Saturday, 21 November 2020

21-11-20 Saturday - Avocet

Gloomy with intermittent drizzle, though not cold: Bristol temperatures between 10 and 12°C

Long-tailed Duck
Yellow-legged Gull
Great Northern Diver
Great White Egret
Yellow-browed Warbler (possible)
Redpoll, Siskin

Castle Park:
1 Peregrine on  One Building on corner of Victoria St, just outside Castle Park

UWE Frenchay Campus:
Ring Rd opposite UWE Frenchay Campus - 1 Kestrel

Abbeywood Retail Park:
100+ Jackdaw flying over  at dusk

1 Nuthatch - on the feeders for the 1st time

R Avon at Sea Mills:
12 Mallard, 32 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 25+ Redshank

Hotwells to Ashton Court:
23 sp inc 160+ Jackdaw, 2 Raven, 1 Mistle Thrush

Stockwood Open Space:
2 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 1 m Stonechat, 2 m Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch

21-11-20 Avocet , Fieldfare NP/NW (Aravind Ramesh)

New Passage/Northwick:
470+ Wigeon, Avocet Grey Plover, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 130 Dunlin, 9 Snipe,  15 Common Gull,  Rook, 110 Redwing, Fieldfare, Siskin


Bucklands View – 8 Magpie

Backwell Common:
2 Moorhen, 3 Raven, 3 Fieldfare

Sand Point/Bay:
vismig  - Fieldfare, 20 Redwing,20 Chaffinch, 1 Redpoll 
Carpark-  2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrest.

Mid-day visit- 470 Shelduck, 8 Oystercatcher, 160 Lapwing, 11 Common Redshank, 9 Curlew, 2 Raven, 5 Redwing, 7 Stonechat, possible Yellow- browed Warbler in bushes east of car park

Prior Park Stock Dove singing, plenty of Redwing, a few Fieldfare, Song Thrush, small flock of Chaffinch feeding in and around the Yews
Twerton - 1st f Blackcap of the autumn


Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck and Great Northern Diver still on Tank no2

Blagdon Lake:
1 Bar-headed Goose with Canada Goose flock, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Common Sandpiper 3 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 2 pr Stonechat,  2 Grey Wagtail, 1  Redpoll , lots of Goldfinch 

21-11-20 Common Sandpiper, CVL (Dean Reeves)
Chew Valley Lake
Pintail, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing 25 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail 

51 Teal, 2 Goldeneye, 8 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker 

Out of Avon:
Cheddar Reservoir - 5 Red-crested Pochard still plus 1 juv Great Northern Diver 

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

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:

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 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: Des Bowring, Dru Brooke-Taylor,  Sean Davies, Barry Dursley, Paul Francis, Alastair Fraser, Richard Giles and Fiona Neate, Paul Gregory, Rob Hargreaves, John Lewis, Glen Maddison, Aravind Ramesh, Dean Reeves, Stuart sammonds,  blagdonlakebirds