Monday, 24 February 2020

24-02-20 Monday - Spring arrival dates

Temp 7 down to 12°C. Wet! ½ inch of rain

Whooper Swan
Scaup, Common Scoter, Long-tailed Duck
Black-throated and Great Northern Diver
Marsh Harrier
Avocet, Jack Snipe


24-2-20 Cormorant, Duchess Lake (Patrick Richards)
Stoke Park and Duchess Lake:
17 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 5 Moorhen, 3 Coot, 38 BH Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 3 LBB Gull, 2 Green Woodpecker, 15 Magpie, 29 Jackdaw, 25 Carrion Crow, 2 Coal Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit,2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Wren, 3 Blackbird 1m 2f, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Robin,1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Greenfinch, 15 Goldfinch 1 Reed Bunting (heard)


No news


24-2-20  hybrid Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull, Portbury Wharf (Howard Taffs)
Portbury Wharf:
Water Rail calling, 5 Snipe, 1 hybrid Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull, 47 ad LBB Gulls, 3 Raven, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 1 m Stonechat, 4 Greenfinch


Bath, Centre:
1 Water Rail

South Stoke, Engine Wood:
2 Marsh Tit


Chew Valley Lake:
2 Goosander, 14 Great White Egret to roost, 1 Little Egret, 2 juv Marsh Harrier (all at Herriott's), 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull (Heron's Green)

Reports: Sean Davies, Andy Davis, Simon Harris, Glen Maddison, Patrick Richards, Chris Stone, Howard Taffs, blagdonlakebirds, nsl-birding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds
Summer Migrant Arrival Dates 1996 - 2020

2020 dates will be shown in red
The list is sorted under average arrival date
This list is always available in 'Information Sites' in the right hand column

SpeciesEarliestLatestAverage2019, 2020 in red
Sand Martin23/02/0821/03/0608-Mar24-Feb
White Wagtail01/03/0709/04/9723-Mar17-Mar
House Martin04/03/9707/04/0724-Mar23-Mar
Willow Warbler13/03/1101/04/0724-Mar22-Mar
Ring Ouzel09/02/0828/04/9927-Mar24-Mar
Little Ringed Plover12/03/1530/04/9428-Mar17-Mar
Tree Pipit16/03/9227/04/9103-Apr03-Apr
Yellow Wagtail21/03/9220/04/9007-Apr03-Apr
Sedge Warbler30/03/0718/04/9809-Apr07-Apr
Common Tern30/03/0621/04/9810-Apr07-Apr
Reed Warbler01/04/1528/04/9111-Apr02-Apr
Grasshopper Warbler28/03/9724/04/9613-Apr09-Apr
Pied Flycatcher30/03/0219/05/0712-Apr03-Apr
Sandwich Tern18/02/1229/05/9513-Apr23-Mar
Arctic Tern29/03/1526/04/9515-Apr23-Apr
Garden Warbler29/03/9028/04/9116-Apr11-Apr
Lesser Whitethroat10/04/1027/04/9118-Apr13-Apr
Wood Warbler08/04/9802/05/0821-Apr22-Apr
Black Tern14/04/1314/05/0924-Apr19 Apr
Little Tern16/04/1530/05/1727-Apr23-Apr
Spotted Flycatcher20/04/1917/05/0901-May20-Apr
Turtle Dove05/04/70

The Avon Bird Report has details of arrival and departure dates for both summer and winter visitors

Sunday, 23 February 2020

23-02-20 Sunday - Common Scoter

Temp 13 down to 10°C. Max wind speed 45mph, at least it kept the rain off and then warm sun midday

Whooper Swan
Scaup, Common Scoter, Long-tailed Duck
Black-throated and Great Northern Diver
Red Kite
Avocet, Jack Snipe
Yellow-legged Gull


Sea Mills:
20 Mallard, 12 Redshank, 30 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 50 Feral Pigeon


Oldbury Power Station, 22nd:
3 Ringed Plover, 50 Turnstone, 1 Barn Owl


Pill - allotments:
2 Buzzard

Backwell Lake:
1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 20+ Redwing

23-2-20 Long-tailed Tit, Portbury Wharf (Jason Williams)
Portbury Wharf:
60 Wigeon, 8 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 8 Tufted Duck, 12 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 45 Rook, 1 Raven, 1 Cetti's Warbler

Clevedon Ladye Bay:
1 Common Scoter
23-2-20 Sparrowhawk, Clevedon (Jason Williams)
Clevedon garden:
1 Sparrowhawk

Clevedon-Yeo, Dowlais
1 Cetti's Warbler - singing 'it must be spring'

Woodspring Bay, Mouth of the River Banwell, 22nd:
19 Avocet

Kenn Moor, Yacwag Reserve:
Jack Snipe, 22 Snipe

Worle garden:
18 House Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 10 Greenfinch, 13 Goldfinch


23-2-20 Red Kite, Bath (Kevin Smith)
Bath, Englishcombe Lane and Twerton:
Red Kite
23-2-20 Whooper Swan, NSL (Lee Gardiner)
Newton St Loe:
Whooper Swan


Barrow Tanks, BOC Walk:
6 Mute Swan, 7 Mallard, 2 Teal, 9 Pochard, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Long-tailed Duck on 1, 1 Black-throated Diver on 3, 1 Great Northern Diver on 3, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 110 Cormorant, 2 Buzzard, 24 Coot, 2 Common Sandpiper, 250 BH Gull, 3 Common Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 2 LBB Gull, + 500 Gulls in field behind 2, 4 Magpie, 3 Wren, 4 House Sparrow, 3 Dunnock, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch

Blagdon Lake:
2 Goosander, 1 Yellow-legged Gull

Chew Valley Lake:
Lots Scaup, 2 Goosander (Herriott's), 1 Great White Egret (V)

Reports: Lee Gardiner, Robert Hargreaves, Nick Hawkridge, Simon Isgar, Tom and Joan McLellan, Andy Mears, Paul Milsom, Jon Mortin, Dean Reeves, Gill Sapsed, Kevin Smith, Howard Taffs, Gwen Thomas, Jason Williams, blagdonlakebirds, nsl-birding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds

Saturday, 22 February 2020

22-02-20 Saturday - Great White Egret

Still blustery.  Some fine spells this morning with murky horizons, deteriorating into another horrible wet and windy afternoon.

Great White Egret

Three species of gull to look for here (Higgy)


Tidal Avon at Sea Mills:
7 Common Sandpiper

Another wet day - most stayed at home watching Blackcaps in the garden
St George:
3 Blackcap


22-02-2020 Jack Snipe CSC (Mark Coller)
Chipping Sodbury Common:
5 Buzzard, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Little Owl, 2 Peregrine, 4 Raven

22-02-2020 Kestrel OPS (Pete Hazelwood)
Oldbury Power Station:
"Very windswept and birdless" but 3 Ringed Plover, c.50 Turnstone.
Barn Owl (hunting near junction of Foss Lane and Pickedmoor Lane en route to Thornbury), 1 Kestrel.


Swans and Goosanders at Kingston Seymour (Howard Taffs)
Clevedon, Blind Yeo:
17 Mallard, 2 Goosander, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Moorhen.

Kingston Seymour:
Mute Swans, 7 Goosander, 100+ BH Gull, 150 Fieldfare, 400 Starling.

Kenn Moor:
23 Canada Goose, 61 Mute Swan, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 500+ Black-headed Gull, 12+ Magpie, small flock of 15-20 tits, 300+ Starling, 1 Redwing.


Webbs Heath:
Sparrowhawk, c. 20 Fieldfare.

Portrait of Canada Geese (Higgy)


Blagdon Lake:
40 Goldeneye, 13 Goosander, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper

Chew Valley Lake

22-02-2020 Scaup CVL (Tony Bridges)
Several Scaup

CVL Ringing Station:
Recovery report of a Teal.

22-02-2020 Teal CVL -  ringing recovery report (CVL Ringing)
There are some sparsely populated places in the world, try Pryazhinsky district, Karelia in the Russian Federation for example. So here's something for you. A Teal ringed in Oct 2016 at CVRS has been found there.

Reports:  Phil Barlow, Tony Bridges, Mark Coller, Jane Cumming, CVL ringing, Sean Davies, Lee Gardiner, Pete Hazelwood,  Higgy, Mark Hynam, Nige Milbourne, Matt Plenty, Howard Taffs,

Friday, 21 February 2020

21-02-20 Friday - Cattle Egret

Overcast and blustery, with a couple of showers and strong gusts of wind.

Cattle Egret, Yellow-legged Gull
Whooper Swan
Bearded Tit
Long-tailed Duck, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Red Kite
Golden Plover, Yellowhammer


Clifton, Queens Sq:
1 Ring-necked Parakeet

21-02-2020 Goldfinch (m) St George (Lee Gardiner)


Severn Beach:
1 Shelduck, 2 Kittiwake - ad, Lesser Black-b Gull, Herring Gull - during a half hour sea watch


Dundry Hill:
1 Kestrel - hanging in the wind

Clevedon Moor:
1 Teal, 10 Goosander, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 30 Lapwing, 225 B-h Gull, 6 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Skylark - singing, 600 Starling, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush - singing, 2 Stonechat and 30 Linnet.

Yatton to Congressbury - Strawberry Line:
Canada Goose, 5 Mute Swan, 4 Mallard, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Buzzard, 2 Coal Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 2 Cetti’s Warbler heard at different sites, 2 Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Flock of 10 Fieldfare and 5 Redwing in field and separate flock of around 50 that were in flight and were mainly Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Robin, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch


Oldland Common - garden:
4 Greenfinch

Marshfield - 20th:
21 Golden Plover,  c.140 Stock Dove, 2 Kestrel, c.120 Skylark, 25 Meadow Pipit, c.70 Yellowhammer

Bath - St John's:
2 Peregrine (pr)

21-02-2020 Whooper Swan NSL (Merv Carlyon)
Newton St Loe:
1 Whooper Swan - still there

Temple Cloud:
1 Kestrel


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

21-02-2020 Black-headed Gull CVL - head in brown
Be off soon (John Hansford)
Chew Valley Lake
~ 6 Great White Egret

Main Dam:
1 Egyptian Goose

21-02-2020 Cetti's Warbler CVL (George Stacey)
Bittern Trail:
1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 30 + Redwing, 1 Song Thrush,  2 Bullfinch (pr),

Heron's Green:
2 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull - ad

21-02-2020 Common Gull CVL (Mike Trew)
17 Scaup, 8 Goldeneye, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 - possible - Kittiwake 25 Fieldfare, c.60 Linnet

Stratford - Summerlea Farm:
1 Cattle Egret, 11 Little Egret, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Water Rail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Bearded Tit (2pr), 1 Raven, 20 Redwing, 1 Stonechat

Herriott's - inc pool:
4 Pintail, 4 Great White Egret, 1 Yellow-legged Gull

21-02-2020 Bullfinch and Song Thrush CVL (George Stacey)

Reports: Jon Angell, Julia Baker, BUPP, Merv Carlyon, Martin Cottis, Chris Craig, Adam Cross, Andy Davis, Paul Francis, Lee Gardiner, John Hansford, Simon Isgar, Rob Martin, Trevor Riddle, George Stacey, Mike Trew. 


Thursday, 20 February 2020

20-02-20 Thursday - Red Kite

A rainy morning, some of it torrential with a blustery SW wind veering NW as the afternoon cleared.  Cooling to 6°C.

Long-tailed Duck
Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver
Great White Egrets
Red Kite

Pair of Goosander at Kingsgate Park, Yate (Mark Coller)

Stoke Bishop:
Sparrowhawk, Redwing

St Andrews Park:
20 Redwing, 30 Goldfinch.

Dunnock (George Stacey)


20-02-2020 Kestrel, OPS (Matt Plenty)
Oldbury Power Station:
77 Wigeon, 55 Teal, 1 Kestrel, Chaffinch singing this morning on Lagoon 2.  Also singing: 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 5 Song Thrush and 5 Wren.

New Passage/Pilning Wetlands:
40 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 15 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 6 Moorhen, 20 Coot, 12 Lapwing, 35 Curlew, 3 Dunlin, 12 Redshank,  1 Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit.

Severn Beach - garden:
2 Bullfinch - video clip

Kingsgate Park:  4 Goosander (1 m., 3 f.) until flushed by dog walkers.


Dowlais:  20 Wigeon, 8 Lapwing, 30 Dunlin, 20 Curlew, 1 Peregrine, 150 BH Gull.

Backwell Lake:
47 Little Egret to roost

Lower Claverham:
7 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Herring Gull, 1 Little owl, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Wren

30 Long-tailed Tit in town centre.

Worle - garden:
1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest - first this yr, 4 Blackbird, 2 Robin, lots of House Sparrow, 9 Chaffinch (6f &3m), 7 Greenfinch, 13 Goldfinch,


1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Redwing (unusual in the observer's garden).

Newton St Loe:
Farm shop area at 8.30 a.m.:
Red Kite

Goldcrest (George Stacey)

20-02-2020 Coot BG (Bri Thompson)
Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck (tank 1), 1 Goldeneye (m), 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Peregrine, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush.

Chew Valley Lake
3 Great White Egret

Redwings (and a Starling) at Chew George Stacey)
Bittern Trail:
1 Water Rail, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch, 20++ Redwing, 1 Dunnock, 1 m. Bullfinch.

Heron's Green:
1 ad. Kittiwake

Reports:  Ken Carruthers, Mark Coller, Rod Holbrook, Jonathan Margetts, Nick Page, Matt Plenty, Lois Pryce, Phil Quinn, George Rabin, Dean Reeves, Adrian Sharp, George Stacey, Howard Taffs, Mike Thomas, Brian Thompson, opsbirding.