Sunday, 15 January 2017

15th Jan '17 Sunday - Long-tailed Duck

2016 Avon Bird Report

As work starts on producing the 2016 Avon Bird Report, some sightings need clarification or will be lost to the report. The list below is of rare birds for which a description has not been given. Should any of these sightings be yours (or you know who's they were) we would appreciate you contacting us on

Caspian Gull 1 19/07/2016 Chew Valley Lake (CVL)
Cattle Egret 1 02/11/2016 Weston Moor
Cattle Egret 1 19/11/2016 Chew Valley Lake (CVL), Heron's Green, South Bay
Cattle Egret 9 29/12/2016 Chew Valley Lake (CVL)
Siberian Chiffchaff 1 13/12/2016 Keynsham, Duck Pond
Long-eared Owl 1 26/12/2016 New Passage / Northwick Warth
Slavonian Grebe 1 27/12/2016 Chew Valley Lake (CVL)
Waxwing 1 19/11/2016 Worle, Summerhouse Pub
Waxwing 21 04/12/2016 Weston-super-Mare
Yellow-browed Warbler 1 18/12/2016 Bristol, Castle Park
Yellow-browed Warbler 1 19/12/2016 Bristol, Castle Park
Yellow-browed Warbler 1 20/12/2016 Bristol, Castle Park
Yellow-browed Warbler Present 21/12/2016 Bristol, Castle Park

Some sun today, a little rain, but not too cold

15-1-17 Cattle Egret at Toghill (Allan Chard)
Waxwings at Fishponds
Yellow-legged Gull at Portbury wharf
Cattle Egrets at Toghill Farm
Long-tailed Duck at Barrow Tanks
Bewick's Swans, Ring-necked Duck and Black-necked Grebe at Chew Valley


Fishponds, Forest Road:

10 Waxwing (7 yesterday), inc one with a red , white and green leg ring, one yesterday may have had two white leg rings? Crow had a lovely time chasing them today!

41 Greenfinch by Morrisons, exceptional numbers for here, 1 Blackcap (Market Sq)

15-1-17 Collared Dove in Bristol (Jonathan Mortin)
St Andrews Park:
2 Collared Dove, 1 Redwing

Stockwood Open Spaces:
1 flyover Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Jay, 14 BH Gulls, 1 Collard Dove,
1 Goldcrest, 15+ Blue Tit, 10 Great Tit, 3 Treecreeper, 10 Fieldfare, 8 Robin, 2 m Chaffinch,
5 Bullfinch, 2 Reed Bunting

Aust Wharf:
1 Water Rail, 4 Jack Snipe

New Passage/Northwick:
8 Mute Swans, 24 Canada Geese, 54 Shelduck, 600 Wigeon, 90 Teal, 30 Gadwall, 13 Shoveler, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 190 Oystercatchers, 1 Golden & 8 Grey Plover, 350 Lapwing, 111+ Knot, 800 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 280 Black-tailed Godwit, 120 Curlew, 80 Redshank, 40 Turnstone, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 40 Redwing, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, Water & Rock Pipits,

Severn Beach, Orchard pools: 
1 Gadwall, 1 Little Egret, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch, 7 House Sparrow (the Shop)

Chittening Warth a.m:
Mitchell's Salt Rhine:
30 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 40 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 40 Redshank, 40 Turnstone, 1 Cetti's Warbler
Stup Pill:
8 Redshank, 3 Black-headed Gulls.

Chipping Sodbury Common:
1 Dipper

Portbury Wharf:
5 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 18 Shelduck, 10 Wigeon, 25 Gadwall, 20 Teal, 2 f Pintail (briefly before flying off to the estuary), 24 Shoveler, 2 m Pochard, 13 Tufted Duck, 6 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe,
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, c.60 Lapwing, c.25 Common Snipe (inc the melanistic bird),
1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 2 GBB Gull, 25 Common Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (at 15:30. No sign of Little Gull), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 40 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat (pair),
6 Bullfinch.
Oak tree on Wharf Lane:
2 pair Little Owls
Drove Rhyne to the west of Royal Portbury Dock Road:
swimming Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler

15-1-17 Purple Sandpiper (Jason Williams)
Portishead Lake and Battery Point:
1 Greylag Goose, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 m Pochard, 100+ Mallard, 8 Cormorants (Marina), 3 Purple Sandpiper, 6 Rock Pipit

15-1-17 Cormorants at Portishead marina (John Clark)
1 Mute Swan, 46 Canada Goose, 20 Shelduck, 120 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 12 Mallard, 2 f Goosander, 3 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard (All up Yeo, one a sub-adult), 1 Kestrel, 33 Oystercatcher, 35 Grey Plover, 95 Lapwing, 4 Ringed Plover, 110 Curlew, 34 Turnstone, 1400 Dunlin, 200 Redshank (120 at Kenn + 80 up Yeo), 2 Snipe, 60 BH Gull, 3 LBB Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Raven, 12+ Skylark, 2 Rock Pipit

Lox-Yeo Valley:
1 Treecreeper, 1 Grey Wagtail

Woodspring Bay, Yeo – Banwell, WeBS:
1 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 75 Shelduck, 67 Mallard, 134 Wigeon, 160 Teal, 8 Shoveler,
40 Lapwing, 40 Grey Plover 68 Curlew, 1 Knot, 1300 Dunlin, 168 Redshank (almost all in Banwell inlet), 9 Snipe (at Banwell mouth), 61 BH Gull       Unusually no Oystercatchers!

Uphill, WeBS: 
98 Mute Swans,  30 Canada Geese, 21 Shelduck, 26 Mallard, 91 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe,
89 Oystercatcher, 15 Ringed Plover, 35 Lapwing, c.1000 Dunlin, 58 Curlew, 300+ Redshank,
60 BH Gulls, 1 Common Gull, 1 Peregrine, 1 f  Black Redstart

15-1-17 Kestrel (Peter Coslett)
2 Raven over 8am, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10+ Long-tailed Tits, 1 Nuthatch, many Goldfinch
1 Kestrel (Shire Hill)

15-1-17 Cattle Egret (Wayne Tucker)
Wick to Lansdown:
Cattle Egrets at Toghill Farm

2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Gull, 6 BH Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 50 Redwing, 3 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Greenfinch (male trying a bit of song on previous territory),  9 Yellowhammer

Newton St Loe:
32 Teal, 28 Goosander (record count), 5 Cormorant, 3 Heron, 4 Buzzard, 2 Coot, 1 Stock Dove,
1 Collared Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20+ Long-tailed Tit, 3 Skylark, 6 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 2 Pied and 1 Grey Wagtail

15-1-17 Long-tailed Duck (Gill Sapsed)
Barrow Tank 3:
1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 f Goosander, 1 Common Sandpiper

Blagdon Lake:
2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Lapwings, 13 Goosanders, 18 Great Crested Grebes

Chew Valley Lake:
2 ad Bewick's Swans, 8 Pintail, Goldeneye, 14 (6m) Scaup, 1 m Ring-necked Duck, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, Raven
Bittern Trail:
Be warned that due to work on the Bittern trail the gate to Bernard King hide is locked - but Ring-necked Duck, can be viewed from two areas where reeds are cut down below second picnic site

15-1-17 Cattle Egret (Lee Gardiner)
Catch them before they leave Toghill
Not the photo competition but photos for the Avon Bird Report

Dear Photographer

This is a request for photos for possible inclusion in the next Avon Bird Report.

Photos must (with a few exceptions) have been taken in Avon in 2016. I assume most of you use electronic recording now but paper prints/slides could also be considered. Ideally a fairly low resolution version should be sent in the first place via e-mail or on a CD, and if you use one of yours we can later ask you to send a high resolution version which in most cases should exceed 2mpc. There are basically two types of photo needed. First record shots of varying quality showing something unusual, for example the Guillemot at Charfield in Feb 2015, or a bird showing unusual plumage or behaviour. Secondly we are looking for good quality shots of any of our birds. Here we are looking for species not seen in recent Reports. So for example we would not publish another photo of a Purple Sandpiper or a Grey Phalarope, for instance, unless it was quite exceptional.

Our photo editor is Nigel Milbourne, but in the first instance could you please send you files to me at this e-mail address, and if CD's or prints to me at: Arncliffe, Coast Road, Walton Bay, Clevedon, BS21 7FW. I look forward to seeing your best photos sometime in the next few weeks.

Yours sincerely 
Harvey Rose (Editor ABR)

Reports: Phil Baber, Karle, Burford, Allan Chard, Teresa Chard, John Clark, Mark Coller, Peter Coslett, Lee Gardiner, Lesley Griffiths, Richard Hancock, Gary Hudd, Gary Hughes, Gareth Jones, John Martin, Nigel Milbourne, Giles Morris, Jonathan Mortin, Matt Rogers, Harvey Rose, Gill Sapsed, Tony Scott, Chris Stone, John Thorogood, Mrs TrellisNigel Tucker, Wayne Tucker, Denise Whittle, Sean Whyte, Jason Williams, Paul Williams, blagdonlakebirdsnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG