Saturday, 16 February 2019

16-02-19 Saturday - Waxwing

Mild, but cloudy, without the sunshine of the last couple of days. High of just under 14°C

White-fronted Goose
Great White Egret
Red Kite
Avocet
Mediterranean Gull
Little Owl, Short-eared Owl
Waxwing


16-02-19 Smartening up for spring
 Blue Tit  Winterbourne (dan@twit1144) and Starling in Bristol (Gillygilly@tiger8lotus)

BRISTOL

Westbury-on-Trym:
Vicinity of Canford Lane cemetery - 1 Waxwing
' This lunchtime it was the call that made me look up and out of the window - as usual I had the window open - as it was "different", a sort of low gentle churring, rattling sound. I didn't get much time to check him out, maybe 20 seconds, but it was through binocs so a good clear view. The most distinctive feature was the crest, like it was having a bad hair day, and the bold black and white markings around the eye. The plumage was a pinky/buff/ brown ' (Andy Fraser)

Eastville Park:
1 Kingfisher, 1 Dipper

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE


16-02-19 White-fronted Goose, Northwick Warth (Robert Hargreaves)
Pilning Wetland:
5 White-fronted Goose,1 Pochard, l Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 147 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Knot , 7 Snipe, Great Spotted Woodpecker,  40+ Pied Wagtail, 1 Reed Bunting

New Passage:
13 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 400 Lapwing, 100 Curlew, 100 Dunlin, 1 Short-eared Owl,  1 Kestrel, 1 Chiffchaff , 55+ Pied Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit 

NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead:
Eastdown & Battery Point LNR- 20 Wigeon, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 20+ Blue Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatch, 6 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 20 Goldfinch

Clevedon-Yeo:
43 Wigeon,1 Pintail, 1 Buzzard, 1 Avocet feeding near the wrecks, 1100 Dunlin, 71 Redshank, 8 Grey Plover, 1 Kestrel, 7 Skylark, 53 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, 3 Rock Pipit
[No sign of the Richards Pipit]

Wick St. Lawrence:
Fields (west bound side M5) - 60 (+) Mute Swan 

Loxton:
5 Cormorant (pylon day time roost)

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
Down Road area - 30 Red Legged Partridge, 2 Buzzard,1 Sparrowhawk, 30 Stock Dove, 100 Wood Pigeon, 2 Little Owl, 3 Raven, a few Skylark singing, 1 Chiffchaff, 200 Starling, 40 Fieldfare, 40 Linnet. Also 2 Brown Hare

Midford:
Red Kite

RESERVOIRS:

Chew Valley Lake

Nunnery: 
7 Mediterranean Gull in gull roost

Herriott's:
2 Great White Egret,  1 Little Egret
Reports: Rich Andrews, Peter Coslett, Andy Fraser,  Richard Giles and Fiona Neate, Robert Hargreaves,Simon Harris, Simon Isgar, Aravind Ramesh, Dean Reeves, Andy Stockhausen, Martin Tayler 

Friday, 15 February 2019

15-02-19 Friday - Black Redstart

Beautiful weather today with temperatures reaching 16 degrees Celsius and a gentle breeze.

White-fronted Goose 
Mandarin Duck
Black-necked Grebe 
Bittern 
Red Kite 
Yellow-legged Gull 
Black Redstart 
Siskin

BRISTOL

Eastville Park:
Grey Heron, Cormorant, 1 Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Robin, Dipper.

15-02-19 Grey Heron, Eastville Park (Martin Tayler)
15-02-19 Dipper, Eastville Park (Allan Chard)
Finzel's Reach:
Black Redstart.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

New Passage:
Wigeon, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail.

Northwick Warth:
5 White-fronted Goose, 1 Short-eared Owl. 

Wick and Golden Valley:
2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 60+ Jackdaw, 30+ Rook, 2 Coal Tit, 8 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 7 Blackbird, 2 Mistle Thrush, 15 House Sparrow, 2 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch. Butterflies: 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoishell, 7+ Brimstone.

NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Wharf (14.02.19):
1 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Peregrine.

15-2-19 Siskin In Portishead (David Howes)
Portishead:
1 Siskin (f) ringed.

Portishead Yacht Club:
1 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 7 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 16 Woodpigeon, 1 Magpie, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Wren, 2 Blackbird, 4 Robin, 5 House Sparrow, 4 Dunnock, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 15 Goldfinch.

15-02-19 Greylag, Portishead Boating Lake (Patrick Hardyman Richards)

Portishead Boating Lake:
20 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 6 Mute Swan, 69 Mallard, 22 Tufted Duck, 4 Moorhen, 38 Black-headed Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 5 Woodpigeon, Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Blackcap, 1 Starling, 1 Dunnock, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch.

Battery Point:
1 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 3 Woodpigeon, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Wren, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Stonechat, 7 House Sparrow, 4 Dunnock, 4 Linnet, 9 Goldfinch.

Clevedon:
1 Red Kite (11:45, heading west).

Yeo-Strode Road:
1 Mandarin Duck with Mallards.

Backwell Lake:
2 Goosander.

BELOW M4 & BANES

Stanton Drew:
3 Little Egret, 50+ BH Gull, 1 Brimstone butterfly. 


RESERVOIRS
15-02-19 Yellow-legged Gull, Dam (CVL) (Ian Stapp)
Blagdon Lake:
5 Goldeneye, 23 Goosanders, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Chew Valley Lake:
48+ Canada Goose, 1 Greylag, 56+ Mute Swan, 6 Shelduck, 30+ Goldeneye, 6 Pintail (Herriott’s Pond), 4 Pochard (Herriott's), 4 Little Grebe, 4 Black-necked Grebe (Moreton), 3 Wigeon, 1 White Coot, 1 Bittern (Stratford), 5 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 4 Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper (Dam), 6 GBB Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (ad. Dam), 4 Collared Dove, 2 Stock Dove, 20+ Wood Pigeon, 1 Kingfisher (Moreton), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Jay, 2 Raven, 50+ Rook, 20+ Jackdaw, 30+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap (Woodford), 4 Cetti's Warbler, 50+ Starling, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush (Woodford), 5 Blackbird, 4+ Redwing (Woodford Orchard), 1 Stonechat (Moreton), 20+ House Sparrow, 3 Grey Wagtail, 15+ Pied Wagtail, 9 Bullfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Dunnock, 5 Wren, 5 Robin, 7 Reed Bunting, 1 Otter.

15-02-19 Greylag, Chew Valley Lake (TalkingtoBears)

15-02-19 Blackcap, Moreton (CVL) (Ian Stapp)
Reports: Phil Baber, Paul Bowerman, Allan Chard, Andy Davis, David Howes, Robin Lambert, Iris Langson,Chris Perry, Lisa Presland, Patrick Hardyman Richards, Ian Stapp, TalkingtoBears, Bri Thompson, Martin Tayler, Paul Williams, Blagdonlakebirds. 

Thursday, 14 February 2019

14-02-19 Thursday

Very misty start today, then spring arrived with bright sunshine. Temperature up to 14 degrees.  Bird song welcomed by many contributors. A Lapwing seen displaying at CVL, a Chiifchaff  heard in full song near Kingston Seymour.

White-fronted Goose
Scaup
Black-necked Grebe
Great White Egret
Yellow-legged Gull
Short-eared Owl
Marsh Tit
Water Pipit, Richard's Pipit
Siskin

Paired up for Valentine's Day
14-02-19 Goldeneye , Moreton, CVL (Ian Stapp)

BRISTOL

Coombe Dingle:
Garden -  Finch day today 2 pr Bullfinch, 8 Greenfinch, 10 Chaffinch + 1 Fox
Also a leucistic Greenfinch yesterday with white throat and pale cheeks

Brandon Hill:
70 Redwing (observer's largest count this winter)

Eastville Park:
2 Mute Swan, Mallard (not counted), Moorhen (not counted), 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 GS Woodpecker, 5 Coal tit, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 5 Blackbird, 3 Dunnock, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Otter


14-02-19 Stonechat, Stoke Park (Richard Scantlebury)
Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
8 Mallard, 6 Moorhen, 2 Stonechat, 4 Dunnock, 2 Greenfinch

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Great White Egret

Aust Warth:
4 Short-eared Owl

New Passage/Northwick:
5 White-fronted Goose, 80 Shelduck, 150 Wigeon, 130 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Redshank., 1 Water Pipit (heard at dusk by the pill)

Severn Beach:
1 Little Owl, 1 Water Pipit over

14-02-19 Green Woodpecker, Almondsbury (Vera Carpenter)

Almondsbury:
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 f Blackcap, 1 Wren, 2 Goldfinch

Chipping Sodbury Common:
1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Owl

Hanham:
Hanham Woods near The Chequers - 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 LTT, 8 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper,  1 Song Thrush 

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon-Yeo:
Channel View Farm to Blake’s Pools. By bike and low tide so not a full count. - 80 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 100 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck,1 Little Grebe, 2 Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Lapwing, 100 Curlew, 500 Dunlin, 40 Redshank, 10 Skylark ( some in full song), 40 Meadow Pipit, 1 Richard's Pipit (heard and seen in flight).

Clevedon - garden:
1 Blackcap - (♂) singing

Kingston Seymour
Around lanes - 4 Grey Partridge ( released birds but they have survived 6+ months now) 1 Grey Heron,1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff ( in full song), 1 Reed Bunting

Backwell:
Garden -  2 Siskin (First this winter, whereas we usually have them frequently)

Backwell Lake:
2 pr Wigeon (unusual here)

Nailsea:
Garden in Church Lane, 11-02-2019 - a stunning Goldcrest

Puxton Moor:
18 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 4 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Raven, 5 Skylark, 1 Fieldfare, 37 Redwing, 7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting


BELOW M4 & BANES

Bath:
Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh Tit. Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Greenfinch 

Newton St Loe:
5 Buzzard, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 10 Coal Tit, 10 Skylark, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch,  4 Song Thrush. 3 Dunnock,  1 Bullfinch,

RESERVOIRS:

Barrow Tanks:
No sign of Long-tailed Duck today



14-02-19 Great-crested Grebe, Moreton, CVL (Ian Stapp)
Not yet dolled up for spring
Chew Valley Lake
58+ Canada Goose 52+ Mute Swan, 30+ Goldeneye  1 Scaup ,  1 white Coot, 3 Grey Heron,  4 Buzzard,  1 Common Sandpiper (1 Wally Bank)  6 G-BB Gull (Lake), lots Common Gull,  2 Collared Dove (Bishop Sutton), 30+ Rook (West Harptree), 20+ Jackdaw (West Harptree) , 30+ L TT (Woodford,  Moreton and Stratford),  3 Treecreeper (2 Woodford and 1 Stratford),  5 Cetti's Warbler (1 Moreton 2 Stratford 2 Herriotts all calling),  40+ Starling,  5 Blackbird, 20+ House Sparrow (Bishop Sutton) 4 Dunnock, 5 Wren,7 Robin,  9+ Pied Wag (Dam HG & Woodford & Herriotts), 9 Bullfinch (5 Woodford 4 Moreton Cottage), 7 Reed Bunting (Herriotts Moreton and Stratford)

Dam:
1  ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper

Woodford:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 4 Jay, 7 Magpie, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 6+ Redwing (Orchard), 2 Greenfinch

Heron's Green:
4 Little Grebe, 20+Wood Pigeon, 1 Grey Wagtail

14-02-19  Black-necked Grebe, Moreton, CVL (Ian Stapp)
Moreton:
1 Little Grebe, 4 Great-crested Grebe, 4 Black-necked Grebe (perhaps a little colour on the head of one bird), 1 Lapwing ( displaying) 1 Water Rail, 2 Stock Dove (Moreton to Stratford), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher (Moreton), 4 Jay, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat + 5 Roe Deer.

Herriott's:
3 Shelduck, 3 Pintail, 1 Grey Wagtail


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BTO National Nest Box Week
This Sunday (Feb 17th)  we're building nest boxes with Sustrans on the Bristol to Bath Railway Path. Come along to the Bruce Road junction in Easton from 10:30 to help build some boxes to go up along the path
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‘URBAN GULLS’
by
PETER ROCK

7.30 pm Monday 18th February

Conygre Hall, North Road,Timsbury BA2 0JQ  Visitors welcome £3.00
Refreshments and raffle
Sometimes a controversial subject, Peter Rock will explore the reasons behind their liking for city-centre living.
For further information please ring Rod Bruce [Secretary] on 01761 433013


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Reports: Phil Baber, Paul Bowerman, Vera Carpenter, Teresa Chard, Martin Davis, Alistair Fraser,  Richard Giles, Pete Hazelwood, Sue Kempson, Henry Kirkwood, Robin Lambert,   Glenn Maddison, John Martin, David Poulton, Trevor Riddle, Gareth Roberts, Ann Rossiter, Carol Rushton, Ian Stapp  Howard Taffs,Brian Thompson, nslbirding severnsidebirdsblagdonlakebirds,

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

13-02-19 Wednesday - Water Rail

Not bad - and splendidly sunny to finish.

Black-necked Grebe, Scaup
White-fronted Goose, Water Pipit
Long-tailed Duck
Richard's Pipit

13-02-19 Water Rail CVL Moreton (Ian Stapp)
BRISTOL

St Andrews Park:
30 Redwing
13-02-2019 Treecreeper Eastville Park (Richard Scantlebury)
Eastville Park:
WeBS – 2 Mute Swan, 7 Canada Goose, 74 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 116 Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed  Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Dipper
Other - 2 Stock Dove, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 5 Coal Tit, 6 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Dunnock.

Ashton Court:
2 Buzzard, 1 Jay, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Skylark

13-02-2019 Dunnock Bristol,- Castle Park (Jon Mortin)
Castle Park:
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Peregrine, 2 Starling, 1 Dunnock - singing

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

13-02-2019 Shot-eared Owl Aust (Bri Thompson)
Aust:
2 Short-eared Owl
13-02-19 Meadow Pipit NP-NW (John Martin)
New Passage/Northwick - inc Pilning Wetlands:
5 White-fronted Goose, 116 Shelduck, 16 Shoveler - some displaying, 10 Gadwall, 220 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 1 Pochard, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 280+ Lapwing, 80 Curlew, 140 Black-tailed Godwit, 47 Turnstone, 1 Knot, 200 Dunlin, 1 Adult Med Gull, 55 Pied Wagtail, 45 Meadow Pipit - start of movement?

Severn Beach:
30 Shelduck, 20 Curlew, 30 Turnstone 120 Dunlin, 55 Redshank, 1 Water Pipit

Old Sodbury:
2 Buzzard, 30 Rook, 20 Jackdaw, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Skylark - in flight song, 40 Starling, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Corn Bunting,

Tormarton - Sheepcot:
2 Buzzard, 15 Skylark, 70 Starling, 2 Stonechat - (f&m), 45 Chaffinch -1 flock, 3 Corn Bunting,

NORTH SOMERSET

13-02-2019 Yellow-legged Gull - prob (Howard Taffs)
Portbury Wharf:
prob Yellow-Legged Gull

Portishead - Hillside Rd
Long-tailed Tit on the feeders today

Clevedon-Yeo:
8 Grey Plover, 1 Raven, 1 Richard's Pipit,

Churchill:
1 Treecreeper and 12 Goldfinch.

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield: news from yesterday
Shire Valley
Grey Heron, 1 Red Kite, 100+ Fieldfare.
Dunsdown Pond:
Common Snipe
West Littleton Road:
1 Stonechat, 40 Pied Wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipit, 20 Yellowhammer
Ringswell Dew Pond:
Greenfinch

Keynsham Park:
1 Moorhen, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 13 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Goldfinch

Compton Dando:
1 Buzzard, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Raven, 1 Skylark(singing), 30 Redwing,
2 Yellowhammer.

Hunstrete:
Lord's Wood:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Raven, 250 Fieldfare, 5 Goldfinch.
Common Wood:
1m Tawny Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker.

RESERVOIRS:

Barrow Tanks:
1 Long-tailed Duck 

Blagdon Lake:
12 Mute Swan, 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 or 3 Great White Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper and Greenfinch singing.

Bishop Sutton:
4 Collared Dove, 20+ House Sparrow,

13-02-19 Kestrel Heron's Green (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake
56+ Canada Goose, 46+ Mute Swan, 28+ Goldeneye, 4 Scaup, plenty of Teal, 2 Goosander (1m-1f),  4 Little Grebe, 1 White Coot, 5 Grey Heron, 4 Buzzard,  6 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 25+ Long-tailed Tit, 2 Wren, 40+ Starling, 9 Blackbird, 3 Mistle Thrush, 5 Robin, 4 Dunnock, 2 Grey Wagtail, 12+ Pied Wagtail, 4 Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting.

Dam:
1 Common Sandpiper,

Woodford:
1 Raven, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Song Thrush, 12+ Redwing,

Heron's Green:
1 Green Sandpiper, 12+ Woodpigeon, 1 Kestrel, 50+ Rook, 5+ Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch,

13-02-2019 Teal CVL (Bob Brewer)
Moreton:
84 Teal - displaying, 1 Water Rail, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Jay, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Stonechat,

Herriott's:
7 Shelduck, 8 Pintail, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 15 Jackdaw,

13-02-2019 Blue Tit St Anne's (Gil Sapsed) - Is spring just around the corner?
Reports: Pete Brain, Bob Brewer, Teresa Chard, William Earp, Nick Hawkridge, Helen Horrocks, John Martin, Jon Mortin, Jean Oliver, George Rabin, Gil Sapsed, Richard Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, Larry Sweetland, Howard Taffs, Bri Thompson, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

12-02-19 Tuesday - Mediterranean Gull

Fresh - but a beautiful day. Felt colder today, stronger wind, at least dry was good.

Scaup, Long-tailed Duck
Black-necked Grebe
Mediterranean Gull
Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl
Merlin

12-02-19 Mediterranean Gull, Herriotts , CVL (Ian Stapp)
BRISTOL

Finzels Reach:
Pair of Peregrines on crane (old Courage Accounting Centre).

Floating Harbour: 
2 Cormorant between St Philip's Bridge and Temple Bridge

Downs - N of the water tower:
321 Black-headed Gull, 2 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush.

Bishopston:
Garden - 1 m Sparrowhawk unsuccessfully trying to catch goldfinches on  birdfeeders

Eastville Park:
5 Canada Goose, 27 Mallard, 8 Moorhen, 1 Coot, about 80 BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Peregrine, 3 Jay, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 5 Blackbird, 13 Song Thrush, 1 Dipper, 1 Dunnock, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Goldfinch

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
WeBS count - 4 Canada Goose, 13 Mallard, 10 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 1 Lapwing, 1 BH Gull, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stonechat, 1 Reed Bunting
Other birds:  1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Dunnock, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Greenfinch

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

12-02-19 Short-eared Owl, Aust Warth (Paul Bowerman)
Aust Warth to Pilning Wetland:
Short-eared Owl, 1 Coal Tit - unusual here

New Passage/Northwick Warth and Pilning wetlands:
17 Canada Goose, 5 White-fronted Goose, 98 Shelduck, 13 Shoveler, 12 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail, 378 Lapwing, 135+ Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Knot, 200 Dunlin, 8 Snipe, 80 Redshank.

Abbey Wood Lake:
1 Water Rail - unusual here.

Hanham:
1 Merlin - heading south 07:48

NORTH SOMERSET

No reports

BELOW M4 & BANES

12-02-2019 Peregrine Bath (H&O Trust)
Bath:

St John's Church:
Peregrine - nest scrape position sorted - she who must be obeyed, but look at the size of her.

Dundas Aqueduct to Monkton Combe:
1 Red Kite, 4 Buzzard, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 6 Marsh Tit, 7 Siskin

RESERVOIRS

11-02-2019 Long-tailed Duck BG (Bri Thompson)
Barrow Tanks:
1 Long-tailed Duck (m) - pic from yesterday but what a stunner!

Blagdon Lake:
1 Goosander (m), 2 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret and the wintering Common Sandpiper.

Chew Valley Lake
45+ Canada Goose, 48+ Mute Swan, 4 Shelduck (Herriotts pond), 22+ Goldeneye (Lake), 4 Scaup, 2 Pintail, 2 Goosander  (Lake), 2 Little Grebe, 4 Black-necked Grebe, 1 white Coot, 6 Grey Heron,        4 Buzzard, 2 Common Sandpiper (Dam), 1 Green Sandpiper (HG), 1 Water Rail (Moreton),  5 GBB Gull (Lake), 1 Mediterranean Gull (Herriotts pond),  4 Collared Dove (Bishop Sutton), 2 Stock Dove (Moreton), 

12-02-19 Common Sandpiper, Dam, CVL (Ian Stapp)
1 Barn Owl (HG), 1 Kingfisher (Moreton), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Moreton), 1 Green Woodpecker (Moreton), 3 Jay (Moreton), 1 Raven (Woodford),  50+ Rook with 20+ Jackdaw (in field past Moreton gate), 
25+ LTT (Woodford and Moreton), 3 Meadow Pipit (Woodford), 2 Goldcrest (Moreton),  2 Cetti's Warbler, 100+ Starling (all in small groups HG going South), 1 Song Thrush (Woodford), 2 Mistle Thrush (Moreton), 3+ Redwing (Woodford), 1 Stonechat (Moreton), 20+ House Sparrow (Bishop Sutton), 1 Grey Wagtail  (Herriotts),  26+ Pied Wagtail  (Dam,  HG, Woodford , 9 at Moreton, pond past cottage)  2 Dunnock, 5 Wren, 3 Robin, 5 Bullfinch (3 Woodford 2 Moreton Cottage), 8 Goldfinch (HG),  12+ Chaffinch (HG),  4 Reed Bunting 

Developments in bird tracking. A talk by Mike Bailey
Date: Wednesday, 13th February 2019
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Venue: Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church, Westbury Hill, Bristol BS9 3AA

Reports: Matt Ames, Paul Bowerman, Ian Foster, H&O Trust, Nick Hawkridge, Rob Laughton, Mike Meecham,  Mike Prior, Richard Scantlebury, Chris Snook, Ian Stapp, Bri Thompson, blagdonlakebirds,

Monday, 11 February 2019

11-02-19 Monday - Richard's Pipit

Fine and sunny with high cloud, and a chilly but lighter wind.

White-fronted Geese
Long-tailed Duck
Black-necked Grebes
Golden Plover
Short-eared Owls
Richard's Pipit
Spring at last?  Rook with crocuses (Jon Mortin)
BRISTOL

Stockwood Open Spaces:
1 Jay, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 5 Greenfinch, 2 Bullfinch.

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
5 Canada Goose, 2 Stonechat, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Reed Bunting.

St Andrews Park:
40+ Redwing.

Redland:
2 Jay, 2 Blackcap (m. and f.), Coal Tit.

Redland Green allotments:
1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush.

Horfield Common area:
1 m. Blackcap. 22 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing.

Ashton Court estate:
2 Raven, 2 Marsh Tit, 60 Redwing, 8 Song Thrush.

A delightful portrait of a garden Long-tailed Tit (Bob Brewer)

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

11-2-19 Short-eared Owl at Aust (Pete Blanchard)
Aust Warth:
Short-eared Owl

New Passage/Northwick:
White-fronted Goose

Richard's Pipit - not bad for a record shot (Howard Taffs)

NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead:
(Boating lake)  7 Mute Swan, 1 feral Greylag Goose, 9 Canada Goose, 96 Mallard, 2 m. Pochard, 22 Tufted Duck, 73 BH Gull, 13 H Gull.

Clevedon-Yeo:
125 Wigeon, 62 Teal, 1 Buzzard, 60 Lapwing, 1 Golden Plover, 13 Grey Plover, 4 Ringed Plover, 62 Curlew, 360 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 30 Redshank, 1 Kestrel, and the Richard's Pipit.

Backwell garden:
1 Sparrowhawk after the Blue Tits.

Backwell Lake:
4 Cormorant, 2 Water Rail, 17+ Little Egret coming into the roost, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 2 Grey Wagtail.

Weston-super-Mare:
1 f. Peregrine to SE at 11 a.m.

Worle:
5 Grey Heron, 2 Raven.

Nice flight shot of a Black-headed Gull at Chew (Bob Brewer)

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
1 Brambling.

Keynsham, Charlton Field:
1 Barn Owl 16.30

Midford:
4 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven.


One of the four Black-necked Grebes at Chew (Ian Stapp)
RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
1 m. Long-tailed Duck.

