Monday, 23 December 2019

23-12-19 Monday - Reed Warbler

Overcast but largely calm. Bristol weather 8-10°C

Long-tailed Duck, Scaup
Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver
Black-necked Grebe
Great White Egret
Marsh Harrier
Jack Snipe
Ring-necked Parakeet 
Reed Warbler

23-12-19 Back-of-camera shot of Reed Warbler, Moreton,  CVL (Rich Andrews)


Coombe Dingle:
Garden - 1 Green Woodpecker, not seen in garden for several years, so a welcome pre-Christmas present. Also 3 Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Blackcap (m, f), several Blackbird, Robin, 1 Dunnock,  5 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch

23-12-19 Ring-necked Parakeet, Eastville Park, Bristol (Allan Chard)
Eastville Park:
Ring-necked Parakeet


Oldbury Power Station:
5+ Stock Dove, 1 Treecreeper, Fieldfare


Alexandra Rd Garden - 1 Goldfinch, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Black Cap (m + f), Blue Tit.

Strode Road bridge - 19 Goosander inc 3 adult males

Dowlais  - 4 lapwing on the flooded fields, 110 Carrion Crow

Kenn Moor, Yacwag Reserve- 2 Jack Snipe,  62 Snipe. (My best count since January 2013)
Kenn Moor Drove - 24 Mute Swan (incl at least 12 in the model airfield area

Wemberham Lane- 2 Peregrine, perched on separate pylons

23-`12-19 Kingfisher, Bleadon (Bill Hewitt)
Bleadon, Bleadon Levels and Uphill:
1 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 2 Blackcap,1 Redwing


Lidl - 1 Ring-necked Parakeet at 11.20 going South

Wellow to Midford:
4 Buzzard - circling in group, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel


23-12-19 Back-of-camera shot of Great Northern and Black-throated Divers, Barrow Tank no 3 (NSL Birding)

Barrow Tanks:
No 3 tank Great Northern and Black-throated Divers still present

No 2 Tank Long-tailed Duck  

23-12-19 Black-necked Grebe, Moreton, CVL (Bri Thompson)
Chew Valley Lake

12 Scaup, c22 Goldeneye, 5 Great White Egret, 3 Goosander

Scaup -2 ad drk, 3x 1w drk, 2f distantly from Woodford toward Nunnery

23-12-019 Great White Egret, Moreton Lane, CVL (Bri Thompson)

5 (2x 1w drk and 3f ) Scaup, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Marsh Harrier (juvenile and an older bird), 1 Reed Warbler, first noted by R.Mielcarek. First two letters on ring are AY. Winter records in UK  are very unusual (one at CVL Jan 2015).

Avon Bird Report 2015 says: 'According to the BTO there is one previous record of this species being ringed in January ( a bird in Hertfordshire in 1981) whilst there are two records of birds ringed in December (2000 and 2003), underlining this as an exceptional occurrence.'

1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail (by feeders)

23-12-19 waterskiing  Cormorant, Statford, CVL (David Hughes) 
Reports: Jim Boyd, Jonathan Bull, Allan Chard, Dave Child, Andy Davis Alastair Fraser, Richard Giles, Rob Hargreaves, Bill Hewitt, David Hughes, Richard Mielcarek, Matt Plenty, Trevor Riddle, Howard Taffs, Reuben Veal,  nslbirding