Monday 30 November 2020

30-11-20 Monday Ring-necked Duck

Still largely gloomy, overcast and chilly. Bristol temperatures 6 - 11°C

Ring-necked Duck, Red-crested Pochard, Long-tailed Duck
Cattle Egret, Great White Egret
Great Northern Diver
Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier
Merlin
Marsh Tit

30-11-20 Grey Wagtail, Herriotts Pool, CVL (Ian Stapp)
A welcome splash of colour on a dull day
BRISTOL

Blaise Estate:
Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, 2 Blackcap, 2 Nuthatch, 5 Mistle Thrush, Grey Wagtail 

Eastville:
Muntjac calling on the Frome along Glenfrome Road/Cottrell Road around 8-00 pm

Sea Mills:
26 Mallard, 2 Oystercatcher, 19 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, 28 Redshank, many Black-headed Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, many Feral Pigeon, 1 Jay, 24 Starling, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

New Passage/Northwick:
250 Lapwing, 30 Snipe, Kestrel, f Merlin

NORTH SOMERSET

Banwell:
Twenty different species seen in the garden today included:-1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (m&f), 2 Nuthatch, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Wren, 7 Goldfinch
Towards dusk several groups of Starling flew purposefully over in a southerly direction. 

BELOW M4 & BANES
 
No reports

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck and Great Northern Diver still present

Blagdon Lake:
37 Lapwing, 1 Great White Egret, 2 pr Stonechat 

Chew Valley Lake
30-11-20 Meadow Pipit, Dam, CVL (Lucy Masters)
Dam:
1 Egyptian Goose

Heron's Green:
Cattle Egret in toe of bay

30-11-20 Stonechat, CVL (Simon Isgar)
Moreton:
200+ Wood Pigeon, 20+ Lapwing,  2 Grey Heron,  2 Jay, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Stonechat 

Stratford:
Harrier Sp. very probably an immature male Hen Harrier flew west across the lake and disappeared behind Stratford Island at 9.40. Not seen subsequently.

CVRS:
In May 2018 a nestling Black-headed Gull was colour-ringed in north-east Poland. The bird has been reported 6 times at CVL during winters of 18/19, 2019 and now in 2020. Data from Ornithological Station Museum and Institute PAS, Gdańsk.
Shelduck,15 Herriott’s Pool, late afternoon

30-11-20 Ring-necked Duck, Herriotts Bridge, CVL (Ian Stapp)
Herriott's Bridge:
15 Shelduck,28 Gadwall, 25 Pintail, 40+ Wigeon, 28 Gadwall, 120+ Teal, 1m Ring-necked Duck (main lake), 1 f Red-crested Pochard, 20+ Goldeneye (lake) 24 Pintail (pool) 1 Goosander (pool), c100 Wood Pigeon over, 3 Water Rail, 1 Dunlin, 5 GBB Gull, 5 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, 3 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 7 Jackdaw, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff,  25+ LTT, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail 

Book Launch on Zoom, Tuesday 1st December at 7.00pm

TOMORROW!

Link to book launch: https://tinyurl.com/BirdsOfChew
(live from 6.45pm) 

Birds of Chew Valley Lake
Ecology – History – Tales

          by Keith Vinicombe 

Editor John Rossetti will describe the scope of the book and show some of the beautiful photos and artwork assembled for this exciting project. 

The book is a beautifully produced hardback of 450 pages, with over 300 illustrations including photographs, 26 commissioned original paintings from Ray Scally and over 70 drawings from the late Laurel Tucker, many of which are published for the first time. 

SPECIAL OFFER! 
Pre-order at 20% off  (£19.95 + £5 p + p = £24.95) from   https://tinyurl.com/ChewBirds

Reports: Raoul Chandrasakera, Chris Craig, Andy Davis, Rob Hargreaves, Simon Isgar, John Lewis, Lucy Masters,  Jean Oliver, Justin Quinnell,  Ian Stapp, John Thorogood, Keith Vinicombe, Birdguides, blagdonlakebirdsCVRS 

Sunday 29 November 2020

29-11-20 Sunday - Iceland Gull

Temp 8 to 8°C. The temperature did go half a degree either side but thick fog most of the day kept it even

Bewick's Swan
Ring-necked Duck, Long-tailed Duck
Woodcock
Iceland Gull
Great Northern Diver
Cattle Egret
Merlin
Dusky Warbler
Black Redstart
Lesser Redpoll

29-11-20 Iceland Gull, Herriotts (Simon Isgar)
BRISTOL

Bishopston Garden:
2 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 5 Magpie, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 6 Starling 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 6 House Sparrow

New Cut and Cumberland Basin:
1 Redshank, 1 f Peregrine on Bond warehouse A, 2 Raven on  Bond  warehouse C, 30 Redwing over east, 2 Grey Wagtail 
29-11-20 Redwing, Fishponds (Allan Chard)
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
2 Peregrine, 1 f Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat

Pilning Wetland, Northwick Shore:
340 Wigeon, plenty Teal, Oystercatcher, Redshank, 70 Lapwing, 240 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Knot, 200+ Dunlin, 1 m Merlin

Hanham garden:
Woodcock over

NORTH SOMERSET

Nailsea, Backwell Common:
2 Moorhen, 19 Little Egret (field with cattle on village side of railway), 1 Buzzard, 1 Little Owl calling (Lodge Lane) 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Magpie 11 Pied Wagtail

Backwell Lake, 15.47 to 16.25
29 Little Egret to roost

BELOW M4 & BANES

Kelston to Swineford:
150 Redwing

RESERVOIRS

29-11-20 Common Sandpiper, Barrow Tanks (Dan White)
Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck, 6 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great Northern Diver

29-11-20 Bewick's Swan, Blagdon Lake (Rob Hargreaves)
Blagdon Lake:
Bewick's Swan, 9 Cattle Egret, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Stonechat, 3 Lesser Redpoll

29-11-20 Song Thrush Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake


Herons Green:
4 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 GBB Gull, 4 Grey Heron, 6 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 30 Fieldfare and Redwing, 1 Stonechat, 5 Pied Wagtail

29-11-20 Fieldfare, Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Moreton:
200 Woodpigeon, 4 Little Grebe, 30 Lapwing, 2 GBB Gull, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Jay, 20 Rooks & Crows, 6 Blackbird, 100 Fieldfare and Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 12 Chaffinch

Wick Green:
Ring-necked Duck
29-11-20 Dusky Warbler, CVRS (Chris Craig)
CVRS:
Dusky Warbler again

29-11-20 Iceland Gull, Herriotts (Brian Thompson)
Herriotts Bridge:
6 Shelduck, 28 Gadwall, 12 Pintail, 2 Goldeneye, 6 Goosander, 3 Water Rail, 14 Lapwing, 4 GBB Gull, 1 juv Iceland Gull, 7 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 20 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail

Do check the Twitter feed in the right-hand column for further photos of Pintail, Iceland Gull, Diver, etc.

Reports: Allan Chard, Chris Craig, Ian Dickie, Richard Giles and Fiona Neate, Rob Hargreaves, Simon Isgar, Robert Kelsh, John Lewis, Lisegirl, Glen Maddison, Andy Mears, Brian Mulgrew, Jean Oliver, Gill Sapsed, Ian Stapp, Mike Thomas, Brian Thompson, Dan White, blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Saturday 28 November 2020

28-11-20 Saturday - Dusky Warbler

Gloomy and chilly all day. Bristol temperatures 6-10°C

Bewick's Swan, Long-tailed Duck
Great Northern Diver
Merlin
Dusky Warbler
Firecrest 
Black Redstart
  


28-11-20 Dusky Warbler, Chew Valley Ringing Station (Rich Andrews)

This bird appears to be only the third record for Avon, and a first for CVL [ Source: Birds of Avon, An Annotated Checklist - see sidebar]. It has just missed the chance to appear in the new book Birds of Chew Valley Lake, which is being launched next Tuesday - see bottom of this post for details of how to attend.


BRISTOL

Bishopston:
Garden - 1 male Blackcap, 3 Fieldfare

St Werburgh's:
Great Spotted Woodpecker on back garden bird feeder, Grey Wagtail by stream under Church Path and Goldcrest foraging in Yew tree nearby. Big noisy flock of House Sparrows in hedge behind Miners' Arms pub

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE


Oldbury Power Station:
1 f Black Redstart

New Passage/Northwick:
200 Black-tailed Godwit, male and female Merlin (together), Firecrest

Almondsbury:
1 flyover Woo0dcock, Redwing

Chipping Sodbury:
Garden - 1 f Blackcap

Wick:
1 Dipper

NORTH SOMERSET

Tickenham:
2 Raven, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing

Backwell:
Moor Lane – 1 Buzzard, 55 Starling (both occupying same tree!), 5 Fieldfare.

Nailsea: 
Youngwood Lane – 5 Little Egret (fly-over, assume to Backwell Lake?), 1 Sparrowhawk.



28-11-20 a consolation Goldcrest, Sand Point (Karen Jayne)

Sand Point/Bay:
3 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 9 Goldcrest, 5 Fieldfare, 13 Redwing  (No sign of Pallas's Warbler today).


BELOW M4 & BANES

No reports


RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Diver both still present

Blagdon Lake:
2 Bewick's Swan still present

Chew Valley Lake

Chew Valley Ringing Station:
Dusky Warbler


Book Launch on Zoom, Tuesday 1st December at 7.00pm 
Link to book launch: https://tinyurl.com/BirdsOfChew
(live from 6.45pm) 

Birds of Chew Valley Lake
Ecology – History – Tales

          by Keith Vinicombe 

Editor John Rossetti will describe the scope of the book and show some of the beautiful photos and artwork assembled for this exciting project. 

The book is a beautifully produced hardback of 450 pages, with over 300 illustrations including photographs, 26 commissioned original paintings from Ray Scally and over 70 drawings from the late Laurel Tucker, many of which are published for the first time. 

SPECIAL OFFER! 
Pre-order at 20% off  (£19.95 + £5 p + p = £24.95) from   https://tinyurl.com/ChewBirds

Reports:  Rich Andrews, Pete Bryant,  Chris Craig, Adam Cross,  Andy Davis, Barry Dursley, Richard Giles and Fiona Neate, Paul Gregory, Geoff Hardman, Karen Jayne,  Brian Lancastle, John Lewis, Harry Mac, Nigel Milbourne, Jean Oliver,  Dean Reeves,  Birdguides
  

Friday 27 November 2020

27-11-20 Friday - Pallas's Warbler

Temp 0 to 4°C. Cold, dull and murky foggy start till sun burst through, late heavy cloud from NE

Bewick's Swan
Pallas's Warbler
Firecrest
Black Redstart


27-11-20 Pallas's Warbler, Sand Point (Raoul Chandrasakera)
BRISTOL

Bishopston Garden:
2 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove - flew in, settled on top, fell asleep, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Chaffinch (f)

27-11-20 Kestrel, Purdown (Allan Chard)
Purdown Mast:
1 Kestrel, 1 f/1stW Black Redstart

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
70+ Canada Goose, 2 Water Rail, 20+ Curlew, flock of c. 50 Lapwing, 10 Common Gull, 1 Cetti's Warbler, plenty Redwing & Fieldfare, 2 m/f Black Redstart, 2 m/f Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail 

27-11-20 Fieldfare, New Passgae (Lisegirl)
New Passage:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, 500 Starling, Fieldfare

Avonmouth Sewage Works:
10 Gadwall, 4 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Collared Dove, 3 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 38 BH Gull, 180 Herring Gull, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted & 1 Green Woodpecker, 12 Magpie, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 15 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Starling, 7 Blackbird, 35 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 10 Goldfinch

NORTH SOMERSET

Backwell Lake:
1 Wigeon, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldcrest, 1 m Bullfinch

27-11-20 Pallas's Warbler, Sand Point (Keith Williams)
Sand Point:

2 Egyptian Geese, 15 Oystercatcher, 30 Curlew, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Kestrel, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Pallas's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest, 8 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 1 m Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Rock Pipit, 12 Chaffinch, 1 f Bullfinch

BELOW M4 & BANES

27-11-20 Dipper, Willsbridge (Emily Burford)
Willsbridge:
1 Jay, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Dipper, 1 Grey Wagtail

Bath, Oldfield:
Collared Dove, 3 Blackcap, 1st Redwing, lots House Sparrow

RESERVOIRS

Blagdon Lake:
Bewick's Swan

27-11-20 Goldeneye in the fog at The Dam (George Stacey)
Chew Valley Lake:

5 Great White Egret, 9 Little Egret pre roost at Herons Green

27-11-20 Reed Bunting, Picnic 1 (George Stacey)
Dam:
1 m Goldeneye, 1 f Reed Bunting (Picnic 1)

27-11-20 Goosander still in the fog, Hollowbrook (George Stacey)
Hollowbrook:

24 Goosander, Long-tailed Tits with 2 Goldcrest

Herons Bay:
1 Green Sandpiper calling

Reports: Phil Baber, Raoul Chandrasakera, Allan Chard, Tony Cook, Chris Craig, Andy Davis, Barry Dursley, Martin East, Paul Gregory, Rob Hargreaves, Nick Hawkridge, Lisegirl, Frankie Macrow, Pagan Birder, Phil Quinn, George Stacey, Larry Sweetland, Gwen Thomas, blagdonlakebirdsnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Thursday 26 November 2020

26-11-20 Thursday - Pallas's Warbler

Cold and foggy to start but a glorious day, finishing with fog !

Pallas's Warbler, Short-eared Owl
Firecrest
Little Owl
Bearded Tit
Marsh Harrier
Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Diver

BRISTOL

City Centre - Finzells Reach:
2 Mallard, 20 Black-h Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-b Gull, 1 Peregrine (f)

Clifton Down:
Buzzard, Raven, Jay, Firecrest- in holm oak opposite College Road, 2 Redwing, Bullfinch.

Cumberland Basin:
1 Great Black-b Gull, 

Eastville Park - WeBS:
13 Mute Swan, 34 Mallard, 7 Moorhen, 7 Coot, 113 Black-h Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-b Gull, 10 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 50+ Jackdaw - flock, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 30 Starling, 1 Song Thrush - singing, 2 Grey Wagtail

Hotwells to Leigh Wood and return:
Mute Swan, Woodpigeon, Herring Gull, Cormorant, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Peregrine, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Wren, 2 Nuthatch, Blackbird, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Robin

Purdown:
2 Jay, 9 Magpie, 16 Carrion Crow, 1 Black Redstart - on BT Tower between 2nd and 3rd platforms, 20+ House Sparrow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 7 Goldfinch

Stoke Bishop -garden:
5 Blackcap (3m) - snatch of sub-song heard

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond - W2eBS:
11 Mallard - inc 1 duckling, 3 Moorhen, 4 Black-h Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Stonechat, 1 Greenfinch

St Werburgh's:
1 Grey Wagtail

Victoria Park:
1 Raven - calling from the tree tops as sunset.

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

26-11-20 Black Redstart OPD (Di Bunniss)
Oldbury Power Station:

15 Shelduck, 10 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 30 Lapwing, 12 Curlew, 20 Dunlin, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Magpie, 15 Carrion Crow, 10 Blue Tit, 1 Wren, 2 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 34 Redwing, 8 Robin, 1 Black Redstart (f), 2 Stonechat, 1 Dunnock, 3 Goldfinch

NORTH SOMERSET

Nailsea Moor:
1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Long-t Tit, 20 Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat, 15 Meadow Pipit.

Puxton:
5 Mute Swan, 9 Mallard, 2 Collared Dove, 4 Herring Gull, 3 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Great White Egret, 5 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Jay, 7 Magpie, 1 Rook, 1 Raven, 1 Great Tit, c.130 Starling, 19 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, c.70 Redwing, 3 Robin, 6 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Goldfinch.

26-11-20 Pallas's Warbler Sand Point (Paul Gregory)
Sand Point & car park area:

1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Tawny Owl - calling, 2 Jay, 1 Pallas's Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 2+2 Goldcrest, 1 Fieldfare, 1+1 Redwing

BELOW M4 & BANES

Marshfield:
1 Buzzard, c.100 Starling with c.300 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing, 12 Chaffinch, 3 Bullfinch

Bath:

Victoria Park:
1 Nuthatch

Twerton - garden:
1 Green Woodpecker (first here), 2 Jay, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 6 Blackbird, first 3 Redwing this winter, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch

Pendown Hill:
1 Red-legged Partridge, 20 Pheasant, 1 Red Kite, 8 Buzzard (one field), 2 Raven, 2 long-tailed Tit, 2 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 1 Pied Wagtail

26-11-20 Red Kite NSL (NSLBrding)
Newton St Loe:

16 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Red Kite, 6 Buzzard,  3 Kestrel, 2 Jay, 5 Skylark, 50+ Starling, 15 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 4 Pied Wagtail, 30 Meadow Pipit, 20+ Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch, 20 Linnet, 10 Yellowhammer, 

26-11-20 Little Owl Compton Dando (Ian Stapp)
Compton Dando:

1 Little Owl, 1 Green Woodpecker,  500 mix of Rook, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow and Woodpigeon, 2 Raven, 100 Fieldfare and Redwing

RESERVOIRS

26-11-20 Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Diver BG (Graham Wagner)
Barrow Tanks:

1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Great Northern Diver

Chew Valley Lake

26-11-20 Goldeneye CVL (George Stacey)
Dam:

3 Goldeneye, 1 Cetti's Warbler

Woodford:
70+ Fieldfare and Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush

Hollow Brook/ Grebe Trail:
15 Goosander (2m), 1 Water Rail, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Kingfisher, lots of Long-T Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch, 


26-11-20 Common Sandpiper CVL (Ian Stapp)
Heron's Green:

2 Little Grebe - pool, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Great Black-b Gull, 4 Grey Heron, 5 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 1 Stonechat - pool, 2+ Chaffinch, 2 Reed Bunting

Moreton:
7 Stock Dove, 100+ Woodpigeon, 1 Water Rail - calling, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay,  2 Raven, 9 (pos 12) Bearded Tit, 2 Cetti's Warbler - calling, 20 Long-t Tit + mixed other Tit, 4 Stonechat (f & m), 8 Goldfinch, 

Herriott's Bridge:
3 Shelduck, 9 Pintail, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Water Rail, 5 Great Black-b Gull, 2 Marsh Harrier - 1 with wing tags, 1 Buzzard, 7 Grey Heron, 6 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Jackdaw, 2 Bearded Tit,  2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 

Reports: Di and Pete Bunniss, Ken Carruthers, Allan Chard, Mike Moxon, Andy Davis, Paul Gregory, Robert Hargreaves, Matt Hull, Simon Isgar, John Lewis, Brian Martin, Dave Nevitt, NSL Birding, Jean Oliver, Lois Pryce, Sue & John Prince, Aravind Ramesh,  Rich Scantlebury George Stacy, Ian Stapp, Bri Thompson, Graham Wagner, Dan White, Roger White

Wednesday 25 November 2020

25-11-20 Wednesday - Pallas’s Warbler

Light cloud and a gentle breeze - rain at first and then just murky. Max temp 9°C

Pallas’s Warbler
Firecrest
Marsh Harrier
Lesser Redpoll
Black Redstart

BRISTOL

New Cut & Cumberland Basin:
1 Sparrowhawk - north past the Pumphouse, mobbed by Goldfinch

Brandon Hill:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 9 Carrion Crows, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Lesser Redpoll - feeding in the birch

25-11-20 Grey Heron EP (Allan Chard)
Eastville Park:
1 Grey Heron

Fishponds - garden:
1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

Henbury - garden:
1 Blackcap (f)

Redland/Westbury Park - garden
8 Fieldfare - gorging on apple

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

25-11-20 Black Redstart OPS (Craig Lewis)
Oldbury Power Station:

3 pos 4 Black Redstart (m + 2/3 f)

New Passage / Pilning Wetlands:
C.40 Canada Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, c.250 Wigeon, c.30 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Moorhen, 6 Coot, 1 Little Grebe, c.170 Lapwing, 5 Curlew, c.50 Black-t Godwit, c.40 Dunlin, c.150 Redshank, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 3 Pied Wagtail.

Thornbury - garden:

1 Blackcap (m) - hope it stays!

25-11-20 Redwing Stanton Drew (Raoul Chandrasakera)

NORTH SOMERSET


Portishead - garden
3 Jay, 2 Blackcap (f & m)

Yatton - Wemberham Lane:
1 Green Sandpiper - unusual here, 2 Peregrine on pylons - about a mile apart 

Sand Point Car Park area:
1 Pallas’s Warbler, 2 Firecrest

BELOW M4 & BANES

Bath:
Broomfield - garden:
1 Tawny Owl - hooting at 10:40pm last night, 1 Blackcap (f)

25-11-20 Goldfingh Bath Mill (NSL- Birding)
Twerton - Bath Mill:
Busy feeders today - inc this nice part leucistic Goldfinch

Southgate - roost
c150 Pied Wagtail 

Wellow:
Redwing- in groups of 10 on the cycle path

25-11-20 Chiffchaff Stanton Drew (Raoul Chandrasakera)
Stanton Drew:

1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackbird, plenty of Fieldfare and Redwing passing through, 

RESERVOIRS

Chew Valley Lake

Heron's Green:
3 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier -wing tagged.

25-11-20 Stonechat CVL (Simon Isgar)
Moreton:

1 Stonechat

Reports: Raoul Chandrasakera, Allan Chard, Dave Child, Andy Davis, Robert Hargreves, Colin Hawkins, Simon Isgar, Craig Lewis, John Lewis, Brian Martin, NSL-Birding,  Lois Pryce, Trevor Riddle,  Rich Scantlebury, Matt Scott, Brian Speidel, Gary Thoburn

The following have all been on Birdguides but we have no idea of the observer(s) involved. If you saw any of these birds can you please supply some confirmatory notes of what you saw to avonbirds@hotmail.co.uk otherwise the records will be lost
Species                                            Date                            Site
Wood Warbler                           03/08/2020              Chipping Sodbury, Common
Hoopoe                                       07/08/2020              Nailsea
Yellow-browed Warbler            01/10/2020              Wick St. Lawrence, STW
Yellow-browed Warbler            22/10/2020              Bristol, St Anne's Park

AVON BIRD REPORT 2019
Copies are still available: please send your name, address 

and a cheque for £11.50 made out to AOG to:- 
Harvey Rose, Arncliffe, Coast Road, 
Walton Bay, Clevedon, BS21 7FW 
or email bktlgodwit@gmail.com

The Report is the longest ever, at 216 pages
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...
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 ABR e-mail address: bktlgodwit@gmail.com

Tuesday 24 November 2020

24-11-20 Tuesday - Red Kites

 Mainly overcast but dry, cool.  Brisk SW wind swinging West with more cloud rolling in later.

Great Northern Diver
Great White Egrets
Red Kite
Marsh Tit
Black Redstart
Merlin

Fight or flight?  A pair of Goosanders (George Stacey)
 BRISTOL

Filton Park:
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Jay, 12 Magpie, 23 Starlings, 3 Pied Wagtail, 14 Goldfinch.

Henleaze - garden:
3 Greenfinch

Redland garden:
1 Jay, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blackbird,  m. and f. Blackcap.

Green Woodpeckers (Tony Scott)
Greenbank cemetery:
2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay.

Narroways LNR, St Werburgh's:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

St Agnes - garden: 
1 Chiffchaff

Oldland Common:
Sparrowhawk caught a Magpie

Drake Goosander (George Stacey)

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
Black Redstart

New Passage/ Northwick Warth:
2 Merlin (f & m) - roosting (m), got chased off by (f)

Lower Woods:
7 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 1 Marsh Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 10+ Redwing, 5 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Robin, 2 Wren, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Chaffinch, pr. Bullfinch.

Latteridge:
Redwing again - gorging on berries

Yate:
4 Goosander.

Robin (Raoul Chandrasakera)

NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Warth:
10 Canada Goose, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Shoveler, 14 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 8 Mallard, 10 Teal, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Lapwing, 1 Cormorant, 40 Redwing

Tyntesfield:
1 Buzzard,  1 Jay, 1 Magpie,  3 Rook, 2 Carrion  Crow,  2 Raven,  1 Nuthatch,  1 Wren, 4 Blackbird,  19 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Robin. 

Marsh Tit at Cadbury Hill (Mark Savage)
Cadbury Hill, Yatton:

1 Jay, 2 Raven, 4 Marsh Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Mistle Thrush.


Clevedon pier:
Black Redstart


Buzzard (Ian Stapp)

BELOW M4 & BANES

Stanton Prior:
Buzzard, Kestrel, Starling, Fieldfare, Redwing, 1 Stonechat, Chaffinch

Newton St Loe:

2 Mute Swan, c.28 Mallard, 15 Teal, 10 Pheasant, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, c.100 BH Gull, c.12 Common Gull, Herring Gull, LBB Gull, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 1 m. Kingfisher, 1 GS Woodpecker, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, LT Tit, Goldcrest, Wren, 2 Nuthatch, c.10 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, Robin, 1 f. Stonechat, House Sparrow, 2 Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch, Goldfinch.


Red Kite over Herriotts Bridge (Simon Isgar)

Folly Farm:

Pheasant, 200+ Woodpigeon, Herring Gull, LBB Gull, 1 Red Kite (drifting east c 12.40 pm and mobbed by a corvid), 2+ Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Robin, Chaffinch.

Marsh Tit (Raoul Chandrakasera)

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
Great Northern Diver

Pochard (George Stacey)
Chew Valley Lake


Dam:
2 Goldeneye, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Pied Wagtail.

Mistle Thrush (George Stacey)
Woodford orchard:
Buzzard, 10+Jackdaw, 12+ LT Tit, 50+ mixed winter thrushes, 1 Mistle Thrush, 20+ Chaffinch.

Hollow Brook:
18 Goosander (3 m.)

Heron's Green:
4 Wigeon, 14 Pochard, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 G BB Gull, 6 Great White Egret, 7 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 8 Carrion Crow, (m. and f.) Stonechat, 3 Pied Wagtail. 
        
Moreton:
60+ Woodpigeon, 2 Stock Dove, Water Rail, 2 Buzzard, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 20+ Crow and Jackdaw, 2 Raven, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 25+ LT Tit in mixed tit flock, 4 Stonechat (2m., 2f.), 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldfinch.

Herriott's Bridge:
6 Shelduck, 150+Teal, Shoveler, 18 Pintail, 4 Goldeneye, 1 f. Goosander, 1 Water Rail, Common Gull, 4 GBB Gull, LBB Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 4 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite (flew over 12.10pm), 1 Kingfisher, 5 Jackdaw, 50+ mixed winter thrushes (flyover), 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail.

Pied Wagtail at the Dam (Ian Stapp)
Also:
The following claims have all been on Birdguides but we have no idea of the observer(s) involved. If you saw any of these birds can you please supply some confirmatory notes to
avonbirds@hotmail.co.uk - otherwise the records will be lost:

Species                                            Date                            Site
Wood Warbler                            03/08/2020             Chipping Sodbury, Common
Hoopoe                                      07/08/2020              Nailsea
Yellow-browed Warbler            01/10/2020              Wick St. Lawrence, STW
Yellow-browed Warbler            22/10/2020              Bristol, St Anne's Park

Reports:  Dru Brooke-Taylor, Raoul Chandrasakera, Chris Clarke, Mark Coller, Tony Cook, Alan Daniells, Geof Daniels, Paul Francis, Toby Fountain, Pete Harrison, Nick Hawkridge, Jean Oliver, Mark Savage, Tony Scott, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, Serena Sweeting, Chris Teague

Monday 23 November 2020

23-11-20 Monday

Clear and bright - Bristol temperatures started at 6°C and rose to 12 °C

Red-crested Pochard, Long-tailed Duck
Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull 
Great Northern Diver
Cattle Egret, Great White Egret 
Red Kite
Black Redstart  
Brambling, Siskin
Corn Bunting

BRISTOL

Eastville Park:
4 Grey Heron, 172 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Kingfisher

23--11-20 Siskin, Purdown, Bristol (Serena Sweeting)
St Agnes:
Garden - Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit along with the usual House Sparrows and Blue and Great Tits, 3 Siskin

Henleaze:
Garden- 1m Backcap (first of season at this site)

Sea Mills:
32 Lapwing, 4 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 75 Redshank, 3 Grey Heron, Buzzard, Kestrel, 1 m Stonechat, 4 Linnet

Stoke Bishop:
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Raven over, 2 Blackcap (m + f), Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush (a garden first)

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
1 Skylark (over), 1m1f Blackcap, only 1 Redwing

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
110 Canada Goose, 2 juvenile 'headstarted' Curlew from Slimbridge on Lagoon 1 (numbers 21 & 23),  c650 Dunlin, 2 fem-type Black Redstart3 Stonechat 

Easter Compton - M49:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 LTTit, c.40 Rook, c.80 Redwing, c.20 Fieldfare

NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead Lake Grounds:
inc WeBS count - 47 Canada Goose, "George" the Greylag, 5 Mute Swan, 142 Mallard (+ one domestic), 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Moorhen, 1 Curlew, 150+ BH Gull, 34 H Gull, one each Common and GBB Gull, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch


23-11-20 Fieldfare, Bristol Airport (David Hughes)
Bristol Airport:
'Plenty of winter thrushes today' - min 40 Fieldfare,10 Redwing

Kenn:
Pier - 2 f Goosander, Little GrebeKingfisher,1 m Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail


23-11-20 Firecrest, Sand Point (Paul Gregory)
Sand Point/Bay:
4 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 80 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, Brambling

23-11-20 apparent hybrid Canada Goose, Bleadon Level (Pagan Birder)
[Part of a small flock feeding in the recently-cut maize fields on Bleadon Level at the moment]

Congresbury Moor:
1 Cormorant, 1 Sparrow Hawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 350 Starling, 425 Fieldfare (to SW), 3650 Redwing (to SW), 2 Stonechat, 12 Pied Wagtail, 8 Meadow Pipit, 4 Bullfinch 

Strawberry Line (between Yatton & Congresbury):
1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Reed Bunting

BELOW M4 AND BANES

Marshfield:
3 Buzzard, 15 Skylark, c1000 Starling, 20+ Fieldfare, 6 Stonechat, mixed flock c200 Chaffinch, Linnet, Yellowhammer, 5 Corn Bunting


23-11-20 Red Kite, Newton St Loe (NSL-Birding)

Newton St Loe:
2 or 3 Red Kite


RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Diver still

Chew Valley Lake

Dam:
1 pr Goldeneye

23-11-20 Goosander pair, CVL (George Stacey)

Hollow Brook:
14Goosander ( 2 female)


23-11-20 Mistle Thrush, Woodford Orchard, CVL (George Stacey)

Woodford:
Orchard - 30+ Redwing, 30+ Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush

23-11-20 m and f  Red-crested Pochard, Heron's Green, CVL (Ian Stapp)
Heron's Green:
6 Wigeon 2 Goldeneye, 2 Red-crested Pochard, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 2 GBB Gull, 10 Cattle Egret (Ubley Lane), 2 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 pr Stonechat, 2 Pied Wagtail, 6 Chaffinch

23-11-20 Cattle Egret,  Ubley lane, CVL (Simon Isgar)



23-11-20 Mediterranean Gull, Herriotts Pool, CVL (Ian Stapp)

Herriott's Bridge:
5 Shelduck, 12 Teal, 14 Pintail, 16 Shoveler, 1 Water Rail, 20 Snipe (flying around over reeds looking for a place to land),  4 GBB Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull1 Yellow legged Gull, 3 Great White Egret, 2 Little  Egret, 6 Grey Heron , 1 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 5 Jackdaw, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail


23-11-20 A wisp of Snipe, Herriotts Pool, CVL (Simon Isgar)

Reports: John Croxton, Jane Cumming, Geoff Daniels, Paul Gregory, Pete Hazelwood, David Hughes, Simon Isgar,  John Lewis, Pagan Birder,  Chris Perry, Steven Sanins,  George Stacey, Ian Stapp, Serena Sweeting, Larry Sweetland, Roger White, nslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirds