Wednesday, 7 November 2018

07-11-18 Wednesday - Black Redstart

Temp 13 dropped to 11℃. Mostly wet, 15mm, some brief bouts of sunshine in the middle of the day

Bewick's Swan
Red Crested Pochard
Black-necked Grebe
Cattle Egret
Black Redstart
Water Pipit

7-11-18 Merlin on Northwick Warth (Paul Bowerman)

Bradley Stoke:
3 Sparrowhawk, or maybe one chasing my car


Oldbury Power Station:
1m Black Redstart

Northwick Warth:
1 juv Marsh Harrier (6th), 1 Merlin


Blagdon Lake, 6th Nov:
Bewick's Swans, 1 Pintail, 2 Great White Egret, 177 Lapwing

Chew Valley Reservoir, Stratford:
2 m Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 10 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Snipe, 1 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 24 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Water Pipit 

Yesterday: pair Red Crested Pochard (Bernard King), Cattle Egret (Villice)

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, Phill Delve, Peter Hazelwood, Brian Lancastle, Adam Rawson