Friday, 15 March 2019

15-10-19 Friday

Rain overnight, overcast with occasional shower and still blowy.

Barn Owl, Long-tailed Duck and Hen Harrier (at Greylake)
Black-necked Grebe,

Youth on strike today to protest about climate change. Good for them!

Coombe Dingle :
4 Greenfinch, 3 Bullfinch (2m, 1f), 3 Chaffinch, 1 Blackcap (m), 2 Great Tit (busy in nest box),
1 Collared Dove

Eastville Park:
4 Redwing

Duchess Lake:
4 Canada Goose, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 6 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 9m 5 f Mallard,
3 Black-headed Gull, 5 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 1 Jay, 8 Magpie,
32 Jackdaw, 5 Crow, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Starling, 3m Blackbird,
3 Redwing, 1 Robin, 4 House Sparrow, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting

15-3-19 Canada Geese at Duchess Lake (Patrick Hardyman Richards
Did someone mention Brexit?

300+ Starling
15-3-19 Starling over the A38 (Vera Carpenter)


15-3-19 Barn Owl and Long-tailed Duck (Bri Thompson)
Barrow Tanks:
1 Pochard, 1 Long-tailed Duck, ++ Tufted Duck, Barn Owl

Long-tailed Duck - still on Tank No 1 (Bri Thompson)

Chew Valley Lake:
I Black-necked Grebe, 5 Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper (Dam)
 2 Redwing, (Woodford)
 1 Raven, 30+ Sand Martin  (Heron's Green)
15-3-19 Long-tailed Tit at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Collecting spider web

3 Stock Dove, 1 Tawny Owl (calling) 2 G-S Wood, 3 Jay, 1 Scaup (f), 12 Chaffinch, 1 Bullfinch,
1 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 2 Robin, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Cetti's, 12+ L TT (2 birds collecting nesting material - spiders web) (Moreton) 
15-3-19 Female Scaup at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
46+ Canada Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 42+ Mute Swan, 5 Shelduck, 20+ Goldeneye, 8 Pintail 
34 Shoveler, 2 L Grebe 6 Great-crested Grebe 4 Grey Heron 3 Little Egret 1 G-W Egret,
3 Reed Bunting, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3+ Pied Wagtail, 40+ Starling (Herriotts Pool)

No show of the Lesser Scaup this morning at Moreton or Stratford

Out of area
1,000 Wigeon, quite a lot of Shoveler and Teal, but nowhere near as many as the Wigeon. At least four Great White Egrets.

The real thrill though was a Ring-Tailed Hen Harrier (♀ or juv Hen Harrier). I don’t know how long juveniles remain in juvenile plumage, but unless all have moulted into adult plumage by now, as it was a bit rufous underneath, on balance, I’d think it was a first year bird.

Roy Curber
We were sorry to hear about the recent death of Roy Curber. Roy was a founder member of the BOC and maintained a passion for wildlife since childhood.

Funeral Arrangements
The funeral of Roy Mervyn Curber will take place on
Friday 22 March 2019 - 12.30pm
St Philip and St James’ Church
35 Frome Road, Odd Down, Bath, BA2 2QF

and afterwards in the church hall.
If you are planning to stay for refreshments could you please email
Roger Woolley by March 15th, so that we can confirm numbers for the catering:

Family flowers only please.
Your thoughts, memories and good wishes are enough, but if you would like to make a
donation in Roy’s memory it should be to Age UK (Bath and NE Somerset Branch)
or Avon Wildlife Trust
c/o G Mannings Funeral Directors, 106 North Road, Combe Down, Bath, BA2 5DJ
Vera Carpenter, Andy Davis, Alastair Fraser, Patrick Hardyman Richards,  Ian Stapp,  Larry Sweetland, Talkingtobears,  Bri Thompson, Dru Brooke-Taylor,  blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG