Saturday, 3 November 2018

03-11-18 Saturday - Cattle Egret

Temp 9 to 14℃. Mostly dull, windy, but not too cold, warm in the brief bouts of Sunshine

Goldeneye, Goosander
Black-necked Grebe
Cattle Egret
Water Pipit
Brambling, Siskin
Rose-coloured Starling


1 m Blackcap (first here)

Eastvill Park:
5 Cormorant, c50 Black-headed Gull, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Peregrine, 2 Kingfisher,

Brambling with Chaffinches

3-11-18 Jay in Henleaze garden (Geoff Daniels)

3-11-18 Grey Heron in Kingsgate Park (Mark Coller)
Yate, Kingsgate Park:
11 Gadwall, 1 Grey Heron

Filton Airfield:
1 Kestrel


Portbury Wharf :
1 (putative) Rose-coloured Starling with small flock of Starling

2 m. Blackcaps (first of the winter)

Clevedon - Wains Hill, 07:30-09:00:
250 Woodpigeon, 2 Skylark, 600 Starling, 3 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 3 Mistle Thrush, 550 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, couple of Greenfinch and Goldfinch


3-11-18 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Willsbridge (Chris@avglochris)
1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker


Blagdon Lake, 2nd Nov:
2 Bewick's Swans back from Chew Valley Lake, 2 ad ♀ Goosanders, 4 Great White Egrets, 2 Little Egrets, 1 Water Rail, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Cetti's Warbler

3-11-18 Marsh Harrier from Stratford (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Reservoir:
46 Mute Swan (from Moreton), 3 Egyptian Goose, 1 Shelduck, 17 Pintail, 100's Pochard, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 11 Little Grebe (HG), 1 Cattle Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 11 Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Buzzard, 4 Water Rail (3 in Herriotts channel), 2 White Coot, 61 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpiper, 26 Common Gull (HG), 9 GBB Gull

3-11-18 Black-necked Grebe, CVL (Ian Stapp)
2 Stock Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted and 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine (M), 4 Jay, 15 Jackdaw, 1 Raven, 4 Skylark, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 20 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Goldcrest (M), 10-20 sized parties of Starling, 6+ Fieldfare & 40 Redwing (M), 2 Mistle Thrush (M lane), 1 f Stonechat (HG), 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 Pied Wagtail, 12-15 Meadow and 2 Water Pipit (S), 12 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch (HG), 2 Siskin (M), 7 Reed Bunting

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

12-03-18 What a female American Wigeon looks like
Example from Slimbridge (Keith Vinicombe)
Reports: Mark Coller, Jane Cumming, Geoff Daniels, David Esam, Chris Hall, Peter Hazelwood, Brian Lancastle, Glen Maddison, John Martin, Dave Nevitt, Lois Pryce, Rich Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone.