Tuesday, 24 November 2020

24-11-20 Tuesday - Red Kites

 Mainly overcast but dry, cool.  Brisk SW wind swinging West with more cloud rolling in later.

Great Northern Diver
Great White Egrets
Red Kite
Marsh Tit
Black Redstart
Merlin

Fight or flight?  A pair of Goosanders (George Stacey)
 BRISTOL

Filton Park:
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Jay, 12 Magpie, 23 Starlings, 3 Pied Wagtail, 14 Goldfinch.

Henleaze - garden:
3 Greenfinch

Redland garden:
1 Jay, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blackbird,  m. and f. Blackcap.

Green Woodpeckers (Tony Scott)
Greenbank cemetery:
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay.

Narroways LNR, St Werburgh's:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

St Agnes - garden: 
1 Chiffchaff

Oldland Common:
Sparrowhawk caught a Magpie

Drake Goosander (George Stacey)

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
Black Redstart

New Passage/ Northwick Warth:
2 Merlin (f & m) - roosting (m), got chased off by (f)

Lower Woods:
7 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Marsh Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 10+ Redwing, 5 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Robin, 2 Wren, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Chaffinch, pr. Bullfinch.

Latteridge:
Redwing again - gorging on berries

Yate:
4 Goosander.

Robin (Raoul Chandrasakera)

NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Warth:
10 Canada Goose, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Shoveler, 14 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 8 Mallard, 10 Teal, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Lapwing, 1 Cormorant, 40 Redwing

Tyntesfield:
1 Buzzard,  1 Jay, 1 Magpie,  3 Rook, 2 Carrion  Crow,  2 Raven,  1 Nuthatch,  1 Wren, 4 Blackbird,  19 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Robin. 

Marsh Tit at Cadbury Hill (Mark Savage)
Cadbury Hill, Yatton:

1 Jay, 2 Raven, 4 Marsh Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Mistle Thrush.


Clevedon pier:
Black Redstart


Buzzard (Ian Stapp)

BELOW M4 & BANES

Stanton Prior:
Buzzard, Kestrel, Starling, Fieldfare, Redwing, 1 Stonechat, Chaffinch

Newton St Loe:

2 Mute Swan, c.28 Mallard, 15 Teal, 10 Pheasant, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, c.100 BH Gull, c.12 Common Gull, Herring Gull, LBB Gull, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 1 m. Kingfisher, 1 GS Woodpecker, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, LT Tit, Goldcrest, Wren, 2 Nuthatch, c.10 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, Robin, 1 f. Stonechat, House Sparrow, 2 Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch, Goldfinch.


Red Kite over Herriotts Bridge (Simon Isgar)

Folly Farm:

Pheasant, 200+ Woodpigeon, Herring Gull, LBB Gull, 1 Red Kite (drifting east c 12.40 pm and mobbed by a corvid), 2+ Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Robin, Chaffinch.

Marsh Tit (Raoul Chandrakasera)

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
Great Northern Diver

Pochard (George Stacey)
Chew Valley Lake


Dam:
2 Goldeneye, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Pied Wagtail.

Mistle Thrush (George Stacey)
Woodford orchard:
Buzzard, 10+Jackdaw, 12+ LT Tit, 50+ mixed winter thrushes, 1 Mistle Thrush, 20+ Chaffinch.

Hollow Brook:
18 Goosander (3 m.)

Heron's Green:
4 Wigeon, 14 Pochard, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 G BB Gull, 6 Great White Egret, 7 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 8 Carrion Crow, (m. and f.) Stonechat, 3 Pied Wagtail. 
        
Moreton:
60+ Woodpigeon, 2 Stock Dove, Water Rail, 2 Buzzard, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 20+ Crow and Jackdaw, 2 Raven, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 25+ LT Tit in mixed tit flock, 4 Stonechat (2m., 2f.), 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldfinch.

Herriott's Bridge:
6 Shelduck, 150+Teal, Shoveler, 18 Pintail, 4 Goldeneye, 1 f. Goosander, 1 Water Rail, Common Gull, 4 GBB Gull, LBB Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 4 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite (flew over 12.10pm), 1 Kingfisher, 5 Jackdaw, 50+ mixed winter thrushes (flyover), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail.

Pied Wagtail at the Dam (Ian Stapp)
Also:
The following claims have all been on Birdguides but we have no idea of the observer(s) involved. If you saw any of these birds can you please supply some confirmatory notes to
avonbirds@hotmail.co.uk - otherwise the records will be lost:

Species                                            Date                            Site
Wood Warbler                            03/08/2020             Chipping Sodbury, Common
Hoopoe                                      07/08/2020              Nailsea
Yellow-browed Warbler            01/10/2020              Wick St. Lawrence, STW
Yellow-browed Warbler            22/10/2020              Bristol, St Anne's Park

Reports:  Dru Brooke-Taylor, Raoul Chandrasakera, Chris Clarke, Mark Coller, Tony Cook, Alan Daniells, Geof Daniels, Paul Francis, Toby Fountain, Pete Harrison, Nick Hawkridge, Jean Oliver, Mark Savage, Tony Scott, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, Serena Sweeting, Chris Teague

Monday, 23 November 2020

23-11-20 Monday

Clear and bright - Bristol temperatures started at 6°C and rose to 12 °C

Red-crested Pochard, Long-tailed Duck
Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull 
Great Northern Diver
Cattle Egret, Great White Egret 
Red Kite
Black Redstart  
Brambling, Siskin
Corn Bunting

BRISTOL

Eastville Park:
4 Grey Heron, 172 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Kingfisher

23--11-20 Siskin, Purdown, Bristol (Serena Sweeting)
St Agnes:
Garden - Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit along with the usual House Sparrows and Blue and Great Tits, 3 Siskin

Henleaze:
Garden- 1m Backcap (first of season at this site)

Sea Mills:
32 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 75 Redshank, 3 Grey Heron, Buzzard, Kestrel, 1 m Stonechat, 4 Linnet

Stoke Bishop:
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Raven over, 2 Blackcap (m + f), Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush (a garden first)

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
1 Skylark (over), 1m1f Blackcap, only 1 Redwing

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
110 Canada Goose, 2 juvenile 'headstarted' Curlew from Slimbridge on Lagoon 1 (numbers 21 & 23),  c650 Dunlin, 2 fem-type Black Redstart3 Stonechat 

Easter Compton - M49:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 LTTit, c.40 Rook, c.80 Redwing, c.20 Fieldfare

NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead Lake Grounds:
inc WeBS count - 47 Canada Goose, "George" the Greylag, 5 Mute Swan, 142 Mallard (+ one domestic), 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Moorhen, 1 Curlew, 150+ BH Gull, 34 H Gull, one each Common and GBB Gull, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch


23-11-20 Fieldfare, Bristol Airport (David Hughes)
Bristol Airport:
'Plenty of winter thrushes today' - min 40 Fieldfare,10 Redwing

Kenn:
Pier - 2 f Goosander, Little GrebeKingfisher,1 m Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail


23-11-20 Firecrest, Sand Point (Paul Gregory)
Sand Point/Bay:
4 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 80 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, Brambling

23-11-20 apparent hybrid Canada Goose, Bleadon Level (Pagan Birder)
[Part of a small flock feeding in the recently-cut maize fields on Bleadon Level at the moment]

Congresbury Moor:
1 Cormorant, 1 Sparrow Hawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 350 Starling, 425 Fieldfare (to SW), 3650 Redwing (to SW), 2 Stonechat, 12 Pied Wagtail, 8 Meadow Pipit, 4 Bullfinch 

Strawberry Line (between Yatton & Congresbury):
1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Reed Bunting

BELOW M4 AND BANES

Marshfield:
3 Buzzard, 15 Skylark, c1000 Starling, 20+ Fieldfare, 6 Stonechat, mixed flock c200 Chaffinch, Linnet, Yellowhammer, 5 Corn Bunting


23-11-20 Red Kite, Newton St Loe (NSL-Birding)

Newton St Loe:
2 or 3 Red Kite


RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Diver still

Chew Valley Lake

Dam:
1 pr Goldeneye

23-11-20 Goosander pair, CVL (George Stacey)

Hollow Brook:
14Goosander ( 2 female)


23-11-20 Mistle Thrush, Woodford Orchard, CVL (George Stacey)

Woodford:
Orchard - 30+ Redwing, 30+ Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush

23-11-20 m and f  Red-crested Pochard, Heron's Green, CVL (Ian Stapp)
Heron's Green:
6 Wigeon 2 Goldeneye, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 2 GBB Gull, 10 Cattle Egret (Ubley Lane), 2 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 pr Stonechat, 2 Pied Wagtail, 6 Chaffinch

23-11-20 Cattle Egret,  Ubley lane, CVL (Simon Isgar)



23-11-20 Mediterranean Gull, Herriotts Pool, CVL (Ian Stapp)

Herriott's Bridge:
5 Shelduck, 12 Teal, 14 Pintail, 16 Shoveler, 1 Water Rail, 20 Snipe (flying around over reeds looking for a place to land),  4 GBB Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull1 Yellow legged Gull, 3 Great White Egret, 2 Little  Egret, 6 Grey Heron , 1 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 5 Jackdaw, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail


23-11-20 A wisp of Snipe, Herriotts Pool, CVL (Simon Isgar)

Reports: John Croxton, Jane Cumming, Geoff Daniels, Paul Gregory, Pete Hazelwood, David Hughes, Simon Isgar,  John Lewis, Pagan Birder,  Chris Perry, Steven Sanins,  George Stacey, Ian Stapp, Serena Sweeting, Larry Sweetland, Roger White, nslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirds

Sunday, 22 November 2020

22-11-20 Sunday - Green Sandpiper

Temp 8 to 10°C. Foggy start, but sunny and mild with little wind later, even temperatures

Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Diver
Grey Plover, Knot, Green Sandpiper
Mediterranean Gull
Firecrest
Black Redstart
Crossbill, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin
Swallow

22-11-20 Greenfinch, NSL (NSL Birding)
BRISTOL


Redland garden:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit

22-11-20 Peregrine, Finzels Reach (Rich Scantlebury)
Finzel's Reach & Castle Park:
1 Mute Swan, lots Feral Pigeon, 10 BH Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 2 m/f Peregrine, 4 Blue Tit, 7 Blackbird, 2 Dunnock

Kingswood garden:
3 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 60 Starling, m/f Blackbird, 10 House Sparrow

New Cut and Cumberland Basin:
Siskin

Sea Mills:
Mediterranean Gull

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
96 Canada Goose (in the maize field), 44 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 11 Oystercatcher, 244 Lapwing, 217 Curlew, 45 Turnstone, 123 Dunlin, 44 Common Gull, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 2 Peregrine, 1 Cettis Warbler, 38 Redwing,  23 Blackbird,  2 Lesser Redpoll (No3 lagoon SW corner with Goldfinch flock)

New Passage:
30+ Canada Goose, Mute Swan, 15 Shelduck, 12 Shoveler, 11 Gadwall, 200+ Wigeon, 45 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 5 Teal, 38 Tufted Duck, 9 Woodpigeon, 9 Collared Dove, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, Cormorant, 1 Water Rail (heard), 9 Moorhen, 18 Coot, 3 Oystercatcher, 150+ Lapwing, 15 Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 30+ Knot, 30+ Dunlin, 6 Snipe, 40+ Redshank, 200+ BH Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 8 Magpie, 10 Carrion Crow, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Wren, 22 Starling, 11 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 m Stonechat, 20+ House Sparrow, 3 Dunnock, 1 Grey Wagtail, 18 Pied Wagtail, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Linnet, 40+ Goldfinch

Chittening Warth:
26 Mallard, 25 Teal, 1 Water Rail, 60 Oystercatcher, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Peregrine, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Stonechat, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Linnet, 4 Goldfinch

Iron Acton, Tubbs Bottom:
1 Tawny Owl, 11 Meadow Pipit

North Yate garden:
1 Woodpigeon, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 m Blackcap, 3 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch

NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead seafront:
1 Shelduck, 3 Curlew, 12 Turnstone, 1 Knot, 11 Redshank, 1  GBB Gull,  1 Raven, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit - flying SW

22-11-20 Black Redstart, Clevedon (Paul B Chapman)
Clevedon Pier:

1 Song Thrush, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Rock Pipit

Clevedon Colehouse, WeBS:
13+ Mallard, 7 Moorhen, 1  Little Grebe, 100+ BH Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 2 Jay, 14 Magpie, 22 Jackdaw, 4 C Crow, 6 LT Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 22 Blackbirds (some winter incomers?),  130+ Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit

Clevedon-Yeo:
4 Egyptian Geese, c.40 Shelduck, c.120 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 50 Curlew, 42 Grey Plover, c.200 Dunlin, 1 Snipe (Blake's Pools), c.150 Redshank, 3 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Raven, 1 Chiffchaff, c.250 Fieldfare, c.100 Redwing, 8 Stonechat

Nailsea, Youngwood Lane & The Grove Fields:
2 Jay, 9 Magpie, 1 Wren, 1 Song Thrush

Sand Point:
vismig: 70 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 30 Chaffinch, 1 Crossbill, 3 Siskin
car park: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest

22-11-20 Redwing, Bleadon Levels (Pagan Birder)
Bleadon Levels:
Many Fieldfare and Redwing

BELOW M4 & BANES

West Littleton:
52 Golden Plover, 1 Swallow (latest 17 Dec)

Marshfield:
3 Red-legged Partridge, flock c.80 Wood Pigeon, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Skylark, c.30 Fieldfare, c.90 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 10 Meadow Pipit in with c.30 Linnet, flock c.40 Goldfinch

Bath:
Bloomfield: 1 m Blackcap
Haycombe Cemetery: 5 m Chaffinch
Rainbow Woods:Firecrest

22-11-20 Red Kite, NSL (NSL Birding)
Newton St Loe:

14 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 100+ BH Gull, 200 Common Gull, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Red Kite, 6 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 5 Jay, 2 Raven, 10 Skylark, 500+ Starling, 300 Fieldfare, 160 Redwing, 7 Mistle Thrush, 4 Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 10 Greenfinch, 3 Linnet, 10 Yellowhammer

RESERVOIRS

22-11-20 Great Northern Diver, Barrow No 2 (Ian Stapp)
Barrow Tanks:

Long-tailed Duck on 1, 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Common Sandpiper, 6+ Meadow Pipit, 12+ Goldfinch

Blagdon Lake, 21st:
1 Bar-headed Goose, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Lesser Redpoll

Chew Valley Lake:

Woodford Orchard:
8 Fieldfare, 50+ Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 20+ Chaffinch

Nunnery:
11 Goldeneye, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing

22-11-20 Snipe, Herons Green  (Ian Stapp)
Herons Green:
2 Wigeon, 5 Goldeneye, 6 Little Grebe, 4 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 GBB Gull, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 2 Skylark, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 m Stonechat, 5 Pied Wagtail

22-11-20 Green Sandpiper, Moreton (Lucy Masters)
Moreton:
6 Stock Dove, 100 Woodpigeon, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 40 Corvids, 2 Raven, 6 Skylark, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 25+ Long-tailed Tit + mixed Tits, 2 Treecreeper, 4 Stonechat, 4 Pied Wagtail, 10+ Goldfinch

Herriotts:
5 Egyptian Geese, 5 Shelduck, 10 Pintail, 20+ Goldeneye, 1 Water Rail, 7 GBB Gull, 6 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Raven, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail

Reports: John Barnett, Rob Bright, Paul Chapman, Allan Chard, Jane Cumming, Alan Daniels, Barry Dursley, Bob Goodman, Paul Gregory, Robert Hargreaves, Robert Kelsh, John Lewis, Paul Marshall, Brian Martin, Lucy Masters, Andrew Middleton, Fiona Neate, Pagan Birder, Lois Pryce, Patrick Richards, Rich Scantlebury, Tony Scott, Ian Stapp, Ben Sykes, Howard Taffs, Siobhan Watson, , Jason Williams, blagdonlakebirds, nsl-birding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds

Saturday, 21 November 2020

21-11-20 Saturday - Avocet

Gloomy with intermittent drizzle, though not cold: Bristol temperatures between 10 and 12°C

Long-tailed Duck
Avocet
Yellow-legged Gull
Great Northern Diver
Great White Egret
Yellow-browed Warbler (possible)
Redpoll, Siskin
   
BRISTOL

Castle Park:
1 Peregrine on  One Building on corner of Victoria St, just outside Castle Park

UWE Frenchay Campus:
Ring Rd opposite UWE Frenchay Campus - 1 Kestrel

Abbeywood Retail Park:
100+ Jackdaw flying over  at dusk

Downend:
1 Nuthatch - on the feeders for the 1st time

R Avon at Sea Mills:
12 Mallard, 32 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 25+ Redshank

Hotwells to Ashton Court:
23 sp inc 160+ Jackdaw, 2 Raven, 1 Mistle Thrush

Stockwood Open Space:
2 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 1 m Stonechat, 2 m Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch
 
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

21-11-20 Avocet , Fieldfare NP/NW (Aravind Ramesh)

New Passage/Northwick:
470+ Wigeon, Avocet Grey Plover, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 130 Dunlin, 9 Snipe,  15 Common Gull,  Rook, 110 Redwing, Fieldfare, Siskin

NORTH SOMERSET

Nailsea:
Bucklands View – 8 Magpie

Backwell Common:
2 Moorhen, 3 Raven, 3 Fieldfare

Sand Point/Bay:
vismig  - Fieldfare, 20 Redwing,20 Chaffinch, 1 Redpoll 
Carpark-  2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrest.

Mid-day visit- 470 Shelduck, 8 Oystercatcher, 160 Lapwing, 11 Common Redshank, 9 Curlew, 2 Raven, 5 Redwing, 7 Stonechat, possible Yellow- browed Warbler in bushes east of car park
 
BELOW M4 & BANES

Bath:
Prior Park Stock Dove singing, plenty of Redwing, a few Fieldfare, Song Thrush, small flock of Chaffinch feeding in and around the Yews
Twerton - 1st f Blackcap of the autumn

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck and Great Northern Diver still on Tank no2

Blagdon Lake:
1 Bar-headed Goose with Canada Goose flock, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Common Sandpiper 3 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 2 pr Stonechat,  2 Grey Wagtail, 1  Redpoll , lots of Goldfinch 


21-11-20 Common Sandpiper, CVL (Dean Reeves)
Chew Valley Lake
Pintail, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing 25 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail 

Villice:
51 Teal, 2 Goldeneye, 8 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker 

Out of Avon:
Cheddar Reservoir - 5 Red-crested Pochard still plus 1 juv Great Northern Diver 

AVON BIRD REPORT 2019
Copies are still available: please send your name, address 

and a cheque for £11.50 made out to AOG to:- 
Harvey Rose, Arncliffe, Coast Road, 
Walton Bay, Clevedon, BS21 7FW 
or email bktlgodwit@gmail.com

The Report is the longest ever, at 216 pages
There are three papers: Waterbirds on Severnside, Barn Owls, and tits in the Gordano Valley, plus the usual items including the AWBS, BBS and ringing reports. The cover photo, by David Hughes, was taken at CVL last summer.

A note to photographers...
If you have any good bird pictures taken in Avon in 2020 that you would like to see published, these can be sent now, or any time up to the end of the year, to ABR e-mail address: bktlgodwit@gmail.com


Also:
The following claims have all been on Birdguides but we have no idea of the observer(s) involved. If you saw any of these birds can you please supply some confirmatory notes to
avonbirds@hotmail.co.uk otherwise the records will be lost

Species                                            Date                            Site
Wood Warbler                            03/08/2020             Chipping Sodbury, Common
Hoopoe                                      07/08/2020              Nailsea
Yellow-browed Warbler            01/10/2020              Wick St. Lawrence, STW
Yellow-browed Warbler            22/10/2020              Bristol, St Anne's Park

Reports: Des Bowring, Dru Brooke-Taylor,  Sean Davies, Barry Dursley, Paul Francis, Alastair Fraser, Richard Giles and Fiona Neate, Paul Gregory, Rob Hargreaves, John Lewis, Glen Maddison, Aravind Ramesh, Dean Reeves, Stuart sammonds,  blagdonlakebirds

Friday, 20 November 2020

20-11-20 Friday - Black Redstart

Temp 4 to 10°C. Low cloud and dull morning rain into the afternoon, moderate SW wind

Long-tailed Duck
Great Northern Diver
Yellow-legged Gull
Cattle Egret
Black Redstart


20-11-20 Kenn Moor (Higgy)
BRISTOL


Bedminster, Acta Center Gdns and South Street Car Park:
2 Herring Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Blue Tit, 38 Starling, 1 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 8 House Sparrow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 13 Goldfinch

Eastville Park:
3 Grey Heron, 9 Cormorant, 50 BH Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay

20-11-20 Greenfinch & Blackcap, Narroways (Harry Mac)
Narroways LNR, St Werburghs:
a few Long-tailed Tit, 1 f Blackcap, 4 Blackbird, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

No reports

NORTH SOMERSET

20-11-20 Siskin Pill (Paul Milo)
Pill:
1 Siskin - 1st in the new garden

Portishead, Battery Point:
1 Rock Pipit

Clapton Moor to Walton Moor:
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiff-chaff, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Mistle Thrush 

Clevedon, copse opp St Peters Church and Pier:
2 Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 1 f/juv Black Redstart

20-11-20 Waders, Clevedon Pill (Dean Reeves)
Clevedon-Pill:

8 Oystercatcher, 3 Curlew, 300 Dunlin, 30 Redshank, Common Gull, 1 Kingfisher (Blind Yeo), 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit

20-11-20 Marsh Tit, Backwell (Robin Lambert)
Backwell, Uncombe Close:
Coal, Blue, Great, Marsh and Long-tailed Tit

20-11-20 Little Grebe, Kenn Moor (Higgy)
Kenn Moor, inc Claverham Drove and Manmoor Bridge:
49 Mute Swan, 1 f Goosander, 6 Moorhen, 3 Little Grebe, large flock Gull and Corvid, 11 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Kestrel, 100 Starling, 170 Fieldfare, 4 m Stonechat

20-11-20 Little Egret, Kenn Moor (Higgy)
BELOW M4 & BANES

Paulton:
2 Mute Swan, 32 Mallard, 8 Moorhen, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Jay, 1 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 20 Redwing, 4 Chaffinch, 120 Linnet
and at the STW: 23 Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit

RESERVOIRS

20-11-20 Great Northern Diver, Barrow Tanks (Brian Thompson)
Barrow Tank 2:

Long-tailed Duck, 1 Great Northern Diver

Chew Valley Lake

20-11-20 Common Sandpiper, CVL (DavidHughes)

Herons Green:
1 Common Sandpiper, 23 Cattle Egret, 7 Great White Egret, 20 Little Egret, 3-4000 Starling pre-roost

Herriott's Pool:
1 Yellow-legged Gull

Reports: Peter Bryant, Stephen Curtis, Andy Davis, Patrick Hancock, Higgy, David Hughes, Robin Lambert, John Lewis, Harry MacP, Paul Milsom, Dean Reeves, Carol Rushton, Brian Thompson, Mike Tripi, blagdonlakebirds, nsl-birding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds

Thursday, 19 November 2020

19-11-20 Thursday - Firecrests

Overcast and showery until mid-morning, then clearing to a fine and sunny afternoon.  Light NW wind and probably not as cold as the forecast suggested.

Mandarin
Long-tailed Duck
Great Northern Diver
Jack Snipe
Merlin
Bearded Tit
Firecrest
Black Redstart


Great Spot at Chew (George Stacey)

BRISTOL

Stockwood Open Spaces:
2 Stonechat (m. & f.), 2 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing

Leigh Woods and R.Avon:
Mallard, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, BH Gull, Herring Gull, Woodpigeon, 2 Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, pr. Marsh Tit, LT Tit, 2 FirecrestWren, Robin.

Goldcrest at Portbury Wharf (Chris Clarke)

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
3 Grey Heron,30 Dunlin,12 Curlew, 40 BH Gull, 4 Common Gull, 15 Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, 20 Pied Wagtail, 3 Black Redstart (2 f., 1 m.), 4 Stonechat, 20 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing. 50 Starling.

New Passage/Northwick:
55 Canada Geese, 30 Shelduck, c.270 Wigeon, 76 Oystercatcher, 110 Curlew, 80 Dunlin.
(New Passage): 35 Redshank. 

Pilning Wetlands:
4 Tufted Duck, a few Teal and Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 135 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Little Egret, 1 Raven (over), 1 Stonechat.

Buzzard (George Stacey)

NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury:
Mediterranean Gull (R.Avon), Kingfisher.

Portbury Wharf:
2 Shelduck, 22 Shoveler, 25 Gadwall. 2 Wigeon, 4 Mallard, 45 Teal, 3 Little Grebe, 11 Lapwing, c.750 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 4 Redshank, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Goldcrest, 20 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail.

Portishead:
The first Blackcap of the season on the garden feeder - a fem./imm.

Clapton Moor, Gordano:
6 Mallard, 1 Pheasant, 8 Moorhen, 1-2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 25 BH Gull, 50+ Common Gull, few Herring Gull, 1 Stock Dove, Woodpigeons, 4 Collared Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Merlin, 1 Jay, 5 Magpie, 80 Jackdaw, 7+ C.Crow, 2 Raven, 5 Blue Tit, 9 Great Tit, 1 LT Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Wren, 8 Starling, 5 Blackbird, 30+ Fieldfare, 100+ Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 7 Robin, pr. Stonechat, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, pr. Bullfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch (in a 3 km. round walk from Clapton Court). 

Clevedon:
1 m. Mandarin, 1 Black Redstart.

Clevedon-Yeo:
32 Canada Goose (Dowlais), 150+ Shelduck, 50 Wigeon, 60 Mallard, 40 Teal, 3 Coot, 16 Oystercatcher, 90 Lapwing, c.100 Curlew, 26 Turnstone (a better count), 120 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 120 Redshank 120 (R. Kenn), 3 Little Egret, 4 Rock Pipit.

Sand Point/Bay:
Found the Firecrest after 1.5 hrs!
Tawny Owl calling, Jay, 6+ Goldcrest, 4+ Chiffchaff, 20+ Redwing, 4 Fieldfare. Bullfinch, Redpoll, Reed Bunting. Yellowhammer heard over Point., 4

BELOW M4 & BANES

Newton St Loe:
2 Mute Swan, 48 Mallard, 16 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 5 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, 40 BH Gull, Woodpigeon, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 4 LT Tit, Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Redwing, Robin, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch.

Lansdown to Weston, Bath:
Golden Plover (heard only), 85 Common Gull, 5 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 70+ Linnet, 8 Bullfinch.

Pensford:
7 Mallard, 5 Jackdaw, 1 Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtail.
   
Common Sandpiper at Chew (George Stacey)

RESERVOIRS

(If you lost a tripod yesterday - contact us on the email above, we may know who has it?)

Barrow Tanks:
1 ad. m. Long-tailed Duck (tank 1), 1 juv. Great Northern Diver and 1 Goldeneye (tank 2).
2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Raven, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin, m. Bullfinch.

Stonechat and Goldfinch Moreton (Ian Stapp)

Chew Valley Lake
2 Jack Snipe.

Villice:
50+ Fieldfare in apple orchard north of Villice Bay.

Nunnery:
20+ Goldeneye (off Woodford), Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12+ Redwing.

Heron's Green:
6 Little Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 G BB Gull, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Cetti's Warbler. 1 m. Stonechat, 5 Pied Wagtail.

Moreton:
1 Water Rail (calling), 2 Buzzard, 100+ Woodpigeon, 4 Stock Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 4 Redwing, 50+ Crows & Jackdaw, 2 Raven, 25+ LT Tit in mixed tit flock, 4 Stonechat, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3+ Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting.

Stratford:
Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Herriott's Bridge:
4 Shelduck, 24 Pintail, 70+ Pochard, 20+ Goldeneye, 1 Water Rail (calling), 4 G BB Gull, 11 Great White Egret, 3 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Jackdaw, 3 Raven, 1+ Bearded Tit (heard calling), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail.

Coot and Common Sand - what a size difference!  (George Stacey)

Reports:  Dru Brooke-Taylor, Allan Chard, Chris Clarke, Tony Cook, Chris Craig, Jane Cumming, Andy Davis,Paul Francis, Paul Gregory, Rob Hargreaves, Matt Hull, Glen Maddison, Jonathan Margetts, Nigel Jones, John Lewis, Dean Reeves, Matthew Rogers, Harvey Rose, Tony Scott, George Stacey, Roger Staples, Ian Stapp, Keith Vinicombe, Paul Williams, opsbirding,

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

18-11-20 Wednesday - Yellow-browed Warbler

A little rain, some blustery wind but generally mild.

Long-tailed Duck
Great Northern Diver
Black Redstart
Yellow-browed Warbler
Firecrest
Red Kite
Merlin

BRISTOL

Ashton Court:
21 Black-headed Gull, 1 Magpie, 4 Rook, 9 Carrion Crow, 2 Blackbird, 40+ Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Robin

18-11-20 Sparrowhawk Coombe Dingle (Alastair Fraser)
Coombe Dingle gardens:
2 Sparrowhawk - was watching this one and another shot past, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (f), and 4 Fieldfare over the other garden.

Brandon Hill - vismig:
20 Redwing the only thing going over, but some Goldcrest and 2 Greenfinch was nice

18-11-20 Blackcap Fishponds (Allan Chard)
Fishponds - garden:
2 Blackcap (f&m)

Stapleton - garden:
1 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard very low - 13:20

St Mary Redcliff - church yard:
2 Blue Tit, 16 Long-t Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

New Passage/Northwick:
Starling - small murmuration. lisegirl wants some help with counting - -  a little video
(don't say, but about 350)

NORTH SOMERSET

18-11-20 Redwing PW (Chris Clarke)
Portbury Wharf:

4 Canada Geese, 5 Shelduck, 28 Shoveler, 14 Gadwall, 8 Wigeon, 20 Mallard, 55 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, c1000 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 100 Redshank, 40 Redwing, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Chaffinch, 10 Goldfinch.

Clapton Moor:
2 Pheasant, 2 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Buzzard, c.60 Jackdaw, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, c.50 Starling, 25 Fieldfare, c.60 Redwing, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting.

Clevedon Pier:
1 Black Redstart - (f), showed briefly on the rocks. ps early am visiting is prime time

Backwell Lake:
27 Mute Swan, 9 Shoveler, 3 Cormorant, 31 Little Egret- into roost between 15.50 and 16.40

Sand Point - car park:
1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest

Worle - garden:
1 Goldcrest - hope it stays for the winter.

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
1 Merlin - over the allotments this morning

Paulton:
5 Stock Dove, 70 Woodpigeon, 8 Skylark, 13 Starling, 1 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 4 Meadow Pipit

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great Northern Diver

Reports: Phil Arnold, Karen Ash, James Beaumont, Allan Chard, Chris Clarke, Sean Davies, William Earp, Alastair Fraser, Paul Gregory, Patrick Hancock, John Lewis, Jean Oliver, Lisa Presland,  Lois Pryce, Dean Reeves, Martin Tayler, Mike Thomas