Thursday, 4 January 2018

4-1-18 Thursday - Goosanders

Blustery, probably gale-force westerly winds for much of the day.  Very murky morning with spots of rain clearing to a fine, cold afternoon.  Exceptionally high tides.

Long-tailed Duck, Lesser Scaup
Black-necked Grebe
Jack Snipe, Short-eared Owls 

Long-tailed Tit struggling in the wind at Moreton (Ian Stapp)

*****   Message from the editor of the Avon Bird Report:

Dear Photographer

With the new year it is time to think about the best bird photographs of 2017 for possible inclusion in the next Avon Bird Report. We need photos taken in 2017 and in Avon, of both common and unusual species. Some species have had a good showing in the past while others have fared less
well, but photos of unusual behaviour of any species are also welcome. 

Would you like to contribute? I hope so - if so, could you e-mail me your best shots and we will consider them for inclusion. We usually get many more than we can publish, so if you have submitted photos in the past that have not been published I hope this will not discourage you from submitting what you have. If possible in the first instance it is best to send low resolution versions, and for those we use I can get back to you for top quality ones. We are looking for reasonable quality, but if the photo shows something unusual then the quality question does not arise. Also if you know of any photographers I have not contacted or who are new to the area, then could you please forward this request on to them. I am assuming that most photographers use digital methods now, but if you are still using the old silver technology, prints can be scanned into the system.

Happy New Year and regards,        Harvey Rose   (



Oldland, St Annes Churchyard:

Lockleaze - Concorde Cycle path:
Hunting Sparrowhawk, 1 Woodpigeon, 3 Collard Dove, 4 Jackdaw, 8 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 40+ Starling, 1f, 2m Blackbird, 24 House Sparrow, 2m, 1f Bullfinch and 3 Goldfinche.


1 Short-eared Owl.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Peregrine, 1 Treecreeper.

Aust Warth:
1 Jack Snipe, 1 Short-eared Owl.

New Passage/Northwick:
large flock of Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 1 Water Pipit.

Severn Beach:
flock of at least 40 Kittiwake by middle of bridge. G BB Gull.


Clevedon, Blind Yeo (Strode Road bridge):
9 Goosander (3 m., 6 f.).  (If  you visit these birds, please make it clear to any local fishermen that we really like to see them and would be most upset if they were culled!)

92 Canada Goose (on Dowlais Farm) with a Barnacle Goose of suspect origin.
27 Shelduck, 3+ Wigeon, 80 Teal, 3 Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 35 Oystercatcher, 40 Lapwing, 30 Curlew, 40 Dunlin, 100 Redshank, 8 Skylark, 30 Meadow Pipit.

Backwell Lake:
19 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, c.40 Mallard, 3 Pochard (2 m., 1 f.), 8 Tufted Duck (4 m.), 8 Cormorant, f. Sparrowhawk, c. 40 Black-headed Gull.


1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Dipper, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Jay, 8 Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch.

Blackbird in a Keynsham garden ('talkingtobears')
Keynsham: (garden in ST6567)
2 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Magpie, 4 Jackdaw, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch.

Newton St Loe:
20 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 7 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Hawfinch, 35 Goldfinch


Barrow Tanks:
1 m. Long-tailed Duck.

Blagdon Lake:
1 m. Scaup, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 ad winter Mediterranean Gull.

The Lesser Scaup is still at Chew, off Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake
Water level now very high leaving little feeding room for the dabbling ducks.

2 Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe.

4 Goldeneye, 2 Jay, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Great Crested Grebe.

Lesser Scaup snoozing off Moreton (Chris Stone)
3 Goldeneye, 1 Lesser Scaup, 1 f. Scaup, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 1 Green Woodpecker, 15 Redwing, 12+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Jay, 9+ Bullfinch.

21 Lapwing

Back of Denny:
5 Goosander, 5 Grey Heron, 4 Great Crested Grebe.
Moorhen 4th Jan 2018 CVL Robert Hargreaves.

Herons Green:
20 Shoveler, 10 Lapwing, 1 Kestrel

Herriotts Bridge:
1 G BB Gull3 Pied Wagtail.

Bickfield Lane:
16 Shelduck. 1 Little Egret, 6 Pied Wagtail

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Jane Cumming, Rob Emery, Alastair Fraser, Patrick Hardyman Richards, Robert Hargreaves, Robin Martin, Aravind Ramesh,‏ Harvey Rose, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, 'talkingtobears',    blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG