Thursday, 23 January 2020

23-01-20 Thursday - Woodcock

Temp 7 to 7°C. The temperature hardly changed today, heavily overcast for most of the time

Woodcock
Little Owl

23-1-20 Goldcrest, Bittern Trail (George Stacey)
BRISTOL

Clifton:
1 Jay, Marsh Tit, 1 m Blackcap

Eastville Park:
Ring-necked Parakeet
23-1-20 Blackcap, Kingsdown (Keith Williams)
Kingsdown:
pair Blackcap

Montpelier - park and station:
a few Woodpigeon, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Redwing, 2 Robin

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
c.300 Jackdaw and c.200 Rook in the corvid roost, 1 Black Redstart in the waterworks

Hawkesbury Upton:
Woodcock, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Corn Bunting, 13 Yellowhammer, 1 Muntjac

NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Wharf:
71 Canada Geese, 160 Wigeon, 1 m Pochard, 6 Snipe, 1 Fox eating dead swan

Lower Claverham:
2 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Little Owl, 1 Peregrine (unsuccessful swipe at Starlings), 3 Magpie, 100 Jackdaw, 8 Carrion Crow, 3 Raven, 30 Starling, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail

Yatton, Wemberham Lane:
2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 700 distant Lapwing, 30 Fieldfare

Uphill garden:
10 Long-tailed Tit

Banwell, Winthill:
2 m Pheasant, 1 Stock Dove, pair Great Spotted Woodpecker, 300 flock mostly Starling, many Fieldfare, a few Redwing, 9 Blackbird, 2 Nuthatch

BELOW M4 & BANES

No reports yet

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck on 2, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver

23-1-20 Cormorant, Bittern Trail (George Stacey)
CHEW VALLEY LAKE:
1 Egyptian Goose, 4 Pintail, 9 (4m) Scaup (Wick Green), 6 Goosander, 1 Black-necked Grebe (Stratford), 5 Great White Egret (HG), 1 Little Egret, 1 juv Marsh Harrier (grey central tail feather), Bearded Tit heard, 5 Cetti's Warbler

23-1-20 Chiffchaff, Bittern Trail (George Stacey)
Bittern Trail:
1 Cormorant, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff + 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 10+ Redwing

Out of UK
Vera Carpenter in Japan

Reports: Chris Craig, Sean Davies, David Esam, Ian Foster, Peter Hazelwood, Trevor Riddle, Rich Scantlebury, Adrian Sharp, George Stacey, Howard Taffs, John Thorogood, Keith Vinicombe, Keith Williams, blagdonlakebirds, nsl-birding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds Wild Monty

Last call for rarity notes on the following claims:
If you saw any of these birds please send supporting notes to avonbirds@hotmail.co.uk so the record can be considered for inclusion in the 2019 Avon Bird Report

Great Northern Diver1
10/01/2019Barrow Gurney Res.
Tree Sparrow

25/01/2019Bristol, Clifton, Richmond Hill
Hen Harrier1ring tail17/03/2019Chew Valley Lake (CVL), Heron's Green
Goshawk1
29/03/2019Clevedon, Kennaway Rd
Hoopoe1
29/03/2019Lansdown
Cattle Egret1
08/04/2019Uphill, The Grange Heronry
Hen Harrier1
17/04/2019Clevedon-Yeo (Cl-Y), Dowlais
Turtle Dove2
22/04/2019Old Sodbury
Nordic Jackdaw

23/04/2019Portbury Wharf 
Channel Wagtail 126/04/2019New Passage / Northwick Warth, PWL
Channel Wagtail 1
27/04/2019New Passage / Northwick Warth, PWL
Spoonbill1sub adult05/05/2019Portbury Wharf
Cattle Egret2
05/05/2019Chew Valley Lake (CVL)
Goshawk1
30/06/2019Hunstrete Plantation 
Sabine's Gull1
10/08/2019Severn Beach
Honey Buzzard1
25/08/2019OPS
Grey Phalarope1
27/09/2019Severn Beach
Rough-legged Buzzard1
21/10/2019Burrington
Twite1
21/10/2019New Passage
Ring-billed Gull1
27/11/2019CVL

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

22-01-20 Wednesday - Mediterranean Gull

Overcast and dank and miserable and - - a stay at home day!

Mediterranean Gull

BRISTOL

Bishopston - garden:
4 Long-tailed Tit - very flighty, in and gone, 1 Blackcap (m) - no sign of (f) Exocet today.

22-01-2020 Goldcrest Arnos Vale (Keith Williams)
Arnos Vale - nice way to spend time waiting for the car to be MOT'd:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay, plenty of Magpie, 1 Coal Tit, Blue & Great Tit, Wren, Blackbird and Robin

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Mediterranean Gull - amongst 5000 gulls in the roost, 1 Black Redstart (m),

Severn Beach:
1 Buzzard, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat (m),

Yate - Kingsgate Park:
3 Mute Swan, many Mallard & Black-headed Gull, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, c35 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, small gathering of Chaffinch & Goldfinch, plus the usual suspects.

Coalpit Heath -garden:
3 Blackcap (2f & m) a first - eating suet and sunflower hearts

NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Wharf:
71 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 9 Mute Swas, 21 Shelduck, 53 Gadwall, 165 Wigeon, Mallard, 13 Teal, 1 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, 7 Moorhen, 46 Coot, 1 Oystercatcher, 21 Lapwing, 8 Curlew, 185 Dunlin, 9 Snipe, 8 Redshank, Black-headed Gull, 8 Common Gull, Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, all the usual suspects down to 2 Stonechat, more suspects, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Greenfinch, Goldfinch and 3 Reed Bunting

Lower Claverham:
1 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 25 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Greenfinch.

Clevedon Pier:
1 Black Redstart - still there.

Clevedon-Yeo:
7 Grey Plover, 100 Curlew, 1,500 Dunlin, 100 Redshank, 4 Stonechat.

Worle - Plumley Park:
1 Kingfisher - fly by, very vocal

BELOW M4 & BANES

Hanham:
1 Blackcap (m)

Bath - Oldfield Park garden:
1 Woodpigeon, 1 Magpie, 2 Coal Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Blackcap (f), 1 Wren, 5 Blackbird (including the strange coloured one), 2 Robin, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, the finches were a first for over a year.

RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake

21-01-2020 Great Crested Grebe CVL Stratford (Peter Heather) Perched on the edge of destruction 
Stratford:
Close up from yesterday.

22-01-2020 Mediterranean Gull CVL Hettiott's Pool (Chris Craig)
Herriott's - inc Pool:
1 Mediterranean Gull - ad

Reports: Karle Burford, Anthony Cook, Chris Craig, Rob Emery, Nick Hawkridge, Pete Hazelwood, Peter Heather, Adrian Hockey, Mike Jackson, Rob Laughton,Alex Rhodes, Trevor Riddle, Adrian Sharp, Keith Williams
 blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

21-01-20 Tuesday - Grey Partridge

Freezing and foggy, all burnt off by lunch and then it was lovely.

Whooper Swan
Grey Partridge
Avocet

BRISTOL

Hotwells:
3 Redshank, 1 Kestrel, plenty of Blue Tit - after territories, 4 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch,

Eastville Park - inc WeBS count:
6 Mute Swan, 35 Mallard, 3 Coot, c50 Black-headed Gull, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Female Tawny Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (f&m), 3 Nuthatch (1 singing), 2 Song Thrush, 1 Dipper, 3 Dunnock, 1 Grey Wagtail.

21-01-2020 Coal Tit and Goldcrest St Andrews Park  - using the same tree to feed on (Jon Mortin)
St Andrews Park:
1 Coal Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Redwing

21-01-2020 Kestrel Stoke Park (Pat Richards)
Stoke Park, Duchess Pond - inc WeBS count:
5 Mallard 3m 2f, 2 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail, 5 Moorhen, 3 Coot, 4 Black-headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Feral Pigeon, 12 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 6 Magpie, 10 Jackdaw, 20 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 7 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Wren, 12 Starling, 4 Blackbird 3m 1f, 2 Song Thrush,11 Redwing, 6 Robin, 2 Stonechat (f&m), 25 House Sparrow, 3 Dunnock, 1 Pied Wagtail 4 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch.

21-01-2020 Sparrowhawk (I'm not here; really) Horfield (Barry Hawkins)
Horfield:
1 Sparrowhawk, a few Long-tailed Tit, 1 Wren, several House Sparrow - but he missed this time!

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
Red Kite - 2 reported this year, 1 Treecreeper,

21-01-2020 Waders New Passage (Nigel Jones)
New Passage/Northwick/Pilning Wetlands - half frozen:
22 Canada Goose, 2 Mute Swan, c.50 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, c.200 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Moorhen, 25 Coot, 28 Oystercatcher, c.60 Lapwing, 28 Curlew, c.300 Dunlin, 21 Snipe (in 3 different groups), 20 Redshank, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Pied Wagtail, 4 Goldfinch.

21-01-2020 Treecreeper Moorend (Dan White)
Hambrook - Moorend:
1 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Dipper, 1 Grey Wagtail,

Warmley Brook - Ring Road :
1 Little Egret - fishing the brook.

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon-Yeo:
2 Pintail, 28 Avocet, 4 Grey Plover, Curlew, 2 Raven - calling, 1 Stonechat (f),

21-01-2020 Water Rail Backwell Lake (Geoff Stafford)
Backwell Lake:
A few Gadwall and Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail, a flock of Redwing - adjacent field,

Bristol Airport:
80 Golden Plover

Wick St Lawrence:
2 Grey Partridge.

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
Red-legged Partridge, Stock Dove, 1 Merlin, Raven, 1 Skylark, 1 Dipper, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Linnet - large flock, Yellowhammer, 100's Corn Bunting,

Bath - golf course:
Anyone see a large bird of prey? A contributor asks "It looks a good bit larger than a buzzard with a dark grey back and light coloured front"

Newton St Loe:
6 Mute Swan,1 Whooper Swan  - starting to see aggression from Mute Swan, 30 Mallard, 12 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck (f), 4 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 2 Buzzard,  4 Moorhen, 1 Coot,  50 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 1 Marsh Tit, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 6 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Pied Wagtail,

Pensford - BOC Tuesday walk - plus Bathford Hill and Woollard:
11 Mallard, 2 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 20 Black-headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 14 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 3 Magpie, 30+ Jackdaw, 12+ Rook, 12 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 1 Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 1 Skylark, 22 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Wren, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Starling, 4 Blackbird, 50+ Fieldfare, 50+ Redwing, 1 Song Thrush. 12 Robin, 5 House Sparrow, 4 Dunnock, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Goldfinch.

21-01-2020 Blue Tit Chew Stoke (Lucy Masters)
Chew Stoke - garden:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Magpie, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Blackcap (f), 5 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 3 Robin, 2 Goldfinch.

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks - early visit:
1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Sandpiper,

Blagdon Lake:
1 Great White Egret, 1 Raven, 1 Grey Wagtail,

Chew Valley Lake
21-01-2020 Nuthatch CVL Bittern Trail (George Stacey)
Bittern Trail:
1 Goldeneye (f) - BK hide, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, Redwing, Song Thrush
21-01-2020 Bearded Tit (f) CVL Stratford (Don Smith)
Stratford:
2 Bearded Tit (f&m)

Reports: Phil Barlow, John Barnett, Dru Brooke-Taylor, Sean Davies, Paul Gregory, David Halewood, Geoff Hardman, Robert Hargreaves, Barry Hawkins, Nick Hawkridge, Adrian Hockey, Nigel Jones, Lucy Masters, Jon Mortin, Lois Pryce, Pat Richards, Carol Rushton, Rich Scantlebury, Don Smith, George Stacey, Geoff Stafford, Bri Thompson, Wayne Tucker, Dan White, 
 blagdonlakebirdsnslbirdingopsbirding

Monday, 20 January 2020

20-01-20 Monday - Avocet

Temp -1 to 8°C again. Cold bright frosty start, flat calm water today then the breeze got up a little

Avocet
Golden Plover
Jack Snipe

BRISTOL
20-1-20 Dipper, Eastville Park (Keith Williams)
Eastville Park:
1 Buzzard, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Dipper, 1 Grey Wagtail

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
2 Great Crested Grebe fly down river, 6 Stonechat

New Passage:
23+ Snipe, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, a few Redwing, 50 Pied Wagtail

Chipping Sodbury Common:
3 Buzzard, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, Redwings/ Fieldfares

Winterbourne:
2 Dipper

NORTH SOMERSET

Clevedon Pier:
1 f Black Redstart

20-1-20 Avocet, Clevedon Yeo (Howard Taffs)
Clevedon-Yeo:
Record count of 28 Avocet, 8 Ringed Plover, 100 Curlew, 4 Turnstone, 14 Linnet

Backwell Lake, 16.45-17.05:
17 Little Egret to roost, Water Rail heard

Congresbury Moor:
5 Teal, 1 Goosander, 7 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 350 Starling, 300 Redwing, 35 Meadow Pipit, 3 Bullfinch

BELOW M4 & BANES

20-1-20 Kestrel, Marshfield (Dan White)
Marshfield:
180-200 Golden Plover, 4 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 6 Stonechat, 30 Corn Bunting

Stanton Prior:
3 Buzzard, 500+ Rooks, Crows, Jackdaw & Gulls by road

Paulton:
1 Mute Swan, 38 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, 13 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 5 Goldcrest, 7 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 15 Pied Wagtail, 60 Pied Wagtail (STW). 20 Meadow Pipit, 6 Chaffinch
20-1-20 Song Thrush, Hollowbrook (George Stacey)
RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck on 1, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver

Blagdon Lake, 19th:
2 Egyptian Geese, 6 Goosander, 1 Great White Egret

20-1-20 Goldeneye, Stratford, (Ian Stapp)
CHEW VALLEY LAKE:
6 Great White Egret, 5+ Water Rail

20-1-20 Treecreeper, Hollowbrook (George Stacey)
Bittern Trail-Hollowbrook:
3 Chiffchaff inc 1 Siberian, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper, small numbers of  Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush

20-1-20 Comon Sandpiper, Herons Green (George Stacey)
Herons Green:
1 Common Sandpiper

20-1-20 Lots of Scaup, Moreton, (Ian Stapp)
Moreton:
19 Shoveler, 44 Wigeon, 31 Pochard, 16 Scaup, 4 + Goldeneye, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 30+ flock Chaffinch

20-1-20 Black-necked Grebe, Stratfprd (Ian Stapp)
Stratford:
6+ Goldeneye, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 2 Bearded Tit, 2+ Cetti's Warbler, 6+ Redwing, 1 Stonechat

Herriott's Bridge:
7 Shelduck, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting
20-1-20 Great White Egret and Cormorant, Moreton (Lucy Masters)
Out of Avon:
140 Cattle Egret at Long Drove roost

Reports: Steve Curtis, Andy Davis, Sean Davies, Patrick Hancock, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Lisegirl, Glen Maddison, Lucy Masters, Nigel Milbourne, Dave Poulton, Dean Reeves, Carol Rushton, Steve Sanins, Rich Scantlebury, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, Howard Taffs, Brian Thompson, Dan White, Keith Williams, blagdonlakebirds, nsl-birding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds

Sunday, 19 January 2020

19-01-20 Sunday - Sunny calm day

Temp -1 to 8°C. Very frosty start, glorious sunny calm day

Long-tailed Duck
Black-throated and Great Northern Diver
Black-necked Grebe
Marsh Harrier
Mediterranean Gull
Little Owl
Ring-necked Parakeet
Bearded Tit
Black Redstart
Siskin

19-1-20 Great Northern Diver, Barrow Tanks (Keith Williams)
BRISTOL

Eastville Park:
6 Mute Swan, 36 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Coot, c70 BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 1 f Tawny Owl, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Nuthatch, c20 Starling, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Dunnock

Finzels Read/Castle Park:
2 Cormorant, Herring & LB Gulls, 1 Peregrine, 1 Raven

Downend -garden:
1 Jay, 2 Blackcap (f&m), 1 Goldcrest

Fishponds:
Ring-necked Parakeet

19-1-20 Goldcrest, Stoke Park (Patrick Richards)
Stoke Park, Duchess Lake:
2 Mallard 1m 1f, 5 Moorhen, 3 Coot, 1 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 5 Feral Pigeon, 7 Woodpigeon, 3 Jay, 5 Magpie, 4 Jackdaw, 15 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 2 Coal Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Wren, 7 Starling, 4 Blackbird 4m, 9 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 5 Robin, 2 Stonechat 1m 1f, 15 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
Black Redstart
19-01-2020 Green Woodpecker Almondsbury ringing (Adam Cross)
Almondsbury - ringing arena:
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackbirds, 15 Redwing.

Leyhill - garden:
2 Blackcap (f&m) - scarce here

New Passage:
Grey Heron, Little Egret, Curlew, Redshank

Severn Beach:
20 Shelduck, 50 Wigeon, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret (Pilning), 70 Oystercatcher, 70 Curlew, 150 Turnstone, 1 Sing Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 4 Reed Bunting

Coalpit Heath:
Little Owl after dark tonight

NORTH SOMERSET

19-1-20 Black Redstart, Clevedon (Dean Reeves)
Clevedon Pier:
Black Redstart

M4, North of Junction 21:
2 Egyptian Geese

Backwell Lake:
1 Sparrowhawk catching Redwing, 1 Water Rail, 30 Redwing

19-1-20 Buzzard with unlucky rat, Kingston Seymour (Ian Loats)
Kenn:
6 (2 m 4f) Goosander,  2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret (all Kenn Rd bridge), 1 Kingfisher (Pier), first Siskin on the feeders in our garden returned from yesterday loving the sunflower hearts!!

Brockley Coombe:
1 Tawney Owl

Yatton, Wemberham Lane:
2  Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 9 Greenfinch.

Uphill & STW:
1 Little Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher, 8 Skylark, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Reed Bunting

19-1-20 Black Redstart, Uphill (Bill Hewitt)
Bleadon village, levels and Uphill:
2 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Bullfinch

BELOW M4 & BANES

19-1-20 Corn Bunting, Marshfield (Peter Coslett)
Marshfield, inc BOC Walk:
6 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Pheasant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 20 BH Gull, 43 Common Gull, 12 Stock Dove, 1 Collared Dove, 2 Kestrel, 3 Raven, 1 Blue Tit, 50 Skylark, 3 Wren, 150 Starling, 4 Blackbird, 17 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 9 Stonechat, 20 House Sparrow, 2 Dunnock, 2 Pied Wagtail, 13 Meadow Pipit, 8 Chaffinch, Greenfinch, 1000 Linnet (mix with Skylark and Buntings), 8 Chaffinch, 10 Goldfinch, 200 Corn Bunting, 8 Yellowhammer

19-01-2020 Fieldfare Marshfield (Suk Trippier)
Kelston House - Bristol Bath Cycle Path:
2 Pheasant, 11 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Song Thrush

RESERVOIRS

19-1-20 Long-tailed Duck, Barrow Tanks (Keith Williams)
Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck on 1, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver

Blagdon Lake, 18th:
306 Canada Geese, 2 Egyptian Geese (19th), 1 Great White Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 or 7 Chiffchaff

19-1-20 Bearded Tit, CVL (Keith Williams)
Chew Valley Lake:
12 Scaup, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Black-necked Grebe (Stratford), 8 Little Egret, 12 Great White Egret to roost (Herriott's), 1ad Mediterranean Gull (Herriott's), Bearded Tit

Out of Avon:
Crossbill and Siskin at Stockhill

Reports: Rich Andrews, Paul Chapman, Adam Cross, Andy Davis, Barry Dursley, Richard Giles, Robert Hargreaves, Nick Hawkridge, Peter Hazelwood, Adrian Hockey, Mark Hyman, Mike Jackson, Iris Langson, Ian Loats, Simon Mackie, Stuart Matthews, Andy Mears, Nigel Milbourne, Jon Mortin, Fiona Neate, Pat Richards, Dean Reeves, Trevor Riddle, Rich Scantlebury, Gwen Thomas, Suk Trippier, Truchie, Dan White, blagdonlakebirds, nsl-birding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds

Saturday, 18 January 2020

18-01-20 Saturday - Avocet

Frost first thing, then dry and bright - cold when the sun went in later.

Avocet
Bearded Tit
Long-tailed Duck
1 Black-throated Diver
1 Great Northern Diver
Yellowhammer
Black Redstart

18-1-20 Avocet, Clevedon-Yeo (Paul Chapman)
BRISTOL

Eastville Park:
1 Ring-necked Parakeet

Fishponds - garden:
1 Blackcap (f) - 1st time this winter.

Bishop Rd to Horfield Common:
4 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 25 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 11 Magpie, 4 Carrion Crow, 10 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Wren, 21 Starling, 6 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 12 Robin, 1 House Sparrow, 2 Dunnock, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Chaffinch, 6 Greenfinch, 24 Goldfinch

Hartcliffe - Crox Bottom:
1 Kingfisher

Cumberland Basin - B Bond:
1 Peregrine, 1 Song Thrush - singing from the old police stables.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
6 Gadwall 6 - 4 on the lake, 2 on the river, 80 Wigeon, 31 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 6 Water Rail, 6 Oystercatcher, 13 Redshank, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 2 Cetti's Warbler, c5000 Starling going to roost, 1 Black Redstart (m), 2 Stonechat (f&m).

Pilning Wetlands:
c.30 Canada Goose, 2 Mute Swan, c.40 Shelduck, 12 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, c.250 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 9 Moorhen, 15 Coot, c.70 Lapwing, c.120 Curlew, c.100 Dunlin, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Pied Wagtail, 9 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch.

NORTH SOMERSET

18-01-2020 Cormorant Portishead Marina (John Clark) - just one today
Portishead:
1 Cormorant,

Clevedon - Yeo:
Usual ducks, 1 Little Egret, usual waders, + 16 Avocet, 12 Grey Plover, 8 Ringed Plover, 6 Turnstone, 3 Knot, 1 Merlin (f), 2 Stonechat (f&m)

Clevedon - Blind Yeo - Kenn Rd Bridge:
7 Goosander (5 f & 2 m), 2 Little Grebe

Clevedon - Kenn Pier:
1 Kingfisher - with a tiddler

Backwell Lake:
38 Little Egret- into the roost tonight, 6 Cormorant, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Firecrest - lane to The Perrings, 2 Treecreeper, c !00 Redwing - field to the north,

Sand Point/Bay:
250 Shelduck, 2 Common Teal, 30 Oystercatcher, 19 Grey Plover, 80 Eurasian Curlew, 400 Dunlin, 50 Redshank, 1 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 1 Stonechat, 2 Greenfinch, 5 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer

BELOW M4 & BANES

Hanham - garden:
1 Blackcap (f) 1st this year.

18-01-2020 Great Spotted Woodpecker Chew Stoke (Lucy Masters)
Chew Stoke - garden:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Magpie, 2 Coal Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Blackcap (f), 3 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch,

RESERVOIRS

18-01-2020 Raven BG ( Dean Reeves)
Barrow Tanks - WeBS + : 
49 Teal, 20 Mallard, 3 Shoveler, 36 Pochard, 54 Tufted Duck, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 11 Little Grebe, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 61 Coot, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Raven, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtail,

Chew Valley Lake
Scaup, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit

18-01-2020 Beaded Tit, Marsh Harrier CVL Stratford (Dave Hughes)
Stratford:
1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Bearded Tit (f&m),

News:

On Wednesday 19th February, at 7:30pm, Iolo Williams will be talking about "Birds of Prey" at Cheltenham Town Hall at an event organised by Gloucestershire Raptor Monitoring Group (GRMG).

Reports:Jon Angell, Bill Blake, Dru Brooke-Taylor, John Budd, Karl Burford, Paul Chapman, John Clark, John Croxton, Sean Davies, Alastair Fraser, Dave Hughes, Penny & John Huntley, Simon Isgar, Iris Langson, Old-Git 37, Lucy Masters, Andy Middleton, Matt Plenty, Sue Prince, Lois Pryce, Dean Reeves, Howard Taffs, Bri Thompson, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Friday, 17 January 2020

17-01-20 Friday - Common Gull

Temp 8 down to 5°C. Cold today, even in the hide, bright at first dull and wet later

Scaup, Long-tailed Duck
Black-throated and Great Northern Diver
Black-necked Grebe
Mediterranean Gull, 600 Common Gull
Bearded Tit
Black Redstart

17-1-20 Great Northern Diver, Barrow Tank 3 (Brian Thompson)
BRISTOL

Kingswood garden:
2 Woodpigeons, 2 Collared Doves, 1 Jay, Blue Tit, 1 m Blackbird, 2 Pied Wagtail, 6 House Sparrow

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Severn Beach garden:
2 f Blackcap, 1 Bullfinch

Yate, Highworth Crescent:
2 m/f Goosander

NORTH SOMERSET

17-1-20 Black Redstart, Clevedon Pier (Brian Thompson)
Clevedon Pier:
Black Redstart, 1 Rock Pipit

BELOW M4 & BANES

Keynsham, Somerdale:
4 Grey Heron, 100+ BHGull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull600 Common Gull, 16 Herring Gull, 72 LBB Gull, 26 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing

RESERVOIRS

17-1-20 Mistle Thrush, Barrow Tanks (Brian Thompson)
Barrow Tanks:
5 Shoveler, 13 Mallard, 47 Teal, 31 Pochard, 78 Tufted Duck, 1 Long-tailed Duck on 2, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 7 Little Grebe, 27 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 31 Coot, 2 Common Sandpiper, 241 BH Gull, 3 Common gull, 1 GBB Gull, 14 Herring Gull, 4 LBB Gull, 1 Raven, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtail, 7 Pied Wagtail, 20 Chaffinch

17-1-20 Chiffchaff and Siberian Chiffchaff, Bittern Trail (George Stacey)
Chew Valley Lake:

Bittern Trail:
1 Chiffchaff and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Treecreeper

Herons Green:
30+ Lapwing

17-1-20 Wigeon, Scaup and Black-necked Grebe, Moreton Hide (Ian Stapp)
Moreton Hide:
12 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 17 Pochard, 4 Scaup (3f 1m), 6+ Goldeneye, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 12+ Long-tailed Tit

Stratford Hide:
Black-necked Grebe, 2 Bearded Tit

Herriott's:
2 Great White Egret. 50+ Lapwing, 20 Common Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Kingfisher

Reports: Robert Bright, Dru Brooke-Taylor, Peter Bunniss, Geoff Daniels, Mike Jackson, Ian Stapp, Phil Quinn, Brian Thompson, blagdonlakebirds, nsl-birding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds

Thursday, 16 January 2020

16-01-20 Thursday - More rain

Temp 9 to 8°C. After a grey morning heavy rain, windy

Long-tailed Duck
Ring-necked Parakeet

16-1-20 Long-tailed Duck, Barrow Tank 2 (Martin Greenish)
BRISTOL

Eastville Park:
Ring-necked Parakeet

16-01-2020 Blackbird Montpelier (Des Bowring)
Montpelier Park and Station:
1 Coal Tit -singing, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Blackbird, 1 Dunnock - singing.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
4 Gadwall, and 1 Coot

Easter Compton:
12 Mallard, c.60 Jackdaw, c.40 Rook, 1 Bullfinch

16-1-20 Black-headed Gull, Coopers Lake (Dan White)
Yate, Coopers Lake:
No Goosanders, just the locals

NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead, H&W:
4 Cormorant

Clevedon Cannonsgate:
230 Jackdaws at roost

Tyntesfield:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Wren, 1 SongThrush

BELOW M4 & BANES

No reports yet

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck on 2

Blagdon Lake, 15th:
1 Greylag Goose, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Raven, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Lesser Redpolls

Chew Valley Lake:
1 Egyptian Goose

Reports: John Clark, Chris Craig, Stephen Curtis, Martin Greenish, Jean Oliver, Lois Pryce, Carol Rushton, Rich Scantlebury, Dan White, blagdonlakebirds, nsl-birding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds wildmonty

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

15-01-20 Wednesday - Siberian Chiffchaffs

Bright springlike sunshine for much of the day. Blue Tits prospecting their nestbox in the garden. Bristol temperatures 7 - 10 °C

Long-tailed Duck
Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver
Black-necked Grebe
Great White Egret
Marsh Harrier
4,000 Knot
Bearded Tit 
Siberian Chiffchaff
Black Redstart 
Lesser Redpoll

BRISTOL

Coombe Dingle:
Garden - 2 Blue Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Blackcap (f),  Blackbird, Robin,  Dunnock, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch,10 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Chiffchaff - lagoon 2, 1 Black Redstart - briefly,

Coalpit Heath:
6 LBB Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 35+ Woodpigeon, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Magpie, 1 Jay, 9 Carrion Crow, 1 Goldcrest, 12+ Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 4 Skylark, 1 m Blackcap (in garden, first of winter), 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Treecreeper, 4 Wren, c28 Starling, 5 Blackbird, c50 +22 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, c10 Robin, 3 Dunnock, 23 House Sparrow, 17 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, c12 Chaffinch, c52 Linnet, 22 Goldfinch, 4 Yellowhammer.

NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Wharf:
4,000 Knot and 1,000 Dunlin in spectacular flight over foreshore near Chapel Pill early morning

Clevedon-Yeo:

Pier - 2 Raven, 1 f  Black Redstart  

Clevedon Garden update - 7 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit,  2 Great Tit, m +f Blackcap, 7 Goldfinch  all regular visitors to feeders

15-01-20 Goosander, Blind Yeo (Paul Brian Chapman)

Blind Yeo - 4 (1 m) Goosander, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 pair Stonechat


15-01-20 Water Rail, Backwell Lake (Gwen Thomas)
Backwell Lake:
1 Water Rail, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, large flock of Redwing, 3 Chaffinch  

Becket's Lane - 1m Bullfinch

Worle:
Garden feeders - 8 Greenfinch

BELOW M4 & BANES

No reports

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
No 1 - drake Long-tailed Duck still present
No 3 - 1 pr Goosander, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver

'The best place to look for the divers is from the straight section of the perimeter path on the north side, east of the sluice/tower. The GND is almost always here. The BTD is much more mobile but rarely strays west of the sluice.'

Other species seen today: Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Buzzard, Coot, 1 Common Sandpiper, BH Gull, GBB Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Goldcrest, Blackbird, 2 Mistle Thrush, Robin, 1 Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail

Blagdon Lake:
1 Greylag Goose, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Raven,  4 Chiffchaff, 3 Lesser Redpoll

Chew Valley Lake

15-01-20 Siberian Chiffchaff, Bittern Trail,  CVL (George Stacey)
Bittern Trail:
1 Chiffchaff,  2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Bullfinch

15-01-20 Black-necked Grebe, Stratford, CVL (Robin Morton)
Stratford:
Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, Coot, GBB Gull, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, LTTit, 2 Bearded Tit (m +f), Goldcrest, Wren, Treecreeper, Robin

'Somebody has hung up a load of feeders on the path - looks like Ginger Baker's drum kit!'

Reports: Paul Brian Chapman, Anthony Cook, Sean Davies, Alastair Fraser, Mike Jackson, Iris Langson, Phil Quinn, Dean Reeves, George Stacey, Howard Taffs, Gwen Thomas, Bri Thompson, Keith Vinicombe,  blagdonlakebirds OPS Birding