Goldeneye at Chew (Bob Brewer)
Chew Valley Lake
49+ Canada Goose, 37+ Mute Swan, 4 Shelduck, 28+ Goldeneye, 6 Goosander (2m., 4f.), 3 Little Grebe, 4 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 8 Buzzard, 1 white Coot, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 6 GBB Gull, 2 Raven, 30+ Long-tailed Tit, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs at the Chew Stoke Sewage Works, 2 Treecreeper, 26 Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat, 8 Pied Wagtail, 4 Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting

Common Sandpiper on the Dam (Bob Brewer)
Dam:
1 Common Sandpiper,

Woodford:
2 Raven, 10+ Redwing, 2 Fieldfare.

Heron's Green:
1 Barn Owl 17.30, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Skylark, 40 roosting Pied Wagtail, 15 Goldfinch.

Moreton:
1 Water Rail, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Stonechat, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Goldcrest.

Two of the many Snipe at Stratford (Ian Stapp)
Stratford:
4 Scaup, up to 100 Snipe.

Herriott's:
16 Jackdaw, 30+ Starling, 1 Grey Wagtail.
Reports: Pete Blanchard, John Budd, Teresa Chard, Jane Cumming, Andy Davis, Robin Lambert, Jon Mortin, Dick Reader, Dean Reeves, Tony Scott, Kevin Smith, Ian Stapp, Larry Sweetland, Howard Taffs, Brian Thompson, Keith Vinicombe, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Sunday, 10 February 2019

10-02-19 Sunday - Spotted Redshank

Temp 5 to 9℃. Some sun in the afternoon was pleasant. Nearly 60mm of rain this week, over 2 inches

White-fronted Goose
Long-tailed Duck
Barn and Short-eared Owl
Spotted Redshank

Marsh Tit
Richard's Pipit


10-2-19 Nuthatch in Bristol (Lee Gardiner)

BRISTOL

Gardens, inc Downend, Redland, Stoke Bishop, Withywood:
Grey Heron, Jay, Coal Tit, Blackcaps all week, Goldcrest, singing Song Thrush, Pied Wagtail

Eastville Park:
4 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swan, 45 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Moorhen, 1 Coot, about 90 Black-headed Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, pair of Peregrines displaying, 4 Jays, 4 Coal Tit, a party of 6 Long tailed Tits, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Dunnock, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Dipper

Duchess Park:
7m 4f Mallard, 10 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 1 BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Kestral, 1 Jay, 6 Magpie, 12 Jackdaw, 4 Carrion Crow, 7 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Starling, 2m 1f Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, Robin, 1m 1f Stonechat, 5 House Sparrow, 5 Goldfinch

St George's Park:
3 Cormorant, Peregrine, Ring-necked Parakeet heard, 1 Jay, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Nuthatch

10-2-19 Jay in St Andrews Park (Jon Mortin)
St Andrews Park:
1 Jay, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Starling, 40 Redwing, 6 Goldfinch

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

10-2-19 Shoveler at Littleton (John Martin)
Littleton WeBS:
12 Shelduck, pair of Shoveler unusual here, 180 Wigeon, 255 Teal, 10 Oystercatcher, 1 Golden Plover, 90 Curlew, 200 Dunlin, 19 Snipe, 70 Redshank, Larid passage starting inc 600 BH Gull, Skylarks singing

Aust:
Short-eared Owl.

New Passage:
30 Canada Goose, 5 White-fronted Goose, 2 Mute Swan, c.80 Shelduck, 11 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, c.300 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Moorhen, 21 Coot, c.250 Lapwing, c.60 Curlew, c.45 Redshank, 2 Long-tailed Tit, flock 20 Starling, flock c.200 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, flock 15 Pied Wagtail, flock 12 Goldfinch

NORTH SOMERSET

10-2-19 Goosander on the Blind Yeo (Jason Williams)
Clevedon-Yeo:
22 Canada Geese (Dowlais), 50 Shelduck, 2 m Shoveler (KP), 200 Wigeon, 50 Teal, c12 Goosander (Blind-Yeo), 2 Little Grebe, 5 Little Egret, 4 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 170 Lapwing, 1 Grey Plover, 50 Curlew, 22 Turnstone, 900 Dunlin, 270 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank (up Yeo), 2 Raven, 20 Skylark, 1 Stonechat, 1 Richard's Pipit (Channel View)

Nailsea garden:
1 Goldcrest, f Blackbird collecting nesting material

BELOW M4 & BANES

10-2-19 Skylarks over Newton St Loe (NSL_Birding)
Newton St Loe
22 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 6 Skylark(displaying), 6 Coal Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Nuthatch, 50+ Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Chaffinch

10-2-19 Barn Owl near Pensford (Raoul Chandrasakera)
Pensford to Stanton Drew:
2 Barn Owls

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
2 Wigeon, 1 Long-tailed Duck (No.1), 6 Goldeneye - highest count since March 2011, 2 Common Sandpiper

The Birds Of South Gloucestershire Annual Review 2018

Developments in bird tracking. A talk by Mike Bailey
Date: Wednesday, 13th February 2019
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Venue: Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church, Westbury Hill, Bristol BS9 3AA

Reports: Ken Carruthers, Raoul Chandrasakera, Sean Davies, Neil Delaney, Barry Dursley, Trevor Ford, Lee Gardiner, Nick Hudson, John Martin, Paul Milo, Jon Mortin, NSL-Birding, Lois Pryce, Patrick Richards, Harvey Rose, Richard Scantlebury, Tony Scott, Martin Tayler, Jason Williams

Saturday, 9 February 2019

09-02-19 Saturday - Great White Egrets

Blustery winds but at least drier than yesterday, temp 9℃.  Disappointed sea-watchers report very little turning up in the teeth of Storm Erik.

Black-headed Gull at New Passage (John Martin)
White-fronted Geese
Great White Egrets
Short-eared Owls
Merlin

Black Redstart


Barn Owl at Chew (Rob Hargreaves)
BRISTOL

Castle Park: 
30 Greenfinch - best count in the roost so far this winter.

Finzell's Reach:
1 Peregrine at home today.

Stoke Bishop:
2 Blackcap - in another garden
09-02-2019 Grey Heron Eastville Park (Paul Milsom)
Eastville Park:
1 Grey Heron, 1 Tawny Owl

St Andrews Park:
50 Redwing

09-02-2019 Blackcap St Anne's and Crews Hole (Gill Sapsed & Lee Gardiner)

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Aust Warth:
2+ Short-eared Owl. 1 Barn Owl.

Northwick Warth:
5 White-fronted Goose, 500+ Wigeon, 200+ Lapwing, 1 Merlin.

Severn Beach:
1 Oystercatcher.


NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead:
Female Blackcap glued to the fat feeder despite the wind.

Clevedon pier:
Black Redstart.

Backwell Lake:
 2 Canada Goose, 23 Mute Swan, 1 Shoveler, 26 Mallard, 6 Cormorant, 18 Moorhen, 5 Coot, 14 Black-headed Gull.

Anchor Head: (one-hour seawatch)
210 Dunlin downriver, 4 Kittiwake.

Bristol Airport:
2 Peregrine.

BELOW M4 & BANES

09-02-2019 Brambling Marshfield (Denise Whittle)

Marshfield:
1 Brambling with Chaffinch flock


RESERVOIRS
Little Grebes coming into breeding plumage at Blagdon (Rob Hargreaves)
Blagdon Lake:
1 Egyptian Goose, 30+ Shoveler, Little Grebes, 4 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper.

Barn Owl at Chew (Rob Hargreaves)

Chew Valley Lake
5 Shelduck, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Barn Owl, 1200 Starling.

Reed Bunting - Bob Brewer
Herriott's Bridge:
Reed Bunting.

Developments in bird tracking. A talk by Mike Bailey

Date: Wednesday, 13th February 2019
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Venue: Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church, Westbury Hill, Bristol BS9 3AA.
see previous days for more details

Reports: Paul Bowerman, Paul Bowyer, Karle Burford, Lee Gardiner,  Richard Giles & Fiona Neate, Rob Hargreaves, Adrian Hockey, John Martin, Paul Milsom,  Jon Mortin, Phil Quinn, Stuart Sammonds, Gill Sapsed, Denise Whittle, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG