Monday 31 December 2018

31-12-18 Monday - Happy New Years Eve

Mild and dull all day - but patches of blue at dusk.

Little Owl
Merlin
Corn Bunting
Yellowhammer 
Black-necked Grebe
Slavonian Grebe

BRISTOL

Tawny Owl 31-12-2018 Eastville Park (Martin Tayler)

Eastville Park:
2 Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Dipper, 1 Grey Wagtail

Dipper 31-12-2018 Eastville Park (David Hughes)

Clifton - Percival Rd
Marsh Tit back on the feeder around mid-day.

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
4 Meadow Pipit

Bishopston:
3 Redwing, 17 Goldfinch

Golden Hill:
135 Jackdaw heading North - very noisy.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
c1,000 Dunlin, 2 Tawny Owl hooting, 1 Merlin, c2,000 Starling - roost, 1 Corn Bunting, 5 Yellowhammer 


Lapwing 31-12-2018 CVL (John Martin)

Northwick Warth:
Loads of Lapwing, hiding 2 Golden Plover, plus 115 Black-tailed Godwit, 175 Common Gull.

Pilning wetland:
2 Pintail (m). 10 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing etc.

Almondsbury:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap (f), 1 Goldcrest and 2 Goldfinch

Chipping Sodbury Common:
3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Owl, 1 Kestrel, 4 Green Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest,1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 2 Bullfinch

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon - Wains Hill:
6 Goosander - on the estuary.

Backwell Lake:
28 Little Egret - into the roost tonight, and a Water Rail calling from the reed bed.

BELOW M4 & BANES

Mandarin 31-12-2018 Keynsham (Craig Ingham)

Saltford:
1 Mandarin Duck

Bath:
 3 Coal Tit, plus Blue Tit, Great Tit and Long-tailed Tit,  Blackcap (f) 1 Song Thrush, 1 House Sparrow (m), 5 Chaffinches, 2 Bullfinch (f&m), 4 Goldfinch,

RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake

Water Pipit 31-12-2018 CVL (Bri Thompson)

Stratford:
5 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, plenty of Snipe, and 1 Water Pipit.

Reports: VÄ•ra Carpenter, David Esam, Nick Hawkridge, Adrian Hockey, Nick Hudson, Dave Hughes, Glen Maddison, Rob Martin, Mike Meechem, David Poulton, Martin Tayler, Bri Thompson, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Sunday 30 December 2018

30-12-18 Sunday - Water Pipits

Overcast with sun breaking through now and then. Mild, about  10℃.  Light wind, no rain but some fog.

Brent Geese, Lesser Scaup
Slavonian Grebe, Black-necked Grebes
Cattle Egrets, Great White Egret
Mediterranean Gulls
Merlin, Short-eared Owl
Black Redstart
Water Pipits 


Goldeneye at the dam, Chew (Bob Brewer)

BRISTOL

Eastville Park:
2 Mute Swan, 31 Mallard, 4 Goosander, 4 Grey Heron, 9 Cormorant, 1 Peregrine, 19 Moorhen, c.80 BH Gull. 2 H Gull. 1 Tawny Owl, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 drumming), 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail.

Grey Heron at Eastville Park (Richard Scantlebury)

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
2 Brent Goose (dark-bellied form) at Shepperdine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Grey Plover, 21 Snipe, 1 Merlin, 1 Short-eared Owl (Lagoon 3). c,2000 Starling, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Redpoll (Lagoon 2).


Northwick Warth:
31 Shoveler, 24 Gadwall, 3 Pintail, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 m. Sparrowhawk, 30+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 (1W) Mediterranean Gull, 104 Common Gull, 1 Water Pipit. 


NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Wharf:
3 Shelduck, pr. Pintail, 5 Pochard (4 m., 1 f.), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail (sea wall rhine), just 1 Lapwing, 6 Snipe (South Hide), 8 Common Gull, 3+ Song Thrushes singing around the reserve, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat (m + f), 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch

Drove Rhine (off Royal Portbury Dock road):
1 Kingfisher, 2 Raven, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 15 Siskin.

Portishead:
1 Coal Tit, 4 LT Tit, 1 f. Blackcap in my garden.

Clevedon south:
11-12 Goosanders (2 m.) on the Blind Yeo from Strode Road bridge (but no sign of GWE or White-fronted Geese there or Dowlais).

WBS: Little Egret, Mallard, Moorhen, Fieldfare, Goldcrest. LT Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Goldfinch.


Weston-Super-Mare:
2 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew.


BELOW M4 & BANES

Willsbridge Mill:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 Coal Tit, 7 LT Tit, 2 Treecreeper, 4 Fieldfare, pr. Bullfinch, 6 Goldfinch.

Newton St Loe:
67 Teal, 5 Grey Heron, 3 Buzzard, 106 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 150 Rook, 50 Jackdaw, 1 f. Bullfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 60+ Goldfinch.

Goldeneye at the dam, Chew (Bob Brewer)
RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake

Dam:
c.10 Goldeneye

Heron's Green:
Cattle Egret, Great White Egret.


Water Pipit at Stratford (Raoul Chandrasakera)
Stratford:
8 Pintail, 1 Lesser Scaup, few Goldeneye, 1 f. Goosander, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 5 Black-necked Grebe, 43 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 ad. Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Cetti's Warbler.

Herriott's:
7 Shelduck, 5 Pintail.

Grey Wagtail at Chew (Robin Martin)

OUT OF AREA
Gloucester, Morrison's roundabout on Kinmoor Road, Wheatway.
11 Waxwing 

Reports: Bob Brewer, Raoul Chandrasakera, Teresa Chard, Anthony Cook, Jane Cumming, Andy Davis, Barry Dursley, John Martin, Robin Martin, Matt Plenty, George Rabin, Matthew Rogers, Richard Scantlebury, Matt Scott, Jason Williams,   blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Saturday 29 December 2018

29-12-18 Saturday - Slavonian Grebe

Mild (9 - 11 degrees), gloomy for the most part

Lesser Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Common Scoter
Slavonian Grebe, Black-necked Grebe
Cattle Egret, Great White Egret
Jack Snipe
Black Redstart
Water Pipit 

Greg Poole
We are sad to report the death of Greg Poole, local naturalist and respected bird artist. His work can be seen in two recently published books: Flightlines (Mike Toms, BTO, 2017) and Landfill (Tim Dee, Little Toller Books, 2018)


29-12-18 Long-tailed Duck, Barrow Gurney Reservoir (John Martin)
BRISTOL

Blaise Estate:
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Wagtail

Eastville Park:
2 Mute Swan, c 60 Mallard, 3 Shoveler (1 m), 3 Goosander (1m), 3 Grey Heron, 9 Cormorant,
7 Moorhen, largish flock of BH Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 GS Woodpecker, 1 Peregrine, 6 Coal Tit, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Chaffinch, flock of Goldfinch

Henleaze:
1 Fieldfare, 2 Greenfinch.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
Mute Swan, 47 Mallard, 4 Wigeon (3m), Tufted Duck, 11 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 10+ Lapwing, 300+ Dunlin, 1 Black Redstart (1st w m), 1 Stonechat, 3 Grey Wagtail, 30+ Pied Wagtail

29-12-18 Greenfinch, Bristol (Lee Gardiner)

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon-Yeo:
320 Shelduck, 325 Wigeon, 170 Teal, 3 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 5 Common Scoter (Yeo), 2 Great White Egret (flying E over Blake’s Pools), 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 7 Grey Plover, 50 Lapwing, 20 Knot (Blackstone), 1350 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe (Yeo), 2 Common Snipe, 315 Curlew, 360 Redshank, 40 Turnstone, 1 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 47 Skylark, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Stonechat, 25 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 3 Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting

Backwell Lake:
27 Little Egrets counted coming into roost

Kenn:
20+Mute Swan, 1m 1f Goosander, 1Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret


BELOW M4 & BANES

No reports


RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
1m Long-tailed Duck 

Chew Valley Lake

Record Shot of the Slavonian Grebe 29-12-2018 CVL (John Martin)

Stratford: 
1w male Lesser Scaup, Slavonian Grebe, 5 Black-necked Grebe, 1+ Water Pipit 

Several Cattle Egret seen from the car E of the B3114 between Heron's Green Bay and the Blue Bowl

29-12-18 Blackcap, Bristol (Lee Gardiner)

OUT OF AREA
Gloucester, Abbeydale, Wheatway.
10 Waxwing 

Reports: Rich Andrews, Diana Bunniss, Stephen Curtis, Geoff Daniels, Ian Loats, John Martin, Carol Rushton, Steve Sanins, Richard Scantlebury, Thomas@gardenbirder1, BirdGuidesopsbirding, 

Friday 28 December 2018

28-12-18 Friday - Lesser Scaup

Temperature 6 to 10℃. Mostly dry across the region. 

Lesser Scaup
Black-necked Grebe
Cattle Egret 
Great White Egret
Golden Plover
Mediterranean Gull
Firecrest
Water Pipit

BRISTOL

Eastville Park:
2 Mute Swan, 5 Shoveler, 40 Mallard, 1 Goosander, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Cormorant, 6 Moorhen, 30 BH Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Peregrine, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatch, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Dunnock, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Otter. 

28-12-18 Shoveler, Eastville Park (Allan Chard)

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
2 Gadwall, 500 Lapwing, 3000 Dunlin, 2000 Starling (slight murmuration). 

New Passage/ Northwick Warth:
35 Shoveler, Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe, 490 Lapwing, Golden Plover, 18 Ringed Plover, 65 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Raven. 

Conham and Hanham - River Avon:
1 Mandarin and 2 Goosander (m&f)

NORTH SOMERSET

Puxton:
10 Mallard, 35 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Peregrine, 130 Starling, 50 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 20 Linnet.

Wick St. Lawrence:
1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard. 

Sand Point:
150 small waders, 1 Peregrine, 2 Jay, 1 Firecrest1 Stonechat, 2 Bullfinch.

BELOW M4 & BANES

Oldfield Park Garden:
1 Coal Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blackcap, 25 Redwing, 1 Robin, 3 House Sparrow. 

RESERVOIRS
28-12-18 Snipe, Stratford (CVL) (David Hughes)

Chew Valley Lake:
Lesser Scaup (ad m, Wick Green Hide), 2 Great White Egret, 3 Little Egret, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 140 Redwing. 
28-12-18 Water Pipit, Stratford (CVL) (David Hughes)
28-12-18 Black-necked Grebe, Stratford (CVL) (Robin Martin)
Dam:
1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher

Herons Green Bay:
2 Grey Heron., a white Coot (and a Roe Deer).

Stratford:
8 Pintail, 1 Goosander, 5 Black-necked Grebe, 9 Cattle Egret, 25 Snipe, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Water Pipit.

Herriott's End:
44 Goldeneye, 5 Black-necked Grebe.

Reports: Allan Chard, Anthony Cook, Ollie Fournier, Adrian Hockey, David Hughes, John Martin, Robin Martin, Matt Plenty, Gareth Roberts, Richard Scantlebury, Nigel Smith, Keith Vinicombe.  

Thursday 27 December 2018

27-12-18 Thursday - White-fronted Goose

Temp 5 to 9℃. Valleys full of cloud in morning, pretty cold feel about as cloudy day went on

White-fronted Goose
Black-necked Grebe
Jack Snipe, Spotted Redshank
Yellow-legged Gull
Short-eared Owl
Black Redstart


27-12-18 Goosander, Eastville Park(Lee Gardiner)
BRISTOL

Amazing what you can see in a City centre off the beaten track a little. This Grey Wagtail stopped in front of me to say hello. A Peregrine Falcon sitting on a Crane Gantry overhead and then a Black Redstart pops up on top of a nearby building

27-12-18 GreyWagtail near City Centre, Bristol (Lee Gardiner)
Pair Goosander upriver from Colston Weir
Blackcap in Kingswood
12 Redwing in Warmley

27-12-18 Redwing in Warmley (Peter Coslett)
Eastville Park:
2 Mute Swan, 20 Mallard, 4 (2m) Goosander, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Moorhen, 50 BH Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Great-Spotted and 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Raven, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Grey and 3 Pied Wagtail, 8 Chaffinch

27-12-18 Kingfisher, Eastville Park (Rich Scantlebury)
High Kingsdown:
3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 m Blackcap, 6 Redwing, 3 Dunnock, 3 Chaffinch, 12 (at a time) Goldfinch

Stoke Park:
1 flyby Mute Swan, 7 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Moorhen, 3 BH Gull, pair Stonechat, 1 Pied Wagtail, 8 Meadow Pipit, 2 Bullfinch

Henleaze:
Through the garden today - 1 Blackcap (f), 3 Redwing and 2 Grey Wagtail.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Short-eared Owl, 3 imm Black Redstart, 3 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail

Oldbury Power Station, 26th, 1400-1645:
120 Jackdaw, 1000 Starling, 110 Pied Wagtail

Lower Woods:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Coal Tit, c15 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, scores of Redwing, 2 singing Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch
Plus 2 Buzzard at Hawkesbury Common

NORTH SOMERSET

Worle garden:
1 f Tawny Owl (calling overnight), 1 f Peregrine, 4 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 13 House Sparrow, 8 Chaffinch 

27-12-18 White-fronted Geese at Dowlais, Clevedon (Jason Williams)
Clevedon-Yeo:
30 Canada Geese, 5 White-fronted Goose (Dowlais Farm), 8 Mute Swan, 300 Shelduck, 7 Shoveler, 200 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 4 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 9 Goosander, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Great White Egret (Blind Yeo-Strode Road). 2 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 2 Buzzard, 16 Oystercatcher, 50 Lapwing, 3 Golden Plover, 28 Grey Plover, 9 Ringed Plover, 75 Curlew, 18 Turnstone, 400 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, 80 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 300 BH Gull, 2 Common Gull, 3 GBB Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 40 Skylark, 2 Stonechat, 20 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 6 Greenfinch, 19 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting

27-12-18 Peregrine up St John's Church, Bath (BUPP)
Tiercel AA conducting his first scrape in the new gravel
BELOW M4 & BANES

Warmley Forest Park:
1 Buzzard, 3 Jay, 9 Magpie, 20+ Jackdaw, 2 Coal Tit, 7 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 10 Blackbird, 40+ Redwing, 6 Robin, 4 Dunnock, 2 Pied Wagtail, 9 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 15 Goldfinch

Marshfield:
6 Red-legged Partridge, 17 Pheasant, 5 Buzzard, c.35 Common Gull, 1 Raven, 1 Goldcrest, c.60 Starling, mixed flocks c.50 Redwing & Fieldfare, 2 Bullfinch

RESERVOIRS

Blagdon Lake, 26th:
2 Great White Egret, 1 Chiffchaff

27.12.18 Black-headed Gulls by Chew Valley Lake (TtB)
Chew Valley Lake:

Villice Bay:
1 Buzzard

Herons Green: 
1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 3 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing

Stratford Hide: 
5 Black-necked Grebe, 23 Snipe, Long-tailed Tits, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Water Pipit

Herriott's Bridge: 
1 Pintail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff


Out of Avon
Woodcock on Black Down on the Mendips
Great Northern Diver on Cheddar Reservoir

Reports: Karle Burford, Paul Chapman, Peter Coslett, Stephen Curtis, Geoff Daniels, Rob Emery, Lee Gardiner, Mark Hynam, Mike Jackson, Andrew Middleton, Nigel Milbourne, Chris Perry, Matt Plenty, Lois Pryce, Phil Quinn, Dean Reeves, Harvey Rose, Carol Rushton, Rich Scantlebury, TalkingtoBears, Dan White, Jason Williams, Keith Williams, Paul Williams, BUPP

Wednesday 26 December 2018

26-12-18 Boxing Day

Mainly overcast (odd sunny spell) and very mild

BRISTOL

2 Blackcap (m) in Redland garden feeding on crab apples
3 Song Thrush (just starting to sing), 2 Raven, 7 Long Tailed Tit - Withywood garden
Eastville Park:
1 Mute Swan, 50ish Mallard, 10 Goosanders (5 males not sure about the rest, a mixture of immatures & females, there were a lot of comings & goings), 2 Grey Heron, 7 Cormorants, 8 Moorhen, 15 Herring Gull (13 were a flyover), 1 LBB Gull, 100ish BH Gull, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Kingfisher (f), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Coal Tit, 3 Redwing. 2 Grey Wagtail
26-12-18 Goosander, Eastville Park (Richard Scantlebury)

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

No reports

NORTH SOMERSET

Cameley ST6057
50 Redwing on 24th
Pair of Peregrine heading due south on 26th
Barn Owl hunting over fields at dusk until chased off by a Carrion Crow

BELOW M4 & BANES

Lansdown/Woolley/Langridge:
1 Stock Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 12 Skylark, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 30 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Bullfinch, 10 Yellowhammer

Marshfield:
20 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Buzzard, 80 Common Gull, 1 Little Owl, 2 Raven, 10 Fieldfare, 150 Linnet

Bath:
2 Peregrine (Exploring nest box on St John the Evangelist Church)

Newton St Loe:
A bumper walk today out in Newton St Loe with 48 species recorded.
3 Mute Swan, 38 Mallard, 61 Teal, 4+ Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 5 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 71+ BH Gull, 160+ Common Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 8 LBB Gull, 3 Collared Dove, 2 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 40+ Jackdaw, 60+ Rook, 20+ Crow,  9 Skylark, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Fieldfare, 35+ Redwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, 35+ House Sparrow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 15+ Meadow Pipit, 12 Greenfinch, 20+ Linnet, 45 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin,

RESERVOIRS

No reports today

Out of area
Throughout December, Dippers seen on a number of occasions singing and feeding in the channelled sections of the River Somer, in the centre of Radstock ST6954 and Midsomer Norton ST6654. At the latter this is right alongside MN High Street, the bird(s) seemingly not bothered about people walking past within 5 metres all the time.

Cheddar Reservoir
Great Northern Diver

Reports: Oldbiker, Bob Medland, Tony Scott, Neil Delaney, Richard Scantlebury, Pete Brain, Peter Coslett, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Tuesday 25 December 2018

25-12-18 Christmas Day

Happy Christmas to all our readers!


25-12-18 Christmas Robin (Martin Tayler)

Overcast and mild - much like yesterday though without the drizzle

Marsh Tit 

BRISTOL

Clifton, Percival Road

1 Marsh Tit again on feeders in afternoon

Eastville Park:
25-12-18 Goosander, Eastville Park, Bristol (Rob Hargreaves)
1 Mute Swan, c 30 Mallard, 13 Goosander, 2 Grey Heron, 10 Cormorant, 1 Peregrine, 17 Moorhen, ct 100 BH Gull (one with a substantial hood), 1 LBB Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tawny Owl, 3 Kingfisher, 2 Jay + Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, 1 Raven, 4 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtail

Snuff Mills to Eastville Park and back
BOC Tuesday Walk ( 8 walkers) - in addition to birds listed above - 12 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Nuthatch, flight of 8 Starling, 2 or 3 Song Thrush - singing, but a bit halfheartedly

River Avon, Crew's Hole:
2 f Goosander

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

No reports

NORTH SOMERSET

Backwell Lake:
7 Canada Geese, 22 Mute Swan, 1 Muscovey Duck, 37 Mallard, 3 Shoveller.,7 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 1 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 11 Black Headed Gull,   11 Moorhen,  1 Coot
 
BELOW M4 & BANES

Bath:
Englishcombe - quiet bird-wise - 1 Marsh Tit, 18 Redwing, 'good number' of House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Linnet,  Yellowhammer

RESERVOIRS

No reports

25-12-18 Dipper, Eastville Park, Bristol (Rob Hargreaves)
Reports: David Esam, Richard Giles, Robert Hargreaves, Nick Hawkridge, Glen Maddison, Fiona Neate, Gill Sapsed,  Richard Scantlebury, Martin Tayler

Monday 24 December 2018

24-12-18 - Long-tailed Duck

Overcast and damp but mild all day

Bewick's Swan 
Long-tailed Duck
Cattle Egret
Barn Owl 
Marsh Tit 
Black Redstart 

24-12-18 Water Pipit, Stratford, CVL (Bob Brewer)

BRISTOL

Percival Road, Clifton:
Marsh Tit


24-12-18 Kingfisher, Eastville Park (Allan Chard)
Eastville Park:
1 Mute Swan,58 Mallard, 7 Goosander, 3 Grey Heron, 11 Cormorant, 1 Peregrine,7 Moorhen, BH Gulls not counted as mostly flying around, 2 Herring Gull, 3 Kingfisher, 5 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Redwing, 2 Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Chaffinch

Finzell's Reach:
Both Peregrines present (perched on crane jib and flying around)

Stockwood Open Spaces:
Barn Owl over Staunton Lane, Stockwood

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

24-12-18 Black Redstart, Oldbury Power Station (Matt Plenty)
Oldbury Power Station:
2 Black Redstart ( ad m + 1st w)

Winterbourne:
Barn Owl
Also male and female Tawny Owl calling from Monk's Pools LNR

NORTH SOMERSET

Worle:
Garden - 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Blackcap, 2 Coal Tit, 4 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 6 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 25 House Sparrow, 10 Chaffinch, 9 Goldfinch

BELOW M4 & BANES

Downend:
Britannia Wood - 1 m Tawny Owl calling

Hunstrete:
BTO Winter Bird survey: 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 Raven, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Marsh Tit plus both Song and Mistle Thrush in song


RESERVOIRS

24-12-18 Long-tailed Duck, Barrow no 1 Tank (Brian Thompson)
Barrow Tanks:
4 Goldeneye,1 m Long-tailed Duck, , 4 Common Sandpiper

Chew Valley Lake
2 ad Bewick's Swan, Cattle Egret (Moreton Bank)

24-12-18 Snipe, Stratford, CVL, (Bob Brewer)
Stratford: 35+ Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Pipit

Out of Avon: 
Cheddar Reservoir: Great Northern Diver still present on west side
Dunster Beach:  m American Wigeon

Reports: Rich Andrews, Bob Brewer, Sean Davies, Barry Dursley, Alastair Fraser, Chris Gladman, Nick Hawkridge,  Peter Hazelwood, Mike Jackson,  Matt Plenty, Dean Reeves, Richard Scantlebury, Brian Thompson

Sunday 23 December 2018

23-12-18 Sunday - Merlin

Temp 9 down to 12℃. Mild but misty rain, sometimes a bit heavier. No sun and low light

Bewick's Swan
Brent Goose
Jack Snipe
Merlin
Marsh Tit
Black Redstart
Water Pipit

BRISTOL

Eastville Park:
1 Mute Swan, 8 (2m) Goosander, 2 Grey Heron, 9 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 6 Moorhen, 23 BH Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Magpie, 1 Raven, 4 Coal Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit ,3 Song Thrush, 1 Dipper, 6 Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch

Sneyd Park:
Raven - heard over the last couple of days.

Percival Road, Clifton:
1 Marsh Tit
23-12-18 Long-tailed Tit in Bristol (Lee Gardiner)
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
2 dark-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Mute Swan, 2 m Tufted Duck, 5 Grey Plover, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 f Black Redstart chased off by a  Stonechat

New Passage/ Northwick Warth:

380 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 51 Black-tailed Godwit, 300 Dunlin, 1 Merlin, 2 Raven, 1 Water Pipit

23-12-18 Goldcrest, Winterbourne (Dan White)
Winterbourne, garden:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, 1 Greenfinch, 12 Goldfinch

NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Wharf, monthly count:
Pools (mostly North Pool):
4 Mute Swan, 16 Canada Goose, 1 Shelduck, 46 Shoveler, 28 Gadwall, 117 Wigeon, 17 Mallard, 37 Teal, 3 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 10 Moorhen, 65 Coot, 1 Lapwing, 15 Snipe, 66 Redshank, 37 BH Gull, 52 Herring Gull, 4 LBB Gull
Elsewhere:
1 Pheasant, 10 Woodpigeon, 4 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 6 Starling, 3 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush (singing), 4 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Chaffinch, 6 Reed Bunting

Clevedon-Yeo:
35 Canada Geese, 6 Mute Swan, 2 Little Egret, 130 Lapwing, 26 Grey Plover, 90 Curlew, 8 Turnstone, 1450 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe, 10 Snipe, 280 Redshank, 1 Peregrine, 1 Raven, 50 Fieldfare, 60 Meadow Pipit

23-12-18 Sparrowhawk thru window in Bleadon (Bill Hewitt)
BELOW M4 & BANES

Nowt

RESERVOIRS

Blagdon Lake, 22nd:
1 Egyptian Goose, 2 ad Bewick's Swans, 1 ad♂Pochard x Ferruginous, 3 Goosanders, 2 Great White Egrets, 400+ Lapwings 

Reports: Karle Burford, Sean Davies, David Esam, Bill Hewitt, John Martin, Hugh Maynard, Andrew Middleton, Nigel Milbourne, Giles Morris, Patrick Richards, Harvey Rose, Rich Scantlebury, Dan White 

Saturday 22 December 2018

22-12-2018 Saturday - Water Pipit

Much nicer than yesterday after overnight rain  - a moderate westerly with sunny spells and occasional showers.  Mild but damp.

Golden Plover
Water Pipit 


Portrait of a Goosander pair in Eastville Park (Paul Cousins)

Blackcap reports from gardens in Yate, Severn Beach, Portishead and around Bristol.

BRISTOL

Henleaze - a garden:
23 Redwing

Eastville Park:
6 Goosander (2 m.), 9 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 16 Black-headed Gull, 3 Kingfisher (1 f.), 1 Dipper, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Dipper in Eastville Park (Paul Cousins)
Cribbs Causeway verge:
1 Common Gull.


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
A Greylag Goose flew upriver at dawn, a Golden Plover with c.500 Lapwing and c.2000 Dunlin at yacht club, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit. 2 Mistle Thrush, Skylarks, Reed Buntings.


New Passage/Northwick Warth/Pilning Wetlands:
14 Canada Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 36 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, 2 first-winter m. Pintail, 12 Teal, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, c.35 Coot, c.20 Oystercatcher, 595 Lapwing, 17 Curlew, c.200 Black-tailed Godwit, c.40 Dunlin, 3 Snipe (in salt marsh tussocks near pill), c.30 Redshank, 41 Common Gull, 1 Kestrel, 4 GS Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush in their Mistletoe tree, c.20 Pied Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, Water Pipit by the pill.


NORTH SOMERSET

Backwell Lake:
32+ Little Egret and probably 2-3 Great White Egrets but too dark to be certain.


BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield and West Littleton:
32 Golden Plover, 40+ Skylark, c.10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Raven, 200+ Fieldfare and Redwing, 5+ Chaffinch, c.65 Yellowhammer.


So how many Snipe ARE there at Stratford? (Bob Brewer)
RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake

Stratford:
4 Goosander, 36 Snipe.

A Snipe close-up at Stratford (Bob Brewer)
Out of area:
Lesser Yellowlegs (1st winter) still at Steart.


Reports: Bob Brewer, Allan Chard, Paul Cousins, Geoff Daniels, Lee Gardiner, Simon Isgar, John Martin, Lois Pryce, Phil Quinn, Christopher Teague, Graham Thomas, Michael Thomas,  blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG