunlin, 30 Turnstone

Chittering Warth, late afternoon:
4 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 7 Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Short-eared Owl

Thornbury, Butt Lane:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal tit, Long-tailed Tits on feeding station


3-12-16 Blue Tit (Wayne Tucker)
Lots of Blue Tits reported today
Tockington garden, a.m:
Numerous Blue/Great Tits, 8 Long-tailed Tits, Wren, 4 Blackbirds,  Fieldfare, Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, Goldfinch

Clevedon - Blind Yeo:
1 Great White Egret at 14.30

3-12-16 Redwing at Congressbury Moor (Paul Cousins)
Congressbury Moor:
1 Grey Heron, 1 white Buzzard, loads of Crows, 8 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Blackcap, 3 Wren, 4 Fieldfare, 42 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 14 Robin, 2 Stonechat

Nailsea, Ploughed Paddock, 12.20:
1 Red Kite, seen by a 2nd observer at 14.20, junction of Queens Road and Trendlewood Way and seen by a 3rd observer back at Ploughed Paddock at 14:45.

Sand Point:
1 female Shoveler (rare in Sand Bay), 4 female type Scoter, 1 female Merlin,  1000 Dunlin,
10 Grey Plover, 100 Oystercatcher, 100 Redshank, 100s of Redwing and Fieldfare on the point,
1 Lapland Bunting flew up from grass at the fort calling and flew toward the salt-marsh

Weston-Super-Mare area:
1 male Dartford Warbler

Marshfield:
2-12-16: 1 Little Egret, 4 Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, 8 Golden Plover, Jack Snipe, c.1,000 Woodpigeon, 1 m Blackcap, 1 f Bullfinch, 6 Reed Bunting

Keynsham garden:
Blue tit, 2 Chaffinch, Goldfinch

3-12-16 Kingfisher at Weston Lock (Wayne Tucker)
Bath, Weston Lock:
Mute Swan, Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, Goldcrest, Long Tailed Tits
2/12/16: 1 Yellow Browed Warbler 


3-12-16 Collared Dove near Bath Mill (Wayne Tucker)
Bath, opp. Bath Mill:
On feeders: 2 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Magpie, 5+ Blue Tit,
5+ Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 5 Long Tailed Tits, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Chaffinch,
10+ Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch

Blagdon Lake:
12 Bewick's Swans, 7 Pintails, 15 Goosanders, 22 Little Egrets, 15 Great White Egrets,
1 Green Sandpiper, lots of Robins, 6 Bullfinches

Chew Valley Lake:
15 Goosander, 3 poss 4 Scaup 1st winters + 1 f ad,  3+ Great White Egrets, 2 Black-necked Grebe,
3 Common Sandpiper, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Fieldfare

3-12-16 Bullfinch nearBath Mill (Wayne Tucker)

A Cautionary Tale to all Birder/Photographers from a Contributor

"A few months ago I heard about this bird. When I went to look for it I set up my telescope on the road some distance away so as not to disturb the bird. Shortly after, I was approached by an extremely aggressive and angry farmer who claimed that birder/photographers had actually got into the field to get closer to the bird and had caused disturbance to his cows the previous day, one of which miscarried later that night. He saw me as another photographer and vented his anger to the point where I thought he was going to hit me." 
 
Reports: John Barnett, Karle Burford, Val Burton, Teresa Chard, Paul Cousins, Trevor Ford, Jane G, Paul Gregory, Peter Hazelwood, Brian Lancastle, Nigel Milbourne, Paul Milo Mislom, Mapt O'Haoda, MP, Steven Sanins, Gill Sapsed, Richard Scantlebury, Matt Scott, Tony Scott, Chris Stone, Wayne Tucker, Simon Williams, Timothy Worsfold, Gwen Thomas, blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Friday, 2 December 2016

2nd Dec '16 Friday - Eider Duck


Very dull and cold today (enough to make birders moan after a run of glorious days)

Eider Duck and Common Scoter at Sand Point
Jack Snipe at Congresbury Moor
Still lots of Great White Egret in the area
Water Pipit at Chew
2-12-16 Female Eider at Sand Point (Paul Bowyer)
Bristol, Eastville Park:
Male Wigeon (in the river at Eastville Park this morning. Flew off over the frozen lake.), 10 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch,
1 Treecreeper, 1 Chiffchaff

Oldbury coast, yacht club saftie:
30 Canada Goose, 28 Wigeon, 1 Kestrel, 8 Lapwing, 18 Dunlin, 8 Curlew, 12 Redshank, 12 Redwing

Oldbury on Severn village: 
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 GS Woodpecker, by the Anchor pub saftie

Severn Beach Orchard Pools am:
2 Water Rail (very vocal here recently), 1 Cetti's Warbler

New Passage:
Skylark
2-12-16 Skylark on the beach at New Passage (Lisa Presland)

Congresbury:
A Black Redstart (at Congresbury churchyard at 1315 - perching on the gravestones)

Congresbury Moor:
Levels bird survey (extracts): 1 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 6 Goldcrest, 16 Long-tailed Tit, 31 Fieldfare, 136 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Bullfinch.

Blind Yeo, Clevedon:
2 Great White Egret


2-12-16 One of the  two Great White Egret on the Blind Yeo at Clevedon (Jason Williams)
Sand Point:
Female Eider (close in off shore) , 4 f Common Scoter (offshore), 5 Golden Plover (over)

Keynsham Park:
1 drake Mandarin Duck, 1 Kingfisher
2-12-16 The un-ringed, fully winged, but tame Drake Mandarin at Keynsham Park, Bristol this afternoon in awful light. ISO 3500 (Lee Gardiner)

Weston Lock, Bath:
Yellow-browed Warbler (could over-winter. View from the towpath, north bank of the river, toward the island).

Stanton Wick:
2 Buzzard (1 in a field with 100+ Rooks & Crows & Jackdaws other on power pole)

Blagdon Lake:
12 Bewick's Swans, 7 Goosander, 14 Great White Egret, 25 Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Stonechat

Chew Valley Lake:
Dam:
3 Goldeneye, 4 Goosander, 3 Little Grebe.
Woodford: 
2 Stonechat (rough grass by the lodge), 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Reed Bunting, 4 Robins, 
2 Song Thrush, 10+ Redwing (orchard) 
Herons' Green:
2 Goosander, 1 Buzzard (the white one), 5 Long-tailed Tit (pond side hedge), 1 Stonechat

2-12-16 Buzzard "The White One" at Herons' Green (Ian Stapp)

2-12-16 Long-tailed Tit at Herons' Green (Ian Stapp)
Moreton:
4 Goosander, 4 Goldeneye,  1 Buzzard, 100+ Crows / Jackdaws (field apposite drive way in),  2 Song Thrush, 12+ Fieldfare (drive), 1 male Blackcap, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 30+ Chaffinch
Stratford:
7 Great White Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Snipe, 1 Water Pipit
Herriots:
13 Pintail, 9 Shelduck, 1 Goldeneye (male in the channel), 1 Goosander (female in the channel),  3 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 3 Reed Bunting

Reports: Paul Bowyer, Allan Chard, Lee Gardiner, Brian Gibbs, Robert Hargreaves, Nick Page, Lisa Presland, Trevor Riddle, Steven Sanins, Ian Stapp, Larry Sweetland, Mrs Trellis, Jason Williams,  blagdonlakebirds,

Thursday, 1 December 2016

1st Dec '16 Thursday - Fog

After freezing temperatures overnight again, another gloriously sunny day for most, but some stubborn patches of fog about.
1-12-16 Wren in Stoke Park (Richard Scantlebury)
Bristol:
Eastville Park:
3 Grey Heron, 1 Chiffchaff, Starling, 1 Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail
Seamills:
2 Common Sandpiper, a few Redshank and Black-headed Gull, 1 Redpoll over
Stockwood Open Space:
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 6 Fieldfare, many Dunnock, 6 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch
Stockwood, Pomfrett Gardens:
1 Coal Tit on feeder
Stoke Park:
Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Black Redstart
1-12-16 Skylark on Northwick Warth (Lisa Presland)
New Passage/Northwick:
30/11/16: 1 Mute Swan, 30 Canada Goose, 7 Shelduck, 500+ Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 80 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Water Rail, 9 Grey Plover, 330 Lapwing, 3,000+ Dunlin, 25 Snipe, 400+ Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Little Owl, 1 Stonechat

Severn Beach:
30/11/16: 1 dark-bellied Brent Goose along the shoreline and 3 Water Rail, 1 Woodcock, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff at Orchard Pools

Almondsbury, Over Lane:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Treecreeper

1-12-16 Redwing in Brinsmore Park, Yate (Dan White)
Clevedon-Yeo:
44 Mute Swan, 10 Barnacle Goose, 2 Shelduck, 140+ Wigeon, a few Teal, 2 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, c15 Oystercatcher, 20 Grey Plover, 25+ Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover, 130 Curlew, 40+ Turnstone, c300 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, c60 Redshank, 1+ Snipe, c10 Fieldfare, 3 Stonechat, 20+ Meadow Pipit

Kenn Moor:
5 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 60 Goldfinch

1-12-16 Canada Coombe near W-S-M (Adrian Hockey)
Weston-Super-Mare, Canada Coombe:
1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, lots of Redwing

Keynsham, River Chew:
1 Mandarin Duck, 3 Pheasant, 2 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 8 Moorhen, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Common Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 pairs of Rook in rookery, 1 Blackcap, 30+ Blackbird, 50+ mixed Fieldfare & Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Grey wagtail, 16 Meadow Pipit, 5 chaffinch, 30+ Goldfinch

Newton St Loe:
1 Wigeon, 1 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Nuthatch, 30 Meadow pipit

Compton Martin:
2 Collard Dove, 1 Marsh Tit

Blagdon Lake:
Fog-bound but 5 Little Egret, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk
Fishing season now over so be careful not to get locked in. For updates, keep an eye on www.blagdonlakebirds.com

Chew Valley Lake:
Dam:
4 Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Cetti's Warbler
Woodford:
5 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 3 Goosander, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Kingfisher, mixed flock of 20+ Fieldfare and Redwing (orchard), 2 Song Thrush, 6 Robin, 2 Dunnock 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch
1-12-16 Kingfisher at Chew (Ian Stapp)
Villice:
11 Canada Goose, 30 Wigeon, 8 Shoveller, 1 Gadwall, 2 Jay
Heron's Green:
2 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Stonechat, 20+ Pied Wagtail, 8 Chaffinch
Moreton:
6 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 1 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 2 Grey Wagtail, 8 Meadow Pipit, 2 Water Pipit
Stratford:
9 Great White Egret, 2 Snipe, 1 Water Pipit
Herriotts End:
3 Canada Goose, 9 Shelduck, 20+ Shoveller, 20+ Pintail, 1 Goosander, 1 Little Egret, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Water Rail, 1000+ Black-headed Gull over, 1 juv Common Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 500 Starling, 2 Grey Wagtail, 30+ Pied Wagtail, 4 Reed Bunting

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Teresa Chard, Anne Crow, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Higgy, Adrian Hockey, Alistair Fraser, Nigel Milbourne, Lisa Presland, Lois Pryce, Trevor Riddle, Harvey Rose, Richard Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, Larry Sweetland, Dan White blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

30th Nov '16 Wednesday - Cattle Egret

Another beautiful day, but overnights were as low as -6°C

30-11-16 Aust (Rod Holbrook)
White-fronted Geese at Clevedon
Mandarin Duck at Keynsham
Bewick's Swans at Blagdon
Cattle Egret at Chew Valley Lake

30-11-16 Peregrine (Keith Williams)
Peregine at Finzels Reach with 2 Pigeon Larder
BRISTOL 
Finzels Reach:
2 Peregrine
Fishpond's Chimneys:
1 Peregrine
Stockwood Open Spaces:
2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 2 m + f  Stonechat, 10 Goldfinch,  2 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting
Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
2 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, far fewer Redwings, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Bullfinch
West Town Lane:
1 Raven, 15 Starling, 3 Redwing (feeding on apples), Coal Tit, Robin, Jay, Crow, Magpie, Jackdaw, 18 House Sparrow

30-11-16 Fieldfare at OPS (Vic Savery)
Oldbury Power Station:
4 Teal, 1 Water Rail, 78 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, over Lagoon 2 a Starling murmuration, Lots of Fieldfare, Redwing & Robin everywhere, 2 male Black Redstart, 5 Stonechat

Aust Wharf:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Lapwing in a frozen field

New Passage/Northwick:
29/11/16:
28 Canada Geese, 400+ Wigeon, 150 Teal, 1 Pintail, 7 Tufted Ducks, 2 Water Rails, 3000+ Dunlin, 20 Lapwing, 300+ Black-tailed Godwits, 140 Curlew, 50 Redshank, 2 Little Owls, 1 Stonechat

30-11-16 Long-tailed Tit at Severn Beach (Rod Holbrook)
Severn Beach:
1 Brent Goose (29/11/16), Long-tailed Tit, 9 House Sparrow at the shops
Orchard frozen pools:
3 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff

Hambrook, Bradley Brook:
1 Kingfisher, 2 Dipper

Clevedon, Dowlais Farm:
3 Eurasian White-fronted Geese (on the scrape), 100+ flock of Redwing & Fieldfare

Kenn Moor, Manmoor Bridge:
20+ Mute Swan, 47 Canada Goose, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Little Grebe, c.100+ Fieldfare

Yatton, Wemberham Lane:
3 Teal, 3 Cormorant, 6 Little Egret, 1 Heron, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 300 Redwing, 200 Fieldfare, 1 Grey Wagtail,1 Reed Bunting.

30-11-16 Redwing at OPS (Mrs Trellis)
Bristol Airport:
33 Golden Plover

Weston-Super-Mare
Plumley Park, Worle:
2 Chiffchaff, 35 Redwing
Worlebury garden:
2 Jays, 1 male Blackcap

Keynsham duck pond:
1 Mandarin Duck yesterday and today 

Blagdon Lake:
17 Bewick's Swans, 1 ad♀ Goosander (Top End), 6 Little Egrets, 8 Great White Egrets, 1 Common Snipe (Lodge), 1 Green Sandpiper (Long Bay),
Please report any birds seen on feeders at the Lodge, sunflower hearts, and Ubley Hatchery, peanuts, to Nigel Milbourne at info@blagdonlakebirds.com

30-11-16 Water Pipit at Chew (David Hughes)
Chew Valley Lake:
25 Goosander on lake
Dam:
6 Goosander, 4 Little Grebe
Woodford:
6 Goldeneye, 9 Goosander, 1 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret (Villice), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Raven,
2 Meadow Pipit (slipway)
30-11-16 Song Thrush at Woodford (Ian Stapp)
Woodford car park & orchard way in:
8 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Bullfinch
Heron's Green:
3 Goosander (1f), 1 Little Egret, 6 Great White Egrets, 1 Buzzard, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Raven , 40+ Starlings, 1 Stonechat, 3 Reed Bunting
Moreton:
1 Scaup,  4 Goldeneye, 6 Goosander, 2 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Snipe, 4 Jays ,
1 Cetti's Warbler, 8+ Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail,  1 Water Pipit, 20+ Chaffinch with 3 Brambling
Stratford:
1 Cattle Egret, 4 Great White Egrets, 1 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Water Pipit
Herriotts End:
8 Shelduck, 5 Pintail , 4 Goosander, 1 Water Rail, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting

30-11-16 Marsh Harrier at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Reports: Paul Bowerman, Teresa Chard, Paul Francis, Peter Hazelwood, Higgy, Adrian Hockey, David Hughes, Peter Mayfield, Nigel Milbourne, Nick Page, George Rabin, Trevor Riddle, Richard Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, Larry Sweetland, Mrs Trellis, Keith Williams, Paul Williams, blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

29th Nov '16 Tuesday - Brambling

Another beautiful but cold day

Great White Egret at Clevedon-Blind Yeo as well as reservoirs
Golden Plover at Priddy Hill Farm
Bewick's Swans and Lesser Redpolls at Blagdon Lake
Marsh Harrier and Brambling at Chew Valley Lake

29-11-16 Golden Plover at Priddy Farm (George Stacey)

BRISTOL
Blaise Castle Hazel Brook-Stratford Mill:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 4 Nuthatch
Bristol Gorge:
1 Peregrine
Eastville Park:
Chaffinches, not seen for a long time
Stapleton, Holy Trinity:
1 Peregrine
Stockwood Open Spaces:
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 1 male Stonechat,
6 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet,, 4 male Bullfinch
Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail

29-11-16 Fieldfare (Brian Thompson)
Checking out the Scrumpers at Stockwood Open Space
New Passage/Northwick:
28/11/16: 57 Canada Geese, 13 Shelduck, 500+ Wigeon, 10 Gadwall, 80 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 4 Cormorants, 2 Water Rails, 6 Golden Plover, 30+ Grey Plover, 70 Lapwing, 40 Knot, 3000+ Dunlin, 400 Black-tailed Godwits, 100 Curlew, 50 Redshank, 2 Little Owls, 2 Ravens

Clevedon-Yeo:
2 Little Egrets, 1 Great White Egret (next to the junction with Davis Lane / Manmoor Lane, Blind Yeo)

Backwell Lake:
Usual Swans and Ducks, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail

29-11-16 Great Spotted Woodpecker at Bleadon (Bill Hewitt)
Bleadon:
Allotments:
1 Sparrowhawk, 60 Starling, 20 mixed Fieldfares and Redwing, 60 mixed finches, 2 Linnets
Garden:
1 m Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 8 Long-tailed Tits, 1 f  Reed Bunting
Levels nature reserve to weir:
1 Little Egret, 100 Lapwing, 60 Starlings feeding on flooded fields with mixed gulls and corvids,
40+ Fieldfare, 60+ Redwing in bushes
At Weir:
6 small ducks (probably Teal), 2 Curlew, 6 Redshank

Bath:
Red Admiral in garden yesterday

Newton St Loe:
4 Goosander female, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Common Gull, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Nuthatch,
1 annoying dog walker !

Paulton:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Jay, 1+ Goldcrest, 3 Long-tailed Tits, 1+ Chiffchaff, 15+ Redwings,
2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Dunnock, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch

29-11-16 Golden Plover at Priddy Farm (George Stacey)
Priddy Hill Farm fields:
many Lapwing, 500+ Golden Plover, Starlings, Fieldfare

Blagdon Lake:
16 Bewick's Swans, 4 (3 adult ♂♂)  Goosanders, 9 Little Egrets, 11 Great White Egrets, 9 Snipe, 1 ♂ Stonechat, 2 Lesser Redpolls

Chew Valley Lake to Chew Magna - BOC Walk:
2 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 14 Lapwing, 2 Common Gull, 3 Herring Gull,
2 Collared Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Magpie, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit,
5 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Wren, 30 Starling, 11 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 11 Redwing,
5 Mistle Thrush, 9 Robin, 2 Stonechat, 3 Dunnock, 12 House Sparrow, 2 Grey Wagtail,
6 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 14 Chaffinch, 6 Linnet, 7 Goldfinch, 1 Yellowhammer

29-11-16 Great White Egrets at CVL (George Stacey)
Chew Valley Lake:
20+ Wrens,  10+ Robins
Dam:
3 Little Grebe
Woodford:
2 Wrens, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Robins, 12 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch (Car park)
5 Goosander, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Raven (calling), 30+ Redwing & Fieldfare (orchard)
Heron's Green:
10 Little Egret, 14 Great White Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk (fly over), 1 Water Rail (pond) , 
1 Snipe (pond), 1 Kingfisher (pond), 2 Wrens, 1 Robin, 2 Stonechat (pond reeds)  


29-11-16 Water Pipit on ice (Ian Stapp)
Moreton:
6 Goldeneye, 4 Goosander 2m 2f, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 3 Wrens (hide), 4 Robins, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Water Pipit, 25+ Chaffinch with 2 Brambling            
Moreton /Stratford Lane:
2 Stock Dove, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jays, 12+ Long-tailed Tit, 11 Wrens, 4 Robins,
2 Stonechat (reeds)  
Stratford:
 2 Little Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier (same as Moreton), 2 Ravens, 2 Wrens,
1 Cetti's Warbler (calling)
Herriott's Bridge:
9 Shelduck, 4 Goosander 1m 3f, 2 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher,
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit (fly over)                                  


29-11-16 Peregrine at Bristol Gorge (Paul Milo Mislom)
Reports: BOC Walk, Simon Carder, Chris Craig, Nick Hawkridge, Bill Hewitt, Higgy,  Robin Lambert, Paul Milo Milsom, Steve Sanins, Richard Scantlebury, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, Brian Thompson, Mrs Trellis, Wayne Tucker, blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG