Saturday, 4 January 2020

04-01-20 Saturday - Mediterranean Gulls

Partly sunny, cold start but just chilly later with a light NW wind.  Dry, though wet underfoot.

*************  Late news:  It's a Richard's Pipit (not Blyth's) at Steart WWT, Somerset  *************

Scaup, Long-tailed Duck
Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver
Black-necked Grebe
Mediterranean Gulls
Bearded Tits
Black Redstart

Mediterranean Gull at Chew (Ian Stapp)

Eastville Park:
Mediterranean Gull

Marsh Tit coming to a garden feeder.

Stoke Bishop garden:
2 Blackcap.


Oldbury Power Station:
1 Black-tailed Godwit, 29 Snipe, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Black Redstart.

New Passage/Northwick:
6+ Gadwall, 1 Little Egret, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 5-6 Knot, 10 Common Snipe, c.300 Dunlin, 5 Turnstone, c.60  Curlew, c.15 Fieldfare.


04-01-2020 Mandarin Duck Land Yeo Clevedon (Brian Chapman)
Clevedon - Land Yeo:
1 Mandarin Duck

(Boating Lake)  35 Canada Goose, 'George' the Greylag, 18 Tufted Duck, a couple of Rock Pipits.

(Dowlais Farm)  40 Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, 12 Oystercatcher, 100 Lapwing, 100 Curlew, 15 Turnstone, 1 Snipe, 1 Peregrine, 2 Skylark, 10 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Stonechat, 12 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Linnet.

Great Spotted Woodpecker in Bath (Jean Tye) 


Bath (a Twerton garden):
4 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Magpie, 1 Coal Tit, lots Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 4 LT Tit, 2 Blackcap (1 m., 1 f., Jean Tye's photos below), 5 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 8 House Sparrow, 4 Dunnock, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch.


Barrow Tanks:
drake Long-tailed Duck on Tank 1, juv. Black-throated Diver and juv. Great Northern Diver on Tank 3, Common Sandpiper on Tank 2.

Chew Valley Lake
10 Scaup, 20+ Goldeneye, 1 drake Goosander, 6 Great White Egret, 3 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 6 Buzzard, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Water Rail, 7 GBB Gull, Common Gulls, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 30+ LT Tit, 5 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Redwing, 6 Pied Wagtail, 20+ Siskin.

40+ Pochard, 2 Raven, 1 Reed Bunting.

1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Bearded Tit.

Herriott's - inc Pool:
10 Shelduck, 8 Pintail, c.60 Teal, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher.

Marsh Harrier at Chew (Ian Stapp)

2019 bird records
If anyone has any bird records they haven't already sent to the blog team or to BOC, or entered into Birdtrack, please send them to before the end of January so they may be included in the 2019 Avon Bird Report.  Ideally records should be on a spreadsheet, and show at least the species, the number of individuals, the date seen (dd/mm/yyyy) and the site.

Reports:  Paul Chapman, Allan Chard, Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton, David Esam, John Griffiths, Phil Quinn, Trevor Riddle, Ian Stapp, Jean Tye, Jason Williams, opsbirding.