Sunday, 13 September 2020

13-09-20 Sunday - Pectoral Sandpiper

Temp 15 to 25°C. Blue skies, calm winds, hot and a special bird

Pectoral Sandpiper
Sanderling, Spotted Redshank
Cattle Egret
Spotted Flycatcher

13-9-20 Ruff & Pectoral Sandpiper, NP (Paul Bowerman)

Troopers Hill:
1 Kestrel


5 Wigeon, 16 Ringed Plover, 8 Curlew, 5 Turnstone, 25 Dunlin

Oldbury Power Station:
5 Moorhen, 5 Curlew, 2 Dunlin, c.250 scattered BH Gull, 3 Cormorant (1 juv), 4 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Raven, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 prob. Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat, 1 Pied Wagtail

13-9-20 Unusual Dunlin, NP (Mark Coller)
New Passage:
Garganey, Ringed Plover, Turnstone, 35 Knot, 1 Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling

13-9-20 Sanderling, NP (Martin Tayler)
Severn Beach:
1 Sparrowhawk

Chipping Sodbury Common:
Whinchat, 3 Stonechat, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit

Frome Valley:
1 Kingfisher, 2 Jay, 1 Grey Wagtail


5 Shelduck, 20 Oystercatcher, 11 Curlew, 8 Ringed Plover, 30 Dunlin, 2 Heron, 3 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 2 Wheatear, 8 Pied Wagtail, 6 Goldfinch

5 Oystercatcher, 6 Curlew, 1 Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 50 Swallow, 150 House Martin, 1 Wren, 1 Blackbird, 3 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Dunnock, 15 Meadow Pipit

13-9-20 Sparrowhawk with Reed Warbler, Uphill (Karen Ash)
Uphill NR:
5 Redshank. 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Whinchat, 14 Linnet

Banwell garden:
2 Chiffchaff, 1 f/juv Blackcap


Good passage of Chiffchaff & Blackcap. Ravens on display all day, setting out winter territorial boundaries, a pair flying over at 200ft on full power, wings sounding like Mute Swans. Then one soaring up to c600 ft, circling, croaking and rolling alternately


Blagdon Lake:
5 Cattle Egret
13-9-20 Egyptian Goose Dam (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake
18 Cattle Egret

1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 GBB Gull, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Pied Wagtail, 20 Goldfinch

13-9-20 Little Grebe, Herons Green (Ian Stapp)
Herons Green:
5 Little Grebe, 5 GBB Gull, 1 Cattle Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 4 Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 2 Hobby, 5 Raven, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Pied Wagtail

Curlew Sandpiper

200 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret, 3 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Hobby, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler

CVL Ringing Station:
24  Chiffchaff, 6 Sedge Warbler, 13 Reed Warbler (2 recaptures), 12 Blackcap

13-9-20 Spotted Redshank, Herriotts (Ian Stapp)
1 Shelduck, 21 Pintail, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Lapwing, 5 Ringed Plover, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff, 1 Snipe, 14 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 juv Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 7 GBB Gull, 1 Cattle Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 7 Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 15 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Hobby, 1 juv Peregrine, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler, , 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail

13-9-20 Great White Egret pretending to be much larger than a Grey Heron, CVL (Tony Bridges)
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:

Reports: Karen Ash, Paul Bowerman, Peter Bryant, Mark Coller, Chris Craig, Heather England, Peter Hazelwood, Rod Holbrook Brian Lancastle, Bob Medland, Nige Milbourne, Ben Ofield, Vic Polley, Lois Pryce, Tony Scott, Rosemary Setter, Ian Stapp, Martin Tayler, Chris Teague, Teznicholls, John Thorogood, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG