Saturday, 12 September 2020

12-09-20 Saturday - Spotted Redshank

Temperatures reached 20°C in Bristol during a warm and sunny afternoon, with a slight breeze.  

Curlew Sandpiper, Sanderling, Ruff, Little Ringed Plover
Spotted Redshank, Greenshank
Common Gull, Yellow-legged Gull
Cattle Egret, Great White Egret
Osprey, Red Kite, Hobby 
Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Whinchat
Yellow Wagtail
Redpoll, Siskin

See the end of the blog for details about the 2019 edition of the Avon Bird Report.


No reports. 


Oldbury Power Station:
8 Little Egret, 30 Swallow, 1 Redpoll - oddly both heading north, in a westerly breeze

Littleton Brick Pits:
15 Canada Goose, 8 Mallard, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Osprey (towards Thornbury at 12:25), 100+ Swallow, 60+ House Martin, Cetti's Warbler, 30+ Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, 15 Goldfinch, Siskin

The Glen:
Green Woodpecker

New Passage/Pilning Wetlands:
35 Canada Goose, 6 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 10 Mallard, 12 Teal, 4 Collared Dove, 4 Moorhen, 10 Coot, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, 25 Ringed Plover, 14 Turnstone, 4 Knot, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Sanderling, 100+ Dunlin, 70 Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 1 Starling, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 12 Meadow Pipit, 50 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch

Chipping Sodbury Common:
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel, 30 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 4 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 80 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, 8 Linnet

Coalpit Heath:
2 Sparrowhawk - same size, soaring over the house in apparent enjoyment


12-09-20 Wheatear, Sand Point/Middle Hope (Mark Savage)

Kingston Seymour:
300 Shelduck, 10 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, 80 Curlew, 13 Knot, 200 Dunlin, 80 Redshank, 5 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, Green Woodpecker, Whinchat, Stonechat, 6 Wheatear, Rock Pipit

Sand Point to Middle Hope:
4 Curlew, 5 Cormorant, 50 Swallow, 150 House Martin, Whitethroat, 6 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, Grey Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit

2 Swallow (heading south)

Cadbury Camp:
2 Spotted Flycatcher


Bath, Upper Weston:
2 Siskin

Chew Magna:
21 Blackbird (through to the north between 14:00 and 14:20), 2 Siskin (to the west)

2 Red Kite, 1 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, Meadow Pipits through most of the afternoon 


Chew Valley Lake

12-09-20 Spotted Redshank, Herriott's (Ian Stapp)
3 Wigeon, 1 Great White Egret, 70+ House Martin, 1 Cetti's Warbler, young Roe Deer buck

2 Cattle Egret, many Chiffchaff about

Heron's Green:
6 Little Grebe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Gull, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 16 Cattle Egret (heading towards Parkland), 5 Grey Heron, 5 Great White Egret, 4 Little Egret, 6 House Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Whinchat, 3 Pied Wagtail
Herriott's inc Pool:
1 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 18 Pintail, 4 Little Grebe (Stratford Bay), 1 Water Rail, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 16 Green Sandpiper, 5 GBB Gull, 6 Grey Heron, 8 Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Marsh Harrier, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Hobby, 9 Jackdaw, 2 Raven, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail 

12-09-20 Ruff, Herriott's (Ian Stapp)


Beachley, Severn Shore:
2 Goshawk, 160 Swallow, 422 House Martin, 1114 Meadow Pipit, 297 Siskin

Chard Reservoir:
1 Glossy Ibis

Copies of the 2019 edition of the Avon Bird Report will be available in the next week; if you are not a member of either BOC or BNS I would encourage you to obtain a copy. One way to do this is as follows: by post, please send your name, address and a cheque for £11.50 made out to AOG to

Arncliffe, Coast Road, Walton Bay, Clevedon, BS21 7FW

The Report is the longest ever, at 216 pages, and also earlier than usual due at least partly to Covid-19 -- this year contributors have had more time on their hands...
There are three papers: Waterbirds on Severnside, Barn Owls, and tits in the Gordano Valley, plus the usual items including the AWBS, BBS and ringing reports. The cover photo, by David Hughes, was taken at CVL last summer.

A note to photographers...
The 2019 Report contains as usual about 30 photographs; we received quite a few but we felt that we could have had more. So if you have any good bird pictures taken in Avon in 2020 that you would like to see published, these can be sent now, or any time up to the end of the year, to my ABR e-mail address:

Thank you!

Reports: Derek Angell, Phil Baber, Peter Bryant, Paul Chapman, Andy Davis, Alastair Fraser, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Dave Helliar, Matt Hobbs, Mike Jackson, NailseaNature, Ben Ofield, George Rabin, Mark Savage, Rosemary Setter, Ian Stapp, Bri Thompson, Thomas@gardenbirder1, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG