Friday, 13 January 2017

13th Jan '17 Friday - Little Gull, Slav Grebe

Very cold today with the strong wind, no snow at the lake or on the hills, just a bit in the East

13-1-17 Marsh Tit in Banwell (John Thorogood)
Waxwing at Little Stoke
Marsh Tit, Blackcap and Siskin in gardens
Jack Snipe at Oldbury Power Station and Aust Warth
Little Gull at Portbury Wharf
Cattle Egret at Toghill Farm
Black-necked Grebe and Slavonian Grebe at Chew Valley

Clifton, Garden feeder near Zoo:
1st Marsh Tit in 20 years living there

13-1-17 Sparrowhawk in town (Allan Chard)
Fishponds, Garden:
1 Sparrowhawk, Goldcrests, Blackcaps
Little Stoke:
1 Little Egret in the trees, 2 Waxwing by playing fields, both unusual to be seen here

University West of England:
100+ Pied Wagtails to roost in trees outside Union shop

Oldbury Power Station:
Lagoon 3: 1 Jack Snipe, 35 Snipe, 6 Skylark

Littleton Warth:

Aust Wharf:
6 Teal, 100 Wigeon, 40 Redwing , 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 80 Lapwing, 22 Snipe sp. of which at least 6 were Jack Snipe, 6 Redshank

New Passage/Northwick:
11-1-17: 40 Canada Geese, 90 Teal, 300+ Wigeon, 11 Tufted Duck, just 50 Black-tailed Godwits, 
100 Knot, 200+Lapwing, 600 Dunlin, 1 Water Pipit (by 2nd sentry box)

13-1-17 Little Gull (Chris Stone)
Adult winter at Portbury Wharf
Portbury Wharf:
70 Shoveler, 55 Lapwing, 1 Little Gull (ad winter), 4 Bullfinch

4 Cormorants on H & W pontoon

Backwell Lake:
15 Mute Swans, 9 Canada Geese. 3 Gadwall. 48 Mallards, 36 Shovelers, 4 Tufted Ducks, 6 Pochard, 2 pair Goosanders. 1 Cormorant., 4 Little Egret. 1 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail (16.30), Coots, Moorhens, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Common Gulls, 100 BH Gull, 34 Woodpigeon
Sadly no Bittern seen today, but numbers of duck rose through the day

Clevedon-Yeo, WeBS:
3 Mute Swan, 48 Canada Goose, 80+ Shelduck, 180 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 20 Mallard, 24 Oystercatcher, 18 Grey Plover, 70 Lapwing (all at Dowlais), 2 Ringed Plover, Curlew, 24+ Turnstone, 1400 Dunlin (800 at Kenn, 600 atYeo), 160 Redshank (80 at both Kenn and Yeo), 5 Snipe, 250 BH Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 8+ Skylark

13-1-17 Greenfinch in Nailsea (Mike Thomas)
Nailsea, St Andrews Close, garden Field Maple:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin

Bleadon garden;
2 pair Blackcap
13-1-17 Bullfinch in Banwell (John Thorogood)
Banwell, garden:
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (m & f), 2 Nuthatch, 1 Marsh Tit, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Bullfinch (2m 1f)

Lansdown to Wick:
2 Cattle Egrets at Toghill Farm,1510, 400+ Golden Plover (Lansdown RC entrance)

13-1-17 Pied Wagtail (Robert Hargreaves)
Roosting by the Apple store at Southgate, Bath
500 Pied Wagtail roosting at night in a tree outside the Apple Store
Haycombe Cemetery:
100's of Fieldfare and Redwing on  the trees, 27 Yellowhammer

Twerton garden:
2 Jay, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chaffinch

Newton Park:
21 Teal, 23 Goosander (11m) now on lake of Bath Spa Uni., 1 Water Rail

1 Kestrel

1 Sparrowhawk

Stanton Prior:
200+ Rooks & Jackdaw in fields

Blagdon Lake:
Mute Swan 'BJB', 7 Goldeneyes, 8 Goosanders,  27 Grey Herons, 17 Great Crested Grebes,
1 Little Stint, 1 Common Sandpiper, 500 Common Gulls (roost at Chew), over 1000 BH Gulls,
a handful of GBB Gulls, a few more Herring Gulls, over 1000 Jackdaws, c.150-200 Redwings

January has provided lean pickings! I've yet to see or hear a Green Woodpecker, Stock Dove, Collared Dove or Kestrel at the lake 

Details of the Mute Swan Yellow 'BJB' on Blagdonlakebirds (BLB?)

13-1-17 Scaup with a  Pochard, Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
8 Scaup, 2 Goldeneye,   2 Little Grebe


2 Scaup, 2 Goosander , 2 Bullfinch (car park) 

Nunnery Point:
1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe at the South end of Denny Island

Heron's Green:
1 Little Egret (pond), 1 Great White Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 10 House Sparrows

13-1-17 Bewick's Swans at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
8 Bewick's Swans (3 Cygnets), 50 Teal, 3 Goldeneye, 20 Tufted Duck, 3 Scaup (1 with a Pochard close to hide, 2 in entrance to Herons Green bay), 15 Pochard, 2 Goosander, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Tawny Owl (Cottage car park fly over calling), 2 Ravens, 12 & 8 Long-tailed Tit, 30 Fieldfare (stubble field), 25+ Chaffinch

13-1-17 Goldeneye at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
West Harptree:
2 Buzzard

Herriotts End:
18 Shelduck, 10 Pintail (8 on pond 2 on lake), 1 Reed Bunting 

13-1-17 Pheasant in the Sun, Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Still over a week to 21st January for Photo Competition entries

BOC Photo competition - open to BOC members, Deadline extended to 21st January
Entries for the 50th anniversary photo competition must arrive no later than Saturday 21st January 2017. They need to be posted to Richard Belson, 4 Birdlip Close, Nailsea, BS48 4TG. Entry is by print as in the BBC Countryfile calendar competition. Prints may be up to A4 size. On the back of each print please put the following information:
Class (class 1, Avon Bird Report area, class 2, club holidays and weekends)
File name (e.g. DSC1234.JPG)
Subject (English names of species is fine)
Photographer’s Name

Reports: Derek John Angell, Allan Chard, John Clark, Chris Craig, Chris Duck, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, William Hewitt, Robin Lambert, Glen Maddison, Pete Maxfield, Nigel Milbourne, Jon Mortin, Katrina.Pailing, Harvey Rose, Tony Scott, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Mike Thomas, John Thorogood, Mrs Trellis, Wayne Tucker, Denise Whittle, blagdonlakebirds,  nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG