Friday, 16 November 2018

16-11-2018 Friday - Black Redstart

a bit dull - a grey old day.

Cattle Egret, Spotted Redshank, Mediterranean Gull
Black Redstart

BRISTOL

Great Spotted Woodpecker 16-11-2018 Downend (Barry Dursley)

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Black Redstart (m) @15:30 with c200 Pied Wagtails - going to roost.
3 Mute Swan (inc 2 juv) 1 Tufted Duck, 29 Moorhen, 1 Grey Wagtail,

Merlin 16-11-2018 New Passage (Paul Bowerman)
New Passage/Northwick:
1 Merlin - after pipits

Black Redstart 16 -11- 2018 Severn Beach (Paul Bowerman)
Severn Beach:
1 Black Redstart,

NORTH SOMERSET

Dundry:
1 Song Thrush

Yatton:
1 Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Cetti’s Warbler and 1 Bullfinch.

Water Rail Portishead 16-11-2018 (Chris Clarke)
Portishead - Brompton Way:
1 Water Rail

Weston-Super-Mare - Worlebury:
1 Sparrowhawk - just a metre in front of me.

RESERVOIRS


Pintail Herriotts Pool 16-11-18 (Ian Stapp)

Chew Valley Lake
1 Shelduck, 4 Goosander (1m), 7 Grey Heron, 11 Great White Egret, 11 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 47 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 100+ Common Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 2 Jay, 8 Jackdaw, 2 Raven, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail, 7 Pied Wagtail, 3 Chaffinch, 24 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting.

Main Dam:
11 Goldeneye

Roman Shallows:
6 Black-necked Grebe

Cattle Egret 16-11-2018 CVL (Bob Brewer)
Morton:
1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Peregrine, 2 Coal Tit, 30 + mixed tits but mostly Long-tailed, 5 Goldcrest, 6 Meadow Pipit, 5 Siskin.

Herons Green:
Up to 11 Cattle Egret, 5 Little Grebe, and 60 odd Lapwing, 30 Starling, 7 Goldfinch,

Herriott's
14 Pintail, 2 Water Rail, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull

Woodford:
2 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush,

Reports: Bob Brewer, Chris Clarke, Andy Davis, Barry Dursley, George Rabin, Trevor Riddle, Tony Scott, Ian Stapp,   blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Thursday, 15 November 2018

15-11-18 Thursday - Avocets

Quite mild, rather grey and overcast but at least it's dry.  Light winds.

Bewick's Swans, Red-crested Pochard
Cattle Egrets, Great White Egrets
Merlin
Avocets, Jack Snipe
Short-eared Owl
Yellow-browed Warbler
Water Pipit, Siskin

Kingfisher in Eastville Park (Martin Tayler)
BRISTOL

15-11-18 Black-headed Gull diving? Eastville (Rich Scantlebury)
Eastville Park:
2 Tawny Owl, Dipper on the lake.
Mute Swan, lots Mallard, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Cormorant, 7 Moorhen, c.30 BH Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 3
Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5 Goldcrest.

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:


Stonechat in Stoke Park (Martin Tayler)


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Inglestone Common, 16:30:
1 Short-eared Owl


15-11-18 Reed Bunting at Aust (Chris Snook)
Aust Warth:
Short-eared Owl, Kestrel, Reed Bunting

New Passage/Northwick:
Barnacle Goose - thought by the observer to be wild rather than feral.

Northwick Warth:
Merlin.


NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Wharf:
64 Wigeon, 11 Shoveler, 23 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Avocet (foreshore), 10 Lapwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 m. Blackcap.


Weston-Super-Mare:
2 Chiffchaff, 2-3 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing. 1 Grey Wagtail (over Plumley Park).


BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
3 Buzzard, 70 Common Gull, 2 Raven, 30 Sky Lark, pr. Stonechat, 6 Pied Wagtail, 40 Meadow Pipit, 60 Corn Bunting, 40 Yellowhammer.

Peregrine at Blagdon Lake (Terri Borash)
Green Sandpiper and Redshank at the Chew Dam (Ian Stapp)
RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake
2 Bewick's Swans (Hollow Brook), 2 Red-crested Pochard, 6 Pintail (Herriotts), 1 Shelduck, 4 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander, 8 Little Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 9 Cattle Egret (3 HG & rest in the cattle field opposite Villice), 11 Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 3 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail (HG & Herriotts), 2 Common Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe (Stratford), 5 Black-tailed Godwit (2 Stratford bay & 3 HG), 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper (Woodford), 1 Redshank (Dam), 1 Dunlin (flying with Lapwing), 347 Lapwing (Stratford Bay - counted the photograph), 7 GBB Gull, 200+ Common Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 2 Kingfisher (Herriotts), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Peregrine, 11 Jackdaw, 3 Raven, 4 Jay, mixed flock of 20+ tits (Coal, LTT, Blue & Great), 4 Cetti's Warbler, 4+ Goldcrest (Moreton), 60+ Starling (HG), 2 Mistle Thrush (Woodford), 15+ Redwing, 5 Fieldfare (Woodford orchard), 2 Stonechat (Moreton & HG), 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Water Pipit (Moreton), 6 + Meadow Pipit (Moreton). 20+ Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch (Woodford), 10+ Linnet, 2 Siskin (Moreton), 5 Reed Bunting.

Cattle Egret at Chew (Ian Stapp)
Out of Avon:
Yellow-browed Warbler in Glos, near Cam & Dursley Railway Station, 1.5 miles NNE of Cam, GL11 5DW..


Reports: Paul Bowerman, Peter Coslett, Dominic Godfrey, Adrian Hockey, Henry Kirkwood, Richard Scantlebury, Chris Snook, Ian Stapp, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

14-11-18 Wednesday - Mandarin

Temp 12 to 16℃. Cool in the morning in the wind but a pretty good day after

Mandarin
Black-necked Grebe
Cattle Egret
Jack Snipe
Swift
Merlin
Marsh Tit
Richard's Pipit

14-11-18 Great White Egret at CVL (Bob Brewer)
BRISTOL

Dundry:
1 Swift over going SE

Eastville Park:
3 Goldcrest, 2 Mistle Thrush

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
60 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station, 13th:
Short-eared Owl

Aust:
2 Short-eared Owl
14-11-18 Merlin on Northwick Warth (Rob Hargreaves)
Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth:
3 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler, 300 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 100 Lapwing, 40 Curlew, 53 Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Knot, 250 Dunlin, 100 Redshank, 40 Common Gull, 30 Stock Dove, 1 Merlin, 2 Raven, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 15 Fieldfare, plenty Redwings, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Richard's Pipit over calling (AR), Linnets over

NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead:
5 Cormorant (H&W)

Worlebury:
1 Redwing over 21.00

Churchill:
1 Raven

BELOW M4 & BANES

Midford to Tucking Mill and back:
2 Little Grebe, 3 Buzzard, 3 Jay, 1 Raven, 7 Coal Tit, 4 Marsh Tit (in 3 different areas - never seen more than 2 on this walk before!), 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 5 Redwing

Compton Martin:
Marsh Tit

RESERVOIRS

Blagdon Lake, 13th:
Bewick's Swan, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Merlin

14-11-18 Mandarin at Stratford (Raoul Chandrasakera)
Chew Valley Reservoir:
2 Egyptian Geese, 1 Shelduck, 3m 1f Mandarin (Stratford)

14-11-18 Goldeneye at the Dam (Bob Brewer)
2 Goldeneye (Dam), 3 Black-necked Grebe, 10 Cattle Egret (HG)

14-11-18 Great White Egret at CVL (TalkingtoBears)
10 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Lapwing, 6 Black-tailed Godwit

14-11-18 Jack Snipe at Stratford (Raoul Chandrasakera)
1 Jack Snipe (S), 1 Water Pipit (S)

14-11-18 Chinook low over CVL (Raoul Chandrasakera)
Out of Avon:
Franklin's Gull & Ring-necked Duck at Radipole

Reports: Bob Brewer, Raoul Chandrasakera, John Clark, Chris Craig, Rob Hargreaves, Simon Harris, Peter Hazelwood, Brain Lancastle, John Martin, Glen Maddison, Dave Nevitt, George Rabin, Aravind Ramesh, Larry Sweetland, TalkingtoBears, Jason Williams

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

13-11-18 Tuesday - Merlins

Temp 9 to 13℃. A cool dry bright day today

Bewick's Swan
Red-crested Pochard
Black-necked Grebe
Cattle Egret
Golden Plover
Yellow-legged Gull
Merlin
Black Redstart
Siskin

13-11-18 Tawny Owl, Eastville Park (Martin Tayler)
BRISTOL

Coombe Dingle garden:
1 Tawny Owl heard
13-11-18 Grey Wagtail, Eastville Park (Martin Tayler)
Eastville Park:
3 Grey Heron, 1 Tawny Owl, 3 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail

Stoke Park:
1 Cormorant, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Reed Bunting

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Huntingford, Little Avon River:
30 Siskin plus Fieldfares and Redwing

Oldbury Power Station:
Small flock of Wigeon, 5 Grey Plover, 1 juv/fem Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Stonechat.

Aust:
1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin

Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth:
100 Stock Dove, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Raven, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 (1m) Stonechat

NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead:
3 Cormorant (H&W), 1 m Black Redstart (Lockside Square)

Bristol Airport:

50 Golden Plover

Kenn Moor. pm:
10 Cormorant, 2 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 9 Meadow Pipit

BELOW M4 & BANES

Hanham:
1 Green Woodpecker - in the garden

Saltford, BOC Walk:
2 Mute Swan, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Cormorant, 12 Buzzard, 6 Moorhen, 5 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 2 Jay, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 23 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Treecreeper, 32 Fieldfare, 58 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 29 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 6 Chaff, 5 Green & 63 Goldfinch

Burnett:
400 Corvids

13-11-18 Great White Egret, CVL (Bob Brewer)
RESERVOIRS

Blagdon Lake:
Bewick's Swan, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Merlin

13-11-18 Wigeon, Herons Green (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Reservoir:
30 Pintail, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 7 Goldeneye, 4 Goosander, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebe


13-11-18 Cattle Egret, Herons Green (Brian Thompson)
11 Cattle Egret (HG), 17 Great White Egret, 7 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard

13-11-18 Water Rail, Herriotts (Ian Stapp)
3 Water Rail, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Common and 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank

13-11-18 Black-tailed Godwit, CVL (Bob Brewer)

Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Tawny Owl, 3 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 3 Raven, 4 Jay, 12 L-t Tit, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (Grebe Trail to BK), 4 Goldcrest, 2 Mistle Thrush, 12 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Water Pipit, 10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Linnet, 3 Siskin, 5 Reed Bunting

Out of Avon:
Hoopoe still at Hilmarton, Wiltshire

13-11-18 Kingfisher, Herriotts (Brian Thompson)
Reports: Bob Brewer, Raoul Chandrasakera, John Clark, Andy Davis, Greg Dawes, Alastair Fraser, Rob Hargreaves, Nick Hawridge, Peter Hazelwood, Adrian Hockey, Brian Lancastle, Nigel Milbourne, Dave Nevitt, Vic Polley, Lois Pryce, Trevor Riddle, Matt Scott, Ian Stapp, Martin Tayler, Brian Thompson, Nigel Warren, blagdonlakebirds

Monday, 12 November 2018

12-11-18 Monday - Short-eared Owl

Mild, sunny spells with some cloud. Local showers

Merlin, SEO, Red-crested Pochard, Cattle Egret, Ring-necked Parakeet

12-11-18 Kingfisher in Eastville Park (Martin Tayler)

BRISTOL

Finzell's Reach:
2 Peregrine (m, f + perching buffet of feral pigeon)

Eastville Park:
5 Stock Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Tawny Owl

12-11-18 Tawny Owl in Eastville Park (Martin Tayler)
Redland:
1 Ring-necked Parakeet

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
Purdown to Duchess Pond: 1 Kestrel, 45 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 3 Reed Bunting,
5 Meadow Pipit
12-11-18 Moorhen (Patrick Hardyman Richards)
1 Buzzard, 8 Moorhen, 8 Woodpigeon, 1 Jay, 6 Magpie, 10 Jackdaw, 8 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven,
6 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 15 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Wren, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Starling, 5m Black Bird,
1 Song Thrush, 2 Robin, 2m 1f Stonechat, 35 House Sparrow, 3 Meadow Pipit, 16 Goldfinch.


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
WeBS: 20 Moorhen, 11 Teal, 88 Wigeon, 5 Grey Plover, 62 Mallard, 32 Lapwing, 14 Curlew
8 Dunlin, 11 Redshank, 60+ Tur(stone,  8 Snipe (Very low numbers for most species on the whole).
1 Blackcap, 16 Pied Wagtail (in cow field, no Cattle Egret ,as yet), 75 Redwing, 18 Fieldfare,
3 Stonechat

Aust Warth:
1 SE Owl (at 16:20, hovering 200ft up)

New Passage/Pilning Wetland:
91 Redshank, 60 oystercatchers, 57 Curlew, 33 Dunlin, 300+ Wigeon, 21 Pied wags, 28 Stock Doves, Hen Merlin & lots of Lapwing on the Wetland

Northwick Warth:
80 Curlew, 138 Lapwing, 21 Common Gull, 1 Merlin (f), 30 Fieldfare, 2 Raven

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon/Yeo:
11 Mute Swan, Shelduck (a few present), c60 Wigeon, c90 Mallard, c20 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 28 Oystercatcher, 140 Lapwing, 3 Grey Plover, 125 Curlew, 18 Turnstone (I saw a flock of ~18 three times, I am assuming only one group was present), 1000 Dunlin (650 at Kenn, 350 up Yeo), 280 Redshank (120 at Kenn, 160 up Yeo), 1 Greenshank (Up Yeo), 300 BH Gull, 1 Raven, 20+ Skylark, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 10 Pied Wagtail

Uphill:
WeBS: Lots of Shelducks, good flock of Lapwing, rather low numbers of dabbling ducks, a couple of less usual wader species for the site.
2 Mute Swan, 453 Shelduck, 31 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 12 Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron,
1 Dabchick, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Peregrine, 33 Oystercatcher, 240 Lapwing, 10 Ringed Plover, 140+ Dunlin, 28 Curlew, c.7 Black-tailed Godwit, 120 Redshank, (probably more hidden in the long grass), 200++ BH Gull (over distant fields), 9 LBB Gull, 30 Herring Gull, 40+ Meadow Pipit (on the move, in small groups), 3 male Pheasants doing battle on the Brean side, 1 Chiffchaff  (with flock of tits), 8 Chaffinch (small flock going SW)

BELOW M4 & BANES

No reports
RESERVOIRS

Blagdon Lake:
WeBS: 223 Canada Goose, 49 Mute Swan, 2 Bewick's Swan, 1 Egyptian Goose, 22 Shoveler
60 Gadwall, 50 Wigeon, 325 Mallard, 3 m Pintail, 975 Teal, 5 (1m) Goldeneye, 6 Grey Heron
2 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 21 Cormorant, 2 Buzzard, 59 Moorhen, 1148 Coot
498 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Treecreeper, 1 Water Pipit

Chew Valley Lake
Male and female Red-crested Pochard from Bernard King hide, 39 Goldeneye (8 drakes), 3 Black-necked Grebe, 12 Great White Egret, 6 Little Egret, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Kingfsher, 1 Blackcap

Heron's Green:
10 Cattle Egret (with cows to N of HG pool)


12-11-18 Cattle Egret and cattle (George Stacey)
Herriotts:
11 GW Egret, 2 Goosander

12-11-18 Goosander (Robert Hargreaves)

Reports: Aravind Ramesh, Chris Craig, Alastair Fraser, Jane Cumming, Larry Sweetland, Harvey Rose, Andrew Middleton, Anita Teague, Adam Rawson, Martin Tayler, Robert Hargreaves, Patrick Hardyman Richards, George Stacey, Dean Reeves, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Sunday, 11 November 2018

11-11-18 Sunday - Yellow-browed Warbler

Temp 9 to 14℃. A beautiful sunny day, but a bit cold in the wind at times

Bewick's Swan
Black-necked Grebe
Cattle Egret
Short-eared Owl
Common/Pallid Swift
Merlin, Ring-necked Parakeet
Yellow-browed Warbler
Black Redstart
Water Pipit


11-11-18 Sparrowhawk at Farrington Gurney (Stephen Griffiths)
BRISTOL

Coombe Dingle garden:
1 Blackcap (first sighting this season)

Eastville Park:
A gulp of Cormorants (8), 1 Buzzard, 7 Moorhen, 80 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Redwing, 1 Dipper

Stoke Park:
9 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 3 Moorhen, 1 Stonechat

Sea Mills, WeBS:
43 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 21 Lapwing, 10 Snipe, 3 Common Sandpiper, 113 Redshank, 96 BH Gull

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
7 Fieldfare, Redwings, 1 m Black Redstart - lagoon 2, 2 Stonechat, 2 Grey Wagtail, 11 Bullfinch

Aust, dusk:
Short-eared Owl, 2 Stonechat


11-11-18 Merlin on Northwick Warth (Brian Thompson)
Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth:
2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Common/Pallid Swift (unconfirmed), 2 Merlin

NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead:
7 Mute Swan, 1Greylag Goose, 19 Canada Geese, 75 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Curlew, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Rock Pipit
11-11-18 Sparrowhawk at Portbury Wharf (Robin Martin)
Can't find the Y-b Warbler? Don't look at me
Portbury Wharf:
10 Canada Goose, 8 Mute Swan, 5 Shelduck, 10 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, c50 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 1 m Sparrowhawk, Moorhens, 85 Coot, 12 Lapwing, 3 Redshank, BH Gulls, Herring Gulls, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 20 Linnet, 10 Goldfinch

Backwell Lake:

11 Little Egret to roost after sunset this evening

Yatton - Strawberry Line:
1 Kingfisher, 1 m Blackcap, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Stonechat

BELOW M4 & BANES

11-11-18 Red-legged Partridge at Saltford (Rob Hargreaves)
One very plump Partridge
Saltford:
1 Red-legged Partridge, 6 Cormorant, 7 Buzzard, 6 Moorhen, 250 Gull - mostly BH Gulls, 20 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 30 Pied Wagtail, 20 Goldfinch

Bath, Prior Park:
2 Ring-necked Parakeet (unconfirmed)

Paulton:

1 Buzzard, 45 Skylark, 41 Fieldfare, 18 Redwing, 1 Meadow Pipit

Farrington Gurney:
1 Sparrowhawk

RESERVOIRS

Blagdon Lake:
2 Bewick's Swan, Meadow Pipits, 1 Water Pipit

11-11-18 Cattle Egret on Herons Green (Lisegirl)
Chew Valley Reservoir:
3 m Goldeneye, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 10 Cattle Egret (HG), 17 Great White Egret, 4 Little Egret, 0 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe (Stratford), 2 Kingfisher, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Treecreeper, 6 Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, 3 Water Pipit (Moreton), 12 Bullfinch
11-11-18 Teal at CVL (Lisegirl)
Out of Avon:
Hoopoe still at Hilmarton, Wiltshire

Reports: Rich Andrews, Karle Burford, Des Bowring, Barry Dursley, Rob Emery, Alastair Fraser, Stephen Griffiths, Patrick Hancock, Rob Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Simon Isgar, Henry Kirkwood, Brain Lancastle, Lisegirl, Glen Maddison, Robin Martin, Andy Mears, Paul Milo, Vic Savery, Rich Scantlebury, Tony Scott, Chris Stone, Howard Taffs, Mike Thomas, Brian Thompson, Jason Williams

Saturday, 10 November 2018

10-11-18 Saturday - Black Redstart

Blustery winds and heavy showers interrupting the morning's migration watches, but a clear spell mid-afternoon.  Chew water levels are surprisingly low for late autumn.

***** STOP PRESS - Yellow-browed Warbler at Portbury Wharf - see Tweets *****

Merlins
Black Redstart
Yellow-browed Warbler


A Buzzard in unusual company (Rob Hargreaves)

BRISTOL

St George, Crew's Hole Rd:
1 Sparrowhawk

Bishopston:
1 Ring-necked Parakeet

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
5 Grey Plover, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 m. Blackcap, c.300 Starling (from SW early a.m.), 2 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 1 m. Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, c.60 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit (Shepperdine). 1 Brambling (heard).
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Stonechat 10-11-2018 OPS (Matt Plenty)
Thornbury:
1 Yellow-browed Warbler - in the garden trees

Northwick Warth:
Merlin.

NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead:
A few flyby Curlew and Redshank, Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit.
No sign of Purple Sandpiper there yet this autumn.

Wains Hill, Clevedon:
(vismig)  Flocks of Woodpigeon, 10 Redwing, 200 Chaffinch, 3 Siskin, 2 Brambling.

Clevedon-Yeo:
c.300 duck in distant flight were probably mostly Wigeon.
30 Shelduck, 3 Little Egret, 6 Cormorant, 30 Oystercatcher, 130 Lapwing , 6 Grey Plover, 100 Curlew, 20 Turnstone, 750 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 50 Redshank, 20 Skylark, 100 Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting.

Worle:
Blackcap - in the garden, 1st this autumn, with Goldcrest, and max 6 Chaffinch.

A good comparison shot of Marshfield's two most iconic species (Rob Hargreaves)
BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
10 Red-legged Partridge (Shire), 70 Common Gull, 1 Kestrel, 6 Skylark, 8 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 6 Meadow Pipit, 20 Chaffinch, 20 Linnet, 50 Goldfinch, 20 Corn Bunting, 20 Yellowhammer.

Bath:
Merlin flew over a garden in Weston.

RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake:
Hundreds each of Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall and Shoveler.

Heron's Green:
30 Canada Goose, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 13 Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 GBB Gull

Stratford looking up to Herriotts Bay:
75 Mute Swan, 2 m. Pintail, 1 m. Goldeneye, 175+ Pochard, 9 Great White Egret, 2-3 Grey Heron, 24 Cormorant, almost completely white Coot, 59 Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, Cetti's Warbler (song), 2 Reed Bunting.

Evening Roost at Herriott's:
20 Great White Egret @ 5pm
Lovely photo of a Sparrowhawk (Lee Gardiner)
Out of Avon:
Hoopoe still at Hilmarton, Wiltshire today.

Hoopoe 10-11-2018 Witcomb Farm Hilmarton Wilts (Robert Hargreaves)

Reports: Derek Angell, Jane Cumming, Rob Hargreaves, Simon Isgar, Karon, Paul Milsom, Matt Plenty, Jean Oliver, Dean Reeves, Trevor Riddle, Howard Taffs, Jason Williams, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Friday, 9 November 2018

09-11-18 Friday - Merlin, Jack Snipe

Temp 10 to 13℃. Dull day, more rain in the late afternoon. Thankfully not windy

Black-necked Grebe
Cattle Egret
Grey Plover, Jack Snipe
Merlin
Water Pipit


9-11-18 Jack Snipe at Stratford (David Hughes)
BRISTOL

Concorde Way cycle track:
6 Woodpigeon, 7 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 4 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 1 Blue Tit, 45 Starling, 2m Blackbird, 1m 1f House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch

St Andrews:
Largest flock of House Sparrow ever - 38

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Pilning Wetland/Northwick Warth:
Lots Wigeon, 1 f Merlin, 150 Lapwing, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 200 Dunlin, 1 Kestrel

BELOW M4 & BANES

Willsbridge:
Great Spotted Woodpecker in the garden with the usual tits. AND a vast 'clattering' of Jackdaw -Video in the Twitter pane on the right

RESERVOIRS

Blagdon Lake:
2 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 ad Peregrine

Chew Valley Reservoir:
Black-necked Grebe, 1 Merlin (Stratford/Moreton), 9 Cattle Egret (HG), 13 Great White Egret, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Jack Snipe (Stratford), 2 Water Pipit (Moreton)

Out of Avon:
Male Rosy-billed Pochard at Apex Park, Burnham on Sea yesterday, a South American species

Avon Bird Report

The 2017 edition of the Avon Bird Report is available now. 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 Harvey Rose 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: Alex Carlisle   Editor: Harvey Rose

Reports: Andy Davis, Chris Hall, David Hughes, Robin Owen-Smith, Patrick Richards, John Rossetti, Tony Scott, blagdonlakebirding

Thursday, 8 November 2018

08-11-18 Thursday - Red-crested Pochard

Temp 6 to 13℃. Wet morning, 8mm or rain, some bouts of sunshine in the middle of the day

Bewick's Swan
Scaup, Red-crested Pochard
Black-necked Grebe
Cattle Egret
Marsh Harrier, Red Kite
Grey Plover, Spotted Redshank
Merlin
Water Pipit
Brambling


8-11-18 Red-crested Pochard, Bernard King (Rob Hargreaves)
Dire record shot against the light of male (S Hale would be proud!)
BRISTOL

Coombe Dingle:
4 Raven mobbed by 20 Jackdaw

Henbury, Crow Lane, 7th:
Rooks on road verge

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

8-11-18 Grey Plover, OPS (Peter Hazelwood
Oldbury Power Station:
Grey Plover, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling

8-11-18 Curlew at Pilning (Chris Snook)
Pilning/Northwick Warth:
135 Oystercatcher, 135 Lapwing, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, Knot, 145 Stock Dove, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin 1 Water Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon-Yeo:
72 Canada Goose, 7 Mute Swan, Wigeon, 50 Teal, 5 Little Egret, 42 Oystercatcher, 70 Lapwing, 3 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 80 Curlew, 18 Turnstone, 600 Dunlin, 160 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 15 Skylark, 150 Starling, 120 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit

Kenn Moor:
89 Canada Goose (Manmmor, River Kenn), 1 Little Grebe (Manmoor), 2 Buzzard, 1 m Kestrel, 50 Starling, 70 Fieldfare, 1 m Stonechat

8-11-18 Green Woodpecker, Yatton (Higgy)
Yatton garden:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 regular Green Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, pair Blackcap, Redwing fly-overs heard regularly at night

BELOW M4 & BANES

8-11-18 Mistle Thrush, Newton St Loe (Wayne Tucker)
Newton St Loe:
2 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel, 1 Raven, 7+ Coal Tit, 3 Mistle Thrush, 5 Pied Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 10 Linnet

RESERVOIRS

Blagdon Lake:
1 Pintail, 1 Great White Egret, 420 Lapwing, 30 Pied Wagtail, 35 Meadow Pipit

8-11-18 Bewick's Swan, Bernard King (Rob Hargreaves)
Chew Valley Reservoir, Stratford:
Bewick's Swans, 30 Pintail, pair Red-crested Pochard (Bernard King), 2 Scaup (Herons Green), 1 m Goldeneye, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Marsh Harrier (HG to Stratford), 1 Red Kite, 9 Cattle Egret (HG), 10 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 55 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Water Pipit (Moreton), 3 Reed Bunting

November 18 Hoopoe, Hilmarton (Mike Trew)
Out of Avon:
Hoopoe at Hilmarton and Ruddy Shelduck at Langford Lakes, Nov 6th

Avon Bird Report

The 2017 edition of the Avon Bird Report is available now. 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 Harvey Rose 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: Alex Carlisle   Editor: Harvey Rose

Reports: Andy Davis, Alastair Fraser, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Higgy, John Martin, Lois Pryce, Dean Reeves, Harvey Rose, Chris Snook, NSL-Birding blagdonlakebirding