Monday, 27 January 2020

27-01-20 Monday - Short-eared Owl

Temp 6 to 8 to 6°C. Felt colder today, hardly any rain and a little sun, light wind

Long-tailed Duck and Divers
Black-necked Grebe
Bar-tailed Godwit
Jack Snipe
Short-eared Owl
Bearded Tit
Red Kite


Eastville Park:
2 Canada Goose, 6 Mute Swan, 49 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard 6 Moorhen, 3 Coot, c120 BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 6 Stock Dove, 1 f Tawny Owl, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 drumming) 1 Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Goldfinch

1 Jay, 1 Coal Tit, 1 f Blackcap

Saville Road, BS9:
21 Redwing

St Andrews Park:
1 Grey Wagtail


Oldbury Power Station:
Short-eared Owl hassled by Corvids, 1 Chiffchaff

Severn Beach:
60 Turnstone flew downstream

Yate, RSPB garden birdwatch:
1 BH Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 6 Woodpigeon, 9 Collared Dove, 1 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 m Blackcap, 22 Starling, 3 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 7 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 (1f) Chaffinch,  1 m Brambling, 9 Goldfinch


Bristol Airport:
3 Mistle Thrush
27-1-20 Goosander, Blind Yeo (Howard Taffs)
83 Canada Goose, 200 Shelduck, 370 Wigeon, 150 Teal, 9 Goosander, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 11 Coot, 12 Oystercatcher, 100 Lapwing, 12 Grey Plover, 8 Ringed Plover, 340 Curlew, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (with Curlew at Yeo Est), 22 Turnstone, 6 Knot, 550 Dunlin, 2 Jack Snipe, 6 Common Snipe, 235 Redshank, 2 Short-eared Owl (Yeo), 1 Merlin, 4 Raven, 9 Skylark, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 650 Starling, 150 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 5 Stonechat, 65 Meadow Pipit, 10 Linnet

27-1-20 Redwing, Worle (Dean Reeves)
Worle garden:
3 Redwing


Keynsham RSPB garden birdwatch:
2 Blue Tit, 2 Blackbird, 1 Robin

27-1-20 Peregrine (Tiercel AA), Bath (BUPP)
Bath, St John's Church:
Peregrine tiercel AA looks up at the falcon

Bath, RSPB garden birdwatch:
1 Water Rail, 2 Moorhen, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackcap, 2 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 House Sparrow, 3 Dunnock, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch

Bath, Pipehouse:
Red Kite - flying low towards Wellow

Bath - Two Tunnels:
8 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 15 Redwing, & numerous Song Thrush - all very vocal.


27-1-20 Great Northern Diver, Barrow Tanks (Ken Carruthers)
Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck on 2 today, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail

Blagdon Lake, 26th:
6 Goosanders, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 Chiffchaff 


Black-necked Grebe, 4 Bearded Tit

Reports: Ken Carruthers, Dave Child, Geoff Daniells, Patrick Hancock. Peter Hazelwood, Adrian Hockey, Simon Isgar, Glen Maddison, Jon Mortin, Steve Sanins. Rich Scantlebury, Howard Taffs, Talking to BearsblagdonlakebirdsBUPPnsl-birding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds

Paul Andrew Obituary
Paul Andrew was an early member of BOC and was known many of the older birding crew. After being an early and charismatic twitcher and birder, he broke his back in Java many years ago and despite being paralysed from the lower back down, had a very successful career at Taronga Zoo (Sydney) and is well known by many around the world.
A celebration of his life will be held in the upstairs room ‘Watershed 3’ at The Watershed in Bristol on Sunday 2nd Feb. between 12 and 4.

Please let John Rossetti know if you would like to attend ( There will be a buffet lunch and access to the bar. Slides of his life, music and a general celebration of his life.


If you have any photos you think might be OK for this Report could you please send them to Harvey Rose at the following e-mail address:    Photos need to have been taken in Avon in 2019

Added Rarities: - Last call for rarity notes on the following claims:
If you saw any of these birds please send supporting notes to 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
29/03/2019Clevedon, Kennaway Rd
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)
30/06/2019Hunstrete Plantation 
Sabine's Gull1
10/08/2019Severn Beach
Honey Buzzard1
Grey Phalarope1
27/09/2019Severn Beach
Rough-legged Buzzard1
21/10/2019New Passage
Tree Sparrow3
13/11/2019Clevedon to Portishead trail
Tree Sparrow2
23/11/2019Lyde Green Lake
Common Redpoll10
08/01/2019Midford Road, Bath
Common Redpoll2
05/10/2019Aust Services