Tuesday, 28 February 2017

28 Feb '17 - Tuesday

Frosty start, fine morning followed by showers in the afternoon

Waxwing and Cattle Egret still performing. Not much else of special note today.
Reports round the country of Sand and House Martin. Firecrest at Portland Obs. When will we get the first local sightings?

Eastville Park:
Grey Heron, Goldcrest, Kingfisher
28/2/17 Images from Eastville Park (Steve Poulsom)


Aust Warth:
4 Jack Snipe, 55+ Grey Plover, 1500 Dunlin, 25 Snipe, Knot (flock)
Frampton Cotterell:
2 Little Egret around the R Frome. 1 Sparrowhawk, and fairly sure a House Martin
Bradley Stoke, Willow Brook:
15 Waxwing

1 Black Redstart Clevedon Pier on the rock face, 19 Goosander (3 drakes) river Kenn + 3 females off Wains Hill
1 Grey Wagtail

Common Eider - Marine Lake, 12 Ringed Plover in the "harbour" with Dunlin and Redshank, 
adult Med Gull with Black-headed on the beach between pier and "harbour" at midday
Pensford to Publow BOC Walk:
13 Mallard, 2 Pheasant, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, 6 Black-headed Gull,
80 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove,
2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay, many Jackdaw, 8 Rook,
29 Carrion Crow - 16 in one tree top, 2 Raven, 4 Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 1 Coal Tit,
2 Skylark, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Wren, 46 Starling - groups of 11,15&20, 7 Blackbird,
31 Fieldfare - groups of 6,20,5, 3 Song Thrush, 110 Redwing - groups of 60,50,10, 6 Mistle Thrush,
6 Robin, 11 Dunnock, 22 House Sparrow, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Chaffinch
4 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch
28/2/17 Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker at Pensford (Chris James)


Wick, Tog Hill
2 Cattle Egret, Merlin
Stanton Drew:
Stonechat, Buzzard, Green & Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, Cormorant, Grey Heron
28/2/17 Stonechat at Stanton Drew (Raoul Chandrasakera)
Not common in these parts


Blagdon Lake:
2♂ Scaup, 1 Egyptian Goose, 35 Wigeon, 489 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 81 Herring Gull
2 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1st-winter Greater Black-backed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull,
1000+ Black-headed Gull, Common Gull

Any help with the following? (Description, time of year and location don't sound like Grasshopper Warbler to me)
10.15 today, bird heard singing in neighbours garden, Ashton. BS3. Song was grasshopper warbler ( reeling) like. Approx for 2-3 minutes, then seen with bins, non descript stripy brown plumage with barring on the tail. Sat in a bay tree then flew to a pyracantha tree then flew off. Did I see a grasshopper warbler or not? Any suggestions. Catherine Webber.

Reports: Nick Hawkridge, Roger Staples, Adam Rawson, John Martin, Bill Blake, Andy Slade, Paul Williams, Chris James, Steve Poulson, Raoul Chandrasakera, Sid Simmonds. blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding,  opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,  TBOSG

Monday, 27 February 2017

27 Feb '17 Monday - Kingfishers

A few sunny periods in the afternoon after a period of heavy showers

Mediterranean Gull at Chew
Short-eared Owl at Uphill
BTO news

TBOSG Annual 2016 is available as a free pdf download... enjoy!

27/2/17 Dipper on the River Frome at Eastville Park (Allan Chard)

Eastville Park:
1 Grey Heron, 1 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail

27/2/17 Female Kingfisher in Eastville Park (Martin Tayler)
27/2/17 Well fed Grey Heron in Eastville Park (Martin Tayler)
Effingham Rd: 1 m Blackcap.

Stockwood Open Spaces:
3 Mistle and 4 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Raven,
60+ mixed Feldfare and Redwing, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest plus usual Tit, Robin and Blackbird


Severn Beach:
Tesco Pool:
2 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Coot, 1 Kestrel, 4 Stonechat, 12 Goldfinch.

Oldbury Coast:
By Oldbury Pill: 
45 Wigeon, 10 Redshank

Frampton Cotterell, River Frome:
5 Little Egret

27/2/17 3 of the 5 Little Egret on theRiver Frome at Frampton Cotterell (Sid)


1 Little Grebe, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kestrel (m), 4 Stonechat, 2 Reed Buntings,  1 Song Thrush (1 seen, several heard)

27/2/17 Kestrel at Uphill (William Hewitt)


Bath: Prior Park
Female Kingfisher showing well from the Serpentine.

27/2/17 Female Kingfisher at Prior Park National Trust (Glen Maddison)

Blagdon Lake:
2♂ Greater Scaup,♀ Eurasian Stonechat. Egyptian Goose  on Holt Farm with a small group of Canada Geese. Small groups of Tufted Ducks were widespread, especially at the dam end.

Chew Valley Ringing Station:
25 yr old Black-headed gull ringed as a chick in Veno, DENMARK, June 1991!! Present CVL last week. 937 km from hatching place. 7 more years to break current BTO record of 32 years for the species.

1 Med Gull (summer adult), 2 Scaup (female), 54 Goldeneye, 1 Tawny owl (heard)

1 Peregrine flew over the hide

No Snipe seen at either hide

BTO extend House Martin Nest Survey 

Reports: Allan Chard, Teresa Chard, Sid, Glen Maddison, Martin Tayler, Paul Williams, BTO,
 blagdonlakebirds,  CVRS,

BOC 50th Anniversary Photographic competition

The competition was judged by Oliver Smart and the winners were:-

Purple Sandpiper by Chris Perry

Peregrine by Richard Scantlebury

Peregrine by Keith Williams

Peregrine by Keith Williams

Sunday, 26 February 2017

26 Feb '17 Sunday - Med Gull

Another dull day with some rain and cold wind in afternoon

Marsh Tit in Bristol
Waxwing at Bradley Stoke
Short-eared Owl at Uphill
Cattle Egret at Toghill Farm
Mediterranean Gull at Newton St Loe and Chew
Siskin at Paulton
Great White Egret at Chew

26-2-17 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Allan Chard)


1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

Coombe Dingle:
1 Marsh Tit (last seen 6-5-16)

Eastville Park:
1 Grey Heron

Frampton Cotterell:
4 Little Egrets at 7.30

Stockwood Open Space:
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Coal Tit, 20 Fieldfare/Redwing, 2 m+f Stonechat, 15+ Goldfinch

26-2-17 Grey Heron at Eastville Park (Sid Simmons)

Bradley Stoke, Three Brooks, Tesco Petrol:
15 Waxwings
26-2-17 Waxwing at Tesco (Rod Holbrook)
Frampton Pools, for your interest:
5 Red Crested Pochard, 1 Great White Egret, 60+ Waxwings

26-2-17 Stonechat at OPS (Peter Coslett)
Oldbury Power Station:
2 Grey Heron, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 6 Common Snipe, 50 Curlew, 6 Common Stonechat, 6 Bullfinch
26-2-17 Goldcrest at New Passage (Lisegirl)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
33 Shoveler, 25 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, big flock Knot, 0 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing), 130 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing


2 Mute Swan, 38 Canada Goose, 70 Shelduck, 180 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 2 Pintail, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 20 Oystercatcher, 18 Grey Plover, 18 Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover, 140 Curlew, 24 Turnstone, 950 Dunlin, 185 Redshank, 4 Snipe, 200+ BH Gull, 12 LBB Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 12+ Skylark, 40 Fieldfare, 4 Rock Pipit

26-2-17 Short-eared Owl at Uphill (Paul Cousins)

Backwell Lake 0630hrs:
16 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 1 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 14 Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorant, 16 Little Egrets left the island roost between 6.55 and 7.05 (official sunrise time 7.03), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher

1 Kestrel, 11 Redshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Reed Bunting


Wick, Toghill Farm:
2 Cattle Egret

2 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 200+ Fieldfare/Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 70+ Finch flock
24-2-17 Peregrine (Bath Peregrines)
2 Peregrines mating at St John's Church on 24th
Prior Park Landscape Garden: 1 f Goosander
Twerton gdn: 1 Mute Swan flyover, 1 Cormorant, 2 Jay, 4 Coal Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 m&f Blackcap

26-2-17 Mediterranean Gull (Wayne Tucker)
A first at Newton St Loe
Newton St Loe:
15 Teal, 1 Goosander, 8 Grey Heron (nesting), 1 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 7 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull (see NSL blog tonight), 10 Goldcrest, 9 Skylark, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Bullfinch

1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 30 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 20 Chaffinch, 25 Goldfinch, 7 Siskin, 1 Bullfinch
Sewage Works: 2 Grey Wagtail, 72 Pied Wagtail


Blagdon Lake:
1 Egyptian Geese, 1 Common Sandpiper

Chew Valley Lake:
1 Great White Egret fly over
1 m Scaup

Villice Bay:
5 Little Grebe

26-2-17 Two Mediterranean Gull at Chew (Simon Mackie)
Herons Green:
2  Mediterranean Gull

East Shore, Bernard King hide:
many Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 1 Cetti's Warbler

1 Shelduck, 5 Scaup, Goldeneye, 2 Green Sandpiper, Tawny Owl calling

26-2-17 Sparrowhawk at Stratford putting up Snipe (Kevin Balch)
Stratford Hide:
1 Sparrowhawk, 8 Snipe

Herriott's End:
Canada Goose? 3 Shelduck, 7 Pintail, Shoveler
26-2-17 When is a Canada Goose a Canada Goose (Simon Mackie)

Reports: Kevin Balch, Karle Burford, Allan Chard, Teresa Chard, Peter Coslett, Paul Cousins, Barry Dursley, Iain Dykes, William Earp, Lee Gardiner, Nick Goatman, Patrick Hancock, Lisegirl, Simon Mackie, Patrick Hancock, Rod Holbrook, Andrew Jordan, Glen Maddison, John Martin, Rosalind Maud, Nigel Milbourne, H E Rose, Sid Simmons,  Mike Thomas, Mrs Trellis, Wayne Tucker, blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Saturday, 25 February 2017

25 Feb '17 Saturday - Hen Harrier

A dull day after yesterday, turning into steady rain

Waxwing at Bradley Stoke
Hen Harrier at Oldbury Power Station
Red Kite at Littleton Reserve
Short-eared Owl at Severnside
Woodcock at Weston-super-Mare
Jack Snipe at Chew and Severnside

25-2-17 Snipe at Chew (Brian Thompson)
1 m Blackcap at Mr Apples


Bradley Stoke, Three Brooks, Tesco Petrol:
15 Waxwings

Oldbury Power Station:
1 m Hen Harrier (story @OPS)

Littleton Reserve:
1 Red Kite, possible first record here

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
1 Little Egret, 400 Knot, 115 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Jack Snipe, 63 Redshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Cetti's Warbler (singing Grebe Pond), 2 Stonechat

Warmley Forest Park and environs:
2 Moorhens, 2 Buzzards, 5 Goldcrests, 2 Coal Tits, 6 Long-tailed Tits, 50 Starlings, 15 Blackbirds, 100+ Fieldfare and Redwing flock, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail, 6 Chaffinch, 9 Greenfinch, 40 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch


25-2-17 Cow and Little Egret at Church (Higgy)
Chelvey Church, fields near:
9 Little Egrets feeding with cattle

Backwell Lake 1600-1800hrs:
18 Little Egret in to roost (2 others in at 1745 and far too dark for ID),
Also 14 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 13 Tufted Duck, 50+ finches to roost

1 Woodcock flushed on old Weston Links, 1 Kingfisher nr Worle Stn


1 Buzzard, 5 Common Gull, 25 LBB Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 150 Starling, 150 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 1 Meadow Pipit
25-2-17 Dipper (Chris James)
With nesting material at Pensford
1 Dipper


Blagdon Lake, yesterday:
1 Egyptian Geese, 2♂ Scaup , 1 Mediterranean Gull

25-2-17 Little Grebe at Chew (Brian Thompson)
Chew Valley Lake:
1 Little Grebe, 1 Fox

Stratford Hide:
1 Jack Snipe, 12 Snipe

25-2-17 Jack Snipe (Lee Gardiner)
Found later in the day at Chew
Reports: Lee Gardiner, David Gibbs, Patrick Hancock, Pete Hawkins, Martin Hayes, Peter Hazelwood, Higgy, Rod Holbrook, Paul House, Chris James, PK, Brian Lancastle, Glen Maddison, John Martin, Nigel Milbourne, Chris Perry, Adam Rawson, Brian Thompson, blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Friday, 24 February 2017

24 Feb '17 Friday - post Doris

A beautiful mild day after Doris with lots of sunshine, shame the bad weather didn't bring any new birds our way

Waxwing at Bradley Stoke
Hen Harrier at Oldbury Power Station
Black Redstart at OPS and WSM
Eider at WSM
Short-eared Owl at Uphill
Red Kite at Marshfield
Cattle Egret at Backwell Lake and Toghill
Mediterranean Gulls on the reservoirs
Scaup, Common Scoter at Chew

24-2-17 Wren at Eastville (Steve Poulsom)
But singing all over Avon
Avon Gorge:
1 Peregrine

Eastville Park:
24-2-17 Grey Heron at Eastville (Martin Tayler)
Maybe had a bad day yesterday
1 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 50 BH Gull, 4 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Wren, 8 Robin, 1 Grey Wagtail, small movement of Meadow Pipits and 1 Siskin over this a.m.

Flock of 32 Goldfinch, 1 Starling

Stockwood Open Space:
1 Buzzard, 4 Collard Dove, 1 Green and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Jay, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Fieldfare, 
3 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 3 Greenfinch

Stoke Park:
8 Mallard, 2 Moorhen


Bradley Stoke, Three Brooks, Tesco Petrol:
13 Waxwings
24-2-17 Little Grebe at Three Brooks, Bradley Stoke (Vic Savery)
Oldbury Power Station:
1 m Hen Harrier (see OPS website, PK) , 1 Raven, 1 ad m Black Redstart, 7 Stonechat

New Passage/Northwick Warth, yesterday:
220 Wigeon, 16 Gadwall, 18 Shoveler, 21 Tufted Duck, 6 Lapwing, 5 Knot, 130 Dunlin, 86 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Stock Dove, 1 singing Skylark


Backwell Hill (BET Reserve):
2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine (quarry), 100+ Jackdaw (quarry), 4 Raven, 20+ Goldcrest, 50+ Fieldfare,  
2 Goldfinch, 20+ Bullfinch, 2 Peacock butterflies

24-2-17 Goldcrest at Backwell Hill (Higgy)
Backwell Lake:
15 Mute Swan, 8 Canada Geese, 1 pochard, 10+ Tufted Duck, 1 Cattle Egret flew in to join the 19 Little Egret at roost, 17.45, 2 Buzzard, 160+ BH Gull
Kenn Moor:
50+ Mute Swan, 1 f Goosander, 1 Buzzard, 100+ Starling/Fieldfare (Claverham Grove)

24-2-17 Eider at Marine Lake (James Minifie)
Weston-super-Mare, Swiss Road garden:
1 f  Black Redstart, previous visits at  this garden in 2013 and 2014. 1 f Eider at Marine Lake

24-2-17 Redshank at Uphill (Simon Williams)
1 Sparrowhawk, Dunlin, 1 Snipe, Redshank, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting
24-2-17 Short-eared Owl at Uphill (Paul Cousins)
Bleadon, Helenge Hill:
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, several singing Skylarks

Bleadon, River Axe:
1 Buzzard singing Skylark, c100 Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat,

24-2-17 Sparrowhawk at Uphill (Simon Williams)


1 Red Kite
24-2-17 Red Kite at Marshfield (Martin Hayes)
Wick, Toghill Farm:
Cattle Egret


Blagdon Lake:

1 Egyptian Geese, 2♂ Scaup, 1 Mediterranean Gull

Litton Reservoir:
2 Mute Swan, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Wagtail

Chew Valley Lake:
Totals of 11 Pintail, 15 Scaup, Buzzards have come out of hibernation with 12 circling in the fine weather, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Stonechat

24-2-17 male Common Scoter (Lee Gardiner)
Common Scoter, 18 Goldeneye, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Hooligan Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler

Hollow Brook:
4 Fieldfare

4 Bullfinch
24-2-17 Scaup at Chew (Ian Stapp)
Scaup among the Tufted Ducks
Herons Green:
3 2f  Scaup, 6 Snipe, 9 House Sparrow

11 4m Scaup, 4 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Jay, 2 Raven, 3 Goldcrest, 23 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Fox, 1 Roe Deer

24-2-17 Green Sandpiper at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Stratford Hide:
2 Jack Snipe

Herriott's End:
4 Shelduck, 3 Pintail

24-2-17 Jack Snipe at Chew (Mrs Trellis)
Hiding at the end
Reports: Paul Cousins, Chris Craig, Michael Davis, Lee Gardiner, Pete Hawkins, Martin Hayes, Peter Hazelwood, William Hewitt, Higgy, Rod Holbrook, PK, John Martin, Nigel Milbourne, Jon Mortin, Steve Poulsom, Adam Rawson, Vic Savery, Ian Stapp, Larry Sweetland, Martin Tayler, Brian Thompson, Jon Tottle, Mrs Trellis, Keith Vinicombe, Simon Williams, blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, opsbirding, @RareBirdAlertUK, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Thursday, 23 February 2017

23 Feb '17 Thursday - Sea birds

Doris blew through with high winds, calming in afternoon with a little sun

Waxwing at Bradley Stoke
Cattle Egret at Toghill
Common Scoter at Chew

23-2-17 Severn Beach this evening (Rod Holbrook)
No photos of birds today
1 Dipper


Bradley Stoke, Three Brooks, Tesco Petrol:
15 Waxwings

New Passage/Northwick Warth, yesterday:
300 Wigeon, 70 Teal, 10 Gadwall, 15 Shoveler, 19 Tufted Duck, 80 Black-tailed Godwits, 90 Curlew (zero Knot, Lapwing and Dunlin), 1 Little Egret, 1 2nd Winter Mediterranean Gull and 90 BH Gulls


Portishead Saltmarsh:
1 Sparrowhawk

Clevedon, Redcliffe Bay:
1 Peregrine

Cleeve Heronry:
2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard

Weston-super-Mare, Anchor Head, 9.15-10.15:
3 Common Scoter, 2 Fulmar4 ad Gannet, c.25 Kittiwake, 1 Eider (Marine Lake)

Banwell, Winthill:
I believe statisticians say a negative record is just as important as a positive. Well, for much of my hour battling against the wind this afternoon it looked as if I might be sending a negative report because there was neither sight nor sound of a single bird! Then, the song of a Dunnock and the clucking of a Blackbird before a few corvids (Jackdaws, Rooks and a Carrion Crow) made their presence known. Finally, riches beyond the dreams of avarice in the shape of the first 2 Mistle Thrushes that I have seen here this year, with a single Redwing. Bliss.


Marshfield, Northfield Lane:
500+ Golden Plover

Wick, Toghill Farm:
Cattle Egret

Britol to Bath Railway Path (Bitton-Saltford):
2 Redwing, 1 F Siskin, 6 Bullfinch

Newton St Loe:
26 Teal, 6 Goosander, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel


Blagdon Lake, yesterday:

Flock Canada Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2♂ Scaup

Chew Valley Lake, yesterday:
Common Scoter
Stratford Hide:
Scaup, 6 Goldeneye, 3 Jack Snipe, 20 +Snipe

21-1-17 Mallards on ice at Chew (Gareth Jones)
see Gareth's blog for more info (http://pixelbirds.co.uk/)
Herriotts End:
8 Shelduck, 6 m Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 1 (Danish ringed) Black-headed Gull, 1 GBB 

Reports: John Barnett, Jane Cumming, Alastair Fraser, David Gibbs, Adrian Hockey, Gareth Jones, Rob Laughton, Adam Rawson, Brian Thompson, John Thorogood, blagdonlakebirds,  CVRSnslbirding, opsbirding@RareBirdAlertUK, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

22 Feb '17 Wednesday - Med Gull

More rain and wind as day progressed, Doris coming

Waxwing at Bradley Stoke
Mediterranean Gull at New Passage
Cattle Egret at Toghill
Scaup, Common Scoter, Jack Snipe at Chew

22-2-17 ringed Mediterranean Gull (Gill Sapsed)
Hanging on to it's feathers waiting for Doris
No reports


Bradley Stoke, Three Brooks, Tesco Petrol:

Aust Cliff:
8 Jays
22-2-17 Mediterranean Gull (Paul Bowerman)
Tucked in among the increasing BH Gulls at New Passage
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
1 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull, murmurations of Starlings morning and evening

Almondsbury, Woodlands Golf Course: 
6 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker

Chipping Sodbury Common:
3 Greylag Geese, 29 Canada Geese, 2 Teal and 2 Stonechat

22-2-17 nervous Greylag Goose at Portbury (Chris Stone)
Portbury Wharf:
1 ad Greylag Goose (un-ringed and full-winged - very nervous- over an hour before worked up courage to go asleep despite continually closing eyes while swimming around - and calling)

22-2-17 Sparrowhawk (David Gibbs)
Drops into a garden in Weston
Weston-super-Mare, garden near Old Town Quarry:
Sparrowhawk, 1 dead Pigeon


Wick, Toghill Farm:
Cattle Egret


Blagdon Lake:

Flock Canada Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese, 2♂ Scaup

Chew Valley Lake:
52 Mute Swan, 30+ Canada Geese, Wigeon and Teal in single figures

Common Scoter
22-2-17 Jack Snipe at Stratford (Paul Williams)
Stratford Hide:
8 Scaup, 6 Goldeneye, 3 Jack Snipe, 20 +Snipe

Herriotts End:

8 Shelduck, 6 m Pintail, 3 Shoveler, 1 GBB Gull

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Mark Coller, Chris Craig, Jane Cumming, Greg Dawes, David Gibbs, Lisegirl, Pete Maxfield, Chris Stone, Martin Tayler, Paul Williams, blagdonlakebirds@RareBirdAlertUK