Thursday, 1 November 2018

01-11-18 Thursday - Merlin

Temp 8 to 12 to 8℃. Bright Sunshine dry with a cool breeze, good birding weather

Bewick's Swan
Goldeneye, Goosander
Black-necked Grebe
Grey Plover, Woodcock, Spotted Redshank
Yellow-legged Gull
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Water Pipit

Blackcaps arrived in gardens at Stoke Bishop with males at Old Sneed Park and Weston-Super-Mare

01-11-18 Merlin, Northwick Warth (Paul Bowerman)

1 Rose-ringed Parakeet
Eastville Park:
1 Kingfisher, Long-tailed Tit

1-11-18 Kingfisher, Eastville Park (Allan Chard)

Oldbury Power Station:
Grey Plover, 28 Moorhen, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Mistle Thrush, an influx of Blackbirds, Song Thrush and Redwings 

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
1 Greylag Goose, Dunlin flock, Woodcock at dusk, 2 Merlin


No reports


45 Red-legged Partridge, 70 Pheasant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 40 Common Gull, 2 Kestrel, 1 Raven, 5 Skylark, 4 Goldcrest, 50 Starling, 6 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtail, 10 Chaffinch

2 Raven over

100 Gulls, 40 Jackdaw, 100 Crows

Bath garden:
Good numbers of Greenfinch and Goldfinch

Prior Park:
Family of Treecreeper, 1st Redwing

1-11-18 Goosander at Newton St Loe (Wayne Tucker)
Newton St Loe:
9 Teal, 1 f Goosander, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Cormorant

1-11-18 Sparrowhawk at Newton St Loe (Wayne Tucker)
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 7 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 6 Skylark, 20 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Goldcrest, 4 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Greenfinch, 25 Linnet, 4 Yellowhammer

1-11-18 Nuthatch, Newton St Loe (Rob Hargreaves)

01-11-18 aythya m. hybrid, Stratford (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Reservoir:
Bewick's Swan, 26 Pintail, 100's Shoveler and Pochard, 1 aythya m hybrid, 4+ Goldeneye, 4 f  type Goosander, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 18 Little Grebe (HG), 8 Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 4 Water Rail, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Snipe, 1 Common and 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Kestrel 1 Peregrine, 5 Jay, 17 Jackdaw 2 Raven, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 50 Starling, 6+ Fieldfare & 40 Redwing (Moreton), 2 Mistle Thrush, 7 House Sparrow (HG), 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 Meadow and 3 Water Pipit (M & S), 12 Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Goldfinch (HG), 1 Siskin (M), 5 Reed Bunting

1-11-18 Water Rail, Herriotts (Ian Stapp)
Out of UK

Richard Bedwell in Portugal, Lagoa de São Lourenço

BTO - English Winter Bird Survey – Urgent request
This survey (December to March) will use the entire network of Breeding Bird Survey 1 km squares and their survey transects. Existing BBS surveyors should log in to their account, via BBS online, as soon as possible, and indicate which of your BBS squares you would like to survey for EBWS. Dave Stoddard will be in touch with further details

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: 
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: Paul Bowerman, Allan Chard, Peter Coslett, David Gibbs, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Brian Lancastle, Glen Maddison, John Martin, Lois Pryce, Phil Quinn, Ian Stapp, Roger White, Sean Whyte, NSL-birding, Oldbury Power Station