Friday, 19 October 2018

19-10-18 Friday - another Yellow-browed Warbler

Another bright, sunny, late autumn day with light winds

Garganey
Spoonbill,  Black-necked Grebe 
Cattle Egret, Great White Egret
Marsh Harrier, Red Kite
Spotted Crake
Golden Plover, Spotted Redshank
Yellow-legged Gull 
Bearded Tit
Yellow-browed Warbler 
Water Pipit, Rock Pipit
Brambling, Siskin

BRISTOL
19-10-18 Kingfisher, Eastville Park Lake ( Allan Chard)

Eastville Park:
Vis mig over Eastville garden and park this am: 1 m Wigeon (unusual sighting for Bristol), 120 Woodpigeon, 150  Jackdaw , 2 Skylark, 5 Fieldfare, 33 Redwing, 5 Pied Wagtail, 1 Linnet, 4 Chaffinch

Fishponds:
2 Kestrel

Easton:
80+ Jackdaw over the house heading south

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
88 Wigeon, 1 flyover Great White Egret, 4 Little Egret , 5 Grey Heron, 95 Dunlin, 14 Lapwing, 7 Curlew, 45 Turnstone. ! GBB Gull, 1 Kestrel,  1Wheatear, 1 Stonechat

19-10-18 Nuthatch, Almondsbury (Vera Carpenter)
Almondsbury:
Garden: 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Goldfinch

New Passage/Northwick:
Few migrants at New Passage this morning between 7am & 9 am, highlights ca 70 Jackdaw to SW,  ca 35 Redwing, 2 Brambling, but less than 50 Chaffinch.

Pilning wetland:
1 juv Pochard (scarce here - 1st sentry box pool), Little Egret, 47 Gadwall, 48 Lapwing, 120 Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit,  3 Rock Pipit

NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead:
17th October: 1 Willow Warbler caught and ringed in garden near Battery Point

Clevedon-Yeo:
Wain's Hill:  Red Kite, Yellow-browed Warbler (very elusive in trees and bushes by the small boatyard), Skylark (heard)

Bristol Airport:
26 Golden Plover in the  Airport flock
18th October: 1 Barn Owl

Kenn Moor:
12 Skylark

Yatton: 
220 Jackdaw, heading SW

Uphill:
3 Lapwing, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:

230 Golden Plover in a field off the A420 at Cold Ashton, also 20 Sky Lark there.

150 Common Gull off Tormarton Road, Marshfield following plough

Keynsham ST6567:
20 Starling

RESERVOIRS:


19-10-18 f Pintail, Herriotts Pool, CVL (George Stacey)
Chew Valley Lake
2 Egyptian Goose, 2 Barnacle Goose, 10 Pintail, 1 Garganey (HG)Aytthya hybrid – 1 drake, 4 f Goldeneye,  8 Cattle Egret, 18 Great White Egret, 9 Little Egret, 44 Little Grebe (inc 32 at Herons Green, double the normal total for that spot), 3 Black-necked Grebe (Stratford)1 imm Spoonbill (north end of Denny Island late afternoon), min 2 Marsh Harrier  (1 f at HG which flew towards Blagdon + 2 possibly different birds between Stratford and Moreton*), 1 Spotted Crake (seen in Stratford bay; it or another heard at Hollow Brook; ), 3 Water Rail, 12 Lapwing, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, I Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 3 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 20 Snipe, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull (HG), I Peregrine, 3 Raven, 9 Jay, 6 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Tree Creeper, 1 pair Bearded Tit (Herriotts), 12 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Pipit (Moreton), 1 Rock Pipit (Moreton), 1 Siskin


*Marsh Harrier – 2 juvs :1 is the bird from the 9th that’s very heavily marked; the other is a new juv this autumn that has decent face/crown markings but not as bright as most and has a dark spot in the central crown

19-10-18 Egyptian Goose by dam, CVL (Rob Hargreaves)
Out of UK
Bob Brewer in Papua New Guinea - some birds still need identifying! 

Reports: Vera Carpenter, Peter Coslett, Chris Craig, Michael Davis, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Adrian Hockey, David Howes, Simon Isgar, Brian Lancastle, John Martin, Andy Middleton, Steve Pilkington, Mark Ponsford, Trevor Riddle, Steve Sanins,  Larry Sweetland, Howard Taffs, TalkingtoBears, Jason Williams 

Thursday, 18 October 2018

18-10-18 Thursday - Golden Plover

Temp 8 to 14℃. Cold wind, some sunny patches, no rain

Scaup, Goosander
Black-necked Grebe
Cattle Egret
Marsh Harrier
Spotted Crake
Golden Plover
Yellow-legged Gull
Merlin
Fieldfare, Redwing
Brambling, Redpoll, Crossbill, Siskin


18-10-18 Fieldfare at Marshfield (Rob Hargreaves)
BRISTOL


18-10-18 Grey Heron on Avon in Bristol (Lee Gardiner)
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Hanham Bird Obs:
Skylarks, Redwing, Meadow Pipit and 21 Chaffinches heading south, and a Peregrine

Oldbury Power Station:
4 juv Swan sp. downriver at 09:30 (probably Mutes)
Vismig, mainly to NE! into breeze: 50 Skylark, 35 Fieldfare (one flock, 08:30), 2 Redwing, 100+ Chaffinch, 13 Greenfinch, 3 Redpoll, 3 Siskin, 20+ Reed Bunting

Aust Cliff, vismig:
113 Skylark, 1031 Starling, 43 Fieldfare, 233 Redwing, 1320 Chaffinch, 10 Brambling, 1 local Yellowhammer

Latteridge:
1 m Sparrowhawk

Northwick Warth/New Passage:
4 juv Swans inland over Northwick tip at 11:25. Long necks. Greyish /dark necks and flanks. No throbbing flight noise as in Mute Swans

NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Wharf:
20 Canada Goose, 12 Mute Swan, 20 Gadwall, 2 Shelduck, 50 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Pochard/Aythya Hybrids, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, Coots++, 1 Lapwing, 6 Curlew, 3 Snipe, 50 BH Gull, 2 GBB  Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Jay, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 5 Linnet

Portishead, Valley Road:
1 Tawny Owl at 07:15

Congressbury Moor:
1 Great White Egret (at 1515 for 15 minutes in a rhyne)


18-10-18 Goosander off Wain's Hill (Ian Loats)
Clevedon, Wain's Hill, 07:15-10:30:
270 Skylark, 360 Starling, 6 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing, 23 Pied Wagtail, 90 Meadow Pipit, 655 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 60 Goldfinch, 15 Linnet, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Crossbill, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Reed Bunting. All birds were to NE
Others: 1 Goosander, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 3 Raven

18-10-18 Blackcap at Backwell (Robin Martin)
Backwell Lake:
2 Canada Geese, 8 Mute Swan, 7 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, Mallards +, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 6 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 40 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 2 Jay, 2 Raven, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 m Blackcap, 15 Goldfinch

Sand Point, vis mig, 07:30-09:10:
1 Mute Swan, 1 Golden Plover, 82 Woodpigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 41 Skylark, 1 Fieldfare,  500 Starling, 4 alba wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipit, 500 Chaffinch, 20 Greenfinch, 6 Brambling, 20 Linnet, 2 Redpoll, 35 Goldfinch, 6 Siskin, 1 Yellowhammer

BELOW M4 & BANES

18-10-18 Kestrel, Shire Valley (Peter Coslett)
Marshfield, inc RSPB walk:
120 of 4,000 released Red-legged Partridge, 50 of 7,000 Pheasant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 7 Golden Plover (Rushmead Lane), 160 Golden Plover (circling over West Littleton, 14.00), 200 Common Gull (early in Rushmead Lane), 4 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, 1 Jay, 10+ Raven, 20+ Skylark, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 300 Starling in one flock, 90 Fieldfare (2 flocks 40 and 50), 12 Redwing, 12 Meadow Pipit, 20 Chaffinch, 5 Greenfinch, 30 Linnet, 30 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin, 12 Yellowhammer, no Corn Bunting

Chew Stoke:
10 Fieldfare

RESERVOIRS

Blagdon Lake, WeBS:
229 Canada Goose, 9 Great White Egrets, 4 Little Egrets, 1 juv Ringed Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull

18-10-18 Grey Heron at CVL (Bob Brewer)
Chew Valley Reservoir:
1 f Scaup (f), 3 Black-necked Grebe, 8 Cattle Egret to roost at Nunnery, 5 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Spotted Crake (Stratford), 32 Redpoll going East

Out of Avon:
Little Egret in Cheddar Gorge

Out of UK
Bob Brewer in Papua New Guinea - some birds still need identifying! 

Reports: Derek Angell, Paul Bowyer, Bob Brewer, Tony Cook, Peter Coslett, Lee Gardiner, David Goodliffe, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Matt Hobbs, Rob Laughton, Ian Loats, Robin Martin, Nigel Milbourne, Steve Sanins, Nigel Sluman, Chris Teague, Jason Williams, CVRS

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

17-10-18 Wednesday - Snow Bunting

Temp 13 to 16℃. Dull grey day with a bit of rain

Common Scoter, Goldeneye, Goosander
Spotted Crake
Jack Snipe
Swallow, House Martin
Yellow-browed Warbler
Fieldfare
Water Pipit
Brambling, Redpoll, Siskin
Snow Bunting
17-10-18 Wren at Bernard King, CVL (George Stacey)
BRISTOL

Blaise Woods:
2 Marsh Tits with mixed tit flock, between Goram's Chair and Henbury Golf course, 1 Tree Creeper, 1 Grey Wagtail on Hazel Brook

Purdown, Duchess Lake:
15 Skylark, 4 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Linnet, 100 Goldfinch, Duchess Pond: 1 m + 1 f Stonechat

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Northwick Warth/New Passage:
80 Canada Geese (+usual hybrid in tow), 37 Turnstone, 100+ Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 1 Common Gull, 4 GBBG on river, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail,

NORTH SOMERSET

Goblin Combe, Avon:
2 Raven, 2 Marsh Tit

Congressbury Moor:
80 Skylark migrating West (Skylarks heard migrating across Avon)

Clevedon, Wain's Hill:
More finches on the move today over Wain's hill including my first Brambling of the autumn

Sand Point, vis mig:
33 Skylark, 18 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler,  780 Starling, 10 Meadow Pipit, 1,920 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 1 Redpoll, 13 Siskin, 9 Reed Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting

BELOW M4 & BANES

17-10-18 Starlings in Keynsham Garden (TtB)

Bath:
Skylark and Siskin over

RESERVOIRS

Blagdon Lake, WeBS:
91 Canada Geese, 7 Barnacle Geese, 90 Mute Swan, 68 Shoveler, 36 Gadwall, 77 Wigeon, 411 Mallard, 19 Pintail, 1120 Teal, 30 Pochard, 805 Tufted Duck, 24 Little Grebe, 73 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Cormorant, 10 Grey Heron, 7 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 45 Moorhen, 549 Coot, 86 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Peregrine, Skylarks, Mistle Thrush, Siskin

17-10-18 Pintail at Herriott's (Bob Brewer)
Chew Valley Reservoir:
2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Shelduck, 1 Garganey (f), 20 Pintail, 2 m Aytha Hybrid, 2 f Scaup (f), 1 m Common Scoter, 5 Goldeneye, 1 m Goosander (Denny), 3 Black-necked Grebe, 0 Cattle Egret, 7 Great White Egret, 4 Little Egret

1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Water Rail, 1 Spotted Crake (Stratford - southern end of main reed bed ), 6 Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Jack Snipe (Hollowbrook), 11 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull

1 Kestrel, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Water Pipit (HB, Lakeside)

17-10-18 Shoveler on Herriott's Pool (Ian Stapp)
Out of Avon:
Dowitcher at Huntspill

Reports: Rich Andrews, Paul Bowyer, Bob Brewer, Lucy Delve, Jane Earp, Robert Hargreaves, Katie Horrocks, Andy Middleton, Nigel Milbourne, Dave Nevitt, Aravind Ramesh, Steve Sanins, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, Larry Sweetland, Howard Taffs, TalkingtoBears

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

16 - 10 - 2018 Tuesday - - Osprey

Dry Dull & Mild today.

Yellow-browed Warbler, Brambling, Redpoll, Yellow Wagtail,
Short-eared Owl
Crossbill, Marsh Tit
Goosander, Spotted Crake, Osprey


Goosander Herons Green 16-10-18 (Robert Hargreaves)
BRISTOL

Southmead - Badock's Wood
Vismig: 5 Redwing. 2 Grey Wagtail, 25 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 20 Brambling, 40 Goldfinch, 5 Siskin.
In the woods - 4 Jay, 1 Chiffchaff. 1 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest,

Eastville Park:
5 Cormorant, 1 Kingfisher, lots of Jays and of course the odd Otter.

Arno's Vale
1 Brambling

Redland:
1 Chiffchaff in the garden all afternoon.

Rownham Hill - bottom end:
1 Yellow-browed Warbler - with a party of Long-tailed Tit

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
Some vismig: 10 Skylark, 11 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Redpoll, 3 Siskin. 
5 Little Egret - on the shore, 20 Moorhen - on the lake (site record), 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, Stonechat present but in the reeds

Whooper Swan NP R Severn Estuary 16-10-2018 (Brian Lancastle)
New Passage/Northwick Warth:
4 Whooper Swan (j) in the estuary. (12:00)

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon-Yeo:
120+ Shelduck at mouth of Kenn, 1 Short-eared Owl flying around over the farm (it seemed to be chasing a Crow!), 12 Skylark and a Wheatear.
- - - and later
20 Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail ( calling in reedbed at Clevedon Pill), 30 Oystercatcher, 20 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Kestrel, 5 Skylark, 2 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 30 Linnet, 40 Goldfinch.
- - - and a longer visit (09:30 to 14:00) - inc some vismig.
500 Shelduck, 105 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 7 Cormorant, 12 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Peregrine.
52 Oystercatcher, 100 Lapwing, 150 Dunlin, 330 Curlew, 460 Redshank, 2 Short Eared Owl (Yeo).
73 Skylark, 6 Wheatear, 15 Pied Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail (Dowlais), 1 Grey Wagtail, 400 Meadow Pipit, 150 Goldfinch, 125 Linnet, 5 Reed Bunting.

Sand Point/Bay:
Vismig 7 Skylark, 16 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler calling along the bottom track by the style early, 110 Starling, 3 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 15 alba wagtail, 120 Meadow Pipit, 90 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 40 Linnet, 1 Redpoll, 30 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 4 Reed Bunting. Grounded birds - 3 Chiffchaff,  1 Blackcap and plus an increase in Blackbirds, Song Thrush and Robin.

Uphill:
WeBS Count and BOC walk:
380 Shelduck, 42 Wigeon, 31 Teal, 60 Mallard, 3 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 69 Oystercatcher, 35+ Lapwing, 9 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Dunlin, 165 Redshank, 450 BH Gull, Green Woodpecker heard, 4 Skylark, 20+ Meadow Pipit, Robins singing, 20-ish Redwings over, Stonechat, Chiffchaff, two parties of LTTit (7 + 4 at least), 20++ Carrion Crows on the beach, many hundreds of Starlings flying in formation out on the Levels, also passing overhead in loose flocks, Linnets.

BELOW M4 & BANES

Folly Farm:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Tit, 8 L T Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 10 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 10 Chaffinch, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Crossbill, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin.

RESERVOIRS

Blagdon Lake:
103 Mute Swan (site record), 20 Pintail, 8 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Peregrine, 1 Whinchat.

Chew Valley Lake
Garganey Herons Green 16-10-18 (Ian Stapp)
Juv Garganey (HG), The Spotted Crake was showing again this morning at the usual spot. It is metal ringed on the left leg, 1 Rock Pipit (M), 10 Skylarks on the move.
10 Pintail (S), 32 Pintail (HB), 350 Pochard (S), 1 Scaup, 4 Goosander (HG), 3 Black-necked Grebe, 23 Lapwing, 3 Black-tailed Godwit (seen in two places), 1 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank and some more  - 
3 Black-necked Grebe (S), 6 Cattle Egret (went to roost @ 18.00), 16 Great White Egret, 6 Little Egret, 1 Osprey (ad, heavy wing moult on right wing) over HB @ 13.00 briefly, then flew west. 1 Dunlin, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 12 Snipe, 
1 Rock Pipit (m), 1 Wheatear, 1 Redwing, 10 Siskin,

OUT OF AREA

Grey Catbird Treeve Moor Cornwall 16-10-2018 (Dean Reeves)

Reports: Paul Bowyer, Pete Brain, Jane Cumming, Robert Hargreaves, Brian Lancastle, Niall Machin, Dean Reeves, Trevor Riddle, Harvey Rose, Matt Hobbs, Steve Sanins, Tony Scott, Ian Stapp,  BUPP, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Monday, 15 October 2018

15 -10-18 Monday - a bit slow today

Weather:  Cool, Cloudy - but the sun did break through - for a bit.

Great White Egret
Golden Plover
Redwing

BRISTOL
nil

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
WeBS count today
39 Canada Goose, 26 Wigeon, 89 Mallard, 5 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Egret, 5 Lapwing, 3 Golden Plover - over, 1 Grey Plover - Yacht Club, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit - Yacht Club, probably the one John Martin had at Littleton on Saturday, 10 Curlew 45 + Turnstone, 160+ Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 25 Redshank, 270+ Starling, 2 Wheatear.

Wheatear 15th Oct 2018 NP-NW-PWL (Paul Bowerman)
New Passage/Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetlands
13 Canada Goose, 10 Shelduck, 13 Shoveler, 29 Gadwall, 180 Wigeon, 190 Teal, 1 Little Egret,
2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail, 36 Coot, 10 Lapwing, 3 Ringed Plover, 80 Curlew, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Knot, 350 Dunlin, 115 Redshank, 2 Raven.

Severn Beach:
2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Wheatear.

Chittening Warth:
42 Mallard, 1 Pintail (f), 8 Teal, 4 Cormorant flying upriver Cormorant 3 flying upriver, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff and a few Meadow Pipits moving N.E into wind.

NORTH SOMERSET

Worle:
Breakfast with the birds: 2 Ravens - tumbling, 2 Goldcrest, and a flyover Siskin.

BELOW M4 & BANES

Paulton:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Raven, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch, 8 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit.
Sewage works: 
18 Pied Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit

RESERVOIRS

Blagdon Lake:
9 Barnacle Goose, large number of  Mute Swan, 42 Wigeon, 8 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 21 Meadow Pipit.

OUT OF AREA
Isabelline Shrike 15th Oct 2018 out of area (John Hansford),
Reports: Ken Carruthers, Patrick Hancock, John Hansford, Andy Middleton, Dean Reeves, Tony Scott,  BUPP, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Sunday, 14 October 2018

14-10-18 Sunday - Brambling

Temp 15 down to 10℃. 1 cm of rain. Guess pretty similar to mine in Portland, wet and windy

Spotted Crake, Cattle Egret, Spotted Redshank, 
Brambling
Yellow-browed Warbler
14-10-18 Brambling in Winthill garden (John Thorogood)
first photo in of a Brambling this autumn
BRISTOL

Duchess Lake:
53 Mallard, 3 BH Gull, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Moorhen, 32 Feral Pigeon, 83 Woodpigeon, 10 Magpie, 16 Jackdaw, 5 Carrion Crow, 7 Blue Tit, 7 Great Tit, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 1F Blackcap, 1 Wren, 1 Robin

Eastville Park:
Mute Swan, Grey Heron, Cormorant, 2 Peregrines – both on the spire, 20 BH Gull, Tawny Owl, Kingfishers, Chiffchaff, 30 Starling, 3 Grey Wagtail

Withywood:
1 low flying Heron, 1 Jay, 2 Raven, 

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE


14-10-18 Stonechat at Oldbury Power Station (Matt Plenty)
Oldbury Power Station:
5+ Stonechat, Cetti's and a big count of 17 Moorhen 

Northwick Warth/New Passage:
1 Water Rail 'cussing' in the Grebe Pond reed bed, 1 Sparrowhawk - causing all the fuss, it kept 11 Snipe in the air at one time, and spooked 12 Skylark.

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon, Wain's Hill:
One Meadow Pipit and 6 Chaffinch battled through in an hour's vismig

Banwell, Winthill:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Bullfinch, including 2 juveniles, a single Brambling among a mass of Goldfinches numbering 34, our biggest ever count

BELOW M4 & BANES

Bath, Pulteney Gardens:
4 Mute Swans, 3 cygnets, 1 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorants, 1 Kingfisher

Bath, Southgate by Apple:
100+ Pied Wagtails already in winter roost

Bath, Walcot Gate - River Side:
Probable Yellow-browed Warbler in huge mixed tit-flock along the trees by the river! Counted 90+ birds.
Paulton:
1 Buzzard, 150 Herring / Lesser Black-backed Gull, 120 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 12 Skylark, 6 Meadow Pipit, 7 Yellowhammer

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks, WeBS:
61 Teal, 31 Mallard, 7 Shoveler, 19 Pochard, 102 Tufted Duck, 25 Little Grebe, 17 Great Crested Grebe, 58 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 171 Coot, 1 Lapwing, 1 Snipe 

14-10-18 Common Sandpiper, CVL Dam (Bob Brewer)
Different one from yesterday
Chew Valley Reservoir:
1 Garganey (f), 20 Pintail, 1 Scaup (f), 3 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Cattle Egret, 12 Great White Egret, 3 Little Egret, 1 Spotted Crake (Stratford - southern end of main reed bed ), 6 Ringed Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull.

Reports: Rich Andrews, Phil Baber, Bob Brewer, Sean Davies, Neil Delaney, Richard Giles, Patrick Hancock, Glen Maddison, F Neate, Matt Plenty, Patrick Richards, Rich Scantlebury, Howard Taffs, John Thorogood

Saturday, 13 October 2018

13-10-19 Saturday - Yellow-browed Warbler

Temp 18 to 23℃. Some rain, little sun, seasonally warm

Red and Black-necked Grebe
Barwit
Mediterranean Gull
Common Tern
Yellow-browed Warbler
Crossbill


13-10-18 Common Sandpiper, CVL (Bob Brewer)
BRISTOL

Ashton Gate:
1 Mediterranean Gull over

Badock Wood:
1 Yellow-browed Warbler

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Littleton, WeBS:
1 Barwit, 47 Curlew, 4 Oystercatcher, 9 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 12 Wigeon, 55 Teal, 2 Shelduck, Rock Pipit

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon, Blind-Yeo:
1 Common Tern

Weston-S-M garden:
Crossbill over

Uphill & STW this morning:
2 L Egret, 9 Blackwit, 2 Snipe, Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, GS Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail

RESERVOIRS

13-10-18 Great White at CVL (Bob Brewer)
Chew Valley Reservoir:
1 Red-necked Grebe (RBA?) 2 Black-necked Grebe (Stratford), 16 Great White Egret, 3 Little Egret, 2 Aytha Hybrid, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 3 Spotted Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Snipe, 1 juv Common Tern


Reports: Bob Brewer, Paul Chapman, David Gibbs, Nick Hawkridge, Adrian Hockey, Brain Lancastle, John Martin, Keith Vinicombe

Friday, 12 October 2018

12-10-18 Friday - Wind and Rain

Temp 15 to 18℃. Heavy rain and winds. 13mm of rain in Bristol. Some plain dull cloudy periods

Water Pipit

Nothing you see on this RADAR image of the USA is precipitation. No rain. No snow.
All of the returns you see are from airborne animals taking advantage of the northerly wind
behind the cold front, aiding in their migration south!

BRISTOL

Southmead, Greystoke Ave, 12:10:
flock 50 Starling

Coombe Dingle:
2 Coal Tit, Blue and Great Tit, Robin, 2 Dunnock, 3 Chaffinch, Bullfinch (f), 1 Greenfinch - the last 3 returning to the garden after some weeks absence.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Severnside:
No seabirds so far here today despite Storm Callum

BELOW M4 & BANES

Keynsham:
20 Starling

Saltford town:
1 Sparrowhawk

Queen Charlton1 Hobby - over at 15:00, heading South East.

RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake:
1 Water Pipit first of the autumn

Out of Avon:
A Swallow at Slimbridge

Avon Bird Report

The 2017 edition of the Avon Bird Report will be available in about twelve days, that is from about October 24th. BOC and BNS members will get their copies in November. It's the largest ever at 208 pages, the cost is £10 plus £1.50 postage and can be obtained from me at: 
Arncliffe 
Coast Road
Walton Bay 
Clevedon, BS21 7FW

(If you are passing my way you are welcome to drop by to pick up a copy but please let me know first that you are coming.)  I also have back numbers at a much-reduced cost.  Please note that cheques should be made out to "AOG", that is Avon Ornithological Group.

Apart from the regular items the Report contains papers on (a) Trends in wildfowl numbers in the Severn Estuary (Rupert Higgins), (b) Unusual Avon area sightings for the period 2013 to 2017 (Andy Davis), (c) Iberian Chiffchaff in Yate (Mark Coller), and (d) Unusual Common Gulls in the Chew Valley area (Andy Davis and Richard Mielcarek). Cover picture by Alex Carlisle           Editor: Harvey Rose


A talk by Victoria Hillman at Timsbury Nats

Award-winning, wildlife photographer – Victoria Hillman

Not only is the talk about imaginative and artistic ways for taking close-up photographs but is also very informative about the natural history of the plants and smaller creatures found in our area.

Monday 15th October 2018
Conygre Hall,
North Road,
Timsbury,
BA2 0JQ

Visitors £3.00


Reports: Paul Bowerman, Alastair Fraser, Rich Mielcarek, Lois Pryce, Geoff Suter, TalkingtoBears

Thursday, 11 October 2018

11-10-18 Thursday - Ring Ouzel, Hawfinch

Temp 15 to 18℃. Turned to rain early but odd moments of sun, but mostly a steady cloudy day

Mandarin, Red-breasted Merganser
Avocet, Curlew Sandpiper
Mediterranean Gull
Willow Warbler
Ring Ouzel
Hawfinch
and many more


11-10-18 Hawfinch in Carrs Wood, Bath (NSL-Birding)
BRISTOL

Eastville Park:
2 Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl, Kingfishers, Nuthatch

11-10-18 Chiffchaff at Purdown (Patrick Richards)
Purdown:
1 Buzzard, 12 Woodpigeon, 4 Magpie, 6 Jackdaw, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 10 House Sparrow

River Avon Sea Mills area, WeBS:
32 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Lapwing, 2 Common Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 85 Redshank, 28 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail

Stapleton Church Spire:
1 Peregrine

Skylarks over city centre

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

11 10-18 Avocet at New Passage (John Martin)
New Passage/ Northwick Wharf:
2 Pintail, 1 Sparrowhawk, unusually a Coot in the Pill, 1 Water Rail, 1 Avocet, 350 Black-tailed Godwit, 150 Knot, 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 400 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 140 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Peregrine, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 FieldfareRedwings over Pilning, possible Lapland Bunting

Hoar Gout (VOSA Pool), WeBS:
2 Mute Swan, 2 Coot, 1 Chiffchaff

Avonmouth Docks:
1 Red Kite at 9.30, see Wain's Hill below

Coalpit Heath:
2 Swallow

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon, Wain's Hill, 08:00-09:00:
Red Kite, common migrants moving with a flock of Fieldfares and Redwing, 200 Chaffinches

11 10-18 Mandarin, Blind-Yeo (Howard Taffs)
Clevedon-Yeo:
6 Mute Swan, 1 Mandarin Duck (Blind-Yeo), 72 Canada Goose, 40 Shelduck (Where have they all gone, Sand Bay??), 80 Mallard, 20 Teal, 18 Little Egret, 1 f/imm Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 62 Oystercatcher, 55 Lapwing, 175 Curlew, 9 Turnstone, 30 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 275 Redshank, 200 BH Gull, 3 Wheatear, 5 Rock Pipit

Sand Bay/Point, inc Vis Mig:
Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Ring Ouzel (Middle Hope), 100 thrushes

Weston house:
12 Redwing over

BELOW M4 & BANES

Keynsham:
50 Starling, 1 Greenfinch, 20 Goldfinch

11-10-18 Little Egret on Top Lake (NSL-Birding)
Newton St Loe:11 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Kingfisher, 12 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 10 Meadow Pipit, 11 Chaffinch, 1 Hawfinch, 20 Greenfinch, 9 Linnet

RESERVOIRS

11 10-18 Pintail on Herriott's, Chew Valley Lake (Peter Coslett)
Chew Valley Reservoir:
2 Pintail



Out of Avon:
Isabelline Shrike on Thurlestone golf course, Devon

Reports: Rich Andrews, Phil Baber, Paul Bowyer, Peter Coslett, David Gibbs, Paul Chapman, Adrian Hockey, Brian Lancastle, John Martin, Dave Nevitt, Dean Reeves, Patrick Richards, Harvey Rose, Rich Scantlebury, Tony Scott, Howard Taffs, Jason Williams, for the birds, NSL-Birding, TalkingtoBears

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

10-10-18 Wednesday - Brambling

Temp 10 to 24℃. Cool wind today, beautiful day otherwise, Sunny, dry and warm later on.

Scaup
Black-necked Grebe
Great White Egret, Cattle Egret
Spotted Crake 
Marsh Harrier 
Spotted Redshank
Yellow-legged Gull
House Martin 
Firecrest
Whinchat
Brambling, Crossbill
Avocet

10-10-18 A study in autumn colours:  Long-tailed Tit, Stoke Park (Martin Tayler)

BRISTOL

Eastville Park:
1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest still present

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
inc vis mig: 2 Raven, 4 Skylark, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 20 Meadow Pipit, 2 m Stonechat, 4 Pied Wagtail, 10 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 13 Linnet, 26 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE


Aust Warth:
c.70 Canada Goose, c.50 Wigeon, c.30 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 juv. Sparrowhawk, 2 Curlew, c.60 Redshank, 1 Kestrel, 4 Skylark, c.30 Starling, 3 Meadow Pipit, 15 Linnet

10-10-18 fem Scaup, New Passage (Paul Bowerman)

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
1 f Scaup (first for 7 years), 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 80+ Knot and a Clouded Yellow

Pilning
1 Crossbill , 4 Siskin over garden

Severn Beach:
6 Little Egret, 1 Jay
Also 1 Common Blue, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and a few Common Darter

Chipping Sodbury Common:
2 Whinchat, 7 Stonechat

NORTH SOMERSET

10-10-18 Peregrine, Portbury Wharf (Chris Stone)
Portbury Wharf:
90 Coot, 1 f Peregrine

Clevedon-Yeo:
500 Shelduck, 20 Wigeon, 55 Teal, 135 Mallard, 6 Cormorant, 16 Little Egret,1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 90 Oystercatcher, 25 Lapwing,, 7 Knot, 2 Common Snipe, 325 Curlew, 290 Redshank, zero Dunlin(!), 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 3 Raven, 40 Skylark, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff,1 Blackcap, 2 Redwing, 1 Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 2 Rock Pipit, 15 Pied Wagtail, 200 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 55 Greenfinch, 50 Goldfinch, 25 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch,3 Reed Bunting

Backwell Lake:
3 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher

Sand Point/Bay:
mainly vis mig: 2 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 22 Starling, 1 Grey Wagtail, 11 'alba' Wagtail, 70 Meadow Pipit, 65 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling (first of season), 4 Siskin, 3 Reed Bunting

Axe Estuary:
213 Shelduck, 7 Oystercatcher, 1 Avocet, 53 Lapwing, 14 Curlew, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Knot, 12 Redshank.

BELOW M4 & BANES
No reports

RESERVOIRS


10-10-18 Marsh Harrier, Moreton, CVL (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake
1 Shelduck,  1 Goldeneye (Heron's Green) 2 Scaup, 1 juv Garganey (HG), 6 Shoveler, 1 apparent f Aythya hybrid (Scaup x Tufted ?), 2 m 1 f Goldeneye, and a 1st w) 1 fem, 14 Little Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebe (Stratford)


10-10-18 Shoveler, Herriotts Pool, CVL (Bob Brewer)
8 Grey Heron, Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 5 Cattle Egret ( N Widcombe with the cows) 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard,  1 Marsh Harrier,  3 Water Rail (Herriotts & Moreton), Spotted Crake (see below), 2 white Coot, 4 Greenshank  (3 Herriotts 1 HG/Moreton flushed by Peregrine), 4 Spotted Redshank (HG), 7 Snipe,  2 Ringed Plover (1 HG 1 Herriotts), 3 Black-tailed Godwit (HG), 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10 Snipe, 13 Lapwing, 7 GBB Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Common Gull (HP)

10-10-18 Cattle Egret, North Widcombe Farm (Ian Stapp)
1 Stock Dove 2 Kingfisher (Moreton, Herriotts), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker,  1 Green Woodpecker (Moreton) 1 Peregrine (Moreton, flushed Greenshank), 1 Hobby,  8 Jay, 14 Jackdaw, 4 Raven, 50+ Carrion Crow + Jackdaw, 20+ mixed LTT, Blue, Great Tit, 2 House Martin (on wires at Blue Bowl) ,  3 Cetti's Warbler,  2 Treecreeper ,  2 Mistle Thrush, 14+ House Sparrow  Pied Wagtail,  1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit, 9 Goldfinch,  2 Bullfinch,  1 Reed Bunting 

More information on the Spotted Crake:
Juvenile seen this morning and late afternoon on fringe of main reed bed opposite Stratford Hide – when it shows it’s quite an obliging individual, staying out on the open mud for periods, some prolonged, but obviously distant and extremely so from Stratford Hide

10-10-18 Today's instalment:  Grey Heron vs Pike, Herriotts Pool, CVL (Bob Brewer)
Reports: Paul Bowyer, Paul Bowerman, Bob Brewer, Mark Coller, Rob Emery, Robert Hargreaves, John Martin, Dave Nevitt, Louis Pryce, Dean Reeves, Trevor Riddle, Steve Sanins,  Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Larry Sweetland, Martin Tayler, Gwen Thomas, Jason Williams

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

09-10-18 Tuesday - Spotted Crake

Temp 10 to 21℃. Cool wind early on. Sunny and blissfully warm later, hottest of the month

9-10-18 Pheasants trying to be waders at Villice (Terri Borash)




Scaup, Goldeneye
Black-necked Grebe
Cattle Egret
Marsh Harrier
Spotted Crake
Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank
Marsh Tit
Fieldfare, Redwing
Whinchat
Redpoll
BRISTOL

Concord cycle track between Bonnington Walk and Constable Road:
Sparrowhawk, LBB Gull, 3 Feral Pigeon, 3 Woodpigeon, 4 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Blackcap, Wren, 10 Starling, 1m 1f Blackbird, 7 House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, 2 Goldfinch

Eastville Park, WeBS:
70 Mallard, 5 Moorhen, 2 Grey Heron, 17 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 2 Herring Gull
+ 2 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Kingfisher, a Crest, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 5 Grey Wagtail

Stapleton Church Spire:
1 Peregrine
9-10-18 Kestrel v Crow over St Anne's (Lucipixlz)
Southmead - Badocks Wood:
vismig - 5 Skylark 1 Grey Wagtail - and in the woods - 5 Goldcrest and migrant Robin.


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

9-10-18 Whinchat at Oldbury Power Station (Peter Hazelwood)
Oldbury Power Station, inc Vis Mig:
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Skylark, 2 Fieldfare, 41 Redwing, 1 Whinchat, 7 Stonechat, 12 Chaffinch, 11 Greenfinch, 1 Redpoll, 1 Siskin

Hawkesbury Upton, BOC Walk:
Pheasants, 5 Buzzard, 280 Common Gull (Monarch's Walk), 1 Collared Dove, 3 Great Spotted and 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 5 Jay, 1 Skylark, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Goldfinch

Chipping Sodbury Common:
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 1 Whinchat, 5 Stonechat, 10 Goldfinch

Bradley Stoke & Three Brooks Nature Reserve:
1 Chiffchaff - in full song this morning
1 Little Egret
Little Egret 9th Oct 2018 Three Brooks Nature Reserve (Vic Savery)
NORTH SOMERSET

Sand Bay/Point, inc Vis Mig:
11 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 5 Teal, 1 Whimbrel, c.90 Curlew, 14 Skylark, 3 grounded Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush, 6 alba Wagtail, 92 Meadow Pipit, 45 Chaffinch, 11 Greenfinch, 17 Goldfinch, 1 Siskin, 6 Reed Bunting

9-10-18 Buzzard at Bleadon (Bill Hewitt)
Bleadon:
2 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Jay, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Meadow Pipit

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
lots of Buzzards

Farrington Gurney, Chewton Wood:
1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Marsh Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper

Farrington Gurney, Hollow Marsh:
1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Bullfinch, 6 Yellowhammer,  1 Clouded Yellow

RESERVOIRS

9-10-18 Little Grebe, Herriott's (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Reservoir:
3 Egyptian Geese, 1 Shelduck, 20 Teal, 2 Scaup, 3 Goldeneye, 3 Pheasant (Villice), 20 Little Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebe

9-10-18 Cattle Egret, North Widcombe (TtB)
4 Cattle Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 7 Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Buzzard, 4 Water Rail, 1 Spotted Crake (off Stratford), 19 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover (Herriott's Pool), 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Snipe, 3 Common and 7 Green Sandpiper

9-10-18 Spotted Redshank, Greenshank and Black-tailed Godwit over the reeds from Herriott's (Ian Stapp)
Looking North to the lake from Herriott's Bridge
Spotted Redshank (HP), 3 Greenshank, 11 Common Gull, 7 GBB Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Pied Wagtail, 12 Meadow Pipit, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting
9-10-18 Grey Heron at Villice (Bob Brewer)
That fish is not too big for that Heron!
Out of Avon:
707 Brambling over Hunstanton yesterday

Reports: Derek Angell, Terri Borash, Paul Bowyer, Pete Brain, Bob Brewer, Paul Chapman, Robert Hargreaves, Nick Hawkridge, Peter Hazelwood, Bill Hewitt, Kenny Hills, Matt Hobbs, John Martin, Dean Reeves, Patrick Richards, Gill Sapsed, Vic Savery,  Rich Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, RBA, TBOSG, TalkingtoBears