Wednesday, 8 November 2017

8th November '17 Wednesday - Scaup

Temp max 9˚C, min 2˚C, but severe ground frost.  Wind N, max 10 mph. Beautiful warm sunny day out

Great White Egret
Bearded Tit

8-11-17 Dunlin at Uphill (Simon Williams)


Oldbury Power Station:
1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Curlew, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Cetti's Warbler , 60 Fieldfare/Redwing, 3 Stonechat, 6 Bullfinch

1 Water Rail, 1 Cetti's Warbler , 1 Stonechat


Clevedon farmland ST4069 - winter survey:
2 Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Moorhen, 72 BH Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 55 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 18 Magpie, 2 Jay, 3 Goldcrest, 9 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Wren, 4 Starling, 9 House Sparrow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Bullfinch, 6 Goldfinch

Bristol Airport:
16 Lapwing SW

Weston-Super-Mare, Old Town Quarry ,garden:
2 Great White Egret, 4 1m/3f Blackcap (both records in this garden)

8-11-17 Red-legged Partridge along Strawberry Line (Terri Borash)
Strawberry Line:
Red-legged Partridge, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Kingfisher, 4 Goldcrests, many Redwings and Fieldfares, pair of Bullfinches
8-11-17 Dunlin at Uphill (Simon Williams)
Many Shelduck, good flocks of Redshank, Dunlin and Oystercatcher, a few Curlew and Ringed Plover.
One all too brief sighting of a Seal popping its head above the water close in to the jetty

8-11-17 Blue Tit in Keynsham (talkingtobears)
5 Woodpigeon, 6 Collard Dove, 1 Starling, 26 Carrion Crow, 7 Jackdaw, 12 Herring Gull, 1 Chaffinch, 14 Goldfinch, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Magpie

1 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Meadow Pipit, 19 Goldfinch, 1 Redpoll, 


Blagdon Lake:
8 Pintails, 2 Scaup, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Dunlin, 266 Lapwings

Chew Valley Lake:

5 Goldeneye, 3 Little Egret, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Chaffinch

Picnic 1:
10 Bearded Tit 
8-11-17 Treecreeper at Woodford (Ian Stapp)
3 (1m) Goosander, 13 Great White Egret (Moreton to Stratford along edge), 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 GBB Gull, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Meadow Pipit

Herons Green:
2 Pintail, 4 f Goosander, 9 Little Egret, 10 Great White Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 11 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit

6 Little Egret, 1 Great White Egret, 36 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 3 GBB Gull, 2 Jay, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat
3 Great White Egret, 7 Dunlin, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Water Rail, 2 Bearded Tit

8-11-17 Goosander in Herriotts channel (Ian Stapp)
3 Barnacle Goose, 2 Pintail, 4 f Goosander, 1 Little Egret, 16 Great White Egret to roost tonight, 1 Water Rail, 18 Lapwing, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler

CVL. Stratford Hide:
Steve Smith reported repairs are scheduled to be carried out to the boardwalk at Stratford Hide on Sunday, 26th November, by the conservation volunteers. They will be replacing the planks. It is likely this will require more than one day of work, which may be carried over to the next weekend. The hide may be out of action for 10 days to 2 weeks, although more serious issues may be uncovered requiring a longer closure. 

Keith Fox funeral arrangements
Keith's funeral will take place on the 20th November at 11.00 at Weston super Mare crematorium.
Following this there will be a service at Holy Trinity Church, Nailsea at 12.30. BS48 4NG.
After the service Ronnie has invited everyone to the pub next door to the church, The Ring o' Bells.

Waxwing Photos
I'm writing an article for The Bristol Magazine about Waxwings and I'm after a couple of really good photos of them to illustrate the piece.Please can you ask BOC members and readers of the website to get in touch with me at if they have any suitable shots that the magazine could use?  No payment, I'm afraid, but moderate fame! Pete Dommett

Reports: Derek Angell, Terri Borash, Simon Carder, Jane Cumming, David Gibbs, Robert Hargreaves, Adrian Hockey, Nigel Milbourne, John Rumble, Ian Stapp, talkingtobears, Dan White, Simon Williams, blagdonlakebirdsnsl-birdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirds